After building two homes of her own, Tish DeLozier finds her passion—and launches a business—in design
“I’m a colorful person,” Tish DeLozier says. Upon entering the home she shares with her husband, Patrick, and their three young children, you get an immediate sense of happy at the first sightings of pink, green, orange, and turquoise. “Turquoise is a favorite of mine, so it’s in every room,” she says with a smile. And while the rainbow of hues might be the first thing to catch your eye, thoughtfully executed details, inviting layouts, and efficient organization don’t go unnoticed as you move through the home the DeLoziers built just two years ago….
A Little Rock couple thinks upward to gain space (and style!) for their family
When Sarah and Russell Brantley bought their Heights cottage in 2008, they planned to be there seven to 10 years. However, as they began to get to know the neighborhood families and have children of their own, they became attached. “I was selling real estate for the Janet Jones Company at the time, so I was constantly in and out of houses all over the neighborhood: new, old, remodels, homes with additions, and I just kept falling more in love with our current house,” Sarah says. Rather than moving to a new neighborhood, they decided to remedy their need for more space (they were expecting their second child at the time) with the addition of a second story as well as updates to the ground floor. Along with architect Carolyn Lindsey, designers and longtime family friends Christy Snowden Davis and Elaine Green contributed to the early stages of planning the renovation….
A palette of cool hues brings coastal charm to a family’s forever home
Designer Chandler Bailey started working with a family of five on this new construction home in Little Rock in the very, very early stages of planning—in fact, at the time, a completely different house stood in the lot. “I met with the homeowner with just the contractor’s drawings before they’d even torn down the house yet,” Chandler says. Knowing that they loved the neighborhood but not the house, the family brought in a talented team to help create their dream home from the ground up….
Inspired by a palette of blues and a breathtaking view, Bear Hill Interiors designs a dreamy downtown Little Rock condo for a young professional
Designer Kevin Walsh and his client Anna Pambianchi were no strangers when they came together to find and renovate a Little Rock condo. In fact, the two go way back. “I have known her family for probably 15 years. Anna was a little girl when I started working with her mother on their family’s house in McGehee, so she has literally grown up with us,” Walsh says. Because of their longstanding relationship, Pambianchi and her mother, Amanda, consulted Walsh about the selection of a condo as well as its renovation….
Designer Jackie Crowder creates a fun and fanciful bedroom to reflect a young Searcy girl’s Southern and Thai heritage as well as her love of pink
Two years ago the Camferdam family received a surprise of the best kind: they learned they would soon be welcoming a new member. After a long waiting period, Allison and Rob along with their son Jeffords were elated to begin preparing for the adoption of then five-year-old Katherine, who was born in Thailand.
Upon hearing the news, Allison immediately began to brainstorm ideas for a comfortable and cute room that would make their daughter feel at home in their Searcy residence. Allison had been working with Little Rock-based designer Jackie Crowder on her dining room and living room and knew she would be a natural fit to help design a bedroom for their little girl as well. During the planning, Allison had not yet met Katherine face to face, so she and Jackie began to brainstorm ideas based on what they knew about her as well as their personal likes. “Jackie and I have a mutual obsession with Lilly Pulitzer. All of my friends said, ‘Well of course she’s going to have a Lilly bedroom,’” Allison says.
“Heritage Floral,” a Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa fabric which was used to create a pair of accent pillows for the bed, was, in fact, the starting point for the room. “We wanted to go with a pink and coral palette—very girly—and this was the perfect start,” Crowder says. Prior to the Camferdams moving into the house, it was home to a family with three girls, so the bedroom’s walls were already painted the perfect shade of pink to complement the fabrics they had selected. Additionally, Crowder had an antique four-poster bed, a piece the family already owned, painted in a shade of bright pink to coordinate. A Lulu DK for Schumacher fabric (“Firecracker” in Pink Lemonade) was used to create grand draperies for the large set of windows that overlook the front lawn. “We had started on the room and got a report in from the international adoption agency,” Allison recalls. “It said, ‘she loves pink,’ and we were like ‘yes!’”
