This created extra room, which Courtney suggested turning into an interior mudroom entry and laundry room.
“Courtney has such good taste, and she also had a good vision for how she wanted the house to flow,” Wieland says. “When I come in to talk to someone, it is very helpful when they have strong knowledge of how they plan to use the house and how their furniture might be set up. It helps me do my job. You can cover up a poorly designed floor plan with beautiful interiors, but you’re always going to struggle to fix problems with color and furniture placement. So we did the best we could with fixing the floor plan, so it wasn’t such a struggle to do everything else.”
Since Courtney was living in West Plains as construction started, she contracted designer Kara Bruner with Canvas Design to help out as a for Springfield-area suppliers. While Courtney selected most of the furniture and decor accessories herself, Bruner was especially helpful with designing the bones and backdrop of the house. This included the plumbing fixtures, tile, panel molding, detailed trim and coffered ceilings. Many of the other selections were a collaborative effort between the two, such as the wallpaper and paint choices.
Obelisk Home is where Courtney went to source much of the new furniture. A few pieces are also antique or high-end vintage, such as the authentic midcentury dining chairs by Baker Furniture and the flame mahogany table in the Regency style.
She filled her walls with an art collection she’s amassed over time, and even the light fixtures look like pieces you’d see on display in a museum. For example, a plaster light fixture by New Orleans artist Julie Neill hangs above the bathtub in the primary bathroom. “I’m a fan of artistic sculptures in the form of light fixtures,” Courtney says. “To me, that’s what they are. They’re a piece of art in their own right. In some ways, this house is a gallery of things I like artistically.”