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Senior Living in Kansas City

If you’re a Senior searching to make life better, then  Riverstone is the right place for you. Riverstone is Kansas City Northland’s only all-inclusive for senior living community. It provides all the comforts of home with a touch of class. Developed exclusively for adults 55 and over, these residents are a group of enthusiastic and friendly singles and couples. Everyone enjoys their own blend of quiet, exciting, and creative activities offered at Riverstone.

All managers and other professionally trained staff put their top priorities to the safeness, satisfaction, and enjoyment of each resident. Riverstone’s amenity-filled community has a convenient one fee, no hidden costs policy, allowing residents to relax into hassle-free retirement living.

Riverstone’s luxurious interiors are a tasteful balance of modern and traditional architecture and décor. Throughout the community, residents are welcomed to choose from multiple areas designed to match their preference for the day. Whether it’s visiting with friends in our spacious, sunlit common areas, dancing to live music in our entertainment hall, or indulging in their favorite game in our billiards room, Riverstone is senior living at its best!

Riverstone is the perfect location for sports, music, and food enthusiasts alike. We’re a few minutes away from the world’s greatest BBQ, multiple casinos, world-class jazz, plus nationally-recognized shopping and entertainment districts.

Style & Comfort for Senior Living:

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Designed for your comfort, senior living community features studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments with a variety of floor plans and smart details to complement your lifestyle. Each apartment is unfurnished but includes window coverings, a climate-controlled thermostat, carpeting, ceiling fans, and ample storage. Enjoy the freedom to decorate your new home to your individual taste.

The kitchens are fully equipped with a dishwasher, range, microwave, refrigerator with ice maker, and a garbage disposal. Our bathrooms are well lit with a vanity sink and storage cabinet, plus high toilet seating and a walk-in shower with handrails.

Washer/dryer hook-ups are located in a separate laundry closet within the apartment. We also offer residents the option to use our community laundry room on-site. Our professional staff provides as-needed maintenance repairs and light housekeeping on a weekly basis.

Freedom Dining ~ choices that suit your lifestyle:

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Riverstone serves up a 5-star dining experience that ensured to satisfy your taste! Our dazzling wood shot fundamental lounge area is the ideal setting for world-motivated suppers arranged every day by our gourmet expert in a top of the line business kitchen.

RLC’s signature Freedom Dining program is Riverstone’s most notable feature. The program offers residents flexible dining hours throughout the day, plus the option to choose from these dining experiences:

*Gourmet fine dining
*Casual buffet
*Chef’s Pantry on-the-go snacks
*Room service

Independent senior living:

Taking care of your personal business is both convenient and safe. Residents have access to on-site banking, salon, general store and pharmacy services. Through our concierge services, you’ll have all you need at the touch of a button. The scheduled for transportation of their shuttle is available anytime.

Recreational Activities:

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From dancing and singing, to painting and off-site excursions, there’s no shortage of activities at Riverstone. Our Lifestyle Director works in tandem with the residents to create a full calendar of events designed to match their personalities and preferences.

SOURCE:, Affordable Kansas City Senior Living


Holiday Season’s Best Outfit

Does that invitation calling for “festive attire” have you confused? Any of these pieces will suit your budget for a variety of occasions during the holiday season.

Here’s The Tip:

The Colorful Dress

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Want something changes with your LBD? The chances are in your favor when you choose a dress in a rich jewel tone, or richly hued dress. It is easy to accessorize as one in a neutral tone and, best of all is as unexpected as a flash of Technicolor in a black-and-white film. It is perfect for cocktails or any event. If it’s particularly chilly outside, you can add a cropped velvet jacket or a cashmere wrap.

The Embellished Jacket

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Up to this point, jackets infrequently made it past the coat check at parties. But thanks to feminine silhouettes and special touches like embroidery and beading, the latest styles can stay on all night. For a particularly sleek holiday look, pair a velvet, patterned, or ornamented jacket with a satiny skirt or tailored tuxedo pants.

