Symphony Designer House XXI April 14 - May 8, 2011

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offices have been buzzing with Symphony Designer House XXI details since last fall, when our team met with the chairpersons of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild showhouse committee to begin planning. Activity has been humming along ever since, as artisans and designers have been transforming a historic Little Rock home into a showcase of ideas, an inspiration source for styles, colors, the latest furnishings and more. The At Home team has been pleased to be there every step of the way. It’s a natural place for us to be, as professed home-design aficionados and the state’s only publication dedicated to all things home and design. We share our passion with you all year long through our print editions and online coverage, including our Web site, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, launching a design conversation that’s always lively and, we hope, informative. Enjoy all the beauty and events that Symphony Designer House XXI has to offer, then join us online and in print for even more design inspiration.

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ON BEHALF OF THE ARKANSAS SYMPHONY Orchestra Guild, we would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate the twenty-first Symphony Designer House. Located in Little Rock’s historic Edgehill neighborhood, this year’s home has been designed to bring us back to the true essence of the family. Join us as we take a journey to rediscovering the warmth, comfort and joy of home. As always, our innovative interior designers have outdone themselves. In fact, when we visit homes in cities like New York or Los Angeles, we are constantly reminded that they don’t have a clue what they’re missing regarding the beautiful interiors of homes right here in our city and state. The designer house has become more of a family than a project. The designers and committee members have worked together on showhouses for decades and all have become good friends. This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: AT HOME IN ARKANSAS, PARTY TIME RENTAL AND EVENTS, THOMA THOMA, GLAZER’S DISTRIBUTORS, FIRST SECURITY BANK/CREWS & ASSOCIATES, INC., HANK’S & MORE FINE FURNITURE, ELLIS INFINITI, ROBERSON’S FINE JEWELRY, THE MURPHY GROUP, INC., LEGACY TERMITE & PEST CONTROL, TCPRINT SOLUTIONS, ARKANSAS DESTINATIONS, INC., HARBOR DISTRIBUTING COMPANY, COLONIAL WINES & SPIRITS, PREMIUM REFRESHMENT SERVICE, MITCHELL, WILLIAMS, SELIG, GATES & WOODYARD, P.L.L.C., LOCA LUNA/RED DOOR RESTAURANT, JIM & PEGGY JONES, DELTA TRUST & BANK, U.S. BANK, GINGER CREWS, JENNY TURNER, RUSH & LINDA HARDING, THE RIDGE WINE & SPIRITS, RIVIERA CONDOMINIUMS, MIDDLETON HEAT & AIR, MELINDA MARKUS AND COULSON OIL COMPANY, INC. We are grateful for their generosity and commitment to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild. In addition to the committee members, ASO staff and Guild members, it requires more than 800 volunteers to staff the home, host the parties and manage the day-to-day operations. Many thanks to all of the individuals whose invaluable assistance helped to make this project possible. Our thanks would not be complete without thanking all of you for coming to Designer House XXI. Whether you attended the Bare Bones party, the Crescendo party, Girls’ Night Out, Thirsty Thursday, Young Professionals, the Mother’s Day Tea, or took a tour, we appreciate your support more than you could ever know. Please know your attendance will help us continue to support the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as well as the Guild’s music education programs. Through these programs, the ASO and the ASO Guild open up a whole new world of possibilities for young people, some of whom decide to pursue a future in music because of the ASO’s influence on their young lives. And for that, the children of Arkansas thank you too!

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GREETINGS AND WELCOME TO SYMPHONY DESIGNER HOUSE XXI! Our tradition to celebrate and support our Arkansas Symphony Orchestra continues with our twenty-first Symphony Designer House, which is located on Edgehill Road. The location of this home in one of our city’s most distinguished neighborhoods, coupled with the talents of our premier designers, has created a showplace in Little Rock. Please know that you are experiencing in SDH XXI the results of generous sponsors and of countless hours from dedicated chairs and committee members who have secured the site, engaged the designers, caterers, musicians, and scheduled all the volunteers staffing the house, the gift shop and the tea room. Without our sponsors and the unselfish work of our volunteers, SDH XXI just would not happen. You will see fabulous decor with rich fabrics and beautiful furnishings—all the things that have made our Symphony Designer House THE anticipated event for those who love to tour beautiful homes. Coupled with the opportunity to shop in our GO FOR BAROQUE GIFT SHOP AND DINE IN OUR BACH’S LUNCH TEA ROOM, the Symphony Designer House XXI sets this event high on the list of one’s “do not miss” calendar! By your support of SDH XXI, you join our Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild members in celebrating our state’s premier professional orchestra in providing musical performances and educational services that substantially enhance the cultural life of all our citizens. Thank you for coming and enjoy yourselves in our Symphony Designer House XXI.

