Four years ago, retired antique dealer Shelley Hatcher and her husband, Russell, moved from their home in Memphis, Tennessee, to South Springfield to be closer to their son. The house they now call home was extensively remodeled to suit the couple’s eclectic style. “The home had good bones, and I liked the layout,” Hatcher explains. The creative couple gutted the home, turning a hallway into a pantry and adding a fireplace to their “English room” and shutters to the exterior. “The bathrooms and kitchen were completely remodeled and updated, and we had a custom carpenter add unique details back into the home,” says Hatcher.
When entering the Hatcher home, it’s evident that this is the home of a collector who takes great care curating and styling her home. “It’s in my blood. My house is never finished. I’m always hunting for my next treasure,” says Hatcher. Exposing her at an early age to antiques, Hatcher’s grandmother was influential in creating her love of unusual and unique things. “My grandmother would say, ‘You want to go junking today?’” Together they would peruse antique shops all day. “My grandmother had a good eye,” Hatcher says. “She would even stop and knock on peoples’ doors and ask if we could rummage through their old garage or buildings!”