Linda Roser finds inspiration for her seasonal design just outside her back window Colleen Holt
Living on top of Round Mountain in a home with possibly the best view in town, Linda Roser of Conway is surrounded by stunning examples of how nature decorates itself for different seasons. Although it may be difficult to improve on this design scheme, Linda is a master at adding glitz and glamour to create wonderful decorative pieces for fall and Christmas.
Linda seems to have a natural passion for decorating and floral designs, but says she also learned from her mother. "She loved creating beautiful things, especially with flowers, colorful stones and ceramics. She was also a wonderful seamstress and sewed for me the most beautiful prom dresses ever."
In a workshop at her home, Linda creates design pieces as part of Creations and Designs by Linda. She currently has a "vignette" space in a design center in west Little Rock, where she sells most of her pieces. She and her friend, Betty Scarbrough of Sherwood, worked together recently to decorate Linda's dining room, foyer, and front door area for the fall. Using shades of orange, copper, brown, and yellow, the ladies created floral pieces that blend into the natural scenery surrounding the home. But there's a twist: gold leaf and glitter are added to bring a feeling of fun and elegance. "I do natural with glitz," Linda laughed. "I like to add a little sparkle and shine to almost everything."
"I did all of my decorating. I have such an eclectic style - I like to mix Asian with animal prints to contemporary and traditional," Linda said. She added that some of her decorating materials come from market in Dallas, or "just wherever I can find them."
Linda not only decorates her own home, but she works with various civic and social organizations on special projects. She has worked for several years with her friend Betty at the Holiday House event in Little Rock, supplying some Christmas wreaths, arrangements, decorated garland, etc. "That's one of the hardest, longest five workdays of the year, but we so enjoy doing it, because we love working together, and it's so exciting!"
Linda and her husband, Phil, have lived on Round Mountain for nearly two years, and have turned a mountaintop lot into a spectacular retreat. By designing their home themselves, they were able to not only create space for Linda's decorating workshop, but Phil has added a 2,800-square-foot shop (that looks like part of the house), where he works on custom cars. Linda says, "He's a 'hot rod' guy. He loves everything to do with cars ... it's his passion."
For the Rosers, the 2008 holiday season will be bittersweet, as Linda's mother died in September. However, Phil and Linda's two daughters with their husbands and four grandchildren, along with Phil's mother, will be at their Conway home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
One thing Linda has done for the past several years (that she is not planning for 2008) is an Open House in November. Although she will miss it, Linda said the stress of taking care of and then losing her Mother "overwhelmed" her, and she is unable to pull together the special event this year. Normally Linda sends invitations to "friends and friends of friends," inviting them to a time of fellowship and refreshments. She said she normally has several different holiday decorative pieces available for her friends to view and purchase if they would like. Linda hopes to bring the Open House back next year.