Design KC - Fall 2021

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An open floor plan with a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen—and an adjacent working pantry—make entertaining a snap.



Written by Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian | Photos by Matthew Anderson


he empty nesters were facing a conundrum: They wanted to downsize from their Leawood home, but this husband and wife also loved to throw parties. Big parties. After five years of searching, they found a southeast-facing condo overlooking the Country Club Plaza, ripe with potential for entertaining— whether for dozens of guests at a time or for a client meeting with the husband, a top executive at a private company. The existing floor plan was less than ideal, however. Limited kitchen counters and storage space were not going to cut it, and the bathrooms— well, they were humdrum. Not anymore.

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Certified kitchen designer Elizabeth Rishel of Orion Design reworked every wall but one to create spaces that are not only sleek, modern and elegant, but also so functional that the owners were able to feed and entertain 110 guests for their daughter’s wedding in the sun-drenched unit. Moving walls and plumbing is an often dicey affair in condominium buildings, as you can never fully rely on the accuracy of blueprints. Nevertheless, with the sleight of hand befitting a magician shuffling cups in a shell game, Elizabeth moved rooms with dramatic effect. “The space had an immense amount of promise, but it was very broken up and didn’t take advantage of the assets, like the views,” she says. “So we really did change the entire layout. It was quite dramatic.”

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