Happy Holidays from Decorative Touch – Kansas City Interior Designer

How to Create a  Christmas Theme

We love this time of year at The Decorative Touch!

I bet you didn’t know that we help with holiday decorating as well? We can assist with everything from a few decorative touches for your entryway and mantel to setting up decor for your entire home or office.

Here’s a peek at one of our latest projects:

Interior Designer Kansas City holiday decor

The client requested a fun spin on traditional holiday decor. We paired red and white chevron ribbon with a soft turquoise, gold, silver and cream ornaments on the tree.

Interior Designer Kansas City holiday decor

Here’s a close-up of the stunning tree

The key to a successful Holiday decor is creating a repeating theme.  In this case, we used the red and turquoise in various ways throughout the home, including the garland for the staircase.



We hope this helps inspire your new Holiday and Christmas decor!

Wishing you the BEST of the Holiday Season!

Decorative Touch Featured In 435 Magazine – “Form, Function, Family”

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Kitchen Remodel

What goes into a kitchen remodel project?

It seems like I am finding clients asking a lot of questions about remodeling kitchens these days. We have recently completed a wonderful large kitchen remodel. So, I wanted to share with my readers some photos, just to give a perspective of how the process of a high end kitchen develops over the course of several months.

First we determine whats “wrong” in the existing Kitchen space.

  • Are the appliances worn out?
  • Are the cabinets out-dated and need “face lift”, or do they need to be replaced?
  • Is the layout right for a good working kitchen?
  • Have you simply out grown your kitchen and do you need more storage?

Its also very important to know what your home is worth, and what is the appropriate amount to spend on a kitchen remodel for you. According to the Remodeling Magazine cost vs value report 2011-2012, minor kitchen remodel is hitting a 72.1% return on investment. Minor remodel may mean replacing cabinet door fronts, hardware, countertops, and appliances… spending approximately $20,000.

A large kitchen remodel includes replacing most everything in the kitchen. Cabinets, hardware, appliances, countertops, backsplash, lighting, and more. Those are typically over $50,000 and return is approximately 50% on investment.

You will see the progression from beginning to end in the following photos…

A kitchen remodel really is a PROCESS! And being without a kitchen space for several months is very difficult… However, the end result is completely worth it!!!

I hope you enjoy these photos!

Contractor : Jim Luke Remodeling
Cabinets:  Bella Kitchens

New Kitchen & Great Room Remodel

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4 Things to Consider in the Kitchen

It’s inevitable; whether simply you and your family catching up after a busy day or a large group of friends over for a party, people tend to gather in the kitchen. So why settle for a boring, run-of-the-mill design? Here are some easy ways to step up the look of your kitchen.

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  • The pantry is often a cluttered, catch-all mess, but by taking a little time to use matching containers and keep things organized, you’ll want to leave the pantry door open to show off this beautiful space.
  • Remove some upper cabinet doors to create showcase space for your beautiful dishes, whether a group of matching antique mugs or stunning modern plates.
  • Get organized by painting over part of your pantry door with chalkboard paint to create a visible and easily accessible spot to keep notes and make grocery lists.
  • Granite countertops are a winner because of their classic look and durability. You can make them fit the style of your kitchen by using different cuts on the edges, like playing to a modern room with a straight edge.
  • Deep, oversized sinks work well in kitchens with limited counter space as you can keep dirty dishes and prep items out of the way until it’s time for cleanup.

For help creating a new interior design in your kitchen call The Decorative Touch  today!

Chattanooga Home Interior Design Remodel

I’m excited to show you a few before and after photos of a home remodel project for a Kansas City couple who relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was excited for the opportunity to fly into Chattanooga and take measurements for the furniture and accessory layout, as well as sit down and talk with the clients about what they want for their new home. Since their long term goal is to move back to Kansas City, they wanted the home’s interior design to be movable, meaning no drastic changes. Everything I designed will one day eventually go back to Kansas City with them, and it was important to the clients that the original charming home structure be left untouched.

I began with suggesting changing out the hardware and light fixtures from brass to oiled rub bronze throughout the home. Then we chose a new accent paint, and furniture pieces that would transform the look of the space and cause a potential future buyer to fall in love with the home. Once the truck was scheduled to arrive with all of the furniture, I drove back down to Chattanooga, with a few treasures,  to help with unloading the truck and placement of all the furniture, window treatments, decor and accessories.

Thanks to the help of the homeowners and a couple of great handymen, the delay in the truck schedule did not stop us from transforming the home in a matter of 12 hours!

