This weekend, Scott and I are headed to Mission Viejo, California, where we’ll be diving head first into Akiyo’s family room – with plenty of paint brushes, rollers, lots of lumber and tubes of caulk in tow! We can hardly contain how excited we are to get started. Since announcing the Lowe’s spring makeover campaign in February, we spent hours and hours (and hours) going over each and every application. Your families’ stories showed up in my dreams, your names were thrown around the dinner table as if we were BFFs, and not a day went by that we didn’t say to each other, I wish we could makeover ALL the homes. All of them! So, thank you for sharing your homes – and more importantly, your lives – with us. Thank you for injecting your personalities all over your submissions, and thank you to everyone who gave shout-outs to Jack and Chunk. They howl back at ya, arooo!

All that to say, we are so happy to have ‘met’ Akiyo and her family. Together with her 5-year-old son, husband and teeny pup, Katsu, they have recently moved in with her dad, back into the home she grew up in. This home, now her family’s forever home, has been mostly untouched for years, and they were stumped on where to start and how to make it work for everyone – dad/grandpa, their own trio and Katsu, too! It has become a multi-generational home full of silliness and laughter. The family room is where they secretly practice their dance moves (sorry, Akiyo!), sing karaoke and unwind at the end of a long work day. Coming in at 300 sq. ft., the space is so full of potential, and our minds raced with possibilities. Family room, there is so much in store for you!

Here’s what you see when you first walk in:


The room is flooded with natural light and an entire wall of windows(!), but almost every piece of furniture is pushed up against the remaining three walls (or under arrest as Scott would say!). Their biggest concern is making sure that there is sufficient seating for the entire family to gather together, snuggle up to a movie or work on crafts at the coffee table. With no central overhead fixture, there is a lack of ambient lighting in the evenings, and the mirror – although great for practicing those dance moves! – feels a bit dated. Katsu has created his own doggie door, i.e., there is a cartoonish puppy-shaped tear through the screen door. The beige walls and carpet could use a pick-me-up, and some extra storage would be nice! Let’s take in a 360-view:


We’ve been working behind the scenes on a design plan, and the last couple of months have been a blur of emails, texts and photos of paint swatches. But even more exciting? Progress is already being made! A ceiling junction box has since been installed, and the wall of mirrors, once adhered with liquid nails, has come down, revealing a sweet little note from the original homeowners. It reads: Wayne Davis | Louise Davis | 1974 | Our new home and mirrors. The message is complete with a sketch of an owl on his perch:


Also? New floors! You guys, we have new floors! (Okay, Akiyo + family have new floors, but we’re too invested at this point.) We chose this porcelain wood-look tile and had it installed in a random pattern with similarly colored grout. When Akiyo shot us this progress photo, our jaws dropped. The groundwork has been laid! All the celebratory emojis!


The in-person completion commences this weekend, and we’ll be sharing snaps on Instagram as we go. Follow along @yellowbrickhome! (By the way, did you catch Julia’s updates?! We cannot wait to see her makeover!)


This spring makeover project is a collaboration with Lowe’s. Lowe’s is providing all the materials necessary to complete this project, but the overuse of exclamation points(!) is all us. 

  • Stacy G. - April 15, 2016 - 7:14 AM

    What a wonderful room to work with. My eyes are not the greatest so I immediately love rooms flooded with light. The more light the better. :) Have a great trip!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2016 - 9:57 AM

      It really is a beautiful room! Almost an entire wall taken up with glass.ReplyCancel

  • Bryce - April 15, 2016 - 11:03 AM

    You couldn’t have picked a more deserving and wonderful family to do this for!! I’m so excited for them!!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea T - April 15, 2016 - 12:57 PM

    What brand are those paint swatches?? My walls are a similar nondescript fleshy beige color, and I’m in the market for a nearly-white grey like those!

    Thank you!!

    • Kim - April 15, 2016 - 1:04 PM

      The one on the left is Sherwin Williams, and I’m pretty sure the other two are Valspar. They were all picked up at Lowe’s though!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - April 18, 2016 - 9:30 AM

    Those floors though! Definitely gonna tag along on Snapchat – can’t wait to see the finished product.ReplyCancel



With a place for everything, and everything in its place, we’re officially calling the bathroom done! It’s been a few months since we first shared our plans, but the entire process felt surprisingly painless. After last year’s kitchen debacle still weighing heavy on our minds, we’ll be the first to admit that we were overly cautious when it came to hiring a contractor to rough in the new room layout, plumbing and electrical. We took a different approach and hired Jen, a designer by trade (more details here), but looking back, we could really consider her service as a peaceful, pre-demolition therapy session. Her role was to help us plan a proper layout (i.e., what works vs. what doesn’t), but the most invaluable part of her service was interviewing and negotiating with contractors. As a result, we hired a GC that we love (this was half the battle!) who carried out the plans – on schedule! – and left us with a big blank slate we could dive right into. Side note: If you need a Jen in your life, feel free to send me an email. Depending on your needs, it may be affordable than you’d think. I’m happy to spread the good word! 


