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I’ve been working from home for several years now, but sometimes, I imagine what it would be like to go back to a bustling office job. When I worked downtown, I loved it. Well, I loved taking the train, grabbing my coffee from the bakery and – for the most part! – I loved the people I worked with. (Not always the work, but you know.) I do enjoy feeding off the energy of others, but over time, I’ve adjusted to home-working, and I’ve got my routine down. I like having a desk and curtains and rug and all the art that I chose, and I like that if I want to, I can take 15 minutes to drink my coffee on the front porch swing. But! I think, if someone offered me a sweet job downtown right now, would I do it? I go back and forth with my secret what if? answer all the time, because doesn’t it always seem like the grass is always greener?

Anyway, all this to say that I tend to start daydreaming more than ever when I’m feeling frazzled. Frazzled, because I start to feel like nothing has a place and the house is a mess (so much pet hair! I think, how long has it been since I’ve vacuumed?), and even though I have my row of paper trays and my desk drawers organized, there are still boxes of camera equipment and paint supplies tucked into closets. That’s not to say we haven’t put any effort into our home studio, but it’s always the first room to become the dumping ground during any renovation, no matter what we’re working on.

I’d like to change that.

We’re in the midst of a big purge as we prep for our annual yard sale, and we’re letting a lot of things go that we’d been saving for different rooms – for example, chairs or benches or ottomans – but as we renovate, sometimes those items don’t make their way in to those rooms, and so, they sit and accumulate dust. We’ve got a big ol’ pile ready to sell, and soon we’ll have a big ol’ mostly empty studio that needs some organization!

Enter our home’s second fauxdenza (but our third overall if you count this one in our old studio). Instead of IKEA’s kitchen cabinets that we’ve used in the past, we found a less expensive option using components from the BESTA line! On our shopping list:

1 – 48″ white BESTA frame
1 – 24″ white BESTA frame
3 – SELSVIKEN high gloss white doors
3 – BESTA suspension rails
1 – 6′ x 20″ pine project panel (found at Lowe’s)

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We wanted to create a fauxdenza (fun fact: a term originally coined by Anna so many years ago!) for the insane amount of storage it offers, its pretty looks and its ability to be wall mounted (so good for our hairy home with pets!). Once I had the frames put together, Scott mounted everything to the wall using the suspension rail system. We found it to be a little tricky at first, but once we got the first double-box hung, the single box was a snap. No big secrets here; we just followed the IKEA man’s instructions, but we did use toggle bolts as an extra precaution where we weren’t able to locate a stud.

For the 24″ frame, we cut off the bottom half of the back for our electrical outlet, and to prevent it from slipping down in its track, Scott used tiny screws in the track to hold it in place:

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We added the doors next and leveled them up, and once everything looked good, we did a final measurement of the overall depth, doors included. The BESTA is a hair more than 16″ from front to back, so we ripped down our project panel using a circular saw, sanded the edges, and stained it in three steps: one coat of wood conditioner + two coats of Special Walnut + two coats of Polycrylic in a satin finish. Tip: An extra coat of wood conditioner on the ends of the project panel will help keep the stain even in color (where it typically wants to go much darker). 

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The next day, we attached it to the top of our BESTA units by using wood screws from underneath and inside the cabinets, and for any electronics, Scott used a 1″ paddle bit for cords to pass through the cabinet to access the outlet!

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We mounted this smart television above and used a behind-the-wall cord kit to keep things mess-free (John did a great tutorial on how this kit works!). It’s off-centered right now, but we have plans to even it out with art. My favorite little Marshall speaker looks a little silly underneath, so we’ll likely be switching that out to a sound bar at some point. Until we get everything sorted, we’ve kept the protective plastic on the television, too! Consider this our starting point:

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The photos below might give you a better idea of where it is in the room. We’re using the entire open space on the second floor for the studio, so this side of the room will ultimately act as a lounge area. We often use the television downstairs as a giant computer screen when we’re in the idea-gathering stage of projects; it will be so nice to do it up here now! When possible, I prefer to keep work and play separate (a necessity for work-from-home-ers, I think!), but I’d still like this work-slash-lounge area to be comfortable.

