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Sunkist Based in The Netherlands, bERT&dENNIS Design Studio is the brainchild of Bert van der Grift and Dennis van der Burch. Driven by a lifelong passion for furniture and textiles, the two work together as a team toward a single shared aesthetic. We just began talking one day about designs... brainstorming, van der Grift says. Weve never looked back. That kind of forward-thinking approach has paid off. The duos Block design, made with their patented FoamPress structure technology, was included in the Studio exhibition at the 2009 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. The citrus hue is similar to the orange that brightens the Eric Negrete-designed home featured on page 56; contact your interior designer for tips on integrating such vibrant colors in your own home.

Natural Evolution Its intuitive really. Kansas City-based Above & Beyond (203 Armour Road, 816421-4011) met with amazing success as an upscale pool service. Why not expand into outdoor furniture? With that savvy business decision, the company has the market cornered on exterior leisure products. Above & Beyonds line of wood furnishings launched in April (the Harvest table is shown, price upon request); it is designed by its owners and crafted by an artisan whose work is featured in the Sundance catalog. But thats just the beginning for these entrepreneurs. The company will begin selling Twig Country Furniture indoor furnishings in the next few months, as well. Made from materials reclaimed from homes that have been torn down, the line is 100 percent green.
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Correction The July/August issue of KC Home Design celebrated the winners of the 2009 Design Excellence Awards. The talented firm of Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects was recognized with a Silver Award in the Outdoor category. Unfortunately, the name of the firms winning project was misspelled. It should have read: R.A. Bloch Cancer Survivors Park. Made possible by a generous donation from Annette Bloch in memory of her late husband, Richard, the park is a worthy project. We regret the error and honor not only the firm that created it, but also the spirit it memorializes.

When It Rains, It Pours Doug Smiths acrylic painting A Welcome Shower brings light to even the dreariest room. This piece ($5,000) is one of the many Smith creations available at Blue Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District (118 Southwest Blvd., 816-527-0823). Uniquely modern, the artists work makes use of bold, colored lines and blocks, almost always set beneath a banner of clouds. The effect is a crisp juxtaposition of natural and abstract forms. M.G.

Play On This bathroom sink from Sonias new Play Concept Collection was designed by the luxury bath powerhouses own Raul Villares-Gayan. The Doberman color combination of oak moka and blackberry (shown) features a base unit as well as two wall vitrines and shelves. The vanity is equipped with two large storage drawers with soft-close capability. It allows anyone to mix and match finishes to create their own signature style, Sonia National Sales Manager Jody Rosenberg says. [So] designing the bath is fun because there are virtually no design restrictions. Local interior designers like Jill Tran (check out her story on page 36) have the connections to bring this European line to Kansas City. The Play Collection also features the Play Wood line, which includes palettes of weng, polar, moka and arena; and Play Color, which adds pizzazz via satin lacquer finishes in milk, blackberry, pearl, beige, camel, chocolate, wine and sky. The finishes also come in a matte textured option. M.G.

Going Glam Little touches go a long way: The Glamour eight-light chandelier ($1,139) from Ethan Allen (multiple metro locations, updates the traditional fixture shape with a graphic, linear body style and a polished nickel finish that extends even to the candelabra shades. The bold, circular frame is staunchly modern yet soft, melding seamlessly into any design aesthetic. M.G.

