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Contents APRI L 2017

31 Home

Style

40 Home Work

11 Finds

Special Sections 65 Local Favorites

14 Latest

67 Your Guide to…

Homeowners Jacob Ponder and Joshua Plumlee update a 1960s-era home while respecting its original layout.

48 The Best of Both Worlds

Designer Ashley Cardiel modernizes an iconic Springdale home.

56 Cottage Made Comfortable

Ellen Yeary of Yeary Lindsey Architects reworks a Little Rock home for a young family.

Modern Objets d’Art Events, Openings & Launches

Home Renovations

Skimming the Surfaces

In Every Issue

17 Design

Life 24 Get to Know

Meet Heidi and Christian Batteau

27 Discover Jonesboro

31 Entertaining Easter Fun!

35 Garden

Front Porch Blooms

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Renovation Professionals

8 A Note from the Editor 72 A Look Back

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An open-concept kitchen is now the heart of this recently renovated Heights cottage. Architectural design by Yeary Lindsey Architects. Interior design by Sarah Duke Design. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 56. Vol. 22, No. 3 © 2017 by Root Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. At Home in Arkansas™ (ISSN 1540-8914, USPS# 020-999) is published 11 times a year (January/February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December) by Root Publishing, Inc., 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202. Periodicals Postage Rates are Paid at Little Rock, AR and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to At Home in Arkansas™; 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR.


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In the short time I’ve been with At Home in Arkansas, I’ve experienced some notable parallels between our issues and my personal life. While I don’t think our editorial calendar is truly mapping out my life for 2017 (I’m looking at you, “Family Homes” issue), I can’t help but find delight in these curious coincidences. In March, we welcomed the first signs of spring by showcasing lush outdoor spaces. The issue, devoted to new blooms and the changing of the season, was also a big change for me personally with my debut as editor. Today, as I write the editor’s note for our April “Before and After” issue, it’s my wedding month! Yet another fitting tribute to my own before-and-after as I go from Katie Cox to Katie Cooper in a few short weeks. (Yes, I get to keep my monogram.) It will be a treasure to look back at this issue and remember this time in my life—my excitement, the emotions, even the hectic schedule and countless decisions being made daily. I’ll cherish it all. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times over the course of my engagement: “It will all work out.” I had to laugh when I heard this same sentiment echoing in conversations with the homeowners featured in this issue, all of whom have entered the renovation process with big dreams and walked away with beautiful, awe-inspiring spaces. Although I’ve never experienced a home renovation of my own, I’ve learned the process contains some of the same key ingredients as planning a wedding: a little courage, a LOT of preparation, and a belief that the end result will be worthwhile and better than before. Whatever your remodel project—whether it’s big or small, in your home or in your life—may it bring you happiness and a little bit of pride, too. It will all work out.

Katie Cox Editor katie@athomearkansas.com

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Q&a

Spring Trends

with Shayla CopaS

tell us what trends you are noticing on the horizon for spring ? Simply put, we are seeing color, color, color, and more color! We are noticing pops of bold hues everywhere. Wallcoverings, tile, fabric, art, and accessories are brighter than ever. what's new in kitchen design ? Kitchens appear to be trending toward a more clean and crisp look than what they have had in previous years. We are seeing a lot of painted cabinetry in shades of grey, white, and light blue. Also, many people are choosing to paint their islands with a contrasting color to add visual interest. As for countertops, granite is OUT. It has been replaced with quartz work surfaces, such as Dekton. what is one item you think everyone should have this year ? Wallpaper. Wallcoverings are back in a big way. It can easily add personality to your spaces—the bolder the better! Personally, we have been ordering more and more for clients who want to add pattern or texture to their spaces. what are you seeing as a musthave color for 2017? For an accent color, we are seeing magenta consistently across the board. However, anything in a cool color palette is very popular and can work in a variety of rooms.

Shayla Copas Interiors • Shayla Copas, IDS • Little Rock • (501) 258-7396 • shaylacopas.com • 10 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017


Style

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T H E L AT E S T I N

DÉCOR & DESIGN

“Melbourne” lamp and “Chess” cabinet. HOWSE, Bentonville, (479) 657-6211, Little Rock, (501) 725-4719, thehowse.com; Agate decorative piece on stand and design books. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com

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Style/Finds

MODERN

Objets d’Art

Entertain the eye with the latest contemporary collectibles

Plaster and marble “Santorini” sculpture. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com

PRODUCER: NORMA EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF VENDORS

Tom Dixon cast mini jack. Core iD, Little Rock, (501) 944-2535, coreidhome.com

“Bedford” dice set. Erdos at Home, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1297, Little Rock, (501) 217-0300, Rogers, (479) 899-6288, erdosathome.com

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Set of ebony and walnut sculptures on iron bases. GW Lighting & Home, Benton, (501) 315-2400, gwlightingandhome.com

Normann Copenhagen “Little Birds” (available in a variety of sizes). WITH Home Supply, Fayetteville, (479) 304-8446, withhomesupply.com


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Style/Latest EVENTS, OPENINGS & LAUNCHES

News From Around The Natural State

HAUS WERK UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Longtime Little Rock home, clothing, and gift shop, HAUS WERK, recently changed hands. Husbandand-wife team, Erika and Courtney Little bought the store at the end of 2016 and have since been making renovations to the space. Erika will manage the shop on a day-to-day basis and ensures that customers will still find many of the same well-loved brands that made the store a shopping destination, as well as new local artists, an expanded children’s and baby section, and new offerings in women’s clothing. In the future, Erika hopes to hold art classes and other

special events for patrons. “I really want this to be a store about community and relationships, and for our customers to feel they are welcome to drop in anytime,” says the Little Rock native. Haus Werk will reopen in the same Hillcrest location at the end of March. A weeklong grand opening celebration will kick off on Saturday, April 1 with a Matilda Jane trunk show and continue with Hillcrest Merchants’ Shop-N-Sip First Thursday festivities along with events throughout the week. 2919 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251, shophauswerk.com

NEW ART ON THE BLOCK

Argenta’s art district in downtown North Little Rock has gained a new face. Barry Thomas, Impressionist artist and Little Rock native, is a well-known name in Arkansas. His paintings, which often depict the beauty found in everyday life, have been featured in galleries from Utah to Florida. For the first time in many years, you can now see Thomas’ work in his own new studio in Central Arkansas. The gallery, located in the newly renovated Koehler building, showcases Thomas’ pieces and also celebrates the charm of the building through exposed brick and wood beams. More than just a sight for the eyes, visitors can also enroll in classes and workshops at the studio. Visit BARRY THOMAS FINE ART & STUDIO on Facebook for more information on classes, workshops, and special events. 711 Main Street, North Little Rock, barrythomas.us

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LITTLE ROCK’S 53RD QUAPAW SPRING TOUR OF HOMES WILL TAKE PLACE MAY 13-14. VISIT QUAPAW.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. 14 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017

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Inspired by classic natural marbles, Caesarstone’s “White Attica” features a clean white base with dense, dark gray interwoven veins. Advanced Bath & Kitchen, advancedbk.com; Arkansas Granite & More, agm-design.com; Countertops of Little Rock, countertopsoflittlerock.com; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, kitchensofarkansas.com; Gold Medal Flooring, goldmedalflooring.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kitchen Distributors, kitchendistributorsinc.com; New Century Countertops, newcenturycountertops.com April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 17


