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VintageKC Home. Fashion. DIY. SPRING 2016 | VOL. 4 ISSUE 4

HOME REMEDY Sneak peek of our 2016 show house inside!


events April 7: Appetizers & Aperitifs May 5: Cinco de Mayo May 7: Build a Bouquet


612 Cherokee • W-Sa 10-5 913-651-5273 •

410 S. 2nd St. • T-W by appt. | Th-F 10-5 | Sa 10-4 913-683-8051 •

VISIT THE 1ST CITY OF KANSAS! 20+ Eating and Drinking Spots in Historic Downtown


28 Blocks of Vintage, Fashion, Art, Gift, and Craft Boutiques

Leavenworth Antique Mall 414 Delaware • T-Sat 10-6 | Th 10-8

505 Delaware • M-Th 10-5:30 | F-Sa 10-6 913-758-0193 •

History C.W. Parker Carousel Museum Carroll Mansion Museum Fort Leavenworth

Contents SPRING 2016 | VOL. 4 ISSUE 4




10 OUTDOOR SPECIAL Glamping 14 VINTAGE SPACES Home Remedy show house 26 VINTAGE FASHION Heidi Herrman

shop 05 46

learn 06 08

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ETSY FINDS Colors of the year MAKERS Tammy Smith Design

do 36 44

DESIGN BOOK Living Room Decor BUY AND SELL Vintage Crystal

CRAFT Mason Jars DUSTIN’S DIY Out of the box planters

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^from the editor


Publisher/Editor Erin Shipps

Home Remedy


ometimes I get crazy ideas in my head. Like starting a magazine. Or creating a home renovation show. And much like the child I brought into the world 19 days ago (at press time), these ideas tend to be a labor of love. As my daughter stirs in the swing next to me, I’m reminded of the entire surprise process of her life coming to fruition. It seems like ages ago that we found out about her, and much longer than 19 days since she’s been in our arms. The last month before her arrival certainly felt like a year trapped in 30 days. But, once she came onto the scene, I quickly forgot about everything it took to get her here. I’m not sure I can so easily forget the past year and a half of blood, sweat and tears that went into producing our first season of “Home Remedy.” By now I hope you’ve gotten wind of our “Home Remedy” video series based on the renovation of a huge 1908 home in midtown. If not, head on over to for more info and some teaser videos. We’re putting together the shows right now and can’t wait to show you the remodel in action. For now, check out the sneak peek of the house before and after starting on page 14. The Home Remedy house was a lot like the birth of a child, it just took a lot longer. Renovating a home and making a video series out of the process was an idea I’d been mulling over for a couple of years. Then, things started falling into place. One thing led to another and at one point I couldn’t deny the opportunity to make this dream a reality. That said, it was everything a birthing process tends to be: long, painful, unknown. I just kept my mind focused on the end result, which sometimes seemed impossible and really, really far off in the distance. Would anyone buy into this dream? Would anyone care about what we were doing? How can I make this happen with little to no budget? The answers came via this awesome community. We worked with some local investors who flip and rent properties. They, specifically their management company, Urban Nest, were a huge asset to this project that we could not have done without. Our on-camera cast of local designers and contractors also gave of their time and talent to complete this endeavor. An amazing producer and camera man put up with our antics, encouraged us and kept us on track. And then one-by-one, small businesses and big businesses started to say yes when I asked them if they’d like to be involved in what we were doing. People started to care. And I knew that no matter how difficult a process, we had to see this thing through to the end. I am forever grateful to each and every person and business who got us to this point. So here we are ... the damaged parts fixed, the floors VKC refinished, the walls all painted, the furniture staged ... and I am finally taking a minute to sit back and say wow, we vintagekc really did it. And then I breathe a huge sigh of relief. I had the same reaction when my daughter was born. It’s surreal. To dream, to do, to be. Keep your eye out for the show; vintagekcmag subscribe to our newsletter. I do hope you enjoy what we’ve put together. vintagekc

