Last Thursday, I attended the Making it Lovely // Made with Love craft event at Anthropologie; so fun. Together with my friend Jess, we made these ridiculously cute clip boards out of wood, craft paint and paper silhouettes – supplied and curated by Nicole (they are so very lovely, right?): We snacked on champagne and…
  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 12, 2013 - 8:22 AM

    Oh yeah. Ridiculously cute. And awesome. And lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - February 12, 2013 - 3:21 PM

    You have no idea how happy I am to see this! I love the way yours turned out, and it looks perfect on the door. Thanks again for coming out and braving the snow — I was glad to see you and Jess there.ReplyCancel

  • […] Look at how cute Kim’s turned out below! (That’s her on the right, above, with me on the other end and Jess Lively in the middle.) You can see how the little clip part works, and you can position the clothespins so that you can put notes and photos at the top or bottom, or both if you wish. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 13, 2013 - 8:21 AM

    Nicole, thank you! Fun, fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jada - February 13, 2013 - 10:21 AM

    My sister and her friend went to this (took my place as I had to go out of town last minute). Sad I missed it! Loooove your blog and your photos, BTW :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 13, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    Jada, thank you! I’ve just added you to my Reader – your photos are so gorgeous (and yummy), I wanted to eat my screen.ReplyCancel

  • Tina B. - February 17, 2013 - 4:07 PM

    I just have to comment and say I swear by those 3M Command strips. I use them in my rented apartment for everything. They are holding up message boards, cork boards, a giant rock print (probably around 7’x5′ in size), multiple skateboards and a random assortment of frames.

    I live by those things (and the desire to get my security deposit back whenever we move). :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - February 20, 2013 - 10:19 AM

    super cute!!

    and i love 3M command strips. they’re the best!ReplyCancel


Not really knowing what we wanted for our Jubilee end table, we opened the debate to you. It seemed pretty clear – you all wanted color, even though we were kinda sorta leaning towards a crisp white. Boring, we know, but we figured it could float from room to room (if need be – who…
  • Hannah K. - February 8, 2013 - 7:05 AM

    Love it! It’s the PERFECT balance. I think the subtle “fun-ness” makes it all the more fun!

    And yes, this could totally work on a pet portrait! Luckily, we haven’t gotten ours yet!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 8, 2013 - 8:32 AM

    I love it! What a great idea that I might have to copy! :) It’ll be so easy to paint the edge again if you do ever decide to move the table to another room.ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - February 8, 2013 - 8:39 AM

    Wow – I can’t believe how amazing that $20 end table turned out! It’s fabulous! I LOVE the two-tone look!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 8:42 AM

    Adrienne, yes, that’s what Scott said! We can change up the edge color later if we wish.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 8, 2013 - 9:20 AM

    So good. Sooo good. I have never had good luck with the Frog Tape delicate surface tape. Once it took paint off a freshly painted wall and another time it bled through. :/ Looks like I’m doing something wrong because your table is perfectly crisp.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    Julia, you know, I’ve heard of others having the same problem with the yellow Frog Tape. We were totally fine with it, but I hardly doubt it was user error on your part! Maybe it was because we laid it on semi-gloss paint, so it came off super easy?ReplyCancel

  • Casey - February 8, 2013 - 12:06 PM

    This turned out so nice, and i agree: just the right balance of clean and bright! A great little pop of color.

    New to your blog, and love seeing updates :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 8, 2013 - 1:38 PM

    Casey, so glad you found us!ReplyCancel

  • Nike Onile - February 10, 2013 - 11:17 AM

    You did an amazing job! Great choice with the coral.

    Nike O.ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia - February 10, 2013 - 4:58 PM

    Cute update! The table looks like it really belongs there now! And that polish is AMAZING.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - February 11, 2013 - 2:58 AM

    Good choice! The coral looks great against the wall color. Yay and you posted the link of centsational girl that I suggested. Love the end table.ReplyCancel

  • Advocate Homes - February 11, 2013 - 6:41 AM

    Have to agree, great choice, transforms the whole look of the table.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - February 11, 2013 - 4:22 PM

    I’m so glad you used coral! Such a happy, bright color. And the perfect balance with the white top and shiny legs. In a word, jealous! Although I’m not eyeing a beat up laminate table top… :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 11, 2013 - 5:10 PM

    Thanks, everyone!

    Cecilia, the polish really IS.

