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One of the biggest perks we get from writing about our home renovation is connecting with like-minded people – you know, you. We receive emails on anything from where we like to shop to who we’d recommend for plumbing and electrical and whole-house-gutting, from paint color favorites to suggestions on Chicago pet rescues. It’s obvious we love discussing all things home + pets, and recently, I found myself in an email thread with reader, Rachael (hi, Rachael!), who was in the midst of a whole home refresh. Every wall, piece of trim and kitchen cabinet was getting the Light and Bright treatment, and by project’s end, I was just as invested in the final product as she was! Having hired out the work, she writes:

We took a few days to get out of dodge while the heavy lifting was taking place this week, and I haven’t slept a good night since! I keep second guessing all of my choices. Will the gray be too dark? Will the white be too white? Is matte the right finish choice for the walls? […] I don’t know how you take on these projects all the time. This is a serious strain on my sanity! Can you write a blog post on how you cope with the challenges of indecision and heartache and the voodoo tactics you employ to sleep at night while in the heart of the process?

I shared our conversation with Scott, and he responded with a yup!, as in, Rachael, we get you. Whether hired or DIY, both options can be a mental drain. When hired (aka, not in total control), we find ourselves more anxious about the final results, whereas DIY (aka, all the control we could ask for) is not always the fastest or, sometimes, even the most cost effective solution. I want to start by saying that, yes, we do have heartache when things break bad, we do lie awake at night overthinking super white versus bright white, and although we’ve yet to try voodoo tactics, we do smudge.

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I’m an over-analyzer and planner by nature, and as a result, we do our best to start every project with a purpose and loose timeline. (I say loose because larger projects that need hired contract work can – and have! – gone off course in the past.) Before beginning our three-room-triple-threat at the end of last year, we gave ourselves a pep talk. We said, these are some of the last rooms in our house that require big time demolition. Let’s promise to have fun with it. Saying these things aloud help us to conquer any fears we might individually have about what’s to come, what decisions are yet to be made and what problems – if any, but likely – will arise. It lets us know we’re starting any project, large or small, on the same page. While crossing that finish line is a great feeling, we should have fun doing it, too.

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Let’s say you’ve just started your project, and you’ve stated your happy mantras aloud, and then before you know it, you’re cursing the plumbing stack you didn’t know was behind that wall and is now causing you to re-think everything. There’s no downplaying how upsetting that can be, but in the grand scheme of things, is it really that serious? In most cases, probably not. Plans change. We press ‘reset’ on our brains, and we move towards a new plan. It’s not always easy (the kitchen door debacle immediately comes to mind!), but we force ourselves into a mental shift. We remind ourselves that everything will work out, because it has to.

Remember the day we smashed champagne on the side of this house? We had no idea what was to come. We didn’t know there would be endless lath behind the walls or that there would be a lack of insulation. But we also didn’t know we’d discover a hidden arch in the entryway or a chimney in the studio! We learned quickly that it would become a requirement to begin each and every project with a come-what-may attitude. Those curveballs don’t matter much when you’re kind-of-sort-of expecting them.

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It’s frustrating (and somehow funny) how working towards a greater end goal can so easily begin to feel cumbersome when you’re in the thick of it. Do you ever question why in the world you’ve started such-and-such project and is it even worth it? We do. We do all the time! I really think that’s because anything that important to us will keep anyone awake at night. It’s a mix of excitement and the unknown, and even after almost 7(!) years of documenting our journey from our actual yellow brick home to this – our gray vinyl siding home (ha) – I still feel abuzz when I sit down to write. I want our decisions (and indecisions) to play a role before I hit ‘publish.’ Because when something is worth it, it’s rarely simple.

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So, why do we renovate? We do it because we can’t imagine not doing it. It won’t always be this way, so we remind ourselves to embrace the experience right now. Throwing sledgehammers through these walls will go down as some of our favorite memories, and we still get a crazy jolt of energy when we finally find the perfect fabric for an upholstery project or mortar the last tile onto the floor. And when we write the story of this house, we make an effort to share the bad with the good, right here.

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We’re rounding out 3 years in our current home, and we still have entire rooms – and a whole back yard! – we haven’t even touched. How cliché of me to say, but slow and steady wins the race. Same with renovation and all it entails: indecision and heartache and celebration and everything in-between. We’ll get there. You’ll get there. With time.

