Date: August 29, 2019 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Lauren Cerrato |
With the help of Restructure Design, a Hot Springs Village couple reinvents the kitchen and master bath of a beloved family home
When Stephanie Noblett’s parents built their home in 1997, she had no idea she and her husband, Fred, would retire in the same house 20 years later. “We knew my parents were getting ready to downsize, but we hadn’t thought of their home as a retirement option for us,” she says. The Nobletts, who have lived in nearly a dozen different cities around the U.S., did their due diligence in searching for their ideal retirement locale, and they ended up falling in love with the charm of Hot Springs Village. “Arkansas is truly a hidden gem. We feel so blessed to be in a place with amazing people and such beauty. I feel like I’ve come full circle,” Stephanie says.
While they had years of treasured memories in the home they purchased from Stephanie’s parents, they were eager to put their own spin on its design, namely in the kitchen and master bath. After interviewing contractors, they felt a connection with Alissa Oates, principal designer and owner of Restructure Design, and project manager Rachelle Mann.
For starters, they wanted to make the kitchen more conducive to two cooks and also inviting for guests. “They love to host friends and family and wanted a large space where everyone could be a part of the conversation,” Alissa says. The Restructure team suggested removing a second island and relocating all of the appliances to one wall to create a more open and functional room. Also, they traded a hunter green and plum palette for white and latte-inspired hues. In addition to the kitchen, a nearby wet bar adheres to the same design style while offering guests a place to help themselves to a cocktail.
Stephanie and Fred also wanted to rethink the home’s more private spaces. The Restructure team initially presented what Alissa calls a “safe design” for the master bathroom. “Stephanie called and said, I hate to make your job harder, but this is not me,” Alissa recalls. Stephanie shared more inspiration, including a border of copper tiles she had seen in a magazine, and Restructure was able to create a detailed and personalized space, perfectly suited to the couple’s taste. “Before, everything was very busy, but we streamlined the design,” Rachelle says.
A tub deck was traded for a slim, standalone version, and a large bench spans the wall of the walk-in double shower. A blue accent tile stands out against white tile on the walls and floor while giving the effect of a waterfall flowing from the shower to the tub. The floor tile is outlined with a metal penny pattern to create the illusion of a rug. “Since my husband’s job made us subject to move frequently, I always had to think about re-sale and make neutral choices. I didn’t want to play it safe this time,” Stephanie says. “I think the blue is still timeless, but I got the look and spa-like feel I wanted.” “I love the way it turned out and that she took a chance to get what she truly loves,” Alissa says of the space.
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