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Give A Wedding Gift Of Heirloom Quality Stained Glass

Stained Glass For Spring Weddings In Kansas City

With spring here and summer just around the corner, you can feel the love in the air! Spring is a fantastic time: birds chirping and flowers blooming. It is a time for renewal and new beginnings and for people in Kansas with soon to be brides and grooms in the family–it is absolutely the time for weddings. We are very far into wedding season but if you are similar to us, you likely have a bunch of wedding invites stuck to your fridge and at least a couple of weekends reserved for the weddings of a few special couples this summer.

The Unique Wedding Gifts Of Stained Glass

Wedding gifts can be hard to find for any couple getting married, but let’s face it, It is that much harder trying to find a gift for people who are near and dear to you. You want something unique and meaningful to show how much you care. Of course, there registries and they can help guide you at least, but gifts from registries never seem special and are arguably predictable and borderline boring. If you are pursuing registries for that special couple’s gift and just aren’t finding that special something, it is time to consider something no one else will even think to give from us here at here at Kansas City Stained Glass. A meaningful present that will become an heirloom down the road is–a custom stained glass window or panel. This is an awesome gift idea for those you love the most and it will have the newlywed couple smiling and maybe even shedding tears of joy when they open it. It is such a wonderful way to mark the beginning of a couple’s life together and can take on special meaning when you customize to them.

Ways to customize stained glass as a wedding gift are:

Monograms: Have the first letter of the couple’s last name stylized in a field design of your choice.
Wedding Date: There is no better way to memorialize a wedding than to have the date included on a beautiful stained glass window or panel.
Wedding Colors: The colors a couple chose for their wedding are likely their favorite, so having a stained glass window or panel made with them is a sure bet.
Engagement Picture: Stained glass can be made to mimic a real life picture to memorialize the bride and groom in a stylish way.

Kansas City Stained Glass For Your Wedding Gifts

No matter how you choose to use stained glass to mark the special day the bride and groom will recognize and appreciate the loving thought that went into their gift. However, if you just don’t feel sure on choosing the size, color or style–don’t worry, we can help. Many people who come to us decide the best way to give the bride and groom exactly what they want is by giving them a gift certificate for custom stained glass This means they are able to pick out what they want to have made, to fit the area of their choosing, to memorialize their big day. If the price tag of a stained glass panel or window is a bit high for your budget a great idea is to consider giving the stained glass as a group gift–so many different friends or family members can participate in giving something special!

If you live in the Kansas City area and are looking for a unique, wedding gift to mark the wedding of someone you love, contact Kansas City Stained Glass today to discuss a custom stained glass wedding design today!

Stained Glass Of Yesterday Merges With Today

Stained Glass For A New Century

Generally speaking a lot of people associate stained glass with religious institutions. It is fairly natural to think that way since stained glass can be seen in so many religious settings such as cathedrals, churches, synagogues and even mosques. Another association most people make with stained glass is in home decor from the victorian or craftsman design time period. Actually, many people who own a home built in either of those time periods may have a stained glass window or tow on their home. This can be attributed to iconic designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and The Greene Brothers, who, during the first half of the 20th century, used and forever linked, stained glass in home decor. Since that advent, stained glass has begun to pervaded home style and rightfully so–its popularity has only risen and is just as in vogue today than ever before. At Kansas City Stained Glass, we are proud to continue the work of such design icons, day in and day out, and have a deep appreciation for the strong and lasting impact they had on American home style.

An Example Of A Frank Lloyd Wright Style Stained Glass

prairie stained glass transoms kansas cityStained Glass For Practical Applications

There is no debating that stained glass is a form of art. What you may not know is–it is known as “practical art”. It can be customized to suit nearly any design style or taste but is also the epitome of versatility in home decor. In fact, there really are no restrictions on which room stained glass can be used in.. Any room in a house: bathroom, kitchen, living room, the entryway will look fantastic with the addition of stained glass. Once may even want to consider creative applications like a fireplace screen, stylish cabinet doors or even on ceilings! The wide variety of uses of stained glass, both practical and artistic is key to homeowners looking for a creative home display and practical application benefits as well.

Some other, just as important, reasons why you might consider installing stained glass:

• Stained glass is a beautiful privacy option– especially useful for spaces like bathrooms or bedrooms.
• Stained glass can block an unattractive view like a vacant lot or a close neighbor
• Stained glass can express your personal tastes and act as a centerpiece for a design overhaul.

Whether you decide to employ stained glass for a practical or artistic application, the result will always be elegant and useful. Moreover, it is sure to delight you, your family and guests for years to come and will likely be the star of any room. In fact, we hear from happy customers all the time, saying they find reasons to fall in love with it all over again each and every day!

If you live in Kansas City, or the surrounding area, and are considering a stained glass window to brighten or update your decor, contact Kansas City Stained Glass, today and let’s get going an heirloom quality piece of glass for you and your family to enjoy for generations to come!

5 Beautiful Church Stained Glass Windows in Kansas City

Many people know Kansas City for its world class barbeque, Jazz, and World War I museums. But what many people don’t realize is that Kansas City is also home to some of the most beautiful religious artwork in the world. The church stained glass windows in Kansas City parishes, cathedrals, and mausoleums are truly a sight to behold.

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3 Surprising Benefits Of Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass Windows Kansas City

There is simply no way to ignore the awe-inspiring beauty of a well-crafted stained glass window. Their bold lines and stunning colors immediately catch you and transport you into a world of beauty and elegance. The light produces dancing colors onto anything in its path when it reflects through a stained glass masterpieces, giving an almost an ethereal quality to any space. What’s more, they exude a certain luxurious refinement– rarely matched with almost any other type of glass work. While the exquisiteness of stained glass is unquestionable, some of the other benefits of stained glass may not be obvious to just any viewer. However, at Kansas City Stained Glass, we know from years of experience, there are many other key benefits stained glass brings to our customer’s homes and churches.

