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The concierge builder

From new construction to remodeling to room additions to looking after the family pets, Brian Lewis goes above and beyond to make the process fun and enjoyable for clients.

Modern craftsmanship

Innovative and efficient designs that maximize a home's square footage, personal attention and quality craftsmanship by a master carpenter  this is what makes a Chapman Custom Home unique.

A virtual experience

One 3D model is worth a thousand pictures. See for yourself how a 360-degree online tour of a home can put you inside a Craig Sharp Home. It's the next best thing to being there.

Cold war

Russian tomatoes that grow in cold weather and more hot tips for your garden this year

Alliance along the Avenue

Centrally located, one-of-a-kind businesses featuring home design, fashion boutiques and more have united to form the Douglas Design District and are working together to support one another and the economy.

House concert hoedown

Singer-songwriter Belinda Gail played some Western swing, a little bit of finger-picking and straight-up folky guitar" for more than 45 guests at a down-home concert.

Home Makeover

From wood to wow: With the help of numerous businesses,
the SPLURGE! home renovation is complete. So long dated oak!

Man caves

More guys are thinking outside the living room recliners. Meet three local men who have found creative ways to carve out their own manspaces.

Seen & Noted

Barn doors, a tile backsplash and an arabesque marble inlay bring dramatic detail to homes by Prairie Construction, Design Gallery and Craig Sharp Homes.

Whoa there!

When do I move my houseplants outdoors? How do I help a newly-planted tree take root? When do I divide perennials? Avoid spring gardening mistakes with these answers from Jim Denning of Denning's Greenhouse and Garden.

Designing the details

Too often a great space or well-intentioned design is critiqued for overlooking the details that separate good from great, but a trend in our area is the attention to detail in the new custom homes being built.

Homes for the holidays

The song says to deck the halls. SPLURGE! highlights some area homeowners who took that directive to heart. Check out four fabulously decorated houses.

Seen & noted

Texture is the name of this decor game, with a faux white ostrich finish, an arresting oil canvas and a bright splash of distressed turquoise finish. Please do touch!

Seen & noted

Hidden, subtle touches make dramatic statements  from LED accents on a staircase and a walk-in shower tucked behind a ledgestone wall to an entire wine cellar accessed by a spiral staircase.

Seen & noted

Luxe finishes lend a unique ambiance to a room. From crocodile tile inlay in a masculine, exotic office to a floating glass vanity in a light-toned powder room, leading builders are full of innovative expressions in tile, granite and glass.

Andrea Attwood

Seen & Noted

Glass is the star in these homes, from dramatic glass subway
tile in a kitchen to a stunning glass apron vanity in a powder room. It's all so shiny you can see yourself here!

Beginners gardening guide: How to get
started growing your garden

Thinking about planting a garden this season? Get started here with the tips and tricks of the gardening trade, as told by local gardening experts.

Bringing the outdoors in

Bill and Pam Jones turned to Nies Homes to bring a challenging home remodel to life, including sliding glass panels and beautifully designed gathering areas. The final design brings the feel of sunny Arizona to Wichita.

Seen & noted

Specialized spaces in the home get extraordinary treatment this month. You never saw such attention to detail in a home office, a walk-in closet or an outdoor pool.

Drop by drop

August is the hottest month of the year, and drought threats loom. Find out the best ways to beat the heat and save water at the same time.

 

From roofs to restorations to remodeling:
R.T.I. is the easy choice

This multi-generational family business, lead by CEO Mike Page, builds roofs and preserves architectural history for the state of Kansas, corporate clients and individual homeowners.

Seen & noted

Texture takes center stage this month in the form of hand-finished crackle detailing, a bold malachite print fabric and carved wood with hand-cast hardware.

 

March gardening guide

The longer days and sunshine of March are a welcome change.
It's finally time to kick off the gardening season, and here are five steps to get you started.

 

A make-over story

Kitchen Concepts turned a dated hearth room into an airy, expansive dream kitchen with a view of a golf course.

Logan Street Fine Wood Products

Tony Ferraro may be best known for oversized tables, cabinets and other pieces made of distressed or reclaimed wood, several examples of which are always on display in his new showroom in the Douglas Design District.

Seen & noted

From a barrel-shaped wood ceiling to a cherry Wood-Mode cabinet to walnut wine racks, gleaming custom woodwork takes center stage in the home.

Decor destination: Winfield's Josephine & Co. a one-stop shop for home furnishings and more

At Josephine & Co. you'll find home furnishings that suit tastes from contemporary to shabby chic to French country  but only one kind of service.

