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With those backwards steps we took in our funny little nook, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect reading chair. Comfortable. Cushy. Curl-up-able. I’ve been keeping my eyes wide open and shooting Scott links when “I’ve found The One!,” only to read through reviews and see that it’s too stiff, too tiny or too un-curl-up-able. (On a side note, when reader Katherine told us about this one [in grey], we fell in love, took measurements and try as we might, we could not make a 42″ depth work.)

We’ve searched Craigslist for something in need of new upholstery. We’ve been checking in on flash sale sites, Ebay and obvious online retailers. (And yes, of course, we’ve plunked down on a handful in the stores!) But when Chairish reached out to us and asked if we’d had a chance to look around – and hey, do you want to team up and give away $100, too? – we found ourselves falling down the internet rabbit hole. Chairs! Tables! Dressers and mirrors and bar carts!

I’ve poked around on Chairish in the past, but most recently, they’ve gathered up a Chicago City Guide of brick and mortar vintage must-sees. Our standing favorite, Humboldt House, made the list (if you go, say hi! to the shop Pittie, Archie!), as well as a handful of new-to-us spots. And since we love this city with our whole heart and soul, we online shopped ’til our hearts content for Chicago only finds:

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Chairish is a (very) well curated buy-and-sell website, but it’s full of the best of the best. No wading, no sifting. Needless to say, we found more than our fair share of goodies (you can see our collection here), and we’ve found ourselves going back to this Milo Baughman Lounger a few times, #7 below. (Is this a sign?)

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Not to mention, since a large majority of the goods on Chairish are big, beautiful vintage pieces, shopping locally will save you big time on shipping (just search by city on the menu bar and select local pick-up. Word on the street is that they’re working hard to get that city count up, up, up!).

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But! Back to that whole $100 thing. Starting today, enter here for a chance to win $100 to spend with Chairish! Giveaway runs through Wednesday, July 9th, and the winner will be randomly selected and emailed with the happy news. Good luck and happy entering!

Now, does that chair belong in our nook? (If so, does it need upholstery?) Or maybe we should empty out one of our storage filled rooms by selling some items ourselves? (Bonus: Chairish also has a super friendly iPhone app to make selling a breeze!)

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While all opinions belong to these two, we want to thank Chairish for partnering with us on this post. (Thank you, Chairish!)

 

  • Laura @ Rather Square - June 25, 2014 - 6:46 AM

    That chair does look comfy! What color/material would you re-upholster it with?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 25, 2014 - 8:01 AM

      Definitely something soft and muted, since it would go in the green nook! The cost of upholstery plus the chair though? Can’t decide!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - June 25, 2014 - 8:09 AM

    Goodies! Love it all. Want the bar cart!ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - June 25, 2014 - 11:38 AM

    I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by Ikea’s Strandmon (see my post at http://homeon129acres.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/birthday-wish-come-true/). Its curlupability is high IMHO. The width of the seat, the angle of the back, the support of the wings is really quite wonderful. You do need a foot stool or ottoman to prop your feet up.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 25, 2014 - 2:16 PM

      Thanks, Julia! I’ve been thinking about that chair, too. So many styles, so many decisions. We’re paralyzed!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 25, 2014 - 11:57 AM

    I think you’d need to see the colors of the chair in person, but those tan/orange(?) colors might look really lovely in the little nook. It looks super comfy!
    Happy hunting!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Tibbs - June 25, 2014 - 2:15 PM

    You guys!!! Thank you thank you for loving Humboldt House AND most importantly Archie! He loves those chocolate chunks too! Let’s have a puppy play date soon!

    Muah!
    Claire & ArchieReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 25, 2014 - 3:15 PM

      We’ll have to bring the Chunk to the store next time we stop by! I think Archie and CC would find true love.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - June 26, 2014 - 7:54 PM

    I have that coral pillow and I adore it! Many other items have been banished from my living room for not playing well with it. I snagged mine from Target within the past year, and so far it’s standing up to the ever-so-loving snuggles of my son and our kitten. :) I am in the Chicago area and am putting Humbolt House on my list!ReplyCancel

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Here’s the thing. If we weren’t constantly in full blown install-all-the-baseboards mode, I have a feeling that we’d be much, much farther along on our front porch and overall curb appeal (which, right now, is still non-existent. Better, but lacking!). In reality, however, these baseboards are taking forever. Forever!

