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CONTENTS 9 –– Publisher Letter Welcome to our home.

14 –– Trade Secrets Easy Holiday Transformations –– Q&A with Picture Perfect Interior’s Brenda Freebern on creative ways to decorate this holiday season.

19 –– Welcome An inviting Chapel Hill entryway welcomes guests.

22 –– Inside Out Fresh Inspirations –– For every season, Designer Consignment offers furniture and furnishings to create that new look in any or all of your rooms.

30 –– Artist’s Haven With the transitional style incorporated throughout the lower level, this Parkville home has achieved a simple, clean and timeless look without sacrificing comfort and warmth.

38 –– Casual Elegance Decked out for the holidays, a Northland couple found their dream home to entertain family and friends.

46 –– Holiday Home Tours From north to south, you’ll find tours abound that are sure to gladden the heart and give you inspiration for your own home.

48 –– Elements Holiday Spirit –– Hosting dinner guests this holiday season? Spruce up your table with these merrymaking ideas.

52 –– Ground Floor Luminary Splendor –– When you live in Kansas City, celebrations would not be complete without the traditional (and not-so-traditional) holiday lights.

56 –– Inspirations Art That Endures –– An interview with renown jewelry designer Todd Reed.

60 –– Mercantile This Parkville home encompasses

Wrap It Up! –– Imaginative gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

it all –– a clean and timeless look

62 –– Indulgences

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Festive Occasions –– Room 39 shared three distinctive holiday drinks that are sure to get compliments at your holiday gatherings.

68 –– Self Wellness Spas –– A healthy choice for healthier lives. Holiday decor from the Homes Tour held in November.

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TO OUR HOME HOLIDAYS –– for some they mean family, a time for giving thanks, a time for celebration. It’s a season of year I love, knowing that there will be time with family and friends that I haven’t seen for a while and lots of laughter and cheer will abound. The excitement of the season is even greater for me this year with the debut of our new magazine Kansas City Homes & Style. After weeks of working on our Premier issue, seeing the bits and pieces come together, there’s nothing like holding the finished piece in your hands. Adding to that excitement is being back together with several people who I consider my family –– Darin Benson, Mary Parker and Brenda Mitchell. And our family has grown with Brett and Britt Miller inviting us to be a part of their publishing company, Content Media. Working together to provide you a magazine designed to inspire is something I am very grateful for. Inside this issue, artist Julie Hansen invites you into her studio and jewelry artist Todd Reed shares his inspirations, along with beautiful holiday decorating ideas from an exquisite Briarcliff home to the more simple musings for your home, inside and out. Celebrate with holidays drinks or relax at a wellness spa –– it’s all there for you.


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It is time to deck the halls for the holiday season with sparkly festivity

that beckons visitors and welcomes holiday cheer. For some, that means a massive home interior transformation; an endeavor many people enjoy. However, holiday inspired design

does not have to be massive to be completely transformative says Brenda Freebern, an Overland Park interior designer with over 30 years in the industry and co-owner of Picture Perfect Interiors, LLC. Q&A ON FOLLOWING PAGE



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KC H S : Many people love the process of decorating for the holidays and can spend months transforming their home. Not everyone has the time they’d like to devote to holiday interior design but still want that transformative feel. B F : Yes, it is completely possible to spend many, many hours decorating for the holidays, but it is not always necessary to change everything to achieve a beautifully inspired holiday decor. KCH S : Where would you suggest people start? B F : I recommend starting simply, with greenery. Consider using tie on boughs of evergreens with strands of pearls or other festive hints tied in on the banister for example. If doing the entire banister is too much of a project, consider doing just the end post for an elegantly understated look. You can use what is already in place to enhance your design. A wreath becomes more beautiful when hung by a ribbon and placed over a mirror for example. KC H S : What are some other simple ways you can bring in the holiday spirit without months of effort? BF:

You can add festive elements simply and beautifully by

creating holiday centerpieces and focal points. Something as simple as a rustic bowl filled with vintage ornaments or using a mirror as a tray for a grouping of candles can have a very dramatic impact with minimal effort. Another great idea is to use a tall vase filled with water, some fresh cranberries, and a floating candle. KC H S : One of the biggest hurdles many people face in holiday design is working around already existing décor that does not seem particularly “holiday” inspired. How do you recommend working around colors that lend themselves to spring or summer? B F : Any color can become a Christmas color with the right accents, so the same treatments can apply. You can tie some sparkly ribbon around accent pillows and bring in your home decor colors into your tree and other holiday displays. If your colors include yellow and gray, something very popular right now, you could use hints of those colors in your choice of ornaments and use complementary colored ribbon to tie greenery. Thinking of your existing color as your color theme can help you overcome holiday design barriers. KC H S : What would you say is the most important thing to remember to guide our efforts? BF: Whether it is garlands, wreaths, mantle décor, or centerpieces, all of your holiday decor can be achieved simply and provide a dramatic impact. KCH&S Premier Issue



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For every season, Designer Consignment adds tastefully displayed ornaments and arrangements to their warm, inviting atmosphere.

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holidays at a fraction of what it would cost at the retail level. Something as simple as a holiday floral arrangement placed on a table in your entry way can add some sparkle to the season. Add a festive rug to the floor and place a few seasonal throw pillows on the couch, and your living room can have winter wonderland written all over it. Place some shiny Christmas balls and ornaments in a festive bowl along with a red or green table cloth and that previously understated dining room table can instantly become a vibrant holiday setting. “This is what we refer to as tablescaping,” noted Sherry Jackson, owner of Designer Consignment in Kansas City. “When you add specific and unique decorating pieces to your home for the holidays, that is when the flavor comes in.” If the extended family is coming over for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas dinner, finding a gently used and high quality table and chairs in a consignment setting can add a whole new look to your interior décor. To further amplify the holiday spirit, consider adding holiday wall art, wreaths, vases and candle holders. By adding just a few simple yet affordable pieces, you can have visions of happy

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HAVEN With the transitional style incorporated throughout the lower level, this Parkville home has achieved a simple, clean and timeless look without sacrificing comfort and warmth. Finding a place that truly intoxicates your spirit can mean embracing adventures half a world away or just taking a few steps downstairs to the lower level of your home where the four walls create not just a home but also a peaceful and inviting sanctuary. The stunning two-story Parkville home of Paul and Julie Hansen truly embodies such an ambiance. A professional artist who works from home, Julie wanted a space that not only provided a dedicated haven to exercise her artistic prowess but also a place that welcomed family and friends. With over 2,300 square feet of living space in the lower level of this 11-year-old home into which the Hansens moved in 2007, this previously unfinished space was a veritable blank canvas for Julie and Paul, who, along with builder Tim Cunningham of Tim Cunningham Homes, created a residential masterpiece that speaks to all of one’s senses in a subtle, yet very defining, way. “Working with Julie and Paul was great and lots of fun,” recalled Tim. “The main objective for finishing their lower level was to create an awesome art studio where Julie could put her talents on canvas. She wanted lots of windows, not only for light, but for the wonderful view of the trees and river bottom in their backyard.”


