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The last handful of days have been weird ones – full of ups, downs, and in-betweens. It felt as though nothing actually went as planned, but we did our best to turn those lemons into lemonade (so they say). I’ll admit that while I was, at times, a bit of a Gloomy Gus, I bounced back just as quickly – as it seemed that most things were out of our control, so what’s the point of dwelling?

We did take a (too quick) trip to Cincinnati where we were able to spend time with Scott’s family and friends (good!), but we were derailed for a bit when our trusty wagon needed a trip to the car hospital (bad). While we had every intention of spending an afternoon at our favorite college-day haunts while in Cincinnati, those plans were nixed when our car went downhill (and in a ironic twist, this happened while we were driving up a hill when an axle went haywire. But it’s fixed now – good!).

Progress has been made on The One (sort of good?), but the so-called “progress” means that we have officially let it go – bad, yes, but we can finally just move on. There is some relief in that, so we’re ready to get back out there, dig in our heels and take that good with the bad – and make it really good again.

If that makes any sense.

Even though it’s been an exhausting few days (mentally, mostly), we are feeling optimistic about what’s to come. We have a dose of spring fever – it’s around the corner, right? (despite the snow storm we drove through to get back to Chicago) – and family time was perfect and necessary. This whole limbo-living nonsense won’t get the best of us, nope. Good things are coming; we can feel it.

How were your weekends? Who has snow?

PS… Our Joss & Main Curator’s Collection ends this morning at 10am EST – and if you’re not a member you can skip the line and sign up right here!

  • Jimmy - March 25, 2013 - 8:07 AM

    Sorry to hear you guys aren’t getting the house. Something better is surely in the works. Good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 25, 2013 - 8:34 AM

    So sorry to hear about The One – but it will make finding the Real One even better! So glad you guys are staying optimistic!!

    Loved, loved the Collection – the stuff was so you!

    We have snow in Erie (of course!) – just what I expect for a typical Spring day!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 25, 2013 - 8:36 AM

    Thanks, Jimmy. That has to be the reason, we think. There’s something else that was meant to be ours…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 25, 2013 - 8:37 AM

    Hannah, thank you! You’re right! The “Real One” is waiting, and we’re ready to get it! We used to go to Erie a lot for hockey tournaments; yup, just another spring day with snow, right?!ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - March 25, 2013 - 9:57 AM

    Damn. I’m so sorry. And the car to boot? And it’s still winter even though it’s supposed to be spring? I’m glad you have each other, and your furry ones to get you through. Feel the grief, let it out, let it go, make room for something new. Isn’t that how it goes? I think you guys have earned a little merry-making, or some loud music, or some crazy dancing, or something. Rest assured that you WILL find your home. Until then, positive thoughts from my corner of the world to yours.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2013 - 12:13 PM

      Kati, thank you. There’s definitely crazy dancing and loud music in this home almost every night, so we’re trying to stay upbeat! Everything happens for a reason.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Young - March 25, 2013 - 11:37 AM

    At least there is closure…. there is nothing worse than waiting and wishing with no end in sight. Plus, as others have said, it will make it that much more exciting when you really do find THE one. Can’t wait to see what you end up with!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 25, 2013 - 12:17 PM

    Chin up buttercups! I know it’s a bummer but you won’t even remember that house when you find YOUR house and make it even more beautiful. Short sales are a real pain and can make home buying much harder than it needs to be. Happy hunting!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 25, 2013 - 4:08 PM

    So sorry to hear about the house, the car, and the still-winter weather! I know your perfect house will come along, but the wait is never easy.

    Hope your Joss&Main collection went well!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin - March 25, 2013 - 8:06 PM

    I’m with everyone above- we lost the first 3 places that we loved when we tried to buy in Chicago. But then our place came up on the market, we snapped it up, and we can’t imagine living anywhere else!
    Fingers crossed that the search is over for you guys soon!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Magic City Thistle - March 25, 2013 - 8:37 PM

    Buying a house really is a roller coaster! We lost our first 2, but ended up with the perfect place for us. I know your perfect place is just round the corner.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - March 26, 2013 - 10:04 AM

    Ooh, please add that second photo (blue sky, yellow bridge) to the Print Shop? Is it in Cincinnati?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 26, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    Hi Lindsey, yup, it’s in Cincinnati! I’ve added it to our Pinterest board to see if folks would like to see it in the Print Shop. So far, folks seem to like it! :)

  • Lindsey - March 26, 2013 - 10:15 AM

    Yay! I love the colors/composition and my boyfriend is from Cincy, so it would definitely find a great place in my home!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ design that inspires - March 27, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    I’m so sorry that the house didn’t work out, but I think the universe always has a funny way of making these things work. I’m sure you’ll end up with a house even more fabulous than that one, best of luck in your search!ReplyCancel


If you saw our sneak peek yesterday, you’ll know that today kicks off our Curator’s Collection with Joss & Main! Pinch us; this is crazy. We’re just a little bit excited (ok, a lot bit), and you can get started by using this invite for Joss & Main (if you’re not yet a member), then make your way to our entire event right here. Go on, click over!

We focused on items that were a perfect pairing of boy + girl – a balance of Scott + Kim – and everything you’ll find in our collection are things that we either love, wish-listed or find eerily similar to our own tastes. So for fun, we rounded up a few of our Joss & Main selections that we could see (or already see) in our home, starting with the living room. That cat pillow? Check. The clock? Check, check! The collection of gold frames? Uh, check.

When it comes to the kitchen, I’ll be the first to admit that Scott does almost all the cooking in our home (aside from the occasional take-out nights and weekend treats), so he was all about that butcher block (we have that board’s doppelganger) – and those knives. But I take full credit for squeaking in that cutie pie terrarium (you know it!).