We started on the living room last weekend, and throughout the course of this week, we’ve been spackling the nail holes, sanding them down and painting our doors. In-between all the trim chatter, we spent an insane amount of time finding the perfect ceiling fan, Googling the merits of deck stain versus deck paint and nailing down a surveyor before we install an exterior fence. All of these are very exciting developments (ha!), but the good news is this: we have baseboards in the living and dining rooms!

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You can still see slight gaps where joints meet, but we haven’t yet caulked or painted anything – although my hope is to knock it out over the weekend and just move on with our lives already! (After which, we’ll need another little break before starting on the studio.) There’s also green tape on the walls marking where we’ll need to touch-up paint, and there are a lot of areas of trim that are still raw or have been sanded down to a smooth finish.

For all the doors, we’ve decided to continue adding tall headers, and now that they’ve been finished in semi-gloss white (we continue to use Behr’s Ultra Pure White), the almost black oil rubbed bronze hinges and knobs provide the right contrast. (We had “upgraded” to the darker hinges when purchasing the doors – an extra $6/door.) As much as we (I?) gripe about the task itself, it never ceases to amaze us how much of a difference all this trim makes! Like a frame for the walls. (If the doors themselves look crooked, we assure you they are not [although my wide lens does add distortion] – but is the ceiling slightly angled? Yup. Old house charm.)

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All of these photos are caulk-less and paint-less, but man. I told Scott that the bright white trim makes me love our paint color even more, and the raw oak is no longer competing with the warmer wood tones in the room.

Looking back towards the living room (my back is to the dining area, below), we also opted for the same thick headers above our large front window. We’ll still be layering in floor-to-ceiling curtains (they’re on the way!), and we went with a 7″ window sill (which is deeper than any of the others we’ve done):

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After tiling the entryway, our wood floors were ever-so-slightly raised in comparison – about an eighth of an inch. To compensate for this, we used an inside corner plinth block to separate the shorter board with the 6″ trim that continues around the entire room. This old beast of a house is crooked in every imaginable, so this was only needed here; the other corner of our arched entry matched up without a hitch, eliminating the need for a plinth. (Go figure!) And finally, we added a seam binder to create a smooth transition from tile to wood. Binders were also placed between the nook and living room, and a new one was installed to the guest room, too. Side note: they came to us as raw wood, but after applying two coats of Cherry Minwax + two coats of satin Polycryclic , they matched our existing floors perfectly!

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In other news (!), one other change is happening in our funny little nook – more like, a tiny step backwards. Not really loving our yellow velvet chair against the dark green walls, we moved it upstairs and pulled out the Flor tiles. Something about the whole combination just felt… off? (Or maybe that’s just what happens when you’re watching Orange Is The New Black and staring into the nook every night. The distractions had to go!) We always knew that the yellow chair and the carpet tiles would be temporary (and to keep it from feeling empty, we moved in the chair below for now), but in a moment of ah, what the hell!, I just pulled everything out.

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We did order this chair, received it, and sent it back. It was too firm, defective (the arms didn’t align properly) and wasn’t as conducive to lazy day reading (this is our dream scenario) as we’d hoped for. I’m now starting to think that the baseboards are making us moody and overly picky! (Is that a thing?) In the end, we decided we’d rather wait until we found The Chair (something neutral) and The Rug (something soothing). Patience, patience.

Now, to tie up the loose ends on Operation Baseboard and then, can we just play outside some more?! We have porch swing plans printed, a deck to stain and plants to plant. Yeah, summer!

  • B - June 20, 2014 - 7:11 AM

    So much progress! For the reading nook, have you checked out Crate & Barrel’s Baxter rug? I just got it in grey for my living room, and paired with the thicker rug pad, this is the coziest rug I’ve ever had. It is so plush and dense that it’s comfortable to sit on/exercise on, but also really durable to stand up to my dog pouncing around on it. Not sure if the available colors are what you’re looking for (it comes only in solids), but for cozy factor, I think it would be hard to beat.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2014 - 9:22 AM

      B, thanks for the suggestion! I pinned it for reference later. We sort of imagined something lighter (although solid in color, like the Baxter), but perhaps we can get a white/cream reading chair and the grey rug? We love first hand feedback, so thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - June 20, 2014 - 8:46 AM

    It looks amazing. I just can’t believe how much you guys have done in such a short time.