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Inside, I’ve started grouping office-y things into little bins, and even after organizing camera gear, fabric scraps and lesser used painting supplies, there is still a lot of room to grow. I love a good, empty cabinet. So many possibilities.

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Like I mentioned earlier, we’ve made two floating credenzas in the past using IKEA’s AKURUM (now SEKTION) kitchen cabinets, and while we have no regrets – the functionality and slim design packs a punch! – we wondered why we didn’t gravitate towards the BESTA from the very beginning. Maybe these options weren’t available a few years ago? The BESTA is less expensive ($300 for our dining room fauxdenza vs. $200 for this one) and has in-store top options should you choose to skip the DIY wood panel!

What you don’t see in any of these photos is the massive yard sale pile behind the camera. Once this room is cleared, we’ll have the space we need to start building our laundry cabinetsand then we can really start to plan this space for a proper lounge! That has always been our goal, but it was never a priority. We’re excited to put this room one step closer to the front burner!

  • Trish - June 10, 2016 - 6:57 AM

    First of all, just love you guys. I’m a fellow Chicagoan and it’s fun to watch your house develop!

    What really hit me with this post, besides the fact that I really need a fauxdenza in our playroom/tv room, is that you too have a tidy looking house but angst about the stuff piled up in closets. This year, I purged two main closets. After I purged the first one in our playroom I felt light and free – probably because we are now using that area to hold weights/things the kids use to stay active all winter. Interestingly, after I purged the second area, which was three tall Ikea Billy bookcases with glass cabinets, I literally sat on my couch and cried. Anyway, be prepared for the emotion train. :) Can’t wait to see about your garage sale.

    P.S. Think of you every day when I walk past OTAT on my way to the gym. What a great place!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 9:27 AM

      Aw, I love this! We cannot WAIT to get rid of so many things that we thought we’d use. The yard sale is our very favorite every year, as our ‘stuff’ finds its way into new homes with new families, we get to hang out with our block, and at the end of the day, our house is that much lighter! Such a relief.

      Please wave hello to that blue door for us! We need to go back and visit (and play with adoptable dogs!) soon.ReplyCancel

  • E B - June 10, 2016 - 8:57 AM

    Love this post! I am in the midst of trying to mount our Besta system and have been nervous about the process. This has been super helpful and encouraging! I also was trying to figure out the logistics of controlling any hidden cable boxes or other electronics inside the cabinets in a budget-friendly way so the link to YHL’s methods was super helpful! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 9:07 AM

      Happy to hear! I did just update the post to say that we used toggle bolts to attach to the wall in conjunction with the BESTA suspension rail system. They hold a LOT more weight than a regular wall anchor. Something to keep in mind!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis Payne - June 10, 2016 - 9:31 AM

    Looks awesome! Is the Besta deeper than the kitchen cabinets?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 9:35 AM

      Oh, good question! I meant to cover that. The BESTA is about 16 1/8″ deep, whereas the SEKTION cabinets are 15″ deep. So the difference is small! I think when we made our first fauxdenza back in the last home, the upper cabinets were about 12-13″ deep (does anyone else remember?), but when IKEA switched to the SEKTION line, it seems they made them a little deeper.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - June 10, 2016 - 10:23 AM

    Did the inside shelf come with yours?? We did the same thing but had no shelf. It’s hard to organize without one!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 10:29 AM

      Huh, strange. Yes, each unit came with a shelf!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - June 10, 2016 - 10:34 AM

    When is the yard sale?! Would LOVE to stop by!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 12:02 PM

      Hi Kelly! Please send us an email if you’d like to know more: team AT yellowbrickhome DOT comReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - June 10, 2016 - 12:12 PM

