Our next guest is one of our long-time friends, Mandi Johnson. Mandi is here to share her amazing living area with us! "Last winter, I was ecstatic to find out that I was pregnant! But I was a little less excited about the thought of having a baby and living in a third-floor-walkup. So my husband, Phil, and I thought, hey, why not look for a house to buy? We looked at a whopping 3 houses before we found this small 1950s ranch that was just what we needed and even priced lower than our original budget. I loved the brickwork throughout, the two fireplaces (there's one in the dining room too!), and efficient floor plan. But probably my favorite feature is the large living room. We love to entertain friends and family, so we were lucky to find a small ranch with a large space we could fill up with our furniture and friends." "I've collected a lot of fun art and furniture through the years of thrifting and antiquing, but my most treasured possession in our living room is the blue stool that has magazines stacked on it right now. When I was a youngster, I spent lots of time at my Grandma Graber's house, and whenever she cooked for me, I sat on my favorite blue stool at her kitchen's bar. When she hosted large gatherings of family and friends and put a leaf in the dining room table to fit everyone around it, I still sat at the bar on that blue stool next to my cousins. I thought it was so much fun, since we didn't have a bar in our kitchen at home. My mom told me years later that it freaked her out when I always sat on that stool—apparently I would tip it about and wasn't too careful as a little one. Now, probably thanks to me, it needs tightening up, but I just use it as a plant stand or end table. It's something that I treasure and will never get rid of.