Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Letter from the Editor

We are finally in the homestretch of this long winter, and spring is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some nice days to open my windows, freshen things up and let the outside in (if my allergies can survive that). The shift in weather gets me in the mood for spring-cleaning and…

A Home Away From Home

Room to roam and spaces to connect are integral to Red Rock Ranch, a multihome estate situated on 1,000 acres of rolling foothills in Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley. While cabin rentals and dude ranches abound, this rustic yet luxurious ranch estate sleeps up to 50 guests across three spacious homes and falls in a lodging category with few others.

Get the Look

Our dining room is the first thing guests see when entering our home, so we put a lot of thought into creating the look we wanted for this room. We spent a great deal of time looking for a dining room table that we thought reflected our contemporary style but was also unique. We fell in love with this table,…

Diced Pork Sauce with Polenta

We were always delighted when our grandmother and aunties made point with pork for Sunday dinner. We have such great memories of sharing this and other delicious meals around the dinner table as we grew up in our Italian family. This is one of my all-time favorites as this dish brings back so many fond memories for me, my brothers and our childhood…

Tamara Day

Tamara Day is the host of DIY Network’s “Bargain Mansions.” As a Kansas City native, Tamara specializes in restoring large, neglected homes with small price tags that even experienced renovators shy away from. Tamara sees these old mansions as beautiful homes that just need a little extra love. Buying them for a fraction of what they’re worth, Tamara and her…

Show Me Your Shelfie!

What's in a shelf? With a blank canvas, the sky is the limit, or at least that's what Nell Hills designer Bruce Douglas believes. In his example shelf, he blends elements from the kitchen with candles that are as beautiful as they are aromatic. The result is a mixed use tableau that catches that eye with both beauty and functionality,…


 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD  Suzy Goldstein and partner Erich don’t just SELL Leawood—they live here. Standing at the helm of The Goldstein Team, their names are synonymous with setting the gold standard in the metro real estate market. They list and sell the most beautiful homes in our community, and they are revving up…

Kicks 4 Kids KC

The Kicks 4 Kids event, held November 30, generated more than $66,000 in net proceeds to benefit underserved children. Patrick Sallee, CEO, announced the merger of Turner House Children’s Clinic, Silver City Health Center and the Children’s Campus Kansas City clinic into one organization: Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics.

Letter from the Editor

Our February issue is dedicated to makers and entrepreneurs, which is always a favorite theme of mine. It is so interesting to me to hear about what inspires people to go after a dream or to create something that is unique that they have put a piece of their heart and soul into—something that is their own that they share…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Creating a Magical Birthday Setting

Creating and hosting a party is quite an undertaking, but there are many fun and inexpensive ways to make an atmosphere feel magical. From finding local vendors to scouring Pinterest for DIY hacks, the options are limitless. 

Persaud Creative

Persaud Creative works with churches and nonprofits to build their brands. Michael Persaud, a native of Guyana, started Persaud Creative in 2011. Before that, he was instrumental in growing his church.

Kid Rocker Shares Lessons Learned from Taking a Childlike Approach to Life

Children know him as Mr. Stinky Feet, the award-winning kid rocker who has performed thousands of high-energy shows throughout the U.S., Europe and his native Kansas City over the past two decades. But if you’re an adult, you may also know him as Jim Cosgrove, author and motivational speaker.


This month’s winner of our kindness challenge comes from Chisholm Trail Middle School. This young man created an area in his middle school lunchroom called The Buddy Table for students who may be having a bad day, need a friend or someone to talk to. All you have to do is sit at the table and, when others notice, they will…

We’ll Always Have Paris of the Plains

Brock and Erica Schulte are a power couple: He is the bar director and cocktail whisperer at the newest Country Club Plaza institution, The Monarch Bar. She represents Kansas City's own favorite spirits producer, J. Rieger & Co. Together, they have a full life and loving family, making the most of all that the Kansas City area has to offer.…


Imagine a warm and inviting, relaxed yet indulgent, aromatically pleasing and taste bud teasing minivacation of pure delicious euphoria. A place that is as sensory tempting as it is abundantly satisfying and as aesthetically lovely as the carefully crafted treats are delightful. A place where anybody can enjoy a scrumptious experience, unwind in a comfortable space and engage in delicacies…

Transforming Interiors

Any home renovation takes a heaping helping of know-how coupled with ambitious inspiration to effortlessly partner form and function with express aesthetics and elegance. Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer of Design Connection Inc., helped this active family of six transform the home in which they had been living for 15 years, taking it from its late 20th-century look and beautifully ushering in…

The Accidental Moguls

Enjoying a night out in Kansas City should be filled with merriment, amusement and lively entertainment, and there just happens to be a group of local musicians that are sure to fit this description. With lead vocalist Jennifer Buehler, bassist and vocalist Sam Harvey, guitarist and vocalist Tyler Lyon, and drummer Todd Owen providing the perfect musical backdrop, The Accidental…

Nutcracker Tea Party

Friends and families celebrated the Nutcracker Tea Party on December 2 and 3 at the Ritz Charles. This annual holiday tradition delights young and old as guests enjoy a tea party and ballet performance by Crescendo Conservatory. Look for tickets sales for the next event in July. All four performances sell out early!

Letter from the Editor

Happy 2018! It’s the start of a new year, which, for me, always means considering what changes or goals I have for myself. I usually have several house projects on my list (which, unfortunately, tends to carry over sometimes from the previous year’s list), and I always have a few personal goals as well.

January 2018 Around Town

Health House has been a part of the Kansas City fitness community for the past four years. But, they have taken their rowing and strength-
training experience to the next level with their new location at 3924 W. 69th Terrace, in The Village Shops at Prairie Village.

