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Trendsetting Designers of 2015


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February 25-27, 2015

Bunny Williams and Brian Patrick Flynn to Speak at the Event of the Year for Interior Design Bloggers!

“First let me say that I am so glad I invested in attending the Design Bloggers Conference and after spending some time reflecting my 3 days of learning and networking, I can honestly say that I’m going to be a better business owner, person AND blogger because of the conference.”

Join interior design bloggers, new media innovators, and interior design industry leaders for the fifth annual Design Bloggers Conference — the premiere conference and experience for professionals actively using or interested in learning about new media and the interior design industry. This conference is a runaway success and brings you a unique opportunity to participate in the intersection of interior design with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more. We invite all our fellow interior design bloggers to attend! Our conference has sold out in previous

— Shelly Dozier-Mckee, ConfettiStyle

years and we were forced to turn down registrations, so register sooner than later if you want to be sure to be part of this year’s event.

“My overall feeling about DBC is that anyone who is a blogger should go to this. Although the conference speakers are from the design business, the blogging tips and tricks are relevant to all bloggers. Since this is my second year, I can confidently say that this is my annual resurgence for blogging.” — Garrison Hullinger Interior Designers

“So, how was the Design Bloggers Conference? On the whole, I have to say it was pretty friggin’ awesome!” — Laurel Bern, Laurel Home

Bunny Williams is a designer with a modern vision, a

sense of history, and the confidence to take the unexpected path. Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Williams’ style is classic, but never predictable.

Brian Patrick Flynn is an American television producer turned interior designer. Brian combined his design and decorating skills with his television production experience to create FlynnsideOut Productions, a full service production company specializing in lifestyle-related content.

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Transitional Elegance for Today’s Lifestyles

CONTENTS J A N U A R Y/ F E B r U A R Y 2 015

72 Home


In Conway, a peaceful palette of blue, white, and gray sets the tone for designer Tami Risinger’s family home

Below the Surface

52 Personal R eflection 64 Elements of Style

Emporium Home founder and creative director Ashley Childers shares a peek inside her family’s chic abode

72 City Chic

Designer Kevin Walsh creates a light, airy, and cosmopolitan condo in Little Rock

Special Section 79 ASID South Central Chapter Award Winners 2014 6 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

13 Finds

16 L atest

Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches

19 Design Color Coded

29 Spotlight

Design Scene: 24 Experts Set the Stage for 2015


38 H appenings

Events in the Natural State

43 Flavor

Good Food Meets Good Design

In Every Issue

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To follow the trends or not? It’s a question many of us consider when new products hit the marketplace. We have all had the experience of buying the latest items only to find out that the trend is virtually over by the time we bring the purchase home. This month, our highly anticipated Design Issue is packed full of trends for 2015—some of which are practical and will be enjoyed for years to come, while others may be in and out in a flash. Whatever their fates, our goal is to bring you an array of inspiration to help you decide which trends are a fit for you, your home, and your lifestyle. While trying to narrow our list of what to include in this issue, we looked to the designers in our state—whose job it is to bring to life trends in home design—for their thoughts on cutting-edge ideas. It was so much fun looking over the jobs submitted for consideration— many of which you will see on our pages in the upcoming year—as well as looking back on site visits we have made in months past (many of them to our dear readers’ homes!) in an effort to decide which designers should forecast the trends we’ll follow in 2015. Once selected, our staff decided to showcase these designers by photographing them for the cover. And what an exciting experience that was! It’s not every day that you get 24 amazing designers from all over the state to be in one place at one time. My own favorite part of the day was watching many of the participants meet for the first time, while others were catching up from the last time they met. This once-in-a-lifetime event moved quickly, due to packed schedules and client calls delayed just long enough to snap the cover shot. I have to say, I feel fortunate and so grateful to have witnessed such a special event—one that may not come again— and to have seen so many of my favorite people get the recognition they truly deserve. To the designers themselves: I want to thank you once more for all of the beauty, fun, and inspiration you bring to all of us. You have helped make Arkansas a state to watch, when it comes to design. Your talent reaches far beyond our borders, and you are, in a way, some of the best ambassadors our state can claim. As we head into 2015, I look forward to watching your forecasted trends. Will they become new looks that last, or will they be gone by the time 2016 dawns? No one knows at this point, but we will be watching and showcasing your work to let the readers decide.

on the cover

Special thanks to Wildwood Park for the Arts for use of their space for this photo shoot. Photography by Nancy Nolan. See page 29.

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photography: RETT PEEK

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Upholstered bench, wooden tray wrapped in oxidized copper sheeting, and natural zeolite quartz crystal specimen. All items available at Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400


Style/Finds Cross section of ambercolored agate displayed in a gold frame. Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886,

Scented gemstone soaps. Bella Vita Jewelry, Little Rock, (479) 200-1824, Teal agate cross section. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,

Throw pillow in sedimentary inspired pattern. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,

Below the Surface Following Mother Nature’s lead, raw materials and earth-inspired accents make for bold statement pieces in earthy hues PRODUCER Mandy Keener PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Martin

Rust-colored agate bookends. Sydney Murphy Design, El Dorado, (870) 863-6625, 14 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

Petrified wood specimen on black metal stand. Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300



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New Releases: Design Books



1. Bohemian Modern: Imaginative and Affordable Ideas for a Creative and Beautiful Home by Emily Henson (Ryland Peters & Small) Henson explores the eclectic beauty of Bohemian style no matter the location or size of the home. Filled with vibrant images, the book shows how the Bohemian Modern style merges individuality, creativity, and color. 2. Frank Lloyd Wright: The Rooms: Interiors and Decorative Arts Text by Margo Stipe, Photographed by Alan Weintraub (Rizzoli) You may think of architecture when Wright comes to mind; however, he was equally adept at interiors. This title explores and celebrates the rooms of some of his most famous homes with a focus on details and his ability to execute the total design concept. 3. Highgrove: An English Country Garden by HRH The Prince of Wales, Text by Bunny Guinness, Photographed by Marianne Majerus, Andrew Butler, and Andrew Lawson (Rizzoli) Perhaps one of the world’s most famous organic gardens, Highgrove was also one of the pioneers of beautiful, earth-friendly landscapes. The Prince of Wales offers a personal tour through the gardens in all seasons along with his reasoning behind the plantings and advice for fellow gardeners. Available February 17, 2015 4. Living in Style: Architecture + Interiors by Chris van Uffelen (Braun) From romantic chalets to large villas, this title showcases more than 100 carefully selected residences and interiors in an effort to explore the way we live and what is important to each individual based on their culture, surroundings, and personal preferences. INSTRUCTIONS



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This book presents a ‘personal tour’ through each of the seasons, during which HRH The Prince of Wales and Bunny Guinness describe the thinking behind the planting and discuss mistakes, triumphs, and future plans.

Planned and planted by His Royal Highness more than thirty years ago, the gardens at Highgrove evoke intense emotion. In January, the dramatic light and early snowdrops are exquisite; in Spring, the glistening emerald lawns and tree blossoms lift the spirits; in Summer, the longed-for delphiniums stand proudly to attention, whilst Autumn brings dramatic leaf colors and in Winter the structural elements of the garden have their moment of glory.



