Animal prints and plaid, leather and linen, pottery and silver-every inch of Bill Tarkington’s historic downtown Little Rock home is an artful blend of history meets casual countryside style
Most homeowners would furrow their brow at the idea of their landscape architect unearthing a meat cleaver in their backyard. However lifelong preservationist and creative soul Bill Tarkington sees it as a piece of historical significance—and a chance to add to his ever-growing collections. Just to clarify, that’s collections with an “s,” prominently displayed, not in a museum, but in a historic MacArthur Park cottage as beguiling as the homeowner himself. A collector of found objects—trinket boxes, flasks, art, mounted horns, binoculars, vintage athletic trophies, antique furniture and much more—Tarkington found the irresistible charm and unique floor plan of his home, known as Kadel Cottage, so appealing he sacrificed square footage to snag the perfect “gallery” space for his collections….