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It’s not yet Thanksgiving, but this Sunday, we put up our Christmas tree! Considering that we almost skipped the tradition entirely last year, this makes it the first time we’ve done so before slicing into turkey. (Also a first? Holiday music in November. I’ll take it!) Although it’s the earliest we’ve been on the Christmas ball, we wanted to share our tree’s newest addition before the long weekend – for those of you that are equally weird about tree skirts.

What, just us?

We’ve donated every tree skirt we’ve ever bought together. In a four pet household, skirts have always been overly fussy. Messy. Hair magnets and kitty toys. That’s not to say all skirts are bad (some are quite cute!); they’re just not for us. Most years, we’ve left the chintzy aluminum stand to our artificial tree to be free, which while not good, has always been less obtrusive than a kitschy skirt and less time consuming than re-fluffing and re-centering a so-so loop of fabric.

This year, I did a quick search for an alternative to the skirt. Something with clean lines, like a bucket? Or a basket? Yes, yes, a basket!


You can most definitely purchase a tree basket online (and maybe in stores, although we’ve never seen them out in the wild), but there were two things holding us back: ONE) price and TWO) time. With a booked up guest room and friends in town for the upcoming weekend, we just wanted to get it done!

I found this super, super easy tutorial, and after showing Scott, we decided to give it a go. Since larger baskets can really add up, Scott suggested we stop at a local produce market (Stanley’s, for those in Chicago) to see if they had any round fruit crates we could purchase, but we were surprised to find a large collection of baskets lining the refrigerator section! Ours is not quite 2′ wide at the mouth and cost $15.

I used a pair of wire snippers to cut the handles loose, making sure to only snip the reeds that were holding them in place:


My inspiration tutorial suggests removing the entire bottom of the basket, but because our tree is fake (and therefore, not as full as a real tree can be), I only removed the small section in the middle for our pole to fit through:


For extra credit, Scott suggested I use our touch-up stain pen to coat the raw weave, although a tan marker or brown sharpie could work just as well!


We had to modify our tree’s base just a bit for it to fit within the confines of the basket (the basket wasn’t quite wide enough by a few inches), but Scott quickly scrounged up scrap wood and used our hole saw to keep things nice and sturdy; this will be different for everyone.

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We love a simple DIY – especially one that clocks in well under $20! – and we loved the basket as-is. Of course it could always be painted, trimmed or pom-pom-ed, but this year, the no frills look feels good.

Aside from the basket, our tree is the same as it has been, year after year. Nothing new or inventive was done, and that’s okay! It makes the holidays that much easier, don’t you think? We kept up our own tradition of reminiscing on the stories behind each ornament, we sang along to our growing Christmas playlist, and we watched Elf. It was a slow-down-day that was so, so needed, and it felt good.


For all of you celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a happy one! We’ll be in Chicago as always, baking desserts, dining with friends and taking in the displays downtown. We have a fun, affordable gift round-up to kick off next week, but for the early bird shoppers, we encourage you to support Small Business Saturday this coming weekend!

  • Ilse - November 25, 2014 - 8:01 AM

    Simple but charming. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - November 25, 2014 - 8:46 AM

    Nice! And the natural look evokes a tree stump, so it looks really outdoors (without all the watering/needles/upkeep). Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Magdalena - November 25, 2014 - 9:01 AM

    I love this idea! So natural and beauty look. Thhanks for it :)ReplyCancel

  • Lorie Smith - November 25, 2014 - 9:04 AM

    WOW…this looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - November 25, 2014 - 9:39 AM

    I like it. I’ve never heard of a tree basket before this, but what a great idea for families with pets and/or small children. I have none of those (and also no Christmas tree – ah, the days of singlehood renting a small house with roommates…), but I still like the look of it. Your tree may not be a “Pinterest-worthy” marvel of Christmas tree decorating (I’m Pinning it, though!), but I much prefer trees with meaning and memories. ^_^ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 25, 2014 - 9:47 AM

      Thank you! My college roommate(s) and I always put up a tree – just go for it!

      And thank you about the tree comment. It’s so easy to get caught up in making a new inventive tree every year (especially when sharing it on the blog), but it’s just not something we’ve ever really done. A tree full of our childhood ornaments and those we’ve collected together as a couple are just right. Perhaps next year I’ll finally get a WHITE tree and put it in the studio (Scott loathes a white tree!).ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - November 25, 2014 - 11:04 AM

    I LOVE it! What a great idea! I was just looking at buying one of those tree rings in the Crate and Barrel catalog ($50-$60 a pop!!!) which we totally can’t afford but I just LOATHE the skirt! Now, I am going to swing by HomeGoods to pick up a basket and make it myself. Thanks for the inspiration. :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily R - November 25, 2014 - 1:05 PM

    Let me have Thanksgiving first! I can’t take this earlier and earlier Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • susan - November 25, 2014 - 1:43 PM

    I love your slim tree! Do you remember the brand/style or where you got it? The basket looks great; very natural looking like Laura mentioned.


