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CONTENTS

2015

11 –– Publisher Letter

15 –– Welcome 16 –– Trade Secrets

20 –– Inside Out

24 –– Aspects 30 –– Elements

34 –– A Winning Team

45 –– Delightful Nooks 52 –– Setting the Scene 62 –– Mercantile

72 –– Inspirations

74 –– Indulgences

76 –– Self ABOUT THE COVER... Scoring in style and design, Matt Besler of Sporting KC invites us over to his turf.

79 –– Premier Portfolio

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PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE

PH OTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

BY RENEE DEMOTT

What a treat this issue has been! Full of welcoming places for

style of garage that would make my husband envious. Wrapped in

family and friends, I have had the opportunity to meet some very

maple slatwall and stainless steel cabinets, organization reigned

special people who make Kansas City their home.

with every tool and toy in its place. But my excitement was saved

An invitation came to visit Matt Besler’s home, captain of

for what was parked in the far bay, a 2005 Lotus Elise. Seeing my

Sporting Kansas City. The exuberance coming off of Matt and

face light up, an offer was extended to jump in, which I couldn’t resist.

his wife Amanda can be felt and seen throughout their home.

Also inside these pages you’ll find the gear you need to transform

Contrary to the notion that their home might be filled to the brim

your garage and some great eye frames you can show off as you’re

with soccer paraphernalia, this adorable couple has spent many a

tooling around town with the windows down. While you and your

weekend perusing shops in the West Bottoms, finding pieces that

garage look great, we’ll make sure your house has its best foot

add unique charm to their newlywed home.

forward too. Curb appeal tips, amazing front doors, gardens and

Living with a family of gearheads, I was excited to see the two

porches have also made their way into this issue.

garages we are featuring this month. Walking into the first garage,

And meet Trish Reed, owner of Ten Talents Art. She’s the cause

I was swept into an American Pickers show. Signs, gadgets, and

of my fetish for hand painted wine glasses and the wonder woman

tools that would make Mike and Frank envious surrounded the

who creates these glasses for Stems: a garden soirée.

ladders. Home to wood working, antique treasures and a place to relax, this is truly a man cave dream come true. Motoring over to the next garage, anticipation built as I knew what was inside. As the garage doors lifted, I was greeted with the

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CHRISTINA: Ask yourself some simple questions. 1. What am I trying to accomplish? 2. Do I need a touch up or an extreme makeover? 3. What will give me the most bang for the buck? 4. What am I seeing in new homes in my area? Asking these types of questions will help guide you in setting a budget and determining the most impactful things you can do. KCHS:

CHRISTINA: Adding curb appeal to you home doesn't have to break the bank. Paint is one of the easiest ways to make a big impact to your home. Make a statement with a colorful front door, good contrasting trim or by adding shutters. Removing old overgrown overcrowded landscaping and replacing it with new will have an immediate impact on your home’s appearance. KCHS:

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CHRISTINA: Lighting. Make sure that your outside lights are up to date. Having lights that are too small for the house is a common mistake. Strategically placed landscape lighting can highlight your home’s best features. KCHS:

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efficient doors on the market. You can easily customize your door

think again. Front doors add a refreshing look to your home’s

to perfectly match your home's architectural style. Finishes of

exterior, impacting your curb appeal and adding character to

distressed antique custom doors, deep mahogany-varnished and

your home. With today’s hot door trends, this is not the time to

naturally tinted oak doors are trending high. Muted earth tones in

settle for just another door.

charcoal gray and chocolate brown are being used on door frames

From the natural look to bright hues, make sure your front door

or for trim work to add accent. Bright pops of color against neutral

has sizzle. While everyone seems to have an opinion about the

are becoming more common. Bright yellow is a big trend for front

best color and style for a front door, the choice is ultimately yours.

doors, as well as kelly greens and oranges.

Your front door should blend with your exterior style, reflect your personality and make a statement about your house.

Including glass in your door allows for the natural sunlight to filter or flood into your home, depending on the style chosen. Textured

Height and width seem to be another hot trend for entry doors.

glass lends to added privacy, as does sandblasted glass and

Homeowners are choosing eight-foot doors as ceiling height

stained glass. Clear glass looks stylish, but offers little privacy. To

has trended in a similar direction. Tall doors add an immediate

help protect against that stray neighborhood baseball, you might

dramatic effect to any home and creates an illusion of increased

consider using toughened glass as it is treated to be more resistant.

interior space.

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With its design flexibility and ability to mimic natural wood,

in consideration. Then comes the hard part –– style and color.

fiberglass doors are quickly rising to the top as the door of choice.

