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SOuthern living CuStOM Builder prOgraM ShOwCaSe hOMe tOur tour the Southern living Custom Builder program Showcase home perched atop a hill in roland’s waterview neighborhood. the Southern living Custom Builder program Showcase home features products from some of the country’s most well-known brands, as well as exhibiting the talents of a number of building craftsmen, under the direction of Southern living Custom Builder program Members Carl henson and Bret Franks.

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Contents m a y 2 015

50 Home


42 Newly A ppointed

11 Finds

Interior designer Krista Lewis reimagines a nondescript home with personal flair and a serene palette

50 R efresher Course

A full-home renovation results in expanded gathering spaces, better functionality, and rooms that live comfortably

60 Heirloom R evival

Interior designer Kathryn LeMaster updates a house that has been home to five generations of one family

With a Twist…

14 L atest

Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches

17 Design

Hardworking Meets High Style

Life 24 H appenings

Events in The Natural State

Renovation Professionals

In Every Issue

8 A Note from the Editor in Chief 72 End Notes

on the cover

A complete renovation transformed a cramped kitchen into a spacious hub for gathering and cooking. Design by Brittany Nixon and Carolyn Lindsey. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 50.

27 Discover Conway

31 R efresh

Woman at Work

36 Gardens Contain Yourself

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Special Section 68 Local Favorites

Vol. 20, No. 4 © 2015 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. Return Undeliverable to Publisher.

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Our May issue is all about remodeling, refreshing, and sprucing up your living spaces and workspaces. I am always amazed by the number of readers that have such great ideas when thinking about ways to improve their environments and bring in their own personal style. In looking around at various projects, I believe the number of repurposed items being used in design work and decorating has never been as great as it is today. If you stop and think about it, I’m sure something you have in your home was reinvented or repurposed to give it a new life. This ‘recycle and reuse’ mindset continues to be at the forefront for many people whom I visit in homes, shops, and restaurants across the state. The most interesting part many times is not the actual item, but its history. More and more, designers and homeowners alike are looking for a piece with “special meaning” to play a role in a room’s design. In years past, many times this meaning was tied to a beloved family member. However, today’s recycled items come from all parts of the world and find their way into every portion of our homes—from the structural supports to functional furnishings that can be used for everyday living and decorative pieces that bring a sense of history to a newly built home. While several of the homes featured in this issue have undergone major transformations to their floor plans, many of the updates are elements that were recreated or brought back to life with only minor decorative changes: a new finish or a couple of yards of an updated fabric. It’s this love of the past and a yearning to recognize one’s history that I find so endearing about the homes of Arkansas—and more importantly—the people who inhabit them.

Chip Jones Editor in Chief

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The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market has earned a spot among the top markets in the nation and was recently voted “America’s Favorite” by American Farmland Trust. We’re open 3 days a week, starting April 4.

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Inspired by these fresh fruit hues, we rounded up our favorite citrus accents. Turn the page to see all of the finds. May 2015 | 11


With A Twist‌ Squeeze a bit more fun into your interiors with accents in shades of orange, lemon, and lime PRODUCERS Tiffany Adams and Norma Edwards PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Martin

Tangerine garden stool with lion’s head side impressions and intricate cutout detailing. Embellish, Little Rock, (501) 223-6965

Yellow, green, and orange 8-by-10-inch frames. Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251,

Lemon- and lime-themed cotton kitchen towels. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367,

Orange, handmade glass spheres. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,

Silk, citrus-hued pillow with down fill. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400 Trio of green, textured-glass decanters. Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900, 12 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015

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Style/Latest Vintage Cargo

Owners Stan DuBois and Jeff Chapman have moved their popular store, Vintage Cargo, to Fayetteville. The home décor destination and boutique, which was previously located in Eureka Springs, is now in the former location of Sara Kathryn’s on North Mission. Prior to moving in, the team completed a full renovation of the store to give it their signature spin. Inside you’ll find the same eclectic and vintage pieces the store has long been known for as well as quality lines—including Vietri and Jan Barboglio—a huge selection of high-end candles, bath and body products, women’s accessories, and, of course, the cut-and-color station known as The Salon at Vintage Cargo. 600 North Mission Boulevard, Fayetteville, (479) 253-5943,


The owner of Little Rock’s Botanica Gardens, design and gardening authority Chris H. Olsen, recently opened a new wholesale-to-the-public garden center. Plantopia, found in the former location of Lakewood Gardens in North Little Rock, carries a huge selection of trees, shrubs, seasonal color, perennials, containers, and bulk materials as well as Olsen’s exclusive Arkansas-grown plant line and furniture designs, which are both sold under the Jhemajang (hem-a-jang) brand. While the nursery opened on April 4, they will host an official grand opening party on Friday, May 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 3101 North Hills Boulevard, North Little Rock, (501) 812-5900,