Style/Design

BLACK / WHITE An instant classic, Cambria’s “Torquay” offers a beautiful marble-like appearance that’s both posh and continental, much like the English Riviera town that bears the same name. AHI Stoneworks, ahistoneworks.net; Countertops of Little Rock, countertopsoflittlerock.com; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, kitchensofarkansas.com; Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens.com; Kitchen & Bath Concepts, kbc1.biz; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, kitchenandbathideas.biz; Kitchen Tune-Up, kitchentuneuplittlerock.com; Lumber 1 Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; New Century Counter Tops, newcenturycountertops.com; Peter’s Flooring & Paint, petersflooringandpaint.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; The Countertop Store, thecountertopstorear.com

Wilsonart’s black “Vesuvia” quartz (coming in May) is a trend-forward palette that allows for mixing and layering with other quartz. This “material mixology” lends texture and richness to a space that’s perfectly coordinated and beautifully designed. Ridout Lumber Co., ridoutlumber.com

Inspired by natural stone, Dekton’s “Tundra” offers a marble-like appearance created by a white background covered with gray veins across the slab. Advanced Bath & Kitchen, advancedbk. com; Countertops of Little Rock, countertopsoflittlerock.com; Distinctive Kitchen and Bath, kitchensofarkansas.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kitchen and Bath Concepts, kbc1.biz; Kitchen Tune-Up, kitchentuneuplittlerock.com; New Century Counter Tops, newcenturycountertops.com; The Countertop Store, thecountertopstorear.com

The colors in Silestone’s Eternal series, including the rich black “Marquina,” are inspired by the world of natural stone. Each slab includes a personal variation of veins and color to turn it into a unique piece. Countertops of Little Rock, countertopsoflittlerock.com; Distinctive Kitchen and Bath, kitchensofarkansas.com; Kitchen and Bath Concepts, kbc1.biz; Kitchen Tune-Up, kitchentuneuplittlerock.com

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GRAY

MATTERS

QUARTZITE “SEA PEARL” Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, acmebricktileandstone.com; AHI Stoneworks, ahistoneworks.net; All Natural Stone, (501) 280-9777; Arkansas Granite & More, agmdesign.com; Casa Blanca Granite, casablancagranite.com; Pacific Shore Stones, pacificshorestones. com; Triton Stone of Little Rock, tritonstone.com

FORMICA “FANTASY MARBLE” Bath & Kitchen Gallery, rayluskplumbing.com; Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens. com; Kaufman Lumber Co., kaufmanlumber.com; Ridout Lumber Co., ridoutlumber.com; Whit Davis Lumber Plus, whitdavis.com; Woodunique, (501) 767-6216

“SILVER GREY” GRANITE Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, acmebricktileandstone.com; AHI Stoneworks, ahistoneworks.net; All Natural Stone, (501) 280-9777; Arkansas Granite & More, (501) 315-4500; Casa Blanca Granite, casablancagranite.com; Pacific Shore Stones, pacificshorestones. com; Triton Stone of Little Rock, tritonstone.com


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Style/Design

GO WILD Cambria’s “Helmsley” is a stunning combination of rich coppers, golds, and tans with pewter veins and ebony confetti. AHI Stoneworks, ahistoneworks. net; Countertops of Little Rock, countertopsoflittlerock.com; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, kitchensofarkansas.com; Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens. com; Kitchen & Bath Concepts, kbc1.biz; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, kitchenandbathideas.biz; Kitchen Tune-Up, kitchentuneuplittlerock.com; Lumber 1 Home Center, lumberonehomecenter. com; New Century Counter Tops, newcenturycountertops.com; Peter’s Flooring & Paint, petersflooringandpaint.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; The Countertop Store, thecountertopstore.com

Gray agate adds elegance to both traditional and modern designs in Caesarstone’s “Nebbia.” Its unique circular patterning of warm and cool tones gives this translucent gray and white crystal its gently sophisticated look. Arkansas Granite & More, agm-design. com; Countertops of Little Rock, countertopsoflittlerock.com; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, kitchensofarkansas.com; Gold Medal Flooring, goldmedalflooring.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kitchen Distributors, kitchendistributorsinc.com; New Century Countertops, newcenturycountertops.com

SELECTIONS

CORIAN “SANDSTORM” Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens.com; Kitchen & Bath Concepts, kbc1.biz; New Century Counter Tops, newcenturycountertops.com; Woodunique, (501) 767-6216

FORMICA “NATURAL GRASSCLOTH” Bath & Kitchen Gallery, rayluskplumbing.com; Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens. com; Kaufman Lumber Co., kaufmanlumber.com; Ridout Lumber Co., ridoutlumber.com; Whit Davis Lumber Plus, whitdavis.com; Woodunique, (501) 767-6216

Inspired by the industrialized look of oxidized steel, Dekton’s “Trilium” is composed of a mix of volcanic shades of gray, brown, and deep black to create a rusted effect that is unexpectedly smooth to the touch. Countertops of Little Rock, countertopsoflittlerock.com; Distinctive Kitchen and Bath, kitchensofarkansas.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kitchen and Bath Concepts, kbc1.biz; Kitchen Tune-Up, kitchentuneuplittlerock.com; New Century Counter Tops, newcenturycountertops.com; The Countertop Store, thecountertopstorear.com; Rideout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com

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NEUTRAL

ZODIAQ “TOFFEE” Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens.com; Kitchen & Bath Concepts, kbc1.biz; New Century Counter Tops, newcenturycountertops.com; Woodunique, (501) 767-6216


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New Construction — Renovations —Custom Projects A LEARNED LEGACY

From an early age, Jack Hartsell III has had the opportunity to grow up in the business his father started, Jack Hartsell Construction. “It has allowed me to have the capability of doing new construction builds, remodels, and all types of custom projects,” he says.

CUSTOM WOODWORK

Jack Harstell Construction has its own woodworking shop, which allows the company’s skilled professionals to duplicate and match trim style in older homes, create new moldings, build custom windows and doors, and to create all types of staircases—which is their specialty. “In knowing and having this knowledge, even if we do not build your home we are capable of working with your builder or architect to supply custom millwork,” Hartsell notes.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

“Having the knowledge to assist and help our customers is our main goal,” Hartsell says. Since they began in 1970, Jack Hartsell Construction has been and will continue to be committed to craftsmanship with integrity. To provide the highest level of service they also offer professional opinions and guidance for clients who ask them to review or manage projects for their best interest or to help ensure that all is going is as presumed.

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Life

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

C E L E B R AT I N G YO U R L I F E S T Y L E

In the most recent installment of our “Entertaining with Kevin Walsh” series, the designer puts together an Easter extravaganza that’s colorful, kid-friendly, and includes ideas that are easy to recreate. See page 31 for the full story.