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After much research on various design styles and elements, as well as a few visits to different model homes, Julie and Paul developed an interest in what is referred to as a “transitional style� of decorating, which marries light grey hues and whites in a seamless, sophisticated, and timeless fashion. Such a mix evokes a modern look, balanced by simple and clean lines. That is the look the Hansens and Tim worked together to achieve in the lower level living area of the home. Once you have descended down the stairs, there is a small wine cellar to the immediate left and next to that is an exercise room. The main living room is home to a large sofa, accent chairs, table and a flat screen TV that hangs on the wall. Contiguous to this area is a small dining area and the bar/ kitchen space, followed by a cozy playroom and then a spare bedroom with a full bath that Paul uses as his home office. A half bath sits just off the living area.


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The stone columns and stone on the wall upon which the flat screen TV hangs are made of real quartz stone tile, which also is incorporated into the wine cellar to add a bit of sparkle. The hardwood floors throughout the lower level are maple with a grey stain finish and the ceiling beams in the living area are made of mahogany. Bringing the bar area to life are the counter tops, made of white Caesarstone, which wonderfully complement the clean design style. Upon entering the art studio just down the hall and past Paul’s office (while passing a flushed bookcase in the hallway), a custom arched top mahogany double door was placed. This piece of art in and of itself matches the mahogany beams in the adjacent living area. Once you walk through those doors, this is where a slice of Heaven on Earth lies in Julie’s eyes. While the main walls in the lower level have that cozy, greyish tone, the studio walls are white, catering to Julie’s preference for a clean, simple look. The entire ambiance of the studio enjoys harmonious companionship with Julie’s own artistic style: contemporary, transitional and leaning towards the abstract. It’s less about the details and more about the mood. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE



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Julie takes advantage of the natural light illuminating the white walls that give her studio an open appeal designed to inspire..

The hardwood floors in the main living area continue into the studio, and while Julie at one time considered cement floors for her studio, she saw the hardwood as warmer and easier on her legs. Recessed cans and spotlights, which mimic natural light, provide great lighting for the studio. However, the room also heavily relies on the natural light from all of the strategically placed windows. “We put in two large picture windows side by side and moved them up a bit, as they were originally much lower to the ground, only providing more of a view of the grass, and I like to see the sky and tree tops,” noted Julie. Two, smaller crank-open rectangular windows are off to either side, which Julie can readily open for fresh air when working with her pastels. Other complements to the studio include a farm-size sink, spacious cabinets for supplies, flat files and cubbies for smaller items and the pièce de résistance is the custom-made, over-sized art table, reminiscent of a drafting table. Boasting drawers all over, this 105” x 60” table is on wheels and the top can lay flat or angle up, perfect for the varying projects on which Julie works. Of course, what is a living space without music? Surround sound readily streams throughout the lower level, allowing Julie to work alongside the sounds of U2, pop music, classical tunes and contemporary Christian artists. The entire project of creating this wonderful oasis took roughly eight months to complete, and the Hansens are more than pleased with the outcome. “Tim was so amazing to work with,” recalled Julie. “If we had an idea in mind we wanted to incorporate into the design, his response was always ‘We can do that.’”



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Decked out for the holidays, a Northland couple found their dream home to entertain family and friends. KANSAS CITY BOASTS A VARIETY OF AMAZING and interesting homes. The landscape across the metro area is dotted with a vast array of inventive architectural styles designed to not only catch your attention, but also to encourage you to embrace that special abode that speaks directly to you. That is what Northland residents Jeff Fulton and Beth Hamilton discovered when they purchased their distinctive and elegant home two years ago. When this ambitious couple embarked on their journey to find a place that would balance their unique tastes while at the same time creating an ambiance that is welcoming and comfortable took some time, but their efforts were well worth the end result. Northland native Jeff, owner of a car dealership, and Beth, the Director of Business Development of Worth New York, a luxury clothing line, spent nearly two years in search of the perfect home to kick off their shoes and hang their hats. The location had to offer convenience to the downtown area as well as remain in close proximity to the schools Jeff’s children attend. “We looked at many areas from Ward Parkway and throughout the Northland, yet we kept coming back to


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this particular home,” recalled Beth, who also noted that when they finally purchased the house, they had their work cut out for them. “We’ve completely redone the entire house from a cosmetic perspective,” said Beth, who pointed out numerous interior, exterior and landscaping changes they incorporated to fit their lifestyle and tastes. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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With over 6,000 square feet of living space, including a 2,200 square foot walk-out finished basement that practically begs its guests to proclaim, “I want to make my basement look like this,” this 12-year-old house has assumed an entirely new look which is perfect for entertaining family and friends or just relaxing in peace and quiet in front of a warm fire while sipping on a glass of imported wine. Go ahead! Make yourself at home. The Old World wine cellar with a custom built bar located on the lower level isn’t just eye candy. It’s a welcoming retreat. (Our suggestion to you is to pack a bag before you come for a visit, as you probably won’t want to leave!) Also taking up residence in the basement are five (no, we did not stutter!) flat screen televisions adorning various walls. The bar area itself, complete with custom-made exotic granite, is home to one 80” TV and two 40” sets; a 70” screen accents the living area and a 50” flat screen seals the deal on the finished lower-level two-car garage, sharing space with abundant windows and neon signs. “This is Jeff’s place,” noted Beth, who pointed out the wall of windows leading from the lower living area into the proverbial “man’s garage.” (A three-car garage is one level up off the main circular drive, while another driveway spins off that main driveway down to this level. For the car enthusiast, lawn care aficionado and man cave lover, this design is true poetry in motion!) From the outside, this home presents with a grand façade that offers a very palatial feel, slightly reminiscent of Romanesque architecture, with arcading arches and four large, rounded pillars. The accompanying landscape is very tailored and well maintained, with barely a twig or blade of grass out of place. Upon entering the home through the main front door, specialty finishes on the walls in natural and muted tones add subtle yet sophisticated charm while simultaneously providing a neutral and homey feeling. The magnificent curved staircase with iron spindles leads upstairs to three bedrooms and a loft. The home also has four full bathrooms and two half baths. The master bedroom is located on the main level, along with a piano room to the left of the main entrance and a movie parlor to the right. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE



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The piano room houses an eye-catching player grand piano, while wall sconces dot the wall on either side and a chandelier hangs boldly and brightly

Homeowners Jeff Fulton and Beth Hamilton with Brutus and Nugget enjoy spending the holidays at home. “We’ve completely redone the house from a cosmetic perspective.”

