DWELL: Home on the Range
One may not expect to find relaxed, modern influences in a home that also boasts a stable, but the ideal balance of coziness and clean lines is just what makes the home of Brandie and Brad Lieblong. The couple purchased their Jonesboro property, which includes their house of more than 5,000 square feet, and 20 acres of land, and immediately renovated the space.
photography by Janet Warlick
The couple had the fireplace remodeled, accenting its height with dry-stacked stone and a modern mantle. The wood beams were faux finished by John Keller, and the décor is a harmonious combination of textures, warm colors and comfort. Other textures have been brought into the room with accessories, such as basket-weave boxes, carved wood and a whimsical porcupine quill lampshade. A leather sectional, oversized chair and other pieces provide ample space for entertainment and relaxation.
The Lieblong kitchen is an open space with a brushed nickel hood above a tile backsplash and cook top. Stacked ovens maximize the usage of space, and wood panels on the refrigerator and dishwasher echo the cabinets creating a flow for the eyes. Glass tiles set on the walls of the L-shaped, corian-topped breakfast bar, which comfortably seats five in leather stools and has a half-circle bar at the end, bring color and reflective light to the room. A wall of windows provides natural light for the kitchen, living and dining rooms.
The dining table is set with elegant china, flowers, and a twig-inspired candelabra.
Tyson’s room is a lil’ buckaroo’s dream. The walls are covered in a soft green-blue color and his heavy-postered bunk bed is dressed in brown star-covered quilts. A leather love seat, hand-painted dresser and wardrobe with shelves of western-inspired figurines complete his space.
Tyson with his pony Oreo. “We’ve had goats, chicken, sheep, ducks and rabbits — all Christmas and Easter gifts — for Tyson to raise,” Brad Lieblong said.
One of the features of the Lieblong home is a 150-foot long bank of windows that overlook the barn, stables, arena and pastures for the eight horses that share their home with Brandie, Brad and their 3-year old son Tyson.
Initially, the home, which was inspired by the design of a seaside cottage, and the décor featured cool greens and blues. “We purchased our home six years ago. It was built by an architect from Florida, who designed it to be energy efficient … as you’ll notice the windows all face the north side,” Brad said. “Brandie and I are all about warmth and comfort, but with an urban twist. We wanted our home to have a cozy, friendly feel.”
The master bedroom also echoes the color scheme of the main living space. A fireplace sits opposite an ample bed dressed in brown linen. Modern bed tables set on either side complement the dresser and large artistic pieces and paintings adorn the walls.
This month, the Lieblongs will again open their stables for the Run for the Roses, a fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Funds from this year’s event — this is the second year — will go toward the purchase of a Giraffe Omni Bed, an incubator/radiant warmer used for infants in the neonatal unit. The event will be fashioned like the Kentucky Derby and will be held on Derby Day, May 7.
“So many people in our area benefit from the work they do at Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” Diane Langford said. Langford is chair for the event; she is one of 11 volunteers working to organize the Run for the Roses. “The Angel One Helicopter made 1,400 trips to northeast Arkansas last year alone. Volunteers in our area lend support to many organizations, and we wanted to start an event to support ACH.”
“We’ll add 5,000 square feet of Astroturf to our arena,” Brad Lieblong said. Organizers will also add white fencing to create “at infield setting” similar to those at racetracks. Silk banners will be hung from the arena’s ceiling representing the jockey silks and shirts, Langford said. Patrons will “purchase” derby horses in a live auction, and the Kentucky Derby will be shown live on several televisions in the arena. The “owners” of the winning horse will be presented with roses, Kentucky bourbon and more, and their names will be added to the Winners’ Board.
Iberia Bank is the sponsor for Run for the Roses, and music will be provided by the Over The Hill Gang; Godsey’s Gourmet Catering will cater the food; and beer, wine and mint juleps will be served in special derby glasses, which will be available for purchase. As with any derby, there will be “purses”; however, the purses at the Run for the Roses are for purchase through a silent auction and include designer handbags. Sean Shrum is the official artist and has created an official derby painting … and paintings from ACH patients will also be available for purchase.
For ticket information, please contact Cathy Mackey at (870) 932-5209 or via e-mail email@example.com; you may also find information via Facebook: Run for the Roses benefitting Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
For more photos of the Lieblong home go to our Home & Garden page.