    • Kim - November 25, 2014 - 1:46 PM

      Oh, man. We’ve had it for years, and as you can imagine, it was perfect for our smaller condo! We purchased it at Menard’s, but we no longer have the box for the brand or style. Sorry about that!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - November 25, 2014 - 2:26 PM

    Yes! I will be basket shopping this weekend! Great idea…I’m done with tree skirts, too.ReplyCancel

  • Devon - November 26, 2014 - 1:26 PM

    Where did you move the grey chair too? Just wondering xxReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 26, 2014 - 1:36 PM

      Ah, yes! We moved it into the green nook room, since it’s currently chair-less.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Stemwedel - December 2, 2014 - 2:46 PM

    I really like this! It is so simple & stylish. We have a cat that also always rearranges our tree skirt. But besides that I have always not really liked the look of a tree skirt, even the non-fussy ones. But I never thought to search out an alternative. Thanks!ReplyCancel



With the addition of a few new photos and on-hand art, we swapped out our (not that) old gallery wall in the main room for something larger and with a bit more contrast. The change isn’t huge, but man, it really makes a difference in the room! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a full blown fuss-er, but even Scott was on board with a little change up simply by not disagreeing with me. (Marriage; you pick and choose your battles, right?)

You’ll notice that the same art from Wall One was mixed back into Wall Two, and with a handful of new frames, the look feels more collected overall. While we love cohesion in frames, after living with it for a few months, it didn’t feel right in the space. Now? It does!:


The original wall of art was all Ikea Ribba frames. We love, love, love a good Ribba frame as much as anyone, but the larger frames had started to sag (which is really bizarre, considering they were a-okay in our old home – weird!), and I was itching to incorporate our Elkhorn Flea frames. After printing a couple of my own photographs and re-thinking the frames for a few of our current favorites, we ended up with a collected and layered mix. The new configuration is providing more contrast against our soft walls (which, as you know, we’re not quite sold on) and warming up the room with our favorite – gold!

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ONE Vintage photo and frame // TWO Bicycles print (a wedding gift) // THREE Artificial Growing, Ricardo Solis // FOUR DIY screen print made at a local arts festival // FIVE San Francisco #2 // SIX bear + bunny, Nate Duval // SEVEN DC #3 // EIGHT Paris #4 // NINE kitty print by Amy Amok from School of the Art Institute student sale // TEN bench print from School of the Art Institute student sale // ELEVEN personal photo (read below)

Frames SIX and TEN are the same gold metal that I used on the vintage photo wall, and THREE, SEVEN and EIGHT were professionally done with Framebridge using their Irvine (white) and Georgetown (gold) frames. Our personal take on Framebridge, as the friendly team behind the brand provided us with those three frames and you may have seen them pop up recently. They are so good. Their framing service uses top notch materials, which includes UV acrylic. With that said, we’ve always been hesitant to use acrylic in our frames, as bad quality acrylic can look, well, really bad. This is the second time we’ve used their services, and not only does the acrylic have the same look as glass, but we’re just as impressed with every one of our frame choices. (Natural wood, gold bamboo and black – we’ve loved them all!) In other words, they’re worth looking into.

Frames ONE, FIVE and ELEVEN are vintage, and although I had every intention of switching out this portrait pencil drawing, I just couldn’t do it! Scott has let it be known that this woman scares him (Her eyes follow me!, he says), but I oddly sort of love her. It’s an actual drawing (not a print) so it felt more respectful to let her shine – whoever she is.

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Hands down, my favorite addition to the wall (Scott’s favorite, too) is this photo of my baby brother Josh – taken seven years ago! I’m much older than my youngest sibling, and while home for the holidays moons ago, I photographed him in my grandparents’ home (you know, my favorite people ever?). I used to love nothing more than setting up photo shoots (family, friend or stranger – no potential ‘model’ was safe!), and I merged two photos to create a composite image of Josh; Scott was the one actually sitting on the other bed for each solo snap.

