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CONTENTS July 2015

Volume 9

No. 7


DEPARTMENTS 13 | INTERVIEW Making the Most Certified Master Kitchen Designer Carol Jameson of Premier Countertops shares remodeling tips

16 | FOOD The North Mississippi Taco Trail Hit the road for a spicy summer at these five Southern fiesta spots


20 | MUSIC A Fearsome Foursome Southern supergroup Allen, Mack, Meyers and Moore release their album, South of Moonlight

22 | DRINKS Mississippi River Magic The Terrace offers the perfect summer alternative to the margarita in the La Paloma

24 | BOOKS The Price of the Truth Laura McNeill’s debut novel Center of Gravity tells a chilling tale of betrayal

26 | CAUSES Help and Hope Hernando-based nonprofit Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy offers support to families with special needs children

75 | ENTERTAINING Bowties or Bows? Savor the Surprise with a gender reveal party

IN EVERY ISSUE Editor’s Letter    8 Contributors    10 Calendar    52 See & Do    78

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editor’s letter

Of House and Home There’s no place like home. Judy Garland most certainly wasn’t jivin’ when she uttered those lines back in 1939, that’s for sure. This month, we’ve got two stellar homes featured in this issue, photographed by the impeccable Terry Sweeney. This is Terry’s final assignment before he heads north to Missouri and we appreciate his many contributions over the years. See his work in “Southern Chateau” (page 56) and “Sweet Country Chic” (page 66). Special thanks also go out to the Rays and Christians, who invited us into their homes for this lovely pair of features. In addition, the Click team has gathered an extensive array of local products to add some depth to the décor of any dwelling (page 29). We’ve also got a feature on the North Mississippi Taco Trail(page 16), a summer treat for all the foodies out there seeking the perfect fiesta this summer. Master kitchen and bath designer Carol Jameson offers up some design expertise in this month’s featured interview (page 13), and Mary Sellers brings us her usual monthly cocktail recipe in this month’s featured drink, the La Paloma. So, from all of us to all of you: thanks for taking Click home. Read on,

Casey Hilder Editor

*Editor’s note: The image of Click stylist Alexandra Nicole featured on page 13 of the April issue of Click magazine was mistakenly attributed to Madison Yen. This photo came courtesy of Amanda Hill of AM Photography.

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July 2015

Mary Eckersley Mary Eckersley is a Memphis-based writer and photographer and recent journalism graduate from The University of Memphis. She has been a member of the Memphis music community since 2010, and has interned with companies such as The Recording Academy and Ardent Studios. One of Click’s up-and-coming music writers, Eckersley lends her ears to Allen, Mack, Meyers and Moore in “A Fearsome Foursome” (page 20).

Michelle Hope & Jamie Newsom Owners and lead designers of Social Butterflies, LLC, Hope and Newsom have a combined 20 years of experience in the wedding and special events industry. This month, Hope and Newsom delve in to the exciting and growing world of the genderreveal party (page 76). Together, Hope and Newsom have planned numerous notable events, including celebrity weddings, charity galas and Super Sweet 16s for the hit MTV show. To see more of their work, visit sb-events.com.

Tess Catlett Click’s event and calendar compilation for this month was produced by Tess Catlett. A Southaven native who attends school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click Magazine. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto Times-Tribune. When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas.

Terry Sweeney Photographs of the homes featured in this month’s issue were taken by longtime contributing photographer Terry Sweeney. With a career that spans more than 20 years in the MidSouth, Sweeney’s areas of expertise include work for nearly all regional publications, as well as commercial, advertising and architectural photography. Sweeney graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in Journalism. He is the owner of Sweeney South Commercial Photography, a full-service photography studio in Olive Branch, Mississippi, which provides creative photographic concepts and solutions to local, regional and national clients.

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A recent graduate of the Ole Miss Honors College, M.B. Sellers currently works for the Oxford-based label, Fat Possum Records. Her interests include a love for Sonic breakfast toasters, Wes Anderson, reading, writing, and listening to sappy audio books on long car drives. This month, Sellers explores the inner workings of the La Paloma in “Mississippi River Magic” (page 22).

A Southern-born writer and editor, Thompson has spent most of her lifebetween Nashville and the Mississippi Delta. Now, a contributing editor for Click magazine, Thompson writes frequently on life in the South through her blog, The Tenth Muse (tenthmusememphis. com). Originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, Thompson enjoys vintage motorcycling and traveling with her husband and children.

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Making the Most Certified Master Kitchen Designer Carol Jameson of Premier Countertops shares remodeling tips Interview and Photos by CASEY HILDER

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S ONE OF FEW CERTIFIED MASTER KITCHEN and bath designers in the MidSouth, Carol Jameson’s remodeling expertise has proved useful for dozens of local homeowners looking revamp their personal spaces.

Click Magazine: What does being a certified master of kitchen

CM: What are some things to keep in mind when building a

and bath design entail?

budget for home or kitchen renovation?

Carol Jameson: You have to have at least a certification in

CJ: First off, they need to do their homework. If they are

both kitchen and bath design fields for ten years. In addition,

shopping purely on price, they need to be careful – there are

you have to publicly offer advice and explanation to the

a lot of cheap products out there, but at the end of the day

general public, either through television, radio or another

that’s exactly what they are: cheap. You get what you pay for

form of media. It takes a lot of community involvement such

in this field and it’s often better to seek out something that

as our work at the Children’s museum, which we donated

lasts while being conscious of your budget. Fortunately for

countertops and donated design services for the toddler

us, we don’t work on commission so we can be a little more

bathrooms, as well as cabinets and countertops in the

honest as far as costs go.

birthday kitchen. CM: What about contractors? CM: What are some issues that frequently come up in the

CJ: For contractors — again — you want to do a little research.

design process? Where do customers usually start?

