A few months ago, Julia asked me to change the way we think about photographing our homes. Let me explain – have you ever noticed that bloggers are always (always!) chasing that daylight? But what if we started pulling out the camera in the evening, after the sun has gone down? By mid-afternoon, I’m already…
  • Stacy @ Blake Hill House - August 17, 2016 - 5:30 AM

    The evening is the second shift around here. My people are coming and going. I often run in the evening or go to the gym. (I’m an avid long distance runner.) It takes every ounce of my willpower to do so after a full day. I drop into bed at around ten. One of my favorite feelings is being in my bed wrapped in a down comforter. My bed is my nook. In addition to my favorite comforter, I make sure the bed has clean sheets and lots of pillows.

    On the turntable: Fleetwood Mac or The Who. My taste in music varies wildly, but for some reason, our turntable only plays classic rock and roll. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 17, 2016 - 8:13 PM

      Aw… sounds so NICE! I’d agree with you – nothing beats being wrapped in our cozy comforter, and we’re both out by 10, too!

      Also, excellent turntable selections. Rumors makes an almost weekly appearance around here!ReplyCancel

  • abby - August 17, 2016 - 9:31 AM

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE these nighttime photos! YES, while those blown-out, bright, all-white shots look great, it is so refreshing to see another “feel” to a photo. This looks COZY, and I want to be hanging out in that room right now. I love how CLJ does nighttime shots occasionally, so I am fully on this train and would love to see you occasionally post some more (even in the kitchen–I always love how our kitchen looks at night with soft lighting!).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 17, 2016 - 7:37 PM

      Thanks, Abby! We love our kitchen at night too – we’ll have to shoot that room!ReplyCancel

  • Misty - August 17, 2016 - 5:36 PM

    I feel like the pups are aware that this whole photographing at night things is different… the look on both of their faces! lol
    love it though, so cozy and warm and adds a little something something that wasn’t there before. More intimate perhaps?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 17, 2016 - 7:38 PM

      Right?! They’re like, this is not the usual time mom takes our glamour shots…ReplyCancel

  • Gwen, The Makerista - August 18, 2016 - 10:24 AM

    I love the contrast in shape with your globe lights and it’s fun to see this space in a different light!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - August 18, 2016 - 10:41 AM

    That gif wins! I love your home at night. Chicago, we’re coming for you!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - August 18, 2016 - 11:10 AM

    I love this series. For many of us who work away from home all day, evening and night light are all we get (except for weekends). I do get “light and bright” house envy so this helps pull me back down to earth — you and the Marcums and Dana have evenings, too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Akiyo - August 18, 2016 - 12:39 PM

    Yay, another relevant post for us! :D We recently bought new light bulbs (went on the cheap side so they’re incandescent) with “white” light to replace a set of vanity lights in the bathroom. But they emit soooo much heat! We’re sweating as we brush our teeth. Haha! Do you have preferred lightbulbs you like using? I love how your lightbulbs aren’t yellowing the room.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 18, 2016 - 12:50 PM

      Even though LED bulbs are slightly more expensive than incandescents, they are 100% worth it! No heat, and the ‘soft white’ temperature of 2700 is so pretty. Old bulbs at that same color temperature used to be SO yellow. Bulbs have come a really long way! We’ve purchased from a few different brands of LEDs with great luck – Feit, Cree and Phillips. The only brand we haven’t loved is ‘EcoSmart,’ because they produce so much flickering if they’re set to dimmers and you want low light.ReplyCancel

      • Akiyo - August 19, 2016 - 11:14 AM

        Ooo, that makes total sense! We bought EcoSmart bulbs for one of our dimmer lights and it flickers like crazy. Thought it was all LEDs. Thank you so much for the reccs!!ReplyCancel


With the paver patio complete, we were excited to dive into phase two of our backyard project – planter boxes! We’ve been talking about these boxes for months – over dinner, in the car, while walking the pups (you name it!) – and it felt so good to start knocking them out. In our minds, we…
  • Katie Richards - August 11, 2016 - 7:40 AM

    Forgive me for asking but today this post came truncated into my RSS reader. I don’t believe your posts were before. Is this something you plan to do into the future?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 8:27 AM

      Hi Katie, we’re working on a few formatting changes for the blog to keep it loading faster since our posts tend to get very long. Nothing is set in stone just yet. Can you tell me what reader you use? I’m not seeing it truncated on my end, and I use Bloglovin’. Thanks!ReplyCancel

