This dramatic remodel transformed a 1954 split level in Kansas City into a modern, livable home. Designers Jan Kyle and Doug Wells gutted the interior, raised the ceilings to 11 feet from the original eight, and reconfigured the floor plan to create a space with improved flow for living and entertaining. The design duo applied moldings to the walls and painted the rooms a soft, serene taupe. Customized built-in shelving adds storage and visual interest in the hearth room.
A mix of vintage and new pieces throughout the home created a signature look of collected-over-time understated elegance. Warm wood floors and chocolate velvet drapery give the rooms a masculine, sophisticated look. Multiple seating areas, created with a mix of sofas and club chairs, create an inviting space for conversation.
Outside the master bath, which overlooks the garden, Kyle and Wells planted layered rows of trees to create privacy. A Murano chandelier Wells brought from Italy is centered over the dressing table, which is topped by the same Calcutta Gold marble used throughout the home. The overall effect is serene and inviting, just like the home itself.
Kyle Wells Design has a portfolio of diverse projects, which reflects the style and versatility of founders Jan Kyle and Doug Wells. The duo describes the aesthetic as “modern, but with classical references,” a description which applies to the bright, airy Florida condo project shown here as well as the more masculine feel of the Mission Hills home on page 12. For more on Kyle Wells Design, visit www.kylewellsdesign.com.