I went all the way out to Gardner, KS to find our Episode 2 house – that’s about as far south as you can go and still be within the KC metro! It was well worth it, though. I hope you enjoyed this home’s transformation as much as I did!
Front Door Paint Color: Daffodil (Sherwin Williams)
The first time I saw this Victorian, I almost couldn’t actually! The trees were so overgrown they were blocking the view. But underneath all that was a stunning old Victorian home built in 1910 with the quintessential wrap around porch you’d expect from a home like this. And then the price! I knew I wanted to do this project. It certainly had several challenges that Dad and I weren’t expecting but I think it turned out just lovely. I love the final exterior look we achieved with the fresh white trim popping off the navy (one of my favorite colors!) and then that sweet yellow front door saying “Welcome, come on in!”
This staircase was quite the challenge. It was not to code, there was no railing and it’s location made the foyer very closed off, which is never what one wants in their home’s first impression. Moving the entire staircase meant that we could create a defined entryway/foyer area and a coat closet. Another thing moving the staircase meant was that we were able to create a wall for plumbing and add a beautiful and extremely functional half-bath on the main floor.
Design-wise, one of the fun things we did with this entryway was with the front door. You saw outside we went with a fun and bright yellow but on the inside, we chose a soft blue. I felt like outside I wanted it to say: “Welcome, come on in!” and on the inside I wanted it to say: “Stay awhile!” and that’s exactly what these colors accomplished. We were able to add the console for storage and the accent chairs created a lovely place to take off your shoes. Overall, the new and improved open footprint of the cozy entryway transitions you towards the wonderful little banquet that I just love.
With this banquet, I kept picturing sitting here with my kids playing board games everyday. It’s such a charming little space with all the natural sunlight coming in through the surrounding windows and the archway. Who wouldn’t enjoy some time here? We added a little character by using an old door for the faces of the bench, plus we added a crazy amount of storage by doing a hinge top on the bench and utilizing the space inside.
Art: Glenna Adkins
The biggest transformation on this first floor was simply removing the walls and opening the space right up, but still defining each individual space. In the living room, with this being a beautiful victorian, I didn’t want to go super modern with the furnishings so I chose this tufted sofa and more classic lines on the coffee tables and side table but with contemporary finishes. I carried that balance of traditional and contemporary in the artwork by combining the two portraits and the gorgeous Glenna Adkins piece you see over the couch. throughout the main floor, we carry through blue as the main color, which you find in the soft, textured living room rug, the wallpaper in the powder room, all the way to inside color of the front door.
Wall tile: Daltile® Marble Baroque Mosaic in Carrara White | Floor tile: Daltile® Marble 6″ Hexagon Mosaic in Carrara White | Art: Vintage piece | Wallpaper: Thibaut
I thought it was so important to add a powder room to the main floor and with the structural changes to the staircase, we were able to add one right off the living room. Since the door to this powder room would be open most of the time, I figured why not make it a gorgeous space that felt like an extension of the living room? So we took this intricate and delicate marble tile floor to ceiling behind the vanity, complimenting the fun blue wallpaper and added beautiful pendant lights.
Open Floor Plan
We took out a lot of walls to create openness on the mail floor and that made a huge different in the feel of this space. We also could have taken out the partial wall between the living and dining room but I wanted to make sure each space was defined. This wall gave us the perfect spot to put a desk or accent console, or to hang a television for the living room. On the other side it gave us a perfect place for the build-ins in the dining room you can see peeking out.
Wallpaper: Thibaut | Drapery Fabric: Thibaut
The dining room is one of my favorite spaces in this house because when you open the front door, immediately your eye is drawn through the house to this beautiful space. We added the gorgeous board and batten trim work that carries around the partial wall. Trim work like this always warms a space and makes it feel more regal, which paired with the wallpaper and incredible light fixture makes this dining room a very elegant but functional space.
Backsplash tile: Daltile® Marble Random Linear Mosaic in First Snow Elegance | Countertop: Daltile® Natural Stone Slab – Quartzite in Crystalize | Cabinet Uppers: Pearl River (Benjamin Moore) | Cabinet Lowers: Pewter (Benjamin Moore)
Backsplash tile: Daltile® Marble Random Linear Mosaic in First Snow Elegance | Countertop: Daltile® Natural Stone Slab – Quartzite in Crystalize | Cabinet Lowers: Pewter (Benjamin Moore)
This may not be the biggest kitchen I’ve ever designed but with the footprint and the budget I had to work with, I think we did a great job. We maximized the space by adding cabinets to the top of the current cabinets, and created a very functional buffet area with a built-in microwave, open shelving and plenty of power and lights to get additional countertop space since the kitchen can’t accommodate an island. Design-wise, we refaced the doors and painted the cabinetry. We chose the light gray lowers with the white upper cabinets because the darker lower cabinet makes the space feel even bigger and grounded in the room. Doing all white would have felt a little too harsh in the space in my opinion. New beautiful hardware and the gorgeous textured marble stone backsplash was everything to give a great linear look to the space by adding texture and drawing your eye through the space.
