Build a Backyard Fire Pit This Weekend!

chairs | blankets | cooler It’s October! Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing colors and Kim is beginning to ask if it’s too early to play holiday music. (Yes, my dear. It is way too early!) Cooler weather also has us itching to extend the usability of our outdoor spaces, and what better way to keep warm […]

Our 3 Day Backyard Makeover!

chairs | cooler | fire pit This post is in partnership with Troy-Bilt as a part of their Flip the Yard challenge. We’ll be taking you on a tour of the space during an Instagram live tonight at around 7pm EST @yellowbrickhome. You can ask questions on our most recent Instagram post, or leave a […]

Tree House’s Backyard Today (And It’s Not Pretty)

This isn’t the prettiest update. (In fact, I couldn’t take a somewhat decent photo if I tried.) There are no afters. This is, hands down, all about the process. Our backyard? We’re in the thick of it. This is where we are today, and in this process, we are making progress! The only thing we can keep […]

Adding Wicker to Our Backyard Patio

We’re in the home stretch of what we plan to complete this year for our backyard patio; with summer winding down, we’re calling this round one. After last week’s heatwave, the nights have started to cool off (good sleeping weather, as Scott would say), and I hate to admit that I craved my first pumpkin drink of […]

Our Backyard Plans: The (Really) Long and Short of It

For the last few days, I’ve been thinking about how I would write this post. By the way, by this post, I mean, how do I even begin writing about our backyard? Scott and I have been talking about this yard for as many years as we’ve lived here, and while a lot of our major renovations took place […]

The Long and Short of our Attic Access (+ Big Backyard News)

One of the long term goals we had for this house – we’re going back to 2013 now – was to add interior attic access. At the time, we only had a horrific exterior staircase to gain entrance, but now? Attic Access! Inside! The attic, aside from housing the new furnace for our second floor, is mostly […]

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 […]

A Rental Living Room Gets a Makeover!

This post is in partnership with Article. Enter to win a $1,000 Article shopping spree at the end of this post! Love where you live now. Essentially, that’s the backbone of this blog. Whether you own, rent, travel, live alone or with a partner or a pet or your family – love it. It’s why […]

The Rooftop Pergola Reveal!

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. When we last talked about Project Pergola, we left you with a rooftop deck that went from bare to pow! As a refresher, we’ve been working with our friends Josh and Liz to give their upper deck a transformative makeover that would provide them with shade, comfort and an intimate […]

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 […]