Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Front Page - PHO­TOGRAPHED BY BILL MATHEWS. STYLED BY GLO­RIA GALE.

artists Brownie and Rich Hayek, liv­ing in his­toric build­ings pro­vides them with the in­spir­ing at­mos­phere that is con­ducive to both their art and their life­style. Rich paints pas­tel land­scapes work­ing on su­per fine-grit Ger­man sand­pa­per, and Brownie cre­ates three-di­men­sional or­ganic botan­i­cal art us­ing branches, mosses, twigs and other nat­u­ral pieces as well as wood and metal. Both of them find it en­rich­ing to re­think their spa­ces in dif­fer­ent ways. Hence, the draw to­ward homes such as this 1920s Kansas City bun­ga­low.

“When we bought it, it was just a lit­tle white house that was to­tally non­de­script,” Brownie says. The cou­ple painted walls, re­ar­ranged liv­ing spa­ces and brought in lots of rus­tic nat­u­ral fur­nish­ings and col­or­ful ac­ces­sories as well as some of Brownie’s beloved prim­i­tive pieces and a few more in­dus­trial-look fur­nish­ings. Mix­ing to­gether Na­tive Amer­i­can rugs and pot­tery, sleek metal-topped tables and punched-tin panel cab­i­nets might seem odd, but just like blend­ing var­i­ous col­ors from an artist’s pal­ette, th­ese fur­nish­ings all seem to come to­gether for a beau­ti­ful fin­ished look.

“You can mix things, but you have to do it right,” Brownie says. “I try to keep that or­ganic look go­ing with the prim­i­tives and the rugs, and I’ve in­cor­po­rated more in­dus­trial touches to give it an edgy up­date.”

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