Going With The Flow
Words by Jessica Bahr | Photos by Josie Henderson
Always open to adventure and change, Golden & Pine owner Stephanie Agne grounds herself with the calm, comfortable tones of her shop at her Prairie Village Cape Cod.
ith Stephanie Agne’s impeccable eye for color, texture and unique pieces, her house in Prairie Village is just as stunning as you might expect from the founder of the home and lifestyle boutique Golden & Pine.
Stephanie moved into this home in 2018—shortly after moving her storefront from its original location in Brookside to an expanded space in the Shops of Prairie Village—with her husband, Danny Agne, and their two young sons. The transition offered them another remodel and design adventure, having already worked on two previous homes together. But this Prairie Village classic, which hadn’t been updated in about 40 years, was the most extensive redesign yet.
To create the home’s current airy feel, they opened a segmented first floor by taking down walls along the main stairwell at the entry and between the living, dining and kitchen areas. With Stephanie’s keen choices on display throughout, the furnishings and accessories in the home are a blend of vintage—sometimes quirky—finds and high-end, ethically sourced pieces from Golden & Pine. The result is an Insta-worthy design delight, grounded by an earthy color palette and kid-friendly textiles.
Stephanie and Danny, both Kansas City-area natives, married in 2008. With a couple of moves for Danny’s job, the couple ventured from the wooded scapes of Maine to sunny California before settling back in their shared hometown. The geographical journey mirrored a professional journey for Stephanie. She’d graduated college with a degree in nutrition and spent many years working in public health and in hospitals. But her lifelong passion for design kept calling to her.
Soon after she moved back home and had her first son, Stephanie made the move to her new career as well. Following her heart, Stephanie founded and opened Golden & Pine in 2016 (paying homage to their journey across the country with the name, with “Golden” for California and “Pine” for Maine). Her mission for the shop stemmed from a need she saw for greater transparency within the homegoods industry and to make ethically sourced, artisan goods more accessible in Kansas City.
Rooted in its mission, Golden & Pine flourished. After just two years, the time came to expand its brick-and-mortar space—and a search led Stephanie to a larger storefront and, by chance, a new home in Prairie Village.
The contractor leading the new shop’s remodel tipped Stephanie to his neighbors. They wanted to sell their home but hoped to do so without putting it on the market. It was an undeniable setup of the right time and place, so Stephanie and Danny went for it. A pool was the selling point for her, plenty of space for a garden for him.
Approaching from the outside, the home’s edgy dark exterior emphasizes its classic, dormered shape nestled among the trees. The woodsy silhouette harkens to the couple’s time in Maine. The former owners added on to the east side of the house in the 1970s, making room for the vaulted ceiling and spacious windows on the second floor. These two distinct styles mingled together and set the stage for what Stephanie playfully calls a “Cape Cod modern” aesthetic throughout the home.
Open the front door, and you are swept inside in a wash of sunlight and nature-inspired hues. The artful contrast from dark exterior to light interior makes each more interesting and pleasingly unexpected. Soft white walls and trim serve as a backdrop throughout the main floor and in the primary bedroom suite. The muted earth tones Stephanie chose for furniture, artwork and accessories provide the energy of color—but in a livable way that says “come for cocktails and bring your kids to play, too.”
The muted colors have a calming effect for me.”
-designer and homeowner Stephanie Agne
“I do get really excited when a client hires us to do something bright. It’s really fun to work with those colors or to stay in a hotel that’s bright. I love that,” Stephanie explains. “But when I’m at home, I want the opposite. The muted colors have a calming effect for me.”
While loving the calm she’s created in this home, Stephanie, like all good visionaries, has her sights set on a new family adventure. The Agnes have sold this home and begun enjoying cozy apartment life while patiently waiting for the next right-place-at-the-right-time. Stephanie looks back at this Prairie Village home with fondness but also an excitement of the good things to come.
“We actually like smaller homes,” Stephanie says. “Like with living in the apartment now, my kids think that it’s really fun.”
The Prairie Village house was about 2,800 square feet—and they’d like less than that the next go around. “But I’m looking without too many expectations, especially in this current housing market,” she says. “I’d like to do something more fully modern, but I’m also open to being surprised.”
And we’ll be delighted to see that, too.
Interior Designer: Stephanie Agne, Golden & Pine
Contractor: 3 Square Contracting
Flooring: Refinished Red Oak with Bona Natural Seal
Paint: Benjamin Moore (Black Panther)
Roofing: 435 Roofing
Art: Prize Antiques
Antiques: CoMod Classics, recovered in boucle
Sectional: Golden & Pine Super Chill in Performance White
Travertine Coffee Table: Anthropologie
White Plaster Table: Leanne Ford for Crate & Barrel
Electronics: Samsung Frame TV
Rug: Golden & Pine Acacia Rug
Planters, Trays, Baskets, Throws, PIllows, Candles: Golden & Pine
Large Lamp: Urban Mining Vintage
Small Lamp: Menu
Sconces: Serena & Lily
Fireplace Tile: Cle Farmhouse Brick
Paint: Benjamin Moore (White Dove)
Appliances: GE Cafe Appliances
Art – Black & White print: Anthropologie
Art- botanical: Urban Mining
Cabinets: Crown Cabinetry
Rugs: Pampa Rugs
Barstools: Golden & Pine Chip Stools, Custom Recovered Lighting Fixture: RH Baby
Plumbing Fixtures: Delta Trinsic in Champagne Bronze Dining
Vintage Art: Urban Mining
Dining Table: Golden & Pine
Dining Chairs: Safavieh
Head Chairs: Vintage, Brimfield Antique Flea Market
Lighting Fixtures: RH Alabaster Collection
Cabinets: Crown Cabinetry
Countertops: White Macaubas Quartz from RockTops
Tile Walls: Riad Zellige Tile in Snow
Flooring: The Tile Shop
Rugs: Territory via Golden & Pine
Stool: Serena & Lily
Tray, Vases, Planters, Towels: Golden & Pine
Lighting: Allied Maker sconce above bath; Hudson Valley Lighting sconces above vanity
Plumbing Fixtures: California Faucets
Cabinets: Crown Cabinetry
Quartz Countertops: RockTops
Tile Walls: Concrete Collaborative; Wayfair rock wall
Flooring: Fireclay Tile
Lighting Fixture: Lostine via Golden & Pine
Plumbing Fixtures: Chrome via build.com