Masthead header

studio-update-01

During the last handful of months, we’ve spent time piecing together some of the ever-evolving rooms in the house – the rooms that are done, but not really done. They need something here or there, but it’s not a rush, and so, we move slow. Very slow.  Our funny little nook has acted as our One Tail staging room for the better part of three months, the living room has seen some pillow swaps, but it’s the home studio that has seen the most amount of change!

Our home’s office space is one of the reasons why we felt this house was right for us. The second floor closely mimics the first (as is common with two-flat buildings in Chicago), and working from home, it felt like a dream come true to have a spacious, well, space! That feeling hasn’t faded, but for a while, the room remained stagnant. I have my desk, a computer and a pretty wall of photos (definitely important!), but I also had a tripping hazard for a computer cord, a cold floor in the winter and not much to block the harsh afternoon light. All of these things were tolerable, and I put those minor issues on the back burner while we worked on the kitchen, the workshop, and most recently, the garage.

The Woolly Pocket was the last big change to the studio – last year! – but since then, we’ve finally made some decisions and pulled together the finishing touches. Hooray!

studio-update-02 studio-update-03

I’m often asked about our Woolly Pocket; how’s it holding up? Do you still like it? Do the PLANTS like it? The answer to all these things is great! yes! and they do now! We love our Woolly, but I do think we crowded the pouches with too many plants in the first round, and slowly, they began to wilt. No amount of water, singing or pleading could revive them, and so, we began swapping them out with plants that are black thumb friendly.

By the start of this year, our pocket made its full transition to Pothos, Philodendron and ZZs, while the snake plants (Sansevieria) continue to grow and grow (and grow!). All of them have nearly doubled in size since their first planting, and they seem receptive to our sing-songy love. I sometimes forget how large our Woolly is – 10′ wide! – and friends are always shocked when they walk up the stairs and see it. It really is a showstopper:

studio-update-04 studio-update-05 studio-update-07

Early this summer, we added long custom curtain panels from Bali Blinds, and as soon as we saw the option to add black fringe, Scott said, you know you have to do that, right? I’ve always loved a plain white panel for simplicity’s sake, but the fringe is what makes these curtains! They feel so glam and quirky all at once, which, yes, please.

studio-update-10 studio-update-11 studio-update-12

Finally, we got a rug! I was stuck on the rug decision for the longest time, not knowing if I wanted color or neutral, vintage or new. Rugs are notoriously hard to pinpoint, but after seeing and loving the Sierra Paddle Rug in this living room, that was it. I showed Scott, he approved, and I snatched up an 8×10 during one of the ubiquitous Rugs USA 70% off sales. We placed a rug pad underneath, and it’s still thin enough for my chair to roll easily, which would have been a deal breaker otherwise.

studio-update-09

With the rug in place, I took the time to run a cord management system along the baseboards. The plug is directly behind that curtain panel, and I have a 12′ extension cord running along the baseboards, which is then (somewhat) concealed, mostly for safety, beneath a floor cover. The cable to my external monitor runs along my desk leg and plugs into the extension. Phew. Oh, the simple things!

studio-update-08

We’ve had the rug for a few weeks, and it’s held up really well! There’s no shedding at all, and the times that our kitties have used it as their personal scratching pad (thankfully, this isn’t often), only a couple strings have pulled. A quick clipping does the trick, with no unraveling after the fact.

studio-update-13 studio-update-14

As you can see, it’s pet approved, which is really all that matters in this house! We’re so happy with how this room has rounded out, and it really has made all the difference in my work flow. Happy home = happy Kim, clearly.

Sources: Wall color is Pale Bud, Behr // Vintage desk // Vintage office chair // Sierra Paddle Rug (ivory), Rugs USA // Wally Five living wall, Woolly Pocket // Curtains, Bali Blinds // Oversized metal curtain rod, West Elm // File cabinet, Home Decorators Collection // Vintage plant stand // DIY live edge bench

PS: While we wait on that back door, we’re working on the kitchen details. Check out our DIY photo booth magnets on the Bali Blinds blog this week! It’s all about the college flashbacks, but they make us all smiley.

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - July 28, 2015 - 8:10 AM

    LOVE that Wooly Pocket idea, and I’m wishing I had more wall space in my room to give one a go.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    https://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

  • Steph H. - July 28, 2015 - 8:55 AM

    Love that rug! Is it a tight loop? I’m a huge fan of all wool or mostly wool rugs in our home, but Louie LOVES to use them as his scratching post. I’m thinking a tighter loop will hold up better.

