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TRADE SECRETS STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

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FIXER # UPPER Story by Emma and Jeanie Erwin

Joanna Gaines, a mother to four children and who encourages

The show, and the Gaineses were well-received nationally and the show was picked up.

all ages to explore design, graciously granted time to

and writer Jeanie Erwin and her 13 year old daughter and

The show features real people, real budgets, and most

design fan Emma, who participated in both the interview and the

importantly, real possibilities, something that is very important to

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her and her husband. They always stress buying the ugliest

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house in the best neighborhood and making it beautiful, which is a realistic goal for many people.

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“We may not be able to afford our dream home, but we can take

Joanna Gaines; whose own story has unfolded as she pursued her

a home that has some difficulties, and look past those issues to the

passion. Joanna, a blogger, was following her design passion when

beauty beneath. Chip and I both feel that there is something very

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special and meaningful about taking something unlovely and making it a thing of beauty, “explains Joanna, who as a woman of “The first rule of real

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faith, shares that for her it is a reminder of what happens in her own life daily. “It is like heart surgery, but on a house.” Every aspect of a remodeling project must be personal for it to be lasting, explains Joanna whose designs often highlight one of a kind finds and borrow from the past but add fresh appeal. “Chip and I spend a lot of time figuring out client needs, wants and design aesthetic. We ask questions about what inspires them. I have them send me pictures of what they like from Pinterest. That is something very important to do even if you are designing a space on your own. Know what you love then create unapologetically. Do things that come from your heart and no matter what anyone else says, stick to it. You may need to modify it here and there but always create from things that inspire you. Be original.” Taking risks is also very important in design, as well as in life

she opened her store Magnolia when she and her husband Chip were first married.

she shared. “Even if you do not feel comfortable, do not be afraid to take a

“After I became pregnant with our second child, I realized the

risk; it is fun to see what is on the other side. I can’t tell you how

store was just too much and wanted to stay with the children. I still

many people told me I had no business opening a store or doing

longed to design, though, because it was a wonderful outlet for

design since I had no experience in either. Make a decision to

me. Chip and I have renovated homes since we were first married

follow your passion. If you are willing to be a little afraid and do it

so we decided to combine our talents and passions and formed

anyway, the rest will fall in place.”

Magnolia Homes. Chip manages the construction side, I manage all of the design,” she explained. In 2013, they were approached by HGTV, who saw their work on Joanna’s blog, to do a short 3 minute test, which then let to a pilot.

The spirit of Magnolia Homes as well as their construction and design philosophy is quietly summed up in a quote found in several motifs in the Magnolia Market, that says simply, “What if I fall? Oh my darling, what if you fly?”

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Before and afters of a beautifully remodeled home by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

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woman and as a mother. I have one son and had the luxury of raising him in my store where sage advice on child rearing was readily available. Time and time again, it boiled down to following my god given instincts! Inside Kansas City Homes & Style, every month we will be showcasing a woman and a man of nobility. It is with great pleasure that Noble House Jewelry is able to sponsor stellar people that most of us have never heard of. I like to call them unsung heroes. With persistence, believing in yourself and HARD work, you can walk your own path. You will hear journeys of success against all odds! It is my hope that by seeing the lives of these dynamos, it will ignite a spark of inspiration in you to either start a long loved forgotten path or start a dream never realized. Go ahead! You can do it - all it takes is persistence, passion, a dream, and have an unfailing belief in yourself. It takes no more energy to think small or to think big. Don’t let someone else’s words dictate how you live your life. You are completely responsible for your own decisions. I am inspired by every person Noble House will sponsor. My hope is that you can see yourself

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had just come in for a ‘moment’. When I look at this dynamic business trail blazer, I see a Mother and a doting Grandmother first, coupled with a force of business savvy. This Lively lady says “We all have the lottery within us!” Truer words were never spoken!! When I first met Mary Ann Gerber approximately 22 years ago, she would come in to my store and buy the most tasteful impeccable jewelry. I would always look forward to her visits as her wit and sense of humor kept me laughing for days. When you meet Mary Ann you feel as if you are visiting with Mary Poppins (she can make anything happen), a clean version of Joan Rivers, and a Harvard professor. A very multifaceted woman for all seasons! Even stray cats and dogs find their way into Mary Ann’s home, and she gives her furry companions a life we would envy. Never do her cherished pets go to the vet –– the mountain comes to Mary Ann! It is her sensory intuition that helps this lady follow her instincts with a sense of justice that is so fierce she will never back down to an injustice being done! Accolades? “No,” she says “I’m ~ Zoe Harrington

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about life, how short it is, and how important it is to spend it wisely,” mused Gerber. After her mother’s death, many things changed. Her father traveled for work and was gone much of the time, which left her and a younger sibling mostly on their own. “Though we had support from my grandmother who helped raise us after that point, in many ways we had to grow up very quickly. Fortunately my mother, who was a working mom, taught me how to cook, clean, sew, and all that is necessary to maintain a household.” Calling her mother’s death the most significant event in her life, Gerber explained how the event