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On the Cover Home Remedy House Photo by Jill DiMartino

shop^our favorite etsy finds

2016 Colors of the Year

Rose and Quartz Serenity

1) 27-piece 1950s/1960s Boontonware dish set, includes three pink dinner plates, four pink lunch plates, three pink saucers, three pink cups, two small bowls, four white lunch plates, four white saucers, three white cups and one pink Marcrest divided server, $25 for the set (+$15 S&H), 2) Vintage Vera set of two blue tree napkins, slightly faded, no holes or stains, 15.5in. x 15.5in., $8 (+$2 S&H), 3) 1960s vintage mod unisex clip-on bow tie with blue and white geometric pattern, $8.99, 4) Vintage set of seven hand-carved, hand-painted tropical napkin rings, $32, 5) 1950s handmade retro midi skirt, full circle, ivory, coral, pink, and green woven cotton, belt carriers in wasteband, metal zipper and button tab closure, waistband measures 22in.; 29in. from waistband to hem; $60,

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learn^design book

Things I learned from my living room...

By Jennifer Bertrand


So there is never a sale that doesn’t peak my eyeballs. Often I am having whole dialogues in my head as to what I could do with whatever weird or bizarre or interesting object I come across. Recently, I came upon a sale that had 30 felt gnomes for next to nothing. Of course there were also 24 little red cardinal birds for pennies as well. Ahhhhhhhhhh, I can use them next Christmas and do a massive grouping. Then when I got home it hit me. Why should we wait until next Christmas? Instead, our son

Winston and I spent the evening playing hide the gnome and we placed all of them around our living room. We then created a cardinal tree with all of the birds. It was happiness spilled over into daily life. I often think we could all learn a lot from set designers who create worlds on stage or television. And perhaps we all need some of the theatrics in our ever day homes.


I love all of the creative and amazing talent we have in Kansas City. No joke we have artists that play on a national level in so many varying fields. One of my favorite local peeps is Karrie Kaneda of Happy Habitat. Her throws and pillows are the perfect knit texture to soften your home. Any time I do a design project, I try to bring in something local. If you are not sure where to shop for local art, of course hit the West Bottoms first. And then an easy way to start finding peeps is type in Kansas City on Etsy. VintageKC’s website also has a list of local makers and features them in the December Gift Guide! 3 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE

Yes, sure, a metal cow skull should have a bird and some tassels on it. I often laugh at what pops in my head. And even just recently I was telling a client that I sound absolutely bonkers when I say what I am thinking out loud. But you just need to look at an item and ask yourself, “What is the expected use of this item?” Then ask yourself, “What is the exact opposite thing I could do with it?” Then it becomes a fun game. This will keep your home from looking like everyone else’s and add conversation elements throughout your spaces!


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remember slow and steady wins the race. Or it may not win the race, but it gets you there. I want you to forget the other rooms and just do one. You get one done and you will feel like you can keep on going! Huge hugs to all of you! Happy designing!



4 NEAT + ORDERLY BOOKSHELVES FEEL GOOD So lately I got the book that is sweeping the world … you know, the one about happiness and tidiness. I hilariously have not started it yet, but I started cleansing our home of extra items that don’t bring me joy and add clutter to my eyeballs. I am a strong believer that if your house is in order, then your mind is in order.

And lately my mind and home have been a bit of controlled chaos. So take the time to clean out and lessen your bookshelves and your life and I pinky promise that you will be a happy camper! 5 DON’T GET OVERWHELMED

My final thought is focus a room at a time. It’s easy to go from room to room on who needs to be done. But most importantly, just

Jennifer Bertrand is the winner of HGTV’s show “Design Star” season three and cohost of “Real Life Design” on She resides in Weatherby Lake, MO, with her lovely English husband, Chris, and her happy son, Winston. She has big plans in life to conquer the design world … again. Email pics and questions to Jennifer Blog Instagram hgtvdesignstarjenniferbertrand Facebook Jennifer Oldham Bertrand Twitter jblovesdesign

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learn^buy and sell


Fundamentals A beginners guide to buying and selling crystal By Michael and James Fry


