A Taste of Wine Country

A Midtown Tulsa home undergoes a complete renovation to add a California flair.

New windows in the family room provide natural lighting, accenting the seating area and new fireplace. A secondary stair was added to access the new upstairs game, exercise and craft rooms and renovated bedrooms. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.

New windows in the family room provide natural lighting, accenting the seating area and new fireplace. A secondary stair was added to access the new upstairs game, exercise and craft rooms and renovated bedrooms. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.

When the owners of a midtown Tulsa home decided on a full-scale renovation, they sought the advice of Mel Bean and Bailey Austin Bird of the Austin Bean Design Studio.

“We toured their home and over wine they told us of their desire to add on to and completely update the exterior of the home, as well as every space within,” Mel says. “They requested an approachable and comfortable, yet modern aesthetic informed by their travels through California wine country.”

The couple wanted to update the home’s exterior by transforming its exterior with modern lines to give a sleek, cozy, welcoming first impression. Bailey also re-imagined the layout of the interior by adding several rooms and a garage, and renovating interior spaces. Several additions that were not cohesive had been built onto the house, which added to the challenge, Mel says.


Clockwise: the black metal chandelier in the sitting room provides a dramatic touch. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.


The team used art pieces throughout the home to accent the color palette. Photo Alyssa Rosenheck.


The new design utilizes touches of aged wood to create a wine country feel. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.


a pale wood top with a metal strapped base reflecting the steel drum shade of the light fixture and Chairs with nailhead trim suggest the wine country theme. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.


The chairs in the sitting room have a textured surface that complements the country cowhide rug. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.

“You could tell where each addition began,” she says. “There were also several challenging floor levels.”

The new design involves textures and natural materials. Contractor Casey Goodwin concealed all hints of earlier additions and transformed cramped areas into voluminous spaces full of natural light. The approach was shown in the living room, which combines a natural hide rug, linen chairs, custom silk drapes, a cast stone fireplace and other touches of dark metal and aged wood.

“The goal was to remove the word formal from this space while retaining a level of elegance,” Mel says. “The heavily textured linen swivel chairs are the perfect place for conversation over a glass of wine.”

The sitting room has an intimate seating group for four with a large chandelier anchoring this space. A baby grand piano adds a classical note. New large windows, custom trim and refinished wood floors aided the renovation.

The dining room’s focal point is a large round table and a modern retro chandelier. A bar in the dining room is enhanced with custom walnut cabinetry, a slab backsplash and a quartzite countertrop. The bar also serves the kitchen and family room – rooms that were also reworked to be a welcoming retreat for entertaining and cooking with their two children.

“Originally, the kitchen was a small galley with low ceilings, useless columns and a back stairway too narrow to be functional. We reworked the kitchen’s location and size, relocated the secondary stairs and designed a custom railing,” Mel says.


The existing galley kitchen was extended and redesigned with zones allowing for several cooks in the kitchen. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.


In the dining room, a guest’s eyes are naturally drawn to an original oil painting by Tulsa artist Kim Fonder. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.


Gray grasscloth wallpaper and a sink made of silver travertine with a waterfall edge are features of the new powder room, near the kitchen and pool. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.


Seeing this painting in the dining room was love at first sight for the clients and designers. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.


Custom shelving was added to many areas in the home. Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck.

The kitchen was extended and redesigned with zones that allow for multiple cooks in the kitchen. New windows provide natural lighting, and a peninsula with a quartzite countertop has a waterfall edge. The backsplash is chiseled stone.

“It’s a beautiful space designed to serve all their kitchen needs,” Mel adds.

The team added vaulted ceilings to both the kitchen and family room. The family room features a custom-designed dramatic cast stone fireplace extending to the ceiling. End tables made from old wine barrels and a concrete-topped coffee table with a reclaimed wood base rest on a soft rug, providing textural contrast.

Other features of the renovation include separate offices for the parents and children, a mud room, game room, exercise space and a crafts studio.

“The biggest challenges in designing renovations are the unexpected surprises – like that narrow stairway,” Mel says. “This was a very successful project. Our staff was thrilled with the way the project developed and so were the clients.”

Now, the home is a beautiful, functional showplace, redesigned perfectly to meet the family’s needs for casual living and entertaining with a wine country flair.