New options for rugs, carpet, and hardwoods will have you ready to re-think what’s underfoot
Often it is the textures, patterns, and colors found underfoot that really set the tone for your home. Here’s what’s trending for functional and fabulous floors.
Above, left: Available at (left to right) 1/ Hadidi Rug and Design Gallery, hadidiruggallery.com 2/ Marshall Clements, marshallclements.com 3/ Martinous Oriental Rug Company, martinous.com 4/ Martinous Oriental Rug Company, martinous.com 5/ Hadidi Rug and Design Gallery, hadidiruggallery.com 6/ Hadidi Rug and Design Gallery, hadidiruggallery.com Above, right: Available at (top to bottom) 1/ Martinous Oriental Rug Company, martinous.com 2/ White Goat, whitegoatstyle.com 3/ Marshall Clements, marshallclements.com
Top, left: Northfield is an engineered hardwood flooring product by Mohawk that is humidity resistant and Scotchgard™ protected for easy cleanup of spills and stains. The Hearthstone Oak color shown here has the open-grain character oak is known for, in a range of light gray and taupe tones. Seven-inch-wide boards and the washed-out color palette will make any room look fresh and current. Abbey Carpet & Floor, abbeycarpet.com; C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; C & P Carpets, candpcarpets.com; Floors and More, floorsandmorear.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Ozark Floor Company, ozarkfloors.com; Peter’s Flooring, petersflooringandpaint.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; Southern Floors & Blinds, southernfloorsandblinds.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com; White River Flooring, whiteriverflooring.com
Center, right: Glenworth is an engineered hardwood flooring product by Mohawk that is humidity resistant and Scotchgard™ protected for easy cleanup of spills and stains. The Walnut Natural color shown here delivers the signature swirls of walnut in a warm, medium-brown hue. Abbey Carpet & Floor, abbeycarpet.com; C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; C & P Carpets, candpcarpets.com; Floors and More, floorsandmorear.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Ozark Floor Company, ozarkfloors.com; Peter’s Flooring, petersflooringandpaint.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; Southern Floors & Blinds, southernfloorsandblinds.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com; White River Flooring, whiteriverflooring.com
Bottom, left: Madagascar is a smooth-finish, glazed ceramic tile product inspired by the look of exotic wood. The Driftwood color shown here is a blend of sun-bleached, pearly grays that makes a sophisticated impression. Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; C & P Carpets, candpcarpets.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Peter’s Flooring, petersflooringandpaint.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com; Whitley Flooring & Design, whitleyflooring.com
Top, left: Calacatta Maximum is a porcelain stonewear tile product created by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces to deliver the impact of Calacatta marble in a more high-performace material. ACME Brick Tile & Stone, acmebricktileandstone.com
Center, right: Part of Masland’s new broadloom carpet collection, Gallantry Too is a versatile pattern that can enhance the look of any room, whether your style is contemporary or traditional. With a pattern of clean lines and the soft texture of 100% New Zealand wool, it is offered in 24 different colors. Abbey Carpet & Floor, abbeycarpet.com; Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; C & P Carpets, candpcarpets.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com
Bottom, left: River Marble, a porcelain tile product by Daltile, has intricate veining and an organic color palette, designed to look like luxurious marble. Choose from five colors in either polished or matte finish (pictured here: Sandy Flats in matte). Abbey Carpet & Floor, abbeycarpet.com; Arkansas Granite & More, argrmore.com; Arkansas Stone Importers, (501) 821-3284; C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Floors and More, floorsandmorear.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Peter’s Flooring, petersflooringandpaint.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; River City Flooring, rivercityflooringinc.com; The Floor Store, hsfloorstore.net; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com; Whitley Flooring & Design, whitleyflooring.com
