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contents

December 2010

Volume 24, Issue No.8

INTERIOR 17 EDITOR’S LETTER Seaweed Is Green __ Seeing the green movement through food. 19 PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE Taking Inventory __ Reflecting on years past and an even brighter future. 21 CALENDAR OF EVENTS What’s happening in December in Kansas City. 29 WHAT’S NEW News for your home and lifestyle. 35 Q&A A question-and-answer session with local industry professionals.

HOME 38 BUILDING THE FUTURE A group of friends and industry partners came together to build a show home that would stand the test of time, go easy on the environment and help out local children in need. 51 HOMEWARD BOUND Upgrades for Everyone __ Model homes showcase the new standards in home design and construction. 57 SMART HOUSE Savings Boosters __ Changes to energyefficiency programs in Kansas and Missouri make it cheaper and easier than ever to get a home energy audit and rebates.

62 2010 ASID HEARTLAND DESIGN AWARDS Interior designers give their best effort to their projects and take home recognition for their award-winning work in this annual competition. 71 DESIGN TRENDS Mia’s Bedroom Makeover __ A child going through a new phase takes old furniture along with her.

OUTDOOR 78 LET IT SNOW! One Leawood gardener’s yard has something to show, even when the ground doesn’t. 83 SAVVY GARDENER Top Trees __ Local experts have created the definitive, go-to list for choosing the best tree varieties for Kansas City and share tips on how to care for them.

LIFESTYLE 89 WINE CONNOISSEUR Did You Know? __ Kansas and Missouri play a prominent role in the history of wine. 93 GOING GREEN Food from the Farm __ Locavores sign up for subscription services to get the freshest food without the added pesticides or fossil fuels. 97 HEALTHY LIVING Herefords without Hormones __ For those who don’t want their meat with a side of injections, ranchers are serving a new group of concerned carnivores with healthier options. 103 MARKETPLACE A reference guide to help you find our advertisers. 104 LAST WORDS Our favorite quotes from this issue.

ABOUT THE COVER ... The serenity of the master bedroom, designed by Scandia Home by Ursula Terrasi, befits the 2010 Boulevard of Dreams Green Living Show Home.

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“Home is a place of escape, and I wanted to bring in colors that surround us every day.” __ Diana Carter

Photo by Matt Kocourek

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editor’s letter

AN DR EA DAR R Editor-in-Chief adarr@kc-hg.com Facebook: facebook.com/Andrea.Darr Twitter: twitter.com/KCHGmag LinkedIn: Andrea Darr

Seaweed Is Green Seeing the green movement through food.

I

In this, our annual green issue, we have included

Servan-Schreiber address the myriad issues in the book.

different aspects of the movement, including making

I bring this topic up in particular because we all

your home more energy-efficient (pg. 57), repurposing

know someone who has faced this terrible disease. Our

furniture (pg. 71), planting trees (pg. 83) and eating

team at KCH&G just lost a dear friend, Diane Wall,

organically (pgs. 93 and 97). While what we put in our

who succumbed to it after a three-year battle. She

homes, yards and landfills are of great importance, the

fought with everything she had, but the disease was just

latter — what we put in our bodies — has held utmost

too powerful.

significance for me personally.

I’m not suggesting that Diane could have survived

Writing this at the end of Breast Cancer Awareness

if she had simply eaten more antioxidant-rich berries

Month, I think we may all be more sensitive and open

in her life because foods can only act to slow down

to some new ideas. I recently finished reading

cell growth as a preventative measure and work in

“Anticancer: A New Way of Life” in which Dr. David

conjunction with conventional medical treatment once

Servan-Schreiber, himself a cancer survivor, lays out a

cancer appears. But if we can lower our risk — such as

plan that heavily focuses on diet to undermine the

by reducing our consumption of foods with a high

growth of tumors. Though the medical community can

glycemic index (sugar and white flour) and omega-6s

make links between obesity and cancer, there is no

and IGF (found in margarine, vegetable oils and animal

“proof” of the connection between exactly what we eat

fats) — why aren’t we doing it? As Servan-Schreiber

and the development of cancer cells. But Servan-

says himself, “All of us have cancer cells in our bodies,

Schreiber rather convincingly argues that there is a

but not all of us will develop cancer.” If we can reign

direct correlation. High-glycemic foods, for instance,

it in by eating more mushrooms, seaweed, stone and

stimulate inflammation, which feeds tumors; fruits and

citrus fruit, pomegranate juice, red wine and dark

veggies (especially toxin-free, organic ones) have

chocolate, then go to the store right now and stock up. We will all forever miss Diane — and everyone else

you feed your body what it needs, it has the weapons to

we have lost to cancer — but we can take this moment

keep cells in check. Cancer is obviously much more

when the world is paying closer attention to try to

complex than these simplest of terms, but I’ll let

change our own course of health.

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phytochemical compounds that reduce inflammation. If

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publisher’s letter

KEITH SAU RO Publisher ksauro@kc-hg.com Facebook: facebook.com/Keith Sauro Twitter: twitter.com/KeithSauro LinkedIn: Keith Sauro

Taking Inventory Reflecting on years past and an even brighter future.

I

It’s hard to believe that this year will be my eighth year as

focus and dedication that is unparalleled. Even more

the publisher of KCH&G. For those of you who read my

important to mention is that this dedication has not

letter every issue, you know that I can be kind of a

wavered, even with the economic challenges we have all

sentimental guy, and for some reason, this year I am more

felt in our own way. I am proud of these accomplishments

than ever. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason why,

and the people who made this all possible.

but I have my suspicions and reflections. Could it be

I also thought about my personal life and how fortunate

that I had a monumental birthday? Perhaps. Or that this

I have been. My beautiful wife, Tiffany, of 18 years, has

December my oldest son hits double-digit age? Maybe.

managed to put up with my manic, Type-A personality

Or am I just getting sappier every year? That could be

and made me a better person. I am grateful for my two

as well.

great kids, Evan, 9, and Vincent, 4, who keep me young

Whatever the reason(s), I recently took inventory. It was

at heart. They are so much fun. In the end, everything we

therapeutic, and I highly recommend it. First, I thought

do is for our children, and I never want to lose sight of

about KCH&G. My team and I have accomplished a lot

that no matter how fast life can move.

over the years together: two design changes, three website

So, as I bantered through this letter, it dawned on

launches, the creation of the Boulevard of Dreams (which

me that this is my way of saying thanks for the many

has made more than $170,000 for the Love Fund for

opportunities I have had in life so far. Looking ahead, I

Children) and the launch of Design Sherpa, a social media

can see even more great things and that the sky is the

and content-marketing product for our customers. The list

limit. If you are lucky enough to surround yourself with

of successes can go on and on. It has been a good ride and

great people in business and in your personal life, great

will continue to be. I credit Dave Leathers for having the

things can and will happen. For this I am truly thankful.

vision to launch an amazing product more than 23 years

Happy Holidays! And Happy New Year!

ago. Also, hats off to an amazing team with a level of

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calendar of events

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| December 11 ❖ Travel back in time during Missouri Town 1855: A Christmas Celebration and visit with the residents of a mid-19th-century community as they prepare for Christmas. Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 816.503.4860 or jacksongov.org |

| December 11 ❖ Harriman-Jewell Series presents The King’s Singers Holiday Concert, where the kings of sing will “come a-caroling” to Folly Theater in their eighth appearance. Time: 8 p.m. 816.415.5025 or hjseries.org |

Special Events December 3 ❖ Join the thousands who explore the galleries and

December 18 ❖ Enjoy local wines, appetizers, and meet Beth

shops during First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District. Time:

Cooper, author of “Ghosts of Kansas,” and PRI founder Nick

6:30-10 p.m. 913.994.9325 or kccrossroads.org

Spantgos at the Ghosts and Grapes Tour at Belvoir Winery, one

December 11 ❖ Don’t miss Grammy winner Rick Springfield,

of the most unique (and haunted) locations in Missouri. Must

who has secured his highest chart debut position in more than 20

be 21 or older to attend. Admission: $25. Time: 1-4 p.m.

years with his latest album, “Venus in Overdrive.” Time: 8 p.m.

