I’ve admitted many, many times that I have a real fear of sewing machines – I mean, that’s an exaggeration, but those crazy strings! Coming from all angles! – and for my whole DIY life, I’ve avoided them. You’ve seen me swear up and down on hem tape (and I still do; Stitch Witchery rules my…
  • jessica w - February 15, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    I love the contrasting zipper color!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 15, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    Yay Kim!!!! I took four sewing classes and no one ever taught me how to sew a zipper…wtf?! ;) This pillow is so Kim and Scott. And although you said it is the buffalo plaid, I am calling out the zipper. Not that it is teal–although that is very you, too. But that it is a seemingly hidden thing that you still took the time to make it special–in a color. Your rollaway printer (??) in your office also comes to mind. You are masters of detail. I can’t wait to see what you sew next!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - February 15, 2013 - 8:24 AM

    God, you’re my HERO! I’m terrified of sewing machines…Major kudos to you, girl. And I LOVE the pop of color in the zipper you used! Super cute…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 8:43 AM

      Thank you, ladies!

      Carrie, I’d been avoiding it for FAR too long. I really can’t wait to start doing more projects, but I still need a sewing machine…. (for now, I’m borrowing a friend’s machine!).ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Aucoin - February 15, 2013 - 8:40 AM

    Are you looking for home sewing, clothing, or accessories tutorials? I’ve got a ton of recommendations for you depending on your interests. Also, the library has some great books for quick and easy projects. Off the top of my head “Bend the Rules” by Amy Carol would probably be a good one for you to look at. If you’re at Sociabulls tomorrow, grab me and we can talk some moreReplyCancel

  • jessie aucoin - February 15, 2013 - 8:42 AM

    PS–It’s a beautiful pillow, by the way! well done on matching the plaids, too!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 9:08 AM

    Jessie, a little bit of everything! Mostly accessories and home. I’ll have to check out the book you’re talking about – but sadly, we won’t be at Sociabulls this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - February 15, 2013 - 9:51 AM

    awesome! my sewing machine has been sitting on the floor for years, terrifying me haha. i hope to learn asap! i should probably take a class so it will give me a kick in the butt to actually do it.

  • Renee - February 15, 2013 - 10:37 AM

    It was indeed a momentous evening to see you sew, with a Machine! Hey, for me, maybe third time is a charm. Maybe I won’t need a 4th pillow class…Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - February 15, 2013 - 11:18 AM

    Congrats on your first needle and thread pillow! It looks great. And the pop of color for the zipper is lovely. You should be so proud! Not only did you sew a pillow, but you used a zipper!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - February 15, 2013 - 11:25 AM

    That zipper rocks. I love little unexpected pops of color like that! I have made a few pillows in my time, and thats where my sewing machine skills start and end. I have never made the jump to zippers, and you have encouraged me to do so. Keep your fingers crossed that mine comes out half as awesome as yours did!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 11:29 AM

    You guys are so awesome – thank you! Trust that the zipper was put in while I was practically being hand held. But YES, I did it! COL!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - February 15, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    Mama’s so proud! I love your pillow! I only sew pillows and window treatments. And guess what – that’s enough! Endless decorating opportunities are possible with just curtains and pillows. Just think of the awesome things you can make for your future home!! Best wishes on your sewing journey :)ReplyCancel

  • Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund - February 15, 2013 - 1:25 PM

    Awesome! I am so in need of one of those classes too. I have a machine & I can kinda sew, but it’s not very pretty. Disappointing since I even took home ec sewing in high school, but I guess I’ve completely forgotten everything!

    Maybe someday I’ll get myself into a class!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

      Kyley (and Ammo!), the class was so, so worth it. I’d never really sewed before, so I was BRAND new, yet I somehow managed to leave the class with a pillow and a zipper. It was magical.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 15, 2013 - 3:34 PM

    I just took a few sewing classes too, and I’m hooked! Making a pillow with a zipper closure is the best. Our instructor also had us make one with an envelope-back, buttoned closure and it looks so much less tailored than the zipper one – fyi! ZIPPERS 4 LYFE. Here are my finished products! http://instagram.com/p/VK-ORTADtD/ Love your buffalo check too. Wish I’d thought to line up my fabrics a bit better… oh well. =)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