Get the look of rustic, weathered wood flooring with the durability of porcelain tile thanks to Daltile’s new Season Wood™ Colorbody™ planks. Available in a range of colors. C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, candfcarpet.com; Inside Effects, North Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, insideeffects.com; Ridout Lumber, locations statewide, ridoutlumber.com; River City Flooring, Conway, (501) 205-1519, Mountain Home, (870) 424-9663, North Little Rock, (501) 812-1411, rivercityflooringinc.com; Whitley Flooring and Design, Benton, (501) 315-3626, whitleyflooring.com
1. Surya’s “Atlas” rug is hand-woven from 100% wool and available in a variety of sizes. Ashley Furniture HomeStore, locations statewide, ashleyfurniture.com; Bassett Home Furnishings, Fayetteville, (479) 571-0200, Little Rock, (501) 217-3860, bassettfurniture.com; Harris Furniture Co., Jonesboro, (870) 935-3772, harrisfurniture.com; La-Z-Boy, Little Rock, (501) 224-4624, la-z-boy.com/littlerock
2. A part of the new Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert collection, the“Lucy” indoor/outdoor rug (shown here in Juniper) was inspired by the pattern of a vintage tile floor. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, shophousetohome.com
3. Available in three full-room sizes, the “Carron” rug, shown here in Sand Stone, is made from SmartStrand® fibers, which are eco-friendly and stain-resistant. Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 400-7558, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C & P Carpets, Little Rock, (501) 224-6000, Sherwood, (501) 835-0492, candpcarpets.com; Martinous Oriental Rug Co., Inc., Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, martinous.com
4. A bold geometric pattern set against a neutral background makes this area rug a statement piece. Hadidi Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock, (501) 225-8999, hadidiruggallery.com
1. Each board of Anderson Floors’ Virginia Vintage Legacy hardwood flooring is an authentic, handcrafted work of art. C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, candfcarpet.com; Laws Abbey Flooring Center, Jonesboro, (870) 932-5297, lawsflooring.com; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601, lumberonehomecenter.com; Peter’s Flooring and Paint, Hot Springs, (501) 623-1800, petersflooringandpaint.com; Ridout Lumber, locations statewide, ridoutlumber.com; White River Flooring, Searcy, (501) 268-5370, whiteriverflooring.com
2. Available in a variety of colors and standard sizes along with trim and accent pieces, the Metropolitan Slate collection from Shaw Floors is a low-maintenance glazed porcelain tile. Produced in the USA from 40% recycled materials, the tile is suitable for floors, walls, and exteriors.Peter’s Flooring and Paint, Hot Springs, (501) 623-1800, petersflooringandpaint.com; Storey’s Floor & Carpet, El Dorado, (870) 862-9446, storeysfloor.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, tomjanuaryfloors.com
3. SmartStrand® Silk™ carpet from Mohawk, which features built-in stain and soil protection, is a perfect marriage of premium softness and maximum durability. C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909,candfcarpet.com; C & P Carpets, Little Rock, (501) 224-6000, Sherwood, (501) 835-0492, candpcarpets.com; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601, lumberonehomecenter.com; Ridout Lumber, locations statewide, ridoutlumber.com; White River Flooring, Searcy, (501) 268-5370, whiteriverflooring.com
4. Made from porcelain, Stonepeak’s “Palazzo” collection (shown around the perimeter of the island) combines old-world charm and modern beauty. Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974, North Little Rock, (501) 812-5574, Russellville, (479) 968-6900, acmebricktileandstone.com
In celebration of its centennial year, the university of Arkansas’ chapter of Tri Delta enlisted an alumna to give its historic house a fresh new look
When the women of Delta Delta Delta at the University of Arkansas were ready to give their chapter house—an expansive 1931 Tudor-style structure—a new look, they called on Rogers-based designer Melissa Haynes to attend a House Corporation meeting. As a chapter alumna and owner of MH Design, Haynes was eager to see what the committee, which is charged with making regular updates to the décor of the house based on the chapter’s needs, would be discussing. The house had not undergone a full-scale redecoration in several decades, and because of the chapter’s rapid growth, the common spaces were in need of both a new look and a fuctionality update.
