I got a sewing machine! And for my virgin project on the new machine? Why, something for the pets, of course! Now, you all are going to think I’m crazy, because this project is a new doggie bed for Jack. (He’s batting, what? 1 new bed a year? If only we were all so lucky!)…
  • Hannah K - April 17, 2013 - 7:06 AM

    We don’t go through beds too quickly – but seeing how expensive they are (and not that cute!), I’m dying to try a dog bed. The cloud is so cute – what a fantastic idea. So cozy.

    And yes, you are pet crazy — but that’s what we love about you!ReplyCancel

  • jessie aucoin - April 17, 2013 - 8:38 AM

    Congrats on your first sewing tutorial! One of what I’m sure will be many more to come. Jack seems to like it too, which is all the thank you I suspect you need :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 17, 2013 - 9:02 AM

      Hannah, haha! We love your honesty. Bring on the crazy! Pets, pets, pets!

      Jessie, yes, a big thank you from Jack. One cloud lump for his back end, and the opposite cloud lump for his head. He’s finding it very comfy, he says!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - April 17, 2013 - 10:00 AM

    That is so cute! And Jack sure looks happy to have a new, soft as a cloud bed. Congrats on conquering your sewing fears, zippers and all!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - April 17, 2013 - 12:00 PM

    Love it! Nothing wrong with being certifiably crazy when it comes to pets. In fact, I slightly distrust people who aren’t crazy about their critter friends!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - April 17, 2013 - 12:14 PM

    I think I need one for myself. I have always wanted to sleep on a cloud. Plus my dog is black, and this would be covered in black fur and dirt off the floor in nanoseconds in my home!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - April 17, 2013 - 12:16 PM

    This is such a cute project! I never would have guessed that you’re a novice. (Of course, that’s coming from a fellow sewing novice. I think I made a pillow back in middle school home ec.)

    Thankfully Mojo doesn’t go through beds at such a high rate, which is good because we’re seriously considering this as her next one: http://www.savvyrest.com/products/organic-pet-beds/savvy-doggy (We bought the human-sized version and are in L O V E!!!) Spending that much on a dog bed might make us the crazy ones…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 17, 2013 - 12:35 PM

    Amanda, thank you! And now I find sewing quite addicting…

    Marlene: Agreed.

    Jessica, we think these would be so cute for us humans, too! Especially propped on the bed, right?

    Heather, now THAT is a great doggie bed. Therapeutic for our fuzzy friends! Three cheers for crazy!ReplyCancel

  • carrie @DreamGreenDIY - April 17, 2013 - 1:21 PM

    I realize that this is beside the point (LOVE the pillow and tutorial!), but – He. Is. So. Photogenic!!! Love it =)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 17, 2013 - 2:00 PM

    Carrie, thanks! He’s our handsome little dude.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - April 17, 2013 - 7:22 PM

    Sewing like a Boss Kim! So proud of you :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 17, 2013 - 8:08 PM

    Emma, hahaha! Aw, you just made my day!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - April 17, 2013 - 8:08 PM

    He is so stinking cute. Love how he looks up at the camera.
    And of course the pillow is awesome too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - April 19, 2013 - 12:03 PM

    Loving the cloud!! I need to make one for Sydney. Nice and fluffy the way she likes it :) Jack is just way too adorable for words. I mean those ears, that button lip, those eyes, that pink belly peeking through on the last picture and of course the rump picture too…I die! Who doesn’t love a good doggie rump?! Hee!! Great job Kim!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 19, 2013 - 1:19 PM

      Margaret, thanks! Oh, we LOVE a good doggie rump. And his button lip – they’re ridiculous, and I must admit, I kiss them quite frequently (ew, but whatever!). Jackie says thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - April 19, 2013 - 9:09 PM

    I want to hear if that bed makes it 6 months. My dog chews on zippers, I have been afraid to give him a bed with a zipper in it.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 20, 2013 - 9:43 AM

    Janet, oh no! Well we hope that doesn’t happen… Jack has never had a thing with zippers in the past (and they’re all over our home!), but with our history of dog beds, I’m sure you’ll hear about it if he decides to destroy it. :)

    So far, so good though!