      Love that pillow trio, Kate! So much pattern and color – Be still my heart!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 15, 2013 - 4:39 PM

    I just took my first class too! We didn’t make anything and only practiced on little squares of fabric but I feel SO much better about attempting anything now. I’m excited too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - February 16, 2013 - 8:08 AM

    Amazing! I’ve only sewn curtains thus far – terrified to try my hand at a zipper! – but it is so satisfying to have created something from scratch like that. I’m very impressed that you faced your fear and did it anyway! I’ll have to look into finding a sewing class. Did they provide the fabric, or did you? Wondering if you have favorite sources for fabrics.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:54 AM

      Kati, I picked the fabric! I just searched through Fabric.com :)ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - February 16, 2013 - 9:49 AM

    Looks perfect Kim! I love the contrasting zipper color. Making a new pillowcase for throw pillows is a really easy way to change the look of a bedroom or living room without spending too much dough. For pillow-making my tip is to look in clearance discard bins at the fabric store – many times you can find a yard or two of fabric that was the very end of a big bolt, or something a customer had them cut but then changed their mind. The other day I just found some of this at an IKEA in their fabric section – now they let the customers cut fabric themselves as needed, and this seems to have produced a pile of “mistake” fabric for sale for $1-3/yd.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - February 16, 2013 - 10:35 AM

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes today! p.s. your pillow is boss, seriously boss.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis - February 18, 2013 - 10:51 AM

    Your pillow looks great!

    Thank you for inspiring me to finally dig out my 27 year old (eek) sewing machine from the garage, dust it off, and summon enough courage to make this:


    I lost my user manual when we moved…thank goodness for YouTube!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Phyllis, I love, love, love a good floral fabric – nice work! And yes, I think I’ll be looking at YouTube tutorials when I inevitably lose my sewing class knowledge…ReplyCancel

  • Blair @ design that inspires - February 19, 2013 - 2:16 PM

    I just wrote a post about wanting to learn to sew! I’m in Chicago and plan on signing up for this class ASAP!ReplyCancel

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Happy Valentine’s Day – if that’s your thing! But if all the lovey dovey leaves you feeling a bit like Maddie, well, please disregard. Hugs and kisses. And PS: Just so you don’t think we’re complete jerks (because we really love the jeebs out of this girl!), she received plenty of belly rubs and snuggles…
  • Jill - February 14, 2013 - 8:17 AM

    Hilarious! I love that prissy priss-pants! Happy vday, homies!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - February 14, 2013 - 8:32 AM

    That is a disturbingly awesome Valentine’s picture.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - February 14, 2013 - 9:25 AM

    This is hilarious!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - February 14, 2013 - 10:12 AM

    Nice pic. Really, I like it.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - February 14, 2013 - 11:13 AM

    This is awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - February 14, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    So funny! What a great shot. Happy Valentine’s Day :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - February 14, 2013 - 3:59 PM

    That is how my cats look every time I want to carry them or hug them. Awesome picture!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - February 15, 2013 - 12:07 AM

    Happy Valentines to you & the furry bunch. This pic is cracking me up! Love the tongue & the tips of her ears.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 8:38 AM

    Thanks, guys, and happy Valentine’s to you!

    Nina, she does have the best little ear tips, doesn’t she?ReplyCancel

  • Nina - February 16, 2013 - 4:50 PM

    Yes, without a doubt! Love them.ReplyCancel


Last Thursday, I attended the Making it Lovely // Made with Love craft event at Anthropologie; so fun. Together with my friend Jess, we made these ridiculously cute clip boards out of wood, craft paint and paper silhouettes – supplied and curated by Nicole (they are so very lovely, right?): We snacked on champagne and…
  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 12, 2013 - 8:22 AM

    Oh yeah. Ridiculously cute. And awesome. And lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - February 12, 2013 - 3:21 PM

    You have no idea how happy I am to see this! I love the way yours turned out, and it looks perfect on the door. Thanks again for coming out and braving the snow — I was glad to see you and Jess there.ReplyCancel

  • […] Look at how cute Kim’s turned out below! (That’s her on the right, above, with me on the other end and Jess Lively in the middle.) You can see how the little clip part works, and you can position the clothespins so that you can put notes and photos at the top or bottom, or both if you wish. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 13, 2013 - 8:21 AM

