JCYM Home for the Holidays Tour

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Women Serving and Supporting the Community

Photos by Roy Inman

Johnson County Young Matrons has the great fortune of hosting the 24th annual Home for the Holidays Homes Tour on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

“JCYM has a 54-year tradition of serving Johnson County through hands-on volunteer activities and fundraising efforts,” says Revelyn Alpaugh, JCYM president. “We distribute 100 percent of our profits to our philanthropies and JCYM scholarship recipients. The Holiday Homes tour, boutique, and special event “Tees & Tiaras,” are our main fundraisers. We are grateful to the homeowners, designers and underwriters for their contributions and to the individuals who purchase tickets, shop at the boutique and attend the events.”




Tour co-chairmen Rhonda Lewis and Judy Ransom have selected four beautiful homes to showcase on this year’s tour. “We are so thankful to have found such lovely homes and homeowners,” Rhonda says. “The commitment necessary to prepare a home for this tour is huge, and we sincerely appreciate all the time and effort given by the homeowners. Their willingness to open their homes to the entire community is a shining example of their desire to support their Johnson County philanthropies.”

This year’s lineup includes four homes with their own personal style. Each home has been paired with a designer and tablescape company for a professionally decorated look. There are both new and returning designers who will be using traditional holiday decor and the newest trends in holiday design. Regardless of your preferred style, you will leave the tour eager to start your own holiday decorating.




Don’t forget to stop by the free two-day boutique at the Ritz Charles on Monday, Nov. 16 from noon-9 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov 17 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. You will find over 40  vendors representing shops and boutiques from around the metro area. Not only do you have a one-stop shopping opportunity but you also can feel good that 20 percent of your purchase benefits JCYM’s philanthropies. Tees & Tiaras, an exciting night out for both men and women, will be held on Monday, Nov. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Ritz Charles. It will include both a silent and live auction plus a style show by Chicos and Finishings for Her – all to benefit JCYM’s six local charities. Tickets are on sale at jcym.net for the Holiday Homes tour, boutique and the special event “Tees & Tiaras.”








2401 W. 114th St.   |   Leawood, Kansas

Inspired by the magnificent chateaus of France, this home is a luxurious and sophisticated retreat. Enter through the marble foyer and be drawn in by the five sets of French doors that form an arcade overlooking a terrace that is perfect for formal entertaining. Opposite, the great room exudes stately elegance with lofty ceilings, heavily textured walls, and shuttered floor to ceiling windows. A baby grand piano separates the formal dining area from the seating area, and this sumptuous space is embellished with a crystal chandelier and a French, stone mantel over the fireplace. Continuing down the arcade, we discover the private master wing with a grand, five room en-suite. We begin with a fashionable study area featuring a curved, windowed wall and fireplace. This cozy room leads us to the sizable master bedroom, resplendent in rich textures and colors and a master bath finished in deep, rich cabinetry and granite counter tops. A spacious alcove hosts a soaker tub ready to take a person away in a relaxing bath.

The second wing of the home is a kitchen and living area that is unrivaled by any other. The eye is first drawn to the eighteen foot trestle-beamed ceiling that extends the length of this glorious room. Weathered oak floors stretch through the entire room, and two separate islands are available for food prep and entertaining in the kitchen area. Crisp white cabinets, multiple windows, and every modern convenience available make this expansive kitchen a culinary dream. As we move past the kitchen and the informal dining area, we arrive at the family living area that becomes the heart of this home. Multiple windows encased in gorgeous draperies shine light on this comfortable seating area. Built-in cabinets, a marble-surround fireplace and a large screen television add elegance and pleasure to this impressive room. And one more bit of frosting on this gorgeous cake, the room leads to an outdoor living area featuring a fireplace and a view of the splendid pool area below.

