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11 MAY 2013 {before & after} features 43 Sleek Sanctuary

Designer Meridith Hamilton uses a cool color palette and modern amenities to create a relaxing bath

46 The Home with a View

In Hot Springs, Garry Mertins renovates a couple’s lakeside home to include scenic sights and refreshed décor

56 Historically Modern

A 1920s-era downtown Little Rock home receives a fresh and comfortable 21st century makeover

67 Arkansas’ Best Renovation Professionals Remodeling experts from around the state


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31 Collections Going Global

Little Luxuries Fresh Infusion

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The refreshed dining room of Cassie Toro’s historic Quapaw Quarter home. Photography by Rett Peek. Page 56.

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With beautiful homes being built every day, the urge to pack up and move out comes quickly when your home no longer works for you. Similarly, when it comes to house hunting, it’s easy to overlook the dilapidated bungalows or dated ranch-style homes out there. But for many of us, there’s nothing more gratifying than a great before-and-after story. We feature inspiring homes every month, but the addition of that little “before” photo in the corner really amps up the level of inspiration a room can offer. Knowing that a beautiful home was once very cramped, dark or dated suddenly makes us look at our own spaces with a fresh outlook. When homeowners Kathy and Steve Storey found themselves living an empty-nester lifestyle on the shores of Lake Hamilton, they realized that a handful of small bedrooms and obstructed views of the water no longer worked for them. But instead of saying ‘adios’ to their lakeside property, the Storeys called in friend and designer Garry Mertins to do a little rearranging. See the outcome on page 46. Meanwhile, Cassie Toro saw potential in an historic home in Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter neighborhood. She knew it wouldn’t be easy, but with a bit of elbow grease, she managed to create the home of her dreams—a space that feels fresh and modern, but still offers historic charm. And nearby in Little Rock’s historic Edgehill area, Meridith Hamilton took a dated bathroom with a nonsensical layout and created a calm, serene space for a busy homeowner. However, not all makeovers have to be renovations. Though we admire this month’s homeowners for turning ugly ducklings into swans, not every home requires a good gutting. Maybe all you need is a fresh coat of paint in the bedroom or updated fixtures in the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to make changes, no matter how big or small. It’s your home, after all, and every inch of it should reflect exactly who you are.

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1. Secrets of a Stylish Home by Cate Burren. 2. I love Mary McDonald’s line of fabrics and appliques for Schumacher. 3. This Ann Sacks herringbone marble tile is on my kitchen wishlist. 4. We fell in love with this coonhound, Abby, on our Get to Know shoot. See page 16. 5. These Kendra Scott “Danielle” earrings in emerald are my go-to jewelry item. 6. The brass “Little Harbor” lantern from Troy Lighting is so chic.

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6 room refreshers 1. Mix and match to your heart’s content with Coton Color’s plates, bowls and mugs from the Swap Tabletop collection. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4637; The Boutique, Searcy, (501) 268-3434. 2. The “Weeping Willow” chandelier in Pumpkin from Stray Dog Designs adds quirk and character. Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (877) 323-4758,; House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, 3. Force bulbs or simply enclose a favorite figurine in this small handcrafted cloche. French Quarters, Fayetteville, (479) 443-3355, 4. Polka-dot paper lanterns will have you seeing spots on your back patio. Milk & Honey, Little Rock, (501) 664-3200 5. Light and simple, a beige linen footstool makes taking it easy stylishly chic. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400, 6. This little piggy made the cutest burlap ribbon. White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460 7. Brighten up a neutral sofa with damask throw pillows in a fresh shade of coral. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400, 8. How long will this Dachshund grow? Only your books will tell. Tipton Hurst, Conway, Little Rock and North Little Rock, (800) 666-3333, 12 At Home in Arkansas | May 2013

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Pay a visit to Garvan Woodland Gardens this summer to see 225 pieces of unique multicolored art glass by Pine Bluff artist James Hayes. The pieces will be splashed across the 210-acre peninsula of gardens. The exhibit opens May 1 and runs through the end of September. Fans of the artist can join him on a guided tour of the installation on May 11 for a chance to learn about the works firsthand. Regular gardens admission applies to see the exhibit, and tickets for the guided tour may be purchased in limited quantities. 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, (501) 262-9300,

With a resurgence in homegrown produce, the 13th annual Greater Little Rock Council of Garden Clubs will feature gardens that combine practical gardening with conventional landscaping on its Spring Garden Tour, “Urban Delights—Practical Gardening in the City.” On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, tour eight private spaces and four public gardens showcasing vegetables and herbs alongside beautiful shrubs and flowering plants in an urban setting. To purchase tickets, call (501) 663-7515 or visit; $20 in advance, $25 day of tour

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Clockwise from left: Shockey in his design studio with his beloved “assistant” coonhound mix, Abby. The “Kensington Console” features a classic demilune style design with an elegant mirrored top. Shockey draws inspiration from his clients’ needs as well as his love of classic furniture and all things English. Paying true honor to the brand, a gilded stag’s head hangs at the top of his inspiration board. Quality craftsmanship, as seen on the dovetails of this drawer, is a huge part of the brand’s mission. The “Thomas” mirror takes its name from the famous English furniture craftsman Thomas Chippendale.