“After the initial meeting, I turned to my husband and said, ‘could you imagine me decorating by committee!?’ He reminded me that I had said over and over again that one day I would redecorate the Tri Delta house. I just never imagined that it would happen this soon,” recalls Haynes. She was soon offered the opportunity to infuse the house with her signature sophisticated look, with the stipulation that it be completed in time for the start of fall recruitment in just ten weeks.
“It’s always a challenge to put something together on a tight timeline,” says Haynes. “The amount of help and support we received over those weeks from so many Tri Delta women was truly amazing and appreciated. Pledge classes, alumnae, and House Corp members all pitched in many different ways.”
Aside from the condensed timeline, Haynes’ second challenge came in designing a high-use space that would remain beautiful and functional for years to come. With the chapter now totaling more than 400 active members, the common areas of the house are in constant use. “The redecoration was made possible by a gift to the chapter, and we wanted to do everything we could to make the best use of that investment,” adds Haynes.
The brick exterior of the house is painted celadon green, and Melissa used that color as a starting point for her design. In the foyer, she selected an archival Brunschwig & Fils floral recently reintroduced in shades of blues, greens and golds. The fabric, which she paired with grosgrain ribbon on a skirted tablecloth, brings a vibrant palette to the formerly-dark spaces. “My approach was to give the house a fresh and youthful traditional style while still preserving and celebrating what is—in my mind—a true Southern sorority house,” she says. The palette also seemed to be a natural extension of the sorority’s colors, blue and yellow.
Because the entry of the house is the space first viewed by potential new members during recruitment, Haynes chose a statement-making antelope carpet by Stark for the floor and stair-runner. “Animal print is very on-trend, but the antelope is a classic version, and it’s also ideal for high-traffic areas,” she says. A pair of bergère chairs got a modern update thanks to a coat of white paint on the frames. They were also reupholstered in a coordinating deep blue performance-grade velvet and piped with a contrasting shade of sky blue to create a contemporary outline.
From the entry, the house opens into the formal living and dining spaces. Because the living room is visible from the front door, Haynes wanted to maintain a feeling of upbeat formality. A cheerful blue hue from Benjamin Moore’s line of historic colors covers the walls and a set of reproduction soft-toned Oushak rugs contributes to the traditional feel. A pair of tufted sofas feel modern and are paired with a mirrored coffee table with gilded cabriole legs. Two Louis-XVI-style armchairs are covered in soft green vinyl, which has the appearance of leather. An antique French mirror, new brass-and-glass hurricane lanterns and a set of framed intaglios round out the updated traditional styling of the room’s fireplace.
In a separate sitting area, a slipper sofa by Hickory Chair is flanked by wood-and-mirror end tables and a pair of armchairs. Haynes had the seats and armrests covered in a durable vinyl with more delicate silk stripe on the chair backs. The palette, as well as the combination of wood, mirrored and painted pieces, carries over from room to room creating an air of continuity throughout the receiving area.
In the more casual living space, Haynes envisioned the women gathering to study, hold small group meetings or simply hang out. She added a flat-screen television for marathon reality-TV watching sessions and configured several seating areas to make the room usable for multiple purposes at once. Blue velvet roll-arm sofas feature feminine kick-pleat skirts and grosgrain ribbon trim. The striped ottomans have a Nano-Tex™ finish to protect against stains. Soft beige walls help to create a light, airy feel even though the ceilings of the room are low. A pair of sleek armchairs are covered in a linen-look fabric and trimmed with green ribbon and nailheads. Haynes moved one of the house’s ornate mirrors from the dining room and surrounded it with a collection of small convex mirrors. An existing wood study table, which has been a part of the house for years, was paired with new lattice-back chairs that are painted white.
“The house was already filled with beautiful pieces of furniture, artwork, chandeliers and accessories. With this gift we were able to incorporate those meaningful pieces into a fresh new decor scheme and dramatically change the look and feel of the house,” says Haynes. The redecoration was kept a secret from the active members, who were in for quite the treat on move-in day. “The girls were so excited! There were some shrieks and squeals, and some tears. It was a very heart-felt moment.”
