This past weekend, we went to the last Elkhorn Flea Market of the season, also known as our first flea trip of the season. (That garden unit took everything out of us!) Elkhorn is one of our very favorites - worth the hour and a half drive from Chicago - and we've been enough times to beeline towards our favorite vendors. We made it through the entire fairground in about 2 hours, which is no small feat for the amount of goods they pack in! We …
  • Stacy G. - September 28, 2017 - 6:46 AM

    The globe and the book are my favorites. <3 So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • rebecca.celotto@gmail.com - September 28, 2017 - 7:12 AM

    I love old big lamps too! But I struggle with finding shades that use spider fitters and that modernize them. I currently have two tall amazing lamp bases, but their shades are dingy, dated, and beige. Where do you look?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 28, 2017 - 7:50 AM

      We’re worried about that too! But I think lamps.com had a lot of options, and make sure to check any local fix it shops in your area. We actually have a small lamp/fix it store not far from us if we can’t find something else… Fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • susan - September 28, 2017 - 7:32 AM

    Don’t be surprised if your daughter doesn’t end up liking that book most of all. It’s a marvelous find.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - September 28, 2017 - 10:56 AM

    And those red tools would, of course, be Milwaukee tools.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - September 28, 2017 - 1:56 PM

    I love that lamp! Great find. Where did you get that “I have always known it was you” print? I tried your shop our home page, but the internet doesn’t love me today :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 28, 2017 - 2:03 PM

      We got it several years ago from a shop that our friend owned – Row Boat Press – but he’s sadly closed up!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - September 28, 2017 - 2:28 PM

    The globe! Be still my heart.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 2, 2017 - 2:26 PM

    That. Glooooobe! Oh my goodness, it’s so perfect. (Also, I cannot wait to hear stirrings of a nursery.)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - October 5, 2017 - 9:57 AM

    That leather lamp is amazing and I am IN LOVE with the globe. It’s perfect.ReplyCancel

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Last week, we posted a photo tour of our Tree House, and today, we're looking forward taking you on an actual walk through with Jack and CC in tow! Our little home is a half mile walk from the beaches of Lake Michigan in the small town of Lakeside, a painless hour and a half drive from Chicago. This cabin in the woods (as some family has already been calling it) gained its nickname due to the surrounding old growth trees, and although the guts of the home …
  • rebecca - September 26, 2017 - 10:08 AM

    What a precious cottage! Are your plans to air bnb it?
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2017 - 11:50 AM

      Eventually! The main purpose is a getaway for us, our family and friends, but we’re also considering Air bnb for a bit farther down the road. We’ll be sure to keep you all updated on how that goes!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - September 26, 2017 - 10:28 AM

    You do have a cute little baby bump! I love it :)
    Curious to know where working on this will fall along with the remaining items for your full time house (although it doesn’t seem like there’s much left! downstairs bath maybe?). Would love to get a big picture post on the to do list for the main house and the lake house.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 26, 2017 - 11:49 AM

      There’s a lot of little (and some not so little) things on our home’s exterior, but yes, the downstairs bath is the main project ahead for our home! Well, that and the upcoming nursery. :D Thank you for the suggestion, we’ll be sharing a bit of a to do list for the lake house soon!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - September 26, 2017 - 3:15 PM

    This is such a great space!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Nina - September 26, 2017 - 10:38 PM

    Gah! Your cutest lil baby bump & Scott’s loving tone of voice when he pointed it out. Also, CC’s woe is me face at the end made me laugh out loud. The tree house is going to be tres magnifique!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 27, 2017 - 9:53 AM

      Haha, CC can really milk that face – she’s an expert frowner (while she wags her little nub of a tail at the same time)!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - September 27, 2017 - 1:43 PM

    LOVE the lake house!!! And so convenient from Chicago for you. That’s a bonus. We have our beach condo investment property but it’s just a little too far away for regular use (and it’s rented a LOT), so I would love to convince my husband of a lake/mountain/ski house but we haven’t found the right area yet! Maybe some day. And HVAC should absolutely be your first investment. We just replaced ours in our beach condo and I feel like it’s going to pay for itself really fast. So much A/C in florida!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 27, 2017 - 1:54 PM

