Last weekend, I got a wild hair to do something (something that’s not this), and because our brains have been so caught up on the Real One lately (and therefore, leaving us mentally excited, exhausted and on over-drive), I preferred something easy. And this! This is easy. I’d been toying with the idea of making…
  • Hannah K - April 12, 2013 - 8:26 AM

    I’ve had a similar melt-down and have been so tempted to look up a recipe. Now that you’ve made it easy for me, I might just have to do it!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2013 - 12:48 PM

      Hannah, we highly recommend it! So, so simple.ReplyCancel

  • Henna | HENNA BLOSSOM BLOG - April 12, 2013 - 4:01 PM

    So funny that you found my blog today. I followed your link…and good timing! I have actually been thinking about wanting to find a natural refresher. Hate to spray chemicals (especially with the little guy).

    Good logic using grapefruit oil…but I’d be down just for the smell! :)

    Oh…and I’m such a visual person…love that you make it all look so light and beautiful with your photography! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 12, 2013 - 4:49 PM

    Hi Henna, thank you! Yes, the smell is of course a bonus! Yum.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - April 12, 2013 - 7:38 PM

    So how much do you have to spray to leave a light lingering scent? I find Febreeze to be really overwhelming when you first spray it and then interestingly enough it dissipates so quickly that I feel like I have to use more (what a vicious cycle!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2013 - 8:20 PM

      Hi Liz, I’ve been spraying the same amount as I would Febreze, but you’re right, the scent does dissipate pretty quickly. You could always add a little more oil, I’m sure, since so many of the recipes vary! I think the amount of oil is all a matter of personal preference. Start small, then add more to “taste”!ReplyCancel

  • […] up is from Yellow Brick Home, where they made their own “febooze” (vs. Febreeze–which I feel smells rather […]ReplyCancel

  • Melissa // The Fauxmartha - April 30, 2013 - 1:20 PM

    I’ve never liked the smell of Febreeze but Febooze? I’m totally in! We’ve been trying to find natural bug repellents and everything we read says to use essential oils. Maybe this will work double duty for us! You guys are genius. And all your pics are looking more gorgeous than ever!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 1:29 PM

    Melissa, you know we love anything that does double duty! And thank you! XOReplyCancel

  • Jolene Saupique - May 31, 2013 - 1:58 PM

    Can you substitute rubbing alcohol for vodka? How about boiled (sterilized) water for distilled water. I bet you could add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to prevent molding.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 31, 2013 - 2:12 PM

    Jolene, I did see some recipes with rubbing alcohol instead of vodka, but we didn’t want to take a chance with sterilized water (by boiling). I don’t know if I’d recommend it, but you could certainly give it a try with the tea tree oil!ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa. For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa. For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa.For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa.For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • Marisa - March 30, 2014 - 8:56 AM

    Where did you get the spray bottle?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 31, 2014 - 8:52 AM

      Hi Marisa! The spray bottle was leftover from a different cleaning spray, but you can pick up spray bottles at any grocery store or bed and bath store.ReplyCancel

  • How to clean a mattress naturally | Wedo - August 6, 2014 - 5:18 AM

    […] Again, while the sheets are washing, freshen your mattress naturally – you can buy fabric fresheners that have been made using only natural ingredients, or find a recipe for one you can make at home. […]ReplyCancel

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After Julia challenged us to a nighttime photography shoot-off, we shared the guts of our home at the most relaxing time of day (in our minds, anyway) – the evening. After work. When laptops and cell phones are stashed (far, far) away. After that post and throughout the following week, we received comments and emails…
  • renee - April 10, 2013 - 7:44 AM

    A photoshop lesson! Love it. Ha! I have a few tips. How long can my comment be? JK. Good job Vargo.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - April 10, 2013 - 9:07 AM

    This is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - April 10, 2013 - 9:21 AM

    My husband is a photoshop wizard, and I’m only just learning, so this is awesome! I was JUST talking about how I wanted to start using photoshop for photos (and not just mood boards), so I appreciate the mini-tutorial. Now, I just have to keep the house clean by nightfall and I can try it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 10, 2013 - 11:42 AM

    Taking notes. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - April 10, 2013 - 12:13 PM

    This was beyond helpful. With still learning the ins and outs of photoshop, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to show the process. I loved your evening photos and now I can try to do this too!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 10, 2013 - 12:51 PM

    Renee, thanks! ;)

    Kati, try it!