Our goal was to keep it feeling pretty and fresh, minimal for the most part. While we debated a soft color for the walls (even going so far as to paint swatches of soft grays, greens and pinks!), the simplicity of a bright white bathroom can’t be beat. On our walls: Silent White by Clark+Kensington.



We were able to enlarge the footprint of our bathroom by pushing back the shower wall almost 3′, but despite this leap in space, it was still somewhat challenging to find a double sink in the 48″ we’d allotted. Enter: IKEA! We personalized a GODMORGON cabinet with walnut fronts from Semi Handmade and topped those with 18″ Larkin pulls. The warm brass in the room mixed with a base layer of polished chrome and topped with these hearty oil-rubbed bronze sconces has our hearts. We say, mix all the metals!


With the vanity cabinet chosen and installed, the next hiccup was finding a mirror that was wide enough to span both sinks and still be tall enough to fill the space! Originally, you might remember that we were leaning towards double mirrors, but with two sinks, two faucets and two sconces, we realized that two mirrors might be overkill. We ultimately landed on the Upton mirror, a 40″ square, which, you guys, is huge! At the time we decided that this one fit the bill, it was out of stock, but we pre-ordered during a holiday sale and crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t be delayed too long (luckily, it only took a month, arriving during tile install). We weren’t in love with the mahogany finish, so I used a small foam roller to brush on two coats of our favorite black, Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine by Clark+Kensington. Side note: We started with 1 gallon of that color in an exterior grade satin finish years ago! We’ve since painted our porch swing, kitchen island, sliding doors and now this mirror – and we still have paint left.

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We love the idea of art in the bathroom – the quirkier, the better! With the room’s color scheme falling heavily into the black and white category, we wanted to have a little fun with it.

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We picked a couple of new pieces for the room, one of our tops being from local artist, Ryan Duggan. It’s a typical Chicago street view, but do you spot the dog? Ryan created an entire series around shitting dogs – it’s true! – and what better room to make an appearance? (If you’re not a fan of his already, you’re about to be! We have this one hanging in our entryway, and it makes us smile every day.)


Speaking of, uh, dogs, can I just say, we love our toilet! We thought we’d go with something sleek and streamlined, but we surprised even ourselves by choosing the more ornate Kathryn toilet during our trip to Kohler. The flush is quiet and oddly powerful at the same time, and the lid has a soft close which is so, so nice.

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With minimal counter space on our sink vanity, we opted to install a sweet marble shelf above Kathryn, having only minor hesitation about drilling into our new tile. (We even picked up a marble toilet brush which is part ridiculous, part awesome.) With the first pilot hole done, there was no turning back – and we are thrilled with it! The marble pattern lends so much on its own, but I was happy to have a landing spot for this gold tooth planter by Christi Ahee we’d been eyeing for a while.

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To top it off, we hung a photo from our recent travels down Route 66! I love nice repetition in photography, and we liked the soft colors from this abandoned motel in Amboy, California. Side note: I’ve since added Amboy #1 to The Print Shop, and Chicago locals, you can pick up the planter and more of Christi’s work at Humboldt House, too! HH is worth the trip.

Moving on to the floors, as much as we love the look of a vintage rug in a bathroom, we were determined to find something that was easily washable. The simple pattern on this one was a win for both of us, and it allowed the focus to remain on the black and white hex tile we worked so hard on! It’s nice and thick, but the back isn’t as non-slip as I’d like, so I cut down a rug pad remnant to keep it in place.

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Finally, the shower! The extra long shower curtain was worth the hunt, and all our chrome finishes look like jewelry. But that ceramic dial plate? It’s from Kohler’s Antique line, and it might be our favorite embellishment in the room. We took the matte white oversized subway tile to the ceiling, and it’s been both people and pet approved!

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We couldn’t be happier with how the room turned out – a result of 3 weeks of demolition, an endless amount of tiling and a good month (or two!) of painting, fussing and installing those final layers that brought us to completion. Of course, what’s a reveal post without the satisfying before and afters? Until I dug up these photos, I had forgotten how bad it really was. Oof. But moving on! Let’s go!