      And on the opposite spectrum, a good gas heating system is going to come in SO handy for chilly Michigan winters! We’ll share how things go as we get that going!ReplyCancel

  • Olga - September 28, 2017 - 9:47 AM

    Love your new house and look forward to seeing what you’ll do with it. I live in a 1935 bungalow in Edinburgh, Scotland and it still has the original internal doors and two cute fireplaces in both of the bedrooms, original floors and front door. The fireplaces no longer work as we had to demolish the chimneys are they were rotten but couldn’t bring myself to remove the fireplaces.ReplyCancel

  • yooying - October 10, 2017 - 6:25 AM

    How beautiful!! I look forward to seeing how you decorate the house. I also love the loft space!
    https://www.yooying.org/ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - October 15, 2017 - 12:25 PM

    Love it! Just curious, as I was trying to look at the reflection in the side door– what type of camera mount are you using? 🎥🤳🏻😬ReplyCancel

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lounge chair | floor cushion |outdoor rug | fireplace | planter beds This post is in partnership with Homes.com. A few weekends ago, we spent a handful of hours adding landscape lighting to our back patio - the finishing touch we'd been planning for since the day we first mapped out the yard! I was absolutely shocked at how simple the process was, having been fearful that it …
  • Ashley - September 21, 2017 - 12:58 PM

    Hi Kim! I too live in Chicago and am always interested to know how you guys care for your out door furniture and rugs with two large dogs and weather. Do you leave your jute rug out all season long? What if it rains? Does it smell like a dog?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 1:33 PM

      Yup, we leave everything out for warmer months! If we see rain coming, we’ll sort of flip all the cushions up to help them dry out quicker, but if we don’t catch it in time, we flip them up the next day to dry. We have furniture covers that we’ll put on the chairs, table and umbrella in the winter, and we’ll roll up the rug and put all the pillows in the garage until next spring! As far as smelling like a dog… nope, but it’s all open air back here, so maybe that helps? The rug is also outdoor, it just looks like jute. We love it!ReplyCancel

  • Asya - September 21, 2017 - 2:11 PM

    Hi! Do you do anything for mosquito prevention? I.e. special plants or anything? Apologize if you covered this somewhere else. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 2:23 PM

      To be honest, we don’t get a lot of mosquitos! Mosquitos LOVE me, and I very very rarely have issues where we live. (The lake house is going to be a different story!) When we have gatherings, we’ll have citronella candles in the corners, but it’s not a huge necessity, luckily.ReplyCancel

  • melbajo - September 21, 2017 - 3:48 PM

    thank you so much for this post! i’ve been saying “this is the year i get over my fear of setting up landscape lighting!” and i still haven’t done it, but your post gives me hope that it’s not that hard or scary. one question though – you described how you buried the wire into the gravel, but what about between and up and into each bed? does the wire just go up the side of the bed and into it, or did you somehow pull the wire through from underneath? your photos don’t show the wires going up and over each raised bed wall, so just curious how you pulled it off!
    thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 4:02 PM

      You can do it! I’m usually so pumped to start a new project that I’ve never done before, but this has always scared me. I couldn’t believe how simple it was.

