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Lif e P ar t y of the

Standout styles for the season

Camp-in Little pink house An artist abroad and at home

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waste not, want not (n.) Here we offer a roundup of recycled, repurposed and vintage goods.

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BY KaTherIne WyrIcK PhotograPhY chrIsTa masTers & brIan chIlson


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his month is all about art—the art of entertaining and painting. First we catch up with design star and avid twitterer/blogger Eddie Ross who recently made an appearance in Little Rock. We then meet artist Eleanor Dickinson at her home studio as she prepares for her upcoming show at Boswell Mourot Fine Art. Don’t miss the opening reception on November 13, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Her work, inspired by her extensive travels, is fantastic. A visit to painter Kathy Strause’s enviable Capitol View nest (and chickens’ nest) left us totally inspired. Hanging out there feels like being inside one of Kathy’s Lucky à table marvelous paintings. In Inspired Buy, we invite you on a “camp-in,” as we show you cozy, rustic home accessories with an outdoor theme. On the beauty and fashion fronts, Lila Ashmore brings us clothes for the upcoming holiday season that are prêt-à-par-tay, causing party girls all across the metro area to cry in unison “Too cute!”

Owls cannot be overdone, and these vintage ceramic beauties just screech fall. mId-ToWne anTIque mall

These vintage suitcases from i.o. metro give us wanderlust.

Bright and stackable, these containers are prefect for holding jewelry, paper clips or just this ’n that.

CORRECTION: Egg on my face—in our coverage last month of Habitat for Humanity’s fundraiser Restore & After, I mistakenly identified a chicken painting as the work of artist Barry Thomas, whose work actually was not included in the auction. The chickens were, in fact, painted by Lori Weeks.

Katherine H. Wyrick, Editor


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salon would like to congratulate Heather Young on becoming the states 6th National Board Certified Haircolorist. Make an appointment with any of the girls for your new Fall look!

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Kathy and David had to do little in the way of renovation. Here, the original hardwood floors warm up an already cozy living room.

in house (n.) A section in which we peek into homes of the chic and stylish that you probably won’t see elsewhere.


Music from Little Pink

An artist and musician make a harmonious home BY Katherine Wyrick photography Christa Masters


ike her paintings, Kathy Strause’s home tells a story. Before she bought this 1920s Capitol View bungalow several years ago, it had been owned by the same family for generations. A couple raised their five children within its six modest rooms, and evidence of their presence still exists—whether in a doorjamb rubbed bare by countless hands or a photograph of the twin boys who lived here through adulthood. But while Kathy has an obvious reverence for the past, she also infuses her surroundings with humor and her unique artistic sensibility. On this day, all the windows are thrown open and an early autumn breeze stirs the curtains. Kathy’s partner, musician David Jukes, sits on the front porch stringing a guitar while two robust looking chickens scratch in the backyard garden. Kathy presents me with an egg from the chickens’ coop, and I marvel at its smooth perfection. The following page shows but some of the other small wonders that lie in wait in this distinctive abode. Katherine Strause exhibits nationally and is currently Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Art at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. For more information about her work, visit Locally, her work can be found at Gallery 26.


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A wild yet cultivated garden welcomes visitors, and the front porch makes the perfect spot for chatting.

(Clockwise from top) Kathy discovered the original wallpaper behind the stove and left it exposed; the bedroom and office abound with books and art and offer a mix of old and new; little altars everywhere—a Buddha keeps watch and instills calm; the artist poring over old photographs in her airy attic studio.

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bydesign BY Katherine Wyrick Photography charles wyrick

by design (n.) A place where we check in with tastemakers about town, from decorators to clothes designers and others in between.

