After 2 hours of paper after paper, signature after signature – and several questions sprinkled in for good measure – we’re now the owners of a two-flat conversion in our favorite Chicago ‘hood. (What!) As you can imagine, it was slightly comical when the previous owner passed the torch – 2 pounds of keys, ha!…
  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - June 10, 2013 - 7:31 AM

    Congrats, I’m glad everything is moving along for you as you hoped and good luck with the updates, we are in the middle of that ourselves getting ready to put our house on the market.

    And, Happy Birthday to Scott!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - June 10, 2013 - 7:42 AM

    Congratulations! And good luck. I wish you much happiness in your new home and wonderful tenants in your current apartment. Being a landlord can be challenging. I rent out the top floor of my house and currently have a great couple living there. However, my first tenant was a nightmare, and I had to evict him. Make sure you choose wisely!

  • Carolyn - June 10, 2013 - 8:18 AM

    Congratulations, you guys! I’m so excited for you, and I can’t wait to see all the projects that you tackle in the new home. Happy belated birthday, Scott!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - June 10, 2013 - 8:35 AM

    Congratulations!! So excited for you two!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2013 - 8:41 AM

      Thanks, guys!

      Jessica, awesome link and advice – thank you! We’ve been working on the rental process ourselves (rather than going through a third party), since we want to stay really involved in the process. We want to make sure someone loves our home as much as we do – and we’ve met some amazing people during this whole thing!

      Carolyn, how cute are you on your bike?ReplyCancel

  • tracey - June 10, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    Yeeehawwwww! Can’t wait to see your new home take shape! I hope your future renters realize the gem they get and are good to it/you! No seriously, one more Yeeeehawwwwwwww!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 10, 2013 - 8:59 AM

    Tracey, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - June 10, 2013 - 9:03 AM

    congratulations!! i’m so happy for you guys! can hardly wait to see the new place.ReplyCancel

  • eileen Marie - June 10, 2013 - 10:17 AM

    Congratulations to you both! We close (on the sale of our condo) Friday. And happy birthday to Scott! -32, pssshhhtt!ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - June 10, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Woohooo, CONGRATS on the closure. And, happy belated b-day to Scott.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - June 10, 2013 - 11:13 AM

    Look at all of those keys!!!! Wow. I am so excited for you and, okay, all of us too. I can’t wait to see the new place and how it gradually evolves over time. And good Scott, happy birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - June 10, 2013 - 12:20 PM

    Congratulations! I hope you had a cocktail to toast to your new home. Cannot wait to see the new place and the big plans you have in store!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Rachel - June 10, 2013 - 12:35 PM

    Congrats!! I am so excited for you all!!
    And I love all those keys. Seriously 3 years after moving into our place and I am still finding random keys everywhere. It’s crazy (but I love it haha).
    Best of luck in the next 20 days – I hope it goes by quickly so you can move in your new home :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - June 10, 2013 - 12:37 PM

    CONGRATS! So excited for you guys and to see you new abode as it becomes YOURS!

    Happy Birthday, Scott — what a great present!ReplyCancel

  • Elisa - June 10, 2013 - 12:44 PM

    Wahoo! Congrats! Can’t wait to follow along. :DReplyCancel

  • katie - June 10, 2013 - 12:47 PM

    yay, congrats! that is a lot of keys! i can’t wait to see the new place, and best of luck with the rental.ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - June 10, 2013 - 2:10 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I can’t wait to see the place!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Man! That is a serious key ring! It reminds me of an elementary school janitor. I hope you squirreled away a few extra dollars to buy a new belt to clip those to ;)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - June 10, 2013 - 4:22 PM

    Congratulations, I’m so super excited for you guys and can’t wait to see it.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - June 11, 2013 - 1:49 PM

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!