Landon Shockey, The Gilded Stag

Fayetteville’s design scene is abuzz with quality craftsmen, aspiring designers and inspired shopkeepers. Perhaps none of them more artfully combines this trio of skills than Landon Shockey of The Gilded Stag. Known for a line of custom-designed and handcrafted furnishings, Shockey puts a fresh—and often colorful—spin on each piece he creates. Drawing inspiration from antique furnishings, including traditional British styles as well as the more fanciful appeal of Chinoiserie designs, The Gilded Stag’s pieces reflect a traditional yet playful aesthetic, which could be used in a variety of homes. “Our ability to customize each piece—whether by moulding design, size, shape or color—makes the line a fit for numerous styles,” says Shockey. “We have standard colors we use, but also offer the options of lacquer, antiquing, glazing or anything else our clients come up with,” he notes. Shockey also enjoys having fun with the names of his pieces. The Gilded Stag draws its name from English inspiration and Shockey uses British references to title many of his works. For example, the Thomas mirror pays homage to the famous English furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, while the Shaftesbury bar cart draws its name from a street in London’s Chinatown, giving a nod to both its Chinese and British inspiration. As the line continues to evolve Shockey plans to add both soft goods and lighting. The Gilded Stag, Fayetteville, (479) 879-2741,

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Marvin now offers a factory-applied painted interior finish option for pine windows and doors. Kaufman Lumber Co., Little Rock, (501) 568-3182,; Ridout Lumber Co., (501) 2683929, locations statewide,

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“Smithson” lantern from Currey & Company. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 6644249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; ProBuilder Supply, North Little Rock, (501) 945-0113,

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Porcelain tiles from StonePeak Ceramics’ Plane Collection are available polished or honed in sizes up to 60- x 120- inches. Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974; Little Rock, (501) 812-5574; Russellville, (479) 968-6900;

Suede™, Silestone’s newest matte finish quartz surfacing, stands apart from traditional high-gloss surfaces. Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 225-3840,; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756, distinctivekitchensandbaths. com; Inside Effects, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866,; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, North Little Rock, (501) 812-0200,; Kitchen TuneUp, Maumelle, (501) 223-8888,; New Century Counter Tops & Tile, Springdale, (479) 756-0093,

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Formica’s new 180fx™ collection offers true-to-scale granite patterns in five sophisticated new patterns, including “Bianca Luna” shown here. AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (501) 262-1622,; Kaufman Lumber Co., Little Rock, (501) 568-3182,; Kitchen & Bath Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 666-1868; Kitchen Tune-Up, Maumelle, (501) 223-8888,; Lewis Lumber & Supply, Benton, (501) 315-6444, May 2013 | 19


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Viatera quartz surface in “Nova” from the Terracotta collection. AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (501) 262-1622,; Countertop Solutions, North Little Rock, (501) 753-5033,; New Century Counter Tops & Tile, Springdale, (479) 756-0093,; Ridout Lumber Co., (501) 268-3929, locations statewide,

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Nature as artwork is the overall theme of six new Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® laminate designs, including “Bianco Romo.” Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 225-3840,; The Closet Factory, Little Rock, (501) 907-7105,; Kitchen Tune-Up, Maumelle, (501) 223-8888,; Lewis Lumber & Supply, Benton, (501) 315-6444,

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Caesarstone’s newest additions to the Classico™ collection were inspired by beautiful natural marble, such as this “London Grey.” Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 225-3840,; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756,; Inside Effects, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866,; Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Little Rock, (501) 2255221,; Kitchen Distributors, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1313,; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122; Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601; lumberonehomecenter. com; Ridout Lumber Co., (501) 268-3929, locations statewide,; White Line Designs, Fayetteville, (479) 287-4222

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New color releases from DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces include the Solidify collection, featuring fractured fragments that are fused together to create ethereal patterns. AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (501) 262-1622,; Bath & Kitchen Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 666-1868; Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Little Rock, (501) 225-5221,; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, North Little Rock, (501) 812-0200,; Kitchen Distributors, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1313, kitchendistributorsinc. com; WoodUnique, Mountain Pine, (501) 767-6216

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Bellingham, from Cambria’s Waterstone™ collection, features marble-like waves of dark gray and black swirled in a creamy backdrop. AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (501) 262-1622,; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756,; Inside Effects, Little Rock, (866) 629-4789,; Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Little Rock, (501) 2255221,; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, North Little Rock, (501) 812-0200, kitchenandbathideas. biz; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601,

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Add the perfect finishing touch with door levers and cabinet pulls from Baldwin Hardware. PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122; Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601;

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As the seat of Union County, this small town is alive with culture and charm

Recently named one of CNN’s Best Small Town Comebacks, El Dorado is bursting with friendly shopkeepers, festival attendees and residents alike. The booming downtown area has become a destination for shoppers browsing for women’s and children’s apparel as well as the latest finds for home and garden. Top-notch design firms and amenities such as a full-service spa have made El Dorado a go-to destination for residents around the area. Not only are the local shops a draw, the town also plays host to numerous events and family friendly festivals throughout the year. Stroll the downtown streets of this south Arkansas jewel to find out why its charm endures.

