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plendor in the rass With do-it-yourself ingenuity, a tendency to think as big as possible, and a truly expert team, Andy Newcom has created a home that’s not bound by its suburban lot An excerpt from Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux If our homes express our personalities, moving affords us a singular opportunity: to change. “I lived in my last house for fifteen years,” says Andy Newcom. “That house was about two thousand square feet, and I didn’t need that much space. This was all about simplifying. It was time to reinvent myself.” It’s a telling statement: for Andy, the line between himself and his home is a nebulous one. The house is his creative outlet, and in creating a home for himself he bravely disregarded rules and received wisdom to forge from an otherwise unassuming suburban cottage a showpiece. The house is full of baronial flourishes, yet is still somehow humble. It’s sophisticated yet down-toearth. It’s home as a pure expression of its inhabitant, and it’s not bound by the rules of geography or, frankly, logic. You leave Kansas City at the door and enter a whole new world. “This house was built in the early 1940s,” Andy says. “It’s a little two-bedroom Though the living room feels rooted in the past, it’s all an illusion. “There’s no original architecture inside,” confesses Andy. The graceful moldings on the wall and at the ceiling add texture and a sense of history to the space—a chic juxtaposition to the modern furniture. “Glass and white accents fade nicely into the background keeping visual clutter at a minimum.” Written with Rumaan Alam 96 Lonny march • april 2011 Photography by Melanie Acevedo 2011 march • april Lonny 97