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Let’s talk trim. Baseboards! Windows! Room transitions and plinths and headers! It’s no secret that trim work is my least favorite task around this house, but Scott actually claims to enjoy it (wha?), and so we motor through the job – together. He pulls up the old, I paint the new, he cuts, he nails, I spackle, I caulk. (At this point, I could caulk a whole house together with my eyes closed; not an exposed seam in sight!)

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been in (constant!) trim mode around the bed, bath and laundry rooms, but our largest task to date? Those bedroom windows! Man, do we love them, and to show our appreciation, we trimmed those guys for days and days and days. (Okay, 3 days all said and done.)

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Together, they’re over 10′ wide, and I insisted on three totally separate windowpanes so we could mimic the look of super hunky, super handsome trim. We’re so happy we chose three over one, and it was worth every hour of wood chopping, spackling, sanding and caulking. We’re sharing the entire DIY – from the first step you never skip to how we build them up – on the Bali Blinds blog today. We encourage you to check it out!

  • Malissa J. - February 15, 2016 - 9:53 AM

    Kim, this looks amazing! I have recently found your blog after purchasing a fixer upper myself, looking forward to looking back over your posts for help on various projects.

    Keep it up!
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    • Kim - February 16, 2016 - 10:18 AM

      Thank you, Malissa! So happy you found us.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - February 15, 2016 - 10:46 AM

    OMG, that looks glorious! None of my 70’s windows are trimmed out at all, and I am a huge fan of chunky molding, so I need this DIY in my life!ReplyCancel

  • Staci - February 15, 2016 - 12:08 PM

    I love the way this looks! Our condo was built in the late 60s. Do you have any tips on how to do interiors research so anything we add will be era-appropriate?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 15, 2016 - 12:42 PM

      Hi Staci! Can I be honest with you? Scott and I don’t worry too much about period correct over here – we’re just sort of feeling it out as we move along, but since owning this home, we have found ourselves drawn towards items that have even surprised us! Our trim is definitely more ornate than we would have gravitated towards in, say, our former condo. That’s not to say it’s true for everything (we obviously have a MCM hutch in the kitchen!), but we’re sort of figuring things out as we go!ReplyCancel

    • Ryan - February 15, 2016 - 2:18 PM

      Magazines are a great resource, as well as advertising from the era that you are looking to restore in your home. You can find old magazines on eBay, and sometimes just looking at the listing photos for ads is enough ( you don’t have to buy). Watch movies on Netflix or find videos on YouTube from your era. There are a lot of commercial films online that give you an idea if what homes were like.

      You can also find “handyman” books that will give you an idea is how things were built and what materials were used. A big difference between your home looking period appropriate and looking 2000 does 1960 is to avoid using contemporary building materials that are supposed to copy a look but are built using different methods. Windows with faux divided lights being the chief offenders.

      Of course the most important thing is that you like how your home looks and operates. You might make some modern choices because it works better for your life. We don’t have a period stove top in our kitchen (although I sometimes fantasize about it).ReplyCancel

    • Daniel @ Manhattan Nest - February 16, 2016 - 10:05 AM

      One shortcut I like to use is great TV/film set in the era. For you, Mad Men might be a great resource! That show was very heavily researched and includes lots of different styles that were true to the era—from mod to colonial revival to chinoiserie to atomic 50s/60s kitsch, etc. Saves a little heavy-lifting from trying to dig up primary source material, and a little more entertaining!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - February 16, 2016 - 10:17 AM

        YOU GUYS! Thank you. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dani @ Danielle and Co. - February 16, 2016 - 10:05 AM

    I love the deeper window sills! It’s amazing how trim can pull everything together – it’s like the pretty frosted roses on a birthday cake – everything just feels more special with it!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - February 16, 2016 - 1:08 PM

    Hi Kim!
    Would you mind sharing what kind of windows you went with? Are those vinyl double hungs? Are they big enough for egress? Doing some renos and trying to figure out how to choose windows, something I never thought would be so complicated…
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - February 16, 2016 - 1:09 PM

      PS It is ALL looking so great.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - February 16, 2016 - 2:14 PM

        Thanks, Jen! Yes, they are double hung vinyl windows from ClimateGuard. When speaking with Jen (the one who helped us with layout, etc) and while walking through with contractors, we discussed the size and how wide they open, and yup, they are big enough for egress.

        Windows ARE complicated! We took into account wanting a screen for the summer months, size vs. the size of the room vs. egress vs. what looked good, and then of course, cost. While we don’t love that the white vinyl cuts across the middle of each one, it was the most practical choice for us!ReplyCancel

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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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

    Love.it. 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 https://www.surfaceview.co.uk 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

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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!)

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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: lowesspringmakeover2016.castingcrane.com
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.
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    • 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!

    -CourtneyReplyCancel

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

    you.guys. stop.it. 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

    hi.
    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.

    Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • 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

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