In-between downtime with friends and dates with our couch, we spent the weekend tying up loose ends, making future plans and daydreaming (lots of that). I took advantage of weekend sleep ins, and I woke up each morning to Scott and Jack playing video games – something that is becoming sort of a tradition. After…
  • Katie - February 18, 2013 - 7:48 AM

    I’m equal parts curious and crazy excited for you guys in the hunt for a new home. Your weekend sounds like the perfect blend of everything a good weekend at home should have.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 3:21 PM

    Thanks, Katie – it really was a good weekend. Exhausting in the best possible way!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - February 18, 2013 - 4:06 PM

    I love your photographsReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 4:24 PM

    Thanks, Julia!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 18, 2013 - 4:46 PM

    I absolutely LOVE your artwork! Can’t wait until I can get my hands on some!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 5:48 PM

    Sarah, thank you! I can’t wait to get The Print Shop going! We’re on pace for a March 1st opening/giveaway…ReplyCancel

  • Shannyn - March 2, 2013 - 3:01 PM

    Oh my gosh- I was looking at this and thinking “that’s where I’m moving!!” I saw the “Home” mural and got so excited. That is a few blocks from the neighborhood I’m moving to in 3 weeks! My boyfriend owns a condo there and I’ll be moving over from Cali- so exciting… I just found your blog and love it already :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 4, 2013 - 9:14 AM

    Shannyn, you will love it here! So glad you found us.ReplyCancel

  • carolyn - July 6, 2013 - 12:04 AM

    my gosh, is that fire department photo available in the print shop?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 6, 2013 - 9:12 AM

    Hi Carolyn, it’s not, but you can check out our Pinterest Print Shop board to vote for favorites!


I’ve admitted many, many times that I have a real fear of sewing machines – I mean, that’s an exaggeration, but those crazy strings! Coming from all angles! – and for my whole DIY life, I’ve avoided them. You’ve seen me swear up and down on hem tape (and I still do; Stitch Witchery rules my…
  • jessica w - February 15, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    I love the contrasting zipper color!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 15, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    Yay Kim!!!! I took four sewing classes and no one ever taught me how to sew a zipper…wtf?! ;) This pillow is so Kim and Scott. And although you said it is the buffalo plaid, I am calling out the zipper. Not that it is teal–although that is very you, too. But that it is a seemingly hidden thing that you still took the time to make it special–in a color. Your rollaway printer (??) in your office also comes to mind. You are masters of detail. I can’t wait to see what you sew next!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - February 15, 2013 - 8:24 AM

    God, you’re my HERO! I’m terrified of sewing machines…Major kudos to you, girl. And I LOVE the pop of color in the zipper you used! Super cute…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 8:43 AM

      Thank you, ladies!

      Carrie, I’d been avoiding it for FAR too long. I really can’t wait to start doing more projects, but I still need a sewing machine…. (for now, I’m borrowing a friend’s machine!).ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Aucoin - February 15, 2013 - 8:40 AM

    Are you looking for home sewing, clothing, or accessories tutorials? I’ve got a ton of recommendations for you depending on your interests. Also, the library has some great books for quick and easy projects. Off the top of my head “Bend the Rules” by Amy Carol would probably be a good one for you to look at. If you’re at Sociabulls tomorrow, grab me and we can talk some moreReplyCancel

  • jessie aucoin - February 15, 2013 - 8:42 AM

    PS–It’s a beautiful pillow, by the way! well done on matching the plaids, too!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 9:08 AM

    Jessie, a little bit of everything! Mostly accessories and home. I’ll have to check out the book you’re talking about – but sadly, we won’t be at Sociabulls this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - February 15, 2013 - 9:51 AM

    awesome! my sewing machine has been sitting on the floor for years, terrifying me haha. i hope to learn asap! i should probably take a class so it will give me a kick in the butt to actually do it.

  • Renee - February 15, 2013 - 10:37 AM

    It was indeed a momentous evening to see you sew, with a Machine! Hey, for me, maybe third time is a charm. Maybe I won’t need a 4th pillow class…Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - February 15, 2013 - 11:18 AM

    Congrats on your first needle and thread pillow! It looks great. And the pop of color for the zipper is lovely. You should be so proud! Not only did you sew a pillow, but you used a zipper!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - February 15, 2013 - 11:25 AM

    That zipper rocks. I love little unexpected pops of color like that! I have made a few pillows in my time, and thats where my sewing machine skills start and end. I have never made the jump to zippers, and you have encouraged me to do so. Keep your fingers crossed that mine comes out half as awesome as yours did!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 11:29 AM

    You guys are so awesome – thank you! Trust that the zipper was put in while I was practically being hand held. But YES, I did it! COL!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - February 15, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    Mama’s so proud! I love your pillow! I only sew pillows and window treatments. And guess what – that’s enough! Endless decorating opportunities are possible with just curtains and pillows. Just think of the awesome things you can make for your future home!! Best wishes on your sewing journey :)ReplyCancel

  • Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund - February 15, 2013 - 1:25 PM

    Awesome! I am so in need of one of those classes too. I have a machine & I can kinda sew, but it’s not very pretty. Disappointing since I even took home ec sewing in high school, but I guess I’ve completely forgotten everything!