    Out of curiosity, why did you choose not to trim the window in the dining room?

    And has there been any cat-sill-sitting or dog-head-resting in that front window? ‘Cause that’s the best curb appeal you could ask for!

    On a side note, I just wanted to say that I’m always so when you guys post a blog. Brightens my whole day. :)ReplyCancel

    • Meredith - June 20, 2014 - 8:47 AM

      *Happy. So happy. Lol. Friday.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2014 - 9:20 AM

      Oh, yes, there is a LOT of dog head resting (or more like, dog paws on the sill, head popped up and big curious grins!). As for the dining windows, we do want to trim those… just not sure how yet. They don’t need sills, so they may be much more simple and framed out with 4 mitered edges. Now I’m wishing we would have just finished that up!

      And thanks for the super sweet comment. YOU made our whole day.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - June 20, 2014 - 8:55 AM

    Looking good!! I meant to tell you, we loooove our Harbor Breeze fan in our living room, but now that I’ve tried to find it again, it looks like it’s out of production…Lamps Plus has some nice options though!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2014 - 9:18 AM

      Not surprised! All the “good” fans we stumbled upon were out of stock, out of production or didn’t fit every item on our checklist. We are being PICKY.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - June 20, 2014 - 9:14 AM

    I love that you have a crooked house! I think houses are like people – we should embrace their imperfections because that’s what makes them special. ;-)

    What fan did you decide on?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2014 - 9:17 AM

      Agreed! And it’s very, very crooked ;)

      We ordered the fans, but they haven’t arrived yet. We’ll definitely post more about them when they HOPEFULLY work out! Soon, soon!ReplyCancel

  • Yay for progress! Even if it’s not done, it’s a HUGE step in the right direction. In pictures everything looks fantastic. I can’t wait to see what curtains you chose.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - June 20, 2014 - 9:59 AM

    I’m looking forward to seeing the curtains. I am in the midst of purchasing floor-length curtains (108″) and I cannot believe how expensive they are. I have had some success with JC Penney, though, due to their coupons. But I’m thinking about making plain white muslin curtains for some rooms to save money… and the fabric’s so cheap that my lack of sewing prowess shouldn’t matter.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2014 - 10:02 AM

      We love, love, love fresh white curtains, so that sounds like a plan! However, you could “spiff” ‘em up with a unique curtain rod (think about a fun color or bold metal finish).ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - June 20, 2014 - 10:01 AM

    So, I was just looking at the JCPenny’s “Design by Conran” collection (actually, have been looking at it for a while, really nice design) and for whatever reason, everything in that line is on sale now. Seems like a good price for high design and good construction. Check this chair:
    http://www.jcpenney.com/for-the-home/sale/view-all/design-by-conran-elder-chair/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002360203&catId=cat1002350030&deptId=dept20000011&pageSize=96&colorizedImg=DP0207201317030598M.tif
    in grey?
    Seems like it would be kinda up your style alley? Just a thought! Nice work on the baseboards!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 20, 2014 - 10:05 AM

      OMG! I love it! THANK YOU.ReplyCancel

  • Shelia @ House of Highlands - June 22, 2014 - 3:12 PM

    Hi Kim!
    I love the baseboards – great job – I know it is a lot of hard work but it is soooo worth it. I also really like your paint color for your walls – it really looks great! I can’t wait to see what you do to improve your curb appeal – you always have such great ideas!
    Shelia
    http://www.houseofhighlands.comReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - June 23, 2014 - 7:34 AM

    I’m on a Orange Is The New Black binge right now too.
    And yay for baseboards!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Messina - June 23, 2014 - 9:51 AM

    I adore you blog! It makes me happy!!!!! Such great ideas and tips!!!! XO!ReplyCancel

  • Cait - June 25, 2014 - 11:39 AM

    Loving all your progress! The doors, trim, and baseboards look amazing, and I love the paint color you chose!

