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APRIL 2012 AT HOME STYLE FILES 12 Stylish Finds Color Your World 21 Design News What’s new and notable in The Natural State 23 Collections An entertaining expert and book author’s flow blue china 27 In the Kitchen A Conway kitchen full of color and whimsy




AT HOME ALL ABOUT COLOR 32 The Layered Look An El Dorado designer uses playful hues and vibrant furnishings to give her home color confident style 42 A Colorful Pair In West Little Rock, a style-savvy couple outfits their home with bold hues and bright accents

AT HOME OUT & ABOUT 54 The Spring Fashion Stylebook 74 Out & About Spotlight on Bentonville and Rogers 79 What’s in Store 80 At Home with Artist and mother Ashley Saer

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SHOP LOCAL IS A CONCEPT AT HOME has embraced since our first issue more than 15 years ago. Highlighting the design resources and homegrown talent in our state is a part of our mission, and it’s been easy to implement since both are in such abundance. We’re happy to see that the shop local mantra is now a part of the national dialogue as well, as the philosophy catches on with shoppers across the U.S. When you shop at a local business, you’re opting to use the power of your dollar to encourage prosperity, diversity, personality and service in your own community. You’re choosing to minimize the environmental impact of your purchase, especially when you shop for locally made goods. Here in Arkansas, we’re blessed with the natural resources, creative artisans, innovative entrepreneurs and service-oriented small businesses that make shopping local not just a possibility but a pleasure, and one of the best ways to maintain the character and economy of our state. To aid in your shop local goals, we fill our pages with stores, services and professionals across the state, and to make it one step easier for you to connect with them, we add phone numbers and web sites with every listing. While you peruse our pages, you can call to find out more about a product. Or if you’re reading our digital edition, you can click on a link and go directly to a local source’s site. It’s one of the ways we honor our mission to showcase the best of Arkansas. Keep the shop local circle going, and the next time you visit a store or call a professional you read about on our pages, let them know you discovered them in At Home.





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Step into spring with a pretty palette of hues for your walls and rooms. We’ve asked the winners of our Arkansas’ Best Interior Designers contest for their favorite seasonal shades, then paired the paints with the latest furnishings and accessories, sure to bring spring right into your home.

Valspar Filoli Honey 3005 6B

Debi Davis, Debi Davis Interior Design Little Rock, (501) 221-2032,

Sherwin-Williams Decisive Yellow 6902

Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Interior Design Little Rock, (501) 868-9882,

Sherwin-Williams Frostwork 0059

Kevin Walsh, Bear-Hill Interiors Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,

Benjamin Moore Tangerine Fusion 083

Jennifer Huett, House to Home Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949,

Benjamin Moore Cedar Green 2034 40

Helen Lockhart, Red Chaise Designs Conway, (501) 908-9388,

Pittsburgh Paints Strawflower 534 4

Sandy Sutton, Sandy Sutton’s Interior Spaces, LLC, Hot Springs, (501) 624-6700, 11

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Spice up a neutral palette with multi-hued accessories. Furnishings from Bassett, for locations statewide

“This ORANGE makes a BOLD statement and works well as an accent—try the ceiling of an all white or gray room, or the back of bookshelves.” —Designer Lindsey Binz Lindsey Binz Home, Little Rock, (501) 350-6811,


Kiwi watering can from Alessi. Soho Modern, Little Rock, (501) 372-4884 Glass coaster from Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,


Burke wing chair from Sam Moore. for stores statewide, including: Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; White Furniture, Benton, (501) 315-7482,


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Spencer ottoman from I.O. Metro, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1297; Jonesboro, (870) 268-0913; Little Rock, (501) 217-0300; Rogers, (479) 899-6288;



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Tini IV table with Eros Pink lacquer from Oomph. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,


A quick click can now turn any online image into a palette of paint colors. With Chip It!, an interactive tool from Sherwin-Williams, select an image online and instantly identify matching paint shades. Add the image and palette to an online profile, then share or print anytime.