  • Carrie - April 21, 2016 - 8:21 AM

    SO well said!! This post was really poignant to read as someone only six short months into their reno…You nailed it—literally!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 21, 2016 - 9:40 AM

      You’ve been knocking it out of the park, Carrie!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - April 21, 2016 - 8:43 AM

    In my experience, almost no one else will even be able to tell the difference on all the stuff you are driving yourself crazy over. I have an eagle eye. My eye zooms right to every little discrepancy and flaw. No one else sees it. And no one else cares. It’s your home and you want to love it, but to do so, it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’ll never be perfect unless you’re going to live in it like it’s a museum.

    I’ve made some mistakes along the way and it’s cost me some money too. Sometimes that’s what it takes to learn what works for you.

    I feel like sometime we reno nerds need a gentle slap back to reality. We aren’t solving for cancer cures here. We’re decorating our houses. Such first world anxiety we create for ourselves!

    If the white is too white, paint it a different white – or don’t. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 21, 2016 - 8:57 AM

      You’re so right, Sara! Scott reminds us to take a stop back regularly. He will say, how lucky are we that we can renovate in the first place? He – and you! – couldn’t be more right.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Larkin - April 21, 2016 - 2:14 PM

    I so enjoy reading your journey and especially love this post! Thank you, Kim. Living in a 112-year-old fixer in Portland…these are the things I need to keep reminding myself. After 9 years in our house, we’re finally getting baseboards (in keeping with the little scrap of original we have) next month. Woohoo! This little victory will most certainly command its own celebration. Keep on keeping on. It’s looking beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 21, 2016 - 6:50 PM

      HOORAY FOR BASEBOARDS! Game changer. You got this, Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - April 21, 2016 - 5:16 PM

    I can’t believe it’s been 3 years! I’ve loved your blog and projects for so long, it’s been so fun watching you move from amazing DIYs in an apartment to your spectacular current home. You’ve inspired me to tackle projects outside my comfort zone and I’ve bought a lot of products based on your recommendations.
    As always, can’t wait to see what’s next!
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 21, 2016 - 6:51 PM

      So sweet, thank you, Alexis! Does time fly or what. Madness, I say.ReplyCancel

  • Casey - April 24, 2016 - 7:03 PM

    Great post! I have discovered your blog somewhat recently and have enjoyed getting to “know” you guys and your projects. This post made me laugh because I have always said in every DIY project we have done there seems to be this mid-point where everything is looking it’s absolute worst. The excitement of starting is gone, you’re tired, and it’s looking nothing like a final ta-da. And in that moment I always catch myself looking around and thinking- Oh my god what have we done?!? The terror sort of floats to the surface. But like you said it all works out because it has to. I love following your reno (those stairs!!) and wish you the best of luck!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 25, 2016 - 10:10 AM

      It does, it just HAS to! Thanks, Casey!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - April 25, 2016 - 7:15 PM

    I totally needed this today. I am just beginning to renovate my 1962 brick ranch and keep going back and forth on every decisions. But at the end of the day I just need to remind myself to relax, have fun, and I will get there. Eventually.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - May 4, 2016 - 3:03 PM

    YES! It is so hard not to look back at decisions after making them. I keep trying my darndest to keep it moving forward. The house will not be perfect, it never was. What will I do in 5 years if I get it all perfect this first go around?!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - May 4, 2016 - 11:32 PM

    Timely for me to read – my husband and I just bought a new home that needs lots of love, but has oodles of potential. A good reminder to enjoy the journey!ReplyCancel

  • VerbalGoldBlog - May 5, 2016 - 10:57 AM

    This all looks so great! I love seeing and reading about your journey, even though it does look like a lot of work, but definitely worth itReplyCancel

  • Tina - May 13, 2016 - 10:27 AM

    Wow this about sums up everything I’ve been feeling, going through, dealing with, etc etc in the last month with the new shop. Thanks for sharing, Kim. I needed this boost :)ReplyCancel

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This weekend, Scott and I are headed to Mission Viejo, California, where we’ll be diving head first into Akiyo’s family room – with plenty of paint brushes, rollers, lots of lumber and tubes of caulk in tow! We can hardly contain how excited we are to get started. Since announcing the Lowe’s spring makeover campaign in February, we spent hours and hours (and hours) going over each and every application. Your families’ stories showed up in my dreams, your names were thrown around the dinner table as if we were BFFs, and not a day went by that we didn’t say to each other, I wish we could makeover ALL the homes. All of them! So, thank you for sharing your homes – and more importantly, your lives – with us. Thank you for injecting your personalities all over your submissions, and thank you to everyone who gave shout-outs to Jack and Chunk. They howl back at ya, arooo!