{Southern food & Wine festival} Southern Food & Wine Festival

April 26-27, (870) 863-4547, Don’t miss the hottest festival in the South, featuring fine wine, tasty fare and harmonious tunes. Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 El Dorado will play host to a variety of events designed to delight your palette. The weekend kicks off with an exclusive vintner event at The Granite Club on Friday and continues with a daylong arts and crafts expo, as well as a wine pour on Saturday. Plus, you’ll enjoy the sounds of Ben Taylor, Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Texas Tenors, of “America’s Got Talent” fame, at concerts throughout the weekend. Visit the El Dorado Festivals and Events website for a full schedule of events and times. May 2013 | 25

OUT & ABOUT Sydney Murphy Design

111 East Main Street, (870) 863-6625, Located in downtown El Dorado, Sydney Murphy Design is a widely loved home design resource. Owner Sydney Murphy has created a multi-faceted resource with offerings that are two-fold: 1) an interior design business for both residential and commercial projects and 2) a retail shop with unique gifts, home décor and a complete bridal selection. Downstairs you’ll find gifts, home décor, china, lighting, furniture, kitchenware and more for your stylish home update. Venture upstairs to the design center for fabric, wallpaper, window treatments and other wares. You’ll also find ASID-certified designer Courtney Smart Stone onsite to help with your interior design needs.

{SPA ON MAIN} Spa on Main

209 East Main Street, Suite B, (870) 863-7546, With three staff estheticians and two massage therapists, Spa on Main is a full-service luxury spa. Offering a variety of massages and facials as well as waxing, manicures, pedicures, spray tanning and their signature Eden Falls Steam Canopy detoxification treatment, you’ll find all of your beauty wants and wishes under one roof. From the aromatherapy that greets you at the door to the line of resort-like spa products they use, you’ll feel as though you’ve been instantly whisked away to a private retreat. Celebrate their one-year anniversary this May by booking your own private spa party in their new cabana room—great for brides or princess birthday parties.

{2013 Bugs Bands and Bikes Festival}

May 11-12, (870) 862-4747, As the matriarch of A&E’s popular “Duck Dynasty” television family, Miss Kay Robertson always has a bit of sage advice along with a massive home-cooked spread to share with her adoring family. On May 11 she’ll be at the helm of another cheerful group as the Grand Marshall of the 2013 Bugs Bands and Bikes Festival. During the event, she will also host the “The Duck Dynasty VIP Experience,” a unique questionand-answer session held at the Historic Rialto Theater. Each person attending will receive an autograph and a professional photograph taken alongside Miss Kay.

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Prized as a local favorite, Mayhaw jelly made from local Hawthorn trees is a tasty treat sold by the case during El Dorado’s annual Mayhaw Festival held each May. 26 At Home in Arkansas | May 2013

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100 West Grove, Suite 302, (870) 314-1334, You may recognize Andrea’s work from the pages of At Home in Arkansas. Her ability to blend new with old has made her one of the state’s top designers. Further, she has a keen eye for color, having trained with internationally known colorist, Maria Killam. With nine years of interior design experience and a B.S. degree in fashion merchandising from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Brooks lends her expertise to design projects of all sizes across the state. Whatever your design need, Andrea Brooks will answer with supreme skill, creating chic, fresh interiors.


211 East Main Street, (870) 875-1111, Known for their upscale décor at affordable prices, Wreaths and More offers something for everyone. Browse racks of trendy clothing for both women and children, or shop their extensive selection of colorful home décor items including door wreaths, signs and more. If you’re looking for a special birthday or housewarming gift, you’ll also find a variety of frames, candles and jewelry including Beaucoup Designs. What’s more, you can even place orders for specialty cakes and cupcakes.

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Known as a burger institution around the state, El Dorado has today’s only surviving restaurant of the franchise, which began in 1948.

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Wine, dine, and dance the weekend away at the Southern Food and Wine Festival in El Dorado, April 26 and 27. This celebration is the perfect centerpiece for a getaway full of concerts, food, and drink – with many comfy places to stay and cool art to see. Visit to get your tickets today. May 2013 | 29

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Going Global

Vintage globes illustrate an ever-changing world and make for conversational décor By Tiffany Burgess

