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Happy birthday, America! To celebrate, we’ll be eyeballs deep in drywall dust – literally, since you’ll find us on a ladder, hammering away at the ceiling of our new home. The rest of this week and weekend will be spent in our finest painting clothes, and as soon as we pick up the old trash and previous-owner-doggie-presents from the yard, Jack’ll be chasing his own tail on our grass!

And as our special little thank you for the big guy (after all, he’s been awfully patient while we run errands and make trips to the house), we whipped up some pet friendly pupcakes. Not surprisingly, they were a huge hit – since table food is a general no-no around here.

Want to make them, too?

1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
a big squeeze of honey (optional)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
nonfat plain yogurt

Mix egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla and honey (using a spoon is a-okay!). Stir in the carrots, then sift in your flour and baking soda. Your mixture will be thick; this is good. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Once they’ve cooled completely, use nonfat plain yogurt for icing! Makes 6 pupcakes.

But on to other celebratory things on this July 4th! Who wants a print sale?

You’ve all been so supportive when it comes to The Print Shop, and because it’s a firework-kind-of-holiday, because y’all really push me to create, and because we’re feeling happy and excited and giddy with so many things happening, we want to celebrate with you! Today through Monday, July 8th, use promo code BOOM20 for 20% off all fine art gicleés in The Print Shop!

Have a happy weekend, dudes.

  • Sarabeth - July 5, 2013 - 7:48 AM

    One of our dachshunds is turning 6 this Sunday, so I think we will have to try these. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 9:37 AM

    Ooh, a dachshund eating a pupcake? Too many cute things happening at once!ReplyCancel


Yesterday was the official first day of owning our new home, so to break it in, we popped champagne with our Chicago family – and broke some bubbly, too. Not long after our closing day, Scott suggested that we smash a bottle of champagne to christen the house for good luck; à la Kate Middleton, naturally. The practice is rooted in tradition and typically tied to big, fancy ships, but once we got the idea in our heads, well, there’s no going back.

While we were breaking things in – literally – I was overly excited to wear my new worker’s gloves for the first time (safety first!). The gloves, just like the house (and my shirt and shoes), were doused in champagne – something we imagine can only mean good fortune. Good things to come!

I’d be amiss not to mention that it took me four tries to finally break that bottle (thickest glass in the world, I tell you!), but through a stroke of luck, my girl P captured the most important swing:

We can’t think of a better way to have spent our first day of new home ownership – surrounded by our best friends, toasting the night with pizza delivered to our front porch, lounging on blankets and lawn chairs, laughing a little too loud and getting tipsy – as one does when champagne is involved.

How did you break in your home?

Photos of the champagne smashing taken by the fabulous Renee.

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - July 2, 2013 - 11:55 AM

    What a perfect way to christen a new house! So glad you’re in there and ready to start work. I’m looking forward to watching your style and skills evolve. And even more excited to see full monty pictures. Of the house, not you. Don’t want to be creepy or anything. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 12:03 PM

    Amanda, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - July 2, 2013 - 12:22 PM

    I love this, what a great idea.

    Molly from Mint AtelierReplyCancel

  • Sarabeth - July 2, 2013 - 1:26 PM

    We spent three days (and night) painting when we first got our loft. This looks like more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Z. - July 2, 2013 - 1:43 PM

    This is such a great idea and should become more of a tradition with houses!

    We bought our home 8 years ago. The night we closed we brought over a huge box of dirty dishes from our flat because our new home had a DISHWASHER! I was never washing dishes again. We also brought 5 gallon bucket of Kilz and started tackling the maroon ceiling in the living room and the hunter green ceiling in the dining room.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 1:49 PM

    You all, it SHOULD be a house tradition! Let’s bring it back! Or, out! In general!

    Amanda, we’ll definitely be buying a 5 gallon bucket of Kilz ourselves. Fun, fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jen@Sunsets & Swimming Pools - July 2, 2013 - 2:28 PM

    We pulled the driveway and jumped straight into the pool with clothes on. We’d been driving for 7 hours in the middle of July from L.A. to Scottsdale. Seemed appropriate. Congrats on all the new house stuff! Super exciting ♡ReplyCancel

  • Centsational Girl - July 2, 2013 - 2:38 PM

    That is a FABULOUS way (the perfect way actually) to christen your new home, congratulations, can’t wait to watch the DIY journey of house to home.

