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First! Thank you to everyone who shared their space for a room makeover with Lowe’s! We’re diving deep into each and every story and photo submission (we’re laughing, we’re crying; you guys are amazing), and we’ll be in touch with the chosen applicant next week. We cannot wait to work with one of you! (But also wishing it could be all of you, for real.)

Remember when Scott and I tiled our bathroom for something like, oh, ten weeks? (Okay, maybe only 8 days, but who’s counting?) As much as we love to DIY – for the cost savings, the satisfaction, the pure, stubborn determination! – it’s nice to treat ourselves, too. Tiling took a lot out of us, and so, we hired someone to wallpaper our laundry room!


We worked with Connel, the same guy who helped us out in a pinch at the One Tail Adoption Center, and while we painted the bathroom, he papered. (Three cheers for tag teaming!) But are you ready for the crazy part? He finished that whole room before we could finish our paint job. What. (If you’re in the Chicago area, we would be more than happy to pass his information along! Send us a note.)


Because this room is small, we knew it could handle a higher contrast pattern. We chose this ostrich paper from Beware the Moon, a paper that we’d both been crushing on for years. Years! About an hour into papering, we couldn’t help but put down the rollers and sneak a peek at his progress – which, by the way, was near completion. I screamed, Scott came running, but I couldn’t help myself! It was so sweet and so ridiculous at the same time. It was perfect.

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Now that the floor has been laid and the paper is up, it’s looking like a promising little room! I’ve been keeping the pocket door half open, needing to catch glimpses of those ostriches anytime I’m passing through the bedroom. The paper is a super soft cream, and each cutie ostrich has their own cutie mound of gold-colored dirt.


There are still baseboards to put up, a windowsill to install and cabinets to plan, but at the very least, the washer and dryer are hooked up, and it’s functional. And cute! (Wait, have I mentioned how cute it is yet?) Each room is coming along, with the bathroom being thisclose and the bedroom resembling – well, a bedroom for the first time in years.

Wallpaper, we love you! Do you wallpaper? We know it can be a pain point for some, but every time we uncover old, old wallpaper in this house (hidden behind layers of drywall and crumbling plaster), it makes me strangely happy. I wonder, what did the rest of the room look like? Please tell me it was all floral and gold, too. Heart. Burst.

  • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM

    Love love love it! Can’t wait to see the final, but it’s already looking phenomenal! You’re making me wish I had a laundry room, instead of a creepy serial killer basement to wash clothes. Speaking of: since your laundry room is upstairs on hardwood floors, is it very loud? We’ve considered converting a closet into a laundry room but I always worry about how loud it would be, and also about any leaks damaging the floors.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 9:14 AM

      Hi Kim! Thank you! We don’t have super top of the line machines currently, and the sound doesn’t bother us at all. I hear questions like that all the time, but it’s not something I think to mention because it really isn’t an issue! Yes, it makes noise, but it’s not obnoxious – not even a little. When we lived in our last home, it was a 650 sq ft condo, and we had stacked machines behind a closet door, and that worked great!

      As for any leaking that could happen on the floors, we’ll be taking that into consideration once we really hunker down and choose cabinets, upgraded machines, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 11, 2016 - 9:03 AM

    It’s ridiculously cute. Like, wallpaper that cute!? It’s beyond.ReplyCancel

  • Shavonda@SGStyle - February 11, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    Looks fantastic!!! Such a great choice. I always hire out 2 things….wallpaper and drywall:)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 9:15 AM

      I think that’s a good rule of thumb!ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - February 11, 2016 - 9:35 AM

    I’ve also got that serial killer basement laundry thing going on, so I am super jealous of the light, airy, and convenient space you have now. And I love the touch of personality that you’ve placed even in this functional room (that only blog readers will see).ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 9:55 AM

      Are you kidding?! We’re already planning for our friends to come over and pop champagne in this room with us once we’re done, ha!ReplyCancel

      • michelle - February 11, 2016 - 2:31 PM

        I think it’s a regional thing. My dad has a vacation home in Arizona and could not find anyone who knows how to do smooth drywall. It’s all textured walls in that area of the country.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - February 11, 2016 - 9:41 AM

