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The Smile Doctor Jeff Garner, DDS, Dental Artist …improving smiles from Little Rock to LA and around the world by Paige Spooner

“Give me two hours, and I’ll give you the smile of your dreams.” Jeff Garner, D.D.S.

Jeff Garner, D.D.S has the experience, knowledge and confidence needed for high-end dentistry. His unique expertise is what makes his dental practice successful and has brought national acclaim. Dr. Jeff Garner is not your average dentist. Patients come from all over the USA and internationally (even as far as Denmark) to take advantage of his skillful genius. Dr. Garner has an extensive resume of appearances including Entertainment Tonight, Dateline NBC, CNBC and MSNBC, and consultations for People magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health, Pageantry magazine, United Paramount Network, and The Learning Channel. Many celebrities have experienced first-hand the magic that The Smile Doctor’s artistry is capable

There are artists of many kinds in this world. Some create exquisite paintings with brilliant hues of color, some compose unforgettable songs that melt our hearts, and still others write narrative creations that stir our souls. Dr. Jeff Garner, however, creates an art that is no less skillful or flawless. Each patient’s smile becomes his palette, his masterful work of art. Creating beautiful smiles is his passion. The realistic qualities of his dental makeovers cause each and every smile to look extremely natural. “Many dentist’s cosmetic work ends up looking like dentures, but not mine,” Garner says.

of performing. His Little Rock office has seen the likes of a presidential candidate, a former Miss America, a nationally acclaimed fashion designer, models, actors, actresses, recording artists and even a Playboy centerfold. Other accolades include: • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Best of the Best • AY Magazine’s Best, 12 years running • Little Rock Soiree’s Platinum service award winner • Consumer’s Research Council of America’s Top Dentists • Dentistry Today (the Nations #1 Dental Publication) named him one of the country’s top clinicians.

“I wanted the very best! That’s why I called Dr. Jeff Garner.” Jennifer Gabbard, RN Exquisite porcelain veneers

• Dr. Jeff Garner has been creating beautiful smiles for over 29 years and has placed over 45,000 aesthetic restorations. Few dentists in the world have placed more.

Dr. Jeff feels that excellent patient communication is an essential part of smile design.

Timing is also one of Dr. Garner’s strong gifts. Most dentists require one grueling visit after another to achieve favorable results. This is not the case with Dr. Jeff Garner. He is one of only a handful of dentists in the world with the rare ability to complete full dental reconstruction in just two visits. Little Rock is fortunate to have such a world renowned gifted artist.

“The Smile Doctor” Jeff Garner, DDS

An Interview with

Few dentists are artists themselves. They completely rely on their labs to do everything, so it’s no wonder that all of their work looks the same no matter the person. Dr. Garner’s skillful hands-on approach is obviously distinctive. As an artist with a sculptor’s eye for form, he produces amazing results that appear truly real and naturally beautiful. With any desirable art form, however, there will always be forgers and knock-off designers. The same is true in dentistry.

Patients come from all over the USA and internationally (even as far as Denmark) to take advantage of his skillful genius.

Q: What is your typical patient profile?

A: People from all walks of life, especially the “Baby Boomers,” want to look younger, longer. Many seniors are also having years of patchwork dentistry redone with modern techniques.

Q: What type of dentistry do you perform the most?

A: I enjoy providing my patients with the kind of high-quality, natural-looking crown and veneer work that was once reserved for the Hollywood crowd.

Q: Should men be as concerned with their appearance as women?

A: Absolutely! Whether to seek a job promotion or just look better to the opposite sex, men are becoming much more aware of how important it is to have a clean healthy smile.

Q: When are you too old for cosmetic dentistry?

A: I’ve helped people in their 80’s love their smiles after being self-conscious about them their entire lives. There’s no reason not to love what you see when you look in the mirror... patients are always saying it’s the best gift they’ve ever given themselves....they wish they had done it sooner.

Q: Have you ever created a smile for a Miss America Pageant Winner?

A: Yes, I have. I have created new and brighter smiles for several U.S. pageant winners from Massachusetts to Hawaii.

Q: Why were you featured on “Entertainment Tonight?”

A: E.T. learned of my cosmetic work on several pageant delegates. The program was seen by 12 million viewers in 70+ countries. This recognition has led to patients traveling thousands of miles for special cosmetic procedures.

Q: What is something you always have patients say about their Smile Makeover?

A: Everyone says they wish they had done it even sooner--they are often surprised at how it only takes 2 easy visits.

Keith Morrison of Dateline NBC watches Dr. Garner There are many dentists who try to imitate his work, but none can achieve what Dr. Garner does with his amazing Smile-Lifts. If you’re tired of hiding your smile, give the Smile Doctor a call today and let him do what he does best…let him make your smile a masterpiece. His work is simply Dentistry on a Different Level.

The Smile Doctor ®

“For the first time in my life I wasn’t self-conscious about giving a big smile....what he did for me was amazing....I just wish that I’d done it sooner....I’m so grateful to Dr. Jeff for using his God-given talent to improve my smile.” Gov. Mike Huckabee

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March 2014 {outdoor living} features 34 Garden Party of Four

departments 11 Style

Palette Catering and Providence Design come together for a memorable dinner fête

Bed Dressed

40 Enchanted Estate

What’s new and notable in The Natural State

An English Tudor receives an outdoor makeover that is equally charming to children and adults

50 A Haute Outdoor Retreat

Designer Tobi Fairley creates a high-style cabana and pool house in Fayetteville

60 The Gathering Place

A structural renovation and lush plantings make a cottage courtyard a family’s favorite place to unwind

14 The Latest

19 Design

Refresher Course

23 Out & About

Spotlight on Northeast Arkansas

29 Collections Bird is the Word

32 Beauty

The Scents of Spring

66 Local Favorites

Pool & Landscape Professionals

IN EVERY ISSUE 8 A Note from the Editor in Chief 71 Marketplace 72 Last Look ON THE COVER

Design by Chris Olsen and Garry Mertins. Photography by Nancy Nolan. Page 40.

