VintageKC Home. Fashion. DIY.

Fall 2012

Frugal and Fabulous in Leawood

Online vs. Local Sales Halloween goes Mid-Century

Laid-back country fashion 1970s

4 BIG DIY Projects

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Contents Fall 2012 • Volume 1 Issue 2

Features 14 Vintage Spaces

A stay-at-home mom/entrepreneur beautifies a ranch on a budget

22 Vintage Fashion

Kick back and relax with the sweet stylings of 1970s country

30 Vintage Spaces

Get inspired for Halloween in this 1950s-styled Mission home C olumns 05 Our Favorite Finds What’s new in the world of online vintage sales? 06 Buy & Sell Choose the selling method that fits your lifestyle and goals 46 Vintage Memories A 1970s love story by chance

Do-it-yourself 08 DIY Decor Create a rustic palett clock 10 DIY Furniture

Gather ‘round your own farm table

38 DIY Fashion

Fingerless gloves unravelled

40 DIY Copycat

Spice up fall cooking with this adorable spice jar makeover

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fr om the editor

Editor Erin Shipps Staff

Fashion Director Mandy Miller Web Editor Jessaca Gutierrez

A Little Bit Country rowing up, my grandparents’ northeastern Kansas farm was one of my favorite places in the whole world. They raised cattle, and farmed wheat, corn, soybeans and milo. My parents let me believe the cattle were for milk, knowing my sensitivity to animals, but of course I later learned this wasn’t true. I used to trot down the gravel driveway, stare in awe at Grandpa’s combine and tractor in the shed, and search for sweet kittens. My grandma was an amazing wheat weaver. I used to help her man her booth at the local craft show and I was always in awe of the way she crafted such intricate and beautiful pieces with her own hands. The simplicity and beauty of their quaint farm was attractive to me even as a small child. Living in the hustle and bustle of the city always makes me long for peace, quiet, escape. I find those things on the farm. Our visits are few and far between nowadays since Grandma and Grandpa aren’t always up for hosting their four daughters, 16 grandchildren (I’m the oldest) and three great-grandchildren (not to mention the suckers we’ve brought in by marriage). But I look back fondly on many anticipated Christmas mornings, filling Thanksgiving dinners and peaceful Easter Sundays spent in such a wonderful place with my amazing family. Fall always reminds me of these things. Rustic décor, family gatherings around a big table, cooking, laughing, loving—you’ll find all of those things in this issue of VintageKC . Add rustic detailing to any room with a pallet clock on p. 8, build a family heirloom farm table with your own hands on p. 10, recycle an old sweater on page 38, and organize your spices with style on p. 40. Take a gander at Kathi Hardin’s thrifty yet stylish on p. 12, peek in on a 1950s Halloween party on p. 28, and be inspired by vintage fall fashion from the 1970s on p. 20. Since we launched this magazine in June, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of meeting so many readers, vendors and store owners. Your response is overwhelming and seeing how hard you work in your daily lives is nothing short of inspiring. Just remember, all work and no play is good for no one. I hope you find the time this season to take a break, languish in love, emjoy the brisk fall air, gather with friends and family, and revive your soul. Find your own place of peace. G

Copyeditor Angela Snell

Fashion Intern Calli Green

C ontributors Chrystal Andersen Kim Antisdel Johanna Brinkman Michael Fry James Fry Megan Kapple

Tiffini Kilgore Lane Leavens Deborah Vogler Rachel Wathen Quinn White Pat Wickham

P hotography DiMartino Photography Layne Haley Photography Megan Kapple

VintageKC volume 1, issue 2 is published quarterly by Erin Shipps, 7730 Floyd St., Overland Park, KS 66204. Copyright 2012, Erin Shipps. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or in whole without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Printed in the U.S.A.


Me exploring my grandparents’ farm in awesome 80s attire. Are those sauconys on my toddler feet? And how amazing is that bicycle? I wonder if it’s still there...

Dine in style in this Leawood home, complete with monogrammed chairs. Photo: DiMartino Photography. On the C over

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our favorite Etsy f inds

Retro Ruby’s: Catherineholm blue enamel lotus pattern bowl, $48, shipping $6. Dover 60s purse, black faux crocodile, $25, shipping $8.Vintage Countess Mara ties, Jack Henry, Kansas City, Country Club Plaza, $28 for the pair.

Dancing Bumblebee Cottage: 1940s fabric-covered box, $47.50, shipping $14/Overland Park pickup. Antique painted worn stoneware crock, $60, ship $18/ Overland Park pickup. Antique primitive woman framed photograph, $45, shipping $17.50/Overland Park pickup.

Tangled Mane Vintage: Vintage 80s Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Assets sleeveless maxi dress, $48. Light gray/brown tweed cropped shoulder blazer, $36.50. Altuzarra inspired baby pink wrap dress, $28. Items can be picked up in KC, for more

House of Belonging: Handpainted sign 2’x2’, $35. Handpainted lyric sign, 2’x4’, $125. May be picked up at Restoration Emporium. Custom available. Note: All of these shops can be found on, an online retailer.

