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42 Home 42 Serene

Style in the


A view of the Arkansas River inspires a Little Rock couple to tackle a full-home renovation

52 Color Cues

Designer Katie Henry infuses color and vitality into a West Little Rock home

58 The Next Chapter

A Fayetteville homeowner gives a historic property a modern, yet timehonored update

Special Section 66 Local Favorites Renovation Professionals

12 Finds

Mother’s Day Gifts

14 Latest

Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches

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

17 Design Building Blocks

on the cover


24 Happenings

Events, Fashion & Lines to Love

27 Discover

The Best of Conway

31 Collecting

The Dish on Blue & White

35 Entertaining A Grand Send Off

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In Every Issue

The living room of Bill Hardin. Design by Dale Trice. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 58. Vol. 19, No. 4 © 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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From The Editor in Chief

“ There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” To look at a house and see its full potential isn’t something that just anyone can do. How a home looks in the present can really limit one’s ability to envision a more beautiful, functional space. Lately, as a new homeowner, I’ve been practicing and developing my own ability to think on a different level about what is possible, and I know with a little time, money, creativity, and patience, I can transform my previously-owned home into a place that’s truly mine. Our Before and After issue always stands as a testament to designers and homeowners who have had great success in realizing a home’s highest potential. And isn’t it great fun to look at a “before” alongside an “after” without having to endure the unpredictable, exacting, and often lengthy process of home renovation? For instance, take the Hardin residence in Fayetteville. It’s such an amazing example of a home inspired by a vision. It’s a house that had passed through multiple generations of one family without many updates when Bill Hardin—who had long-admired the property—purchased it and gave it new life. He updated room layouts and completely modernized the structure without altering the integrity or footprint. In contrast, the Little Rock Heights home, also featured in these pages, was purchased solely for its view. The homeowners then embarked on an ambitious overhaul, leaving barely any trace of the original residence. The stunning result is a home that is sleek and current, yet livable and comfortable, and of course, it still has that jawdropping view. Our May issue is also an excellent resource for finding professionals in your area who can help guide you to a clear vision for your own home and bring new ideas to life. I hope you’ll explore this issue—as well as our website and blog—to inspire you to think bigger about how to make your home more fully your own.

A special thank you to Cinda Rich, Amanda Kella, Whitney Lammers, and Audrey Rich for being such great models and sharing your home for our Mother’s Day photo shoot on pages 11 and 12.

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Treat the matriarch of your family to all the things she loves most this Mother’s Day. Check out the next page for a few of our favorite gift ideas for all the moms in your life. PRODUCERS Ashley Gill & Chip Jones PHotographY Nancy Nolan & Rett Peek

“MC Signature No. 1” scented candle. Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900,

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Bedding, Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 6634249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676; Bed tray and tableware, The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 6634367; Cupcakes, Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, Little Rock, (501) 664-2253; Flowers, Tipton Hurst, Conway (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709,; Pajamas, Bella Boutique, Little Rock, (501) 603-5373

Multicolored frame by SouthAmerican artist Jeanne Wassenar. Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828

Pearl initial charm necklace and “Alexandra” earrings by Kendra Scott, shown in teal. Indigo, Little Rock, (501) 821-2808,

Two-toned Jude Frances hinged cuff featuring black spinel and 18k yellow gold. Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock, (501) 664-9000,

Herb container with leeks, purple sage, peppermint, coriander, golden oregano, rosemary, dill, and silver-edged thyme. Botanica Gardens, Little Rock, (501) 614-3000,

Woven beach tote with beaded latch. Lavender, Little Rock, (501) 868-8088,

Le Creuset round French oven, shown in Flame. Eggshells Kitchen Co., Little Rock, (501) 664-6900,

Rifle Paper Co. slim iPhone 5 case. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, May 2014 | 13

Style/Latest ON THE MOVE


Ken Rash’s Casual Furniture has a new home. The popular furnishings store recently relocated to Pleasant Valley Plaza on Rodney Parham in Little Rock. The one-level showroom and improved parking area offer convenience to shoppers. Inside, you’ll find the same quality outdoor lines they have always been known for, including Big Green Egg, Lloyd Flanders, Winston, OW Lee, and more. In addition, you’ll also find an expanded line of interior and exterior accessories as well as gas logs, and, of course, Arkansas’ largest selection of barstools. 11220 North Rodney Parham, Suite 14, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818,

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Interior Fabrics & Design has been a go-to source for affordable, quality fabrics, drapery panels, and custom headboards for years. Now, owner Patricia Clinton is offering the same value at the newly opened IF&D Home. Featuring a range of styles, the store offers lighting, artwork, furniture, and a number of accessories. Located in the same shopping center as Interior Fabrics & Design, the newly opened store pulls many of its color trends from popular fabrics. 4155 North Steele Boulevard, Suite 50, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0222

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Travel inspired Ashley Corey to open Fayetteville’s C Square Home nearly two years ago. From the start, the store has been filled with one-of-a-kind sustainable and handmade pieces from markets around the world as well as local craftsmen. You’ll find beautiful armoires made from reclaimed wood alongside razorbacks made from barn planks. Corey recognized the need for a local source for handmade furnishings and local residents agreed. The store recently expanded to a larger location in the same shopping center on North Steele Boulevard near the Northwest Arkansas Mall. The move doubled their square footage, allowing them to bring customers more great finds. 4155 North Steele Boulevard, Suite 10, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2387,

