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Guest Bath, Residence in Southeast Kansas

A beautiful piece of empty land located in southeast Kansas provides the backdrop for a client’s home.  Clients in Portland, Oregon purchased a family farm in Kansas where they wished to establish a wildlife sanctuary, and a vineyard.  Also, the clients wanted to build a home that would reflect the surrounding community’s style, as well as withstand the numerous windstorms and tornadoes that blow through the area each year.

The clients selected a gambrel roof home–one shaped like a Midwest barn–and then chose a builder familiar with the construction processes needed to build a structure appropriate for the extreme Kansas weather.  After a preliminary discussion with the owners, it was decided that the entire interior of the two-story home would be based on a beautiful western lodge located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

The charming details of the powder bathroom located on the main living floor of the home reflect the owner’s love of antiques and oddities.  A much-used horse collar contains the mirror over the free-standing sink.  The handsome sink unit offers a place for storage as well as a place for washing up.  An iron buffalo head offers up fresh towels to guests, and off-white subway tiles grace every wall as wainscoating.  Specially crafted tiles above the wainscoating carry the theme of ranch living with a running line of ceramic twigs, wheat sheafs, and grasshoppers,  while a tiny frog provides a touch of whimsy amidst all the plain subway tile.

Client Testimonial

Shirley was asked to develop the character of a barn house interior resembling a lodge. Tile for 3 bathrooms and the kitchen were specially fired with designs of pond, buffalo, grasshopper and to match the barn red cupboards in the kitchen that I had always wanted. It was a very difficult project due to its remoteness and worker issues, but Shirley somehow pulled it together to perfection.
– Connie T.