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After Kim’s mention of the status with the (Former) One yesterday, we were touched by your kind words through email, Twitter and comments. Thank you all! We try not to dwell on what wasn’t meant to be around here, so all of your encouragement has re-fueled our house hunt fire and kept us moving forward to find the Real One.

While we were convinced The One really was the one, we’ve (slowly) come to terms with the fact that there is a different home out there for us. This was a complicated sale with a lot of factors beyond our control, and no matter how hard we tried, things got to a point where we simply weren’t comfortable moving forward. We learned a lesson and have fully, totally, 100 percent, moved on.

Goodbye, original woodwork. See ya later, light-filled second floor studio space.

Adios, century-old tile entryway. We didn’t like you anyway, yellow dining room. (We will, however, miss you, apron sink. We had big plans for you.)


The best part about the Chicago real estate market is that every home has a lot of siblings. If this wasn’t the house for us, we’ll find a sunny brick two-flat, tree-lined street-residing, two-car garage-having, original tile-sporting, hundred-twenty-year-old, beautiful, perfect, twin of a house somewhere else. We’re up to the challenge and are working with a great team that’ll make it happen.

For now, we’ll be humming this tune – but maybe without all the drama.


  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 26, 2013 - 8:00 AM

    Ugh. Wow. It MUST have taken a lot to walk away from ALL THAT. It was/is gorgeous, but you’re right–there will be another one. Better!!! YEAH! I’m rooting for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie - March 26, 2013 - 8:56 AM

    Man, I feel you. We are preparing to lease our first home so I can move closer to work (and knock the majority off my current 15 hour/week commute), and the realtor has already started sending me listings for a new place even though the earliest we can close on anything is not until July. And there have been some amazing little gems that popped up, and are now gone. The housing market in Austin is insane right now, so I try to view the listings as just inspiration for what we want to keep an eye out for when the time comes to seriously start looking.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2013 - 9:16 AM

      Julia, thank you!

      Jaimie, that has got to be very tempting and confusing! I don’t know if I could even look at places until it was time to actually GO. Good luck with everything!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - March 26, 2013 - 9:38 AM

    Man, that’s tough, I’m sorry that happened. But, I’m sure you’ll find a place that’s even better and is really the ONE!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - March 27, 2013 - 12:53 AM

    If it made you feel uncomfortable to move forward, that’s a big sign that you made the right decision to walk away. I know in weeks or months later you will look back to this and think- yep, we did the right thing. Your real home awaits. Can’t wait to hear about it. It will be super awesome I promise.ReplyCancel

  • ann - March 27, 2013 - 6:37 AM

    Scott and Kim –
    As for your future home, I KNOW that the best is yet to come.
    I love the photos you posted from last weekend. We actually had a sunny day Saturday!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 27, 2013 - 9:09 AM

    Thanks, guys! Such a roller coaster, but we’re confident ours is waiting for us…ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ - March 27, 2013 - 6:39 PM

    This is Chicago! You’re totes right that you’ll find something better any day now! The city is filled with great neighborhoods and great homes with tons of charm that you can get your hands dirty on. So buck up Buttercups! It’ll be all good! :)ReplyCancel


The last handful of days have been weird ones – full of ups, downs, and in-betweens. It felt as though nothing actually went as planned, but we did our best to turn those lemons into lemonade (so they say). I’ll admit that while I was, at times, a bit of a Gloomy Gus, I bounced back just as quickly – as it seemed that most things were out of our control, so what’s the point of dwelling?

We did take a (too quick) trip to Cincinnati where we were able to spend time with Scott’s family and friends (good!), but we were derailed for a bit when our trusty wagon needed a trip to the car hospital (bad). While we had every intention of spending an afternoon at our favorite college-day haunts while in Cincinnati, those plans were nixed when our car went downhill (and in a ironic twist, this happened while we were driving up a hill when an axle went haywire. But it’s fixed now – good!).

Progress has been made on The One (sort of good?), but the so-called “progress” means that we have officially let it go – bad, yes, but we can finally just move on. There is some relief in that, so we’re ready to get back out there, dig in our heels and take that good with the bad – and make it really good again.