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Building Blocks Check out these finds in doors, windows, hardware, and more to cover all the bases for your new build or remodel PRODUCER Tiffany Burgess Adams PHOTOGRAPHY Nancy Nolan & Courtesy of Vendors

JELD-WEN low-maintenance fiberglass door featuring Neopor technology for enhanced energy efficiency. Kaufman By Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-6500, kaufmanlumber. com; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 470-1122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601,; Pro Millwork, Inc., Hot Springs, (501) 623-8100,

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6 1. Designed to save on home energy

and maintenance, Pella’s new 250 Series includes efficiency options that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® guidelines. Plus, the triple-pane glass reduces outside noise. Pella Windows and Doors, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5050, 2. Available up to 6-feet tall by 14-feet wide Marvin’s OXXO Ultimate Glider window features two interior panels that slide to open, while the two outer panels remain stationary. An auto-lock system locks as soon as windows close for added peace of mind. Kaufman By Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-6500,; Ridout Lumber, locations statewide, 3. Classic molding materials and construction give this furniture-inspired custom built-in a time-honored look. WoodUnique, Mountain Pine, (501) 767-6216 4. Fypon, a division of Therma-Tru, recently released door surround kits for a quick and easy way to enhance your entry. Available in four styles including Craftsman, Colonial, Stone, and Empire (shown here). White River Hardwoods, Fayetteville, (479) 442-6986, 5. Touted as an option-rich and architecturally inspired line, Weather Shield’s new Premium Series™ offers a vast selection of interior and exterior finishes along with increased size range. Ace Glass, Little Rock, (501) 372-0595; The Millwork Company, Hot Springs, (501) 318-0919 6. A combination of crown, casing, and shelving pieces create this elaborate molding design. The Millwork Company, Hot Springs, (501) 318-0919

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the Ellis bin pull from Rocky Mountain Hardware is available in 10 finishes, including Silicon Bronze with a brushed patina shown here. PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724, 2. The stately, yet modern Metro Entry Set from Rocky Mountain Hardware is a simple way to make a statement at the front door. PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 2241724, 3. The Maybeck collection from Jeffrey Alexander by Hardware Resources is a perfect complement to traditional designs. Featuring classic styling, the pulls and knobs are available in five finishes including Black Nickel, Brushed Pewter, Polished Chrome, Satin Nickel, and Brushed Oil Rubbed Bronze (shown here). Lewis Lumber & Supply, Benton, (501) 315-6444,; PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724, 4. Elongated pulls are a hot trend for contemporary and transitional cabinetry. The brushed finish and curvature of this piece lend a casual, contemporary feel. PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724, 5. Details are packed into this tiny glass knob by Emtek. A cutglass starburst draws attention to the center, while its bronze base makes it a fit for a variety of styles. PC Hardware, Little Rock, (501) 224-1724,

Spring Color Sale The chill is gone & our beautiful new fabrics are ready for your home. New shipments arriving. Sale in progress with savings on unique designer furniture. Floors & Area Rugs: Arnold’s Flooring America

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Huge selection of outdoor furnishings available for immediate delivery! Arkansas’ largest selection of interior bar stools May 2014 | 21

Define Your Own Style custom wood doors by windsor door

tongue & groove, wood veneer and custom smartside door options with different finishes and styles available

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whether colonial, provincial or contemporary, there’s a design that’s ideal for your home



Life/Happenings Bell & Sward

The latest edition to Conway’s charming downtown, Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier offers a vast selection of menswear fit for any Southern man. Co-owners Zanette Bell and Erik Sward saw the need for a refined men’s clothing store in the area and followed their passion to open the new shop. Featuring lines such as Gitman Brothers, Ballin, Bird Dog Bay, and Peter Millar, guys are sure to find just the right look for a casual or dressy affair. 1020 Oak Street, Conway, (501) 504-6880,



Long known as a favorite source for Northwest Arkansas style setters, Tesori recently underwent a renovation, evolving into a bridal and formalwear shop. The lines weren’t the only thing owners Erin Bridges and Lindsey Stavely revamped. The store also underwent a complete transformation thanks to the vision of Chris Goddard of Goddard Design Group. The upscale, yet accessible space now features high-style fixtures and accessories, a tufted three-way mirror and five large dressing rooms—perfect for finding the prom, special occasion, or bridal gown of your dreams. 577 E. Millsap Road, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622,

May 10

South Main Vintage Market Shop the unique wares of more than 20 vendors

at this monthly outdoor market in SoMa’s Bernice Garden. Follow them on Facebook for more info. 1401 South Main Street, Little Rock

May 10 & 11

50th Spring Tour of Homes Join honorary co-chairs Arkansas First Lady

Ginger Beebe and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith for a look at five highly celebrated homes in the Quapaw Quarter’s historic district. A candlelight tour and Mother’s Day brunch are among the weekend’s events. Proceeds will benefit the historic preservation programs of the Quapaw Quarter Association. (501) 371-0075,

May 23-25


Now in its 36th year, Riverfest is widely known as Arkansas’ Premier Music & Arts Festival. Join the thousands who’ll line the banks to listen to the sounds of everyone from Hank Williams, Jr. to CeeLo Green, enjoy festival fare and visit vendor booths. Don’t miss the alwaysspectacular fireworks show on Sunday night.

