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PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE BY RENEE DEMOTT

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to rest, unwind, rejuvenate There’s nothing better than taking the time to splurge and soak yourself in a warm, relaxing bath. And the bathrooms these days lend themselves just to do that. The invitation they extend to us…turn on that faucet, fill up the tub and let those daily worries drift away. Inside this issue you’ll find five bathrooms that say come in and stay awhile. Free standing tubs, stunning tile and roomy showers all speak the language we understand –– we’re here to pamper you. Check them out on pages 49-54. And while bathrooms weren’t the only prerequisite for this modern Beacon Hill home that has four full baths; one indulging in a two-person air/water jetted tub with LED lights and music, they definitely add to the style of the home. Built on a corner lot and housing an inviting deck and pool, this home welcomes you when you walk through the door. Take your own tour on page 20. The days are getting cooler and the night air a tad crisper, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stay inside. It means just the opposite –– it’s time to get outside and take advantage of these precious fall days with the glowing autumn colors they afford. Now is the perfect time to dig out those hiking boots and head over to a trail. From paved to crushed rock to rough terrain, there are plenty of places to lose yourself for a few hours or even a whole day. Not sure what to wear? Check out our hiking finds (page 82) and a checklist to look over before you head out (page 84). After a day on the trail, it’s time to put your feet up by the fire. From fire pits to fireplaces, there’s nothing that warms the soul like the beauty of fire. We found six that we were drawn to plus many free standing fire pits in styles that spark the desire to have one of your own (page 33). Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Turn the pages and walk into a winter wonderland at JCYM’s Home for the Holidays tour, and these other area holiday tours. Guaranteed Fall in love with this rich, red mirror and matte harbor grey finished vanity. Howard Elliot custom painted mirror, The Furniture Guild “Stephen” vanity with a Carrera marble top and Watermark jeweled polished nickel faucet. All available at Kitchens & Baths by Briggs.

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This stunning Californiacontemporary gem makes its mark on Beacon Hill STORY BY

Rachael Hedgcoth PHOTOS BY

Samantha Stultz on Wratchford never imagined that a Kansas City snowstorm would lead him to his next home, but that’s exactly what happened in February 2015. “There was a really bad snow storm a year and a half ago and I got turned around and ended up in Beacon Hill,” said Wratchford. A Kansas City Northland resident for most of his life, Beacon Hill, located just southeast of downtown Kansas City, Mo., was a fresh discovery for Wratchford. He quickly became enamored with the rolling terrain, the upscale residential development and the diverse urban vibe of the historic neighborhood. A single father with a grown son and daughter, Wratchford had turned his relocation sights toward the Kansas City horizon. And thanks to the city’s aggressive redevelopment plan for Beacon Hill, generous property tax breaks made Wratchford’s decision to purchase a quarter-acre lot even more lucrative. “I just decided it was time for Dad,” said Wratchford.

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A business analyst for Merrill Lynch, he frequently

walls from the church’s first floor still stand at the

goes downtown to visit potential clients and prospects

back of Wratchford’s lot and the new home’s garage

and the Beacon Hill area seemed a natural fit for this

sits atop the original slab of the church.

new chapter in his life.

Wratchford says he has met several people who

“There is so much development downtown, the

remember attending the church as children.

growth is just off the charts,” said Wratchford. “I like

I SEAMLESS SPACE I

the vibe of downtown and being right in the middle of it all. Things are just getting started at 5 p.m.”

I REMNANTS OF YESTERDAY I

After eight months of construction, the Beacon Hill corner lot showcased an exquisite makeover. Wratchford settled into his new home in June 2016.

Once Wratchford secured his spacious corner

The manicured landscaping, large cedar porch

lot, he connected with William Hogue of WH

and vibrant orange front door at the top of the

Architects, Inc., and homebuilder Randy Dalrymple,

home’s ascending walkway translate into instant

owner of Overland Park-based Fountain City

curb appeal.

Custom Homes.

Inside, bold expressions of form and design and

A plan to bring the California-contemporary to life

sophisticated interior decor are testament to this

– while also meeting the stringent guidelines set forth

home’s creative presentation. Its open concept is

by the Beacon Hill architectural review committee ––

defined by simplicity and clarity, soaring ceilings and

was soon underway.

progressive architectural elements.

“Think of Beacon Hill as a gallery of art pieces. Everything is custom and has its own character. Each architect has done his magic on these houses.” “Randy and I had the same kind of vision,”

Extensive use of glass and large transom

explained Wratchford as he joked about being a

windows on all three floors tempers the boundary

“closet” architect. “I get graph paper and draw out

between nature and architecture and welcomes

sizes of rooms, and then I start piecing it all

natural light.

together.”

The main floor’s dazzling kitchen flaunts crisp

When the design process was finalized, blueprints

white IKEA cabinetry, commercial stainless steel

detailed a 3,100-square-foot story-and-a-half with a

Sub-Zero and Thermador appliances, lighted

three-car garage.

drawers and stainless steel open shelving. The

With four bedrooms, four full baths, a daylight lower level, and airy indoor and outdoor living space,

culinary –– as well as organizational –– possibilities are endless.

the home offers a beautiful blend of form, function

“I love to cook and entertain,” explained Wratchford.

and fun.

