Prairie

Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Modern Pioneer -

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AN ECLEC­TIC MIX OF PAINTED FIN­ISHES, BRIGHT WALL ART AND NAT­U­RAL MA­TE­RI­ALS BAN­ISH BLAND DECOR.

EX­PECT THE UN­EX­PECTED Col­lect un­usual an­tiques and boldly col­ored home goods, and don’t keep them for “dis­play only.” Use them to add a light­hearted at­ti­tude to rus­tic prairie rooms.

SEND A DIS­TRESS CALL Buy pieces that have in­ter­est­ing dis­tressed fin­ishes, or look for lo­cal ar­ti­sans will­ing to turn brand-new or found pieces into one-of-a-kind faux an­tiques.

GET THE HANG OF IT Paint­ings aren’t the only cat­e­gory of

ap­peal from the start,” Kandice ex­plains. “Houses sell very quickly around here, so we looked at a cou­ple more prop­er­ties, then de­cided to buy this house. It just hap­pened to be a block from our orig­i­nal home, which we’d lived in so many years ago.” Be­fore mov­ing into the house, Kandice and David made a short list of changes they hoped to make. What started as a small num­ber of im­prove­ments, how­ever, turned into a year­long project. Slowly but surely, the list length­ened. Heavy beams, stone and plas­ter fire­places, and an­tique de­tails cre­ated the il­lu­sion that the house was a kiss­ing cousin of the coun­try ranch they were leav­ing be­hind. The pre­vi­ously all-white house was trans­formed inside into a fun, eclec­tic work of art with wildly painted kitchen cab­i­netry and rain­bow-hued ac­ces­sories. “It is a won­der­fully com­fort­able home,” Kandice notes. “The only things miss­ing are the horses in the back­yard. But with both of our older chil­dren and our grand­chil­dren liv­ing within four blocks from us on ei­ther side, it was more than a fair trade.”

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