Mimi sofa from Lee Industries. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249,

Sherwin-Williams Comical Coral 6876

“This soft PINK has slight peach undertones that keep it WARM. Pink can turn cold, so I tend to select hues with a coral edge to them.” —Designer Beth Davis Beth Davis Interiors, Searcy, (877) 699-4693,



Ella fabric from Clarke & Clarke Nostalgic Prints collection, available through Larry’s Inc., Little Rock, (501) 663-0674, Nikki lamp with pinstripe shade from Ashley Furniture HomeStore, locations statewide,


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Marilyn ottoman from Jessica Charles. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 2250002,






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Shades of green turn a master bedroom into a tranquil retreat. Furnishings from Bassett, for locations statewide

“We gravitate to GREENS that are on the softer side, and this color has a little PUNCH to it as well.” —Designers Mona Thompson and Talena Ray Providence Ltd. Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 952-1456, R. Wood Studio Ceramics bowls. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,


Gold accents give green a touch of glam. Jonathan Charles shagreen lamp table. Pollard’s Fine Interiors, Jonesboro, (870) 9339711; Interiors by Canova, Springdale, (479) 756-2762


Colton chair from Bernhardt. for stores statewide, including: Arkansas Furniture, Hot Springs, (501) 623-3849, arkansasfurniture. com; Hambuchen Home Furnishings, Conway, (501) 327-6523,; Hank’s Fine Furniture/Hank’s & More Fine Furniture, locations statewide, 16

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Theodore Alexander ikat patterned lamp. Brashears Furniture Company, Berryville, (870) 423-4433; Springdale, (479) 751-7222,; Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400, phoenixinteriors.; Pollard’s Fine Interiors, Jonesboro, (870) 933-9711


Nature-inspired accessories bring in the earthy side of green. Yellow bird pillow from I.O. Metro, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1297; Jonesboro, (870) 268-0913; Little Rock, (501) 217-0300; Rogers, (479) 899-6288;

MAY 16-18 Get up-close and personal with Tobi and learn all about her world of design. In this 3 day, all-inclusive camp, you will learn her 26 steps for creating a successful project and even walk away with enough knowledge to help your project come to fruition! SPACE IS LIMITED, SO SIGN UP TODAY!

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Neutral shades brighten with a dose of yellow. Robin Bruce furnishings from Cleo’s Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 569-9444,; DeMadera Trading Company, Hot Springs, (501) 520-5712; Mertinsdyke Home, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200; Swank, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1620

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Trina Turk pillow from Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics. com

“This YELLOW brings a crisp, fresh feel to any room. As an ACCENT, it enhances gray tones, which are popular now, and BLENDS well with orange, turquoise and lime green.” —Designer Amber Herring-Doggett Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828


Lane Venture Palm Beach Excursions collection from Ken Rash’s Arkansas, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818,


Patterned armchair from Lee Industries. BearHill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, 18

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Bergere chair from Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032,

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OUTDOORS AWARD Little Rock’s The Good Earth Garden

Sip wine, nibble hors d’oeuvres, discover new design resources and enjoy a décor-inspired fashion show at Wine and Design: Runway Edition 2012, sponsored by the Arkansas District/South Central Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Inspired by the popular television series Project Runway, designers will be modeling couture fashion their team creates from the products—carpet, tile, flooring and more—used in design work. Little Rock’s own Project Runway star, Korto Momolu, will be master of ceremonies, along with fashion designer Jhane Barnes and a panel of notable judges selecting the winning fashions. Proceeds will benefit Our House, an organization offering shelter and aid for the working homeless.


