Everything To Know About DIY Vintage Furniture Repair

The DIY vintage furniture/refurbishing trend is probably one of the most wonderful parts of the current Grand Millennial design era. The power of the internet and social networking has given homeowners and hobbyists more control over their day-to-day living styles for their homes. 

In today’s blog, our team at Ellecor Interior Design will cover everything to know DIY vintage furniture for those hoping to jump on the home expression bandwagon. 


Keep Your Textures Varied 

Plush and linen? Or Plush and cotton? It’s your choice — as long as you can balance the textures of your room. Having a staple texture is telling for the style of the individual you choose to represent yourself as in your home. 

However, if the texture isn’t complemented by other styles, it can give a bit of a bland presentation. A good rule of thumb is to balance around two to three textures within any given space. 

If it means throwing a fur rug on the floor to offset the wood tones from the wallpaper? Great! If it means redoing your backsplash to a subway tile that matches your marble countertop? Even better. Just keep it varied, and keep it unique. 


Sand DIY Vintage Furniture Before You Stain

This statement is both metaphorical and literal. Yes, it is important when repainting or re-staining wood to sand down the old elements, so a clean slate can begin with the new color/stain. 

However, this is the same truth for spring cleaning, redecorating, DIY restorations, etc. You don’t have to recycle everything back into your new look, especially if you’re starting over. Some of it can go to a new home as part of that homeowner’s fresh look, leaving room for your home to begin again with a new identity. 

Examples of pieces that can be updated or replaced to provide this fresh look include:

  • Rugs
  • Wall Decor
  • Sitting Chairs More Than A Decade old
  • Light Fixtures
  • Color Accents

Not all of it has to go, but when enough is retouched or replaced, your home becomes a beautifully reimagined space. 


Balance Your Style With Trend

It’s wonderful to stay on trend if you can afford to, because there are all sorts of fun decor items and styles just waiting to be discovered and played with. 

However, for those who are on a bit of a budget, it’s okay to balance timeless preferences with trends. 

For example, if you find you prefer the color tan, but know that dark colors are in, a great way to balance the two is to buy decor items that will wear over time in the trendy colors, and to buy your staples in your favorite. 

A beautiful beige or tan couch is wonderfully complemented by burnt orange, russet red, sapphire, or emerald throw pillows. If you think strategically, it is always possible to freshen up your living space with minimal money spent. 

Ellecor Design Helps You Bring Your DIY Vintage Furniture To Life

Ellecor specializes in balanced living; this is why we specialize in custom home finishing, room planning, bedroom, kitchen, living room designs, and more. Springfield, Missouri, is a wonderful place to find vintage and custom-made furniture. 

Ellecor has connections to them all! For more information on how we may serve you and your home, Contact us online or call (417) 720-2602. We can’t wait to see your dream home come to life. 


Seasonal Home Interior Design Ideas to Celebrate the Harvest

Pumpkin, apples, and corn on a rustic table with leaves for interior design

Outside, the weather is getting cooler while people attend festivals and gatherings to celebrate another year of good harvest. Fall time is here, and what better way to spruce up your home than with seasonal decorations! Today’s blog from Ellecor showcases some seasonal home interior design ideas with the harvest season in mind.

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Start With the Kitchen

Harvests are all about food, so start with some simple additions to your kitchen! Find a bare spot on your counter or kitchen island. Set out a large bowl. A wooden one would be perfect here. Place a smallish pumpkin, some apples, and maybe corn on the cob in or around the bowl. 

Add harvest foods to your recipes. Roasted pumpkin is nutritious, and corn-on-the-cob makes every meal a crowd-pleaser! Encourage your family to dive into the apples as a snack. Home interior design can be as simple as adding a few elements here and there.

Go for Rustic, Farmhouse-Style Artwork

Think about what kind of art you enjoy. Do you like wall hangings, paintings, tapestries, or sculptures? How about a mix of all of these? 

Consider seasonal artwork for your living room. It doesn’t have to be much. You can buy a pottery pumpkin with twisting vines around it. Hang a print on the wall depicting an idyllic farmhouse scene surrounded by fall leaves. You could even replace a lampshade with one that showcases trees changing their colors. A windmill wall clock adds a subtle dimension with 12 metal iron blades serving as points of the clock. The possibilities are endless!

