A Marriage of Modern and Vintage

I hope Jill White Designs’ work on this beautiful Little Rock home on Stonewall was a blessing in disguise. The project’s start was admittedly less than ideal: The homeowners experienced a water leak in their master bedroom and bathroom. All of my client’s clothes were ruined. It was not a happy time, as shared on my Instagram.

Fast-forward to better days! The same family hired me to do a refresh less than a year prior to this restorative work, so I was familiar with their aesthetic and their personalities, which is always a plus. The water leak was due to a pipe that burst during winter. Water poured in from everywhere imaginable.

We ripped everything out of the bathroom and started completely over. The initial layout was disjointed, and there was a definite lack of space in the master bath. We combated this by knocking out a bathroom wall. From there, we extended the bathroom by pulling it forward and rebuilding two walls.

The clients wanted to keep the his-and-hers concept, so I made sure they each had a sink and a closet. However, we were able to add a modern bathtub and a larger shower, as shown in the before and afters below:


The client enjoys a mix of modern and vintage styles and finishes. She wanted to keep several family heirlooms, which work perfectly with the palette we chose for the space. I love how the light cabinet and black floor transition. The flooring is a mosaic marble I had rush delivered from Italy. True story. The contemporary vanity and vintage mirror also create an interesting contrast.

We also collaborated with Soos Stained Glass to create the spectacular window, which is seen below from my drawn concept to the completed product:


I loved every part of working on this project with these fantastic clients….well, except the flooding part. We certainly made lemonade out of their lemons though, right?

I leave you with a few more images. That shower! That flooring! That CLOSET! Enjoy!



“After” Photo Credit: Sarah Oden Photography @sarahoden_

Spring Vibes

Spring has sprung….at least in Arkansas! Seeing the gorgeous blooms and feeling the sunshine again always gets me excited for new designs. Much like spring cleaning, it feels good to bring in new trends to go along with the new season. So, I bring you some vibes I’m loving this spring:

Revamp your Wall

As I recently shared on Insta, I completely reworked my own art wall. Try infusing a new piece or two in with artwork you already own. This provides a fresh look without breaking the bank.

Art wall

Cleanse Your Home’s Palate

In other words: declutter and paint! Nothing will get you as excited about your space as a good old repaint. Try a white wall, and you will be amazed at how it makes the old new again. Also, go through your closets, cabinets, and things in general. Invite a friend over to go through it with you and repurpose or recycle what you don’t need. It is transformative.

Courtesy @3wirephotography

Pot Some Plants

Add some succulents or some greenery to your space, both indoor and outdoor. Plants are an impressive, yet inexpensive, way to breathe life into your decor.


Do something unique and unexpected with something you’re tired of. Paint a chair. Move that table that hasn’t moved in ten years. Add some wallpaper. I recently recovered my beloved great-grandmother’s chair, and it immediately made me happy. The effect was modern, yet timeless.

Mari chair

So, what spring projects do you want to tackle? Look around and find one that excites you, then get to painting, recovering, organizing, or whatever it is that gets your spring vibes going.






Why Hire a Designer?

In an era of DIY, I am often asked about the purpose of a designer in the building and/or renovation process. This post is dedicated to the who, what, when, where, and why of builders, architects, and, of course, designers.

To lend multiple voices and perspectives to the conversation, I asked some talented local professionals their personal takes on how they work in conjunction with designers and other professionals in the field and how these roles can be beneficial to clients. To draw a parallel, would you consult a physician without a medical license? Similarly, hiring professionals who are familiar with design trends and space planning, and who listen to your needs, will save you money, frustration, and time in the long run.

So, enjoy, and feel free to post questions!

The Architect(s)

Chris Sheppard, AIA

Taylor Kempkes Architects

Chris has ten years of experience in the field and has been with Taylor Kempkes for the past three years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 2009. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions:

Jill White (JW): What do you consider your two largest professional accomplishments?

Chris Sheppard (CS): Earning my architectural license at 24 years old and having multiple happy clients. I know the second one is cheesy, but it is true. A happy client can make even the mundane project enjoyable.

JW: What types of projects do you typically pursue?

CS: Commercial buildings of all kinds….and some residential if the client, the builder, or their design style is a good fit.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

CS: Being pleasant to work with, having a good sense of design, and knowing how to appropriately edit a design when necessary.

JW: In a nutshell, describe what you do.

CS: Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. I try to make that 90 percent of your life enjoyable, functional, and safe.

