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Modern and Rustic Elements Meet in This Local Lake Home

This custom built lake home perfectly blends modern and rustic elements and makes the most of its location overlooking Table Rock Lake.

By Krysten Muench

Mar 2021

Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsTom and Tj Schaeffer of Schaeffer-Mitchell Construction worked with the family to construct a large fire pit area for the family to enjoy. The two levels of patio have several seating areas to use and choose from. Purchase Photo

When a family of eight from Kansas City decided to venture south and build a home overlooking Table Rock Lake, they knew they were going to need some help managing the project from a distance, as well as help striking the right balance between rustic and modern in the interior. Cindy Love of Cindy Love Interiors (417-880-5771) is no stranger to custom lake homes, having designed multiple homes in the same neighborhood. After touring a few of Love’s past projects, the family knew she was the right fit for the job.

Together with Schaeffer-Mitchell Construction (417-844-9243) and RDM Architecture (816-361-9595) out of Kansas City, Missouri, Love got to work designing the interior. With such a large family, space to spread out was a must. Not only that, but being built into a bluff, a difficult feat in and of itself, views of the lake from just about every vantage point in the home were also a must.

The family wanted their home to have a distinct “lake” feel in the decor, but they wanted to avoid the spaces becoming too lodge-like or rustic. Love was able to source the right balance of materials for the home including plenty of natural colors, Missouri sourced fieldstone and elements of steel to create a “soft modern” look that blends together and carries through the interior. “It’s not the cold, sterile modern that you think of when you think of modern design,” Love says. “It’s definitely warm and inviting and the colors are indigenous to the Ozarks and lake area.”

While the front of the home is beautiful and has an almost midcentury look to it through the roofline, it’s the back of the house that can be seen from the lake that’s truly impressive. With windows that span the height of the home, views from inside and out are breathtaking. “I kept envisioning myself living there the whole time and thinking ‘wow, what a blessing that they have that they can enjoy that view,’” Love says.

Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe front of the home has a distinct midcentury vibe while the interior is contemporary. Guests walk across a bridge to a patio space that leads to the front door. Upon entry to the loft level of the home, guests are immediately greeted with a stunning view of Table Rock Lake that’s visible through the back of the house. Purchase Photo
Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe entry on the main level of the home that leads into the kitchen and dining area offers extra storage with the buffet as well as a wow factor through the Table Rock Lake sculpture hung on the wall. Love worked with a local metal fabricator to have the piece custom made to fit the space. Purchase Photo
Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe kitchen island is a quartzite called Northern Lights, and is no longer available. “We got super lucky and found two slabs to bookmatch, which is incredible because you can’t even tell where it’s seamed together,” Love says. “It was selected for its similar appearance to the bluffs of the lake.” Purchase Photo
Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe open tread stairway that connects all three levels is just one of the many modern elements throughout the home. The glass panels allow for the most unobstructed views, allowing the outdoors to continue to shine through Purchase Photo
Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsWhile the main floor mostly reserved for entertaining, the family wanted to incorporate plenty of additional seating areas throughout the home for relaxing and hanging out. Purchase Photo
Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsReclaimed wood planks from an area tear down were used to create an almost canopy like structure behind the bed. “We didn’t want the room to get too heavy with it coming all the way across the ceiling, so we just carried it partially [across],” Love says. Purchase Photo
Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsThe bathroom utilizes a black and white wallpaper of bare branches that add a lot of texture and depth to the space. Purchase Photo
Custom built lake home overlooking Table Rock Lake
Photo by Brandon AlmsWith sunset views from the back of the home, the family often enjoys evenings together around the fire pit when the waters of the lake have calmed for the day. Purchase Photo