A Showhouse for a Symphony
A designer’s inherited decorative planter inspired the main kitchen redesign of the 46th-Annual Kansas City Symphony Showhouse. This look helped bring a retro-European look and city sophistication to the 1911 Georgia Colonial Revival home.
“For both the kitchen and the powder room, I wanted to mix the fine lines of contemporary and classic,” said designer Susan Prestia. “Personally, traditional is one of my favorite approaches to design. For this project, I wanted to create the unexpected factor.”
Metallic wallpaper from Brewster Home Fashions and a crisp-lined Grohe faucet, as well as local artwork, create a sensual feel in the powder room.
The Jack-and-Jill bathroom, which connected two bedrooms, had been through several renovations and did not afford much room. The designers compensated creatively by putting the Grohe faucets on the sides of the sinks.
The Carriage House, situated on the property and originally built to house the coach, was converted into a small guesthouse. A modern, yet timeless design was incorporated to best use the limited space.
Custom cabinets in a medium gray color coordinate with glass subway tile in a lighter gray color. A slate-colored, granite composite, undermount farm sink and hand-scraped hardwood floors complete the look.
For a similarly sleek look in the bathroom, designer Kathy Weiss painted the walls with a dark charcoal faux technique and mounted the Grohe faucet directly onto the mirror.
Ceramic tile installed in a vertical offset pattern compliments a square showerhead and a tiled linear floor shower drain.