    Jaime, I’d love to see how yours turn out!ReplyCancel

  • Rebelwerewolf - April 10, 2013 - 3:45 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ll have to try this out. Now to get a dog that lies in the same place for two pictures…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 10, 2013 - 3:51 PM

    Rebel, snap the photos really fast – back to back! Plus, I got lucky.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - April 10, 2013 - 5:52 PM

    Yay, thank you so much for this awesome post!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Henna | HENNA BLOSSOM BLOG - April 12, 2013 - 4:04 PM

    It’s going to take me a minute to absorb this…thanks for sharing. I’m fairly new to photoshop and in LOVE. I want to learn everyyyything. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jaye Brown - April 16, 2013 - 11:09 AM

    What an awesome tutorial! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - July 30, 2013 - 9:32 PM

    This is really helpful! Kim, do you use a handheld light meter for your shots? I’m trying to figure out how I would expose first for one area, and then another, using the in-camera meter without moving the camera itself.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 31, 2013 - 9:08 AM

    Hi Marlene, I don’t use a handheld meter, but if you set your focus in the camera on the darkest part of the photo, the internal light meter will read this. If you set your focus to the brightest part of the photo, the internal meter will read that! Let me know if you have any other questions :)ReplyCancel


Add one more to that Stunted List – our hall of mirrors. Oh, boy. Our collection of gilded gold grows (whoa, say that three times fast!), and there’s no where for them to go – well, unless you count hallway-stacking as a “place.” You know, for them to “go.” Alternate title: Ghost Jack
  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 8, 2013 - 8:18 AM

    If we can expect all these things coming to pass in your new place, I might faint. So. Pretty.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2013 - 9:20 AM

      I might faint, too! The ideas and daydreams are almost killing us.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - April 8, 2013 - 10:14 AM

    Love all those gilded gold frames. But I guess it is a good thing you know you plan on moving soon!ReplyCancel

  • eryka - April 8, 2013 - 10:22 AM

    Wait…they’re not going to stay there?? They look gorgeous right where they are!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 8, 2013 - 10:29 AM

    Crystal, we know, right?

    Eryka, I suppose they’d look gorgeous anywhere… ha!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - April 8, 2013 - 3:34 PM

    They are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see them in your new house!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 9, 2013 - 11:27 AM

    Where do you find all of these lovely gilded frames and mirrors? I’ve been on the lookout… but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg. Help!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 9, 2013 - 11:45 AM

    Jillian, the black and gold one was picked up in a thrift shop in Pittsburgh, and the really hunky gold one was found on Craigslist (our friend Jess actually saw it, then sent us a text to snatch it up, pronto!).

    A lot of times we can find mirrors like this for a steal at flea markets in smaller cities – but not in Chicago. Many times in Chicago, people know what they’re worth, and the cost is inflated. We have had luck when we travel to visit family in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, mostly!

    Also, there are knock-off frames (usually made with cheap plastic or light wood) that can be painted gold for the same effect. No one will know but you!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - April 9, 2013 - 2:55 PM

    Love those mirrors! Soooo pretttyyy!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - December 28, 2014 - 10:08 PM

    I have a mirror “problem” too. And they are stacked in the dining room waiting for homes. Unfortunately, I learned the other day that one of them got cracked in the everlasting waiting. *sigh* I guess that is a lesson. Nonetheless, the incident has motivated me to get the others hung ASAP!ReplyCancel


Lately – and maybe you all may have noticed? – we’ve been feeling… stunted. Stunted, because there’s so much we want to do, but we know it doesn’t make sense to do. Our home has been tweaked and fluffed and re-painted more times than we can count, and we have (mostly) loved every phase of…
  • Jimmy - April 5, 2013 - 8:50 AM

    Total bummer of a feeling. I know it all too well. You make a good point about not even wanting to build things that you’ll take with you, lest they turn out to be the wrong things for the next place.

    One thing I find helpful during times like these (and this is usually easier said than done): Purge. Get rid of stuff you haven’t wanted or used in ages, stuff you know you won’t be bringing with you once you find the next “one.” Start making (literal) space in your life for all the things to come. It feels amazing to de-clutter and cut back, and it will make the eventual move even easier.

    Also, it’s seed germinating/sprouting time inside on windowsills across the mid-Atlantic, and I’d guess you guys aren’t far behind on that. Since you’ll be just growing a bunch of plugs to be transplanted later, you don’t have to decide on the right planter just yet. How nice would it be to have a ton of plugs ready to plant when you eventually show up at the new place?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 9:10 AM

      Jimmy, you’ve nailed it. PURGE! We really should be taking the time to do this now. It’s actually one of my favorite things to do…ReplyCancel

  • Laura - April 5, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    You COULD take this time to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful home that you’ve put so much hard work into! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 11:20 AM

    Laura, this is true!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - April 5, 2013 - 11:26 AM

    I love all your project ideas. I always develop a bit of ennui when it comes to sewing projects, especially if they’re time consuming and not that fun. This post inspired me to write up projects to finish this weekend, 5 in total.
    Happy making!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 11:34 AM

    Alexis, wow! Happy making to YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - April 5, 2013 - 11:56 AM

    humm, does the coffee table have the weight capacity as an ottoman? I know I always sit on an ottoman.. just wonderingReplyCancel

  • Helena - April 5, 2013 - 12:00 PM

    Oy! We have been searching for a coffee table that size so I feel your pain! Round ones just don’t exist or are super tall or huge or heinous. It’s been a long, slow battle.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - April 5, 2013 - 12:09 PM

    SO been there! Buying a house is tough, isn’t it? When we were waiting to close on the firehouse we completely avoided one of our favorite pastimes: walking around antique malls. We REALLY didn’t want to move anything else and there were just too many questions: what do we need, where will we put decorative objects, and considering all the construction, when will we even be able to decorate?