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The Art of the (Re)Sell It doesn’t take much to tackle the resale world— just hard work, skill, and oh ... patience. Here’s some advice on how to navigate. reasure hunting, whether at vintage/antique stores, or garage/estate sales, can only go on for so long until space and funds (or your significant other) require you to resell some of your handpicked gems. When delving into the realm of reselling, there are now more options than ever, and each have their own set of benefits and drawbacks. Some require more time or space, while others more talent and focus to really succeed. All can be used to create a steady stream of income and support your picking habit. Booth rental Let’s begin by taking a look at the oldest option on the list— a booth. Now, a booth can be in a flea market, vintage store, an- tique store, swap meet, or any other type of space where you have to pay (often a monthly flat rate) for your own area to display and sell your items. You pay for the opportunity to sell. Whether you sell five or 500 items you still have to pay for your space. If you are not really serious about buying and selling this is prob- ably not the option for you. Having a booth can really reward continual effort, but punish half-heartedness. The most success- ful booth sellers add new items and rearrange their space at least several times each week (or each month in event-type stores) to prevent their booth from looking stale and picked over. On the positive side, less time is spent dealing with each item you want to sell. You don’t have to take photographs, write a description, rank the condition, and post them online. Most im- portantly of all, you don’t have anything to do with packaging and shipping! Kansas City has a number of fantastic antique malls such as The River Market, Mission Road and The Ridge, and vintage stores like Good JuJu and Restoration Emporium (Not to mention a new one popping up every month in the West Bottoms!) that are well worth walking through … and possibly selling from. T By Michael and James Fry

Local booth

Don’t know if you’re getting your money’s worth? Having trouble pricing or finding a good deal on an item? Tell us about it at

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be classified as vintage (defined as 20 years or older). It also has a stronger focus on good photography, and overall artistic sensibili- ties as exemplified by high selling shops like: Hindsvik, Jerseyicecreamco, and Lacklusterco. Recently a Brown Button fan told us how he sold two pairs of identical vintage 1950s eyeglasses online. He posted one pair on eBay with a starting bid of $14 and posted the other on Etsy with an asking price of $22. The pair on eBay sold that week with one bid for $14. The pair on Etsy sold within a month for $22. Add to that the difference in each site’s commission, and the proof is in the pudding. If you have the right items, skill in presenting them well, and a little patience, Etsy is worth the effort. Craigslist On the other side of the artistic spectrum from Etsy we find With zero commissions or usage fees, it is one of the only options to resell and keep all the prof- its. Craigslist can be the best route to take when dealing with large objects, furniture, anything extremely fragile, and other less- than-ideal items to package and ship. Just as Craigslist’s zero commissions is unique, so is its zero accountability. There is no system in place for people to be honest, describe items correctly, etc. It is always a good idea to take a friend with you when Craigslist shopping. But, despite its issues, it can be one of the most powerful tools for connect- ing you to the local market. The world of reselling has changed dra- matically in the last 10 years. The technology explosion has resulted in a national and even international market, many more options on how to sell, and additional tools in the reseller’s belt (Craigslist posting from iPhone anyone?). Whether you sell from a booth or from one of the many online options, tech- nology will continue to play a significant role in shaping and directing the antique and col- lectable market in the years to come. Choose well where you sell. We wish you the best of luck turning your treasure hunting habit into a profitable pursuit. ^ Michael and James Fry are brothers and the owners of Brown Button Estate Sales. Find them at and brownbutton.

He said ... He said

What advice do you have for those new to estate sales?

eBay eBay is one of the most popular ways to sell on the Internet, with more than $1,839 in goods sold every second. That popularity is one of the top reasons it’s such an at- tractive venue. With 233 million registered users around the world, your chances of the right bidder finding your specific item goes up considerably. With more users comes greater interest, and with greater interest comes higher sales. Unfortunately, eBay leverages its high popularity by charging a steep 9-13 percent commission for every item sold on its site. A great tutorial on hours before open on the first day. Depending on how much you want an item, plan to show up early. Be sure to bring a unique item such as a pen, or funny rock to mark your place so you can go sleep in your car until the doors open. Another way to get a great deal is just plain ole good manners. I am constantly amazed at the people who use rudeness as a means of negotia- tion. As the saying goes, “You catch more vintage goodness with honey than with vinegar!” Getting the best deal at an estate sale is all about planning. Most estate sales take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each week. Set aside an hour on Wednesday to look at the different sales and plan your route based on the sales that have items of interest. Some buyers show up to stand in line several

For most estate sales there is a percent- age discount each progressing day. The best time to find great deals is generally Saturday morning. Often everything is half off, and if you get there right when the doors open you’ll have a wide selection still available. Saturday evening 30 minutes before close is another good time. The sale will likely be picked over, but if you do find something good it shouldn’t be too difficult to negotiate them down. In my opinion, the most underused tool of the estate sale voyager is the bid. Almost every estate sale company has a system in which you can leave a bid at any time for any substantial item. If your bid is the highest and more than the next day’s discount, you’ll get a phone call offering you the item at your price. We’ve sold dozens of items at in- credible deals just because someone took the time to put in a bid. eBay selling can be found at free-ebay-seller-tutorials. These instruc- tions help you set up a PayPal account, give advice on the best items to sell and which keywords to use, as well as offer marketing tips, teach you how to package items for shipping, and so much more. Etsy This leads us to Etsy. With an attractive commission of just 3 percent, Etsy makes for a good eBay alternative. The site is much more specialized than its larger competitor, only al- lowing items that are either handmade or can

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Time for a Clock Tutorial Timekeepers can be expensive, but this one’s rustic charm and cheap pricetag have our hearts all aflutter.