May 23-25


Box Turtle has the new spring line from Ban.dō (including this hip Hooray! bag) in store now. 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 6611167,

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Vintage Market Days Head to Fayetteville’s Whitaker Arena for a weekend-long indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade décor, homemade foods, and more. (918) 6719712,

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Feel the thrill of your heart racing and blood pumping on one of Fayetteville’s scenic trails. Plus, new trails on the Razorback Greenway are coming soon. Excite all of your senses in one place. May 2014 | 25

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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. 26 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014

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Life/Discover PARK HILL HOME

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For the inaugural edition of our new “Discover” feature, the At Home team traveled just thirty minutes from our office to Conway. Filled with a mix of modern boutiques, quaint antique and home décor shops, and delightful eateries, this city has something for everyone. Follow along to experience it as the natives do. PRODUCERS Blythe Cate & Chip Jones

EATS & SWEETS While they may be known for their “scratch-made” cheese dip, we suggest breakfast at Stoby’s. This cozy Conway staple is a favorite of local college kids and families alike. Try the thick, warm biscuits, colossal cinnamon rolls or pink strawberry pancakes topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream. By your second cup of coffee, you’ll feel right at home. While you’re in the neighborhood, walk across the back parking lot to PattiCakes Bakery where the sugary scents of coconut meringue pie, red velvet cupcakes, and cake pops are enough to tempt any sweet tooth. The bakery devotes itself to serving desserts reminiscent of a childhood trip to grandma’s house. Patti herself will hand you a cupcake catered to your tastes (peanut butter chocolate, perhaps?) in a tiny Chinese takeout box. Never mind

that it’s only 10 a.m., you can always save it for an afternoon snack. When you’re ready for lunch, drive to historic downtown Conway to sample the fare at Cross Creek Sandwich Shop.

wrap, and be sure to save room for a heaping piece of strawberry pie. Pop in Jennifer’s after you eat to hunt for treasures of your own. Finally, if you’re looking for a divine dinner spot, dine at Mike’s Place on Front Street where you’ll experience a taste of the Deep South. We suggest the seafood crepes or New York strip. WHERE TO SHOP FINDS // BOUTIQUE // LOCAL SHOPPING // LOCAL FINDS

Attached to Jennifer’s Antiques, this down-to-earth eatery offers fresh choices in a vintage setting. Try their Cross Creek chicken salad or turkey bacon

Wander down Oak Street, a charming strip of boutiques, antique shops, and home décor stores. Grand on Oak (501499-6436; beckons with its welcoming yellow-and-white striped awning. Owner Sena LovetteCrafton will show you the entirety of the boutique and gift shop (it’s huge!), filled with colorful spring dresses, chic cowboy boots, fragrances, handbags, and more. May 2014 | 27

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What’s Happening in Conway Toad Suck Daze May 2-4

The beloved 33rd annual free-admission festival takes place downtown over three days with music, carnival rides, and games as well as local vendors showcasing art, clothing, food, and more (

Tour de Toad May 3

An official event of Toad Suck Daze, this bike ride supports Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Register online for $35 ( TourdeToad).

10th CHDC Community Health Fair May 7 Held at the Conway Human Development Center and open to the public, this event provides free screenings as well as door prizes and demonstrations. The American Red Cross will also be on hand to accept blood donations.

Go ahead—buy those trend-setting sunglasses for your next beach vacation. Men and women alike will appreciate the style and sophistication at Bell & Sward (501-504-6880; bellandsward. com), a gentlemen’s clothier with such class it’s hard to resist purchasing a Collared Greens bow tie. The rustic setting creates a rugged and inviting shopping experience with exposed brick walls, wood, skulls, paintings of hunting dogs, and a chalkboard sign that hangs mid-store. On the day we visited, we also found a perfectly neat rack of buttondown shirts in any spring color you could imagine as well as state baseball hats and cute argyle Happy Socks. If you’re in the market for home décor, you’ve hit the jackpot. Head across Oak Street to Park Hill Home (501-358-3537;, a collection of rural-inspired European and American antiques, where the scent of lavender and sense of nostalgia for a simpler time greet you when the door opens. You’ll find old watering cans, wheelbarrows, books, lamps, their exclusive line of scented candles, and much more to incorporate a warm, cherished feel into your home. Last, but not least, don’t miss Hambuchen Home Furnishings (501327-6523; on Second Street. They’ll have that new Howard Miller love seat, Broyhill armoire or Thomasville lamp you’ve been eyeing,

Hambuchen home furnishings

The Charlotte john co.

along with bookcases, mirrors, barstools and more accessories to match. If you need to upgrade your appliances, they can also help with that. There’s something for everyone in this state-ofthe-art showroom. WHERE TO LIVE // MAKE IT MAKE IT HOME YOUR HOME // NESTING If you’re tempted to make Conway your home, stop by The Charlotte John Company (501-664-5646; charlottejohn. com), a full-service residential real estate company across Arkansas. They cover any neighborhood in Little Rock as well as the surrounding areas, including a variety of stunning properties throughout Conway. Stop by their office downtown for a consultation with their experts. If you do decide to call Conway home, the first person you should visit is Tami Risinger. Pay a visit to her marvelous new all-white home, which also serves as the office of Risinger Interiors (501454-2575). Step inside, and her two dogs, Abby and Stolee, will greet you with toys and kisses. The home echoes Risinger’s style: clean, classic and timeless. Sound like your taste? She might just be the designer for you. If you decide to build a dream home or tackle a remodel, head down to Arkansas Rock Designs (501-679-0769; for man-made stone to shape the exterior walls or fireplace you’ve always wanted. A blend of natural aggregate, Portland cement, and color pigments create the real stone resemblance. Whether you prefer an elegant or rugged look, the shop offers a variety of molds and colors to fit your style. May 2014 | 29

Named “One of the Best 200 Places to Shop in the South” by Southern Living.

