Before we shared the tour with you, Scott and I did some serious damage to that house. And by serious, we mean serious good. Our bones are sore, our backs hurt, and we're still finding bruises that we don't know how we got - wait, when did I get this
  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - July 10, 2013 - 7:21 AM

    Can’t even describe how giddy this makes me. Go team Vargo, go!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - July 10, 2013 - 7:46 AM

    Wow, amazing that you did this much yourselves! You guys are on fire!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - July 10, 2013 - 8:50 AM

    How cool!! I love your new home and you both have accomplished so much in such a short time. I hope the contractors come back with good news about your chimney (I love chimneys also so I really hope it can stay :-)).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 10, 2013 - 9:10 AM

    Rachel, waiting has been so excruciating!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - July 10, 2013 - 9:13 AM

    That arch and that brick!!! I hope you can keep it, and if you can’t keep the chimney, I hope you find a way to salvage it and repurpose it somewhere else in the house. It’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 10, 2013 - 9:17 AM

    You guys are amazing! So much work in such a short time! I really hope the chimney can stay, and I can’t wait to see the recreated arch!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - July 10, 2013 - 9:22 AM

    This demo is really impressive! I’ve never used a reciprocating saw, but now I want to.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 10, 2013 - 9:25 AM

    Thanks, guys. Wish you could all be here to help – ha!

    Laura, I had never used one before either, but it’s my new love. (Second to Scott and Jack and the girls.)ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - July 10, 2013 - 10:49 AM

    Wow, you guys are amazing. I would be so scared to take that on. Old houses are amazing…so many fun things hiding in the walls. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more buried chimneys…and that little arch is to die for!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - July 10, 2013 - 11:09 AM

    Awesome work guys! Man, plaster is the worst! We have more than our fair share at the firehouse, except it’s plaster on top of a metal lathe, which is fairly impossible to patch. Long term I think you’ll be happy that you’re replacing it with drywall (and that your roof/floors don’t sag, obviously ;) )ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - July 10, 2013 - 11:35 AM

    Woooo!! This is awesome!! Way to go guys!

    Now, why the heck would anyone cover that arch and chimney?! People are nuts! Glad you’ll try to salvage/replicate if you can!! :)


  • Angela - July 10, 2013 - 12:14 PM

    Smashing! I am serious when I say I will lend a hand for some sweet DIY handy-type-people learning opportunities. Let me know!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 10, 2013 - 12:22 PM

    Angela, that is a seriously dangerous thing to say!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - July 10, 2013 - 1:21 PM

    Wow, you have accomplished a ton already! Nice work, and keep the pictures coming!ReplyCancel

  • Lilea - July 10, 2013 - 7:00 PM

    Oh what memories this brings back! We renovated an old house, room by room, down to the studs. We had sagging floors, buckling plaster walls and doors that no longer fit into their jams. Our friends really thought we were crazy! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - July 11, 2013 - 6:11 AM

    Wowza you guys are on a roll! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - July 11, 2013 - 11:01 AM

    This is so exciting to see!!! Congratulations! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you guys that things go smoothly, I’m looking forward to seeing more of the process.

  • Kimberly @ Turning It Home - July 11, 2013 - 2:00 PM

    I love that chimney! Boy, do I wish there was a wall in my house I could tear down. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Tina S. - July 11, 2013 - 2:40 PM

    Of all things discussed, the one thing that really stuck out to me was that contractors are helping you guys by pointing out other items you can take care of yourself to save some money. It’s so rare it seems to find people who will be honest with you on what you can do on your own versus just doing the job to earn the bucks.

    Our current landlord is going to be the contractor for our new home, and he’s been open and honest from the get go on what we can and cannot do, so it’s been nothing but inspiration and giddy feelings! Yay! for nice people!

    I still have a hard time picturing the layout or your plans for the house, but I’m loving watching all of it come together!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 11, 2013 - 3:29 PM

    Lilea, I’m sure our friends think the same of us!

    Tina, I really need to make a floor plan, huh? It’s actually a pretty simple layout, but I understand that the photos (and the angles from which I shoot) can make it a little confusing.

