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Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches

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

17 Design

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What to do in the Natural State

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The Best of Little Rock

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“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” One of the absolute best parts of my job is going behind the scenes, so to speak, into houses throughout the state. Since our homes offer such amazing insight into what our lives are like, each project we feature provides a new opportunity to see firsthand how Arkansans live. The homeowners I meet are so welcoming and eager to share what it is about their houses they love most, and these are usually the exact things that make us all interested to see more. This unquantifiable factor of “home personality” plays a major role in my decisions about what makes the cut for our pages, and it truly is magic when a homeowner and a home are a perfect fit. This month’s issue, “Design at its Best,” is one that I have been especially excited to share with you since it first began to take shape. These dwellings are great examples of the harmony I love to see between resident and home. Not only are the spaces full of stunning design and fun ideas to inspire you, the projects themselves also brought together homeowners and designers who either started a great friendship or further built on their close bond. It’s amazing to see home designs that exceed the expectations of everyone involved—even from the earliest phases of planning—and to also know that lifelong relationships have been formed in the process. When I first visited the Bottin home (page 40), I was blown away by the extraordinary level of detail in the design. By taking just the right amount of time needed and listening to the guidance of their designers, the Bottins’ vision for their home was masterfully planned and executed. Similarly, the Fayetteville home of Paige Arnold, featured on page 54, instantly captured my imagination with its light and youthful spirit. When you walk in the front door, you immediately feel soothed by the neutral palette, simple patterns, and finishes that feel very fresh and original. As you flip the pages of our June issue to tour these two homes, it’s my hope that you get a strong sense—as I did—of the relationships and lives that make them beautiful.

As we go to press with this issue, our thoughts and concerns turn to those affected by the devastating tornadoes in central Arkansas.

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Gingham tablecloth, milk bottles, and striped straws, Moxy Modern Mercantile, Little Rock, (501) 374-2474; Root beer, Diamond Bear Brewing Company, Little Rock, (501) 708-2739,; The W&P Cocktail Kit, About Vase, Little Rock, (501) 603-9200,; Grilling utensils, Congo Fireplace & Patio, Benton, (501) 316-4328,; Charcuterie tea towel, Eggshells Kitchen Co., Little Rock, (501) 664-6900,



The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook from Oxmoor House. Eggshells Kitchen Co., Little Rock, (501) 664-6900,

Wooden “Southern BBQ” sign. Park Hill Home, Conway, (501) 358-3537

Cast-iron cornbread pan. Congo Fireplace & Patio, Benton, (501) 316-4328, Father’s Day card. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929

Big Green Egg ceramic cooker. Congo Fireplace & Patio, Benton, (501) 316-4328,; Ken Rash’s, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818,; Outside Effects, Little Rock, (866) 629-4789,

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Metal tubs, shown in diamond and gingham patterns. Ken Rash’s, Little Rock, (501) 6631818, kenrashsoutdoor 12 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014

Let’s Eat! Pig chalkboard. The Paul Michael Company, Lake Village, (800) 732-3722,

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Style/Latest Northwest Arkansas has a new destination for colorful women’s wear. The Pink Pig, which opened in May, is Arkansas’ only Lilly Pulitzer boutique. Owner Erin Bridges is also the proprietor of Tesori Bridal and Formal, which is located next door to The Pink Pig in Fayetteville’s Single Tree Plaza. She notes that Lilly Pulitzer has long been a popular item in Tesori, so when the shopping space next to it became available, she couldn’t think of a better complement to her bridal and formalwear store than a Lilly shop. While the store will primarily carry Lilly Pulitzer items, including dresses, accessories, and paper goods, they will also have other contemporary lines such as Alice & Trixie and Yoana Baraschi. 577 East Millsap Road, Fayetteville,


On May 1st, Bassett Furniture officially opened the doors at their new location in West Little Rock’s Pleasant Ridge Town Center. Moving from their previous location on Markham to the newly constructed showroom allowed the home furnishings retailer to create a new design studio where customers can choose from more than 1,000 fabrics to customize everything from headboards to ottomans, most of which are made in the USA. The store also added three design consultants to help with all your renovation needs. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 1050, Little Rock, (501) 217-3860,



Flowers & Home now has a second location in Hot Springs. Carrying the same great designs as their Bryant store, the recently opened shop features furniture, lamps, rugs, and accessories, as well as an amazing fresh floral selection and natural-style silk botanicals. Owners Tom Bynum and Monroe Cranford say they are excited about the second location and look forward to working with the Hot Springs community. In addition to their in-store items, Flowers & Home also offers full-service floral design for everyday events, weddings, and special occasions. 245 Cornerstone Boulevard, Hot Springs, (501) 525-0444,

Euna Mae’s

Located in the heart of Springdale, just two blocks south of Sunset Avenue, Euna Mae’s is a treat for cooks, bakers, and anyone who loves dinnerware, dishes, and cuisine. The shop, which opened on May 9th, pays homage in both name and style to owner Amy Nelson Hannon’s grandmother, Euna Mae, who Hannon says always served her family with the best homemade dishes and treats to show her love. The shop carries lines such as LeCreuset and Nordic Ware alongside reproduction Jadeite, olive wood serving pieces, and a smattering of pie plates, platters, and even honey and jam. “We have a great mix of purposeful pieces and pretties,” says the shop owner of the nostalgic and heirloom-quality wares. For recipes and ways to use the cookware, be sure to visit the store’s website and blog. 1503 Carley Road, Springdale, (479) 419-9690, 14 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014