above. A large area rug adds warmth to the beautiful travertine flooring while two accent chairs offer a place to sit and take in the harmony of the space. Inside the master bedroom, a gorgeous master bathroom is the prefect place to unwind at the end of a long day, and don’t let the fancy chandelier fool you. You don’t have to dress to the nines to enjoy this inviting space. Fuzzy slippers and fluffy robes are the perfect evening wear for this private oasis. Of course, the kitchen is the true heartbeat of this home, and this one does not skip a beat. Stainless steel appliances add a slick, clean look while other highlights include granite counter tops, pendant lighting over the kitchen counter, custom-painted cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, a versatile island with sink, a wet bar and wine refrigerator. The open space of the kitchen flows into the hearth room where family and friends can relax in front of the grand fireplace before heading off to the informal dining area just off the kitchen, which also has double glass-paned doors on one side leading to the home office. Perpendicular to those doors is a sliding glass door that opens up to the upper outdoor deck. Hardwood floors add to the warmth of the entire kitchen and hearth room area. There is also a second staircase just off the dining area that leads to the lower level. “We had a clear vision for the look, style and feel we wanted this home to have, and the end results is something with which we know we will be happy for many years to come,” smiled Beth. It’s safe to say that this is the kind of home in which you could simultaneously lose yourself and find yourself.

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During this festive season, homeowners throughout Kansas City adorn their homes, open their doors and invite you to reveal in the spirit of the holidays. From north to south, you’ll find holiday home tours abound that are sure to gladden the heart and give you inspiration for your own home. Here are three that caught our eye –– ENJOY!

Weston Candlelight Homes Tour December 5, 6 and 7, 2014 Celebrating its 33rd anniversary of the “Candlelight Homes Tour”, Weston’s favorite traditions will be back. The downtown street lamps will be aglow with greenery and lights, the streets leading to the tour homes will be lined with luminaries, and of course Weston’s Father Christmas, who for years has evoked feelings of a Christmas long ago, will be on hand to greet visitors. Start your holiday season off right with a tour through five historic homes in Weston, Missouri. This year’s homes tour features three antebellum homes, a 1920’s cottage and a downtown loft.

Featured Homes: ●

418 Main Street –– This downtown loft dating from the 1870’s,

features an open loft concept with a balcony overlooking the street. ●

831 Washington Street –– Built in 1852, this home is a fully

restored Gothic Revival structure featuring the original pine wood floors, a walnut staircase and exposed brick walls. ●

731 Welt Street –– Built in the 1840’s, a portion of this home

showcases the some of the original flooring, woodwork and log walls. ●

614 Rock Street –– A charming cottage built in 1922 features

two front doors, a tradition that allowed family and visitors to enter through different doors. ●

615 Rock Street –– In 1853 this property was owned by Elijah

Cody, Buffalo Bill’s uncle. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call the Chamber of Commerce office at (816) 640-2909. The Friday evening tour is limited to 300 tickets and will include a light dinner at “Eventful”. The homes will be open from 5 p.m to 8:30 p.m, tickets running $35. Saturday tour hours are noon to 8 p.m, and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the tour, $5 children under 12. LEFT PHOTO:

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Leavenworth Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour

Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour

December 14, 2014

December 3, 4 and 5, 2014

In its 23rd year, the Leavenworth Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour

Get yourself in the holiday spirit with the 63rd annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday

headquarters will be at the Carroll Mansion Museum, 1128 Fifth

Homes Tour. Four homes in Mission Hills, Fairway and Kansas City, MO., will be

Ave., home of the Leavenworth County Historical Society. The

open to the public, decorated for the season by area floral designers. A gourmet shop

museum will open at 11:00 am for tour goers to pick up their

will feature “30 Years of Kappa Fudge” and other baked goodies and gift items,

tickets and view the house. The museum’s Victorian Gift Shoppe

including a new tour ornament.

will also be open. Tour goers will enjoy a cross-section of vintage Leavenworth homes dressed in holiday style. Six private residences will be the tour as well as the First Missionary Baptist Church at 800 W. 7th St. and the Leavenworth High School, 2012 Tenth Ave., both of which are celebrating milestone anniversaries.

Featured Homes: ●

2304 Maple Avenue –– This home was once owned by Nathan




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Holman of Holman Family Nursery whose custom was to deliver Christmas trees to the city and Fort Leavenworth homes on Christmas Eve first by mules and wagon, then by fuel powered vehicles. ●

108 Olive Street –– Built in 1864, this home was owned by

German immigrant Albert Doege, founder of the National Soap Company in Leavenworth. ●

1021 S. 5th Street –– A stucco Italianate built in 1859, H. Miles

Moore, one of the founders of Leavenworth lived here in 1907. ●

211 Arch Street –– Located in the Arch Street Historic District,

this Tudor style home was built by E.P. Willson, founder of the Great Western Stove Company. ●

918 Sherman Avenue –– Occupants of this home ranged from

tailors and bookkeepers to painters and firefighters. ●

307 North Broadway –– On the once famed Millionaires Row,

Featured Homes and Florists: ●

5714 Windsor Drive, Fairway, KS –– This 1950 home was expanded in 2009 to

include a family-focused lower level with an in-home theatre and crafts room. An expansive kitchen and living room features beams salvaged from a tobacco barn and a view to the backyard oasis. Florist: The Little Flower Shop.

this home was built in the Romanesque Classical Revival Style

and is a true delight during the holiday season.

grounds. This home has a Grand Hall and a beautiful traditional style. It is on the

6624 Wenonga, Mission Hills, KS –– Historic Tudor with extensive terraced

National Register of Historic Places. Florist: Studio Dan Meiners. ●

435 W. Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO –– A 1922 Colonial redone with

eclectic modern touches, and a blend of modern and antique furnishings. A sound system inside and out and screened porch make the home perfect for entertaining. Florist: Blue Bouquet. ●

2409 W. 68th Street, Mission Hills, KS –– Completely rebuilt in 2011, this family

home includes a library, an in-home theatre, a kitchen fit for a chef and a hidden room in the basement. A glamorous modern decorating style and interesting textures make this home a must-see. Florist: Craig Sole Designs.


This year’s tour raises money for Kansas City Community Gardens, SAFEHOME and the Kappa Foundation. Tickets are $25 in advance at Hen House, tour florists

For ticket information, call the museum: (913) 682-7759 or e-mail:

and other outlets, as well as from area Kappas. Tickets can be purchased at the Tour hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

homes on the days of the tour for $30. Tour times are Dec. 3rd, 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.;

Tickets are $12 in advance or $17 the day of the tour. Homes are

Dec. 4th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 5th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,

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1. No need to argue over who gets the wishbone this season! Pottery Barn’s Wishbone Napkin Ring, set of 4, $26.

