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Posted: May 31, 2014 at 3:24 a.m.

Ellen Scruggs

Where I live: I live in the Prospect Terrace neighborhood of Little Rock with my husband, David, sons Trace (who just graduated from college and moved to Washington) and John (16), and our rescued dogs Moki and Rex.

Occupation: I work as a designer and photo stylist with Little Rock photographer Nancy Nolan.

My favorite space is: Our backyard and pool area.

Why? When David and I bought our house almost 13 years ago, it was very much in need of some TLC. The house was built in a Spanish style in 1924, and the inside needed redoing. It took us another seven years to get the jungle that was called the backyard into shape. All along we planned to have a pool. We entertain a lot and love being outside. Conveniently, my brother owns Rio Pools. We spend most of our time here and feel like we are on vacation when we are home. I love to garden and wind down in the evenings watering and cooking with our friends while the kids -- and adults -- enjoy the pool.

If I could make one change to improve this space, I would: Do more landscaping. The yard seems to be in a constant state of transition with the change of seasons and the plants. There are some undeveloped areas where I'd like to add some evergreens to soften our fencing. Otherwise, it's pretty wonderful as it is.

-- Libby Smith

HomeStyle on 05/31/2014

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