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It’s happening! We’re moving!

We know it feels like we’ve been talking about this for months – hinting at it here and there (constantly, it seems!), but not really saying much else at all. We’re sorry. It’s been a long and winding road (and the topic of every dinner conversation for months), and the superstitious side of us didn’t want to divulge until we sealed that loan commitment, nailed down a closing date, and signed off on all contracts. But! It’s time, and we have our closing date: June 7th! And we’re moving! July 1st!

Aah, notice the big difference in the closing and moving date?

Our soon-to-be home is occupied by tenants, but we opted for a sooner closing date to lock in our lower rate for the new mortgage. This big reason (the current tenants) combined with a slammed market is why it’s taken so long to get us to the closing table. For weeks, we’ve been in negotiations with the seller, and only now have we all come to one happy agreement. Those tenants – who knew there was a looming move in their future – will be out by the end of June, and for privacy reasons, we’re not sharing any photos of the home until they’ve vacated and we’re in. (More suspense!)

So while we can’t share photos just yet, we can say this: There’s a yard! There’s a front porch and a garage and stairs! It’s a two flat, and we’ll be converting it to a single family – with a bigger studio, larger living room and a bedroom that’ll fit more than just a bed. It couldn’t be more different than the UNreal One; it’s a blank slate, truly. It’s 100 years old, with low-end updates over the years, and we’ve been joking with our friends that we cannot wait to, uh, jump its bones (too much?).

Yes, the Unreal One was a dreamboat, but we now realize it was for the best; we fell hard for that home, but we weren’t in love with the new-to-us neighborhood. But this (soon-to-be) home? It’s in our current ‘hood; the same streets and nooks and brunch spots we’ve had a love affair with since the day we moved to Chicago – 7 years ago. Location was key to this home. A shabby interior can be fixed, location cannot. (We all know this though, right?)

So, what’s next? We pack. We purge. We talk about how bittersweet it is to leave this little home, and we excite Jack with promises of his huge city yard – and the girls with whole rooms to themselves.

We can’t wait to share this new journey with you. (We’re bursting, really.)

  • Ainhoa - June 3, 2013 - 6:34 AM

    This is huge! Congrats!! I can’t wait to see pics, it sounds awesome already.ReplyCancel

  • gqf - June 3, 2013 - 6:58 AM

    Woohoo!!!!!! Congrats!!! So excited for your little clan. ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - June 3, 2013 - 7:24 AM

    This is super exciting! Can not wait for the photos. Good luck with the packing process!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - June 3, 2013 - 7:28 AM

    Congratulations!! So excited for you and this new adventure =) xoReplyCancel

  • Annie - June 3, 2013 - 7:52 AM

    So happy for you guys!!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - June 3, 2013 - 8:09 AM

    YAY! Congrats to you all! I am so excited for you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanna - June 3, 2013 - 8:19 AM

    Congrats to you all! I’m sure the “kiddos” will love the new place!ReplyCancel

  • Marti - June 3, 2013 - 8:22 AM

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to follow along as you remodel your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Martina - June 3, 2013 - 8:23 AM

    Congratulations! The next month is going to be full of excitement for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Clara - June 3, 2013 - 8:23 AM

    Yayyy! So excited for you guys! Can’t wait to follow along with your renovations…ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - June 3, 2013 - 8:29 AM

    Hooray! Cannot WAIT to see photos of the new digs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - June 3, 2013 - 8:46 AM

    Moving is a huge pain in the butt, but it is fun at the same time. I love setting up a new house, arranging my furniture in a new space and organizing everything. Now I am getting jealous! My little Cape of Dreams is not finished yet, and we won’t be relocating for a while. However, the itch is growing. Good luck with your move! I cannot wait to see the pictures of the new house and all of the renovations you do to it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 3, 2013 - 8:48 AM

    Congrats!!! I can’t imagine you’ll have much to purge though. =)ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - June 3, 2013 - 8:49 AM

    Congratulations you guys!! So happy everything worked out in your favor. Home buying is so stressful. Can’t wait to follow along with all the renovations! (P.S. Hi, this is Kim’s cousin Kelsey :) )ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - June 3, 2013 - 8:49 AM

    Yeah!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - June 3, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    So happy for you!! Looking forward to hearing even more about it, seeing pictures, and following along as you renovate!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - June 3, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    Congrats! This is so exciting! Can’t wait to see how you guys transform the new place!
    Yay for jack!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Schutte - June 3, 2013 - 9:04 AM

    Congrats! That’s very exciting! Watching how much my dog loves my parent’s yard makes me want to pack up my little condo and move along as well. Jack won’t know what to do with himself!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 9:07 AM

      Thanks so much everyone! Jack won’t stop yapping about his yard – we can’t wait to watch him play!

