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Why We?re Landscaping the Front Yard at Tree House

These are the plans for our front yard landscaping project at our Michigan Tree House, from building a berm to choosing perennials. Why Landscape the ...
06-12-2022 19:44

How to Case a Door Opening

Today we?re walking through a handful of easy steps to add elegant wood casing to an existing door opening! When we purchased our Chicago home, there ...
24-11-2022 19:33

Kitchen Progress! 5 Transformative Updates.

Wow! It feels like we?re thisclose to finishing our months-long kitchen renovation. Today we?re sharing five huge updates that have us using the kitch...
21-11-2022 19:27

How We Organized Our Kitchen

Take a peek inside our drawers and behind our cabinet doors! These are all the ways we?re keeping our kitchen tidy and organized. Follow along with th...
18-11-2022 19:27

YBH Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers just might be my favorite list to dig into. A few of these are already in my cart ? #9 for Lucy and #13 to add to Scott?s growing co...
15-11-2022 19:34

YBH Holiday Gift Guide: For the Mentors In Your Life

Whether you?re on the hunt for a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or teacher, today?s gift guide is all about the ones you look up to ? with a focus o...
14-11-2022 19:32

YBH Holiday Gift Guide: For Self-Care

There?s not a single item in this list of self-care essentials that I wouldn?t love to open, from cult favorite collagen to CBD infused body oil. In f...
11-11-2022 19:33

YBH Holiday Gift Guide: For the Home

This one?s for all the homebodies, hosts, and all around home lovers in your life! The ones that look at real estate listings ?just for fun,? the ones...
10-11-2022 19:34

YBH Holiday Gift Guide: For the Family

Our Family Gift Guide focuses on treats, games and activities for all to enjoy! From murder mysteries to movie nights to staying in touch with those f...
09-11-2022 19:34

YBH Holiday Gift Guide: Baby, Big Kid + Toddler

The littlest ones we love might seem like the easiest; after all, they have lists for days, right" We?ve made things simpler by condensing those ...
08-11-2022 19:30

YBH Holiday Gift Guide: For Your BFF

We?re kicking things off this year with gifts for your best friend! They?ve been with you through thick and thin, they?re the coolest person you know,...
07-11-2022 19:35

How to Buy Stone Kitchen Countertops in 3 Steps

Our countertops are in! Today we?re sharing how we found our fabricator, selecting our slab and a deeper dive into how the countertop selection proces...
18-10-2022 19:35

Are You Hosting for the Holidays This Year" Try a Brunc

Chances are, you?ve heard me rave about brunch gatherings in the past. I love a good brunch date, so of course I love a larger brunch gathering as wel...
11-10-2022 19:34

How To Install Drawer Fronts Onto Inset Cabinetry

Today we?re talking through the steps we took to install drawer fronts onto the drawer boxes of our inset cabinetry. Our kitchen is progressing nicely...
28-09-2022 19:23

The Weekender: Family Room Tweaks, The Prettiest (and Practi

Small Tweaks, Big Impact As we?ve lived with the play and family rooms for well over a year now, small things have continued to bug me. Several months...
23-09-2022 19:20

How We?ve Gotten By for 2 Months Without a Working Kitchen

We?ve officially reached the 8 week mark since our former kitchen cabinets, countertops and sink were removed by their new owners. 2 months without a ...
20-09-2022 19:25

Our Tips for Installing Kitchen Cabinets When Your Floors Ar

We?ve finished installing one run of cabinets on flooring that slopes upward about 1/2? in the back. Here are our tips for getting everything secure a...
15-09-2022 19:19

The Kitchen Renovation: First Impressions of Our New Applian

Our appliances were delivered a few weeks ago. Here?s a quick rundown on how we?re feeling about them so far! Prior to getting started, it?s worth not...
06-09-2022 19:41

The Weekender: Kitchen Cabinet Building Kick-Off, What I?m L

Let the Cabinet Building Commence! This is our first time building a kitchen using Cabinet Joint cabinetry, and our first impression is: WOW. The craf...
02-09-2022 19:48

Collective Q+A: How do you show your home love as we transit

School is back in session for many of us, and with that comes the changing of seasons. Does anyone else feel the pull of nostalgia at this time of yea...
01-09-2022 19:49

All the Details About Our Kitchen Flooring

The who, what and why about the maple hardwood floors we installed in our kitchen. The Floors Are Finished! The hardwood floors in our kitchen are ins...
17-08-2022 19:22

10 Ways We?ve Added Valuable Storage Space to Our Home

From Built-ins to furniture hacks, here are 10 ways we?ve added hidden and unexpected storage space in our Chicago home. Stash Your Stuff! You can nev...
15-08-2022 19:19

The Weekender: A First Look at Our Kitchen Floors!

