Just as we have in years past, Scott and I toasted our five year wedding anniversary with a getaway – and as luck would have it, we found ourselves in Playa del Carmen (yes, again!) to share in our friends’ wedding day. We’d never been to Mexico until this year, and yet there we were, aboard a plane to hit the same destination twice within a few months time. (And we soaked in every, single sun-soaked minute. The rainy ones, too.)

Aside from days of lounging beach-side, sipping countless tropical drinks, cheering on the bride and groom and eating our weight in donuts each morning, we also took some time to venture away from the resort. We walked up and down colorful neighborhood blocks, made kissy noises at sleepy kitties and debated picking up traditional Mexican blankets at the corner trinket shops (we were so indecisive that we ultimately left empty handed). Before storms rolled in, we sneaked in a quick snorkel in a cenote – a big step for this scaredy cat – and spent a morning at the Mayan ruins in Tulum. For as many sun shiny days we we savored, just as many windy, rainy days followed. While you’d think that would put a hold on our day, quite the opposite was true; we relished in our spree of no responsibilities, often marveling aloud at how far away our spackle, paint cans and drills were.

We ended the trip with a not-so-fun flight delay (we’ll spare you those details), but 24 hours after our initial return time, we were squeezing Jack and the girls. We thought we’d come home to a construction-free zone (as we were told by our contractor), but a series of issues (unbeknownst to us, as we were quite literally out of pocket) set us back. Reality set in; Mexico was now very, very far away.

Setbacks aside, we’ve shuffled around our priorities and jobs for this week, we’re making it work, and we’re back to evening and weekend hustles. So, while we were out, what did you do? Oh, how I wish I could spend an entire week catching up on the ol’ Reader… what was your favorite post (yours or otherwise!) you’ve read in the last 7 days?

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - November 19, 2013 - 6:52 AM

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - November 19, 2013 - 7:43 AM

    Beautiful pictures (!!) they me want to hop on a plane immediately! My husband and I are also in the middle of a whole-house renovation and the thought of ditching town for a few days sounds amazing. Your post was my favorite of the week, but I also liked my own post (is it ok if I say that?!) because I’m finally just weeks away from having a kitchen again! http://lifeonhillst.com/2013/11/17/kitchen-progress/

    Keep up the great work – you’ll be back on track soon. Can’t wait for your next post!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 19, 2013 - 7:49 AM

    Amy – holy smokes, that is IMPRESSIVE! I am so, so excited for you! It’s those 83 small projects that seem to overwhelm us the most, but knocking out all those large projects must feel amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - November 19, 2013 - 7:53 AM

    EEK – how fun! I hope you put that first photo up in the Print Shop – or one of the ruins! These are amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 19, 2013 - 8:25 AM

    Hannah, great idea! I added a couple to The Print Shop pin board: http://www.pinterest.com/yellowbrickhome/the-print-shop/ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - November 19, 2013 - 11:03 AM

    Your getaway looks so beautiful! For our last wedding anniversary we went out to a movie. Clearly we know how to party! ;-) Maybe next year we’ll do something more exciting – you’re inspiring me.

    Since you’ve been gone, I started a new day job and have been neglecting our blog while adjusting to the new daily environment. But we’ve been doing a little yard work (now that we have a house with trees and bushes that drop leaves and need raking) and enjoying the beautiful autumn colors:

    • Kim - November 19, 2013 - 11:39 AM

      Laura, a getaway was so necessary! Not to mention, a fun way to celebrate any anniversary :) LOVE the colors in your ‘hood; Scott and I should have raked our yard this season (the first yard we’ve had since moving to Chicago 7 years ago!), but with all the construction dust and wood piles on display, it hardly felt pressing…ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - November 19, 2013 - 5:12 PM

    You guys!!! These photos are perfection. I hope you add ALL of them to the print shop…Glad you enjoyed what sounds like a great vacation! =)ReplyCancel

  • Alex - Old Town Home - November 21, 2013 - 1:56 PM

    Happy Anniversary! Anniversary trips are the best. We’re only a few weeks removed from our 11th, and we’re already looking forward to our 12th TBD location.ReplyCancel


First, can you even get over how well our little chubs is working her angles?

