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AFTER BEFORE

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C O N T E N T S

September 2020 // The Kitchen & Bath Issue

STYLE 15 SHOP

African Panache

19 DESIGN

Hardworking Upgrades

25 REFRESH

Historic Character

LIFE

31 RETREAT

Resort in Residence

35 DISCOVER

46 50 43 62

Conway

SPECIAL SECTION 37 FOODIE FAVES

67 TRENDSETTERS

Kitchen and Bath Professionals

IN EVERY ISSUE

12 WELCOME 72 END NOTES

ON THE COVER Noel and Dr. Brian Reemtsen’s Little Rock lounge area. Design by Jill White Designs. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 54.

HOME 43 NATURALLY HERS

Designer Kathryn LeMaster reimagines the square footage and style of a Little Rock cottage’s kitchen.

54 HEADED WEST

California meets Colorado in the design of this Little Rock kitchen, bar, and lounge area.

46 ELEVATED ORGANIC

In Fayetteville, Casey Sarkin creates a family kitchen that’s not only workable but polished.

58 POLISHED & PRACTICAL

Open spaces and timeless style are hallmarks of a west Little Rock home designed by Krista Lewis.

50 CUSTOM BLEND

Inspired by Paris and the 1950s, Sarah Parsley creates an inviting eat-in kitchen and chic master bath in her home.

62 CREOLE FLAVOR

New Orleans flair reigns following the renovation of a Conway kitchen by Storybook Renovations and WaterHouse Market.

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W E LC O M E

looking forward People often ask me how far ahead we work on an issue. While the simple answer is a couple of months, the truth is we’re constantly on the hunt for houses to feature and stories to tell—even for issues a year or two out. Most of stories in this issue were slated long before the pandemic hit Photograph by Rett Peek in March. It wasn’t until we interviewed the designers and homeowners several weeks ago that we started to hear versions of the same refrain: Now that we’re spending so much time at home, I’m so thankful I love my house. Whether it’s a bigger kitchen where they can dive into adventurous new recipes (page 54), a spa-like bathroom complete with a steam shower (page 58), or the peaceful retreat of a backyard pool (page 31), these spaces have been vital for a sense of calm in an uncertain world. You’ll notice another common thread throughout the features in our annual Kitchen & Bath Issue: home bars and open floor plans perfect for entertaining. Folks are eager to extend their social circles once again, to fill their homes with familiar faces and fellowship. And while we might not be quite at that point yet, there’s optimism in looking forward to it.

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The phone number for Brooke Dodd Interior Design on page 84 of the August 2020 edition was printed incorrectly. Brooke can be reached at (501) 545-9189 or (501) 262-9463, or by email at brooke@ brookedodd.com.


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Kazi woven catch-all basket. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, bearhillinteriors.com Beaded Saba bracelets and Ankara pleated fans. Korto Momolu, Little Rock, kortomomolu.com

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African mud cloth and necklace with rooster medallion. Bella Vita Jewelry, Little Rock, bellavitajewelry.net

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1 Banana leaf nine-light chandelier. GW Lighting and Home, Benton, gwlightingandhome.com 2 & 3 “Savannah” mirror and “Maya” side table. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, bearhillinteriors.com 4 “Emerald Supreme” necklace. Korto Momolu, Little Rock, kortomomolu.com

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5 “No You Can’t” by Kevin Cole, mixed media. Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, hearnefineart.com

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6 Ceramic “Calabria” lamp with linen shade. TEC Electric, Jonesboro and North Little Rock, tecelectric.com 7 “Aponi” earthenware bowls with rattan detailing. Antique Brick Outdoors, Little Rock, antiquebrickinc.com

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8 “Tassel Cage” earrings. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com 8

9 “Kipling” chair. Tucker’s Furniture & Appliances, Jonesboro, Rogers, and Springdale, tuckertime.com 10 & 11 Loloi pillows. Nest Home & Outdoor, Hot Springs, nesthomeandoutdoor.com 12 Antique camel water pots on stands. mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, mertinsdykehome.com

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1 Native Trails’ “Positano” is a modern take on a glass vessel sink. Available in three colors; shown in Abyss. Anderson Electric & Plumbing, andersonep.com; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; PC Hardware, pchdwe.com; Plumb Perfect, springdalewinnelson.com; Sanders Supply, sanderssupply.net 2 “Kintsu” from Brizo is a full-suite bath collection that marries simplicity with intricate details. The collection, which includes the widespread faucet shown here in Black Onyx, is also available in gold, nickel, and chrome finishes. Available for order fall 2020. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com 3 The “Moxie” showerhead from Kohler features an integrated speaker designed to overcome background noise. Choose from a Bluetooth or AI speaker with embedded Amazon Alexa. A magnetic docking system also allows it to be portable. Available fall 2020. Falk Plumbing Supply, falksupply.com; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply. com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Mid-South Plumbing Supply, midsouthjonesboro.com; PC Hardware, pchdwe.com; Plumb Perfect, springdalewinnelson.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; Sanders

