This time last year, we were wrapping up the demolition phase for our big 3-room-project. On the agenda was the second floor bathroom, master bedroom and laundry room, and because all of these rooms shared at least one wall, it made the most sense for us to dive in head first. No looking back, no way. What followed…
  • Stacy G. - December 15, 2016 - 6:52 AM

    Looks great! I especially love the retractable clothesline. That is a great addition.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - December 15, 2016 - 7:23 AM

    incredible! i love that it’s right there but it’s so pretty! and all the little things you did, definitely make it the tops!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey G - December 15, 2016 - 8:17 AM

    Wow so amazing!!

    Do those dryer balls actually work to soften clothes instead of fabric softener?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 15, 2016 - 8:34 AM

      We’ve never used fabric softener to compare it to… BUT it does speed up the dry time and help to keep things from wrinkling! We love them. We always keep 2-3 balls in the dryer, and when they start to get too small, we’ll have the jar for backup. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marti | Project Palermo - December 15, 2016 - 8:34 AM

    It looks beautiful, yet still so practical! I think this might be my favorite project you’ve done yet. Upstairs laundry: livin’ the dream.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - December 15, 2016 - 8:46 AM

    This looks so great! I’m in the super early stages of planning our laundry reno and our space is pretty small so this is a great inspiration for me and hope you won’t mind a couple of questions! What are the dimensions of your laundry room? I think ours is about 5×6. And how do you like the stacked units? I’m trying to decide between putting ours side by side or stacking them.

    Loving everything you guys are doing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 15, 2016 - 9:41 AM

      Hi Jess! Our room is almost identical size, so this same layout would work for you, too. We stacked our washer/dryer because it was more important for us to have a base cabinet for Libby, and we’ve been loving it! I think that if it’s important for you to have under counter cabinet space, go with stacked. If you want more cabinetry within arms reach, go for side by side. And, of course, if counter space is important for you (for folding, etc), go with side by side. I’m pretty short, so the ONLY drawback to having stacked units is that I have to stand on my tippy toes to reach deep into the dryer!ReplyCancel

      • Jess - December 15, 2016 - 10:22 AM

        Thanks for the feedback! I’m pretty tall so reaching into the dryer isn’t a problem for me :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle | Birds of Berwick - December 15, 2016 - 1:10 PM

    I love all the design elements in here. What a great use of space and I love that your laundry room is off the bedroom! Who wants to walk down 2 stories to the basement?? Not me! So my hubby does most of the laundry. ;-) If we had the space it’d go upstairs for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - December 15, 2016 - 1:32 PM

    This is so perfect! I love how beautiful and functional it is. I would LOVE to have the laundry room right off the Master, or even in my Master Bedroom closet. Dreamy!ReplyCancel

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  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - December 15, 2016 - 2:08 PM

    It turned out gorgeous! And like several other readers said, the idea of a laundry room right off the master is GENIUS!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 16, 2016 - 9:11 AM

      It just makes so much sense. Thanks, Josh!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne | The Gathered Home - December 16, 2016 - 8:01 AM

    INCREDIBLE! I don’t think it’s strange at all to have the laundry room off the master bedroom – in our home, it’s just outside the door to the bedroom. I love everything you guys did in this space! It’s all so thoughtful, well-designed, and most of all, beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 16, 2016 - 8:53 AM

      Thanks, Brynne! Hope you’re doing awesome! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma - December 16, 2016 - 9:04 PM

    So lovely. That wallpaper is so great. I might actually enjoy laundry if I had a room like that ūüėāReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 17, 2016 - 11:26 AM

      It takes the sting away, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kim B. - December 17, 2016 - 5:50 AM

    This is perfection! It’s true, on first blush it sounds a little crazy to have the laundry room off the bedroom — but when you think about it for even two seconds, you realize it is absolute genius! And especially when you’ve made it such a beautiful space – every detail from the wallpaper to the brass knobs to that lovely countertop. Lovely! Thanks for sharing it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 17, 2016 - 11:27 AM

      So nice, thank you, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - December 17, 2016 - 1:31 PM

    Very nice! I like the retractable clothes line. I’m planning on installing one when I renovate my bathroom. I don’t have a lot room and a retractable one just makes so much sense. I was thinking of putting it in the tub — a la hotels — but maybe should have it span the length of the room, like you did.ReplyCancel

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    […] Love everything about this space. […]ReplyCancel