Dark oak hardwoods provide a dramatic contrast

True to Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature modern

against the light gray walls, white and gray marbled

style, Wratchford’s home layout was, in many ways,

granite countertops, ornate light fixtures and chrome

determined by the characteristics of the land.

stair railing. Large white quartz tile cut in half paired

Towering above the neighborhood streets, the striking gray stucco and smart siding exterior blends effortlessly with the sloping lot and surrounding mature trees.

with strips of glass tile add a shimmering note to the stove’s backsplash. Rounding out the main floor are the dining room, a full bath and the svelte master bedroom suite with

The land holds a bit of history, as well, given that

polished appointments including vertical Italian

during the construction process, the basement of a

Zebrino tile in the bath, two large full body shower

century-old church was unearthed. In fact, stone

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towers and a two-person air/water jetted tub with LED lights and music. The suite’s walk-in closet has zebra-print carpet as well as multiple built-in drawers, sliding shoe racks and a built-in tie rack –– further testament to Wratchford’s penchant for organization. One of the main floor’s most eye-catching elements is the 48-foot-long gallery which is punctuated by 12 feet of sliding glass doors and 12 feet of windows framing the sparkling cobalt pool. “Basically, over half the space of that hall is windows and doors,” said Wratchford of the unique design. “The hallway has about 200 square feet of windows and natural light so it feels like being outside with the pool just steps away.”

I ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY I Upstairs, three artfully-appointed bedroom suites with walk-in closets ensure guests will enjoy plenty of space as well as panoramic vistas of downtown Kansas City and Crown Center. An open-concept staircase outfitted with dark oak stair treads and chrome closet rod railings connects all three floors and serves as a focal point of the home. “Randy and I came up with that on the fly,” said Wratchford of the unusual design. “We were just messing around and we needed to meet the building codes.” The end result is a commanding pattern of linear compositions, smart style and contoured shadows thanks to the stairwell windows.

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Builder/Contractor: Fountain City Custom Homes I Architect/Home Designer: William Hogue, WH Architects I Interior Designer: Designs by Dal

Pool / Spa: Complete Pools I Pool Decking: Don Wratchford I Hardware, Light Fixtures, Plumbing Fixtures: All Modern

Countertops: Global Stone I Flooring and Tile: Global Stone I Cabinets, Glass & Mirrors and Window Coverings: IKEA Electrician: Joe Kilowatt I Landscaping: Mike Ashley Landscaping I Doors and Windows: Morgan Wightman

Appliances, Furniture, Outdoor Furniture: Nebraska Furniture Mart I Landscape Lighting and Sprinkler System: RW Lawnworks

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The staircase continues to the cozy lower level retreat where a theatre area, stylish bar, dance floor, seating area and full bath set the stage for quiet, conversational or lively intermissions from life’s daily grind. Full of daylight, the lower level’s subtle shades of gray and impeccable décor reinforce the home’s overall sense of serene composure. Outside, the courtyard offers an al fresco dimension that begs for family, friends, good food and great times. The rectangular pool, outdoor kitchen and seating area, smoker, grill and fire pit make the refreshing retreat an ideal year-round escape. Patio lighting and LED uplighting on the home’s front and side add further illumination at nightfall.

I INSPIRING ENVIRONS I In the short time he’s lived in the home, the good-natured, gracious homeowner has hosted several gatherings. “I already know far more neighbors than I ever did in the Northland,” said Wratchford. Happy with his relocation decision, he is drawn to the diversity, cordial culture and raw energy of the Beacon Hill and Union Hill neighborhoods. “It’s very sociable and very urban,” said Wratchford. “It’s about the most diversified place I’ve ever been. Everyone has front porches and people are always out.” At the end of the day, Wratchford achieved his goal of creating a residence that eloquently exemplifies the hallmarks of contemporary architecture: dynamic and eclectic yet also understated and wonderfully livable. His luxurious home fits right into the urban mix of renovated traditional homes, historic Kansas City houses and trendy modern housing. “Don is a builder’s dream,” said Dalrymple of working with Wratchford. “He understands the process, knows what he wants and has the vision to make it happen.” He added that the character of this California-contemporary residence is part of what makes it, and other Beacon Hill homes, so special. “Think of Beacon Hill as a gallery of art pieces,” said Dalrymple. “Everything is custom and has its own character. Each architect has done his magic on these houses.” For Wratchford, that magic couldn’t be more perfect. “It’s like living at a resort in the middle of the city,” said Wratchford. “You can literally lay in bed and look out the door and see the pool just 20 feet away. It’s a great way to start the day.”

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After they saw a spectacular outdoor fire place at a neighbor’s home, this family knew they had to have Land Design Group (LDG) design and install one in their Overland Park backyard. “The homeowners love to crackle the fire and wanted a wood burning fireplace and dining area, along with a pergola,” noted Chris Feldkamp, owner of LDG, whose team went to work on constructing this fully custom-made rugged yet stylish design that encourages lots of family time for nearly year-round usage. LAND DESIGN GROUP PHOTO BY MATT KOCOUREK

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Not quite the traditional outdoor fireplace, this contemporary and warm design has the confidence to simply be itself. After the three fire sculptures draw you in with their mesmerizing silhouette effect, you then become aware of all the beauty that surrounds this space, from the natural stone to the evergreen landscaping. Created by Maverick Landscaping and Outdoor Living, owner and designer Maverick Pickering brought together a palette of colors and textures to appeal to the client’s contemporary tastes. The accompanying patio provides an intimate stage for this welcoming retreat nestled in the heart of Deer Creek in Overland Park. MAVERICK LANDSCAPING | STURGIS MATERIALS FIREPLACE & BBQ CENTER PHOTOS BY MATT KOCOUREK

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With all this Leawood backyard has to offer, the owners might as well just include the outdoor square footage into the indoor count, as this veritable garden spot is like a dream come true. Designed and installed by Banks Pools and Spas, the owners wanted to have a virtually all-seasons accessible oasis, which includes the fire pit, the hot tub, veranda and pool. The end result? A family getaway is just feet away from the backdoor! BANKS BLUE VALLEY POOLS ANS SPA PHOTO COURTESY OF BANKS BLUE VALLEY POOLS AND SPA

