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The Weekender: We Need Your Help! Plus Clean Beauty, the Sweetest Toddler Clothes and The Show We’re Binging

It’s been a rough week, but I want to thank you all – so much! – for reaching out to us after we shared the sad news about Libby. We’ll share more once we’ve had a moment to digest this unwanted, unfamiliar change in our family, and in the meantime, we’re allowing ourselves to be sad, cry, and eat ice cream. When all else fails, we spend the afternoon at our home away from home, Michigan:

On a whim, we decided to go back to Grand Mere State Park, a gem of a beach that can only be accessed by first walking a 1/2-mile through a wooded trail and then another 1/2 mile through sand dunes. It’s a workout (to say the least), but the payoff is absolutely worth it! During our visit not long ago, I shared in our Stories that we were thinking of enlarging a photo for the big, blank wall above our sofa at Tree House.

Initially, we had planned on DIY-ing art, but during a morning hike at Grand Mere, we couldn’t get over the shapes, molded by the weather, along the dunes. It felt very sculptural, and out of context, it almost looks like a canyon! We asked each other if this should be the art above our sofa, a thought we initially shied away from since we have something similar in our Chicago home. After sharing that concern with all of you (and putting it up to a vote!), so many of you agreed that sharing the beauty around Michigan will only add to the heart of Tree House.

Yesterday, I took several photos along the dunes, and we narrowed it down to our 2 favorites. These have both been roughly edited, but whichever one we decide on will get processed juuust a smidge more (like lifting the shadows and cleaning up stray twigs). Which one would you choose? Vote below!

No. 01

No. 02


What Else?

I wanted to use these products for a while before sharing my review, but it’s official – I’m a Beautycounter fan! If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a clean beauty brand on a mission to get only the safest products into your hands. I received this mist in a gift basket, and I loved it enough to start browsing their site. For the last month, I’ve been using the Illuminating Cream Highlighter in Rose Glow as a blush and the Luminous Powder Highlighter in Topaz. The powder highlighter is pretty shimmery, but a dusting on my nose and forehead is pure magic. The two combined keeps me just the right amount of glowy.

We have a new favorite show that we can’t stop binging: Patriot Act delivers cultural and political storytelling in 25 minute chunks – plus, Hasan!

It can be tricky to find a pair of slim pants for my skinny Scott, but he recently picked up a pair of these in Navy and loves them! They’re lightweight and casual, but could also be dressed up for a date night. Fatigue and Ochre are also so handsome.

I’m crushing so hard on deep garnet hues – but only in moderation. This room nails the color beautifully.

This is one of our favorite resources for Lucy’s clothes (TTS), and we’ve made a tradition of stocking up at the start of every season!

But it’s also a favorite for us, too. Hoodie season is almost upon us, and this cropped hoodie has my name all over it! (Too soon?)

I keep coming back to this room. The headboard. The rug. The ceilings! Literal dreams.


We picked up this sweet book, which is too cute for words. (Case in point: The edamame beans have a sesame seed dog!)

After sharing these 6 tips for interior photography, many of you asked for recommendations on an easy-to-follow online course. A kind reader reached out to share this series of classes, and I wanted to pass it along!

Labor Day Weekend Sales!

Wishing you all a fun and safe Labor Day weekend! Our street is hosting our very first block party – complete with a bounce house! – and we intend to do nothing but eat, laugh and be merry with our awesome neighbors. What do you have planned?

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  • Emily8.30.19 - 6:26 AM

    Can you share where you get high quality or very large photos printed? And I love them both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim8.30.19 - 6:56 AM

      Absolutely! We are thinking about Artifact Uprising, which we’ve loved and used in the past. But you know we’ll share all the details when the time comes!ReplyCancel

  • CathyMA8.30.19 - 6:43 AM

    your styles are so peaceful. I chose pic 1 for the survey, but honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong with either one. ReplyCancel

  • Stacy8.30.19 - 7:01 AM

    I LOOOOOVE Patriot Act! Hasan also has a really great special on Netflix called Homecoming King you should check out if you haven’t seen it yet. AND a great interview on the Armchair Expert podcast. And and and!ReplyCancel

    • Kim8.30.19 - 7:19 AM

      Yes to all! Listened to the podcast, which made us watch Homecoming King (we still quote lines from it on the daily), and that got us hooked on Patriot Act. Love him so.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila8.30.19 - 7:43 AM

    I voted for # 1 because it draws me in.  It’s the kind of art that I’d love to sit in front of and look at for ages.  But honestly, if I were you, I’d want to use that photo at the top with Lucy in it!  The aspect ratio isn’t right for over the sofa but I love everything about it!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy8.30.19 - 8:22 AM

    Those photos are so great! I picked option two but if it were me I’d just do both like a diptych. 
    I’m so sorry to hear about Libby. I remember when you guys lost Maddie, so I hope they’re chilling together and taking all the naps now.ReplyCancel

  • Laura8.30.19 - 8:34 AM

    I think you should use the photo like the second one above – the sky, dunes and small Lucy in the sand at the bottom. ReplyCancel

    • Kim8.30.19 - 9:44 AM

      We’re partial to anything with Lucy in it ;) but are staying away from personal photos since we’ll be Airbnb-ing our Tree House!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda8.30.19 - 9:02 AM

    I would choose the picture with Lucy in it.  Obviously because of her, but also the color of the sky, you see the top of the cliff, and my eye is drawn into the photo more than the monochrome of the cliffs.ReplyCancel

    • Micah8.30.19 - 3:54 PM

      I agree! Lucy in the picture would bring Michigan magic and BABY magic to your home. A wonderful personal touch! And a sweet way to capture her tiny size in that moment. Any chance to freeze time! Says the lady with a now 10 month-old boy!ReplyCancel

  • lak8.30.19 - 9:23 AM

    I chose option 2, but both are wonderful.  So sorry to hear about the loss of Libby.  Hope you can find some solace in the wonderful life you were able to give to her, these pets are one in a million to us, it really hurts when they are gone.  I lost 2 birds in 4 months, Yogi was 17 and Boo was 15, even now I smile when I typed their name, despite the sadness they were worth every year and molding that they chewed.   Thank you for a great blog!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Flynn8.30.19 - 8:10 PM

    I voted for pic #2 but would crop off some of the bottomReplyCancel

  • Lori8.30.19 - 8:18 PM

    I like #1, I felt like my feet were in the water looking up.  Love Lake Michigan!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie8.31.19 - 1:14 AM

    Sorry for a hard week! ???? I voted #2… I like that there are more places for the eye to rest. More “solid” space. Love what you do! ReplyCancel

  • Leslie9.9.19 - 8:13 PM

    Edamame and edepapa was the first book I bought when I was pregnant with my first. So sweet!ReplyCancel

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