Refurbished History

As owners of Bella Patina, Johnson County natives Nick and Megan Allen have always been drawn to old homes and vintage items. Not surprisingly, their home was originally built in 1898, and it and has been one of their biggest projects to date.

Stiff Competition

Does trying to buy a house feel like a full-time job? If you’ve been frequently outbid or struggling to find something in your price range, it’s not just bad luck. Inventory levels are low across the country, including in St. Louis and Kansas City, where the average time to sell all houses on the market has been hovering at around two…

Letter from the Editor

I love a good home project. There is something invigorating about freshening up a room with new paint or bringing in a splash of color with throw pillows or updating a room with a total transformation.  I am a DIY’er by nature and always have something I am working on, but my latest project has … Continued

Natural Accents for the Home

Cozy neutrals and a variety of textures add warmth to any space

One for the Records

The fire that destroyed the home of Andy and Kristen Kasselman was no match for the resilience in their souls. This young family endured the loss of all of their possessions, except for their prized record collection which survived to set the rhythm for their new home. Their love of music brought resounding hope, and it provided the colorful design…

RAW Beginnings

When Zech Johnson was a child living in Shawnee, KS, he felt happiest when he was climbing trees. He embraced them limb and trunk, looking skyward as he let his mind roam free. Then he grew up, became practical, went to college and chose a respectable profession.

The Marina Grog and Galley Bring Coastal Flavor to Lake Lotawana

Although it's still too chilly to go swimming or sailing, seafood and steak in Kansas City's only waterfront restaurant never go out of season. Diners from across the region have made Marina Grog & Galley a popular destination since owner Jack Schwindler first turned an old boathouse into an upscale restaurant.

Intentional Design

Kevin and Molly Jarvis are the owners of Brasstacks, an interior design and construction business located in Kansas City. Just like the namesake of their business, which means “details of immediate practical importance,” their beautiful home is also full of detail and clean, intentional design.  

Fixer Upper

We moved into our 1972 Leawood fixer upper in 2015 and have spent the last few years remodeling and updating nearly every room in the house. It has character galore, which is what drew us to the house. Some unique features include a finished attic with an observatory and “secret passageway” bookshelf door, built-in Murphy beds, and more. If you’re…

STATES

Soccer (or football everywhere else in the world) is known as 'the beautiful game.' The finesse, the speed, the agility necessary to move the ball continually for 90 minutes creates a ballet of athletic ability. No one knows this better than the members of Sporting KC, Kansas City's MLS team. Two of these players, defenders Matt Besler (Leawood resident) and Seth…

Whole-Hearted Care

It can be overwhelming to learn your child or unborn child has a heart condition. That’s why Kansas City’s own Children’s Mercy has developed a full-service cardiology and cardiac surgery program to help families throughout their journey.

From Core to Fringe

Risk-taker Jennifer Tierney made the leap from the ballet stage to the fashion runway look effortless. A classically trained ballerina who has performed all over North America, Tierney took her dance experience and flung herself body and soul into a fashion label that’s causing ovation within the regional design world. KC has taken notice, inviting her back again this year…

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Letter from the Editor

Creativity can be expressed in various forms beyond just what we can see and hear. It is ironic that we tend to sometimes put a box around what art is, but creativity shouldn’t be boxed in. That’s what makes it so beautiful.  The individuality in our talents, thoughts and style is what makes us unique. … Continued

Ampersand Design Studio

Ampersand Design Studio is where color and pattern come to play. Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer are not only founders of this fun Kansas City-based art and design partnership but are also best friends.

Handmade Soap by Angi Hockett

The art of soap making has come a long way since our grandmothers’ day. All the nourishing oils, beautiful colors, scents and exfoliants would have been a dream to her. Today, it is easy to custom make soap for any skin type. Adding oils such as avocado, olive, jojoba, and argon are just a few ingredients to make a rich…

Gift Locally

Show local love this Valentine's Day and shop local. Here are a few of our favorite local products. 

