This Arts and Crafts style home was built in 1912 by Butler and Weaver for George A. Aylsworth, a master financier in Kansas City. Tradition has it that this 100+ year old home served as one of Kansas City’s first speakeasy during the prohibition days. The house has undergone renovations and additions, the most substantial of which occurred in 2003 and included a renovation of the deck, kitchen, and master bath. It has been the home of Susan and Johnny Hart and their three children since July of 2008. With the help of designer Michelle Henderson, the family has decorated the home in what they call a “modern traditional” style.
The entry and foyer welcomes guests with a stamped ceiling. The paint colors throughout the home are from Nell Hills at Briarcliff. The kitchen is light, mixing dramatic white cabinets and black granite accents. As guests enter the living room, the fireplace is a focal point where the family gathers often to entertain. The antique kneeler has an authentic lift-up confessional screen which highlights the family’s love of their faith as well as traditional décor.
The sun porch off the main living room is a family favorite where the children enjoy doing puzzles, reading or relaxing.
The Harts enjoy entertaining in their dining room as well, gathering around handmade furniture such as a serving table fashioned by hand from old canopy bed posts. Both the table and the lighting in the dining room are handmade and designed by the owners.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is furnished with furniture from LaGrange. The boys’ bedroom furniture designed by Regassi, while the Harts’ daughter’s bedroom comes from Pottery Barn Kids.
The yard is a magnet for the neighborhood children, with its large peninsula style format, serving host to constant games of tag, catch, sports, and a host of parties. The outside landscaping is under constant care by Felipe Blancas of Best Outdoor Services (B.O.S.).
Johnny and Susan Hart
Florist: Randy Neal Floral
Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour
December 2-3, 2015
3pm – 8pm | Wednesday, December 2nd
10am – 8pm | Thursday, December 3rd
This year, five of Kansas City’s finest homes are on display for the 64th annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour. decorated for the holidays by outstanding local florists, the tour has raised about $1.9 million for area non-profits and the Kappa Foundation since its inception. The two-day event will be held Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd.
Tour tickets are $25 in advance at local outlets, including Hen House markets and tour florists, as well as from area Kappas and online. Tickets also are available for $30 on the days of the tour at the featured homes.
Buy tickets here: http://www.kappahomestour.com/tickets/