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The One Tail at a Time Adoption Center is located in Bucktown, not too far from our own front door. The photo above was taken by Heather (the director of the nonprofit and all around pet-saving-badass), and in the couple of months since they’ve moved in, it already looks drastically different! There’s a fence and a yard, with more landscaping to come. The billboard above belongs to the property, too, and we’re polling for a big photo of Junebug. Because, Junebug! (I promise that clicking over will make your whole entire day.)

It’s a pretty dreamy space with great light, an easy flowing floor plan, and a huge yard. HUGE. The photos below were taken during our first brainstorm meeting as the previous business was moving out (which, appropriately enough was also a pet-based business), and some of the things you’ll see in the photos are still in place so that OTAT can still function as we wait for our picks to arrive. Regardless, it’s a blank slate, and it’s so cute.

THE MEET-N-GREET ROOM. The front door leads you into one big main room. This is a multi-purpose space that needs to feel fun, quirky and invigorating! Adoptable pets will meet their forever families here, so you can only imagine the excitable snarfing and tail thumping the One Tail team will hear on the daily. (Can we just live here, maybe?)



  1. The entryway will pull double duty as a merchandise area – where you can buy the world’s best T-shirt (and kibble, doggie treats, leashes and supplements, among other things). This’ll get a really funky treatment and set the tone for the whole Adoption Center.
  2. We’ll need to install a sturdy gate to keep the adoptables safely away from the front door.
  3. This is where the Garbage Sofa will live! We’ll create a conversational area where families can play with fosters and, ultimately, take their first family portrait together. Below is the view looking back at the front door, if you were sitting on the sofa.


Once you’ve come through the soon-to-be gate, you’re in the main space! The light! That loft!



  1. The back half of this room will get a dining table that will be used for signing adoption papers, plus all the administrative tasks that keep a nonprofit running. The door on the left leads to the yard.
  2. Behind this main room is a spacious office.
  3. The loft is empty for now, but it will serve as additional space if any noodles need extra care away from noise and activity.
  4. Bathroom, aka puppy bath central.


A perk of having an actual adorable house is that it’s laid out as if it could be someone’s house, lending a comforting and inviting vibe all around. In addition to two bathrooms and that tucked away office, there’s a great kitchen:

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THE KENNEL ROOM. There’s an entire level downstairs, which One Tail will be using as a kennel to bring in as many dogs as possible. The room, while large, does have obstacles (awkwardly placed windows, doors and concrete columns), but it’s incredible to have this space at all for more pups! The walls will get a lively color in a darker, scrubbable finish, and there will be access to open storage for towels, treats and toys.

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  1. This wall and the wall opposite will be lined with kennels.
  2. Volunteers will spend a good deal of time down here interacting with dogs, so to keep everyone in the loop, this will be a dry erase wall where they can leave notes and updates for each other.
  3. The area beyond the columns will get a small table and a few chairs (all wipeable!) for volunteers to relax.
  4. Behind the kennel is a big storage room we’ve begun organizing for dog food, leashes, collars, and all those things you need to maintain a house.

THE YARD! Heather had RugZoom come in and install artificial grass for the biggest, baddest doggie play yard of all! Can you even handle? Our Chunk came along one evening to give it a test run, and good girl that she is, she christened it, too.

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The best part of working on this project with the One Tail team is allowing ourselves to design a space where we scribble outside the lines! (I think Scott throws out the words gold and hot pink more often than I’d like to admit; love him.) We can take risks and make bolder choices than we would if it was, you know, a residence. With every wacky idea we present, Heather is in. Big stone dog statue? Of course! Bright blue door? Was there ever any other option? And how about this wallpaperYes, please, and thank you.

The main room already received its fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim (game changer), and the wallpaper is happening soon! We have less than two months until they officially open their doors, so it’s full steam ahead.

PS… If you’d like to learn more about the Adoption Center, be sure to visit One Tail, and if you’d love nothing more than to inundate your Facebook feed with the world’s cutest puppies, you can follow them here!