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THE HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM BEHIND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS’ AWARDWINNING ASSEMBLAGE SHARES WHAT DRIVES THEIR PASSION FOR MAKING BEAUTIFUL, HANDCRAFTED WALLCOVERINGS I N T E R V I E W : T I F FA N Y A D A M S | P H OTO G R A P H Y: B E T H H A L L

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Life/Get to Know IN A NUTSHELL, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WALLCOVERINGS STUDIO AND BUSINESS, ASSEMBLAGE? HEIDI: We are a known resource for custom-designed wallcoverings. We work closely with our clients to bring to life their vision matched with our hand. HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN CREATING WALLCOVERINGS? HAVE YOU BOTH ALWAYS BEEN IN THE ART FIELD? CHRISTIAN: I don’t ever remember not making things whether that was drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture, or clothing. I’ve always been compelled to take what was in my mind and make it in the real world. I didn’t think much of wallpaper until I started making it. It was a solution to a creative and logistical problem. We were being asked to apply a wall finish in Japan, but couldn’t get there so the architect sent us handmade Japanese paper to plaster and paint. Then began the process of engineering everything we did on walls to be applied to paper. HEIDI: I, too, have always been a maker and want to create beauty in the world. I received a BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute, with that education I focused on textile design. I first became interested in wallcoverings while designing for Carnegie Fabrics in New York. SO, YOU’VE REALLY HAD GLOBAL EXPOSURE. WHY DID ARKANSAS—WITTER, IN PARTICULAR—APPEAL TO YOU AS A PLACE TO SET UP YOUR STUDIO? HEIDI: I was actually born in a tepee on a cold February morning just a few miles from where our studio is now located. My mother is part of the back-to-land and craft movement that exists here in Northwest Arkansas. She founded Dogwood Designs, a custom sewing studio that employs approximately a dozen people. Christian and I met at the Art Institute and lived in NYC for a number of years; however when we shifted our focus to the wallpaper business, Witter just felt right. Once

we found the defunct seed mill [which houses their studio], we knew it was meant to be. IN TERMS OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS, HOW DO YOU GO FROM IDEA TO PRODUCT? HEIDI: We are mark makers. Christian has a very strong background in drawing and mark making; you can find his work at The Drawing Center in New York. I am obsessed with marks and pattern. A few times a year we have development days where we bring our ideas about marks and pattern, and we just play. Distilling what works and what has potential for wall application. CHRISTIAN: We both have always been inspired by materials and experimenting with new tools and processes. One of us might see something in nature and want to recreate that on the wall: Our “Abyss” paper, for instance, is inspired by the inside of a shell. So we will play with layering of different materials and applications until we feel like we have what we want in a technique. Then, we experiment with how we want that motif or technique to be repeated. Much of what we do is bouncing back and forth between hand-cut guides, messy trowels and brushes, and computers. We are using ancient techniques and tools with all of the help we can get from cuttingedge technology. But, in the end, every single layer is applied by hand. YOU’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH SOME PRETTY BIG NAMES, TOO. HEIDI: Yes, we have worked directly with extraordinary clients, such as Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Louis Vuitton, to develop finishes that are closely related to works of art. Our clients trust us to develop an idea and stick with them through design modifications and budget adjustments, all the while being creative, flexible, and professional through all of the ups and downs of a project. HOW CAN READERS PURCHASE OR COMMISSION A WALLCOVERING? CHRISTIAN: In Arkansas, we are sold to the interior design trade and represented by Holly Hunt in Dallas and Houston showrooms. If you are outside the state of Arkansas, please visit our website for a complete list of our showrooms. ASSEMBLAGE, Witter, (479) 595-8775, assembledarts.com April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 25


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PHOTOGRAPHY: MATT JOHNSON

discover JONESBORO NORTHEAST ARKANSAS CONTINUES TO EXPERIENCE REVITALIZATION IN THE ARTS, WHILE ADDING FLAVOR TO THE CULINARY SCENE AND FOSTERING A STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY

DOWNTOWN LIVING

Want to call downtown Jonesboro home? Three separately owned buildings featuring a total of 29 lofts are currently under construction in the area. Stay tuned to the Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page or sign up for their newsletter for more info. downtownjonesboro.com

A TALE OF TWO MURALS

B E AU J O

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TOLIK RAYEVSKIY

Downtown Jonesboro will soon be home to two new murals. The murals are a part of FEARLESSLY BRILLIANT, a public art initiative created by the Downtown Jonesboro Association with the goal of increasing pedestrian traffic and beautifying the area. These projects are funded through a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Two unique artists, TOLIK RAYEVSKIY and BEAU JONES, have been selected to paint the murals. Their work will begin this spring with plans to be complete by June. Rayevskiy’s mural will depict a stampede of horses and will be located at 211 South Main. The artist notes that the palette will be “a full-color spectrum with definitive black outlines and white accents.” The artist, who creates individualized pieces and also takes commissions, says, “It’s exciting to see Jonesboro take a chance on something like this, and I’m proud to deliver its second large-scale mural.” Jones, a student at Arkansas State University, will be working on a mural located at 212 Union Street. It will feature the artist’s signature abstract faces in a bright color palette. “When deciding what I wanted to create, I thought about what people most recognize about my work. I think the faces have become a staple…so it was a no-brainer to come up with what the mural would look like,” Jones says. The lifelong Jonesboro resident notes that he was very excited to be named as one of the two artists for these new murals, adding “I feel like I am getting to leave my mark here in historic downtown Jonesboro.” April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 27


Life/Discover

ALIVE AFTER

5

SHOP THE LOCAL MARKET

Alive After 5, Jonesboro’s street market which features locally grown or produced food, artisan wares, and more, will return to Huntington Avenue on April 20th. The event is held the third Thursday of each month, April through October. Visit downtownjonesboro.com for more information.

INTEREST A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE STOPS IN JONESBORO

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Chef John Myers and his wife Ramey are no strangers to the food scene in Arkansas. Their first restaurant, The Parsonage, which was located in Marion, became an acclaimed destination for locals and out-of-towners alike. They’re still creating the same locally Spicy chicken sourced, fresh fare that made that restaurant a hit but have since tenders and moved to a new location—downtown Jonesboro and have taken a waffles new name of sorts, THE PARSONAGE 322. The certified executive chef prepares daily specials including delicacies such as spicy chicken tenders and waffles, a chef’s choice fish dish, or a Carolina-style BBQ wrap that is served with sweet potato fries. In addition, they also offer a soup of the day. “Our soups are constantly changing. I’m a huge fan of one-pot dishes, so I enjoy making these,” the chef says. These dishes are just part of the reason they have become a local favorite for lunch—which is served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday – Friday. The other half of the equation lies in the comfortable, laidback environment the Myers have created. The cozy and inviting atmosphere encourages guests to linger and enjoy the company of those gathered around at their table. Payment is taken when you order and waitresses will refill your glass for as long as you would like to stay. Open just over a year in their new location, the Myers themselves have taken to downtown Jonesboro—finding friends in repeat customers and taking in the best of the area by living in an apartment that is just 22 steps above the restaurant. The Parsonage 322 is also open on Friday nights from 5-8 p.m for dinner service and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for brunch. “Brunch is one of our most popular options,” Ramey notes. So be warned, you may want to call ahead for a reservation if you plan to visit for this much-loved weekend meal. 322 South Main Street, (870) 520-6333 28 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017

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Life/Entertaining

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KEVIN WALSH

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Sweets Station

Walsh turned a Hickory Chair wicker console into the party’s sweetest destination thanks to a bevy of desserts. “This was really all for the kids,” he says. To save time, he personalized store-bought cupcakes with decorative bunnies and topped a grocery-store Bundt cake with small, colorful eggs. Rock candy and stacked Easterthemed marshmallow characters round out the confection options. April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 31


Life/Entertaining

“I really wanted this party to be whimsical and kidfriendly,” Kevin Walsh of Little Rock’s Bear Hill Interiors says. “To me this is sort of a holiday for children, and I wanted it to be fun for them,” he adds. To do this, he started with hues that are reminiscent of the light and bright spring Sunday holiday. “We went with an Easter color palette, which is also similar to a Bear Hill palette because we love pastels so much,” he notes. From there, Walsh got crafty with the décor, went sweet with the day’s treats, and even arranged for an appearance from the Easter bunny. Finally, he sought to make this inspirational party one that would be stress-free and easy to recreate with your own spin. “If you look for ways to manage your time and use some ready-made pieces it can save you hours and money—and look amazing,” he says. Read on to find ideas for your own celebration.

