You guys, exciting things are happening for this little casa tonight. For the last several weeks, we’ve been working with the amazing team behind Joss & Main to curate our own collection – as in, they asked us to shop our hearts out from the comfort of our couch, a task that while daunting at…
  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 21, 2013 - 10:31 AM

    I have been waiting!!!! So you. So you.

    p.s. That stool looks familiar. ;) ;)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - March 21, 2013 - 10:46 AM

    Exciting!! I can already tell from that sneak peek that it’s going to be a fun virtual shopping trip =) xo!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 21, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Man, way to feed my online shopping addiction…ReplyCancel

  • Jen - March 21, 2013 - 11:48 AM

    Great collection, I especially love the bench, and the record player (and the light…).ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 21, 2013 - 12:07 PM

    Congratulations you two! That’s quite an honor. Your collection looks great and I’m totally going to check it out :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 21, 2013 - 12:39 PM

    Thanks, guys! We’re a little nervous – like in junior high when you’re afraid no one is going to ask you to the dance. We really hope you’ll check it out! Details tomorrow…ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - March 21, 2013 - 2:34 PM

    Wow! You two are super famous! I’ll be sure to check out the sale tonight! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelby @ Sweetness in Starlight - March 21, 2013 - 2:37 PM

    Ah! I can’t wait to see what you’ve picked. I love all of the items above so I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Love Joss & Main!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - March 21, 2013 - 4:22 PM

    so excited!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 21, 2013 - 4:45 PM

    Aw, you guys make us happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - March 21, 2013 - 5:01 PM

    How exciting! I love the items that I see here already.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - March 21, 2013 - 8:36 PM

    I love, love, love the little dinosaurs, & the terrarium kit the most!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 21, 2013 - 8:50 PM

    Sophie, those might be my favorites too…ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - March 22, 2013 - 12:17 AM

    I am totally loving your selection! I am especially digging the compound miter saw…and who can resist a turntable that plays real vinyl!!! Totally fun!ReplyCancel


Although I do sport the occasional red lipstick to work out of our home studio (my simple way of feeling “dressed up” for a day at the office!), I’m also getting the feeling that Jack is no longer engaged in my conversations. After all, how many times can I ask him to turn up this…
  • Sam Malone - March 20, 2013 - 8:45 AM

    As someone who is stuck in an actual office 8-5 during the week (what a drag). I can see how being home alone all day could get boring. Dogs just don’t seem to have the same caliber of water cooler and break room talk as us humans!I’ve also heard working out of a coffee shop is a good way to get some human interaction for the work-from-home-ers.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 20, 2013 - 9:16 AM

    Sam, I have painstakingly been searching for the right coffee shop to work from – but apparently, I’m being too picky! In the end, my studio is the coziest, but Jess’ home is also fun and inviting. It’s a perfect balance!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - March 20, 2013 - 9:41 AM

    I get this, my how I get this! My almost 3rd year (come end of July) as a stay at home mom has me finally feeling certifiably crazy! Could be the extra kid too. ;) My mom friends are few and far btwn. here, and I’m itching to move to Cbus closer to family finally! And wow, I can’t wait for Leo to go to preschool and actually miss me for once. I remember missing my mom while at preschool. Fun times. haha! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 20, 2013 - 9:47 AM

    Jillian, I’m so happy you and I cut our ties at almost the exact same time – we’ve been able to share the ups and downs over the years! I wouldn’t trade this job for anything, but it’s SO good to get some human interaction every now and then.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 20, 2013 - 11:37 AM

    I’m a 9-5’er at an office and I wish I had some skill that would allow me to work from home. I never thought that it would be mundane after awhile! This is such a good way to get some interaction!ReplyCancel

  • casacaudill - March 20, 2013 - 11:38 AM

    As someone who just passed the 2 year mark of working from home, I have yet to hit the part where it becomes boring. When I do go into the office (about 15 times a year) I never get anything done because I’m constantly being interrupted. Also, the work clothes are so uncomfortable. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 20, 2013 - 10:55 PM

      Casacaudill, yes, I really have to remember how little I used to actually get done in my 9-5s… so many interruptions! And you’re right about the work clothes. We’re Casual Friday everyday around here!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 20, 2013 - 12:28 PM

    That’s such a good solution! I would love to work from home (I’m an 8-6’er at the office), but haven’t had an opportunity that makes that possible. I can see how it might get lonely, so I’m glad you and Jess are co-working!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - March 20, 2013 - 3:50 PM

    What a great idea! My friends that work for themselves (mostly photographers) have definitely found doing things to switch it up and get out among people is crucial. And what a cute fuzzball to hang out with!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - March 20, 2013 - 7:12 PM

    Sounds fun working with a friend. That puppy face would seal the deal for me! So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - March 21, 2013 - 2:12 PM