Center wins top national honors

The Good Earth Garden Center has been recognized as the national winner of Today’s Garden Center magazine’s Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers award. This annual program recognizes the 100 most innovative, progressive independent garden retailers in the country. While hundreds of garden centers are nominated, and five regional winners are chosen, only one retailer in the nation receives this prestigious title. A panel of judges selected The Good Earth Garden Center based on excellence in a number of areas, including new products, focus on local suppliers and commitment to employees. The center’s unique offerings include a YouTube channel that features instructional videos, a playground area for kids, an animal-friendly facility and charitable giving. Owners Gregg and Julie Curtis received the award at a banquet earlier this year in Atlanta. 15601 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock, (501) 868-4666,

Thursday, April 26 7–10:30 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock lrasid.comm@gmail for more information Tickets can be purchased in Little Rock at: Our House, (501) 374-7383 Box Turtle, (501) 661-1167 Fringe Benefits, (501) 664-1515 PPG Pittsburgh Paints, (501) 666-5448 In Conway, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, (501) 327-7955

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Brilliant BLUE

An entertaining expert with charm to spare counts ow blue china as one of her most prized and treasured possessions By Paulette Pearson 23

EN ROUTE TO GEORGIA NEARLY 40 YEARS ago, renowned North Carolina interior designer and author Kathryn Greeley wandered into a little antique shop along the highway and discovered what would become one of the great loves of her life: flow blue china. That happenstance paved the way for a large collection, and flow blue is now a calling card for Greeley’s gracious style of entertaining and decorating, which she shared with Arkansans on a recent trip to promote her book, “The Collected Tabletop,” and guide an antiques tour to Morris Antiques in Keo and beyond. “No room in my home, Chestnut Cottage, is without flow blue china,” laughs Greeley, “including the bathrooms.” What first attracted Greeley to flow blue was the contrasting white ceramic and cobalt dye. Flow blue is a type of transferware with a telltale cloudy pattern that results when lime or ammonia added during the manufacturing process causes the dye to bleed into the white areas. It originated in the 1820s in Staffordshire, England, though some debate whether the technique arose by accident or design. Nonetheless, “it added character and uniqueness,” Greeley says. And it soon became wildly popular. The technique creates a range of blue shades that “are all compatible and live graciously together on a tabletop,” adds Greeley. “That’s another thing I love about it.” Its versatility is especially helpful when Greeley hosts large holiday dinners that call for place settings across several tables. She simply selects from among the 50 or 60 patterns in her collection, including her favorite “Abbey” by George Jones & Sons. And, using a step stool, she plucks the pieces she needs from the walls and shelves where they’re displayed. “My turkey platter always comes off the wall for Thanksgiving,” she laughs. Most of Greeley’s flow blue originated in England, reputable producers being W.H. Grindley & Co., Johnson Brothers, Spode, Royal Doulton, Henry Alcock & Co. and Burslem. Her collection also boasts a variety of unique and rare pieces, such as a tall columnar fern stand, which doubles as a place to hold wine by the dinner table, as well as a rectangular shredded wheat bowl, soup tureen, cheese helmet, fish platter, punch bowl and her beloved toast rack. “I wanted a toast rack for so long,” she remembers, “and after years of searching,


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an antique dealer found one for me in England, and my husband gave it to me for Christmas.” Greeley counts Mary Frank Gaston’s “The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Flow Blue China” as her favorite book of reference, but offers suggestions for new collectors. Older pieces usually have a heavier weight and a more saturated dark blue color, while flow blue produced after 1890 will have a stamp that shows place of origin, as required by an American tax law passed that year. Gilding is also found on newer pieces. Greeley’s collection of flow blue is the result of several decades of searching, and has taken her on many journeys throughout the United Kingdom. Her most recent additions, however, came from Arkansas. Aware of Greeley’s love of flow blue, an Arkansas-based friend spotted it at an antique shop and emailed Greeley images. Of course, she couldn’t resist. “Every time I say I’m not going to buy more flow blue, somebody comes along and tempts me,” she says. “When it comes to flow blue, I’m a very, very weak woman.”