All that to say, we are so happy to have ‘met’ Akiyo and her family. Together with her 5-year-old son, husband and teeny pup, Katsu, they have recently moved in with her dad, back into the home she grew up in. This home, now her family’s forever home, has been mostly untouched for years, and they were stumped on where to start and how to make it work for everyone – dad/grandpa, their own trio and Katsu, too! It has become a multi-generational home full of silliness and laughter. The family room is where they secretly practice their dance moves (sorry, Akiyo!), sing karaoke and unwind at the end of a long work day. Coming in at 300 sq. ft., the space is so full of potential, and our minds raced with possibilities. Family room, there is so much in store for you!

Here’s what you see when you first walk in:

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The room is flooded with natural light and an entire wall of windows(!), but almost every piece of furniture is pushed up against the remaining three walls (or under arrest as Scott would say!). Their biggest concern is making sure that there is sufficient seating for the entire family to gather together, snuggle up to a movie or work on crafts at the coffee table. With no central overhead fixture, there is a lack of ambient lighting in the evenings, and the mirror – although great for practicing those dance moves! – feels a bit dated. Katsu has created his own doggie door, i.e., there is a cartoonish puppy-shaped tear through the screen door. The beige walls and carpet could use a pick-me-up, and some extra storage would be nice! Let’s take in a 360-view:

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We’ve been working behind the scenes on a design plan, and the last couple of months have been a blur of emails, texts and photos of paint swatches. But even more exciting? Progress is already being made! A ceiling junction box has since been installed, and the wall of mirrors, once adhered with liquid nails, has come down, revealing a sweet little note from the original homeowners. It reads: Wayne Davis | Louise Davis | 1974 | Our new home and mirrors. The message is complete with a sketch of an owl on his perch:

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Also? New floors! You guys, we have new floors! (Okay, Akiyo + family have new floors, but we’re too invested at this point.) We chose this porcelain wood-look tile and had it installed in a random pattern with similarly colored grout. When Akiyo shot us this progress photo, our jaws dropped. The groundwork has been laid! All the celebratory emojis!

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The in-person completion commences this weekend, and we’ll be sharing snaps on Instagram as we go. Follow along @yellowbrickhome! (By the way, did you catch Julia’s updates?! We cannot wait to see her makeover!)

 

This spring makeover project is a collaboration with Lowe’s. Lowe’s is providing all the materials necessary to complete this project, but the overuse of exclamation points(!) is all us. 

  • Stacy G. - April 15, 2016 - 7:14 AM

    What a wonderful room to work with. My eyes are not the greatest so I immediately love rooms flooded with light. The more light the better. :) Have a great trip!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2016 - 9:57 AM

      It really is a beautiful room! Almost an entire wall taken up with glass.ReplyCancel

  • Bryce - April 15, 2016 - 11:03 AM

    You couldn’t have picked a more deserving and wonderful family to do this for!! I’m so excited for them!!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea T - April 15, 2016 - 12:57 PM

    What brand are those paint swatches?? My walls are a similar nondescript fleshy beige color, and I’m in the market for a nearly-white grey like those!

    Thank you!!
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    • Kim - April 15, 2016 - 1:04 PM

      The one on the left is Sherwin Williams, and I’m pretty sure the other two are Valspar. They were all picked up at Lowe’s though!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - April 18, 2016 - 9:30 AM

    Those floors though! Definitely gonna tag along on Snapchat – can’t wait to see the finished product.ReplyCancel

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With a place for everything, and everything in its place, we’re officially calling the bathroom done! It’s been a few months since we first shared our plans, but the entire process felt surprisingly painless. After last year’s kitchen debacle still weighing heavy on our minds, we’ll be the first to admit that we were overly cautious when it came to hiring a contractor to rough in the new room layout, plumbing and electrical. We took a different approach and hired Jen, a designer by trade (more details here), but looking back, we could really consider her service as a peaceful, pre-demolition therapy session. Her role was to help us plan a proper layout (i.e., what works vs. what doesn’t), but the most invaluable part of her service was interviewing and negotiating with contractors. As a result, we hired a GC that we love (this was half the battle!) who carried out the plans – on schedule! – and left us with a big blank slate we could dive right into. Side note: If you need a Jen in your life, feel free to send me an email. Depending on your needs, it may be affordable than you’d think. I’m happy to spread the good word! 