Interior design Melissa Haynes, MH Design, Rogers, (479) 286-2244, melissahaynesdesign.com
Accessories, fabrics, furniture, lighting and rug material—casual living area MH Design, Rogers, (479) 286-2244, melissahaynesdesign.com
Art—hydrangea painting Arden Boyce, Ellen Golden Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 664-7746
Custom framing The Frame Shoppe, Rogers, (479) 636-7781, nwapictureframes.com
Painting Rocky’s Painting, Springdale, (479) 871-0693
Rug construction—casual living area Wentz Custom Rug Co., Springdale, (479) 756-5404, wentzcustomrugco.com
Rugs and runner—entry Tom January Floors, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, tomjanuaryfloors.com
Window coverings Nancy Osborn, North Little Rock, (870) 680-2730
In Northwest Arkansas, designer Melissa Haynes uses safe and sustainable options to give a family the home of their dreams
When a young family in Northwest Arkansas desired greener pastures to fit their eco-friendly lifestyle, they immediately engaged Melissa Haynes of MH Designs, Inc. to assist with the renovation of their home. “They wanted the home to be energy efficient, safe for their family, non-toxic and free of harsh chemicals,” says Haynes. The desire for a greener space began with the choices they were making outside the home to live a cleaner, simpler lifestyle—things such as cultivating their own vegetable garden, composting and supporting local farmers. This way of life made the homeowners’ segue into a healthier home a natural choice.
Haynes began the project by rounding up a team of experts to perform HVAC assessments, install a water filtration system and add insulation for a thermally efficient home. Moving next to the home’s interiors, she began the design process by selecting no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products for the floor and wall coverings. VOCs, a class of carbon compounds that evaporate at room temperature, are known to be hazardous to human health and also to the environment. “We used no-VOC paints throughout the house, as well as no-VOC stains and finishes on the wood floor,” Haynes says.
Despite wanting a complete renovation of the home, the homeowners were hands-on in making decisions to keep the integrity of the existing space. “My clients wanted a fresh, bright interior, with playful patterns and textures—a space that exuded an overall feeling of calm,” Haynes says. The furnishings throughout the home flow seamlessly in a palette of tranquil, soothing hues and rich textures while keeping with the homeowners’ wish of using sustainable materials wherever possible. “We wanted textiles and furnishings that were environmentally conscious, durable and washable,” says Haynes. “We chose to work with companies that strive to be eco-conscious in all aspects of their manufacturing.” Throughout the entire home, Haynes chose soy-based upholstery fabrics with sustainable wood frames and water-based finishes.
A timeless dining table sets the stage for the light and airy formal dining room. Here, Haynes opted for a natural grasscloth wallcovering and linen window treatments. In the adjoining living room, she faced the challenge of finding furnishings for the family without compromising the desired look. Thanks to expanded offerings in both color and pattern she found coordinating options in organic cotton and linen for the upholstery and drapery, and selected soy-based slipcover cushions.
Inspiration for the homeowners’ kitchen came from the geometric apple green backsplash tile with an eye-catching crackled glass finish. “Debate was had over something more subtle in a color such as blue-gray,” says Haynes. “But in the end the green was selected and I can’t imagine it any other way.” Haynes chose Caesarstone countertops, an abundant natural mineral from a company that puts an emphasis on sustainability, as well as Energy Star appliances for the family’s hub area. Windows were also added to provide natural light for preparing and enjoying meals.
A breakfast table in the kitchen offers a casual seating and entertaining area, while a floor-to-ceiling bank of windows provides breathtaking views of the garden and porch just outside. “We opted for a vinyl coating on the chair upholstery instead of leather,” says Haynes of the dining chairs at the breakfast table and in the formal dining room. “By doing so, the homeowners can wipe the chairs clean with water and alcohol and avoid using harsh chemicals.”
Off the kitchen, the screened porch incorporates elements of the outdoors such as wood and rock, creating a retreat for the family to enjoy. The dreamy, swinging daybed was made from reclaimed wood and is the perfect accompaniment to the pair of organic cotton slipcovered chairs in the space. A rock fireplace and mantel were existing fixtures in the room and provided inspiration for Haynes’ design.