The Painted Tree Vintage Market

Bryant has a unique, new shopping destination for vintage, handcrafted, and repurposed goods. The Painted Tree Vintage Market has more than 100 booths filled with one-of-a-kind finds from vendors with a passion for home décor. You’ll find everything you need to update your home, from furniture to artwork and accessories, in the 30,000-square-foot showroom. Visit the coffee bar and lounge for a break from browsing or drop in on Saturdays when they have live music from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you’re interested in creating your own work of art, visit their website for a list of painting classes on Monday nights. Take the eastbound access road off of I-30 to visit them today. 24351 I-30, Bryant, (501) 205-1330,

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Hardworking Meets High Style Now you don’t have to choose between performance and style. Transform the look of your home, inside and out, with the latest offerings in doors, windows, and hardware Producer Ashley Gill Photography Courtesy of Vendors

Dress up your home’s front entrance with the “Tuscany Light” double entry door set. Fulllength, sandblasted glass panels, a dark copper finish, and detailed scrollwork all contribute to its elegant, traditional appeal. Arkansas Custom Iron Doors,

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update your look: Hardware







1/ For a traditional-style kitchen, chose Hardware Resources’ “Marvella” collection (shown in Oil Rubbed Bronze), which features scrollwork on a diamond-shaped form. 2/ Hardware Resources’ new “Anwick” collection, shown here in Brushed Pewter, is a modern, utilitarian take on knobs. (Styles 1 and 2 can be found at Inside Effects, inside-effects. com; Kitchen and Bath Concepts,; Kitchen Distributors,; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium; PC Hardware,; Ridout Lumber Company, 3/ Top Knobs’ “Trevi” cup pull, seen here in a Pewter Antique finish, is a nod to old world style. 4/ With the Chareau collection, Top Knobs offers hardware that will bejewel your cabinetry. Clear crystal is inlaid into the top of an emerald-faceted body, available in four finishes. (Styles 3 and 4 can be found at Advanced Bath & Kitchen,; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths,; Duke Custom Cabinets,; Garry Mertins Design,; Inside Effects,; Lighting Emporium,; Lumber One Home Center,; PC Hardware,; Ridout Lumber Company,; TEC Electric, 5/ In response to growing demand, Emtek is now offering a brushed brass finish for many of its hardware options. 6/ Crystal cabinet knobs in a variety of silhouettes and colors—a new introduction from Emtek—are sure to add a touch of glitz to your furniture or cabinetry. (Styles 5 and 6 can be found at Kaufman Lumber,; Lighting Emporium,; PC Hardware,; Sanders Plumbing Supply,; TEC Electric,

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1/ Square sticking allows for a simple interior sightline, thus creating a beautiful and clean viewing frame. This feature is now available on nearly all Marvin products, including the casement window shown here. Barton’s, bartons-lumber. com; Kaufman Lumber,; Pro Window & Door, 2/ JELD-WEN’s Siteline® wood windows offer enhanced efficiency, performance, and endurance at an affordable price point. Dream Home Gallery,; PRO Millwork Inc.,; SCI Millwork, 3/ The Contemporary Collection, by Weather Shield® is a suite of windows and doors with narrow profile components for a modern appearance and more exposed glass—ideal for custom homes with panoramic views. Caubble Building Products, (870) 972-0143; The Millwork Co.,; S&S Home Center,; Valley Building Products, 4/ Therma-Tru’s new Smooth-Star eight-foot doors allow builders and remodelers to capitalize on trends toward taller ceiling heights. Davis Cash Lumber, (501) 745-6801; Lumber One,; Ridout Lumber Company, 5/ The Pella Architect Series® collection offers the look of the historic patio doors of yesteryear built with today’s technology and convenience. One option is Pella’s patented Integral Light Technology®, combining the traditional look of true divided light with today’s superior energy efficiency. Pella Windows and Doors,

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Events From Around The Natural State 23rd Annual Mayhaw Festival

The Little Craft Show may 30 • springdale

Head to Shiloh Square in downtown Springdale for The Little Craft Show’s first-ever spring event. Founded in 2011 by Amber and Jonathan Perrodin of Perrodin Supply Co. as an outlet to sell their own wares, the event—which has previously been held only during the holiday season—has grown into one of the state’s most popular fairs. Featuring a limited number of juried, indie craft makers, you’ll find booths selling photography, prints, paper goods, jewelry, pottery, clothing, vintage finds, and more. Along with the more than 60 craft vendors, you can also enjoy fare from local eateries. Free admission. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 100 Block of East Emma Avenue, Springdale,

Bentonville Fine Art Show may 9 & 10 • bentonville

Featuring a wide array of art—including paintings, fine graphics, quilts, and sculptures—by master and contemporary African-American artists, the Bentonville Fine Art Show promises to delight art enthusiasts. The event will be held at the MaJesty Republic Art Gallery along Bentonville’s Square, and all pieces from the show are for sale. What’s more, a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Dress for Success® Northwest Arkansas, which provides career development and interview suits for low-income women. Free admission. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday. 109 North Main Street, Bentonville, (479) 366-7205

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Join in the fun in South Arkansas at the 23rd Annual Mayhaw Festival. Held in celebration of the area’s popular Mayhaw trees, which produce beautiful berries during this time of year, the festival offers activities for the entire family. Enjoy live music, craft vendors, a car and bike show, 10K and 5K races, rock climbing, a breakfast featuring biscuits with Mayhaw jelly, and more. (870) 862-9890,