If that makes any sense.

Even though it’s been an exhausting few days (mentally, mostly), we are feeling optimistic about what’s to come. We have a dose of spring fever – it’s around the corner, right? (despite the snow storm we drove through to get back to Chicago) – and family time was perfect and necessary. This whole limbo-living nonsense won’t get the best of us, nope. Good things are coming; we can feel it.

How were your weekends? Who has snow?

PS… Our Joss & Main Curator’s Collection ends this morning at 10am EST – and if you’re not a member you can skip the line and sign up right here!

  • Jimmy - March 25, 2013 - 8:07 AM

    Sorry to hear you guys aren’t getting the house. Something better is surely in the works. Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 25, 2013 - 8:34 AM

    So sorry to hear about The One – but it will make finding the Real One even better! So glad you guys are staying optimistic!!

    Loved, loved the Collection – the stuff was so you!

    We have snow in Erie (of course!) – just what I expect for a typical Spring day!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 25, 2013 - 8:36 AM

    Thanks, Jimmy. That has to be the reason, we think. There’s something else that was meant to be ours…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 25, 2013 - 8:37 AM

    Hannah, thank you! You’re right! The “Real One” is waiting, and we’re ready to get it! We used to go to Erie a lot for hockey tournaments; yup, just another spring day with snow, right?!ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - March 25, 2013 - 9:57 AM

    Damn. I’m so sorry. And the car to boot? And it’s still winter even though it’s supposed to be spring? I’m glad you have each other, and your furry ones to get you through. Feel the grief, let it out, let it go, make room for something new. Isn’t that how it goes? I think you guys have earned a little merry-making, or some loud music, or some crazy dancing, or something. Rest assured that you WILL find your home. Until then, positive thoughts from my corner of the world to yours.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2013 - 12:13 PM

      Kati, thank you. There’s definitely crazy dancing and loud music in this home almost every night, so we’re trying to stay upbeat! Everything happens for a reason.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Young - March 25, 2013 - 11:37 AM

    At least there is closure…. there is nothing worse than waiting and wishing with no end in sight. Plus, as others have said, it will make it that much more exciting when you really do find THE one. Can’t wait to see what you end up with!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 25, 2013 - 12:17 PM

    Chin up buttercups! I know it’s a bummer but you won’t even remember that house when you find YOUR house and make it even more beautiful. Short sales are a real pain and can make home buying much harder than it needs to be. Happy hunting!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 25, 2013 - 4:08 PM

    So sorry to hear about the house, the car, and the still-winter weather! I know your perfect house will come along, but the wait is never easy.

    Hope your Joss&Main collection went well!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin - March 25, 2013 - 8:06 PM

    I’m with everyone above- we lost the first 3 places that we loved when we tried to buy in Chicago. But then our place came up on the market, we snapped it up, and we can’t imagine living anywhere else!
    Fingers crossed that the search is over for you guys soon!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Magic City Thistle - March 25, 2013 - 8:37 PM

    Buying a house really is a roller coaster! We lost our first 2, but ended up with the perfect place for us. I know your perfect place is just round the corner.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - March 26, 2013 - 10:04 AM

    Ooh, please add that second photo (blue sky, yellow bridge) to the Print Shop? Is it in Cincinnati?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 26, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    Hi Lindsey, yup, it’s in Cincinnati! I’ve added it to our Pinterest board to see if folks would like to see it in the Print Shop. So far, folks seem to like it! :)

  • Lindsey - March 26, 2013 - 10:15 AM

    Yay! I love the colors/composition and my boyfriend is from Cincy, so it would definitely find a great place in my home!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ design that inspires - March 27, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    I’m so sorry that the house didn’t work out, but I think the universe always has a funny way of making these things work. I’m sure you’ll end up with a house even more fabulous than that one, best of luck in your search!ReplyCancel


If you saw our sneak peek yesterday, you’ll know that today kicks off our Curator’s Collection with Joss & Main! Pinch us; this is crazy. We’re just a little bit excited (ok, a lot bit), and you can get started by using this invite for Joss & Main (if you’re not yet a member), then make your way to our entire event right here. Go on, click over!