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Accessory Update 1

With spring market drawing to a close, shops around Arkansas are overflowing with trend-setting accent pieces as well as vintage finds with refined flair. Check out a few of our favorite picks to refresh your home. PRODUCER Mandy Keener PHOTOGRAPHY Nancy Nolan & Courtesy of Vendors

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1. Blue-and-white antique ginger jars, like the one shown here, make eye-catching statement pieces on entry consoles or dining tables. Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032, 2. To create a mix of contemporary and vintage, the team at Providence Design uses a new blue velvet stand with a glass topper to display a sweet, antique iron cherub. Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, 3. Oly’s 48-inch square, hand-painted oil on canvas “Band-Tail Pigeon” draws its color inspiration from nature and brings a dose of the outdoors to any space. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, 4. A vintage, cream glass bottle with a ruffled lid in a champagne finish is the perfect accessory to add a dainty air to your dressing table. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400,


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1. The curved frame of I.O. Metro’s “Elena” mirror offers a slightly

whimsical take on traditional European-inspired styles, making it a fit for a variety of spaces. I.O. Metro, locations statewide, (888) 223-5628, 2. Make an impact in a large space with this set of two “Cobalt Perch” 24- x 50-inch hand-painted silk panels from Bungalow 5. House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, shophousetohome. com 3. Cool colors combine on this glass vase to create a compelling accent piece that would complement a variety of palettes. Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828 4. Perfect for small nooks, the “Fanchon Rounds” pair of convex mirrors from Uttermost has a metal frame that is distressed with antique blue and aged ivory paint to give them a well-loved feel. Urban Pad, Little Rock, (501) 664-4202, 5. Practical and pretty, the “Mary Leland” mirror from Stray Dog Designs is available in a range of hues from Pumpkin Blush to Down Pour Blue (shown here). Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine. com; Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (877) 323-4758,; House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949,; Lewis Lighting & Home, Benton, (501) 315-2400, 18 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014




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Silk, wool, and linen sport jacket with a mini-dot solid shirt, both by Canali, shown with a Bauman’s 1919 tie and pocket square by Eton of Sweden. Bauman’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797, See more men’s fashion on page 34. 21


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Mystic Creatures Exhibit Hot Springs

Visit Garvan Woodland Gardens this summer to see mythical characters, including the “Fairy Gourdmother” and a sea serpent come alive through the art of topiary and mosaiculture. At heights of up to 13-feet tall and composed of more than 20,000 plants, the botanical works of art are truly a sight to behold. (501) 262-9300,

Choose your own adventure

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The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) Little Rock

Spend a night at the Arkansas Repertory Theater laughing your way through this hilarious spoof on the works of William Shakespeare. (501) 378-0405,

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June 12-14

29th Annual Steamboat Days

14th Annual Art of Wine Festival

Held along the banks of the White River, this festival is home to a car show, street dance, and even a bass tournament. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Cody Belew, Elvis tribute artist Tony Witt, and the piano legend Jason D. Williams.

Over the course of three evenings, this palatable event caters to connoisseurs and novices alike. Sample wines from around the world as well as first-class fare from local restaurants. Proceeds from the event will benefit Walton Arts Center programs that provide greater access to the arts. (479) 443-5600,

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Little Rock As the central point and capital city of our state, Little Rock is home to a wide variety of interior and exterior design resources and stores, locally owned clothing and gift boutiques, and delicious dining establishments. Follow along as we discover new stops and cherish beloved favorites in the metro area. PRODUCER Blythe Cate

EATS & SWEETS Start your adventure with a breakfast bite at Rosalia’s Family Bakery, located on Kavanaugh Boulveard. Have the croissant you’ve been craving with a chai tea latte. When you build up your appetite again, we recommend lunch at Boulevard Bread Company, which has several locations around the city and serves a mix of fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as charcuterie, artisan cheeses, and other local products. Keep your eyes peeled for their baked sweets, too. Later in the day, when you’re looking for an afternoon treat, head to the Green Corner Store, located in the popular South Main (SoMa) area for handcrafted ice cream by Loblolly Creamery. Pair it with a fizzy soda to cool down on a hot summer day. Finally, for a contemporary fine dining experience, we suggest dinner at the River Market’s new hot spot Cache

(501-850-0265, Start your meal with oysters, followed by the prosciutto-wrapped rabbit or hearth-fired cowboy rib-eye steak. LOCAL FINDS If the man in your life needs a wardrobe update, head to Bauman’s (501-227-8797, for the latest in menswear. Whether you’re seeking USA-made Hamilton dress shirts, Creed cologne, a new Peter Millar sweater, or a hand-stitched Oxford suit, they have pieces to fit every man’s style. Next, head just across the street and pop into Catering to You (501-6149030, While this local favorite does cater to any event, they specialize in more than just exceptional food, offering a variety of serving pieces, napkins, Razorback accessories, aprons, and more neccessities to create a polished event. If you’re looking for the perfect present, don’t

miss their selection of wedding and hostess gifts, including Vietri dinnerware, candles, and delicious sauces and jellies. From there, we suggest going west on Cantrell Road to shop at Pleasant Ridge Town Center. Spice up your decor with a visit to Embellish (501-223-6965), a home goods store with a wide selection of furnishings and accessories. Freshen up your living room with one of their


