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August 2020 // The Family Homes Issue

STYLE 15 SHOP

Now & Zen

17 DESIGN Key Pieces

23 REFRESH

Lavender Dream

LIFE

29 GATHER

Fête on the Farm

35 DISCOVER

29 35 52 64

Fayetteville & Springdale

39 ASID AWARDS 2020 ASID South Central Chapter Design Awards

SPECIAL SECTION 72 TRENDSETTERS Interior Designers

IN EVERY ISSUE

10 WELCOME 12 LATEST 96 END NOTES

ON THE COVER Designer Sarah Smith’s Fayetteville study. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 54.

HOME 49 SWEET & SOPHISTICATED

In regard to style and function, designer Brittany Nixon Brun thinks long-term when designing her daughter’s nursery.

52 LITTLE BOY BLUE

A client’s love of traditional style inspires Chandler Bailey to create a dressed-up room for a brand new baby boy.

54 BUILT TO LAST

In Northwest Arkansas, designer Sarah Smith creates a relaxed, practical home for her family of five.

64 MAKING ROOM FOR FAMILY An updated layout and style refresh are hallmarks of this renovation helmed by Harper Howey Interiors.

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tickled pink As we put together our annual Family Homes issue, I couldn’t help but think of my own childhood home. My parents went to great lengths to personalize rooms for my sister and me, then 6 and 3, when we first moved to our house in Little Rock. In my room, they painted two different shades of pink above and below the chair rail, then installed the Photograph by Rett Peek pièce de résistance above the molding: a strip of pink-and-white wallpaper border. The scene depicted a child leading a line of monkeys, zebras, and elephants through the jungle, all in silhouette. I loved it so much. While my style has evolved slightly since my toddler days, I still have very fond memories of that room. Surrounded by my favorite color and with a parade of pink animals at eye level, how could I not love it? I can certainly see elements of each home in this issue—“Bashful” pinks, critters cleverly hidden in wallpaper—that will inspire the same curiosity and joy I felt in my room. In addition to those sweet details, the big-picture thinking necessary for a family home is also evident throughout this issue. If you’re considering a change, whether it’s a more spacious kitchen or much-needed playroom, you’ll find inspiration for better livability in two stories featuring households with older children and teens. After all, having a home that functions for everyone has never been more important.

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DESIGN NEWS

What’s New? Visitors to Crystal Bridges explore “Forest Frequencies,” one of five installations part of the temporary exhibit North Forest Lights.

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North Forest Lights, a temporary installation at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, has been announced as a finalist in the people’s choice awards for arts organization CODAworx. In partnership with Montreal-based multimedia studio Moment Factory, North Forest Lights was an “artistic outdoor light and sound experience” designed specifically for the grounds of Crystal Bridges and meant to inspire a connection with nature. The ticketed show (held October 2019 to February 2020) included five installations and drew 109,000 visitors in its almost four-month run. “This was such a unique and popular offering, Crystal Bridges and Moment Factory have been in discussions about bringing back North Forest Lights,” says Beth Bobbitt, public relations director for the museum. “We’re especially mindful of how we might adapt the experience with new safety and social distancing protocols as a priority,” she adds. CODAworx connects artists with industry resources and those who are looking to commission pieces of public art. The organization’s annual awards, presented in partnership with Interior Design magazine and Architects Foundation, honor projects that most successfully integrate art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. Voting for the 100 finalists ended June 30, and two people’s choice award winners will be announced August 30. crystalbridges.org

The Black Interior Designers Network has launched a campaign detailing ways for the home design industry to become more diverse and inclusive. The strategy is two-fold: First, the nonprofit professional organization released a series of actions called “The Designer Ally’s ‘How To’” that outlines what fellow designers can do to support Black professionals. (The list includes general actions, like “Stop colorblindness,” as well as those specific to the industry, like “Partner with interior design organizations of color.”) Second, the organization launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign. The money raised will go toward supporting BIDN’s mission, which is to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, brand partnerships, and social media features to Black interior designers, as well to the NAACP. Want to learn more about BIDN? Follow along on social media (@blackinteriordesignersnetwork) as the group continues to share resources and spotlight talented designers. To donate or become a member of BIDN, visit blackinteriordesignersnetwork.com.

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U PDAT E YO U R S PAC E

Style ASIAN INSPIRATION

Now & Zen

From layered neutrals and clean lines to classic chinoiserie, designers all over the world have turned east for style cues for centuries

P R O D U C E R S T E P H A N I E M A X W E L L N E W TO N 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

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1 Modern bamboo chandelier in Bronze. The Shade Above, Little Rock, (501) 374-3555 2 Ginger jars. Paul Michael Co., Lake Village, paulmichaelcompany.com

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4 Natural picket wall mirror. Antique Brick Outdoors, Little Rock, antiquebrickinc.com 5 & 6 “Yoshino” lamp and “Gwyneth” wing chair in Gray. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, cantrellfurniture.com 7 Shibori: The Art of Indigo Dyeing by Nicola Gouldsmith. Bella Vita Jewelry, Little Rock, bellavitajewelry.net

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8 Nourison sisal “SSF05” rug in Hazelnut. C & F Flooring, Little Rock, candfcarpet.com

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D E S I G N

PRODUCER TIFFANY ADAMS

Designed by Australian model Miranda Kerr, the Love. Joy. Bliss. collection features soft, feminine hues and clean, geometric lines. Art of Design, shadavari.com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com

FURNITURE & LIGHTING

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1 CR Laine “Garrison” chair. Harper Howey Interiors, harperhoweyinteriors. com; Phoenix Interiors, phoenixlittlerock.com 2 “Antiqued Mirror” table lamp. Paul Michael Co., paulmichaelcompany.com 3 Savoy House “Handel” eightlight chandelier in Satin Nickel. J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 4 “Ordino” floor lamp with foot switch from Uttermost. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture. com; Cajun Brothers Furniture, cajunbrothersfurniture.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Gamble Home Furnishings, shopgambles. com; GW Lighting and Home, gwlightingandhome.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor.com; Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; Kaufman by Design West, kaufmanlumber.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium. com; Obsessions Interiors, obsessionsinteriors.com; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 5 “Nicholas” media cabinet from Gabby. Art of Design, shadavari.com; Blu D’or Interiors, facebook. 18 At Home in Arkansas | August 2020

com/bludorinteriors; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; Phoenix Interiors, phoenixlittlerock.com; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com 6 Mayo Furniture’s “3555F” sofa in Twine and Twig Linen. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Cajun Brothers Furniture, cajunbrothersfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurinturewarehouse.com; Cynthia East Fabrics, cynthiaeastfabrics.com; Phoenix Interiors, phoenixlittlerock.com; White Furniture Company, whitefurniturecompany.com 7 Universal Furniture’s “Carlton” coffee table from the Curated collection. Abide Furniture, abidefurniture.net; Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Art of Design, shadavari.com; Blackmon’s Furniture & Appliances, blackmonfurniture.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; Dillard’s, dillards.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor.com; Harris Furniture, harrisfurniture.com; mertinsdykehome, mertinsdykehome.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture. com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com 8 “Rivoli” side table in Antique Brass. Howse, thehowse.com


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9 “Linara” chandelier by Kichler. Light Innovations, light-innovations. com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Sanders Plumbing and Lighting Gallery, sanderssupply.net; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 10 “18 Wheeler Floor Board” dining table. Paul Michael Co., paulmichaelcompany. com 11 “Urban Retreat” round dining table from Hekman. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; GW Lighting and Home, gwlightingandhome.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor.com; White Furniture Company, whitefurniturecompany.com 12 “Galway” chair in Brown. Howse, thehowse.com 13 Hooker Furniture “Sanctuary Couture” host chair. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center; cantrellfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse,

costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor. com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com; Obsessions Interiors, obsessionsinteriors.com; White Furniture Company, whitefurniturecompany.com 14 Uttermost “Zafina” bar cart. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Cajun Brothers Furniture, cajunbrothersfurniture.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Gamble Home Furnishings, shopgambles.com; GW Lighting and Home, gwlightingandhome.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor.com; Kaufman by Design West, kaufmanlumber.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Obsessions Interiors, obsessionsinteriors. com; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com August 2020 | athomearkansas.com 19


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Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com; Obsessions Interiors, obsessionsinteriors.com; White Furniture Company, whitefurniturecompany.com 20 “Langley” dresser in Licorice from Universal Furniture. Abide Furniture, abidefurniture.net; Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Art of Design, shadavari.com; Blackmon’s Furniture & Appliances, blackmonfurniture.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture. com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; Dillard’s, dillards.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor.com; Harris Furniture, harrisfurniture. com; mertinsdykehome, mertinsdykehome.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture. com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com Please note the local retailers listed for the items shown may only have pieces available by special order. Additionally, many lines are available to the trade through your favorite local interior designer. Photos courtesy of vendors


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The Preserve at The Woodlands In business for more than 40 years, Bosley Construction, Inc. is a thirdgeneration, family owned company proud to offer 160 acres at The Preserve at The Woodlands for residential development. Currently in the first phase, the neighborhood is conveniently located off Congo Road, north of I-30, in Benton. “Every home built is customized and drawn to fit its specific lot, so no two homes look alike. We build to suit,” owners Chip Bosley and Brennan Bosley,

who oversee the development, say. Additionally, the plan design, interior and exterior finishes are overseen by Keri Bosley. “We all pay close attention to every detail in the homes we build,” she says. Since the development began, the POA has acquired a neighborhood pool, covered pavilion, public restrooms, playground, fishing pond with a walking track around the perimeter, and three miles of wooded walking trails. Currently, the development is the only

community zoned for the Benton school district with a neighborhood pool and other POA amenities. If you’re looking to find your dream home, several options are available. A modern farmhouse is complete and for sale, while three additional homes are under construction and several lots remain open in Phase I. To learn more, contact Bosley Construction at 501-225-2729 or bosleyhomes@ sbcglobal.net, or visit their website, bosleyconstructioninc.com.

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R E F R E S H

BEFORE & AFTER

Lavender Dream AC Designs creates a bright and happy master bedroom for a Little Rock couple

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

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For years, Amy Terry and Candace Davis enjoyed designing their own homes, occasionally helping friends, and creating welcoming classrooms (they are both prekindergarten teachers); however, they didn’t realize they were quickly creating a new business. In 2018, thanks to word-of-mouth recommendations from friends, the two started to take on more and more clients and launched AC Designs. “We do a mix of projects— everything from new builds and renovations to quick décor updates. It has grown more than we anticipated and has become a full-time second job for us,” Amy says.

