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?”

Modern Meets Gravel

When a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. Throughout the custom…

Interior Transformations 
BEFORE AND AFTER

As is often the case in remodeling and updating a home, this Leawood homeowner thought the kitchen was the only part of the home that needed to be addressed. However, this one area was just the beginning of a complete makeover of the kitchen and master bathroom.

From A Ho-Hum House to an Amazing Abode

When Katie and Brandon Oakes first laid eyes on their Leawood South house back in the summer of 2007, what they saw was pure untapped potential—“a diamond in the rough.” And in the ensuing years, this brave twosome transformed a ho-hum house into an absolutely amazing abode. While their family has grown, so has their home, and it’s the talk…

Creating the Happily Ever After

When a recently married area couple decided to make Old Leawood their new home, they quickly realized that building would be their best option. They enlisted Scott and Molly Koenigsdorf from Koenig Home and Design to turn their dreams into a reality.

The Splendor of Spring

Lynn Fairbanks’ passion for gardening started at an early age. She loved her grandmother’s garden and the many house plants her mother kept around their home. As an adult, Fairbanks first settled for a “postage stamp” garden at her condo and later a house with a small yard. In 2000, she moved to her current home in south Leawood, where…

The Volland Store in the Flint Hills is alive once again

It’s somehow fitting that the 103-year-old Kratzer Bros. Mercantile store that was home to Otto Kratzer and his camera is once again a community focal point that is used to display art and serve as an event space in Volland, Kan., a tiny hamlet about 8 miles southwest of Alma. Alma is about 100 miles west of Kansas City, just…

A Room That Nourishes The Mind & Soul

“The room was originally the office of the late scholar Rabbi Morris Margolies,” Newland recalls. “It was wall-to-wall books; a vast private collection of texts in eight different languages; the collection was renowned in his family and congregation. His daughter, Malka, wrote a great article about the library and the hidden gems there, such as a dinner pamphlet from an…

Area Couple Take Christmas Décor to New Heights

It’s December first and most of us are just starting to think about decorating for the holidays. But for Dave and Lori Convy, Christmas arrived weeks ago. The Convys are known for transforming their Overland Park home into a winter wonderland complete with numerous, intricately decorated trees, multiple nativity scenes and a variety of unique Christmas items collected over the…

A Home with a View

The Communities of River Ridge, located at 162nd Terrace and Kenneth Road, may just be one of the best-kept secrets in town. At one of the highest elevations in Johnson County, the expanding development boasts spectacular terrain, acres of mature trees, and some gorgeous homes.

Let’s Go OUTSIDE!

It’s a work of art, a peaceful retreat and a homey backyard all rolled into one lovely space. Amid busy schedules and hectic lives, the Eckert family of Leawood has created a relaxing getaway right outside their own back door. The Eckerts have lived in their home for nine years and had completed many indoor projects during those years. Then…