Dressy Pants

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Designers keep churning out a selection of swanky takes on this beloved basic, making it suitable for even the dressiest occasions in fabrics like luxurious velvet or brocade. Try topping a pair of party-right trousers with a sequined tank or a trim angora sweater.

The Black Dress

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The little black dress is the ultimate fallback when it comes to special occasions. This one is as simple as can be, but it makes a statement with its flared hemline. There are a lot of  styles to suit your needs, whether you want something you can spruce up with heels and jewelry; and down with flats and a denim jacket for a holiday brunch or something that simply flatters your figure by playing up your waistline or shapely shoulders.

The Long Skirt

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A floor-length skirt is a sensible alternative to a floor-length gown. Unlike a gown, a long skirt can easily go from tailored and formal, to loose and casual, when paired with a black tank top and ballet flats.

SOURCE: Festive Outfits for the Holiday Season



Outfits for Christmas Dinner With Your Boyfriend’s Family

The right outfit at Christmas is comfortable, but presentable.

Christmas is right around the corner. One of the most stressful things to think about is what to wear for Christmas dinner, especially with your boyfriend’s family. This might not be such a big deal if you’ve been dating for a while, but if it is you’re in a new relationship and this is your first holiday that you’re spending together. So here are some things to think about before you pick out your LOTD for Christmas dinner!

Here’s The Tip:

The Clothes:

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What you wear to your boyfriend’s for Christmas will vary depending on the formality of the occasion. If his family hosts a formal, sit-down dinner, your choice of outfit should be dressier than if you the meal is a casual buffet-style event. A dress with a pair of tights works well because it’s warm, but formal at the same time. If the dinner is casual, a nice pair of jeans or leggings paired with a sweater or tunic makes a good impression. Stay away from skirts and dresses that are too short and avoid pieces that are too tight.

The Shoes:

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Shoes can make or break an outfit, so choosing the right pair is important. Choose a pair of shoes that is comfortable, but matches the clothing you’ve selected. A pair of low heels is a good choice if you’re wearing a dress or skirt. Tall boots or ballet flats pair well with jeans and leggings. Choose shoes that allow you to walk easily so you don’t have to spend the entire dinner hobbling around the house, or worse, having to take your shoes off.

The Accessories:

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Accessorizing your outfit is a simple way to express your personality and creativity. Choose jewelry, a handbag and hair accessories that complement your outfit. At the same time, stay away from items that are too bright or too big. You don’t want them to overwhelm the rest of your ensemble. A simple necklace and pair of bracelets also work well. Add small barrettes or a headband to your hair, but avoid huge bows and big sparkly items.

The Makeup Tips:

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You want to make a good impression on your boyfriend’s family, even if you’ve already met them. So, it’s a good idea to stay away from heavy makeup or non-traditional colors on your face. Opt for natural colors and apply them with a light hand. Because Christmas dinner probably isn’t the right time to try out that new turquoise eye shadow, yellow nail polish or purple lipstick.

SOURCE: How to Dress for Christmas Dinner at Your Boyfriend’s House

Top Trends That Made a Comeback

History tends to repeat itself and the saying definitely holds true in the beauty and fashion world. The ‘90s may remind us of our favorite games, cartoons, movies, songs, toys, etc. But let’s not forget about fashion in the ‘90s. And lucky or unlucky for you, some trends are making quite a comeback.

Take a look at the beauty statements from yesterday that are getting a modern makeover.

This is Crazy!



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The wine lip trend was popular as early as the 1920s and ’30s, spotted on stars like Clara Bow. The color is a dead ringer for the wine shade, and this trend will be in this year.



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From Brigitte Bardot to Kim Kardashian, a sexy flesh-toned lipstick is a trend that transcends bombshells of every generation. “A nude lip is always sexy,” Kardashian told us. We agree! The pale color is great for balancing a dramatic eye, but can make a statement worn on its own.



