Since buying a real house, I’ve grown this profound desire for home decor. Maybe its because I have an “actual” house to furnish (read about our four year stint living in a garage here) or maybe its because I’ve been “nesting” most of my tenure in this area (three babies in four years). I’ve learned the big secret to decorating: do it slowly. My mom in law said something to me that was profound this week: Most people never “finish” decorating their home before moving to the next one. Sigh. I felt like a burden was lifted. I know, deep right?
With the addition of Summit Fair to the Summit Wood’s Shopping Center, I feel as though Lee’s Summit has opened its doors and welcome a host of new shops in town. I think this has also spurred surrounding buildings that were once empty to also be considered for new, refreshing tenants like At Home Decor Store. Although this may be wishful thinking, I’m secretly hoping that one day we’ll get Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, or Birch Lane to look our way. These are tried and true stores for my taste for traditional and classic design, even knowing that I’d be spending a fortune for doing so.
However, there are some AMAZING local stores in East Kansas City, Missouri that are hidden treasure troves for home and garden shopping! Make sure you add these shops to your list.
1. Cameron’s Home Furnishings (Lee’s Summit)
This store has furnishings for every taste. I can find my love for traditional design all the way to contemporary. The owners go to tons of trade shows and alway come back with some amazing finds to share with their clients! I mean, look at this cool side table I found!! This would be amazing for my house! The owners have a keen eye for home decor taste and their staff is incredibly talented.
2. Heartland Nursery (Lee’s Summit)
I’ve written about Heartland Nursery before here. The nursery is huge and has some amazing planters and stone decor for your patio! I need not say anything about their selection of trees and flowers. There’s a guy by the name of Ed who knows his stuff – so if you have any questions, make sure you ask for him – he is awesome!
3. At Home Home Decor Store (Lee’s Summit)
Yes, I’ve listed a corporate store on my list. However, the next closest At Home store is in Springfield. I wrote about their Grand Opening on April 11 here. This store defines themselves as having a huge selection of items for the home – not just one or two designs, but variations of what you are looking for. So glad this store decided to make their new home in Lee’s Summit.
4. Greenwood Antique Stores (Greenwood)
You can just park on Main street and basically shop within over 5 stores all clustered near each other. In the Spring, they typically have some awesome open house sale that the stores all get together to promote. It’s pretty awesome! Obviously, I don’t have to tell you that you’ll find some unique items for your home that you can’t find anywhere else!
P.S. Im pretty sure the speed limit is 25 mph everywhere in Greenwood and the police officers may be sitting on a street hiding. So, no speeding!
5. Cockrell Mercantile Company (Lone Summit)
Heading a little further east, we’ve got Cockrell Mercantile Company. Okay, not exactly a home furnishing store. But if you are out and about in the Lee’s Summit area, its an awesome little store nestled a good 10 minutes away in what the locals like to call the Lone Summit area (the area between Lee’s Summit and Lone Jack). There are five cottages that all house different things. You can find cool kitchen utensils, Fiesta brand tableware, and amazing seasonings and jellies for your dinner table!
6. Brass Armadillo Antique Mall (Grain Valley)
I know the name sounds super weird, but its a cool place to find ecletic and antique items. They have a handful of stores sprinkled out through the nation. If I recount correctly, for some of the spaces, there are antique dealers that rent spaces to sell their products. Overall, it is ginormous and you could spend hours trying to look at everything. The prices are hit or miss, but I’m sure there is some haggling that can be done.