Over the last couple of months, in addition to dialing in our backyard, Scott and I have been making and committing to decisions in our home studio! The studio has seen a lot of changes over the course of our 3+ years in this home, and although it has come a long way, it hadn’t yet hit its…
  • Sarah - October 18, 2016 - 8:35 AM

    The shelves look so good! And weirdly I just bought that kitty planter myself last week! Good to know I have good taste!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - October 18, 2016 - 11:15 AM

    Do you print the photos from The Print Shop at home? Just wondering where you hide away all that equipment. Your studio is so clean and organized! Mine always seems to feel like a computer lab.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 11:23 AM

      We don’t! We’ve been working with a trusted printer that we love and can produce high quality prints.ReplyCancel

  • KK - October 18, 2016 - 11:46 AM

    Ah the shelves turned out beautiful! Where did you get the clear paper storage container in the last photo? I’ve been searching for something exactly like that!ReplyCancel

  • lindsay - October 18, 2016 - 11:54 AM

    Love these shelves! Your pintrest link leads to nowhere :( I’m dying to see what that is because I’m currently looking for ideas for my living room.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 12:02 PM

      Oops, thanks for the catch! Should be fixed. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dee - October 18, 2016 - 11:59 AM

    The last link on this page (about laying behind the television) isn’t working. I’d love to see what you mean!

    Also, the shelves are gorgeous. You’ve inspired me to go to my local rebuilding center and try to score some old boards!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 12:03 PM

      Thanks, Dee! (Link fixed btw – thank you!)ReplyCancel

      • Jess - October 18, 2016 - 1:28 PM

        It’s not working for me either for some reason.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

          Ack! It looks like Pinterest is down right now.ReplyCancel

  • Dakwerken - October 19, 2016 - 4:08 AM

    Wow! Those are some really great ideas to reuse the wood planks! I am not going to throw them away anymore. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne | The Gathered Home - October 19, 2016 - 8:56 AM

    These shelves are just gorgeous! You can’t beat the beauty of salvaged wood! My heart still hurts a little for the salvaged wood shelves I left behind at our old house!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 19, 2016 - 2:12 PM
    • Regine Labossiere - October 20, 2016 - 1:50 PM

      We just made shelves out of reclaimed and salvage wood and I’ve already said that we MUST take them with us when we move, whenever that may be!ReplyCancel

  • Regine Labossiere - October 20, 2016 - 1:48 PM

    I love using reclaimed and salvage wood. It’s just so beautiful and each piece is unique. We recently used pieces of pine and raw edge maple to create shelving in the mud room and it looks great.ReplyCancel


At the tail end of last week, Scott and I packed our bags and stole away for an extra long weekend in San Francisco. Our yearly tradition has always been to discover a new city on or around our November wedding anniversary, and although we’ve spent a good amount of time in SF in the…
  • misie - October 13, 2016 - 10:05 AM

    Sounds fantastic – a soul feeding good time! Love the pics – San Fran is definitely on our list. Also – have you guys watched the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen – they roll around Portland – it’s a good one.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - October 17, 2016 - 11:13 AM

    Hi Kim! What do you use to edit your photos? I love the look of the Golden Gate Bridge shot!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2016 - 11:36 AM

      Thanks, Eileen! I use Lightroom for initial edits, and then I pulled these photos into Photoshop and ran some light actions over them. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - October 19, 2016 - 2:01 PM

    Oh, this is perfect! Hubby and I are going there in 3 weeks…can’t wait!

    Any recommendations for restaurants besides the more popular ones?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 19, 2016 - 2:12 PM

      Oh, dear. I don’t remember many of the places we grabbed food, since most of it was done late in the evenings after a fun night! We did have an amazing brunch at Black Sands (the photo of the coffee cake, but their scrambles were DELICIOUS), so I’d highly recommend that! Does anyone else have suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Haley - October 21, 2016 - 3:46 PM

      This was one of my favorite places when I lived there years ago.