    And geez that’s a lot of keys!ReplyCancel

  • Oneita @grrlDog - June 11, 2013 - 6:58 PM

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see pics of the new challenge!ReplyCancel

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    […] of course there are Kim and Scott at Yellow Brick Home who closed on their new house last Friday, after a rollercoaster ride of finding what they thought was […]ReplyCancel


Extra, extra! A huge thank you to everyone for the overwhelming congratulatory words on Monday! Between our virtual home and the (too many) social sites, we (still) feel very happy, lucky and so grateful for all your encouragement. You all are the best. With our patio appropriately perked (and our whole home in the beginning…

It’s happening! We’re moving! We know it feels like we’ve been talking about this for months – hinting at it here and there (constantly, it seems!), but not really saying much else at all. We’re sorry. It’s been a long and winding road (and the topic of every dinner conversation for months), and the superstitious…
  • Ainhoa - June 3, 2013 - 6:34 AM

    This is huge! Congrats!! I can’t wait to see pics, it sounds awesome already.ReplyCancel

  • gqf - June 3, 2013 - 6:58 AM

    Woohoo!!!!!! Congrats!!! So excited for your little clan. ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - June 3, 2013 - 7:24 AM

    This is super exciting! Can not wait for the photos. Good luck with the packing process!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - June 3, 2013 - 7:28 AM

    Congratulations!! So excited for you and this new adventure =) xoReplyCancel

  • Annie - June 3, 2013 - 7:52 AM

    So happy for you guys!!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - June 3, 2013 - 8:09 AM

    YAY! Congrats to you all! I am so excited for you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanna - June 3, 2013 - 8:19 AM

    Congrats to you all! I’m sure the “kiddos” will love the new place!ReplyCancel

  • Marti - June 3, 2013 - 8:22 AM

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to follow along as you remodel your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Martina - June 3, 2013 - 8:23 AM

    Congratulations! The next month is going to be full of excitement for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Clara - June 3, 2013 - 8:23 AM

    Yayyy! So excited for you guys! Can’t wait to follow along with your renovations…ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - June 3, 2013 - 8:29 AM

    Hooray! Cannot WAIT to see photos of the new digs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - June 3, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    Moving is a huge pain in the butt, but it is fun at the same time. I love setting up a new house, arranging my furniture in a new space and organizing everything. Now I am getting jealous! My little Cape of Dreams is not finished yet, and we won’t be relocating for a while. However, the itch is growing. Good luck with your move! I cannot wait to see the pictures of the new house and all of the renovations you do to it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 3, 2013 - 8:48 AM

    Congrats!!! I can’t imagine you’ll have much to purge though. =)ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - June 3, 2013 - 8:49 AM

    Congratulations you guys!! So happy everything worked out in your favor. Home buying is so stressful. Can’t wait to follow along with all the renovations! (P.S. Hi, this is Kim’s cousin Kelsey :) )ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - June 3, 2013 - 8:49 AM

    Yeah!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - June 3, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    So happy for you!! Looking forward to hearing even more about it, seeing pictures, and following along as you renovate!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - June 3, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    Congrats! This is so exciting! Can’t wait to see how you guys transform the new place!
    Yay for jack!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Schutte - June 3, 2013 - 9:04 AM

    Congrats! That’s very exciting! Watching how much my dog loves my parent’s yard makes me want to pack up my little condo and move along as well. Jack won’t know what to do with himself!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 9:07 AM

      Thanks so much everyone! Jack won’t stop yapping about his yard – we can’t wait to watch him play!

      Kelsey – no joke. It’s definitely been stressful, but it’ll all be worth it so soon!ReplyCancel

  • Tina S. - June 3, 2013 - 9:08 AM

    Congratulations!! The yard is totally worth it!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of the new digs as well as follow along with all the changes you guys have in store.ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - June 3, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    So awesome! Congrats! Can’t wait to see the pix and so glad to hear that you’ll bring some glory back to a 100-year old house. We’ve been in one for 3.5 years now, and though a ton of work, nothing beats the detail and beauty in these old houses. And a yard! There is something so magical and soothing about working on a garden.
    Looks like I’ll have to get my next foster portrait ordered! Once moving day rolls around, you are going to be BUSY!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 10:36 AM

    Kira, you’re not kidding! I’m front loading a ton of orders as I write this, so I can take a teeny, tiny break to unpack and move! Things will be nutty. Now’s the perfect time to stock up on Pet Shop portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - June 3, 2013 - 10:50 AM

    Congratulations to you-there’s nothing quite like a yard for You AND Jack. Can’t wait to see the new digs and what fabulous things you do to it. Wishing you all good things in the new home.ReplyCancel

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art - June 3, 2013 - 11:16 AM

    I am so excited for you. I love to move and with no move of my own on the horizon, I can live vicariously through you for a bit :) I hope you will share everything!!ReplyCancel

