Classic Design with Tropical Influences, A Whole House Remodel in Leawood – Hearth, Dining, & Utility Room

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Last updated on December 9, 2022

Our clients had recently bought a home in Leawood and they loved the tree-backed lot and potential they saw. In fact, they wanted to update the entire main floor of the home, custom to their needs. They reached out to Schloegel and worked with Megan Bringman. Take a look at the gorgeous kitchen remodel in week 1.

At their first meeting, our clients shared their design aesthetic, something not too trendy and somewhat classic. They hoped for something that mixed Casablanca, oasis, Panama Jack, Bahamian, collected and curated. Wait till you see how those elements were mixed to create a stunning home our homeowners will enjoy for years to come.

Hearth Room

The hearth room is an extension of the kitchen, see the kitchen, and had the same honey oak cabinetry with ornate details. Combined with the dark wall color the room felt closed in and dated.

Rather than remove all the existing cabinets and mantel our clients and Megan elected to update them. Our team removed all the doors on the upper and lower cabinets and the Schloegel Paint Services team painted the cabinets. They installed new shaker style doors on the lower cabinets leaving the upper cabinets open as shelves.

Hearth room

At the fireplace, our team removed the old corbels and installed new, less ornate ones. They also replaced the tile surround with Anatolia silver ash travertine tile.

New cabinetry hardware, a ceiling fan, and wallpaper are the details that pull the room together. The ceiling fan is a nod to the tropical influence our clients were going for, while the creamy white painted cabinets provide the perfect clean backdrop for layering décor.

Finally, new wood floors were laid. In fact, the same floors were laid through nearly the entire floor. They are 4” white oak and stained a dark color again tapping into the tropical vibe.

Dining Room

The dining room underwent a few cosmetic updates including new hardwood floors, fresh paint, and new light fixtures. Painting the upper part of the tray ceiling and adding lighting made the room feel much taller and hence larger. The light painted walls help do that as well. Classic, clean, and inviting are words that come to mind when looking at the updated space, or in other words the perfect place to gather.

Dining Room

Utility Room & Bathroom

Wall to wall buffalo check green wallpaper combined with a square tiled floor gave the utility room a bit of a country vibe which was not the look our clients were going for. They wanted this area to feel like the rest of their home without making a large investment in this room. Perhaps the largest change in the room was a new floor. The homeowners selected Castleton black tiles which we installed in a herringbone pattern. Our Schloegel Paint Services Team painted the cabinets and replaced the hinges on the doors. They also painted the walls and ceiling. A new light fixture, new faucet, cabinetry hardware transforms this room into a clean and crisp room for entering the house and getting laundry done.

Utility Room


Navy, ivy wallpaper, a tiled countertop, and a shiny brass faucet definitely gave away the age of the half bathroom next to the utility room, we’re looking at you 90s. Swapping out the sink for a classic pedestal sink, changing out the wallpaper to a subtle pattern with bronze and glimpses of turquoise, a new mirror and awesome faucet defiantly gave the room a makeover. It feels classic but still pulls in those tropical vibes.


Check back for the rest of this whole house remodel project where you’ll really have the opportunity to see how Megan tied in their hopes for a classic style home with tropical influences.

Thinking about updating your home? Give us a call to speak with a Schloegel expert.