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At Home in Arkansas November Feature

Have you seen the Thompson home that we recently built? It's on the cover of At Home in Arkansas' November At Home With the Pros Issue. They did a wonderful job with the article and all of the pictures.  If you haven't seen it, click here to view the entire thing.

We took a lot of pictures throughout the process. We've kind of hung back and waited for the At Home issue to come out to share more with you. For those of you that don't know, Mona Thompson (one of the homeowners) and her sister Talena Ray are the dynamic" Sister" design team that make up Providence Ltd. Design. I can't tell you how much fun this home was to build. Mona's enthusiasm, creativity, and true love for the entire design process is amazing. From start to finish, I'm pretty sure she enjoyed every minute.  As each new idea developed it always became "her new favorite thing." We had fun choosing those each week.

Cindy Bauer with Landscape Architecture Inc. did an incredible job on the landscape design.  From the walls, to the driveways, to the planting areas she did an amazing job. Good Earth Nursery executed it all to perfection. But even here Mona's hand was in it. You'll see that with the introduction of pea gravel and boxwoods, and perennials. Very European. She wanted no azaleas here.

These images are of a Rose/Perennial garden off the master bedroom.

DETAILS, that is what Mona is all about. Inside or out, they are all important to her. For instance…

She wanted this…

This is a patio off of the main patio by the grill area. Eventually the planted steppables will fill in over most of the pea gravel and randomly cover the stone. Looks like stone right?

We poured concrete that was colored and stamped with a very faint rock pattern and then sawed it into random shapes. We filled the spaces between with pea gravel. This turned out better than expected.

We built a ramp to transport this statue that the Thompson's had owned for several years to its final resting place. Arkansas Ironworks did an incredible job on all the fabricated iron on this project. Behind the statue is one of many trellises they built for roses and climbing vines.

Implementing creative ideas and doing something that is just out of the box is what we love to do at Parkinson Building Group.  This project brought that to a whole new level. Challenges or problems, we named " opportunities", and they became just that.  I'm sure that some of the most unique things in this home were born out of those "opportunities."

We had to do some MAJOR screening between the two houses in the back yard. I highlight major, because this is the one thing that bothered the Thompson's throughout the project.  Between Cindy Bauer, Good Earth and myself (I'll have to give myself a little credit here) the execution of this "opportunity" is truly amazing.  It's pretty wonderful now, but just give the landscape another year or two of growth.  This back yard will be phenomenal!   We spent a lot of time on this and it was worth it.

You won't believe how important this door is. The entire house was planned around this door.  It leads to an enclosed herb garden off of the kitchen. What makes it even more special is a custom screen door that mimics the Mahogany door behind it. From the very beginning when Mona planned the house she wanted this door off the kitchen to the garden with screened door so when the weather allows the cool breezes would come into the kitchen. She would tell you that this garden is one of her "very favorite things." And you should see it now.  Lot's more plantings. It really is pretty special.

Let's go inside…

These doors made to look like old shutters with antique hardware open and close on a custom fabricated iron track.

No traditional upper cabinets in this kitchen. Open shelving with thick distressed wood shelves and custom fabricated iron brackets house the dishes they use every day.

Mona found this hand carved piece in Dallas and the entire beverage bar in the kitchen was designed around it.  Definitely another "favorite thing".

The Butler’s pantry between the dining room and kitchen looks like custom furniture with aged glass panels and custom painted tile backsplash.

This is the wine room door. Mona found some really old pieces of iron that she loved and Dan with Arkansas Ironworks designed and built a door that is really over the top. And you should see inside.  I don't have a picture but between the wine shelving over the counter are amazing old iron sconces and a hand painted crown that has been plastered and aged and looks a thousand year old.  This is one of my "favorite things."

I don't want to lose you here, so I'm going to stop talking and just show you a few more of the really unique things that have been incorporated into this home. Most of the images I'm sharing have nothing to do with furnishings, and you should see those.  For Mona and Talena, their design philosophy is clear.  When they are working with a client on a remodel, or from the ground up, the bones or architecture are very important.  Their goal is for the home to be beautiful on it's own before the first piece of furniture is moved in.  EVERY room has to have a special feature.  I know from experience with them on other jobs, that doesn't always mean expensive. They are very budget minded. However, it just has to be well thought out.

More details...

I'm sure if you’re interested I can get Mona to share some more pictures of the home décor. As I said earlier it's pretty fabulous too.  At Home did a great job on the feature, but there is just so much to see. They would have had to dedicate their entire issue to this home to see it all.

This job was both exciting and challenging.  I'm sure we would all agree that we learned a lot. Fortunately, our relationship has not ended. We continue to be good friends and are working on several projects together. We are both of the mind set that you can have a quality home with features that are unique to you and your lifestyle on any budget. It's all in the planning and execution.

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Reader Comments (5)

terrific post, love seeing all the additional images. attention to detail is surely a trademark of both Providence Ltd AND Parkinson Bldg Group...and it shows in this lovely home.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiane@At Home

Wow Bill, these pictures turned out awesome! It's fun to go back and re-visit the journey. No doubt, I enjoyed every step. Happy Thanksgiving! Mona

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMona Thompson

WoW! Truly a gorgeous home done the right way.
Not only is Mona's attention to detail amazing, but I suspect yours must be, as well.


Wow, thank you so much for featuring! I couldn't get enough on Mona's post, so this was like having the whole cookie jar!! I love pea gravel, I love those sliding shutter doors, I love the piece found in Dallas and I can tell that love, detail and fine craftsmanship went into every little detail. Now that's a show home :) XOXO Kelly

November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStyle Attic

Thank you so much for feauturing Mona's home. It is truly fabulous!!

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November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

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