Wall Color: Clary Sage (Sherwin Williams) | Drapery Fabric: Thibaut | Art: Hayley Mitchell
Let’s talk about this fun guest room! That beautiful bay window just seemed like the perfect spot to put the bed. At one point we talked about doing a built in bed but it was so oversized that finding a mattress to fit would have been impossible. Instead, making it an open space that is easy to slide a daybed into makes it the perfect spot for guest to wake up to. Altogether with the soft green wall color and finishings created a very invited guest room.
The before of this bathroom might have been the most massive hall bathroom I’ve seen! We were able to divide the space and create a laundry room on one side and a timeless bathroom on the other. We used a beautiful blue textured subway tile for the shower, and here we also tiled the entire face not just the inside walls which results in a really elevated look for very little extra cost. The fun black and white pattern of the floor tile makes the blue pop and the soft gray wall color pulls everything together. The side of the shower could have just been hanging hooks but we added the fun built-ins on the side to create that additional storage space.
Laundry Room (not pictured)
Floor Tile: Daltile® Diplomacy™ 24 x 24 in Dark | Floor Accent Tile: Daltile® Marble 1 x 1 Mosaic in First Snow Elegance (Honed) | Countertop: Daltile® Natural Stone Slab – Marble in Fantasy Brown
Art: Catie Radney
The master bedroom was a decent size but with the changes we made, this became a fantastic master suite. Initially, this was just another bedroom. It did have a bathroom-ish but it had a weird balcony that made for a choppy flow and definitely not something I would call a master suite. We changed the placement of the door, put in walls (those are helpful, right?!), refinished the floors, hung a gorgeous chandelier and styled it to be cozy and beautiful. But you’re really blown away when you walk through the bedroom and see the bathroom transformation.
Bathroom Floor Main Tile: Daltile® Marble 12 x 12 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Bathroom Floor Accent Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 15 Picket Fence in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Vanity Backsplash Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 6 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Vanity Backsplash Trim Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 15 Picket Fence in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Vanity Countertop: Daltile® Natural Stone Slab – Quartzite in Crystalize | Vanity Hardware: Addison Weeks
The bathroom is as big as the bedroom, and it has just about everything you could possibly need in a bathroom space. It feels nothing short of luxury. The huge walk-in open concept shower has a rain head, a handheld sprayer and a soaker tub. This is one of those spaces that feels like you stepped into a 5-star hotel.
Vanity Backsplash Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 6 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Vanity Backsplash Trim Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 15 Picket Fence in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Vanity Countertop: Daltile® Natural Stone Slab – Quartzite in Crystalize | Vanity Hardware: Addison Weeks
This master vanity with marble tiling everywhere you look is just superb. We took the marble floor to ceiling, wall to wall, countertops and created these built-in cubbies to store your everyday needs. Then to top it off, by tiling the mirrors into the wall feels entirely custom and seamless. Of course you can’t miss the gorgeous Addison Weeks dogwood pulls that elevate this white vanity, giving it that touch of personality. The three flush mount style chandelier light fixtures add a pop of glam and finish this space.
Master Bathroom View 2
Art: Christine Cover | Bathroom Floor Main Tile: Daltile® Marble 12 x 12 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Bathroom Floor Accent Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 15 Picket Fence in Stormy Mist (Honed)
The pattern that we did on the floors for the whole space was a gorgeous marble in a picket shape around 12×12 and we splurged and made the entire floor heated! That is a feature I personally love since I’m always freezing!
Shower Wall Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 6 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Shower Wall Accent Tile (Large): Daltile® Marble 12 x 24 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Shower Wall Accent Tile (Small): Daltile® Marble 12 x 12 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Shower Wall Trim: Daltile® Marble ¾ x 12 Pencil Rail in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Shower Floor Tile: Daltile® Marble 12 x 12 in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Shower Floor Accent Tile: Daltile® Marble 3 x 15 Picket Fence in Stormy Mist (Honed) | Shower Floor Tile surrounding Drain: Daltile® Marble 1 x 1 Mosaic in First Snow Elegance (Honed)
I know some people are going to think we should have put a door or glass walls around this wet space, but I felt like it would have made this incredible spa-like bathroom feel much smaller than it actually is. Instead, we elevated the shower floor so that any water will drain straight to the beautiful rectangular drain in the center. Inside the shower, we created these wainscoting cubbies out of marble to match the cubbies we created in the vanity area. Lastly, using the tile to create a trim work effect makes this brand new space feel worthy of a Victorian-era home.
Off the master bathroom is the walk-in closet with a blush alligator print wallpaper, luxe chandelier and custom closet system. Truly the height of luxury that is both fabulous and functional!
Third Floor Kids Room
Art: Trip Park
This room was my daughter’s favorite space in the house. We turned this previously completely unused third floor attic space into every little kids’ dream! For the beautiful built in beds, I wanted it to have a little something extra and whimsical so we did the wallpaper on the ceiling. For functionality, I added a light switch and light for each of the two twin beds and USB ports for phone chargers. We still had room to create a play space that we dolled up with a cute curtain and made it cozy, a little messy and fun just like a kid would want it to be. Overall, this room turned into a great use of the space, adding an extra huge bedroom and tons of square footage to the house.
The backyard was a nightmare! We had a very unpleasant surprise when we pulled off the original deck and found a cistern that we had not been notified of. We had to figure out what to do with it, keep it safe and get it on the deed to the home. But in the end it was the right move to take the old deck off and build a brand new deck with a pergola on top, creating a bonus living space that’s as beautiful outside as the house is inside.