AMHERST —With a rolling green pasture stretching to the horizon over the white, front-yard fence, there’s a lot of thinking and relaxing that’s bound to happen on the front porch of the Bronwyn and Cody Gillespie house southwest of Amherst. The porch is a good perch for Bronwyn as the Gillespies’ children, Emmeline, 3, and Brooks, 1½, play as a gentle southerly breeze creates grassy waves across the pasture. It’s not always been so relaxing at the Gillespie place. When Bronwyn and Cody took over the well-built and well-maintained home from his grandparents, Bud and Beulah Gilles- pie, the young couple set out to update the house and make it their own. It was a task they launched four years ago and that’s commanded a lot of their energy and attention. As they talk about their remodeled home, the Gillespies recall all the help they received from family members and friends. At times there was heavy lifting involved. At other times, the Gillespies tapped the experience and expertise of others as they attacked work that required muscles and finesse. Sometimes the remodeling was just dirty and tedious. Removing the popcorn texture on the living room ceiling wasn’t much fun, Bronwyn said. She said she dreamed up various decorating ideas that written by Mike Konz photos by Erika Pritchard Kearney Hub Weekend July 20-21, 2019 A place in the country THE GILLESPIES ENJOY their front porch, especially the prairie breeze and the vistas. BRONWYN AND CODY have two children, Emmeline, 3, and Brooks, 1½. WITH TWO CHILDREN, it’s great to include a hallway organizer to keep things orderly. BRONWYN SAID her home has good bones. Built in the 1970s, the place features an open concept layout that links the kitchen, dining room and living room. Gillespies’ home near Amherst a great place to relax, ranch TANDEM BASINS add a modern look in the master bath. THERE’S ALWAYS a surprise decorating touch in the Gillespie home. Continues on page 4C TOP PHOTO: The living room opens to the dining room and kitchen for a modern open concept great room.