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The Latest in Apps: LikeThat Décor’s Designer Corner Feature Ever wish you could have real-time advice from a trusted designer? Your wish is granted, thanks to LikeThat Décor’s new Designer Corner. Simply download the LikeThat app, go to the Designers category, and view their recent additions. From there, you can select items and the app will show you a variety of similar products with varying price points available for purchase. The Designer Corner portion of the app currently features selections from Celerie Kemble, Amanda Nisbet, Tobi Fairley, Donna Hoffman, Gabrielle Savoie, and Lisa Staprans. The LikeThat app also has the capability to use an image you find or take to locate similar items available for sale—making it easy to shop the latest trends from the comfort of your home. Available for free download in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

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From fabrics to furniture, 2015 is the year to embrace your favorite hue

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Berry/Blush “Ellen” drop earrings by Kendra Scott in Rose Gold Drusy. Leslie Jewelers,

Collection of 14 insect specimen prints in a decorative box. Bear-Hill Interiors,

Pale pink fedora. Vesta’s,

“Simone” placecards by Rifle Paper Co. Box Turtle,; Haus Werk,; Moxy Modern Mercantile, (501) 374-2474; Shindig Paperie,; The Social Type, thesocialtypelr. com; Southern Accented,

Luggage tag. Cobblestone & Vine,


F. Schumacher’s Iconic Leopard linen, in Fuschia/ Natural. Designer Effects, 20 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

Benjamin Moore Sanibel Peach



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Green marbleized charger from Juliska’s Firenze collection. Fifth Season,

Currey & Company’s “Cin Cin” chandelier, made of wrought iron and green glass bottles. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture. com; Light Innovations,; Marshall Clements,; Obsessions Interiors, obsessionsinteriors. com; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400; Providence Design,; TEC Electric,


AQUA Double-gourd pebble vase. Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400

Duralee’s “Brenner” fabric, in Cactus, from the Tilton Fenwick Collection. Designer Effects,

Hourglass side table by Bungalow 5. House to Home, C.R. Laine’s “Sweeney” leather chair, in Cosmic Emerald. DP Designs, (501) 8312009; Obsessions Interiors, 22 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

Seafoam green table lamp. Cantrell Furniture Design Center,

Pick your perch.

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“Cochin” wallpaper by Zoffany. Available to the trade.

Emporium Home’s “Bethany” mirror. Emporium Home Heights,


Sleek, chunky-knit blanket. Cobblestone & Vine,



Set of three mouth-blown smoke glass decanters with stoppers by Arteriors. Bear-Hill Interiors,; Massimo,

“Bethany” table lamp by Surya. Ashley Furniture HomeStore, ashleyfurniture. com; Bassett Home Furnishings,; Harris Furniture,; La-Z-Boy,

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“Tuck” cocktail table by Oly Studio. Bear-Hill Interiors,

Armenta mother-ofpearl pendant with peacock tourmaline and white diamond accents. Roberson’s Fine Jewelry,

Making your house a home.

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Global Views camel leather boxes in graduated sizes. About Vase,; The Accessory,; Bear-Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors. com; Cobblestone & Vine,; Harper Howey Interiors, (479) 750-7300; La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries,; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium. com; mertinsdykehome,

Shine by S. H. O. “Oslo” chandelier. Bear-Hill Interiors,

Bungalow 5 orange lacquer coasters with faux horn border. House to Home,

Citrine/Saffron Daltile Retro Rounds™ in Orange Soda. Arkansas Granite & More,; C&F Carpet,; Carpet One,; The Floor Store, (501) 3189898; Inside Effects,; Peter’s Paint Company,; Prosource,; Ridout Lumber,; River City Flooring,

Vintage Vogue cover print from SoicherMarin. Bear-Hill Interiors,; Cobblestone & Vine,; Gracious Living Interiors,; Marshall Clements,; Vivid Designs, (501) 225-3828; Winterberry Home, 26 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

“Tomasina” in Tangerine, from Duralee’s Eileen K. Boyd collection. Designer Effects,

Orange “Mancini” lounge chair. Paul Michael Company,

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Design Scene: 24 EXPERTS set the stage for 2015

Wondering what’s on the horizon in design for the new year? We asked local trendsetting designers—who also happen to be this issue’s cover models—to share their thoughts on the latest ideas in palettes, furnishings, fabrics, finishes, and personalization. Turn the page for their exclusive take on trends to try. Left to right, front row: Meridith Hamilton Ranouil, Kimberly Harper, Kevin Walsh, Tami Risinger, Mona Thompson, Lee Anne Henry and Kim Brockinton. Second row: Scott Paterek, Susan Walsh, Tammie Weaver, Tobi Fairley, Debi Davis, Talena Ray, Amber Doggett, Janna Toland, Lou Anne Herget, Jim Clements and Andrea Brooks. Back row: Melissa Haynes, Chris Goddard, Garry Mertins, Reggie Marshall, Jennifer Huett and Shayla Copas. January/February 2015 | 29

“For 2015, we are hand selecting voluptuous velvets, cashmeres, chenilles, and linens and placing them on modern interpretations of classically inspired European furnishings. For art, we love the new impressionists coming out of Italy and France.” —Kim Brockinton, Kim Brockinton Interiors “They say history has a way of repeating itself and design is no exception. In 2015, I see the trend turning to darker woods along with richer, more vibrant colors, and a return to classic pieces.” —Jim Clements, Marshall Clements “As 2015 approaches, we still see neutrals playing a big part in our homes’ color palettes. Traditional blue and white as well as shades of royal blue are being mixed with all neutrals. Overall, we may have less pieces but they are more important and special to us. There’s also a lot of old and new mixed together to give a more individualized look.” —Debi Davis, Debi Davis Interior Design “The trend for 2015 I’m seeing is embossed fabrics that have mixtures from velvet to silk and continuing with large florals and geometric patterns. The colors that I see are hues of blue—from French blue to a dashing peacock hue. Emerald green is also making a huge presence along with gold in statement pieces in pillows and furniture.” —Amber Doggett, Vivid Designs 

“Mixing metals continues to be on-trend. Gold, brass, and copper finishes are particularly popular, adding warmth and sophistication back into spaces with bold colors, whites, and cooler grays. I love adding these warmer finishes through lighting or furniture especially in white kitchens with stainless appliances or chrome hardware. It ups the wow factor and keeps the design feeling fresh yet classic.” —Andrea Brooks, Andrea Brooks Interiors “Bright, crisp, and clean colors are trending for 2015! Nothing muddy, heavy, or dark. Luxurious brushed gold will turn up in the home décor industry strong and a variety of blue tones as well.” —Shayla Copas, Shayla Copas Interiors

“The hot trend I’m loving for 2015 is warm metals, including brass and copper. Copper was all the rage in Europe and the fall markets, and brass is still just as popular as ever, so those will be the metals to watch!” —Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Interior Design

“The new year brings more of the return of color and updated classic design. However, my design philosophy has remained consistent over the years believing in adapting to current aesthetics but never wavering from personal style and eclectic elegance.” —Chris Goddard, Goddard Design Group

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“With all of the inspiration available now—from Pinterest to blogs and publications—the biggest trend and need I’m seeing as a designer is a passion for guiding the client in finding their own style. Personalized interiors are more relevant than ever, and it’s important to help the homeowner find the best fit for their lifestyle, needs, and preferences.” —Kimberly Harper, Harper Howey Interiors “Gone are the days of a singular metal finish for plumbing, lighting, and hardware. Mixing metals especially warm tones of gold, copper and brass is trending for 2015. Whiteline Designs looks forward to empowering clients to step outside the box as they personalize their spaces.” —Lee Anne Henry, Whiteline Designs “Bold wallpapers, gold, brass, and copper accessories, and lots of color will be trending for 2015. Although blues and greens have been staple colors for many, in 2015 I see these colors impacting us more in all avenues of home décor.” —Jennifer Huett, House to Home

