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Bringing Mental Health Awareness to the Stadium Level

It is no coincidence there is a highly visible focus on mental health being brought to the forefront. KDR Kansas City showroom manager Kelly Specht and her husband Bob started Carl’s Cause charity 4 years ago in honor of their son Carl who took his life. Their goal is to bring mental health awareness to the stadium level. Last week the University of Kansas Health System and the Kansas City Royals made that happen. Over 500 supporters of @carls.cause in green t-shirts, and hats provided by the KC Royals, celebrated this worthy cause beginning with Bob Specht’s first pitch! A great night with well-earned recognition! All of us at KDR are proud to support Kelly, Bob and Carl’s Cause to help make a difference with mental health awareness. 🙌🏻👊🏻💪🏻⚾

From Kevin Kenney,

Scroll below to see more photos from the Kansas City Royals game.

Kansas City showroom manager, Kelly Specht and her husband Bob.
KDR President/CEO, Kevin Kenney, and wife Lori.
Bob Specht throwing the first pitch at Kansas City Royals game.
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Furniture | In The Press
For Those Who Take Furniture Personally
Made For You Hickory Chair Cover
Volume One, Issue One

Introducing Hickory Chair’s inaugural issue Made For You, a new publication designed for those who take furniture personally. KDR is excited to partner with the American furniture manufacturer to launch a special edition issue, made just for you.

What's Inside:
Palm Beach Chic

Blending vintage finds, rattan and furniture from her namesake collection for Hickory Chair, Suzanne Kasler creates a timeless living room for the Kips Bay Showhouse in West Palm Beach inspired by the town’s iconic flair.

Photo shown: Ray Booth furniture collection by Hickory Chair.                               

When creating interiors, read the influences driving Ray Booth’s designs.

The Made For You magazine is published by Hickory Chair, manufacturer of fine personalized wood and upholstered furniture. From classic to modern, each piece is made by hand and to order. More than 90% of Hickory Chair’s products are made in America.

Pick up a copy of Made For You the next time you’re in your local KDR showroom or request one to sent directly to your mailbox here.

Furniture | In The Press
Ask The Expert | Furniture | Upholstery
In Search of Your Sofa Soulmate? What Matters Most

As purveyors of high-quality upholstery, you can think of the team at KDR as sofa specialists. We’re at your service and prepared to guide you on your search for “the one.” If you’ve spent any time at all searching for the right piece, you know that it’s a significant investment. But do you (or your clients, if you’re a designer) know exactly what you’re paying for?

Baker Sofa

When you’re purchasing upholstery, what matters most is what

you don’t see.

-Crans Baldwin, Industry Veteran

If your objective is to buy quality that lasts, read on. In the case of a sofa, an extra $2,000 can be the difference between five years and fifteen years. It can mean the difference between low-density foam cushions that break down and spring down cushion cores that maintain their shape and comfort.  Or the difference between a weak wire suspension and eight-way hand-tied springs.


While we represent the finest in home furnishings from around the world, keep in mind that we offer a wide variety of price points—with sofas starting at a retail price of $2,550.


When you’re buying a designer sofa, you’re not simply paying for style. By choosing the original, like many of the designer collections for Baker Furniture, not an imitation, you’re assured proper proportion and scale and the highest standards for materials and production.


KDR represents distinctive lines like Lillian August Fine Furniture for Hickory White, Hickory White, Taylor King, Thayer Coggin, Baker Furniture and Century Furniture who employ the most experienced craftsmen in the industry and the country.


Eight-way hand-tied springs are the mark of quality in a sofa. The process is time-consuming and involves attaching eight ties by hand to individual springs, securing them to the frame for durability and comfort.

High quality-cushions will maintain shape and firmness across the entire seat, in every position. No sinking into corners or in between cushions. If it doesn’t feel right from the start, imagine what it will be in five or ten years from now.

A variety of cushion materials are available from spring down cushion cores, down feather and fiber blend filling and if allergies are an issue, many of our brands offer non-allergenic cores.


When we mention customization, we aren’t talking about choosing between four colors of the same fabric as you might experience at retail showrooms or websites. It means building a frame to your exact specifications. Adjustments can be made in a sofa’s height, width or depth, making it more suitable and comfortable, for example, to someone either very tall or petite. The possibilities are endless.

Every manufacturer offers a wide variety of fabrics, and by working with KDR, you gain access to 250,000+ additional fabrics and trims. If the task of choosing the right fabric seems daunting, a KDR furniture sales associate can guide you through the process, ensuring you select the right fabric for your lifestyle.

Let a KDR sales associate make the process of selecting your next sofa a simple one. We welcome you to browse our showroom floor Monday through Friday–walk right in! Check our Products page for more information on the lines we represent.

