We say this every time for every room, but we’ll say it again, bedroom, you’ve come a long way! We’ve been using and loving this room with our whole hearts for the last several months, but over the past few weeks, we’ve been dialing it in just so. It’s funny, because we thought our bedroom would be…
  • Gretchen - June 28, 2016 - 6:56 AM

    Wow..this looks so amazing! I feel like adding more windows really transformed everything and helped tame the dark walls. I absolutely love this! Great job team!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 10:50 AM

      Thanks, Gretchen! Those windows are everything.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - June 28, 2016 - 7:44 AM

    Soooooooo gorgeous!! I can only imagine how GOOD this one feels to have knocked off the list. You guys deserve a sanctuary, and this looks like the perfect place to escape from it all. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 9:48 AM

      SO good. Now we actually prefer our bedroom over a hotel! Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli - June 28, 2016 - 9:10 AM

    I love this room! Black is so stunning when used correctly! Do you have a source for the penguin doorstop? :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 9:41 AM

      Hi Kelli! I picked it up at West Elm over the holidays, and of course, I couldn’t find it on their site anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Allison H. - June 28, 2016 - 9:12 AM

    Oh my lanta! this looks amazing! you guys did a great job! the space turned out so great! A+ work!ReplyCancel

  • Amy M. - June 28, 2016 - 9:57 AM

    The room looks amazing! I love how moody that color is. I have a question on the closet door handles. I’m looking for a handle to put on a barn door to our master bathroom and any drawer pull I find, even over-sized ones like yours, seem shallow. Do you find you have trouble getting your knuckles under the handle to open the closet doors? If not, I love the clean lines of your handles, I’ll probably go with something similar to match our vanity pulls!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 10:05 AM

      That door sounds neat! To answer your question, we’ve never even thought about it before… so I guess the answer is, no trouble at all! My knuckles don’t even touch the door when I open the closet, but I do have smaller hands. I just measured, and there’s about 1 1/8″ of clearance, which ‘feels’ substantial when we’re using the hardware.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Stewart - June 28, 2016 - 10:08 AM

    So dreamy!! Love all the little touches and art, of course.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 10:50 AM

      Thank you, Wendy! One can never have too much animal art, right?ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - June 28, 2016 - 10:15 AM

    Your bedroom turned out gorgeous!! I’m not going to lie…my favorite part might be the picture of Miss CC!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 10:51 AM

      That little show stealer. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Erin Collins - June 28, 2016 - 10:43 AM

    Love, love, love it. The rich colors, the contrasting textures – you really nailed it. And I think you’ve sold me on raccoon fur for our bathroom.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 10:51 AM

      I bet it would be SO pretty in a bathroom. So rich and dreamy all at once.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - June 28, 2016 - 10:57 AM

    I just cannot get over this stunning transformation! You leave no detail out, and all your choices are stunningly thoughtful. Wish you guys could come make over my bedroom and make it feel as cozy and inviting as yours. Clearly Jack, CC and Libby agree given their happy faces in your photos!

    Well done guys!

    Quick question- do you feel that a bedroom color like Raccoon Fur could stand up to a room that was not quite as bright as yours? I want to go dark (my husband hates the idea) but we don’t have as many windows or get as much natural light as your bedroom seems to get, so perhaps it would be a non-starter in our space.

    Again- congrats! So gorgeous and thank you for sharing the process with us!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 11:04 AM

      Thanks, Liz! I think the reason we love the color SO much in here is because of all the windows, to be honest. The bedroom is really bright, and it’s off of the bright studio that we painted almost white. It’s tough to say without seeing your space or the amount of light you actually get, but I would 100% recommend getting a sample jar of Raccoon Fur and painting it on a few swatches of poster board – maybe as big as 2′ x 3′ – and placing them around the room. One test pot will be more than enough. Maybe you’ll decide it’s too dark, too blue, not dark enough… This can certainly help to sway you one way or another – both you AND your husband.ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - June 28, 2016 - 10:59 AM

    My favorite of all of your rooms. The framed Chunk photo is amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 11:06 AM

      We couldn’t help ourselves. :DReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - June 28, 2016 - 11:31 AM