hen delving into a new category of buying and selling, the learning curve can often be a bit intimidating. Understanding the nuances of value for many categories can take months or even years to learn. However with crystal, understanding the fundamentals and learning to distinguish it from regular glass can be tackled in a single afternoon. There are four common characteristics that make crystal easy to identify. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals you can then move on to understanding what makes one crystal vase worth $15 and another worth $1,500. The regular non-crystal drinking glasses in your cupboard are made from soda, lime, and silica (sand). Crystal in contrast, is comprised of soda, lead oxide, and silica. Legally for a manufacturer to call their glassware “crystal” it needs to contain at least 24 percent lead. As a general rule, the higher the quality of the crystal, the larger percentage of the lead, with some pieces containing upward of 30 percent. The lead serves several important functions, all of which give crystal the attributes that make it special. It significantly increases the reflective and brilliant qualities of the glass. It raises the density, making it considerably heavier than regular glass. Lead also enables the craftsman to work with the molten glass at a lower temperature. This allows them to create unique designs with much higher quality and clarity, with pieces free from trapped air bubbles. To sum up: adding lead into the mix creates heavier, clearer, prettier, and easier to work with glass. The qualities lead imparts to crystal, are the same qualities we use to identify it. Those four qualities are Brilliance, Weight, Sound, and Clarity.


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Brilliance: A piece of crystal—especially when it’s been cut—will exude a certain type of brilliance similar to a diamond. Its corners will sparkle and if you hold it up to the light you should be able to see a prism or rainbow effect in the glass. Weight: Crystal weighs more than glass. Often when you pick up a crystal goblet or figurine, you might be taken aback by the unexpected weight compared to its size. Sound: To test for crystal use your knuckle to knock lightly on the edge of the piece in question. Crystal gives a higher melodious ping that often will ring for a second or two. Regular glass in contrast will make a plunk sound and won’t resonate. This method works great with any type of drinking glass or vase, while not so great with figurines or some other shapes. If you are unsure of what a crystal “ping” is suppose to sound like we suggest

that you visit several high end stores such as Williams-Sonoma on the Plaza and Halls in Crown Center to try your hand gently tapping both their regular glass and crystal and listen the difference in sound. Clarity: At first this might seem like an odd way to identify glass from crystal. After all isn’t the most notable feature of glass that it’s clear? The difference is quite noticeable when you hold similarly shaped pieces of glass and crystal next to each other. The glass piece will seem cloudier and might have a wavy look to it. The image you see on the other side will look distorted. Crystal on the other hand will be quite clear. This becomes even more true with higher-end, higher-quality pieces. You can hold up a 4in. thick Stuben or Baccarat figurine to a book and you’ll be able to read the text. Identifying a piece as crystal is just the first step to understanding if it’s valuable or

not. Many of the crystal pieces we sell at our estate sales go between $10 and $25. We’ve also sold pieces between $100 and $500. The difference between the two starts with who made it. As with many categories of items, the company or brand has a huge impact on price. The majority of notable crystal pieces will be marked somewhere on the base of the item. Often it will be an acid-etched or sandblasted logo and/or company name. It’s been helpful for us to divide the main crystal companies we run across into two groups. The first group includes Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Swarovski, and the ever prevalent Waterford. Of the many hundreds of pieces of crystal that we’ve dealt with over the years by these companies, 95 percent have been worth less than $100. The second group of companies is Baccarat, Steuben, Lalique, Saint-Louis Crystal, and Daum. We do not run across these brands very often, and when we do the prices tend to be much, much higher. Is every piece of Lalique worth $100s? No. Neither is every piece of Waterford worth less than $50, but these are good general guidelines. In addition to identifying valuable brands, finding either a numbered edition, an artist’s

signature, or both etched into the bottom of a piece is always a good indicator of higher value. The numbered edition will show up looking like a fraction 450/3000, as in, this is the 450th piece made out of a total of only 3,000. The smaller the edition number the better. An artist’s signature will let you know who originally designed that specific piece of crystal. So if you find a piece of Kosta Boda with Bertil Vallien name on the bottom, it’s generally going to be of higher interest than an unsigned piece. The last factor to mention in determining crystal value takes by far the longest time to learn. As we mentioned, identifying crystal from glass can be learned in a day. Identifying the different lines and patterns and which ones have more significant value is a much larger undertaking. The specific pattern, supply and demand, the original retail price, and discontinuation will all affect the resell price. Waterford goblets are a great example, as they are only marked with the company name and not the pattern or line. To an uneducated eye a set of four Waterford Marquis wine goblets and a set of four Waterford Powerscourt wine goblets look fairly similar. The Marquis set sells between $25 and $40, while the Powerscourt set sells between $150 and $200.