    Also, love how the pups could obviously not be disturbed during their nap for your photos. haha!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2015 - 9:27 AM

      It is a pretty tight loop, and it’s been very durable so far! I’ve had to clip some strings a couple of times, but it doesn’t cause any additional fraying – it just looks new again!

      Jack and CC don’t move from that spot. All. Day.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - July 28, 2015 - 11:10 AM

    YES! I bought that rug almost five months ago when the boyfriend moved in, and I love it. I was worried about his cat scratching it, but she hasn’t – at all.

    I love it so much! And I snagged it in a 70% off sale too (I think it may run pretty much nonstop…).ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - July 28, 2015 - 11:33 AM

    I have never seen anything like your Wooly pocket. I clicked through to get a better look. Thanks for showing us.ReplyCancel

  • Devon - July 28, 2015 - 5:53 PM

    I’m in LOVE with CC’s collar! It’s SO beautiful! I have a big active lab and am always looking for a new collar for him (they all seem to fade). Where is it from???ReplyCancel

  • Shay - July 28, 2015 - 6:17 PM

    I was so happy to see someone I follow post about that rug! I’ve been eyeing it for my son’s room. A couple questions; in your wider shots the rug takes on an almost checkerboard pattern, does that show in person? How soft is it? Obviously sensitive pibble tummies seem fine with it but I’m wondering about a half naked kid rolling around on it. Does it seem to hide the animal hair? I long for good rugs that are soft, hide stains well enough, and don’t need to be vacuumed daily… one can dream.

    The office looks amazing. Love the black touches around the room. And CC is rocking some pretty flashy jewels.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 28, 2015 - 6:36 PM

      Hi Shay!

      It does SORT OF take on the checkerboard illusion at certain angles, especially if you get down low. It’s soft, but still sort of scratchy, as it IS wool. Scott is slightly allergic to wool, and it make his arms a little itchy when we rolled it out, but he’s totally cool to walk on it. Then again, he’s not rolling around on it either! And yes, it hides hair like a DREAM. Not sure if that’s good or bad, ha!

      I love the rug, but to be honest, I’m not totally convinced that it would be perfect for a nursery. Maybe a toddler’s room or big kid’s room when they’re not tumbling all over it.

      Let me know if you have more questions!ReplyCancel

      • Shay - July 29, 2015 - 1:37 AM

        Thank you so much; that’s a huge help. My son just turned three and I’m looking for something that is neutral enough to last us while I start moving him toward a “big boy” room. I’m just definitely ready to move on from our $20 ikea rug.

        If you’ve had a chance to see the West Elm Honeycomb rugs ( http://bit.ly/1MU5HGE) would you be able to compare that to how soft/ scratchy this is? We have one in our living room and it’s pretty soft for all wool.

        I hear you about some times hiding the fur a bit too well! Our old gray couch was like that and I never realized how furry it probably was all the time until I got a white one.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 29, 2015 - 9:12 AM

          We don’t have the Honeycomb rug, but I was just at WE the other day and saw it in person! The Paddle rug is NOT as soft as the WE rug, as the way it’s weaved reminds me a little more of, say, jute or sisal (but not THAT scratchy). Does that make sense?

          I think the Paddle rug would be great for a high traffic area like a living room or office, but it sounds like it might not be the thing you’re looking for in a transitional kid’s room. If your son was a little older (I’m thinking, he’s playing with legos and little fire trucks all afternoon or something – do kids still do that? I hope so!), this would actually be perfect, as it seems as though it can take a beating! For soft naps or lounging, not so much. Sorry I don’t have better news for you!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - July 29, 2015 - 11:28 AM

    Loooove that first shot. Sleepy puppehs make all the difference in a room. :) And that rug! Just the right amount of pattern. Love how this came together.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - July 29, 2015 - 3:37 PM

    Yeah, furry friends! I loved the pictures on this post so much: that studio, the plant (must try that!) that light, those babies… Totally feels like home :-DReplyCancel

  • […] office, but don’t have the room for potted plants? Not to worry, I don’t either, but Yellow Brick Home has a […]ReplyCancel

BACK TO TOP

This post is in collaboration with Pella Windows & Doors.