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ASPECTS

Garages are now touting “Look at me!” The era has arrived –– this is the room to be in. Whether as a workshop, man cave or a clean lined space to park your car, the days are gone of the plain jane garage. 24

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story by Ann Butenas

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teve Olson of Leawood has the kind of garage in which he can simultaneously lose himself and find himself. This is the space that invites him to roll up his sleeves and fully immerse himself in whatever hobbies intoxicate his spirit. When general contractor Jay Brooks of Built By Leisure began this job for Olson, he knew it would be born of a unique vision. This is not just a man cave; it is a 1,350 square foot space that fully caters to Olson’s love of antiques. “Steve had been dreaming of having a space to do his antique work for years,” said Brooks. “He has a passion for buying and selling antiques and needed a place in which to keep and display all of his things.” Brooks and his team created this two-car garage space that sits contiguous to the existing three-car garage that originally came with the home. Carriage style cedar garage doors give way to an antique lover’s dream within. (Think: American Pickers meets Pawn Stars but with a fun pop of local personality!) “I enjoyed the whole process of taking a vision and turning it into a reality,” conveyed Brooks. “Steve would find interesting pieces, such as old barn wood and tin, and tell us to make it work, appealing to his taste for the rustic look.” Besides the obvious collection of all things antique, this man cave is home to a cornucopia of goodies and perks that are as unique as the products Steve fashions out of his antique treasures. (An entrepreneur at heart, one of his businesses is Uniquities, which operates out of the Mission Road Antique Mall.) The stained concrete floor is durable and low maintenance. Surround sound stereo allows Steve to pipe in whatever music he desires to nurture his creative side. The stairs, counter and end tables are crafted from old bowling alley sections. There is a custom-built vacuum system that easily allows him to clean up any mess, and sleeves for tubing run to the basement where an air compressor sits out of sight and out of earshot. Steve did not want any cords or air hoses on the floor. They had to come from overhead. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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“I wanted this to look like a living room when it was done,” he said. The garage is also wired for a future generator. A host of outlets are always within reach, even in the ceiling, and ample lighting abounds, some of which is encased in chicken feeders! Steve also has an indoor golf range with laser screen. Not to be overlooked is the elevator, which takes Steve down to the lower walkout 1,350 square foot basement level used for storage. “I bought that off Craigslist,” he smiled. “We trimmed it out with rusty trim.” A sink stands next to the elevator and hot and cold spigots are in the basement so he can fill up his mop bucket. The ample 15-foot ceiling allows for those special projects. “I may work on a boat from time to time,” Steve noted. “The scissor truss vaulted ceiling allows for this and I can put something on a lift when needed.” And when he is done with his work for the day, Steve can relax on the couch and watch a bit of TV with his wife Carrie before the next wave of inspiration hits. “My mind is always going,” he laughed.

contractor: electrical: plumbing:

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story by Ann Butenas

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aving a garage built with his list of “must haves” has always been on David Stewart’s “to do” list. However, over the years those “must haves” always found a way to get pushed further down the list as other priorities in life took precedence. But by September 2014, the timing was right and Stewart turned his dream into reality at his Leawood home. And it was not something into which he impulsively jumped. Upon first entering the garage, if you sense the true essence of a “man cave,” then please don’t waver from that initial conclusion. With so much to offer in terms of form, function and overall appeal, this garage excites the senses with its unique vibe and perfect flow. It has “at last” written all over it for Stewart. In fact, it can be a challenge to figure out where to focus your attention initially, but we can say that the 2005 Lotus Elise sports car does catch your eye, and Stewart will tell you it definitely captured his heart. “I was on the waiting list for two years,” he noted. “It is the purest sports car available.” And such a car deserves edgy yet sophisticated surroundings, as evidenced by the exquisite granite garage flooring, the stainless steel cabinetry, strategically placed artwork, and commercial slatwall. “There are 34 four by eight maple panels that make up the walls, wrapping all the way around,” said Stewart. “These walls were placed over the existing drywall which provides extra thermal and sound insulation.” Unique to the walls is the ability to place hooks anywhere on them to

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accommodate anything from garden tools to sports equipment to artwork. They truly are multi-purpose walls.

With that extra space for his 12’ ceiling, Stewart has the ability to eventually install a lift in his garage to store an additional vehicle.

Among the other goodies in this coveted space include spacious cabinets that rest over the recycle bins; a compressor under the

All wires are hidden from sight in this garage and Stewart can control just about anything from the palm of his hand.

work bench with in-wall plumbing; a refrigerator under the

“From my iPhone I can control the garage doors, the lights, the

workbench; a staircase in the back of the garage that leads to full

sound system, the alarm system and I can even run the sprinklers,”

storage underneath and a high-lift garage door system that is the

he noted. All of this certainly begs the obvious question, “Do you

envy of the neighborhood.

ever go inside the house?” “I don’t have cable television in my garage,” he laughed. “So I have to go inside at some point!”

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ELEMENTS STORY BY MEGAN FELLING

Garage

GEAR Taking over as one of the most popular areas to become stylish and well-designed, garages are having their day in the sun. Gone is the clutter and un-organization as today’s garages are sleek and shiny with a place for everything.

It’s easy to turn your garage into the space of your dreams. We’ve picked a few must haves that will get you well on your way to creating a space you and your car will love.

Enhance the character of your home with these eye catching carriage house doors. Customizable by design, color, windows and hardware, look like wood while

these having the performance of insulated steel.

Let the outside in and keep the bugs out with a

for

your garage! Fully spring loaded to make opening and closing quick and easy, these screen doors feature a fully retractable passage door making it a breeze to go in and out.

