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.”