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Treasured collections often start as the result of travels or a particular fondness for vintage or antique pieces; for Jeff Perciful it was a combination of both. “I’ve always had a passion for travel and for antiques,” says the Little Rock native, who has traveled extensively in both Europe and the United States. “Globes seemed like a natural fit for me to collect because I love the diversity they show, and my interest in antiques led me to seek out vintage versions.” Perciful also notes the color and vitality globes can add to a space. “I’ve always wanted to have a room that was related to travel—filled with globes, maps and pictures from my journeys,” he says. Aside from the obvious appeal of the bright colors and composition, Perciful notes vintage globes are particularly fascinating because they show how

the political geography of the world has changed over the course of the past 100 years. “You can usually date a globe to a five year period just by looking at the countries and territories represented,” he says. “For example, you can tell a 1980s version by looking to see if Germany is united or divided, and globes made prior to 1935 will show Persia rather than Iran, and so on. There are numerous examples.” Globes that illustrate ocean currents, show elevations of regions or mountain chains, as well as those that feature unique designs or bases are among Perciful’s favorites. “I love the visual appeal they have,” he adds. As for our state’s presence on the globe, he says you can tell when you find one formerly used in a classroom. “Arkansas is clearly marked with holes from push pins,” he laughs.

Labeled with both Burma and the Ivory Coast, this model dates to the late 1950s.

The only all-plastic globe featured here, this version shows the topographical layout of various regions.

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“You can usually date a globe to a five year period just by looking at the countries & territories represented.” —Jeff Perciful

The seasons, months and zodiac signs are illustrated along the base of this 1950s tin model.

Made by J. Chein Company, a popular toy manufacturer, this sphere includes air mileage between various points and shows the route of Lindbergh’s flight to Paris.

Likely a promotional product, this globe doubles as a penny bank.

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Ohio Art is one of the most well-know globe manufacturers. They produced versions like this globe that features popular airlines of the 1950s and 1960s around its base.

Accadia Court Accadia Court is nestled in private green spaces with quiet wooded views. It’s also just down the street from J.Crew.

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Shower the lady in your life with a bit of luxury this Mother’s Day. From shimmering jewels to sensational scents, give her that little something that lets her feel the love 1. Shannon Padilla gray stick pearl necklace. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, 2. 31 Bits multi-strand bead necklace. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, 3. Tokyo Milk “Gin & Rosewater No. 12” eau de parfum. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, 4. Mark Spirito opal necklace. B.Barnett, Little Rock, (501) 223-2514, 5. Lanvin “Rumeur 2 Rose” perfume. B.Barnett, Little Rock, (501) 223-2514, 6. Lollia “Breathe” shea butter hand creme. Bella Boutique, Little Rock, (501) 603-5373 7. Alexis Bittar “Ophelia” teardrop earrings. Bella Boutique, Little Rock, (501) 603-5373 34 At Home in Arkansas | May 2013



English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center Changing Lives

A renowned doctor and his team draw on decades of experience to give patients an improved quality of life Dr. Jim English is a renowned surgeon based in Little Rock. Having served patients throughout the state of Arkansas and the surrounding states for almost 30 years in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery, Dr. English works closely with his staff to exceed patient expectations, make patients feel comfortable, cared for and rewarded, and ultimately boost each patient’s self confidence and quality of life. In addition to Dr. English’s extensive experience and wide reputation for giving each and every patient a beautiful, improved and natural appearance, his myriad of qualifications include three board certifications by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery as well as the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. English has also been giving of his time in donating services to children in need in Third World countries. Dr. English and his competent, highly trained and qualified staff, including his sister and registered nurse Diane Orrell, put patients at ease the moment they make their first call to the office or walk through the door, tailoring the experience to each patient while guiding them through the process every step of the way—from first consultation to the final happy result to follow-up appointments. “I’m very blessed in being able to have a certain skill set that allows me to participate in changing people’s lives,” Dr. English says, “and to have a team of highly trained individuals to participate with me in that.” Dr. English now offers a gallery of before and after images on his web site showing many of the dramatic transformations—from breast augmentations and facelifts to liposuction and tummy tucks—he has made possible throughout his career. Understanding that the majority of his patients are female, Dr. English and his staff afford female patients all the dignity and respect possible by allowing a female nurse to consult first when nudity is involved, before calling in Dr. English to determine what procedures they should undergo and for what reasons. What’s more, Dr. English and his staff are forever trying to improve on what they do each day. “We try to stay as humble as possible,” he says. “We have to be willing to learn and change so that everybody feels heard, respected, listened to.” The entire process—consultations, procedures and follow-up appointments—take place in one complete, state-of-the-art medical facility to maximize care and convenience. Dr. English offers a full range of facial plastic and cosmetic procedures that include facelifts, eyelifts, brow lifts, rhinoplasty, chin augmentations and neck liposuction, just to name a few. Dr. English offers a full range of procedures for the body as well, including breast implants, breast reductions, breast lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks, arm lifts, leg lefts, body lifts and more. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. English’s repertoire also includes medi-spa procedures through his sister, Diane Orrell, a registered nurse and one of the most sought after experts in her field in the state of Arkansas. “Some people don’t have the time and/or resources to undergo surgical procedures,” Orrell says, “and will opt to have a temporary procedure.” These procedures include Botox, Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and more. If you’re curious about any or all of the procedures, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask questions. Whether you’re interested in a surgical procedure or a medi-spa procedure, one thing’s certain: the experts at English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center and SurgiSpa will help you put your worries aside and make it an enjoyable and worthwhile experience from beginning to end. Dr. English and his team look forward to meeting you.

