By Jennifer Stanley
Chris and Cristal Lambert's home on Janan Drive in Conway is the perfect juxtaposition of modern and natural elements. The couple, who met in 1996 and married in 2002, and their aesthetic are perfectly reflected in their home.
Their meeting actually took place at Faulkner County's own Conway Regional Medical Center where Chris was a physician and Cristal was a nurse practitioner. Since that time, they left the Conway area only once so Chris could complete another residency, and they returned in 2005. Chris now serves as an anesthesiologist at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and Cristal is a stay-home mom to Clarie, 5; Camille, 3; and Chance, 1.
In fact, their move from a rental home in Conway to their new residence was decided on due largely to their desire for more space for their three children. "As our family expanded, our living space needed to expand with us," explains Cristal. "We both agreed on two specific things - that the home would be clean-line and functional for both adults and children without wasted space." Upon stepping up the stone walk to the entry, one immediately feels the couple has accomplished their goals.
As for the decision to build on the cul-de-sac Janan Court, Cristal states, "When we made the decision to build, we started looking for property in town that would be central to shopping and schools and that might have some native trees. We also wanted easy access to the interstate. We were so excited when we discovered a lot in Janan Court was available." The lot, while centrally located in Conway and providing easy access, faces wooded areas and suggests natural living. In fact, Cristal enjoys her coffee on the front porch often and says "I forget I'm in the middle of town."
Once the lot was purchased, home construction began. Chris and Cristal engaged the services of Elms-Clowers Construction of Conway, who embraced their vision completely. Cristal says, "Designing the home was an exciting time, which allowed both Chris and I to express our ideas and vision for various rooms." Among the couple's non-negotiable items for the home were the circle drive, the stairwell with two landings (which they say has been useful with three children), and the fireplaces. Claire and Camille were also involved in choosing the colors and designs in their bedrooms, lending to the family-oriented approach to the design.
The exterior of the home is comprised of stucco, wooden features, natural rock, and brick; the landscaping lends to the natural feel of the exterior as well, incorporating rock and greenery that is seen throughout the cul-de-sac. Upon entry to the home, the neutral palette and the dark, hardwood flooring and clean, modern furniture evoke a feeling of modernity tinged with comfort. The living space's floor-to-ceiling windows provide a view of the spacious backyard and lovely entertaining patio, complete with an outdoor fireplace perfect for hosting get-togethers. This exterior feature was not in the original plans for the home, but it has become one of Chris and Cristal's favored features.
Acting as a foil to the neutral wall, tile, and floor colors of the interior is the couple's art collection. When asked which dÃ©cor item she couldn't live without, Cristal responds without hesitation, "My Todd Crockett painting in the entry." The large piece of modern art incorporates a myriad of colors and provides the tone for the various paintings throughout the home. "We appreciate various [types of] art and felt a neutral paint color would provide a canvas for our existing pieces as well as future additions to our collection."
Cristal turned to her friend and designer, Becca Haley, owner of Soho Modern in Little Rock, for assistance in turning their vision into reality. Says Cristal, "Becca is a very talented designer who helped us pull everything together. She was so easy to work with and really helped us bring our dream home to reality. We have been so pleased with the outcome." The designer utilized many natural materials including stone, metal, and wood, throughout the home which pulls together the natural feel of the exterior with the modern yet comfortable features of the interior.
The Lambert home features decorative tile in the bathrooms and kitchen, adding to the many textures throughout. Bold light fixtures adorn several rooms as well, providing soft lighting for the dwelling. Haley's design also lent itself to the flow of the home, which is one of Cristal's favorite attributes. Visitors seamlessly move from the entry to the billiard room or dining room, then to the kitchen and living area. This natural movement was imperative during the design process and came to fruition beautifully.
Cristal says that after four months of residing in their Janan Court home "there is honestly nothing that I would do differently. We are happy with the flow of the rooms, the dÃ©cor. It is exactly what we wanted."