Make sure they’re licensed, bonded, have some sort of

CJ: Budget and cost are always at the front of the list for

presence on social media, that sort of thing. You want to

most clients. It’s the biggest question we get, but it’s almost

make sure they’re putting themselves out there and can back

impossible to tell somebody how much their kitchen

up what they claim.

redesign is going to cost without a decent measurement. Sometimes you see guidelines where experts might do a

CM: What kind of materials do you guys deal with at Premier

lineal footage cost estimate, but there are so many factors


that it isn’t wholly accurate.

CJ: We do all of your basic solid stone surfaces. Quartz is the #1

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material for most and has been for about a decade. Everybody thinks that granite is the way to go — and in many ways, it is — we do granite work as well. However, there’s a little bit more maintenance required to granite that could cause problems if neglected. We also do marble, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s not a very good material for kitchens and bathrooms — it’s soften than granite, so it can etch. Something like white Carrara is a beautiful material, but it can stain and there’s just no way to repair it. CM: What kind of maintenance is required for making a countertop last? CJ: With granite, you absolutely must keep it sealed. If you don’t, you end up with bacteria, stains and more. And when you spend the money on granite, this is something you really don’t want to happen. You have to baby it a little bit. Make sure you’re using approved cleansers, not just any old ammoniabased cleaner will do. With quartz, it’s nonporous so you don’t need to take the extra steps to keep it sealed. There’s almost no maintenance at all. CM: Do you have any special jobs or memories that have stuck with you in your time as a designer? CJ: The last two that I just finished up, actually. One was in East Memphis and one in Cordova. In the South, you don’t see a lot of mid-century modern contemporary kitchens —there’s a lot of tradition in the South. So to be able to do something outside the norm and have it come out good is exciting. The one if Cordova featured a unique door style and really sparkly minera from Cambria that was featured in the Commercial Appeal. And the one in East Memphis featured a lighter color cabinet in a slab-door style, as well as a raised bar with waterfall edges. It just came out gorgeous.

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The north Mississippi

Taco Trail Hit the road for a spicy summer at these five Southern fiesta spots Story by Casey Hilder Illustration by Jordan Nikki Watson

While the MidSouth might be far from south of the border, the exciting mix of traditional Mexican ingredients and Southern culinary culture offered by these five local taco joints can make for unforgettable dining experiences.

Frida’s Mexican Restaurante – Memphis, TN

You know it’s a good Mexican restaurant when corn tortillas are given top billing over their flour-based brethren. Named for the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Frida’s Mexican Restaurante in Midtown Memphis boasts an authentic menu that features savory barbacoa and perfectly seasoned carne asada. Frida’s a la carte street tacos, a local favorite that mimics a classic Mexico City delight, are among the must-try items. 16 JULY 2015 | Click magazine

South Depot Taco Shop - Oxford, MS

Frida’s Mexican Restaurante – Memphis, TN

Maria’s Cantina - Southaven, MS

chicken and tomato taco. These unusual combinations can be

Maria’s Cantina boasts the most pleasant patio in DeSoto

salsa and handmade guacamole for a one-of-a-kind taco

County, according to a 2014 reader poll – perfect for enjoying


accompanied with a selection of fresh ingredients like corn

a bevy of Mexican-with-a-twist dishes. Their build-yourown taco menu offers a wide variety of combinations, from chipotle-lime shrimp with jalapeños and “El Diablo” habanero

Taco Felix – Hernando, MS

sauce to tequila-lime chicken with a hint of mild roasted red

Taco Felix near downtown Hernando opens early for breakfast

pepper sauce. In addition to their soups, tacos and burritos,

at 6 a.m., making this small taco shop a favorite for Hernando-

the expanded menu at Maria’s Cantina includes a few

bound early risers. The menu provides a mix of traditional and

nontraditional and Tex-Mex classics, such as the Loco-Moco

localized favorites, including pancake quesadillas, Mexican

breakfast burger.

omelets and huevos rancheros. In addition to breakfast selections, Taco Felix’s tortilla soup and “El Angel Polo” grilled

Guadalajara Grill – Olive Branch, MS

chicken are celebrated among natives and visitors alike.

The tacos at Guadalajara Grill in Olive Branch are packed with premium ingredients like marinated chicken, homemade chorizo and spicy, tender carne asada. The Pollo Adove, a menu highlight, presents a heaping helping of grilled chicken, drizzled with a special cream sauce and topped with a spinachcheese blend served on a bed of rice. Guadalajara Grill also offers several vegetarian options, including enchiladas stuffed with zucchini, tomatoes, squash and mushrooms.

South Depot – Oxford, MS Oxford’s South Depot Taco Shop offers less authentic and traditional fare in favor of exciting and unique flavor combinations like their fried fish and jalapeño taco topped with coleslaw and chipotle aioli, as well as their buffalo

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A Fearsome Foursome Southern Supergroup Allen, Mack, Meyers and Moore release album South of Moonlight Story by MARY ECKERSLEY | Photos by HANNAH LEE

he union of Allen, Mack, Meyers and Moore represents


Recording of the album was actually the first time all the guys

music for the sake of music. The band formed as a side

got together. Mack had never even played with Moore before.

project by Zach Myers of Shinedown to have some

“It was getting to know one another and our sounds in the

fun playing with his friends Justin Moore and Chris Allen of

studio, hanging out. People don’t really make records like that

Ingram Hill and Zack Mack of Brimstone Jones. In March they

anymore,” says Mack, who plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin,

released their album South of Moonlight.

lapsteel and banjo.