We haven’t talked about the kitchen since April, but for good reason. Simply put, nothing has been happening. It’s in a standstill. Well, I should say, it was in a standstill, as this story has a happy ending with a resolution(!).

For a couple months at the start of this year, it was all action, every weekend and most weeknights, too. We ran a lot of electrical, hung a pocket door, put in wall-to-wall cabinets, shopped and installed counters, DIYed an island, gave new life to an old hutch and tiled a backsplash. There was a lot of touching-up in between – painting walls, repairing poor drywall, adding trim and baseboards – but everything came to a screeching halt when it came to this back wall. That door leads to our yard and garage, and the plan was to add a glass paneled door with sidelights and a transom:

kitchen-baseboards-10

You might remember the not-so-hilarious story (delirious, more like it) of our contractor who initially ordered the wrong door configuration, only for us to find out after it had fallen into backorder for several months. We found this error to be odd – you know, taking into consideration our drawings, conversations and emails – but as a GC who came recommended from a friend, we thought it must have been a fluke. While we were pretty upset at the time, we ended up changing course and decided that, perhaps, a sliding patio door would be best. We thought, well, maybe this is a blessing disguise! A sliding patio door will make more sense anyway! This would allow for even more natural light, plus we’d have the convenience of not having swinging doors taking up precious kitchen or patio space.

He promised us a 3-4 week turnaround on the new configuration from his supplier – a 5′ sliding door in a French style (meaning, a thicker wood frame for a more traditional feel; this old house asked for such) with a 5′ transom window above. The door was ordered in the last week of February, and then that door also fell into back order.

And that, you guys, is where we left off.

Since then, he had been increasingly difficult to reach. To be honest, he was consistently vague on details, and we felt very out of the loop on such a large part of our renovation. (This was definitely a warning sign, but never having renovated a kitchen before, we thought, this must be normal, I mean, I guess?) Days would go by without any response to our phone calls and emails, and then – thank goodness! – he sent us a simple text around mid-May that our door had arrived! It was here!

We were thrilled because this not only meant that we might have a door by Memorial Day weekend (spoiler: it didn’t happen) – 5 months after our first order was placed, mind you – but we have been itching to hang art and additional shelving, plus I’ve been eager to pretty up the kitchen with plants. As I began pulling out our cute, framed prints from under the bed (safe keeping, you know?), we also started the process of getting him here for installation.

At first, he started by saying he was busy on other jobs, but he would put us in his calendar soon. After a week of no communication, we would call to say just checking in!, but he became non-responsive. Like, nothing. In fact, we never heard from him again. For a while afterwards, it became commonplace to say, I mean, seriously, what the hell? (Plus, bleep! Bleep!) We were confused, supremely frustrated and, naturally, mad. Really mad. As of today, almost 2 months have passed since we we were last told he had our door, and our anger has finally subsided; it’s time to move forward. He wasn’t coming back, and to be honest, we didn’t want him back.

So! As promised, this story does have a happy ending – an ending that we’re still trying to believe ourselves. (Are you still with me?) I do have to quickly step back to last fall, when Pella Windows & Doors reached out to us with a new program they were launching, Insynctive. The Insynctive technology allows you to control windows and doors with sensors that, get this, sync to deadbolts and motorized blinds and shades as an addition to your home’s security. At the time, we were about to dive into kitchen plans, but their goals for the product launch and our needs for a door didn’t mesh effectively for us or them. This happens frequently with collaborations, and while it was a great conversation to have with the Pella team, if it’s not the right fit, we don’t proceed. Checking in with our guts and being honest with you is important to us.

Fast forward to right now. Pella is doing amazing things to help create a safe and efficient Innovation Home with Better Homes and Gardens, and as a part of that journey, they circled back to revisit our own kitchen project. Timing is a funny thing, and it was as if every road block to completing our renovation led us right back to where we started. Pella wants to dive in and help us by putting a fat checkmark next to that last big to-do, and we’ll be working with them to cross it off our list once and for all! They are providing us with a door and transom, however, we’ll be covering the cost of construction through a Pella certified contractor. It’s an opportunity that we don’t take lightly or for granted, and we’re beyond grateful that it has been presented to us.