    We recently added the West Elm Paidge Chair to our library, and I can attest to the fact that it is a fantastically comfy reading chair! We bought the floor model, which came in Performance Velvet Lagoon, but were able to swap the legs out from the Taper Chocolate color to Cone Pecan. The Dove Gray is a really nice neutral (my parents have a Henry sofa in that color), and there are a ton of other neutral options. Maybe you could pair it with something like this rug from Home Decorators?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 25, 2014 - 2:15 PM

      Okay, can you just come over and buy all the things and put them together for us? ;)ReplyCancel

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Our little corner of the web turns 5 this week!

When we hit publish on our very first post five years ago, we couldn’t imagine where that may put us in the future; where would be in a year? two years? ten? Today, I’m writing about our blog birthday from our home studio – the (still very shabby) second studio in our big bear of a house. Five years from that day, and I’m painting your pets every week and printing photos from our Etsy store, and we continue to have those surreal pinch-us! moments when we see sweet emails from you in our inbox.

Thank you. A million times over, thank you!

Hands down, the best part of being in this community is hearing from you. Your input and tips have opened our eyes to ideas that we otherwise wouldn’t have thought of, and so, we’d love to open up the comments to learn more about who you are and what you love. Where in the world are you? And who wants to play The Desert Island Game? (We’ll answer, too. No judgement.)

Tell us, if you were trapped on a desert island…

… what one movie would you watch again and again? (K: Love Actually // S: Kill Bill)
… what one album would you listen to over and over? And over? (K: Some Girls, The Rolling Stones // S: Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads)
… what one food would you never tire of? (K: Pasta! All day, every day. // S: Tacos!)

Ooh, and if you’d like, ask us anything. House related or not, we’ll reply right here in the comments. Now, if only I can convince Scott that we should skip dinner tonight for something better. Cupcakes, anyone?

Five little kitties via.

  • Loryn - June 18, 2014 - 7:52 AM

    I’ll play!

    Movie: LA Story
    Album: Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin
    Food: Pizza (deep dish, thin crust, fire baked, it’s many different foods!)

    And my question for you is, what do you think has changed the most about your approach to remodeling/decorating since you started the blog?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 9:10 AM

      Since we started blogging, I know we challenge ourselves A LOT more. The blogosphere (and Pinterest, etc) have exploded in the last 5 years, and the inspiration is never ending. Sometimes we have to shut off all those other sources and try to remember what WE love – not what’s trending. Now when we approach a project, we’ll think, how can we alter this to make it more “us”?ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - June 18, 2014 - 8:00 AM

    Movie? Love Actually too! Album? Hello Dolly (don’t judge) Food? Any and all candy. Congrats you guys!! I hope to be in your shoes one day, gotta get painting!ReplyCancel

  • Ilse - June 18, 2014 - 8:02 AM

    Oef, those are some hard questions!
    I think movie: Inglorious Basterds, Album: Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns and Food: Salad’s, because they’re healty and there are so many different kinds!

    As for a question for you; what’s the most awesome experience you wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for blogging?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 9:06 AM

      There are too many answers to this question, but this is my favorite (and I think Scott would agree). I happened upon Jess Lively’s blog by chance, and she posted that she was starting a small business group for locals at a coffee shop. By chance, Scott and I went to that meeting, and the 4 of us (her then-boyfriend) really hit it off! A year later, they asked us to go to Paris with them to officiate/photograph their wedding. An amazing chance meeting through blogs (and we’re lucky to have two awesome friends as a result).ReplyCancel

  • Movie: Crap! Now that you said Love Actually I can’t think of any others that I can’t live without. Fun fact: Love Actually is our favorite Christmas movie. It doesn’t feel like the season until we watch it. Maybe that’s a weird fact…

    Album: So obsessed with Avicii’s True right now. It’s my go to album when I’m cooking. James Vincent McMorrow’s Early in the Morning is a close second.

    Food: Mexican. That counts right? Anything with spicy meat and cheese and I’m in!

    Your question: What bloggers would you love to meat in real life?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 9:01 AM

      My weird fact… I had a different movie listed (Ghost, which is strangely my favorite movie of all time), but when I thought about Love Actually, I realized that’s a movie I could watch over and over and over again. Warms my heart EVERY time.

      Hmmm, bloggers in real life? I’ve been so lucky to meet a lot of my favorites already (you included)! I’ve always wanted to meet Kathleen. She seems like a free spirit that I’d like to get to know.ReplyCancel

      • Heather - June 18, 2014 - 9:56 AM

        Re: Love Actually – Absolutely. That’s the best way to describe it. Have you seen “I Give it a Year” We liked that one as well. It reminded us of Love Actually.