      • Jen - August 11, 2016 - 8:36 AM

        I use feedly and it came through truncated. Not a big deal for me to click through but thought it might be helpful to let you know.ReplyCancel

      • Jess - August 11, 2016 - 8:37 AM

        I use Feedly and it happened for me too. Not that it matters, but I REALLY prefer the blogs that aren’t truncated. :)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 8:52 AM

          Thanks, guys! The reason I wasn’t seeing it is because I use Bloglovin’ to read up on favorites, and they always require a click over… something I actually prefer, since I like to read posts directly on the site. I appreciate the feedback!ReplyCancel

          • Allison Van Beek - August 11, 2016 - 11:36 AM

            Please don’t truncate! Pleeeeeaaaaseeee!ReplyCancel

          • bella - August 11, 2016 - 1:50 PM

            I use theoldreader.com and it was truncated for me, too. I usually unsubscribe from blogs that truncate. Even if I love the blog, I just can’t. ha.ReplyCancel

            • Tiffany - August 13, 2016 - 12:22 AM

              I use bloglovin and it showed up truncated for me as well! Please don’t truncate! I’m super not a fan!ReplyCancel

      • Katie - August 11, 2016 - 11:49 AM

        I am also using FeedlyReplyCancel

      • Rebecca - August 11, 2016 - 5:27 PM

        I’m also using Feedly and it is truncated. Please change it back!!ReplyCancel

      • sadie - August 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

        I use Feedly and it is truncated. I unsubscribe from blogs who truncate even though I typically click over to the site and read the post there if I find it interesting – truncation keeps me from figuring out whether I want to read the post or not.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - August 11, 2016 - 7:54 AM

    I am really interested to read about the insulation process. This wouldn’t have occured to me until too late. We’ll be tackling our back yard renovation next spring and will be using many of your posts for guidance. Any chance you’ll be installing a rain barrel or two as well;) We have some drainage issues to tackle as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 8:25 AM

      It’s not something we thought to do either, but we met with a design consultant from a local nursery (which was surprisingly crazy affordable, by the way!), and she suggested it to keep perennials happy! We’ll share the details once we tackle that part!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - August 11, 2016 - 8:08 AM

    Hi- I am disappointed that this post came through truncated. I have been a long time reader and huge fan (of your style and as a rescue dog mom) and I save and pin a large number of your posts after reading them in my RSS feed. I have also purchased a number of items through links in your posts. Please don’t make the decision to optimize towards getting more clicks on your content at the risk of alienating people who already are part of your fan base.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 8:29 AM

      Hi Kelly, thanks for your feedback. We’re working on a few formatting changes for the blog to keep it loading faster since our posts tend to get very long. Can you tell me what RSS reader you use?

      Update: I’m seeing it in Feedly, is that right?ReplyCancel

      • Valerie - August 11, 2016 - 8:34 AM

        I use Feedly and they’re coming through truncated for me on there.ReplyCancel

      • Stephanie - August 11, 2016 - 8:56 AM

        I use Digg Reader and it’s showing up truncated as well. Like Kelly, I’m a longtime reader, and often purchase items using links in yours posts. I would prefer that you not truncate posts in RSS readers as it does effect my decision to continue reading your blog.ReplyCancel

      • Ginger - August 11, 2016 - 11:16 AM

        I’m seeing it truncated in The Old Reader as well. I know I’m so much more likely to read posts when I don’t have to click away, or even if it’s truncated, but with a photo. I need that visual to remind me what I’m following a blog for!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Christensen - August 11, 2016 - 8:43 AM

    oh my gosh, guys, now you are making me rethink keeping the boring little flowerbed in front of our newly re-sided garage — the idea of two giant planters + a cute bench is blowing my little chicago brain! plus my raised beds are cedar and i loooove the weathered color they’ve taken on after this rainy sunny summer — thinking a version of these planters with that would look amazing :-oReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 8:54 AM

      Oooh, that WOULD look amazing! Perhaps you could give it a go in another area and see how you like it? They had cedar at Lowe’s in the same dimensions as the pressure treated we used, and it was stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn - August 11, 2016 - 9:02 AM

    I use feedspot and had to click over which I hate! Please change it back! I love you guys but I just don’t have time to click over to every single blog I read!

    Also- planter boxes and fireplace are awesome. Can’t wait to see them filled with plants. It’s gonna be rad.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Schaefer - August 11, 2016 - 9:11 AM

    I have that same fireplace, can’t wait to see how you fit it in your plan.ReplyCancel

  • Emily R - August 11, 2016 - 9:37 AM

    Did you guys talk about why you went for planters rather than just planting in the ground? Planters looks great – but I’m always nervous about the cost of so much soil, keeping them watered and keeping them warm in the winter. All things that are eliminated if you plant directly in the soil. Just curious!