  • Dana Z - December 18, 2016 - 8:36 PM

    Love everything about the finished product! The wallpaper, DIY laundry solution and sliding door are some of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Dakwerken - December 19, 2016 - 4:51 AM

    Wow, that looks so neat and clean! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - December 20, 2016 - 7:51 AM

    I just adore this room! I love the wallpaper! I was wondering if you could tell me which baseboards you used? I’ve been trying to find a link or something on your blog to them- did you get them at a big box store (Lowe’s/Home Depot)? Same for the trim around the doors. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • H√©l√®ne - December 20, 2016 - 8:21 AM

    I love the design of this room! But did you ever consider switching the bathroom and laundry room locations? I love the idea of the laundry room off the bedroom, but I’ve never seen it when there is no ensuite.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 20, 2016 - 10:21 AM

      We did consider swapping them, but having an ensuite wasn’t a deal breaker for us. We chose this over the other, especially because the door to the main bath is SO close to our bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • […] This laundry room makes us actually want to do laundry! […]ReplyCancel

  • Soapstone - December 28, 2016 - 8:10 PM

    This looks wonderful! Love the butcher block countertop and the wallpaper!ReplyCancel

  • Southern gal - February 2, 2017 - 6:48 AM

    So inspiring. Gorgeous!! Such a great idea to have it were you need it near the clothes! Love the hideaway for your cat giving her a safe place away from the boys!

    everyday I have been reading thru and cathing up I am inspired to imagine what I could do in my wee rental railroad. Declutter is a big one for me and its a goal for this year.

    You are my inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 2, 2017 - 8:54 AM

      Thank you! We are so excited to have you here. :DReplyCancel


When we decided that we’d be using extra-deep 24″ upper cabinets in the laundry room, we also realized that in order to maintain a functional countertop depth, we’d need to cheat the base cabinet forward by 8″ to maintain good working proportions. We went back and forth on how to accomplish this task, but eventually,…
  • Stacy G. - December 13, 2016 - 6:56 AM

    Oh my. This is a big topic in our house which is over 130 years old. We have uncovered all sorts of creative solutions in this house, but we have not done any of them for ourselves yet. The general rule with the plumbing in this house is, “Do NOT touch it.” As soon as we mess with anything, it springs a leak. :D

    Most of the creative plumbing in our house revolves around parts. They used a similar, but incorrect part because an original part was not available or could not be found at the time. Since the new part is not quite right, it fails at unexpected times.

    We will get to it all in time, but for now, we keep our hands off unless we have an emergency. LOL

    Great solution for your sink. It looks terrific!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 13, 2016 - 8:55 AM

      Yikes! You can’t mess with plumbing parts – the part you need is the part you get. No substitutions! Luckily, a lot of the creative “solutions” we’ve found in our home haven’t been plumbing related… knock on wood!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez - December 13, 2016 - 7:46 AM

    We are putting in a deep counter in our kitchen at the sink wall, so this was a perfect tutorial for my situation. Your project turned out beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    • Ryan - December 13, 2016 - 2:55 PM

      We might be doing the same thing. The vent pipe for the kitchen sink is on the interior of our masonry wall and I want to put an under counter fridge in front of it. So i might need to float the sink cabinet forward to match the fridge depth and have been thinking about plumbing solutions. We have the added issue of the plumbing being on an exterior wall though so I want to make sure to keep the water lines inside the cabinet as much as possible to reduce the risk of freezing in the winter.ReplyCancel

  • Sammy - December 13, 2016 - 10:37 AM

    I love love love this. I love your blog, me and my boyfriend read it all the time to get ideas for our renovation. We loved the butcher block post because we will be doing that this week!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 13, 2016 - 10:48 AM

      Aaah, so sweet. Good luck, Sammy! Your kitchen remodel is looking niiiice.ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - December 13, 2016 - 10:51 AM

    What is the coating on the wallpaper? I’m not a tidy laundress–or DIYer–and I’d be concerned about getting spatters on that beautiful paper. I know some wallpapers have a glossy coating that would wipe off fairly easily, but this looks quite matte.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 13, 2016 - 10:57 AM

      It is pretty matte, so is it a little risky to not have a backsplash? Probably. But for such a low use sink, we’re okay with that. :) Wallpaper gets soaked during the installation process, so we figure that splashes of water from time to time won’t hurt it!ReplyCancel

