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A Hippie-Chic Home in Midtown, Kansas City

by Bethany Joy Foss

Homeowners Jessica Rogers and her husband Matt Hayden found their 1906 “shirtwaist” style house two years ago in the historic South Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City, MO. The neighborhood was developed along Gillham Parkway and housed many downtown small business owners in the late 19th century. Today, many of the historic homes have been restored and the neighborhood is growing and thriving with young families alongside neighbors who have lived there for generations. The couple fell in love with the area and immediately began renovating the house to reflect their lifestyle, celebrating local art and culture. They share the space with their sweet 8-month-old, Sonny James Hayden, and an occasional house guest.

Jessica owns Cart Wheel, a creative lifestyle brand specializing in textile design and housewares. She is responsible for countless pop-up events around the Kansas City area including local maker fair, Gypsy Market. Her creative energy is expressed in every pocket of the home. “I am constantly shifting, replacing and rearranging things,” Jessica shares. “I like to see spaces in different layouts that give us a new perspective. I will find an amazing rug or painting while traveling and change an entire room based on that one piece.” Jessica’s decorative process weaves together family relics, local artwork and inspiration gathered from traveling around the world. “We try and bring back the colors, patterns, scents and sounds— everything we experience on our travels. Our home is a way we can capture those memories and relive them every day.”

As a fiber artist, Jessica is always bringing projects home from her studio. “I try and keep them contained to the desk in our guest room, but they tend to overtake the dining room table and I do a lot of my dye work in our backyard.” Her work spills onto the walls and hallways of the house through quilt samples, indigo dye tapestries, bold patterns, and rich textures. Jessica pairs saturated colors and plant life, reminiscent of her native South Florida, with unusual travel artifacts and antiques that are symbolic of the Midwest to create captivating room compositions. Her free spirit and experimental approach make the home a sanctuary for creative thinking. —Bethany Joy Foss

Photography by Bethany Joy Foss

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Jessica jokes that her wardrobe often “power clashes” and she has the same approach with her home by mixing unexpected colors, patterns and textures together to create something magical. Her recent work includes hand-dyed indigo homegoods that are scattered throughout the space, balanced by the complementary tone of the original wood floors and trim. Although Jessica doesn’t claim to be musical, Matt is a percussionist and has instruments incorporated into the décor all over the home.
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The tapestry hanging from the ceiling is an Indian wedding tent found at the River Market Antique Mall in Kansas City and was used as a part of the couple’s wedding ceremony. Jessica added portraits and mementos from their wedding day into the shadow box that is hanging above the bar cabinet.
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Jessica loves to enliven quiet spaces with exciting patterns like the wallpaper hung in the adjacent hallway, created by her friend Emily Isabella for Hygge & West, as well as her own hand-dyed or quilted tapestries. The house is full of colorful layers of texture that create lively, unique rooms.
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The hand painted wall mural in the dining room is from Cavern Home. “I saw this pattern online and decided to try it out. It took four snow days to complete, focusing on one color a day. I love how it adds a [tropical] vibe to the house.”
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As business owners, it is important to Jessica and Matt that they have a space to spend time with one another and stay grounded as a family. “My husband is a fabulous cook. While he is in the kitchen, Sonny and I can be playing close by due to the open layout.” The light fixture above the island was created by Jessica with materials from Home Depot and the soft mint color adds a cool, optimistic mood to their daily routine.
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Gutting the kitchen was the first thing Jessica and Matt did after moving in. It was built before refrigerators were common, and a wall that was blocking the door to the backyard was removed. Food and cooking are an important part of their lifestyle and they knew they would need this space to entertain, work and gather as a family.
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Jessica and Matt brought four rugs home from Morocco a few years ago, but the hand embroidered piece hanging above the bed was their prize indulgence. It captures all the attention of the room while white walls surround the space to keep it light and refreshing. Vintage lace curtains given to them by Matt’s aunt are hung throughout the house and add a layer of classic charm to the otherwise eclectic environment.
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The house had been divided into apartments before their purchase, which created a lot of small, awkward rooms on the second floor. Jessica opened up one of these areas into a dressing room that leads directly into the master bedroom. The space has a certain Victorian opulence that is unique to this portion of the house. A velvet chaise lounge, gifted from a friend, and salon-style gallery of vintage photography from family weddings complete the antique feeling of the room.
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The soft light and whitewash in the bathroom are highlighted by a collection of antique mirrors hanging on the wall. These bring in some of the ornamental detail found in the dressing room and complete the simple space by adding functionality. Jessica finds a lot of her vintage décor at local, monthly antique markets like Urban Mining.
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Sonny’s nursery faces the east end of the house which lets in the most amount of natural light, making it one of Jessica’s favorite morning spots. The room is full of bright color placement, happy compositions and prints from local makers like Tammy Smith and Vahalla Studios. Jessica brought the crisp mint color from the kitchen into the nursery, added color complements with bold reds, and hung cheerful artwork around the room.
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When family and friends visit, Jessica wants them to kick off their shoes, and feel happy and comfortable as if it were their own home. Jessica lovingly calls this room her “Florida space” and has a dozen plants lined up across the floor to soak up the sunshine. “We think this room was a kitchen at one point, but now it is more of a transitional library between bedrooms.”
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“I built these shelves when I was 8 months pregnant. Everyone at Home Depot was asking me if I needed help and I was like, ‘No, I can do it myself!’” The KC Love poster was designed by Dan Padavic and the shelves are crowded with artifacts and books that show off the couple’s love for worldwide travel and culture.
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Jessica refers to their guest space as the “maker room,” where she displays work from local artists and friends. Hanging from the wall is a paper collage by artist Garry Noland, as well as one of Jessica’s own quilted screenprints above the bed that encourages a lighthearted palette in the room.
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Many of the furniture pieces throughout the house are antiques collected from Matt’s family, including this dresser and a vintage wedding dress brought out of storage for a special event Jessica is planning. A colorful piece by Cory Imig adds to the airy originality of the space.
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