Add Scents

Home interior design should appeal to all of the senses and not just the visual or tactile ones. Just as you enjoy scrumptious food in the kitchen, the rich aromas of autumn can permeate your home to celebrate the harvest. Scented candles, sprays, diffusers, wax melts, and incense all have possibilities to mix and match the scents of pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, sandalwood, cherry, and apple cider. Vary your scents from room to room, and don’t forget seasonal room sprays for the bathroom!

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Ellecor & Home Interior Design

Need more home interior design inspiration for the fall harvest? The pros at Ellecor can provide many more tips, tricks, and ideas for your beautiful home. Contact us or call (417) 720-2602 to start the conversation.

Ideas for a Custom Dining Room Table

Custom table

A dining room is nothing without a dining table for everyone to gather around. If you truly want a unique and beautiful dining room, a custom dining room table is the way to go. Having trouble thinking of ideas for your perfect custom dining room table? Ellecor Interior Design can help! Keep reading to get some inspiration.

Styles of Dining Tables

When choosing a style for your dining room table, there are plenty of options:

Rustic Dining Table

A rustic dining table is perfect for those looking for a more natural look. A farmhouse dining table is a common example. This is great for homes going for that homestead aesthetic. Typically, rustic dining tables consist of unpainted wood and simple shapes.

Modern Dining Table

A modern dining table favors sleek, sharp angles. This is meant to be a clean, minimalist design. This is often the perfect solution for someone looking for a dining room that feels open and spacious.

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Industrial Dining Table

These tables are characterized by a factory-like aesthetic. Metal and wood are incorporated to give it that industrial feel. Industrial design can seem cold by nature but, with the right design and decor, it can integrate into a homey setting easily.

Contemporary Dining Table

The contemporary look is for those who really want to make a statement. You can design a contemporary dining table in all kinds of different shapes, colors, and sizes. If you want your dining room to stand out in a more eclectic way, this dining table is definitely the way to go.

Whatever Kind of Dining Table You Want

Of course, we’re here to listen to your wants and needs for a dining table. We can make custom furniture specifically designed to your preference and your personality. Our expert craftsmen will work with you to create your perfect dining table.

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Choose Ellecor Interior Design

At Ellecor Interior Design, we’re happy to make any custom furniture piece you need to add the perfect, unique touch to your home. We do everything from built-ins and cabinets to dining tables and chairs. If you’re not looking to make a custom piece, we also have a furniture store with pieces carefully selected by our designers.

Ellecor Interior Design does much more than just custom furniture. If you need interior design or interior decorating service, we’re the company for you. We completely personalize our services to meet your individual personality and preferences. Contact us today for more information.

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Popular Custom Furniture Pieces

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If you’re looking for an addition to your home that’s completely unique to you and your style, a custom furniture piece could be perfect. The only question is, what kind of custom furniture piece should you choose? Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we’ll talk about some of the most popular options.

Custom Couches

A couch can be a perfect addition to the design of many different rooms in the home. Whether it’s for your living room or for your basement, you’ll want something that’s both comfortable and that fits your design aesthetic. A custom couch has the potential to meet your unique needs in a way that a generic store-bought couch simply can’t match. You can order a simple accent couch or a huge sectional. Everything about your custom couch can be made to meet your unique style and preferences.

Custom Chairs

There are so many options for custom chairs, and that’s why they’re such a popular order. You can get custom chairs for your dining room table, custom barstools, or a custom accent chair for the living room. Choose a chic, stylish chair or a beautiful, comfortable chair. Any kind of chair you might need, we can provide.

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Custom Dining Room Tables

A dining room table is what makes or breaks a dining room. Having a custom table will give your dining room a personalized touch, and we can make one to fit any design style. Whether you want something rustic or something modern, we can make it for you.

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Custom Entertainment Centers

An entertainment center can be both functional and appealing. You can also include storage to keep your entertainment area more organized. Getting a custom entertainment center ensures you media area looks exactly how you want it to and has all the storage space you need.