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options will

make your kitchen jealous! With garage

Perfect to sit on while at the work bench, this comfy

systems that are 100% customizable, tools and toys can be organized using wall rail organizers or hidden behind cabinets to maintain a clean and consistent look. Turn your cluttered areas into functional, classy spaces giving you more time to tinker with your toys. 30

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is designed for comfort, performance, and racing style. Equipped with a race shift knob that allows you to shift your height settings, and a race suspension spring with a steering wheel foot rest. With a chair like this, you will stay planted into the seat no matter what you’re doing.


The draw of collecting license plates continues with this . Made in the USA using heavy gauge American steel and coating for a durable and long lasting finish, this sign is drilled and riveted for easy hanging.

Providing a place for everything,

provides the flexibility to design your garage space effectively

and efficiently. These garage shelves are custom built to fit your garage and storage needs. The hook and bar system is easily modified and rearranged as your storage needs change over time. Spend less time searching, Give your hot rod its own

and more time doing.

parking space marked by this .

Power up when the power is out! Equipped with a battery

The edges are rounded

backup, there’s no worry of getting drenched in the

for extra rigidity and the corners are drilled and riveted for easy hanging.

downpour with the . MyQ Technology provides monitoring and control of your opener and houselights with your smartphone, tablet or computer as well as notification status of your garage door and lights. Never again worry if you shut your garage door as you heading out of town on vacation. KCH&S May 2015

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STORY BY Ann

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PHOTOS BY Gary

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WINNING Sporting KC’s Matt Besler and wife Amanda scored the perfect home to begin their life journey together on and off the field.

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ven though he may have an impressive following on the professional soccer field, Matt Besler, Captain of Sporting KC, our hometown’s winning soccer club, could potentially enjoy a cult following of sorts on Pinterest.

While touring the Besler home, Amanda is quick to point out that Matt has had his hand at bringing

a bit of personality to its ambiance. “He made that,” she noted, proudly pointing to a rugged tea light candleholder hanging on a wall on the main level of their Cape Cod home in the heart of Prairie Village. Matt offered his boyish grin upon realizing his inner design artist had been revealed, but there is far more to this young man than meets the eye, and upon getting to know him and Amanda a bit more, it becomes evident this newlywed couple is truly a winning team in and of itself. Matt and Amanda became friends while in high school, but parted ways during college. Matt, a graduate of Blue Valley West High School, attended the University of Notre Dame on a soccer scholarship while pursuing a pre-med degree, and Amanda, a graduate of Olathe East High School, studied business and marketing at the University of Kansas while also participating on the track and cross country teams. They reconnected after college, and the rest is history. After their December 14, 2013 wedding, they did not have to look far to find the right home in a relaxing, tree-lined neighborhood that spoke to both of them. “This is a perfect place for us as newlyweds,” explained Amanda. “It is close to the Plaza yet still has that suburban feel with a wonderful school district.” This newly remodeled home, originally built in 1945, is clearly living up to the couple’s expectations. “This is a great starter home,” offered Matt. “Prairie Village is known for houses like this one and we feel this is a very safe and nice area. These homes have a lot of character to them, too.” Matt then points to the large picture window in the front room. “That is one of my favorite parts of this house,” he smiled.

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Upon first crossing the threshold into their four bedroom, two

around the dining room table to an old window that rests on its

bathroom abode, the open floor plan affords it a very spacious

side on a dresser in the master bedroom, wherein each pane is

appeal, which is perfect for when they entertain friends and family.

home to a single photo.

The interior of the home enjoys clean lines and inviting colors,

Matt has added his personal touch in the downstairs bathroom,

such as a subtle olive tone in the sun room complemented by a

where one of the walls is adorned with rustic wooden panels,

bluish grey wash on most other walls that don’t overwhelm.

bringing warmth to the space without darkening it.

Hardwood floors present throughout, with the occasional area

The open living area leads directly into the dining room, which is

rug perfectly placed for balance and flow. The whimsical, eclectic

situated across from an updated kitchen and connected to a

appeal of various décor items gives the place a fun punch

sunken sunroom, accented by tile flooring and large windows. A

of personality.

door leading from the sunroom to the outdoors leads to a part of

While their home is truly reflective of what means the most to them in life –– family and friends, as evidenced by a myriad of framed photos throughout the home –– it also boasts their own unique and collective styles. “This place definitely has her touch,” stated Matt, appearing to give Amanda all of the credit for its photo-worthy appeal. Without missing a beat, Amanda jokes, “And I talk him into things! We like to go down to the West Bottoms and pick out various home decor items.” These items can be found all over the home, from vintage chairs