    Wow, that’s awesome. We’re planning on doing something similar in our office and I have a dumb question. With all the potential options that are out there (even when you narrow it to Ikea, it’s still a lot), how do you guys determine which units to modify into a fauxdenza? I’ve spent so much time analyzing all sorts of types of cabinets and wall units, but I’m always anxious to make a decision because I feel like I don’t know what qualities are important to look for.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 12:22 PM

      Definitely the beauty of a fauxdenza is in its simplicity. Our wall that it’s on is 73-ish inches, so we knew we had to be just under that. I think in total, ours BESTA unit comes to just about 71, since the units are a little smaller than 48″ and 24″. For us, we took into account what we would be storing: camera stuff, craft supplies, a few work-related binders and books and surplus (pet) painting supplies. On our way to IKEA, we were set on buying kitchen cabinets, but stumbled across the BESTA (in the media cabinet section of the store) and realized that not only was it cheaper, but it was just as customizable! IKEA has a little BESTA planner you can try out on the computer (just like the kitchen cabinets), and we put together the most basic and simple unit – 3 cabinets with one shelf each. They also had stackable options, glass door options, etc, etc! In the end, simple was best. While we were still at IKEA, we picked up those white and gray bins to make organizing super easy.

      My biggest tip would be start by listing out what you want to store in the cabinet, and have fun choosing the finishes that YOU like the best!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - June 10, 2016 - 2:17 PM

    I’m SOOOOO glad that we’re not the only ones who collect misc bits (furniture, fixtures, etc) for rooms and then they don’t get used. I guess that’s the trick with vintage stuff, right? You have to grab it when you see it lest you suffer buyer’s remorse down the line. We have some stuff that I look at and think “What did we expect to put this.” But I keep reminding myself that we’re not nearly done and time will tell.

    The fauxdenza looks awesome, of course. It’s great to have more separation between working and living. That is SO important!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 3:37 PM

      Hold on to those things until you’re done! You’ll regret it if you don’t!ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - June 13, 2016 - 10:02 AM

    I love this!

    How high off the ground did y’all mount it?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 13, 2016 - 6:47 PM

      It’s 6″ off the ground, and it sits right above our baseboards. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - June 13, 2016 - 4:00 PM

    Love it, especially next to the exposed chimney. You guys always do such a great job on these projects! Can you tell me where you got those white stackable storage bins inside your fauxdenza? They look really practical and elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Cotton - June 14, 2016 - 11:05 PM

    Looks so good!! Love how this space is coming together!ReplyCancel

    • Judy Woods - June 15, 2016 - 1:35 AM

      This is really nice. Thanks for the information.ReplyCancel

  • Dakwerken - June 17, 2016 - 4:37 AM

    Cool! Even I’m thinking of mounting a besta system in our office. I am more encouraged now after reading your postReplyCancel

  • love the idea :)ReplyCancel

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The evening we returned home from completing the Lowe’s Spring Makeover, it was warm. We were thrilled. (Warm weather in April in Chicago? It can’t be!) We were happily exhausted from the weekend and travel, but Scott suggested that we push through and get our front porch ready for spring and summer (and fall, too). I was so giddy over the weather that I couldn’t unroll our rug fast enough, and as I started fluffing the pillows on our porch swing, Scott noticed that over the winter, our wrought iron patio chairs were starting to show the smallest signs of rust.

I made a mental note to figure out a way to nip that as quickly as possible, and a few online articles suggested using liquid car wax for wrought iron prevention! That seemed easy enough, so last weekend, I took thirty minutes to prevent a rusty demise for our chairs, and the results were pretty impressive.

SUPPLIES NEEDED
Liquid car wax + applicator (we used this one)
Steel wool
Dish soap
Sponge
Hose + water
Microfiber for buffing

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WHAT WE DID. We caught the rust pretty early (note to self: buy covers for these guys!), which I think is the key to this simple method. Below, you can see the rust starting to creep out from the welds, but it was pretty minimal, thank goodness.

