Where in the World Are You?

Recently, I was chatting with some (non-blogging) friends about blogging and one of the things I told them is that writing a blog (or anything really) is inherently lonely. I don’t say that in a wah-wah, cue the sad trombones kind of way. I’m fine. Really.

But I have been thinking that I’d love to build some community around the blog and turn it into a little more of a conversation to the degree you’re interested in that. And I thought a great place to start would be to ask you where you’re from.

So, if you’re up for it, leave a comment below and let me know where home is for you. You can just leave a city and state, or you can tell me more if you’re feeling chatty. (And you don’t have to leave your full name, in case you were wondering about that.)

I’ll start. I live in Overland Park, KS, which is in the Kansas City metro. I’ve lived in KC more or less my whole life so it’s definitely home.

How about you? Are you in KC, too, or somewhere else? I’d love to know.

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82 Comments

  1. Pat Godek says:

    I live in Chicago and have lived in Chicago my entire 64 years! I have always lived on the north and northwest side of the city. I have never thought of living anywhere else, but now that I am nearing retirement and my husband is already retired, we’d love to buy a little place in Wisconsin somewhere along Lake Michigan. It would be a weekend and summer place.

    1. I love that plan, Pat! And you know how I feel about Chicago.

  2. Live in Shawnee, Ks. We have probably brushed by each other at some of the best estate sales! Lol

    1. I have no doubt about that, Pat! Isn’t that funny to think about?

  3. Ellen Davis says:

    I’m a long time reader. Born in NJ but living in western NY suburbs for 35 years.

    1. Therese Comer says:

      I enjoy your blog so much, Julie. Alexandria, Virginia.My husband, whom I met here when he came to work on The Hill, grew up in Johnson County, so I’m familiar with many of the places you speak about. It’s a fabulous area.

      1. Oh, Alexandria must be wonderful. Love, love, love DC. Glad to know about the JoCo connection too!

    2. This Kansas girl has been to New Jersey, Ellen. Thank you for being a long-time reader!

  4. I live in West Chester Township which is part of Cincinnati, Ohio. I was born in Cleveland but my husband’s army career took us to El Paso, Texas, Lawton, Oklahoma, Killeen Texas, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Leavenworth, Kansas. When he retired from the army we moved to Columbus, Ohio for him to work for the state. We decided to downsize and move to the Cincinnati area to an over 55 community. So now I’ve lived in all the “C” cities in Ohio.

    1. What is a fun fact, Sharon! All the C cities. Some of our good friends are from Cincinnati. We visited last year and what a pretty city it is.

  5. I live in Edmond OK a city north of OKC. But was born and raised in south KCMO. I also lived in Overland Park and Olathe before moving here in 1978. I love KC and go back at least once a year.

  6. We’re in Southern CA near Pasadena. Like some others around the country, we’re dealing with the heat. However, it’s a dry heat making it a little easier.

    1. We joke about the dry heat thing, Jillian, but it really does make a difference. Stay cool!

  7. I’m in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Born and raised and living just southeast of St. Paul but did a stint in southern Georgia (Valdosta) from ages 13-20 due to my dad’s job relocation. I have been reading along for a very long time starting with your financial advice when your family was much younger. Happy to say we became grandmas around the same time. My oldest daughter’s little boy was born in November of last year. He is the light of my life! <3

    1. We’re grandma twins, Kris! Madeline was born in November too. Congratulations to you! And our son Grant is in Minneapolis as we speak.

  8. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Hey, lets hear from those on the East coast!

    I was born. In Delaware, still here.
    Home is Odessa, Delaware.
    Beautiful state, with lots to offer and low taxes.
    Come visit us.

    1. Love the East Coast, Nan. Would love to visit Delaware!

  9. Hi Julie, I enjoy reading your blog and love your style! I recently moved to Whitefish, Montana as I just retired from teaching for 36 years in San Diego, CA.
    I am looking forward to the change in seasons and exploring Glacier National Park. I also just became a grandma! My daughter had our first little grand baby
    named Macey Joe. We are over the moon in love with her!

