Fascinating Finds As Mitchell and Kelly tore out walls and pulled up old flooring at the start of the remodeling project, they found several interesting items left behind either purposefully or accidentally by the home’s former occupants. Above an arched doorway was a stack of books that appeared to be a time capsule of sorts. Other items included old papers and manuals, and old children’s toys buried in the yard. “It’s fun to see the history of the house and the families that lived here,” Kelly said. “I don’t think it had that many owners.” But one item in particular holds special meaning to the couple. Inside the wall near the staircase, Mitchell found a promotional coin from a former Iowa City business called Lubin’s Drug Store. “I didn’t think anything of it at the time and put it in my pocket,” Mitchell said. Later, he showed the coin to Kelly’s parents who suggested it would be interesting to find out where in Iowa City the store was located. Lubin’s Drug Company was located at 118 E. Washington St. in the 1950s and ’60s. “What’s at that address now is Bo James Bar, and that’s where Kelly and I met for the first time,” Mitchell said. One side of the coin reads: “Keep me and never go broke.” “It’s a good luck charm,” Kelly said. - Tricia Brown Modern Touches Knowing they wanted to stay true to the modern farmhouse aesthetic, Kelly said their overall vision for the space came from the home design website, Houzz.com. The black KitchenAid appliances were one of the first purchases they made early in the project. They selected deep gray quartz for the countertops and a white ceramic farmhouse sink. The custom-made cabinets are painted light gray and feature black hardware. The gray and white marble backsplash ties together the whole room. “It really was the finishing touch,” Mitchell said of the backsplash. “Before the backsplash was installed, it felt like something was missing. When it was in place, we knew we were finally done.” Kelly said the original plan was to hang shelves instead of overhead cabinets, but they have since changed their minds. “We’re rethinking that right now,” she said. “We like the backsplash so much we don’t want to cover it up.” > The Mannings opened up their kitchen space to the living room area by knocking down a wall and installing the same flooring throughout the rooms.
Flooring Connects Rooms Ironically, the flooring was the most difficult decision for the couple, who both work at Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor in Iowa City, a local business owned by Kelly’s family. “Having so much time to pick out something and having so many options made it challenging for us,” she said. Ultimately, they landed on a light-colored vinyl plank with gray undertones that had just arrived at the store. “This is a brand-new style that came in right as we needed to make a decision and we really like it. We like that it’s a little bit rustic to keep the farmhouse feel,” Mitchell said. The floor will stand up to the wear and tear of two dogs and is waterproof. However, what makes it such a striking feature is that it is installed diagonally throughout the main living space. “Part of it is it’s a neat design aspect,” Kelly said. “But we did it also because this is an old farmhouse and a lot of the walls aren’t quite straight. The floor helps hide that.” While they are still getting used to their new kitchen and putting things in their proper places, the Mannings say they are thrilled with the finished product. “I can’t think of anything we would have done differently,” Kelly said. | The dining area provides a quaint space to enjoy a meal. Brighten up a beautiful New Year with the best warranty out there. Call now for your free consultation at home! Latour Cellular Shades Panel Track Roller Shades 25% OFF Selected Signature Series Window Coverings 319-393-4626 www.BudgetBlinds.com Blinds • Shutters • Shades Drapes • Home Automation Sheer Window Shadings Roman Shades *Applies to selected window treatments and Enlightened Style products from Budget Blinds. Restrictions may apply, ask for details. Minimum purchase required. Valid for a limited time, not valid with any other offers, discounts, or coupons. Offer good at initial time of estimate only. At participating franchises only. ©2018 Budget Blinds, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Budget Blinds is a trademark of Budget Blinds, LLC and a Home Franchise Concepts Brand. Each franchise independently owned and operated. LURE SPRING 2018 15