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