    Love it! I’ve marked something somewhat similar for our future half bath. I’m thinking black wainscoting below with a graphic print above.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah S - February 11, 2016 - 9:47 AM

    I love that y’all tackled tiling, no problem, but hired out for wallpaper!! Love that paper, I’ve been trying to convince my husband to let us use some but he is very anti paper!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 9:55 AM

      So funny, but the tiling almost killed us! Our marriage survived, but we didn’t want to test it any more than we had to… haha.ReplyCancel

  • misie - February 11, 2016 - 10:08 AM There’s a weird drywall trend out here [and by out here I mean a super awesome place you guys should come visit even if they have weird taste]. They don’t do smooth drywall – they just take the mud with and slap it up and only gently smooth it out – leaving divets and chunks and random textured patterns. I assume in some decade it was trendy, but now, not so much. I dream in wallpaper sometimes – bathroom, pantry, hallways but alas, it would require re-doing all our drywall. [They also don’t put window trim up as a rule, its an extra…don’t even get Mick started…]ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 10:48 AM

      Oh, interesting! I thought they did textures on walls in earthquake zones, since walls can be more prone to hairline cracks. Maybe that’s why? Or who knows!ReplyCancel

      • misie - February 11, 2016 - 9:20 PM

        hmmm…that seems logical – I didn’t think of that…smart thinking.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - February 11, 2016 - 10:26 AM

    I love your ostriches!
    I hired someone for wallpaper, too, and was happy I did. Mine were full wall murals from I absolutely adore them and they came with excellent installation instructions but they were expensive enough that I’d have been miserable if I screwed up.
    Did you have to install any extra ventilation for the laundry area? My house had the laundry in a hall closet but it was moved out to the garage by a previous owner due to heat and humidity that the existing HVAC system couldn’t deal with.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 10:30 AM

      That sounds really cool!

      We did install ventilation. Our washer and dryer used to be on the opposite wall, and it vented to the side of our home, but when we swapped everything around, our contractors has to change the venting system to the back of the house. It makes more sense this way!ReplyCancel

  • allison h. - February 11, 2016 - 1:16 PM

    Oh MM GEE! i can’t even… it’s so cute! i love the quirkiness of the wall paper! its perfect for that space! and i’m glad you guys FINALLY get to use it!! Cheers to knocking that off the to-do list!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah@Eriesistibull - February 11, 2016 - 3:22 PM

    Love! I decided a while back that I want to add some subtle-but-quirky wallpaper under the chair rail in our living room, but haven’t found anything yet!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - February 11, 2016 - 3:56 PM

    It’s totally perfect! I’ve wanted it for so long tooReplyCancel

  • Liz - February 11, 2016 - 4:32 PM

    I gotta say, the ostrich wallpaper is insanely delightful with a fun touch of whimsy.

    I am nervous about putting up wallpaper because I still have evil flashbacks from removing layers upon layers of it from rooms in my childhood home when helping my mother decorate. Does modern wallpaper adhesion processes mean that it won’t destroy the walls should you want to take it down later?

    And who knew a small room could take a bold pattern. I think that because the background is a soft cream, it probably helps keep it from overwhelming the space. Plus you have the added benefit of the ostrich metaphor- who hasn’t wanted to pretend the laundry basket wasn’t calling their name… :)

    Great job guys!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 5:21 PM

      Right?! The ostrich metaphor is true, but with wallpaper this cute, laundry can’t be so bad!

      Connel used a primer first (different than drywall or paint primer) that he said makes taking down wallpaper SO much easier. So if we ever change our minds, we won’t be kicking ourselves. He said we could skip it (and save $50), but it was worth it JUST IN CASE. I guess you never know!ReplyCancel

      • Liz - February 16, 2016 - 1:51 PM

        Thank you for sharing that awesome tip to make taking wallpaper down easier! That is a gem for the records :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - February 12, 2016 - 6:05 AM

    It looks great! I have a love/hate relationship with wallpaper. We are currently removing it here in our house. It is time-consuming, miserable work. When the wallpaper is good, it’s good, but when it is worn out and dirty, it is awful. We have three more rooms left to do, and I cannot wait to be done with wallpaper removal.

