Story: Katie Cox | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Angela Alexander |
An iconic Springdale home undergoes a modern transformation with guidance from Ashley Cardiel Interiors
A home renovation is a big undertaking in any scenario. Renovating a coveted home that previously belonged to a town’s beloved couple adds to that pressure. When Dr. Joel and Lynn Carver bought their 1940s-era house in downtown Springdale, they knew there would be talk about their purchase. After all, the red brick home, which is situated on a corner lot, belonged to Harvey and Bernice Jones, pillars in the trucking industry as well as the community. The Carvers desire to remodel the home with much needed updates, while staying true to its character and integrity, led them to call on Ashley Cardiel of Ashley Cardiel Interiors.
“The biggest challenge for this project was preserving the original character of the home, while accommodating the needs of a modern family. We live very differently than we did 70 years ago,” the designer says. As they suspected, when word got out this local treasure was going to be remodeled, it caused quite a stir. “People were driving by and peeking in windows to see what we were up to,” Cardiel says. However, the end result seems fitting for both the home’s new owners and the surrounding neighborhood.
Old Meets New
As the Carvers took on the remodel project, they also had thoughts of retirement in mind. With this on the horizon, the dining room and kitchen were key areas flagged for makeovers as the couple looked forward to entertaining their children, grandchildren, and friends in these spaces. “When we started in the dining room, it had a flocked toile wallpaper. We wanted to keep with the theme of this space being wallpapered, but modernize it, so we went with a watercolor, abstract floral wallcovering,” Cardiel says. The dining set that the Carvers already owned was updated by reupholstering the chairs with luxe, but durable fabric.
Just off the dining room, through an original swinging door, is the heart of the home. In what was once separate spaces for laundry, dining, and a covered exterior patio area, is now one open eat-in kitchen and casual living area. This area, prioritized as a space for baking and making memories with grandkids, became the focus of the project and laid the groundwork for the fusion of modern and historic elements throughout the rest of the home. A wood-paneled ceiling, original to the house, crowns this newly enlarged room and also ties in with the warm, wood tones in the kitchen cabinetry. A surprise in such an extensive renovation was Cardiel’s creativity in refacing the existing perimeter cabinetry. Not only was she able to preserve a bit of the original home, but also made good use of the materials. French doors lead out to a new back patio area, while a pocket door hides the relocated laundry space.
“For the sink, we wanted some modern texture,” Cardiel notes. A white apron front sink with horizontal ridges is mounted beneath the large, kitchen window. This space presented another opportunity to merge old and new; a contemporary articulating faucet is set against one of the home’s windows, which boasts original 1940s framework and mullions.
A Lesson in Color
When Cardiel began this project, the bar for natural light and openness was set high. “The Carver family came from a house made predominantly of glass,” Cardiel says. The move to an older home with a segmented floor plan posed a design challenge. While striving to deliver on her clients wishes, Cardiel’s goal was also to avoid giving the home a set timestamp—not purely 1940s, and not purely 2017. “I wanted to blur the line of what’s original and what’s not,” she says.
In keeping with the nature of the house, Cardiel relied on history (and the Jones’ legacy) to guide her. After researching the historic paint collection of colors used on plaster walls from the 40s and 50s, the home’s new palette was born. A creamy white, whole-home neutral creates a backdrop for the repeated wood tones found throughout the home and the Carver’s vast collection of original art. For the living room, Cardiel chose a shade of blue that is similar to the original paint color used seventy years ago. Adding to the space’s authenticity, Cardiel even restored and recovered the couch left in Mr. Jones’ study in a similar hue. At ten-feet long, the sofa’s scale worked perfectly when positioned under the large picture window facing the front yard. Its curved arms are echoed in the room’s accent chairs and ottomans.
With a doctor’s grueling schedule in mind, a relaxing bedroom retreat was high on the Carver’s wish list. “The bedroom needed to be warm, cozy, and feel conducive to sleep,” Cardiel says. Heavy window treatments, both luxurious in nature and practical for blocking out light, set the tone for the comfortable, yet regal space. Farrow & Ball’s “Oval Room Blue” adorns the walls, while complementary draperies are hung outside the window’s width to give the illusion of larger windows. A vintage dresser, one of the home’s first furniture finds for the couple, adheres to the character of the redesign.
