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Entrant Name
  Maureen Lindstrom
Company Name
  ML Designs
Phone
  (913) 413-0088
Email
  custsvc.mldesignskc@gmail.com
Instagram Handle
  @mldesignskc
Billing Address
  14221 Metcalf Avenue
Suite 101
Overland Park, Kansas 66223
United States
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Your Projects
 
Category
  Custom Residence
Build Type
  Remodeled or Redesigned
Square Footage of Home
  -6,001 to 10,000 square feet of finished space
Project Name
  Beautifully Blended
Project Address
  1055 West 56th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64113
United States
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Homeowner’s Approval
  I have notified and the homeowner is aware that their home is being submitted and may be published in print and online.
Project vision or goals
 

This wonderful blended family of eight came to us to help them make this home feel like their own. This projects biggest objective was to take a grand Ward Parkway home that was feeling tired and dated and blend Mid-Century Modern (him) and Traditional (her) styles, all while making the space feel fun, fresh and family-centric for three teenage daughters still living at home.

Project challenges
  In its prime, this house was surely a quintessential design showpiece. There were high end finishes in all the rooms and no expense had been spared. We accepted the challenge to bring it up-to-date while still honoring it's traditional and regal style, The two story entry had incredible marble floors but lacked adequate lighting. The office was paneled in orangey wood that made it feel cramped and tired. The kitchen had heavy decorative molding and corbels surrounding the range and an undersized island.
In the master suite there was a crowded closet and bathroom space that needed reworking to maximize potential. The home lacked separate spaces for teenage children to hang out and entertain friends. There was an extra storage area above the garage with tremendous potential but the basement had extremely low ceilings with awkward angles and a pueblo-inspired fireplace.
The homeowners requested a bar on the main level, a gym and a 'jam spot' for the husband's guitar collection. Our overall goal was to create family-friendly spaces that reflected their personalities and interests.
Project solutions
  In addition to completely remodeling the basement and all bathrooms, we updated the lighting, paint, wallcoverings and hardware in this entire home. In the entry we preserved the gorgeous marble flooring and added a huge chandelier to the grand staircase that was previously only lit by a wall sconce. We took the office from orange to outstanding with deep navy blue paint that made the walls recede and adding a hair-on-hide rug and swanky leather chairs. The heavy solid wood doors were kept natural and the solid brass hardware was dipped to bring it back to its full glory. In the kitchen we removed the decorative wood appliques and corbels around the range, replaced the countertops and added a new island top that was larger on each side by several inches. This made the island more functional and allowed for some seating in the workspace. We added a wet bar in the expansive and stuffy formal living room and created a sophisticated adult lounge for entertaining – NO TV! We added wainscoting to the lower half of the room and swathed the upper portion in sexy black grasscloth to make the room more intimate without making it heavy. The custom cabinetry shines with brass inlay and bankers mesh on the doors. Gorgeous soapstone countertops and fireplace surround, locking liquor drawers and a hammered gold sink complete this special space.
In the breakfast room we added glass to the upper cabinets and navy grasscloth wallpaper inside to allow the wife's collections of china and crystal to pop. In the hearth room we incorporated a puzzle/game table and huge sectional for the family to gather and watch shows and movies together. The original art above the fireplace creates a beautiful focal point for the large room.
In the primary suite we reconfigured the closet to maximize storage and organization, added a washer/dryer and custom island. The bath had two water closets… the extra was converted into a floor to ceiling shoe closet – a great way to keep that main closet neat and tidy.
The hangout spaces were created by converting the storage area above the garage into a dance and hang out room for the teen girls – we added mirrored walls and study bays at the far end of this cavernous room to provide fun and functional space.
In the basement we reclaimed some unfinished space to create a home gym, relocated the powder room to make way for a wet bar (cleverly disguising the sump pump inside one of the lower cabinets) and carved out space for the husband's guitar and wine collections. Outstanding details include the custom stair rail with brass ferrules, tiled stair risers, tiled wall in powder room, reeded cabinetry in the bar area. We bricked the inside of the exposed window wells to create an attractive backdrop while allowing the windows to remain uncovered and let natural light into the space. The pueblo-inspired fireplace was demolished and a tile wall was added with a new gas insert that was custom fitted to accomodate a TV above.
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Project Images (professional photography required for ALL project entries)
 