“The trend that I’m seeing with my clients is simplifying and downsizing, but maintaining a high quality of life, not only with their friends and family but with their furnishings and art as well. So, essentially they are surrounding themselves with things they love.” —Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Interior Design 32 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

“Rattan and woven occasional pieces continue to come indoors for 2015. The warmth of the wood, texture, and decidedly casual nature of rattan give it flexibility to make a statement in any space.” —Melissa Haynes, MH Design, Inc. “Classics are always on-trend! The pieces that were classic in the mid 1930s-1960s, are now mid-century collectibles. If you invest in good pieces, they will stay with you forever and move from home to home, always at their best! —Lou Anne Herget, LA Herget Interiors

“Scale has always been aesthetically important, and I think it is more relevant now than ever. The industry and individuals are gravitating toward largescale pieces for all situations. Organic textures (like stone, raw wood, and natural fibers) are also really current.” —Reggie Marshall, Marshall Clements

“One trend that continues is the desire to simplify and eliminate clutter. One doesn’t have to subscribe to contemporary design to achieve this goal. Perhaps it is more rooted in a desire to simplify our lives.” —Scott Paterek, Massimo Interior Design



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“Interiors that utilize raw metals, natural or repurposed woods, and tactile fabrics like velvet, wool or sheepskin, are definitely trending. This mix of textures is placed alongside high gloss finishes, gold, and acrylics to create a very polished, yet tough aesthetic—termed ‘Industrial Chic.’” —Meridith Hamilton Ranouil, MLH Designs

“For 2015 trends, I am seeing more casual finishes in furniture, instead of formal. In fabrics lots of rich textures with more simple fabrics in teal and peacock colors. And, as always, accessories that are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.” —Tami Risinger, Risinger Interiors

“We are excited that gold accents are on trend for furnishings, lighting, and accessories. We’re completely comfortable mixing gold, silver, and bronze for both casual and more formal settings. Mix it up and add a little glam to your life.” —Talena Ray, Providence Design

“Interior trends for 2015 are really just more modern interpretations of the past. We’ll be working with both traditional and new design materials, fresh colors, architectural details, and multiple layers of texture to create beautiful yet livable spaces for our clients.” —Mona Thompson, Providence Design

“The main trend I see happening is my clients taking a bit more risk in finishes, like lacquer, or adding more modern geometric prints mixed with a traditional floral in fabrics and wallpapers. I also hear my clients with families often say whatever the look, they want their furnishings to ‘sit great, look stylish, AND allow my kids to touch it!’” —Janna Toland, Interior Designer

“2015 is the year of the mix! Masculine with feminine, old with new, high end with thrift. The mix makes it interesting and gives your interiors tension.” —Kevin Walsh, Bear-Hill Interiors

“2015 sees a turn towards a warmer color palette. Soft coral, peach, and rose mixed with neutral grey. Red will be a power player alongside the stillpopular cobalt blue. Look for copper to be the new kid in metals.” —Susan Walsh, Bear-Hill Interiors

“Individuality is the new trend. I like to create a design that can be timeless and original that allows the client’s personality to come through. Step out of your comfort zone and pay attention to the small details. Be cautious when following fads.” —Tammie Weaver, Massimo Interior Design

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Events From Around The Natural State

Live Racing at Oaklawn

January 9 – April 11 • Hot Springs

Head to the Spa City’s famous Oaklawn Park to experience the thrill of live thoroughbred racing. Races are held Thursday – Sunday of each week during this time period, and admission is just $2. (800) 625-5296,

63rd Annual HOME SHOW Presented by the Homebuilders Association of Greater Little Rock and held at Verizon Arena, this two-day event is a showcase of everything you need to build or remodel your home. Visit vendor booths to view samples of countertops, lighting, flooring, tile, furniture, tornado shelters, landscaping, and much more. Tickets, $8; Children 12 and under, free. (501) 758-3646,

27th Annual Home and Garden Show February 14 • Pine Bluff

24th Annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show

February 20 – 22 • Little Rock

The Statehouse Convention Center will play host to this gardener’s dream weekend. Featuring speaker presentations, display gardens, howto demonstrations, silent auctions, floral competitions, shopping and more, the event is a perfect way to prepare for spring. Don’t miss family day on Sunday, which includes special activities and workshops for children. Tickets, $10; 3-day pass, $15; Children 12 and under, free. (501) 821-4000,

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“Gardening in Small Spaces” is the theme for this year’s annual show, which will be held from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Enjoy guest speakers including University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension horticulture specialist Janet Carson and Julie Donnelly of Warren’s Deepwoods Farm. Exhibitors will offer a variety of products, from gloves to gourds and herbs to honey, as well as plenty of activities for children. Free admission. (870) 534-1033

To Kill a Mockingbird February 10 • Stuttgart

Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will be brought to life on-stage at the Grand Prairie Center. This onenight-only show is presented by National Players, America’s longest-running touring company. Join the cast to see how the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama—and one family in particular—deals with issues of injustice in an endearing and thought-provoking manner. Tickets $20-$30. (870) 673-4201,

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Little Rock’s 20th Century Club members open their hearts as well as the doors to the Club’s Lodge to serve financially needy cancer patients who are undergoing treatment in central Arkansas Story Zoë Barton

Every year, thousands of families embark on the difficult and emotional journey of battling cancer, many of them with financially challenging circumstances. Some of these families travel from all over Arkansas and other states in order to receive treatment in Little Rock. The 20th Century Club, which was founded in 1941 and has been focused on providing services to cancer patients since the 1960s, provides no-cost housing to financially needy patients who receive treatment in the various facilities in the central Arkansas area. The Club is devoted to serving these patients with no-cost lodging, meals, healthy snacks, and fellowship in a comfortable—and comforting—place to stay, known as the 20th Century Club Lodge. The Lodge has provided no-cost housing to patients for more than 30 years through the support of the surrounding community members and businesses. In April of 2011, the Lodge opened a larger and more modern location that is better able to assist its residents. This new building has 21 patient suites, which can each accommodate one patient and one caregiver. Residents also have access to a kitchen, a laundry facility, and a computer library. These features, along with three dinners a week, smoothies, snacks, and weekly bingo games, help the patients to feel more at home during their stay. All cancer patients that meet the financial criteria are eligible to stay at The Lodge during their treatment period, no matter the severity of their disease or their central Arkansas treatment facility. Patients interested in staying at The Lodge can talk with their treatment facility social workers to receive a referral. 40 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015


The Hope Ball: Giving Hope

March 7th • Little Rock This year’s Hope Ball will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center and will feature live and silent auctions, dinner and cocktails, and live music. The event will also include the presentation of the 2015 Angels of Hope, women who are currently high school juniors who volunteer their time and efforts to benefit the Lodge. All proceeds from the event go toward the cause. For more information, call (501) 907-1760 or visit

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Good Food by Ferneau is chef Donnie Ferneau’s latest culinary venture—a restaurant on a mission to transform the way Arkansans eat. However, before he could get down to business, designer Brittany Atkinson had to complete a transformation of her own, turning the Main Street Argenta restaurant into a space as simple and beautiful as the fare served.

