November 20, 2017

Bright, Yet Warm: A Hallbrook Kitchen Makeover

It started with a microwave. A simple little poorly-situated microwave. I still remember when this Hallbrook client called, keys barely in her hand to the home they’d closed on just days before. Their new kitchen was…fine. So often, the kitchens we get calls about are “fine.” But not great. Not stunning. Not “I love it so much I wish I could sleep on the island.” So sometimes it starts with a microwave under the counter and a client who just hates having a microwave under the counter. And then, come to think of it, she’s not real thrilled with the built in desk or hutch either. And really, she could do without the glass fronted display pantry. The colors…meh. The shape of [...]

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September 5, 2017

Q & A with Professional Chefs in their Personal Kitchen

As we design kitchens for our clients, I never make the assumption that the space will be predominantly for cooking. In fact, it’s one of the first questions I ask during the design phase: why are you wanting a new kitchen? Is it truly for a better cooking experience? Or is it so you can tuck in a wine cooler and have a better place to host parties? Or to add an island so your kids can do their homework? Or is it just because you don’t like the way your old one “looks?” You can imagine how often the #1 answer is not for a better cooking experience. Not so in the case of these clients. Though aesthetics and gathering and hosting and making [...]

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July 11, 2017

Our Claim to Fame

As my kids have gotten older (and by older I mean are no longer babbling toddlers, but now can officially walk and talk!) and begun socializing with little friends at the park and in the neighborhood, I’ve joined the parent-to-parent small talk club. The conversation usually starts with “How old’s your daughter/son?” followed by “Is this your only?” It’s thrilling stuff, really. Ground breaking exchange of basic information as your kids run around the playground. Or better yet, there’s the inevitable interaction as you stand four feet from a stranger, both pushing your individual kids on the swings. Once you hit the five minute mark, it’s just plain awkward not to atleast acknowledge this fellow swing-pusher! It’s akin to riding an [...]

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May 30, 2017

Jim’s Home Remodel: 14 Years Young

Maybe it’s a millennial thing, but I’m such a mover at heart. I could move into a new home every two years. And for the last ten years, we basically have. Moving doesn’t faze me. I love doing it. It energizes me. It energizes my husband, too. I hardly understand people who dread moving. A new space; a change of scene; what’s not to love?! But then there’s my mom. Her parents remained in the same house where she was born until they died. Some 60+ years in the same home! People, c’mon – that’s nuts! Well my parents have picked up on that same gene, though not quite to the same extreme, and I have only ever known two “childhood” homes. The first was in [...]

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May 12, 2017

With A View of the Park

So we are FINALLY getting our act together and rounding up pictures of some of the projects we were apart of in 2016. Today I wanted to share a house we worked on for the better part of last year. These empty nesters who had just relocated back to Kansas City found us through their designer Beth Phillips. Working from Beth’s plan, we tackled everything from the kitchen to the master bathroom and a lot in between. Situated on an incredible lot, this house faces Loose Park and is chock full of gorgeous views. So let’s start there….with the view of and from the front door. The old entry felt squeezed by an awkwardly placed coat closet, so the designer had us [...]

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April 5, 2017

Spaces Magazine “Coming Home”

Wow, it’s been a long, long time since I last blogged. Yikes! Apparently having a third child and adopting a black lab adds quite a bit to your plate. And when said plate was already rather full, things get a little dicey. I feel like I’ve been in survival mode since early winter! But now that spring is starting to, well, spring, and our youngest has gone from 4 wake up calls to 2, I’m beginning to feel like myself again. But, with as busy as things have been, blogging/getting photographs, etc. hasn’t even been on my radar. So, it’s pretty amazing to out of nowhere flip open a magazine and see a house that we worked on a couple [...]

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