Supply, sanderssupply.net; Southern Bath & Kitchen, southernbathandkitchen. com; Southern Pipe & Supply, southernpipe.com; The Plumbing Warehouse, theplumbingwarehouselittlerock.com 4 MTI Bath’s “Mallory” double slipper tub is generously sized but features minimal details including a gently rolled rim. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, kitchenandbathideas.biz; Plumb Perfect, springdalewinnelson.com; Southern Pipe & Supply, southernpipe.com 5 Delta’s “Dorval” faucet is a mix of traditional and industrial design elements. The full-suite collection is available in Chrome, Brilliance® Stainless, Champagne Bronze, Matte Black, and Champagne Bronze/porcelain split finish (shown here). Falk Plumbing Supply, falksupply.com; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter. com; Mid-South Plumbing Supply, midsouthjonesboro.com; PC Hardware, pchdwe.com; Plumb Perfect, springdalewinnelson.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; Sanders Supply, sanderssupply.net; Southern Bath & Kitchen, southernbathandkitchen.com; Southern Pipe & Supply, southernpipe.com; The Plumbing Warehouse, theplumbingwarehouselittlerock.com

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6 Blanco’s “Ikon” apron sink and “Rivana” SemiPro faucet make dish cleanup a breeze. The “Ikon” sink features a low-profile divide just over 5 inches from the bottom and is made from SILGRANIT®, a granite composite material available in eight colors. Optional accessories including a floating grid, cutting board, and colander may be ordered. The “Rivana” faucet features a magnetic handspray holder and is available in Polished Chrome or Stainless. PC Hardware, pchdwe.com; Southern Pipe & Supply, southernpipe.com 7 Designed to draw on Americana style, the “Graze” collection from Kohler features 10 unique faucets, including the pot filler shown here. Available in Vibrant Stainless, Polished Chrome, and Matte Black (shown). Falk Plumbing Supply, falksupply.com; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply. com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Mid-South Plumbing Supply, midsouthjonesboro.com; PC Hardware, pchdwe.com; Plumb Perfect, springdalewinnelson.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber. com; Sanders Supply, sanderssupply.net; Southern Bath & Kitchen, southernbathandkitchen.com; Southern Pipe & Supply, southernpipe. com; The Plumbing Warehouse, theplumbingwarehouselittlerock.com 8 Whirlpool’s “Smart Combination” wall oven and microwave features an on-product touchscreen and can also be controlled through an app.

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Scan-to-Cook Technology allows you to scan a frozen food item’s barcode and send customized instructions to your oven. AAA Home Center, aaahomecenter.net; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore. com; Tucker’s Furniture & Appliances, tuckertime.com 9 Offered exclusively on GE Café models, the Black Slate finish shown here on a French-door fridge is a recent addition to the family of finishes. AAA Home Center, aaahomecenter.net; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore. com; Tucker’s Furniture & Appliances, tuckertime.com 10 The “Odin” single-lever faucet from Brizo was inspired by streamlined Scandinavian design. The collection features a variety of kitchen faucets with options for different spouts as well as teak or metal levers. Available in seven finishes. Coming in fall 2020. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com 11 Hansgrohe’s “Joleena” semi-pro faucet features a sprayer that allows for targeted cleaning. Available in Matte Black, Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Polished Nickel finishes. Falk Plumbing Supply, falksupply.com; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; Southern Pipe & Supply, southernpipe.com; The Plumbing Warehouse, theplumbingwarehouselittlerock.com Photos courtesy of vendors


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Long before Sandra and Steve Combs purchased AAA Home Center in Little Rock in 1986, the couple knew they wanted to create a family business. First, the two worked at a retail business in Magnolia, then opened a Maytag store out of state. “These experiences gave them time to learn to work together and decide how large of a product line they wanted to carry,” says Cory Combs, marketing coordinator at AAA Home Center and the couple’s daughter-in-law. When the previous owner of AAA called with an offer to sell the 50-year-old business, the couple was ready to take it on. Now, 34 years later, AAA Home Center stocks Maytag, GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, and more at their 55,000-square-foot showroom, and they provide service and repairs on every product they sell. They also carry Serta and Sealy mattresses as well as a range of furniture, rugs, and accessories, all selected and arranged with Sandra’s thoughtful eye for design. Take one visit to AAA Home Center and you’ll also see Steve’s legacy carried on by his family, who lost him unexpectedly in 2018. “Steve was known for his welcoming smile and positive attitude. When you entered the store as a customer, you immediately knew Steve,” Cory says. Now, everything the team at AAA Home Center does—from the way they welcome customers to the sign on the wall with Steve’s trademark greeting, Make it a great day!—is meant to carry on his legacy. “When you walk into AAA Home Center, you will see one of our family members working on the floor, and our goal is to make every customer feel like they’re a part of our family,” Cory says. “We want to build relationships, get to know our customers, and always provide excellent service.” Visit aaahomecenter.net to learn more.

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R E F R E S H

BEFORE & AFTER

Historic Character The owners of a 1905 Fayetteville home call on Jessica DeBari to reimagine their traditional dining room in a fresh new light

The bar is set on an antique chinoiserie liquor cabinet from the homeowners’ collection. “That piece is one of his personal treasures he found in Austin, and it’s part of the reason we decided on black lacquered chairs for the dining table,” Jessica says.

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R E F R E S H

PLAY ON PALETTE

The walls and doors are painted “French Gray” and the crown molding is “Light Gray,” both by Farrow & Ball, and both with more green and beige tones than their names imply. The rest of the molding is a mix of the two colors, which plays into the theme of “subtle tonal shifts” Jessica was mindful of throughout the design.