    What fabric did you use for that chair? I have a similar style chair in my basement that needs upholstering.ReplyCancel

    • Elizabeth - June 28, 2016 - 11:32 AM

      And obviously this velvet green looks incredible.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 12:12 PM

        Thanks, Elizabeth! It was from JB Martin, and I got it at for a pretty good price. However, they change their inventory quite a bit!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - June 28, 2016 - 2:17 PM

    It’s a winner! Great job. The name “racoon fur” for the paint color cracks me up. I really want a job as a paint color namer.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - June 28, 2016 - 2:17 PM

    So pretty (and you captured it so well)!! This is definitely going to be inspiration for our bedroom – we’ve got the paint already and it’s dark… buuuut, we need to do some plaster repair before we can paint.

    I was wondering about the kitty bed… the link isn’t working. Where did you get it?ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - June 28, 2016 - 8:07 PM

    Am I allowed to swear on here?? I won’t just incase. This room is so beautiful! Stunning! And you very much deserve such a lovely space after all the hard work you have put into it. I can’t stop looking at it!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 28, 2016 - 10:05 PM

      Potty mouths always allowed. xoReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 28, 2016 - 11:27 PM

    Really beautiful work, as usual. I have scrolled up and down probably three times! Very nice.

    I have a question about your Pax closets. We have a very silly, barely-functional walk-in closet in our bathroom and have considered tearing it out and installing something like Pax along one wall. We’ve wondered if the opening and closing of doors to get to our clothes would make us crazy. What is your experience with them?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 29, 2016 - 8:40 AM

      The opening and closing of doors doesn’t bother us one bit, but here’s something to keep in mind (depending on how you configure your closet): I chose drawers that span the entire width of my closet, so in order to access them, I have to open BOTH doors to get into a drawer. Scott chose side by side drawers on his side of the closet, so he only has to open ONE door to access a drawer. You can see more of what I mean here:

      Long story short, we LOVE them. We love the soft close hinges, we love the look and finish and simplicity. We added LED lights that turn on when we open the doors, and by adding personalized hardware, it gives them a more upscale look overall! Good luck with your project – sounds like it’s going to give you a major boost of storage!ReplyCancel

  • caroline nolazco - June 29, 2016 - 9:08 AM

    the link for the cat bed isnt working! i just NEED to know who made it! its so cute!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 29, 2016 - 9:23 AM

      So strange! Someone else said the same thing. It’s from Elevele on Etsy – try this!ReplyCancel

      • Ashley - July 1, 2016 - 9:01 AM

        Hi Kim,

        Which size cat bed did you buy? It’s hard to gauge which size would be best, but I think the bed you chose would be the right size for our kitty (and probably our dog, too). ;0)

        The bedroom looks so incredibly relaxing! Do you use the mirror on the Ikea hack to apply makeup, do your hair, etc?


  • Trude - June 29, 2016 - 5:36 PM

    So gorgeous! Love that wall color too, can we call it blavy? ;) The white linens pop beautifully against it, and I’m dying over the new chair fabric. What a sanctuary!ReplyCancel

  • Matthew - June 30, 2016 - 6:08 AM

    Wow !! You shared the perfect master piece of your bedroom designs. Thanks Kim for sharing this lovely bedroom design.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - June 30, 2016 - 8:40 AM

    Just absolutely amazing! All that hard work has paid off. You guys have an impeccable eye for design.ReplyCancel

  • Trilby - June 30, 2016 - 9:50 AM

    It seems to ring true for a lot of people that the master bedroom is usually the last (or one of the last) places in a home to finally be “done”. I’m not sure why we cheat ourselves, because it SHOULD be the the first place to get the royal treatment. As you say, it is our sanctuary – from kids, from chores, from life in general. Finishing our bedroom is high on my priority list this summer. Your bedroom inspires me to get it done!!! Congrats on a beautiful space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 30, 2016 - 11:06 AM

      You’re so right. Why do we wait? Please, guys, treat yourselves!ReplyCancel

    • lsaspacey - July 1, 2016 - 11:38 AM

      I think it’s because it’s the one room you don’t have to let other people see, though the other rooms may be on display at some point. So basically, it’s that old thing of putting other people, their impressions or societal conventions first. My sister was able to hold out for her dream living room furniture when she and her new husband bought their first home, leaving the front room completely empty for the first year they lived in it, even though every single person who came to visit would comment on it. Most people wouldn’t or couldn’t do that.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - June 30, 2016 - 10:59 AM