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After hosing the chairs down to get rid of any loose debris, I used super fine steel wool (#0000) to get into all the crevices where the rust was hiding. Some areas took a bit more muscle than others, and in a few spots, the rust had eaten away at the powder coating. We quickly tossed away the idea of spritzing those areas with spray paint, as the imperfections give them character, we think.

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After scrubbing away as much rust as I could, I squeezed dish soap into a soaking sponge and gave both chairs a good bath. They were way overdue for this!

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After a rinse and air dry, the final step is the liquid wax! I used the applicator that came with the wax, and I followed the instructions on the back of the bottle; shake well, apply a small amount, buff. Scott buffed one chair while I did the other, and we used microfiber cloths to bring them to a nice shine, and holy cats, what a difference! Before and after:

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I’m not sure why I was so surprised at the difference in color, but just as when you wax a car, the liquid wax made our chairs pop!, while also prolonging their lives for the season. We were lucky to have caught the rust early, but especially rusty wrought iron furniture would need a deeper sanding and re-painting (or powder coat) – and a waxy polish to keep things looking nice.

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In other news, yesterday marked 3 years from the day we closed on this house! Soon after, we smashed champagne and ate pizza on the floor of this front porch. As we began demolition of almost every single room, this outdoor ‘room’ was our saving grace. It was where we found our sanity after a long day with the sledgehammer, the one place where the dust couldn’t touch us. And now? Years later, with the house (mostly) dust free, you’ll still find us here every evening – well, from April to October!

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  • Mary - June 8, 2016 - 9:23 AM

    Chairs look great! Does the wax rub off at all onto clothing or skin?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 8, 2016 - 9:44 AM

      Nope, not at all! It’s literally the same as if you were leaning against a freshly waxed car… nothing.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Visual Meringue - June 8, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    Amazing! I had no idea! What a difference. Thanks for the great tip and those chairs – sigh – so gorgeous! I love the shape.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - June 8, 2016 - 10:19 AM

    This is genius. So glad you suggested this. Remind us where you bought those stellar chairs? They look so comfy!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - June 8, 2016 - 10:20 AM

    Ignore my last comment- I totally forgot they came from Elkhorn Flea! Man, what a FIND!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - June 8, 2016 - 10:34 AM

    Three cheers for patio weather! And I never would’ve thought about using car wax for a task like this – but they look great!ReplyCancel

  • Vero - June 13, 2016 - 8:29 AM

    Thanks for sharing Kim! That’s genius!ReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - June 14, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    Puppies!ReplyCancel

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We’ve been looking to add a little extra oomph to our corner of the web, a way where we could connect with you on a fun and more personal level. And so over the last few weeks, we’ve been giving vlogging a go! We started with a mini introduction on our about page, and we even shared a few snippets on Instagram last week.

Today, we’re taking you with us on our first flea market adventure of the season to Elkhorn, Wisconsin! The Elkhorn Flea Market is one of our seasonal favorites – worth the 1.5 hour drive from Chicago, for sure – and we pick up a couple treasures along the way. I overuse the word cool, Scott can’t understand the importance of CC’s play kitchen, and we eat fried cheese before 10 AM. (Plus, we give you the inside scoop on the one thing we buy anytime we find ourselves in Wisconsin.)

It would mean the world to us if you let us know what you think of this new-to-us format, and a huge thank you for all the kind words and feedback so far! You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here, and we’re all ears (um, eyes?) for any suggestions you’d like to see in the future. We’ve also added a YouTube icon in the menu, up there on the right. We’re excited to start sharing our projects in this way, and we hope you enjoy the first official episode!*

What other videos would you like to see?

NOTES
 These are the show dates for the Elkhorn Flea Market
 Our favorite booth: Rivich Antiques (and the chairs we bought from them 2 years ago!)
 I love vintage photos, but I promise I was kidding about the baby
• DIY light kits: Snakehead Vintage
 For sugary, yummy pastries, go to Roeser’s Bakery
 Our favorite backpack (it holds everything)
 Best easy-drinking beer!
• Still in the flea market mood? Let’s go!

