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Last week, I kissed the studio goodbye for a cool 24 hours and hopped aboard a brightly colored car with 3 other (very awesome) ladies, Nicole, Jess and Heidi. We took a mid-week overnight trip to Camp Wandawega – a 2 hour drive from Chicago in Elkhorn, Wisconsin – a gorgeous gem full of cabins, teepees and tents on, get this, Wandawega Lake. (Fair warning: their website plays music, so you might want to turn down the volume before clicking over.)

Nicole invited us along for the too-short trip (I’m still pinching myself; if only we had the time to stay longer!), and while we did all those things that girls do when they get together – you know, eat, drink and talk, talk, talk! – we also took a moment to sneak in an archery lesson, swing on the trees and, of course, take way, way too many photos. It rained constantly, but it didn’t matter.

I woke up the following morning on a top bunk – making my heart so happy – after spending the evening over a bottle of wine and a fire in the lodge. The Camp, I’m telling you, is magical.

See Nicole’s recap right here.

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - June 12, 2013 - 7:23 AM

    Gorgeous photos!! Looks like it was a blast =)ReplyCancel

  • Michael Wurm, Jr - June 12, 2013 - 7:29 AM

    These are some of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. I’m sure your gals had a blast!

    xo MichaelReplyCancel

  • Ashley - June 12, 2013 - 7:51 AM

    Major blogger envy! I’ve been wanting to head up there – it looks so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - June 12, 2013 - 8:47 AM

    Looks super fun. I will camp if shelter other than a tent is involved. Now what about the fashion? Am I missing something here? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 12, 2013 - 8:50 AM

    Thank you! Ashley, it was the CUTEST. You should go! And Jill, luckily, no tents involved for us – just a cozy cabin. As for the fashion, Nicole covered that. It was completely impractical for a camp trip (Jess called it “glamping”), but it just made it that much more fun!ReplyCancel

  • OhMelvin - June 12, 2013 - 10:47 AM

    Wow, so stunning and remarkably sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - June 12, 2013 - 11:01 AM

    Oh my gosh! Elkhorn is so close to me! I’ve never heard of this place. I will definitely be planning a trip up there. I love that they have dog-friendly cabins. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - June 12, 2013 - 11:43 AM

    what an amazing little gem of a camp! looks like a nice relaxing trip, and of course, your pics are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey @ Likes to Smile - June 12, 2013 - 1:05 PM

    I can’t believe you got to go there!! The photos are so stunning and so fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 12, 2013 - 2:04 PM

    Everything was so ridiculously cute, it was hard not to photograph EVERYTHING! Thanks, guys!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - June 12, 2013 - 7:24 PM

    Great photos! This place became what it is after I’d moved away from home, but I did a photoshoot for a family on that t-shaped pier a few years ago – so beautiful! Glad it was such a great time. =) WI pride!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - June 12, 2013 - 8:41 PM

    what a gorgeous place!! glad you got a little r&r :)ReplyCancel

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  • tereasa - June 13, 2013 - 5:54 AM

    thanks so much for visiting! your photos are so lovely. you really have a beautiful eye. please come back and visit us soon! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 13, 2013 - 8:32 AM

      Tereasa, you’ve done the most beautiful job! It was so amazing to be there – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Dave - June 13, 2013 - 7:11 PM

    Ann and I want a print of the canoe paddles. All the photos were awesome.

  • Trude - June 14, 2013 - 12:56 PM

    Oh man. As if I didn’t want to take a summer vacation before…just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - June 15, 2013 - 1:49 AM

    lovely photos! I’ve been wanting to go there! which place did you stay in there?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 15, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    Hi Lindsey, we stayed in a 3 room cabin on the lake – Jess and I bunked in the room with the bunk bed! It felt so fun, like Girl Scout camp or something ;)ReplyCancel

  • Victoria | Oh So Pretty - June 17, 2013 - 12:57 PM

    These photos are absolutely GORGEOUOS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 17, 2013 - 1:44 PM

    Thanks, Victoria!ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - June 17, 2013 - 5:15 PM

    The FUN was def captured in the photos … all beautiful! I wanna go to camp too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah C - June 18, 2014 - 11:58 AM

