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An Imaginative Family Home with Different Styles in Each Room

by Sofia Tuovinen

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When Kelly and Stephen Bryant got married six years ago, Stephen said he wanted a house where every room would be different. Kelly jokingly laughed it off and thought to herself, “goodness, that would be so ugly!” Little did she know that the couple wasn’t far from finding their dream home, and that Stephen’s wish would become reality.

Kelly, a stay-at-home mother, interior stylist and Instagram vintage shop owner, and Stephen, a manager in private aviation, met in Bangkok, Thailand back in 2010. Stephen was stationed there and Kelly happened to be traveling in the area. Within one year, the couple met, dated and got married — sometimes things just have a wonderful way of working out like that. Soon after, Stephen was transferred from Bangkok and found a suitable position in his hometown of Wichita, KS. Once married, Kelly packed up her life in Dallas, TX and moved in with Stephen.

After a couple years of renting, Kelly and Stephen began looking for a home of their own. They were initially set on a 1920s house in another area of the city, but after realizing the amount of maintenance required, they became open to the idea of a 1960s or 1970s ranch-style home. One day, the couple stumbled across a four-bedroom house just half a mile from their rental. At first, Stephen was not impressed — the empty house was smelly and looked outdated. Kelly, on the other hand, fell in love. She could see past the 20-year-old surfaces and recognized the potential. The beautiful wood floors, functional floor plan, sunroom addition and 8,000 square feet of outdoor space convinced her that this house could be turned into something amazing. Kelly and Stephen could tell that the house had been well kept, and it wasn’t long before the house changed owners.

For the first few months, Kelly and Stephen slept in the living room among all their belongings, while the popcorn ceilings were removed from the other rooms. When the couple found out that they were expecting their first daughter Minnie, they hired Kelly’s uncle to paint all surfaces and speed up the process. Although major fixes — like electrical work, gutting a bathroom and fixing the roof — were priorities when Kelly and Stephen moved in, they have just recently finished with the overall transformation. Many items in the family’s home are unique pieces that Kelly has found at estate sales and thrift stores — scouring vintage items has become a true passion. To share her love of old and unique things, Kelly started a vintage shop on Instagram a few months ago. She now sells a variety of her finds and posts inspiring decor pictures in between. “I love showing how you can decorate on one salary,” she explains.

Kelly and Stephen both have eclectic taste. When Kelly began decorating, she quickly realized that she was influenced by various styles and eras. Before she knew it, each room in the family’s home had a different vibe. The formal living and dining room, painted in a deep and dramatic teal, has an Asian flair. The kitchen, with Kelly’s collection of antique breadboards, is a nod to classic English country kitchens. The sunroom is a sweet and romantic space with floral patterns and needlepoint, while the master bedroom embraces a subtle Hollywood Regency feel. The couple’s daughters, Minnie and MillieBeth, enjoy Indian and Moroccan inspired rooms that spark their imaginations. Although each space is different in style, Kelly has succeeded in making it all flow in a natural and beautiful way. In the end, Stephen’s dream did come true — and Kelly couldn’t be happier about the end result! —Sofia

Photography by Alison Moore Photography

Image above: The entryway is one of Kelly’s favorite spots in her home. “I love this shot because it shows the flow of our house when you walk in the door,” she says. The door color is “Rectory Red” by Farrow and Ball. 

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Kelly loves to collect vintage floral artwork. The entryway showcases her entire collection, including pieces painted by friends and family.

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The formal living and dining room is painted in “Deep Sea Dive” by Sherwin Williams. “[Stephen] was the one who picked out the color for our living/dining room space. I have to say, in my opinion, he has excellent taste,” Kelly says. The end result is dramatic but never too dark, as light always floods in through the south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Kelly and Stephen love to use their formal living and dining area to host baby showers and dinner parties. “We wanted to create a home where we could relax and entertain,” Kelly explains.

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The formal living room includes Asian art, textiles and pieces of furniture. The dark teal walls add a dramatic flair to the space. 

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A stunning original abstract painting by Carol Benson-Cobb hangs above the living room sofa. The symmetrically placed side tables and lamps help create an attractive and timeless space.

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A view from the dining table toward the living area. The dining area electrical was updated to accommodate the Jonathan Adler chandelier that has 42 bulbs. “I love how the chandelier sets the tone for the room,” Kelly adds.

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Kelly in her formal living room.

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The kitchen turned into a light and airy space when Kelly’s uncle painted the brown oak cabinets in Farrow and Ball’s “Slipper Satin.” Although Kelly and Stephen first planned to knock down a wall for an open-plan concept, they now love the flow of the original floor plan. “When entertaining I can hide dishes in my kitchen and serve from my dining room and entertain in the living room and den,” Kelly explains.

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Kelly’s collection of antique breadboards hangs on the kitchen wall and adds a rustic country touch. The table was built by Stephen and his father.

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The family room is where Kelly, Stephen, Minnie and MillieBeth spend most of their time together. “I love the casual and comfortable space it provides for small group gatherings and family life,” Kelly explains.

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Two wingback chairs create a relaxing area by the fireplace.

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The sunroom is located right off the kitchen, and was the natural choice for a play room. Kelly added a large floral rug and hung needlepoint art on all walls.

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Kelly chose a green and pink color palette for the sunroom — the perfect choice for a nostalgic vintage feel.

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The master bedroom features Hollywood Regency style elements with a touch of glamor. Kelly and Stephen both like purple, and chose it as the accent color for the room.

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Kelly designed Minnie’s room to reflect her favorite childhood movie. “I love this room because I grew up watching the movie ‘The Secret Garden’,” she explains. Minnie sleeps in a Jenny Lind bed.

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The symmetry in MillieBeth’s room makes it one of Kelly’s personal favorites. A friend came up with the idea of a Moroccan style canopy. “I love the regal look with [MillieBeth’s] initials. It feels so girly and fun,” Kelly adds.

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The opposite wall of MillieBeth’s bedroom features a collection of baskets.

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The bed and side tables in the guest room were built by Kelly’s father. “I fell in love with this style from Restoration Hardware and my dad said he could build it, since I didn’t have $1,500 to buy the bed. So, we bought $500 worth of Mahogany and he built it — I mostly handed him the tools!” Kelly shares.

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The patio with all its bright colors is the family’s favorite outdoor space. “The flowers and ferns remind me of growing up in southern Texas,” Kelly says.

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“The thing I most love about our home is: the creativity it has allowed me to express.” — Kelly

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