Remember Kate Lewis and her whimsical Chicago home? There were those one-of-a-kind DIY light fixtures in her dining room, the hand-drawn goodness on her son’s walls, and swings in the studio, all of which made me smile the whole way through her interview. I could read it again and again, couldn’t you? So I reached out to Kate and asked if she had made any more lovely additions to her home. Luckily for us, she had. Even better, she sent pictures. And even better than that, she answered a few more questions for me. Friends, please say hello (again) to Kate!

Q: What’s new, Kate?

A: We’ve been busy! We’re spending a lot of time outside, enjoying our twinkly-lighted backyard at night, and our porch and new little garden in the front of our house, too. It’s been such a treat to pick strawberries, lettuce, and fresh herbs with the kids; it reminds me of my childhood in Tennessee when I would watch my grandmother in her garden.

Also, I painted our main steps. It was a labor of love and so fun!

With the start of school in our household came the flood of artwork into our home. So I decided to created an ever-changing art gallery with ribbon and clothes pins in our upstairs hallway.

I’ve also been working on creating a comfortable space for my husband in his home office sans desk, and I created a new little sitting area in our living room.

Q: What’s your favorite part of living with your kids?

A: Definitely watching them play and create together. Whether it’s when they are building a tunnel with their red cardboard bricks, lining up cars, or simply playing with pillows and blankets on the living room floor, their creativity fuels mine. They are truly carefree and uninhibited. Every day, I am reminded that I can choose to live that way as well.

Q: Please finish the sentence: I wish I had known…

A: I wish I had known that following my heart — which was telling me to make art full-time — was okay…well, not only okay, but that following my heart would lead to unexpected and exciting opportunities that keep coming. In my 20s, I didn’t trust that I could do it. Thankfully, with the encouragement and support of my husband and family, I am!


Thank you, Kate, for one more peek into your lovely, lovely home. Expect to see your brilliant staircase on a whole lot of Pinterest inspiration boards, too. It’s amazing!

Friends, you can revisit Kate’s main Living With Kids tour here; I promise it will make you smile and possibly even hang a swing in the middle of a room!

P.S. — You can find all the homes in my Living With Kids series here. If you’d like to share your home with us, drop me a note! I’d love to hear from you!