Egg-citing Details Eggs are one of the most iconic symbols of Easter. For the tablescape, Walsh put them front and center in the form of Jordan almonds, M&Ms, and egg-shaped malt candies—along with a few traditionally dyed eggs. A sheet of clear wax paper lines the center of the table to protect the tablecloth. 32 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017


Chain Reaction

“I made all of these from construction paper,” Kevin says of the chain garlands that hang from the home’s exterior wall. “I wanted the décor to include ideas that anyone can do, and I really love this one because it’s something you can do with your kids. Plus, it’s super affordable.” To create your own, gather construction paper in a variety of colors, and cut the paper into strips of equal sizes. Create one ring by stapling the ends of a strip together. To create the chain, loop the next strip through the completed ring and then staple its ends together. Continue in this manner to create a chain.

SIMPLE STEMS

Walsh notes that using just one type of flower per vase is less time intensive. He also wanted the flowers to be seasonally appropriate, so he chose spring staples, including hyacinths, ‘Matsumoto’ asters, and jonquils for the table along with tall flowering almond branches on the dessert bar.

NESTED SETTING

At each place setting, a pair of dyed eggs sits atop an edible nest made of green candy, which Walsh found at a local party store. The straw placemats reminded him of traditional Easter baskets, while the milk glass goblets and purple-and-white plates are from his personal collection. “A lot of this is stuff I already had on hand,” the designer says. “Go through your closets and shelves and see what you have. You’ll be surprised and you can build a theme around what you own. Also, be sure to shop around continuously. I find tons of good stuff on eBay and Etsy and at local antique shops, flea markets, and thrift stores.”

Design Resources Event design Kevin Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com Accessories Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com Rentals—chairs and table Party Time Rental and Events, Little Rock, (501) 224-3133, partytimerentalandevents.com Tablecloth Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 33


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Life/Garden A SEASONAL PLANTING WELCOMES GUESTS Container plantings, with their versatility and mobility, are a favorite among both gardening beginners and greenthumbed aficionados. As Arkansans can attest, fickle weather patterns can pose challenges when choosing blooms for the official arrival of spring. Here, Allison Griffin of Westwood Gardens shares a grouping ready to withstand today’s temperatures and beyond. “We chose a Crescent Garden™ planter for our mixed container,” Griffin notes. “They are lighter than concrete, won’t crack or break like other plastics and concrete, and come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes.” Griffin used bridal wreath spirea, ‘Orange Storm’ quince, ‘Fire Alarm’ heuchera, ‘HGC Merlin’ helleborus, ‘Matrix Lemon’ pansies, cyclamen, ivy, and ferns to create the planted container. “Most of the plants featured here are cool season plants. They can be planted immediately and, as spring progresses, will tolerate any sudden outside temperature dips, which isn’t abnormal for our state,” she adds. Westwood Gardens, West Fayetteville, (479) 4423500, East Fayetteville, (479) 571-1500, Rogers, (479) 633-0200, Springdale, (479) 872-9200, westwoodgardens.com

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BEYOND THE CONTAINER “The great thing about this mixed container is that it includes perennial plants (plants that last more than one growing season). The heuchera and helleborus can be removed from the container and planted into your existing landscape. As temperatures rise, you can also take out the pansies and replace with warmer weather shade annuals, such as impatiens, lobelias, and torenia for beautiful pops of color,” Griffin says.

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Home PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

THE BEFORE & AFTER ISSUE

A contemporary console table and vintage artwork hint at the traditionalmeets-modern look in designer Joshua Plumlee’s Little Rock home. Turn the page to read the full story.

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HOME WORK DESIGNER JOSHUA PLUMLEE GIVES HIS 1960S-ERA LITTLE ROCK HOUSE A STYLE UPGRADE THAT HONORS ITS ROOTS WHILE CELEBRATING CONTEMPORARY TRENDS

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BEFORE

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F Plumlee’s collection of optic glass, sculptures, and other found objects fill the living room’s open-shelving unit. A black-and-white photograph entitled “Concert 1984” adds contemporary flair to the space, while a pair of leather chairs are a comfortable, masculine touch. “I wanted something that had a bit of a bachelor pad feel,” Plumlee says of the furniture selection.

For Joshua Plumlee, bringing work home isn’t a problem. As both an artist and designer, the walls of his home tell the story of his profession as well as his passion. However, when it was time for the midcentury home he shares with Jacob Ponder to be renovated, he took the design process to a new level, breathing life and functionality into the dated home while respecting its original floor plan and the era in which it was built. Here’s how the two tackled the renovation. BEST LAID PLANS Plumlee and Ponder purchased the home a little over three years ago and decided to live in it for a while to see how a renovation might help to better meet their needs. The priority was the home’s common areas on the ground floor. Additionally, they also wanted to create a mudroom that would allow them to bring groceries in from the garage to the kitchen and give them a space to house their washer and dryer. As with many home renovations, the kitchen received one of the most dramatic makeovers. “My focus in the renovation was largely in regard to space planning and functionality,” says Ponder, who notes that his “style has evolved by default” thanks to Plumlee’s influence. “I literally obsessed about the layout of the kitchen for nine months leading up to demolition,” Ponder admits. “I probably drew at least 30 variations of plans that

would maximize the area in an attempt to not have to steal square footage from anywhere else.” DEFINING OPEN CONCEPT When it came to the dining and living areas, the homeowners strived for functionality rather than openness simply for the sake of openness. “We wanted it to feel open, clean, and bright,” Plumlee says. “Yet we didn’t want it to feel too open concept because it’s not that kind of house. I think it’s a good hybrid of how we live today and how it might have been when this house was built.” A desire for different, defined areas without the feeling of containment led to a thoughtful solution when it came to the home’s most-used rooms. Plumlee and Ponder eliminated walls that sectioned off the dining room, kitchen, living room, and front sitting room but kept the area’s hallways, including one that leads from the front entry to the living room and a second that leads to a main-level guest bedroom. This created defined space separation while still providing a visual openness that allows the cook to see through to both the living room and the sitting room beyond. “I never imagined I could be working in the kitchen and carry on a conversation with someone who is all the way at the opposite end of the house. Every room flows into another without feeling like one giant room,” Ponder says. April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 43


BEFORE

The living room is a central point in the home, with the kitchen, dining room, and sitting room all radiating from it. Plumlee and Ponder had outlets installed in the floor so that all of the furniture can be in the center of the space and still allow for proper lighting. “I love floating furniture so dogs and people can freely navigate around the room,” Plumlee says. Facing page: The dining room’s walls are covered with Kelly Wearstler’s “Crescent” wallpaper—a favorite of Plumlee’s, which can also be found at his shop in a different colorway. The dining table is one of a number of vintage pieces that the homeowners have collected through the years. 44 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017

NEW BUILDING BLOCKS Sheetrock and nails weren’t the only design tools used in the makeover. Plumlee gave the new rooms a complete cosmetic makeover as well. In the kitchen, dated appliances were traded for state-ofthe-art stainless versions and chipped Formica was replaced with white Carrara marble. “I liked a lot of the statuary marbles but I liked the color here. We cook a lot so we knew it was going to get a lot of wear but we embraced that,” Plumlee says. In addition, hardwood flooring was laid in the kitchen, dining room, and living room to seamlessly match the existing planks in the sitting room. DECORATIVE ELEMENTS Of course, furnishings and accessories were key to making the updated rooms feel like a home—and, truth be told, probably one of the highlights for Plumlee who worked with both Cobblestone & Vine and

mertinsdykehome before starting Ransom Interiors in 2016 with Julie Smith and Laura Borg. He describes both his personal style and the style of his home as “stately, but edgy and youthful at the same time.” This mantra is evident in the mix of masculine furniture, saturated color, and contemporary art seen throughout the home. In fact, many of Plumlee’s own works grace the walls, including a large abstract piece that sits in an ornate frame and seems to have a commanding presence in the sitting room. Even the mudroom benefits from a coral-hued painting that the artist created to bring the hues of the kitchen rug into the mudroom. There’s no shortage of art and eyecatching accessories along the way either, from the vintage ashtrays and optic glass pieces in the living room to the murano glass in the sitting room. “I’m a collector. Minimalism is great, but I’m kind of a maximalist. I like my treasures,” Plumlee concludes with a laugh.


