Giving to Grow

Amid the intensity of a Kansas City winter, complete with icy roads and (too many) inches of snow, one can only imagine an evening spent outside enjoying their green, lush surroundings. On June 22, Stems: A Garden Soirée is the (perhaps long-awaited) opportunity to not only savor warm weather and explore beautiful gardens but to also participate in a fundraiser.…

How to Pick Art for your Home

In a world full of mass-produced home décor and big box stores, it is your local gallery that provides the unique experience of buying something truly one of a kind for the home.

Words of Wisdom

These women enrich the lives of others through their unique passions and efforts and encourage people to do the same. We sat down with them to find out a little bit about what inspires them and keeps them going. 

Letter from the Editor

This month we are celebrating women, and I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful women in my life who have left their mark on me. However, sometimes people come into our lives who inspire us so greatly that it changes who we are and who we strive to be. For me, that person is … Continued

She Can Do It

Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor two months before Nadine arrived in Washington, D.C. that late winter in 1941. In another two months, the cherry blossoms would be in full bloom, a prior gift from Japan before the countries became enemies. Twenty-two-year-old Nadine would be reminded of their message that life is beautiful, but short and fleeting.

Wine Awaits Just a Short Jaunt Away

Who knew that the state of Kansas grew more grapes than California before Prohibition? That is a little-known fact around our parts, but you will soon discover there are still grapes being grown by wineries in nearby Paola, Kansas. Miami County Trolley LLC owner Brian Roberts is on call to transport you and your besties from one to another.

The 64th Annual Bacchus Ball

The 64th Annual Bacchus Ball was held at InterContinental Hotel in honor of Community LINC. A Night on Mount Olympus theme set the foundation for an evening filled with entertainment, dinner, drinks, and a live auction. The foundation selects a different charity as it's beneficiary and has raised over $2 million during the past 60+ years. bacchuskc.org … Continued

Hoops for Hounds

Hoops for Hounds is KC Pet Project’s March-Madness-themed annual fundraiser. It took place on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Boulevard Brewing Co. and featured a raffle, Silent Auction, and Plinko game all benefiting our pets as well as heavy appetizers and desserts by Cupini’s, Boulevard beer and wine, and a commemorative custom pint glass.

Generations of Strength

I don’t believe in angels flying. Angels are little babies. When they come to this world and put their little feeties on this ground, it is up to the parents in how you are going to mold them. If you mold them in love, they will love.

Crudité anyone?

Not to be confused with its not-too-distant cousin, charcuterie, crudité highlights fresh produce--it is a French term that translates to “raw things.” The produce featured in crudité can be sliced or whole, typically assembled on a board or platter, served with complementary dips.  

Dish Beautiful

Leawood Native. Creator. Culinary Storyteller. Home Entertainer. Recipe Developer. Lover. Friend.

Planting a family business

In 1965, Ron Nelson found himself in a bit of a predicament at his wholesale plant growing facility. He had an overabundance of geraniums that needed homes.

A Kansas City Jewel

When your special moments deserve to be celebrated with exceptional jewelry, you can trust the team at VanBrock to make your dreams come true.

Vegan Orange Poppyseed Muffins

Marly McMillen, a local Kansas City resident, is an unlikely vegan food blogger and cookbook author. In her 20s, spending time in the kitchen felt overly domestic. Giving up M&Ms and mozzarella was a struggle. And she wasn’t trying to make a moral statement with her diet.

Hello Spring

Flower arrangements are the perfect way to freshen up your space and add a pop of color to the room. Learning to arrange flowers is a fun way to add personality and artistic vision to your home. Here is a simple step-by-step guide for how to arrange flowers. 

Letter from the Publisher

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nature springing to life after a (very) long winter’s nap. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and we’re all enjoying the great outdoors as the temperature warms and the days grow longer. In the coming weeks, I can’t wait to enjoy dinner with friends on the patio … Continued

Leawood Rotary Club Progressive Dinner

Leawood Rotarians and their guests worked their way through several Mission Farms restaurants at a recent progressive dinner event. The Rotarians were celebrating another great year of making a difference in their community.

