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Come Live In Our Forest. Arkansas’ only green certified neighborhood.

Over one-third of our nearly 800 wooded acres will always remain as unspoiled forest. Plus tennis courts, swimming pool, pristine creeks, paved nature trails, fishing ponds, even wildlife observation areas. Just five minutes from west Little Rock shopping.




The Woods OverCreek Our largest and most exclusive home sites. A winding Theforested Preserve entry, exceptional privacy, stunning views and permanent green spaces.



Exclusive upscale single-family patio homes. Private gated entry. Lawn maintenance provided. Scale down while stepping up.


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From Chenal Parkway, take Bowman Road south to Kanis Road. Then right onto Kanis and west about one mile to Woodlands Trail. Then left onto Woodlands Trail and continue straight into Woodlands Edge.

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A picturesque stone bridge brings you to home sites with hilltop and creek valley views through a deep and protected forest.




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we don't just say local

WE DO LOCAL Rooted in Arkansas. Blooming with community. Some restaurants are local because they are located here, in Arkansas. Our restaurants are local because we choose to serve locally grown foods as much as possible, partner with Arkansas farms in planning future growth and participate in the food community in a consistent and meaningful way.

Thank you to the Arkansas farmers, big and small, for investing in the future of our food community and local economy. Thank you to the growing number of restaurants and stores that choose to serve locally produced foods. And thank you, all of our guests, for choosing to dine with us. Let's get growing Arkansas!


For a list of the farmers we are currently working with visit


you know you want it! Isn’t it time you had a beautiful Smile Doctor smile? Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Best of the Best Cosmetic Dentist AY Magazine’s BEST Cosmetic Dentist 11 years running Little Rock Soiree’s Platinum Service Award Winner Consumer’s Research Council of America’s Top Dentists Dentistry Today - One of the Nation’s Top Clinicians Soiree’s Little Rock Beauty Blackbook Winner Arkansas Bride Magazine’s Beauty Blackbook Winner Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award Winner

Dentist to National Celebrities, Professional Athletes & Models Featured on Entertainment Tonight & Dateline NBC 29 Years Experience and 45,000 + Aesthetic Restorations Placed

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Joy Cross Full-mouth smile makeover Exquisite Porcelain Veneers & Crowns

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“As a stylist I know the best accessory is a Dr. Jeff Garner smile!”


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A reimagined roofline and repurposed furnishings make a Heights attic functionable for a young family

Brush Up

42 In with the Old and the New 11 Finds 46 Make a Splash

Scott Girner of Elite Pools by Scott creates a dream pool for a Little Rock family

50 Modern Family Getaway

Garry Mertins of Garry Mertins Design uses durable fabrics, flooring, and finishes to make a family friendly getaway on Lake Hamilton

58 Natuical Escape

An Eden Isle home receives a seaworthy design scheme thanks to designer Tami Risinger

Special Section 68 Local Favorites Arkansas-Owned Eateries

14 Latest

Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches

17 Design

Completely Floored


24 Happenings

What to do in the Natural State

27 Discover

The Best of Hot Springs

30 Fashion In the Bag

33 Collecting A Garden of Relics

36 Entertainig

The Stars and Stripes of Summer

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In Every Issue

8 A Note from the Editor in Chief 71 Marketplace 72 End Notes

on the cover

An Eden Isle screened-in porch designed by Tami Risinger of Risinger Interiors. Photography by Nancy Nolan. See page 58.

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On the Blog this Month... Picnic-Worthy Recipes: Recreate the watermelonINFUSED iced green tea and cheesecake IN A Jar DESSERT featured on page 36 of this issue.

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From The Editor in Chief

save the date July is the time of year when we all long to take a break and slow down. As the temperatures rise, a collective sigh seems to fall over the state, saying “we’ve made it to the halfway point.” For many of us, the “halfway point” means it’s time for a break. This issue inspires just that—a getaway and a little bit of downtime. Indoors and out, the homes on the following pages focus on creating relaxing environments and spaces that can be enjoyed without too much fuss and upkeep. After all, no one wants to work on vacation! If you are hosting a crowd, we’ve got a few ideas on how to entertain them, too. Just in time for the Fourth of July, Autumn Beaulieu and Mariah Parks share easy-torecreate ideas for a festive and family-friendly celebration—and yes, there’s cheesecake involved! In addition to this issue, we have also been preparing for an upcoming event we know you will want to attend. The Design Market, presented by At Home in Arkansas, will be held this October in Little Rock. From new furniture and accessories curated by the state’s leading designers to the latest selection of antique and vintage wares from dealers who are household names, our favorite vendors are bringing their show-stopping pieces together in one location. Our office is abuzz with ideas, collaborations, and dreams for this event. Our hope is that it will grow into one of the not-to-be-missed yearly happenings in Arkansas’ design industry. So save the date on your calendars and follow us on social media (@athomearkansas) as we reveal more details about what you can expect from this fabulous affair. And remember, no matter what the season holds, stop to enjoy a few minutes of downtime this summer in the Natural State.

Chip Jones Editor in Chief

For more information about The Design Market, call 501-666-5510.

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October 2-4


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Painting by artist Mallory Page, Klismos side chair in cerused driftwood finish with woven ivory leather seat, woven raffia and Lucite desk, garden stool with bone inlay detail, decorative box accessory with bone inlay detail, quartz votive holder by Kathryn McCoy Design, alabaster and amethyst jar and box from Clair Crowe’s Alchemy collection, vintage Murano glass bowls and lamp, Juliska glass used as vase for flower arrangement, pair of decorative obelisks in shell. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, 11


“Blue Sky” by artist Suzanne Mosley. Massimo Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 664-0355,

Brush Up

Refresh your home with décor inspired by an array of painting techiques PRODUCERS Ashley Gill & Mandy Keener PHotographY Nancy Nolan & Courtesy of Vendors

Candace lamp, shown in Coral. Emporium Home, Little Rock, (501) 376-4663,

Marbleized glass vase. House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949,

Donghia “Frolic” fabric, shown in Petal. Designer Effects, Little Rock, (501) 661-4070,

Matchbox with crab motif. White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460

Dip-dyed pillows in natural linen. mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200,

Paisley table runner and napkin. Sydney Murphy Design, El Dorado, (870) 863-6625, 12 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

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Style/Latest Domestic Domestic

