First and foremost…HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone!!! I have so many things to be thankful for this year, and now that life has started to slow down (a little), I’ve been able to sit back and reflect on everything my family and I have been blessed with. Thank you to all of YOU who have supported and cheered me on during this unexpected journey! I hope you all are able to spend the day with family and loved ones, enjoying some chocolate pie, homemade rolls, and quality time together. It really is the best time of year!

Assuming some of you are sitting on your couch in a turkey coma, I figured I’d post a few more details on the entry way and living room of our latest Bargain Mansion, CHARLOTTE! 

For those of you who missed the episode, this house was an absolute disaster. It was actually already demoed by another contractor when we bought it.  The person who owned it before us started the renovation process, but they abandoned it because it was just a structural nightmare.  Personally, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it,  but you know big old houses with a MILLION things wrong are my thing! 

My main goal for this 1890 craftsman was to bring back the open and spacious feel that it once had. When we walked through the house, we learned that it had been used as 3 separate apartments, so there were a ton of walls, doors, and other features that chopped up the entire home. I couldn’t wait for my crew to open it up and make it feel like a true home again.

Another priority was to save as many historic elements as I could. This house was SO hard because it really was just a shell!! Finding ways to incorporate the home’s history into my design was definitely a big challenge, so we had to get creative! Let’s get started!

Beautiful, huh? Ha! As messy as this looks, I was so in love with this amazing staircase, banister and bench and fortunately, we were able to keep them! As you can see, there were a handful of spindles missing and a few mix matched replicas. I brought in one of the original spindles into Woodcraft of Kansas City, and was able to spin exact replicas of the original spindles myself! My goal was to transform these stairs into a focal point for the front foyer, creating a charming first stop for everyone who walks in the door.

Artwork: Leopold | Pillows: Pottery Barn | Floors: Ripp n Finish 

Jake Dog Statues: Barbara Cosgrove | Ceiling Light fixture: Wilson Lighting | Floral Arrangement: Branches & Twigs

Now, we’ll head into the light-filled (but still so cozy!) living space right off of the grand foyer! We had a TIME with this room, let me tell you. The main issue for this space was the door and bay that were practically falling off the house! We tore off the entire existing bay, poured all new foundation, and replaced ALL the rotten wood. It was a process, but we knew furniture placement would be way easier without a door in the middle of the room. It ended up turning out beautiful.

Pillows: Pottery Barn | Light Fixture: Wilson Lighting | Table accessories: Growing Days Collection found at Restoration Emporium | Windows: Nepaul

I am absolutely in love with these windows! They bring so much natural light into the room.

Artwork: Leopold | White Spikey Pots: Growing Days Inventory found at Restoration Emporium | Side table: Arteriors Home | Gold Lanterns: Pottery Barn 

There used to be a wall with a fireplace separating this room into two, but we decided to remove the wall and make it one large open, homey space for relaxing.

Artwork: Leopold | Lamps: Barbara Cosgrove 

Blue and White pot: Growing Days Collection available at Restoration Emporium 

Artwork: Leopold | Floral Arrangement: Branches and Twigs

Ahh, we are so in love with this home and hope you enjoyed last night’s episode of Bargain Mansions!! In a few days, I will have a post featuring the amazing kitchen and dining space, so stay tuned! 

I would love to hear what you all think! Leave some comments! If you have any questions about any of the decor pieces, materials, or finishes in the rooms – let me hear those too! HAPPY THANKSGIVING, everyone! Thank you for reading!