During our visit to Tree House last week, we armed ourselves with so. many. samples of Kate Golding wallpaper, and we took to Stories to share our decision making process with you. Wow. You guys! Never have we ever received so much feedback from our Stories, and you gave us so much to think about. If you’re catching up, our plan is to accent the window wall in our sleeping loft with a subtle wallpaper. Although we’re not big on accent walls in general, we feel like this secret nook, tucked above our living room and with a view of the green, grassy yard, deserves a little something special and unexpected.
We were initially torn between Canadian Shield (trees) and Garter Snakes, but the biggest concern with the snakes was your overwhelming fear factor! We get it; makes sense. So, snakes are out – yet we found ourselves unable to commit to the trees. While beautiful – and obviously, it is our Tree house – it felt like too much contrast. We’re on the hunt, we think, for something that’s more tone-on-tone but still playful and with a subtle nod to our Michigan location. Easy, right?
And so, back to the drawing board! We’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of wallpapers, and we have a dozen more samples headed our way soon. During our search, we’ve considered everything from a wall mural (which was ultimately nixed, due to the window eliminating so much) to a soft plaid to grasscloth to a nature theme.
It’s still unknown where we’ll end up, but many of you pointed us towards new-to-us designers, including Kate Zaremba and this Etsy shop full of the most stunning murals. Other contenders: bunnies, windowpane, larkspur and miyuki. Fingers crossed that there’s a paper sample on the way that’ll win our hearts!
A Happy Discovery
Scott mentioned earlier this week that we found an old photo of our Tree House online. It’s an exterior view, and I stumbled across it accidentally when I logged into our account to pay the water bill! The photo was filed under a link for ‘additional information,’ and I’d never thought to click on it until a few months ago. Here’s the image, dated from 1992:
Here’s how Tree House looked when we signed those closing papers – not to say that she looks necessarily any better (ha!), but we’ve had so much fun playing What’s Different?
Tree House as she stands today is missing a tree in the front yard (and now the back yard, too), and there’s a significant amount of ivy and weeds that we’ve been shamefully turning a blind eye towards. The Tree House of yore had a screened in porch where our master bedroom currently sits, and there was no deck, no gutters and no window in the sleeping loft! But we were really, really excited to see what appears to be original clapboard. Currently, the house is covered in brown vinyl siding, but we’re looking forward to the day that we can investigate what lies beneath the surface and if it can be salvaged. It gives us so much hope for her future facelift.
What else do you notice?
• We should totally save this house, right?!
• An old friend of ours directed this thoughtful documentary centered around teens and gun culture. It’s worth the watch, with the only downside being that we wished it was longer! We’d love to see the teens profiled in the film having a (moderated) discussion with one another. We want more.
• In other What We Watched news, Abducted In Plain Sight hit Netflix a few weeks ago, and we spent the entire 90 minutes with our jaws fully dropped. Actually, it probably took us two hours to finish it, because we kept pausing it to look at each other and
say scream, this can’t possibly be real. Have you seen it? We’ve talked about it every day since, and we’re convinced that this true crime documentary is the very definition of ‘stranger than fiction.’ Our minds are still blown.
• A good – nay, great – wine glass is hard to find, don’t you think? Not long ago, a popular Chicago brewery opened their first full-service tap room in our neighborhood, and we can’t stop popping in for happy hour and fresh baked bread. But the best part is the glasses they serve their beer in! I found an etching on the stem, looked it up and found them. They’re the sweetest short-stemmed glasses with a thin (but not too thin) rim, perfect for wine of any variety, a sparkling cocktail or, of course, beer! I picked up our own set of 4.
• I’ll drop this here in case you need a Friday morning pick-me-up.
• Such a strong, beautiful reminder from Julia, in the midst of heartache:
Don’t wait. I say it often, but it bears repeating now, don’t wait to make memories. Don’t wait until the walls are painted or the holes are patched or the shiny new appliances arrive to make happy memories in your home. It’s the reason we do what we do, and it’s what we have left now. And I’m so grateful.
How Can We Be Better?
A big goal of ours this year has been to make our blog a well oiled machine. For far too long, it has felt too sluggish for our liking, and for several months, we’ve been working behind the scenes on faster load times without sacrificing quality (it’s definitely a fine line). And at the start of this week, we made the switch to a new dedicated hosting environment, which has drastically improved our site’s speed. We hope you’ve noticed this, too, although we are still working on a few kinks on the backend – such as getting our feed to catch up, for starters.
If you’ve noticed a glitch here and there, these big changes are the reason, and we’re so appreciative of every one of you who have shared screenshots of dead ends to help us problem solve. Thank you for bearing with us! In addition, I’ve been test driving a more updated blog on the back end, although I still have a bit of time to put in before it’s ready to go live.
We want Yellow Brick Home to be an inviting, happy place for you to stay, and we think this comes with a better mobile view (and a larger font!) and easier navigation overall, including source pages, room makeovers and renovations from start to finish. With the changes we’ve already made and the changes to come, we still want to know: How can we be better? How can we streamline the way you view our virtual home?
As always, thank you for reading, and happy weekend!