Just as we’ve been trying to enjoy some down time with friends, the same could be said for our home. This home. We’ve slowed down. We’re finding happiness in the choices we’ve made over the years, and we’ve painstakingly made the most practical decisions for our bathroom’s umpteenth re-do. We’re crossing our fingers, dotting our…
  • Inspire Me Heather - May 2, 2013 - 8:41 AM

    That pillow is gorgeous and just perfect on that beautiful chair!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - May 2, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    Such a beautifully made pillow. My heart is pitter-pattering.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - May 2, 2013 - 10:36 AM

    Ooo what a stunning pattern! The colors and details of the stitching make it.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - May 3, 2013 - 2:13 PM

    That pillow is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - May 20, 2013 - 3:17 PM

    dang! how’d i miss that code? well, that beauty of a pillow was sold out anyways, so i think i gave up pretty fast. just saw those butterfly collars, tho, and i’m kind of in love! is that crazy?ReplyCancel

  • Jill - May 20, 2013 - 3:18 PM

    oops, just checked and they’re actually called “peter pan collars” CUTE!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 20, 2013 - 3:25 PM

    Jill, everything in that shop is so awesome!ReplyCancel

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After dining, visiting and sightseeing (what felt like) all of Chicago in our first weekend-half, we slowed down for half two. We cooked at home. We played games with friends. We ate cake! Scott gave us a tour of his semi-secret bike park, and we walked through our neighborhood, pointing out where we like to…
  • Jodi - May 1, 2013 - 6:54 AM

    right? how is it MAY already???

    looks like a most excellent weekend. i love the way your process your photos; so light and dreamy.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t believe it’s May.

    I love your weekend updates. They make me want to be better about documenting our days off.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 1, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    Thanks, Jodi!

    Heather, do it!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - May 4, 2013 - 10:34 AM

    Where, might I ask, was that “Meat Free” picture taken. The Chicago Diner is a stop for me on any trip to Chicago, I’d love to know if there is another great vegetarian spot I need to hit next time I come to town.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 4, 2013 - 11:23 AM

      Hi Kara! It was taken at the NEW Chicago Diner location in Logan Square! De-freaking-licious.ReplyCancel

  • Eugenia - May 9, 2013 - 11:30 AM

    I love the pictures you take. What kind of camera do you use?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 9, 2013 - 12:49 PM

    Hi Eugenia, I’m still using my old and trusty Nikon D80 and/or Nikon D200 DSLR! All the photos above were taken with a 50mm.ReplyCancel

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There were no rules this weekend. It was an extra long one, with our Portland doppelgangers (more about them right here), Julie and Brian, coming in for a birthday (Brian’s) extravaganza. I jokingly made a (loose) itinerary – so necessary when out-of-towners have just 4 days to do as much as possible in a city…
  • Nina - April 30, 2013 - 6:49 AM

    I check out your blog regularly but I (don’t think) I have ever commented before. I just had to say that I love the look of universal doggie ecstasy in the butt-scratching shot! It made me think of my own little 4-legged child, who would have been 12 today. Great shot! And I really enjoy your blog, too, not just your doggie.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - April 30, 2013 - 8:47 AM

    Great photos, I really like the butt scratching and couch cuddling ones. But I also like the one with the donuts… mmm… donuts…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    Nina and Emily, Jack typically steals the show around here, so it’s fitting they’re your favorites!ReplyCancel

  • OhMelvin - April 30, 2013 - 9:42 AM

    Awesome pictures! I love Chicago and this makes me want to come visit again! The brewery shots are amazing — makes me want to have a beer, at 10:30am!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - April 30, 2013 - 9:52 AM

    as always, your pictures are beautiful! what an awesome weekend it was in Chicago! hopefully this one is the same :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - April 30, 2013 - 12:11 PM

    Love your beautiful photos (as always)! I’m sure you’ve mentioned it before, but what camera/lens do you use most of the time?

    Also, what brewery did you visit? It looks super fun! I live in Chicago and would love to take the boyfriend for his birthday in a few weeks. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 12:28 PM

    Hi Shelby, we went to the Rev brewery tour at the Kedzie taphouse – it’s free, and it starts at 6PM. See more info here:

    http://revbrew.com/brewery

    I used my 50mm lens for all the photos here, and I’m still using my super old, super trusty Nikon D80 from back in the day. We’re good friends, me and that camera!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - April 30, 2013 - 2:03 PM

    Thanks Kim! Going to check it out now!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - April 30, 2013 - 2:09 PM

    The Field Museum is wonderful. I moved out of Chicago in 2005, and I still miss it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 30, 2013 - 5:00 PM