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BEFORE

The galley kitchen received a full renovation. Appliances now line the wall to create a walkway that leads from the mudroom to the living room. Brass hardware along with a marble backsplash and countertops make an artful statement. Facing page, top: The newly constructed mudroom offers easy access to the kitchen from the garage and also has an exterior door that leads to the backyard, making it easy for the homeowners to let their dogs outdoors. A wall of cabinetry offers overflow storage for less frequently used kitchen and household items. Facing page, bottom: Plumlee designed the guest bedroom based on inspiration from one of Ponder’s favorite outfits, which is comprised of blue linen slacks and cognac leather shoes.

Design Resources Interior design Joshua Plumlee, Ransom Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 8387267, ransominteriors.com Construction JQ Enterprises, Little Rock, (501) 952-6602 Accessories, art, and wallpaper Ransom Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 8387267, ransominteriors.com Backsplash and countertops—kitchen All Natural Stone, Little Rock, (501) 228-9777; Triton Stone Group of Little Rock, Little Rock, (501) 5629994, tritonstone.com Cabinetry—kitchen and floor installation NQ Enterprises, Little Rock, (501) 349-8704 46 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017

Florals Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Furniture and lighting Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 6644249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-2676, cobblestoneandvine.com; mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3300, mertinsdykehome1. wixsite.com; Ransom Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 838-7267, ransominteriors.com Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide, benjaminmoore.com


Joshua’s

TIPS FOR MAKEOVER

SUCCESS

Having worked with numerous clients on renovations and now living through his own home’s remodel, the designer has a few insights to help you achieve the look you want and keep your sanity in the process.

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First and foremost, keep your overall vision in mind. When you have the end result in mind, it can take away some of the anxiety that comes with living in the trenches of a renovation. Don’t sacrifice your own comfort for resell value. With every major decision during the renovation, ask yourself, “Is this what I really want?” In other words, take resell value into consideration but don’t let it be the overall guiding factor. Create a home where you want to spend time. When considering removing walls: open floor plans are great, however, they don’t always suit the architectural integrity of the home. This was certainly the case in my house. We wanted it open and airy, clean and bright, but we still wanted that element of discovery. Plus, taking out too many walls doesn’t allow the opportunity for hanging artwork. Clients often complain to me that their homes don’t have enough wall space. When installing sconces and overhead lighting, always consider the fact that furniture and artwork will migrate around the home. Being an avid collector, I carefully measured and positioned sconces and accent lighting to allow for major pieces of artwork to move around the home and still relate to the overall lighting scheme. The key here is that flexibility is a form of luxury. April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 47


THE BEST

OF BOTH WORLDS AN ICONIC SPRINGDALE HOME UNDERGOES A MODERN TRANSFORMATION WITH GUIDANCE FROM ASHLEY CARDIEL INTERIORS

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BEFORE

S T O R Y: K AT I E COX P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K ST YLING: ANGELA ALEXANDER

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BEFORE The abstract floral wallpaper in the dining room is an updated nod to the home’s original look from the 1940s. Instead of built-in shelving, a large buffet provides storage for china, glassware, and linens while preserving the original bones of room. The stone top allows for hot plates and dishes to be served with ease.

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A home renovation is a big undertaking in any scenario. Renovating a coveted home that previously belonged to a town’s beloved couple adds to that pressure. When Dr. Joel and Lynn Carver bought their 1940s-era house in downtown Springdale, they knew there would be talk about their purchase. After all, the red brick home, which is situated on a corner lot, belonged to Harvey and Bernice Jones, pillars in the trucking industry as well as the community. The Carvers desire to remodel the home with much needed updates, while staying true to its character and integrity, led them to call on Ashley Cardiel of Ashley Cardiel Interiors. “The biggest challenge for this project was preserving the original character of the home, while accommodating the needs of a modern family. We live very differently than we did 70 years ago,” the designer says. As they suspected, when word got out this local treasure was going to be remodeled, it caused quite a stir. “People were driving by and peeking in windows to see what we were up to,” Cardiel says. However, the end result seems fitting for both the home’s new owners and the surrounding neighborhood. OLD MEETS NEW As the Carvers took on the remodel project, they also had thoughts of retirement in mind. With this on the horizon, the dining room and kitchen were key areas flagged for makeovers as the couple looked forward to entertaining their children, grandchildren, and friends in these spaces. “When we started in the dining room, it had a flocked toile wallpaper. We wanted to keep with the theme of this space being wallpapered, but modernize it, so we went with a watercolor, abstract floral wallcovering,” Cardiel says. The dining set that the Carvers already owned was updated by reupholstering the chairs with luxe, but durable fabric. Just off the dining room, through an original swinging door, is the heart of the home. In what was once separate spaces for laundry, dining, and a covered exterior patio area, is now one open April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 51


eat-in kitchen and casual living area. This area, prioritized as a space for baking and making memories with grandkids, became the focus of the project and laid the groundwork for the fusion of modern and historic elements throughout the rest of the home. A wood-paneled ceiling, original to the house, crowns this newly enlarged room and also ties in with the warm, wood tones in the kitchen cabinetry. A surprise in such an extensive renovation was Cardiel’s creativity in refacing the existing perimeter cabinetry. Not only was she able to preserve a bit of the original home, but also made good use of the materials. French doors lead out to a new back patio area, while a pocket door hides the relocated laundry space. “For the sink, we wanted some modern texture,” Cardiel notes. A white apron front sink with horizontal ridges is mounted 52 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017

beneath the large, kitchen window. This space presented another opportunity to merge old and new; a contemporary articulating faucet is set against one of the home’s windows, which boasts original 1940s framework and mullions. A LESSON IN COLOR When Cardiel began this project, the bar for natural light and openness was set high. “The Carver family came from a house made predominantly of glass,” Cardiel says. The move to an older home with a segmented floor plan posed a design challenge. While striving to deliver on her clients wishes, Cardiel’s goal was also to avoid giving the home a set timestamp—not purely 1940s, and not purely 2017. “I wanted to blur the line of what’s original and what’s not,” she says.


BEFORE Modern touches, like a patterned backsplash, textured sink, and articulating faucet were mixed with existing elements of the home to blend contemporary design with the original character. Facing page: Cardiel preserved and refaced the original kitchen cabinets in a warm wood tone topped off with modern metal hardware. A roll out table on the kitchen island blends seamlessly and allows for extra prep space at an appropriate height for little helpers.

