Boring Rancher to Beautiful Bungalow | Season 3 Episode 8

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Ted and Suzanne Lennard have a beautiful family and have a very interesting background. They met and married in Arkansas. After living in Missouri for 30 years and raising four children, they’ve purchased a house to come back to Arkansas. Their new home in Bentonville will bring them nearer to one of their daughters who has relocated to the area.  

The house they chose in downtown Bentonville is the perfect size and in the perfect location for these two who are ready to downsize and be able to walk to everything. But for the house to be completely perfect for their style and needs, it needed some updating. 

Ted and Suzanne love to host people in their home. Over the years, they’ve taken in foreign exchange students and have kept an open door for family and friends to visit. They’ve traveled the world on missions and have a love for international culture. Their children have married spouses from other countries as well. The Lennards wanted their house to reflect their multicultural style and be a welcoming place with space for visitors to gather.

Exterior

BEFORE

The small brick ranch lacked curb appeal and was just too ordinary to reflect the Lennard’s eclectic history. So, we took this small brick ranch and turned it into a Mediterranean bungalow. To give the house more interest and make it a more inviting entrance, we added a shed style roof over the existing porch and created a sitting area. 

We painted the exterior white to give it that traditional Mediterranean look and added a new roof. The roof looks just like a traditional Spanish clay tile, but it’s actually a modernized version of metal roofing tiles that don’t add as much weight to the top of the house.  To give the exterior that Mediterranean feel, we added hand-painted cement tiles to the front stair risers just like you would find in Morocco or Portugal. A friend of mine, Rainy Bray, has a pottery studio nearby. She might look familiar to you; we actually renovated her house in a previous episode! Rainy created these beautiful tiles and that made the front steps instantly became the focal point of the exterior. 

At the top of these gorgeous front steps, we couldn’t just add any door. I found this one at an antique shop. It was actually two doors to begin with which Dave fused together to create one large door. It didn’t exactly fit in the frame, but Dave was able to cut it down to size and repair a section in the middle that was damaged. It gives the house so much character!

AFTER

SOURCES

Handmade Porch Tile | Rainy Bray 

Porch Lights | Troy Lighting 

Flag | Allegiance Flag Supply 

Landscaping | Ground Effects

Exterior Paint Color | BM Simply White

Kitchen

BEFORE

After years of opening their home to foreign exchange students, family and friends the Lennards wanted their kitchen to be a warm inviting place – an area where they could gather around and share meals with loved ones. Instead of an island, they opted for an oversized oak table (8ft long) like the one Dave and I have in our own kitchen. Dave made them this beautiful table to serve as their main gathering spot. 

Ted and Suzanne love to cook. We made sure to give them lots of space for that, plus plenty of lower cabinets, handmade Moroccan tile backsplash and a one-of-a-kind pantry door we resurrected from an old rental property. Dave was able to custom cut the opening in the wall and, as he says: “She fits like a glove.”  

AFTER

SOURCES

Kitchen Sconces | Lucent Lightshop

Backsplash Tile | Bespoke Studio 

Dining Table | Dave Marrs

Dining Chairs | Howse 

Kitchen Cabinets | Premier Wood Concepts

Cabinet Hardware | House of Antique Hardware

Rug | Turkish Trunk 

Kitchen Faucet | Kraus

Hallway Picture Light | Amazon

Kitchen Wall Color | BM Simply White

Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color | F+B Treron No. 292

Living Room

BEFORE

When you enter through the front door, you immediately find yourself in the living room. That’s why we wanted to make sure this room is open and inviting. With the house being small, we wanted to make this space feel roomier and more comfortable for entertaining. The biggest impact came from removing the existing ceiling to reveal the original ceiling above. Dave gathered some natural wood beams from the farm and mounted them across the length of the ceiling to complete the look and add warmth to the room. I love how this gorgeous, vaulted ceiling turned out. 

The Lennards were fortunate to find a house with wood floors that were in good shape. We were able to keep their existing floors after Tom, our flooring expert, refinished them to make them look new.

To bring some Spanish influence inside the house, we created an arch interior door opening that leads to a hallway and guest bedroom. In this hallway, I hung one of my favorite projects – a handmade quilt created especially for their family. The colors represent flags of the countries that are meaningful to the Lennards and serves as a beautiful reminder of the warm, welcoming family they are to everyone near and far. 

AFTER

SOURCES

Living Room Chandelier | Capital Lighting

Furniture | Howse

Sconces | Shades of Light

Hardwood Flooring | Heritage Hardwood Floors 

Quilt | Laurie McCracken

Wall & Trim Color | BM Simply White

Main Suite

BEFORE

To give Ted and Suzanne more space for their bedroom, we took down the wall between two bedrooms and created a large main suite. We were able to give them a walk-in closet, luxurious Spanish-style bathroom and a custom-built reading nook. Suzanne loves to read so Dave spent hours onsite building her a cozy reading corner with a cushioned bench and a shelf for her books. 

For the bathroom floor, I picked out Saltillo tile – a traditional handmade terracotta tile that originates from Mexico.  The blue shower wall infuses Mediterranean character into the bathroom, while the pebble style shower floor brings in a natural feel. 

(Behind the scenes fun fact: the Lennards still have an extra guest bedroom and bathroom. We just ran out of time on the episode to share all of the spaces). 

AFTER

SOURCES

Main Bedroom Ceiling Fan | Kichler 

Art | Juniper Prints 

Main Bath Pendants | HK Living

Main Bath Mirrors | Home Depot 

Bathroom Main Floor Tile | Bespoke Studio

Shower Wall Tile | Bespoke Studio

Shower Floor Tile | CNK Tile 

Sink Faucets | Delta 

Bath Tub Faucet | Delta

Shower Fixture | Delta

Main Bedroom Wall Color | F+B Light Blue No.22

Bathroom Wall Color | BM Simply White

We absolutely love Ted and Suzanne’s beautiful approach to life: their door is always open and their table is always full. They’ve readily opened their home to friends and sojourners from all around the world over the years and our goal with this renovation was to honor their hearts of hospitality and their global connections.

The handmade touches such as locally-crafted tile on the front steps, Moroccan mosaic backsplash above the range, a handmade Mexican tile in the bathroom, Dave’s custom dining table, vintage Turkish rugs, antique wood doors, and a hand-stitched quilt honoring their family’s international ties, all add to the story this home now tells.