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In the midst of the disco era, Diana Ross formed her natural curls into a trendy rounded coiff, acting as a hair muse for women in the ’70s. Today’s version, as seen on Solange Knowles, packs the same amount of volume, but with a more effortless texture. “Natural hair has the versatility of being able to do so many things,” Knowles told InStyle.



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It has been decades since she debuted her tiara-adorned updo in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but Audrey Hepburn’s timeless style choices continue to inspire the looks of today. Case in point: Jennifer Lopez’s oversized bun at the 2012 Academy Awards. Although the star went sans hair accessory and choppy fringe, the style’s Holly Golightly vibe was undeniable.


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In the late ’90s, Gwen Stefani swapped her signature platinum cut for a high-impact pink flip, which she kept for the cover of No Doubt’s Return of Saturn album. While January Jones’s rosy highlights may not be as punk rock as Stefani’s full color, they’re a modern take on the look with a touch of runway inspiration. “I was following the shows for spring/summer and was looking for trends and colors when I came across rose gold highlights from the Peter Som runway,” said Jones’s colorist, Jennifer J., “I asked January to check out the trend online and she loved it!”


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Although Jessica Alba’s ombre highlights are a modern trend, her defined waves act as a nod to silver screen icon Veronica Lake. “The key to this look is a flawless blowout,” said hairstylist Harry Josh, who works with Rose Byrne. “The waves need to be completely controlled, and any hint of frizz will disrupt the style.”


7.  ’60S LASHES

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Between the mod looks showcased by Twiggy and Ginnifer Goodwin, it seems that the only thing to change was each stars’ hair color! British model Twiggy was a trendsetter in her heyday, inspiring women everywhere to work a pixie cut with pieces false lashes. Her influence continues, with Goodwin trying her hand at the look. A swipe of peach shadow along her lower lashline added a modern touch.


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Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick knew a thing or two about a statement eye. The actress was known to layer sets of faux lashes on top of her graphic, winged-out liner. Lauren Conrad serves as the modern queen of the cat-eye, and although the star went without the rows of falsies, the precise noir shape remains the same.


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The blue eye shadow often channels quintessentially ’80s looks like the multi-toned one seen on Olivia Newton-John, but today’s version is a softer take on the trend. At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Nicole Richie concentrated the bold shade just on her lids, then blended out the edges for a natural-looking fade. The azure feel continued with a swipe of navy liner along her waterline.



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The recent nail art surge has taken the beauty world by storm, and although the half-moon pattern Kerry Washington wore offered a new take on the traditional nude nail, the manicure is actually a throwback to the ’30s and ’40s when sirens like Joan Crawford lacquered up in the design.


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Next to the perfect red lip, nothing is more timeless than a French manicure. The white-tipped nails seen on Tallulah Bankhead seem to have been around forever, giving off a classic, elegant feeling. Celebrities have been getting creative with their manis lately, and Julianne Hough nailed the reverse-French look and added a modern color palette to the traditional pattern.


12. ’90S GRUNGE

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All things in the ’90s seem to be having a renaissance these days and Drew Barrymore’s grungy look fits right in with today’s trends right down to her burgundy lip. Although Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had a slightly different style back then, the twins’ smoky shadow and tousled waves serve as a nod to the glory days of Nirvana and flannel shirts.

SOURCE: Top Trends That Made a Comeback

DIY Christmas Decorations

With homemade Christmas gifts and Christmas appetizers, you make yourself, can save money, the same thing also with your  Christmas decorations. So try these homemade ideas for your holiday decorating that can’t break your bank.

Let the holiday cheer spill out of your home!

Here’s The Tip:

1. Create An Advent Calendar

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To create this calendar, start by spraying an old frame with a metallic base. Create tags using an online template. Mix in gold, silver and neutral ornaments to tie the whole Calendar together.

2. Go For A Bow Wreath

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Creating this simple, festive wreath from Design Improvised is easy and won’t drain your wallet! Get this look by simply hot gluing bows of various colors to a Styrofoam wreath. It only takes about 20 minutes to complete.

