When a couple with college-age children decided it was time to sell their home and create a unique space for themselves, they purchased a beautiful piece of property overlooking the White River Valley in Northwest Arkansas with sweeping views, and sought out an expert to help them make their vision of a modern, minimalist residence a reality. Fortunately, they did not have to look far, having already collaborated with local interior designer (and their longtime friend) Casey Sarkin on a previous project. Together with Sarkin, they began planning what would become the aptly named “See Forever Residence.”
A 4,500-square-foot home completed in 2017 that the designer describes as “transitionally modern,” the project was heavily influence by its setting (the owners had their eye on the land for a decade before they drove past one day and finally saw a tiny “For Sale” sign nailed to a tree on the property). When designing the home, Sarkin and her clients decided early on that they wanted all of the main areas to look out over the veranda and pool to the view beyond. The land presented challenges as well as opportunities. “The lot has a tremendous view, but with that comes a very steep drop at the back of the house,” Sarkin says. Through a lot of fill and landscaping, the infinity pool and outdoor patios were created, further enhancing the sight lines.
Inside the house, a pared-down palette of creams, black, and other neutrals keeps the focus on the surroundings and architecture, and an open plan accommodates airy shared spaces while optimizing the views. Natural elements, including wood beams, wide plank white oak floors, and stone add warmth and a soothing organic feel. In addition to bringing the outside in, Sarkin and her clients’ commitment to designing a light and open interior created a perfect showcase for their art collection, a beautiful and eclectic mix of pieces that bring color and personality to the spaces.
While the prevailing color scheme is primarily quiet in the main living areas, “There are certain areas where I added a punch,” Sarkin says. The pass through to the office features wallpaper by Lindsay Cowles, the walls of the hallway to the pool bath are hand-painted by Allison Hobbs, and the powder bath has black venetian plaster walls, Kelly Wearstler’s Liaison Doheny marble tile floors, and Oly Studio’s Muriel bubble sconces.
The client’s daughter’s room is a visual treat, with plenty of layers, textures, and pink, and the primary bedroom was designed as a retreat, with Sarkin carefully selecting fabrics and colors to create a sense of calm. Last but not least, a show-stopping floating staircase with Stark Antilocarpa carpet makes a lasting impression the moment you set foot through the front door.
The combined result of these choices is a unified design that flows throughout the home, and a livable but stylish vibe that is sure to stand the test of time.