The same consciousness was used in the design of the home’s more intimate areas. Organic and soy-based fabrics in a tranquil palette give the master suite a spa-like serenity. The bedroom’s lush textures along with calming grays and whites were carefully chosen by Haynes to give the family a place to relax. The palette continues into the bath where Haynes used tile variation to create subtle texture.
From the initial design stages to the finishing touches, the project took nearly a year to complete, with all parties involved taking careful consideration to keep the home both sustainable and beautiful, something Haynes believes is becoming easier as eco-friendly resources become more readily available. “Commonly we think of green design as being ultra contemporary, state-of-the-art, and frankly, hard to initiate or conceptualize. My clients and I wanted a fresh, traditional space that is livable and comfortable. We just made eco-thoughtful choices while still achieving the look.”
Interior design Melissa Haynes, MH Design, Inc, Rogers, (479) 286-2244, melissahaynesdesign.com
Contractor Preston Bacon, Preston & Company, Rogers, (479) 273-2266, prestonandcompany.net
Landscape design Travis Brooks, Brooks Landscape Architecture, Fayetteville, (479) 387-1769
Accessories, bedding, furniture, lighting MH Design, Inc., Rogers, (479) 286-2244, melissahaynesdesign.com
Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 771-1840, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, metroappliancesandmore.com
Cabinets Oak Grove Wood Products, Springdale, (479) 466-8325
Carpet, rugs, tile Tom January Floors, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, tomjanuaryfloors.com
Countertops Elite Marble & Granite, Bentonville, (479) 273-5225
Fresh floral Tipton Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709, tiptonhurst.com
Flooring Wood Floor Gallery, Springdale, (866) 872-4219, woodfloorgallery.net
Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide, benjaminmoore.com
Window coverings Greenvalley Window Solutions, Fayetteville, (479) 695-1770, greenvalleywindow.com
1. BRIGHTEN UP!
Harbor Outdoor titanium lantern from Hinkley Lighting. hinkleylighting.com for stores statewide, including: Lewis Lighting & Home, Benton, (501) 315-2400, lewislightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026, blog.light-innovations.com
2. CONTAINER COLOR
Update a porch or patio with pretty pots from The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com
3. COLOR POP
Multi-hued outdoor umbrellas from Ken Rash’s Arkansas, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com
4. FLORAL FAVE
Bring spring into the kitchen with floral print dishtowels from Vesta’s, Little Rock, (501) 375-7820, vestasboutique.com
5. EASY ACCENT
Patterned pillow from Antique Brick Outdoors, Little Rock, (501) 375-0060, antiquebrickoutdoors.com
1. TILE STYLE
American Tile and Stone’s Stonepeak Ceramics line offers Raja tile in a variety of sizes and colors. Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974; Little Rock, (501) 812-5574; Russellville, (479) 968-6900; acmebricktileandstone.com
