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The Week’s End: Kalamazoo

This weekend found us shooting to the other side of Lake Michigan – Kalamazoo! – for a quick overnight visit to meet our brand new, 8 week old nephew. Kazoo was bright, vibrant, and (lucky for us!) happened to be having the most perfect weekend weather the Upper Midwest has seen this year – and that’s all without mentioning the beer. The beer. Home to Bell’s Brewing (a perennial Midwest favorite) and a quick hop away from Arcadia, Dark Horse and New Holland, the local brews flew fast and loose.

Like most of our weekend getaways, we found time to browse through records, hit a couple quick yard sales (where I had to convince Kim that bringing home an entire solid, walnut mid-century living room set home was a less-than-stellar idea; she still disagrees), imbibe in some great food and drinks, and spend some long overdue quality time with the siblings. With all that, we were able to leave long days of work and home-buying on the other side of our Great Lake. It felt good, even just for a too-short day.

How was your weekend?

PS… Our little home is in the running for Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest! We’d love a vote and help spreading the word – especially since this will be our last eligible year. See our entry right here, and make sure to browse around, too. There are so many tiny inspirational places out there!

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  • Christina5.20.13 - 9:08 AM

    I have to say, I have been following your blog for a while now (just reading in the background…not commenting)…except for the ADORABLE Pet Shop pix you post to Instagram…super cute, and just might have to buy one one of these days!!

    So anyway (after I stop rambling)…my boyfriend and I are such HUGE Beer Nerds it’s not even funny, and when I saw you lived in Chicago (GASP for Goose Island)…and then you mentioned Bell’s, Arcadia, Dark Horse and New Holland…I just about fell out of my chair!! Could it be? Another couple of Beer Nerds????

    Just wanted to share my love for your blog, The {ADORABLE} Pet Shop AND for Craft Beer :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.20.13 - 9:45 AM

    Christina, thank you so much! I’ve seen your name in our Instagram feed – thanks for the love!

    Yes, Scott is a fellow beer nerd, and he’s hooked me into the same. It was a full on beer fest this weekend, that’s for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Alright, I would love to know the scoop on how you get such amazing, vibrant colors in your photos. Have you ever done a tutorial on your blog (that I missed somehow)? I just LOVE all of your photos and the amazing colors in them. This wannabe photographer would love some tips. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.20.13 - 10:55 AM

    Hi Shelby, I haven’t done a full blown tutorial, but I do like to mix exposures so I can get a detailed sky but still see the foreground just as well. You can see here how to easily do that: https://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2013/04/10/setting-the-mood-indoor-photography-at-night/

    Other than that, I like to mess around with fun Photoshop actions and lightening the overall exposures to keep things light and bright (such as playing with the Levels and playing with selective colors to make some stand out and tone others down). If you don’t want to venture into the world of PS actions, this tutorial from Katie’s Pencil Box is a great way to get fun and fresh photos: http://www.katiespencilbox.com/2011/07/picture-taking.htmlReplyCancel

  • Jill5.20.13 - 2:57 PM

    Hey Scott, I dig yours and Rob’s matching bro-shirts! haha And did you get any baby fever? I hope, I hope. I kidzzzz!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.20.13 - 3:02 PM

    Jill, no baby fever (although we love our nephew!), but we did fall in love with an adorable puppy we met while walking around downtown Kazoo! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin5.21.13 - 8:41 AM

    I can’t tell you how nice it was to stop by your blog and see such sweet photos of Kalamazoo. I’ve lived there my whole life so I’m certainly partial to the place, but you made it look so lovely. Also: beer! We really are lucky to be surrounded by some of the best craft brews in the country.ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york)5.21.13 - 2:40 PM

    Sounds like a perfect weekend (weather, sites, great photo ops); ur nephew is ADORABLE! My weekend in NY was great .. finally getting warmer weather (felt like winter traveling back from Hawaii, warm weather translate to = BBQ time! Yaaay!ReplyCancel

  • Kim5.21.13 - 3:59 PM

    BBQ weather = perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Kim!! I’m going to check it all out now. :)ReplyCancel

  • BB King5.24.13 - 5:42 PM

    I have a favorite photo here. Can you guess the one? Let’s see if you know me, yet.ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.24.13 - 5:46 PM

      Oh, no! This is a stressful test. If you’re anything like Chuckleberry, it’s the ice cream :)ReplyCancel

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