    But you’re right – YAY for contractor’s understanding our situation and not trying to suck us dry. YAY for nice people!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 12, 2013 - 3:55 PM

    They chopped off the bottom of the chimney?! Insane. Well, if you can’t save it in the house you could still keep the bricks and use them in the yard. We tore down an old and dangerous(although awesome) 1940’s outdoor fireplace, and used the bricks as edging around our gardens. If we had enough I totally would have used them to make a little patio or something. I’m so excited to see how you fix up this house! Old houses are the best. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 12, 2013 - 5:40 PM

    Michelle, GREAT idea!ReplyCancel

  • - July 15, 2013 - 2:41 PM

    So many treasures to uncover! That arch is downright dreamy. We hope that the fun finds make the hard labor not feel quite so grueling!ReplyCancel

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    […] working on them since we moved into this house last summer. After taking down a handful of walls to open the foyer (the first step to transition our two-flat into the single family home it is now), ripping up the […]ReplyCancel

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It would be really cruel of us to get into the second week of July and withhold photos of the new home, and since I've finally had a moment to edit down my way, way too many photos into an amount that makes sense (we hope), let's do this! It was really interesting to see our …
  • Katie - July 8, 2013 - 7:34 AM

    It’s so sunny! I think it will be just as beautiful and happy as your previous home. I can’t wait for the journey. Congratulations to the five of you, and best of luck!

    -Katie at AdventuringAtHomeReplyCancel

  • Alison - July 8, 2013 - 7:42 AM

    I just love this! I can’t wait to see what you do! So….are you sleeping in a kitchen for the time being?ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - July 8, 2013 - 7:50 AM

    Oh, how LOVELY!!! Thanks for the warm welcome and I can’t wait to see how you transform this house =) Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - July 8, 2013 - 8:09 AM

    Wow, this place how so much potential… the light alone is amazing! It does look like you have a lot of work on your plate but just think how awesome it’s going to be when finished and done how you dream it up. Congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - July 8, 2013 - 8:20 AM

    I’m so excited for your house purchase too! I’m not quite sure I understand the layout quite yet, but let’s chalk that up to Monday morning and not enough coffee yet. I’m about to close on a house with every room painted a pale shade of purple; walls, closets, ceilings, laundry room, the whole shebang. Wish me luck! As I’ll be doing the same for you!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - July 8, 2013 - 8:32 AM

    So much natural light and potential there! You’ve got a lot of work to do, but it is going to be fabulous! I’m sure your heads are filled with ideas right now. Thanks so much for taking us along with you!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - July 8, 2013 - 8:38 AM

    WOW oh WOW. This looks amazing. I know you guys are going to do SUCH great things with this space. I’m so excited to share the journey with you (virtually!).ReplyCancel

  • I am SO excited for you and equally thankful that “smell-o-vision” is not a thing ;) I think “blank slate” is the best way to describe this space. There’s so much potential! I absolutely love the light in the studio space.

    I can’t believe the ceiling is sagging so much. That seems like such a huge project to tackle. I hope it’s going well for you.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 9:26 AM

      Thank you, guys!

      Alison, we’re still in the condo for now, so no kitchen sleeping just yet!

      Gloria, good luck and congrats on the new house!

      Heather, the photos don’t even do the ceiling justice. It is LOW, and the second floor is SAG Central. We’ve ripped it open, and we’re taking on some quotes, so fingers crossed it won’t be the end of the world…ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - July 8, 2013 - 9:24 AM

    Congratulations on the house! Some of the issues you’re facing sound similar to the problems with the unit K and I live in… it was built in 1912. (The cracked tiles, the sagging floors, the layers upon layers of paint!). We often envision buying the place and fixing it up– I look forward to seeing your journey and learning from you guys! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - July 8, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    Wow! Seriously, I cannot WAIT to see what you do with this space! It is so spacious and I know with some TLC from you and Scott, it will be the belle of Logan Square! :)ReplyCancel

  • Marti @ Project Palermo - July 8, 2013 - 9:42 AM

    Yessss. Can’t wait to see what you do with the space. I’d also really appreciate a detailed post sometime down the road about any Chicago zoning/permit issues you encounter throughout this process.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 9:49 AM

