American Craftsman in Fairway
One of Kansas City’s favorite December traditions, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour is an inspiring partnership of architecturally significant homes decked in festive style by Kansas City’s most gifted floral designers. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up some expert tips on making our own homes merry and bright.
Chuck Matney and Leslie Brett of The Little Flower Shop worked with homeowners Lynne and Jon Beaver to bring the Christmas spirit to their rugged wood and stone home. True to the Craftsman ideal, this house shows respect for essential materials, with beams salvaged from a tobacco barn. So, Matney kept the holiday décor true to the home’s feel. “Red and green worked well with the exterior and interior of the home,” he says. And Matney explored the “respect for essential materials” with custom-made magnolia garlands and magnolia-filled containers, along with classic red winterberry. “The Beavers have amazing Christmas decor they have been collecting for years,” says Matney, so he was happy to use their extensive vintage and Christopher Radko ornament collection on the Christmas tree, with plaid ribbon to blend the myriad colors. “We felt very fortunate to work with Lynne and Jon on our first Kappa Kappa Gamma home tour,” says Matney.
The Little Flower Shop
1: The magnolia garland draping the fireplace and an urn filled with red winterberry pop against the navy blue walls of the living room.
2: The most elaborate tree could be viewed from the kitchen, dining room and the family room.
3: Four cozy plaid-upholstered club chairs surround a comfy ottoman in the family room. Lush garlands and a large wreath grace the mantel. A fresh floral arrangement from The Little Flower Shop accompanies the tea service.