Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. 

Letter from the Creative Director

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in our community and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, the warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside…

NCL Senior Recogniton

The Kansas City Chapter of National Charity League held its senior recognition on March 5 at Grand Street Café, celebrating 20 high school seniors from across the metro. NCL is dedicated to improving communities through volunteerism. This 2017 class logged more than 9,000 community service hours over the last six years.

April 2017 Around Town

Pour for More, a signature cocktail event benefiting KidsTLC will be held April 28. The Nantucket-inspired evening will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and funds will be raised for residential psychiatric treatment, outpatient behavioral health, homeless outreach to teens, children with autism and parent support services. Guests will explore the museum’s unique galleries, indulge in farm-fresh…

Arti Gras

A juried art show featuring over 100 artists held its opening night reception on February 17 at the Lodge at Ironwoods Park. Patrons enjoyed viewing and voting for their favorite art, great themed food, beverages and music. Arti Gras is presented by the Leawood Arts Council and the Leawood Foundation.

From Broadway With Love

A musical revue of Broadway songs about romance by outstanding vocalists was dedicated to Valentine’s Day. All performances featured complimentary desserts provided by Corner Bakery Café and beverages. The musical revue was held February 10-12 in the Oak Room of Leawood City Hall.

ecafé Serves Up the Perfect Blend of Business and Community

Located at 10650 Roe Avenue is a most ingenious hybrid—a coffee shop and coworking center all delightfully wrapped into one. As its name implies, ecafé offers an ideal blend of social and professional opportunities for mobile and home-based workers.

Jax Fishhouse & Oyster Bar

It is no secret that geographical location affects food choices. Being in the Midwest that choice is often comfort foods, brimming with satisfying starches and savory traditions. There's nothing wrong with these treats, but what if seafood is the mission? Particularly authentic, fresh and superb seafood? This may seem like a culinary fantasy best left for a visit to a…

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

Farm-to-Table

Combine all ingredients except oil and blend for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle oil into the running blender to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper A couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately,…

Jack Sock

The past 12 months have been good for professional tennis player Jack Sock. The 2011 Blue Valley North High School graduate has experienced Olympic and professional success during this period. The Johnson County resident didn’t feel well going into the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil after being diagnosed with walking pneumonia before leaving for the games in Rio de Janeiro.

Slow Food, Unplugged

Kansas City is a thriving food scene, a culinary landscape that boasts chefs, artisans, enthusiasts, growers, producers, restaurateurs and consumers eager to embrace the region’s bounty. After all, we live in the heartland and America’s breadbasket—a rich and plentiful area that provides the rest of the nation with premium corn, grain, beef and pork.

CARPET SOURCE

Run your hand over thin layers of leather and silk. Feel the subtle fingertip texture of intricate needlepoint patterns. Marvel at the dimensional beauty of beveled, hand-sculpted and handwoven layers of exquisitely dyed wool yarns. You are experiencing the world of Carpet Source, Kansas City’s high-end destination for carpet, wood and laminates.

Letter from the Creative Director

This month we are featuring beautiful homes in the area that reflect different styles of design. Whether it be modern, contemporary, farmhouse, vintage or traditional, interior design is multifaceted and can change the feel and mood of a space. The clean, sleek lines of modern feels fresh and professional, whereas a vintage or farmhouse style gives a feeling of warmth,…

Paddy O’Quigley’s 0.5K Winter Dash

Paddy O'Quigley's and the Brian M. Anselmo Foundation hosted a fun event called the 0.5K Winter Dash—just once around the building! The proceeds benefited the BMA Foundation and its work with children's causes. With the help of sponsors and over 100 runners, more than $4,600 was raised.

Leawood’s Lunar New Year Celebration

An evening ushering in the Year of the Rooster was celebrated at Blue Koi in Mission Farms January 29. This annual event celebrates the Lunar New Year and the Sister City relationship between Leawood and I-Lan, Taiwan. It was a cultural exchange of entertainment, food and friendship.