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STELLA BOYLE SMITH MASTERWORKS SERIES Opening Night Italian Vacation October 1 & 2, 2011 Philip Mann, conductor Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Rossini - The Italian Girl in Algiers: Overture Puccini - Chrysanthemums Respighi - Pines of Rome

LEGENDS October 22 & 23, 2011 Philip Mann, conductor Norman Krieger, piano Bizet - Symphony No. 1 in C Major Torke - Lucent Variations Brahms - Concerto for Piano No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15

BEETHOVEN & BLUE JEANS November 12 & 13, 2011 Philip Mann, conductor DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain), violin/composer Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b Roumain - Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1 Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Beethoven - Egmont: Overture

RUSSIAN WINTER January 28 & 29, 2012 Philip Mann, conductor Dmitri Alexeev, piano Prokofiev - Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 ‘Classical’ Shostakovich - Concerto for Piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2 in C Minor ‘Little Russian’

ODE TO JOY February 25 & 26, 2012

Philip Mann, conductor

Schoenberg - A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46 Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

SEASON FINALE DESERT & SEA April 14 & 15, 2012 Philip Mann, conductor Michael Torke, ASO Composer of the Year Alexej Gerassimez, marimba Wagner - The Flying Dutchman, Overture Torke - Mojave Concerto for Marimba -American Premiere! Debussy - La mer

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Music of John Williams October 8 & 9, 2011 Philip Mann, conductor With over 40 years of movie and television music scores, Academy Award winner John Williams composes music that is an integral part of our lives. You will hear music from Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter and many others. Come in costume as your favorite character!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS December 16, 2011 at 8 p.m. December 17 & 18, 2011 Philip Mann, conductor Celebrate the holiday season with your ASO! This concert features traditional Christmas tunes as well as a few surprises that are sure to warm your heart. Perfect to get your whole family in the holiday spirit.

VALENTINES IN NEW YORK February 11 & 12, 2012 Music from the Big Apple dominates this date-night performance. Hear beloved hits from the stage with featured soloists. You and your valentine will be strolling through Central Park with tunes from the city that never sleeps!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE March 17 & 18, 2012 Philip Mann, conductor You hold the baton! This program is sure to feature YOUR favorite pieces! Stay tuned using our website, Facebook, email and Twitter where we will be welcoming your suggestions and tallying votes. The winning pieces will be announced (and played) at the performance —just like an awards ceremony!

MUSIC OF … May 12 & 13, 2012 Guest and programming to be announced. All concerts performed at Robinson Center Music Hall on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. (501) 666-1761

RIVER RHAPSODIES CHAMBER SERIES Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall October 4, 2011 October 25, 2011 November 15, 2011 January 31, 2012 February 28, 2012 April 17, 2012 15

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SDH opens; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Youth Orchestra String Quartet

Day Sponsor: Ron & Joyce Harb

Party Time Rental and Events Private Party



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2 – 4 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea; Becky Mitchum, violin, and Pat Qualls, harp

19 Day Sponsor: Ellis & Lori Sloan


Day Sponsor: Larry Day Sponsor: & Nikki Lawson In Honor of Phillip Mann (Drs. Lee Able & Eleanor Kennedy)

20 Day Sponsor: Phyllis Barrier, Alice Pfeiffer & Helen Vanlandingham

26 Day Sponsor: Dr. Jerry & Susan Jones


Day Sponsor: Coulson Oil (Mr. & Mrs. Mike Coulson)