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

CS: One role of an architect is to protect the owner’s interests regarding construction. I appreciate a builder who is transparent—one that works hard to do a good job and believes in collaboration. I will never recommend a builder who thinks they know it all (because I can assure you, they don’t).

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

CS: I work well with designers….unless they move to the exterior of the building. Just kidding! Most designers have a complimentary skill set to mine, and I value their opinions.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

CS: I love working with good interior designers. So much of what an architect designs is unseen or [is eventually] covered with drywall. An interior designer gets to focus on the tactile and visual experience of a building, and that is often what owners have the most interest in. Having a professional, whose sole job is that, can be a blessing.

JW: Why should a potential client hire you instead of a draftsman?

CS: Knowledge + Experience. As my father would say, “You don’t even know what you don’t know.” With an architect, you are getting, potentially, decades of knowledge, a minimum five years of formal design education, seven licensure exams that ensure safety, and the experience of hundreds of completed projects. I inherently know what makes good design, and it is my minimum standard level work.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

CS: Hire a professional—and one you enjoy being around. We are here to guide you and make the building process easier. Building can feel like an overwhelming task, but to us, it is a daily routine.

The Architect(s)

Randall Hurban

Hight Jackson Associates

Randall has been in the field for nine years, a little over three of those with Hight Jackson Associates (HJA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Arkansas and works in the commercial space. Here are his responses:

JW: What do you consider your two largest professional accomplishments?

Randall Hurban (RH): Getting licensed and getting construction documents done on a 68,000 square foot school project in three months.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

RH: HJA is known for getting beautiful projects done on time and under budget and for keeping the client’s needs first and foremost.

JW: Describe what you do in layman’s terms.

RH: I am an architect that delivers my clients their dream project within their budget.

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

RH: They are integral in our projects, especially if they can come on board early in the design phases for pricing exercises and allow us to explore various options.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

RH: Designers, similar to contractors, allow us to make the correct decisions early on, so we don’t blow the budget but still get the client what they originally dreamed of.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

RH: Designers stay up-to-date with the latest trends, products, etc. and can help aid in the overall design of a project, really being crucial to the look of a project.

JW: Why should a potential client hire you as opposed to a draftsman?

RH: Draftsmen have their purpose, but if a client is looking for a knowledgeable and well-educated designer with current building practices and code understandings, an architect is the way to go.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

RH: Jill is the best! [Jill Note: I did not pay him to say that!!]

The Builder(s)

Jeremiah Russell, AIA, NCARB

Rogue Architecture

Jeremiah is an architect and a builder, so he offers a multifaceted view on our topic. He has been in the practice for over 14 years and in his current business for over three years. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. Following are his responses:

JW: What do you consider your two main professional accomplishments?

Jeremiah Russell (JR): Getting licensed, and opening my own firm.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

JR: Clean, modern designs that are space and energy efficient and are affordable to construct.

JW: Briefly describe what you do.

JR: I create custom designed homes that function better and that sell faster and for more money than the average spec or builder grade home.

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

JR: As a licensed residential builder, we can provide design/build services for some of our clients. Generally, we work with other licensed contractors and subcontractors. We try to encourage our clients to select a contractor early in the design process to help with budget analysis to make sure that things stay in the range they need to be in and to provide constructibility guidance as well. Construction is a team effort, after all.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

JR: Interior designers tend to come into the picture after our design work has been completed. This is not ideal. Similar to selecting a contractor, we would encourage any client thinking about hiring an interior designer for their project to do so early, so the process can be collaborative throughout design.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

JR: The benefits of working with a designer, for the client, are to have a dedicated and trained professional curating the fixtures and finishes of a design, offering design input to the architect about function and flow, and providing oversight during final installation to make sure the finished product is perfect.

JW: Why should potential client hire you instead of a draftsman?

JR: That’s easy. Professional expertise in design, construction, and building technology. A draftsman will follow instructions to draw what the client instructs. An architect will listen to the needs, wants, and desires of the client and create a full design that is truly unique to that family. An architect-designed home will function better, perform better over time, and appreciate in value faster.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

JR: Design and construction are collaborative processes. They are not exclusive. The architect is not done when the drawings are issued. The entire team – architect, contractor, and designer – need to be involved and working together from the beginning of design through to the completion of construction. This helps ensure the client’s investment is sound, and their project is built according to plan and according to a budget.

The Builder(s)

Ben Booth

Booth Building + Design LLC

Ben has been in the field for 16 years and has been self-employed for the duration. His projects are largely high-end, custom residential. Here are his responses:

JW: What do you consider your two biggest professional accomplishments?

Ben Booth (BB): Being nominated and voted in as a board member, and eventually president, of our local Home Builders Association. Also, building my business to the point (through great clients and projects) where clients seek me out for their homes and all business comes from word-of-mouth.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

BB: Being friends with my clients after we complete their homes, honesty and integrity, and always being available to my clients even after they’ve moved in.

JW: In a nutshell, describe what you do.

BB: The majority of what I do includes high-end custom homes. So I work with clients from the lot selection process, to the floorplan design, through all of their selections. Then I build their home based on their budget, those selections, and their vision.

JW: When do you like to enter a project? Do you like coming in first (before the architect or designer)? Do you like knowing who the architect is first and having plans brought to you?

BB: My preference is to be the first one involved with the project. My most successful projects, regardless of the designer or architect, have been the ones where I’ve been selected and involved from day one.

JW: How does an architect factor into your work?

BB: My projects are probably 50/50 architect and draftsman as far as the floorplan and who draws them.

JW: In your opinion, when is it okay to not hire an architect? What kind of project can only a builder take care of?

BB: There are several floorplans I’ve built in the past where a draftsman was sufficient. Because many of my clients can’t envision rooms/spacing/perspective until we’ve framed the house, three or four pages of plans are all that is required. The key is having a builder who is knowledgeable, experienced, flexible, and willing to help take responsibility for changes that are required.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

BB: Since my wife, Cassie, is an ASID designer, I work in conjunction with a very talented designer on every project! She has certainly been a huge part of my success as a builder.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

BB: For me, personally, it helps tremendously in the selection process, overall organization of those selections, and catching the vision for the overall design early in the process….all very important to me. Also, selfishly, it makes me look much better as a custom home builder, because my clients’ homes turn out better looking!

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

BB: Do not hire a builder who’s been building less than 10 years or who builds “on the side.” I’ve been building since 2000, and I learn things every day I wish I had known earlier in my career. It’s too easy to get a builders license in Arkansas, and [building a home] is the largest personal investment you’ll ever make. Know your builder and his or her background.

The Designer

Jill White (duh)

Jill White Designs

Of course I am answering as the designer! However, I have to agree with Ben’s assessment of Cassie; she is wonderfully talented, as are so many others in Arkansas. We are lucky to have so many amazing designers right here in The Natural State. So, you can see my “About Me” page for background. Without further ado:

JW: What do you consider your two largest professional accomplishments?

JW: Starting my own business. Also, getting to work on The Waters, a boutique hotel, the Holy Grail for most designers, my second year in business.

JW: What types of projects do you typically pursue?

JW: I do it all! Here lately, I find myself really loving family homes.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

JW: Black, white, and grey?! I hope I am known for my ability to connect with my clients, to really get to know them on a personal level and design spaces they love and enjoy for years to come. The more I know about my clients, and the more they teach me about their lifestyle, the better I can design their space.

JW: In a nutshell, describe what you do.

JW: HUSTLE!!! A typical day (after my precious Stella is off to school) involves correspondence (emails / texts/ calls), client meetings, site visits, lots of computer time, and general craziness!!

I typically meet with a client to discuss the scope of work and their needs. With an existing space, I measure the areas to be renovated and prepare an accurate floorplan, then begin the conceptual phase. Once the concept is approved, a final plan and millwork elevations are prepared for approval. Then the fun starts!

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

JW: I love working collaboratively with builders. My favorite, go-to builders are those who bring something to the table. Those with ideas, creativity, problem-solving skills, and respect. Those who understand we are on the same team and are working together to make the best space for the client.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with an architect?

JW: Similarly, an architect is a super important part of the team who ensures the space flows functionally and aesthetically. Designers / architects / builders each bring important, necessary expertise to the table. It is worth your money to invest in a good team who will oversee your project from beginning to end, each working collaboratively alongside each other to execute design intent for the client.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

JW: We have college degrees. This is our life. What may end up being a stressful, overwhelming process for most is something we are accustomed to dealing with daily. As a designer, I execute your vision and make your space reflective of you and your tastes. Ultimately, building or renovating is a huge decision for most, so doing it right the first time will allow you to enjoy it for years to come and will also help with resale.

JW: When do you like to enter a project?

