Local companies help clients create custom designs

Article Nicolette Martin 
Photography Janie Jones

“A colorful, fun take on classic”

This is how Georgia Jones, lead designer for Overland Park’s locally owned and operated A&M Home Furnishings describes the aesthetic of this Mission Hills home, a downsizing operation that recently underwent both a stylistic face-lift and a kitchen remodel.  Georgia collaborated with the homeowner to select fabrics and furnishings that would convey the look she wanted.

Shawn McCune, Certified Kitchen Designer and owner of Kitchen Design Gallery, was tasked with transforming the kitchen, now a stunning addition to his award-winning portfolio of work.

From the various vibrant patterns on the upholstered furniture, the colorful pillows, rugs and accent pieces throughout the rooms, to the gorgeous violet dining room walls, Georgia says the homeowner knew what she wanted before she even moved in; the home now boasts a lively mix of unexpected color combinations paired with classic pieces for a fresh, unique and cheerful space.

Georgia notes that she clicked right away with the homeowner and was inspired by her verve; “she is a whirlwind of energy and ideas and really fun to work with– she has a strong design sense, and it was so fun to assist her in pulling it all together.”  She was delighted when the homeowner popped back in the store one day last summer to share that she had hired Shawn McCune of Kitchen Design Gallery to renovate her kitchen, knowing the level of artistry and impeccable quality he would bring to the project.

The triangular ceiling and window in the living room is mirrored as a cove above the island — what Shawn describes as the centerpiece of the kitchen — in the remodeled space he says was created by changing the interior architectural plans into a clean, contemporary, fully-functional area.

“The structure really centered around those big windows,” Shawn says. “She wanted to be able to have an eat-in kitchen, as well as a place for her and her husband to sit and eat and be able to take advantage of the views of the yard. They wanted lots of natural light in, and that was her favorite view from the house.”

The kitchen also features a small buffet area that incorporates the wood throughout the room, custom bar stools, a booth sitting area and capiz shell lighting above the island — an addition Georgia suggested during a pop-in visit from the homeowner to talk about the area’s progress.

A&M Home Furnishings (previously Armoires & More), owned by Lynn Blaser, opened in 1995 and offers unique, personalized service to their customers. Browse the showroom while enjoying a cup of coffee & explore the possibilities from over 50 furniture & accessory sources.

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Kitchen Design Gallery is owned by Shawn McCune, a Certified Kitchen Designer with over 25 years of experience in kitchen design and construction, and offers a variety of design and space planning services for various rooms throughout the home, including kitchen, bath, laundry room, home office, etc. and provides complete remodeling and build-out services, including cabinetry, appliances, countertops, tile and plumbing fixtures. 
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