2. The perfect glam

accessory for your holiday table –– Present Lanterns from Pier One, $34.95-$89.95. 3. Worthy of a grand feast, these Tartan Dinner Plates from Williams Sonoma feature an elegant gold border. Set of 4, $59.95. 4. Deal Alert! Ambrosi Brother’s best selling 8 pc. stainless steak knife set, the Wusthof in Rosewood case. Regularly $120, just $49.99 during Black Friday Week! (11/23-12/1) 5. Start your holiday gathering off right by serving up your Brie and Camembert on West Elm’s Festive Fair Isle Cheese Board, $34. 6. These elegant, precision-etched glasses from Mikasa will be the icing on your holiday table! Cheers Ruby Wine Glass Set, $49.99, available at Macy’s and 7. We can’t think of a


lovelier way to serve up your Rugelach this season! Gelt Tidbit Plates from Pottery Barn, set of 4, $39.50. 8. Jolly Good! The Old Saint Nick Holiday Collection by Vietri is hand painted in Italy and dishwasher safe. These special dinnerware and bakeware pieces will carry you through many holidays to come! Available at KC Surroundings,

9. Don’t forget to leave room on your table for

an elegant arrangement created by the designers at Toblers Flowers. Call 800-377-1999 or order online at 10. The oversized Toulouse Serving Platter will carry you through the holiday season in style (and, it reminds us of snowflakes!) Hand crafted in France, available at Crate & Barrel, $89.95.

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KC Downtown Marriott

A benefit for NAMI Greater Kansas City –– National Alliance on Mental Illness WE BELIEVE IN MAGIC! Kansas City Young Matrons (KCYM) is hosting the “Magic Ball” to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Kansas City. This nonprofit organization advocates for and provides services to those in our community who suffer from mental illness. The “Magic Ball” will be held on Saturday, January 17th, at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a raffle and cocktails. A sit-down dinner will be served at 7:30 pm, followed by a live auction. We will end the evening with dancing to the music of KOKOMO. ( l e f t to r i ght)

Janet Bjerke, Co-Chairman, UMKC’S Chancellor, Leo Morton, Mary Beth Hershey, Co-Chairman



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The Kansas City Young Matron (KCYM) “Magic Ball” Benefit Board.

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Luminary Splendor

While the upcoming holidays can mean many things to many people, when you live in Kansas City, you know the celebrations would not be complete without the traditional (and not-so-traditional) holiday lights! Whether you want a clean, simple yet sophisticated look or really want to add some spark and pizzazz to your home’s outdoor holiday lighting, outdoor lighting can accomplish all of the above. Just imagine what your holiday guests will think when they are greeted by exceptional seasonal style. Even just a strand of lights accenting your front door can make a grand statement when the bulbs are evenly spaced and the lights are easily directed. 46


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When using the latest sustainable LED technology currently available, which translates to reusable, lower wattage bulbs that last longer than traditional ones, homeowners can use something as simple as string lights along the perimeter of a home’s exterior to decking out the trees, shrubs, sidewalk, driveway and more in true holiday spirit incorporating a wide range of colors and designs. Creativity is certainly welcome. Doug Bringman of NiteLites of Kansas City added, “We take into consideration what homeowners want and then guide them and give them ideas for the best possible result. Common choices include string lights, snowflakes, icicles and different variations of colors.” A company like NiteLites makes and manufactures their own fixtures, as well as provides the installation and design services of not only holiday lights, but regular outdoor lighting. They offer a lifetime guarantees on their entire systems. Homeowners enjoy the experience of arriving home and embracing that inviting curb appeal. With unique designs to entire lighting systems or simple smaller displays, brightening the night with inviting holiday ambiance can make your home have “Seasons Greetings” written all over it or it can make that simple “Happy Holidays” statement.



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For more information on holiday lighting and everyday outdoor lighting, contact Doug Bringman with NiteLites of Kansas City at 913.871.1299 or go online at You can also find them on Facebook at

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RENOWN JEWELRY DESIGNER TODD REED Like nothing else, art embodies our soul and thoughts in a concrete form that will endure. Art satisfies some of our deepest needs to bring complex abstractions to life. It anchors its creation to a single moment in time, yet grasps at all that has gone before and all that will follow after. Art’s intrinsic value is incalculable, and ones attraction to any particular piece is difficult to explain. When it speaks to you, it just does. “Not everyone gets my designs, and that’s okay” says jewelry designer Todd Reed. “It is not meant for everyone to get. At the heart of each design is my attempt to communicate my thoughts and ideas. I don’t live outside of art, and I believe my form of communication should be on point and connected to purpose. When that resonates with someone, I feel

a. Men’s bands. Top: 18ky rose gold, black diamonds and black jade, $11,550. Bottom: Two rows of raw diamond cubes (14 ctw) with 18ky gold, $7,700. b. 18ky gold and sterling silver with patina, and white brilliant cut diamonds (.52ctw), $7,920 c. 18ky rose gold ring stack with black diamonds, white brilliants and autumn brilliant (pieces range from $3,000-15,000). d. 18k rose gold, sterling silver with patina, autumn brilliant cut diamonds (0.95ctw), raw diamond cube (0.10ctw), $5,170 e. Sterling silver with patina, white brilliant cut diamonds (1.91ctw) and a raw diamond cube (.057ctw), $4,620 f. Palladium, sterling silver with patina and black brilliant cut diamonds(.375ctw), $3,410 g. 18ky gold and sterling silver with patina and white brilliant cut diamonds (.44ctw), $5,500

very fortunate.” All of his designs are borne of the desire to communicate astounding beauty, he explains “Jewelry cuts right to chase. It allows an immediate connection.” Reed, who’s mother is a well-known commercial illustrator, has always led a life of art, designing furniture, leatherwork, painting and sculptures. After becoming close friends with a prominent diamond collector, he was introduced to the artistry behind rough stones and began a journey that continues to define, clarify, and broaden his art. Reed’s designs are all created from recycled materials, an eco-friendly practice he calls “right relationship” he has kept from the inception of his company. “The use of recycled materials is not unusual now,” he explains. However, the trendsetting practice was virtually unheard of when he began 20 years ago.

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Reed’s designs are all hand fabricated by Reed and a team of 16 master jewelers using 18k gold, palladium, and platinum and personally selected diamonds and other gemstones, often in raw form. Each one is completely unique, adding to the allure and artistic nature of the piece. “When designing the pieces, we think about love and spirituality. Every piece should have relevance, and be the best we can possibly create.” The quest for greatness is not always efficient, he explains. “Each piece is crafted by one jeweler, without being handed off. Efficiency tends to take an element of care out of the piece and we want to retain all of the passion from beginning to end. That may mean we produce fewer pieces, but we can be proud of every one.” Mark Mazzaresse, of Mazzarese Jewelers in Leawood, and who comes from the 4th generation of jewelers, explains that it is this “inefficiency” that gives Reed’s designs a deep


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Guidelines for Choosing a Financial Advisor


By Michael J. Searcy ®



orking with a financial advisor requires a great amount of

“trust” on your part, but that trust should not be developed


based on feelings and verbal promises. Real trust can be built

Understand how they are paid.

when you follow these 6 guidelines for choosing a financial advisor.