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Life/Flavor >>THE DESIGN IDEA Formerly home to Argenta Market, the building was primed for food service even before the redesign, with deli cases, a workable kitchen, and plenty of seating space. Running with the space’s existing diner-like feel, a colorful palette of food offerings, and a desire—shared by Ferneau and his business partner Donna Barnett—to create a simple and beautiful space, Atkinson, who is the director of interiors at WILLIAMS & DEAN envisioned a place where foodies, health enthusiasts, and regular Joes alike could come together for dinner, drinks, or an afternoon snack. The design of the restaurant is unified by a palette based in black and white with strategic pops of bright colors and repetitive graphic motifs.

Built-in USB ports and electrical outlets make the bar area as practical as it is stunning. >>THE SPACE PLANNING Three zones were created: a dining room, a custom-built bar area, and a lounge space. “The bar is meant to be the hub of the restaurant and its design is a dance between casual and sophisticated,” Atkinson says. The scheme features subway tile alongside glamorous tufted barstools and modern light fixtures, for a high/low mix. Separate from this hub are the dining area—where diners post the number they receive at checkout and wait for their meal to be delivered—and the lounge area. “The lounge area is the most visible from Main Street, so we wanted to make it really inviting,” Atkinson says. Convertible sofas, easy-to-clean commercial carpet, and acrylic tables that don’t distract from the flooring’s graphic pattern come together to achieve the welcoming feel. Additionally, the restaurant’s logo—designed by Cranford Co.—is prominently displayed, adding a burst of color. Beyond that, the existing kitchen was opened up to allow customers to see where their food is made and also give the chefs an opportunity to interact with customers. Deli cases offer prepared foods you can take home, and a chalkboard menu lists daily selections for dining in the restaurant.

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>>THE DETAILS While the black-and-white-meets-brights palette sets the tone for the space, it’s the accent motifs that bring the design to life. For example, the diner-style inspiration manifests itself in chrome finishes and neon signs. Perhaps even more notable are the circles and spheres present throughout the restaurant. The dining room’s chair backs have circular cutouts, a shape repeated in the globe-style lights over the bar area and the enhanced Os in the logo design. While subtle, these details work together for a beautifully orchestrated result. “It’s the kind of place where you can bike to lunch, or later in the day put on your pumps and do dinner. This space lets the food be the star,” says Atkinson of the completed design. Design Resources Interior design Brittany Atkinson, NCIDQ, ASID, WILLIAMS & DEAN Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 224-1900, Accessories, carpet, furniture, lighting—decorative, millwork design and mirrors Brittany Atkinson, NCIDQ, ASID, WILLIAMS & DEAN Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 224-1900, Bar equipment Krebs Brothers Restaurant Supply, North Little Rock, (501) 687-1331, Flooring—stained concrete and painting—decorative Phinality Design, North Little Rock, (501) 349-4196, Furniture—dining tables and stools AIMCO Equipment Company, Little Rock, (501) 228-0808, 
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The foyer of her Conway home is a glimpse into designer Tami Risinger’s tranquil and transitional style. Turn the page to read the full story. 51

True to the home’s overall design scheme, the centrally located living room is a mix of blues, whites, and grays. Ceiling-to-floor drapery panels conceal French doors that lead out to the home’s pool and patio area.

Designer Tami Risinger’s Conway home mixes sensibility with peacefulness for tailored and timeless appeal Story: Tiffany Adams Photography: Rett Peek Styling: Chip Jones

Walk into Tami Risinger’s home and you’ll be met with a hug rather than a handshake. That’s the way this hospitable designer greets friends and acquaintances alike, and her home is equally warm and welcoming. With calming hues, classic pieces made current, and everything suited to Risinger’s signature style, each room sets the scene for peace, relaxation, and togetherness.

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The living room’s fireplace is a focal point thanks in part to a specially commissioned piece of artwork by artist Eric Maurus. “All my blues [in the home’s design] go from powdery to purple, so the water artwork really tied everything together,” Risinger says of the piece. Facing page: The home’s exterior was inspired by a facade Risinger saw and wanted to recreate.

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“I wanted just a classic, light bright kitchen with big windows,” Risinger says. European-style cabinetry and honed Carrera marble—which Risinger finds has a French and old-fashioned feel—make a beautiful pairing for the storage and workspace areas. Contemporary barstools and pendants, as well as an arced motif on the glass-front cabinetry, add a fresh twist to the timeless design.

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Initial Approach After living just a few streets over from their new home for years, Tami and her husband Jack, along with their two teenage sons, agreed they were in need of more space and ready to build a home that could be designed specifically to suit them as a family. “I started the plans for this home about five years ago, and I was heavily inspired by the Rosemary Beach area in Florida. That was really my beginning for the whole project,” she says of the interior color palette of blue, white, and gray hues. “Blue makes me happy. My previous home was blue and white as well. My taste has always been clean lines, classic and timeless, soft color with neutrals. That’s something that’s remained with me forever,” she adds. Now that it’s complete, the new space is equal parts chic and calm. However, Risinger admits it was a process. “Doing your own home is always the hardest because you can’t see the forest for the trees. I’m exposed to so much, so I have to turn around and tell myself to be the client; when I do that it all works,” she laughs.

Well-Suited Spaces From the start, Risinger carefully considered how her family actually lives and created areas that would work for them, whether gathering together or enjoying alone time. For instance, in place of a dining room, the home has a light and airy breakfast nook with seating that can accommodate extended family and guests. “I don’t have a formal dining room—that doesn’t suit our lifestyle,” she says of this decision. When it’s just the Risingers at home for dinner, the family prefers to eat at the spacious bar in the kitchen, where they can chat about their day or watch television together. In a similar fashion, the master bedroom and bath are a peaceful retreat, designed to be set apart for relaxation, yet consistent with the home’s overall feel. The bedroom’s furnishings are indicative of Risinger’s classic approach: “I don’t like things that match exactly, and I don’t use sets,” she says. Instead, timeless pieces—some of which she has had for a decade—give the room an appeal that will last for years to come. Her beloved palette of blue and white is not only in the bedroom, but also carries into the adjacent master bath. On the opposite side of the bedroom, a door opens out to a private patio and offers a view of the home’s pool, providing the couple a serene place to ease into the day by enjoying their morning coffee outside, when the weather allows. January/February 2015 | 57

Risinger forwent a formal dining room in favor of a comfortable breakfast nook located just off the kitchen. Pieces from her beloved McCarty Pottery collection are situated atop a tulip dining table that offers plenty of seating for the family and guests. Facing page: A watercolor by artist Catherine Nugent hangs above a Bunglaow 5 chest that is accented with a Murano glass lamp from Risinger’s collection.

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Signature Touches In addition to the soothing atmosphere, there are small, personalized accents throughout the home that make it unique to the Risingers. For example, the breakfast nook and the built-in cabinetry in the kitchen are filled with the designer’s collection of Mississippi-made McCarty Pottery, which she was first drawn to for its palette. In addition, almost every wall in the home is filled with original art the Risingers have collected through the years, including one special piece depicting a peaceful rolling water scene that was commissioned for the new home by artist Eric Maurus. “All my blues [in the home’s design] go from powdery to purple, so the water artwork really tied everything together,” Risinger says of the piece, which hangs over the mantel. In the couple’s bedroom, you’ll also find a special piece of artwork that is indicative of the stamp Risigner leaves on every project she completes; a painting of a crane entitled “Regina,” by Michele Mikesell. “I love birds. Every design job I do for clients I leave a bird somewhere; it’s like my little trademark,” she laughs. Aside from the avians, Risinger’s keen eye for pieces that are sure to become instant classics—as well as her ability to use existing furnishings along with art—make her style a trademark look that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. January/February 2015 | 59

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“I love birds. every design job I do for clients I leave a bird somewhere; it’s like my little trademark.” —Tami Risinger

While purchased years apart, the home’s master bedroom features a bed and bedside tables from the Julian Chichester line. Facing page, clockwise from left: Artwork by Michele Mikesell entitled “Regina” features a graceful crane dressed as a ballerina. “It’s my favorite piece of art I’ve ever collected; I love the animal and the color,” Risinger says. A modern, freestanding tub brings contemporary flair to the master bath’s base, which features limestone flooring, a traditional Colefax and Fowler wallpaper, and white Carrera marble countertops. His-and-her vanities are positioned opposite one another for maximized space and storage.

