Ann Fetters

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Ann Fetters
I'm an English teacher finally fulfilling my life-long dream to be an interior designer. I live in a historic neighborhood in the Midwest where I get lots of inspiration!
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Check Out This Loft!

The sleepy midwestern town of Wichita, Kansas is growing up.  The downtown warehouse district is now being turned into lofts, and I recently went on a walking tour and got to check them out!  This one is in an old, renovated high school and was by far the coolest.  Would you believe it is in a basement?  See the creepy narrow hallway below that leads into this gorgeous room. What a surprise when you see all this!  I couldn’’t take enough pictures.  Either the owner had a decorator or she had an eye for design herself.  See what you think, and enjoy!

Bathroom Refresh

I just completed a bathroom refresh, and it feels so good.  I wanted to update the oak cupboards and shiny brass fixtures that were so popular in the 80s.  I chose a fabric to sew simple curtains that introduced some blues (adding this table from Hobby Lobby)–and inexpensive sheers from JCPenney. I painted the yellow walls a terra cotta (”Toasted Coconut,“ Glidden).  I kept the 1930s/40s vintage tile–it’s grown on me–except in the shower, because of mold due to the rotting wood lathe underneath.  I then lightened the cupboards by painting them a cream color and decided to paint the light fixtures as well. I chose dark bronze fixtures for the sink, cabinets, and the shower head, and framed some inexpensive greeting cards to hang on the wall.  Finally, for a pop of color, I hung a green clock that I got from Target for $7.

Below is a photo of what it looked like when I started. Then pictures of the finished project.  See what you think!

Linen Closet: Before & After

Well, I finally did it.  I have wanted to paint and organize the linen closet for a year now, and I finally got it done!  It was crazy, because I was set on painting it before getting it organized, so it stayed like this for waaaay too long.  As you can see below, I first had to haul all the stuff out and throw it on the bed (my husband and I slept in the guest room that night!).  I decided to put my flannel sheet sets upstairs with the winter clothes and also stored some other things that we don’’t use very much in other places.  Then I painted it blue (Crystal Waters, Behr) and the shelves a basic white glossy finish for easy cleaning.  I bought some baskets and plastic bins, and voila!  Now I open it up just to breathe a sigh of relief.  It feels so good.  On to the next project . . .

Fill My Life With Flowers

The summer rains in Kansas have our flowers popping out like never before!  My favorite time is when the peonies and iris bloom together — they make beautiful bouquets!

My wild rosebush in the backyard is going gangbusters. I love how the greenery fills out the arrangement. 

The marigolds and celiosa in my frontyard flower bed look like sea creatures in the bottom of the ocean (at least I think so!)

And these are from my hubby when I was in the hospital two weeks ago (from my favorite floral shop).  As soon as he walked in with them, I felt better already!  Feeling so much better now.


A Drive-By Through My Neighborhood

      I am lucky enough to live in a historic neighborhood in the Midwest that is known for its beautiful homes.  Here is just a sampling of the houses I see on my walk every day. The English tudor style is probably the most common type  I see.  Very classic, don’t you think?  (My house is definitely not this big!) While most are classic architectural styles built in the early 1900s, there is one mid-century modern home in the midst of all of these. While I always thought it looked out of place, it is growing on me (maybe it‘s the Mad Men influence, I don’t know!). Note the cool blue door.

      I also noticed four traits that attracted me immediately to a house: 1) a striking front door, 2) symmetrical accents that highlight the entrance, 3) detailed, contrasting trim, and 4) landscaping that is trimmed back so that the house can easily be seen. 

      The next two photos show more of the  tudor style, followed by three with Spanish influence, three Georgian Revival, and three traditional Americana (my personal favorite). Next is the mid-century modern home (I just had to include it) and finally, my own house, a 1930s, much smaller tudor cottage (ignore the peeling paint on our neighbor‘s house). 

      Take a leisurely walk, and enjoy the tour . . .