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Our goal was to keep it feeling pretty and fresh, minimal for the most part. While we debated a soft color for the walls (even going so far as to paint swatches of soft grays, greens and pinks!), the simplicity of a bright white bathroom can’t be beat. On our walls: Silent White by Clark+Kensington.

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We were able to enlarge the footprint of our bathroom by pushing back the shower wall almost 3′, but despite this leap in space, it was still somewhat challenging to find a double sink in the 48″ we’d allotted. Enter: IKEA! We personalized a GODMORGON cabinet with walnut fronts from Semi Handmade and topped those with 18″ Larkin pulls. The warm brass in the room mixed with a base layer of polished chrome and topped with these hearty oil-rubbed bronze sconces has our hearts. We say, mix all the metals!

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With the vanity cabinet chosen and installed, the next hiccup was finding a mirror that was wide enough to span both sinks and still be tall enough to fill the space! Originally, you might remember that we were leaning towards double mirrors, but with two sinks, two faucets and two sconces, we realized that two mirrors might be overkill. We ultimately landed on the Upton mirror, a 40″ square, which, you guys, is huge! At the time we decided that this one fit the bill, it was out of stock, but we pre-ordered during a holiday sale and crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t be delayed too long (luckily, it only took a month, arriving during tile install). We weren’t in love with the mahogany finish, so I used a small foam roller to brush on two coats of our favorite black, Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine by Clark+Kensington. Side note: We started with 1 gallon of that color in an exterior grade satin finish years ago! We’ve since painted our porch swing, kitchen island, sliding doors and now this mirror – and we still have paint left.

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We love the idea of art in the bathroom – the quirkier, the better! With the room’s color scheme falling heavily into the black and white category, we wanted to have a little fun with it.

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We picked a couple of new pieces for the room, one of our tops being from local artist, Ryan Duggan. It’s a typical Chicago street view, but do you spot the dog? Ryan created an entire series around shitting dogs – it’s true! – and what better room to make an appearance? (If you’re not a fan of his already, you’re about to be! We have this one hanging in our entryway, and it makes us smile every day.)

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Speaking of, uh, dogs, can I just say, we love our toilet! We thought we’d go with something sleek and streamlined, but we surprised even ourselves by choosing the more ornate Kathryn toilet during our trip to Kohler. The flush is quiet and oddly powerful at the same time, and the lid has a soft close which is so, so nice.

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With minimal counter space on our sink vanity, we opted to install a sweet marble shelf above Kathryn, having only minor hesitation about drilling into our new tile. (We even picked up a marble toilet brush which is part ridiculous, part awesome.) With the first pilot hole done, there was no turning back – and we are thrilled with it! The marble pattern lends so much on its own, but I was happy to have a landing spot for this gold tooth planter by Christi Ahee we’d been eyeing for a while.

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To top it off, we hung a photo from our recent travels down Route 66! I love nice repetition in photography, and we liked the soft colors from this abandoned motel in Amboy, California. Side note: I’ve since added Amboy #1 to The Print Shop, and Chicago locals, you can pick up the planter and more of Christi’s work at Humboldt House, too! HH is worth the trip.

Moving on to the floors, as much as we love the look of a vintage rug in a bathroom, we were determined to find something that was easily washable. The simple pattern on this one was a win for both of us, and it allowed the focus to remain on the black and white hex tile we worked so hard on! It’s nice and thick, but the back isn’t as non-slip as I’d like, so I cut down a rug pad remnant to keep it in place.

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Finally, the shower! The extra long shower curtain was worth the hunt, and all our chrome finishes look like jewelry. But that ceramic dial plate? It’s from Kohler’s Antique line, and it might be our favorite embellishment in the room. We took the matte white oversized subway tile to the ceiling, and it’s been both people and pet approved!

