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Somehow, someway, through some lucky stroke of chance, our home was taken over yesterday by a crew sent from Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself magazine! When we were first contacted several weeks ago by (the wonderful, adorable, and super sweet) Brenda from Meredith Corp., we were asked if we’d be interested in a home feature (yes!), and if so, can they come over and shoot our home (yes!)?

Scott and I focused on remaining calm, promising each other to keep our hopes down in the off-chance we were nixed from the drawing board. We already have so much going on (hello, new-to-us future home – hopefully sooner than later!), so we played it way down, you know, no big deal if it doesn’t work out.


It did work out, and they did come, and it was pinch-us fun, exhausting and such an incredible, happy way to celebrate our home! Photo gear spilled into the building’s common hallway, lights lined our entry, and computer stations were moved from one spot to the other as we all propped, styled and tip-toed over cables, cords and kitties in this little space.

Of course what you don’t see through the lens is what’s behind the lens – flowers, photo sheets, fruit bowls, lint rollers, coffee and chaos on every surface. And yes, I actually enjoyed this chaos, as it brought back memories (aw, I could get misty-eyed) of my days as a photo assistant. Brenda not only toasted the day by wearing a cat-printed blouse, but I’m sure she humored me by asking for my suggestions and not getting all weird when I wanted to help. I switched out of my portrait outfit only 30 minutes into the day, switching into a comfy tee and climbing up stools to find stashed away art, digging up old cigar boxes and fussing over pillows.

All the while, the girls cozied up to their favorite nesting spots – making sure to re-coat every surface with their fuzzy fur. They awoke only when it was time to put on their best kitty smiles, shmoozing the camera and surely wondering what all the fuss was about. (And don’t worry, Jackie Boy made his way into a handful of photos, too – here’s hoping making he makes that cut!)

At the end of the day, we gathered around for a drink and a cheers, and I didn’t give the crew a choice but to snap an instant photo with us. We’ll be adding this one to the memory box, definitely.

It’s too soon to know when our feature will be published in Do It Yourself, but you’ll hear us screaming when it runs (and you know we’ll share it with you, too!). As we continue to look forward to our still-uncertain-home-future, we couldn’t be happier to know that we were able to honor this home in such a sweet way.

Thank you to the awesome crew that shared their day with us – hugs to Brenda (stylist and columnist), Warren and Dustin (photo team)!

PS: Today is the last day for a chance to scoop some loot from Baba Souk!

  • zandi - May 7, 2013 - 11:07 AM

    omg, that is SO exciting!! congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashly - May 7, 2013 - 11:09 AM

    I love how chill your cats seem in the photos! My cats would be hissing and spitting at everything!

    Also: Congrats! This is awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 7, 2013 - 11:17 AM

      Ashly, have no fear! Little Miss Maddie made sure to throw out a few hisses throughout the day. It was Libby who remained calm and unfazed!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole T. - May 7, 2013 - 11:13 AM

    OMG! I’m excited!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - May 7, 2013 - 11:26 AM

    LOVED the sneak peek!! And I look forward to seeing your smiling faces show up at my door – if only in print form ;)

    Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - May 7, 2013 - 1:33 PM

    This is too cool! And, it sounds like a lot of fun, I can’t wait to see the photos when they come out!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - May 7, 2013 - 1:35 PM

    WOW! How exciting! And SUCH a great way to honor all the hard work you’ve put into this home! Congratulations!!

    And be sure to let us know when it’s coming out — I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy!!ReplyCancel

  • Marti - May 7, 2013 - 1:37 PM

    That’s great – congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Giuli - May 7, 2013 - 3:38 PM

    I’m SOOO excited for you guys! Your place deserves all the accolades. Lots of blood, sweat, tears and laughs have been put into making your place a home. Go Team Kim and Scott!!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 7, 2013 - 3:41 PM

    Giuli, haha, your comment expresses how we feel! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - May 7, 2013 - 3:44 PM

    What a lovely honor and one well deserved! Congratulations, Kim and Scott!ReplyCancel

  • renee - May 7, 2013 - 3:48 PM

    Nice job Vargo(s)! Excited to see the mag next year!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - May 7, 2013 - 3:52 PM

    WOW, congratulations! Good for you!
    Love all the snapshots with the kitties in it!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 7, 2013 - 3:55 PM

    So thrilled for you guys! You totally deserve it! :)ReplyCancel

  • kelly - May 7, 2013 - 9:49 PM

    Congratulations! This is so exciting!! So proud of you xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin - May 7, 2013 - 10:05 PM

    Amazing and well deserved! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - May 7, 2013 - 10:23 PM

    Woooooo! Congrats Slices!! So exciting. As a side note, I love the “instant photo” at the end … was that a self-snap (if so that dude has mad skills! SIX peeps … I can barely manage to get myself and my plus one when I take those)?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 8, 2013 - 8:36 AM

    Thank you!