2. PLAN TO VISIT!
The new home décor showroom at Antique Brick Outdoors (a division of Antique Brick & Block) for all the goods to outfit any outdoor living space. From furniture and fabrics to tableware and accessories, nearly all the wares are suited to indoor use as well, including these candle-lit lanterns. 1609 E. 9th St., Little Rock, (501) 375-0060, antiquebrickoutdoors.com
3. HAVE A SEAT
Made Goods’ Gabriella ceramic stool, designed for use indoors or out. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com
4. PILLOW TALK
Decorative pillows from Antique Brick Outdoors, Little Rock, (501) 375-0060, antiquebrickoutdoors.com
5. STONE STATEMENT
Whiterock urn from Currey & Company. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, cobblestoneandvine.com; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828
1. PATTERN POWER
Duralee’s Pavilion line of indoor/outdoor fabrics combines easy care with graphic flair. M. Grace, Bentonville, (479) 715-6050, mgracenet.com
2. EASY ELEGANCE
Bruce engineered hickory hardwood wide plank flooring in Wild Cherry/Brandywine. bruce.com for stores statewide, including: Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 225-3840, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; Little Rock Flooring, Little Rock, (501) 868-3633, littlerockflooringcompany.com; Storey’s Floor & Carpet, El Dorado, (870) 862-9446, storeysfloor.com; Whitley Floor Covering, Benton, (501) 315-3626
3. TOUCH OF GOLD
Masland’s Brink & Campman line features abstract designs, such as this Kodari wool rug with gold accents. maslandcarpets.com for stores statewide, including: Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 225-3840, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, candfcarpet.com; Inside Effects, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, inside-effects.com
4. LUXE LIGHTING
Vintage hand-blown green and gold Murano glass lamps (one of a pair shown) are a glamorous addition to any room and are available from Swank Lighting, newly relocated to Little Rock. With showrooms in Dallas and Atlanta as well as online offerings, Swank has made Arkansas the home base for its extensive lighting collection, (501) 414-8898, swanklighting.com
1. CLEAN AND CRISP
Bella Cera’s Amalfi Coast series is hand-carved, hand-distressed and dual hand-stained, offering a sleek finish in a range of wide plank sizes. bellacerafloors.com for stores statewide, including: Double “S” Carpet and Supply, Kensett, (501) 742-3543, doublescarpet.com; Flooring America by Carpet Smart, Centerton, (479) 795-8520, flooringamericacenterton.com; Storey’s Floor and Carpet, El Dorado, (870) 862-9446, storeysfloor.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, tomjanuaryfloors.com
2. SLEEK SILVER
Add some shimmer with Hudson Valley Lighting’s Chelsea six-light chandelier. hudsonvalleylighting.com for stores statewide, including Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026, blog.light-innovations.com
3. SITTING PRETTY
Chic steel barstool from Soho Modern, Little Rock, (501) 372-4884
4. TEXTURED NEUTRAL
Mohawk’s SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona carpet lends subtle patterns to any space. mohawkflooring.com for stores statewide, including: C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, candfcarpet.com; Ridout Lumber Company, locations statewide, (501) 268-3929, ridoutlumber.com; White River Flooring, Searcy, (501) 268-5370, whiteriverflooring.com
5. COFFEE TABLE TALK
Little Rock-based Bear-Hill Interiors and At Home contributing photographer Nancy Nolan are featured in this new release from Clarkson Potter. randomhouse.com
6. NEUTRAL NUANCES
Complement polished nickel with neutral colors from Benjamin Moore, including Smoky Ash, Cedar Key and Feather Down. benjaminmoore.com for locations statewide
1. SET THE SCENE
Architectural icons set a stylish scene with a dose of pink pattern. Globetrotter wallcovering from Clarke & Clarke, through Larry’s Inc., Little Rock, (501) 663-0674, larrysinc.com
2. BLOOMING COLOR
Adorn the floor with an April Blooms wool hooked rug from Company C. companyc.com for stores statewide, including: The Boutique, Searcy, (501) 268-3434, searcyboutique.com; Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics.com; The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367; The House Special Interiors, Fayetteville, (479) 527-6464, thehousespecialinteriors.com
3. POPS OF PINK
Handmade by Kalee print apron from Vesta’s, Little Rock, (501) 375-7820, vestasboutique.com; vase from Soho Modern, Little Rock, (501) 372-4884
4. COTTAGE COZY
Vintage-inspired printed cotton offers an easy room update as curtains, slipcovers or pillows. Clarke & Clarke Nostalgic Prints collection, available through Larry’s Inc., Little Rock, (501) 663-0674, larrysinc.com
5. SPRING SHADES
Add cheer with paint in Glad Yellow and In the Pink from Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com for locations statewide
At Home in Arkansas:
As the dynamic duo behind the specialty furniture retailer I.O. Metro—your husband, Jay, is the founder and chief executive officer, and you’re the creative director—do you feel like kids in a candy shop when you move into a new home?
