One Little Two Little Three Little Updates

Even though we blog about house stuff every day it’s surprisingly easy to forget to fill you guys in on the little changes that we make… until someone sees a picture and says “wait, you didn’t tell us you did _____!” And sometimes it’s the little things that make you smile when you walk into the same room you’ve been walking into every day for the last 700+ days anyway, if you know what I mean. So since this blog is as much about over-sharing the small stuff as the big stuff, here are three oops-we-forgot-to-show-you updates.

You guys have asked where my little ceramic houses that John got me for Christmas landed, and I’m happy to report that they’ve been living it up on the kitchen mantel for nearly a month:

Aren’t they cute? The imperfectly shaped matte ceramic finish is amazing. I tell John I want to move into them (we’ll take one and maybe the Bowers can move in next door?).

This mantel still feels wintery to me (with the sweater vase, etc) but I can totally see how these little white ceramic houses can be year-round fixtures. Picture them next to a vase full of pink tulips and a few small teal and yellow oil paintings leaning up there around them. Total spring vibe, right?

Okay and the next update is one that folks have been asking for quite regularly since this post. So we’re very sorry it has taken this long for us to share full room shots of our new chandelier.

I’m sure some of you might notice that we also added pillows to all of our dining chairs, so let’s dive into that, shall we?

Step one: cut a hole in a box. Just kidding. Step one: put pillows on chairs. Done.

I tried a few combinations and ended up liking three different prints (a solid satin-y one, an ikat-y one, and an abstract chevron-ish one). They might seem sort of random in some pics, but in person they actually seem to play really nicely together since they’re all from the same color palette (literally, the same tone of blue is carried across each one, as well as two of them having the same plum and the same white hits of color). They go but don’t match if you know what I mean. Someone else might want all the pillows to match each other, or to keep them solid in color, and that works too – just do whatcha love. Bottom and middle pillow: HomeGoods a while back, top pillow: one I made from on-sale napkins here.

And since we already owned all of them this was a little free act of pillow madness executed by none other than The Girl With The Pillow Problem herself (yes that’s me). The fun thing is that the curtains are another pattern in the room, but since they also have the same colors, they seem to play just as well as they would with say, a patterned napkin or runner on the table. So if you just think of dining room pillows as 3-D patterned napkins, you’re all set. Also it might feed into your pillow problem. You have been warned.

As for if they get stained by food or if we’re worried about that – we haven’t had an issue with that yet, but none of our pillows are too expensive and precious, so we figure we can just spot clean them, remove their covers and run them through the wash, or even just pull a fast one and flip them over so the stain is on the back if something insane happens that involves a not-coming-off mark. Fastidious Downton Abbey maid, I’m not.

Oh and they tie into the dark-teal color on the back of the built-ins. And the abstract chevron-y one (along with the curtains) also have the same green color that’s on those lime green chairs in the office, so that’s nice too. Even Clara’s little yellow high chair seems to slip in there with a wink and a smile. Oh that coy highchair…

So there are three little updates that have made a few areas in the house feel a little more “loved.” Plus I knew some of you eagle-eyed readers might notice them in other pics and demand details, so there ya go. Ha! Now if you’ll excuse me we have a little Macklemore Challenge to get ready to post tomorrow. Wooooooooot! $herdog’s so excited and she just can’t hide it.


  1. says

    Those houses are so cute….let’s take a bet…how long can you hold off before you paint them another colour? ;-)

    I also love the pillows. I know myself, and I would have gotten them all the same pattern but I love it this way so much more. I need to break that habit of having everything match. :-D

  2. erin says

    love the little updates! those are always the best thing to do! i’m working on trying to do that myself. but right now, our place is in semi-shambles. and it’s completely out of our power.

  3. Nina says

    Wow, the colors in the pillows, curtains, your office chairs – – my mind is blown. Or at least impressed. :-)

    Question: isn’t that dining room table a bit high? Or is it the chairs seem a little low? Like Sherry, I am vertically challenged. So maybe its just my perspective. (On the plus side, my feet might actually reach the floor in those chairs…)

    I really love your vibe. Its totally in a different direction than my own (which I also love, thankfully!) but visiting your site and having a look-see is a blast. I guess the YHL abode is for me kinda like the little ceramic houses are for Sherry. A fun place to play if only in my mind.

    • says

      We just take pics from a low angle, but it seems pretty standard. You can see us all sitting in the chairs in our Christmas dinner post, and it feels pretty average. Haha!


  4. Jackie Weedon says

    …the reference to JT was very funny. Read it to my husband and he instantly laughed! Love you guys, Jackie

  5. says

    I love how the little houses can stay through the seasons! :) It would probably be cute if you decked ’em out for each season or holiday. :)

    Maybe a little DIY jack o lanterns on the front porch for Halloween and an Easter egg hunt for Easter?!! Ahhhh the opportunities are endless!! :) How fun!

    Shannon Loves Design
    Fabulously Vintage

  6. says

    Your chandelier looks great above your table as well. I have only had my up a few days and friends that have come over love it. I added the old school light bulb which looks so neat at night and the shadow of the shape on the ceiling. The pillows are a fun color. We love seeing all the changes big and small. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Stephanie says

    I just love everything about your house. I ordered one of your amazing pieces from your new lighting collection(the Metal Strap Drum Pendant, and it’s back-ordered until April! Must have been a great hit! Keep up the great work guys. You should come to Tulsa on your book tour!

  8. says

    I LOVE your pillow collection! Have you ever tried counting all the throw pillows in the house?

    I always shy away from buying them because they are SO expensive for what they are. I only ever get them when they are 70% off at Target. Do you have tips on where to buy them cheap?

  9. Bonnie says

    Are the houses meant to be Christmas decor? Because I think they’re definitely all-year-long decor. Love them!

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