Born in the USA

Their tagline says it all, “Household Goods, Built in the USA.” Domestic Domestic, the brainchild of owner Heather Smith (formerly of Eggshells Kitchen Co.), recently opened its doors along Little Rock’s popular Kavanaugh Boulevard shopping district and promises to delight even the most discerning shopper. Carrying everything from pocketknives to rugged menswear, grooming essentials to colorful quilts, the products boast both quality and style. According to their mantra, this all-American shop seeks to be “matchmakers connecting conscientious consumers with ethical companies” with a focus on function and design. 5501 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Suite C, Little Rock, (501) 661-1776,

Statements Interior Design has now expanded to offer home furnishings in their new retail storefront. The Hot Springsbased design firm has moved to a larger space (next door to their firm’s previous location) and opened Statements for the Home. The recently opened shop features local artwork, refurbished flea-market finds, gift items, and even a jewelry line. The design portion of the business, which is helmed by co-owners Julie Nichols and Ashley Campbell, is housed in the back of the shop and still provides the same full-service interior and/or exterior design experience along with their huge selection of samples to view onsite. 3820 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, (501) 620-4545,

Christopher Allen DEcor

A chance meeting between two like-minded individuals spawned the idea for Christopher Allen Decor. Karen Kimbro and Janet Hixson met while volunteering with Fayetteville’s Life Styles program, which offers community-centered support for adults with disabilities. The two quickly hit it off and decided to open the home décor shop after becoming frustrated with a lack of design resources while they were working on their own homes. The recently opened shop—which is named after Kimbro’s son Christopher, who passed away in a car accident, and Hixson’s son Allen, who is a part of the Life Styles program— offers a variety of home accessories including lamps, rugs, occasional tables and chairs, and mirrors. The store also carries a number of pieces by Arkansas artists such as Bob Snider, Shawna Elliott, Elizabeth Rusher, and Karen Ajuhu, as well as pieces created by adults who are a part of the Life Styles program. 2826 East Joyce Boulevard, Suite 2, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2055

H3 Home+Decor

Conway’s H3 Home+Decor (formerly Hambuchen’s Home Furnishings) has a new look to go along with their new name. The recently remodeled showroom has been completely renovated to create a fresh, open space featuring the latest in home furnishings and décor. To better serve customers, H3 Home+Decor is introducing new, quality lines with lower price points, making the store a destination for all styles and budgets. The new H3 Home+Decor name is symbolic of the owners and their relationship to the business. There are three owners, all of which are the third generation of the Hambuchen family to own and operate the business. 806 Second Street, Conway, (501) 327-6523,

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photography: courtesy DOMESTIC DOMESTIC, STatements for the home, christoPHER ALLEN DECOR, H3 HOME+DECOR

Statements for the Home

home decor

fresh furniture

Interior design

2826 E. Joyce Blvd. Suite 2 | Fayetteville, AR 479-301-2055 July 2014 | 15

serving arkansas since 1923

Oriental Rugs From Around the World to Meet Everyone’s Budget We carry all the latest colors and styles, including traditional, transitional, and contemporary.

Rustic Elegance Monday-Saturday 10 am - 6 pm 4330 Central Ave., Suite H - Hot Springs, AR 501-365-2778 5730 Blackland Rd. - Pleasant Plains, AR 501-345-8888

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Completely F loored Rich textures, artful designs, and classic materials make for far-from-boring flooring options PRODUCER Mandy Keener PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy of Vendors

Get the look of rustic, weathered wood flooring with the durability of porcelain tile thanks to Daltile’s new Season Wood™ Colorbody™ planks. Available in a range of colors. C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909,; Inside Effects, North Little Rock, (501) 954-8866,; Ridout Lumber, locations statewide,; River City Flooring, Conway, (501) 205-1519, Mountain Home, (870) 424-9663, North Little Rock, (501) 812-1411, rivercityflooringinc. com; Whitley Flooring and Design, Benton, (501) 315-3626,

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Style/Design 1



1. Surya’s “Atlas” rug is hand-woven from 100% wool and available in


a variety of sizes. Ashley Furniture HomeStore, locations statewide,; Bassett Home Furnishings, Fayetteville, (479) 571-0200, Little Rock, (501) 217-3860,; Harris Furniture Co., Jonesboro, (870) 935-3772,; La-Z-Boy, Little Rock, (501) 224-4624, 2. A part of the new Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert collection, the“Lucy” indoor/outdoor rug (shown here in Juniper) was inspired by the pattern of a vintage tile floor. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, 3. Available in three fullroom sizes, the “Carron” rug, shown here in Sand Stone, is made from SmartStrand® fibers, which are eco-friendly and stain-resistant. Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 400-7558, arnoldsflooringlittlerock. com; C & P Carpets, Little Rock, (501) 224-6000, Sherwood, (501) 835-0492,; Martinous Oriental Rug Co., Inc., Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, 4. A bold geometric pattern set against a neutral background makes this area rug a statement piece. Hadidi Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock, (501) 225-8999, 18 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

Do your plush and precious rugs have


This cream English golden retriever is a member of the Mocek family.

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1. Each board of Anderson Floors’ Virginia

Vintage Legacy tm hardwood flooring is an authentic, handcrafted work of art. C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909,; Laws Abbey Flooring Center, Jonesboro, (870) 932-5297,; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601,; Peter’s Flooring and Paint, Hot Springs, (501) 623-1800,; Ridout Lumber, locations statewide,; White River Flooring, Searcy, (501) 268-5370, 2. Available in a variety of colors and standard sizes along with trim and accent pieces, the Metropolitan Slate collection from Shaw Floors is a low-maintenance glazed porcelain tile. Produced in the USA from 40% recycled materials, the tile is suitable for floors, walls, and exteriors. Peter’s Flooring and Paint, Hot Springs, (501) 623-1800,; Storey’s Floor & Carpet, El Dorado, (870) 862-9446,; Tom January Floors, Inc., Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, 3. SmartStrand® Silk™ carpet from Mohawk, which features built-in stain and soil protection, is a perfect marriage of premium softness and maximum durability. C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909,; C & P Carpets, Little Rock, (501) 224-6000, Sherwood, (501) 835-0492,; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601,; Ridout Lumber, locations statewide,; White River Flooring, Searcy, (501) 268-5370, 4. Made from porcelain, Stonepeak’s “Palazzo” collection (shown around the perimeter of the island) combines old-world charm and modern beauty. Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974, North Little Rock, (501) 812-5574, Russellville, (479) 968-6900,

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Create Your Own

Backyard Retreat

Huge selection of outdoor furnishings available for immediate delivery!

Come see us at our NEW LOCATION!