        Ha! I swear that was not ploy for a compliment. Kathleen isn’t on my feed, but she’s being added right now :)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 10:02 AM

          Haven’t seen it, but will have to watch it now!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - June 18, 2014 - 8:38 AM

    Happy Blogversary YBH team ! What a funny game to celebrate your 5 blogging years.
    Movie : Pulp Fiction (or in a total different style the French “Amélie Poulain”). Ok, you said ONE.
    Album : Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette.
    Food : roast chicken with potatoes/french fries.
    And my question would be : who takes care of your pets when you take a vacation ?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 8:59 AM

      Yeah, it’s really hard for just ONE! I almost gave ourselves two and tree answers, but that’s cheating! Also? Jagged Little Pill. YES. Full of memories from my teenage years.

      We have a wonderful neighbor down the street who pops in on Maddie and Libby. She keeps their bellies full and gives them lovin’. Jack and CC go to a local open-concept daycare, where they chew on tennis balls all day, sniff other dogs and come home SO TIRED. They even have a video camera on their site so we can watch them play when we’re away!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - June 18, 2014 - 8:46 AM

    Movie: Groundhog Day
    Album: Broken Bells
    Food: fresh bread

    Five years – congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Meagan S - June 18, 2014 - 8:51 AM

    Movie: Dan in Real Life!
    Album: Transatlanticism, Death Cab
    Food: Pizza

    No question, just a comment: Love what y’all are doing to this house! Its turning out so well. Also, Kim, thanks for being vulnerable and sharing the story about your mom. It was really sweet to read and I am so glad that y’all are developing a relationship. What an unexpected, but sweet thing to read on a “home” blog.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - June 18, 2014 - 8:59 AM

    CONGRATS ON YOUR BLOGIVERSARY!

    Movie: Rear Window (I feel like my pick for this is so different from everyone else’s so far!)
    Album: Anything Neko Case
    Food: Anything with chicken, salmon, and/or pesto

    I feel like I’ve asked you so many questions already. ;) Thanks for being such an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Sybrant - June 18, 2014 - 9:54 AM

    Movie: The great gatsby (seriously my favorite all-time book, it never disappoints. and the movie was fab too)
    album: walk the moon’s album…whatever that is called.
    food: pasta!! I could eat garlic and noodles all day.ReplyCancel

  • Dave - June 18, 2014 - 10:16 AM

    Movie: Animal House
    Album: Allman Brothers “Live at the Ludlow Garage”
    Food: Skyline Chili
    Question: What will YBH look like in 5 yrs.? The dynamics have changed significantly in the past 5 yrs. Is there a certain path you would like to take?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 11:23 AM

      Dave, why do your answers not surprise me?!

      To be honest, we keep doing what we’re doing, and we’ll see what happens! Sometimes it’s a scary road not knowing, and I’ve been trying to stay present rather than “worry” about the future. I do, however, hope that in 5 years our house will feel warm and inviting!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - June 18, 2014 - 10:42 AM

    Fun!!
    Movie: Princess Bride
    Album: Bodeans (my kids call it the oldies… ouch!)
    Food: totally with ya on the tacos
    Question: What is your favorite coffee shop in Chicago? Do you get recognized out and about in Chicago? (Sorry, that was two)

    Congrats on five! Love your blog and thanks for all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 11:21 AM

      Hmm… we both love New Wave for their yummy sandwiches and delicious coffee and super duper laid back vibe! It doesn’t hurt that it’s right on the (Logan) square!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 11:26 AM

        Oh, and the second question! We have been recognized a couple of times, and of course it’s when we’re in paint spattered clothes! Ah, well ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ramona - June 18, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    Movie – When Harry Met Sally
    Album – Bat Out off Hell – Meatloaf
    Food – PASTA! But that’s cheating because there are so many choices. I’ll say bowtie pasta specifically.

    Question – which project will you be working on next? And which would you like to work on if you didn’t have to prioritize?

    I’m amazed by the work you’ve done so far – it’s very inspiring. Love the updates.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 12:54 PM

      Oh, man! That album is a guilty pleasure, for sure. And since you narrowed down your pasta choice, I’ll narrow mine down to rigatoni noodles.

