On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Preparing for Phase 1 Housewarming/Halloween Party!

It has been a while since we posted, and we are certainly due for one.  We've been working on a few little projects trying to get the house ready for our long overdue housewarming party.  The house is not anywhere near finished, but our friends kept asking about our party.  Since Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and the sofas were finally delivered last week, we decided to go ahead and have a combo Phase I Housewarming/Halloween party.

The sofas actually took 11 weeks to be delivered!  So don't believe it when they tell you six weeks.  We actually loathe the pillows that came with the sofas, so we are currently in search for new pillow covers.  (Note: Ignore the cowhide rug; we were just trying it out for size.)

During our last trip to Ikea, I picked up the Mandal Bed, but I had not assembled it.  Nothing like an upcoming party to motivate me to work on it.  I finished putting it together last night, and LD upholstered the headboard with the Ikea fabric.  I will post a picture of the bed and the headboard once we put it all together.

Funny story to this fabric wall art that LD put together.  It was actually a canvas that LD planned to create a painting for the master bedroom.  In my hurry to get the Mandal bed painted, I knocked it off the easel and put a nice hole in it.  She managed to use the canvas frame to create some fabric art.  But I still owe her a canvas!


LD spent most of the weekend tearing out the 54 year old juniper bushes and some tree saplings from this area.  We love our trees, but this area made us feel like the house was being swallowed up by the forest.  We now have a huge brush pile that we have no idea what to do with.  This is just the beginning of some of the clean up that we have to do around the yard.

Our stair railings and stringers have a fresh coat of paint!

We have several other things to work on in preparation for the party, but we will post more pictures after the party.