    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 10:04 AM

      Good question! We wanted them to be up and away from dogs/children, and we personally just love the look that warm wood planters bring to a space. We’ll be staining these a dark walnut color (which should add a lot of contrast back here), and our hope is that the more structured boxes will look really nice against wild, overflowing plants!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney @ Foxwood Forest - August 11, 2016 - 9:57 AM

    Oh my goodness, you guys! These are so great! We just finished building a new staircase ourselves, so we can relate to measuring, doing math, cutting precisely, and all those fun wood things. :) You must be so, so happy with this project!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 10:04 AM

      So. Much. MATH! But worth it. Can’t wait to finish them up soon!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - August 11, 2016 - 10:51 AM

    How will this work around the bottom of the planters? Will the dirt and stuff ooze out?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 11:07 AM

      Nope! These guys are heavy, and they sit nice and firm on the ground. We’ll also be filling the surrounding area with prettier gravel (we still need to choose it though!).ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - August 11, 2016 - 12:28 PM

    Ooo!!! We wanted to do a few raised planters, but this! This is so amazing! I can’t wait to see them finished. What a powerful statement they will make.ReplyCancel

  • angela - August 11, 2016 - 1:35 PM

    OMG!! This makes me want to get off my butt and finally, FINALLY start building those planter boxes my husband and I keep talking about for our yard! I’m thinking I’m going to use the same plans that you used (but with the sizes customized for my yard of course) and will go with a black stain. I’m super into black stain recently for some reason. What do you think? Too much?! The back of our fence is white vinyl lattice while the rest of the fence around the yard is cedar and scalloped.ReplyCancel

  • Mags - August 11, 2016 - 5:39 PM

    I loooove the planters! Are you going to fill with something light or inexpensive before putting the dirt in?

    I’m a loyal reader and loyal feedly user and I really wish I could have read this in the reader!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 5:43 PM

      No, I think it’s going to be all dirt so that our perennials can grow down and into the ground if their roots feel the need! We’ll share the details on the dirt once that happens, hopefully in the next week or two. :DReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 11, 2016 - 6:07 PM

    I agree with others on the truncated posts. I may love a blog but will stop reading if truncated!ReplyCancel

  • Chuck - August 11, 2016 - 9:04 PM

    These look great. How wet were the pressure treated boards? I don’t think they will take the stain well until they dry out some. Also, last year I had an issue with stain spontaneously combusting on a rag I used to wipe off the excess so be careful.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 10:37 PM

      Yikes!! What brand of stain did you use? Our boards are a little wet, and I know we should wait a little longer, but the heat has been helping them dry out much faster! I think we’re going to cross our fingers and hope for the best…ReplyCancel

  • Akiyo - August 12, 2016 - 11:17 AM

    So pretty! Can’t wait to see the next step! I wish we waited to build our planter box last month~! HahaReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 12, 2016 - 12:49 PM

      Nice! Did you guys DIY them!?ReplyCancel

      • Akiyo - August 18, 2016 - 12:33 PM

        We did! :) But ours look a little sad compared to yours. Haha! I can’t wait to see what you plant too! My thumbs are turning greener. :DReplyCancel

        • Kim - August 18, 2016 - 12:48 PM

          That’s so awesome!! Go, you!ReplyCancel

  • Marti | Project Palermo - August 12, 2016 - 12:09 PM

    This looks amazing! Awesome work, and super inspiring – I just stepped onto our back porch so I could scan the yard and think where I might be able to do something similar. Looking forward to hearing details about plants and stain!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle DuPuis - August 15, 2016 - 3:27 PM

    They look awesome. I’m excited to see what you plant!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 16, 2016 - 6:00 PM

      So are we, haha! We still don’t know.ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - August 15, 2016 - 5:14 PM

    Doing a mini version of these would look dynamite on my condo patio. Maybe even staining them black like one of the other commenters suggested?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 16, 2016 - 5:59 PM

      You can’t go wrong with black stain!ReplyCancel

  • […] A Chicago DIY’ing duo with some serious skills. I mean can you even believe these amazing planters?! […]ReplyCancel


See Part I right here! I couldn’t shake that something felt ‘off’ in our living room. We spend a lot of our time in there, rubbing the dogs’ bellies, marathon-ing our way through Netflix, brainstorming upcoming projects and, of course, lots and lots of lounging. At first, I felt like maybe things were a little cramped.…
  • AnnMarie - August 4, 2016 - 8:39 AM

    It does give the living room such a wonderful, relaxing vibe! And I’m dying for the ottoman.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - August 4, 2016 - 10:14 AM

    So cozy, and so PRETTY. Love it! I’m a newer follower of your blog and I just want to make myself right at home in your living room. <3 plus your pets seem very lovable.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 4, 2016 - 10:21 AM

      They are the MOST lovable. So happy you found us!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - August 4, 2016 - 11:26 AM

    What about the source for the side table?

