Stats: 2 bed, 2 bath single family home
When asked how they decide what or where in their home to remodel next, Kim and Scott answer that theirs is a democratic process. As such, they have spent the last 2.5 years systematically turning an 1800s two-flat into the single family home of their dreams. Lucky for us, they also believe in freedom of speech, and exercise that right, chronicling their DIY escapades on their insanely well-done (and helpful!) blog, Yellow Brick Home.
You will also notice two insanely amazing rooms: 1) the crafting/construction room off the kitchen, which houses all of Kim and Scott's demo toys and 2) the packaging/painting room, where Kim spends her days painting incredible pet portraits and shipping them off all over the country. The talent is endless here, people. Endless!
I dare you to not be inspired by this one, especially when I share the fact that nearly all of the unique, well-curated and sophisticated interior design you're about to see is THRIFTED. Plus, what they say is true: these two are truly obsessed with Logan Square.
How long have you lived in your home?
We've lived in this place for two and a half years, but in Logan Square for nine years. Before we lived here we lived in our "Yellow Brick Condo," which is about four blocks away.
Why did you originally move here?
We originally moved to Chicago from Cincinnati for a "why the hell not" adventure, and ended up staying with friends in Logan Square. So, when it came time to find a place of our own, this was really the only part of the city we knew, but good thing we totally loved it. Everything from the green spaces to the boulevards, Palmer Square, it all spoke to us. Plus, at the time, rent here was much more affordable at about $800 for a two bed apartment.
When we outgrew our condo and were looking for this place, we did not have a love at first sight experience when first walking through the door. I (Kim) think I remember saying, "Well, I like the neighborhood..." It had actually been on the market for a while, probably because it was a little too nice to tear down and a little too cruddy to just move in.
How long do you plan to live here?
Until we retire, seriously! Lots of blood, sweat and tears have gone into this place and we have no intention of leaving!
What is your favorite part of your home?
We both agree on the following: the location, specifically access to the 606 Trail, and the floor plan.
Kim: My favorite is the entryway/foyer. That area saw such a huge transformation, and I love how it turned out.
Scott: I love the living/dining room combination because it's so conducive to entertaining. Our friends are here all the time, even the ones with kids--they just bring their monitors!
What is your least favorite part of your home?
The bathrooms, but of course, we are working on them!
What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
Our neighbors and the 606 Trail.
What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
Our friends always say they don't know two people more obsessed with their neighborhood, and we are fine with that title!
What are you favorite local establishments?
Scofflaw: Love their cocktails x 1 million
Parsons Chicken & Fish: We love the Parson's Hot Chicken Sandwich and their girly cocktails that still manage to pack a punch
Bang Bang Pie: The key lime is everything
Adam & Sons Gardens: Our favorite local nursery--ask for Tony
What are your favorite thrift stores?
We usually head to Andersonville to do our thrifting, and particularly love The Brown Elephant.
How do you get to work?
Scott: I drive to Schaumberg, which takes about 45 minutes in the morning and an hour in the evening. It's nice living close to the highway.
Where do you grocery shop?
Foodsmart on Armitage for produce and Mariano's because they have a bar.
Where do you plan to move next?
We plan to enjoy retirement in San Diego.
Are you friends with your neighbors?
Oh yes. We feel so fortunate with the group of people who surround us. It's a very diverse group with lots of creative-types and we have a Facebook Group that people will post to on Friday afternoons announcing an impromptu get together at Parson's or wherever. We also have an annual block-wide yard sale that we absolutely love.
Does your neighborhood feel safe?
What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Creative, diverse, a mix of young families and neighbors that have lived here for generations.
Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others?
There are a couple sketchy blocks scattered in, like any neighborhood.
How do you spend your weekends?
During the day we're usually working on the house, stopping by the farmer's market, walking along the Trail or vintage shopping. We also frequent New Wave Coffee when we need a chill work-mode vibe, and Gaslight Coffee Roasters for their seasonal pour over.
What do you think of when you think of your home?
Kim: A work in progress. Comfy, cozy, and I also think about all the work it took to get here.
Scott: Simultaneously the most stressful and comfortable place in history.
Previous Logan Square Posts:
Why we Love Logan Square #1: Carli's 2 bed, 1 bath two-flat
Why we Love Logan Square #2: Lexi and Jeff's 2 bed, 2 bath condo
Why we Love Logan Square #3: Jourdan's 2 bed, 2 bath two-flat
Editor's note: If you're looking to buy or sell in Logan Square, give me a shout!