Food in the Firehouse

There is a long-standing tradition in the fire service where crews gather to share meals while on duty. This in turn has given firefighters themselves the reputation of being excellent cooks. Both of these statements hold true for many members of the Olathe Fire Department, but particularly for Rescue 51 and its in-house chef, Captain Michael Rutten.

Personal Service and Top Expertise Set Lima’s Flooring Apart

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Janie Jones  When it comes to your floors, there are many options to consider, and with the right services, you will be sure to get the results of your dreams. Lima’s Flooring is a completely family-owned business, and owner, Lucas Lima, has more than 10 years of experience in the flooring industry.  “I started doing…

Going on a Safari

 Article and Photography  The goal for this nursery was to infuse the vintage safari theme without making it feel too much like a typical themed kids space. The textural and moody finishes incorporate a sophisticated element yet still have a fun, youthful feel to the space.  The inspiration for this room came from a photo of the homeowner's aunt pictured with an elephant. It gave…

Luxury Living at Riverview

 Article Allison Swan | Photography Paul Versluis  The Bluffs at Riverview in Shawnee is the third and final phase of the Riverview Community. Spectacular sites are available now, with the new phase offering an outstanding selection of quality builders and award-winning plans. Spanning 80 acres, this Don Julian and Mike Gipple community has more than 60 new home sites on…

Sparking Relationships, Igniting Dreams

 Article Adriane Taylor | Photography Janie Jones  In asking Ignite owner Lars Hanson about where he is today and the events that have brought him there, a warm smile emerges, and he candidly says, “I don’t know if I can take credit for the growth of our training program. I feel like God had this whole plan orchestrated long before…

Reinventing Your Kitchen

 Article Natalie Fieleke  A plethora of reasons draws clients to Arlene Ladegaard for their kitchen reinventions. Some homeowners seek improved function for their kitchens, others want to freshen up the style of their home on a budget, while some clients pursue a completely new kitchen within their existing space which allows for endless possibilities.  

Regarding Kitchens Celebrates 20 Years

In 1998, Overland Park resident Bev Gilbert and her then-fiancé, Bruce, launched Regarding Kitchens, a full-
service design-build firm specializing in kitchens and bathrooms. 

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS | 
KANSAS CITY HOMES | LEAWOOD

 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…

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…

Johnson County Designer and Builder Share Their Own Custom Home

This breathtaking Johnson County home is packed with charm and functional style. Built in February 2017, the owners, Scott and Molly Koenigsdorf, chose this 1-acre location because it sits on the same street as Molly's childhood home. Brimming with nostalgia, this home feels welcoming and ready to make a lifetime of memories in.

Where Function Meets Aesthetics

What began with a desire to update a family room turned into an entire first-floor remodeling project. After Arlene Ladegaarrd, owner and principal designer of Design Connection Inc., met with the owners of this Leawood home to discuss the project, she assessed the family’s needs were not being effectively met with the current first floor plan and came up with…

Ask the Designer

Question: Homeowners are often unsure if they should move or spend money to update their current home. “Will renovating my home be worth the money,” they ask? “Will updating to today’s styles increase the value of my home enough?”

Interior Transformations Before and After

As is often the case in remodeling and updating a home, this Leawood homeowner thought the kitchen was the only part of the home that needed to be addressed. However, this one area was just the beginning of a complete makeover of the kitchen and master bathroom.

A Home for all Ages

Arlene Ladegaard, an award-winning interior designer and her design team at Design Connection, Inc. brought this 1970s-Overland Park home up to date with an open floor plan and transitional furnishings that capitalized the existing features of the home such as large windows and the beautiful scenery of the backyard.

Building Custom Dreams One Home at a Time

When a client found the ideal location to set down new roots, but the existing home on the property left much to be desired, a call was put in to Larson Building Company with hopes to remodel the abode. The desired changes were significant, however, and beyond the bones of the existing structure. So Lance Larson and his crew found…

The Pool is Calling and I Must Go

With bursts of color worthy of a tropical painting, this outdoor living space is bright, luxurious and inviting. Once you grab a cocktail and take a seat, you may never want to leave. The Pavilions of Leawood sits right along the edge of southern Leawood and Overland Park and homeowners enjoy the benefits of being in the Blue Valley School…

A Dramatic Nottingham Forest Remodel

When John and Debra Burgess were looking for a slightly larger residence for their young family, they found the perfect home in Nottingham Forest. The location was ideal for John’s commute to work at Saint Thomas Aquinas, and the Blue Valley schools offered just what they wanted for their two young children. The cul-de-sac location was another bonus. It came…

The Volland Store in the Flint Hills is alive once again

It’s somehow fitting that the 103-year-old Kratzer Bros. Mercantile store that was home to Otto Kratzer and his camera is once again a community focal point that is used to display art and serve as an event space in Volland, Kan., a tiny hamlet about 8 miles southwest of Alma. Alma is about 100 miles west of Kansas City, just…

Area Couple Take Christmas Décor to New Heights

It’s December first and most of us are just starting to think about decorating for the holidays. But for Dave and Lori Convy, Christmas arrived weeks ago. The Convys are known for transforming their Overland Park home into a winter wonderland complete with numerous, intricately decorated trees, multiple nativity scenes and a variety of unique Christmas items collected over the…

Updated Cabinetry Transforms a Home

Mark and Genny Rosenau built their beautiful Falcon Ridge home in 2000. They still love the area and their neighborhood, but they thought the house needed an update. Earlier this year, they replaced the light colored tile throughout their lower level with rich, dark hardwood floors. As is so often the case, one thing led to another and they found…

Welcome to Canyon Farms Golf Club

 Canyon Farms Golf Club has good bones.  Ownership and management have changed, but the foundation upon which the club was built is just as spectacular now as it was when it opened. Boasting dramatic views of sprawling acreage and breathtaking countryside, Canyon Farms is just as perfect a spot for a once-in-a-lifetime event as it is for daily rounds of…