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Giving the homeowner a backyard gathering spot that would architecturally complement the home yet still remain functional for this Leawood family resulted in this comfy backyard gathering spot designed and installed by Stonebridge Outdoor. The circular patio and curved hearth with sitting wall seem to embrace you and invite you to sit down and relax for a while as the wood burning fireplace and contrasting dark charcoaled mortar and lighter colored fieldstone mimic somewhat of a fairytale setting that makes you feel as if you are nestled in the woods on a cozy autumn day. STONEBRIDGE OUTDOOR PHOTOS COURTESY OF STONEBRIDGE OUTDOOR

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For a family that spends an appreciable amount of time at the lake camping out and enjoying the great outdoors, it was time to recreate that feeling right at home. Curtis Stroud, an owner of Rosehill Gardens, gave his Overland Park backyard that same feeling with this lake house-like fire pit so he and his family can keep the lake tradition alive at home. Intentionally created with a feeling of seclusion, it sits away from the house and the neighbors, surrounded by appreciable plant materials and trees that definitely provide the feeling of “We’re camping!” ROSEHILL GARDENS PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROSEHILL GARDENS

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Passionate about the outdoor life, the residents of this Cedar Creek home in Olathe knew they wanted a backyard that catered to that desire. Partnering with B.L. Rieke Custom Homes and Rosehill Gardens landscape professionals, the owners had a pool house built, complete with a wood burning fireplace, all architecturally designed to mimic the style of the home. In addition to the fireplace structure, Rosehill Gardens also installed all of the landscaping to truly make this the perfect place to feel as if you are surrounded by nature while you relax at the end of the day with a refreshing beverage. ROSEHILL GARDENS | FREEMAN MASONRY | EPIC POOLS PHOTO COURTESY OF ROSEHILL GARDENS

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Relax, unwind and wash away your worries –– the bathroom is more of an experience than simply a room.

Like it or not there’s a lot of time spent in the

bathroom, much of it in the shower or in front of

the mirror. So it’s no wonder design has worked its way into this room, making bathrooms a place where we can relax or invigorate ourselves.

They’ve taken on a personality all of their own with the endless options for lighting, sinks,

tubs, showers, cabinets, and vanities. Colorful,

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Schloegel Design Remodel PROJECT DESIGNER:

At first glance, it’s tough to know whether

this is a bathroom or a work of art. Although designed and installed by Schloegel Design Remodel, and overseen by designer Megan Bringman, the bathroom’s primary occupant, a 14-year-old boy in the family, had his say in the final product. “He definitely had a vision for everything in this space,” expressed Bringman, who, together with the client, produced a winner, artfully incorporating into this full bath an espresso-colored vanity with side pullout storage; a Corastone countertop with matte finish; pendant lighting and round mirror partnered with blue linear tile that adds a decided layer of personality. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Noble Designs PROJECT DESIGNER:

A decided layer of warmth and comfort is written all over this master bathroom. The long and narrow space provides so much in terms of form and function. The large slate, charcoal-colored tile wall behind the mirrors –– definitely a visual treat –– stands in stark contrast to the linear light fixtures and vessel sinks set atop a floating walnut vanity. “The clients were looking for a more modern look to the space,” noted designer Sara Noble of Noble Designs, who worked with Melissa Thiede and Roy Cashman on the design of their bathroom. Complete Renovations was the contractor responsible for the installation of this project. Even though there was not a significant amount of space with which to work in this bathroom, Noble Designs comfortably and stylishly brought it all together. “By changing out the fixtures to a beautiful and timely brass finish, all from Kitchens and Baths by Briggs, the bathroom was brought up to date,” Noble said of this older, yet classic home in Fairway, Kansas. Large windows at the rear embrace the free-standing soaker tub. The all-glass enclosed shower enjoys a porcelain tile finish, working in tandem with the porcelain tile flooring. The long runner rug adds a bit of warm color to the room.

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Ramsey Interiors PROJECT DESIGNER:

When the homeowners of this Shawnee beauty wanted to take their outdated, floral-inspired bathroom and transform it to something new, Kathleen Ramsey of Ramsey Interiors knew exactly what to do. “The clients have very contemporary tastes, which are reflected in this design,” expressed Ramsey, referring to the sleek color scheme joining a deep charcoal gray with white and hints of black. “The clients favor masculine textures and this color palette caters to that while still feeling light.” Replacing the old shower that used to be open to the ceiling is a closed-in feature now, accented by strong linear lines in the tile that show through the glass door. This zero-entry shower is glass enclosed with a partial wall for privacy, and stands adjacent to a large glass window that allows extra lighting into the space. The same decorative tile was used behind the large soaker tub, which replaced the old Jacuzzi tub. All of the tile accents in the bathroom were custom designed, including the herringbone pattern in the floor, that lends a subtle hint of texture. Additionally, the existing cabinets were painted black and a tower was added to one of the vanity areas. The contrasting torque vanity countertops by Cambria continue to support the contemporary feel of the space. A paisley wall paper decorates the toilet room and all plumbing fixtures were supplied by Kitchens and Baths by Briggs.

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Classic Kitchens Design Studio PROJECT DESIGNER:

This 20-year-old Overland Park residence has good reason to smile. With a recent master bathroom makeover, it is probably one of the most inviting rooms in the house! Homeowner Susan Winterman was fully engaged in the remodeling process, choosing all of the finishes and working side-by-side with designer Pam Vernon of Classic Kitchens Design Studio. “I wanted to update the bathroom and add clean lines in a classic, yet not overly-done, way,” expressed Winterman. “It’s now a very pretty and soothing room. I really love it.” Vernon confidently took to the task of making this a very elegant and entirely usable space. The former L-shaped vanities were removed and replaced with separate his and hers vanities. An oval-shaped window was added to invite more light into the area and to add style while a new window over the tub replaced the original window. Additionally, the ceiling was raised in the center to house a beautiful chandelier and to uniquely synchronize with the sophisticated feeling of the room.