I chose this wallpapered room in my grandparents’ old house, as it was a room that I spent summers in playing Go Fish with my grandma, watching Bob Ross on television (yup) and helping my Pap Pap draw up signs for the church carnival. Looking at this photo – this room! – makes my heart swell, and it only took me seven years to bring my original idea to life. That baby brother? He just started high school this fall. (I included the original file below for a better look.)

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So! Take two. A photo favorite, a wedding gift, travel snippets and a few collected prints breathe a little more life into this wall than version one. Sometimes, you just have to live with it for a while to see what’s not working, tweak, and make it right again.

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - November 21, 2014 - 7:14 AM

    That is so awesome. Love the last photo so muchReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - November 21, 2014 - 8:42 AM

    It’s amazing how much better the mismatched frames work together than the matched ones. When figuring out this arrangement, did you do any virtual playing around to see what would work before committing to it? We’ve done that – taken a photo of each piece and of the blank wall, then made a composite in Photoshop so we can shift things around with a mouse before putting holes in the walls. Not very spontaneous, but I like to plan things out. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tony Jr - November 21, 2014 - 9:21 AM

    Fantastic frame arrangements, Kim! Of course I love the composite picture with Josh. So many great memories in that hiuse. Making the picture even better is that the picture on the wall within it is of Rocca Pia, Italy, where our family is originally from.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 21, 2014 - 9:28 AM

      True! Looking at the photo, you can almost smell Pap Pap’s pizzelle cookies on the iron, can’t you?ReplyCancel

  • erica - November 21, 2014 - 9:39 AM

    This looks really good – such lovely contrasts and textures with the new composition. I love watching you carefully, deliberately piece this room together!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 21, 2014 - 9:56 AM

    I have a “Pap Pap”, too! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 21, 2014 - 10:01 AM

      Is it a Pittsburgh thing?! I also thought that was the norm until my friends were like, um, nooo…ReplyCancel

  • ten - November 21, 2014 - 10:09 AM

    This looks really great! It looks and feels much warmer, in the sense that the gold color adds warmth, but overall, the variety I think reflects a warmth. In my opinion, when people do gallery walls with the same frames in the same colors, it feels stark and not very homey. I guess there is a time and a place for that kind of look. Anyway, I also think the eclectic frames fit well with your eclectic decor. Really nice job, you guys! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - November 22, 2014 - 7:49 PM

    Looks so great! Now you’ve got me revisiting my frames!

    Two questions: 1) where did you get your bouquet of billy balls, and 2) have you guys ever made a mat for a framed print as large as 48×36″? Any tips on that one?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 23, 2014 - 1:39 PM

      Thanks! The billy balls came from amazon (dried already), and we’ve never matted anything that large… Prints that large typically stand alone pretty well!ReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh - November 23, 2014 - 8:45 PM

    I LOVE following your blog. Just thought I’d start this comment off with a bang! The wall looks so much more… for lack of a better word… fun?! The eye really attracts to that wall now… it doesn’t blend with it’s surroundings anymore! Nicely done!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 24, 2014 - 8:30 AM

      Thank you! And agreed… more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Red House West - November 25, 2014 - 9:29 AM

    Love it! It’s so much warmer and more interesting – the addition of different frames and prints somehow makes it easier to focus on the white framed ones you had up originally. I like seeing this evolution!ReplyCancel

  • Katya Pereira - November 26, 2014 - 7:59 AM

    I love your blog, though I don´t have many opportunities to use your ideas, since where I live in Brazil our houses are built with bricks and we always have to use contractors. But I really loved the ideas of the mismatched frames, I was planning on doing something similar, and it was great to see both ways side by side. I´m definitively going with the mismatched ones. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 26, 2014 - 9:27 AM

      Glad to hear it! We definitely love gallery walls both ways, but this felt like a better fit in the living room.ReplyCancel

  • Elmer Palmer - December 2, 2014 - 7:12 AM

    Looks so great. Images are stunning. One of the best blog which i came across in recent times.ReplyCancel



For this month’s partnership with Ace Hardware, we were encouraged to break the painting rules. Think: colored ceilings, painted floors and hot pink furniture (which, by the way, we’d be down with!).  We wanted to have fun with idea, but between completing the guest room and looking forward to the kitchen, we weren’t quite ready to commit to, say, a whole room color or larger furniture piece.

But! We did have a slab of wood, and we did have hairpin legs waiting for their match (more on those in a bit). You know we’re always up for a little burst of color, so we put a plan into action.

