Representative Adornment

So often our homes are a visual representation of who we are.

They share a glimpse into our family, our history, our future and our personality. The art we choose is often an homage to the roads we’ve traveled, and various displays and arrangements may hint at experiences that have touched us.

A home is the vessel in which we celebrate and retreat, build and adorn.

And for two homeowners in the Village of Loch Lloyd, this couldn’t be more true.

Honoring their Missouri roots, they’ve called this luxury escape “home” since April, when they moved into their custom-built 5,070-square-foot home. Featuring five bedrooms, six baths and a three-car garage with well-appointed parking spaces — one for the Jayhawk and one for the Tiger — they bask in the journey that is having not just a house, but a home.

“For a short amount of time being here, it’s come together nicely,” says one of the homeowners.

After purchasing a double lot during the fall of the housing market, they enlisted the talents of Raymore, Mo.-based C&M Builders. Revising a general floor plan, they added 1,500 square feet to create an open hearth room for … well … spacious living.

“Not that we needed more room, it’s just been more room to clean,” says one of the homeowners.

Filling the space, the two have blended their trends into a style that they call “a cross between Old World and rustic antique.


Old meets new

Throughout the home, new furniture is mixed with antiques, dark and light wood stains and a few delicately painted faux walls to create a sophisticated palette for the homeowners to enjoy (and play with). “The style just kind of evolved,” says one of the homeowners. “I mean it’s interesting that we both have very similar styles and know right away if that’s going to look right or if that’s going to feel right.” Much of the furniture came from Seville Home. Those pieces are mixed with understated antiques from

Woodson Place Antiques & Interiors in Raymore. Punctuating the distinctive furnishings is the series of staggered lanterns hovering above the dining room table. Inspiration for the dramatic design element was drawn from a magazine and ultimately offers dynamic lighting amid the gray and earthy tones. Needless to say, it will look even more spectacular with holiday trimmings draped throughout — a décor opportunity the homeowners are looking forward to.


Handsome study

Just off the foyer is the study with faux-painted walls that appear to be dripping in sand, along with a stately desk for two. “Originally a one-sided desk, we convinced them to contact the manufacturer to create a two-sided partners desk,” one of the homeowners says. The custom piece rests under an original Aaron Norris painting of an oil derrick in western Kansas. The colors, popping in the gray space, spoke to the homeowners as did the casual but industrial scene in the piece. Just outside the room is another Aaron Norris piece of two dogs walking down a long road among the fields. Titled “Two Amigos,” the piece spoke to the owners (and their two canine pals) of their journey together.



Adding the extra square footage allowed the homeowners to have an expansive first floor. A great room beckons visitors to kick their shoes off and relax. Of course they left the television out on purpose; instead a small nook with a stone wall envelopes a television and allows the two to wind down after a long day.

Nearby, the exquisite kitchen and beautiful antique dining table suggest entertaining is a regular occurrence. They admit to not cooking very often but state-of-the-art appliances would suggest otherwise.

The “Her Office” room, as the original floor plan suggested off the kitchen, was re-purposed into a butler’s pantry with plenty of storage, an extra sink and dishwasher. Exclusive to the design, a door mimicking the cabinetry conceals it all from sight, making the space ideal for catered events.


Upstairs and down

A cozy screened-in patio sits up high on the home’s main floor. Outfitted with the help of Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hills in Kansas City, Mo., the space suggests an earthy feel with its natural furnishings and authentic biblical stone. Here the two family pups hang out eagerly waiting for a walk or catching an afternoon snooze. On the lower level, the walkout basement is the home’s entertainment central. For two homeowners who love to entertain, this space pulsates with a spacious home theater, pool table, shuffleboard, well-equipped bar and more. “We wanted a comfortable setting where friends could hang out and play games,” one of the homeowners says.

Another laundry room which was slated to be incorporated in the basement was replaced with a wine cellar. A weight room and two guest bedrooms fill the remaining space, and soon a patio will lead to the lush backyard nestled against the Missouri woods. The theatre room, with its 80-inch television and an expansive DVD collection, is a site of regular gatherings. Builder Chad Buck used his expertise in the space to create a paneled beam effect on the ceiling. The outcome is a stylish take with tremendous sound acoustics.


Artful Endeavor

For these two Loch Lloyd homeowners, art abounds.

Known to be regulars at art fairs around the area, visitors of galleries and willing subjects to a designer’s new vision, the home is peppered with imaginative and expressive art.

The basement features a few favorites that include a folk art bingo woman ready to play at a moment’s notice and a fabled piece of a woman with piercing eyes carrying a chicken, which the pair found during a cruise.

“When you go to the different ports and there’s all the little vendors on the sidewalk — most of it isn’t necessarily what I would gravitate to,” says one of the homeowners.
Turns out the $30 painting on Ralph Lauren remnant fabric has become a treasured possession.

Upstairs a small painting found at the Rice Gallery celebrates one of the owner’s recent achievements. And in the office, a framed poster of artwork from the election of President Barack Obama beams proudly.

“There’s a little sense that we like stuff that’s not typical, whimsical to some degree,” one homeowner says.

Like the freshwater fish tank for a bit of Zen energy (and décor), for example.

“We debated on a saltwater tank, and as much as I love saltwater tanks the fish are so vibrant. We just thought the freshwater looks more natural — I hate to say we buy our pets and fish to match our place but, I mean, it kind of does,” one of them says.

photos: William & Jill DiMartino