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Photography by Rett Peek

Who says formality and personality can’t go hand in hand? When Cindy and Warren Simpson approached designer Kevin Walsh of Little Rock’s Bear Hill Interiors to help them remodel their home, Walsh knew the clients would want some of both. “They purchased this home not long after they were married,” he says, “so I really worked to blend their individual pieces and then give it a Bear Hill spin.”

Prior to the renovation, the house was draped in a darker palette but still had a formal air. For instance, the family room’s rich paneled walls, which the Simpsons had refinished, are original to the house. The couple’s collection of ancestral antiques adds even more dressed-up appeal. “Both of their parents were collectors, so they have a lot of pieces that were handed down,” Walsh says. Such items include the buffet in the dining room, which belonged to Warren’s mother, as well as the French mirror and botanical prints that hang nearby. “Kevin used the things that have meaning for us. From the onset that really made the home feel like us,” Cindy says.

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Photography by Rett Peek

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