Find color inspiration on the pages of At Home in Arkansas with these custom paint palettes inspired by some of our favorite images from the current issue. Read about this foyer on athomearkansas.com or in the January/February 2013 issue.
Editor Diane Carroll spent part of her morning overseas: “Part of the fun of reading blogs is the armchair travel,” she says, “and I stumbled across this blog from Sweden. I love the aesthetic: spare, artistic, personal. It could be Stockholm, or a downtown Little Rock loft, given an artfully inspired owner.” (“Black and white in Jakobstad” from emmas designblogg)
From account executive/marketing coordinator Lauren Strother: “I adore the use of upholstery on the Louis Ghost chairs paired with the tulip dining table! I might have to copy this look for my own breakfast nook.” (“Tulip Talk” from Matters of Style)
Leave it to Lonny Magazine: “I am really into decorating with white these days,” says account executive Katie Rawlings. “I especially love the white headboard with the yellow accents!” (“A Head Above the Rest” from Beth Davis Interios, via Lonny Magazine)
Art director Mandy Keener has a crush: “This blue club chair looks like a slice of heaven!” she says. (“Shopper’s Diary: Canvas Home Store Online” from Remodelista)
“I’ve always had dreams of being a fabulous hostess,” says associate editor Paulette Pearson. “And of course, if I were to host a cheese party, this is exactly how it would look! Only kidding, but isn’t it lovely? Organic and elegant and ideal for a crowd.” (“A dazzling cheese party is my fave” from You Are My Fave)
Account executive Kathy Condrey thinks this series of images is absolutely stunning. If you’re a fan of turquoise, we think you’ll agree. (“Glitz and Glamour Galore” from House of Turquoise)
Here’s your chance to let your opinion be heard! Our November issue goes to press tomorrow, and we have a lovely dilemma to deal with–two covers that are so equally appealing, we’re having a difficult time selecting our favorite.
So which one is your favorite?
Account executive Katie Rawlings says: “I really like the idea of using two different mirrors. Bathrooms can be so boring, but this creates some interest!” (“Beautiful Mirrors in the Bathroom” from Piershan Art)
From marketing coordinator Lauren Strother: “”We are re-doing our guest bedroom and this shade of blue is definitely making it into the color palette. Love it!” (“Winter Blues” from Coco+Kelley)
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “I’m in love with that rug!” (“Turquoise Subway Tile Alert!” from House of Turquoise)
Senior account executive Jennifer Hay says: “Great ideas for redesigning with window treatments that are eco-friendly, especially this honeycomb shade.” (“Green Window Treatment Trends of 2010″ from Blind Shade & Shutter Co.)
From art director Mandy Keener: “This makes a simple statement–I love it!” (“Not-Too-Girly Gray” from Design Darling)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “With our Color Issue on news stands, color is definitely on my brain. I love these fabrics, and the mix of patterns used is just perfect! What a beautiful wedding!” (“My Fabrics Go to a Wedding” from How About Orange)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Can you believe this tray is made using papier mache and an old take-out box? Will definitely be trying this project at home.” (“Papier Mache Tray” from Little Green Notebook via Everything LEB)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “A round table and curvaceous chairs grace my dining room too, and I’m always looking for new fabrics and tabletop ideas to change it up. Love how simple and elegant this looks.” (“Fabulous Room Friday” from La Dolce Vita, via Suzanne Kasler)
In Case You Missed It:
La Dolca Vita, Coco+Kelley and many of your other favorite design bloggers (as well as the At Home team) will be at the Design Bloggers Conference, Feb. 28-March 1 in Los Angeles. See what all the buzz is about!
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “Every inch of this space is simply beautiful!” (“Amy Bergman and Linda MacArthur” from House of Turquoise)
From publisher Kelly Fraiser: “The beautiful weather we are having this week has me dreaming of alfresco dining with friends.” (“Start planning your outdoor kitchen now” from Ken Rash’s of Arkansas)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “Well, that sure is a bright and happy entranceâ¦makes me happy just looking at it! I try to fill my house will pops of color in every room, so it is bright and cheery and makes everyone feel happy.” (“How happy is your house?” from Hooked on Houses)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Everything I could ever want: a cozy bed, my laptop, books, breakfast and even heart-print sheets. The weekend can’t get here soon enough.” (“Dream Home: The Neo-Traditionalist” from La Dolce Vita)
From marketing coordinator/account executive Lauren Strother: “Spring is in the air! Not only are we working on our Spring Fashion issue but we’ve also had the weather to match, and this little number is just the outfit to get me in the mood to flip my closet. Love it!” (“Oh, Olivia!” from Sorrelina)
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From account executive Stevi Jackson: “I love this bedroom- It’s the perfect mix of sophistication and fun!” (“Ashlee Raubach & Alison Royer” via House of Turquoise)
From marketing/special projects coordinator Lauren Strother: “I love these tulip prints, and on these dreary days we’ve been having they’re just the dose of happy I needed.” (“Tuesday Tulips-Limited Editions by Kerri Rosenthal” via Pretty Pink Tulips)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Don’t know if I could live with this much color forever, but it sure makes an impact. The pink and gold especially go well together. Luxe and glamorous, and a bit unstudied.” (“Interior: Vibrant Berry Hues” via Haute Design)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “Wow, such a beautiful home. Love all the linen fabrics and exposed natural woods, but I think those high-back chairs around the table might be my favorite!” (“Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” via Tracery Interiors)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Great examples of my favorite color palette, which is extra fresh in spring but I love all year long. The Amy Butler wallpapers and rugs would work great in my home.” (“Blue and Green, Together for Spring” via Birch + Bird)
In case you missed it:
I’m smitten by these chairs in Conway designer Tami Risinger’s lake house in Hot Springs.Â They’re based on a design from the legendary designer Frances Elkins, and Tami used them in just the right way: to make a sculptural statement, turning a small sitting area into a focal point. (if you’re smitten too, she found them in Little Rock at Bear-Hill Interiors).