Greek Food Festival may 15-17 • little rock

Opa! Don’t miss Little Rock’s 30th Annual Greek Food Festival held over the course of the weekend at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in West Little Rock. Watch traditional Greek dancing, shop specialty foods and wares at the Old World Market, and—of course— taste the food! Enjoy a variety of authentic dishes including baklava, gyros, calamari, Greek salads, Greek pizza, and more. Drive-thru available. Free admission and parking. 1100 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock,

Berry & Flower Picking

Starting Mid-May • Wye Mountain

“When William ‘Slim’ Tucker Discovered the Crossroads” by Najee Dorsey

Pick your own locally grown blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, as well as an assortment of flowers. Open Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – noon. Please call ahead for daily availability and picking updates. Wye Mountain Flowers & Berries, LLC, 20309 AR-113, Roland, (501) 330-1906,

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Conway is filled with merriment during the month of May. From college and high school graduation celebrations to the highly anticipated Toad Suck Daze festival, there are plenty of reasons to visit this centrally located jewel. Whether you’re in town for a day or call the city home, read on for a few of our favorite stops. LOCAL FINDS To start the day, head for Oak Street and the historic downtown Conway area. Make Bell & Sward (501-504-6880,, the well-stocked gentlemen’s clothier, your first stop. Here, you’ll find the latest in menswear, from casual dress to fine suits. Owners Zanette Bell and Erik Sward have filled the shop with high-quality lines including Southern Point Co., Peter Millar, Criquet, Collared Greens ties, and Ballin leather goods. In addition, they are now carrying the newly revitalized Duck Head line, which is made in the U.S.A. You’ll love the interior of the store which has exposed brick and mortar, hardwood flooring, and leather furniture— giving it a natural, masculine feel that perfectly complements the store’s selections. After outfitting the men in your life, walk a couple of doors down to White Goat (501-504-6643, This open and airy home boutique, which also has a location in Little Rock, offers a wide selection of furniture, custom

artwork, and one-of-a-kind “found” accessories. Choose your favorite Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to try on pieces at home, or attend one of the in-store classes to learn the techniques from the trained staff. White Goat also offers bridal registry featuring Juliska tableware. If you’re in need of a quick gift idea, shop their selection of candles, bath soaps, and design books. Continuing down charming Oak Street, you’ll find Grand on Oak (501-499-6436, Just beyond the cheerful yellow-and-white striped awning is one of the area’s most unique boutiques. Offering everything from clothing, handbags, and sunglasses to fragrances and candles, Grand on Oak strives to make every shopper feel special, while helping her look her best. You’ll find such sought-after lines as Frye, Lola & Sophie, Johnny Was, Muche & Muchette, Michael Stars, and—a new addition—the Bare Minerals makeup line. May 2015 | 27

Life/Discover make it home If you call Conway home—or are looking to move to the area—we know just the place to find stylish, affordable, and quality furnishings: H3 Home + Décor (501-327-6523, Formerly Hambuchen Home Furnishings, this family-owned and operated business has been a part of Conway for three generations. Their recently renovated showroom features lines such as La-Z-Boy, Flexsteel, Hickory, Stanley, and Bernhardt. You’ll find contemporary and traditional pieces as well as a great selection of accessories for every room. Don’t miss the O.W. Lee Co. line of made-in-America outdoor furniture, which offers custom finish and upholstery options. If you’re considering a renovation or working on a new-construction home, design help is just a phone call away. Contact Tami Risinger of Risinger Interiors (501-454-2575) for a fullservice consultation. Known for her clean, transitional style, she can use her knowledge of both residential and commercial interiors to transform your home or office space. Based in Conway, she consults with clients throughout the region and is sure to give your space a look every bit as charming and personable as she is.

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Don’t Miss Conway’s Most Popular Festival! Toad Suck Daze

May 1 - 3 • conway Home to “The World Championship Toad Races,” this family friendly festival, which is held annually during the first weekend of May, isn’t just for frogs. You’ll find arts-and-crafts and food vendors as well as a 5K and 10K, a golf tournament, local and nationally known entertainment and a carnival. Free admission.

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woman at work Designer Jennifer Huett employs a blush and gold palette, chic accessories, and simple-yet-sophisticated DIY projects to set up shop in her new Hot Springs office

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A pair of vintage Ethan Allen chairs (the second of the two sits behind her desk) that once belonged to Huett’s grandmother, whom she affectionately refers to as “Granny,” were re-covered with a geometricprint gray-and-white fabric to give their traditional form a more contemporary spin. Huett made the gold-and-white artwork behind the chair by attaching a piece of Tempaper (a stickon, repositionable wallpaper) to a large canvas, and painting a gold border around its edge. White built-in units hold a mix of design samples and favorite collectibles.