Vol. 19, No. 2 © 2014 by Network Communications Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. At Home in Arkansas™ (ISSN 1540-8914, USPS# 020-999) is published 11 times a year (January/February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December) by Network Communications, Inc., 2 Sun Court NW, Suite #300, Norcross, GA 30092. 678-346-9300. Periodicals Postage Rates are Paid at Norcross, GA and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to At Home in Arkansas™; P.O. BOX 705, Selmer, TN 38375. Canada Post PM40063731. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to: Station A, PO Box 54, Windsor ON N9A 6J5.

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“With the coming of spring, I am Calm again.” This quote has more meaning to me this year than I think it ever has. The past few winter months have not been easy ones to live. I have been dealing with huge personal loss and grief has been the overwhelming feeling I have faced most days. However, I was blessed to have had the most wonderful mother who taught me life goes on and one must live each day to the fullest. I know that I am looking forward to spring’s sense of renewal and longer days of sunlight to help calm my sadness and refresh my soul. The organizing of the March issue has been therapy within itself. The editors of At Home have been working busily to pull together some of the most inspiring outdoor images and stories to encourage all of us to get outside and wash away those winter blues. From the colorful and imaginative gardens of our neighbors, we can enjoy the fruits of their labor and be inspired to create our own oasis to escape to privately or share with others this spring. I hope you will enjoy reading this issue as much as I have enjoyed putting it together, and I hope you find many fresh ideas to help make these the best days ever. Springtime in Arkansas can sometimes be a short season, so my advice is to plan early and plan well. But most of all do not let this season pass you by without taking time to do something special just for you.

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Wake up your bedroom with bold coverlets, patterned sheets and art-worthy throw pillows

The garden isn’t the only place where spring hues are showing up. Company C bedding, including the “Avery” quilt, shown in Willow and Bittersweet, and the “Gala” and “Tilda” pillows (shown in Bittersweet and Azalea, respectively) mimic the shades of spring flowers. The Boutique, Searcy, (501) 268-3434, A refined selection for any dressing table, nailhead trim adds a contemporary touch to this classic French-inspired vanity stool. Park Hill Home, Conway, (501) 358-3537

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1. The “Mary Ella” duvet and shams from Peacock Alley will greet you with a fresh bouquet of flowers each morning. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, 2. Channel your inner island spirit with a throw pillow from the new “Montego Stripe” collection, shown here in Melon, and a “Laundered Linen” throw in Coral, both from Pine Cone Hill. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; The Boutique, Searcy, (501) 268-3434, 3. Store blankets, such as this striped throw by Dash & Albert, artfully on a decorative ladder. Park Hill Home, Conway, (501) 358-3537 4. Mix flora into your bedroom’s design scheme with a leaf-print throw by Darzzi. House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, 5. Treat yourself to a little luxury with a herringbone-print Brahms Mount throw in Apple Green. Yves Delorme, Little Rock, (501) 663-7344, 6. Make a statement with eye-catching, embroidered linen throw pillows. Tuft & Table, Little Rock, (501) 366-8715, 7. A bed made in Bella Notte’s new Mint Julep color, shown here on their luxurious “Valentina” linens, is equal parts refreshing and cozy. House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949,; That French Shoppe, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435 12 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

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Friends Meagan Murphy and Katy Julian recently opened Southern Accented in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood. The fashion-and-design-aware pair has curated a boutique of fun clothing labels including Ali Ro, Line & Dot and local designer Lauren James. In addition, they offer practical and pretty finds for the home such as frames, candles and décor. Designed for women who are always on the go, the store has the perfect gift for a bride-to-be along with a fantastic dress to wear to her shower. Pop in to their grand opening party on Saturday, February 22. 5501 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Suite A, Little Rock, (501) 296-9195

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Tulips, the popular Little Rock women’s boutique, has a new look. Owner Emily Brown collaborated with designer Katie Henry of Katie Grace Designs to create an ornate-meets-shabby-chic “grown up” look for the store. Henry reworked existing pieces and mixed in a few new finds to create a custom look without tossing everything. Using the shop’s trademark hue, pink, she brought in custom curtains for the dressing rooms, graphic wallpaper and upholstered pieces in varying shades of the color. Visit the store to update your spring and summer wardrobe and see the grand transformation for yourself. 5817 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, (501) 614-7343,


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Fringe Clothing recently opened its doors in the River Market’s Arcade Building. Featuring casual boho-chic pieces alongside more cosmopolitan work-ready wear, the store offers a look for everyone complete with jewelry and handbags. Owner Kendall Sandifer is the talent behind the trends. In an effort to cultivate a store that is reflective of all her passions, she also sells her artwork in the space. As a trained graphic designer and the daughter of acclaimed artist Barry Thomas, her colorful Kendall Thomas Art pieces (shown at left) are eyecatching additions to the store. 112 River Market Avenue, Little Rock, (501) 519-2223


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Mark Your Calendars! Everything’s Coming Up Daffodils!

Check out these amazing Natural State tributes to the flower that is a sure sign of spring.