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To really stick a fork in it, we celebrated the completion with a demolition photo. Bathroom, you’ve come a long, long (long!) way.


Most items in this room have been linked throughout, but to make it easier, here’s a round-up of the things that make up the room! If I’ve missed anything, just ask.


1. mirror | 2. soap pump | 3. robe hook | 4. semi-flush mount light | 5. faucets | 6. photo print | 7. whale nail brush | 8. bathmat | 9. turkish hand towel | 10. brass frame | 11. black and white hex tile | 12. sconces | 13. brass hooks (vintage from eBay) | 14. marble shelf | 15. fluffy bath towels | 16. dog art print | 17. mallard mirror | 18. gold tooth planter | 19. vetiver + sage candle | 20. brass pulls | 21. sink + vanity, walnut face | 22. marble toilet brush | 23. brass TP holder | 24. toilet | 25. oversized subway tile | 26. shower curtain

PS! To follow the play-by-play from the very beginning, click on any thumbnail below. Thank you for always encouraging us as we figure out what this old lady of a house wants. You’re the best.

  • JenB - April 12, 2016 - 1:23 PM

    It’s amazing! Congratulations.

    Quick q — did I miss the source link for the bathtub? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - April 12, 2016 - 1:32 PM

    It looks gorgeous!

    (however, one piece of feedback – since this was party sponsored by Rejuvenation, it feels a little cheesy to have rstyle links to the Rejuvenation products, like you’re double-dipping. Same with the original post with the Rejuvenation products…)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 1:37 PM

      Thank you, Sarah! (They’re on board with it as part of the partnership, and I appreciate your feedback!)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - April 12, 2016 - 1:57 PM

    Ahhhh! I love it!!!! Also I’m now about to fill my home with Ryan Duggan prints!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz M - April 12, 2016 - 2:16 PM

    It turned out so great! I love all the little details. Thanks for sharing all the sources too.

    We recently built a house and in our master bathroom we opted for only one sink on a 60″ vanity so that I would have room for ‘stuff’ while getting ready. Just curious your thought process in needing two sinks right beside each other verses having some counter space. I see this a lot and maybe my husband and I are the odd ones but we are hardly ever in the bathroom at the same time – let alone using the sink at the same time. Not a criticism at all just wondering.

    Thanks for sourcing the extra long shower curtain too! I have been looking for one just like this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 2:35 PM

      Before we ended up going the IKEA route, we were thisclose to giving up on the double sink – but it was a big must for Scott! We are often in the bathroom together in the evenings especially, brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed. It was one of those things where we always said, “wouldn’t it be nice if you could brush your teeth while I wash my face, and we don’t have to wait in line?!”

      I guess everyone does it differently! I can definitely see how a 60″ vanity with one sink would be pretty glorious for the counter space though. :)ReplyCancel

  • hannah - April 12, 2016 - 2:23 PM

    omigosh, this reveal could not have come at a better time…we are working on our bathroom right now, and i’ve been so inspired by yours as we go. tile is going in as i type, and an end is in sight but can’t come soon enough! this gives me strength for a few more inconvenient days :-)

    (hi! i emailed you guys about jen awhile ago, thanks for your help and your encouragement of a fellow logan square homeowner!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 2:36 PM

      Hooray! Best of luck finishing up your renovations!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - April 12, 2016 - 2:42 PM

    It looks great! (And I love all the artwork + Chunk’s expression in that bathing photo…)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 3:33 PM

      Her face, like, literally kills us.ReplyCancel

      • Jen - April 12, 2016 - 9:22 PM

        I could practically hear him saying “Oh, the indignity!” in a droll British accent!ReplyCancel

  • Kari - April 12, 2016 - 2:44 PM

    Gorgeous, chic, timeless. This is the best and I can’t wait for more reveals of your triple room renovation!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Lee - April 12, 2016 - 2:50 PM

    Hi! LOOOVE how the bathroom came out! It looks so refreshing and clean :) I also love the yellow lab black cat “you smell good” art print. Care to share the source? Thanks!!!


    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 2:55 PM

      Hi Ruth! It kills me, because I don’t know…! When putting together this post, I even took it out of the frame to see if there was a maker on the back – and nothing. We’ve had it for years (it used to be in our condo’s home studio), and I just cannot remember. I wish I had a better answer for you!ReplyCancel

      • Ruth - April 12, 2016 - 2:59 PM

        Aw, no worries! Thanks for such a quick response! Looking forward to hearing more about your next project!ReplyCancel

  • Yasmine - April 12, 2016 - 3:09 PM

    Everything looks SO GORGEOUS, Kim! I’m not sure I’ve ever commented here before, but I’ve been reading for years, and always appreciate your writing, details, and collective good humor! Thank you and Scott.