Second, our feature in the Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine is out on newsstands right now! A handful of sweet readers starting Instagram-ing the issue once it hit their mailboxes, nearly causing our hearts to implode with excitement. We received ours last week, and we screamed with every turn of the page (all 10 of them!). You might remember when we shared our experience with the crew this past May, so we were reeling to see it all come to life, hold it in our hands, and read it over (and over) countlessly.

We’re so thankful to have this memory of our first Chicago home, and in a strange twist, it reminded us that although our current house is very much in progress, it will get there.

Big hugs to the team at Do It Yourself, and especially to Brenda, a new friend that styled our itty bitty condo so beautifully. You can pick up the Winter 2013 issue in stores now! (Excuse us while we pass out.)

  • Rachel - November 18, 2013 - 7:12 AM

    So excited to see that huge spread of you guys. How awesome! And your new place is looking great- I’m sure it must be overwhelming at times with all of the projects you are tackling but it’s so exciting to read about all the things you do (and I think your new place was beautiful from the start – it’s awesome because it’s yours and from there everything else is a bonus :-)).ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - November 18, 2013 - 7:29 AM

    Welcome back – we missed you! Hope your unplugged week was relaxing!!

    SO SO Awesome – I can’t wait to pick up a copy (if they’re not completely sold out by now!!).ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - November 18, 2013 - 8:01 AM

    So excited for you guys! I’ll be picking up my issue today, can’t wait to see this. So many congrats, and what a lovely tribute to your last home. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 18, 2013 - 8:12 AM

      Thank you, ladies!

      Rachel, thank you – very encouraging, and you’re right. Even when we look around and think, “what WERE we thinking?!”, we have to remember the potential we saw when we signed that giant stack of papers!

      Hannah, it was!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 18, 2013 - 8:21 AM

    Coming back with a bang! I am heading out right now to get my paws on a copy. So amazing you guys!

    ps. totally missed your presence last week!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - November 18, 2013 - 8:53 AM

    so awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - November 18, 2013 - 10:06 AM

    Congrats on the amazing feature! I looked for it at the grocery store, but didn’t see it. I’ll have to keep an eye out because this looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 18, 2013 - 10:10 AM

    Julia, it was so nice to take a week off, but now there’s so much to do! Ha!

    Amanda, we think you can get it at most Home Depots or any bookstore (or larger magazine stand). Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - November 18, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    Well done! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer, or more handy, pair of bloggers. Just keep going! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Cathie Streator - November 18, 2013 - 10:40 AM

    WOW Kim!! So excited for you!! I can’t wait to get the magazine and show it to all my friends (I knew her when..) :). Your hard work has been rewarded!ReplyCancel

  • Molly S. - November 18, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    I just love your blog! You guys are doing fantastic work on the new place! I noticed you had dinosaurs on the shelves in your old place. Do you remember where you got those? They’re fantastic!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 18, 2013 - 11:15 AM

      Thank you, thank you!

      Cathie, so funny!

      Molly, the dinosaurs in our terrarium came from a local plant shop, Sprout (here in Chicago), but if you mean the hot pink T-Rex in the former studio, we picked that up from Hobby Lobby and spray painted it. And thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 18, 2013 - 11:00 AM

    Wow! Your home looks like I want my home to look. Clean lines, pops of color, yet cozy. Love that media stand. Can’t wait to pick up the issue. Brenda is pretty amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - November 18, 2013 - 12:33 PM

    I felt the same way with the Christmas spread on our old house coming out this month. Your place looks great in print! (The new place will too, I have no doubt.)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 18, 2013 - 12:59 PM

    Thanks, Nicole! It’s very bittersweet seeing the old place, isn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - November 18, 2013 - 1:14 PM

    Wow – so cool! Congrats! Your old place looks amazing! I hope looking at this magazine spread you’re reminded how it took many years and lots of hard work to get to that point – and are inspired (and not overwhelmed!).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 18, 2013 - 1:19 PM

    Susan, great point. We need this reminder often!ReplyCancel

  • ann - November 18, 2013 - 1:25 PM

    Found it at kroger magazine aisle too.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - November 18, 2013 - 2:35 PM

    SOOOO proud of you guys!! Congrats – the article turned out amazing :):)ReplyCancel

  • Karen June - November 18, 2013 - 3:51 PM

    Simply Stunning! I love your aesthetic … congrats on the article!