B By Pat Wickam

Step 2: Take the pallet apart. This is not easy and takes some muscle. Mr. Wonder- ful would be a great help for this step. Once disassembled, lay the boards from the top of the pallet against each other.

Next determine what size and shape you want for your clock, i.e. circle or square. For a circular clock, find the center, and using a tack, string and pencil, carefully draw the outline of the circle.

ecause pallet wood is all the rage, here’s a fairly simple tutorial on making a rustic, personalized clock for your abode. Step 1: Obtain a pallet. There

are various pallet companies to call like Midwest Pallet, Ace Pallet Service, Reardon Pallet Co., Pioneer Pallet Brokerage Co., and B&T Pallet Co., all in the downtown Kansas City area (see our resources box for contact info). There are also companies that receive deliveries and then need to dispose of the pallets. Basically, just being in the right place (side of the road, for example) at the right time can land you a pallet, but having a good connection is always a plus, as well.

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Lay two cross boards on top (in the op- posite direction) of the boards you placed together for the clock face. Keep in mind, this is the back of the clock, so put the boards you want as the front face down. Attach the cross boards to every face board with a drill and deck screws (make sure they are the right length). Place screws inside the circle you traced so you’re not sawing through screws, at least one in every face board. Step 3: You are now ready to cut using a good jig saw (with protective eyewear of course). Measure and remark the circle as some shifting could have occurred during the assembly phase. Cutting is easier on the front side of the clock. Step 4: Now the fun and much easier work begins. Depending on your style, sand with a light or heavy grade of sandpaper. Decide whether you want to paint it or leave it natu- ral. A nice middle of the road idea is water- thinned paint in a grey or white for example. Or go all out with color. Step 5: Select your stencils to match your de- sign style, whether that be traditional numbers or a funky Roman numeral. Place numbered

tacked for drawing the circle. Follow the instructions on mounting the clock works on the package and insert batteries. Now find the perfect location to hang it, and watch the time fly by. Mother and daughter team, Pat Wickam and Lindsay Claxton will be showing pallet clocks and other wares at the Spinach Festival in Lenexa, Sept. 8, and the Fleeting Flea at the Round Hill Club in Overland Park, Sept. 20-22. They also have booths at TLC Thrifty Boutique in downtown Overland Park, as well as Nellie and Nico’s and Encore Unique Boutique in Shawnee. ^

stencils carefully. Tack in a center nail, and run string across the circle to help with even place- ment. Secure them with painters tape and use a good stencil brush and the paint of your choice. At this point you can also add a personal touch to the clock with your name, a place of special meaning, a significant date, etc. Seal the deal with polyurethane or wax. Step 6: Your last step is placing the clock works. You can purchase these at Hobby Lobby or Michaels; usually 3/4” works to fit through the thick boards. Before attaching the clock works, you will need to drill a hole in the same place you

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since then and make them occasionally for my space at Restoration Emporium in Kansas City. This is truly a simple building project with a huge impact in a room. You can create your own fabulous table, sure to become a family heirloom. The Gathering Place Fall brings families around the table like no other season. This year, build your own table. F By Chrystal Andersen Supplies  Kreg Jig (new $99-$149)  One package 1-1/4” Kreg pocket screws

arm tables have a long history in dining furniture. Originally made by settlers, the lumber used was whatever was available, most often long pine boards. The construction was simple, long planks on top and post legs. In time, the use of turned legs was introduced, and the rustic farm table became an elegant but warm and cozy design statement. Farm tables are versatile and can be used in a variety of settings from farmhouse to contemporary. Most importantly, farm tables are great for making memories. A handcrafted farm table can cost upward of a $1,000. Being a thrifty gal, I have made my own on several occasions. I built the first one when my husband suggested that we teach our four boys (who lacked table etiquette) manners; I called it “the manners table.” It didn’t work, and my boys remain unmannerly, so I sold it. I have built another

 Wood glue  Oak boards 6 - 1”x6”x6’ (top)

2 - 1”x4”x69” (apron) 2 - 1”x6”x22.5” (apron) 2 - 1”x6”x36” (bread board ends on top)*  Pine or stud grade wood 4 - 2”x3”x26” (truss/support under table) 4 - 29” pre-turned legs** *Wait to cut these until long plands are assembled, length may vary slightly. **Chrystal used yard sale fence posts cut to size, available at most hardware stores.

Begin by assembling the table top. Lay out the 6’ boards on a flat surface; arrange them for the best appearance and fit.

