The hustle and bustle of urban life seem worlds away from Stacy and Paul Hazell’s scenic property in Hurricane Lake Estates in Benton. The couple enlisted David Chapman of D&D Homes to build their waterfront house situated on a wedge-shape lot overlooking the lake and a densely wooded forest. “Paul wanted a very open floor plan,” says Stacy, so they found two house plans they liked and had Don Goebel, an associate of David’s, combine them. Two days before Christmas in 2007, the couple and their toddler-aged son, Henry, moved into the custom-designed 3,700-square-foot home.
Inside, the look of the home is definitely a collaboration. “I like more modern furniture, while my husband likes more traditional looks. I think we were able to blend the two together nicely,” Stacy says. For the window treatments, she enlisted Brenda Quattlebaum of Interpretations in Bryant. “I could give a picture to Brenda, and she could replicate it or be inspired by it,” Stacy says. Furnishings from her previous home blended with newer pieces, such as the dining room table, living room couch and bedroom furniture. “I updated the furniture I had by recovering several of the pieces with coordinating fabrics or adding accent pillows,” she says.
A few striking rugs add to the design scheme, such as the octagonal rug custom made for the dining room by Whitley’s Floor in Benton, who also installed the five-inch walnut plank flooring and the tile in the kitchen, breakfast room and laundry room. Paint was a major factor in designing the home, and Stacy chose a golden neutral paint for the main living areas to provide contrast to the furniture and accessories. “It’s a bit dark, but it worked because of all the natural light from the windows,” she says. For accent walls, Stacy chose Spice—a lively red color—for the kitchen and Frolic—a lime green color—for the upstairs playroom, all by Sherwin-Williams. Henry’s room boasts chocolate-brown color walls with a blue-green ceiling—Van Dyke and Canton Jade paints respectively—from Pratt and Lambert Paints.
But the real burst of drama in the Hazells’ home is found in the faux painting treatments done by Brenda and her business partner, Wes Tate. The talented duo painted the bathroom ceiling, bedroom ceiling, upstairs bathroom and downstairs half bath, incorporating different techniques into each room. Lorie Godwin from Doodleworks in Bryant painted the swirls in the upstairs bathroom, and Brenda and Wes added a silver glaze. Brenda then suggested painting the ceiling black. “I was hesitant at first, but decided to go with it,” Stacy says. “It worked out great!”
The Hazells have been collecting artwork from their trips abroad for years, and their collection includes a piece purchased from a market in Jamaica, two works from Venice and bronze rubbings from Westminster Abbey. They also picked up local pieces from The Showroom in Little Rock, such as the large abstract painting in the dining room by Jonesboro artist Maryam P. Moeeni. “This home has definitely been my project for the past year,” Stacy says, “But we realized the only way to truly get what you want is to build it yourself.”