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Those in the know in the fashion and interior design worlds tell us our jackets and sofas will be clothed in muted tones of Lavender Gray, Cameo Pink and taupe-cast Brindle come 2010. Jeffrey Owen Hanson, with me at right, didnt get the memo. He dips his paintbrush in cadmium red, Prussian blue and yellow ochre. Vivid hues are the only ones this 15-year-old can see. Hanson began painting watercolor notecards in 2006a hobby that kept his mind off dealing with treatment for an optic nerve tumor associated with a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis. His bold color combinations and free-form graphics were a hit, and he soon turned to applying acrylics to large canvases. Now this young mans resume lists philanthropist alongside artist and entrepreneur. Hanson has contributed more than $100,000 in profits to
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various organizations, including the HIV/AIDS orphanages founded by his idol and friend Sir Elton John and, closer to home, The Childrens Tumor Foundation, Medical Missions and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We recently profiled Hanson ( in our sister publication, KC Magazine, and we are happy to report that Kimberly Sterns write-up caught the attention of several new fans. Dan Nilsen, owner of Bishop-McCann, opened his headquarters in the Crossroads Arts District for Hansons Generous HeART Show. Money raised through sales of the artwork benefited the Lisa Barth Chapel and Childrens Mercy Hospital, along with Elton Johns HIV/AIDS home in South Africa. On a more personal level, a couple Ive known for several years, Mike and Linda Hardesty, added three of Hansons paintings to their collectiona purchase they made at Park Place Art Gallery in Leawood during the artists exhibition there. Thats where I first met the teen, along with his mom and dad. Its easy to see where he gets his generous spirit: Proud parents is the job title Hal and Julie Hanson savor most among the many tasks involved with handling their sons growing business and charity work. Jeffrey Owen Hanson has certainly inspired me. Thats why I wont be wearing Cameo Pink anytime soon. Instead, Ill follow the lead of this remarkable young man with a vision.

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heart and soul
A talented architect and a passionate homeowner join forces on a labor of love that leaves an impression on all who enter.
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Vibrant palettes and a practical approach to marrying beauty with functionality give birth to a cozy, colorful haven in Shawnee.
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ON THE COVER: The 2010 color forecast calls for spots of calm accompanied by bursts of vibrancy like the lime green and orange that brightens up this Shawnee homeand shots of funky metallics. photo by Landon Collis 12 KC Home Design |

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Highland Outdoor An exterior design-build firm, Highland Outdoor has been designing and installing extraordinary outdoor living areas for more than 20 years. Project expertise includes patios like the one shown above (estimated project cost: $15,000, with landscaping), outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, synthetic putting greens, water features, landscaping, and lighting. A certified and professional staff and client center facility makes Highland Outdoor the choice for exterior design-build projects across Kansas City. Ask about the companys 2009 Stimulus Package and lifetime warranty. Call 913-782-3700, or visit

Mini Temptations The only dollhouse and miniature store in the Kansas City area, Mini Temptations offers everything needed for a dollhouse or miniature project, including personalized service from the owner and her family on building, repairing or restoring a dollhouse. The staff can also help with oneof-a-kind gift ideas, such as scaled replicas of offices or any other room. Dollhouse prices start at $150. Ranchmart South Shopping Center, 95th Street and Mission Road, Overland Park. Call 913-648-2050, or visit

Knotty Rug Company The Knotty Rug Co. is featuring a new collection of high-quality, hand-knotted rugs with a beautiful antique finish. The designs for this collection were adapted from antique Jamawar scarves that were woven more than 500 years ago in Kashmir; the rugs, like the 9-foot by 12-foot-four-inch Four Seasons shown above ($9,975), marry modern colors with the look of an antique. 4510 State Line Road, Kansas City, Kansas. Call 913677-1877, or visit

Factory Direct Appliance Appliances are essential to any home. What most consumers dont realize is that improper installation can cause numerous service issues down the road and may actually void a manufacturers warranty. Some companies even offer free extended warranties if installation is performed by factory-certified installers like those at Factory Direct Appliance (FDA). All FDA technicians are factory-trained, certified, licensed and insured professionals. Installation services start at $75. Multiple metro locations; visit for details. Studio Dan Meiners Nothing says Indian summer like a big bouquet of fresh dahlias. Shown here in a 16-inch, handcarved, antiqued wooden planter box with sprays of viburnum berries and ivy tendrils, this lovely arrangement is $185. Clients can visit to view a large selection of florals that start at just $30 or call 816-842-7244 to order a custom-designed piece made especially to fit their style and budget. Citywide and national deliveries are available.
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Annabelles Linens A one-of-a-kind boutique known for its for beautiful linens, goose down bedding, fine bath furnishings and unique gifts, Annabelles is a haven for all who love to sleep in total comfort. The store is participating in Back in the Swing Retail Therapy October 1218; those with a BIS card can receive 20 percent off bedding purchases like the Pine Cone Hill queen bedding shown above ($800$1,200) with a BIS card. Park Place, 11547 Ash St., Leawood. Call 913-435-0660, or visit J.M. Porters Part of the Artists Helping the Homeless project, the Flore flower sculpture is made from indoor/outdoor steel and acrylic. It is perfect for either a dramatic indoor display well or as an outdoor entrance focal point. Available at J.M. Porters, the installation and others like it feature solar-powered LED lighting, numerous color combinations and custom mounting options. Sizes range from 11 to 13 feet tall and 7 to 8 feet in diameter; prices start at $15,000. 4540 Main St. Call 816-753-8808, or visit or