Choose Ellecor Interior Design

If you’re looking to have a piece of custom furniture made, choose Ellecor Interior Design. Our expert craftsmen will work with you to create something that perfectly meets your vision. We handle everything from built-ins and cabinets to chairs and tables. We also have a furniture store if you’re not looking to go the custom route. We choose the best furniture around, and we’re sure to have something perfect for your home.  

Ellecor Interior Design offers much more than just custom furniture. We offer a variety of interior design services that are completely customizable. We create both beautiful and functional spaces that you’re sure to truly love. Contact us today for more information.

First Impressions: How to Decorate Your Foyer or Entryway

Beautiful foyer

If you want to wow guests from the moment they walk into your home, you need to have a beautiful entryway. This will be everyone’s first impression of the interior of your home. Not only that, but who wouldn’t want to come home every day to be greeted by an elegant, functional entryway? Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we’ll give you some ideas for decorating a foyer or entryway.


The foyer is actually a great place for some extra storage space. While storage doesn’t sound too stylish, it can actually be both beautiful and functional. If you have kids, you can add some built-in hardwood cubbies for them to keep their backpacks, shoes, coats, and more. As an alternative, you can have some hooks or a unique coat rack for you or your guests to hang their coats.

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Brighten Up the Space

A bright entryway feels welcoming. There are a few ways you can brighten up your entryway. The best way is to get natural light from windows, so make sure to use sheer or light-colored window treatments. Of course, it’s also good to have some chic light fixtures to add a little extra light and create some variety in the decor. You can also use accent mirrors to make the entryway seem both brighter and bigger than it actually is.


You can make an entryway more unique by implementing a patterned hardwood floor. Or, if you want to keep it more traditional, you can go with regular flooring and add an elegant runner to elongate your entryway and make it feel more like a grand entrance.

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Your entryway is the introduction to the rest of your home, so make sure it reflects your style. You can include some furniture in your entryway, like a comfortable bench or a side table. You should also add some wall decor, whether it be family pictures or paintings. Typically, with an entryway, you don’t want to make the decor too busy. Keeping it fairly clean and minimal will lend an air of elegance to your entryway without sacrificing your unique style.

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Choose Ellecor Interior Design

If you need an interior designer or interior decorator, choose Ellecor Interior Design. We offer a full range of personalized interior design services, and we specialize in creating beautiful, functional spaces that you’re sure to love. No matter which room or rooms you want to work on, we can help. Contact us today for more information.

Interior Design for a Basement

Working on a basement

A finished basement is typically a large, open area. Having a good interior design plan is essential to giving it a cohesive look. When coming up with a design for a basement, you have a lot of flexibility and options, so it can be a little overwhelming. Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we’ll give you some tips for basement interior design.

Create a Media Room

One of the most popular uses for a basement is creating an amazing media room. A basement is the perfect place to set up a big screen TV, sound system, and comfortable furniture for movie nights and watching the game. Basement media rooms are practical and functional, but they can also be very stylish. Using an open concept design can make the space feel open and airy.

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Include a Mini-Bar

Since there’s so much space available in your basement, it’s common to have a bar and a kitchenette. This is especially useful if you’re planning on using your basement as an entertainment area. The best part about mini-bar design is you can make the space as unique as you are.

You can go elegant, with bistro lighting, granite surfaces, and stainless steel. You can go sporty, with hardwood surfaces, mounted TVs, and pennants from your favorite teams. Or you can go professional, with a wine cooler, a draft beer system, and all the accessories of a real cocktail bar.

Family and Play Area for the Kids (or Teens)

Another good way to utilize a basement is by making it the primary play area and family hangout. This contains most of the kids’ mess downstairs so you can keep the upstairs clean and tidy. With all kinds of organizational built-in options for storage, you can keep your basement area relatively tidy. Family play areas are great for all sorts of fun, such as video game systems, board games, toy boxes, and all the other activities you and your family enjoy. You can even throw in a pool table or foosball table for more entertainment value.

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Fitness Area

If you have extra space in your basement, you can always make a fitness area. This keeps all of your workout equipment downstairs and out of the way. This works best when you have a separate room so you can keep it out of the main design while also giving yourself a quiet enclosed area to focus on your workout.

Choose Ellecor Interior Design

No matter which room in your home you’re looking to design, Ellecor Interior Design can help. We offer a variety of personalized home decor and interior design services. We strive to create beautiful spaces for our clients that perfectly fit their personality and lifestyle. Contact us today for more information.

