Last summer, we sold our extra long Mid Century coffee table. There was a small outcry when we shared this vlog (we hear you!), but despite our love for that piece of furniture, it wasn’t the right fit for our living room. When we first moved into this home from our former condo, we would say, ‘Our…
  • Nadia Kaplan - February 20, 2017 - 8:07 AM

    Such a lovely table, amazing that you made it yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Deuce Cities Henhouse - February 20, 2017 - 9:38 AM

    The tutorial vid rules! Love the DIY, and the new coffee table looks great in your space. Can’t believe you lived without one for so long!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 20, 2017 - 9:46 AM

      The funny thing is, we were so used to the extra space, that alone was reason enough to keep putting it off! The dogs and I liked to stretch out all over the floor with pillows. :D Now we have to move the coffee table to do that, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Jane lim - February 20, 2017 - 10:51 AM

    Do you use something else than a vacuum to clean your beautiful rug? You have inspired me to make my own DIY coffee table. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 20, 2017 - 11:05 AM

      We spot clean if needed, but otherwise, we vacuum A LOT! With 3 furry pets, fur is no joke, so we stay on top of the vacuuming.ReplyCancel

  • Susie - February 20, 2017 - 12:24 PM

    What a kick ass video! We’ve used hairpin legs for a few projects before and just loved them. Finishes off the room really well (and no more banged up shins for you!) 👏🏻

    -Susie http://www.tinyhousegiantlife.comReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 20, 2017 - 2:34 PM

    I LOVE this coffee table idea. We’re in the middle of selling ours and this may be just the one to fill the space! And I definitely understand and agree about the whole space thing… just because you have more space doesn’t mean everything has to be bigger. I was tired of bumping into our coffee table so much too. Thanks for the idea :) Love the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - February 20, 2017 - 6:00 PM

    Oh man, that video was SO helpful! I remember back when you had first posted about the Varde in your shipping room that you had discovered that you could do poly with a roller. And I was like okay but HOW because I have definitely tried before and it’s literally gloop. Clearly, my definition of a thin coat was not the right one.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2017 - 9:03 AM

      Ha! Yes, VERY thin. I also go slowly, and then I do a quick roll over any area that might show tiny bubbles. It always dries perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Paige - February 20, 2017 - 7:48 PM

    That coffee table is amazing! I totally want to get my husband to make one for me!


  • amayra | tilecentre - February 22, 2017 - 11:52 PM

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial.Hair pin leg coffee table matches with trending concepts as well you can create one by yourself.I am thinking now I should make it by my own.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - February 25, 2017 - 9:19 AM

    Love this diy! I’ve been looking for a round coffee table to replace our rectangle one too, because we’re always bumping into one of the corners (ouch!) and now with a mobile toddler, it’s on our high need list. But, I’m debating between a round ottoman with a tray on top vs. an actual wooden table. Decisions decisions…

    I did go ahead and price out the wooden top from the source you linked but the shipping comes out to almost the same as the price of the item itself. However, I did find that homedepot has the same for $39.99 and you get free shipping to the store. FYI for anyone else looking to do this diy.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 27, 2017 - 8:39 AM

      Great tip! We couldn’t find a 32″ round at any of our local hardware stores, so we turned to Etsy in the end. There’s no shortage of options, luckily!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - February 26, 2017 - 8:54 PM

    Question, did you guys treat the raw steel legs to prevent rust?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 27, 2017 - 8:38 AM

      Yup, the legs come with a small bit of wax and instructions on how to prep them before use.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 27, 2017 - 9:52 PM

    Hi you two! Thanks so much for posting this. This is exactly what I’ve been wanting to make, you make it look so easy so it’ll be a project this upcoming month! I’m from Canada, so I’m sourcing materials tonight! I need to know though, did you get that sand paper holder from Home Depot? If not, can you please tell me where? Thanks so much! XoReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 9:22 AM

      The sandpaper holder is from a brand called Gator Grit! We love it, but something else that would work is a sanding sponge (easier to hold than just a sheet of paper).ReplyCancel


This post is in partnership with FilterEasy, a service we can really get behind to keep us, our tenants and our homes happy. First month’s on them! Some of you might know that we’re active landlords to two units, both our former condo and the garden unit in our current home. We generally live by the rule that…
  • Missy G. - February 16, 2017 - 9:02 AM

