Traditional Meets Modern, An Award-Winning Home Renovation – Week 3

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Last updated on December 10, 2022

This is week 3 of the Traditional Meets Modern Home Renovation Series. Just in case you missed it, here’s Week 1 and Week 2. We’re going to share the amazing transformation of the foyer and dining room in this home renovation, this week.


As we had mentioned before the floorplan in the home renovation remained essentially the same with a few modifications. The first modification was made in the foyer. The design team decided to remove a wall between the staircase to the lower level and the foyer. The wall closed off the entry and blocked light from flowing between the front and the back of the house. An engineer was brought in to verify the ability to remove the wall as well as replace/remove the round columns.

Foyer Before

The design plan was to match the existing railing of the staircase going upstairs. The new rails and balustrade were custom created in order to perfectly match the original. The traditional round columns were removed and the one supporting the upstairs was replaced with a squared column. Removing the wall created a beautiful uninterrupted view from the foyer to the expansive great room.

Foyer After

The homeowners decided to keep the beautiful marble floor in the entryway. It was buffed and resealed. The doors leading to the study off of the foyer were also replaced. The new doors have the traditional feel with warm mahogany wood but bring in a modern element with the glass panels. Fresh paint on the walls, stairs, ceiling and, beams, as well as new carpet on the stairs, modernized the entire space and the stunning chandelier is the perfect finishing touch.

Foyer After

Dining Room

The original dining room was very traditional with a chair rail, trim moulding, heavy window treatments and a glass chandelier. While the traditional touches were classic the homeowners wanted to modernize and create a bit of drama in the room.

Dining Room Before

Gayle Jagoda and Debby Schloegel had the trim on the walls removed as well as the door leading to the hallway.  Debby helped select an awesome navy grasscloth wallpaper which added interesting dimension along with color to the walls. The room’s showstopper became the wall facing the foyer. Andy and his team installed unique trim detail on the wall and Debby had the wall painted red. The overall effect adds depth and drama. If you look closely you’ll notice the chandelier in the room is the original. It really pops with the red wall as it’s backdrop. The new dining room is a true meld of modern and traditional.

Dining Room After

Check back next week as we take a look at the dramatic transformation in the living room.

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Gayle Jagoda

Gayle joined the Schloegel Design Remodel team in 2000 and has been involved in the residential remodeling industry since 1992. She delights in working through the entire remodeling process with her clients—initial ideas and dreams, project development and production. Her zeal for her work continues to grow with each new project and client relationship.

Debby Schloegel

In addition to her degree from the University of Kansas, Debby has an Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design from JCCC and is an Allied Member of A.S.I.D. Colors, textures and fabrics have always intrigued her and she looks forward to helping complete your total design with her innate sense of style.