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Right At Home

Back when Columbia was founded in 1821, (after initially being founded as Smithton in 1819 at a site nearby) there wasn’t really such a thing as a “neighborhood.” People just lived where they worked — either in the city or outside of it.…

Love At First Site

What was once a rustic cabin with undeveloped acreage is now a breathtaking oasis in the heart of Missouri. Legacy Springs, formerly known as Second Creek, was purchased by husband and wife Bob and Cynthia Chapman as a Midwestern getaway…

Rural Splendor

Dr. John Sappington was not impressed. It was the late 1840s, and the doctor had made a fortune through his agricultural interests and the sale of his Dr. Sappington’s Anti-Fever Pills, which proved to be an effective cure for malaria. Even…

Most Beautiful Homes

Columbia is home to many beautiful dreamy dwellings — and the best part is that they are all unique. The homes featured in these pages all draw inspiration from different places and eras, from New England Colonial to Modern Mediterranean,…

Enduring Elegance

Jeremy and Jessica Spillman may have lived in their house in the Vineyards for four years, but you certainly can’t tell. The reason? It keeps evolving — at least partly because of Jeremy’s profession as the owner of Spillman Homes.…

Farmhouse Living

A classic and timeless place with enough space to accommodate a growing family is what came to mind when college sweethearts Sarah and Tommy Purk envisioned their ideal home. In April 2018, the couple’s vision became reality as they…

A Touch of Texas

In a few weeks, trees throughout the Mark Twain National Forest will begin their annual transformation from the greens of summer to autumn’s deep golds, oranges and reds, and Dr. Shelley and Barry Williams have a front row seat. At their…

The S&S Lodge

Scott Pauley’s “detached garage” is enviable. It is more than 2,800 square feet of lodge comfort and working space, filled with all the amenities to make work, hobby and family life easier. Pauley designed the shed on a piece of yellow…

On Hulen Lake

From the street, Mark and Lotta Timberlake’s home has the feel of the other homes on Hulen Lake. Built in the ‘60s, it’s a walkout ranch with five bedrooms and three baths — bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. They scored it…

Gifts for Gardeners

If you have a loved one who enjoys gardening, whether vegetables or flowers, here are some gift ideas that are sure to please: “All New Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew – Even though this book has been out for several…

In Good Company

Photos by Notley Hawkins This expansive contemporary home was built in 2012 and features over 6,300 square feet of modern charm and keen attention to detail. From the 2.11 acre lot and 10-foot ceilings, to the stunning kitchen and…

Just Ask Joe

Mulling over a kitchen remodel? Unsure how to begin? KraftWerks’ owner Joe Coke has remodeled dozens of kitchens in Columbia. Here he offers advice to kickstart your project. ADDING SPACE The first question I usually get is, “Can we…

Trail Time

What is trail running? For me, if the surface is not paved, I’m trail running. Rocky, narrow singletrack through the forest, a grassy mowed path through the prairie or a crushed limestone bike trail along the Missouri River all add to the…

Beyond the Eclipse

It was hailed as "possibly the most impressive 2 and a half minutes of your life." Do you think the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 lived up to all the hype? Dr. Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy,…

The Power of Curiosity

Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Jeffrey Ferguson, a doctor of anthropology at the University of Missouri, could say the same, although the pottery he creates in his backyard studio…

Deck Redux

A distant howl pierces through the darkness. Christi peaks her head out of the sliding door in the kitchen to call for the family dog, Pepper. The night falls silent. Concerned that Pepper has found herself following her nose into a…
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