DIY bi-fold door trim | above closet storage | brass knobs | brass cabinet latches A question that popped up more than a few times during our nursery kick-off was, but where's the changing table? I brought …
  • Eric - October 10, 2017 - 7:17 AM

    That closet is going to be so cute and functional. I *wish* we had a store like that here in Austin where I could find all kinds of vintage furniture.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 8:34 AM

      It’s hard to believe you wouldn’t! Even if it’s not a refinishing shop as well, you could surely find gems at architectural salvages, habitat resales and definitely hit up the online classifieds. The hunt is half the fun! :)ReplyCancel

    • Lori - October 10, 2017 - 11:45 AM

      Check out Room Service Vintage and Rave On Vintage on North Loop (and they both have great Instagram accounts)! There are a ton of great vintage shops in Austin. Here’s a great list, complete with map: http://vintagearoundtownguide.comReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 11:49 AM

        You’re awesome!ReplyCancel

      • Blythe - October 10, 2017 - 1:11 PM

        Yes! Room Service Vintage in particular has great prices. If you see something you like on their Instagram feed, call right away to place a two-hour hold: their stuff tends to sell really quickly.

        I’ve also found awesome pieces for sale in the “Austin Mid-Century Modern Buy / Sell / Trade / Chat” Facebook group.ReplyCancel

        • Lori - October 10, 2017 - 10:42 PM

          Ooooh, thanks for that FB group tip! Joining as we speak. :DReplyCancel

  • thelady - October 10, 2017 - 8:05 AM

    This is SO exciting, and I haven’t had a changing table in 14 years!! :) I think you are wise to go less is more, you will figure out what you need as you go along, and luckily for you guys you are handy and make magic in your home daily! Prepare yourself tho, for the onslaught of “for a baby, here’s what I did, here’s what you should do, you will never need X…you will always need Y..” Us parents have lots of old, unused opinions that we love to drag out after years of hiatus :D :DReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 8:37 AM

      Haha, we’ve been getting that in small doses. I think it helps living in the city, where most people don’t like an onslaught of extra ‘stuff’ in their (smaller, skinnier) homes, and it’s all about what’s lightweight and efficient. The absolute necessities! Even still, we happily welcome the advice and then weigh it against our lifestyle. It’s all helpful in some way or another! :DReplyCancel

  • katie - October 10, 2017 - 8:17 AM

    Great idea for shelves with baskets, I’m always amazed on how many little things you need for babies. We have a mirror above our changing pad and our little one loves to wave at herself after diaper changes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - October 10, 2017 - 8:48 AM

    That store has me drooling- I love that you had a one stop shop for a vintage dresser! And I am so excited for the pink closet. I think it’ll be so nice to be able to close the doors and have a clean calm space. We love our changing table so much that we still use it and my son is two and a half! He’s potty training right now and I haven’t even started thinking how to update the space without it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 9:51 AM

      MegMade is definitely a gem in this city!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - October 10, 2017 - 9:07 AM

    I love the idea of doing a fun color in the closet! I want to do something like this in my son’s room. I just can’t pick a color!

    I kinda think it is fun designing function around an obstacle (like the little nooks). Forces you to be creative! Love this little nursery!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - October 10, 2017 - 9:45 AM

    wow, what a great dresser find! your plans sound beautiful. Do you think you’ll leave the closet doors open most of the time?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 9:52 AM

      At the beginning, most likely! Our hope is that it will still look great open, but we can close it off when we need to close off any chaos.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - October 10, 2017 - 9:51 AM

    We painted the interior of our entry closet with Paris Romance from Benjamin Moore and it is so good! It has just enough purple undertone to make it not feel like Pepto Bismol! I highly recommend it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 10:01 AM

      Ooh, that’s a pretty one.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - October 10, 2017 - 11:03 AM

    Oh this is going to be amazing! Can’t wait to see it!


  • Lori - October 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

    I didn’t realize just how big that closet was until I saw your tape outline on the floor! I like the idea of being able to hide a changing table in there. Can’t wait to see how everything comes together!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Davis - October 10, 2017 - 1:51 PM

    Our daughter’s room is painted Love Story (Ben Moore). It’s warm, soft and not at all girly. Still love it after 6 years!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - October 10, 2017 - 2:45 PM

    I know I’m way ahead of the game here, but I assume that as your daughter grows up this will still be her room? Are the dimensions the same as the guest room downstairs? Such a fun cozy space!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 3:21 PM

      Yup, this will still be her room! So she might want to take the dresser out of the closet to make room for another rod, and I imagine there will be some rearranging to be done down the road. And you’re not ahead of the game by asking, we think about these things, too! Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - October 10, 2017 - 2:51 PM

    ADORE that dresser. It’s so perfect! The pink will be super cute as well. I know you are set to DIY the closet but I have to say I LOVE the Elfa systems. We now have it in every closet and I can say that I have changed the configuration in every one at one point or another!! The kids closets have both changed 2 or 3 times. Some small and some big (my daughter’s mostly!). I’m sure whatever you do will be great though!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - October 10, 2017 - 8:57 PM

    Clan I just say you are my favourite bloggers and I’m obsessed with your blog! Everything you do gives me a longer project list. I don’t even have kids and you make me want a nursery ha! Kidding on that one of course. I wish you had a contest to help a Canadian out with a room makeover!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 11, 2017 - 9:15 AM