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local pieces of artwork or a Europeanstyle chair. You’ll find numerous options in dinnerware for your next party (don’t miss their large trays made from wine EMBELLISH

barrels) and much more. Embellish’s unique pieces can add the finishing touch to any room or gathering. While you’re at Pleasant Ridge, be sure to visit Pout, formerly know as Glo Limited, (501-224-8222). The open, airy shop has you covered for all your skincare needs, from makeup to peels and facials to custom airbrush tanning. Treat yourself to a new Essie summer nail color or Archipelago coconut sugar scrub while you’re there. Finally, step just next door to Beyond Cotton II (501-221-1539) for fabulous fashion finds including G. Spinelli necklaces, Eileen Fisher fair trade organic boyfriend jeans, Dolce Vita sandals, and trend-setting leather shorts. This is the place to find those must-haves for your beach vacation or road trip this summer. From there, hop back in the car and continue your journey west on Cantrell Road to Companions (501-868-8484,, an upscale 26 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014


women’s clothing store that describes their style as “classic with a twist.” You’ll want to venture here to find a classy, fresh, and chic ensemble for your next summer event or party. Owner Pamela Rees stocks the shop with a wide selection of costume jewelry, vintage pieces, handbags, clutches, and shoes, in addition to clothing lines such as Joie and Michael Stars. West Little Rock is also home to The Label (501-367-8280), one of the best places to find daywear for men of all ages. We recommend a colorful, summer Jared Lang button-down or Robert Graham tee for casual weekend style. We also love to shop the Heights area of the metro for fashion and accessories, as well as home décor. Don’t miss the recently opened Southern Accented (501-747-1150,, a boutique offering everything from party dresses to hostess gifts, all tailored to the modern woman’s style. The cheerful shop features lines such as Bobi (which makes soft tees that are ideal for warm weather) and Rifle Paper Co. along with fun frocks to attend any summer gathering, an assortment of jewelry and handbags, and many other accessories. Stroll down Kavanaugh Boulevard to Tulips (501-614-7343, tulipsarkansas. com), a hip women’s boutique that carries the latest in contemporary trends. Find a dashing designer dress at the shop (perhaps Britt Ryan or Judith &

James) and pair it with a bold statement necklace. After 12 years in business, owner Emily Brown can help you find a fabulous outfit for any event from a pool party to date night.

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Just a short drive down the street sits another gem for finding fashion and furnishings. Haus Werk (501663-5251, in the Hillcrest neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of décor, lighting, art, women’s and children’s clothing, gifts, and accessories. We love their Mindy Gold wrap bracelets, festive artisan jewelry, Peruvian embroidered belts, and Mason jar iced tea glasses. You’ll find a little of everything in this diverse, expertly curated store. If you’re in search of a gift for someone special (or a treat for yourself!), we recommend making a




stop at The Full Moon (501-663-4367,, a beloved locally owned shop that has been in business for 30 years. You’ll find their exclusive lines of McCarty’s pottery and sophisticated Julia Knight serving ware alongside beach-ready Gretchen Scott tunics and an array of other household items, jewelry, and decorative wares. Last but not least, delight your senses with a few fresh stems to polish off a day of shopping. We suggest the marvelous floral designs of Tanarah Luxe Floral (501-372-1400,, located near Cajan’s Wharf. No matter the season or style—imaginably modern, vintage, natural, or classic—owner and designer Tanarah Haynie will create the freshest and loveliest bouquet to complement your home in an inspired and spirited way. MAKE IT HOME Make It Home If you call Little Rock home—or plan to do so soon—you need a list of trusted home design and renovation professionals. Luckily, we know just the people to call. Whether you’re adding lighting or need new furniture and artwork, we recommend I.O. Metro (501-217-0300, for quick home refreshers. Many of the items in their showroom are customizable, and the store offers a free design service to help you plan your space.

Next, pop in Martinous Oriental Rug Company (501-224-0313, to find a stunning Persian or Oriental rug. The family owned and operated business offers a wide selection of artistic carpets from brands like Karastan, Nourison, Oriental Weavers, and more, as well as complete rug cleaning services.

Martinous Oriental Rug Company

If you’re thinking about a deck or patio update, visit Antique Brick Outdoors (501-375-0060, This hidden gem is located on 9th Street in an attractive and unique 7,000-square-foot space. The showroom features the latest in outdoor furniture, grills, fireplaces, fire pits, and outdoor accessories. For everything from organization ideas to accessories, swing by Little Rock’s budding design district (located near Cajun’s Wharf). Upgrade your storage

systems at Closet Factory (866-8332105, with features that create space you never knew you had—whether it is in a child’s or his/her closet, a garage space, laundry room, or kitchen. Visit their shop for a consultation and to find inspiration for your own spaces. Step next door to Providence Design (501-372-1886, to view their huge selection of hand-picked antiques, vintage wares, and home design accessories. Owned by sisters Mona Thompson and Talena Ray, their European aesthetic is seen throughout the space. If you want to get the look in your own home, contact them for full-service designs. From there, walk a few shops down to The Shade Above (501-374-3555, for a one-of-a-kind lamp or replacement shade. Not only does the shop’s selection include handmade lamps (crafted from candlesticks




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and antique pieces), but they can also apply monograms and distinctive trims on shades of numerous styles. If you consider your style to be clean, upbeat, and transitional, visit Bear-Hill Interiors (501-907-9272, bearhillinteriors. com) on Rebsamen Park Road, which also offers complete interior design services. Spruce up your home for the season with their bright pillows, abstract art, and chic accessories. Their selection of crisp home décor pieces can create a timeless appeal in any home. Just a short drive down the road, visit Hadidi Rug and Design Gallery (501225-8999) to upgrade a living room or dining area with a selection from their wide variety of oriental rugs. Choose from an assortment of colors, sizes, and styles to find the perfect match for any room. If antiques catch your eye, you must visit Ellen Golden Antiques (501664-7746) in the Heights. Step inside to transport yourself to 19th-century France with décor, gift items, art, and unusual pieces of furniture. Notice the amazing selection of landscape and still-


