JOB DESCRIPTION: Hes senior interactive art director at MMGY Global; shes marketing manager for Turner Construction. Together, the husband and wife created Shapely, a free mobile app that encourages creativity, ShapelyApp.com
By STACY DOWNS
The Kansas City Star
Q. Tell us about your house.
A. Chris: Its a 1926 Dutch Colonial. Its in a section of Kansas City called barely Brookside.
Q. You two are big do-it-yourselfers. Whats your next house project?
A. Becca: Repainting the exterior of the house. Slowly.
Q. How would you describe your personal style?
A. Chris: Im not modern. I like minimal, simple and clean. I think a house should speak to its roots. Thats why we dont have a lot of Ikea.
Becca: We love the woodwork here. We try to make the bones of the house as accurate as possible. For example, when we remodeled the kitchen, we used wooden cabinets that looked like they could be original to the house. We didnt do the work ourselves in the kitchen.
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. Chris: Kansas City postcards. Weve got them framed all over the house. Our wedding invitation at the Loretto in midtown was based off a vintage postcard. We also collect skeleton keys.
Becca: And architectural stars that helped inspire Shapelys logo. I also collect plants, both for a garden in back and in the house. I try to surround myself with as much green as possible. And you could say I collect shoes and scarves.
Q. How did Shapely come about?
A. Chris: Im good friends with someone who brews his own beer. Since Im a designer, I worked with him on creating a label. I asked him for his two favorite colors, his favorite shape and two words. It wasnt high design, but he fell in love with it.
And then, Becca and I took a trip to Austin. I was inspired by all of the shops and food trucks and how creative it is. I thought about opening a shop where people create a design and its ready in an hour. And then I thought thats too formal. An app would work.
Q. How does Shapely work?
A. Chris: It has dozens of shapes, colors, graphics and textures. You can create it as a printable for your own cards and stationery, so it appeals to those who craft or scrapbook.
But it also can be used digitally on Instagram or Pinterest. I just want to stress that its not yet another form of social media. Its just something fun and easy that takes two or three minutes to use. And the result: Youve created something.