A passion for the past brought designer Jessica DeBari and her clients together for this dining room makeover. “We live a few blocks away, and our sons are about the same age,” Jessica says. “We’ve bonded over the trials of renovating older houses as well as antiques. We all love going on these little treasure hunts.” Knowing Jessica had a background in restoration work, the couple called on her to help remove an unsightly mural in their new home’s dining room. “They have traveled quite extensively to France over the years, and they wanted to get the look of a French boiserie, a decorative floor-to-ceiling woodwork usually with a grand focal point on one wall,” Jessica says. Additionally, the designer assisted in finishing out the room with new paint, furnishings, and accessories that better suit her clients’ eclectic tastes. First, the walls were coated in a sage green hue that plays off the natural elements of the design, including an antelopeprint rug and antler mounts, as well as the green velvet dining chairs. Playful pieces abound to keep the otherwise traditional room feeling fresh. “We picked simple float frames for either side of the mirror to temper some of the fanciness,” Jessica says of the four pieces depicting blueprints for a French castle. Overall, the effect is a formal dining room that showcases its owners’ worldly style and appreciation for art.

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Along with the table and chandelier, a flame mahogany sideboard is one of the homeowners’ existing pieces Jessica worked into the dining room’s redesign.

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“They wanted to get the look of a French boiserie, a decorative floor-to-ceiling woodwork usually with a grand focal point on one wall.” —Jessica DeBari, designer

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After helping the homeowners source and restore a 7-foot, 19th century mirror, Jessica designed an extension that would incorporate the new addition seamlessly into the chair rail and crown molding, thus completing the desired boiserie effect in place of the previous mural.

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Modern hardware from Rejuvenation is juxtaposed with the home’s original built-ins and various antiques found in the dining room. Its matte black and gold sheen echo the accent colors seen in the dining chairs, bar, and sideboard lamps.

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The motif of deer and antlers throughout the room was inspired by a surreal piece of art from the owners’ collection (page 26). Over the bar, three Black Forest mounts speak to this theme while adding visual interest to the vignette.

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Jessica scored a set of 1950s Maison Jansen black lacquered chairs from an online auction. Underfoot, the rug’s palette and pattern ties the whole room together. “The antelope print goes well with the antlers on display, and it has a little bit more of a modern feel that works with the historic furniture,” Jessica says. Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Jessica DeBari, DeBari Home ACCESSORIES Christina Blackwood Pottery ART 410 Vintage Market, Frame Fayetteville, French Metro Antiques, and Roy Dudley Estate Sales FURNITURE 410 Vintage Market, Blue Chair, DeBari Home, and Roy Dudley Estate Sales MILLWORK Daniel Koob MIRRORS, PAINT, AND PAINTING (DECORATIVE) DeBari Home UPHOLSTERY Fletcher Upholstery

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

POOL CHIC

One of the biggest additions to this west Little Rock home’s backyard was the pool, which the owners use for exercise almost seven months of the year. Because of the sloped nature of the grounds, a retaining wall was installed to divert drainage. Its brick basket-weave design plays off the ipe wood panels seen around the pool’s perimeter.

BACKYARD OASIS

Resort in Residence

Better Lawns & Gardens transforms a blank-slate backyard into an inviting escape

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The owners of this west Little Rock home fell in love with its peaceful setting the first time they laid eyes on it.

Wooded areas, space to roam, and a backyard with lots of potential drew them in; however, they were eager to put their own touch on the space. “The property was absolutely beautiful, and I could envision making the backyard a resort just for us,” one of the homeowners says. Following a friend’s recommendation, the couple brought in David Munsey, III, of Better Lawns & Gardens to bring the vision to life. “My husband and I ended up meeting with David separately, but he listened to both of us—which is so important—and understood what we wanted,” she says. Their wish list included turning a grassy open space into a pool and lounge area while updating and expanding the outdoor kitchen. “They wanted to be able to take full advantage of everything the property has to offer,” David says, noting they created other satellite areas outside of this main space to allow the couple to take in all of its beauty in different seasons.

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“If you have a vision, don’t be afraid to go for it.” —homeowner


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A fire feature and waterfall, both of which can be controlled from an app, add sensory ambience to the design.

KITCHEN COMPLEMENT

With a grill, griddle, and beverage storage, the outdoor kitchen has all the amenities needed to cook a quiet dinner for two or to entertain larger groups. Modern influence can be seen at the bar counter where the natural stone has a clean-lined edge. Additional guests can be accommodated at the nearby dining table or in one of several conversation areas surrounding the pool.

The homeowner also notes she and her husband desired a highly functional space where every zone would be fully used. “The entire backyard was designed to have different areas to entertain, and we are certainly enjoying every part each day,” she says. “It has been especially great timing with the pandemic, as we’re home now more than ever to take advantage of it,” she adds. “If you have a vision, don’t be afraid to go for it. Find the right person to help you, and make it a reality. Completing this project really made the house our home.”

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Enjoy the beauty of Conway from your bike! From paved paths to mountain bike trails and sharrows throughout town, Conway is the perfect place for an outdoor activity. If you don’t own a bike, you can rent a cruiser for up to a full day from one of five bike-share stations. And when you finish your ride, enjoy dining at one of our local restaurants to refuel in a safe space. For more information about Conway bike trails visit CycleConway.com.

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Locally owned businesses are at the heart of this Faulkner County college town

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Park Hill Home

If you love home décor with a dose of nostalgia and European sensibility, Park Hill Home is the perfect spot to shop. From timeless tabletop accessories to seasonal décor and long-lasting scented candles, Todd Smith and Charlie Groppetti’s store is a must-visit for inviting a sense of warmth into your home. facebook.com/parkhillhome

Beer poured from a tap at WunderHaus.