State of the City Address

The State of the City Address is a speech given by Mayor Peggy Dunn to address the City of Leawood. Several guests received special recognitions from the mayor. The event was held January 31 at The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, and lunch was catered by Bo Lings.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Dads and daughters danced the night away as they participated in competitions, danced and more at The Lodge of Ironwoods Park.

Kansas City’s Porter Teleo Has High Design Covered

Hand-painted, color-driven art free from the boundary of a canvas edge—this is Porter Teleo, a wallcovering line crafted in Kansas City and displayed in luxe locations worldwide. The wallcoverings unbound by scale are also free from geographic constraint. Porter Teleo can be found in high-end designers’ offices and showrooms from New York to LA. Designs are frequently featured in Elle…

Ask the Designer

Question: Homeowners are often unsure if they should move or spend money to update their current home. “Will renovating my home be worth the money,” they ask? “Will updating to today’s styles increase the value of my home enough?”

Get the Look

This midcentury modern dining room is inviting and fresh. You can obtain the same look with these pieces.

Inside the Home of a Designer

My husband knew when I was repainting the living room of our previous home for the fourth time in four years that I needed a new challenge. He stumbled on this home, and one month later I had a new, very large project. As this is our fifth home, experience has taught us to bite the bullet and get the…

Barb Cosgrove Lamps

When visual artist and local resident Barbara Cosgrove sought to expand her audience beyond a limited number of patrons purchasing her original paintings, she decided to transition to designing lamps which she viewed as sculpture – art that could be designed, manufactured and readily accessible to anyone.

Love Your Windows

Leawood has always been known for its charm and classic style, and there’s no better window covering than plantation shutters to emanate those traits. Unique for their versatility, shutters have the ability to elevate and cozy up a space at the same time. Budget Blinds of Leawood and Overland Park helped this home achieve the perfect look, from product selection…

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Our Favorite Seville Home Pieces

Letter from the Creative Director

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a person who likes to come up with new ideas. I am a bit of a dreamer and a problem solver, and I constantly find myself thinking up new business startups, inventions or ways to make products better. I can’t help it, and I have a hard time turning…

Brew of the Month

 Hardway IPA  Martin City Brewing Company  Price- 8.99 per 6 pack

Holiday Luminary Walk

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens hosted the Holiday Luminary Walk. The 1.5 miles of trail was illuminated by over 2,500 hand-lit candles. Over 19,000 guests enjoyed the holiday tradition. The event is a fundraiser for the Arboretum and a great opportunity to make memories with friends and family.

Leawood Parks & Recreation Events

Leawood Parks and Recreation held festive events at Ironwoods Park. Pictured here are kids enjoying the Breakfast with Santa, 
Holiday Traditions on the Prairie and Nature Center Holiday Open House events.

February 2017 Around Town

Jodi Fincher, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, FABC has been named Administrator of St. Joseph Medical Center. Before joining St. Joseph Medical Center, Fincher was the regional director of nursing, Midwest division for Prime Healthcare. Fincher started her career as a nurse tech in the emergency department at Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, in 1987. She then worked in the intensive…

Rain Boot Media

Rain Boot Media creates interactive storybook apps for kids. Their mission is to inspire creativity and push technology to its limits on digital platforms while combining fine art, original stories and innovative games that are not only educational and wholesome, but also fun. They believe that when it's raining and pouring, a child's mind is never boring.

Lauren Korte’s Local Valentine’s Gift Finds

Keep your love local, and spoil your Valentine with a gift from Kansas City.

Music that Transcends

For nearly everyone, music seems to have an emotional power in our lives that can take us to deeper places than other art forms. This is the passion that lives within Calvin Arsenia Scott. Music is the art that lives inside Calvin, and it moves him, it inspires him; it challenges him, and he works tirelessly in hopes that his…

Welcome Home

When a condo-dwelling Chicago couple decided to build on a quiet street in Leawood Hills West, they sought green space, great schools and a firm with whom they could completely entrust the building process as they tied up loose ends in the windy city. They selected KOENIG Building + Restoration, to begin building their home in May 2015.

