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3413 Marion Drive
Tampa, FL 33637

Inspired by the owners’ fun-loving personalities, Katie Grace Designs mixes whimsy and sophistication in this west Little Rock home She and her husband, Allen, owner of Westlake Plumbing, drove around west Little Rock neighborhoods looking for a place to build that would put them closer to work, school, and activities.

Having built previous homes, the couple has come to enjoy the process and were eager to dig in; plus, Allen’s industry experience allowed him to serve as the general contractor.

With four kids ranging from ages 8 to 17, spaces unique to each child as well as rooms where they could hang out with friends were top priorities on the home’s second story.

This led them to creative solutions, such as incorporating wine storage underneath the staircase and opting for a comfortable hearth room rather than a breakfast nook to adjoin the kitchen. Because Laura has a penchant for pattern and color, Katie was able to incorporate a range of hues, fun wallcoverings, and eye-catching lighting into the design.

“There are bold, more playful spaces, but those are balanced with lots of calm, warmer areas where you can get cozy; I tried to do a mix to achieve all their goals,” Katie says. Katie found a jewel-toned fabric for a pair of upholstered chairs and played off its green-blue hue with the cabinetry paint color. To this end, Katie incorporated a warm wood island that complements the ceiling and floor to ground the room.

Wood shelving, brass hardware, and dark, leathered quartzite countertops are elements repeated in the hardworking mudroom (above) and pantry (below). A wooded view of Pinnacle Mountain, which can be seen from the primary bedroom, is a feature that originally attracted the couple to the property. A large-scale abstract work by Tanya Sweetin hangs on the wall between the shower and vanity spaces, adding to the calming feel in the room.

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