The Bufton family has a clean, traditional style, and the home they purchased matched up with that perfectly — other than the fact that I don’t think it had seen a single update since it was built. It was already beautiful and had a lot of curb appeal, but on the inside this home was dated and the floor plan was awkward. It focused on formal spaces the family didn’t need, and closed the kitchen off from the rest of the house.
Objective: Design a space close to the playroom where Kristen and Brett can relax and hang out together.
Rather than classic built-ins, I opted to use the antique doors I found at an antiques fair to warm up the space and tie in the character Kristen loves.
We added transom windows in this space to add balance to the exterior to let more natural light flood in.
The Buftons’ new family room right off the kitchen is in the perfect central location for them to gather together. This room is one that only required cosmetic updates.
We painted the fireplace to freshen up the dated look, and added a mantel to match the one in the kitchen.
Objective: Open the space up to the rest of the home and make room for a kid’s eat-in area, a small desk area and a large island.
Rather than using a traditional style vent hood, I opted for this mantel to warm up the soft neutrals and bring a rustic touch to this traditional kitchen.
The kitchen was opened up to the rest of the home to give the first floor a more cohesive and open feel. We took over the original dining room to make more space for the new kitchen.
Elements like these antique feeders make this house feel like home, and bring a unique story to the room.
I decided on this warm gray colored subway tile with white grout throughout the space. We took it all the way up to the ceiling to break up the classic white upper and lower cabinets.
Kristen had one two-year-old daughter and a baby on the way, so this eat-in space by the window is the perfect area for her little ones to enjoy breakfast, do arts and crafts or hang out with mom while she’s in the kitchen.
Kristen works from home at times, so this small office nook off the kitchen is a perfect spot for her to work.
Objective: Set aside an area where the Buftons can gather around the table together to share meals.
The new dining room was originally the breakfast nook space. The new kitchen’s large eat-in bar and kid’s eating space made the breakfast nook no longer necessary.
The antique mantel made this space feel cozy and comfortable, while the rustic traditional round chandelier added interest.
The dining room right off the kitchen gave Kristen and Brett a perfect sized area for their growing family to share dinners together.
Objective: Create a space on the first floor where Kristen and Brett’s little girls can create and play.
The Buftons’ playroom was a must for this growing family. I loved that it was a comfortable space for their kids to spread out and play on the first floor of their home, so they're never too far from mom and dad.
The custom herringbone light fixtures on the side of the entertainment center made this room playful and added a unique element.
We'd definitely never done a fan just like this one before! But a play space for two little girls seemed like the perfect room to give it a try, and we think it turned out great.
Q. What was the overall process like as a client?
A. It was seamless. We basically just had a design meeting, discussed our family’s style and Joanna took care of the rest!
Q. Was there anything about the reveal that surprised you?
A. The kitchen. We knew we wanted it opened to the rest of the house, and we knew it would look waaaay different, but we could’ve never envisioned such a beautiful multi-use space. It’s our favorite part of the home.
Q. Did you get the rest of the house renovated, or just what was shown on the show?
A. We actually got the rest of the house finished out, too. Magnolia did cosmetic updates like paint, trim and flooring in the rest of the rooms and bathrooms.
Kristen, Brett and their beautiful family were easy to design a space for. I love their style and I think this will be a space they can continue to grow into for years to come. A good neighborhood, great schools and a house that finally feels like home. Thanks, Bufton family!