      Great question! We have plans to paint the front porch and get the garden going outdoors, and we’re looking at plans for a porch swing too! If we weren’t prioritizing the outside (while we’re able to), we’d LOVE to get moving on the kitchen – even just an “okay for now” plan until we can save enough to renovate.ReplyCancel

      • Ramona - June 18, 2014 - 1:03 PM

        Rigatoni a definite second! As a matter of fact, that’s what I was eating when I commented. Agree that it’s best to do your outdoor work now, that next Chicago winter will keep you indoors plenty (I know, I enjoy winter in Southern Ontario).

        Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 18, 2014 - 12:01 PM

    Movie: All That Jazz
    Album: Aja by Steely Dan
    Food: Burritos

    What has been your favorite home project in your new home so far?
    What has been the one project you wish you could do over or hadn’t done?

    Love love love your blog. You both do beautiful work and really inspire me.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 12:59 PM

      Scott and I can both agree that sledging through walls has been one of the most satisfying things we’ve done! Even though we still need to paint the stairs, opening up the entryway and laying down tile, trim, etc, has been really rewarding.

      As for the do-over… I’m really wishing we could figure out where we went wrong with my desk. The studio set up doesn’t feel right yet, and it’s a little frustrating. Grr.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - June 18, 2014 - 12:59 PM

    •Movie: The Holiday
    •Album: Adele-21
    •Food: Greek Food-all of it!

    Do you have big plans for your kitchen? I wondered if you guys would keep it simple, or do something bold when you get there.

    Love your style, love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 1:06 PM

      Our kitchen is so awkwardly laid out, but I think we can make a pretty big impact with paint – the walls, the cabinets, replacing the small countertop and some new appliances! I think we say at least once a day that we can’t WAIT to get started on that kitchen (but we’re prioritizing the front while the weather’s nice). Seeing how that goes, we may REALLY renovate down the road – but we’d rather sink the big money into our bathrooms first!ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - June 18, 2014 - 1:52 PM

    Movie: Dirty Dancing. yes, a guilty pleasure, but i still love it!
    Album: Bon Iver’s first.
    Food: all?! I’ll go with tacos if I had to choose.

    Question: I love your blog and projects, but wonder if you ever face the same “fear of the unknown/will it go wrong/what am i getting myself into/how do you work this tool” paralysis sometimes when beginning or in the middle of projects. Thoughts and words of wisdom much appreciated :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 1:59 PM

    Oh, man, YES! We both do. I don’t even want to tell you how long we’ve been researching whether or not to stain or paint our front porch, how long it took us to pull the trigger on a ceiling fan or how many hours we stayed awake at night wondering if adding an arch to the entry was stupid or awesome. And sometimes it’s those worries that make us put off a project for too long – only to realize that once we get started or just pull the trigger (no matter what it is), it’s never as bad as we imagined it out to be! Trust your gut. Learn new things. Just go for it! (And if you realize it’s not working out halfway through? Again, trust your gut and know when it’s okay to quit.)ReplyCancel

  • Marci Phee - June 18, 2014 - 3:20 PM

    Movie: Pitch Perfect
    Album: Almost Famous Soundtrack
    Food: my mother-in-law’s enchiladas

    Question: What’s your best piece of advice for expanding your readership?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 3:24 PM

      Oh, good ones!

      I think consistency is key! Even if it’s just once a week, hit “publish”!ReplyCancel

  • Shay - June 18, 2014 - 3:42 PM

    Movie: Robin Hood: Men in Tights
    Album: Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
    Food: Sushi! I could easily live off a few good rolls everyday

    What would be your best piece of advice for a new blogger just trying to start out?

    And congrats on the big anniversary! I’ve loved following you over the last couple years as a follow Pibble lover :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 18, 2014 - 4:22 PM

      Definitely consistency (sorry to sound like a broken record!). Keep up with it; hit publish. Don’t second guess every little thing (although I’m just as guilty at times). And while I’ve heard this time and time again, it’s the truth: stay true to your own voice! There’s no one else on the whole wide web who is you.ReplyCancel

  • ann - June 18, 2014 - 7:44 PM

    no answers – just 2 questions….
    babies? (only kidding!)
    trip to Cincinnati soon? (in your spare time! all the skyline and UDF you can eat)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 19, 2014 - 8:29 AM

      Hmmm… spare time? ;) We’ll be back soon enough!ReplyCancel

  • misie - June 18, 2014 - 8:03 PM

    eeee so fun!

    movie – it’s a tie [one that makes no sense] between Silver linings playbook and pride and prejudice – one from the 2000′s
    album – i’m not sure the title but it’s a Nat King Cole record we have that sounds delightful – all scratchy and worn
    food – cheese.freaking.pizza

    what is your favorite cocktail recipe?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 19, 2014 - 8:26 AM

      Good move with the cheese pizza!