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Six months ago, the KC Home Design idea home was just starting to take shape (March/April 2009, page 28). Now, this Mission Hills residence being built by Evan-Talan Homes is taking on designer Amber Gardners vision of calming colors and a combination of traditional and modern aesthetics. Gardners ideas begin with a shift in the traditional iteration of neutral. Instead of a basic beige or tan, Gardner has opted to paint the homes interior with soothing gray shades. It scares some people, she says. But you know that feeling when you head into a spa, that comforting feeling? That is what were going for in this home. In the kitchen, white marble countertops and a chocolate glaze on the cabinets will complement the gray tones. The hand-painted, stone hood offers a traditional touch offset by a backsplash that, tiled in 1-inch by 1-inch glass tiles, will provide the hint of modern pizzazz Gardner says she loves to incorporate. The walls of the master bathroom, meanwhile, have been covered in a unique faux finish that Michelle Kelly, owner of Creative Faux Effects, describes as a stretched linen look in a metallic gray. Its a finish Ive done in a previous house, Kelly says. The colors bring the room to life. But the dining room will be the showpiece of the home, Gardner says. She anticipates applying a soft charcoal hue to the rooms library paneling and hanging panels of lush, dark velvet with a vinelike, metallic gray overlay. It will have some drama [and] sparkle, Gardner says. I want it to be so beautiful that women see it and say, I want to have a party here.
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The Mission Hills project by Evan-Talan Homes and Bickford + Company will feature a variety of soothing shades. Interior designer Amber Gardner, a partner with Muse Furniture and Lifestyle Design, will marry the neutral grays (above, bottom), with more modern, complementary shades of green, coral and chocolate. Similarly, the kitchen backsplashs glass tiles (above, top) and a bathrooms elegant, textured wallpaper and heavy molding (left) juxtapose tradtional and contemporary looks.

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In the Sex and the City movie, theres a scene in which Big asks Carrie if she wants a diamond to seal their engagement. She answers, No. Just get me a really big closet. And, in what is quite possibly the most romantic moment ever captured on film, he does. She knows its true love when she places a new pair of Manolo Blahniks on the custom-made shoe racks. Fortunately, theres no shortage of professionals in the Kansas City area who can make this movie magic come true. California Closets, which has an office in Lenexa, may be the most recognizable name, but locally owned options like Affordable Closets and Space by Design also design and install the kinds of closets that do any womans inner Carrie Bradshaw proud. All three companies offer luxury storage solutions customized to fit a clients needs and wants, whether that means making an existing closet more functional or starting from scratch with a brand new expansion. In addition to getting rid of clutter, customized storage can be a time saver: With everything in its place, its easy to find what youre looking for. From kitchen pantries to office units, Affordable Closets luxury renovations complement a homes existing dcor while integrating style and functionalitytwo essentials that Pic Walenta, professional space planner for Space By Design, describes as contagious. Once you do one area, you end up doing the entire house, she says. Prices vary depending on the project, but a standard reach-in closet renovation starts at around $400.
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The true indulgence of a luxury closet renovation is the ability to transform an everyday space into a functional dreamland that meets every possible need while complementing a homes established design aesthetic.


