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AT HOME STYLE 13 Stylish Finds A blooming array of colorful goods 14 Design News What’s new and notable in The Natural State 18 Design Five top trends in flooring 21 Collections A Hot Springs collector’s antique canes 25 In the Kitchen New wares for outdoor kitchens 27 In the Garden Turning orchids into art

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AT HOME OUTDOOR LIVING 34 Rooms with a View A pair of Eureka Springs shop owners creates a series of hilltop garden rooms 44 Garden Getaway A Little Rock designer turns a bare backyard into a European-style retreat


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My house had me at hello. Much like the scene in the movie “Jerry Maguire”, when Renée Zellweger confesses, after Tom Cruise’s lengthy declaration of love, that he’d won her heart immediately, our house had my husband and me exchanging “we have to live here” glances as soon as we stepped on the front porch. Built in 1908, our home has a wide and accommodating porch that spans the front of our house. One side is nestled along an old dogwood tree for a bit of privacy, while the other sports a view of our neighborhood, offering a chance to wave to friends and invite them to join us. Each spring, we clean the porch as soon as the pollen stops flying, and it then becomes the main setting for all our socializing until chilly winter days drive us back inside. For us, the casualness that comes with being outside offers an easy setting for reconnecting with family and friends. It’s the same concept that spurred the homeowners in this issue to create their own outdoor living spaces, from patios and porches for entertaining, to garden areas for reflection, to an entire home where doors can be opened and the outdoors brought in to nearly every room. I hope they serve as inspiration as spring nears and you begin creating or refreshing your own outdoor retreats. As for me, I’ll be enjoying my front porch whenever I can, and one of my favorite ways to relax is curling up in the porch swing with a new design book. I’ve included a few at the top of my reading list—drop me a line and let me know which reads most capture your attention too.

*April Inspiration: A new round of design reads Bobby McAlpine’s “The Home Within Us” I’ve long been a fan of this Alabama-based architect who creates serene spaces that feel personal, unique and intriguing.

James Van Sweden’s “The Artful Garden” This proponent of naturalistic gardens shows how to compose them with artistic principles.


Carlos Mota’s “Flowers Chic & Cheap” One of my favorite stylists (if you read national design magazines, you’ve likely seen his work), Mota shares his floral design secrets.


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The loggia in Dr. James and Debbie Tinnin’s Fayetteville home. Photographed by Rett Peek. See page 52.


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Eggshibition benefits Little Rock’s Youth Home For two decades, the annual Eggshibition fundraiser has helped Youth Home become a successful safe haven for adolescents. Celebrate its success and support the cause at Eggshibition XX, featuring live and silent auctions for egg-shaped and egg-themed masterpieces created by Arkansas artists, celebrities and students.

Friday, April 1 7 p.m. Jack Stephens Center on the UALR campus for tickets or more information February 21 – April 3

Daffodil Days/Tulip Extravaganza Abundant blooms brighten the trails at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs; visit the Web site for peak bloom time details March 11 – 12

Camden Daffodil Festival Home and garden tours, an art show and sale, and more



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43rd Annual Jonquil Festival Historic Washington State Park Flowers, historic home and museum tours, craft sale and other events March 25 – 27

Arkansas River Valley Lawn and Garden Show Fort Smith Convention Center The River Valley Master Gardeners host seminars, vendors and garden displays (479) 883-0623


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Interior designer and Conway native Ashley Carson has opened a retail space for all things home in the city’s Mountebanq Place building downtown. At Anything and Everything Design, the versatile Carson has created room settings featuring furnishings and an eclectic range of one-of-a-kind works by central Arkansas artisans, ranging from murals to mirrors to jewelry to toys. Within this loft-like space, she meets with clients interested in event and wedding planning, home organization and home staging. 1107 Oak St., (501) 908-9257,



All things garden will now be together under one state-of-the-art roof as the Lumber One Home Center location in Mayflower opens a new 6,000-square-foot garden area this month. Veteran pros of the central Arkansas landscape business, manager Becky Naylor along with her sister, Betsy Caudle, will oversee the center, which includes a full range of plants, shrubbery, trees and planting materials, as well as pots, fountains, statuary and more. Landscape design services and delivery are also offered. 682 Hwy. 365, (501) 470-1122,


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Tillman’s Beginner’s Guide for Collecting Canes 1. Set a budget—canes can become intoxicating. Depending on the materials and the level of detail, you can expect to pay about $250-300 for an authentic antique cane with unique features. 2. Decide what look you want for your collection, such as a theme or similar materials used. 3. Inspect the cane before purchase to assure that it’s not a marriage of two pieces. Tillman says common ploys are to add an additional antique, like a pocket watch or even a pair of opera glasses. 4. In addition to materials used, also consider the artistic quality. For example, intricate carvings can add value. 5. Make sure you consult with a reputable dealer who will stand behind the product. 6. While canes can be found at garage sales and flea markets, Tillman says, “if you want to create a good collection, look a little bit further.” He has had success in finding canes while traveling abroad, working with dealers and searching online. 22

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Sporting a cane may no longer be mainstream, but a select few still have enough panache to get away with it. Davis Tillman, owner of Tillman’s Antiques in Hot Springs, is one of the select few. The antiquarian began his cane collection more than 30 years ago, and has been known to don one on special occasions. “Every now and again, yes I do carry one,” he says, smiling. “I like to be a little over the top.” For centuries, canes have served as accessories for men, often denoting power. In Rome, they were marked with eagles, while Egyptian styles featured lotus blossoms. In Asia, they also represented good fortune, and African chiefs and kings carried staffs carved from wood. “In almost every continent and culture, canes have been symbols of power and position,” Tillman says. By the 1700s, in England, carrying a cane even required a special license, as well as adherence to certain rules that forbade leaning on or swinging a cane, carrying it on your arm or hanging it on a button, table or chair. “There were rules,” Tillman explains, “and if you broke them your license would be revoked.” Cane use was considered a privilege reserved only for a certain class of people, he adds, and the infirm merely carried “walking sticks.” As they became more ornate, cane tops showcased intricate carvings and materials like bone, ivory, porcelain, gold, jade or even precious stones, while the staff featured ebony, bamboo and hardwood. The ability to distinguish between bone and ivory is important, notes Tillman: “Ivory grows in