    Nicole, thank you! Fun, fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jada - February 13, 2013 - 10:21 AM

    My sister and her friend went to this (took my place as I had to go out of town last minute). Sad I missed it! Loooove your blog and your photos, BTW :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 13, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    Jada, thank you! I’ve just added you to my Reader – your photos are so gorgeous (and yummy), I wanted to eat my screen.ReplyCancel

  • Tina B. - February 17, 2013 - 4:07 PM

    I just have to comment and say I swear by those 3M Command strips. I use them in my rented apartment for everything. They are holding up message boards, cork boards, a giant rock print (probably around 7’x5′ in size), multiple skateboards and a random assortment of frames.

    I live by those things (and the desire to get my security deposit back whenever we move). :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - February 20, 2013 - 10:19 AM

    super cute!!

    and i love 3M command strips. they’re the best!ReplyCancel


Not really knowing what we wanted for our Jubilee end table, we opened the debate to you. It seemed pretty clear – you all wanted color, even though we were kinda sorta leaning towards a crisp white. Boring, we know, but we figured it could float from room to room (if need be – who…
  • Hannah K. - February 8, 2013 - 7:05 AM

    Love it! It’s the PERFECT balance. I think the subtle “fun-ness” makes it all the more fun!

    And yes, this could totally work on a pet portrait! Luckily, we haven’t gotten ours yet!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 8, 2013 - 8:32 AM

    I love it! What a great idea that I might have to copy! :) It’ll be so easy to paint the edge again if you do ever decide to move the table to another room.ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - February 8, 2013 - 8:39 AM

    Wow – I can’t believe how amazing that $20 end table turned out! It’s fabulous! I LOVE the two-tone look!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 8:42 AM

    Adrienne, yes, that’s what Scott said! We can change up the edge color later if we wish.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 8, 2013 - 9:20 AM

    So good. Sooo good. I have never had good luck with the Frog Tape delicate surface tape. Once it took paint off a freshly painted wall and another time it bled through. :/ Looks like I’m doing something wrong because your table is perfectly crisp.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    Julia, you know, I’ve heard of others having the same problem with the yellow Frog Tape. We were totally fine with it, but I hardly doubt it was user error on your part! Maybe it was because we laid it on semi-gloss paint, so it came off super easy?ReplyCancel

  • Casey - February 8, 2013 - 12:06 PM

    This turned out so nice, and i agree: just the right balance of clean and bright! A great little pop of color.

    New to your blog, and love seeing updates :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 1:38 PM

    Casey, so glad you found us!ReplyCancel

  • Nike Onile - February 10, 2013 - 11:17 AM

    You did an amazing job! Great choice with the coral.

    Nike O.ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia - February 10, 2013 - 4:58 PM

    Cute update! The table looks like it really belongs there now! And that polish is AMAZING.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - February 11, 2013 - 2:58 AM

    Good choice! The coral looks great against the wall color. Yay and you posted the link of centsational girl that I suggested. Love the end table.ReplyCancel

  • Advocate Homes - February 11, 2013 - 6:41 AM

    Have to agree, great choice, transforms the whole look of the table.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - February 11, 2013 - 4:22 PM

    I’m so glad you used coral! Such a happy, bright color. And the perfect balance with the white top and shiny legs. In a word, jealous! Although I’m not eyeing a beat up laminate table top… :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 11, 2013 - 5:10 PM

    Thanks, everyone!

    Cecilia, the polish really IS.

    And Helen, I’ve always loved that tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - February 12, 2013 - 11:20 AM

    Love the touch of color! And I can’t believe how amazing the metal legs look after using that stuff – totally bookmarking so I remember next time I see something at the flea market and turn it down because of the metal.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 12, 2013 - 11:27 AM

      Trude, the Nevr-Dull is magic! Rust is gone. GONE! I still can’t believe the outcome when Scott uses that stuff.ReplyCancel

  • blair @ design that inspires - February 14, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    I love the little touch of color this brings to the room!ReplyCancel


The smallest room in our home has been quite the source of contention over the last five years. It started as a dark green monstrosity, transformed into an electric blue refuge (in hindsight, that was my choice and ended up being the wrong one for us), and eventually, it ended up as an innocuous pale…
  • Ainhoa@ALittleBite - February 6, 2013 - 6:41 AM

