hello and happy holidays!


We tried to get a decent family photo, but with two little ones and a dog, well…let’s just say it’s a good thing I know my way around Photoshop.

Well, hello! I wasn’t planning on this little hiatus from blogging but that’s life. And life is good right now. Juggling two kids and a business keeps us plenty busy and we have done absolutely nothing on the house (basement laundry and bathroom, still incomplete), so there hasn’t been much to report here. And if I’m being honest, after 8 years of remodeling it’s been really nice to just live in our house for once, without constantly feeling like we should be working on something. I’ve also just had less motivation to blog these days. Eventually I realized it wasn’t worth the stress of trying to meet weekly or monthly goals or write about something that wasn’t really worth writing about. Or maybe I should just blame Instagram, which has taken the place of some of the more random/personal posts we used to share (my username is laurenzerbey and Kyle’s is kzerbey if you want to follow us there). Blogging is funny because it often feels like I’m just talking to myself, not knowing who or how many people are actually reading. I miss the days when there was more back-and-forth dialogue on blogs, but I get it – of the blogs I do follow I mostly read them on my phone (in 10-minute increments while nursing or attempting to sleep) and rarely comment.

So, moving forward we will continue to blog but it will be at a pace that works for us. We’d like to continue to write about what we’re doing with our house (that garage isn’t going to remodel itself!), Studio Zerbey (so many projects under construction right now!) and other topics that I think might be relevant (like how to live in a small house with TWO kids!). This blog has been an important part of our business (hello clients!) and we want it to continue to be a unique forum for sharing and discussing residential design, even if things are sporadic for awhile.

So with that, we hope you have a happy holiday and new year and thank you for sticking with us! Kyle’s been tinkering with ideas to remodel the garage into a two-story shop/office/studio apartment so you just never know what 2015 will bring. Cheers!


31 Responses to “hello and happy holidays!”

  1. claude says:

    Congrats on the new baby. You have a beautiful family. Happy holiday!


  2. Ms. Tweetley says:

    So glad to hear from you and see your lovely family. I’m not a frequent commenter, but an avid reader of your blog. I’ll keep following you here. Happy holidays.

  3. Anne says:

    Always good to see your blog pop up in my feed. Happy holidays to you all and good luck with the garage!

  4. Isabelle says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your lovely family. I just checked a few days ago here to see if there was any life signal from you, and what a lovely surprise this morning. All the best to you, the family and your business for 2015 wishes Isabelle from Zurich

  5. rebekah says:

    I always read your blog, but rarely comment. Love your blog, style & house.

  6. Marlena says:

    I will read whenever you post! Excited to see new projects from the Studio.

    Random question: where did you get the door hardware for your front door? We are looking to replace ours and that looks great!

  7. Kyle Zerbey says:

    Hi Marlena,

    We purchased it from Franks door store north of Seattle. The brand is called Emtek. I’m not sure if we would buy that same brand again. they tend to be a little loose. You might look at Inox as an alternate. -cheers

  8. zara says:

    I always love it when you post but as a new mom who has a small design business, I totally understand that time just disappears. I can’t even fathom two at this point! Whenever you post I’ll be reading, I love seeing snippets of your projects/life/renovations and will happily read any tips about living with kids. Happy Holidays!

  9. lauralou says:

    Yay! I’m an avid blog reader, but I rarely comment. I am happy to read whenever you post. Welcome back!

  10. Joellyn says:

    Please keep blogging! Enjoying your posts from Fort Benton, Montana! Beautiful family. Happy Holidays!

  11. Staci says:

    What a lovely photo! Merry Christmas to your family.

  12. Louise says:

    Happy Holidays! You have such a lot on your plate that I’m amazed that you find the time to blog but am always pleased when you do. I’m not much of a commenter I’m afraid… but I’m always inspired by your style and projects.

  13. SMZ says:

    I’m reading! and am always excited to see a new post here. I have a young son so enjoy your family/parenting posting but also love hearing about all your work and projects. Congrats on you rnew baby girl!

  14. Ron says:

    Happy Holidays to you guys as well!

    So glad to see that you are all doing well. Tell Kyle to go weld up some baby gates or something. 😉
    Please don’t feel that content needs to earth shattering or super informative, but it is nice to check in from time to time.


  15. Kyle Zerbey says:

    Hi Ron,

    good to hear from you, designing a new structure for the backyard garage. will be keeping my shop, new building will have a stair, it should probably steel right? 🙂

  16. Cussot says:

    The photo is precious – what an interesting family palette .. er .. portrait! I love your blog and read every post with pleasure. Happy holidays.

  17. Heather says:

    What an adorable photo! I check the blog everyday and was so happy to see a new post. Best to y’all in 2015! I look forward to reading about your new adventures.

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks Heather, it means a lot to us that we’re still in the loop on people’s blogrolls even if we haven’t posted much in the past year.

  18. Katja from Berlin says:

    Merry Christmas to you! Always good to see and read a new post. I do hope you’ll keep blogging. Enjoy the Holidays…
    Best wishes from Katja from Berlin!

  19. Sarah says:

    I never comment, but felt inspired to say how much I enjoy your blog! Please keep at it with whatever regularity suits you. Merry Christmas!

  20. Paige says:

    Glad you’re taking a break from the remodel! Selfishly, I’ll be excited to see what you come up with for the garage. We’ve been thinking about the possibility of doing something like that with ours at some point. We’ve talked about so many possibilities with the studio, but in the end it seems like the wrong choice to put a bunch of work into something that isn’t on a great foundation, literally and figuratively. So if we’re going to lose our grandfathered setbacks, we figured we might as well go up while we’re at it, something like a 1 car garage on the bottom, bitty apartment on top. Hilarious to even consider right now, but the mind wanders 🙂

    • Lauren says:

      Not hilarious at all! 😉 Besides, gotta have a master plan! We were just working on the design for our garage and we think it’s pretty close! It’s so much easier to get excited about a totally new structure than say…finishing our basement. 🙂

    • Kyle Zerbey says:

      Paige, here’s sneak peak at our back yard garage to office and guest house renovation:) Would love to help you guys again some day. We know the DADU code inside and out now. BTW You’re dad’s craftsmanship is exceptional and appreciated. http://studiozerbey.com/work/seattle-modern-dadu

  21. hjc says:

    So good to hear you’re all doing great! Love to read whatever and whenever you post. Have a wonderful Christmas with your sweet little girls!

  22. Tyler says:

    So glad to see another post from the Zerbeys! I’ve really enjoyed watching your home (and family) grow over the couple years I’ve been following your blog. I’m a soon-to-be home owner and really like your eyes for design; chezerby.com is one of my top sources for home inspiration! Keep it up (when you can), you’ve got a quiet but enthusiastic following!

  23. Megan says:

    Hi there,
    I’m a long time reader but rarely comment. Totally understand the busy life and not wanting/being able to blog as much (I was only about a dozen entries in before life took over!). I love whatever you post and will still be here checking in occasionally. Your remodel completely inspired me and my husband. We did a few projects trying to keep our 1940s house somewhat in classic style, but it didn’t feel right to us. When I found your blog, I realized that we just loved modern and your blog showed us it was totally possible to take an old house and make it modern, so I’m grateful for all you post! Congrats on the arrival of miss Lillian and may your family have a happy, healthy, and successful new year!

    Cheers, Megan

  24. ae says:

    We are listening! Happy to know you are all doing well.

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