A couple months ago, our friend Eric – fellow flea market lover and seller! – came to our house. Before leaving, he told us, I have just the thing you need. Once home, he texted us this hunky live edge slab that he’d been hoarding from a flea adventure of yore, and he said it was destined to be with us. Um, are you kidding me and yes please and when can we pick up?


It’s a good 5′ wide and 2″ thick, but the surface was rough to the touch. Normally I would have started with an 80 grit sandpaper to smooth it down quickly , but once I got all set up outside, I realized I didn’t have any on hand. (Kim!) It took a little longer, but I used what I had: 150 grit sandpaper first, followed by a superfine 220 grit with our orbital sander. Almost immediately, I could start to see the gorgeous grain shine through, and a solid 45 minutes of sanding brought the whole surface down to a super smooth, super soft finish.


I wiped off all the sanding dust with a microfiber cloth and tapped along the live edge to get any lingering debris out of the nooks. Using a 4″ foam roller for the top and a 2″ paintbrush for the sides, I sealed the bench up in 3 coats (no stain) using our go-to Polycrylic in Clear Satin. Between coats, I lightly sanded the wood surface with a 220 grit sanding block, which helps the following coat adhere. Note: While pushing the polycrylic into the live edge with my paintbrush, it looked sort of white and foam-like, but it dried to a perfectly clear finish.


Now, about those legs. We’ve had these stashed since last summer (the summer of big demolition!). The 18″ hairpins were found in a Goodwill, painted a medium brown (to mimic wood, maybe?) and attached to a chipped up plywood top for $6! We tossed the top and kept the legs (you couldn’t even purchase half a hairpin for that price), and after spraying them with primer, I used a foam brush to give them a vibrant pink finish: Valspar’s Magenta Manicure. We wanted them to be durable, so we went with Valspar Optimus in a flat finish to give the illusion of being powder coated. Tip: Some Ace Hardwares are able to compress your purchased paint and turn it into spray paint! This was our original plan, but sadly, their machine was down at the time. Womp. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, the closest location that does this is in Wheaton, IL.

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We waited a day for everything to dry, used wood screws to attach the legs to our poly-ed slab, and we brought it up to the second floor landing – for now. Eventually, it would look great at the foot of a bed, and it’s not so heavy that we couldn’t move it down to the living or dining rooms. We even tried it out in our funny little (teal-green) nook room, but the pink shines in the studio, don’t you think?

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The wood slab is so, so pretty, and it’s a bit outside of the norm of what we would normally gravitate towards – and that’s been half the fun of experimenting in this home!


We’ll be back later this week with our finished dining room gallery wall (checking off those tiny to-dos – such a good feeling!), but for now, how about a bit of Ace cash for your own rule-breaking paint projects? Together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader!  The giveaway runs through Friday, November 21st at 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Good luck and happy entering!

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We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting those that support us.

  • Danielle - November 19, 2014 - 6:39 AM

    Wow — that’s looks awesome! Why can’t I stumble across some Goodwill hairpins?!?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 8:52 AM

      We couldn’t buy it fast enough – before they realized what they had!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - November 19, 2014 - 7:23 AM

    I love that you guys stepped out of your design comfort zone and came up with something incredible! My husband and I recently painted our dining room a nearly black shade and while it was super scary at first, we love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - November 19, 2014 - 7:47 AM

    I’ve not had success breaking the painting rules. I spray painted some shelves Kelly green last fall. Don’t love them. :( I’m better sticking with regular colors.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Goldman - November 19, 2014 - 7:54 AM

    I love the pink! When I’m feeling crazy, I usually end up painting something gold…ReplyCancel

  • erica barraca - November 19, 2014 - 7:57 AM

    I havent broken the paint rules often, but hot pink is definitely one way to go. LOVE it.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity - November 19, 2014 - 8:02 AM

    I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a bench for the end of my bed. Maybe I just need to make one. Looks great and the pink is a lot of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - November 19, 2014 - 8:04 AM

    Ugh, I have been dying to do a project exactly like this!! I’m so jealous of your Goodwill find AND your amazing luck getting that live edge piece! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - November 19, 2014 - 8:04 AM

    I can’t believe you got those pin legs at GOODWILL! I’m so jealous! And what restraint, waiting a whole year to use them.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 8:53 AM

      We didn’t want to go slapping them on ANYTHING… these guys were meant to go together! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Laura C - November 19, 2014 - 8:13 AM

    Looks great! I need friends with amazing wood slabs to spare.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - November 19, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    The bench is PERFECT right there! I think I shall be quite sad if you ever move it, because it so good there!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy G - November 19, 2014 - 8:27 AM