Wornall Home Family Memories Stirred by PBS Mini-Series 

Sunday evenings this winter, when James Wornall and his family gather to watch the PBS Civil War miniseries Mercy Street, it feels as if they are watching part of their own family’s history. James is the great-grandson of John Wornall, a prosperous farmer and one of Kansas City’s earliest residents. Now in its second season, the television drama tells the…

My Favorite Things

Top three items you can't live without: Water, phone and dark chocolate.
 Favorite spots in KC: The Plaza, Kauffman Performing Arts Center and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Velvet Reign

Add a luxurious and regal feel to your wardrobe with this season's reigning queen - velvet.

Designer’s 
Choice

Molly Koenigsdorf and Melissa Bowles are both designers for KOENIG Building + Restoration. KOENIG specializes in new home construction and home restoration in Northeast Johnson County.

January 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I am not always the best at making New Year’s resolutions. It may be because I tend to reflect on changes and goals at the beginning of a school year. As a former teacher, and then after having four children of my own, a fresh beginning to me always seemed to fall in August at the beginning of a new…

January 2017 Good Times

The eleventh annual Nutcracker Tea Party took place on December 3rd and 4th at The Ritz Charles Overland Park. Crescendo Conservatory dancers entertained over 3,200 guests during four performances. All proceeds support Friends of Overland Park Arts and their investment in art and art programs in the Overland Park community.

 Owner, Stuart Wilkins, Talks About Truth, Trust and Beautiful Taste in Stunning Home Fashion

Answers by Stuart Wilkins, 
Owner of Seville Home in 
Leawood, Kansas Q: Tell us about Seville Home and what you offer.

Tips from Trainer 
Angie Thomson

What are the main areas to focus on when we are trying to stay in shape or get into better shape? Meal planning, and LOTS and LOTS of water

Travel Edit

Pack your bags with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as the borders open to the beautiful and mysterious Havana Cuba.

A Healing Heart, 
Connected Spirit, 
and Strengthened Body

“There is reason why I am still alive.” Jody Matthews speaks eloquently about her life, her successes, and her challenges with a sparkle in her eye symbolizing both gaiety but also a touch of sorrow. Her enthusiasm radiates throughout the room, as she is genuinely joyful to be sharing her story with the world. It is a story that is…

Now is your time. Get healthy

January is my favorite time of year for health & fitness. This is the time of year that I most commonly get to work with clients that are fresh, raw & usually extremely nervous. These are people that have unwillingly found themselves in a place where they are simply unhealthy, out of shape & overweight. They are apprehensive, intimidated &…

ENJOY PURE FOOD + DRINK

Enjoy Pure Food + Drink believes healthy living starts at the end of your fork. Fresh from the soil and prepared for the soul to nourish the mind, body, and spirit with each bite, Enjoy believes food is more than fuel and is the best preventative healthcare. Organic bowls, soups, sandwiches, salads, cold-pressed juices, and smoothies are all on the…

Paul Versluis

Director of Photography for Lifestyle Publications, photographer at 8183 studio, 8183studio.com

A New Life For An Old Home

Arlene Ladegaard, an award-winning interior designer and her design team at Design Connection, Inc. brought this 1970s-Overland Park home up to date with an open floor plan and transitional furnishings that capitalized the existing features of the home such as large windows and the beautiful scenery of 
the backyard.

Letter from the Creative Director

Even though I don’t love frigid temperatures, December is by far my favorite month of the year. The excitement and magic of watching my kids experience all of our family holiday traditions is so much fun, and the anticipation of Christmas morning makes me still feel like a kid. I absolutely love every part of it, and I think I…

Kicks 4 Kids KC

$47,600 was raised for Turner House Children's Clinic by supporters of the annual Kicks 4 Kids event, held on October 6, 2016. Turner House provides quality pediatric healthcare for uninsured and underserved children. Honorable Robert Serra was Honorary Chairperson. Marisa Hamm-Malanowski and Liz Oxandale co-chaired the event.