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West Plaza home designed for urban and personal comforts

DRAW Architecture + Design specializes in multifamily and single-family residential architecture, adaptive reuse of older buildings and urban design. As it turns out, urban design played as much a role as any in designing a budget-friendly home for a couple of empty-nesters, on a small lot in an established neighborhood.

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Mailbox gardens are a ‘first class’ idea

Think of the mailbox as a piece of functional sculpture that gives your little garden both a focal point and a vertical element. Then design around it, choosing hard-working plants that will thrive in the often challenging conditions at the curb.

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Give your old clothes to charity, and help save the planet

Most Americans don’t realize that all but 5 percent of clothes and household linens can be recycled by bagging it up and dropping it off at a charity. You may think no one wants your smelly old shoes or ketchup-stained shirt, but they do. It is the first step in reducing a growing problem: 25 billion pounds of textiles are generated each year and only 15 percent get recycled.

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Garden mums provide the colors of fall

Gardeners look at mums as a garden-worthy plant while fall decorators think of the plant as disposable. Many people want this plant to do double duty — be a focal point of their displays and make its way out into the garden to rebloom the following year. Gardeners that want to ensure mums survive the winter in Kansas City should plant them in the spring.

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The best kitchen tools, according to the pros

For the foodie, rows of gleaming electric meat smokers, mandolin slicers and sous vide machines call out like a siren song, but many kitchen gadgets that promise to make food prep easier or deliver restaurant-quality results end up in the back of the kitchen drawer.

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With his own busy hands

LOS ANGELES - "The Realtors wanted to hire me to fix up the house before they put it on the market," explains O'Neill, 36. "I told them, 'How about I buy it as is?'"

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Yardsmart: Wild tulips for a drought garden

If you're gardening in drought, wild tulips may become your new best friend this year. These are wildflowers that bloom in spring throughout the mountain ranges and hill country of the Mediterranean and points east. They were first collected by the Persians and later used by the Dutch in early breeding of modern show tulips. They are the hardy pioneers called "botanical tulips" left behind in the wake of our obsession with fancy horticultural varieties.

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Style at Home: Let's hear it for the boys: Menswear fabric adds class

It all started with a fashion intervention. When I was a little girl, for Easter mass, all the other little girls' mothers dressed their princesses in frilly pink and blue frocks. My mom put me in a well-cut, no-nonsense khaki and cream dress. When I protested, wanting to look like the other girls, she gave me a knowing look and said, "Honey, you're just more of a tailored-dress kind of girl." In my heart, I knew she was right. And I've had a deep and abiding love for classic styling and menswear fabric ever since.

Videos

DRAW Architecture founder creates West Plaza gem for neighbor

Kevin Hennessey and Karen Garrett discuss the design and build of their West Plaza home.
Rich Sugg The Kansas City Star
DRAW Architecture founder creates West Plaza gem for neighbor 2:21

DRAW Architecture founder creates West Plaza gem for neighbor

KU students of Studio 804 create modern oasis in KCK 3:59

KU students of Studio 804 create modern oasis in KCK

KEM Studio creates Modern Lodge at Weatherby Lake 1:37

KEM Studio creates Modern Lodge at Weatherby Lake

Hufft Projects Prairie Village home a model of open design 3:16

Hufft Projects Prairie Village home a model of open design