two different directions, creating a fish scale effect, while bone always grows sinuously in one direction.” Likewise, hallmarks on sterling silver pieces can help determine their age and place of origin. Canes were made with function in mind as well. During the 1800s, some were designed to hold swords and pistols, many contained vials of liquor during prohibition, others housed compasses, and still others folded into small seats for horse racing and outdoor activities. Tillman advises collectors to be wary of staffs with unoriginal cane tops, which includes mounting a pocket watch to a staff with hopes of increasing its value. “It’s a marriage of convenience,” Tillman laughs. “Either move on or buy it strictly for its aesthetics.” Tillman’s collection is a cross-section of styles from around the world—South America, China, Indonesia, England, the United States and more. One was a gift from his father and belonged to a Supreme Court justice, another is an elk horn fist and baton from China, another is a carved bulldog’s head that holds coins and his most beloved is a Faberge design from his wife. Next on the list are designs by Tiffany & Co. and Cartier. However, anything unusual is likely to have a place in Tillman’s collection, which he keeps by the front door to grab on a whim. “Some people are minimalists all of their lives, and some are collectors,” Tillman notes. “I started very young and decided early on that I wouldn’t buy anything unless I could live with it my whole life.” 23

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HOW-TO: 1. Soak angel moss in a water-ďŹ lled basin or vase to rehydrate. Moisten sheet moss. 2. Remove orchid from pot and rinse away potting medium. Use pruning shears to cut off any dead or discolored roots. 3. Take a golf ball-sized clump of moist angel moss, part the roots of the orchid and position the clump in the center of the roots. 4. Place the orchid with the moss ball underneath directly on the piece of wood, at the place where you would like the orchid to remain. 5. Cover the roots with moist angel moss and secure the entire root/moss area to the wood with ďŹ&#x201A;orist wire, wrapping the wire around the wood in several directions to securely hold the orchid in place. 6. Use sheet moss as a decorative cover and additional layer of moisture over the roots, angel moss and wire. Use decorative paper wire to secure the moss in place attractively.


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Jeff Chapman and Stan DuBois, owners of the Eureka Springs home furnishings store Vintage Cargo, built a new garage with a cottage-style exterior to match their home and even added a broad front porch. Decked with outdoor furniture from their store, the porch offers a comfortable perch for viewing the garden and the Ozark Mountains beyond.


A pathway leads from the garage along the front of the house, where the pair created meandering cottage-style gardens that include such plants as butterďŹ&#x201A;y bush, crape myrtle, Cleome and Abelia. 36


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You’ve created a mini-compound on this hilltop overlooking the Ozarks, from gardens and relaxation places to outbuildings and even a chicken coop. What inspired this diversity?

Jeff Chapman:

We designed the spaces so that you could go to various parts of the yard and have a different feeling, from wide open areas with views to more tucked in and cozy places.

Stan DuBois:

Each area is a destination for particular times of day—strolling to the chicken coop in the morning for fresh eggs, relaxing on the patio on a weekend, sitting on the porch and watching the sunset. You can have different experiences in each place. AHIA: Did the cottage style of your home influence the kind of garden you created and the structures you built? SD: Absolutely, and that style did not exist here at all when we purchased the property five years ago. It had a 1970s house and just a few trees and shrubs in the yard. This hilltop seemed to call for a country cottage, something very comfortable and casual, and we renovated the house completely and then carried the architectural elements from the house over to the garage, shed and other structures. AHIA: How did you carry the cottage style through to the gardens? JC: By choosing informal elements, the type of things you’d see around an English cottage, like gravel pathways, stone walls and colorful flowers. As much as we enjoy formal gardens, we felt that a natural look would work best on this property, a style that rolls along with the hillside. I also appreciate color, especially bright combinations of yellow and purple, or red and orange, and letting those colors flow together keeps things casual. AHIA: What was your starting point for creating the outdoor rooms? SD: We knew we wanted certain destinations, including a pool and patio off the back of the house and a garden along the side, and then we created pathways to link these areas together so they flow around the house and lead you through the property. The stone walls, which define the pool, the patio and the walking paths, were important. Every stone in the walls came from our property, and they appear dry stacked but they’re actually mortared so there’s no concern about them staying in place. Then it was a process of creating the gravel walkways and planting the beds. They’re all connected but we like them to be freeform and kind of ramble around. AHIA: How did you make plant choices? JC: Certain kinds of plants lend themselves to cottage style—flowering shrubs like Abelia, hydrangeas and lilacs, certainly roses, butterfly bush and other perennials that 38

have old-time appeal. I’m not the kind of gardener who knows all the botanical names. I grew up gardening with my mother, and my plant choices tend to be favorites based on color, height, how quickly they’ll grow, and if they’re low maintenance and drought tolerant. And over time, some excel, like salvia that seems to love it here, and others make their own plans known, like the Cleome that died in one garden bed and then sprouted up on the walkway and is thriving. AHIA: You surrounded the pool with plants as well, blending it so naturally into the garden setting. SD: Yes, we tried to make it feel more organic, both in shape and style. It features a stone waterfall and is edged in fieldstone, and like our garden, there are no straight lines, rather it curves and flows. The pool is our oasis throughout the summer, and the sound of the waterfall is always soothing. AHIA: The cottage look even carries through to the chicken coop. These lucky chickens have a cupola and weathervane on their house. JC: That same style of cupola is on the chicken coop, the shed near the pool, as well as the garage, and the details help unify the property. The paint colors, the roofs, the window boxes and the architectural elements are all the same from building to building, and white fencing wraps everything together. It helps the place look finished while not being formal or stuffy. SD: If you’re going to have a chicken coop, it should be a nice one, right? It’s very satisfying to get up in the morning and gather your own organic eggs in beautiful shades of brown and blue. You feel more in touch with nature, walking through your garden and to the chicken coop to gather your breakfast. It’s more than just visual; it’s a lifestyle choice. Design Resources Design, furnishings Vintage Cargo, Eureka Springs Builder Al Larson Builder, Inc., Eureka Springs Plants Bear Creek Nursery, Eureka Springs Pool, patio Burton Pools & Spas, Springdale

A sycamore arbor serves as a transition between the garden along the front of the house and the pool and patio area. Flanked with flowering crape myrtles, the arbor’s rustic look juxtaposes with the white picket fence that rims the property. “It’s a little less predictable, and fits the natural feel of our garden,” adds DuBois. Potted dwarf zinnias mark the entrance, while butterfly bush surrounds a nearby birdhouse.


