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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

The Weekender: A Weekend with Sherry, Creating a CBD Routine

I recently spent the most magical four days with Sherry, and everything you?ve imagined her home to be ? clean, minimal, smart ? is true. I?ll also ad...
24-09-2021 19:26

Lucy?s Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Our 3-year-old started preschool this year! These are the essentials that fill her closet. Our 3-year-old Lucy is growing like a weed, which is magica...
22-09-2021 19:22

Our Landscape Design Plans!

Today, we?re breaking down the design plans we have in store for our urban front yard. Earlier this year, we decided it was finally time to give the f...
14-09-2021 19:29

Meet the Kalvakotas

Introducing the Kalvakota family, our dear friends and next project! How Does Your Space Make You Feel" How does your space make you feel" T...
10-09-2021 19:25

Installing Underground Downspouts In Our Chicago Front Yard

Today we?re talking through the simple installation of underground downspout extensions to keep water away from your home?s foundation. Diverting rain...
08-09-2021 19:24

Our Favorite Yard Tools for Fall

With fall right around the corner, we?re sharing a shoppable list of our favorite yard tools to get your yard in shape for cooler weather. If you?ve b...
07-09-2021 19:29

The Weekender: Back to School, Dreaming of Benches + Weekend

This week marked the first back-to-school adventure for us, because Lucy started Pre-K! She rose before the sun and dressed herself (complete with her...
03-09-2021 19:26

Updates On Our Most Asked About Home Projects 4.0

We?re back with another round of updates on our most asked about home furnishings and DIY projects! This is always a good time to reflect on what work...
01-09-2021 19:23

How We Care for Our Ficus Audrey

All about our Ficus Audrey and the steps we follow so that she thrives! Anytime our Ficus Audrey makes an appearance on Instagram, my inbox fills with...
30-08-2021 19:27

Going Custom With Our New Dining Table

Our new custom made oak dining table is complete! Today we?re talking through why we went custom (and round!), the process and the beautiful end resul...
27-08-2021 19:31

5 Tips For Selling Used Goods Online

We buy and sell a lot of goods online, and we were asked recently about how we handle the transactions. Today, we?re breaking down tips for selling se...
25-08-2021 19:33

The Weekender: Blueberry Picking + Choosing ?And? Over ?Or?

We had the most magical week in Michigan and went blueberry picking for the first time in our lives! We went with our friends and their two little gir...
20-08-2021 19:23

Our Experience Selling a Home for the First Time

We?ve purchased 4 properties since we?ve lived in Chicago, but have never listed any of them for sale. Today we?re breaking down our experience (so fa...
18-08-2021 19:26

The (Mostly) Complete Exterior Makeover

Our front porch facelift is (mostly) complete! We?re talking through all of the changes that took the front of our home from crooked and worn out to s...
13-08-2021 19:31

Collective Q+A: What Is Your Go-To Easy Weeknight Dinner&quo

Every season, we hit a point where we?ve reached the dreaded food rut. We?ll ask our friends, What are you making for dinner these days" Bonus po...
11-08-2021 19:29

The Weekender: Our Dining Table Is Here! Plus Glossier Picks

Our new custom dining table arrived this week! We started planning this project in March, and we hired Norman Leigh to create the round table of our d...
06-08-2021 19:25

A Round-Up of 26 Faux Vintage Area Rugs!

Get the look of vintage rugs on a budget! I?ve rounded up 26 rugs that add casual, cool interest to any room. It?s no design secret that swapping out ...
04-08-2021 19:27

Celebrating One Year With Our Sweet Kitty

Our sweet dog, Catfish, came to us under some challenging circumstances. Today, we?re looking back on how she became a permanent part of our family ex...
02-08-2021 19:27

Our Mini Backyard Refresh

A few small changes made a big impact on how our Chicago backyard feels and functions! This post is in partnership with Article. Chicagoans love their...
30-07-2021 19:25

How the Paint Colors In Our Home Shift Over a Single Day

We?re comparing how the paint colors in our home shift over the course of a single day, from AM to PM. Lighting is the single most important thing to ...
28-07-2021 19:25

Total Control + Security with LiftMaster

Today we?re talking through a few new ways we?ve made our garage more secure and functional with the LiftMaster Secure View Smart Garage Door Opener! ...
26-07-2021 19:18

How To Install a Porch Swing in 4 Easy Steps

We?re talking through all of the steps involved in hanging our DIY porch swing in its new location on our renovated Chicago front porch as well as add...
22-07-2021 19:21

Before + After: Our Condo Kitchen Makeover!

This is how we gave our early 2000s-era kitchen a big makeover on a budget! We are so excited to be sharing the entire condo kitchen reveal with you t...
20-07-2021 19:29

The Weekender: Family Time for the Soul, Studio McGee Picks,

It?s official: Lucy is the balance our lives need. We reunited over July 4th weekend (after spending a handful of fun-filled weeks at grandma?s house)...
16-07-2021 19:29

A Complete Cabinet Makeover in One Weekend!