Bell & Sward

This menswear store founded by Zanette Bell and Erik Sward helps Southern gentlemen dress the part. From sophisticated suits and casual basics to timeless Smathers & Branson gifts, Bell & Sward has you covered whether shopping for yourself or a loved one. bellandsward.com

Brothers Honey Company

Katie and Elvis Opris opened their brick-and-mortar apiary in 2017. Here, they harvest and sell honey as well as other Arkansas-made products, including syrups and candles. They also provide resources for fellow beekeepers. Follow along on Instagram (@brothershoneyco) to see when you can catch the observation hive in-store. brothershoney.co

The Conway Cottages

For accommodations, book your stay at one of these shortterm luxury rentals in historic “Old Conway.” The two recently renovated cottages sleep six people each and are available for rent on VRBO.com. Their farmhouse-style décor and thoughtful touches, like fresh flowers and baked goods, will make you feel at home. facebook.com/conwaycottages

Fat Daddy’s Bar-B-Que

The downtown Conway Fat Daddy’s is the third location of what has become a barbecue favorite across the Arkansas River Valley. In addition to menu must-haves such as pulled pork, brisket, and ribs, offerings also include more outsidethe-box items such as a barbecue burrito and nachos. fatdaddysbarbque.com

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An on-trend look at Bell & Sward.

H3 Home Decor

This home furnishings store has been a family-owned and -operated endeavor since 1931. They carry an array of traditional, transitional, and contemporary styles from wellknown brands such as Flexsteel, Hooker, Universal, and more. Need help pulling it all together? H3 offers free design services for all their customers. h3homedecor.com

PattiCakes Bakery

Now with two Conway locations, you have twice the opportunity to indulge in treats both sweet and savory from owner Patti Stobaugh. Long-known for delectable cakes, cookies, and pastries, PattiCakes makes mealtimes easy, too, with options like a Grab & Go menu for quick lunches and Take & Bakes for pre-made dinner dishes. patticakesbakery.com

WunderHaus

WunderHaus has become the go-to place for farm-to-table European soul food—think poutine, meatloaf, and pierogies with homemade bread and fresh salads from local farmers. The restaurant space has an outdoor dining area, which you’ll want to take advantage of as the temperatures begin to drop this fall. wunderhausconway.com


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Eat Local

Many of the eateries listed below are offering curbside pickup and delivery options to make it easier than ever to support small businesses. S E RV I N G C E N T R A L A R K A N S A S

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Blue Cake

Now with two Little Rock locations, you have twice the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth with Blue Cake. Order ahead for whole pies and custom cakes, or drop in for ready-to-eat cupcakes, cookies, petit fours, and desserts by the slice. thebluecakecompany.com

Bone’s Chophouse

Bone’s Chophouse in Hot Springs and Little Rock is the perfect place for a special occasion and date night out (or in—pick up steak or seafood to go!). Keep your eye on their social media for daily chef specials. boneschophouse.com

Homer’s West

Homer’s has been a go-to for comfort food in Little Rock since 1986. Look to their menu for Southern favorites such as chickenfried steak, fried catfish, hot wings, and, of course, a classic cheeseburger. homersrestaurant.com

Mexico Chiquito

In business in central Arkansas since 1935, Mexico Chiquito carries on a legacy of authentic Mexican food based on family recipes. Head to the drive-through in west Little Rock to pick up enchiladas, fajitas, or quesadillas—just don’t forget the cheese dip. mexicochiquito.com

The Library Kitchen + Lounge

This newcomer to Little Rock’s River Market District opened in early 2020 to serve food, drinks, and atmosphere influenced by Beale Street and the Delta—think chicken and waffles, po’boys, and smoked chicken salad. thelibrarylr.com

Trio’s Restaurant

Owned by Capi Peck and Brent Peterson, Trio’s Restaurant opened in Little Rock in 1986 and has become a destination for central Arkansas diners. While the quiche, shrimp enchiladas, and Peck’s Special Salad are crowd favorites, their other daily specials are not to be missed. triosrestaurant.com

Check individual websites for updated hours and dining options.

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C AS E Y S A R K I N I N T E R I O R D ES I G N

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T H E K I TC H EN & B AT H I S S U E

Home

Although the backsplash is in the same color family as the walls and upper cabinetry, its unique shape and texture provide definition.

KITCHEN RECONSTRUCTED

Naturally Hers In Little Rock, designer Kathryn LeMaster helps a homeowner reimagine her cottage kitchen to meet her needs

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Lynn commissioned a 12-piece dish set from local potter Chris Swasta of Rolling Hills Pottery.

“Sea Salt” by SherwinWilliams

“Two-tone cabinetry can be tricky,” Kathryn points out. To keep visual balance in the space, the designer opted to paint the upper cabinets the same color as the walls, “Gossamer Veil” by SherwinWilliams, while the base cabinetry stands out in “Sea Salt,” also by Sherwin-Williams.