    1. Congratulations on the grandbaby and on your exciting move, Colleen! Montana sounds wonderful.

  10. Hi there, I’m from Glasgow, Scotland. We’ve not had much of a summer so far this year, but I’m still trying to make the most of things, even with the unsettled, rainy weather.

    1. Maria! You win! I would love, love, love to visit Scotland. My DNA is something like 30% Scottish and my dad visited a number of times for the history and the golf. I hope you get some good weather soon.

  11. Born and raised in south Kansas City, Missouri, short stint in St. Louis and have lived in Roswell, Ga since 1981. I was just visiting in Lee Summit this spring and KCMO is a great city, ya”ll are spoiled with no traffic! 🙂

    1. Isn’t that the truth, Jenna? KC is kind of a hot city right now and I don’t want people moving here and messing up our traffic situation! lol

  12. I love your blog and your style Julie!
    I’m from Tulsa, OK and we love to visit the KC area!

    1. I’ve been to and through Oklahoma a number of times, Debbie, but never to Tulsa. I need to change that. My daughter’s best friend went to the University of Tulsa so I’ve got a soft spot for it.

  13. My husband and I moved to Overland Park in 1970… and have loved living here ever since. We had opportunities to move, but never considered it. The quality of life here is just so good. I love your blog, and like others, I am guessing we have passed each other somewhere. Thanks for a fun read and great information!

    1. Hi neighbor! The quality of life is SO good, Janice. Such a wonderful place to live.

  14. We have lived in Santa Cruz County, California for 63 years. We have 3 children 3 grandchildren and 2 more on the way. I am recently retired and my passion has always been interior design. Love the different styles from different areas.
    Enjoy your blog and travel ideas 🙂

    1. I looked up where Santa Cruz County is, Cindy, and you live in *such* a beautiful part of the country. One of the prettiest I’ve seen. Congrats on the grandbabies!

  15. Hi everyone
    I have lived in six states. Scottsdale Arizona, for the past 30 years. Btw , every summer I dislike it more. 122 is unfit for humans.

    1. Oh my gosh, it’s really brutal isn’t it Karen? Please stay cool!

  16. Your style is flawless, & I so enjoy your blog. I have lived in Columbia, MO for 31 years. I have a daughter & 3 grandsons in Weston, MO where she owns a shop. I’ve lived in mid-Missouri my entire life & I love our state.

    1. I’ve been through COMO many times going to and from St. Louis, Terry. And Weston is so charming!

  17. I’m Holly – I am currently in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’ve been here for about seven years after spending 12 in Phoenix, Arizona, and yes, it’s a dry heat, but it is still ridiculous. I am originally from Poughkeepsie, New York. Thank you for providing some great content to break up my otherwise, not so fun workday.

    1. Glad you escaped the heat, Holly. Thanks for being a reader!

  18. I was born and lived in Charleston, West Virginia all my life. It’s the capital city of Wild and Wonderful WV, and just an hour away is one of our newest national parks – New River Gorge Park and Preserve.

  19. Home will always be Hawaii. In 2012, we retired and moved from Raleigh, NC, back to California and now live in the City of Chico, located in the Sacramento valley region of Northern California. During our 53-year marriage, we have lived in Thailand, Colorado, Maryland, Florida and North Carolina. As much as I love the Carolinas, it is wonderful to be close to my family in Hawaii and my husband’s family in Washington State. I really enjoy your blog and find it so refreshing!

    Mahalo (thank you)!

    1. Mahalo, Cynthia. Thank YOU! I’m glad you’re closer to family now.

  20. Hi Julie! I am a big fan of your blog and look forward to receiving every post. I wish we were neighbors!!!
    For the past 20 years we have lived in a lovely town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Our 5 children and grandchildren are all within an hours drive and our house functions as home base for our family events.
    Happy Summer to all!!

    1. I wish we were neighbors too, Maureen. 🙂 Having your family close…nothing better. Philly is another place I’d like to visit.

