Today we get a peek into the beautiful home of Hallmark designer Dean Kube. Shared with his wife, Nicole, and daughter, Lennon, their home is often sourced for Hallmark photo shoots because of its historic charm and modern flair. We love seeing the creative ways an artistic family decorates their home so personally and displays their ever-evolving family art collection. (Dean moonlights as a painter.) Read on to find out more!
Nicole and I feel very fortunate to own a 1888 Victorian home in one of our all-time favorite neighborhoods, the Westside in Kansas City. Our neighborhood is very eclectic, diverse and full of creatives of all disciplines with families to hang out and play with. It’s the perfect environment for raising a family.
Our house is a really good mix of both our personal styles and interests. It has a interesting mix of old world charm and modern aesthetics. Nicole has a great eye for color and has chosen the colors for each room, which really helps an old house feel fresh and timeless.
We keep our home décor minimal, playful and a little quirky to create a fun, creative and imaginative environment. We have a wide range of artwork and prints on our walls, from a few of my own recent acrylic paintings to other friends’ works that I have traded artwork for. They are all works that Nicole and I have purchased together. We also have a mix of letterpress and screen prints hung throughout the house.
While decorating, we also like to add elements and visuals that appeal to our 4-year-old daughter, Lennon. I find that, since becoming a dad, I constantly look at the world through Lennon’s eyes. I look for opportunities to have interesting things at her eye level and in unusual locations. For example, I once found a small doll house door on eBay while looking for actual old house parts. This gave me the idea to create a small entrance on the side of our staircase that could be for a fairy or a mouse or whatever would pop into her imaginative little head.
We have a paper mache giraffe head that she loves hanging in our dining room on an exposed brick chimney. It’s a fun and unexpected detail that compliments our dining room, which has a French hand-carved dark oak dining table and four chairs dating back to 1870 and a beautiful stained-glass Victorian door. We also have framed children’s book covers of a favorite Czech illustrator, Miroslav Sasek, in her room and other rooms of the house. These are just a few of things that can help make an “adult” house feel kid-friendly.
Our kitchen houses an area for Lennon to have an easel and a flat table to be creative on. We have a “gallery wall” for her to hang her ever-evolving artwork on clips and cables from IKEA. They are perfect; you can display as many works as you want and change it out as often as you like. It’s honestly my favorite part of our house.
We also like to display Lennon’s work throughout the house. Maybe this is by a simple metal clip on a wall. Or Nicole found a wallpaper online that has all these differently scaled, hand-drawn frames that we’ve used on one wall. We display our favorite pictures and some of Lennon’s artwork there.
Being an artist, I really respond to the honesty, bold marks, and storytelling from her young perspective. It’s great reminder to create honest, spontaneous works and take risks in my own art, whether that’s through painting or designing greeting cards.
Photos by Jane Kortright.
HOW DO YOU DISPLAY ART IN YOUR HOME?