We focused on items that were a perfect pairing of boy + girl – a balance of Scott + Kim – and everything you’ll find in our collection are things that we either love, wish-listed or find eerily similar to our own tastes. So for fun, we rounded up a few of our Joss & Main selections that we could see (or already see) in our home, starting with the living room. That cat pillow? Check. The clock? Check, check! The collection of gold frames? Uh, check.

When it comes to the kitchen, I’ll be the first to admit that Scott does almost all the cooking in our home (aside from the occasional take-out nights and weekend treats), so he was all about that butcher block (we have that board’s doppelganger) – and those knives. But I take full credit for squeaking in that cutie pie terrarium (you know it!).

And maybe it’s because – lately, especially! – we’re aching to take on new projects, dreaming of garages and scheming which’ll be our next tool purchase (or wait, isn’t that all the time?), but we were all about the workshop. Yup, we smooth talked our way into curating a handful of power tools – bright blue toolboxes and our favorite catch-all Ball jars, too.

There is so, so much more in store, and we hope (please and thank you!) you’ll take a peek before it’s over! (Again, if you’re not yet a member of Joss & Main, you can sign up using this invite so you can totally skip the wait list). As a full disclosure, we do make a small commission on anything that you love, buy and add to your home – but rest assured that any funds will go toward future projects around our home.

The event is live right now and ends this coming Monday, March 25th, at 10 am EST!

Happy shopping and happy, happy (almost) weekend! And big thank yous! to the crew at Joss & Main for asking us to hop on board as curators – so fancy. We still can’t believe it.

  • Jackie - March 22, 2013 - 6:41 AM

    Fabulous collection! I love the Thomas Paul Bunny Pillow but it’s already sold out :(ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 8:35 AM

    Jackie, thank you! Bummer about the sold out pillow though. Items seem to move fast on Joss & Main!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 22, 2013 - 9:32 AM

    Love your picks! I totally have a pendant like the white on on your kitchen board in my art room, and that flamingo print hangs in my living room!

    I wish the Sutton Pendant on your workshop board was in my price range!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - March 22, 2013 - 9:35 AM

    Hi — Don’t think it’s part of the collection, but do you know where the couch is from? I’m in the market for a gray (possibly velvet) couch, and nothing is speaking to me just yet.

    P.S. Still need to pick some pics of my mini-jack(ie) to send to you so we can get started on our painting!

    Cheers! Rebecca and ElleReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 9:58 AM

    Cait, we LOVE that flamingo print – we may need to add it to our art…

    Rebecca, I can’t wait to get started on your mini-Jack! That couch is actually in the collection, and you can find it right here:

  • elizabeth - March 22, 2013 - 11:08 AM

    Um, hello! So glad I found you guys via Joss and Main…adding you to my blog list asap. I love that you feature your kitties :) Mine is a grey baby like yours.
    Have a great weekend.
    nella designsReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 11:11 AM

    Elizabeth, so happy you found us! Aren’t grey kitties the most snuggly of them all?!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth - March 22, 2013 - 11:15 AM

    YES! I may or may not have mine in my logo…she is my studio buddy :)ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Ashe - March 22, 2013 - 11:17 AM

    I’ve been looking forward to your Joss & Main collection especially for the white ladder entertainment piece featured on the front collection picture! I was disappointed to see this item was not a part of the collection. Do you have a link to where this piece can be purchased? I can’t find anything like it though my own web-browsing! Thanks in advance for your help!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 11:22 AM
  • Jodi - March 22, 2013 - 12:23 PM

    love your collection! especially that flamingo print. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sarabeth - March 22, 2013 - 1:12 PM

    So many fun things. Especially the flamingo picture!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 1:52 PM

      Thanks, guys! And Elizabeth, too cute! Yay for studio buddies :)ReplyCancel

  • dervla - March 25, 2013 - 8:48 PM

    ooooh totally excited to go check this out. Loving that butcher block and the terrarium! Congrats on this sale :)ReplyCancel