    It was very frustrating to sit and wait. “Stunted” is a great way to put it. My best suggestion is to try and enjoy the downtime before your whole life gets turned upside down. And if you are moving neighborhoods, enjoy the pieces you live in your current one. Before long your favorite restaurant may not be a stroll away.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 12:11 PM

    Helen, good point. I’ll definitely have to consider that if we move forward with the ottoman!

    Helena, we ultimately found ours on Craigslist, but it seemed like the impossible task. All we found in stores was LARGE round coffee tables! We feel your pain.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 12:13 PM

    Heather, yup, you must know EXACTLY what it feels like. We’ve been avoiding yard sales and vintages sales like crazy – which is SO hard! But we do give in every now and then…

    One of the pluses of this home (again, fingers crossed!), is that it’s in our same neighborhood. The ‘hood that we love SO, SO much.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - April 5, 2013 - 3:29 PM

    I so feel you on the waiting game. It’s so hard to sit on your hands and wait until you’re finally in a new space so you can see just what it needs. And even once you know where you’re moving, you have to be in there a bit to really see what will work best for the space and your needs! Sucks big ones, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the results. But I’m sure Jack wouldn’t mind a new spot to destroy in the meantime. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 5:44 PM

    Trude, you had me laughing at the Jack part :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - April 7, 2013 - 3:42 PM

    I am with you! Living in a boring no-personality apartment for the indefinite future is frustrating! Do I want to move into a cooler place with more personality when our lease is up? Or stay put and just work as hard as I can to save up a down payment so we can really have our OWN space! Coming from two rentals were we pretty much had free reign, our hands are tied (the apt is owned by a corporation and not an individual) and it’s taken some getting used to!

    There’s no hurt in doing some tweaking here and there with what you already have, if you get bored, though. :)ReplyCancel

  • tish - April 10, 2013 - 6:22 PM

    try a kuranda bed for the dog. We have one and it works great.

  • Kim - April 11, 2013 - 8:28 AM

    Tish, that bed is pretty cool!ReplyCancel


First, we sincerely want to thank you for all The Print Shop love – whether you’re tweeting, sharing or making room on your gallery walls, we think it’s pretty awesome that you’re spreading the word! And in an effort to keep things fresh and new, we’ve just added 3 more fine art giclée prints –…
  • Hannah K - April 3, 2013 - 7:00 AM

    Eek. A purchase from one or the other is going to have to be made soon!! I’m loving the airy prints — it’s getting lighter and brighter here in Erie (but unfortunately, not warmer…)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 3, 2013 - 9:23 AM

      Hannah, same here – brighter, but not warmer. Boo!

      Jen, ha, the Big Mac bridge.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - April 3, 2013 - 8:00 AM

    I love all 3 but especially my Big Mac bridge :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - April 3, 2013 - 10:17 AM

    Oh my gosh, I am in love with them. All of your photos look so airy and dreamy. I am turning a room into a sewing studio and have already determined that one wall will hold 3 of your prints. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 3, 2013 - 10:23 AM

    Jane, thank you! You just made my day ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - April 3, 2013 - 12:31 PM

    Hi Kim!

    I love the new print shop, so much! Nice work! I am walking around the house staring at all my blank spaces to size things up…

    Miss you!
    Xo LindseyReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 3, 2013 - 12:43 PM

    Lindsey, we miss you guys, too! I’d like to put you in my pocket and steal you away to Chicago. Your new little Miss can come, too. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • tinajo - April 3, 2013 - 4:39 PM

    Lovely prints! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - April 3, 2013 - 8:35 PM

    LOVE the Cincinnati print. I have a view of the Big Mac from my house!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 5, 2013 - 8:24 AM

    I am for sure getting prints from you some day in the future (next home, yes?), I promise. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 9:11 AM

      Ooh, yes! You need the Big Mac bridge printed really huge, I think!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 5, 2013 - 2:21 PM

    That’d be SWEET!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - April 7, 2013 - 11:14 AM

    I also always feel in “limbo” during this time of the year (I’m from Chicago and live in Milwaukee – so I get what you guys are saying about this Midwestern weather!) This year, I’ve really tried to be more proactive about not slipping into the doldrums. I’ve made sure to buy fresh spring flowers (tulips!) and do a couple small decorating projects (repainting some knick-knacks and redoing my coffee table). It’s helped tremendously!ReplyCancel