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2016 Homes of the Year

This year's homes of the year are more impressive than ever.

Going Green the Easy Way

Talking about your home being energy efficient and taking the steps to make it so are two totally different beasts. When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint and doing good things for the earth, some of the best ways are the easiest ways. A local energy expert offers up some tips to help you go green.

Hot Tub Time-Savers

Experts from The Deck Company (thedeckcompany.net) and Springfield Pool & Spa (springfieldpoolandspa.com) share tips to help your hot tub retain its beauty and performance for years to come.

Merry and Bright

Don’t let the chore of untangling your outdoor Christmas lights steal your holiday joy. Hire a professional to give your home a seasonal glow without the fuss.

Guide to Winter Landscaping

Just because the weather is getting cold doesn’t mean your yard has to suffer.

Peek Inside: Haden Long’s Home

Peek inside interior designer Haden Long's picturesque Rountree home.

Get Lit

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up by a fire, so we met with Dave Newland of HMI Fireplace Shops to learn how he installs an electric stove.

Unbreakable Dreams

One local artist turned a new hobby into a career spanning 15-plus years.

Oh My Gourd

Go beyond the usual pumpkin this fall and use gourds to bring a seasonal splash to your home decor.

Dig Into Composting

Saving scraps is an easy first step to decrease trash and improve your plants.

2016 Tour of Kitchens

Find inspiration for your own lifestyle and preview some of 417-land’s most elegant kitchens, all while supporting Junior League of Springfield.

Peek Inside: Denise Wright's Home

With nearly 20 years of experience in residential and commercial interior design, Denise Wright of DKW Designs has perfected the art of transforming spaces from drab to fab. This month we take a look inside of her own east Springfield home, which she describes as modern art deco with a touch of glam.

The Patron Saint of Paint

Sometimes, it is what’s on the outside that counts. We followed Brent Brooks of B Precision Painting LLC to learn the secrets of a perfect exterior paint job.

A Modern Classic

In their formal living room, John and Lee Haik wanted a design that would be perfect for entertaining and remain classy for years to come.

Small But Mighty

Embracing the tiny-house movement, Justin and Ashton Luter built a mobile, micro-sized space perfect for new adventures.

DG Stewart Hard Goods

Dustin Stewart is a self-taught maker who produces wooden creations for innovative spaces.

Pike’s Place

Eclectic furnishings and a bit of original charm make the dining room in Christina Pike’s downtown Springfield loft a space to be admired.

House of Style

Bold paint colors, vibrant artwork and one-of-a-kind furnishings breathe life and personality into Debbie Sutliff’s Springfield home.

Everyday Art

Meet three local potters whose art is as functional as it is beautiful.

Setting the Scene

Want to wow your next dinner guests? Lori Guy is always hosting meals for friends and family, and she knows all about setting tables that impress.

Take it Outside

Transform your backyard into the ultimate summertime party venue with these attainable tips from Camille Lockhart.

No Bugs, Naturally

Keeping bugs away this summer doesn’t have to involve harsh chemicals. One local company is fighting the bite by creating an organic treatment to keep pests at bay.

Better than Blooms

Think beyond flowers and master your garden, even if you lack a green thumb, with easy-to-care-for succulents.

Peek Inside: Nola Shivers’s Home

Nola Shivers started her career with Decorating Den Interiors in 1995, and she purchased the firm in 1998. With 20 years of design experience under her belt, she’s mastered executing spaces of all styles, and she and her team of four interior designers regularly make magic happen in homes all over 417-land. Take a look inside her own home, which she describes as a bit traditional, a bit transitional and even a little bit eclectic.

Tile Talk

We visit a construction site with local tile pro Randy Halmagyi to learn about the process of laying tile, a task that includes much more than meets the eye.

Setting the Table

For more than 30 years, Michael and Wade Cantrell have been selling what they call junk. But their custom-made harvest tables made at The Chicken Coop are far from disposable.

The Scene

Wondering what’s happening in the wide world of home building? We’ve rounded up what you need to know about three new residential developments in 417-land.

A Day with a Trim Carpenter

Everyone knows that trim puts the finishing touch on a home. We go behind the scenes with a local trim carpenter to see how the magic happens.

Peek Inside: Erica Lea Hendrix’s Home

Erica Lea Hendrix made the jump from styling friends’ homes to starting Erica Lea Design Studios in 2010. She strives to make spaces work rather than just be decorated. Not having a favorite style, she says her taste is traditional, transitional and eclectic. Look inside the Crane home she shares with her husband and son.

Natural Look, Unnatural Ease

Artificial outdoor grass has come a long way since AstroTurf, and one local company is ready to install it in your backyard.

How To: Pick an Interior Designer

Interior designers might spend months with their clients, so it’s essential that they get the job done right. We asked three local interior designers what questions you should ask before you choose your own.

Backyard Sauna

Marionville-based Alpine Wood Products has been well known for its cabinetry for years, but it recently started manufacturing a new product in the home world: saunas that are customizable—from their size to their function.

Built to Stand

A Branson family is building an above-average log cabin, made of concrete and other super durable materials made to last more than one lifetime.

On the Move

After more than six decades of designing, building and creating, 86-year-old Jim Broadstreet, Sr., is making moving works of art.

The Scene

Wondering what’s happening in the wide world of home building? We’ve rounded up what you need to know about three new residential developments in 417-land.

Courting a New Sport

Bocce ball courts require little maintenance and supply endless fun, and they’re popping up in lawns all over 417-land.

Living in the White House

Although it’s seen its fair share of makeover and remodel projects over the years, Megan and Nik White’s 102-year-old Rountree home still boasts plenty of cute, cozy and historic charm.

Open Air

From entertaining friends and family to cozying up around the fire pit, Steve and Debi Koelkebeck love this luxurious outdoor sanctuary at their Joplin home.

Behind the Brush

Meet 417-land artists and painters who have art in their blood, and learn the roads they traveled to get into the career they were made for.

Living on a Loom

When Paula Bonner Rosen was an undergraduate student at Drury University, she fell in love with weaving. Now, more than 30 years later, she teaches Drury students the art that she’s spent decades mastering, and she sells some of her own one-of-a-kind weavings and other works of art.