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Just over five years ago, Lynn Baker contacted designer K athryn LeM aster to help renovate a recently inherited childhood home. However, as life goes, Lynn’s wants and needs changed soon after the project (which was featured in At Home in Arkansas in May 2015) was completed. “The house felt a little too big for me,” Lynn says. “I also got a dog and needed a fenced yard, and I took up pottery as a hobby and really needed a space dedicated to that.” All of these reasons added up to a move less than a mile down the road into a charming 1950s home. “I walked in and saw the fireplace and original hardwoods, and, most importantly, I saw potential,” Lynn says. Calling once again on Kathryn’s talents, the pair transformed the house from a three-bedroom, onebath residence to a two-bedroom, two-bath home. Their goal was to create spaces that functioned more aptly for Lynn—namely, the kitchen. “The kitchen was way too small, but I was willing to sacrifice a bedroom to get what I wanted,” Lynn says. By removing a wall between the living room and existing


A vintage dining set that belonged to Lynn’s parents is paired with a modern light fixture for transitional style.

“When my niece came to see it, she said, This house feels 100 percent like you, and that was the biggest compliment to me.” —Lynn Baker, homeowner

kitchen and getting rid of the aforementioned bedroom, she gained much-needed square footage in the kitchen. The updated layout also afforded space for a dining table and a small office enclosed behind sliding doors. The U-shaped kitchen was outfitted with new cabinetry while original hardwoods were refinished to add to the cottage charm. Additionally, the back door was relocated to provide access to a newly created garage, while a stacked washer/dryer unit found a new home in the master suite’s laundry area. Aside from those shifts, Kathryn was able to incorporate a prep area and bar sink, a feature from Lynn’s previous kitchen she used frequently. This area sits opposite the pantry, creating a zone close to the dining space where guests can help themselves to a snack or beverage without getting into the main traffic flow of the kitchen’s workspace. As for the aesthetics, Kathryn notes the style is “all very organic.” “Lynn has a love of gardening and ceramics, and we tried to select textural, natural items to convey this.” Building off the neutral hues as well as the orange and green used in the nearby living room, a floral peach-hued Roman shade complements a pottery collection displayed on cypress wood open shelving. “When my niece came to see it, she said, This house feels 100 percent like you, and that was the biggest compliment to me,” Lynn says. Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Kathryn LeMaster, Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design CONTRACTOR Lewis and Company Construction ACCESSORIES, LIGHTING, TILE (BACKSPLASH), AND RUGS Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design ART Emily Parks, Rita Henry Photography via Gallery 26, and Rolling Hills Pottery CABINETRY The Cabinet Pros COUNTERTOPS Countertop World FABRICS Designer Effects and Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design FIXTURES Southern Bath & Kitchen FLOORING Kee’s Westend Floors HARDWARE ProSource of Little Rock LIGHTING (INSTALLATION AND ELECTRICAL WORK) Jacob’s Electric MILLWORK, PAINTING, AND WINDOWS Lewis and Company Construction PAINT Sherwin-Williams WINDOW COVERINGS (FABRICATION) Designer Effects WINDOW COVERINGS (INSTALLATION) Designer Supply

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MAXIMIZED MINIMALISM

While the kitchen is a showpiece of the home, it also has all the functionality necessary for a family of six. A cabinet to the left of the fridge houses small appliances, and the cooktop has downdraft venting, both of which keep the space visually clean.

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Elevated Organic Designer Casey Sarkin creates a show-stopping kitchen and bath for a Fayetteville family

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The wine bar is connected to the foyer, living room, and kitchen, making it a perfect resting point in the home’s flow when the family entertains.

This contemporary home in Fayetteville was built for togetherness. “They’re a big, busy family, so they wanted their house to be a place they could all gather and be together,” says designer Casey Sarkin, who worked with the homeowners on the plans. “We also designed it to be clean with lots of built-in organization, because she doesn’t like a lot of clutter.” Because of the open floor plan, the designer also aimed to create a kitchen that would draw people in as soon as they walk in the front door. “We intentionally left this all really open, and since you can see it from the foyer, the living room, and the dining room, it needed to be a display space as well as function as a kitchen,” Casey says. “We wanted it to feel modern yet warm.” To this end, natural elements—especially wood— were used in the kitchen (as well as the rest of the home) to add depth to the linear design. The cabinetry and island were stained a translucent brownishblack to allow the wood grain to show through while

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MULTI-PURPOSE PANTRY

Because the homeowner loves organization and a clutter-free home, Casey planned this walk-in pantry near the kitchen to be oh-so-much-more than a pantry—it’s a gift-wrap station, storage for seasonal and serving pieces, mail drop, and even has outlets in the island to create a workspace. Because of the lack of natural light, Casey used a lighter wood on the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and had it stained in a translucent silver color that gives it a bright sheen.

speaking to the homeowner’s desire for a dark, moody palette. This effect is balanced by a lighter walnut stain on the trim and open shelving. “They’re very outdoorsy people, and we brought some of that organic influence into the design,” Casey says. Curved barstools by midcentury architect Norman Cherner and an iridescent backsplash add shape and polish. In the master bathroom, the darker tone of the kitchen gives way to a lighter, brighter atmosphere. “We wanted the master bath to have a little gold sparkle along with the clean white countertops and herringbone marble floors,” Casey says, pointing to the brass fixtures and hardware and Kelly Wearstler sconces. “In the his-and-hers vanities, we put that gorgeous lucite and lambswool seat on her side to give it kind of a glamorous feel, while the walnut lets his side feel a little masculine.”


“This whole room was designed to have a modern and glamorous feel.” —Casey Sarkin, designer

GLAMOROUS RETREAT

A steam shower (complete with a transom window) and classic soaker tub give the master bath a spa-like quality. To conceal the steam generator, Casey designed a tall linen cabinet that also provides plenty of storage for towels and toiletries. The woven blinds near the tub can be managed by a remote control as well as a timer set throughout the day.