Eleanor’s TopSeven Colors Dogs

These boots were made for walkin’ A peripatetic painter and her travels

My passport Diet Coke The outdoors Friends Exercise


hen we arrive at Eleanor Dickinson’s light-filled studio in the Heights, we’re promptly greeted by two doe-eyed dogs, one with gesso splattered on her tail— wagging proof that we’ve entered an artist’s terrain. Dickinson landed back in Arkansas about five years ago via a circuitous route, one that took her from Atlanta to Chicago with a stop along the way in Knoxville to get her Master’s. Traveling, however, is something this artist loves and knows well. She’s trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explored the Annapurnas in Nepal and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. All of her journeys inform her wondrous art, some of which will be on exhibit at Boswell Mourot Fine Art, November 13-December 4. CUE: I know that you love to travel and to take photos, but do you also take a sketchbook with you? Eleanor Dickinson: It’s funny. You’d think I would take a sketchbook, but I discover that I am either too busy or too tired on the trip to sketch. My Eleanor Dickinson trips don’t usually involve a lot of (sans dogs) kicks downtime. Photos, for me, are more back at her home useful because they capture more studio. visual information for future use—and they can be taken quickly. I also collect various scraps along the way to refer to later—train schedules, maps, tickets, brochures, candy wrappers, postcards, etc. On the other hand, when an idea for a painting comes to one of my mediums. I think of it as a library that holds an me that I don’t want to forget, I will sketch a thumbnail infinite number of possibilities that I can use throughout on a scratch piece of paper. my lifetime—my visual vocabulary from which I can CUE: You’ve worked in many mediums—photography, pick and choose. painting, printmaking—and often combined them. Is there My training is with printmaking and graphic design one that you feel particularly wedded to? which both significantly inform my work. But without ED: I don’t necessarily think of my photography as painting and drawing, I would not even be the artist I am.


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Painting and printmaking are inseparable in my world because I rarely use one without the other. Whether I am screening and painting on a canvas or I am painting on a plate and then drawing on the print, I am drawn to the effects they have on one another. CUE: You’re obviously inspired by travel, the natural world and your surroundings. What artists have inspired you? ED: Picasso for sure—20,000 works in his lifetime. His primitive art, drawings and sketches are my favorite. I am attracted to Basquiat’s madness/spontaneity, Picasso’s diversity, Amadea Bailey’s textures and Shawn McNulty’s use of color and layers. CUE: Can you describe the different processes you use in your work? ED: Screenprinting: I create stencils from my drawings and burn them into a frame of fine-mesh fabric. Then I pull ink across the screen with a squeegee which transmits an even coating of ink to the paper or canvas. I love this because it gives my work a graphic element, and I can reuse the images in different ways in my paintings. Monoprinting: I paint an image on a piece of plexi glass using watercolor paint and crayons. I then wait for the image to dry, dampen a piece of paper, place the paper on the plate, and crank these through my etching press. The dampened paper reactivates the watercolors thus transferring the image to the paper. Then I have a unique print of my painting. Why not just paint onto the paper? I can achieve various washes and a different treatment of light that cannot be created otherwise. Also this process possesses an element of surprise that I really enjoy. Colograph: I cut shapes out of cardboard and shellac them. Then I ink them up with akua waterbased intaglio inks. Then I turn them upside down on the paper and send them through the press. The effect is a significant embossment which adds more interest to my art.

photo by brian chilson

Art the

of entertaining


he Fine Arts Club of Arkansas* recently hosted its annual fundraiser, The Art of Entertaining, at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. This year the presentation and luncheon featured designer and lifestyle expert Eddie Ross, a former associate decorating editor of House Beautiful and former senior style editor of Martha Stewart Living. Ross and partner Jaithan Kochar (pictured above) now run a lifestyle company, Eddie Ross, Inc., that offers advice on living la vida stylish. Before meeting up with the nattily dressed Eddie at a lovely pre-party, we caught up with him en route. We briefly talked flea market finds, our shared love of Lonny and what it’s really like working with Martha Stewart (okay, he kept mum on this subject, though not the subject of mums). Here’s our abbreviated Q&A:

Home for the holidays


home in Chenal Valley is

right around the corner from everything you need for the holidays. Go shopping at the Promenade. Catch a movie

CUE: WhaT’s yoUr mosT ExCiTing flEa markET find To daTE? EddiE ross: A gold leaf bamboo mirror I found at a Goodwill in upstate New York.

at the new Chenal 9 IMAX

CUE: Who or WhaT inspirEs yoU? Er: I’ve always loved Bill Blass, beautiful old antiques and books and magazines from the ’20s and ’30s.

season without leaving the

Theatre. Or feast at some of Little Rock’s most unique dining experiences. Enjoy the neighborhood.

