Missouri mansion combines hunter’s lodge and Parisian design

JOPLIN, Mo. — Marriage is a matter of compromise. It may sound like a schmaltzy turn of phrase, but sayings like this come from a place of truth. The give-and-take of a relationship is important.

Usually, this involves agreeing to something your partner wants to do that you’d rather not do. Or sometimes that means letting your spouse choose a decoration for the house that you might not particularly like.

For a couple from Joplin, Missouri, that trade-off manifested in two extra wings catering to the couple’s different tastes. This unique $2.95 million estate — think Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, but as a home — went on the market earlier this month.

The owners met at university and regularly visited the local Barnes & Noble for coffee. They sifted through architectural magazines to select features and styles, and collected press clippings into a sort of “dream house book.”

After marrying in 2004, they bounced around the country – he was a doctor, she was a dentist – before moving into the doctor’s childhood home in Joplin.

The Cape Cod-style home, built in 1978, had five bedrooms and four bathrooms. But as their family grew with the addition of five children, the couple decided to expand their home. Following a partial refurbishment in 2015, complete with hand painted gracie wallpaperthey accepted not one but two new wings of the house that would accommodate their hobbies and styles.

The woman said her husband, who enjoys hunting and taxidermy, wanted a place where he could display his trophies and tap into his rustic sensibilities. But she needed to create her own sanctuary where she could relax and unwind comfortably in a Parisian atmosphere celebrating her love of fashion.

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Inspired by her travels to Paris, she consults architect Patrick Fox to manifest the couple’s newly built master suite (the middle wing) in a tribute to the Dior fashion empire.

The suite’s brass and iron staircase is a replica of the haute couture salon of 30 Avenue Montaigne. The glorious chandelier hanging from the suite’s 18-foot coffered ceiling recalls the light fixture located in the Hôtel Plaza Athénée across from Dior. She also designed the crystals hanging from the ceiling and her husband installed them.

This wing also houses a theater room with murals celebrating the Moulin Rouge, as well as a wine cellar. And while the wine cupboard is certainly a site to behold, the room’s most striking feature is mounted around the door jamb – an ornate piece of wood salvaged from an old wicket for the French omnibus.

The guest wing, designed and built for the husband, is reminiscent of a hunting lodge featuring a towering 4-sided fireplace, 30-foot-tall pine oak, reclaimed Ozarkeology wood, and a crafted floating staircase Mennonite and solid wood. beams. The “drip” scones and chandelier were constructed with antique hand-blown glass pipes.

The backyard features an infinity pool and hot tub, as well as an 18,000 gallon koi pond and a working 16 foot water wheel built in North Carolina and shipped across the country. St. Louis Landscape Architect Ted Spaid designed the look of the 3.5 acre lot. With a house this large, the property has two separate two-car garages, one of which doubles as a workspace for the husband to do his taxidermy.

The master suite and the barn wings are connected by a glass bridge. The bespoke glass floor was made by Jockimowho developed the flooring used in the observatory at the top of One World Trade Center.

The mansion – dubbed Red Tail Falls Estate – has expanded to 11,200 square feet, 65% of which comes from the new master suite and barn/lodge wings.

Detar Lagow Greer’s real estate team is list management.

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