    Amy, can you believe it was a self-snap? We were so amazed that all 6 sets of eyes were in the photo. I suppose that’s why he’s a photographer, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - May 8, 2013 - 10:30 AM

    No Way! That is so exciting and SO well deserved. Your home is one of my most favorites of all time. Can’t wait to snag a copy (or two) of that issue!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - May 8, 2013 - 1:51 PM

    Sorry I’m late to this post but hooray! I got chills when you wrote about honoring your place, for reals, what a good way to put it! Too perfect! And what fun, you deserve this recognition more than anyone! MWAAAAAAAAAA!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 8, 2013 - 2:02 PM

    Awww, thanks, Jill! You gave ME chills!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - May 8, 2013 - 2:20 PM

    Ahh that’s so exciting. Ironically I work for Meredith (in their digital department), and this is one of my favorite publications we have. I can’t wait to see how your shoot turns out. They picked the perfect apartment to photograph!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - May 8, 2013 - 7:48 PM

    How cool! You guys deserve it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Henna | HENNA BLOSSOM BLOG - May 8, 2013 - 9:57 PM

    AHhhhhhh!!! OMIGOSH!!! AHHHHHH! Seriously guys….so cool. :) Exciting stuuuuffff. AHHHHHhhhh. :) Sorry, I’m not the most articulate when I’m excited. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 9, 2013 - 8:01 AM

    Thanks so much, everyone!

    Henna, I’m the same way, ha!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - May 9, 2013 - 4:18 PM

    This is so totally awesome! I can’t wait to see it when it comes out! And lucky for you they left all those gorgeous flowers behind :)ReplyCancel

  • Nina - May 10, 2013 - 6:13 AM

    How am I just reading this post?! Great behind the scenes shots. Congrats on the shoot. Definitely well deserved. Glad the kitties were so generous in sharing their home ;) Go YBH!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - May 10, 2013 - 11:59 AM

    You guys are the coolest… seriously!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - May 30, 2013 - 11:07 AM

    eep! so fun and exciting!!ReplyCancel


This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Congrats to Eileen Marie, and thanks to all who participated!

Baba Souk is a shop full of curiosities – from the finishing touches for your home to polishing off the day’s outfit to gold dipped pencils for your workday – the girls behind the name want you to feel inspired. Like a stroll through your favorite market, their wares grab your attention, pulling you every which way and leaving you happy, with more in your hands than when you came. Except their hand-crafted, indie designs show up at your front door – gift-wrapped, just for you!

Truth be told, I’m slightly obsessed with their mission towards creative freedom, happiness and their overall dream-catching attitude. Baba Souk is passionate, they love what they do, and you can feel their positive energy through your bright, blinking monitors. Their products are more than just things to hold; they wish to capture you, to stir-up your imagination.

And because I was so smitten with my newest loophole, Baba Souk wanted to share that crazy-happy face (the creepy one I get when I add a pillow to the house, you know, the usual) with you, too!

  • Up for grabs: $50 credit towards anything at Baba Souk // 1 winner
  • To enter: Sign up for the Baba Souk newsletter at the bottom of this page, then leave a comment on this post and let us know, what inspires you?
  • For additional entries: Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then come back and leave a comment letting us know. (One additional comment for each method – up to 2 extra entries!)
  • Giveaway ends: Tuesday, May 7th, at 5pm CST
  • Shipping restrictions: USA and Canada only, please.
  • And just because: YBH readers get 15% off all orders through Monday, May 6th using the code BABAYBH!

The lucky dog winner will be selected using and announced on Wednesday, May 8th. Good luck and happy entering!

  • Hannah K - May 3, 2013 - 5:38 AM

    Signed up! I’ve been scouring the blog-o-sphere for inspiration as I’m updating the house! There are so many amazing people and blogs out there…it’s not hard to find!ReplyCancel

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    I signed up for their newsletter – can’t wait!ReplyCancel

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    I’m inspired by all the great blogs (like this one) I spend way too much time browsing online!ReplyCancel

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    I signed up! I am so excited, I hope I win, there’s tons of items that I’d choose from.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Reinhardt - May 3, 2013 - 1:45 PM

    lovely! People like Stephanie (the owner of Baba Souk) really inspire me! She and so many others work so hard to promote artists (like myself) and their work. I’m so thankful for little shop owners who care about quality, unique, handmade goods, so they definitely inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - May 3, 2013 - 4:13 PM

    Totally inspired by the pops of bright color against natural texturesReplyCancel

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    great design blogs and firms inspire me!ReplyCancel

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    Signed up! And should probably stop looking at the site because I want it all!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - May 3, 2013 - 5:27 PM

    The views around my recently adopted hometown of Seattle, WA inspire me. Mountains, trees, water, so much green everywhere. I’ve found myself decorating in mostly blues, greens and yellows because of my inspirational city!ReplyCancel

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    I signed up!ReplyCancel

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    Nature and wildlife inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - May 4, 2013 - 3:54 PM

    I am super inspired by music when decorating–which is funny for someone that can’t sing or play an instrument very well. But when I hear certain songs, I just know–THAT’s how I want this room to feel.ReplyCancel

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    The sunshine inspires me.ReplyCancel

