Happy October! In this month’s new issue, we share new takes on traditional design. This week’s Room of the Week features a Little Rock family who turned to designer Joshua Plumlee at Cobblestone & Vine to help bridge the gap between the classic look of their Heights home and their distinctive style. The front entry, seen above, is one of our favorite spaces. The interior of the front door and its surround are painted black to draw attention to its shapeliness and to add drama, while a Chinese Chippendale chair and an X-bench with traditional silhouettes are updated with fresh design details and fabrics. Plumlee used color, art, and custom furnishings to make the home a reflection of its fun-loving owners. We’ve gathered a few items to help you get the look, but contact Plumlee for all your design questions. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the new October issue on newsstands.
Editor Diane Carroll is entranced with this beautiful French locale. She says, “This wonderful hotel in the Luberon in France looks amazing. I’m getting ready to spend a few days of R&R in the Texas Hill Country, and while it’s not quite France, it’s casually beautiful like this. Gravel courtyards, herb gardens, tables in the shade, and a few local wineries to boot.” (“A Look at the French Countryside” from Beth Davis Interiors via Habitually Chic)
This Jonathan Adler-designed home matches ad coordinator Laura LaRue’s cheery personality. “I am in love with this entire house,” she says. “I love the white floors & all the pops of color. When can I move in?” (“The Look of Jonathan Adler” from Bear-Hill Interiors via House Beautiful)
Associate editor Paulette Pearson is in the mood for extra-special wallpaper. “We’re featuring a gorgeous dining room with hand-painted wallpaper in an upcoming issue,” she says. “It can transform a room into something so special and luxurious.” (“Room Inspiration: Vintage Wallpaper” from This is Glamorous via House Beautiful)
Art director Mandy Keener always finds the funnest Friday Faves! “How unexpected…mug shots of mobsters!” she says. “So quirky and graphic.” (“KC Home” from Parlour)
Marketing coordinator & account exec Lauren Quick Strother has been checking out furniture makeover ideas: “I love a good before and after. What a great way to spice up an old bench!” (“Benchwork” from eddieross.com)
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As art director, I love spending days in the homes we feature. While they’re usually filled with the hustle and bustle of all things “photo shoot/styling,” I always find inspiration somewhere. Take this rad entry (designed by Garry Mertins and featured in our May issue), for example. Wouldn’t you love to sit and stay awhile? Grab one of your favorite design books or magazines and just relax…
Here are few pieces I think would totally help do the trick. Hope this gets some color and creativity flowing… Enjoy!
Historic, meet happy.
Benjamin Moore’s Golden Honey creates a seamless backdrop for the dining room and foyer in this Georgian-style home featured in our May issue. The happy hue sets the stage for the homeowners’ antique furnishings and colorful textiles. And what about those stunning but sweet Robert Allen silk draperies? Aren’t they delicious!?
Coming home every day to a home filled with sunshine? Sign us up! Much like Chanel’s Resort 2011 collection, which took place outdoors in Saint-Tropez, these rooms simply make us smile.
Despite its rustic aura, the dining room in our Fall Fashion Stylebook set a beautiful stage for this formal Alice + Olivia look from B. Barnett in Little Rock. The elongated table lends an elegant feel that made the room a perfect space for this shot.
The table in this dining room (below) has the same effect. The long shape adds a bit of formality, but the rough wood texture keeps it from feeling too stuffy or precious.
These benches (below) are a more casual alternative to tall-back leather seating, and we love the stripped wood chest at the far end of the space.
A foyer should set the stage for the rest of your decor. In this home, nothing could be a better indicator of the fun, rustic rooms to follow than a worn red bench with Southwest-style patterned pillows (below). The wood wall hanging and stucco walls frame the Armenta jewelry from Roberson’s Fine Jewelry in Little Rock beautifully.
Here’s another entryway with a punch of color and pattern, on the pillows, seat cushion and the rug. The painted wood wall hanging has impact but doesn’t go overboard.
In this space, wood wraps the ceiling, walls and the staircase for a more dramatic effect, so that not much color is needed, except, perhaps, for a patterned rug.
Everyone needs a soft chair to cozy up in. The casual vibe of this turquoise and gold jewelry from Wilkerson Jewelers in Stuttgart (below) fits right in with this comfy print armchair.
The fashionista who owns this jewelry would no doubt also love a cowgirl-chic bedroom (below), with its gorgeous animal-hide upholstered chaise and warm red and brown tones.
And, of course, who could turn down a fireplace in the bedroom?
At Home’s supremely talented art director, Mandy Keener, loves music, which inspires her work and keeps her going at her computer while designing our issues, often late into the night. Mandy’s series, Cover with Style, combines her love for both music and design, showing how closely the two actually relate. Today’s post is no exception.
Check out more from Mandy’s Cover with Style series here: blog.athomearkansas.com/category/cover-with-style