Making home decor a decade-long project

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WICHITA, Kan. ó Wichita wife and mother Jenifer Sauer, 37, is a sponge for beautiful design that she incorporates into her house in east Wichita.

"I wish I could change my house every six months, because I like so many things," she said.

But she knows she canít do that, so she prioritizes. She and her husband, Joe, bought their ranch seven years ago, and Jenifer expects that getting the house done the way they want it will be a 10-year project.

Here are places she goes for inspiration, projects that sheís accomplished, and ways she organizes and charts her ideas.

Her style: "Transitional ó traditional with more straight lines ó and somewhat eclectic, though, because I like the juxtaposition of different styles against each other."

Organizing on Pinterest: "Iím a Pinterest addict. It gets to where I canít believe I have so many pins. I use Pinterest to study groupings and to get an idea of how things should flow." She searches for terms such as "white galley kitchen" and "gray and white transitional bathroom." "When I find things Iím going to use, I put them on Pinterest to keep me organized."

Make your own pins: When Sauer sees something she likes in a magazine, she takes a photo and makes her own pin with it so she can keep things together on Pinterest. "Itís really easy."

Pinners she follows: Nelson Designs and Social Manor, plus Nell Hillís, Social Manor, Sita Montgomery Interiors out of Salt Lake City, Chrystie Vachonís Designer Decor Knockoffs, Claire Brodyís copycats on a budget, Joanna Gaines, the Property Brothers.

Magazine subscriptions: House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home. "And I kind of steal ideas from (catalogs) Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and Ballard Designs."

On Instagram: Some design sites have better Instagram accounts than Pinterest ones. She likes Sita Montgomery Interiors and One Kings Lane on Instagram.

Ideas sheís gotten from Pinterest: empty frames filled with chicken wire for hanging childrenís artwork; a giant ornate frame turned on its side with smaller framed mirrors from Tuesday Morning hanging inside; a wall of clocks in the kitchen dining nook (that donít necessarily keep the correct time); a table centerpiece that is a long narrow trough filled with pinecones, greenery and flameless candles, for example, for the winter and can be switched up seasonally.

Favorite room in the house: The hall bathroom, the only room that has been taken down to the studs under Sauer ownership. "I used Pinterest to put together my ideas and see products. Some of it then I was able to track down. Sometimes things are a couple years old." An arched mirror carried by Lowes had been pinned "a million times, but they stopped making them." She then obsessed until she eventually found another company that was making them, and Sharon Nelson at Nelson Designs in Wichita, her husbandís aunt, was able to order them for her.

For the girls: Sauer also used Pinterest to decorate her daughtersí room. She saw sunburst mirrors and ordered one to go above each bed. Her 12-year old wanted lots of color with a Moroccan theme, and Sauer balanced it out with white.

For the boys: For her sonsí superheroes room, she decorated soft-sided storage bins with masks of superheroes that she found in the Target dollar section. She removed the strings from the masks and hot-glued the masks to the front of the bins.