This post is in partnership with Anolon for A Night In. It was a bad DIY day. We started out on a positive note. We’re going to finally finish the laundry room today!, we said. Early on, we ran into a few road blocks. We roamed the aisles of the hardware store a little too long,…
  • jenn aka the picky girl - November 16, 2016 - 11:35 AM

    We got married in June, and after agonizing over reviews for literally every. thing. we put on our registry, we chose the Anolon 12-piece Advanced Hard Anonized (bronze) pots and pans, and we LOVE them! We cook quite a bit and thought about going the individual route, but we’ve used each piece a lot. I didn’t even realize they had bakeware.

    And yes, as before, I love these nighttime posts!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 16, 2016 - 11:39 AM

      Yup, next on our list is replacing all our hand me down pots and pans and getting ourselves ‘grown up’ cookware!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Blanner - November 16, 2016 - 5:34 PM

    Just darling! I love it and I’m always in for a new cookie recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - November 17, 2016 - 2:14 PM

    Noooooooooooooo! Hole cutting mishap with the countertop?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2016 - 2:21 PM

      Cutting the holes went perfectly – they’re perfect! – but we might not have added enough distance between the faucet and the bowl… Figuring out modifications now. Arugh.ReplyCancel

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We love the holiday season for countless reasons – you know, thick blankets on the bed, fuzzy slippers, warm rum-spiked drinks and our Bing Crosby records(!) – but of course the very best reason is the extra time we have with friends and family we may not see as much throughout the year. A thoughtful token that…
  • B&C @ The DIY Playbook - November 14, 2016 - 7:41 AM

    We are so grateful that you’re agreed to be a part of the 2016 Blogger Gift Guide! There’s no one else that makes having a pet look as much fun… or as stylish… as you two!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 11:37 AM

    This was really fun! I had no idea all the cute stuff at PBTeen right now, so thanks for sharing!

    I’m heading out after work to Sephora. I NEED that scent sampler in my life. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 11:39 AM

      Isn’t that scent sampler such a GREAT idea?!ReplyCancel

    • Casey @ The DIY Playbook - November 14, 2016 - 4:51 PM

      I received it as a gift last year, since I’ve never been able to find my “signature scent.” After trying them all out over the course of a few weeks, I chose my favorite, headed to Sephora and got the full bottle…and I’ve been loving it ever since! It’s a genius idea! Hope you enjoy!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 5:01 PM

        Okay, now I have to know what scent you chose!ReplyCancel

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Last weekend, Scott and I wore bright blue shirts and strapped on hard hats to lend a helping hand alongside dozens of Lowe’s Heroes and countless Habitat for Humanity volunteers. You know we love Lowe’s, but the people behind the company continue to inspire us with their longtime Habitat partnership to promote safe and stable homes.…
  • LK - November 11, 2016 - 10:12 AM

    This is just lovely! Thank you for putting such good into the world and being great role models of home ownership and community!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 11, 2016 - 10:31 AM

      Thank you, so nice, LK!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - November 11, 2016 - 10:54 AM

    So inspiring! I love this. So many homes just need a little love. It goes a long way to lift up the neighborhood.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design - November 11, 2016 - 7:21 PM

    You guys are amazing! This looks so rewarding and like something I’d love to do in our area.ReplyCancel

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We’re sharing our houseplants of choice not because we’re flowering green thumbs, no; we’re sharing because in the last several years – especially since moving into this home – we’ve learned that these are the plants we couldn’t kill if we tried. I’ll admit that I’ll sometimes go weeks (dare I say a month or two?)…
  • Kim - November 9, 2016 - 8:52 AM

    Thanks so much for these details! You mentioned at the beginning that you sometimes add fertilizer – I was wondering if you could provide what kind you use and the frequency for these plants. I can sometimes keep a philodendron going for awhile, but eventually they die on my water-only regimen and I remember that they might have wanted food too, but I never know what to give!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2016 - 9:01 AM

      Hi, Kim! I linked to this fertilizer at the bottom of the post, but so far, I’ve only mixed it once when I first pot the plants. We’re totally open to suggestions for future feedings though!ReplyCancel

  • stephieZ - November 9, 2016 - 8:58 AM

    Aren’t philodendron’s poisonous to animals? Not sure what the level of your cat getting in to plants is, but mine is all over anything new I bring in the house. It makes it tough. He chewed a fern down to a nub, before I noticed and had to move it out. Poor little fern.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 9, 2016 - 9:03 AM

      In large quantities, they can be (we talked to our vet about that), but luckily our pets don’t care AT ALL about plants. Definitely have a conversation with your vet if you’re unsure, and be sure to check out this list of potentially poisonous plants if your pets eat plants for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • misie - November 9, 2016 - 11:09 AM

    oh I needed this – we are on the hunt with all the same parameters – thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - November 9, 2016 - 6:58 PM

