Delightful Nooks

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Tucked inside every home is that one space that welcomes you with its ambiance and design.

Story by Ann Butenas




This stylish condo on the Country Club Plaza is the perfect place to escape for the weekend or to enjoy a holiday celebration. With the assistance of designer Lauren Balestrieri of L Marie Interior Design, the homeowners currently retreat to this residence primarily on the weekends, but when they eventually retire from their jobs as pastors at a church in St. Joseph, Missouri, they are committed to making it their primary residence.

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo caters perfectly to this couple, as it offers both a “his” and “hers” bathroom.

The porcelain tile on the walls and floor of “his” bathroom are made to look like crema marfil, a type of marble, but it enjoys the durability and low maintenance appeal of tile.

The stand alone vanity with the ceramic white sink and mahogany tone of the wooden base adds a warm balance to the light sage green color on the walls.

The mirror is also a conversation piece.

“That is a medicine cabinet that the owners found and they knew it was the perfect piece,” said Balestrieri. “We then added the wall sconces on either side.”




When Jay and Alisa Cahill wanted to add extra space to their home to accommodate their entertaining needs, they collaborated with interior designer Laura Allinder of Nebraska Furniture Mart, taking a seemingly ordinary patio and turning it into the life of the party.

“They have a hearth room, formal living room and den, but they needed extra living and dining space,” noted Allinder.

Now an enclosed and fully insulated sunroom, this additional space is the perfect gathering spot for family and friends.

The low maintenance tile that gives the appearance of driftwood complements the driftwood table fashioned from reclaimed wood, the two farmhouse chairs and the Drexel Heritage host chairs with barley twist legs.

Using Sherwin Williams’ paints, the windfresh white color of the wainscoting, baseboards and trim plays along well with the rare grey color of the walls and ceiling.

The gas fireplace is framed with facade stone and the Brazil nut stain of the barn doors above are in perfect composition with the urbane bronze painted mantel.

“Behind the barn doors is a flat screen TV,” noted Allinder.

Also unique to the room are the drapery rods, fashioned from bamboo sticks, and the tiebacks are simply little pieces of rope.

Sliding doors lead to the backyard, opening up the space to grander possibilities.




Also known as the mudroom, rear entryways are actually taking center stage in homes around the metro area. Multipurpose rooms at heart, these successfully blend form and function for a space that can easily keep pace with today’s busy families.

This home in the Siena subdivision in Leawood shows off the perfect rear entry design, created by Covenant Homes.

For starters, the grey and white colors used throughout not only complement each other well, but also provide a fresh, modern appeal. The low maintenance tile flooring cleans up easily and the entire space, when utilized to its potential, all but guarantees maximum performance when it comes to organization.

“This area has dual drop zones which include places to charge phones and put the mail and keys,” explained Michael Menghini, owner of Covenant Homes, also noting the fabric lined corkboard above for placing notes and messages.

The mid-section houses a boot box, hooks for coats and drawers for hats and gloves. Two doors allow easy access to and from both sets of garages and to the front exterior of the home.

“This room provides a secondary entrance for family and friends, complete with its own doorbell,” said Menghini.

With a rear entry space as purposeful as this one, keeping pace with a busy lifestyle has never been easier.




It’s easy to see why the downstairs bar area in this Carriage Crossing home in Leawood, Kansas is an award-winning design. Its elegant ambiance paired with its “sit down and enjoy yourself for a while” vibe could make this space the talk of the town.

Partnering with designer Donna Kirsopp, CKBR of Schloegel Design Remodel, Inc., the materials chosen to update this award-winning bar area perfectly enhance the existing finishes. What might first catch one’s attention is the unique arched hammered copper sink with double drains.

Flowing in unison with the sink is the raised countertop that extends in an arch so guests and hosts alike can enjoy easy conversation.

The custom mullioned door panels on the enclosed cabinetry are accented  with an antique mirror in the back, which not only enhances the design but also provides the feel of a larger space in a subtle manner.

The built-in cabinet offers not only visible wine storage, but also houses a concealed storage space.

Additionally, beverage drawers were installed to match the wine refrigerator and the speed oven is every hostess’ dream when it comes to efficient entertaining.

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