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life paintings—many by local artists— that hang alongside the European furniture and accessories. Next, if you head just outside of Little Rock, you’ll find Benton’s Lewis Lighting and Home (501-315-2400, Hanging fixtures of all shapes and sizes will catch your eye—like the Selamat wicker chandeliers (they have chairs available, too!) as shown above. The shop also offers home décor and fans, as well as indoor and outdoor lighting. On the way back to Little Rock, stop by Congo Fireplace & Patio (501316-4328, to kick off your summer. Family-owned since 1920, the 20,000-square-foot showroom offers a wide selection of outdoor furniture, grills (like the Big Green Egg!), smokers, and fire pits—everything you need for your next cookout. In addition, they also carry wood and pellet stoves, wood and gas fireplaces, and gas logs to prepare you for cooler weather. If a larger home makeover calls, Inside Effects (501-954-8866, insideeffects. com) provides turnkey service from the design phase all the way to installation. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or refreshing your bath, the team works with each client personally, from start to finish. If you are planning an exterior project, consult the outdoor portion of the business, known as Outside Effects (, for expertise on remodeling projects, outdoor kitchen design, and more.

Parkinson Building Group

Starting from scratch? You’ll need Parkinson Building Group (501-3522033,, a custom home building firm reowned for their quailty craftmanship. The talented staff, led by Bill Parkinson, is committed to creating a pleasurable and satisfying experience as you build your dream home. If in need of a lawn or garden transformation, look no further than Horticare (501-407-2727,, a company that provides landscape design and installation, irrigation installation and repair, and lawn chemical service for a healthy turf, as well as a full-service nursery. Finally, we suggest driving over to Rodney Parham Road for an outdoor upgrade at Ken Rash’s new location (501-663-1818, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture. com). We love their Lloyd Flanders wicker furniture, Gensun cooking pieces, and Kingsley-Bate Palm Springs collection. You don’t want to miss their exquisite mix of furniture and appliances for any outdoor entertaining occasion.

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Terry’s Finer Foods

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The Restaurant the restaurantMon-Sat 8:30-6 Sun 11-3 | 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. | 501.663.415 Tues - Sat 11 am - 2 pm, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm Tues-Sat 11am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm 501.663.4154 The Pie Shop | the Thepie Deli | The Grocery shop | the deli | the grocery Mon-Sat 8:30-6 Sun 11-3 | 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. Mon-Sat 8:30-6 Sun 11-3 | 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. | 501.663.4154 501.663.4152 the pie shop | the deli | the grocery

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Westover Wednesdays

With a variety of lip-smacking treats and delectable fare, it’s easy to see why this food-truck event continues to gain popularity. Drop in to the Westover Hills Presbyterian Church parking lot (6400 Kavanaugh Boulevard) every second Wednesday of the month from 5-8 p.m. to sample the goods for yourself.

SoMa Vintage Market Saturday, June 14

Head to Little Rock’s hip South Main area for a street-style market featuring vintage, handmade, and local wares. Rain or shine, the event takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every second Saturday of the month through October. Visit their Facebook page or for more information.

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Collector Davis Tillman Hometown Hot Springs His Obsession Primitive, vintage, and ball-worthy masks How He Became Interested Tillman’s parents were long-time collectors who would later start the family’s famed eponymous antiques shop, Tillman’s Antiques, which is located on Central Avenue in Hot Springs. Their love of antiques and vintage pieces manifested itself in Davis at an early age while they were living in Washington, D.C. Attending the area’s auctions and markets with his parents on the weekends, the young Tillman developed a particular penchant for masks of all kinds, and began to seek them out at the shows. Prized Pieces Everything from rudimentary wooden masks made by members of the African Dan tribe to more colorful, elaborate pieces used in Japanese theater. June 2014 | 31


We hear you were quite young when you first developed an interest in masks. When did you purchase your first piece? Yes, I was very young. I went to auctions and antique shows with my parents almost every weekend, and I became interested when I was only about 14 years old. I saved money from my jobs— popping popcorn and baking pizzas—to purchase three Japanese Noh theater masks in an auction. I actually had my dad bid on the first pieces I bought because I was so young. These were the first masks of any monetary or historical significance that I bought. Why are the masks so alluring? Well, it’s interesting because masks have been around for 9,000 years, and they are used all over the world. Everyone from the Greeks to the Chinese to the Egyptians have used masks in some form, whether it was for ritual, hunting, theater, or any other number of purposes. It really piqued my interest to put these pieces next to one another and see so many differences and yet so many similarities in the world’s cultures. Where do you display the masks? Are they a part of your décor? I have many of them hanging on the walls of my downtown condo in Hot Springs. We also get to use a number of the Venetian and carnival-style masks each year at the Baron’s Ball, which is a masquerade ball in Hot Springs that benefits the Levi Hospital.

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Samuelsohn silk and linen soft coat with an cotton oversized gingham shirt by Canali, modern fit cotton twill trouser by Di Maestro Italia, no-show socks by Marcoliani, and a Santoni glove leather penny loafter. The look is accented with a pocket square by Eton of Sweden, a pebble grain belt by W. Kleinberg, and a straw fedora by Borsalino. Bauman’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797, 34 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014

John Varvatos Artisan cologne. Greenhaw’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8703,

Unscented shaving cream and sandalwood essential oil after-shave balm, both by The Art of Shaving. Pout, Little Rock, (501) 224-8222

Truefitt & Hill razor and lavender shaving cream. Mr. Wicks, Little Rock, (501) 664-3062,

Kind Folke Blackbeard’s Last Tangle beard oil. Paper, Scissors, Little Rock, (501) 291-0551,

The Art of Shaving brush and Santa Maria Novella pomegranate shampoo (above). Bauman’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797,

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Men’s Must-Haves Clockwise from top left: Peter Millar golf shirt, Bauman’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797,; Striped and tennis-motif socks, Banana Republic, locations statewide,; Saxx cotton boxer, The Label, Little Rock, (501) 367-8280,; Fossil computer bag, Dillard’s, locations statewide, 36 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014

Solid green cotton shirt with plaid accents by Jared Lang, shown with Classic Straight jeans by Fidelity and a “Vail” wide leather belt by bed|stü. The Label, Little Rock, (501) 367-8280, Special thanks to Brad Johnson for lending his modeling talent to this shoot.