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“I wanted this room to be kind of glamorous because I’ve never been able to do a girl’s room,” Risinger says of the guest suite. Overhead, a light fixture ordered through Little Rock’s Light Innovations adds a youthful pop, while a feminine palette and botanical prints hearken back to traditional elegance—making the room a beautifully balanced transitional space.

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Glam for Guests One space—the guest room—veers from the main floor’s palette of blue and white to inject a bit of girlish glamour into the home. “I did this one for the girls. I have lots of nieces that I’m close to, and I promised one that I would do her a room in pink,” Risinger says of the contemporary bedroom. A pair of Lucite bedside tables, which she designed and had made, add a youthful, modern flair to the space and also coordinate with a Lucite drapery rod. Underfoot, a satin-like silk rug—layered over the room’s carpet—is a luxurious treat for guests to enjoy. A mix of botanical-print and pastel-hued bedding softens the timeless upholstered bed frame, which is sure to last for years to come. “What I always inspire my clients to do is to buy good quality pieces and they’ll have them for years,” Risinger says.

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Story: Tiffany Adams Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Chip Jones

Designers often use their own homes as testing grounds for the latest trends, furnishings, and color palettes. For Ashley Childers—founder and creative director of the home furnishings brand Emporium Home—that’s certainly true, and the result is an ever-evolving portrait of her personal style

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Just off the home’s front entry, the dining room greets guests with a design that is decidedly Emporium Home. Hand-marbled art paper from the Philippines creates a statement on the ceiling, while an “Agate Burst” chandelier hangs over the “Flute” dining table, both by Emporium Home. The table is surrounded by four “Delia” chairs—also from the brand—with two coordinating captain’s chairs for an eclectic mix.

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Ashley Childers is a woman on the go—and not just around central Arkansas. On any given day, she might be headed to market to showcase the latest offerings from her wholesale home furnishings line or jetting overseas to oversee the manufacturing of a new product design. Launched in 2012, the Emporium Home brand has quickly become a favorite among designers and homeowners alike, thanks largely to the line’s striking silhouettes, daring deployment of color, and innovative use of natural materials. However, seeing the furnishings and accents integrated into the unique and personalized look of Childers’s own home—which she shares with her husband Garrett (who is also the president of Emporium Home), her daughter Brighton and son Cade—they become more than a showroom of stunning statement pieces; they offer a snapshot of the signature style of one of Arkansas’s most creative minds. DESIGN LAB “We bought this house three years ago; right when we were launching Emporium Home,” Childers says. While it wasn’t in need of structural updates or renovations to make it function for the family, the move came at a perfect time to update fixtures with Emporium Home’s newly launched lighting options, and to furnish the home with the brand’s case goods, upholstered pieces, and accessories. And the design is always in the process of being edited, expanded, or enhanced; “We are constantly changing out things in our house because I like to live with products that we manufacture just to see how they work in the home, check the light output for fixtures, and try out sofas to see how they feel and how they sit. Our house evolves monthly—it’s like our design laboratory. I really want people to love our product, so I feel like I need to live with it,” says Ashley of the testing and product improvements she makes along the way.

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Top left: Childers created the gold-and-white artwork seen hanging over the buffet. Below: Quartz crystals and natural materials mixed with gold are iconic of the Emporium Home brand. Facing page: In the front sitting room, a photograph by Jon Rou hangs over the line’s “Taylor” sofa, which is accented with graphic throw pillows.

SHOWROOM TO LIVING ROOM In her own home, the more private spaces are tailored to each individual’s taste, but the shared spaces each have a trademark look that is decidedly Emporium Home. For example, the wall color in the front living room—which is a favorite hangout for Brighton and friends—was actually a test for a market showroom look. “We were looking at using this color in a showroom, so we tested in our house. I like the cozy, cocoon environment [it creates]. It really makes the light upholstery and wood pop,” Childers says. A similar scenario inspired the ceiling treatment in the dining room, which is comprised of handmarbled art paper from the Philippines. “I love art paper and have collected it for years,” Childers says. “We actually used it in our Atlanta showroom, and I loved it so much I told Garrett; I think I’m going to do that on our ceiling. I love how it’s similar, but no two pieces are alike.”

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The home’s front living room is a favorite hangout for the couple’s teen daughter, Brighton. A pair of “Mona” chairs—named after Childers’s mother—lends a retro vibe, while artwork by both Childers and Rachael Bailey Oberste adorns the walls. The “Stud” pouf in silver adds a mix of metals to the room’s scheme and offers additional, easy-tomove seating. A “Pandora” tray and two brass “Sputnik” sculptures sit atop the room’s centrally located cocktail tables—all from Emporium Home.

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Top: Near the staircase a bone “Burst” chest is topped with pieces from Childers’s collection of art glass and a quartz “Tulip” lamp, also from the brand. Below: The home’s foyer welcomes the family home with a “Wellington” mirror and “Flirt” side table. The pillows are made from vintage scarfs and saris from Childers’s travels. Facing page: In the living room, the curved “Lauren” sofa offers comfortable seating that encourages togetherness and conversation. Framed letters from the Civil War era hang in a gallery formation in the background.

THE BUSINESS OF HOME It was this quest for beautiful, livable furnishings that originally led her to found Emporium Home after a successful, 13-year career as a dancer/choreographer. “I was looking for décor for my own home and couldn’t find what I wanted. So I thought: If I’m looking for it and can’t find it—and I’m the ultimate shopper— then there have to be other people who are searching for the same things,” she says of her line’s distinctive aesthetic. “I have always loved interiors and home furnishings. I was the girl in high school that when all my friends were buying Seventeen, I was buying Southern Living,” she laughs. Still, launching her own home goods company has been a whirlwind for the young entrepreneur, who also recently opened the brand’s first retail store, known as Emporium Home Heights, in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood. “When we first came onto the market we launched mainly with lighting and accessories, and we incorporated a lot of agate and crystals into our designs. We were pre-agate-trend. Nobody was really doing that at that point, so it sparked a huge interest,” Childers says of the initial launch. Three years later, the brand continues to forge its own style. “Our look has an edge. It’s not super traditional, but always chic and unapologetically feminine,” Childers says of the designs, which include everything from mercury glass and hand-poured brass to malachite and natural stones—and continues to add to its signature delicate-meets-exotic look. In 2015, Childers plans to expand the line into rugs and bedding; “It’s neat to put the Emporium Home aesthetic into these different categories to see how it translates,” she adds.