    That said, we have a large hall that we are considering wallpapering. We haven’t been able to pull the trigger on that project though because we keep wondering if it will be a terrible mistake. There is no paper on it right now. We keep saying, “We spent all that time removing wallpaper only to put some up on a bare wall?” :DReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 12, 2016 - 9:14 AM

      You’re right – when it’s good, it’s good. When it’s bad, it’s bad. But couldn’t the same be said for paint?! I think you should go for it in your hall! Maybe do trim or board and batten on the bottom and only paper the top for a little oomph?ReplyCancel

      • Stacy G. - February 12, 2016 - 1:06 PM

        Maybe so! We have considered replicating our main stairwell and hall woodwork and then painting the top. The hallway has very little woodwork since that wing of the house was for “the help.” In our world, it is for two of our kids. :)ReplyCancel

        • Stacy G. - February 12, 2016 - 1:13 PM

          Edited to add: I didn’t mean paint the top. I meant papering the top.ReplyCancel

  • emily @ go haus go - February 12, 2016 - 8:40 AM

    Looks stunning! Makes me miss my ostrich paper so much! Love the paper with the stain on the pocket door. You guys are getting so close!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 12, 2016 - 9:30 AM

    Love how fun this is! Now I’m brainstorming what small space I could add some cute wallpaper to.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - February 13, 2016 - 1:29 PM

    This post inspires me to think about wallpapering our hallway ceiling. I’d love to do something a little playful too…any ideas?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 13, 2016 - 3:22 PM

      So fun! Definitely check out Hygge & West or Cole & Sons. Wallpaper Direct sells a lot of well known names (Cole & Sons or Farrow & Ball!) that can help you avoid overseas shipping charges.ReplyCancel



Does your home’s porch need as much love as ours? (Or maybe it’s your living room? Or bedroom? Or maybe you just really want the most perfect dining space for late night games and storytelling?) Today, we are so, so excited to finally share that we’ll be working with Lowe’s to help you makeover a space in your home! If you’re a homeowner and have been closing the door to those scarier rooms – because let’s face it, we do that, too – we encourage you to submit your worst offender for a big, fat springtime refresh, and we’ll get that space into shape. (Hey, are you ready already? Apply right here!)


There are too many things about the application process that make our hearts so happy. For one, anyone in the United States is eligible to enter their room, and we will personally be reading through each and every story and sifting through each and every photo submission. You can apply starting right now, and applications are open all day Tuesday and Wednesday, closing at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, February 10th. (In other words, let’s get to it!) We’re looking to hear your personal story and how we can work together to make a space you’ll love, a space you’ll want to spend all your time in – napping, dining, morning primping or cocktail sipping.

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Once the applicant has been chosen, we’ll come to your front door with a crew of Lowe’s volunteers and with your help, we’ll get right down to DIY! While we won’t have time to, say, demolish and renovate an entire bathroom, we will create an enviable punch list that’s two pages too long (you know us; what else is new?) and nail it. We’ll paint, plant, sod, light and build – maybe all of the above? – and we’ll do it all on Lowe’s dime! Here’s the bottom line: We’ll work with you one on one to create a one room design plan you love, and we’ll knock it out in 24 hours while having (likely, too much) fun along the way.

There are a few things to keep in mind, with eligibility criteria as follows:

Be looking to fix up a space within your residence
Makeover project should be able to be completed within 24 hours
Must be the owner of your home
Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with unique stories to tell
Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by media
Be in need of expert design help from one participating blogger
Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines
Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between February 9 -May 1, 2016)
Allow photos of your home to be shared online
Must be 21 years of age or older to apply
 Complete the online application form and agree to the Terms below
To apply visit:
We will only contact eligible participants

Remember, you have all of Tuesday and Wednesday to submit your space, and applications close at 11:59 pm EST this Wednesday, February 10th. We truly can’t wait to dive in and see how we can help you transform your patio – or music room! Or sun porch! Or home office! – and we’ll contact the chosen applicant next week. What do you think, are you up for it? Can we hang out for a weekend, you and us? APPLY HERE.

