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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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 @ sunnysideshlee.com - 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


Okay, technically, this October it will be 6 years in our current home. (So, really, it’s more like a 5 1/2+ year evolution, but who’s counting?) We started this little virtual home well into our home’s evolution (we’d been living here for not quite 2 years), but as we became more in synch with our…
  • Nina - June 27, 2013 - 8:06 AM

    So inspirational in your petite space. I can’t wait to see what you can accomplish with more room! Also to see Jack in his new yard! Good luck with the move.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - June 27, 2013 - 8:59 AM

    What an awesome tour, it probably does feel a little bittersweet moving on but look what you’ve done with the place! I can’t wait to see what you do in the new house, best of luck packing and moving!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - June 27, 2013 - 9:27 AM

    *tear*… is your wallpaper in the hallway still there? I can’t see it in your most recent entryway photo.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 27, 2013 - 9:49 AM

    Thank you, ladies!

    Jillian, yup, it’s still there. The new tenants moving in were happy with it, so it stays!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - June 27, 2013 - 10:44 AM

    Please tell me where that bed is from! I’ve been hunting one similar and with the trend of upholstered headboards, wood bed frames are few and far between.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - June 27, 2013 - 10:50 AM

    This is so weird, since I’ve read this blog for a long time, but I really recognize that patio set up….and it just hit me that I think we live (well lived) in the same building!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 27, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Carolyn, we purchased it YEARS ago on Overstock – it’s called the Vermont: http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Vermont-Queen-size-Bed/1440346/product.html

    Brittany, small world! You don’t live in the building anymore?ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - June 27, 2013 - 11:05 AM

    What an awesome look back! You guys did so much in 6 short years. I will be fun to see how you mold your new space!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - June 27, 2013 - 11:06 AM

    Well I still do, but you guys won’t for much longer. We’re technically not the exact same building, more like neighbors (we’re directly over the bike shop). Unless I’m completely wrong and my neighbors just happen to have that same rug/patio set up, which is also possible.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 27, 2013 - 11:12 AM

      Brittany, gotcha! We are neighbors then – but only for a teensy bit longer!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - June 27, 2013 - 11:16 AM

    Cool, well if I see you on the patio I’ll wave hello!ReplyCancel

  • Zandi - June 27, 2013 - 11:48 AM

    i LOVE this post. seeing the evolution of spaces is my absolute favorite thing in the world / helps calm me down when i’m frustrated with why my space isn’t perfect right away. i cannot wait to see what you guys do with the new place/ all your new space!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - June 27, 2013 - 2:14 PM

    This as fun to see!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - June 28, 2013 - 1:49 AM

    I got emotional reading this. I have never felt so happy for someone I have never met. Can’t wait to see your next phase with your little family.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 28, 2013 - 9:02 AM

    Thank you all so much!

    Zandi, I agree – nothing happens overnight! I get frustrated at times too, so I enjoy a good side-by-side as well!

    Helen, such a sweet comment. Made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Tina S. - June 29, 2013 - 9:06 AM

    The kelly green wall is what drew me in from AT in the first place. I’ve loved the evolution of the place over the years too. I cannot wait to see the new evolution in your home!ReplyCancel

  • InativeSpeaker - June 30, 2013 - 4:49 AM

    I felt very emotional reading this, 6 yrs struggle really pays off well. Best of luck for further activities.ReplyCancel


It seems as though, in the last week, we’ve started every single post with a thank you! for taking our very first (and you know by now, very official) reader survey. You guys rock. You’re…
  • Cait @ Hernando House - June 26, 2013 - 10:59 AM

    Such fun answers!! Also – yay it’s like I’m famous (regarding other honorable roomie mentions)!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - June 26, 2013 - 1:23 PM

    Uh, reading YOUR posts really made ME smile (like that goofy, omg can we be friends? kind of smile).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 26, 2013 - 1:42 PM

    Hannah, ha! Okay, let’s be friends!ReplyCancel

  • Giuli - June 26, 2013 - 4:07 PM

    Darn it. I missed the reader survey but it was sure fun reading “us”. You guys make my day!! So witty, funny and SUPER NICE!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 26, 2013 - 5:47 PM

    Giuli, aw, thank you!ReplyCancel