      Unfortunately a lot of places I remember how to walk to them but not the names or streets.ReplyCancel

      • Kathy - November 30, 2016 - 10:25 AM

        So we went and came back and had a FABULOUS time. We went to Burma Superstar to eat at least 2 times in 3 days and their Green Tea Salad will haunt me forever. SOOO GOOOD!

        Do you want to know what is weird/funny? My husband and I were wandering around Chinatown and went into that exact tea shop in your last pic! We had a tea tasting with the man in your photo. He told us his name was “Kenny” and he was hilarious. We bought some very good tea afterwards.

        Imagine my surprise when I saw your pic again! Whether it was coincidence or maybe my subconscious guiding us there…ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 30, 2016 - 10:37 AM

          Aww, that’s awesome!! I’ll have to add Burma Superstar to our list for the next time we go visit!ReplyCancel


Update: We’ve sold out of custom pet paintings for the year – thank you a thousand times for your continued support! We’ve still got you covered with our gift certificates, and in the meantime, continue to take advantage of free shipping for all Print Shop orders through the end of the month with promo FALLSHIP. xx The Pet Shop…
  • Debra - October 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

    I was just staring at my mini portrait of Ray-Ray with the Julius photo bomb and thinking that I need to have individuals done one of these days. I see by the update that you’re sold out but if anyone is on the fence about a future order, I would highly recommend it!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2016 - 9:18 AM

      Debra, that is so kind, thank you! That was definitely one of my more unique paintings, and I love that you had the photo bomb idea! So cute.ReplyCancel


Maybe more than I’d like to admit, I’m digging deep into our own blog archives to remind myself of a paint color we’ve used, where we bought something or – and probably most importantly! – showing contractors what’s behind our walls. The hunt for the exact type of lumber we used for our dining room fauxdenza…
  • SEM - October 6, 2016 - 9:34 AM

    Great post. You two are truly tweaking and finding home along the way. I must really hand it to you for all of your patience and attention to detail…you’ve really built a space that is fully you. As a person who is chomping at the bit to own a home, I really admire how the two of you savor the process as much as the completed project. You really seem content in the process and that is something to be celebrated!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2016 - 9:47 AM

      This is so kind and so well said (I’m not exactly known for my brevity, but you hit the nail on the head). Thank you! I don’t know anyone who has regretted savoring the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs Mike - October 6, 2016 - 10:07 AM

    what I love most about your blog is you make me feel normal! I’ve painted, lived with the color a year…and realized it wasn’t the right color. I’ve re-arranged my living room a half a dozen times trying to figure out the right layout. I don’t go out and buy new rooms of furniture, but as I update pieces as my tastes change, I find other tweaks are needed. It’s not that I’m not happy with what I have (my favorite pieces I’ve had for years!) but sometimes I just need to refresh my house. Excepting that homes are a work in progress doesn’t mean I don’t love my home and allows me to make small changes from time to time that keep my home fresh and happy!ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - October 6, 2016 - 10:17 AM

    This is perfectly timed today. Since we bought our house in June it’s been hard to figure out what to focus on first. We also have a hard time of just wanting everything to be “perfect” before doing anything else, but that can also make things feel so incomplete. So now we’re taking a stance of doing what feels right as we live there and working towards what we want overall slowly. We have to keep reminding ourselves this is our home and not a rental that we’ll be moving out of in a year or two.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2016 - 11:00 AM

      Absolutely. I remember feeling the exact same way 3 years ago though! It can be tough at times, for sure.ReplyCancel

    • Regine Labossiere - October 6, 2016 - 2:53 PM

      I totally relate on the “what to focus on” conundrum. Sometimes budget has been the deciding factor and that, as much as I hate it, has been helpful in prioritizing what to do. And now that we’re about to end our second year in the house, I’m realizing that it’s okay to go months without finishing – or perhaps even starting a project that you’d thought of a while before. So now I’m creating mental timelines as to what year I’d like to tackle which renovation and what smaller projects can I do on my own on a budget in the meantime.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - October 6, 2016 - 10:44 AM

    Such an encouraging post! As a new homeowner of a 1919 fixer upper, I simultaneously want to enjoy the process of making the house ours and be done at the same time. As people, I believe we are made to be creative and what better canvas than a house to make a home.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2016 - 11:01 AM

      Love this, and congrats on your ‘new’ home!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - October 6, 2016 - 11:37 AM

    I totally understand where you are at! I sometimes get overwhelmed with how far I want to go, but when I look back I am so grateful on how far we’ve come! (this applies to life and our home ;))

    I posted an evolution of our living room so far here:

    Thanks for sharing your journey, it is so encouraging to see other people aren’t instantly living in a “perfect” home!


