Today we had the amazing opportunity to catch up with Kim of the incredible home decor and DIY blog Yellow Brick Home! We chatted with her about how she got into DIY-ing, where she finds her inspiration, and of course what her favortie Crane & Canopy bedding is. Her blog is a definite must-see so head over there and get inspired!
Welcome to Crane & Canopy. We absolutely love reading your blog. How did you start blogging? Why the namesake, Yellow Brick Home?
Thank you! Our blog came to be after a friend’s not-so-delicate persistence over 5 years ago. Every time she came to our home, she would walk around and try to pick out the things that were “new” - whether it was a freshly painted room, bed linens, art or decor. At the time, we are living in a small Chicago condo (less than 700 sq ft), located in a yellow brick corner building, the blog’s namesake! The condo was a recently rehabbed unit, so there wasn’t much renovation involved; rather, it was customizing the space to feel less builder-grade and more “Kim + Scott.” We had a lot of fun challenging ourselves to make our tiny home useful in more than one way, especially as I began to work from home on our side businesses, The Pet Shop and The Print Shop.
What’s a fun fact about you that’s currently not on your “about” page?
Something that always surprises people about us (that is, those that aren’t our close friends and family) is that we are huge hockey fiends! I grew up playing ice hockey with the boys, and my love of the sport trickled over to Scott when we started dating 11 years ago! The playoff season in the spring takes over our lives, and a lot of major home projects come to a screeching halt. We’re very, very passionate about the sport. Go Penguins!
Describe your personal home style in 3 adjectives.
Colorful, happy, quirky.
How did you get into home DIYing? What has been your favorite project?
As previously mentioned, we fell hard into the DIY realm while trying to create a space that felt more like “us,” while living in a builder-grade box. We’ve always been hands on - we DIYed our way through Scott’s first home fixer-upper in Cincinnati together - but we really caught the bug after moving to Chicago and having a wealth of resources at our fingertips. As more blogs were born, our inspiration felt limitless! The hardest part was reeling it all in and learning what we love, not just what’s trendy at the moment. One of our favorite projects to date is definitely the media wall we created in our condo. It was really fun to build something from scratch and check off all the boxes of “needs.”
What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?
We used to be a lot harder on ourselves to post content a certain amount of times per week, and at times, our weekends were downright draining. It probably wasn’t until the last year or so that we’ve learned to cut ourselves some slack! If we don’t post, say, 3 times a week, the internet will not implode. It’s more important for us to stay creative and focused, rather than dream up projects just for the sake of the blog. It’s taken almost 5 years of blogging to fall into a rhythm that we feel great about, but we do need to remind ourselves to take a step back every now and then, enjoy brunch, read a book for an afternoon and travel!
Where do you find inspiration?
We moved a little more than a year ago into our old almost 130-year-old house. Every day, this house is what inspires us! It has forced us to make decisions that are outside of our comfort zone. We’ve been working on nurturing back some of the original character that was rudely taken away, so while we may gravitate towards a sleek-lined couch, for example, we opted for something with curves. Our baseboards are tall and decorative, as opposed to hard lined and modern. Our lighting choices have been more of a throw back, and we’re having so much fun brainstorming ways to keep the vintage charm in our bathrooms and kitchen (once we save enough to start those renovations!).
What is your favorite find/thing in your house that really make it feel like your home.
Recently, we added huge DIY dinosaur prints into our living room. They’re so silly, but we can’t begin to tell you how happy they make us! As soon as they were hung on the wall, we looked at each other and said, yup, feels more like home! And dare I mention a more obvious answer? Our 4 rescue pets - Jack, CC, Maddie and Libby are the heart of this operation.
And of course, what’s your favorite Crane & Canopy bedding!
Hands down, the Hayes Nova We’re big fans of classic white bedding, but the dark gray piping is perfect. I already have a feeling that they’ll end up in one of the bedrooms in this house sooner or later!