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We live in a city overflowing with local talent. Known for amazing food, Midwestern friendliness, rapid growth and a booming art scene, KC embodies a diverse community that makes this town so special.

You see this everywhere with the emergence of more craft eats and drinks, local boutiques and murals popping up across town. The color, creativity and fun comprise the personality that is KC!


MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME
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Photo: Made in KC Explore

We tour amazing homes every day. The ones that standout most are those filled with character and personality. Often character is in the form of period architecture and design elements. But, it can be added to ANY house through design choices and décor! Showcasing things you love, unique items and a bit of color will make your house a HOME.

We enjoyed this post on Made in KC Explore that features a group of vibrant local artists – JCDS Emerging Artists – a program started by Johnson County Developmental Supports and then expanded to the Art and Heritage Center. Take a minute to give it a quick read and learn more about this group that shows art locally! According to the blog, their next appearance will be in September at the De Soto Sunflower Art Fest.


GALLERIES AND SHOWS
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Photo: Jessica Jasa

If you haven’t, check out First Fridays in the Crossroads (tomorrow!), it’s another great opportunity to shop local art. Or, visit the many galleries around the metro, or make your own! There’s nothing more personal than showcasing art made by your family. This can be art made at home, school or at a studio, like Wolf Creek Art Studio. Use your art for a standout gallery wall, like this one from the Braden’s Hope Home Tour in The Farm at Garnett Hill in May!


HANGING ART MADE EASY

Need some tips for hanging art? Here’s a quick guide from Apartment Therapy to help!

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This service is perfect if you’re out shopping and find a must-have purchase that is too large for you to get home. Or, if you have a couple larger items you can’t haul yourself for a move. You’ll get your quote upfront and will be able to track your truck along the way!

 

Brookside friends, share our newest listing with your friends and family! This is one not to miss!

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Come see this darling Tudor style home in a delightful Brookside neighborhood! Located at 310 E 69th Street, the home is in walking distance to the Brookside shops and restaurants you love. Hardwood floors shine throughout the home, and the bright and airy eat-in kitchen has new quartz counter tops and beautiful tile floor. The spacious living room and sun room with French doors let in lots of natural light!

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The main level offers two perfectly sized bedrooms and a charming full bath. Custom built-in cabinets and shelving in the living room are ready for your favorites. Not to mention the gorgeous fireplace and mantel! The generous dining room is highlighted with a chandelier off the living room and kitchen. And, crown molding adds that extra touch to this darling Tudor.

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Be Among the First to Tour!

The master suite upstairs boasts an updated master bath and HUGE walk-in closet. A bonus room off the master is ideal for a nursery, office or gym. Additional attic space can be renovated for more living space. Laundry is located in the unfinished basement. You’ll appreciate the rare private driveway with one car detached garage. The backyard features a large patio with lots of space for grilling and entertaining in the coming warmer months! The yard is just right for kids or dogs to play and is fully fenced. For more, contact Whitney Meiners at 913.669.4624.

We love fall in KC! The weather is mild, there is gorgeous color around town and it’s the perfect time to get cozy at home before the holidays. Here are a few of our recent favorites to incorporate the feeling of fall inside your home!

FallCincinnati Recipe Chili Mix:  There’s no better meal for a cool evening than chili. Take a twist on this traditional favorite and give Cincinnati try! You can order a 6-pack of the spice mix on Amazon and it couldn’t be easier to make. You just add the mix, water, tomato paste and uncooked ground beef to a pot and let time do the rest. Serve it over spaghetti with shredded cheese for Three-Way or make Coneys!

Essential Oils:  If you don’t have your pumpkin spice candle burning already, we bet you will soon! Essential oils are another way to provide seasonal aroma to your home in a safe way that can also promote wellness. Right now, we’re loving On Guard from doTERRA. That name might not sound like fall, but we promise it has a nice scent with hints of orange peel, clove bud and cinnamon! The smell is great, but even better, the oil provides a natural alternative for immune support. Hello, flu season! You can diffuse it or even use it diluted as a surface cleaner or hand cleanser. Ask our friend and client, Lynn Salzman, to learn more about how the oil can help protect your family this season.

Halloween Pillows for Your Porch:  Add some whimsy to your outdoor space with this fun Halloween design. At $8 a pillow, this is an expensive way to bring a bit of Halloween home. Simple and classic this design can be used year after year, even as you adjust your Halloween décor. The pillows can be used indoors as well! Other designs are available at the link.

Louisburg Cider Donuts & More:  Love cider donuts, pumpkin butter and cider spices? Cozy, cozy, COZY! If you can’t make it out to Louisburg Cider Mill this year, no worries. You can order the flavors of the season to be delivered to your door! They even sell a donut pan to make their popular donuts at home. You’ll find fun holiday gift ideas online, too!

Outdoor Throw:  Fall evenings can turn crisp fast. Here’s a good-looking outdoor throw from Target to keep you warm around the fire pit! The black and white pattern will compliment most décor and adds a pop of style. And it’s 60-in. by 50 in. – plenty of room to snuggle up in!

fire pitThe first day of fall is less than a month away, which means cooler nights around the fire pit aren’t far behind! In recent years, we have noticed more homes across KC investing in outdoor living spaces. We see people expanding decks, adding stamped concrete patios and incorporating kitchen and fire pit designs to their hardscapes. Having or adding an outdoor living space expands your usable living space at home. And, it’s a fun way to have an extra area to entertain from during mild seasons!

This trend of investing in outdoor living does not appear to be slowing down. From our perspective, this serves as an indicator that our local market appreciates outdoor living additions. While the ROI on an outdoor project might not be 100%, these types of features can bring value to a home listing. And, you don’t need to make a huge investment to add a bit of outdoor ambiance to your home! A fire pit is a good place to start to enhance your outdoor space. It’s generally a smaller expense, and can retain value relatively well.

On top of that, NAR reports “not only can outdoor remodeling projects add value to a home on resale, but they can also bring advantages to homeowners planning to stay in their homes in the form of increased happiness.” So, even if you don’t get your money back dollar for dollar with a fire pit installation, there is also value for YOU while you enjoy nights with family and friends outdoors at home.

FIRE PIT INSTALLATION

We understand taking on a new home project can seem overwhelming. Often the best place to start is browsing ideas online. There are so many unique fire pit designs out there that run from sleek and sophisticated, to quant and rustic. You’re sure to find a style that suits your taste and budget! Have a look at some of our favorite outdoor entertaining designs on Pinterest, like these inexpensive DIY plans. A DIY job could be great if you want to try a small scale pit to see if it meets your needs before making a larger investment. This video from realtor.com also walks you through a DIY in just five steps!

For those of you looking for a more custom footprint as part of a larger design, we have some great folks to recommend to you! Always check our list of Trusted Vendors for most anything you need across KC. If you don’t find what you’re looking for or want additional names, just reach out to us and we’ll get you hooked up. One of us is always available at 913.402.2599.

Cheers to a cozy, fun fall!

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