After working with the former owners of this Little Rock home—and falling in love with its bones—designer Mona Thompson bought the residence and reimagined it as her own.
Less than five years ago, Mona Thompson and her sister Talena Ray, co-owners of Little Rock’s Providence Design, were hired by a Memphis couple building a home in west Little Rock. While the sisters’ signature style appealed to the homeowners, the home itself appealed to Mona. “I have always loved this house, and I told the couple, If you ever get ready to sell, please call me first,” she says.
As fate would have it, the day to sell came just a few years after the project was complete. Mona and her late husband, Don, felt it was the opportune time for them to downsize and put their own spin on the home, which features all of its living spaces as well as two bedrooms and a study on the ground floor. “This home is wonderfully laid out. It’s so conducive to entertaining and bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out,” Mona says, noting she made no changes to the floor plan.
Because the square footage was smaller than their previous homes, editing was crucial. “Everything in this house is something I really, truly love,” Mona says. For example, the couple’s art collection, carefully curated over the span of three decades, fills the walls with character as well as memories. “Don and I collected for 31 years, and I see him in every bit of it,” she says. The same goes for numerous antiques, from sideboards to sconces, that fill the rooms; each is unique and special, containing a story that reminds Mona of a favorite trip to Round Top or a beloved friend….