      Between the garden beds, the wire was just run behind the boxes and pulled tightly (with a little slack), since we would never, ever see them. Burying them felt completely unnecessary. This is going to be different for everyone, but my advice is that if you can’t see the wire, hiding them out of sight will suffice. :) Good luck!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 4:04 PM

        Oh, and I meant to add, the wire runs back into the box from behind, but the plants hide the wire completely.ReplyCancel

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We couldn't be more excited to share with you our newest addition, which we lovingly call our Tree House! If you follow us on Instagram, many of you know (and saw the tiniest of sneak peeks!) that we recently became the giddy, proud owners of an adorable home in Lakeside, Michigan. It's been 11 years since we've moved to Chicago (can you believe this was almost one year ago?), and during that time, we've spent a handful of weeks with friends and …
  • Stacy G. - September 19, 2017 - 6:17 AM

    Oh yes! What a cute house. I can see why you chose it. It is a treasure wrapped in vinyl siding. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - September 19, 2017 - 7:02 AM

    Yay! So excited to have you as neighbors :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia | Chris Loves Julia - September 19, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    It’s perfect. You found her! Even though we’re still on a frustrating hunt ourselves, this makes me so excited for the possibilities. And for you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:21 AM

      Yours is coming. I can feel it. xxReplyCancel

  • katie - September 19, 2017 - 8:49 AM

    Sooo cute! It looks larger in the photos, maybe it’s the loft? Big enough for a cozy weekends with friends or family, but small enough that it’s manageable – sounds perfect to me!

    We’ve been half looking ourselves, also in the Michigan area. We are in Columbus though so more of a drive for us. I’m jealous that it’s under 2 hours for you – I think we’re looking at 5-6! My husband’s family had a lake house when he was growing up, so we would like to have something similar for our own kids. Many things would need to work out for us, but still, fun to dream.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with it :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:05 AM

      How exciting, Katie! Always fun to dream.

      The loft isn’t included in the square footage, and that extra sleeping space and all around adorableness definitely helped in a huge way!ReplyCancel

  • Jordy Sirkin - September 19, 2017 - 9:13 AM

    This is adorable! I cannot wait to see what you two do with it.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - The Gold HIve - September 19, 2017 - 9:14 AM

    This is so thrilling. I have dreams of owning a cabin in the woods, but until then, I’ll live vicariously through you. There’s so much potential here and I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Is there a nearby lake you can hit golf balls into from your front yard – a la your La Jolla retirement goals?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:17 AM

      HAHA! the beaches of Lake Michigan are 1/2 mile away. Do you think we could make it that far?! (La Jolla, you’re next! In… 30 years.)ReplyCancel

      • Ashley - September 20, 2017 - 11:03 PM

        I haven’t seen your swing and I don’t know much about golf, but I wouldn’t put it past you!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - September 21, 2017 - 10:16 AM

          We’re terrible, but that wouldn’t stop us from trying!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - September 19, 2017 - 9:16 AM

    That area of Michigan is my favorite place in the world (my parents have a place in New Buffalo that I go to any chance I get). There is so much to do but also just a great place for relaxing and enjoying nature. I love it during all times of the year and I’m sure you will too! Looking forward to watching your renovation!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:58 AM

      We love hearing this! After sharing a mini tour on our InstaStories, we received so much feedback from others that have a special place in their heart for this part of Michigan. We are over the moon.ReplyCancel

  • Cait - September 19, 2017 - 9:27 AM

    This is so exciting! I can definitely see why you chose it! Looking forward to following along with the transformation :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - September 19, 2017 - 9:48 AM

    Wow! So much potential. It’s going to be amazing. :D I’m looking forward to watching this project progress!

    Just curious if you’ll get the kitchen floor tested for asbestos?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:53 AM

      Good question! We think that the 80s/90s vinyl is laid on top of the original flooring, which might be hardwood, in which case, we should be safe. However, it’s a great point to bring up that we could get a professional opinion on.ReplyCancel

  • gigi - September 19, 2017 - 9:49 AM

    How exciting and fortunate. A great spot for a family.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - September 19, 2017 - 9:50 AM

    OMG I’m in love. The inside vs. outside of this place is truly magical! I grew up going to a cabin my grandpa built in western Wisconsin that had a sleeping loft, so this brings back SO many wonderful memories. How exciting for you guys!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:55 AM

      Right?! The outside is so unassuming, and then walking in, we were like, whoooaa. And I love that memory, how special!ReplyCancel

  • Daria - September 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

    This is SO exciting!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - September 19, 2017 - 11:34 AM