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For this project, Amy served as the lead design consultant, working with a busy couple to create a welcoming master bedroom retreat with plenty of color and personality. AC Designs had previously decorated the home for Christmas, so she had a feel for the pair’s style. “When they called us, the wife said they had some pieces they liked but felt like it wasn’t quite put together,” Amy recalls. Inspired by the pair of abstract pillows seen on the bed, they opted for a hushed version of the magenta color as the main hue. Painting the walls in what Amy


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calls a “smoky violet” color (“Imagine” by SherwinWilliams at 75 percent strength) makes it feel “romantic and cozy.” The team worked with the aforementioned existing pieces, including nightstands, lamps, Greek key upholstered benches, and a glass side table but brought new life with a contemporary bed, media console, and upholstered chair. The same was true for accessories and artwork; landscapes now mix with new abstract works near the television and sitting area. “This room feels so happy when you walk into it,” Amy says. “It’s amazing how a few tweaks can make such a transformation.”

Abstract watercolors by Little Rock artist Ashley Saer frame the top of the television, while pieces by Lauren Anderson (also based in Little Rock) can be seen at the top and bottom left as well as on the right. These are complemented by a framed crystal and a charcoal drawing Amy purchased.

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“It’s amazing how a few tweaks can make such a transformation.” —Amy Terry, designer

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Amy used the couple’s existing bedside tables and gourd lamps but added large-scale antiqued mirrors to coordinate with the iron pieces in the design and reflect light to brighten the space.

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Prior to the makeover, the couple had a worn-wood bed. Amy updated this with an iron four-poster canopy option. “The mix of soft upholstery with the iron modernizes the room,” she says.

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The designers planned to keep the room’s existing drapes but found their yellow hue did not work with the new palette. Simple white panels hung on a French return rod, which allows them to open and close easily, updated the look.

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A framed television can be set to display favorite artwork, thus serving as the central focal point on the gallery wall.

Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Candace Davis and Amy Terry, AC Designs ACCESSORIES AC Designs and Providence Design ART AC Designs, Lauren Anderson Art, Providence Design, and Ashley Saer FABRICS AC Designs and Cynthia East Fabrics FURNITURE (BUFFET, CHAIR, AND COFFEE TABLE) AC Designs and Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse LIGHTING AND MIRRORS AC Designs PAINT Sherwin-Williams WINDOW COVERINGS Angela Moore, Angel Threads

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PETITE PARTY

Fête on the Farm

The Velvet Boxwood hosts a charming children’s gathering inspired by all things Duck, Duck, Goose

A handpainted sign by Seanna Nickels, a member of The Velvet Boxwood team, welcomes guests on behalf of Laurie’s sons, Saddler and Whitaker.

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A potting station with soil, terracotta pots, and a choice of rosemary, mint, or thyme provides an activity during the party as well as a takehome party favor. “That was our way of thanking guests and sending them home with something to remember the day by,” Laurie says.

As owner of The Velvet Boxwood, a floral and entertaining design company based in Little Rock, Laurie Miller approaches everything she does with her company’s motto: “Where South meets French.” So when she set out to plan a gathering for little ones inspired by a favorite childhood game, elements of both traditions—as well as the waterfowl central to Duck, Duck, Goose—found their way into every detail. For example, sweet tea served on an antique silver platter is a staple of traditional Southern hospitality, while a soft blue palette and aged terracotta vessels speak to the party’s French garden feel. Laurie was also inspired to draw from the venue’s lush gardens. “I just love the warmth and organic nature of Moss Mountain Farm,” she says of P. Allen Smith’s ferme ornée. “Plus, they have tons of ducks and geese on the property. It was the perfect place.” To further highlight the farm and garden aspect of the party, Laurie incorporated vegetables and herbs into the invitations, menu, and even a make-andtake party favor. The best thing about this shindig is its versatility. “As a mother of two, I wanted something that could be an everyday social for kids,” Laurie says. “It would also make a great luncheon or shower for adults. Either way, I think there’s a lot for both children and their parents to appreciate.”

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Clockwise from top left: Custom invitations set the tone for the garden party. Sprigs of mint garnish glasses of sweet tea. Laurie’s 8-year-old, Saddler, explores the garden with one of the game’s stick ducks in tow. Handmade plush ducklings are ready to join freshly planted herbs at the potting station.

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“I wanted to create something that looked like it was a tradition passed down through a family.” — Laurie Miller, The Velvet Boxwood

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To create an interesting and playful tablescape, Laurie arranged vegetables from Rattle’s Garden alongside vessels of tulips, lilac, grape hyacinth, and licorice. While antique silverware elevates the setting, mismatched chairs and everyday Juliska dinnerware keep the tone more casual. At the end of the table, handmade Duck, Duck, Goose toys created by Laurie’s mother, Jan Mooney, have a heirloom quality that harkens back to memories of classic stick ponies.

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“As soon as I settled on this theme, I could just imagine seeing those little bitty ducks waddling and peeking their heads out of the table,” Laurie says of her inspiration for the cakes. Baker Michelle Mayer brought Laurie’s vision to life with fondant ducklings in baskets over a layered lemon cake with blueberry filling. Blueberry pie ice cream sandwiches— which feature a miniature pie on either side of the ice cream—also carry the party’s signature hue. “My youngest, Whitaker, is obsessed with blueberries, so I tried to put a little of what each of the boys love into the party,” Laurie says.

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The day’s menu consisted of herb buttermilk biscuits with ham and apricot marmalade, cheese straws with bacon and ranch dip, and citrus, mint, and honey fruit salad. Sugar cookies personalized with each guest’s name (above) also served as place cards. Design Resources EVENT AND FLORAL DESIGN AND TABLETOP STYLING Laurie Miller, The Velvet Boxwood CAKES Custom Cakes by Michelle Mayer CHINA Tipton & Hurst COOKIES Crumb & Canvas INVITATIONS Jessie Russell Fuchs FURNITURE (CHAIRS) Park Hill Home RENTALS (ANTIQUE SILVER) Bitsy Davis, Ashley Alexander House RENTALS (LINENS AND CAKE STANDS) A Perfect Bloom Florist & Wedding Rentals

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Discover Fayetteville & Springdale Take a visit to Razorback territory—and its neighbor to the north—for shopping, dining, and experiences like no other

The Fayetteville Square is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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Pigmint, Fayetteville

This full-service floral studio has been creating eye-catching arrangements for Northwest Arkansas clients since 2013. Now, the company’s offerings have grown to include balloon installations, a gift shop, and even their own private label line of candles, Pigmint Arôme. shoppigmint.com

Presley Paige, Fayetteville

Greeting cards and party décor at Presley Paige.

112 Drive-In Theatre, Fayetteville

If you love to throw a party, Presley Paige is a must-visit for shopping a curated selection of entertaining goods. No matter the occasion, this boutique has you covered on the perfect card, sticker, or décor for your celebration. facebook.com/ ShopPresleyPaige

Cellar Door Antiques, Springdale

This drive-in cinema offers an experience of a by-gone era, allowing your family to enjoy classics like Grease, Footloose, and Jaws (just a few of the summer’s selections) from the comfort of your car. Admission is charged per person per vehicle, and shows start at sundown on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. 112driveintheatre.com

From furniture to dinnerware and décor, Cellar Door Antiques is a treasure trove of unique antiques and vintage finds. Want to check it out from the comfort of home? Follow along on Facebook and Instagram to shop virtually. cellardoorantiques.com

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Nicole Calhoun opened her hip-hop-infused yoga studio in 2018 to create a fun, inclusive, upbeat vinyasa experience. Whether you’re ready to sweat it out in a “power flow” class or looking to get into deep stretches, ELXR’s schedule, which includes in-studio and online sessions, offers something for everyone. elxryogalounge.com

Of the 44 acres to explore at this educational destination, you’ll find 12 themed spaces that provide insight into different styles and aspects of garden design in our region. Be sure to check out the Ozark Native Garden, which features only flowers and grasses native to Arkansas. bgozarks.org

Burton’s Creamery, Fayetteville

Originally founded as an ice cream truck in 2014, Burton’s Creamery also offers its decadent soft-serve from a shared location with Puritan Coffee in the Uptown Apartments & Shops. With toppings like crushed pretzels and sugary cereal, a cone of Burton’s is anything but your typical ice cream treat. burtonscreamery.com

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ELXR Yoga Lounge, Fayetteville

The Graduate, Fayetteville

Opened in 2019 just steps from the historic square, The Graduate is part of a national chain in college towns offering rooms and suites with a dose of nostalgia. Amenities at the Northwest Arkansas location include an indoor-outdoor pool, pet-friendly lodging, and complimentary bike rentals. graduatehotels.com/fayetteville


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Feed & Folly, Fayetteville

This restaurant (with a rooftop bar) opened in March featuring a menu of house-cured meats, sandwiches, and pub grub with an English slant—think fish ‘n’ chips and bangers and mash alongside charcuterie plates and craft cocktails. Check social media for current information about hours, reservations, and seating capacity. feedandfolly.com

Grey Dog Boutique, Fayetteville

If your style sense leans vintage, head to Grey Dog Boutique, where women’s apparel and accessories from decades past find new life for forward-thinking fashionistas. Also look out for Grey Dog’s own collection of designs, called Inhaus, as well as a selection of Turkish rugs. shopgreydog.com

James + James Furniture, Springdale While James Smith founded his furniture brand in 2011, the company celebrated a milestone this spring with the opening of a new retail store and woodshop. Located in the historic Watson building, customers can watch carpenters at work on custom orders and best sellers. carpenterjames.com

Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale

Kimberly Harper and Cynthia Howey Tune’s interior design firm offers services ranging from new construction projects to renovations. Stop by their showroom on Highway 71 to shop an eclectic mix of on-trend furnishings, art, and accessories. harperhoweyinteriors.com

Milk & Sugar Bath Co., Springdale

This local business features artisan bath and beauty products made from all-natural materials—so they’re good for your body and the environment. In addition to soaps, scrubs, salts, oils, and creams, you’ll find accessories like shave brushes as well as candles, diffusers, and other home goods in stock. milksugarbath.com

The Pits Meatery, Springdale

Get your barbecue fill at the corner of Main and Meadow in downtown Springdale. From ribs, brisket, and pulled pork to cole slaw and potato salad, this food truck favorite serves all the classics and more. thepitsmeatery.com

Romance Diamond Co., Fayetteville

Since it opened in 1996, Romance Diamond has become a mainstay in Northwest Arkansas for fine jewelry. In addition to popular brands like Marco Bicego and Tag Heuer, the store also showcases vintage and one-of-a-kind custom pieces and offers appraisals, repairs, and cleaning for all kinds of jewelry and watches. romancediamond.com

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2020 ASID South Central Chapter Design Awards Join us as we celebrate the American Society of Interior Designers’ Arkansas award recipients for both residential and commercial projects

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RESIDENTIAL SINGLE SPACE GOLD Ovation Winner: 2020 Project of the Year

Andrea Cornwell, ASID, NCIDQ, AIA Affiliate Member iSpace, LLC Crawford Renovation

Goal This renovation was planned to update an inefficient, closed-off kitchen and living room into one modern, open room that was equally stylish and functional. “The kitchen and living room is the hub of their home and needed to be high design-meets-durability to withstand the daily use,� designer Andrea Cornwell says. Result Crisp white cabinetry, granite countertops, and modern finishes befit the kitchen, while a row of windows adds natural light to both this space and the living room. Inspired by an emerald sectional, green accent walls feature oversized botanical prints. Bookshelves were replaced with base cabinets to offer concealed storage, while the fireplace received a facelift in the form of a sleek tile wrap to create a sophisticated presence. 40 At Home in Arkansas | August 2020


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Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID MLH Designs, Inc. Isbell Master Bath

Goal The clients desired an elegant, traditional design with clean lines; they also wanted to create a striking focal point when looking from the master bedroom to the en suite. Result “The house was designed as having a Mediterranean aesthetic on the exterior and a modern-meets-traditional look on the interior,” Meridith Ranouil says. An open space, classic finishes, and clean lines carried this aesthetic into the bath. Upon entering the room, a marble enclosed tub resting under a custom mosaic with a marble frame greets the clients, while a spacious custom shower features a range of marble profiles and shapes accented with a colorful glass mosaic tile that ties back to the work seen over the tub.

