Casserley and her husband named their home Casa Alegre because it is splashed in bright shades of yellow and green with brilliant blue and red accents. They were inspired by the Nutterville homes in Westport and the Painted Ladies of San Francisco.
Architect R.J. Kietzman and his wife, Jane Kietzman, of Kietzman Urban Homes, are putting their stamp on the urban residential neighborhood of Beacon Hill, where they’ve been designing and building homes, including their own, for the past three years.
British designer Tom Price’s “Meltdown Chair” (2008), made by applying a heated seat form to a mass of polyvinyl chloride tubing, can be seen in Gallery L6 in the Bloch Building at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
His is a business far different from the one his grandfather started 100 years ago. A team of six holds down the shop at 1315 Tracy Ave., not far from the spot where his grandfather worked on 17th Street.
Cody Hogan and Peter Crump’s garden at their Waldo home is a magical place of color, texture, sound and scents and a showcase of the couple’s combined talents and interests. For Hogan, chef de cuisine at Lidia’s Kansas City restaurant, the garden serves as a testing ground for Italian varieties of vegetables he wants to encourage local farmers to grow.
Designer and woodworker Tim O’Neill has teamed with partners Kevin and Jason Anderson of Missouri Organic to transform discarded urban trees into usable lumber. The week after Urban Lumber’s May 17 opening, O’Neill was clearly in his element as he watched the company’s big bandmill cut through a 30-inch discarded tree.
A quick glance around Julie Legg’s home offers clues to her profession. Portraits of loved ones, close-ups of flowers and images of memorable sunsets rest on shelves and punctuate walls. Her eclectic home in south Kansas City seems a backdrop for her work, with walls painted pale shades of mossy green and pale blue and yellow.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Heart of America Hot Dog Festival wants to bring the community together through one of our nation’s favorite pastimes. Also this week: ‘Ragtime’ at Theatre in the Park and comedian Mike Epps at Starlight.
Gisela McFarland knows a lot about house wrens: She’s created and hung gourd houses for them for 20 years. A favorite resource is Donald Kroodsma’s popular “The Backyard Birdsong Guide,” which includes audio recordings and illustrations of dozens of birds.
Katie Reynolds, an interior designer from Dallas, is well-equipped to tackle the task of helping to refurbish the kitchen, dining room and sunroom of the Ronald McDonald House on Cherry Street. The mother of two small children knows what appeals to families with kids.
“Vintage Edison is the intersection of the two things I know: Booze and electricity,” says former bartender Jim Ligon. Ligon began his custom lighting business three years ago, specializing in fixtures made from discarded liquor bottles. Now Vintage Edison is his full-time job.
One of the most fascinating shows in New York this season shows how artists, designers and architects are using digital fabrication to create undreamed of expressions in materials ranging from plastic and paper to bronze. In a recent email exchange and follow-up telephone interview, Museum of Arts and Design curator Ron Labaco expanded on the ideas he set out to explore in the exhibit “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.”
Look for no surprise plot twists in this story: The home of Vivien Jennings and Roger Doeren is filled with mystery, drama, suspense and even a bit of romance. Jennings, founder of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, and Doeren, her partner of 20 years and the chief of operations at the bookstore, share a home that would enchant any bibliophile.
Danielle Rollins has co-founded and chaired several charities, mostly in the Atlanta area, where she lives. She’s a contributing editor to “Veranda” and “Southern Living,” and has hosted more parties at her home than you can count. Rollins will speak and sign copies of “Soiree” April 9 at Halls Plaza, 211 Nichols Road.
Textile artist Debra Smith’s creative effusions join those of dozens of other artists displayed in her renovated West Side frame house, from a cut-out metal helmet by Jesse Small, to a collection of Middle Eastern quilts, to a dramatic custom wood floor by Tim Griffard.