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Modern furniture—the bright red chairs, the simple pair of tables— balance out the room’s more fanciful touches. home that was your typical grandma house. It didn’t have tons of character, but I immediately loved it.” Some of the most important decisions one makes ( from what house to buy to what color to paint the powder room) are intuitive. Perhaps it’s just a matter of chemistry, as in a romance, or perhaps Andy sensed something in the modest home that others might not have: potential. Most likely, it was a combination of the two. Nevertheless, he embarked on the process of making the house his own. Andy is quick to point out that he didn’t do it alone. He worked closely with his parents, now both in their eighties, on virtually every aspect of the home’s renovation and decoration. He credits them both for his own artistic eye, and feels he’s inherited some of his father’s do-ityourself spirit. The process of working on this home together was more than just a simple renovation; it was Andy’s way of acknowledging his parents’ profound influence on his aesthetic and his life. Andy was uniquely equipped to tackle a home’s transformation. Not only did he have his parents’ accrued decades of insight and experience, but he himself had spent a lifetime collecting and honing his eye. The home’s interior was carefully designed to show to best advantage the many impressive antiques and collectibles he’s amassed. They’re not simply collections, though—they’re pieces he actually lives with. The close collaboration and his personal attachment to his many furnishings and decorative objects contribute to the sense that the home isn’t exactly in Kansas City—or The painting is actually part of a triptych; Andy hung the series’ other two canvases on a nearby wall. 98 Lonny march • april 2011 2011 march • april Lonny 99