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C O N T E N T S

January/February 2020 // The Design Issue

STYLE 23 SHOP

Know Your Scales

27 DESIGN

New Year, New Palette

33 REFRESH Balancing Act

LIFE

39 TASTE

Creative Mixology

43 SPOTLIGHT

33 39 51 58

Secrets of Style

SPECIAL SECTION 71 NOTABLE ARKANSANS

IN EVERY ISSUE

16 WELCOME 18 LATEST 80 END NOTES

ON THE COVER Lisa and David Trent’s Little Rock dining room. Design by Kevin Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 58.

HOME 51 A NEW OUTLOOK

In Little Rock, Jill Lawrence helps a couple update their beloved home to enjoy for years to come.

58 HAPPY HOUSE

Designer Kevin Walsh outfits a new-construction home with bright hues and eye-catching details.

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W E LC O M E

fresh start In January 2020, I had three New Year’s resolutions: First, I wanted to curate my wardrobe to feel more intentional and personalized. Second, I vowed to stay away from single-use bags at the grocery store. And third, the most sentimental of the list, I promised I would take more pictures to have as reminders of how I spent the year with friends and family. I started out all Photograph by Rett Peek right, but as soon as the pandemic hit, all three went straight out the window. My clothes were the least of my worries; most grocery stores didn’t allow reusable totes; and I had no special gatherings or trips to document with photos. It would be laughable how out of my control my goals suddenly felt if the chaos weren’t also causing so much pain and anxiety for people. It’s no wonder many of us have been saying for months, When will this awful year just be over? And now here we are: January 2021. Finally! I know relief from the past year won’t come in simply flipping the page of the calendar, unfortunately. As I’m writing this, the pandemic is still raging, and uncertainty for people’s businesses, schooling, and futures remains. However, I’m not so sure we should leave the past year completely behind, even if we could. There are lessons from 2020 I will probably carry with me forever: Hug your family every chance you get. If given the opportunity, take the trip. Be OK with letting go of control sometimes. I’ll lean into those reminders for my New Year’s resolutions this time around. There’s also so much we have to look forward to this year. Here at the magazine, we’re turning a new page, too. At the end of 2021, we have major cause for celebration as December will mark the start of our 25th year of publication! We look forward to bringing you even more home inspiration through the year (and for many more years) to come.

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What’s New?

Cobblestone & Vine has two Little Rock locations: one in Pleasant Ridge Town Center and one in the Heights (shown).

COBBLESTONE & VINE BENTONVILLE

Home design store Cobblestone & Vine has been a staple of the design community in central Arkansas for 27 years. Now, owners Kim and John Gillum have announced plans to expand the business to a location in Bentonville. “Northwest Arkansas is booming, and we’ve had our eye on it for a number of years,” John says. “What makes Cobblestone & Vine different is that we carry a real mix of different lines,” Kim says, noting this lends the store’s showroom a transitional feel with a blend of traditional and modern décor, original art, and interesting accessories. “We’re excited to be a part of that designer community and to bring things that maybe aren’t available anywhere else right there, including some really beautiful bedding lines, gifts, and high-quality, comfortable furnishings.” You can find the new location of Cobblestone & Vine at 2812 S. Walton Blvd. in early 2021. Keep an eye on their Instagram and Facebook pages (@cobblestoneandvine) for updates and more information. cobblestoneandvine.com Photo courtesy of Cobblestone & Vine

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A D V E R T I S E M E N T

LUXURY POOL & SPA

Create Your Dream Pool Since its founding, Luxury Pool & Spa has been a family-owned and operated business. Kenny Lawson began building pools across Arkansas in 1976 alongside his father-in-law. In 1983, he opened Luxury Pool & Spa in Russellville. His sons Shane and Jeremy spent their summers learning the trade and followed in his footsteps, ushering in the business’s third generation. In 2005, they opened their second location in Conway. “Our love

for building unique projects that bring family and friends together has allowed us to continue to grow our business and flourish,” Jeremy says. With Jeremy specializing in design and sales and Shane specializing in construction, clients can trust they will have an owner involved throughout the entire project. “This allows us to ensure the project is executed to the highest standards in the industry,” Shane says. What’s more, they only

service jobs they build, allowing them to always put their customers first. From grotto caves, swim-up bars, and custom sun-shelves to perimeter overflow spas and infinity pools, they love to turn dreams into a reality. Watch for their Conway store to move to a brand-new location in 2021. Contact Luxury Pool & Spa at 501.327.1772 (Conway location) or 479.968.7772 (Russellville location), or visit luxurypoolarkansas.com.