Because Lowe’s want to help more than one of you, we’re part of a crew of 8 (beyond inspiring – pinch us) bloggers that will be helping homeowners across the country. Follow along with each of them, too!

Chris Loves Julia // Manhattan Nest // Wit & Delight // Design Post Interiors
French Country Cottage // Simple Stylings // Emily A. Clark


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

  • Lori - February 8, 2016 - 11:13 PM

    OMG OMG. I will take pictures for this tomorrow. Just one question– I can’t decide between my living room and master bedroom. They both seriously need serious makeovers. Could I submit for both, and you guys choose?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 7:21 AM

      Hi Lori, it would be more helpful to choose just one space when we’re going over all the applications! Choose the one that would mean more to you :)ReplyCancel

      • Lori - February 9, 2016 - 10:46 AM

        I see Daniel’s participating too, and since you guys are very favorites, I am gonna pick a different awful space for each of you to look at. I can’t narrow it down to one! And they’re the two spaces that have been making me NUTS with frustration since I bought this place, so any help making them not suck would be appreciated forever!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 10:56 AM

          Lori! Okay, so here’s an update from the team at Lowe’s – you can only submit one application, but you are welcome to include more than one space within that application. Of course we’d need to decide which space would work better with the budget and timeline, but feel free to include both!

          Thank you for the kind words, and we love Daniel so much, too! Decisions, decisions…ReplyCancel

          • Lori - February 10, 2016 - 10:50 PM

            Just submitted…beat the deadline by 10 minutes. Whew!

            I can’t wait to see what kind of project you guys choose! I’m sure it’s gonna be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Dharma - February 9, 2016 - 10:12 AM

    Canadians too! I just applied :)ReplyCancel

  • Monika - February 9, 2016 - 10:34 AM

    Wow…cool beans! Please say you’d bring your two adorable pups to help out, too.

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 10:42 AM

      I wish! But all they’d do is eat all the spackle and lick all the paint, so we’d need more than a day or two to finish the makeover… Ha!ReplyCancel

    • Jenna - February 10, 2016 - 9:18 AM

      I agree with Monika! You can have free reign to my house. I just want to snuggle and play with Jack and CC! Those jowls kill me!ReplyCancel

  • allison - February 9, 2016 - 10:46 AM

    yay!!! i’m signing up right now!! our patio needs some serious TLC! plus i think you need a trip to Texas! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 2:49 PM

      We’ve only been through it BARELY when we went on Route 66!ReplyCancel

      • allison - February 9, 2016 - 3:41 PM

        that is definitely NOT enough!! you need to come to our small town of Denton for the best ice cream, cocktails and live music! :) plus my furries Duke and Denver requested to meet you!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 10:50 AM

          Ugh, all the applications with dogs! It’s killing us! :)ReplyCancel

          • allison - February 11, 2016 - 1:22 PM

            I CAN’T IMAGINE! I would want to go see all of the puppiesssss!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah S - February 9, 2016 - 11:09 AM

    Is this just for indoor spaces/spaces connected to your house? We definitely have a large bonus room in our house that needs some help, but we also have a garden outside that would be a great candidate for a makeover. It looks like the previous owner tried to make some sort of garden with a water feature (there is a little water wheel fallen over on it’s side and a little “pool”) but didn’t fully follow through with the plan. It would definitely take a team of volunteers to clean up which is one reason my husband and I haven’t even touched it yet. Is this something to submit? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 11:18 AM

      Hi Sarah – good question. This can be indoor or outdoor, so either your bonus room OR outside garden would make great candidates for this makeover!ReplyCancel

  • carrie @ brick city love - February 9, 2016 - 11:15 AM

    Can I tempt you with an adorable, gigantic, 95lb bully-pit rescue? Our backyard desperately needs attention and we’ve run out of steam.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 11:19 AM

      Good gravy, bring on all the Pitties!ReplyCancel

      • Carrie @ brick city love - February 10, 2016 - 8:45 PM

        Just submitted our application!! I’m realistic so I’m not sure we’re gonna be what you’re looking for but goodness I hope we get picked. We need you.