      Jessica, it was our FIRST time, can you believe it?! Loved it. Just wish we had more time to walk through everything…ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - April 30, 2013 - 7:57 PM

    Always love your beautiful photos and they made me thirsty for a good beer :)ReplyCancel

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This is one of those weird projects that, while not the most beautiful, has sentimental meaning. Years ago, I sculpted a giant penguin in my college ceramics class. My penguin is slightly crooked (maker’s error), not exactly proportional to the actual penguin anatomy, and as a result of moving him from home to home, one…
  • Hannah K - April 24, 2013 - 7:55 AM

    So sweet! I actually was just looking at aminal shaped platers on Etsy last week! We are ridiculously excited to be getting some warmer weather our way and have been looking forward to sprucing up our patio!ReplyCancel

  • Marti - April 24, 2013 - 9:07 AM

    I also use plastic cups from 7-Eleven as makeshift planters! They’re perfect when you need something tall and on the narrow side.ReplyCancel

  • Blair @ the fox and she - April 24, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    What a fun way to up cycle a special piece. He looks great and I love the colors you chose! I’m sure you’ll enjoy him over the upcoming sunny weekend (hooray for warm weather!)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - April 24, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    He looks so much better now that he has all his bits back. I’m sure he is as happy as you to be outside.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 24, 2013 - 9:34 AM

    Marti, when we were stumped thinking, “where will we find a tall, skinny planter for CHEAP?”, we almost just stuck with the shallow guy our plant came in. But when Scott suggested the plastic to-go cups, I thought, GENIUS! We’ll definitely be putting that tip to use in the future again.

    Thanks, ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Out Loud - April 24, 2013 - 9:42 AM

    I love this! The planter is super cute and the fact it has meaning is even better. But the best is the slushing cup!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication - April 24, 2013 - 8:49 PM

    That looks so great! And it’s awesome that you were able to reuse something so sentimental in a practical, fun way!ReplyCancel

  • Barb @ FL Mom's Blog - April 24, 2013 - 9:04 PM

    I love what you did with the penguin! And the color is so spring! At least it didn’t get thrown out, and was able to be repurposed!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - April 25, 2013 - 10:33 AM

    You are so stinking talented… seriously, it’s ridiculous.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - April 25, 2013 - 11:21 AM

    This is a lovely project. I love it because it’s nostalgic to you and those are usually the best kind of project.

    Plus that Hope colour is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Tina S. - May 1, 2013 - 10:19 PM

    He looks like a wise old penguin who walks the streets with a backpack, sharing his wisdom among those who know him.

    Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - May 8, 2013 - 2:03 PM

    Ahhh memories LOL!!! This is genius though!! Love it :)ReplyCancel

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While it seems that we may not be doing much around here besides Kim’s cloud-shaped bed making, I assure you, there is so much going on. A veritable whirlwind, really. And hopefully, this whirlwind will lead to our sooner-than-later goal – and yes, we’re bursting to share more, but this will come soon. Promise. For…
  • Shannon - April 22, 2013 - 8:28 AM

    What an awesome pop-up!! I wish there were things like this where I lived! Can’t wait hear more details about “the one”!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - April 22, 2013 - 12:53 PM

    I love that it’s held in a parking garage!! How often does this pop-up happen?
    And thanks for sharing that The Darkness video… it made my morning.ReplyCancel

  • zandi - April 22, 2013 - 1:20 PM

    i love the vintage garage but its always just a bit out of my budget as well!

    also, whenever you guys move onto that next step, you should have another one of your big yard sales! (this coming from a completely selfish place as someone who lives in your neighborhood haha)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 22, 2013 - 3:04 PM

    Zandi, I know, we will REALLY need a big yard sale! We plan to purge our little hearts out! Not sure if our building sale will be possible since planning with the whole body can take a lot of time (and time is not on our side lately!).

    Although, perhaps we can hang on to our purge-stuff and force ourselves on the neighbors when a date has been selected (even if we’re no longer living in the building). Mwaha!ReplyCancel

  • Dave - April 22, 2013 - 4:19 PM

    Scott,
    That tandem is amazing! Was it reconditioned? That had to be a hard one to take a pass on!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 24, 2013 - 8:19 AM

      It was in pristine condition!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - April 23, 2013 - 5:43 AM

    That is so awesome and so much cool stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - April 24, 2013 - 1:26 PM

    ummm, this looks like the most amazing pop-up/flea EVER.ReplyCancel

  • dervla - April 27, 2013 - 10:04 PM

    ooooh love the old maps and vintage fans. I want to go there!!ReplyCancel

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