It was important to both Crowder and the Camferdams to include elements that would remind Katherine of her native country. “We wanted it to have a Southern feel but also include the Thai heritage,” Crowder says. The designer employed art and accessories—along with a little help from Allison—to fulfill this wish. “When we went to meet Katherine, we stayed for over three weeks in Thailand and the restaurant at our hotel had all these different birdcages in crazy colors,” Allison recalls of their trip to bring their daughter home. “Katherine would talk about them and point to them, so we got a green one to include in the room,” she says. Additionally, Allison purchased Thai postcards to have framed. These along with a bamboo-bordered mirror complete the display over the room’s dresser. A work by Little Rock artist Ashley Saer hangs at the head of the bed as a nod to the girl’s new Arkansas home. Katherine, who is now seven, has loved the finished result from day one. “When she first came home, she hugged the bed,” Allison says of her little girl’s love for the room that was lovingly created for her.
Interior design Jackie Crowder, Jackie Crowder Interior Design
Accessories Jackie Crowder Interior Design and Miss Em Prints
Art Ashley Saer and Jackie Crowder Interior Design
Bedding Cynthia East Fabrics
Embroidery The Sassy Stitch
Fabrics Designer Effects and Jackie Crowder Interior Design
Framing Pollard Studio
Furniture, lighting, and mirror Jackie Crowder Interior Design
Window coverings Interior Creations
Designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas reimagines a childhood friend’s dream home after a devastating fire
On a cold February night in 2011, Becka and Brian Webb, along with their young son Guy, were tucked snugly into their beds in their charming Heights cottage when the unimaginable happened. “I woke up around two a.m. to the sound of a crackling noise. I walked into the living room, and it was filled with smoke and flames,” Becka recalls. Fortunately, the family made it out of the home safely, and local firefighters were able to contain the fire and even salvage some furnishings. When the smoke cleared and the damage was assessed, the Webbs—certain they wanted to remain in the same location— knew that it would take a major renovation to recreate their beloved home.
Having completed an addition to the home just a few years prior to the fire, Webb also knew she would need the help of a trusted expert to get her family back into their home as quickly as possible. When considering who would be up to the task of recapturing the cottage charm of their home, she thought of her own childhood neighbor, designer and stylist Heather Chadduck Hillegas. “I had saved every article of Heather’s from her days at Cottage Living. I emailed her to ask if she knew of anyone who could help us to rebuild and to get the look I wanted. She immediately responded and said, ‘I can help you do that!’” From there, the two began to exchange ideas and plans for the project. “After a fire, you are touched to your core. Your home is your safe place. Just knowing that Heather was helping to recreate our home for us lifted a huge burden off of me,” Webb confides.
The Webbs also saw the renovation as an opportunity to make functional updates to the home’s footprint. While the previous addition had increased the home’s square footage, they now wanted to create a better flow by enlarging doorways, repositioning the entry, expanding the family room, and reconfiguring the kitchen. They also wanted the home to be fully livable but to keep the look and feel of a house that has been around for decades. “Becka’s style is rooted in tradition, but she loves a surprise,” Hillegas says. “We really wanted to create a modern cottage that would work for them for years to come.”
Reconstructed doorways offer wider access to the kitchen and dining room, both located just off the foyer. A pocket door, installed in the kitchen entrance, allows Webb to close off this room when guests arrive. “It’s a super old-school thing to do,” says Hillegas of the classic pocket doors, which were a staple in mid-century homes.
While all of the cabinetry, appliances, and flooring in the space are new, features such as the wood-planked hood over the stove, the beaded-board ceiling, and detailed millwork on the cabinetry give the space a look that appears timeless.
