Nathan Taylor, Obelisk Home
214 W. Phelps St., Springfield, 417-616-6488
To furnish and decorate an open main level with expansive walls and a 20-foot ceiling, as well as divide it into three separate rooms, the designer strategically arranged furniture and worked with a production art vendor to make images to scale.
Selling everything you have and starting over is a bold move, but one gutsy couple did exactly that, right down to their house. They needed a bigger one anyway and wanted a fresh interior that was a total departure from the dated French-country look of their old place, so they bought an empty lot in their existing neighborhood and hired people who could make their dream come true. Everything was going according to plan until midway through the project when their relationship with their original designer unexpectedly ended. That’s when designer Nathan Taylor came to the rescue.
After learning the couple’s request to accommodate as many people as possible without sacrificing comfort or function, he and his team realized the need to improve initial floor plans for the main level to make the best use of space, including moving the dining room from its planned location in front of the kitchen to the large, open foyer instead. With that kink worked out and construction complete, the home was ready to be furnished.
To give the homeowners the clean, light style they desired and also to distinguish the living room, dining room and kitchen from each other in an open layout, a neutral color palette served as the base for adding in skillfully arranged furniture, including seating for 25, and minimal accessories that aren’t overly flashy but add a little glitz.
“With the exposed beams, very high ceilings and simple architecture, it really feels like a modern barn,” Taylor says. Elsewhere, the master suite and den were built to create a retreat for the couple to escape their busy lives and provide the family of six with a communal spot to spend time together.
Overall, everything about this design lends meaning to the phrase out with the old and in with the new. “We really want to take our projects from start to finish, all the way through,” Taylor says. “And I think people can tell our work because it truly has a cohesive, collected, curated feeling that just works and feels good together.”