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ASoftWISH FOR WHIMSY neutrals mixed with pops of color create a lively


backdrop for a new Conway kitchen By Taylor Bowers

AS AN ILLUSTRATOR OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS, Melanie Siegel is a pro at creating colorful, whimsical images. When she and her husband, Bill, began the process of building a home in The Village at Hendrix in Conway, they envisioned a kitchen full of the color and whimsy that are Melanie’s hallmarks. With the help of builders Bret and Jennifer Franks of Bret Franks Construction, Melanie now has a space filled with the elements she loves. “I work in the children’s industry,” says Melanie, relating her illustration style to her penchant for lighthearted, colorful design. “I don’t draw anything too serious,” she adds, “it has to be fun.” Fun is how she describes her kitchen, from the brightly tiled backsplash to the numbered clay knobs on the cabinets and the lettered pulls on the drawers. “I like surprises, and I love numbers and letters,” Melanie explains. 27

The catalyst for the entire design, Melanie says, was the backsplash, which features tile she and her husband found and personally installed. “When I saw that tile, I knew that was it,” she says. “It determined everything in the kitchen, and the colors spread throughout the house.” She chose soft gray cabinets and simple white walls to create a subtle contrast to the tile’s mix of hues, which include bright orange, aqua and green. Melanie is also fond of airy, inviting spaces, which influenced the glass cabinets and open shelving in the kitchen island. “It helps the kitchen look larger, and the glass gives it a nice sparkle,” she says. Though she first planned to use vintage glass with inset chicken wire, she discovered more affordable safety glass—something she says the glass company had never used in a kitchen. “I took a chance, and I’m so happy with it,” says Melanie. The couple’s new home is also Energy Star rated, with energyefficient appliances in the kitchen as well as green building practices the Frankses implemented throughout the home’s construction. The kitchen has already proved to be a functional space capable of handling a family gathering, with Melanie and Bill hosting Thanksgiving just five days after moving in. “We had 13 people for dinner, and the space really showed its efficiency,” says Melanie. Designing much of the kitchen provided Melanie with more than a chance to expend her artistic skills—she learned that she truly enjoys home design. “I learned to believe in myself and take chances,” she says, “and that’s inspiring.” 28

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The focal point of Melanie and Bill Siegel’s new kitchen is a colorful tile backsplash from Clayhaus Ceramics. Sherwin-Williams’ Mindful Gray coats the cabinets, with Creamy on the ceiling and trim. Counters are Caesarstone Organic White; the sink is from Whitehaus, with a Danze faucet. Hudson Valley Independence pendant lights hang above the island, and a McCoy fixture from Rejuvenation hangs above the sink. Knobs and drawer pulls are from In the adjacent orange mudroom, cabinets are painted Sherwin-Williams’ Tango and are adorned with leather stirrup straps. The fabric for the bench is from The Warp and Woof, and the jute webbing wall treatment was hand-woven and installed by Melanie. The custom screened pantry door is painted Sherwin-Williams’ Tricorn Black.

Design Resources Builder Bret Franks Construction, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 680-1238, Cabinetry James Hardman, North Little Rock, (501) 960-8231 Draftsman Clint Aguiar, Little Rock, (501) 951-1285 Countertops The Little Rock Flooring Company, Little Rock, (501) 868-3633, Fabrics Hancock Fabrics, locations statewide,; The Warp and Woof, Conway, (501) 932-0300, Flooring installation, windows Lumber One, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122; Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601; Glass Custom Glass, Conway, (501) 328-0088, Leather straps—mudroom Conway Farm and Home Supply, Inc., Conway, (501) 329-6395 Lighting ProBuilder Supply, LLC, Little Rock, (501) 945-0113, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, 29

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From playful paint hues on walls to vibrant art, furnishings and fixtures, an El Dorado interior designer’s home exudes color confident style Interview by: Deana Nall Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener 32

In designer Andrea Brooks’ living room, Sherwin-Williams’ Bella Pink on walls and White Dogwood on the ceiling create a rosy setting. French doors lead to a sunroom, which Brooks converted into a dining space. Facing page: A painting by Malvern native Beverly McLarty features a frame from Backwoods Art & Frame. The green lamp is from Murphy Long Design; the console table is a family heirloom. Previous page: The front door of the Brooks residence is painted Sherwin-Williams’ Oceanside. 33

A sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sports pink pillows from Cynthia East Fabrics. An oversized ottoman from C.R. Laine pairs with a rug from Hadidi Oriental Rug Company, Inc. A mirror from Tuesday Morning mixes with brass bamboo lanterns and blue and white vases from Arteriors Home. The armoire and game table are family heirlooms.