A FAMILY AFFAIR Since Childers comes up with all of the designs herself, she creates a personal attachment to—and fondness for—the individuality of each one. So much so, that several pieces from the collection have been named for family members. For example, there is the “Mona” chair, which is named after Childers’s mother, and the “Taylor” sofa, which pays homage to the designer’s baby sister. The family connection doesn’t end there. As mentioned, Childers’s husband Garrett is the president of Emporium Home. In addition, her mother-in-law is the CFO, and her sister, Lauren Strother, is the marketing director. “I feel like [this is] what I was meant to do, and I love that a lot of my family works with me. They have as much passion about it as I do, and we all get to be together,” she says with a wholehearted smile. 70 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

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The living room design typifies Walsh’s signature style: generous mixing of periods, price points, and cultural influences. Chinoiserie panels hang on either side of an entertainment cabinet designed by Thomas O’Brien. The glass cocktail table is from the Ralph Lauren Home collection, and the club chairs are mid-century, purchased by Walsh on a trip to France.

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designer Kevin Walsh imparts his keen, cosmopolitan sensibility to the design of a glamorous condominium in the heart of downtown Little Rock

While renovating their home in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock in 2013, designer Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors and his partner Brett Pitts temporarily took up residence in a condominium in the 300 Third Tower, which they had initially purchased as an investment property. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the capital city skyline, access to plenty of green space, and the best in dining and entertainment just steps away, the couple experienced for themselves the virtues of downtown living. Unfazed by the impermanence of the arrangement, Walsh and Pitts gave the condo a full infusion of style. January/February 2015 | 73

AIRY SPACE Creating a “light, bright, and airy” condo was a goal the couple agreed on from the time they first saw the space, Walsh recalls. “We decided early that we wanted to use a lot of white to keep everything bright and sunny, starting with the cabinetry in the kitchen and the Carrera marble countertops,” he says. From there Walsh drew the hue into the rest of the open-plan living area with white walls, white barstools, white upholstery on the dining room chairs, custom white draperies, white light fixtures, and a white living room sofa. Various shades of teal appear in the artwork, decorative accents, and pillows, and chocolate wood finishes create contrast in the palette. The abundance of the neutral color makes it “a very glamorous space,” he says: “[It is] open and bright during the day, and at night [it is] pretty magical, due to the beautiful skyline and terrific sunsets.”

A Mod Mood The sleek, all-white drama of the space is grounded by the couple’s sophisticated design sensibility. “We wanted the condo to have a vintage-modern vibe,” Walsh says; “I like rooms that have some age. I am all about the mix: old/ new, high/low, East/West.” To create this dynamic mix, he selected vintage Dorothy Draper dining chairs, which— alongside Louis ghost chairs—are situated around a vintage Knoll dining table. In the living room, a white linen track-arm sofa from Hickory Chair and a glass cocktail table from Ralph Lauren Home sit opposite a pair of mid-century club chairs that Walsh purchased in France. Colorful Chinoiserie panels hang on either side of the entertainment cabinet, further elaborating on the home’s carefully edited eclecticism. The focal point of the master bedroom is a reproduction of a bed designed by William “Billy” Haines, an actor and interior designer in Los Angeles, who achieved great fame in the 1940s and 1950s. Flanking the bed are vintage mirrored bedside tables, topped with banded gold-and-white lamps from Shine by S.H.O., while a zebrapatterned upholstered bench sits at the foot of the bed. Walsh and Pitts are art and art glass enthusiasts, and the gallery wall in the bedroom—in addition to other art displayed throughout the home—are original works from their own diverse collection. 74 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

Transparent and reflective finishes give the entire condo a lustrous atmosphere; the motif not only integrates the wall of windows into the design—the Lucite, chrome, glass, and mirrors allow the sunlight to shimmer throughout the space. Facing page: Scalloped drum pendants from Julian Chichester’s London showroom light both the living and dining rooms. “I wanted something large-scale to add some visual weight […] without taking away from the view,” Walsh says; “The space is large, so I went big.”

Big On View The skyline panorama was not merely the impetus for the airy color palette—it influenced many more of Walsh’s design choices. “I like to always design with views in mind. That is why we kept the furnishings low, used reflective surfaces, and tried to keep the attention on the view through furniture placement,” Walsh says. Clear and mirrored surfaces among the furnishings include the bar cart in the dining room, the Louis Ghost chairs, the cocktail table, the mirrored cube, and the bedside tables. These reflective surfaces not only create a shimmering effect—bouncing light around the various rooms—but they also “really open up a space” and provide “a great way to display collections,” as they can show multiple angles of each piece from a single viewpoint, according to Walsh. These mirrored and transparent furnishings give the accessories a streamlined look; “My style is very edited,” Walsh says, “I am attracted to clean lines, and I do not like clutter.” The total effect is a distilled, timeless design that maintains a strong sense of character, due to the careful combination of its various elements. “I love old; I love new. Good design is good design no matter the price or age,” Walsh says. It’s clear that living with “good design” was indeed a priority for the couple, no matter how temporary the circumstances. Reflecting on the short time they were downtown dwellers, he says, “It was a perfect fit.” January/February 2015 | 75

“Good design is good design no matter the price—Kevin or age.” Walsh

Roxy, a West Highland white terrier, and Ruby, a toy poodle, lounge in the master bedroom. A glamorous, early-1980s, Lucite and brass chandelier hangs overhead. Design Resources Architect Rick Redding Interior design Kevin Walsh, Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, Kitchen design and installation Bill Wrape, Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756, Art, bedding, fabrics, furniture, and lighting Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, Hardware PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Tile Elder Tile, Little Rock, (501) 758-4170, Window coverings Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 76 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015

Ashley and Garrett Childers were designing their dream home with Parkinson Building Group, building a new business and raising two children. Something had to give, and it was the house. While delaying their build, they needed a home that could accommodate their temporary needs. Luckily, they walked into a house that had just come on the market, and they knew it was the one! With all of the new ideas Ashley had from her life’s passion of home furnishing design the list was long of small tweaks that needed to be made. They hunted down the builder to help answer some questions, and low and behold it was Parkinson Building Group. What can we say they know what they like! Through some of their contacts and a little help from Parkinson Building Group they were able to transform this house into a home that would suit them well for the time being. As they ramp up to start the home they had dreamed up several years ago, it has been a relief to see the plan they designed then is still exactly what they would build today. Along with the list of items from the Emporium Home line and some of their suppliers that they will be incorporating into the build, the Childers have reengaged with Parkinson Building Group, and they are getting ready for a new chapter in their lives. Be looking for some fun new articles on their new home in 2016!


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American Society of Interior Designers South Central Chapter Award Winners


Last fall, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) South Central Chapter held ITS annual design conference and awards gala. The designers featured here received gold awards—the event’s highest PRIZE—for the projects shown on the following pages. Read on to learn more about this esteemed honor and each winning design Brittany Atkinson, ASID, NCIDQ & Meredith Thompson, Allied ASID Commercial Budget ConsCIOUS The Main Cheese, Little Rock

Goal: Evoke The Main Cheese’s mantra— “Fun, Family, and Food”—to develop a restaurant that is family friendly yet still suitable for a sophisticated, hip adult scene. The new restaurant also needed to establish a brand identity through design to enhance marketability.

Result: While the casual-dining

Hospitality Living Fuqua Campbell, P.A., Little Rock

Goal: The law firm, located in a mixeduse building, wanted to incorporate a full-service suite for out-of-town clients and partners that could also serve as a conference suite when not in use by guests.

