An Arkansas Gem

Back in August Dan Faires, HGTV Design Star contestant, visited Little Rock. He was so impressed with the new home of Bill Parkinson with Parkinson Building Group, that he took tons of wonderful photos and blogged about the house on his own blog, Capsule.  We helped Bill and his wife Jessica with the house from the initial planning stages.  We are working on the interiors now.  I'll be sharing those photos as soon as we finish, but for now we'd like for you to see the  "diamond in the rough."  These are some of the shots that Dan took.

This is the family room.  Notice the large beautiful windows, the custom cast fireplace mantel and surround.  You can't really tell in any of the pictures but the floors are stained concrete.  The French rush seat chairs behind the sofa (that don't have their new cushions yet) face a small sitting area in the kitchen.

This kitchen is one of my very favorites.  There are so many things to love.  The hand hewn beams, antique iron chandelier, painted gray finish on the cabinets,custom vent hood with plaster finish and antique corbels.  The cabinets on either side of the hood are finished with reclaimed shutters as doors with the original Eastlake hardware.

This is a better image of the cabinets.  Just beautiful.  When we first showed these to Bill and Jessica they weren't really sure, but being both adventuresome and trusting they went for it, and are so glad they did.  Definitely one of all of our very" favorite things".

This is what the shutters looked like in our shop before they were fabricated into the cabinets.

Close up of the corbels, the hood details and finish as well as the cabinets.

This is a little better picture of the antique iron chandelier over the island.  We had it re-wired and hand dripped beeswax candle covers added.

Breakfast area.

Love the light fixture over the breakfast table.  We are skirting wingback chairs in natural linen to go at the ends of the table and painting queen-anne dining chairs with a linen check on the seats for the side chairs.

The use of the antique brick in strategic places inside is incredible.  It looks really good with the stained concrete floors.

The gallery connects the public and private spaces of the home. After quite a search, we found the lanterns just in time for completion of the home.  They are perfect!  Note the beautiful iron handrailing.  The bookcase is a focal point at the end of the hall.  The shelves are 3" thick and finished to look like old wood.  We worked in the home yesterday and completed the decoration on these shelves.  We mounted an old iron crest in the top arched area.  These bookshelves are now competing for one of my new" favorite things" in the house.

We found these iron sconces long before we planned the house.  Being a builder, Bill went ahead and bought them to save.  They were electrified and again hand dripped wax covers were added.  They take a plain mirror in the Master bath to a whole new level.

This is not a good shot, but another wonderful antique piece hangs above the tub in the Master bath.

Jessica found this chandelier while on a girls shopping trip that now hangs in the wine cellar..  Again, notice the candles.

This is the entry, with brick floor that looks into the gallery and the back covered porch beyond.

The dining room is off the entry.  One of our favorite design elements is the lantern, and when it's old it's even better.  We added a mirror and art yesterday and are having the chairs slip-covered.  Drapes are planned for the next phase.

The powder room is going to be very special when it's completed.  The antique iron balcony that was turned into a vanity was another piece that we found and planned before ground was ever broken.The top is  really thick distressed wood with a vessel sink.  We plan to add shutters on either side of the windows with electrified sconces mounted on them. The mirror will go on the side wall.  We haven't found it yet.

Photos courtesy of Dan Faires

Incorporating unique architectural features, and the use of reclaimed materials is what make this home so special.  You would be surprised how affordable a lot of these ideas are.  It's all in the planning and eventually the "hunt".  That 's really the most important role we played . Not only inspiring and coaxing the process to a higher level, but actually doing the footwork it takes to make something like this happen.  I can honestly say that there is nothing we had rather do.  Next week, we are off and running again.  We'll be gone for 10 days scouring every nook and cranny looking for the unique and the fabulous.  Clients have already started submitting their wish lists, but it's not too late to add yours.  If you have any plans for the future to build or re-model or there is that certain piece you have not been able to find E-mail me and we'll "hunt" for you as well.

We look forward to showing you this project in completion in the near future.  In the meantime, what do you think?  It's your turn.

Let's talk!