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In keeping with the nature of the house, Cardiel relied on history (and the Jones’ legacy) to guide her. After researching the historic paint collection of colors used on plaster walls from the 40s and 50s, the home’s new palette was born. A creamy white, whole-home neutral creates a backdrop for the repeated wood tones found throughout the home and the Carver’s vast collection of original art. For the living room, Cardiel chose a shade of blue that is similar to the original paint color used seventy years ago. Adding to the space’s authenticity, Cardiel even restored and recovered the couch left in Mr. Jones’ study in a similar hue. At ten-feet long, the sofa’s scale worked perfectly when positioned under the large picture window facing the front yard. Its curved arms are echoed in the room’s accent chairs and ottomans. With a doctor’s grueling schedule in mind, a relaxing bedroom retreat was high on the Carver’s wish list. “The bedroom needed to be warm, cozy, and feel conducive to sleep,” Cardiel says. Heavy window treatments, both luxurious in nature and practical for blocking out light, set the tone for the comfortable, yet regal space. Farrow & Ball’s “Oval Room Blue” adorns the walls, while complementary draperies are hung outside the window’s width to give the illusion of larger windows. A vintage dresser, one of the home’s first furniture finds for the couple, adheres to the character of the redesign. 54 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017

MODERN AMENITIES What is a modern house without a modern bathroom? The hightech bathroom, which may seem like a far cry from a historical space, is yet another fun reference to the former owners’ way of life. “This was actually a very high-tech house for its day. The Jones’ were on the cutting edge of technology then, so we asked ourselves, ‘What’s on the cutting edge of technology today?’” A remote-controlled steam shower and radiant heat flooring are just a few of the luxuries packed into the updated room. Opting for drawers instead of the shelving, Cardiel maximized every square inch of the vanity, even working around plumbing, to provide fully functional storage. The ceiling’s height was raised to allow for a large mirror with hidden shelves on piano hinges. Double sinks were centered on yet another pair of original windows, blending clean lines that read well with the house as a whole. While standing in the finished space, Cardiel recalls the nervousness homeowners commonly face when starting a remodel project. “There was a bit of hesitancy when the Cavers first purchased the house because it felt so much like the Jones family. Now after the finished product, they wish they had taken on this project years ago,” she says. In what is sure to receive a seal of approval from the homeowner and historians alike, there is proof you really can have the best of both worlds.


The updated master bathroom provides ample storage that is both stylish and convenient. Facing page: With large windows that let in natural light, the master bedroom creates the perfect setting for reading a book or, after drawing the draperies, a restful night’s sleep.

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Design Resources Contractor Taylor Wood, Woodbine Workshop, Fayetteville, (214) 704-7706, woodbineworkshop.com Interior design Ashley Cardiel, Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147 Accessories, furniture, hardware, mirrors, tile—backsplash, and wallpaper Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147 Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, metroappliancesandmore.com Brick Tannehill Masonry Inc., Elkins, (479) 643-3397 Cabinetry Latham Cabinets Inc., Rogers, (479) 636-4889, lathamcabinets.com Cabinetry—kitchen island roll-out table American Estates, Springdale, (479) 616-3375, theamericanestates.com Countertops and tile—kitchen National Marble & Granite, Springdale, (479) 756-0056, nationalmarbleandgranite.biz Fabrics Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147; Selah Design Studio, Rogers, (479) 282-1380, selahdesignstudio.com Fixtures—bath and kitchen Anderson Electric & Plumbing, Harrison, (870) 741-1044, Rogers, (479) 631-9733, Springdale, (479) 756-8055, andersonep. com Flooring Dramis Hardwood Floors, Fayetteville, (479) 442-9015, dramishardwoodfloors.com Florals Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 6663333, tiptonhurst.com Furniture EcoVet Furniture, Rogers, (479) 282-3473, ecovetfurniture.com; Forever Design LLC., Bentonville, (479) 466-5072, foreverdesignllc.com, Ingui Art Custom Furniture, Rogers, (479) 372-2750, inguiart.com

Lighting Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184, lightingemporium.com Metal work Unique Creations by Billy Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 521-8430, Millwork City Lumber Co., Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 442-8221, citylmbr. com; Encore Flooring & Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com; Quality Millwork, Bethel Heights, (479) 872-0222, qualitymillwork.net Paint Spectrum Paint, locations statewide, spectrumpaint.com Painting Schneider Painting, Springdale, (479) 283-3138 Roof Eco Roofing, Fayetteville, (479) 684-6060, Ft. Smith, (479) 434-5050, Rogers, (479) 268-4100, ecoroofingnwa.com Rugs Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147; Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184, lightingemporium.com; Tom January Floors Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, tomjanuaryfloors.com Tile—bathroom and flooring Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 5301147; Encore Flooring & Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com Upholstery Sprouse Upholstery Inc., Springdale, (479) 756-8711, sprouseupholstery.com Wallpaper—installation Tammy Melton, Fayetteville, (479) 466-8580 Windows Fayetteville Glass Co Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 442-8181, fayettevilleglasscompany.com; Encore Flooring & Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com Window coverings—draperies Selah Design Studio, Rogers, (479) 282-1380, selahdesignstudio.com Window coverings—shades Accent Blinds & Shutters, Springdale, (479) 9574100, accentblindsandshutters.com April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 55


COTTAGE

Made Comfortable A YOUNG FAMILY WORKS WITH YEARY LINDSEY ARCHITECTS TO RECONFIGURE THEIR LITTLE ROCK HOME, GIVING IT NEW LIFE AND LONGEVITY

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S TO R Y: T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H OTO G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K ST YLING: ANGEL A ALEX ANDER

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The Duke’s formerly cramped kitchen lacked workspace and a gathering place for the kids to have breakfast or a quick snack. The newly designed room’s island solves for both. Yeary and Duke created accessible, concealed storage on both sides of the island to provide a place for pots and pans as well as less frequently used items such as vases and candlesticks. Right: Brass accents, seen on the hardware and faucet, lend a contemporary feel to the space. While Duke chose a neutral palette that flows into the connected dining space and living room, features such as the hand-thrown subway tiles seen on the backsplash add texture and character.

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C hildhood memories have a way of influencing us —whether we realize it or not. “I grew up in a house like this until I was in late elementary school, and I still remember every room of that house,” says Sarah Duke who lives with her husband Steven and their two young sons in a classic Heights neighborhood cottage. “I don’t know if that played a role in why I wanted a house like this or why I wanted to live here, but I think it may have,” she says. The Dukes moved into their circa 1937 home in 2008, and while the charm of both the house and their neighborhood appealed to them even more as years passed, they began to notice the house wasn’t functioning as well as it could for them—especially once they began to have children. “It was great but it was a lot of little rooms,” Duke notes. For example, the front door led to a small den, which led to a cozy dining room, which led to a compact kitchen. The biggest room in the home was the couple’s master bedroom, which was part of a 1990s renovation by a previous owner. “When we had our first child, we spent a ton of time back there because it was the biggest room in the house,” Duke recalls. In 2015, when the couple learned they were expecting their second son, they knew they had a decision to make: renovate or move. “We loved where we were, we loved our

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ROOMS

REDEFINED APPROXIMATE SQUARE FOOTAGE (Heated & Cooled)