    I love the unexpected pink! I love the new trend of treating the ceiling as an accent in a lively color.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - November 19, 2014 - 8:51 AM

    Love the pink hairpin legs!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - November 19, 2014 - 8:54 AM

    The pink is really fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey d. - November 19, 2014 - 8:56 AM

    I love this! It reminds me of the coffee tables my grandfather built out of cypress found in the river by their summer home. He let the cypress dry for two years before cutting it into three slabs for coffee tables. I have one of the smaller ones now, but unfortunately, after 40 years, the wood is deteriorating. I need to figure out if there is a way to save it. It’s wrapped in moving blankets in my attic right now.ReplyCancel

  • Justynn @ Creative Life Antics - November 19, 2014 - 8:59 AM

    I so need to make a bench for home. This is giving me inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Alex R - November 19, 2014 - 9:02 AM

    LOVE the bench! That pink is perfect. I’m less adventurous when it comes to paint, but I will say that painting our bathroom ceilings a very light blue has given me a ridiculous amount of happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Avey - November 19, 2014 - 9:03 AM

    I would never have thought of using the hot pink paint, yet I LOVE it! I have a live edge slab, made into a bench, and I painted the legs grey/black. I may have to copy your idea and go a little bolder with the color! Good job.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - November 19, 2014 - 9:11 AM

    That pink is FIERCE!!! I love to paint picture frames to give my walls a pop of color that can change anytime!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Renda - November 19, 2014 - 9:22 AM

    I am a bit upset with my local thrift and goodwill because apparently that got wise to what people are looking for, and raised the prices on the cool stuff! I need a new hunting grounds! LOLReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 9:28 AM

      Chicago folks are pretty smart too… scores like this only happen a good 30-45 minute drive away. Suburbs!ReplyCancel

      • Alli - November 19, 2014 - 6:32 PM

        I would love to hear about where you shop in the suburbs! I am in the ‘burbs and always looking for ideas :)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 6:53 PM

          Haha, well, we go to Schaumburg for Ikea, Carol Stream for Jubilee Furniture (the best!), and Wheaton for their HUGE Ace Hardware!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - November 19, 2014 - 9:24 AM

    When I paint, usually a room or a wall or something, I never tape things off. I prefer to freehand and be extract careful when I’m around ceilings, floors and corners. I know it’s not a big thing but it drives my hubby nuts!

    And, I love, love, love your bench!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - November 19, 2014 - 9:25 AM

    You never cease to amaze me with the ideas you have. This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - November 19, 2014 - 9:26 AM

    Super cute. It looks great upstairs. I love seeing all the plants upstairs, too. The shots reminded me to ask what ever happened to the hanging planter thingy that you had hanging from the wall? Did the plants make it?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 9:30 AM

      We are still LOVING our Woolly Pocket! A few of the plants have died (surprise, surprise), but we’ve been cleaning it up as we notice which plants are thriving and which ones need a little more space. The asparagus fern that was on our front patio was brought in and planted into the Pocket, which seems to be working well! Our snake plants and a zz plant are going gangbusters. (The prayer plants didn’t make it all…RIP.)ReplyCancel

      • Heather - November 19, 2014 - 9:56 AM

        That’s great. I will keep my eyes peeled for an updated shot.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - November 19, 2014 - 9:27 AM

    What a great contrast with the modern pink legs and the rough live-edge top. I love this combination! Also, this should be a reminder for everyone to hit up Goodwill on a regular basis. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Monika - November 19, 2014 - 9:29 AM

    Another fabulous job! Oh how I love the slab–I’d give my right arm for a hunk of wood like that and you guys made it amazing. The hot pink was a nice touch, fresh and unexpected. Well done :)ReplyCancel

  • Cair - November 19, 2014 - 9:30 AM

    I love those pink legs. It takes so little of a bold color to make a big statement.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Traniello - November 19, 2014 - 9:33 AM

    LOVE the pink! I keep turning to the same colors…I really need to try going out of my comfort zone and adding some pops of color to our house!ReplyCancel

  • Phong Tran - November 19, 2014 - 9:37 AM

    I’m a sucker for blues and grays.ReplyCancel

  • Kari - November 19, 2014 - 9:49 AM

    You guys seriously have the most impressive sanding stamina! I’m always blown away with the length of your sanding sessions… not because they’re unnecessary, but because you can do them without a break.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 9:55 AM

      Oh, man – I sort of turn into a crazy sanding lady once I start. There’s no point in making myself into a dusty mess, then cleaning off to come inside and then going BACK outside. I’m a stubborn girl.ReplyCancel

  • Heather B - November 19, 2014 - 9:54 AM

    I love adding in an unexpected pop of color like you did here! I painted the back of bookcase a dark blue and left the rest of the bookcase a creamy white.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - November 19, 2014 - 9:59 AM

    I’ve gone with red in our kitchen and a gorgeous gold in our great room. As a family, we love to have color around!