Tami’s chairs are in good company….I spied them in a recent House Beautiful issue as well! Fresh looks for two very different styles.
Today’s Room of the Week is the dining room…in all its variations, from formal to casual to outdoors. Special guest columnist Lorrie LeBeaux, a West Little Rock resident whose passion for wine led to Lorrie’s Wine and Food World,Â shares with us her recommendations for the ideal glasses, wine and food to pair with these lovely spaces featured in our Kitchen and Bath issue.
This dining room by Meridith Hamilton calls for a glass than can enhance the beauty of this modern space. This lovely Verve flute from Crate & Barrel will surely add sparkle and be quite the conversation piece at the dinner table. The bubbles in the base of the glass mimic the bubbles of the sparkling wine!
For a touch of color, I would pour a glass of Schramsberg 2008 Brut Rose. This wine has a lovely pink hue. The bubbles are small, tight and ongoing in your flute. The aromas are of bright red fruit, like strawberries and watermelon. There are also slight notes of brioche and orange zest.Â This wine is a great to sip alone, but is a wonderful wine to be paired with food. I would pair it with salmon, chicken, pork or a tangy goat cheese. Or try it with this yummy appetizer recipe.
(photography by Nancy Nolan)
In this transitional style space by Tobi Fairley,Â I love the mix of soft, sleek, built-in seating and chairs. This traditional-with-a-twist Edge glass from Crate & Barrel offers a finishing touch, looking great in this room and in anyoneâs hand.
A traditional red wine, such as Honig’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, would complement an evening of great conversation around this cozy banquette.
In this sitting area next to a kitchen (designed by Garry Mertins), the side table between the big cushy chairs and ottoman begs for a glass of wine to adorn it! The Nat wine glass by Crate & Barrel would add a bit of interest in this space. And anyone would love to have this glass in their hand with my white wine recommendation!
I would fill this wine glass with 2010 J California Pinot Gris; this wine is so aromatic and refreshing. Check out the full wine review.
I love the relaxed and elegant look of this space, and a wine glass with a bit of color would add that finishing touch to this outdoor eating area. This Lyla wine glass from Crate & Barrel is a lovely shade of green that would add that pop of color.
I would pour Honig 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley in this lovely glass, and enjoy a great meal to salute an end to summer. Check out the complete review.
Lorrie (and be sure to visit me here for more wine, dining and decor ideas!)
For anybody who thinks salvaged materials don’t make for stylish interiors, homeowner Lyndsey Lewis of Little House in Little Rock is here to set the story straight! She’s been sharing the story of certified green home, being built by Bret Franks Construction in Little Rock, in a series called At Home with Green Design. Check out her first two posts (here) for more info about the construction, because today she’s getting down to specifics with sinks, hardware and wallpaper!
One of the biggest perks of building my little house it that splurges in design choices pack a major punch without blowing my budget. Iâve planned for extensive trim work (bead board walls, wood planked ceilings, etc.), custom storage units, unique hardware, and many other upgrades that wouldnât be feasible had I chosen more square footage.
Iâve been collecting furniture, art, accessories, and fabrics throughout the entire planning phase of construction.
My very first purchase was a pair of stained glass windows from Antique Warehouse of Arkansas, in Botkinburg, AR. One pane will be hung inside my kitchen window. The larger glass will be installed on the wall that divides my master closet from the bedroom. Itâs difficult to imagine, but this window placement will highlight the design of the closet space.
Imagine the above stained glass installed on one wall of the galley closet picturedâ¦ I lose a bit of storage but the awesome factor makes it totally worth it. (Can you tell the closet is my favorite âroomâ in my house?)
At Architectural Salvage by Ri-Jo in Mena, AR, I found a truckload of amazing salvaged doorknobs. There were ceramic, metal, and glass knobs to choose fromâ¦ and I ended up buying a few of each.
To be able to utilize the knobs for my interior doors, I had to find mortise locks for the knobs. These locks fit antique spindles and can be found at specialty hardware stores. Unfortunately, each lock cost more than $70. But when you only have 4 interior doors, the cost isnât really a huge extravagance. Knobs that arenât used for doors will be mounted to use as hooks for the entry or master closet.
Bathrooms are a great space in any home to add some extra âwow.â Unfortunately, bathrooms are also an area to add LOTS of extra spending.
Luckily for me, I found an amazing corner-mounted sink at Architectural Salvage for only $100! Not only will it save space in my 5âx7â bathroom, it will also bring a vintage feel to the space. Plus, the allowance in my contract for my bath vanity faucet alone was $145, which I deleted by using the existing hardware on the sink. Free and cute? Whatâs not to love here? (Note the crack in the front of the sink: I had this checked out by a professional glazer. He told me that the sink is completely usable, but the crack cannot be cosmetically âfixed.â I was actually excited to hear this, since I love the defect. Adds characterâ¦)
Wallpaper has really made a comeback since the floral mess that adorned my sisterâs bedroom in the early 90s. Iâm planning to paper my foyer ceiling with a watercolor-style print I found at Anthropologie. Since most wallpaper sells for over $100 per roll, Iâm very thankful for my 5âx5â entry. Less is so more.
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. 🙂