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has value even now. “We were forced to enter adulthood which made me see things realistically. Life is short; people are people and make mistakes. You must have patience, forgive and keep moving on. I tell my kids all the time—just don’t hate. “ Family is central to Gerber’s life, and all of them have a part in the family business, GC Labels, a Stilwell, Kansas company specializing in items to support the transportation and handling of hazardous materials. “My ex-husband and I started the company in 1989. I acquired the assets when we divorced in 2000. Though we divorced, we remain very congenial, and he continues to work in the business as well, along with our adult children. This is a family business and I want it to continue long after I am gone.” Calling herself strong-willed, the soft-spoken Gerber determines to make a difference in an area that she feels passionately about, bettering the lives of the animal population. In addition to caring for many cats she has herself rescued, she also participated in a catch and release program. “We catch feral and stray cats and give them their shots and have them neutered or spayed so that the pet population is not increasing. Every cat deserves a loving home.” In all things, Gerber aims to give her best, and that she claims is the easiest way to make a difference. “Life is hard, but it is good. Give your best because you never know how important things are until they are gone.”

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Lake, Missouri, is home to roughly

2,000 people who enjoy lake living while still within arm’s reach of the city. The 274-acre lake was created in 1937 and is the focal point of this Platte County community. However, it’s not just the lake that is turning heads and creating waves. One local family, whose home is reportedly one of the first to

have been built in this tranquil neighborhood, has generated a centerpiece of their own with their newly remodeled and updated abode. Architect Scott Bickford of Bickford + Company, indicated that the homeowners had lived in the house for quite some time, but as their family grew, they purchased another house elsewhere in the metro and opted to keep the Weatherby residence as a lake house and place to keep their boat. It was the best of both worlds –– a house in town and a weekend retreat! “They had the intention of moving back to this house after fixing it up,” explained Bickford. “But at the time they could not decide if they should remodel it or tear it down completely and build a new one on the existing property.” Certain legalities more or less solidified the decision for them. “Building codes have changed in this area since the house was originally constructed,” said Bickford. “In order to tear the old house down and build a new one, we would have to comply with new ordinances and setbacks, Glorious in its early years, this home was brought back to perfection with this recent remodel.

which would require moving the house further away from the lake.”

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As such, the family decided to remodel the home, top to bottom. (Or perhaps bottom to top is a better way of expressing the process.) The entire project was truly a team effort and involved the input, experience and expertise of Bickford, builder Andy Homoly of Homoly Signature Homes, and top-notch designers. Together with the owners of the home, they created a finished product that is truly a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Homoly and Bickford created a new design for the home that essentially gave it the appearance of a brand new home while remaining within the bounds of the city’s current building codes. “We brought the house down to its original stone foundation and worked back up from there,” explained Homoly. “That stone wall is actually one of the coolest parts of the house, as it dates back to the beginnings of this lake town.” Bickford concurred. “We wanted to maintain that early 20th century craftsman feel to the home.” Bringing the home into the 21st century required a great deal of creative vision, and this team did not disappoint. After working for a year on this project, the end result is truly jaw-dropping. “We constructed a second story that previously did not exist, incorporating an A-frame style,” said Homoly. The home now boasts four bedrooms, including two master suites, one of which is on the main level and the other, complete with vaulted ceilings, is situated on the upper level, taking full advantage of the abundance of windows for a spectacular view of the lake. And there is no need for a lot of artwork and accessories on the walls, as all of the windows provide a spectacular, one-of-a-kind view of the lake. Both the living room and the kitchen face the lake, making weekday living seem more like a weekend escape.

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Homoly described this home as a take on a classic traditional look that has successfully partnered with contemporary elements. The interior, with its eye-catching open-air staircase, inviting living space, and updated kitchen, definitely gives a nod to a modern, contemporary flair. The original stone fireplace offers the perfect touch of traditional charm, and the original exterior stonewall actually became the main wall in the kitchen, a design element that was not lost on the builder. “I like the modern appeal the home provides while still maintaining that classic, traditional feel,” emphasized Homoly. “This was a very unique project in that we were able to keep the character of the original home while bringing in a new design. The home looks like it has always been there.” While the lower level of the home remains unfinished at this point, the owners anticipate finishing that out in the future as their two young kids grow. “They have family in the area and enjoy many get-togethers at this house,” said Homoly. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the project for Bickford was simply working with different people towards a common goal. “I really enjoyed the process of creating something new,” he smiled.

