Blog Archives: Architecture + Design
Design Watch: Vintage Aluminum Folding Lawn Chairs
Vintage aluminum folding lawn chairs are lightweight, convenient, and fun. Learn why I love them, view photos, and find out where to buy them.
Weekend Design Inspiration: A Transformed Split Level Home
Read about a modern transformation of a 1970′s split level home, learn more about split-level homes, and find out what I think of split-level homes.
Whitewashing Wood Paneling for a Natural Modern Look
Whitewashing is a popular trend in home design. Learn how the whitewashing process brightens and whitens wood paneling without hiding the grain.
Vintage Doorknob Styles of Historic Homes
One of the most important, but overlooked, design features of a home is its doorknobs and hardware. As a whole, house hardware becomes the jewelry of a house, and, while functional in purpose, it can also serve to beautify the property and impress visitors. Older, historic homes in Kansas City have some gorgeous vintage doorknobs.
What Is a Kansas City Shirtwaist House?
A Kansas City Shirtwaist House is a residential architecture style that was built from about 1900-1920. Learn more about their features and where to find them.
Design Watch: Gilded Mirrors
In the course of freshening up a few rooms in my house, I realized that I need a few new mirrors. For my bedroom, I need a full-length leaner mirror…
Inspiration: Retro 1959 Home Magazine Features Mid-Century Modern Courtyard Homes
I recently purchased a vintage House & Garden Magazine at an estate sale in south Kansas City. The issue was published in April of 1959, and focuses on leisure. The…
HOME STYLE WATCH: Painting Cabinets in our Retro or Historic Homes ~ Beware of Cheap Paint!
Using the right product is key to a professional, smooth finish, especially when you are painting cabinets or trim. I can’t tell you how many homes I have seen where…
5 Reasons to Avoid Ivy on Your House
Traditional Exterior by Moraga General Contractors Canyon Construction This post is difficult for me to write because I actually like ivy. I think ivy ground cover can be beautiful, and…