    I have been using Filter Easy for over a year now, and I LOVE it. Replacing the filter is definitely one of those important, but easily forgettable, tasks that keep your home running efficiently. We currently use the basic filter, but will upgrade once we get a pet again. (It’s been a year since we said good-bye to our girl, and Westminster got us feeling all the feels for a lovable furbaby again.)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 16, 2017 - 9:35 AM

      Aw, nothing warms the heart more than a home with pets, we think. :) Happy to hear that you’re loving FilterEasy. We sleep easier with the peace of mind knowing that our tenants are able to take care of this task and keep those HVAC systems running!ReplyCancel

  • Life On Hill Street - February 16, 2017 - 10:42 AM

    I had no idea a service like this existed – thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Gooch - February 16, 2017 - 4:40 PM

    Just signed up. No more sore throats. Yo. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Haley - February 17, 2017 - 9:13 AM

    I’m curious why no hardware on the furnace doors. Just to make it blend in a bit more?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2017 - 9:24 AM

      Yup. The last thing we wanted was to draw more attention to this corner.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - February 17, 2017 - 9:37 AM

    Yep, we are on the Filter Easy train, too. With lots of pets, changing our HEPA filter with regularity is a must, and having them delivered to us makes it brainless. Membership has been great for our little old cottage.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 18, 2017 - 10:45 AM

    What a neat service! Do you have them sent directly to your tenants, or do you go over and replace them for your tenants?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

      They get sent directly to our tenants!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - February 20, 2017 - 7:08 PM

    I love those doors! Do you have a source/supplier for these?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2017 - 9:02 AM

      They are just louvred doors from Home Depot. :)ReplyCancel


In what might be the most anticlimactic reveal of all time, we painted the Scary Room! Despite the lack of contrast between where we started and where we are now, painting this room has made all the difference. What was once a hodge podge of new and old drywall, yellow-y joint compound and unknown grime is now a…
  • Emily @ Go Haus Go - February 13, 2017 - 8:42 AM

    It’s looking great! I’m still amazed by all the shimming on the floor to keep the space level. I can’t even imagine what a task that must be! My brain hurts just thinking about the math—haha! Love seeing these fresh walls. Can’t wait to see the floors!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 13, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Gah, is there anything better than freshly painted walls?! It’s my drug. Thanks, Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Oksana | - February 13, 2017 - 11:11 AM

    This room is almost identical in size to our office-turned-nursery for our little one coming in July… I would love to see some possible furniture layouts in this space – I’m having the most difficult time figuring out ours!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 13, 2017 - 11:39 AM

      We’re not exactly sure what’s going in here, but we will absolutely be sharing everything along the way!ReplyCancel

  • Paige - February 13, 2017 - 12:02 PM

    I love the color you chose! It’s so bright and fresh!


  • Megan - February 14, 2017 - 3:48 PM

    I noticed in the link to your living room room post you said that Intense White was matched to Valspar’s Optimus, but here you said it matched Valspar’s Reserve. Is one a typo? Or are Optimus and Reserve basically the same? Just wanted to check because I really love how this looks and want to get a sample for my own house, but we only have access to Valspar paints, so the color matching will be key!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 14, 2017 - 3:54 PM

      Such a good question! Optimus is available at Ace Hardware, where we bought Intense White for our living/dining/kitchen. We bought this gallon at Lowe’s, where they have Valspar Reserve. Neither is a typo, but either line of Valspar will color match just fine. :DReplyCancel

      • megan - February 14, 2017 - 4:06 PM

        Ah! I’m a dork. I thought the Reserve/optimus was referring to the paint color, not the specific Valspar paint line. Duh! :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • southern gal - February 15, 2017 - 5:46 PM

    YEA!!! on the way … loving the progress. as always!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 18, 2017 - 10:50 AM

    It’s going to look great! I have a question about the floors, maybe you will address that all later. I see that your contractor installed shims, then what are the next layers to get to your final flooring?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

      The hardwood flooring goes directly onto the shims. We’ll share how that went soon!ReplyCancel

  • kimberlee majdoch - March 3, 2017 - 11:18 AM

    Do you keep the ceiling a pure white then? I’m considering this paint color for my basement. I love how much the white trim pops against it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 3, 2017 - 2:12 PM