    I’ve come out of the woodwork to ask about the Turkish towel — unfortunately your Etsy links don’t work. Could you please point me in the correct direction? I LOVE fluffy white bath towels, but ours always smell musty after a couple of days, thanks to our window-less bathroom. I shake my fists! I’m contemplating just getting Turkish bath towels for us all, even though they may not have the same fluff factor.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 3:15 PM

      Hi Yasmine! The Turkish towel is just a smaller hand towel, but we love it! You can see the whole shop right here. The quality is really nice! I bought a few other Turkish hand towels from other sellers, and they started unraveling in the wash. This one held up like a champ!ReplyCancel

      • Yasmine - April 12, 2016 - 7:22 PM

        ohmygoodness, gorgeous towels AND they’re having a sale! Thanks so much, Kim! =)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:44 AM

          Ahh, I might need to stock up on more now!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - April 12, 2016 - 3:10 PM

    Love the room, but I’m dying over the bathrobe (I know it’s silly, but I’ve been wanting a bathrobe and holy crap I love that one!!).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 3:18 PM

      So funny! I have been stupid picky over bath robes for far too long, and then I found this one on clearance at Macy’s over the holidays! I love that it’s short, has a hood and is super thick. It doesn’t look like it’s available anymore, but it’s called the Lacoste Smash Robe.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 12, 2016 - 3:24 PM

    This is absolutely incredible. I love the art, the side by side before and afters. That cheeky tooth planter, the mixed metals AND your cropped black tee. Love it all so much.ReplyCancel

  • Dani @ Danielle and Co. - April 12, 2016 - 3:29 PM

    So funny! I just used that whale brush in a style board this morning! Right here:

    I love how style and sophisticated your space is, but still playful – the tooth planter and the artwork show you can have a lovely space and still be fun and relaxed at the same time. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - April 12, 2016 - 4:50 PM

    Oh CC. Those photos of her are maybe my favourite part of this post. But only by a bit. The bathroom is beautiful. You guys have impressive attention to detail and DIY skills. Very good job. Oh and I covet that mallard mirror so, so much.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - April 12, 2016 - 6:08 PM

    Hi Kim! The bathroom reveal looks great. Just curious, do you step out of the shower directly onto the tile floor? Or do you plan to buy another bath mat/rug?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 6:44 PM

      Right now, we’re stepping onto the tile floor BUT we do have a white IKEA mat (one of their cushy ones that wears surprisingly well!) that we were using in the downstairs bath while this one was being renovated. We just haven’t brought it up yet! We’ll probably start using that one again. :)ReplyCancel

  • LK - April 12, 2016 - 6:28 PM

    You could totally sell ‘Sad Dog Eyes in the Shower’ as a print! Great work on the room!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 6:45 PM

      In that case, I could also start a collection: ‘Sad Dog Eyes in Kitchen’ and ‘Sad Dog Eyes in Living Room’ and ‘Sad Dog Eyes on the rug’ and ‘Sad Dog Eyes on a walk’… the list could get really long, LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - April 12, 2016 - 6:50 PM

    What’s your experience with art in bathrooms + leftover steam from the shower? I have a lot of various things that I’d really like to hang on my bathroom wall, but I don’t want to damage anything given that our old Logan Square two flat apartment bathroom doesn’t have very good ventilation .ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

      I’ve always hung art in bathrooms, and knock on wood, we’ve yet to run into issues. We do turn on the ventilation fan when we’re showering. If you think the ventilation in your apartment isn’t going to cut it, I wouldn’t hang anything too precious, OR you could always do a test with a framed piece of paper, hang it on the wall, and see how it fares in the coming weeks/months? That would certainly be dedication, but I think you’d be surprised by how much the glass and backing protects prints and photos. Another thing to consider would be framing items that have a thicker stock, like a cute greeting card.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse - April 12, 2016 - 7:29 PM

    You guys! It’s SO beautiful!! If you hadn’t had such a tough time with the kitchen, I’d totally be hating you for this seemingly effortless bath reno, lol. Mine has taken SO much longer and although I’m so very nearly done, it’s been a struggle with tons of screw ups and delays, most by local trades. Blah. I’ve been totally jealous watching yours unfold so beautifully, if I’m being honest. But I can’t begrudge you because it just looks so amazing, it put a smile on my face today! I was so thrilled to see the review and I’m pinning every single photo. I adore the pooping pup art, the hex tile floor is stunning, the quirky touches are perfect and I just love how this bathroom looks eclectic but pulled together – like it happened over time. That designed over time feel makes it belong so perfectly in your home.
    Well done! You did an amazing job.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:46 AM