the home that has always caught Matt’s attention: the backyard. “My dad and I did all of the landscaping back here,” he noted. “I enjoy doing this kind of work.” The backyard is home to a spacious deck with ample furniture and a fire pit as its central focus. Pavers line a small path connecting the deck to the side of the house. Resting next to the outside wall of that side of the house is a large antique wheel. “Matt loves wagon wheels,” said Amanda. “We found this one at an antique store in the West Bottoms.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Matt indicated that his Grandma Julie had a wheel like this one in her yard while he was growing up, and he enjoys the comforting familiarity it brings him. An established pear tree stands towards the back of the yard, and the neatly manicured lawn is the perfect play place for Gipper, the Besler’s canine companion Matt rescued several years ago. Gipper’s moniker is a nod to legendary Notre Dame football coach, Knute Rockne, who famously declared, “Let’s win one for the Gipper.” Circling back inside, Gipper was eager to show off her “room,” which is the front downstairs bedroom. “She keeps watch by looking out the window here from the bed,” laughed Matt. Across the hall is another bedroom, which the Beslers have transformed into a home office. This is where Matt tends to the administrative sides of his job and where Amanda enjoys working from home for Charlie Hustle, a vintage t-shirt company. The narrow and steep staircase in the center of the home leads to two additional bedrooms upstairs –– the master bedroom on one end and another bedroom on the opposite end, separated by a full bathroom in the middle. Everywhere one looks, there are reminders of Matt and Amanda’s taste for all things unique when it comes to designing the interior of their home. A plush pillow with the PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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words “Keep Calm and Dream On” rests on a chair in the master

boxes, various soccer memorabilia, and a ping-pong table that has

bedroom while framed photos of architectural points of interest

seen its fair share of tournaments!

on the Notre Dame campus perfectly line the wall going down the staircase. And one cannot miss the inspirational message attached to the

Despite their frenetic schedules, Matt and Amanda still find time to frequent some of their favorite Kansas City eateries, including Coal Vines, Rudy’s and the Blue Moose Bar and Grill.

wall just over the bottom stair, visible while coming down the stairs:

Even though Matt undoubtedly could have been romanced into

“Play like a champion today!” Based on Sporting KC’s exciting

joining a soccer club in Europe (after all, he was named to the U.S.

wins, it’s a safe bet Matt hits that with his hand for continued good

Men’s National Team’s final roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup), his

luck every time he comes down the stairs and prepares to leave the

heart belongs to his hometown.

house to go to work. Just to the left after coming down the stairs is the kitchen, which has been outfitted with all new stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. This is also a space in the home where Matt and Amanda demonstrate true teamwork.

“It feels good to be living in Kansas City,” he said. “We’ve started something special with the team here and I want to continue to build the brand of Sporting KC.” While Matt’s professional job is to assist his team with winning games, his true love can be found here in this home with Amanda.

“She does most of the cooking,” he said.

And while keeping score is reserved for the soccer field, it is

Amanda smiled and chimed in, “But Matt will clean the dishes!”

apparent Matt is truly counting his life’s blessings, and those seem

The basement, although not finished, still suggests it is a routine

to be stacking up in his favor.

gathering spot. It is home to the washer and dryer, assorted storage

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Many people find that after jumping in to the real estate market that it is much more complex and difficult to navigate than they had anticipated, even in a very positive real estate climate. To overcome these complexities, buyers and sellers turn to Realtors to gain the expert advantage. Homebuyers are looking at some stiff competition this spring, but the competition will be worth the reward, say the experts at the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors®, or KCRAR. “Home sales throughout the region are up more than 18 percent (resale and new homes combined) compared to the same time last year. Sale prices are also showing growth, with the average price for new and existing homes rising nearly 11 percent over last year. Another positive piece of data for sellers is that homes are currently receiving 94.5 percent of the original list price on average,” explained Dan O’Neill, 2015 president of KCRAR. Many homeowners who are selling are experiencing multiple offers, often getting bids as soon as the property hits the multiple listing service (MLS) database. “While this is great news for sellers, buyers are finding that the market has remained quite competitive even through the winter months, as inventory dipped more than 6 percent below the level seen at this time in 2014. With fewer homes to choose from, many Realtors are reporting homes selling faster and with multiple offers,” O’Neill shared. The tighter market presents a challenge for those in search of a property; it presents an opportunity for potential sellers, ventured O’Neill. “This decrease in inventory remains one of the largest challenges as we approach the spring market. Our low home inventory combined with strong sales activity has moved our local housing supply into a seller’s market where buyer interest outweighs the available inventory of homes for sale. What does the local home market need today? More inventory. It’s a great time to contact a Realtor if you are considering selling your home.”

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Entertaining is high on the list of priorities for homeowners Ray and Jill Kowalik, who wanted a more dramatic entry that would also provide a gathering place for guests to enjoy the outdoors. The property also had a straight line of vision to the front door, which they wanted to break up visually. Because the Kowalik’s love to utilize outdoor spaces, landscape designer Maverick Pickering wanted to satisfy the multi-facet needs of the property with a design that was beautiful, compelling, and ultimately useful. Pickering envisioned a design that was stunning from every angle and incorporated the natural stone features the owners desired. The design transforms the property with a new stone walkway and front porch, a feature wall, a water feature, and a cozy sitting area, all highlighted by night lighting. The natural stone walkway and porch set off the front of the entry using variegated Bluestone banded with solid Bluestone, for a beautifully controlled design that highlights the natural beauty and variations of stone. Highlighting the entry is a 24” natural stone feature wall which breaks up the line of vision to the front entry and provides a backdrop for the plants and flowers, and serves as a nightscape feature when lit. “The stone comes in huge sheets, similar to plywood, and is precision cut and fabricated. The result is a clean, sculptural design that provides and incredible richness to the property,” Pickering explained. The walkway, wraps around the front of the home, opening up to a beautiful custom fountain, creating an intimate gathering place to maximize the utility of the space.