The album’s title is taken from a line on the track “Annalee,”

South of Moonlight features a myriad of instruments from

and evokes images of balmy, Southern, summer nights under

guitars and banjos to mandolins and horns that give the songs

the stars particularly in fields surrounded by fireflies as an

an eclectic nuance. “Looking for a Lover” is a southern rock

added touch. The singer-songwriter style country music has a

ballad with some bluesy guitar riffs while “Raining All Year”

rock edge, and was recorded at CrossTrax Studio in Cordova,

has a distinctly more alternative-rock based vibe, contrasting

Tenn., an old train depot that helped inspire the album’s sound.

everything else on the record. Songs like “Jaded Lover” and

“We wanted to write songs we grew up loving. We said these are the songs we’re going to write”

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“Marjorie” add a twang in the vocals and would make Hank Williams proud. “Ophelia” features a piano and up-tempo melody that is straight-up fun and a personal favorite. All ten tracks were written specifically for the album, and the only songs written for the album instead of pulling from a pool of 25 plus options. “We all come from different planets so

everybody is bringing something fresh and new to the table as far as the writing goes. We wanted to write songs we grew up loving. We said these are the songs we’re going to write,” says Mack. When they take the show on the road it is usually just Meyers, Mack, and Moore and friends rocking with a little gear in a van packed tight with T-shirts and CDs hitting the road. Most of the guys are used to tours with the big buses and big stages with bright lights. For this band they are more relaxed and lowkey, hitting up smaller venues and just focusing on the music and good times. Those times work around Meyers’ schedule with Shinedown, who also has an album coming out this year. A. M. M. M. get together any chance they get during breaks in between Shinedown’s tours and recording. In that time they may do some recording of their own or a show in Memphis; they just go with the flow and it gives something to look forward to. One of the goals for the band is to get them all to sit down and write their third album together. For the current album Myers or Mack wrote songs whenever the guys had free time together or not, but they want to make a priority to get together for the next album. “We want it to be just about us four guys getting together and making music. There’s no pressure with this outfit. We all do it just because we love playing together and we want to make songs. We’ll keep making the tunes if people keep coming around to see us,” says Mack.

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Mississippi River Magic The Terrace offers the perfect summer alternative to the margarita n the La Paloma Story by MARY B. SELLERS | Photos by CASEY HILDER


HE TERRACE AT THE RIVER INN, A QUAINT restaurant-bar located right off the banks of the Mississippi River that offers a wide variety of

drinks. “You haven’t lived until you have seen the sunset from the Terrace,” says manager Scotty Madden. They offer a blend of classic and creative —some of the ones created there are even named after famous Harbor Town residents. But if you’re in the mood for something simple and familiar, you’ll be taken care of. One drink in particular, the La Paloma, seems like the perfect drink for a summer night spent at the Terrace. Madden says, “[The] La Paloma — which means as ‘the dove’ — is a classic Mexican tequila beverage, rivaling the margarita in popularity. Its exact beginnings are lost to history, but are just as refreshing now as ever.” Madden thinks that the La Paloma’s charm is due to the combination of sweet and sour, including both salty and bitter strains of flavor. Madden adds, “Try one, and you may never have a margarita again!” Whipping up your own La Paloma at home is relatively simple to do. It’s lightness in flavor and similarity to the margarita makes it the perfect drink to serve for a summertime dinner party. You’ll need white or Reposado tequila, a lime and grapefruit, and soda water.

La Paloma Preparation

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Combine 2 ounces white or reposado tequila ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice, A pinch of salt (or a salt-rimmed glass) Ice Fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice to taste Splash of soda Stir or shake well

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The Price of the Truth Laura McNeill’s debut novel Center of Gravity tells a chilling tale of betrayal Story by SHANA RALEY-LUSK

ways. This is perhaps best exemplified by her insistence on keeping her ten year old Jeep even though it is becoming less and less reliable and her husband, Mitchell, implores her to trade it in on a shiny new minivan or SUV. In a sense, Ava is caught between worlds; her new life beckoning her forward as her old life is still tugging at her hand in the other direction. One character from that previous life is officer Mike Kennedy, who Ava has known since childhood and who is a source of trouble between herself and her husband from the very beginning. As she looks from the past to the present and glimpses into what the future might hold, a sense of uneasiness develops, particularly surrounding the jealousy Mitchell seems to have over Ava. His desires to control and possess her become more and more apparent as the novel progresses. Many questions hang in the balance as Ava begins to sort through her husband’s past. With her precious boys at the forefront of her concern, she has to make a plan and she has to make it fast. With help from Graham Thomas, the new town attorney, Ava begins the process of digging to the bottom of this sordid history that she did not realize existed until it was nearly too late. Now the fate of her children’s custody is in jeopardy as Mitchell fights tooth and nail to take them from her, the ultimate blow in the heartache she is facing. With her new marriage crumbling around her, Ava must look deep into the past in order to have any hope of moving forward. Rigid with intense emotion and questions of the unknown, Ava is forced to make difficult choices that she never


dreamed she would face. Her motherly love pervades every OMETIMES, JUST WHEN EVERYTHING BEGINS TO FEEL

page of the book, which is narrated by each of the charac-

like it has fallen into its perfect place, life has a way

ters with perspectives changing from one chapter to the

of turning everything inside out and upside down. So

next. “In my emotional delirium and recent acute insomnia,

begins the riveting tale of Ava Carson, the central character

I think I hear a baby’s cry,” Ava articulates in chapter 28.

of Laura McNeill’s upcoming summer release, Center of

Set against the serene backdrop of the South in Mobile,

Gravity. Authentic and unpretentious, Ava lives a life that

Alabama, Center of Gravity winds readers down a twisted

many dream of at the onset of the novel. She has married

path of suspense and surprise. Ultimately a cautionary tale

a handsome and successful man whose alluring good looks

reminding us that everything in life cannot be taken at

and overall charm feel almost too good to be true. Wrapped

face value, Ava’s story is also inspiring and hopeful at the

in the downy cloak of new motherhood, she spends her days

conclusion. Under the pressures that life thrusts upon her,

caring for her beloved sons, one of whom is the stepson she

Ava has no choice other than to summon the courage to

adopted and loves as fiercely as her own.

protect those most important to her in her quest for truth.

With the family home being remodeled and the two boys

Intricately woven with McNeill’s expert storytelling ability

keeping her days full, Ava has left behind her once treasured

deft prose, this debut novel is the perfect Southern story to

job as a teacher but still clings to her old identity in some

toss in the beach bag this July.

