Light, Livable Style
The Kansas City home of noted lamp designer Barbara Cosgrove is about keeping things light—in every sense of the word.
Simple is BetterFourteen years ago, Barbara Cosgrove started a garage studio to sculpt clay and metal lamp bases that had a traditional yet artfully updated feel. Today, she still has the same garage—it’s tucked behind the 1929 Edward Tanner-designed shingle-style home she’s shared with her husband, Hal, for 25 years. But cars are parked in it now, and she’s a far cry from crafting each lamp by hand.
The “simpler is better” philosophy that guides her designs also steers her home’s interior style. “Sometimes you can get carried away with stuff,” she says. “It’s so much more pleasant to keep things minimal, clean, and easy.” But Barbara’s idea of minimal doesn’t appear cold and stark, thanks to her decorating balancing act.
Photo: Barbara enjoys time in the front yard with grandsons Chase and Quinn and daughter-in-law AJ.