At Home

This is the room where I crept and studied, brushing silk and running my hand behind the beaded passamenterie of the curtains while Bruce and I talked and he rummaged through books. 
 This is where designer Bruce Burstert lives and works and while it is tidy and photo ready here, it had more of the creative jumble that you see on the pages of World of Interiors when I was there.

Across the front hall is the music room.  Bruce took his inspiration for the curtains from Albert Hadley’s sitting room for Mrs. John Hay Whitney.

He needed fifteen mercury glass tie-backs to complete the project.


“That,” he says, “was not a cheap date.”


The color of the walls is nothing short of magic.  Bruce mixed and applied the chrome green glaze himself.

You can see that the entire project was a labor of love, and project it was.  The house was built in 1838 and is the oldest frame house in the county.  


Bruce’s careful renovation and his love of Missouri and Midwest furniture have restored its luster.

I love a little home grown talent.  Pictures of the shop tomorrow.

All images courtesy of Kansas City Home Design; photography by Bob Greenspan.
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18 thoughts on “At Home

  1. “To the moon” – what an out of the world abode. When you take another trip, I must take you to “Sunnyside” – Country home of “Washington Irving” and see certain similarities of color, proportion and ingenue.
    I would love playing with this if it were a miniature doll house. Historical dolls – of course.

  2. What a beautiful home. The dining room color looks amazing.

    I have always considered my house to be messy but now I realize it is creative jumble!

  3. On my screen, the green is a terrific crisp apple. Much like the the stronger green uncovered by Williamsburg researchers. So vibrant and uplifting.

  4. I’m having a fit! The detail and the color–just right. Perfectly appropriate for the age of the home.

  5. Gorgeous. And once again, it’s nice to see these more sophisticated shades of green and coral (at least it looks coral on my screen.)

  6. I love the saturated green color. Did he tell you anything about how it was accomplished? Also love the wood panel doors in the bedroom. Just gorgeous. The bed hangings make it a perfect retreat after moving away from the roaring fire.

  7. it’s great to see that he’s been able to keep the historic elements while creating a beautiful, fresh space. That green is so nice. I’d love to see that in person.

  8. Love it – every single bit of color and expression of who he is and what he enjoys living with. Thank you!

  9. Wow, he really goes all out for his curtains – am full of admiration! Mercury tie-back?! Dreamy.

  10. It is a beautiful house; it was my ex and I who did much of the unglamourous but necessary restoration work on the structure of the house before Bruce owned it. Martha asked if it will be on the Old Homes Tour–it was, two years ago.

  11. I loved looking thru this charming country house. Last year my husband and I bought an 1832 clapboard farmhouse, and we’ve been working on it — luckily it was never neglected.

    It’s still a work in progress, and looking at pictures like these give me hope!

    Best wishes… Cass

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