816.304.8641 or ghostsandgrapes.com/belvoir

816.283.9921 or midlandkc.com

December 29 ❖ With the long-awaited new album “Night

December 11 ❖ Shop Late on Second Saturdays in Weston,

Castle” on the verge of being released, Trans-Siberian Orchestra,

where most stores offer a sample of wine, beer or food from local

one of rock music’s biggest arena attractions, will be back in

restaurants, wineries, shops and brewery from 5-8 p.m. Stay for

Kansas City at the Sprint Center. Admission: $25. Time: 3 p.m.

entertainment after 8 p.m. 816.640.2909 or westonmo.com

and 7:30 p.m. 816.949.7000 or sprintcenter.com

December 12 ❖ Grab your skis and hit the slopes for the

December 31 ❖ Hear all your favorites at this year’s New Year’s

opening day of Snow Creek in Weston, weather permitting.

Eve Cabaret at Quality Hill Playhouse. Admission: $36, adults;

816.640.2200 or skisnowcreek.com

$34, seniors/students. Time: 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

December 14 ❖ Get your tickets to see 4Troops, a quartet of

816.421.1700 or qualityhillplayhouse.com

combat veterans who gained national media exposure and

December 31 ❖ Enjoy “A Merry Eve with MTH (Musical Theater

acclaim since signing a recording contract with Sony earlier this

Heritage),” with reserved seating, appetizers and dessert buffet,

year. Time: 8 p.m. 816.283.9921 or midlandkc.com

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musical trivia, Name That Tune contest, cabaret show and a Champagne toast at midnight. Time: 9 p.m.-midnight. 816.221.6987 or mthkc.com

Holiday Events December 2-19 ❖ See what happens when you combine favorite holiday songs with

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Theatre in Crown Center. 816.221.6987 or mthkc.com December 3 ❖ Enjoy the “Holiday Lights Photo supplied by Schloegel Design Remodel Inc.

Call Eddie 816.918.4807

& Festive Sights” featuring a familyfriendly event with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., caroling with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6:30 p.m., street vendors, face painting and more. The Funky Mama band will entertain at 7 p.m., and there will be a musical fireworks display at 8 p.m. 913.671.8564 or missioncvb.org December 3-5 ❖ Keeping with Weston tradition, Father Christmas will light up the streets to welcome all to the 29th Annual Weston Candlelight Homes Tour, featuring three homes and two lofts. 816.640.2909 or westonmo.com December 3-4 ❖ The great-grandchildren of the famous von Trapp family, who inspired “The Sound of Music,” are featured at Lyric Theatre in “Christmas with

the

von

Trapp

Children.”

816.471.0400 or kcsymphony.org December 4-5 ❖ The ReDiscover the Holidays Homes Tour 2010 is a benefit for the children and families served by ReDiscover. Seven homes surrounding the historic Longview estate will be on tour, featuring home styling by some of the area’s best designers. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of tour, $12 group tickets. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 4; Noon-4 p.m., Dec. 5. 816.347.3259 or rediscovertheholidays.com December 4, 11, 18 ❖ Join in the holiday celebration at the National Frontier Trails Museum with cider and cookies,

music,

free

wagon

rides,

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festive decorations and bargains in the museum gift store. 816.325.7575 or visitindependence.com December 4, 11, 17-18 ❖ “A Holiday Happening” is a festive puppet cabaret of seasonal songs, stories and merry celebration,

with

puppeteer

Kraig

Kensinger at the Puppetry Arts Institute. Admission: $5. 816.833.9777 or hazelle.org December 5 ❖ Enjoy the upcoming holidays with friends, family and art at the Society of Fellows “Holiday Revels” at Kirkwood Hall. Carolers, magicians, puppets, carriage rides and special docentled tours of the European art collection are in abundance at this English-style holiday party. Cost: $25, adults; $15, children under 12; price includes buffet dinner and holiday spirits. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. peo.nelson-atkins.org December 5 ❖ The Independence Community Christmas Concert, a benefit for Community Services League, features hundreds of local school students and the Independence Symphony performing songs of the season. Admission: free, donations accepted. Time: 2:30 p.m. 816.836.8189 or visitindependence.com December 10 ❖ At Second Friday Happy Holidays with Young Friends of Art in Kirkwood Hall, don holiday apparel and sing in the holiday spirit with the Heartland Men’s Chorus. Time: 6-8 p.m. peo.nelson-atkins.org December 10-19 ❖ Returning to the original

and

notably

darker

E.T.A

Hoffman story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” (1816), presented by The Owen/Cox Dance Group at the City Stage at Union Station, this production will feature

original

music

and

radical

rearrangements of Tchaikovsky melodies created by a host of innovative Kansas City jazz musicians, as well as the awardwinning choreography of Jennifer Owen. 816.460.2020 or unionstation.org December 11 ❖ The 21st Annual Kris Kringle 5K Run provides exercise and enjoyment for participants of all fitness 24 • KCHANDG.COM


the Sugar Plum Fairy at the 16th Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon, a benefit for Kansas City Ballet School. After lunch, catch the 2 p.m. matinee of “The Nutcracker.” Time: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 816.931.2232 or kcballet.org December 11-24 ❖ Holiday magic sparkles as the curtain goes up for Kansas City Ballet’s enchanting presentation of "The Nutcracker," with the music of Tchaikovsky accompanied by live orchestra at the Music Hall. 816.931.2232 or kcballet.org December 12 ❖ Tour six vintage homes, the Carnegie Arts Center and the Carroll Mansion on the 19th Annual Vintage Homes Tour in Leavenworth. Time:

1-7

p.m.

913.682.7759

or

visitleavenworthks.com December 16 ❖ The Elms Resort is featuring the great, great grandson of Charles Dickens, Gerald Charles Dickens, in two performances of “A Christmas Carol.” Gerald, an actor and producer hailing from Oxford, England, will be performing his captivating rendition of this timeless holiday classic. Time: 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 816.630.5500 or elmsresort.com December 17 ❖ Seven galleries in the Englewood Station Shopping District will open their doors to art lovers for the Englewood Holiday Art Walk. See locally produced

prints,

photography,

Home for the Holidays

on a delicious three-course lunch and meet

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December 11 ❖ Revel in the delicious Kingdom of Sweets, enjoy shopping, dine

Saturday 10:00-2:00

or kcmo.org

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spectacular holiday celebration at the Lyric Theatre. Time: 2 p.m. 816.471.0400 or kcsymphony.org December 20-24 ❖ Take the entire family out to the Independence Events Center and enjoy ice skating with holiday music, festive decorations, twinkling lights, hot cocoa and appearances by Santa.

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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Marian Hope Center. Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 816.442.6126 or independenceeventscenter.com Through December 26 ❖ This year’s production of Christmas in Song at Quality Hill Playhouse will feature rousing piano music, soul-filled gospel, traditional carols and contemporary favorites. 816.421.1700

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or qualityhillplayhouse.com Through December 26 ❖ The Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” has been refreshed and refurbished

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for its 30th anniversary production at Spencer Theatre. 816.235.2700 or kcrep.org Through December 26 ❖ “Plaid Tidings”

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is about a hilarious, harmonious quartet, The Plaids (Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge) who are back at the American Heartland Theatre. 816.842.9999 or ahtkc.com Through December 30 ❖ Spirit of Christmas Past Heritage Homes Tour will take you through three historic Independence landmark homes decorated in their holiday best. 816.325.7111 or visitindependence.com Through December 31 ❖ Christmas in the Park features 300,000 lights, 175 animated figures and splashes of Christmas color in Longview Lake Park. Donations for local charities accepted. 816.503.4800 or jacksongov.org Through January 2 ❖ The 1950s AllElectric house is decorated for the holidays, so rock around the aluminum Christmas tree on a guided tour for “A Very Fifties Christmas”

at

the

Johnson County Museum. 913.715.2570 or jocomuseum.org DECEMBER 2010 • 27


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Market 3

Malibu Sunrooms & Outdoor Living

Here Comes the Sun(room)