    Love what you guys are doing to this house – you have such a great aesthetic.ReplyCancel

  • Elle - November 19, 2014 - 9:59 AM

    I am really conservative when it comes to paint. I wish I was brave enough to break the rules but I always seem to use neutrals and stick with what I know.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget P. - November 19, 2014 - 10:05 AM

    That’s a great looking bench. I love the hairpin legs!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Thompson - November 19, 2014 - 10:12 AM

    Love the pink!ReplyCancel

  • Trilby C. - November 19, 2014 - 10:13 AM

    I would loooove to get brave enough to break the rules with paint! I’ve just gotten brave enough to bring some little (yet explosive!) pops of color into our bedroom with some pillows and art – maybe when we build a desk, I could try some bright paint on the legs or the chair? Hmmmm…ReplyCancel

  • Katie - November 19, 2014 - 10:13 AM

    So gorgeous!!!! LOVE the bench!!! We haven’t done anything too crazy with paint lately – must be time!!! We did spray paint a metal side table bright blue this summer – such a fun pop of color for our living room!!! We love the new life it gave it!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah@Eriesistibull - November 19, 2014 - 10:14 AM

    We just painted the steps in our house — after pulling up the carpet FINALLY — with white risers and medium grey treads.ReplyCancel

  • Elisa - November 19, 2014 - 10:21 AM

    Another day, another really, super-impressive find!ReplyCancel

  • Misty - November 19, 2014 - 10:50 AM

    It doesn’t come natural to me – it is totally blogs like yours that inspire me to break the rules and be daring. These pink legs look amazing, I would have never thought of doing something like this! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - November 19, 2014 - 10:51 AM

    Oh man, I DREAM of finding hairpin legs while thrifting! And that live edge slab. Gorgeous. Do you have a recommendation for a starter sander for a baby DIY-er?ReplyCancel

  • Laura - November 19, 2014 - 10:52 AM

    I saw a few other comments along the lines of “I’m a rule-follower” — me too! I have been wanting to paint our front door the brightest color, but am scared to do it!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - November 19, 2014 - 11:09 AM

    Your mix of styles is spot on!ReplyCancel

  • Toni - November 19, 2014 - 11:10 AM

    Oh. My. I want to marry that bench. Where did the legs come from?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 11:18 AM

      Thanks, Toni – they were found at a Goodwill on a chipped up plywood coffee table.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - November 19, 2014 - 11:10 AM

    Love the pop of pink, really makes the bench stand out.ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Red House West - November 19, 2014 - 11:15 AM

    It looks great! I love the bright pink against the color of your walls.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - November 19, 2014 - 11:36 AM

    The bench is super cute! I also love the plant stands you have around the house. I need some in my apartment and would love to know your sources!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 11:59 AM

      Thanks, Jess! The tall white planter on the landing is from Ikea, the brass guy (with the cactus) was from Ebay, and the navy one in the workroom came from a local nursery. We always check the nurseries close to home first, but don’t forget Ebay or Etsy!ReplyCancel

  • simone - November 19, 2014 - 11:38 AM

    I love bright colors in small spaces! In my first apartment, I painted the tiny, windowless kitchen a warm goldenrod color. It brightened it up significantly, and always made me happy. Break the rules! Color is the best!
    Thanks for this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - November 19, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    I like to mix up with a neutral wall and a bright ceiling!


  • AnnMarie - November 19, 2014 - 12:16 PM

    Magenta is definitely not a color I would think to chose, but it works in your space. I love the color pairing with the hairpin legs, it’s unexpected but still ties in nicely with your studio and landing. I’m so jealous you have lovely friends who’ll share their flea market goodness with you! I have yet to score anything amazing. Here’s hoping, I guess. ^_^ReplyCancel

  • Bethany~Furnishmyway - November 19, 2014 - 12:35 PM

    I’m digging this idea! Beautiful work and I love the artsy pink legs! I think it would look awesome at the foot of a bed! Great post.ReplyCancel

  • Lorie Smith - November 19, 2014 - 12:42 PM

    I love this bench!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie J - November 19, 2014 - 12:48 PM