    Congratulations! Mazel tov! It always amazes me when people find a new house. What they think they like never turns out to be the one, and it’s always for the best. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place and what you decide to tackle first!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 12:43 PM

      Thanks! And right?? On our wish list was at least 3 beds and 2 baths with a bonus space, and what we got was 2 beds and 1 bath – but we DID get that bonus space! Plus, it’s even closer to the beaches along the lake than a lot of the homes we were looking at. We are still pinching ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - September 19, 2017 - 11:34 AM

    SO CUTE! And those beds??!! Adorable. I love the Sawyer area. I spent a lot of my teen years at Warren Dunes. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 12:44 PM

      Those dunes are the dreamiest! We’re only a few miles down the road. :DReplyCancel

      • Jodi - October 5, 2017 - 9:50 AM

        Be sure to find the clay mud creek at the southern end of the beach next time you are there in summer. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - September 19, 2017 - 2:05 PM

    So excited for you guys! This house is so cute and I can’t wait to see how you make it your own!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Andrew Angell - September 19, 2017 - 2:21 PM

    Love that you have a Lakeside cottage. We too have a Lakeside cottage. Our was built in 1883 and is located in Lakeside, OH. Welcome to the cottage owning family!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Hayward - September 19, 2017 - 2:43 PM

    I’m so excited for you all!! and I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this place!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - September 19, 2017 - 6:03 PM

    So many wonderful things happening for you! So much to look forward to – exciting! Do you follow JennaSue’s blog? House #4 has SO many wonderful ideas, perfect for your new little treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - September 19, 2017 - 9:53 PM

    Oh my gosh! It’s so much cuter on this inside! So much potential! Can’t wait to follow the progress!ReplyCancel

  • Nicolette - September 19, 2017 - 10:00 PM

    OMG!! All the heart eyes. I can’t handle how cute this place is! So many things. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!ReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - September 20, 2017 - 7:40 AM

    So many fabulous details in there to love: the living room floors, the bathroom medicine cabinet (please say you’re keeping that!) the beds in the loft (refinishing the wood?) and those built-in end table/cubbies for those beds! Congrats on a great investment!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2017 - 9:17 AM

      I had to double check the photo of the bathroom medicine cabinet… and I promise you, it’s not as nice as it looks! (It’s also not a true vintage piece by any stretch!) We’ll be reconfiguring that whole room as well, but anything that doesn’t make the cut and can be salvaged, will (or be donated).ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - September 20, 2017 - 3:36 PM

    I can’t begin to explain my excitement!! We just bought a lake house (we live in PA). It has the same ceilings as yours and I’m dying to copy you! The walls of our house are currently painted dark colors and I’m a bit overwhelmed with what to do. So know that we will going through this together!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 20, 2017 - 3:44 PM

      How fun! Congrats, Tracy!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - September 20, 2017 - 5:01 PM

    Oh my goodness… that place is adorable! I love it, and I can’t wait to see you guys work your magic!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - September 21, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    I cannot wait to watch you transform it! We bought our own lake house last summer, just across the border in Indiana! It was built in the 50s and was definitely someone’s hobby house. We spent a lot of time and money initially just fixing up important stuff like foundation, etc but have also since ripped the 10×12 bathroom down to the studs and created a smaller 6×10 bathroom and created a laundry space. We too have no A/C or furnace, and you might be surprised how much the shade of the trees and cross breezes can keep the house cool on even the warmest days. Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jannike - September 26, 2017 - 11:18 PM

    Adorable lake house. I think 1bath 2 bedrooms is the perfect size for a country house. Our Shacklet (shack that wants to be a chalet) is the same size plus a small camper in the driveway for visiting kids. We’ve never had a problem with only 1 bath. We have all electric heaters and no AC. But this is standard in Quebec and our place is north of Montreal so it rarely gets crazy hot. Looking forward to seeing how you make things pretty. Would love a tour of the garden/exterior as well.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - October 9, 2017 - 8:37 AM