An “Arkansas DeltaMade” product • Catering To You, Little Rock • Mack’s Prairie Wings, Stuttgart • Flowers and Home, Bryant • Design Inspirations, Little Rock • Julie Shaw in Fabulous Finds, Little Rock • Dean’s Pharmacy, Marianna • Gallery Central, Hot Springs • Handworks, Helena • New Leaf Florist, Dewitt • Panache/Aromatique Gift Gallery, Heber Springs • Shepherd’s Florist, Pine Bluff • The Lower Deck, Jonesboro • The Red Geranium, Texarkana • The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Gift Shop, Petit Jean Mountain • Sowell’s Furniture, Searcy 11 N. Block | Fayetteville | 479.443.3355

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The pair of matching platters shown here are Allerton’s “Willow” pattern.

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Collector Ashli Ahrens Hometown Stuttgart; currently resides in a condo inside Little Rock’s historic Lafayette Building Her Obsession Blue-and-white porcelain china and dinnerware How The Collection Started “I found my first piece, a large platter, at a flea market in England, Arkansas,” says Ahrens. Why She Loves It Many of the pieces in her collection have a family tie and are now beloved heirlooms— each with a story all their own (turn the page to read more about their heritage). How She Uses It In previous homes, Ahrens has had the plates displayed in china hutches and hanging on the walls. However, they aren’t just for decoration. Ahrens and her husband also love to serve dinner on the blue-and-white treasures.

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Why blue and white? My mom, Claudia Ahrens, subscribed to a lot of decorating magazines when I was growing up, and I have always gravitated toward the classic blue-andwhite palette. When did you first start collecting these pieces? I bought my first piece when I was either a senior in high school or had just entered college. From there, one of great aunts, Ellen Turner Thomas, left me her Allerton “Willow” pattern when she passed away. This is similar to the popular “Blue Willow” Spode pattern and is made in England. I got a whole set of dishes and platters, so the collection really grew from there. So, it sounds like your collection is a part of your family’s heritage now. Yes, it is. In fact, after college I showed interest and my mother remembered she had blue-andwhite dishes when she first set up house as a single woman. She was able to find a few and gave me a cup and saucer along with several bread plates. Interestingly, my brother-in-law’s parents also had blue-and-white dinnerware. When his mother passed away, they gave me the entire set, so it’s been very special to collect them in this way rather than buying a lot of them myself. Some of these plates also depict the Natural State. What’s the story behind those? They are known as souvenir plates. The Arkansas versions that I have were also my great aunt’s. They were made in 1936 by Vernon Kilns, a California company that manufactured a ton of these during the period. You can find different states and attractions if you search for that company. They’re starting to be worth something now. Do you have other collections? I have several actually. As a child I collected folding fans, and later in life I started hunting for Victorian footstools. More recently, I’ve been picking up vintage postcards and my latest obsession is memorabilia from the Lafayette Hotel (which was located in the building where Ahrens and her husband Kelley Bass currently reside). My philosophy is to collect things I can use, whether I physically use them or they are for decoration. 34 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014

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To celebrate their upcoming graduation, Pulaski Academy seniors enjoyed dinner and fellowship at the home of interior designer Mara Malcolm. The elegant setting was a beautiful backdrop for reminiscing over their school years. Malcom made a delicious banana pudding topped with fresh fruit and a shortbread cookie for dessert. Visit the At Home in Arkansas blog for her recipe.

ay is one of the busiest months of the year for many families. The school year is winding down and end of the year parties and celebrations abound. For families with high school seniors, the biggest and most-anticipated celebration of all—graduation—is about to take place. To mark the occasion, Little Rock interior designer, Mara Malcolm, who works alongside her mother Retha Lamb, orchestrated a memorable graduation dinner for a group of Pulaski Academy seniors that are part of a special club which has evolved through the years. “‘The Forever Club,’ as they refer to it, consists of eight friends that have attended school together since preschool,” explains Malcolm. In keeping with the grandness of the milestone, Malcolm chose an upscale dinner theme. She started with antique china from Noritake to dress up the table. “I wanted the table and the party décor to reflect how valued the kids are and how special they are. That’s why I went the extra mile and it was a little more formal than probably what they are used to,” says Malcolm. Malcolm used beautiful purples throughout the décor complementing the custom-made toile tablecloth, antique dishes, and serving pieces. To add a little fun and whimsy to the setting, she also included a variety of more casual details such as custom monogrammed laundry bags, striped paper straws juxtaposed with formal stemware, Chinese take-out boxes for sweets to go, and a dinner menu at each place setting that resembled the look of a diploma. “This was a special gathering for close friends and their parents to celebrate a milestone together,” says Malcolm.

