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Despite the on and off gray skies, our time in San Francisco felt – for the most part – magical. I say for the most part because, well, there may have been a moment of sheer sadness when, upon our plane’s landing, I pulled my camera from my bag and saw the dead battery. And for the first time in my life? I packed light, having left my charger at home. There also may have been countless hours spent fretting and calling shop after shop (but mostly a lot of fretting), and many more hours getting lost near the Golden Gate Bridge during a drive to said shops. Luckily, there was the time we found the seemingly only store in the city that carried a charger for my very-old-turned-very-happy camera.

Camera woes aside, it felt refreshing to be in a city that is so vibrant! Everything is the color of candy. Can we have pink houses here? Can we have blue ones and yellow ones and green ones, too? We’ve both been to San Francisco before (together and separate), and every time we’re reminded of how relaxed it is. Cars stopping at the crosswalk? Coffee served with a smile? Chicago, take note! (I kid! Sort of!)

We were so, so lucky to be in town for our friends’ wedding (big kisses to Rex and Cat!), and we were even luckier that Scott was asked to take part of the celebration. We got teary (okay, we downright cried) during the ceremony, and after all those camera efforts, I grabbed nothing more than a teeny, tiny bridge and groom head – but don’t their faces say it all?

After a full week away, it’s good to be home again. Chicago, we do love you – so much! – but how would you feel if we started a paint all the houses! trend here? How do you feel about fuschia?

PS! If there’s anything you’d like to see in The Print Shop, please let me know! I’m happy to grow our little collection and create new listings as you wish.

PPS! We made a terrarium and it has survived! Months later! That’s huge. You can read all about it (and the dinos we added, of course) at the Bali Blinds blog.

  • Traci - September 24, 2014 - 7:58 AM

    The one photo you got of the bride and groom is really special! You should be glad you enjoyed the rest of the ceremony without distraction.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 24, 2014 - 9:17 AM

      Thanks! Yea, the ceremony was really emotional and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - September 24, 2014 - 10:34 AM

    My husband and I felt the same way about Reykjavik. Can we have red and blue roofs? Green houses? Pleeeease!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - September 25, 2014 - 7:24 AM

    Sounds like an all-around great trip!! I’m obsessed with photos 1 & 2, by the way! Wouldn’t mind seeing those pop up in your shop sometime ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - September 25, 2014 - 9:02 AM

    So glad you got a charger, because your photos (and those from your Portland post too) are absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - September 25, 2014 - 9:18 AM

    I would like to see you add some butterflies to the print shop.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2014 - 9:22 AM

      I’ll have to keep an eye out, for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - September 25, 2014 - 10:12 PM

    Welcome back to Chicago – I live in MN and will be headed to Chicago in a little less than a month. We go about once a year, so we’ve done lots of the regular tourist picks. Any recommendations for great local restaurants? The Chicago Diner, Sweet Mandy B’s, and Ann Sathers are some of our favorites. We’re also hoping to catch a few of the buildings that will be open as a part of the architecture tour, Open House. Not expected, given all that you guys are up to, but any recommendations for good buildings to see or great restaurants to eat at would be greatly appreciated. If you’re ever looking for blog ideas, a Chicago visitors guide for great home design shops, restaurants, etc. would be fun!

    • Kim - September 26, 2014 - 9:21 AM

      Thanks, Kara! We discussed a few of our favorite Chicago spots in this post:

      If you’re looking for fun and vintage home decor, I’d definitely recommend going up to Andersonville (along Clark St, starting just north of Foster) or popping into Salvage One and the other relcaimed stores around Grand Ave.