    I LOVE this!!! I love how it has some rustic charm, but will also look amazing with some upgrades. I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this.ReplyCancel

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sofa | gray pillow (similar) | Xbase pillow | velvet pillow | throw | sconce | table | mini planter At the start of summer, we sold our DIY dino prints for a song, making back just enough to cover our supplies. (Can you believe we made those three years ago? Our living room …
  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - September 14, 2017 - 8:41 AM

    Awww- I loved the dinosaurs, I think I started reading around the time you did those. But I totally get moving on and updating and simplifying. I am so impressed with your frame building skills!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - September 14, 2017 - 9:21 AM

    I absolutely love this one-it’s so zen and tranquil. I would totally just sit in the doorway and stare at it. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Brittany W - September 14, 2017 - 9:23 AM

    Thanks for sharing! Your new print looks great. How/Where do you sell your home goods? I’m not a huge fan of Craigslist, so I would love to know if there’s an alternative. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 14, 2017 - 9:28 AM

      We just use Craigslist! Good photos go a long way, and pricing items to sell does, too. If someone needs to pick it up at our home, we always make sure that we’re both here together, and we’ll usually carry the item to our entryway (or the front porch), so they don’t need to go through our whole home.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - September 14, 2017 - 9:28 AM

        I should also say, we’ve had some success with Krrb as well, but it’s more of a concentrated audience. We’ll list there if we’re looking to get top dollar.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - September 14, 2017 - 11:04 AM

    Thank you for this! I have a wall itching for one big print and I was dreading having to fork over a billion dollars for a huge piece of art. This feels like a much more cost effective way to get the look I want!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - September 14, 2017 - 12:37 PM

    Beautiful! May I ask what type of resolution you had for the photo? Would it be possible to blow up an iPhone pic and have it look this great?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 27, 2017 - 9:51 AM

      I used a really high res photo for this size, but I’ve been people use iphone photos and create engineer prints (which are supposed to look less than perfect), and it’s turned out really cool.ReplyCancel

  • erica barraca - September 14, 2017 - 3:02 PM

    damn! i came here with the hopes the dinos would be for sale, but alas someone beat me to it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 14, 2017 - 3:10 PM

      Doh! I feel like we’ve let you down a lot this week, Erica!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaKB - September 14, 2017 - 3:53 PM

    Awe, I loved those dinosaur prints! I totally understand wanting a change, though. It’s sweet you chose a picture that is meaningful to you :) It’s such a calming photo. Thanks so much for the fantastic tutorial!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - September 14, 2017 - 8:55 PM

    Just a tip for those that are WAY less diy handy, art.com has a service called “photos to art” and basically you can upload any image ( I didn’t use a photo I used an image I downloaded from the Getty’s open content site) and get it framed (even with a mat if you want). The best part is that you can select massive sizes.. up to 56″x42″. It looks expensive online but they have crazy 45% off sales on every random holiday with free shipping PLUS coupon codes. I recently got a 33″x48″ framed print for under $100. The print quality is amazing and the frame is sturdy. It literally shows up at your house in a massive box ready to hang. Granted, you don’t get to tell your friends you MADE a frame ha!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 18, 2017 - 10:22 AM

      Ohh, great tip, thank you, Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - September 15, 2017 - 8:36 PM

    We did DIY frames for a project on our site last year and I was shocked by how easy it was! Such a great money saving option since frames can be so pricey!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Gaby - September 18, 2017 - 10:30 AM

    Equivalent of framed wallpaper IMO. Team dino! Great frame tutorial though!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - The Gold HIve - September 19, 2017 - 9:16 AM

    This looks so great! I can’t remember if this is the print I voted for. All I remember is I was on team Scott.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 19, 2017 - 9:18 AM

      If you were on team Scott, this was NOT the one you voted for, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - September 25, 2017 - 12:35 PM

    Oh this is perfect! It looks fabulous and so easy to make :)
    Best,
    KellyReplyCancel

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