My House Is For Sale!

Hi friends…

I know I’ve been away for a few minutes, but this should partly explain why. Remodeling then getting a house ready to sell is no joke. Confession: I’m one of those creepy people that likes to go through open houses when I’m not even house hunting just to see (and judge silently) what other people are doing with their decor. So today I give you a peek into my own house, which has been painted “neutral” for mass appeal which I don’t Love-love, but I’m still very proud of the home I raised my babies in for five years, creating a lot of wonderful mommy memories and putting a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the details. The open house is this Sunday from 1pm-3pm. Please share with your friends who may be looking in the Overland Park area!

https://www.reecenichols.com/homes-for-sale/9500-W-144th-Terrace-Overland-Park-KS-66221-266936976

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The Friendship Table

A couple of years ago we moved from our “starter” home into our “forever” home and we didn’t have enough furniture to fill it. Our new home looked pretty empty so I had to be creative about how I made it feel cozy (read: Craigslist, thrift stores, clearance, etc.)

The thing I loved most about my new house was the entryway. The second I walked in, I pictured my daughters coming down the stairs in their prom dresses and wedding gowns. I thought to myself, this is the perfect spot for a movie-worthy pedestal table…something I’d never needed in our old house with it’s modest entryway.

I became a lil’ bit obsessed and found that pedestal tables are surprisingly small or surprisingly expensive. So imagine my surprise when one day I walked into my local Goodwill and saw an ugly, broken, battered, but PERFECTLY sized pedestal table for…wait for it…$12.

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Home for Christmas – Part I

Today I’m showing you a little bit of what I’ve been up to around my house. There is still a lot to be done, but with two little ones and a dog I have to work when I can and be ready to break up a toy dispute or clean up a spill at a moments notice. I do NOT spend a lot of money on Christmas decorations. Most of mine are actually second hand from relatives or thrifted. I see things I want all the time like, practically everything at Target every year, but I can’t justify spending the money on something I’m going to have out for a month or two.

We’ll start with the front door. One of the things I love most about my house is the double doors. There’s just something about them that feels very welcoming to me and they were begging for matching wreaths.

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Look closely and you can see a little face peeking out like, Mommy, stop being a creeper. My entry rug is actually two. I bought one from Home Goods and it looked kind of small and sad so I went back and luckily there was one more left so I snagged it. I think it’s better than trying to find an outdoor runner in a pattern you actually like.

The topiary trees and black urns are a new purchase and they will be living there year round. My wreaths are the skimpy $3 ones from Home Depot but when fluffed I think they look just right. I hung them using 3M shower hooks and added the bows with some burlap scraps I had. The garland is actually four of the basic el-cheapo ones twisted together so they would look full enough to be seen from the street.

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I continued the simple green theme in the foyer. I’m not really one for a lot of STUFF hanging all over the place. I actually purchased this extra wide garland last year at Goodwill (brand new still in the package!) and magically it was the perfect length. I think the grand total was $4 or something like that.

My entry table is all silver, which is new for me this year because I tend to mix silver and gold but I thought this would look nice with my new paint and wall sconce.

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My girls added the little snowflake tea lights and the Eucalyptus is left over from a centerpiece I did for a dinner party over the weekend. You can get large bunches of it at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and it smells fresh and lasts for weeks. The little lamp on the floor is actually another Goodwill find that I turned into a little DIY project. I’ll probably do a separate post for that.

Also, here’s a reminder of the paint color before. It’s the quintessential tuscan goldish Johnson County beige:

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This is how it looks now, repainted in Behr’s Poetic Light:

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So fresh and so clean, clean. We saved money by doing the bulk of it ourselves and then hiring a professional to come in and finish up what we couldn’t. We also updated a sconce, getting rid of what my husband and I refered to as the Boob light.

Before:

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After:

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Last year I really didn’t change anything in our main sitting room, but if I’ve learned one thing from looking at all the fabulous blogger home tours I follow, it’s that small changes add up to a whole new feel.

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Only the Nativity scene here is really a “Christmas” decoration, but when you put it all together it feels very understated but festive to me.

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On this shelf, all I did was add the little nativity scene, the stocking and switch out my normal candles for red.

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Since it TIS the season to entertain, I moved this pedestal table from our dining room into our sitting room and added the tray to make it into a makeshift bar cart.

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As you can see, the tree (also a thrift store find!) has nothing but lights on it so far. Hopefully that will get done this week and I can show you the hearth room, kitchen and dining room.

Moral of the story is, before you pay full price for decorations, check out Goodwill and ask your Mom or Mother-In-Law. They probably have some gems stashed away!

If anyone is looking to get me some new decor, I desperately want these pillows:

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Playroom Makeover + DIY Fireplace for Kids

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Playroom BEFORE: It really had no focal point and the plastic storage bins always annoyed me. They are a necessary evil until I find a permanent storage solution I like.