Arkansas’ largest selection of interior barstools

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remarkable journeys that exceed expectations

727 W. Beebe Capps Expressway | Searcy 501-305-3780 | 877-307-3789

Boys (newborn-size 7) Girls (newborn-size 12) Gifts, Toys & accessories

Grow Childrens’ Boutique

1217 Malvern Avenue Ste. B Hot Springs, AR 71901 501.318.1094

Cornerstone (Across from Pier 1) Hot Springs 501-520-4769

Come experience award-winning cuisine from chef, founder and owner Diana Bratton.

Clothing . Shoes . Accessories

1209 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501.624.MAMA • 22 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

pink avenue Central Avenue

Next to Starbucks Hot Springs 501-520-0624


See more of our “The Stars and Stripes of Summer” feature on page 36. 23


What to do in the natural state

July 2-5

70th Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Springdale

What started as a lighthearted, community-centered distraction from World War II has now become one of the top outdoor rodeos in the U.S. Celebrate your patriotism with true cowboys and cowgirls who will compete in a variety of events over the course of four days at Parsons Stadium. (479) 756-0464,

Play Outside This Month Now – July 30

July 4

Movies in the Park

Patriotic Ceremony & Fireworks Display

Bring the entire family out to the lawn of the First Security Amphitheater at the River Market to enjoy a night of movie watching under the stars. Films are presented every Wednesday night this month and include titles such as “Frozen,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “E.T.” Visit their website to see the full lineup.

Get ready for a full day of celebrating our nation’s independence at Mountain Harbor Resort. Start the day with a special flag-raising ceremony followed by an ATV parade around the resort. After spending the day on the lake, relax and enjoy the fireworks display over Lake Ouachita. (870) 867-2191,

Little Rock

July 25-26 st

31 Annual Altus Grape Festival Altus

Head to the state’s wine capital to take part in a public grape stomping, enter an amateur winemaking competition, and sample an assortment of wines. Live music, arts and crafts booths, and food vendors will also be on hand for the two-day festival. (479) 468-4684, 24 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

Mount Ida

July 4

Pops, Blues, & Rock

Pine Bluff Bring the entire family to this free event, which features children’s activities and food vendors starting at 2 p.m. Stick around for the evening’s live music showcase and, of course, the grand finale—south Arkansas’ largest fireworks display. (870) 536-7600,

July 4

39th Annual Devil’s Den Games West Fork

Get back to basics with a day of family-friendly games and activities. Participate in a round of horseshoes, an egg toss, a kids’ obstacle course, or a softball tournament. Plus, learn how to make ice cream—all while enjoying the beauty of this scenic state park. (479) 761-3325,

Come see us at our new location!

Come shop our new furniture, bedding, rugs & more with designer Jennifer Huett, Associate ASID

Temperance Hill Square • 4328 Central Ave. • Hot Springs 501.520.4949 • Mon-Fri 10-5 •

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501-623-3849 Mon - Sat 9-6

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HOT SPRINGS Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains, this lakeside town may conjure up thoughts of historic bathhouses or horse racing at Oaklawn Park, but it also offers some of our favorite resources for the home, plus restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Follow along for our top places to visit in the Spa City. PRODUCERS Blythe Cate and Chip Jones

EATS & SWEETS Start your adventure with breakfast at The Pancake Shop, one of the oldest family-owned and -operated restaurants in the state. Take your pick of favorite items, all made daily. Since it’s a local hot spot, you may have to wait—but even this is a treat. You’ll be directed next door to The Savory Pantry, their specialty food store, which offers premium ingredients and delicacies in the shop and online. Sip a cup of coffee or browse the selection of jams, oils, and mixes while you wait. After discovering the historic downtown area, pop in Café 1217 (501-318-1094, for a satisfying lunch in a cheerful space. Here, chef, founder, and owner Diana Bratton creates an inventive menu that changes monthly. When we dined there, our favorites included the

CAFÉ 1217

1217 Tomato Soup and a roasted vegetable panini. All made from scratch, each bite was exquisite and fresh. After you visit a few unrivaled boutiques, you’ll need an afternoon break. There’s no better spot to unwind than the Superior Bathhouse Brewery

& Distillery, located inside one of the downtown row’s historic bathhouses. The restaurant brews fine craft beers from the town’s natural hot spring water. They also offer spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. We recommend sharing a few of their small plates, including the Southern black-eyed pea hummus and warm, creamy buffalo chicken dip. To satisfy your sweet tooth, we suggest indulging in a cone of fresh-made gelato. If you’re looking for a great dinner spot, head to Cajun Boilers (501-767-5695,, a staple for residents of the Spa City as well as visitors. Sample their fried alligator bites or crawfish tails, and try the traditional gumbo dinner for your entrée. The restaurant will also cater your next event or meeting if your party craves southern grub.

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LOCAL FINDS If you’re in the market for your own piece of history, you’ll find the finest at Tillman’s Antiques (501-624-4083). Owner David Tillman curates the shop with rare antiques, estate jewelry, fine glass, and other collectibles from around the globe. The selection also includes two new notable designer jewelry lines: Lafonn, crafted for elegance and infinite wear, and Ronaldo, a collection handmade in the United States. Each garners attention for not only their beauty, but also their reasonable price points. Also notice the stunning Venetian Blackamoor brooch shown here. Blackamoor figures are typically TILLMAN’S ANTIQUES

male, carved from ebony or painted black, depicted with a head covering and dressed in rich jewels and gold leaf. Even the most selective customer is sure to find what will become a beloved treasure. 28 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

For a summer wardrobe update, we know just the boutiques you’ll want to visit. Refined, yet comfortable, the lines at Accessory Gallery and Sparkle (501-321-9168) will clothe you in a stylishly timeless look year-round. You’ll feel welcomed by the open shop while you browse the large selection of Julio Designs jewelry, made with both vintage and contemporary materials, and Jeff Lieb custom jewelry. Our other favorites include Joseph Ribkoff apparel and Brighton jewelry, both of which are exclusive to the shop. The mod, distinctive pieces at Ciao Bella (501-262-2201) will get you in the mood for summer. Upon entering, pops of color will catch your eye from the clothing and jewelry to the décor. Find a festive summer ensemble with Citizens of Humanity distressed jeans, Lane boots, Dolce Vita sandals, kimonos, cheerful pom-pom shorts (one of our favorite finds), or PilyQ swimwear. You’ll leave feeling prepped for a day on Lake Hamilton or an evening rendezvous. Next, pay a visit to Luxe Boutique (501-520-2333) on Cornerstone Boulevard. The interior of the store— which is filled with fun details, including a black-and-white striped accent wall and bright paintings—is as boldly alluring as the lines sold there. Peruse the wide selection of bohemian styles from Chaser, Show Me Your MuMu, BB Dakota, Goddis, Whitney Eve, Free People, and more. Notice the heaps of