    Marti, oh man, we really hope it doesn’t cause any issues, but we’d love to share the details once we understand them better ourselves. So far, we’ve met with our alderman, and he pointed us in the right direction. This week, we’ll be working towards that more!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie - July 8, 2013 - 9:50 AM

    The light is amazing! So much potential and I am SO excited to see what you do with it!ReplyCancel

  • kaylan - July 8, 2013 - 10:24 AM

    the light! i love it!

    and i’m so glad you’re rehabbing this house instead of doing a tear down and rebuild. it always makes me a little sad when i see gorgeous old houses that just need a little love being completely demolished.

    does it have a basement suite as well? the exterior entrance in the first photo makes it appear so.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 10:31 AM

    Hi Kaylan! It does have a basement suite, but we’re working on the proper zoning since we’re taking the home from a legal 2 flat plus basement to a single family plus basement.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - July 8, 2013 - 10:35 AM

    Looking better already, you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 8, 2013 - 10:41 AM

    I can’t totally see why you fell in love with the house- total blank slate! Super jealous of the new studio! Hope leveling the floor/ceiling is going well!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - July 8, 2013 - 10:41 AM

    omg, the light!!! so awesome!

    can hardly wait to follow along on your progress.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 8, 2013 - 10:42 AM

    I mean can totally, sorry!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 10:55 AM

    Cait, we knew what you meant ;)ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - July 8, 2013 - 11:14 AM

    So, so exciting to finally see the reveal! I love all the light, and I can’t believe how much space you will have. Super excited to see how it all comes together.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - July 8, 2013 - 11:28 AM

    I am so excited to see what goodness you will bring to this place. That is one lucky diamond in the rough. And I am supremely jealous of all your natural light.ReplyCancel

  • dervla - July 8, 2013 - 11:41 AM

    i can’t get over that light too, wooowwww! The floors are gorgeous … hope the ceiling fixing goes smoothly.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - July 8, 2013 - 12:23 PM

    Smashing house! So happy for you all. Sorry to ask, but for clarification, your new house originally had THREE apartments (basement, floor 1, and floor 2)? And you’re trying to convert it into a single family home or a single family home plus a basement (garden?) apartment? Either way – congratulations! Looking forward to reading all about the sweat equity that’s about be poured into this lovely home. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 12:30 PM

    Hi Emma, great question – let me try my best to answer. Yes, there were technically 3 apartments (basement, floor 1, floor 2), BUT the basement unit is dubbed an “in-law suite,” therefore, it was not zoned as a unit that could be rented out. The zoning allows this building as a two-flat, meaning that there are 2 rentable units. Because we’ll be converting the first and second floor to a duplex-up, we’ll technically still have 2 units with our home – OUR home and the basement unit. However, this still requires some administrative adjustments through the city, which we’re working on. In the future, we could potentially rent the basement (garden) unit, which is pretty nice – nicer than the rest of the home currently, actually!

    Phew! Hope that makes sense!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 8, 2013 - 12:45 PM

    I love all the light you get! (that’s hard to find in Chicago!) Excited to see all of the updates!ReplyCancel

  • Brad - July 8, 2013 - 2:06 PM

    Yay! Really excited to follow along as you work on the new place!ReplyCancel

  • aussiebeachgirl - July 8, 2013 - 8:38 PM

    Hi Kim. Never underestimate the value of a walk-in pantry! Your kitchen right now is quite sizable, so I wouldn’t be sacrificing that nook for more of the same. As your family’s needs grow, and the cost of living escalates, bulk buying of stock items makes perfect sense – and this is where having a pantry is invaluable. Too often today, particularly in older builds, these sought-after spaces are being sacrificed in order to open up spaces into open-plan living. I’ve seen homes totally regutted in the UK and here in Australia, but interestingly, there is a growing trend towards preserving and not ripping out the heart of a home. Work with what you have, and turn it into an enviable piece of real estate. From the look of it, it has wonderful potential, and I wish you and yours the happiest of times in your new abode. Cheers, heather xReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - July 8, 2013 - 8:51 PM

    Looks like u r ready to have a blast decorating (bringing more tender loving care into the home)!! wohoooo! Have fun, looking fwd to seeing it developed with love.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - July 9, 2013 - 6:46 AM

    I had the same thought as Aussiebeachgirl, I’d keep the kitchen nook as a pantry.Also, I think I’d make the master bedroom nook into a mater bath. It is connected to the other bathroom so it shouldn’t be too expensive. It wo uld up resale value (if you plan to sell) and if your family gets bigger another bathroom would be nice.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - July 9, 2013 - 8:07 AM

    Amazing! What a great place and I’m so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 9, 2013 - 8:53 AM

    Aussiebeachgirl and Caitlyn, both great suggestions! Aussie, the kitchen renovation will likely happen further down the road, but we’re open to ideas, and yours makes a lot of sense!