February 15 – March 15 Garvan Woodland Gardens Daffodil Days, Hot Springs Planted throughout the gardens, including the Trapp Mountain Overlook and the Three Sisters of Amity Daffodil Hill, white and yellow blooms delight visitors at this popular state gem each year. Regular garden admission applies. (501) 262-9300, March 1-31 35th Annual Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival, Wye Visit seven acres of more than 30 varieties of blooming daffodils. The field is open the entire month, but guests can enjoy BBQ, cobbler and an arts-and-crafts fair on weekends when the flowers are in bloom (these dates are announced via their Facebook page). Free to attend. Daffodils may be picked for a small donation.

NOw OPEN In the Design District

Closet Factory, Arkansas’ source for home organization, has a new location in the Design District near Cajun’s Wharf. Offering everything from pantries to home office suites, laundry room systems to mudroom lockers, Closet Factory provides free consultations and then creates a custom design based on your needs. Whether you want basic organization or an abundance of amenities, the design team can help to maximize the space in your home. Join owner David Fraiser for the grand opening celebration on Wednesday, March 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. to see the endless options for yourself. 2216 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (888) 666-0168,

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March 7 & 8 Camden Daffodil Festival, Camden Join the town of Camden to welcome spring with acres of daffodils planted in six gardens. Stay for the historic home tours, art show and a championship steak cook-off.


March 7 12th Annual Grape Escapes, Fort Smith Pair great music with fantastic wine selections at this popular yearly event. Enjoy the sounds of The Dave Holland ensemble while choosing samples from more than 350 different wines from around the world as well as delicacies from local restaurants. Don’t miss the wine pull—your chance to purchase a numbered wine cork and receive a corresponding bottle to take home. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Bost, an organization that has been providing choices and opportunities for individuals with developmental and related disabilities in Western Arkansas since 1959. Call (479) 478-5554 to make a reservation or visit for more information.

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This new collection of premium sofas, chairs and accents is an eclectic mix that’s perfectly proportioned for your modern living space. It’s a vibe that’s current yet completely at ease, with clean lines and stand-out details, for a look that reflects your individual style and makes you feel perfectly at home.

s a message that bears repeating. La-Z-Boy offers a whole range comfortable, great-looking furniture, including sofas, sectionals, veseats and more. Trust me, it’s worth taking another look. One more me: La-Z-Boy makes more than recliners. March 2014 | 17

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A bounty of new fabrics offers inspiration for small (or large!) updates indoors and out

Indoor/outdoor options from Thomaspaul by Duralee span the color wheel. Available to the trade. March 2014 | 19



Left to right: A cool-toned tribal print, such as Jonathan Adler’s “Electrify Tulip” for Kravet, is anything but square. Available to the trade. Go gray for a modern take on outdoor décor, or choose a circle-centric pattern that will have you wanting to see spots. Both available at Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,


Left to right: Blend your blues and greens with a cool-toned botanical, such as “Nympheus” by GP&J Baker. Show your stripes with Cowtan & Tout’s “Chloe Stripe” in Aqua. Accented with hints of blue coral, “Windermere” by Cowtan & Tout has an underlying coastal allure. All available through Barbi Rushing Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 680-4301. 20 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014


Left to right: Leafy greens, such as Solarium’s “Palms,” are en vogue for outdoor drapery panels or seat cushions. Green up to “Imogen” by Solarium, a smaller botanical print, which is perfect for pillows. Motifs and hues blend beautifully in Solarium’s contemporary option, “Cirque.” All available through Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500,


A GREAT ACCENT FABRIC! Left to right: Lines and dots unite for a modern take on whimsical in “Delverde,” an indoor/outdoor fabric by Kravet Soleil. Available to the trade. Show your primary colors in varying shapes and sizes of stripes. Interior Creations, Searcy, (501) 268-2311, Good things come in small prints, such as “Highpoint” shown in Coral from the Sarah Richardson Collection by Kravet. Available to the trade.

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Refining Your Style

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Northeast Arkansas Options for eateries, entertainment and—of course—home design abound in this naturally beautiful corner of the state Long known as a great place to raise a family, Northeast Arkansas abounds with a thriving college scene (Go Red Wolves and Scots!), a robust agricultural industry and plenty of natural attractions, including Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Craighead Forest Park. What’s more, they also have one of the state’s strongest collections of home design sources for inspiration, furnishings, fixtures and more. Check out a few of our favorite selections when it comes to shopping and living local in this region of the state.

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Chalk Paint® decorative paint MORE THAN PAINT! available at THAT FRENCH SHOPPE

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3413 Southwest Drive Jonesboro, AR 72404 870.935.1000 •

{Southern Creek Rustic Furnishings}

5730 Blackland Road, Pleasant Plains, (501) 345-8888, If you love natural or rustic-inspired décor, Southern Creek Rustic Furnishings is just the place for you. Offering a wide selection of lodge and western-style home décor, furniture and gifts, the store prides itself on offering quality products at a fair price. Visit them in Pleasant Plains to browse their amazing selection of reclaimed barn-wood, aspen-log and leather pieces. Whether you’re looking to furnish your bedroom, dining room or living area, or simply need a few accessories to pull together a look, Southern Creek Rustic Furnishings is the place to shop. Visit their website to learn about their recently opened second location in Hot Springs.


