In this month’s October issue, Joshua Plumlee with Cobblestone & Vine shakes up traditional design for a Little Rock fun-loving family. Plumlee uses color, art, and custom furnishings throughout the home and in the process writes his own rules on traditional design. In the guest room, seen here, Plumlee chose a deep aubergine for the walls, which is the perfect backdrop for the room’s white and gold art, furnishings, and accessories. “They love interesting art; they love color,” says Plumlee of the homeowners. The result of this whole-home transformation is a moody and glamorous–yet inviting–home that delights in its own eccentricities and offers a unique take on traditional home decor. We’ve gathered a few things to help you get the look in your own home. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the new October issue on newsstands.
Our Kitchen & Bath issue is packed full of design inspiration and this kitchen features a sleek design that is big on style. For homeowner Diann Hurley, who had recently downsized, a simple style with abundant storage was high priority, so she traded lower cabinets for drawers. A trio of beaded pendants from Lighting Emporium brings in the room’s red accent color along with a touch of glamour. Sleek, wood-and-metal barstools offer low seating without disturbing the view into the adjacent den. Both the embossed crocodile countertops and the articulating faucet—which is operated with a joy stick—are conversation starters on the kitchen’s large island. We’ve gathered a few items to help you get the look. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the September “Kitchen & Bath” issue on newsstands.
It’s almost the weekend and if you need some kitchen inspiration, you’re in the right place. This beautiful European-inspired kitchen is our Room of the Week, designed by sisters Talena Ray and Mona Thompson of Providence Design. The heavily-veined granite countertops combined with the diamond-shaped, mixed-stone backsplash give the kitchen design color and movement. Ray and Thompson commissioned the iron light fixture centered over the island. This kitchen also features custom kitchen cabinets with a blue-gray glaze reminiscent of the patina of antique painted furniture. We’ve rounded up a few items to help you get the look. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the June issue on newsstands.
This week’s “Room of the Week” brings us casual, shore-inspired style from a Fayetteville home designed by Harper Howey Interiors. To bring the look of an elegant beachside home to Northwest Arkansas, the team at Harper Howey Interiors started with a neutral base that includes white walls and cabinetry along with tan and cream furnishings. Bold lighting and accent pillows bring in colors reminiscent of a lush seascape in the adjoining living room. Rich, textured fabrics and a mirrored coffee table add a hint of glamour. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the June issue on newsstands.
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We’re taking color cues from Katie Henry of Katie Grace Designs in our May issue. She worked with Little Rock homeowner Pamela Rees and gave her home an update to match her personality. The living room, kitchen and breakfast nook are all open to one another, so Henry carried the same color palette throughout the entire space. In the breakfast nook, a pair of lamps Rees already owned started it off and work well with the coral accents. A custom credenza by J & J Custom Cabinets offers storage as well as a serving space and goes great with the modern white chandelier. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the May issue on newsstands.
This fully remodeled kitchen is taking center stage this week for our “Room of the Week” feature. The historic Fayetteville home, designed by Dale Trice out of Florida, underwent an full interior and exterior renovation. Homeowner Bill Hardin had always admired the home, so he knocked on the door and was able to learn the full history, even get the original blueprints and soon he was moving in. For the small kitchen they replaced the dated cabinets with a free standing shelf and a stainless steel island. These features along with subway tile walls give the new kitchen a spare, industrial feel. A huge difference from the “before” photo! Find more before photos of the rest of the home and read the full story online here or find a copy of the new May issue on newsstands now.
University of Arkansas Delta Delta Delta alumna and interior designer Melissa Haynes was thrilled with the challenge of remodeling her historic sorority house. Haynes of MH Design infused the house with her signature sophisticated look. In one of the living rooms, she added a modern watercolor to contrast with the more traditional elements of the room. She used a remnant of a vinyl-coated fabric with a punchy confetti pattern to cover a stool from Hickory Chair. The sisal-look rug is manufactured for outdoor use, making it extra-durable. “The redecoration was made possible by a gift to the chapter, and we wanted to do everything we could to make the best use of that investment,” says Haynes. “The house was already filled with beautiful pieces of furniture, artwork, chandeliers and accessories. With this gift we were able to incorporate those meaningful pieces into a fresh new decor scheme and dramatically change the look and feel of the house,” she adds. Read more online here or find a copy of the April issue on newsstands.
Jessica and Clay Barber turned to Kathryn LeMaster of Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design when they decided to tackle their extensive kitchen remodel project. LeMaster gave the family a full-fledge lifestyle transformation by creating a kitchen with defined spaces for everything. One of which being the removal of a divisive dining peninsula and in its place she added banquette window seating. This kitchen includes hints of a Southwestern-meets-Tuscan flair, so a distressed table was a perfect fit…especially with five boys! Now, they have an open and airy new kitchen that’s just their style. “A fail-safe, transitional look will stay relevant for years to come,” says LeMaster. Read more here to see all the before and after images or find a copy of the April issue on newsstands.
Our November issue, The Best of the South, will be headed to your mailbox and on the web shortly. As a sneak preview (drum roll please…), here’s the oh-so-beautifully Southern room that graces our cover.
What makes it so Southern, you might ask?
- It’s designed by Arkansas native Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors, a Southern charmer if ever there was one
- The artwork above the mantle is by acclaimed artist Sammy Peters, another famed Southern soul, whose work is carried in Little Rock’s Heights Gallery. Here’s a link to more of his work: http://www.sammypeters.com/paintingsmain/page18/page18.html
- The room’s symmetry, traditional moldings and pilasters flanking the fireplace, all common in Antebellum Greek Revival homes
- Comfortable, gracious furnishings, loaded with personality: silk damask seats in raw silk French chairs (Southern nearly always has a touch of French…), velvet covering the sofa, and an Oushak rug. The room is as well dressed as a Southern belle.
- And of course, those magnolia branches, with perfect blooms
If you’d like to see other projects by Bear-Hill Interiors, click on the links:
The kitchen/dinette of David Kirkpatrick take the top honor this week! As owner of Cabbage Rose Floral Boutique in Little Rock, Kirkpatrick has a penchant for color–fall color, to be more precise. He was inspired by earthy fall foliage to create a warm haven out of his cottage home, where the kitchen features brown walls and red accents. An antique armoire in the adjoining dinette stores his pots and pans, and he spiced up the cupboard with a red backsplash.
And we couldn’t resist including an image of the master bedroom, where Kirkpatrick’s sidekick, Jo Jo, posed for a picture.