CUE: WhaT’s onE of yoUr favoriTE bEforE-and-afTEr projECTs? Er: I found a secretary and transformed it simply by painting it white and putting mirroring where the glass was. It made the entire piece new again. As I always say, when in doubt, paint it out! For more information, visit *Founded in 1914, the Fine Arts Club helps promote the activities of the Arkansas Arts Center, hosts programs featuring scintillating speakers, provides volunteers and sponsors the biennial fundraising event TABRIZ.

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BY Katherine Wyrick Photography Brian Chilson, christa masters

inspired buy (n.) In these pages we choose an item that inspires us and run with it, finding others that also inspire and assembling a pleasing assemblage accordingly.

Camper Happy


njoy the great indoors! Sure fall is an excellent time for camping, but if roughing it isn’t your style, you’ll love what we’re calling “camp chic”—home accessories inspired by that beloved American pastime.

This silver tree from Box Turtle looks striking as sculpture but can double as a jewelry stand.


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These diminutive gold salt and pepper holders are too tweet for words.

Grab that acoustic guitar and gather ’round the fire. Find fire pits galore at Ken Rash’s.

Needlepoint old and new. Intense owl pillow from Cynthia East Fabrics; subtle squirrel pillow from Clement.

A throw we’re down with—reminiscent of an Orla Kiely print, this cozy throw from Box Turtle will keep you warm while making you look cool.

This driftwood cocktail table from I.O. Metro is at once sophisticated and rustic.

A vintage cherry red lantern from a Roy Dudley estate sale would be a bright spot in any room.

Know when to hold ’em. A step-up from shop class, this wood pencil holder corrals writing utensils in a tidy bunch. Mid-Towne Antique Mall Mug shot. These insulated mugs with fowl theme are perfect for that first cup of joe. Goodwill Store (Rodney Parham)

Stop it—seriously. These rustic rock wine stoppers keep wine as fresh as a mountain stream. It’s a hard knob life—hardware for the rock lover. Cynthia East Fabrics

Best plaid plans. This thermos keeps hot things hot and cold things cold, but how does it know? Goodwill Store (Bryant)

Stereographs, kind of like really old-school Polaroids, are fun artifacts to have on a bookshelf or framed on a wall. FABULOUS FINDS

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cheektocheek cheek to cheek (n.) Where we inform you of the best offerings in the world of heavenly beauty products.

Instant Glow

By the time holiday parties begin, that summer glow has turned pasty white. The pros at Indulgences by Body Bronze have the equipment and knowledge to give party girls an ooh-la-la look for the season. The spray-on tan technique takes about 30 minutes for application, and prices begin at $49. The spray tan lasts anywhere from 5-7 days, and for best results, party girls should exfoliate, shower and shave before spray tan is applied. Upkeep is simple—just use a mild soap and moisturize twice daily for longevity. Indulgences is offering a buy 3 get 2 free special for $147.

F inishing Touches

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Alana Hardin

Nothing polishes off a party girl look more than an up-do coif. Whether it’s a sleek chignon or a messy side bun, a change of hairstyle can set the tone for your entire holiday ensemble. Kati Wade of Salon Avatar demonstrates the technique for a traditional yet simple “up-do.” After a ponytail is secured in place, sections are then curled around and pinned to create a hair style that will last the entire evening. This service takes from 30 minutes to an hour to complete, and prices start at $30.