Charles and Ray Eames are synonymous with the kind of mid-century modern furniture design that is most often acquired at a lofty price, whether new or vintage. But in the war-torn 1940s, their design approach wasnt lofty at all. Their goal was to produce to the masses, says Rod Parks, owner of Retro Inferno. They werent trying to do things out of reach of the average person. The Eameses believed that designers have a responsibility to provide solutions to human problemsa design tenet nearly 60 years ahead of its time. In 1941, the brothers learned about complications the military was having with metal splints used for wounded soldiers, and they realized their new technology for molding plywood could provide an improved solution. In 1942, they and their team were commissioned to produce molded plywood leg splints en masse. By the end of the war, they had manufactured 150,000 of them, which are now collected and displayed as art. As the war accelerated mass-production technology, the Eameses and their growing team turned their plywood-molding attention back to chairs. They developed a patented technology for adhering rubber mounts to the chair backs, which allowed the all-wood version of their dining chairs (not shown) to hide its screws. The Eameses were from the school of form follows function, Parks says. That was the modern movementthe lack of excess and useless details. [That has] influenced all design since then, adds Nick Carter of Nick Carter & Company. And that is why the Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair is a classic.
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The Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair was designed in 1945-46. Local furniture dealers that specialize in mid-century modern pieces and regularly carry vintage Eames chairs include Retro Inferno, Nick Carter & Co. and Joann Votillas Furnishings & Objects. New models, manufactured by Herman Miller, are available online for delivery throughout the U.S. This is the first installment in a series that will explore the history and significance of some of our favorite furniture classics.

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I never knew how far we actually walked because my pedometer broke after the first 18 miles. I suppose thats what happens when the worlds largest furniture and accessories trade show encompasses 188 buildingsvirtually an entire downtown eight times the size of Kansas Citys largest shopping mall. Im talking about High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina, which this year celebrates its 100th birthday. As furniture markets go, this is the big one: Exhibitors and home furnishings buyers from all 50 states and 110 countries head to High Point twice annually. I attend because its my job to know what exciting new products and trends are available for my Kansas City interior design clients; its also great to talk shop with home furnishings legends. Last October I visited with Bob Mackie, perhaps best known as a celebrity fashion icon, and Thomas OBrien, a top designer for several retailers. This year I also ran into the home crowdBarbara Cosgrove Lamps A.J. Cosgrove, Black Bamboos Tim Butt, Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hills and Jeff Bailey of Baileys Showroom in Mission. Inside High Points constantly remodeled buildings, which are dark more than 40 weeks out of the year, are the fabrics and finishes that will filter down to shelter publications and retail stores in another six to 12 months. For the trade, home furnishings is fashion: Product lines are constantly remodeled and, in some cases, reinvented. At Aprils market, environmentally friendly materials were everywhere. The most interesting variation I saw was carpeting made from recycled plastic bottles. Natural


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materialseven leatherscombined with gemstones and jewels. And metallics like silver and gold leaf were big, both in finishes and threads. Happily, rich, bright colors with a pronounced emphasis on deep plums and lavenders appeared on everything from bedding to furnishings. The world is once again becoming sunny and joyful. The market certainly takes a physical toll. But even when my sensible market shoes start to hurt my feet, there are still miles of showrooms to visit before I can sleep. Fortunately, this markets optimistic palettes and new design directions were invigorating. I was especially thrilled to see a resurgence of Scandinavian styling with a twist: Hardwoods were treated to gray washes; fabrics were executed in a heavy linen weave. After 20 years of High Point markets (I started going there as a child), I always arrive with an agenda. I keep my clients sample swatches and wish lists with me, along with my own ideas and plan dimensions. Im practiced at remembering the hundreds of things I am searching for, even while allowing for creative flexibility. After all, no matter how well thought out my design scheme may be, theres always a chance to incorporate new fabrics, rugs, lamps, case goods, art or accessories into my plans. And I move quickly, deciphering strong designs from common themes, selecting clear colors from cloudy choices and noting subtle differences in custom options. My assignments successes depend on my ability to find perfect pieces for clients among billions of items. (In one showroom alone, I was told there were 21 million sofa alternatives!) I must discern trends amidst infinite options. Its up to me to find the orchids in the swampnew trends in low consoles and side tables; wide, shallow ceiling fixtures; and an increased influence of Asian stylingand then arrange them in a way that meets my clients needs. After the fourth 10-hour day of searching, I was exhausted. Nobody in my group cared that the white wine we ordered didnt go with red meat, or whether or not brie was a dessert. I sat on a fabulous leather sofa embellished with jeweled buttonstons of amazing leads in my head and a broken pedometer on my lap. Ill have to fix that by the time I hit the next market in October.
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Textile and wallcovering trends (the Sariskar and Sariskar Kishangarh patterns from Osborne & Little are shown at right) echo several of the hues in Sherwin-Williams 2010 color forecast (from top): Darkroom, Nomadic Desert, Foothills, Enigma, Verve Violet, Sapphire, Serious Gray, Oceanside, Gallery Green, Pickle, Fun Yellow, Summer Day, Animated Coral, Red Tomato and Rookwood Amber.