    Caitlyn, the nook upstairs, I should have said, is MUCH smaller than the blue room off of the downstairs kitchen. There’s also no other place in the home for a laundry hook up, so we’re not completely sure that would work. We’re still in the “getting estimates” phase, so we’ll keep noodling on the idea further.

    Thank you both for your input!ReplyCancel

  • Sarge in Charge - July 9, 2013 - 9:39 AM

    Oh man, I am genuinely SO excited to see what you guys will do with the place. But now that I have a taste of what is to come I need more! Let’s get some mood boards up in here! (pretty please?)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 9, 2013 - 9:45 AM

    Sarge, thank you! Man oh man, we are so far from mood boards right now… but we are day dreaming pretty hard ;) We’re gathering up some photos of our work over the last week, and we can’t wait to share those snippets SOON.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - July 9, 2013 - 9:47 AM

    Thanks for explaining that Kim! Sorry for the confusion, I’ve never heard of the term “garden” unit. Must be a regional term. It’s totally cool that you have an “income suite” (love that show!). Good luck with all of the paperwork. Even if you decide not to rent the garden unit out, it’s good to have options.ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - July 9, 2013 - 9:48 AM

    You’re so lucky to get so much natural light! And I love that arch! Can’t wait to see what you do with the place and how you fill up ALL OF THAT SPACE. So…many…rooms!
    Any thoughts on drafting and sharing a floor plan? The different orange walls (and the mirror/door?) were throwing me off downstairs.
    And, um, if you want more things to organize, my basement would like to hire you :)
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 9, 2013 - 10:00 AM

    Emma, you’re right – options are always a good thing!

    Kiira, yes, we do need to share a floor plan! I’ll need to whip something up and share so it makes more sense.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 9, 2013 - 11:02 AM

    Wow. So light and bright! Cannot wait to see what you guys do with this. :) (And so wish I had your vision. I’d be so overwhelmed.)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 9, 2013 - 11:16 AM

    Kim, don’t be fooled – we’re overwhelmed, too! But baby steps make all the difference.ReplyCancel

  • BeKind - July 9, 2013 - 1:17 PM

    Congrats Guys!!! I feel like a stalker, I’ve been waiting for these pics what seems like forever. LOL. It’s going to be a beautiful home renovated with a lot heart, soul and love. (Not to mention sweat). The possibilities are just endless. Good luck! Looking forward to more pics. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - July 9, 2013 - 2:16 PM

    Yay been waiting for these!! Looks like the perfect place for you guys and can’t wait to see the progression :) Love all the light you get in there!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 9, 2013 - 4:34 PM

      Kelly, there’s plenty of room for your whole family to visit! We will bribe you with treats and girl talk.

      BeKind, hilarious! And thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Twarek - July 9, 2013 - 9:34 PM

    Congratulations Kim & Scott on your new adventure. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you are going to your House Project.

    Love Aunt JenniferReplyCancel

  • misie - July 10, 2013 - 8:07 AM

    oh my goodness Kim – it’s so charming! i love it. you guys are gonna rock that place – those floors are lovely and the front porch is darling. congrats!!!ReplyCancel


Happy birthday, America! To celebrate, we'll be eyeballs deep in drywall dust - literally, since you'll find us on a ladder, hammering away at the ceiling of our new home. The rest of this week and weekend will be spent in our finest painting clothes, and as soon as we pick up the old trash …
  • Sarabeth - July 5, 2013 - 7:48 AM

    One of our dachshunds is turning 6 this Sunday, so I think we will have to try these. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 9:37 AM

    Ooh, a dachshund eating a pupcake? Too many cute things happening at once!ReplyCancel


Yesterday was the official first day of owning our new home, so to break it in, we popped champagne with our Chicago family - and broke some bubbly, too. Not long after our closing day, Scott suggested that we smash a bottle of champagne …
  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - July 2, 2013 - 11:55 AM

    What a perfect way to christen a new house! So glad you’re in there and ready to start work. I’m looking forward to watching your style and skills evolve. And even more excited to see full monty pictures. Of the house, not you. Don’t want to be creepy or anything. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 12:03 PM

    Amanda, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - July 2, 2013 - 12:22 PM

    I love this, what a great idea.

