After whirlwind months, a homecoming for Mission Hills’ Hovey sisters

Porter (left) and Hollister Hovey signing books at the Plaza Anthropologie Saturday.

SM East graduate sisters Porter and Hollister Hovey remember the week Anthropologie opened its first Kansas City store so many years ago.

But they’d never dreamed the company would be so fond of the women’s aesthetic sensibilities that it would sell wallpaper patterns they designed — or host their book-signing events in Los Angeles and Kansas City.

“We didn’t even think about the fact that a book was possible until we were kind of approached with the idea,” Hollister said between signing copies of their book, Heirloom Modern, for guests at the Kansas City event Saturday. “So it feel like things have really come full circle.”

It’s been a busy month for the sisters since the book was released, as they’ve scheduled promotional events and travel into already busy workdays. But — surrounded by old friends and new admirers Saturday — it’s clear that the work has been satisfying.

“It’s been a whirlwind of excitement,” said Porter, who shot the book’s photos. “We never would have imagined that people would be interested in what we’re doing. We’re just happy to meet everybody and hang out.”

“And we found out that they have [a copy of Heirloom Modern] in the library at [SM] East,” she added. “We’re very excited about that.”