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Attach the legs to the short 22.5” apron boards first (right). Using the Kreg Jig , drill pocket holes at each end of the board to connect the legs and four-five sets of evenly spaced holes that will later connect the apron to the table. Apply glue to the ends that will be attached to the table leg. Create proper spacing

Turn them face down and drill holes with a Kreg Jig (above left), about 12” apart, along one edge of each board. Attach all six boards to- gether using pocket screws (above top right). Measure the total width and cut breadboard ends, attach with pocket screws. The table top is then complete.

between the apron, and leg by using a scrap piece of 1” thick wood under the apron and at- tach the apron to the leg with pocket screws.

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diy furniture Assemble the short ends first, then attach those to the long apron boards. Space the four truss boards evenly (right) and attach them to the apron/ frame. Center the apron and legs on the table top and at- tach with pocket screws in the pre-drilled holes. The struc- ture of the table is complete at this point.

You can see this table as well as more of Chrystal’s finds/creations at Restoration Emporium in the West Bottoms. For the finish (far right), I stained the entire piece with a dark walnut stain. The base was then painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and distressed, then finished with Annie Sloan’s clear wax. The top received three coats of Deft Brush- ing Lacquer. ^ Table Styling: Jennifer Wood, Brossie Belle, with Erin Shipps. Photography: Megan Kapple. Chandelier courtsey of Restoration Emporium.

Have the skills to take it to the next level? Try this bold painting technique by Amy Wright Rhodes of A Wright Design. Find the tutorial online at Step it up

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Setting the Table A table so nice we set it twice! Jennifer Wood of Brossie Belle helped us style this table two times with her darling vin- tage pieces. Here are her tips for creating the best setting. Tip #1: The 60/30/10 Color Rule. Gain color inspiration from your setting or your favorite vintage accessories and choose two to three colors. These may be in different shades or hues of the same color, but try to keep them all in the same family. As you can see from the photos, we divided our color palette into percentages of 60/30/10: 60 percent dominant color (creams, whites and naturals), 30 percent secondary color (fall colors—yellows, oranges, and browns) and 10 percent accent color (robin’s egg blue).

Tip #2: Re-use, Repurpose, Recycle. Never underesti- mate the power of repurposing—there’s nothing more rewarding than finding an old object and putting it to use again. These things may be old, but they are still useful and bring personality and charm to your setting—not to mention the possibilities are endless!

Tip #3: Less is More. It’s easy to get carried away when you have so many cute details and vintage gems you want to incorporate—especially

when you’re setting the table for more than six—but try to keep the clutter down to a minimum. Keep in mind that your guests will want their space too, and avoid overly large centerpieces that block views and impede the flow of conversation. Brossie Belle is a vintage rental company located in Kansas City connecting brides, event planners, photographers and designers to a large inventory of unique vintage décor for weddings, showers, backyard parties and photo shoots. Jennifer Wood (owner), became immersed in the industry during the planning of her own wedding—having since collected so many great vintage finds, she couldn’t help but pass them on to others.

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athi Hardin doesn’t wear a cape. She doesn’t fight crime or leap tall buildings in a single bound. But she is a hero. With one sweeping glance, Kathi can size up a decrepit, frazzled piece of furniture and know there is life left beneath the distress. She can see past the hours of wear on a rusty old clock and know there’s still a tick of beauty inside, waiting to come back out. Kathi is a true champion of the objects that time and kindness forgot—and she’s rescuing them, one at a time. “I’ve always had a knack for finding uses for things that nobody else wants,” says Kathi, a stay-at-home mom and mother of two young boys. “It started as a hobby and has grown into a life’s work for me.” She has spent just shy of a decade fixing up and decorating her home in Leawood, an endeavor that didn’t come easily. When she and her husband Mike moved into the three bed, two bath ranch home, it was nothing short of a design disaster. Though some less enthusiastic homeowners would have been intimidated at the amount of work ahead, Kathi saw the home as a labor of love. “I remember orange shag carpeting and brown paneling,” Kathi says with a grimace. “To me, it was an exciting new project. We gutted a lot of it, including the kitchen. I’ve put years of my work and ideas into this house, and I’m very proud of it.” Design on a Dime Leawood resident Kathi Harden shares her advice on taking a piece of nothing, and turning it into a beautiful something. By Kim Antisdel K

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Photography: DiMartino Photography

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To look around the home now, one might mistake the eclectic vibe and distinc- tive floor plan to be a well planned out symphony of design. But Kathi knows bet- ter. For her, it’s about working smarter, not harder. “This didn’t happen over-

blogs and Pinterest getting ideas. I have stacks of magazines with vari- ous things dog-eared. I may not be able to use those ideas right when I see them, but eventually a situation comes along where I might need an idea for arranging a shelf. Then I go back through those magazines and focus solely on articles and pictures that show interesting shelving ideas. It helps to keep me from getting overwhelmed.” Kathi takes the same approach when shopping for unique acces- sories and furniture for her home. She can be found savvily stalk- ing Craigslist, garage sales, flea markets, and every now and again, curbside shopping. The most important part of her process? Having a definitive goal.