The 32nd Annual Kansas City Heart Ball

The 32nd Annual Kansas City Heart Ball was held on March 2 at the Kansas City Convention Center and raised $930,000 for the American Heart Association. These funds will be used to fund critical research, education, and programs in Kansas City. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live & silent auction, and a musical performance by Lost Wax and … Continued

Children’s Mercy Red Hot Night Gala

 A ‘Million Dreams’ filled the room at the 15th Annual Red Hot Night Gala held February 16 at the Kay Barnes Ballroom. More than 1,600 guests spent the evening enjoying cocktails, live music, gourmet dinner by Fiorella’s, auctions and dancing. Guests shared the love with Children’s Mercy and raised a record $2.39 million in support the … Continued

Porch 2 Ways

Erica Krzykowski and design assistant, Angela Wedekind are the masterminds and the creative forces behind Prairie Home Designs. With their attention to detail, eye for innovative design and limitless creativity, this duo packs a powerful punch to transform any space. Principal designer Krzykowski makes it her personal mission to make each client’s space feel beautiful and reflect their unique and personal style.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen believes delicious dining and conscious nutrition go hand-in-hand. Without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence, their menu was inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse. Shannon Keller, True Food Kitchen's chief marketing officer, is excited for Kansas City to experience their vibrant culture and robust culinary scene at their newest restaurant located…

Finding artistic expression in planters

Designing and creating planters is a method of artistic expression that has become a unique business opportunity for Julie Cruz with Adorn Planters.

Letter from the Editor

I love a good home project. There is something invigorating about freshening up a room with new paint or bringing in a splash of color with throw pillows or updating a room with a total transformation.  I am a DIY’er by nature and always have something I am working on, but my latest project has … Continued

Leawood’s Lunar New Year Celebration

A celebratory evening was held on January 27 at Ironhorse Golf Club to usher in the 2019 Lunar Year of the Pig. Hosted by Mayor Peggy Dunn, the Leawood City Council and the I-Lan Sister City Committee, this annual event celebrated the sisterhood of Leawood and I-Lan, Taiwan.

Natural Accents for the Home

Cozy neutrals and a variety of textures add warmth to any space

The Makerista

Gwen Hefner, known as the Makerista, is a local influencer with a passion for home and design. She’s a Jane-of-all-trades sharing her tips and tricks for a variety of projects, including how to renovate a room, thrift, throw a party, and make a house a home with some flair. Whether it’s something for herself, her children or her Leawood home,…

Profile Brings Style, Expertise to Kansas City Homes

When Patty Vidrine and her husband purchased their 1950’s Mission Hills home in 2017, the midcentury ranch required a complete renovation, so their builder brought in trusted Kansas City company, Profile Cabinet and Design.

Simplistic Beauty

The homeowners were able to combine textile inspiration from all over the world to create this cozy and eclectic space. Warm red kilim and Persian rugs ground the space and add warmth and texture while the traditional patterns impart a sense of familiarity and timelessness. Indigo-dyed throw pillows add a bohemian flair inspired by African mud clothes and indigo dying…

Fixer Upper

We moved into our 1972 Leawood fixer upper in 2015 and have spent the last few years remodeling and updating nearly every room in the house. It has character galore, which is what drew us to the house. Some unique features include a finished attic with an observatory and “secret passageway” bookshelf door, built-in Murphy beds, and more. If you’re…

At Home with Becky Hillyard

Creative Becky Hillyard showcases her love of a neutral color palette, rich textures and workhorse statement pieces that will grow with her family on her lifestyle site, Cella Jane Blog. Named after her grandmother, the internationally popular blog is a place where Hillyard finds connection and shares inspiration on topics of fashion, beauty, fitness, baby, motherhood and more.

Brew your own Kombucha

 Ingredients:  Eight tea bags or two tablespoons (8 grams) of loose leaf green, black, white or oolong tea, or a combination of teas.  One SCOBY. If a SCOBY isn't available, purchase online. If you're feeling zesty, try making one with some raw apple cider vinegar or unflavored kombucha.

Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera of Kansas City has been creating transformational opera experiences for more than 60 years. Lyric Opera currently performs in the heart of the city at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with Tracy Davis-Singh as the director of production.    “I coordinate all members of the production team, from costumes and scenery to lighting and makeup,” says…

Cleared for takeoff:

 The state of Kansas has been synonymous with aviation since the earliest days of flight. An innovative Johnson County business is taking that tradition to another level with efficient, hassle-free alternatives for travelers.