JW: I am often asked who comes first – the designer, the builder, or the architect. Everybody wants to be first, ha! It depends on what you want to do. Obviously, if you want new furniture or to do a small remodel, call a designer. If you are building from the ground up, you may call an architect. Additionally, it is really up to the client and who they may already have a relationship with. I know we all respond differently, but I think it is most important to have a good team of qualified people with the right credentials.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?




That View, Though!

I had the most fun designing for the Hastings family’s Little Rock home. This was a large project, as they rebuilt from the ground up, and you know I love a good, blank canvas to work from.

I worked in conjunction with Chuck Hamilton Construction of Little Rock on this gem, aka #jwdhastingsheights. Here are a few of the highlights:

Master Bath: The amazing, bright white master bath features a freestanding bathtub from Jason International that overlooks the family’s lovely mountain view. The shape of the windows complements that of the built-in shelving and cabinets, which provide always-needed extra storage space.

All photographs in this post courtesy 3wire Photography.

Here are a few more views from the master bathroom for your perusing pleasure:

The tile on the floor and used for the shower walls is BPI Marvel, Statuario 12×24. The shower floor features 2″ Casa Blanca hexagon mosaic.

As a new blog feature, we will list “Where You Can Find It” for the master bathroom (or we will at least get you pretty close):

Kitchen: Moving on to the kitchen. I love this space. The countertops are gray and white quartz. The perimeter and wet bar are Caeserstone Pebble. The island is Prestige Stone in Calacatta Grey. The hardware is brushed brass. The linear light fixture adds a little color without overwhelming the design.


Here are some more photos from the kitchen….the view is fantastic! The Chippendale barstools inspired a design element we thoughtfully used throughout the house. The pattern was mimicked in the cabinetry at the butler’s pantry and again in the baby gate at the stair. It added just the right amount of interest and uniqueness to the space. The kitchen and wet bar backsplash is a 1×3 marble herringbone pattern.

Where You Can Find It

Powder Bath: That wallpaper, though. I love the way this bathroom adds a splash of color to the Hastings home without taking over. Keeping the other elements of the bath simple allows the walls to speak for themselves.

Where You Can Find It

  • Wallpaper: Seabrook. We used Carl Robinson 12-Art – CR41309 Langhorn, but peruse their other offerings!
  • Faucet: Kohler. This one is Purist in vibrant moderne, brushed gold.
  • Mirror: Target. Never discount the discount stores.
  • Towel Ring: Anthropologie. Explore their unique bathroom hardware offerings.


Until next time,









Trendy Resolutions

It’s almost New Year’s Day! You know what that means: Timelines and Insta-stories full of folks resolving to better themselves financially, physically, academically, etc. Always a fan of self-improvement and development, I say, “GO FOR IT.”

Jill White Designs looks forward to a lot of the new and a little of the old in 2018. Here are a few thoughts on the trends turning my head (some will be familiar):

Oxblood: As mentioned on Insta (below), “Love it or hate it, it’s everywhere and we’re jumping on the train & STUPID excited about it!” This trend is likely a throwback to art deco and all things European. Don’t be afraid to incorporate this bold trend. 


Ultra Violet: It’s the Pantone “color of the year,” after all! In a Stella-approved move, Pantone’s 18-3838 will be seen all over in 2018. According to Pantone, the hue is “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Be ready to see this color used in accent pieces everywhere. 

Ultra Violet
Photo courtesy Pinterest.

Nature-inspired Decor: Expect to continue seeing shades inspired by nature, from stone to earth to ocean, natural colors and elements will be found all over. Flora, raw wood, and leaves will be all over. As I mentioned in my last post, go outside and see what you can find. This is a budget-friendly trend that instantly updates your space. 

Natural Decor
Photo courtesy Pinterest.

Wallpaper and Prints Galore: Another recent Insta, 2017 saw tons of fun prints with an emphasis on interesting wallpaper. Almost nothing is off limits! Florals, abstracts, graphics, patterned….each adds its own element of fun, especially in smaller spaces. Stay tuned in 2018 to see what new prints JWD has in store! 


Black and White: Last, but never least, you don’t have to stray from the tried and true. Yeah, I’m going to say it: black and white. I mean, these basic elements are not going anywhere, and black and white is always a safe bet. Used as a foundation, the sky’s the limit as far as accompanying decor. 

JWD had an outstanding 2017, and I am excited to see what 2018 has in store! If you’ve resolved to finally do a home update you’ve been pondering for years or build your dream home, give me a call, and let’s make your dream a reality!