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Custom Renovations PROJECT DESIGNER:

When the owners of this Leawood residence wanted to put their love of modern,

contemporary styles to work, they definitely let it show in this stunning master bathroom. After employing the custom design expertise of Custom Renovations by Kenny Choikhit, the highlights of the room speak for themselves. Taking center stage is the Bain Ultra tub, an air tub that, unlike one outfitted with water jets, blows air through tiny holes. Accent colored lights within the tub offer relaxing light therapy. Floating walnut shelves above the tub give a strong nod to the homeowners’ tastes, providing a feeling of simplicity while simultaneously making a bold statement. The curbless walk-in shower adheres to the clean lines appeal, set atop a porcelain tile flooring that takes your gaze to the walnut vanity, adorned with a Caesarstone quartz counter top and accented by two separate mirrors framed in the same walnut material. Even though the overall lighting in the room is perfect for evening, the owners still wanted the daylight to shine through. “We put a window above the vanity to allow some natural light to flow into the room,” noted Choikhit. The vanity also has a great inset shelf or niche area, perfect for storing a few extra towels.

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Architectural Craftsmen PROJECT DESIGNER:

This stunningly sleek master bathroom with a decided monolithic presence has class and style written all over it. Design and installed by Architectural Craftsmen, this bathroom is a show-stopper with its harmonious color palette of gray, taupe and tan all complementing the clean lines that always give your eyes something unique and appealing to see without overwhelming them. Completed as a dramatic makeover for a formerly darker and outdated bathroom, the owners wanted to create a more uniform and solid look, which was accomplished by an appreciable number of breath-taking changes. “Where the large shower is now was formerly where the oversized, built-in tub used to be,” noted Mary Thompson, of Architectural Craftsmen. “The old shower was clear at the back of the bathroom and was much smaller and darker.” The new shower is truly a dream, its solid form coupled with enough aesthetic appeal to add a layer of fun without distracting from the consistency of style. The spacious vanity with vessel sinks atop an impressive piece of quartz, coupled with the artistic tile throughout bathroom (those effervescent bubbles made of marble, porcelain and glass tiles on the shower floor won’t go unnoticed!) speak to an element of fun while pulling all of the pieces together. The former high ceiling was brought down on the vanity side with the clever incorporation of a soffit, accented by linear pendant lights. The personality of the chandelier above and the dark tower storage cabinet complete the look. 54

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Exterior photos are of the 2016 tour Interior photos are from the 2015 tour

2015 Designers Craig Sole Designs G Pottery Barn G Parker Payne StickSisters G Z Gallerie G JCYM Members

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DESIGNER:

Craig Sole, Craig Sole Designs

HALLBROOK 2700 W. 112th Street, Leawood, Kansas

Craig describes this contemporary Wolfgang Trost designed home as a museum. It abounds in art work and sculpture at every turn. His approach to decorating it for the holidays? –– “Keep it simple and make a focal point!” For Craig, the perfect placement of an object says as much as the object itself. As an example, the location for a vessel may need to be low enough to see down into it to appreciate and enjoy the design fully. One word of advice from Craig is that you purchase things you love! Styles change but you will always enjoy your surroundings if you follow your instincts.

Welcome to artful living in this striking contemporary home. Amazing interiors include art walls, soaring ceilings, walls of glass, architectural lighting, artist fixtures and custom ironwork.

TABLESCAPE DESIGNER:

The homeowner’s expansive collection of fine art and the use of a variety of materials and

Jeremy Upchurch, Z Gallerie

finishes give it a visually fascinating feel. The portico opens to a beamed and tiled entry hall

At Z Gallerie, we are mixing up a lot of style for the 2016 season. Bringing in the new and the old, while intertwining gold and silver, creates something truly awe inspiring. Our new dish line includes a matte finish mixed with a speckled metallic glaze, adding an industrious shine to your next dinner party. Our New Year’s Eve themed tablescape brings it all together while adding glitz and glam. Beautiful layering adds elegance to a New Year’s Eve celebration.

with curved walls and eye-catching art and craftsmanship. The fascinating floor-to-ceiling elliptical walls and windows lead into the living and dining room areas. Conversation groupings surround the modern fireplace and offer panoramic views of the yard and pool. Furnishings in golds and cerise create beautiful contrast, form and texture. The vaulted beamed ceiling and classically elegant lighting warm the room for gracious living. Not to be missed is a painting over the console table as well as the two long pieces hanging between the kitchen windows. Commissioned by an artist in Vail, Colorado, these exceptional works of art encapsulate the enduring design seen throughout the beautiful home. There are uniquely painted walls in the hall leading into the master bedroom. This sleek, tailored room includes a door to a private martini deck. The master bath continues the luxurious finishes with a recessed ceiling, intriguing wall treatment, soaking tub and modern leaded glass windows. The husband’s office with clean lines and dark surfaces showcases his sports memorabilia. A hospitality wet bar is a gathering spot accessible to a deluxe modern kitchen. It features a free-form island, cone pendant lights, contemporary cabinetry and chef-inspired high-end appliances. The hearth room adjoining the kitchen includes an inviting oval table and additional sectional seating. A soaring fireplace features an offset heavy mantel and three-dimensional objet d’art. Adjacent to the hearth room is a light-filled sunroom that opens to a deck overlooking the inviting pool. The back entry includes multiple cabinets for organized storage, an additional half bath and a life-sized trench coat sculpture. The steel and wood stairway to the second floor surrounds a free-form silver contemporary light fixture. At the top is an intriguing entertainment space with dark beam barrel ceiling which repeats the curved walls on the first floor. Wide plank floors and exposed duct work create an urban industrial feel. Clerestory and floor length windows flood the space with natural light. On the lower level are a large pool table, mid-century modern bar and sunken living area with spacious seating, caterer’s kitchen and additional wine fridge. The family can also enjoy the workout room with sauna and shower. This level allows easy access to the refreshing infinity swimming pool. The deck is filled

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with seating for lounging and conversation. An outdoor spiral staircase leads to the hearth room. The unique outdoor paradise includes a spacious outdoor kitchen perfect for warm weather entertaining.