That being said, our hope is to receive the full Pella experience, so we asked them to take us through every step of the process. We’ve since met with local representatives, asked them hundreds of questions and selected finishes for outside, inside and every imaginable moving door part:

kitchen-patio-door-pella-01 kitchen-patio-door-pella-03

Our kitchen will receive a Designer Series sliding patio door in the French style, with a transom above. (Sounds familiar by now, doesn’t it?) The exterior will be black, and we’ve decided on a primed white interior until we can decide on a color. We’ll also have between-the-glass motorized cellular shades in Linen, as part of the Insynctive technology. Once all of these decisions were made, we had a home meeting with our Pella contractor, Brian of LaPelusa Home Improvement, and wow. What a breath of fresh air, truly! He was amazingly thorough, explained every detail of the construction process and put us completely at ease.

In fact, he even nudged us in a slightly different direction from our initial thoughts of a 5′ door. The door opening on a 5′ sliding door is just under 2′ wide, due in part to not being able to slide any wider than the handle will allow. We were hesitant about the 6′ door being too wide, but to see, we taped it out:

kitchen-patio-door-pella-04

The outer most tape lines are representative of our trim, which is why it’s heftier along the top, and the space directly above the “door” is our transom window. It’s large, yes, but just imagine all the light the kitchen will receive! Because it will fill most of that back wall, you’ll see it from our living and dining rooms as well.

kitchen-patio-door-pella-05

We had to rethink a few plans we originally had for the dogs’ food station, since you can see it will no longer fit (new ideas are in the works – spoiled pups, we say), but the flow from the dining room to the kitchen to the patio will be spot on.

The door and transom are expected to arrive mid-August, and installation will begin immediately by the LaPelusa team! We cannot wait to bid farewell to our current sad door and drafty window; the countdown begins – now!

 

This is a sponsored project written by us on behalf of Pella Windows and Doors, and you can learn more about Pella’s Insynctive technology right here.

Pella is providing us with a Designer Series sliding patio door with transom, and all text, opinions and storyline drama (what’s a renovation without one?) are our own. Thank you, as always, for supporting those that so graciously support us.

  • Erin - July 24, 2015 - 9:23 AM

    So happy to hear that you are getting closer to finishing your kitchen. I know how frustrating it can be with delays and contractors letting you down. But man, funny how all those things happen to lead you to the very best option that you didn’t even know about. And good call on bigger doors- we added large sliding French doors to the eat in part of our breakfast nook when we built on a deck and I love those doors so much. They let in tons of light and the large opening is perfect for making the outside feel like part of our inside. http://www.suburbanbitches.com/making-deck-spanning-inside-outside/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 24, 2015 - 9:30 AM

      GIRL! That is STUNNING!! Our outside won’t look pretty for at least another year, but I’ll be looking to you for inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - July 24, 2015 - 9:41 AM

    Yay! I so happy it worked out for you guys. Totally annoying and frustrating about the previous contractor though!! Cannot wait to see it come together.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - July 24, 2015 - 9:42 AM

    Had you already paid for the other door? It always stinks when a great recommendation turns out to be not so great.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 24, 2015 - 10:30 AM

      No, thank goodness! We had only paid him for his work up until that point. That would have been a whole different story!ReplyCancel

  • Kris - July 24, 2015 - 9:54 AM

    So glad there’s a happy ending to this story! You will be so much happier with the 6′ door!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - July 24, 2015 - 10:10 AM

    Yay! It’s finally happening.

    I hope that the GC didn’t runaway with any of your money. That would suck on top of his disappearance.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 24, 2015 - 10:31 AM

      Definitely didn’t take any additional money. You better believe there would have been more to the story..,ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 24, 2015 - 11:32 AM

    YAY! I’m so glad you FINALLY have a happy ending to this saga.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - July 24, 2015 - 3:24 PM

    Good for you guys! Happy news that you are finally able to wrap up what I’m sure has seemed like a never ending project AND stop thinking about the contractor (and the doors) that disappeared.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 24, 2015 - 3:48 PM

      Thank you, Allison! It’s comical to think that we were hoping to be finished with this project in 2 months – 3 months if we were pushing it! And now, here we are in the 7th month and hoping to finish by the end of 8. It’s so crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Bedard - July 24, 2015 - 3:55 PM

    I am very relieved for you, having read the comments. Your contractor definitely was terrible, and this happy ending is awesome!