And maybe it’s because – lately, especially! – we’re aching to take on new projects, dreaming of garages and scheming which’ll be our next tool purchase (or wait, isn’t that all the time?), but we were all about the workshop. Yup, we smooth talked our way into curating a handful of power tools – bright blue toolboxes and our favorite catch-all Ball jars, too.

There is so, so much more in store, and we hope (please and thank you!) you’ll take a peek before it’s over! (Again, if you’re not yet a member of Joss & Main, you can sign up using this invite so you can totally skip the wait list). As a full disclosure, we do make a small commission on anything that you love, buy and add to your home – but rest assured that any funds will go toward future projects around our home.

The event is live right now and ends this coming Monday, March 25th, at 10 am EST!

Happy shopping and happy, happy (almost) weekend! And big thank yous! to the crew at Joss & Main for asking us to hop on board as curators – so fancy. We still can’t believe it.

  • Jackie - March 22, 2013 - 6:41 AM

    Fabulous collection! I love the Thomas Paul Bunny Pillow but it’s already sold out :(ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 8:35 AM

    Jackie, thank you! Bummer about the sold out pillow though. Items seem to move fast on Joss & Main!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 22, 2013 - 9:32 AM

    Love your picks! I totally have a pendant like the white on on your kitchen board in my art room, and that flamingo print hangs in my living room!

    I wish the Sutton Pendant on your workshop board was in my price range!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - March 22, 2013 - 9:35 AM

    Hi — Don’t think it’s part of the collection, but do you know where the couch is from? I’m in the market for a gray (possibly velvet) couch, and nothing is speaking to me just yet.

    P.S. Still need to pick some pics of my mini-jack(ie) to send to you so we can get started on our painting!

    Cheers! Rebecca and ElleReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 9:58 AM

    Cait, we LOVE that flamingo print – we may need to add it to our art…

    Rebecca, I can’t wait to get started on your mini-Jack! That couch is actually in the collection, and you can find it right here:

  • elizabeth - March 22, 2013 - 11:08 AM

    Um, hello! So glad I found you guys via Joss and Main…adding you to my blog list asap. I love that you feature your kitties :) Mine is a grey baby like yours.
    Have a great weekend.
    nella designsReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 11:11 AM

    Elizabeth, so happy you found us! Aren’t grey kitties the most snuggly of them all?!ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth - March 22, 2013 - 11:15 AM

    YES! I may or may not have mine in my logo…she is my studio buddy :)ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Ashe - March 22, 2013 - 11:17 AM

    I’ve been looking forward to your Joss & Main collection especially for the white ladder entertainment piece featured on the front collection picture! I was disappointed to see this item was not a part of the collection. Do you have a link to where this piece can be purchased? I can’t find anything like it though my own web-browsing! Thanks in advance for your help!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 11:22 AM
  • Jodi - March 22, 2013 - 12:23 PM

    love your collection! especially that flamingo print. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sarabeth - March 22, 2013 - 1:12 PM

    So many fun things. Especially the flamingo picture!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 22, 2013 - 1:52 PM

      Thanks, guys! And Elizabeth, too cute! Yay for studio buddies :)ReplyCancel

  • dervla - March 25, 2013 - 8:48 PM

    ooooh totally excited to go check this out. Loving that butcher block and the terrarium! Congrats on this sale :)ReplyCancel


You guys, exciting things are happening for this little casa tonight.

For the last several weeks, we’ve been working with the amazing team behind Joss & Main to curate our own collection – as in, they asked us to shop our hearts out from the comfort of our couch, a task that while daunting at first, became a little too easy. We shopped, we discussed, we curated. Fancy, huh?

Our event launches this evening at 9 pm EST and runs through Monday at 10 am! We’ve gathered a hundred items that reflect a perfect pairing of Scott + Kim – something we’ve always worked towards in our own home. If you’re new to Joss & Main, they’re a members only retail site offering fun, unique themes and collections for a limited time, so early birds get the worm (as Scott would say; he’s a man of old timey phrases).

More details to follow tomorrow, but if you’re not already a Joss & Main member, you can get ready for the event by signing up right here!

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 21, 2013 - 10:31 AM

    I have been waiting!!!! So you. So you.

    p.s. That stool looks familiar. ;) ;)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - March 21, 2013 - 10:46 AM

    Exciting!! I can already tell from that sneak peek that it’s going to be a fun virtual shopping trip =) xo!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 21, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Man, way to feed my online shopping addiction…ReplyCancel

  • Jen - March 21, 2013 - 11:48 AM

    Great collection, I especially love the bench, and the record player (and the light…).ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 21, 2013 - 12:07 PM

    Congratulations you two! That’s quite an honor. Your collection looks great and I’m totally going to check it out :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 21, 2013 - 12:39 PM

    Thanks, guys! We’re a little nervous – like in junior high when you’re afraid no one is going to ask you to the dance. We really hope you’ll check it out! Details tomorrow…ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - March 21, 2013 - 2:34 PM

    Wow! You two are super famous! I’ll be sure to check out the sale tonight! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - March 21, 2013 - 2:37 PM

    Ah! I can’t wait to see what you’ve picked. I love all of the items above so I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Love Joss & Main!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - March 21, 2013 - 4:22 PM

    so excited!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 21, 2013 - 4:45 PM

    Aw, you guys make us happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - March 21, 2013 - 5:01 PM

    How exciting! I love the items that I see here already.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - March 21, 2013 - 8:36 PM

    I love, love, love the little dinosaurs, & the terrarium kit the most!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 21, 2013 - 8:50 PM

    Sophie, those might be my favorites too…ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - March 22, 2013 - 12:17 AM

    I am totally loving your selection! I am especially digging the compound miter saw…and who can resist a turntable that plays real vinyl!!! Totally fun!ReplyCancel