A Gift for Lenexa Residents

Malibu Sunrooms & Outdoor Living, a 16-year, family-owned

Past & Presents is a home decor store in Lenexa that offers

business, expanded their coverage area from Nebraska and Iowa

fashion accessories, handbags, a baby boutique, home and

to Kansas and Missouri, with a new showroom in Independence.

personal fragrances, gourmet foods, stationery, paper goods and

They specialize in custom-designed sunrooms, so if you’re in

greeting cards. But that’s not all. In November, it opened its

need of a special space at home, call them today for a

second location at 101st Street and Woodland in the Falcon

free consultation. 800.809.8674 or malibusunrooms.com

Valley Plaza, where it will offer the same great products and services with a few new collections exclusive to the new

Get Out Your Grocery List

location. With the holiday season here, visit Past & Presents

...and head to the new locally owned neighborhood grocery and

for holiday decorating services, floral design, complimentary

deli in the River Market. Market 3 LLP is located at 114 W. 3rd St.

gift wrap and gourmet food gift baskets. 913.599.1727 or

and will provide anything from everyday necessities to healthy

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products, deli options and salad bar that focus on local vendors and farms. The owner, Jim Andrews, says the deli menu will

A Store That Does a Body Good

change based on customer comments, while other future plans

M!lk is the creative result of three local moms who struggled

include the addition of an outside deck and interior meeting space

on every shopping outing to find pieces to match their homes

for groups. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays; 7

and closets. Located at 10524 S. Ridgeview in Olathe, M!lk, the

a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. 816.268.7833

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first-name initials of the owners, is a market for local artisans and entrepreneurs that offers a

little bit of everything for

everyone. Bringing in fresh, current and local vendors, you’ll find a wide range of styles and fashions — and no two vendors are alike. So if you’re addicted to shopping, you can feed your addiction here. 913.284.6179 or addictedtomilk.com

Bottles with Taste and Style Her Majesty’s Wine Closet brings fashion to the bottle. “We believe there is a fashionista in all of us, and we want to help you add style and fun to your giftgiving experience,” says Kim Matthews, owner

and

designer.

Custom-made

boobilies (mini-dresses that celebrate the female form), bottle toppers and bags personalize plain wine bottles and create gifts that last longer than the wine, and can be found at Somerset Ridge Winery and Rimann Liquors locations. Her Majesty’s Wine Closet offers wine wear in seasonal designs, animal prints, hobby designs and cause designs, such as

HAND FORGED ACCESS CONTROL

breast cancer awareness, or choose toppers with the gift recipient’s initial. The designs range from $12.95 to $16.95. hermajestyswinecloset.com

Lead-Safe Licensees The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently licensed 91 Kansas City metro construction and design firms to conduct residential lead-based paint renovation, repair and painting activities in the state. The state of Kansas requires companies that perform renovations on residential homes, apartments or childoccupied facilities built before 1978 to attend lead-safe work practices training courses. The license is good for 5 years. For a complete list of licensed companies,

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Q: What one or two green materials or products would you recommend to a friend for their home and why? Matt Kocourek

Gerould Sabin, Elements of Green

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A: Paperstone countertops are beautiful, warm to the touch,

A: To me, ‘green’ is three things: local, energy-conserving and

reasonably priced and very easy to live with. Each 5’x12’

natural as possible. I’d first recommend installing a Solar Star

Paperstone countertop diverts 131 pounds of solid waste from

solar-powered attic vent for immediate energy savings and

the landfill. Our second favorite product is the 2BG bamboo

improved comfort. Not only because we sell and install them,

cabinetry, made locally. We recommend these cabinets for their

but customers are amazed at the difference in their homes

beauty, premium-grade construction of FSC-certified materials,

even during this summer’s heat. Second, Solatube tubular

zero VOCs and reasonable price structure, offered with a 25-year

skylights bring natural light into the home without heat loss/gain

warranty if we install them or a 10-year warranty if self-installed.

(or leaking). And they’re affordable!

That’s hard to beat.

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A: Bon Ami is a local, family-owned company that has just

A: Solar PV (photovoltaic) is more affordable than ever due to the

launched its new line of green home-cleaning products. Bon Ami

federal tax credits and the KCP&L rebate for Missouri customers.

is no stranger to green cleaning — it’s been around since 1886,

These incentives reduce the purchase price of systems by almost

and the next generation has continued with that tradition of

50 percent. The future of solar is bright because of falling prices

caring for the environment and your home. The new line has dish soap, all-purpose cleaner and a liquid cleanser __ great products,

for equipment, the increased cost of electricity and the ability to lease systems.

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Home Design Is Looking Up Whether it’s the energy-efficiency techniques used on our Boulevard of Dreams Green Living Show Home or the special details added to models seen on the HBA’s Fall Parade of Homes, industry professionals are taking their facades and floor plans further than ever. If you’re not in the new-home market, see what tools are at your disposal to make your home warmer and utility bills lower.

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UALITY, ECO-FRIENDLY AND HEALTH-

Keith Eymann to execute the plans, recreating

conscious design and construction —

the same team that built the Carters’ personal

that was the goal the team of A

residence more than 15 years ago. “I thought

HOMErun LLC, Wolfgang Trost Architects,

what was fabulous was the collaboration of

Ambassador Homes and di’s Design wanted to

interior designer and architect, which makes the

achieve with KCH&G’s Boulevard of Dreams

house special,” Diana says. “It’s a homerun

Green Living Show Home.

scenario when you can have a great architect,

Developer Joe Carter (yes, the former Toronto

talented interior designer and top builder

Blue Jays baseball player) and his wife, Diana, the

collaborating on the design and build of a

interior designer, have always been committed to

home from the start.” They broke ground in

sustainability and are big proponents of giving

September 2009.

back to the community. With some initial ideas in

The Green Living Show Home team had three

mind, the Carters bought a lot in midtown’s

initial goals: build with attention to quality, use

“It’s a homerun scenario when you can have a great architect, talented interior designer and top builder collaborating on the design and build of a home from the start.” coveted Sunset Hill neighborhood, where an old,

green products and reduce the home’s carbon

existing home stood, and immediately contacted

footprint. Although the home is 6,000 square feet,

architect Wolfgang Trost, AIA, who shares their

it isn’t out of scale. As you enter the home

passion for sustainability, to design an energy-

on the main level, you’re greeted by an elegant

efficient custom home. They also hired builder

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“When I can give someone that lifestyle of comfort and beauty, it makes my heart feel good.”

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brown-and-white marble tiled entryway flanked by the great room and kitchen, with the dining room straight ahead. Further back is the butler’s pantry/craft area, rear foyer, master suite, and loft and garage access. Downstairs offers a wine cellar, home theater, second kitchen with bar, two guest suites and additional laundry room. To give it Old World charm, Diana created a sense of warmth and elegance by choosing the colors of nature — blue, green, yellow and gold, brown and gray — to make the home as welcoming as possible. “We should all be very comfortable in our home because when we are comfortable, we create memories,” she says. “Home is a place of escape, and I wanted to bring in colors that surround us every day, and once we have an owner, I can dress the house to fit the VIP like a glove. When I can give someone that lifestyle of comfort and beauty, it makes my heart feel good.” She also helped select everything from the doorknobs to the baseboards, including lighting, flooring, locks, cabinet glass and even the driveway material. Aesthetics and decor can make or break a deal, but for this home, it’s what lies behind the walls and under the flooring that makes this home tick efficiently. To begin, the Carters called in Habitat ReStore to carefully deconstruct the existing home and recycle the pieces, while the foundation and concrete slabs were crushed and PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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reused onsite as fill material. Once the new

ceiling, eliminating air leaks and possible heat

frame was in place, Ambassador’s team installed

loss. “We were systematic in our use of enhanced

efficient double-hung low-E windows, extensive

but reasonable construction techniques to achieve

air infiltration controls, EPS foam insulation and

our goals,” Trost says. “It’s a well-insulated house

radiant heat in the lower level. The team also

that’s energy-efficient with long-lasting, durable

opted for a ground-source heat pump, which

details.” The home’s exterior, with stucco, stone

Ambassador Homes has been installing since the

and brick veneer, is maintenance-free, while the

“If I can simply influence just one more person about making wiser decisions on saving money using smart design, which ultimately reduces their carbon footprint, I know I’ve done my job.” ’80s, to conserve more energy, along with an

surrounding low-maintenance landscape designed

energy recovery ventilation system that brings

by Kissinger & Associates includes 42 different

fresh air inside.

species of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and

To verify that the home was as airtight as

groundcovers — 30 of them native to our region,

possible, all joints were caulked and taped before

offering long-term ecological benefits that non-

the insulation was put in — including in the

natives don’t.

