Hello all and happy Friday or should I say FriYAY! I’m looking forward to next week because my kids FINALLY have winter break and mama gets some much needed time with them 🙂

I grew up on a farm, so this house was such a fun project to say the least. Took me right back to my roots! Although I live in Kansas City now, I’ve always wanted a farmhouse to retreat to for long weekends with my family. This home is located on a secluded pond in Louisburg, KS and let me be the first to tell you, it is an absolute dream home!! 

I feel extremely fortunate to play with a house like this in such a unique setting! This stunning modern farmhouse sits in a special area where only a few homes are surrounding. The home still has the luxury of having the pond, and chicken coop right there, which makes the whole area feel very secluded. Overall, the home had amazing bones to build on and also had an extremely functional, open concept floor plan, but it hadn’t been updated since the 80s, so we were ready to bring new life to it!

We decided to keep the kitchen layout almost the same (other than placement of the dishwasher and opening up the doorway). Fortunately, the appliances were all new, so we didn’t have to update any of those, which saved a TON on my budget!! We took the dishwasher (originally to the right of the sink) and moved it to the island, which made it possible to have a wider kitchen. We also made what was originally a bar height-island and lowered it to make it all countertop height. We decided to remove some of the upper cabinets and add open shelves to allow for a more open and breezy feel. We painted the cabinets a beautiful semi-gloss black finish and wrapped the island in trim to give it a rustic feel. Of course, we couldn’t complete this look without adding new hardware, and a gorgeous sink and faucet! Lastly, we took out the dated tile and added hardwood that ran through the entire rest of the home! All of these updates completley changed the feeling of this kitchen, without breaking the bank 🙂 That’s always a good thing, right?!?

Tile: Daltile White Sand | Fabrication: Rocktops | Tile Install Materials: Laticrete | Hardware: Locks and Pulls | Flowers: Branches and Twigs | Sink: Kohler | Faucet: Kohler | Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams | Cabinet Paint: Sherwin Williams

If you notice in the before photo, the kitchen is closed off from the living area. To fix this problem, we raised up the doorway and window ceiling heights to match the front door, which made the space feel much more open and airy!

My team and I LOVE the exposed brick, but the dated chandelier and wall sconces had to go! Putting in this awesome new light fixture, great furniture and a killer piece of artwork is always the answer!

Lighting: Kichler | Artwork: Blue Gallery | Rug: Ruggable

The original tile on the fireplace looked very out of place and super 80’s. We wanted our renovation to feel like it had always been a part of the house. Ripping the tile up was the most obvious choice! Dad and I both thought that the limestone was so beautiful and since it was already on the outside of the house, what better way to tie the whole place together than adding more of it?!? BUT we did not expect the train-wreck on the inside of this fireplace! Makes me wonder if the altitude of this ceiling was getting to someone when they were putting these cinder blocks in because this looks like an accident waiting to happen!!!

All of the effort to get the cinderblocks out was well worth it because now, it looks like it always should have!

How did Dad and I make it out alive after standing underneath this thing?!?

Before, when you walked in through the front door, the half wall practically accosted you! We took the wall out, added wide open steps, and added this custom railing that continued into the basement. Now, the whole entryway feeling is completely changed. The new entryway is so inviting and looks like it’s always belonged!

Lighting: Kichler | Couch: Moss Studio | Console Table: Scout and Nimble | Leather Chairs: Scout and Nimble | Flowers: Branches and Twigs | Smart Home Technology: Blue Valley Smart | Paint: Sherwin Williams

Black Railing: Strother Fabrication

Originally, the main level of this home did not allow for backyard access. To get to the backyard, you either had to go out the front door and down, or go down the basement stairs and out. It seemed soooo much more functional to add sliding glass doors that looked just like the other windows. By doing this, we were able to bring more light into the space. I love that because of the shape and angles of the glass doors, it doesn’t feel like an addition!

One thing that I love about this house is that it’s a smart home. All of the fireplaces, lighting and sound is all on an ipad that can be controlled from anywhere! How cool is that?!? For little speakers that can disappear into the walls, these put out the most incredible sound throughout the space!

Artwork:Blue Gallery | Rugs: Kaleen

I always love some colorful wallpaper and this felt like the obvious location for it! The cabinet and countertop have such crisp and clean details that this felt like the perfect place for a pop of color!

Wallpaper: Wallquest | Countertops: Daltile Black Soap Stone | Sink & Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler | Wall Scone: Kichler | Mirror: Scout and Nimble

 

Wood Wall: Decopainel

We didn’t change a whole lot in this laundry space because it was already very functional. We added some really awesome tile on the back splash to liven the area up and painted the cabinets!

Countertops: Daltile White Sand | Backsplash: Daltile 3D Mosaic | Sink & Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I absolutely adore the way our Farmhouse turned out. My Dad and I both wish we could retreat to his home for long weekends!

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

-Tamara

 

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