    And Helen, I’ve always loved that tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - February 12, 2013 - 11:20 AM

    Love the touch of color! And I can’t believe how amazing the metal legs look after using that stuff – totally bookmarking so I remember next time I see something at the flea market and turn it down because of the metal.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 12, 2013 - 11:27 AM

      Trude, the Nevr-Dull is magic! Rust is gone. GONE! I still can’t believe the outcome when Scott uses that stuff.ReplyCancel

  • blair @ design that inspires - February 14, 2013 - 10:25 AM

    I love the little touch of color this brings to the room!ReplyCancel


The smallest room in our home has been quite the source of contention over the last five years. It started as a dark green monstrosity, transformed into an electric blue refuge (in hindsight, that was my choice and ended up being the wrong one for us), and eventually, it ended up as an innocuous pale…
  • Ainhoa@ALittleBite - February 6, 2013 - 6:41 AM

    I really like the new light. Dare I say, maybe even better than the old one? I think the oil rubbed bronze finish goes really well with the dark frames and countertop.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 7:58 AM

      Ainhoa, oh yes, the new light is way better! The first one was a placeholder when we first moved in, and we never took the to change it up down the road. This guy wasn’t our personal favorite, but we had to remember to keep an open mind for future renters/buyers…ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 6, 2013 - 9:14 AM

    That’s the ticket. It looks good and will work for just about any taste. Did you add that fabric in the medicine cabinet?? I am intrigued!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 9:34 AM

    Julia, it’s actually a frost/etch on the glass itself – we didn’t add it. However, it’s still pretty see through, and since our cabinet houses medicine bottles and ugly things, we were thinking of adding a layer of frosted film to help disguise all our stuff!ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - February 6, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    great easy updates! we really need to update the light fixtures and mirror situation in our bathroom too. it will make such a difference!!
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  • Jill - February 6, 2013 - 10:44 AM

    I can’t totally remember the vintage one you liked better, but this one is a really good fit, maybe even moreso. Definitely looks rereshed! :)ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 6, 2013 - 1:24 PM

    I think it look great and I love the fixture! Where did you get your little cabinet to the right of the mirror? Our bathroom has NO storage so I need help big time.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 1:49 PM

    Thanks, guys!

    Adrienne, we got it at Ikea more than 5 years ago – they’re not selling it anymore (I just checked). But they have a lot of affordable options there!ReplyCancel

  • casacaudill - February 6, 2013 - 2:30 PM

    I love that new light fixture. We just bought new ones last night for our rental bathroom. I wanted to go with bronze but with everything else in that room being a weird mix of chrome and brushed nickel I had to stay away. Looks lovely in your space.ReplyCancel

  • B - February 6, 2013 - 7:21 PM

    My bathroom went through the same color transformations: awful green, smurf blue, then lovely gray. What’s with the allure of the electric blue? I regretted my choice about a week later, but took 2 years to repaint it gray!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 6, 2013 - 7:26 PM

    B – funny! I’m thinking the blue makes us think of water… water = shower = clean? Who knows! Silly us.ReplyCancel

  • B - February 6, 2013 - 9:09 PM

    I’ll take that explanation, haha. Live, learn, and

  • laura - February 9, 2013 - 2:47 PM

    love how it turned out, as soon as it warms up I’m planning on a little bathroom redo also! p.s.I live in Logan Sq too, such a small worldReplyCancel

  • Helen - February 11, 2013 - 3:06 AM

    The people that live next to your future home will be so lucky to have you guys as neighbors :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 11, 2013 - 10:04 AM

    Laura – we love Logan Square, no matter where we may end up in the city!

    Helen, you are too nice! Hopefully they’ll love Jack, too.ReplyCancel

  • shannon - February 16, 2013 - 7:25 PM

    Such a great re-do!! Would you mind sharing where you found the light fixture? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2013 - 3:29 PM

      Hi Shannon, we got the light fixture at our local Menard’s, and it’s by a brand called Patriot Lighting. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Avery Barnes - March 4, 2014 - 12:42 PM

    Love love love that lighting! We just redid our oh-so-tiny bathroom too, and the lighting was the biggest choice, since whatever you choose is going to be one of the most prominent things in the room. I started on sites like so I could see light fixtures from every end of the spectrum..that way I immediately knew what I thought would work and what I knew would absolutely not work. I ended up choosing one similar to yours, so I must have at least half-good taste :)ReplyCancel

  • Trinitee - August 10, 2015 - 10:13 AM

    Love the light fixture, and the price is fabulous. Did I miss the source? I would love to know if it is still available.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 10, 2015 - 10:57 AM

      Hi Trinitee, thank you! I couldn’t find the light fixture on Menard’s website anymore. Definitely try sources like Lamps Plus or Overstock, and I’m sure you’ll find something similar!ReplyCancel

      • Trinitee - August 12, 2015 - 1:48 AM

        Thanks so much! I love all you two do! Amazing style and color choices. I love visiting your blog for inspiration for our new home!ReplyCancel


Because Scott and I are total suckers for our four-legged kids, we’re offering up a treat for that very special  pet lover in your life (even if that person is you!). Of course now’s the perfect time – you know, with Valentine’s Day around the corner and all – so today through Friday, all Pet Shop…
  • Carolyn - February 5, 2013 - 9:11 AM

    Everything you do is OH SO immensely lovely, but what would you say is the most popular size? Do most people with two dogs tend to get individual paintings? I’m pretty darn excited about this sale :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 5, 2013 - 9:25 AM

    Hi Carolyn, to be honest, everyone is so different in what they prefer! If you’re planning on doing a little mini gallery wall, separate canvases can look very cute – or you could put one pup in your office and one in the kitchen. But 2 pooches on the same canvas can also be sweet, especially if they’re inseparable best buds!

