Date: August 31, 2017 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Angela Alexander |
Standout fixtures and intricate design details bring personality to this West Little Rock space
A shared situation can often make for the best relationships. For designer Miguel Newberg of M. N’Teriors and her West Little Rock clients, temporary displacement brought them together. “We had known each other for a number of years,” the designer relates, “and then we discovered we were living in the same apartment complex while I remodeled and she built.” The homeowner says she had “always wanted to work with Miguel,” and the shared circumstance seemed to bring them together.
The homeowners were already in the process of building their dream home with the help of Dustin Hennard of Hennard Custom Homes. Hennard helped the owners tweak the floor plan for the timber-frame hybrid house to fit their needs both now and in the future. “She was very forward thinking,” Newberg adds of the spatial planning the homeowner desired.
A palette of grays covers the transitional-style space, while variations provide visual interest. For example, the painted cabinetry is covered with a glaze that adds a patina while highlighting the door frames and architectural elements. Additionally, freeform silver and charcoal veining runs through the quartzite backsplash and countertops. The hue also carries over to the fifth wall. “They sent me a couple of pictures of options they liked,” Hennard says of the inspiration for the ceiling treatment, “and I scrounged to find enough pecky cypress wood to use for this design.” The result is an eye-catching diagonal installation in the coffered ceiling that is sure to have eyes looking upward.
In the same fashion, standout features await at every turn in the kitchen. A large island was a must-have on the homeowner’s list. This centrally located work and dining space is accented with two oversized pendants. The pair of fixtures frame the custom range hood, which features the room’s repeated X motif. “I asked her to start files online with pictures of rooms and decor she liked,” Newberg says. “This X pattern was one of her inspiration pieces; I loved it and helped her to carry it throughout the room on the cabinetry design for continuity.” To create contrast with the neutral, serene backdrop, four ladder-back barstools, which came from the couple’s previous home, were painted in a vivid turquoise. Similarly, a mix of metals fills the space; unobtrusive oil-rubbed bronze hardware can be seen on the cabinets while a hammered copper sink and pull-down faucet take center stage at the island. “She is the type of client who would rather wait a bit to find just the piece that really sets the space apart, and that really makes the overall design magnificent,” Newberg says.
Contractor Dustin Hennard, Hennard Custom Homes
Interior design Miguel Newberg, M. N’Teriors
Accessories Cantrell Furniture Design Center, The Everyday Chef, and Obsessions Interiors
Appliances Metro Appliances & More
Art, furniture, and rugs Cantrell Furniture Design Center
Cabinetry Duke Custom Cabinets
Countertops and tile—backsplash Casa Blanca Granite
Fabrics Cynthia East Fabrics
Fixtures Falk Plumbing Supply
Florals Tipton & Hurst
Lighting Light Innovations
Painting Melvin’s Painting
Painting—decorative AF Decorative
Tile—flooring ProSource Wholesale
Window coverings Designer Effects