Christmas Crazy with Jill White Designs

Pic 16
All photography in this post courtesy @3wirephotography.

Okay, how many of you do it? Go nuts and chronically over-decorate for Christmas? <Raises hand slowly.> I love it. I am the weirdo who typically has her trees up before Thanksgiving. Yes, I do enjoy Thanksgiving, but Christmas decor requires so much work, I want to enjoy the end result as long as possible. My theory is that Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. When it gets cool outside, when fireplaces are lit, and when Thanksgiving approaches, I get all the holiday feels and can’t help myself.

My philosophy on trees is “the more the merrier.” I put up a lot of trees; this year I did six! Two of them have no decoration, rather they are a solid black and a solid white in the guest room. Shocker. I used black and white.

My holiday décor features a good number of recycled hand-me-downs, half of which belonged to my great-grandmother. She was The Holiday Queen. She had the most beautiful holiday décor in almost every room of her home. (I miss her!) All the teal décor on my main tree, the white and gold angels in the dining room, and the oversize jewels on the boho tree were hers. I love them and will continue to use them every year until the glitter and paint fall off!



If you’re like me, you spend too much during the holidays, so I personally try to design on a dime. My main tree includes 90 percent (the above mentioned) hand-me-downs. My entire “boho tree,” excluding my great-grandmother’s oversize jewels, was purchased at At Home store (inexpensive)! My daughter, Stella’s, bedroom tree is 90 percent handmade felt ornaments, crafted by yours truly. The skirts for all trees except the main one are blankets I already had.



One of my favorite holiday décor items can be found in almost any yard; go outside and cut things! (If not, try your neighbor’s yard; they won’t notice!) Holly (of course), sticks, willow, magnolia branches, or pine cones. I display these items in vases scattered throughout my home. It is an easy way to be festive and spend zero dollars.



How do YOU decorate for the holidays?? What means the most to you??



Thank you to all of my clients for your support this year!!! YOU are the reason I get to do what I love every single day!!! Thank you to the contractors and their subs, my installers and handymen, to my amazing reps and vendors, for without you this job would not be possible. Thank you to my mini team!!! Miki (I am so thankful to have you join my team!!!), Ansley (You come whenever you want, sweet girl.), Jessica (for your occasional styling help), and my amazing sister, Jenni, who started this blog and website for FUN. I am so lucky to have you all!!! And, lastly, to my family and friends for your continued cheerleading and support. I love and appreciate you all!!!
Happy Holidays,

Large Home Love

On occasion an exceptionally exciting renovation comes along. You are about to meet the McClure residence, also known as #jwdfoxpartyofsix on Instagram. I may have posted about this one j-u-s-t a little.

This property was a dream to work on. I was hired onto the project during the framing phase. Fortunately, I was on-board in time to put my stamp on the floor plan. My services were provided in conjunction with the builder, Chuck Hamilton Construction of Little Rock.

The vision for the home piqued my interest from the beginning. I mean, it’s not every day that an 8,000 square footer comes along. Not only was it was a huge project, but once I met this precious family of six, I knew it would be the perfect job for me!

I mean, this was our starting point, exterior-wise:


I can’t wait this entire post to show some of the almost-finished new exterior. So, without further ado:

Exterior front door_1

Though this is only a snippet of the front, I am in love. The home was completely transformed from traditional to modern and clean. Here are some more exterior shots:

We replaced the red brick exterior with stucco in a custom color. The dark casement windows are in Iron Ore by Pella, which I love. We used gas lantern lighting from New Orleans-based company Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. We added a contemporary metal mailbox from an awesome shop out of Austin, Texas I found on Etsy, Bold MFG & Supply. Then there is the custom iron door. Not just any door, this thing was around 17.5 feet and something like 5,000 pounds! It was created and installed by Arkansas Custom Iron Doors.

The door is ridiculously impressive, yes, but oh my word the KITCHEN. The kitchen is what culinary dreams are made of. Check this out:

Pictures from this point on courtesy @3wirephotography.

I mean. Where to begin? White, white, white, of course. Features include a 60-inch range from Thermador with a custom hood, quartz countertop by The Countertop Store in Maumelle, and counter-height windows by Pella. The sink is an incredible white The Galley sink – FIVE FEET – with two industrial faucets by Blanco from PC Hardware & Design. Enjoy a few more kitchen pics:

I’m loving the clean, simple look and feel of the space! And just a few more:


This home also included a beautiful, functional laundry with metal lockers and a herringbone brick floor. The metal is from Bray Sheetmetal, right here in Little Rock, and the brick from Antique Brick Outdoors.  Larger families thrive on details that can help with organization and maximum use of space such as this.