Hillegas felt it was important to add formality to the architecture of this room, so she installed wainscoting along the bottom portion of the walls. To keep it comfortable and to add layers to the space, drapery panels—hung from casual bamboo rods—mix with woven blinds. An oversized, new sideboard from Cobblestone & Vine offers ample storage and is accented with a gilded antique mirror. An exquisite pair of lamps that Webb inherited from her grandmother—who Hillegas notes “had fabulous style”—completes the look. Cane-back chairs from Ellen Golden Antiques in Little Rock mix with an antique table Hillegas found in Birmingham, Alabama, proving the importance of the continual hunt for exactly the right piece. Webb also found the chandelier through an online auction after months of searching. “I love that it’s not quite perfect,” Hillegas says in reference to its vintage wear-and-tear, “It adds to its character and the cottagey feel.”
When it came to the home’s palette, the rug in the den was a jumping-off point. “Becka told me that she loved everything about this rug—from the design to the colors. I took it and had paint colors matched so that the color of every room in the home spins off this one piece. There are shades of blue, pink, brown, and camel that we used throughout the house. It feels, to me, like it’s a map of the house in a way,” Hillegas says.
Built-in bookcases conceal the television and also offer display space for special trinkets and family photos as well as Webb’s collection of McCarty Pottery. Two pieces from Little Rock artist Ashley Saer, a friend of the Webb’s, were salvaged from the fire and are now an integral part of the new living room’s décor. A five-drawer wooden antique chest also survived the fire and now sits opposite the fireplace. “Because it was so cold at the time of the fire, and our entire home had been hosed down with water from the firefighters, the chest was frozen shut for days. The water harmed the finish, and I asked Heather if I should have it redone, but in the end we decided it had much more character with this broken-in look,” Webb says. Perhaps the greatest save from the fire was Webb’s grandfather’s Purple Heart, which was encased in a shadow box. The firefighters took a great deal of care with this, which endeared them to Webb even more. The medal is now proudly displayed alongside works of art on a gallery wall in the family’s den where it—along with the chest—serve as reminders of both the home’s and the family’s history.
When it came to Webb’s vision for her son’s room, Hillegas says, “She wanted it more neutral and really simple with easy-to-make beds.” Initially, the pair considered using a classic blue-and-brown combo, but Hillegas was eager to take the palette to the next level. “I thought, ‘it needs to look like an Hermès box with a pop of orange— very masculine,’” she says of the bedding.
A chest, which Webb found at an antiques store, does double duty, serving both as a bedside table and as storage. “I think antiques and vintage pieces are recycling at its finest. I absolutely love character and patina,” Webb exclaims. “I like to think that a piece was loved by someone else, and I always try to find old things at estate sales. The hunt is part of the fun!”
In addition to pieces she finds on her hunts and the antiques Webb was fortunate to have inherited, Hillegas also suggested reinventing items the couple already owned to add character and use their resources wisely. A four-poster bed, which was previously in the couple’s master bedroom and had damage to its finish from the fire, was repainted and relocated to the classic blue-and-white guest retreat. A pair of striking vintage lamps gives the space a collected-over-time flair.
Interior design Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Heather Chadduck Interiors & Decoration, LLC, Birmingham, Alabama, (214) 215-4260, heatherchadduck.com
Contractor Arkansas Restoration, Inc., North Little Rock, (501) 753-3600, arkrestoration.com
Custom carpentry Ike Harcourt, Harcourt Construction, Mountain Home, (501) 607-1776
Art Ashley Saer Art, Little Rock, ashleysaer.com
Accessories, lighting, rugs, wallpaper, and window treatments Heather Chadduck Interiors & Decoration, LLC, Birmingham, Alabama, (214) 215-4260, heatherchadduck.com
Furniture Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; Ellen Golden Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 664-7746; Heather Chadduck Interiors & Decoration, LLC, Birmingham, Alabama, (214) 215-4260, heatherchadduck.com
Cabinetry Bell’s Cabinetry, Jacksonville, (501) 982-8225
Draperies—fabrication and installation Linda McNeill, Batesville, (501) 206-5867
Mirrors Clement/Sweet Home Furnishings, Little Rock, (501) 296-9198, sweethomefurnishings.net
Wallpaper—installation Caroline Suggs, Little Rock, (479) 366-1193; Debco Wallpaper and Paint Inc., Benton, (501) 315-0266
At Home in Arkansas: Blue is an unexpected color in a baby girl’s room. What inspired the color palette in 9-month-old Catherine Riley’s nursery?