The subject is vast enough that the best we can do is give you an overview and point you in the right direction. For anyone who’s interested in going deeper and studying more about the world of crystal, the resources below will give you a great place to continue your learning: · · · · · html One final note: if you want to see a handful of exquisite museum quality pieces of crystal, you can check out the American Collection on the second floor at the Nelson Atkins Museum. They are quite the lookers. Cheers!

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6 6 n o s k c i K g n G l am p i Words ANDREA K. GRIST Photos TIFFANY MARIE BUCKLEY


y quest for the perfect vintage camper began with the idea of embarking on a project that my dad and I could do together. After a few months of searching ads and online listings we found the perfect one. As an added bonus it was within driving distance from us in Louisburg, Kansas. After naming her “Etta” we hooked her up to our vehicle and headed into the land of vintage camper restoration. It was important to us that we keep as much of the original as possible, but with the idea of creating a space unique to us and our style. The famous road Route 66 became our inspiration. I traveled Route 66 multiple times with my parents as a kid while venturing to the great American Southwest. Driving through small towns and seeing the beauty of a time gone by always fascinated me. Even as an adult I have


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found the opportunity to travel small sections of the road and embrace the history that comes along with it. Along with the iconic signs and memorabilia, we were able to include soft terra cotta, turquoise, and earth tones. The original kitchen cabinets and stove were saved and paired with elements we made from salvaged pallet wood. The original fabrics were not in great shape so my mom made new curtains using coordinating themes. After 2-½ years of finding small pockets of time within our busy daily lives, she is done. We love how she turned out and first on our list is a road trip of course, to get our “Kicks on Route 66”!



Andrea is an event floral artist based in Lee’s Summit, MO, and the author of Gatherings in Bloom, Table Art for All Occasions. Flowers have always been her passion and she has been providing beautiful flowers and designs for her clients for more than 15 years. She lives with her husband and five children in Lee’s Summit. Andrea also enjoys writing, traveling, hiking, and snuggling up with her babies. See more of her work at:

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outdoor special^glamping



hange up the traditional warm weather activity of camping by adding an upscale vintage twist and start glamping! Elevate a regular spring menu while glamping or at home with these two vintage inspired recipes with modern twists!

Salmon with Thyme and Coconut Oil, and an Asparagus Tartlet enhances the seasonal asparagus vegetable and highlights the elegance of using simple ingredients with well-cooked fish. A simple bright table setting can transport camping into an effort-

Spring Asparagus Tartlet Ingredients (serves 4): 16-18 Spears Asparagus 1 Tablespoon Butter 3 Sprigs Thyme 1 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar 1 teaspoon Honey 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry (cut to size of skillet) Step-By-Step Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 375째 2. Wash and cut asparagus spears to fit vintage cast iron skillet. 3. Melt 1/2 Tablespoon of butter in skillet over medium heat; add asparagus spears and sprigs of thyme. Par-cook them for about 5 minutes.

4. Remove from heat, mix in vinegar, remove mixture onto separate plate and set aside. 5. Melt 1/2 Tablespoon of butter on skillet. Open thawed puff pastry sheet, fit puff pastry into buttered skillet. Cut excess pastry on the edges. Fork the bottom of the pastry. 6. Place asparagus mixture inside puff pastry and drizzle honey over asparagus. 7.Place skillet in oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and portion out four pieces.


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lessly beautiful vintage experience. A 1971 Swiss Colony glamper has been transformed through flowers, vintage dishes, utensils, glassware and linens.


Cooking Utensils: 5in. Cast Iron Skillet Cutting Board Knife Measuring spoons

Cooking Note: The glamper must be connected to gas and power to complete these recipes.

Salmon with Thyme and Coconut Oil Ingredients (serves 4): 4 salmon filets 1 large spoonful Coconut Oil 1 Bushel Thyme Salt for seasoning Cooking Utensils: 10in. Cast Iron Skillet 1 Large Spoon Step-By-Step Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 375° 2. Place skillet over medium heat. Melt coconut oil. 3. Place each salmon fillet face down to coat in coconut oil, and once coated, flip them over to coat the other side.

4. Place several sprigs of thyme on top of each fillet. Season with salt.

5. Place skillet in oven for 30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. 6. Serve and Enjoy!

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The Gourmet Glamping team, Lauren Hedenkamp and Sarah Terranova, became fast friends in Italy when they met studying in the same art and photo program. Their mutual love of art and food is captured by Sarah’s food photography background and Lauren’s styling (with her love of all things vintage, including her glamper, Ellie – used for event rental and soon to be pop up shop for The Royal Relic).


