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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fashion Meets Home Design: Emmys 2016

So just like last year when I watched the Oscars, I couldn’t help but think last night as people came down the Emmy’s red carpet that some of those dresses looked an awfully lot like some pillows I’ve seen on the good ole internet. Fashion and home design often cross paths. So, I (rather uselessly!) spent a half hour this afternoon seeing if I could quickly stumble upon some pillows on common sites like Williams Sonoma Home, West Elm, Anthropologie, etc. that seemed fairly, if not very, similar to what the stars wore Sunday night. (And by the way, who are these alleged ‘stars’ anyway?? I don’t recognize half of them! Am I living under a rock?!) Anyway, I didn’t do nearly [...]

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Built Ins Built For a Modern Family

This Old Sagamore house has so many neat corners. We’ve already shown you pictures of the remodels in the mudroom/laundry room/office/pantry AND the kitchen AND the dining room, living room & master bedroom. Last up, the transformation of this once ho-hum family room. I love this room. Something about it just feels like the essence of an American family to me. It’s comfortable, colorful but calming, suited for kids and parents alike, traditional but still feels fresh and young…I could go on! The bookshelf units themselves were custom built by our local cabinet maker, and the mantle and trimwork was done in-house by our carpenter Pete Collins. Below is the inspiration photograph off of Pinterest that our client shared with Pete. Pete [...]

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The Last Big Hurdle on High Drive

It’s been a while since I last posted some pictures of our High Drive project, and since the floors begin getting refinished this morning, I thought it a good moment for an update! Floors to me are like the last big hurdle before the house begins really looking like a house again. So it’s no doubt that I’m thrilled that the day has come!! But before it all really, really comes together, let’s take a look at the progress and a few images that inspired the progress. (Here’s another update post from a couple months ago if you want to catch up!) If you remember the state of the house when we bought it, you recall that we sort of started [...]

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Old Sagamore Living & Dining Room

(First things first….If you haven’t been around to see the first two installments of this Mission Hills remodeling reveal, be sure to check them out. You can read about the kitchen (below left) here and the mudroom (below right) here. Believe me, they’re worth your time!) But today, I wanted to share with you a few rooms from this same home that avoided intensive remodeling and instead saw some very effective cosmetic upgrades! Let’s start upstairs and work our way down. The master bedroom upon purchase wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t good either. So to add some function and form, the clients and their designer Natalie O’Shaughnessy opted for designing and installing built-in cabinetry. Isn’t that such a charming addition? [...]