Edited by our talented friend Hannah Stephans
Music: Moi Je Joue

*All the exclamations can’t be helped. We hope you’ll love the spontaneous video from time to time!

  • jannike - June 2, 2016 - 8:11 AM

    Love the vlog. So nice to see and hear you in action. I think the flea market is the perfect place for this format, where you’re moving around a lot and seeing different things. Too bad you didn’t find any great deals at the flea.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 8:14 AM

      Thank you! It’s all the thrill of the hunt… Our little things were still worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Steph - June 2, 2016 - 8:20 AM

    I loved this! It was fun to see you two interacting and the flea looked amazing, I want to go now! I’d love to see more videos from you guys in the future :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley R. - June 2, 2016 - 8:39 AM

    I love your youtube so much already was subscribed from the first time you released a video. There is just something about video that photos lack to capture but I also super enamored by your style. Both of you have a wonderful eye and have really inspired me to diy and thrift finds. My family and I are looking to purchase a house and are also looking really forward to renovating it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 9:33 AM

      So sweet, thank you, Ashley! And best of luck on your house hunt! What an exciting time.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - June 2, 2016 - 9:20 AM

    Definitely excited for future videos!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - June 2, 2016 - 9:28 AM

    Sounds like fun! Slow internet connection here so I can’t watch videos. Maybe some day!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Matthews - June 2, 2016 - 9:59 AM

    Loved this! There were so many things I saw that I wanted to but but you guys definitely found good stuff! Hope you do more of this!ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Matthews - June 2, 2016 - 9:59 AM

      *buy :)ReplyCancel

      • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 10:17 AM

        Thanks, Sarah! This flea market takes a lot of restraint, haha.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - June 2, 2016 - 10:07 AM

    Love it! I usually skip video tutorials, but this was really fun to see you guys in action. I liked the alarm clock and all the extra details you put in.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - June 2, 2016 - 10:15 AM

    Ugh, I got serious flea market fever watching this video. I’m going to have to find one to go to this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - June 2, 2016 - 10:36 AM

    This is my new favorite thing! You both are adorable and we’re booking our tickets! Tell CC that play kitchen will become a reality when I get there.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 11:01 AM

      Yes! Chris and Julia: WILL TRAVEL FOR KITCHENS. Done.ReplyCancel

      • Hannah H - June 2, 2016 - 6:30 PM

        Ok – well now you know we’re all going to want to see the CLJ dog play kitchen. I see some brass pulls in the shape of a dog bone, perhaps?ReplyCancel

  • Sally - June 2, 2016 - 12:05 PM

    Loved it! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • cHeRyL - June 2, 2016 - 12:50 PM

    OMG are you blinds remote controlled??? Those are sooo cool. Where can I get some too for my bedroom?ReplyCancel

  • Charla - June 2, 2016 - 1:09 PM

    I can’t stream at work and I like to catch up on blogs on my breaks, so I’d love to see these vlogging posts have a couple photos and maybe a short write-up of highlights as well! Sounds like such a fun day!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 1:22 PM

      Thanks for the feedback, Charla!ReplyCancel

  • Katy - June 2, 2016 - 1:23 PM

    You guys are adorable and I love your jacket! Is it still available?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 1:32 PM

      I actually tried to look it up to see if it was, but I bought it a few years ago, so sadly, no. If it helps, it was from Zara! There are some similar ones currently, but they all seem to be a bit longer in length.ReplyCancel

  • julie - June 2, 2016 - 2:05 PM

    Love, love, love seeing the flea and the road trip. So may great Sundays are spent that way. Agree on the best part being the New Glarus (especially Totally Naked version). Well worth the trip and watching your video until the end ;)

    thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 2:19 PM

      Dang, we will have to try that! My other fave is their coffee stout. Good grief, is that delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Trilby - June 2, 2016 - 2:05 PM

    LOVE it! I’ve never been able to sit through an entire vlog before – kudos to you guys for keeping it fun (it was a mini movie!) & interesting (super fun subject that hasn’t been done before)!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 2:18 PM

