It’s not often that an apartment can feel so much like a home.
But with her keen sense of style, character and devotion to simplicity, Kaley Cornett made a gem out of a rental.
Cornett lives in the heart of Columbus Park, on a quiet one-way street in an apartment with a garden view. Her style reflects the setting.
“I want my space to be open, airy, bright and clean,” she says.
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Cornett developed her minimalistic lifestyle out of practicality after moving several times as an adult. Every object in her apartment serves a function.
“Everything is minimal but functional at the same time,” she says. “I don’t feel like I’m missing anything, but I could always use more plants.”
Instead of filling her home with lots of stuff, Cornett thrifts items she adores and saves her money for quality big-ticket items and locally made wares.
As an artist herself on the verge of transitioning to full-time photography, Cornett appreciates quality craftsmanship. Several pieces in her apartment come from local design/build shops, such as Tyler Kingston Wood + Supply Co. and Brass Tacks KC.
Cornett invested money to paint the apartment’s textured walls white, giving her a clean, bright backdrop that is amplified by gorgeous natural light.
“People joke about everything being white, but it’s a blank canvas so you can tell a story with your treasures,” she says.
She is drawn to a Western vibe, with muted desert tones, and loves resilient materials such as leather and denim.
“I stick with neutrals, which adds to the minimal aesthetic,” she says.
Her wardrobe and hat collection play into the decor as well. Cornett displays hats on pins fixed to the wall, while denim hangs from custom copper racks. Beautifully refinished pine floors ground the space, while vintage photos and wicker light fixtures draw the eye upward.
“It’s nice coming home to this place,” Cornett says. “It has charm and character, and it’s all my style.”
“At Home With,” a feature that takes you inside cool and unusual apartments and homes in the Kansas City area, appears in Ink the first and third weeks of the month. Know someone with a kick-ass pad? Send info and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.