      Yes, we used Ultra Pure White from Behr for the ceiling and all the trim work.ReplyCancel


I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah Bagley a few weeks ago to record a podcast and talk about all things blogging. Sarah’s personality is so warm and inviting, and despite my own nerves, it felt like I was sitting down for a long lunch with an old friend. We cover a lot of…
  • Paige Flamm - February 9, 2017 - 7:56 AM

    I’ve had to start telling myself the same thing this year, “I’m a blogger!” the words always feel so unaccredited, so I back out of saying it, but this is the year of bravery!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2017 - 8:52 AM

      Let’s be brave together, Paige!ReplyCancel

  • Oksana | - February 9, 2017 - 9:25 AM

    So excited to take a listen (and to have discovered a new podcast!!)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 9, 2017 - 9:29 AM

    Thank you for being on the show! I had the best time speaking with you! I’ve delivered my elevator pitch a few times…sometimes better than other times. But I hear you in my mind whenever I’m tempted to downplay my work. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2017 - 9:39 AM

      High five, friend! Can’t wait to hear how it goes with Lululemon!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - February 9, 2017 - 1:34 PM

    this was really fun to listen to, while at my 9-5 (8-4, but who’s counting?) :) thanks for being so transparent about what its really like! i think you do an excellent job of this in each post, and that’s one the reasons why i love following your blog.ReplyCancel

  • misie - February 9, 2017 - 2:58 PM

    Cannot wait to listen! You guys are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - February 10, 2017 - 10:19 PM

    Very interesting since I thought your main job was painting pets!ReplyCancel

  • carlos - February 12, 2017 - 9:26 PM

    Congratulations for your blog the best of the best.ReplyCancel


Last week, we shared our home studio, the room that has seen countless transitions in the three-plus years since we’ve moved in. Although I can almost promise you it will continue to evolve and change, one thing remains a constant: Our goal will always be to ensure this room has the same inviting vibe as any…
  • Allie - February 7, 2017 - 8:40 AM

    I was just looking the other day at that bedside caddy on Amazon but did not even think about its use for a couch. My couch is also grey so this would work perfect! Does it stay put very well?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 7, 2017 - 9:08 AM

      Our couch has skinny arms, maybe 3-4″ across, and yes, it stays put great!ReplyCancel

      • Allie - February 7, 2017 - 10:12 AM

        Thanks Kim! My couches arms is also pretty skinny (jealous haha) but is slightly rounded. I am assuming the insert part is malleable which is how you got it to fit. Am I correct in that assumption?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 8, 2017 - 10:07 AM

          You’d be right! You can bend it into any shape. Hooray for skinny couch arms, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Paige - February 7, 2017 - 9:21 AM

    This space looks amazing! You did an incredible job!


  • Megan - February 7, 2017 - 1:09 PM

    The Varde is gorgeous! I was heartbroken when I saw that Ikea doesn’t make it anymore! Do you happen to remember whether what part of the store it was sold in (kitchen, living etc?). I’m hoping I can find something similar!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 7, 2017 - 1:15 PM

      I know, SO sad, right?! It was meant to be a kitchen island.ReplyCancel

      • Megan - February 8, 2017 - 11:38 AM

        Thank you so much! I’m thinking something similar would make a cute changing table. :)ReplyCancel

  • southern gal - February 7, 2017 - 1:44 PM

    that couch caddy … ordering now. thank you for saving me a search!

    love all the organizing tricks (am like that too!)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Smith - February 7, 2017 - 1:53 PM

    I am so glad I stopped by today! We are in a push to finish our office for the beginning of March and desperately need filing cabinets that are far from the old school medical office look. Digging the Martha Stewart console :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - February 7, 2017 - 2:49 PM

    Ok, but where did the dinosaur magnets come from?!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 10, 2017 - 10:17 AM

    Where is your simple globe pendant light from?ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Keller - February 10, 2017 - 5:42 PM

    I have to say you got my interest not only with your superb organizing skills but I have my eye set on that bedside caddy we so…so need. That will change the way some things lie on our couch! Thanks so much for the useful tips!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - February 14, 2017 - 7:51 PM

    Where can I find the carpet under your rug? Love it!ReplyCancel