have never had my own personal office,” Jennifer Huett of House to Home exclaims joyfully. The designer, who works on projects around the state, recently experienced a surge in her interior design requests and decided to put her focus on that aspect of her business. To align with this concentration, she moved to a new location that has a smaller retail showroom, but allows for a dedicated office where she can meet with clients and do design work. “I really wanted my office to be a reflection of me,” she notes, explaining her choice of the blush pink color scheme and feminine accessories. What’s more, Huett wanted to put her own creativity to good use by incorporating DIY projects throughout the space. From a flea-market-find-turned-chic ottoman, to pastel artwork handmade by Huett’s young daughters, the entire office is meant to keep the designer motivated and inspired with its highly personalized flair. “I don’t push my design style on clients. I love an array of styles, and I think that really comes across in the mix of pieces in this office,” she adds. Read on to learn more about how she created her dream workspace. 32 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015

I love an array of styles, and I think that really comes across in the mix of pieces in this office. — j e n n i fe r h u e t t

Eclectic Mix A basic, black, four-tier shelving unit from furniture retailer IKEA got a glam treatment thanks in part to a can of lustrous gold spray paint. Fashionable accessories, including a pair of blush-hued acrylic antlers, retro-inspired mirrors, a ghost chair, and Huett’s collection of design books all add to the space’s custom and sophisticated appeal.

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Huett and her young daughters worked together to create the sweet, pastel, framed prints seen near the desk. They started by making drawings with colored chalk, and then they cut hearts from tin foil and attached them to the paper with a glue stick. Small, decorative silver cubes, which attach to the wall with built-in screws, echo the silver of the heart cutouts. May 2015 | 35



yourself Plant hardy, easy-to-grow staples—including ivy, ferns, and geraniums—to create classic container groupings that will last the season S to ry: t i f fa n y a da m s P h oto g r a p h y: r e t t p e e k St yling: chip jones

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Some things never go out of style. When it comes to planting containers, the combination of vivid red geraniums and green foliage have been a popular, beloved pairing for decades. What’s more, they leave an ever-cheerful impression on guests while giving your porch or garden an Americana feel. Thanks to the size and convenience of these planters almost anyone can pot the combinations shown here. “So many people are living in condos and patio homes now, and with containers there’s no limit to what you can grow based on your space. You can do traditional flowers and even add vegetables and herbs, too. You can really have a garden anywhere,” says David Munsey III, general manager of Little Rock’s Better Lawns & Gardens. With this thought in mind, Munsey and his father, David Munsey Jr., founder and owner of the business, put together several container groupings that you can plant now and—with proper care and maintenance— enjoy until the first chill of fall arrives.

At varying heights and diameters, a grouping of three terracotta planters filled with ‘Patriot Bright Red’ geraniums work together to create a display with plenty of visual interest. The casual pots are a natural tie-in for the rustic, down-home swing and traditional white porch. Facing page: Potted geraniums line this home’s entry steps to welcome guests. A ‘Boston Tiger’ fern, which features stripes that inspired its name, sits at the top in contrast to the dark green foliage of the ivy and traditional ‘Boston’ ferns.

“With proper lining and drainage holes, you can create a container out of just about anything,” David Munsey Jr. says. This grouping includes an old washtub, a vintage ice cream freezer, and a basket for an antiquechic spin on traditional planters. Here, cool season lettuces mix with herbs, marigolds, and geraniums to make an edible-meetsornamental display. When warmer days arrive, change out the cool season plantings for summer vegetables.

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Newly appointed interior Designer Krista Lewis revamps a nondescript home in West Little Rock to create a richly personalized dwelling for her brother and his young family S to ry: a s h l e y g i ll

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The dining room serves as a perfect example of Lewis’s approach of breathing new life into a rather formal space by keeping the color palette serene and soothing and introducing artwork and accents that have a more contemporary feel. Ornate carving and detail in the mirror, buffet, lamps, and chairs is counter-balanced by their airy, antiqued finishes. A china hutch (seen here in the reflection of the mirror) features a custom-painted backing in Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue, which compliments the blue tone in the Thibaut wallcovering. Facing page: Contrasting finishes add visual interest in the kitchen, and new light fixtures create a more proportional relationship between the furnishings and the scale of the room. 44 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015


here comes a time when the mismatched and makeshift décor you’ve acquired through various life transitions simply no longer fits your lifestyle or taste level. That was the case when Heather and Scott Allmendinger, along with their two young children, Vivian (6) and Croix (4), set out to purchase and furnish a home where they could picture themselves living long-term. Even before buying a new place, the couple turned to Scott’s sister, interior designer Krista Lewis, for guidance. “They were ready to move into a house where they could put down roots and be comfortable for a long time,” Lewis says. Having an expert in the family certainly has its perks, and Lewis guided the couple through the process of choosing—and then renovating—their new home. Lewis gave her stamp of approval to this particular house, because, she says, “the basic floor plan was ideal.” Though it didn’t need many major structural changes, Heather and Scott “were eager to personalize the space,” she adds. Prioritizing Heather’s fondness for formal interiors, Scott’s desire for the home to be optimally functional, and the couple’s shared love of hosting friends and family, Lewis created a deeply meaningful setting for this next chapter in their lives.