The fountain incorporates the same stone and fits

“The south side gets all the sun and the owners wanted

seamlessly into the design, as if it was all naturally hewn from

to have a little niche and a small fountain to enjoy the

the property. The fountain is a 48” stainless steel scupper

sunshine, as well as provide a quite escape. So we created

and inside the basin is lined in foil-backed gold glass.

a wonderful sitting area that makes use of a fountain that creates additional seating as well as adds visual interest to the home.”

“At night, when the light is on, the fountain shimmers in a glittery gold and is breathtaking,” Pickering enthused. Flowering plants and shrubs line the walkway adding pops of color that draw your eyes to the various elements of the design. “Ultimately, we achieved a design that is stately, beautiful, and extends the use of the property,” he concluded. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Homeowner Ann Hall is dedicated to her front

“I actually do not have a green thumb. It is

yard garden, always wanting to make a splash

more of an appreciation for those who do. I

with color. With the front of the home facing

have lots of help with my gardening endeavors,

south, the sun and warmth make it ideal for her

and one of the most important places I get

flowering vision.

help is with the garden urns. Fortunately I

“I have always admired lush flowering

have a close friend that is not only passionate

gardens, so when I removed some shrubs I saw

about gardening, but also exceptionally talented

it as the perfect opportunity. I replaced them

at it. She designs something stunning each year

with lots of bright flowers and flowering plants.”

for me,” gushed Hall of her friend’s talent.

“I have a very flat front yard, with a full view

While her garden is always in a state of flux,

from the street, so I wanted to make the front

with new things being added regularly, some

of the home something visually stimulating

elements are staples.

from the road and passersby,” said Hall of her design vision. In addition to the flowerbeds, the home entry

“I love things that drape and spill over like hanging ferns. And I adore Caladiums and their bright, interesting patterns,” she smiled.

is flanked by low brick feature walls, which serve as a backdrop for the flower beds as well as the perfect place for her two stunning large urns, which are brimming with flowers.

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The front entry is a popular and strategic home improvement,

Pickering used a Buckskin Flagstone from Riverview Stone

according to Maverick Landscaping owner, Maverick Pickering.

that comes in warm colored variations and has a leathery

“Upgrading the front entry is one of the most dramatic

look. The stone was laid over the existing concrete porch.

and cost-effective home improvement choices. This area is

“Flagstone has a naturally varied thickness that, when

the focal point of your property yet improvements can be

viewed as a raw edge, can look saw-toothed. To make

achieved at a much lower price point than most other

the edge uniformed, I banded it in street paver bricks for a fin-

improvements,” Pickering shared of the cost-effectiveness of

ished edge,” he explained of the process.

the projects.

In addition to beauty, the bricks also add significant

The homeowner in this project wanted to give their

interest to the project, he shared. “The street pavers are

home and entry a modern but rustic look for a warm and

architecturally recycled. They once were street pavers, hand

inviting feel.

crafted in the 1800’s. You can even see an occasional

“Using natural stone is something special. It is, admittedly,

thumbprint in them. That adds so much to the story of

more expensive than man-made alternatives. Yet nothing

the home. There is a history behind the design that makes

adds the feeling of permanence, history, and solidity as does

it exciting.”

natural stone. When using stone, I always want to provide the most cost effective solutions. In this case, a stone overlay was an option for the porch.”

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After many years in their home, the Ellyson’s dreamt of a new

“The design called for the creation of an intimate courtyard using

landscape design that would complement and enhance their

a twenty-four inch high design feature wall, which partially encloses

Cape Cod style home. A more intimate atmosphere was desired,

the entry. The wall is natural stone and serves as a wonderful

which their spacious yard lent to many ideas.

backdrop for plants and is further highlighted by nightscape lighting,”

They approached Kelly Van Elders, Landscape Architect, who ultimately designed a magnificent plan that incorporated color, texture, and stunning stonework. “The front was so spacious that

shared Maverick Pickering. The natural stone materials were selected to complement the style of the home.

we wanted to use features to break up the line of sight, declutter

“We used a beautiful Blue Flagstone for the walkway which only

the line of vision, and make it compelling from different angles,”

gets more beautiful with age and stands up well to freeze-thaw

Van Elders shared of the plan.

cycles. For the wall we used a complementary Antique Gray

“Some of the design challenges included working with a landscape that included many fully mature trees and spaces that transition from full shade to full sun. Another design challenge was making a spacious yard feel more intimate,” explained Van Elders.

Limestone which comes in multiple shades and blends well with other stone,” he explained. Maverick only uses natural stone materials in design implementation, something growing rarer he shared.