{Arkansas Delta Byways}

P.O. Box 2050, Jonesboro, (870) 972-2893, Arkansas Delta Byways, which includes 15 counties in eastern Arkansas, is home to some of the best natural and cultural heritage in the state. It includes two of the first national scenic byways—Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas Great River Road. The area is also rich in musical heritage, especially gospel and the blues, starting in Blytheville and continuing through Osceola, West Memphis, Helena and Lake Village. Bed and breakfasts, museums and special attractions dot the entire route. Attractions include fishing, hunting, camping, golf, horseback riding and more.

{Metro Appliances & More}


2701 East Parker Road, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, Celebrating 40 years of business, Metro Appliances & More is Jonesboro’s one-stop resource for all your home appliance needs. Stop by their spacious showroom on Parker Road to see the latest from more than 40 brands, including KitchenAid, Whirlpool, GE and more. In addition to interior appliances, they also offer options for your outdoor kitchen. As a member of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and a Better Business Bureau accredited business, they are committed to serving the needs of the Northeast Arkansas community and offer the best selection and lowest price when it comes to appliances. For your convenience, they offer delivery and installation of your new appliances as well as free haul away for your discarded models. Visit their website for more information and a full list of Arkansas locations.

{That French Shoppe}


456 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435 Timeless, yet inspiring, the welcoming showroom at That French Shoppe features all things home, including upholstered pieces, lighting, linens and accessories. Owner Leigh Montgomery thoughtfully curates the collection with lines such as Lee Industries, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic, Visual Comfort, Bella Notte, Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert. In addition, they also carry Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and offer workshops to inspire your technique. Don’t miss the original artwork by local and regional artists. Stop in to That French Shoppe today to schedule a design consultation with Leigh.


Head to downtown Jonesboro for an open-air street festival featuring baked goods, local artisans and live music. The event is held from 5-8 p.m. each third Thursday of the month, March - November.

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{Environments by Arkansas Pools and Spas}

3413 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, (870) 935-1000, Celebrating more than 40 years of business, Environments by Arkansas Pools and Spas is the Jonesboro area go-to for all things outdoor. Along with their friendly staff, owners Scottie and John Payne can help to customize your backyard with the perfect above-ground pool, spa or an outdoor fireplace. In addition, they offer complete pool service, water testing and maintenance supplies. Visit their 3,000-square-foot showroom to browse the large selection of pool games and toys, fire pits, outdoor furniture and accessories.



3410 East Johnson, Suite A, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1620, Head to the Shoppes at Hilltop and drop into Swank where you’ll find an eclectic mix of transitional décor, art, rugs and accessories. You’ll appreciate the friendly service and free design consultations you’ll receive from their on-staff designers. Browse their white showroom featuring more than 75 pieces of Norwalk furniture, all shown in white, which can be custom ordered in 850 different fabrics. In addition to this and other classic lines, including Bernhardt Interiors, Four Hands and Phillips Collection, you’ll also find custom pieces by local metal artisan Jaramie Ross. While you’re there, be sure to drop in next door for lunch at the recently opened Newk’s.

{Mid-South Plumbing & Electric}

Plumbing Division, 2600 East Highland Drive, Jonesboro, (870) 932-8329, Electrical Division, 2800 East Highland Drive, Jonesboro, (870) 932-4591, Located in side-by-side storefronts, Mid-South Plumbing and Electric services the needs of both contractors and homeowners alike. From rough plumbing and electrical supplies to top-of-the-line fixtures, they carry it all. Browse their numerous books of special order light fixtures or shop their in-store selection of quality faucets, showerheads and tubs including brands such as Kohler and Delta. If you’re planning a kitchen or bath remodel, be sure to visit this Jonesboro staple, which has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years.


{Walker Interiors}


Newport, (870) 217-9373 Lesley C. Walker of Walker Interiors is truly a Renaissance woman when it comes to decorating and revitalizing spaces. Offering start-to-finish interior decorating services, Walker can transform a blank slate with new selections or re-invent a room using your existing furnishings. What’s more, she does all the work herself from painting furniture to hanging wallpaper and installing backsplashes. Designing for all styles with a propensity for European and French country inspired interiors, Walker will choose samples based on your consultation and walk you through the design process step-by-step. Whether your project is large or small, let her put her eye for interiors to work for you. Like Walker Interiors on Facebook to see her work.

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A library of birding field guides makes for a high-flying collection By Tiffany Burgess Adams

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If you ask Jerry Butler about the great outdoors, he might tell you nature is for the birds. You see Butler is an avid bird-watcher who enjoys spending his time looking out a window and exploring the grounds around his Scott home for beloved native birds as well as foreign flyers passing through the state. “March is a particularly good time to watch for new species because of the migration that takes place as the winter draws to a close,” he says of the spring season. To properly identify each bird, Butler keeps a library of small field guides and bird-related books. He uses the more notable guides, such as Peterson’s, as reference tools while other books on birding he reads simply for pleasure or historical context. The library’s titles range from present-day works to ones produced in the early 1900s. These older versions offer colorful stories and tales of bird watching, whereas the newer guides are more objective and scientific. “It’s interesting to look back at the older ones to see what they knew then and what we know now about the various species,” says the avian enthusiast. The culmination of all of this knowledge takes flight when Butler sees a familiar favorite fly into view or when he identifies a new bird. “I take an appropriate field guide each time I go out to help me remember descriptions of habitat, range maps, identification tips or other such detail about the birds I’m seeing. There are more than 300 species of birds in Arkansas and sometimes it’s hard to keep them straight,” he laughs. Since Butler’s retirement from UALR where he served as a speech professor and chair of the department, birding has become a favorite pastime. While he came into the hobby later in life, his passion and drive for the experience is as strong as a lifelong devotee. “When you are a birder, you are always birding,” he notes. Butler is particularly fond of the Carolina Wren. “It’s the first bird you hear singing in the morning and very industrious—a hard worker,” he says of the species, one of which happens to have a nest near his bedroom window. Butler is also partial to different species of robins. “When I see a new bird, it makes my heart sing,” he adds. For Butler, there are many aspects of the hobby he finds appealing. Chief among them are the things mankind has learned from birds. He notes birds were the first musical composers, were the original inspiration for man to take flight and are able to live in peaceful harmony with one another. “There’s a lot we humans could learn from them,” he concludes. 30 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