3. Craft A Candy Cane Vase

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Put some simple odds and ends to good use for this easy craft from Living Well, Spending Less. Glue the candy canes to the can, tie with a red ribbon, and fill with artificial or real poinsettias.

4. Make Your Own Mistletoe

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Felt, a fabric pencil, pearl embellishments, red ribbon and a hot glue gun are all you need for this cute decor from Stay At Home Artist! Cut out your felt mistletoe using a template provided and arrange pearls how you like. Tie with ribbon and hang.

5. Try Formal Finishing Touches

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Wrap bows around your dining room chairs you can even tie on Christmas ornaments for extra sparkle. Secure on the underside with tape as needed.

6. Redo Your Wreath

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Stack wreaths and give classic winter door decor a pick-me-up. Purchase three wreaths in different sizes, hang on top of each other and add accessories.

7. Place Pretty Pinecones

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Dip pinecones in gold paint or use a mixture of water, glue, and glitter for a sparkling effect. Place on side tables or use to fill baskets and bowls.

8. Get A Galaxy Ornament

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These baubles are sure to catch your eye. Take a clear ornament, add clear floor wax inside, pour in a glitter of your choice, shake and enjoy!

9. Check Out A Chalk Ornament

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These are great gifts that you can decorate differently each time. Paint your plastic bulbs with chalkboard paint, let dry, then start drawing your holiday decorations on.

10. Sit In Santa Chairs

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These chair toppers are simple to make, washable, and charming! Watch and learn as Make It-Love It shows you how to add some color to your dining room with these felt Santa Claus Hats.

11. Paint A Snowman Ornament


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Check these materials off of your list: Black, white and orange acrylic paint, a paintbrush, baby food jar and ribbon. Crazy Little Projects suggests that you paint your jar and decorate with a snowman face. Add ribbon to hang your ornament.

12. Have a Hot Chocolate Jar


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Grab your favorite hot chocolate brand and toppings, a clear mug or mason jar, and start layering, according to How Does She? Keep a few stashed in the guest room for visitors who stay with you during the holidays. All they need to do is add hot water and enjoy!

13. Turn Pillows Into Presents

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Tie a bow around your throw pillows with holiday-colored ribbons, and they’ll look just like Christmas gifts! Add a rhinestone pin for an extra decorating kick.

14. DIY Decorative Loops

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Make festive paper chains with strips of wrapping paper—simply glue a loop together, and then string another paper strip through and repeat the process.

15. Show Your Cards

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Do you hang onto Christmas cards that are too pretty to throw out? Turn them into works of art. Attach a card front to mat board using Spray Mount, double-sided tape, or rubber cement. Trim to fit just a single card, or cover a large piece of mat board with multiple cards, and then decorate a doorway or tree.

16. Magazine Christmas Trees

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By folding your magazine page over page, you can turn it into a cute, cheap Christmas magazine craft. Trim with tinsel and ornaments left over from your holiday decorating, or spray gold or silver.

17. Add Paper Angels

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All you need are paper plates or white cardstock, and you can make a full chorus of angelic little statues, a great decoration for a centerpiece or tree.

18. Light The Driveway

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Line a driveway, mantle, staircase, or the middle of your dining room table with homemade luminarias for a warm, Christmas decoration.

19. Spray A Spruce

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Spray paint artificial trees (big or small) with white paint for a clean, sophisticated decoration.

20. Make Mini Trees

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Plain dry branches from your yard—whether from green firs or bare deciduous trees—make excellent decorations when you spray with silver or gold paint. Hang, or tuck in a vase to decorate an entryway or dining room. Plus, add ornaments to the branches for an instant Christmas tree.

21. Try Two Wreaths

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Repeat design elements—like this duo of hanging evergreen boughs—for a look that’s sophisticated and classic.

22. Make Guests Feel Festive

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Stack red, white, or green bath towels, then tie together with coordinating ribbon to create a “gift-wrapped” look for a guest bathroom or to decorate during a party.