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Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID MLH Designs, Inc. Destin Condo Renovation

Goal The owners of this condo wanted to modernize and refurnish the entire space in just two and a half months. “While this is a beach condo, they did not want it to appear as such; they wanted a clean, sleek, modern feel,” Meridith Ranouil says. However, they also wanted comfort and the ability to accommodate as many people as possible, meaning numerous beds and convertible sleeping areas. Finally, it also had to be durable to stand up to wet swimsuits as well as wear and tear. Result A contemporary vacation space with a clean palette, modern furnishings, and art where the clients can relax with their family and friends. August 2020 | athomearkansas.com 41


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Natalie Biles, ASID, and Stacey Breezeel, ASID, LEED-AP Shine Interior Design Studio Eagle Cove Residence

Goal Maximizing storage and work surfaces, blending the family’s styles to create what designers Stacey Breezeel and Natalie Biles call “a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic,” and emphasizing the Arkansas River valley view were all top of mind in this kitchen design. Result Influenced by the copper range, natural materials and industrial accents were used throughout the space to set a warm and inviting tone. Upper cabinets extend to the ceiling for maximum storage and also feature interior organization systems, while an island and baker’s counter provide plenty of workspace. A nearby butler’s pantry and wet bar provide storage, while a wall of windows highlights the scenery.

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CORPOR ATE SINGLE SPACE GOLD & ADAP TIVE REUSE GOLD

This project was produced by a DEMX Architecture design team, which includes Morganne Bryner, Allied ASID, interior designer; Tim Maddox, AIA, principal; Seth Spradlin, Associate AIA, project manager; Julie Chambers, AIA, project architect; and Ben Cruce, AIA, project architect.

Morganne Bryner, Allied ASID DEMX Architecture Tyson Manufacturing Automation Center

Goal This design was aimed at highlighting Tyson’s industrial and agricultural heritage by transforming a maintenance shop into a robotic research facility and office center, all while adhering to the character of the original building. “Priorities also included providing comfortable spaces filled with natural light, building connections to the exterior, and creating spaces that build unity and encourage collaboration between staff members,” designer Morganne Bryner says. Further, the design drew inspiration from the brand and its campuses. Result Innovation and history mix in a variety of materials and their applications, all while incorporating the company’s signature “Cayenne” red hue. For example, wood cladding and metal panels add visual interest, while a carpet printed with an abstract interpretation of industrial perforated metal speaks to the innovation. Many of the original entrances were retained, while skylights were added to bring natural light to the core of the building. August 2020 | athomearkansas.com 43


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HE ALTHCARE GOLD & CORPOR ATE SINGLE SPACE GOLD

Corinne Burns, Allied ASID DEMX Architecture in collaboration with Marasco & Associates This project was produced by a DEMX Architecture design team, which includes: Corinne Burns, Allied ASID, interior design; Tim Maddox, AIA, principal; Julie Chambers, AIA, project architect; and Ben Cruce, AIA, project architect. Collaborators include Marasco & Associates and Pam Designs.

McDonald Eye Associates

Goal This new construction building was designed to accommodate an eyecare clinic, outpatient surgery center, and an eyeglass retail space—all while being cohesive visually. Additionally, the client requested lowmaintenance, durable materials in a warm, neutral palette. Result Features such as high ceilings and clerestory windows allow natural light into the space, while custom displays provide continuity. The team worked to carefully coordinate furniture and millwork placement giving ample pathways throughout the space. Finally, easy-to-clean surfaces that indicate spatial changes were incorporated for durability and to clearly define areas.

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HE ALTHCARE GOLD & CORPOR ATE SINGLE SPACE GOLD 2020 Rising Star Winner

This project was produced by a DEMX Architecture design team, which includes: Corinne Burns, Allied ASID, interior designer; Tim Maddox, AIA, principal; Seth Spradlin, Associate AIA, project manager; Julie Chambers, AIA, project architect; and Ben Cruce, AIA, project architect.

Corinne Burns, Allied ASID DEMX Architecture King Dermatology

Goal “King Dermatology is a clinic and spa that responds to its patients by providing spatial comfort,” designer Corinne Burns says. She notes one of the challenges in this project was to give separation between the clinic portion of the business and this space, while still keeping the overall design cohesive. The clients wanted a modern aesthetic and also needed the light to be specific to each space, thus allowing for specific tasks as well as properly lighting common areas. Result Wings for each function of the clinic are connected by a core of shared space. Thoughtful siting of the structure and clerestory windows allowed for control of natural light. Finishing features such as carpet, porcelain tile, and accent paint colors provide clear navigation and distinguish between each area’s function. August 2020 | athomearkansas.com 45


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Amanda L. Benham, ASID, and Cynthia Hawkins, ASID Cromwell Architects Engineers The Paint Factory

Goal This project sought to revitalize a building in Little Rock’s East Village that was built in 1947 and was once home to the Stebbins & Roberts Paint Company.

This project was produced in collaboration with Newmark Moses Tucker Partners.

Result The 50,000-square-foot, two-story structure is now a multiuse space featuring the offices of Cromwell Architects Engineers, 12 Star Flats, Cathead’s Diner, and The Print Shop. “Each space within this hub is unique, yet they are all united by the unmistakable awareness of restoration,” the designers say. Original features were celebrated, while areas that had fallen into disrepair were restored. The designers note the building is “now on the National Register of Historic Places and joins other neighborhood projects in achieving LEED Platinum certification.”

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2020 Silver and Bronze Winners Small Corporate Silver Apptegy Sarah Goss, ASID Allison + Partners Large Corporate Silver Safe Foods | LPR Technologies Global Headquarters Carmen C. Brown, ASID Lewis Architects Engineers Institutional Silver Arkansas State University – Newport, Student Resource Center Renovation Emily Hill, ASID Rachel Clark, Allied ASID Cromwell Architects Engineers — Bryant Junior High School, Bryant Public School District Carmen C. Brown, ASID Lewis Architects Engineers — National Park College, Student Commons Carmen C. Brown, ASID Lewis Architects Engineers — St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Sarah Goss, ASID Allison + Partners Institutional Bronze Sheridan High School, Sheridan School District Carmen C. Brown, ASID Lauren Phelps, Allied ASID Lewis Architects Engineers

Hospitality | Living Silver Arkansas State Parks Ozark Folk Center Cabin Renovation Kate East, ASID Monica Colvard, ASID AMR Architects — Village Creek State Park Cabin Renovation Kate East, ASID Monica Colvard, ASID AMR Architects Healthcare Silver Baptist Health Springhill Medical Office Building Carmen C. Brown, ASID Lewis Architects Engineers — Methodist Family Health, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox — Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAMS Mollie Alvarez, Allied ASID Laura Hendrix, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Corporate Single Space Bronze Rock Region Metro Breakroom Renovation Kate East, ASID AMR Architects

Adaptive Reuse Silver Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge Kate East, ASID Caroline Smith, Allied ASID AMR Architects Custom Detail Silver Brown Staircase Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design, Inc. Custom Detail Bronze Arkansas Children’s Main Building 2nd Floor Corridor Refresh Emily Hill, ASID Kim Prescott, ASID Cromwell Architects Engineers Residential Bathroom Silver Master Bathroom Renovation Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID MLH Designs, Inc. Residential Bathroom Bronze Carmel Drive Master Bathroom Renovation Natalie Biles, ASID Shine Interior Design Studio — Taylor Master Bath Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design, Inc.

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Residential Kitchen Silver Brown Kitchen Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design, Inc. Residential Kitchen Bronze Carmel Drive Renovation Natalie Biles, ASID Shine Interior Design Studio Residential Single Space Bronze Stonewall Residence Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID MLH Designs, Inc.

Model Home Silver 12 Star Flats Amanda L. Benham, ASID Cynthia Hawkins, ASID Emily Hill, ASID Cromwell Architects Engineers Universal | Aging in Place Silver Cash Master Bathroom Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design, Inc. — Matthews Master Bathroom Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design, Inc.

Small Residence Silver Bleu Ciel Tobi Fairley, ASID Tobi Fairley Interior Design — Noblett Residence Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design, Inc. Large Residence Silver Harrison Residence Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID MLH Designs, Inc.

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Sweet & Sophisticated Designer Brittany Nixon Brun creates a nursery for her daughter that works for both now and later

Following her love of traditional design, Brittany chose to use a timeless white dresser as the changing table. Pieces such as the abstract watercolor by Ashley Saer and the polka dot wool rug add a lighthearted vibe.

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When Brittany Nixon Brun and her husband, Trey, learned they were expecting a little girl, Brittany immediately began pulling soft fabric swatches and looking for classic pieces that would speak to the couple’s love of traditional design.

As the owner of Little Rock’s Brittany Nixon Creative, the designer says she wanted her daughter Anna Claire’s nursery to feel current yet playful and to be grounded with pieces that will stand the test of time. “I always advise my clients to think long-term, and I did the same in this room,” Brittany says. “I am drawn to the ‘let them be little’ mantra, but I was also careful to choose things that could be used or repurposed as she grows,” she says. For example, the changing table easily transitions to a dresser while a pair of étagères hold mementos and stuffed animals but can be filled with books in years to come. The same philosophy applies to the palette. Brittany went for soft and sweet hues in a range of floral, gingham, and solid fabrics. “Again, everything reads well for a nursery but can also translate to other looks so we aren’t reinventing the room every two years,” she says. White drapes with a geometric trim At 8 months, Brittany notes Anna Claire’s “personality is starting to bloom.”