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Donna Sularin

Help and Hope Hernando-based nonprofit Through the Roof

the economy suffered in 2008, funding to these services was cut and unfortunately has continued to suffer cuts since.” Dwindling state resources for early intervention that could make an impact was all the motivation Sularin needed to help families find solutions outside of state funding. “I

Pediatric Therapy offers support to families

wanted to see children get everything they needed,” she

with special needs children

says. “I knew this could only happen privately, with people


who would also have a heart for these children and catch this vision with me. I began to dream about the possibility of children receiving services regardless of what the state


program approved of or what insurance would cover, costing

AISING CHILDREN IS THE MOST DIFFICULT JOB ON the planet. Add to that the financial and social obstacles encountered by families of children with

special needs, and a difficult job becomes overwhelming

— a burden that Donna Sularin and the rest of the staff of Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy hope to ease. “Challenges facing special needs families are varied and numerous,” says Sularin, who serves as Executive Director of the Hernando-based nonprofit. “What I see initially with families is fear and isolation. There are so many questions

families nothing out of pocket.”

“Many of these families feel alone.

Making connections with other special needs families is so helpful, and as a private nonprofit, we can offer to connect families”

about the future that parents face and often the medical

That dream became a reality in August of 2011, when

community doesn’t take the time or offers little hope about

Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy received its nonprofit

the outcome and potential of special needs children.”

status from the IRS, formed a Board of Directors, and

Since 1988, Sularin has worked as a pediatric physical

began exhaustive fundraising efforts. In July 2014, its

therapist for children diagnosed with developmental delays

doors were finally opened, with Whitney Russell providing

and disabilities. She began with First Steps Early Intervention

special instruction and Sularin providing physical therapy.

– a state-funded program that provides services to children

“Therapists are in a unique position to offer parents hope, as

with developmental delays — and then later with school

they see children weekly, often in their homes, and monitor

systems in DeSoto, Tate, Senatobia City, Panola, and North

progress on a regular basis,” she says. “Many of these

Panola Counties. “When I first began, Mississippi had an

families feel alone. Making connections with other special

excellent program for early intervention, which is crucial to

needs families is so helpful, and as a private nonprofit, we

development and reaching full potential,” she says. “When

can offer to connect families.”

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In addition to a place that provides a valuable network, Hernando and surrounding areas would now have a resource offering physical therapy and special instruction free of charge to children, birth through school age, who experience developmental delays. Services include standardized testing, evaluations, direct therapy, and group therapy opportunities, as well as parent training and education, support groups, and assistance navigating the medical and school systems. Sularin and her team also hope to add additional services such as speech therapy when enough funding becomes available. Since July begins a new fiscal year for the State of Mississippi, Sularin encourages voters to let their voice be heard on the issue that is so important to her and the families she serves. “The state early intervention program is suffering,” she says. “Our legislators, as well as the governor, need to know that money spent early in the lives of these children means less money spent in the long run. Often times, children ‘catch up’ and require no more services when they are reached at a young age. Calls, letters, and emails to let our elected officials know that the head of the State Department of Health has put early intervention low on his priority list is needed to correct this problem.” Until that happens, however, Through the Roof remains one of the few resources available to families of special needs children. The nonprofit holds several annual fundraisers that offer opportunity for the greater MidSouth community




mission. The latest was the Fashion Show/Silent Auction, which was held May 30. The nonprofit also hosts a Through the Roof Golf Scramble at River Bend Links on July 18, and Jingle All the Way 5K and Pancake Breakfast on November 14 in Hernando. Volunteers and participants for the golf scramble or run are needed, and should contact Sularin at DSularin@comcast.net for more information. Donations can also be made at throughtheroofpt.com. Click magazine | JULY 2015 27

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Topiaries $29.99 each, 19” Turned Wood Pillar Holders $52.94 each, Olive Branch Florist

Polka Dot Candle Holders $40 each, Ultimate Gifts

Buckets $11.99 each, Olive Branch Florist


Perk Up Painting $14, Cynthia’s Boutique


Antler Cross $2,200, Magnolia Lighting

Blessing Spoon $15.99, Olive Branch Florist

Monogram Door Sign $40, Ultimate Gifts

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Mud Puddle Pottery Bowl $179.95, Olive Branch Florist

“Happy Days” $616, Paisley Pineapple


McCarthy’s Pottery Vase $85, Small Bunny $50, Platter $80, Large Bunny $83, Cynthia’s Boutique




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all things social

Garrett, April, Sean & Mitchell Hilsdon

Super Hero Fun Run


ull Motion Running and Cycling in Olive Branch hosted the Super Hero Celebration Fundraiser and Fun Run on May

18. The family-friendly event offered a 5K and Zumba lessons for the kids, as well as raffle prizes. Proceeds benefited a DeSoto County family in need and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Photos by MARY ECKERSLEY

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out & about


Von Ralls & Greg Perry

Hunter, Jennifer & Hadley Grace Brown

Amanda Drogmiller, Sarah Barker & Matt Hall

Jessica, Finley & Beckett Schwegel

Brian & Adam Williams, Wilson Horrell & Carrie & Connor Jackson

Mindy, Grayson & Kyson Lafayette

Jake, Drew, Reese, Hank & Andrea Womack

Samantha Elliot, Miranda Williams & Oma Moore

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John, Denise & Carter Campbell

Von, Holly, Jackson & Murphy Ralls

Molly Booth, Dennis Nicholson, Cory Adams, Lennie Cantrell & Matt Hall

Micah Barker & Leeza Fedorenko

Shelby & Sandra Cooper

Martha, Maxwell, Madilyn, Mariam & Matt Hall

Jimmy & Brittany Wiseman

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out & about


Mary Adcox

Diana & Buck Douglas



little rain couldn’t keep folks away from the 41st annual A’Fair on the historic Hernando Square. Presented by the Optimist Club, the day’s festivities

begin with a 5K run and walk. Vendors lined the Square and

went down Commerce Street, and everything from arts and crafts to wares from local businesses were on display. Photos by MATT FLOYD Angie Chism & Patricia McKnatt