  • OhMelvin - June 3, 2013 - 11:18 AM

    This makes me so happy — for you and for us! I so look forward to your adventures in decorating!!! I’m getting my notebook ready to take notes! And as for the yard, it’s life changing — it’s everything you hope for and so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - June 3, 2013 - 1:19 PM

    Very happy for your guys (and Jack), and looking forward to reading all about it when the time comes. During the move, here’s hoping the only fireworks you experience are the Independence Day variety.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 1:24 PM

    Jimmy, ha! Agreed!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Nieman - June 3, 2013 - 3:00 PM

    Wahooo! This is SUCH fun news – congrats! Can’t wait to see the new place!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 4:27 PM

    Thank you so much everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - June 3, 2013 - 5:13 PM

    WOOOHOOOOO!!!! Congrats on the yard (and the new digs!) Can’t wait to see it!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Trude - June 3, 2013 - 6:22 PM

    Congratulations!! So glad its all working out perfectly in the end. The same thing happened when my BFF bought her condo (that I rent a room in). We both fell in love with a super cute place, but we didn’t exactly love the neighborhood or its layout, so we held out for a short sale and it was totally worth it. Looking forward to seeing what you do when you jump the new places’ bones! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - June 3, 2013 - 7:52 PM

    Congratulations! Your new home will be amazing, considering what you have done to your present place. Enjoy the journey….we sure will!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - June 3, 2013 - 8:25 PM

    Yay! So happy for you and all. Congratulations. Can’t wait to read all about it :)ReplyCancel

  • Oneita - June 4, 2013 - 10:49 AM

    CONGRATS!!! I look forward to photos of the REAL one!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - June 4, 2013 - 1:34 PM

    This is great news, I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see photos of the new place!ReplyCancel

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    […] Kim’s closing on her new house the day ours goes up for sale! I’m looking forward to boring Jess and Heidi with our real […]ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - June 4, 2013 - 4:41 PM

    congrats! I can’t wait to see what you do with the new place, I have no doubt it will be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sarge in Charge - June 5, 2013 - 7:44 AM

    CONGRATS! How wonderful for you guys :)

    I cannot wait to see how you convert a 2 flat! We wound up going with a condo this time around after our little house fell through (have the inspection today!), I am hoping our next move will be a SFH or 2 flat.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 5, 2013 - 8:38 AM

    Thank you all SO much!

    Sarge, CONGRATS! We hope it goes as smooth as possible!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsey - June 7, 2013 - 10:51 AM

    YAY! I am so happy for you guys, looks like you close today!!! Finish up that fat stack of paperwork and go celebrate! I can’t wait to see the place and see you guys make it your own! Sooooo exciting!ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ - June 7, 2013 - 11:23 AM

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see what neighborhood you’ll settle in!

    And it’s summer in Chicago – fun for the new house and fun for street festivals! woo hoo!ReplyCancel

  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! What a relief, right? I know I’m late to the party (dang real life has kept me off the interwebs the last few weeks), but I hope you’re still walking on air, celebrating and making real ‘This is finally happening’ plans for your space. I can’t want to see it and follow the journey as you make it your own. Maybe we can swap renovation sob stories when you get a few months in ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - June 7, 2013 - 5:07 PM

    I, too, am late to the party (but I’m moving so I have a good excuse!): congratulations! I’m so thrilled for you guys. Such an amazing time to start anew, to gain space, and to expand your home front. Wishing you green thumbs, dirty paws, and muddy feet, and oodles of joy in your new home! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 7, 2013 - 6:13 PM

      You guys are the best. We can’t thank you enough for all the well wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - June 7, 2013 - 9:32 PM

    YAY!!!! Congratulations! So very excited & happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • dervla - June 10, 2013 - 9:36 PM

    awww wow, can’t wait to see you jump this house’s bones and get that thing all sexy again :) Congrats!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2013 - 10:05 PM

      Everyone! Dervia! Jodi! Thank you, thank you!ReplyCancel


First things first; you guys are beyond amazing! Thank you for the Small Cool love yesterday. Voting runs through Friday, so there’s still time to ‘Favorite’ our little home. Jack sends his (slobbery) kisses! Scott and I spent the past holiday weekend back home in Cincinnati with family. We came home Sunday afternoon exhausted and…
  • Yasemin - May 29, 2013 - 7:45 AM

    The rug looks beautiful, and loved the penguin flower pot:)
    Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

    Yasemin from breadpassion.comReplyCancel

  • Cassandra J. - May 29, 2013 - 8:23 AM

    Hi Kim, I’m a new reader and am LOVING the blog you guys have! My boyfriend and I have three cats, so we’ve really enjoyed the posts about preventing pet problems (now that’s a tongue-twister), but we also love the minimalist style that you two have created in your home. I know it’s small, so you probably are FORCED to minimize the amount of “stuff” you have, but it’s something that we are currently working on, even in our 1760 sq ft home!

