Bring the Outside In

This Hallmark photo stylist took a turn in front of the camera with his own dining space

For the past 17 years, Andy Newcom has been a master behind the camera. Seven years ago, however, he used that eye for design to pull together a classic, eclectic dining room for his own viewing pleasure.

Growing up in homes all over the Greater Kansas City area, his design influence stems from a lifetime of home renovations. His dad, a graphic designer, and mom, an artist and copywriter, combined creative talents to fix up each home they lived in, teaching Newcom about home design with each passing project. They, of course, were hands-on with his Fairway home, too.

Reflecting traditional style, the ornate gold-framed mirror, bought online years ago, hangs prettily in the center of the dining room, flanked by vintage statues that represent two of the four seasons. A nod to his passion for gardening, this was Newcom’s way of bringing the outside in. Adding to the ornamentation is a vintage carved-wood dining table with marble top that complements a round of antique chairs. White wainscoting was installed, made to match a bump-out that Newcom and his dad constructed years ago. The statuary sit delicately on top.

The elaborate, layered crown molding was another welcome addition, giving the room a dose of character to enrich the overall dining experience.

“That’s the beauty of a little house. You can do really special things, like the crown molding, that show off more than they would in a big house,” Newcom says. “The plaster molding is ornate, a little touch of Liberace in there, and when cut with something contemporary, like the light fixture, it brings balance.”

Why it Works

  • Without a doubt, the large-scaled gold-framed mirror creates immediate visual interest. The mirror enlarges this cozy room, acting as a focal point that the rest of the space was designed around. It’s no wonder that Newcom points out its significance, and we couldn’t agree more.
  • From top to bottom, there’s interest all around. Whether it’s the whitewashed floors, the intricately carved wood table legs or the fact that there’s statuary in a dining room, any element in this room is capable of making a lasting impression. It’s a room that “keeps your eye moving around,” Newcom says, so there’s much to look at when guests are gathered around the table. “When you’re a designer, you pick up inspiration everywhere you look,” he says. “It was like a playground for me. Whatever I like is what I put in there.”
  • This room, like every other in his home, tells a story through antique finds and personal favorite pieces. What he appreciates most is that it’s not an expected look, calling attention to the “quirkiness” of contrasting the old with the new, as well as showcasing elements of nature. Old apothecary jars, a wine jug and battery jar add beautiful, simple shapes, creating an almost modern look in the tablescape. And before it became all the rage, he proudly displayed a bubble pendant, similar to the one his parents had in their house in the ’60s. These antique artifacts, including the 40-pound statuary, feel right at home within new trim, crown molding and floors.

Get the Look

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1. The well-defined legs of Unruh Furniture’s French Country dining table set the scene. Keep the contrast with a warm cream finish on the base and a classic fir top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Whether you view it as modern or vintage, the George Nelson Bubble pendant from Modern Love in the 45th & State Line antiques district will never lose its luster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Do the same as Newcom and bring a garden statue inside. The cherub with roses from Van Liew’s Home & Garden is a good reminder that warmer weather is right around the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. This Louis Philippe mirror with gilded finish and crosshatch detail at Webster House will get the dinner conversation started. Pair it with other mirrors, framed art or elegant sconces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. For tabletop delicacies, stop by Christopher Filley Antiques at 45th & State Line for vintage glass battery jars, beakers and more. Whether full or empty, they’ll make a statement.

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