Day Sponsor: Sybil & Al Hampton



5 – 7 p.m. Thirsty Thursday; Rockefeller Quartet

Day Sponsor: Edwina Palmer, Johnny Cohen & Jane Liem


7 – 10 p.m. Girls’ Night Out

Day Sponsor: In Honor of Nurses (Dr. Jon Bates) 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Quapaw Quartet


Day Sponsor: Arkansas Symphony Guild (Mary Wildgen)

Day Sponsor: Pleasant Ridge Town Center

7 – 10 p.m. Young Professionals’ Party

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rockefeller Quartet




Day Sponsor: UAMS Department of Internal Medicine (Susan Marsh) 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Garden Party Tea with Chris Olsen; Rockefeller Quartet

Day Sponsors: At Home in Arkansas Dillard’s




28 Day Sponsor: Tucker Raney/ In honor of Betty Lyon (Richard Wheeler)


Day Sponsor: In Recognition of ASO Guild (Dr. & Mrs. Robert Safirstein)

21 Day Sponsor: Irene & Gus Vratsinas






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*To order tickets to any event, call the Designer House hotline at (501) 666-1761 ext. 301 or mail your check to the ASO Designer House at P.O. Box 7328, Little Rock, AR 72217 or order tickets online at 15 16 Symphony Designer House XXI


General Information The Arkansas Symphony Guild’s Symphony Designer House XXI opens Friday, April 15, with daily hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offered Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 1 to 4 p.m. The house is closed on Mondays. Boxed lunches by Capers will be offered each day, served with a glass of wine or other beverage, if desired. Delightful, varied musical entertainment will be provided by members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Youth Orchestra, and quartets, trios and duos of accomplished musicians. The house will close its doors on Sunday, May 8, after the Mother’s Day Tea. What a wonderful way to honor your mother and other special ladies by treating them to a day of “Rediscovering Home.”

Gift Shop Before and after touring the home, stop by the gift shop to peruse the wonderful selection of unique gifts and sweet treats. The gift shop will be open during the daily tour hours.

Crescendo Party Be the first to see the completed house! Join maestro Philip Mann and his wife Tatiana Roitman for the ribbon cutting at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Hank’s & More Fine Furniture, the party will offer Southern cuisine served buffet style by Chef Jeremy Pittman and Palette Catering. The sounds of the Jazz Trio as well as Michael Carabena, classical guitarist, will fill the air. Throughout the evening, don’t miss the opportunity to place your bids during the silent auction. Thursday, April 14, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Ticket cost: $125

Thirsty Thursday Party We invite everyone to stop by a new party this year on their way home from work to enjoy a casual evening with wine, beer and heavy hors d’oeuvres by Palette Catering and music provided by the Rockefeller Quartet. Come quench your thirst for design as you tour the Symphony Designer House. Harbor Distributing and Colonial Wine & Spirits are sponsors. Thursday, April 28, 5 – 7 p.m. Ticket cost: $25

Young Professionals’ Party Join party chairs Rachel and Buddy Harding and Tiffany and Daniel Robinson for a new party featuring food from Palette Catering and music by the Tonya Leeks Band. Come eat, drink and enjoy the vibe under the stars, wearing casual attire and enjoying an unforgettable silent auction while you roam through the Symphony Designer House. Sponsors are Chip and Cindy Murphy and Rush and Linda Harding. Friday, April 29, 7 – 10 p.m. Ticket cost: $35

Girls’ Night Out Party Join party chairs Elizabeth Clark and Ruthie Loveless at this fun event featuring fabulous party favors, extraordinary music and loads of surprises that any girl would love. Wear your party clothes and come enjoy the 1960s-style martini bar! Sponsored by Cindy and Chip Murphy and Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, this event features food from Loca Luna and Red Door Restaurant and a fabulous silent auction. Come be dazzled! Thursday, May 5, 7 – 10 p.m. Ticket cost: $50

Garden Tea Party Prepare to be totally spoiled! Join Chris Olsen on a personal and private tour of this year’s house as he presents a program on how to make your home and garden the talk of your neighborhood. Enjoy lunch from Capers, fine wine, a private tour and Chris’ delightful presentation. For tickets, call Botanica Gardens at (501) 614-3000. Saturday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ticket cost: $45

Mother’s Day Tea The final day of the Symphony Designer House is set aside for the “moms” in our lives. Bring your mom, grandmother, aunt or dear friend and tour the house while being serenaded by Becky Mitchum, violinist, and Pat Qualls, harpist. Formal English Tea will be served by Victorian Garden, along with champagne and wine. Relax on the patio, in the meditation garden, or under the shade near the splash pool. Sunday, May 8, 2 – 4 p.m. Ticket cost: $30

Administrative Professionals’ Week Bring your best assistant and “right hand” during the week of April 25 to celebrate Administrative Professionals’ week. From Tuesday, April 26, through Friday, April 29, come and enjoy a tour of the lovely home, a delicious lunch, and music provided by musicians from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. A $25 gift certificate includes a tour of the home with lunch.

Private Opus Party On Sunday, May 1, the house is closed for a private party, purchased at an auction held at Opus Ball 2010. You, too, may rent the Symphony Designer House and host your own party. Contact Brandon Dorris at the ASO office at (501) 666-1761 ext. 100. NOTE: For all of our parties, Ellis Infiniti has graciously agreed to provide shuttle service by private car from the Riviera Condominiums located at 3700 Old Cantrell Road. For regular visits to the Symphony Designer House, shuttles provided by Arkansas Destinations and Coulson Oil will take and return guests from the covered parking at Riviera Condominiums to the house on Edgehill. 17


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Front Lawn: Chris Olsen Front Porch: Lawrie Rash Foyer: Kristy Weiner & Tracy Rivers Powder Room: Jayson Cain, Cece Fourchy, Cindi Hall Formal Dining Room: Terry Williams Library/Salon: Sandy Sutton & Amy Baker Living Room: Cathy Browne & Charla Montague Sunroom: Janie Calhoun Breakfast Room: Cindi Hall & Jayson Cain Butler’s Pantry: Leroy Womack, Demitrius Bradford, Bill Wrape Kitchen: Diane Crowder, Tori Norton, Bill Wrape Back Staircase/Hallway: Michael Shelton Laundry Room: David Fraiser, Nila Ciesiel, Lisa Leggett, Shannon Soller Pool: David Chappell Meditation Garden: Joe Barnett

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Upstairs Hallway: Mona Thompson & Talena Ray Master Bedroom: Meridith Hamilton Master Bathroom: Sha Norman Master Bedroom Sitting Area: Laura Arnold Nursery: Laurie McFarland Guest Bathroom #1: Helen Lockhart Guest Bedroom: Joyce Holt, Julia Holt-Mariani, Phyllis Miley Guest Bathroom #2: Myra Cooper Guest Suite: Eric Doud



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SYMPHONY DESIGNER HOUSE A talented group of designers refresh the rooms and grounds of a historic Edgehill home Photography: Nancy Nolan

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FOYER Kristy Weiner (right) Kristy’s Design, Maumelle (501) 680-0924 Tracy Rivers (left) Angelfish Studios, Little Rock (501) 960-4826 With 10 years of experience working in commercial and residential interior design throughout the state, Kristy Weiner designed the foyer with the goal of welcoming guests and inviting them into the home. Artist Tracy Rivers, a University of Central Arkansas graduate, formed Angelfish Studios a decade ago. Weiner drew inspiration from a pair of crocodile shoes and the idea of a luxury hotel, adding character with gray tones and exuberant splashes of turquoise throughout the space. Rivers complemented the space with a focal wall featuring a unique, high gloss, faux crocodile technique, with complementary adjoining walls in hand-applied artisan plaster. Florals from Silks A Bloom add polish.

