Story: Paulette Pearson |
When Gary and Jackie Childers decided to build a lake house in Heber Springs’ Brighton Pointe community, they envisioned an outdoor area where they could entertain family and friends. Inspired by coastal vacations in Florida, the couple also hoped to create a relaxing space that would take advantage of the waterfront views. “We wanted the best of both worlds,” Jackie explains, “the natural beauty of Greers Ferry Lake mixed with the tranquil feel of a seaside getaway.”
Enlisting the help of Little Rock-based designer Lou Anne Herget, the Childers began by installing several entertaining areas to accommodate large groups of people, including a deep back porch for watching sunsets over the water and a wide deck where lounge chairs, a sectional patio sofa shaded by an umbrella, and a dining table all cater to al fresco parties and meals. A stone walkway leads to a lower landing closer to the water, where more seating and a freestanding rock fireplace allow for cozy get-togethers even on cooler evenings. “It’s where we keep an eye on our grandchildren as they play in the trees,” says Jackie, noting that an outdoor shower added for convenience is another favorite space for the kids.
With plenty of room for entertaining, Gary and Jackie’s next focus was on relaxation, and topping their list was an infinity edge pool that appears to merge seamlessly with the lake. The result, they say, is a peaceful view that the couple and their guests can enjoy all year long. “The views of the lake and the pool from the outdoor sitting areas, and even from inside the house, are so relaxing,” says Jackie. “We love it year-round.”
The tranquil views served as a starting point for the color palette, with watery blues, rich browns, sunny yellows and sandy creams in various patterns and shades adorning the outdoor fabrics and accessories. “One of the things I miss the most when we’re not at our lake house is all the color,” says Jackie, whose primary residence in Little Rock features more muted French Country tones.
Adding to the relaxed feel of the space is an outdoor sound system, which Gary uses to serenade guests with his famous custom play lists. Ultimately, it’s this blend of relaxation and fun that keeps Jackie and Gary coming back more and more. “During the week, all I can think about is heading to our lake house,” Jackie laughs. “I can’t stand being away.”
Builder Wayne Moore Construction, Little Rock
Exterior design Lou Anne Herget, LA Herget Interiors, Little Rock
Pool David Grindley Concrete Swimming Pools & Spas, Sherwood
Sectional sofa, umbrellas, floor covering Pottery Barn, Little Rock, Rogers
Decking, landscape design, installation Lanthrop’s Nursery & Garden Center, Heber Springs
Fireplace design, installation Javier Rubio, Heber Springs
Furniture, accessories Bill Kerr’s Fireplace and Patio Store, Maumelle