      As for a Chicago visitors guide, we’ve been meaning to do this for a WHILE! Our several attempts earlier this year got derailed, and it’ll likely be put on the back burner until after the holidays, but YES. Definitely. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

      • Kara - September 26, 2014 - 10:56 PM

        Thanks so much for the ideas – I am now certain I asked the right people! We love Chicago Diner, Glazed and Infused, and walking through Andersonville, but have never been to Salvage One or the other reclaimed stores around Grand Ave., so thanks much for the inside scoop. Salvage One looks like just the kind of place we’d love to check out. I’m also excited to add some new restaurants to our list of places to try thanks to your earlier post… thanks again for the great recommendations!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - September 27, 2014 - 10:24 AM

          Glad to help! Heads up that Salvage One is HUGE inside, but it’s sort of nondescript from the outside, so you could easily walk right by! And then on Grand Ave (essentially right behind Salvage One) is Urban Remains and a handful of other reclaimed stores. And if you’re feel adventurous, Rebuilding Exchange, while a 5-10 minute drive from the Grand Ave shops, is full of cool stuff – old doors, old lumber, old dismantled kitchens and lighting and just… everything!ReplyCancel

  • Paroma - September 26, 2014 - 3:54 PM

    Kim, I loved the pictures of my city! I am so glad that you loved the whimsy and chaos that define San Francisco. To me its home and my most favorite city in the world. Its super dog friendly too!ReplyCancel


PET SHOP UPDATE: The response to our birthday celebration has been outstanding! So much so, that we’ve hit our earliest holiday sell-out to date for custom portraits (aka, the maximum number of paintings I can physically do before December 25th)! We have only a couple of openings left, after which, custom listings will become deactivated. To the moon and back, thank you for the continued support.


As is our travel tradition, Scott and I spent the last week celebrating our wedding anniversary. Okay, so, technically our anniversary is in November,  but when a wedding had us booking tickets to San Francisco, we turned a could-have-been-a-weekend-trip into our once-annual-big-trip, and so we also split the west coast visit with our Portland friends! (Hi, Julie! Hi, Brian!)

We’ve been to Portland once before, but this time, we ventured outside of the city. We took a road trip to play along the beaches, taste wine in the Gorge and fill up on cheese plates and chocolate at various vineyards. While the marine layer had already seeped in by the time we made it to Cannon Beach (despite our best efforts to leave the house on time; I blame the excellent brunch we consumed beforehand!), we couldn’t contain our excitement as we danced, kissed and kicked up sand – all while snapping an insane amount of photos. Our stomachs hurt from laughing so hard, our bodies relaxed as we unplugged, and it wouldn’t be too far fetched to say that our bellies may have expanded, too.

For the sake of keeping this short (wait, me?), I’ll share our photos from San Francisco tomorrow, and then we’ll dive back into the swings of things around this home! We’re feeling awfully refreshed, so we couldn’t be more excited for the to-dos on our plate. Yeah, I said it.

  • Molly - September 23, 2014 - 9:46 AM

    Your photos are insanely good! Do you edit them a certain way? I just love the look! And I’ve never been to Portland but it looks great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2014 - 10:04 AM

      Thanks, Molly! I do love to play around with different actions in Photoshop without going too over the top. And you’d love Portland! We haven’t met a person who has gone and said otherwise.ReplyCancel

  • Harper - September 23, 2014 - 11:07 AM

    You’ve never looked more beautiful than you do in these pictures. I think that’s a sign of happiness and relaxation at their best. Glad you had a great trip but happy to have you back working on your to-dos. They always motivate me. And I need that…especially with winter inching closer each day!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2014 - 11:20 AM

      Oh, man. You are so nice. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - September 23, 2014 - 12:24 PM

    Your photography is beautiful!

    Warm Regards,

  • Leyla - September 23, 2014 - 5:16 PM

    What wonderful photos and I agree with Harper above – you do look particularly beautiful and so happy in these pics! Glad you had a wonderful well deserved break – but equally glad to have you back – I was (ever so selfishly) missing your updates in my inbox!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2014 - 5:55 PM

      YOU ALL. Stop! Thank you! Seriously, so sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - September 23, 2014 - 6:12 PM

    Thanks for sharing, your photos are amazing. I can only wish for travel photos as good as those!ReplyCancel

  • Marita - September 23, 2014 - 7:26 PM

    It looks like you had a lovely evening for the swifts! Glad you were able to experience the bounty of Portland, the coast and the Gorge. Happy (early) anniversary!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 23, 2014 - 7:36 PM