Take a look and see how much of a difference the right furniture, area rugs, decorative fabrics and decor pieces can transform a home!

Before Living Room

Before Living Room


After Living Room

After Living Room


before dining room

Before Dining Room


after dining room

After Dining Room


before great room

Before Great Room


after great room

After Great Room

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Kansas City Home and Garden: Fit for Family

The Decorative Touch Featured in Kansas City Homes and Gardens Magazine

We are beyond elated to be published in the Jan./Feb. issue of Kansas City Home and Garden. The article is entitled Fit for Family where the editors examine our task of designing the interior of a home adding 5,000 square feet to the already 5,500 square-foot space. The homeowners — who I have had the pleasure of working with a few years before— hired the Decorative Touch to work in tandem with the builder to not only increase living space but also focus on perpetual style that appeals to the family-centered nature of the owners. As the interior designer, I clearly understood the vision for the home, which I reiterated in the article.

“Everything in the house was conceived to enhance family life,”  Janine Terstriep says. “When the homeowners were ready to do a significant renovation to the existing house, they knew exactly what they wanted.”

It takes a great team to achieve this type of result on a home, from architect and builder to designer and homeowner. I was delighted to be part of the talent that made this all come together. To read the entire article, grab the Jan./Feb. issue of KCH&G, or just click on the screen grab below.

Kansas City Home and Garden: Fit for Family

Kansas City Home and Garden: Fit for Family

Photo: Kansas City Home and Garden

Are you looking to establish a new style with your home’s  interior design? We can help you get started.  Just contact the Decorative Touch, and we’ll help with the next step.

Design by The Decorative Touch Featured in KCH&G

A luxurious bathroom designed by Janine Terstriep of The Decorative Touch is featured in the October issue of Kansas City Homes and Gardens, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Like many homeowners these days, our clients sought a relaxing bathroom retreat, and we created exactly what they were looking for. The blue and cream color palette sets the space apart from the rest of the home, offering the ambiance and serenity of a spa. If you can’t stop eyeing the mosaic staircase, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most luxe features of the space, in addition to the elegant drapes and stunning chandelier.

Thank you so much to Kansas City Homes and Gardens for featuring our design! Pick up a copy of the magazine at a local newsstand or check out the digital edition online and flip to pages 46-47 to see the spread and read the article.

Bathroom interior design by The Decorative Touch

Lock Lloyd Master Bathroom Addition

Today I am happy to show a photo of a newly completed renovation in a secluded subdivision in Kansas City called Lock Lloyd that I was fortunate enough to work on! This master bathroom project was so exceptional that it’s easy to see how  fabulous taste and great design come together. I honestly think this bathroom is some of my best work ever.

The addition called for a specific need to create a “slip resistant” area due to the steps leading up to the soaking tub. I drew a “carpet look” runner made out of mosaic tile so that the grout lines would create a more durable surface. The result ended up being a gorgeous, custom tile creation that is truly a focal point in the bathroom.  The bath is a true oasis of relaxation and elegance, from the spa blue wall-covering to the crystal chandelier, and all the beautiful accent tile. The homeowner is truly reflected in their choices of materials, and our design has brought together interior design perfection!

Take a look at just how beautiful the project turned out to be…

Bathroom interior design by The Decorative Touch

Interior design by The Decorative Touch.

Exclusive Interiors LLC

Open House at Exclusive Interiors

Exclusive Interiors LLCMany of you don’t know this but I own a second business. In addition to The Decorative Touch Ltd I own Exclusive Interiors LLC,  a full-service residential and commercial interior design studio. We are kicking off fall with an open house and I want you all to come out!

Sponsored by Exclusive Interiors LLC and The Decorative Touch LTD,  the Fall Open House at the studio will take place next week on October 1st and 2nd from 10am-5pm. You will find one of a kind fabric fair with exclusive designer fabrics at exclusive savings that will never seen again! Be sure to bring bring your window measurements, as you will want to place your order on the spot.

Also, our entire store will be 10% off and, 10% of our proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure so come help us fight breast cancer. There will also be raffles with great prizes from Sherwin Williams paint, Seabrook Wallcovering, Hunter Douglas, York Wallcovering and many more. Refreshments will also be served throughout the day.

Don’t miss this event, ’tis the season to get your home ready for those holiday parties! Mark you calendars now and we’ll see you next weekend!
  • When: October 1st and 2nd; 10am-5pm
  • Where:  14111 W. 95th Street;  Lenexa, Ks 66215
  • For more information call:  913-888-1388