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Lately – and maybe you all may have noticed? – we’ve been feeling… stunted.

Stunted, because there’s so much we want to do, but we know it doesn’t make sense to do. Our home has been tweaked and fluffed and re-painted more times than we can count, and we have (mostly) loved every phase of every room. Because as we grow and change, so does our home. As you can imagine, this whole we-might-be-buying-a-house-and-everything-will-be-changing-again thing has got us feeling in limbo. (A happy limbo, but limbo nonetheless!)

We’re taking this in-between time to focus on finding inspiration – and then promptly filing it away. We’re spending extra hours in the office (him) and studio (me), and we’re laying on the couch much more on the weekends. While we’ve been crazy productive in ways that aren’t very home related much at all, we’ve been missing our usual DIYs and umpteenth living room re-fluff.

We’ve been stunted.

There are a handful of projects that we’ve discussed tackling around here, but why would we do it? Soon, our environment could change (well, here’s hoping those contracts lead to something, right?), and what makes sense now could easily seem like a why did we do that? moment later. Oh, home, shall we list the ways?

ONE. Our coffee table. It’s the just-right size for our living room, coming in at 32″ round. (Believe it or not, that was a pretty hard size to find!) We picked it up on Craigslist years ago, and while it’s served us well, it’s been showing its age. It’s full of nicks, and ha! Joke’s on you – it’s not even real wood. I’ve often fantasized about transforming it into an over-sized ottoman for use in a cozy nook or a larger studio. This makes no sense right this minute (what color fabric? Should we tuft it or not?), but a girl can dream, yes?

TWO. The art. Aah, the art! We have tubes upon tubes of art stored above our kitchen cabinets; so much art, actually, that we don’t even remember what we have! Is this a problem (or a sign of hoarding)? Maybe. But even with our current limited wall space, we can’t bear to part with our (hidden) collection. Fingers crossed for more wall space in a future home.

THREE. Our $5 yard sale pendant. Not that long ago, I asked Scott if he’d be into painting the matte black inside of our pendant gold – and he enthusiastically agreed (what have I don’t to him?). Then I remembered this pin from ages ago, and paired with a neon lamp cord – well, yowza! But until we know where this guy might end up living – and because we love it in its current chrome-y goodness – this doesn’t make much sense right now either. Womp-womp.

All feelings of being stumped aside, I am going to attempt to tap into my crafty side over the weekend, just to keep these hands busy. While we can’t exactly start picking out the perfect fabric for an ottoman or start changing the finish on a pendant, we can tackle non-room-changers. And since Jack ate his bed for the third time, I’m thinking I know what’s next (but with a twist – insert evil laugh here)!

Some of you must fill this limbo, too, right? At the very least, as the seasons turn, we’re all feeling a bit fidgety, no?

Ottoman images via Decor Pad and Etsy, gallery wall via Decoratica, and bronze light fixtures via Desire to Inspire.

  • Jimmy - April 5, 2013 - 8:50 AM

    Total bummer of a feeling. I know it all too well. You make a good point about not even wanting to build things that you’ll take with you, lest they turn out to be the wrong things for the next place.

    One thing I find helpful during times like these (and this is usually easier said than done): Purge. Get rid of stuff you haven’t wanted or used in ages, stuff you know you won’t be bringing with you once you find the next “one.” Start making (literal) space in your life for all the things to come. It feels amazing to de-clutter and cut back, and it will make the eventual move even easier.