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STORY BY Ann E. Butenas PHOTOS BY Matt Kocourek

TOGETHER

This beautifully remodeled Leawood home is a creative space you’d love to live in yourself! If a picture truly does speak a thousand words, then consider this article a mere supplement to the accompanying photos. When Laura Suhr, an ASID professional member and NCIDQ certified designer, owner of Suhr Interior Design, rolled up her design sleeves and jumped into this project in southern Johnson County, she clearly took her skills to new heights. Kathy Richman-Wallace and Travis Wallace, the owners of this charming home in south Leawood, wanted a place to truly call their own. Kathy and Travis sought after a place where they could start from scratch, bring their families together, have access to quality schools, and that comfortably accommodated their family of six. They also desired a home where the kitchen opened up to some land with space to entertain and play. The project was certainly a significant one, especially given the fact that the family actually lived in the home while the remodeling was in effect. However, Suhr had no problem making it all work, as she was blessed with amazing clients with a flair for fun and no fear of coloring outside the traditional lines of interior design. “Travis and Kathy have excellent taste,” she noted. “And they are not afraid to take a few risks by incorporating some fun and funky design elements into the scheme.” While Travis leans more towards an industrial and rustic look, Kathy favors a more glamorous appeal, and Suhr successfully married those two tastes with seamless transition. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Formerly a 2,740 square foot home, the end result created a 4,004 square foot residence, and the

opportunity to create a dream kitchen for entertaining

journey to get there was very involved, as it not only

with a sleek and airy feeling while still offering all the

required the construction of a whole new façade, but

amenities and storage that Kathy and Travis desired.”

also the addition of extra bedrooms and bathrooms,

Double wide sliding glass doors lead out to the

a larger garage, and a brand-new master suite

backyard pool and the natural light from those doors

and kitchen while simultaneously giving the whole

complements the white color in the kitchen.

interior a significant facelift.

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A custom island with seating for six and extra

Choosing white, silver and grey colors as the

storage space evokes less of a bar feeling and more

primary theme throughout the home, Suhr also

of a family dinner time arrangement. Storage space

threw in pops of unexpected color to reflect the

had to be intentional, so Suhr incorporated walls of

owners’ engaging personalities and each part

open shelving along with several cabinets that had

of the home reflects their personal tastes and

drawers of varying depths. Two trash pull outs, two

unique styles.

dishwashers, and a walk-in pantry (for her!), a wider

The heart of the home –– the kitchen –– is a true

gas stove (for him!), a beverage fridge on the living

work of art in this home, where carefully crafted form

room side, tall cabinets, and a bar height desk

meets impeccable function with style and ease.

make this kitchen worthy of any master chef or

“We pushed out the original kitchen and added

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The adjoining living room formerly had a 1970s style brick fireplace that has since been replaced by porcelain tile that has a stone look, which is durable and easy to clean. Metal tile trim framing the fireplace and the crushed glass bottom provides that sleek, modern effect, as does the metal ceiling fan resting above the room. “We maintained the original beams and vaulted ceiling, painting the beams gray to tie in with the overall color scheme,” said Suhr. The dated carpet on the main floor was replaced by wide plank oak flooring for a more modern feel. The custom dark brown stain enjoys a hint of grey. The master suite is the pièce de résistance with its spa-like atmosphere. The soft grays and whites used throughout the room are accented by subtle wallpaper that has a raised metallic pattern that creates a subtle sparkle when the light captures it at just the right moment. The accompanying master bathroom offers a sleek, modern vibe as it pairs with the warm walnut custom cabinetry and floating walnut vanity. Sliding custom doors that are a modern take on barn doors lead into the bathroom and beautifully frame the entryway.

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“We used every inch of space in the bathroom,

which is carried up on the adjoining shoe shelf to

putting big drawers in the middle of the vanity and

add a fun splash of color. The funky light fixture

adding a built-in linen cabinet in the toilet room that

above the dresser is a nod to the owners’ sense of

doubles as a towel cubby,” said Suhr.

personal style.

The gorgeous walk-in shower with its pebble

“We worked with architect Mark Lieb on that

stone floor and fold-down teak bench give any

phase of the project, and he not only brought some

reasonable person a good excuse to shower at

incredible ideas, but also was very flexible in working

least twice a day! And when the owners are ready

with Travis and Kathy,” noted Suhr.

for bed, they can access the in-ceiling television

For Suhr, the end result is very rewarding.

screen that comes down at the foot of the bed with

“It’s fun to create a space you’d love to live in

a touch of a button!

yourself,” she smiled. “This home fits their needs,

The master closet boasts an unexpected striped carpet that has subtle hints of yellow and lime green,

lifestyle and tastes and is one they will enjoy for years to come.”

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that evoke a relaxing and rejuvenating ambiance

Bedrooms

This award-winning bedroom makes for a perfect escape at the end of a long day. Nestled on the 12th floor of the fashionable San

With plenty of space to hang a sizeable

Francisco Tower near downtown Kansas City is an

wardrobe, the room is home to a wall of California-

oasis of charm, luxury, style and comfort. One

style closets, which are accessible by two sets of

resident at this enviable Crown Center address

bi-fold doors, that open accordion-style.

has taken her 900 square foot living space and

The large window, accented by custom-made,

transformed it into an environment that delights all

off-white riffle fold drapes, allows the outside to

of the senses.

become part of the décor.