    • Kim - October 6, 2016 - 12:21 PM

      Thank you for sharing!! What a fun look back at your space. It has come so far! Love your newest chairs.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - October 6, 2016 - 12:29 PM

    Your house is so fun and I adore the quirky wall art you find! I keep a blog ( and recently tweaked our living room (new couch eeeee!) and guest room!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2016 - 1:40 PM

      Loooove your new couch! So exciting.ReplyCancel

  • Meg @ Meg Acts Out - October 6, 2016 - 2:23 PM

    Guys. I SO needed to read this today. We’re thisclose to closing on a new house and the further away from it we’ve been (thanks to, y’know, banks doing bankish things), the more overwhelmed I’ve felt about decorating a whole new (currently outdated) space. Thanks so much for the reminder of a home’s evolution…as well as for the awesome eye candy and inspiration for my own space!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2016 - 3:29 PM

      Such an exciting time!! Good luck with everything!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - October 6, 2016 - 2:30 PM

    I’ve never owned a home, and given that I live in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, might not ever, but I try my best to make my rentals into a home. I used to think that it was possible to reach a point in decorating when you were “done.” But I’ve realized that even when you get to “done,” that state is just temporary. We all change and evolve, so why would our homes stay static? Sure there are those pieces that will likely be with you for a very long time, or even forever, but there is so much that can, and I now believe, should change as we do (provided those changes are made in a mindful way, verses thoughtless and wasteful way). Part of that mindfulness is really understanding how you use a space and how certain decor choices make you feel. That takes time, and involves mistakes/changes, so I think your home is all the better for the “slowness” and “tweakiness “of the process!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2016 - 3:29 PM

      Thank you, Jen! Every rental I’ve lived in has received all the tweaking and decorating as any other home (minus any permanent fixtures). Rental or owned, home is home. :)ReplyCancel

  • Regine Labossiere - October 6, 2016 - 2:49 PM

    We just bought our first house almost two years ago and we (mostly me) have been in redoing, styling, dreaming mode ever since! I document it on my blog,, and I have just so many ideas and so many projects and so many things I want to do, including tiny tweaks to rooms that are just not done and maybe never will be. I totally understand!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi G - October 7, 2016 - 8:18 AM

    Oh I don’t have a blog to document my progress, but we’ve been working on our house for 9 years. It may never get done between two kids and two full time jobs. It has been a complete remodel, not just small projects. Now living with two gutted bathrooms for over a year!! Kitchen, living, and dining rooms were completed years ago and now I’m wanting new furniture and curtains. It never ends. I’m always looking at pictures to validate all the work.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 7, 2016 - 9:22 PM

      Looking back at photos does help, haha! It never ends, but sort of in the best way.ReplyCancel

  • AlisonG - October 7, 2016 - 11:21 AM

    All homes evolve I suspect. I tire of things and need a change. I have to say your miss matched curtain rings would bug the heck out of me. I am curious, why did you make the finish different from the rod? No offence meant at all, different strokes..Just curious. It really is amazing the difference re painting it white made. I really like your vintage clock. Great before and after.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 7, 2016 - 9:24 PM

      Originally it was because the rings weren’t available in brass, and we ended up loving the look!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 7, 2016 - 1:29 PM

    Kim-I love how small changes can have such big impact. I am constantly tweaking my space either by swapping out throw pillows, rearranging the furniture or adding new houseplants. I love how it rejuvenates the space without costing a fortune. I don’t have a blog, but my current home is currently featured in our local New Orleans newspaper. I bought a Mid Century Modern last year and have been making “tiny tweaks” ever since. Let me know what you think! (I hope the link came through!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 7, 2016 - 9:25 PM