    Also, I wasn’t a blog reader in 2014 so didn’t know you had that couch recovered yourself. LOVE everything about it. My husband has always wanted a chesterfield, and I’ve been thinking we need a navy couch…so basically what you guys have is exactly what we want :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 4, 2016 - 11:32 AM

      Hi, Lindsay! both of our side tables were found secondhand on Craigslist. We love them SO much, but they’re basically marble topped pedestal tables (the perfect height for the couch arms!). Definitely try a search in your area for ‘marble pedestal table.’ Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - August 4, 2016 - 9:08 PM

    I loved rug #2, but the room really loves the new rug. It really works with all the other spcea open to it. The entry tile looks killer with it as does your reading chair in the readig room behind the tv.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2016 - 9:52 AM

      Good point. The entryway tile LOVES the new rug, too!ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - August 4, 2016 - 9:15 PM

    If anyone is considering the Baxter rug you linked, BUY IT! And get the thick padding for under it. Cushy happy feet goodness! I’ve had mine for 2+ years and it still looks brand new even with high traffic and being a doggie play space. When we moved, it was looking like we needed to buy a bigger rug (I have the 8×10), but I just couldn’t part with the Baxter and buying another of the same if seemed crazy, so we rearranged the furniture to make it work :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2016 - 9:53 AM

      Thanks for the feedback, and we couldn’t agree more! We have the Baxter rug in our bedroom with a thick rug pad, and my goodness. It is the best. There is the slightest variation in the coloring that doesn’t show up as well online. Even though we have one already, we were considering it for down in the living room, too! That’s how good it is. It’s such a GREAT rug!ReplyCancel

  • HMB - August 5, 2016 - 6:47 AM

    Great blog related to living room decor!

    I also love decorating my home but also asked some ideas and advise from experts at https://www.helpmebuild.com/ReplyCancel

  • Dakwerken - August 5, 2016 - 6:53 AM

    Wow! The room looks so pretty. Moreover the room has a very cozy and relaxing vibe.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - August 6, 2016 - 6:05 AM

    I think this post just saved us a lot of money. I’m also drawn to the crazy rugs in inspiration photos, but I’m really not sure I could wake up to it everyday. Thank you for sharing this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 9, 2016 - 9:40 AM

      Sometimes it takes us a few years to figure these things out! We love the vintage runners in our kitchen and bedroom, and we think the first Persian will look pretty in another bedroom upstairs, but it was just a bit too overwhelming in a room where we like to wind down. :)ReplyCancel

  • Grondwerken - August 9, 2016 - 6:49 AM

    Wow! Looks amazing. Cool colors and a peaceful look. ReplyCancel

  • Daniel @ Manhattan Nest - August 9, 2016 - 11:46 AM

    I KNEW something about you living room looked different! Which makes my whole Jack-jumped-up-and-my-iced-coffee-spilled-everywhere incident make me feel OH SO GREAT. I’M SORRY NEW RUG!!! But I think it survived unscathed somehow so I’m gonna forget it ever happened. Hugggssssss.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 9, 2016 - 11:54 AM

      I completely forgot that even happened! Jack was extra careful to make sure it only spilled on the floor so he could get every last sip. Come back!!ReplyCancel

  • Ash - September 7, 2016 - 6:14 AM

    Another nice rug choice guys.
    If you need any others, please reach out to me at https://sfrugs.comReplyCancel


Try, try again. Sometimes, we get so excited about an idea that we jump in with both feet and don’t look back. As an over-researcher of pretty much everything, it can feel so liberating to just make a decision and run with it! No more Googling, no more questioning. But sometimes, after that initial thrill, we’ll step back and…
  • Carol - August 3, 2016 - 8:55 AM

    The paint color is nice, but how did I not know about that domino? LOVE IT.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 3, 2016 - 9:15 AM

      Definitely one of our favorite little surprises. :DReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - August 3, 2016 - 2:25 PM

