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The seven pilots of the Breitling Jet Team belong to the international elite of aviation professionals. In performing their aerobatic figures at almost 500 mph, flying 7 feet from each other and with accelerations of up to 8Gs, errors are not an option. It is for these masters of audacity and daring exploits that Breitling develops its chronographs: sturdy, functional, ultra high-performance instruments all equipped with movements chronometercertified by the COSC – the highest official benchmark in terms of reliability and precision. Welcome to the Breitling world.


Historic Downtown Conway, Arkansas 1011 Oak Street | 501-358-3537

Jeff Garner, dds Arkansas knows its artists. Countless musicians, actors, writers and others of fame trace their roots back to the Natural State. A different artist of equal notoriety has been creating art in Little Rock for more than 28 years. His name is Dr. Jeff Garner. They call him “The Smile Doctor.”

“They” are the lucky patients for whom Garner has created smiles. That’s more than 45,000 uniquely sculpted bonded veneers and crowns developed with Garner’s unmistakable eye for shape, length, and a custom shade of white per individual. Garner’s artistic process for smile reconstruction is nothing short of a painter with a blank canvas­; he works until a remarkable piece of art has been created. Your smile is his canvas. He is the fabulous designer of perfect smiles that always look naturally beautiful. Garner established his dental practice in Little Rock because of its central location to Arkansans and to the rest of the country. Although his practice could flourish in a competitive city like New York or Los Angeles, Garner notes there’s no other place he’d rather be than in Little Rock. Because of the fair cost of doing business in this area, Garner has been able to keep his fees remarkably affordable. He enjoys the beauty of the Natural State and believes that in some small way, the work he does contributes to that beauty. In the mid-1980s, Garner was among the first dentists to utilize veneer technology. He realized immediately the positive impact that “smile makeover” had on patients and decided to make this meticulous art the central focus of his practice. (top) Jeff Garner, D.D.S. “The Smile Doctor” (middle right) Keith Morrison, right, of Dateline NBC looks on as Dr. Jeff Garner performs an extreme makeover.


“Give me two hours, and I’ll give you the smile of your dreams.” - JEFF GARNER, D.D.S. the art of creAting perfect smiles “It doesn’t matter how great your makeup is, or how great your hair style is or fashionable your clothes, accessories and jewelry are—an unattractive smile just kills all the rest,” says Garner. “I think a great smile is so important on so many levels. It’s many times the first impression you give.” Features on Entertainment Tonight, Dateline NBC, CNBC and MSNBC; and consultations for People Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, Pageantry magazine, United Paramount Network and the Learning Channel have driven dozens of patients from out of state—some from out of the country—to “The Smile Doctor” for life-changing restorations. Models who have graced covers, actors and actresses, Nashville recording artists, a presidential candidate, a former Miss America, even a Playboy centerfold and other famous faces have all made their way to Arkansas to visit The Smile Doctor. The dramatic results of Dr. Garner’s innovative work are often published in professional dental publications. His dentistry has been featured many times in Dentistry Today, (the most widely read dental journal in the country) a publication which has named him one of the nation’s top clinicians. Dr. Garner co-authored Current Opinions in Cosmetic Dentistry and serves as a dental products evaluator for several companies. Garner’s opinions are highly respected among his dental peers. Dr. Jeff Garner is a craftsman whose knowledge and talents have earned him recognition as a leader in the field of cosmetic dentistry. His scientific precision and artistic abilities allow him to create natural looking smiles that defy detection. In just two visits, Dr. Garner can give you the smile of your dreams. Call him today and have an incredible naturally perfected new smile within days. For more information please call 501.227.0112 | 800.671.0767 or visit n


Photos feature the improved smiles of a few of Dr. Garner’s patients. He believes that there are virtually no dental imperfections beyond the capabilities of his cosmetic dentistry.


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38 DECEMBER 2013 {the holiday issue} features


The owners of Park Hill Home host a family-friendly cookie swap

Stuff their Stockings

32 Making Memories

38 Understated Elegance

Traditional aesthetics and well-matched holiday décor bring a historic Little Rock home to life

44 All the Comforts of Christmas

11 Style

14 The Latest

What’s new and notable in The Natural State

19 Design

Give it a Glow

Personalized details and inviting seasonal accents create an enchanting family home

25 Out & About

54 Naturally Festive

27 Collections

A countryside home gets a charming holiday makeover reminiscent of its setting

65 Holiday Gift Guide

Top picks for what to put under the tree this year

Spotlight on Eureka Springs Toy Soldiers

30 Fashion

Pretty Pointe

IN EVERY ISSUE 8 Publisher’s Note 72 Last Look ON THE COVER

A traditional red-and-green wreath greets guests at the home of Todd Smith and Charlie Groppetti. Photography by Nancy Nolan. Page 32.

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Our new editor in chief, Chip Jones, and me at our Christmas card shoot.

When all is said and done come Christmas Eve, we hope that we’ve finished what actually needed to be accomplished, and enjoyed memorable time with family and friends along the way. Welcome to our annual holiday issue. It’s been a tradition since we started At Home in Arkansas to feature some of our favorite seasonal homes around the state each December and this year is no different. The story of what leads up to Christmas is the same for many—the hustle and bustle that begins on Black Friday (be sure to check out our gift guide on page 65) and carries throughout the holiday. As the season continues, many will visit a tree farm to find that perfect fresh Christmas tree, while others will use their pre-lit tree, grateful for not having to spend countless hours stringing lights. Still others look forward to Christmas Eve services and neighborhood caroling before the presents are unwrapped. Whatever your tradition, Christmas is a special time of year to be spent celebrating with long-beloved family and friends—or perhaps some new friends. As we celebrate the season, we are excited to welcome our new editor in chief, Chip Jones. While I have enjoyed filling this space over the past couple of months, I’m happy to pass the reins to him as we look forward to a healthy and prosperous 2014. Wishing you a season full of joy,

Thanks to Bemis Tree Farm for letting us use their gorgeous setting for our Christmas card picture, and to Michael Trevisone for the use of his Wagoneer.

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photography: nancy nolan

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An “Arkansas DeltaMade” product • Catering To You, Little Rock • Dean’s Pharmacy, Marianna • Gallery Central, Hot Springs • Flowers and Home, Bryant • Handworks, Helena • Mack’s Prairie Wings, Stuttgart • New Leaf Florist, Dewitt • Panache/Aromatique Gift Gallery, Heber Springs • Private Collection, Hot Springs • Shepherd’s Florist, Pine Bluff • The Lower Deck, Jonesboro • The Red Geranium, Texarkana • The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Gift Shop, Petit Jean Mountain

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Photography: nancy nolan/PRODUCED BY: Ellen scruggs

Santa doesn’t have to spend a lot to make them smile on Christmas morning. Browse a few of our favorite finds— all less than $25

Get the kids cooking with pint-size kitchen utensils— a great fit for small hands. Eggshells Kitchen Co., Little Rock, (501) 664-6900, Turn the page to see more great finds!

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wallet-friendly finds

1. Fashionistas will love waking up on Christmas morning to find a gold-studded scarf. Tulips, Little Rock, (501) 614-7343, 2. Even Santa loves personalization. Ceramic trays bearing colorful letters make great jewelry dishes or organizers for office supplies. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, 3. Show your state pride with a gold necklace in the shape of Arkansas. Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828 4. Even the tough guy in your family can respect this green, army man bottle opener. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, 5. The perfect present for that relative that might consider spiking the eggnog. Eggshells Kitchen Co., Little Rock, (501) 664-6900, 6. Pamper her with spa essentials including Lollia “Wander” perfumed shower gel, Kiehl’s ultimate strength hand salve and rosemary eucalyptus bath soap. Bella Boutique, Little Rock, (501) 603-5373 12 At Home in Arkansas | December 2013



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Save the Date!

Holiday Tours

Numerous towns and organizations around the state will host annual home and holiday light tours this month. Find inspiration for your décor at a few of our favorite stops: Saturday, December 7 Wildwood Park for the Arts Holiday Designer Breakfast, Holiday Tour of Homes and Cody “Belew Christmas” concert (501) 821-7275,; $25 for breakfast or tour ticket; $20-$50 for concert

Book Signing

Sunday, December 8 The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas 2013 Winter Dreams Tour of Homes; $20 per ticket

Alex Papachristidis, acclaimed designer and author of the new book, The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis is coming to Little Rock. Stop by Bear-Hill Interiors on Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m. to meet him and pick up your signed copy. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,

Saturday, December 14 Eureka Springs 6th Annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour; $20 per ticket Throughout the Season Visit and click on the “Trail of Holiday Lights” link to find displays around the state.; free ADVERTORIAL

Follow the Holiday Trail of Lights to Louisiana three must-see events

The hustle and bustle of the season leaves many ready for a weekend of family togetherness, relaxation and, of course, holiday cheer. Take the short three-and-a-half-hour trip to North Louisiana for a host of experiences sure to brighten your Christmas. While each of the eight partner cities along the Holiday Trail of Lights will offer a host of activities throughout November and December, we’ve picked three special celebrations to help plan your trip. 1. Christmas in Roseland The Gardens of the American Rose Center are aglow with holiday lights in Shreveport. Plus, you can meet Santa, enjoy live performances and ride the Roseland Express train. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 29 – December 22; $5 per person or $20 per carload 2. Christmas on Main Life-size nutcrackers and amazing holiday window displays deck Minden’s Main Street. Look out for Santa and Mrs. Claus as they visit local cafes. Runs through December 14; Free 3. Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Kickoff Celebration and 87th Annual Christmas Festival A parade, fireworks and music on the river will start the 300th anniversary yearlong celebration in this spirited town. The event coincides with their annual holiday festival featuring lights, entertainment and food and craft vendors. Saturday, December 7

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Providence Design Grand Opening

Owners and lead designers, Mona Thompson and Talena Ray, hosted a grand opening celebration for their new dedicated storefront in the Cajun’s Wharf complex on October 24. Guests enjoyed cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, while browsing the store’s selection of European-inspired antiques and new decorative items.






1. Kris Green, Jo Butts, Debi Davis and Scott Morris 2. Esperanze Owners Mona Thompson and Talena Ray with Massana and Merri Chandler 3. Karen Baker, Angie Elrod and Jenni Winstead 4. Mandee Harden and Gena Harden 5. Lynda and Barry Chip Jones, At Home Editor in Chief Sorrells 6. Teresa Boothe, Zac Woodiel and Alexis Calhoun


Design A-to-Z Little Rock-based interior designer Tobi Fairley welcomed women from around the country to the capital city October 8-10 for Design A-to-Z. Over the course of three days, the group gained both inspiration for and knowledge about the design process. At Home in Arkansas hosted a meet-and-greet cocktail hour— complete with a photo booth—on the night of October 9.







1. Melanie Crabtree, Tobi Fairley, Muni Reynoldson, Cheryl Scrulock and Wendy Patrick Howell 2. Annie Vincent, Angela Palmer and Kristen Rinn 3. Tina Risley, Tobi Fairley and Jackie Risley 4. Jacquie Heil, Anne Sheeran, Tobi Fairley and Tracy Herbert 5. Tobi Fairley, Summer Timperley, Kathy White and Wendy Finch

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Light up the night with fabulous new offerings in lamps, chandeliers and sconces


Photography: Courtesy of Manufacturers

Shown here in Downpour Blue, the “Jay” chandelier from Stray Dog Designs is a perfect modern accent for a foyer or breakfast nook. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300, harperhoweyinteriors. com; Lewis Lighting and Home, Benton, (501) 315-2400,

nod to mod Colorful and modern, the “Garland” lamp is a perfect choice for a retro bedside table. I.O. Metro, locations statewide, (888) 223-5628,

A four-light wooden sphere pendant from Kichler’s “Grand Bank” collection will brighten up any atmosphere. Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026,; Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184,; MOR Electric, Hot Springs, (501) 624-5577; TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,