  • Claire - June 10, 2015 - 8:29 AM

    Kim, I love reading your blog and especially this new project! In college I worked for a large boarding kennel that was kept spotless with the help of a well thought out mop/cleaning station. It was in the same room as the kennels and had hooks for mops and scrub brushes, shelves for puppy-safe cleaning products, and a low faucet and drain for filling the buckets. It was a life saver and something similar may be a good fit for your project. Their website is Can’t wait to see how you lay out the space!

    • Kim - June 10, 2015 - 9:58 AM

      Thanks, Claire, that’s awesome! Now you have me re-thinking everything, ha. We will definitely have to put some systems in place, while also being verrrry mindful of our limited budget. Anything for the pups though!ReplyCancel

  • Brandy Wiggins - June 10, 2015 - 8:46 AM

    Junebug is beyond adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Steph M - June 10, 2015 - 8:54 AM

    I can’t wait to see how you transform this space. What an amazing project to be a part of! That Junebug is the sweetest! Her photo should definitely be on the billboard :)ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Ellis - June 10, 2015 - 9:57 AM

    So wonderful that you guys are doing this! Also, I can’t get Junebug’s face out of my mind.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2015 - 9:58 AM

      I told you all it would make your day! I could just munch on her muzzle.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - June 10, 2015 - 10:41 AM

    Oh my goodness…I am SO excited to see this space along the way. What a wonderful project. And what a fantastic space!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Kelly - June 10, 2015 - 11:55 AM

    What a great space! That wallpaper is a great find. Can’t wait to see everything.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - June 10, 2015 - 12:25 PM

    This looks amazing! Like Claire, I also worked at a kennel (in high school) that was spotless. I second everything she suggested in terms of ease of cleaning. Where I worked, the floors (especially where the kennels were) could be squeegeeed with trench drains lining one side of the kennels for an easy poop-cleaning sitch. We also had vacuuming installed in the walls so we just had to carry the big vacuum pipe around and plug it into the walls. Realiz that might be unrealistic, but def want to keep ease of cleaning in mind! Maybe check out another excellently rated kennel in your area to see how they do it?

    Good on you and Scott for taking this on! And OMG JUNEBUG :))))ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2015 - 1:05 PM

      You guys are so helpful, thank you! I will definitely look into it. The home/adoption center is a rental, so there are limitations on how much we can do (vs. what makes sense), but you guys are awesome for all the suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Josh | The Kentucky Gent - June 10, 2015 - 2:37 PM

    All the pups look so happy! This post is golden.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Melissa Arnold - June 10, 2015 - 8:51 PM

    How incredible is that perpetually green yard?! It so speaks to her commitment to the pups that she was willing to put that down for them…! it makes my heart go pitter patter. But then again, so does that wallpaper!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - June 11, 2015 - 5:59 AM

    You guys are simply the best! Seriously! And Junebug’s adorable and lovable face brought me to tears! I hope she finds the best home ever.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 11, 2015 - 11:12 AM

      No, no, One Tail is the best! They are doing some really great things to strive for a no-kill Chicago!

      UGH, JUNEBUG. So much love for her.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - June 11, 2015 - 1:18 PM

    I love watching this project unfold! It’s such a great cause and I know you guys will make it so quirky and fun!

    Also, Junebug totally made my day :)ReplyCancel

  • Ten - June 11, 2015 - 1:56 PM

    Oh my gosh, this is so exciting! You guys will do some awesome things for them. My two dogs are rescues and I’ve always wanted to get involved with animal rescue, but I live in an apartment so am unable to foster (fostering is something I’ve wanted to do the most). However, I recently was approved for a volunteer opportunity to help a local pet rescue with their website…I’m hoping it all works out.

    Good luck — can’t wait to read more about this. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 11, 2015 - 2:00 PM

      Awesome, congrats! That should be a lot of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - June 12, 2015 - 10:19 PM

    I mean really… Junebug. No one should look so cute in a cast.ReplyCancel


A couple years ago, we shared one of our favorite summer sweet treats, porter shakes! It’s still our go-to during the warmer months, but even easier, we tried a similar take in float form.


In this month’s taste test, we partnered with Pinhole Press and upped the cute factor for Scott; that is, with Father’s Day just around the corner and all. (Being the world’s best dad to four pets absolutely counts!) After deciding on a dark chocolate stout, I peeled off the labels and swapped in custom bottle labels featuring smooshy photos of Jack and CC with the man of honor. Scott could not stop laughing (I believe his exact words were, give me a break!), and I guarantee they’d make any dad light up.