  • Love it!!

    When we closed on the firehouse we imbibed some champagne and launched straight into a super secret project (ugh, suspense!) When we moved in a month later I was all over getting our bedroom set up so we could have one room that was a sanctuary. Smashing a bottle on the house would have been way more fun! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 2, 2013 - 3:17 PM

    Totally perfect way to christen your house!!

    I can’t exactly remember how we christened our house (almost 4 years ago!), but I think it involved painting the master bedroom green, and possibly pizza. I think we did something a little more official when we moved in?ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 2, 2013 - 3:25 PM

    Congrats, congrats! What a fun way to celebrate your new home :) Love that video!ReplyCancel

  • ann - July 2, 2013 - 4:57 PM

    My dear Kim – Where were your new safety goggles as you were breaking the champagne bottle? -AnnReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 5:04 PM

    Dear Ann,

    I thought you might say that!


  • Shauna - July 3, 2013 - 7:49 AM

    Whenever my husband found out you could buy cheap champagne (he thought it only came in $50 bottles) we have champagne Fridays. On move-in week we were also celebrating our anniversary, so we buried our cake topper (now 2 years old, was at his mother’s house, and thawed/got disgusting during a hurricane) under a bird bath in the front yard.

    Congrats on the new house! Cannot WAIT to see projects.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 3, 2013 - 8:54 AM

    Shauna, too funny! And burying the cake topper probably is a better idea than eating it anyway. Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - July 3, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    While I didn’t break a bottle on my house, we broke it in the first night with pizza and beer on the floor in the empty living room – it was February!

    Congrats again – we are so excited to see so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - July 3, 2013 - 10:53 AM

    Wow!!!! Congratulations and Cheers!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marie (from France) - July 3, 2013 - 10:59 AM

    Easier in a house than in an apartment, isn’t it ? We bought an apartment like yours 2 years ago and drank Champagne that day, but I’ll keep your great idea in mind for our next home, hoping it will be a house too.
    In France we also say “Champagne” to celebrate something (before drinking some, of course). I can hear you pronouncing it, I love that.
    Congrats and good luck with your new home !ReplyCancel

  • Molly - July 3, 2013 - 7:03 PM

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie @BabaSouk - July 6, 2013 - 9:35 AM

    Such a fun way to celebrate a new house!! Yay! Congrats guys, I’m so happy for you and can’t want to see what you will come up with! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jill - July 8, 2013 - 10:41 AM

    YAY for a front porch! Is there a swing? If not, buy one NOW! ha! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 10:55 AM

    Jill, no swing, but that porch will be amazing soon enough! (And we agree – it NEEDS a swing!)ReplyCancel

  • […] The perfect way to christen your new home. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kris {Driven by Décor} - July 12, 2013 - 7:21 PM

    What a wonderful idea! Congrats on your new home!!ReplyCancel

  • Snooky Forgue - July 14, 2013 - 9:50 PM

    We bought our house and immediately invited friends over to see the before. Next we spent for months painting,added a screened porch, new carpet and some engineered flooring. Next we christened or house with our friends coming for the after reveal and dinner.ReplyCancel


Over dinner on Saturday night, our friend Jess told us that she imagined our weekends played to the soundtrack of Flight of the Bumblebee. I almost choked on my wine, and we were still laughing at that thought on Sunday night, because you guys, the last couple of days really felt that way.

We spent the first real money towards the new home (you know, not counting the actual mortgage!), picking up tools and supplies at the hardware store: dust masks, new safety goggles, fancy pantsy bright yellow workers gloves, and a sledgehammer! We continued the packing of our still-current home, chiseling away at the studio (sniff, sniff) and filling our donation box to the brim. By Sunday, our home felt unraveled; boxes are piled high in the kitchen, and we’re doing our best to pack every single thing that we don’t use on a daily basis. It’s so tempting to keep going while the momentum is high, but we still have to eat here. And wear clothes. And watch House Hunters marathons – even as those couples infuriate us with every episode.

