Posts tagged: Kansas City Interior Design

A Few of Our Favorite Things


Each year at market, we get a first look at pieces for the season ahead. We love seeing reinvented classics and completely new ideas. After a few days of walking the floor, we get a clear idea of which trends are emerging for the new season and begin imagining how they’d look in our clients’ homes.


If this season had a motto, it would be “more is more.” Opulence reigned, as beautifully decadent pieces took center stage. The lines of furniture pieces stayed relatively clean, but shine and texture created a dressed up look.


If you’re looking for new ways to make your home feel special, consider some of our favorite finds from market:

  • Bone, jade and mother of pearl inlaid pieces
  • Marble
  • Patterned mirrors
  • Gold and brass
  • Fur and leathers
  • Tufted sofas in rich fabrics
  • Ornate hardware
  • Extravagant wall coverings


While this season’s pieces made a statement, we can’t say what we saw was much of surprise. Ornate items have been slowly making their way into designer showrooms for several years. The biggest change is that they are everywhere now. And, we couldn’t be happier.


Keeping up with trends helps keep spaces from feeling stale, but being a slave to them can make you feel like a stranger in your home. Strike the right balance for your aesthetic. With attention grabbing pieces like this, you can either layer on the luxe extras or choose a few key pieces to add interest to your room. Adding ornate hardware to a favorite piece is one easy way to introduce this trend into your home.


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Take Your Velvet from Shabby to Chic


Velvet adds a bit of luxury to any room. It has the unique ability to absorb light making spaces feel sumptuous and rich. Although we like to use velvet, it can become crushed or matted over time. This can happen when it has been pressed down repeatedly. Over the years, we’ve developed a few techniques to keep your velvet looking luxe. Follow these easy steps to bring your velvet back to life.


Before you begin, test our technique on your fabric. You can use the underside of a skirt, the bottom of cushions or the back of a sofa. Please be aware these solutions may NOT work on all velvets.

First, try steaming the fabric. Afterwards, use a fine tooth comb to brush the nap or pile of the fabric. If steaming doesn’t work, you can use a fine mist spray bottle to apply a small amount of water to the fabric. Then, take a comb or even your hand to wipe the fabric, lifting the fibers up as you go. This will give them the opportunity to return to their original position.


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One Easy Way to Warm Up Your Home

This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star, discussing a fabulous home accessory – throws! We love adding one to the end of a bed, over the back of a couch or piled into a basket.


Throws are a great way to add interest to a room, while being the perfect ingredient to movie night. Adding throws to a space can provide texture, color, pattern and softness, making your home feel like a cozy retreat. Over the next few months, you’ll find them at a number of stores. Think of picking one up for a great gift or have one custom made into the perfect size. You can even add extra lining for warmth.


However, we will issue a word of warning. Pay attention to the trim. It can really tickle.

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Make Your Chandelier Sparkle in 10 Easy Steps


Every autumn, we roll up our sleeves and clean our chandeliers. Much like placing your diamonds in jewelry cleaner, cleaning your chandelier will add some sparkle to your home.


We tackle this project in the fall to begin getting our house ready for holiday entertaining. When the weather turns cold, we spend more time indoors, and it’s nice to have something beautiful to look at while we’re sipping hot chocolate.


Bringing your chandeliers back to life can seem like an impossible task, but trust me it’s actually very simple. Channel your inner Martha Stewart and use our 10 proven steps. Read more »

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Soaring Spaces: Tips for Playing Up Vaulted Ceilings

This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star. In the article, we discuss some of the design challenges that come with vaulted ceilings. We have developed a few tricks over the years for making the most of this dramatic architectural feature.

Here, we included some photos from our portfolio, along with advice on how to best highlight vaulted ceilings. Read more »

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Inside the Studio: A Behind the Scenes Look at a Living Room & Kitchen Remodel

Patterson Living Room

This month, one of our projects was featured in KC Home & Garden Magazine. We’re so excited to be included in this issue and wanted to share more details about the project. So, today we’re pulling back the curtain and giving you a look at what goes on behind the scenes in our design studio.

kitchen final 10inch

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Ugly Office Re-Design From KC Business Mag

It was so fun to get a shout from KC Business Magazine to help them with a project.  They asked us to redesign the an existing “Ugly Office” in the back of a Relax the Back store in Overland Park, KS for the owner/manager.

You can see the “BEFORE” shots here as the two shots on the far left. The two shots on the right are another firm’s solution to the same office.



Our solution is above. What can’t be seen here is the storage closet overflowing with efficient storage. See our floor plan below.


What can be seen in the lower right corner here is the storage closet to hide all the large and unusually shaped boxes. Notice, the doors are lined up so other employees could enter and bother the office area less and easily take large boxes in and out.


Artist’s rendering of the finished space. Clean, neat, lots of natural light with options to control it, etc. Our interview was great with manager and led to many concepts here that he is excited about. Of course, it has a wonderful Relax The Back chair to top it all off.


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Master Suites – IV

After showing you a week’s worth of sexy suites, we invite you to take a look at one last design solution. In this show-stopping room…even the dog looks fancy.

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Master Suites – III

silvermans, ny, 2-10

So far, we’ve shown you some glammed up versions of master suites, but today, we wanted to share a softer side. Bathed in yellow, this sunny room is the perfect retreat for cold winter days. Read more »

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Master Suites – Part II


To make a space feel special, the key is to pay attention to the details. Fresh flowers, soft bedding and spa features create feelings of luxury and decadence.



Don’t believe us? Just think of the first time you walked into a honeymoon suite.

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