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We couldn’t be happier with how the room turned out – a result of 3 weeks of demolition, an endless amount of tiling and a good month (or two!) of painting, fussing and installing those final layers that brought us to completion. Of course, what’s a reveal post without the satisfying before and afters? Until I dug up these photos, I had forgotten how bad it really was. Oof. But moving on! Let’s go!

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To really stick a fork in it, we celebrated the completion with a demolition photo. Bathroom, you’ve come a long, long (long!) way.

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Most items in this room have been linked throughout, but to make it easier, here’s a round-up of the things that make up the room! If I’ve missed anything, just ask.

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1. mirror | 2. soap pump | 3. robe hook | 4. semi-flush mount light | 5. faucets | 6. photo print | 7. whale nail brush | 8. bathmat | 9. turkish hand towel | 10. brass frame | 11. black and white hex tile | 12. sconces | 13. brass hooks (vintage from eBay) | 14. marble shelf | 15. fluffy bath towels | 16. dog art print | 17. mallard mirror | 18. gold tooth planter | 19. vetiver + sage candle | 20. brass pulls | 21. sink + vanity, walnut face | 22. marble toilet brush | 23. brass TP holder | 24. toilet | 25. oversized subway tile | 26. shower curtain

PS! To follow the play-by-play from the very beginning, click on any thumbnail below. Thank you for always encouraging us as we figure out what this old lady of a house wants. You’re the best.

  • JenB - April 12, 2016 - 1:23 PM

    It’s amazing! Congratulations.

    Quick q — did I miss the source link for the bathtub? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - April 12, 2016 - 1:32 PM

    It looks gorgeous!

    (however, one piece of feedback – since this was party sponsored by Rejuvenation, it feels a little cheesy to have rstyle links to the Rejuvenation products, like you’re double-dipping. Same with the original post with the Rejuvenation products…)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 1:37 PM

      Thank you, Sarah! (They’re on board with it as part of the partnership, and I appreciate your feedback!)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - April 12, 2016 - 1:57 PM

    Ahhhh! I love it!!!! Also I’m now about to fill my home with Ryan Duggan prints!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz M - April 12, 2016 - 2:16 PM

    It turned out so great! I love all the little details. Thanks for sharing all the sources too.

    We recently built a house and in our master bathroom we opted for only one sink on a 60″ vanity so that I would have room for ‘stuff’ while getting ready. Just curious your thought process in needing two sinks right beside each other verses having some counter space. I see this a lot and maybe my husband and I are the odd ones but we are hardly ever in the bathroom at the same time – let alone using the sink at the same time. Not a criticism at all just wondering.

    Thanks for sourcing the extra long shower curtain too! I have been looking for one just like this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 2:35 PM

      Before we ended up going the IKEA route, we were thisclose to giving up on the double sink – but it was a big must for Scott! We are often in the bathroom together in the evenings especially, brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed. It was one of those things where we always said, “wouldn’t it be nice if you could brush your teeth while I wash my face, and we don’t have to wait in line?!”

      I guess everyone does it differently! I can definitely see how a 60″ vanity with one sink would be pretty glorious for the counter space though. :)ReplyCancel

  • hannah - April 12, 2016 - 2:23 PM

    omigosh, this reveal could not have come at a better time…we are working on our bathroom right now, and i’ve been so inspired by yours as we go. tile is going in as i type, and an end is in sight but can’t come soon enough! this gives me strength for a few more inconvenient days :-)

    (hi! i emailed you guys about jen awhile ago, thanks for your help and your encouragement of a fellow logan square homeowner!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 2:36 PM

      Hooray! Best of luck finishing up your renovations!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - April 12, 2016 - 2:42 PM

    It looks great! (And I love all the artwork + Chunk’s expression in that bathing photo…)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 3:33 PM

      Her face, like, literally kills us.ReplyCancel

      • Jen - April 12, 2016 - 9:22 PM

        I could practically hear him saying “Oh, the indignity!” in a droll British accent!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - April 12, 2016 - 2:44 PM

    Gorgeous, chic, timeless. This is the best and I can’t wait for more reveals of your triple room renovation!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Lee - April 12, 2016 - 2:50 PM

    Hi! LOOOVE how the bathroom came out! It looks so refreshing and clean :) I also love the yellow lab black cat “you smell good” art print. Care to share the source? Thanks!!!

    RuthReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 2:55 PM

      Hi Ruth! It kills me, because I don’t know…! When putting together this post, I even took it out of the frame to see if there was a maker on the back – and nothing. We’ve had it for years (it used to be in our condo’s home studio), and I just cannot remember. I wish I had a better answer for you!ReplyCancel

      • Ruth - April 12, 2016 - 2:59 PM

        Aw, no worries! Thanks for such a quick response! Looking forward to hearing more about your next project!ReplyCancel

  • Yasmine - April 12, 2016 - 3:09 PM

    Everything looks SO GORGEOUS, Kim! I’m not sure I’ve ever commented here before, but I’ve been reading for years, and always appreciate your writing, details, and collective good humor! Thank you and Scott.

    I’ve come out of the woodwork to ask about the Turkish towel — unfortunately your Etsy links don’t work. Could you please point me in the correct direction? I LOVE fluffy white bath towels, but ours always smell musty after a couple of days, thanks to our window-less bathroom. I shake my fists! I’m contemplating just getting Turkish bath towels for us all, even though they may not have the same fluff factor.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 3:15 PM

      Hi Yasmine! The Turkish towel is just a smaller hand towel, but we love it! You can see the whole shop right here. The quality is really nice! I bought a few other Turkish hand towels from other sellers, and they started unraveling in the wash. This one held up like a champ!ReplyCancel

      • Yasmine - April 12, 2016 - 7:22 PM

        ohmygoodness, gorgeous towels AND they’re having a sale! Thanks so much, Kim! =)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:44 AM

          Ahh, I might need to stock up on more now!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - April 12, 2016 - 3:10 PM

    Love the room, but I’m dying over the bathrobe (I know it’s silly, but I’ve been wanting a bathrobe and holy crap I love that one!!).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 3:18 PM

      So funny! I have been stupid picky over bath robes for far too long, and then I found this one on clearance at Macy’s over the holidays! I love that it’s short, has a hood and is super thick. It doesn’t look like it’s available anymore, but it’s called the Lacoste Smash Robe.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 12, 2016 - 3:24 PM

    This is absolutely incredible. I love the art, the side by side before and afters. That cheeky tooth planter, the mixed metals AND your cropped black tee. Love it all so much.ReplyCancel

  • Dani @ Danielle and Co. - April 12, 2016 - 3:29 PM

    So funny! I just used that whale brush in a style board this morning! Right here: http://danielleandco.com/blog/2016/4/10/design-around-vintage-pink-tile

    I love how style and sophisticated your space is, but still playful – the tooth planter and the artwork show you can have a lovely space and still be fun and relaxed at the same time. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - April 12, 2016 - 4:50 PM

    Oh CC. Those photos of her are maybe my favourite part of this post. But only by a bit. The bathroom is beautiful. You guys have impressive attention to detail and DIY skills. Very good job. Oh and I covet that mallard mirror so, so much.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - April 12, 2016 - 6:08 PM

    Hi Kim! The bathroom reveal looks great. Just curious, do you step out of the shower directly onto the tile floor? Or do you plan to buy another bath mat/rug?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 6:44 PM

      Right now, we’re stepping onto the tile floor BUT we do have a white IKEA mat (one of their cushy ones that wears surprisingly well!) that we were using in the downstairs bath while this one was being renovated. We just haven’t brought it up yet! We’ll probably start using that one again. :)ReplyCancel

  • LK - April 12, 2016 - 6:28 PM

    You could totally sell ‘Sad Dog Eyes in the Shower’ as a print! Great work on the room!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 6:45 PM

      In that case, I could also start a collection: ‘Sad Dog Eyes in Kitchen’ and ‘Sad Dog Eyes in Living Room’ and ‘Sad Dog Eyes on the rug’ and ‘Sad Dog Eyes on a walk’… the list could get really long, LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - April 12, 2016 - 6:50 PM

    What’s your experience with art in bathrooms + leftover steam from the shower? I have a lot of various things that I’d really like to hang on my bathroom wall, but I don’t want to damage anything given that our old Logan Square two flat apartment bathroom doesn’t have very good ventilation .ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