    Really great ideas! I have to ask, what keeps/kept you from a fiddle leaf fig?? Just curious. We have one and LOVE it and find it very low maintenance….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 10, 2016 - 9:16 AM

      Maybe it’s all in our heads? From what I’ve read online, they seem notoriously fickle. Given our handful of dead plants that we’ve invested in over the years, I’m not sure we’re willing to risk it. Unless… how do you care for yours? Maybe it’s worth a shot down the road!ReplyCancel

      • Jaime - November 11, 2016 - 3:51 PM

        We just give it bright (indirect) light and do a heavy watering every few weeks. By heavy, you want to have water coming out of the bottom of the planter to wash away any salts that can accumulate. I even took mine out of the original pot to do a re-pot where you hack off 1/3 of the roots and then put it back in the pot with fresh soil, and it survived. (it was terrifying, ot was like slicing bread – I thought for sure this was going to kill it!!) I know they can get pricey and hard to find for the large, tree-like ones so we just bought a young/small one and we will hopefully see it reach its “tree” potential as we care for it. :) they are so pretty! And I am pretty bad with houseplants ;)ReplyCancel

      • Jen - November 17, 2016 - 11:58 PM

        Kim, I have a fiddle leaf fig and mine is pretty fickle. It went on a big growth spurt, then paused, then churned out four new leaves all at once that all died when they were still baby-sized. Then it did nothing for many months before it slowly started dropping mature leaves I can’t quite figure out what makes it happy and what makes it sad, although I’ve heard they hate drafts and do not like to be moved once they acclimate to a spot. I got mine when it was fairly little from Ikea for $13.99, though, so I figured if I eventually kill it, it’s not too much of a loss!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 18, 2016 - 9:14 AM

          That’s exactly what I fear would happen to us! Worth a shot for that price though.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Stewart - November 13, 2016 - 7:09 PM

    We have many of the same plants you mentioned that grow well in our not a ton of light Chicago apartment. I have really good luck with oxalis (shamrocks!). They have such pretty deep green/purple leaves and sprout delicate white flowers often. I also love African violets. Most of mine don’t blossom after I initially purchase them, but I think their leaves are so pretty (mine have white and green frilly leaves). Neither takes much maintenance which is good because I often forget to water them!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 10:09 AM

      Ooh, sounds so pretty! Love the oxalis suggestion!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - November 13, 2016 - 8:54 PM

    I bought a snake plant a couple months ago because I had heard that they were nearly impossible to kill! I’ve had bad luck with plants in the past so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it continues to do well. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 14, 2016 - 10:09 AM

      The more you ignore it, the better it grows, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Blanner - November 16, 2016 - 5:36 PM

    Gosh, your photos are gorgeous! My favorite plants are ferns, olive trees, topiaries of any kind and my meyer lemon tree. I love succulents because I keep them alive the longest! I may need to add a few of these into our home.ReplyCancel

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Every day, the home studio is evolving. It’s been so fun finally putting time and energy into a space that I spend a large part of my week in (I’ve been sharing updates over on Instagram), and not surprisingly, I feel much more productive as a result! Scott recently shifted his role at the office,…
  • Daria - November 3, 2016 - 9:02 AM

    Loving this! So clean and simple and totally inspiring what I’d like to do for my own tv wall in the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 3, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    It’s perfect. And I love seeing peeks into all the other rooms, too. Everything flows so beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - November 3, 2016 - 9:15 AM

    i love this!! great job! the colors in the art work so well with each other and the room! A+!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - November 3, 2016 - 10:56 AM

    Kim – You know I LOVE EVERYTHING you and Scott do – and this is no exception – but help me understand your thought about hanging the one piece of artwork slightly BEHIND the TV. I’m so totally not any kind of expert but it looks a tiny bit off to me. That said, your place is simply stunning.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2016 - 11:00 AM

      Thanks, Susan! The layering was inspired by this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/158400111873484460/

      I think it’s just a little more casual. :)ReplyCancel

      • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - November 3, 2016 - 1:18 PM

        Thanks, Kim! I get the more causal look with the piece of art slightly behind the TV and the link was helpful. Hope you have a great day!ReplyCancel

    • aussiebushgirl - November 4, 2016 - 1:15 AM

      Layering like this helps to focus the eyes away from the television and onto the artwork. Too often the television becomes the focal point in a room, unwittingly, but preventable.ReplyCancel

  • Staci - November 3, 2016 - 10:58 AM

    This looks great! Those articles I see now and again crying for the end of the gallery wall are so misinformed. I think it will never go out of style. I love the layering behind the TV, too! I’m never one to pretend that a TV isn’t there. It’s an important part of life! ;) Is that spare bedroom the last thing to touch in your home? Can it be true?? Also, where is the spare room that you used wallpaper in located? I’m so confused by big old houses :PReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2016 - 11:02 AM

      It is a little confusing! We keep saying we need to do a video tour so that it’ll make more sense. The guest room you’re thinking of is actually on the first floor, right off the dining room. It’s directly below this bedroom on the second floor!