      Stephanie, you are so sweet! Great to hear from you. We’d love to have the option to include Canada in room makeovers! There’s always a possibility…ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - October 11, 2017 - 6:33 PM

    OMG that warehouse!!!!! Love the dresser you picked out! Can’t wait to see how the closet turns out.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - October 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

    You might want to think about making some kind of spray guard around the changing table, even baby girls (and poop!) can travel quite a distance. Nothing says fun like dragging out heavy furniture (or unscrewing anchors) to clean poop off the walls.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - October 20, 2017 - 2:00 PM

    Another closet change table parenting move! We did the same given the tiny dimensions of our now-toddler’s room. Word to the wise, hang that mirror higher than you think and secure it from all sides and be prepared to maybe take it down around 7-8 months old. Despite those preparations, our kiddo managed to remove the artwork above his table around 11 months after attempts for a few months (luckily lightweight, small, and secured on 4 sides with command strips)ReplyCancel

  • instagram viewer - October 24, 2017 - 6:15 AM

    Oh! Can’t wait to see the result! The closet is so beautiful!


photo tour | vlog As excited as we are about our Tree House, I think it's safe to say that our friends and family are equally so! Not only do they want to know when they can see it in person (if you're willing …
  • Tricia - October 5, 2017 - 7:24 AM

    I know what you’re going through- I’ve been trying to find a contractor in St. Joseph for a very long time. There is such a shortage around here. Finally got a quote last week and it was way over what we expected. It’s so frustrating! I’ll let you know if we ever find someone.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 8:37 AM

      Very frustrating! We got a lot of great recommendations that all fell through for different (frustrating) reasons, but I guess a good GC is hard to come by anywhere, really.ReplyCancel

      • Carolyn - October 8, 2017 - 2:59 PM

        I have family in Long Beach renovating a home and they have good luck looking in The Beecher. Still a frustrating process, but it’s a starting point. I think they pick up a weekly copy at the grocery store.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - October 5, 2017 - 7:38 AM

    You can definitely refinish the floors yourself. We refinished ours when we bought our house before moving in. I’m not sure if ever convince my (now) husband to ever do it again, but there’s honestly nothing like getting up close and personal with your floors to fall in love with your house. I’m always puzzled by the number of DIY blogs that hire this out. It’s a relatively straightforward DIY and a huge money saver. We got $5K off the asking for our house since we decided we’d do it ourselves- it cost us less than $500 when all was said and done.

    Selfishly- I’d prefer no vlogs. I like to read blogs when I’m at work on break or in the quiet over breakfast in the morning and video content really turns me off. I’m likely to skip it and move on to another written blog. I want to follow along though, so I hope you can get a good mix!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 8:38 AM

      Thanks for another vote to DIY! If we did hire, it would simply be due to time (it’ll be nearing the holidays and I’ll be very pregnant by then!), but we can’t kick the idea of trying our hand at it. We’ll definitely let you know how it goes! And also good to know about the vlogs – we receive a lot of requests for ‘more!’, so we’d be sure to strike a good balance. Looking forward to others’ thoughts on that as well!ReplyCancel

      • Katie - October 5, 2017 - 9:12 AM

        For future vlogs, maybe you provide a good summary with pictures for those of us that can’t watch? I like the way YHL does this. Another option would be making sure the video captions are correct. I usually can’t watch with sound (reading while baby naps on me) so this would be great! Can’t wait to watch this reno :)ReplyCancel

      • P W - October 24, 2017 - 12:16 PM

        I am on the side of those who prefer to read text than watch video.ReplyCancel

    • beks - October 8, 2017 - 11:23 AM

      Im on the no vlog bandwagon as well, I too sneak in reading between projects at work and video is too laggy on my computer, and I’d hate to miss anything!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - October 5, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    Looks great! Did you consider space pak for your hvac? Are you keeping the ladder?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 10:56 AM

      We are keeping the ladder! And after going over a ton of HVAC options, we finally feel comfortable with where we landed.ReplyCancel

  • Arli - October 5, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    Love the treehouse! I NEVER watch vlogs on any blog.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 5, 2017 - 9:35 AM

    I would love to hear details on solving the electrical issues. I enjoy the Vlogs but enjoy reading more. Your blog is part of my day, thanks for doing it!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - October 5, 2017 - 9:46 AM

    I like the vlogs for posts where it would be hard to show just with pictures – like all the layout posts of the entire space a la introducing the garden apartment and the tree house. Otherwise, it’s frustrating because I read blogs while nursing or getting the kids to bed so there can’t be any sound or video.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 5, 2017 - 9:52 AM

    Another vote against vlogs. I am just not a video person and can’t watch at work.

