After growing up in the Midwest and falling in love, high school sweethearts Amanda and Andrew Watters got married and moved to a condo in Kansas City, MO to start a family. But after welcoming their first two children, Stella and Theodore, it didn’t take long before they grew out of their space — a reality that was only amplified when Amanda decided to take a step back from teaching to become a stay-at-home mom. And so the house-hunt began, a journey which ended in lots of disappointment until the family was hit with a stroke of luck. After losing out on countless homes, they stumbled across this three-story, 2,400-square-foot 1920s colonial before it went on the market. “It ticked all the boxes on our wish list so we put an offer on it that night and didn’t look back,” Amanda says. Since then, a lot has changed for the Watters family. They welcomed another child, baby Alfie, and Amanda started chronicling the journey of motherhood, slow living, and the process of restoring their home renovations on the blog Homesong.
As a mother, the goal when it came to decorating their space was function without sacrificing form. “It was very important to us to make each room family-friendly and comfortable for each one of us,” she begins, “I wouldn’t say we sacrificed beauty for functionality, but rather made it our mission to blend the two.” After a lot of moving, re-jigging and tweaks over time, they’ve fostered a calming, simple and welcoming space that oozes with comfort — thanks to Amanda’s mindfulness. “We have found that a little intention and care go a long way,” she says. “We feel like this home is a true reflection of our family… Our life is a simple one, and we love keeping this slow, mindful pace.”
Although the home comes with many original and unique perks — their antique porcelain sink and tub, the crystal chandelier, the heavy doors and pulley windows — restoring it has proven to be a much harder job than they initially anticipated. “Since this house is so old, everything we do must be customized,” Amanda explains. “Shutters, window boxes, doors — all of it is a long process to design and order!” After two years, there’s still lots to do to get the house to where the family wants it to be, which currently means giving their entire outdoor space a much needed facelift. But every task they accomplish adds up to make this house the ultimate family home. “Our little ones enjoy adventuring around the yard, making crafts, helping mama in the kitchen, digging in the garden and playing with their toys,” Amanda shares. “We are thankful for the space this home gives our family each day to do the things we love. It is a calming haven that is full of the most beautiful, airy light, and it is a place that we not only love coming home to, but a place we feel safest.” –Sabrina