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At Home With Elizabeth VanDyke in Waldo

VanDyke's Storybook Tudor is located in a a slice of Waldo that's become popular among first-time home buyers.

An antique sign from Architectural Salvage makes a bold statement above the already-dramatic claw foot tub in the upstairs bathroom.

You can't help but feel happy when you step into this bright and neatly organized dressing room.

A spare bedroom upstairs has become VanDyke's office and dressing room. The house has small closets, so she just hangs her purses on the wall.

Instead of getting this Hammerpress poster professionally matted and framed, VanDyke fitted an old mirror frame with Paper Source paper and then put the poster on top.

VanDyke used magnetic chalkboard paint on the doors in the rear entryway to create a catch-all for notes, cards and doodles.

The home's previous owners installed zinc countertops, dramatic flooring, and sleek cabinetry in the kitchen. So VanDyke didn't have to do a thing when she moved in.

Olive walls and rich wood furniture given to VanDyke by a family friend make the dining room feel warm and traditional. The kitchen, with its diagonal tile and double-size refrigerator, is cool and modern.

The art teacher used Elmer's glue to apply pages from an old book in a chevron pattern in the alcove over the fireplace.

VanDyke's favorite part of the house is the screened-in front porch. She made the space cozy by adding a nubby outdoor rug and plush pillows.

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Elizabeth VanDyke grew up in a classic Colonial one block from Ward Parkway. The house had tons of old-school character but required constant renovations.

So when VanDyke, an artist and art teacher, started seriously looking for her first home in Kansas City earlier this year, she knew she wanted something move-in ready.

“I want the character,” she says, “but I don’t want to do all the work.”

After months of searching, VanDyke found a turnkey Storybook Tudor in Waldo that fit her style and her budget.

The 1920s bungalow had original light fixtures and woodwork, plus a dramatically contemporary kitchen and brand-new rooms built into the attic.

All VanDyke had to do was paint the white walls. She chose vibrant colors: pumpkin, turquoise and avocado. Then she accessorized the home with her collection of cigar boxes, vintage cameras and art.

VanDyke loves photographs, paintings, collages, posters and old signs. To her, the beauty is in the mix: There’s a huge photo of Bruce Springsteen in the living room, framed Chinese embroidered silk in the dining room and a letterpress poster in the kitchen.

“People shouldn’t have rules with artwork,” she says. “If you like it, that’s what matters.”

Three months after moving in, VanDyke says she couldn’t be happier with her home and the surrounding neighborhood, a haven for first-time home buyers.

The best part: She spends Saturday afternoons chilling on the cute front porch — not tiling the bathroom or refinishing the floors.


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