Happy New Blog Week to us! Man, this has been a long time coming, and we thank all of you so much for bearing with us over the last handful of months while we worked on changes behind the scenes (and simultaneously caused countless glitches that made our blog less-than-friendly). We’ve migrated to a new server, improved speed drastically, cleaned up old (read: useless!) baggage and drafted up a wish list of what we wanted to see in a blog. This blog. Any blog, really. We shot for the moon (always), and we asked you what you wanted, too. Then we added your wishes to our list, and we brought that big, heavy list to a talented designer to bring as much of it as possible to life. Let’s show you around!
Welcome to the New Homepage
Things should look a lot different around here! One thing we’ve noticed more and more is that blog landing pages have shifted away from a linear chronological layout, and although we resisted that at first (#oldschool), it’s a look we’ve ultimately grown to love. Now, we’re embracing a homepage that encourages you to explore and stay awhile. The new homepage allows you to see your favorite projects, our favorite projects, the latest vlogs and what we’re currently loving. That said, it’s still super easy for you to find our latest posts, chronologically, under the header ‘On the Blog.’ Tip: Tapping on the ‘+’ under every category will bring up more content!
There’s an Easier To Read Mobile View
The mobile view has been a pain point for far too long. We heard you, we agreed with you. Finally, we’re featuring a larger font and the ability to click around easily without needing to magnify your screen. (Welcome to 2019, Vargos. Ha!)
Actually, There’s an Easier to Read Everything View
Whether you’re on mobile or desktop, we’ve changed up our copy font to be reader friendly in every way. We’ve nixed the smaller sans serif font of yore for a more universally friendly serif font, bolded the hyperlinks (no more distracting yellow!) and enlarged the text. And because Scott and I both write posts, we’ve made sure that the author name is prominently displayed at the top of every blog post. Plus, this new design is responsive to whichever device you favor – whether it’s your smart phone, tablet or laptop!
Hey There, Improved Menu
We’ve cleaned up the menu bar to feature the pages that you want to see most – from our house tours to where we purchased our navy rug. Both menu bars lay out our most searched pages, and if you’re feeling social, you can find us online elsewhere through the gray bar at the very top. Tip: Our Etsy Print Shop can now be accessed through the social icons.
Find What You Need from Top to Bottom
From the double menus at the top to the improved footer at the bottom, we’ve laid it all out to include the most relevant information. The expanded footer menu is your one stop spot for all things YBH; you can read back to 2009 in our archives (my, how things have changed!), shop our house or follow a room renovation from the very beginning!
Choose Your Own (Room Makeover) Adventure!
Speaking of, we are so excited about this one! The brand new Room Makeovers page – located in both the menu and footer – allows you to hop from room-to-room and follow a renovation from the very beginning. This was a request we heard over and over again, and we tweaked it over the last couple of months to make it just right. (God bless our designer who had to carry out my endless requests to fine tune this page!) You start by choosing our Chicago Home, Tree House or Garden Apartment, and from there, you can select any room you wish, choose-your-own-adventure-style. Each room features a small slideshow of images in its current state, followed by the blog posts of the makeover process! We had a lot of fun scrolling back to the very beginning of some of our most memorable renovations. Lucy’s nursery might still be our favorite, but the entryway may have been the most time consuming.
Easy to Navigate Shopping
In addition to the Shop Our House pages, we’ve added another new feature: Our Go-To Sources! Here, you can find the places we turn to time and time again, organized by item type. These are the places we know will have a selection we love without the overwhelm, and without sacrificing quality.
Kim + Scott, Simplified
Our former About Page was holding on to too much information. It was time to start anew. New blog, new Kim + Scott, right? We scrapped that old page, started fresh, and for fun, we sprinkled in some tidbits that make us, well, us.
We’ve Cleaned Out Every Nook, Every Cranny
Can We Be Pen Pals?
To our email subscribers, we need to apologize. (Wait, did you even know we had an email list?) For far too long, our emails have been messy, unattractive and difficult to view. We’re vowing to change that – starting now! If you’d like to receive (pretty) weekly recaps, a personal letter from us to you (yes, really) and bonus content, tips and all-around fun stuff, you can sign up right here in a hot second. We promise to never spam your inbox (we hate that, too), and you’ll always be able to hit ‘reply’ and have a direct conversation with us, if you’d like! Let’s be pen pals.
How Can We Be Better?
Although we took note of your requests and wishes (and implemented what we could, where we could), we know we can always be better. Please let us know if you see anything that doesn’t feel right or that could be further improved upon! It’s so important to us that this blog remains a place of positivity, and we welcome a community where every voice is heard. We want you to feel comfortable, stay awhile and find joy in these words, because so much of what we do is inspired by this very community.
Of course, we couldn’t end this post without our most sincere thank you to Matt at La Lune Creative for bringing our vision to life. For those interested, we use the ProPhoto blog theme (and have been for almost 10 years!), and we love the flexibility it provides while allowing our content to shine. Thank you to all of you for sharing in our renovation journey!