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DESIGNER:

Christy Renner, Picture Perfect Interiors Christy invites you to stroll through this stunning Italian Villa! The home has a soft color palette of gray, cream and blue and could easily be a page out of Architectural Digest. Picture Perfect will be adding sophisticated holiday elegance for the season.

TABLESCAPE DESIGNER:

Jan Rosche, JCYM Member This home’s decor and beautiful chandeliers were the inspiration for the elegant table design. Touches of silver mixed with crystal candlesticks and illuminated votives add glamour and sparkle to the space.

TUSCANY RESERVE 3406 W. 138th Street, Leawood, Kansas The beauty and color of the asymmetrical landscape design, added to the warmth of the iron gate, lanterns and front door, instantly draw you into this lovely Leawood home. Columns, archways and pitched ceilings allow for the vast openness of the large living space of the main level. Dove gray tones in the dining and living rooms are accented with soft goods in shades of blue and green and furniture with mixed finishes of stone, wood and mirror, all resulting in comfortable conversation spaces. Gorgeous light fixtures throughout the home direct your eyes up to the interestingly enhanced ceilings of different colors and textures. A walk through bar is centrally located and accessible to the living room, dining room, kitchen and casual eating space, allowing for easy entertaining. The trompe l’oeil design of the wallpaper in the bar gives the walls and arches the effect of aged stone. Each of these beautiful living spaces is defined by sculpted area rugs on the rough-hewn wooden floors. In the kitchen, the rich flowing colors of the granite countertops are repeated in the contrasting light and dark finishes of the cabinetry and island. The apron-front sink and beautiful wood paneled refrigerator doors give this workspace a well-designed, custom look. The cozy hearth room is wrapped in windows and anchored with a stacked stone fireplace. Also on the main level is the gorgeous master bedroom suite. Mixed textures of tone-ontone bedding give this room an elegant yet comfortable ambiance. An interlocking geometric design crowns the ceiling, giving yet another example of the designer’s attention to detail. In the master bath a footed tub, crystal lighting, artistic mirrors, along with marble and tile detailing in the shower, make this an attractive, functional space. The stairway leading to the patio and lower level is overlooked by a curved balcony at the top and panels of beveled mirrors on the wall. The peaceful garden patio is a tranquil retreat encompassed by privacy plantings, a stone fountain, fireplace and areas for seating and dining.The expansive lower level boasts a combination kitchen/bar, family room with a

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fireplace and three bedrooms with full baths. Windows fill each one of these rooms with natural light. What a wonderful haven for visiting guests! This is a beautifully designed and decorated home. The owners have successfully achieved their goal to “right-size” for comfortable and graceful living.


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Terri Mancuso, KC Surroundings Terri will personally be overseeing the holiday design for this Prairiefire Villa. The home blends both urban and suburban lifestyles with outstanding and breathtaking architectural features. Terri will be making the most of these with her holiday designs and tabletops!

PRAIRIEFIRE VILLAS 5837 W. 137th Street, Overland Park, Kansas A new two-story modern Craftsman, maintenance-free Prairiefire Villa designed by Bickord + Company sits on the 13th hole of Nicklaus Golf Club of LionsGate. The art glass front door entry sets the stage for a home that provides the newest design concepts combined with the warmth of family life. It welcomes the homeowners to luxurious living and the close amenities of the Prairiefire District. Visitors to this elegant home are greeted by native stone walls in the entry –– a backdrop for the sweeping staircase. The master bedroom is showcased by the same natural stone. Sliders open to the outdoor deck, hot tub and fire pit. This room offers the first look at the preplanned infra-structure for a state-of-the-art home technology system. Within the master bedroom a steam-lined fireplace opens to the master bath to create a warm luxurious spa. The lavish master bath includes a freestanding soaker tub, individual sinks and storage. The master bedroom features a high-style two-sided closet and includes a secret door with a bookcase on the opposite side. An additional bedroom with private bath on the first floor provides room for a pampered guest. The gourmet kitchen continues the traditional Craftsman look with open beams and modern touches including top-of-the line appliances and an expansive island. Adjoining the kitchen and dining area is a bank of cabinets sweeping to the ceiling. Nestled within are wine storage, lighted liquor steps and a mirror-camouflaged television. The spacious living room with a bow window frames the golf course. Antique mirrored bookcases flank the modern linear fireplace and inset television. The stairway leads to the upper level, a young adult’s dream space. Beautiful design concepts begin with hardwood flooring in a herringbone design. The area opens into a sports game room with shuffleboard, juke box and large screen television, ample seating, full bar and fireplace. Entertainment continues on the deck to the outdoor living space. The college son’s bedroom and bath with towering ceilings is located across the hall. The college daughter enjoys a getaway bedroom up a few steps on the other side. Her beautifully appointed room also opens to the entertainment deck. Both bedrooms include walk-in showers and easy access to a laundry room on the upper level. The lower level of this exceptionally designed home includes a workout room with steam shower and infra-red sauna. This is a home the owners enjoy sharing with family and friends which lends itself to carefree living.

