This cute little garden was across the street and I couldn’t resist taking a photos. I was very disappointed that the art shop on the corner without a name wasn’t open. They had a lot of beautiful works in the window.
Saturday night, I was treated to a dinner party at the amazingly beautiful home of Zim Loy, the editor of the wonderful interior design magazine, Kansas City Spaces
. I first came into contact with Zim when I posted a photo of David Jimenez’s bathroom on my blog. She put me into contact with David and the rest is history. The co-hostess of the evening was another friend of David’s who I got to know through my blog, Merrily Jackson. Merrily writes an entertaining and etiquette column in Spaces and after reading all her back stories, I definitely think someone should give this woman a book deal! I think I’m going to see what I can do to help make that happen! Emily Post has nothing on Merrily! I wish I had taken more photos of Zim’s warm and welcoming home, shown above and below! It really was to die for! And the next time I have to choose paint colors, I’m calling her first!
The rest of the guests were no slouches either! It was a talented mix of creative people including Patricia Shackelford, who is an interior designer and blogger otherwise known as Mrs. Blandings
. It was so fun to finally meet her in person and Maison21 is so jealous! (Ha!) Dan Nilson, owner of Bishop McCann
, a global meeting and incentive travel/events company based in Kansas City, was sweet enough to pick up the non-driving New Yorker and ferry her to the party! (Thanks Dan!). Doug Wells, an interior designer who’s firm, Kyle Wells Design
, designed a Buenes Aires pied-a-terre that is featured in the June/July 2008 issue of Spaces. I also enjoyed chatting with Leslie Goldhahn, who used to live in NYC, and her boyfriend, Darren Mark. Leslie is in school at the moment studying interior design and I can already tell she’ll make a great one! More people showed up for dessert, more on that later, who’s names escape me at the moment but I hope will all keep in touch and look me up the next time they are in NYC!
Again, I cannot tell you how fabulous Kansas City and it’s residents are! I enjoyed my trip immensely and thanks again to Kansas City Home Design magazine for making it all happen!
Wow, it sounds like a wonderful place to visit. David’s house is incredibly beautiful!
Heather – an amazing post as you must be weary from your whirlwind weekend. Such a treat to meet you, as well – next time we’ll get together on your stomping grounds.
sounds like you had a wonderful time! and i second the above poster – david’s house is absolutely lovely! definitely nicer than many 5 star hotels :o)
sounds like an awesome trip, chic, and yes, i am jealous…
h.c., i’m from there…it’s a beautiful little city and was a great place to grow up. went to the same all girl school as kate spade, near the plaza. glad you had a good time, midwesterners are so down to earth, aren’t they? have a friend who danced on broadway that’s returning to k.c. after all these years, he’s able to afford a really beautiful historic home. something to consider when you’re married with kids…
Sounds like you had a great trip. I must say, I’m a bit jealous you got to stay in David’s amazing looking home, AND got to meet Mrs Blandings!!
Sounds like you had a great time!
How your blog has grown since my last visit!
So cool- everything! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
OMG, you are one lucky chick, a guest of David Jimenez? You must be living right!
Good to have you back on blog. Been missing you.
Gina from Germany
Heather…how funny that you had to travel to KC to find a Lester Gillette painting! Come visit Gloucester sometime—see the actual harbor, visit Rocky Neck, the Northshore Art Association, the Rockport Art Association, the Cape Ann Museum, the Sargent House..It’s an art mecca! Make sure that the bach knows and appreciates the painting’s provenance.
I have two paintings of Gloucester Harbor painted by two artists…from the same spot! No matter where you stand there’s a scene worth painting!
Thanks everyone! I had such a wonderful trip and met so many lovely people! I really hope I get to visit again and the highlight really was staying at David’s house. I just wish I had more time to snoop around and take notes on everything!
Mary, I used to visit Gloucester every summer when I lived in Boston. That was part of the reason I had to buy it! Oh, and that it was really really beautiful!
What a wonderful trip! How awesome that you were able to stay in David’s home. He has the most beautiful taste.
I will have to check some of these places out when we go visit my sister in law in Kansas City.
WOW… that is not the Kansas I remember… but then again I was a kid and we were only visiting relatives… maybe I should call up some of the family and go visit again and see this side of Kansas.
So glad you met Patricia and fabulous tour — thanks!
As a lifelong resident…Glad to hear you had a fab KC weekend!! We are one of the most underrated cities, but once people give it a chance, they are pleasantly surprised at how vibrant an arts scene we have hear! Come back soon!!
Absolutely love David’s home – you are so lucky! The living room is so glam and chic – but yet comfortably classic. Thanks for bringing us along!