Life is an Adventure ... as long as you look at it that way!

I have moved 23 times in my Life.  We just made move #24.  Thankfully I was raised in a manner that taught me home is your family, not a place.  Now don't get me wrong, I have a true love for home and sometimes wish I had had the kind of life that allowed me to stay in one place for a long time.  But that wasn't my choice then ... and now it seems to be kind of an adventure!

Before Christmas I shared with you that my husband, Don, left his job of 25 years to start his own business.  In order to make this happen, we chose to downsize ... we left our home on 3.5 acres to a small cape with an acre.  What I found out is that an acre needs just as much attention as 3.5 ... it just happens a little quicker!

Our youngest is a Junior in High School and we have been batting around thoughts about where we would like to live when we "grow up!"  Our plans seem to change on a dime these days but last summer we decided to put "project downsize" on the market ... and with mixed emotions the house sold.  The move was ultimately part of the plan, kids are growing up and out and we are now 2 "self - employed" people in our 50's and really not certain how it all will turn out.  But we have the desire, the support from each other, our kids and family.  They might have thought we had truly lost our minds, but they backed us anyway.

If you have followed along #ProjectDownSize and #PeckhamHill you know that stop allowed us to re-group, me a new canvas to work on my designs ... Don the ability to work toward his new business.  Always knowing it would be a temporary stop on the adventure.

We chose to rent for a few years and we just moved into my DREAM home.  A "circa" 1719 house with a barn .... WITH A BARN!!!  I have died and gone to heaven ... but who knows for how long so we are going to enjoy every minute!  Here is a photo ... but know that this old "Inn" has been turned into 4 units.  We have the whole left side ... I'll take you on a tour as we progress!

Funny things about dreams ... I have always dreamt of a circa home with a barn.  And it was given to me, but seemingly only a short term gift.  I look at this two ways:

I wasn't specific enough. 


God is letting me have this little dream until he is ready for me to move on to His dream for me.

I hope you will follow along on our adventure and how I take our possessions from previous homes (and possible furniture hoarding tendencies) and re-imagine them in our new home.  I'll be posting on IG and FB and working on occasional SnapChat stories (kim_macumber) if you are so moved to follow along!  


Starting Fresh.

2016 was full of changes and 2017 is setting itself up to continue that trend.  Both in my personal life and in my design.  As you most know, I am a traditionalist at heart ... but love keeping it fresh and bold with color and pattern.  As anyone would, who is exposed to more and more design styles on an hourly basis, I have found myself loving the clean crisp feel of modern spaces.  Last year I had the opportunity to work with a client who was eager to "clean" out, minimalize and create a little drama in his home, a 1950's ranch where he grew up as one of 6 children.  He kept the house after his parents passed away and very little changed over the years.  It was time to re-imagine the space! 

The plan was to bring a little "urban" edge to this suburban home ... And it all started with this charcoal drawing ...

Last February KMI moved into a warehouse studio space and not only did it allow me a true design space, it introduced me to some new creatives!  One in particular, an artist Mary Spencer. She did this fantastic charcoal which became the inspiration for my client's living room.  I am so in awe of the local artists I have met, and try to include their work wherever I can.  

We kept some of the original pieces of furniture, reupholstered them and then brought in fresh modern pops and art to create a new feel for the home.

My client's hobby (serious hobby!) is photography.  I loved his collection of photos, this particular collection had an "edge" that I thought mixed in well with the vibe we were going for!  

It makes my day when clients allow me to use their items and mix with new ... and this large piece of art balances the gallery wall across the room.

One of the most fun aspects of my job is working with different personalities and being able to make their vision come to life.  I learn so much every day from my clients. 

"You'll never know everything about anything, ESPECIALLY something you love."

Julia Child

All photographs by Emily O'Brien Photography


KBIS BlogTour 2017. Part Six. Wilsonart.

Last but not least Wilsonart wraps up my official KBIS BlogTour Recap.  Wilsonart's #MaterialMixology really is a mix in new and innovative surfaces that will rock your opinion of "laminate".  

Wilsonart is a leading manufacturer and distributor of Laminate, Quartz and other engineered surfaces.  Being able to really touch and see the possibilities of these engineered surfaces gave me a whole new view on the products.

Laminate is not a "one look" kind of player.  With the trend of kitchens and baths leaning more sleek and contemporary, I love the finish options and Wilsonart nailed it with this bathroom.  

And for the traditionalist, classic look, who wouldn't want to do laundry here? This is the Artfully Repurposed Wood collection and it looks dynamite.  My photo from the show does not do it justice!

WilsonArt's commitment to CLEAN and sustainability, they have a Antimicrobial Protection built into the laminate to protect the surfaces against damaging microbes.  They protect the surface from the growth of mold and mildew that cause orders when used for countertops and work surfaces.  And Sustainability and environmental responsibility has been a part of WilsonArt's culture and success for over fifty years.

The arrival of more and more beautiful Quartz options is starting to infiltrate the Granite only diehards.  I will tell you ... I love them both and end up working with my client to choose the look and feel they want to achieve.  As a rule .... a VERY LOOSE RULE ... my more traditional clients choose granite, my more modern-contemporary clients choose quartz.  However I am starting to use Quartz in bathrooms more and more, no matter the client!  A quick Granite v. Quartz article from HGTV here. One major upside to Quartz, it is non-porous, meaning less bacteria left behind when you are cleaning.

Don't turn your nose up next time someone mentions "solid surface" for your kitchen and bath countertops!  Wilsonart has given me a new attitude!  It is definitely all about #materialmixology!