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While the étagères are another piece that can be easily updated as Anna Claire grows, they currently hold special keepsakes, stuffed animals, and baskets to keep everyday essentials close by. A whimsical handmade mobile featuring swans hangs over the classic white crib.

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blend with a floral Roman shade that Brittany notes could be swapped for any number of fabrics through the years. The walls, covered in “Bashful” by Benjamin Moore, further play to the sweetness of the baby years. “Steel Magnolias is one of our favorite movies, so when we saw this color was called ‘Bashful’ [a favorite hue of the movie’s bride], we went for it,” Brittany says. Layers of sophistication are seen in a gold finish on the petaled mirror and light fixture as well as in the artwork. Brittany commissioned local artist Ashley Saer to create the abstract watercolor seen over the changing table. “I gave her a color board of fabrics as inspiration, and then she popped in the magenta, which I love,” the designer says. Finally, keepsakes such as knitted heirloom blankets, pieces from Brittany and Trey’s childhoods, and family photos make the space special for the baby girl and her parents.

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Framed landscape canvases lend a sophisticated feel to the room and will never go out of style. The lamp shade is trimmed in the same blue hue found on the nearby storage ottoman.

Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Brittany Nixon Brun, Brittany Nixon Creative ACCESSORIES, LIGHTING, MIRRORS, AND RUGS Brittany Nixon Creative ART Lauren Anderson Art, Brittany Nixon Creative, and Ashley Saer BEDDING Cynthia East Fabrics and Designer Effects FABRICS Brittany Nixon Creative and Designer Effects FURNITURE Brittany Nixon Creative PAINT Benjamin Moore UPHOLSTERY Robby Chism WINDOW COVERINGS Brittany Nixon Creative, Designer Effects, and Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies

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Little Boy Blue One mom’s love for tailored, traditional design shines in her newborn’s nursery Creating an elegant, playful, and sweet space was the objective for both designer

Chandler Bailey and her client Jessica Koehler when embarking on this nursery design. “She thought she was expecting a little girl, so she would send me inspiration boards that were all pink and flowers,” says Chandler, who had previously worked with Jessica and her husband, David, to refresh other spaces of their home. “Jessica has a traditional, feminine style, so even when she found out they were having a little boy, she felt she could bring in some of her favorite softer elements.” An eye-catching wallpaper overhead is one such element and was the starting point for the room. “I probably looked at hundreds and hundreds of samples,” Jessica laughs. The pattern she landed on—Scalamandre’s “Balinese Peacock” in Sky—would be equally at home in a formal dining room, which is one of the reasons Jessica loved it for this room. A custom paint color on the walls and thick, cream-colored drapes complement the ceiling treatment. “I think custom drapery makes such a difference in every room, and that was a priority of mine,” Jessica says. Plus, black-out drapes are functional for baby Walt, now 4 months old, to get his shut-eye.

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To make space for a baby boy, Jessica and David transformed one of two guest rooms in their house. “We chose this one because of its size; there’s so much floor space, and I wanted him to grow into it and have room to play,” Jessica says. Acrylic shelves currently hold a colorful library of children’s books; however, as Walt ages, Chandler says, the shelves are deep enough to swap out books for toys or more collections.


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“One of the very first things I knew I wanted in the nursery was the big, big giraffe,” Jessica says. From there, a subtle animal theme emerged, from the peacocks in the wallpaper to a grouping of six playful animal prints by artist Amy Peterson over the crib. By the window, a side table shaped like an elephant also plays into this theme. Its light-weight wicker frame makes it easy to move around during playtime.

The next thing on Jessica’s must-have list was a vintage bamboo dresser to fill the role of changing table. “We searched and searched and finally found one with the bones we liked,” she says. “We lacquered it blue, and I love the way it turned out because it’s so timeless, yet the color makes it a little playful.” One of Jessica’s favorite touches finishes the design: silk bows adorning the corners of the crib. “Throughout the process, my husband has been like, Who are we kidding, this nursery is for you,” Jessica laughs. “I just wanted the nursery to be a space I could be at 2 in the morning and it be calming and pretty, and it is. It really is my favorite room in the house.”

Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Chandler Bailey, B. Interiors BEDDING, FURNITURE, MIRROR, AND WALLPAPER B. Interiors LIGHTING Pottery Barn PAINT Benjamin Moore PAINTING Blake Gibson RUG Bear Hill Interiors WINDOW COVERINGS Cynthia East Fabrics

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Built to Last Sarah Smith takes her love of design to new heights while creating a nature-inspired abode for her family

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A bench at the dining table offers plenty of room for kids to pile on when Sarah and Cody’s children have friends visit.

Building a custom home with her husband, Cody, gave Sarah Smith the opportunity to dive headfirst into her passion for design. “I’ve always really appreciated good style and design as a hobby. I was a teacher for a few years, and then when I decided to stay home with my kids, I started helping friends and family with their homes as a creative outlet,” she says. “When we took on this custom build, I really became more obsessed with architectural features and interior design choices.” Key to the building process were Misti and John McGowan of McGowan Built, who helped the Smiths weigh pros and cons of various locations while they settled on the perfect lot for their Fayetteville home. Meanwhile, Sarah pored over design blogs and her favorite social media accounts to zero in on the comfortable, casual aesthetic

that would suit her family of five. “I’m really drawn to organic features. Even the color palette was inspired by nature,” she says, pointing to the deep blue-greens she used as accent colors. Sarah also looked to her light fixtures as an opportunity to infuse the design with personality. For example, fringed pendants with layered leather hang over the dining table, lending the space a playful, boho vibe. “I loved the texture and movement it brought to the room,” she says. “Even though it’s our formal dining room, we’re really not a formal family. I wanted it to be a little more elevated than the breakfast nook, but still casual.” That ethos for stylish everyday living can be found in every design decision throughout the house, resulting in a family home that’s brimming with character.

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While the open-concept living space flows to the dining area, kitchen, and foyer, the large-scale windows provide a striking focal point at the center of it all. “I love the impact those windows make when you walk in,” Sarah says. “In all the other decisions we made, we were always going back to those windows and making sure those were the most dramatic moment.” A cozy sectional is covered in performance fabric to stand up to the family’s kids as well as their Golden Retriever, Henry. “This is where we are most, and the number one priority was to make it really functional for our family.”

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The airy feel of the open living space continues into the kitchen. Sarah used clean, traditional materials in modern applications to give the room interest; for example, shiplap above the cabinets was installed vertically, and quartz countertops extend up the wall to serve as a backsplash. Leather-seated barstools and a rift-sawn white oak island add warmth to the otherwise all-white room, but the real showstopper is the vintage longhorn skull displayed on the vent hood. “When I found this at a flea market, I wasn’t really sure what I would do with it—I just loved the scale of it,” Sarah laughs. While the piece ties in with the rest of the home’s natural influence, it’s also a nod to Cody’s home state of Texas.

A breakfast nook off the kitchen provides a casual dining spot as well as a coffee bar. The black and gold chandelier ties back to the pendants over the nearby kitchen island.

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A mudroom with individual lockers has become a must-have for family homes. “Having a designated space for everyone’s shoes, coats, and backpacks right by the door we use every day has been such a game changer for us,” Sarah says. “Pewter Green” by Sherwin-Wiliams and a geometricpatterned tile on the floor make the room as stylish as it is functional.

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“I wanted our home to feel really welcoming and inviting, but still elevated.” —Sarah Smith

“Stillwater” by SherwinWilliams In the guest bath, a mix of 50 percent “Stardew” and 50 percent “Uncertain Gray” (both by Sherwin-Williams) gives the cabinetry its lovely light blue shade. The rug is a vintageinspired runner from Lulu & Georgia.

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Sarah looked to the casual study off the foyer as an opportunity to add an element of surprise to the home. “Everything in the main living areas is white and airy, and I wanted something really moody to contrast,” she says. The deep teal tone plays off other green and blue hues found throughout the rest of the house, and a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings give the room a collected feel. “I love layering in smaller pieces in every room; it just makes it feel more cozy,” she says.

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The playroom’s cabinetry is painted the same color as the study to connect it to another part of the house.

SWEET RETREAT

In a room currently shared by 4-year-old Everly and 2-yearold Isla, a lively Paul Marrot for Anthropologie pattern graces the accent wall. “I just loved the color scheme; it’s so bright and whimsical with the little yellow squirrels,” Sarah says. She outfitted the girls’ toddler beds with linens that draw from the wallpaper’s palette, and a velvet ottoman between the beds serves as a nightstand. As Everly and Isla grow, the room is big enough to accommodate a pair of full-size twin beds or, if the two decide they’d rather have their own rooms, even a queen-size bed.

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In the early stages of planning, the playroom was one of the spaces that received the most attention. “We had a playroom at our old house, but it was upstairs, and they never used it,” Sarah says, pointing out that for her youngest, it was inaccessible. “Putting it on the main floor was one priority. Another was creating closed storage,” she says. The finished design features floor-toceiling cabinets with baskets for toys, books, and games on either side of a window seat, plus hanging swing chairs, a comfortable sectional, and plenty of wide open space to play.

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Sarah used wallpaper in both kids’ rooms to create personalized spaces for the children. “With Garrett’s room, I didn’t want it to feel too young,” she says of her 10-year-old son’s space. A Cole & Son birch tree pattern behind the bed not only hints at the natural theme throughout the rest of the house, but is versatile enough to grow with him. “For now, I added a lot of different patterns to make it more playful, but stuck to a limited palette so it wouldn’t be overwhelming.”

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“Iron Ore” by SherwinWilliams

Design Resources CONTRACTOR John and Misti McGowan, McGowan Built DRAFTSMAN Steve Sanders INTERIOR DESIGN Sarah Smith, Sarah Smith Design LANDSCAPE DESIGN Travis Brooks, Brooks Landscape Architecture ACCESSORIES, ART, LIGHTING, FURNITURE, AND RUGS Sarah Smith Design CABINETRY Justus Cabinet Shop CARPET, FLOORING, AND TILE Encore Building Products COUNTERTOPS (KITCHEN) Abstract Granite Company COUNTERTOPS (BATHROOM) AND MILLWORK McGowan Built FIREPLACE AND HARDWARE Hearth & Home PAINT Sherwin-Williams WINDOWS BMC WINDOW COVERINGS Baker Window Coverings

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PARENTAL RETREAT

For the master suite, Sarah dreamed up a space that felt grand yet intimate. “Our kids like to claim this as their own space as well,” Sarah laughs, “so we wanted it to be large but also cozy.” A fireplace, large upholstered bench, and accents in rust and caramel tones help bring a sense of warmth to the vaulted bedroom. The black-and-white palette continues into the master bath where slate tile herringbone flooring is juxtaposed with a sleek porcelain tile. Frosted glass on the window allows the room to fill with natural light while still offering privacy.