At Home in Arkansas: With one designing woman in a house full of men—your husband, Jay, and your two sons—what role did color play in creating a comfortable family home? Designer Andrea Brooks: Just as I would with clients, I considered how we would live in the home and tried to have elements that please all of us. Color flow throughout a house is extremely important—it sets a mood and a tone for a space. I’m pretty fearless when it comes to color and love to incorporate it into my designs. Recently, I attended a course by Maria Killam, an internationally known color expert and blogger. The knowledge I gained helped me hone my skills and understand the importance of undertones. Here, I used grays with variations of blue undertones, from a dark slate color in the family room that brings in some masculine energy to a blue/gray in the kitchen that’s light and happy. And then there’s the pink living room… What inspired that color scheme? And what do the men in your home think of it? That room is the largest living area in the house, and I wanted to draw people in with the color and furnishings. I layered different hues of pink in the wall color, ottoman, chair fabric and pillows to add interest. As you mentioned, I’m in a house with two sons and a husband, so I needed some feminine energy. But just because I am obsessed with color does not mean I always get it right. My first attempt at a pink living room was a darker raspberry shade. Although it was fun and definitely caught your attention, it didn’t play well with my existing furnishings and art. After a year, I changed it to this lighter shade. It was an inexpensive mistake to correct, and what a dramatic improvement—I love it now. As to Jay, he loves color too and has always entrusted me with complete creative control for our interiors. Having this freedom has taken my design abilities and confidence working with color to a new level. What was your house like before you began transforming it? When we purchased the home two years ago, the kitchen was small and dated. We gutted it and started over. In the rest of the house, we focused on cosmetic changes—repainting and stripping wallpaper primarily. We turned the original dining room into our family 36

The dining room is a mix of old, new and recycled. The antique table was one of Brooks’ first purchases as a newlywed; she recovered family heirloom wingback chairs and teamed them with new side chairs from Safavieh. The birdcage centerpiece is from Paul Michael Company, and the turquoise bird inside is from Murphy Long Design. The chandeliers are from Arteriors Home; ceiling color is Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light and walls are Sherwin-Williams’ Dover White.



In the newly refurbished kitchen, walls are painted Sherwin-Williams’ Knitting Needles and the ceiling color is Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light. The countertops are from Midway Marble & Granite, and the barstools are from CB2. The tile is from Storey’s Floor & Carpet. The pendant light over the sink is from George Kovacs’ Bling Bling collection.

room, and converted a sunroom into our dining space. As a residential interior designer, is it challenging to design your own home? It can be unbelievably hard to design your own space. As a professed junkie of design blogs, books and magazines, I’m drawn to a variety of styles. But at my core, I most appreciate a collected, layered look that’s not too cluttered. I enjoy being surrounded by things, old or new, that have a story behind them. I knew what I wanted my kitchen to look like as far as finishes, but I called in an interior designer and friend, Melinda Dodson, to design the functional layout. You’ve included eye-catching light fixtures that play up color as well. Light fixtures are definitely an important layer of function and form in the design of a room. They are a great way to add personality and uniqueness, and that’s often overlooked. I fell in love with the sheer blue/green glass of the dining room fixtures, a modern take on a classic design. They inspired the layers of teal and turquoise in the window treatments and wingback host chair fabric. I love how these layers of color blend so well with the outdoors. The contemporary light fixture in the family room adds a 39