    Also, it’s seed germinating/sprouting time inside on windowsills across the mid-Atlantic, and I’d guess you guys aren’t far behind on that. Since you’ll be just growing a bunch of plugs to be transplanted later, you don’t have to decide on the right planter just yet. How nice would it be to have a ton of plugs ready to plant when you eventually show up at the new place?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 9:10 AM

      Jimmy, you’ve nailed it. PURGE! We really should be taking the time to do this now. It’s actually one of my favorite things to do…ReplyCancel

  • Laura - April 5, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    You COULD take this time to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful home that you’ve put so much hard work into! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 11:20 AM

    Laura, this is true!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - April 5, 2013 - 11:26 AM

    I love all your project ideas. I always develop a bit of ennui when it comes to sewing projects, especially if they’re time consuming and not that fun. This post inspired me to write up projects to finish this weekend, 5 in total.
    Happy making!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 11:34 AM

    Alexis, wow! Happy making to YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - April 5, 2013 - 11:56 AM

    humm, does the coffee table have the weight capacity as an ottoman? I know I always sit on an ottoman.. just wonderingReplyCancel

  • Helena - April 5, 2013 - 12:00 PM

    Oy! We have been searching for a coffee table that size so I feel your pain! Round ones just don’t exist or are super tall or huge or heinous. It’s been a long, slow battle.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - April 5, 2013 - 12:09 PM

    SO been there! Buying a house is tough, isn’t it? When we were waiting to close on the firehouse we completely avoided one of our favorite pastimes: walking around antique malls. We REALLY didn’t want to move anything else and there were just too many questions: what do we need, where will we put decorative objects, and considering all the construction, when will we even be able to decorate?

    It was very frustrating to sit and wait. “Stunted” is a great way to put it. My best suggestion is to try and enjoy the downtime before your whole life gets turned upside down. And if you are moving neighborhoods, enjoy the pieces you live in your current one. Before long your favorite restaurant may not be a stroll away.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 12:11 PM

    Helen, good point. I’ll definitely have to consider that if we move forward with the ottoman!

    Helena, we ultimately found ours on Craigslist, but it seemed like the impossible task. All we found in stores was LARGE round coffee tables! We feel your pain.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 12:13 PM

    Heather, yup, you must know EXACTLY what it feels like. We’ve been avoiding yard sales and vintages sales like crazy – which is SO hard! But we do give in every now and then…

    One of the pluses of this home (again, fingers crossed!), is that it’s in our same neighborhood. The ‘hood that we love SO, SO much.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - April 5, 2013 - 3:29 PM

    I so feel you on the waiting game. It’s so hard to sit on your hands and wait until you’re finally in a new space so you can see just what it needs. And even once you know where you’re moving, you have to be in there a bit to really see what will work best for the space and your needs! Sucks big ones, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the results. But I’m sure Jack wouldn’t mind a new spot to destroy in the meantime. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 5:44 PM

    Trude, you had me laughing at the Jack part :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - April 7, 2013 - 3:42 PM

    I am with you! Living in a boring no-personality apartment for the indefinite future is frustrating! Do I want to move into a cooler place with more personality when our lease is up? Or stay put and just work as hard as I can to save up a down payment so we can really have our OWN space! Coming from two rentals were we pretty much had free reign, our hands are tied (the apt is owned by a corporation and not an individual) and it’s taken some getting used to!

    There’s no hurt in doing some tweaking here and there with what you already have, if you get bored, though. :)ReplyCancel

  • tish - April 10, 2013 - 6:22 PM

    try a kuranda bed for the dog. We have one and it works great.

  • Kim - April 11, 2013 - 8:28 AM

    Tish, that bed is pretty cool!ReplyCancel


First, we sincerely want to thank you for all The Print Shop love – whether you’re tweeting, sharing or making room on your gallery walls, we think it’s pretty awesome that you’re spreading the word! And in an effort to keep things fresh and new, we’ve just added 3 more fine art giclée prints – featuring Cincinnati, Paris and Chicago (clockwise, from top left). They’re live now, and you can pick them up right here!

With the winter chill still hovering over our city (although we hear there’s a big warm up on the way – yes, please!), I re-worked 2 recent snaps (Cincinnati #2 and Chicago #15) and 1 older (Paris #6) in a way that felt colorful, but soft and simple. You know we have spring on our minds, and I was craving art that’s light and airy – you know, fuzzy-feeling-like.

For all you Midwesterners, you know what we mean. And for everyone else, well, please soak up a little extra warm sun for us today.

