About Us


Erica and Jill are Kansas girls through and through. Not so much the Dorothy-red-slipper-type of Kansan girls – although they both will rock ruby stillettoes from time to time. Their initial love of design began at an early age, when a perfect birthday gift was getting to redecorate their small bedrooms growing up.

mr-jillandericaBoth Erica and Jill have spent years fine-tuning their design aesthetic through their life experiences. Although they are both Rock Chalk grads of the University of Kansas, they lived in various parts of the country after graduation – Erica in the east and Jill in the west – before deciding to set roots back in the midwest. They have experienced “high” design and coffee table book décor, although fixating on ways to “DIY” since living on a budget is a reality.

Erica is a mother to Kingston and married to her college sweetheart. Jill is a mother to Liam, Dax and Jonah and is married to her California dreamer. By day, Erica is a Brand Manager, Jill a National Account Executive. Both are utilizing their journalistic backgrounds and passion for design while diligently blogging by night and weekend. The two think they can solve the toughest of design problems over a nice bottle (or two) of red wine and some dark chocolate. While Kansas City is where Erica and Jill love to call home, a good weekend trip or trek to a new desination is what they consider a treat.

Erica is an entertaining extraordinaire and loves to cook. Jill likes to play picasso with her paint brush from time to time and has a knack for textiles. Recreating is one of their shared passions and a good vintage find turned masterpiece is true happiness for both of them.

Together they are mothers in middle America who want to help others achieve high design and inspired living that is practical for family life all on a middle-class income. We’d love for you to join our journey as we search for creative inspiration, DIY solutions, budget-friendly finds, entertaining tid-bits and simple yet delicious meals ideas.

2 Comments on About Us

  1. patty turner
    November 15, 2013 at 8:50 am (4 years ago)

    Could you tell me the manufacture/design name of the rug on Page 111 of the November issue of the 435 magazine? It is a modified flame stitch in turquoise in the bottom photo.

    thanks so much

    • Jill
      December 1, 2013 at 11:54 am (4 years ago)

      I believe this one was from Target – I don’t have the link I’m sorry!


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