With the expertise of interior design expert,

“These drapes are held up by decorative rods

Melody Davidson, UDCP, Allied ASID, and NARI

that have a charcoal wash similar to that in the

member, the homeowner was able to create an

headboard,” noted Davidson.

eye-catching yet comfortable space to call her own,

Beneath the window is a built in cabinet

for which Davidson was awarded a Gold Star

with appreciable storage space. A stretch canvas

REMY (Remodeling of the Year) Award in 2014.

painting on the opposite wall provides a perfect

“The footprint of the space was perfect,” she

balance to the windows.

noted. “We transformed the overall condo using the

A Parson’s chair with accent pillow, an area rug,

primary color accents of red, yellow, and blue in the

a black hamper and a Cheval standing mirror

living areas, with yellow alone in the bedroom.”

complete the look, adding a contemporary flair to

For many, the bedroom is the one sacred place

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in which to escape at the end of a long day. This high-rise bedroom is the perfect answer to that end. The bamboo flooring, which replaced the outdated and worn carpet, quickly catches the eye, which then directs your gaze to the eye-catching carved wooden headboard on the queen-sized bed that boasts a soft charcoal grey wash. The unique round pedestal table/nightstand with a single drawer offers a sophisticated touch while the soft gray walls

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Interior Designer/Contractor: Interiors By Melody Flooring: ProSource Paint: Sherwin Williams

Electrician: Power Up Electric

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provide a warm feel to the room.

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If you believe your bedroom should be your

While this project did not involve a complete

sanctuary, then this charming master suite

overhaul, it breathed new life into its existing

should not only catch your eye, but also capture

ambiance by adding the calming soft aqua and

your heart.

teal blue paint paired with new curtains and

It had been over seven years since this

a host of unique and attractive accessories

master suite in an established Cedar Creek

that not only add to the charm of the room but

home had been updated. The homeowner, a

also provide the perfect balance of comfy and

single professional working mother, wanted to

conversational.

freshen up its look while simultaneously drawing

The homeowner maintained the existing four-

on her visits to numerous luxurious hotel suites

poster bed and accompanying nightstand,

with which she became acquainted during her

but added new light fixtures and changed the

business travels.

drapery and bedding.

“She wanted that same relaxing and

“This is a perfect blend of traditional and

rejuvenating feel in her master suite that she

contemporary styles,” noted Mosby, who has 30

experienced at those hotels when she traveled,”

years of professional interior design experience

noted Becky Mosby, Allied ASID (American

and works in The Design Gallery at Nebraska

Society of Interior Designers).

Furniture Mart.

Interior Design: Becky Mosby, allied ASID Light fixtures: Wilson Lighting

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Furniture, accessories, draperies and bedding: Nebraska Furniture Mart: The Design Gallery Paint: Benjamin Moore

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Photos by Bill Mathews

Even just a few changes can completely change the look of a bedroom.


The white bookshelves that flank the fireplace are home to a wide range of knick-knacks that delight the eyes and add balance to the room. These added touches, along with the bedside lamps and artwork, all came from Nebraska Furniture Mart. “We also incorporated a new chest of drawers and a mirror,” said Mosby. The blue walls are perfectly accented with touches of coral throughout the room space without overwhelming the senses. “I really like the color scheme,” Mosby emphasized. “We first started the project with a bathroom remodel, which set the tone for the bedroom, as the bathroom utilizes the same colors.” The westward facing windows provide for maximum sunlight as needed, but because the homeowner often works nights and sleeps days, Mosby added a blackout lining to the drapes to block out the light when slumber must trump the sun! With just a few simple color changes and accessories, an outdated bedroom can quickly transform into the most relaxing space in the home!

Photo by John Moffitt & Associates

that add a certain pop and flow to the

Less is certainly more when it comes to the Leawood master suite How do you maintain the charm and character of a classic three-bedroom 1960’s ranch and bring it forward to 2015? Team up with John Moffitt Jr, a local homebuilder in Leawood for over 30 years, and his brokerage firm’s top salesman Joe Woods, and consider it done. These two professionals have made it their mission to maintain, preserve, and prolong the architectural integrity of homes in the Kansas City area, while retro-fitting them for today’s lifestyles. In order to transform this particular home, their firm MOJO and crew of skilled craftsmen essentially took three existing bedrooms and converted them into this elegant master suite. The result has turned this classic Leawood ranch home, into a stylish story and a half residence. To maximize the overall appearance and size of the room, the old windows were replaced by larger ones that now adorn the south wall, flanking the headboard of the bed. The original bedroom was small with just two windows and a single vanity bathroom. In addition to adding those two larger windows, three tall windows were incorporated on the east wall, creating a panoramic view of the treed back yard. One element of the room that seems to encourage the most enthusiasm is the carpeting. The warm grey, low weave carpet is beautifully accented by a soft engraved pattern, thus creating an even flow and symmetry throughout the room. This carpet adds just the right amount of color and texture to the overall monochromatic scheme. For ambient lighting, four recessed cans were added, one in each corner. Because of the room’s eight-foot ceiling, Moffitt opted not to install a typical ceiling fan, but rather a simple, yet sophisticated, light fixture in the middle of the ceiling. For air flow, MOJO kept the whole house attic fan. Best described as soft contemporary paired with a traditional vibe, this master suite certainly gives a nod to the “less is more” movement with updated clean and simplistic lines, while complementing the overall classic style of the home. Contractor: MOJO Built