POWDER BATH Jayson Cain (right) and Cece Fourchy (middle) Jayson Cain Interiors, Little Rock (501) 960-4802 Cindi Hall (left) Cindi Hall Interiors, Little Rock (501) 425-7193

Jayson Cain continually offers new and exciting ideas to his clients while using his 10 years of experience in the design field to bring classic beauty to any space. Cindi Hall began her design career in Atlanta 18 years ago and works on beautiful interiors throughout the U.S. In the powder room, the design duo created a space of timeless elegance. Antique gold dupioni silk draperies, a 19th-century French Louis Philippe mirror, a crystal chandelier and warm paint colors add to the ambiance, along with a collection of framed botanical art. Special thanks to: Phoenix Interiors, Yves DeLorme, Little Rock. 21

FORMAL DINING ROOM Terry Williams, ASID Terry Williams Interiors, North Little Rock (501) 834-3127 As a professional member of ASID, Terry Williams is a state-licensed residential interior designer with 30 years of experience and a 10-year veteran of Symphony Designer House. He created a “Neopolitan Delight” dining room inspired by the ice cream flavors strawberry, vanilla and chocolate, which showcases a soft French and Old Worldinfluence. The colors set the stage for the dining room, appearing in the drapery and upholstery fabrics. Williams’ signature color is strawberry pink, a favorite of his mother, Sue Williams, to whom he dedicates the room.

LIBRARY/SALON Sandy Sutton (right) Amy Baker (left) Sandy Sutton’s Interior Spaces, LLC, Hot Springs (501) 624-6700

Sandy Sutton is a veteran designer with more than 20 years of residential and commercial design expertise, and she has owned/operated several design showrooms as well, including The Design Center with Sandy Sutton. Fellow designer Amy Baker is a graduate of the interior design program at the University of Central Arkansas. They’ve converted the library into “The Crystal Salon,” where bold and playful fabrics against a serene backdrop create a glamorous room with a focus on fine art. Designed as a retreat for reading the morning paper or enjoying an evening glass of wine, the unique space features custom finishes and accents. Special thanks to: Artists Michael Etheridge and James Hayes of Gallery Central, Hot Springs. 22 Symphony Designer House XXI

LIVING ROOM Cathy Browne (right) Charla Montague (left) Hank’s & More Fine Furniture, locations statewide (501) 954-7130 With a degree in interior design from Harding University, Charla Montague has been a key designer for Hank’s Fine Furniture for several years. Marketing manager Cathy Browne’s exposure to diverse markets gives her a broad perspective on design, enabling the pair to create beautiful rooms at any budget. Here, they’ve designed a beautiful, functional and welcoming living room. Neutral walls and window treatments, soft colors and lush textures lend a soft and airy feel, while three seating areas maximize space. Special thanks to: Hank’s & More Fine Furniture, locations statewide; Basic Electric, Bryant; Bruce McGee Designer Supply, North Little Rock; Feizy Fine Rugs, Dallas; Nelms Gallery, Jasper; Vaughn’s Drywall Finishing, Bigelow; Whimsy-Doodle Paint & Design, Stuttgart.

SUNROOM Janie Calhoun Pottery Barn J. Calhoun Interiors, Little Rock (501) 664-5564

Janie Calhoun has more than 30 years of experience as a designer, and has participated in every Symphony Designer House since 1991. She transformed this sunroom into a casual, comfortable, Pottery Barn-chic space that’s an ideal place for relaxing, reading the paper and enjoying a cup of coffee. A painted beadboard ceiling in Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue and Pottery Barn sectional in brown ticking stripe helped achieve the look, along with a unique Frenchinspired chandelier. Special thanks to: Benjamin Moore, Little Rock. 23

BREAKFAST ROOM Cindi Hall (right) Cindi Hall Interiors, Little Rock (501) 425-7193 Jayson Cain (left) Jayson Cain Interiors, Little Rock (501) 960-4802

Cindi Hall began her design career in Atlanta 18 years ago and works on beautiful interiors throughout the U.S. Jayson Cain continually offers new and exciting ideas to his clients while using his 10 years of experience in the design field to bring classic beauty to any space. In the breakfast room, the design duo created a European-style breakfast nook with a monochromatic palette. An Old World plaster technique creates a unique wallcovering, while an antique wood chandelier hangs above a table topped with stone. Special thanks to: Angelfish Studios, Phoenix Interiors, Yves DeLorme, Little Rock.

