If you could design the house of your dreams, what would you build?
For Mimi and Mary Ann, creating a sustainable, open-spaced, and minimalist home was paramount.
The couple resides just minutes outside of downtown Little Rock, in the hills of a quiet neighborhood. Their striking, structural space was created over the course of two years and takes a cue from the cubist movement of the 20th century.
Artistic inspiration transcends to the interior as well. Avid travelers, Mimi and Mary Ann have visited 35 countries together over the past 20 years. On each trip they’ve brought back a piece of art, which they proudly display in their modern home. As such, their home is a little bit of a gallery. “When we designed the house, we wanted to showcase the art we collected,” Mimi explains. In fact, their growing art collection was something of a catalyst in their decision to leave their previous house.
We wanted something very modern, very contemporary… We call it European Modern.
Having seen conservation-focused architecture abroad, Mimi and Mary Ann wanted their home to have minimal impact on the environment. This design choice is manifested in both the interior and exterior materials. Nothing requires painting or much maintenance. The 1500 gallon cisterns beneath the house are positioned to catch the rainwater from the slanted roof, which is used to water their garden through a drip irrigation system. Inside, they chose mostly tile and slick hard finishes that are easy to clean. With several pets and a love for entertaining guests, this low-maintenance design choice fits their lifestyle perfectly.
“The design of a house is very personal. We did not have a decorator. We had a very clear vision. It was to the point where we knew where every single piece we purchased was going to go,” the couple explains. Having that foresight made choosing their custom Joybird pieces even more fun. They relished the ability to customize everything from the fabric, to the height of their furniture. Working mostly in tones of grays, the color palate gets a kick here and there with a bright red accent, chosen simply because it’s their favorite color and makes them happy.
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