Result: Business casual meets condo

Commercial Small Corporate Fuqua Campbell, P.A., Little Rock

Goal: Fuqua Campbell wanted clients to feel at home in their office, while maintaining a sophisticated and smart environment. They requested that the 8,000-square-foot office feel spacious while maintaining the level of privacy expected of their profession.

chic in this suite, which features a sitting Result: Overcoming low ceilings and and dining area, kitchenette, bedroom, restaurant’s menu expands on the classic narrow spaces, the design appears bath, and laundry closet. A neutral base grilled cheese with innovative gourmet to create space through ceiling height accessorized with gold and blue—which creations, the interior design engages changes, space planning, and contrasting can be also found in the company’s classic and modern elements in interesting materials. Layers of white, gray, and logo—allows for a seamless bridge and fun ways. Reclaimed wood and brick polished nickel accents modernize the between professional and personal. walls are a nod to the space’s history, space, while rich tones provide depth to while chrome light fixtures, molded plastic the light layers. chairs, graphic patterns, and a colorful WILLIAMS & DEAN Architecture | Interior Design palette add excitement and novelty.

Little Rock | 501-224-1900 |

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Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID

Residential Bath, Everett Residence, Benton RISING STAR AWARD: Emerging Professional, Everett Master Bath, Benton GOAL: Bringing the outdoors inside was the objective of this renovation. The homeowners sought an updated, airier space with improved storage and lighting. RESULT: Natural materials, an earthy palette, and organic

textures helped to soften the space and maximize the natural lighting. The shower and toilet room areas were reconstructed with right angles to create a more accessible, linear environment, while a freestanding tub with a partial-surround deck and a walk-in, zero-threshold shower with glass enclosure lend a more open feel to the design. In addition to receiving a gold award, Oates also received the Rising Star award, given to the chapter’s emerging professional of the year. This award is selected from entries by members with one to five years of design experience as the best submission overall.

Distinctive Kitchens & Baths Little Rock | 501-666-7756


Meridith Hamilton Ranouil, CKD, Allied ASID

Small Residence, Orrell Residence, El Dorado OVATION AWARD: 2014 Residential Project of the Year, Orrell Residence, El Dorado GOAL: The clients requested an open space that was clean and sophisticated, yet livable and durable enough to withstand an active family of five. RESULT: The designer met the clients’ goal by creating a modern living space with an industrial twist. Ranouil combined durable finishes with sophisticated and edgy materials to give her clients the styled, yet comfortable home they desired. In addition to being selected as a gold-level design, this project was also chosen as the 2014 Residential Project of the Year, thus receiving the Ovation Award. For this distinctive honor, the judges select from entries by ASID members and allied members to choose the project they feel is the best and most innovative of all the submissions for this ASID chapter.

MLH Designs Little Rock | 501-766-0594 80 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015


Kathryn J. LeMaster, Allied ASID

Residential Kitchen, Barber Residence, Roland Goal: The client was drawn to both Tuscan and Southwestern inspiration. Functionally, they needed more open space in the floor plan, counter surfaces, and storage capacity. The clients love to cook, entertain, and really “live” in this kitchen, so it was important that the design allow them to do so comfortably. Result: It feels bright and airy with ample space to

perform needed tasks without rubbing elbows with each other, while still reflecting the cozy ambiance they longed for through the warm color scheme and rustic finishes. The space also features dedicated zones, including a coffee service station, window seat with storage, and a desk area.

Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design North Little Rock | 501-626-0267

Andrea M. Cornwell, ASID, ASRID, AIA affiliate Residential Bath, Cawthon Residence, Fayetteville

GOAL: The design concept for this renovation was to create a clean and calm—yet practical—bathroom for a family.

RESULT: Functionally, the parents wanted a tub—primarily for

their toddler—as well as individual sink basins for themselves. Beyond this, the design was meant to be modest, mostly airy, and classical. Drawing inspiration from a distinctive Moroccan metal lantern that the couple found during a trip in 2009, Cornwell created a theme with arabesque tile wainscot. The design also combines the North African country’s alluring style with a serene color palette to create a functional space.

Custom Detail, Illumination Station

GOAL: A home décor lighting company, Illumination Station,

commissioned iSpace to create a group of lamps with a contemporary flair. They wanted a creative, yet simple new group of table lamps to offer retailers. The new lamps needed to be in line with contemporary and transitional home décor. Think: Jonathan Adler on a budget.

RESULT: iSpace achieved this by combining crisp geometry

and simple, fluid details along with a refined color palette. The result was a set of nicely scaled, current-style lamps.

iSpace, LLC Fayetteville | 479-521-7657 | January/February 2015 | 81


Kaki Hockersmith, Allied ASID Residential Kitchen, Riggs Residence, Little Rock

GOAL: For the renovation of this 1960s kitchen, Hockersmith

set out to create a more open, multi-functional space with designated areas for a coffee bar, item-specific storage, a wet bar with a counter for quick meals, and a space for the owner’s cat.

RESULT: The cramped, dated kitchen area was transformed

into a sleek, open, and user-friendly part of the remodeled home. Natural materials, including bamboo flooring, maple cabinetry, and quartz countertops enhanced the space’s river view. The existing space was also extended to include utility and pantry storage and wine refrigeration.

Residential Single Space, Outdoor Space, Little Rock

GOAL: The concept was to transform the lawn into a gracious space for entertaining. The clients wanted lots of seating and lounging areas that would add harmony amidst the lush gardens and water features.

RESULT: Hockersmith expanded the partially covered patio into

a larger kitchen and dining area. She added a large terrace with a fireplace and expanded the seating area around the pool. The newly constructed areas appear original and in scale with the home, while the furnishings have a more modern feel, thus creating a nice contrast between the Tudor style exterior and their modern family lifestyle.

Kaki Hockersmith Interiors Little Rock | 501-666-6966 |

Julie Wait Fryauf, ASID

Residential Model Home, Brooks Design Speculative House Master Bath, Rogers GOAL: The developer of this luxury home sought an interior in a contemporary yet warm style with natural, local materials. He desired a memorable upper-market house that would stand out to potential buyers yet remain within pre-established materials budgets. RESULT: Luxurious materials, including Verona marble,

Danby Royal marble, textural island stone pebbles on the shower floor, and sparkling chrome faucets and showerheads, create a spa-like oasis.

Julie Wait Designs, Inc. Rogers | 479-631-8706 82 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015


Tobi Fairley, ASID

Residential Large Residence, Crestwood Residence, Little Rock

Residential Single Space, Leawood Residence Outdoor Space, Fayetteville

GOAL: When a recently married couple with a combined

GOAL: Five years after completing the interior design work for

RESULT: The renovation opened the kitchen into a large family

RESULT: Fairley added a cabana and additional usable square

total of six children was ready to bring everyone under one roof, finding a house that suited their complex needs was a challenge. Fairley helped them turn a small cottage on a quiet street into a large and functional family home. room and added a new master suite, office, powder room, and utility space. Upstairs, the under-used attic was reclaimed for living spaces, and dormers were installed to add square footage and maximize personalized storage.

this family, they asked Fairley to return to bring her signature bold and tailored style to the outdoor spaces. She was inspired by cosmopolitan hotels and the interior palette of the residence.

footage to the existing pool house. The design also includes a full outdoor kitchen and many seating and lounge areas.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design Little Rock | 501-868-9882 |

Julie Grisham, ASID

Commercial Institutional, Central Arkansas Library System Sid McMath Library Children’s Addition and Renovation, Little Rock GOAL: The goal of this project was to update the existing space and create a larger children’s area. RESULT: To gain space, an addition and new program

room were built. Grisham updated the existing building with new colors and new furniture equipped with the latest technology. She used wall colors of lime green, yellow, and orange in the expanded children’s space to invite every kid to come back to this newly created area. The furniture features the same colors and the addition of cut-out animals on the end panels.