Registered Investment Advisors can be compensated in different ways,


so understanding how they make their money and where the payments

Know their structure.

come from is important. An RIA is required to disclose how they are

There is a difference between a stockbroker and a financial advisor.

compensated in their Form ADV, so there should be no question or

Stockbrokers are in the business of giving advice on investment vehicles,

confusion for the client. Payments received may be a combination of a

while financial advisors can help with both investment advisement and

flat fee for financial planning and a percentage of assets for investment

developing a financial plan to reach your goals. However, some financial

management. Advisors may also include specific disclosures which

advisors may be limited in ways they can help you based on their

allow them to help clients with insurance, if the need arises, in a fully

professional affiliations. Look for an independent Registered Investment

disclosed manner. Some RIAs give greater flexibility to clients by

Advisor (RIA), as these firms are not obligated to promote a specific

offering service levels clients can choose from based on their need.

product or service and have a fiduciary duty to do what is in the best interest of each client. For an RIA that specializes in financial planning,


look for one with a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.

Firms who develop and sell proprietary products are often incentivized


to promote their products above others. By working with a firm who

Understand their services.

Don’t accept limited investment options.

takes an unrestricted approach to investing, you can help avoid the risk

You may find it valuable to work with a firm with clients who are like

of being cornered into specific investments.

you. Ask an advisor for their list of services and for examples of how they’ve helped people with situations similar to yours. Also, find out


how they handle situations that are outside of their expertise. Good

Having support from and access to your financial advisor and their team

advisors understand the services that fall within, and outside of, their

is something you should demand. You want to know someone will be

expertise, and have a network of resources available to connect you

there when you have questions or need to update your goals based on the

with experts if collaborative planning is needed.

evolution of your life. Finding an advisor that meets regularly with


clients and keeps up on their lives can help in developing a long-lasting

Require documentation.

Demand support.

rapport. You will also want to find an advisor who is a match for your

Advisors should be willing to furnish documentation regarding their

communication style. Do you prefer video conferences to in-person

Code of Ethics, and independent advisors will provide their clients with

meetings? Email to phone calls? Make sure your advisor is comfortable

a Form ADV Part 2 & 2B that fully discloses how they do business.

with your style and can communicate in a way that works for you.

Brokerage firms are not required to provide you with any comparable type of disclosure because they are not held to the fiduciary standard.

If you are interested in receiving our quarterly newsletter filled with

You should also be provided with an Investment Policy Statement,

financial planning topics, send your name and email address to:

which serves as the “business plan” for directing and communicating

the activities of each client’s portfolio.

SEARCY FINANCIAL SERVICES I N T E G R AT E D W E A LT H M A N A G E M E N T S O L U T I O N S Michael J. Searcy, ChFC, CFP ®, AIFA ®, is president of Searcy Financial Services Inc., a registered investment advisory and financial planning firm located in Overland Park.

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ometimes life can be stressful and demanding during the holiday season. We can feel like we are all alone dealing with expectations of work and family. You’re not alone feeling overwhelmed this time of year.

“If you feel you need someone who can listen to your concerns in a warm, friendly, supportive environment, call me today for your complimentary first visit.” ~ Lynne

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WRAP IT UP! Imaginative gifts for everyone on your holiday list.


1. Gilded Dapper Animal Mug, $10. 2. Everyone has a BBQ lover on their on their list. Try the one-stop shop at 119th & Strang Line, The Kansas City BBQ Store, founded by the owners of Oklahoma Joe’s. Not only do they carry K.C.’s local sauces, but you can also get anything and everything bbq-related from all over the country. Gift baskets and shipping are available. 3. Have an art lover on your list? How about a small version of our favorite Kansas City icon –– the Nelson Atkins Shuttlecock Ornament ($18), available at Nelson-Atkins gift shop or online at 4. We can’t think of a better way to warm someone’s heart this season than Christopher Elbow’s Drinking Chocolate served up in these adorable mugs from West Elm (shown above). Drinking Chocolate, $16, see for retailers. 5. Know someone that left their heart in San Francisco (or Paris, London, New York)? The City Tray from Pottery Barn is the


perfect spot to drop keys or earrings. $19.50. 6. Why not celebrate the Royals with these baseball-inspired coasters from local leather shop Sandlot Goods? Hand crafted of leather & felted wool, they feature Sandlot’s signature stitch, which add to the baseball vibe. $28-$42.

7. The only outlet

center serving the Greater Kansas City region, Legends Outlets Kansas City features over 100 designer and name brands. The shopping destination, which also includes many restaurants and entertainment venues, is located at the intersection of Interstate 435/Parallel Parkway, just north of Interstate 70. 8. What to get the foodie that has everything? Or your tiny aspiring chef? How about a gift certificate to the Kansas City Culinary Center? They offer over 600 classes –– everything from cupcakes to Christmas dinner, $50 & up. Call 913-341-4455 or book online at


9. Have someone on your list that deserves something

sparkly? How about these silver earrings from Scott’s Diamond Designs? These are definitely on our list! $340. 10. Have a wine lover on your list? Go local! Try Kansas City’s own Amigoni Urban Winery, located inside the historic telegram building at 1505 Genessee, in the West Bottoms. Also available locally at Gomers, Cosentino’s, HyVee and others. See for complete listing. 11. Looking for a something you can personalize this season? Try making a paperweight gift! Use photos, small mementos or fabric scraps for a one-of-a-kind gift! Kits available, $10.75 and up. 12. Loyal Kansas City fans have a new way to show off their long-standing devotion to our boys in red. Local company LoyaltyKC features tees and hoodies, $29 & up, available at Envolve Boutique in the Power & Light District, The Bunker in Westport or online at



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OpportunitytoCelebrateLiving Lambie Custom Homes just recently moved into their new offices, where

respected leader in the development of custom homes in the Kansas City

they plan to continue the legacy of a home building business now working

market. He is also an ambitious entrepreneur. Lambie clearly enjoys what

through generations. One peek into any of the thousands of homes Jim

he does. Each of the homes he has built over the years gives stunning

Lambie has built over his 38 year career, one can see that this award-

testament to his penchant for unique design, character and personality that

winning Master Builder has given a whole new meaning to the oft-used

can be seen from floor to ceiling and wall to wall. Lambie Custom Homes

phrase, “There’s no place like home.” At his core, Lambie is a true

doesn’t just build quality homes; they build legacies for families, places

visionary; a creative thinker; a strategist; a craftsman; an artist; and a

in which laughter is shared, memories are created and life is truly lived. Jim is joined by vice president Tim Hovey and Lambie’s son Steve, a Project Manager. Lambie’s wife, Diane, oversees the daily office activities and she is joined by several long standing employees that have helped the company flourish. Yes, it is a family-oriented endeavor, but that familiar reach extends way beyond the office to the clients. Building a home with Lambie Custom is a very inviting and welcoming experience, and when you partner with them, you truly do feel right at home. Among the many communities in which Lambie Custom currently builds includes Mills Farm, Highlands Creek, Canyon Creek, Wyngate, Chapel Hill, Forest View, the Links Villas of Lionsgate, Woods at Colton Lake,