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1. Custom-painted by Northwest Arkansas artist Elizabeth Rusher, a piece of artwork known as “The Muses” creates the perfect backdrop for the beverage station and sets the palette for the party’s décor. A ceramic planter is innovatively stocked with ice-cold root beer, while crystal glassware and a vintage brass beverage dispenser add a touch of elegance. 2. The decadent dessert bar was filled with an assortment of scrumptious confections made by Sarah DeClerk of Ann Potter Baking. The offerings included raspberry macaroons filled with blackberry coulis, vanilla mini cupcakes with lavender infused buttercream, sugar shortbread with royal icing and toile detail that mimic the tablecloth, and white chocolate and vanilla cake pops. 3. The place settings were created with a mixture of antique china and embellished with custom-designed dinner menus made to look like diplomas. Personalized stationery served as a place card for each guest. 4. For a less formal (and useful!) touch, monogrammed laundry bags draped the backs of the dining chairs and served as favors for the guests. 5. For the overall look, Malcolm chose a fun color scheme that was a little different than the school colors of blue and gold. The rich purple hues give an air of formality, but are balanced with plenty of fun elements for the group of graduates.

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Upholstered dining chairs invite guests to linger. Designer Bill Beringer seamlessly worked the homeowners’ French antiques—including the marble-topped buffet and gilt mirror shown here—into the home’s more modern decor. Facing page: In the foyer, the cased openings into the study, the dining room, and the family room were raised to bring in more light. A pieced hide rug and rock crystal chandelier hint at the home’s mix of refined and modern furnishings.


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The great room was extended 23 feet, and the ceilings were raised from ten to twelve feet, providing more floor space as well as height. The custom millwork alludes to the home’s formal air, while modern upholstery adds comfort. The homeowner designed the beveled marble fireplace surround and had it fabricated by Inside Effects. The oil on canvas painting above the mantle is by Chris Groves, and depicts a sunset over the barrier islands of Georgia, where the homeowners vacation with family. 44 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014

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ooking to bring a sense of calm to their routine, a Little Rock couple set out to find a new home where they could spread out a bit, relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Hoping for a river view, their options were limited. When a classically styled house on a quiet street came available, they knew that with a little imagination—and help from a trusted team of experts—they could transform it to suit their needs perfectly. At first glance, the home wasn’t exactly dream-worthy. In fact, it was just the opposite of what this couple had in mind. But the red brick Georgian-style house did have a few things going for it; namely, a view of the Arkansas River and beyond. Inside, a small galley kitchen, dark hallways, and low ceilings didn’t suit the couple’s taste or lifestyle, so they called on architect Tom Fennell and designer Bill Beringer to bring the space to life. After seeing the home and hearing the couple’s needs, Fennell decided to enlarge the back of the house by more than twenty feet, expanding a sun room into a large living room and making way for a new, more spacious kitchen. The design team also worked together to transform a compact formal living room into a cozy study, and the once-small kitchen into what is now a well-appointed butler’s pantry, which holds the homeowner’s extensive collection of heirloom serving ware including china, crystal, and silver. Though the home nearly doubled in size, the elevation from the street remains the same. In keeping with the style of the neighborhood, it still appears to be a one-story rambler, though its formerly red brick façade is now hidden beneath a layer of stucco. Where a large porch with over-scaled columns stood, there is now a sleek cast-stone portico with a metal roof. Inside, the three headers leading inward from the foyer were raised, creating a sight line from the front door out the back windows to 46 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014

The breakfast table can seat ten for casual meals with a river view. Tall arrangements by About Vase complement the room’s ceiling height. Beyond, a full-size freezer is disguised beneath panels that match the cabinets, and a large pantry keeps small appliances out of view. Facing page: In the new kitchen, a 14-foot-long marble-topped island, ample cabinet space, and industrial grade appliances make hosting crowds a breeze. A small sitting area in front of the fireplace gets daily use. The sleek, Shaker-style cabinets were designed by Bill Wrape of Distinctive Kitchens and Baths. Wall ovens by GE Monogram and a Viking range are from Metro Appliances & More. What was once a galley-style kitchen is now a butler’s pantry that serves the dining room.

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Clockwise from top left: What was once a small formal living room is now a cozy study. Beveled mirrors from Trianon Antiques echo the beveled marble fireplace surround. The untitled painting above the mantle is by Alicia Reymann. In the guest bedroom, an ornate Venetian mirror tops a Biedermeir chest. A new custom iron handrail updated the home’s grand staircase. The carved wood sculpture at the top of the stairs is by Arkansas artist Keith Newton.

the river. As a result, the once-dark hallway is now bathed in light. To accentuate the open nature of the house, every room—with the exception of two baths—is painted the same dark cream with hints of gray, a custom mix by Sherwin-Williams. Beveled marble fireplace surrounds, crystal chandeliers, silk draperies, and fine antiques lend an air of formality to the home, but every space is well used. “We love our home, and find that it is very easy to live in,” says the homeowner. To give the spaces an unfussy feeling, Beringer mixed the owners’ antiques with sleek, yet comfortable upholstery and kept accessories to a minimum. Having worked with the clients before, he helped them take this home in a new direction. “Their previous home was very traditional—full of oriental rugs and antiques—but they didn’t want to go that route this time. They wanted it to be very clean and minimal,” he says. A neutral color palette of soft earth tones is a nod to the view out the windows, but doesn’t compete with it. “They wanted their art and their guests to be the home’s color,” adds Beringer. In the end, the couple achieved exactly what they desired: a classically elegant home that lives comfortably and makes entertaining a breeze. But it’s the location of the house that makes it extra special. “Waking up to the river view every morning is an adventure,” says the homeowner. “From our porch, we can see small herds of deer bed down at night, watch fog roll up the hill from the river in the mornings, and listen to people having a good time on their boats during the summer. It’s almost as if we’re not even in town.”