Ashley Von Boeckman & Shilia Crafton

Jim Anderson

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June Pryor & Joann Fine

Carolyn Sturdivant

Greg Mitchell


Marian Beck

Mark & Becky Denham

Dan & Barbara Reed

out & about

Justin Puttkammer

Tracy & Travis Sims

Fast Cars & Freedom Bike Night


outhern Thunder Harley-Davidson in Southaven kicked off its summerlong celebration of loud bikes and live music on April 23 and followed up with its first themed shindig of the season on May 7. Motorcycle lovers of all ages can

come out every other Thursday to enjoy free beer, great food, musical entertainment

Rose Fuller & Erin Moss

Justin Bedavel & Daniel Novell

and more. Photos by KANDI TIPPIT

Marisa, Dawn & Tistin Wolschleger

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Ron Childers, Chef Brian Michael & Joyce Peterson

out & about

Chef Torres & The Hilton Memphis team

Flavors of Memphis 2015


uests enjoyed a multi-course dinner in support of the American Liver Association. The evening showcased signature dishes from

a number of top-level chefs including Chef Catrina McKee of

Alchemy, Chef Brian Michael Patrick of Rizzo’s Diner and Chef Billy Boyle of Chiwawa. Photos by FRANK CHIN

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out & about

Carol Bailey & Frank Skrocki

Jamie & Jenny Mullen

Kathy Sokac & Eric Sperber

Molly & Glenda Mills

Brandon, Chloe, Natalie, Keegan, Lexi, Nicholas & Nicole Pounders



very year, Olive Branch Old Towne welcomes spring with Mayfest, an arts and crafts festival. In addition to live music and fun activities, Rotary Club of Olive

Branch and Old Towne Preservation Association hosted the

fourth annual Mayfest 5K run. Photos by KANDI TIPPIT

Brooke & Landon Wallace, Glenda & Chester Newcomb

Anne Smith

Demarious Taylor, Ian Fifer & Martavious Jones

Megan & Krista Patterson

Jonathan Malady, Marie Fuller, Jessica Malady

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Shawn & Julie Phillis, Kizer & Stella


out & about

Brandon Dowell, Keyana McNeal, Mikavious Jenkins & Amos Mayes

Lauren Sanders, Karen Brown, Angely Sonakhen & Lorie Beth Routt

Brad, Kelley, Will & Vivi Strom

Magnolia Fest 5K & Fun Run

T Jessica Barth & Taylor Sanders

he Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual Magnolia Fest and 5K on May 16. After an 8 a.m. race kickoff, Latimer Lakes Park gave way to carnival food, live music and more. Colonial

Hills Church in Southaven hosted a Kids Zone, which featured inflatable

fun and other games. Photos by KANDI TIPPIT

Martha, Madilyn & Mariam Hall Krystal O’neal, Farrah Jamberson, Yvonne Jones, Jeremy Shelton, Nelyn Thornton, Latasha Fields & Patricia Hilla

Kathy Leverett & Lisa McNeer

Richard & Farrah Jamberson

Aaron, David & Caleb Meacham

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out & about


Lisa Heylin & Delisa Jefferson

Justin & Amanda Roberson & Brooke Myrick

Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce

Annual Meeting


he Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce celebrated the launch of its Business Center on May 21. The Chamber purchased and renovated the building so that it can be used for meetings,

seminars and other events. The McCauley Award was also presented

to the late Bonnie Tucker, a longtime employee of the Chamber and a retired schoolteacher. Her husband, Ron, received the award in her place. Photos by MIKE LEE Michael & Jenny Parker

James Lunsford & Forrest Hamilton

Mike Garcia & Penny Ross

Karen & Bran Kenney

Tina Caron, Pat Hamilton & Sissy Earhart

John & Rita Schelly

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Stephanie Boland & Marilyn Ladner

Laura & Josh Newsom

Larry & DeEtta Bennett

Bill Stone, Tommy Woods, Harry Warren & Bill Kinkade

Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce

Annual Meeting


he Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual membership luncheon on May 21. Hosted by Citizens Bank Byhalia and held at Seafood Junction Too, the meeting attracted representatives from a mix of businesses

in DeSoto, Marshall and Shelby counties. Justin Hall of Marshall County Industrial Development Authority spoke and received a check on behalf of the IDA from the

chamber. Photos by JANICE WAGG

Kevin Doddridge & Justin Hall

Jennifer & Jason Benett

Darren Farley, Kevin Doddridge, Justin Hall & Gary Jamerson

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out & about


Art to Achieve


he ARC of Northwest Mississippi fosters an inclusive community for children and adults with cognitive,

intellectual and developmental disabilities

through a number of programs such as Art to Achieve. On May 19, the ARC hosted the hands-on art program at Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson in Southaven. Photos by MIKE LEE Glenda Gurley, Whitley Rives & Kimberly Remak

Prentice Thomas, Wayne Bartley & Bruce France

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Peggy Linton, Michelle Dunn & Celeste Wilson

Ruth Ann Hale, Ashley Still & Jodie Ross


Ron & Jan Coleman, Pierce Sullivan, Alpha Lyons & Lesna Milojevic

Bill & Carol Anderson

out & about

Cristina & Joe Bagaglio, Tracy Burke & Jason Richard

Jim Holt, Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf & Bob Shockey

Valerie & Jeff Morris, Jack & Leigh Ann Soden

Memphis in May International Gala


uests were treated to an evening under the stars in honor of this year’s salute to Poland. Hosted in the Skyway Room of The Peabody Hotel, the

gala featured live entertainment by R&B group Russell Thompkins Jr and The New Stylistics. Photos by BRIAN ANDERSON

