These Oklahoma homeowners wanted a second home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They also desired a space that was on the opposite end of the style spectrum from their main residence, a traditionally styled ranch house. The penthouse they bought is in a former department store in Fayetteville’s historic downtown. The space’s industrial vibe provides the ideal backdrop for the homeowners’ impressive collection of works by well-known street artists.
Designer Chris Goddard had already renovated the couple’s main residence and earned their trust, so when they reached out to him to renovate their new penthouse, they gave him free rein over the design, just as long as he found spots to showcase their beloved artwork.
House at a Glance
Who lives here: This is a second home for a couple with grown children
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Size: About 2,500 square feet (232 square meters)
Designer: Chris Goddard of Goddard Design Group
The entryway includes a tubular black steel console table and a pair of lamps from the 1970s. An original piece of art titled Pop Tart by English street artist D*Face hangs on the wall.
The open living area includes a fireplace with a new floor-to-ceiling travertine surround, flanked by bookcases painted in Club Navy from Ralph Lauren Paint. A collection of vintage cocktail shakers is displayed on the shelves.
Goddard created a conversation area in front of the fireplace using four swivel club chairs covered in blue chenille. All of the vintage area rugs in the house have been dyed in indigo. “Blue is used as a neutral throughout the house,” Goddard says. “I didn’t want a typical all-white gallery space to showcase the art.”
The other end of the open living area includes a game table with a tubular steel base and glass top. The wood backs of the chairs around the table feature carved Pop Art images.
A leather zipper sofa from the 1970s runs along the burlap-covered wall. The painting above the sofa is by Australian street artist Anthony Lister.
The kitchen cabinets and island base are covered in the same navy blue paint used in the living room. The countertops are travertine and the floor is bleached oak. The blue glass artwork atop the island is by a Belgian artist.
The cozy den features suede-covered walls, creating a swanky backdrop for the neon art created by New York street artist Doze Green.
“There’s definitely a bit of a funky ’70s vibe going on,” Goddard says. “It’s a great house for hosting cocktail parties.”
Other highlights of the space include a blue sleeper sofa, a vintage Hans Wegner side chair and a striped upholstered ottoman that doubles as a coffee table.
Goddard covered a panel with blue handmade paper to create a floating wall in front of the original brick wall behind the bed. LED lights mounted to the back of the floating wall give off an alluring glow.
Vintage alabaster lamps sit atop contemporary nightstands. The bed is upholstered in blue velvet and the other bedroom walls are covered in baseball-stitched leather.
The en suite bathroom mirrors the kitchen with its travertine countertops and navy blue cabinets. The walls are covered in cork painted metallic blue. The painting above the tub is another piece by Doze Green.