BUTLER’S PANTRY Leroy Womack (center) Demitrius Bradford (left) Designs on the Move, Little Rock (501) 247-4086 Bill Wrape, CKD, CBD (right) Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock (501) 666-7756 Leroy Womack has worked as an interior designer since 1998, opening his own company in 2006. With more than 10 years experience in kitchen/bath design plus remodeling, Bill Wrape of Distinctive Kitchens & Baths transforms outdated spaces into functional, current rooms. For the butler’s pantry, the design team created a space where traditional meets contemporary, contrasting matte and shiny finishes, as well as classic and modern elements for a unique look. Removing a row of overhead cabinets and adding glass doors helped visually enlarge the area. Special thanks to: AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs; decorative painter Carrie Allene, Pazzaz Interiors, Little Rock. Emser Tile, North Little Rock.

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KITCHEN Diane Crowder (center) Tori Norton (right) Norton-Crowder Designs, Pine Bluff (870) 692-2893 Bill Wrape, CKD, CBD (left) Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock (501) 666-7756

As artisans who have traveled extensively and studied art and interiors, Norton-Crowder Designs puts their expertise to work for their clients throughout the U.S. With more than 10 years experience in kitchen/bath design plus remodeling, Bill Wrape of Distinctive Kitchens & Baths transforms outdated spaces into functional, current rooms. Here, the design team created a traditional kitchen with new cabinetry, appliances, countertops and backsplash, and added character through the use of metallics, fabrics and faux finishing. Special thanks to: AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs; Emser Tile, North Little Rock; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Metro Appliances & More, Obsessions Interiors, Phoenix Interiors, Window Works, Little Rock; The Lighthouse, Shepherd Florist & Greenhouses, Pine Bluff.

LAUNDRY ROOM David Fraiser (center) Nila Ciesiel (right) Lisa Leggett (left) Shannon Soller (not pictured) Closet Factory, Little Rock (501) 907-7105 With a combined 17 years of experience designing for Closet Factory, the team transformed the small utility room into a multipurpose workspace, complete with storage for often-used laundry items and cleaning supplies, a valet rod for hanging clothes while you iron or dry cleaning when you enter the back door, an ironing station, a hutch that serves as a gift wrap and craft area, and a desk for scrapbooking that doubles as a home office. Add Tiffany blue walls for a light and airy feel and what you get is a busy mom’s dream. Special thanks to: Ken Rash’s Casual Furniture, Little Rock. 25

UPSTAIRS HALLWAY Mona Thompson Talena Ray Providence Ltd. Interior Design, Little Rock (501) 952-1456 Sisters Mona Thompson and Talena Ray teamed up 10 years ago and put their shared love of design and eye for color, scale and balance to work for residential and commercial clients. They have brought French accents to the hallway with scrolled metal sconces, a tufted velvet bench, a custom skirted console, carved mirror, vintage side chairs and elegant art. A custom mixed Pratt & Lambert wall color blends gray and beige for a warmth and depth, and the pair used a mix of materials to add texture to the space. Special thanks to: Martinous Oriental Rug Company, Inc., Little Rock; Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale; The Shade Above, Little Rock.

MASTER BEDROOM Meridith L. Hamilton, CKD, allied ASID MLH Designs, Inc., Little Rock (501) 766-0594 MLH Designs, Inc., is a full-service interior design firm specializing in residential interiors and select corporate projects. Hamilton has received 19 ASID design awards, including 11 gold awards, with work featured in numerous local and national publications. She has participated in five Symphony Designer Houses, Build for the Cure 2004 and was design co-chair for Arkansas Arts Center’s Tabriz from 2005-2009. She used luxurious textures for a soothing, pure and uncluttered master bedroom. A palette of warm taupe and medium wood tones creates a sumptuous space, including a flocked wallcovering with a damask pattern. A cuttingedge offshoot of Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair, the Ghost Buster commode serves as nightstands. Special thanks to: Mertinsdyke Home, Little Rock; Nancy Osborn, Sherwood; Pacific Rugs, Little Rock; SR Hughes, Tulsa; Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock 26 Symphony Designer House XXI

MASTER BEDROOM SITTING AREA Laura Arnold Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock (501) 225-0002 Laura Arnold, co-founder of Cantrell Furniture Design Center along with her husband, Steve, has more than 17 years of interior design experience in creating comfortable, functional and beautiful homes. This soothing yet dramatic space begins with sisal flooring topped with rugs. Weathered furniture finishes add character, while charcoal colored walls create a neutral backdrop. Linen draperies and upholstered custom-made chaises in cream colors dress the room and add contrast. Accessories and pillows add punches of unexpected color, while modern art offers inspiration. Special thanks to: Arnold’s Flooring America, Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Sherwin-Williams, Little Rock.