The Floors Are In! Yesterday was a wonderful whirlwind. We were mostly kept in the dark as a team of two from Peter?s Wood Refinishing (can?t recommen...
12-08-2022 19:19

10 Ways We Maximized Every Inch of Our 850 Square Feet Home

Here are 10 ways we designed our small house to maximize every square inch. Our Michigan Tree House isn?t large. Including the sleeping loft, it clock...
09-08-2022 19:15

Lucy?s Back-to-School Wardrobe

Long gone are the days where we have the only say in what Lucy wears. Our 4-year-old has strong opinions on clothing, and she enjoys selecting her out...
05-08-2022 19:23

The Kitchen Is Gone! (And How We?re Making It Work)

This is how we sold our kitchen and appliances and how we?re making it work now that we?re without one. The kitchen is gone! Although we?ve been in pl...
03-08-2022 19:22

The Weekender: We Fell In Love with a House

We fell in love with a house. One week ago, a message with a link to a neighborhood house listing was sent to my DMs. Next YBH project", it read....
29-07-2022 19:20

The Weekender: Palm Springs + Recreating My Childhood Summer

A Childhood Tradition, Recreated Growing up, I spent a month every summer with my grandparents in Pittsburgh. Just me, no siblings. It was so special,...
15-07-2022 19:22

5 Inexpensive Cleaning Products We Can?t Live Without

Sometimes the best tool for the job is the simplest! Today we?re talking through our 5 favorite inexpensive cleaning products that help us power throu...
13-07-2022 19:20

Adding DIY Landscape Lighting to Our Chicago Front Yard

The landscaping in our tiny urban front yard is filling in perfectly so it was time to add landscape lighting to make it pop in the evening. Here?s ho...
07-07-2022 19:23

A Collected Kitchen: The Mood Board

Sharing the design direction for our Chicago kitchen renovation. A Collected Kitchen with YBH Earthy red cabinetry, black marble countertops and layer...
05-07-2022 19:24

Collective Q+A: What Is ?Home Hacking,? and is it Right for

I first stumbled across Emily and Corey of Little Chicago Two Flat on Instagram early this year, after Emily left a comment on one of our posts. Of co...
30-06-2022 19:24

Adding Solar Lighting to Our Tree House Backyard

Today we?re walking through our simple and cost-effective DIY solution to bring more ambient light to the backyard of our Michigan Tree House. When we...
28-06-2022 19:23

Things We Love for Summer

A round up of things we use and love during the summer months, from home goods to sunscreen and everything in-between. Summer Lovin? It?s officially, ...
21-06-2022 19:26

The Biggest Room Transformations After 9 Years of Loving and

For all of my before-and-after lovers, this one is for you. This month, we celebrate 9 years of loving and living in this home! We feel beyond lucky t...
16-06-2022 19:24

Why We Added a Temporary Table to the Kitchen (+ a Round Up

We added an inexpensive temporary table to the kitchen in the midst of our renovation. Here?s why. Earlier this week, I elaborated (in Stories) on our...
09-06-2022 19:20

Behind the Scenes of LaTanya?s Feel Good Makeover

What really went down over the course of the 3 days that we gave LaTanya?s home a makeover" Keep reading for all the details! Casey from The DIY ...
03-06-2022 19:23

LaTanya?s Feel Good Makeover Reveal!

After months of planning, we completed this Feel Good Makeover over 3 days. Continue reading for all the before and afters! This post is in collaborat...
25-05-2022 19:25

A Quick Start Guide to Happy Houseplants

These are the few things you can do to every houseplant to keep them happy, healthy and thriving. Houseplants bring color, life and cleaner air to any...
24-05-2022 19:26

Choosing Tile for Our Kitchen: How We Narrowed it Down to ?T

This post is sponsored by our friends at The Tile Shop. Today we?re breaking down the process of selecting tile for our kitchen renovation and all of ...
17-05-2022 19:22

The Design Plans for LaTanya?s Feel Good Makeover!