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vintage spaces ^ 2016 show house


With a bit of a gothic vibe, the chandelier adds to the charm and integrity of the original home, as do the beautiful, rich wood crown and windows.

HOME REMEDY A year in the making, come inside and take a sneak peek at our 2016 Home Remedy show house ... Photos JILL DIMARTINO


We found this vintage dining table and chairs at Habitat Kansas City ReStore. With just a little work, we took them from a dull, run-down, pitted wood finish to an edgy, chic, high-fashion statement using a wonderful new product from Amy Howard at Home called High Performance Furniture Lacquer in Vendome Grey (We picked some up at Restoration Emporium.). Here’s the kicker—it comes in a spray can! You have to see it to believe it! Not to be outdone, the new chair fabric is a woven party for the senses: beautiful to look at and sensuous to the touch. The pops of orange, plum, moss green, and whites woven among the shades of gray will make you smile and say ahhh!


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Benjamin Moore Gunmetal in pearl finish


Cabinet from The Space at 1412; car door from Nook & Cranny



This vintage typing table was painted a metallic bronze and repurposed to provide a simple backdrop for vintage crystal decanters to shine like little diamonds.


Deb Vogler has been creating her own brand of Comfort by Design for more than 15 years. She deals with all aspects of design, from budgeting, to floor plans (renovation or new construction), to furniture, to color at her full-scale design firm. Have a designing question for Deb? Send it to From the refinished table to the mixed metal accents, all against a backdrop of gunmetal gray on the walls and ceiling, this dining room is ideal for an elegant dining experience and a level of comfort that are sure to make any dinner party or family dinner one that will be remembered for years.


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do^the pro’s guide to glamping COLOR

Benjamin Moore Midsummer Night


DelConca Carrera Marble Porcelain tile in 12x24 from Samsara Vintage Home



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Alex, Juan Carlos and Michael are the owners of Samsara Vintage Home in Parkville, MO. In addition to their antique and home dĂŠcor brick and mortar store (which is expanding right now!), they remodel homes and design spaces for events.


This beautiful stained glass fixture hangs just inside the front door.

The living room is a large space, filled with original woodwork and windows. It begged for a dark and dramatic color, which is then offset by the DelConca in Carrera Marble Porcelain tile on the refaced fireplace. Adding eclectic pieces, luxurious window dressings and lots of art tied this space together with just the right amount of swanky.


Stained glass from Scottish Stained Glass

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Benjamin Moore Old World

The coral on the kitchen ceiling and walls creates a punch of fun and playfulness, but is grounded by the dark cabinets and countertops, creating the perfect harmony for a functional kitchen.



We chose graphite color appliances to match the cabinets, creating a “built-in” look. In addition, the depth of the abovefridge cabinets are extra deep for additional storage—a much sought after but rarely found feature in an older home.

The custom kitchen cabinets boast pull out drawer storage so every inch of the cabinet can be utilized easily. The cabinets are also equipped with soft-close slides.


The new kitchen layout was designed to maximize storage and utilize every space possible. This is especially noticeable in the custom 16in.-depth white kitchen cabinet adjacent to the pantry. What was once an awkward and unusable portion of the kitchen was re-designed as a coffee bar to stand out and be noticed. The newly designed and completely renovated kitchen was donated by Square One Studio, a commercial designbuild company whose shop is just blocks from the home. Designer and project manager Brad Antisdel explains why participating in this project was such a great fit. “There is a trend toward making commercial kitchens and cafes look as residential as possible,” he explains. “We enjoyed the challenge of creating a completely custom commercial look that blended into a historic residential project.”


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Square One achieved a fresh take on the traditional shaker style by implementing a reveal cut detail in the pigmented lacquer cabinets. The finished look is smart and sleek, while still being respectful of the home’s beginnings.



Open shelving and matte brass accents are a current trend in residential design, and intentionally used to blend with the vintage style of the home. The shelving allows for a small display of dishes or accessories and makes the space feel larger.