Of course the next step is the indulgence – pouring, smothering in ice cream and drinking! You can see more of the designs we chose over at the Pinhole blog, and I promise you, the photos of CC are too much. That girl.

Bonus! If you’re looking to treat your dad (or yourself, who am I kidding?) to silly, personalized one-of-a-kind drinks (or cards or books or frames!), Pinhole Press is offering 15% off sitewide when you enter the code YELLOWBRICKHOME at checkout! Promo runs through Father’s Day, June 22nd, and you can get started right here.

We’re happy to be featured contributors to the Pinhole Press blog, and you can see all of our posts right here. Be sure to stick around and get inspired by their whole crew!

  • Amanda - June 4, 2015 - 9:34 AM

    The last picture of CC on the Pinhole Press blog – OMG. She is such a ham lol! This is a very cute gift idea and you have two ADORABLE pups :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 4, 2015 - 11:32 AM

      Thank you! She is seriously too much.ReplyCancel

  • Monika & Sam - June 4, 2015 - 11:10 AM

    How cool are those labels?! So cool in fact, I just ordered from Pinhole Press. Thanks for the recommendation. So looking forward to sharing with my dad on Father’s Day! And I’m sure we’ll all going to love that recipe. ;) Woot-bring it on summer!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 4, 2015 - 11:31 AM

      Hooray! Who doesn’t love boozy desserts?!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - June 4, 2015 - 12:39 PM

    What a great idea! We home brew and have been looking for labels!

    Unrelated, where is Scott’s Chicago T from? My husband would love it!ReplyCancel

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  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - June 8, 2015 - 1:19 PM

    Cutest idea, ever. And a beer float? Sign me up!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • John - June 10, 2015 - 6:52 PM

    That shake looks incredibly delicious. Mixing ice cream and booze is always a good idea, and I think I might try this at the next party I throw.

    There’s a place in Toronto which has awesome desserts, I believe its called Sidewalk Cafe and they have a few boozy concoctions that I really enjoy.ReplyCancel

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Last December, we scored the infamous Milo chair at a big warehouse sale (by the way, we finally ordered fabric for the chair, and we veered completely off course; go figure!), and over the weekend, the sale was back! It was being held in the same warehouse, but it was even bigger – if that’s even possible. The warehouse was stuffed full of The Best of the Best, and everything was extremely negotiable. And just like last time, we came home with three things:

ONE. A new desk chair! I’d been on the hunt for something more interesting and cushy than my very used, very loved chair of yore, but – of course! – everything I loved was $$$. The warehouse sale boasted an absurd amount of authentic Knoll Pollock chairs (for $40 or less!), some with missing buttons and others with bubbled chrome. This one had some scuffs on the back and was missing its arms, but the leather was in the best condition, all the buttons were in place, and the chrome was rust-free! If I’d like to add arms later, we figured we could turn to Ebay, but right now, I’m loving the streamlined look.


The consumer tag on the underside confirms that this chair was manufactured in 1970; there’s even a 45-year-old rusted wrench scotch taped to the bottom. It took no more than thirty minutes with leather conditioner and our favorite metal polish to get it looking so, so pretty.


TWO. Surprisingly, we don’t like the gold faux-finish on this mirror, but the shape! That arch! Oh, yes. It weighs a ton (nice), and once we decide where it’ll go (can you ever have enough vintage mirrors in your home?), we’ll give it a fresh color. In other news, if you sit on our floor, Jack will sit on you. It’s, like, his weird thing.

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THREE. We almost made it out without any sort of knick knack, but then we saw this guy! He’s super heavy, and obviously, super awesome.


There were a few items in the warehouse listed as FREE, and if it weren’t for being in the midst of a de-clutter (there’s a yard sale looming in our future!), we likely would’ve come home with a few more things, too. But, look! We can’t figure out why there weren’t more people there, but I could barely go to sleep on Friday night knowing that we’d be knocking down their door as soon as they opened.

Let’s play shop the photos. What catches your eye?