    PS: And with the zipper being on the bottom, his bed gets extra life because we can flip it on either side. Win-win!ReplyCancel

  • kirsten - April 23, 2013 - 10:56 AM

    KIM! A cloud pillow for pups?! I mean, soooo cute! Loving that red zipper too. Sidenote: my friend Heather is head over heels in love with her portrait of her dog, Trevor. You did a BEAUTIFUL job. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 23, 2013 - 2:40 PM

    Kirsten, thank you! And thank you for thinking of us for that special gift :)ReplyCancel

  • Trude - April 23, 2013 - 4:02 PM

    If by crazy you mean crazy cute, then yes. :) I love it! Dante is big on beds with sides because Italian Greyhounds tend to curl up like cats, but if that weren’t the case I’d be all over this!ReplyCancel

  • carrie @ brick city love - May 1, 2013 - 11:47 AM

    That is too cute!!

    PS – cutting multiple layers at once is a huge DO in the sewing world. Why make more work for yourself? And putting right sides together was exactly the way to do it. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 1, 2013 - 11:51 AM

    Carrie, wahoo! So glad I did something right when it comes to sewing!ReplyCancel


On Friday, our puppy friend Chick of Love and a Six-Foot Leash showed off the newest addition to his family’s collection of pet portraits – Dora! You may remember when Chick’s mom, Aleks, shared her fostering story with us years ago, and since then, she’s kept this girl busy painting not only her pups, but…

Last weekend, I got a wild hair to do something (something that’s not this), and because our brains have been so caught up on the Real One lately (and therefore, leaving us mentally excited, exhausted and on over-drive), I preferred something easy. And this! This is easy. I’d been toying with the idea of making…
  • Hannah K - April 12, 2013 - 8:26 AM

    I’ve had a similar melt-down and have been so tempted to look up a recipe. Now that you’ve made it easy for me, I might just have to do it!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2013 - 12:48 PM

      Hannah, we highly recommend it! So, so simple.ReplyCancel

  • Henna | HENNA BLOSSOM BLOG - April 12, 2013 - 4:01 PM

    So funny that you found my blog today. I followed your link…and good timing! I have actually been thinking about wanting to find a natural refresher. Hate to spray chemicals (especially with the little guy).

    Good logic using grapefruit oil…but I’d be down just for the smell! :)

    Oh…and I’m such a visual person…love that you make it all look so light and beautiful with your photography! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 12, 2013 - 4:49 PM

    Hi Henna, thank you! Yes, the smell is of course a bonus! Yum.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - April 12, 2013 - 7:38 PM

    So how much do you have to spray to leave a light lingering scent? I find Febreeze to be really overwhelming when you first spray it and then interestingly enough it dissipates so quickly that I feel like I have to use more (what a vicious cycle!)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 12, 2013 - 8:20 PM

      Hi Liz, I’ve been spraying the same amount as I would Febreze, but you’re right, the scent does dissipate pretty quickly. You could always add a little more oil, I’m sure, since so many of the recipes vary! I think the amount of oil is all a matter of personal preference. Start small, then add more to “taste”!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa // The Fauxmartha - April 30, 2013 - 1:20 PM

    I’ve never liked the smell of Febreeze but Febooze? I’m totally in! We’ve been trying to find natural bug repellents and everything we read says to use essential oils. Maybe this will work double duty for us! You guys are genius. And all your pics are looking more gorgeous than ever!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 1:29 PM

    Melissa, you know we love anything that does double duty! And thank you! XOReplyCancel

  • Jolene Saupique - May 31, 2013 - 1:58 PM

    Can you substitute rubbing alcohol for vodka? How about boiled (sterilized) water for distilled water. I bet you could add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to prevent molding.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 31, 2013 - 2:12 PM

    Jolene, I did see some recipes with rubbing alcohol instead of vodka, but we didn’t want to take a chance with sterilized water (by boiling). I don’t know if I’d recommend it, but you could certainly give it a try with the tea tree oil!ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa. For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa. For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa.For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] that? Drape a blanket across the back of the sofa.For A Saner Future… Treat your sofa with a light fabric refresher, then vacuum. Get a nice slipcover. They can really hide a multitude of […]ReplyCancel

  • Marisa - March 30, 2014 - 8:56 AM

    Where did you get the spray bottle?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 31, 2014 - 8:52 AM

      Hi Marisa! The spray bottle was leftover from a different cleaning spray, but you can pick up spray bottles at any grocery store or bed and bath store.ReplyCancel

  • How to clean a mattress naturally | Wedo - August 6, 2014 - 5:18 AM

    […] Again, while the sheets are washing, freshen your mattress naturally – you can buy fabric fresheners that have been made using only natural ingredients, or find a recipe for one you can make at home. […]ReplyCancel