MASTER BATHROOM Sha Norman Art of Design, Little Rock (501) 425-3776 Sha Norman has been working in the design industry for 13 years, first in the furniture side of the business and subsequently opening her own firm. She’s created a soothing atmosphere in the master bathroom, a peaceful retreat geared toward relaxation with natural elements and a calm color palette. Working with the existing stone floors and counters, she painted the walls a complementary shade, Benjamin Moore’s Lenox Tan, and added gold accents and mirrored finishes to highlight the existing fixtures in the space. Special thanks to: Artist Matt Coburn, Maumelle. 27


Laurie McFarland Tuck & Cover, Little Rock (501) 225-8825 An interior designer in Little Rock for 15 years, McFarland owns the retail children’s design store Tuck & Cover, which opened in 2005. The concept behind her bedroom is a sophisticated, modern nursery. The room is designed with the client in mind who desires the nursery to flow with the design of the entire home. It features a custom, one-of-a-kind iron crib with an upholstered headboard designed especially for this room. Special thanks to: Angel Thread Custom Sewing, Howard’s Upholstery Shop, Tuck & Cover, Little Rock.

GUEST BATHROOM #1 Helen Lockhart Red Chaise Designs, Conway (501) 908-9388 Prior to relocating to Arkansas and opening her business, Helen Lockhart worked for more than a decade with both traditional and contemporary design firms as well as an art museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. The guest bathroom captures a sophisticated elegance designed to make any guest feel pampered. The vanity was custom made for this space, taking into consideration the off-center plumbing for the sink. The shower curtain was also custom made, creating a soft and simple contrast to the vanity. Special thanks to: Classic Tile & Hardwood Flooring, Rebecca Cronk, Conway.

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GUEST BEDROOM Joyce Holt (center) Julia Holt-Mariani (right) Phyllis Miley (left) Window Works, Inc., Little Rock (501) 219-1500 Window Works, Inc., has more than 36 years of design experience, specializing in window treatments and transforming clients’ dreams into reality. The experts at Window Works sought to create a guest bedroom that doubles as a sitting area, including a beautifully slipcovered daybed. An embroidered linen fabric in shades of light to dark pink inspired the color palette. Combined with plenty of natural light, the design makes this a relaxed, uncluttered, livable and inviting place to while away the hours.

GUEST BATHROOM #2 Myra Cooper Myra Cooper Interiors, Little Rock (501) 517-3813 Myra Cooper honed her interior design skills while working with a firm in Dallas, and relocated to Little Rock a decade ago, launching her own business. Her goal for this space was to make a small area seem larger, and she used a bright wall color, improved lighting, a mirror and open cabinetry to do so. Textures and colorful fabrics also help enliven the room, and art glass by local artist James Hayes adds a finishing touch in turning a small bathroom into a beautiful space. Special thanks to: Window Works, Little Rock. 29


Eric Doud ED2—E. Doud Designs, Little Rock (501) 416-4951 With a love of classic and traditional design coupled with a flair for contemporary accessories, Eric Doud has been in the design business for more than 10 years and has worked on numerous showhouses. In the guest suite, varying visual textures, clean lines and monochromatic tones create the sophistication of a luxurious resort yet keep the feeling of home. Transitional furnishings make the space warm and visually inviting, well-suited to a variety of guests. Comfortable seating, a well-appointed bed with luxurious layers and even coffee service make the room a true retreat. Special thanks to: Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock.