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antiques and old world - inspired furnishings blend with timeless design elements in a new home for the perfect marriage between past and present


Beautifully crafted antique doors open into Donna and Jim Bottin’s dining room. A custom iron transom was commissioned to fill the space between the arch of the doorway and the top of the doors. Facing page: The music room’s arched openings and timber coffered ceiling gracefully showcase the pull between the masculine and feminine touches found throughout the home. The pair of French-inspired settees was updated with oversized nailhead trim for added character.

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The home’s great room is a rich blend of texture, along with layered patterns and an uninterrupted palette. Silk drapery panels, a limestone wall, leather chairs, and weathered wood finishes offer depth and visual interest.Â

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Sister design team Talena Ray (seated) and Mona Thompson of Providence Design are renowned for their ability to incorporate found objects and European influence into interiors. Below: A flagstone drive greets visitors to the West Little Rock house. Facing page: A French bleached-wood cabinet, topped with antique olive oil jars and wine jugs, accentuates the breakfast area. A chandelier with a burlap drum shade illuminates the trestle table for casual meals.

hen homeowners Donna and Jim Bottin decided to move to West Little Rock to be closer to family, they thought they knew what they wanted. “The plan was to do an open-concept house, similar to what we had before,” says Donna. “But we wanted it to be a little more intimate and cozier,” she adds. Enter designers Talena Ray and Mona Thompson of Providence Design. The talented design duo, who are best known for incorporating one-of-a-kind architectural elements and adding European flair, searched high and low for custom details to give the Bottins’ home an authentic old-world influence. “Talena and I came on board before the first drawings were complete, so we were able to make a lot of special tweaks,” says Thompson. “The home was two years in the making, and everywhere we could we went for an authentic finish just to make it that much more special,” says Thompson. “As we developed ideas, we looked for certain pieces, but we were also inspired by things that we found along the way and wanted to create new ways to use them.” These special details begin at the home’s entry, where double iron doors with glass inserts and a pair of oversize gas lanterns punctuate the Texas-limestone façade. Just inside, guests enter the dining room through a pair of wooden antique doors, which Ray and Thompson found on a trip to the Round Top antiques fair and incorporated into the home’s architectural design. The design team had the doors waxed and sealed to preserve the finish, and a local iron fabricator created an elaborate transom to fill the gap between the top of the doors and the arched entrance to the room. To blend the elements of the doors, a concrete table is juxtaposed with an antique French sideboard in the monochromatic and texture-rich space. The room’s new iron chandelier also received an old-world treatment by way of a custom paint finish and the addition of large crystal prisms.

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Clockwise from top left: Patterned draperies in the breakfast room continue the home’s palette of white, gray, and yellow. Custom kitchen cabinets feature a blue-gray glaze reminiscent of the patina of antique painted furniture. An adjacent laundry room and butler’s pantry feature reclaimed brick flooring, wine storage, and additional refrigerator and freezer space concealed behind cabinet doors. Facing page: The heavily-veined granite countertops combined with the diamond-shaped, mixed-stone backsplash give the kitchen design color and movement. Ray and Thompson commissioned the iron light fixture centered over the island. 46 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014

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The master bedroom adds a richer hue—deep royal blue—to the palette. Pulled from the Oushak rug, the color is repeated on an expanse of velvet draperies and again on the bed. Iron and weathered wood accessories connect the room’s design to the rest of the home.

“This house is a style departure for the Bottins, so almost everything is new, but we didn’t want it to look like that,” says Thompson. “The found pieces give it that ‘collected-over-time’ look.” However, not even the new pieces were immune to the design team’s attention, meaning many items were refinished or reupholstered to contribute to the aesthetic. “We tweaked pretty much everything,” Thompson says with a laugh. “It was really quite fun!” Though the home is filled with salvaged pieces found from Europe to Texas, local craftsmen brought them to life with custom design work in wood, iron, and stone. Opposite the home’s dining room, the music room features a cast-stone fireplace that is reminiscent of a French country manor and is complemented by a pair of cabinets with wire inserts and cremone bolts. In the comfortable family room, another set of built-in cabinets features a graceful arch that mimics the doorways and hides a television set, allowing modern amenities to work into the design seamlessly and without interrupting the flow. The lively floral fabric on the pair of armchairs, which includes grays and a touch of yellow, set the color palette for the space. Throughout the home, reproduction Oushak rugs in muted tones soften the heavier elements of stone and iron, while hickory flooring and the coffered ceiling’s custom finish contribute to the warm feeling. Alongside the kitchen’s limestone archways, iron lanterns accenuate the entry and hint at something special beyond. Custom details and three different finishes on the cabinetry give it the look of free-standing furniture, which was customary in early European kitchens. Similary, the range and hood are recessed into a large limestone arch in a manner that is reminiscent of fireplaces in colonial kitchen houses. A dark, marbelized slab of granite with bold veining provided color inspiration for the kitchen. Even the most utilitarian space in the house—a combined laundry room and butler’s pantry—received a full-fledged country-manor treatment. Reclaimed brick pavers, elaborate iron hardware, and louvered doors that conceal a refrigerator and freezer are all thoughtful details that add to the appeal. A freestanding cast-stone tub surrounded by mosaic tiles, a double entry walk-in shower, and numerous architectural relics give the master bath the feeling of an ancient bathhouse fitted with modern amenities. The powder room received the same timeless, quality-focused treatment with limestone walls and a wall-mounted sink carved from a block of marble.

