We partnered with the local furniture artists and craftsmen at Walter Carmichael & Co. to spark some creative home ideas this fall. Since each Kansas City neighborhood has its own unique style and personality, we spent a little time in each area to find inspiration, just like Walter Carmichael has done with its own furniture collections.
The Crossroads Arts District has helped give Kansas City street/country cred as a major point of culture in the Midwest. These home accents are a nod to the creative craftsmanship in the area.
The Crossroads Coffee Table
This modern-but-also-Craftsman style table is a nice nod to the industrial past of Crossroads. Exposed steel complements the custom-finished oak to bring a striking centerpiece that will still hold your coffee table book about coffee tables.
Element x MLB Kansas City Deck
Kansas City Bird's Eye Map from 1869
Kansas City's oldest neighborhood has been around longer than Kansas City itself. The frontier waystation has transformed into a trendy spot for young professionals, families, eating, drinking, and truly unique KC points of pride.
Westport Lounge Chair
Westport is home to a thriving "porch culture," thanks to the prominent porches featured on the houses built around the turn of the 20th Century. Class up your porch hang night with Walter Carmichael's Westport Lounge Chair. Just make sure you don't get pipe ash on it!
Westport might have a "hipster" label slapped on it, but hey, if the shoe fits. Embrace the label and pick up some new or used vinyl at neighborhood staple Mills Record Company. A veritable warehouse of music, turntables, shirts, beer glasses, and more, Mills will probably have what you're looking for.
Kansas City's coffee scene is exploding. Oddly Correct is on the forefront of that scene, so bring some coffee home. Bonus: each bag of beans features hand-letterpressed art that you might not want to get rid of, so pick up a laser-cut bag frame in store only.
The nation's first "outdoor mall" opened in 1923 and has been home to one of Kansas City's best shopping experiences since. The neighborhood now encompasses a much larger area, but the Plaza's old-fashioned class still remains.
Kansas City Clock
Niall is one of Kansas City's premiere brands. They make truly first-rate watches. But you might not want to carry a piece of art around on your wrist all the time. So why not get a clock that mimics their distinctive style?
The KC Hat
Okay, this is apparel and not home goods, but this Kansas City classic looks as good on a shelf as it does on your head. The comfy hat with felt letters is reaching iconic status here in KC, so display it proudly.
I (Shuttlecock) KC NIGHTLIGHT
J.C. Nichols Fountain Pillow
PRAIRIE VILLAGE & BROOKSIDE
This trendy State Line-straddling neighborhood is close to a hundred years old and one of the first "trolley" suburbs. Despite the age, the charm attracts both the young and less-young adults and families.
Brookside Coffee Table
Some Good Stuff
WESTWOOD & JOHNSON COUNTY
Some of America's first suburbs are in Johnson County, and the homes look and feel like the true hallmarks of suburban life: tree-lined roads, the lovely lawns and quality, classic decor.
Westwood Nesting Tables
A 12x30 sign with Westwood's streets listed on a hand-painted wooden sign? Sign me up. You can customize colors, substitute a street, and even get a full custom list of locations or streets or whatever else you choose.
Some people read them. Some people decorate with them and pretend they read them. Either way, books make home accents easy and sophisticated. We recommend Rainy Day Books in Fairway - a cornerstone of KC book lovers since 1975.
Thank you to Walter Carmichael & Co. for sharing its expertise, and sponsorship support, in bringing great local design to our living spaces in Kansas City. If you're furnishing a new home, or bringing fresh perspective to an old one, we recommend taking a look at their beautiful furniture, which is exclusively available at Stonebridge Collective's new store in Grandview.