      This is so incredibly nice, Tanya, thank you! And we will be crossing all our fingers and toes over here for a smooth ride to the finish line for you – all of our worst renovation experiences have involved the local trade, in one way or another. We were sort of expecting this renovation to take a year like the kitchen (ha!), but thank goodness it all went pretty smooth – with the exception of the water heater! Gotta have at LEAST one hiccup to call it a real renovation, right?!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - April 12, 2016 - 8:17 PM

    I have major bathroom envy. This turned out SO well. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I love the simplicity that’s made fun with all the interesting art and decor.

    One question about your hand-held shower – I like that it’s offset and not attached to the higher shower head. Did you have to run separate piping for that? I don’t remember reading about it in previous posts. I use my guest bath to wash my dogs and would like to do something similar.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:48 AM

      Hi Sarah, our old shower head was a hand held and head in one, but when we knew we would end up having to move the plumbing wall to the opposite side, we took it as a an opportunity to REALLY get the set up we wanted. That included a separate hand held, and yes, it did require separate pipes. The faucet, shower head and hand held are all controlled by a transfer valve, and we relied on our contractor to ensure everything was run properly with new copper pipes.ReplyCancel

  • Marti | Project Palermo - April 12, 2016 - 8:47 PM

    It looks amazing! Awesome job bringing everything together.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie H. - April 12, 2016 - 8:49 PM


    I have anxiously been waiting for the reveal and it’s beyond amazing! My favorite room you’ve transformed so far, but I love everything you’ve done. The details are so, so perfect, but of course my favorite thing is the bath photo of Chunk. I LITERALLY CANT EVEN. 😍ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:49 AM

      We feel that way about her EVERY DAY. She is just the biggest smooshy lover!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - April 12, 2016 - 10:10 PM

    Is it weird that when I saw the pulled back photo of the bathroom door and how it ties in to the gallery wall, I pictured a spiral staircase in front of the gallery wall? Your house is so elegant and dreamy now; such a far cry from how it started!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:50 AM

      Slowly but surely, we are getting there. Thank you, Kathy!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi @ Vintage Revivals - April 12, 2016 - 10:23 PM

    STOP. It turned out AMAZING!! Great job you guys, I love everything about it!!!


  • Kemley - April 13, 2016 - 2:09 AM

    Love this space, it is perfect and so unique! We are currently renovating our bathroom and so I’m obsessed with this!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra myrick - April 13, 2016 - 7:51 AM

    Hi! The bathroom is gorgeous. I didn’t see the source for the bath fixtures. Would love to know if it is a set of individual pieces. We are renovating a bath and I love the look of these.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:58 AM

      Hi Debra, we talked about our experience shopping at the Kohler Design Center right here, but basically, everything is a mix and match of pieces that we loved. Kohler has the ability to make every last detail your own, it’s pretty incredible! For example, we chose the shower head we wanted, and we paired that with the showerarm, and THEN we paired THAT with the flange. Here’s a little more info on what we ended up with:

      Artifacts bath spout
      Artifacts shower head with Purist showerarm and flange
      Artifacts hand held shower with Toobi holder + 72″ hose
      Antique valve trim with lever handle (the hot > cold lever)
      Antique ceramic dial plate
      Antique transfer valve
      Pureflo bath drain and trimReplyCancel

      • Debra - April 13, 2016 - 9:11 PM

        Thanks, Kim!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - April 14, 2016 - 9:06 AM

          Sure thing! Also, every finish was polished chrome.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - April 13, 2016 - 9:27 AM

    Where did you get that cute little dog and cat photo over your demo photo?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:52 AM

      Hi Sarah, I wish I had an answer for you! I think it was actually a card that I framed, but I don’t have the maker info. We’ve had it for YEARS (it used to live in our old studio at the condo), and when putting together the source list, I even took it out of the frame to check for a source – but there’s nothing.ReplyCancel

  • Brynne @ The Gathered Home - April 13, 2016 - 9:30 AM

    I wish you could hear it over the internet – I’m squealing in excitement for you guys over how AMAZING this space turned out! Absolutely incredible, but I’d never expect anything else from you two! Stunning!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 13, 2016 - 9:52 AM

      Brynne! So nice. Thank you! Hope you’re doing great!ReplyCancel

  • Malissa Jeffreys - April 13, 2016 - 9:59 AM

    Thank you for this inspiring bathroom reno! Our bathroom is about the same size – love your vanity solution. Lovely, as always. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - April 13, 2016 - 6:48 PM