Sam Tredel, Pierce Sullivan & Brooke Treddel

Dr. Susan Murrmann, Jacer & Halina Dutkiewicz, Slawomir Zagorski & Rodney Polk

Doug Browne & Rebecca Fowler

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out & about


Chris Jones & Nina Dias

John Emery & Leslie Phillips

Danny Dishman & Dave Young

Crawfish Music Festival


outh Branch Lions Club hosted the third annual Crawfish Music Festival in Old Towne Olive Branch. Michael New, Trent LeJune & Doubletime and Brian Randle provided

live music. The family-friendly fest also offered a kids’ zone

and a craft fair. Photos by MATT FLOYD

Scott Phillips, Sherry & Dale Dickerson

Christy, Ethan, Mike & Brandy Richie

Canann Myskowski & Ben Rush

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Jada Sessom & Christyn Maxwell

James Hall

Anna Grace Robinson & Payton Dukart

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out & about


SOCIAL AGENDA Your monthly resource for what’s happening around town


11, 18

Wine & Dine

After Dark in The Park Latimer Lakes Park 6-10 p.m. Enjoy concessions and classics such as E.T. and Nanny McPhee under the Hernando. Free admission. hornlakeparks.com


Repticon Memphis Reptile & Exotic Animal Show Landers Center 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reptile lovers from across the tri-state area come out to Southaven to buy pets and supplies, attend live animal seminars and other educational opportunities. Admission $5-$15. repticon.com

Tower Center 6:30 p.m. Take part in an evening of fine wine and culinary creations by some of Memphis’ top chefs, including Lance Morton of Owen Brennan’s and Felicia Willet of Felicia Suzanne’s. Admission $100. specialolympicsmem.org


Art After Dark: Tequila Tasting Dixon Gallery & Gardens 6-8 p.m. The Wine Market shares samples of Rande Gerber and George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila in Memphis. Light refreshments and live entertainment will also be available. Admission $3-$7. dixon.org


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Natchez Food and Wine Festival Mingle with some of the region’s most prominent chefs and other culinary enthusiast while indulging in fine wine and exquisite food. Admission $25-$130. natchezfoodandwinefest.com

Art & A Movie Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 6-9 p.m. Paint your own portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo or craft your own Frida-style floral headband in Memphis. Watch Salma Hayek’s portrayal of the painter in Frida, the film that follows.


Dizzy Dean Fast Pitch World Series Greenbrook Softball Facilities Southaven Parks and Recreation hosts this year’s world series. Admission free. greenbrooksoftball.com

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Blues on the Bluff National Ornamental Metal Museum 6 p.m. Celebrate 27 years of volunteer, membersupported radio in Memphis with Central BBQ and Schlafly Beer. Admission $12-$25. wevl.org

SportsBall Black Tie and Tennis Shoe Gala Minglewood Hall Play games for grown-ups while benefitting the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South. Admission $100-$125. msmentor.org

4th of



Patriotic Pops Levitt Shell 7:30-9 p.m. International opera singer Kallen Esperian sings Broadway hits such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and Second Presbyterian chancel choir and orchestra lead patriotic favorites in Memphis. Admission free. levittshell.org


Fireworks Spectacular Latimer Lakes Park, Horn Lake 6-10 p.m. Colonial Hills Church provides children’s activities and entertainment. Admission free. hornlakeparks.com

Stars and Stripes 5K Tiger Lane 7 p.m. This race offers live music, free beer and free barbecue for all participants. After dark, sit back and enjoy the fireworks show. Admission $25-$30. memphisstarsandstripes.racesonline.com


Southaven July 4th Celebration BankPlus Amphitheater 6:30 p.m. Picnics and coolers are welcome at Southaven’s annual fireworks extravaganza. Admission free. southaven.com

Celebrate Your Independence Fireworks Show Olive Branch City Park 7 p.m. The 16th annual Independence Day celebration in Olive Branch offers kid-friendly activities, vendors and food. Admission free. obms.us Click magazine | JULY 2015 53

out & about


ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC 2-5 Electric Circus Stage2 at GoldStrike Casino, Tunica 9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., Admission free goldstrike.com

3-4 Aces Wild Roxy’s Live at Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica 9 p.m., Admission free samstowntunica.com

10-11 The Memphis All-Stars Roxy’s Live at Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica 9 p.m., Admission free samstowntunica.com

13 Imagine Dragons FedEx Forum, Memphis 7:30 p.m., Admission $29.50-$59.50 ticketmaster.com

14 Theory of a Deadman New Daisy Theatre, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $23 newdaisy.com


through August 8 Our Faith Affirmed

Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $26.50-$102 ticketmaster.com

The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Admission $3-$5 museum.olemiss.edu


through September 5

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Loretta Lynn GoldStrike Casino, Tunica 9 p.m., Admission $49.95-$69.95 goldstrike.com

18 Ronnie Milsap Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $27-$102 ticketmaster.com

24 Anjelah Johnson Presents Bon Qui Qui Minglewood Hall, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $30-$50 minglewoodhall.com

29 Kenny Chesney BankPlus Amphiteater, Southaven 7 p.m., Admission $40-$95 ticketmaster.com

V.I.P. Portrait Gallery by Andrzej Maciejewski The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Admission $3-$5 museum.olemiss.edu

through September 8 20th Century Color Woodcuts: Japonisme and Beyond Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org   

through September 13 A Kind of Confession National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Noon-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $4-$6 metalmuseum.org

31 Chris Robinson Brotherhood New Daisy Theatre, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $20 newdaisy.com

VISUAL ARTS through July 12 Arp, Man Ray, and Matta: Surrealists in any medium

By Craig ONeal

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org   

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through September 13 The Art of Video Games Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org   

through September 13 Surreal Kingdoms Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org   

through September 20 British Watercolors from the Golden Age Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org   

through September 20 Play Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 brooksmuseum.org   

PERFORMANCE ARTS through July 12 The Gospel at Colonus Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15-$40 playhouseonthesquare.org

10 through August 2 Mountain View Theatre Works 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $12-$24 playhouseonthesquare.org

14-19 Motown The Musical Orpheum Theatre 7:30 Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat., 1:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. Sun., Admission $20-$125 orpheum-memphis.com

24 through August 2 Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Presented by Kudzu Playhouse Hernando Performing Arts Center, Hernando 7 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $7-$12 kudzuplayers.com Click magazine | JULY 2015 55

h e t r u n o S CHÂTEAU

With antique furnishings and an eye for classic collectibles, this Olive Branch home brings


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ita and Chip Christian’s estate in the southwestern end of

Olive Branch brings southern French style to the MidSouth from the inside out.