The black matte recycled glass countertop provided by Recycled Surfaces is a true throwback to the soap stone look that would have been popular when the home was first built. vintagekc spring 2016



Benjamin Moore Fraser Fir

The wonderfully fresh spin on a light shade of green turns this tween girl’s bedroom into quite the sophisticated retreat. The wooden headboard made from reclaimed wood, with its white distressed finish, tones down the elegance factor a touch but with its exaggerated height retains the drama that every tween exudes. We have kept the original light fixture with its delicate hand painted floral motif to add a hint of femininity to the room, and have added some ambient lighting with the cool mid-century modern lamp with its faded rose color and swipes of gold. It’s the perfect retreat to run home from school to or that perfect hangout and sleepover spot that all her girlfriends are ready to spend the weekend.


Headboard by Tool Shed Originals



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Benjamin Moore Pebble Beach


Tub refinishing by Liquid and Powdercoat Finishes


We were able to resurface the existing claw-foot tub to all of its original elegance, which sets the tone for the whole bathroom experience. The pedestal sink was another Habitat Kansas City ReStore find that needed no refurbishing. The delightfully airy silver/ gray walls and ceiling seem to open up the room as you walk in. We didn’t want to forget about the floor so we treated it as the fifth wall with black metallica porcelain tile. Its silver streaks are almost like discovering the veins in a silver mine. It is quite stunning and the 12in. x 24in. size repeats the look of the hardwood floors throughout the house only on a larger scale.

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Jennifer Bertrand is the winner of HGTV’s show “Design Star” season three and cohost of “Real Life Design” on She resides in Weatherby Lake, MO, with her lovely English husband, Chris, and her happy son, Winston. She has big plans in life to conquer the design world … again.

Headboard and baskets courtesy of Sara Antin the Gardening Goddess/Outside Interiors.




It’s all about casually cool and not tons of clutter.


Utilizing Habitat Kansas City ReStore closet doors was an inexpensive way to make closet magic happen.


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Home Remedy Sponsors Benjamin Moore Paints Comfort by Design Floors and Walls of Kansas City GeereD Up Films, LLC Habitat Kansas City ReStore Hathaway Painting Jennifer Bertrand Jonas Brothers, Inc. Liquid and Powdercoat Finishes Lowe’s Home Improvement Nook & Cranny Recycled Surfaces Restoration Emporium RPM Painting and Home Improvement, LLC

HAPPILY EVER AFTER Our goal with the child’s room was happiness. How can you go wrong with that as a theme?

Samsara Vintage Home Scottish Stained Glass Showcase 3D Spectrum Paint Square One Studios Ted’s Trash Service The Space at 1412 Tool Shed Originals Urban Nest Varsity Construction



Large scale art is an easy way to add instant design credibility. Art by Jennifer Bertrand.


Benjamin Moore Simply White

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^vintage fashion

OLD & NEW with local designer: Heidi Herrman

Spring is the perfect time to add pops of color back into your wardrobe. When the season changes, we love adding hints of the new colors of the year. We’ve grabbed some of our favorite vintage fashion finds and teamed up with local designer Heidi Herrman to showcase her new Spring Collection. We are sure these pieces will turn heads and pull together any look this season.


Concept and Styling


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About the Designer:

Heidi Herrman

VKC: Why/when did you start designing? Heidi: I would say that my first true design collaboration was with my mom when I was about seven on the design of my first communion dress. I learned to sew at a young age but it wasn’t until junior high that I started to see that sewing could provide me with a creative outlet. The first skirt I draped was draped on myself using an iridescent satin from a thrift store. Needless to say, it didn’t fit very well. At the age of 14 I discovered vintage clothing at a small shop in downtown Wichita. I would go there every chance I could get and would spend hours trying on dress after dress. I believe that these visits had a profound effect on what I choose to design for the Heidi Herrman line today. VKC: What’s your design history? Heidi: My design history is a bit all over the place because my primary career path within the apparel industry was in children’s and juniors sportswear. While living in New York (19982005) I was able to gain a wealth of experience within the industry because I chose to be a freelance graphic and clothing designer. Besides the jobs that I have had within the industry, the Heidi Herrman line/label is a new endeavor. My line is quite different, aesthetically, than any product I have worked with in the past. I think that for me, it is important to keep my design heart close and to make my living designing and advising on a product that is very different from where I find the depth of my inspiration. That being said, I do believe that the Heidi Herrman line will support me fully in the future.