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2,400

SPACES LOST: •Formal Dining Room •Sitting Room •Deck SPACES ADDED: •Open-Concept Kitchen, Living, and Dining Space •Office •Powder Room •Playroom •Screened Porch •Covered Porch •Master Closet •Outdoor Storage

neighbors, we loved the street, we loved the location because we can walk to Forest Park Elementary, so we were like OK, let’s just bite the bullet and redo it,” Duke says. Duke, who works with Moses Tucker Real Estate, has experience with floor plans and began to draw out her ideal configuration. “I called Ellen and said, ‘Here’s what I want to do. Can you make this real?’ She liked what I had done, and she made it work; she was just awesome,” Duke says of architect Ellen Yeary of Yeary Lindsey Architects. “I just like taking these little Heights cottages and figuring out how to make them work. Because they are great houses to begin with—they start out with really good bones. I mean that house was cute before we ever got over there. It had been updated but it hadn’t been reconfigured to make it work for how we live today,” Yeary says. To make it more livable and solve for the succession of rooms that greeted guests at the front door, Yeary and Duke eliminated the walls and created one large family friendly area that includes a living room, dining space, and a large kitchen. “Sarah had this vision from the beginning—to be able to see through the house. Some people would say, ‘I don’t want to walk through the front door and see the kitchen.’ But if your kitchen looks like Sarah’s,

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then that’s not a problem,” Yeary notes. “I remember when that wall came down in the dining room, I couldn’t believe how much more functional it was already because we never sat in there; it was just a passthrough on the way to the kitchen,” Duke says of the structural transformation. Rather than being hidden—as Yeary notes—the family’s new kitchen was now front and center. Duke selected timeless yet eye-catching finishes to personalize it. For example, the backsplash features a neutral tile that is hand-thrown so it has a sort of “shimmer” that brings texture to the look. A brass faucet and hardware along with large funnel-shaped pendants over the island also add contemporary style without leaning too modern. While most of the home’s makeover involved gaining space, Duke was concerned about losing cabinetry. Although the home’s former kitchen was small, its cabinets stretched to the ceiling along almost every wall. To ensure she would still have an abundance of storage, she and Yeary designed a large floating island that features concealed areas for tucking away everything from cookbooks to blenders on both sides of the structure. They also added a built-in sideboard along the side wall for storage as well as service space. April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 61


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Prior to the renovation, there was a large triangular-shaped window over the bed. This wall became an interior wall to allow for the addition of the playroom. To make sure the bedroom still received plenty of natural light, a trio of windows—which offer a view of the backyard—were installed. The same wall color seen in the master bedroom, a custom mix that Duke specified, carries into the bath for continuity.

While Duke knew she wanted to have a place where she could cook and keep an eye on the kids as well as have an open space for them to run around, she also knew it was equally important for everyone to have a room to get away and be on their own. The renovation allowed for a screened back porch to be created, which is a favorite hangout for Steven, and a playroom for their sons. In addition, the boys each have their own bedrooms and a shared bath located to the right of the home’s front entry. The master suite—a favorite spot for Sarah to relax—also received a reconfiguration and cosmetic updates. Windows were relocated to accommodate the playroom that now shares an interior wall with the master suite, and the fireplace was updated to be more in line with the Duke’s style. In the bath, carpet was traded for contemporary marble hex tile while a cultured marble 62 At Home in Arkansas | April 2017

countertop was replaced with a quartz option. The Dukes also gained a second closet that adjoins to the master bath. Prior to the renovation, the couple shared a closet located to the right of the vanity. To enlarge their nearby laundry room, they took in part of this closet (which is now solely Steven’s) and blew out the bath’s back wall to build a new closet for Sarah as well as an outdoor storage space, which is accessible through the backyard. “Their expectations and wish lists were really reasonable. They weren’t trying to overbuild the site. They have a nice comfortable family house,” Yeary says. Duke was equally pleased with the process and since the renovation she has started her own design company, Sarah Duke Design, to help others who are looking to renovate or redecorate. “Once it was all said and done, it was so worth it. It just works—and it was fun!” she concludes.


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While the master bath was functional, it was in need of a cosmetic update. For a clean, light feel Duke chose marble hex tiles for the flooring and replaced cultured marble countertops with a complementary white quartz option. New comfort-height cabinetry was also installed for ease of use.

Design Resources Architect Ellen Yeary, AIA, Yeary Lindsey Architects, Little Rock, (501) 3725940, yearylindsey.com Contractor Justin Cleveland, Little Rock, (501) 680-0554 Interior design Sarah Duke, Sarah Duke Design, Little Rock, (501) 539-1528 Accessories Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com; Sarah Duke Design, Little Rock, (501) 539-1528 Art Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; DRAWL Southern Contemporary Art, Little Rock, (501) 240-7446, drawlgallery.com; Justus Fine Art Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-2335, justusfineart.com; Local Colour Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 265-0422, localcolourgallery.com; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com Cabinetry Renaissance Custom Cabinets, North Little Rock, (501) 256-3252, cabinetideas.com

Countertops Triton Stone Group of Little Rock, Little Rock, (501) 562-9994, tritonstone.com Fireplace Antique Brick & Block, Little Rock, (501) 375-0060, antiquebrickinc.com Florals Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Lighting Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; Sarah Duke Design, Little Rock, (501) 539-1528 Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide, benjaminmoore.com Tile Inside Effects, North Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, insideeffects.com Wallpaper Sarah Duke Design, Little Rock, (501) 539-1528 Window coverings Accent Shutters, Inc, Maumelle, (501) 902-0810, accentshuttersinc.com; Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics.com April 2017 | athomearkansas.com 63


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HOME RENOVATIONS JUST AS EVERY HOME IS DIFFERENT, SO IS EVERY RENOVATION. HERE, WE SHARE INSIGHTS ON EVERYTHING FROM QUICK DECORATIVE UPDATES TO AN EXPERT’S SUGGESTIONS FOR REMODELING A HISTORIC HOME.

HOW TO LIVE THROUGH A RENOVATION

ANYONE WHO’S TAKEN ON A HOME RENOVATION—BIG OR SMALL—WHILE LIVING UNDER THE SAME ROOF CAN ATTEST TO THE CHAOS THAT COMES WITH A REMODEL. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSEHOLD RUNNING WHILE YOUR HOME IS A CONSTRUCTION ZONE. GUARD AGAINST DUST AND DEBRIS Even if every room in the home is not receiving a makeover, the dust that seems to carry throughout the house can make it feel that way. Section off areas that are not “works in progress” by covering doorways with plastic tarps. Roll out contractor’s paper to protect your flooring in work zones. Turn off your central heat and air when workers will be sanding to prevent extra dust from spreading around the house. CREATE A MAKESHIFT KITCHEN Since kitchens are one of the mostoften renovated spaces in the home—

and they can often require a major overhaul—make sure you have the basics set up in another area of your home. Move the fridge, microwave, and your cookware to this separate space and eat off paper plates or wash dishes in your bath. CREATE A NO-WORK ZONE Have at least one place in your home that is clean and functioning as it was intended. Consider this to be a safe haven from the dust, noise, and disorder that accompanies a renovation. Informational Source: nahb.org

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YOU ASKED, THEY ANSWERED

“We are getting ready to remodel our home, which is on the historic register. How do I incorporate modern comforts while staying true to the historic nature of our home?” —Kim K. Homebuilder Jack Hartsell III of Jack Hartsell Construction shares his thoughts.

“There are numerous things to think about before updating a historic home. Here are few things I would consider.

be consistent with the ceiling heights in the home. Changing these will obstruct the flow.

• It’s always beneficial to find out as much information and the history of the house before you start your project. This can help you to make decisions in the process. Historic plaques, neighbors, and elders in the community are always good sources.

