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  Interior Project
Project Name
  A Gathering Place
Project Address
  12301 Alhambra Street
Leawood, Kansas 66209
United States
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Project vision or goals

In starting this project we were tasked with taking what had been a home for raising a family, and transitioning it into a home for entertaining. With kids grown and weddings and other big family events on the horizon, it was a good time for an update. The client was also looking to give their home a more modern feel while not ignoring the more traditional elements of its Tudor facade.

The scope included the entire first floor:
-Dining room
-Powder bath
-Great room
-Kitchen and eat in area
-Laundry room
-Primary suite

For the dining room and entry, they desired a stunning first impression, as well as a powder room that would be fun and unexpected. As you move into the great room, they wanted to reface the fireplace wall for a more updated focal point and to accommodate a television. The kitchen needed a more open floor plan for entertaining along with a brighter aesthetic. The laundry room also needed updating and additional storage was requested.

As you move to the more private wing of the home you pass by the office/den. They really wanted this space to be a cozy retreat. The perfect space to get some work done but to also sit and watch the game while enjoying a nightcap. Once past the office you’re off to the primary suite! A retreat from the rest of the home that felt quiet and relaxing was a must. The bathroom needed to be reworked and larger/better fitted closets were needed.

Project challenges
  We were blessed with clients that were both trusting and had a budget that could accommodate our vision. This eliminated many challenges that we often encounter. What was a challenge was the original footprint of some of the spaces.

The biggest challenge was getting the kitchen footprint nailed down. With some awkward structural framing to work around we had to get creative. They wanted us to accommodate a wet bar area, as well as create a dry bar in the great room. In the great room we had to find the perfect blend of comfortable seating that also felt polished. The dining room was the most fun challenge! The client’s family was from China and they had furniture which had been in the family for generations. It was important that we incorporated not only the furniture, but also their heritage, into the design.

Within the private primary quarters our challenge was to take what was a choppy bathroom footprint and give it better flow and a much more relaxing feel.
Project solutions
  We started by modifying the layout of the spaces.

For the kitchen we shifted the dining room door to accommodate additional cabinetry, widened the opening to the great room and removed a partition wall that separated the wet bar from the rest of the kitchen. A center island for the sink/dishwasher and seating for 5 was placed. This achieved better flow and kept guests out of the work zone.

New french doors for the great room, that can remain open for entertaining, and a new slim fireplace, made a remarkable difference. Arched niches were designed to the right and left of the fireplace to mimic the arched windows above the doors. The original beams remained.

For the primary bathroom the oversized shower and water closet were slimmed down. This allowed for the addition of a soaking tub under the window. We carved out two larger closets leaving room for separate his and hers vanities as well as a makeup vanity for her.


The entry received a bright paint color and stunning new light. Your eyes are then quickly drawn to the dining room and the product of our collaboration with a local artist to bring in a custom wall finish in a kintsugi inspired design. She also gave the ceiling a silver reflective finish to allow for light to shimmer through the room. Lighting was sourced that would also function as art.

For the powder bath we specified a fun wallpaper and painted the ceiling a deep cranberry. A custom vanity was designed.

In the kitchen neutral finishes set the backdrop for a custom brass hood and hand painted limestone tiles with a leaf motif. Antique brass lighting, plumbing fixtures and hardware are the finishing touches. Within the laundry space we continued with many of the same finishes and introduced a blue accent color for the walls.
The great room was kept bright and a natural limestone leaf tile was specified to go around the fireplace as a nod to the kitchen backsplash. We found the perfect bar cabinet to house the drybar and brought in furniture that would perform well and look sharp in the space.

Deep green was chosen for the ceiling and walls for the den. We rotated the desk for the best site lines and brought in two comfortable chairs and an ottoman resulting in the perfect lounge. Additional lighting was added creating the ultimate evening glow.

In the primary suite, new grass cloth wallpaper was chosen as well as new paint, carpet, drapes and furnishings that brought the room together. For the bathroom we chose a painted limestone tile to act as a “rug” in the center of the space. We felt the tile was a perfect choice as it reminded us of Chinese umbrellas. We incorporated a round, green penny tile in the shower, and a backdrop of green tile behind the tub. The remainder of the finishes were kept bright and neutral giving the space a calming effect. Lighting was chosen for the primary suite in a silver tone to compliment the cool green tones and nickel fixtures.
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  Matt Kocourek
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  (913) 484-2814
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  Sub Total $175.00
  Total $175.00

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