Dwell: A Bit of Zinful Living
With two walls of windows, set six floors above the street, Deal and Puckett have a view to die for. Urban living affords them a life free of yard maintenance and full of convenience: “Virtually, everything we like to do is within walking distance,” Puckett said. He and Deal own downtown Little Rock’s only wine bar Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar, which is just a few blocks away. “Living downtown works for our lifestyle. We are busy with our professional and personal lives. Being in the center of it all is ideal,” Deal said.
photographs by Janet Warlick
We featured the Troy Deal-Mike Puckett condo several years ago as a backdrop for a photoshoot and promised ourselves “we’ll be back” … the design was extraordinary, and we were certain our readers would be impressed. Fast forward, three years, one move, two blocks and 13 floors to the new Deal-Puckett condo … no less impressive and again a study in a balance of modernism, comfort and urban style.
The Deal-Puckett condo is just shy of 1,400 square feet. Its concrete floors, exposed concrete ceilings and neutral color scheme with pops of color personify the term urban landscape.
The kitchen, dining and living spaces are open. Deal and Puckett used color — the kitchen/dining space is defined by “City Chartreuse,” a green with yellow undertones — artwork, much of it painted by Puckett, and furniture placement to visually separate the areas. A zebra wood dining table with half a dozen armless chairs constitutes the dining spaces. Here, a trio of pendant lights and an abstract painting by Puckett provides the splash of color.
Granite counters and cabinetry — both in raven — along with a coordinating subway-tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances sit across the breakfast bar and its four airlift bar stools.
The master bedroom features a platform bed dressed in white linen with a periwinkle coverlet. A pillow quartet delivers the pops of color. Framed artisan paper becomes clever artwork. An apricot-hued chair, covered in eyelash fabric, sits affront a long, rectangular mirror and, along with a coordinating table, creates the perfect reading nook.
The high-rise patio is an urban landscape, featuring black “woven” furnishings, infused with energy supplied by vivid orange cushions, seat backs and pillows. An oversized umbrella shades occupants as they enjoy the tremendous view.