Color trend predictions arent made in a vacuum. Forecasters carefully consider social, political and other of-the-moment moods and issues when determining hot hues for a particular year. Thats what color forecasts are all about, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. If we know there is a groundswell movement in something, it will probably affect color. Thats one common thread shared by three phenomena that, at first glance, may seem rather disparate: The headline-making economy, the resurgence of farmers markets, and the attention being paid to global issues each will effect the colors that make their way into our homes in 2010. Global Influences: People are looking to deeply rooted cultures for inspiration, says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. The iconic paint company is predicting that shades like Nomadic Desert, a multifaceted beige, and Oceanside, a deepened teal, will make an impact in 2010. Apparel fashions influence on home design is evident in this palette, as well. On the Spring 2009 runways, Lanvin showed animal prints, Ralph Lauren emphasized colonial and safari looks, and John Gallianos many trips to Africa influenced his Tribal Chic collection for Christian Dior. Theres a lot of information about African and Native American influences coming back into fashion, Jordan says. We drew inspiration from their textiles and landscapes for our forecast. Pantones Gatherings palette similarly was inspired by artifacts and handcrafted items, and it includes colors like Copper Coin and Blue Smoke, all with heavy yellow and red tones. These rich,

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complex colors translate into warm, welcoming rooms. Lions brown hue is an alternative to the dark chocolate browns popular a few seasons ago. On the walls, the warm beige-toned Sand is multifaceted and cozy. Oasis, a blue-tinted green, and Lemon Curry, a spicy yellow, are subtle, jewel-toned shades that can blend easily with existing dcor. Money Issues: Green may be the color of money, but purple seems to be the hue of an uncertain economy, with versions of the color appearing in every Pantone palette and in half of Sherwin-Williams palettes for 2010. Its a mixture of other colors, says Tim Butt, owner of Black Bamboo in the Crossroads Arts District. It has some uncertainty about it and represents the countrys state of mind. Steve Nuss, interior designer and owner of Steve Nuss Ltd. in Westwood, says he has noticed everything from regal tones of purple to lighter lavender hues at recent industry wholesale markets and on fabrics by luxury textiles brand Brunschwig & Fils. He suggests mixing these purples with bold persimmon, scarlet and basil, or with cooler neutralslike blue-tinged whites and beigesfor a more understated aesthetic. But the uncertain economy has actually created split personalities: Sherwin-Williams features two economically influenced palettes in 2010. One includes soft, subdued shades with antique influences like brown-tinged Sequin and gray-filled Smoky Blue. The other features brighter, more cheerful colors, including orange-hued Summer Day and Verve VioletNuss and Butts bold purpleboth of which work well as accent colors. Theres almost a divide between the two directionshopeful on one side and muted on the other. Jordan says. [We are] looking back at what is important to us, and scaling down [seems to be] the right thing to do right now. On the other hand, were excited about the future. A single Pantone palette, Transformations, hints at this two-pronged outlook with nostalgic hues that take on what the company calls a modern attitude. Blush shades like Cameo Pink and Amberlight are welcoming, while Stratosphere Blue, Lavender Gray and Crushed Violets are soothing.
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In Kansas City, the muted tones, especially those with foliage undertones, are expected to play especially well. These really beautiful, rich colors will play a part in interiors because they can fit into any sort of transitional environment, says Sofia Varanka, co-owner of modern furniture store Hudson Home. In the Midwest, people tend to save the brighter colors for accents. Farm Fresh: The lush tones found at farmers markets and in organic produce inspired Pantones Greenmarket palette. Tomato Puree and Paprika are two strong, yellow-influenced reds, while zesty, brown-tinted Dijon and tangy, tart Super Lemon are updated takes on yellow. Theres a sophistication to the palette, Eiseman says. Farmers markets in big cities are offering more than just apples and oranges, so this palette pulls from the other delicacies [found] there. Sherwin-Williams is also predicting an increased taste for produce-inspired hues; colors like Pickle Green and Red Tomato are sprinkled throughout its 2010 forecast. Theres a botanical side, as well, Jordan says. Coral is becoming popular, especially when mixed with really pretty, true greens. Making Sense of It All: Its all about getting a fresh take on what you own, according to Black Bamboos Butt. You can zip things up a bit by using a yellow-based green instead of hunter green, for example, he says. You still want your home to be about yousoothing and comfortable, but fresh. Eiseman agrees: Dont use a particular look because its this year or last year, she says. Color is about what works best for you, your lifestyle, your moods and your personality.