Benefits Of Stained Glass Windows

Versatility: Stained glass windows were once more-or-less, nonfunctional, picture windows. Today, they are very functional and gorgeous to boot. In fact, they can be found on many different windows from awning to casement.

Style: Stained glass windows are great at bringing much-needed personality to an otherwise “vanilla” room. Often times, our clients design their entire room around a stained glass window using the window’s design to tie everything together.

Customization: One of the largest advantages of stained glass windows over traditional windows is they are so easy to tailor fit to nearly any need. If you prefer more opacity, choose clear glass. If you are looking for a bold centerpiece, select from any of our hundreds of colors. If perhaps, you are looking for a more subtle design, consider clear custom bevels to make a smart, geometric statement. Whatever you fancy, stained glass always adds the perfect personal touch to your space.

Privacy: Since stained glass windows often are covered with decorations, bevels or textures, they make it more difficult for people outside the see clearly through. This means they offer more privacy than traditional windows–with the added benefits of beauty!

Kansas City’s Stained Glass Window Experts

Regardless of which of the many benefits you care to take advantage of by having a stained glass window installed, it is most important to first hire a seasoned professional. Kansas City Stained Glass has over 2 decades of experience designing, building and installing amazing stained glass windows for clients from homeowners to church parishioners. After your initial consultation and estimate, we will have our master glass craftsmen create a stunning, stained glass window to fit the exact specifications of your window frame. Also, when you hire a time-tested professional like us, you can expect your stained glass window to last 80-100 years before needing retouching or repair. To get started on owning a stained glass masterpiece all you own, contact Kansas City Stained Glass for a free, consultation and estimate today.

Stained Glass Sidelights, Transoms & Entryways for Your Kansas City Home

Want to know the best way to make a grand entrance and show off to your friends? A stained glass entryway can make your Kansas City home shine with elegance. Stained glass has a remarkable appearance that’s perfect for the front room of your home. By adding stained glass door, sidelights, and transoms, you can really make the entryway of your Kansas City home stand out.
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Kansas City Stained Glass Remodeling & Renovation Process

Part of caring for stained glass is being aware of any signs of deterioration. Though glass is a fairly durable substance, when exposed to harsh conditions, it can wear over time. At Kansas City Stained Glass, we offer stained glass remodeling & renovation to resolve any issues of deterioration. Some signs that indicate that a restoration is necessary include changes in color, a dull appearance, and bowed or cracked glass. It’s important to always look out for signs of deterioration and address them as soon as they arise.
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Our 5 Favorite Art Nouveau Stained Glass Designs for Your Kansas City Home

Art Nouveau is a style of art that’s inspired by natural forms and structures. Many art nouveau pieces prominently feature straight and curved lines that are reminiscent of plant and flower figures. It was particularly popular between the years of 1890 and 1910. Today, art nouveau continues to remain a widely used style for stained glass windows in Kansas City homes.
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Why Are There So Many Stained Glass Window Artisans in Kansas City?

Have you ever wondered why there are so many buildings in Kansas City with stained glass? Some of the homes and churches here have become extremely popular tourist attractions due to the immense beauty and intricacy of their windows. But what brought all these artists to Kansas City in the first place? Well, there’s really no straightforward answer to this question. Rather, it requires a thoughtful examination of the artistic culture of the city.
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Religious Stained Glass in Kansas City

Kansas City is home to a fairly diverse religious demographic and is also the site of some of the oldest churches in the country. It is estimated that there are over 1,600 sites of worship in the city, including the 100 year old iconic Redemptorist Church. Finding a church that speaks to your religious beliefs is important to people of faith for many reasons. It creates for a sense of belonging, helps to deepen your faith, and can provide you with the guidance that you are looking for.
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Kansas City’s Premier Privacy Stained Glass Artisan

Your home is your castle. It is a place all your own where you are free from the outside world. Often times the need to renovate your home comes from necessity, like new plumbing or new roof. But from time to time you choose to do an upgrade that speaks to your personal taste and adds a little something extra to the place where you spend the most of your time- your home. One such upgrade is the windows in your bathroom.

Stained Glass Bathroom Windows Add Privacy To Your Kansas City Home

If your home is your castle then your bathroom is certainly your throne. It is the only room where you are ever truly alone, as free from the frantic family activities in your house as you are from the hectic goings on in the world. But not all bathrooms are created equal and sometimes when you live in a city you don’t always have the privacy you want from your bathroom windows. Nothing ruins “me time” more than untimely and awkward eye contact with the neighbor next door when you are reaching for a towel! That is why adding stained glass windows to your bathroom is an upgrade not only in your home but in your quality of life. A stained glass window will add ambiance to your boudoir and privacy enough to make the outside world seem like a distant dream.

Kansas City Stained Glass: Kansas City’s Premier Stained Glass Artisans

When choosing a contractor for an upgrade as artful as stained or leaded glass windows, looking for experience is a must. With the right contractor, you will get the quality needed to enjoy the piece of art that is your window, as well as the quality that will make the window last for a very long time to come. Kansas City Stained Glass is a branch of Scottish Stained Glass, which is the largest custom glass studio in the country. We have over 20 years of experience and the most skilled craftsman in the field. In fact, we have done more than 75,000 windows over the years, so you can feel comfortable working with our team. We do everything from custom design to installation, which means one stop shopping for you. Contact us today to speak to a specialist and schedule a free in-home consultation!