It was finally Megan Bringman’s turn in life, and she got everything she always wanted at once.
She got the guy (marrying Doug on a sunny Sarasota, Fla., beach last year), the baby is on its way (whether it’s a boy or girl will be a surprise) and after helping scores of homeowners through updates with her design/remodeling firm, she finally got to do the job for herself. It’s the perfect storm of nesting.
“It’s so exciting for me to finally do this,” Megan says. “I’ve been waiting forever.”
The 1962 Leawood ranch the newlyweds bought in December fit that sometimes mysterious real estate term: “potential.”
“I was looking for something where I could come in and do my thing,” Megan says.
Megan saw opportunities in the floor plan for removing a wall to open the kitchen to the vaulted living room and for reorganizing other spaces, including turning a formal living room into the dining room and closing off the former dining room and making it an office and future laundry room. And a fully functional and beautiful kitchen was top priority.
Secondary to space planning, Megan turned her attention to the décor, an area still in progress. Her style is refined, with a backdrop of black and white and pops of color in art and accessories. She is a savvy estate sale hunter, homing in on high-quality pieces that hide their secondhand origins, from a leather wingback chair to a marble console. “I want certain things to be vintage, and those pieces take time to find,” she says.
Between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, the couple squeezed themselves and everything they own into the bedrooms while work was being completed on other spaces. “We were confined at one point to one bedroom, but the Royals were on a winning streak so we stayed in and ate a lot of Papa John’s or grilled out,” Megan recalls.
The gain has been worth the wait and the pain.
“It turned out exactly how I wanted it,” Megan says. “In this industry I do this for everyone else, so it was interesting for me to be on the other side. Now I can identify with what my clients go through.”
“At Home With,” a feature that takes you inside cool and unusual apartments and homes in the Kansas City area, appears in Ink the first and third weeks of the month. Know someone with a kick-ass pad? Send info and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.