Happppy Friday evening everyone! I hope you all are cozied up on the couch in your pajamas with a cup of hot cocoa (or a glass of wine…)! For those of you who missed this week’s episode of Bargain Mansions, tonight we will do a little recap of the first floor of the charming English Tudor!
This week’s house had amazing bones to build on! We felt so lucky to have snagged this house. It is located in one of the most desirables area of Kansas City and was in WAY better shape than most of the homes I typically take on. Like a lot of older homes, this house was huge but the floor plan was so choppy, you didn’t even notice how spacious it really is. My main objective for this home was to make some adjustments to the floor plan to create more space in the rooms that today’s families spend the most time in!
We’ll start with the entryway!
One of the first things I noticed about this house was the darling, vintage door! What a perfect way to walk into this beautiful home! The hardware was all in great shape, so all it needed was a fresh coat of paint.
I loved all of the charm that was already a part of this entryway… the arched doorways, the original vent covers, the beautiful banister. All it took were a few simple updates to make it feel like the warm, inviting first stop we envisioned.
Our crew applied a subtle, light gray wallpaper and refinished the hard wood floors with a lighter stain to help make the space feel brighter and more spacious. Then, they applied fresh coats of white paint to the trim and installed a statement light fixture for added character. These changes made all the difference in creating a visually pleasing first stop in the home!
The kitchen in this house was practically non-existent. It was so tiny, I couldn’t believe it! BUT, right off the kitchen was a huge formal dining room (see below), so we decided to knock out the dividing wall and open it all up into one large amazing kitchen space.
(Where the hard wood flooring stops is where the dividing wall once stood!)
By taking out the dividing wall, we practically tripled the size of the kitchen. Now, we have a modern, well-lit space that is perfect for cooking and entertaining for family and friends!
We went with a variety of gray and white finishes to create a clean, modern look that would contrast beautifully with the warm tones of the birch wood! If you look closely, you’ll notice the dovetail pattern of the stone and the wood on the island. I have actually never done this before, but I was totally in love with the result and this definitely won’t be the last time you see in my kitchens! I’m so curious to hear what you all think of it! I think it is so unique!
I’m so glad we decided to widen the window on the back wall. It brought in SO much more natural light and made all the difference in this space.
Right off the kitchen was a small bedroom with a full bath and closet. I️t was actually referred to as a maid room at one point! For today’s family, having a bedroom here really didn’t make a ton of sense since most people don’t hire live-in help anymore. In my opinion, space right off the kitchen is pure GOLD and it needed to be put to good use. SO, we decided to put in a hallway and divide this room into two separate spaces… a walk in pantry with barn doors and a small laundry space with stackable washer and dryer!
Artwork: Audrey Benskin
Can we talk about this DUTCH DOOR?! To say I’m obsessed with dutch doors is an understatement and I was SO excited to see that this door was in such great shape! It was definitely here to stay! This little space right off the kitchen served as nice transition from the patio into the kitchen. To make the most use of the space, we added an adorable little luxurious doggy area!
Okkkkayyyy, how cute is this!??! Fun fact about this wallpaper… ALL of the proceeds from this wallpaper go towards helping homeless animals and shelters! All the more reason to buy it! I absolutely adore this little corner.
Moving on to the living room! The only thing we were able to save from this space was the trim. Even the fireplace had to go… and you all know I️ love vintage fireplaces. I️t may not look bad in this picture, but in person, I️t looked plastic. Plus, I had my own agenda for this fireplace..
Our main objectives for the living room were to make the space feel brighter and more open. To achieve this goal, our crew removed the windows from the back wall and installed French doors that will open onto the beautiful back patio and refinished the floors with a lighter stain. Then, they knocked out the dividing wall between the living room and sunroom and created two enlarged doorways to create a seamless flow into the new office space.
I wanted the fireplace to be a stunning focal point for the room, so we decided to go ALL OUT and create a fireplace surround with this massive slab of porcelain tile. We loved I️t because I️t looked exactly like stone, but much thinner and lighter. We were so happy with the end result.
The amount of natural light in this room is SO much better than before. Replacing the windows with french doors made all the difference.
Like I️ mentioned previously, the small room off the living room was being utilized as a sunroom. While I do appreciate a good sunroom, I️ didn’t love where this was located in the house. I️t didn’t really make much sense! To make the most use of the space, we decided to concert I️t into a swanky little in-home office!
Wallpaper: Seabrook | Walnut Desk Top: Elmwood Reclaimed Timber | Base Cabinets: McCartney | Pendant lights: Curry & Co. | Bar Cart: Four Hands | Fig Tree: Suburban Home and Garden | Green Lamps: Kate Spade | Bar Cart & Desk Accessories: Growing Days Inventory found at Restoration Emporium
To make this room really come to life, I wanted to create an eye-catching statement piece. We used some old wood from another house with the help of Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, we created an amazing walnut desk top. It turned out even more beautiful than I imagined it.
I hope you all love this house as much as I do! Compared to some of my other homes, this house was a total dream to work on! Let me know what you all think in the comments! I absolutely love getting feedback from you all.
Stay tuned for our next blog post featuring the upper level of this house! We’ll have it up in a few days. Thanks for reading!