Homeowner Sarah Brantley: I’ve always loved blue bedrooms and knew that was the direction I wanted to go here. It’s my favorite color and it’s soothing. I found all of the fabric at Cynthia East, and the print for the crib skirt helped determine the palette and pull it all together.
Not knowing the gender can be challenging when designing a nursery. Which aspects were ready ahead of time and which were added once Catherine Riley was born?
The crib, bedding, glider, changing table and curtains were put into place before she was born. I had planned to bring out the pink in the crib skirt with accessories if we had a girl and the blue and green if we had a boy. Our goal was to keep the room soft and sweet either way.
Where did you find the great art covering the walls?
The watercolors are by our dear friend and local artist, Ashley Saer. My husband has called Catherine Riley “Sweet Pea” since her second day home, when she was wearing a gown with pea pods on it, so I gave Ashley the gown and asked her to paint something involving the nickname. Ashley also painted a birth announcement watercolor for us with Catherine Riley’s name and birth stats. I love how it turned out. The two nursery rhyme watercolors above her bed were purchased before she was born. Peter Cottontail is a childhood favorite of mine, and it was the theme of -my own nursery.
Of course, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room.
The rocking elephant was a surprise from my husband. I came home from work one day to find a package on the porch addressed to Baby Brantley and me. I was so surprised and excited to find the elephant inside. Catherine Riley loves it. She isn’t old enough to ride unassisted, but she loves to pat it and pull on the trunk.
What advice would you give to parents who are designing a nursery before finding out their baby’s gender?
Gender neutral doesn’t mean it has to be yellow or green. Pick what you love and you can always add to it to make it more gender appropriate later. I wouldn’t change anything. We love it!
Chair Kid’s Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 978-5439, kidsfurniturelr.com
Fabrics, ottoman Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics.com
Lamp base Fabulous Finds, Little Rock, (501) 614-8181
Mirror, mirrored lamp Tuck & Cover, Little Rock, (501) 225-8825, tuckandcover.com
Architects Bret and Stacey Park devised an open floor plan for the family home, where informal living, dining and kitchen spaces flow together easily. “Because of that, we use every room in the house, every day,” says Jamie. “There are no off-limit formal areas or unused spaces.” Building on that concept, interior designer Lisa Claybrook, ASID, worked with the family to choose paint colors, furnishings and fabrics that would add to the home’s warm and welcoming style.
“In the living spaces, we used earthy colors that blend from room to room,” says Claybrook. “And we chose durable, kid-friendly materials to ensure that the furnishings would look good but be easy to clean.”
Last year, the home was included in the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas Winter Dreams Home Tour, and Jamie opted to play up the house’s earth-tone look with all-natural decorations, including magnolia leaf wreaths and garlands created by the design team at Flora. Holiday décor specialist Jennifer Apolskis collaborated with Jamie on the rest of the seasonal elements, including a festive live tree trimmed with orange, blue, gold and red ornaments to complement the color palette of the living room.
In the adjacent kitchen, a room that Jamie considers the heart of the holiday season, the family creates and displays gingerbread houses each year, a tradition that Jamie says both she and Michael enjoyed as children. For the home tour, the family’s efforts became part of a much larger gingerbread house display involving such elaborate constructions as a recreation of Old Main from the University of Arkansas campus and a building named “Two Girls and a Boy Toyshop” in honor of the children, all created by Rick’s Bakery.
