Date: May 30, 2020 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek |
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.
Tish, who orchestrated the build and worked closely with the contractor, says she has always had a passion for design but never pursued a degree in the field. A few years after marrying, she and Patrick moved from Augusta, Georgia (where they first met), to Texas. There, they remodeled a ranch-style home, an experience that fully rekindled her love of design.
Upon moving to Arkansas in 2014, the couple decided to build in Chenal Valley. “I really loved that house, but I always thought we rushed through it,” Tish says. She notes the couple made some changes while keeping other aspects the same when they found their current lot in the Heights neighborhood and decided to build once more. “With this house, we took a lot of time with the plans and design on the front end.”
For example, this time around they opted for single-car garages rather than one bay along with individual interior spaces for both him and her. “He got a room just for him at the back of the house, and I got my dream bath,” Tish laughs. “Both the remodel we did in Texas and our two builds here in Arkansas were learning experiences, and I’m excited to use that knowledge to help other people now as I move into a new chapter by opening my design business,” she says.
Character & Color
Traditional trim and panel molding bring character to the living room and continue up the staircase and throughout the home. “I think molding gives a home a touch of character; it’s one of the things I enjoyed thinking about from the start of the design,” Tish says. This classic architectural feature is balanced with a heavy dose of cheerful color. A Manuel Canovas fabric seen on the chairs was the starting point for the room’s furnishings. Orange cocktail tables from Oomph along with the pair of light turquoise sofas pull out specific hues found in the pattern, further enlivening the room. Over the fireplace hangs a painting of a South Carolina waterway Patrick gifted Tish one year for Christmas.
In the Flow
“We knew we wanted an open concept plan where the kitchen, dining room, and living room all flowed into one another,” Tish says. “It gives us the ability to engage each other in any of these three spaces.” To this point, the centrally located dining table, which she had custom painted while living in Texas, is not only the gathering spot for dinner but also for homework and craft sessions. She chose to continue the marble countertops upward onto the backsplash to create a clean, seamless appearance. This effect is echoed by cabinetry panels, which conceal large appliances as well as a microwave and drink station. Underfoot, durable wood plank floors add to the home’s traditional bones. “With three kids and two dogs, hardwoods have always worked well for us,” Tish says.
His Meets Hers
Tish notes the master bedroom is equal parts feminine and masculine. “I was originally planning to do the blush grasscloth on the walls only, but I liked it so much we kept going across the ceiling,” she says. She relocated the green-and-white graphic print drapes from another room to balance the light girlish hue of the wallcovering. Another favorite print from Manuel Canovas covers the chair; its cosmopolitan influence is complemented by a work from an artist from Patrick’s native South America, an additional nod to the shared influence throughout the room.
“I wanted a bath where I could spend time,” Tish says of the master en suite, which features a soaking tub, rainfall shower system, and double vanities. “This wallpaper [“Hummingbirds” from Cole & Son] totally puts me at peace. I can take a nice, warm bath and relax here,” she adds. Marble laid in varying patterns covers the room’s surfaces, adding visual interest while still giving an overall calming effect. Tish custom designed all of the home’s doors to feature molding as well as sophisticated crystal knobs.
This wallpaper totally puts me at peace. I can take a nice, warm bath and relax here.” —Tish DeLozier
In the downstairs powder bath, Thibaut’s “Luzon” wallpaper is a fun surprise for guests. “I absolutely fell in love with this paper and thought a powder bath was the perfect place to use it,” Tish says. A custom vanity with a raised panel design complements the wallcovering’s scene while a shapely mirror and sconces complete the look.
Tucked In Brightly
Designer Chandler Bailey of B. Interiors worked with Tish to source several pieces throughout the home, including the upholstered daybed in the couple’s daughter Kennedy Elizabeth’s room. Bolster pillows featuring a hot air balloon motif bring a whimsical touch, while a pink-and-white mirror and light fixture are sophisticated enough to grow with the room’s changes over time. Watercolors by Little Rock artist Ashley Saer are seen on the far wall.
Upstairs, bright hues carry into 8-year-old Lucas’s room. “In our last house, I was starting to work on his room and found this train wallpaper from Schumacher,” Tish says. “He has always loved trains, and I thought this print was something that could grow with him because it doesn’t feel babyish; it’s almost like graffiti.” Sherwin-Williams’ “Raindrop” on the walls and ceiling—again a nod to Tish‘s love of the color turquoise—and custom bedding finish out the design. Lucas and his younger brother, Henry, share the adjoining bath, which also features a bold wallpaper above the chair rail.
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