Elegant Custom Mantel Built Using Stock Products

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Author: Nick Lester Bell One of our Texas dealers Kent Moore Cabinets brought us a very specific challenge. They needed a mantel that was larger than any of our stock mantels, with the final size being 110” wide, 68” tall and 16” deep. Their schedule prevented a fully custom carved mantel. A site-built mantel was not feasible for this project either. The customer brought us the above concepts. They wanted us to create a new mantel in similar feel. Carvings and profiles were to be changed to White River stock products.

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Designing around Windows with Architectural Millwork and Woodcarvings

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Author: Nick Lester Bell In this project, we were designing the decorative millwork for a large library. Each elevation presented its own unique challenges, from windows, to bookcases, to a massive fireplace. This post covers how White River developed and improved the design for one of these elevations.The starting criteria given to us by the customer for this elevation was simple: just four arched windows, spaced evenly along the wall. The client came to us with images of millwork designs he liked, from which we developed a wish list of desired features. This elevation shows an early design. Coffers were roughly laid out. Panels were placed between the windows, with a frieze at the top. Pilasters flanked the windows, with window casing going up to a keystone. The client was pleased with this initial design, but he wanted to explore taller columns. In the next iteration, the pilasters were extended […]

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White River’s Architectural Millwork is featured in the New BMC Dallas Design Center

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Author: Nick Lester Bell BMC is a Best-In-Class provider of building materials, offering doors, millwork, and a wide range of related services. They have locations in 14 major markets across nine different states and continue to grow. White River has worked with BMC for two decades, and they have always been an excellent ProDealer to work with promoting all of White River’s products and services. Recently, we worked together to develop several areas of BMC’s new Dallas Design Center. This is a display piece of superbly crafted products while also being an education center on the current innovations and trends in the building industry. The centerpiece of our work together is this gorgeous coffered ceiling. It was developed together by the White River’s Design Services department and Chris Ludwig, the BMC’s Design Center Specialist. The goal of the design was to showcase modern possibilities. The coffers utilize two of our […]

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Joan Johnson will be presented with the 2015 Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Women Business Leader of the Year award.

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                  The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas will be hosting the “Power of the Purse” luncheon on March 9th at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. During this luncheon our president, Joan Johnson will be presented with the 2015 Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Women Business Leader of the Year award.   Joan and her husband started the company in northwest Arkansas in the mid-70s and have grown it into an international business that is recognized industry-wide as a leader in the design and manufacturing of elegant hardwood mouldings and handcarved architectural elements.   As president, Joan manages the day-to-day operations at White River, leads the development of WhiteRiver.com, an award winning website, and has served as the lead designer since 1979. Joan studied classical architecture abroad and in New York City with the Institute of Classical Architecture.   She was on the […]

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