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U PDAT E YO U R S PAC E

Style

REPTILE STYLE

Know Your Scales

Gators and snakes and crocs, oh my! These cold-blooded critters are currently trending in home dĂŠcor and accessories

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3 PREVIOUS PAGE Jonathan Adler ceramic serpent picture frame and Alicia Adams Alpaca throw blanket in Solid Seafoam. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, bearhillinteriors.com

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Ceramic snake box and pink and green scarf. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com Alligator magnifying glass and octagonal tray. Ransom Interiors, Little Rock, ransominteriors.com 4

1 “Sun Serpent No. 2” archival print by Snoogs & Wilde. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com 2 Chinese Laundry “Matcha” cutout bootie. Riffraff, Fayetteville, shopriffraff.com

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8 Loloi “Masai” rug in Neutral. Abide Furniture, Springdale, abidefurniture.net 9 “Buchanan” lamp with tan faux crocodile base and white linen shade. Tucker’s Furniture & Appliances, Jonesboro, Rogers, and Springdale, tuckertime.com 10 & 11 Brass crocodile on acrylic base and “Fenton” side table. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, cantrellfurniture.com 12 Serving tray with alligator handles. mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, mertinsdykehome.com Images courtesy of vendors

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S T Y L E

D E S I G N

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THE COLORS OF 2021

New Year, New Palette

“Urbane Bronze” by SherwinWilliams

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S T Y L E

D E S I G N

“Urbane Bronze” by Sherwin-Williams

Pairs Well With

“Messenger Bag” by Sherwin-Williams

“Modern Gray” by Sherwin-Williams

“The home is now the ultimate retreat from the world, and color is an easy and effective way to create a personal haven. Urbane Bronze encourages you to create a sanctuary space for mindful reflection and renewal.” —Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing, Sherwin-Williams

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1 Currey and Co. “Nallan” vase. Lighting Emporium, Springdale, lightingemporium.com 2 “Cool Dawn” gallery wrapped giclee on canvas. Providence Design, Little Rock, providenceltddesign.com 3 “Berlin” rug in Distressed Charcoal. HOWSE, Bentonville and Little Rock, thehowse.com Images courtesy of vendors 1

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S T Y L E

D E S I G N

“Aegean Teal” by Benjamin Moore

Pairs Well With

“Amazon Soil” by Benjamin Moore

“Muslin” by Benjamin Moore

“Amid uncertainty, people yearn for stability. The colors we surround ourselves with can have a powerful impact on our emotions and wellbeing. Aegean Teal...expresses a welcoming, lived-in quality that celebrates the connections and real moments that take place within the home.” —Andrea Magno, Director of Color Marketing & Development, Benjamin Moore

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Inspired Finds 1 Costa Nova “Madeira” cylinder vase. Tipton & Hurst, tiptonhurst.com 2 Gabby “Brianna” table lamp. Available for order through Art of Design, shadavari.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine. com; Phoenix Interiors, facebook.com/ phoenixinteriorslr; and Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com

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S T Y L E

R E F R E S H

W R I T E R T I F FA N Y A DA M S P H O T O G R A P H E R R E T T P E E K S T Y L I S T L AU R E N C E R R ATO

BEFORE

BEFORE & AFTER

Balancing Act Designer Marianna O’Dea marries masculine and feminine, comfortable and chic in a Little Rock master bedroom

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S T Y L E

R E F R E S H

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Emily and Anthony Johnson hired Marianna O’Dea

to reimagine their newly purchased residence, the master bedroom quickly emerged as a priority in the larger

“It sounds crazy, but one of the reasons this moved to the top of the list is because it lacked window treatments. It was extremely bright, and they needed to get some sleep,” the designer laughs. To remedy this, she quickly had drapes made from a contemporary abstract-print fabric by Lindsay Cowles. “Emily has always been a fan of this line and particularly loved this pattern. It was the first thing we chose for the entire house,” Marianna says. Playing off of the print, a clear scheme of masculine and feminine elements began to develop, all the while keeping comfort and the couple’s personal aesthetic top of mind. “They are very adventurous, are not scared of color, and like pieces that make a statement,” Marianna says. While the bed was a piece they brought from their previous residence, the designer selected all of the other furnishings and accessories to complement this study in contrast. “Throughout the room, the pink is balanced with black, so the palette doesn’t become too girly,” she says, pointing to the bedding, side tables, and nightstands in particular. In addition, there’s an undeniable chic whimsy seen in pieces from the light fixture to the abstract art. “They are work hard, play hard people,” Marianna says. “They want to be able to relax and have fun when they come home, but they are also very intentional. There are no place fillers in this house; they wait until they find pieces they truly love.”

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ROOM FOR A CROWD

“One of the things I love about this family is no room is off limits to the kids,” Marianna says. For this reason, the designer selected oversized chairs that act more as chaises to frame the fireplace, allowing the couple and their three girls to snuggle together and read books.


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R E F R E S H

“They wanted quality pieces that would stand the test of time but also a more whimsical, not-so-serious look.” —Marianna O’Dea, designer

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FULL CIRCLE

Overhead, a ceiling fan was replaced with an orb light fixture in a mix of silver and clear finishes that play off the mirrored bed frame and the glass floor lamps.

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LAYERED LOOK

The charcoal-colored duvet and shams were selected for durability and can be laundered, while a fur throw and velvet bolster pillow bring in a mix of textures as well as lighter hues.

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BOTANICAL BALANCE

The marriage of masculine and feminine is easily detectable in the nightstands, where a cleanlined silhouette and rich black finish are accented with delicate gold flower decorative hardware.

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Based on the fabric selections, Little Rock artist Ashley Saer created a quartet of watercolors to bring softness to the space. These stand in contrast to the impactful pair of black-and-white paintings, which she also painted, on the opposite side of the room.

Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Marianna O’Dea, O’Dea Studios ACCESSORIES, CARPET, FABRICS, FURNITURE AND LIGHTING O’Dea Studios ART Ashley Saer FRAMING M2 Gallery

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Life

M A K E YO U R S EL F AT H O M E

SHAKEN OR STIRRED

Creative Mixology Cozy up with a cocktail made with Fox Trail Distillery’s coffee liqueur WRITER STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK

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L I F E

TA S T E BRUNCH BEVERAGE

Fox Trail Distillery is more than your average distillery. While distilling, aging, and bottling multiple lines takes place at its Rogers headquarters, what sets this producer apart is its on-site bar. Here, carefully crafted seasonal cocktail menus allow patrons to sample the brand’s products in interesting ways. “As a bartender, I’m always trying to curate an experience that either explores new possibilities or revives cherished memories,” says beverage director Brendon Glidden. “As a spirits producer, we have the ability to achieve those goals on a larger scale.” To this end, Brendon and the staff at Fox Trail are constantly playing around with ingredients to create new cocktails that “contextualize their products,” he says. A former barista, Brendon finds Fox Trail’s Oak & Bean cold brew coffee liqueur to be a particularly good option for experimentation. “Oak & Bean not only provides the characteristics of a nice cup of coffee, but the addition of ex-bourbon barrel aging and the variety of spices mean it works well in a number of warm and cozy cocktails suitable for everything from brunch to dessert,” he says. Want to taste test Oak & Bean from the comfort of home? Add a bottle to your bar cart and give one of their staff favorites, the Sneaky Peat, a try. “My advice for folks getting into preparing cocktails at home is to stay curious,” Brendon says.

The Breakfast of Champions features Oak & Bean alongside oat milk and falernum, a liqueur with nutty, spicy notes. While the drink is served in a glass milk carton with chocolate-covered espresso beans at Fox Trail, it’s equally enjoyable sipped from a standard rocks glass at home.

Fox Trail’s Americano is a take on the classic negroni. Find the recipes for both the Americano and the Breakfast of Champions on our blog (athomearkansas.com/blog).

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L I F E

TA S T E

RECIPE

Sneaky Peat SHOP

1 ounce Fox Trail’s Oak & Bean coffee liqueur 1 ounce whiskey 1 ounce Cynar amaro bitters orange peel star anise, for garnish ice

PREPARE

Combine liqueur, whiskey, and bitters over ice. Stir until contents are chilled. Strain cocktail into a chilled piece of stemware. Using your thumbs and forefingers, face the outer surface of the orange peel toward the cocktail and squeeze a crease into it lengthwise. (This is called “expressing” the orange peel. The result is a spritz of orange oils that settle across the surface of the cocktail.) Discard orange peel. Garnish with star anise and serve.

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PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

Secrets of Style Need a bit of practical advice you can use to upgrade your look? Bring spaces to life with tips and tricks from these 26 interior design and entertaining professionals I L L U S T R AT O R L AU R EN A N D ER S O N

“Accessories that are pretty and functional, like trays and catchalls, are desirable. I like having a pretty plate on an end table or nightstand that can serve as a coaster and a decorative piece when not in use.” SUSAN WALSH, BEAR HILL INTERIORS

“Don’t forget the window coverings. They really help pull the room together and give it a ‘done’ feeling.” CARRIE KIDD, CARRIE KIDD DESIGNS

“Incorporating color into your design is a great way to give any space life. I love mixing patterns and color to give a warm, fresh feel.”

“For me, bringing a room to life is about acquiring that one unique or unexpected object or piece of art that glamorously reflects my client’s personality and lifestyle.” NELL SPEARS, AB ANTIQUO BOUTIQUE

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“One of my favorite (and quickest!) ways to enhance any outdoor space is with decorative containers. The planters themselves add instant architecture and give the opportunity for color and personal expression, while the plants they contain add soft texture and visual interest—especially in places where it is not possible to plant directly in the ground.” DANIEL KEELEY, DK DESIGN

“I always like to use plants to add a hint of green and finish a room. Bring in succulents, air plants, modern trees, or even a vase of fresh flowers like anemones, which are my favorite.” JILL WHITE, JILL WHITE DESIGNS

“Not only does a room need to be comfortable, it needs to make you feel comfortable in it. Having pieces that create a sense of calm and connection are what brings a room to life. Be it plants, heirlooms, art, or new accessories that make you smile, the connection to those pieces will always make a space feel alive.” MARIANNA O’DEA, ASID, NCIDQ, O’DEA STUDIOS

“I always like to add at least one antique or personal item to a space. They give the room a sense of history and are great conversation starters.” CHRIS GODDARD, GODDARD DESIGN GROUP

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“The most impactful way I’ve discovered to bring every room to life is quite simple actually: Bring in life itself! I often include fresh flowers and love using artful ceramic planters and vases as part of the room’s accessories. Realistic faux plants and floral arrangements can be used instead for the no-maintenance illusion of life.” KATHRYN J. LEMASTER, KATHRYN J. LEMASTER ART & DESIGN

“Declutter and edit at least quarterly, if not more often. Having a less-is-more mindset will save you a lot of grief later when you are buried under too much stuff. This can be a hard process, as many of my clients say the most helpful thing I do is just be there with them as they make decisions— like a clutter coach in a way. However, we often find organizing is infectious once a little progress is made.” KATIE BUCHANAN, LITTLEROCKPAPERSCISSORS


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“If there is one thing that makes or breaks a room it is the proper dimming and warmth of light bulbs. Always use dimmers and always use warm lighting. Soft white bulbs are a must.” JILL LAWRENCE, J. LAWRENCE DESIGN

S P O T L I G H T

“I think one of our favorite ways to bring life to a room is either through custom art or fabric. We always start our room designs by finding an inspiration color or print. We take that starting point and add layers of color and neutrals, and finally add in different textures to complete the look.” AMY TERRY & CANDACE DAVIS, AC DESIGNS

“From finding a stunning feature fixture or the perfect lamp to choosing the right color temperature for each, the entire design of a space is defined by the lighting. Create different levels and zones of lighting with accent and functional features and really make your space shine!”

