Sparkling Sanctuary

Styled By: 
Mandy Keener
Photographer: 
Nancy Nolan
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At Home in Arkansas: The bedroom and bathroom you designed for 7-year-old Rayne Thone is so luxurious and shimmering, the entire room is luminescent. What was your goal for this suite?

 

Designer Tracy Rivers: We wanted Rayne’s room to be over the top. It’s not an everyday room for her; it’s a luxury suite for visits to her grandparents, Harriet and Rick Thone. She is an artist at heart, and this is a room where she can be inspired.

 

 

 

AHIA: Speaking of inspiration, what was yours when you began designing these rooms?

 

TR: Throughout the house we used a lot of purple, and some soft teal. We wanted this room to blend with the house yet feel special, so we focused on teal.

AHIA: Tell us about the luminous walls.

 

TR: We covered them in hand-troweled Venetian plaster, which is very durable, making it ideal for kids’ rooms. Once the walls were complete, the trim looked out of place, so we added a pearlized finish, and it matched the room beautifully.

 

 

AHIA: What inspired the scroll design painted on the walls?

 

TR: We used several antique silver doorknobs, and that inspired the use of silver in the room. I saw a design on the cover of an old children’s book, and modernized it to create the silver scroll pattern for the walls.

 

 

AHIA: The silver sparkle carries over to the bathroom as well.

 

TR: We wanted to create a bathroom Rayne would be wowed in. It needed to be user friendly, but we wanted her to walk in and be amazed by the tones and shimmer. The dresser in the bedroom is mirrored, so we mimicked that with the custom silver-leaf vanity and mirror. The tiles on the floor and miniature tiles in the shower are pearlescent with glitter grout, and the glass doors let that show and keep the shower low maintenance.

 

AHIA: This will surely be a room Rayne will love for a long time.

 

TR: That was our goal. We wanted her to always be happy in this room, and to be able to cherish this space. It’s designed so it can adapt to her age. Replace some of the accessories and the design will still work for her when she’s 15.

 

 

 

 

Design Resources

 

Design Angelfish Studios, Little Rock

 

Bedding, accessories Vesta's, Little Rock

 

Cabinetry, mirror frame McInroe Cabinets, Hot Springs

 

Electrical Design Construction Inc., North Little Rock

 

Fixtures Falk Plumbing Supply, North Little Rock

 

Flooring Creative Floors, North Little Rock

 

Furnishings Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock

 

Lamps Austin’s Home Furnishings, Little Rock

 

Lighting TEC Electric, North Little Rock

 

Paint Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, locations statewide

 

Rugs Bethany’s Design Center, Russellville

 

Shower door, mirror Affordable Glass & Mirror, Cabot

 

Tile Emser Tile, North Little Rock

Window treatments Designer Supply, North Little Rock

 

 

 

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Family Flair: Designer Endia Veerman uses soothing hues and textural fabrics to update a West Little Rock home

 

Family Fun: At the Little Rock home of builder Justin Stewart, an open floor plan and durable materials emphasize informal, easy living for a family of five

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