We?re breaking down the steps and all of the products we used to completely transform the kitchen in our Chicago condo with a fresh coat of cabinet pa...
15-07-2021 19:34

Q+A with a Real Estate Pro

Our condo is on the market! We listed the week before the July 4th holiday, which wasn?t necessarily in our favor, but we took that risk in the hopes ...
13-07-2021 19:32

A Step-by-Step Guide to Tiling a Backsplash

Tiling a room adds instant impact and personality. From bold patterns to subtle backdrops, I?m willing to bet you?ll find tile that speaks to you at T...
08-07-2021 19:28

How To Remove a Stone Backsplash In 4 Steps

This is how we easily removed a stone vanity backsplash in just 30 minutes with just 4 simple steps. It?s easy! We promise! You know that short, stubb...
07-07-2021 19:26

The Weekender: Setting Boundaries + a Bright Summer Cocktail

It?s Been? a Month.??????? Um, where did June go" We?ve been light on the blog, but behind the scenes, we?ve been pushing ourselves too hard, and...
02-07-2021 19:29

How We Clean + Style Our Vinyl Windows to Make Them Shine!

A step-by-step to cleaning our vinyl window frames and glass, including which products we use and how we outfit them to look their best! This post is ...
01-07-2021 19:27

Shopping (and Saving) as we Prep the Condo for Sale!

For the last handful of weeks, we?ve been at the condo all day, every day. The walls have been painted, the floors refinished, and as I try not to cry...
24-06-2021 19:20

Our Budget Shed Makeover Reveal!

This is how we made over our sad shed using paint + stain, clever organizing, space-saving lawn tools and adding solar lighting! A little over a month...
18-06-2021 19:35

A Simple Console Shelf DIY

We?re walking through the simple steps we used to create the ?console shelf? behind the sofa in our Chicago living room. This afternoon project cost a...
01-06-2021 19:27

The Weekender: Front Porch Updates, Everlane Favorites, Cica

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 m...
28-05-2021 19:27

Collective Q+A: What Has Been Your Favorite Secondhand Find&

The thrill of the hunt, am I right" When thrifting (or flea market-ing or estate sale-ing or yard sale-ing), we always joke that you don?t know w...
26-05-2021 19:26

What We?ll Be Doing to the Condo Before We Sell

These are the items to complete on our condo before we sell! Paint, floor refinishing, and a kitchen backsplash all make the list. We?re Selling, Now ...
21-05-2021 19:23

We?re Selling the One That Started It All

We?re Selling the Condo! We?re going back ? way back! ? to the start of this blog. Who remembers our condo" It was the first home Scott and I pur...
19-05-2021 19:33

Our Entryway Color Reveal!

Our entryway has been a labor of love and a work-in-progress for many years. Today we?re unveiling the most recent update ? a fresh paint color! Welco...
17-05-2021 19:30

Our Tired Shed is Getting a Budget Makeover!

Today we?re kicking off the budget refresh of the small shed at our Michigan Tree House! We?ll be focusing on low-cost, high-impact solutions to get t...
14-05-2021 19:25

Our Chicago Home is Getting a Little Exterior Makeover!

We?re refreshing the front of our Chicago home?s exterior! Today we?re breaking down the updates we?re tackling, and the few that we?re skipping. When...
12-05-2021 19:29

How Do You Decide Which Products are Best for Your Home + Fa

When deciding which products are the best for your homeandfamily, where do you start" In our case, we?ll consider the project at hand ? let?s s...
11-05-2021 19:31

The Weekender: Have You Gotten a Haircut Lately"

Have You Gotten a Haircut Lately" Since the start of lockdown ? over one year ago ? I?ve noticed that my friends have fallen into two camps: Camp...
07-05-2021 19:24

23 Leather Chairs for Every Style and Budget

Investing in a leather arm chair is investing in an heirloom. Today, we?re sharing 23 chairs for every style and budget! If well cared for with an app...
05-05-2021 19:22

Mini Bedroom Makeovers to say ?Thank You?

As a parting gift to our nanny ? she?s family, really ? we gave her family mini bedroom makeovers. Just one way we?ll be saying ?thank you? for being ...
03-05-2021 19:27

Considering Motorized Shades" Read This First!