  • Marti | Project Palermo - December 13, 2016 - 7:22 PM

    I can imagine how crestfallen you must have felt to discover the faucet hole error! Nice work with solution – scoring the enamel is really clever.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 13, 2016 - 9:55 PM

      Our hearts sank to our stomachs. Thank GOODNESS our plan worked! Thanks, Marti!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - December 13, 2016 - 10:30 PM

    You two are champs at rolling with the punches – I don’t think I would’ve handled having to tackle that sink surgery quite so calmly. Looks incredible though!ReplyCancel


It’s December, but I was determined to not let our back patio slip away before the end of this year! This ‘room’ in our home has seen a¬†massive transformation¬†over the course of the last 6-7 months, so much so, that we sometimes forget about the monstrous deck that used to (barely) hang on our home!…
  • kara - December 9, 2016 - 9:06 AM

    this looks so great, and is so inspiring to the rest of us postage-stamp-yard-urban dwellers:) also, your deck – and the little space to either side of the door – called out to me for a clothesline! Growing up in vancouver (or maybe it was just the 80s?), everyone had one off their back deck, connected to the garage or to a pole in your yard. i never see any like that in chicago, which is kind of weird!ReplyCancel

    • kara - December 9, 2016 - 9:15 AM

      a quick pinterest search reveals that clotheslines are not at all cool! all the photos were from kinda trashy looking yards, or part of the before photos…so weird, when it’s so environmentally friendly and frugal and just really fun and satisfying to do. the kind i was picturing was the pulley kind so you stand in one place (your deck) while you hang up your laundry. like so:

      ok, stepping off the clothesline soapbox. yard looks great :)ReplyCancel

      • Kim - December 9, 2016 - 9:17 AM

        Thank you, Kara! My grandma had a clothesline in the backyard when I was really young, but I don’t remember it as I was growing up… now that you mention it, I wonder what happened to it?! I love the idea, but it doesn’t make much sense for us since our laundry is on the second floor! I always think of outdoor clothesline in cute European cities, running between the gangways of the apartment buildings. That thought makes me happy.ReplyCancel

  • Staci Jackson - December 9, 2016 - 10:28 AM

    What a transformation! I was skeptical of your decision to get rid of your grass since you have two dogs, but I know you take them out all the time and you have grass in the front. This big paver patio has totally added a whole new room to your home! Great job :) See you in the spring, patio!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 9, 2016 - 1:07 PM

      Thanks, Staci! The entire section underneath the stairs is for the pups to use as a pee pit, and now we don’t have to worry about killing grass anymore! It works out so much better for our little family.ReplyCancel

  • Daria - December 9, 2016 - 11:53 AM

    I love this so much! It just looks so happy and bright and welcoming.

    Still obsessed with those blue sconces.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Holzhausen - December 9, 2016 - 12:11 PM

    I still can’t believe you guys put the red brick pavers in yourselves. They look so fantastic, and fit the space so much better than the patch of grass! I’m very thankful we inherited a back patio with the pavers already in!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 9, 2016 - 1:05 PM

      And your pavers are the real deal. We LOVE your old school Chicago bricks, never change that!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - December 9, 2016 - 12:48 PM

    Very, very nice. Just the right amount of hardscape. I know about seeking slimmer chairs. We had outdoor chairs on our patio with legs that splayed outward. As large as the patio was, we tripped over the chair legs all the time. One broken wine glass put us on the hunt for new chairs (we had to thoroughly shop vac the patio and a section of lawn). I REALLY like the photo with the furry sunbathers and their droopy jowls!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 9, 2016 - 1:05 PM

      A broken wine glass?! That would do it for us, too! :DReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - December 9, 2016 - 3:04 PM

    This is probably one of my favorite makeovers this year. We look at it constantly as we plan towards our own outdoor makeover next year!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 10, 2016 - 10:58 AM

      So sweet, thank you, Steph!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Deorsam - December 9, 2016 - 5:48 PM

    As a lover of the outdoor life when owning a lovely home, I have found you HAVE to make it a priority and actually make it a place for relaxation and lounging. Your outdoor furniture is KEY to this idea! Bravo! The inclusion of your furbabies…just wonderful..Looking forward to more of your tasteful blogs.ReplyCancel

  • Mandolin - December 10, 2016 - 1:29 AM

    I can see a cleaned lined gabled roof over your kitchen door that extends to cover the entire small porch at the top of the stairs. One that mimics your roof line, but instead of being closed on the end it would have white beams supporting it. I hope that makes sense. I’m sure whatever you’re planning is going to look awesome, that’s just what immediately came to mind when you said you’ll be putting something there in the spring. This area looks great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