    You guys did an awesome job! I love the mix of all the metals, wood, and black and whites. I love watching the progress you guys have made! It’s quite inspiring. And I’ve been eyeing that mallard mirror for literally YEARS and had no idea rejuvenation sold it! So thanks for that!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 14, 2016 - 1:21 PM

      It is so adorable, Cassie! It makes us chuckle.ReplyCancel

  • Allison H - April 14, 2016 - 8:13 AM

    OMG!! WOW!! YOU GUYS!!! it looks so great!!! i love everything! congrats on tackling that!!! absolutely stunning! :)ReplyCancel

  • misie - April 14, 2016 - 1:36 PM

    it is stupendous – for reeeelz. Love it! That CC all soaped up is perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - April 15, 2016 - 10:03 AM

    I LOVE that you have one of Ryan’s shitting dogs in the bathroom. He’s a dear friend of ours and that one is my favorite in the series. Everything looks amazing, of course, and has me itching to begin our much needed (tub leaks into the basement) bathroom redo.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 15, 2016 - 10:06 AM

      We had such a hard time deciding, but the everyday Chicago street view HAD to win out. Plus, that sort of looks like Jack, right?! We got some of our friends on the west coast on board with the prints too, and they chose the MCM house with the barbecue in the yard. :)ReplyCancel

      • Wendy - April 27, 2016 - 2:07 PM

        Love that! Perfect for a west coast house. And it totally looks like Jack.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - April 15, 2016 - 12:51 PM

    It’s beautiful! I’m always afraid to mix metals in rooms (must be my undiagnosed OCD, ha) but you did it so beautifully here. I might just have to give it a try now! :)

    We also just finished our master bathroom ourselves. It’s amazing how long a little space can take to redo, huh? But it’s SO worth it. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next!ReplyCancel

  • VerbalGoldBlog - April 19, 2016 - 12:41 PM

    Absolutely adore everything you’ve done with it! I especially love the floor. Black is such a great look for a bathroom floor and I just never thought about it before.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - April 19, 2016 - 7:05 PM

    This looks so great! I love everything! I’m putting a bathroom together right now too and am having total indecision about the shelving situation above the toilet. Cabinets? Shelves? How many? Just when i was about to order the shelf brackets for two today, you made one look so good!

    AY DIOS MIO! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 20, 2016 - 8:23 AM

      Haha, sorry to have made it more difficult, Gloria! :DReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - May 18, 2016 - 1:24 PM

    Hi! This bathroom is so beautiful!! Love the transformation. Do you have standard 8′ ceilings in the bathroom? I’ve fallen in love with that mirror but I feel like it would take up most of the space on our wall and we couldn’t do sconces above the mirror as you did.

    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 18, 2016 - 1:32 PM

      Thank you! We have 9′ ceilings in the bathroom, and the lights go almost all the way to the ceiling. This mirror might be a bit too big for 8′ ceilings, unless you have room to put a sconce on each side! That would be so pretty, too.ReplyCancel

  • Hira - May 30, 2016 - 4:44 PM

    Hi Kim,

    Commenting a bit late here – I love the bathroom reno and definitely have bathroom envy! You guys did a great job. I was wondering if, down the road, you’ll be doing a post on installing the ikea vanity? I’ve been searching the internet for tutorials on installing ikea vanities but those are few and far between. I’m considering an ikea vanity for my own bathroom reno but not sure of the quality and whether my DIY skills can stand up to installing as it seems a bit tricky.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Kim - May 31, 2016 - 8:56 AM

      Hi Hira, unfortunately, we didn’t take any photos of the process, but we simply used toggle bolts to attach it to the wall. That’s it! We used the instructions from IKEA which were really simple – basically, you attach the brackets it comes with, and secure with toggles. Please let me know if there’s something specific that you’re wondering about, and I’ll do my best to answer those questions directly!ReplyCancel

  • laurie march - July 1, 2016 - 12:32 PM

    Glorious! I love everything in it, including all the tiny decisions you made that make it YOURS. Repainting the mirror, the special faceplate for the shower. So lovely.

    The demo photo made me smile too. :) I’ve printed a few of those for clients over time, and they never cease to be a dramatic reminder of where a space has come from.

    Spent the morning poking through your site with a cup of coffee. It’s almost like hanging out! hehe. Hope you’re great.