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A Hot Springs chef shares her secret for a sweet summer sipper By Rosemary Hallmark Growing up with eight brothers and sisters, Diana Bratton recalls hours spent helping her mother in the kitchen. Years later, after receiving her culinary degree from El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, as well as time spent studying in California, Bratton landed in Hot Springs. It was here that she began making and serving her own creations, and in 1997 founded Café 1217. The restaurant’s “gourmet-on-the-go” style is inspired by what Bratton calls “truly fresh” ingredients—so fresh, she changes the menu monthly. In 2008, Bratton collected more than 500 of her favorite recipes and published her first cookbook, The Original Cafe 1217 Cookbook . Her recipe for Apple Lemon Ginger Juice is a popular beverage from the compilation, and is also served seasonally at the café. The sweet and tangy juice is perfect for spring entertaining, and she often serves it in place of punch at weddings and events.

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The Collected Table

Two design-savvy sisters set an elegant table to celebrate with family and friends By Rosemary Hallmark When sisters Mona Thompson and Talena Ray of Providence Design celebrate

Mother’s Day with their family, the group gathers around a table set with the sisters’ signature style. “For a brunch or luncheon, we want a table that’s a bit more formal,” says Mona. “Unique and found items give it a collected feel, which is our style.” Ladylike details, such as custom linen ruffled napkins, upholstered chairs and a tufted bench from Providence Design’s booth at Fabulous Finds Antiques, create a neutral backdrop for an expertly combined collection of antique silver, textured woods and white accents. Perfectly pink flowers and bright green apples add pops of springtime color. 38 At Home in Arkansas | May 2013

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“We love a real mix of old, new and vintage-inspired pieces. It’s how we decorate—mixing and matching to create different layers with minute details.” —Talena R ay

PRETTY PERCH Mona and Talena believe the best way to create an inspired tabletop is to use ordinary pieces in unexpected ways. Porcelain birds in place of pillar candles on top of the painted wood candlesticks add a touch of whimsy and charm. LAYERED LOOK A blend of high- and low-end pieces give the table a collected feel. Rattan mat chargers and white china from department stores are combined with vintage and heirloom pieces from antique stores. The sisters completed the look with ladylike cupcakes from Cupcakes on Kavanaugh. FRESH FAVORS No brunch is complete without party favors. Mona and Talena love to give guests a potted herb, such as mint, to take home as a gift that continues to give. CHIC SIPPERS Vintage mint julep cups act as vases, while mimosas are served in gold-rimmed champagne flutes, also vintage finds.

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Sleek SanCtuary

By Jennifer Bonds

Photography: Rett Peek/Styling: Mandy Keener

A Little Rock master bath goes from outdated to spa-like chic

An extensive hot water heater leak turned out to be a blessing in disguise for this Little Rock home. “The master bath—which had been last updated in the 1980s—wasn’t too bad,” says designer Meridith Hamilton of MLH Designs, “but it didn’t fit well with the contemporary style of the rest of the home.” When the homeowner returned from a business trip to find water damage, she took the opportunity to update the space. Her demanding work and travel schedule inspired the room’s spa-like feel. “She needed a place to relax at the end of the day,” says Hamilton, who worked the adjoining bedroom’s blues and grays into the room’s serene color scheme.


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A modern double-jointed faucet by Kohler inspired the bath’s sleek aesthetic. A glass-enclosed steam shower is the perfect place for the homeowner to relax at the end of the day. Facing page: Hamilton commissioned Maumelle artist Buddy Whitlock to create a focal point for the tub wall.

Possibly the biggest change came from repositioning the tub and vanities. “Before, the tub jutted out into the center of the room with the vanities enclosed on either side,” recalls Hamilton. “It made the room seem very crowded.” She opened up the space by merging the two vanities into one and running the tub along the same wall. The sleek, dark-stained maple used on the custom cabinetry wraps around the modern rectangular tub, and the vanity’s Cambria countertop continues along the tub surround. A mosaic accent tile made of marble along with honed and polished glass was taken up to the crown moulding behind the vanity and around the tub. On the other side of the room, a new steam shower took the place of the previous one. “It would have been too cost-prohibitive to move the shower fixtures and the water closet, so they remained,” explains Hamilton. At the homeowner’s request, an additional rainhead shower faucet was added to the ceiling. A niche was cut into the mosaic tile wall to hold soaps and bottles, and a granite bench provides a spot to rest during a steam. Hamilton had the large porcelain floor tiles cut down to 4-x-6-inch subway size to use in the shower stall. “The room’s ultra-sleek finishes could have felt stark or cold, so I wanted to add some organic elements,” she says of dressing the room in natural accessories. The gray silk roman shade adds a feminine texture, while a white cowhide is painted with metallic silver in a zebra stripe. Leather buckets hold fresh towels, and a commissioned piece by Maumelle artist Buddy Whitlock warms up the tub area. “The homeowner and I both love the addition of champagne gold that it added,” says Hamilton.