    LOVE the update on the tree house and can’t wait to see progress!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 9:54 AM

    So interesting, thanks for chiming in, guys! You’ve got me wondering… any vlog lovers out there? I know I personally love watching them on my lunch breaks, as they feel a little more personal. Of course, written blogs and photos will stay the most frequent, but if y’all aren’t into vlogs, I want to make sure I strike a balance of what you’re enjoying vs. what doesn’t work!ReplyCancel

    • Molly - October 5, 2017 - 10:11 AM

      I love vlogs! I use my lunch time to read/watch all my favorite blog updates- and I’d love to see vlogs during your renovation!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 10:15 AM

        Yay, one vote for vlogs! Haha :DReplyCancel

    • Kate - October 5, 2017 - 12:48 PM

      I personally LOVE the vlogs (especially for layout/overall flow/room tour type of things) but also really appreciate the blogs and photos.ReplyCancel

    • Loryn - October 5, 2017 - 4:51 PM

      I really like the video tours, like the one for the tree house and the garden apartment before and finished tours. For most other things I prefer reading/photos, especially as your writing is enjoyable to read.ReplyCancel

    • Stacy G. - October 6, 2017 - 7:59 AM

      Another vote for vlogs. I enjoy them, but I admit that shorter is sweeter. :)ReplyCancel

  • Trish - October 5, 2017 - 10:24 AM

    I also never watch vlogs on any blog. They are so often shot with someone holding a handheld camera and walking and that kind of makes me car sick. I much prefer pictures that I can zoom in on for closer detail.ReplyCancel

  • Janette - October 5, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    Another “no” vote for vlogs for all the reasons above. I don’t want the noise, I prefer reading to watching, and the video footage often makes me feel kind of sick. I always skip them in favor of text and pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - October 5, 2017 - 10:54 AM

    I like vlogs but I also think the ability to reread sections and really pore over a particular part of a blog is nice. Blogs are so organized and well-thought out, which I like when I’m trying to understand design choices. Both have their advantages though, and I’m sure it will depend on the type of content you’re working with in a particular situation! Love the blog (and also vlog haha)!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - October 5, 2017 - 11:27 AM

    Count me among the “never watch.” It’s much faster for me to read the information and look at pictures than it is to slog through a vlog. Every time I try (and to be clear here, I’m not just talking about YBH!) I’m generally going “come on, come on” within the first 2 minutes and going elsewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - October 5, 2017 - 11:30 AM

    You may have already considered this, but your outlets and switches that don’t seem to work could be linked together. Plug in a lamp that is on to any outlet that doesn’t work, and then go flip the light switches that don’t seem to do anything. Your outlet may be controlled by those switches, turning on your lamp. I’ve seen this done often in older homes where installing overhead lighting may not be an option.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 12:10 PM

      Right! I should have mentioned that. We did test outlets with a little portable fan, but we still couldn’t figure it out. We’ll have the electrician tidy all that up when he does the other work.ReplyCancel

  • Tanja - October 5, 2017 - 11:47 AM

    Hi Kim (&Scott), I like vlogs. It’s a nice break during the day. I do work from a home office so I can watch a vlog with no disruption to anyone but my companion Sunshine (our cat).

    I’m so excited about this lakehouse reno and watching what you guys get done. Is it just me or is that list SO AMBITIOUS for this year. There are less than 90 days left in the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas mixed in there. That said if anyone can do it, you can. I know Chris and Julia ( got a ton done when she was pregnant with Polly so you can too!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 12:10 PM

      Thanks, Tanja!

      I don’t know how they did it, but here’s hoping we can accomplish all of that! Yikes.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie - October 5, 2017 - 11:50 AM

    Do I understand correctly that you’re getting rid of the woodstove? Why?? If your planning to be there at all in fall and winter, a woodstove is so lovely and cozy – there’s no heat source like it! And it looks like that’s a relatively new Vermont Castings brand – those are nice stoves. Agree that the faux brick has to go, but if that’s the only objection, there are so many other great hearth and surround options – slate, soap stone, marble, terracotta, etc.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 12:09 PM

      We are, and we’re looking to add a smaller gas stove in the opposite corner of the room. Where the stove is now is the perfect place for a built-in banquette / seating / dining area. Also, the chimney was capped a while ago, so there’s no place for that guy to vent right now. We’ll find a new home for it!ReplyCancel

    • Haley - October 5, 2017 - 1:15 PM

      Second! I love the stove too, by aunt and uncle have a house right of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains in VA and they have a wood stove. There is nothing like being cozied up with the fire crackling in it.ReplyCancel

    • Danielle - October 5, 2017 - 3:49 PM

      I agree with Rosie – wood stoves are amazing. I was not a fan of ours when we moved into our house in Oregon – I refused to use it for months. It was cold and our electric heat wasn’t great. And then I used it – I am a total convert. Nothing beats the heat from a wood stove, it is amazing. I agree the hearth should go (I plan to move mine to a more central location and do a more modern surround to try to balance out the less than stylish monstrosity), but there are some really cool ideas out there for helping a wood stove look a bit more stylish. At least give it a try for a bit before getting rid of it!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 3:52 PM

        We LOVE the stove, it’s all about the placement and no where for it to vent. Otherwise, we would definitely keep it! We’ll find a good home for it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Raymond - October 5, 2017 - 12:35 PM

    I love the vlogs. Specially if they are not super long :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Hoffmann - October 5, 2017 - 6:20 PM

    I like casual Vlogs for seeing more of “you” and the voices behind the blog. But I also love your blog posts. Sad to see the wood stove go, but get the space factor. Plus, with a toddler running around, that’s something super scary to have to be careful about!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - October 5, 2017 - 9:16 PM

    I’d love to see regular (or, at least, semi-regular) vlogs! They give a level of understanding spaces that you just can’t provide with written posts and photos. Plus, it’s fun to watch your personalities on video – I love watching your Instagram Stories for this reason.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 9:47 PM

      Thanks for chiming in, guys! :D We’ll definitely work on a balance of vlog + blog, but don’t worry, most of the content will remain written with imagery.ReplyCancel

  • JUstynn - October 6, 2017 - 7:49 AM

    For what it’s worth… I like vlogs if they are “active” and relatively short. Meaning not a 20 minute video of one person talking to the camera in the same spot the whole time, or the camera facing the same thing for the majority of the video. But the really do help you figure out layouts of the space, and size of spaces- I always have a hard time with photos getting a feel for size!