        Plus – rescue pitty & NYC just 19 minutes away. We’d have so much fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - February 9, 2016 - 12:02 PM

    I’ve got a great space to enter! We bought our house mostly for this space — and then our large dogs ruined it by being a little too excited for pee breaks. :DReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 6:40 PM

      We know that feeling, too!ReplyCancel

  • rachael - February 9, 2016 - 1:59 PM

    You might want to update the post to say Canadians as well. The online application form includes all provinces in CANADA :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 2:10 PM

      Hi Rachael, thanks for pointing that out! I wondered where the confusion might have been coming from. It looks like it’s an option on the drop down menu for location, but it is only open to US homeowners. So sorry about that! I wish so hard it could be worldwide!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - February 9, 2016 - 5:34 PM

    Entered! Fingers, toes, eyelashes crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - February 9, 2016 - 5:58 PM

    I just entered! Oh my gosh you guys, you have me so excited just thinking about the possibilities for my backyard. I hope you like my entry! I will lure you here with my own chocolate chunk, Lucy!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 6:39 PM

      Oh my. Well that’s just dangerous.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - February 9, 2016 - 7:07 PM

    Holy cow- this is the best thing I’ve read all day. I’ve been working hard on my application and just submitted it!


  • misie - February 9, 2016 - 8:33 PM

    you.guys. so pumped about this!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 10, 2016 - 7:47 AM

      All the dancing emojis!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - February 10, 2016 - 9:03 AM

    OH my god. I so just applied for this. YBH style makeover — DREAM COME TRUE!!! You guys are incredible. Fingers crossed! LOVE your blog and style and sense of humor!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 10, 2016 - 9:39 AM

      Kelsey, thank you for making our day! You guys are going to make this really, really hard.ReplyCancel

      • Kelsey - February 10, 2016 - 10:36 AM

        :D I cannot even handle how exciting this is! Thank you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Susan G - February 10, 2016 - 10:29 AM

    I entered yesterday and wish I had taken more time with my entry. I forgot one big thing on my wish list: somewhere to put Penelope’s bowls so I don’t kick her water dish EVERY single time I walk into the kitchen! You guys are so awesome for doing this project with the winner!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 10, 2016 - 10:37 AM

      Hi Susan, don’t worry about your application! We are so happy you’ve taken the time to enter, and we feel so happy that we’re able to do this for one homeowner and his/her family. Everyone is so amazing, we wish we could DO THEM ALL!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 10, 2016 - 10:47 AM

    I love the progress you guys have made on your outdoor spaces. Hopefully you will be able to help with my backyard too! Can I tempt you with a trip to Orlando, FL?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 10, 2016 - 11:07 AM

      We could use some warmth right about now!ReplyCancel

      • Julie - February 10, 2016 - 11:31 AM

        I grew up in Chicagoland before moving down to Fl a few years ago and I can tell you that the warmer weather is a great perk! I don’t know if it quite makes up for the lack of Chicago food (Portillos, I miss you!!), but I’ll take what I can get.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 10, 2016 - 11:33 AM

          Portillo’s cheese fries! WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD?ReplyCancel

          • Julie - February 10, 2016 - 12:07 PM

            Mystery of the universe!

            Pregnant lady Portillos cravings have me considering booking a cheap flight to Chicago for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • tyla - February 10, 2016 - 10:56 AM

    can you tell me who makes the light fixture in your entry foyer? it’s lovely and i’ve been searching for something similar for some time.


  • Joanne - February 10, 2016 - 12:02 PM

    Just entered! So excited you are doing this!! Love love love your blog and hoping to see you in the Washington DC area soon! We need you to help us get the 90’s out of our kitchen!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 10, 2016 - 12:36 PM

      Hooray, thanks, Joanne!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - February 10, 2016 - 12:18 PM

    Crazy exciting! I just entered for our back deck.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ hurricane sandwich and the casita - February 10, 2016 - 1:12 PM

    This is the best news I’ve heard all month! I just submitted our backyard for consideration, and let me just say, having a makeover from my favorite bloggers in the world would be the best pre-baby gift I could ever imagine!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah H - February 10, 2016 - 2:09 PM

    UMMMMM — I’m so excited! Just entered and would be over the moon. We have two rescue kitties (Sadie and Lulu) and a rescue pup (Margot – Lab/Pitbull Mix. SO CUTE) who would love to meet you!

