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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

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After dining, visiting and sightseeing (what felt like) all of Chicago in our first weekend-half, we slowed down for half two. We cooked at home. We played games with friends. We ate cake! Scott gave us a tour of his semi-secret bike park, and we walked through our neighborhood, pointing out where we like to picnic, where the annual festivals are held and – dare we say – the location of our future home. (And in regards to the latter, we’re still tidying neat little bows on every checklist item before we divulge too much more. It’s the superstition in us, we suppose.)

Spring finally stuck around for a handful of days in a row – a first this year! – and we made sure to take advantage of it. And now, can you believe it’s May? Where did April go? (Or March and February, really?)

  • Jodi - May 1, 2013 - 6:54 AM

    right? how is it MAY already???

    looks like a most excellent weekend. i love the way your process your photos; so light and dreamy.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t believe it’s May.

    I love your weekend updates. They make me want to be better about documenting our days off.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 1, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    Thanks, Jodi!

    Heather, do it!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - May 4, 2013 - 10:34 AM

    Where, might I ask, was that “Meat Free” picture taken. The Chicago Diner is a stop for me on any trip to Chicago, I’d love to know if there is another great vegetarian spot I need to hit next time I come to town.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 4, 2013 - 11:23 AM

      Hi Kara! It was taken at the NEW Chicago Diner location in Logan Square! De-freaking-licious.ReplyCancel

  • Eugenia - May 9, 2013 - 11:30 AM

    I love the pictures you take. What kind of camera do you use?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 9, 2013 - 12:49 PM

    Hi Eugenia, I’m still using my old and trusty Nikon D80 and/or Nikon D200 DSLR! All the photos above were taken with a 50mm.ReplyCancel

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There were no rules this weekend.

It was an extra long one, with our Portland doppelgangers (more about them right here), Julie and Brian, coming in for a birthday (Brian’s) extravaganza. I jokingly made a (loose) itinerary – so necessary when out-of-towners have just 4 days to do as much as possible in a city with so much to do. We ate – an effing lot – took in the story of Sue the T-Rex (rawr!), beach walked and brewery toured (and this is just part 1, you guys!). Jack soaked in every last second with his adopted aunt and uncle, lounging on the couch, the bed and every other no-no in our home. Between him and the (kitty) girls, permanent smiles floated through this house, and we fell into bed each night harder than the one before.

Just like the Chicago tourist I am (and hope to always be – love this town!), the camera never left my hand. We’re only sad we forgot to snap a (Fujifilm) Polaroid, but as you may have seen, Instagrams abound. We have more digital photos to sift through, so we’ll tidy up the weekend tomorrow. But right this minute!, we need take a vacation from our staycation, and squeeze in a nap – that is, after embracing the first-day-back-to-work blues.

Happy, um, Tuesday, you all!

  • Nina - April 30, 2013 - 6:49 AM

    I check out your blog regularly but I (don’t think) I have ever commented before. I just had to say that I love the look of universal doggie ecstasy in the butt-scratching shot! It made me think of my own little 4-legged child, who would have been 12 today. Great shot! And I really enjoy your blog, too, not just your doggie.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - April 30, 2013 - 8:47 AM

    Great photos, I really like the butt scratching and couch cuddling ones. But I also like the one with the donuts… mmm… donuts…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    Nina and Emily, Jack typically steals the show around here, so it’s fitting they’re your favorites!ReplyCancel

  • OhMelvin - April 30, 2013 - 9:42 AM

    Awesome pictures! I love Chicago and this makes me want to come visit again! The brewery shots are amazing — makes me want to have a beer, at 10:30am!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - April 30, 2013 - 9:52 AM

    as always, your pictures are beautiful! what an awesome weekend it was in Chicago! hopefully this one is the same :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - April 30, 2013 - 12:11 PM

    Love your beautiful photos (as always)! I’m sure you’ve mentioned it before, but what camera/lens do you use most of the time?

    Also, what brewery did you visit? It looks super fun! I live in Chicago and would love to take the boyfriend for his birthday in a few weeks. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 12:28 PM

    Hi Shelby, we went to the Rev brewery tour at the Kedzie taphouse – it’s free, and it starts at 6PM. See more info here:

    http://revbrew.com/brewery

    I used my 50mm lens for all the photos here, and I’m still using my super old, super trusty Nikon D80 from back in the day. We’re good friends, me and that camera!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - April 30, 2013 - 2:03 PM

    Thanks Kim! Going to check it out now!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - April 30, 2013 - 2:09 PM

    The Field Museum is wonderful. I moved out of Chicago in 2005, and I still miss it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 5:00 PM

      Jessica, it was our FIRST time, can you believe it?! Loved it. Just wish we had more time to walk through everything…ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - April 30, 2013 - 7:57 PM

    Always love your beautiful photos and they made me thirsty for a good beer :)ReplyCancel

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