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"2002 Build for a Cure Idea House"

"Deep-South Design"

Text by Melanie Dickens
Photography by Mark Matthews
Styling By Amy Colclasure


 Inspired by the designs of Baton Rouge architect A. Hays Town, the 2002 Build for the Cure Idea House at 11 Adkins Estates in Little Rock is a new interpretation of the classic raised Acadian cottage. Built by Bowden Boshears Construction, many of Town’s trademark elements --precise columns both inside and out, interior brickwork and exposed ceiling beams-were implemented in the home The Idea House's old-world influences are balanced by top-of-the-line amenities, like the latest in professional-grade appliances a flat-screen television, an integrated stereo system and seemingly endless storage, which keep the home current and appropriate for the modern family.

   The team of designers, led by Tom Chandler of Chandler & Associates in Little Rock, made it their mission to create an interior that meshes seamlessly with the home's architecture. Earthy colors, worldly antiques and textural fabrics, as well as an emphasis on natural materials, result in the refined surroundings on the following pages.



To establish the front porch as the first room of the home, Larry West paired interior-inspired fabrics and accessories with more outdoor-appropriate iron and bronze furniture. Topiary trees in stone urns, along with bronze and iron sculptures, lend outdoor elements to the inviting and versatile space.




Rustic European antiques and rich, muddied colors make for relaxed refinement in the dining room designed by Reggie Marshall, Jim Clements and Jeff Brubaker. Chairs covered in antique Aubusson fabric surround the octagonal Tuscan table, which is lit by a crystal chandelier hanging from a distinctive coffered ceiling fashioned of rough-hewn wood. A wrought-iron table holding a pair of gilt wood candles sits in front of an extraordinary tapestry, while a statue of Saint John lends drama to the space. The Venetian glass pieces—an 18th-century etched mirror and 19th-century table—add sparkle to the deep finishes employed throughout the room.





Custom-built by Distinctive Kitchens and Baths with interior design by Edwina Aycock, the kitchen was designed with efficiency/ as well as aesthetics, in mind. Storage space is tucked in every available corner, including hand-distressed cabinets with molding on the doors and drawers, glass-front cabinets and open shelving. State-of-the-art appliances in stainless steel contrast with the soapstone counters and interior brickwork, while amber-colored crystal and MacKenzie-Childs pottery featuring flowers, dots and stripes add color and shine to the handsome decor.




An enticing space for late-afternoon and evening gatherings, the patio designed by Lawrie Rash Samples and Candi Murray integrates the interior's warm color palette into the outdoor setting. Chairs are grouped around the glass-enclosed outdoor fireplace for crisp fall evenings, and the tall marble table and barstools just a few steps down the flagstone pathway encourage al fresco dining.



The courtyard designed by Chris Olsen features a pergola hung with wire baskets overflowing with a seasonal bounty of pumpkins and gourds.  Surrounded by fall mums and varied greenery, a flagstone path leads from the patio to a handsome teak bench.




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