    Every details feels thought out, collected, cool and luxurious–without an ounce of it feeling try-hard. How do you do it?! I loved watching this come together piece by piece, but it turned out better than I could have even imagined. I’m inspired.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 30, 2016 - 11:07 AM

      You are so kind, my friend! xxReplyCancel

  • Anna - June 30, 2016 - 5:11 PM

    Love the black walls and absolutely adore that green chair!

    P.s. Very cute dogs!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby Black - July 1, 2016 - 10:07 AM

    Oh my – I love it all. Especially that amazing WALL of windows. Dreamy! We have one teeny tiny window in ours and I HATE it. I want all the windows. :)

    And love the dark color on the walls. We used Raccoon Fur to repaint the guest bathroom vanity, and love how the color changes for us too. Sometimes it looks dark charcoal, sometimes its more navy, love it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2016 - 10:22 AM

      Aren’t paint colors like that the best?!ReplyCancel

  • Megs - July 4, 2016 - 7:33 PM

    Hi! Just a quick totally random question.. How do you keep the dog hair under control? Perhaps your dogs are totally none shedders and you don’t have a problem but the sight of your dogs in your bedroom freaks me out! Ha! Our little guy is gorgeous and we love him but goodness the fur the fur!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 5, 2016 - 10:11 AM

      Hi Megs,

      There’s no one secret, honestly! We have a furry house just like any other pet household, but we do try to vacuum regularly (we shoot for every day, but let’s be honest, it’s usually every other day!), and wipe down the window sills, etc. Our pups DO shed, but not a lot. Our kitty is the one that causes the most amount of fur, and after I make the bed in the morning, I lay down her favorite blanket to keep the fur off of where she likes to lounge all day, and then I remove it before I get into bed so as not to get into a sneeze fit. :DReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - July 5, 2016 - 1:01 PM

    How gorgeous! The detailing really does make a difference and I love the little golden touches you’ve added, your bedroom is lovely Xx

    Jen /

  • Heather - July 5, 2016 - 1:29 PM

    I LOVE this room. I’m pretty much a sucker for dark bedrooms and this one is amazing! It’s crisp and beautiful with so many personal touches. Good job!

    Fair warning – If you let me back in your house there’s a 90% chance I’ll try to steal that constellation print. It’s so cool!ReplyCancel

  • Shavonda - July 6, 2016 - 10:58 AM

    Looks absolutely amazing guys!!! I looooove the black wall and I loooove that you paired it with the rich natural wood tones!!! Seriously looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - August 11, 2016 - 10:25 PM

    I think you may have sold me on the raccoon fur for my kids’ room. It looks great! Is that an eggshell finish?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 11, 2016 - 10:37 PM

      It is!! It’s such a beautiful color.ReplyCancel


Things seem to be busier than ever around here, and yet I’m having a hard time sitting down to write about all the updates – mostly because I don’t even know where to start. Summer is in full swing, and so in-between barbecues and late night gatherings and weddings and nights away and and out-of-towners in, we’re watching…
  • Carol - June 21, 2016 - 7:28 AM

    My running app told me last week ‘Slow progress is still progress!’ I think it was making fun of me, but it’s a good reminder to embrace every small step in the right direction. Can’t wait to hear about the next steps! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 21, 2016 - 9:10 AM

      Haha, I like your running app!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany R - June 21, 2016 - 8:30 AM

    my layout is similar to yours… question: when / if you need to move the washer/dryer, do you have enough clearance? it looks like you would need to remove the window trim?

    Thanks for your guidance!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 21, 2016 - 9:11 AM

      Ooh, good question. The angle is a little funny, but the sill sticks out about 2″, and there’s about 2.5″ to the right of the washer/dryer. Nothing is really set exactly in place yet, so there is wiggle room for placement still!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - June 21, 2016 - 11:53 AM

    IKEA should learn a thing or two from these guys and include videos with their products, shew.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 21, 2016 - 5:09 PM

      The videos made it SO easy to understand! Not that there was much to it to begin with…ReplyCancel

  • Tori - June 22, 2016 - 10:21 AM

    Looks great you guys! That’s good to know about an alternative company for flat pack cabinets. My sister needs to put in a skinny pantry, I’ll tell her to check this out!ReplyCancel

  • Tara | ModLifter - June 23, 2016 - 5:30 AM

    I so need to do such redesign for our laundry room. The lack of storage space is strong in our apartment ;dReplyCancel


I’ve been working from home for several years now, but sometimes, I imagine what it would be like to go back to a bustling office job. When I worked downtown, I loved it. Well, I loved taking the train, grabbing my coffee from the bakery and – for the most part! – I loved the people I…
  • Trish - June 10, 2016 - 6:57 AM

    First of all, just love you guys. I’m a fellow Chicagoan and it’s fun to watch your house develop!

    What really hit me with this post, besides the fact that I really need a fauxdenza in our playroom/tv room, is that you too have a tidy looking house but angst about the stuff piled up in closets. This year, I purged two main closets. After I purged the first one in our playroom I felt light and free – probably because we are now using that area to hold weights/things the kids use to stay active all winter. Interestingly, after I purged the second area, which was three tall Ikea Billy bookcases with glass cabinets, I literally sat on my couch and cried. Anyway, be prepared for the emotion train. :) Can’t wait to see about your garage sale.

    P.S. Think of you every day when I walk past OTAT on my way to the gym. What a great place!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 9:27 AM

      Aw, I love this! We cannot WAIT to get rid of so many things that we thought we’d use. The yard sale is our very favorite every year, as our ‘stuff’ finds its way into new homes with new families, we get to hang out with our block, and at the end of the day, our house is that much lighter! Such a relief.

      Please wave hello to that blue door for us! We need to go back and visit (and play with adoptable dogs!) soon.ReplyCancel

  • E B - June 10, 2016 - 8:57 AM

    Love this post! I am in the midst of trying to mount our Besta system and have been nervous about the process. This has been super helpful and encouraging! I also was trying to figure out the logistics of controlling any hidden cable boxes or other electronics inside the cabinets in a budget-friendly way so the link to YHL’s methods was super helpful! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 9:07 AM

      Happy to hear! I did just update the post to say that we used toggle bolts to attach to the wall in conjunction with the BESTA suspension rail system. They hold a LOT more weight than a regular wall anchor. Something to keep in mind!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis Payne - June 10, 2016 - 9:31 AM

    Looks awesome! Is the Besta deeper than the kitchen cabinets?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 9:35 AM

      Oh, good question! I meant to cover that. The BESTA is about 16 1/8″ deep, whereas the SEKTION cabinets are 15″ deep. So the difference is small! I think when we made our first fauxdenza back in the last home, the upper cabinets were about 12-13″ deep (does anyone else remember?), but when IKEA switched to the SEKTION line, it seems they made them a little deeper.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - June 10, 2016 - 10:23 AM

    Did the inside shelf come with yours?? We did the same thing but had no shelf. It’s hard to organize without one!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 10:29 AM

      Huh, strange. Yes, each unit came with a shelf!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - June 10, 2016 - 10:34 AM

    When is the yard sale?! Would LOVE to stop by!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 12:02 PM

      Hi Kelly! Please send us an email if you’d like to know more: team AT yellowbrickhome DOT comReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - June 10, 2016 - 12:12 PM

    Wow, that’s awesome. We’re planning on doing something similar in our office and I have a dumb question. With all the potential options that are out there (even when you narrow it to Ikea, it’s still a lot), how do you guys determine which units to modify into a fauxdenza? I’ve spent so much time analyzing all sorts of types of cabinets and wall units, but I’m always anxious to make a decision because I feel like I don’t know what qualities are important to look for.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 12:22 PM

      Definitely the beauty of a fauxdenza is in its simplicity. Our wall that it’s on is 73-ish inches, so we knew we had to be just under that. I think in total, ours BESTA unit comes to just about 71, since the units are a little smaller than 48″ and 24″. For us, we took into account what we would be storing: camera stuff, craft supplies, a few work-related binders and books and surplus (pet) painting supplies. On our way to IKEA, we were set on buying kitchen cabinets, but stumbled across the BESTA (in the media cabinet section of the store) and realized that not only was it cheaper, but it was just as customizable! IKEA has a little BESTA planner you can try out on the computer (just like the kitchen cabinets), and we put together the most basic and simple unit – 3 cabinets with one shelf each. They also had stackable options, glass door options, etc, etc! In the end, simple was best. While we were still at IKEA, we picked up those white and gray bins to make organizing super easy.