    Maybe someday I’ll get myself into a class!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

      Kyley (and Ammo!), the class was so, so worth it. I’d never really sewed before, so I was BRAND new, yet I somehow managed to leave the class with a pillow and a zipper. It was magical.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 15, 2013 - 3:34 PM

    I just took a few sewing classes too, and I’m hooked! Making a pillow with a zipper closure is the best. Our instructor also had us make one with an envelope-back, buttoned closure and it looks so much less tailored than the zipper one – fyi! ZIPPERS 4 LYFE. Here are my finished products! Love your buffalo check too. Wish I’d thought to line up my fabrics a bit better… oh well. =)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

      Love that pillow trio, Kate! So much pattern and color – Be still my heart!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 15, 2013 - 4:39 PM

    I just took my first class too! We didn’t make anything and only practiced on little squares of fabric but I feel SO much better about attempting anything now. I’m excited too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - February 16, 2013 - 8:08 AM

    Amazing! I’ve only sewn curtains thus far – terrified to try my hand at a zipper! – but it is so satisfying to have created something from scratch like that. I’m very impressed that you faced your fear and did it anyway! I’ll have to look into finding a sewing class. Did they provide the fabric, or did you? Wondering if you have favorite sources for fabrics.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:54 AM

      Kati, I picked the fabric! I just searched through :)ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - February 16, 2013 - 9:49 AM

    Looks perfect Kim! I love the contrasting zipper color. Making a new pillowcase for throw pillows is a really easy way to change the look of a bedroom or living room without spending too much dough. For pillow-making my tip is to look in clearance discard bins at the fabric store – many times you can find a yard or two of fabric that was the very end of a big bolt, or something a customer had them cut but then changed their mind. The other day I just found some of this at an IKEA in their fabric section – now they let the customers cut fabric themselves as needed, and this seems to have produced a pile of “mistake” fabric for sale for $1-3/yd.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - February 16, 2013 - 10:35 AM

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes today! p.s. your pillow is boss, seriously boss.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis - February 18, 2013 - 10:51 AM

    Your pillow looks great!

    Thank you for inspiring me to finally dig out my 27 year old (eek) sewing machine from the garage, dust it off, and summon enough courage to make this:

    I lost my user manual when we moved…thank goodness for YouTube!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Phyllis, I love, love, love a good floral fabric – nice work! And yes, I think I’ll be looking at YouTube tutorials when I inevitably lose my sewing class knowledge…ReplyCancel

  • Blair @ design that inspires - February 19, 2013 - 2:16 PM

    I just wrote a post about wanting to learn to sew! I’m in Chicago and plan on signing up for this class ASAP!ReplyCancel

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Happy Valentine’s Day – if that’s your thing! But if all the lovey dovey leaves you feeling a bit like Maddie, well, please disregard. Hugs and kisses. And PS: Just so you don’t think we’re complete jerks (because we really love the jeebs out of this girl!), she received plenty of belly rubs and snuggles…
  • Jill - February 14, 2013 - 8:17 AM

    Hilarious! I love that prissy priss-pants! Happy vday, homies!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - February 14, 2013 - 8:32 AM

    That is a disturbingly awesome Valentine’s picture.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - February 14, 2013 - 9:25 AM

    This is hilarious!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - February 14, 2013 - 10:12 AM

    Nice pic. Really, I like it.ReplyCancel

  • Jacki - February 14, 2013 - 11:13 AM

    This is awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - February 14, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    So funny! What a great shot. Happy Valentine’s Day :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - February 14, 2013 - 3:59 PM

    That is how my cats look every time I want to carry them or hug them. Awesome picture!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - February 15, 2013 - 12:07 AM

    Happy Valentines to you & the furry bunch. This pic is cracking me up! Love the tongue & the tips of her ears.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 8:38 AM

    Thanks, guys, and happy Valentine’s to you!