Bungalow 5’s “Cleo” lamp, shown here in Dark Blue, features a classic ceramic base with a contemporary clear acrylic pedestal. House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, USE NAVY AS A NEUTRAL

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Shining Examples

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A Brushed Caramel finish highlights the utilitarian, yet refined appeal of Hinkley’s “Congress” sconce. Hambuchen Lighting Inc., Conway, (501) 329-3861,; J & B Supply, Fort Smith, (479) 649-4915, jandbsupply. com; Lewis Lighting & Home, Benton, (501) 315-2400,; Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026, lightinnovations; Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184,; TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,; The Lamp Outlet, Bono, (870) 910-5267,

With a shape reminiscent of a beehive and a brilliant Copper Bronze finish, the “Felis” pendant from WAC Lighting complements contemporary design schemes. Lewis Lighting & Home, Benton, (501) 315-2400,; TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,

An Antique Gold-Leaf finish and off-white linen shade make the “Ophelia” table lamp from Currey & Company an instant classic. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 2250002,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026,; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900,; Obsessions Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 868-9333,; Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400,; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886,; TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,

rays of light The Metallic Brass Glaze finish on this lamp from Kichler’s “Raquel” collection makes a simple, yet stunning statement. Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026, light-innovations; Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184,; MOR Electric, Hot Springs, (501) 624-5577; TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,

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Contemporary and whimsical, Oly Studio’s “Annika” chandelier is a musthave conversation piece. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,

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A wrought-iron finish makes the “Manuscript” sconce from Currey & Company appear as though it could be a vintage piece. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026, light-innovations. com; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900, marshallclements. com; Obsessions Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 868-9333,; Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400,; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign. com; TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,

distinguished choice A traditional urn-like base and a Dark Patina finish give the “Lavinia” lamp from Oly Studios a masculine air. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 9079272,

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The “Roswell” pendant from Kichler gives the illusion of carefree, stacked circles. Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026,; Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184,; MOR Electric, Hot Springs, (501) 624-5577; TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,


A practical gourd base with a fun, striped shade and glass ball finial make the handmade “Horace” lamp from Stray Dog Designs a delightful addition to any space. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvinecom; Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300,; Lewis Lighting and Home, Benton, (501) 315-2400,


Come see Traci for complimentary in-home design services!


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Flatiron Flats

In the heart of Historic Downtown Eureka Springs! All luxury suites include:

• Balconies overlooking Spring • Balconies overlooking Street and Center Street

Spring Street. & Center Street • King-Size Beds • Bedside Chocolates • Bedside Chocolates • •In-Room In-RoomWelcome WelcomeBasket Basket • Online Reservations • Online Reservations • Complimentary WiFi • Complimentary WiFi • King-Size Beds

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means no worries when you arrive! Treat someone you love to the charm of historic Eureka Springs.


25 Spring Street • P.O. Box 95 Eureka Springs, AR 72632

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Winter W ishes from E urek a

Eureka springs Escape to this Northwest Arkansas gem for a winter retreat

Charming inns, top-notch restaurants and eclectic shops with one-of-a-kind wares are just a few of the amenities called to mind when one thinks of Eureka Springs. Its ever-expanding arts scene along with plenty of festivals and events make it a perfect in-state getaway for couples, families and groups. Just looking to relax? A host of bed-and-breakfasts as well as historic flats and hotels are ready to pamper you. As cooler days beckon, take to the mountains to experience all Eureka Springs has to offer—including a few of our favorites featured here.

{Eureka Springs Christmas Parade}

(479) 253-7333, Round up your crew for a weekend in Eureka Springs that kicks off with the Christmas parade on Friday, December 6. A bevy of floats, marchers, bands, carriages and Santa himself will make their way down the main streets of the city. For convenience, park at any transit system stop and ride the trolley to the parade route. What’s more, for a donation of two canned goods you will ride for free. The proceeds from this collection will benefit the Flint Street Food Bank.

{Flatiron Flats}

25 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, (479) 253-9434, Amenities abound at Eureka Spring’s Flatiron Flats. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or just a relaxing retreat, you’ll appreciate the luxury accommodations and convenient location of these suites, which sit atop the Flatiron Building. Unwind with a complimentary glass of wine and cheese and fruit basket upon arrival, or relax in the jetted tub in your private in-room bath. When you are ready for some fresh air step out onto your suite’s private balcony—the perfect place to watch a parade or enjoy your favorite beverage. What’s more, the well-appointed Spring Street location allows you to park your car once and walk to an array of boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops. Everything you want to experience in Eureka Springs is just seconds away from Flatiron Flats. December 2013 | 25


Jeffrey Alan Marks and Candice Olson to Speak at the Event of the Year for Interior Design Bloggers!

“There is something magical that happens when you bring together a group of kindred spirits who love blogging and design… The conference was chocked full of talented and accomplished people. The lineup of speakers was heaven to any design lover.”

Join interior design bloggers, new media innovators, and interior design industry leaders for the fourth annual Design Bloggers Conference — the premiere conference and experience for professionals actively using or interested in learning about new media and the interior design industry. This two-day conference continues the tradition of success since our inaugural event in 2011, and brings you a unique opportunity to participate in the intersection of interior design with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more. We invite all our fellow interior design bloggers to attend! Our conference has sold out in previous years and we were forced to turn down registrations, so register sooner than later (and save $100) if you want to be sure to be part of this year’s event.

— Leslie Wood, Hadley Court

Jeffrey Alan Marks, California-based interior designer and furniture designer who is best known for starring on Bravo TV’s hit show Million Dollar Decorators and named one of “the town’s most-wanted decorators” by The Hollywood Reporter.

“The conference was inspiring, informative and fast paced, bringing together many people who had until then only known other attendees as avatars…”

Candice Olson is one of North America’s leading designers and most recognized media personalities. As designer and host of Divine Design and Candice Tells All, she is a favorite with viewers, clients and fans.

