Ever wonder what it’s like to build a house from the ground up? As the owner of J. Lawrence Design, Jill Lawrence has had the opportunity to walk-through the process with numerous clients. Now it’s her turn, and she’s giving us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look here on the At Home in Arkansas blog. Follow along as we chronicle each stage before the big reveal in our October 2022 issue.
At Home in Arkansas: The walls are up and it’s time to turn your focus to some of the interior selections—which I’m sure you’ve been thinking about for months. Can you tell us about some of the overarching choices you’ve made?
Jill Lawrence: Sure! One of the biggest things is the cork flooring. We only have two types of flooring in the house: cork and limestone. Because this is an open-concept house and because we are empty nesting here, I wanted flooring that would absorb acoustic energy and also be easy on our joints. We landed on cork for both those reasons. We used it for all the main spaces, and we have loved it so far! A room the size of our kitchen/living/dining area would typically echo; if you were listening to the TV the sound quality would be bad or you wouldn’t be able to hear a conversation. These really absorb the background noise and, along with the fabrics, have made it so quiet because they take in so much sound….