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Absolutely beautiful old house renovation in Iowa with inspiring details

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design has completed this gorgeous old house renovation  located in the countryside of Iowa City, a city in Johnson County, Iowa. This small city is home to the famed Iowa Writers Workshop as well as Prairie Lights, which is one of the top independently owned bookstores in the country.

In addition to its deep literary roots, it is also home to iconic American painter Grant Wood. It is a small midwestern city with a quiet beautiful intellectual charm of which was reflected in this remodel, which celebrates the vintage of the house as well as the greater context of the city in which it stands. 

Above: The exterior of this home is painted in Gray Horse 2140-50 | Benjamin Moore. The window casings are painted in November Rain 2142-60 | Benjamin Moore and the window sashes are Deep River 1582 | Benjamin Moore.

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What We Love: This old house renovation features carefully curated interiors that are comfortable and homey, in addition to being absolutely beautiful. We are loving how simple yet elegant this house is, with warm and inviting details at every turn. The designer did a fabulous job of bringing this home back to life, creating a timeless appeal for family living and entertaining.

Tell Us: What details in this old house renovation project did you find most inspiring and why in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other incredible home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Iowa: Revived lake house retreat in Iowa showcases playful pops of color and Warm and inviting rural farmhouse commands endless skies in Iowa.

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Above: Kitchen paint details: Cabinets: Coastal Fog 976 in satin; Trim: Coastal Fog 976 in satin; Walls: White Wisp OC-54 in matte; Beams: White Wisp OC-54 in satin

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Above: A peek into the mudroom shows a peg rail with hanging chairs. Shaker style at its finest.

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Above: Between the kitchen and the dining room, is this functional butler’s pantry. The designer filled a vase with wildflowers picked from the side of the road. Paint details: Trim: Chelsea Gray HC-168 in satin; Walls: Chelsea Gray HC-168 in matte; Ceiling: White Wisp 2137-70 in flat — all Benjamin Moore.

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Above: Dining Room paint details: Trim: November Rain 2142-60; Ceiling: November Rain 2142-60 — all Benjamin Moore. The photograph on the wall is by photographer Julie Blackmon.

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Above: The light fixture in the living room is the Hayden 2 Globe Chandelier by Lucent Lightshop. Paint color details: Walls: November Rain 2142-60 in matte; Trim: November Rain 2142-60 in satin; Ceiling: White Wisp 2137-70 in flat — all Benjamin Moore.

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Above: Library paint details: Trim: Chelsea Gray HC-168 | Benjamin Moore in satin; Ceiling: November Rain 2142-60 | Benjamin Moore in flat.

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Above: In this gorgeous home library, the painting on the wall is by Ralph M Hudson, whose daughter Genie Hudson Patrick was a long-time professor of drawing at the University of Iowa. The inspiration for the design of this library takes its cue from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the oldest and best creative writing program in the country. This library is home to the collection of books authored by graduates of the Workshop. It is also a fabulous spot to read them!

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Above: Coat Room paint details: Walls: Sandy Hook Gray HC-108 in matte; Trim: Sandy Hook Gray HC-108 in satin; Ceiling: White Wisp 2137-70 in flat — all Benjamin Moore.

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Above: The wallpaper in the powder bathroom is William Morris print called Blackthorn.

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Above: Main Bedroom paint details: Trim: Revere Pewter HC-172 in satin; Walls above picture rail/ceiling: November Rain 2142-60 in matte.

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Above: In front of the bedroom window, a danish mid-century modern sofa designed by Borge Mogensen called Tremmesofa. The spoke-back sofa designed in 1945 can be used as a daybed and chaise lounge with its hinged side.

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Above: Main Bathroom paint details: Walls/ceiling: White Wisp OC-54 | Benjamin Moore in matte; Trim: November Rain 2142-60 | Benjamin Moore in satin.

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Above: Girl’s Bedroom paint details: Walls: White Wisp OC-54 in matte; Trim: November Rain 2142-60 in satin; Ceiling: White Wisp OC-54 in flat — all Benjamin Moore.

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Above: Boys’ Bedroom paint details: Walls: White Wisp OC-54 in matte; Trim: Gray Owl 2137-60 in satin; Ceiling: White Wisp OC-54 in flat.

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Above: Kid’s Bathroom paint details: Walls: White Wisp OC-54 in matte; Trim: Moonshine OC-56 in satin; Ceiling: White Wisp OC-54 in flat; Tub: Farrow and Ball Green smoke no. 47 — all Benjamin Moore.

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Above: Guest Bedroom paint details: Trim: Moonshine OC-56 | Benjamin Moore in matte in satin; Walls/ceiling: White Wisp OC-54 | Benjamin Moore in matte.

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Above: Sun Porch paint details: Trim: November Rain 2142-60 | Benjamin Moore in satin; Ceiling: November Rain 2142-60 | Benjamin Moore in flat.

PHOTOGRAPHER Aaron Leitz

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