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A full menu of Kansas City kitchens perfectly designed for family life and entertaining

Christy and John Crossley had planned on replacing the dated kitchen in their Fairway home ever since they bought it in 2006.

“I’d been tearing pictures out of magazines and going on local homes tours almost since we moved in,” Christy says.

She also kept note of nearby renovation projects and noticed that “Scovell Wolfe had done a lot of projects in our neighborhood,” she says. Jim Scovell impressed the couple with his thoroughness.

All those years of Christy’s planning paid off for the Crossleys. The kitchen was designed as an addition, replacing a wood deck that had seen better days. Christy wanted bright and spacious, and decided on white cabinetry to carry it off.

“White is timeless,” Christy says, “and it feels airier and lighter.” A row of windows in the breakfast nook enhances the bright and breezy feeling of the room.

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They decided on the vaulted, tongue-and-grooved paneled ceiling to heighten and add interest to the room.

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“We were trying to create a room that not only everybody hangs out in but that everybody wants to hang out in,” Christy says. Mission accomplished.


After 12 years of using the original kitchen in this suburban Leawood home, this couple was ready for a redo. “There wasn’t anything wrong with the kitchen. I just wanted a really nice cook’s kitchen,” the wife says.

With the space totally gutted, they relied on Katie Ott from Kitchen Studio: Kansas City to guide their renovation.

“Katie was great to work with,” she says. “And the people from Kitchen Studio were really wonderful.”

The wife wanted a kitchen that was “super clean-looking and bright.”

She wanted a more neutral palette so the punches of color from the art and accessories she adores could stand out.

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The colorful orange Blue Star range was a leap of faith for her. But now, “I love that stove,” she says. A similar orange color brightens up the pantry, and she selected the reeded glass doors so it would show even with the doors closed.

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However, pride of place goes to the three vintage brass and cop- per ship’s lights that hang above the island. She saw similar lights in a magazine, and a little research showed they were too expensive for her budget. A little more online digging though, and she found a nautical salvage site with unrefurbished lights that were quite inexpensive.

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“I used Brasso and polished them up,” she says, “and took them to Dave Smith The Lampmaker and he rewired them.” Job well done.


“I wanted to recreate what I remember from my childhood in Italy,” Ursula Terrasi says of the kitchen in the Weatherby Lake home she built with her husband, Jim Miller.

Their architect, Steve Cantrell, recommended they contact Randy Sisk of Kitchens by Kleweno. And Sisk’s design of the resulting kitchen, with its unfitted cabinetry and warm materials, certainly feels as if it could be at home in Sicily.

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A huge arched alcove encompasses the Thermador range and cabinets. The built-in shelf behind the stove holds Terrasi’s collection of Italian olive oils and vinegars. A large round-topped, cherry-wood armoire contains a Sub-Zero refrigerator on one side and a pull-out pantry on the other. Hickory-wood floors from Wisconsin (a nod to Miller’s home state) were used throughout the kitchen and dining area.

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“The kitchen is the focal point of our home,” Terrasi says, “and we wanted to take advantage of the lake views.” One of the best views is from the Italian-marble topped island, which is a central gathering place when the couple entertains. This Italian-inspired kitchen is the true heart of the home. Molto bene!


For years after moving to Kansas City to attend dental school, every chance she had Wendy Werley-Williams would drive by a certain house she admired. Then one day she saw a for-sale sign in the front yard. Werley-Williams and her then- fiancee, Rick Williams, made an offer just after Wendy’s graduation and were married in the backyard soon thereafter.

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“I loved everything about the house but the kitchen,” Wendy says. Almost from the day they moved in, Wendy began to collect photos and articles about kitchens she loved, so she was well-prepared for the renovation. She met Geri Higgins of Portfolio Kitchens & Home through a mutual friend and says of their working relationship “it was a match right from the start.”

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“I didn’t want it to look like a kitchen,” Wendy says. “I wanted it to look like an elegant gathering space.”

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Creamy glazed cabinets and a cherry island have the feel of fine furnishings. A wall of windows and multiple crystal-and-iron chandeliers give the room an chic ballroom feel.

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“We entertain a lot,” Wendy says, “but the kitchen works just as well for the two of us.” Sometimes dreams do come true.

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