“My favorite way to bring style to a room is to add personal touches through family photos, sketches from travels, or even cultural accessories and artwork you have collected through the years. These are not only conversation pieces, but they tell a story of who you are.”

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“No space is complete without vintage! Adding anything from a vintage rug to antique artwork brings that time-worn character that makes a space feel warm and curated.” SARAH SMITH, SARAH SMITH DESIGN

“I’m a big thrifter and love to scour for items so I suggest spending a little bit of time walking through an antique mall or an estate sale. You’re bound to find pieces that are a bit unusual, like original artwork or old books, that you couldn’t find just anywhere. Pick your favorites and give them a new home.” KEVIN WALSH, BEAR HILL INTERIORS

“Herbs, fruits, veggies, and candles are my go-tos for creating atmosphere when entertaining. Slice open a few seasonal pieces of fruit and nestle them amongst lush-smelling herbs, then tuck in candles throughout the tablescape. Invite your guests to enjoy all this yumminess along with their meal, or grab a few sprigs of their favorite herb to garnish their drinks.” LAURIE MILLER, THE VELVET BOXWOOD

“I love to display collections that reflect the interests of the homeowners. I’ve designed displays for pottery and duck decoys on wall brackets. I’ve framed childhood tutus and rock collections in shadow boxes, and hung treasured china plates on dining room walls. Rooms really come to life when they show the personality of the people who live in them.” KRISTA LEWIS, K. LEWIS INTERIOR DESIGN

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“One of my favorite things when designing a space is to use various combinations of lighting to set a mood or tone: General ambient lighting such as dimmable recessed can lights, accent lamps, and directional or art lights. The scale of the decorative lighting is key— go larger than you think for the best impact!” BRITTANY NIXON BRUN, BRITTANY NIXON CREATIVE


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“Set your dining room table. Invest in luxurious, seasonally neutral table linens—with or without your monogram. No matter the state of completion or chaos that abounds throughout your home, a well-set dining table can provide a sense of puttogetherness and calm. And, you will always be ready to spontaneously entertain.” JOBETH MCELHANON, LILIAS & OLIVE

“We love the ‘organic and earthy’ look—an aesthetic that relies on simple, natural elements to create an inviting yet understated elegance. A mixture of traditional and vintage design sensibilities, this look combines warm earth tones and finishes (like brass) with natural elements and wood stains. Add warm lighting and houseplants for a look that brings the outdoors inside.”

“Many times a single item can do wonders. For example, a special coffee table in a living room, some wonderful Euro shams for pattern and color in a bedroom, or a fabulous piece of art. It's also a good idea to keep adding new items gradually to keep a space fresh and updated.” WARREN MARTIN, COBBLESTONE & VINE

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“Make your bed and fluff your pillows. When everything else is a mess, those two things instantly make a room look and feel better.” SARAH MARIE PARSLEY, SARAH M. PARSLEY DESIGNS

“When designing an outdoor living space, we like to consider the interior of the house to ensure that a space flows seamlessly from inside to out. One of my favorite elements is an outdoor fireplace that helps create a space for people to gather around and enjoy being outdoors any time of year.” DAVID MUNSEY, III, BETTER LAWNS AND GARDENS

“To instantly scale up your room without changing the footprint, hang your drapes as close to the ceiling as possible and make sure they extend to just dusting the floor. Stack your drapes 6-8 inches beyond the edge of the window, covering the trim and wall, for the added benefit of increased natural light when they are pulled back. Drapery also dampens sound in a space to make it audibly warmer and enhance its appeal to all five senses.” ASHLEY CARDIEL, ASHLEY CARDIEL INTERIORS

“Cabinets in older homes are often built with fur downs or soffits above them. To give the illusion of height as if the cabinets reach the ceiling, paint that area the same as the cabinets and add additional crown and decorative moldings.” SUSAN JOHNSON, KITCHEN TUNE-UP LITTLE ROCK

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THE DESIGN ISSUE

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HOME REIMAGINED

A New Outlook

In Little Rock, Jill Lawrence helps a pair of empty nesters transform their home to enjoy for years to come

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ith a central

Little Rock location, spacious backyard, and sunroom near the kitchen where the kids could play within sight, this home was a perfect choice when the owners and their toddler-age sons moved