      Kelsey – no joke. It’s definitely been stressful, but it’ll all be worth it so soon!ReplyCancel

  • Tina S. - June 3, 2013 - 9:08 AM

    Congratulations!! The yard is totally worth it!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of the new digs as well as follow along with all the changes you guys have in store.ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - June 3, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    So awesome! Congrats! Can’t wait to see the pix and so glad to hear that you’ll bring some glory back to a 100-year old house. We’ve been in one for 3.5 years now, and though a ton of work, nothing beats the detail and beauty in these old houses. And a yard! There is something so magical and soothing about working on a garden.
    Looks like I’ll have to get my next foster portrait ordered! Once moving day rolls around, you are going to be BUSY!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 10:36 AM

    Kira, you’re not kidding! I’m front loading a ton of orders as I write this, so I can take a teeny, tiny break to unpack and move! Things will be nutty. Now’s the perfect time to stock up on Pet Shop portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - June 3, 2013 - 10:50 AM

    Congratulations to you-there’s nothing quite like a yard for You AND Jack. Can’t wait to see the new digs and what fabulous things you do to it. Wishing you all good things in the new home.ReplyCancel

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art - June 3, 2013 - 11:16 AM

    I am so excited for you. I love to move and with no move of my own on the horizon, I can live vicariously through you for a bit :) I hope you will share everything!!ReplyCancel

  • OhMelvin - June 3, 2013 - 11:18 AM

    This makes me so happy — for you and for us! I so look forward to your adventures in decorating!!! I’m getting my notebook ready to take notes! And as for the yard, it’s life changing — it’s everything you hope for and so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - June 3, 2013 - 1:19 PM

    Very happy for your guys (and Jack), and looking forward to reading all about it when the time comes. During the move, here’s hoping the only fireworks you experience are the Independence Day variety.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 1:24 PM

    Jimmy, ha! Agreed!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Nieman - June 3, 2013 - 3:00 PM

    Wahooo! This is SUCH fun news – congrats! Can’t wait to see the new place!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 3, 2013 - 4:27 PM

    Thank you so much everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - June 3, 2013 - 5:13 PM

    WOOOHOOOOO!!!! Congrats on the yard (and the new digs!) Can’t wait to see it!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Trude - June 3, 2013 - 6:22 PM

    Congratulations!! So glad its all working out perfectly in the end. The same thing happened when my BFF bought her condo (that I rent a room in). We both fell in love with a super cute place, but we didn’t exactly love the neighborhood or its layout, so we held out for a short sale and it was totally worth it. Looking forward to seeing what you do when you jump the new places’ bones! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - June 3, 2013 - 7:52 PM

    Congratulations! Your new home will be amazing, considering what you have done to your present place. Enjoy the journey….we sure will!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - June 3, 2013 - 8:25 PM

    Yay! So happy for you and all. Congratulations. Can’t wait to read all about it :)ReplyCancel

  • Oneita - June 4, 2013 - 10:49 AM

    CONGRATS!!! I look forward to photos of the REAL one!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - June 4, 2013 - 1:34 PM

    This is great news, I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see photos of the new place!ReplyCancel

  • Clearing Out | Making it Lovely - June 4, 2013 - 4:24 PM

    […] Kim’s closing on her new house the day ours goes up for sale! I’m looking forward to boring Jess and Heidi with our real […]ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - June 4, 2013 - 4:41 PM

    congrats! I can’t wait to see what you do with the new place, I have no doubt it will be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sarge in Charge - June 5, 2013 - 7:44 AM

    CONGRATS! How wonderful for you guys :)

    I cannot wait to see how you convert a 2 flat! We wound up going with a condo this time around after our little house fell through (have the inspection today!), I am hoping our next move will be a SFH or 2 flat.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 5, 2013 - 8:38 AM

    Thank you all SO much!