23. Just Add Water

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Take clear vases or bottles, fill them with water, and add holiday-colored food coloring—a few drops will do. Then line the bottles up in a row, or decorate with floating candles for a festive touch.

24. Glam Up Your Glasses

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For a fast, sweet decoration, put out bowls of holiday candy in pretty, stemmed glassware.

SOURCE: 24 Cheap Christmas Decorations You Can Make Yourself

Kansas City’s Top 15 Interior Designers

Kansas City has a lot of opportunities for its interior designers. With incredible art deco style architecture as well as arts and fashion districts, inspiration surrounds these local interior designers.

Are you planning to redecorate your residential or commercial space? and you’re looking for the best and brightest interior designer in Kansas City? We’ve curated a list of the top 15 interior designers in the area.

Here’s They are!:

1. Kurt Knapstein

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He is a former Bacchus Ball chair, and an active supporter of organizations like the Kansas City Free Health Clinic and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Kurt brings 20 years of local design experience to his company, Knapstein Design. He attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

2. Mary Madden

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Mary’s design philosophy is getting to know her clients, so she can create design solutions that will enhance both their space and lives. Mary grew up in a multi-generation family design business, and began working at Madden-McFarland at a young age. She is one of the four Madden siblings who work at the firm. In addition to residential and commercial design services, the company boasts a premiere furniture showroom.

3. Jill Tran

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Jill worked alongside her mother at Jean Bailey Interiors for 19 years. She purchased the business in 2001, and changed the name to Jill Tran Interior Design. Jill has 23 years of experience as a buyer at the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, High Point Market. Her lamp designs are sought after by exclusive retailers like Neiman Marcus, and one piece was part of the set design for the television show “Will & Grace.”

4. Erica Kay

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Erica is a former basketball player and wine connoisseur who loves the challenge of designing a kitchen. She compares design to putting together a puzzle, ensuring that its functions are tailored to an individual’s need. Her design aesthetic is making comfort look beautiful. Erica resides in the Roeland Park community with her husband and their puppy.

5. Keith Wardlaw

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Upon realizing that very few quality urban and modern furniture pieces existed that didn’t have to be ordered online, Keith started Plus Modern Design with the idea of bringing these quality pieces directly to the consumer. As the founder, he personally oversees all design projects to ensure their perfect execution and completion. A man of many hats, he also has a lot of experience with visual merchandising and business management.

6. Matthew Keller

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Matthew traveled an unconventional path to a career in interior design. His unusual background includes serving in the United States Air Force, racing stock cars, and managing a multimillion dollar sales territory. He founded Matthew Keller Design to break the mold of preconceptions about designers. From contemporary urban lofts to traditional country homes, his portfolio is as diverse as his experience.

7. Janine Terstriep

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Janine owns her own interior design business, The Decorative Touch, as well as the design studio Exclusive Interiors. With many years of experience, she has cultivated a network of quality installers, seamstresses, and contractors. Janine strives to find the balance between great design and her client’s vision. She has been published in Kansas City Home and Garden Magazine and KC Luxury Living Magazine.

8. Arlene Ladegaard

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Arlene is the principal designer of Design Connection, Inc. With more than 30 years of experience, she has provided innovative design services to 500 satisfied clients nationwide. Arlene is originally from Southern California, where she practiced and taught interior design in Santa Monica. She studied interior design at universities in Missouri and California.

9. Lisa Davis

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Lisa believes that interior design will improve not just the aesthetics of a client’s home, but their quality of living. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Lisa started her design career in a residential architecture office, and created Interiors Nouveau in 2008. An approachable designer with unique designs, she has completed projects across the Midwest and West.

10. Kathleen Ramsey

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Kathleen’s style is varied because her main priority is to reflect the personality and design goals of each client. She has a degree in interior design, and over 10 years of industry experience. As a former Registered Nurse, she is uniquely qualified to design for the long-term needs of her clients. Kathleen is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.