Alana Hardin of Blush Salon takes the chair for an easy, sweptup, messy up-do for her holiday look. Stylist Heather Young curls Alana’s hair with a wide wand curling iron to give her a more controlled curl. Allow 30 minutes to an hour for this service and come with day old hair. Prices start at $35.

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One shoulder sequin cocktail dress, Tony Bowls, $239, Tulle

Nothing says the holidays like sequins and glam. Be the “it” girl at any party this season.

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Pewter metallic short jacket, CP Shades, $178; gold lace bandeau top, $16; dark denim Rock & Roll Cowgirl jean, $95. All clothing and jewelry available at Vesta’s.

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Black strapless satin party dress, Gracia, $84. All clothing and jewelry available at Box Turtle. Hot pink satin peep-toe pumps, Betsy Johnson, Solemates.

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don your Most Fun Jewels this holiday season.

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Be Creative…

38-inch colored medley necklace, $670; sterling silver and 18kt olive quartz pendant, $990, Gallery 26

Anodized aluminum cuff bracelets, $50 each, arKansas arts Center MuseuM shop


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Shop Dogs BotaniCa gardens 1601 Rebsamen Park Rd. (501) 614-3000

BY Katherine Wyrick Photography brian chilson

shop dogs (n.) A feature profiling our canine friends in retail. (Not just limited to dogs. Other species—cats, canaries, lizards—will appear here, too.)

Warning: Garden dog on duty


Greeting customers at Botanica Gardens Going to US Bank in the Heights

Riding in the car Watching TV Playing with his best buddy, Scout Snuggling

Botanica’s bright-eyed Brussels Griffon

very morning, the air outside Botanica Gardens is redolent with bacon as neighboring Buffalo Grill preps for the day. There is, perhaps, no one who appreciates this more than Pat Isbell’s dog, Izzy, a two-year-old Brussels Griffon. Isbell, store manager of Botanica, tells us that the smell, though he loves it, nearly drives poor Izzy to distraction. He’s like Tantalus—the fruit right before him but forever out of reach. Long-legged as a side table and bearded like Freud, Izzy emerges from behind the counter with his head cocked inquisitively and his docked tail wagging. He possesses at least two traits that make for a superlative shop dog; he has a sweet disposition and rarely barks. Like garden statuary, Izzy often sits poised on the counter while awaiting his public. “I have customers who come by just to see him after they have lunch. It’s not uncommon for some to even bring their friends to see him. And our bank has actually unlocked the doors before they open if we come by. It’s hysterical,” says Pat. She recalls how when Izzy was a pup, Botanica owner Chris Olsen would sit at

Izzy’s favorite things...

Running really fast

his drawing table in the morning with Izzy zipped up inside his jacket. It’s safe to say he’s a snuggler—and an extrovert. “He’ll go home with anybody,” says Pat with a wave of her hand. “He’s the most loving dog.” So averse is he to being alone, Izzy even comes down to work when Pat goes out of town. Should he ever stray from the shop, however, the staff knows the protocol— and where to find him. “If he goes missing, we’re on lockdown,” explains a co-worker. She relates a time that Izzy went missing only to be found later at the Cross-eyed Pig, a barbecue place a few doors down. (What? He was just getting take-out.) When not at the shop (or dining at the Cross-eyed Pig), Izzy enjoys watching TV and charging at the screen when dogs appear. “He knows the commercials!” Pat laughs. At the moment, however, he’s watching his adoring owner. “Say, ‘I have the prettiest eyelashes you’ve ever seen!’ Yes, I do!” she coos. And, yes, we have to agree, he does; they’re long and lush as a diary cow’s. But when he coyly bats those lashes your way, don’t think for a minute you’re his one and only; he has a knack for making everyone feel special. Izzy inserts himself in one of the shop’s artful, festive displays.

Fido Fact

The Brussels Griffon is a toy dog named for its city of origin: Brussels, Belgium. Intelligent and cheerful, this dog has a terrier-like disposition and is known for his almost human expression. Its popularity increased in the U.S. after a Brussels Griffon was featured in the 1997 movie “As Good As It Gets.”

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