    You guys are sooo lucky he didn’t take your money and run – it really does happen all the time!ReplyCancel

  • erin. - July 24, 2015 - 5:53 PM

    Every time you’ve popped into my reader for the last 5 months I’ve been hoping for a happy ending to this kitchen! I’m so glad that you are finally moving forward and can’t wait to (finally) see the finished product. Congrats on the hard work and finally getting to move forward.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 24, 2015 - 10:50 PM

      I hope you weren’t holding your breath! ;) we never could have imagined these issues, but we’re so excited to move forward!ReplyCancel

  • caroline - July 25, 2015 - 6:42 AM

    I’m so happy this had a happy ending. I’ve heard too many horror stories and I’m glad that it seems he at least finished your kitchen mostly before dropping off the planet! Some people!ReplyCancel

  • aninda - July 26, 2015 - 5:29 AM

    Post is very nice …. thanks
    Amazing you idea New Home Decoration Design ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 27, 2015 - 10:49 AM

    So question – is the GC who was doing the door the same who redid the kitchen?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 27, 2015 - 10:59 AM

      He did parts of the kitchen, as his GC skills weren’t exactly our favorite – he was never ON site when his team was, and so they were constantly asking me questions during my work day. (We’ve had several readers email us for our GC info, and we’ve politely explained that we didn’t love his work enough to pass it along!) He did the pocket door and electrical, but there were issues when it came to moving and capping some plumbing, for which we hired someone else on our own! We actually liked the guys he sent in to do the work, but our personalities didn’t mesh with his, apparently.

      All I can say is, we’re actually happy to part ways.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - July 27, 2015 - 11:01 AM

        A quick edit to add: the new Pella certified GC overlooking the entire door process is the bees knees! Work won’t begin until mid August, but he’s already over informed us of every step along the way! We no longer feel like we’re in the dark.ReplyCancel

        • Ashley - July 27, 2015 - 11:26 AM

          So happy that you you were able to find someone that you’re enjoying working with. I can wait to see the end results!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 27, 2015 - 12:02 PM

    Thanks, Ashley! :)ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - July 27, 2015 - 2:39 PM

    Consider me jealous! That kitchen + patio situation is about to be spot on!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    https://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

  • Linda - July 27, 2015 - 7:50 PM

    Very pleased to read this update!ReplyCancel

  • […] in kitchen limbo right now (broken record much?), but good news! Our door is scheduled to arrive next week, and before the month’s end, we should have it installed! (If […]ReplyCancel

BACK TO TOP

OTAT-progress-01

You’re reading this on Tuesday, but I’m writing this on Monday. It’s almost time for dinner – says Jack, anyway! – and every muscle in my body still aches (Scott’s too; we’ve been commiserating and smiling all at once), my painting trigger finger actually hurts (can you sprain your forearm from spray paint?), and my brain is exhausted but way, way too excited for sleep. Because, you guys? We spent the entire weekend at the One Tail Adoption Center! Since April, we’ve been making lists and buying this, buying that and coordinating with generous sponsors to fill this space and make it one really happy place. The happy place. This past weekend, we finally stopped planning behind computer screens and telephones and just did things. So many things.

OTAT-progress-02 OTAT-progress-06 OTAT-progress-05 OTAT-progress-04 OTAT-progress-03

We unpacked boxes, we obsessed over art, we built shelving systems and painted doors and potted plants and cursed the wind, heat and rain for not playing nice. We cleaned floors and windows and whacked weeds and crossed things off our list and highlighted what’s left.

OTAT-progress-07 OTAT-progress-09 OTAT-progress-08

We lured in a few friends with the promise of free beer and lunch, and we could not have gotten as much done as we did without them! (At one point, Scott and I thought we could design and execute the entire thing by ourselves, and then reality laughed in our faces.) I could literally cry just thinking about it, and I may have obnoxiously thanked them twenty-too-many times. Even still, biggest of thank yous to Marti for rocking the flat packed boxes, Angela for the green thumb, Kathryn for sanding All the Things, Mark for the dead-shrub-plucking and Adrienne for the expert art framing! Scott has been 100% in from the start, making and hatching plans, punching those plans in the face, and losing sleep right alongside me.

OTAT-progress-10 OTAT-progress-11 OTAT-progress-12

We’re a few weeks out from the official opening, and we’ve somehow inserted ourselves a bit too deep into the weave of the Center (are you okay with that, Heather?). There’s still a lot to do, but we’re getting there. In the end, we want future pet parents to drive up to One Tail, see that happy place and think, I’m going to adopt my dog today.

