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It’s Thursday, but this whole week has felt like one long, happy, relaxing weekend. After a busy, bustling holiday season with the Shop (thank you a million times over – I still pinch myself at the end of every painting day; ask Scott!), I’d been looking forward to a week of downtime, to recharge these batteries. Truth be told, I’m terrible at sitting still, but I’m trying my hardest to sleep in, stay in my jammies all day and make friends with Hulu. So far, so good.

After my last custom portrait of the year was painted, I put down that paintbrush, and we spent the actual weekend downtown. We’ve lived in Chicago for over 6 years, but the city lights – especially with the holiday trimmings – still makes us smile. Although we’re a short bike or train ride from the 0/0, we enjoy being “tourists” in our own city, which by the way, we totally fit that bill since my camera never left my hand.

To celebrate a year of hard work, the holidays, and end-of-year-wind-down, we took in a Christmas-y show at the Chicago theater, shopped along State St, got lost in the Chriskindlmarket, and ate, drank and slept ’til our hearts’ content. It was awesome.

We hope you’re enjoying your very own holiday high, and we (prematurely) wish you a happy weekend. And since it’s still unclear on how many days we’ll need to recharge in pajama pants, we wish you a happy new years, too! See you in 2013.

  • Dave - December 27, 2012 - 4:32 PM

    Kimbo and Scott,
    Congrats on the Blog and the Pet Shop. What an amazing story of what hard work and dedication can accomplish. We can’t wait to see you guys.
    DaveReplyCancel

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Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a fun, restful, holly jolly Christmakuh to you! We wish you a day of fun, family and friends (or at least 2 of the 3, depending on your idea of fun, right?), and at the very least, we hope you load up your dessert plate.

We’re looking forward to spending the day with our Chicago friends (family, more like it), eating tacos, drinking Christmas coladas and catching up on the most recent chapters of Trapped In a Closet (yes, really). How very non-Christmas-y of us, but we couldn’t be happier – or feel luckier – to spend our day with the best-ests. xo.

  • Anestazia - December 25, 2012 - 10:03 AM

    Too cute! I wish we could dress our puppy up! He’d go crazy though :(ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 25, 2012 - 11:17 AM

    Anestazia, one word: TREATS. Lots and lots of them!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - December 25, 2012 - 11:47 AM

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!! :) Have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

  • Mom and Dad - December 25, 2012 - 1:30 PM

    Jack, you look great. One thing, are the lights suppose to be on you, or did you help yourself?
    Merry Christmas Everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Opa - December 25, 2012 - 6:11 PM

    Sorry Jack all your street cred is gone….ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 25, 2012 - 9:27 PM

      M & D, he totally helped himself.ReplyCancel

  • dave - December 26, 2012 - 6:57 AM

    Kimbo,
    You have humiliated our grandson! Look at his face! He is begging mommy to make it go away.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 26, 2012 - 11:46 AM

    Dave, this is partially true, but he loved his Santa-neck-adornment so much, he wouldn’t let us take it off! And he’s rewarded with belly rubs and treats :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen from Cali - December 26, 2012 - 7:06 PM

    Oh jack.. Did mommy get you a Santa outfit for a chihuahua instead? Jk, you are the best looking pit mix ever! Love you sweety pieReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 26, 2012 - 10:35 PM

    Haha, Helen! It’s actually a baby girl’s dress, and we cut off the sleeves and put them on his front paws. TOO cute.ReplyCancel

  • Rebelwerewolf - December 27, 2012 - 4:28 AM

    What’s in your Christmas coladas?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 27, 2012 - 11:00 AM

      Rebelwerewolf, it’s basically a pina colada shaken and served in a martini glass. We add a drop of green food coloring before we shake it, and we garnish with grenadine (for the red) and add a lime rim. YUM.ReplyCancel

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Way back in July, Scott and I very innocently began purging our home for the annual summer yard sale. We thought we’d have a few items to fill a tabletop on our tree lawn, but by the time we finished our to sell, to donate and to keep piles, our living room was looking… sparse. This brought on Tweakfest 2000 (aka, 2012), since we’d now have spaces to fill and new ideas to try – while being very mindful of any items we bring in.

If you remember us geeking out over our recent Apartment Therapy tour, you’ve probably already seen the evolution over the last 5 months, but we realized that we never shared the ta-da! moment here. So, before throwing up the tree and hanging the stockings, I took some time to grab snaps of our room how it is now – many, many months after confessing, hey! We’re nuts!

