Posts Categorized: Before And After

November 20, 2017

Bright, Yet Warm: A Hallbrook Kitchen Makeover

It started with a microwave. A simple little poorly-situated microwave. I still remember when this Hallbrook client called, keys barely in her hand to the home they’d closed on just days before. Their new kitchen was…fine. So often, the kitchens we get calls about are “fine.” But not great. Not stunning. Not “I love it so much I wish I could sleep on the island.” So sometimes it starts with a microwave under the counter and a client who just hates having a microwave under the counter. And then, come to think of it, she’s not real thrilled with the built in desk or hutch either. And really, she could do without the glass fronted display pantry. The colors…meh. The shape of [...]

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May 30, 2017

Jim’s Home Remodel: 14 Years Young

Maybe it’s a millennial thing, but I’m such a mover at heart. I could move into a new home every two years. And for the last ten years, we basically have. Moving doesn’t faze me. I love doing it. It energizes me. It energizes my husband, too. I hardly understand people who dread moving. A new space; a change of scene; what’s not to love?! But then there’s my mom. Her parents remained in the same house where she was born until they died. Some 60+ years in the same home! People, c’mon – that’s nuts! Well my parents have picked up on that same gene, though not quite to the same extreme, and I have only ever known two “childhood” homes. The first was in [...]

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May 12, 2017

With A View of the Park

So we are FINALLY getting our act together and rounding up pictures of some of the projects we were apart of in 2016. Today I wanted to share a house we worked on for the better part of last year. These empty nesters who had just relocated back to Kansas City found us through their designer Beth Phillips. Working from Beth’s plan, we tackled everything from the kitchen to the master bathroom and a lot in between. Situated on an incredible lot, this house faces Loose Park and is chock full of gorgeous views. So let’s start there….with the view of and from the front door. The old entry felt squeezed by an awkwardly placed coat closet, so the designer had us [...]

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August 10, 2016

Built Ins Built For a Modern Family

This Old Sagamore house has so many neat corners. We’ve already shown you pictures of the remodels in the mudroom/laundry room/office/pantry AND the kitchen AND the dining room, living room & master bedroom. Last up, the transformation of this once ho-hum family room. I love this room. Something about it just feels like the essence of an American family to me. It’s comfortable, colorful but calming, suited for kids and parents alike, traditional but still feels fresh and young…I could go on! The bookshelf units themselves were custom built by our local cabinet maker, and the mantle and trimwork was done in-house by our carpenter Pete Collins. Below is the inspiration photograph off of Pinterest that our client shared with Pete. Pete [...]

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June 22, 2016

Cherry Creek Screened-In Porch

Let’s pretend it’s not 100 degrees outside and that you actually want to get out of the house. Well if you were some of our recent clients out in Leawood, you’d be in real fine shape! Prior to this past Spring, the family’s breakfast room walked out onto this standard-fare raised deck. But not anymore! Without affecting the main footprint of the home (we even kept the existing sliding glass door, window and garage entry!), we enlisted architect Pat Dolan to design a 3-season porch to replace the old wood deck. Check it out now! Pretty unbelievable, huh?! With 6 inch wide wood tile floors, shiplap walls and tongue & groove ceilings bathed in white paint, the new space feels as [...]

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June 13, 2016

Old Sagamore Kitchen Remodel: Take 2

Back in 1994, we were hired by a homeowner in Mission Hills to remodel their Old Sagamore kitchen. Then, 21 years later in a fun twist of fate, we were called back by the new homeowners for round two! Here was Scovell Wolfe’s first remodel of the kitchen in all its 90’s glory: And here it is now! Pretty phenomenal, huh? From dark and heavy, to bright and airy. At first glance, the general layout of the kitchen remained the same, but take a closer look – hardly anything is the same! From the shape of the island dramatically changing, to swapping the location of the range and refrigerator, and ever so slightly adjusting the passage location from the kitchen to the mudroom (to name [...]

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May 9, 2016

Maid’s Room Turned Mudroom

Last year, we teamed up with Natalie O’Shaugnessy of O’Home Interiors to produce one of my favorite projects to date. This Old Sagamore home just screams family to me. It’s got that high-low mix of approachable antiques alongside new, transitional pieces and fresh, yet still mature textiles. It’s just a total home-run in my book! But there was so much loveliness in the house it would be silly to cram it all into one post. So, let’s take it room by room! Today I want to share with you the maids-room-turned-mudroom. Here it is back in early 2015. Pretty plain jane. Just a small little room off the kitchen, with a door to the garage. (If you recall, this was actually [...]

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April 18, 2016

Tudor Revival: The Master Suite Reveal

Ok, it’s time. It’s the long-awaited master suite reveal! And when I say long, I mean it’s been since January 14, 2015 that I first began writing about this stately Brookside Tudor. What? Yes, really that long. Like I mentioned in the last post, if I’ve learned anything about this process it’s that while Scovell Wolfe knocks out 90% of the transformation, the last 10% (draperies, furnishings, artwork) is a slow, personal and sometimes luck-driven final push. How many antique store visits before you finally stumble upon the perfect antique Oushak for your hallway? Nobody knows. How many paintings will you see before you lock in on the one that you’re certain you can gaze at for decades and never tire of? [...]

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April 11, 2016

Tudor Revival Part 5

Remember way back to early 2015 when I tracked the progress of this incredible Brookside Tudor? Yeah, me neither. It feels like a lifetime ago! It was my first go at following a Scovell Wolfe remodel real-time on the blog. I was plugging along pretty consistently (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4) But it turns out that the final, furnished “After” pictures takes quite a bit of time to develop! Like,…a year! I wanted the after pictures to really live up to the beauty of the home and the project, and I felt like unfurnished photographs wouldn’t do it justice! So we waited for curtains to be made and curtains to be hung. For a nursery to be [...]

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March 3, 2016

Loose Park Refresh

Earlier this week I shared some before and afters of this Loose Park home’s kitchen. Today I’m back with some more photographs of the main floor. I really can’t express to you how much my heart cries out for joy when I see grasscloth. It’s inexplicable, really. But it makes me weak in the knees. So I was pretty much walking on my knees all day as we photographed this house. Because, hello, there is grasscloth in ALL four of the rooms we shot. Be still, my heart. I told the homeowner that as I plan my own personal home remodel right now, I’ve been torn, unable to decide which room to hang grasscloth in. But after shooting her house I [...]

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