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Custom Blend Parisian influence and vintage style mix in designer Sarah Parsley’s Conway kitchen and bath

Sarah Parsley seems to have a natural knack for design and homebuilding. “My dad was a builder for most of my life, so I think it’s innately in my blood,” she laughs. After studying apparel design at the University of Arkansas, Sarah worked for local lighting manufacturer Mastercraft Lamps for a number of years. Here, while designing vignettes for marketing purposes, her passion for interiors grew, as did her confidence in her abilities. This prompted her to launch Sarah M. Parsley Design five years ago. “I love color, and I like to mix pattern; I think that’s something that makes me different in our industry,” she says. “I’m also drawn to a number of design styles.” In 2018, she had the opportunity to put her talent to work for her own family when she and her husband, Aaron, decided to build a home for themselves and their two young children, Monroe and AidenGrace, in Sarah’s native Conway.

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“Take Five” by SherwinWilliams

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The inspiration for the kitchen and bath in particular was “vintage Paris meets the 1950s.” “I was watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is set in the ’50s, when I was working on this, and that definitely inspired the diner feel in the kitchen,” she says. The scheme started with a Clarence House wallpaper seen in the breakfast nook. Its blue hue prompted a similar shade on the banquette and island, which she notes contrasts with the rich black seen on the rest of the cabinetry and the range hood. Delicate gold accents, bistro-style chairs, and an abundance of dishware, art, and decorative pieces add a finishing layer of personalization. Since creating a family space was also a top priority, features such as leather barstools and a vinyl covering on the banquette were selected to stand up to everyday use, while a large-scale range provides room to prepare multiple dishes at once. “We cook at home a lot, so we really needed this to function well for us,” Sarah says. A similar aesthetic carries to the master bath, a linear space featuring a double vanity, shower, and soaking tub. “This is not a huge bath, but I didn’t feel we needed the square footage here,” she says, noting smart organization allows for all the necessary features. Since the space is small, Sarah was able to carry subway tile up the full expanse of the vanity wall and add Osborne & Little’s “Swan Lake” wallpaper—a longtime favorite of hers—near the tub. Venetian-style mirrors pair with contemporary pendants to bring a mix of old and new.

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PLAYING FAVORITES

Collected pieces line the kitchen shelves. Sarah notes a favorite is Arkansan Amy Hannon’s Love, Welcome, Serve recipe book. “Amy designed all of our wedding paper goods before she moved into the cooking world, so I was excited to have her cookbook in our kitchen almost nine years later!”


“I like quirky art,” Sarah says in reference to the framed print hanging near the tub. “It’s a little modern and a little vintage, which is what I’m all about.”

Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Sarah Parsley, Sarah M. Parsley Designs CONTRACTOR Acacia Builders ACCESSORIES Classic Touch and Sarah M. Parsley Designs CABINETRY AND MILLWORK Acacia Builders COUNTERTOPS The Granite Shop FABRICS, FIXTURES (KITCHEN), AND LIGHTING Sarah M. Parsley Designs FLOORING AND WINDOWS Lumber One Home Center PAINT Sherwin-Williams PAINTING U.S Painting Services WINDOW COVERINGS Possibilities Unlimited

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Headed West WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK S T Y L I S T L AU R E N C E R R ATO

Inspired by time spent in California and Colorado, a family calls on designer Jill White to create a kitchen reflective of their lifestyle and passions

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ONE BIG SPACE

Jill notes the kitchen, lounge area, and bar were all designed for entertaining. The island features a 5-foot sink with two faucets and interchangeable accessories, such as a colander, to allow for simple meal prep for a crowd. Barstools surround this hub and line the ledge overlooking the lounge area, giving guests multiple places to perch. Black accents, wood countertops, and Aspen-inspired accessories unite the different zones. One of the only carryovers from the previous space was a pair of leather and iron lodge-style chandeliers.

Brown wood floors were swapped for a chic matte black selection that fully plays into the palette.

A family-friendly feel and the allure of a home with a backyard were enticing attributes when Noel and Dr. Brian Reemtsen relocated to Little Rock from Los Angeles with their three daughters. They fell in love with and purchased a traditional-style home near the city’s center that lacked one thing: a spacious kitchen. “This house was different for us, and we were looking to start something new,” Noel says in regard to the style. “We loved everything but the kitchen; we have always lived in homes with fairly large kitchens and open plans that flowed into a family room.” Knowing the problem was not without remedy, they turned to contractor Chuck Hamilton, who introduced the Reemtsens to designer Jill White. “We wanted to lighten the space, open it up, and make it user-friendly for our family,” Noel says. “Our vision completely meshed with Jill’s and Chuck’s, and we shared a lot of interaction and ideas.”

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For starters, Chuck and his team opened up the rooms by removing a wall between the kitchen and living area to create one flowing space and add a counter. “This ledge was made for entertaining; you can be in the kitchen but look into the living room and feel like you’re a part of what is going on there,” Jill says. Additionally, a hallway was closed off and a built-in desk removed to allow for the creation of the glass-door “pretty pantry,” which Jill notes holds the family’s everyday dishes along the top while also offering concealed storage for small appliances. In the living area, a large wall with two doorways was ripped out to make way for a new bar complete with a keg beer dispenser and wine fridge, while a glass wine cellar was born from an under-utilized built-in. However, perhaps, the biggest change was overhead, where low ceilings with wood-stained coffered beams were traded for a planked, vaulted ceiling painted in white. While addressing functionality was key, an updated aesthetic was also at the forefront of the renovation. “The inspiration was the combo of them coming here from California and their love of Aspen,” Jill says. “They have great style and are super hip.” To this point, a streamlined palette of black, white, and blue runs throughout the spaces, while features such as rich walnut countertops and polished brass bring warmth with an edge. “This space has really drawn our family together,” Noel says. “And I’m so thankful we finished it right before the pandemic; it’s allowed us to be collaborative and spend more time together making meals.”