City Barrel Brewery Brings Hoppy Punch to Crossroads Beer Scene

When you slide up to the bar at City Barrel to survey the tap selection, you may notice intermittent holes on the back-bar wood paneling – evidence of the white oak planks’ past life suspending Monets and Rembrandts at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Today, the reclaimed wood has been reborn, displaying what brewery owners consider to be their…

Handmade Soap By Angi Hockett

The art of soap making has come a long way since our grandmothers’ day. All the nourishing oils, beautiful colors, scents and exfoliants would have been a dream to her. Today, it is easy to custom make soap for any skin type. Adding oils such as avocado, olive, jojoba, and argon are just a few ingredients to make a rich…

Letter of Publisher

A Celebration of the Artists, the Makers, and . . . LOVE! We’re so excited about our February issue! We’re celebrating the artists and makers in our community, each of whom pours their heart into their creation. In this issue we take you on a journey that embraces the visual arts, the fine arts, the … Continued

Introducing Tara Kesner

Tara Kesner is a local artist and active mother and wife who lives in Leawood with her three young daughters and husband, Carmen. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was heavily involved in the performing arts both during childhood and college. She had a passion for art at an early age, but pragmatism led her…

Art Around Leawood

The mission of Leawood’s Public Art Program is to integrate highly visible art into the Leawood community for the purpose of creating a legacy of works to be enjoyed by current and future generations, and they are doing just that. This is just a small collection of some of the exquisite pieces of art that can be enjoyed around Leawood.

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Ampersand Design Studio

Ampersand Design Studio is where color and pattern come to play. Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer are not only founders of this fun Kansas City-based art and design partnership but are also best friends.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Evergreen

Somewhere along the way, I started to forget her. I don’t know exactly how or why, but as I look back on it now, she began slipping away a long time ago. If I close my eyes tightly and really focus, I can see her on her childhood bed, books and papers strewn out around her, bent forward and filling…

St. Joseph Medical Center

When St. Joseph Medical Center sold in 2015 to Prime Healthcare, it was not the easiest of times. Misconceptions abounded regarding its financial future and whether its Catholic heritage that existed for well over a century would be abandoned. Fast-forward three years, and St. Joseph Medical Center is not only winning awards for its world-class commitment to high-quality healthcare, it…

Healthy Dinner Party

January. It definitely has its unique vibe. Part of it feels like the month of repentance - ate too much, drank too much, spent too much. And part of it feels like the beginning of the new and improved you - resolutions, abstinence and a clean slate.

It’s a New Year

 Natalie Fieleke, Writer  As someone who struggles with insomnia, my goal for 2019 is to get more, better-quality sleep! When I'm well-rested, I'm more able to be a joyful mom to my two kids and to energetically pursue my goals as a writer and small-business owner.   Allison Swan, Writer

The Benefits of Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is an infusion or blend of leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers of an edible plant. Drinking herbal tea allows you to reap all of the plant’s benefits in a form that is easy to digest.

Save Homecoming

On November 10th SAVE, Inc.’s annual HomeComing event was held at Dan Meiners Studio in the Crossroads.  Proceeds from the event will benefit a housing development that will provide supportive housing for LGBT youth who have a medical diagnosis and are aging out of foster care.

Most Wanted Auction

Big Brothers Big Sisters held its annual "KC's Most Wanted" event on December 1st, honoring a class of passionate professionals.  The event was a high-energy party at The Midland with a lively emcee, great music, and amazing food and drink.  A record $735,478 was raised to help Big Brothers Big Sisters obtain life-changing friendships in the … Continued

Another Look at LASIK

If you’ve considered getting LASIK in the past but have talked yourself out of it because you think you’re not a candidate, or it’s too expensive, or too risky, or won’t give you long-term results, it’s time to open your eyes to the state-of-the-art technology provided at Grin Eye Care in Leawood.

Letter from the Publisher Bring on the New Year!

So here we are: 2019. In the spirit of new beginnings, I’m grateful to introduce myself as the new owner/publisher of Leawood Lifestyle! This past April I was chatting on the sideline of a soccer game when I learned the publication was looking for someone to take the reins. I had represented large corporations as … Continued