Palette Cleanse

Lewis’s design clients gravitate to her signature casualcomfortable design style, and—as Heather was selecting

her favorite images from design books and magazines—the designer noticed that “her taste leans more formal, with lots of dressy textiles.” Country-French décor, therefore, became the decorative aesthetic that united the visions of both designer and homeowner. Though the Allmendingers favor a very traditional style of furnishings, Lewis intentionally kept the atmosphere youthful, in order to best represent the family’s vibrant spirit. The designer’s key to keeping the tenor of the design from being overly serious was carrying an airy and fresh color palette throughout the floor plan. “The home is primarily done in light taupes, warm whites, blues, and gold,” Lewis says, and “the master bedroom is celadon, rose, and taupe, because Heather really wanted a touch of pink somewhere in the home.” The luxurious master bathroom is almost entirely neutral with gold accents.

Hospitable Home

Because the Allmendingers entertain frequently, for different sizes and types of gatherings, they required a variety of spaces that would serve this purpose. The formal dining room offers an atmosphere of easy refinement, featuring a damask wallcovering by Thibaut, an oversized mirror with a gilded frame—which hangs above a distressed painted buffet—and custom pinchpleated silk draperies in a checkered pattern that follow the contour of the graceful, arched window. May 2015 | 45


A green, flame stitch, accent pillow fabric by Schumacher and a celadon velvet bench brighten the master bedroom’s neutral envelope of cream and taupe. Facing page: In a flourish of sweet sentiment, the touch of pink Heather requested during her consultations with Lewis appears in the upholstery of a delicate armchair she inherited from her grandmother.

The living room, similarly, layers texture and pattern for an elegant effect. Antiqued mirrors, exquisite silk drapery panels, and glimmering gold finishes throughout the room imbue the palette of blues and yellows with a reflective sheen. The sofa and two club chairs are tailored and traditional, while select accent fabrics lend a slightly more contemporary attitude; for instance, a high-contrast chevron pattern livens up the two upholstered armchairs situated fireside. The kitchen, an adjacent keeping room, and the fully updated screened back porch are better suited to casual entertaining and everyday family living.

Private Luxuries

One of the most private spaces in the Allmendingers’ home—the master bathroom—ended up being the most sumptuous of all. To achieve the “high-end hotel feel” the couple wanted, a major transformation was necessary. “We didn’t change the layout of the plumbing fixtures, but by enclosing the shower and selecting new finishes from top to bottom [it] feels like a completely different space,” Lewis says. The existing base cabinetry was repainted and topped with quartzite countertops. The redesign makes the space feel more intimate and private, whereas, before, the room felt 46 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015

too open and exposed for comfort. Gold leaf was applied to the mirror frames to match the Visual Comfort light fixtures, and an inset marble mosaic—an idea drawn from Heather’s inspiration images—embellishes the porcelain-tiled floor.

Meaningful Mementos

The design details of the Allmendinger home that are the most personalized are also the most personal to the family. For instance, the painting of a pelican that hangs above the living room fireplace is by Louisiana artist Elaine Gleason and serves as a reminder of Heather and Scott’s engagement (which took place in New Orleans) as does the grouping of mixed-media crosses by Helen Bolin—another Louisiana artist—that hangs above the skirted console table in the same room. The touch of pink Heather requested appears in the upholstery of a delicate armchair she inherited from her grandmother and which now sits in her bedroom—a daily reminder of a much-beloved family member. It is at these intersections of personal style and personal memories that Lewis says she can see the higher value of a truly unique home design: “I love that they personalize the space and bring such happy memories to the house.”

“They were ready to move into a house where they could put down roots and be comfortable for a long time.” —krista lewis

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Know Thyself

To define your personal style, find images from books, magazines, and social media that catch your eye. Look at all of your favorite images together to see what themes emerge. These common characteristics of the spaces you find inspiring are exactly the elements you should incorporate into your design solutions.


Display Your Collections

The treasures we collect tell the story of our values, interests, and hobbies. Displaying them in your home will bring those parts of your inner self to light. Plus, grouping many similar objects together in one place can make a big decorative impact. Consider this tip when designing personalized spaces for kids, too!

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Choose Art that you love

Original artwork is a perfect way to infuse your home with your unique taste. Invest in pieces that you find both beautiful and meaningful, and you’re sure to keep them forever.

Showcase Your Heirlooms

Instill a deep sense of character and history in your home by bringing inherited furnishings and objects out of storage and into full view. Seeing and using cherished pieces is often a better way to honor the memory of loved ones and times past than stowing them away.

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In order to make the porch a more attractive and hospitable gathering place for the family, Lewis replaced the green Astroturf floors with antique bricks, which she had cut into pavers. Facing page: Removing the master bathroom’s shower stall and building walls around the shower area created a niche for the bathtub that gives the space a more enclosed, private atmosphere. Framed intaglios, a starburst mirror, and a Visual Comfort chandelier—along with the other warm, gold accents—help to establish the feeling of luxuriousness the couple envisioned for the room.