Homeowner Kathi Hardin

night,” she says, indicating her cozy kitchen and comfortably chic living room. “I spend a lot of time leafing through magazines, library books,

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“You never know where you’re going to find a truly great piece and it’s okay to allow for those ‘holy cow!’ moments,” Kathi says. “But usually, when I go out to a garage sale or down to the West Bot- toms, I have a mental list in my head of what I need to be keeping an eye out for.” Kathi’s self-described frugal and thrifty home is filled with unique pieces that each have their own story. The two high back wing chairs that flank her kitchen entry are a $15 garage sale find, reupholstered back to life with a fun and flirty zebra print. Adjacent to the chairs, two thrifted, gold-painted frames encase portraits of her two best designs yet, sons Maguire, 10, and Cooper, 8.

Being the only lady in her home, Kathi is a master at mixing masculine and feminine elements and a neutral palette, with soft white couches, china and silver platters displayed and floral details contrasting dark wood, old paintings and brown tones. She also fancies a bit of the rustic with worn suitcases, battered shelving, metal accents and distressed paint. Kathi pays homage to her accountant husband with numbers on drawers (above left).

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At first glance, a design professional might say zebra print is a tired trend and gold frames are too garish for a kitchen space. Kathi couldn’t care less, and she wants you to feel the same way. “I adore breaking rules,” she says with a laugh. “And really, who made up ‘the rules’ anyway? I don’t have a design degree and frankly, I don’t know that I need one. The ideas that come into my head can’t necessarily be taught. What I do is my passion. I mean, the clock on my mantle is off-center because I thought it would look good that way. And it does! It may not be the definition of ‘right’, but it works for me.” Kathi’s easygoing attitude and frugal design sensibility is reflected throughout every square foot of her home. Each vase, suitcase, painting and knickknack is warmly sur- rounded by shades of grays and inviting neutrals, proudly displaying yet another design rule she’s just fine with breaking. “I always say you should buy what you love,” Kathi reiterates. “I live that every day. A lot of design magazines say you should always incorporate color into your home, many pops of color. I personally just can’t do it! I can’t live in lots of color. Maybe a robin’s egg blue here and there, but I love neutrals. I love picking bright color pieces for other people, but I myself just don’t use them.”

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Kathi’s Tried and True Design Tips

1. Create surprises. Kathi’s kitchen cabinet pulls are actually garage door hardware. Why, you ask? For Kathi, the question is, why not use that hardware? It creates a surprise and sparks a conversation. 2. In with the old, in with the new. It’s silly to think everye piece in your home has to be found and repurposed. Exceptions can always be made if you fall in love with something. One of Kathi’s favorite objects in her home is her Home Depot farmhouse sink. 3. Whimsy is wonderful. Kathi had two lamps she loved, but wasn’t sure which one to use on her living room cabinet. The solution? She used both. The larger lamp emits more light when needed, and the small lamp gives a faint glow at night for ambiance.

Kathi makes her home personal with mono- grammed dining chairs, and new photos in ornate frames (opposite page, far left). She mixes old and new with style in her contrasting kitchen (above), which features two large repurposed islands, garage door hardware, a chandelier and a DIY island top with personalized scroll (left). Thinking outside the box, Kathi nests two end tables beside a zebra print chair in her kitchen/dining space (opposite page).

4. Go hunting—with parameters. One corner of Kathi’s living room is home to several art prints. Kathi is always on the hunt for the next one, but she has two rules: the print must be under $25 and it must feature a house in some way. 5. Old thing, new use. To give her boys a small taste of reused furniture fun, Kathi found some old lockers to place in their bed- rooms. Her sons use the lockers as additional closet space. 6. Change it up. Constant change is one of the only constants in the Hardin house. “Don’t feel like if you hang up a picture, it has to stay there,” Kathi says. “What’s the fun in that?”

Those “other people” might just be some of Kathi’s newest design clients. In February of this year, she, along with her good friend, Joan Bellinghausen, created a new business venture dedicated to redesign. Burlap JunKtion allows Kathi and Joan to use their creative tried and true design tricks, without breaking their clients’ bank. “We love to say ‘use what you have’,” Kathi says. “So many people have amazing pieces hiding in an attic or a filled up closet. Joan and I come in and assess what you already have with a fresh pair of eyes, and design your room from there. If you need a particular piece that you just can’t find, we’ll do that for you, too.”

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Kathi’s favorites Craigslist The curb Garage sales Hello Sailor

With the start of Burlap JunKtion in addition to being a mom, it’s astonish-

ing that Kathi has time to still find new pieces for her home. Somehow she manages—even if it means driving her family a little bit crazy. “My husband has been known to come home from work to find a room in mid-redesign. After 17 years of marriage, he’s pretty much used to it, though, and he’s incredibly supportive.” she laughs. In return for their years of support, Kathi found a way to pay homage to the men in her life. “My husband works in finance every day and my boys love hotels,” Kathi says. “I found some random metal numbers and bought them, not sure what I would do with them. Eventually, I decided to affix them to the doors of our bedrooms, sort of like a hotel. The kids get their hotel and I see the numbers and think of my husband.” It’s these kinds of thoughtful touches that take Kathi home from generi- cally designed to truly loved. On every surface, in every cranny, Kathi has placed pieces that all tell the same story—and it begins and ends with love. “Practically all of the objects in this house have a history. That’s what I love about garage sales, Craigslist and curb finds,” Kathi says. “I love knowing that my kitchen chandelier was my grandmothers, or that I refinished and painted a dresser all by myself. Anyone can do this if they want to.” Home Depot Home Goods Marshalls Old Time Pottery Thrift stores TJ Maxx