Here’s where we were in July, after nixing a handful of items for the yard sale, but before really getting into it – sans curtains, no more Otto and a (at the time) recently snagged $2 chair:

Soon after, we moved on to our wall of art, deciding that we wanted a more streamlined look (and eventually landing on our big, bad picture ledge). Less shelves to dust (I’ve got enough of those in the studio!) make my OCD heart happy, and Scott’s never one to complain when it comes to taking out his power tools. For a few weeks – because in real time, we all know life happens, some afternoons are meant to be lazy and one more trip to Home Depot is the last thing on your mind – the room was looking sad:

But! Finally, we slowly whipped the room back into shape, often times working on many tweaks at the same time. Our original to-tackle-list has been crossed off (yes, 5 months later), all with the exception of one pesky item, see?

Makeover our $2 chair. (Done!)
Re-work our current art display. (Done!)
Swap our venetian blinds for easy, breezy cellular shades. (Done!)
Layer in curtains to hide speakers and add warmth, texture and height. (Done!)
Replace our shaggy rug with something that fits our oddly shaped room. (Done!)
Re-upholster the lovely chair. (Done!)
• Reassess the end table situation – or lack thereof.

Damn those end tables! We just can’t settle on something we love, and we’ve set restrictions that have turned into the impossible task – must fit over our apple crate, must be deep enough to make sense with our couch, must be super awesome (obviously). Regardless, we’re calling this room done, because despite our lack of end tables, we managed to squeeze in a few other accomplishments:

• We added an additional light fixture.
• We trimmed our curtains for extra credit.
• We re-worked our terrarium. For the fourth time.

Hey, every bit counts.

And now? Although we have an additional chair in the room (you know, the $2 guy), more art on display and more rug covering the floor, the space feels lighter, cleaner and brighter. Here’s how things look now:

Toning down our shaggy rug to a softer gray FLOR and reupholstering our two chairs are obvious room-brighteners, but swapping the wood-toned Venetian blinds to honeycomb shades and layering in curtains (that repeat the color in our hallway) have been one of the biggest game changers for us.

By somewhat white-washing the majority of the room, our art collection becomes the star, which as you can imagine, makes our hearts sing. You can’t go wrong with a big pink donut, Paris people watching and a rapping armadillo, right? (See the full art rundown here.)

Phew. This room here, it’s been tweaked. Tweaked! As we’ve said before, items in our home never feel permanent; we enjoy change. And isn’t that the fun part of loving your home? Because goodness, remember years ago when our living room looked like this? And this?

As for Tweakfest 2.0, we’re thinking the bathroom’s next. For a whole room the size of most folks’ modest closets, that should be easy, yeah? We have a handful of ideas, and we’ll wait until the new year rolls around, but we’re excited already! (Surprise, surprise!) How about you? Are your to-dos-next-year already swirling through your minds? Making it hard to fall asleep? (Oh, is that just me?)

  • Shannon - December 20, 2012 - 8:08 AM

    So awesome how little tweaks can amount to such a big difference! I absolutely love how it looks now! :) :)

    ShannonReplyCancel

  • catherine - December 20, 2012 - 9:01 AM

    Be honest. Have you gained weight with that doughnut picture in the room? ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 20, 2012 - 9:13 AM

      Thanks, Shannon!

      Catherine, interesting… I have had a major sweet tooth lately (more so than normal). Is it the donut? Or the holidays?! No weight gained, but time will tell.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - December 20, 2012 - 9:40 AM

    Looks wonderful! Well done you two (:ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - December 20, 2012 - 10:06 AM

    The only thing that’s lacking is no more eff the dumb s@#$! :(ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 20, 2012 - 10:29 AM

    Jill! It’s there, it’s there! It’s on the media wall now, closest shelf to the hall (behind the plant). It got a new frame and mat :) I’d never get rid of that!ReplyCancel

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  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - December 21, 2012 - 3:50 PM

    I love it! Wonderful job, as always!ReplyCancel

  • marian - January 3, 2013 - 8:45 PM

    Hi!

    I just came across your blog. Love it! I especially love that piece of furniture holding up your t.v. Did you make that yourselves? If so, do you have a tutorial or something similar? I have an idea for a credenza that I want to make and I LOVE the legs on your piece. Would love to snag some of those for my project and get ideas from you.

    THANKS!ReplyCancel

  • Making Made - January 4, 2013 - 1:38 PM

    Wow, I really love your decor. The piece of furniture under your TV stand is amazing and I love your chairs. Very well put together.

    Jeanne
    http://makingmade.com

    p.s. Penina is one of my co-workers! Yay!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 4, 2013 - 1:59 PM

      Hi Jeanne, thank you! And so fun that you work with Penina! :)ReplyCancel

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