Date: January 8, 2009 | Story: Allison Cook |
Alex Larzelere’s family has worked with interior designer Debi Davis of D&D Design in Little Rock on many projects throughout the years, and when Alex purchased his condominium in the 300 Third Tower in downtown Little Rock, he enlisted her design expertise. “This is the first time I’ve been able to work with Debi directly, and it was wonderful since I was already so comfortable with her,” he says. “I love living downtown because it allows me to walk everywhere, and when there’s a concert close by, you can hear it from my balcony.”
When Debi began the project, the condo was in the finishing-out stage. “She was instrumental in choosing the finishes and colors,” Alex says. “It kept the entire look consistent from beginning to end.” For Debi, the overall goal of creating a clean-lined and contemporary space was exciting. “Many people know me for French country or more Old-World looks, but I don’t ever want to constrain my designs. We also shied away from any fads,” she says. “He’s a young man, and we wanted a sophisticated but comfortable look that would not become dated. We kept the colors light so as not to overpower the wonderful view he has.” From the paint colors to the fabrics and custom silk rugs from Hadidi Oriental Rug Company in Little Rock, beautiful and welcoming textures and hues intertwine throughout the space.
For the furnishings, Debi and Alex worked closely with the team at Cobblestone & Vine in Little Rock to order a well-edited collection of furniture. “Alex had an overall style of furniture in mind, and the only piece that we held over from his previous home was a Chinese bed that we used as the coffee table,” Debi says. “It was so wonderful working with him because he has great taste and presented us with thousands of inspiring photographs.”
Artwork, from wall hangings to free-form sculptures, also played a vital role in bringing Alex’s condo to life, and Debi even created some pieces herself. “I came across a wonderful stone statue in New York and cast several molds of it and aged them,” she says. “Then we fastened them on a huge piece of wood and hung it in the mirrored entryway. It’s dramatic like stone, but as light as paper. We always try to make a lot of creative items for our unique clients. We never want to duplicate anything because each client’s home should be about them. Working with great craftsmen and professionals makes this possible.”