Story: Interview by Diane Carroll | Styling: Diane Carroll |
At Home in Arkansas: This house has such serene colors, with blue, khaki and cream as the major shades repeated from room to room. What inspired the palette?
Designer Endia Veerman: We wanted to lighten up the house as much as possible. The way the home is oriented, the rooms don’t receive much direct sunlight. The wall color was dark and the furnishings felt heavy. The Peiserichs, who are a very fun family with three young daughters, wanted the house to feel lighter and larger.
AHIA: What were some of the other priorities the homeowners conveyed when you began working with them?
EV: The house doesn’t have a formal living room, yet the Peiserichs enjoy entertaining. So the living area needed to be multi-functional—a space where the family could hang out and watch television, or Carolyn could host a book club get-together, with seating for everyone. The kitchen and breakfast room are alongside the living space, and these areas needed to be more functional and attractive. The kitchen had dark appliances, dark counters and a small pantry, making it feel uninviting and inaccessible. It wasn’t a room where anyone wanted to spend time.
AHIA: Creating a living space that works for a family of five to watch television as well as elegantly entertain is quite a challenge.
EV: My main goal was to create a comfortable place for everyone, so I brought in a pair of sofas where the family could curl up together. I covered them in burlap because the texture helps to hide wear and tear. I reupholstered a pair of armchairs they already had, and added a pair of bergere chairs flanking the fireplace, so the room could seat a large group. They had an armoire housing the television; it was so dark it drew attention as the room’s focal point. Instead of replacing it, I had it repainted, and it blends more now with the other elements in the room.
AHIA: Were you able to work other pieces the Peiserichs already owned into the redesigned rooms?
EV: That was a priority as well. Whatever we could reuse in a way that fit the family’s needs, we did. In the breakfast room, we recovered their chairs with coated leather that can be wiped clean. The dining room buffet was repainted to match the new color palette. Wherever it was practical, we updated elements.
AHIA: That dreamy master bedroom must be a luxurious place to escape after a busy day with the kids.
EV: The concept was to create a sanctuary. It veers toward the feminine side, and the inspiration was a vintage-style Hollywood dressing room. We replaced a ceiling fan with an elegant chandelier that had been in the breakfast room. My aesthetic is to use three main colors in a house, for consistency, so spaces don’t look too compartmentalized or theme oriented. In here, the blue goes more toward teal, with browns and then silver as an accent color. The silver is a light-reflecting element. Each room has reflective surfaces to make the space brighter.
AHIA: Tell us about your inspiration for this stylish bedroom for the girls.
EV: Their room is an attic-like space with a low ceiling, and I wanted to make it feel much larger and lighter, even though there’s only one window. My inspiration was the ceiling tile, which we added to create architectural interest. They had the beds, and I repainted them to fit the color palette. We added all the built-ins and created a reading corner, plus a place for their television, and added lots of electrical plugs for all the tech gear. The goal was to make the space comfortable now and also timeless so it doesn’t become outdated as they grow.
AHIA: What effect has the change in environment had on this family?
EV: It gave them more peace. They feel a sense of calm now, and are more comfortable in their home. There was an instantaneous change in how light the rooms are, and both Carolyn and John remarked that they didn’t realize the space could feel so much brighter. We made sure to include elements that were important to them—photos of the girls, family pieces. There’s something in each space that has meaning, and that’s what makes it a family home.
Interior design Morph Interior Design, Little Rock
Accessories Pier 1 Imports, locations statewide
Appliances Metro Appliances & More, locations statewide
Cabinetry Renaissance Custom Cabinets, North Little Rock
Countertops The Countertop Store, North Little Rock
Flooring ProSource, North Little Rock
Furnishings Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Coming Home Interiors, Ethan Allen, M2 Gallery, Vivid Designs, Little Rock Furniture refinishing South St. and Main Custom Painting, Benton
Lighting Ethan Allen, Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock
Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide
Rugs, carpet Arnold’s Flooring America, Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock
Tile Emser Tile, North Little Rock
Upholstery Miller’s Upholstery & Fabrication, Sherwood
Wallpaper Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock
Window treatments Angel Thread Custom Sewing, Little Rock