    I have my fingers crossed so tightly!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet de Corail - February 11, 2016 - 1:31 AM

    Hi there, just discovered you guys while reading a post on Daniel’s blog :)

    When I saw the pic of the (fabulous) headboard I thought “Palisander”… Are you 100% sure it’s oak.
    Lovely in any case, great find!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

      Thanks, Janet, happy you found us! I wish it was Palisander. This wood is/was WAY too yellow (and I’m sure, much more cheaply made)!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - February 11, 2016 - 11:58 AM

    Oh, man. We submitted our application last night, and I feel like I left a million things off. I’m hoping the included pic of our pit bull, Hazel, will be an enticement. Good luck choosing! Also, pick us, pick us ;)ReplyCancel

  • Casandra Davila - February 11, 2016 - 12:42 PM

    Hi guys, out of curiosity: how many applicants did you get? I posted my last night. So of course, I’d love to get a feel of the odds. Thanks for doing this, I’m sure whoever get’s chosen will be super happy with the results.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - February 13, 2016 - 11:53 AM

    The photo with wide-shot showing your cozy nook and hallway is awesome. I love your the dark color and lavender chair. It’s so inviting. It’s 15 degrees with a negative wind chill in Chicago today. I hope that you are taking some time to relax in your nook today and enjoy it. This cold weather is why cozy nooks were made.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 13, 2016 - 3:21 PM

      That sounds heavenly – but alas, we are trimming baseboards and cutting room transitions. Rest assured, that nook gets plenty of love with a good book in the evenings! :)ReplyCancel

  • We Won A Makeover! | My Dear Darling - February 26, 2016 - 2:09 PM

    […] news of the year thus far? We were chosen for a room makeover over by Yellow Brick Home and Lowe’s! I cried my eyes out when I received the big news from the team which explains this pic I took […]ReplyCancel



We moved back into our master bedroom almost two weeks ago, after two months of living out of our guest room. Hooray! The funny thing, though? We had grown used to staying in the guest room. It’s small, and it felt cozy (which was our goal when we gave the space its facelift all that time ago – hooray again!). We were living mainly on the first floor (with the only exception of my studio being upstairs), and the whole family – especially the girls, Maddie and Libby! – seemed to love living small(er) again. It reminded us a lot of living in our former condo, and I think that made the last couple of months feel comfortable, unlike that first round of demolition years ago.

All that to say, we had finally reached a point in our recent renovations where we could choose to pack out of the guest room and move back into the upstairs bedroom. We were being weird about it all; again, we were just fine downstairs! But – and that’s a big but – we had something to look forward to that made the transition pretty exciting, too. A new bed!


Look at that headboard! I mean, if that doesn’t scream excitement, than what does? I honestly don’t know what to say about her. We sort of loved it. And we hated it. And we were like, are we losing our minds? This is ugly, right? Or pretty? Pretty ugly?

We found her listed on Craigslist for $30. I had been scrolling through the ads daily, texting Scott links when I found something decent, but we rarely agreed. Did we want upholstered? Metal? Wood? All the bed frames and headboards started to look exactly the same – and then I saw her. She was round, for one! And very, very oak. She was straight out of the 80s, but for some reason we couldn’t seem to shake the thought of her. One night as we were walking the pups, we suddenly decided we had to have her. She was kind of funky, kind of cool.

You can see in the above photo that there’s an area on the upper right that’s lighter than the rest. We were torn between paint or stain, and I tested a small area with Citristrip to see if she would lighten up, and yes! Success! We decided to give staining a try, and worst case, we could always fall back on paint.


I followed the same steps as our kitchen hutch to get her down to bare wood before a quick sanding by hand. After a thorough wash with no-rinse TSP, I began the staining process, with the entire goal being to take out any and all orange-y undertones. To do so, we knew we’d need to go dark, so after a pre-stain wood conditioner, I built up layers in Jacobean and Ebony before protecting the finish with two thin coats of Polycrylic.