PS: We love getting your input on what makes it into The Print Shop, and we’re always adding new photography to our Pinterest page. We want to curate the best Shop possible, with reader favorites being the first to make the cut.

And PPS! Speaking of Shops, April 1st kicked off our newest quarterly partnership with Boise Bully Breed Rescue. 10% of all proceeds from The Pet Shop will go directly towards supporting their mission. See more about our partnerships right here!

  • Hannah K - April 3, 2013 - 7:00 AM

    Eek. A purchase from one or the other is going to have to be made soon!! I’m loving the airy prints — it’s getting lighter and brighter here in Erie (but unfortunately, not warmer…)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 3, 2013 - 9:23 AM

      Hannah, same here – brighter, but not warmer. Boo!

      Jen, ha, the Big Mac bridge.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - April 3, 2013 - 8:00 AM

    I love all 3 but especially my Big Mac bridge :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - April 3, 2013 - 10:17 AM

    Oh my gosh, I am in love with them. All of your photos look so airy and dreamy. I am turning a room into a sewing studio and have already determined that one wall will hold 3 of your prints. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 3, 2013 - 10:23 AM

    Jane, thank you! You just made my day ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - April 3, 2013 - 12:31 PM

    Hi Kim!

    I love the new print shop, so much! Nice work! I am walking around the house staring at all my blank spaces to size things up…

    Miss you!
    Xo LindseyReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 3, 2013 - 12:43 PM

    Lindsey, we miss you guys, too! I’d like to put you in my pocket and steal you away to Chicago. Your new little Miss can come, too. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • tinajo - April 3, 2013 - 4:39 PM

    Lovely prints! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - April 3, 2013 - 8:35 PM

    LOVE the Cincinnati print. I have a view of the Big Mac from my house!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 5, 2013 - 8:24 AM

    I am for sure getting prints from you some day in the future (next home, yes?), I promise. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 9:11 AM

      Ooh, yes! You need the Big Mac bridge printed really huge, I think!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 5, 2013 - 2:21 PM

    That’d be SWEET!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - April 7, 2013 - 11:14 AM

    I also always feel in “limbo” during this time of the year (I’m from Chicago and live in Milwaukee – so I get what you guys are saying about this Midwestern weather!) This year, I’ve really tried to be more proactive about not slipping into the doldrums. I’ve made sure to buy fresh spring flowers (tulips!) and do a couple small decorating projects (repainting some knick-knacks and redoing my coffee table). It’s helped tremendously!ReplyCancel


Despite the fluke-of-a-weekend warm up, it’s still really flipping cold here in Chicago (too cold for our liking at this time of year) – but that hasn’t kept us from daydreaming of more sunny days, long walks with Jack (sans bubble coats) and after-work drinks on the patio - our patio, your patio, the bar’s patio - any patio, really. To stay positive, I’ve been painting my nails with glitter, thinking bright thoughts (like, literally, bright things), pre-party planning for the sunny months and indulging in a little online shopping, too.

Our brains are a jumble lately, but here’s what’s got us thinking springy thoughts, warm weather and outdoor parties (or in other words, thinking forward!):

With this Midwest weather going up and down (and up and down), we’d give anything to bathe in the sun on a colorful patio. Until then, we’ll be wishing and dreaming; we’re getting good at that, after all.

Spring (err, you know, spring weather), get here! (And stay here!)

Clockwise from top left: CB2 Fly By bird feeder // Urban Outfitters Hanging Nest Planter // Donna Wilson Ogilve Cushion // Ikea Björkna serving plate // Jayson Home vintage ice bucket // Land of Nod Tuffet seat // CB2 Rex arm chair

  • Shannon - April 2, 2013 - 7:53 AM

    I love the hanging nest planter!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - April 3, 2013 - 11:41 AM

    Love! Spring hasn’t sprung where I am either (DC). But it’s fun to look at these cute accessories and pretend :PReplyCancel