It?s time to share the design plans for LaTanya, who will be getting a feel good home makeover this weekend! This post is in collaboration with Amazon...
11-05-2022 19:21

Designing the New Kitchen Cabinet Layout (+ Sharing the Plan

Here?s a big preview into the layout of our new kitchen design! This post has been months in the making, and we couldn?t be more excited to share it t...
09-05-2022 19:23

Lucy?s Big Kid Unicorn Bedroom Reveal!

A unicorn bedroom doesn?t have to be a theme. We?re sharing how we incorporated magical elements to give Lucy the unicorn room of her big kid dreams! ...
06-05-2022 19:22

Yummiest Mother?s Day Cocktail to Try

A cocktail that?s easy to sip, smooth yet tart. Even before Kim was mom to our little Lucy, we always found fun ways to celebrate Mother?s Day. Whethe...
02-05-2022 19:22

The Guest Room Is Taking Shape!

Our guest room is not only shaping up, it has literally taken on a whole new shape! This post is in partnership withBrooklinen. All Brooklinen produc...
29-04-2022 19:22

Collective Q+A: What Is the Kitchen Feature That Changed the

Spoiler alert: We?re in the thick of our own kitchen renovation. JK, you already knew that. But! Did you know that many of the design elements we?re i...
26-04-2022 19:24

The Weekender: Our Family Vacation!

Sun for the Soul Last week, we were quiet on the blog and socials because we were on the road! We took a family road trip to the Florida panhandle to ...
22-04-2022 19:20

Kitchen Renovation Update: Closets, Colors, Cabinets and Mor

It?s been a while since we?ve chronicled the kitchen renovation on the blog! Here?s how things are taking shape so far. The Guest Room The kitchen ren...
20-04-2022 19:24

A Simple Closet Reorganization for Under $100

Today we?re walking through the steps we took to utilize every square inch of our average-size entry closet! The entryway coat closet in our Chicago h...
18-04-2022 19:22

The Weekender: The Good, Not-So-Good, and Really Good News f

The Good, Not-So-Good, and Really Good News from Kitchen Demo Day If you?ve been following on Stories this week, you know that demolition started in t...
08-04-2022 19:19

30 Ceiling Fans That Look Great Doing Their Thing

We?re rounding up a list of 30 ceiling fans that are as beautiful as they are functional! We?ve also included a few purchasing considerations for good...
06-04-2022 19:20

How To Rewire a Light Fixture with a Cloth Covered Cord

Today we?re talking through the simple steps we took to replace a boring standard clear plastic electrical cord with a colorful cloth cord! We?re near...
29-03-2022 19:23

All of Your Spring Garden Questions Answered!

When should you prune your garden" Where should you cut back your hydrangea" What type of fertilizer should you purchase" Do you need f...
25-03-2022 19:18

How to Build a Simple Bunk Bed Ladder!

Today we?re walking through the steps to build a strong ladder for our daughter?s floating loft bed. It?s easier than you might think! Lucy?s floating...
23-03-2022 19:19

30 Whimsical Lights for Kids and Adults Alike!

A round up of whimsical lighting for ceilings and walls that kids and adults will enjoy! In searching for the just-right, unicorn-ish, magical light f...
21-03-2022 19:20

The Weekender: Shifting Moods, Covid 2 Years Later, + My Eve

Shifting Seasons, Shifting Moods It?s almost spring, can you FEEL it!" Depending on where you live, this may not be breaking news, but to Chicago...
18-03-2022 19:21

How We Built Lucy?s Loft Bed!

Today we?re breaking down all of the steps for the build-out of Lucy?s fully custom floating loft bed. A quick note: We hope this goes without saying,...
16-03-2022 19:21

Wallpapering Soon" Here are 5 Tips to Help the Process

If you?ve been inspired by all the wallpaper you?re seeing, you?re not alone. Wallpaper is back! Before you get started, we?re sharing the 5 things th...
10-03-2022 19:19

How To Add a Rotary Dimmer to a Wall Sconce

This is how we easily added a rotary on/off dimmer switch to a pair of hard-wired brass wall sconces for our daughter?s ?big girl? bedroom. Ever find ...
25-02-2022 19:17

29 Swivel Chairs That Steal Our Hearts

On the hunt for your perfect swivel chair" We?ve rounded up 29 of the ones that steal our hearts, in the hopes you can find yours. We added this ...
21-02-2022 19:14

