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.