“I like to incorporate groupings of plants, whether it is five or

“Nothing beats the look of natural stone; and projects like

fifteen, for dramatic effect and the greatest impact,” Van Elders

this one only highlight this fact. People gravitate toward natural

spoke of his plant choices and design. “In this case, we had to be

stone because of its elegance and feeling of permanence. This

especially selective in the plant choices as most plants favor either

project highlights a beauty in stone that even the best and most

full sun or full shade, or partial sun or shade. Most do not tolerate

technologically advanced processes could never replicate,”

both very well.”

asserted Maverick.

The result was a clean and sculptural design that incorporates plenty of natural stone in the creation of walkways and feature walls. After creating the landscape design, Van Elders handed the

Resources Design: Kelly Van Elders Landscape Architect

project over to trusted landscape design and install expert,

Installation: Maverick Landscaping

Maverick Landscaping for installation and execution of the design.

Plants: Kat Nursery Stone: Sturgis Materials

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Housing Affordability: Can Buyers Afford Houses at Current Prices?

Housing Supply: What’s the Outlook?

Here is a chart illustrating the supply of homes for sale as reported by

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take to sell all the houses currently listed for sale, at the current pace of home sales.

As you can see from the chart, housing supply hit a peak of 12 months

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lower sale price due to the low demand. As the demand improved, housing supply went down steadily.

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The National Association of Realtors publishes a “Housing Affordability

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An index above 100 signifies that a family earning the median income

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As you can see from the chart, the housing affordability index was

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In the 1990s, the affordability index was generally between 120 and 140.

Today’s reading in the 170 range shows housing to be VERY affordable by historical standards.

We expect the housing affordability index to go down from its current

level as house prices increase from current levels. ;

Conclusion: we anticipate prices to increase over the next several

Housing demand is usually created when:

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“Obviously, three does not sound very interesting. So, we came

are paving the way in promotion and advertisement for both small,

up with a different way to portray the trio of things that we offer as

and large businesses combined. Website design, hosting, and

a business.”

programming are all key, and influential factors in maintaining and

Both Patrick and Adam, have extensive technological

developing vital relationships this day and age. Companies such

backgrounds that have allowed them both to excel at what they

as Thryce Technology have built their business entirely around their

do. As a team, they have managed to use their own individual

clientele, and intuitive, developmental strategies. It is a business

experience and ideas to help grow a successful business together.

that thrives off of innovation, customer satisfaction and education.

Adam’s computer experience began in college at Kansas

Friends and business partners Patrick Mallahan, and Adam

University, and eventually expanded deeper once he began his first

Martin started their own business, Thryce Technology in the

internship. During his internship, Adam was able to gain a little

summer of 2008. Adam and Patrick first met after working for

bit of knowledge in a variety of specialized areas including motion

the same company, and were both frustrated with their previous

design, logo design, and internal applications.

career positions. Therefore, the duo joined together to become entrepreneurs and thus created Thryce Technology. “Thryce” is a unique business name that was creatively constructed and developed around the number three. “The three things we do are design, program, and host,” Martin said.

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Patrick started programming at a young age, and was influenced into the profession by his father. It was a skill that always seemed to come natural to him, he said. His favorite part about working


Another unique difference between Thryce and other competitors

with technology is building, and creating new things. However, the technology field does come with its inevitable challenges. “When you are in the industry that we are in, it is important to

has been the business’s emphasis on educating their clients throughout the process.

consistently stay on the front line,” Martin said. “Anything that we

“The biggest thing we want to do is educate people,” Martin

do now has the potential to be out of date in up to two weeks. It’s

said. “We don’t want to make people feel like we are talking above

a challenge. We constantly find ourselves being students, and are

them. Our goal is simply to help people understand, and make

always learning to keep up.”

sure we are all on the same page.”

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Thryce Technology is a company that is entirely, and

Thryce Technology works with a variety of clients, and finds

uniquely based on fulfilling the customer’s needs in

ways to meet the demands of each client individually. The client always comes first, and building-trusting relationships remains the

every possible way. “We treat every client different,” Mallahan said. “We give them all of our attention, figure out what they need, and then we meet their goals.”

first priority within the company. According to Mallahan, if they are unable to meet a client’s request initially, they will always find a way to do so.

One of the biggest benefits of working with

“The hardest part about what we do is nailing down something

Thryce Technology is that it is cost effective, and

that is globally understood,” Mallahan said. “There are so many different ways to use, design, and set up websites. We want to

efficient. “Website costs these days are extremely

create something that is easy for people to understand.”

high, for most businesses,” Mallahan said. “We

Patrick and Adam have been able to consistently, and almost

like helping small businesses cost wise, and

effortlessly work together so well because of their different ideas,

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I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Thryce Technology over the past few years. I have had them develop multiple websites for several businesses. They presented great ideas and followed through to completion in a professional manor. Adam Martin has designed several logos for my company. He listens to what the customer wants and adds his own touch to come up with great logos and branding. His partner, Patrick Mallahan, makes sure the customer gets a website that is functional and extremely easy for the client’s customers to navigate. From day one until completion their customer service was remarkable. I would recommend Thyrce to any small business with full confidence that they would not only receive an outstanding website, but a website that they would be proud to show their customers.