    That being said like someone above mentioned I love when there’s pictures and descriptions as well so I can scroll up and down to determine what’s being said in the text.

    I think you have a pretty good balance between images and text, as well as with the videos- they’re interesting, fun and informative. I say just keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - October 6, 2017 - 8:08 AM

    I always enjoy reading your posts, and I cannot wait to see the Treehouse come together. I already love the living room so so so much. (Three sos/soes worth! Made up words are problematic.)

    We have a similar mystery outlet and switch problem. It is all a big puzzle.ReplyCancel

  • JoniB - October 6, 2017 - 11:33 AM

    I vote for some of both, a vlog is great as long as it’s not too long, but I also love the regular pic/blog postings with your descriptions and thought process. And I am loving your little cabin in the woods. Every time I see a post about it I envision my family there and who would want to be in the loft, who would want the downstairs rooms, etc. So excited to see how you transform it to your own space.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Matheny - October 6, 2017 - 1:36 PM

    Another vote in favor of the vlogs. One of the many reasons I love YBH is getting to see such a supportive and creative couple work on projects. Also, its a nice refresher when things aren’t so over stylized in the blogoshere (although I’ve enjoyed the more produced videos also). Even if I can’t watch at work durign the day, i will always find time to squeeze them in later. Can’t wait to see where you go with the cottage!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2017 - 1:42 PM

      I really appreciate this comment, Erin! Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • JaneS - October 6, 2017 - 1:58 PM

    YES! Vlogs please. It makes it so much easier to see the layout. I hope you do as someone suggested, write, include lots of pics but do the video also. More work for you, but… Good luck with it all and baby too!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - October 7, 2017 - 2:18 PM

    I don’t really go for vlogs BUT I was unable to sort things out spatially until I saw your Garden Apartment vlog so I guess that it was helpful. It is also quite personal to hear the voices of the people who you have been reading for so many years. Another gift to the reader.

    As for the tree house, go slowly. Don’t rush through it, live with it for a while to see what’s up. Houses can talk pretty quietly sometimes, “I need this, I need that,” might take some time.ReplyCancel

  • Jannike - October 7, 2017 - 2:51 PM

    Our “Shacklet” a shack that wants to be a chalet is an hour north of Montreal and our never-ending reno project. We have electric heat throughout which is standard in Quebec. We did upgrade the insulation and windows. We tossed the ancient wood burning stove to reduce our insurance cost. We plan on putting in a gas stove one day. We have a hot water tank and turn off the breaker when not at the shack. It doesn’t take long to reheat the water even in winter. We also leave the heat on super low all winter to keep the pipes from freezing.

    I know your pain of find a good contractor. We have the same problem at the shack so over the years we’ve diy most everything and found people for certain projects, ie new foundation, septic system, landscaping.

    As always I look forward to seeing progress on the Treehouse both vlogs and regular posts. Show us the garden!ReplyCancel

  • Joan - October 8, 2017 - 9:33 AM

    I love, love, love the vlogs!!! Please post more…. I love watching the videos with you and Scott. And I love when all the pets are in them too!ReplyCancel


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  • Jennie - October 3, 2017 - 6:20 AM

    Love the beautiful rooms!! However, I want to offer a cautionary tale. Our first child spit up all over the nursery room rug multiple times. I would consider saving one these gorgeous rugs for when she is past the spit up stage, and getting carpet tiles or some sort of placeholder. Our nursery room rug, frankly, looked disgusting after about 6 months and we ended up throwing it out when we moved to a new house at one year. Also, make sure that you sit it any rocker or glider before you buy it – you’ll be spending a lot of time there!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:59 AM

      Thanks, Jennie! It’s definitely why we’re choosing a high quality rug, as they’re extremely durable and typically stand up to the test of time – plus, we’ve got our wool rug cleaning game DOWN (thanks to the dogs, ha!). We also plan on using play mats and blankets on the floor a lot.ReplyCancel

      • Kimberlee Majdoch - October 3, 2017 - 11:43 AM

        ohhhh please share how you clean your wool rug! I cannot get the dog hair out of mine to save my life. We have a nice Dyson too, but since we can’t have the brush spinning on the rug it doesn’t seem to pick up the hair.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 11:49 AM