    Looks like you guys had a great weekend getaway :)ReplyCancel


This past weekend was a weird one. An exciting one, no doubt (new adventures!), but we’ll fully admit to losing all track of time, wondering, wait, did we already have brunch today? Or was that yesterday? We watched our beloved Penguins get swept right out of the Playoffs (be kind; our egos haven’t yet recovered), toasted our Closing Day with patio drinks at Parsons (go there! Go now!), showed our home to potential renters (cleaning, dusting and Swiff-ing before each one), celebrated the birthday boy, and somehow, came home with two new pieces of furniture. And if we’re being honest, with the closing behind us, we shouldn’t be so surprised.

ONE. After Scott spotted the dresser in a nearby alley, we slept on it before scooping it. Because, remember, we aren’t supposed to bring any new items in that we’ll have to move? But it was still there 2 days later, and a quick social media poll told us to stop being silly! We picked it up, and for now, it’s living in the back of the wagon. (Where else will it go?)

TWO. As if one new item wasn’t enough (although yes, it was free!), we treated ourselves to an afternoon at Humboldt House – a new vintage shop that we want to move into. Every price point is hit throughout the store, and you guys! They have a shop Pittie! The seemingly innocent trip turned dangerous when I spotted that velvet chair – and after pleading my case for a solid 30 minutes to Scott, we picked that up, too. I have big plans for that one; big plans.

New house, get here! We have things to put in you!

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - June 11, 2013 - 8:08 AM

    You did a good deed with the dresser, and it is going to look great. I like that the handles are at an angle, very unique. I too have a hard time passing up furniture, especially if I know it might end up in a landfill. My house is full, and just yesterday my husband asked in horror, “What are you doing on Craigslist again?!”ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 12, 2013 - 2:03 PM

      Jessica, we think it’s a good deed, too ;) We’re a little unsure of the angled handles… so we’ll see what happens to that!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - June 11, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    Fun! I love that the dresser is living in the car. Ha!

    I can’t wait to see how both of these get tweaked. The velvet chair already looks like you, so I’m very intrigued by your plans.

    I totally feel your pain. As soon as we closed on the firehouse, we had to remind ourselves not to buy more things to move. Since we’re (somewhat) settled more purchases are creeping in, but we’re trying to keep it to a minimum since we’re approaching one space at a time. That didn’t keep us buying a vintage fireplace a few weeks ago. Yes… a fireplace. Lol! Tell Scott he can be thankful he’s not moving a fireplace around ;)ReplyCancel

  • Erin || - June 11, 2013 - 10:35 AM

    Great finds! I can’t wait to see what you do to the dresser and I adore the chair!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - June 11, 2013 - 1:51 PM

    Excellent finds! They both have such great shapes!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 11, 2013 - 1:58 PM

    Heather, no kidding! If Scott didn’t love that dresser, there’s no way it’d be living in our car for a month. And you’re right – that velvet chair had my name all over it! It was fate.

    Thanks, guys!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 12, 2013 - 12:10 PM

    Congratulations on your new adventure, can not wait to see your new house and all the inspiring projects that will be coming.

  • Sarah - January 1, 2015 - 12:58 PM

    OMG! I WANT that chair! That is a dream chair for me. Now I will be on the hunt!ReplyCancel


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! – followed by, what the?! There are 20 more days of tenants living in the our soon-to-be home, but we’ve tossed around the idea of some exterior fixing up (including a tree limb that’s thisclose to crashing through the second floor window), and we’re already making plans for knocking down walls and leveling an uneven floor (oh, the ceiling, too). This future guy needs help, and we can’t wait to dive in.

We’re deep in the rental process of our own little condo, and we were admittedly surprised by the overwhelming response – pleasantly surprised, of course. Fingers crossed we can make a decision among the applicants soon – opening the rest of June to  pre-planning and hyper-excited dinner conversations. For every hurdle we’ve jumped through to get to that closing table, we know we have that many more (way more) ahead of us still. Those old (at times, painful) hurdles seem so distant now; we’re only looking forward.

PS! Happy birthday to the coolest guy I’ve ever known; Scott turned a whopping 32 yesterday.

  • 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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