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Making Room for Family

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WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK STYLIST HOPE JOHNSTONE

CENTRAL CUISINE

Previously, a wall of cabinetry separated the kitchen from what was a hearth room. Cabinets were removed, a fireplace was enclosed, and space was reconfigured to create room for a large island with barstools as well as an adjoining keeping room and breakfast nook for everyday meals. “Since they are a large family, it was key for them to have plenty of places to sit and to eat in this space,” Kimberly says. Soapstone countertops remained in place on the surrounding cabinetry and were paired with a light quartzite with a waterfall edge on the island to create an uninterrupted visual flow from room to room.

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AN OPEN NOOK

In the newly created breakfast nook, an iron table with a stone top pairs with chairs and a banquette covered in high-performance fabrics. “They didn’t want to be worried about spills and needed fabrics that would hold up to everyday wear and tear,” Kimberly says. The designer decided to forego window treatments and opted for an airy light fixture to maximize views of the wooded area behind the house.

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“Their previous home was very traditional, and we moved in a slightly different direction here.” —Kimberly Harper, designer

HANG OUT HERE

Formerly the dining room, a space adjacent to the kitchen was transformed into a casual, comfortable family room. Walls came down to create one large area that flows from the breakfast nook through the kitchen to this room. Easy-to-clean slipcovered pieces mean it’s OK to prop your feet up and relax. To provide ample walkways and keep the space clutter free, the television was installed into a paneled wall.

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“Naval” by SherwinWilliams

LESS FORMAL, MORE FAMILY

In the formal living room, which was downsized in the renovation, a brick fireplace surround was exchanged for a natural stone option. Kimberly added a punch of style through a graphic molding ceiling treatment and walls covered in “Naval” by Sherwin-Williams. “We wanted to bring in color here, and this plays off a navy wallpaper seen in the adjoining dining room,” she says. “‘Naval’ is a color I keep going back to in a lot of my designs when clients want a great navy. When you find one you like, you hold on to it.”

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“Tempe Star” by SherwinWilliams

HOME WORK

A lighter shade of blue, “Tempe Star” by SherwinWilliams, enlivened builtins in the home office. Kimberly covered the back walls with “Kissimmee” by Thibaut to add pattern and texture. The cabinetry conceals a printer and filing drawers, while a quartet of landscape prints and silk drapery panels with a cloud-inspired motif lend a serene feel to the hardworking room.

Less formality and more family spaces were the key directives designer Kimberly Harper received when she began working on a renovation of this home. The family, which includes a teenage daughter and two young sons, was relocating to Northwest Arkansas from Chicago. “They wanted this house to be comfortable and kid-friendly,” Kimberly says. The homeowners found Harper Howey Interiors through word of mouth and began having virtual design meetings with Kimberly to get the ball rolling before they moved. Previously the home was configured for empty nesters who entertained frequently, and while its new owners loved the gracious style, they knew they needed more space for everyday living. “We went through a pretty extensive remodel to update the flow and configuration,” Kimberly says. For example, the formal living room was previously an expansive space with multiple seating zones. Since the family wanted to create more casual, open areas, Kimberly transformed part of this space into a dining room and used the rest to create a smaller formal living room. This allowed the former dining room to become a low-key family room. In the kitchen, walls came down to create a large area that flows from a keeping room and breakfast nook into the kitchen and beyond to the aforementioned family room. And, upstairs, a library was converted into a bedroom and en-suite bathroom for the couple’s daughter. While the owners’ former residence had a more traditional flair, Kimberly used transitional furnishings to match the updated feel of this home.

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GAME ON

While the home’s basement was finished, the previous owners used it primarily for storage. Initial plans included a basement renovation down the road, but the young family realized quickly they needed a spot for their kids to host friends and hang out together sooner rather than later. Kimberly opted to keep the concrete floors but painted the walls and installed updated light fixtures to add style. The custom ping-pong table has a removable net, allowing it to quickly transform to a snack table when nearby stools are pulled alongside it.

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“Touching White” by SherwinWilliams

A SPACE OF HER OWN

Kimberly transformed a spacious second floor library into a bedroom, closet, and bath for the couple’s teenage daughter. “She’s a dancer and requested pink for her room, so we went with this pretty ballet pink,” Kimberly says. Black accents, an iron bed, and abstract pillows add an edge to the space. The black and white palette carries through to the galley style bath to create continuity in the design.

Design Resources ARCHITECT (ORIGINAL) Terry Parker, Parker & Associates Architects CONTRACTOR Roger Griffin, Legend Builders INTERIOR DESIGN Kimberly Harper, Harper Howey Interiors ACCESSORIES, BEDDING, FABRICS, FURNITURE, HARDWARE, LIGHTING, MIRRORS, RUGS, AND WALLPAPER Harper Howey Interiors APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More ART Allison Hobbs Art CABINETRY Justus Cabinet Shop FLOORING The Wood Floor Gallery COUNTERTOPS National Marble & Granite FIXTURES Ferguson Plumbing MILLWORK Osage Custom Trim PAINT Sherwin-Williams TILE Encore Building Products and Harper Howey Interiors

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KNOWN FOR THEIR LIGHT AND LIVABLE STYLE, DEBI DAVIS INTERIOR DESIGN USES M O D E R N A M E N I T I E S A N D T H E C L I E N T ’ S P E R S O N A L T A S T E W H E N U P D A T I N G S PA C E S Debi Davis Interior Design | 2222 Cantrell Road | 501.221.2032 | debidavisinteriordesign.com | @debidavisinteriordesign

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Providence Design Sisters Mona Thompson and Talena Ray parlayed their love for all things beautiful into an antiques and interior design business in 2002. Their growing love of interior design prompted them to shift the focus of the business to residential design in 2013, when they opened their first studio and retail store in Little Rock. Providence Design has continued to grow in square footage and their product offerings.

Mona and Talena’s experience working with clients in a varied range of styles is why clients seek them out, and scouring varied markets and venues throughout the country for unique furnishings is what sets them apart. It’s the reason Providence Design has become a destination shopping experience for customers both in and out of the state. While they consult daily on projects of all size, Mona

says she and Talena have a “real passion for working with clients from the ground up” on remodel and new construction projects. “We love what we do and really enjoy working on all different kinds of projects,” Talena says. “It’s just so much fun helping clients make their homes the very best they can be.” As far as current trends, Mona and Talena are currently loving cleaner designs and neutrals mixed

with color. “The use of multiple textures adds great interest and we hope that gold metals and accents don’t fall out of grace any time soon.”, Mona says. “During this crazy time of COVID-19, we find the extra time spent at home has our clients dreaming bigger. Providence has many new construction projects, remodels, and complete room refreshes in the works as a result.”

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Restructure Design

After several years in the industry in Little Rock, designer Alissa Oates returned to her hometown and founded Restructure Design in 2017. “I have always been interested in the arts, graphic design, and architecture. Interior design brings these aspects together and allows me the opportunity to use my creativity to serve clients,” she says. Restructure is unique in that it offers a design team as well as the construction specialists necessary to complete your project. With their team’s experience, they work to be

proactive and streamline the process. “From cabinets to window treatments, we can help guide you through the entire design process, then on to the remodel itself,” Alissa says. Noting that renovations and design work can sometimes be a trying process, Alissa desires to simplify the experience for clients. “We like to give clients a realistic expectation of the process, considering timeline and value and what the Restructure team can offer to make projects run smoother,” she says.

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MH Design, Inc. In 2007 Melissa Haynes designed her own home from the ground up. “My very first client toured the home and hired me!” she says. From there, her Northwest Arkansas-based full-scale luxury firm has continued to grow and expand its capabilities. MH Design, Inc. specializes in large renovations and new builds with a team that has the capability to draw house plans, create interior elevations and lighting plans, and select interior and exterior finishes as well as furnishings and accessories. They work on commercial and residential projects of all kinds,

from urban condos to rural farmhouses, historical renovations to contemporary builds—and everything in between. “We want to change the way our clients ‘live’ in their homes—the way they feel, see, and experience life practically, functionally, and aesthetically,” Melissa says. To do this, she guides homeowners toward finding and developing their style all the while creating a clean and classic overall feel. “Ultimately, we want our clients to feel a connection to their home and to have it be a reflection of them.”

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IN NORTHWEST ARK ANSAS, MH DESIGN, INC. WORKS WITH CLIENTS T O D E V E L O P T H E I R A E S T H E T I C A N D C R E AT E C L A S S I C H O M E S T H AT R E F L E C T T H E I R O W N E R S

Melissa Haynes | MH Design, Inc. | 24 E. Meadow St., Suite IA | 479.435.6990 | melissahaynesdesign.com | @mhdesigninc

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Jayson Cain Interiors

Jayson Cain’s appreciation for antiques and design started in his childhood, which led him to design school. After working for a prestigious Little Rock firm for a number of years, he launched Jayson Cain Interiors in 2007. He further expanded on this in 2016 with the opening of a boutique offering Yves Delorme and other exclusive lines of luxury linens as well as home furnishings, antiques, gift items, lighting, and more—in addition to housing his full-service design business. “We’re a hands-on boutique design firm that’s dedicated to making our clients lifestyle dreams come true,” Jayson says. Each of his projects features what he calls a “classical and refined design style.” “We always start our projects with unique found objects and build the space around those pieces to create a room rich with texture and comfort.” With people spending more time at home than ever, Jayson notes they have seen many clients investing in luxurious bedding from both their ready-made and bespoke offerings. “These pieces are a comfortable, easy upgrade for the home,” he says.

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Art of Design

After working at various furniture showrooms and running a booth at a furniture market in town, Sha Davari opened her own store, Art of Design, in 2016. The showroom offers fullservice complimentary interior design and stocks furniture, lighting, rugs, art, and accessories ranging from traditional to contemporary, though overall, the store has Sha’s signature transitional feel. Over 20 years of experience and industry knowledge makes Sha an expert in projects as small as a paint consultation and as large as a

remodel or new build. “I tell clients one of the most important things I do is keep people from making mistakes,” the designer says. From hundreds of custom options to items available to purchase right off the showroom floor, Art of Design makes the decision process seamless, especially in current circumstances. “People want to have an uplifting change in these stressful times,” Sha says. To help clients easily do this, the showroom has 10,000 square feet of furniture ready to be delivered to your door.

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F R O M C O N S U LTAT I O N S T O C O M P L E T E R E M O D E L S , S H A D A V A R I ’ S A R T O F D E S I G N O F F E R S F U L L- S E R V I C E I N T E R I O R D E S I G N A N D A S T O R E S TO C K ED W I T H O P T I O N S TO FI T A VA R I E T Y O F S T Y L ES Sha Davari | Art of Design | 2200 Cantrell Road | 501.425.3776 | shadavari.com | @shadavari

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K. Lewis Interior Design “Beautifully livable interiors”—that’s the motto Krista Lewis works toward with every new interior design project. The designer opened K. Lewis Interior Design in 2001 to help clients achieve functional, comfortable interiors. Whether a homeowner is drawn to traditional, midcentury, or contemporary design, Krista’s goal is to “create environments that reflect our clients’ personal tastes and enhance their lives,” she says. “We also want to be advocates in the design and building process.