modern yet cozy feel with the warm gray shade and soft silver finish. The most drastic makeover was the kitchen. How did you select the color palette? The Carrara marble countertops were the color inspiration for the blue-gray walls. The palette reads as a neutral, and the layers of gray and blue are echoed in a pair of drawings by Amanda Talley, a New Orleans-based artist. The layers of color in interiors, as in nature, are what make it successful. And the undertones of these colors ensure they work together nicely. Your home features original artwork throughout. What do you keep in mind when buying art? I am a huge proponent of original art. In my opinion, it’s the best way to set your home apart from your neighbor’s. I am usually first drawn to color and then composition. I am not an art expert by any means, but it does bring me great joy and I never tire of the pieces. We have a fantastic local arts resource, Backwoods Art & Frame, where I have purchased the majority of my collection. My biggest push with clients is bringing in original art into the design. As with everything, I try to mix my collections with framed and canvas pieces, watercolor, oils and photography. For additional tips from designer Andrea Brooks on selecting paint colors, visit Design Resources Interior Design Andrea Brooks Interiors, El Dorado, (870) 314-1334 Contractor Glen Owens, Owens Construction, El Dorado, (870) 312-4094 Kitchen design consultation Melinda Dodson, MD Design, El Dorado, (870) 814-2128 Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800; North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988; Springdale, (479) 750-2200; Art, framing Backwoods Art & Frame, El Dorado, (870) 863-5254 Birdcage Paul Michael Company, Lake Village, (800) 732-3722, Countertops Midway Marble & Granite, El Dorado, (870) 881-9513, Furnishings Cleo’s Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 569-9444,; Mertinsdyke Home, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200; Murphy Long Design, El Dorado, (870) 863-6625 Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Plumbing Falk Plumbing Supply, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911, Rugs Hadidi Oriental Rug Company, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 225-8999 Shutters Blind Mart, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 228-7230 Tile Storey’s Floor & Carpet, El Dorado, (870) 862-9446, Upholstery Luther’s Upholstery, Camden, (870) 231-6535 Window treatments Sue Maness, Classic Windows, Junction City, (870) 863-9279; Paula Kinnaird and Denise Pagan, El Dorado, (870) 866-639 40

Layers of purple contrast with understated gray walls (Sherwin-Williams’ Peppercorn) in the family room. Chairs, a purple houndstooth throw and gilt tables are from Mertinsdyke Home; the sectional is from La-Z-Boy, the light fixture is from Arteriors Home and the rug is from Hadidi Oriental Rug Co., Inc. On the wall, Brooks displays the home’s original 1939 blueprints. Facing page: Brooks added a home office in a corner of the kitchen, and outfitted it with New Orleans artist Amanda Talley’s drawings, framed by Backwoods Art & Frame. Near the range, the Carrara marble used on counters continues as a seamless backsplash.



A style-savvy couple outďŹ ts their West Little Rock home with swathes of bold hues and dashes of bright accents Interview: Diane Carroll Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener


One of artist Bill Ratcliff’s colorful paintings hangs in the dining area of the home she shares with her husband, Wayne, owner of Baumans Fine Men’s Clothing. The couple converted a sunroom into the dining space, and installed floor tile from Inside Effects. Bill complemented the art with a black and white tablescape and a sideboard from Mertinsdyke Home. Chairs are from BearHill Interiors.



In the kitchen and adjacent seating area, Becca Hayley of Soho Modern worked with the Ratcliffs to update the space, which included adding a new glass tile backsplash and countertop from Inside Effects. Slipcovered chairs are from Vesta’s.


Bill used custom mixed paint colors throughout the house to evoke a different mood for each room. In the living area, a soft khaki wall color contrasts with playful furnishings, such as a striped chest from Mertinsdyke Home. Facing page: The study’s smoky gray walls set the scene for entertaining, with ample seating including a sofa from Hanks & More Fine Furniture and a bold red ottoman from Mertinsdyke Home, as well as a vintage bookcase.