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She came a long way! Because the inside panels on the headboard are a thin oak veneer, I was a little nervous about the entire process, but she took the stain nicely. Once we paint the walls dark (like, dark dark), she’ll be less of a statement and more of a quirky, vintage touch. Can we call the 80s vintage? I’m doing it.


Next up, it was time for a new mattress! Our new-to-us headboard is king sized, and for the first time since we’ve lived in Chicago, we have the space to accommodate it. (Our guest room and close-to-ten-year-old former mattress are queens). Leesa is an online mattress brand that reached out to us to see if we would like to try one of theirs, and after reading through hundreds of positive reviews, we were excited to give it a try and share our experience with you. The whole process of ordering something as large as a mattress online and having it delivered right to our door was oddly satisfying, and because it’s a one-feel-fits-all foam mattress, it came tightly compressed in a pretty adorable box (perfect for tight staircases and low hallways!):


Our old mattress was memory foam, so it’s what we’re most familiar with, and our new Leesa surpasses that comfort ten-fold! We’ve been sleeping on our new set-up for almost two weeks, and we haven’t given our guest room a second thought. Sorry, guest room.

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I know that buying anything online sight – or feel – unseen can be a bit of a guessing game, so Leesa offers a 100 night in-home trial with a full refund policy if you’re unhappy for any reason. Of course that’s a great incentive, but we personally love that it’s American made, is attractive (an unexpected bonus!) and most importantly, you feel snug as a bug in a rug (a visual that always makes me laugh, but damn if it isn’t true). It’s soft, but firm. Supportive, but not hard. And it’s never too hot, always just right.


As it stands, our bed is a single floating piece of furniture in the room, but this is the most inviting our bedroom has felt since move-in day! If you’ve been curious about giving Leesa a try, take $75 off when you use the promo code YELLOW75 at checkout, and get started right here!

High fives to Leesa for partnering with us on our bedroom renovation, and all the same to you for supporting the brands that support us. xo

  • Meg - February 4, 2016 - 7:24 AM

    The headboard looks fantastic! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought you could turn that orange mess into something beautiful. I’m impressed with your vision. I’m also super excited that you are painting it black in the bedroom (or super dark, anyway). I have a mid-toned bedroom that I’ve been itching to go dark with, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 4, 2016 - 9:37 AM

      Every time I start to chicken out about how dark we’re going, Scott tells me to snap out of it, haha. We’ll be sharing our choices in an upcoming post!ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - February 4, 2016 - 8:48 AM

    That headboard is fantastic! I’ve been digging through craigslist too in anticipation of our first “grown up” bed when we move! We’re sleeping on my college mattress that I’ve had since I was 19…ha! Can’t wait yo see the darker walls!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 4, 2016 - 9:36 AM

      Digging through Craigs can be so mind numbing – I think that’s why this round one stood out! In a sea of squared edges, this one said, LOOK AT ME!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Harrington - February 4, 2016 - 10:00 AM

    How is the smell of the mattress? Is off gassing an issue since it is foam?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 9, 2016 - 2:50 PM

      Nope. No scent at all in our experience! I didn’t think to mention it because there wasn’t one!ReplyCancel

  • Dani @ Danielle and Co. - February 4, 2016 - 10:06 AM

    That headboard looks awesome now! I always question whether I would have walked on by in the thrift shop, or would have seen the possibilities shining through, when I see posts like this. The roundness makes her look unique!ReplyCancel

  • Hope - February 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM

    I know the mattress comes in the small box, but you have to have a box spring, don’t you? Where did it come from? I always wonder when I see people getting the rolled up foam mattresses in the mail.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 4, 2016 - 10:37 AM

      Good question! I should have mentioned – the Leesa doesn’t require a box spring, actually, they recommend a slatted base with NO springs. Some bed frames don’t require a box spring at all (like our old bed frame and a lot of modern bed frames), but our new headboard needed one of those metal bed frames with the wheels AND a box spring. Such a fussy 80s lady.

      We ended up buying this one! It doesn’t have springs and it was pretty simple to put together (and very sturdy), and I confirmed with Leesa that it would be okay before we brought the mattress home.

