Interior design shop Ellecor finds a home in Rountree

Jan Peterson , Special to the News-Leader Published : a.m. CT Aug. ,

The home design shop looks perfectly at home in this Rountree house that was already zoned for commercial use. Brenna Stark, Special to the News-Leader

Since , a single family had owned a sweet little bungalow in the Rountree neighborhood, at S. Pickwick Ave.

Even then, the corner of Cherry and Pickwick was a hive of activity.

Diagonally across the street, at S. Pickwick Ave., was the J.P. Long Grocery store, according to an ad in the Feb. , , Springfield Daily Leader. Also near the Midway Grocery, Pickwick Barber Shop, a Sinclair gas station on the corner and a streetcar line down the center of Pickwick that could take them almost anywhere in the city.

But that family’s era in the home came to an end about two years ago when a new family took ownership.

Haden Long and husband Brady had been looking for a house for about a year. They were looking to downsize, but not for the usual reasons.

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The young couple own Ellecor, a full-service interior design and décor shop. Their business was then housed at Farmers Park, which Haden says was a great location but presented a couple of issues.

One issue was it didn’t have a workspace. But “the biggest thing was we had to carry a lot of inventory to fill that space,” Haden says.

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Haden says organization was crucial, so she worked with two cabinet makers to create the storage solutions for the work room. The desk also is handcrafted.  Brenna StarkSpecial to Springfield News-Leader

They worked with a Realtor who showed them a number of commercial spaces. But the spate of strip malls and other spots didn’t really trip a trigger.

“I was like, I really want a house in a neighborhood,” Haden says.

Then one Friday, the house on Pickwick came on the market.

“We bought it that day,” she says.

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The bright, stylish kitchen shows just how much is possible with a galley kitchen.  Brenna StarkSpecial to Springfield News-Leader

The location couldn’t have been better for the Long family. They — with daughters Elliot, , and Adalyn, — live only a couple of blocks away and have called Rountree home for a decade. The bungalow already was zoned commercial, despite the fact it had been a residence, and it was in the heart of all the transformations taking place at Pickwick and Cherry.

“It had been extremely well taken care of. It was just dated,” Haden says.

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It also needed some structural changes to meet commercial codes and ADA requirements. But Haden, who has operated her own design shop since , was well up to the task.

Among the biggest changes were strengthening the foundation with a steel beam and , pounds of concrete in order to meet commercial requirements. They also installed a wider front door, but one with a distinctly residential feel.

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Haden and Brady created a considerable amount of kitchen space by removing a door that connected the kitchen to the attached greenhouse. It gave them the space needed to create this built-in breakfast nook.  Brenna StarkSpecial to Springfield News-Leader

In order to create a workspace and sample room, they tore down a wall that previously separated a bedroom from the living room.

They kept the attached greenhouse but filled in a water garden in the back.

The kitchen underwent a total transformation and is now an airy space filled with glass-front cabinets and floating shelves.

Along the way, Haden says she and Brady kept in mind the home’s original personality, down to installing white oak floors and hexagon bathroom tiles.

Today, the house remains filled with a family. The girls sometimes hang out with Mom while she works, and two office dogs typically are snoozing in their beds.

“That’s what’s nice — it’s a home,” Haden says.

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The Longs took out a small powder room to create more space in what was the guest room. It now serves as another showroom as well as a bit of extra storage space.  Brenna StarkSpecial to Springfield News-Leader

About Ellecor

Ellecor is located at S. Pickwick Ave., near the bustling intersection of Cherry and Pickwick. In addition to full-service interior design solutions, Ellecor is filled with home décor, furniture and gift items for sale. Hours are by appointment only Monday, a.m.- p.m. Tuesday-Friday, a.m.- p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. For information or to book an appointment, call –. You also can find out more at ellecordesignm and find Ellecor on , Pinterest, , Houzz and Twitter.

Haden Long and husband Brady opened Ellecor — named for daughter Elliot — in . In January, they moved the business to the Rountree neighborhood.  Submitted photo

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