So two years ago (almost to the day!!) I posted a tour of our Ohio home to the blog. Needless to say over the next year and a half that we lived there, it looked much different! We put a lot of thought, love and work into that place. And while we do occasionally miss “country life”, we are super blessed to be in this home in Kansas City!
When we started our home search, our list included: 3 car garage (because a detached shop like Nathan had in Ohio was pretty much out of the question), within 15-20 minutes of Nathan’s work, green space behind the house, fenced backyard, built in the 90’s or newer, pretty much move-in ready, 4+ bedrooms and 3+ bath, and plenty of space for our family plus guests. As we looked, we realized (like any home search!) we had to compromise on some things. So we decided the 3 car garage was more important than a greenspace behind the house, since we couldn’t find a house with both of those. It was also not too common to see homes with all 4 bedrooms on the same level. Most had 3 on one level and 1 in the basement…that didn’t work for us. We also decided it was important to us to buy a home with a finished basement that was ready for us to host friends and family who visit. We saw a couple of homes that we really liked, but the basements were unfinished. So long story short…the Lord found us this home. It had been on the market for a few months, making it possible for us to get this home for below market value. We are continually in awe of the Lord’s goodness to us by providing this house to us at our price point. It has wonderful space for the 6 of us, and room for visiting friends and family. It has a 3 car garage so Nathan has some workspace. Although we didn’t get a greenspace behind us…the neighborhood pool is directly behind us and the tennis courts are to the left of our home, so it does not feel like we are surrounded by other homes…just like we wanted 🙂
So here are some pics I snapped the other day! And I literally did it when the house was “as good as it’s going to get” kind of moments. There’s baby toys around, kids coloring, bottles out drying…not “Pinterest worthy” pics by any means…but hey! We live here and I’m sure you can deal with it 😉 And of course…we couldn’t buy a home that required no work at all…so I’m confident there will be many future posts about projects and making this place ours!
I took this yesterday. It was beautiful weather. We were cleaning up rock beds, planting flowers, Nathan was building shelving in the garage…and we were enjoying being outside! Honestly, I never thought I’d ever live in a stucco home. It’s not my favorite type of exterior. But like I said, compromise 😉 And, this home does need some exterior paint…so that will happen down the road I’m sure.
Welcome to our home! First up is the foyer…
The foyer is bright and spacious. Marble floors, closets on either side of the front door, stairs leading up to the bedrooms, and it opens up into the sitting room and formal dining (but that’s not what we use it for.) To be honest this space throws me a little decorating wise. The walls are about 19′ high. I know there needs to be some visual interest up high but proportional to the size of the chandelier and the space. Also the ledges kind of trip me up a little. I can’t put small items up there, and I don’t want to switch items out frequently, so yeah…got to find the right things for those areas. So this room is very much on the table for now as far as decorating goes.
As you come in the front door, to the left is the formal dining….but we call it the library 🙂
I’m a big believer in making the rooms of your home work for the way you live. Formal dining just didn’t suit us for this season of life. But a place where books are easily accessible, the computer is out in an open high-traffic area, and someplace the kids can color, build puzzles, do school work, or play a game…that type of space is more us. This room needs some new paint, and I’m not a fan of the light fixture…so those updates will come later. (And by the way, I realize the table cloth is a Christmasy one…but it’s the only one I have at the moment that is ok for kids to color on.) We got the table, chairs and bookcases at Ikea. I think I misjudged how many books we own…but I guess now we have room for more! 🙂 I’m not completely settled on how the bookcases are staged…but they work for now!
If you go straight from the front door, you get to the sitting room, kitchen, and dining area. I was so excited when we found this home that it had an open floor plan on the main level.
(Cute baby alert!!)
I think the main feature that sold us on this home was the high ceilings and amazing windows with tons of natural light!I’m also a fan of the fireplace 😉 This space will pretty much stay as is. I love it all: the paint color, the carpet, the crown molding. We might add a side chair by the gallery wall and move the lamp elsewhere, but for now, this is the sitting room!
