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with Italy in Mind
A scenic location, unique antiques and innovative ideas
are just three of the things that make the west Little
Rock home of Booboo and Gary Heathcott fabulous.
BY ANGELA E. THOMAS • PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH CLARKE
A cedar ceiling with beams
and iron brackets add
warmth to the den, which
connects with the dining
room, allowing the home
owner and guests to inter-
act during dinner parties,
such as the Cooks Tour.
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Booboo Heathcott and designer
Debbie Davis have been friends
since junior high school, and the
two joined forces to customize Booboo
and Gary Heathcott’s Chenal Valley home.
Davis is owner of D & D Designs, and
together the two own Classic Consultants,
a home planning and design company.
The planning and design for the Heath-
cotts’ home began May 2005; they moved
in last July.
“I had been begging Gary to let us
downsize. He kept saying, ‘But I love my
smoking room.’ So I asked ‘How about I
build you a new smoking room?’” So Gary
agreed. “I knew exactly what size and what
“It is not a room you enter and im-
mediately feel as if you have to leave,”
The walls, including those in the entry,
have been bathed in golden earth tones.
Some in a color Davis created called “San
Large windows in the entry are beauti-
fully dressed with heavy fabrics reminis-
cent of those used in the 19th century,
and arched doorways lead to the master
bedroom, dining room and kitchen and a
staircase leads to the second level.
The archway to the dining room is
highlighted with 18th century carved
wooden pilasters in a dark wood. The
room is furnished with a table, which seats
eight. According to the duo, the table is
new; however, it was constructed from old
pieces of wood.
“It’s a really good way to show old and
(Top to bottom) The staircase leading to the
upper level has been fashioned out of spindles
from antique bed Heathcott purchased from
an antique dealer. (left) The entry of the master