“When I see a new bird, it makes my heart sing.” — Jerry Butler

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Seasonal fare and nature-inspired dÉcor add vitality to a gathering of close friends By: Tiffany Burgess Adams Photography by: Nancy Nolan Styling: Chip Jones & Mandy Keener 34 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

Since moving into their new home last fall, Donna and Jim Bottin have been looking forward to warmer days and nights spent on the back veranda of their West Little Rock home. The couple enlisted the help of Providence Design and Palette Catering to make this first al fresco dinner one to remember. Facing page: Tea light candleholders are repurposed as small vases at each place setting. March 2014 | 35

Seasonal Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette Salad

Snow peas, julienned Watercress White and red radishes, shaved or thinly sliced

Champagne Vinaigrette

1 small shallot, minced 1 clove of garlic, grated with a microplane Ÿ cup champagne vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey ½ cup vegetable oil Salt and pepper to taste

Bacon Lardons

6 pieces of slab bacon 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil To prepare the vinaigrette, combine the shallot, garlic, vinegar, mustard and honey in a jar and place the lid on top of it. Shake to mix the ingredients. When combined, add oil and season with salt and pepper. Shake until well combined. For the bacon lardons, cut the slab bacon into small cubes or lardons. Place them in a pot and cover with two inches of water. Bring to a boil and drain immediately. Heat the olive oil in a sautĂŠ pan. Add the lardons and cook over medium heat, rendering the fat from the meat and browning the bacon. Combine salad ingredients with bacon lardons. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Serve immediately.

Color Enhancement

Since it’s early in the season, flowers are just coming into bloom. For a natural, garden-fresh look, the Providence Design team used potted plants and cut flowers for the table’s design. While they may not be present in the Bottin’s garden just yet, they are a hopeful promise of the arrival of spring days. Kalanchoe, tulips, miniature daffodils and hyacinth add bursts of crisp color.


ince moving in to their newly constructed West Little Rock home last fall, Donna and Jim Bottin have been looking forward to warm days when they could entertain friends outside on their back patio. While the space is equipped with all the amenities to create and serve a delectable dinner, the Bottins wanted to make this first al fresco meal a memorable occasion. For help with the table setting and décor, they turned to Providence Design. Co-owned by sisters Talena Ray and Mona Thompson, Providence designed the interiors and selected the exterior furnishings and fixtures of the Bottin home, so a party on the patio was right up their alley. “We always use a layered approach to our designs and we like to have a continuous flow from one space to another,” says Ray of the pair’s philosophy. With this thought in mind, they chose yellow, which appears subtly throughout the Bottin’s home, as the primary color for the tabletop’s palette. From there, they incorporated fresh reminders of the approaching season including a vibrant floral grouping accented with moss and coordinating tableware that features both birds and bees. For a collected touch, they mixed Match dinnerware from Cobblestone & Vine with woven chargers and avian-themed accent plates, both from Pottery Barn. The menu was equally as important as the décor for the gathering. Donna invited Jacquelyn and Jeremy Pittman of Little Rock’s Palette Catering to teach her a few new recipes using ingredients that are readily available this time of year. The trio of cooks came up with a menu featuring a fresh salad topped with a champagne vinaigrette, grilled lamb, seasonal grilled vegetables and rhubarb pie. “In the culinary world, lamb is symbolic of spring,” says Jacquelyn. “Its light red meat is a perfect pairing for spring vegetables.” The selections also pair well with the vivid table setting, evoking the hopeful and light-hearted feeling of warmer days. March 2014 | 37

Scented sprigs

Clippings of rosemary and lavender bring the fragrance of the garden to the table.

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A rolling bar cart from Ray and Thompson’s shop, Providence Design, keep beverages close by and prevents the host from having to leave the company of guests to refill glasses. To continue the table’s colorful floral theme, the design duo repurposed the wine chiller as a vase for cut tulips and added potted hyacinths and kalanchoe to the lower level of the cart.

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Colorful Cuisine

Mindful of the season, Palette Catering suggested spring onions, asparagus, raddichio and small sweet peppers for grilling. The flavorful quartet is a perfect pairing for the lamb. Also conscious of local farms, the light red meat is a product of Arkansas’ own Cypress Valley Meat Company. A pesto sauce finishes off the flavor and adds garnish to the plate.

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In the midst of a bustling Little Rock neighborhood, a LUSH terraced landscape offers a RETReAT for family and friends alike 40 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

Story: Susan Jasan Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener and Ellen Scruggs

The extensive landscape renovation of this Hillcrest home created multiple outdoor living spaces for entertaining as well as ideal areas for family fun. Facing Page: A lush jasmine vine covers the arbor that leads to a secret garden, a favorite space for the family’s children to play.