    • Kim - July 1, 2016 - 12:51 PM

      Aw, so great to hear from you!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jen - July 10, 2016 - 9:17 PM

    HI Kim,

    LOVE the Bathroom! We are about to begin our bathroom remodel and have been struggling with a stylish vanity. We went to IKEA today and picked the same one as you! My question is what is the exact color you had semi-handmade do? We love it! Did you buy the whole unit from IKEA? And then semi-handmade sent you the doors? Again so GORGEOUS

    Thanks JenReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 11, 2016 - 9:29 AM

      Thanks, Jen! Yes, we did have to buy the whole unit from IKEA. We donated the white drawer fronts, and we installed the Flatsawn Walnut drawer fronts from SemiHandmade. We couldn’t be happier with the look!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - July 11, 2016 - 9:30 AM

        Quick edit to say, we learned that we HAD to buy the doors for the IKEA vanity. We didn’t have the option to not include them (and therefore, to lower the overall price of the unit). If we were doing a kitchen, then we would have had the option to not buy doors and ONLY buy SemiHandmade door/drawer fronts.ReplyCancel



We made a huge amount of progress in the bed and bath over the last week, so much so, that we’re now pulling our favorite hoodies out of a real, live closet. You guys, we have a bedroom closet for the first time in three years! And, and! All of our hair goos, toothbrushes, face potions and dog shampoos are living in the master bathroom! We’ve officially moved out of the first floor guest bath, and we’re finding so much happiness in the rooms that we’ve spent all our time working on for the last several months. Sometimes, in my morning half-sleep, I’ll walk all the way downstairs to grab my toothbrush, only to remember – oh, yeah! – everything is now tucked away, nicely, only a few steps from the bed.

Getting to this point has felt like a long time in the making, but now that we’re nearing the finish line, it has all been worth it. When deciding on room layouts, we aimed to make thoughtful decisions for storage and organization. We sought out that tall and skinny storage nook. We purposely chose four deep drawers for our bath vanity (as opposed to a standard double door). We each picked the best closet configuration that would contain our tees and jeans.

With all the systems in place, the next step was making sure we had the tools to ensure sanity and order for all the things. I measured the depths, widths and heights of every drawer, shelf, unit and even below-the-bed space. With our numbers in hand, we took this list to IKEA and picked up containers to – well, contain. (This is otherwise known as my most favorite thing to do, like, ever.)


No department was left unseen! (Scott, by the way, is such a champion at IKEA. It is weirdly fun for both of us.) We stocked up on kitchen containers, media bins and, of course, all the nifty organizers that are specially made to IKEA specs to fit only IKEA things.


The TILLSLUTA food jars were one of our favorite finds for wrangling and stacking smaller like-items such as bandages with ointments and ibuprofen with Dayquil.

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The VARIERA bins work well in the nook, but you can see we used them in our vanity (below), too! Let’s take a peek inside our proverbial medicine cabinet:

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During the renovation, we added a GFCI outlet behind our vanity. Below, you can see that the vanity we chose has an open back, and we used strong tape to adhere a small power strip to one of the slatted drawer backs. We keep the strip powered off unless in use, and it’s a great little hiding spot for charging our toothbrushes and Scott’s razor while keeping the counter clutter-free:

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As we organized, we tossed expired medications (or anything unlabeled, really), and we donated our mis-matched baskets and bins that were no longer a good fit. The empty cubbies make me incredibly happy!

With the bathroom all set, we moved into the bedroom and got working on filling up our PAX closet systemthe KonMarie way! For anyone who has read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you might be nodding along. If you haven’t, the KonMarie method for cleaning out your closet is, by far, my favorite way to purge. (Hi, I’m Kim, and I love purging.) It may seem daunting at first – it’s certainly more time consuming! – but by laying every item of clothing you have on the floor (or in our case, the bed) and only putting back the items that spark joy, you no longer have an excuse to say, I have nothing to wear! It has felt liberating to rid ourselves of items that have been around for far too long for somewhat nostalgic reasons, but also out of guilt – like, if a shirt once belonged to a parent and you maybe wore it twice in high school, for example. Following KonMarie, we thank the item for its time, and we donate so that it can bring joy to someone else. Our closet’s (and home’s) real estate is far too precious. 


We added LED lights to our PAX system, which have the option to stay on, stay off or turn on and off automatically. We have them set to auto, and it’s always a happy surprise when we open those doors, like icing on a cake:


You might remember that I chose double wide drawers, which allowed me to fit three by two rows of clothing. The only thing I didn’t think of – as obvious as it may seem – is that I need to have both doors of my closet open to access them. But my goodness, the space! I’ve never had a dresser that allowed for this much room, so consider me thrilled:

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Scott opted for single drawers, and he included an organized space for his ties, too:

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As much as we love our closets’ guts (literally), can we take a moment to talk about the doors? Heart-eyes, rainbows and unicorns all day long!