While sheltering in place, Krista has heard from many homeowners who are considering their surroundings with fresh eyes. “We all lead such busy lives that I can understand why people sometimes don’t think much about their interiors,” she says. “This extended time at home has allowed us to see our homes as more than a place where we pause in between the activities of our lives; rather, it’s a place that can nourish and improve our lives. I’m hopeful there will be a shift in perspective after this.”

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Kaufman by Design West

For Stephen Garrett, a love of design is present in every stage of the process, from the initial build to the final touches—“feathering the nest,” as he says. He earned his interior design degree in Atlanta before returning to Little Rock to work in design. As a lead designer at Kaufman by Design West, which is an extension of Kaufman Lumber, Stephen works with clients on projects of all sizes and at all stages. Combining art and design, he focuses on “giving life and substance to each personalized room through a dynamic mix of antique, vintage, and contemporary pieces,” he says. In the Kaufman by Design West showroom, you can find a full spectrum of options, from designer furniture, hardware, and lighting to flooring and more—with options also available in their online store. Curating a space rather than simply decorating it is crucial to Stephen’s philosophy for Kaufman. “Colors, furnishings, art, and accessories should mix perfectly with their surroundings, finding a rhythm to accompany the personal taste of the owners,” the designer says.

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A S A L E A D D E S I G N E R A T K A U F M A N B Y D E S I G N W E S T, S T E P H E N G A R R E T T C R E AT E S P E R S O N A L I Z E D E N V I R O N M E N T S W I T H S O P H I S T I C AT I O N , S U B S TA N C E , A N D C R E AT I V I T Y Stephen Garrett | Kaufman by Design West | 14900 Cantrell Road | 501.673.3978 | kaufmanlumber.com

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Katie Grace Designs Katie Rees attributes her passion for interior design to her Aunt Faith, a talented Kansas designer. This inspiration eventually led to the launch of Katie Grace Designs in 2011. Today Katie, who is based in central Arkansas, works with clients across the state and beyond. Starting with a neutral palette, the designer works to create timeless spaces. She often accents this with earthy tones to give a room her signature down-to-earth, relaxed look. However, “every contractor and every client is different, and each

new project requires that I adapt my style accordingly,” Katie says. “One of my primary roles and differentiators is collaborating with each in a way that ensures the client is comfortable and stress-free.” In response to stay-at-home guidelines earlier this year, Katie is seeing clients focused on refreshing their kitchens and living rooms, which are “the heartbeat of a home.” Creating spaces to work, play, and rest allows for ultimate enjoyment during extended time at home, she adds.

trendsetters W I T H C L I E N T E L E A C R O S S T H E S TAT E , K AT I E G R A C E D E S I G N S C R E AT E S T I M E L E S S S T Y L E W I T H L AY E R S , T E X T U R E , A N D A N E A R T H Y P A L E T T E Katie Rees | Katie Grace Designs | 479.466.1069 | katiegracedesigns.com | @katiegracedesigns

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Kim Biggs Interiors Kim Biggs has worked in the design industry for more than 25 years. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that she began Kim Biggs Interiors. Working with a variety of clients’ styles—from modern to transitional and traditional—the designer creates homes with a fresh, clean look. Kim brings her detailed mindset to each space she designs. “It is the extra details in a space that make people walk into a home and be

in awe of the imagination behind it,” she says. Adding design to doorways, ceilings, and walls allows for her signature layered look. Encouraging a homeowner to stay true to what they love is also central to Kim Biggs Interiors. “I always say to buy things you love and not things that go with a certain style. If you do that, your home will reflect you and bring you a sense of peace and joy each day,” she says.

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I N C O R P O R AT I N G A V A R I E T Y O F D E S I G N S T Y L E S A L L O W S K I M B I G G S O F K I M B I G G S I N T E R I O R S T O C R E AT E C U R AT E D I N T E R I O R S F O R H E R C L I E N T S Kim Biggs | Kim Biggs Interiors | 2500 Sunny Meadow, Suite A | 870-761-0600 | @kimetterbiggs

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Love Your Home More Popular updates to help you enjoy your space more than ever

STYLING UPDATES

Rearrange accessories, hang art, and display collections in eye-catching arrangements.

EASY UPGRADES

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AC Designs Teachers Amy Terry and Candace Davis developed a friendship as they worked together on creating fun classroom environments that maximize student engagement. This was the spark that inspired the duo to start their design company, AC Designs, in 2018. Minimal style, symmetrical design, and pops of color are staples of AC Designs. Likewise, the designers know the value of a space being cost effective. “We aren’t afraid to invest in some high-quality items and mix

those with more budget-friendly options,” they say. With people’s daily lives shifting, the designers are seeing a desire to assess one’s home. Whether that is a one-room refresh or a complete remodel, “investing in the rooms where clients spend most of their time can be the most rewarding,” they say. Change, to them, doesn’t need to be dramatic to make a difference; switching pillows, art, or accessories can make a large impact.

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T H E D U O B E H I N D A C D E S I G N S E S TA B L I S H E S L I V A B L E H O M E S W I T H A F O C U S O N B L E N D I N G H I G H - E N D S T Y L E W I T H B U D G E T- F R I E N D LY O P T I O N S Amy Terry and Candace Davis | AC Designs | 501-416-5251 | @acdesignsandmore

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Casey Sarkin Interior Design

“Your home is your refuge, and it should contain the things you love that make you comfortable,” designer Casey Sarkin says. This is a mantra she carries throughout her business, whether she’s working with clients on a renovation or building from the ground up. “Currently, the trend I see is more people are entertaining at home, or are not vacationing and want their home to be their oasis,” Casey says. From new living spaces to outdoor kitchens, she is embracing this and

now offers online design services for a limited contact approach. She believes neutral palettes and natural finishes, like wood and stone, are a great backdrop for eyecatching patterns, light fixtures and art. “Design is my passion; I work with small and large budgets, and I enjoy the challenge and creativity that a small budget can create,” she says. “Overall, I love the process, from the build to the final install. The journey along the way creates lasting friendships.”

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N AT U R A L M AT E R I A L S A N D E Y E - C AT C H I N G P I E C E S A R E P A R T O F C A S E Y S A R K I N INTERIOR DESIGN’S A PPROACH TO M A KING HER CLIENTS’ HOMES A REFUGE Casey Sarkin | Casey Sarkin Interior Design | 479.530.0686 | caseysarkininteriordesign.com | @caseysarkindesign

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Garry Mertins Design, Inc. Having a father who was an engineer and a mother who enjoyed redecorating sparked Garry Mertins’s passion for design. “My dad loved the hands-on approach of remodeling, and I was right beside him when he said we measure twice and cut once. He

gave me an understanding of the importance of the construction side of design, while my mom gave me an appreciation for beautifully made antiques,” Garry says. With almost 30 years in business, Garry has an innate ability to “blend the client’s

needs, tastes, and styles with his own design sense, resulting in amazing environments the client could not achieve alone.” He notes his personal style includes classic elements mixed with clean lines along with natural materials and largescale accessories.

Garry works on both residential and commercial interiors. His residential projects range from modern and midcentury to traditional, old world homes. He always defers to his clients and makes the space a reflection of them and their lifestyle.

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T H E A B I L I T Y T O U N D E R S TA N D A N D E N H A N C E A C L I E N T ’ S U N I Q U E S T Y L E , H I S U N C O M M O N DESIGN SENSE, AND DEEP INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE MAKES GARRY MERTINS DESIGN, INC. AN EXCEPTIONAL CHOICE FOR REMODELS AND NEW BUILDS Garry Mertins | Garry Mertins Design, Inc. | 1500 Rebsamen Park Rd., Ste. 200 | 501.376.6600 | garrymertinsdesign.com | @gmd.inc

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Sarah Smith Design

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Designing a custom build for her family allowed Sarah Smith to get serious about her love of interiors. After a career in education, she began Sarah Smith Design to pursue her passion full-time. “My aesthetic is bright and clean with a lot of textural layers. I want a home to feel inviting, yet elevated,” Sarah says. Using a mix of styles and price points, the designer achieves a curated and approachable look for her clients.

Collaborating with homeowners is key to Sarah. She values consistent feedback from her clients, so when a space is complete, their vision has truly come to life. Being a mother herself, she notes her love of working on family homes. “Maybe it’s because I’m in that same season of life,” Sarah says. “I can relate to the need for balance between function and beauty.”

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W I T H A N E M P H A S I S O N F A M I LY H O M E S , S A R A H S M I T H O F S A R A H S M I T H D E S I G N BRINGS A HOMEOWNER’S VISION TO LIFE THROUGH A PPROACH A BLE DESIGN Sarah Smith | Sarah Smith Design | 479.422.5173 | @sarahsmithdesignNWA

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Brooke Dodd Interior Design

“As a third generation interior designer, I was surrounded by fabric samples and blueprints growing up. I loved that our home was constantly evolving and changing,” Brooke Dodd says. After working as a financial advisor for 12 years, she decided to return to her roots, opening Brooke Dodd Interior Design in 2019. Together with Creative Windows, the custom window treatment business Brooke’s mother, LeAnn Taylor, started in 1997, the two businesses share a custom workroom

that’s able to offer new construction as well as remodeling interior design services. Additionally, the studio offers Hunter Douglas and Norman products. In the wake of sheltering at home, Brooke has seen an uptick in requests for “better space utilization, both in window treatments as well as more comfortable furniture and kitchen remodels,” she says. “Elevated kitchens, larger dining tables, and outdoor spaces all seem to be on the minds of our clients.”

trendsetters T H I R D G E N E R AT I O N I N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R B R O O K E D O D D O F B R O O K E D O D D I N T E R I O R D E S I G N C R E AT E S S P A C E S T H AT C O M B I N E P E R S O N A L I T Y, S O P H I S T I C AT I O N , A N D C O M F O R T Brooke Dodd | Brooke Dodd Interior Design | 714.343.4646 | @sarahbrookedodd

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Phoenix Interiors Now a staple of the central Arkansas design community, Phoenix Interiors has grown from its humble beginnings as an antiques booth in 1994. “Even before starting my business as an antiques dealer, I was always drawn to beautiful and unique items,” owner Linda Tedder says. This love of antiques plays into both the offerings

at her west Little Rock showroom and her designs for clients, which Linda describes as “curated, collected, and cohesive.” “We try to incorporate family pieces into a client’s design whenever possible,” she says. “We shy away from trends for what is traditional, allowing our projects to be as beautiful five years later as

they are the day they are finished.” In addition to antiques, Linda says she’s proud to stock brands that are American-made, familyowned, and have a timeless appeal. The wide array of furniture, lighting, rugs, and accessories at the showroom also means the Phoenix Interiors team can quickly

pull together projects with what is in-store. Another aspect of Phoenix Interiors that has stayed consistent through the years is Linda’s belief in client collaboration. “We guide our clients to make informed decisions, and they always come first; they are the reason we open our doors every day,” she says.

