Since we spent our Christmas weekend in Cincinnati with Scott’s family (and Christmas Day here in Chicago), we packed up last Thursday and spent a long weekend visiting my family in Pittsburgh. It was the perfect time to do so, as the hockey season kicked off this past Saturday, and we were able to watch…
  • Hannah K. - January 21, 2013 - 11:53 AM

    Yay 2-0! Gorgeous pictures of a beautiful city!

    …and man, that Primanti’s sammy is making me salivate.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 21, 2013 - 12:00 PM

    Thanks, Hannah! We’re off to a great start, huh?!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 21, 2013 - 12:22 PM

    Wait. Waiiittt. I didn’t know your family LIVED in Pittsburgh! Kim. We ARE soul mates. Did you grow up there? I grew up in Pleasant Hills. And these pictures are making me seriously nostalgic. I can’t wait to introduce Chris to a Primanti’s sandwich and Kennywood this summer.ReplyCancel

  • jessie aucoin - January 21, 2013 - 12:50 PM

    im in the midst of interviewing for a job in pittsburgh and went there myself last week…if the job happens you’ll have to give me some tips on places to go and things to see. though don’t worry, i’ve already got a firm addiction to yuengling, so no need to recommend that!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 21, 2013 - 1:10 PM

    Julia, my dad grew up in Pittsburgh, but I grew up in Ohio. I spent all my summers there, and now my whole family lives there again – to make a long story short! I still haven’t taken Scott to Kennywood, but that’s definitely on our list! I went there every year. Awesome.

    Jessie, ooh, what did you think while you were there? There’s so much to do and see!ReplyCancel

  • jessie aucoin - January 21, 2013 - 1:52 PM

    I’ll admit that I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. I’m super excited at the job, so even though i don’t think i would have to, I’m willing to “sacrifice” a lot in the city for the opportunity. Wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 21, 2013 - 2:27 PM

    Jessie, good luck!! It really is a great city.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 23, 2013 - 2:46 PM

    These pics are awesome. I miss Pittsburgh, haven’t been there in a few years (was cruising around w/ Eric’s fam and saw Harry Potter at the IMAX or whatever it’s called). I think I’ve told you, we used to visit my aunt Kathy all the time when she lived there. That sandwich looks killer good. mmmmmmReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 23, 2013 - 3:01 PM

    Jill, have you ever had a Primanti Brother’s sandwich?! You would love it!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - January 25, 2013 - 5:53 PM

    I love the way this post starts with a picture of homes nestled into the hill: immediately I knew you were in Pgh. My younger brother still makes fun of me each time I ask how to get somewhere in Pgh (we’ve pulled up outside of perfect strangers homes on the wrong side of the city looking for the Zoo because that’s where our GPS sent us.) But I do want to ask about the bridge you drove over 3 times. It looks like on of the 3 sisters. Maybe you drove over 3 different bridges? (I’ve done that, too.)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 25, 2013 - 6:15 PM

    Kelly, our GPS was totally, absolutely USELESS in Pittsburgh! We drove over the Liberty Bridge 3 times trying to get to a bar to watch the first Penguins game of the year. And once you cross a bridge and enter a tunnel… well, good luck! It took us 45 minutes to go to a bar 3 miles away, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 25, 2013 - 6:15 PM

    But the good news is? The Pens won.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 1, 2013 - 12:58 AM

    How did I spend the last few days? I moved to Pittsburgh from San Francisco. Great pictures. Love my new city.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 1, 2013 - 8:06 AM

    Thanks, Julie! Enjoy Pittsburgh – there are so many hidden gems.ReplyCancel


On the first day of this year, we talked about what’s next. We feel a transition coming on in this family, and that has us moving and flowing in a different way, day by day. We’re moving towards our next big dream, talking with a realtor and carefully dancing around the possibilities of a bigger,…
  • Kim @ See Kim Decorate - January 18, 2013 - 7:10 AM

    From one superstitious hockey fan to another, I understand. It’s a good thing I can’t grow a beard either. Wearing the same jersey every time they’re on a winning streak is bad enough.