      GIRL. Amazing!!! I’ve seen your home before I feel like – has it also been featured by another blog?ReplyCancel

      • heather - October 10, 2016 - 1:13 PM

        Not this one. Dana over at House Tweaking featured my previous home on her blog about 3-4 years ago. You and I have also talked a bit on Instagram when you were picking out velvet for one of your furniture pieces…so you probably recognize some of the furniture!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 10, 2016 - 3:45 PM

          Ahhh, I thought Heather + NOLA sounded/felt familiar! I do remember that feature over on H*T!ReplyCancel

          • heather - October 11, 2016 - 2:49 PM

            That was so much fun! Eek.:)
            I don’t know if you noticed, but one of your Pet Shop portraits made it in the shoot! It hangs on my gallery wall in my kitchen- my beloved pooch, The Baron, passed away unexpectedly and your portrait is a wonderful remembrance to my best buddy.ReplyCancel

            • Kim - October 12, 2016 - 9:15 AM

              Aw, I need to take a closer look! Thank you for sharing Baron with me. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cat - October 7, 2016 - 7:58 PM

    I remember a friend (who doesn’t have the renovation-DIY-decorating bug) once asking us (about the constant, work-in-progress nature of it all), ‘but when will you ever be able to just enjoy your house?’

    I said, ‘oh, but don’t you see, this is HOW we enjoy our house.’

    I wouldn’t know what to do in a ‘done’ house except sell it and start again!ReplyCancel

  • Eva Burgess - October 11, 2016 - 11:01 PM

    I don’t think any of my rooms will ever be finished either. I love moving things around a bit. I love looking back and seeing the how much things have changed.
    My fave is the living room, adding the fireplace made all the difference.
    After here:
    Before with plans here:

    Love these before and afters of our cottage living room too.

    Satisfying when you realise how far you have come after all.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2016 - 9:17 AM

      That fireplace is so pretty! I love the cement.ReplyCancel


To see how we built our patio table, see part I here! Hey, pretty table! Paint looks good on you. After we shared how the DIY build went down, some of you wondered why we didn’t consider staining the table. We both agree that this hunky style would be so pretty stained, but in our case,…
  • Steph M. - October 4, 2016 - 9:23 AM

    LOVE IT! This is pretty much the shade I was thinking for the color. so good!!ReplyCancel

  • brianne - October 4, 2016 - 12:22 PM

    Love the patio postings. But reconsider taking away chairs with arms–arms are SO much more enjoyable!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 4, 2016 - 12:50 PM

      Our only concern is that the arms make the table a tight squeeze, but nothing is off the table quite yet!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - October 4, 2016 - 2:15 PM

    Very pretty!

    We’ve been wishing for a few rain–free weekends to get projects wrapped up, too.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - October 4, 2016 - 10:28 PM

    Hi, Kim and Scott,
    I have been following your blog for sometime and I love what you’ve done with your patio. I would like to know how your West Elm brass drapery rods are holding up? I am considering the same rods and am wondering how the finish looks after time and if you had any issues with quality. Also, did you use the rings with or without the clips? I worry that the space may be tight if the clip is removed and the drapery pins inserted. Thanks in advance for the update. Keep up the great work! I really look forward to your posts.

    • Kim - October 5, 2016 - 2:43 PM

      Hi Melissa, we still love our West Elm curtain rods! Funny, I just scheduled out a post about our living room with more views of the curtains/rod. Definitely check back tomorrow for that! To answer your question, we used the clips, but I clipped the back of the curtain to give off the illusion of a fake French pleat. The rod itself still looks like day one! The middle extension was always a slightly different color than the outside extensions, but we personally love the natural look that brass provides in that way. There’s no patina for us (yet), but it could still happen in the coming years – something I invite. Hope that helps you out a little bit!ReplyCancel

  • Diana - October 5, 2016 - 8:58 AM

    Looks beautiful! Your whole patio does. How did you finish the table for outside? Or did you use exterior paint?
    Thanks for all of your inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2016 - 9:09 AM

      Hi Diana, we simply used exterior paint in a satin finish.ReplyCancel