When Mike and Paige Kampeter built their Westside home in 2003, their main goal was to create an open living space with a good flow where they could frequently entertain family and friends. Situated on a lush and spacious private lot, the traditional three-story brick home features five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths and serves as a prime location to host a range of yearly festivities including their company Christmas party, various University of Missouri sporting events and warm holiday get-togethers.
Paige knew she wanted a mix of old and new but found decorating to be a challenge, so she enlisted the help of good friend and interior decorator Devan Netcott, who has worked in the interior design business for more than 30 years, for the selection and arrangement of décor. According to Paige, Devan is gifted at mixing new items with homeowners’ existing elements to create original and elegant looks.
“I would just give him a box full of keepsakes and sentimental items that I didn’t know what to do with, and he would find the most beautiful way of arranging them,” she says. “He would blend old elements with new accents and décor that he would pick up for me.”
As guests enter the home, they’re greeted by a grand foyer that showcases a spiral staircase, magnificent chandelier, soaring ceilings, tall windows, ornate columns and a balcony connecting to the bedrooms above, which allows for the first taste of the home’s impressive large scale.
“We both wanted a nice open floor plan with a lot of natural light,” Paige says.
Just off the foyer are the formal living areas: a mix of polished furnishings, architectural embellishments and tailored drapes. A large old-world table, buffet and china cabinet set — all family heirlooms from Paige’s grandparents — served as the inspiration pieces for the formal dining and living room. “This set has got to be at least 110 years old,” she says.
Devan brought the furnishings up to date by adding traditional armless wingback chairs and a tabletop tray and accessories. Paige also had the egg-dart design and brass finishes mimicked throughout kitchen cabinetry to match the design characteristics of the antique pieces.
Past the formal living area is the kitchen and family room, where cream cabinetry punctuates itself among rich Brazilian cherry flooring and vivid red walls. Devan warmed up the kitchen’s original contemporary look with new Moroccan-style lighting, bar chairs, granite countertops and hardware. Checkered and floral prints give the room and eat-in kitchen a laidback cottage feel, while the faux-finished fireplace and unique green-varnished coffered ceiling make striking statements.
Of the three mural paintings within the home, the collective favorite is of the Holy Spirit featured in the peak of the north wall overlooking the living room. Laid upon the walls in soft pastels, the art comes to life in the afternoon sun that casts through the rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows. The mural was something that Paige and Mike sketched out together. “Our Catholic faith is important to us, and we liked the idea of having something spiritual in our home,” she says. Other murals in the home include an MU Tiger and a charming rock and ivy embellishment along the entryway of the downstairs wine cellar door.
In addition to the living areas and kitchen, the main floor includes the office, laundry room and master suite. Finished in soothing lavender tones, the suite is Paige’s retreat area, complete with a dual fireplace and sitting area. Through a set of French doors is her personal office, which features a small kitchenette where she can easily make her morning coffee while surrounded by her favorite family photos and sentimental items such as her grandmother’s salt-and-pepper shakers and personal snow globe collection.
The lower level transitions into an entertainment area. Dark carpet, low lighting and brown leather couches keep the area classic and luxurious but still comfortable. Devan finished the bar area with black granite countertops, new bar chairs upholstered in a fresh gray and yellow floral print and glossy tile risers on the steps. Large glass doors let in natural light and lead to the outdoor pool, fire pit and grill space and a half bathroom “to keep the water puddles outside,” Paige says with a laugh. Additional features include a motorized projection screen, indoor hot tub, wine cellar, game room and guest bedroom suite with a separate entrance.
Paige compliments Devan on creating a warm and timeless atmosphere for years to come. “Overall, I wanted our home to be a traditional and timeless space to entertain and enjoy loved ones,” she says. “And it’s just that.”
Devan Netcott, assisted in the decorating process and is the silks floral designer at Hy-Vee in Jefferson City, where he performs consultations for seasonal or everyday décor and silks.
Contractor: Loethen Brothers
Floors: Charlie Luebbert Wood Floors
Cabinetry: Phil Thoenen and Sons Cabinet Shop
Countertops: Martellaro Marble and Granite
Faux finishing in family room: Brooke Stark and Nancy Lohe
Furnishings: Petals for You
Flower silks and décor: Petals for You
Pool and hot tub: Pools Unlimited