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Design Resources Architect Tom Fennell, AIA, Fennell Purifoy Architects, Little Rock, (501) 372-6734, Contractor Ron Head Construction, Jacksonville, (501) 982-0011 Interior design Bill Beringer, Little Rock Kitchen design Bill Wrape, Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756, Landscape design The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, Accessories Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Bedding—custom Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 Cabinets—kitchen Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756, Countertops—kitchen, fireplace and tile Inside Effects, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, Flooring—installation and finishing Darrell Bradley, (501) 590-0297 Floral design About Vase, Little Rock, (501) 603-9200, Fixtures—kitchen Falk Plumbing, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911, Furniture Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,; Massimo Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 664-0355,; Trianon Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 666-0339, Glass West Little Rock Glass, Little Rock, (501) 223-3034 Hardware Kaufman Lumber, Little Rock, (501) 568-3182, Mirrors Trianon Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 666-0339, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Windows Pella Windows & Doors, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5050, 50 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014

Accessible from the great room and kitchen, a new covered deck is furnished with comfortable pieces in the same neutral palette as the home’s interior. Facing page: The home’s out-of-scale columns were replaced with a sleek cast stone portico with a metal roof. New metal windows from Pella recede against the facade’s stucco treatment.

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Color Taking hints from the owner’s jubilant personality, designer Katie Henry gave a Little Rock home a cosmetic update that resulted in a bright, happy haven Designer Katie Henry and homeowner Pamela Rees, seen here with her beloved labradoodle Lexie, collaborated on the color-infusing home makeover. Facing page: To lighten the foyer and give guests a cheerful welcome, a heavy ironwork console and coordinating sconces were replaced with a retro gray entry piece, gold Greek-key style lamps, and original artwork by Arkansas artist Amanda Kella.

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rowing up in Little Rock and attending the same school, Katie Henry and Pamela Rees had numerous mutual friends. However, they never imagined how close they would become when one of those mutual friends suffered a life-changing stroke. “We were both flooded with phone calls, texts and an overwhelming sense of sadness,” says Rees. As the pair became closer, they decided a creative outlet was just what they needed to heal their own hearts as their friend began to heal herself. What’s more, they knew just the project—Rees’s house. As the owner of Little Rock’s Companions Clothier, Rees has always been on-trend and enjoys shopping for the home she shares with her spirited labradoodle, Lexie. “Pamela is so fashion forward and hilarious,” says Henry, who owns the Fayetteville-based Katie Grace Designs, “and her home needed to match her personality.” Rees agreed wholeheartedly. “I wanted my house to be a reflection of who I am,” she says. The pair worked together on the update, envisioning how existing pieces could work with new, mapping out color schemes and finding delight in fabric swatches that seemed spot-on for the spaces. While Rees’s West Little Rock home had great bones and some pieces that were well suited to her style, the rooms appeared dark and lacked the vitality that seems to bubble over in her character. For an immediate big-impact change, Henry suggested Rees update the butterscotch-colored walls with a fresh coat of Sherwin-William’s Navajo White—a neutral and clean background color that would act as a canvas for bright fabrics and accents. When entering the home, one is immediately greeted with a small foyer as well as a view of the living room and breakfast nook—meaning all of these spaces needed a continuous welcoming flow. Henry started with a lighter version of the home’s palette in the entry, introducing a custom piece of artwork by Arkansas artist Amanda Kella as well as a modified console. “Pamela is six feet tall, so the entry piece really needed to be larger in order to be proportionate with her height,” she says. To raise the console, 54 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014

The home’s open floor plan joins the kitchen, breakfast, and living room. Trading the formerly butterscotch walls for Sherwin-Williams’s Navajo White brought light into the space and provided the perfect backdrop for bold colorful accents. The turquoise ottoman was the starting point for the living room, and a pair of lamps that Rees already owned carried the hue into the breakfast nook. Coral accents coordinate with the turquoise as well as the neutral furniture. A custom credenza by J & J Custom Cabinets offers storage as well as serving space in the breakfast nook.