  21. I’ve lived in South San Francisco, California for all of my nearly 69 years. In fact, I’ve only lived in 2 homes my entire life, and they’re a block apart! We have a summer home in a golf and lake community in Lake County, just east of the Napa Valley. Such amazing beauty in Northern California! LOVE your blog!

    1. Cathy, 2 houses? In your whole life? I love your part of the world.

      1. So crazy! I lived at home and went to University of San Francisco for a nursing degree, married a local Italian boy at 21. A workmate in SF said “You are the sea of calm in the storm of change!” My parents were immigrants from Ireland who met and married in SF and 14 siblings came and settled here. I had 4 aunts and their families within a mile! I have 50 relatives within 15 miles, and my 2 kids and 4 grandkids are here. We’ve traveled extensively and still love the Bay Area!

  22. Missouri girl here – we are in Independence, a suburb of Kansas City and hometown of President Harry Truman. I’m a retired teacher, with three adult children and three busy grandsons! I “found” you several years ago, probably around when your son was finishing college? I’ve loved your delightful mix of home and culture ever since.

    1. Lori, I love your Independence pride! Tom and I have been talking about how we need to visit the Truman Library. We haven’t been in years.

  23. I live in Madison, Wisconsin. Came here to go to UW, and never left. It’s been fun reading where some of your readers are from. Enjoy your day! 😉

    1. Love it, Donna. I’ve been to Madison! Great city.

  24. Hi Julie! I live in Western PA, halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie. (Go Steelers!) We have an almost ten-month-old granddaughter in the Pittsburgh suburbs within easy driving distance, and a five-year-old grandson in Tulsa, OK. Our son transferred to Tulsa in 2013 and we’ve visited several times a year since then, admittedly more often since our grandson was born! Tulsa is a beautiful city with great restaurants, parks, and museums. We also enjoy our monthly trips to Pittsburgh, another wonderful city with many fun amenities as well.

    1. Hi Barb! I love your description of Tulsa. I’m glad you’re enjoying your grandkids and your travels.

  25. Home is so many places to me. 🙂 I grew up in Bismarck, ND, but don’t really consider that home anymore. For the last 27 years, I have been living in Hong Kong, and so while it’s home in many, many homes, upon retirement, my husband and I plan on summering in Minnesota, which is the home we’re looking forward to. As for winters? Well, guess we’ll need to find a home in warmer climes! 😉

    1. Jennifer! Hong Kong? Amazing. I have a friend who lived in Hong Kong for a few years and I loved hearing about it. Thanks so much for commenting.

  26. Patti Sanchez says:

    Greetings from Colorado! I live in Ft. Collins.

  27. We live in Oklahoma City and recently downsized and are loving our condo. We were previously in a beautiful historic neighborhood but the maintenance and upkeep became too much. We also have a home in Austin because our only grandchild (the apple of our eye!!!), daughter and son in law live in Austin so decided to simplify.
    I love to visit Kansas City…shopping, restaurants, fun! Mary Carol Garrity is a dear friend and decorated my previous home. I am looking forward to seeing her new shop. She is so talented and a delight!
    As I have said before, I love your blog and look forward to trying some of your recommendations!

    1. Dianne, you have the perfect setup! And Mary Carol is such a gem. So talented, and equally as lovely the few times I’ve met her. How wonderful to have her as a friend. I’m so happy she’s back doing retail in a way that suits her.

  28. We live north of Springfield Mo, close to Fellows Lake. I am familiar with most of the places you talk about, Love the Lake of the Ozarks!

    1. Hi Karen! I’m not familiar with Fellows Lake…off to look it up!

  29. Eileen P. says:

    Greetings from Sunny North Florida– Tallahassee capitol city but only 35 miles from the Georgia state line. Established when south Florida was only swamp land. Hot! here. Triple digit heat index for weeks. We’ll cool down around Halloween. Love traditional homes and your’s is lovely.