Definitely. Our homes have always been our testing grounds for new items, experimenting with styles and seeing how well each piece works over time. We’ve been married almost five years, and in that time we’ve lived in nine homes, so we’ve had plenty of experience with the process.
AHIA: What spurred so many moves?
CH: It’s something that Jay and I enjoy, designing and evolving our style. Several of our homes have sold quickly, necessitating short-term moves, which was the case with our last one. We had planned to build a new home, but time-wise it made more sense for us to renovate. We purchased this house, which is in the same neighborhood as our previous home, undertook some cosmetic renovations and began enjoying it.
AHIA: This house, a two-story brick home next to the Pinnacle Country Club golf course, has decidedly traditional lines, whereas I.O. Metro is known for more contemporary styles. How did you meld the two?
CH: The main thing we focused on is that your home is a reflection of who you are. Rather than having the home dictate our style, we infused the traditional interior with clean-lined, softly modern pieces. Our travels also shape our style, and this house has more globally influenced, one-of-a-kind items. We want our home to reflect where we’ve been and the places we’ve seen.
AHIA: Where had you been and what had you seen when you began furnishing this home?
CH: Jay and I were traveling and working on the 1492 collection for the store, which includes global, artisan pieces. We saw people playing these oversized drums in India, and that resulted in the drum table that’s in the family room. Indonesian tree stumps ended up as the coffee table in the living room. When we travel, we think about the store always, but we also think, “is this something we would put in our own home, is it good quality, functional, durable?” We think of the personal level first, and if it fits that, then it’s a fit for the store too.
AHIA: How do you describe the resulting style of the interiors?
CH: Ultimately, I’d call it soft modern. Clean lines plus other influences, a neutral palette, modern and fresh but warm.
AHIA: You mentioned cosmetic renovations. How did you rehab the house?
CH: The house was only 10 years old, but it had a more country aesthetic, brass fixtures and so forth. Our goal was to enhance the architecture of the house and modernize it, making it feel more youthful. We painted the entire house, changed the light fixtures and updated both fireplaces. In the kitchen, we replaced the granite counters and slate tile backsplash with a lighter look, opting for stainless steel for the backsplash and the appliances. We also replaced a spindle staircase with a clean-lined ornamental iron one, which sets the tone from the minute you walk in the front door.
AHIA: You and Jay have always held charity events at your homes. Did large scale entertaining figure into your renovation?
CH: One of the elements we liked about this home from the beginning is that it has a good flow for entertaining. Having several different living areas that are easy to move between is important, and this house has a circular flow between the foyer, living, family, kitchen and dining spaces. It also has lots of windows, so even though you’re indoors, you feel like it’s a more expansive space. That basic flow didn’t need much modifying. The other strength for entertaining is that the living room has a series of doors leading outside, and we updated the landscaping and added seating. Jay and I have already hosted several charitable events here, and we can attest to how well the floor plan works, and what a comfortable setting this is for everyone.
Contractor/renovator Josh Porter Inc., Rogers
Landscape design DK Design, Fayetteville
Accessories, art, bedding, draperies, furnishings, lighting I.O. Metro, locations statewide
Carpet, flooring, stone fireplace, tile Tom January Floors, Inc., Fayetteville
Countertops New Century Countertops & Tile, Springdale
Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide
Plumbing fixtures Ferguson, Springdale
Staircase Razorback Ironworks, Fayetteville
Welcoming Homes, Warm Hearts
Home-related causes and
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
When Jay Howard founded I.O. Metro, he and his wife, Christine, established the goal that the business would always give back to the community. Causes related to home became a natural fit, and the company has volunteered and donated the furniture for two home makeovers for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” provided the furniture for a Habitat for Humanity home and a showcase home benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, created the Live United house benefiting United Way and hosted an event for the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. The company supports the communities where their stores are located through a myriad of additional events, and in recent years, Christine has enhanced their efforts with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a way to give back to a larger audience.