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“Pamela is so fashion forward and hilarious, and her home needed to match her personality.” —Katie Henry

which Henry found at Fayetteville’s Precious Cargo, she researched mid-century furniture legs and found a perfect set that would not only raise the height of the piece to Pamela’s comfort level, but also match its vintage style. In the living room, a tufted turquoise ottoman was the starting point for a bold color scheme. “Pamela found the ottoman and, loved it, so we had it made for the space,” says Henry. While the pair opted to keep Rees’s existing sofa, two side chairs were recovered in a neutral gray geometric pattern to play off the room’s colors and prints. Additionally, Henry changed the layout of the room’s furniture, moving the chairs to the opposite side to open up the flow and make the space feel larger. The home’s living room and breakfast nook all had bright coral accents, and Henry and Rees decided to play off this color by carrying a variation through the rest of the home’s main rooms. The same coral can be seen in the dining room rug as well as the artwork. The table and chairs, which Rees already owned, pair with a china cabinet that Henry found on Craig’s List and had painted in the same gray seen throughout the rooms. “I have a desire to make my work original,” says Henry. “I’m going to splurge on a few things, but then I totally blow my clients’ minds with a ‘save,’ like a flea-find piece.” The master bedroom has a decidedly feminine feel thanks to a heavy dose of pink. Rees already had the headboard and the mirrored chests she uses as bedside tables. Henry encouraged her to use pink for the room’s dominant accent hue. “I told her, ‘You have to use pink! That would just be so fun,’” she recalls. Shortly after, Henry found the “Rosehips” fabric from Duralee and the pair knew it was perfect for the bed’s throw pillows. White frames from Ikea hold abstract prints, also by local artist Amanda Kella, and carry the palette throughout the room with a statement-making presence. As the home was transformed, so were Henry and Rees. The pair developed a close bond and still talk frequently. “Design is about so much more than a room. It’s about building relationships. And I really think this makeover made Pamela come even more alive,” concludes Henry.

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For a feminine flair, Henry and Rees decided to go with pink as the dominant accent color for the master bedroom. Duralee’s “Rosehips” fabric was used to create the throw pillows for the bed, while a fuchsia-and-white trellis-inspired pattern covers the bench at the foot of the bed. Ikea frames hold prints in the same palette. Facing page: The coral, white, and gray hues present in the other high-traffic areas of the home carry over to the dining room.

Design Resources Interior design Katie Henry, Katie Grace Designs, LLC, Fayetteville, (479) 466-1069, Accessories—living room and bedroom Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; I.O. Metro, locations statewide, (888) 223-5628, Art—entryway and bedroom Amanda Kella Art, (501) 690-1311 Bedding—master bedroom Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Fabrics Fabric Gallery, Springdale, (479) 751-7711 Furniture 410 Vintage Market, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2444; Carrie’s Antiques & Flea Market, Little Rock, (501) 562-8088; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Daises and Olives, Prairie Grove, (479) 846-1800,; I.O. Metro, locations statewide, (888) 223-5628,; Katie Grace Designs LLC, Fayetteville, (479) 466-1069,; Precious Cargo, Fayetteville, (479) 444-7300 Furniture—custom-built dresser and credenza J & J Custom Cabinets, Little Rock, (501) 766-1870, Home Builder/Contractor Bosley Construction, Little Rock, (501) 225-2729, Lighting Katie Grace Designs, LLC, Fayetteville, (479) 466-1069, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Painting G&G Painters, LLC, Little Rock, (501) 612-7933 Rugs Carpet One, locations statewide, Upholstery 12th Street Upholstery, Little Rock, (501) 661-9500; Roger Fletcher Upholstery, Fayetteville, (479) 466-4796 Window coverings Fabric Gallery, Springdale, (479) 751-7711 May 2014 | 57

While the exterior of the home did not change structurally, it was freshened with a neutral coat of paint. The new color scheme complements the rock wall that circles the one-acre property. A simple row of boxwoods and lush containers of annuals soften the entrance and add color without distracting from the classic faรงade. Facing page: A pair of chairs upholstered with royal blue velvet and trimmed with nailheads paired with a marble-top table create a cozy nook in the living room. 58 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014


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In the living room, pleated linen draperies recede against the soft white walls. A pearlized paint finish highlights the room’s original millwork, which was also left in tact during the renovation. The French painting of a jazz musician is from Boswell Mourot Fine Art. Facing page, from top: Homeowner Bill Hardin uses a decorative nest to display the bird feathers he collects on walks with his dogs. In the dining room, a custom mirror by Emporium Home hangs above a buffet from Mrs. Howard. A pair of slender mercury glass lamps and African tribal necklaces displayed on stands contribute to the eclectic feel. Designer Dale Trice highlighted the foyer’s curved walls by darkening the stair treads and adding a striped paint treatment to the walls.