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Kate East, ASID, LEED AP & Monica Colvard, ASID Commercial Institutional, Arkansas Tech University Chambers Cafeteria Renovation and Addition, Russellville

GOAL: Create a dining experience that moved away from

the traditional, single-file service line concept to decrease congestion, double the seating capacity, and make the space welcoming for students. The project needed to be complete in five months, and needed to utilize the existing building, which had low ceilings and small, divided spaces.

RESULT: Raised and brightened ceilings open the space,

while colorful freestanding concepts draw students in multiple directions instead of a single serving line. A variety of furniture styles and heights add interest, while an addition with a raised wood ceiling and glass sides provides views to a busy pedestrian area.

Commercial Large Corporate, Arcade Building, Little Rock

GOAL: The Arcade is a mixed-use building funded by public-

private partnership that revitalized a corner in the heart of Little Rock’s River Market district. The project was required to include a multi-use theater, office space for the public library, retail bays, and other business offices.

RESULT: Because this building is multipurpose, the design

provides a clean, modern feel that would be appropriate for clients, students attending seminars, non-profit meetings, and a variety of theater uses. The contemporary lines and classic materials of wood, terrazzo, marble, and concrete create a sophisticated and contemporary feel without being too trendy.

AMR Architects, Inc. Little Rock | 501-375-0378 |

Laura Cox, ASID, NCIDQ; Kimberly Prescott, ASID, NCIDQ & Korie Trice

Commercial Sustainable, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Student Services Center, Little Rock Goal: The client requested a building and interior that would become a marketing tool for the college to attract students. Consolidating multiple student services into a single building was important to ensure a seamless registration and admission process for students and faculty alike. Result: Interior public circulation is consolidated within a four-story atrium to the south, which parallels interior movement and activity with that along the exterior pedestrian corridor. Cladding this form in a glass, curtainwall system of varying opacity emphasizes openness and transparency and creates a visual connection between students inside and out. The clean-lined design of the interiors reflects the college’s philosophy of excellence and leadership.

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects FAYETTEVILLE | 479-444-0473 Little Rock | 501-378-0878 84 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015


Laura A. Cox, ASID, NCIDQ

Commercial Small Corporate, Bank of Cave City, Cave City GOAL: A new headquarters building for this century-old

bank was needed to launch them into their next 100 years of service. Its new home needed to inspire trust in customers, capture a sense of hospitality that makes the institution approachable, and give a lasting impression of its permanence in the community and financial industry.

RESULT: The new headquarters reflects the vernacular architecture of the town’s fieldstone buildings, giving the project a familiar and permanent feel. The prominent vault, signifying the security of customers’ investments at the bank, and the brightly lit glass lobby space, signifying transparency, create a home for this new bank that is both familiar and innovative for the community.

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects FAYETTEVILLE | 479-444-0473 Little Rock | 501-378-0878

Sarah Goss, ASID

Commercial Small Corporate, ENG Lending, little rock GOAL: A vacant floor of The Residences at 5 Statehouse Plaza was to be repurposed into an upscale, contemporary space for ENG Lending’s corporate headquarters. RESULT: Inviting finishes in a sophisticated color palette

were used throughout the space to create unity. Lighting fixtures, including custom-designed large drum pendants, were created to be focal elements. A bold, custom wallcovering was created from an enlargement of a geode stone and used for a feature wall in the lobby, which welcomes visitors upon arrival. The client’s collaboration in the design process and ability to think outside the box helped to make this project a success.

Allison Architects FAYETTEVILLE | 479-444-6972 Little Rock | 501-376-0717

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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Designer House XXII Kathryn LeMaster, Allied ASID Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design, North Little Rock

Barg-GrAy Family Clinic Brittany Atkinson, ASID Williams & Dean Architecture | Interior Design, Little Rock


Little Rock Eye Clinic Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID and Lauren Mesker, Allied ASID WER Architects | Planners, Little Rock

George’s, Inc. Research & Development Kitchen & Conference Room Julie Wait Fryauf, ASID Julie Wait Designs, Rogers



Geissman Kitchen Kaki Hockersmith, Allied ASID Kaki Hockersmith Interiors, Little Rock Galiano Kitchen Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID and Melissa Archuleta, Student Member ASID Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock


Residential Bedroom Jennifer Huett, Associate ASID House to Home, Hot Springs


Residential Living Room Jennifer Huett, Associate ASID House to Home, Hot Springs


Wadlin Residence Andrea M. Cornwell, ASID iSpace, LLC, Fayetteville Noll Residence Andrea M. Cornwell, ASID iSpace, LLC, Fayetteville Shadow Valley Residence Tobi Fairley, ASID Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Little Rock


Little Greek Restaurant Brittany Atkinson, ASID Williams & Dean Architecture | Interior Design, Little Rock Purple Cow Restaurant Laura A. Cox, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock


Scarlet Brittany Atkinson, ASID Williams & Dean Architecture | Interior Design, Little Rock JA Riggs Texarkana Service Center Laura A. Cox, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock 86 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2015


Johnson Regional Medical Center Addition & Renovation Kimberly Prescott, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock


Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts Laura A. Cox, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock Arkansas State University Greek Row Sorority Housing Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID, Lauren Mesker, Allied ASID and Lindsey Cornelsen, ASID WER Architects | Planners, Little Rock Grace Point Church Addition Kimberly Prescott, ASID, Laura Lyon, Allied ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock ASU Mountain Home Community Development Center Laura A. Cox, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock Hotz Hall at the University of Arkansas Rachel Miller, ASID and Malia Edwards, Allied ASID SCM Architects, Little Rock Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute Robin Halbert-Petty, ASID Design Squared, North Little Rock


Cleburne County Library Julie Grisham, ASID Julie Grisham Interiors, Little Rock Henderson State University Dining Facility Stacey Breezeel, ASID, Rachel Miller, ASID, and Malia Edwards, Allied ASID SCM Architects, Little Rock


Hillside Auditorium Sarah Goss, ASID Allison Architects, Inc., Little Rock


Barg-GrAy Family Clinic Brittany Atkinson, ASID Williams & Dean Architecture | Interior Design, Little Rock Ronnel Metal Recycling Corporation Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID WER Architects | Planners, Little Rock University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Lobby Gallery Kimberly Prescott, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock


J.B. Hunt Andrea M. Cornwell, ASID iSpace, LLC, Fayetteville Arkansas State Library Kate East, ASID, Monica Colvard, ASID AMR Architects, Inc., Little Rock


Metropolitan Tower Second Floor Executive Suites & Fitness Center Sarah Goss, ASID Allison Architects, Inc., Little Rock Arkansas Physicians Management, Inc. Brittany Atkinson, ASID Williams & Dean Architecture | Interior Design, Little Rock


The Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Public Library Sarah Goss, ASID Allison Architects, Inc., Little Rock Carelink Community Kitchen & Adult Respite Center, Morgan Balmer, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock

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End Notes


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For an issue that celebrates the best in design, it only seemed fitting to share a few of our staff’s favorite picks. Whether for the advice, the many dog-eared pages, or simply the stunning style and images, these eight books topped our list of must-read design titles.

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