Watersedge, The Reserve at Town and Country, Windsor Ridge, Coffee Creek Crossing, Kensington Farms, Grey Oaks, Greens of Chapel Creek, Loch Lloyd, Glen Abbey, Arbor View, Bluestem, Woods at Somerset, Estates of Timber Springs, Lake of Southwick and Stonegate Reserve. But why stop there? Lambie Custom is building luxury custom villas at Overland Park’s exciting new Prairiefire, a world-class development center situated just south of 135th Street between Nall and Lamar, which boasts high-end retail shops; fine dining experiences; upper-bracket

In addition to being readily available to his clients, providing the best

apartments; and a 41,000 square foot facility holding renowned exhibits

in customer care and service, Lambie’s reach extends well into the

from The American Museum of Natural History. “We are excited about

community, as he enjoys giving back in any way he possibly can. “We

the Prairiefire Villas,” he smiled, noting that the starting price point is

enjoy doing things for the community in many ways,” he expressed.

around $800,000 and will go into the millions. With these villas backing

Among the various projects in which Lambie Custom has unselfishly

up to the Links at LionsGate community, the residents will have full

engaged include the construction of a rectory at cost in Shawnee;

access to LionsGate social amenities. Additionally, Lambie just broke

building the Boys’ Hope House off 119th and State Line; participating in

ground on a luxurious and cozy oasis of homes just off 133rd and

Christmas in October, fixing up houses in desperate need of repair; and

State Line on the Kansas side. The Enclave at Cedar Pointe, which will

sponsoring the annual Luminary Walk at the Arboretum. They were also

eventually boast 24 lots, with a price range of $425,000-$650,000 will

heavily invested in the Touched by Cancer program, building a gorgeous

offer homeowners quality with an affordable price point. Lambie

home back in 2008, wherein a different decorator designed each room of

Custom Homes is the exclusive builder for these two new communities.

the house, with all proceeds from the subsequent sale of that home going directly to the cancer foundation. Outside of work, Lambie maintains an active personal life, as well. He and Diane love to spend quality time with their four adult children and three grandchildren. One of his favorite pastimes is relaxing in his wood shop working. A creative mind rarely rests! Further, Lambie is a respected member of the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association. Lambie Custom is not just a business for him. It is a lifestyle, one dedicated to bringing each and every client the lifestyle they envision for themselves as they begin the process of building not just a home, but a dream-come-true. Deciding to build a home with Lambie Custom is more than just a monumental decision. It is an opportunity…an opportunity to celebrate living the way you always envisioned you could. “This is what I do and I love it,” he smiled.



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Whether it’s family, friends or her clients, Patty Farr’s top priority is creating strong relationships.

ven though she was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from RE/MAX, Platte City resident and Realtor extraordinaire Patty Farr truly personifies a very appropriate sentiment: It’s not about what we gather in life, but what we sprinkle. While numerous awards seem to find their place upon her mantel, Patty does not fixate on those accomplishments. She prefers to focus on what matters most to her: the clients. The relationships she creates with them are the real reward. And the truth to that philosophy rings loud and clear. “I always answer,” Patty affirms, with respect to her phone. “I don’t want to miss a call. My clients depend on me and I intend to be there for them at all times.” And while she might not necessarily want to toot her own horn, we bear no shame reflex when it comes to announcing that in the past eight years since she first got her feet wet in the real estate arena, Patty has garnered $3 million in commissions. This past July she was recognized as one of the top agents in the world from all different real estate companies via the REAL Trends award, coming in at #141. Within RE/MAX alone, she stands in the Top 100 at #48. All of this success was achieved in just eight years, and also at a time that left countless agents treading rocky waters as the real estate industry struggled to keep its head above waters during the economic downturn of recent years.


Above... Dave Liniger, co-founder of Re/Max and Patty Farr at the National Convention in Las Vegas.

Farr can credit her dogged determination, avid ambition and unparalleled commitment to her clients for leaving her relatively unscratched during those turbulent times. In fact, her future seems to just get brighter and brighter. Along with her husband, Larry Ryan, a licensed real estate agent in Missouri, this powerhouse team understands that there is a reason the rearview mirror is smaller than the windshield and they stand positioned to remain a driving force within their profession. “We recently purchased a new franchise in early October,” stated Patty. “We now have our own office and brokerage –– RE/MAX House of Dreams.” In a rather serendipitous manner, this name coincides wonderfully with the unveiling of RE/MAX’s new corporate quote: “Dream with Your Eyes Open.”

Left to right... Lynn Lasley, office manager; Kamille Sedlock, office assistant; Patty Farr, broker-owner and Larry Ryan, agent-owner.

















“Dream with Your Eyes Open” Located at 1103 S. 169 Highway N in Smithville, Missouri, Patty and Larry have assembled a wonderful support staff and are about to acquire nearly a dozen new agents from all walks of life (military, fire fighter, young people) who will commence working with them before the end of this year. Never a dull moment for this group, Patty will continue to sell while simultaneously training and mentoring the new agents, along with the help of her assistant, Kamille Sedlock. Larry will tend to the overall operations of the office with office manager, Lynn Lasley. A licensed agent/broker in Kansas and Missouri, Patty focuses her efforts in the Platte City area but will go anywhere to get the job done, whether a starter home or multi-million dollar estate. Her work ethic does not discriminate. “Sure, every house has a different story and a different situation for why I might be assisting in the sale or purchase of it,” said Patty. “But no matter the client, I treat all of them the same.” And that treatment consists of literal round-the-clock accessibility and up-to-date knowledge with respect to industry trends, technology, and education. Both Patty and Larry ensure to keep the pace with continuing education through regular training and classes. “Every day is certainly different, but every day is definitely fun,” she smiled. “We work all the time, but we love it.” In addition to their real estate business, Patty and Larry also wear other hats.

Right... Patty Farr and Larry Ryan, owners of Homes by Patty Farr LLC, currently have 3 homes and 6 lots in the Rock Creek subdivision in Smithville, Missouri. Pictured with sign, Kamille, Patty and Lynn.

“We have our own construction company –– Homes by Patty Farr,” noted Patty. “We currently have six lots and three homes going up within the Rock Creek subdivision in Smithville and are the exclusive listing agents for builder Brian Mertz of PC Homes.” They also are the exclusive agents for the Brookfield and Fox Creek Villas subdivisions in Platte City. But why stop there? Patty and Larry also own multiple rental homes in the Platte City area. Yes, this is their life, but it is a life they love and one to which they are completely dedicated. “I always answer my phone and if I can’t, I call right back,” emphasized Patty. “We work seven days a week. We don’t say ‘no.’ Somehow, we find a way to fit it all in.” Of course, the advances in technology have definitely served to help Patty and Larry keep their promise to remain readily available.

