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ometimes life makes a complete circle. For Bill Hardin, that meant coming home to the neighborhood where he grew up. “My son called to tell me that the brick house on the corner was for sale. I had always thought it was an interesting place, so I knocked on the door,” he says. Hardin got the full history of the home from its then owner, whose father founded and chaired the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas and built the house. “She was able to give me the original blueprints, so we knew how the house was intended to be,” says Hardin. The circa 1939 two-story house had good bones and a generous yard, but it needed some work to make it efficient for modern life. To begin the renovation, Hardin called in designer Dale Trice, whom he had worked with on several previous homes. Trice was careful to create a balance by retaining and enhancing the charming details of the home while removing the old-fashioned oddities. Downstairs, he highlighted the original plaster walls and millwork with a fresh coat of paint in a pearl finish. In the den, he painted the cozy—but dated—pine paneling a bold shade of marine blue and removed a set of dingy built-in bookcases. In the tiny powder room, Trice replaced what he calls a “strange little sink” with a custom concrete creation that appears to float on the wall. The home’s wood floors were refinished with an ebony wash, providing a lovely contrast to the light walls. Perhaps the happiest discovery was that a curved plaster wall matching the staircase wall was hidden behind drywall in a spare bedroom. By retaining the most interesting architectural details, the house now feels unique and custom. While the footprint of the lower level remains the same—except for the addition of an outdoor room—the second level underwent several changes to give it a more modern flow. Originally one portion of the upstairs had two small bedrooms with a shared bath that opened into the hall. In one bedroom, Trice opened a closet into the bath and closed off the hall entrance for added privacy. In the other, a small sitting area was absorbed into the bath and closet to create a more comfortable master suite. “Mr. Hardin has a very keen eye for design,” says Trice, “he wanted the interiors to feel updated; not necessarily modern or traditional, but somewhere in the middle.” A variety of elements including velvet, linen, animal hides, and natural wood offer texture and a nod to the outdoors, while sleek lighting, metallic shades, and bits of Lucite add a luxurious touch. In the small kitchen, Trice 62 At Home in Arkansas | May 2014

During the renovation, an original curved plaster wall in the guest bedroom was uncovered beneath sheetrock. The room has a soft palette of blues and greens that create a calm, yet contemporary feel. Facing page, from top: Subway tile walls, metal shelving, and a stainless steel island give the new kitchen a spare, industrial feel. The dining room’s oval table has a black oak top on a hammered metal base. Light walls, upholstery, and draperies allow the art to be the focus.

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replaced the dated cabinets with a free standing shelf and a stainless steel island. A vintage bar-height table contributes to the industrial feel. Outdoors, the red brick façade got a fresh coat of neutral paint. Fayetteville exterior designer Daniel Keeley helped turn several decades of garden additions into a simple, low maintenance outdoor space. Gravel paths add charm and what Keeley calls an element of “casual elegance.” Hardin, who has two sons and a grandson, says he is as likely to host a viewing party for a Razorback sporting event as a hot dog roast for a rowdy group of 11-year-olds. “I have really enjoyed this house,” he says, “Nothing in it is off limits.”

The addition of an outdoor room provides the ideal spot for hosting football-viewing parties. In the back yard, exterior designer Daniel Keeley created a simple, low maintenance garden with a casual European feel. Facing page: In the master bedroom, a vibrant painting inspired the addition of orange to the room’s palette. What was once a small sitting room is now a well-appointed master bath. A vintage barley-twist buffet was repurposed as a vanity, highlighting the juxtaposition between old and new found throughout the house.

Design Resources Exterior designer Daniel Keeley, DK Design, (479) 443-9002, Interior designer Dale Trice, Design Services of Florida, Seagrove, Florida, (850) 231-6842, Contractor Tim Janacek, Janacek Construction, Rogers, (479) 621-0565, Accessories, furniture, and outdoor furnishings Dale Trice, Design Services of Florida, Seagrove, Florida, (850) 231-6842, Art Boswell Mourot Fine Art, Little Rock, (501) 664-0030, May 2014 | 65


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Show off your stylish side with a trend-setting black-and-white handbag by Sondra Roberts ($85). Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168


Liven up a living room with “La Tulip,” a copy of a vibrant red watercolor by master illustrator Joe Eula, who worked in the 1950s in NYC.


Head to a spring picnic with this handy carrier made of recycled materials, along with a plaid bubble scarf—perfect for windy days. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400


Each of these handcrafted heirloom recipe card boxes is one-of-a-kind and made from salvaged hardwood. It’s the perfect place for storing your hand-written recipe cards, whether timeworn or freshly inked.


Get ready to head to the beach with two great cover-up or dress-up options by Gretchen Scott, including a multi-purpose scarf/sarong and a long v-neck tunic. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,


Stately meets stylish in the Tansu line of campaign-style furniture finished with kelly green, high-gloss lacquer and fitted with polished brass hardware.

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End Notes

Designers’ Favorite A rtworks “I love abstracts like this Duane Gardner piece ‘Pequeno,’ because they are not definite and make you think. They have the ability to be something different for each observer.” —Lee Anne Henry, Whiteline Designs, Fayetteville

“Amy Hill Imler painted this ‘spa-like’ piece for my room in the Symphony Designer House in 2009. I love the soft colors and was so honored to have my room and this piece featured on the cover of the event’s guide that year.” —Shayla Copas, Shayla Copas Interiors,

“Love this picture of the Destin shoreline! My mom took this photograph and had it put on canvas. It has great colors that we used in her beach house. Every time I look at the canvas it reminds me of fun family times at the beach!” —Jennifer Huett, House to Home, Hot Springs

“This mixed media work by Malvern’s Beverly McLarty hangs in my parents’ home. I love the splashes of color and trying to find figures that others may not see.” —Courtney Stone, Sydney Murphy Designs, El Dorado

“Memphis artist Sarah Robertson painted this piece, “Blue Chapel with Cotton,” which is for sale in my shop. I love it because it’s a true reflection of our life in the Delta . You can always start a conversation by asking someone where they go to church or what they farm.” —Leigh Montgomery, That French Shoppe, Jonesboro

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Photography: Hayden Hickingbotham (Shayla Copas); Benfield Photography (lee anne henry)

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