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Reduced water usage plumbing fixtures and Energy Star light fixtures were installed as well as a connection for a future solar hot water heater. Diana chose no-VOC paint for the walls and cork flooring for the lower-level laundry room. Quality Wood Products custom-made all the cabinetry, while Kerr Millwork created the twopanel interior doors made from Beech, an environmentally sustainable wood that was PEFCcertified from managed forests. The exterior doors are made from Spanish cedar chosen for its durability. And, a large amount of the work on the Green Living Show Home came from local sources and subcontractors who were responsible for making it look good, run well and feel like home. “At the end of the day, the house has to fit in with the neighborhood and site, and I think that it does,” Eymann says. “Overall, including the interiors, I think it turned out really well, and it’s not a normal home you see on the market.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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“At the end of the day, the house has to fit in with the neighborhood and site, and I think that it does.” Though the home hasn’t finalized its LEED certification yet, Mary English, energy consultant and owner of Small Step Energy Solutions, went through the building process with the team to make sure they were following all necessary guidelines. No matter what happens, the team can rest assured it’s a quality-built green home, inside and out. “At every price point, if I can simply influence one additional home project and one more person to make wiser decisions on saving money using smart or energy-efficient design, which ultimately reduces their carbon footprint, I know I’ve done my job,” Trost says. But the real winner (besides the future homeowner) is the Fox 4 Love Fund for Children. The Green Living Show Home Tour took place the second and third weekends of October, with all ticket sales benefitting the Love Fund, bringing full circle the Carters’ ultimate goals of building green and giving back to the community. 44 • KCHANDG.COM


“The impact this event had toward our children we serve will enable us to handle more children’s needs,” says Joyce Eacock, director of special events for the Love Fund. “On an average month, we receive well over 100-plus documented cases involving approximately 300 children…The economy, government cuts and layoffs within our local area have caused a huge increase in the number of requests for assistance. “Through KCH&G’s Boulevard of Dreams Green Living Show Home Tour, we will be able to approve many of our cases. It is imperative that we continue to build new relationships with companies within the community and meet individuals and owners of companies to tell them our story and how they can make a difference. Each Boulevard of Dreams Homes Tour allows

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that to happen. We feel truly blessed to be part of these events.”

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Upgrades for Everyone Model homes showcase the new standards in home design and construction.

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Many times the search for a new home begins with

striking element of Cottonwood Canyon, for me, is

weekend after weekend spent touring model homes,

the scenic beauty of the community,” says Bruce

searching for the ideal layout and the latest decor

Rieke, president. “The views are dramatic and diverse.”

while analyzing the quality and craftsmanship of the

The model features many small details that

builder. This fall’s Parade of Homes, during a two-

combine to create a warm and inviting space, such as

week period in October, showcased the latest design

the hammered copper sink in the guest bath and earth-

trends and finish upgrades being incorporated into

colored floor tiles arranged in a running brick pattern

model homes, providing many area builders the

with a border of accent tile for visual interest.

chance to distinguish themselves.

Texture, color and contrast seem to have taken

B.L. Rieke Custom Homes’ Cottonwood Canyon

priority over the shiny and smooth finishes popular in

model home in Lenexa brings the outdoors in with

the past. Wood floors and granite countertops continue

texture. The Colorado lodge-style exterior blends

to be enduring favorites, but Rieke uses a wider plank

stone and timber with expansive windows. “The most

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The kitchen features an abundance of cabinetry topped with black granite counters, while the island is the reverse with muted distressed black cabinetry with

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timber frame home

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popular creams and whites. “We’ve also seen an increasing number of requests for painted cabinetry,” she adds. Summit Custom Homes had model homes on the fall tour in several subdivisions in Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs, including Fritchie Bluff, Winterset Valley and Chapman Farms. Company founder Fred Delibero notes, “We pride ourselves on offering a good value to homeowners by including an abundance of standard finishes plus many energy-efficiency features in our homes.” They set a goal to achieve the NAHB National Green Building Standard on every new home they build, which requires higher levels of environmental performance in every category of green-building practices to obtain higher levels of green certification. A green home has a focus on the conservation of energy, water and resources; sustainable or recycled products; and indoor air quality. Summit also includes an upgraded buyer’s warranty program that extends coverage

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2010 Pick of the Parade G RAN D AWAR D WIN N E R S COMPANY

ADDRESS

COMMUNITY

CITY

PRICE

D & D Building

1000 SW Powell Drive

The Oaks of Edgewood

Oak Grove, Kan.

195,000

Gary Kerns Homebuilder

12890 NW Oakside Court

Hills of Oakmont

Platte City, Mo.

243,900

SAB Homes

2409 SW Cabin Camp Lane

Eagle Creek

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

264,950

Summit Custom Homes / Inside Back Cover

1309 NE Country Lane

Fritchie Bluff

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

289,950

Markirk Construction

509 SW Lake Side Court

Lakeside at Chapman Farms

Blue Springs, Mo.

319,900

Casa Bella Construction

7834 N. Kirkwood

Embassy Park

Kansas City, Mo.

349,950

James III Homes

22423 W. 57th St.

Madison Ridge of Grey Oaks

Shawnee, Kan.

364,950

Don Julian Builders

9820 Redbird St.

Canyon Creek by the Lake

Lenexa, Kan.

399,900

Neese Construction

10517 NW 79th Place

Westridge at Weatherby Lake

Weatherby Lake, Mo.

438,500

James Engle Custom Homes

15557 Eby

Wilshire Farms

Overland Park, Kan.

534,861

Koehler Building

15733 Mohawk

WatersEdge

Overland Park, Kan.

654,950

Don Julian Builders

5952 N. Cosby Ave.

Forest Ridge Estates

Kansas City, Mo.

699,900

F IR ST RU N N E R-U P AWAR D WIN N E R S COMPANY

ADDRESS

COMMUNITY

CITY

PRICE

Midwest Standard Homes

21433 Millridge

The Meadows

Spring Hill, Kan.

179,900

C & M Builders

620 Avondale Lane

Villages of Southern Hills

Raymore, Mo.

225,000

Summit Custom Homes / Inside Back Cover

1312 NE Country Lane

Fritchie Bluff

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

262,950

Gary Kerns Homebuilder

13235 Clear Creek Drive

Copper Ridge

Platte City, Mo.

279,900

SAB Homes

2204 NE 110th St.

Staley Hills

Kansas City, Mo.

300,000

Summit Custom Homes / Inside Back Cover

601 SW Lakeside Court

Lakeside at Chapman Farms

Blue Springs, Mo.

329,950

James Engle Custom Homes

10809 S. Deer Run St.

Prairie Point

Olathe, Kan.

334,950

New Mark Homes

7100 Beaman Ave.

Overland Ridge

Kansas City, Mo.

359,900

James Engle Custom Homes

24370 W. 107th Place

Prairie Brook

Olathe, Kan.

365,000

James Engle Custom Homes

10974 S. Appleridge Lane

Prairie Brook

Olathe, Kan.