          Well, we definitely use the spinning brush. I know wool rugs say not to, but honestly, we’ve been using the spinning brush for years, and our nice wool rugs are still in excellent shape! For tough stains, we use Oxiclean Pets, otherwise, we use a spray bottle with water and a couple drops of dish soap for almost everything else. Dish soap is a miracle worker! Then we’ll prop the wet rug up using any nearby object (a cup, etc), so that it can dry thoroughly. Once dry, vacuuming helps to agitate the spot so that the fibers fluff back into place. We’ve yet to come across a stain we couldn’t get up!ReplyCancel

  • Mara - October 3, 2017 - 7:03 AM

    I can’t tell you how much I love design #2. So happy for you both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Those pink curtains, right?! Thank you, Mara!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - October 3, 2017 - 8:46 AM

    Love the neutral soft palette! One question though – are you putting a changing table/station anywhere?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Yup, in the closet! I mentioned it briefly in the end there. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia - October 3, 2017 - 9:03 AM

    My son also spit up on the nursery rug twice. And by spit up I mean full on throw up. Both instances I had to rinse it out with cool water, then use the steam cleaner, then Lysol, then let it sit in the sun for a bit. Luckily the rug is only 6×8 and wool with a cotton backing, so it survived and is still usable. So maybe just make sure it is sturdy enough and natural materials that can take water. I also highly recommend buying a small steam carpet cleaner for various spit up and spill uses.

    Also, regarding the curtains – many sleep consultants and books urge parents to put in blackout shades. I thought this was silly until I tried it and my 8 month old’s napping and night sleeping improved DRAMATICALLY. Sleeping is basically the holy grail of every parent ever, so I recommend you make plans to have some discreet and sleek blackout roller blinds or Roman shades installed underneath your lovely sheer curtains but outside the frames of your windows so they actually can do their job.

    Any nursery has to be beautiful but supremely functional – and I agree that your chair needs to be sat in in advance. At the beginning you could spend 6 hours a day in that chair and I’m not joking. The reason those gliders are ugly as sin is because they have the function you need – a high back where you can rest your head at 3am when your daughter wants to nurse for 45 minutes, a gliding footstool so you can elevate your feet and glide with a minimum of effort, and very cushy seats so that your poor postpartum toosh can roost with at least a modicum of comfort.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:10 AM

      Thanks for all the tips, Julia! We are 100% putting blackout shades in here, and we have sat in a LOT of gliders (we spent an entire day going from store to store just sitting and criticizing every last chair). In our case, we’re also dealing with a huge space constraint, so it’s a bit of a give and take as well. We feel comfortable with where we’ve landed. :)ReplyCancel

  • kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:12 AM

    I love 3, and where is the changing table?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:18 AM

      It’s going in the closet! :) I mentioned it briefly in the closing paragraph.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 3, 2017 - 9:14 AM

    Those pom-pom curtains are TOO cute! I adore them. They add a bit of fun to an upscale nursery, and of course, I’m very excited to see the colorful closet plans.ReplyCancel

  • Cathie Streator - October 3, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    Beautiful Kim! My first memory of you is in a bright pink shirt with a bright orange shirt under. I had never before seen those two colors together and somehow they have always reminded me of you since. Maybe a little orange giraffe might show up as a baby gift…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:39 AM

      And pink and orange remain my two favorite colors! Great to hear from you! :DReplyCancel

  • Kate - October 3, 2017 - 9:40 AM

    Congratulations – love room #1! One thought – if you’re going to extend the room into the closet, perhaps think about a narrow dresser and use the top of it as a changing station. Much more functional than a changing table, and possibly able to be moved out into the room afterwards.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:49 AM

      100%! You’re reading our minds. Sharing more on our closet plans next week.ReplyCancel

      • Stephanie Reiner - October 3, 2017 - 3:42 PM

        We did a changing pad on a dresser for our first. Now with #3 I change her on our bed, the couch, the floor, haven’t used the changing pad once! 😆ReplyCancel

        • Kate - October 4, 2017 - 11:46 AM

          Oh totally. We have a three floor rowhouse in Philadelphia, and there was a changing area on every single floor of the house – even if it was a travel changing pad and a small basket of cream/wipes/dipes.

          Also? another tip – hang a bag that you can sling over your shoulder or a basket with handles at the bottom of the stairs so that you can grab/tote stuff up & down while holding the baby. Lifesaver.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - October 3, 2017 - 9:43 AM

    I love the direction this room is taking! So beautiful and yes, those pom-pom curtains are swoon-worthy. I LOVE the sconce, but would make sure it’s adjustable (It may very well be) in that you can point it AWAY from the rocker, if necessary. Your sweet baby girl will be looking up and you don’t want the sconce shining right into her little eyes….just my first thought when I saw these renderings. BEAUTIFUL room and thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      Definitely something we thought of (I also have the most sensitive eyes EVER), and yup, it swivels!ReplyCancel

  • Brianne Franklin - October 3, 2017 - 10:02 AM

    Cute design! I second the black out shades/curtains. LIFESAVER. also, I think that bookshelf will feel dwarfed in the room–doesn’t it have tall ceilings? It’s only 5′ on the LON website.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:14 AM

      Ceilings are almost 10′ tall, but we have a big piece of art we’re looking to put above it!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - October 3, 2017 - 10:27 AM

    Modsy designed some beautiful nurseries for you. But I noticed that their window treatments didn’t reach the floor. Please don’t follow their lead. Take your panels to the floor. Or else it will look like you cheaped out.

