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First, congratulations to Tara, winner of this week’s Janery giveaway! Congrats, and have fun stocking up on cute loot. XO to Jane, for being our awesome host!

After weeks and weeks of prep, the Chicago Renegade Craft Fair is here! This weekend! We’ve been working around the clock (like, for real) to push out a ton of new paintings and prints, but this year, we put a little spin on things. In an effort to keep things fun and new, we focused on more than just house pets. For months, I kept a list of friends’ favorite animals, adding some of our own to the mix, and this year, we’ve popped them into vintage frames (and in some cases, painted right over old panels):

In addition to ones that are wall ready, we also rounded up a handful of stand-up frames, keeping things bright and cheery – in other words, we’d totally put these on our shelves. (Above and below are just a few of what we’ll have in stock!)

And in other news, Scott has insisted that if our sloth doesn’t sell, we’ll be mailing her to Kristen Bell – his Hollywood crush. You’ve seen this video, right?

Just like years past, we’ll have our standard canvas + wood panel pieces, gift certificates for custom-portraits-in-waiting, and this weekend only, we’ll be taking pre-orders for January 2013 – so you can get your name on that list early and be at the top of our 2013 list!

For those that aren’t familiar, the Renegade Holiday Market is an indie craft fest, featuring hundreds of handmade artists in the super charming Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. (They pop up around the country, so check out their page to see if there’s one in your area, too!)

The fest will also have a gift wrapping station (so you can really knock out your holiday to-dos!), a photobooth (you know we like to cheese it up every year), DIY crafting stations, and yummy local foods and drinks. It really is our favorite event of the year – no matter how ca-razy it gets behind these scenes leading up to it. In the end, it’s worth every minute we’ve poured into it (we’ve jokingly compared it to preparing for a wedding, only the work is squeezed into 2 months!), and we especially love meeting our local pets’ moms & pops in person.

And because we’d love to see you, meet you, and really just hang out with you – mention the secret password JACK FROST, and we’ll give you $5 off your Fair purchase. Compliments of this little buddy:

We’ll be at booth #19 in the main auditorium; look for us there! And for more information, peek the entire Renegade rundown right here. Anything that doesn’t sell will hit The Pet Shop soon after the weekend – that is, if I can pry the sloth from Scott’s hands.

PS: We’re part of a pet-lover gift pack over at Love and a Leash today! By putting your name in the lottery, you’ll be helping a dog training scholarship fund, which in turn corrects behavioral issues and helps keep dogs in their loving homes. Yeah, puppies!


  • Shannon - November 30, 2012 - 7:32 AM

    Gosh, Kim, you are so talented!! :) I absolutely love the addition of the new animals!


    P.s. Scott, that sloth is going to sell; It’s adorable!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bertha - November 30, 2012 - 8:24 AM

    Hi, Kim
    I have been following your blog for a while, and I love it. Your portraits of animals are amazing.
    Wish you the best of luck in the fair.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 30, 2012 - 8:31 AM

    Thank you so much, ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Trista - November 30, 2012 - 9:20 AM

    I’ve seen the Kristen Bell video before. It is one of my favorite things.ReplyCancel

  • Meg - November 30, 2012 - 9:24 AM

    holy awesome! i love, love, love these new not-pet animals (i love the regulars, too, but now the love is bumped up to a whole new level). now i wish i had waited a month for my trip to chicago–renegade sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica G. - November 30, 2012 - 10:09 AM

    I love these animals! For those of us who aren’t in Chicago, will they be available in the Pet Shop later on?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 30, 2012 - 10:20 AM

    Hi Jessica, thank you! A lot of the paintings were made into prints, so those will definitely be in The Pet Shop following the Fest. Any paintings that don’t sell this weekend will also be made available in the Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - November 30, 2012 - 2:33 PM

    I had seen some of your sneak peeks, but the new animal designs look so great! Love that there’s a manatee. We’re hoping to make it there to see them all in person.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - November 30, 2012 - 8:18 PM

    I’m totally loving the penguins in the dual frame with the blue background! They’re adorable (and my hubbs favorite animal)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 30, 2012 - 8:22 PM

      Two Pitties, we hope to see you!

      Kelly, your husband has good taste – penguins are my favorite, too!ReplyCancel


Over 2 1/2 years after our first home tour hit Apartment Therapy, we were asked back to share again – whoot! When we were first emailed – in July! – by the super sweet Carolyn, we were in the middle of Tweakfest 2000 (er, 2012?), so we agreed to hold the second dime tour this fall. And after months of email exchanges and a visit from Carolyn a few weeks ago, this little home was crashed, and we’re just as excited now as we were the first time.

What makes this time a little more sweet, is that Carolyn was the one with the camera, snapping around our home through her eyes. (We shot the first tour ourselves.) Because we shoot this space so much, it’s fun to see these rooms through another lens, catching angles that we would’ve otherwise overlooked.

Thank you to Apartment Therapy for having us again! We love that Carolyn asked us back, because in her words, it seems to me that the place looks a lot different now. And looking back to round one – with a navy office, orange bedroom, massive fish tank and sans Jack Attack - it really is.

See the full tour right here, or just click on the photo above.

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 29, 2012 - 12:23 PM

    The tour is lovely, Scott and Kim!! I even picked up (more) things to love about your home that I hadn’t noticed before. And to see it through a different, and slightly darker lens was a new experience, too. You should feel so proud!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - November 29, 2012 - 12:52 PM

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I’ve somehow managed to miss noticing those pull-out lights on either side of your bed. Those. Are. Awesome. I think they look super cool and have a nice sense of humor to them (to me at least). I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 29, 2012 - 1:05 PM

    Thank you, guys! It really was so fun to see our home through the lens of someone else.