— Courtney Price, Huffington Post

“I had thought of going before, but the timing never seemed right. This year I decided to take the plunge and it was so worth it. For my Atlanta friends, DBC is moving to Atlanta next year! I have already registered. Be prepared, this one will sell out quickly.”

— Lori May, Lori May Interiors

INTERESTED IN EXHIBITING OR SPONSORING? CONNECT WITH MORE THAN 3,000,000 BUYERS The Design Bloggers Conference is a unique opportunity to connect with the “new media” of interior design, and convey your message about your product or service to key influencers who write about interior design and the interior design industry on a daily basis.

For more information on sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, contact your sales rep. Prospective exhibitor and sponsor with company name beginning with the letter: A – M, please contact Neil Bock at 508.870.9787 or N – Z, please contact Andrew Witter at 540.577.9738 or




Photography: Nancy Nolan/Styling: Mandy Keener

A Russellville woman’s nutcracker collection serves as a reminder of special occasions, while providing holiday cheer By Susan Darcey

Left to right: Made in Mexico, this miniature version, complete with a guitar and sombrero, was purchased in honor of Keener’s Mexican friends. A glittered peppermint nutcracker was purchased when Keener and her daughter went to see The Nutcracker ballet. The tall, traditional version (center) was a gift from Keener’s husband in 1974, the year her son was born. A small soldierstyle doll was bought in honor of Keener’s son’s service in Iraq. The George Washington version was a gift from Keener’s daughter.

It is the time of year for twinkling lights, bright decorations, candy canes and, for Beverly Keener, nutcrackers. Keener has quite an amazing collection of the decorative doll-like figures. In fact, she has a nutcracker to represent almost every occasion or event in her life, and they include a motley group from traditional soldiers to kings, hunters, firemen and even reindeer and chimney sweeps—all with detailed characteristics and a story. Upon entering the Keener’s home at the holidays, family and guests are greeted by these whimsical statues, which are lined up and down the entryway’s staircase harmoniously. “They stand guard on every step all the way up the stairs,” chuckles Keener. Originating in Germany, Nutcrackers carry a famous legend, which claims they provide protection with their power and strength while also projecting goodwill, thus leading Keener to display them prominently. Even with an ever-expanding collection of close to 70 nutcrackers, Keener pays special attention to her display as sometimes a new one will appear mysteriously on her staircase as a gift. “I have friends that always come and see what I’ve done with them each year,” she says. Keener’s first nutcracker was given to her in 1970, as a gift from her parents when they returned from a trip to Europe. “After you have one they start drawing your attention,” she says. “They are very intriguing, and after a couple of years I was collecting.” When adding a nutcracker to her collection, Keener admits that she isn’t drawn to a particular brand but rather an event or occasion. “Like a new child or when my son went to Afghanistan,” she says. ‘”Just different things that represent that year. It’s the look that I go for rather than how much something cost. It has to catch my eye.”

Left to right: A chimney sweep nutcracker is representative of the fireplace in the Keener’s current home. Purchased by Keener’s parents while abroad, this European soldier is the oldest piece in her collection. Seasonal and spirited, a Reindeer nutcracker is a reminder of the Keener family’s first ski trip to Crested Butte, Colorado.

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PRETTY POINTE As the executive director of Ballet Arkansas, Lauren Strother looks forward to the holiday season all year

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Nothing signals the start of the holiday party season like a red dress. Lauren’s ensemble is perfect for a date to The Nutcracker or a gathering of friends. Want to show your mother-daughter style at the ballet? This dress is also available in girls sizes. Juicy Couture Lipstick Red lace cocktail dress, Urban Expressions Black python clutch, Juicy Couture Art Deco cocktail ring and Yochi NY necklace. Tulips, Little Rock, (501) 614-7343,

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There is nothing more enchanting in the eyes of little girls than the whimsy and magic of The Nutcracker.

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When it comes to holiday traditions, perhaps none are more special in the eyes of little girls than the beauty and magic of The Nutcracker ballet. For Lauren Strother, dance has been a way of life since her days at Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio in North Little Rock. “I have literally danced my entire life,” says Strother, who went on to join the dance team at the University of Arkansas where she earned a marketing degree. Today, as the executive director of Ballet Arkansas, she uses her marketing know-how and her passion for dance to promote and progress the company. “In the past three years we have grown from having five professional dancers to now having 11,” she says. While the ballet holds performances throughout the year, Strother admits The Nutcracker is “the staple of any ballet company.” Not only is this true for the dancers, who begin to prepare with student auditions in August and rehearsals following in early September, but also for audiences. “We have people who might not attend any other shows, but look forward to this all year,” she adds. This year as Robinson Center Music Hall is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with cheer, there is additional cause for celebration. In the spring of 2014, Ballet Arkansas—which is the state’s only professional dance company—will move its offices to the new ‘Creative Corridor’ area located along Little Rock’s Main Street. “It’s an exciting time and we’re thrilled to be a part of this creative hub,” says Strother, as she looks forward to not only the ballet’s holiday season, but also an eventful new year.

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Making Memories Inspired by time-honored traditions and the nostalgia of their own childhood, the owners of Park Hill Home welcome the season with a neighborhood cookie swap Story: Jennifer bonds PHOTOGRAPHY: NANCY NOLAN

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A faux fir wreath from the Park Hill Collection is embellished with red ilex berries, small pinecones, magnolia leaves and Braeburn apples. As a nod to their neighborhood cookie swap, gingerbread men preserved with clear acrylic spray are tied on with baker’s twine.