      Anything with gin. I think Scott would say… anything with gin or bourbon! (Also? Anything from Scofflaw. Our favorite!) Oh! And I’ve been on a real quick with Becherovka. Mixed with a splash of tonic and a squeeze of lime. SO REFRESHING.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - June 19, 2014 - 7:39 AM

    Happy 5th birthday!

    I’m such an undecided weirdo, it all depends on my mood I guess
    Movie: One of my all time favorite comedies is “Along came Polly”
    Album: The Killers – Hot Fuss or the new Coldplay album (old ones too though) – ghost stories
    Food: Asian soups like Pho, Roman and miso, yum

    How has blogging changed in the 5 years that you have blogged?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 19, 2014 - 8:25 AM

      Thanks, Julia! I definitely think DIY blogging has stepped up it’s game. While I think smaller projects are still appreciated, the web is so saturated with such transformative, large before & afters that readers have grown accustomed to seeing more! Do you agree? Gone are the days of a simple throw pillow update, instead, it’s a bright kitchen, a relaxing bedroom (as a whole), etc. We try to do a mix, but we’re also real people with the same amount of time as everyone else. It’s a balancing act!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - June 19, 2014 - 3:37 PM

    Oh this is fun! Let’s play!

    1/ Pitch Perfect! I love this movie and if you have not seen it stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it.
    2/ Anything by Michael Buble and I love Katy Perry’s album Prism.
    3/ Pasta. All day, all night.

    I love love love reading and following you guy two (3,4,5!) in your adventures and I hope to keep reading for another 5 more years! I have three questions, I hope that’s okay, but if it’s not too bad for you! *hardy har har* :P
    1/ What are you main career goals/dreams (If you have any)?
    2/ What languages would you love to learn to speak? (If you can speak any other ones — which ones)
    3/ If you could move any where in the world and live for a year where would it be?

    My answers to these questions in case you’re wondering …
    1/ I would love to open a donut shop some day … but in my current career in Human Resources RISE RISE WAY UP with the company I’m with! Ha!
    2/ I’m Canadian so I can speak some French but would love to become fluent in it.
    3/ I went to London, England last year and fell in love. Either there or Australia!

    PS: Happy 5 years!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 19, 2014 - 4:34 PM

      Thank you! Okay, here goes:

      1) Scott and I have always said that our dream job would be to run/operate a furniture/record/vintage store. We’d fix up old furniture, sell it at affordable prices, and talk about music all day long with fellow record lovers. (This is in a dream world, right?)

      2) I’d like to speak fluent Spanish… or Korean!

      3) This one is REALLY hard. I don’t feel like we’ve traveled enough to know, but if it’s based on some of the places we’ve been, we’d want to live in a little beach house in Southern Cali. San Diego? And if it’s anywhere, let’s get crazy and say Santorini!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - June 19, 2014 - 9:50 PM

    Movie: Forest Gump
    Album: Joshua Tree
    Food: Eggs

    I like both of Ann’s questions. HAHA! OK, Kim, here’s a fashion one for ya’. Whose wardrobe would you like to steal? Mine would be Naomi Davis from Love Taza or Kate Hudson.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 19, 2014 - 10:43 PM

      Oooh, that’s a good one! I’d love to have everything Oh Joy! wears. It’s all so colorful and cheery! On the opposite spectrum… Jen Aniston? Everything she wears is classic and cozy.ReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh - June 21, 2014 - 8:59 PM

    Oh… i’d love to play!
    I’m a country girl so…

    Movie: Pure Country
    Album: Carolina, Eric Church
    Food: Pasta, absolutely!!

    Happy 5th Birthday! I hope someday I can say the same of my little corner of the internet… i’m getting there… slowly!ReplyCancel

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