• Stripping the many layers of paint will not only tell some of the history of the home, but will also reveal the original surface that was used when the house was built. You may even find some hidden secrets and treasures along the way. Make sure all the lead paint has been removed by a trained professional.

• Modernize the kitchen and bathrooms to fit your needs. These are areas where you can show your personality without compromising the homes aesthetic value and history.

• The exterior of the home should maintain its original design and aesthetics. Windows should be restored rather than replaced. This also applies to porches, columns, and any additional buildings on the property.

• Remember that in historic homes, flooring, for the most part, is hardwood. Before installing new floors, make sure that the foundation and subfloors are in good condition.

• When planning your interiors, keep in mind that many times the walls are plaster. The bonus of plaster is that it also acts as a sound barrier; therefore, it would be essential to preserve as much of it as possible.

• Proportions are typically larger in historic homes. You want to match these. For example, large doors, thick crown and base moldings, as well as substantial hardware and lighting will keep your home scaled to the exact dimension of the original design. Also,

• Changing out old heat and air systems will add to the over all comfort of the home and could lower operating costs. In regards to the structure, the Unico System® uses smaller ductwork to maintain a balanced environment with minimal invasion of the home.”

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NOT READY FOR A FULLSCALE RENOVATION? THESE QUICK FIXES CAN GIVE YOUR ROOM A NEW LOOK IN JUST A FEW HOURS

GETTING STARTED: A Quick Home Renovation Checklist DECIDE WHAT AREAS YOU WILL RENOVATE. This is huge because as with many projects, one thing can lead to another. Define the scope of your project and stick to it to make the vision a reality within your set budget and timeline. SET A BUDGET. After you define the zones, the most important thing you can do is write out your budget. In fact, this may be done in conjunction with defining your spaces since your budget may or may not allow for work to be done in other areas of the home. Be realistic and include extra funding for hiccups along the way. LINE UP LABOR. If the project is small—or if you are particularly handy—you may be able to do the work yourself. If not, consult with the proper professionals. Be sure to add their fee to your budget. CREATE A TIMELINE. Prepare a sensible timeline and use it as a guide. If you are working with a contractor, designer, or architect, they can help with this. BUILD A MATERIALS LIST. Again, a professional can be a huge help in doing this. If you’re working on the project yourself, remember to count any additional tools you might need to complete the work.

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ORDER MATERIALS. This can be one of the most time-consuming parts of any project. Set aside time in your schedule for this and make sure to check your list twice. PLAN FOR ANY BACK-ORDERED OR DELAYED ITEMS. Inevitably, there are always specified items that are unavailable when you need them. Make a backup plan for these items as soon as you become aware of the delay to prevent the project from stalling down the road. PERFORM REGULAR CHECKUPS. Keep tabs on your budget and timeline as the work begins, or check in with the hired professional who is handling these parts of the job. EVALUATE AND MAKE A PUNCH LIST. When the work is nearing completion, evaluate the end result and make a list of any final touchups, additions, or changes that need to be in place before the work is finished. FOLLOW THROUGH AND ENJOY THE NEW SPACE. Mark those last few items off your punch list, and sit back to enjoy your new space!

GET CREATIVE WITH PAINT

Change the color of your walls or a piece of furniture, or even create a new work of art with a few cans of paint.

SWITCH OUT THE HARDWARE

New knobs and pulls can completely change the look of a piece of furniture or your cabinetry. To prevent filling and re-drilling holes, select hardware that will fit the existing dimensions.

CHANGE OUT ART AND ACCESSORIES Adding new collectibles or art can instantly redefine the mood of a room. Shop the walls and shelves of your home first and think about moving items from one space to another for an update that’s free of charge.

UPDATE THE LIGHTING

To give your room a glow, trade a dated fixture or fan for one that’s more current. Be sure to hire a professional to install the new piece.

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Redirect the flow of traffic or realign a room’s focus by repositioning the furniture. Bonus: This idea won’t cost you a penny.


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A Look Back

Our Favorite Before & Afters As we continue to celebrate our 20th year, our staff revisits some of our most beloved projects through the years. This month, we’re sharing our favorite renovation stories.

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When it came to the renovation of their home, three things emerged as top priorities to the owners of this house on the outskirts of Sheridan: their family, the view of the farmland surrounding their property, and the overall functionality of the house. However, a total renovation wasn't the original reason the couple called on architect Carolyn Lindsey and contractor Greg Dunlap. Initially, they simply wanted to change out the home’s windows, doors, and flooring. “Once we started talking with [the homeowner], he told us that nothing had been done to the home since he moved in more than 20 years ago,” Lindsey explains. Ideas began to flow, and everyone involved quickly realized this was going to be a bigger project than the original “few updates” requested. “They really needed advice on everything from new paint colors to furniture, so that was when we brought in Brittany,” Lindsey says of the addition of interior designer Brittany Nixon to the renovation team. With a constant flow of family and guests, the home needed to feel comfortable and usable. What’s more, the structure itself needed improvements that would allow everyone to gather in the common areas and also to move easily about the space. Inspired by the lush green land just outside the home’s walls, as well as the owners’ collection of Western and rustic-inspired art and accessories, Nixon, Lindsey, and Dunlap set out to turn the couple’s vision into a reality.

MAY 2016 “I loved how the fresh, soft color palette was mixed with fun stripes and prints in this house. It’s so inviting and warm.” —DEBBIE TISSUE, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR

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MAY 2015

“The transformation of this house was incredible! I love how light and open the spaces ended up being, yet the home still has a very classic design. It will not need another remodel for many years to come.” —MEGAN BEARD, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Old World meets cool contemporary in an updated home that’s elegant yet comfortable for family living

Interview: Paulette Pearson Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener

A built-in office space by Renaissance Custom Cabinets simplifies sorting mail. Facing page: Robyn achieved her dream white kitchen (painted Benjamin Moore’s Carrington Beige) with Princess White granite on the island and a backsplash with subway tile from ProSource. Roman shades by Angel Threads feature fabric from Cynthia East Fabrics, the oven and refrigerator are Kitchen Aid, the apron-front sink is Kohler, and hardware is from Restoration Hardware.

The kitchen Lewis addedopens to a comforta ble a mantle to sofa from Cobblest the originalhearth room, where brick fireplace. one & ottoman, and a Cobblest Vine pairs with a Ballard A a Furniture Classics chair.one & Vine velvet crewel Designs pillows tops

Interior designer Garry Mertins equipped the living room in this 1920s Little Rock home with durable furnishings for everyday living, including an American Leather sofa for conversation or lounging and winged chairs by Brueton flanking the fireplace. Dark wood paneling was painted for a dramatically lighter feel; colors throughout are custom Sherwin-Williams.

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aspects of the project that were most From the magazin e tears I collected important to us. white kitchen, and a big, comfort , I knew I wanted a and bathroo able master m suite was bedroom also a priority. What steps did you take to modern kitchen without making it appear ize the 1970s-style KL: Before, stark and it was

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“I remember getting a peek at this house during the photo shoot. Our photographer was on top of her car getting the exterior shot! Not only is this an amazing ‘before and after’ transformation, but this home became so welcoming and charming after its renovation. I especially loved this kitchen, which has built-in seating paired with an antique table. All the natural light, white cabinets, and countertops really updated the space. ” —LAURA LARUE, SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

MAY 2011

We featured this house when the magazine first started and then again in this issue after it had been updated by Garry Mertins. I loved it both times, and it’s still one of my favorites! —JENNIFER HAY, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

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