Contemporary design renews home
Beth Watkins was born and raised in Hot Springs and has been an interior designer for 30 years. In her downtime, her passion is helping animals, working with Stop Animal Cruelty. She also enjoys cooking and pulling together holiday decor for area businesses and homes from the end of October through the new year.
Clark and Kristi Jones, of Texarkana, chose Lake Hamilton as their home away from home, and when they needed an update to reflect their style, they looked no further than Arkansas Furniture. Ralph and Shirley Muzny opened Arkansas Furniture in 1986 and the store has since grown to about 50,000 square feet across three showrooms featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor home furnishing, accessories, rugs and mattresses.
The Joneses chose Beth Watkins to handle their interior design, with the only request that she “re-do the entire condo.”
“The key was that they wanted something bright and cheerful, but also very relaxing,” she said. “We started by painting every wall in the place with Farrell-Calhoun paint.
“The children's room was painted red with seaside blue trim, along with the bathroom. It's very nautical and fun.”
Watkins said the homeowners took her direction and purchased every piece of furniture she suggested.
“The sofa in the living room — beautiful, by the way — was so big that it wouldn't go through the door,” she said. “We actually had to hoist it over the balcony of the condo. It's not going anywhere any time soon and neither are they.”
The dining table, she said, has inlaid turquoise that complements the leather stool embossed with blue alligator leather.
“They love the nautical theme and bright colors and abstract artwork,” Watkins said. “They were very cool people to work with and were very open to our ideas. Coming from a 7,000 square foot home in Texarkana, this weekend home is very different for them.”