      Hooray! Here’s hoping we can continue to keep them interesting, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Ariella - June 2, 2016 - 2:38 PM

    I was there myself, but didn’t see you guys (no surprise). I came down from Madison and didn’t really end up buying anything. It’s a great flea market, though, and I’ll go back in the fall. It was cold!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - June 2, 2016 - 3:00 PM

    Oh my! You two are super cute. Love the video. Fun to watch thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - June 2, 2016 - 3:41 PM

    This was great! My husband and I don’t have any flea market buddies (we go often, but always alone), so I’ll file you guys away as our pretend virtual flea market companions.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne - June 2, 2016 - 4:08 PM

    Absolutely hands down my most favorite post ever! I love hearing your voice and I loved seeing that flea market!! How could you leave that amazing swivel chair??? It would be perfect in my house! Love the vlog! Keep it up! Btw- I read them all but I’m a lurker and usually don’t comment- although now with blog app I can ❤️ Your posts so you know I like them!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 4:13 PM

      Lynne, don’t remind me about the swivel chair! Can we all gang up on Scott so he realizes the err of his ways!ReplyCancel

  • Kate ann - June 2, 2016 - 4:29 PM

    Great job! That was fun to watch. Any flea market, thrifting videos would be great.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah H - June 2, 2016 - 6:27 PM

    Add me to the love the vlog list! This is why I’ve appreciated Mr. Kate so much – a well produced video is such a nice break from just words and photos when you scroll through your feed. Also – very nice willpower re: that chair. Super cute! I might have been taken down by that one.

    (ok, now hand the video camera over to CC and Jack!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2016 - 8:51 PM

      I’m still sort of mad we didn’t get it! Not that we have a spot for it, so… it’s okay, I’ll survive. :DReplyCancel

  • Kelcey - June 2, 2016 - 9:17 PM

    Love! Really like that it was edited down too (some vlogs drag on which can be painful) and the music was perfection!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2016 - 8:42 AM

      Thanks for the feedback! We tried to keep it to 10 minutes, so that’s the goal in the future, too.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie H. - June 2, 2016 - 10:42 PM

    Oh man, these videos are dangerous! I’m way too obsessed, in a totally non creepy way, I promise! 😆🐈🐶🐶ReplyCancel

  • Leah Prevost - June 2, 2016 - 10:48 PM

    I love it! It’s nice to see and hear your personalities. It makes you more “real” if that makes sense. You two had me smiling the whole video, I would love to see more of these!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2016 - 8:43 AM

      Aw. Made my day. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Nina - June 3, 2016 - 12:39 AM

    Great job. I love this new element. It definitely adds a new level of connection even though you’ve both done a fantastic job writing where I felt like I could hear your individual voices in your posts. Feel free to add oodles of Libby, CC, & Jack to all future vlog posts. I mean, you guys are awesome, but I’m a sucker for those 4 legged cuties.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2016 - 8:45 AM

      If it were up to me, we would just have hours of Jack and CC snuggling, Libby rolling around, and we would’ve had Miss Maddie judging us from her perch. We’re suckers for them, too!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - June 3, 2016 - 7:50 AM

    LOVING the vlog! You guys are too cute…and I’m so jealous of that flea market trip! Great finds!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - June 3, 2016 - 7:53 AM

    I loooooooove it!!! CanNOT wait to see more =)ReplyCancel

  • Megan - June 3, 2016 - 12:38 PM

    I love, love, love this post! The production details made it (that French song? Golden!) but it was “real” and totally reminded me of a thrifting adventure I’d have — namely, I end up with stuff totally NOT on my list. ;-)

    Can’t wait to see more! Hope you were able to warm up.ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - June 3, 2016 - 1:42 PM

    A lovely video! It’s making me want to go to the next flea market in my area. Maybe I’ll find some good deals!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - June 3, 2016 - 2:51 PM

    “Do we need another chair?”
    “NO!”