Design Resources Designer Meridith Hamilton, MLH Designs, Little Rock, (501) 766-0594, Contractor Jack Hartsell Construction, Little Rock, (501) 376-2871 Accessories, furniture and rugs Urban Pad, Little Rock, (501)664-4202, Art Buddy Whitlock, Maumelle, Cabinets Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756, Countertops AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (501) 262-1622, Fabrics Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, Fixtures Don Houff Plumbing, Little Rock, (501) 225-2411 Glass Glass Erectors, Mabelvale, (501) 537-4625, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Tile—floor and wall ProSource, Maumelle, (501) 758-0801, Window coverings Nancy Osborn, North Little Rock, (870) 680-2730

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Mertins brings the outdoors inside with landscapeinspired furniture pieces and decorative accents. Imported from southern France, this driftwood serving table conveys a rustic appeal that distinctly nods to Hot Springs’ woodlands, but also contrasts nicely with the more contemporary, streamlined wall sconces and art.

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If you know Garry Mertins, you know he brandishes a magnetic, never-met-a-stranger attitude. As the owner and principal designer of Little Rock-based Garry Mertins Design, he brings the same attitude to each project he tackles. So, it’s not hard to see why Hot Springs homeowners Steve and Kathy Storey valued his counsel and enjoyed his enthusiasm when it came to the design of their home. The Storeys’ advantageously situated lakeside home overlooks lush Garvan Woodland Gardens as well as a pristine stretch of Hot Springs’ very own aquatic jewel—Lake Hamilton. However, the home’s construction prevented them from taking in the sights just outside their walls. “When you live on Lake Hamilton and you’re not enjoying the scenic landscape every day, something’s got to be done about it,” says Mertins, and rightly so. His solution? Create serene outdoor focal points the Storeys can enjoy from practically every room in the house. “It was time to consider the bigger picture,” he says and developed a design plan sure to revolutionize the Storeys’ living space, capacity to entertain and ultimately their lifestyle.

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The Storeys’ open concept floor plan allows the couple to entertain in a three-in-one space that is intimate enough for a small group of friends or roomy enough for a larger gathering. Built-in sunshades and valances above lake-facing windows replace heavy drapes and help to control light without obstructing views of the lake.

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Long-time friends, the Storeys and Mertins first recognized a need for a full-home makeover when the family’s primary hangout had become the large, comfy den on the backside of the house, which did not include a view of the lake. Moreover, the dated formal separation of the kitchen and dining area made it tricky to entertain large groups and obscured gorgeous panoramic views. “People don’t live like this anymore—in tiny, separate rooms, each detached from the others. Open concept is the way to go,” Mertins confides. Avid hobbyists and empty nesters, the Storeys requested one main level for everyday living, leaving the home’s lower level as recreational space for the grandkids. For this main level they were most concerned with creating functional display and storage space to accommodate Kathy’s antique glassware collection and floral artistry wares. They also knew that his-and-her bathrooms and dressing areas were a must. To get the ball rolling, Mertins initiated the architectural renovation by adding 25 feet to the original living room, knocking out the main wall separating the living and dining areas, and moving the den from the back to the front of the house to craft a unique three-in-one common area that includes the living room, dining room and kitchen. To maintain aesthetic proportion, he bumped up the front of the house by a few feet to make room for a spacious entrance hall, and then positioned the couple’s respective retreats as offshoots of the master bedroom. When it came to the decorative portion of the renovation, Mertins achieved cohesiveness in the newly created rooms with a shared color palette of earth tones. “The way we handled the flooring, wall color and ceilings,” he explains, “is very telling to the overall rustic theme we were going for in the home.” From the grays, blues and creams in the den, to the pale, yellowy-tan that blankets the common room, the light, airy foundation allows Kathy’s dark, antique woods as well as her blue-andwhite porcelain pieces to age well and pop without feeling too heavy for the space. A mix of slate tile floors and rich hardwoods complete the natural look and complement the wooden beams, which are angled across the home’s vaulted ceilings. Features that underscore the environment also come into play in the furnishings. For example, wood sculptures define a rhythm within the home that harkens to the woodsy surround. In the dining room, Mertins selected an antler-inspired wooden chandelier and a turn-of-the-century driftwood serving table from southern France. Other custom sculptures originated from driftwood Steve had collected from the nearby shore. The focus on the Storeys’ love of the outdoors as well as the blend of old and new personalize the home. “If anything, it’s about comfort—clean, but not cold,” Mertins concludes, “which is really how Kathy and Steve are. I’ve been in spaces that look like a museum, and that’s just not them. There’s not a square inch of the house they don’t use.”