The memory-building decorations also extended to the children’s bedrooms, where small white Christmas trees decorated to match each child’s room were set up on their bedside tables. “They became the kids’ nightlights, because they loved the glow so much they didn’t want to turn them off when they went to bed,” says Jamie.
The holiday magic continued into the children’s playroom, where Apolskis added a full-size tree outfitted with colorful, kid-friendly ornaments, the final touch in a house full of family-oriented holiday décor. “We designed this house to be a place where our family memories are made,” says Jamie, “and the holidays are a big part of that.”
Architect Park Co. Architects, Fayetteville
Builder Landmark Homes, Fayetteville
Interior design Lisa Claybrook Interiors, Inc., Fayetteville
Holiday décor Jennifer Apolskis, Rogers
Art in living room Ashley Saer Cook, Little Rock
Custom upholstery, bedding, draperies and shutters Greenvalley Window Solutions, Inc., Fayetteville
Floral and fresh greenery Flora, Fayetteville
Gingerbread houses Rick’s Bakery, Fayetteville
Living room sofa and furniture Mertinsdyke Home, Little Rock
|A dramatic Ashley Saer painting holds a place above the mantel in the living room, while the furniture’s overall neutral color palette allows choice fabrics and pillows to bring everything together.|
|Even this casual bar area benefits from original art.|
Interior designer Dixie Pittillo, Allied member ASID of Shepherd Interior Design in Pine Bluff, was thrilled when an old college friend contacted her to design the family’s Fayetteville home. “We moved from a smaller home in the heart of the city, and really wanted someone to oversee each aspect of the home,” says the homeowner. “We wanted someone we could be honest with, and who understood our family and our style.” For Dixie, the job was exciting because she was able to begin working on the home’s design from the floor plan and continue through the finishes, furnishings and artwork. “It’s always fun when you’re able to create a home from the ground up,” Dixie says. “It gives you a chance to take the family’s personalities and lifestyle into consideration in every phase.”
The homeowners wanted an environment that would be nurturing and comfortable for their two young children, as well as inviting to friends and family. Dixie also worked to blend the couple’s personal styles. “The husband is drawn to more contemporary lines, but they both still wanted a comfortable and timeless home that their kids could enjoy.” “We want people to feel like they can walk in and put their feet up,” says the homeowner. “But, we also wanted it to be a beautiful space, and Dixie found that balance.” Artwork was also a major consideration when planning the home. “When we started the interior,” Dixie says. “I discussed with the homeowners their existing art collection, and what they wanted to add immediately for the new house, as well as plan for future acquisitions. We definitely didn’t want to fill every space, leaving no room for future finds.”
Dixie and the homeowners decided to commission a variety of works for the home, from traditional pieces like oils on canvas, to an art glass chandelier, iron railings and faux-finishes. “What makes this home so unique is the range of handmade, custom artwork,” Dixie says. “From the art hanging on the walls to light fixtures, sculptures and the extensive metal workings, the entire home is art.” L&L Metal Fabrication in Fayetteville played an integral role, custom crafting everything from the handmade railings on the staircases to the one-of-a-kind desk in the office and the cabinet backsplashes in the kids’ playroom. “The guys at L&L were so easy to work with,” Dixie says. “I would have a vision of something, and they were more than willing to create it for us. They were able to put my imagination into form.”
Dixie and the homeowners are all very pleased with the finished home. “Dixie let us be involved throughout the process, and always offered several choices for everything,” says the homeowner. “It allowed us to have the options we wanted, and still follow her overall design goal. We could also be totally honest with her, and if we didn’t like something, she always had more ideas.” Dixie finds the home a true testament to art. “We were able to incorporate so many local, talented artisans and craftsmen, including the custom-designed herringbone wood floors from Wood Flooring Gallery, the cabinetry from Verser Cabinets and the doors from Imperial Doors, all in Springdale. The home is truly a testament to Arkansas artists.”
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