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Ask a Pro

reat questions. Many home or business owners worry about “losing control” to a designer. But it is the designer’s job to guide you through the process, to help identify and execute your style and your taste, not impose a concept that doesn’t fit you and/or your family’s needs and wishes. The relationship between designer and client should be one of mutual respect. You should be comfortable with your designer, open to their expertise, education, and suggestions, but also speak up if you just aren’t feeling it! My philosophy is not a “my way or the highway” attitude but to represent you correctly ... to make your space both beautiful and comfortable. When determining a budget for your project, remember that we can help you avoid making costly mistakes with something as simple as space planning. You won’t order or purchase a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit the space. We have direct access to manufacturers whether it be furniture, fabrics, floor- ing, lighting, accessories—the list goes on. We have long-term relationships with the best contractors and subs the city has to offer. We help you stay on budget and stay on a timeline. I guess the best question you can ask yourself is: How can I afford not to call a designer? I’ve wanted to use an interior designer but was afraid they wouldn’t listen to me. How do I go about making that happen? And can I afford one? G

Vintage is a family affair in this household. Kathi tracks the family’s schedules in a cozy office nook (above left). Lockers and old wooden beds are featured in her son’s room (above) and numbers (left) adorn each bedroom door (in honor of Kathi’s accountant husband). Lastly, a welcoming entryway showcases an oversized clock (left).

Kathi is a huge proponent of helping people to find their inner an- tique shopper. It not only is a great recycling initiative, but it gives your home a sense of life it wouldn’t have had otherwise. Though it may seem overwhelming, she advises to just start, even if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. “I still make mistakes sometimes,” she explains. “You learn what works for you and what doesn’t. You’ll get there if you keep trying dif- ferent things. But just start.” With a little luck and some hard work, your collection can someday grow as eclectic and vast as Kathi’s—one piece at a time. You can read all about Kathi Hardin’s fun finds on her design blog at tray-, or check out her redesign business Burlap JunKtion at ^


Deb Vogler has been creating her own brand of Comfort by Design for more than 15 years. Be it a flat in London, a suburban family home in Olathe, or a shabby chic bungalow in the little village of Westwood, her designs express who the client is and en- folds them in what they love. She deals with all aspects of design, from budgeting, to floor plans (renovation or new construction), to furniture, to color at her full-scale design firm. Have a desigin question for Deb? Send it to

Is your home filled to the brim with unique pieces and vintage trea- sures? We’d love to take a peek. Contact

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Country There was a lot of love to go around in the 1970s. We love Ronnie Milsap’s lyric: “Pure love, baby it’s pure love. Milk and honey and Captain Crunch and you in the morning.” Can love (and fashion) be as simple and laid back as Captain Crunch? We think so. Lovin’

Hairstyling: Transformation Studios by Heydee Hochman Makeup: Ashley Nelson Studios Photography: Layne Haley Photography Styling Assistant: Calli Green

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Cal li’s C ost Savers

Total Look: $29.95

We asked Fashion Intern Calli Green to come up with some cost- saving alternatives to the more costly items in this issue’s shoot. Here’s what she found! Accessorizing the perfect outfit can sometimes leave you over budget. If you're not able to splurge on a great real turquoise piece, why not make one instead? Choose a piece out of your jewelry box that you may not really wear, or a cheap one from a secondhand store. Just make sure you won’t regret painting it. Then, don't get hung up on match- ing an exact spray paint lid to a turquoise paint swatch. Turquoise naturally comes in all different shades, and it will take on the perfect appearance when the outfit is complete. It's optional to grab a primer white and finishing spray, depending on how vibrant and shiny you'd like your finished piece. For this DIY tutorial and more of Calli’s cost-saving tips for the looks in this issue, visit

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Budget Breakdown

On Amy: Vintage dress, Candi Jones California, bought from Penelope Meatloaf Shop on Etsy, $29.95. On Dallas: Wrangler jeans, western shirt, belt, hat and boots all from model’s closet.

Good Ideas

We love this idea from TLC Thrifty Boutique. Add some bling to your fall boots with necklaces, belts, garters, lace— whatever you fancy. It’s sure to spice up your footwear! Find these and more for sale at TLC.

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Total Look: $91.50 w/o purse: $16.50

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On Amy: Blouse, vintage, Macy’s Club- house, Through our Children’s Lives, $2 on sale; skirt, vintage, Barbara Field by Joyce of Chicago, estate sale, $2; boots, vintage, Zodiac, $2.50; horse- hair purse, antique, Wonderland, $75; leather feather earrings, Cart Wheel, donated; leather beaded cuff, Arizona Trading Company, $10. On Dallas: Jacket, vintage, Richman Brothers, Good JuJu garage sale, $4; plaid shirt, vintage, St. John’s Bay, estate sale, $2. Budget Breakdown Below, on Amy: Dress, vintage, Items of California, Burlap at Good JuJu, $17.50; slip, vintage, Burlap at Good JuJu, $12.50; boots, vintage, model’s closet; leather and feather earrings, new, Arizona Trading Company, $20; belt, model’s closet; leather cuff, new, Arizona Trading Company, $10; peacock ring, new, Arizona Trading Company, $12; hand- tooled purse, antique, Wonderland; $82. On Dallas: Western shirt, belt, jeans, boots and chinks from model’s closet. Budget Breakdown