But Sunday. Sunday! Scott did the a final walk through with each of the (now former) tenants, and we spent the afternoon at the new house, dreaming up ideas and making decisions with our friend, Nancy, architect/therapist/motivator extraordinaire. Our heads are spinning in every direction, and this week, we’ll start tearing into drywall, leveling floors and repairing windows – gah! With so much on our list of to-dos, please bear with us as we begin to fully document each room and take care of all those things that start piling up (utility swapping, room scrubbing and running our 10th trip to the Depot in a single day).

It’s happening! It’s hard to believe that Scott and I have been discussing our “someday” home for years (since the beginning of our time together!), and it’s here. The time is now. We promise more photos and a tour as soon as possible; it seems as though every day is moving faster than the one before. But, soon.

  • Marie (from France) - July 1, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    I haven’t said congratulations yet to you guys but I’m really happy for you. Hope you’ll keep the chandelier on the 3rd picture ;-) And good luck for your home improvement! I don’t often comment but I read each and every word you’re publishing here and I really enjoy following your adventures.

    PS: please, feel free to correct my English. It would really be nice of you (email me if needed). See you.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - July 1, 2013 - 8:56 AM

    Teasers!!! I see tons of great light!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 9:00 AM

      Marie, from Chicago to France, thank you!

      Jackie, the light is really out of control. Eek!ReplyCancel

  • zandi - July 1, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    haha i always talk about how much i hate every. single. couple on house hunters (especially the ones that say “man cave” a lot), but yet here i am, having seen nearly every episode ever aired.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 10:31 AM

      Zandi, not to mention how awful a home is based on wall colors. Because we all know – that’s impossible to change! ;)ReplyCancel

  • dervla - July 1, 2013 - 10:52 AM

    can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 1, 2013 - 12:09 PM

    Wow the natural light is gorgeous! And those floors! I hope they are in good shape, they’re amazing! I seriously love it already! So, so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 12:13 PM

    Cait, the floors are okay – but the floor itself is SO lopsided! Photos can be deceiving… but yes, the natural light is a game changer!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 1, 2013 - 2:41 PM

    Im so excited to see this process! The light does look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ - July 1, 2013 - 2:53 PM

    Awesome! I’m excited to see your new casa!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - July 1, 2013 - 3:12 PM

    Can’t wait to see more!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma - July 1, 2013 - 10:08 PM

    Congratulations! The sneak peeks look so lovely! It’s HD time – oh how I remember the initial HD days. You’ll go from multiple trips a weekend down to just one trip, and then progress to the occasional weekend *gasp* without a HD trip. But all in good time. It’s a fun journey so bon voyage!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - July 2, 2013 - 12:42 AM

    Ohhh House Hunters! There’s always an “obstacle” in every episode!
    Love the sneak peak, and those lights from the 80’s… :-OReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - July 2, 2013 - 1:15 AM

    Omg!!! How amazing is that 1908s-ish sconce(?) in photo #4!! Please find a way to incorporate it somehow. I know you can make it work with your tongue-in-cheek style!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Good luck! Remember to stay hydrated and to give yourself enough time (and permission) to stop when you need to. (Maybe you don’t have that problem?)

    Hahaha! House Hunters is SO addictive. It’s such a great way to peer into other people’s homes. Have you ever looked up the drinking game? There are a lot of versions, but most of them award drinks based on common phrases – wall color complaints, references to the closet being big enough for her but where will HE put his stuff?, lack of stainless steel appliances/granite (you know things that are impossible to go to a store and purchase).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    The light fixtures are not as awesome as they appear! Promise.

    Heather, that sounds like our kind of drinking game! Where will he put HIS stuff – and then everyone chuckles. Good times.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 2, 2013 - 9:00 AM

    That’s sad about the floors! Hopefully leveling them isn’t too tough.ReplyCancel