A talented couple tackles a midcentury ranch renovation in Meyers Circle
Last fall, a couple left their Brookside Tudor for a reimagined life. Jonathan Bowyer, a product manager for Hallmark, and Zachary Loes, account manager for Tria Health, bought a midcentury home in the Meyers Circle neighborhood and completed a fast 13-week renovation.
Bowyer favors clean lines, midcentury-modern style and muted colors. Loes prefers intimate settings, a mix of old and new and more dramatic color. Blending their two individual styles turned out to be easier—and more difficult— than they thought.
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They started out with open-plan living for ease of entertaining in mind. That led to a selective color palette. “We chose different shades of gray,” Bowyer says. They used
Sherwin-Williams’ Gauntlet Gray, Dovetail and Black Fox plus Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.
“With neutral walls and accessories that pop, you don’t have to repaint every year,” Bowyer says. Dark wood floors and black-painted doors complete the graphic background.
“My advice is to choose colors that are on the same paint chip or strip,” Bowyer says. “That means they’re in the same color family and will work together.”
With the gray palette established, pops of orange and blue-green zip through the house. In the den at the back of the house, a black metal chair reupholstered in orange leather by Andrews & Abbey-Riley hits the right midcentury vibe, warms up the gray and adds the intimate setting that Loes wanted. Bowyer’s grandfather, known as Big Daddy, was photographed in this chair in the 1950s. The Charlie Harper art and the teak surfboard coffee table make it fun.
The couple opened up the formerly closed-off kitchen to the rest of the house. Honed gray quartz countertops and marble tile backsplash keep the kitchen in harmony with the home’s design.
In the dining room, an old metal retail-display piece was sandblasted and painted by Heavy Equipment Services to become a console. Classic metal “Navy” chairs from Museo surround a vintage white-painted table. The Signe and Genna Grushovenko painting (bought at the Plaza Art Fair) echoes the one in the living room.
Bowyer found the Chairman Mao banner in Hong Kong and a King George V banner in London, both now framed in the living room. He found the two 1950s Danish modern chairs, which he had reupholstered, at a local estate sale. Midcentury Italian Bitossi Rimini Blu ceramics tell a color story in the living room’s built-in bookcases.
“For the period you want, try to find an estate sale in a one-owner home in an out-of-the-way neighborhood,” suggests Bowyer. In searching for midcentury pieces, he has had luck in 1950s and ’60s neighborhood estate sales.
An old science table, complete with graffiti, is now a desk in the office. Loes never loved the series of portraits that Bowyer found in a Brookside estate sale, but he likes them arranged en masse on the charcoal walls in this room.
“It makes the office seem more like a library, which works for me,” Loes says. Loes’ Jonathan Adler white “Menagerie” sculptures also pop against the dark charcoal walls.
In the master bedroom, a large, low chest and a black-and- white bus blind—both found in London—are now features. Likewise, a Kansas City Laundry Services basket from Woolf Brothers department store, which was found at River Market Antiques, fits in a niche.
The end result is a house ready for spur-of-the-moment entertaining.
“You can never have too much soda water in the pantry or too many bags of ice in the freezer,” says Loes.
Echoes Bowyer, “With our house now, we can just cut a lime and go.”