      We’ve talked about something like that! We think that could look SO pretty, but so could something even more streamlined – we’ve been taking notes of awnings around the ‘hood. There’s a lot to think about, but we love where you’re going with that.ReplyCancel

  • Mandolin - December 10, 2016 - 1:30 AM

    Clean* lined. Dang auto correct.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - December 10, 2016 - 4:21 AM

    I’ve used Fox Valley Sandblasting and Powder Coating in Yorkville with good results, although not on anything that will go through a heat/freeze cycle like your fireplace. But they are used to specialty coatings. If you look in their gallery, there is even a fireplace similar to yours. Reasonable prices too.

    • Kim - December 10, 2016 - 10:57 AM

      Thank you for this tip!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - December 11, 2016 - 8:40 PM

    If you’re ever in Ann Arbor, MI (about a four hour drive from Chicago), Bean’s Best does amazing powder coating work. They sandblasted and powder coated some outdoor chairs for us and they came out beautifully! Highly recommended.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 12, 2016 - 10:01 AM

      Nice! Thank you, Sara.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah E Velasquez - December 17, 2016 - 11:18 AM

    Do you allow your tenants to use the backyard?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 17, 2016 - 11:26 AM

      Our tenants keep very much to themselves, but they’ve been invited to join us when we have friends/parties in the backyard. :)ReplyCancel


When we decorate for the holidays, we keep it relatively¬†simple. One year, as my mother-in-law¬†was handing me a decor-related gift, she¬†joked,¬†Kim, I know you don’t like a lot of ‘stuff,’ but I think you’ll like this!¬†That surprised me, because I never really considered myself a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination – and for…
  • Ann - December 7, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    Your home looks simply beautiful . I wish I could see it in person!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - December 7, 2016 - 9:49 AM

    love it! everything looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • KLP - December 7, 2016 - 10:26 AM

    I spy a new coffee table! Details, please! I’ve considered going coffee table free (like you guys did), so I’m interested to hear what brought you back around.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 7, 2016 - 10:49 AM

      It was nice not having a table for a while – so much room to streeeetch! – but it wasn’t meant to be permanent. We just needed to get something smaller, and in this case, round! It was a fun DIY, and we’ll definitely share the details in an upcoming post!ReplyCancel

  • Brynne - December 7, 2016 - 8:17 PM

    Absolutely lovely! I adore your new tree!ReplyCancel

  • Sammy Baker - December 8, 2016 - 7:11 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information.ReplyCancel

  • AmyLynn - December 8, 2016 - 4:10 PM

    So pretty!! I love it! :) Happy Holidays Friends!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 8, 2016 - 4:31 PM

      We miss you! Hope your first Christmas in the new home is the BEST.ReplyCancel

  • Chrystal J - December 19, 2016 - 11:17 AM

    Can you tell me more about the different gold ornament ball colors you got from Christmas Central in both matte and shiny? Were they vegas gold, champagne gold, shiny gold?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 19, 2016 - 11:25 AM

      Sure thing! We got vegas gold in matte and shiny, champagne in matte, and we also got jet black matte ornaments as well.ReplyCancel


Earlier this summer, we tore down a massive, scary and unsafe 3-story deck on the back of our home. It was replaced with an extra wide set of pressure-treated wood stairs, which has been everything we hoped it would be – a warm welcome to the backyard, inside to outside flow and, maybe our favorite…
  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - December 5, 2016 - 9:15 AM

    What a difference! And I couldn’t agree with you more on how important it is to value your time. Even thought we are almost always doing some project on our house, there are tedious projects that can be hired out and everyone is so much happier for it.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - December 5, 2016 - 9:33 AM

    This looks great! It is amazing the transformation you guys have made in your backyard over the past year. It looks so inviting!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - December 5, 2016 - 11:48 AM

    It is important to think about your time and what’s important to you. Your deck looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - December 5, 2016 - 1:04 PM

    Looks FANTASTIC!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - December 6, 2016 - 2:43 PM

    We just hired out some masonry and roof work on our garage and even though it wasn’t cheap, it is so nice to have something done in a few days that I’ve been procrastinating forever!

    We unfortunately used a contractor that our neighbor selected (it’s a shared garage) and it’s been a frustrating process. At least I know better for next time ;).ReplyCancel