20 years ago. However, with both boys out of the house, the couple realized their needs had changed. “We looked around but really didn’t find anything in a location we loved as much as this one,” one of the owners says. “We thought, Why not take the money we would have put into a new house and use it for a renovation?” Having worked with their neighbor and local interior designer Jill Lawrence on small projects previously, they called on her to create a roadmap for a reinvented version of the beloved home while bringing in style updates along the way. For starters, several of the spaces were given a new function. On the main level, the dining room was turned into a billiards room, a galleystyle living area and sunroom were combined to create a comfortable den, and a space adjacent to the kitchen that was previously used as a keeping room became the new dining space. Downstairs, a reconfiguration of square footage allowed for a larger master bath as well as a completely new bathroom, giving each of the couple’s sons privacy when visiting. in almost

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OPENING STATEMENT

Previously, the foyer lacked drama, which Jill and the homeowners set out to remedy. “Every foyer needs something that tells you this is going to be a fun place,” Jill says. To bring this element, the owners splurged on a Scalamandre wallcovering one of them says reminds her of a 1960s David Hicks print. “Every project needs one splurge, and this one was totally worth it,” Jill says. Existing brick floors bring character while a contemporary light fixture keeps the look current—much like the mix of design elements throughout the home.


“Revere Pewter” by Benjamin Moore

“We played musical chairs with rooms to make it work for them,” Jill says of the transformation. Architect Ellen Yeary engineered these changes and was even able to relocate the den’s fireplace and raise the ceilings to make the area more spacious as well as functional. “This room, in particular, was so closed off before,” Jill says. “Now it feels massive to them. Everything became more gracious during the renovation.” Playing off their love of blue, the hue was incorporated throughout the main level in wallpaper, paint, furnishings,

and a number of blue-and-white collectibles that dot the shelves and tables. The designer also played up the comfort factor, a key directive from the couple, opting for roomy sofas, lounge chairs, and dog-friendly fabrics. When it came to art, Jill didn’t have to look far. “My husband has taken photos of our travels through the years, all in black and white,” one of the owners says. Jill had these framed and placed throughout the home to call these trips to mind. “We enjoy thinking of the memories every day when we walk past them,” the owner says.

STYLE EXPANSION

In the new, more spacious living room Jill covered the walls and trim with Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter” for a look that appears seamless to the eye and makes the space feel even larger. Dog-friendly furnishings, including an indoor/outdoor rug, make for easy upkeep, while banded drapes, rich woods, and blue and white accessories add character. “They love to watch scary movies, so we did blackout curtains they can pull closed in the middle of the day and settle in with popcorn,” Jill says.

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CASUAL DINING

A breakfast area previously used as a keeping room became the family’s dining space. Here, Jill followed through with the navy palette not only for continuity but also to complement a recent kitchen renovation featuring rich espresso cabinetry. While the homeowners were reluctant to turn the lounge space into a dining area, they knew they needed a table and chairs for gatherings, and Jill promised to deliver on comfort. “These chairs are so cozy; they make for a good conversation spot where you want to linger,” the designer says of the washable slipcovered seating.

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GAME ON

The under-utilized formal dining room is now a destination the family looks forward to frequenting, a billiards room. Here, contemporary and traditional are paired throughout the design. For example, plaid curtains are a nod to an old-school billiards hall, while Jill refers to the light fixture as an “of the moment� piece that can be easily updated as trends change. Antique Delft tiles, which are original to the home, are complemented by a modern application of blue on the walls, trim, and ceiling, while the clean lines of the gold, contemporary bar shelves (see page 51) stand in opposition to the traditional legs of the pool table.

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HEIRLOOM INSPIRATION

The palette for the master bedroom was taken from a painting of wild turkeys that hung in one of the owner’s childhood homes. After her parents gifted the couple the beloved painting, they wanted to use it in a special way; it now hangs in the hallway near the master bedroom entry alluding to the sage green, cream, and brown found throughout the cozy space. A grasscloth wallpaper provides texture on an accent wall, while the velvet drapes and bed bring a luxurious feel.

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Each of the couple’s grown sons’ rooms received a refresh. In this space, new paint and bedding made the room ready for weekend and holiday visits.


“This style is fresh and classic. In 20 years it will look as good as the day we installed it.” —Jill Lawrence, designer

Design Resources ARCHITECT Ellen Yeary, Yeary Lindsey Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Jill Lawrence, J. Lawrence Design ACCESSORIES Cobblestone & Vine, Phoenix Interiors, and Tipton & Hurst ART Cobblestone & Vine BEDDING Angela Moore, Angel Threads, and Dillard’s LIGHTING, FURNITURE, AND RUGS J. Lawrence Design PILLOWS (CUSTOM) Angela Moore, Angel Threads WALLPAPER Designer Effects WINDOW TREATMENTS Nancy Osborn

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A LITTLE ROCK COUPLE CALLS ON AN OLD F R I E N D T O DE S IG N A N E W- C ON S T RUC T ION H O M E PAC K E D W I T H P E R S O N A L I T Y When Lisa and David Trent first started thinking about building their dream home in the Heights, there was no question about who to call to help make it happen.