Burton Pools & Spas created the new pool and patio. The stone for the waterfall originated on the property, and features hidden mortared joints for a dry stacked appearance. Seating areas and a pool house enhanced with cottage-style architectural details rim the pool, as do plants such as dwarf zinnias, daylilies and a variety of types of Salvia.



Clockwise from upper left: Multi-colored zinnias; a garden bed sporting native grasses softens the view of the side of the house; butterfly bush; the garden path flows along the sides of the property; purple coneflowers; a butterfly lands on an Abelia bush; long-blooming crape myrtle; a Barred Rock roster and the stylish chicken coop he and several hens call home.




A gravel path extends from a side gate to the guesthouse nestled in designer Reggie Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard garden. Marshall interspersed the allee of butterďŹ&#x201A;y bush with crape myrtle, Artemisia, native grasses and a variety of other Arkansas-friendly plants. 45

At Home in Arkansas:

Your home, built in the late 1920s on a lot in the middle of the city, wasn’t always this outdoor-oriented. Did the garden or guesthouse exist?

Reggie Marshall:

When I bought it, the guesthouse was just a garage with a little upstairs apartment, and there was no garden. I needed a place to relax from my busy schedule and enjoy some privacy, and I love gardens. AHIA: Where did you begin in the transformation? RM: With the garden’s structure: the walkways and the basic plants. I gave it formal bones, using hawthorns and boxwoods that will remain structural even in winter. Then I added in the other plants, like hostas and ferns. Italians say 80 percent of a garden should be evergreens and water, while the English prefer more flowers. I sort of have an overgrown English garden with an Italian structure. AHIA: It seems to be strategically divided into separate living spaces. RM: Since there’s not room for much of a vista, I created perspective with a walkway that extends back to a 19thcentury iron gate, and that pathway is intersected by another walkway with seating areas on both ends. Creating different sections visually makes it appear to have different rooms. AHIA: Is there a rhyme or reason to your outdoor furnishings? RM: When it comes to garden statuary and things, I want them to be either real or really interesting. The table is made from a piece of granite and an old piece of iron. There’s an old vintage iron chair. There are big olive jars filled with plants lying around. They’re all things that I love, for their scale or uniqueness. I don’t really have any sets. If I’m drawn to something, I make it work. AHIA: How does your garden change seasonally? RM: The color palette is based on sunlight, with softer colors and textures in the shade and brighter pinks, oranges and purples in the sun. In the spring there are daffodils and primroses, then it turns into irises and lilies, then the roses come along. And later, the summery blooms like Artemisia. I just rake and let the garden become what it wants to. It changes constantly.

AHIA: Did the garden influence the guesthouse in any way? RM: The guesthouse was really an afterthought. I originally just planned on the upstairs guestroom, but every time I looked at the garage that was originally there, I thought, “I’m never going to use it.” So I fixed it up and replaced the driveway with an allee of butterfly bush. AHIA: What were your main design goals? RM: To clean it up and edit it out, keeping it really simple. If I have out-of-town guests, I give them a gate key so they can come and go as they please. But it’s really intended as a getaway for me. It’s so nice to go out there with my dogs, turn on the fire, pour a glass of wine and just relax. AHIA: Like your garden, it has a charming European feel. RM: I wanted it to resemble a French house, built with stone. There’s a wonderful cross-breeze that keeps it cool in the summer, which the stone downstairs enhances as well. I used a native Arkansas stone, and the fireplace mantle was brought in from the South of France. Upstairs, the headboard is actually a pair of doors from a French chateau. AHIA: How did you develop your love of outdoor living? RM: I fell in love with plants because of my grandmother. She worked her yard, and it was so charming. She was on a budget, but she did it and it was just wonderful. I visited her quite a bit when I was young, and she would pamper me, cooking me my favorite food and letting me help her pick flowers. I had free rein, learning about trees and nature from her. AHIA: What has gardening taught you? RM: Every year I learn something new. To be a good gardener, you have to be patient, and I’m not—I want instant gratification. Gardening has taught me a little bit of patience, but I’m still learning.

Design Resources Design, furnishings Marshall Clements, Little Rock Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide Plants Cantrell Gardens Nursery, Hocott’s Garden Center, The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock


Clockwise from top: Pathways feature evergreen plants such as boxwood, rosemary and hawthorns. As a folly, Marshall opted for overscale brick columns on the guesthouse. Wisteria vines cover a fence behind a seating area; “Eastern cultures prefer it for the vine, not the flower,” Marshall explains. Facing page: A perpendicular pathway connects the main house and the guesthouse.


Clockwise from top: Marshall furnished the guest quarters with a Russian armoire and 17th-century Italian desk; the patchwork quilt belonged to his grandmother. The headboard features a pair of doors from a French chateau. Fabric remnants were used for the draperies. Butterfly artwork hangs over an original claw-foot tub. Facing page: The guesthouse kitchen boasts a zinc-top sink and shelves filled with pieces from Marshall’s china collection.



