Bright SPA­CES

Con­tem­po­rary de­sign re­news home

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Home - By Beth Bright, pho­tog­ra­phy by Richard Ras­mussen

Beth Watkins

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.”

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