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Interior Designer: Refined Interior Staging Solutions Bed: One Kings Lane

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ELEMENTS STORY BY TAMARA TYREE

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Transforming with

We can’t think of an easier way to raise the design bar in any room than by adding new light fixtures. This adorable

is available from Target

and includes a gold lined shade, adding style to whimsy. Perfect for a nursery, office or bedside –– who doesn’t want to wake up to a cute little hedgehog every morning?!

If you’re up for a bit of DIY, try painting the from Ikea to match your room! We’ve seen gold, pink, red and more. And in this price range (two sizes available, both under $100), you might even try an ombre or multi-colored finish –– head over to Pinterest for more inspiration!

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In the design world, silver is out and gold tones have come charging back. This simple yet textural semi-flush mount fixture is part of the

from Wilson

Lighting. Each wrought iron leaf is hand painted and wrapped in gold foil metal. Looking for a modern statement piece? The from Western Chandelier features brushed nickel and 15 edison bulbs. Also available in pendant, wall sconce and bath lighting. This gorgeous purple

from Wilson

Lighting features mouth blown glass with subtle white stripes and is mounted on an acrylic base. Elegant, modern and timeless! Rustic wood tones are everywhere, and the from Rensen House of Lights is the perfect example of how to incorporate this trend into any room. Made of weathered pine with a bronze finish, it’s available in 3, 5, 8 (shown), 9 or 12 light versions.

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GROUND FLOOR STORY & PHOTOS BY CURTIS STROUD, ROSEHILL GARDENS

Now is the time, really! Everything shuts down during the cold months, even your yard, so why would anyone in their right mind consider working in their yard prior to Spring? There are good reasons why you might want to consider making changes to your landscape before spring arrives, such as planting trees. Seasons change and so do trees. With every season comes advantages and sometimes challenges with regard to planting and maintaining trees, from how easy they are to transport and how difficult they are to plant, to the amount of care needed once they are in their new environment.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROSEHILL GARDENS

“Early March is still a great time to plant trees even if winter still has a grip.”

One of the questions that comes up over and over again this

or soil because frozen ground comes out in chunks. To properly

time of year is “can you really plant trees before we are well into

backfill, the soil needs to be broken up so it settles and packs in

spring?” The answer almost seems shocking to customers when

around the tree.

they hear, “Of course! Trees can be planted in any season, even

Probably the biggest misconception and reason many trees

during the coldest months.” The truth is, it is actually a great time

don’t make it through the cold is underwatering. Even dormant

to plant trees. For the most part trees go dormant once the cold

trees need water, especially newly planted ones. Until the April

weather hits and until the warmth of spring is in the air. They have

showers are upon us, trees rely on us for water. When planting

lost their leaves which makes them easier to transport with less

now, it is important to set up a watering maintenance schedule to

chance of damaging or stressing them. Also, dormant trees are

assure your trees get the correct amount of moisture.

no longer taking up nutrients. Trees really only take up nutrients

While there are some challenges to planting trees in early March,

during the growing season, early spring and early fall. It’s nice to

that doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t be done. If done right and

have a tree in the ground and established before it starts taking up

cared for correctly, early spring is a great time for you to scratch

nutrients in early April, otherwise you can disrupt their growth cycle.

that itch and get some plants in the ground.

Another advantage to planting now, is trees are ordinarily dug in the late fall after they have lost their leaves but before the ground is frozen. That means if you can find the tree you are looking for, generally you’re assured of getting a freshly dug tree. As with anything, the fresher the better. So, why not plant trees before spring arrives in its glory, and why do some trees die when planted in the colder months? For one thing, many landscape companies and nurseries almost shut down till spring. At times it may be hard to find a good selection of trees and a company that will install them due to the seasonal nature of the industry. If you do locate the tree you want and find someone to plant it, “be patient.” Timing is important. If the ground is still frozen it takes more work to get the trees planted. Backfilling becomes more difficult and sometimes requires extra ingredients KCH&S March 2015

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Left to right... Mary Leonida, Ball Chairman, Ann Dickinson, Honorary Ball Chairman and Carolyn Price, Ball Chairman

On Saturday, March 28th,

from tall crystal candelabras.

glasses will be raised at The Lyric

The evening will offer a feast of

Opera Circle’s Champagne Ball.