    Jimmy, we made those with the help of Daniel from Manhattan Nest! You can see the whole rundown here:

  • Emma - November 29, 2012 - 3:01 PM

    Winning! Congratulations! Your place (and of course its inhabitants) look great on the AT post. I love how a different lens offers such a different perspective. Well done! Hope you get a lot of Pet Shop orders from the AT website :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 29, 2012 - 3:09 PM

    Thanks, Emma! I know, she shot our home from totally different angles that I would have. It was like seeing our home for the first time all over again…ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - November 29, 2012 - 4:03 PM

    Thanks so much for letting me crash your home, guys! It was a lot of fun to invade your space, see the place first hand, and to get to hang out. I really loved shooting this tour, and hopefully you guys enjoy it as much as I did! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 29, 2012 - 8:47 PM

      Thanks, everyone! Carolyn, we are so, so happy you crashed us! No joke, it really was like looking at our home for the first time again!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - November 29, 2012 - 4:47 PM

    Congratulations, that’s awesome! So well deserved. Still reeling at the square footage, I always forget what you guys manage to work with!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - November 30, 2012 - 6:00 AM

    Congrats!! And you’re right – It IS neat to see your home through someone else’s lens!! So pumped for you, you deserve it =)ReplyCancel

  • ann - November 30, 2012 - 7:10 AM

    Congratulations on the article. You never cease to amaze!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - November 30, 2012 - 3:46 PM

    Have been following your blog for quite a while. Am I dreaming or did you used to have a large-striped hallway? Didn’t see it in AT’s tour. LOVE your place!!!ReplyCancel


I must admit, I’m not the best at creating vignettes around the home. (Remember my stage fright when it came to the big, bad wall?) And to be honest, Scott worries about all the extra things we accumulate by creating these cutesie vignettes (okay, me too), and he’d rather keep things light and practical (and yeah, me too).

I’m always a tidge envious when I read up on others’ mantles, flowing effortlessly from season to season, adorned with pumpkins in the fall, lights for the holidays and layers of effortless frames through the summers – and because we don’t have a mantle, our little rotating decor ledge is relegated to the totally teal console. It’s the first thing we see when we walk in the door, and clutter-free storage, easy key-drops and something (anything!) pretty and practical is a necessity.

After the console’s initial mini makeover, we added a lemon-y pitcher for flowers and a decorative plate for keys, remember?

Earlier this month, we kept our plate key-drop, but to liven things up, we swapped the pitcher with a clear vase for tulips and a glass chalice-mabob for chalk (first Instagrammed right here):

Of course, the tulips withered away, and it seemed a little silly to have a holster for chalk when we worked in a ledge for the blackboard in the first place. But during our trip back to the store for more tulips (our favorite cheap and happy flower), they were out! We considered it a loss – we didn’t like the current floral selection – and headed to the booze store for a pick me up. (Kidding, we were simply out of gin, and that is a necessity in our home.)

While Scott took to the mission at hand (aka: gin shopping), I took the opportunity to load up on cigar boxes – you know we love those – and convinced Scott we should stop at Sprout, you know, so our console-flower-outing wasn’t a total bust. Luckily, we came home with a Croton Banana plant, which’ll (fingers crossed!) stick around much longer than few-day-living tulips. And so far, so good; the thing is actually flourishing.

Now, our faux-mantle-slash-it’s-really-just-a-console is looking like this:

To pot the Croton, I used the same glass vase from the former tulips, and I set it up as I would a terrarium to prevent soggy, rotting roots. We used aquarium gravel for the rocks, followed with a thin layer of charcoal and then potting soil:

We’ve already clarified my lack of vignette-y styling (and is it strange I find that word – vignette – a bit much?), but stack our new-to-us cigar boxes, put down a cheery plant and yes! Success! Our new set up makes us happy, and we can hide away the chunky keys, Scott’s Costanza wallet and our phones. For such a small space, it’s simple, clean and – here’s that word again – practical.

Not to mention, it makes my view from the couch prettier and clutter-free; until now, our keys – poking in every which way, ugh! – drove me nuts (goodness, it seems I am the one who can be a bit much). The second, larger box stashes basement keys and other items we don’t need often, but the two-box stack is much prettier than one, yeah?

Third times a charm – that is, until we “change it up” for the seasons, you know, like mantle-having homes do. (Isn’t that what you do?)

  • Shannon - November 27, 2012 - 9:49 AM

    Looks wonderful! :) I love the cigar boxes to hide the clutter. :)ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - November 27, 2012 - 12:06 PM

    Simple, beautiful and practical! I like the idea of keeping keys out of view in a pretty box. I struggle too with trying to vignette-ify everything, so I like seeing something simple to remind myself I don’t have to add lots of accessories if I like/want a simpler look.ReplyCancel

  • Annalena - November 27, 2012 - 6:41 PM

    I love the yellow inside the cigar box. You could keep it open all the time and it would still look great. Although- I suppose then you have the problem of seeing the keys again. Great idea though!ReplyCancel

  • Barb @ FL Mom's Blog - November 28, 2012 - 12:19 PM

    I love the combination of the yellow and the teal! Awesome! The layout is great and very inspirational!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - November 29, 2012 - 6:23 AM

    So now it’s MY turn to apologize for not being able to comment!! New job = New internet restrictions. I can READ but can’t comment. So this is me catching up =)

    LOVING the new console set up. It’s so essentially “you guys” – I only wish that I could make terrariums look as good as you can. And you’ve definitely inspired me to go grab some cigar boxes…ReplyCancel

  • Schmoogs - December 15, 2012 - 5:52 PM

    I’m curious…what’s the carabiner for?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 15, 2012 - 6:57 PM

    Schmoogs, Scott uses that for his keys and wedding ring to keep them altogether and to remind him to wear his ring on his way out the door :)ReplyCancel