Make it Personal

Kansas City design experts weigh in on decking the halls (and your living room)

“Dave and I always put up a 10-foot-high fresh tree. We buy ornaments from all over the world—we probably have over a thousand. This year we’re going to Switzerland for the big Christmas show. But one of my favorite traditions is buying Dave a Steinbach Nutcracker every year. He loves it and it’s a great collection.”

Dan Meiners, Owner, Studio Dan Meiners


“Our decorating at home is not as wild as at the shop. Some of the things are old. The paint may be peeling off the ornaments, but it’s more important to us that it’s clinked and chipped and filled with tradition.”

Stephen Chester, Retail and Sales Manager, Trapp and Company


“I’ve been buying Christmas for customers for over twenty years. I love burnished gold and rich colors in all decorations, but I like to focus on Christmas as a religious holiday. I find my favorite pieces are the nativity scenes I’ve bought over the years. They are the focal point of my decorating at home, and I love to give them as wedding presents.”

Keitha Kaminski, Director, Webster House


“We enjoy this season and have collected holiday decorations over the years. Charles and I bring them all out! But each year we also purge so we can add some new things—which could be candles, ornaments or table decorations. Who wants to see the same old thing every year? I don’t. ”

Kelly Cole, President and CEO, Halls on Grand