Readers who frequent the shopping district along Rebsamen Park Road in Little Rock might have noticed changes to the exterior of Bear Hill Interiors and the neighboring building to the south, which has been transformed into Bear Hill Studio—a counterpart to the showroom next door. Over the past year, owner and designer Kevin Walsh and his team renovated the space to make it suit Bear Hill’s needs. “We have offices over there, more storage, a larger fabric room, and more room to spread out and be organized,” Kevin says. While the kitchen and open areas make Bear Hill Studio perfect for events like book signings and trunk shows, its primary function is as a workspace for Bear Hill’s designers. “It’s really great for our design clients. We can meet builders and clients, seat 10 people around the conference table and collaborate,” Kevin says. Bear Hill Studio is located at 1414 Rebsamen Park Road in Little Rock by appointment only. Bear Hill’s showroom (1420 Rebsamen Park Road) continues its regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. bearhillinteriors.com
As we get back from fall High Point Market, I am more anxious than usual to unveil the latest in home trends. It seems that 2018 has a lot in store for homeowners. I want to take you along on my “High Point” journey so that you can see “a day in my life” at market. Along on the trip, was what I consider my “design family” from Alaska. We met Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton of Bauer/Clifton Interiors at an Interior Design Society conference several years back and we have been tackling markets together ever since.
This month, we scouted local shops around the state to find the latest products inspired by an array of painting techniques. This painting by artist Mallory Page along with other beautiful products, seen at Bear-Hill Interiors in Little Rock, inspired it all. Its cool color palette from pinks to magentas with also a hit of pale orange is beautifully mixed. This piece would definitely steal the show in any space. And, there are more inspiring products to boot! Click here to see this and other colorful painting-inspired finds in our Style feature or find a copy of the July issue on newsstands.
Okay, I’m admittedly one of those people who, when it comes to home decor, absolutely loves the color white. (Remember this color personality test? My result was “White Spaces.”) To me, it creates a great canvas, allowing other elements in a room to pop. So, I of course have a huge crush on Ray and Carrie Bell’s monochromatic master bedroom, which was featured in our August 2009 issue, designed by Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors and photographed by Nancy Nolan. The color palette is clean and fresh, so the vivid Stuart Holcomb painting can take center stage. And the lucite chair, in a traditional shape no less, is a hip addition to the space. Kind of like this look from the BCBG runway, the master bedroom’s playful mix of neutrals and brights makes it all the more interesting.
We’re hoping many of you had the chance to spend Memorial Day relaxing by the water. And even if you didn’t, we hope you had the chance to daydream about it while reading our current issue, featuring two gorgeous waterfront homes and plenty of summer style ideas. This one is on Greers Ferry Lake. How about those tranquil views? Get the full story here: www.athomearkansas.com
It features a screened porch and an adjacent terrace, both prime locations for summer entertaining. (See more here.)
Above, homeowners Jeff and Melanie Fox’s son, Davis, hangs out with his friends…
…while Melanie and daughter, Madison, prepare dinner in the fully equipped outdoor kitchen.
Tell us, where did you spend YOUR Memorial Day? Any place special?
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A few weeks ago. I had the pleasure of attending a design seminar given by the editor of House Beautiful magazine, Newell Turner. He talked about the big trends he’s been seeing in design, and grouped them into four categories. And as he was talking, I was, of course, thinking about our own state, and if the trends applied. Here’s what came to mind:
Trend 1: The New Victorian
This trend has to do with classic design but with a modern feel. Traditional, historical, but more pared down, even a bit quirky. Dark accents figure prominently too.
(Designer Carolyn Grisham’s home in Harrison. Photo by Rett Peek)
(Designer Julie Roetzel’s Fayetteville home. Photo by Rett Peek)
Trend 2: Glam!
This one needs little explanation–and I think it must be a Southern fave, because we see lots of glamorous interiors. These rooms are ready for their close-up.
Trend 3: The Accessorator
Traditional with a twist, colorful, fun and fashionable all describe this trend. Sounds like a Southern girl, right? Who doesn’t love a good accessory or two?
Trend 4: The Ruralist
This trend has country roots but with a pared down sensibility and clean lines.
Which style is your favorite? Can you see some of these influences in your own place? We’d love to hear what you think!
After sitting empty all summer—what with picnics at the park and dinners on the patio—it’s that time of year when the dining room gets readied for a season’s worth of entertaining. To toast Thanksgiving and beyond, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite dining spaces.
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With just two days til Thanksgiving, we’re paying homage today to the KITCHEN, the room about to be the scene of cooking, baking and creating all things yummy. A few of the spaces where we’d be happy to don our aprons and start prepping the turkey:
No matter your style, we wish you a day of happy cooking and giving thanks.
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Color, color, color…this time of year has us thinking about little ways to brighten our rooms. One of my favorites is with flowers, and look how just a few yellow mums give this chic brown and white room an extra punch.
Designer Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors used a Schumacher wallpaper to set the tone in this breakfast room in a Little Rock family home, then lacquered the chairs in white and added wipeable fabric on the seats to make them family friendly. A touch of yellow is all that was needed to brighten the palette–arranged in a few containers kept grouped on the table as a casual centerpiece.
What are your secrets for brightening rooms? We’ll share a few more color tricks-of-the-trade in the coming weeks.
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