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:31 AM

      Haha, you totally know we’re bringing those curtains all the way to the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Davis - October 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM

    TOTALLy agree with the comments on blackout shades and spitting up. Ivory Velvet for a chair sounds lovely, but not very baby-proof :{ Also, don’t worry about not being able to fit a huge glider. I had a plain old wooden rocking chair and foot stool for nursing my two children. If you can rock and put your feet up, you’ll be fine! I vote for the rug from #2 and the pom-pom drapes!ReplyCancel

    • Alison Davis - October 3, 2017 - 10:34 AM

      But being able to lean your head back against something is KEY!! Really, give it some thought :)ReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:40 AM

        We hear ya, but taller chairs are just too deep. (We’ve discussed it to death on our end!) It’s okay, I promise, we’re used to smaller scale city living!ReplyCancel

        • Jennie - October 5, 2017 - 9:25 AM

          Have you looked at Dutailier for a glider? Not the wooden ones, but the upholstered ones? Knowing you guys and research, I’m sure you have. But they do make some smaller scale gliders with tall backs, such as the Pico, which is 34′ deep (though a few inches wider than the one linked here). I can vouch for it, because we have it and its been great. It’s a slightly different look than what you have, but they also have some other options.ReplyCancel

          • Claire - October 6, 2017 - 4:22 PM

            I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but being able to sleep in the glider is great if there is any way to make it work. My daughter is 2 1/2, and due her having a bad cold I spent part of several nights last week sleeping upright with her in my lap. We have the Monte Luca glider- it is slim and narrow. She also slept in a mini crib (PB has them) until she was well over 2, if you are pushed for space, it is worth considering! Oh, and I never got a changing table- changing pad on the floor always did the job, she was a wiggly baby!

  • Paige Flamm - October 3, 2017 - 11:06 AM

    I LOVE MODSY! They have the best design rendering of any other company!


  • Ann - October 3, 2017 - 11:41 AM

    I like all the ideas for your baby girl’s nursery, but! I think the mirror about a foot above the floor so baby can crawl up to it and discover herself would work out great for this room.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - October 3, 2017 - 12:28 PM

    I always love the way you put a room together! So beautiful and classic and comfortable. Quick thought, from a mama of six – my littlest is a year and a half old, and the climbing is crazy. SO crazy. Which is what I thought of when I saw that bookshelf. I’m sure you’ve considered that, but because preventing the crazy indoor climbing is our daily, minute-to-minute reality right now (which I always manage to forget about between babies), I thought it was worth mentioning. I’m excited to see how your beautiful nursery turns out!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 12:39 PM

      Thanks, Nicole! Funny, because that’s something that I mentioned to Scott when we were looking at bookshelves. But… the storage is invaluable! When we get to that point, it’s going to be one of those things that we’ll need to focus on. Any tips from other parents to discourage all the climbing?ReplyCancel

      • Laurel - October 3, 2017 - 2:49 PM

        Remember that every kiddo is different, too. My almost-2-year old son loves to run and jump but isn’t that much of a climber. One suggestion might be to limit that amount of time your daughter spends alone in her room, especially around the climbing age. Want to climb? Let’s go do stairs! Or go to the park! You can always close the door to at least put an obstacle between her and the shelves. And, you can also rig up something that will anchor the shelves to the wall so IF she climbs, the shelves won’t tumble on top of her.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 2:53 PM

          Thank you so much, Laurel! And so true, we plan on strapping the bookcase to the wall regardless.ReplyCancel

      • Kelly - October 3, 2017 - 4:06 PM

        I can’t tell from the renderings, but will she be able to reach items on the shelf from the crib when she’s older?ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - October 3, 2017 - 12:52 PM

    Our rocker (the Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker) doesn’t have a super high back, and it’s fine to fall asleep in. I was stubborn about wanting one that I liked aesthetically, and paired with a good ottoman, you can definitely get comfortable in it. Instead of a pouf, though, you might want to consider something with more surface area. Our nursery is pretty small, too, so it serves as extra seating when my husband wants to sit with me, is a convenient spot to set the baby if you just need to lay him down for a minute or change his clothes, and serves as a good surface to fold clothes, etc. We have this one from Target (looks like they are super limited on colors right now), and it’s very very functional in the small space:

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 1:04 PM

      Such a good suggestion, and one we considered, for sure. When we really thought about it though, if we all want to hang out together, our home is set up in such a way that there’s a big, cozy couch about 4 feet from the nursery door. :)ReplyCancel

  • doorot - October 3, 2017 - 1:33 PM

    This is going to look beautiful, no matter which option you choose.