Left... Kollin Farr and Patty Farr at Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, Royals won 10-0. Center... Farr’s grandkiddo’s: (from left to right) Kollin, Max, Kiersten, Taylor, Tori, Kollin Koltin, Nikolas, Wyatt, Khloe ,Kamelli, and Madisyn. Right... Patty Farr with her mother, Henrietta McSherry.

“I have two cell phones and two iPads,” stated Patty. “And we also offer DotLoop through our web site, which is an electric signature and storage area that enables clients to sign the contract papers. All of our listings are also on DotLoop.” Not surprisingly, Patty and Larry also take the time to give back to the community that has given so much to them. It seems they are always involved in one fundraiser or another, including a recent one for ALS and Juvenile Diabetes and the Children’s Miracle Network. “We enjoy donating our time and efforts to many causes,” smiled Patty. As 2014 draws to a close, Patty is on track and running #1 within RE/MAX in the state of Missouri and anticipates over $25 million in sales this year. “In 2015, we hope to make our agents very successful,”

said Patty, who, with Larry’s unwavering determination to provide better support to their customers through the agents, makes RE/MAX House of Dreams poised for a phenomenal year…one of which dreams truly are made. At the end of the day, though, it is really all about their clients and just giving them the freedom to simply be themselves, as that is the position from which Patty and Larry routinely operate. “We still have the same two trucks we used when we started in this business and we usually wear jeans and boots on a typical work day,” noted Patty. Larry chimed in, “We are very down-to-earth people and just want to make people feel comfortable. Their happiness is our ultimate goal. Everything else will fall into place once that is achieved.”

P AT T Y F A R R Broker –– Agent –– Owner 1103 S. 169 Highway N, Smithville, Missouri office: 816.873.0300

cell: 816.405.7712




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Peach Cobbler

Truly amazing and tastes just like the real thing. Favorite dessert of many around the Holidays, this dessert cocktail is actually served year-round. Mix vodka, the puree and simple syrup into a mixer and shake like a martini. Pour into a chilled stem-less martini glass and add whipped cream to the top. Murray then reached into his bartender bag of tricks and pulled out a pipette, and dressed the top of the whipped


cream with Disaronno.

Spiked Eggnog

We reached spiked eggnog perfection at Room 39, all made

2 ounces Stoli Vanilla Vodka

2 ounces Peach Puree

½ ounce simple syrup

takes a single egg. Start with no ice in the shaker, then with a


mixing ball to aid the egg’s frothiness, add all ingredients including

from scratch. Murray reminded us a single serving of eggnog

spices. Using a towel to cover the entire shaker, shake vigorously

The Last Word

to expand the egg-white. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, cover with a towel again and shake vigorously one more time. Strain with

Served in a chilled martini glass, the drink has a reputation for living up to its name.

a Hawthorne strainer and pour into a cocktail mug. A little fresh

Too many of these might result in your last coherent words of the evening. Tasty

grated nutmeg on top and enjoy a fresh spiked eggnog.

martini cocktail with that holiday taste, Room 39 uses a house specialty Aviation


Gin. The Chartreuse, as Murray remarked, can be found in most home bars towards

2 ounces of Bacardi Rum

the back. Mix all ingredients in a shaker and give it a good martini shake, served

1 ounce half-and-half

Single egg separated using only the egg-white

A pinch of fresh ground clove

Four dashes of ground cinnamon

2 ounces of Aviation Gin

½ ounce simple syrup

1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Fresh Graded Nutmeg

straight up. Ingredients ●

1 ounce Green Chartreuse

3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup

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2014 Kansas City Symphony Ball

















I T N E V E R FA I L S !

As the 45-minute moving performance

Year after year, it seems the Symphony

ended, it created a wave of chills

Ball, one of the main fundraisers for the

throughout the Hall as the symphony and

Kansas City Symphony, always outdoes

the pipe organ played harmoniously

itself. The 31st Annual Ball, held on

together the classic number, Symphony

Saturday, September 6, 2014, was

No. 3 in C Minor Opus 78 Organ

no exception. With its dazzling and

Symphony II Maestoso, by Saint-Saens.

spectacular “The Sun, the Moon and the

“It was very beautiful and moving,” said

Stars” theme, this black-tie affair proved

Pam, emphasizing how it was more

to be, without a doubt, an over-the-moon

than just a concert, but an experience for

experience for everyone in attendance.

the senses.

Overseen by 2014 Ball Chairman,

The evening’s theme captured the

Pam Fleischer, along with the Honorary

essence of the sun as it shined brightly

Ball Chairs, Landon and Sarah Rowland, and a host of volunteers from The Symphony League, the magical evening began with an engaging performance by the

down upon the guests as they arrived for STORY BY

Ann E. Butenas PHOTOS BY

Strauss Peyton

Kansas City Symphony in the Helzberg Hall at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Guests began their

the performance. As it began to rest its head upon the horizon to welcome the glorious evening, guests then moved to the Kansas City Convention Center via Promenade and

Tricycle Transit to the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall for a night

evening with a toast to the symphony in the Brandmeyer Great

of cocktails, appetizers, dinner, dessert and dancing as the full

Hall, where cocktails were served before everyone gathered in the

moon (and magically a Super Moon this year!) began to rise into

Hall to experience this one-of-a-kind performance that celebrated

the brilliant night sky.

the celestial. Since the performance was in Helzberg Hall, it was the first time the entire orchestra was able to perform at the Ball. During the symphony’s stellar performance, guests were treated

“It was breath-taking to see the moon shine down over the performing arts center from Bartle Hall,” expressed Pam. “It truly added to the ambiance of the night.”

to both visual and auditory delights as Music Director Michael Stern

During the cocktail hour in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall,

offered a program of French music inspired by the region of

shooters of vichyssoise were offered, along with mouth-watering

Provence in France where famed artist and post-impressionist

Brie and raspberry on brioche and pommes frites with a truffle

painter, Vincent van Gogh, created his legendary masterpieces.

aioli. The succulent entrees, pre-selected by the guests, included

“Diane Durbin, who was on the ambiance committee, suggested

poached sea bass and steak au poivre. The meal was served the

Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting as inspiration for the color theme,

European way –– continental style –– which meant the entree

incorporating hues of blue, yellow and orange,” noted Pam.

came first, followed by the salad and then a cheese and fruit course.

It was BREATHTAKING to see the MOON shine down “ over the PERFORMING ARTS CENTER from Bartle Hall.


It truly added to the AMBIANCE of the NIGHT.