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Total Look: $6

Amy and Dallas just built an amazing home full of reclaimed materials and rustic style. But aside from that, their obvious love makes our hearts melt. Amy’s sweet and beautiful spirit and Dallas’ natural tendency toward “rugged handsome guy’s guy” (he works on railroads for crying out loud, and the farm in this shoot belongs to his parents) were perfect for this 1970s Western fashion shoot. They are also parents to the cutest little rough-and-tumble 1-year-old. Read all about their adven- tures at Amy’s blog: Our Models

Total Look: $154 w/o purse: $72

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Total Look: $52.50

Budget Breakdown

On Amy: Suede dress, vintage, Mollie Parnis, Burlap at Good JuJu, $18.50; boots, new, model’s closet; feather earrings, new, Arizona Trading Company, $10; turquoise ring, vintage, Wonderland, $24.

On Dallas: Shirt, belt, jeans, boots from model’s closet.

Prop: Bicycle, vintage 1970s Schwinn, editor’s garage.

Budget Breakdown

Opposite page: On Amy: Blouse, vintage, Contessa Monique by Florence Alper, Burlap at Good JuJu, $7.50; Wrangler maroon jeans, vintage, Re-Runs Warehouse, $6; shoes, vintage, Gloria Vanderbilt, $2; sweater, vintage, hand- made, estate sale, $3; turquoise necklace, vintage, Wonderland, $42; turquoise beaded cuff, new, Arizona Trading Company, $12; silver earrings, new, Arizona Trading Company, $18; belt, model’s closet; hat, new, Missoni for Target, Pete ‘n Repeat, $20.

On Dallas: Paisley shirt, vintage, jeans and boots from model’s closet.

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Total Look: $45.50 w/necklace: $87.50

Total Look: $68.50

Add some 1970s flare to your eye makeup by diffusing a bold color all around the eye. And you can never go wrong with big, soft waves for 1970s hair. This is Dallas’ horse Pongo that he’s had since he was a teenager. Come on now, “Aww!”

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Retro Spirits When a 1950s pin-up photographer throws a Halloween party in her retro fabulous home, what does it look like? We’re glad you asked. Add some fun to your parties and your home this season with vintage treasures. Plus, we’ll take a peek at what else makes Nikki Moreno-Whipple’s house so darn darling!

VKC: How long have you been into retro style/fashion/decor? Nikki: Great question! Let’s see, well it all started when I was a young teenager. I idolized Marilyn Monroe; I bought any book I could find about her and watched all of her movies. I also frequented TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and watched as many black and white films as I could find. I loved Doris Day, Fred Astaire and Elvis. My love of all things vintage really started there. The women were always so glamor- ous in those old movies with perfect hair and flawless brows, the furni- ture had great lines, and the cars were to die for. The old movies always felt very familiar to me.

I’ve always had a knack for decorating and anywhere I lived you could see my personality but some of my previous partners didn’t share my same design esthetic. My now husband however really loves my fun tastes and gave me the keys when it came to decorating. A few years ago I really embraced my love of Mid-Century design when we moved into our first house. I’d always lived in lofts and apartments before—never really settled in to one place too long. But when I got my first house and could paint and design with no restrictions, I decided to really make my home what I’d always dreamed it could be (with my husband’s blessing). Instantly I knew I wanted tons of color, rich textures and fun decor that

Homeowner Nikki Moreno- Whipple (left) with friend Candy Cunningham.

Photography: DiMartino Photography

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Group like items together on signature pieces of furniture to make a statement at parties.

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VKC: How do you choose home decor pieces? Nikki: Color is the biggest deciding factor for me. Turquoise is my favorite color as you can tell by our house. If I find any unique piece in this color family, I buy it instantly. I’m very picky about pieces and always shop on a budget, so the price has to be right. I love fun Chalkware and por- celain figurines, playful—cute pieces that make me smile every time I see them. The late 50s early 60s era really draws me in. Pieces like our boomerang coffee table were a must have. And when it comes to staple pieces

I’mwilling to wait for just the right deal. It took me two years to find our sectional. My husband and I drove all the way to Springfield, MO, for it! Next on my wish list is a vintage bar. I’ve looked for one over the last year and have seen so many, but the right one hasn’t come along yet.

VKC: Where are your favorite places to shop? Nikki: I love the ladies over at Good Company; the prices are so af- fordable. They know me instantly, and I have never walked out of their door without buying something. So many pieces in my house came from that place. They have odd hours but if I see a sign out saying they are open I stop in no matter what my day looks like. The River Market Antique Mall is also a favorite. I can get lost in there for hours. The Westport Antique mall is great as well. I don’t get to stop in as often as I like but I’ve found some great pieces there. Thistle is another fantastic store everyone should check out. The owner is a doll; I picked up my dinning room table from her one day while

she was having a garage sale. She lives a few streets over. Shopping for antiques is my happy place. For clothing, I love Retro Vixen, Donna’s Dress Shop, Wonderland and Boomerang. VKC: Any interesting/funny stories about pieces in your home? Nikki: Oh yes! We have these two pink Mid-Centu- ry lamps in the living room that I have a funny story about. My best friend Candy and I were traveling to Columbia, MO, a few years back to see the Scissor Sisters in concert. We’re totally lost and driving down a street, and out of the corner of my eye I see the most fabulous vintage store. We both saw it at the same time and nearly wrecked. We did a quick U-turn and pulled in.