    You know, I bought all the fancy things for my first born and ended up nursing him (and his brother and sister) out of the comfort of my own bed :) Much comfier, lots of space.
    Of course the crib was in our room in the beginning, which also made it more convenient.
    That rocker looks perfectly comfy!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine MacLennan - October 3, 2017 - 2:28 PM

    First, these 3-d mock-ups are UNBELIEVABLE. So realistic!! And of course the design is beautiful.
    Second, re: changing table location: I have a weird-sounding suggestion. Would you be able to fit a changing table in the bathroom?!? I saw this set up once in an open house and I can’t get it out of my head! It makes perfect sense; all diaper mess (and particularly the smells) contained, close to faucet for any spills, no rugs to be pooped/peed on accidentally for whatever reason. Also, if you’re cloth diapering and you could set it up to put the table near the toilet, you could just plop the poop right in!! (Sorry if that’s tmi- you don’t have to worry about it until baby starts eating solid food!) Unfortunately my bathroom doesn’t accommodate the width of a changing table otherwise I’d be all over it. I think all home bathrooms should have space for a baby changing table!!ReplyCancel

  • martina - October 3, 2017 - 3:40 PM

    Have you noticed yet that as soon as a baby is in the picture people have OPINIONS! I can’t believe someone didn’t warn you to make sure the mirror is affixed to the wall so it won’t fall during one of those, all too common, Chicago earthquakes! ;)
    I ignored a lot of, very well meant, advice when I had my kids. I didn’t use a diaper genie, despite a friend yelling (!) at me that I was insane not to have one. I preferred to breastfeed on the couch than a rocker, etc. And… we all survived! Listen to your instincts and don’t get caught up in all of the advice. You know how to be a mom in your heart and your gut, trust that! I read a long time ago a quote from someone whom I’ve forgotten. The gist is that every kid who walks in the Olympic opening ceremony was raised in a different way, but they all turned out pretty well anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Phoua - October 3, 2017 - 4:05 PM

    It looks SO good Kim! I love a more neutral look for nurseries just like you! My fav is number 1 but with the rug from #2 and the pom pom curtains from #3.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 3, 2017 - 7:17 PM

    Not only am I thrilled you finally get to make this a nursery, I’m also thrilled that you shared Modsy, because they apparently do what I am SO terrible at doing in my head. I can design an awesome inspiration mood board, but it never works quite as well in real life. Probably because I have a terrible sense of space.
    I’m totally going to use this for an upcoming project!

    Second, though I’m basically your polar opposite when it comes to nursery design (hello primary colors galore!) I have a few images I wanted to share with you –
    In case you’re not sold on one exact crib, I got an amazing solid wood crib from Kalon Studios, and they are a really cool small business worth checking out.

    Second, I wanted shelves for stuff and I put them in the closet (Doors removed) with hanging clothes below them. This solved the issue of my baby girl climbing them, and also made the changing table/dresser easier to access or so I felt.

    Finally, I reupholstered my grandma’s rocker and added an ottoman and it was super comfy, even though it didn’t provide head support. It was just right for me to rest my head back against the top of it, so I bet you’ll be fine with the rocker you have in the photos!

    Haven’t shared these on the blog yet, so I threw them into a photo album and the link is below if you want to see how I did the shelves in the closet and the awesome crib.

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 7:50 PM

      Jane, that nursery is amazing!! Closet organization for days, I couldn’t love it more! We have plans for the closet that would make a similar set up virtually impossible, but I am taking notes over here. Thank you for all the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 4, 2017 - 12:30 AM

    I love the ideas and know you will pull it together nicely. Lots of good tips/opinions…people just like to share what they have learned. There are chronic helpers among us that sadly can’t help ourselves ;) And on that note, my brother had 22 stitches on his forehead from climbing the bookshelf in my room. It obviously scarred me too as it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the cool free-standing shelf.

    Good luck, enjoy, and thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - October 4, 2017 - 9:11 AM

    Oh my gosh I love your final choice so much it’s going to be gorgeous!! Those Pom Pom curtains are for sure a must! When we had our first, we still lived in a one and one so his nursery was basically a corner of our bedroom. I beat myself up before we came with all of the “recommendations” that I “had to have” but ultimately we just went with what worked for us and we adjusted as we went! You just gotta do what feels best for you guys!

    Also, vinegar water has worked wonders for me for cleaning our little mans spit up off of our new carpet (as long as it’s done right away)

    So SO excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherB - October 4, 2017 - 10:30 AM

    I love it! I think first is my favorite, too.

    One thought to consider is whether the back on your chair is high enough. I had a lower backed rocker that I LOVED…until I was feeding baby while completely exhausted to the point I couldn’t even hold up my head and there was no headrest :/ Just a thought…

    Can’t wait to see how nursery turns out! Such a fun time.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - October 4, 2017 - 11:23 PM

    I love all three designs and I’m excited to see which one you pick. I painted my daughter’s nursery yellow and used hot pink accessories 😂 It took me a year to paint over the yellow and nix the hot pink after I realized I wanted the space to feel calm and relaxing. Now my daughter is 5, and of course she’s requesting a hot pink room! For what it’s worth, I never used a glider and my kids never spit up! Kids are so different that although everyone means well with their input, you won’t really know until your baby girl gets here. My son has yet to climb his bookcase but yesterday he climbed the dinning table and stood on it proudly shaking the chandelier back and fourth. So there’s that! After having my first child I told all expecting mothers that they absolutely had to have a baby swing because it was a lifesaver. My second child cried hysterically every time I put him in that stupid swing! I stopped giving advice to expecting mothers.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 8:36 AM

      Haha, I figured that’s why it’s best to do calming now – no doubt she’ll take after me as a little girl and want everything to be BRIGHT PINK! So I’ll take the soothing nursery while I can get it. :)