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    All signed up! What inspires me is bringing nature indoors and home improvement blogs such as yours, YHL, & others!ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney K - May 4, 2013 - 11:05 PM

    Definitely the outdoors. And the farmers market (which technically is outdoors…)ReplyCancel

  • Kristal Smith - May 5, 2013 - 9:43 AM

    I’m definitely inspired by nature, especially now that it’s finally Spring!ReplyCancel

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    Signed up for the newsletter! New to both you and them, but loving both!ReplyCancel

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    I signed up. Such fun things…a little bit of color or metallic to help with spring.ReplyCancel

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    I signed up and love it all. I love the stationary because I can share the inspiration with others. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Lena - May 6, 2013 - 10:29 AM

    Signed up…traveling inspires me! I love to buy something for my house to remind me of all the great places we’ve been.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - May 7, 2013 - 12:44 AM

    I signed up!

    I’m always inspired after going to an art museum or just browsing original artwork on Pintrest/Etsy.ReplyCancel

  • Vika - May 7, 2013 - 8:02 AM

    What a great website- so inspiring. I love one of a kind pieces and unique handmade decorations. I believe it those small things that make a house into a home!ReplyCancel

  • gemma@thesweetestdigs - May 7, 2013 - 12:16 PM

    Signed up! Love, love, love their stuff. What a beautiful collection!

    I would say that travel inspires me — I love bringing home treasures from different parts of the world and decorating my house with them. It ends up feeling very much like “me”, you know?


  • Jennifer C - May 7, 2013 - 12:34 PM

    I signed up for the newsletter. I am inspired by creative people.ReplyCancel

  • Oneita - May 7, 2013 - 1:40 PM

    I subscribed!

    It’s probably easier to answer the reverse of that question as I try to (and usually do!) find inspiration pretty much everywhere! It’s the little things that can bring some of the biggest joys!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - May 7, 2013 - 2:40 PM

    Signed up! I am inspired by creative people, pretty colors and natural textiles.ReplyCancel


Just as we’ve been trying to enjoy some down time with friends, the same could be said for our home. This home. We’ve slowed down. We’re finding happiness in the choices we’ve made over the years, and we’ve painstakingly made the most practical decisions for our bathroom’s umpteenth re-do. We’re crossing our fingers, dotting our i‘s and doing all the things you do (or we think you’re supposed to do) when you’re mid-new-home-buying, and we’ve often times said aloud, why does it feel so much harder this time? (You know, in comparison to purchasing this teeny gem.)

And that! That is why we can’t divulge much more – yet.  A slowed timeline. Unanswered questions. Too many drive-bys to the soon-to-be; an embarrassing amount.

So while we think ahead but still try to live in the now (the NHL playoffs are a welcome distraction – go Pens!), we’ve been hanging out in this limbo-life. No fussing, no tweaking. No big permanent changes. But our itchy fingers still crave little environment changes, and so, enter Baba Souk. A loophole! A loophole in, quite literally, pillow form!

When Stephanie from Baba Souk reached out and introduced herself with all her enticing pillows and stickers and trivets and jewelry (and, and!) – all the while using very Kim-like grabbing lingo and describing their shop as a haven for creative cool cats (ooh, how she seemed to know me so well!) – I was a fan. I picked out the sweet Moroccan pillow above, and in turn, I received the most adorable package on my doorstep. (Well, the building’s common hallway, but still.)

And because a pillow weighs practically nothing and puts a crazy smile on this crazy face, Scott was on board. (Right now we’re weary of any new purchases, as everything we bring into this home will eventually need to move out of this home.)

To be honest – and while Scott may swear I say this every time – I don’t remember the last time I brought home a pillow I loved this much. (Dramatic much? Maybe. But love is love.)

It has the most beautiful sheen. It’s one of a kind. It looks extra, super pretty in the studio! And it supports indie designers and an amazing small business. Win-win-win. (Win.)

And maybe this will be your favorite part (just a guess?) – Baba Souk wants you to have one, too! (Or anything you want, really.) Take a peek around their store and use promo code BABAYBH for 15% off their whole shop, and then tomorrow, we have a very Baba giveaway in the works! (Win.)

Promo code BABAYBH expires May 6th.

  • Inspire Me Heather - May 2, 2013 - 8:41 AM

    That pillow is gorgeous and just perfect on that beautiful chair!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - May 2, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    Such a beautifully made pillow. My heart is pitter-pattering.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - May 2, 2013 - 10:36 AM

    Ooo what a stunning pattern! The colors and details of the stitching make it.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - May 3, 2013 - 2:13 PM

    That pillow is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - May 20, 2013 - 3:17 PM

    dang! how’d i miss that code? well, that beauty of a pillow was sold out anyways, so i think i gave up pretty fast. just saw those butterfly collars, tho, and i’m kind of in love! is that crazy?ReplyCancel

  • Jill - May 20, 2013 - 3:18 PM

    oops, just checked and they’re actually called “peter pan collars” CUTE!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 20, 2013 - 3:25 PM

    Jill, everything in that shop is so awesome!ReplyCancel