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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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

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

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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

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

Stand Up for Synergy

Norm Macdonald headlined this stand-up comedy benefit, raising over $425,000 to help Synergy Services in its mission to overcome family violence in our community. His stand-out performance was complemented with a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.

Bringing the love of the sea home

 When these homeowners decided to build their new home, they knew they wanted it to be inviting, unique and coastal.

Artisan Kombucha

Artisan Kombucha is Kansas City’s craft kombucha brewing company with a passion for healthy holistic living. Using organic and local ingredients for the highest quality kombucha, it is proudly brewed in small batches using organic loose-leaf teas, herbs, spices and real fruits and vegetables without any juices, concentrates or chemical additives. The result is a satisfying raw unfiltered beverage full…

Cold Winter Weather Blues

 Keep your skin hydrated with these DIY skin products  Audrey Kuether is a creative director, designer, DIYer, KCTV5 DIY contributor, photographer, interior stylist, and blogger. Her work has been featured on Houzz, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, Brit+Co, Marie Claire, Disney Baby, Zillow Blog, and more.   She lives in Leawood in a fixer upper home with her…

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Enjoy some of our favorite gift picks to inspire you this gift giving season. 

Gather

I love the holiday season—the sound of bells ringing, the scent of fir trees, the sight of holiday lights strewn in trees, and the taste of that special meal shared with close friends.  But above all, my favorite holiday tradition is the fact we gather in revelry to celebrate family and friendships old and new, and to express our gratitude towards…

Holiday Bunch Bowls

The holidays grant us with a unique opportunity to bring friends and family together. If your family is anything like mine, gathering around the dinner table to share a meal and a few cocktails is a revered tradition. Being the only person in my family with a cocktail background, I am constantly playing barkeeper when I would much rather be relaxing…

Go Beyond Just Browsing

Your next outing to the Country Club Plaza just got more relaxing with a visit to BROW BAR. This luxurious studio provides the latest technology in microblading and microshading (along with other services) in an upscale, modern, relaxing and private spa setting.

Accessorize your Gift

Leawood is home to Paper Source, a paperie and gift retailer offering a curated selection of fine papers. Their unique and exclusive artwork for their paper are masterfully designed by a team of five women. This year to commemorate their 35th anniversary, the brought back two prints from their archives, the Candy Cane and Polar Bear designs. They suggest topping…

Music: A reflection of Life

Dr. Reena Berger Natenberg is a concert pianist and professor of piano at Pittsburg State University who is known both locally and around the world for her musical talent. She knew from a very early age that music would be her life, with her successful career starting at the age of 4.

Toddies and Tomes

With winter's early onset this year, there's nothing to do but curl up in a cozy corner and get lost in a book. Here are a few recent releases that will hopefully get you through until spring. And what make a solo session with a book even better? A cocktail. Whip up a Louisburg Toddy and enjoy the cold.

Letter from the Editor

The holidays are upon us, and as the festivities approach, all of the warm feelings and memories that I hold dear from Christmas’s past come rushing to mind. This is most definitely my favorite time of year, and for many reasons. I love the traditions and the beauty of the season and watching my kids … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Granite Garage Floors Celebrates Milestone Granite Garage Floors celebrated a milestone of installing One Million square feet of professionally installed epoxy coating systems recently.  The locally-owned, Prairie Village-based business was founded nine years ago with a goal to provide a dependable, permanent & industrial-strength coating that protects and beautifies residential garage, basement and commercial flooring.  For more information, visit GraniteGarageFloors.com or … Continued

Holiday Decor Trends

Megan Mosier is the designer behind Megan Gensky Interiors. After working for Magnolia in Waco, Texas and winning awards while working for a local builder, she decided it was finally her time to start her own design company. She stays busy during the holiday months setting up clients’ homes and offices for the holiday season. Besides holiday decorating services, she…

The Pathway To Hope Gala

The Pathway To Hope Gala held their NIght of Hope, Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. Friends from Johnson County and the whole Metro area came together to Ignite a Passion for Mental Health and raise funds for Pathway To Hope, who is closing the holes in … Continued

Botanical Brewfest 2018

October 13th was the fifth annual Botanical Brewfest at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a fun filled evening with over 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands, and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser to support the Train Garden at the Arboretum.

Steps of Faith

For Billy Brimblecom music has been an essential piece of his existence. It has become a melody played on a continuous loop -- giving him comfort during personal storms, opening doors that seemed perilous, and providing him with an irreplaceable tool that has helped him to live out his wildest dreams.   

Not Home for the Holidays

While the rest of us are gathering around the Thanksgiving table and decking our halls, some of our fellow community members are leaving behind their own families to work long shifts where they will care, protect and serve. This holiday season, we give thanks for their service and sacrifice. 

Four ways to Give Back

There are countless opportunities to give in our surrounding communities this holiday season and beyond, and here are just a few we wanted to share with you. 

Red Door Woodfired Grill

Since 2013, Red Door Grill has been known to welcome their guests with the freshest, most flavorful food and excellent service, all while feeling right at home.  

Golden & Pine

Ethical production is a must at Golden & Pine.  Their designs come from all around the world, handcrafted by indigenous artisans or produced ethically in factories that pay a living wage, have good working conditions and guarantee no child labor.  Armadillo and Co., a rug line they carry, is the perfect example.  They are Australian designed and ethically handmade in India.  Armadillo and Co.…

Leawood Rotary Club members serve others – and have a good time doing it

Although Nancy Truitt has a special-needs son, she says that he never expects special treatment. All he asks is to be able to enjoy many of the same activities that other kids his age experience.