    Molly from Mint AtelierReplyCancel

  • Sarabeth - July 2, 2013 - 1:26 PM

    We spent three days (and night) painting when we first got our loft. This looks like more fun!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Z. - July 2, 2013 - 1:43 PM

    This is such a great idea and should become more of a tradition with houses!

    We bought our home 8 years ago. The night we closed we brought over a huge box of dirty dishes from our flat because our new home had a DISHWASHER! I was never washing dishes again. We also brought 5 gallon bucket of Kilz and started tackling the maroon ceiling in the living room and the hunter green ceiling in the dining room.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 1:49 PM

    You all, it SHOULD be a house tradition! Let’s bring it back! Or, out! In general!

    Amanda, we’ll definitely be buying a 5 gallon bucket of Kilz ourselves. Fun, fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jen@Sunsets & Swimming Pools - July 2, 2013 - 2:28 PM

    We pulled the driveway and jumped straight into the pool with clothes on. We’d been driving for 7 hours in the middle of July from L.A. to Scottsdale. Seemed appropriate. Congrats on all the new house stuff! Super exciting ♡ReplyCancel

  • Centsational Girl - July 2, 2013 - 2:38 PM

    That is a FABULOUS way (the perfect way actually) to christen your new home, congratulations, can’t wait to watch the DIY journey of house to home.

  • Love it!!

    When we closed on the firehouse we imbibed some champagne and launched straight into a super secret project (ugh, suspense!) When we moved in a month later I was all over getting our bedroom set up so we could have one room that was a sanctuary. Smashing a bottle on the house would have been way more fun! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 2, 2013 - 3:17 PM

    Totally perfect way to christen your house!!

    I can’t exactly remember how we christened our house (almost 4 years ago!), but I think it involved painting the master bedroom green, and possibly pizza. I think we did something a little more official when we moved in?ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 2, 2013 - 3:25 PM

    Congrats, congrats! What a fun way to celebrate your new home :) Love that video!ReplyCancel

  • ann - July 2, 2013 - 4:57 PM

    My dear Kim – Where were your new safety goggles as you were breaking the champagne bottle? -AnnReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 5:04 PM

    Dear Ann,

    I thought you might say that!


  • Shauna - July 3, 2013 - 7:49 AM

    Whenever my husband found out you could buy cheap champagne (he thought it only came in $50 bottles) we have champagne Fridays. On move-in week we were also celebrating our anniversary, so we buried our cake topper (now 2 years old, was at his mother’s house, and thawed/got disgusting during a hurricane) under a bird bath in the front yard.

    Congrats on the new house! Cannot WAIT to see projects.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 3, 2013 - 8:54 AM

    Shauna, too funny! And burying the cake topper probably is a better idea than eating it anyway. Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - July 3, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    While I didn’t break a bottle on my house, we broke it in the first night with pizza and beer on the floor in the empty living room – it was February!

    Congrats again – we are so excited to see so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - July 3, 2013 - 10:53 AM

    Wow!!!! Congratulations and Cheers!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marie (from France) - July 3, 2013 - 10:59 AM

    Easier in a house than in an apartment, isn’t it ? We bought an apartment like yours 2 years ago and drank Champagne that day, but I’ll keep your great idea in mind for our next home, hoping it will be a house too.
    In France we also say “Champagne” to celebrate something (before drinking some, of course). I can hear you pronouncing it, I love that.
    Congrats and good luck with your new home !ReplyCancel

  • Molly - July 3, 2013 - 7:03 PM

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie @BabaSouk - July 6, 2013 - 9:35 AM

