Garden Tours planned at Symphony Designer House

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will open Designer House XXV Belle Maison for Garden Tours beginning Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24.

Designer House Garden Tours are outdoor, self-guided, walking tours in an unconfined space that feature the springtime beauty and meticulous landscaping of Belle Maison’s 40-acre estate. Due to social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19, the two homes that showcase the talents of more than 30 of the state’s most talented interior designers will not be open to the public at this time. Garden Tour tickets, which are $25 per person, will however grant admission to tour the Designer House XXV homes once tours become available.

Garden Tours will be offered from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 22-23, and 12-4 p.m. May 24 at Belle Maison, 21509 Denny Road, Little Rock.

To help ensure the health and safety of all guests, Designer House Garden Tours will follow all guidelines provided by the Arkansas Department of Health. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild volunteers will manage visitor volume and be present across the estate to encourage proper social distancing, mask usage and other personal safety measures. Additional hand sanitizer will also be available for visitors.

General Admission Garden Tour tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance or at Phoenix Interiors, 12315 Chenal Parkway, and Providence Design Ltd., 2314 Cantrell Road, in Little Rock. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Three Garden Tour special events will also be held where visitors can learn even more about the design and grounds at Belle Maison:

Friday, May 22:

  • Wine Walk, 4-6 p.m., $35 per person

Saturday, May 23

  • Private Garden Tour with chief gardener Joel Villa and Designer House Chair Larry West Jr., 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $35 per person.
  • Wine Walk, 4-6 p.m., $35 per person

“A Celebration of Symphony Designer House,” a just-published commemorative book that documents the history of 25 Designer Houses in Arkansas since 1975, will be available for purchase during the Garden Tour weekend for $29.95.

All proceeds from Designer House events benefit the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Commemorative Book Now Available

A beautiful new commemorative book documenting the history of 25 Designer Houses in Arkansas since 1975 is hot off the presses and now available for purchase.

A Celebration of Symphony Designer House is filled with stories, history and photographs of the people and places that have been showcased by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild since 1975. The hard-cover, all-color book spotlights the biennial fund-raiser that invites local designers to transform a home that is then open to the public for tours. The book, underwritten by Pat and Jim Wallis, features narrative by Larry Floyd and photographs by Jai Lambert. The 2020 Designer House is featured on the cover of the book.

A Celebration of Symphony Designer House ($29.95) is available for purchase (cash, check or credit card) at two Little Rock locations:

Phoenix Interiors
12315 Chenal Parkway
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Phone: (501) 225-0400

Providence Design
2314 Cantrell Road
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday
Phone: (501) 372-1886

A mail order form is also available, or you can order online. All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.


Arkansas Symphony Designer House Postponed

In consideration of the health, safety and well-being of all participants, the opening of the Arkansas Symphony Designer House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. The postponement affects the month of public tours, the opening Crescendo Party and all special events related to the 2020 Designer House. The Planning Committee is heeding the advice of federal, state and local authorities regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation because the safety of our patrons, volunteers and all participants is our top priority. Stay tuned for updates on Facebook, Instagram and the ASO and ASO Guild web sites.

All pre-purchased tickets will be honored at their respective rescheduled events. Designer House is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven event that benefits the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, so rather than requesting a refund, please consider donating the price of your pre-purchased ticket. We will gladly provide a tax receipt upon request.

Be Our Guest at Belle Maison

The 25th anniversary of the Arkansas Symphony Designer House will be celebrated in spectacular fashion at Belle Maison, a west Little Rock property unrivaled in its beauty and majesty. Hosted by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild, a 4-week calendar of tours and special events is planned for Spring 2020.

Located at 21509 Denny Road in Little Rock, Designer House XXV is set on a secluded 40-acre property with two homes, a lake, gardens and beautiful vistas. Top designers from across the state will create inspiring and beautiful spaces to view and enjoy at both homes.

Designer House is open for tours April 10 – May 10. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays and Easter Sunday, April 12).

The venue includes a gift shop and a tea room serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday.

Arkansas Symphony Designer House XXV

21509 Denny Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72223

Designer House Admission

Single-day Tour 
Presale Online: $20 (and prior to April 9 at Selected Locations in Central Arkansas TBA)
At the door April 10-May 10: $25

Run-of-Show Ticket (multiple visits)
Presale Online: $35 (and prior to April 9 at Selected Locations in Central Arkansas TBA)
At the door April 10-May 10: $40

All Event Package
Presale or At the door: $225
(Includes 1 ticket to Bare Bones Party, 1 ticket to Crescendo Preview Party, 1 ticket to Girls Night Out Party, and 1 Run-of-Show Admission ticket)


Special Events at Designer House XXV

Crescendo Gala and Preview Party
April 9
Tickets: $125 per person
(Includes home tour)


Girls Night Out Party and Fashion Show
April 23
Tickets: $50 per person
(Includes home tour)



Corporate Events

Designer House may be rented for Corporate or Private Happy Hour events, for up to 50 guests, with beer and wine provided, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., as available, Tuesday-Sunday, April 10 – May 10. Must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. $2500. For more information, contact Larry West.

Support Designer House and the Symphony

A range of sponsorship opportunities and levels are available for businesses and individuals at Designer House. These include Room Sponsors, Day Sponsors, Special Event Sponsors and all levels of general sponsors.

All proceeds from Designer House XXV benefit the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and music education programs.

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