Excerpt - Kansas City at Home Magazine – January 2015: “Laura McCroskey, owner of McCroskey Interiors, seeks comfort after the holiday crush. Welcome guests into a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. She favors a neutral palette with elements of nature — orchids, hydrangeas, green apples, golden pears and birch twigs. Add touches of sparkle with silver pieces and gold chargers. “Minimizing the color in linens creates a neutral background to showcase the color of your food. Instead of sit-down formality, trade an elaborate table for a buffet. Offer mulled wine or a board of exceptional cheeses.” A hearty soup or stew is always embraced. Stack tableware casually so guests can help themselves. Provide plenty of comfortable seating hopefully surrounding a blazing hearth. This is the time to kick your shoes off and relax”.