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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

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

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