Urban Living, Family Style – This Is KC
“I was lucky that David and I kind of agreed on a style,” Jennifer says.
One such piece is a vibrantly colored cow print in the dining area. Jennifer spotted it in a photo of a home posted by Urban Cool KC and hunted it down for $120 from At Home. Other steals include the club chair in the living room purchased off Craigslist and translucent dining chairs from Ikea, which Jennifer paired with a more traditional table that belonged to her mother to give it a modern edge.
Go-tos for decor purchases include Crate & Barrel offshoot CB2 and mid-century modern inspired seller Joybird, but the Saabs pulled in personal pieces, too: A photo featuring David’s great grandparents, grandfather and great uncle that originally ran in Life Magazine hangs in the living room.
The space also reflects David’s love of music in the form of a funky accent wall, which proved the subject of the couple’s biggest decorating debate: where to put his record player. Jennifer found a cabinet she liked and positioned it against what evolved into a music wall—but how to style it also became a challenge, and the black wall stood empty for a year. These days, it’s adorned with rows of record covers spanning decades and genres.
Around the corner, the kitchen features granite countertops, a deep sink, stainless steel appliances, white cabinets and a modern, multi-tone gray tile back splash. The island that first won the Saabs over gets as much use as they first thought, and just off the kitchen, a neon green sliding barn door conceals the family’s washer and dryer—a design feature introduced after the machines proved too large to fit through the original doorframe.
Both Jennifer and David work in Johnson County but don’t mind commuting against the grain—they’re happy to live in Union Hill. Though it’s not huge, the home is just the right fit for this urban family.
“I don’t want rooms that we go in twice a year. I’ve had that house before with the formal living room and the hearth room and the office and the dining room. It was a beautiful home and I used a third of it,” Jennifer says. “That was one thing I told David: I want to live in it, and I want it to be comfortable. I want people to walk in and not feel like they can’t just lie down on the couch and put their feet up and relax. I think that’s my favorite thing about the house. We use every room in this house.”