Bachelor Pad (Sans Neon Sign)

What comes to mind when you hear “bachelor pad,” or worse, “man cave?” Neon beer signs? Grandma’s discarded couch? Mini fridge? The Barker condo was a new one for me as a bachelor pad. Though, as you’ll soon see, there’s not a stolen road sign in sight.

The condo, located in Little Rock’s Lafayette Building downtown, was transformed from the drab usual to the modern and unexpected.

I loved envisioning the space in its entirety. The redesign encompassed the complete condo. The client wanted a functional design with a modern feel, so my work definitely complemented his vision, though he also pretty much gave me free reign. Here is the living room before:

And here is the same living space, transformed completely to be bright and open:

The wall color is MY FAVORITE WALL COLOR OF ALL WALL COLORS, Restoration Hardware, Right White. Furniture includes the client’s existing sofa. All other pieces are from my former favorite store, now closed, SOHO Modern in Little Rock. Other pieces are from West Elm and the former IO Metro.

The entry may be my favorite area in the condo. The wall sconce is by @one_forty_three. The mirror, breakfast pendant light, table, and chairs are from none other than @jillwhitedesigns.

Look closely (below) at the wood bench with metal base, the coat rack, and the banquette bench. They are all custom pieces designed by yours truly and built by @troyt88b. They are made from refurbished wood given to my client from a historic building right behind the Lafayette! What a score!!

Photo credit for entire post: @ml.baxley.

One of my favorite things about this bachelor pad was the guitar wall. My client loves music, so we wanted to incorporate that in the design. My goal was for him to be able to appreciate it and be inspired by it daily, so his awesome guitar collection HAD to be on display. I found the hooks from @one_forty_three. Check it out:

guitar wall

I love adding fun, unique concepts in small places. The colorful rug by @furbishstudio adds the perfect pop of color against the wood flooring by C&F Flooring.

Now for a major transformation. Here’s the kitchen before:


Now see the “afters” below. We updated the kitchen cabinets, which are Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray. They play perfectly against the quartz countertops and the 3×6 white subway backsplash tile, also from C&F. The chairs are from SOHO. The fabulous, bright kitchen rug was purchased from @furbishstudio.

Now for the bedrooms. First, the master and guest bedrooms before:

Now the SAME bedrooms after:

Above left is the master bedroom. We added the bed from Blu Dot and rug from West Elm. The wall color is the same throughout the condo. Art is by the owner’s son and @violethilldesign.

The guest bedroom is on the right. The owner wanted to maximize sleeping space for guests, so we found the perfect solution with a sleeper sofa and trundle bed from West Elm. The furniture can easily be configured to accommodate up to four guests. The artwork is photography by my client that we had deconstructed, enlarged, and placed inside glass frames with standoffs from @aceglasslr.

And another spectacular update in the master bathroom….here is the before (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain girl in the mirror):


Below reveals the after. The master bath stays with the condo’s theme of streamlined neutrals. I incorporated a wall hanging from @bellavitajewelry. The cabinet color is also Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Grey, and the linear mirror courtesy @aceglasslr.



Again with the wall color. The tile flooring is from C&F Flooring and rug from Rug Gallery, Little Rock. We continued the bathroom’s face-lift by updating the plumbing fixtures, having the cabinets refaced and painted, and adding new hardware. The contractor for this project was Tony Martin of Little Rock.

See, not your stereotypical man cave at all! To see all the before and after goodness, search #lafayettebachpad on my Instagram.



7 Replies to “Bachelor Pad (Sans Neon Sign)”

  1. I’m still loving the place Jill, thanks. Great post! I do want to credit my son Henry, who did two of the paintings: the abstract seen on the right in the photo of the master bedroom, and the black-on-white-glass piece seen in one of the kitchen photos. Cheers, Matt

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      1. Thanks pal! It’s a shame the link-preview image is a “before” shot (see my FB post). I’ll have my IT people call your IT people.


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