fabulous premium denim from Hudson, AG, Mother, Current/Elliott, and Henry and Belle. Owner Lauren Jenkins also stocks the shop with jewelry lines such as Vanessa Mooney and House of Harlow, as well as gift items. Have a preteen or tween? Luxe offers Little Luxe clothing for girls, ages 7-16. On your visit, be sure to greet sweet Bowser, Jenkins’ shop dog, who also makes an appearance on the store’s logo. Finally, don’t leave town before you stop in at Pink Avenue (501-520-0624). The shop offers contemporary clothing, accessories, and jewelry, appealing to women of all ages. You’ll find that new royal blue romper for a bonfire night on the beach, a cropped flag tank for Independence Day, or a lace dress for date night. Get geared up for summer with their selection of affordable finds. Owner Amanda Moore also runs local children’s boutique Grow (501-520-4769), the perfect place to shop for your little one. You’ll find a variety of comfortable and cute styles for any girl or boy. MAKE IT HOME If you currently reside in this scenic town or plan to move here soon, we know just the professionals to update or create an idyllic home. Reach out to The Millwork Co. (501-318-0919) for all of your building materials needs. The family-owned shop provides moulding, doors, windows, stair parts, door hardware, and other items at

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Live Like a Local Gallery Walk

Immerse yourself in local, regional, national, and international art by visiting the downtown galleries the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. For more information, call (501) 624-0550 or visit

Fairy Tea for Children

Tuesday, July 8, 3 p.m. Garvan Woodland Gardens invites children to be their honored guest for an afternoon with the Gardens’ “Tea Fairy.” Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess or fairy costume for the fantasy-filled event, which includes a brief etiquette lesson and story time. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call the Gardens at (501) 262-9300 to reserve your space or visit to learn more.

Next month we hit the road to Northwest Arkansas! Follow along at #ahiatravels.


wholesale prices. The friendly staff will be more than happy to provide quality supplies for any new construction build or remodel. We recommend making Peter’s Flooring and Paint (501-623-1800, your next stop, a trusted Hot Springs business for more than 105 years. The store offers a huge selection of quality products including carpet, hardwoods, rugs, tile, stone, laminate, resilient vinyl, paint, and more. They also offer financial assistance, in-home measurements, and installation to ensure that you get just what you need and that it’s a perfect fit for your space. From there, you might consider what furniture and accessories would work best in your new home. Head to Albert Pike Road to visit the three showrooms (in one location!) of Arkansas Furniture (501-623-3849, Since 1952, the family-owned and -operated business has provided only the best brands, such as Ashley, Bassett, Broyhill, Hickory Chair, and Lane. If you’re in need of a mattress update, explore their collections from TempurPedic and Serta to maximize your sleep time and quality. Whether you prefer bright and modern or understated and elegant, House to Home (501-520-4949, shophousetohome. com) has everything you need to freshen up your nest, including lighting, bedding, furniture, rugs, artwork, and candles. There’s no doubt you’ll find a favorite new home accent piece in this wellstocked and beloved store. On our visit, we admired the Bella Notte fine linens and the scent of each Lafco candle, all made specifically for a certain room or environment (try the Master Bedroom, Kitchen, or Lake House scents). What’s more, if you love the fresh, comfortable

vibe of the shop, owner and designer Jennifer Huett offers her services to help you design your own home. Whether you’re looking for décor pieces or hosting a get-together, a trip to the recently opened Flowers and Home (501-525-0444, flowersandhome. com) is sure to inspire you. Browse the lively store for fresh blooms as well as home décor items including accent tables, paintings, pottery, art glass, and much more. For a detailed, custom floral design for your wedding or a silk flower arrangement to enhance your décor, consult with the talented designers, who are happy to create bouquets to suit your taste and occasion. If you need help with your home’s overall design, we suggest conferring with Statements for the Home (501620-4545,, a full-service interior design business that handles residential and commercial projects, and which now has a recently opened retail space where you can shop their favorite pieces. The experienced staff offers everything from paint and palette consultations to complete, full-scale renovations. What’s more, they devote their time to bringing you a personalized vision with attention to detail, quality furnishings, and dependable results. Design consultants Julie Nichols and Ashley Campbell have more than 25 years of combined experience and they believe in timeless and practical designs to reflect their clients’ personalities. July 2014 | 29


In the Bag Whether you’re lounging poolside or soaking in sun on the shoreline, bring along these must-haves for summer days


PRODUCERS Ashley Gill and Mandy Keener PHOTOGRAPHY Nancy Nolan


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1. Shield your face from too many rays with a wide-brimmed, cerulean-and-white striped hat. Riff Raff, Fayetteville, (479) 799-5763, 2. Dolce Vita gold sandals are a natural choice for an easy brunch-to-beach transition. Steamroller Blues, Jonesboro, (870) 935-9465, Little Rock, (501) 661-4067, 3. Crank

up your playlist on the deck, dock, or boardwalk with a pattern-perfected Lilly Pulitzer wireless speaker. Bonus: You can plug in your phone for a quick recharge. The Pink Pig, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622, 4. Accentuate your tan with a bright magenta, one-piece swimsuit from L*Space by Monica Wise. Steamroller Blues, Jonesboro, (870) 935-9465, Little Rock, (501) 661-4067, 5. Be smart about getting a summer glow with Coola’s organic mineral SPF 30 sunscreen for the face and Liplux for your lips. Lavender, Little Rock, (501) 868-8088, 6. Stash all your essentials in a green-and-white, zigzag-patterned tote with rope handles by Julie Brown. Tulips, Little Rock, (501) 614-7343, 7. Black-rimmed Brighton sunglasses are a chic way to protect your peepers. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168 30 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

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A Garden of Relics

A collection of vintage architectural elements adds intrigue to a beloved outdoor sanctuary STORY tiffany Burgess Adams PHotographY Nancy Nolan Styling Chip Jones

Collector Rebecca Thompson Hometown Magnet Cove Currently Resides Little Rock Her Obsession Vintage statues, finials, tools, benches, chimney pots, planters, and keystones—anything with a back story or bit of history to bring architectural interest to her sprawling garden How It Began Thompson’s collection started with gardening tools from the early and mid 1900s. “I am drawn to old tools, because they carry a history and connection to the earth,” she says. Why She Loves Them “I love mystery and the story behind all of these pieces. They have lived so many lives, and it’s fascinating to think about the ways they were used. The garden itself is a reflection of me as a person, and the architectural elements that have been enjoyed and cherished in so many ways throughout their lifetime are a big part of this,” Thompson says. July 2014 | 33