398,946

Summit Custom Homes / Inside Back Cover

2716 NW Thoreau Drive

Winterset Valley

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

469,950

Summit Custom Homes / Inside Back Cover

320 NW Thoreau Circle

Winterset Valley

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

529,950

Willis Construction

11204 W. 165th St.

Mills Farm

Overland Park, Kan.

614,500

Ashner Construction

9310 W. 155th Terrace

Wilshire Farms

Overland Park, Kan.

747,017

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2010 Pick of the Parade Maintenance Provided G RAN D AWAR D WIN N E R S COMPANY

ADDRESS

COMMUNITY

CITY

PRICE

C & M Builders

1213 Kettering Lane

Edgewater Villas

Raymore, Mo.

299,900

Willis Construction

15010 Ash St.

Villas of Whitehorse

Leawood, Kan.

429,950

Willis Construction

5444 W. 150th St.

Villas of Whitehorse

Leawood, Kan.

529,950

F IR ST RU N N E R-U P AWAR D WIN N E R S Pride Built Homes

9700 N. Smalley Ave.

Benson Cove

Kansas City, Mo.

199,737

SAB Homes

2802 SW Corinth Drive

Siena at Longview

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

275,000

Ashner Construction

15148 Buena Vista

Mission Reserve

Leawood, Kan.

849,950

2010 Distinctive Plan & Design F IR ST-P LAC E AWAR D WIN N E R S COMPANY

ADDRESS

COMMUNITY

CITY

PRICE

C & M Builders

620 Avondale Lane

Villages of Southern Hills

Raymore, Mo.

225,000

James Engle Custom Homes

24544 W. 110th St.

Prairie Brook Villas

Olathe, Kan.

272,452

Casa Bella Construction

7834 N. Kirkwood

Embassy Park

Kansas City, Mo.

349,950

James Engle Custom Homes

21111 W. 108th St.

Prairie Point

Olathe, Kan.

389,410

Don Julian Builders

9820 Redbird St.

Canyon Creek

Lenexa, Kan.

399,900

C & M Builders

1200 Metfield Lane

Westbrook at Creekmoor

Raymore, Mo.

447,000

C & M Builders

1126 Metfield Lane

Westbrook at Creekmoor

Raymore, Mo.

485,000

Don Julian Builders

5952 N. Cosby Ave.

Forest Ridge Estate

Kansas City, Mo.

699,900

Ashner Construction

15148 Buena Vista

Mission Reserve

Leawood, Kan.

849,950

COMMUNITY

CITY

PRICE

S ECON D -P LAC E AWAR D WIN N E R S COMPANY

ADDRESS

Pride Built Homes

9700 N. Smalley Ave.

Benson Cove

Kansas City, Mo.

199,737

Bellah Homes

1230 SW Arborway Drive

Arborwalk

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

199,675

C & M Builders

1213 Kettering Lane

Edgewater Villas

Raymore, Mo.

299,900

McGraw Homes

8808 SW 5th St.

Lakeside at Chapman Farms

Blue Springs, Mo.

349,900

Summit Custom Homes / Inside Back Cover

1204 Metfield Lane

Creekmoor

Raymore, Mo.

379,950

James Engle Custom Homes

10966 S. Appleridge Lane

Prairie Brook

Olathe, Kan.

399,249

Neese Construction

10517 NW 79th Place

Westridge at Weatherby Lake

Weatherby Lake, Mo.

438,500

Willis Construction

5444 W. 150th St.

Villas of Whitehorse

Leawood, Kan.

529,950

Summit Custom Homes / Inside Back Cover

320 NW Thoreau Circle

Winterset Valley

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

529,950

Koehler Building

15733 Mohawk

WatersEdge

Overland Park, Kan.

654,950

Don Julian Builders

20230 W. 90th Terrace

Woodland Reserve

Lenexa, Kan.

677,330 DECEMBER 2010 • 55


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| Caulking is just one way to prevent heat loss and save you money this winter. |

Savings Boosters Changes to energy-efficiency programs in Kansas and Missouri make it cheaper and easier than ever to get a home energy audit and rebates.

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Winter’s chill is in the air, and for some homeowners,

make the process more beneficial for everyone

it’s also in their homes. If you find yourself wrapped

involved.

in blankets, sporting extra layers, or staying within

Efficiency Kansas is a loan program that provides

a 10-foot radius of a space heater, chances are your home __ and your wallet __ could benefit from

money for homeowners and small businesses for

energy-efficient home improvements.

step in this process is a home energy audit performed

approved energy-efficiency improvements. The first

“It’s really about making everyone’s homes more

by a certified auditor. To help with the cost of

livable and comfortable,” says Mary English, owner

the audit, the Kansas Energy Office is offering a

of Small Step Energy Solutions, “and there is money

$100 Energy Audit Program. Through this program,

being provided by all levels of government to help

homeowners select an approved energy auditor from

with this.”

the participating auditor list, pay that person $100 at

For many years, the federal and state governments

the time of the audit, and the state pays the balance.

have offered homeowners tax credits and rebates on

This offer replaces the $350 energy audit rebate

energy-efficient home improvements. Now Kansas

program and expires April 1, 2011, or when 1,500

and Missouri are making changes to their programs to

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In Missouri, Home Performance with Energy Star is a collaboration between Missouri Gas Energy, KCP&L and the Kansas City Metropolitan Energy Center. Through this program, homeowners pay for an energy audit and recommended improvements. They are reimbursed by MGE and KCP&L in bill credits up to $1,200. Changes to this program in the new year will impact the amount of rebates awarded to homeowners. “Rebates will be awarded based on the amount of thermal value added to the house,” English says. “The more value added equals the more rebate the homeowner is eligible to receive.” With both of these programs, the first step is an energy audit. The energy audit is a whole-house analysis where the certified energy auditor or rater walks through the home and performs tests to see where the home is losing energy and suggests improvements to fix these problems. “We start the process to help people get the most bang for their energy dollars,” says Peyton Gambrell, president of Sustainable Solutions LLC. The energy audit starts by checking the home for air leaks. Many energy auditors and raters use infrared imaging to get a visual of hot and cold spots in the home and identify air leaks. Some perform a “No job is complete until you and I are 100% satisfied.” Brad Buss

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problems or gas leaks, so this isn’t just an energy issue, it can be a life safety issue.” Auditors and raters can perform energy audits at any time of the year. To prepare for an audit, you should know which rooms of your house are uncomfortable because they are either too hot or too cold, have the last 12 months of utility bills available __ the auditor can work with new homeowners and the utility companies to obtain this information __ and extinguish any fires in a fireplace at least 24 hours before the audit to prevent re-igniting flames during the blower door test. Certified energy auditors are trained to perform the home energy audit, prescribe fixes for the home’s energy leaks and complete a quality-control analysis of the

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home after the energy-efficient changes are complete. Certified energy raters can perform these tasks and sign off on tax credits, Energy-Star ratings, and LEED-H qualifications. “Every home is unique, so we make sure the people who show up are informed and able to consult on your home’s specific issues,” says Kenneth Riead, senior consultant at Hathmore Technologies. Hathmore Technologies has been in the energy business for more than 40 years and includes the Accurate Rater Network, which trains auditors and raters to perform these services. “People are more informed, and it’s becoming more important for auditors and raters to have continuous

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Mixing It Up Walls like leather, gold drapes dripping from the ceiling, bold color choices, repurposed furnishings — these are just some ideas the winning designers showed us in their 2010 ASID Heartland Design Awards projects. See all six in this section, plus take a nod from one 8-year-old’s vivacious mini-makeover.

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ASID Heartland Design Awards

Interior designers give their best effort to their projects and take home recognition for their award-winning work in this annual competition.