    Such a fun way to celebrate a new house!! Yay! Congrats guys, I’m so happy for you and can’t want to see what you will come up with! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jill - July 8, 2013 - 10:41 AM

    YAY for a front porch! Is there a swing? If not, buy one NOW! ha! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 8, 2013 - 10:55 AM

    Jill, no swing, but that porch will be amazing soon enough! (And we agree – it NEEDS a swing!)ReplyCancel

  • […] The perfect way to christen your new home. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kris {Driven by Décor} - July 12, 2013 - 7:21 PM

    What a wonderful idea! Congrats on your new home!!ReplyCancel

  • Snooky Forgue - July 14, 2013 - 9:50 PM

    We bought our house and immediately invited friends over to see the before. Next we spent for months painting,added a screened porch, new carpet and some engineered flooring. Next we christened or house with our friends coming for the after reveal and dinner.ReplyCancel


Over dinner on Saturday night, our friend Jess told us that she imagined our weekends played to the soundtrack of Flight of the Bumblebee. I almost choked on my wine, and we were still laughing at that thought on Sunday night, because you guys, the last couple of days really felt …
  • Marie (from France) - July 1, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    I haven’t said congratulations yet to you guys but I’m really happy for you. Hope you’ll keep the chandelier on the 3rd picture ;-) And good luck for your home improvement! I don’t often comment but I read each and every word you’re publishing here and I really enjoy following your adventures.

    PS: please, feel free to correct my English. It would really be nice of you (email me if needed). See you.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - July 1, 2013 - 8:56 AM

    Teasers!!! I see tons of great light!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 9:00 AM

      Marie, from Chicago to France, thank you!

      Jackie, the light is really out of control. Eek!ReplyCancel

  • zandi - July 1, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    haha i always talk about how much i hate every. single. couple on house hunters (especially the ones that say “man cave” a lot), but yet here i am, having seen nearly every episode ever aired.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 10:31 AM

      Zandi, not to mention how awful a home is based on wall colors. Because we all know – that’s impossible to change! ;)ReplyCancel

  • dervla - July 1, 2013 - 10:52 AM

    can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 1, 2013 - 12:09 PM

    Wow the natural light is gorgeous! And those floors! I hope they are in good shape, they’re amazing! I seriously love it already! So, so happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 1, 2013 - 12:13 PM

    Cait, the floors are okay – but the floor itself is SO lopsided! Photos can be deceiving… but yes, the natural light is a game changer!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 1, 2013 - 2:41 PM

    Im so excited to see this process! The light does look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ - July 1, 2013 - 2:53 PM

    Awesome! I’m excited to see your new casa!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - July 1, 2013 - 3:12 PM

    Can’t wait to see more!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma - July 1, 2013 - 10:08 PM

    Congratulations! The sneak peeks look so lovely! It’s HD time – oh how I remember the initial HD days. You’ll go from multiple trips a weekend down to just one trip, and then progress to the occasional weekend *gasp* without a HD trip. But all in good time. It’s a fun journey so bon voyage!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - July 2, 2013 - 12:42 AM

    Ohhh House Hunters! There’s always an “obstacle” in every episode!
    Love the sneak peak, and those lights from the 80’s… :-OReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - July 2, 2013 - 1:15 AM

    Omg!!! How amazing is that 1908s-ish sconce(?) in photo #4!! Please find a way to incorporate it somehow. I know you can make it work with your tongue-in-cheek style!ReplyCancel

  • Yay! Good luck! Remember to stay hydrated and to give yourself enough time (and permission) to stop when you need to. (Maybe you don’t have that problem?)

    Hahaha! House Hunters is SO addictive. It’s such a great way to peer into other people’s homes. Have you ever looked up the drinking game? There are a lot of versions, but most of them award drinks based on common phrases – wall color complaints, references to the closet being big enough for her but where will HE put his stuff?, lack of stainless steel appliances/granite (you know things that are impossible to go to a store and purchase).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 2, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    The light fixtures are not as awesome as they appear! Promise.

    Heather, that sounds like our kind of drinking game! Where will he put HIS stuff – and then everyone chuckles. Good times.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - July 2, 2013 - 9:00 AM

    That’s sad about the floors! Hopefully leveling them isn’t too tough.ReplyCancel