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odd Smith and Charlie Groppetti’s home is just the kind of place you want to be invited to for the holidays. Warm, welcoming and filled with nostalgic reminders of the season, including homemade gingerbread cookies, their North Little Rock residence emanates all the charm of a vintage Christmas card. This simple, down-to-earth style comes naturally to the pair, who own the Park Hill Collection home décor line as well as the Park Hill Home store in Conway. So naturally, in fact, it has become a way of life, which is why they decided to host a neighborhood holiday cookie swap. “We like to take the party onto our home’s front porch,” explains Groppetti. “We love the idea of hosting it on a weekend when everyone is outdoors decorating, and each neighbor offers a different cookie or treat throughout the day.” As the parents of a young son, a desire to create fond memories of the holidays was a key force behind the friendly, come-and-go-style gathering which celebrates the meaningful traditions of the season and encourages togetherness. As well-wishers drop by, the couple serves hot apple cider and whimsical gingerbread cookies. Inspired by his two grandmothers—one, a by-thebook cook and the other, more prone to throw it together—Smith created his own gingerbread recipe. To carry the theme throughout, he sprayed some of the cookies with clear acrylic and used them as décor, while the majority are decorated and offered as treats. For an additional twist, the pair combined store-bought white icing (“Hey, we’ve got diapers to change!” says Groppetti.) with crushed peppermint and spread the mixture between two cookies to create a sandwich. The icing is a sweet complement to the tangy cookie. They also gave the little ones free rein to decorate their own cookies with plain white icing and candy embellishments. When it comes to seasonal décor, the pair’s approach is no different than their laid-back entertaining style. While they love to use natural elements, they recognize their limitations. “Most natural greens won’t stay fresh when decorating is done early, so we use a combination of fresh and faux,” says Groppetti. “The trick is to use components that look natural together, whether they are real or imitation.” Their home’s front door is a prime example, boasting a blue spruce wreath from the Park Hill Collection that has been embellished with faux magnolia leaves, pinecones, red berries and fresh apples. The mixture results in a seasonal, fresh-from-the-garden look. This same perspective also carries over to the way they handle their busy retail season and family time, especially with the addition of their son, Leland. “We take more time for our family now. It has given us a fresh and more efficient approach to everything we do. We laugh a lot more, too. Our ultimate goal is to make him feel as we both do when we recall past holidays. You know, that warm, nostalgic feeling of a home filled with love that makes you get a little teary eyed, “ says Groppetti.

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Gingerbread cookies festooned with red-and-white ribbon along with hot apple cider in mason jars make a perfect treat after a day of holiday decorating. Facing page: The family waits to greet guests on the home’s front porch. December 2013 | 35

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Gingerbread Cookies Yields: Two dozen cookies INGREDIENTS: 2 eggs 1 cup butter ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup molasses ½ cup water 4 cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons ginger 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice Note: For sandwich cookies, you will also need crushed peppermints, white icing and any cookie decorating items you wish to use.

DIRECTIONS: Using a hand or stand mixer, mix together the first six ingredients until well-blended. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and gradually add this to the existing egg, sugar and butter mixture. Continue to mix until the color is consistent and texture is smooth. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour, or allow it to chill overnight. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough until it is approximately ¼-inch thick. Use a gingerbreadman cookie cutter to cut out the figures, and then place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes. To create sandwich cookies, mix crushed peppermint with white icing. Allow the cookies to cool completely, and then spread the mixture on both sides of the gingerbread man. Decorate as desired.

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A custom-made English table is the cornerstone of the dining room. For a family who values long-term, meaningful furniture pieces, it is the perfect representation of their taste as well as a complement to the checkered marble floor tiles and coffered ceiling. During the holidays, Tipton & Hurst’s three-arrangement centerpiece of blush-colored roses, pinecones, kale, berries and juniper is a fresh but subtle note of cheer.

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A historic home with modern accents is the perfect backdrop for refined holiday dĂŠcor Story: Elaine Slayton Akin Photography: Rett Peek Styling: Tiffany Burgess Adams & Rosemary Hallmark December 2013 | 39

hen you think holiday décor, shades of red and green may naturally come to mind. However, it’s not necessary to use a tried-and-true palette to create a holiday setting with warmth and cheer— in fact, you can look to the colors of your home for a Christmas display that complements your existing décor and is a reflection of your style. For a family home in Little Rock’s historic Edgehill neighborhood, this was just the case. Interior designer Garry Mertins of Garry Mertins Design and Howard Hurst of Tipton & Hurst florist each worked at one end of a residential revamp, from property renovations and cosmetic upgrades to seasonal botanic highlights, respectively, to create a home that is traditional and welcoming year round. Before they considered seasonal decor, the family started by reassessing the bones of the structure. Over the course of five years, they slowly and thoughtfully remodeled each room in the house to be conducive to entertaining as well as their on-the-go lifestyle. Walls came down to create one large, multipurpose space in the kitchen, which can now accommodate every scenario, from an after-school hangout spot to a game day headquarters. “At Christmastime, I’ve seen this family spread out from one end of the kitchen’s central island to the other—making candy, wrapping gifts and addressing cards all along the same countertop,” Mertins recollects. While updating the home’s floor plan was a major renovation, Mertins kept many of the home’s original features intact in an effort to stay true to the traditional heritage of the interior. These include the black-and-white checkered marble floor, which leads from the foyer through the dining room and the coffered ceiling in the dining room. To add modern flourishes, Mertins also 40 At Home in Arkansas | December 2013

Tipton & Hurst used the warm color palette and design of this historical home as the canvas for a holiday floral scheme. Whereas many holiday designs include the classic green and red, they integrated bronzes, golds and browns in muted tones for an understated effect. The entryway (below), for example, features a garland of mixed greens, interspersed with mattefinish ornaments and sheer ribbon to add an interesting blend of textures.

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integrated an “edgier, more contemporary feel” with hand-picked furnishings and accents. “My main goal for this family-oriented home was to create an environment that would not only stay relevant over time and become an extension of the family, but would also be a great foundation for seasonal accents, no matter the time of year,” says Mertins. Picking up where Mertins left off, Tipton & Hurst introduced a holiday floral design scheme to bring out the warm red, brown, gold and bronze undertones in the home’s color palette. “In this modern-meets-traditional home, the trim matches the décor— tasteful and moderate, yet it makes a statement,” Hurst explains. A garland of mixed greens in the entryway, including cedar, juniper and noble fir, provides a texture that is more interesting

than a single variety. Integrated with gold berries and ribbon, as well as muted bronze and multi-colored ornaments in a matte finish, the garland runs solely along the stair railing, but easily fills the space with holiday cheer. A petite, winter white arrangement of hydrangeas, lilies and roses on the adjacent console table is a perfect complement to the festive swag. Lifelike noble fir garlands adorn the mantles in both the living room and den, and are dotted with muted gold balls that play off the gilded furniture and wall accents. In the dining room, an intimate, but vibrant atmosphere is set by a centerpiece of three small arrangements which include blush roses, pinecones, kale, berries and juniper. The end result? A home where the everyday décor is the perfect backdrop for holiday accents.