The Weekender: Loft Bed Progress and a Small Setback

Slowly But Surely I had planned on this being a more robust post for you today, with additional photos of loft bed progress and close-ups of installed...
18-02-2022 19:20

Filtering Light and Increasing Privacy with the EasyTouch Li

Today we?re sharing how we utilized the new EasyTouch lift system from our friends at Bali Blinds to put the finishing touches on the window coverings...
16-02-2022 19:42

Collective Q+A: What is Your Favorite Valentine?s Day Tradit

We may not celebrate or decorate for every single seasonal holiday around here, but there?s one night a year that we always look forward to ? Valentin...
14-02-2022 19:18

Hide Your Television within a Gallery Wall!

Would you hide your television within a gallery wall" We?re sharing how we layered frames, art and photos to make it work. On a bit of a whim, we...
10-02-2022 19:15

5 Ways We Keep Our Airbnb Running Smoothly From Afar

Today we?re talking through 5 ways we?ve learned to manage our ?Tree House? Airbnb while living 90 miles away. Just over a week ago, we opened up the ...
07-02-2022 19:20

How We Maximized Storage in Our Craft Room by Using Floor Sh

Today we?re breaking down the way we used a floor-standing shelf to maximize vertical storage for craft supplies, decor and photo props. A Shifting Sp...
02-02-2022 19:43

The Weekender: Stay In Our Homes, Attractive Toy Storage, Sm

Rent Our Two Flat! Unit #2 of our Two Flat will be available to rent starting April 1st! We?re sad to see our tenants leave, as they?ve been part of t...
28-01-2022 19:26

Lucy?s Room Color Reveal!

Lucy?s bedroom is PURPLE! We?re sharing how we decided on the perfect shade to suit her personality: Mellow Mauve (1004-7C) from Valspar. Lucy?s room ...
26-01-2022 19:42

Why We?re Moving Our HVAC Closet to Completely Change the La

Today we?re talking through a mechanical closet shift that will make a massive difference in the way we?re able to utilize the space in our kitchen. A...
24-01-2022 19:41

Have a Wall" Make a Mudroom!

This post is sponsored by AllModern. Earlier this month, while the Kalvakotas were out of town, Scott and I snuck into their home and whipped up a mud...
20-01-2022 19:15

How We Created An L-Shaped Sideboard and Gained An Entirely

This is how we created a large L-shaped sideboard using two separate pieces of furniture ? and gained an entirely new room in the process. When we fir...
18-01-2022 19:26

Let?s Organize Together

Let?s kick off a week of fine tuning the systems in our home! Keep reading to see the schedule, and let?s do this together. What does The Year of EVOL...
14-01-2022 19:21

Kicking Off Lucy?s Purple + Pink Unicorn Bedroom

Lucy turns 4 today, and we?re celebrating by kicking off the design of her purple and pink unicorn big girl bedroom! This is how we?re making it happe...
12-01-2022 19:47

Our Goals for 2022!

Happy New Year! Happy new year to you! It turns out that the weirdness of 2020 trickled much farther into 2021 than any of us would have liked, didn?t...
10-01-2022 19:19

2021, the Year of the Pause

The Year of the Pause At the start of this year, we promised ourselves that our word for 2021 would be pause. I hesitate to even bring 2020 into this ...
17-12-2021 19:18

A Big Kalvakota Project Update

We introduced the Kalvakota Project in September, and it?s taken every bit of these last few months to make a decent dent in the makeover. Between sup...
14-12-2021 19:47

The Weekender: A Visit to Vermont + Quick Ship Gifts

Our First Visit to Vermont! Over the weekend, Scott and I visited Vermont for our first time! We were there with a group of incredible creators to eng...
10-12-2021 19:48

Collective Q+A: Which Project Are You Most Proud of In 2021&

We physically write our yearly goals for ourselves, but we share it publicly to hold ourselves accountable. Anything from home projects to new family ...
08-12-2021 19:42

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things | 2021

It?s time for our annual Favorite Things list for 2021! This year has been? well, it?s been a year, huh" We filled it with wonderful times, like ...
03-12-2021 19:22

3 Ways the BISSELL ICONpet EDGE Has Made Cleaning Easier

The two youngest members of our family are our almost 4 year-old daughter and our 60 pound shed-happy dog, Catfish. Between the two adults and two sma...
02-12-2021 19:45

