Welcome to Midtown Modern KC. We are so glad you are here. We're Annie and Mikael Nelson, the authors, photographers, and DIY'ers. Beyond the blog, Annie is a social studies teacher at an all-girls Catholic high school, while Mikael is a software engineer at a local tech firm.

2015 was a busy year for us as Annie completed her first year of teaching, we got married here in Kansas City in June, honeymooned in Playa Del Carmen, Mikael got a new job, and we bought our new (old) house! We moved into our home in December 2015 and already have many plans for renovations.

What You'll See

Here we'll be detailing our ideas and inspiration, progress of renovations, DIY home projects, and just how we are blending our modern eclectic style with a 1902 house. We also will share other adventures in our lives beyond the house, including travel, fashion, and all things Kansas City. Between the two of us, Mikael is definitely the handyman who will be guiding many of the renovation projects. He's always enjoyed working with his hands, especially since it is not something he does at his job. Mikael also just has a knack for researching and understanding all things dealing with home improvements. So expect him to be the one who's skim-coating walls, laying floors, and hanging cabinets.

On the other hand, Annie (while terrible with a hammer) loves all things revolving around planning and design. It stems from her love of colors and patterns, which fuels her adoration of fashion and decor. You'll see Annie choosing the bulk of the furniture pieces, artwork, paint colors, and room layouts.

Beyond the Blog

We have two cats, Bear and Willard, who are our kids for the moment. Bear is a 5 year old Siamese with a sassy attitude, but he follows Annie around constantly. Willard is a 7 year old orange Tabby whose nickname is "Dumb-Dumb." He's a loveable, sweet cat, but definitely not the brightest. You'll definitely see the two wandering throughout pictures here on the blog!

When we have down time, we love watching HGTV's Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, PBS's This Old House, CBS's The Good Wife, ABC's Modern Family, and Fox's Masterchef. We love trying out new restaurants and attending some of the biggest cultural events in Kansas City.


We'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about what we're up to! Comment or shoot us an email at midtownmodernkc@gmail.com.

Thank you for joining us on this adventure!

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