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.
Someone once famously said “You’ll never have a second chance to make a first impression.” While this is true in relationships, it’s also true in your home. Your entryway, foyer, hallway, whatever it may be — the first thing someone sees when he or she walks in your door should set the tone for the rest of your home. A daunting task but also very fun! You can use the space to show off your favorite antiques, to use a bold color, to gather your family’s essentials mudroom-style. No matter how you use that space, it will leave an impression. With foyers on my mind, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite “first impressions.” Enjoy!
|Mark D. Sikes in House Beautiful|
|Shelly Johnstone Paschke|
|Rita Konig in Domino|
|Kay O’Toole in Veranda|
|Carolina Irving in Vogue Living|
Cece Fourchy Quinn is a native Californian who fell in love with the South during school at Ole Miss. She created her blog, Mississippi Maven, to share inspirations on interiors, fashion and all things stylish. After college she relocated to Little Rock where she worked in design and further honed her aesthetic. Now back in her hometown on the West Coast, she spends her time scouring flea markets for unique finds, hoarding shelter magazines and dreaming of the South.
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
Today, we’ve got a special guest post from Lindsey Binz, owner of Lindsey Binz Home Company, a boutique real estate company and interior design firm located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lindsey’s keen eye for design and talent for home staging, combined with her knowledge of the real estate market makes her a go-to source for tips and tricks to stage your home to sell. Lindsey can tell from the moment she walks through the front door how a showing will go, so today, she is sharing tips on sprucing up your front door and entry way to make the perfect first impression!
A realistic styling & staging guide to getting it sold.
During their search, most buyers see hundreds of houses. Making yours stand out, in a good way, will help it stay at the top of the list when it’s time to make that final decision. Even if you know it could use some help, it isn’t always easy to hear the changes you need to make. However, it’s better to get your ego a little bruised in the beginning, if that’s what gets the job done!
Staging is an important part of the process when marketing your property. Many sellers hear the phrase “staging your house to sell” and they think it will cost too much or they say, “We are still living here! How can we ‘stage’ the house?” I am here to give you a realistic approach to styling your home for the market.
Unless you are selling a fixer-upper, you want to help potential buyers visualize living in the house RIGHT AWAY! That means making your home move-in ready – possibly even making an offer on the furnishings. Less to move, right? You’ve heard the old clichÃ©, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” That is one cliche that is especially true when it comes to showing your home.
Be sure to pay attention to detail on the exterior. After all, it will be the first thing potential buyers see. Clean up all landscaping and make sure everything has been maintained properly. An easy way to spruce things up is to plant some colorful, low mantenience flowers. If you decide to plant, make sure you get enough to make an impact.
Blitz Red impatiens used in a sweep of bright color contrast well against the emerald green of the grass in front.
New Guinea impatiens are also ideal low-maintenance plants.
If your thumb is more brown than green (like mine), you can always get some large self watering containers to flank the door.
Or a single topiary. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see what’s on the other side of this door?
Give the entryway a good cleaning, buy a new mat and put up a doorhanger or pretty knocker. Pick an updated color and paint a fresh coat on the door. Be sure the light fixtures and door hardware are of a current style and attached and working properly. Buyers will have a hard time getting past the door if the key gets jammed!!!
As a Realtor, I can tell how a showing is going to go the moment we walk through the door. Be sure the entry is so fresh and so clean-clean! It will set the “stage” for the showing. No pun intended. 🙂
Use simple, practical ways to increase value to your home any chance you get. One way is to turn the entry into a beautiful, yet functional, space fitting to the style of the house.
Most buyers can benefit from a well-organized space near an entrance to store everyday items. A customized mudroom or a coat closet turned storage niche are two practical ways to add value. Even if it’s just relocating some of your current furnishings to be more versatile and user-friendly.
Be sure to stage and style in ways to accentuate your home’s features, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to as many people as possible. Although it only takes ONE buyer, it’s fun to have a few buyers competing. Of course, when that happens the sellers are occassionally tempted to keep it for themselves. 🙂