It would be difficult to imagine a more idyllic spot for introspection. Spend time in the home of Shelley and Steve Mayse, and the niggling worries of the day seem to float off into the deep, quiet woods around.
Gary Johnson and Rod Schuch settled into a three-bedroom ranch in Leawood 14 years ago. Johnson, a former advertising executive who is now part of the Madden Myers team at Reece & Nichols, designed the large garden in the backyard. Stands of echinaceas, lilies and other blossoms provide summer inspiration for Schuch, a floral painter who also specializes in decorative painting, as seen in the interior and furnishings of their home.
Cydney Millstein, the founder and principal of Architectural and Historical Research, is Kansas Citys go-to source when it comes to historic buildings and issues of architectural preservation. But her own house, a contemporary ranch built by architect Kirk Gastinger on the citys West Side, is brand new.
Sherman Breneman owns the Vinyl Market, which sells new and used vinyl records (LPs, 45s and 78s), concert posters and lowbrow art (or poster art), along with vintage stereo equipment.
When I was a little kid, my grandmother was an artist and a junker, and we went to garage sales a lot, Amanda Curtis says. These days, Curtis practically lives in a garage sale, surrounded by vintage and hand-painted goods at Studio 1404, a West Bottoms shop she opened last spring with her husband, Brian Curtis.
What first catches the eye when you walk into Michael Smiths home isnt the kitchen. Sure, the 53-year-old chef extraordinaire has a fine-looking kitchen. But its the colorful artwork blazing along the walls some framed, others works in progress propped up in a library that might lead a visitor to believe this is the home of an artist.
Swedish designers Mattias Rask and Tor Palm of Glimpt have captured the design worlds imagination with their colorful South African-made ceramic lamps, boldly patterned woven plastic seating manufactured in Vietnam and a line of wood coffee tables carved in Peru.