Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Magazine House

A very dear blogging friend of mine, Deserae at Peeking Thru The Sunflowers, has had her lovely home featured in probably a dozen magazines, including the cover of the 2018 premier issue of Classic Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, The Best of Flea Market Style, Country Home, and Meredith Publication's Christmas Ideas magazines. Her blog, has also cataloged the evolution of the house, beautiful version after version of her decor, and the hard work that she and her husband Derek have put into this beautiful and storied home.

It was built as a school house in 1870, built from heavy timber and stone from nearby quarries. It was the first school in the town of Melvern, which sits in the north east corner of the state, not all that far from Kansas City. After the town had grown, and a railroad was laid next to the school, the building was abandoned. Then for a while, it was used by the town as a meeting place, a church, and finally was sold as a private home to a family with 10 children. The building became an inn in 1985, until Deserae and her husband bought the home as a restoration project.

It wasn't their first project house, and the couple set in to make this building that had been used to teach and feed and house and convene, into a private, quiet, and beautiful home. And that's exactly what they did.

A total of 43 photos accompany the listing - but here are a few of my favorite:

French stone house for sale in Kansas

living room white slipcovers and zebra hide rug french antiques and soft gray walls house for sale in melvern kansas

slipcovers with ballerina ties and botanical prints on the wall with deer antlers house for sale in Kansas Melvern Kansas

bedroom with buffalo check headboard house for sale in melvern kansas

dining room seagrass rug and white slipcovered ikea chairs with french bakers rack house for sale in melvern kansas

bedroom with white bedding and old door headboard house for sale in melvern kansas

white kitchen cabinets with granite counter tops and butcher block island house for sale in melvern kansas

kitchen bakers rack with ironstone and wicker french style kitchen design house for sale in melvern kansas

big red barn antique house for sale in melvern kansas

Oh yeah, and there's a large storage barn that was recently built near the house, perfect for storage, work shop, an antique business, retrofitting into an AirBNB, you name it - the possibilities are endless. Plus, who doesn't love a big red barn?

If you're interested in purchasing the home, contact Deserae through her blog, or the listing realtor. More information is also available in the listing here.


  1. What a darling home! And especially love all of her white slipcovers! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is really a lovely living place.I love it.