Home: Open Hearts, Open Home

Barb and Nick Hobbs’ home was the third house to be built in their Rogers, Ark., neighborhood more than 20 years ago.

Photography by Beth Hall


Now that their children are adults living out of state, it would be no surprise if they decided to downsize, but that was never in their plans. In fact, they’re looking forward to having even more people in their home, and their outdoor entertaining space and pool house is designed with that in mind. To execute their design, they called upon Laura Bullock, Allied ASID, owner of Laura Bullock Interior Design and Daniel Keeley, owner of DK Design.

Stylish and Uncomplicated

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An upholstered sofa and four side chairs face an imposing formed stucco fireplace in the center of the room that mirrors the outdoor structure on the covered patio. Linen and velvet were used on upholstered pieces, in window coverings and the guest room bedding to provide weight and a “specialness” to the design, without making it too fussy.

As a practical choice, large wood-look floor tile is used throughout. “We were going to use hardwood,” Bullock said. “But it’s a pool house and they entertain a lot, so we went with tile because it’s durable and pretty much bullet-proof.”

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Outdoor Elegance

The Hobbs originally asked Daniel Keeley, founder/principal of DK Designs, for an outdoor kitchen with a large covered pavilion. Keeley suggested building a structure that would allow year-round use.

From the patio of their main home, the Hobbs can look straight across the flagstone pool deck to the covered patio, an intentional choice.

“I am inspired by European classicism,” he explained. “I wanted to line up the new building with the vista from their main home.”

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Lovely Alfresco Living

As Barb Hobbs ticked off some of the gatherings they have hosted since the project was completed, it became clear that the Hobbs have a passion for hospitality. The inspiration is easy for Barb to pinpoint: “Our heart is to reflect Christ’s love, and by doing that — by being open to people — they can see Christ through us.”

The Hobbs didn’t intend to go big with this project, but are glad they did. It’s growing their community and reflecting their hearts, just as it was designed to do.

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Seasonal Splendor

Keeley granted the Hobbs’ wish for year-round color in the landscape. In the spring, borders and beds are ablaze with azalea and tulips, as well as dogwood, redbud and native serviceberry trees. In summer months, “Knockout” roses, butterfly bush and hydrangea will step into the spotlight.

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Peaceful Retreat

The furnishings and accessories chosen reflect a transitional style, a departure from the traditional style in the main house, but not out of the couple’s comfort zone. The cool color palette of navy blue, gray and cream is used throughout the interior, keeping the mood serene.

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Luxurious Lavatory

The bath oozes luxury with Carrera marble countertops, tile and a soaker tub. Floor-to-ceiling custom cabinets offer the Hobbs practical storage space as well.

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Interior Comfort

The Hobbs worked with local builder David Harris to plan the pool house, and brought in Bullock to create the interior plan. A standout feature is the large, floor-to-ceiling pocket glass doors that connect the open kitchen and living space to the covered patio.

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