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?
Diane Stewart says painting should be the last step, not the first, when making your home functional. She says homes should be sanctuaries, a place to get away from a crazy, busy world. An interior color scheme should reinforce that sense of security.
Owners Chris and Brian Auckland say their business, which began in 1900, is thriving, but it is no longer the flower shop on the corner. New technology has changed the industry, and they have altered their business strategy to keep the Kansas City institution strong.
Jacquelyn Gering wasn’t interested in quilting until seven years ago, when she attended an exhibit of historical yet modern quilts. She then immersed herself in the hobby, and nowhas turned it into a career, including teaching and speaking engagements, and a published book.
Shopping for her daughter’s first big-girl mattress seven years ago, Diane Gercke couldn’t find anything that wasn’t based in petrochemicals. She researched the topic thoroughly, then drove to Colorado to buy an organic latex mattress. By then passionate about the topic, she opened her own natural bedding and furniture store called Eagles’ Rest in Lawrence in 2009. A second location opened in February at 5911 Johnson Drive in Merriam.