Relaxing At Home Along The River Trail

A custom coffee table by Providence Design and a sofa from Dillard's ground the living room in the home of Ashley and Brett Russell.

By Autumn Jacob :: Photography By Jamison Mosley

View from the hallway leading to the kitchen and dining room; chandelier by Providence Design.

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A custom coffee table by Providence Design and a sofa from Dillard’s ground the living room in the home of Ashley and Brett Russell.


home along the Arkansas River Trail is the perfect setting to sit back, relax, and take in the view for Ashley and Brett Russell.

The riverfront location provides the perfect setting for their well-curated home, as Ashley adds, “we’ve always been in North Little Rock.”

Their home in Rockwater Village, built by Bosley Construction, Inc. of Little Rock, aside the Arkansas River Trail gives good reason as to why the couple loves living on the north side of the river. “The view is the main reason to be here,” Ashley said. That is evident when looking out from the traditional, two-story home. Rockwater boasts beautiful views of the Arkansas River and downtown Little Rock, with the Russell home also overlooking the boat slips of Rockwater Marina.

The custom home, built in 2015, was designed as a part of Arkansas’ premiere Southern Living Inspired Community, as named by the editors of Southern Living Magazine. The community’s vision is to create a neighborhood that is walkable, sustainable and promotes interaction between residents.

The impressive location according to Ashley is “unbelievable on Saturdays and Sundays” with cyclists, walkers and runners making full use of the 17 mile long trail along the river’s side.

A beautiful river view can be enjoyed by diners anytime. The chandelier from Providence Design adorns the dining room ceiling; drapes by Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies.

Ashley and Brett Russell enjoy the views of their Rockwater Village home along the Arkansas River. The Junction Bridge and downtown Little Rock as seen in the background. Outdoor pillows from Antique Brick & Outdoors.

The open floor plan with large windows gives way to the expansive views spanning the river, which also can be admired from the home’s second story porch. The space is perfect for entertaining, inside and outside, with a large patio creating a seamless transition.

Talena Ray of Providence Design guided the Russells in creating their vision of a home on the water. The abundance of natural light, neutral interiors and calculated placement of furniture lends an airy feel to the home, with splashes of color provided by their art collection.

Ray noted that “all of the lighting was custom by Providence Design.” Special finishes throughout the house, like those on the fireplace and range hood designed by Eric Phippen of Penelope Design, add character and help define the space.

In the master bedroom, shelves flanking the bed are filled with books and keepsakes. Ashley states that they are both big readers, giving “mountains of books to Laman Library” before moving to Rockwater Village.

Collected accessories and art add to the authenticity of the home and blend well with custom pieces designed specifically for the space. Ashley has been a collector since her teenage years, with paintings by family members, as well as local and national artists.

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