The next part of our tour leads us down a beautiful, curved stairway into the lower level of the home. This level is home to three additional bedrooms and another stunning arcade from which to view the swimming pool and patio area. A fully equipped bar welcomes you as you come down the steps and provides plenty of space for additional guests. The room opposite the arcade on this floor is set up for billiards and television viewing. Recessed lighting shines beautifully onto the built-in cabinetry and the animal print upholstery featured throughout the room.

One more stunning entertaining area awaits outside this opulent home. A grand loggia runs the full length of the north wing and overlooks the glittering, classically styled swimming pool.

Be prepared. This luxurious home will take your breath away.





2713 W. 116th St.   |   Leawood, Kansas

The Faux-Bois planters at the entry of this residence are the first hint that you are entering a home full of enchantment and treasure. Open the doors to a grand, double staircase and be greeted by the sparkles of a Baccarat chandelier. This majestic entry pulls you into the home, which is laid out as if each room were a spoke on a wheel. Select any room on this beautiful wheel and discover the special antique pieces that have been collected by the owners over the years. Throughout the home you will encounter European cabinets, Early Americana, vintage art and fabrics, Asian pottery, and porcelain pieces acquired from around the world. Standing guard over this opulence are figures in Dutch tapestries that date back to the 1700’s.

While the entry hall is a combination of deep black, green, and gold, the rooms leading off of the hall are bright and full of light streaming in through floor to ceiling windows. Luxurious floral draperies frame the wall of windows found in the great room, and a stately stone fireplace sets the tone for this room full of treasures. Leading off of the great room is a rounded cherry wood bar with built-in cabinets which are used to exhibit crystal. This area transitions naturally into the family room where we find a comfortable yet sumptuous place to relax at the end of the day. The kitchen lies just past the family room and is decorated with dark wood cabinets and Majolica tile. The butler’s pantry leads directly into the formal dining room, where built-in cabinets house a collection of Staffordshire and Imari porcelain.

Continued exploration brings us to the master suite, which is light and airy with white cabinetry and more floor-to-ceiling windows. The framed, vintage toile and the Sevres piece at the entry keep the Old World in our minds as we move onto the master bath. A pair of cut glass obelisks stand sentry over the bathing area that also houses a marble fireplace and a pair of crystal wall sconces. A luxurious bath, indeed.

The rest of our tour takes us to the lower level where we find another family room, with its stone fireplace and buttery soft, leather sofa and side chairs. Providing a back drop to this area are large Mongolian pots and over-sized Chinese wine jars. From here we move into the pool room and the personal gym, which has a spiral staircase leading directly to the master bath. Back to the family room, another rounded bar leads us into the “hunting room,” so called for the collection of duck decoys and the display of balsa wood fishing lures that decorate the room.

Before you pull yourself away from the feast of treasures found in this home, take a minute to look at the quiet patio and swimming pool area.




Strayer Estates

10607 W. 156th Terr.   |   Overland Park, Kansas

Enter this home through its eleven foot iron doors and be impressed by the grandeur of this open-plan living space. Glen Lawrence, the name given to this home by its owners, was designed with entertaining in mind. The general style of this ten thousand square foot home can be described as Old World rustic, with contemporary touches throughout. Multi-colored stone pillars, wide plank wood floors, and stone fireplaces root the home in the old world, while glass tile, granite counters, and modern lighting fixtures keep it in the present.

Upon entering the home, we find a free standing, curving staircase that allows us to see straight through to the pastoral setting found behind the home. The formal dining room is to our right and is separated from the kitchen by a sophisticated wine bar. Beyond this bar lies the dramatic living room. The focal point of this room in the winter will be the massive stone fireplace with its rough hewn mantle, but in the summer it will have to compete with a full view of the swimming pool and its waterfalls.

