Located on a quiet street in southwest Rapid City, Andrew Jandt’s home is one where old meets new, and seemingly divergent styles can mingle happily. Jandt, who works full-time as a senior supply chain analyst for an energy firm and part-time as a visual artist and musician, has transformed what could be a very cookie cutter four bedroom, 2,500 square foot duplex into a unique, deeply stylish home.
“My personal style I’d say is somewhere between French Empire, Midcentury Modern, and Farmhouse. You can tell from the chandeliers, that’s kind of the French influence there. The distressed woods are the farmhouse component. Then I have some midcentury pieces,” he said, motioning to a plush, armless white chair and a curved eggplant-colored sofa, which looks like a replica due to its impeccable condition.
“The couch is something I inherited from my brother-in-law’s family. It’s ’60s midcentury. It had been underneath sheets for about 50 years. I absolutely love it.”
Jandt admits the couch isn’t the most conducive for overnight comfort, but his three spare bedrooms compensate for the lack of practical living room furnishings. Harper, his statuesque Afghan Hound, finds herself right at home on both the curved sofa and the guest beds, following along closely as we tour the house, generously lending her modeling skills to nearly every plush surface we attempted to photograph.
The living area is part of the home’s great room, which includes a large dining table crafted from rustic wood beneath a large, ornate chandelier, surrounded by white Herman Miller chairs.
The adjacent kitchen’s cabinets are a light natural wood, punctuated by a tile backsplash in an array of neutrals and metallics, reminiscent of a fish’s scales. The commercial-level kitchen is outfitted with Viking appliances and boasts ample counter space, perfect for an aspiring chef.
“I cook a lot,” he said. “I’m always trying to get new ideas. [Cookbook author] Erin Zieske is one of my best friends, and I have a lot of her recipes, but they may be a little advanced for my particular skillset.”
Gracing the walls of the home are a variety of works by Jandt. “My art is inspired by Los Angeles graffiti. I used to live out there and there were a couple spots I’d drive by on a regular basis. As you can see there is a little South Dakota and some Los Angeles in that,” he said, referencing a large painting bookending the dining table. “The South Dakota component being the deer antlers and the Los Angeles part being the graffiti pen.”
The three upstairs bedrooms are sparse, but tasteful. The master’s bed is adorned by a star quilt his mother received as a retirement gift. On the wall, Jandt created a clothesline-inspired display of notes left for him by renters when he worked with Airbnb, an experience he calls “tremendous.”
“I have 39 reviews and five stars, which is pretty darn good. I’m not really going to do it anymore, though, because it’s so much work.”
He instead spends his free time working on his guitar skills and playing gigs throughout the Black Hills. It’s a passion that has increased in intensity in recent years, which he is able to hone just a stone’s throw away at local coffee shop Rumours, and in his basement, where a veritable timeline of guitars and amps double as décor.
The dominant feature of the home’s lower level is an eight-by-forty-foot guitar wall, which Jandt pieced together from repurposed barn wood. It holds a collection that he says is always one shy of perfection. A weathered church pew serves as shelf to display his extensive record collection.
After years away, this Rapid City native is glad to have created a home that inspires him, and serves as a space for creativity to flourish.
“When people come over, I want people to feel at home,” he said with a smile. “I want this place to be comforting and a place they can enjoy themselves. My musician friends just grab guitars and sit down and jam, and it’s pretty impromptu and we love it.”