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Built-in shelving throughout the new, expanded living room is not only a space-saver, but also the ultimate design tool for personalization. Mertins employs this functional shelving to highlight the Storeys’ extensive book and glassware collection. Incorporating these personal pieces helps to create a homey environment for the homeowners and visitors alike.

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Kathy and Steve Storey’s new kitchen features stainless steel appliances, marble-top double islands—which accommodate food prep, bartending and entertaining—along with ample storage and display space for Kathy’s blue-and-white china.

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His and her en suites, which include a bathroom, dressing area and a walk-in closet, were a priority for this pair of empty nesters. Earthy tones, including the hardwood tray ceilings and slate tile floors, flow from room to room for a relaxing ambience throughout the spaces.

Design Resources Interior design Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Design, Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Architects Hrand DuValian, Cromwell Architects, Little Rock, (501) 372-2900,; James Gray, Hot Springs, (501) 623-9925 Contractor Mike Usdrowski Construction, Hot Springs, (501) 760-2675 Landscape design Bennett Brothers Stone Co., Inc., Hot Springs (501) 984-5040, Little Rock, (501) 455-5040, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 771-1840, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Cabinets Hanke Brothers, Hot Springs, (501) 262-3399, Countertops Emcar Marble & Granite, Hot Springs, (501) 625-7194 Fixtures Falk Supply, locations statewide, (800) 844-3255, Flooring Aloha Hardwood Flooring, Bryant, (501) 944-1089, Fresh floral Tipton & Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709, Furnishings and accessories MertinsDykeHome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200, Lighting Mor Electric Supply, Hot Springs, (501) 624-5577 Tile Elder Tile, Maumelle, (501) 758-4170, Windows Pella Windows & Doors, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5050, Window treatments Pro Millwork Inc., Hot Springs, (501) 623-8100, 54 At Home in Arkansas | May 2013


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Historically MODERN

Character-rich architecture blends with comfortable furnishings for a classic update in Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter

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True to her design philosophy for the entire home, Toro chose lush, comfortable fabrics for both the rugs and furnishings. A contemporary glass-and-metal coffee table adds a touch of modernity, while the wood surround along the window expanse is a reminder of the home’s historic character. Facing Page: A traditional mantel blends with contemporary art for an effortless transitional look.


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For Cassie Toro, living in an historic home means relishing the ambience and character of architecture that dates to the early 1900s—including original Tiger Sawn hardwood flooring, beautifully crafted scrollwork and even the elegant charm of a limestone mantel that looks to be a 19th century European import. However, while the home’s thoughtful construction and existing beauty were more than enough to lure her to purchase the property, Toro was eager to put her own spin on the space, making it more suitable for her lifestyle and reflective of her personal taste. Completed in 1922 and first home to John and Snow Boyle, the expansive house features three bedrooms, three and a half baths, numerous sitting areas, what was once used as a sleeping porch, and large areas for entertaining and hosting dinner parties. “The family must have been very progressive for their time,” notes Toro. “It’s rare to find an historic home with three bedrooms that each have their own separate bath.” Toro, who grew up in Jonesboro but has lived around the country, frequently hosts weekend guests, making the separate bed and bath layout a perfect fit. In fact, the majority of the home’s floor plan was conducive to her style and required little change. “I wanted to keep as much of the existing floor plan as possible,” says Toro, who poured over the original plans when she first purchased the house. After evaluating the design along with updates that had been made through the years, she found the kitchen, located in the rear of the home on the lower level, would be the biggest renovation. “I have always enjoyed having an open space for cooking and serving, but the existing kitchen was small and choppy, and had almost no counter space,” she says. Removing a wall that compartmentalized the home’s breakfast nook, dining room and kitchen opened up lots of square footage, allowing Toro to enjoy the company of others who might be in the formal dining room or relaxing in the breakfast-nook-turned-sitting-room, while she works away in the kitchen. “I was looking for ways to use the spaces that made sense in our present day,” she says, “and taking down that wall just made sense for cooking and entertaining.” Apart from this change, the home’s floor plan stayed true to the original blueprint. “I reconfigured the layout in the full baths,” she says, “installing new showers and bathtubs in places that made more sense for the flow,

Known as the chapel room, a private nook on the home’s second floor features a limestone mantel, iron scrollwork, dark green marble and wood moulding, which were all installed when the original owners added the space. Facing page: Homeowner Cassie Toro in the front foyer. The home’s historically charming faÇade.

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A cheerful green wall color and casual slipcovers keep the tone of the dining room fresh and accessible. Toro removed the wall separating the dining room, kitchen and sunroom to open up the space. Facing page: Formal living rooms that open to a dining area are characteristic of larger homes built in the 1920s. Original wood-and-glass bi-fold doors give the passageway a sense of grandeur, while grasscloth wallpaper adds texture to the built-in bookcases.