You can learn all about the One Tail at a Time Adoption Center right here and watch the world’s sweetest video. Today is the last day of donations, and we’ve been thrilled to see the One Tail team surpass their goal not once, not twice, but three times.

PS: So much love to the Adoption Center sponsors shown in this post! Thank you to Dyson for sending us a V6 Absolute to keep pet hair GONE (game changer!), MegMade for the gorgeous dresser, Lulu & Georgia for the pet-friendly outdoor rug and Osborne & Little for the wallpaper. The outpouring of support to help us whip this place into shape has been nothing short of amazing.

  • Trisha - July 21, 2015 - 7:26 AM

    You guys are amazing! I work out right around the corner from OTAT (Fit Body Boot Camp on Webster) and have watched the work progress from the exterior. Of course, MegMade would help you out. They are so wonderful – I’ve been buying things from them for years – back when they sold on Craigslist. Great work and kudos to you and all of your friends.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 21, 2015 - 9:32 AM

      We love Meg! Her business has grown immensely over the years, and well deserved, too! She’s definitely inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Mary G - July 21, 2015 - 8:04 AM

    I am still so obsessed with that wallpaper. It’s perfect! Loving the gold touches as well. You guys rock!

    Where did you get those large photos done of the dogs? I would love to frame a photo that size of my own rescue pup.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - July 21, 2015 - 8:19 AM

    i definitely teared up reading this! So inspiring–great job! Thinking about all the happy pups who will be adopted from OTAT puts a serious smile on my face!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - July 21, 2015 - 8:31 AM

    It looks just fabulous! I am so impressed.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 21, 2015 - 8:48 AM

    OMG, that dresser is absolute perfection! I have something similar and now I’m contemplating painting it . . . Just what I need, another project.

    You guys did a fantastic job!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 21, 2015 - 9:34 AM

      MegMade will paint furniture for you if that’s an option! Definitely give them a call and they can explain the process!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - July 21, 2015 - 9:13 AM

    SO thrilling to see all of that epic progress!! I can’t wait to see the final space =)ReplyCancel

  • Marti @ProjectPalermo - July 21, 2015 - 9:19 AM

    I was happy to help – thanks for inviting me! Can’t wait to see the space with all of your finishing touches and all of the happy dogs.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 21, 2015 - 9:33 AM

      I cringe to think of how far behind we would be if you hadn’t unpacked and built pretty much everything. ROCK STAR.ReplyCancel

  • Fara - July 21, 2015 - 4:47 PM

    Love the dresser! If you guys need anymore of those outlet covers or faceplates, I have a box full that we no longer need. Would be happy to send them to you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 21, 2015 - 5:01 PM

      Thanks, Fara! I THINK we’re all set, but I’ll definitely let you know if we find any that need replacing while we race to the finish line!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - July 22, 2015 - 8:48 AM

    this is SO GREAT!! it looks amazing and i can tell that you guys have put your heart and soul in to the whole thing. wonderful!!!

    and when we finally move back to chicago, i am for sure going to adopt our next dog from OTAT!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 22, 2015 - 9:33 AM

      Jodi, you keep saying you’re moving back. When, when?!ReplyCancel

      • Jodi - July 22, 2015 - 5:27 PM

        when one of us gets a J O B!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 23, 2015 - 11:28 AM

          Fingers crossed for you, Jodi!!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - July 22, 2015 - 9:54 AM

    Compared to the shelter I’ve worked with, this place is looking out-of-this-world gorgeous. I wish you guys could come and do this in every city! :) A happy environment definitely makes for more willing adopters! Can’t wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - July 22, 2015 - 11:54 AM

    The framed photos of the pups?! TOO CUTE.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

  • […] I’m being honest, we haven’t gotten as far as we would’ve liked on the garage – for good reason! – but it’s coming along. A couple weeks ago, we laid out the configuration, but it’s far […]ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - August 4, 2015 - 2:19 PM

    Kim! Where did you guys find that beautiful pineapple plant pot? It’s absolutely gorgeous! *Crossing my fingers that it wasn’t a yard sale find…*ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - August 5, 2015 - 2:48 PM

    I LOVE that wallpaper and hope to use it in a future baby’s room!ReplyCancel

BACK TO TOP