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ood design has its rewards. The local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) just selected six of its

members to receive Heartland Design Awards in recognition of their service to community and client. “I’ve been with ASID for close to 20 years, and the awards actually went on hiatus for awhile,” says Lori Schiefen, ASID past president. “But we brought them back about four years ago, and there’s a lot of interest and momentum with the process.” ASID, which was founded in 1975, has 48 chapters throughout the country, with 36,000 members, including 18,000 practicing interior designers working in both commercial and residential design. Members must pass rigorous acceptance standards. Because ASID strives to advance the interior design profession, the annual awards offer welcome recognition of this profession, whose members believe that design can positively change lives. “We don’t judge entries within our own chapter,” Schiefen notes. “We ask another ASID chapter to do that. We give them a list of our criteria, and they grade each entry on a scale of 1-25 for overall aesthetic feel, characteristics of the application, and whether the designer achieved the desired objective.

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Master Bedroom Arlene Ladegaard Owner/Principal Designer, Design Connection Inc.

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client she’d worked with in the past presented a challenge to Arlene Ladegaard, owner and principal designer of Design Connection Inc.

“This couple had a very light bedroom with French Country furniture,” she says. “But they wanted something deep, dark and womb-ish. It was the total opposite of what they already had.” So Ladegaard got down to work, replacing shutters with black Roman shades, investigating wall colors and searching for fabrics. “We started with the carpet and found this wonderful rich brown with some gold in it,” Ladegaard says. “Then the search for furniture began. Black furniture is hard to find these days, and I knew it would be a challenge.” Black tends to be very modern, and the couple did not want a contemporary bedroom, but Ladegaard was able to find transitional pieces. “Transitional describes this room because it’s a little bit of everything,” she says. “There’s texture, style, color. It just feels very rich and glamorous.” The updated, fun zebra fabric was found in a local showroom and is beautifully offset by the bronze silk fabric on the bedspread and drapes. Wool mohair on the chairs shimmers with a life of its own and looks different from every area of the room. Three layers of dark paint make the walls feel like leather. “Because it’s such a dark room, I wanted the ceiling to lighten it up,” Ladegaard says. “So it’s painted a khaki shade with gold. It looks like platinum when light is shining on it. This is a great effect for a dark room.”

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Living Room/ Hearth Room

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here to begin when remodeling a home that hasn’t been touched in 50 years? That was

the challenge Susan Provines faced when a client she’d worked with in the past called and

said she was moving back into her childhood home to care for her special-needs brother.

Susan Provines Owner, Susan Provines Interiors

“This house had horrible carpet, but there were beautiful hardwoods underneath,” Provines recalls. “There was dark paneling, which we pulled off, and the fireplace was pretty bland.” Provines’ approach was to take it one step at a time, hiring a contractor and listening closely to what her client wanted. “She plans to live in this home for the rest of her life, which is perfect since my specialty is aging-in-place homes,” she says. “I designed it so she could stay here forever.” A built-in bookcase that was original to the home but was not functional was tossed. Throwing out the paneling brightened up the room considerably, even with a deeper color on the walls. The original red brick was kept on the fireplace, along with the arch. “She wanted a French Country look because she knew this is the room where she and her brother would be spending most of their time,” Provines notes. “So we made the fireplace a focal point.” Decorating was as easy as a trip to the basement — Provines discovered an old steamer trunk her client’s mother got when she married, so that became the cocktail table. A child’s chair, also found in the basement, became a decorative object near the fireplace. “My client was so excited about finding these things and being able to use them in her home,” Provines adds.

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Whole-House Project Kathleen Ramsey Designer/Owner, Ramsey Interiors

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client who is also an artist hired Kathleen Ramsey to create a home that would

showcase his artwork. “He asked for seating arrangements so that art could be seen from different views in the same room,” Ramsey says. “He wanted the entire house to complement his art.” Ramsey likes to use punches of color in her design, but that avenue was closed to her because the artwork provided that color. Instead, she opted for shiny fabrics and mirrored furniture to catch the eye. The result: an elegant, contemporary design that is a juxtaposition of modern and classic. “Everything in the living room is pewter, gold or silver,” Ramsey describes. “He had a black psychiatrist couch he wanted to use, so we decided on a pair of gray sofas with graceful lines. I added texture with faux iguana skin on the pillows, with two metal squares used as cocktail tables.” Area rugs define certain conversation spaces, and lamps became very important because there was no overhead lighting. In the family room, a rectangular space anchored by a fireplace, the focus is drawn to two large sculptures at the opposite end by grouping furniture there and scattering area rugs. A wow-factor was created in the entryway with two-story drapery panels striped in shiny gold and silver. “I was concerned that every room would look the same because the tones were so similar, so I looked for fabrics with different textures,” Ramsey notes. “The sofa in the family room is woven and similar to linen with a bit of shine, and the living room sofas have a stripe. This home shows a great symmetry between contemporary and refined, with a touch of shine. And the client just loves it.” PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Singular Space Kitchen/Bathroom

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ow to create a warm, inviting kitchen area with a cold tile floor? Suzann Thompson Lynch’s client had a quarry tile floor that she couldn’t part with, even though the warm

kitchen demanded a wood floor. After some investigating, Lynch found her solution.

Suzann Thompson Lynch Owner, Suzann Thompson Designs

“There’s a new porcelain tile that looks just like wood,” she says. “It comes in planks and is butted right up against the terra cotta quarry tile, so I was able to achieve the look my client wanted and the warmth I wanted with this product. Using a higher-grade grout also makes clean-up easy.” Lynch was tasked with creating a large area that could accommodate two people who love to cook, as well as their kids and grandkids. In order to use the space she had available, Lynch eliminated a doorway near the staircase, giving her an extra eight feet for cabinets. She also created customized areas in the cabinetry, like the china hutch, a beverage center and an iPod docking station. “I also wanted them to be ahead of the game so nothing would be out of date in a couple of years,” Lynch says. “I did two different backsplash tiles and warmed up the room by using metallic copper on the ceiling to mimic the floor. Multiple finishes won’t look dated.” Lynch calls the look “French Country-inspired but also transitional, with a traditional base.” No matter what it’s called, her clients are thrilled. “This is totally them,” she says. “This is who they are.”

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Corporate Becky Berg Owner/Principal Designer, Becky Berg Designs

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acing a great challenge always provides Becky Berg with the inspiration she needs. And this project was very challenging.

“This is a commercial building in a classic contemporary style,” Berg says. “The client had a very nice collection of antiques they wanted to use in this space. I have an eye for mixing styles, that’s my specialty. But it was a challenge to get it just right.” And she did. The background of limestone walls and parquet floor helped with the old feel of limestone and the warmth of wood. The reception desk, in a bamboo effect with a dark granite countertop, is the focal point as customers walk through the door. Antique tables, chests, figurines and statues were carefully placed around the edges. The seating space is transitional, with clean lines that will mix with any style. Items in the center of the room were all newly purchased to blend in with the antiques. “The background was neutral, so I added energy through shots of color, mainly persimmon,” Berg explains. “There are black accents, and it all pulled together really well. This was truly an enjoyable project as well as a challenge, but that’s the fun part for me. I use challenge as my inspiration.”

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Hospitality anD Overall Award Winner Amy Nichols Owner, DesignWorks

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tight budget to create a space that would appeal to both toddlers and their moms was presented to Amy Nichols, and

she responded with a bright, cheerful space that has elements of sustainability. The Children’s Play and Discover Center in Lake Station, Ind., is beautifully balanced in meeting the needs of families as well as the environment. “Since I’m LEED accredited, I’m used to working with sustainable standards,” Nichols says. “We spent a lot of time making sure we had proper lighting, studying sun patterns and putting lower windows in some places so light could penetrate.” Her client wanted bright, primary colors throughout, and the palette had to be more complex so moms would feel good there, too. Color research information was presented, as was the understanding that designing for the market is important. “You can go overboard with bright colors, but we balanced them with warmer colors,” Nichols adds. “We also made sure everything was safe for children, using rounded corners, and soft and non-toxic materials.” There are child-size sinks and toilets in this play center/museum that targets kids age seven and under. The center includes craft, cooking and make-believe areas, as well as a cafe where parents can socialize. The project is owned by a parks department so the budget was tight but not unworkable. “The client made in-house cabinetry and also took care of the construction management, so that saved a lot,” Nichols notes. “We prioritized where we wanted to spend our money, and they are very

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| From pink to paisley, and apple green to zebra print, a special 8-year-old sleeps in style. |

Mia’s Bedroom Makeover A child going through a new phase takes old furniture along with her.

