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Prairie Village midcentury modern gets the Royal treatment

Amy Young with 6-year-old Fritz Adams and 4-year-old Cambridge Adams.
Amy Young with 6-year-old Fritz Adams and 4-year-old Cambridge Adams. Special to Ink

At some point this week, everyone’s going to need to have this conversation with themselves: is you or is you not a Kansas City Royals fan?

Last week, under the influence of fanatic passion, Amy Young and her husband, Mike Adams, committed an act of love on their Prairie Village house.

“#TakeTheCrown,” they first said with their hearts, and now they say it with their house, with paint. Under it, the cursive-but-cool iconic Royals logo appears on the side that faces Nall Avenue.

Young says it was a team effort.

“He gets the credit for the idea, and I get the credit for being the wife that’s cool with having that on the house,” she says.

On a scale of 1 to 10 — 1 being you’re the guy politely soliciting guidance during games, and 10 being you’re Salvador Perez — Young self diagnoses herself as a 10 in fandom.

(Is she Salvador Perez tho?)

Young, now owner of design and marketing firm Amy Young LLC, was raised in Kansas City and remembers the excitement around the Royals’ World Series win in ’85. The fervor has stayed with her ever since. Adams, a Wichita native, also has a fire alive for the Royals.

Do it yourself After procuring a high-def projector, Young free handed the crisp lines. Add in some good, high-quality exterior paint — “Shout out to Benjamin Moore,” Young says — and the task took less than two hours.

Going mod Young’s midcentury modern home has a lot of simple, clean lines, which “allows small things … to really pop,” Young says.

The style inspired a bold touch last year: a bright orange address on the garage door. “Most houses don’t have like a flat front panel with no window or anything, and ours does. It allowed basically the perfect canvas.”

Little fans Young says that teaching a love of sports to 6-year-old Fritz Adams and 4-year-old Cambridge Adams wasn’t as much work as, say, teaching morality or not to pick noses in public or to not wait two hours to text back. “In general, you’re always trying to find things for your children to be passionate about, and it’s very natural for us to pass on something that we’re excited about,” Young says. “The more we pour our genuine excitement into something, they see it and they mirror it.”

Forever Royal? “It’s just paint,” Young says. “It took an hour and a half to paint, and it’ll take another hour and a half to fix. We’ll keep it up until the Royals win the whole thing.”

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