Designer Barbi Rushing’s countryside estate just outside of Little Rock is filled with beautiful antiques. From the moment you walk through the front door, you’ll realize every piece is not only beautiful, but meaningful as well. The home was built to encompass a set of antique French trumeau doors that lead into the dining room. The bronze doré chandelier hanging over the table belonged to Barbi’s grandmother. And, the center tablecloth was made specifically for luncheons her mother hosted. Along with the family pieces handed down over the years, Barbi effortlessly mixes in pieces she has found using her own artful eye. “I have always loved antiques and beautiful pieces, and I believe all pretty things go together,” says Rushing. Read the whole story online here or find a copy of the April issue on newsstands.
Homeowner Lyndsey Lewis is back with an update on the little “green” house (eco-friendly and painted a shade of green too) she’s building in Little Rock through Bret Franks Construction! My, how far her cute little house has come since Lyndsey first started this series with us in November! Stop by next week for a FULL update, part of which you can see on Lyndsey’s personal blog, Little House in Little Rock, right now.
Itâs go-time now. Weâre near the finish line on the little house (less than a month out), and boy is the pressure getting to me. I have projects for my projects at this point! I lie in bed at night, unable to sleep, going through to-do lists. I dream about furniture arranging.
Â Jen Franks [the wife in my husband-wife building team of Bret Franks Construction] told someone, âSheâs a real go-getter. Sheâs doing all kinds of projects for the house and still working her ârealâ job.â
Me: âNo, Iâm actually just a really bad judge of time. I always think thereâll be more of it.â
I decided to try my hand at upholstering my own headboard and ottoman. The headboard was donated by my big sister, Lola, after she decided to upgrade from the covered plywood. The ottoman was actually a wicker storage cube I bought at Big Lots during pharmacy school. The fabric and supplies I purchased for less than $20. Iâd say it’s a decent DIY for an amateur.
Tip: For a bargain on upholstery fabric, try Rushin Upholstery on Roosevelt in Little Rock. They have a whole wall of fabric thatâs less than $10/yard. Is it fancy? No. Does it have to newest prints in Elle DÃ©cor? No. But it is a fun, fun place to hunt and get creative. And no, Iâm not a paid spokesperson… my aunt does commercial upholstery work and told me about the place.
Iâve barely gotten a good start on the twin bed for my loft. (I purchased two twin-sized beds at Habitat ReStore for $50.) Stripping paint is no joke, readers! But, when the bed is decently cleaned, I plan to paint it a color then white-wash it. I may paint words on the footboard tooâ¦ perhaps âSLEEP TIGHTâ or âDREAMâ or âG NIGHTâ in industrial stenciled letters. (Or is that too kitschy?)
Â My mother and grandmother gifted a couple of family quilts to add some extra cozy to my beds.
Ok, back to work for me. I still have to sew curtains, create a skirt for my bathroom sink, stain my dining tableâ¦
Iâve got plenty of time, right?