‘These are the dimensions of the furniture,’ so he worked around that.” The country-French style of the home has been carefully

They moved from Huntington, Tennessee, to DeSoto County,

cultivated by the Christians through antique furniture from

where Rita grew up, about 10 years ago. “He said ‘I’ve got one

family and shops they come across in their travels, and the

more move in me if you want to move back home,’” Rita says.

antiquated atmosphere starts just through the stately front

“We lived in a home that was built in 1850, and I love old homes.

door flanked by stone planters overflowing with vibrant

DeSoto has a few, but not many, so we decided to build.”


Eventually they found a neighborhood that suited their taste

Just off their comfortable living room is their dining room,

for the antique and well-worn: cobblestone in the streets,

inspired by the New Orleans and the French Quarter. The main

slate or thatch roofs and gas lights lining the curb are all

focus of the dining room is the beautiful mural on the ceiling

characteristics that made the gated community the perfect

by local artist Billy Turri. They wanted a unique centerpiece

place to build.

for the room that reflected their shared love of reading and

Although working with an architecture is a headache for

their professions in the medical field. “The basic design is

most, Chip says his wife’s organization and attention to detail

from the state capitol in Illinois, and he changed a little bit of

made the process much easier. “We had antique pieces of

the figures,” Rita says. “One of the figures is holding a medical

furniture we wanted to incorporate, so she told the architect

caduceus, reading books, because we love to read.”

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“I've always had a love of flowers. That's a big part of our outdoor area.

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Like most pieces of furniture in their home, the chest of drawers against the wall of their dining room was found in an antique store. When they brought it back from Boca Raton, they pulled up the shelf lining and found that the original maker had signing it in 1714, making it one of the older pieces in the home. Probably the most personal part of the home, though, is the Christian’s library, inspired by the dignified library of the Biltmore. “When we decided to build, Chip said ‘You can do whatever you want but build me a library,’” The wood-paneled library features a wrought iron staircase and a regal fireplace where Chip and their labradoodles often come to read and enjoy the quiet sanctuary. Chip, who hails from Virginia, is related to Martha Washington, the first First Lady, and grew up with an affinity for presidential artifacts, which they’ve incorporated into the decor of the library. Pictures on the wall feature the signature of every president from George Washington to the current president and leather bound history books fill the shelves. “I’ve always been fascinated by dusty leather books and maps, and my interest in them really started 30 years ago because they were in my aunt’s house in Virginia,” Chip says. The master bedroom contrasts sharply with the weighty atmosphere of the library, although both offer a refuge. “I wanted a spa-like feel, so there’s very little color, very monochrome,” Rita says. “The window overlooks the backyard. We can sit in there and see outside.” 60 JULY 2015 | Click magazine

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The dedication to reading spaces

was three, and when the saw the pool

carries on to the upstairs area of the

house, she said ‘Oh my gosh, mamie,

home where they had a reading nook

you’re getting a giraffe,’” Rita says with

built that their grandchildren could

a laugh. “So now it’s the giraffe house.”

enjoy. Although the chairs are replicated

The renovations never stop for Rita,

pieces, the ornate rugs, purchased from

who’s always looking for a new project.

a Memphis dealer, have extra special

This year, the Christians have focused

character. “The nomads would travel,

their efforts on bringing out the best

and when they stopped to mix up their

in their outdoor living space. They

dyes, it wouldn’t exactly be the same

filled in the pool and added a pergola

colors,” Rita says.

so guests can enjoy the beautiful

As a home filled with stories, it makes






summer days, and their front door is always open to friends and family.

few homemade ones of their own,

The European regality of their abode

especially considering the Christians

blends effortlessly with the Southern

have five grandchildren. When the

warmth that the Christians bring to it,

home was first built, they had a pool in

and it shows that they know the most

the back with a two-story pool house

important aspects that make a beautiful

that matched the royal feel of the rest

house into a welcoming home. “When

of the complex. “At the time that we

people walk up to our home, I want

built the home, our granddaughter

them to feel relaxed,” Rita says.

Above: An outdoor kitchen and eating area welcomes friends and family. Right: Flowy fabrics add a regal feel to this bedroom. Top: The infamous "giraffe house" serves as storage for Rita's gardening supplies.

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Sweet Country CHIC

Rural style meets modern trends in this Mississippi-made estate Story by L. Taylor Smith​| Photography by Terry Sweeney

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Sean and Teresa Ray are Mid-

South natives who kept their

lives — both professional and

personal — in Olive Branch. As

the owners of Pro-Stone Kitchen & Bath, the Rays are more than familiar with what it takes to make a beautiful home.

Construction on their four

bedroom home started in

2004 when the Rays decided to expand. “The economy

was booming, and we lived in

Cherokee Meadows,” Sean says. “We figured we could live in it

for a little bit and sell it but then the economy tanked. We kept it through the recession and now we’re keeping it.”

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Originally the walls were shades of red, gold and green, but they recently painted the interior to keep up with recent trends for muted, neutral tones. “The grays in our kitchen business are what’s new and hot, but there’s some feature that you can’t change like the wood floors in our house,” Teresa says. “A lot of people think grays are really modern without being too harsh.” The sections of exposed brick in the living room and kitchen adds warmth to the dark taupe and gray walls. Natural oak floors flow into the dining room, which shows off the Rays’ blended style of traditional country meets contemporary trends. A distressed white china cabinet echos the off-white upholstered chairs, while a rustic dining table centers the room. One of the more personal rooms is the billiards room. The mix of grays and browns continues into this space, which has not only a pool table, but a corner bar area, a card table and a home theater next door.