sight and sound with performances

The annual fundraising event will be

between dinner courses from a few of

held in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas

the world’s most beloved operas. In addition

City Convention Center. Carolyn Price and Mary

to the exquisite décor, the special evening will

Leonida are serving as co-chairmen, and Ann Dickinson

feature many other treats for guests. Joan Braswell,

is serving as the Honorary Chairman of the event that celebrates

Sherry Love and Kathy Norhus, Auction Co-Chairmen, have teamed

Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The Lyric, under the direction of General

up to present an extraordinary silent auction, sure to tempt partygoers

Director Deborah Sandler, has emerged as one of the leading

with many fabulous items.

regional opera companies in the country. In addition, thanks to the

Liam Bonner is the featured artist at

efforts and vision of Julia Irene Kauffman, the Lyric performs in the

this year’s gala event. Mr. Bonner has

premier performing arts venue in the United States.

performed with the Metropolitan Opera,

The Lyric Opera Circle is a group of more than 120 women who

Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand

are dedicated to supporting the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Every

Opera, and the English National Opera,

year, The Circle stages an elaborate ball, with proceeds funding the

among many others. He played the role

final production of the season. More than $13 million has been raised

of Lieutenant Audebert in the Lyric’s

over the years to enrich the lives of area residents through opera

production of Silent Night last month.

performances and education programs for children.

In addition, the Lyric Opera Chorus

All creative design for the Ball, including the elegant logo, is the

will perform for the first time at the

talented work of Walz Tetrick Advertising. Studio Dan Meiners and

Champagne Ball under the direction of conductor Ward Holmquist,

Harvest Productions will help transform the Grand Ballroom with

and Lyric Opera apprentices from local universities will also be

rich hued fabrics and gorgeous chandeliers. The elegant tables will

featured. The evening’s festivities will close with music from Kokomo

feature cobalt blue tablecloths and flower arrangements spilling

and dancing until midnight.

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Helzberg –– Diamond Ring

2.3 Carat total weight diamonds in 18kt white gold.

First 100 raffle ticket purchasers will receive a Champagne Ball gift tote featuring a bottle of J&L Charlemagne Sparkling XO Brut and a chocolate champagne bottle filled with chocolate covered almonds from Andre’s Confiserie Suisse.

2015 BMW X1 –– Baron BMW

Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a one year prepaid lease.

RAFFLE TICKETS: $100 EACH

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4 1. Alaskan Fur Grey sheared reversible mink jacket with Rex tuxedo and cuff. Reversible to a pewter taffeta. Modeled by Melanie Fenske, Lyric Opera Circle member.

2. Tivol –– Schoeffel Pearl Necklace Suite

5. VanBrock Jewels

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54” mixed pearl and quartz necklace with two coordinating bracelets, featuring Tahitian, South Sea and freshwater cultured pearls alternating with quartz and amethyst tumbled beads. Shown here is one of the bracelets from the suite.

Stunning 18kt yellow gold lariat diamond and pearl necklace. Modeled by Sherry Love, Auction Co-Chair.

3. Vinca Jewelry

Ladies’ exquisite sapphire earrings in 14 karat white gold with sturdy french clip backs that create a weightless feeling. Each earring has three pear shape sapphires that are mesmerizing shades of champagne. Cut in slivers with rose-cut facets, these sapphires are the centerpiece and currently the hottest fashion. The enchanting sapphires in total weigh almost 30 carats! You’re sure to steal the show wearing these breathtaking earrings.

Stunningly beautiful, high luster pale peach baroque pearl necklace. Each pearl is 13-15 mm, creating an 18 inch strand with a large baroque clasp.

4. Helzberg –– Diamond Pendant 1.5 Carat total weight diamonds in 18kt white gold.

6. Meierotto Jewelers


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Refinance Your Mortgage for Rate and Payment Reductions BY CURTIS SCHARTZ, CMPS

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mortgage is to obtain a lower interest rate and lower monthly

payments. By refinancing, the borrower pays off their existing

mortgage and replaces it with a new one. We can accomplish this with a no-points no-fees loan program.

In the no-points no-fees scenario, the mortgage planner uses rebate

monies paid by the lender to pay off non-recurring closing costs for the

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can still continue making the same payment they made in the original

loan, and the extra money will be applied to the principal balance.

For example: Let’s say you have 25 years remaining in your current

loan, and you refinance back to a 30-year loan with a slightly lower

interest rate, resulting in a payment reduction of $200 per month. (Note:

This is just an example. The actual amount could vary.) You could then take that extra $200 per month and apply it toward the principal on the

borrower. These are “one time” fees such as escrow or attorney fees,

new loan. At this rate, the loan will be paid off in 22 years and 4 months,

higher interest rate in exchange for this rebate and is still responsible

of best-selling author and investment guru Douglas Andrew’s

Refinancing typically occurs when mortgage interest rates drop

grow to the amount of the mortgage (and beyond) in even less time.

are often candidates for better interest rates as well. If you haven’t

Regardless of the reason for the refinance, your mortgage planner

title insurance, document preparation, tax service, flood certification,

processing and underwriting fees, etc. The borrower will pay a slightly

for recurring fees such as interim insurance, property taxes or insurance policy payments.

significantly, but borrowers with recently improved credit scores (from

paying off credit card debt, making mortgage payments on time, etc.)

checked your credit score or refinance options in a while, it’s a good

which is 2 years and 8 months less than the original loan.

