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Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Neutral holiday living room with flocked Christmas tree // via Yellow Brick Home

sectional | faux fur throw | sconce | coffee table | chair | curtains + rod | rug (similar)

I just re-read our post from one year ago (almost to the day), and I was overcome with a strong surge of warmth and happiness. 2017 was a wild ride, but 2018? 2018 changed us. We met the love of our lives at the top of the year. Somewhere between then and now, we blinked, and it’s somehow the year’s end. Over dinner one evening, a friend and I were talking about life with Lucy, and with two kids of his own, he told me, welcome to the Parent Time Warp. It’s the best. Remember it, and hang on. I told Scott the same as we tucked ourselves into bed that night, and we promised each other that we would squeeze every moment – so tight.

2018 saw some of the best moments of our whole lives. Lucy belly laughing. Jack and Lucy kissing. Our oldest baby, Libby, forcing her way onto my lap while I nursed the newest baby. I also struggled at times – still do – with small bouts of the baby blues (rearing its ugly head when I least expected and hanging around so rudely), and I’m working towards the healthiest version of myself every day. We strived to find the elusive work / balance, and we made big shifts, both personally and professionally, to find it. (We’re still looking, but we’re getting closer.)

Tree House took off running! Big picture: She saw a renovated kitchen, mudroom and guest room. Little picture: Her old hardware was shined up, doors and windows painted, cabinets organized and walls painted. Wait, you know what? On second thought, let’s file the painted walls under big picture. That was huge.

Our Chicago home evolved. She’s working harder than ever for our family! After years of updates, those tall and narrow stairs are safe. The guest room is cozy and inviting, the living room is made for cuddling, and the nursery is our favorite place to be. We freed our home of items that weighed her down, and we all felt lighter as a result of it; it’s a process we work on every day, really.

Friends, thank you for reading and sharing your words, ideas and kindness with us! We’re so grateful that you’re here, and we wish you a merry holiday, doing whatever it is that makes you happy. We’ll see you back on the blog in the new year with rested minds and DIY on the agenda, and until then, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite posts from 2018 (just click on any thumbnail below to take you to the post!). xx

A Look Back | 2018

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  • lak12.20.18 - 9:29 AM

    Merry Christmas to you all as well, and thank you for sharing a part of your world with all of us. Since finding your blog, I have worked up the courage to install a bench and overhaul my closet, and tile a backsplash. Thank you again for all your tutorials, keep them coming, and all the best to you all for the New Year!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim12.20.18 - 10:41 AM

      Wowza, you’ve been busy! Amazing. We love hearing this SO much. Thank YOU for cheering us on, and merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • the lady12.20.18 - 9:34 AM

    Lovely post! Thank you for working so hard for not just your family, but for us readers! You are uniquely yourselves and refreshing and real. All the best in 2018!!ReplyCancel

  • the lady12.20.18 - 9:34 AM

    ^^ DUH— all the best in 2019!! :D :DReplyCancel

    • Kim12.20.18 - 10:40 AM

      Thank you so much! That means the world to us.ReplyCancel

  • Rylie12.20.18 - 4:52 PM

    Thank you for writing! I love spending time reading your blog, watching your videos and saving your images on Insta ;) Merry Christmas, Happy 2019!ReplyCancel

  • Asya12.20.18 - 8:52 PM

    I stumbled accross your blog a few years ago as I was searching for ideas for tiling our bathroom and have stayed ever since! Thank you for all your tutorials and it’s been fun seeing your Lucy this year (our little was born end of February ☺️).ReplyCancel

    • Kim12.20.18 - 9:56 PM

      Aw, one year is coming up for you as well. Time, stop, please!ReplyCancel

  • Bailey12.21.18 - 1:07 AM

    Merry Christmas and happy new year! So fun watching your family evolve this year, I have been a long time follower of your blog and I am loving your new posts especially those with Lucy. I have a three-year-old of my own and it’s just amazing how they change you without even a conscious thought. Life is totally at its best with little people! Glad to see you are still making time for your passions, I look forward to seeing what you do in 2019, cheers!!ReplyCancel

    • Scott12.23.18 - 7:19 PM

      Thank you, Bailey! We are so happy to have you here. Have a merry everything!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Neidhardt12.21.18 - 6:43 AM

    Merry Christmas to you! I love spending time reading your blog every morning. Your posts are just so “real” and your tutorials so doable. Thank you and enjoy Lucy – time flies by too quickly!ReplyCancel

    • Kim12.21.18 - 9:21 AM

      Thank you, Lynn. :) Merry Christmas to you too!ReplyCancel

  • Carly12.21.18 - 3:16 PM

    Happy holidays guys!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Metzger1.3.19 - 11:24 AM

    Hang in there new mama! It’s a wonderful year full of so many emotions- but it’s a hard year. You’re doing great! Your readers appreciate all of your hard work and sacrifice to make this a great space!ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.3.19 - 12:12 PM

      You’re so sweet, thank you, Jackie!ReplyCancel

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