FROM LEFT, A selection of Pantones 2010 color palettes: Transformations Stratosphere, Amberlight, Crushed Violets and Lavender Gray; Greenmarkets Paprika, Dijon, Apple Green and Super Lemon; Resourcefuls Mellow Buff, Mauve Orchid, Tigerlily and Mocha Mousse; Ambiances Brindle, Coffee Bean, Griffin and Silver Pink; Gatherings Oasis, Twilight Mauve, Copper Coin and Sand; Pastiches Tangerine, Absinthe Green, Duffel Bag and Chipmunk; Tinged Neutrals Champagne Beige, Angora, Charcoal Gray and Taupe Gray.

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Homeowners Joel and Stacy Tucker ArcHitect Paul Minto, Urban Prairie interior designer Stacy Tucker florAl design Fresh Fleur neigHborHood Mission Hills AestHetic Classic Contemporary locAl Vendors/crAftsmen Ambassador Construction, Chris Ferguson, Kitchens by Kleweno, MediaOne Systems Integration, Renaissance Studios, Scandia Down, Sculpturehaus story by Eryn Swanson pHotos by Bob Greenspan

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Its not often that a designer, a homeowner and an architect stay on the same page throughout the course of a projectespecially when the designer and homeowner are one and the same. But when Stacy Tucker and Urban Prairie Architectural Collaboratives Paul Minto joined forces on Tuckers Mission Hills home, they created a momentum that inspired and energized every single person who worked on it for the next three years. Stacy is a fountain of ideas, Minto says. She responds to feeling and finds pieces that get her where she wants to be. I was then able to weave those into a whole, a tangible reality. From the creation of the homes blueprints to the placement of light fixtures and art in the finished rooms, Tucker considered the experience that each space would impart to those visiting it. Its a visceral, intuitive response, she says. If I was starting to head in a direcftion that didnt have continuity [with the rest of the space], Paul would rope me back in. It was a very dynamic process. The duos enthusiasm was contagious, pushing those involved to try techniques and styles beyond their usual realm. It was a living design process, Minto says. Every artist who touched the house left his signature.

