As the proprietors of Bear-Hill Interiors, brother-and-sister design team Kevin and Susan Walsh enjoy what they do. However, it took a move by their mother, Anita Creviston, to push them to design extremes. Susan recalls, “On the same day that the contractors were finishing up, carpet was being installed, drapes were being hung. Kevin was in Hot Springs packing up all of our mom’s things.
Before and After
When Boyd and Trisha Logan moved into a mid-century ranch style home in Fayetteville shortly after graduating from college, they didn’t expect to stay long. Though the design-savvy couple appreciated the home’s clean, modern lines and the privacy of the surrounding woods, they knew their family would soon outgrow the home’s modest 1,200 square feet.
Think that bright white must be banished from a family home? That serene hues, shimmering surfaces and chic accents won’t work in a household full of boys?
When the couple purchased the traditional-style house in 1990, the lower level was a dance studio for the previous owners’ two daughters, complete with a mirrored wall and a ballet barre. As owner of Keener Construction Co., Inc., David handily transformed the space into a recreation room their family of four could enjoy.
Seamstress extraordinaire, creative crafter and doting grandmother J.J. Davis always has a project pending, but space to implement her ideas was in short supply in the North Little Rock home she shares with her husband, Jerry. In seeking a space where she could sew costumes, cut patterns or play with her grandsons, the solution was simply a few steps away, in the couple’s unfinished basement.
Built in the late 1960s, the four building apartment complex near the University of Arkansas campus in downtown Fayetteville was a testament to its time, complete with dark paneling, shaggy carpeting, closed off rooms and dank kitchens and baths. When new owners purchased the property in 2010, the 96-unit complex was in dire need of an update.
Summer living calls for easy, versatile pieces, offering the chance to break from tradition and loosen up your decor. To inspire your vacation-time style, At Home asked three top designers to create fresh combos for a summery setting, all based on one piece of furniture.
When Ashley Jones seeks inspiration for her paintings and photography projects, she finds it in the refreshing greens and blues of nature. But when it came to her 1969 ranch home in the North Little Rock neighborhood of Lakewood, lively colors and natural elements were clearly lacking. “The main living spaces were incredibly dark and closed off with tiny rooms,” says Ashley. “It didn’t leave me very inspired.”
For families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, options for staying near their child overnight were once limited to camping out on a hospital sofa or booking an extended stay at a hotel. That was until Ronald McDonald House Charities became involved, and raised the funds to convert a wing of the hospital used as physician sleeping quarters into a virtual home-away-from-home for families in need.
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