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Pretty Arkansas Home with Soothing Colors

A pair of physicians aim for visual wellness in their newly built Arkansas home

Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund
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    Comfort, sunlight, and fresh air. It sounds like a sensible ensemble of remedies for those needing a healthful dose of rest and relaxation. It’s a prescription that doctors Josh and Kristin Roller would recommend to their patients at the medical clinic where they practice together. Appropriately, the couple prescribed something similar for the new Fayetteville, Arkansas, home they planned and built for their family.

    Josh and Kristin Roller built their Georgian-style home—located in a golf community—with the intention of it serving them for decades.

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    Interior and architectural detail designer: Melissa Haynes, MH Design, Inc., 4100 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 103, Springdale, AR 72762; 479/435-6990;;
    Builder: Preston and Company, Inc., 1513 Rainbow Rd., Rogers, AR 72758; 479/273-2266;
    Landscape architect: Travis Brooks, Brooks Landscape Architecture, 308A N. Willow Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701; 479/387-1769; Facebook: Brooks Landscape Architecture.

    Planters: Kimball & Bean Bespoke Garden Elements;

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    Inviting Foyer

    “We agreed from the start that this house should be filled with light,” Kristin says. “When we lived in Dallas, we would drive around the Highland Park neighborhood to take in the beautiful exteriors, and the houses with light-color brick were the ones that we gravitated to. The same is true of our vacation spots. We love the beach and the brightness that exists there. I think those inspirations transferred to this house.”

    Finding the mind and vision to execute the interior scheme happened organically, with no need for an emergency call. Led to designer Melissa Haynes by multiple friends, Josh and Kristin knew they had landed on the right set of eyes after they visited Haynes’ own home and saw that she shared their taste for tradition.

    Anchored by an arresting iron railing that follows the sweeping staircase, the entry favors subtle color.

    Wall paint “China White”: Benjamin Moore;
    Framed artwork: George Dombek;
    Lamp “Juliette 30-Inch 60-Watt Crystal Table Lamp” by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort: Circa Lighting;
    Stair runner custom, rug antique, and chair antique Biedermeier: homeowners’ collection.

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    Artful Moment

    Sometimes, though, tradition needs modification. The Rollers had lived in a home finished with heavy, ornate details. They wanted to retain their classic preferences in their new home but lose some visual weight—a perfect “step one” for a couple whose professional discipline addresses weight loss.

    “This house was designed to be timeless with classic roots, so we planned for plenty of paneling and formal architecture,” Haynes says, “but making it bright and light to reflect their youth and their children was a must.”

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    Pretty Vestibule

    Drenched in a creamy ivory that can easily be freshened and updated later, the house welcomes with style. A vestibule inside the front door denotes a fashionable point of view with a chair in lavender wool balanced by a vintage Murano glass lamp in a similar color. On the floor, two tones of marble arranged in a harlequin pattern give the small space a playful twist.

    Just inside the front door, an antique chair, gilded and covered with a lavender-color wool, sits next to an old Biedermeier secretary topped with a Murano glass lamp.

    Wall paint “China White”: Benjamin Moore;
    Flooring: “White Thassos and Carrara Marble”: Materials Marketing;
    Chair, secretary, and lamp Murano glass, all antiques: homeowners’ collection.

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    Formal Living Room

    The open floor plan of the living and dining rooms required the two environments to speak to each other. They do so, softly and politely. Dark oak floors cushioned by one oversize wool carpet link the spaces. Layered over top, an Aubusson rug gives added definition under the assembly of classic furniture in the living room.

    Filled with timeless appointments that include a tufted sofa, a 1940s mirrored commode, and a pair of Louis-style chairs with an upholstery treatment that mixes solid and striped fabrics, the living room proves that classics in an elegant palette have staying power.

    Wall paint “Elephant’s Breath”: Farrow & Ball;
    Mirrored commode antique: Jan Showers;
    Artwork at mantel: Mallory Page;
    Sofa: Hickory Chair Co.;
    Drapery fabric “Silk Taffeta”: Lee Jofa;
    Sconce “Nimes Beaded Wall Light”: Vaughan Designs;
    Gilt table “Hourglass Table”: Bunny Williams Home;
    Oushak rug: Abrash Decorative Rug Library;
    Wool rug: Patterson Flynn Martin;
    Framed pressed botanical artwork flanking fireplace: Dessin Fournir through George Cameron Nash;
    Bergère chairs antique: homeowners’ collection.

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    Elegant Dining Room

    The hint of blue woven into the rug informs the dining room’s complexion, a barely-there coloring emphasized by hand-painted wall panels and upholstered dining chairs with shapely feminine silhouettes outlined by nailhead trim.

    Perfectly centered on the doorway that leads to the kitchen, the dining room is a lesson in symmetrical elegance. A crystal chandelier adds a glamorous touch but graciously allows a pair of framed, hand-painted panels from Gracie and shapely dining chairs covered in pale blue wool to grab the attention.

    Wall paint “Elephant’s Breath” 229: Farrow & Ball;
    Table and chairs: Hickory Chair Co.;
    Fabric for chairs wool: Schumacher;
    Chandelier “Middleton 6-Light 33-Inch Gilded Iron with Wax Chandelier Ceiling Light” by E.F. Chapman for Visual Comfort: Circa Lighting;
    Framed artwork custom hand-painted panels: Gracie Studio;
    Demilune tables antique: through Mecox;

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    Pretty Family Room

    Blue accents spill into the family room. Patterned toss pillows and an accent chair in the pale pastel inject zesty energy to the neutral sectional, armchairs, and tufted ottoman.

