“Aesthetics encompass a myriad of sensations: joy, awe, heartache, desire, passion, calm, ad nauseum,” Brette Sumner, a hairstylist, explains when asked about her decorating process. The Wichita, KS home that she shares with her husband Blair and the couple’s pups, Smokie the Yorkie and Pablo the Chihuahua, has been seven years in the making.
Brette’s interest in design developed when the couple first bought their 1940s cottage, located in a quaint neighborhood on the east side of town. Hunting for art, furniture, and aesthetically compelling pieces at estate sales and online quickly grew into a passion project that has continued to this day. Brette shares, “when we had lived here about a year and were still newlyweds, Blair asked me when I would quit buying and changing things constantly. I said, ‘probably never.’ That’s when he accepted his fate and kicked back, allowing me to do my thing.”
Decorating the family’s home initially started out of sheer boredom and Brette’s desire to create a space that really reflected both her and her husband. “I’ve learned that frustration and boredom are part of what propels me forward,” Brette explains. Diving into the world of design has been a journey that has allowed Brette to discover her own style, and express her personality in a spatial environment. Finding cohesion in the juxtaposition of her varying tastes is what has resulted in the fresh and personal mark that Brette has put on every single space in her home. “There’s no formula. Intuition and experimentation are part of the process. I’ve come to admire unique art, furniture, architecture, and design of all kinds everywhere I go,” she adds. When scrolling through the pictures of Brette and Blair’s cottage, you’ll find a wonderfully blended mix of styles, an abundance of inspiring art and delightfully surprising details — all proof of how boredom can turn into beauty once the design bug bites. —Sofia