How did you begin gardening? My grandmother was an avid gardener, so I learned by watching her. I love the different composition of all the elements you find in a garden. That eventually led me to studying more about the art form and then become the gardener at the governor’s mansion when Jim Guy Tucker was in office. So it’s something I have really always enjoyed. Your own garden has evolved through the years. It seems that many of the architectural pieces that are prominent in it are experiencing a similar evolution. I have been in this house since 1989, and the garden has changed a good deal since I started. I am always adding something to it. The pieces that I display have a similar life. I add them to the garden as I pick them up at local sales or find them here and there. I have a sort of laissez-faire approach to it all. In fact, when something breaks, I still find a place to use it and experience its beauty in a different way. You can see that with many of my planters and the concrete pieces. There are a number of frog statues in your garden. Are those of any special significance to you? Yes, I have a special little portion of the garden I refer to as “The Frog Walk.” All of the frogs I have came from Arkansas. I think a lot of them have a distinct 1930s look. When I was a child a toad came up on our porch, and I began to think of him as my pet. I guess that started my fondness for frogs. There’s something magical about how they can live on land or in the water, and they are also a dream image for rebirth. Many things draw me to them, and of course they are a natural fit for the garden. Are there any other ways you use the relics? I now work as an artist in my home studio, so the garden pieces come in handy for my compositions. I move the pieces around to capture them in different lights. It’s amazing how different something can look when you move it from one area to another. I think that’s one of the things I love most about the relics; they are all constantly being reinvented and reimagined through their life in the garden. Visit to see more of Thompson’s collection. 34 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014


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THE STARS AND STRIPES OF SUMMER Take inspiration for your own Fourth of July gathering from this casual red, white, and blue get-together

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Event designer Autumn Evans Beaulieu of Petal Chik Designs used a patriotic red, white, and blue palette to set the tone for a Fourth of July party for two couples, their children and children’s friends. “I wanted the picnic to have a casual and rustic feel, but also knew it needed a few formal touches, like the floral arrangements, to set it apart as a special occasion,” Beaulieu says. The rustic setting at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center not only provides a beautiful backdrop, but also an afternoon of outdoor fun for or the active families.

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When you think of summer memories, visions of flags, grassy lawns, and waterside

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There’s something both nostalgic and comfortable about dipping your toes into a cool stream, tasting the fruits of the season, and lounging on a pallet while enjoying the company of a best friend. As America celebrates 238 years of independence, we invite you to bring these easy ideas to your celebration. 1. “Cheesecake in a Jar” desserts, created by freelance chef Mariah Parks, utilize summer’s abundance of delicious berries. Plus, the dessert’s colors coordinate perfectly with the picnic’s red, white, and blue décor. 2. Beaulieu covered a classic wooden picnic table with a cream burlap tablecloth and large, red-and-white striped canvas ribbon that has a jute edging. “I like the idea of using these ribbons as runners because they remind me of the flag,” she says. 3. A mix of red anemones and privet, which was cut from the grounds’ lush landscape, create a cheerful loose arrangement. A tall, glass votive candleholder was repurposed as a vase. Sheets of birch bark wrapped around the cylinder and tied with a navy grosgrain ribbon give the vessel a hint of rustic flair. 4. “Watermelon-Infused Iced Green Tea,” another of Parks’ creations, keeps the picnickers cool and refreshed while they play games on the lawn. The centerpiece is an arrangement of David Austin red garden roses mixed with privet. 5. Patriotic pinwheels are a fun way to watch time fly by for the children at the gathering. 38 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

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A restructured roofline and plenty of repurposed finds transform a cramped attic into a comfortable and charming family area

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Chris Milligan of Dwellings, Inc. reworked the structure and floor plan of this 1930s cottage to include modern amenities and plenty of space for lounging. On either side of the television, bold-hued, custom plank frames, available through White Goat, house reproduction paintings of German aristocrats.

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uilt in 1932, the home that Anna Dickinson shares with her husband and two small children is loaded with charm—much of which can be attributed to the signature style of her Little Rock shop, White Goat. However, there was one portion of the house lacking in functionality. Located in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood, the house was constructed in a time when most homes lacked central heating and air, thus the top floor had been originally used as a sleeping porch. Years later when the porch was enclosed, short ceilings made the room claustrophobic, and window units were insufficient for Arkansas’ extreme temperatures. Therefore, the upstairs portion of the home fell into disuse and became a graveyard for the family’s castoff furniture. Enter Chris Milligan of Dwellings, Inc. Looking at the big picture, he knew the first step in creating a livable space was to build a taller exterior shell, which raised the roofline while preserving a streamlined look with the original roof. Now the twelve-foot ceilings of the upstairs sitting area create a loft-like feel, while eight-foot ceilings in the overlooking reading nook accommodate the vaulted ceilings of a first-story room. Next, central heating and air were added to the space, while a cushioned window seat cleverly disguises the additional ductwork. Always mindful of the end result, Dickinson knew that if the space was not stylish, the room would remain unused. She enlisted White Goat designer Adam Smith to help her infuse the room with the shop’s signature mix of French country minimalism. The wood walls, railing, and ceilings were covered with a coat of fresh white paint to complement 44 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

the sofa and to create contrast with the room’s other more vividly hued furnishings. Even with two small children, Dickinson is not afraid to use a light color palette. “Slipcovers can be washed,” she says. To offset the light hues, the ceilings were lined with reclaimed wooden beams from a one-hundred-year-old barn in Kentucky. An exposed brick wall adds balance and texture, as well as a bit of history. What’s more, some of its whitewashed bricks were recovered from the home’s original pier chimney. In fact, everywhere you look the Dickinson family’s restructured upstairs embodies White Goat’s principle of giving new life to found objects. The team repurposed materials from around the world within a traditional cottage layout. For instance, when Dickinson fell in love with an antique stair railing that did not meet safety codes, Milligan used lumber from the attic’s original rafters to construct an equally charming—and up to code—version. Additionally, the wood floors were reclaimed from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, and the sliding doors were found in a French salvage yard. It’s not just the architectural details either; a century-old Belgian leather chair is one of Dickinson’s favorite elements. While the design trio collaborated to create a functional space that’s reflective of the family’s style, Dickinson gives Milligan praise for his ability to reimagine the bones of the home. “I had ideas; Chris had visions. He took an awkward Heights home and helped it make sense,” she says.

Left to right from top: A vintage Belgian chair and white pouf create a cozy reading nook. Dickinson bought the picture of the Virgin Mary and Jesus after an estate sale worker told her she looked like this rendering of Mary. An antique bench and a plethora of poufs provide additional seating. The doors in the space have a unique finish featuring Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Milligan built the sturdy custom railing to mimic an antique piece Dickinson had in mind for the room, but was unable to use due to safety codes. Fresh azaleas, clipped from Dickinson’s yard, add a burst of color.