An antique metal chair welcomes guests into the guesthouse, where the ďŹ replace mantle originated in the South of France. Marshall slipcovered loveseats, installed a Tibetan coffee table topped with Native American stones, and added an Italian candelabra for ambience; dried hops hangs from the rafters.





The front door of Dr. James and Debbie Tinninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home opens into an airy living space, where a series of French doors lead to a courtyard garden. The armchairs are Swaim, the rug is from Hadidi Oriental Rug Co. and the loveseat and mirror above the granite and wood ďŹ replace are from Cobblestone & Vine. 53


A dining table, sofa and console table from Swaim mix with custom dining chairs and lighting in the open dining and living area, where marble tile floors reflect the light that pours in through three French doors with transom windows. Walls throughout the house are covered in custom-mixed colors from Benjamin Moore. Sketches by the Tinnins’ daughter, Dallas-based artist Noelle Petty, flank the fireplace.


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Debbie Tinnin:

I found an image in a magazine years ago of a similar house, with open spaces and lots of windows for natural light. It seemed like the places my husband, Jim, and I had seen in Europe, open and inviting, a variety of types of rooms, casual but elegant. AHIA: Taking an image you like and translating it into all the details that go into a new home is a huge undertaking. Where did you begin? DT: The first part was finding a building site that would allow us to enjoy the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evenings. When we found this plot on the outskirts of Fayetteville, it afforded us privacy and the right positioning for the house to capitalize on natural light. We met with an architectural draftsman and he pulled all of our ideas together into a house plan. An important focus in the design was lining up doors and doorways for views outside. AHIA: In addition to open and light, what design elements were important? DT: Accommodating our family was the top priority. Jim and I have six children and six grandchildren between us, and having spaces for being together when they visit was important. We envisioned ourselves entertaining and spending a lot of time outside, especially with the grandchildren. We love the integrated aspect of the outdoors and indoors coming together, and the variety of rooms in the house means there are places for everyone. There are areas that are more little-kid friendly, and other areas, like the living and dining spaces, that are more for adults. AHIA: You mentioned casual yet elegant, and that look carries through to even the terrace and the patio. DT: I’ve always been drawn to an elegant look, but I want people to be comfortable as well. I tried to strike a balance. The casualness comes through in bringing the outdoors in; when people walk up to the front door, there’s a sense of welcome in being able to see all the way through to the courtyard. The furniture choices are based on what I gravitate to, styles I’ve always liked. I also worked with an interior designer, Carolyn Carroll, who helped with paint colors, window treatments and pulling together all the details. AHIA: Did the fact that most of the main rooms open to the outdoors influence your design choices? DT: Absolutely. I extended the colors from the outside to the inside. The gardens are all white and green—everything flowering is white, from dogwoods to crape myrtles to hydrangeas. I used white throughout the interiors, a mix of 56

shades to keep the rooms warm, especially for the different seasons. I didn’t use any dark paint colors or fabrics; I let accessories and art add that contrast. I also used materials that work well with the transition from inside to out. We used marble for the floors in the center of the house, alongside the courtyard, because they’re durable and easy to clean. Rugs would be difficult with kids and the open floor plan, so we kept the floors bare in the main areas. AHIA: What was your inspiration for the courtyard? DT: It’s European in style, with the terrace and the patio as actual outdoor rooms with places to sit and relax or dine. Shady spaces were important, and the trees surrounding us soften the sun in the evenings. We worked with a landscape architect and chose plants that thrive in our region but also fit within the framework of our design, which has formal lines but informal plantings. Over the years, I’ve learned about plants and developed an interest in gardening, and I enjoy being able to spend time working in the garden. It’s such a good feeling to see something you’ve planted come to life and thrive; there’s that maternal component in knowing you’ve provided the nurture. It’s the same good feeling as knowing you’re providing a comfortable place for your family. Design Resources Builder Gary Striegler, Fayetteville Interior design consultation Carolyn Carroll, Fayetteville Landscape architect Travis Brooks, Fayetteville Landscape installation Colonial Hills Landscaping, Fayetteville Landscape maintenance DK Design, Fayetteville Building materials National Home Center, Fayetteville Brick Boral Bricks, Lowell Drapery fabric Interior Fabrics and Design, Fayetteville Floors Wood Floor Gallery, Springdale; Ozark Patterned Concrete, Lowell Furnishings Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide Painter Robert Wilson Painting, Rogers Plumbing fixtures Ferguson, Springdale Rug Hadidi Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock Screen Fabulous Finds Antiques, Little Rock Sound and AV systems AV Design Consultants Inc., Springdale

Arched doorways alongside a Henredon cabinet in the dining room lead to the kitchen and breakfast room (facing page), which includes framed botanicals Debbie created with dried ďŹ&#x201A;ower cuttings from the garden. In the kitchen, black granite contrasts with white swivel chairs from Ballard Designs. In the adjacent den, linen covers a Swaim sectional and Cobblestone & Vine chair; the Asian screen is from Fabulous Finds.


In the master bedroom, French doors lead to the courtyard. Silk draperies and bedding and a silk brocade fabric covering an antique bench reďŹ&#x201A;ect the natural light. In the guest bedroom on the second ďŹ&#x201A;oor (facing page), a custom-mixed pale blue wall color echoes the sky. A headboard, draperies and chair slipcover custom made of crisp linen contrast with sumptuous velvet-covered antique side chairs.



In the courtyard, Charleston Gardens furnishings and a Smith & Hawken umbrella top poured and scored concrete floors from Ozark Patterned Concrete. Landscape architect Travis Brooks designed a water fountain to transition between the seating area and the dining loggia, which features a granite tabletop and chandelier from National Home Center. The garden’s green and white color palette extends to the home’s interior, where a hallway showcases Debbie’s collection of white urns and vases.