My Makeup Routine + Favorite Products

I?m sharing my makeup routine and my go-to products for a bright, natural look. Bright + Natural After sharing my skincare essentials, I received coun...
29-11-2021 19:17

The Weekender: Thankful, Healthy Boundaries, a Sofa Hack + B

Thankful I?m sharing an early edition of The Weekender, as we prepare to wind down for the long holiday weekend. It has been another heavy news week, ...
24-11-2021 19:21

Make Holiday Cards Easy Peasy This Year

Ready for the secret to make your holiday cards easy peasy this year" No, really, are you ready" Choose your favorite photo from your phone?...
19-11-2021 19:20

Our 5-Step Formula for Styling Pillows on an L-Shaped Sofa

I?m sharing my simple, inviting formula for styling pillows on an L-shaped or U-shaped sofa. We?ve had our Article sectional for several years now, an...
17-11-2021 19:21

Our Top 5 Takeaways From Selling Our Chicago Condo

As you may have seen last week, we FINALLY sold and closed on our condo! Today we?re sharing the top 5 takeaways from the surprisingly long process, i...
15-11-2021 19:43

The Weekender: A Big Condo Announcement!

It?s Closing Day! By the time many of you read this edition of The Weekender, we will have sold the condo! Today is Closing Day, but Scott and I techn...
12-11-2021 19:21

The Complete 2021 Yellow Brick Home Holiday Gift Guide!

We?re doing things a little differently this year by rolling out all of our 2021 gift guides at once! We?ve worked to ensure that these lists include ...
10-11-2021 19:26

My Skincare Routine + Essential Products

I?m sharing my skincare routine and the products I use day and night. Why I Love Skincare As far back as I can remember, I?ve had a love of products, ...
08-11-2021 19:25

5 Things Every Room Needs

Today, we?re breaking down the simple list of 5 things that we think every well-balanced room design needs. We?re also including links to 25 + example...
05-11-2021 19:25

Gift Ideas for Your Holiday Hosts (Starting at 6$!)

Knock, knock. It?s November! What. Since we?re already bustling about making holiday plans of our own, we know some of you probably are, too! We?re wo...
03-11-2021 19:30

How To Install a Stair Runner in 10 Steps

It?s a Monday Rewind! Yellow Brick Home has 12 years of archives, so from time to time, we?ll be sharing our favorites from posts past. This tutorial ...
01-11-2021 19:24

The Weekender: Happy Halloween!

Four Mariahs! It?s Halloween weekend, and I?ve never been more excited for this day! Lucy has taken a huge interest and liking to the holiday, and for...
29-10-2021 19:27

Landscaping Reveal + a Budget Breakdown!

Today we?re sharing the before + after of our urban front yard landscaping project. Keep reading for what we hired out, what we DIY-ed and how much it...
27-10-2021 19:25

Our Experience as Airbnb Hosts After Our First Full* Season

Today we?re breaking down our experience after our first full (second partial) season renting our Michigan Tree House on Airbnb! We sure have learned ...
25-10-2021 19:31

An Honest Comparison of IKEA, Big Box Retail, and Ready-to-A

Today we?re giving our honest take on the three different types of cabinets we?ve installed in our projects: IKEA, big box retail semi-custom and RTA ...
22-10-2021 19:30

Does Your Home Tell a Scent Story"

These are the scents that fill our home, with a breakdown of our favorite candle brands and scents by room! It?s no secret ? not even close! ? that we...
20-10-2021 19:33

A Head-To-Toe Living Room Makeover with Castlery!

Earlier this year, our friends Daniel and Meghan purchased a sweet fixer upper in Michigan, only a few miles down the road from Tree House. After cele...
15-10-2021 19:29

DIY Floating Shelves for Easy Storage

In this tutorial for DIY floating shelves, we?re outlining the simple steps of building wall to wall wood shelves in our workshop space. This tutorial...
11-10-2021 19:35

An Outdoor Fire Pit Update + A Round-Up of Cozy Accessories

Today, we?re providing an update on our DIY outdoor mid-century fire pit conversion and rounding up our favorite fall fire pit accessories. We?re freq...
08-10-2021 19:24

10 Fall Projects to Tackle Right Now

Today we?re recapping 10 of our favorite projects to get your home and yard dialed in for cooler fall temperatures. Overnight temperatures are beginni...
27-09-2021 19:24

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