How one local couple created the perfect balance of classic and creative.

It can be challenging to integrate new, modern pieces with beloved hand-me-downs and picked antiques, but one JC couple has it down to an art. 

This husband and wife lived in Michigan, Kentucky, and other parts of Missouri before finding themselves back in her hometown of Jefferson City. After securing a piece of land within close proximity to her parents, the couple decided to build their dream nest, a forever home customized to meet the needs of their young and growing family.

When it came to thinking about the big picture, the couple picked two house plans and melded them together for a one-of-a-kind space. In total, the process took about a year. 

The Funky Farmhouse - Kitchen

The wife, who describes herself as handy, wasn’t shy about doing some of the work on her own, including customizing benches for seating and DIY-ing a coat rack out of a vintage leveling tool. Throughout the main level, tall ceilings with faux exposed wood beams are paired with bold chandelier choices, from a beaded boho piece at the front door to an industrial-inspired metal cage over the kitchen island. She also enlisted the help of her mom, who pitched in to assist with projects and decor selections. 

“She kind of was my soundboard and let me run with it, but she tried to be devil’s advocate,” the owner says. “We did pretty much all of the design. She’s my partner in crime. She teaches me a lot.”

The owner describes her style as crazy, funky, and chic. 

“I like to have my hand, or at least my thoughts, in things. I want it to feel cozy, but young.”

Light-colored hardwood floors, white cabinets, and soft-hued wall colors keep things looking fresh and classic while statement pieces scattered throughout the home add select pops of brightness. In the powder room, she went with a playful, woodsy wallpaper that brings a bit of whimsy to the small space. The look is complemented by a large sink that, amazingly, the owners found abandoned in the woods. Recognizing it as a treasure with potential, she worked with Xtreme Body & Paint to get it cleaned up, powder-coated, and safe for use. 

The Funky Farmhouse - Off-beat bathroom

“This room is just fun to me,” she says. “I like a little offbeat stuff.”

The home also has a loving mixture of new items and treasured heirlooms. In the living room, she painted and reupholstered a pair of her grandma’s chairs, updating the pink velvet to a trendier blue and white ikat pattern. Fluffy, citrine pillows and a multi-hued patterned throw rug balance out shiplap accent walls and the chocolate-colored couch. Two bookshelves, previously used in a state office building and purchased off Facebook, flank the fireplace, which anchors the home’s main gathering area and features a mantel made from reclaimed barn timber. 

The Funky Farmhouse - Great room

The upper level was created with the kids, ages 3 and 5, in mind. Two bedrooms, one for each child, feature mural-style wallpapers that incorporate their passions but maintain classic styling they can grow into. While a few select toys, like a hand-made dollhouse for her and dinosaurs for him, stay in individual rooms, a shared space houses other playthings and a fish tank. 

The Funky Farmhouse - Floral Mural
The Funky Farmhouse - Dinosaur Mural

Although the owners watch home improvement shows, like Fixer Upper, much of their inspiration was drawn from Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram, where the wife followed and watched others who were building their own homes. In addition to gaining inspiration, she learned what they would do differently, like adding doors to storage spaces instead of using open shelving. 

Since the couple plans to stay in the home for years to come, they put much thought into how they could age in place. 

“Hopefully we can grow old here and not worry about things,” she says. 

The couple’s bedroom and the husband’s work area are all on the ground level, and many of the door frames were constructed to be accessible in the event of future mobility issues. 

But that forward thinking doesn’t mean they neglected to take current daily life into account. The master bath offers spa vibes with its hexagon tiling, marble counters, and sleek black-framed shower door that opens two ways. Just off the master suite, they chose to incorporate the laundry room into their large, shared, walk-in closet, making the chore of washing, drying, and folding more convenient. 

That thoughtful and deliberate approach was front and center as they worked with Bernskoetter Construction. 

“We’d say what’s most important to us and they’d keep our biggest concerns in mind,” one of the homeowners says. 

And it seems like that recipe was one that led to success.

Resource List:

General contractor, concrete, framing, painting, finishing
Bernskoetter Construction

Capital Quarries
Capital Sand

Phil Thoenen & Sons Cabinet Inc.

LB Classic Closets & More LLC

Concrete (material)
Farmer’s Concrete

Drop ceiling
Castrop Plastering

Feltrop Drywall

Nathan VanLoo Electric

Electrical supplier
Philips & Company

Moeller Bobcat & Backhoe Services LLC
George Schulte & Sons Excavating
Bruemmer Trucking Inc.

Exterior railing and posts
Six G, LLC

JCL Hardwood Floors
Beautiful Home Interiors

Garage doors
Dulle Overhead Doors

Rehagen Heating and Cooling

Randy’s Insulation

Columbia Landcare

Landscaping and hydroseeding
A Greener Tomorrow

Lumber, windows, trim, doors (material)
Scruggs Lumber

Winge Masonry

Masonry (material)
Midwest Block and Brick

Scruggs Lumber

Don Bernskoetter Plumbing Inc.

Plumbing supplies
Jefferson City Winsupply
Plumb Supply Company

S & K Roofing

Screened-in porch
Roark Aluminum

Siding, soffit, gutters
Capital City Home Maintenance

Stairs, trim, doors
Freedom Lumber Products

Steel for concrete
Nu Way 

Structural steel
DeLong’s Inc.

Mid America Truss