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Left: Custom vanities, featuring wire inset doors lined with linen, offer ample storage for the couple. Silver travertine tiles extend from the floor to the ceiling of the walk-in shower, which is positioned behind the freestanding mosaic tub. Below: A painted demilune table is used as a vanity and paired with a skirted chair and French-inspired mirror for an extra-feminine feel.

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Outdoors, the staggered flagstone pavers in the dining porch and around the pool blend with nature, while the pool’s deep aqua color and gently sloping “tanning ledge” were inspired by a resort pool the Bottin’s spotted on vacation. More than just the home of their dreams, the Bottins gained lifelong friends throughout the two-year home design process. “I really can’t put it into words,” says Donna of working with Ray and Thompson. “They definitely brought the wow factor with dynamic ideas, plus the willingness to please us and accommodate our desires. Fifteen years ago I said I would never build a house again, but they made it such a fabulous experience.”

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Overlooking a neighboring golf course, a covered flagstone porch and pool deck extend the living space outdoors. Teak furniture is topped with neutral cushions, while a muted yellow umbrella ties the space to the interiors.

Design Resources Contractor Bill Parkinson, Parkinson Building Group, Little Rock, (501) 352-2033, Interior design Talena Ray and Mona Thompson, Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, Landscape design Cinde Bauer Drilling, Landscape Architecture, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 374-5610, Accessories and furniture Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900,; Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400,; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 8125574, Russellville, (479) 968-6900, Art Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886,; The Showroom, Little Rock, (501) 372-7373, Bedding—custom Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mablevale, (501) 455-2216 Cabinets Duke Custom Cabinets, Roland, (501) 868-8111, Countertops Stone World Designs, Hot Springs, (501) 762-0254, Fabrics Designer Effects, Little Rock, (501) 661-4070, Fireplace Olympia Construction Products, Inc., Benton, (501) 315-0191; Royal Hearth and Home, locations statewide, (800) 242-4512, Fixtures—bath and kitchen The Plumbing Warehouse, Little Rock, (501) 664-4183, Flooring Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974, North Little Rock, (501) 8125574, Russellville, (479) 968-6900,; Champion Wood Floor Design & Installation, North Little Rock, (501) 217-9131 Hardware PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724,; ProBuilder Supply, North Little Rock, (501) 954-0113,; The Bath Shoppe & Designer Hardware, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0788 Landscape—installation and maintenance Doug Schneider, Schneider Lawn & Landscape, Little Rock, (501) 821-9929, Lighting, mirrors and outdoor furnishings Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, Millwork Trademark Trim, Sherwood, (501) 529-7354 Painting—decorative Angelfish Studios, Little Rock, (501) 960-4826,; Phinality Design, North Little Rock, (501) 349-4196, Pool Elite Pools by Scott, Little Rock, (501) 448-2053, Rugs Martinous Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, Tile—backsplash, bath and kitchen Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974, North Little Rock, (501) 812-5574, Russellville, (479) 968-6900, Windows Lumber One, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601, June 2014 | 53

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In the home’s living room, a loveseat and pair of chairs blend with the creamy walls, while patterned pillows add a hint of color. Overhead, a birdcage-style chandelier lends a whimsical touch to the space. Facing page: The design team at Harper Howey Interiors helped homeowner Paige Arnold select a neutral shade for the home’s exterior and suggested adding shutters for additional character.

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Designer Kimberly Harper (left) of Harper Howey Interiors with her longtime friend, homeowner Paige Arnold. Facing page: A painting from Cobblestone & Vine coordinates with a painted antique chest and two leopard-print-upholstered chairs to bring a reflective, dramatic touch to the casual interior.

f I can’t be at the beach every day, I want to feel like I am,” says homeowner Paige Arnold. After owning property in the popular Rosemary Beach community along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A, Arnold fell in love with the area’s laid-back lifestyle. “It’s a very casual mix of modern and eclectic,” she says of the beachfront region’s signature style, which often features a cool palette of ocean-inspired blues and greens, slipcovered furniture, and weathered wood. “I wanted our home here in Arkansas to feel almost like you’re on a vacation—a sort of Rosemary Beach meets Fayetteville look,” she adds. With this thought as a guiding principle, she called on her friends Kimberly Harper and Cynthia Howey Tune of Harper Howey Interiors to bring seaside style to the new-construction home she shares with her teenage son and daughter. Arnold not only counts the design team among her friends, but she has also worked with the duo on her previous homes, so the collaboration felt as natural as the style she wanted to create. “She has such a clean, simple look,” says Harper of Arnold’s personal taste. To infuse this feel throughout the home, the team started in one of the home’s most-used spaces—the open-concept kitchen and family room. Crisp shades of white—seen on the cabinetry, Carrara marble countertops, walls, and ceiling—create the backdrop for

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“I wanted our home here in Arkansas to feel almost like you’re on a vacation...” —Paige Arnold

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To bring the look of an elegant beachside home to Northwest Arkansas, the team at Harper Howey Interiors started with a neutral base that includes white walls and cabinetry along with tan and cream furnishings. Bold lighting and accent pillows bring in colors reminiscent of a lush seascape. Rich, textured fabrics and a mirrored coffee table add a hint of glamour to the relaxed room.