    I love the juxtaposition of natural & neon! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - November 19, 2014 - 1:28 PM

    I totally didn’t know that Ace would turn their paint into spray form!! I don’t know why, but that blows my mind :)
    Thanks for the tip!
    Also, I want to touch that wood slab. It looks so smooth!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren M - November 19, 2014 - 1:45 PM

    I didn’t know you could get regular paint compressed into spray paint. How does that work? How much/little paint does it require? Have you used it before, and if so are the coats as thin as regular spray paint? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 2:25 PM

      Hey Lauren, we haven’t tried it ourselves, so I can’t comment on how thin it is (I would assume it would be the same) but I remember them saying it takes maybe a half a quart or a little more to do. They literally compress it in a can, then give it to you for about $10, but the thing to keep in mind is that you ALSO need to pay for the paint that you want. So if you have paint at home that you’d like turned into spray paint, you could bring it in and they would compress it! Obviously your spray paint would be of the same quality and sheen of the paint you’re compressing.

      The closest Ace Hardware to us that does this is actually in the suburbs (since Chicago laws prevent us from even purchasing spray paint in the city at all), but you could call an Ace beforehand to see if it’s something they can do!ReplyCancel

  • alex - November 19, 2014 - 2:01 PM

    this would be perfect for our master!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - November 19, 2014 - 2:07 PM

    The bench looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - November 19, 2014 - 2:10 PM

    That bench is so fun! I’ve got a few painting projects on the horizon, including painting the outside of our clawfoot tub.ReplyCancel

  • Jannike - November 19, 2014 - 2:27 PM

    Gorgeous! I have bench envy.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {AFirePoleintheDiningRoom} - November 19, 2014 - 2:41 PM

    Super cute project, you guys! I’m a sucker for a live edge slab! I love the hot pink too.ReplyCancel

  • Kates - November 19, 2014 - 3:09 PM

    I am crushing on that bench hard! I love it. that style would make an excellent coffee table too! I love thinking outside the box…I painted my ceiling a fun pattern in our entry way for that reason! Fun and unexpected.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Brown - November 19, 2014 - 3:21 PM

    I break the paining rules by not painting the ceiling white; I think whit on the ceiling is so boring, I prefer a light color.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - November 19, 2014 - 3:24 PM

    I’m totally copying your bench! Love it! Now I need to score hairpin legs – great deal. Last summer I painted an old bar cart with coral paint and Rub-N-Buffed the handle, frame, and wheel spokes gold. Sherwin Williams just announced the 2015 color of the year is coral – I was ahead of the trend….for once. :o)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - November 19, 2014 - 3:37 PM

    I have so many home projects to do!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - November 19, 2014 - 3:38 PM

    If painting things hot pink counts as breaking painting rules, then screw the painting rules. I love color and love painting small pieces of furniture or small details on pieces of furniture in vibrant, unexpected colors.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - November 19, 2014 - 4:00 PM

    LOVE IT! I don’t think I’d ever have anything bright pink like that in my house (minus my 5 year old’s room) but I love it mixed with the natural beauty of the wood. What a great combo and a fun touch!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy M - November 19, 2014 - 5:07 PM

    OMG I love that bench! Too bad I JUST sold 3 old hairpin legs this afternoon. Wah wah.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Slocum - November 19, 2014 - 5:18 PM

    Oh I love those pink hairpin legs! You both have the best taste in design. For breaking the painting rules, I like a small touch ( refuse to say “pop” ReplyCancel

  • Ann - November 19, 2014 - 6:09 PM

    I painted my dining room wall a deep eggplant, so I would see it as I walked into the pale blue kitchen (and painted the dining room before the kitchen, so it would influence me away from a brick/coral kitchen).ReplyCancel

  • Julianne - November 19, 2014 - 6:34 PM

    I can’t believe the prices of these hairpin legs. I always love using bright colors of paint and using patterns on ceilings.ReplyCancel

  • YM - November 19, 2014 - 6:46 PM

    Haven’t broken a painting rule yet! Maybe it’s time to start.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - November 19, 2014 - 6:57 PM

    I love this project! For my new office I’m planning on finding a large live-edge piece of lumber and making it into a desk using hairpin legs, so it’s awesome to see a similar idea already finished. Question: do you feel the 2 legs on each end are enough support? Wondering if there should be a leg in the middle to keep the bench from bowing. Wondering the same about my desk plan. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 19, 2014 - 7:10 PM

      Oh, cool! Definitely no fear of bowing because the slab is 2″ thick.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - November 19, 2014 - 7:11 PM

    I haven’t done anything too crazy with paint – maybe in my next house. We’ re getting ready to sell the house and travel for a year before buying a retirement property.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Saver - November 19, 2014 - 7:24 PM

    I break the painting rules by painting the ceiling a color other than white. I usually go with a light color, but sometimes I will use a darker color to help make a bedroom pop!