Design Resources Designer and general contractor Chris Milligan, Dwellings, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 831-0729, Interior design Adam Smith, White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460 Accessories and furnishings Pottery Barn, Little Rock, (501) 663-0181, Rogers, (479) 246-0118,; White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460 Art, lighting, mirrors, and rugs White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460 Fabrics White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460; Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide,; White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460 Painting—decorative: Daniel Bright, White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460 Upholstery Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500, July 2014 | 45

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Steep terrain and a heavily wooded lot were no obstacles in creating this poolside oasis

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fter settling in to their Little Rock home, this fun-loving couple and their daughter dreamed of installing a pool. “We’ve always wanted a pool for entertaining and a place to hang out as a family,” the homeowner says. They knew a pool would not only give them the perfect warm-weather escape but would also enhance the home’s backyard. There was just one problem—the house was situated on a steep, heavily wooded lot. To survey the landscape and engineer a suitable space, the couple called in the experts. The evolutionary process began with the homeowners discussing initial ideas for the space with designer Larry West, who worked with the family on the interior of their home. Next, they turned to Scott Girner of Elite Pools by Scott to work his magic on the showpiece of the area—the pool. “We really had an opportunity to turn a challenge into something very positive with this project,” Girner says of the home’s lot. Because the space had been previously unused, the possibilities were limitless. The homeowners wanted to be able to see the pool area from several vantage points in the house. To accommodate this request and the terrain, the transformation began with creating a structure that allowed the bottom of the pool to be above grade. Girner again turned the challenges of access and elevation into an attribute by creating a swim-up bar and separate elevated tanning ledge, which both add to the shapely design of the pool and its surround. “The homeowners were very hands-on throughout the process and really allowed the space to evolve naturally,” Girner says. The pool itself is an equally remarkable structure that features state-of-the-art technology. Made from gunite (a mixture of cement, sand, and water), the salt-water swimming pool features Elite Pools’ proprietary Smart Pool™ system. This system makes maintenance a breeze by catching and removing debris before it sinks to the bottom— an especially important feature when trees surround your property. It also automates the chemical and cleaning processes. Finally, the technology allows the pool’s water features and spa to be controlled via remote, taking virtually all of the work out of owning a pool. Following the lead of the pool and its natural, neutral-based stone surround, West added the finishing touches to the terrace. “Because the area is so woodsy, we wanted to create an outdoor space that fit with nature,” West says. Light tan cushions are mixed with warm-hued throw pillows on the outdoor furniture. “We knew the accessories were a great place to incorporate color, and the homeowner loves red and orange,” West says of the bright accents, which include vivid orange garden stools that double as cocktail tables for the chaise lounges. Additional color was brought in with fresh container plantings that mimic the home’s landscaping. “Placement is everything,” West says of the finished design. “We decided where we wanted to the see the color, and the balance is reflected in the end result.”

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The far end of the pool features a ledge, which allows for a swim-up bar on one side and barstool seating on the other. Orange accents, including garden stools and throw pillows, add a burst of color to the neutral-toned setting.

Design Resources Consulting engineer Sam Miller, Scott Miller Consulting Engineer, North Little Rock, (501) 228-4718 Design Larry West, West Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 779-1540 Landscaping Danny Garrett, Southern Homescapes, Little Rock, (501) 626-3849 Pool design and installation Scott Girner, Elite Pools by Scott, Little Rock, (501) 448-2053, Accessories and furniture Ken Rash’s of Arkansas, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818,; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900, July 2014 | 49

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Modern Family More really is merrier at this no-fuss vacation home, situated on the shores of Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs 50 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

A red Venetian plaster accent wall greets visitors as they open the front door. Original artworks, including one featuring racehorses that is reminiscent of the nearby Oaklawn Park, infuse the home with liveliness and personality. Facing page: Floor-toceiling windows span both the front and back exterior walls of the home, providing a panoramic lake view from practically every vantage point on the property. Additionally, the clean, contemporary lines of the house make the natural setting the true focus.

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“The design is all about making this a happy, easygoing place to hang out.” —Garry Mertins

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Left: A freestanding wet bar and a small furniture seating group in the middle of the spacious great room break up the flow and provide a place for the couples to socialize and enjoy a cocktail. Below: A glass-enclosed area adjacent to the great room allows smaller groups or individuals to enjoy music or television apart from the bustle of activity in the primary living room. Facing page: Even the dining room is built for resilience: Mertins opted to forego an area rug and selected an indoor/outdoor fabric for the dining chair upholstery.


hen designer Garry Mertins first came on board this newconstruction lake house project, the homeowners—two adult siblings and their spouses—explained the mission to him this way: “When we’re here, we’re here to relax. We also want our kids to be able to relax, and we want them to bring all of their friends and have a great time with minimal stress.” With easy living for all ages as his key objective, Mertins worked to maximize both function and experience for the two families and their many, year-round guests. At the heart of the home is a generous, open-plan living area on the main level. Exposed structural components contribute to the sleek, elemental effect of the design: the vaulted 20-foot ceilings are lined with eight-inch oak planks, the floors consist of scored and finished concrete, and an exposed steel I-beam and support mechanism runs the length of the room. And though the architecture is very linear and edited, Mertins has prioritized comfort in the space, by drawing it all to human scale with furnishings. “This room makes entertaining easy, whether you have three people or thirty,” says Mertins. Defined activity zones allow for an intimate feeling no matter the size of the gathering, while plush rugs and oversized furniture provide total comfort, especially after a long day of sun and water sports. The room encompasses a high-tech kitchen— with seating for eight on barstools gathered around an extended island—a dining room, a wet bar, a small sitting area, and a spacious family room. July 2014 | 53

The pendants hanging over the kitchen island are Italian-made and consist of wrapped bands of fiberglass. The countertops are thermal-finished granite, which is entirely smudge-proof. A plush rug in the same deep, neutral tone as the finish of the concrete floor makes the seating area cozy and inviting. Facing page: A boardwalk spans the home’s lake frontage, providing easy access to visitors who arrive by boat. The boathouse, just steps away from the dock, offers ultimate convenience for loading, unloading, and maintaining the family’s watercrafts.