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Left: The sprawling grounds of the Ray estate. Below: A custom countertop accents the brick-wall kitchen interior. Bottom Left: A curved staircase and grand piano add country class to this Southern home.

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Above: Brass and white hues dominate the dining room. Right: The combination gameroom /Grizzlies shrine provides an entertaining enclave for the Rays.

The main draw of the room, though, is a bookshelf shrine to the Memphis Grizzlies. The shelves are filled with Grizzlies memorabilia including autographed basketballs, posters and a small #2 jersey their 12-year-old daughter once wore to games. “We started going to the Grizzlies games the first season they came,” Teresa says. “We were at the Mid-South Fair, and they have all those booths set up, and I ended up buying a Power Pack. We had never been to a basketball game in our life, and we’ve gone ever since.” Naturally, the Rays have also used their expertise in granite and stone to add unique touches to their home. When they moved their 7-year-old

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twins upstairs, they redid their 12-yearold daughter’s room. “Her room hadn’t been redone since she was a little girl, so basically it was time for us to gut it,” Teresa says. Behind her bed towers a 1,000 pound slab of rare pink onyx framed by intense black granite. Color-changing LED lights shine through the stone and add an extra dynamic energy to the room. As part of the room renovation, they updated the furniture their daughter already had to breathe new life into it. “This was her furniture she’s had since she was a little girl,” Teresa says. “For her dresser, we just sanded it and did an ombre painting technique for the drawers.” Click magazine | JULY 2015 71

The round bed was originally going to go in a circular area in the corner of the main part of the bedroom, but instead they turned the space into a TV lounge area with a couch that follows the line of the wall. Working with home improvement materials day in and day out, the Rays don’t plan on overhauling too much in the next few years but there’s always a project on the horizon. “I always want to change stuff out,” Teresa says, “My next project is the master bedroom and bathroom countertops.” More than anything, though, the Rays have planted their roots firmly in the ground of DeSoto County. “Olive Branch is our home,” Sean says. “We’re not going anywhere.”

(Clockwise from Top Left) Color-changing LED lights shine through a 1,000-pound slab, adding a unique energy to the room. Eclectic art and faded teal showcase a fun side. The pool and patio offers a perfect space for outdoor entertaining. The Rays' theater room boasts a projector and large, cozy leather couches.

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Bowties or Bows? Savor the surprise with a gender reveal party Story by MICHELLE HOPE Photography by PETER CONREY

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oy or Girl..... Revealing the announcement with a stylish shindig! Whether it is your first baby or your fourth – a celebration to reveal whether you’re having a boy or a girl is exciting and fun for everyone invited. Here are the details from a recent spring party to give you some ideas and help you plan one for yourself or someone you love.

pink or turquoise bow tie pin to wear upon arrival, based on what they thought the baby’s gender was.

FOOD TO FIT THE MOOD Pizza served from boxes wrapped in giant bows was a crowd pleaser and BLT bow tie pasta salad & fruit salad were served in little cups for easy pick up sides. A mini dessert buffet was the icing on the cake - pun intended! Bundtini’s by Nothing Bunt Cakes, Cake Pops by Cookies and Cakes for

THEME & DECOR There are so many cute themes to choose from for a

Goodness Sakes, and Bow/Bowtie-shaped Sugar Cookies by The Painted Cookie left everyone with a sugar rush.

gender reveal party, it might be hard to narrow it down to

We also had “It’s a boy” signage handwritten by Nicole

just one. Bows and Bowties was the final decision, mainly

Baldridge Designs in the bundtini cake liners and the cake

because there are lots of options for decor and details using

pops revealed blue inside once eaten. Those were just other

bows that are economical and DIY friendly.

fun ways to reveal the gender and could have been done on

The “big reveal” and how we chose to unveil it was at the forefront of the theme. You should enlist a friend or trusted

their own as well. Just make sure no one eats dessert until you are ready to reveal!

family member to retrieve your gender results and be in charge of that aspect of the party. We decided to use a giant


Mylar baby balloon that would have a bow tie around its neck

The best part of the reveal was having photographer Peter

or a hair bow on its head to reveal the gender. The balloon

Conrey of Creation Studios there to capture our guests’

was filled with helium, weighted, and placed inside a large

reactions. We have family out of town and several close

box (which was wrapped with cute paper and tied with a

friends that could not make the party, so we could share it

bow — of course!) along with a chalk board that proclaimed

with them through our photos. For us, this was a second baby

“It’s a boy” on one side and a large blue bow-tie on the other side.

and our daughter (the big sister) had so much fun planning

A gender neutral color palette of turquoise, pink and yellow

this party. It was the perfect way to celebrate our baby

gave the party whimsical flare. Some of the decor included a

boy for the first time! Celebrations are truly about making

DIY bowtie pasta garland and a large bow tie made of fresh

memories and memories are priceless, so start planning

florals by Holliday’s Flowers. Guests were told to choose a

your party today.

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SOURCES: EVENT PANNER & DECOR Michelle Hope, Social Butterflies, LLC

socialbutterfliesevents.com PHOTOGRAPHER Peter Conrey, Creation Studios

creationstudiosgallery.com FLORIST Holliday’s Flowers

hollidaysflowers.com BUNDT CAKES Nothing Bunt Cakes

901.208.8984 nothingbundtcakes.com COOKIES The Painted Cookie

thepaintedcookiellc.com CAKE POPS Cookies and Cakes for Goodness Sakes

Ashley Johnson 901.258.8317 LINENS/TABLES/CHAIRS Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals

mahaffeytent.com INVITATIONS, PINS, FOOD SIGNAGE & BANNER Emmy Jos Parties

etsy.com/shop/EmmyJosParties CALLIGRAPHY & HANDWRITING: Nicole Baldridge Designs


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