At Home in Arkansas: As an artist, has your training and understanding of color influenced the design of your home? Homeowner Bill Ratcliff: Because I paint, and I paint with a lot of wild colors, I’m not afraid to use color in my home. I learned color theory from an abstract painter, and in painting over the years, I’ve become more aware of mixing colors. The walls here are all custom mixed shades, and they’re a variety of neutrals. The color comes in with the furnishings, rugs, art and accessories, and they tend to be bold. I’m outgoing and bold colors appeal to me—bold colors, bold personality pretty much sums me up. Since your husband, Wayne, is the owner of Baumans Fine Men’s Clothing, does his eye for style factor into the design of your home as well? Wayne does a great job designing spaces. He’s a visual person, and he can see it in his mind. He also likes a very contemporary look, while I tend toward more of a mix. Our style has evolved: I’ve gone from collecting antiques and traditional style toward a more contemporary mode in our previous home, and a mix here. What originally attracted you and Wayne to this house? We loved the West Little Rock location, and that it’s on a golf course. Wayne’s a big golfer. It’s a good size for us too, with just enough yard that I can dabble in the garden.

Facing page: A terraced pathway lined with elegant rows of boxwoods accentuates the front entrance of the home landscape designer Frank Sharum shares with his wife, Jana, and their two children. This page: Sharum used vibrant shades of pink and green in the pool and patio area to create an inviting setting within the wooded backyard.


Designer Garry Mertins worked with Bill and Wayne to create an accommodating living space, mixing neutral furnishings with colorful lamps and a bright ottoman. Windows overlook the newly refurbished dining area.


Did you personalize it for how you and Wayne live? Yes, we needed to make it more like us. We’re casual and didn’t want formal spaces. We turned the dining room into a study, where we can listen to music or converse with friends. What was originally a sunroom became our dining area, and we added a patio adjacent to it. We converted the attic space into my art studio. And we enhanced the kitchen, upgrading some of the elements and adding new counters and backsplash. That wonderfully large closet must have been customized as well. We converted a walk-in closet and a very small bedroom into this larger space. Wayne knows just what he wants when it comes to clothing, and we worked with designer Nila Ciesiel at Closet Factory, who planned the space to accommodate what we needed. There’s room to store jewelry, purses and shoes in cabinets and closets so that it all stays fresh and organized, and plenty of space for our clothing. We even purchased special hangers that match the closet color so that it looks tidy. Then I’m the one who coordinates it all, lining up the clothes by color. Throughout the house, each room seems to have a predominant color, and it varies from space to space. How did you decide which shade to use in each area? There is a color block effect to the house. I used mostly reds and blacks in our last home, and I grew tired of that, so I began introducing orange, yellow and green here. I base the colors on the mood of the room. The living areas are darker and more nighttime spaces, so they have reds, browns and oranges. The kitchen and sunroom are the daily hangout areas, with lots of sunlight, and they’re bright and cheery with yellow and lime green. To me, the bolder, darker colors are more serious. Since people always land in your kitchen, I used lighter colors to create a fun place to kick off your shoes and relax. Having mastered a mix of colors in your own home, do you have any tips for others on how to work color into interiors? I say go with your gut. Don’t ask for too many opinions, since they can steer you away from what you really like. The colors you use and the items in your home should be ones that mean something to you and fit your lifestyle. 49

Bold shades of red brighten the master bedroom, which features custom bedding and a rug, lamps and a tri-colored chest from Mertinsdyke Home. A small bedroom was converted into a customized closet, designed by Nila Ciesiel of Closet Factory, which features storage spaces tailored to the Ratcliffs’ apparel.