Lisa had been friends with designer Kevin Walsh since college, and she knew she could trust him to bring her vision to life. “Kevin and I were fast friends when we first met. We clicked immediately,” Lisa says. “Plus, I love his work and knew he would guide me in the right direction.” While this house was built from the ground up, Lisa had owned a smaller cottage on the same lot for years. Her and David’s main motivation for building new was for a more spacious home suitable for the kind of casual, everyday entertaining they enjoy. Another request was to keep the master bedroom on the ground floor. Kevin worked with a draftsman to incorporate everything on

the Trents’ wish list, all while keeping a sizable front lawn and outdoor living space in the back. “We didn’t even initially talk about a second floor. We came to that once we started laying things out and seeing what sizes rooms should be,” Kevin says of the space-planning stage. From there, Kevin and Lisa started to have fun with finishes. One of the common threads throughout the home—from a lamp in the formal entry to fabrics and art in the main living spaces—is a punchy turquoise hue Kevin refers to as “one of Lisa’s signature colors.” Best of all, Lisa and David rented a house across the street for the duration of construction and installation, so they were able to keep an eye on every step of the process. “I thought it would be a little sad the day they tore my old house down, but all I could think was, This is going to be my happy house,” Lisa says.

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PERFECT BALANCE

The cool gray paint color on the walls, cabinetry, and even the ceiling provides a consistent backdrop for a range of patterns and colors in the living spaces. This cooler tone is balanced by Lisa’s favorite metal, gold, which makes an appearance in every piece of hardware as well as light and plumbing fixtures. The kitchen’s backsplash, a mosaic of tiny Calacatta marble tiles, catches the light and plays off the sparkle of the gold. The island and nearby dining table make the perfect serving spaces when the Trents host happy hours and Razorback basketball watch parties.

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Over the bar cart hang an abstract painting by Northwest Arkansas artist Allison Hobbs and a black and white piece Kevin found at market. The blue and white work in the dining space is by Kayce Hughes.


Trimwork laid in a diamond pattern on the ceiling was designed on-site after the kitchen cabinets and crown molding were installed.

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STARTING POINT

The living room is where vision for the mix of colors and fabrics used throughout the house started to coalesce. The team was going through fabric samples at Bear Hill one day when Lisa came across a swatch she couldn’t do without. “I loved this fabric, and it just took on a life of its own,” she says of the pattern now covering a cheery slipper chair. “From there, the curtain fabric became part of the equation, and then we started working our way through the house room by room,” Kevin adds.

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“I knew if Kevin steered me toward it, I was going to love it. I think that caused me to branch out even more than I would have.” —Lisa Trent, homeowner

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BRIGHT IDEAS

A couple of guest rooms upstairs provide respite for out-of-town family and friends. “I think a lot of people are color shy, and guest rooms are a place you can go crazy with color because you’re not in there all the time,” Kevin says. In one room, he and the homeowners drew chartreuse from the draperies for a peppy wall color and went more neutral with the bedding. “I totally trusted him. When we started with all this color, I knew he was going to get it just right,” Lisa says.

Black and white damask wallpaper in a powder bath downstairs plays off the marble flooring of the nearby foyer.

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UNEXPECTED NEUTRAL

In the master bedroom, a pinkish paint color Kevin describes as “plummy” set the tone for bedding, draperies, and accessories that stay within a similar palette. “When Kevin first pitched this color, I wasn’t sure,” Lisa laughs. “Then he showed me these little iridescent boxes and this fabric we ended up using on the drapes; he pulled some stuff together that helped me see what it was going to look like.” “I never dreamed I’d have a bedroom that was pink, but I like it a lot,” David adds. A resin light fixture by Oly and a macro photograph of an anemone bloom play up the graphic nature of the room.

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PERFECTLY PINK

A lighter take on the bedroom color carries into the master bath, which features a steam shower and soaking tub with wall-mounted fixtures. The flooring is Calacatta gold marble laid in a herringbone pattern, and a piece of art purchased from Providence Design references the mauve undertones of the adjoining bedroom.

Design Resources CONTRACTOR Scott Greenwood, Scott Greenwood Construction INTERIOR DESIGN Kevin Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors ACCESSORIES, ART, BEDDING, FABRICS, FIXTURES, FURNITURE, HARDWARE, LIGHTING, MIRRORS, AND WALLPAPER Bear Hill Interiors APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More CABINETRY C Louk Fine Carpentry and Millwork CARPET C&F Carpet and Flooring COUNTERTOPS All Natural Stone FLOORING AND TILE Acme Brick Tile & Stone PAINT Sherwin-Williams WINDOW COVERINGS Mountjoy’s Draperies

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Ray Ellen

Founder, Pixel Properties Realty Having worked as a Realtor since 2007, Ray Ellen became tired of what he refers to as the “old model” of real estate where agents work for brokerage companies & received very little in return. He envisioned a better way to help agents provide exceptional service for clients buying or selling one of their largest assets. “What good is knowing what to say to convince someone to work with you if you cannot provide the quality of service they deserve?” Ray says. “I wanted to create a brokerage that helped agents perfect their craft while also operating like a media company; telling the story of our sellers, buyers, agents, and our communities.” From this idea, Pixel Properties was created in 2018. “We are trusted professionals who are backed by an innovative, active real estate brokerage that is resetting the standard across the nation and the world,” Ray says. Both the idea and brand have grown rapidly, giving Ray the opportunity to represent the state by sharing his model at conferences with other top agents around the world. In addition to providing their clients with first-rate service, Pixel Properties loves giving back to the community & supporting causes their agents are involved with such as the Arkansas Foodbank, the Summit Church, and Project Zero.

