Photos by Kevin O’Riley
2144 E. Republic Rd., Ste. A-100, Springfield, 417-720-2602, ellecordesign.com.;
Open Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Located in Farmers Park—Springfield’s newest destination for first-class shopping and dining—Ellecor adds a new element to the local furniture shopping scene. With sealed concrete floors and an open-grid ceiling, the building itself boasts an industrial look. Collections of transitional home furnishings set the stage throughout the 2,300-square-foot space and are arranged to create miniature scenes of stylish, dream-worthy living spaces.
Setting the store apart from other home décor stores was a goal of Haden Long, who opened Ellecor in March 2014. Long compares her inventory to a mix of Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, all big-name retailers often found in major cities. “Our stuff is industrial and transitional, but also comfy and cozy,” Long says. Throughout the space, tables that tastefully combine wood and metal sit near plush couches that are just begging for you to dive onto them. “Couches have to be comfortable, because so many people live on their couch,” Long says. “You don’t want a couch you can’t lie on, or wrestle with your kids on, or eat on, or lie with your dogs on.”
Ellecor carries Norwalk Furniture and has many pieces on display plus a full wall of fabrics for custom upholstery. “There are 750 fabrics to choose from, with 100 couches and chairs,” Long says. “It takes about four weeks to get the pieces in once they’re ordered.”
After one look at the well-designed store, there’s a good chance you’ll wish Long could be your very own personal designer. You’re in luck. She can. Long has degrees in both merchandising and interior design and has done interior design work for years, and it’s now a part of her full-time gig.
In addition to couches, chairs and other large-scale furnishings, Ellecor sells lighting, accent tables, lamps, wall art and other décor. Styles range from warm modern to industrial, with the whole store serving as an example of how to elegantly combine varying styles for a cohesive look.
“We sell to all tastes,” Long says. There’s also jewelry, scarves and other small items that appeal to the crowd that spills in from the farmers’ market.