There truly is no place like home.

Within your home, the kitchen is much more than a place to eat. Your bedroom is more than a spot to sleep, and your living room is far more than a spot to watch TV. That’s not what makes them home.

Houses become homes when they’re brought to life. They’re made comfortable with furniture, and they’re warmed up with textured walls and window treatments. They’re given a personality with art. With a little imagination and some good taste, they’re taken from bare, empty shells to spots where we comfortably enjoy living much of our lives. And when it’s time to pump some life into that empty box, no one can do a better job than an interior designer.

Our corner of the state is overflowing with top-notch interior design professionals, and they’re creating dream-worthy homes all over 417-land. That’s why we are excited to share this year’s 417 Home Design Awards. Area design professionals entered more than 70 home remodel projects, interior design projects and well-designed outdoor spaces, and we sent them to the Missouri West/Kansas Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) to be judged by a group of professionals. The selections chosen are truly the cream of the home design crop, and you can see them on the following pages. —SW

417 Home Design Awards
Meet the winning designers of the 2012 417 Home Design Awards, and talk to them about your own upcoming projects.

What: 417 Home Design Awards
When: Tuesday, June 12, 5:30–8 p.m.
Where: Remington Place Event Center, 1645 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-818-8417,
More Info:
RSVP: email


Photos by Jeremy Mason McGraw; Yancey photo by Amy Pennington

“The most challenging thing about Clark and Collene Rand’s home was the natural, eclectic features,” says Brandi Yancey, interior designer with Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative. “They have soaring ceilings, flagstone floors and, because the home is built into the side of a hill, all the windows face toward the front of the house,” she says.

The home is nestled among trees, a creek and a variety of wildlife, and Yancey embraced the natural interior and exterior to create an urban-meets-rustic living space that fit the Rands’ easygoing lifestyle.

“The home had great architecture to build from, and I tried to embrace and build on the features,” says Yancey. The kitchen, living room and bedroom all contain huge windows that practically bring the outdoors into the home. Because the scenery outside is constantly changing, there is no need for a lot of artwork or patterns. The multi-tonal flagstone flooring that runs throughout the house, along with the wood plank ceilings, gave Yancey a colorful palette to work with. She integrated the natural character of the home to create a comfortable, warm interior that delighted the homeowners. She also used the Rands’ love of all things wine to incorporate unique furniture and décor items that also serve as conversation pieces when they entertain.

Lighting was its own challenge. There is no attic to conceal wiring, so throughout the house, lights are suspended from cables, brought through walls, battery operated or plugged into existing outlets to produce the perfect ambiance for the Rands’ updated home.—K.S.

The designer’s favorite aspect is… the functional living room, not arranged around a TV, where the family can entertain friends and also enjoy corner-to-corner, floor-to-ceiling views to the outside.

Master Bedroom/Bathroom

The bedroom’s new stone feature wall has a concave/convex pattern with cable and suspended lighting. A custom-designed cabinet runs the length of the opposite wall for the TV and storage. In the spa-like bathroom, there is a 3-inch difference in the floating L-shaped counters that accommodates the owners’ heights. Stone texture was added to coordinate with the bedroom, and they added storage, a soaking tub and a monochromatic tile floor.

Living Room

The living room has a TV but is not electronically focused. The TV wall is given a natural look with a reclaimed wood piece, and it’s offset with accessory shelves. The electronics are hidden in the credenza. The couches can seat eight, and the end tables are reclaimed vineyard carts from a winery. The beams and exposed catwalk are a whitewashed wood. And in addition to the natural light, a swoop-arm light adds depth and dimension and glass lantern candle holders provide ambiance.


The wood stain, counter tops and island tops match colors in the flagstone floor and ceiling. The green faux-finished island and tile inserts in the recessed stone wall are the only contrasting colors. Sleek stainless-steel appliances and drawer handles add contrast, and adding additional cabinets above the oven, refrigerator and pantry expanded storage.

Dining Room

The dining room is a small alcove on the back side of the house with no natural daylight. It is dramatic with a deliberate lounge-like, mysterious feel. The oversized mirror reflects the light fixture along with the rock wall in the entryway. A hammered steel credenza acts as a skinny buffet for wine tastings. The table seats six with fully upholstered wingback chairs at the head and foot.

Resource Listing

General Contractor
Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield

Custom  Millwork/Woodwork
Buchholz Custom Woodworks
1410 Taylor St., Aurora

Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave.,  Nixa

Ozark Mountain Granite
6001 N. 21st St.,  Ozark

Permanent Botanicals
The Thicket
1856 E. Cinderella Rd., Springfield

Plumbing Fixtures
Harry Cooper Supply
605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield

Metro Appliances and More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield