Fun and Functional Decorating Brightens Lake Home 14

On a quiet autumn day, Joan Walker’s family home is beautifully reflected in the serene waters of Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. But on any given summer afternoon, the lake is alive with family and friends enjoying their backyard liquid playground. It is that fun and lively spirit that Joan wants to be reflected inside her home.

Joan loves bright colors: oranges, greens, hot pink and purples. When she began decorating, she searched for a design company with a different flair.

“I was looking for personality, life,” she says. “Then I found A&M Furnishings.”

When Joan walked into the store and met designer Georgia Jones, the two clicked immediately.

“I remember thinking, ‘we’re in for a ride!’” Georgia says.

During their first project, the downstairs family room, Georgia suggested a huge couch and oversized ottoman, then added coordinating club chairs. She also had custom ottomans constructed and covered in the same fabric.

“We have a team of local resources in addition to our wide range of quality vendors to make sure your design project is everything you envisioned,” Lynn Blaser, owner of A&M Furnishing, says.

Lynn has been in the furniture business for 23 years. Her newest shop prides itself on being a small furniture boutique with design capabilities.

Most recently, Georgia tackled the main floor great room. The inspiration came from two chairs that Joan fell in love with on the store’s sales floor.

“I like to use florals, stripes and patterns together,” Joan says. “I want the room to feel cozy, comfortably undecorated like it wasn’t planned—it just came together.”

“There is no one formula in decorating,” Georgia says. “Each project is so unique and personal.”

Georgia let her creativity flow. The oval-back dining chairs were reupholstered with a fun dotted fabric; then an orange stain-resistant fabric was selected for the seats. A mocha-colored couch, animal print ottoman, custom-made plaid throw and an of array pillows cozied up the room. In the corner, a round table is covered with a flirty coral print in shades of browns, trimmed in fringe and beading. Grounding the entire look is a green jute rug.

“I am very sentimental, so I think my favorite piece may be an antique chair that has been in my family for years,” Joan says.

Georgia suggested re-covering it, using a subtle tone-on-tone woven purple fabric.

“I preach that your home should tell your family story and represent your interests,” Georgia says.

So, when she suggested botanical artwork above the couch, Joan intuitively knew the perfect solution. Years ago, her aunt had designed a line of paper products which featured Missouri wildflowers, and Georgia suggested that she have her favorite sketches enlarged to fit in ready-made frames.

“Georgia encourages me to look at vintage shops to find unique items or inspiration,” Joan says. “I found a frame at the Mission Road Antique Mall and knew I had the start of something.”

Using her Cricut cutting machine and three cans of spray paint, she created a statement piece. Now Joan is content spending time with her family at their revitalized home.

“Thanks to Georgia, we have an inviting place to gather, have fun and relax,” Joan says.

Like her handcrafted artwork tells visitors, life is better at the lake!

“We go the extra mile for customers,” Lynn says. “it says a lot about our services that Joan has continued to turn to Georgia and A&M Home Furnishings for additional projects.”

Visit A&M Home Furnishings at 6960 W. 105th St. in Overland Park.