    Love the patio (that rug!) — worked on ours yesterday a bit, too… it’s coming along! Just dreading the NC summer heat that’s quickly approaching…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 30, 2013 - 7:53 AM

      Cassandra – 3 cats! Now that’s a lot of love :) So glad you’ve found us!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - May 29, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    We’re very lucky to have some space in Erie – a nice sized backyard, a patio, and a covered patio. But sometimes it gets overwhelming and feels like we’re not making any progress!!’s going slow, but we’re working on it!!ReplyCancel

  • tracey - May 29, 2013 - 9:10 AM

    You need to stop posting pictures, it just makes us ALL want to visit and stay for a long time!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - May 29, 2013 - 9:11 AM

    I really love how you hung your bikes! I was just trying to think through that problem in our garage yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 9:18 AM

    Hannah, yes, I could see how that would be so overwhelming! We’ve only ever had a tiny space, so we can breeze through it in an afternoon!

    Kristin, we used to hang them in our office/second bedroom turned studio. See here:

  • Nicole T. - May 29, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    I love these Jade plants!!! :) Your patio looks great! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Erin || - May 29, 2013 - 10:59 AM

    I’m in LOVE with those trio of floral planters! Gorg! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Hoerandner - May 29, 2013 - 12:19 PM

    Adorable – so sweet. Love all the blues. It makes such a difference how high the next porch is from you – makes your space seem so much bigger. Where did you get the stringed round lights?ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - May 29, 2013 - 12:44 PM

    Oh your patio looks so great. I love the strung lights and all the beautiful plants. Last year we did a big overhaul to our patio/backyard and I am still trying to fill in the space with character and charm. Love seeing the updates!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 1:07 PM

    Julie, the cafe lights were from Target last year. I’ve seen them pop up on blogs this year though, so they might still have them!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 29, 2013 - 1:19 PM

    Looks gorgeous! Love all the groupings of three. The tealights in different sized mason jars are a great touch too. I’m going into major spruce up mode this weekend to get ready to host a birthday BBQ for the boy the weekend after that. People will actually be out there, need to fancy it up STAT, so thanks for the ideas! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 1:25 PM

    Trude, fun! When is your boy’s birthday? Sounds like his birthday falls on the same weekend as Scott – June 9!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - May 29, 2013 - 2:38 PM

    This is definitely somewhere I’d like to spend an evening. Can I ask where you got the beautiful outdoor rug?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 2:50 PM

    Hi Dana, thanks! The rug was purchased from World Market last summer.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - May 29, 2013 - 3:27 PM

    Love the added little details and there is nothing like braking in a patio with some cold brewhas ;)ReplyCancel

  • ann - May 29, 2013 - 3:33 PM

    The patio looks so inviting and we wish we lived closer so we could enjoy it with you. I think your Monday spruce up was just what you needed after our weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 29, 2013 - 3:49 PM

    Yup, his is on the 6th, so we’ll be celebrating on the 8th, and all he wants to do is BBQ for everyone and drink beer. I love simple requests. :) Woohoo for June babies, so many more party options!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - May 30, 2013 - 5:00 AM

    I absolutely love your patio, and it’s furnishings. What a great difference the little things make, eh?ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - May 30, 2013 - 11:18 AM

    it looks so great!!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - May 30, 2013 - 12:01 PM

    i love your white chairs out there! where did you find those?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 30, 2013 - 1:00 PM

    Blair, thanks! We got those on Overstock last year! Actually, this post goes into more detail about where we found almost everything on the patio:

  • […] way Kim and Scott over at Yellow Brick Home perked up their patio gives me hope that I can do the same for ours, at least a bit. (It’s urgent: I’m […]ReplyCancel

  • Jackie B - May 31, 2013 - 9:40 PM

    Love this patio! And the planters from the flea market are super cute.

    I’m trying to tame the jungle of our hedges first, but this inspired me to add some color to the patio to make it more inviting. Thanks!ReplyCancel