the space and evoke an overarching feeling of calm. Casual, functional seating, including low barstools that don’t obstruct the view from the island into the family room and long, linen-covered benches at the breakfast nook’s dining table, makes the space crowd-friendly without feeling stuffy or cramped. Arnold opted to forgo window treatments to allow natural light indoors and to keep with the openness of the home’s floor plan. Lighting and accessories in the amped-up blue and green shades of turquoise and lime add color to the otherwise neutral room. The team at Harper Howey extended the same look and feel to the home’s two teen hangout spaces. Daughter Spencer Paige has plenty of room to work on homework, read magazines, or chat with friends in her colorful common room. For a different take on the home’s palette, a deep navy trellis-patterned wallpaper by Schumacher creates an accent wall, while a bright magenta covers the ceiling and several of the room’s furnishings to add a girlish flair. A lighter blue palette, which also stemmed from a wallpaper sample the family loved, covers the girl’s bedroom. A mix of relaxed bedding, whimsical light fixtures, and feminine details finish the restful retreat. Downstairs, the home’s basement is a favorite spot for Arnold’s son Chase to host friends. “This portion of the house was actually an afterthought,” she says of the lower level, which they decided to finish after the home’s completion. The look of the upstairs family room carries over to this space with additional beach-style design elements such as the flat-board paneling and open shelving in the small kitchen area, and vivid blues and greens used as accents throughout the room. Arnold had the bright, preppy Ping-Pong table custom built after seeing a similar version in a Rosemary Beach show house.

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The kitchen is one of the family’s most-used spaces, so it not only had to be in line with the style, but also functional. Commercial-grade appliances and a restaurant-style pull-down faucet making cooking and cleaning a breeze, while backless barstools that fit neatly under the island allow the cook to see what’s going on in the family room. Facing page: The family’s formal dining room is used for holidays and special gatherings. An upholstered bench is the perfect perch for children and brings a sunny yellow into the room’s palette. On the table, a fresh floral display from Pigmint includes hydrangeas, lilacs, lisianthuses, tulips, and lemons to coordinate with the palette.

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The home’s slightly more formal areas—the living room, dining room, and entry—keep within the color palette and include painted, weathered, or whimsical details to connect them with the rest of the home. For example, the dining room features a cut velvet covered bench, which echoes the style of the one seen in the breakfast nook, and the clean white backdrop is ever present throughout these rooms. Many furnishings from Arnold’s previous home found new life in the dining and living rooms as well. A loveseat and set of chairs were recovered to provide seating for four in the cozy living room, while a large mirror by Hickory Chair makes an eye-catching statement and creates the illusion of more space. Across the entry hall, an existing buffet was refreshed with a coat of gray chalk paint and a wood-andiron table pairs with skirted slipcovered Parsons chairs for effortless elegance. At the end of the day, whether Arnold is hosting a girl’s night in, or her children are having friends from the church youth group visit, the home is both a serene retreat and a fun-inspiring getaway for all who enter—much like a beach vacation itself.

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The finished basement is a favorite hangout for Arnold’s son and his friends. Comfortable and durable furniture provides plenty of lounge space for the teenage boys. Arnold repurposes pillar candle stands and glass hurricanes as decorative snack servers. Below, left: A grouping of hanging plates accents a contemporary acrylic-leg bench in the family room just off the kitchen. Below, right: The home’s clean aesthetic is infused with hints of brown in Arnold’s son Chase’s room. Facing page: Arnold’s teen daughter’s bedroom is a mix of comfortable fabrics and contemporary, feminine details.

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Navy and pink make for a preppy and fun color palette in the teen girls’ hangout. Imperial Trellis wallpaper by Schumacher creates a whimsical accent wall, while a bright magenta ceiling offers girlish glamour. Paired with a white, tree-inspired table by Stray Dog Designs, two upholstered, high-back chairs from Lighting Emporium provide additional pattern and coordinate with the design.

Design Resources Contractor Kevin Riggins, Riggins Construction and Development, Fayetteville, (479) 582-9597 Interior design Kimberly Harper and Cynthia Howey Tune, Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300, Landscape design Frank Sharum Landscape Design, Inc., Fort Smith, (479) 646-6517, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Art Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Bedding, fabrics, lighting, mirrors, outdoor furnishings and wallpaper Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300, Fixtures—kitchen Anderson Electric and Plumbing Supply, Harrison, (870) 741-1044, Rogers, (479) 631-9733, Springdale, (479) 756-8055, Flooring and tile Encore Flooring and Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, Fresh florals Pigmint, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0404, Furntiure Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300,; I.O. Metro, locations statewide,; Lighting Emporium, Bethel Heights, (479) 751-8184, Pool Krystal Klear Pools, Springdale, (479) 770-5511, June 2014 | 65

Historic Downtown Conway | 1011 Oak St.

Photography by Nancy Nolan


Each month, we’re asking our valued readers to share their favorite local sources for everything from eateries to remodeling pros. This month we’re highlighting Arkansas’ best-loved boutiques. Here’s a look at the stores that topped the list: • Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs

• Indigo, Little Rock

• Barbara Jean Ltd., Little Rock

• Lavender Luxury Lingerie &

• Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique, Fayetteville • Beyond Cotton, Little Rock • Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

Swimwear, Little Rock • Lola Boutique, Fayetteville • Mason’s on Joyce, Fayetteville

• Box Turtle, Little Rock

• Pink Avenue, Hot Springs

• Companions, Little Rock

• Reinvented Vintage, Little Rock

• Design Inspirations, Little Rock

• Riff Raff, Fayetteville

• E. Leigh’s, Little Rock

• Ropa, Rogers

• Ember, Little Rock

• Southern Accented, Little Rock

• Feinstein’s, Little Rock

• Steamroller Blues, Jonesboro &

• Fringe Clothing, Little Rock

Little Rock

• The Full Moon, Little Rock

• Tulips, Little Rock

• Haus Werk, Little Rock

• Vesta’s, Little Rock

• House to Home, Hot Springs

• Vivid Designs, Little Rock

Coming in our August issue…Local Favorites: Interior Designers Visit now to submit the name of your favorite Arkansas designer.