On the other hand, if the borrower’s financial planner is a proponent

philosophies (see Missed Fortune), he or she may suggest investing the

extra money in a side-fund that could earn a better rate of return and

This method provides excellent liquidity, but having more direct access to this money may be too tempting for some homeowners.

will need to know what the existing loan scenario entails, review the

time to call us to find out how much money we may be able to save you.

homeowner’s long-term goals, and provide a comprehensive spreadsheet

There are two schools of thought on this subject, and your mortgage

also result in a lower deduction at tax time. The homeowner’s mortgage

The question most asked is, “But why should I go back into a 30-

year loan?”

planner should work hand-in-hand with the client’s financial planner to determine what works best for their mutual client.

One option is to take the route of the “same payment” refinance, and

actually pay off the loan faster and save money on interest fees in the

long-run. If refinancing results in a lower monthly payment, the borrower

that compares and contrasts the various loan programs available.

Bear in mind, refinancing to obtain a lower interest payment could

planner, financial planner and tax advisor should work hand-in-hand with their mutual client’s best interest in mind.

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DEE GRISAMORE: INNOVATIVE REALTY Assisting Buyers, Sellers, Builders and Developers with their Real Estate Needs

Dee previews progress of a custom home under construction.

hen a potential builder, developer, buyer or seller meets

began his residential real estate career. Over the years, he has

Dee Grisamore of Innovative Realty, they feel his confident

been a managing broker, starting the Lenexa office of what is now

professionalism. With more than 30 years of experience in

Reece and Nichols Realty. He also started and was the

all phases of the housing industry, Grisamore brings an

Broker/Owner for a Re/Max office. During the last 30 years,

invaluable perspective which equates to a trust that everyone he

Grisamore has successfully managed, marketed and sold more

works with feels immediately.

than 16 subdivisions in the metropolitan area.

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Grisamore earned a degree in

Dee has a special interest in working with the buying and selling

Business Administration, and after graduation, he conducted

public, as well as builders and developers. His experience puts him

market research studies for an apartment developer who was

in a good place to understand the intricacies of the real estate

building 7,500 units per year. He then moved to Kansas City and

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Dee is truly a one-stop shop in the real estate industry. He helps buyers and sellers transition from their existing home to their dream home, one that fits their needs and wants. As an empty nester with grandchildren, he especially enjoys working with empty nester and retiree customers.

DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS Dee’s understanding of the clear relationship between industries and years of marketing research experience have given him a unique perspective on real estate. “The incredible rate with which we are seeing demographic shifts and the intricacies of the economy demand that real estate professionals possess multidisciplinary skills,” says Grisamore. “We need to be willing to join forces with builders, developers and architects, enabling them to target specific goals and realize success.” In addition to his years working with builders and developers, Grisamore has spent four years as a residential developer himself. “I have been fortunate enough to gain the knowledge and experience associated with developing subdivisions.


From the initial market analysis, to working with engineers, to collaborating with architects, I know what goes into creating a successful new home community,” stated Grisamore. Dee can work with a customer selling their home. Starting with a market analysis of their existing home, Dee will develop a marketing plan for the sale of their home and oversee the entire process through to closing. “Something as simple as staging or adding certain features to an existing home can make the difference between a quick sale or lingering on the market,” says Grisamore. When buyers are interested in a new home, Dee can help them find the location and specific home site they want, find the right builder and home design, and develop a set of specifications for them. He Above... Dee Reviewing a custom floor plan for customer. Left... Grisamore showing Tuscany Reserve Village model. Right... Great Room in Tuscany Reserve model.

understands how to work with the builder and buyer on custom floor plans. If customers are interested in purchasing a resale home, he will consult with them to find out their specific needs and wants. He will also research homes that fit their requirements and, in most cases, Dee will preview the homes before showing them in order to ensure buyers only see homes that work for them.

BUILDING ON SUCCESS He is currently marketing homes in Tuscany Reserve Village, an exclusive maintenance-provided community located in Leawood, Kansas. As the exclusive broker for the Tuscany Community, Dee works with award-winning Willis Construction as the exclusive builder. All of the homes in Tuscany Reserve Village are custom designed by renowned architect Scott Bickford. Currently, only two home sites remain in Tuscany Reserve Village for custom building, as well as the model home located at 3322 W 137th Street. Prospective homebuyers may reserve a home site and build the home of their dreams by contacting Dee for an appointment to view the model home and lots available. “I minimize frustration by setting clients up for success. Rather than just connecting a buyer to an architect, for example, I come ready with floor plans from which they can draw inspiration, so when they meet with the architect, they are well prepared to discuss and review the ideas and plans they have in mind for building,” Dee states.