      Short answer: No, it doesn’t require a box spring, but if you need to have one, make sure it doesn’t actually have springs. :)ReplyCancel

      • Hope - February 5, 2016 - 2:37 PM

        Thank you!. The Not-Actually-A-Box Spring looks brilliant. Does it squeak?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 5, 2016 - 2:52 PM

          Nope. It makes a great pair with the Leesa!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - February 4, 2016 - 10:47 AM

    Whoa…how fabulous is that headboard now! Well done, guys. I’m still without a headboard because I can’t find anything cool or affordable. You have given me hope there are potentials out there! :)ReplyCancel

    • patty blaettler - February 5, 2016 - 1:10 PM

      Look online at Target. I’m very satisfied with mine! Nice style and fair prices.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - February 4, 2016 - 11:21 AM

    I’m loving the vibe of your bedroom! Those pillow cases– i have a serious case of envy. Where are they from?? Jack obviously gives the bed a 4 paw stamp of approval :)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - February 4, 2016 - 11:35 AM

    This is so gorgeous, and unique, I can hardly handle it. Well done guys! And it’s not pretty ugly, it’s just pretty cool!ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - February 4, 2016 - 2:52 PM

    You’re going to have dark walls? Can’t wait to see that! I like the headboard, it’s definitely unique and looks much nicer with the dark stain.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - February 4, 2016 - 6:08 PM

    I feel kinda awful that I have become a quiet lurker but I so love everything you guys do and your photos always make me smile. I had looked at the 80s headboards too when I redid my daughter’s bedroom and came across these rounds headboards. I was so close to buying one or two of them and never actually pulled the trigger. So so love it in the dark wood.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 5, 2016 - 10:12 AM

      Oh, man! Yeah, the round headboard wouldn’t leave our minds – we just don’t see anything like it now! I’m sure you would have rocked them, but you can do anything and I LOVE.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne - February 4, 2016 - 8:02 PM

    I lurk…and LOVE your renovations! I had to comment because this headboard is magnificent! The before was ‘OK, maybe’. The after is ‘YES’! I love the reuse/repurpose/repair/refinish. So much is saved from the landfill simply with vision!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 5, 2016 - 10:12 AM

      Thanks for de-lurking, Lynne! :) And thanks for the super sweet words!ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - February 5, 2016 - 12:29 PM

    Normally I’m good at seeing possibilities, but I would not have guessed that 80s oak could look that good! I have a four poster with a flaking finish that I was going to paint for my guest room. I am going to have to think about refinishing it instead.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - February 9, 2016 - 8:46 AM

    We actually bought a Leesa mattress last March (and upgraded from a full to a queen at the same time… all of our friends COULD NOT believe we had slept on a full mattress for so long, LOL) and we loooooooove it!! My boyfriend tends to like mattresses on the firmer side and I tend to like them on the softer side but this one is kinda perfect for both of us. Love the headboard, too!!ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - February 9, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    For at least ten years, I’ve had a super dark bedroom (RalphLauren Brown and now black, though it looks more navy, unfortunately). I don’t know if I could ever go back to light walls in the bedroom. Dark just feels so luxurious.

    Can’t wait to see!

    Also, can you share the source for those cases? Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannine | The Small and Chic Home - February 11, 2016 - 8:04 AM

    It looks great! Confession: We’ve been sleeping in our guest room for two years and I kind of love it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shavonda@SGStyle - February 11, 2016 - 9:18 AM

    Holy Moly that looks good! Loooove your choice to go super dark and rich.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - February 21, 2016 - 8:52 PM

    I was just looking at headboards on Craigslist and was pretty amused when your headboard (almost!) was the first thing that popped up:

    Small world!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2016 - 10:41 PM

      Ha! So cool. Round headboards #ftw!ReplyCancel

  • Sierra - March 8, 2016 - 7:54 PM

    Are you still enjoying your Leesa? My husband and I are thinking about buying one.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 9, 2016 - 8:35 AM

      Hi Sierra, we do love it! Our last mattress was a queen memory foam that got a good long run (almost 10 years!), but we made this switch to a king. We’re used to how a memory foam feels, which is a bit more firm than a spring mattress. Leesa has a great return policy if you’re not satisfied, so I honestly think it’s worth taking a chance.ReplyCancel