Also in view from the entry are the kitchen and casual dining areas. Cherry wood cabinets are offset by a glass tile backsplash, a granite island, and Ceasarstone countertops. An octagonal, wood vaulted ceiling crowns the informal dining table, and splashes of teal brighten the area. Industrial styled lighting ties it all together. All of the appliances in this chef’s kitchen are hidden by beautiful cabinetry, and a second full kitchen is tucked away in a butler’s pantry to keep the business end of entertaining hidden away from the guests. Also located on the first floor is the master bedroom, which leads into a one of a kind, spa-like master bath. This spacious retreat is finished in dark wood and travertine. It features a soaking tub and a walk-through shower that doubles as a steam room.

While the second floor of this home is reserved for children’s bedrooms, lofted play areas, and secret closets, the basement was designed for fun with the entire family. Stained cement floors, reclaimed wood, and a sliding barn door set the tone for this more relaxed entertainment area. A complete pub-style bar stands behind the seating area, and the back of it opens up onto the ping pong room. Walk outside and find yourself on the dry side of a swim-up bar.

Allow yourself plenty of time to explore this home. Something fun awaits around every corner!




Heritage Hills West

14346 S. Caenen Lane   |   Olathe, Kansas

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, and the adage certainly applies to this home. The exterior of the home is pure Victorian, while the interior is a pleasing combination of traditional and modern. Contemporary lighting, dark wood floors, and interesting color choices modernize this home, while hand milled banisters, carved molding, and warm wood and leather furnishings keep it grounded in its Victorian origins.

The “Quiet Room” just off of the foyer is a cheerful mix of warm colors and classical pieces paired with a little whimsical to achieve a feeling of peaceful comfort. Moving across the hall we are immediately struck by the dazzling chandelier that sparkles like a jewel against the dramatic black walls of the dining room. Additional shimmer in this room radiates from the collection of Waterford crystal that the owners have accumulated from their homeland of Ireland over the years.

From the dining room we move into a newly remodeled kitchen and family room area that is awash with light from floor to ceiling windows surrounding the entire room. A vast, quartzite island and granite countertops grace this eat-in kitchen. Crowning the classic white cabinetry are lighted, glass fronted cabinets that are used to exhibit more of the owner’s special collection. The warm grays and browns found in the family room complement the stone fireplace and coordinate beautifully with the aqua of the swimming pool that can be seen from all vantage points in this lovely room. And be sure to let your gaze wander up. You don’t want to miss the striking chandelier that illuminates this inviting room.

As we move upstairs we are introduced to the family and their history with an interesting display of black and white photographs showing where the family comes from and where they have been. This hall leads to the bedrooms of three lucky girls. Each room has been personalized to each daughter’s taste and they include everything from crystal chandeliers and chaise lounges to guitars, monkeys, and elephants. On the opposite side of this level we enter the master suite. It is a combination of elegant white and a soothing azure blue. A glass tiled fireplace and a cushioned window seat make this room the perfect place to relax and contemplate the day ahead or reflect on the day drawing to an end.

The lower level in this home has also been recently remodeled. As we approach the bar, we walk through the couple’s “Pub” area that has been adorned with memorabilia from Ireland. We pass by a dance studio and find a fully equipped bar. We can have a seat at the leathered granite bar while playing a game of pool, or we can have a quiet drink while gazing out over the koi pond and wooden bridge that lead to the beautifully manicured lawn. Or, move farther into the room and warm up in front of the fireplace to watch a movie or cheer on the Chiefs! The comfy sectional and furry carpet make it the perfect setting for game days as well as fun family nights.

This is a lovely home in a quiet, unique neighborhood. You don’t want to miss it.


Tour Tickets

Available October 25th through November 16th

$20 in Advance  |  $25 at the Door

Tickets are available at most local Hen House, HyVee and Price Chopper grocery stores or at jcym.net


Two-Day Holiday Boutique

Featuring Many Unique Vendors at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park

Monday, Nov. 16: Noon – 9:00 pm  |  Tuesday, Nov. 17: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Free Admission


Tees & Tiaras

Includes Silent and Live Auctions Plus a Style Show by Chicos and Finishings for Her at the Ritz Charles

9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park  |  Monday, Nov. 16: 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Individual Tickets: $25

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