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A Collaborative, Creative Home in the Midwest

by Lauren Chorpening Day

Interior design gets good when it’s pushed – when it’s challenged to solve problems and get personal. Anyone can pick a style and stick with it to make a room look finished, but it takes collaboration, skill and even trial and error to come up with a unique design perspective based on different views. For me, it’s this kind of design that feels the most authentic and telling of the people who live in it. This Midwestern home highlights the best of each person who lives there, while also maintaining a cohesive, welcoming environment.

Casey, a freelance interior designer, and Evan Bovee, a touring guitar technician for Prince, were looking for a bungalow when they found this 2005 home in Springfield, MO with older home details. It had all of the charm (plus larger rooms) without the risks you find with older homes. Since moving in three years ago, Casey and Evan have been working towards making it a home that expresses their aesthetics equally. “We really wanted to create a space that reflected both of us completely – which is harder than it seems! So any time there was a decision to be made, both of our needs and opinions were heavily considered,” Casey says. “When we come home, we want it to be balanced and real.” Rustic, traditional, modern, glam, industrial and elegant styles have all found their places in this home harmoniously, with hard work along the way.

The process of decorating a space, no matter if it’s incorporating seven styles or just one, generally comes with some setbacks and changed minds. The Bovees have taken it all in stride. “There have been a lot of mistakes made, but the first one was painting a lot of our rooms dark colors. I really love that look, but I can’t live in it. The past year has been dedicated to painting,” says Casey. “Not only to fix my mistakes, but to correct all the cream trim and doors. Now everything is light and bright. We are still working on our home. I think by the time everything is completely finished (if that ever happens), it will be time to move.” If you ask me, it’s a pretty great work in progress. —Lauren

All photography by Matt Douglas


Living Room
Sofa – JCPenny
Rocker – Overstock
Coffee Table – Vintage
Accent Table – Vintage
Drapes – IKEA
Rattan Chairs – Vintage
Media Center – IKEA
Wallpaper – Ferm Living

Dining Room
Table – Vintage
Chairs – Overstock
Light Fixture – Lindsay Adelman
Rug – Overstock
Corner Cabinet – Vintage
Art – Vintage & Etsy

Downstairs Bathroom
Faucet – Overstock
Mirror – Vintage
Rug – TjMaxx
Paint – Pale Bloom by Valspar

Master Bedroom
Bench – Handmade
Lamps – West Elm
Light Fixture – IKEA

Reading Nook
Chair – West Elm
Side Table – Target

Master Bathroom
Mirrors – West Elm
Faucet – Overstock
Gold Makeup Mirror – Amazon
Paint – Pale Bloom by Valspar

"Our coffee table is an original railroad cart. One of our dear friends found it in a flea market covered in red paint. He stripped most of the paint off of it and I would always tell him how much I loved it," Casey says. "When we got married, he gave us a card with a drawing of the coffee table inside that said, 'it's yours!' I love that some of the red paint is still there, giving life to the story."
"I really love how this Ferm Living wallpaper goes with everything. It makes a statement and is usually the first thing people comment on when they come in. But it isn't distracting. I can change up pillows, rugs, etc. and it will always mesh well," Casey says.
Casey and Evan have created a home that mixes textures, materials, styles and finishes to reflect both of their tastes.
The details in their home are a balance of delicate items paired with rich colors and textures.
Casey and Evan's home is filled with things found along the way. "I found these mint condition Rattan chairs on Craigslist for a steal. When I saw them, it was late, so the seller didn't respond. I was so excited that I couldn't sleep that night," Casey says.
Open floor plans can be tricky to section off space intentionally without blocking flow. Casey's incredible find in these Rattan chairs fits the needs of the room perfectly. "What I really like about these chairs is how open they are," she says. "They allow space to move through them."
Handmade details are found throughout Casey and Evan's home. "Every year, the girls in our family go on a huge trip to Kentucky. I bought these yardsticks while I was there and made a hat rack out of them. It always makes me smile when I grab a hat," Casey says.
The mix of modern, traditional, and industrial looks beautiful and cohesive in the dining room. The rug and the light fixture together are an on-point pairing.
Casey uses moments in her home, like this shelf, to keep her itch to constantly change her home at bay. Art and objects make their rounds to various places in the house on a regular basis.
When the Bovees moved in, the downstairs bathroom had green laminate countertops and warm oak cabinets. Casey repainted the cabinets a dark charcoal, replaced the countertops with marble, installed gold fixtures, and styled the space like any other room.
"We don't have a typical day-to-day life. Evan is a touring guitar technician and I am an interior designer, so we are all over the place! I freelance, so it's easy to take work with me and fly out to see him when he's on the road," Casey says. "The one constant thing is our routine coffee in the morning!"
"Our most recent project was tiling the backsplash. Subway tile with grey grout has always been our favorite," Casey says.
The unique shape of the master bedroom gives this 2005 build the feel of an older home. The soft color palette combined with subtle patterns, textures and materials makes this bedroom dreamy.
Casey's knack for mixing materials and styles to create moments that transcend gender is seen throughout their home. Sentimental objects blend seamlessly with the store-bought. "Evan's grandma raised several different species of birds. I love displaying one of the eggs as a sweet reminder of her," Casey says.
"I had a close friend paint the picture of Evan for his birthday a couple of years ago," says Casey. "I actually made the shelf and carved all the bark off of it."
"The reading nook in our bedroom is so bright and happy. It has to be the reason why the fiddle leaf fig is still alive," Casey says.
"I redid our master bathroom last year. It was such an awkward space and layout that I decided to use two mirrors in the design to help balance the large wall," Casey says. "The added bonus is that we now have individual space to get ready in. No more fighting over one mirror!"
The wooden accent wall gives the space visual interest and a sophisticated style.

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