Design Resources Contractor Chuck Hamilton, Little Rock, (501) 374-7173, Holiday décor and fresh floral Tipton & Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709, Interior design Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Design, Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Kitchen design Meredith Hamilton, MLH Designs, Little Rock, (501) 766-0594, Accessories, furniture and mirrors MertinsDykeHome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 771-1840, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Countertops—kitchen AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (888) 485-8424 Fixtures—kitchen Falk Plumbing Supply, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911, Hardware PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724, Lighting TEC Electric, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7252, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483, Rugs Hadidi Oriental Rug Co., Inc., Little Rock, (501) 225-8999 Stonework—fireplaces All Natural Stone, Little Rock, (501) 280-9777, Tile—backsplash Elder Tile, North Little Rock, (501) 758-4170, Windows Pella Windows and Doors, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5050, Window treatments Mary’s Hang Ups, Little Rock, (501) 372-6421 42 At Home in Arkansas | December 2013

To create an open, more familyfriendly kitchen area, walls were removed and a central island became the space’s focal point. Shimmering wreaths signal the season along the windows without overwhelming the design. Facing page: Weekends are laid back in the breakfast room as this young family gets comfortable in their indestructible, sheet metalbacked Louis XVI-style chairs.

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A blend of textures comes together in this modernmeets-traditional living room. Plush sofas from Cobblestone & Vine are accented with bright throw pillows, which add color and charisma. The room’s palette carries over to the woodland-inspired holiday dÊcor creating a harmonious, unified look.

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nviting spaces, clean lines and uncomplicated patterns were just what this Little Rock family was looking for when they decided to refresh their home’s décor to reflect their casual lifestyle. “A less is more approach was what the client had in mind for the home’s design and seasonal décor,” says Jennifer Huett, interior designer and owner of Hot Springs’ House to Home. Huett, who worked on multiple rooms in the home as well as the holiday décor, was inspired by the family’s children—“they are so full of life,” she says—as well as the clients’ love of color, especially turquoise. Using these cues, she started the home’s makeover with the teenage daughter’s bedroom. “All girls seem to start out with sweet pink rooms with lace, and then when they become teenagers they are ready for something a bit more grown-up,” explains Huett. Two pop-art-style canvases became the color inspiration for the bold space. From there, Huett mixed vivid shades of orange with a brilliant turquoise throughout the room, even finding the perfect Stray Dog Designs chandelier to complement the hues. Knowing that a place for “girl talk” was a top priority for teens, Huett included a velvet settee as well as an armchair to offer plenty of space for friends to hangout and chat. To add holiday flair, a tinsel tree—which is also a nod to the room’s mod undertones—provides holiday cheer without overwhelming the space. Not to be overshadowed by his older sister, the client’s son was also eager to have a new personalized space. “We wanted to come up with something just as awesome for his room and the ‘Gage’ sign was perfect. He actually jumped up and down on the bed in excitement the first time he saw it,” laughs Huett. In juxtaposition to the bright lights, a simple pine tree and a pair of sweater-cable cone trees add just a hint of Christmas to his room.

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Modest boxwood wreaths, accented with mercury glass ornaments, and a miniature Christmas tree add a hint of holiday flair to the Old Worldstyle kitchen. Facing page: A burl wood table and chairs is the centerpiece of the home’s linear dining room. Greenery adorns the table, while madeto-order moss wreaths line the windows to carry the fresh-from-the-forest appeal throughout the home. A simple swag greets front-door guests.

“The adult spaces are a bit more traditional. They help to balance the pattern and colors throughout the house to make it flow.” —Jennifer Huett

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Seeing his name in lights brought a smile to the young boy who lives in this bedroom. Facing page: Continuing with the palette of blues, which flows throughout the home’s bedrooms, the master features flourishes of sky blue including Bella Notte linens and dainty glass bedside lamps. Huett worked with the homeowner’s existing bed to make the space personalized to them, while still creating continuity.

While the kids love their new bedrooms, they also enjoy spending time together and both children love to draw. To encourage this creativity, their parents wanted a designated place where they could sketch, paint and make crafts together—and, of course, they wanted it to have personality. Turning again to a cool color palette and whimsical features, Huett designed a casual, carefree craft room. The centerpiece of the room is a custom-made, counterheight table. Knowing the workspace would have to be durable, she had the table covered with a hard, enamel lacquer which allows paint, chalk and marker to wipe clean easily. Framed prints of the children’s artwork line the walls, while labeled bins, jars and boxes neatly store supplies. Since crafts are such a big part of many holiday traditions, Huett felt it was important to also extend the cheery seasonal décor into this space. A yarn-wrapped tree adorned with bird-shaped ornaments looks as if it could have been crafted in this very space, while a sparkling “snow-dusted” house and tree add a wintry effect. Of course, with an active family it’s also important to have a retreat for the parents to recharge and relax. Soft linens (Huett describes them as “scrumptious”) from Bella Notte are sophisticated enough to signal this space as the master bedroom, while still providing comfort. “The adult spaces are a bit more traditional. They help to balance the pattern and colors throughout the house to make it flow,” adds Huett. December 2013 | 49

The bedroom of the family’s teenage daughter was the first room Huett tackled in the makeover. Inspired by two pop-art style prints, she used a palette of orange and blues to create a bold teen space. Facing page: A velvet settee offers the perfect place for after-school homework or phone conversations. Coordinating draperies complete the look. A family tree, featuring ornaments collected through the years, illuminates the playroom.

