The Evolution of our Whole Home Audio System

The options for seamless (and even wireless!) home audio have never been more plentiful or more beautifully designed. We’ve been adding to our audio system since we first moved into our Chicago home and love the fact that we’ve been able to build upon our existing setup each step of the way. Some of the […]

Dreamy Trees In the Sleeping Loft

This post is in partnership with Homes.com. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you the wallpapered sleeping loft at Tree House! The journey to get here has felt long, hasn’t it? We were ​​​​​​​so sure we were going to use a paper – any paper! – from the Kate Goldberg collection, but after […]

How to Make Your Own Rope Swing

Is there anything more indicative of summertime relaxation than gliding along lazily on a swing? We don’t think so! When we were given the opportunity to help our friends Josh and Liz with their their rooftop deck makeover, we couldn’t shake the idea of adding a pair of custom swings to their newly-assembled pergola. We […]

Let’s Build a Pergola!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Here in Chicago, real estate can come at a pretty significant premium. A typical residential lot is long and narrow, usually measuring in at 25′ wide by 125′ long. This slightly cramped footprint (I mean, it’s all relative, really) leads to some pretty creative ways to maximize outdoor living […]

YBH is on Spotify!

modified record storage (similar) | tv console | wall clock Our home is full of music. Pretty much always. While neither Kim or I have a musical bone in our body (with the exception of Kim’s early organ prodigy days; yes, the organ!), we’re both huge fans of music. We bonded over Talking Heads and vintage […]

How To Refresh a Vintage Bathroom + Keep the Charm: I of II

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. Something that always hurts my heart is when I see an adorable vintage bathroom – you know, the kind with the pink, mint or yellow tiles – being demolished in favor of more modern sensibilities. I realize this is completely personal preference, but I never knew just how strong […]

Repairs, New Hardware + Paint for the French Doors

pendant light | bed frame | jute rug | vintage rug | sectional | door hardware A favorite feature of our little Tree House is the set of French doors that separate our master bedroom from the main living space. Based on what we can determine from an old photo attached to our water utility […]

Planning for Our Tree House Corner Banquette

Emily Henderson’s Griffith Park Sunroom  The future dining corner at Tree House is coming! The space that once held a faux brick fireplace surround-slash-wood-stove-combo has since been holding down a rickety plastic folding table and a set of 4 metal chairs – with a lot of, ahem, patina. But now, finally, it’s going to get its time […]

Updates To Our Most Asked About Home Projects 2.0!

We’re back with another round of our most asked about home projects and purchases! We tend to receive several of the same questions about varying items and DIYs throughout our home, and this is a fun way for us to keep you in the loop on the durability and longevity of those choices. Plus, it’s […]