Design Resources Design consultation Garry Mertins Design, Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Kitchen design consultation Soho Modern, Little Rock, (501) 372-4884 Accessories Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400, Barstools, breakfast room lamp, table Soho Modern, Little Rock, (501) 372-4884 Chairs, candleholders—dining area Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, Closet Closet Factory, Little Rock, (888) 666-0168, Furnishings—bedroom, living room, study, dining area console table Mertinsdyke Home, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200 Kitchen fixtures Falk Plumbing Supply, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911, Rug—breakfast room Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, Slipcovered armchairs—breakfast room Vesta’s, Little Rock, (501) 375-7820, Sofa—study Hank’s & More Fine Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 954-7130, Tile Inside Effects, Little Rock, (866) 629-4789, Vases—dining area Tipton Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663; Little Rock, (501) 666-3333; North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709; tiptonhurst. com 50



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ROPA 3201 Market St., Ste. 103, Rogers, (479) 273-0022, This chic clothing boutique is nirvana for high-end label lovers, offering the latest looks from Tory Burch to J Brand jeans. Ropa mixes timeless lines, such as Diane von Furstenberg, with trendier offerings, including Rebecca Taylor and Joie. Each piece of clothing is carefully considered for its exceptional tailoring, fabric and fit. Whether you’re searching for a standout frock for a gala, an epic suit for the boardroom, or perfect-fit jeans for lunch with the ladies, Ropa’s style gurus are dedicated to fashions that make you feel fabulous.

WINTERBERRY HOME 5206 Village Pkwy., Ste. 13A, Rogers, (479) 715-6009, From the courtyard garden setting in Village on the Creeks to the shop’s light-filled, cheery interior, Winterberry Home exudes charm. Wonderful home decor and fabulously unusual gifts abound, with tabletop wares, including Vietri, Arte Italica and Juliska, bath and body goods from Michel Design Works and Thymes, as well as gift and party goods, including pottery from Happy Everything. All are displayed within an elegant setting featuring antiques and vintage furnishings. Bridal registry is available, and the shop is happy to take phone orders and make deliveries to brides.

THE PAISLEY PLACE 116 S. Main St., Bentonville, (479) 715-6610, Downtown Bentonville’s The Paisley Place offers a unique mix of refurbished vintage finds, chic and funky furniture, art, photography, wall décor, embroidery, girl’s clothing, unique jewelry and accessories. The wares are ever changing, as owners and artisans Stephanie LeBouff and Debi McClelland find new, inspiring treasures to fill the 1,700-square-foot space. Come find the perfect gift for a friend, a fairytale dress for your daughter or an intriguing accessory for your home.

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WHAT’S IN STORE {GREAT FINDS FROM AROUND THE STATE} {CATERING TO YOU} Give your wardrobe a citrus boost with bright orange! ViVi Designs scarf, $25.50, and wrap, $27.25. Available at Catering to You, Little Rock, (501) 614-9030, cateringtoyouinlittlerock. com

{CLINTON MUSEUM STORE} The buttons in these sweet bracelets, $30 each, originated in an Iowa factory where high-top button boots were made in the mid to late 1800s. They were found while dredging the Mississippi River. Big story for a little button! Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400

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OCCUPATION: Mother of twin 3-year-old boys, artist and office manager for a non-profit organization. BEST KNOWN FOR: My art, especially the vibrant abstract oil paintings that I’ve exhibited in galleries across the South. My paintings are known for being colorful, bold and large scale. Now, I’m drawn more to watercolors since they’re easier to create at home. LIVES IN: A 1950s ranch style house in mid-town Little Rock. It had been renovated before I purchased it, and I’ve made it my own with paint and decor. My art and the work of artists I love cover the walls. MY FAVORITE PART OF MY HOUSE IS: My living and dining rooms. They’re my spaces, which my boys know, and they stay tidier than the other rooms. The dining room table is where I paint with watercolors and draw. When I walk in, I know it’s my space, and it helps to get me in a creative frame of mind.

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I’M MOST AT HOME: Playing with my boys, whether we’re on the floor playing with trucks or hanging out in the backyard. Seeing life through the eyes of 3-year-old boys is always amusing and just plain fun.

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