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“Patrick and I are complete opposites,” Martin said. “I think that is what continues to grow us. In the long run, we both have the same ideas, but we also have different skill sets,” he continued. “Together, we are able to come up with a variety of ways to solve the same problem.” As for the future, Adam Martin, and Patrick Mallahan plan on expanding Thryce Technology, and moving forward in their ideas, beliefs, and business endeavors. “Our word of mouth business has been steady,” Mallahan said. “However, Patrick Mallahan

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we would like to continue to grow, and eventually expand our business.” Adam was also in agreement, and says expansion is definitely a possibility in the near future, but not only in generating advertisement. “Hopefully in five years we can add more employees,” Martin said. “That way, Patrick and I can take on more of an administrative roll.” Technology is ever changing, and has become a major component in the future of society. It influences and enables many established, and growing businesses in their success on a day-to-day basis. It is a growing field that offers versatility, and leaves an infinite amount of space for creativity and development. Thryce Technology was created with the intention to inform,

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create, and connect with people on a deeper level. It is a unique business built with strong principles to set, and achieve goals. If you are interested in more information about Thryce Technology, and the work that they do, please visit their website

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INSPIRATIONS STORY BY RACHAEL HEDGCOTH

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Local artist’s enameled glassware is a stroke of genius.

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magine the meticulous time, effort and attention to detail that goes into hand-painting an individual wine glass. Now imagine single-handedly sterilizing, painting and baking between 2,000 and 2,500 such wine glasses, each with a whimsical floral design, over four months.

Trish Reed can do far more than imagine this scenario, because

doing crafts, art classes and decorative painting with her mother. While at her core she loved painting, her professional life led to an accounting degree and subsequent positions in education and technology in Oklahoma. She began to redefine her career aspirations when she moved to Overland Park with her husband in 2001.

she has perfected this art for the past eight years. So much so, in

That same year, Reed’s mother called and asked if she wanted

fact, that she often wakes from sleep with her hand moving be-

to attend a weeklong painting class taught by renowned painter

cause she’s been painting in her dreams.

and One Stroke™ creator Donna Dewberry in Toronto.

An accomplished painter and owner of Ten Talents Art in Overland Park, she is the creative force behind the coveted souvenir wine glasses that have become synonymous with Overland Park’s popular summer fundraiser Stems: A Garden Soirée. A vivacious woman with a cheerful demeanor, the New York native’s path to painting was rooted in childhood moments spent 72

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Ultimately, Reed left Toronto fully believing that she could make a career out of decorative painting. Upon receiving One Stroke certification, she was immediately asked to teach painting classes at several area Michaels. “I like to say that One Stroke is painting for impatient people,” laughs Reed.


The One Stroke technique entails double-loading a flat brush with two or more colors which facilitates blending, highlighting and shading — all in one stroke. As Reed experimented with surfaces and refined her painting skills, she soon gravitated toward painting on glass and creating pieces that served as functional art. “I find that glass is more forgiving but it is also very challenging,” she says. “You have to be very sure of your stroke.” In 2006, a downtown Overland Park craft show where Reed was selling her crafts led to a fortuitous meeting between Reed and planners for Stems, a fundraising event at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. And the rest is history. Now, every summer, attendees arrive at the Stems event eager to discover the year’s newest floral creation to grace Reed’s repertoire of past crowd favorites. “I usually do 10 to 12 designs every year, including one new design that comes out each year,” says Reed. “I also do pitchers, vases, trifle bowls and other companion pieces.” Her collection thus far showcases the lotus flower in blue, red, orange and aqua as well as the iris, sunflower, poppy, pink Gerbera daisy, black-eyed Susan, purple aster and an ornate botanical design. Stems patrons will have to wait to learn what this year’s new flower design will be, but Reed shares that she is retiring last year’s pink ruffle flower. While the Stems event is Reed’s largest project, she also paints glassware for other foundations, fundraisers, weddings, bridal parties, sororities and more. Above all, Reed is thrilled to be painting for her livelihood.



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Find Trish Reed’s stunning hand-painted glassware pieces at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ gift shop. Or for more information visit tentalentsart.com.

“I am so blessed that I get to do something I enjoy for a living,” says Reed. No doubt her legions of loyal fans feel the same. KCH&S May 2015

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INDULGENCES STORY BY GLORIA GALE

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Cultivating wine is an ancient craft. Though a romantic endeavor, the art of the vine is both humbling and rewarding. May begins the season of visiting local wineries –– enjoying the spectacular views of the vineyards while sipping samplings and partaking in scrumptious tastings. Here’s how three local wineries manage to persevere and uncork delectable vintages year after year.