Design Resources Interior design Krista Lewis, K. Lewis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 952-6952, Contractor Jon Callahan, Callahan Construction, Jacksonville, (501) 837-3575, Accessories Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; K. Lewis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 9526952,; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886,; Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400, Art Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; K. Lewis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 952-6952,; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, Bedding, carpet, fabrics, fixtures, hardware, lighting, mirrors, and wallpaper K. Lewis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 952-6952, Cabinets—bathroom, millwork, and painting Callahan Construction, Jacksonville, (501) 837-3575, Countertops—bathroom Pacific Shore Stones, Mabelvale, (501) 455-3600, Flooring—master bath Inside Effects, North Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, Flooring—outdoor area Acme Brick, locations throughout Arkansas, Florals Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, Framing The Showroom, Little Rock, (501) 372-7373, Furniture Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; K. Lewis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 952-6952, Lampshades—custom The Shade Above, Little Rock, (501) 374-3555, Outdoor furnishings and rugs Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; K. Lewis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 952-6952, Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide,; Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Painting—decorative Angelfish, Little Rock, (501) 960-4826, Upholstery Howard’s Upholstery, Little Rock, (501) 225-0476 Window coverings—dining room Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216; Pam Meredith Sewing, Lonoke, (501) 266-2325 May 2015 | 49



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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 2015 | 51


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that matched the home’s environment.

furniture placement to reflect the owners’ casual, comfortable lifestyle. Result: Refurbishing key pieces the couple already owned brought the rooms up to date without replacing every item in the home. For example, the breakfast nook's existing dining set received a facelift complete with a new finish and reupholstered chairs. In the living room, multiple seating areas allow for a conversation space, chairs and a couch invite guests to watch television, and a separate nook at the far end can be used for reading—all within one space.

Result: “Previously, the kitchen and living space were separate rooms, both with dark, stained-wood finishes. We brightened up the living space by removing the paneling, and took down the wall between the two areas to let the light pour in from the breakfast room’s windows,” Lindsey explains. When selecting paint colors and fabric swatches, Nixon turned to the landscape for cues. “Tying the elements of the outside to the inside was hugely important, and this is reflected in the color scheme. In the spring and summer, you can see the correlation between the colors. Without it being literal, I was trying to connect the two,” she says of the home’s palette, which includes shades of gray, blue, green, and white.

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traffic patterns Request: Eliminate the home’s compartmentalized spaces and give it a streamlined, cohesive flow. Result: Removing the expansive wall that separated the kitchen from the living area, created one large gathering space that allows the family to interact whether they are cooking dinner or watching a ball game. “Because they are so family oriented, an open floor plan was the first thing that came to mind when they started talking about how they envisioned being together and using the home,” Nixon says. Additionally, a furnace was relocated, allowing for a hallway to create an opening between the dining room and kitchen. The dining room was previously a dead-end room, but moving the furnace and creating the walkway brought it back into the flow of the home—making it easy to cook in the kitchen and entertain in the dining room. 54 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015

workable hub Request: Make the kitchen more functional for cooking and dining, and create more storage space. Result: A large island was installed to serve as a defined work and eating zone. Its extra-deep construction provides the couple with more storage for serving pieces and cookware. Because the kitchen had only one wall for upper cabinets, Nixon and Lindsey used the space wisely by bringing the cabinetry surrounding the cooktop all the way down to the countertops. “When we open a kitchen up to the living room we like to provide a space for everything behind doors to keep the counters uncluttered,” Lindsey notes. Large appliance garages hide a coffeemaker, toaster, and blender, while still keeping them close at hand. Perhaps the biggest change in terms of functionality was eliminating a home office that sat at one end of the kitchen. Nixon and Lindsey cleverly relocated the office’s necessities to the master bedroom and transformed this area into a concealed pantry that is accessible through what appear to be oversized cabinetry panel doors. This entry blends seamlessly with the panels on the full-size freezer and refrigerator, which are located on either side of the pantry entrance. Storage was also maximized here: “The pantry is really large, so it becomes the overflow of kitchen, but it remains very concealed,” Nixon notes. Incorporating a countertop inside the walk-in pantry also allows for a prep-work or baking station, adding to the convenience and efficient use of space.


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master plan Request: Realign the master bedroom in a more symmetrical manner. Give it—and the adjoining bath—a style refresh. Result: Repositioning the bedroom’s windows allowed the bed to be centered on the back wall and for bedside tables to be placed near the windows on either side of it. Leveling off the room’s former tray ceiling makes the space feel less condensed. Additionally, the design team transformed the portion of the room near the back window from a sitting area into the couple’s office. Streamlined, transitional pieces replaced a bulky furniture set. In the bath, the existing tub was given a facelift, and a new shower was installed. A brilliant white palette lends a clean, refreshing feel to the shared space.


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“I love taking an old house that doesn’t function well and breathing new life into it to make it work for the owners.”

—carolyn lindsey

welcome friends Request: Create cheerful guest rooms that can accommodate a crowd. Result: The goal was to sleep as many people as possible in the house, since grandchildren and guests visit frequently. To do this, Nixon maximized sleeping space in one of the home’s two guest rooms by using two full-size beds that could sleep four people in one room. Several elements, including a punched-up version of the home’s color scheme and easy-to-replace FLOR carpet tiles, make it a top pick for the youngest visitors.

