Details, Residence in Southeast Kansas


A  beautiful piece of empty land located in southeast Kansas provides the backdrop for a client’s new home.  The owners are from  Portland, Oregon and recently purchased a family farm in Kansas that they wished to use as a wildlife sanctuary.  The property sits among other nearby farms on ancient Osage Indian campgrounds.  Indian encampments near freshwater springs and buffalo herds existed for eons on the lands before white settlers appeared in the late 19th century.

The clients wanted to build a home that would reflect the surrounding community’s style, as well as withstand the numerous windstorms and tornadoes that blow through the area each year.  The home would  become headquarters for an international nature conservancy group in the future.

Additionally, the clients own a huge number of treasures, artifacts and antiques that are a significant to their land.  Local antiques and treasures from grandparents,  vacated birds’ nests,  family photos, the original plot map of the farm, and  a specially commissioned stained glass window of a buffalo head all have found places of honor throughout the house.

Client Testimonial

Shirley was asked to develop the character of a barn house interior resembling a lodge. Full-length leather framed floor to ceiling mirrors were crafted by a master leather goods craftsman. Client had seen a stained glass window of a buffalo desired for a window covering and this was created custom to her specifications through her glass craftsmen. It was a very difficult project due to its remoteness and worker issues, but Shirley somehow pulled it together to perfection.
– Connie T.