The 2013 Design Awards
When it comes to interior design, these are the best of the best. Ready to be inspired? Read on, and enjoy.
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Design: Whole House
Wide Open Spaces — The home’s great room consists of living, dining and kitchen spaces and features front and back window walls that are mirror images of each other, providing views of Table Rock Lake and a pine grove. The space boasts a rustic feel with a stone wall, pine tongue-and-groove ceilings and floors, Douglas fir beams and alder cabinetry. The living area features a plush sectional, a table made from a tree removed from the property and an oil painting of Table Rock Lake painted by Nancy Dahlberg and her daughter, Kathleen Dahlberg Fogler.
Embrace the family's love of nature, the lake and entertaining by using a combination of rustic, modern and vintage elements.
Dahlberg Design Studio
Residence: Dahlberg Lake House
When designing her family’s lake house, Interior Designer Nancy Dahlberg played two very important roles: homeowner and interior designer. “Any time I approach an interior design project, I ask: ‘What do you want this space to do for you, and how do you want to feel when you’re here,’” Dahlberg says. She did the same with this project, this time asking the questions to herself and her family. That’s when the concept of the inside-outside lake house, which is what Dahlberg calls the home, was born. “We wanted to walk in and see the lake,” Dahlberg says. “We wanted it to feel like even when you’re inside, you’re outside.” Dahlberg’s oldest daughter, Kathleen Dahlberg Fogler, is an architect, and she and Dahlberg designed the space together. Dahlberg unified the look of the home by using a common color scheme and pulling in natural elements with fabrics, textures and artwork. Since they built the house in 2009, it has been the perfect retreat for Dahlberg, her husband, Tom, and their three grown children, who currently live in Denver and Boston. “No matter where everyone lives, we all love to come here and spend time together,” Dahlberg says.—S.W.
Master Escape — The master bedroom is given a luxurious-yet-comfortable touch with soft cotton bedding. Burlap on the end tables adds an eye-pleasing contrast. The bed is an antique, as it once belonged to Dahlberg’s mother, and repetition in the space is found in the ropes used on the tables at the foot of the bed and mirrors. Artwork featuring sailboats gives the room a nautical touch.
by using colors of nature and natural elements in your décor.
Think outside the box for your décor, creating personalized pieces. In a downstairs bathroom, Dahlberg created a custom-built sink from an old barrel (above), and in the
game room, she created an art light from an old ski the entire family has used (below).
Create an art wall to feature your family’s photographs, paintings or other works. Located in the game room, this wall currently displays a variety of Dahlberg’s photographs, but she plans to change the art out over time. “It’s meant to be an evolving place,” she says.
Dinner With A View — Situated near the wall of windows, the home’s dining table provides the family with a great view while they eat. “We even chose a table and chairs that sit a bit
higher, so you can see over the treetops onto the lake,” Dahlberg says.
Dinning Out — As a child, Dahlberg spent a lot of time at a lake house in Connecticut, and her favorite memory includes eating meals on its screened-in porch. “This is one of my favorite rooms in the house,” Dahlberg says of their home’s screened porch. “It reminds me of my childhood.” The family often eats dinner at the porch’s dining table, which is usually set for six, but another table can be added to seat as many as 16.
Hot In The Kitchen — The kitchen is home to a few hidden secrets, including built-in storage in the island and a pull-up food processor built into the countertop. “Every square inch of the island is usable space,” Dahlberg says. The room’s bar seating plays double duty as both a place to have a drink and a place to help chop veggies or prep a meal, and the hidden refrigerator and appliances ensure no attention is taken away from the room’s main focus: the lake view. “We wanted to make sure your eyes move right through the space and go out to the lake,” Dahlberg says. They succeeded at this by keeping the design fairly simple, yet elegant, using lots of repetition with candles, baskets and other textures.
A Perfect View — The great room (above) provides plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the lake home’s surrounding beauty. To help bring the outside in, Dahlberg added grasses, woods and other natural touches in the décor.
651 S. Kansas Ave., Springfield
Cabinetry, Granite Countertop/Kitchen
Twin Oaks Custom Cabinets
11587 Gateway Dr., Neosho
Flooring, Tile/Bathrooms, Kitchen, Carpet
16838 Business 13, Reeds Spring
2825 S. Glenstone Ave. #400, Springfield
642 E. Battlefield, Springfield
The Nest, Thicket and Branches
1856 E. Cinderella St., Branson
3107 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield
Independent Barrel Stave Co.
1078 S. Jefferson Ave., Lebanon
Window Treatments/woven shades
The Resource Room
1350 Kelly Ave., Nixa
Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
Plumbing Hardware and Fixtures
Harry Cooper Supply
605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield
Hardware, Pine Flooring
Meek’s The Builder’s Choice
518 State Hwy. OO, Reeds Spring
4113 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-889-1088, thelighthousegallery .com
Furnishings, Fabric & Accessories
The Resource Room
1350 Kelly Ave., NixA
Photos by Jeremy Mason McGraw