    Good luck with the house search. What an exciting (and stressful) time for you guys.

    And good luck to the Penguins this year. (Your team is the Penguins right? If it’s the Blackhawks I take my good luck wish back. Preds fan.)ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 18, 2013 - 7:15 AM

    I can’t grow a beard to save my life. It’s probably why I gravitate more toward baseball.

    But I’m very excited to hear about all this, and look forward to reading about it soon.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 18, 2013 - 8:36 AM

      Kim and Jimmy, ha! Lets be beardless together.

      And Kim, you’re right – we’re Pens fans all the way. Happy almost-first-day-of-hockey to you!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 18, 2013 - 8:50 AM

    Oh, I am excited for you. This year IS different, huh. I wish I could tagalong in the home search. I wouldn’t say a word I promise. Hahahahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - January 18, 2013 - 9:05 AM

    Woot! How did I miss you were Penguins fans! Score!

    Good luck in all that comes your way…how exciting! Keep us posted!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 18, 2013 - 2:51 PM

      Hannah, huuuuge Pens fans!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - January 18, 2013 - 11:22 AM

    Ahh how exciting! Just hearing you talk about a prospective new home gives me the new home itch. 0:) hehe!

    Shannon Loves Design
    Fabulously VintageReplyCancel

  • Emma - January 22, 2013 - 8:00 PM

    Yay! So happy for you all (including the fuzzies). Moving from an apartment to your first house is so exciting (overwhelming but exciting). I just did it myself 2 years ago. I am also happy for purely selfish reasons because I can’t wait to get new decorating tips from you guys. Good luck!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 22, 2013 - 8:13 PM

    Emma, thank you so much, lady!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 22, 2013 - 10:05 PM

    The time has come for you & me both. How exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 23, 2013 - 2:49 PM

    Yes, def. exciting! I accidentally hit “Post Comment” twice on my phone last night, how annoying! And I think because of that mistake you didn’t post my response which I forget what it was exactly! haha…anyways, I found one lil pic of you, me and Kat w/ Nick Klosterman smooshed into the Beach Waterpark photobooth! haha, we must’ve cut the strip up and you, Kat and Nick each have a single pic maybe? I don’t know why I would’ve cut my own apart but we all know I am a weirdo, so whatev.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 23, 2013 - 2:51 PM

    And this is proof I’ve stared at a computer for too long today! I thought MY COMMENT WAS YOUR RESPONSE saying “Jill, The time has come for you & me both. How exciting!” hahahahaha, OH LORDY! Stop me now!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 23, 2013 - 3:02 PM

    Oh man, you are seriously cracking me up! I was like, huh? Anyway, I don’t have a piece of the strip you’re talking about – that is hilarious. You’ll have to show me next time we see each other!ReplyCancel


After declaring our living room done! – even without the end tables that we just couldn’t seem to track down – we received an email from Susan of Jubilee Furniture (our favorite second-hand furniture heaven; if you’re in the Chicagoland area, go!). After scouring her store’s inventory, she lured us in with promises of the…
  • Shannon - January 16, 2013 - 10:09 AM


    I love these!! ahhhh! These are amazing!! :) Lucky, lucky you! And how nice of Susan! :)

    Can’t wait to see the table. :)

    Shannon Loves Design
    Fabulously VintageReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 16, 2013 - 11:49 AM

    That is amazingly nice. And they are so gorgeous. Coveting!

    p.s. such a tease about the end tables!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 16, 2013 - 1:16 PM

      Shannon and Julia, the table will need a little work… more on that next week :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan at Jubilee Furniture - January 16, 2013 - 5:18 PM

    So glad you like ’em! The bling of the gold and the elegant lines of the peacocks immediately said, “Kim” to me!

    Can you adopt a 54 year old?

    Thanks for the wonderful plug for Jubilee Furniture!

    All my best to you and Scott!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 16, 2013 - 5:35 PM

    Susan, I think adopting a 54 y/o is absolutely acceptable.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - January 16, 2013 - 6:54 PM

    I love the crossed stitched piece you have them bordering. May I ask where you got it from?ReplyCancel

  • Emma - January 17, 2013 - 10:01 AM

    Ooooh. Pretty birds. What a lovely gift.ReplyCancel

  • kristi@SimplePrettyThings - January 17, 2013 - 10:44 AM

    I just found your blog throught ChrisLovesJulia (love them). I am now instantly obsessed with Freeman McFarlain. I just pinned a bunch of Etsy stuff. I’m off to check out the rest of your blog and I’ll be add it to my blogroll on my blog! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 17, 2013 - 11:37 AM

    Kristi, too funny! You better scoop some of it before someone else buys it!ReplyCancel

  • Christan - January 19, 2013 - 5:45 PM

    I love deals. I found these mid-century danish candleholders for a few dollars at a thrift store. have seen them for $40 or so on etsy.

    • Kim - January 21, 2013 - 11:34 AM

      Christian, those are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 22, 2013 - 10:16 PM

    What a sweet gesture! They’re beautiful & I’m blushing they’re flanking my piece! @Emma, you can find the pattern in the Subversive Cross Stitch book. Wish I was genius enough to come up w/ the saying!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 22, 2013 - 10:17 PM

    Oooops! @kelly, my bad!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - April 9, 2015 - 2:14 PM


    I have the same pair of MCM Anthony Freeman-McFarlin Peacock birds in excellent shape – no chips. They don’t work for our home and I am interested in finding a great home for them. Please let me know if you are interested!ReplyCancel


For the most girly, pink and gold-gilded room in our home, it makes me smile to see the Studio on Made By Girl today! With those brass-‘denza-knobs inspired by Jen herself (originally seen here, then purchased¬†immediately, you know, for art’s sake), it makes my insides all mushy gushy. That, and reminiscing on all those months…
  • Emma - January 14, 2013 - 12:06 PM

    Yay! Your studio is such an amazing room and I think everyone should see it. Congratulations you two!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 12:15 PM

    Thank you, Emma!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 12:52 PM

    Very cool. Congrats!

    Totally off-topic, but the fodenza mention reminded me that I’ve been meaning to ask you. As a fellow small spacer, and someone who’s photography skills I deeply admire, I figured no one better to ask: I got the fixed 50mm lens a few months ago and love, love, love it. Only problem is shooting our small spaces. I can do some lovely close-ups, vignettes of little areas, but I can’t back up far enough (thanks to small rooms) to get full over-all shots of my renovation projects. What lens should I be looking for when it comes to these shots? For now I’ll be grabbing my old point-and-shoot to get these photos, but I think this will be my first “second” lens once I save up a little cash for it.


  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 1:06 PM

    Hi Jimmy, thanks!

    I have 2 wide lenses – my 20mm and a 12-24mm, but here’s the thing… the 12-24 is really wide, and I use it for room shots to get fun, funky angles where I actually want distortion. You can see my exact wide angle lens right here:

    Then, I use my 20mm f/2.8 when I need a wider angle but don’t want distortion. The 20mm doesn’t get nearly as wide as my 12-24 above, but I love it because it was decently affordable (I bought it used for $250) and has a f-stop as low as 2.8. (My 12-24 only goes down to a f4.) By googling the lens, you can find photos that were shot using that one.

    Let me know if that doesn’t help to clarify!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 1:07 PM

    I should say that I bought the 12-24 second hand as well, for about $350. I use the 20, 12-24 and 50 for everything you see on the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 1:59 PM

    Thanks Kim, very helpful. I should say that when I saw those prices I threw up in my mouth a little. Looks like we’re resurrecting the point-and-shoot for a while. Do you think a 35mm f/2 wide angle would work for these purposes? They seem to be easier on the wallet, starting at 289 new on amazon.