    The lavender color is so pretty. We just painted the living room and entry a nice white this past weekend. I totally forgot about the entry closet. I’m loving the idea of a fun color in there!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 3, 2016 - 2:31 PM

      Totally! Just not TOO fun… haha!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - August 6, 2016 - 10:08 AM

    I really like that color. Years ago, when I first moved into my condo, I painted my bathroom lavender (BM Lavender Lipstick) and I still like it; however, I’ve been contemplating redoing my bathroom. I’d like to retile it with white subway tile, swap out my cherry wood vanity for a smaller white one, and paint the walls a white with perhaps just the smallest hint of purple or green. Though, I’m thinking it may be just too white. This could be the color I’m looking for — a little subtler than the color I have, but enough to go with the white. Thanks for the suggestion.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 9, 2016 - 9:39 AM

      Rebecca, it’s SO subtle, but definitely pink-lavender. It’s really pretty, we can’t recommend it highly enough!ReplyCancel


A few weeks ago, we were sitting on our front porch, and our next door neighbor told us she was thinking of putting a brick paver pathway in her yard. After talking with a local contractor, she said, did you know they have to dig down at least 10″? For a 2″ thick brick? We had to laugh,…
  • Kathy - July 28, 2016 - 8:16 AM

    The brick looks gorgeous and l love the last image in your GIF where Kim is like, “Oh thank God it’s done!” Herringbone patterns are so beautiful. How did Scott make it without kneepads?!

    Totally agree and understand Sherry’s philosophy on where the middle of every project doesn’t make sense, but that is where the magic happens. It’s “almost” my favorite part of a project (demo is first) where things are still kind of wonky, but the creative juices are flowing!

    Great job you two!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

      That’s what I thought (about Scott!). We have a second pair of knee pads, but it was really only necessary when we were going around or under the stairs. The demo is one of our favorite parts, too!ReplyCancel

  • CC - July 28, 2016 - 8:51 AM

    I’m so excited to see this transformation! Our backyard is still incomplete because we just can’t seem to get that final image in our heads of what we want. You guys always do such fun projects that are so inspiring. Maybe it will give us the push we need to get going already!

    We also wrestle with DIY vs. Hiring Out. Husband and I both have bad backs and I’m pretty sure this would kill us. I pulled mine earlier this year and, I swear, it hasn’t been the same. It hurts to get old!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2016 - 10:11 AM

      Not gonna lie. Our backs hurt for days afterwards, and we had claw hands from picking up those heavy bricks for so many hours! Strangely, it was also kind of fun. Like an intense workout with a really pretty goal at the end. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - July 28, 2016 - 9:05 AM

    It looks SO great!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 28, 2016 - 9:13 AM

    LOVE the brick pavers. My husband and I have been talking about doing something similar but wonder about the cost. Our backyard is about the same size but has a much larger slant that would make grading a pain in the butt. Are you comfortable sharing how much you spent on contracting that out?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2016 - 10:14 AM

      Hi, Kim! Definitely be sure to grab a few quotes. We loved Antonio from our concrete project, so we knew what to expect. The cost of the labor came to 1600, which included ALL the gravel and most of the sand. (We contributed 15 bags of sand for about $50, but it wasn’t nearly enough. He just ended up using his own!) The amount of time and back breaking labor it saved us is invaluable.ReplyCancel

  • Kari - July 28, 2016 - 9:35 AM

    It looks gorgeous. Your DIY skills are out of this world, would have never known you did it alone. And is it crazy that I was really excited to see this was sponsored by Lowe’s? We’re at a standstill renovation wise due to budget and are at awe with the rapid succession of (big) projects coming out of the blog world. It’s great to know companies get behind you and help to make things happen quicker. It makes me feel less crazy for having to take things “slow.”ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2016 - 10:16 AM

      Thanks, Kari! Try to not give yourself a hard time for going slow – even though I certainly understand. Going slow allows you to make more mindful choices after living in a space for a while, too! Totally worth it. We have been itching to makeover this yard for 3 years now, and we still have entire rooms untouched in our home! Just think, we only started painting our master bedroom after 2.5 years of living in this house, and our kitchen took almost an entire year to renovate. You got this!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney @ Foxwood Forest - July 28, 2016 - 9:53 AM

    You guys! The patio looks SO GREAT! You have to be so pumped to have it installed!ReplyCancel