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With outdoor living season quickly approaching, At Home asked readers in an online survey to recommend their favorite landscape and pool professionals statewide. Their top picks (which included a tie, resulting in 11 pros) listed alphabetically include:

Aloha Pools & Spas, North Little Rock Botanica Gardens, Little Rock Brooks Pool Co., Little Rock DK Design, Fayetteville Elite Pools by Scott, Little Rock The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock Jeff Self Pools & Spas, Bryant Landscape Associates Inc., North Little Rock MESA Landscape Architects, Inc., Little Rock Schneider Lawn & Landscape, Little Rock Tallulah Pools, Inc., Jonesboro Cast your vote for other Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Best professionals at a special at home in arkansas promotion

2011 Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Best | Landscape & Pool Professionals THE GOOD EARTH GARDEN CENTER A full-service garden center and landscape business adds innovative products and services NAME:

The Good Earth Garden Center OWNERS: Gregg and Julie Curtis TRADEMARKS: Outstanding customer service and variety HISTORY: The Good Earth opened in 1974 in what was then the outskirts of Little Rock. The company began as a retail store and growing facility and has since developed into a full service garden center, complete with landscape design/build services, irrigation installation/service, lawn/landscape maintenance, Mosquito X systems and gift shop. ADVICE: For the best weed control, apply pre-emergent to your lawn every 60-90 days. We use social media to keep our customers informed about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new around here; check us out on Facebook and Twitter, read our blog or sign up for our email newsletter. Check them all out on our website; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free info! While you are on the website, check out our new rewards program! TRENDS FOR 2011: We are pleased to be able to offer some very new and exciting garden items to Arkansans, such as fairy gardens, terrariums, smaller contained water features and chickens. Yes, we are talkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; real chickens for your backyard! The Good Earth Garden Center #ANTRELL2OADs,ITTLE2OCKs   sWWWTHEGOODEARTHGARDENCOM

JEFF SELF POOLS & SPAS, INC. Quality and honesty deďŹ ne a family-owned pool installation company offering a wide range of services and products NAME: Jeff Self Pools & Spas, Inc. OWNER: Jeff and Deborah Self TRADEMARKS: Honesty, quality, work ethic and family values. In addition to pool installation, renovation, remodeling, replacement liners, cleaning, repairs and maintenance, Jeff Self Pools & Spas offers a showroom with supplies and accessories, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pool Schoolâ&#x20AC;? to teach homeowners how to properly use their equipment, as well as pool inspections for realtors and individuals interesting in purchasing a home with a pool. The owners are available onsite and in the showroom to assist customers. HISTORY: Jeff Self Pools & Spas, Inc. is a familyowned and operated business. Jeff Self has been building, servicing and repairing pools for more than 29 years. ADVICE: Have your pool professionally built so you can enjoy it for years to come. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just base your decision on one variable, such as price. There are numerous variables to consider. TRENDS FOR 2011: More automation means less time spent on cleaning and maintenance. Also, pool remodeling such as liner, deck, automation, lighting and other upgrades allow homeowners to fully enjoy the backyard experience. *EFF3ELF0OOLS3PAS )NC )NTERSTATE 3UITEs"RYANTs   sWWWJEFFSELFPOOLSANDSPASCOM 63

2011 Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Best | Landscape & Pool Professionals DK DESIGN Stylish, sophisticated and liveable outdoor rooms are a speciality for this diverse exterior designer NAME: DK Design OWNER: Daniel Keeley TRADEMARKS: Creating outdoor spaces that rival their interior counterparts in terms of sophistication, style and livability. HISTORY: DK Design was founded by exterior designer and Little Rock native Daniel Keeley, who has been creating ďŹ ne gardens and outdoor living spaces for well over a decade. Now based in Northwest Arkansas, DK Design works with both residential and commercial clients on a wide variety of projects throughout the state and beyond. ADVICE: Do not underestimate how luxurious and enjoyable a properly-designed outdoor living space can be. Forgo the cheap and the instantly gratifying for high quality design and products, and you will be much happier (and more wisely invested) in your outdoor spaces! TRENDS FOR 2011: A continued increase in demand for wonderful outdoor living spaces, outdoor furniture that looks and feels more and more like indoor furniture, exciting color combinations, a wider range of outdoor fabrics and a demand for quality over quantity.



Innovative design tools allow this well-known company to take pools to the next level NAME: Tallulah Pools, Inc. OWNER: Nick Ellis TRADEMARKS: Our

unique backyard design process uses the latest in virtual CAD drawing software to create water shapes and effects for homeowners and architects. We are committed to higher standards in the building processâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;continued education is of the utmost importance, and we have clocked hundreds of hours at advanced industry events and schools nationwide and abroad. Owner Nick Ellis is northeast Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only CertiďŹ ed Advanced Building Professional recognized by the National Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. His building background, continued education and specialized licenses and certiďŹ cations allow us to continue to offer services clients expect. HISTORY: As a licensed home contractor, our company purchased Classic Pools in 2003, and last year we changed our name to Tallulah Pools, Inc. of Jonesboro. TRENDS FOR 2011: Tallulah installs tens of thousands of square feet of natural stone patios and pool decks each year. Beautiful new options include natural limestone with a bamboo ďŹ nish, travertine with silver leaf, and various Italian tiles and cobblestones. Also, perimeter over-ďŹ&#x201A;ow and vanishing edge pools offer a clean, contemporary look that is very popular. Pool equipment can now be accessed remotely using an iPhone, allowing you to disable or start your pump and motor, pool vacuum or spa from afar. Tallulah Pools, Inc. 3TADIUM"OULEVARDs*ONESBOROs   sWWWTALLULAHPOOLSINCCOM 64