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The red tones of the ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese maples frame the stairway and contrast with the evergreens that share the raised planting beds. Designer Chris Olsen envisions the maples developing over time into a massive wave of deep reds flowing gently down the slope. Large containers overflow with seasonal color throughout the site.


hen a young Little Rock family set out to update the outdoor living area of their Hillcrestarea home, they had three main goals in mind. For starters, they wanted to transform the home’s landscape into functional and cozy outdoor living spaces they would be apt to use. Second, it was equally important these spaces flow together to create connected entertaining areas to accommodate large groups. And finally, with two middle-school-age children living under the roof, it had to be practical and allow for play. With this clearly marked roadmap in mind, landscape designer Chris Olsen along with Garry Mertins, who designed the interiors of the family’s home, set out to make the dream a reality. Working with the natural charm of the English Tudor style home, Mertins designed a terraced plan, designating areas for entertaining, gathering and relaxing. Starting at the front door and carrying all the way to the home’s pool, each level spills over with a sense of inviting enchantment. When it came to must-haves, the addition of a new fireplace and conversation space on the pool level was high on the owners’ wish list. Thanks in part to the cool color palette of the outdoor fabrics, which were selected by the owner with an eye for both function and fun, it has become a favorite space for guests. The footprint of the pool area was also updated. The design team expanded the stone surface around the pool to make the patio area more accessible and graceful, concentric stairs were employed to provide a smooth transition between the sunning area and the covered patio near the home’s back entrance. The impeccable craftsmanship of the stonemasons was integral to unifying the existing stone of the residence with the new areas to create a cohesive, uninterrupted look.

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The cool beach-tone colors of the outdoor furnishings are as inviting as the pool on a hot summer’s afternoon. The stone wall and walkway around the pool blend almost seamlessly with the home’s exterior, creating a cohesive, heritage-rich look.

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Clockwise from top left: A large dining table offers plenty of room for dinner parties or family meals. A side bar gives the children a place to enjoy a quick poolside snack. The grouping of planters at the bar envelops the space in greenery. An outdoor kitchen area means the cooks can enjoy the company of guests while preparing dinner. The existing stone of the home was married seamlessly with the new areas and contrasts beautifully with the watery blue backsplash. Facing page: The outdoor fireplace was a musthave addition for the owners and is a favorite gathering space on chilly nights.

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“Every home has a soul. The landscape should reflect the soul of the home.” —Chris Olsen

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Left to right: An existing fountain feature received a facelift to flow with the rest of the landscape design. The purple angelonia is just one of the many annuals that sustains its color during the hot days of summer. Designer Chris Olsen used ferns abundantly in the shady areas of the landscape to provide texture and greenery. Facing page: While it may appear to be a picturesque retreat, the expanded lawn area is a favorite place for the couple’s children to play.

Outdoor draperies, made from weather-resistant fabric, enclose the new covered patio that provides a shady dining space overlooking the pool. The kitchen area includes a large grill with individual burners, meaning the owners can prepare entire meals while watching the kids swim or chatting with neighbors. To create simplicity when bringing all the essentials outdoors, a new entrance was added near the outdoor kitchen to connect the interior of the home to the patio. For the family, it’s as if they can simply walk out their back door and into their own private vacation resort. “Since the renovation we spend the majority of our free time outdoors,” says the homeowner. It wasn’t just the home’s backyard that received a makeover. The Tudor’s entire existing front landscape was removed to make room for a cozy sitting area near the entry, and open up a large lawn space for the couple’s children to play. A grouping of ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae evergreens frames the sitting area near the entry, with boxwoods and lime-colored sweet flag grass enveloping the front. In addition to the open lawn area, there is also a secret garden, which has become a favorite place for the kids to play as well. Two passageways, one from the pool and one from the side yard, lead into the garden which is surrounded with lush greenery. As the children

grow, Olsen sees the secret garden transitioning into an adult space for informal gatherings or for reflection. Large glazed containers dot the landscape and offer a place to add seasonal color year-round. Olsen emphasizes that using large containers is a key feature of his design approach, adding that when using planters as part of a landscape, the larger they are, the better. The containers here typically include an evergreen surrounded with fillers of the aforementioned seasonal blooms, including everything from petunias to tropical selections for summer. Perennial coneflowers, garden phlox and rudbeckia provide a cottage feel to the gardens. The owners enjoy Olsen’s extensive use of evergreens to provide continuous interest no matter the season. With the evergreens as a base, it provides the opportunity to change the color themes with annuals from year to year without significant changes to the rest of the garden. “It is important to keep the landscape a reflection of the soul of the home. You don’t want your home to look like everyone else’s house,” notes Olsen. “Take an idea and expand on it, and make it your own. Be stylish and be tasteful, but most importantly enjoy what you create.”

Design Resources Contractor James Construction, Little Rock, (501) 663-6557 Landscape design and maintenance Chris Olsen, Botanica Gardens, Little Rock, (501) 614-3000,, Exterior and hardscape design Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Design, Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Masonry and stonework Joe Murdaugh Masonry, Sherwood, (501) 833-0891, Planters Botanica Gardens, Little Rock, (501) 614-3000, March 2014 | 49

A combination of flexible seating options makes the cabana well equipped for small or large gatherings. A vibrant palette of aqua, orange, black and white unifies the unique spaces. 50 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

Inspired by cosmopolitan hotels and the interior palette of this Fayetteville residence, designer Tobi Fairley adds vitality and comfort to an often-used outdoor area Story: Jennifer Bonds Photography: Nancy Nolan March 2014 | 51

“We took color cues from inside the home, which is done in layers of aqua, light blue and steel grays and accented with orange tones from pumpkin to cinnamon.” —Tobi Fairley

F Boxwood hedges give the garden structure and provide yearround color. Facing page: Aqua-hued aluminum chaise lounges are lightweight enough to be moved around the pool area.