    I suppose you are happy with the used-lens purchases then, right? Very good to know you are able to do so much here with those three lenses.

    We’ve resumed construction on the bedroom build-out series from a while back. You’ll notice in my post that I don’t have any pictures of the whole scene in there.

    Thanks again for all your insight on this.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 2:08 PM

    Jimmy, no problem! I’ve been using the same three lenses for YEARS. (Like, the last 6 years I think?) Purchasing them gently used is the way to go! I’d recommend starting with the 20 for good, non-distorted wide shots.

    I think the 35 might cause similar problems to the 50, only giving you a slightly wider shot in a small home. I think it’s worth saving the extra $100 for something wider, especially since you’ll be focusing on room shots. (Not to mention, a wider lens will be good for capturing your growing family in one frame, or capturing wider landscape shots.)

    If you have a camera repair store near you, many times you can rent a lens for a day/weekend. You could rent a lens for a weekend and see if it’s a good fit for you, since I know they can be very pricey.ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 2:46 PM

    Ok, good to know about the 35. I kinda figured that might be the case, especially in rooms that usually aren’t much longer than 10 feet in any direction.

    Good call on the lens renting idea. I’ll have to check around for that.ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 9:44 PM

    Ok, last question and then I’ll stop bugging you guys today. With all the photos you take, have you invested in cloud storage for backup? If so, do you have any recommendations? I try to delete a lot of my junk pictures, but my hard drive is still filling up fast, and I know I am just one rambunctious toddler tantrum or spilled coffee away from losing it all.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 10:50 PM

    Jimmy, ha, bother as much as you need! Last year, we actually upgraded to an Apple Time Capsule. My laptop backs up several times a day to the Time Capsule, and I also have a smaller 500GB external drive that I use to back up my laptop (in addition).

    Technically, everything on my laptop is always on the external drive, and I’ve set up the Time Capsule to back up not only my laptop internal drive, but my external drive as well (when it’s connected to my laptop!). If anything happens to my laptop internal drive (knock on wood!), I’d have 2 other places that have backed up all my information and data.

    I swear this sounds more complicated than it is. If you use Apple products, the crew at any Apple store can break it down more simply!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 10:52 PM

    One more thing! I permanently delete the majority of photos I take, saving space on my laptop internal drive (so my external drive isn’t also backing up no-good photos).ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - January 15, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    YAY! Your studio is totally the (yes, I just said that) and deserves to be showcased to all. :)

    So happy for you, Kim!

    Shannon Loves Design
    Fabulously VintageReplyCancel


Okay, so I realize that I announced my sewing class sign-up on Facebook earlier this week (it’s official, right? Because it’s on Facebook?), but I’m not there yet. (However, I will be in February!) Anyway, Jack needed a new bed. Bad. And he wasn’t about to wait until I learned to sew for a couple…
  • Sam - January 11, 2013 - 6:30 AM

    Oh nice! Our boys need new beds, I might try that.


  • The Tiny Homestead - January 11, 2013 - 7:58 AM

    <3 it! He looks very happy with his new spot.ReplyCancel

  • Beth |Daily Dog Tag - January 13, 2013 - 4:55 PM

    It looks great and easy to make: my kind of DIY!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - January 14, 2013 - 1:33 PM

    I love his collar! My pibble’s martingale (purchased on etsy) is beginning to fall apart and I need to buy a new one. Where did you purchase Jack’s?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 2:03 PM

    Hi Annie,

    Thanks! He has the Eco-Lucks collar in Hackysack:

    We bought it last August, and it’s held up like a champ since then!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Vargo - January 15, 2013 - 3:52 PM

    LOVE this! I am such ‘no sew’ person too!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina B. - January 19, 2013 - 12:16 PM

    If I can’t hot glue it or use some other kind of trickery that doesn’t involve sewing (handsewing little stitches or buttons doesn’t count), then I’m all about it. You’ll get no ridicule from me!ReplyCancel