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Two-Day Holiday Boutique Featuring Many Unique Vendors at the Ritz Charles 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park Monday, Nov. 14: 11:00 am - 8:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 15: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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DESIGNER:

Kristen Ridler, ASID Kristen Ridler Design Kristen’s skills range from residential, ground-up custom build jobs to commercial restaurant design. She is also the designer for this award winning Telluride model home built by Rodrock Homes. When designing the holiday decorations she took inspiration from the combination of the rustic, rich-toned features found in a storybook mountain lodge while using modern forms to balance the many architectural details found in this beautiful home.

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Marianna Csaszar, Set and Costume Designer Marianna is both a set and costume designer from Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of De Paul University, she has worked on many plays in Chicago and St. Louis including Disney’s Aladdin. When given the basic idea of wanting to create a life-sized, walk-through storybook of The Night Before Christmas, Marianna researched vintage drawings to find a style that complimented the décor of Kristen Ridler as well as the architecture of this Rodrock home. It resulted in an intriguing blend of vintage and modern sensibility.

SUMMERWOOD ESTATES 12711 W. 160th Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas Picture yourself in a luxurious retreat high atop a majestic mountain. That is exactly how you will feel as you open the mahogany front door to the aptly named Telluride-styled home. The exterior use of wavy lap cedar siding and stamped natural flagstone sets the stage for the rustic elegance that defines this impressive home. As you enter, there is an ethereal quality to the floating staircase and the delicately suspended twenty-two foot cascading light fixture in the grand foyer. The floor of the study is a warm blend of multi-species wood that reflects the glow of the contemporary lighting. The openness of the floor plan allows for a spacious view of the dramatic great room and lanai, each one enhanced with natural rock fireplaces. Reclaimed 1920’s Missouri barn wood above the mantel adds texture and history to this residence. The family dining area also opens to the lanai with large sliding doors. At the opposite end of this extended room is another fireplace and casual seating area. Large windows enhance this relaxing space with light and views of nature. The sophisticated simplicity of the kitchen fulfills both form and function. Beautiful cabinetry, an expansive island and Thermador appliances enhance every cook’s dream. A mere touch elevates the retractable doors of the upper cabinets in an amazingly well-designed work space of the surprise butler’s pantry. The main level master suite is accessed through a private faux-finished hallway with French doors. The serene bedroom has textured neutral tones, a starburst inspired light fixture and large windows. A separate door gives passage to the lanai. The master bath highlights a spa tub, glass shower, double vanities and make-up table. The his-and-hers walk-in closet features pull-down rods and access to the laundry room. Both front and back stairways lead to the upper level. Three bedrooms, complete with full baths, comfortably accommodate family members and guests. Also on this level is a loft, perfect for relaxing or watching TV, and a convenient laundry room. A unique feature of this home is the spacious mudroom. Large storage lockers conveniently house the family’s gear. Also located here is a Mom’s office. A desk and credenza are built into this corner nook but are given light by an interestingly constructed wall topped with clear glass. This is an award-winning Darol Rodrock model home. Generous in size but intimate in nature, this breathtaking home successfully blends the essentials of ease and ambiance.

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DESIGNER:

Philip H. Hickman, P.H. Designs Philip was inspired by the contemporary elements in the home of this young family. He will be creating an innovative treatment for the gracefully curved staircase, entry and living room that brings a contemporary touch to traditional holiday decorating.

DESIGNER:

Jennifer Attebery, Pottery Barn Kids

MILLS FARM 11720 W. 164th Place, Overland Park, Kansas From the moment you walk through the wrought iron gate onto the covered porch you know you’re walking into a home that’s inviting yet styled for comfort. The entry hall features a winding staircase with orbital chandelier, arched entryways and native stone pillars. The adjoining office boasts dark French doors, exposed beams and wood floors, lending a sleek masculine feel to the room. To the left of the entry is a dining room with natural stone inset contrasting with a sunburst contemporary fixture which provides a unique modern effect. A welcoming wine storage bar just steps away from the entry serves the dining room, great room and kitchen areas. A comfortable yet exciting color palette includes mixes of gray, white and pops of aqua contrasting with traditional craftsman dark exposed beams in the great room which includes a Juliette opening to the second floor. The open kitchen invites you to sit at the generous island with its transitional pendant lights. This is a kitchen designed with practicality and beauty in mind. Beveled subway tiles create the practical backsplash and storage abounds with cabinets reaching to the ceiling and a large open pantry with generous appliance counter. The master bedroom on this floor is crowned with a barrel ceiling with gold accents which catch the lights of the chandelier and windows. A master bath en-suite includes a soaker tub, companion sinks with pendant lighting and additional storage. The second floor is furnished with the children in mind. Step up to a friendly play area and

Jennifer is creating an imaginative playroom for the homeowner’s children in the upstairs bonus room using beautifully designed, childfriendly furnishings that can be found at the Pottery Barn Kids Store at Town Center Plaza. She will be using traditional holiday reds and whites and Santas in that room. Her talents will flow into the three bedrooms of the children creating a unified, yet individual room for each child’s personality with just a touch of holiday fun thrown in.

TABLESCAPE DESIGNER:

Susan Seward and Stacy Sourk Pottery Barn Welcome to the Holidays where friends become family, rooms are transformed into unforgettable spaces, shared meals become lifelong memories and every effort is well worth it. A beautiful holiday need not be complicated. Focus on key essentials that can be used for all holiday entertaining. Season accents of mercury and sculptural clear glass make table settings memorable. Rely on candlelight and elegant details to set the mood for celebrating the season.

down the hall to the children’s rooms, one with a roadster bed to excite any little boy and

TABLESCAPE DESIGN:

one with pink and purple furnishings to charm any little girl. The lower level opens to a relaxing game and gathering area which reflects the family’s Texas roots. A full service bar for TV viewing and unwinding incorporates rich, dark wood tones, dark granite countertops, Edison inspired lighting and cow-hide backed barstools that invite you to pull up a seat and stay awhile. In addition, a workout room is accessible through a rustic barn door. Behind a second sliding barn door is the family media room containing an impressive movie and television screen. The children are not forgotten on this

Jean Ostby, Williams-Sonoma The lower Texas themed bar area is set up by Jean Ostby, events planner for Williams-Sonoma located at Town Center Plaza. You will learn exactly how to set up a bar area that is convenient and state-of-the-art for all of your holiday entertaining!

level with another play area included just for them. The guest bedroom and private bath incorporate that same southern hospitality with lone star touches. This is a home with a fun, versatile style which provides family living and entertaining for adults, plus adequate space for children’s play and activities.