    Sarge, CONGRATS! We hope it goes as smooth as possible!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsey - June 7, 2013 - 10:51 AM

    YAY! I am so happy for you guys, looks like you close today!!! Finish up that fat stack of paperwork and go celebrate! I can’t wait to see the place and see you guys make it your own! Sooooo exciting!ReplyCancel

  • ashley @ - June 7, 2013 - 11:23 AM

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see what neighborhood you’ll settle in!

    And it’s summer in Chicago – fun for the new house and fun for street festivals! woo hoo!ReplyCancel

  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! What a relief, right? I know I’m late to the party (dang real life has kept me off the interwebs the last few weeks), but I hope you’re still walking on air, celebrating and making real ‘This is finally happening’ plans for your space. I can’t want to see it and follow the journey as you make it your own. Maybe we can swap renovation sob stories when you get a few months in ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - June 7, 2013 - 5:07 PM

    I, too, am late to the party (but I’m moving so I have a good excuse!): congratulations! I’m so thrilled for you guys. Such an amazing time to start anew, to gain space, and to expand your home front. Wishing you green thumbs, dirty paws, and muddy feet, and oodles of joy in your new home! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 7, 2013 - 6:13 PM

      You guys are the best. We can’t thank you enough for all the well wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - June 7, 2013 - 9:32 PM

    YAY!!!! Congratulations! So very excited & happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • dervla - June 10, 2013 - 9:36 PM

    awww wow, can’t wait to see you jump this house’s bones and get that thing all sexy again :) Congrats!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 10, 2013 - 10:05 PM

      Everyone! Dervia! Jodi! Thank you, thank you!ReplyCancel


First things first; you guys are beyond amazing! Thank you for the Small Cool love yesterday. Voting runs through Friday, so there’s still time to ‘Favorite’ our little home. Jack sends his (slobbery) kisses!

Scott and I spent the past holiday weekend back home in Cincinnati with family. We came home Sunday afternoon exhausted and happy, but by Monday morning, we were so ready to put some life back into our sad, gloomy patio. I did take the obligatory ‘before’ photos, but you guys, let’s not dwell on the past. It was dirty, empty (we pack up most of our outdoor furniture and stash it for the winter) and – more or less – reflected the gray weather we’d had for most of the weekend.

And since it was an overcast and chilly day on Monday (the idea of going to the beach had been tossed around at some point, but between our – er, my – sleep in session and the rain, it wasn’t happening), we got productive!

We scraped, sanded and touched up last year’s flower boxes, rubbed down our old table and bench with Restor-a-Finish (in walnut), shined up our glossy chairs and pulled out the pillows. Knowing that we’ll be renting in the near future, we invested only in the plants themselves (we spent $80 at Home Depot to fill both planters, our mini herb garden and decorative succulents) and gave our year-after-year furniture some old fashioned elbow grease.

Okay, that’s not completely true.

The only new addition to the patio is the trio of floral planters on the table. We picked them up at one of our favorite flea markets while still in Cincinnati, filled them with jade plants (also from the Depot) and set them atop an olive wood cheese plate from HomeGoods. They make my heart so happy; funny how something so simple can do that.

Of course we broke the patio in with cold beers, and we spent a good 30 minutes admiring what a difference! some plants and a solid clean-up job can do. Miracles, we tell you.

How’s your outdoor sprucing coming along?

  • Yasemin - May 29, 2013 - 7:45 AM

    The rug looks beautiful, and loved the penguin flower pot:)
    Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

    Yasemin from breadpassion.comReplyCancel

  • Cassandra J. - May 29, 2013 - 8:23 AM

    Hi Kim, I’m a new reader and am LOVING the blog you guys have! My boyfriend and I have three cats, so we’ve really enjoyed the posts about preventing pet problems (now that’s a tongue-twister), but we also love the minimalist style that you two have created in your home. I know it’s small, so you probably are FORCED to minimize the amount of “stuff” you have, but it’s something that we are currently working on, even in our 1760 sq ft home!