Expand your space

Fall is the most beautiful season in Kansas and homeowners are making the most of it by transforming the great outdoors into a great room for their home.

Seen & noted

Four master bathrooms are tricked out with unique split granite, an extravagent illuminating water feature, custom built maple cabinets and a Vibracoustic bath that plays your iPod vibrations through the water.

Seen & noted

A delicately scrolled clock, an angelic wall hanging and an antique Tibetan chest are a few treasures we found in the area this month.

Seen & noted

Add some bright accessories, architectural details and outdoor fabrics to freshen up a room or extend your living space outdoors.

Waking up your spring garden

Ready to sink your hands in the earth of your spring flower beds? We have inspiration, experts, planning steps and proven winners to get you started.

Cohlmia Interiors feels right at home

Cohlmia Interiors warehouse space behind Haverty's on Rock Road is deep on the inside, stocked with an array of furniture, lighting, art and accessories, most from American manufacturers carefully chosen for their quality and craftsmanship.

Seen & noted

Give traditional pieces a facelift with marble and faux painting; an antique wedding chest adds interest to a room; custom seating and Moroccan-inspired design makes a raised platform the ultimate martini deck.

Rainbow doesn't take granite for granted

Rainbow Marble & Granite sells natural stone such as granite, marble, limestone onyx and slate for countertops, furniture, fireplaces and hearths which are often hand-crafted. Man-made quartz is also becoming more popular.

Seen & noted

Unique lighting, a luxurious sofa and customizable cabinets from local merchants make just the right statement in your home.

Andrea Attwood

Consignment decorating: Shop owner offers reasons to look beyond retail

Andrea Attwater, owner of Invio Fine Furniture Consignment, shares the many reasons Wichitans are enthusiastic about consignment decorating.

Christmas tree

9 simple ways to get ready for the holidays

Seasonal scents, new family traditions and whimsical lighting are just a few unique ways to get ready for the holidays.

seen & noted

Seen & noted

Dramatic and unusual textures for your kitchen, bathroom and living room.

home accessories

Have a little fun with your accessories

Have fun and throw some accessories in your home that will start a good conversation and create a big smile.

kitchen

Kitchen achieves lofty status with modern appliances

Rilla Rogus saw the makings of her dream kitchen in a magazine ad and worked with Kitchen Tune-Up to trick out the Rogus' ranch house with a surprising new look.

water lily

Outdoor room with a view

Outdoor living: What's new in pools and pool houses  and everything in between.

water lily

Just add water

From multi-tiered waterfalls to simple bubbler fountains, there's a water feature for every garden.

Deck

Stacking the decks

Tips, tricks and trends to make your outdoor living experience remarkable, functional and extraordinary.

Young guns

Young guns

Cory Shackelford and a posse of thirty-something builders are turning a former wheat field on the southeast edge of Wichita into an upscale housing development called Cambria.

Kitchen

If you can't stand the heat, get out of these HOT KITCHENS

Kitchens are becoming more of a living space instead of just a cooking space. Here, five trends for 2011 that turn up the heat in the kitchen.

Bedroom

Redecorating your bedroom for romance, rest and relaxation

February is the perfect time to spice up your space and make your bedroom the perfect love shack for you and your significant other.

iPad

The smart home gets smarter

We investigate four trends in home automation including wireless control, streaming media and energy monitoring. And vinyl makes a big comeback.

Christmas tree skirt

Is it time for a Christmas tree make-over?

Spruce up a traditional Christmas tree with unexpected colors, metallics, ribbons and feathers. Nahid Holmes gifts us with unusual ideas to make your tree outstanding.

Playroom after organization

Tips to have a stress-free holiday season

Thoughtful planning, deliberate delegation, focusing on simplicity and slowing down to enjoy family and friends will help you survive  and actually enjoy  the upcoming weeks, says Certified Professional Organizer, Jenny Gautreaux.

Mark Rowe

12 Questions with Mark Rowe, owner of Rivercross Hospice

Mark Rowe shares what influenced him to start a hospice business, how he introduces the hospice concept to a family, and how he stays focused on helping to be a part of a good death.

West

Go West young man

Shortly after they met, the Wests realized that not only did their personalities complement one another, but so did their chosen professions. The couple married in 2006, and their businesses have been booming ever since.

Mums

Mums the word

The planting season for mums begins in early September. Also up for fall: pansies, bulbs, tree planting and lawn maintenance.

Bedroom

Stage it. Sell it.

Give potential home buyers the feeling they've just walked into their future home by cleaning, updating and home staging with just the right details.

 
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