4th Street, Independence

Hello and Happy 4th of July!  Today we're celebrating appropriately enough in Independence, Kansas. For you Little House on the Prairie fans, this house is 14 miles northeast of the museum site.   It was built in 1910, about 40 years after the Ingalls were in the area.

Let's start our tour in the family room:

{Midwest Living}

Well, you didn't expect me to pick an elegant, neutral design, did you?  Nope, today is all about summer fun, and this design has that in spades. You can't help but feel welcome in this room!

Here's the dining room, with its nice built-in cabinet:

I know, the trend toward red dining rooms has cooled a bit, but look how cute this room is.  (Wouldn't it be pretty at Christmas?) The white wainscoting and armoire really keep the look crisp and bright. 

This next room is what drew me to this house-- it looks like a homeschooler's space with old-fashioned appeal.

Adding a desk and shelving like this would make a happy space for homeschoolers or for crafters.

Before we head upstairs, we can stop to admire the built-in bench in the entry.

I played around a bit and came up with this design to set the right tone as soon you come in the door.

Once upstairs, we'll find this cozy, tucked away bedroom:

{Nick Olsen- with the bed pillow color muted}

Those wide curtains will help us disguise the fact that the window is off-center on our wall.  Notice how each room has had a touch of black?  I like how it keeps the designs from being too theme-y- you know, like this:

Although, I do have to admit this design is executed well.  All in all, let's settle for just keeping the shutters red on our Independence re-do.

Wishing all of you a wonderful 4th!  

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  1. I love how summery and fun this design is! That red checked sofa is my favorite!

    1. I liked that too, Kristy. It really sets the tone for a casual family-oriented room, doesn't it?

  2. I'd love to copy that built in bench in my breakfast room. Thanks for this lovely tour.

    1. That bench is definitely a cutie. Wonder if it's original to the house- it appears to be. Normally I don't like to show homes that already are furnished, but this house had some neat details that drew me in.

  3. Vicki,
    This was fun...I'd need another house to be able to have rooms so fresh and summery. I cracked up at the house painted in such patriotic colors. Very fun.
    Happy 4th.

    1. I think you need a house for each season. Think of the possibilities! :)
      Hope you had a great 4th!


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