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Equal parts fun and durable, a craft room was a top priority for the family. A counter-height table with a durable enamel finish and an indoor/outdoor rug both wipe clean easily. Facing page: Whimsical seasonal dĂŠcor provides a hint of cheer for the family while they work on holiday crafts.

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For the living area and dining room, designer Josh Plumlee of Cobblestone & Vine used a similar philosophy, which creates a sense of continuity throughout the home. “We were going for a classic, but not expected look,” he says of the two adjoining rooms which feature a harmonious blend of textures coupled with a variety of neutral hues. Although these spaces appear more formal than the home’s bedrooms, the materials and layout still lend themselves to comfort and conversation. For example, Plumlee intentionally chose two sofas and placed them opposite one another in the living area to encourage togetherness as well as relaxation. To carry the spirit of the season into the receiving areas of the house, the homeowners consulted Chris Olsen and Cyndi Yeager of Botanica Gardens. Veering from a traditional palette and playing off the colors used throughout the home, Olsen and Yeager choose to go with a natural “fresh from the woods” design with bright pops of orange woven throughout the scheme. Owls, which the client already owned, were a natural addition, giving a bit of charisma to the woodland scene. The design pair also chose to break up the mantle display, grounding it with a large arrangement on each end, rather than one continuous garland or display. “We didn’t want to drown the home in Christmas, but rather make it feel like we went out into the woods and pulled a few select pieces,” says Olsen of the end result. Design Resources Holiday décor—dining room and kitchen Jennifer Huett, House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, Holiday décor—living room, dining room and kitchen Chris Olsen and Cyndi Yeager, Botanica Gardens, Little Rock, (501) 614-3000,, Interior design and holiday decor—children’s rooms, craft room, playroom, master bedroom Jennifer Huett, House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, Interior design—living room and dining room Joshua Plumlee, Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Accessories, art, bedding, furniture, lighting, rugs and window treatments— children’s rooms, craft room, playroom and master bedroom House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, Accessories, art, furniture, rugs and window treatments—living room, dining room and kitchen Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,

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A charming, rural setting inspires Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral to bring the holidays to life for a couple who loves to entertain Story: Jennifer Bonds Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener

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Natural holiday dÊcor, dotted with candles, embellishes the salvaged wood dining table with an architectural column base. A photo of an urban cement wall Martha spotted in a magazine inspired the room’s custom wall finish. December 2013 | 55

The pastoral setting offers a serene welcome for holiday guests. An outdoor garland (below) hints to the woodlandinspired décor inside the home. Facing page: Assorted lanterns light the path to the front door, which is draped with an oversized garland covered with pinecones, birdcages, grapevine and tinsel orbs and white lights.

or Martha and Bob Snider, Christmas at home is more than just a turkey on the table and gifts under the tree, it is a chance to share their home with their blended family as well as friends, and to support the causes they hold dear. “Between us we have five children and four grandchildren, so it takes some space when we all get together,” says Bob. “This house has served us well in that respect.” Ground was broken on the spacious European country-style home—which sits on four acres west of Little Rock—while the couple was on their honeymoon, and since then maintaining the home and property has been a labor of love. “Hardly a month goes by that we aren’t preparing for a tea, shower or something— and I’m the go-to guy to get things done,” Bob laughs. When the holiday season rolls around, all of that practice is put to good use as the home is decked out from top to bottom in preparation for the couple’s many parties and events.

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A “Cabinet of Curiosities� in its own right, this antique secretary was passed down from the homeowner’s grandmother. Laden with old family photos and leather-bound literary classics along with letter opener and magnifying glass collections, it is a warm, constant memory of days gone by and is a most fitting addition to Kadel Cottage, a homage to the past, present, and future.

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A stone fireplace is the focal point of the home’s den. Packages wrapped in natural-toned papers blend with the seasonal décor. Facing page: The family tree sparkles in a corner of the hearth room and complements the home’s palette. A club chair and pair of stools from Cobblestone & Vine offer a cozy place to unwrap Christmas morning surprises.

However, all of the work is not left to Bob. Tanarah Haynie and her team from Tanarah Luxe Floral play an integral role in helping the Sniders prepare for the holidays. “Since the home is out in the country, we wanted the decorations to be a celebration of nature,” says Tanarah. “We used unconventional items like rust-weathered birdcages and found vintage medicine bottles to give it an industrial edge. Not only do the medicine bottles bring in the rich mink color found on the tree, they also hold water for fresh blooms when the couple entertains.” Greenery—both fresh and faux—is a common element and is woven throughout the décor, beginning with the front entrance. A thick garland of faux pine and fir is draped over the double front doors. White lights of various sizes twinkle among grapevine orbs, silvery branches, large pinecones and even a few wooden birdhouses. Small pots of ivy are tucked in for additional texture, while lanterns and live noble fir trees in galvanized buckets line the porches.

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A piece of Bob’s artwork hangs over the dining room mantle, providing a bright contrast to the room’s neutral palette. Facing page: The couple’s two dogs, Keelie and Little Buddy, sit next to the breakfast table, which overlooks the home’s expansive outdoor entertaining area. A pair of built-in display cabinets is connected by a window-seat banquette, which also offers storage.

Inside, the home’s warm palette is inspired by the European countryside. Dark wood floors, a brick backsplash and beams that stretch the expanse of the vaulted ceilings lend a casual feeling to the kitchen and hearth room. To echo the colors of the space, the family tree is outfitted in woodland tones and accented with notes of silver and gold. The home’s dining room was designed to be a formal living space, but Martha had other plans. “I have never used a formal living room, so I thought why not make the smaller dining room a billiards room and use this as the dining room,” she explains. “Since we entertain often, it has served us well.” Here, another oversized garland is artistically draped across the mantle beneath a custom painting by Bob, who is known for his vibrant watercolor and oil works. Silver momentos that belonged to Martha’s mother and grandmother dangle from the garland and mingle with groupings of birch logs and mercury glass candlesticks on the table.

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The family enjoys spending time gathered around the outdoor fireplace. Potted miniature trees add a festive touch to the setting. Facing page: Groupings of large trees along with lanterns and other downto-earth décor give seasonal flair to the home’s front exterior.