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“I was looking for ways to use the spaces that made sense in our present day.” —Cassie Toro


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before Toro transformed a small breakfast nook into a comfortable seating area where guests can relax and still be in earshot of the kitchen. Facing page: Elements such as the European-style cabinetry, glass-paned doors and a large apron sink help to make the updated kitchen blend with the home’s timeless aesthetic.

but essentially left everything else in place.” Aside from the home’s traditional bedrooms and baths, there are several unique spaces that are emblematic of historical appeal. Upstairs, a cozy retreat known as the chapel room features a 19th century European limestone mantel and iron scrollwork. “I’ve been told the original owners added this space so their daughter could be married here,” says Toro of the room, which features a large bank of casement windows that would have allowed guests to take in the ceremony from the lawn. Toro, who has worked on several downtown Little Rock renovations, has a particular penchant for the area and for maximizing the buildings and homes here. Having worked with both architects and designers on her previous homes, she was eager to tackle this one on her own using her knowledge of both space planning and design for a result that suits her perfectly. “I like to use a mix of high and low when it comes to decorating,” she says of her passion for blending flea finds with high-end pieces. “Just because you live in an older home, doesn’t mean it has to be decorated in its time period. You can keep the architecture and original beauty and still make it livable.”

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“Just because you live in an older home, doesn’t mean it has to be decorated in its time period. You can keep the architecture and original beauty and still make it livable.” —Cassie Toro

The serene presence extends to the master bedroom, where metallics brilliantly accent a blend of inviting neutrals. Facing page: Calming neutrals and a light green vanity make for a relaxing retreat in the master bath. Marble hexagonal tiles are reminiscent of ones made during the 1920s.

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A cool color palette was the basis for this guest bedroom’s design. High-end furnishings and fixtures are mixed with painted flea finds to create a welcoming balance. The framed botanicals over the bed are a well-loved trio that have migrated from room to room in Toro’s home based on her décor updates.

before Design Resources Architect John Jarrard, Little Rock, (501) 375-4249 Contractor CM Construction, Little Rock, (501) 374-1173, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 771-1840, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Art Chenal Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 821-2787; M2 Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 225-6271, Cabinets Homeworks Kitchen and Bath Center, Hardy, (870) 856-5455 Countertops Inside Effects, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, Fabrics Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,; Designer Effects, Little Rock, (501) 661-4070 Fixtures The Plumbing Warehouse, Little Rock, (501) 664-4183, Fresh floral Tipton & Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709, Furniture Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828,; Massimo, Little Rock, (501) 664-0355 Lighting Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026, Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide, Paint treatments Angelfish Studios, Little Rock, 501-960-4826, Tile—bath and flooring C&F Flooring, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, Tile—kitchen Inside Effects, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, Window coverings Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, 66 At Home in Arkansas | May 2013

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Arkansas’ Best: Renovation Professionals Check out these remodeling experts from around the state: Are you bored with your bath? Stop by Distinctive Kitchens and Baths Got to get organized! Call Closet Factory Ready for a reno? Contact Curtis Contracting Considering custom cabinets? Visit Lewis Lumber & Supply Need a modern makeover? MLH Designs can help All new siding and windows? Call Wilson’s Home Improvement Does your kitchen need a facelift? Must call Kitchen Distributors Ready for the finishing touches? ProBuilder Supply has plenty of options

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A Little Rock homebuilder and remodeling pro with a hands-on approach draws on vast building experience company name: Curtis Contracting, Inc. owner: Frank Curtis trademarks: Frank Curtis specializes in custom new home

construction and all types of remodeling projects. Known for a hands on approach, Curtis spends ample time on job sites to ensure a seamless, well-organized building process for the highest quality results. Well versed in sustainable, energy efficient building, he is a Certified Green Professional as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He is currently President of the Little Rock chapter of the Home Builders Association, and is a member of the Green Built council. history: A transplant from Long Island, NY, Frank has been a proud Arkansan for 12 years, and his career in home building/remodeling spans 28 years. He draws from a variety of experiences including business education and kitchen/bath design, is a master carpenter and tile setter, among many other skills, all of which enable him to serve clients as a well rounded and reliable expert resource. building tips: Only hire licensed, insured qualified contractors. For larger projects, hire a general contractor to oversee the entire project from planning to completion. Ask for and check references on professionals you hire. Do your homework so you’ll have a pleasurable experience. Enjoy the process!


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Marketplace: may finds


Add a pop of color to your wardrobe with the vivid blue “Holden” handbag by Big Buddha. Also available in gunmetal and coral, $95. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168


Hand-finished by artisans, the Beatrix Armchair is a traditionally casual addition to any den, foyer or desk. Mr. Brown Home,

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Create the perfect perch for jackets and bags with a metal branch-and-bird rack, $46. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 6630460,


Inspired by Italian landscapes, the new Firenze collection from renowned tableware company Juliska includes marbleized chargers and accent plates in green, blue and beige. Juliska Tableware, a special at home in arkansas promotion

Hued in blue, these unique vases are inspired by nature and make a perfect vessel for colorful springtime arrangements or can simply be used as a display piece. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400


Looking for a statement piece? The Charlotte jars will add a hint of understated glamour to an entry piece or bookcase. Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 7507300,

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