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ive years after the completion of the interior design work in a sophisticated Northwest Arkansas home, Tobi Fairley returned to a former project to bring her signature bold and tailored style to the outdoor spaces. “The homeowners wanted an area to use for large family gatherings, as well as smaller groups, like their children and grandchildren,” she explains. To achieve harmony in the space, the family asked Fairley to work with Carolyn Lindsey of Yeary Lindsey Architects to make better use of the structures around the home’s existing pool. A trellis was replaced with a cabana and additional usable square footage was added to the existing pool house. She didn’t skimp on convenience on either, including a full-scale outdoor kitchen as well as multiple seating and lounge areas in the design. Not only did the pool and patio area need to be fuctional, but the homeowners desired an outdoor space that reflected their interior décor. Known for her vivid patterns and bright punches of color, Fairley dove into the project with a clear vision for a refreshing outdoor escape. Inspired by the chic, boutique hotel pools the homeowners have visited around the world, she envisioned classic black-and-white stripes alongside more subdued elements that complement the interior of the home. “We took color cues from inside the home, which is done in layers of aqua, light blue and steel gray and accented with orange tones from pumpkin to cinnamon,” says Fairley. “Outside, we ramped up the volume on that palette.” The combination of aqua, orange, black and white is “edgy and fun,” says Fairley, who describes the

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Beneath the cabana, Trex Transcend decking provides an easy-to-maintain alternative to traditional wood decking. Modern barstools from Design Within Reach contrast with traditional Doric columns. The curtains can be closed to provide shade in the summer or protection from the elements in colder months. Facing page: A chrome faucet, enamel pendants and Caesarstone counters contribute to the kitchen’s sleek aesthetic. 54 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

homeowners as sophisticated and chic. “Their style—and mine— unites very clean furniture lines and tailoring with dynamic and bold uses of texture, pattern and color,” she adds. Nestled around the edge of the pool, the L-shaped cabana features a well-equipped kitchen and bar space, banquette seating and a fireplace, which allows the structure to be used during all four seasons of the year. In the kitchen, powder-coated metal cabinets are topped with Caesarstone quartz countertops. A bridge-style faucet by Kohler and a glass tile backsplash by Mirage add luxurious touches around a built-in stainless steel grill. White enamel pendants hang above the bar, which is upholstered in tufted white marine-grade vinyl. “Design is such a major investment that I always want to select outdoor furnishings and materials that can withstand exposure to the elements,” says Fairley. “I love to use vinyls and textiles that can be cleaned with soap and water.” Thinking back to the space’s initial inspiration, a black-and-white striped ceiling gives the cabana the feel of an extra-chic poolside hut. Overhead, geometric pendants from Restoration Hardware stand out thanks to a custom aqua paint job. Banquette seating, also upholstered in white vinyl, stretches along two walls to provide ample room for the homeowner’s extended family and guests. Custom aqua tables and Parsons chairs on casters keep the seating flexible, making the space feel less formal and easily changeable. A pair of more formal armchairs upholstered in durable Sunbrella fabric provides cozy seating beside the cast stone hearth. Around the pool, aqua chaise lounges by Caluco, black-and-white striped umbrellas and bold orange throw pillows continue the color scheme. “I was aiming for a luxurious and streamlined look that March 2014 | 55

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“The graphic effect of the black-and-white stripes really adds geometry and depth to the design.”

—Tobi Fairley

A pair of ornate carved armchairs by Polart and a round ottoman provide a bit of contrast to the cabana’s many angular lines. The pendants were given a custom aqua paint job. Black and white stripes on the ceiling highlight the structure’s angles, and give it the feeling of an exotic tent.

still felt festive and friendly—and a little bit Hollywood—so I didn’t go the usual route of natural textures and colors. I wanted it to really pop,” says Fairley of the space’s accents. In the nearby pool house, the homeowners sacrificed a storage area to gain more living space. Frequented by grandchildren and long-term guests, the rooms are a lively extension of the home’s soothing color palette. “Having designed the interiors of the home with lots of cool colors— monochromatic rooms with lots of texture, and a few, careful pops of color—I wanted to do something that was very dynamic yet still felt like a perfect fit with my vision of the home as a whole,” says Fairley. Turquoise walls, crisp white trim and fabrics in shades of blue, orange and green continue the flow, while signaling that this room is meant as a retreat from everyday life. A neutral Lee Industries sectional is livened up with throw pillows made from fabric from Fairley’s own collection, Tobi Fairley Home, as well as more organic prints from Raoul Textiles. The daring orange curtains may appear to be an adventurous choice, but the warm tone pairs beautifully with the water-inspired wall color and coordinate with an abstract piece of artwork by Kansas City artist Jane Booth. Indoors or out, the refreshing palette and artistically graphic design elements make this cabana and pool house a perfect fit for cosmopolitan houseguests and fun-loving grandchildren alike. March 2014 | 57

Design Resources Architect Carolyn Lindsey, Yeary Lindsey Architects, Little Rock, (501) 372-5940, Interior design Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 868-9882, Landscape design and maintence Leisurescapes, Springdale, (479) 306-4934, Art Tobi Fairley Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 868-9882, Cabinetry L and L Metal Fabrication, Tontitown, (479) 361-9640, Draperies—indoor Mountjoy Custom Drapery, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 Draperies—outdoor Interior Fabrics & Design, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0222 Fabric—drapery panels and ottoman Tobi Fairley Home, Little Rock, (501) 868-9882, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Pool Luther Stem Pools & Spas, Fort Smith, (479) 646-7772, 58 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

Orange chevron-striped fabric from Tobi Fairley Home and a painting by Kansas city artist Jane Booth warm up the cool palette of blue and white in the pool house. The mix of geometric and floral fabrics along with furnishings from Bungalow 5 and a bright orange pendant give the pool house a casual, youthful feeling.

