Story by Bonnie Bing - Photography by Scott Elpers
Deb Voth, president of Rainbows United, says she has always wanted to live in a loft. And now she does. She and her husband, Kent, moved from a five-bedroom house to a beautiful, 2,900-square-foot loft in downtown Wichita at Waterwalk three years ago. Both of their sons are grown and don’t live close so they decided it was the right time for a big change.
The huge windows look out at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the Boathouse, the fountains at Waterwalk and the Arkansas River. It’s not surprising that Deb’s favorite place to sit and relax is in a comfortable chair facing that view.
When weather permits, she loves to sit on the balcony outside the main living room area or on the upper balcony on the top floor. But when it’s too hot or too cold outside, she enjoys her comfortable gray leather chair amid artwork they have carefully chosen. Several pieces are by local artists. “We really enjoy Final Fridays,” she said.
Deb likes bright colors and her home reflects that preference. Not only is a lot of the artwork very colorful, but on the wall to the right of her favorite space are shelves filled with glass pieces in a variety of colors and shapes.
“Some of the glass is from Thailand. We’ve been there four times,” she said. “Our son lives there.”
She’s quick to add her 2-year-old grandson also lives in Thailand, “which motivates us to go,” she said. Their other son lives in New York City.
Deb said she loves being in the downtown area and has high hopes it will continue to develop. The Voths like the action they can see during the Wichita River Festival, which she says is always interesting.
“We also like the concerts, the food trucks, and we see the fireworks from the ballpark,” she said.
And Deb likes her chair. “We looked all over Kansas for comfortable chairs for right here,” she said. “I sit here and read and put my coffee right there,” she said looking at the side table next to her. “When it was so hot outside, I finished reading my book Saturday sitting here. It’s just right.”