Snowlapalooza + Painted Stairs

snow front

It’s Snowmaggedon here in Kansas City!  (Sadly, I cannot take credit for that title.  You have our witty local news to thanks for that.) According to our trusty weather station, the white stuff is dropping at a rate of 3 inches per hour, for a total of 15 inches!  For KC that’s a lot and my California-spoiled self is mystified.  Big Sis in Salt Lake? Not impressed.

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{The “Agreed” has to do with my prediction that Mary & Branson are totally hooking up.  Downton Abbey talk.}

Call me what you will, but I don’t have to work today.  So instead, I’ve been sitting on the couch watching TV.  First, I caught up on The Office.  I really have no idea what’s going on because I’ve missed pretty much the entire season, but Jim’s new lofty office space looks amazing and I want to work there.  Why don’t funny coworkers like Jim really exist?  Sorry fellow employees, but you just aren’t that funny.

snow back

I also watched a movie that I’ve had on my DVR for almost a year – My Week With Marilyn.  It was REALLY good and sad. Miss Monroe seemed like such a lonely person and Michelle Williams tapped into her pain beautifully.

Sidenote: I didn’t know where Eddie Redmayne appeared from. I didn’t know I loved freckles. Both things, I know now.


The Thodes have been busy little bees over here the past few weeks.  I recently accepted a Senior Copywriter position at a large company headquartered here in Kansas City.  Aside from my freelance work and Fiterature, I don’t get to do a whole lot of writing at my current job as a Marketing Manager. Don’t get me wrong, I love the place I work and the people I work with have become like family, but at the end of the day something was missing. And that something was being challenged as a writer.  So I am scared to death hoping that my new position will do just that!

Since it’s been such ridiculous weather here, we decided to tackle an indoors house project while we wait for spring to arrive.

About 4 years ago I was watching Sarah’s House on HGTV and they were rehabbing…well…Sarah’s House. Designer Sarah Richardson did this to the staircase in the kitchen and I instantly fell in love.


I remember pausing the TiVo (does anyone still use that?) and taking a picture with my camera. I showed Husband and said from my 800 square foot guest house, “Someday when we own a home, I want to do this.” Ever since, we (and some recruited family members) have been collecting old house numbers at antique stores and flea markets. This weekend, the project finally came to life.

Goodbye old boring white staircase.

stairs before

Hello fun, new colorful staircase!

painted stairs with numbers

Since the stairs are the first thing you see when you walk into our house, it’s the perfect pop of color and funk our entry needed.  I couldn’t be happier with it!! Husband did most of the work (I painted the Tiffany blue lines then threw a fit when the tape took off some paint and was banished to Consistency Supervisor) and he did a great job! It has easily risen to the top of my favorite things about my home.

painted stairs with numbers

Well friends, since I didn’t get my morning run in due to Snowlapalooza (that one’s mine), I’m off to burn some calories shoveling.  Wish me luck!


Are you a DIY kinda person? What’s your latest project?

What is your favorite part of your home?

Do you shovel or have a snow blower?  Husband has a blower, but I prefer the ol’ fashioned way. 

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10 thoughts on “Snowlapalooza + Painted Stairs

  1. That is SO cute! I’ve found it is virtually impossible to complete decorating projects with a 2 year old but I keep plugging away at little things.

    • Thank you – so sweet! I love how they turned out! As for the #’s, we live in a 1939 tudor, and have quirky antiques all over the house. The stairs are another fun way to mix the old with the new! 😉

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