Two Wichita design businesses plus one new space equal a lot more collaboration

Vicki Flores, left, and Wendy Mayes have separate design businesses but often collaborate on work and now share the same office space.








The coronavirus pandemic caused people to start working from home, and a lot are continuing to stay there.

Designers Wendy Mayes and Vicki Flores are taking the opposite route.

The two had always worked from home, but they decided to open a storefront together. Both women are long time members of The American Society of Interior Designers.

Mayes who is one of the few Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers (CKD) in the area, still has her Wendy Mayes Design, which focuses on kitchen and bath renovations, and Flores still has Designs for Life.

Now, both businesses are at 3211 E. Douglas between Reuben Saunders Gallery and the Crown Uptown Theatre.

“We collaborate together on a lot of projects,” Mayes said. “It’s just kind of easier to work together this way”

They like the area in part because it’s close to a lot of their suppliers, and it’s in the Douglas Design District.

“There’s just a great feeling here,” Flores said.

The space isn’t a showroom.“It’s a space where we can have our clients and guests come in and just sit and be comfortable and chat,” Flores said.

She’s a Certified   Living  In Place Professional (CLIPP) interior designer who specializes in what’s called “Living In Place.” That’s when a home is designed for people of all ages so that they can be comfortable, safe and well regardless of their circumstances. The home design prepares it for readiness for changes both expected and the unforseen.

Both Flores and Mayes live in multigenerational homes and incorporate features into their designs and layouts to make it easier for anyone of any age to use a home.

“We have just become passionate about it,” Flores said.

The two can show their work via a video monitor, and Flores said they can do a lot of preliminary design from a distance.

May is ALS Awareness Month

  ALS .. Those 3 letters changed my life 15 years ago. Our son Bryan was diagnosed with this body destroying and fatal  disease at the age of 33. He was told by a heartless specialist to get a feeding tube, fill out a DNR and prepare to die. His life expectancy was 18 months.

He had just returned to Wichita, after spending 5 years  teaching in Prague and had begun his first year teaching at Wichita State.

Our hearts were full of despair and hopelessness. An intervention from an ALS angel, Jean Hayley, brought HOPE into our lives. She put Bryan on a huge regiment of vitamins and told him to eat to keep weight on his body. He went to the ALS clinic at KU Med and was told that he had a very slow progressing form of the disease and that his life span was like everyone else undetermined.

From that point on we celebrate life. We appreciate each extra day that we have been given.

However, that is not the norm for this beast of a disease. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS and ever 90 minutes, someone takes their last breath.

There are no survivors to celebrate at the ALS Walks. There are no treatments that bring any long term relief.  Every patient is different but the out -come is  always the same.

Because our family has been given a gift, I feel it is my duty and privilege to do what I can to help spread the awareness and offer support to those patients and their caregivers while we await a treatment of any kind.

You will be hearing from me again as we prepare for fundraising walk in September.Brand

WHAT IS ALS? The name amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is Greek in origin. “A” means “no” or “negative,” “myo” translates to “muscle”, and “trophic” refers to “nourishment”. So, amyotrophic means “no muscle nourishment”. “Lateral” refers to the places in a person’s spinal cord where portions of nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.In the United States and many other countries, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the legendary Yankees baseball player who died from ALS in 1941. In the United Kingdom and other parts of the world, ALS is often called Motor Neurone Disease (MND). In many Spanish speaking countries it is called Esclerosis Lateral Amiotrófica (ELA).This disease weakens and kills nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. Individuals are robbed of their ability to move, speak, eat and breathe, but it often leaves the mind intact. Death can occur within 2-5 years of diagnosis, but some individuals have survived for 10 or more years. Some symptoms can be managed and certain treatments can help extend life. However, there is currently no known cure or fully effective treatment for the underlying causes of ALS.

ALS is not contagious and doesn’t discriminate. This disease can strike anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Every 90 minutes ALS claims another life. Every time someone dies, another person is diagnosed with ALS.

We are Designing from Distance…………. for a limited time

With our over 40 years of combined professional interior design experience and education, we know that one designer can not possibly be an expert in every aspect of interior design. Together we have the combined expertise to design, implement and manage your project from conception to completion with seamless teamwork.


Our Specialized Certifications are in Professional Interior Design (ASID), kitchen and bath renovation (NKBA) and Living in Place Design. We look forward to helping you create your special space with style and comfort while addressing safety, wellness and accessibility so that your home can truly be your “Forever Home.”If you have been thinking about starting a renovation project in your future, this is an ideal time to begin the planning. The actual completion is much longer than HGTV would lead us to believe. So much has to do with product and tradespeople availability.

The Designing from a Distance  process is simple and we hope fun for all of us. Fill out a questionnaire about your project which includes photos and measurements of your room(s). Include inspiration photos or link to some and choose your design package. ( or you can have a choice to do that later) Then we will visit with you via Zoom to clarify your wish list, and begin researching for your project.

Packages Available click link below  

 You will receive from us via email 2 unique Design Files “mood

or storyboards”  or set of floor plans with products we feel are the perfect finishes to give your home the feel, look and function to enhance your quality of life and make you want it for Your Forever Home. You will have the opportunity to tell us what you like and don’t like on the boards and we will create a new more detailed final board for your project, just like we do with our clients when are not distancing. we will furnish you with actual samples from the boards when possible in a bag dropped off at your door or mailed to you. The best part for all of us is that the investment you have made in your design package will be applied to our design retainer as we move forward with ordering and project managing side of your renovation AND we will be at the front of the line when product starts shipping again and our crews are scheduling their time.     

If you have any questions  Please   contact us  via form below ofr  call 316-358-9672                                                                

Two Designers Collaborate with one Vision

 A new Design Studio has opened at 3211 E Douglas. Vicki Flores, Certified Living In Place Professional, and Wendy Mayes, Certified Kitchen Designer are collaborating to bring the “Forever Home “concept to their clients.


3211 E Douglas Avenue, Wichita Ks



They believe that a home should enhance the quality of life for its residents no matter the age or family size . “We think that it makes personal and financial sense to invest in your home to make it  more comfortable, safe and  accessible so that you can add the elements that do enhance your personal life and enjoy it as long as you want”. They suggest that any home renovation should include these principles to ensure comfort, safety, wellness and accessibility.

The concept of Living In Place is replacing the outmoded Aging in Place for many reasons. This movement is getting international attention. Simply put, every home should be safe, comfortable and accessible for the people who live there and their guests. Vicki graduated the CLIPP program in 2016 and is the only Living In Place Professional / ASID designer in the Wichita area. She is now one of 33 International Ambassadors for Living In Place Institute.  The ambassador’s goals are to bring awareness to the public, construction and medical communities.

The two professional designers who have been practicing in the Wichita area  for more than 20 years are excited to be on the  cusp of this exciting movement toward a different approach to  residential design. They have worked together often in the past. Most importantly on the home Vicki Flores renovated for her family of 3 generations. The home is “forever home” to the Flores family. It was designed and renovated for the Flores’s in their 70s, their son, living with ALS and Vicki’s 90-year-old mother.

We are so excited to share this with our clients. For more information call 316-358-9672