Drum Safari

In 2009, a team of archeologists discovered a 35,000-year-old treasure while digging in the southwest region of present-day Germany. While its age alone was enough to make it a significant anthropological find, age was not the only remarkable aspect about it. In a time when survival was the primary concern, it was surprising to find our ancestors took time to…

David Couch

David Couch is the local artist behind Snowball 7449 Studios creating photorealistic paintings of famous athletes, animals and entertainers found in Kansas City and beyond. His earliest memories and love of art go all the way back to age 5.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Kilometers for Kicks

The world of sports has a competitive drive that has been known to cause athletes to seek the extreme in efforts to come out on top. Playing on opponents’ weaknesses and focusing only on the win is common, so it may seem a rarity to find competitors who truly believe in the greater good of the game. Those rare players…

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar in Kansas City is known for bringing the coasts to the coastless by mindfully sourcing and artfully preparing the finest and freshest seafood. Executive Chef Sheila Lucero is an avid cook and food connoisseur whose values align with the core beliefs of sustainability at Jax.

DIY Kombucha

 Ingredients:  Eight tea bags or two tablespoons (8 grams) of loose-leaf green, black, white or oolong tea, or a combination of teas.  One SCOBY. If a SCOBY isn't available, purchase online. If you're feeling zesty, try making one with some raw apple cider vinegar or unflavored kombucha.

Letter from the Editor Reflection

It’s a new year, and with that it signifies new beginnings and a fresh start.  With how busy life becomes, it is a nice reprieve to be still for a moment and reflect on where we have been, what the past year has taught us, what we want to grow and learn from, and where … Continued

Portion Size Matters

While what you eat is important, the amount you consume plays a greater role in your quest for good health. Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes when eating out, the plate arrives, and there's enough food for two or even three people on it. Food manufacturers increasingly package foods and drinks in…

The Benefits of Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is an infusion or blend of leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers of an edible plant. Drinking herbal tea allows you to reap all of the plant’s benefits in a form that is easy to digest.

The 19th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens hosted the 19th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk for six evenings. Visitors enjoyed twinkling light from more than 2,800 candles lining the walkways and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorning the trees and illuminating the paths to live music, lighted displays, horse-drawn wagon rides, and hot apple cider.     

Snow Flake

More than 150 of Kansas City's up and comers gathered on the Rooftop of the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza for the Snowflake Happy Hour on December 6th. The fundraiser benefits the 45th Annual Snow Ball. The 45th Annual Snow Ball is January 19, 2019. For more information, visit catholiccharitieskssnowball.org.

Vintage Integrity with an L.A. Vibe

Nest Interiors Overhill Road remodel is a victory for Midwest vintage lovers who crave California sunshine. It’s a merging of the Hills -- Beverly and Mission.

Artisan Kombucha

Artisan Kombucha is Kansas City’s craft kombucha brewing company with a passion for healthy holistic living. Using organic and local ingredients for the highest quality kombucha, it is proudly brewed in small batches using organic loose-leaf teas, herbs, spices and real fruits and vegetables without any juices, concentrates or chemical additives. The result is a satisfying raw unfiltered beverage full…

Traveling Trainers

If you are like many Americans, you have made getting fit and losing weight your New Year’s resolution to kick off 2019. Unfortunately, despite good intentions, most give up after a few months, and that is where Traveling Trainers can help. 

Gift Giving Guide

Enjoy some of our favorite gift picks to inspire you this gift giving season. 

Gifts for the Home

Get the perfect home accent piece for your loved one this holiday season at Seville Home. 

Steps of Faith

For Billy Brimblecom music has been an essential piece of his existence. It has become a melody played on a continuous loop -- giving him comfort during personal storms, opening doors that seemed perilous, and providing him with an irreplaceable tool that has helped him to live out his wildest dreams.   