    . . . this is the story of my life with my husband! I had to laugh at that. I loved that chair, too!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2016 - 5:45 PM

      I’ll never let him forget. That chair will go down in history. MwahahaReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 3, 2016 - 5:38 PM

    Coming out of lurk-dom to tell you that you’re really good at making videos. My husband has video editing in his background, so I know it’s a lot of work to make videos look really good, and the videos that look really good look like they were effortless. The biggest high five from Houston, Texas! Looking forward to more videos.

    (These projects are in our future, and therefore I would love to see videos on these topics: installing backsplash with an un-level countertop, and installing cabinets with no space between the cabinets and the ceiling)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2016 - 5:46 PM

      Thanks, Cindy! We did all of the filming, but our friend Hannah took care of the editing. She is a WIZARD, I tell you! :DReplyCancel

  • Emily - June 3, 2016 - 6:06 PM

    Reading blogs has become a bit of a chore for me now. I do it out of habit. I don’t say that to be negative, just didn’t realise until I was watching the video and noticed how much I was enjoying it. We live in a society where we want everything quickly. Just look at how popular snap chat is. You’ve appealed to that market and I’m sure it’s going to be a great success. Will be subscribing for sure as it was very entertaining.ReplyCancel

  • Kate Bu - June 3, 2016 - 6:56 PM

    Great vlog! I’m not usually much for watching video rather than looking at photos, but you guys really had some interesting tips/suggestions for how you go about flea marketing, and it was fun to see the cool stuff you found.ReplyCancel

  • Anna, Sydney - June 4, 2016 - 3:50 AM

    I normally never watch videos because it’s too noisy around me all the time (loud family) and I just don’t have the time. But I love you guys so much I at least had to give you a fair shot. And I loved it! The length was great, I wouldn’t even have considered trying if it had been 20 minutes unfortunately.

    Loved being taken along on a thrift trip, and hated you a little for taking me on a thrift trip… :)

    Loved seeing you and hearing you guys. I would definitely watch more videos from you.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - June 4, 2016 - 12:14 PM

    Finally got around to watching your vlog. Love it! Looks like it was a lot of work to polish up but I would love to watch more!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja - June 5, 2016 - 12:26 AM

    I love this format. I felt like I was going to the flea market too! I worked at a flea market when I was a kid. I picked up the garbage at the end of the day, I got paid $10/hr, which was a LOT of money 30 years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - June 5, 2016 - 8:04 PM

    I LOVE the vlog!! How on earth did you leave that beautiful chair behind? So amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 6, 2016 - 9:20 AM

      That chair!! It will haunt me forever. I promise you.ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - June 6, 2016 - 1:10 PM

    You guys are too cute on camera! And it’s NEVER too early to eat anything fried, or at least IMO.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 7, 2016 - 3:02 PM

      Agreed! (About the fried part, haha)ReplyCancel

  • Tara C - June 7, 2016 - 8:34 PM

    That was so fun, thanks for making a video!! I’d love to see videos of you refinishing a piece of furniture, debating paint colors and sharing what goes into that process, debating other design elements and seeing your process for finding a compromise that could satisfy both parties. It’s often most difficult to know what should go into the process of consideration so you don’t end up making an impulsive choice that might look wrong later and getting insight into how you make design choices would be so great.

    I’d also love to see a video where you take us through your favorite room in your house and share why it’s your favorite and what design elements you love or might change of you had the chance and the money.

    Thank you! Love your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 8, 2016 - 9:51 AM

      These are all great suggestions! Thank you so much. I’ve added them to our list.ReplyCancel

  • Sondra - June 9, 2016 - 5:11 PM

    I love that you are doing vlogs now. Videos are such a fun way to see your faces, hear your voices and get to know you even more! I’m a big fan of videos and general and am excited to see where you go with this. Love!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 9:31 AM

      Thanks for the great feedback!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - June 10, 2016 - 2:56 PM

    I’m WAY behind and just watched this adorable video. It made me smile so much. It’s so you guys! ALSO we have that GLOBE!!! We’re globe twins now :DReplyCancel

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