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When a natural courtyard emerged from a home renovation project, a Little Rock couple took the hint and created a private backyard escape Story: Susan Darcey Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener

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Sheb and Danny Fisher’s cottage courtyard has an easy-going casual appeal. Traditional-style outdoor furniture mixed with colorful accessories makes for a happy and inviting atmosphere amidst a backdrop of white hydrangeas.

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A custom wooden gate, designed by Chris Milligan and constructed by Creative Heights Partners, was created to open like a set of French doors. The path connects the garden to the neighborhood, giving Sheb and her Carin terrier, Ellie, easy access for walks. Facing page: A freestanding wooden pergola blends with the newly installed flagstone patio and the home’s lush greenery for a natural feel.


here is nothing more tempting than the thought of relaxing outside on a beautiful day, sipping a cocktail and nibbling on a few tasty appetizers, all the while chatting with good friends. For Sheb and Danny Fisher this was not the initial vision they had when they began a home renovation project to better accommodate their family. However, as the footprint of the home fell into place, they realized they had created the ideal backyard patio for casual gatherings and quiet nights alone. Before the renovation, a narrow driveway, an old deck and a small grassy area were all that comprised their backyard. As the remodel progressed, a courtyard area emerged as a natural extension of the house. There were essentially three wings of the house—the kitchen, the master bedroom and a newly constructed guesthouse— that had come together, each with French doors all opening to the one very private, yet shared space. It seemed like a natural fit for a courtyard to the Fishers. However, there was one concern that remained a mystery. “I couldn’t figure out how to get it all on the same level to tie everything together. I knew I didn’t want to walk down four steps any time I went out one of the doors,” says Sheb. Chris Milligan, who at the time worked with Creative Heights Partners, was working on a renovation of the couple’s kitchen and it only seemed natural for him to lend his expertise to the patio’s design as well. Milligan elevated the entire area to create a natural flow of living space between the three areas. “To make the transition between the new kitchen I designed, the master suite that they currently had and the guesthouse, we had to raise the level of the ground up so you could walk out of each one of those spaces onto a nice flagstone patio area,” explains Milligan. After everything was constructed and the patio foundation and flagstone were completed, the Fishers landscaped the plant beds around the courtyard themselves. They began with an empty slate since everything they had previously was removed when they raised the patio. Sheb’s love of gardening combined with her design 62 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

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background inspired the idea about the ambience she wanted to create. “I had this vision of white against the taupe house,” she says, “and I just love hydrangeas. They are my favorite flower.” Sheb chose the ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea as the focal point of her garden because of their color, the size of their blooms and the vast number of buds they produce. “I really wanted to see them when I looked out the window,” she says. “They are really beautiful when they are all blooming.” While the Fishers selected the garden blooms and planted them on their own, they consulted their friend Adrienne Taylor, who is a landscape designer. Taylor guided Sheb to choose a crepe myrtle that better fit into her landscaping plan of white blooms. “I also have white azaleas and herbs growing along the garden path. I use my herbs all the time,” she adds. To add some creative detail to the courtyard, Milligan incorporated a freestanding pergola to highlight the sitting area. “Some type of overhead covering was needed to define the space and give it a more intimate feeling,” he says. Sheb wanted a light and airy structure to allow the flow of a breeze and light sun exposure. The outdoor space is furnished with a traditional teak sofa and a set of chairs and complemented with patterned pillows and a durable outdoor rug. A ceiling fan installed at the top of the pergola helps cool the space during sultry summer days, while strands of white lights strung along the beams contribute to the ambience by providing a soft glow on evening nights. The culmination is a very comfortable gathering space that feels more like a cozy living room. To ensure the longevity of use throughout year, the Fishers installed an insect-repellant misting system around the courtyard. It allows easy access in and out of the house without the worry of mosquitos that are prevalent during most of the year. “They can open up all the French doors, especially the kitchen, which is typically where everyone goes in and out, and the misting system keeps all the mosquitos away,” says Milligan. “You don’t have any barriers between you and the outdoors— it’s a seamless transition.” Since its creation, you can find the Fishers in the courtyard almost any day. “Whether we have a fire going or the fan, it is such a great gathering spot, and friends come over all the time,” says Sheb of new backyard haven. Design Resources Contractor Creative Heights Partners, Little Rock, (501) 350-9807, Designer Chris Milligan, Dwellings, Little Rock, (501) 831-0729, Landscape design consultant Adrienne Taylor, Nature Company, (501) 666-3138 Accessories, outdoor fabrics and side table Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, Outdoor furniture Pottery Barn, Little Rock, (501) 663-0181, Rogers, (479) 246-0118, 64 At Home in Arkansas | March 2014

Clockwise from top left: Purple petunias potted with ornamental grass make for a non-traditional centerpiece that adds a splash of color to the bistro table. Herbs, including mint, oregano, rosemary and lavender, planted outside the kitchen door allow for easy access when cooking. Facing page: Sheb enjoys hosting a regular happy hour on the patio with her close friends.

“Whether we have a fire going or the fan, it is such a great gathering spot.� —Sheb Fisher

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