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“The design is all about making this a happy, easygoing place to hang out,” says Mertins. He achieves the desired effect by bringing together the sleek, contemporary style with an attitude of all-access livability, creating a place where spills and wet feet are no cause for alarm. From the custom cabinetry to the finish of the non-decorative lighting elements, Mertins chose paint and stain colors that wrap the entire space in an earthy, low-contrast, mid-tone palette he knew would offer maximum resilience to stains and smudges. More energetic hues of teal, gold, and tomato red draw the eye to original artworks, decorative elements, and upholstery across the space. Easy-to-clean ultrasuede on the sectionals and Sunbrella indoor/outdoor fabric on the dining room chairs make for worry-free use in this high-traffic, multifunctional living area. The two master suites, mirrored at opposite ends of the main floor, were tailored to each couple’s specific preferences. In these rooms, as in the rest of the home, Mertins keeps the focus on simple luxuries that provide for optimum physical comfort and a sensory experience—like bedding and carpeting—rather than lots of unnecessary furniture, which is not functional for the family’s lake house lifestyle. The lower level of the home consists of a large game room with a minibar and four guest rooms, two of which house two sets of bunk beds—not twin-sized, but full—which makes them ideal for sleepovers. “This isn’t just a summertime program,” says Mertins, “but right now is definitely the peak season.” It’s not difficult to see why this is the case; the outdoor amenities of the home prioritize convenience and enjoyment. A spacious deck extends the main level of the home beyond its windowed wall and provides an outdoor dining space with a retractable canopy, as well as built-in propane and charcoal grills, for tableside cooking. Surrounding the pool, various seating areas invite the family and their guests to make themselves comfortable, whether that means sunning in a lounge chair or relaxing on a sofa in the shade of one of the bright green umbrellas. Just across the boardwalk from the boat slip is a boathouse, where the families store fresh beach towels and favorite lake toys, and which also houses an icemaker, eliminating the need for lugging full coolers or ice to the boat. When asked about how he was able to tailor his design to both parents and kids and allow for everyone to relax in the way that suits them best, Mertins reflected that it was not as difficult as one might assume. “The entire home, indoors and out, is really designed for kids. Because, when you think about it, the adults get to be kids here, too,” he says.

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“The adults get to be kids here, too.” —Garry Mertins

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The easygoing luxury of the home extends to the outdoor living spaces. Comfortable furniture in a lively natural palette situated under extra-large cantilevered umbrellas makes socializing poolside a pure pleasure.

Design Resources Architect Gene Levy, Cromwell Architects Engineers, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 372-2900, Contractor Tim Killian General Contractors, Hot Springs, (501) 617-1293 Interior design Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Design Inc., Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Kitchen and bath design Gene Levy, Cromwell Architects Engineers, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 372-2900,; Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Design Inc., Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Accessories mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 812-5574, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Art Sandy Hubler Fine Art, Little Rock, (501) 416-0533,; Gallery Central, Hot Springs, (501) 318-4278,; mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200, Bedding, carpet, and wallpaper Garry Mertins Design Inc., Garry Mertins Design Inc., Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Cabinets and millwork McClain’s Custom Cabinets, Hot Springs, (501) 767-2007 Countertops Emcar Marble and Granite, Inc., Hot Springs, (501) 625-7194 Fixtures Falk Plumbing Supply, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911, Flooring Custom Concrete Designs, North Little Rock, (501) 912-8855, Fresh floral Tipton Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, 753-0709, Furniture Garry Mertins Design Inc., Little Rock, (501) 376-6600,; mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200, Lighting Garry Mertins Design Inc., Little Rock, (501) 376-6600,; Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026,; MOR Electric, Hot Springs, (501) 624-5577, Mirrors McClain’s Custom Cabinets, Hot Springs, (501) 767-2007; mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Painting Rick Muns Painting, Hot Springs, (501) 617-2060 Pool R.L. Hurst Construction, Hot Springs, (501) 767-1590 Tile—bathrooms Arnold’s Flooring, Little Rock, (501) 400-7558, Tile—kitchen backsplash ACME Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974, Little Rock, (501) 812-5574, Russellville, (479) 968-6900, Window coverings Blind Image Inc., Maumelle, (501) 231-2950,

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A young family creates a comfortable, maritimeinspired retreat near the shores of Greers Ferry Lake Story: Jennifer Bonds Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Chip Jones

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A screened porch just off the master suite features a custom daybed swing large enough to hold the entire family. Chairs from Kingsley Bate have the texture and warmth of wicker, but are made of a premium fiber wrapped around aluminum to allow years of use. Facing page: In the family room, the mantle is secured with a brace made from plumbing fixtures, adding an industrial edge. Designer Tami Risinger worked with Possibilities Unlimited to create the striped draperies from three different Sunbrella fabrics. Baskets from Pottery Barn hold greenery and provide a spot to stash toys for last-minute cleanup.

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n the Eden Isle community, nestled against the trees along the shoreline of Greers Ferry Lake, sits the weekend home of a young Conway family. “We wanted a place where we could unwind together as a family and get away from the demands of everyday life,” says the homeowner, who grew up near the water and wanted the same experience for her children, ages six, four, and eight months. “During the fall and spring we take walks and ride our bikes, and in the summer the marina is a quick golf-cart ride away.” To make the home reflect its surroundings, the owners solicited the help of designer Tami Risinger, who filled the spaces with familiar pieces such as bunk beds and wicker dining chairs to give it functionality for the active family and to instill a sense of nostalgia appropriate for a family vacation spot. Throughout the house, pale walls are outlined with warm gray trim. Simple details such as beadboard and wide-planked hardwood floors give the home a cottage-style appeal. “Tami knows our casual lifestyle,” says the homeowner, who met the designer through mutual friends. “She knows how we live, and we trusted her to create something that would fit into that. The house is comfortable and cozy, but also feels polished.” Although the house is used primarily for weekend getaways, the well-appointed kitchen and baths provide all the comforts of home. A united color scheme of gray, cream, and navy is punctuated with red and accented with nautical accessories such as oars, model boats, and even a hand-painted compass in the bunk room. “Designing a second home is fun,” Risinger says. “This one has more of a theme and a more colorful palette than I usually work with.”

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A large sectional and ottoman from CR Laine create a comfortable hangout for the family and their guests. Facing page: In the entry, a set of vintage-looking oars from Uncommon Market are secured to the wall using hangers fashioned from rope.

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A large island has plenty of space for both snacks and meal prep. Topped with Kashmir White granite, it will stand up to errant wine glasses and sippy cups alike. Facing page: Wipeable fabrics and a stainless-steel topped table in the dining area reflect the nautical theme and are perfectly kid-friendly.

