DIY Design: Local couple lets their creative side show

When house hunting, most eager buyers go gaga for closet size, beautiful views or kitchen cabinets. But for Bev Weidner and her husband, Aaron, it was all about the laundry chute.
“It kinda sold us on this house,” she grins. “We just found it to be a little charming convenience that added flavor to the house.”
Laundry chute aside, their quaint three-bedroom Prairie Village ranch bursts with flavor and subtle quirky charm. “We’re total garage sale, flea market, thrift store junkies!” she enthused, pointing out the numerous colored jars, secondhand vases and vintage mirrors sprinkled throughout their home. “I call our place ‘Garage Sale Chic.’” 
These former indie rock bandmates have accumulated many fun, stylish finds. Their home is a mixture of groovy vintage and modern functionality with a twist. Just check out the master bathroom’s small details: galvanized steel pipes hold toilet paper rolls, and Aaron’s childhood plaster tooth molds are repurposed into a wacky-cool toothbrush holder.
“I don’t go somewhere to find something that matches,” Bev says. “I look for things that are visually stimulating and fun.” This is evident in the open living room, which features a long L-shaped sienna-colored couch dotted with aqua throw pillows, accented by a beloved mossy-green velour chair. Much of Aaron’s colorful collage artwork decorates the pale celery walls, and many simple, shapely white or colored glass vases hold fresh-from-the-garden flowers and branches. 
Bev and Aaron share similar tastes in home décor — lots of pale or white with pops of color (burnt orange is a favorite), clean lines and plenty of natural elements, like plants, flowers and light. Their decorating philosophy is simple: less is more. “Don’t overthink it,” Bev says. “Things shouldn’t be cluttered. Think about balance and how colors flow together, but be creative and have fun with it.”
This creative couple isn’t afraid to tackle a project … or to scavenge, for that matter. A square retro ceiling fixture in the kitchen is a roadside find, along with a giant tin “B” that adorns a basement wall. Using DIY magazine ReadyMade as inspiration, Aaron, an associate creative director at Gatorade, lets his artistic side shine. He’s built a low-slung living room plant stand, a sleek, wooden bed frame, various lighting fixtures and a pair of funky wooden stools. 
“I told him I wanted a ‘grain shelf’ to display all my jars of pastas, lentils and grains,” Bev, a full-time food blogger for, recalls. “So he comes up from the basement with this old stainless steel air duct that was rounded on one side and turns it into a small shelf. It was unbelievable how it fit in the corner  it was just perfect!” 
Sounds like the laundry chute isn’t the only charming feature anymore.


meganlille's picture

Thanks for the share, everyone have their own criteria and requirements for selecting any home. whenever looking at any house i used to see the flooring, kitchen cabinets, the arrangement of bedroom, the bathroom vanities and cabinets etc. But you made a wise choice. I have recently purchased a home with modern kitchen cabinets and heritage oak vanity.

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I've recently moved with my boyfriend and we bought a very nice house with a beautiful sea view.We've just started to renovate it and to make the staircase planner and I hope we will finish soon as I can't wait to have it ready for living.The bedroom looks great and we will paint it in blue and buy a large bed with a comfortable mattress.

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I like this bed a lot and I want to buy a similar one in my bedroom.I had some awful bed bugs and I had to renovate my bedroom and to change all the furniture.

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This is a great post!I've just redecorated my house and I bought some fancy and modern furniture.I've also changed my bathroom interior design and I was very careful at the focal points in order to make it look beautiful.

I would give anything to see their home, is there any way I could see some more pictures? I'm working on my bathroom makeover so their bathroom is what interests me most, but the rest of their home seem to be just as interesting!

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It is true that different people have different ideas and they do not want to compromise on their taste. For some buyers it is the bathroom that matters a lot, I remember going to bathroom fixtures NJ to buy a whole new set for my bathroom.

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This is a great and interesting post! I've just renovated my house and my wife decided to change the bedroom furniture in order to create a romantic interior design. We bought a big bed with tempurpedic mattress which is very comfortable. We still have to contact an air conditioning Midland company in order to install a cooling system.

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I've recently received a job offer in Atlanta and I already accepted it. I live in Kansas city and I have a house here where I live together with my husband and my two kids. My husband encouraged me to accept this job and we are already packing our stuff and contacted some movers in Atlanta in order to help us with relocation.

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I am living with my parents since I was a child and recently my fiance proposed me to move together. After a long search, we finally found a house at the Harcourts NV Real Estate Company in the same area where my parents live. It is a beautiful house and we are already planing to decorate it in a romantic style.

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I am working as an interior designer and I've recently built the house of my dreams for me and my family. I wanted to create a modern interior design and I put air purification systems in every room in order to have a clean and fresh air inside.

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My husband and I recently moved in a new house and we've already painted the walls and bought some furniture and LED lighting systems. We still have to decorate our bathroom and to buy some accessories in order to create a modern interior design.

denny's picture

That's lovely! I wish you would have shared more images with their actual work. So far I like what I am seeing. I am planning to get a new home myself and I could use some tips on fitting the design elements. I don't want to spend a lot but I do want to make my home look nice.

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Thanks Sarah. But I think it's more involved than that.:) I will research more and post what I find. Thanks,

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Fantastic looking bed. I can almost feel how soft it is. Perfect for my new bedroom.

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