Holiday Bunch Bowls

The holidays grant us with a unique opportunity to bring friends and family together. If your family is anything like mine, gathering around the dinner table to share a meal and a few cocktails is a revered tradition. Being the only person in my family with a cocktail background, I am constantly playing barkeeper when I would much rather be relaxing…

Holiday Decor Trends

Megan Mosier is the designer behind Megan Gensky Interiors. After working for Magnolia in Waco, Texas and winning awards while working for a local builder, she decided it was finally her time to start her own design company. She stays busy during the holiday months setting up clients’ homes and offices for the holiday season. Besides holiday decorating services, she…

Toner Jewelers

Kansas City native, Mike Toner was just 18 years old in 1980 when he started in the jewelry business. Thirty-eight years, six children and three grandchildren later, Toner Jewelers is still Johnson County’s iconic locally owned and operated family jewelry store.

December 2018 Around Town

Annual Holiday Open House at Toner Jewelers Celebrate the holiday season with Toner Jewelers at their annual Holiday Open House. There is so much to celebrate this year and Toner Jewelers has you to thank.  Don’t miss out on special holiday deals and don’t forget to take advantage of Toner Jewelers’ no interest financing. Refreshments and small … Continued

Letter from the Editor

The holidays are upon us, and as the festivities approach, all of the warm feelings and memories that I hold dear from Christmas’s past come rushing to mind. This is most definitely my favorite time of year, and for many reasons. I love the traditions and the beauty of the season and watching my kids … Continued

Botanical Brewfest 2018

October 13th was the fifth annual Botanical Brewfest at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a fun filled evening with over 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands, and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser to support the Train Garden at the Arboretum.

Suited for the Job

HoHoHo, my service is a joy!  Yes, I’m getting busy, but the elves take excellent care of things at the North Pole, allowing me to be here.  Well, in Kansas City, like most places, I disappear after Christmas which I refer to as “empty sleigh syndrome.”  However, as the air turns crisp, people think of me again, and my jolly…

The Rub Bar-B-Que

The Rub Bar-B-Que in Olathe strives to give every customer 100% tastebud satisfaction with its award-winning recipes. It’s barbecue heaven, with tender meats smoked to perfection, tangy original sauce and traditional barbecue sides. What started out as just a group of neighbors making barbecue turned into a serious barbecue business for founder Dan Janssen, who was encouraged by those neighbors…

Not Home for the Holidays

While the rest of us are gathering around the Thanksgiving table and decking our halls, some of our fellow community members are leaving behind their own families to work long shifts where they will care, protect and serve. This holiday season, we give thanks for their service and sacrifice. 

Golden & Pine

Ethical production is a must at Golden & Pine.  Their designs come from all around the world, handcrafted by indigenous artisans or produced ethically in factories that pay a living wage, have good working conditions and guarantee no child labor.  Armadillo and Co., a rug line they carry, is the perfect example.  They are Australian designed and ethically handmade in India.  Armadillo and Co.…

Autumn Arugula Salad

 INGREDIENTS:  2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 acorn squash, sliced in 1/2-inch thick rounds and seeds removed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepped 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1/2 cup whole pecans, chopped 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 6 cups baby arugula 1 avocado, sliced 1 pomegranate, arils removed 1 seedless cucumber, sliced  pomegranate ginger vinaigrette 1/3 cup pomegranate juice 1/4 cup apple…

November 2018 Around Town

Crown Center Ice Terrace Kicks off 46th Season Kansas City’s favorite winter activity and holiday tradition, the Crown Center Ice Terrace, will kick off its 46th season on Friday, November 2 with free skating for all. From 6:00 AM-9:00 AM on Opening Day, locals and visitors can skate into winter with complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and a spin on the rink’s fresh ice.    Through … Continued

Letter from the Editor

I am frequently asked what my favorite part of my job is as the editor of the Kansas City Lifestyle magazines, and the answer is always the same. In a world where there is so much divisiveness and negativity, I have the great privilege of being a part of sharing truly remarkable stories of people … Continued

Giving of Life, Giving of Self

In life there are ways to show kindness -- a thoughtful gift, a genuine smile, a complimenting expression. In life there are ways to show gratitude -- a heartfelt thank-you, a soothing presence, an exchange of caring deeds. Then, sometimes, in life there is a divine exemplification that illustrates how the unselfish gesture of one can transform the life of…