VKC: Where has designing taken you (geographically and in terms of success)? Heidi: I have been fortunate in that I have been able to travel to many unique places with my employers. South Korea, Thailand, Barcelona, and Munich are amongst my favorite business trips. In terms of success, I have been fortunate in that I have played a contributing role in the growth and success of quite a few American Apparel Manufacturers. I have a great deal of knowledge about design and the manufacturing processes of apparel. I have traveled because I have learned how to make things better and have proven to be a valuable asset to the companies that have employed me. VKC: What inspires you? Heidi: I think at the base of my inspiration is a want and a need to create beauty. I am profoundly influenced by silhouettes of past eras, all forms of sculpture, color, print and texture. I find that my most inspired thoughts come when I travel.

VKC: Do you have a signature piece/ technique/design that is recognizable as the Heidi Herrman label? Heidi: I excel at tailored wovens. I love to use unique prints and I am partial to dresses and skirts.


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do^ craft



Mason jars are the darlings of the Pinterest/DIY world. Here are some new and tested ideas for this versatile trend.

I have been saving baby food jars for a year now, thanks to my new baby nephew. I always think it’s a shame to fill the landfill with glass, and since my nephew lives in a tiny town that does not yet recycle glass, I made it my mission to use his leftover baby food jars. Small jars always come in handy for buttons, and you never know when you’ll need an extra button. I wanted to incorpo-


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rate jars into a shelf project, to get them up out of the way in our sewing room, but also so that they contribute to the organization of all of our “stuff.” First, I marked the bottom of the shelf for all of the jar lids, also marking where I wanted the hole for the mason jar vase (see the flower on the left side?). Next, using a small hole bit with the drill, I drilled a hole where the mason jar vase would be, with help from my dad of course (thanks

Dad!). Then I drilled into the lids (two holes per jar), and screwed the lids into place. The baby food jars and the large mason jar are easily twisted off to place anything inside. I love that the hardware of the project gives the appearance of natural wood, metal and glass so that the accents and contents provide the perfect pops of color. Calli, fashion director VintageKC Magazine

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Supplies: - Two mason jars with lids (or any matching jars) - Drill with 1/8in. drill bit - Glue that adheres metal - Sand First, glue the tops of the lids together and let them dry overnight. Second, mark the middle of the lids with a sharpie and using the 1/8in. drill bit, drill a hole all the way through the adjoined lids. Third, fill one of the jars about three-quarters full with sand. I decided to use cobalt blue sand for a pop of color! There are many sand color options at your local craft store, so have fun with it. Once you’re done adding the sand, put the lid on the jar with the sand and twist the empty lid on top securing the jars together. I decided to add another texture and pop of color by wrapping the middle (around the lids) with turquoise jute. You could also spray paint the lids as another option to add color! Once you’re done you have a unique and custom hour glass. Make sure you time the sand so you can actually use it to time an hour! Abbie, The Marshall Made Co.

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I love using mini mason jars as storage containers. There are so many things you can do to fun up a simple jar, but one of my favorites is the paint dipped look. To achieve this dipped look, simply brush two coats of acrylic paint on the bottom section of the jar. If you want a crisp line, you can tape off with masking tape before you paint. I’m using my jars for office supply and bar cart storage—I love the pop of color they provide. You can also use them for candle votives. The options are endless! Audrey, Oh So Lovely

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To begin, press round stickers onto the jar and then apply two coats of spray paint and primer. After it dries, remove the stickers and apply two more coats of a clear acrylic matte spray on the jar to achieve the frosted finish. Add a strand of lights and voila! A cute night light with just the right amount of glow! Ann, The Crossroads Creative


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My projects are typically kid friendly because I love getting my son involved in creating. Now that I’m the mother of two, of course I had to make two projects! First, for my outer space-loving Kindergartner I made a star in a jar. He’s always telling me about the size of stars and facts about galaxies. So I snagged a jar with smooth sides, sprayed hairspray inside and shook ultra fine glitter in “gunmetal” all around the inside. The glitter has a really great texture that resembles billions of stars during the day, but when the lights go out, a battery-powered candle illuminates from the inside, like a bright star growing and glowing in a galaxy far, far away.