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SOUTHERN ACCENTED owners: Katy Julian & Meagan Murphy specialty: Women’s contemporary clothing and accessories trademarks: Designed with the busy modern woman in mind, Southern Accented is an all-inclusive shopping experience featuring apparel and gifts. The store carries highly sought-after clothing brands including Line & Dot, Ali Ro, Bobi, and Greylin. For giftware, don’t miss their selection of Garance Dorè notepads and iPhone cases along with a variety of letterpress cards and coasters, as well as picture frames and serving ware—all perfect for giving or receiving. They also carry local lines such as Lauren James Co., which is known for their darling Southern-style dresses and tees. history: Julian and Murphy met in college. It was here they discovered their mutual love for fashion, as well as their shared desire to own a business. In February of this year, the trend-setting pair realized their dream by opening Southern Accented on Kavanaugh Boulevard. Current Obsession: We love our pure-soy Ella B neighborhood candles! We have several in-stock now including the Heights, Hillcrest, and Chenal Valley. Each one has a perfect homey scent, and they are exclusive to our store!

Southern Accented 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite A, Little Rock, AR 72207 (501) 747-1150, Follow on Instagram (@southernaccented) & Facebook


Pamela Rees specialty: Quality one-of-a-kind statement clothing and accessories for women trademarks: Personal service and attention to clients’ needs has made Companions an iconic Little Rock boutique for trend-setting women. Their wide selection of modern lines for casual living include Joie, Alice & Trixie, Velvet, Splendid, Judith & James, Ella Moss, Citizens of Humanity, 7 for All Mankind, and many more. What’s more, owner and buyer Pamela Rees offers personal closet consultations to help you pair and accessorize the clothes you already own while offering suggestions for new pieces to complete your wardrobe. history: In 2006, Rees bought the successful woman’s clothier and moved the shop to West Little Rock just months later, where it was designed by Laura Bullock Interiors. Having been a former employee and manager of the store, Rees made a seamless transition into the position and continues to provide customers with the best brands and service today. Current Obsessions: I’m loving anything with print for summer, as well as rompers and jumper pants. They are cute and casual, yet you can dress them up instantly with a pair of wedges. Companions 14810 Cantrell Road, Little Rock 72223 (501) 868-8484, Follow on Instagram (@companionsclothier) & Facebook 68 At Home in Arkansas | June 2014

TULIPS owner:

Emily Brown specialty: Women’s contemporary clothing and accessories trademarks: Tulips is successful due to exceptional customer service, loyal customers, a friendly staff and a dedicated neighborhood that chooses to shop local. The shop is brimming with reputable lines, such as Seven for All Mankind, Karlie, Splendid, Britt Ryan, Julie Brown, Ella Moss, Free People and Be Je Jewelry, and has been featured in national publications such as Southern Living and Lucky magazines. history: Brown graduated with a Masters degree in special education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After honing her retail skills working at Harold’s in Dallas’ Highland Park Village, she decided that Little Rock needed a unique boutique that offered contemporary clothes for women. In 2002, she married and moved to Little Rock, opening Tulips shortly thereafter. Twelve years later, Tulips still continues to offer Arkansas women stylish, contemporary options. Current Obsessions: White lace dresses, Skinny boyfriend jean by Seven for All Mankind and the “midi” dress.

Tulips 5817 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, 72207 (501) 614-7343, Follow on Instagram (@tulipsinlittlerock) & Facebook

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Add extra flair, color, and personality to your own unique style with a lace-embellished infinity scarf and hand-beaded belt. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400

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Instantly perk up any chair or chaise, inside or outside your home, with these fabulous Elaine Smith pillows in elegant, go-anywhere fabrics. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,

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End Notes

Chefs’ Favorite R estaurants “I love Little Rock’s Pho Thanh My. Good soup just heals the soul. It reminds me of living in the Northwest with it raining outside eating at this little Vietnamese pho place with my daughter when she was a baby. As a chef I always go with the little locally owned places because they are always the best. The owners care and are still passionate about what they serve.” —Matthew Cooper, Executive Chef, Cache, Little Rock

“When I go out to eat, my favorite place in town [Fayetteville] is

Meiji Japanese Cuisine and Sushi.

Chef Darwin Beyer is a creative and gracious sushi master. His dishes are so fresh and well prepared that it’s hard to beat. He can turn sushi into flowers, birds, and even art.” —Maudie Schmitt, Chef,

“I love the way Chef Scott Rains at Table 28 in Little Rock gives a simple ingredient so much charm and flavor. I’ve always enjoyed his fare—it never disappoints!” —Diana Bratton, Chef and Owner, Café 1217 and Taco Mama, Hot Springs

“ Ciao Baci in Little Rock is great, because you can go to just enjoy the food and relax—either with someone or at the bar. You can grab a drink, a delicious full meal, or a nice wine and appetizer. It has a high level of service, yet is very laid back with a home-like feel.” —Alexis Jones, Chef, Natchez, Little Rock

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At Home in Arkansas June 2014  

At Home in Arkansas June 2014