Design Resources Architect Carolyn Lindsey, Yeary Lindsey Architects, Little Rock, (501) 372-5940, Contractor Greg Dunlap Construction, Sheridan, (870) 917-9315 Interior design Brittany Nixon, Brittany Nixon Creative, Little Rock, (501) 247-7828, Kitchen and bath design Carolyn Lindsey, Yeary Lindsey Architects, Little Rock, (501) 372-5940,; Brittany Nixon, Brittany Nixon Creative, Little Rock, (501) 247-7828, Accessories Brittany Nixon Creative, Little Rock, (501) 247-7828,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Coming Home Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-3131; Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Art Brittany Nixon Creative, Little Rock, (501) 247-7828,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; M2 Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 225-6271,; White Goat, Conway, (501) 504-6643, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460, Bedding—custom Sew Much by Monica Smith, Little Rock, (501) 952-3768 58 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015


Cabinets R&B Cabinets, Sheridan, (870) 917-9482 Countertops AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (501) 262-1622, Fabrics, fixtures, mirrors, tile, wallpaper, and windows Brittany Nixon Creative, Little Rock, (501) 247-7828, Fireplace—insert Congo Fireplace & Patio, Benton, (501) 316-4328, Flooring Ozark Hardwood Flooring, Marshall, (870) 448-5775, Furniture and lighting Brittany Nixon Creative, Little Rock, (501) 247-7828,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 6644249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Furniture—custom headboards and window coverings Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 Hardware Brittany Nixon Creative, Little Rock, (501) 247-7828,; PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 707-0600, Millwork Brown Millwork, Sheridan, (870) 942-5224 Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Rugs C&F Flooring, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 2193676,; Hadidi Rug & Design Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 225-8999, Upholstery Robby Chism Upholstery, Little Rock, (501) 257-7932

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I n t er i o r d e s i g n er K at h ry n L eM a s t er h el ps a L i t t l e R o c k h o m eow n er r e v i v e a h o u s e h er fa m i ly h a s c a l l ed h o m e fo r f i v e g en er at i o n s

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To live in a home that has housed five generations of your family would have been none too remarkable a century ago, but in 2015, it’s a true rarity. Little Rock-native Lynn Baker found herself in this fortunate position after inheriting her childhood home from her parents. “The house was built in 1930, and my dad’s family moved here in 1939, when he was 10,” Baker says. She goes on to explain that her father’s own grandparents also lived in the home with them during that time, and the house was then purchased by her parents after they were married. Additionally, she and her brother, along with his daughter (Baker’s niece), had both lived in the home at one time or another before it became solely hers.

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Through all of those years and the numerous family-member residents, the house had only been renovated once—when her parents made an addition to it in the 1990s. “It was time for an update,” says Baker, who searched the Internet to find interior designer Kathryn LeMaster, whom she then hired. “I knew I wanted someone who was ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)-certified because my grandmother was a designer and was a member. Kathryn got right back to me and as they say, ‘the rest is history,’” Baker recounts. Considering both the home’s rich field of memories and the current owner’s needs, LeMaster crafted a thoughtful design that not only honors the past, but will also last for generations to come. May 2015 | 61

In the den, which was part of the 1990s addition to the home, a mix of custom and ready-made pieces made good use of the budget and contribute to the home’s transitional style. For example, original artwork, a made-to-order sectional, and custom draperies blend with a pair of X benches that were found online and antique end tables Baker inherited. Facing page, top: The formerly dark and dated kitchen received a complete overhaul that resulted in a light, user-friendly space. New cabinetry, appliances, and a dedicated prep station make cooking for a crowd simple.

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The home’s laundry was formerly housed in a small room just off the kitchen. After relocating the washer and dryer to a spacious closet area adjacent to the master bedroom, LeMaster transformed this nook into a home office by adding storage and a ledge-style desk.



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P r i o r to t h e s ta r t o f t h e p r oj ec t, L eM a s t er c r e at ed t h i s r en d er i n g to g i v e t h e h o m eow n er a b e t t er u n d er s ta n d i n g o f t h e u p dat ed f lo o r p l a n a n d co lo r s c h e m e , w h i c h b ot h co n t r i b u t e to t h e e a s y, co m fo r ta b l e f low o f t h e h o u s e .

items budget-wise,” LeMaster says. For example, Baker opted for a custom CR Laine sectional in the den, while the room’s ottomans were an inexpensive online find that were then reupholstered. These pieces, paired with antique side tables Baker already owned, create a mix of high and low. Aside from the furnishings, it was also important to Baker to make functional changes that will prove to be a smart investment over time. “I want to be here for 20 years if I can,” she notes. With this in mind, LeMaster completely reworked the flow of the master bath to better serve Baker’s needs. “Originally, this was a Jack-and-Jill bath, so we closed off the second opening and created a private water closet. We also added built-in linen storage in that new space.” With these functional improvements, there also came some luxurious upgrades. “I splurged on heated floors. There are some places you want to spend your money, but others you can save, and I said let’s find a place to save it somewhere else,” Baker laughs. Other deluxe features include a bench in the shower, a television concealed in the side of the bath’s cabinetry tower, and a small vanity area for applying makeup.

