Distinct Rooms Make A Home Feel Larger

Recently a professor I teach with asked me about a house just down the street from mine.  It is a striking new build home with a great profile of two gables and the entry centered between. Not exactly traditional exterior,  yet not modern a wonderful comfortable blend. It has been off and the market for…

Kansas City Kappa House Tour 2014

  It is that time of year! I am volunteering to work a shift as a hostess for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Home Tour. I was a Kappa at K-State and loved every moment. Many of my lifetime friends came from being roommates at 517 Fairchild Terrace together! Balancing my architecture degree with my…

Happy Client!

Happy Thanksgiving!   I am a tad bit late but wanted to share a nice note I received last week from a client. It is true I do care as much about your home as you do!   Hope your holiday was wonderful! This time of year potential client calls increase due to celebrating the…

Award Winning!

Whew it is OCTOBER! Summer flew by. I have been busy designing wonderful projects and working on my own house. An August  highlight was receiving a Design Excellence award from KC Magazine for a renovation/addition to a Prairie Village Kansas home near Corinth Shopping Center. It is the 5th KC Design award I have won and fourth house…

Coolaroos are cool and spoofable!

Last week on Mother’s Day I wrote about being both mom and an architect.  Actually Mother’s Day is a very important change of  seasons here in Kansas City.  At least for my family it is. Three very important events happen: 1. The hard top on  my Jeep Wrangler is replaced with the soft top for the summer to allow easy top…

Released From The Clutter (image and article)

Originally posted on Postcards Without Stamps:
I attempted to do the impossible over Christmas – I set out to part with one-third of my belongings. When I announced it to my husband and our toddler my husband worryingly replied: ‘But that means that one of us needs to go.’ :) Well.. not quite. All that…

FIVE home design tips for the new year!

Ready for a Happy New Year? 2012 has been an INCREDIBLE  year. I have had the pleasure of meeting with extraordinary clients who are kind yet very determined and passionate about the space they will call home. Being invited into someone’s house to meet with them and listen about their home future plans is always a treat! I take it seriously. While it…

Maho Bay Camps St.John USVI

It has been a year since I spent spring break on the island of St John in the US VI. Do I think about it almost everyday? YES! It was a wonderful and inspiring trip. How can a spring break vacation possibly have anything to do with my home blog you might wonder? Everything and…

Delight!

Amazed, stunned, ecstatic, thrilled, pleased, inspired, proud, truly delighted! Every single happy emotion rolled through my mind when I saw these stained glass windows installed for the first time! They look great in the attached picture but feel beautiful in person as the sunlight dances through them. I was memorized watching the light change due…

Planning for Fido and Fluffy

The cool part about designing homes for my clients is tailoring their house to include pets! I have spent many hours over the years figuring out how to keep Fido happy and dry without having him leave muddy tracks through a house. Or figuring how to keep Fluffy the inside cat from going outside.  …

Candy and Porches

I was happy to see Halloween candy prominently displayed at my local grocery store last night! Fall is a welcome thought during these Dog Days of Summer. Okay, I confess, lately the weather in Kansas City has been perfect not too hot or too humid. I just enjoy fall, leaves and all. I have always lived with…