“We wanted to continue with in-store events and donating to auctions, but as I.O. Metro continued to expand into new states, I felt we needed a corporate charity that had a direct effect on people in all communities,” says Christine. “It wasn’t difficult for me to decide which organization to support, as my life was forever changed when I lost a dear friend to leukemia. We wholeheartedly support St. Jude’s because their research findings are shared freely with doctors and scientists all over the world, and it is the only pediatric cancer research center where no child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.”
Last year, I.O. Metro was the presenting sponsor of the first NWA St. Jude Signature Bash, raising more than $32,000. This year, they’re again supporting the cause with the 2nd Annual St. Jude Signature Bash A $5,000 I.O. Metro room makeover will be auctioned and event tickets can be purchased at the company’s stores in Fayetteville and Rogers.
Friday, April 1
Pratt Place Barn, Fayetteville
It was on a Sunday drive through downtown Fayetteville that Julie and Mike Roetzel realized, after 27 years of marriage, that they shared a secret interest in the same house. As they drove through the historic Washington-Willow neighborhood, Mike pointed to a particular yellow brick home and commented that it had always been his favorite house in town, a remark that resonated with a surprised Julie, who replied it was her favorite as well.
Serendipitously, friends who were driving with them had recently heard that the house was about to go on the market. It had been the childhood home of University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart, and his family was considering selling—prompting the Roetzels to immediately decide they wanted to be the first prospective buyers to see it.
With their three daughters grown, the couple toyed with the thought of moving from their neighborhood of newer homes into a historic area. “We had some reservations about an older house,” says Julie, “but the moment I walked in the front door and saw the sunroom, with all its character and charm, I knew it could be my home.”
Soon, the house was theirs, and Julie, who has a background in interior design, began updating the circa-1930s residence. “It was in excellent condition, and we decided early on that we would respect the home’s history and simply bring some of the elements up to date,” she says. For most of the house, that meant removing carpets, refinishing wood floors and painting the walls. The kitchen required a more extensive renovation, and the Roetzels maintained the room’s arched doorways and architectural details while updating all the surfaces, cabinetry and appliances. To blend the refreshed room with the style of the rest of the house, Mike converted an antique hutch into a traditional island. “It looks like a piece of furniture instead of a new element,” adds Julie.
Within the updated spaces, Julie, a Little Rock native, began adding layers of traditional Southern style. Silk draperies with tasseled fringe top vintage windows, and are accompanied by curtains underneath in rooms where privacy is an issue. Aubusson rugs define seating areas and dress up the floors. And the antique furnishings that Julie has collected through the years are worked seamlessly into the home’s every room.
“That speaks to collecting things you love, and that you’ll always find a way to make them work,” says Julie. “We used nearly all the furnishings from our previous house, and to me they look better here than they ever have—the house complements them.”
To tie these elements together, she painted the rooms a warm cream color and used shades of gold, green and blue in the draperies, rugs and accessories as soft accents. In the sunroom, a favorite space that features three walls of windows, she reversed the concept, painting the walls a light blue, which she says “evokes the sky,” and outfitting the rest of the room in shades of cream.
“It’s one of our favorite rooms, because it’s always so cheerful,” says Julie, “but in truth we enjoy and use every room because the house was designed to flow so easily from one space to the next.” From the large dining room to the cozy living area and sunroom and on to the kitchen, Julie notes that it’s also an accommodating arrangement for entertaining. “That’s definitely a Southern thing,” she adds. “It’s a gracious home.”
Design consultation Donna Hanna Interior Design, Fayetteville
Landscape design Nancy Burris, Fayetteville
Appliances Metro Builders Supply, Springdale
Countertops, backsplash and flooring in kitchen Tom January Floors, Fayetteville
Furnishings and accessories French Metro, French Quarters, The Gift House Antiques, Sara Kathryn’s, all in Fayetteville; Lighting Emporium, Springdale
Rugs Abide Furniture and Interiors, Lighting Emporium, both in Springdale
Window treatments Sew Fine Custom Sewing, Siloam Springs
Window treatment in dining room Interior Fabrics & Design, Fayetteville
Wood floor refinishing Wood Floor Gallery, Springdale