    Love the patio (that rug!) — worked on ours yesterday a bit, too… it’s coming along! Just dreading the NC summer heat that’s quickly approaching…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - May 30, 2013 - 7:53 AM

      Cassandra – 3 cats! Now that’s a lot of love :) So glad you’ve found us!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - May 29, 2013 - 8:55 AM

    We’re very lucky to have some space in Erie – a nice sized backyard, a patio, and a covered patio. But sometimes it gets overwhelming and feels like we’re not making any progress!!’s going slow, but we’re working on it!!ReplyCancel

  • tracey - May 29, 2013 - 9:10 AM

    You need to stop posting pictures, it just makes us ALL want to visit and stay for a long time!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - May 29, 2013 - 9:11 AM

    I really love how you hung your bikes! I was just trying to think through that problem in our garage yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 9:18 AM

    Hannah, yes, I could see how that would be so overwhelming! We’ve only ever had a tiny space, so we can breeze through it in an afternoon!

    Kristin, we used to hang them in our office/second bedroom turned studio. See here:

  • Nicole T. - May 29, 2013 - 10:11 AM

    I love these Jade plants!!! :) Your patio looks great! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Erin || - May 29, 2013 - 10:59 AM

    I’m in LOVE with those trio of floral planters! Gorg! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Hoerandner - May 29, 2013 - 12:19 PM

    Adorable – so sweet. Love all the blues. It makes such a difference how high the next porch is from you – makes your space seem so much bigger. Where did you get the stringed round lights?ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - May 29, 2013 - 12:44 PM

    Oh your patio looks so great. I love the strung lights and all the beautiful plants. Last year we did a big overhaul to our patio/backyard and I am still trying to fill in the space with character and charm. Love seeing the updates!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 1:07 PM

    Julie, the cafe lights were from Target last year. I’ve seen them pop up on blogs this year though, so they might still have them!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 29, 2013 - 1:19 PM

    Looks gorgeous! Love all the groupings of three. The tealights in different sized mason jars are a great touch too. I’m going into major spruce up mode this weekend to get ready to host a birthday BBQ for the boy the weekend after that. People will actually be out there, need to fancy it up STAT, so thanks for the ideas! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 1:25 PM

    Trude, fun! When is your boy’s birthday? Sounds like his birthday falls on the same weekend as Scott – June 9!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - May 29, 2013 - 2:38 PM

    This is definitely somewhere I’d like to spend an evening. Can I ask where you got the beautiful outdoor rug?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 2:50 PM

    Hi Dana, thanks! The rug was purchased from World Market last summer.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - May 29, 2013 - 3:27 PM

    Love the added little details and there is nothing like braking in a patio with some cold brewhas ;)ReplyCancel

  • ann - May 29, 2013 - 3:33 PM

    The patio looks so inviting and we wish we lived closer so we could enjoy it with you. I think your Monday spruce up was just what you needed after our weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 29, 2013 - 3:49 PM

    Yup, his is on the 6th, so we’ll be celebrating on the 8th, and all he wants to do is BBQ for everyone and drink beer. I love simple requests. :) Woohoo for June babies, so many more party options!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - May 30, 2013 - 5:00 AM

    I absolutely love your patio, and it’s furnishings. What a great difference the little things make, eh?ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - May 30, 2013 - 11:18 AM

    it looks so great!!ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she - May 30, 2013 - 12:01 PM

    i love your white chairs out there! where did you find those?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 30, 2013 - 1:00 PM

    Blair, thanks! We got those on Overstock last year! Actually, this post goes into more detail about where we found almost everything on the patio:

  • […] way Kim and Scott over at Yellow Brick Home perked up their patio gives me hope that I can do the same for ours, at least a bit. (It’s urgent: I’m […]ReplyCancel

  • Jackie B - May 31, 2013 - 9:40 PM

    Love this patio! And the planters from the flea market are super cute.

    I’m trying to tame the jungle of our hedges first, but this inspired me to add some color to the patio to make it more inviting. Thanks!ReplyCancel


I admitted to Scott (and expressed the same to a few of our blogosphere buds) that I felt a little, um, funny (and that’s putting it politely) asking you all for a little love in Apartment Therapy’s annual Small Cool contest. He scoffed, my friends scoffed, and they all said the same thing – put yourselves out there!

