Jennifer Wood’s special event decoration rental business is about stories. She wants people to be able to create stories and have the right decor to tell their own story when they are planning for a wedding or other celebration. Wood explains why she started Brossie Bell and gives advice for people trying to help tell their own story with decorations.
When Nicole Emanuel moved from the Crossroads to the suburbs, she couldn’t find a community of artists, so she built one herself: InterUrban ArtHouse, in Overland Park. The nonprofit operates public art programs, as well as grants artists the space and support they need to be part of the economy.
A pair of Kansas State graduates, Ben Jackson and Harrison Proffitt, have launched a truck-sharing site called Bungii. Vetted and trained drivers with their own pickup trucks will help customers move large pieces of furniture.
By day, Stephanie Nowotarski, who works at the Stowers Institute, plunges into the microscopic world of worms. Evenings and weekends, she creates art inspired by the unusual shapes, mass and space she sees during her work week.
Chad and Julie Homsey bought the Overland Park home with the large backyard with their four kids in mind. “Our kids love it. It’s a great place for all of the neighbors to come out and have a good time and play.”
Koji Morimoto grew up in a peaceful village living “a classic Japanese lifestyle.” Only after immigrating to the United States in 1992 did he fully appreciate what he had and became serious about Japanese gardening. Now as the owner of Japanese Landscaping, he designs and maintains gardens for clients throughout Kansas City.
The store in Mission has a range of items for different tastes, although owner Anne Wille is selective about what merchandise she sells. It usually fits the vintage vibe, but there’s also a bit of modern.
Replacing hardware is a quick way to update decor. Many homeowners are replacing their shiny brass with the newest color, matte brass, says Brad Johnson, manager of Locks & Pulls’ Kansas City store. He offers more tips on picking out a color and style that’s right for you.
Coveted Home on the Country Club Plaza carries American-made, fair-trade, ethically produced and — as of two months ago — vintage goods. Owner Jaclyn Joslin turned a storage space downstairs into a retro haven. She also has an interior design business, catering to clients with a modern edge.
SueAnn Heim and her husband have made minor renovations to the split-level home including converting a laundry room to a kitchen annex, redoing a bathroom and adding a tiered outdoor patio, all while keeping true to the original form.
The Kansas City franchise of Granite Transformations offers a quarter-inch engineered, quartzlike stone that goes on top of existing countertops, is maintenance-free and costs the same as midrange granite. Owner Paul Whitaker explains why the product helps people get what they want in their kitchens.
If quilting were a sport, Overland Park resident Janet Stone would be at the top of her game. The competitive quilter took home best in show and a $10,000 prize at the 2015 International Quilt Association awards in Houston.
My home was inspected, and the buyer wants me to extend the vents. There was no other explanation, so I don’t know where to turn. The agent has not been very active in helping us, and the inspector won’t return our calls. Can you provide some insight?