“The house has views of Rattlesnake Ridge as well as Pinnacle and Blue Mountains, so we wanted the Christmas décor to have a natural look to fit the setting. Tanarah took it one step further by using bits and pieces of things from the house to make it special,” says Martha. “What we love is for our home to be a place of blessing for other people. So when we were building, we wanted it to be big enough to accommodate a lot of visitors, but not be imposing,” adds Bob, recalling Christmas of 2012, when a rare Christmas-day snowstorm left them with a house full of guests and no electricity. “We had a pile of people, and that made for a wonderful time. We really ended up with something special.” Design Resources Contractor Carl Gray Henson Construction, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 413-8341, Holiday décor Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400, Interior design Kathy Seay Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 821-5680 Art Bob Snider, Little Rock, (501) 690-3746, Backsplash and countertops Inside Effects Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, Cabinetry Duke Custom Cabinets, Roland, (501) 868-8111, Furniture Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, December 2013 | 63

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To show your holiday spirit this season, dress your vino in a mini Santa suit, and dress yourself in red, black and gold accessories. The limited edition collectible Daulphin bracelets are the last in stock in the nation. Riffraff, Fayetteville, (479) 571-4000,

Personalize your presents. Choose from a Big Wood Boards solid walnut cutting board with Filigree handles ($143.99), a necklace with a sterling silver chain ($99) or an iPhone 4 or 5 Otterbox case ($70). Milk & Honey, 5916 R Street (next to Wordsworth Books), Little Rock, (501) 664-3200

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Practical meets stylish with a pair of TOMS “Desert” wedges shown in Cheetah Suede ($89), a “Mighty Purse” ($100) which can charge your iPhone and other devices on the go, and a House of Harlow “Sunburst” leather wrap bracelet ($48). Luxe Boutique, Hot Springs, (501) 520-2333

Who doesn’t deserve a little luxury? Show someone special you care with a selection of custom embroidered linens from South Africa. Ginger Cat Linens, Dallas, TX, (214) 773-4350,,

Give the gift of comfort this season. Choose from a selection of pajama looks guaranteed to fit any woman’s taste. Lavender, Little Rock, (501) 868-8088,

Surprise the stylish ladies in your life with gold and silver bracelets by Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, a green lace Maggy London dress or cowgirl-chic turquoise Lane boots. The Gift Shop, Dumas, (870) 382-6907

Traditional, transitional and contemporary rugs can fit anyone’s décor today. Oriental rugs make a lasting gift. Martinous Oriental Rug Company, Little Rock, (501) 224-0313,

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for her, think red. Whether it’s a vase—round ($49) or scalloped ($89)—or a silk arrangement ($359), no woman can resist the sweet simplicity of these presents. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002,

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Treat her to the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit, featuring a classic white dress, black-and-white heels and a black clutch. Steamroller Blues, Jonesboro, (870) 935-9465, Little Rock, (501) 661-4067,

Can’t decide what to get the men in your life? A classic design accessory is always in good taste. Choose from these three staple pieces: horn-and-silver candleholders ($389 per pair), an industrial clock ($59) or a horn-handle magnifying glass ($99). Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002, 68 At Home in Arkansas | December 2013

Give your loved ones a little holiday cheer with a Casafina red pitcher ($71.50), a fashionable grey infinity scarf ($12) or a Hobo purse ($138). Smith Caldwell, Benton, (501) 315-7700,

A Velvet vest ($198), Old Gringo boots ($420) and a G. Spinelli necklace ($225) will have her all decked out for 2014. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock, (501) 221-1539

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Commemorate the holidays with a custommade brass filigree ornament. The 2013 ornament ($20) bears the image of one of Garvan’s hardy amaryllis blooms. Know a garden enthusiast? Give the gift of an annual membership, starting at $55. Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs, (501) 262-9300,

If only politics were as classy as these brass bookends. Matched or bi-partisan. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400

Remember friends near and far with festive holiday greetings. Choose from a large selection in store. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929

A creative collection for you or the DIYer on your list. Features Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, her inspirational book and a selection of specialty furniture painting products ($200 value for $175). Reinvented Vintage, Little Rock, (501) 350-4769,

Sweep her off her feet with a pair of stunning ruby-and-diamond earrings set in 18K white gold. Leslie’s Jewelers, Searcy, (501) 268-2340,

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Give the gift of warmth and style with a cozy leopard-print infinity scarf. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168

Create a warm holiday entrance with a whimsical cardinal door hanging or 100% natural doormat. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,

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Purchase a 2013 collectible Christmas ornament—a beautiful rendition of The Great Seal of Arkansas ($19.50). A portion of the proceeds from this year’s ornament sales will benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Please call the State Capitol Gift Shop, Little Rock, (501) 682-3593,

Make your friends feel like royalty with an elegant crown-shaped sculpture, which can also hold a scented candle or seasonal filler. Made in the USA. Embellish Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 223-6965

You can never go wrong with pink. Surprise the lucky girl in your life with a gorgeous Tacori moon rose pendant necklace or cocktail ring. Jones & Son, Little Rock, (888) 933-8831,

Lawrence & Crane mosaic crosses created by artist Austin James will let your loved one know they are one of a kind. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367

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Whether it’s going to see Santa or a school party, make sure your little ones are ready for the season in sparkling attire such as this red dress. Whippersnappers, Little Rock, (501) 246-4944,

Pamper a loved one with eyelash extensions ($99) at this beauty and wellness spa. Little Rock Look, Little Rock, (501) 975-5665

Treat someone you love to a soft throw made from alpaca—the perfect gift to enjoy on chilly winter nights. Yves Delorme, Little Rock, (501) 663-7344,

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." —Laura Ingalls Wilder

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“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” —Rainer Maria Rilke Photography: Nancy Nolan 72 At Home in Arkansas | December 2013

For everything you need on your tree...

and underneath it. 800.732.3722 | Lake Village, AR

At Home in Arkansas December 2013  
At Home in Arkansas December 2013