    My suggestion is to think where you’d like your portraits to end up, and choose a size and pet-per-canvas that makes the most sense. At the same time, their adorable size makes them easy to move from room to room. So many things to think about for the love of our pets!ReplyCancel


While we continue this funny dance of limbo-living, we’ve had to make a few decisions on somewhat de-personalizing our very, very personal bathroom. Because as I’ve brought up recently, it’s the only room in our whole home with our faces – quite literally – plastered all over the walls. Naturally, our first step was to…
  • Annalena - February 1, 2013 - 7:05 AM

    The new prints look great, and I agree, unexpected is more fun. I’m wondering though, where did the towel hooks come from? I LOVE them.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 1, 2013 - 8:07 AM

    Thanks, Annalena! All the hooks came from Anthropologie several years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda {Our Humble Abode} - February 1, 2013 - 8:09 AM

    I love that your art is always fun, quirky, and (mostly) animal related. :) And the frames, love the gray!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 1, 2013 - 8:42 AM

    You consistently make good art decisions. These are no exception. I love fine art in the bathroom. We put a whole slew in our laundry room/half bath and it makes the biggest impact in a space you normally wouldn’t expect to see art. But why?

    I saw those new charcoal frames the last time we were at Ikea and I got excited. So smart. And the work really well in your bathroom. Not tooooo stark.

    P.s. When are you going to get a mat cutter?? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 1, 2013 - 9:28 AM

    Thanks, Amanda! Funny, we never really think of our art being animal related, but people always point that out! We never realized that until recently – weird, I know.

    Julia, the last time I cut my own mat was almost 10 years ago in college! You know I’m a perfectionist, so I ended up wasting matboard because the corners weren’t perfect. For now, believe it or not, this is the most cost effective – buying them! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - February 1, 2013 - 9:32 AM

    Great art, but I love those framed photo strips, too! Please tell me you’ll find a use for them somewhere else.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 1, 2013 - 9:42 AM

    Bethany, we hope to! For now, we’ve tucked them in a clear vase that’s sitting on our media wall, so I guess they are sort of on display after all!ReplyCancel

  • casacaudill - February 1, 2013 - 2:27 PM

    OMG. I *love* the honey badger & cobra one. Please tell me you’ve seen that video.ReplyCancel

  • Scott - February 1, 2013 - 5:48 PM

    Of course we love the honey badger! This print, however, is a mongoose vs. a cobra. National Geographic makes the best videos. Behold!

  • Dad - February 1, 2013 - 7:02 PM

    In our bathroom, we have displayed, your Irish Grandpa’s Hibernian shillelagh, an Irish walking stick. This stick was used to defend the Irish Catholic Church from the “natives” in America who hated the Irish and made numerous attempts to burn down their churches. This stick is of such cultural importance to our family, that you would need an AK-47 to take it from us. And our family is Hungarian! Go figure. Same plight!

  • Monika - February 2, 2013 - 11:24 AM

    These prints look awesome, Kim! Thanks so much for sharing the Frames by Mail website. I have two prints I brought back from Germany on a recent trip and was dreading the cost of matting them since they weren’t a conventional size. Yay, now I can get them done and still have coin to go back for another visit. :) Thanks again. Love your website, you guys continue inspire me with your creativity.ReplyCancel

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  • Maya @ House Nerd - February 4, 2013 - 9:32 PM

    In love with these! Your framing choice is perfect… I love the look of really thick mat boards.ReplyCancel

  • Jilla - February 6, 2013 - 10:55 AM

    Scott, I love your dad. Hi, Scott’s dad! (Dave, right? I hope.) That’s all. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jill - February 6, 2013 - 10:56 AM

    And nope, my name’s not Jilla. I hope…ha!ReplyCancel

  • kathleen - February 7, 2013 - 1:53 PM

    where did you get the rug in your living room? i checked the source list but i missed the rug find! Hopefully it’s still out there somewhere for purchase! thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 7, 2013 - 1:59 PM

    Hi Kathleen, it came from FLOR, and it’s called Roadside Attraction. It’s held up wonderfully, and the pattern is subtle, but still playful!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - February 19, 2013 - 6:56 PM


    Do you have any tips on wiring the back of the Ribba frames? Mine always end up at different heights, which makes it a bit annoying to hang since I can’t just level the nails.


    • Kim - February 20, 2013 - 9:15 AM

      Hi Rachel, we always use the wire provided by Ikea on our frames (as a precaution to protect the frames themselves, since hanging them directly on a nail could warp them), and we eyeball everything – seriously. To get them straight across the top, we just use this trick from this old post:

      Give it a go, it’s helped us with every gallery wall in our home!ReplyCancel