2020 Finalist: Best Before and After

2020 Finalist: Best Before and After
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Sarah and Alex Wheat found their dream home in Wilmore more than a year ago. At the time, the bungalow was in disrepair, but the couple spent a year bringing out its 1930s charm and adding their own flair. This is our winner for best before and after.

Who: Sarah and Alex Wheat

The home: 2,100 square feet, 3 beds, 2.5 baths

Style in 3 words: “Thrifted-minimalist, nerdy, zen”

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Biggest splurge: “The front door, handcrafted by Shed Brand Studios, was our biggest splurge. We needed something that would fit with the historic character of the neighborhood while making a statement of its own with simple, timeless design.”

Why they love the home: “In an era of McMansions and sprawling suburbs, the house has a modest footprint at just over 2,000 square feet, yet every inch is planned out thoughtfully to accommodate a modern family of five.

“There are times, almost a year later and most likely over a glass of wine, where my husband and I look at each other and say, ‘Were we totally insane when we bought this place? Although I was too scared to walk upstairs (and our youngest cried on the front porch) the first time we viewed it, our home ‘spoke’ to me; I knew it was the one.” – Sarah Wheat, homeowner

Before:

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After:

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The front porch caught the owner’s eye, even when the home was in disrepair. Now it has ceiling fans and fun swings.

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The living room features a built-in entertainment center with reading nooks flanking either side.

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With dark walls, stylized book shelves, and modern furniture, the library/office space feels cozy and mature.

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The kitchen has minimal upper cabinetry, green lower cabinets, gorgeous countertops, and a boxy range hood.

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Whimsical wallpaper is used throughout the home, including this chic powder room.

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Contributors: Carolina Wallcovering (@carolinawallcovering); Lilac Realty; Shed Brand Studios; Artisan Cabinetry; and California Closets.

See all 2020 Home of the Year finalists.

Photos courtesy of/by Kelsey Kline Photo + Design

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