      Oh, yeah! It took them a while to make their way into the chimney, but what a neat thing to see!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - September 23, 2014 - 8:48 PM

    Fantastic photos Kim. You definitely squeezed lots of fun and relaxation out of your annual trip. I couldn’t believe how amazing the Oregon coast was when we went this Spring. I can’t wait to check out the wineries in Oregon. Any favorites?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 24, 2014 - 9:19 AM

      Eeks… am I terrible for not remembering the names of the wineries? Or is that a sign of a really good time?!ReplyCancel

      • Nina - September 26, 2014 - 7:27 AM

        lol! No worries. Yeah, it’s definitely a sign of really good times.ReplyCancel

  • Aileen - September 23, 2014 - 11:11 PM

    Looks like you had an amazing time! We went to Portland last year for our 2 year wedding anniversary and fell absolutely in love. We’re trying to move there in 2015. Your photos are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - September 24, 2014 - 9:40 AM

    Looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to get there. That first shot is especially fan-freaking-tastic.ReplyCancel



UPDATE: The response to our birthday celebration has been outstanding! So much so, that we’ve hit our earliest holiday sell-out to date for custom portraits (aka, the maximum number of paintings I can physically do before December 25th)! We have only a couple of openings left, after which, custom listings will become deactivated. To the moon and back, thank you for the continued support.

While we were out, The Pet Shop celebrated its 4th year of business! Happy birthday, Shop! Every year since you all pushed me to get my little business up and running (a thousand times, thank you!), we’ve taken a time out to simply say: Have we told you lately that we love you?

Our online store unofficially launched in 2008, but our grand, grand opening was announced a year later. Since then, I’ve painted well over 800 portraits (!), began giving back 10% to our furry BFFs, and without a doubt, you all have been the best clients imaginable. Behind the scenes, I’ve had my ups and downs as any shop would (and as a result, Scott too!), but at the end of the day I remember, I’m painting pets. I get to work with people that love their pets so much, they’ve asked me to honor them! And that? That’s pretty cool. My kind of people.

So to celebrate – for 2 days only! -  everything in The Pet Shop is eligible for 15% off when you use the code BDAY15, including art prints, gift certificates, pet prints and of course, custom portraits! There are a few things to mention, such as:

  • Promo runs through midnight CST, Tuesday, September 23rd.
  • Promo cannot be applied towards past or existing orders.
  • Our current turnaround time for a custom portrait is up to 9 weeks, so now is the time to check off your holiday shopping list. ‘Tis the season! (No, seriously, ’tis the season.) And keep in mind that if you have limited access to pet photos, gift certificates are always the best solution.

And, and! Friday, October 24th will be the last day to place custom orders for a timely Christmakuh delivery – but we have sold out sooner in previous years (in which case, we’ll let you know!). Visit The Pet Shop, right here.

  • Laura @ Rather Square - September 22, 2014 - 7:01 AM

    Congrats and happy Pet Shop Day!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 22, 2014 - 9:29 AM

      Thanks, Laura! Is that sort of like Rex Manning Day?!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - September 22, 2014 - 7:26 AM

    Kim, congrats on 4 amazing years!!! I’ve loved virtually watching your business grow and thrive.

    Also, what timing – I just clicked over to your blog so that I could access the pet shop and order a painting of my pup who left us in December. What a sweet surprise!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 22, 2014 - 9:12 AM

      It’s always great to work with you, Jane!ReplyCancel

  • Serena | Pretty Fluffy - September 22, 2014 - 8:38 PM

    BIG Birthday wishes to the amazing Pet Shop – here’s to many more and lots of cake to celebrate! xxReplyCancel

  • Rachel - September 25, 2014 - 8:59 AM

    Congrats!! I’m still obsessed with the painting you did of our pup Oscar for my bf’s birthday last year :) We have a second little girl pup now (5 months old!) and I’m totally going to order one of her once she’s all grown up!!!ReplyCancel

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