Here’s the thing. This will be the fourth year we’ve entered our home to the contest, and every year is just as stressful and exciting as the last. (We’ve come awfully close, too!) There is some good competition out there – making our minds spin with new ideas! – and this year? Well, this year, I’m going to take the advice I’ve been given and just straight up ask: Won’t you please vote for us?

This will be the last year we can enter. You’ve seen us toy with the idea of moving to a new city, seen our hearts break over the Not Real One, and have waited (so, so patiently) for us to divulge in the Actual Real One. (And that will come very, very soon; there’s still a bit to wrap up, and we’re every bit as annoyed as you are that we can’t just spill it!) For the last 5 and a half years, we’ve evolved our little beige box into a place that is so very Kim + Scott, a place that found itself expanding with its third fuzzy family member, a home business, a multi-city traveling media wall, and three bathroom paint colors. This will be the last year we can enter, because we’ll be moving – starting new adventures and making new memories in a home that’s no longer small. (Again, details soon.)

Forgive us for seeming so dramatic about it all, but to put it quite simply, our future home could use the lined pockets that Small Cool could provide. Prize money will go towards our future home – our brains have practically DIYed the home, top to bottom! – and you know we can’t wait to have you there, right alongside us.

If you’ve ever loved a project we’ve completed, a room we’ve tweaked, or picked up even a tip or two (because you guys, we could say the same about your input and links shared!), we need your vote. (And if you don’t have an Apartment Therapy account, it takes just a moment! Really.) Imagine us, happy as this guy:

Vote! Share it! Do it for Jack! XO.

Here’s how it works: Round 1 of voting is right this second. On Friday, the top 5 in each division will go up against the AT judging panel. The judges will decide who will go on to the final round (1 from each division), and those homes will be up for one more round of voting. We’re hanging in there, but could use your “Favorite” clicks to get us up there.

  • Hannah@Eriesistibull - May 28, 2013 - 8:19 AM

    Done!! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - May 28, 2013 - 8:35 AM

    Best of luck!! I love you guys and your home is beautiful (can’t wait for your new adventures :-)). I definitely voted. Hoping you win!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa // The Fauxmartha - May 28, 2013 - 8:58 AM
  • Amy Lynn - May 28, 2013 - 9:37 AM

    Is this a one time dealy or should I be checkin’ in daily to vote? I tried to figure this out on my own, I promise, but I can be a little slow when it comes to all things internet so I figured I’d better double check.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 28, 2013 - 9:57 AM

    Amy – no, that’s a valid question!! Just vote ONE TIME during this round, that’s it! If we make it to finals, we’ll beg one more time ;)ReplyCancel

  • Zandi - May 28, 2013 - 10:10 AM

    I voted for you guys as soon as it went up! I’m glad you finally put yourself out there and asked :)

    Good luck!! Let us know when you make it to finals!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 28, 2013 - 10:15 AM

    Aw, thanks, Zandi!ReplyCancel

  • gqf - May 28, 2013 - 10:22 AM

    You guys are awesome!!! And that’s why I voted, wish I could do it everyday. I shared it with my friends too, just because you guys are AWESOME!!! LOL. Glad you put yourselves out there. Take a chance, you never know.
    GOOD LUCK!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • DONE! Good luck! Remind us again when you make it to the final round :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - May 28, 2013 - 12:25 PM

    Done and done! I would L-O-V-E to see you win! You DEFINITELY deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - May 28, 2013 - 3:43 PM

    Done! And I can’t wait to see/hear all about your new home!!!ReplyCancel

  • michelle@decorandthedog - May 28, 2013 - 9:05 PM

    Done! Good luck! :)ReplyCancel

  • Helen - May 29, 2013 - 12:47 AM

    Voted! For you and all the animals you ever painted! And of course, for jack! Good luck! You guys deserve to win, for being good hearted people!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Bullock - May 29, 2013 - 7:44 AM

    I remember how stressful these contest are….You all have a winnable entry! I voted. Best of luck.ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - May 29, 2013 - 8:31 AM

    DID! Love you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 29, 2013 - 8:44 AM

    We can’t thank you all enough! You’re the tops! The tops, we tell ya!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - May 29, 2013 - 1:12 PM

    Voted! Fingers crossed for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Oneita - May 30, 2013 - 10:23 AM

    Done! Best of luck!!!ReplyCancel