In the family room, a delicate pair of spool chairs provides juxtaposition to the double-story stone hearth, while a large CR Laine sectional offers ample seating for the homeowners and their guests. To stand up to the demands of this young and active family, Risinger called for durable, washable fabrics and finishes wherever possible. In the adjacent kitchen, children and guests can gather around the island as meals are prepared. Simple cabinetry with inset panels is painted the same color as the trim throughout the house, and a large window over the sink looks out onto the backyard. The room’s crisp feel is a contrast to the family’s fulltime residence, which features dark granite and wood cabinets. “This just feels so cool and clean to us,” the homeowner says. A custom, upholstered banquette anchors the dining area around a stainless steel-topped table—yet another durable choice for a family with small children. Risinger’s biggest challenge was to give the family plenty of space—along with room for guests—with just three bedrooms. A playful bunk room helped solve that dilemma; the space features the most literal take on a nautical Americana scheme thanks to a wall mural by artist Jan Mallett. Two sets of custom bunks are topped with sailcloth pillows trimmed with grommets and rope.

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We love the sailing-inspired details that make this bunk room perfect for kids!

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Conway-based artist Jan Mallet included the names of each of the children on the boats painted in the bunk room’s mural. Throw pillows and window treatments are made of sailcloth—which is both on-theme and resistant to wear and tear— and feature industrial details such as grommets, rope ties, and leather straps. A two-toned chest from Bungalow 5 holds essentials for a weekend away.

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Along the stairs leading to the loft playroom, a rope stands in for a banister. Sliding barn doors allow the balcony space, which overlooks the family room, to either be open for parents to keep an eye on the kids or closed to conceal the room. “As the kids grow, this will probably become more of a hangout for them,” the homeowner says, “but for now, if we aren’t out on the boat, or taking a walk, or riding our bikes through the neighborhood, you can find us all piled on the sofa watching a movie together.” When it comes to rest and relaxation, the master suite, which features shades of gray, cream, and blue, is a retreat in itself. The elegant en suite is a bit of a departure from the rest of the home with metallic wallpaper, modern fixtures, and silver travertine floors—all meant to pamper the homeowners at their vacation home. Just outside the bedroom, a screened porch offers a small table for quiet moments with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, and a custom swinging bed has room for the entire family. A larger porch with an outdoor fireplace overlooks the tree-covered backyard. “The yard is the reason we purchased this lot,” the homeowner explains. “It’s very serene and quiet here, nestled up to the woods. We don’t have that at home, but we wanted our kids to experience this environment as they grow up.” 66 At Home in Arkansas | July 2014

In the master suite, bedside tables with a matte lacquer finish resist dings and scratches. Linen curtains with a white twill trim add a touch of refinement. The bathroom’s cabinets are painted the same color as the trim throughout the house (Sherwin-Williams’ Dovetail), which coordinates nicely with the silver travertine tile. Sconces from Circa Lighting and metallic wallpaper from Schumacher give the space a decidedly grown-up feel.

Design Resources Contractor Keller Johnson Construction, Inc., Conway, (501) 697-7233, Interior design Tami Risinger, Risinger Interiors, Conway, (501) 454-2575 Kitchen and bath design Krystal Weaver, KB Designs, Cabot, (501) 339-3378 Landscape design Chris Olsen, Russellville, (479) 970-4394 Accessories, art, bedding, countertops, fixtures, furniture, hardware, lighting, mirrors, outdoor furnishings, rugs, tile, and wallpaper Risinger Interiors, Conway, (501) 454-2575 Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 7581988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Cabinets Netzel Cabinet Sales, Gentry, (479) 736-3040 Flooring Ridout Lumber, locations statewide, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Painting—decorative Jan Mallett, Conway, (501) 472-6147 Window coverings Possibilities Unlimited, Conway, (501) 472-5189

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A r k a n sas - Ow n ed Eat er i es

Just in time for a summer road trip, we asked readers to share their favorite, locally owned restaurants. Here’s a look at who topped the list: • 1620 SAVOY, LIttle Rock • American Pie Pizza, Multiple Locations in Central Arkansas • Big Orange, Little Rock • Boulevard Bread Co., Little Rock • Brave New Restaurant, Little Rock • Bruno’s Little Italy, Little Rock • Buffalo Grill, Little Rock • Cache Restaurant, Little Rock • CAFÉ 1217, Hot springs • Café Bossa Nova, Little Rock • Café Nibbles, Fayetteville • Café Prego, Little Rock • Cajun Boilers, Hot Springs • Capers, Little Rock • Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets, Keo • Cheers in the Heights, Little Rock • Kj’s Grill, Hot Springs • Loca Luna, Little Rock • Local Lime, Little Rock • McClard’s Bar-B-Q, Hot Springs • Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, Rogers

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Natchez, Little Rock Red Door, Little Rock Ristorante CÀpeo, North Little Rock Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Little Rock South on Main, Little Rock Starving Artist Café, North Little Rock Stoby’s, Conway Table 28, Little Rock Tavola Trattoria, Bentonville Terry’s Finer Foods – The Restaurant, Little Rock The Hive, Bentonville The Pantry, Little Rock The Root Café, Little Rock Theo’s, Fayetteville Trio’s, Little Rock U.S. Pizza Co., Locations Statewide Whole Hog Café, Locations Statewide Zaza, Little Rock

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Summer picnic, anyone? We love this sweet strawberry bag, striped sunhat, and lightweight scarf for afternoon jaunts to the park or pool. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,


Feel as though you’re on vacation all summer! This large gold clam piece along with matching “pearls” will integrate a beach vibe into your home. Embellish Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 223-6965


After viewing the Chihuly exhibit at the Clinton Center—on display until next January—snag a memento of the exquisite blown glass show, like this eyecatching umbrella or tote made of actual bulletproof fabric. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400

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End Notes

L andscape Designers’ Favorite Plant “I love calla lilies because they add wonderful pockets of color in my shade garden. The flower blooms are long-lasting and can be cut and brought into the house for more enjoyment. They also blend well with ferns and hosta. It’s a must have in my garden.” —Buddy Olsen, Horticare, Little Rock

burning bush is my favorite “The

plant because it has brilliant fall color, and it allows a segue into talking about the greatest story ever told. That conversation will hopefully

echo for generations to come.”

—John Hendricks, The Grey Barn, Fayetteville

“I love the new ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ hydrangea because it allows gardeners to have a shrub hydrangea in sunny afternoon spaces. This plant is a relative of the classic ‘PeeGee’ hydrangea and has similar long, full cone-shaped blooms but as the name would indicate, the blooms mature to a rich strawberry-pink color. And they bloom all summer long!” —Julie Curtis, The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock

perennials; they bring the ‘personality’ to the garden.”

“I love all

—Brian Arnold, Arkansas Landscape Systems, Little Rock

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