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…

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.

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.

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…