Building Something Better

When the team at Dusty Rhodes Homes learned of the mission of Sleepyhead Beds to provide clean beds and bedding to local children and their families, it resonated in their hearts. 

Stems: A Garden Soiree

Stems: A Garden Soirée was hosted at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 22. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed tasting bites from a variety of restaurants and sampling wines and beers, as well as listening to the sounds of Funk Syndicate and the Greg Clinkingbeard Trio, and watching a fireworks display.  Photos by … Continued

Designing the kitchen

Each time Katie Ott and Sue Shinneman design a kitchen for clients of Kitchen Studio: Kansas City, they listen to the client’s needs and work to create a space specifically for them. 

Letter from the Editor

Before having kids of my own, I thought parenting was going to be a piece of cake. As the second oldest of 10 kids, a classroom teacher, and former nanny, I had years of experience with children—and I knew I was good with kids. I was sure that my “expertise” was going to make parenting seamless. … Continued

 Here, Finley 

 “Ready to go see your friends at Nativity?”  These magic words get Finley’s tail wagging before heading to school with her owner, David Kearney, principal at Nativity Parish School in Leawood. This fall will mark the second year that Finley has been a certified therapy dog for this local Catholic PK1-8 grade school.  “Finley loves her days at Nativity and…

Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs, a dog-training service founded by Corey Engmann, focuses on family involvement and a personalized approach to add fun and enjoyment to the process. 

The Ripple Effect

Will Gurley, a Leawood resident and junior at Kansas City Christian School is making a big impact in our community through music. The You Matter Music Festival is the brainchild of Gurley and is helping break the stigma of mental illness by bringing awareness and resources to the area. 

Welcome Home, Baby

Nurseries are undoubtedly one of the sweetest spaces to dream up. They are also such an important part of the nesting process for expecting parents. Lanie Draper and the design team at Rooted KC were thrilled when their client let them surprise them with this sweet space as they focused on other ways to prepare for their baby boy’s arrival. With almost unlimited creative freedom, their client’s only…

KAMO Adventures helps veterans

Military service left Doc with deep emotional wounds. A simple act of kindness has him on the road to recovery.

Put Your House in Order

Mike Merritt wants to get your life uncluttered. As owner of Life Uncluttered in Leawood, Merritt has been maximizing spaces in KC since he bought the established business six years ago. In transforming closets, laundries, pantries, offices, garages, and more, Life Uncluttered specializes in custom design and installation with quick turnaround, usually under two weeks.

Hot New Releases for Your Summer Reading List 

The kids are out of school, and your summer schedule is likely filled with travel plans, pool parties, and fun summer activities. If you are looking for the perfect books to add to your suitcase or beach bag, we have some suggestions for everyone in your family.  

Farm-to-Table Entertaining Al Fresco

Spending time outdoors and enjoying friends and family over good food and drinks is a great way to usher in summer. This gorgeous farm-to-table dinner is set in the breathtaking Timber Barn space at Weston Red Barn Farm. From the fresh flower arrangements to the locally sourced produce and herbs, this earthy spread is brimming with character and flavor. The earthy ceramic and clay vases give the perfect…

Blood Orange Aperol Spritz

1oz Aperol  1 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice 4oz prosecco  A playful twist on an Italian classic.  Blood orange juice adds a nice touch of acidity and sweetness. 

Letter from the Editor

With summer in full swing and four kids at home, it feels as if I have spent most of my time in the car chauffeuring the kids to and from activities. Baseball fields, swimming pools, summer training programs and camps have consumed our days, and as constant and busy as it is, I know that … Continued

Big Slick at Children’s Mercy

More than $2.5 Million was raised for Children's Mercy hospital at this year's Big Slick event.  Celebrities gathered to play games and visit with the true heroes, the patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. Proceeds from the Big Slick benefit the Cancer Center.

Handmade furniture rooted in Tradition

Sam Unruh doesn’t like rules, and prefers to live a life of his own making. But when he hatched the Unruh Furniture brand out of the confines of his garage, he envisioned a product rooted in tradition.

Craft Beer Buzz

Boulevard may have paved the way for craft beer in Kansas City, but now small, independent breweries are popping up all over the metro, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit, convivial environment and full-flavored pours to the city and suburbs.

Sounds Like Freedom

On August 6, 1945, a U.S. Navy sailor from Kansas celebrated his 19th birthday aboard the U.S.S. Chevalier. As the ship headed through Pacific waters toward Japan, the atomic bomb was dropped -- ending the war and sparing him and his crewmates from likely death.

Lessons in Life:

Marc Erickson is a busy father of three kids, lawyer and managing partner at Wagstaff  & Cartmell, LLP, and an avid lover of running and staying active. Marc and his family enjoy running, camping, hiking, skiing and watersports.

With deep roots in the community, Granite Garage Floors treats customers like family

There is a good reason why Greg Slicker approaches each garage floor treatment as if it were for his own home. The customers he serves often are friends, neighbors or members of his community.

Hit the Sauce

A good Barbeque sauce is comprised of a variety of the same six components. The key is to discover what style you enjoy most, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Oh, and taste often during the preparation process to adjust if so desired.

Letter from the Publisher

This month, we present our “Gents” issue in celebration of Father’s Day and the men in our lives. I originally planned to write my June letter as a tribute to my husband, who still takes my breath away every single day. But my dad’s health recently took a turn due to several old age maladies, … Continued

Marian Hope’s Trivia Night – Prom Edition

Friends of Marian Hope and trivia enthusiasts came together to create a memorable night of impact and totally awesome fun. With a theme of “Trivia for the Decades – Prom Edition”, all the classics were relived. It was a winning night for children in our community!

The 12th Annual Books and Boutiques

The 12th Annual Books and Boutiques, benefitting St. Luke’s South, was held April 12th.  The event featured local boutiques, a luncheon, and best-selling author Gretchen Rubin, Kansas City native and author of The Happiness Project and Outer Order, Inner Calm: Organize and Declutter to Make Room for Happiness.  The evening prior, patrons attended a meet and greet with Gretchen. 

The Ferrari Club of Kansas City

Italian luxury, performance, and design has been epitomized by Ferrari ever since that 125S, 1500 cc. 12-cylinder won its first victory in the Rome Grand Prix in 1947. Named after Enzo Ferrari (b. 1898, Modena, Italy), the prancing horse logo symbolizes “Italian excellence that makes the world dream.” Decades of racing success has created a loyal following, revved by state-of-the-art…


When you love to solve problems as much as Jean-Paul Wong, providing optimal workplace solutions for clients throughout multiple industries among several locations is just another day at the office. As president and CEO of PURE Workplace Solutions, Wong is a mastermind of industry knowledge, anticipating the market curve, acquiring, rebranding, and repositioning for maximum growth.

Paella pro tips  

Chef Jonathan Justus of Black Dirt (formerly of the infamous Justus Drugstore) taught a paella cooking class at Kitchen Studio: Kansas City, the proceeds of which benefited Operation BBQ Relief. The experience was complete with wine, salad course and cheese plate for dessert while guests learned techniques to recreate his paella recipe at 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. 

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.

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.…

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.

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

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. … 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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