Chosen not only for its Compton Heights location, which boasts beautiful homes in addition to larger lots, the house had a pool in the back yard and the natural light was beautiful! “We loved the exterior style with the stone and Mediterranean clay roof,” Ron explains. “The bones were incredible, but the layout needed to be changed to accommodate our family.” With most of the original character and charm already removed, the couple felt comfortable making some minor tweaks to the floor plan with the help of contractor Ned Jakupovic of Euro Construction. Upstairs, part of the laundry room became the master bath, and the master bedroom was sectioned off to create two closets and the master bath. On the main level, the original dining room was converted to the kitchen and the old kitchen became the new family room. Ron and Jessie say the kitchen’s unexpected design is 100 percent Jenny. It was her vision to create cabinetry from vintage cabinets. Mixed with beautiful custom wood cabinetry sourced through Henry Plumbing Supply and created by Amish cabinetmaker J&M Custom Cabinets, the vintage cabinets create a storage area next to the refrigerator and
built-in cabinetry along one wall. Another unique Jenny B creation, the seating island is crafted from several separate wood pieces Jenny found at Reagen’s shop at the Old Lemp Brewery to make a cohesive island. “She saw the individual planks in one spot and the two bannisters somewhere else in the store and grabbed them, all telling the craftsman exactly how to put them together for the island,” Ron says. Jessie knew they needed to have two islands in the kitchen. One for seating since they eliminated a formal dining room, and the other is for prep. Jenny incorporated Jessie’s favorite color, a soft mint green, into the prep-island base for a fun pop of color. Above the island is a custom-created light fixture. One day Jenny showed up with a bag of vintage silverware and coffee mugs and just started assembling. The result is a quirky nod to Rise, the coffee house the Muellers co-own. Just off the kitchen is a walk-through bar with a custom-created wood top by RL Johnson & Sons. It was important to Ron and Jessie to have as much of the living space they use on a daily basis on one floo . So it makes perfect design sense that the kitchen opens to the STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM
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