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The bar at Aspen’s Hotel Jerome inspired the mix of rich blue and walnut seen here. Gray Malin’s “Aspen Mountain Run” photograph on the back wall is another nod to the destination.

“Gale Force” by SherwinWilliams


SLEEK STORAGE

Chuck and Jill began to brainstorm ideas on how to transform a built-in area near the fireplace. “He said, What if it was all glass, and then the idea grew,” Jill recalls. The two came up with a quick napkin drawing (which Jill still has on her design board) for a wine cellar that is as visually appealing as it is functional.

See before photos of the kitchen and lounge area on our blog (athomearkansas.com/blog).

Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Jill White, Jill White Designs CONTRACTOR Chuck Hamilton, Chuck Hamilton Construction ACCESSORIES, ART, FABRICS, HARDWARE, IRONWORK (WINE RACKS AND BAR SHELVING), LIGHTING, MIRRORS, RUGS, TILE (BACKSPLASH, BAR AND KITCHEN FLOORING), AND WALLPAPER Jill White Designs APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More AV EQUIPMENT Audio Dimensions CABINETRY Duke Custom Cabinets COUNTERTOPS (QUARTZ) Advanced Bath & Kitchen COUNTERTOPS (WALNUT), IRONWORK (DOORS), MILLWORK, AND WOODWORK Chuck Hamilton Construction FIXTURES Southern Pipe & Supply FLOORING (TILE) C & F Flooring and Wayne Gates Tile & Marble FLOORING (HARDWOOD) Arkansas Wood Floors FURNITURE Evo and Jill White Designs PAINT Sherwin-Williams PAINTING Ricardo’s Pro Painting PAINTING (DECORATIVE WOOD FINISHES) David Zoellner, Metropolitan Decorating REFRIGERATION (WINE ROOM) McGinty Co. STONE (FIREPLACE) Antique Brick WINDOW COVERINGS Draped & Tailored

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Faux wood beams stained to complement the design give the look of real wood without requiring additional framing.

A young family renovates two of a home’s hardest-working rooms to maximize functionality and match their personal style When Drs. Kimberly and Kirk Reynolds called designer K rista Lewis of K. Lewis I nterior D esign, they wanted to make their 1970 s ranch-style house work for them and their three young children.

After listening to their wants and needs for the spaces, Krista knew she could help them achieve a more contemporary look and functional layout with the help of contractor Jon Callahan. “This house had more of a traditional flavor; there was a lot of beige and red, and it just didn’t fit their style,” Jon says. “They loved the location and wanted to make it more livable, and we were excited to help them do that.” Starting in the kitchen, Jon and his team raised the roofline to allow for 10-foot ceilings, which brings in

more light and gives the feel of a larger space. Removing a wall opened up the kitchen to the family room, allowing the couple to see their kids play while they prepare meals or entertain friends. “Kirk is a true cook and put thought into the placement of the appliances and layout of the kitchen for functionality,” Krista says. For example, the refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and a warming drawer sit against the back wall, while the stove and prep area are more centrally located. Additionally, cabinets were traded for deep drawers in both the island and much of the perimeter space. “The layout changed so much; it really works for them now,” Krista says. “With the playroom, family room, and dining room all connecting to the kitchen, everything happens here.”

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WHIMSICAL DINING

In terms of aesthetics, the couple opted for an engineered quartz countertop to give the look of marble with extreme durability. “We did a waterfall edge on both ends of this countertop to make it a little more contemporary,” Krista says. Other features such as the blue hexagon backsplash and the mix of black and brass light fixtures add to this feel. “Their previous house was midcentury modern so you can also see some carryovers in this design,” Krista says pointing to the breakfast table and chairs. In the master bath, the square footage stayed the same but the space was gutted and rearranged to streamline the design. “The tub was on a deck before; we modernized this by swapping it for a freestanding version,” Jon says. Upper cabinetry was removed to make the room feel larger and to create more countertop space. Heated floors and a steam shower provide the comforts of a retreat for the busy parents, while polished accents elevate the look. “The brass inlay on the tile really makes this design feel young and the space feel special,” Krista says.

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Inspired by the palette of the Lisa Krannichfeld painting seen here, Krista notes the dining room has a slightly more “fancy” feel. The wallpaper and chandelier add to this vibe. Vintage dining chairs are covered in a family-friendly outdoor fabric, while the table has durable marble top.


See before photos of the bath and kitchen as well as a revised floor plan on our blog (athomearkansas.com/blog).

VANITY FLAIR

The U-shaped vanity area features his and her spaces on opposite walls with a central area where Kimberly can sit to apply makeup. Natural light pours in from a window on the opposite wall, while chic pendants provide additional task lighting.