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Eight-year-old Mia had outgrown pink. A savvy,

switch. Maddy, 9, needed a change too — her room

sassy character, she wanted her room to reflect her

was lavender with fairies painted on the walls.

outgoing personality. Fortunately, grandma — known

Mom Molly found the loud paisley print comforter

outside the house as Brenda Freebern of Picture

with zebra pillow shams, which became the starting

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point for the rest of the room. That’s where Freebern

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picked the apple green color for the walls.

“I like to use things my clients have. It’s more personal because it’s theirs,” she says. Freebern garnered mom’s work desk, which was a

“It’s easier to find the bedding first then pick the paint than the other way around because there are so many more options with paint,” Freebern explains.

dated pickled oak, and repainted it black. The iron

She ordered extra zebra fabric to cover a rose-

bed was in dad’s office. Sister Maddy donated the

colored velvet settee that came out of an older house

nightstand, formerly white with flowers on it. In fact, the entire room was Maddy’s until they decided to

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being renovated in midtown, modernizing a century-old piece that still had a lot of life left in it. Above the settee, a portrait of Mia draped across the couch is displayed in an antique frame. The black rug at the base was a remnant from one of Freebern’s previous jobs, and the formal yet funlooking crystal lamp was snagged at her shop.

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Tough Trees Kansas City’s frigid winters are difficult enough for humans, and we get to cuddle up indoors while trees take the brunt of Mother Nature head on. Learn what kind of trees can survive and thrive in our climate on the following pages then take inspiration from one gardener who makes sure there’s something to look at even in the barest season of all.

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ary Johnson has the touch. Even after the leaves fall

Johnson acknowledges, “I like to think of this garden as Yin and Yang.

and the temperature dips, his Leawood garden simply

I say that with a nod toward the so-called infrastructure.”

transitions into a new look with the changing season.

His reference becomes clear walking around the house past a screen

While most gardens sleep, his and his partner’s offers much to look at.

of ornamental hornbeam to the backyard, now hushed under a blanket

Their handsome corner property, just shy of an acre, is bordered by

of snow.

a creek. Come winter, as the snow settles in, it still gurgles along.

All along the back of the house is a patio that becomes the viewing

Also enhancing the stillness of winter are the mature oak trees that

area looking out toward the yard or “stage” beyond. “In the winter, the

fill the area. “Not only do they provide shade in the summer, but in

entire yard opens up toward the creek at the back of the property,

the winter, there’s a definite sculptural structure they lend to the

revealing a stark beauty. It’s also a great time to notice the overall

grounds,” Johnson says.

design of the backyard and what new possibilities exist for future

As winter descends, a tour through the grounds takes on a very different visual aspect compared to its warm-weather countenance.

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I like to think of this garden as Yin and Yang. I say that with a nod toward the so-called infrastructure. As winter chill shakes the trees barren, the focus shifts to a square lily pond adorned with an Indonesian concrete sculpture. “I had this brick pond built and soon found it overrun with lily pads in the heat of summer, but now it freezes over since I don’t drain it,” Johnson says. Readily within view from inside the house, the brick pond is capped with a limestone surround measuring 18 inches above ground and 3 feet below. Despite the season, the decorative copper crane surveys the scene in hopes of an early thaw. Opposite the square lily pond is a small, round reflective pond. “This is the yin to the yang of the square pond. It’s secluded, watched over by an antique Chinese sculpture (c. 1750) that I bought 25 years ago. Like the other pond, it freezes over in the winter yet still retains a quiet beauty,” Johnson says. Two noble 7-foot rusted cast-iron urns dominate the mid-yard. “I found these at an antique dealer while on ebay nearly a decade ago. We made a trip to New York and ended up buying not only the urns but a table, planters and eight antique metal columns,” he adds. Typically, the giant urns, while imposing, are almost second fiddle to the copious plantings spilling up and out. During winter, however, their classic façades make an enviable impression not just for their patina but for their impressive height. At the back of the property, a flagstone path flanks the garden lining the creek. The hedgeapple trees, junipers and evergreens provide an austere silhouette against the sleeping garden beneath that will flourish with annuals and perennials. Nearby are two sets of cast-iron columns each sitting atop a step of brick coursing. This area, hemmed in by the columns and surrounded by boxwood, is prepped for a sumptuous splash of color — something Johnson eagerly anticipates. “Last year I planted 750 ‘Maureen’ tulips in the bed between,” he notes. “Come this spring, it may be another color.” Amidst Canada Red cherry trees sits a stoic Guanyin concrete statue, perhaps for good luck or just a decorative note. Without all the accompanying plantings, it seems that wintertime affords these artistic elements dotted throughout the garden the spotlight. With Johnson’s magic touch, there’s an abundance to appreciate. Serene and quietly industrious, winter offers a fourth act for this garden while anticipating the long growing season ahead. 80 • KCHANDG.COM


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| Left: Sugar Maple trees, top right: Sassafras, bottom right: Redbuds. |

Top Trees Local experts have created the definitive, go-to list for choosing the best tree varieties for Kansas City and share tips on how to care for them.

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Just because a tree produces brilliant fall color doesn’t

Proper Tree Selection

mean it’s great at withstanding Kansas City’s extreme

Before selecting a tree, it is important to know your

seasons. And a tree variety that looks great along a

environment.

street probably won’t fare well in your backyard.

“Look at the conditions where you want to put that

Knowing the best tree choices for your specific space,

tree. Does it get full sun, what kind of soil is there, is

type of soil and amount of sun is made easier with

the ground rocky, or is it a wet spot? Knowing the

the “Great Trees for the Kansas City Region” list

environment is half the battle of getting the right tree

compiled by Robert Whitman, a landscape architect

in the right place,” says Alan Branhagen, director of

at Gould Evans in Kansas City.

horticulture at Powell Gardens.

The “Great Trees” list is the result of 378 tree

Next, think about what you want. For example, do

varieties being rated by 17 Kansas City area tree

you have a patio in the backyard that needs shade or

experts, arborists, nurserymen, landscape architects and

a small front yard that needs taller, closer elements

horticulturists. Each cultivar was rated on landscape

by the house? Do you want the tree to act as a screen

value, street tree value, cultural adaptability and

or buffer, provide fall color or produce spring

useful lifespan. The list, Whitman says, is meant to

flowers? It’s easier to select a tree when you can

act as a guideline to help you find the right tree for

define its purpose.

your project.

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“When a client can present their space parameters, we can help identify their needs and suggest options,” says Matt Alberts, managing partner of Narrow Tree Nursery. Native tree varieties rate well on Whitman’s list — and understandably so. “Trees are native for a reason because they are tolerant of our conditions, but be careful. Just because a tree is native to Kansas City doesn’t mean it is native to the site for the tree. A Sugar Maple is native to Kansas City, but you typically see them on north slopes or in very fertile valleys, not on hilltops or a scraped field,” Whitman says. When you purchase trees, find out where they come from, Alberts advises. “There is usually a reason why you get a discount on trees at a discount store — they are probably grown in a different climate and are not acclimated for this area. We have a lot of terrific local growers here in Kansas City,” he says.

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Did You Know? Kansas and Missouri play a prominent role in the history of wine.

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Who is the No. 1 winemaker in the United States?

the grapevines, had found a new home in Europe.

The answer: Missouri…that is, if we were talking

American vines had developed immunity, but

about the 1880s when Missouri expanded production

European vines had not, and the bug literally

to more than 100,000 gallons a year. Of course,

consumed them, devastating the continent and

Prohibition virtually shut down all the wineries soon

sending it into an economic depression. Many

after. Today, California produces around 90 percent

winemakers left Europe for new opportunities and

of all the wine in the U.S., with approximately 17

started over in other countries.

million gallons per year.

