On the second floor of a quaint 1910 apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas, you’ll find illustrator Sally Nixon plugging away in her studio, her dog Sookie resting on the chair in the corner. For Sally, who was raised in Pine Bluff, AR as the youngest of five girls, happiness comes from life’s simpler pleasures. So when she was hunting for a space to call her own, her humble must-haves list only included the following: must be located on a quiet street, must offer a nice view, and must be close to a dog park. This 1,100-square-foot space not only checked off all of those boxes, but a few extras as well, offering her a dedicated studio off the living space and close proximity to the Arkansas Arts Center.
While she admits that, at times, she’s guilty of working from her bed or on the living room couch when Little Rock’s temperatures reach extremes, nothing beats having a dedicated sunroom studio with ample light streaming in at almost all hours. “It’s a very pleasant atmosphere to draw in,” she begins, “The view is the best. My neighborhood is gorgeous, with lots of trees and beautiful old houses.”
As a renter, she didn’t have many options when it came to designing the space, but she was showered in passed-down pieces from various family members and friends, all of which combined to create a naturally eclectic space that’s anything but fussy — which suits Sally just fine. As she explains, “I move things around a lot, and rearranging my space usually helps me break through creative blocks… When I was a kid, I would rearrange my room about once every few months just for fun.”
And while Sally’s penchant for curation brings her joy inside, it’s really what’s outside of her walls that inspires her. “Downtown Little Rock is gorgeous,” she shares, “It’s mostly houses and apartment buildings built in the early- to mid-1900s.” And with affordable rent to boot, Sally is perfectly happy spending her days and nights drawing from this little room that she loves so dearly. –Sabrina