July 11, 2017

Our Claim to Fame

As my kids have gotten older (and by older I mean are no longer babbling toddlers, but now can officially walk and talk!) and begun socializing with little friends at the park and in the neighborhood, I’ve joined the parent-to-parent small talk club. The conversation usually starts with “How old’s your daughter/son?” followed by “Is this your only?” It’s thrilling stuff, really. Ground breaking exchange of basic information as your kids run around the playground. Or better yet, there’s the inevitable interaction as you stand four feet from a stranger, both pushing your individual kids on the swings. Once you hit the five minute mark, it’s just plain awkward not to atleast acknowledge this fellow swing-pusher! It’s akin to riding an [...]

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May 30, 2017

Jim’s Home Remodel: 14 Years Young

Maybe it’s a millennial thing, but I’m such a mover at heart. I could move into a new home every two years. And for the last ten years, we basically have. Moving doesn’t faze me. I love doing it. It energizes me. It energizes my husband, too. I hardly understand people who dread moving. A new space; a change of scene; what’s not to love?! But then there’s my mom. Her parents remained in the same house where she was born until they died. Some 60+ years in the same home! People, c’mon – that’s nuts! Well my parents have picked up on that same gene, though not quite to the same extreme, and I have only ever known two “childhood” homes. The first was in [...]

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May 12, 2017

With A View of the Park

So we are FINALLY getting our act together and rounding up pictures of some of the projects we were apart of in 2016. Today I wanted to share a house we worked on for the better part of last year. These empty nesters who had just relocated back to Kansas City found us through their designer Beth Phillips. Working from Beth’s plan, we tackled everything from the kitchen to the master bathroom and a lot in between. Situated on an incredible lot, this house faces Loose Park and is chock full of gorgeous views. So let’s start there….with the view of and from the front door. The old entry felt squeezed by an awkwardly placed coat closet, so the designer had us [...]

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April 5, 2017

Spaces Magazine “Coming Home”

Wow, it’s been a long, long time since I last blogged. Yikes! Apparently having a third child and adopting a black lab adds quite a bit to your plate. And when said plate was already rather full, things get a little dicey. I feel like I’ve been in survival mode since early winter! But now that spring is starting to, well, spring, and our youngest has gone from 4 wake up calls to 2, I’m beginning to feel like myself again. But, with as busy as things have been, blogging/getting photographs, etc. hasn’t even been on my radar. So, it’s pretty amazing to out of nowhere flip open a magazine and see a house that we worked on a couple [...]

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September 19, 2016

Fashion Meets Home Design: Emmys 2016

So just like last year when I watched the Oscars, I couldn’t help but think last night as people came down the Emmy’s red carpet that some of those dresses looked an awfully lot like some pillows I’ve seen on the good ole internet. Fashion and home design often cross paths. So, I (rather uselessly!) spent a half hour this afternoon seeing if I could quickly stumble upon some pillows on common sites like Williams Sonoma Home, West Elm, Anthropologie, etc. that seemed fairly, if not very, similar to what the stars wore Sunday night. (And by the way, who are these alleged ‘stars’ anyway?? I don’t recognize half of them! Am I living under a rock?!) Anyway, I didn’t do nearly [...]

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August 10, 2016

Built Ins Built For a Modern Family

This Old Sagamore house has so many neat corners. We’ve already shown you pictures of the remodels in the mudroom/laundry room/office/pantry AND the kitchen AND the dining room, living room & master bedroom. Last up, the transformation of this once ho-hum family room. I love this room. Something about it just feels like the essence of an American family to me. It’s comfortable, colorful but calming, suited for kids and parents alike, traditional but still feels fresh and young…I could go on! The bookshelf units themselves were custom built by our local cabinet maker, and the mantle and trimwork was done in-house by our carpenter Pete Collins. Below is the inspiration photograph off of Pinterest that our client shared with Pete. Pete [...]

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