    Karen June

  • Kate - November 18, 2013 - 5:06 PM

    This is very awesome. Congrats! Y’all deserve it. =)ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - November 18, 2013 - 6:52 PM

    So freakin exciting. And the feature/spread looks gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {AFirePoleintheDiningRoom} - November 18, 2013 - 8:29 PM

    Yaaay! What a way to start your week back in blogland! (Missed you guys last week)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - November 19, 2013 - 5:10 PM

    So exciting! =) Congratulations again, and I can’t wait to rip out the pages and add them to our big binder of inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - November 20, 2013 - 3:13 PM

    That is so awesome, congrats!ReplyCancel


Today, Scott and I are celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary – and 10 years of being together. The best years of my life.

It’s always fun to look back one year – two years, five years, ten years – and remember where we were then: The start of our should we move? debate, living in our 675 sq ft condo, hopeful to expand our family with a puppy or sharing a six pack on the stoop of our college-day apartments. What’s even more exciting is looking forward, discussing our ideas of what’s to come, where we’ll travel next and wondering, what will our every day look like in the coming year? In twenty years? When we’re old and gray?

Living under construction the last couple of months has been more challenging than any amount of daydreaming could’ve realized (mentally, physically, the good, the bad and every in-between), and as a gift to each other, we’ll be unplugging for one week. Pausing, recharging. Spending time together, allowing ourselves to breathe and rest and – maybe most of all – just be present. (I can’t say, think or type those words without thanking our friend, Jess.)

The contractors are thisclose to tying up every loose end, and once their last tool is loaded back into their big white van, we’ll be in the best place possible (so to speak) to hit the ground running. In the meantime, if you’ve been fighting the urge to take a little time for yourself, we encourage you to seize the day (a day of rest!) for yourselves, and we’ll be back soon – as they say, with bells on! This house has no idea what’s coming.

PS… Both the Print + Pet Shops will be open and accepting orders as usual, but please allow an extra 3-5 business days for orders to ship. If you’ve missed the boat on custom pet portraiture this holiday season, we still have 2014 Pre-Orders and Gift Certificates available! Visit the Shop to see which one is right for you.

PPS… Our wedding photos.

  • Molly K - November 8, 2013 - 6:16 AM

    Wow! Congratulations! My husband and I just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and we will have been together 10 years as of December 1st. What an adventure, right?

    Loving the renovations! If you two can make it through that you’ll make it through anything! Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - November 8, 2013 - 7:17 AM

    Happy happy Anniversary! Hope you get some nice time to rest and recharge. Looking forward to hearing more when you are back :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - November 8, 2013 - 7:29 AM

    A well deserved rest! Enjoy it, you too! Can’t wait to see the completed construction!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - November 8, 2013 - 7:56 AM

    Congrats, Kim and Scott! Enjoy your break!ReplyCancel

  • misie - November 8, 2013 - 8:37 AM

    happiest of anniversaries guys! whoop whoop!ReplyCancel

  • Laura at RatherSquare.com - November 8, 2013 - 10:43 AM

    What a wonderful gift to yourselves! Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - November 8, 2013 - 2:01 PM

    Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - November 8, 2013 - 3:22 PM

    Happy anniversary! Enjoy your time off!ReplyCancel

  • katharina - November 9, 2013 - 6:33 AM

    Congrats to you! Enjoy your digital detox!
    some private time is such an important thing while beeing stuck in a renovation!
    you deserve it!

    from Vienna with love,

    • Kim - November 9, 2013 - 9:44 AM

      You all are so very sweet! Thank you for the well wishes. We can’t wait to get back at this!ReplyCancel

  • Cait - November 11, 2013 - 8:47 AM

    Congrats on five years! We just had our five years in October. We’ve also been doing a bit of digital detox lately, and it’s been nice!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - November 11, 2013 - 9:00 AM

    happy, happy anniversary!!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - November 13, 2013 - 1:10 AM

    Congrats to the best blogging couple ever. You still look the same from the wedding photos! Enjoy your highly deserved time off!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 14, 2013 - 8:49 PM

    You’ve made our week :) Thank you, everyone!ReplyCancel