How to Make Your Bathroom a Spa Getaway

Luxurious bathroom fixture

There’s nothing more relaxing than drawing a bath, filling it with bubbles, and sinking in after a long day. Making your bathroom more spa-like can add a luxurious atmosphere and help you truly feel at peace. Today in the Ellecor Interior Design blog, we’ll talk about some ways you can make your bathroom more like a spa.

Calming Colors

The first thing you’ll need to do is pick colors that are soothing and neutral. Blues, whites, teals, greens and other spa-like tones do well to create that relaxing atmosphere you’re looking for.


Flowers, bamboo, and aromatic plants such as jasmine and lemongrass add calming depth to the design of your bathroom. The color and scent of natural elements will help create that spa-like atmosphere.


Harsh, bright lights in a bathroom will certainly take away from the peaceful feeling you’re trying to create. Make sure to install lights that are soft and dimmable so you can set the right mood for your personal spa retreat. Scented candles will also help create the right atmosphere while adding light and soothing smells.

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Your Bathtub

Arguably the most important part of your spa retreat is your bathtub. A deep, spacious soaker tub will be exactly what you need to make your bathroom a personal oasis.

Your Shower

Your tub is important, but you probably use your shower more often. With that in mind, there isn’t any reason that your shower can’t be relaxing and luxurious too. Choose a massage showerhead or a rainfall showerhead to truly give yourself a spa experience every time you shower.

Add Some Ambiance with Accessories

Remember those candles we were talking about earlier? Those are the perfect ambiance booster for a spa bathroom, but there’s more you can do. Include a small speaker in your bathroom for peaceful music to help you relax into a zen-like state.

A bath tray is a great accessory that can hold candles, books, and even a glass of wine while you soak in the tub. Of course, you’ll also want some extra soft towels to dry off with. Add a towel warmer for a true spa experience!

Choose Ellecor Interior Design

If you’re looking to turn your bathroom into the ultimate personal spa getaway, Ellecor Interior Design is happy to help! We offer everything from simple rearrangements to full-scale home redesigns. No matter what room or rooms in your home you want to change, we’ll work with you to figure out exactly what you want and personalize your room accordingly. Contact us today to get a free estimate.

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Kitchen Design for the Efficient Home Chef

Modern and beautiful kitchen design

Have you ever been frustrated by the limited space and less-than-optimal design of your kitchen? The struggle to finish Christmas dinner with a lack of counter space is an experience many have faced. Luckily, it’s possible to maximize the efficiency of your kitchen with a few design choices. Today, the team at Ellecor Interior Design will share a few ways to turn your cramped cooking area into a model of efficiency.

Designing for Efficiency

One of the first questions we ask our clients is how they use their existing kitchen space, and how would they like to use it? Are you hosting dinner parties? How do you serve your meals? Do you use a family style dinner table or do you spend most of your meals in front of the TV? These choices can have a major impact on the ideal kitchen design for you.

For instance, if you like to serve buffet style from your kitchen island, it would make a lot of sense to create storage room for your plates and silverware in the island rather than across the room.

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Remember the Golden Triangle

The age-old concept of the “Golden Triangle” of kitchen design is famous for a reason. Creating adjacent zones to maximize your space and avoid overlap is the ideal way to design a kitchen. For the uninitiated, the golden triangle, or working triangle, refers to a kitchen design goal that places the sink, oven, and fridge connected in a three-point triangle. This creates a corner of your kitchen in which you can prepare, cook and clean, all in a convenient space designed to make life in the kitchen easy. The more counter space you can fit within this area the better.

Create Zones Around Specific Areas

Designing work zones with specific jobs in mind will allow you to place the right tools and design goals in these areas to maximize efficiency. Consider the following zones when designing:

  • Prep Area – This is where your kitchen workflow starts. This area will be where you gather your cooking ingredients, prep your tools, and cut and measure your ingredients. This is usually best placed directly beside your cooking area/oven to avoid having to move too far when it’s time to cook.
  • Cook Area – The cooking zone is where your oven, stovetop, and microwave should be. Store your tools in this space, like spoons, spatulas, pots and pans. It is also a great idea to have a seasoning pantry here for ease of access.
  • Clean-Up – Your sink, dishwasher, and trash should be in this zone. Ideally, you want it near your cooking zone to make clean-up a cinch.
  • Storage – The storage zone is where you will put everything away. You want your refrigerator and pantry in this zone. Keep your Tupperware, plastics, and foils in this area.