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Nikki’s beloved dogs inspired a feature art wall in her living room.

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The place was closed, but the owner was there picking something up and was walking out the door. She saw our dismay when we realized they were closed, and she let us come in. This place was a gold mine. Tons of immaculate 40s and 50s dresses and furniture—I was in heaven. On a shelf up high I spotted a pair of pink lamps and asked the price since they weren’t marked. She gave them to me for $60, and I about fell over. It was such an amazing price for lamps that still work and are in pristine condition. I only wish I had more money that day and more room in my car! VKC: Where are some good places to find retro Halloween decor and costumes? How do you know it’s retro? What are some things to look for? Nikki: My husband and I are huge fans of Halloween, and I credit him for teaching me most of what I know about vintage Halloween decor. With vintage Halloween there is a whole world out there and tons of great resources! There are authentic vintage pieces, which can be very, very pricey and hard to come by. You can find those on places like eBay and a few websites that cater to vintage buyers. Not everyone can afford the rare pieces though. Thankfully, today there are tons of

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1. Start several months ahead. Nothing is worse than throwing something together a few days ahead of time. A little planning will go a long way! Nikki’s Tips for the Perfect Retr o Hal loween C ostume 3. Look online for inspiration. I always get my best ideas from Google images, but the kids these days keep telling me about Pinterest. I think I should move forward with the times! 4. Start with what’s in your closet. Have an old skirt or dress? With a little imagination that piece can have a whole new life. And when you can’t find anything at home, hit the thrift store. It’s cheap and if it gets torn up or you bedazzle it up, who cares? It only cost you a few bucks. 5. Hobby Lobby is your best friend. Oh and don’t forget the hot glue! Cheap rhinestones, fringe and ribbon can give a boring piece a whole new life. Get creative! 2. Decide on an era. Halloween costuming is fun all the way from the roaring 20s to the 80s.

fans of the vintage Halloween aesthetic, and there are several artists and companies that create amazing reproduction pieces at a third of the cost of a vintage piece. We’ve collected a few vintage pieces but mostly our collection is com- prised of reproduction pieces. We start our Halloween shopping every year in late August, early September when places start releasing the new collection for this year. We always hit Marshalls, Micheals, Target, Hobby Lobby and a few places online for reproductions. Our favorite artists for reproduction pieces are Johanna Parker and Bethany Lowe. Year round we stalk local antique stores, Craigslist and eBay for deals on authentic vintage pieces. With some research you can find which companies made authentic vintage pieces, one of the most famous being The Beistle Company. There are people who work solely in appraising these items so it can be hard to spot a fake without some help. Anything that’s too shiny or colorful is likely a reproduction. Look for wear on the piece and detailed painting, which was common in older pieces. I’ve read that the scarier the item is, the more likely it is older. Some of the most desirable pieces are vintage die-cuts, candy containers, lanterns and German toys or figures. You can also look for stamps on the bottom of pieces and then research the Mid-Century cutness abounds with a tiny owl figurine (above), retro lamps, bar glasses and an L-shaped couch (far left). Above left: an atomic inspired chandelier in Nikki’s dining room. Left: Nikki will buy almost anything turquoise, including this beautiful high-back chair.

6. Don’t forget about your hair and makeup! This goes for the fellas too. Having a great costume is wonderful, but if you’ve put no thought into your face and hair it won’t make as great of an impact. 7. Shop the costume and party stores out of season. You can find great clearance deals and can stock up. 8. Not much for craft- ing? Rent! There are great places like The Kansas City Costume Company and Have Guns Will Rent that have a huge array of costumes in all sizes.

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company name. Always research before you buy. There are several great books on the market for collectors. Most of the earlier items that are heav- ily sought after were made in Germany right after World War I. Germany made many of the blow mold and paper mache pumpkins popular at the time and exported them to the United States; most were made between 1920 and 1935. There were also many items made in the United States This adorable Mid-Century kitchen features true period colors. Take risks with your own spaces using statement retro items like sugar and flour bins, mixers, straw holders and 3-D art in a similar color pallette. Serve up fun at your parties with quirky décor and hand- made items (like the black cat/jack-o-lantern below right).

from 1910 all the way into the 1960s. Whether you’re into authentic pieces or reproduction, there is a whole world out there!

VKC: What are your favorite pieces in your home? Nikki: My favorite Halloween piece would be a German paper maché pumpkin my husband and I found at an antique store in Indepen- dence. Other pieces not Halloween related would be the vintage porcelain Boston Terrier figures my husband got me last Christmas. They remind me of our two Boston’s and light up my day every time I see them! I also love our couch; it was well worth the wait! The whole house really ... it’s home!


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