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.”