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“Our goal at Sissy’s Log Cabin is to make each person who walks through our doors feel like family,” says CEO Bill Jones. This is a virtue he and his mother, founder Sissy Jones, have held tightly since their days of renting a log cabin in Pine Bluff to sell her treasured antique furniture and jewelry pieces. While the business has evolved over the past 50 years to now become Arkansas’s largest independently owned jeweler, Bill and his wife, Sharri, continue the legacy of both customer and community service. One way Sharri and Bill keep the spirit of Sissy’s Log Cabin growing is to encourage staff at each of the five locations to find ways to connect with their communities. For example, in 2020, the company’s philanthropic focus was donating to food pantries. To celebrate the jeweler’s 50th anniversary, they hosted a food drive at all locations and were able to donate more than 15,000 meals to those in need. “For us, owning and operating Sissy’s Log Cabin is not a job, but a way of life. The clients we serve, the service we give, and the milestones we celebrate make each day special. We are honored to be a part of so many lives,” Bill says. January/February 2021 | athomearkansas.com 73


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Carlley Riggan

Advocate, Brugada Syndrome Awareness “I am a firm believer in the saying, It is not what happens to you, but how you choose to react that matters,” Carlley Riggan says. This is a mantra she’s adopted in the four years since the tragic loss of her father, Kody Riggan, and the discovery that she has the same genetic heart condition that caused his death. “Most people are unfamiliar with Brugada syndrome,” Carlley says of her diagnosis. “It’s my ultimate goal to bring awareness to this disease.” Carlley has had the opportunity to do just that through the central Arkansas chapter of the American Heart Association, which named the Riggans their 2020 Survivor Family, as well as through the organization’s Sweetheart Program for young women. “Sharing my story has been extremely healing and has given me a purpose, and I am determined to educate others and hopefully save lives,” she says. “Throughout this experience, I have been motivated to be more active, healthy, and enjoy the little things in life. I am so thankful for all of the memories that were made with my dad, and for family and friends that encourage me to never forget and to speak of him often. It is so easy to get caught up in the ugly that surrounds us, and life is too short to not see the beauty. I am forever thankful to be Kody Riggan’s daughter. He is my hero.”

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As the state’s only outpatient surgery center dedicated to minimally invasive spine surgery and care, the team at Legacy specializes in neurosurgery and pain management to assist patients and restore their health. “We have pioneered the most minimally invasive keyhole approach for lumbar fusion surgery with a screwless interbody system. This has allowed this surgery to be performed at outpatient centers with a quick recovery and minimal blood loss,” Dr. Scott Schlesinger says. “We are the only center in the state and one of few in the country that offer this keyhole MIS approach.” With the challenges of 2020, the team has worked extra hard this year to continue bringing the best care to Arkansans. “We have worked intimately with the governor’s office, Arkansas Department of Health, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association leadership in Washington and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand the services of all ASCs during the pandemic. Reaching our goal has allowed us and several others to operate at a facility without COVID-19 exposure risks.

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HOT SPRINGS AND LITTLE ROCK

Lee Beasley Local Restaurateur

As a Hot Springs native, Lee Beasley has a self-professed love for both the Spa City and the state of Arkansas. During his early career, several jobs he held in the private sector made an impression on him. “These experiences gave me a passion to begin doing my own thing and then a desire to develop diverse, larger properties and projects which would benefit Hot Springs and the state,” he says. Today, he has found his niche in the restaurant and entertainment industry, currently owning five venues, including two Bone’s Chophouse locations, Copper Penny Pub, J&S Italian Villa, and the most-recent acquisition, beloved barbecue restaurant McClard’s. “My involvement in local businesses has allowed me to provide jobs for many people while also supporting the local tax base,” Lee says. “The quality of the goods and services we provide helps the tourism industry and gives guests a great experience, making them want to visit our community many times each year.” Lee notes he could not do this on his own. “I have a great business partner in Dean Jennings, who runs the operations side of all our venues,” he says. “It definitely takes a team.” Lee hopes the two can leave their mark on the Natural State through these exciting venues and the experiences customers have while visiting them.

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W I T H A VA R I E T Y O F E AT E R I E S , L E E B E A S L E Y B R I N G S T H E G I F T O F G O O D T A S T E T O PA T R O N S I N B O T H LITTLE ROCK AND HOT SPRINGS Bone’s Chophouse | Hot Springs and Little Rock | boneschophouse.com Copper Penny Pub | Hot Springs | copper-penny-pub.com J&S Italian Villa | Hot Springs | jandsitalianvilla.com McClard’s | Hot Springs | mcclards.com


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LITTLE ROCK

Catherine & Dr. Brian Barron, DVM Owners, Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic

Photo by Molly Anne Sandefur

CARING FOR ANIMALS AND BETTERING THEIR CITY ARE A W AY O F L I F E F O R C A T H E R I N E A N D D R . B R I A N B A R R O N 11601 Kanis Road | 501.224.6998 | shacklefordvetclinic.com | @srvclr

Husband and wife team Catherine and Dr. Brian Barron have a passion for animal care. Catherine, who runs the business side of the clinic, and Dr. Barron have invested in numerous technological and space upgrades (including a new 4,500-square-foot hospital) to provide firstrate care for pets. “We want to be the leader in not just central Arkansas, but in the state,” Catherine says. “The best way to lead is by example, and that is what we have done from day one when it comes to investing in the business and continuing education.” With this level of dedication, it comes as no surprise they give their time to a number of animal-care causes. Dr. Barron is on the board for Central Arkansas Rescue Efforts (CARE), and the two also volunteer with the Pulaski County Humane Society and Friends of the Little Rock Animal Village, where they help to microchip pets. In addition, they sponsor numerous adopta-pet events. Dr. Barron also serves on the Catholic High Alumni Board, an organization dear to his heart.