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From start to finish, the Tucker home was a labor of love that took time and careful study. Its main focus is a deliberate reinterpretation of classic materials. But when you study the details, Minto says, its really quite contemporary. This is immediately evident in the living room (previous spread and left) and foyer (opposite): Ambassador Constructions Keith Eymann designed the spectacularly massive front door; its detailing and molding puts a simpler, leaner spin on a traditional profile. Thick, substantial walls, treated throughout with a beautiful, creamy finish by the artists at Renaissance Studios, give a sense of permanence and authenticity. A staircase flows into the foyer, greeting visitors and drawing them further into the space. You have a physical reaction as you travel through the house, Tucker says. It hugs you as you move. The living room entry opens into a 13-foot-tall barrel vaulted ceiling; huge, south-facing windows let in plenty of light. Yet, bookended by a fireplace at one end and a music niche at the other, the spacious room retains a sense of intimacy. A vibrant art piece by William Rainey brightens the niche; a sophisticated Rich Bowman painting from Blue Gallery hangs over the fireplace. That stone masterpiece also showcases a stainless steel surround crafted by Nathan Shay of Sculpturehaus. It brings in the funk, Tucker says. So, too, does the Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair and Robert Longo photograph hanging in the sitting room, just around the corner (below). It makes everyone smile, Tucker says. Its happiness.

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The same fireplace that dominates the living room takes on a different personality in the breakfast nook (above). Tucker and Minto designed that mantels stark, intentionally contemporary shape to contrast with the antique French mirror that sits above it. The chandelier, by Ochre, is made from chainmail; Tucker says the red band around its circumference is a tribute to her grandmother, who always wore red. The breakfast area connects with both the kitchen and the Bubble Chair-adorned sitting area. This home has an open floorplan, Minto says, but it doesnt feel totally midcentury because of the way we detailed the tall openings. The light, view and space flow, but psychologically it feels much more intimate. It doesnt matter how large a home is, Tucker adds. Families all gravitate toward each other. In this space, everyone can accomplish what they need to accomplish without being on top of each other. Taking Tucker and Mintos vision for the kitchen and translating it all the way down to the hardware and accessories, Randy Sisk of Kitchens by Kleweno worked with Draper to completely customize the cabinetry. His modern twist on traditional marble countertops continues Tuckers unique vision. The combination of traditional, built-ins and pieces that feel like furniture give the kitchen a more dynamic feel, Minto says.
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Chris Isom with MediaOne Systems Integration modified several Grange consoles for Tucker, retrofitting them with hidden flat-screen television lifts, as in the master bedroom (opposite). The master bathroom (above) makes elegant use of Grange pieces, as well; Tucker and Scandia Downs Ursula Terrasi collaborated to transform one piece into a modern vanity. The traditional French cabinetry [is juxtaposed] with stark, contemporary faucets and a polished chrome yet it doesnt fight with each other, Tucker says. It was in her homes more personal rooms that Tucker indulged in small touches, little messages customized to each individual member of her family. Draper carved flowers into the kitchen and dining room cabinetry, for example, and Tucker had customized heart tiles installed in her kids bathrooms. It was my gift to them, she says, to remind them how much I love them. The floorplan of each room in the home varies, except for her daughters rooms, which are mirror images of each other. Tucker and Minto created the sweet sitting room at left to give the girls a little something extra. There needed to be a special place for them to share as sisters, Tucker says.

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The Tucker homes special, personalized touches continue on the lower level. Limestone walls pay homage to the homes Midwestern roots, while a Nathan Shay-designed wine cellar echos the balcony on the homes exterior. Noticing the secret heart messages Tucker had spread throughout the home, Shay created a custom key for the wine cellar gate, placing a heart upon it. Kitchens by Kleweno designed the bar cabinetry, while the massive door into the media room (right), the entrance to a former bank vault, was a gift from excavator Jim Hartman. Minto characterizes the media room as a pseudo theaterpseudo museum, thanks to built-in, backlit niches that hold Joel Tuckers prized guitars.