“Thank you to all of our attendees and supporters!” ~ THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

Mr. and Mrs. Chip Fleischer, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fleischer, Pam Fleischer and Ken Weiner, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Rosenbaum, June Rosenbaum



Mr. and Mrs. Landon Rowland and Michael Stern


Pamela Fleischer and Julia Irene Kauffman

MIDDLE RIGHT: Mr. and Mrs. William Lyons, Pamela Fleischer, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Elsberry


Michael Stern, Mr. and Mrs. Barnett Helzberg

The SKIES were ALIGNED for this year’s “ KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY BALL annual FUNDRAISER.” chocolates, coffee, candles and other assorted goodies.

The meal ended elegantly with French macaroons, chocolate

truffles and coffee. Aramark catered the entire affair, and Trapp and

The Wednesday prior to the Ball, a Benefactor Party was held at

Company provided the eye-catching floral arrangements and

the American Restaurant, hosted by Don Hall, Sr. and overseen by

coordinating tablescapes. Harvest Productions oversaw the sound

committee members Jackie Middelkamp, Karen Mische, Susan

and lighting for the evening.

Ahn, and Peggy Lyons.

“The ballroom was partitioned into three sections,” explained

“It was spectacular,” recalled Pam. “We could see the performing

Pam. “As the guests arrived for the cocktail hour, the dining area

arts center from the restaurant, which gave us a preview of what

was curtained off and when it was eventually opened, it revealed a

was to come that weekend.” A pre-check-in was offered at the party so that guests could

huge, orb-like moon suspended from the ceiling. Projected on the

pick up their table assignments and tickets for the performance

walls were trees of a forest, giving an outdoor-like feeling.”

prior to the Ball, which greatly helped to facilitate things on the night

The second curtain went up after dinner to reveal the dance

of the event.

floor, where guests danced to the sounds of the Craig Duncan Orchestra. Stars suspended from the ceiling gave the essence of

“The Ball is certainly our major fundraiser and our team of about

dancing under the stars. “Trapp and Company created the idea for

40 women made this the success it was,” smiled Pam, whose

and designed the suspended moon and stars,” noted Pam.

mother, Barbara Fleischer, was the Ball Chair 17 years ago. “I was honored to carry on that tradition this year.”

“During dinner, the band played standing under the suspended moon,” said Pam, who also revealed a distinct feature about this

Pam, along with Anne Elsberry, had the distinct honor of

year’s event. “We invited the orchestra members and their guests

introducing several key individuals prior to the dance the night of

to be our guests at the Ball. Everyone really loved talking and

the Ball, including Bill Lyons, Chair of the Board of Directors and

interacting with them, and the musicians greatly appreciated it.”

Frank Byrne, Executive Director of the Symphony. “It was our pleasure and honor to announce that the Symphony

Of course, what is a Symphony Ball without a silent auction?

League netted over $700,000 that evening,” said Pam.

Overseeing the auction were co-chairs Elaine Mann and Annette

Earlier this year, the symphony received funds from the highly

Sherrow, who are also slated to be next year’s Co-Ball chairpersons.

anticipated shopping night at Hall’s on the Country Club Plaza.

“We raised nearly $67,000 this year through the auction and

"My mom and Miki Christophersen co-chaired that event, which

a raffle,” noted Pam, who compared that figure to last year’s total

also featured author Danielle Rollins, who did a book signing for

of $55,000.

her new release, Soiree: Entertaining with Style,” said Pam. “We

Among the fabulous items featured in the auction were a

raised about $5,000 that night for the symphony.”

jacket from Alaskan Fur; ten piece of jewelry designed especially Ball

Additional fundraising efforts

from Helzberg Diamonds;

still on the agenda for 2014

and several donated vacation

include a shopping night on

destinations throughout the

the Country Club Plaza, a


Vendage, hosted by Ursula




“We had a variety of

Terrasi, owner of Scandia

vendors who donated several

Home, scheduled for Monday,

gift packages, too, such as

November 10th.

a wine tasting evening and

“Several Plaza shops will

a grandparents’ package,”

be a part of this event and will contribute a portion of sales

smiled Pam.

that evening to the symphony,” said Pam.

For a $100 raffle ticket, individuals had the chance to win a private dinner catered by Lon Lane in the Kansas City Southern’s

As Van Gogh once elaborated, “Be clearly aware of the stars and

Truman Dining car. Those who were among the first 100 ticket

infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.” Yes, it

buyers for the raffle received an amenities bag filled with

was a very enchanting evening. Van Gogh would be proud.


















Wellness Spas: A Healthy Choice

for Healthier Lives


Challenging the common perception that spas are an indulgence

Technology plays an important and sometimes surprising role in

meant for rare occasions, wellness spas have become part of a

spa therapies. Treatments such as vacuum massage and ultrasonic

new generation of life-enhancing practices. Far from frivolous

cavitation are two remarkable, non-invasive technologies that aid in

feel-good (though, they do feel divine) indulgencies, wellness

body sculpting. Far-infrared sauna therapy can be a valuable part

spas are designed to help individuals cultivate a healthier, more

of a detoxification program.

fulfilling lifestyle.

Weaver explained the advantages of detoxification. “The greatest

Merging the latest technologies with ancient remedies, wellness

advantage our services provide is to assist the body in detoxification.

spas cross time and technique and deliver a respite for the soul

Our current environment and food sources contain more toxins

while reviving a healthful lifestyle.

than ever and our sedentary lifestyles are not designed to equally

“A wellness spa focuses on treatments that improve overall wellness and are enjoyable as opposed to a spa which provides

eliminate the amount of toxins we take in so additional detoxification can improve health, energy, and overall wellness.”

treatments that, even though enjoyable, are more focused on

Of course, pampering treatments are also a step in a healthful

immediate cosmetic improvement. These treatments may even

direction that adds up to big progress in changing our mindset

have long term positive side effects, but do not specifically take

about how we treat our bodies. Weaver herself is a testament to

overall wellness into consideration as part of the service,” explains

the value of spa applications.

Sharon Weaver, owner of Like A Day at the Beach, a wellness spa located in Overland Park. While stress is an inevitable part of lifestyles today, the results of stress are often overlooked.

“I reached a point in my own life where I realized that I needed and deserved to pay attention to practices that would improve my health,” she said of her own journey that led her to researching best practices and technologies within the industry, and then

“Stress causes many chemical reactions in the body that can

bringing those technologies to one place, culminating in a very

result in excess weight, weakened immune systems, and decreased

popular spa. “This began as a way to improve my own health but

energy. Spa services are enjoyable and cause the body to

has become a shared journey.”

experience rest and relaxation, which is sorely missing in our busy

The wellness journey can be as exhilarating as it is relaxing.

lifestyles, bringing the body back into balance and often resulting

Drawing deeply from holistic practices, wellness spas help

in reversal of many of these negative symptoms,” Weaver added.

individuals strive for a key common denominator: a better self.



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