  • Caroline Bedard - November 19, 2014 - 8:24 PM

    I really want to spray paint everything in aqua or red to make it all more modern and mine!

    I have my father-in-law’s hairpin legs (I know they were thrifted!) that I insisted on bringing home, rather than my husband’s preference for throwing them with the attached nasty table top into the dumpster when we cleared out his house…they definitely need paint!ReplyCancel

  • brooke Kunz - November 19, 2014 - 10:55 PM

    that bench is amazing! will be pinning it for my husband to build in our future home :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - November 20, 2014 - 7:37 AM

    i love everything about this project, and i want it for my house!ReplyCancel

  • amelia - November 20, 2014 - 9:31 AM

    love the pink legs! its just the right amount of pinkReplyCancel

  • Melissa - November 20, 2014 - 9:54 AM

    My favorite way to break painting rules is to do a graphic focal wall in multiple colors. Every time I’ve done this it always makes me smile and I get so many compliments on it that it makes the effort worth it. Why stick to single colored walls when you can have all your favs on one!ReplyCancel

  • erica - November 20, 2014 - 12:25 PM

    i enjoy your blog so much. Ive recently lost my dog of 17 years! She looks so much like the female version of your Jack. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 20, 2014 - 1:29 PM

      Thank you for stopping by to comment, Erica! So sorry to hear about the news of your dog. I have a pretty good feeling that my childhood cat Tigers (aka: BEST CAT EVER) is taking care of her.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - November 20, 2014 - 2:12 PM

    I gotta say, despite the fact that the hot pink is way out of my comfort zone, it looks pretty awesome against the rustiness and the gorgeous color of the wood! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa M. - November 20, 2014 - 2:40 PM

    Gorgeous bench! The wood is sublime and the legs are so fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - November 20, 2014 - 2:49 PM

    Gorgeous! Love the pink legsReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - November 20, 2014 - 3:08 PM

    Getting up the courage to spray paint my currently green-and-yellow-floral printed chair navy!

    That bench is perfection.ReplyCancel

  • alex - November 20, 2014 - 3:31 PM

    i break the rules by painting unexpected things unexpected colors!ReplyCancel

  • Rust - November 20, 2014 - 3:59 PM

    I like painting fabric (curtains, etc) for an extra bit of personalization.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa G - November 20, 2014 - 6:28 PM

    I have to spray paint a dozen plastic stars with glitter spray paint I did it on an old table so I was left with star outlines all over I decided to leave it in the cuteReplyCancel

  • Haley - November 20, 2014 - 7:57 PM

    Buying a house early next year so I’m sure I will be rolling in paint at that point. If I get my own office space I want to paint it a deep emerald green with yellow on the ceiling and down on the top 6 inches of the walls. I love color! Can’t wait to have free rein to do what I want.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - November 20, 2014 - 9:51 PM

    I love accent walls or pops of color.ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - November 21, 2014 - 12:44 AM

    I love painting things that I’m ready to toss out, it gives them a new life! Hairpin legs are dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - November 21, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    Just getting up the guts to paint something is breaking the rules for me! I couldn’t believe how easy it was when I turned my old red metal drawer unit into a pretty bright white bedside table. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nathan A - November 21, 2014 - 11:06 AM

    I really like the wood slab! We might need to do something similar in our own home.


  • Shannon - November 21, 2014 - 11:32 AM

    Never use tape – just a steady hand!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - November 21, 2014 - 3:27 PM

    I LOVE that wooden slab. As far as breaking painting rules go, I didn’t even realize there were rules, so I guess my favorite way is to just paint whatever I feel like :)ReplyCancel

  • Shay - November 21, 2014 - 4:38 PM

    That raw wood looks amazing!

    Does the Polycrylic darken the wood much? I have an upcoming project that will need a good sealant but I’d like the wood to stay as pale as possible.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 21, 2014 - 5:39 PM

      Thanks! It does darken the wood a little bit, but not as much as if I had oiled it. Polycrylic is probably your best bet, since it also will NOT yellow over time!ReplyCancel

  • qlkowa - November 22, 2014 - 11:51 AM

    This bench is so fantastic!
    I love it.ReplyCancel

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