Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome to the Kiefer Cottage

Howdy folks! Nope, that doesn't work.  Hey y'all!  Yes, that's better. Welcome to my DIY before-and-after extravaganza.  You will be dazzled. Amazed. Shocked by my utter contempt for design conventions.  Well, probably not too shocked.  Maybe you'll see something you like.  I'd even prefer if you didn't like everything. If something is liked by all, how boring is that?

Some background: My husband Ryan and I just purchased a little house in Roeland Park, KS.  Our search took us far and wide across the Kansas City metro area, through suburban HOA land, into the gritty historic areas, and finally to a splendid mix of new and old.

The upside? The schools are awesome, we're not too far from the city, and the neighbors are gloriously friendly. This house has so much personality and lots of potential.

The downside?  This house hasn't been updated in 30 years.  In the early 80s, the owners put in a large addition.  And that appears to be it.  While we've been told the home was well-maintained for a long time, the past few years were apparently quite rough for the couple.  So now we have started the slow, expensive process of making it our own.

And that's what I'm here to do.  Start from the very beginning (that's a very good place to start).  And bring us all the way to...well...you know this stuff never ends.  I'm sure I'll include some things about my family (my three delightful children), and Ryan has promised to chime in, too.


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