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Dan Parker, Parker Payne Dan has an interpersonal approach to design that puts the client at ease and pulls from them the dreams and wishes they have. This allows him to create whatever “home” means to them. From the moment you first enter the front door of this Iowa family’s expansive home, you will be transported to Christmas through their eyes!

TABLESCAPE DESIGNER:

JCYM Members An intimate dinner table is beautifully designed using silver and gold elements mixed with lots of mirrored sparkle. Dinner by candlelight presents a festive atmosphere in this lovely dining room.

MILLS FARM 16208 Lucille, Overland Park, Kansas The heartbeat of this traditional family home resounds with love, warmth and vitality. Careful thought and planning have resulted in a collection of soft tones and textures and a perfect blending of rock, wood and iron. Sweeping circular stairways grace one side of the expansive entryway. On the other side, a round table in the dining room invites you to imagine lovely meals and friendly conversation. Beautiful stone is featured in the columns and wall inset of this room as well as the fireplace of the great room. A two-tiered circular chandelier enhances the trestle beams of the great room ceiling. The spacious, familyfriendly kitchen and breakfast room provide ample space for meal preparation and dining. Windows overlook the spectacular pool and patio. An outdoor kitchen and striking curved bar make al fresco entertaining a delight. Near the kitchen are a storage-centered pantry, laundry room and “drop room” for the family’s mail, keys, purses and backpacks. The elegant main floor powder room has a wall of inlaid tiles, housing a large framed mirror and is highlighted by hanging crystal chandeliers. The master suite is a splendidly appointed area with a faux-finished barrel vaulted ceiling beset with a twinkling light fixture, rich wood floors, soft gray walls and traditional white trim and plantation shutters. A door leads to a loggia with a stunning view of the backyard oasis. The spacious master bath is complete with two marble vanities and a walk-in shower. The spa tub is set in a peaceful, arched alcove with a shuttered window. Upstairs you will find a loft, a guest bedroom and a charming wing for lucky children. In between the two darling bedrooms is a sunny, magical playroom filled with toys. This is a truly delightful place to “imagine and pretend”. Entertainment abounds in the extensive living space of the lower level. An exercise room, TV room, area for billiards and shuffleboard, a combination kitchen and bar, along with a guest bedroom, give this family multiple settings for fun, fitness and relaxation. The accent wall of natural stone and large windows make this lower level a bright and cheery space. An access door leads to an additional patio with stairs ascending to the pool deck. The theater room features surround sound and comfortable seating. Be sure to notice the chic leopard print carpet and crystal wall sconces. Truly, there is something for everyone in this extraordinary home. You won’t want to leave!

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TRADE SECRETS STORY BY JEANIE ERWIN

Tis the Season Perhaps you are like us here at

, ready for the season

because you have been preparing all year. Or perhaps you need a little Yuletide inspiration. In that case, we are always happy to break out the Christmas coffee and cookies and sit down with expert Brenda Freebern, owner of Picture Perfect Interiors to find out what we can do to bring the holiday magic this year. 72

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KCHS: FREEBERN: This year, Christmas colors and decorations are very much inspired by popular home shows, and the styles they showcase, especially by the aesthetics of Joanna Gains. The trends reflect a clean, farmhouse look with lots of galvanized accents. KCHS:

FREEBERN: Certainly, getting a certain look takes time, direction, and effort even for professional decorators. However, getting the farmhouse look is very possible, and a fun process. Start by thinking about how to add more sentiment without overfilling the tree. The look is casual and old fashioned. We are seeing the use of retro looking plaid buffalo ribbon and lots of red berries to bring this look together.

A Victorian Christmas in Leavenworth KCHS: FREEBERN: My favorite looks this year hit both sides of the spectrum. I love the old fashioned look and we are featuring that look in store with our focal point tree in white and decorated with 18� old fashioned churches, and lots of organic accents like Paper Birch logs tied with ribbon. Another of my favorite looks is a bit more glammy, using turquoise and peacock feathers. KCHS: FREEBERN: Of course we are still seeing lots of reds, but another popular trend is gray and cream and leanings toward more natural colors like green and brown. The decorations are simple, like dough bowls filled with pine cones, lanterns, and the use of burlap. Magnolias are also extremely popular this year and you will see them in garlands and wreaths. KCHS: FREEBERN: At home I am adding a Charlie Brown tree, with open wispy branches. It will have the farmhouse look. Very vintage and old fashioned. In fact, I am using a galvanized tub instead of a tree stand.

