Living in the Dream

Go inside this year’s St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, designed with dazzling features by Summit Custom Homes.

Story by Brooke McGrath |  Photos by James Maidhof

The 2015 Kansas City St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house, built again by Summit Custom Homes, will showcase a new floor plan; custom, shiny features (that the designer loves!); and details that tug at the heartstrings.

“You could win a house, but you will make a difference in the lives of children with cancer” is the well-known St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway motto. Consistent with past years, proceeds from the Dream Home Giveaway campaign, celebrating its 25th anniversary, will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to continue to treat and cure childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Locally, this is the 10th home to be built in the Kansas City market, which has raised more than $7 million in the last nine years for St. Jude. This year’s two-story home (with an unfinished basement) nestled on a lake lot in The Shores at Chapman Farms in Blue Springs is estimated at $600,000 and showcases a breezy Nantucket style and gray color palette, with painted trim and ceilings, differing from past KC dream homes.

“When we did the groundbreaking and saw that we were on the lake, I knew it had to be fresh and light,” says Summit’s interior designer Darrell Naeger. “I wanted it to be an East Coast feel, very different from last year.” The Templeton floor plan, specifically built around the windows, provides six bedrooms (the office and second-floor media room can be converted into bedrooms) and five baths within its approximately 4,100 square feet, appealing to a wide range of house hunters (though there’s a quaint playground just a block down the street).

Don’t wait until the last minute; purchase your ticket(s) today. To entice you to tour, take a look at this year’s home—after seeing it, you’ll be praying to win.

Main-Level Entertaining

The open main level is all about glamorous entertaining, with integrated rustic elements like the dining room table. In the kitchen, you’ll find white quartz perimeter counters and sleek white cabinetry (with mullion cabinet doors by the coffee bar) encircling a cozy island with Andino gray granite top, Brizo’s Artesso articulating island faucet that’s new on the market, and a Kohler stainless steel apron-front sink. The noticeable Boca backsplash, a mix of marble and travertine tile in a hexagon pattern, complements the slate fronts on all surrounding GE appliances. The entire culinary space, however, is defined by a stylish coffered ceiling with beadboard insets (very beachy!).

“I put my own touches in this home; it features a rustic feel and crystals wherever I could,” Naeger says. (Note all the Progress Lighting fixtures throughout.)

In the great room, a linear gas fireplace, with stacked ledger stone from floor to ceiling, separates open shelving. The sofa and side chair, as well as the armless island chairs, are outlined in a nailhead trim, while his-and-hers chairs on the opposite side of the great room are “very Edith and Archie Bunker,” Naeger says. After all, the ‘70s are back in style this fall!

Multigenerational Quarters

Entering the home through the three-car garage will land you in the “workstation,” complete with desk and storage components. Follow the hallway to the convenient and thoughtful guest suite—or multigenerational suite—made extremely functional for an ailing family or friend. In a soothing color scheme of grays and corals, and a delicate stenciled accent wall, the occupant can be self-sufficient with its own master bath and walk-in closet with stacked washer and dryer. Naeger’s design flair can be seen in double vanities; faucets by Brizo, a national sponsor along with Shaw Floors and Trane, adorned with crystal knobs; and floor-to-ceiling tile.

Second-Floor Suites and Personal Art Project

The second floor is a showpiece, really, starting with the landing. “The sitting room is an extension of the master, and I designed this section to look like an art piece,” Naeger explains. His “own little art project” began in quadrants, from the cabinet surround to the waterfall fireplace, featuring vertical ledger stone mixed with porcelain tile in a wave pattern. The clear pine waterfall mantel gently flows to the ground. “It’s a feel of pop art,” he adds.

A bright white second-floor laundry room, complete with built-in doggie bed and shower area, is closed off by navy blue sliding barn doors. That same color is carried into the adjacent kids’ bathroom, boasting a nautical theme, which is strategically located outside the media room, with blackout shades and snack bar. The boy’s and girl’s rooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, each with glass tile and granite tops, but it’s the master suite that shines in personality.

A comfy, understated bedroom makes way for a master bath that tops all others: A significant (and doorless) glass shower enclosure along one wall houses a freestanding soaker tub, numerous body sprays, and floor-to-ceiling opal and ceramic-glazed tile in a waterfall pattern. Mirroring the wet area are his-and-hers floating vanities, designed after a trip to Las Vegas, with silver-framed mirrors, quartz counters and LED strip lights.

Avery’s Room

The little girl’s room is known as Avery’s room, inspired by a recovering Kansas City St. Jude patient. At the groundbreaking, Avery gave Naeger flower petal art that she made, and he—and a team of volunteers including Avery—replicated it on an accent wall in the room using wallpaper. Her personal story is framed and sits on a desk in the room.


Naeger incorporated elephants into the decor and furnishings throughout the house, from the great room to the multigenerational suite and in the master bedroom. The elephant, which lives a very long life, is an enduring symbol of hope for St. Jude. These incredible creatures constantly stick together, and if one should pass away, the others take on the responsibility of caring for the rest of the herd.

Location: 121 SW Shores Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64064

Hours: Open October 3-15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tickets: $100 each, roughly 3,000 remain

Giveaway drawing: October 15 on KSHB-TV 41 Action News

Tour the home in person, and enter (for free) to win a $10,000 shopping spree courtesy of Crowley Furniture. For more information, call 1-800-385-9756 or visit