Jean & Don's Mix of Modern Classics

Jean & Don's Mix of Modern Classics

Beth Bates
Apr 4, 2011

Name: Jean Stevens and Don Lee
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Size: 2700 square feet
Years lived in: 3

Don and Jean have all the fine classics modern furniture has to offer from their Barcelona chair to their Bertoias. (Don't miss the incredible Danish library table in the living room)! Matched is their art collection which includes (but is not limited to) a mixture of more traditional landscapes, studies of the human form, and nonobjective surveys of space. In my opinion, it is the showcase of these contrasting forms that gives their home a brilliant edge.

Jean mentioned the way she struggles with the cookie cutter form of the house. Though the structure may err on that side, they have made their home anything but. See evidence in 'exhibit a' : roaches stenciled on the bathroom wall (and everything else on the walls for that matter). Their art collection comes from Don himself, their children (now adults and some artists), former students, and other acclaimed local and international artists. Don runs the art department at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. As a former student, I must mention that it was through this program that I learned about the relationship between art and design, and without such fine foundations, I wouldn't be sharing this tour with you today. I hope you enjoy!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Classic modern / eccentric / eclectic

Inspiration: Books / travel

Biggest Challenge: Floor covering

What Friends Say: That it is a calm environment, big space, cool furniture and art

Proudest DIY: Landscaping

Biggest Indulgence: Furniture

Best Advice: Be resourceful, be curious, be patient, and keep family photos in albums.

Resources of Note:

•Room and Board
•Herman Miller
•Vintage dealers

• Sherwin Williams : Blonde

•Console table : Freight sale
•Tree trunk : Campsite : added legs
•Artwork : Kevin Arnold, Kevin Smith, James Randall Nelson, Steven Wise, Jane Wilson

•Nude drawing : John Lee
•Cartoon : Brad Neely
•French soap hook : Conran's : Paris, Fr.

•Artwork : Don Lee, Travis Brown, Eve Mansdorf, Jerome Witkin, Wolf Kahn, Brian Wiggins
•Sofa : Room and Board
•Consoles : Room and Board
•Phillipe Starck floor lamp : Lacuna, Fayetteville, AR
•Haywood Wakefield end table : Antique dealer
•Rinsom coffee table : Freight sale
•Danish library table : Bought from Art Gallery Framer, Fort Smith
•Noguchi table lamp : MOMA
•Eames lounge chair : Herman Miller
•Bertoia chairs : Freight sale
•Nelson bench and cigar lamps : Room and Board
•Drapes : Restoration Hardware
•Tizio lamp : Lacuna, Fayetteville, AR
•Minka Aire Flyte ceiling fan :
•Kenneth Pullen, Senufo tribe African laundry stool : Sante Fe
•French mustard jars : French shop in Fayetteville, AR
•Pottery : Greer Ferris
•Pottery plates : Kathy Thompson, Fayetteville, AR
•Barcelona chair and Le Corbusier chairs : All Modern
•Red pillow : K studio
•Dark brown pillows : Circa 50

•Artwork : Jerome Masyck, Don Lee, John Lee, Scott Noel, Sam King
•Dining table : Room and Board
•Panton chairs : Hive
•White console table : Ikea
•Eames storage : Herman Miller
•Noguchi lamp : MOMA
•Nelson Bubbe lamp : Room + Board
•African headdress : Sante Fe
•Big pottery plates : Kathy Thompson

•Breakfast table : Room + Board
•Large art poster : From an art exhibit in Sarlat, France
•Lighting : Home Depot and Lites Etc.
•Drawings under cabinets : Brad Neely
•Other art : Chad Wilson, Don Lee
•African door : Sante Fe
•Chairs : Hive
•Philippe Starck juicer : Conran's in Paris, France
•Nelson clock and steel cabinet : Restoration Hardware
•Sears counter - depth : Jenn Aire

•Ken Kewley, John Lee self portrait, John Lee painting, Katie Hollowitz, Ables

•Dressers, shelving, and end tables : Room + Board
•Concept ceiling fan : Minka Aire
•Tizio table lamps : Y Lighting
•Bruer chair : Freight sale
•Rectangular lamp : Asian shop in Sante Fe
•Platform bed : I.Q. in Fayetteville, AR
•Artwork : Nudes by John Lee and Faber, large drawing by Don Lee, over bed drawing by Ken Stout, small painting by Stephanie Pierce

•Replaced double sinks and ceramic tiles with one round sink by Ronbow
•Mirror : DWR
•Light : J and B Supply
•Stainless steel cabinet : Restoration Hardware
•Religious art : Sante Fe
•Wall stencil : John Wozniak
•Hardware : Restoration Hardware
•Faucet : J and B Supply
•Red cross cabinet : Internet

•Desk table : J. Boos
•Stainless table with drawer : Odd n Ends : Austin, TX
•Lamp : Toloneo
•Desk chair : Eames
•Blue chair : Bertoia
•Artwork : Daniel Leary, Brad Neely, John Lee, Don Lee, Ray Wallace photo, Amjad found photo

Thanks, Jean and Don!

Images: Beth Bates

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