Hitting “Refresh” on a 1920s-Era Bungalow

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Oleander & Palm creator Jeran McConnel was on a mission. It wasn’t uncommon to see her walking the tree-lined streets of Bakersfield, CA, but this time she was hunting down a scarce sight — a rather rare sign. Red and rectangular, she simply had to find a quirky, older home that had one. No luck, and then… presto! Sure enough, her dedication wasn’t for naught. Finally, Jeran had stumbled upon a 1920s bungalow with a “For Sale” sign planted in its front yard. Now she and her husband, Lonnie, could leave behind their above-garage studio and raise their family in a lovely home.

The bones of the place were perfect for the young family. The bungalow’s clawfoot tub, hardwood floors and built-in cabinetry added just the right amount of old-world appeal that Jeran wanted. Not to mention, it was a heck of a lot larger than their place at the time. Paperwork signed, and anxious to start crafting their dream home, the family prepared for the big move.

Since Jeran found the three-bedroom house 13 years ago, improvements have given the 95-year-old space a whole new look. The major changes took place in the owner’s suite and kitchen. These two overhauls kept the family on their toes for a bit – four months, to be exact. When all was said and done, the previous owner’s suite became the family’s bathroom, and a new bedroom addition was constructed. During the renovation, Jeran and Lonnie even had to sleep in the dining room. The kitchen was also totally gutted. New IKEA cabinetry, tile and appliances were brought in so the family could have a fresh start in the space. “It was a huge job,” Jeran says. “It definitely still has a way to go, but I’ve loved this house every year, more and more.”

As with all old, stubborn houses, another round of updates is bound to happen at any moment. For now, however, the McConnel family is more than content — and it’s not hard to see why. They’ve built a bright and modern home in which to make memories, while giving their old house a new look. Click through to see the entire space, and enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Jeran McConnel

  1. Lauren says:

    Jeran, it is soooooo beautiful! Congrats!

  2. Your home is beautiful! I love all the vintage touches and thrift finds!

  3. Jessica says:

    Beautiful space. Very cohesive.


  4. AGNESE says:

    What a lovely home!
    The arch is so amazing and the whole color scheme is just lovely!
    Thanks for sharing. xx

  5. Mary Beth says:

    Love all the character of this old home! The beautiful built ins (including the booth) and the arched doorway, amazing! The chalkboard border around the boys room is a great idea!

  6. Chantel says:

    Very lovely photos.

  7. Julie says:

    “…her dedication wasn’t for naught.”

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      thanks for catching that julie!


  8. I love how all the bedrooms feel really special. I love the master!

  9. Such a stunning home tour! I love all the little details and all the unique pieces collected from travels. And don’t even get me started on those gorgeous built-ins!

  10. Theresa says:

    Do you mind sharing the mid- gray you used in the dining room, and the pale pink in one of the bedroom? Beautiful space!

  11. Monika says:

    Love your home! Where is the rug in your family room from?

    1. Jeran says:

      It’s from Nate Berkus’s line at Target

  12. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful home! I love the front door art glass window–just gorgeous.

  13. Sara says:

    Lovely home! I especially like your soft grey walls and that green tile in the kitchen. :)

  14. Amy says:

    I love it! Such a calming palette :)

  15. Emily says:

    How fun! They’ve definitely made the most of what looks like a really tight space. I love the grey couch with the tufted back, and the big orange tabby ;)

  16. Jessica says:

    This home has so much heart. I love the fun eclectic vibes and the vibrant colors!!

  17. Angela Magnes says:

    Beautiful job you guys have done, I wish I had that talent!

  18. Summer says:

    You’re home is absolutely stunning Jeran! I love it all! So exciting to see you and your family featured! :)

  19. Paige says:

    I was so enjoying going through these photos without realizing until the end that this home is in my hometown of Bakersfield! Bravo McConel family! I love to see families investing in some of the historical homes in “Bako.” What a lovely community to grow up in…

  20. Elizabeth R says:

    House Goals. Amazing home!

  21. Laura Hatch says:

    Your home is gorgeous & I love all of the thoughtful details. Where are the brass twin beds from?

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  23. Rachel says:

    Beautiful and thoughtful design! Wondering where you found your dining room light fixture?

  24. Sandi says:

    Love the girls bedroom! Beautiful wall color and love the rug, art and bedding in here.

  25. Megan says:

    Where is the master headboard from?


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