    1. Eileen, love the history and geography lessons you just gave us! Please stay cool!

  30. I live in Gladstone, MO (suburb of KC). And I also have a son, Grant.

    1. Aww…love those Grants. I lived in Gladstone for a hot minute when I was a little girl, Robin.

  31. Hi Julie! It’s so fun to see where all of your readers live! I live in Basehor, KS, a western suburb of KC and I’ve been so fortunate to have Julie as a close friend for almost 40 years! We’ve always lived near each other, raised our kids together, were in an investment club and now in a book club together. Julie, thanks for sharing your creativity with the world and helping me be a better person!!❤️.

    1. Lynda, this made me misty-eyed. Thank you so much for your sweet words. Our friendship is a blessing to me.

  32. Beth Ryan says:

    Hi JULIE. I’m from Eastwood Kentucky, a beautiful area (horse farm country) right outside of Louisville. Our small community —Gardiner Park was designed and built by a well known ( in Louisville anyway) Landscape Architect who owned the property. It was originally his nursery and tree farm. He modeled Gardiner Park after the Cotswolds in England. All homes are unique and are of Norman and English country design. There are numerous gardens, gorgeous landscaping and trees, and large swaths of communal property and three beautiful lakes with walking paths. You would love it. We do‼️ And I love you blogs and posts
    Beth

    1. Beth, you make me want to jump in the car right now. I love the description of your community. I have a dear, dear friend in Lexington and her daughter lives in Louisville. I can’t wait to ask her about Eastwood and Gardiner Park. Thanks so much for sharing.

  33. Jane Tuttle says:

    Have lived in Lawrence, KS since 1979 except for 3 years when we lived in Bowling Green, KY. I enjoy your blog and often think “she’s really got a good eye for styles.”

    1. Yay! Lawrence is on the board. You know how I feel about that town, Jane. Glad to see your name here. 🙂

  34. Julie am I your only Long Island, NY reader? How can that be? I was born in the famous Bronx and like many people in the 60s and 70s moved to Long Island as a young child. I went to law school in upstate Albany and have many upstate friends. I’ve been to OP and KC as my company has had offices there. I love your area! I love your design aesthetic and following your family and travel updates! Tom is adorable!

    1. Susan, I have never been to Long Island but am fascinated with the place. I hope to make it there someday and not just for the Hamptons.

  35. Hi Julie, saw today’s post (7/12/24) and thought “Ooops…I forgot to tell her where I’m from”…. ha!

    I’m in my 60s and live in Jefferson City, MO. Originally from St. Louis. Usually come to KC a few times a year for the Chiefs and Nell Hill’s!

  36. Paula Nicholson says:

    Hello Julie! I live in Park Hills, MO which is about 60 miles south of St. Louis. I have lived here all my life. I love my state! I also enjoy your blog because I love the KC area so much! I have commented several times on IG that I always enjoy visiting the Nell Hill Shop that you are so lucky to have near. I am mostly impressed with her fabrics as sewing my own pillows, etc. is a hobby of mine. Please continue your blogging because there are a lot of us who find great enjoyment reading it weekly!

  37. Hi Julie, commenting late here on your reader question… I live in Johns Creek, Georgia. Just north of Atlanta. And though I browsed quickly, I believe I’m the only Ga reader who answered! I love your blog, your decorating style, and the links to great purchases that you love and share. Not sure how I found you, but I am a faithful reader. And wish we could have lunch and chat!
    Thanks you sharing your life with us all.
    Carol

    1. What a nice comment, Carol. Thanks for adding GA to the comments. I love your state.

  38. Hi Julie! I’m Marsha. I live in Vicksburg, MS (20 yrs), in the community of Eagle Lake), and grew up in the towns of Hammond and Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Come visit, either place is a good treat! Always enjoy reading your Friday blog!

    1. Would love to visit MS and LA, Marsha. I’ve never been to either!

  39. Allison Oberg says:

    Hi Julie! I’m Allison and live in Bountiful Utah – a suburb just north of Salt Lake City. Life is good here and though we are considered high desert, we get four definite seasons – though my favorite, Fall, never lasts long enough. I love your blog and your traditional take on decor (and lifestyle) is so addictive to me :).

    Your design ideas help with my challenge of living in a small home and making every space count. I try to live by the mantra “live in a small home and drink fine wine”.

    Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful blog!