Although we originally thought we would trim the doors with decorative trim molding, we hit a road block; because we recessed the closets in an enclosed space, the extra depth the trim added wouldn’t allow for the doors to open properly. Womp. But as the rest of the room has started to come together, we realized we weren’t too upset by this turn, and once we added these 18″ Mission pulls (more rainbows and unicorns!), we couldn’t care less!

We did, however, call in the professional help of our friend Meg to give the doors a new white finish. Wanting them to match our existing trim, Meg’s team at MegMade gave them a fresh coat of Behr’s Ultra Pure White (the same as the trim and ceiling) and finished the look with a satin clear coat. The finish is absolutely perfect! (Side note 1: if you’re in Chicago and looking for one-of-a-kind furniture or need your own piece refinished, Meg is your girl! You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is. Side note 2: As a good friend of ours, I think everyone should know how boss she is. I love her, and you will, too.)


Phew! Are you still with me? I could talk about organizing all day long, but instead, I’ll say this: The bathroom is officially done! Photos to come.

  • Courtney @ Foxwood Forest - April 8, 2016 - 7:37 AM

    I love Ikea for many reasons, but their organizational products might be my favorite! They make it so easy (and cheap!) to get things organized in such clean, design-friendly ways. Good finds!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 8, 2016 - 7:59 AM

    Our closet is a black hole. And this post made me so, so, SO excited to tackle it one day hopefully soon! I just want to copy exactly this.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - April 8, 2016 - 8:50 AM

    Love all the organizing and purging – things that you can do once in a while but that pay off every day!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - April 8, 2016 - 9:09 AM

    Thank you for the reminder that I need to visit IKEA like my life depends on it. My house is so unorganized that it pains me a little..ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - April 8, 2016 - 11:10 AM

    watching your bedroom and bathroom come together has been such a TREAT for the eyes. i devour every picture and word of your posts. it’s always a pleasure to get that boost of inspiration before delving into my daily work.

    i too LOVE purging and organizing. finding that perfect container for a bundle of items just gets me so excited!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2016 - 11:23 AM

      That is so, so sweet, Rachel! Thank you for giving us a little boost today!ReplyCancel

  • Romy @ Argentina - April 8, 2016 - 12:24 PM

    God save KonMarie!!! :)

    I should have married someone who loves organising as much as I do.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - April 8, 2016 - 12:57 PM

    Cincinnatian here– LOL @ Scott’s Foxy Shazam shirt.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - April 8, 2016 - 3:54 PM

    That gif is the bomb! I just got the Ikea vanity too and it’s life changing how organized my stuff is now.ReplyCancel

  • Dani and Danielle and Co. - April 8, 2016 - 7:50 PM

    It looks so good! I’m jealous of those amazingly wide drawers! All the heart eyes!


  • Jodi - April 8, 2016 - 8:23 PM

    It looks SO AMAZING!!! You guys are seriously rocking this house. And I kind of can’t believe it’s been three years already since you bought it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 9, 2016 - 4:55 PM

      This June it will be 3 years since closing! We can hardly believe it either.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - April 10, 2016 - 3:59 PM

    Love how this is coming together. the scones are perfect with the dark wall and Ilove how their shape schuss the headboard. I am wondering where you ordered (or did you sew?) the roman blinds? I am looking for the exact thing! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 11, 2016 - 9:13 AM

      Hi Colleen, I wish I could sew pretty roman shades! They’re from Bali Blinds, and we wrote more about them over on the Bali blog:

      As a quick tip, Bali has a collaboration with West Elm, and they have a handful of roman shade options readily available:

      • Colleen - April 11, 2016 - 11:19 AM

        Wow! That is fantastic to know. I have so many windows and thinking of sewing them myself is daunting! (not a experienced seamstress!) I will look in both places you suggested! Thanks for the quick response.ReplyCancel

  • Donna at Self Styled - April 11, 2016 - 4:26 PM

    Love a good closet purge! Did my own a few months ago and SHOCKINGLY it has stayed neat and tidy for over two months! I’m kind of floored, to be honest, but the fact that a clean closet makes it so much easier to get dressed in the morning makes the upkeep worth it.

    • Kim - April 11, 2016 - 4:40 PM

      It looks GREAT! I love that under bed storage with wheels – maybe we should upgrade our regular ol’ bin?!ReplyCancel

  • John @ HamptonBay Lighting - April 18, 2016 - 8:41 PM

    I need to be more organized. thanks for the article. Getting motivated is my hardest thing.ReplyCancel