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After Julia challenged us to a nighttime photography shoot-off, we shared the guts of our home at the most relaxing time of day (in our minds, anyway) – the evening. After work. When laptops and cell phones are stashed (far, far) away. After that post and throughout the following week, we received comments and emails…
  • renee - April 10, 2013 - 7:44 AM

    A photoshop lesson! Love it. Ha! I have a few tips. How long can my comment be? JK. Good job Vargo.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - April 10, 2013 - 9:07 AM

    This is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - April 10, 2013 - 9:21 AM

    My husband is a photoshop wizard, and I’m only just learning, so this is awesome! I was JUST talking about how I wanted to start using photoshop for photos (and not just mood boards), so I appreciate the mini-tutorial. Now, I just have to keep the house clean by nightfall and I can try it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 10, 2013 - 11:42 AM

    Taking notes. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - April 10, 2013 - 12:13 PM

    This was beyond helpful. With still learning the ins and outs of photoshop, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to show the process. I loved your evening photos and now I can try to do this too!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 10, 2013 - 12:51 PM

    Renee, thanks! ;)

    Kati, try it!

    Jaime, I’d love to see how yours turn out!ReplyCancel

  • Rebelwerewolf - April 10, 2013 - 3:45 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ll have to try this out. Now to get a dog that lies in the same place for two pictures…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 10, 2013 - 3:51 PM

    Rebel, snap the photos really fast – back to back! Plus, I got lucky.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - April 10, 2013 - 5:52 PM

    Yay, thank you so much for this awesome post!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Henna | HENNA BLOSSOM BLOG - April 12, 2013 - 4:04 PM

    It’s going to take me a minute to absorb this…thanks for sharing. I’m fairly new to photoshop and in LOVE. I want to learn everyyyything. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jaye Brown - April 16, 2013 - 11:09 AM

    What an awesome tutorial! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - July 30, 2013 - 9:32 PM

    This is really helpful! Kim, do you use a handheld light meter for your shots? I’m trying to figure out how I would expose first for one area, and then another, using the in-camera meter without moving the camera itself.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 31, 2013 - 9:08 AM

    Hi Marlene, I don’t use a handheld meter, but if you set your focus in the camera on the darkest part of the photo, the internal light meter will read this. If you set your focus to the brightest part of the photo, the internal meter will read that! Let me know if you have any other questions :)ReplyCancel


Add one more to that Stunted List – our hall of mirrors. Oh, boy. Our collection of gilded gold grows (whoa, say that three times fast!), and there’s no where for them to go – well, unless you count hallway-stacking as a “place.” You know, for them to “go.” Alternate title: Ghost Jack
  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - April 8, 2013 - 8:18 AM

    If we can expect all these things coming to pass in your new place, I might faint. So. Pretty.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 8, 2013 - 9:20 AM

      I might faint, too! The ideas and daydreams are almost killing us.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - April 8, 2013 - 10:14 AM

    Love all those gilded gold frames. But I guess it is a good thing you know you plan on moving soon!ReplyCancel

  • eryka - April 8, 2013 - 10:22 AM

    Wait…they’re not going to stay there?? They look gorgeous right where they are!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 8, 2013 - 10:29 AM

    Crystal, we know, right?

    Eryka, I suppose they’d look gorgeous anywhere… ha!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - April 8, 2013 - 3:34 PM

    They are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see them in your new house!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 9, 2013 - 11:27 AM

    Where do you find all of these lovely gilded frames and mirrors? I’ve been on the lookout… but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg. Help!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 9, 2013 - 11:45 AM

    Jillian, the black and gold one was picked up in a thrift shop in Pittsburgh, and the really hunky gold one was found on Craigslist (our friend Jess actually saw it, then sent us a text to snatch it up, pronto!).

    A lot of times we can find mirrors like this for a steal at flea markets in smaller cities – but not in Chicago. Many times in Chicago, people know what they’re worth, and the cost is inflated. We have had luck when we travel to visit family in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, mostly!

    Also, there are knock-off frames (usually made with cheap plastic or light wood) that can be painted gold for the same effect. No one will know but you!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - April 9, 2013 - 2:55 PM

    Love those mirrors! Soooo pretttyyy!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - December 28, 2014 - 10:08 PM

    I have a mirror “problem” too. And they are stacked in the dining room waiting for homes. Unfortunately, I learned the other day that one of them got cracked in the everlasting waiting. *sigh* I guess that is a lesson. Nonetheless, the incident has motivated me to get the others hung ASAP!ReplyCancel