Motorized shades are among the most convenient features of our extensive smart home system. Today we?re breaking down all of the varying ordering opti...
28-04-2021 19:26

The Weekender: Peach Walls, CBD for the Soul, and Frustratin

Peach, Peach or Peach" It?s (finally!) entryway makeover time! We started with 30 paint chips on the wall, and we watched them change colors thro...
23-04-2021 19:26

Our Ever-Evolving Home Throughout the Years

Home is a process. Let?s take a look back at how the rooms in our home have evolved over the last 8 years, little by little. Our Home, Over the Years ...
21-04-2021 19:21

How We Revived Our 5-Year-Old Backyard Planter Boxes

Today, we?re talking through the simple steps we took to bring life back to the 37 linear feet of planter boxes in the backyard of our Chicago home! 5...
19-04-2021 19:24

Reader Question: What?s Your Favorite Album from Start to Fi

We?ve been curating our vinyl collection for almost 20 years, but certain albums get played far more than others. Today we?re each rounding up our top...
16-04-2021 19:29

So, You Want to Buy a Turntable" Here?s How to Get Star

If you?ve been curious about getting started collecting and playing vinyl, we?re here to help! Today, we?re sharing our turntable and speaker pairings...
14-04-2021 19:28

A Fun and Easy Instant Photo Display

It?s a Monday Rewind! Yellow Brick Home has over 11 years of archives, so from time to time, we?ll be sharing our favorites from posts past. This tuto...
12-04-2021 19:31

The Weekender: My Morning Skincare + Makeup Routine, Imposte

Going Live in 3? 2? If you were able to join me in my Instagram Live this week, thank you for being there! Your kind comments kept me going, and it fe...
09-04-2021 19:26

How We Keep All of the Plants in Our Home Happy + Thriving!

No room in our home is complete without a houseplant! They?re beautiful, purify the air and bring life to any space. Today we?re sharing all of the pl...
08-04-2021 19:22

How We Gave Our Shoe Cabinet a Major Upgrade with a Few Smal

I couldn?t be more excited to share with you our upgraded shoe cabinet! File this under big impact, low stress makeovers ? the best kind, in our opini...
06-04-2021 19:29

8 Ways to Save Money on Almost Every Purchase

We?re breaking down all of the different ways we?ve had success saving money on everyday purchases. From buying gently used items to stacking discount...
01-04-2021 19:22

Cuddle Up In Our Snug!

We maximized the smallest nook in our home so that it doubles as cozy seating and toy storage. Let?s show you around! Snuggle Up + Stay Awhile Months ...
30-03-2021 19:29

The Weekender: Musical Rugs, On Being Asian American, and Br

Musical Rugs I did a thing I never do. I bought a vintage rug for our dining room shuffle after only spending 30 minutes searching. As an over-researc...
26-03-2021 19:28

Collective Q+A: What Is Your Favorite 1-Day DIY"

Larger renovations ? think: a kitchen makeover or gutting a bathroom ? can quickly start to feel like a slog. Progress is slow, hold-ups are par for t...
24-03-2021 19:25

11 Spring Projects to Tackle Right Now

Despite having snowed in Chicago last week, I?m only looking forward and reminding myself that it is, in fact, officially spring! For today?s Monday R...
22-03-2021 19:27

The Completed Family Room + Playroom!

Our second floor received a big facelift when we nixed the home office in favor of a family room + playroom! Let?s take a tour. The playroom is comple...
18-03-2021 19:44

Which Type of Window Treatment Should You Use" Plus a L

Choosing window treatments is intimidating. Who here has ever thought that" We joke that we?re the resident Window Advisors on our block; we?re a...
16-03-2021 19:41

The Dining Room Shuffle

The dining room refresh is in full swing! One of our goals for this year was to get our home to a place where it?s working harder for us. That will lo...
11-03-2021 19:23

The Weekender: Blogs + Online Creators. Let?s Talk.

This ?Easy? Life Did you watch Fake Famous" It was? obnoxious" Sad" I haven?t been able to stop thinking it, especially after reading D...
05-03-2021 19:23

Big Bowls As Decor + My Favorite Finds!

For years, we?ve kept a ceramic bowl on our coffee table to corral all our Instax memories. By keeping them out, friends and family have always gravit...
03-03-2021 19:19

Screensavers That Double As Art + 22 Digital Downloads to Tr

I?m sharing my tips for uploading digital screensavers to your television that double as art! I?ve also rounded up some of my favorite digital downloa...
01-03-2021 19:19

A DIY Built-In Storage Bench Using IKEA Cabinets

We?re walking through the process of building a DIY storage and seating area in our snug. A DIY like this will take on different forms in every unique...
24-02-2021 19:16

A DIY Laundry Sorter Solution

No more sorting laundry! This is how we created a built-in laundry sorting system using budget-friendly items. Yellow Brick Home has over 11 years of ...
22-02-2021 19:18

Tips for Stocking Your Play Kitchen + 36 of the Cutest Acces

We?re sharing 4 tips for stocking your own play kitchen, plus we?ve included a round up of 36 of the cutest pretend food, pots, pans and cooking utens...
19-02-2021 19:19

What to Look for When Buying a Vintage Rug

Most of the items in Lucy?s playroom have been repurposed from other areas ? the credenza used to hold office supplies (it?s now chock full of buildin...
19-02-2021 19:19
 



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