Modern Features, Traditional Home | Blending New with Old

LAST UPDATED: May 11, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Apr 26, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner
how to mix old and new

The style of your home decor does not have to be dictated by the style or age of your home and my visit to the Kansas City Symphony Designers’ Showhouse last weekend was a beautiful reminder of that. 

KC Symphony Designers' Shophouse | blending new with old

I returned to our old stomping grounds Friday to visit with friends and take a sneak peek of the KC Symphony Designers’ Showhouse to share with you and it did not disappoint!

From the moment I walked in I was in awe of the talent and beauty that filled this year’s 108-year-old home {um, mansion}. It looks stately resting on a hill overlooking a park nestled with blooming trees and lilac topiaries. I was anticipating traditional decor…

traditional doors with modern fixtures | blending new with old

I stepped into the kitchen through the back entrance with original wood doors and windows with wavy glass and to my surprise it was filled with modern fixtures and cabinetry that felt beautiful curated! 

build in coffee maker | modern conveniences in old home
build in coffee maker | modern conveniences in old home

Midwest Design Remodel worked with the homeowner to create the kitchen of their dreams with an oversized island and modern conveniences like a GROHE Semi-Pro kitchen faucet with SpeedClean technology that makes cleanup a breeze along with a built in coffee maker. 

pro faucet | modern finishes in an old home
how to mix old and new

The kitchen also boasted a prep sink with a GROHE Minta pull-down faucet and a chef’s range for the recent graduate of culinary school.

traditional finishes in a modern kitchen

I love how the designer added thoughtful details like this pretty door stop {I’m seeking sources now} relocated from a third level closet that was no longer needed. Mixing traditional and modern elements makes the kitchen feel fresh and interesting.

chilled and sparkling water faucet

The butler’s pantry not only has a wine dispenser, but a GROHE Blue Chilled & Sparkling Faucet – perfect for mixing cocktails, don’t you think? What a dream! 

modern butler's pantry in a 108 year old traditional mansion

I have several friends with 100 + year homes that at times are conflicted with how they should decorate and I always remind them that it’s okay to blend new with old. If it’s something you love, chances are it will work in your home. 

modern kitchen in a traditional home

The designer also hid an existing door and radiator by giving it a modern finish.

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KC Symphony Designers' Shophouse

Ready for the before? The original kitchen only had ONE drawer!

KC Symphony Designers' Shophouse

I look forward to sharing more of the Kansas City Symphony Designer’s Showhouse with you tomorrow! Wait until you see the master bedroom! Do you love perusing other’s homes for inspiration?


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