Welcome Home, Baby

Nurseries are undoubtedly one of the sweetest spaces to dream up.  They are also such an important part of the nesting process for expecting parents.  Lanie and Brent Draper of Rooted KC were thrilled when their client let them surprise them with this sweet space as they focused on other ways to prepare for their baby boys arrival. With almost unlimited creative freedom, their client’s only…

First-time car that didn’t run revs up lifelong passion for Lake Lotawana collector

 Howard Chamberlin had one small problem with his first car.  “It was a 1951 two-door Chevrolet coupe that didn’t run,” Chamberlin says, who lives at Lake Lotawana. “I had to get it running, and from then on, I always wanted a nicer car. I have always had an interest in cars for the simple reason that I never had much…

The Pathway Home

For Debbie White, senior sales executive at Reece Nichols in Lee’s Summit, a quiet evening spent around the firepit at her home is one of life’s simple pleasures. Her home is where she loves to cook, listen to music, and enjoy the company of her husband of 40 years, Kevin, along with their children, grandchildren and rescue dogs.

Concentrating on detail can refresh any home.

Megan Mosier is the talent behind Megan Gensky Interiors, and she lends her personal touch to each new project she works on. This featured home sits on a beautiful lake lot, which lent itself to some exciting changes.

Cold Winter Weather Blues

 Keep your skin hydrated with these DIY skin products  Audrey Kuether is a creative director, designer, DIYer, KCTV5 DIY contributor, photographer, interior stylist, and blogger. Her work has been featured on Houzz, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, Brit+Co, Marie Claire, Disney Baby, Zillow Blog, and more.   She lives in Leawood in a fixer upper home with her…

Holiday Decor Trends

Megan Mosier is the designer behind Megan Gensky Interiors. After working for Magnolia in Waco, Texas and winning awards while working for a local builder, she decided it was finally her time to start her own design company. She stays busy during the holiday months setting up clients’ homes and offices for the holiday season. Besides holiday decorating services, she…

Maintaining Memories

When Perry and Kathy Atha gather with family and friends at their Lake Lotawana home, they meet with memories around the dining room table that belonged to Perry’s grandparents, Russel Sr. and Helen. Perry remembers his grandmother always kept a lollipop box and Eskimo Pies to treat her 16 grandchildren when they visited. Today, the Athas treasure the history that…

Creating an Adventurous Space

 Photography Paul Versluis  Tell us a little bit about this space and what the goals were when starting the project on your son's room.  I wanted to design a space for him that would allow his curiosity and his imagination to grow.  I didn’t want bulky furniture taking up most of the room, so I choose this fun open bed…

Summer Living

 Article and Photography  Raintree Lake and Lake Winnebago  Options range in both communities from casual-picturesque lakefront properties to high-end dream homes. These properties showcase homes backing to the lake with personal docks and boat lifts and also homes with picturesque views from patios with fire pits and large decks.

Bringing the outside in

 Article Judy Goppert | Photography Paul Versluis  Nature.      Healer of spirit, inspiration for the soul and gathering place for generations. John Bunch and his family embrace all this implies throughout their living space at Lake Lotawana. They bring the outside in with amazingly creative embellishments.

Simplistic Beauty

 Article Dana Lapinel | Photography Ladd Forde  The homeowners were able to combine textile inspiration from all over the world to create this cozy and eclectic space. Warm red kilim and Persian rugs ground the space and add warmth and texture while the traditional patterns impart a sense of familiarity and timelessness. Indigo-dyed throw pillows add a bohemian flair inspired…

Lee’s Summit 
Provides A Peaceful Home Base for KC-Local Realtor

A sense of serenity comes over Ashley Kendrick as she drives over the lake to her home in Lee’s Summit’s Lakewood community.

Establishing a Tranquil Space in Your Home

W hen we were building our home 10 years ago, I had a dream of incorporating a sunroom porch after realizing that the homes I loved included them. I have always loved the character, the mix of rustic brick and large open windows letting in tons of natural light. Most importantly, I loved the idea of basking in the warm sun and…

Fun and Functional Decorating Brightens Lake Home

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.

Lake Living Inspires Serenity

For many area residents, living on a lake provides the tranquility of home combined with nature. Whether the house is at Lake Quivira, Smithville or Lake Lotawana, these residences often offer a slice of splendor. Over the decades, structures originally built for weekend getaways have been remodeled. Or, owners raze their homes to make room for more permanent living. In…


The floor plans for all three models, now open in the Reserve at Stoney Creek, are from Summit’s popular Signature Collection and feature the latest trends in home design with stylish finishes and fixtures chosen by the builder’s award-winning designer.

Modern Meets Gravel

When a local couple decided to move to the country, they knew they wanted to build a home that tested the limits of Midwest style and design. With a desire for modern edge in their rural setting, the homeowners enlisted the help of local designer Kerri Frazier, of Studio Blue Designs, to bring their vision to life. Throughout the custom-build…

Fall Homes Tour

Estes Park, by Award Winning Summit Custom Homes, has brand new floor plans and offers great use of space. Gorgeous granite in all bathroom & kitchen, and the 5" hand scraped hardwood flooring adds additional beauty to the space. The home also boasts a wide open loft as you come up to the second level. Along with a huge cover…

Lake Lotawana Homes Tour

“Oh, what a beautiful morning”… rain or shine, you are invited to the Lake Lotawana Homes Tour. Let us entertain you that day! Be ready for lots of “eye candy”. Your heads will be swimming with innovative new ideas from SEVEN lovely homes.


Diane and Jeff are known to their eight grandchildren as ‘DD’ and ‘Papa Jeff.’ Right away, they make young visitors at home by engaging them in lake life and all their home has to offer. Take a ‘green boat ride’ – sit on the dock and reflect on the water. You’ll save some gas not taking the boat out.

A Local Gem for the Arts

For details about upcoming productions, or for rental information, contact Ryan Morehead at 816.604.2200 or 
Ryan.Morehead@mcckc.edu. It might be a disservice to call the Longview Cultural Arts Center one of Lee’s Summit best kept secrets. Local patrons nod knowingly about the diverse shows, concerts and classes the CAC has been putting on for years in its facility overlooking the vast…

A Winter

To say Angela Grego loves Christmas is an understatement. A co-owner of Summit Flooring and Turf with her husband, Kirk, Angela's passion for the season originates with memories of her grandmother who helped raise her. The yearly traditions impressed deeply on her heart the beauty of time together and the importance of the love of family. All of those impressions…

A Labor of Love

Chris and Megan Culbertson bought a 20-year-old house in Winterset Park last fall.  It was not only stuck in the past with pickled oak cabinetry, etc., it was a total wreck. Over a couple of months, they turned it into the house of their dreams, serving as the subcontractors and doing a lot of the work themselves. "Type A," super-organized Megan created vision boards and Chris…

From Wedding Dress Memories to Baby Bedding

There has never been a time in my life where I felt more beautiful than on my wedding day. Wearing that gorgeous, white gown made me feel like a real princess. The only sad thing about wearing that beautiful dress was knowing that I would wear it for just one day.

The Silverton at Woodland Trails

Tucked away from the city and nestled amidst the backdrop of ponds, twisted oak trees and wooded glen, this beautiful home stands regal. Certainly not your typical cookie cutter house, The Silverton, located at 509 Wilds Parkway in Greenwood, is part of the new development off 150 Highway, and adjacent to James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife area, called Woodland Trails.