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2011 Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Best | Landscape & Pool Professionals ALOHA POOLS & SPAS An emphasis on quality, service and innovation sets the experienced pros at Aloha Pools apart NAME: Aloha Pools & Spas OWNER: Don Young TRADEMARKS: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re known for exceptional customer service and service after the sale, depth of experience, and high-quality products. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also innovative: Our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smart Poolâ&#x20AC;? is the lowest maintenance pool available, completely automated for cleaning and circulation. HISTORY: We have been serving Arkansans for more than 28 years, accumulating numerous national design awards along the way. In addition to designing, building and servicing high-quality, low-maintenance pools at an incredibly low price, we also have a full service line of retail products that includes hot tubs, saunas and more. ADVICE: Remember the following, each of which sets us apart: 1) proper circulation throughout the entire pool, including the corners, 2) automated pool cleaning systems 3) and salt systems to regulate water chemistry. Depending on your yard, where your home is located and what look youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going for, custom shaped pools can add appeal. TRENDS FOR 2011: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been installing more salt-water pools, which replace chlorine pools with a low level of salt, creating a low-maintenance, user-friendly pool that regulates its own water chemistry. Because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to replace chlorine, it pays for itself within four years. !LOHA0OOLS3PAS (ILLARD2OADs.ORTH,ITTLE2OCKs   0//,s  sWWWALOHAPOOLSCOM

ELITE POOLS BY SCOTT Pools go from play places to exotic escapes with the help of a seasoned professional NAME: Elite Pools by Scott OWNER: Scott Girner HISTORY: I started and owned Aloha Pools & Spas for 30 years. Now with Elite Pools, I am continuing to pursue my passion of designing and creating one-of-a-kind backyard aquatic environments. We design and create unique aquatic architecture. ADVICE: Consider seeking a unique, one-of-a-kind pool, spa or backyard living spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not something to add to the house but a change in lifestyle for the entire family. TRENDS FOR 2011: People are realizing that there is a better way to keep the family together than packing up for the journey to the lake every weekend. Our backyard environments encompass everything you could experience during a vacation at a ďŹ ne resort- and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just 10 paces away. More than just diving, slides & fountains for toddlers, we specialize in exotic features such as tanning ledges, a must for mom to set her lounge chair in 6â&#x20AC;? of water and catch up on that reading. Spill over spas make your backyard a year-round gathering space. Complete outdoor kitchens and even swim-up bars will keep you in the backyard all day long. In the evenings, remote controlled ďŹ re bowls and multi-colored lights create the â&#x20AC;&#x153;wow factorâ&#x20AC;?. Fountains for that soothing sound, vanishing edges for dazzling your guests, all designed digitally to offer a virtual tour even before the ďŹ rst shovel shows up. %LITE0OOLSBY3COTTs3OLOGNE#IRCLEs,ITTLE2OCKs   sWWWELITEPOOLSBYSCOTTCOM 65

2011 Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Best | Landscape & Pool Professionals BROOKS POOL CO., INC. Three generations of experienced pros give this family-owned business a competitive edge NAME: Brooks Pool Co., Inc. OWNER: Clyde Brooks and Clayton Brooks TRADEMARKS: We approach each project with professionalism and personal attention, delivering well-researched estimates and not under-bidding on a project just to get the job. Our experience, attention to detail and commitment to quality result in client satisfaction and referrals, and our support continues as long as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed. HISTORY: With 42 years of experience and the dedication of three generations, Brooks Pool Company generates superior results. This tradition began in 1969 when John Brooks founded the company. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Clyde, became president in 1993, and Clydeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Clayton, is now vice president and construction manager. ADVICE: ConďŹ rm the experience and reputation of builders, and make certain you receive comparable bids that list speciďŹ c materials and equipment. Pump and ďŹ lter types, pipe size, hydraulic design, and many other factors inďŹ&#x201A;uence the ability of a pool to operate efďŹ ciently and effectively. As John Brooks always says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sweet taste of a cheap price never outlasts the bitterness of poor quality.â&#x20AC;? TRENDS FOR 2011: Going green, including the use of variable speed pumps. Incorporating automated control systems is also popular, giving pool owners the ability to control virtually every feature of their outdoor living area. "ROOKS0OOL#O )NCs0/"OXs,ITTLE2OCKs   sWWWBROOKSPOOLSCOM

BOTANICA GARDENS A veteran garden and home personality translates his happy outlook into designs that are creative and original NAME: Botanica Gardens OWNER: Chris Olsen TRADEMARKS: We are known for our use of color, and for pushing our designs to the edge, in the sense that we are always creative and original. We try to out-do ourselves with every project. Because none of our yards have the same look, you can be assured that we will make your home stand out in your neighborhood. HISTORY: I opened Botanica in 2005, after having been in the business since 1992. I now work closely with clients, and am building a national presence. My new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Seasons,â&#x20AC;? contains affordable tips for making your home beautiful, inside and out, throughout the four seasons and into the holidays. ADVICE: The key is to not be afraid to ask for professional advice. Cut out images from magazines and compile inspiration from many sources, set a realistic budget, and then shop around for a designer to ensure you ďŹ nd the right ďŹ t. TRENDS FOR 2011: A cleaner look with brighter colors, an example being cushions in vivid hues rather than the brown stand-by. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing more collectibles as well, not matched but the mixed elements. Also, symmetry is being replaced with an emphasis on balance. So instead of two big pots ďŹ&#x201A;anking a door, try balancing a large pot on one side with two mid-sized pots on the other. "OTANICA'ARDENS 2EBSAMEN0ARK2OADs,ITTLE2OCKs   sWWWBOTANICAGARDENSCOM


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2011 Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Best | Landscape & Pool Professionals ANTIQUE BRICK OUTDOORS A renowned brick, stone and masonry supply company expands its services to include luxury outdoor living NAME: Antique Brick Outdoors OWNER: Dave Garner TRADEMARKS: At Antique Brick Outdoors, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd everything from ďŹ replaces and barbecue equipment to outdoor patio furniture and accessories. An interior designer on staff and others are available to assist you from your projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start to ďŹ nish, to achieve a result that is incomparable in its design, quality and comfort. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building an outdoor kitchen or a new patio, renovating an existing one, or just need professional assistance in selecting furniture and fabric for your outdoor space, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to look any further than the skilled experts at Antique Brick Outdoors. HISTORY: For 30 years, Antique Brick & Block, a family-owned and operated business, has been one of the leading brick, stone and masonry supply companies in the state. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recently expanded our repertoire to include Antique Brick Outdoors, and are now your premier source for outdoor luxury living as well. ADVICE: To expand your living area, ďŹ ll your outdoor space with comfortable, quality furniture. Begin with a seating arrangement in a style that reďŹ&#x201A;ects your taste and then add a dining table and chairs to accommodate family and dinner guests, or add a ďŹ re pit. Then choose the accessories: colorful pillows for your sofa and chairs, and an umbrella to keep the area shaded. Antique Brick Outdoors %ASTTH3TREETs,ITTLE2OCKs   sWWWANTIQUEBRICKOUTDOORSCOM