Photo One | Clockwise from top left, Hickory White, Thayer Coggin, Baker, Taylor King, Century

Photo Two | Baker

Photo Three | Hickory Chair, Century

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Ask The Expert | Quick Study | Wallcoverings
Ask The Expert: Make it Seamless

In this series, “Ask The Expert”, we will share answers to common design questions.

City Stitch wallcovering, Michael S Smith Collection for Hartmann&Forbes

Stuck on a Seam?

The appearance of seams is often an important deciding factor when selecting a wallcovering for a client. To better understand the seam visibility of wallcoverings, we’ve asked Kara Wagoner, Sales Manager, to outline the 7 key elements that attribute to a seamless appearance.

QUICK NOTE: It’s important to understand some seam visibility is to be expected with any wallcovering, especially when viewed from specific angles and lighting conditions. Also, colorways can affect the appearance of seams.

To start, let’s define what’s seamless wallcovering?

Kara Wagoner: Seamless is the absence of seams when strips (panels) of textured or patterned wallcovering and fabric are applied to the wall.

Cole and Sons wallpaper

1. Matched Patterns

Mosaic and matched patterns such as Woven Wood by Phillip Jeffries have a harmonizing effect on the eye and hide the seams.

An authentic wood veneer is hand-laid on a metallic ground in a laced pattern creating a three-dimensional effect. When installed properly, Woven Wood minimizes the appearance of seams.

2. All Over Weaves

Wallcoverings with vertical warp and horizontal weft will have a practically seamless application. Examples of overall textured weaves includes Hatteras Metallic Wallpaper from Cowtan & Tout and Mark Alexander’s Tipi, screen-printed grasscloth wallcovering.

Tipi is a screen-printed grasscloth wallcovering combining graphic appeal with the silky sheen of handwoven abacá to create a subtle, natural texture. By Mark Alexander.

3. Machine Woven & Machine Cut

4. Yarn-Dyed Threads versus Piece-Dyed

Yarn-dyed collections utilize yarns that have been dyed in advance. The yarns are generally dyed in very large spools that can produce an entire production run of wallcovering. Because of this, the yarns are completely consistent in color, which translates to a seamless effect on the walls.

How It's Made: Meditation Weave wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries
The process of making Meditation Weaves from Phillip Jeffries. Paper is yarn-dyed, cut into thin strips, twisted and then wound into spools called “cakes”. Coloring prior to weaving creates more color consistency and virtually seamless effect when hanging.
Heathered yarns are dyed then woven for consistent coloring in a range of understated rustic hues. Common Threads from Phillip Jeffries.

5. Vertical Weaves or Patterns

The wallcovering seams are vertical, so everything blends right in.

Tailored Wallcovering Gaucho Textiles by Phillip Jeffries
Phillip Jeffries’ Gaucho Cloth is a uniquely woven and fringed three-dimensional stripe wallcovering.

6. Tighter Weaves & Smaller Patterns

The tighter the weave, the less the seaming. This same rule applies to small patterns and prints.

Monterey natural wallcovering, Hartmann&Forbes

7. Lighter colors

Lighter colors help hide the seam better than darker colors.


To test if a wallcovering will seam, place two samples side-by-side. If you don’t see a visible seam, then it is essentially seamless.

Seaming & Beautifully Paneled

If your client enjoys the inherent beauty of natural woven wallcovering, we have options for that too! The construction of a weave is a distinct indication that a wallcovering will panel beautifully. Thick natural fibers such as raffia, manila hemp and arrowroot also contribute to the paneling effect.

  • Horizontal weaves create the illusion of panels because a weave formation runs perpendicular to the seam. Unlike vertical weaves that dissolve the seams, horizontal weaves literally create an intersection from edge-to-edge creating a dramatic paneled look.
  • Solid colors or smooth textures will enhance seams on certain wallcoverings.

Lighter colors = less seam visibility.

Darker colors = more pronounced seams and paneling.

Love the look of seams. Phillip Jeffries

As a design professional or a homeowner, your passion for interiors is one that we share. Our sales associates are eager to help with every step of the process, from selection and sampling to shipping and beyond. It’s the goal of the Design Digest to continually educate customers, providing information that will ensure both beautiful and successful applications and installations.

Have a question or topic you would like us to cover in a future post? Send us a message. We’d love to hear from you.

Representing the world’s leading brands of wallcoverings, KDR Designer Showrooms offers thousands of wallcovering designs including prints, patterns, textures, weaves and more, all suited for residential and contract environments. Visit your local showroom to explore the wallcovering library and PJ Boutique today.


Kara Wagoner
Sales Manager

With more than 15 years of experience working in the interiors industry, Kara specialized in textiles and wallcoverings for nearly 8 years, before taking on her current role as sales manager for KDR Designer Showrooms.

Ask The Expert | Quick Study | Wallcoverings