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As we were leaving, I saw this 16×20 signed art print and screamed (not out loud, I don’t think), but now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t try a little harder to convince Scott that it should’ve come home with us. We have too much art as it is!, he said. Which, okay, might be true. But then again, maybe not? Is that even possible?


We found out about this sale (and many others) by participating in this Facebook group, and for our Chicago locals, it seems as though this particular pop-up is at least a couple of times a year. Three cheers for flea and thrift and yard sale season!

PS… We took the plunge and hung navy roman shades in our dining room. We’re writing about it on the Bali Blinds blog today, and they make all the difference. Spoiler: WE LOVE THEM. Read about it right here!

  • Laura at The Quirky Bungalow - June 2, 2015 - 7:25 AM

    Wow, you really scored!! I wish I had known about this sale, I would have been over there in a heartbeat. Is it still going on, by any chance?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2015 - 8:38 AM

      It was just a quick 3 day pop up sale, sadly! We shared the details in real time on Instagram, and we try to do the same if we find random sales like this:

      • Laura at The Quirky Bungalow - June 2, 2015 - 12:02 PM

        Good to know, thanks for the intel! I also signed up for the Mid Century Modern FB page to keep on the lookout for these types of events. I’m currently on the hunt for some unique dining room chairs, but don’t want to spend a fortune. :)ReplyCancel

  • katie - June 2, 2015 - 8:46 AM

    nice finds! love the chair! very jealous of this sale, looks like they had a great selection. i’ve been looking for an eames lounger for years, maybe one day i’ll find one in decent shape, and within my budget (hahaha…)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2015 - 9:06 AM

      As soon as we walked in, the hosts of the sale said, everything is negotiable EXCEPT the Eames loungers. Those are firm at $3,000. So, there’s that. But everything else was fair game, and at incredibly low prices! Madness, I tell you.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ - June 2, 2015 - 9:07 AM

    I like the green chair you’re sitting on! I can’t tell the condition, but I love the color. :)ReplyCancel

  • Steph H. - June 2, 2015 - 9:20 AM

    Yep. I’m joining that group. Next time that sale comes up, I believe a girls trip from Indianapolis will be in order. Those are way too good of deals NOT to drive for!

    Also, I’m drooling over that green tufted chair you’re sitting in. My heart skipped a beat!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - June 2, 2015 - 9:43 AM

    Great finds! I’m glad you decided on fabric for the chair and can’t wait to see. Also, I LOVE how the window treatments turned out! Any excuse to add more navy is a good one.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2015 - 10:14 AM

      Right? Navy is the world’s best neutral.ReplyCancel

  • kaleigh - June 2, 2015 - 10:06 AM

    I SOOO wish we had sales like this in Canada, it hasn’t really seemed to catch on yet! I mean we have yard sales and sort of flea market type sales, but nothing to this caliber! Maybe a move to Chicago is in my future! Or at the very least, a visit!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2015 - 10:14 AM

      Chicago is pretty spectacular in the summertime…ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - June 2, 2015 - 2:04 PM

    My pitbull does the same thing. As soon as Im sitting or kneeling on the floor she backs up into my lap. She is almost 80 pounds!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 2, 2015 - 2:30 PM

      Isn’t it so silly? He won’t look at you… he just… backs up into you.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - June 2, 2015 - 9:55 PM

    So bummed we were out of town this weekend. What’s the name of the facebook group? The link just takes me to my facebook.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2015 - 8:25 AM

      Oh, strange, it worked for me! It’s called Mid Century Modern Chicago. It’s a closed group, so you just have to request the invite.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - June 3, 2015 - 9:48 AM

    Such great finds! That chair looks so comfy. :) The olive green sofa is calling my name.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey - June 3, 2015 - 11:23 AM

    LOVE the lion. so jealous! and BTW, tell Scott it’s just not possible to have too much art!!ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - June 3, 2015 - 12:32 PM

    SO jealous of your desk chair. I’m in serious need of a new one. By current one is too short for me to work at my desk comfortably.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  • Allyson - June 9, 2015 - 11:43 AM

    Thanks for sharing the sale info – I signed up for the group too! I need a few more pieces for my apartment (including a chair!) so next time I’m totally gonna check this out!ReplyCancel