Up close of the gallery wall: our hand-drawn family portrait by miss H until we can get an updated family picture 😉 I also need to get a picture of E&J printed and put in the wood frame that’s in the bottom left.
Up close of the mantle that I will change out items seasonally 🙂
Next the kitchen and dining area:
the large cabinet to the left of the fridge is the pantry, which actually has more space than I anticipated.
Love how the kitchen opens up to the sitting room and dining area, but I can also peek around the corner to the library. The space above the cabinets is one thing I’ve missed about our Washington home and I’m so glad to have that again! We will most likely change out light fixtures in the kitchen and dining area eventually.
This table was absolutely a gift from God! One day I stopped at a furniture consignment store near the home we were renting and I was about to leave when I thought I’d just see what dining table they had. This was kind of tucked in a corner with it’s leaves sitting on it and some old mismatched chairs around it. At first glance, it was nothing special…but the more I looked, took the chairs away and removed the leaves…I realized it was exactly what I had been looking for the past 2 years. I had often looked online at Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and World Market only to realize those tables are too expensive for a family with young kids (I mean if someone so much as spilled water on one of those tables, I might have lost it…no bueno.) But this table, it’s solid, has a rustic modern feel, a great stain, and, when fully extended can seat 12 people! AND: it was $188. Friends, that is all God right there. Those chairs also happened to be on sale at Ikea the week before we moved, so that was equally awesome. They go together like it was on purpose. Bonus! So cool how God knows the desires of our hearts and chooses to bless us in those seemingly small yet tangible ways! Can you think of any recently?
Moving on! The laundry room is just off the kitchen/dining area and it has awesome storage. Like, more than I am using at the current moment!
Here I store our small appliances that aren’t used frequently, paper products, lunch boxes, grocery bags, vases, and some baby feeding supplies. In the cabinets I keep cleaning supplies. The far cabinet above the dryer is where the laundry chute comes out from the master bath. Woot woot! And the shelving that’s above the door is where I keep those big boxes of things from Costco. It’s great having 125 granola bars…but I don’t need all of them at once in the pantry…so it’s equally great to have room to store the extra!
This is looking out from the laundry room. You can see the door to the backyard.
Around the corner from the kitchen is the half bath, entry from the garage and door to the basement. This is also a “drop zone” and communication area.
Not a great picture of the half bath, but this room needs some help. It has wallpaper and needs a few other updates. This will probably be the first room we tackle. We are no strangers to removing wallpaper 😉
Now let’s move upstairs!
View from the landing up to the top of the stairs:
And the hallway at the top. The cabinet doors on the left are the linen closet…it goes all the way through to the main bath. I was excited about that 😉
First is Miss H’s room. She chose this room because of the window 🙂
And her walk-in closet. My younger self is jealous of her.
Next is Mr. A’s room. It came with the dinosaurs, and since taking these pictures we removed a couple and added a shelf.
You can see the pool pretty well from his room, which he’s excited about.
Next is the main bath. Double sinks, lots of storage, and I love the window adding some natural light! We might tile this bathroom, and update the lights and faucets. But all in all, this is a great bathroom for all the kids because it’s pretty big!
Next is the bebes room. Yes, there is a baby girl in her crib 🙂 She had just woken up from her nap and she was so happy in there, I just decided she could be part of the picture 😉
Hi sweet pea!!
We didn’t hang up too much in here because we still aren’t sure what this room will be once they are done in cribs. It might be the boys room, might be a guest room…we will figure that out later 😉
They have an amazing walk-in closet. So great for storing extra sheets, blankets, diapers, and clothes to grow into.
We have since added their book ledges to this side of the room. We will most likely change out all the bedroom carpets eventually. The carpet itself is great quality, but the color is not good. Example: yesterday while getting his diaper changed, Mr. E barfed up all the squash he had just eaten…now there is a lovely work of yellow splatter art on the floor in front of the dresser. So awesome.
Next, the master bedroom/bathroom! Buuuuut…you’ll have to wait, because I feel like this post is already long enough. So I think I’ll make a Part 2 of the KC Home Tour 🙂
Catch you on the flippity flip!