Kitchen design with mindful use of storage, movement and workflow can transform your kitchen into the efficient heart of your home.

Contact Ellecor Interior Design Today

If you are looking to get the most out of your kitchen space with an efficient, stylish design — visit the experts at Ellecor Interior Design today. You can call our team directly at 417-720-2602 or come visit our storefront in Farmer’s Park on East Republic Road in Springfield.

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Common Bathroom Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

Drawing of a luxury bathroom remodel

Whether you’re updating an outdated bathroom style or you’re renovating your entire space, a bathroom remodel can turn into a nightmare without the proper planning and execution. Read on to learn about some of the more common mistakes to avoid during your next bathroom renovation.

Common Bathroom Remodel Mistakes

  • Lack of a solid plan – Perhaps the worst thing you can do is go into your remodel flying by the seat of your pants. Make a plan that accounts for the materials you will need, your potential costs, and your personal taste.
  • Not discussing major renovations with a professional – If you are planning on moving fixtures, plumbing, or any other major renovations, it is crucial that you discuss your plans with a professional. Everything from the location of your doors, windows, plumbing, and electric wiring can significantly impact your remodel. A professional designer can ensure that things run as smoothly as possible and save you thousands of dollars in work.
  • Failing to set aside reserve funds – No matter how thorough a plan you have, unexpected costs will always arise during a bathroom remodel. If you don’t reserve funds for emergencies, you may find yourself in a situation where you can’t finish your renovations. Set aside around 15% of your remodeling budget for emergencies. If you need it you’ll be glad you did, if you don’t you can treat yourself for a job well done!
  • Factor function into your material selection – When shopping for materials, the most important factor to keep in mind is if they can stand up to the stress of daily use. Many people don’t realize the stress we put on our bathroom. Moisture and temperature changes can be devastating to the wrong materials. Nothing is worse after a remodel than spending thousands on materials only to find your new vanity warping and your wallpaper peeling.
  • Ignoring small mistakes – Even the smallest mistakes in your bathroom remodel may result in serious annoyance down the line. During your remodel, be sure to address even small mistakes, otherwise, you’ll notice them every time you use the space.

Contact the Experts at Ellecor Interior Design Today

If you are contemplating a remodel of a room in your home, trust the experts at Ellecor Interior Design. Our team is dedicated to exceeding our customer’s design expectations. Call our team at (417) 720-2602 or come visit us today in Farmer’s Park in Springfield, Missouri.

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Curating An Interior Design Collection

An interior of a modern living room.

At Ellecor, we source the most unique items to help you achieve your design dreams. Curating a collection is time-consuming. It requires attention to detail, focus, and an understanding of aesthetic. How do we select the items that we offer? Keep reading to find out more. Our team has years of combined experience, and we are happy to share that experience with you!

Understanding Our Community

We understand the unique culture of Springfield, Missouri, and we are so glad that we chose this community. We appreciate the comforts of the Midwest and enjoy combining rustic elements like hardwoods and antique elements with sharp and innovative design elements that are reminiscent of the East and West Coast.

Keeping Design In Mind

We are constantly taking stock of new trends in the industry. We are adapting and developing our products daily in order to ensure that we are providing our customers with the best of furniture, design, and decor items. We ensure you that you will find something unique and interesting every time that you visit us. Every item in our store is hand-picked.

Providing Top Quality Products

We only choose to partner with companies that we believe in. If the quality of an item is sub-par, you won’t find it in our store. We specialize in providing reclaimed wood-home furnishings that add a rustic authenticity to any room. We also provide several modern pieces.

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Connect With Ellecor

We would love for you to stop in and shop our collection. Feel free to contact us online or call us at  (417)720-2602. We have taken significant time to prepare collections that will suit a wide array of tastes, and that are dynamic enough to help reshape your space. Our collections are always growing and changing, so feel free to stop in and shop with us today!