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Toddy Pitard

Owner, Lauray’s and Murphy-Pitard Jewelers

As the owner of MurphyPitard Jewelers in El Dorado and Lauray’s in Hot Springs, Toddy Pitard strives to provide the best for clients and communities. He got his start in the business 38 years ago when he was hired as an engraver at what is now Murphy-Pitard. Still in high school at the time, he learned the business and showed so much promise the company sent him to jewelry school. From there, his passion for designing jewelry, working with customers, and sourcing diamonds from around the globe grew. In 2000, he became full owner of Murphy-Pitard, and in 2018 he purchased the renowned Hot Springs family jewelry store, Lauray’s. Both stores offer a wide selection of bridal sets, designer jewelry, watches, and more. “We hold ourselves to a standard of honesty, fairness, and integrity. We treat people the way we would want to be treated,” he says. Toddy also gives back by serving on numerous commissions and boards. Walk into either of his businesses and you’re likely to find a school supply donation drive or hear about an upcoming event to help the local food bank or the American Heart Association. “I want to give my time and help others through community involvement,” Toddy says. “It’s a privilege to be able to give back and serve others.” 78 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2021

F O R T O D DY P I TA R D , C U S T O M E R S E R V I C E A N D COMMUNITY SERVICE GO HAND-IN-HAND Lauray’s The Diamond Center | Hot Springs | 501.321.2441 | laurays.com Murphy-Pitard Jewelers | El Dorado | 870.863.8818 | murphypitard.com


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CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Chris H. Olsen

Owner, Botanica Gardens and Plantopia Home & Garden Center As the owner of two of central Arkansas’s most-loved stores for all things gardening, Chris H. Olsen has made a name for himself in the world of outdoor living. He opened Botanica Gardens in 2003 as a unique home and garden store that also houses the landscape design, maintenance, and installation division of his business. Twelve years later, North Little Rock’s Plantopia Home & Garden Center opened to fill the need for a nursery with a “balance between quality and price,” he says. Here, on five acres, customers can shop a huge variety of plants, containers, fountains, and more. “My goal has always been to

out-do myself,” Chris says. “With plants and gardens, I think we are making Arkansas not only a more beautiful place but a happier one as well.” In 2016, Chris purchased and renovated the 1927 Edgemont House to be used as his personal home and for special events. Community is also important to Chris. He is involved in a number of fundraisers, from the Humane Society of Pulaski County to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He and his staff also donate maintenance services at sites such as The Big Dam Bridge Garden, further allowing him to use his talents in a manner where others benefit.

T H R O U G H H I S PA S S I O N F O R P L A N T S A N D L A N D S C A P E S , C H R I S H . O L S E N C O N T I N U E S T O B E A U T I F Y O U T D O O R L I V I N G A R E A S T H R O U G H O U T T H E S TAT E Botanica Gardens | 1601 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock | 501.614.3000 | botanicagardens.com | @chrisbotanicagardens Plantopia | 3101 North Hills Blvd., North Little Rock | 501.812.5900 | plantopianlr.com | @plantopianlr

SPRINGDALE

Ashley Cardiel

Owner, Ashley Cardiel Interiors Ashley Cardiel launched Ashley Cardiel Interiors in 2015 with the goal of improving client experience through setting fixed transparent fees, focusing on the client’s personal style, and finding ways to integrate wellness components into everyday designs. Often, that means guiding her clients to be early adopters of new technologies. “This year, we were the first to source a refrigeratorsize hydroponic garden in a custom kitchen so our clients have access to fresh herbs and produce year-round,” Ashley says. She and her team have also incorporated infrared saunas,

zero gravity baths, and circadian rhythm lighting into projects, too. “We spend an extensive amount of time educating ourselves on how to marry wellness, design, and technology,” she adds. In 2020, Ashley shared her firm’s talents with Springdale’s Elmdale Elementary by helping install a sensory room. For 600-plus students to have access to. “My firm understands how spaces play a role in your mental and physical wellbeing, and it was great to connect those dots on a philanthropic level this year.”

Photo by Steph Smith

B Y S TAY I N G A H E A D O F T E C H N O L O G Y A N D W E L L N E S S T R E N D S I N T H E I N D U S T R Y, A S H L E Y C A R D I E L G O E S A B O V E A N D B E Y O N D TO OFFER HER CLIENTS THE BEST IN HOME DESIGN Ashley Cardiel Interiors | 2964 W. Huntsville Ave., Suite D | 479.530.1147 | ashleycardielinteriors.com | @ashleycardielinteriors

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PATTERNS WE LOVE

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At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2021  

Arkansas's source for home design and lifestyle inspiration. January/February Design Book Issue

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Arkansas's source for home design and lifestyle inspiration. January/February Design Book Issue