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When winter gives way to sunny days, updates are in order, whether refreshing the garden or your spring wardrobe. We show you what to wear this season, and how to put it to good use with a trip to interior designer Beth Davis’ Searcy. Floral felt scarf by The Red Sari and flower clip. Box Turtle, Little Rock; Correspondence cards. Beth Davis Interiors, Searcy; St. Tropez basket. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock; Coin purse. Anthropologie, Little Rock 69


Say hello to spring in outfits with pretty prints and cheery colors Flower Girl

BRACELETS Blackbird, Searcy

CROCHET VEST Mystree. Blackbird, Searcy

PEWTER FLATS Tory Burch. Barbara/Jean Ltd., Little Rock

BLOUSE Kensie. Blackbird, Searcy

LIP GLOSS Endless Kiss by Smashbox. Sephora, locations statewide

DRESS Kate Spade. Feinstein’s, Little Rock

CLUTCH Sondra Roberts. Feinstein’s, Little Rock

JEWELRY Deborah Grivas Designs. Feinstein’s, Little Rock

NAIL POLISH Violet Diva by Estée Lauder. Dillard’s, locations statewide

PANTS Free People. Blackbird, Searcy

NAIL POLISH Foot Loose by Essie. Glo Limited, Fayetteville, Little Rock


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BEAUTY KIT Tibi by Bobbi Brown. Dillard’s, locations statewide

KITTEN HEELS Salvatore Ferragamo. Barbara/Jean Ltd., Little Rock

LIP GLOSS Bobbi Brown. Dillard’s, locations statewide


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Radiant in Ruffles

SUNGLASSES Gucci. B. Barnett, Little Rock

PRINT CAMISOLE AND PLEATED SKIRT Marc Jacobs. B. Barnett, Little Rock

JACKET The Real Truth. Kristin Chase, Little Rock GOLD HOOPS Stephanie Ann. Kristin Chase, Little Rock

SEQUIN COLLAR CARDIGAN Marc Jacobs. B. Barnett, Little Rock

STRAPPY HEELS Jessica Bennett. B. Barnett, Little Rock

RUFFLE CAMISOLE 525 America. Kristin Chase, Little Rock

JEANS CJ by Cookie Johnson. Kristin Chase, Little Rock

BRACELET Coralia Leets. Kristin Chase, Little Rock

CLUTCH Chan Luu. B. Barnett, Little Rock SOLID PERFUME Tokyo Milk in Scarlett. Box Turtle, Little Rock HANDBAG JPK. Kristin Chase, Little Rock

BLUSH Creamy Duo by Smashbox. Sephora, locations statewide

NAIL POLISH Frozen Fantasy by Estée Lauder. Dillard’s, locations statewide

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Interior Designer Beth Davis


SEARCY SAVVY By Paulette Pearson

This month, At Home in Arkansas visits Searcy, where local interior designer Beth Davis gave us a grand tour of her charming hometown and her go-to spots for dining, shopping and more. Beth Davis Interiors

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Check in at HERITAGE INN (907 E. Market Ave., 501-279-4700, On the campus of Davis’ alma mater, Harding University, it’s a tastefully furnished home base for tourist, conference and University guests who have included Barbara Bush and Steve Forbes. “The beautiful lobby features marble and a curved double staircase,” adds Davis, who often attends events there as well. First on the shopping agenda is BETH DAVIS INTERIORS (3532 E. Race Ave., 877-699-4693,, which is home to her renowned interior design firm and 1,700-squarefoot retail space. “Everybody can afford to walk in and buy something,” Davis points out. “We stock everything from sofas and lamps to small gifts.” The quality and plethora of styles in the store are indicative of Davis’ range of design services. The mother of three grown girls—Ellen, Emily and Erin—takes on projects of every size, and frequently opens up her beautiful retail space for charity and other events. At THE BOUTIQUE (112 N. Spring St., 501-268-3434), you’ll marvel at Marianne Jones’ wide selection of gifts and home décor, including Company C. The high tin ceilings conjure up visions of yesteryear, not surprising considering Jones, through the Main Street Project, is an outspoken advocate of preserving and refurbishing the downtown area. The designer also provides floral services for events at nearby ROBBINS SANFORD GRAND HALL (118 N. Spring St., 501-207-1864). Time for lunch! MIDNIGHT OIL (801 E. Race Ave., 501-2689014) is anything but the inconspicuous coffee shop it appears to be. Sure, you’ll find inspired art exhibitions, delectable homemade fare (we oohed and aahed over the soup, sandwiches and brownies) and the enticing aroma of fine coffee, thanks to managers Lynn and Isaac Bruning. But, owned by Kibo Group International (, it’s also a local base for Kibo’s African Development Projects, which are helping people in need around the world. 73

SEARCY ART GALLERY (300 E. Race Ave., 501-2791094) is special, Davis says, “because not many towns our size have art galleries.” The volunteerdriven gallery is located in the historic 1850s Black House, a Searcy landmark. Shows highlighting local woodworking, photography, quilting and more, rotate out every three months. Another option is STEVENS ART GALLERY (900 E. Center Ave., 501-279-4000); located across from Heritage Inn, it’s “a great place to buy original art from students at great prices and to find artists to create original work for you,” Davis says.