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LJ Interiors “Your home should be a place of refuge at the end of the day,” Lisa Stagg of LJ Interiors says. “I’ve found when my clients love their homes, they invite others in, and that’s when memories are made.” She credits her mother with instilling this philosophy in her at an early age. “I grew up with a very talented/creative mother…she designed and sewed beautiful clothes. We would spend hours choosing the perfect fabrics for her customers and for my latest outfit,” she recalls. This early encounter led her to a career in visual merchandising before opening her own business in 2006.

When it comes to her personal style, Lisa likes clean lines and the juxtaposition of traditional pieces paired with modern and contemporary additions. To this point, she often uses a client’s existing furnishings in a design, thus creating an updated look by mixing new and old. The designer also strives to create organized, highly functional spaces. “My goal is to create beautiful, edited spaces that function well over time,” Lisa says. “My affordable design rates allow everyone to have a beautiful home,” she adds.

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A PA S S I O N F O R B L E N D I N G N E W W I T H O L D I S K E Y A S L J I N T E R I O R S C R E AT E S H O M E S W H E R E M E M O R I E S A R E M A D E Lisa Stagg | LJ Interiors | 5016 Calico Creek Cove | 501.529.4382 | @ljstagg

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Ab Antiquo Design has been a part of Nell Spears’s life from the start. Growing up near Hot Springs, she fell in love with the area’s exquisite hotels, bathhouses, and antique shops. “It sparked my inspiration toward design,” Nell says. Since then her love of design has taken many forms, including owning an antique store. After close to a decade of freelance interior design and working in furniture retail, Nell launched an online boutique in 2017 called Ab Antiquo, just as her former Little Rock store was named. Here, she offers home and fashion accessories as

well as design services. “My passion is for elegance, yet I also want to create a relaxed and evolved look,” she says. “I strive to understand how clients live in their spaces. It’s all about one’s lifestyle and personal stories,” she says. She’s not afraid to push the envelope in terms of scale or boldness. She believes these aspects are sometimes the “wild card” that keeps houses from being the same. “At the end of the day, looking alike does not do justice to a client’s home. That is why much thought and work is put into all my projects. It isn’t finished until the clients love it.”

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J. Ruby Interiors Inc. With a Fine Art Interior Design degree from Georgia State University, Jessica Bernard founded J. Ruby Interiors in 2018. She worked for Witsel Evans & Rascoe architects and for a highend furniture retailer where she established an appreciation for both commercial and residential design. Jessica’s passion for fine art and her demand for quality products are paramount as she exhibits style and glamour into the design. “My travels to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and several European countries have given me

a unique perspective on how culture and regionality can influence design,” she says. Understanding the individual needs of each client allows J. Ruby Interiors to incorporate both personal and functional aspects to each project. The designer notes the benefits of collaboration “I meet my clients where they are, whether it’s a new build, renovation or the next phase of a project. Collaboration versus competition between designers, contractors, or builders, is key to a desirable outcome,” she says.” “This is always a win-win situation.”

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J E S S I C A B E R N A R D U S E S I N S P I R AT I O N F R O M A R O U N D T H E W O R L D T O B R I N G A UNIQUE PERSPECTIV E A ND DESIGN ELEMENTS TO J. RUBY INTERIORS Jessica Bernard, Allied ASID | J. Ruby Interiors Inc. | 501.291.2270 | jrubyinteriors.com | @jrubyinteriors

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Kymberlyn Lacy Interiors At the age of eight, it was evident Kymberlyn Lacy had a future in design. “I have picture of me at that age with a tape measure and pencil in hand,” the designer says. After receiving an interior design degree from the University of Central Arkansas, she opened her own business in 2008. She notes her wealth of resources and her drive make her business stand out in the industry. “I spend a lot of time traveling, researching, and learning about new products and trends,” Kymberlyn says.

She also finds it efficient to work alongside a builder from the start of a project to ensure the best outcome from architectural features to the smallest of design details. Further, Kymberlyn works to educate her clients on the design process by helping them to set realistic budgets and timelines and to meet these goals. “My mission is to design life changing, one-of-a kind environments, reflective of clients’ lifestyles that will allow them not only to live better, but encourage them to live stylishly.”

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Scott Paterek (center) started his interior design business in 1995 and the retail portion, known as Massimo, followed the next year. Here, he along with designers Tammie Weaver and Dakota Pyle, strive to create interiors that are a true reflection of their clients. “We tend toward an edited approach in design but feel it is our responsibility to reflect the style of the client. It’s more about the best version of whatever that look may be,” Scott says. To this point, he feels that not having one defined style helps

Massimo stand out in the design industry. “We have many clients who are friends and agree that their homes don’t look alike. We also live in the real world and want our spaces to live well,” he says. The Massimo team believes it’s important to note how we are affected by the our surroundings and our environments. “Now more than ever we have to find comfort in our homes,” Scott says. The team looks forward to helping clients do just that whether it’s through a renovation or a quick décor refresh.

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T H E A B I L I T Y T O D E S I G N F O R A V A R I E T Y O F S T Y L E S W H I L E R E TA I N I N G A N E D I T E D A PPROACH M A KES MASSIMO A N A ME TO KNOW IN THE LOCA L INDUSTRY Scott Paterek, Tammie Weaver, and Dakota Pyle | Massimo Interior Design | 2220 Cantrell Road | 501.664.0355 | massimointeriordesign.com | @massimo_interiors

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Designer Chandler Bailey had always dreamed of starting her own business but wasn’t sure when or how it would come to be. “I worked for Bear Hill Interiors for five years and after I got married I liked the idea of a flexible schedule. My husband encouraged me to go for it, so I did!” she says. At B Interiors, Chandler brings her transitional style to clients’ homes by mixing antiques with new pieces. “Using my clients’ family heirlooms is one of my favorite things. I am also a girly girl, so I love a floral print as well as making a statement with a

fun piece of art, a bright pillow, or a large piece such as chairs or a sofa,” the designer says. These small décor updates have been among Chandler’s largest requests recently as clients spend more time at home and strive to personalize their homes. As a mother of two, Chandler particularly enjoys working on family homes. “I know what is kid-friendly, so working with families is always super fun for me. I love getting to know people through their homes. It’s so personal and such an honor when they choose me to be a part of it!”

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A P E N C H A N T F O R T R A N S I T I O N A L S T Y L E A N D FA M I LY H O M E S M A K E S B I N T E R I O R S A N AT U R A L C H O I C E F O R D E S I G N I N G F U N C T I O N A L , B E A U T I F U L S PA C E S Chandler Bailey | B Interiors | 1809 N Monroe Street | b-interiorslr.com | @binteriorslr

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M.N’Teriors With 22 years of experience in interior design, Miguel Newberg prides herself on her ability to think outside the box for clients. “Every project is unique and should reflect the client’s personality and individual needs,” she says. “We strongly believe that choosing an interior designer to guide you through the process ensures not only a timeless space that reflects your style, but makes the process seamless, too.” While homeowners have been

spending more time than ever at home, Miguel has seen a trend toward small makeovers that make a big difference. “People are taking a closer look at their homes and tackling those smaller projects, like finding the perfect art piece, updating light fixtures, or picking out new paint,” she says, noting that her team is equipped to undertake projects of any size and scope. “Our goal is to help you make your home a place of elegance and comfort that you’ll enjoy for years to come.”

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Statements for the Home Statements for the Home is a firm owned by interior designers Julie Nichols and Ashley Campbell. Together with Amy Porter as a design consultant, the team of three has strived to create homes that reflect each client’s tastes and individuality. They focus on the subtle nuances of a space, setting a mood of relaxation in each home. The scope of what Statements for the Home can achieve is vast, from a new construction home to a single room refresh. The team

includes licensed contractors, making a remodel as smooth as possible for clients. In addition, the design company is a Hunter Douglas Showcase Dealer specializing in window treatments and containing the largest selection of fabrics in southern Arkansas. This summer, the designers are seeing a desire for outdoor spaces that provide a place of rest. “People need an escape from their homes and have rediscovered their porches, pools, and patios,” they say.

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Julie Nichols, Amy Porter, and Ashley Campbell | Statements for the Home | 3820 Central Ave. | 501.620.4545 | statementsforthehome.com | @statementsforthehome

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MLH Designs, Inc.

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Interior design is the “perfect blend of architecture and art” for designer Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID. Though she considered becoming an architect, Meridith “fell in love and never looked back” after an interior design class in college. She opened MLH Designs in 2003, and since then, has won multiple awards and achieved the level of Certified Kitchen Designer. Meridith is often hired in the early planning stages of a space. “I love collaborating with architects and contractors to perfect the space planning and kitchen and bathroom

design of a home,” Meridith says. From there, she helps select fixtures and finishes as well as the finishing touches, like fabrics and art, to create exactly the home the client is envisioning. “I take my clients’ style and tastes and put it through my filter,” Meridith says. “The end result is typically clean and simple.” “I have the ability to give the client guidance beyond aesthetics,” says Meridith. “I can listen to and successfully interpret the wants and desires of my clients and help navigate the day to day details of the entire construction process.”

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M U LT I A W A R D - W I N N I N G I N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R M E R I D I T H R A N O U I L O F MLH DESIGNS GIVES GUIDANCE FOR A THOUGHTFUL D E S I G N P R O C E S S F R O M S TA R T T O F I N I S H Meridith Ranouil | MLH Designs, Inc. | 501.766.0594 | mlh-designs.com | @mlh_designs

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Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design “It was a one-step-at-a-time, little leaps of faith process to watch it all unfold,” Kathryn LeMaster says of founding her business in 2013. Today she works with clients across the state along with her junior designer, Emily Parks, in this “sacred, personal process,” she says. Designing from a place of empathy is vital for Kathryn in highlighting each homeowner’s true style. “My clients appreciate my ability to listen to what they truly need and find ways to honor that throughout the project—from being an advocate

for them in respecting and shopping wisely with their budgets to creating end results that reflect who they are as individuals,” she says. Kathryn was also intentional in building her business model—with a home office and no retail shop—to keep her fees reasonable and allow for flexibility. Now, after years of experience, she teaches her 7-step process through her online design course, creativeconfidencecourses.com, equipping homeowners to tackle their own projects.

trendsetters C O N S I D E R I N G G O A L S , B U D G E T S , A N D P E R S O N A L TA S T E S , K AT H R Y N J . L E M A S T E R A R T & D E S I G N P A R T N E R S W I T H C L I E N T S I N C R E AT I N G T H E H O M E O F T H E I R D R E A M S Kathryn J. LeMaster | Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design | 501.626.0267 | kathrynjlemaster.com | @kjlemaster

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TO HELP DETERMINE DESIGN AESTHETIC

When you first approach your upgrade, you should have a plan for the big picture, the tiny details, and any problems you could encounter along the way. If you’ve always dreamed of an open-concept kitchen and living area, the solution might not be as simple as knocking out a wall. An experienced professional involved from the beginning can help set expectations.