    Nina, she does have the best little ear tips, doesn’t she?ReplyCancel

  • Nina - February 16, 2013 - 4:50 PM

    Yes, without a doubt! Love them.ReplyCancel


Last Thursday, I attended the Making it Lovely // Made with Love craft event at Anthropologie; so fun. Together with my friend Jess, we made these ridiculously cute clip boards out of wood, craft paint and paper silhouettes – supplied and curated by Nicole (they are so very lovely, right?): We snacked on champagne and…
  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 12, 2013 - 8:22 AM

    Oh yeah. Ridiculously cute. And awesome. And lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - February 12, 2013 - 3:21 PM

    You have no idea how happy I am to see this! I love the way yours turned out, and it looks perfect on the door. Thanks again for coming out and braving the snow — I was glad to see you and Jess there.ReplyCancel

  • […] Look at how cute Kim’s turned out below! (That’s her on the right, above, with me on the other end and Jess Lively in the middle.) You can see how the little clip part works, and you can position the clothespins so that you can put notes and photos at the top or bottom, or both if you wish. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 13, 2013 - 8:21 AM

    Nicole, thank you! Fun, fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jada - February 13, 2013 - 10:21 AM

    My sister and her friend went to this (took my place as I had to go out of town last minute). Sad I missed it! Loooove your blog and your photos, BTW :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 13, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    Jada, thank you! I’ve just added you to my Reader – your photos are so gorgeous (and yummy), I wanted to eat my screen.ReplyCancel

  • Tina B. - February 17, 2013 - 4:07 PM

    I just have to comment and say I swear by those 3M Command strips. I use them in my rented apartment for everything. They are holding up message boards, cork boards, a giant rock print (probably around 7’x5′ in size), multiple skateboards and a random assortment of frames.

    I live by those things (and the desire to get my security deposit back whenever we move). :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - February 20, 2013 - 10:19 AM

    super cute!!

    and i love 3M command strips. they’re the best!ReplyCancel


Not really knowing what we wanted for our Jubilee end table, we opened the debate to you. It seemed pretty clear – you all wanted color, even though we were kinda sorta leaning towards a crisp white. Boring, we know, but we figured it could float from room to room (if need be – who…
  • Hannah K. - February 8, 2013 - 7:05 AM

    Love it! It’s the PERFECT balance. I think the subtle “fun-ness” makes it all the more fun!

    And yes, this could totally work on a pet portrait! Luckily, we haven’t gotten ours yet!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 8, 2013 - 8:32 AM

    I love it! What a great idea that I might have to copy! :) It’ll be so easy to paint the edge again if you do ever decide to move the table to another room.ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - February 8, 2013 - 8:39 AM

    Wow – I can’t believe how amazing that $20 end table turned out! It’s fabulous! I LOVE the two-tone look!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 8:42 AM

    Adrienne, yes, that’s what Scott said! We can change up the edge color later if we wish.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 8, 2013 - 9:20 AM

    So good. Sooo good. I have never had good luck with the Frog Tape delicate surface tape. Once it took paint off a freshly painted wall and another time it bled through. :/ Looks like I’m doing something wrong because your table is perfectly crisp.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    Julia, you know, I’ve heard of others having the same problem with the yellow Frog Tape. We were totally fine with it, but I hardly doubt it was user error on your part! Maybe it was because we laid it on semi-gloss paint, so it came off super easy?ReplyCancel

  • Casey - February 8, 2013 - 12:06 PM

    This turned out so nice, and i agree: just the right balance of clean and bright! A great little pop of color.

    New to your blog, and love seeing updates :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 1:38 PM

    Casey, so glad you found us!ReplyCancel

  • Nike Onile - February 10, 2013 - 11:17 AM

    You did an amazing job! Great choice with the coral.

    Nike O.ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia - February 10, 2013 - 4:58 PM

    Cute update! The table looks like it really belongs there now! And that polish is AMAZING.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - February 11, 2013 - 2:58 AM

    Good choice! The coral looks great against the wall color. Yay and you posted the link of centsational girl that I suggested. Love the end table.ReplyCancel

  • Advocate Homes - February 11, 2013 - 6:41 AM

    Have to agree, great choice, transforms the whole look of the table.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - February 11, 2013 - 4:22 PM

    I’m so glad you used coral! Such a happy, bright color. And the perfect balance with the white top and shiny legs. In a word, jealous! Although I’m not eyeing a beat up laminate table top… :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 11, 2013 - 5:10 PM

    Thanks, everyone!

    Cecilia, the polish really IS.

    And Helen, I’ve always loved that tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - February 12, 2013 - 11:20 AM

    Love the touch of color! And I can’t believe how amazing the metal legs look after using that stuff – totally bookmarking so I remember next time I see something at the flea market and turn it down because of the metal.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 12, 2013 - 11:27 AM

      Trude, the Nevr-Dull is magic! Rust is gone. GONE! I still can’t believe the outcome when Scott uses that stuff.ReplyCancel

  • blair @ design that inspires - February 14, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    I love the little touch of color this brings to the room!ReplyCancel