Collected and Curated “We tried to do a mix of old and new,” LeMaster says of the approach she took to the design. “I didn’t sell everything and start over,” Baker adds. For instance, the paneling in the den is original to the home’s 1990s addition and stands in juxtaposition to newly acquired contemporary artwork and a clear, acrylic fan for an eclectic vibe. “The painting in the den was a found piece done by artist V. Noe,” LeMaster notes. “It was such a perfect fit that it looks like we had it commissioned.” A number of the furnishings in the home were either family pieces that had been handed down through the years or ones that Baker brought from her previous residence. LeMaster worked with these existing elements while also infusing new life into the space with eye-catching fabrics and accessories. Perhaps this is most strikingly evident in the master bedroom, where an heirloom painting became the jumping off point for the room’s color scheme. Its various shades of yellow and gray inspired LeMaster to find similarly hued fabrics for the draperies and custom bedding. Budget Wise A combination of vintage and current selections weren’t the only design elements that pose a contrast. “We also layered in different 64 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015

Personal Preferences Since her family has enjoyed such a rich history in the home, it was important to Baker to celebrate this, while still making the rooms her own. In the kitchen, new open shelving crafted from cypress boards offers a place to display sentimental figurines. Similarly, cabinetry panels that were set aside in the kitchen renovation were repurposed to create a small china cabinet for treasured pieces in Baker’s new home office (which was formerly the laundry room). The palette in one of the home’s guest rooms is also indicative of Baker’s style. “She told me at the very beginning of the project that she definitely wanted a purple room. So that was the starting point,” LeMaster says of the lilac-hued walls and fabrics in the home’s front guest bedroom. Carrying the refresh throughout the spaces, LeMaster also worked her magic on a charming porch that Baker used previously for storage. “She is such a green thumb, so she wanted a space that could be her workroom,” LeMaster says. “She had a vision of a garden oasis.” Working with contractor Tim Hankins, who came up with the idea of using a metal washtub for a creative and industrial take on a sink, the attached porch was transformed into a potting room. “She worked around my quirky requests,” Baker says, of her relationship with LeMaster—one which, perhaps, has resulted in a home with enough history and charm to last for another century.


A piece of inherited artwork (seen over the bed) inspired the palette and furnishings in the master bedroom. Baker opted to keep the home’s original windows and charming louvered shutters, but she had new storm windows installed for efficiency. In the master bath, a combination tub and shower was replaced with a luxurious built-in shower complete with a bench. The pastel color scheme gives the two spaces a cohesive flow.


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Design Resources Architect Tim Hankins Construction, LLC, Little Rock, (501) 940-1200 Interior design Kathryn J. LeMaster, Allied ASID, Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, LLC, North Little Rock, (501) 626-0267, Landscape design Andrew Kenley and Kyle Melton, Natural State Horticare, Sherwood, (501) 350-7583, Accessories Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, LLC, North Little Rock, (501) 626-0267,; Mid-Towne Antique Mall, Little Rock, (501) 223-3600, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Art Rita Henry, Gallery 26, Little Rock, (501) 664-8996; V. Noe (Vivian Noe Griffith) Conway, (501) 514-5166 Bedding—custom and window coverings Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, LLC, North Little Rock, (501) 626-0267,; Sew Much by Monica Smith, Little Rock, (501) 952-3768 Cabinets, millwork, and painting Tim Hankins Construction, LLC, Little Rock, (501) 940-1200 Countertops The Countertop Store, North Little Rock, (501) 771-9200,; Top That, LLC, Hot Springs, (501) 624-5914, 66 At Home in Arkansas | May 2015

Fabrics Designer Effects, Little Rock, (501) 661-4070,; Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, LLC, North Little Rock, (501) 6260267, Fixtures Southern Pipe & Supply, locations statewide, Flooring Hardwood Floors by Kyle Scruggs, Little Rock, (501) 690-6848 Framing M2 Gallery & Framing, Little Rock, (501) 225-6271, Furniture, lighting, mirrors, and wallpaper Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, LLC, North Little Rock, (501) 626-0267, Glass West Little Rock Glass, Little Rock, (501) 223-3034, Hardware Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, LLC, North Little Rock, (501) 626-0267,; PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724, Rugs Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460;; Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, LLC, North Little Rock, (501) 626-0267, Tile Inside Effects, North Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, Upholstery Howard’s Upholstery, Little Rock, (501) 225-0476 Windows—storm Griffis Gentry Glass, Bauxite, (501) 952-9153

What served as a porch when Baker was growing up in the home is now a dedicated potting room and garden work area. Slats along the bottom of the wall can be opened to allow for ventilation during warmer months, while beautiful arched windows provide light year-round. Facing page: The front guest bedroom reflects the design philosophy of the entire home with a mix of old and new as well as custom and ready-made pieces.


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End Notes

Good things are worth the wait. While May might be known as National Asparagus Month, the traditional spring dish you’ll likely enjoy this season didn’t mature overnight. In fact, it takes two to three years from the time the initial seeds are sown to realize a harvest—making the simple green stalks a work of art in their own right.

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