Check out these other fun facts about our regional wine industry:

The University of Missouri developed plant grafting,

which has been extremely successful. By taking root stock of vines grown in the U.S. and grafting

When it comes to the number of wineries in the

French tops on them, the vines could produce fruits

States, Missouri ranks No. 10, with 86 wineries, and

desired from the original plant but with roots that

Kansas falls in at No. 31 with 16 wineries.

could withstand phylloxera.

Missouri was instrumental in saving the wine

In Kansas, grape growing actually started 200 years

industry in the 1880s. The phylloxera bug, an insect

ago when European settlers tried to grow varieties in

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the region before they recognized Native American varieties. The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes indigenous to California could not thrive here because our soils and weather conditions were more compatible with white grapes such as Chardonel, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Vidal Blanc Vignoles and Vinant, and with red grapes such as Catawba, Chambourcin,

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Norton and St. Vincent. Recently, there have been plantings of Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Mourvedre, most of which are hybrid grapes. ●

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When talking about growing vineyards

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If you are heading to a local winery,

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Food from the Farm Locavores sign up for subscription services to get the freshest food without the added pesticides or fossil fuels.

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What if buying your groceries were as easy as

require an upfront subscription fee to help farmers

subscribing to your favorite magazines each year?

pay for supplies and labor for the season then a

With community-supported agriculture programs, or

weekly fee for the “shares” of crops or food produced

CSAs, that’s a possibility for local families who crave

during growing months. Others veer from the

fresh, healthy and tasty foods served at just the right

subscription-share format and allow consumers to

season. An expanding network of growers in Kansas

help work on the farm for their food. The food-

and Missouri is taking business directly to customers,

distribution season around Kansas City typically lasts

which is making mealtime thoroughly nutritious —

from mid-May to mid-October, according to the

and appealingly eco-friendly.

Kansas City CSA Coalition, though some farms

What exactly is a CSA program? Simply put, it’s a

supply at different times or year-round.

network of local farmers who turn out produce,

Lew Edmister, a local provider who runs the Herb

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system “flies in the face of American commerce.” But, he adds, it’s necessary for small-scale operations to meet their business expenses. “Small growers don’t have federal subsidies or friendly bankers,” Edmister says. “Their CSA shareholders have taken the others’ place and are doing it on trust and experience alone.” Getting involved in a local CSA program can be as easy as contacting a grower directly (many farms now have websites) or reaching out to a business that can help lead the way. Hen House Market ran a Growers’ Alliance CSA between May and September, when shoppers were allowed to pay a $25 membership fee and $25 weekly for a selection of meat, cheese, milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables. Pickup days were scheduled for Wednesdays and Saturdays at all area Hen House locations. An abbreviated Pick 5 CSA gave shoppers a choice of five weekly selections for a fee of $15 initially and $15 each week from July to August.

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Matt Jonas, vice president of sales the larger program draws about 1,000 customers annually for a 200-farm system. participated. Another group, the Kansas City Food Circle, sets out specifically to help growers around the area. “About 20 years ago, we saw the trend of small, family-owned farms, particularly the local organic farms, dropping like flies around us,” explains Dave Lawrence, senior coordinator. “In order to protect the local food supply, we wanted to put local growers and local eaters together face-to-face.” To date, the Food Circle has linked up

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says many farmers connected with his group use organic farming methods, which means using less fossil fuel. “Also, you’re keeping it local,” he explains. “There’s no middle man, and the money stays mostly within the Food Circle.” Homespun Hill Farm’s Debbie Yarnell was the first farm in Kansas to offer a grass-fed meat CSA, and she touts the benefit of flexibility for her business. Yarnell raises livestock just outside Baldwin City and sells $7.75-per-pound packages of beef, lamb or a combination of both once a month throughout the year. Customers can sign up or renew a subscription at any point, and though her offerings come in pre-arranged packages, she works with loyal customers

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to meet specific needs. “For special gettogethers known in advance, we like to accommodate requests for special cuts, such as lamb shoulder roasts or beef brisket,” she says. To offer additional variety, her farm sells chickens and eggs during pick-up times. The Kansas City CSA Coalition points out further benefits of these types of local-

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eating programs, such as avoiding toxins associated with certain commercialfarming practices, getting foods at the height of freshness, and developing stronger connections to local business people and the community at large. Though subscription fees vary, a “full share” from many CSA programs is designed to feed a family of four for a

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week (allowing one or two chances to dine out), with items selling for less than supermarket sticker price in many instances. If you ask Edmister, the best perk of all is cutting out the artificial. “People get to eat real food,” he says. “That sounds glib and too simple, but if you think about how

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Herefords without Hormones For those who don’t want their meat with a side of injections, ranchers are serving a new group of concerned carnivores with healthier options.

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Like every other industry, agriculture, in a sense, has

humans, including infections, obesity, food poisoning,

gone green. There are numerous local farms and

arthritis and even cancer.

ranches that tout labels like ‘certified organic grass-

Jaydee Hanson is the senior policy analyst for

fed beef,’ ‘naturally grown’ and ‘no added hormones

The Center for Food Safety, an organization that

or antibiotics,’ but it’s the latter that’s been the talk

works to protect human health and the environment

around the troughs lately.

by fighting harmful food production technologies and

Antibiotics cure sickness or ailments, which is a good thing, right? Well, the problem comes from

promoting organic, sustainable agriculture, with its grassroots action network, The True Food Network.

farms — mostly commercial — that force-feed or

“Most antibiotics used in animals aren’t used for

overuse antibiotics as well as rbGH (artificial growth

sick animals but rather to help them gain weight,” he

hormones) and other genetically altered products to

says. “The problem for us humans is that we use

compensate for poor, crowded and unsanitary living

mostly the same antibiotics when we’re sick — about

conditions. The FDA considers treatment with

70 percent of antibiotics overlap — and using the

registered antibiotics safe for humans and animals,

same antibiotics makes pathogens resistant to the

but it’s unsafe levels of these “added ingredients” that

medications, so when we want/need to use them,

have been linked to numerous health-related issues in

they don’t work.”

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Other growing problems, he says, is that in addition to making microbes (bacteria) become resistant to antibiotics, overuse can contribute to causing allergies and/or allergic reactions, which are serious health issues. Also, antibiotics can disguise actual health problems in animals, making

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organisms (GMOs). Donner’s field “is more like a salad bar for the buffalo,” she says. Buffalo meat is heart-healthy, leaner, a little sweeter than beef, and “because of the way Jerry raises his buffalo, the vitamin/ mineral content is there,” Crandell says. The buffalo also are federally inspected before slaughter. Another proponent of naturally raised animals is chef educator Steve Pope with Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch, which raises heritage-breed birds, including chickens, turkey, ducks and geese. Pope, who is a chef, college professor and registered nurse, is also a reporter for the new book “One Big Table.” His mission is to educate consumers and chefs about historical cooking techniques, and heritage poultry is at the top of that list. “The birds we use are birds grandma used to have in her backyard prior to the arrival of commercially produced poultry,” he says. “It’s for the discerning person who wants good, safe, healthy food.” But farmers aren’t the only ones passionate about these methods — local butchers and grocers are going straight to these farms for their dairy and meat. McGonigle’s Market, located at the corner of 79th Street and Ward Parkway, buys its fresh selection of meats from Iowa farmers that’s all-natural, with no growth hormones or antibiotic steroids used. All meat is USDA choice or higher and even includes some grass-fed products like ground beef and strips. Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch sells to area Hen House markets and Blue Bird Bistro (a local, organic restaurant in the Westside neighborhood) as well as direct to chefs. Chef Renee Kelly, who uses only organic, natural, and antibiotic- and hormone-free products, openly expresses how much she loves Good Shepherd’s

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— Alan Branhagen, director of horticulture at Powell Gardens

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“Knowing the environment is half the battle of getting the right tree in the right place.”

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“This is the yin to the yang.” — Gary Johnson on the symmetry of his garden’s infrastructure

“It’s for the discerning person who wants good, safe, healthy food.” — Chef, professor, nurse and writer Steve Pope on eating heritage breed birds

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