Design Resources CONTRACTOR Jon Callahan, Jon Callahan Construction INTERIOR DESIGN Krista Lewis, K. Lewis Interior Design ACCESSORIES, FABRICS, FURNITURE, LIGHTING, MIRRORS, RUGS, TILE, WALLPAPER, AND WINDOW COVERINGS K. Lewis Interior Design APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More ART Lisa Krannichfeld and Catherine Nugent, both via M2 Gallery CABINETRY AND HARDWARE Capitol Custom Cabinets COUNTERTOPS (KITCHEN) Stone World Designs COUNTERTOPS (BATHROOM) Inside Effects FIXTURES Southern Pipe & Supply MILLWORK AND PAINTING Jon Callahan Construction PAINT Sherwin-Williams

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Creole Flavor

Storybook Renovations and WaterHouse Market team up to create a New Orleans-inspired abode in Conway

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“Grays Harbor” by SherwinWilliams

Walking through this home in Conway is like being transported to a historic residence in the French Quarter. From the exposed brick and lantern pendants to the antique art and stocked bar, you would never guess this was once a dilapidated house in central Arkansas. Breathing new life into such a structure is a challenge Niki Thompson of Storybook Renovations invites. Her business is built around flipping homes, all with a precise theme laid out in her head before she ever gets started. “I think of a story first, then make sure every decision lines up with that story. It just results in a really cohesive design,” she says. For this remodel, however, she invited the homeowner along for the ride. “I flipped a house that one of his best friends purchased, and he contacted me wanting to know if I’d do a house for him. From the very beginning, he wanted it to have a New Orleans feel,” Niki says. “I went to look at the property, and I could see it had a lot of potential. The home already had some Greek Revival elements, which are common in the French Quarter,” she says. Once they got started, Niki revised the home’s layout to create a foyer, a larger kitchen, and an open floor plan, all the while keeping their New Orleans-inspired story in mind.

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Niki’s team was able to split bricks unearthed during demolition into veneers to create the backsplash in the kitchen. Dentil molding on the cabinetry enhances the home’s Greek Revival style, while lantern-style pendants play perfectly into the remodel’s French Quarter inspiration.

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SIPPING STATION

The homeowner’s love of entertaining and cocktails was taken into consideration when designing the kitchen. The iron shelving displaying his well-stocked bar was a find from Ballard Designs that fit the bill for storage over the built-in beer keg and tap.

“Anew Gray” by SherwinWilliams

While Niki designs the interiors and contracts all of the labor for her projects, she works closely with Donna Benton of WaterHouse Market to source furniture and décor for staging before each open house. Donna’s business is also unique; in addition to helping clients find new and vintage furnishings, she restores antiques, upholsters, and builds original pieces in her workshop. She, like Niki, loves to incorporate a story into her projects. “After Niki helped the homeowner with the bones of the house, that’s when I stepped in to help him continue that look through every detail, right down to the dishes he uses,” she says. Donna brought an inherited quality to the story by incorporating found art into the décor and mismatched silverware and Blue Willow china into his entertaining essentials. “I try to implement vintage and antiques into all of my work because I think that really sets it apart from an average design,” Donna says. This is evident in the master bath as well, where a worn rug, funky portrait, and wooden chair give the brand-new hammered copper tub an heirloom charm. “I always bring a wooden element to the bathroom, where everything is painted and tiled,” Donna says of the antique French chair. “And, again, that French element tied into the story we’re trying to tell with the house.”

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CREATING CHARACTER

The “Kaela” tub from Signature Hardware is centered in a picture window overlooking the home’s courtyard. Niki added transom windows over most doors in the house, including the shower door. She also hid the water closet behind a door resembling a linen closet to the right of the shower.


Design Resources CONTRACTOR Niki Thompson, Storybook Renovations INTERIOR DESIGN Donna Benton, WaterHouse Market and Niki Thompson, Storybook Renovations APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More ART, FABRICS, FURNITURE, LIGHTING, MIRRORS, AND WINDOW COVERINGS WaterHouse Market CABINETRY Perry’s Custom Cabinets COUNTERTOPS The Countertop Store HARDWARE Storybook Renovations MILLWORK Sturdy Home Design PAINT Sherwin-Williams PAINTING Nicolas Zometa TILE (BATHROOM) ProSource of Little Rock TILE (INSTALLATION) Edwardo David

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from the concept of a project all the way through to completion. Noting that kitchen and bath 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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Frank Curtis of Curtis Contracting, Meridith is often hired in the early Inc. has more than 30 years of planning stages of a space. “I love experience building and remodeling collaborating with architects and homes. He specializes in mid- to contractors to perfect the space large-scale remodels including home planning and kitchen and bathroom additions, whole house renovations, design of a home,” Meridith says. and kitchen and bath makeovers. From there, she helps select fixtures Before tackling any renovation, and finishes as well as the finishing Frank suggests that homeowners touches, like fabrics and art, to take a look at the big picture create exactly the home the client involving costs and future plans is envisioning. “I take my clients’ for the home. This can help them style and tastes and put it through come up with a reasonable budget my filter,” Meridith says. “The end to determine if the renovation is a result is typically clean and simple.” wise one.

As a contractor, Frank believes basic communication is the key to successful projects. He uses the latest apps to make conversing with homeowners, suppliers, and subcontractors as simple as texting, all while saving everyone time. Frank notes that in today’s market, he continues to see the trends of updating and expanding kitchens and baths, enlarging or adding on master suites, and gaining square footage for young adults and aging parents—all projects he and Photo by Molly Anne Sandefur his team can make a reality for you.

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