It’s a functional dream come true, especially for a family with several kiddos. And speaking of kids, check out a couple of favorites from the kids’ rooms:


The wallpaper and custom beds are fantastic in both rooms! The black bed is painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, and the wallpaper is Kate Spade for Kravet in Confetti Dot Dalmatian (on the left). The green bed is painted in Sherwin Williams Leap Frog, and the butterfly wallpaper is by Jamie Brown Home, the Chelsea Lane Collection. Both wallpapers are from Designer Effects. The beds were custom constructed by Chuck Hamilton Construction. (Lucky kids!)

This house has so many bathrooms. Here are just a few after photos:

These are the powder bath and some of the kids’ bathrooms. And now for the master:

More white and gray marble with an open, airy space. The shower is also marble with custom chrome fixtures by Brizo Faucet. The mirrors are from Mirror Image Home with lighting by Visual Comfort & Co.

I love that this project took a complex, existing structure and turned it into a modern, streamlined, and functional family home. If the family is happy; I am happy!









Eye for Design

I first met Dr. Jeff Holt when I sold him my old house. They moved back to their hometown, so Jeff could join his father’s optometry practice. They loved my interior so much they hired me to design their new (my former) home once they moved in!

Once settled, Dr. Holt was ready to reinvent the look of the clinic. He called me to help with Phase One, which was renovating their optical department. To learn more about Holt Eye Clinic, and to see additional views of the newly renovated optical department, visit their website (under “Eyewear Gallery”).

With Phase One completed, we moved to Phase Two, which consisted of the waiting area, beverage bar, public restrooms, and cataract waiting room. I love how the finished project proves commercial space can be bright and fun….and unexpected!

In my completely biased opinion, these are some of the best before and afters…. The waiting area was completely transformed from dark wood and mismatched furnishings:

To this:

As the main waiting area, we wanted people to instantly feel welcome and refreshed. Painting the walls and brick white opened the space. Keeping the trim a medium gray added a nice contrast to the walls and provided a more structured feel.

We kept the furniture light and modern as well. The couches and chairs are from Evo Business Environments, and the coffee table is from Jill White Designs. The carpet by J & J Flooring Group provided a little color, and the pattern added some movement to the design.

Okay, a crowning jewel of this reno has to be the letter stools in the main waiting area. I was inspired by similar seating I’d seen at market in 2015. I filed them away in the recesses of my brain and knew they’d be the perfect fit for Holt. (Don’t you agree?) They were designed by ME and perfectly built by Troy Turner with Turner Custom Millwork.

Holt_waiting w stools
“After” photos in this post courtesy @3wirephotography.

The “O” is an upholstered storage ottoman from Evo. It mimics the “O” in the Holt logo. The remaining letters are custom made woodwork. Making the stools even cooler, they are constructed of 110-year-old oak and cypress reclaimed from an old general store/post office in South Arkansas. They are finished with a clear satin poly.

We also redesigned the beverage/media area. Here is the space before:

Fun, right? I knew the area needed to be modernized and lighted up (in every sense). Here is the end result:

Yep, it’s the same space! The addition of the beverage bar helped add a little extra hospitality for patients. The use of aqua added a calming element. The cabinetry and countertops in the beverage bar and the restrooms are glossy white plastic laminate by Wilsonart. The beverage bar wall tiles are glossy white tiles made of PVC (another fun market find)! We added some greenery and some gold accents to make the space more inviting.

We also updated the cataract waiting area in the back of the clinic:

I love the addition of the lamps and the modern coffee table. The lamps and accent pillows are from Target, the tables from Jill White Designs, the sofa from Evo, and the white chairs from Wayfair Trade. The colorful abstract is by Lauren Meredith Art.

The restrooms also needed an overhaul, and I was happy to oblige. Here is the before and after of the ladies’ room:

We added simple but modern touches. How about that wallpaper, which is courtesy @eykondesign. (And “hello” from the mirror again!)

And now for the men’s room:

Incredible, right?

I loved working on this project, and Holt Eye Clinic was an amazing client. I love knowing their patients are enjoying a happy, open building! Don’t be afraid to approach commercial design with a fresh perspective. Adding unexpected textures, colors, and finishes can make all the difference in the completed project.