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INDULGENCES STORY BY DAVE ECKERT

chiefs time Score a touchdown with a successful watch party

Like any party, planning with as much detail as you can is a huge factor in the success of the event. For a Chiefs watch party, that includes getting the invitations out, and the rsvps back, early. Knowing how many people you’ll be accommodating will help you with everything that follows from food to beverages to seating. A lot of folks might think planning and organization are one and the same. I disagree. You can have everything planned out perfectly with plenty to eat and drink and lots of seating options for the game watchers and the few who don’t, but if your timing is off

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or your primary food isn’t ready at halftime (the only window you have), you could be left with a lot of food people don’t eat or some unhappy Chiefs crazies being dragged away from the game at an inopportune time. In other words, don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. I love fine wine, specialty cheeses and trying new recipes. But, if the crowd loves beer, pizza and chicken wings then give them what they love. Except for Moscato and White Zinfandel. That, I cannot and will not serve! I know this sounds contradictory to what I just said, but hear me out. If you’ve got a group that’s looking for pizza and wings, that’s fine, but don’t settle for mediocre carry out fare. If you like to bake, find a pizza dough recipe and make it the night before. For the wings, buy fresh at the store, brine them in some water with salt and sugar for a couple hours, pat them dry, sprinkle them with a good all-purpose dry rub, then grill them up. They’re great just like that, but you can also serve a nice hot sauce on the side. Want to try something different? How about substituting the Louisiana hot sauce for a Primal Cried Thai hot sauces or the Born with Seoul Korean Gochujang sauce. Oh my!

Waldo Wings R E S T A U R A N T : The Well DISH NAME:

Ingredients:

2 lb. jumbo Chicken wings, disjointed 1/2 stick unsalted butter 1 cup Franks Buffalo sauce 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper 2 tb. sirracha

Everybody loves sliders, so why not make up a batch with a couple pounds of fresh ground beef? Mix in some minced onions and garlic, sprinkle them with the same all-purpose rub you used on the chicken wings and throw them on the grill. The same goes for your

peanut oil, for frying Instructions:

Heat oil in a large pot or fryer to 350F. Pat wings dry with a paper towel and add to fryer (be careful not to get burned,

choice of beverages. Vary them up. A couple types of cold beer, along with

oil will sizzle and pop loudly when added to) Fry until crispy

chilled white wine should suffice. For those don't share my enthusiasm for

on the outside and fully cooked, about 12 minutes. You can

quaffing wine in the middle of a Sunday afternoon I say, how about belini’s,

tell when the wings are done by cutting into a wing and

memosas, or sangria?

checking for any pink near the bone. Melt butter and mix with Frank's sauce, black pepper and sirracha in a large

The possibilities are endless. Put these plans in action or find some ideas of your own. Just have fun, and, of course, GO CHIEFS!

mixing bowl. Gently toss wings in sauce and serve with celery sticks, blue cheese and ranch dressings.

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SELF STORY BY CHERI WOODSMALL

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time for those lovely Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the crispness of Hard Apple Cider Ale, the addicting smell of S’mores roasting over a late

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Planning The Perfect Autumn Hike

night campfire –– and of course, our favorite thing –– enjoying the wonder and glorious beauty of Nature during a long fall hike. Before you hit the trail, we have put together a list of must-haves to ensure you have the perfect day.

Do Your Research There are hundreds of trails around Kansas City and surrounding areas. Area parks and lakes have plenty to choose from that range from paved to crushed limestone to rocky terrain. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, Kansas and Missouri have plenty to choose from that are within a 3 hour drive that will afford you a full day of exercise and the beautiful scenery of the season.

Tech Is Your Friend We’ve all been there. You are strolling along, taking pictures of the beautiful colors of the landscape and you look up and are completely turned around. Don’t fret my little wanderer. You can find a GPS on almost anything these days –– watches, phones and specialty GPS products. Note: Always tell someone you know where you will be hiking and when you expect to return. Check in with them so they know you are safe. And speaking of pictures, yes your phone can take some pretty decent photos, but don’t forget about Mother Nature and her surprise pop up showers. If your phone or camera isn’t waterproof, be sure to carry a waterproof bag to slip it into so it stays safe and dry. Finally, make sure to download this bad boy before you venture out.

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only makes it amazingly simple to see the degree of difficulty and length of the trails, but also allows you to download maps and gives you ratings of each one. So awesome!

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Pack The Right Gear You’ve reached a high cliff and you want to stop, rest a minute and take it all in. For those really wanting to relax for a bit, pack a lightweight stowable hammock –– they can be assembled in seconds, and are super easy to pack. Warning: They’re incredibly comfy and you may nod off for a bit. Before you know it, dusk is approaching and you still have 6 miles to go. Not a great thing if you’re in the middle of the woods. If you’ve been outside at all, you know the bugs are out in full force and can be even more brutal in the middle of the woods. From flies to midges and ticks to chiggers, there’s nothing more irritating than nasty little insects bothering you the entire time. Keep yourself protected with insect repellant. Look for ones that contain DEET or if you prefer natural, there are herbal blends of essential oils that work together to discourage unwanted flies, mosquitoes and other insects. Also, wearing long sleeves and long pants will help thwart these pesky guys. When hiking long distances, it is always best to take extra care.

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The last thing you want to do is be stuck in the middle of a trail with the sunlight quickly disappearing. Use extra precaution and carry a water and a weather resistant light of sorts. A head lamp is perfect for when the sun goes down and you need to keep your visibility as optimum as possible.

Hydration Is No Joke When you are active, you are quickly losing electrolytes. Before you even leave for the hike, it is important to drink at least a liter of water. You should take plenty of water with you as well. Aim at carrying enough water to enable you to arrive at the next source well hydrated, but not so much that you get there with a couple of

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Dress Appropriately There are so many options now; it can be a bit intimidating to buy the right clothes for hiking. Especially with the weather changing the way it does this time of year. Start with a great pair of comfortable and rugged hiking boots. Make sure your feet stay dry with the right socks –– look for words like breathable, synthetic fiber or wool. Layering clothing is important too. Choose a lightweight, breathable jacket and remember, brighter is better

Take Back Your Yard!

this time of year. Fear not, my trail goddess! Yes, you can dress the part and still look great in the selfies! So get out there, Kansas City! Enjoy this gorgeous time of year and take in all the glorious color, as you know, it won’t last long! See you on the trail!

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