Project Before Photos (required for any remodeled entry)
 
Photographer Name
  Laurie Kilgore
Photography Company
  Laurie Kilgore Photography
Photographer Phone
  (281) 841-5633
Photographer Email
  lkilgore3908@earthlink.net
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  I have confirmed with my photographer and I own the publishing rights to my photography. I grant designKC magazine consent to publish these images online and in print.
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Category
  Interior Project
Project Name
  Tuscan Transformation
Project Address
  13913 Howe Drive
Overland Park
Overland Park, Kansas 66224
United States
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Homeowner’s Approval
  I have notified and the homeowner is aware that their home is being submitted and may be published in print and online.
Project vision or goals
 

We were slightly daunted when the homeowner approached us with this project as this stunning home had been tastefully done by THE Janet Alholm! However, the heavy woodwork, dark Tuscan-inspired interiors and wrought iron lighting had seen their day and this house was ready to be brought up to date and made into a light and bright space for entertaining family and friends.
We brought this home into the present using a neutral palette with pops of blue and green and warm gold and brass accents. The ‘new traditional’ design was a delight for our clients who wanted “functional and pretty style.”

Project challenges
  This uber-traditional home had very heavy and dark moldings, faux finishes galore, textured walls, archways, bulky wrought iron lighting (including pitchfork candelabra sconces on the walls of the dining room!) and tile throughout the entire first floor that was laid on a mud bed.
The entry was not only extra tall but also extra wide, making the lighting choice crucial. The bannister/railings were very ornate in keeping with the Tuscan design but they boasted incredible workmanship and we saw potential for them working in a more streamlined design. The husband loved the chests on either side of the front door and was resistant to changing them to something more current. After some persuading we convinced them to make the change and the new chests and custom-sized artwork finish the space beautifully. The art had to be hung high to allow access to light switches so we used beautiful orchids to bridge the gap from the top of the chest to the bottom of the art.
In the dining room the homeowners wanted to keep their existing dining table but they were open to new chairs. There was a dated but functional built-in buffet with iron scroll insets on the doors and faux paint – and the incredible lighting mentioned above!
The kitchen suffered from a disconnected work flow and obtrusive two-tier island and the adjacent powder room vanity was covered in outdated tile.
Project solutions
  We chose to tackle the biggest challenges right away by skim coating and flattening all the walls and jackhammering out the tile
to make way for gorgeous hardwood flooring on the entire first floor. We removed all the heavy lighting and warmed up the home with brass and satin gold fixtures. Bathing the entire home in warm white paint and incorporating cheerful pops of wallpaper and art brought this home from dark to delightful.
In the entry we collaborated with Visual Comfort and Relative Lighting to create a custom size chandelier appropriate to the space and salvaged the beautiful railing that now stands out in the transformed room.
The dining room buffet got a makeover by removing the iron scroll insets on the cabinet doors and replacing them with mirrors. It was then painted to match the new trim color and big gold Modern Matter hardware pieces make this once-dated piece a focal point. We kept the existing table but incorporated a fresh and modern geometric velvet on the host chairs and solid velvet with nailhead trim on the side chairs infusing the room with texture, rich color and up-to-the-minute energy. A show-stopping crystal and gold chandelier that can be seen coming up to the house is the crown in this jewel. The wife's favorite color is pink so we subtly injected blush in the patterned draperies.
In the kitchen we relocated the refrigerator, cooktop and oven to make a spot for a statement hood. We installed a huge new island that provides ample storage as well as seating for the entire family and disguised the pantry behind faux cabinetry.
In the powder room we removed the tile from the vanity and applied molding, installed custom marble countertops and backsplash and fresh coats of emerald colored paint to transform the sink. Iconic Leopard wallpaper and cheery art makes this room a bright spot behind the kitchen.
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To the trade Showrooms
 
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Project Images (professional photography required for ALL project entries)
 
Project Before Photos (required for any remodeled entry)
 
Photographer Name
  Laurie Kilgore
Photographer Phone
  (281) 841-5633
Photographer Email
  lkilgore3908@earthlink.net
Consent
  I have confirmed with my photographer and I own the publishing rights to my photography. I grant designKC magazine consent to publish these images online and in print.
Order
 
Product Qty Unit Price Price
Entry Cost
1 $175.00 $175.00
  Sub Total $175.00
  Total $175.00

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