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Playroom NOW:

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This outlet in the middle of the focal wall was a real eyesore not to mention safety hazard so I decided to use it as a starting point for my fireplace measurements.

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I used one of Avery’s preschool collages for the “fire” and backed it with thick paper and a velcro strip that I attached to the plastic over the outlet. This way if it gets ripped off it won’t tear and the outlet is still covered with the velcro strip so we can stick it right back on.

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I bought these sconces at a thrift shop for 25 cents each. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them but I just kind of liked the shapes. Turns out when spray painted white they made the perfect addition to my playroom fireplace mantel.photo 1 (2)

 I like the irony of using classic masterpieces to decorate a children’s playroom so I did a good old fashioned google search and picked a few of my favorites. My girls have a Degas over their fireplace and a Van Gogh in their dining room. I’ve been reading this book about art history and I would eventually like to create a Salon Wall of classics in their playroom.

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The project took me three hours from start to finish (including cleaning the playroom) and cost less than $10 if you include the sconces and velcro strips I used to hang everything. The paint was just leftover from our bar.

Hope you like our cozy little playroom.

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Happy Home: My Office Makeover

 

When I first started creating my Pinterest boards to get ideas for my new house (doesn’t everyone do this nowadays?) I envisioned our home office in the style of Ron Burgundy with many leather-bound books and smelling of rich mahogany. Then I realized that I am the one who works from home so why not make my office space a reflection of the things I love to do with my non-mommy time like writing for my blog and Stella and Dot (and Pinterest and Facebook).

 

I regret not taking more detailed BEFORE pictures of the house, because sadly this is the only one I got of the office. This was taken when we first toured the home. They actually had it staged with two full-size desks which gives you an idea how large the room is. Making a room this size feel cozy without using a lot of furniture was a bit of a challenge but I resorted to filling the walls with art in order to make the space feel lively.

 

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NOW:

 

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The Keane print of the Girl in the Yellow Dress was purchased by my Mom’s mother on a trip to New York City back in the day, I’m assuming the 60’s. She bought one for herself and one for her mother, my Mema. Mema lived until one week before her 99th birthday and toward the end she insisted it was a portrait of her when she was a little girl. I always think of Mema when I see it.

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I have had this Parasol since I was a child. I can’t believe it has held up through so many years and so many moves!

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In My Office

The collage on the wall here was originally  made for Savannah’s nursery in our old house. It includes strong, inspiring women from Jackie O to Eloise to my mom’s passport picture from the ’70s. The ‘portrait’ of me was done by a street artist in Paris when I was 15, on a school show choir trip (jazz hands). Funny story, on the way back to the hotel I ended up getting lost with two other students and we landed smack in the middle of the Paris Red Light District at night. The walk to the Pigalle train station was probably the longest, most educational walk of my 15 year old life up to that point. The portrait looks nothing like me but it reminds me of that trip, which makes it priceless.

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This pink fabric is from one of the first shirts Kevin ever bought me. The shirt would be totally out of style now but I always loved the print so I stapled it to a canvas I had and now it’s a bright spot in the room and reminds me of my hubby.

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So that’s the quirky little space where I sit and write to you all. Thanks for reading and commenting. I never planned to have a blog like this, but it’s been such a creative outlet and bright spot in my days to hear from you guys. As one of my high school besties and I always say: Love you, love your show!

 

 

MKM Style: Home Life

Happy Throwback Thursday! I thought I would give a quick update on my home decor now that I am settling into my new house with a little throwback to the “before” pictures. It was already beautiful when we saw it staged from the previous owners, but I’ve had a great time coming up with my own style. For me, home decor is an ongoing process. I’m always changing things around, moving furniture, trying different hangings on the wall (I get it from my mom) so I never really feel like a room is “done” but here are a few my favorite areas so far.

Foyer Before:

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Foyer Now:

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I’ve always loved the idea of having a little table in the entryway for flowers and there is so much space here that I can actually do it without fear of a child running through and knocking it over! The table and rug are both from Home Goods. Obviously there is potential here to do much more…send me ideas!

 

Hearth Room Before:

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Hearth Room Now:

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The painting over the mantel is one of my most prized possessions. It was a wedding gift from my parents and it was done by an artist, Nancy Milano, who knew me as a child but hadn’t seen me in years. They just said, paint something for Emily and this is what she came up with. It stuns me how reflective it is of my taste and aesthetic. It could not be more perfect. The rug is from good old Target and the bench is from Home Goods.

Formal Living Room Before:

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Formal Living Room Now:

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My husband didn’t really have any input on this room whatsoever, which is why it’s light and bright. He tends to like darker colors and more traditionally masculine materials like leather so we compromise in other areas of the house, but this room really reflects my personal aesthetic more than any other. If I have a quiet moment I like to sit here with a glass of champagne or a cup of tea and look out at our view of the trees and stream in the backyard. Maybe it’s the fact that I usually only sit here when my kids are sleeping, but I find it very peaceful.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the little #tbt tour!