BACK STAIRCASE/ HALLWAY Michael Shelton Finishing Touch Interiors, Little Rock (501) 517-0857 Finishing Touch Interiors has been in the remodeling and redecorating business since 1986, tackling all kinds of room improvement projects ranging from sheet rock repair to adding moulding, lighting and other features, to painting and custom finishes. In the hallway, structural and decorative improvements were needed, including removing wallpaper with layers of paint on top, repairing and retexturing the walls, adding moulding and lighting, and painting the entire space. Special thanks to: BK Moulding Supply, Little Rock.

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MEDIA ROOM Mehreen Atiq International Interior Design, Little Rock (501) 663-3607 Owner/designer of the recently opened International Interior Design store in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood, Mehreen Atiq has transformed the lofty attic space into a media/inspiration room designed for both entertainment and relaxation—complete with a few hidden surprises. A relaxing eggplant color and sky ceiling mural set an atmosphere for engagement, while all around the customized lighting adds visual interest with a sense of warmth and calm. A built-in entertainment unit with shelves for worldly treasures, theater-style seating and wine server make the room a natural gathering space for family and friends. Media components by Matthew Carnes, Carnes Audio Visual, Little Rock, (501) 658-0932 Electrical work by Sam Finley, Finley Electric LLC, (501) 920-5072


Lindsey Binz Lindsey Binz Home, Little Rock (501) 350-6811 With a degree in interior design from the University of Central Arkansas, Lindsey Binz has worked as a designer for the past 10 years. She enjoys getting to know her clients and ensures that their unique personalities show through in rooms that are functional as well as pretty. Here, she’s created a fun, unique space for kids, a nature-inspired, cozy play area featuring cedar walls, colorful and durable AstroTurf flooring, with furnishings incorporating galvanized metal, wood and other natural materials. Special thanks to: Artists Morgan Coven and Courtney Roberson, photographer Sarah Bussey, Little Rock. 31

FRONT PORCH Lawrie Rash Ken Rash’s Casual Furniture, Little Rock (501) 663-1818 Lawrie Rash holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in design from the University of Memphis, opened Ken Rash’s of Arkansas in Little Rock in 1992, and has participated in every Symphony Designer House since. Her philosophy: celebrate the season, buy the best you can afford, be comfortable and enjoy the fresh air. She designed the porch as an extension of the home, complementing its architecture. Castelle seating anchors the area, a mix of accent furniture and accessories creates harmony, and patinaed copper, moss finishes and weathered stone embrace the beauty of age. Adding natural colors—cornsilk, terracotta and earthy green—aids the relaxing atmosphere. Special thanks to: Botanica Gardens, Little Rock.


Chris Olsen Botanica Gardens, Little Rock (501) 614-3000 As owner and head designer for Botanica Gardens, Chris Olsen is known for consistently fresh and unique designs. He incorporated a circular design in the front yard to contrast with the home’s angular exterior. The new landscape creates a courtyard entrance that evokes the feeling of entering an outdoor room. The outer border is surrounded and planted with Burford hollies. Layers of other shrubs, including Knock Out roses, rosemary, lime sweet flag grass and assorted ferns add color and texture, descending in height towards the sidewalk. A wooden bench encourages sitting and enjoying the landscape, which adds dimension and interest to the Tudor-style home.

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David Chappell Visionary Pools, a division of Morris & Chappell Landscape, Little Rock (501) 804-7450 Visionary Pools specializes in customized pools, patios and outdoor kitchens in a wide range of styles and materials. A division of Morris & Chappell Landscape, the company has more than a dozen years of experience in high-end residential and commercial landscaping. For the showhouse, David Chappell has created an elegant dipping pool with a simple style designed to complement the historic nature of the home. Flagstone coping relates well to the setting and blends the pool with the adjacent garden and lawn. Note: Pool completion was slated for after photography due to showhouse time constraints.

MEDITATION GARDEN Joe Barnett Little Rock Land Design, Inc., Little Rock (501) 952-4127 Barnett has a bachelor in fine arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has owned Little Rock Land Design, Inc., since 1985. Barnett used original sculpture, water and plant material to transform the backyard into a “Sacred Space” prayer garden. Special thanks to: Arkansas Nursery, River Valley Horticultural Center, St. Andrews Youth Group, Scott Maddox of Skycandy Landscape Lighting, The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock. 33

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