    “We entertain casually for lots of football games,” Kristin says. “We love that the kitchen and family room connect. There’s no yelling back and forth asking what the score is.” A Hickory Chair sectional works with matching swivel armchairs to give the family of five, plus the dog, prime spots to lounge and watch TV. It makes the family room the most popular indoor spot for the Rollers.

    Wall paint “Balboa Mist,” kitchen cabinet paint “China White”: Benjamin Moore;
    Sectional sofa custom, glass-front cabinets “Artisan Grand Cabinet 2-Door Base with Cabinet”: Hickory Chair Co.;
    Club chairs, barstools: Lee Industries;
    Fabric for chairs, rug: Lee Jofa;
    Ottoman “Tray Chic”: Bunny Williams Home;
    Bergère chair “Hanna”: Oly;
    White table lamps flanking framed artwork similar available as “Addison Table Lamp” by Christopher Spitzmiller, urn lamp with blue shade by Ralph Lauren, similar items available, both for Visual Comfort: Circa Lighting;
    Chandelier “Octavia”: Ironware International;
    Fabrics for pillows: Galbraith & Paul;

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    Neutral Kitchen

    Bathed in the home’s trademark ivory, the adjoining kitchen embraces modern-day accoutrements that include statement lighting and a tile backsplash.

    Lanterns at island “Zurich”: Vaughan Designs;
    Backsplash tile: Pratt & Larson Ceramics, Inc.;
    Faucets: Rohl;
    Cabinet hardware: Top Knobs USA, Inc.;

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    Striking Library

    Breaking house rules can oftentimes lead to a pleasant surprise. That was the case in Josh’s masculine library. Cased in dark-stained maple, the room boasts a contemporary departure from the other interiors. Four chairs around a leather ottoman defy the expected seating solution of a sofa and two chairs. Light upholstery keeps the contrast of the room from jarring.

    Josh, who is drawn to clean and edited interiors, took a contemporary spin in his library. The masculine room, rich in dark wood, didn’t forgo the lightness strewn throughout the rest of the house. Armchairs from Lee Industries are covered in gray velvet, and polished-nickel light fixtures add a touch of luxury and shine.

    Ottoman “Jonathan Ottoman”: Oly;
    Framed artwork at mantel: George Dombek;
    Chairs custom, panel stain custom: homeowners’ collection.
    Rug: Stark Carpet;
    Pillow fabric by Mary McDonald: Schumacher;
    Floor lamps “Polished Nickel Decorative Floor Lamp Portable Light in Natural Paper” by Visual Comfort: Circa Lighting;

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    Groovy in Gray

    A gray patterned wallcovering dresses the powder room walls. Beaded sconces and a mother-of-pearl mirror add subtle glamour.

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    Master Bedroom

    The home's soothing palette continues in the master bedroom where soft blue and ivory encourage rest and relaxation.

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    Master Bath

    Marble counters top ivory cabinets in the master bath. A skirted slipper chair provides a pretty place for Kristin to primp.

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    Daughter's Room

    The bedrooms of the three Roller daughters—ages 13, 10, and 6—earned special attention. The rooms, generously sized pastel beauties, address long-term plans for when the girls “grow into adulthood and return with their own families,” Kristin says.

    Delaney’s bedroom is feminine in grown-up lavender. A stylish animal print on the desk chair offers the slightest hint of attitude against an oversize floral print fabricated into a tester that hangs over a bed upholstered in a lavender-and-cream mini check.

    Wall paint “Winter Gray” 2117-60: Benjamin Moore;
    Floral fabric “Ecuador” in Lavender: Thibaut Design;
    Bed “Helena”: Oly;
    Desk: Pottery Barn;
    Lavender table lamp similar available: Bungalow 5;
    Rug Stark Carpet;

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    Girly Bathroom

    Each of the girls’ bedrooms is capable of accommodating a king-size bed and is attached to its own bathroom.

    Delaney's accompanying bathroom sports a floral wallpaper with pink, purple, and lavender flowers.

    Wallpaper “Eranthe”: Osborne & Little;
    Mirror “Fiona”: Made Goods;
    Flooring “Marble Mosaic”: MSI;
    Vanity hardware “Penelope”: Rosenberry Rooms;

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    Punchy in Pink

    “We want the rooms to be just as comfortable for grown adults as they are for children,” Kristin says.

    Annabelle’s bedroom is ideal for sleepovers with twin trundle beds. A dose of extra femininity comes from a pink floral statement fabric from Harlequin used as testers, bed skirts, and window treatments.

    Wall paint “Rosy Outlook”: Sherwin-Williams;
    Floral fabric similar available: Harlequin Fabrics & Wallcoverings, Ltd.;
    Twin beds “Madeline”: Pottery Barn Kids;
    Sofa: Hickory Chair Co.;
    Rug Stark Carpet;
    Pink table lamp “Delft Lamp” in Pink: Bungalow 5;
    Nightstand “Isabella”: Redford House;

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    Guest Bedoom

    With timeless architecture and a light-flooded palette that looks like it’s absorbing vitamin D, the home promises a sunny life ahead for Josh and Kristin.

    With a welcoming color scheme, the guest room is indeed sunny—complete with a sunburst mirror crowning the headboard. 

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    Outdoor Living

    The covered porch features an outdoor kitchen and living and dining areas. An upholstered sofa and two armchairs make up a sweet outdoor gathering spot.

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    Alfresco Dining

    Eight chairs gather around the outdoor dining table making it an ideal spot for warm weather entertaining.

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    Family Portrait

    “We got this house right,” Josh says. “We were medical students and residents for a long time and knew over the course of 15 years what we wanted in a house. We’ve built our happy place. We love being home and creating a place that will serve our family and someday our daughters and their families for decades.”

    Josh and Kristin Roller with their daughters, Delaney, 13; Annabelle, 10; and Emery, 6; plus English cream golden retriever Gracie.

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