11. Joe Haas

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Joe offers full-service design consultations through the eclectic antique and accessory shop, Webster House. With over 30 years of experience, the Kansas City Art Institute graduate can guide you in a lasting design plan. He uses antiques and contemporary design to create unexpected, unique, and inviting interiors. His work has been featured in Kansas City Home Design and the Kansas City Star.

12. Karen Mills

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Karen is a homegrown interior designer who believes that everyone should have access to great design. She hosted the first design & lifestyle show on radio, “Living Large.” Karen designed a bathroom for Kohler’s national headquarters and was featured as a national color expert by TV show host Bob Vila. She graduated from the University of Kansas, and demonstrates a commitment to her community through volunteer work.

13. Katy Sullivan

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Katy’s design mantra is “less is more.” After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in textile design, she moved to New York City and attended the famous Parsons School of Design. She also designed for a high-end brand of industry leader Lee Jofa, and founded her own firm. Since relocating her business to Kansas City, the award-winning designer has been highlighted in the Kansas City Star and Small Room Decorating Magazine.

14. Alejandro Lopez

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Alejandro’s European style of contemporary, luxurious and functional design enables him to create unique spaces for his clients. The Spanish native moved to Kansas City from Miami, bringing with him his expertise in luxury living and modern design. His studio and showroom feature his own Alejandro Home Couture line, as well as the exclusive and coveted Calligaris collection. He has been featured in Spaces Magazine and KC Magazine.

15. AJ Miller

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AJ graduated from the National Redesign Institute, and loves all aspects of home improvement. A licensed realtor and business savvy designer, AJ holds a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. She keeps up-to-date with specialty classes from the Kansas City Art Institute. She lives near the Plaza with her husband, daughter, and their Great Dane.

You might be Wondering:

What is Interior Design?

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Interior design is a profession that combines creativity, technical knowledge, and business skills. It is the total creative solution for a programmed interior. It encompasses the conceptual planning, aesthetic and technical solutions applied to achieve the desired result. A “programmed interior” means a specific intended purpose or use of the built environment.

Interior design concerns itself with more than just the visual or ambient enhancement of an interior space, it seeks to optimize and harmonize the uses to which the built environment will be put. Thus, in the words of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is “practical, aesthetic and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style.”

What is an Interior Designer?

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An interior designer is a trained professional who creates functional and quality interior environments. Qualified through education, experience and examination. A professional interior designer can identify, research and creatively resolve issues to design a healthy, safe and comfortable physical environment.

What Does an Interior Designer Do?

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Here’s some of the things that interior designers do:

♦ Research and analyze their client’s goals and requirements
♦ Create preliminary space plans and 2- and 3-dimensional design concept studies and sketches
♦ Select colors, materials and finishes
♦ Select and specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and millwork
♦Confirm that the space plans meet all public health, safety and welfare requirements, including code, accessibility, environmental, and sustainability guidelines
♦ Prepare project budgets and schedules
♦ Prepare construction documents, consisting of plans, elevations, details and specifications
♦ Coordinate and collaborate with other allied design professionals, including architects; structural, mechanical and electrical engineers; and various specialty consultants
♦ Oversee the implementation of projects and serve as a representative of and on behalf of the client

SOURCES: The 15 Best Interior Designers in Kansas City What is Interior Design? What is Interior Design?

Reader Gallery: Group Portraits

A while back, we shared some expert information on making great group portraits. Then, we asked to see what you could do. At that point, we requested that see what you could do. Thus, we got numerous and excellent photos. Be that as it may, with all challenges, there must be some that emerge. In this way, we’ve limited it down to these finalists. You can watch out for the newspaper for the print release of       Popular Photography where the final winner is announced. However, for the time being,   enjoy these inspirational group compositions. They reflect bunches of diligent work and incredible scrupulousness. Also the significant ability of having the capacity to speak with your subjects. Once you’re feeling enlivened, head over to our challenge page and look at more opportunities to flaunt your work and win awesome prizes.

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