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InterIor desIgn design Eric Negrete floral desIgn Matney Floral neIghborhood Shawnee aesthetIc Versatile Contemporary local Vendors/craftsmen Abbey-Simons, Don Julian Custom Homes, Museo, Retro Inferno story by Kathleen Leighton photos by Landon Collis

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Its a common designer dilemma: the husband is a traditionalist, the wife more modern. How to combine those opposing sensibilities? Turns out, a quick call to master style blender Eric Negrete solved the problem for the owners of this Shawnee home. They loved [its] style, but they wanted it much more personalized, Negrete says. They hadnt yet started a family, but that was the plan, so the design had to be compatible with their current lifestyle and also accommodate children. One thing the couple, who first started working with Negrete in 2004, agreed on from the start: They did not want safe, boring colors. The designer began thinking about what hues would make them feel good and make their home a safe haven away from the daily chaos of their hectic schedules. I wanted them to feel like theyd gone on vacation when they opened the door, Negrete says. A palette of chocolate or espresso became a recurring theme throughout the house. It ties everything together. The result: a stunningly comfortable getaway-at-home. With two children added to the nest, the basement has been transformed into a versatile living space that suits everyones needshowever those needs might change. After all, as we know, life is all about change.

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The homeowners wanted a colorful, cheerful interior that made them feel lively and energetic. They also wanted a space in which they could entertain friends. Theres an Italian sensibility in the house, with porch columns outside, so I started thinking about a Mediterranean [palette], Negrete says. [No one] likes to feel cold, even when its chilly and dark outside, so I leaned toward sunny yellows. Negretes minimalist approach and spicy palette struck just the right balance between colorful and homey. The kitchen, breakfast nook and hearth room (previous spread and right) are really the heart of this home. The fireplace, tall enough to handle a large-patterned stone, is really the focal point. The couple shied away from traditional materials like granite and marble, which can be fussy. They wanted durable materials with a relaxed sensibility. Limestone wouldnt work because it could be too easily marked up with crayons, Negrete says. So I found a honey onyx that was figured with an amazingly beautiful pattern, which gave texture without standing out too much. Its graphically pleasing to the eye and blended in beautifully with the buttery walls. The onyx transforms the fireplace into an art piece that ties all three living spaces together.


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A warm, inviting entrance is a must for any home, but it was especially important in this design; the foyer sets the tone of the entire home. A huge, gold leaf pendant chandelier (not pictured) serves as a focal point, and the curve of the staircase invites a stroll upstairs while adding a feminine, nurturing quality that is eminently welcoming; sharp angles can be off-putting. A funkier metal spindle with a wave pattern lends the staircase itself a pinch of fun.

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I selected bluestone for the kitchen counter (left), Negrete says. It must be oiled once a year, but thats it. The deep, rich, blue gray color has a beautiful sense of refinement without being fussy. Bright blue pendants add a pop of color to the spaces blond wood cabinetry. The chandelier that hangs in the dining room (above) is simply stunning. I found Bubble lamps at Retro Inferno and had a stainless steel canopy made, Negrete says. Then I put three of them together for a dramatic and fun look. The customized fixture is the predominant piece in the space, which painted a deep redis quite dramatic. Because they are George Nelson originals, the lamps are made from animal membrane.

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The man of the house finished the basement himself; Negrete says the craftsmanship and attention to detail are above par. Creating a space where the entire family could relax, Negrete came up with a nightclub design that again strikes just the right balance. The bar area includes a stove, microwave and dishwasher; a cantilevered wood shelf with under lighting serves as an elegant alternative to upper cabinets. Lighting was key; it had to be hip but also practical. The countertops are Avonite, a man-made material that is translucent, Negrete says. I put lights inside the counter to give them a clubby glow. The couple wanted fun and durable light fixtures, so Negrete hunted down orange square sconces with white bubbles (not shown). An orange pendant light sits over the pool table. Everything can be wiped clean with a wet sponge and soap. Coloring books were Negretes inspiration for outlining the windows in black; the technique gives the area punctuation and makes it feel more fun and animated while blending with the deep, rich color of the cabinets.

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Theres no greater indulgence than a luxurious soak, and this bathtub certainly keeps that in mind. The photo by Bob Greenspan fixture, made from limestone, is the only tub in this home, which is featured beginning on page 46. Its a sculpture, says homeowner Stacy Tucker. Carved into a graceful shape, its stark, contemporary aesthetic and bright, polished chrome stand out fromwithout fighting withthe traditional marble of the walk-in shower and French cabinetry. Its seamless elegance brought to life.
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