Per­sonal space

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - Misti McGowan

Where I live: Stone Moun­tain in Fayet­teville

Oc­cu­pa­tion: My hus­band, John, and I own MB Prop­erty Man­age­ment LLC, do­ing busi­ness as McGowan Built.

My fa­vorite space is: Def­i­nitely my house, but specif­i­cally my din­ing room.

Why? Our din­ing room serves as the en­try­way into our home, and tells so much of our story from the first glance. From the pic­tures of our grand­par­ents when they were young, cap­tioned with their wed­ding dates and sur­rounded by pic­tures of our wed­ding and our two sweet girls, to our din­ing room ta­ble made by my hus­band when we were first mar­ried, ev­ery­thing in that room has a spe­cial mean­ing.

Our first for­mal gath­er­ing was the McGowan Thanks­giv­ing dur­ing our first year of mar­riage. With all the hus­tle and bus­tle that own­ing your own busi­ness and hav­ing two small chil­dren en­tails, my din­ing room serves as a con­stant re­minder of where we came from and how much we’ve ac­com­plished.

If I could make one change to im­prove this space, I would cre­ate more of an en­try as guests walk in to the right of the door, with a bench and more pic­tures. I would paint the back wall that holds the pic­tures of my fam­ily and even add some plush cur­tains. As a lover of shiplap, I might even con­sider adding some to the ceil­ing to set that room apart even more.

— Laurie Mar­shall

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/J.T.WAMPLER

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