      I hear ya – I’m a LOT older than my siblings (to the point where I was babysitting them as a high schooler when they were still babies), and my youngest brother would never spit up. EVER. Then one day, as I was getting ready to go out on a date, I picked him up to say goodbye, and he projectile vomited ALL over me! The whole family sat there in stunned silence before bursting out laughing. So, never say never either, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Carley - November 1, 2017 - 4:18 PM

    Hi! I don’t know if I missed it, but what color did you use for the off-white walls?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 1, 2017 - 4:22 PM

      They’re Ben Moore’s Intense White.ReplyCancel


This past weekend, we went to the last Elkhorn Flea Market of the season, also known as our first flea trip of the season. (That garden unit took everything out of us!) Elkhorn is one of our very favorites - worth the hour and a half drive from Chicago …
  • Stacy G. - September 28, 2017 - 6:46 AM

    The globe and the book are my favorites. <3 So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • - September 28, 2017 - 7:12 AM

    I love old big lamps too! But I struggle with finding shades that use spider fitters and that modernize them. I currently have two tall amazing lamp bases, but their shades are dingy, dated, and beige. Where do you look?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 28, 2017 - 7:50 AM

      We’re worried about that too! But I think had a lot of options, and make sure to check any local fix it shops in your area. We actually have a small lamp/fix it store not far from us if we can’t find something else… Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • susan - September 28, 2017 - 7:32 AM

    Don’t be surprised if your daughter doesn’t end up liking that book most of all. It’s a marvelous find.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - September 28, 2017 - 10:56 AM

    And those red tools would, of course, be Milwaukee tools.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - September 28, 2017 - 1:56 PM

    I love that lamp! Great find. Where did you get that “I have always known it was you” print? I tried your shop our home page, but the internet doesn’t love me today :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 28, 2017 - 2:03 PM

      We got it several years ago from a shop that our friend owned – Row Boat Press – but he’s sadly closed up!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - September 28, 2017 - 2:28 PM

    The globe! Be still my heart.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 2, 2017 - 2:26 PM

    That. Glooooobe! Oh my goodness, it’s so perfect. (Also, I cannot wait to hear stirrings of a nursery.)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - October 5, 2017 - 9:57 AM

    That leather lamp is amazing and I am IN LOVE with the globe. It’s perfect.ReplyCancel


Last week, we posted a photo tour of our Tree House, and today, we're looking forward taking you on an actual walk through with Jack and CC in tow! Our little home is a half mile walk from the beaches of Lake Michigan in the small town of Lakeside, a painless hour and …
  • rebecca - September 26, 2017 - 10:08 AM

    What a precious cottage! Are your plans to air bnb it?
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2017 - 11:50 AM

      Eventually! The main purpose is a getaway for us, our family and friends, but we’re also considering Air bnb for a bit farther down the road. We’ll be sure to keep you all updated on how that goes!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - September 26, 2017 - 10:28 AM

    You do have a cute little baby bump! I love it :)
    Curious to know where working on this will fall along with the remaining items for your full time house (although it doesn’t seem like there’s much left! downstairs bath maybe?). Would love to get a big picture post on the to do list for the main house and the lake house.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2017 - 11:49 AM

      There’s a lot of little (and some not so little) things on our home’s exterior, but yes, the downstairs bath is the main project ahead for our home! Well, that and the upcoming nursery. :D Thank you for the suggestion, we’ll be sharing a bit of a to do list for the lake house soon!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - September 26, 2017 - 3:15 PM

    This is such a great space!


  • Nina - September 26, 2017 - 10:38 PM

    Gah! Your cutest lil baby bump & Scott’s loving tone of voice when he pointed it out. Also, CC’s woe is me face at the end made me laugh out loud. The tree house is going to be tres magnifique!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 27, 2017 - 9:53 AM

      Haha, CC can really milk that face – she’s an expert frowner (while she wags her little nub of a tail at the same time)!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - September 27, 2017 - 1:43 PM

    LOVE the lake house!!! And so convenient from Chicago for you. That’s a bonus. We have our beach condo investment property but it’s just a little too far away for regular use (and it’s rented a LOT), so I would love to convince my husband of a lake/mountain/ski house but we haven’t found the right area yet! Maybe some day. And HVAC should absolutely be your first investment. We just replaced ours in our beach condo and I feel like it’s going to pay for itself really fast. So much A/C in florida!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 27, 2017 - 1:54 PM

      And on the opposite spectrum, a good gas heating system is going to come in SO handy for chilly Michigan winters! We’ll share how things go as we get that going!ReplyCancel

  • Olga - September 28, 2017 - 9:47 AM

    Love your new house and look forward to seeing what you’ll do with it. I live in a 1935 bungalow in Edinburgh, Scotland and it still has the original internal doors and two cute fireplaces in both of the bedrooms, original floors and front door. The fireplaces no longer work as we had to demolish the chimneys are they were rotten but couldn’t bring myself to remove the fireplaces.ReplyCancel

  • yooying - October 10, 2017 - 6:25 AM

    How beautiful!! I look forward to seeing how you decorate the house. I also love the loft space!

  • Lindsey - October 15, 2017 - 12:25 PM

    Love it! Just curious, as I was trying to look at the reflection in the side door– what type of camera mount are you using? 🎥🤳🏻😬ReplyCancel