Holiday Luminary Walk

Record-breaking crowds attended the annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More than 2,800 hand-lit candles lined the paths and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorn the gardens. Guests visited with Santa, sang Christmas carols, listened to entertainment and enjoyed refreshments.

The OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K

The sixth annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K took place this past October. As usual, the day did not disappoint. The OVERRUN is a day of fun, support and hope for those touched by ovarian cancer, as well as those just learning about it. Save the date for October 21, 2018!

Firefighter Fitness

Due to the physical nature of the profession, most fire departments require their personnel to maintain a certain level of fitness. Many departments go as far as requiring yearly physical fitness assessments, and most allow crews time to work out while on duty. The Olathe Fire Department has both of these things in place, and have now extended some of…

The Remedy is Faith

A n intrepid eagle is said to symbolize courage and strength. A gracious dove suggests hope, while a gallant nightingale denotes love. And it is the daring red cardinal that exemplifies faith. Poppy Zurcher has much in common with each of these birds as she is a woman who has defined her life’s trials with courage, strength, love and, most importantly,…

Move Right KC

Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been writing this. I was happy being paid a very nice salary to travel around and personally train one person. But then, that all changed. It’s a long story that I’m happy to go into detail about in person, but it starts with a car accident and me realizing I didn’t know as much…

A Healthy Resolution for Weight Loss

Maintaining healthy eating habits all year long is hard, so you promise yourself to start over in the new year. If healthier eating habits and weight loss are part of your New Year’s resolutions, the hard part is actually sticking to it long term. Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

Rex Hudler

It is not easy to exude excitement, energy and passion simply through spoken word, and it is even more challenging to make a successful career doing so, but for Rex Hudler, this linguistic gift is second nature. For six years, Hudler has been one of the most spirited color commentators for the Kansas City Royals, and it is this same…

Fuji Apple Salad

 Serves 12  Ingredients
1 12-ounce bag spring mix
1 6-ounce bag chopped cabbage
3/4 cup glazed walnuts
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup tart dried cherries
5 Fuji apples cored and cubed (Cut and toss right before serving.)  Ingredients for the poppy seed dressing 
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon dried mustard or Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt


We at Lifestyle Publications are excited to unveil a project that we have been working on called Elevate that promotes kindness, thoughtfulness and positivity in our area middle schools. 

Botanical Brewfest

The fourth annual Botanical Brewfest was held October 14 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a 
fun-filled evening with more than 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser 
to support the Train Garden at the arboretum.

Letter from the Editor

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving and serving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There…

Help From the Heartland

Melissa Schroeder, a full-time attorney and mother of three in Shawnee, is used to a high-energy lifestyle, but of late she has been up to her ears in piles of diapers—diapers for a good cause.

Five Tips for Creating Great Family Portraits

It’s that time of year again ... 
the dreaded family photos sessions. And while family photo shoots are kind of the norm in this family, they haven’t gotten easier. However, I have learned many tricks and tips for keeping the kiddos and the husband happy—and on point–to capture that “moneymaker shot” that makes the holiday card each year. Follow these…

From the Horse’s Mouth

There are hospital wings across America dedicated to it. We see it covered by local news each night. It’s the ultimate gut-wrenching scene in the latest theater release. Trauma drives the plot. It gets us to pay attention and then look away just as quickly. As dramatic as trauma is made out to be, it is more common than we…

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

Photography Janie Jones

The Snow Globes

Take the Christmas songs you know and love. Mix in lilting vocals and folksy instrumental stylings of the banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonium. Make giving the goal. And each holiday season, you have the Kansas City-based trio, The Snow Globes.

Sunflower Bank Gives Back

Sunflower Bank is a proud sponsor of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Youthrive, both local charitable organizations with a focus on giving back

Holiday Wreath

Create a simple holiday wreath for 
the hearth of your home or to welcome your friends and family.

Letter from the Editor

So many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together.Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes that…

Moon Shine on the Farm

On August 26, guests enjoyed Moon Shine on the Farm - It's a Barn Raiser! held at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. The night featured dinner, drinks, live music and entertainment. Proceeds from the event helped raise funds to build a Draft Horse and Discovery Barn.

Chef Roundup

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

Golfing for a Cause

If you love golf then you have probably heard about the Digital Ally Open in Overland Park that attracts thousands of golf fans and enthusiastic spectators each year, but you might not know that giving back is the focus of the golf tournament held each year in July at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate in Overland Park.

How to Improve Your Golf Swing

Whether you are a new golfer or have been playing for decades, we all want the same thing: to be a single digit handicap or better. As an attorney, golfing with clients is a must, and slicing off the tee box can kill the deal. So, I dedicated the last two years to improve my handicap from a 30 to…

November 2017 Around Town

This November, believe in your beard for a great cause. K.C. Beard Balms' second No Shave campaign will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital. They collaborated with Charlie Hustle Clothing Company on a limited edition T-shirt with 25 percent of the proceeds from each shirt sold benefiting Children’s Mercy for cancer research, prevention and education.

Picking the Right Wine

There are so many different wines, how do you know what to choose? Depending on how much you want to spend, follow these tips to find the perfect wine that fits your budget and satisifes your taste buds.

Cool Guy Foods

Handmade caramelized energy. These are the words used to describe the harmonious flavors Cool Guy Foods infuse to create the most unimaginable and distinctively gourmet food, reminiscent of the smorgasbord equivalent of Billy Joel and Elton John. What makes these culinary mechanics stand out is that they truly understand what it means to provide a hands-free, comprehensive complement to an…

Letter from the Editor

My oldest child started his freshman year of high school this fall and is running cross-country. I have always enjoyed cheering him on and watching him run, but I have such a deeper appreciation and love for this sport after experiencing what it means to be part of a high school cross-
country team. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, encouragement from upperclassmen and…