The Weekender: Front Porch Updates, Everlane Favorites, Cicadas(!) and Big Weekend Sales

The Front Porch is Making Strides!

This past week has been all about the front porch, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! In case you missed it, we shared our plans in this post, and since then, the new fascia and tongue and groove ceiling have been installed. Our center ceiling light has been ordered (this pretty girl!), and I picked up this pair of dawn to dusk lights for the garden unit, to match the ones we have flanking our front door!

Like most projects, we’ve been stalled by the ‘unplanned’ – such as adding a support beam where we removed the lattice (seen above), rainy and cold weather, and those imperfect columns were a challenge when installing the new crown. Scott whipped it out like a champ, though!

cordless nailer

We modeled the design off of a nearby neighbor, using remnants from the fascia. Once it’s all caulked and painted, it will look seamless!

Meanwhile, I also trimmed our massive juniper trees, spackled and sanded every. last. exposed. screw head and nail pop, and we’ve been brainstorming plants and pavers to expand the landscaping and add a walking path. We’re now debating hiring out the paint and stain portion of the project, so we’re gathering a few quotes – just to see. Our only concern is lack of time. With the upcoming condo refresh on the horizon, we want to knock out the rest of the to-do list quickly, so we can start enjoying our morning coffee on the front porch again. Soon enough!

PS: The story of the space man in the attic window! The unicorn taped to the playroom window is all Lucy.

What Else?​​​​​​​

I’ve never been happier to not live in Cincinnati in this year of the Brood X cicadas! I remember it too vividly, 17 years ago, as I finished my senior year at University of Cincinnati. If you’ve been hit hard by this year’s wave, I am sincerely sorry. Yuck! A friend of mine recently shared this plushie, and I couldn’t stop laughing, so maybe it’ll make you smile? It won’t ship until August, so the trauma should be behind you by then.

In need of a new podcast? This is the only one Scott hasn’t been able to stop talking about.

This still makes me LOL 4 years later. In case you need a smile today! (Sound on.)

Our family has loved every single children’s book by Matt de la Peña (author) and Christian Robinson (illustrator). But none of their books has given me more pause and filled me with more love than Milo Imagines the World, quoted below! The urban backdrop (similar to many of their stories) feels like home to Lucy, but this one. This one! To read it is to love it, and I just added it to Lucy’s List on, where proceeds directly support local bookstores.

These monthly subway rides are never ending, and as usual, Milo is a shook up soda. Excitement stacked on top of worry on top of confusion on top of love.

Milo Imagines the World

Scott has been fine-tuning our Yellow Brick Home Spotify playlists (all made with Tree House in mind), and he just dropped a new one for your weekend mornings! Follow along with Pancake Breakfast right here.

Our Everlane Summer Picks!

It’s no secret that we love Everlane, but they have been crushing the summer wardrobe game! They nail basics in a way that keeps us coming back for more. Great fits, high quality and fair pricing. Below, I rounded up the newest additions in our own closets (#3 is my favorite summer tank, the raglan sleeves on #6 are chef’s kiss, and the #2 tee dress somehow has a shape while still being flowy), plus a few extra I’m loving!

1. sport jogger (Scott lives in these) | 2. weekend tee dress | 3. air muscle tank | 4. linen workwear shirt | 5. track cropped sweatshirt | 6. organic cotton boxy raglan tee | 7. organic cotton bubble tee (I love the way this sits above my jeans) | 8. long weekend tank dress | 9. leather platform sandal

Memorial Day Sales

Enjoy Your Weekend!

What are your plans for the long weekend? We’re meeting up with my parents at Tree House, and they’ll be spending overdue time with Lucy while Scott and I tackle the shed makeover! In-between all that painting and organizing, we hope to toast drinks around the fire pit and – if the weather warms back up! – hit the beach, too. Have a great weekend, friends!

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  • Amanda5.28.21 - 8:26 AM

    We LOVE your playlists. Well Deserved Weekend is in heavy rotation each weekend at our house. Can’t wait to try the new playlist!
    Although I will say it’s lead to some interesting favorites for our 3 year old. Like Crumblin’ ‘Erb by OutKast and 92 Explorer by Post Malone 😬 ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.28.21 - 10:12 AM

      LOL, if it makes you feel better, Lucy listens to Kanye all day, every day and can’t get enough. (We have to dig deep to find the censored versions!) Hope you enjoy Pancake Breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez5.28.21 - 10:54 AM

    I remember visiting Chicago in 1990 (or 1989?) and seeing all the cicadas and stepping all over the crunchy shells. Living on the west coast, I’ve never seen them again. I hope everyone can make it through the brood. Your porch is so lovely, and I hope you are still enjoying coffee out there while it is a work in progress too.ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.28.21 - 11:05 AM

      Luckily, not a single cicada in sight for us here — yet!ReplyCancel

      • Uncle Brain5.30.21 - 7:28 PM

        I think Chicago is Brood XIII — 2024 will be your year! As I recall rode into eastern Iowa at the end of RAGBRAI in 1990 during the last emergence. As we were heading downhill toward the river at a good clip they were covering the road surface, bounding off my sunglasses and helmet — It was awful. Then we had to ride around for an hours looking for the RV to get shelter.ReplyCancel


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