      Fear not – we also have a bathroom on the first floor we haven’t touched, and a slew of outdoor projects that we’ll tackle slowly over the years.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 3, 2016 - 11:03 AM

        Oh! Meant to say that I agree with you about TVs – both of ours are on display, because it is what it is! #reallifeReplyCancel

  • Fara - November 3, 2016 - 12:51 PM

    Hi! I have wanted to do a gallery wall for so long! We don’t have a big headboard, and have a giant, untouched wall. We’ve talked about hanging b&w photos and a few other art objects. I love your print in the last photo, and have searched on etsy for something similar. But, the bolder print is speaking to me! Do you have a source, or was this a bonus flea find?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2016 - 1:46 PM

      Thanks, Fara! The print was a gift from a friend who ran the shop Row Boat Press. Sadly, he closed up shop a few months ago, so I don’t have a direct link for you!ReplyCancel

  • misie - November 3, 2016 - 3:14 PM

    Looks fantastic – loving how much natural light you guys get!!! Also – that playlist was what I watched most in your stop motion <3ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2016 - 4:04 PM

      The second floor of our home gets light on ALL sides. A rarity in the city!

      PS… Scott has been on a ‘young turks’ rod kick for mooooonths and it started seeping its way into my playlists now! HahaReplyCancel

  • Jenny - November 3, 2016 - 5:19 PM

    Love this!! Maybe this is the dumbest question, but what do you actually use to hang your prints? Nails or screws? I always get intimidated by that part!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2016 - 8:43 PM

      Oh I meant to say in the post! Most of these aren’t heavy, and I actually use drywall screws! For larger items with glass, I’d recommend an anchor.ReplyCancel

    • Ryan - November 7, 2016 - 7:04 PM

      I live in an old house with lath and plaster walls and masonry exterior walls. After a traumatizing experience with crumbling plaster while using a screw on a plaster wall (in a apartment many years ago) I’ve discovered and exclusively use ook hooks (or similar non branded) to hang everything from pictures to mirrors, small shelves and even a 4-hook coat rack.

      They go in easily with a hammer and leave the smallest hole when you remove them. Best thing ever.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 8, 2016 - 12:50 PM

        Awesome, thank you for that tip! We’ve never dealt with plaster walls, so thank you for chiming in.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Andersen - November 3, 2016 - 8:04 PM

    This looks so lovely! Why have i never thought about doing it around a TV before? SO much inspiration from this!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - November 3, 2016 - 8:07 PM

    I love gallery walls and can’t wait til we get moved & I can recreate the one I’ve packed away. I enjoy seeing how different people put a gallery wall together and studied many before I finalized mine – I used various black frames for color photos and rosewood frames for b&w and matted all with black-core white mats (all family photos). While mine is more formal I do like casual ones like yours.

    But I’m afraid I’m missing something – what is the appeal of white mat + white frame on a white wall? It doesn’t really seem to frame the artwork – the mat, frame and wall all seem to merge – perhaps there is more contrast in real life?

    I really enjoy following your adventures – everything looks great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 3, 2016 - 8:48 PM

      Thanks, Cheryl! The choices you made sound so beautiful. I really think it’s all personal preference, of course, but I went through a phase in college (when I first learned how to cut mats on my own) where all my mats were colorful, and I always paired them with black frames. I totally burned out on that, and now, I just love how art looks almost as if it’s floating with all white mats and white frames – plus a brass frame or two for good measure. :)ReplyCancel

  • aussiebushgirl - November 4, 2016 - 1:37 AM

    Hi Kim. Thanks for sharing the layering process with those of us who are tempted to do it, but overwhelmed with the whole process! Much appreciated.

    I would love for you to consider doing a post on prepping artwork to hang. This is where a lot of us come unstuck. I find myself at a crossroads when it comes to making decisions on choosing frames for the artwork I’ve collected, the materials I’ll need to get them into the frames and up on the walls, plus information on technical issues such as how to measure and position attachments on the back of the frames. The materials I’m talking about include glass cleaners, tape, and anything else that will make my framed artwork looking professional. Do you have any tips you can share?

    I’ve been lurking for a very long time, and I’m loving every inch of your inspirational journey! xx heatherReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2016 - 2:36 PM

      Thanks for the kind words! And I’ll definitely take your post idea into consideration. A lot of what we’ve learned has been trial and error over the years, but we do have go-to places to buy frames and mats. I’m adding it to our list of future posts! :)ReplyCancel

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