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unique opportunity to meet so many new people and not only assist

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them with their real estate needs but become their friend for life.”

with his grandchildren, Lauren & Dylan.

For Grisamore, that is what makes being a realtor so interesting and meaningful. “As agents, we market homes and help clients connect to properties

{ that are well-suited to their needs and wants. I help people move their

life forward, be a small part of seeing them through rough patches, or

ADVOCATING FOR INTEGRITY Working to build a better tomorrow

sharing in their joy. Every day is an opportunity to expand my knowledge and contribute positively to the community,” he reflected. That is why Grisamore’s diverse personal experience adds so much

is high on Grisamore’s list of priorities.

pleasure to his own work, whether it is with individual clients, builders

When not in the field, you can find him

or developers. “Ultimately, it is a bond of trust, knowing that we want

devoting his time to property rights

the very best for one another, that makes the real estate experience

advocacy through volunteerism.

so successful.”

Currently, Grisamore serves as a Director for the Kansas Association of Realtors, and he’s on the Governmental Affairs committee for the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors for Kansas, as well as on the Sales and Marketing Council and Associates Council for the

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This year be prepared to take a risk and dive into bold colors, vivacious patterns and artistic accessories. Kansas City Fashion week is causing quite the uproar in the Midwest this year. Fashion shows all over the metro are debuting new trendy styles and must have pieces. If you are looking for what’s popular this year, we’ve got the scoop on all of the latest style and events. Kansas City Fashion Week will showcase 2015 winter/fall fashion collections for its seventh consecutive season. The event includes three full runway shows held at Union Station, March 19-21. A wide variety of designers from all over the country will be in town to promote and display their artistic creations. Previous Project Runway contestants Laura Kathleen and Michael Drummond are two well renowned designers involved in the show again this year. Talented designers including Sara Kahrs, Lauren Bander, Marlee-Ju, Christian Michael, and many more will also be participating in the fashion festivities.

Check out Kansas City Homes & Style magazine’s Facebook page for a look at this year’s fashion designs from the KCH&S Fashion Show on March 10! FACEBOOK.COM/KANSASCITYHOMESANDSTYLE

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Local entrepreneurs around the metro are also hosting fashion shows to showcase the new designs in fashion this year. Saffees gave us a peek at new spring styles and trends in their recent fashion show, held at Picture Perfect Interiors. Unique, eye captivating patterns and diverse colors were a key element in almost every ensemble worn. “Our show featured a variety of seventies prints, florals, and a mixture of color tones,” said Marie Adrian, owner. “This spring we will see bolder prints and patterns in tops and accessories.” Prominent colors in Saffees runway were turquoise, sea foam green, navy blue, and a variety of yellow tones. These bright colors are found in tops, jackets, scarves and accessories, while skirts and pants are remaining more neutral. The emphasis this season is definitely on accessories, jackets, and shirts. Accessories are key to completing and accentuating your outfit. Popular on the list are chunky necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Looking for something bulky or simple? Chains are a great way to add a little extra edge and shine to your outfit. “Large accessories, such as statement necklaces, are something that is popular this year,” Marie said. “Layering necklaces is also something upcoming and new to look out for.”

is excited to be hosting a fashion show March 10 at the Gaslight Grill. This show will continue to expand on 2015’s new styles and trends. Fashion is versatile with styles and designs for everyone. The runway is officially taking over KC for fashion week and beyond. With the variety of designers and fashions in the metro, don’t miss this opportunity to explore deeper into the realm of style and design. KCH&S March 2015

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SELF STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

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NUTRITION MONTH KC Homes & Style had the opportunity to visit with Beth Greer, a local Dietician at HyVee about the best and easiest ways to simplify nutrition.

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KCHS:

Your Style... Our Design BETH: Add an abundance of fresh produce - it not only adds high

value nutrition, it also adds incredible flavor and variety. Choose produce that is in season locally. If it is not in season it is shipped in from where it is in season, which increases the cost significantly.

KCHS:

BETH: Actually, frozen produce is just as nutritional as fresh. Just

avoid the produce with added sauces which are usually very high in fat and sodium. If your recipe does not specifically call for fresh produce, I would consider using frozen and use the savings elsewhere, to keep the variety and menu interest high.

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KCHS: BETH: There are several things to consider about meats and a

nutritional diet. One is that we traditionally use much more than is recommended. Use lean cuts and remember portion control. Since meats take up a significant part of the shopping budget, choosing wisely here can allow for budgeting of additional items that will make your meals exciting, such as specialty cheeses, fresh herbs, and exotic spices. Another great option is to consider adding non meat proteins several times a week. Beans and lentils are a great source of protein and offer tremendous versatility.

KCHS: BETH: Shop with a plan. Have your recipes ready ahead of time so

that when you get home you have what it takes to make complete

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meals. The USDA website is a great resource to help in this. You can find recipes based on what you already have and on nutritional values. With this tool, you can avoid waste, make shopping simple and create wonderfully nutritious meals. KCH&S March 2015

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