Along the Artisan Avenue Cindy and Dennis Reynolds have been dedicated grape growers since 2001 when they established Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery. Not before, however, pursing the passion after trekking across wine regions here and abroad. Everything they learned would soon point them toward cultivating their own fields –– pouring heart and soul into their thriving winery. Somerset Ridge holds its own, as an agritourist destination with 20 acres of fledgling and mature vines resembling the fields of Bordeaux, though it’s actually in Miami County. While the vineyards make a bucolic first impression, after a stroll through the vines people visit the tasting room to select among 14 varieties of Somerset’s bounty. The Reynolds are particularly proud of their Crimson Cabernet, a groundthe art of wine is what makes life so interesting,” says Cindy. Further along Miami County’s wine trail a gravel road leads to an equally charming destination, NightHawk Vineyard and Winery. Owners Cathy and Don Warring culled their first harvest in 2008, “Creating space for more grapes ever since,” says Cathy, looking over the 9-acre vineyard. NightHawk is known as the ‘unwind winery’. And for good reason, NightHawk is a place to sample 13 styles of wines then relax with views of the native Kansas prairie. “I think our mission statement; to recreate the timeless marriage between good wine and friendship by bringing together like-minded people sharing the riches of our vineyard says it all. We’ve met absolutely amazing people who enjoy relaxing with a favorite wine,” says Cathy. A sampling of NightHawk’s most popular wines includes: Vignoles –– a fullbodied sweet floral white with a hint of apricot; Wild Fire Blush –– a blend of four wines creating a refreshing blush; Chambourcin –– an award-winning dry red; Sunrise Blush –– another award-winning blush with limited production and Seyval Blanc –– an off-dry white made from the grape of the same name. Dan Fuller admits tinkering around with growing grapes for 10 years was an inspiration that led to opening his family vineyard in Edgerton –– White Tail Run Winery in 2003. “I needed something to do in retirement and winemaking seemed like a decent path. Then, when I won third place in a Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association competition, I figured it was time to get serious,” says Dan. Today, he’s still tinkering on White Tail Run’s 5.5 acres although tending to the crop of 1,900 vines keeps Dan considerably busier. Luckily he’s getting help from Dan’s learned plenty over the years contributing to the successful harvest of 12 different kinds of wine including one bold vintage called Buck Naked! “They’re all

The fruits of the vine can be enjoyed at these area establishments. CELLAR RAT

Stocking over 800 wines, Cellar Rat is a one-stop shop. Drop by, taste and ask questions –– the knowledgeable staff will never lead you astray.

LOUIE’S WINE DIVE

Why not try something new –– Louie’s Wine Dive gives you a reason. The name says it all. Eat, drink and definitely, be merry. Buy a bottle or try a glass or two.

NEW LANCASTER GENERAL STORE

Along the back roads of Paola seek out New Lancaster General Store. The General Store serves as an outlet of Middle Creek Winery –– serving artisan Kansas wine and wine tastings. Step back in time and stock-up on local, handcrafted goods including art, crafts, gifts and foods.

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breaking hybrid producing two gold medal-winning vintages. “Sharing and learning

available in our tasting room on the property, at various retail outlets and the Overland Park Farmer’s Market,” he says. KCH&S May 2015

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SELF STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AND A HEALTHIER YOU As a garden enthusiast, you probably spend a great deal of time researching and working to create a bright healthy garden. In the process, you likely noticed that gardening is extremely physical and works muscles that you may have forgotten you had. The constant digging and bending can put your body through the ringer, a positive happenstance of the labor of love. Today, fitness is taking on a beautiful trend in the form of outdoor garden gyms, sometimes called otiums. Rather than having exercise as a byproduct of gardening, fitness is being planned into the garden process, and the garden design. C ISTOCKPHOTO/MAURO GRIGOLLO

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Taking the idea from eighteenth century Italian villas which often had an outdoor pavilion used for exercise and deep conversation as well as garden paths meant for walking briskly to improve

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circulation, today garden and fitness enthusiasts are reviving the trend and creating gardens specifically designed to accommodate and facilitate an effective workout. The innovative concept encourages the development of strategic and unobtrusive garden landscape features that double as an exercise circuit. Danny Campbell, former professional boxer and founder of Title Boxing Club, which was named by

as one

of 2015’s fastest growing franchises, recommended some ways to make gardening and the elements of your garden your gym. “First, make the way you garden most effective to your workout,” says Campbell. “When you hoe, for example, stand a little further away from the area in which you are working to increase your reach. This will improve how you use your muscles and incorporate more of the muscle group into the workout.” He also encourages gardeners to squat rather than bend. “Aside from being bad for your back, bending does not help your fitness goals. Squat whenever possible and give your legs and glutes a great workout.” Garden gyms also use the specific features of the garden as they would equipment in a traditional indoor fitness gym.

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“Benches can be a used for working out your triceps. Just face out and use your arms to hold onto the bench and raise and lower your body, which is in a sitting position. You can also sit on the bench and raise and lower your straight legs to work your core,” Campbell explained of incorporating garden features into the workout. ‘’Steps can be used to get a great cardio workout, as can

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various heights of a retaining wall. Decorative paving patterns can be placed in such a way to serve as jumping or sprint markers,” furthered the fitness expert.

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Include circuits for different levels of fitness so even beginners can enjoy the benefits.

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Hide elements in common garden features, such as installing a chin-up bar in a garden arch, which braces the archway, but adds a fitness element.

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Ropes tied high within a tree can be used as a row exercise training system, and tucked away when not in use. Gardens can do more than provide beauty, they can provide the

space and inspiration for a highly effective workout space. KCH&S May 2015

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