One of the most difficult parts of a home improvement project can be the many choices that come up along the way. While it might seem as simple as selecting things you like, you want your home to reflect cohesive, thoughtful decisions. A practiced interior designer knows the right questions to ask to steer you toward styles you’ll love longer than the initial impulse.

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After determining the scope of your project, it’s just as important to meet your goals for budget and timeline. Talk with your designer about priorities. With their knowledge and experience, they can help guide you through areas of the process where you can save money and others where you can splurge, all while keeping costs attainable.

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TO GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

Nothing is more frustrating than making headway on a project only to find yourself back at square one. Plus, doovers can be costly and knock you off those budget and timeline goals. By working with a designer, you’re taking the guesswork and uncertainty out of the equation.

While we’re spending so much time at home, it’s more important than ever to enjoy your time there. Whether it’s a pop of color you wouldn’t have considered, thoughtful built-in organization, or space planning that allows your family to function better in a room, working with an interior designer can help take your abode to the next level in style, livability, and, ultimately, happiness.

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DP Designs, Inc After partnering with a talented designer for most of his career, David Peterson founded DP Designs. In 2003, Craig Cox was added to the team, and the two have been designing together ever since. “Two key elements of equal importance go into every room we design: The room must be comfortable, as well as functional; but above all else, it must be beautiful,” David says. Functional design is emphasized for DP Designs through creating spaces that are ready for both relaxation and entertainment.

The duo recently relocated to Capital Park’s Design District in Riverdale where they have 8,000 square feet of showroom space. Here, clients will find a large fabric selection, home furnishings, and original works by Arkansas and regional artists. With extra time at home, David stresses the need to “prioritize having an exceptionally comfortable chair and ottoman where you can put up your feet and completely relax.” He and Craig look forward to helping customers find these pieces and incorporate them into their space.

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C O M F O R T, F U N C T I O N , A N D S T Y L E A R E K E Y E L E M E N T S O F D P D E S I G N S ’ P H I L O S O P H Y O N C R E AT I N G L A S T I N G A N D L I V A B L E S P A C E S David Peterson | DP Designs, Inc. | 2206 Cantrell Road | 501.831.2009 | dpdesigns.inc

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O’Dea Studios When Marianna O’Dea speaks of her childhood, she says, “I always knew I was right-brained.” Her creative nature eventually led to a career in interior design with experience in various areas, from kitchen and bath to commercial to high-end residential design. After 16 years of in the field, Marianna started her company, O’Dea Studios, in 2017. The designer refers to her personal style as eclectic. “I love to mix colors, textures, natural

elements, new and old, high and low, and I almost always incorporate sentimental or family pieces,” she says. She also focuses on finding new ways to use existing pieces in a space to reduce waste and save money. The connection between spaces and people drives O’Dea Studios. “Design for me is about connection; to the site, the house, the client. Connections with forms, functions, art, people, spaces, details, nature, and beauty. Great design creates great relationships,” Marianna says.

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WITH HER ECLECTIC ST YLE, MARIANNA O’DE A OF O’DE A STUDIOS D I S C O V E R S C O N N E C T I O N S B E T W E E N H E R C L I E N T S A N D T H E I R S PA C E T O C R E AT E H I G H LY P E R S O N A L D E S I G N S Marianna O’Dea | O’Dea Studios | odeastudios.com | @odea.studios

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Kelley Kolettis Designs After working in the interior design field for 10 years, Kelley Kolettis is celebrating one year of opening her own design company, Kelley Kolettis Designs. Her specialties range from custom furniture to kitchen and bath renovations, and her experience includes both residential and commercial projects. However, her favorite task is decorating clients’ homes for Christmas. “I am inspired by rooms that look like they have taken years of travel

and collecting to curate,” Kelley says. Translating this philosophy to her clients, the designer focuses on choosing pieces with an interesting story or past life. A warm, well-lived home is central to her mission. During the current climate, Kelley emphasizes the power of a paint color in transforming a room. “New white walls can make a space feel huge, while a bold color could be the excitement that your room desperately needs,” she says.

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K E L L E Y KO L E T T I S O F K E L L E Y KO L E T T I S D E S I G N S C R E AT ES T H O U G H T F U L LY C U R AT E D H O M ES T H AT I N C LU D E P I EC ES R E F L EC T I N G A FA M I LY ’ S H I S TO R Y A N D S T Y L E Kelley Kolettis | Kelley Kolettis Designs | 501.940.3832 | kelleykolettisdesigns.com | @kelleykolettisdesigns

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L West Jr Designs LLC

Larry West, Jr.’s interior design career officially began 24 years ago under the tutelage of Little Rock designer Tom Chandler. Initially in the bookkeeping department, Larry convinced his employer to take him out on a project, and from there, the rest is history. “I have been pushing furniture around my mom’s house since I was 3 years old and never stopped,” Larry jokes. “October 1995 is when I started charging people a fee to do so.” One aspect of his business that Larry prides himself on is his ability to work hand in hand with clients to arrive at design decisions. “When I

work with a client, I’m most inspired to develop a specific design after sitting down and listening to what makes them tick,” he says. He also works to complete a project within the agreed upon schedule. “Our work ethic makes us stand out,” he says. “We don’t work Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. We work anytime the project is working.” Larry’s designs are personalized and classic, and he tends to rely more on timeless pieces than trends. “Our goal is to create a classic design that in 15 to 20 years our clients will feel just as proud of as they do today.”

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TIMELESS DESIGNS, PERSON A LIZED ST Y LE, A ND A NONSTOP WORK E THIC A RE HALLMARKS OF LIT TLE ROCK’S L WEST JR DESIGNS LLC Larry West, Jr. | L West Jr Designs LLC | 501.779.1540 | lwestjr.com | @larrywestjr

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Sandy Sutton’s Design Center A love of design started early for Sandy Sutton: “I was raised in a creative family who enjoyed the arts. I loved thinking out of the box. I guess I always just thought that was the natural way,” she says. In 1984, she started her own company, Sandy Sutton’s Design Center, with a strong emphasis on contemporary style with a vintage twist. Today Sandy focuses on setting the foundation of a space, then adding in

a “spark of unexpected,” as she refers to it. When it comes to her clients, the designer says, “I believe in getting to the heart of your clients’ needs. I believe in listening and studying how they live and entertain.” Recognizing the functionality of a home is a recent emphasis of Sandy’s clients. She is noticing a lean toward ease of use, especially in the hardestworking rooms of the home, the kitchen and bath.

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SANDY SUT TON’S DESIGN CENTER GE TS TO THE HE A RT OF A CLIENT’S NEEDS THROUGH CONTEMPOR ARY DESIGN WITH A T WIST Sandy Sutton | Sandy Sutton’s Design Center | 4112 Central Ave. | 501.624.6700 | sandysuttonsdesigns.com

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The Shade Above Jeremy Carter’s start in the design world goes back to his days growing up in Des Arc. “I have always had a love for design,” he says. “I started at a very young age in a small store in my hometown.” Soon after, he jumped full-time into the home design industry. After several years as head designer at a development company in Missouri, Jeremy moved back to his home state to get plugged into the design community here. In

November 2017, he bought Little Rock lighting store The Shade Above. “I have always loved lamps. Design is all about the details, and lights sometimes add that extra needed detail to a room.” As for his own style, Jeremy is drawn to eclectic, collected designs. “I like something that looks like it has evolved over time,” he says. “I love a mixture of textures, and a neutral room with great art and accessories—and lamps, of course!”

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JEREMY CARTER’S THE SHADE ABOVE OFFERS LIGHTING AND SO MUCH MORE— I N C LU D I N G A F U L L R A N G E O F D ES I G N S ER V I C ES AVA I L A B L E FO R A N Y B U D G E T Jeremy Carter | The Shade Above | 2208 Cantrell Road | 501.374.3555 | theshadeabove.com | @theshadeabove

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Cantrell Furniture Design Center The team at Cantrell Furniture has always hit the right note between classic, timeless furniture and whimsical, colorful pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Combining a deep-rooted love of updated traditional pieces with a designer’s eye for style, they branch out into a wider world of transitional, modern, and eclectic décor peppered throughout their store. With 20,000+ square feet of furniture, accessories, and area rugs, they have room to try

new trends while still stocking their best sellers for immediate delivery. They order from USA manufacturers whenever possible, which also means they can custom order for your project. Their in-house design consultants can help you with selection and placement, from a single piece to your entire home. It is easy to appreciate their unique approach to home décor, and with new items on display every week, each visit will leave you wanting more.

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W I T H 2 0,0 0 0+ SQ UA R E FEE T O F H O M E FU R NIS HIN G S, FLO O R IN G, A ND A R E A RUG S, C A N T R E L L F U R N I T U R E D E S I G N C E N T E R I S S U R E T O M E E T YO U R H O M E ’ S N E E D S Cantrell Furniture Design Center | 7619 Cantrell Road | 501.225.0002 | cantrellfurniture.com | @cantrellfurniture

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Ashley Cardiel Interiors Ashley Cardiel Interiors is not only celebrating five years as a firm, but five years perfecting a collaborative design process, transparent fee structure, and high-quality results. “We’ve developed an in-depth, onboarding process to get to know our clients on a deeper level so we can best serve them,” Ashley says. “This personal approach to our design services has resulted in repeat clients who feel like family.” Rooted in art and travel, the designer’s aesthetic highlights items

that amplify the client’s personal style. This involves rich layers of texture, original artwork, and family heirlooms. To achieve this look, the team works with local and global artists and craftspeople. Currently, Ashley urges clients to focus on the integration of technology and wellness in their living spaces. “We encourage clients to invest in these upgrades that will support their long-term mental and physical health,” she says.

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W I T H R E P E AT C L I E N T S T O P R O V E I T, A S H L E Y C A R D I E L I N T E R I O R S P R O V I D E S A C O L L A B O R AT I V E D E S I G N P R O C E S S R E S U LT I N G I N S P A C E S T H AT L I V E U P T O T H E I R H I G H E S T P O T E N T I A L Ashley Cardiel Interiors | 2964 West Huntsville Ave. Ste. D | 479.530.1147 | ashleycardielinteriors.com | @ashleycardielinteriors

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