    Such a great idea!! You girls are TOO CUTE :)ReplyCancel


The only problem with sharing Todd Baxter’s photography on this platform is that you can’t really see it. Because, you guys, you have to see it in person. (Luckily, this is happening, and we are so there.) We first came across his photography at last year’s Design Harvest, and it’s not an exaggeration to say…
  • Tina - March 19, 2013 - 10:12 AM

    Brian and I fell in love with his work when it was installed at Lula awhile back. We bought the one with the girl scout flying away in the tornado. It hangs in our office loft downtown. By the way, my mother-in-law, Colette loved the painting of Meg you did for her Xmas present. Fingers crossed for you on “the one.” If you need a drink to calm your nerves, Brian and his business partner opened a craft cocktail bar in Logan Square called Billy Sunday. TinaReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 19, 2013 - 10:18 AM

    Tina, Billy Sunday has been on our list! Thank you for the reminder… and for all the other kind words. AND for opening all these amazing new haunts around the ‘hood!

    I didn’t see Todd’s photography when it was Lula, but we are officially saving up for anything of his. It’s all so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 19, 2013 - 10:49 AM

    Such a fan of Todd Baxter. I really want to add more quirk into our home and I’m officially thanking you guys for that desire.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 19, 2013 - 11:13 AM

    Julia, quirk is good.ReplyCancel

  • SEM - March 19, 2013 - 4:51 PM

    His stuff reminds me of a Wes Anderson movie. Very cool.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 19, 2013 - 5:16 PM

      SEM, absolutely! I see it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - March 19, 2013 - 8:47 PM

    I totally agree with you. Every one of his pieces are amazing. WOWReplyCancel


My lady is pretty spectacular in the gift-giving department. She’s got a knack for paying attention to my quips and thoughtless rambling throughout the year, and she’ll surprise me with things that I had specifically mentioned that I wanted (but had forgotten all about!). She’ll do this all without ever having to ask me, or…
  • Hannah K - March 14, 2013 - 7:37 AM

    Too cool, Scott! My uncle taught me to weld years ago, but I haven’t done much since — I’m so jealous of you! What a great gift, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 14, 2013 - 9:13 AM

    Hannah, so cool! He can’t wait to get started on the next class! I may have started something big…ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 14, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    That looks like so much fun! What an awesome gift!

    Robert knows how to weld (I can’t remember where he learned), and in the past he got his welding fix in a friend’s garage working on motorcycles. We’ve been meaning to stop in at our neighbor’s garage (he heads up a local high school’s robotics team, and has lots of cool “toys”) so he can brush up on things. Maybe I can get him to make me some hairpin legs… haha.ReplyCancel

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  • blair @ design that inspires - March 14, 2013 - 11:30 AM

    too cool! what a great gift idea too :) can’t wait to see what cool things you guys make!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 14, 2013 - 12:00 PM

    Cait, hairpin legs – yes!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - March 14, 2013 - 9:25 PM

    This is badass – as knowledge gained, as an interest pursued, and as a gift.

    My sister’s longtime boyfriend welds artwork as a hobby. Does really amazing stuff. As an art major, his senior project was 10 foot bucking horse, made entirely from welded horseshoes. It’s incredible. I’ve wanted to have him show me how to do this for years, and I keep putting it off for no good reason.

    Good on you guys for doing this. You’ve inspired me. Yet again.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 15, 2013 - 2:00 PM

      Jimmy, thank you! Steve actually made a huge horse, too – it’s the sign for a local bar in our neighborhood, and we’ve always loved it. You should definitely weld some beautiful art for your home and take advantage of some free lessons from your sister’s boyfriend!ReplyCancel

  • Daphne - March 15, 2013 - 3:56 AM

    I know how to weld oyes! haha so cool :DReplyCancel

  • Nina - March 16, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    Fantastic documentation Kim, as always. Great job Scott! What a cool new hobby. (Also, is it the Rocking Horse?)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 17, 2013 - 11:28 AM

    Nina, it IS Rocking Horse :)ReplyCancel

  • Nina - March 18, 2013 - 6:22 AM

    Nice! Before ya know it Scott will be contributing to the neighborhood scene too. :)ReplyCancel


With daylight savings behind us (which, by the way, is anyone else still having a hard time waking up?), we’re so looking forward to spring and sunshine, and we’ve really enjoyed powering down our laptops before the sun sets. We’re thisclose to warmer weather, but in Chicago, you’ll still find us bundled in puffy coats…
  • Hannah K - March 13, 2013 - 7:16 AM

    SO have to try this! Thanks for sharing!!

    We’re in limbo (weather-wise) here, too. I wore shorts and a tshirt on Sunday and it snowed yesterday. Boo.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 14, 2013 - 10:22 AM

    I’m soooo freaking tired of Limbo. And yes, I’m having a hard time waking up while it’s still dark out. And the weather is all wonky. Been wearing short sleeves in the afternoons, but bundling up on chilly mornings.

    That chili looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Daphne - March 15, 2013 - 4:00 AM

    Drool. So simple dish but it looks good xDReplyCancel