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At Home With: Nate & Sam Lewis in northeast KC

Sam and Nate Lewis live with their three cats in a Kansas City Shirtwaist-style house in the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood.

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“At Home With,” a feature that takes you inside cool and unusual apartments and homes in the Kansas City area, appears in Ink the first and third weeks of the month. Know someone with a kick-ass pad? Send info and photos to sarah@inkkc.com.


The inside of Nate and Sam Lewis’ Northeast Kansas City home is painted with a cool kaleidoscope of colors.

The wall around the fireplace is yolk-yellow. The dining room is all vintage mint. And the master bedroom is a deep, dark blue, like the sky on a starry night.

Playing with color is something the Lewises do at home and work. He’s a graphic designer, she’s an illustrator, and both of them work at Hallmark.

Over the past few years, the design-minded couple have worked to turn their 1908 Kansas City Shirtwaist-style house into a modern home that fits them like a brightly colored glove.

Sam hand-mixed the paint for the walls until she came up with the perfect colors. Nate worked with a friend to install new fixtures and shiny white subway tile in an upstairs bathroom.

They collected objects they loved — playful prints from Wonder Fair in Lawrence, paintings by friends and family, handwoven blankets from a recent trip to Peru — and found perfect places for them in the house.

To Sam, decorating “is about letting the stuff you love stand out.”

It’s also about coming up with creative (and inexpensive) ideas. The Lewises’ staircase is lined with colorful yardsticks, the drafty fireplace is filled all the way up with split logs, and the extra rooms in the three-story house have been filled with bargain vintage furniture scored on Craigslist.

Soon all of that furniture will have to be moved because the Lewises are selling their house and relocating to a Colonial in midtown Kansas City that’s closer to work and their church.

Sam already has plans to renovate the kitchen and — of course — paint the walls.


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