Kan. ó Wichita wife and mother Jenifer Sauer, 37, is a
sponge for beautiful design that she incorporates into
her house in east Wichita.
wish I could change my house every six months, because I
like so many things," she said.
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.
are places she goes for inspiration, projects that sheís
accomplished, and ways she organizes and charts 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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
Instagram: Some design sites have better Instagram
accounts than Pinterest ones. She likes Sita Montgomery
Interiors and One Kings Lane on Instagram.
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.
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
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
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.