My daughter’s new nursery has a jungle/forest theme with lots of wildlife, light green walls and lots of wood. I bought some faux grass in the hobby section of the craft store, and placed it in the bottom. Then, I took some colorful butterfly stickers, attached them to some fine gauge wire and secured them in the grass by bending the bottom of the wires. You could use any kind of animal and habitat, which makes this project really fun for kids! Erin, editor VintageKC Magazine

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For this easy and cute project I picked out two of my favorite fabric prints I had on hand. I inserted one into the jar to cover the tissue and because it would be easy to change the look out later. For the top, I trimmed the fabric to fit the lid, then cut an “X” shape for the tissue to pull through. Screw the lid over the fabric and voila, you’ve got an easy way to hide your tissues and can change the look whenever the mood strikes. Amy, The Crossroads Creative

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diy^craft Light up your patio or deck—and keep the bugs away—with an easy-to-make mason jar oil lamp. You’ll need a mason jar, citronella or lamp oil and a lamp wick (1/8in.). I tested multiple different wicks and oils, including olive oil and canola oil. I wanted to make a mason jar oil lamp using supplies I already had around the house, but when I used these oils, my lamp flickered out almost immediately. You need a citronella oil (like those used in tiki torches,) or a lamp oil. When I used Firefly Simply Pure paraffin lamp oil with citronella, which I purchased on, my lamp burned for 30 minutes straight before I blew it out. And, it should last hours. I also had better results using a lamp wick instead of a regular candlewick. Lamp wicks are thicker and absorb the oil better. The simplest method for constructing your mason jar oil lamp starts with drilling a hole in the lid with a 1/8in. drill bit. Then, pull your lamp wick through the hole, until about a 1/2in. pokes out. Fill your mason jar with oil. Then, drape the lamp wick in the bottle and secure the lid. Let the wick absorb the oil for 15 minutes, and then light it and enjoy! You can also add a nozzle to the top of your mason jar oil lamp, like I did. It’s not essential; it’s just a little more stylish. For full instructions on how to make a nozzle, visit Kirsten, Red Leaf Style

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P lanters This easy DIY refreshes old light fixtures as spring planters


lass light fixtures are an abundant renewable resource at Habitat Kansas City ReStore. Remodelers are usually looking to update lighting, which means great pieces like these are easy to find, and inexpensive! We paid from $1-$2 for each of these. This project couldn’t be easier, either. Give the glass a good cleaning, dry them and apply a quick coat of your favorite spray paint. Fill with dirt, succulents and decorative gravel and you’ve got colorful, trendy, geometric planters just in time for spring!




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Make this industrial, scrap, vertical planter using blocks of reclaimed wood, threaded rods, nuts and some recycled terracotta pots. We filled ours with Primrose to add some color to a sun porch. You could also use mason jars or get creative with another kind of plant holder.

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Tammy Smith From tea towels to prints to pillows, Tammy Smith creates beautiful works of art for every home


VKC: What sparked your business? Tammy: I got started on this current line that I have in July 2014. A friend suggested that I do a print of Kansas City landmarks and I started from there making wire sculptures of some well known KC buildings. The style I have just sort of developed naturally after that. VKC: What inspires you? Tammy: Vintage tea towels, tablecloths, and cook books, as well as children’s books from the 1950s and 1960s. VKC: What do you love about KC? Tammy: Its size. It’s not quite a big city and not quite a small city, but somewhere perfectly in between. I like that I’m usually not sitting in heavy traffic when I go downtown and that it’s a reasonably priced place to live. That’s all the practical things but what I really love is that it has a growing maker community and a good music scene as well. VKC: What challenges have you faced? Tammy: When I was laid off from my job six years ago, there was the challenge of starting my own business from the ground up. I tried a lot of different things like fine art fairs with my mixed media and wire sculpture, New York trade shows to license my surface patterns and wholesale my products to brick and mortar shops, and freelance graphic design, before landing on what I do now, producing my own line of products. I much prefer being in charge of what my line looks like and how it’s produced. But that took a long time and lots of trial and error to figure out. VKC: What is your favorite item that you sell? Tammy: My favorite item is always what I’m working on at


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the moment, because I love creating new designs. So that would be my new dog illustrations that will become towels and prints and possibly pillows. I’m calling the collection Top Dogs. VKC: What is your favorite part of being a small business owner? Tammy: The autonomy and being in charge of my own schedule. I love being able to get up early and start right to work but then take a break to go work out later in the day.


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