      My biggest tip would be start by listing out what you want to store in the cabinet, and have fun choosing the finishes that YOU like the best!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - June 10, 2016 - 2:17 PM

    I’m SOOOOO glad that we’re not the only ones who collect misc bits (furniture, fixtures, etc) for rooms and then they don’t get used. I guess that’s the trick with vintage stuff, right? You have to grab it when you see it lest you suffer buyer’s remorse down the line. We have some stuff that I look at and think “What did we expect to put this.” But I keep reminding myself that we’re not nearly done and time will tell.

    The fauxdenza looks awesome, of course. It’s great to have more separation between working and living. That is SO important!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2016 - 3:37 PM

      Hold on to those things until you’re done! You’ll regret it if you don’t!ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - June 13, 2016 - 10:02 AM

    I love this!

    How high off the ground did y’all mount it?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 13, 2016 - 6:47 PM

      It’s 6″ off the ground, and it sits right above our baseboards. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheila - June 13, 2016 - 4:00 PM

    Love it, especially next to the exposed chimney. You guys always do such a great job on these projects! Can you tell me where you got those white stackable storage bins inside your fauxdenza? They look really practical and elegant.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Cotton - June 14, 2016 - 11:05 PM

    Looks so good!! Love how this space is coming together!ReplyCancel

    • Judy Woods - June 15, 2016 - 1:35 AM

      This is really nice. Thanks for the information.ReplyCancel

  • Dakwerken - June 17, 2016 - 4:37 AM

    Cool! Even I’m thinking of mounting a besta system in our office. I am more encouraged now after reading your postReplyCancel

  • love the idea :)ReplyCancel

  • The List // August – Fourth Street Review - September 3, 2016 - 2:39 PM

    […] building my fauxdenza. I’m working on one like this one (from Yellow Brick […]ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - September 22, 2016 - 2:45 PM

    Hi there!

    Looking to create something like this but to sit directly on the floor. Can I simply add legs or would you say this works only for suspension? Would greatly appreciate any tips!

    Thank you,

    • Kim - September 22, 2016 - 2:56 PM

      This unit was originally made to sit directly on the floor, so you could always do that! But yes, you could easily add legs as well. IKEA has several leg options, but any short furniture legs from hardware stores, Etsy or elsewhere would work just as well. The beauty of these units is the ability to make them 100% your own!ReplyCancel


The evening we returned home from completing the Lowe’s Spring Makeover, it was warm. We were thrilled. (Warm weather in April in Chicago? It can’t be!) We were happily exhausted from the weekend and travel, but Scott suggested that we push through and get our front porch ready for spring and summer (and fall, too). I was so giddy…
  • Mary - June 8, 2016 - 9:23 AM

    Chairs look great! Does the wax rub off at all onto clothing or skin?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 8, 2016 - 9:44 AM

      Nope, not at all! It’s literally the same as if you were leaning against a freshly waxed car… nothing.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Visual Meringue - June 8, 2016 - 10:10 AM

    Amazing! I had no idea! What a difference. Thanks for the great tip and those chairs – sigh – so gorgeous! I love the shape.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - June 8, 2016 - 10:19 AM

    This is genius. So glad you suggested this. Remind us where you bought those stellar chairs? They look so comfy!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - June 8, 2016 - 10:20 AM

    Ignore my last comment- I totally forgot they came from Elkhorn Flea! Man, what a FIND!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - June 8, 2016 - 10:34 AM

    Three cheers for patio weather! And I never would’ve thought about using car wax for a task like this – but they look great!ReplyCancel

  • Vero - June 13, 2016 - 8:29 AM

    Thanks for sharing Kim! That’s genius!ReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - June 14, 2016 - 10:10 AM