Arkansas Symphony Designer House

Examine this vibrant yet comfortable design

Photography by Sandy Sutton and Mara Kuhn

Photography by Sandy Sutton and Mara Kuhn

So many of you have let me know that you toured the Arkansas Symphony Designer House, as many did — many thousands.

This was a very well-received house, and I am grateful that our Family Room became a crowd favorite. Corporations even hosted private events in our room, stating that they loved the comfortable and vibrant design.

Of course, the 116 pieces of glass that James Hayes designed just for my chandelier was the “wow” factor that set the pace for the whole room.

Askthedesigner1The beautiful rugs, furnishings and all original art completed the design but I always like to create a little conversation in the rooms I design and I take my inspiration from my clients, their family and their lifestyle.

In this Family Room, so many of the visitors started conversations about the doggy sanctuary. The idea that your beloved pet can also be a shining star in his comfortable hideaway has not gone unnoticed. In fact, it appears that we will be designing more of these spaces and commissioning more pet portraits. They say, “if you want to make a hit, add in dogs and kids,” and that is just exactly what we did!

PugAnother conversation area of our room is the fireplace and flanking bookcases. You expect bookcases to be filled with books, photos and objects but that is really not a conversation, is it? Creating a sense of mystery with custom designed panels to allow you a peek into what is on the shelves will get them talking and it has! Looks like those are sold!

It is such an honor and privilege to be invited to participate in Arkansas Symphony Guild’s largest fundraiser and I am celebrating my twelfth house with them (they only do it every other year). I enjoy being one of the “Top Designers in the State” that are involved and I am already look- ing forward to number thirteen!

Zappa’s painting can now be hung in his home!



• 2 pounds St. Louis- style ribs
• 1 teaspoon dry oregano

• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 teaspoons paprika

• 1 teaspoon brown sugar
• 25 grinds fresh black pepper
• 1 tablespoon granulated garlic

•1 tablespoon chili powder

Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl. Pat down the ribs and pack them down with rub mixture. Cover and rest in refrigerator overnight before baking or grilling.

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