What is a modern house without a modern bathroom? The high-tech bathroom, which may seem like a far cry from a historical space, is yet another fun reference to the former owners’ way of life. “This was actually a very high-tech house for its day. The Jones’ were on the cutting edge of technology then, so we asked ourselves, ‘What’s on the cutting edge of technology today?’” A remote-controlled steam shower and radiant heat flooring are just a few of the luxuries packed into the updated room. Opting for drawers instead of the shelving, Cardiel maximized every square inch of the vanity, even working around plumbing, to provide fully functional storage. The ceiling’s height was raised to allow for a large mirror with hidden shelves on piano hinges. Double sinks were centered on yet another pair of original windows, blending clean lines that read well with the house as a whole.
While standing in the finished space, Cardiel recalls the nervousness homeowners commonly face when starting a remodel project. “There was a bit of hesitancy when the Cavers first purchased the house because it felt so much like the Jones family. Now after the finished product, they wish they had taken on this project years ago,” she says. In what is sure to receive a seal of approval from the homeowner and historians alike, there is proof you really can have the best of both worlds.
Contractor Taylor Wood, Woodbine Workshop, Fayetteville, (214) 704-7706, woodbineworkshop.com
Interior design Ashley Cardiel, Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147
Accessories, furniture, hardware, mirrors, tile—backsplash, and wallpaper Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147
Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, metroappliancesandmore.com
Brick Tannehill Masonry Inc., Elkins, (479) 643-3397
Cabinetry Latham Cabinets Inc., Rogers, (479) 636-4889, lathamcabinets.com
Cabinetry—kitchen island roll-out table American Estates, Springdale, (479) 616-3375, theamericanestates.com
Countertops and tile—kitchen National Marble & Granite, Springdale, (479) 756-0056, nationalmarbleandgranite.biz
Fabrics Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147; Selah Design Studio, Rogers, (479) 282-1380, selahdesignstudio.com
Fixtures—bath and kitchen Anderson Electric & Plumbing, Harrison, (870) 741-1044, Rogers, (479) 631-9733, Springdale, (479) 756-8055, andersonep.com
Flooring Dramis Hardwood Floors, Fayetteville, (479) 442-9015, dramishardwoodfloors.com
Florals Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com
Furniture EcoVet Furniture, Rogers, (479) 282-3473, ecovetfurniture.com; Forever Design LLC., Bentonville, (479) 466-5072, foreverdesignllc.com, Ingui Art Custom Furniture, Rogers, (479) 372-2750, inguiart.com
Lighting Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184, lightingemporium.com
Metal work Unique Creations by Billy Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 521-8430,
Millwork City Lumber Co., Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 442-8221, citylmbr.com; Encore Flooring & Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com; Quality Millwork, Bethel Heights, (479) 872-0222, qualitymillwork.net
Paint Spectrum Paint, locations statewide, spectrumpaint.com
Painting Schneider Painting, Springdale, (479) 283-3138
Roof Eco Roofing, Fayetteville, (479) 684-6060, Ft. Smith, (479) 434-5050, Rogers, (479) 268-4100, ecoroofingnwa.com
Rugs Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147; Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184, lightingemporium.com; Tom January Floors Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, tomjanuaryfloors.com
Tile—bathroom and flooring Ashley Cardiel Interiors, Springdale, (479) 530-1147; Encore Flooring & Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com
Upholstery Sprouse Upholstery Inc., Springdale, (479) 756-8711, sprouseupholstery.com
Wallpaper—installation Tammy Melton, Fayetteville, (479) 466-8580
Windows Fayetteville Glass Co Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 442-8181, fayettevilleglasscompany.com; Encore Flooring & Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com
Window coverings—draperies Selah Design Studio, Rogers, (479) 282-1380, selahdesignstudio.com
Window coverings—shades Accent Blinds & Shutters, Springdale, (479) 957-4100, accentblindsandshutters.com