Home of Distinction
Overland Park Cape Cod features a welcoming coastal feel.
At the far southern edge of Overland Park, an elegant yet informal Cape Cod home adorns a cul-de-sac that East Coast residents undoubtedly would be proud to call their own. There may be no ocean behind it, but this home embraces coastal living at its best.
The 12,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom home in the Mills Farm subdivision was the solo destination on a recent “home of distinction” tour for Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer, a fundraiser that brought in $27,000 in three consecutive weekends. About 3,000 people toured the home.
The homeowners, who built their dream home from scratch, hadn’t even moved into it yet. About a year and a half ago, they called upon Erica Rigdon, owner of Style and Grace Interiors in Overland Park, to help them decorate it.
“She was involved even before we broke ground,” says the homeowner, Lindsay, who requested that the family’s last name not be used. “Not only did the finished product turn out better than we could have imagined, but she was our everything along the way. She narrowed down so many overwhelming options to make this a feasible thing for me. She took time to get to know our family and understood this is a home and was not meant to be a magazine show home. She knows my kids and can tell you everything about what they like and don’t like, and their colors. That’s what she was to us — so much more than a designer. She just became a best friend to our family.”
Lindsay and her husband, Jeff, who is an engineer, and their three children vacation every summer in Seabrook Island, off the coast of South Carolina. That feeling of carefree coastal living prompted the family to choose the timeless Nantucket style. Some have described the home as “farmhouse glam.”
In advertising the home tour, organizers drew people in by saying the home “raises the bar for luxury homes in the greater Kansas City area.” And indeed it does. It features a mix of shake and lap siding, a large reclaimed-brick front porch with Adirondack rocking chairs, nine baths, five-car garage, home cinema, fitness gym, lounge bar, wine cellar, master suite with a sunlit sitting area, mom’s and dad’s offices, game room, piano room, kids bunk room and three hidden play nooks. The kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances, a unique banquette island and spacious walk-in pantry. The home is punctuated with reclaimed brick walls, natural stone, shiplap, wainscoting and beadboard.
Lindsay, a freelance food writer and photographer, has her own prep kitchen to test recipes. The kids have a bright and colorful study room adorned with pendant lights made with vintage children’s books. The home is, undeniably, designed for both adults and kids.
Rigdon says her goal was to make the home as comfortable as possible for the active family. The children selected the colors and elements for their bedrooms. Their youngest son, 4, chose gray and navy but wanted a climbing wall, dinosaurs and planes; their middle son, 9, has a favorite color of lime green that is tastefully incorporated into a neutral palette, and their 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom is infused with her favorite colors of turquoise, fuchsia and pink.
The home, however, features an overall palette consisting predominately of creamy white, navy and warm gray highlighted with pops of coral.
“I think it’s just got a really good neutral undertone, a lightweight base,” Rigdon says. “Then Lindsay likes some really fun, bold pops of color, so we just tried to keep that flow consistent throughout most of the home. She loves navy, and she loves good pops of coral, so I think we both felt like if we went really neutral with wall color and tile selection and main furniture selection, we could have fun with different accessories and pillows and soft furnishings that she could change out if she wanted to while still being in love with her Chesterfield sofas.”
Signs, such as “Now Playing,” “Adventure” and “Play” punctuate throughout the home.
“I am drawn to signs that mean something to our family,” Lindsay says.
Command central at the house turned out to be the kitchen banquette, which Rigdon saw on Pinterest and suggested to Lindsay as an option.
“We honestly had no idea how it was going to turn out,” Lindsay says. “It could have been a hot mess proportion-wise, but it ended up being the center of our whole family. Everything gets done here — homework, meals.”
In designing the home, Lindsay says separation between rooms was essential.
“I’m a little picky about that,” she says. “I did not want a completely wide-open house because I feel that’s overwhelming. But I did want a wide center space where we all gather all the time. The wings of the house are definitely defined. Each room has a purpose. It’s not wide open everywhere. I feel when you have a 12,000-square-foot house that’s wide open, that’s too much.”
Rigdon is delighted with the home’s creative and functional design, and with the friendship that has developed between her and the family.
“I would not change one thing about anything in this house,” Rigdon says. “I wouldn’t. And I just love Lindsay. We’re friends for life.”
Main interior color: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
Accent colors: Hale Navy (on the kitchen island and the boys’ vanities) and Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore (built-in cabinetry in piano room and master bedroom closet)
Exterior and interior trim color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Flooring in bathrooms and shower surrounds tile: Kenny’s Tile
Carpet: Carpet Source
Designer: Erica Rigdon, Style and Grace Interiors, (913) 526-3264