    I really like the new light. Dare I say, maybe even better than the old one? I think the oil rubbed bronze finish goes really well with the dark frames and countertop.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 7:58 AM

      Ainhoa, oh yes, the new light is way better! The first one was a placeholder when we first moved in, and we never took the to change it up down the road. This guy wasn’t our personal favorite, but we had to remember to keep an open mind for future renters/buyers…ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 6, 2013 - 9:14 AM

    That’s the ticket. It looks good and will work for just about any taste. Did you add that fabric in the medicine cabinet?? I am intrigued!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 9:34 AM

    Julia, it’s actually a frost/etch on the glass itself – we didn’t add it. However, it’s still pretty see through, and since our cabinet houses medicine bottles and ugly things, we were thinking of adding a layer of frosted film to help disguise all our stuff!ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - February 6, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    great easy updates! we really need to update the light fixtures and mirror situation in our bathroom too. it will make such a difference!!
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  • Jill - February 6, 2013 - 10:44 AM

    I can’t totally remember the vintage one you liked better, but this one is a really good fit, maybe even moreso. Definitely looks rereshed! :)ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 6, 2013 - 1:24 PM

    I think it look great and I love the fixture! Where did you get your little cabinet to the right of the mirror? Our bathroom has NO storage so I need help big time.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 1:49 PM

    Thanks, guys!

    Adrienne, we got it at Ikea more than 5 years ago – they’re not selling it anymore (I just checked). But they have a lot of affordable options there!ReplyCancel

  • casacaudill - February 6, 2013 - 2:30 PM

    I love that new light fixture. We just bought new ones last night for our rental bathroom. I wanted to go with bronze but with everything else in that room being a weird mix of chrome and brushed nickel I had to stay away. Looks lovely in your space.ReplyCancel

  • B - February 6, 2013 - 7:21 PM

    My bathroom went through the same color transformations: awful green, smurf blue, then lovely gray. What’s with the allure of the electric blue? I regretted my choice about a week later, but took 2 years to repaint it gray!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 7:26 PM

    B – funny! I’m thinking the blue makes us think of water… water = shower = clean? Who knows! Silly us.ReplyCancel

  • B - February 6, 2013 - 9:09 PM

    I’ll take that explanation, haha. Live, learn, and put.down.the.blue.paint.ReplyCancel

  • laura - February 9, 2013 - 2:47 PM

    love how it turned out, as soon as it warms up I’m planning on a little bathroom redo also! p.s.I live in Logan Sq too, such a small worldReplyCancel

  • Helen - February 11, 2013 - 3:06 AM

    The people that live next to your future home will be so lucky to have you guys as neighbors :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 11, 2013 - 10:04 AM

    Laura – we love Logan Square, no matter where we may end up in the city!

    Helen, you are too nice! Hopefully they’ll love Jack, too.ReplyCancel

  • shannon - February 16, 2013 - 7:25 PM

    Such a great re-do!! Would you mind sharing where you found the light fixture? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2013 - 3:29 PM

      Hi Shannon, we got the light fixture at our local Menard’s, and it’s by a brand called Patriot Lighting. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Avery Barnes - March 4, 2014 - 12:42 PM

    Love love love that lighting! We just redid our oh-so-tiny bathroom too, and the lighting was the biggest choice, since whatever you choose is going to be one of the most prominent things in the room. I started on sites like http://interior-deluxe.com so I could see light fixtures from every end of the spectrum..that way I immediately knew what I thought would work and what I knew would absolutely not work. I ended up choosing one similar to yours, so I must have at least half-good taste :)ReplyCancel

  • Trinitee - August 10, 2015 - 10:13 AM

    Love the light fixture, and the price is fabulous. Did I miss the source? I would love to know if it is still available.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 10, 2015 - 10:57 AM

      Hi Trinitee, thank you! I couldn’t find the light fixture on Menard’s website anymore. Definitely try sources like Lamps Plus or Overstock, and I’m sure you’ll find something similar!ReplyCancel

      • Trinitee - August 12, 2015 - 1:48 AM

        Thanks so much! I love all you two do! Amazing style and color choices. I love visiting your blog for inspiration for our new home!ReplyCancel