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TARA & CO. FINE DIAMONDS (1545 E. Race Ave., 501-268-4684, comes highly recommended by Davis, who recently entrusted the jewelers with the redesign of her wedding ring. “They are very sweet and down-to-earth,” Davis says. The well-established, family-owned business employs a skilled artist to help create custom jewelry, and handselects diamonds in Antwerp, Austria, exclusively for clients. Pandora is just one of the many available lines. DAVIS ALSO RECOMMENDS: DINING

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BRICK OVEN PIZZA CO. (1400 W. Beebe Capps Expy., 501-268-3399) serves specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Known for complimentary homemade cookies, THE COOKIE BASKET (106 E. Market Ave., 501-279-2888) is ideal for ladies who lunch. DOC’S GRILL AND STEAKHOUSE (1301 E. Beebe Capps Expy., 501-268-3627), open for lunch and dinner, serves pasta, steaks and seafood. FROZEN DELIGHT (2030 Benton St., 501-268-4732), “a Searcy staple since at least the 1950s,” Davis says, is known for its hamburgers and specialty shakes.


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Davis frequents THACKERLAND FLEA MARKET (666 Hwy. 367 N., 501-729-3063) in nearby Judsonia, where she often picks up “little silver-plated dessert forks to use for entertaining,” she says. “They’re $2 each and clean up beautifully!” Davis also suggests HABITAT RESTORE (210 W. Mulberry Ave., 501-278-5530), which sells used and surplus building materials at a fraction of retail prices, and where Davis sends many of her own slightly damaged items.

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Let KEY LIME COTTAGE (405 N. Walnut St., 501-278-5463), a bakery in a quaint white house with lime-green trim, satisfy your sweet tooth with cake and other desserts. PASTA GRILL (2841 E. Race Ave., 501-268-8880, www. offers Italian food in a nice atmosphere. SHOPPING The designer shops at BLACKBIRD (1625 E. Beebe Capps Expy., 501-268-3111), which impressed us with its friendly staff and well-edited selection of clothing and jewelry, as well as SALON BLISS (2303 W. Beebe Capps Expy., 501279-2544). Pampering yourself just became easier as well, thanks to At Home favorite COSMETIC STUDIO (1623 E. Beebe Capps Expy., 501-279-2526), which is a must for exclusive brand-name cosmetics, fragrance and more. Davis advises anyone looking for fabrics, ready-made and custom draperies, custom aprons, pillows, table skirts and more, to check out SEARCY DESIGN CENTER (1612 W. Beebe Capps Expy., 501-268-2311, CALVIN MITCHELL LEATHER SHOP (814 S. Remington St., 501-268-6854) specializes in leather gifts and embossing with logos, names and initials. True to the motto, “You name it, we frame it!” POLLARD STUDIO FINE ART & FRAMING (1213 E. Race Ave., 501-2785547) is where Davis turns for all her framing.

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CRAFTON’S FURNITURE & APPLIANCE (215 W. Race Ave. or 620 W. Main St., 501-268-8618, encourages you to shop smart and buy local. Be sure to peruse this local favorite for inspiration for your next home design project. While you’re in town, take advantage of the complimentary design services at SOWELL’S FURNITURE (207 W. Arch Ave., 501-268-8100, www.sowellsfurniture. com). The staff will guide you through the process of choosing the right furnishings, accessories and window treatments for your project, and even make a nifty “shopping list” of items you’ll need. Randy Allred with THIRD GENERATION INDUSTRIES (113 E. Center Ave., 501-827-2336) specializes in innovative quartz and granite countertop solutions; we never miss an opportunity to visit his showroom to see the latest materials. Flooring contributes to the overall look of your home. WHITE RIVER FLOORING (800 S. Main St., 501-268-5370, encompasses 3,400 square feet of products and offers installation as well. Stop in and have a look at options in SmartStrand carpet, concrete stains, laminate, beautiful hardwood, and much more. Sowell’s Furniture


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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING 1. THE HOUSE SPECIAL INTERIORS These Company C outdoor rugs are like a ray of design sunshine. Left to right: Trees Key Lime, Trees Driftwood, Mosaic Lagoon and Patio Key Lime. Available in 17 colorful patterns, starting at $48. Available at The House Special Interiors, Fayetteville. (479) 527-6464 2. THE BOUTIQUE An outdoor party deserves a Napa FireLite, a ceramic work of art that adds ambience and can ward off insects. Small and large sizes available. Eco Gel fuel sold separately. Available at The Boutique, Searcy. (501) 268-3434 3. FOUNTAINS, POTS, PLANTS & MORE Set a festive scene with decorative pots in a variety of styles and colors from Jackson Pottery Inc. Available at Fountains, Pots, Plants & More, Conway. (501) 339-5000





4. FIFTH SEASON Where most of us love to garden the most â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the kitchen! This cute fork and shovel salad serving set by Vagabond House is just the thing for spring. Made of pewter and makah wood. $95. Through special order at Fifth Season, Little Rock. (501) 225-0544

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At Home with Adrienne Taylor OCCUPATION: Landscape designer and contractor. My husband, Brad, and I have owned our business, Nature Company, for 27 years. BEST KNOWN FOR: Residential landscapes. I’m not known for one style, because I suit the style to the client; I consider listening to them— learning what they want and how they want to enjoy their yard—the most important element of my job. But in my own garden, I’m known for a bit of controlled chaos: a garden with good bones and a softness that plays off the structure. LIVES IN: West Little Rock, in a contemporary home that we renovated and moved into last summer. We’re still growing into and learning this house. MY FAVORITE PART OF MY HOUSE IS: By the fireplace, which is in the open living and kitchen area we created during the renovation. When our daughter Kate and son Hayes are home, it’s a wonderful place for all of us to hang out. And our dogs, Amos and Tucker, curl up next to the fireplace with me and instantly fall asleep.

I’M MOST AT HOME: In our new bedroom, which has lots of glass with three big windows overlooking our wooded backyard. Our bed is situated with a view of the woods, and it’s pretty wonderful.

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