      I’ve always hung art in bathrooms, and knock on wood, we’ve yet to run into issues. We do turn on the ventilation fan when we’re showering. If you think the ventilation in your apartment isn’t going to cut it, I wouldn’t hang anything too precious, OR you could always do a test with a framed piece of paper, hang it on the wall, and see how it fares in the coming weeks/months? That would certainly be dedication, but I think you’d be surprised by how much the glass and backing protects prints and photos. Another thing to consider would be framing items that have a thicker stock, like a cute greeting card.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse - April 12, 2016 - 7:29 PM

    You guys! It’s SO beautiful!! If you hadn’t had such a tough time with the kitchen, I’d totally be hating you for this seemingly effortless bath reno, lol. Mine has taken SO much longer and although I’m so very nearly done, it’s been a struggle with tons of screw ups and delays, most by local trades. Blah. I’ve been totally jealous watching yours unfold so beautifully, if I’m being honest. But I can’t begrudge you because it just looks so amazing, it put a smile on my face today! I was so thrilled to see the review and I’m pinning every single photo. I adore the pooping pup art, the hex tile floor is stunning, the quirky touches are perfect and I just love how this bathroom looks eclectic but pulled together – like it happened over time. That designed over time feel makes it belong so perfectly in your home.
    Well done! You did an amazing job.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:46 AM

      This is so incredibly nice, Tanya, thank you! And we will be crossing all our fingers and toes over here for a smooth ride to the finish line for you – all of our worst renovation experiences have involved the local trade, in one way or another. We were sort of expecting this renovation to take a year like the kitchen (ha!), but thank goodness it all went pretty smooth – with the exception of the water heater! Gotta have at LEAST one hiccup to call it a real renovation, right?!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - April 12, 2016 - 8:17 PM

    I have major bathroom envy. This turned out SO well. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I love the simplicity that’s made fun with all the interesting art and decor.

    One question about your hand-held shower – I like that it’s offset and not attached to the higher shower head. Did you have to run separate piping for that? I don’t remember reading about it in previous posts. I use my guest bath to wash my dogs and would like to do something similar.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:48 AM

      Hi Sarah, our old shower head was a hand held and head in one, but when we knew we would end up having to move the plumbing wall to the opposite side, we took it as a an opportunity to REALLY get the set up we wanted. That included a separate hand held, and yes, it did require separate pipes. The faucet, shower head and hand held are all controlled by a transfer valve, and we relied on our contractor to ensure everything was run properly with new copper pipes.ReplyCancel

  • Marti | Project Palermo - April 12, 2016 - 8:47 PM

    It looks amazing! Awesome job bringing everything together.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie H. - April 12, 2016 - 8:49 PM

    Wow.

    I have anxiously been waiting for the reveal and it’s beyond amazing! My favorite room you’ve transformed so far, but I love everything you’ve done. The details are so, so perfect, but of course my favorite thing is the bath photo of Chunk. I LITERALLY CANT EVEN. 😍ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:49 AM

      We feel that way about her EVERY DAY. She is just the biggest smooshy lover!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - April 12, 2016 - 10:10 PM

    Is it weird that when I saw the pulled back photo of the bathroom door and how it ties in to the gallery wall, I pictured a spiral staircase in front of the gallery wall? Your house is so elegant and dreamy now; such a far cry from how it started!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:50 AM

      Slowly but surely, we are getting there. Thank you, Kathy!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi @ Vintage Revivals - April 12, 2016 - 10:23 PM

    STOP. It turned out AMAZING!! Great job you guys, I love everything about it!!!

    xo
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  • Kemley - April 13, 2016 - 2:09 AM

    Love this space, it is perfect and so unique! We are currently renovating our bathroom and so I’m obsessed with this!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra myrick - April 13, 2016 - 7:51 AM

    Hi! The bathroom is gorgeous. I didn’t see the source for the bath fixtures. Would love to know if it is a set of individual pieces. We are renovating a bath and I love the look of these.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:58 AM

      Hi Debra, we talked about our experience shopping at the Kohler Design Center right here, but basically, everything is a mix and match of pieces that we loved. Kohler has the ability to make every last detail your own, it’s pretty incredible! For example, we chose the shower head we wanted, and we paired that with the showerarm, and THEN we paired THAT with the flange. Here’s a little more info on what we ended up with:

      Artifacts bath spout
      Artifacts shower head with Purist showerarm and flange
      Artifacts hand held shower with Toobi holder + 72″ hose
      Antique valve trim with lever handle (the hot > cold lever)
      Antique ceramic dial plate
      Antique transfer valve
      Pureflo bath drain and trimReplyCancel

      • Debra - April 13, 2016 - 9:11 PM

        Thanks, Kim!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - April 14, 2016 - 9:06 AM

          Sure thing! Also, every finish was polished chrome.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - April 13, 2016 - 9:27 AM

    Where did you get that cute little dog and cat photo over your demo photo?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:52 AM

      Hi Sarah, I wish I had an answer for you! I think it was actually a card that I framed, but I don’t have the maker info. We’ve had it for YEARS (it used to live in our old studio at the condo), and when putting together the source list, I even took it out of the frame to check for a source – but there’s nothing.ReplyCancel

  • Brynne @ The Gathered Home - April 13, 2016 - 9:30 AM

    I wish you could hear it over the internet – I’m squealing in excitement for you guys over how AMAZING this space turned out! Absolutely incredible, but I’d never expect anything else from you two! Stunning!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:52 AM

      Brynne! So nice. Thank you! Hope you’re doing great!ReplyCancel

  • Malissa Jeffreys - April 13, 2016 - 9:59 AM

    Thank you for this inspiring bathroom reno! Our bathroom is about the same size – love your vanity solution. Lovely, as always. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - April 13, 2016 - 6:48 PM

    You guys did an awesome job! I love the mix of all the metals, wood, and black and whites. I love watching the progress you guys have made! It’s quite inspiring. And I’ve been eyeing that mallard mirror for literally YEARS and had no idea rejuvenation sold it! So thanks for that!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 14, 2016 - 1:21 PM

      It is so adorable, Cassie! It makes us chuckle.ReplyCancel

  • Allison H - April 14, 2016 - 8:13 AM

    OMG!! WOW!! YOU GUYS!!! it looks so great!!! i love everything! congrats on tackling that!!! absolutely stunning! :)ReplyCancel

  • misie - April 14, 2016 - 1:36 PM

    it is stupendous – for reeeelz. Love it! That CC all soaped up is perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - April 15, 2016 - 10:03 AM

    I LOVE that you have one of Ryan’s shitting dogs in the bathroom. He’s a dear friend of ours and that one is my favorite in the series. Everything looks amazing, of course, and has me itching to begin our much needed (tub leaks into the basement) bathroom redo.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2016 - 10:06 AM

      We had such a hard time deciding, but the everyday Chicago street view HAD to win out. Plus, that sort of looks like Jack, right?! We got some of our friends on the west coast on board with the prints too, and they chose the MCM house with the barbecue in the yard. :)ReplyCancel

      • Wendy - April 27, 2016 - 2:07 PM

        Love that! Perfect for a west coast house. And it totally looks like Jack.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - April 15, 2016 - 12:51 PM

    It’s beautiful! I’m always afraid to mix metals in rooms (must be my undiagnosed OCD, ha) but you did it so beautifully here. I might just have to give it a try now! :)

    We also just finished our master bathroom ourselves. It’s amazing how long a little space can take to redo, huh? But it’s SO worth it. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next!ReplyCancel

  • VerbalGoldBlog - April 19, 2016 - 12:41 PM

    Absolutely adore everything you’ve done with it! I especially love the floor. Black is such a great look for a bathroom floor and I just never thought about it before.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - April 19, 2016 - 7:05 PM

    This looks so great! I love everything! I’m putting a bathroom together right now too and am having total indecision about the shelving situation above the toilet. Cabinets? Shelves? How many? Just when i was about to order the shelf brackets for two today, you made one look so good!

    AY DIOS MIO! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 20, 2016 - 8:23 AM

      Haha, sorry to have made it more difficult, Gloria! :DReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - May 18, 2016 - 1:24 PM

    Hi! This bathroom is so beautiful!! Love the transformation. Do you have standard 8′ ceilings in the bathroom? I’ve fallen in love with that mirror but I feel like it would take up most of the space on our wall and we couldn’t do sconces above the mirror as you did.

    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 1:32 PM

      Thank you! We have 9′ ceilings in the bathroom, and the lights go almost all the way to the ceiling. This mirror might be a bit too big for 8′ ceilings, unless you have room to put a sconce on each side! That would be so pretty, too.ReplyCancel

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