  • Kris - July 28, 2016 - 10:25 AM

    I did a huge paver patio and paver front walkway by myself after we built and I can relate to the back ache. I ended up adding onto the patio with a circular pattern around a fire pit. After that I told my husband I was D O N E Done! We have quite a few pavers left over and really need to do something with them.ReplyCancel

  • misie - July 28, 2016 - 10:45 AM

    Wow – you guys are such troopers – looks fantastic! I love how the dogs immediately make themselves at home in every new inch of space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2016 - 10:51 AM

      They must be on top of EVERYTHING we do. They watched from the kitchen door all day long, and the second we felt it was safe to let them out, they just lounged on top of the bricks, the mallets, US, everything.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M - July 28, 2016 - 12:13 PM

    Looks great!! Totally inspiring us for our own little patio next year!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany Chinaglia - July 28, 2016 - 12:23 PM

    WOW! it looks incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - July 28, 2016 - 9:01 PM

    Beautiful and such hard work! My husband and I know we have a lot of work to do in our backyard next year once the interior renovation is mostly complete (aka livable). We talk about having brick pavers in a portion of our tiny yard. After reading your post, I think we could actually pull of doing it our selves. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2016 - 8:43 AM

      Of course! And we totally get it. It took us almost a year to make our home ‘livable’ (aka, we could finally walk in our house without shoes on to protect ourselves from dust and debris). You can do it!ReplyCancel

  • James - July 29, 2016 - 4:56 AM

    Looks excellent! Great work :)ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - July 29, 2016 - 7:23 AM

    I absolutely love this post! I’ve been obsessed with your blog and would love if you would check out mine! The web address is http://www.theuglydresser.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Kayla - July 29, 2016 - 7:24 AM

    I love this post! I’ve been obsessed with your blog and would love if you would check out mine! The web address is http://www.theuglydresser.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2016 - 9:22 AM

      So sweet, Kayla! Thank you for sharing your blog with me. You’re doing so much already – impressive!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle | Birds of Berwick - July 29, 2016 - 11:58 AM

    I have been loving this backyard transformation! Mainly because, well, other than having a bit more land than you, it’s almost exactly like ours! Seriously, the stairs, paver, and even pattern are what we put in place from our house years ago!

    Older post, but there’s a pic that shows what I mean. http://www.birdsofberwick.com/2016/03/30/stairs-and-lattice/

    Nice job laying the patio yourselves – it looks great!

    I will say, that I wanted real bricks and not concrete pavers and I let the guy we hired talk me into the pavers. Big Regrets (cap R) that I hope don’t happen for you. They’ve faded, the polymeric sand is poop and it just looks dirty all the time. Fortunately, my boss acquired a building site in Boston and when we remove all the old antique Boston Bricks from the sidewalk he’s going to let me have my fill to replace the concrete pavers on the patio. Maybe next spring I’ll get the real brick patio we’re looking for and it’ll match the brick wall we built better. At least the prep work will be basically done and it’s just a swap!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2016 - 1:36 PM

      Oh, man, that is AMAZING! Consider us jealous. What a dream. The bricks – not the re-doing. Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 30, 2016 - 6:03 AM

    So beautiful!!!! The staircase when painted or stained is going to look wonderful. I have to ask, did you keep grass on the side of the house? If not, do you take the dogs on a walk several times a day to do their business :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 1, 2016 - 12:14 PM

      Thank you! We have a ‘pee pit’ for them under the stairs in the backyard, and there’s also a strip of a pee pit in the front yard, too. We supplement all of this with walks, too!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - July 31, 2016 - 6:50 PM

    What a lot of work Scott and Kim! So well done. We did one of those years ago but it was a quarter of the size, yours is truly impressive. Still it set the scene for the back yard and kept some mud out of the house.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 1, 2016 - 9:00 AM

      Gotta love that! Our yard used to be a mud pit even after the lightest rain, and we’d avoid waking on or through it. It’s SO much more enjoyable now!ReplyCancel

  • Nick H - August 4, 2016 - 2:11 PM

    fantastic work. You guys make it look easy. My wife and I did our backyard patio with some friends last summer and it was truly an epic amount of work. totally worth it though.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 4, 2016 - 3:04 PM

      It really is a lot of work, but I think we gave the hardest part to the contractor! But yes, totally worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Krafty Fix - August 5, 2016 - 7:53 AM

    Looks like a very thorough job, great result though. Was it hard work? I did a small strip of paving slabs for a walkway recently and that was bad enough!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2016 - 9:52 AM

      It was back breaking, not gonna lie! But now that it’s done, we haven’t given the pain a second thought. We love it!ReplyCancel