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Link and Nancy Knauer’s Casually Elegant Georgian Colonial in the Delaware Neighborhood

Nestled in the Meadowmere Place area, this home built in 1937 for Robert L. Toombs displays European influence.

By Tessa Cooper

Sep 2020

Knauer's Georgian Colonial in the Delaware Neighborhood in Springfield, MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsLink and Nancy love their home's location in Meadowmere Place. “I like this quiet area with the mature trees, and I like this quirky little area we live in with the narrow streets,” Link says. Purchase Photo

In the home of Link and Nancy Knauer, sconces, gilded gold mirrors, antiques, local art and Majolica pottery collections contrast with pastel walls. Each room is flooded with natural light that gleams on French and English pieces, and spaces with comfortable seating create a relaxed setting.  

“Our home decor is very personal because it’s things that we love,” Nancy says. “It is not like it is dictated to us by anybody, it is just what we like and what we think fits for us and in our house. We love English, but we also like a country French look, too. So it’s not too formal or imposing.”

Unlike many historic homeowners, Link and Nancy were fortunate to also inherit the home’s blueprints. Link says they’ve come in handy on more than one occasion, revealing information like where the sump pump drains and when the trees were planted.

The couple made two major updates to the home, including renovating the kitchen and transforming the screened-in porch and meditation garden into a sunroom.

“Our home decor is very personal because it’s things that we love.”
— Nancy Knauer

But they’ve also made small cosmetic changes. When the couple removed the wallpaper in the living room, they found a surprise. “What should appear, but stick figure drawings like a child would do,” Link recalls. “One was of a man smoking a cigar and the other was a lady with a hat. It turns out that they had been done by the children of the original family who had sold the house to us. We called them up and had them over and said, ‘We have a surprise for you.’ They were pretty floored. They had not seen those drawings for like 60 years, so that was kind of funny.”

Knauer's Georgian Colonial in the Delaware Neighborhood in Springfield, MO
Photos by Brandon AlmsEvery room in the couple's home features old pieces they treasure, the formal dining room included. “We both love antiques and fortunately, we like the same type of antiques,” Nancy says. Purchase Photo
Knauer's Georgian Colonial in the Delaware Neighborhood in Springfield, MO
Photos by Brandon AlmsAbout 10 years ago, Link and Nancy remodeled the kitchen and added a large window to welcome in natural light. “We both love to cook, and we are so happy to have a nice kitchen,” Link says. Purchase Photo
Knauer's Georgian Colonial in the Delaware Neighborhood in Springfield, MO
Photos by Brandon AlmsThe backyard also displays European influence. Ferns, topiaries, cement statues and a plethora of seating set the stage for family gatherings. Purchase Photo
Knauer's Georgian Colonial in the Delaware Neighborhood in Springfield, MO
Photos by Brandon AlmsThe Knauers added a skylight above the former meditation garden. They enjoy most of their meals at the table underneath it. Purchase Photo
Knauer's Georgian Colonial in the Delaware Neighborhood in Springfield, MO
Photos by Brandon AlmsNancy, a painter herself, loves supporting local artists, like Stevia Bonebrake. Purchase Photo

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