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AT HOME STYLE 12 Stylish Finds Paper goods for the holidays and beyond 14 Design News What’s new and notable in The Natural State 17 Collections A Vintage Christmas: Jewels and fashionable finds 20 In the Kitchen Festive Fare: A designer’s cottage kitchen in Fayetteville

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Holiday decorating ideas and project tips are just a click away. Decking the halls has never been easier, thanks to inspiring ideas we’ll be posting on our blog as we count down to the holidays. Designers and bloggers from around the state, as well as notable tastemakers, have compiled their favorite projects and decor suggestions, and they’re available to you all month long at blog.athomearkansas.com. We wish you a season full of the joys of home and family, and the happiest of holidays.

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The City Sage blogging extraordinaire hand selects a series of warm and cozy interiors

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The blogging force behind Design Love Fest pays tribute to the holidays with a colorful collage

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Arkansas’ Live the Home Life blogger shows us a holiday before-and-after

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A pair of Arkansas designers bring the outdoors in with natural décor

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This posh Plush Palate blogger shares her favorite interiors with a festive touch

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The design expert’s entertaining tips from his visit to the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion

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Partners in Fayetteville’s Mae’s Emporium use vintage finds for festive looks

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The Arkansas mom behind Kelly’s Korner shows us cute kids’ clothes for winter

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She helms Knight Moves blog, and stops by with holiday accessorizing tips

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The interior designer and Pure Style blogger helps update your home with the latest styles

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The Forget Me Knot Weddings blogger creates a holiday inspiration board around a tablescape

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The blogger, designer and owner of Little Rock’s Providence Ltd. dishes on her Sunday Suppers

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Gather seasonal décor ideas statewide EUREKA SPRINGS Christmas Tour of Homes Tour Victorian homes decked for the holidays Saturday, December 4 www.eurekaspringspreservationsociety.org

WORLDLY WONDERS International Interior Design brings intriguing new decor to Little Rock

At the recently opened retail shop International Interior Design in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood, handmade Persian rugs mingle with Murano glass lighting, Oriental hand-painted porcelain and other worldly finds. Designer Mehreen Atiq mixes goods she’s specially selected from travels around the world and blends styles ranging from antique to contemporary. Furnishings, rugs, decorative accessories, gifts and more are available, as well as design services. The global goods help good causes as well: two percent of all sales are donated to charity. 1823 N. Grant St., (501) 663-3607, www.iidar.com

LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Open House Free holiday tour with refreshments Sunday, December 5 2 to 4 p.m. (501) 324-9805 to reserve your spot or email tiffany.dabbs@governor.arkansas.gov

Wildwood Park for the Arts Holiday Tour of Homes Exclusive evening tour of two homes with cocktails and entertainment Friday, December 10, 7 to 9 p.m. Tour five of Little Rock’s finest homes Saturday, December 11 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.wildwoodpark.org

The Shade Above Lighting Collection opens a new Little Rock store The Searcy-based business The Shade Above has opened a 1,750-square-foot retail location in Little Rock, now offering lamps and shades in stock as well as the custom-made styles for which it’s known. Owners Robin and Scott Morris, who trained with Little Rock designer Keith James and have been in the custom lamp business for more than 15 years, have outfitted the shop as a one-stop destination for lighting needs, carrying light bulbs, lighting accessories, and even antique tables to accommodate lamps. Repairs and in-home appointments are available as well. Next up for the lighting experts? Custom-made, hand-carved wood lamps, soon to be showcased in the store. 2208 Cantrell Rd., (501) 374-3555, www.theshadeabove.com

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS Winter Dreams Tour of Homes Tour eight homes in Benton and Washington County, sponsored by the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas Sunday, December 5 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.juniorleaguenwa.org

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Vintage Advice Tips from Jessica Graham of Mae’s Emporium: tSet a low tablescape featuring lots of glass, china and plenty of shimmer—I love to add glitter too. And use things you can display after the holidays to remind you of your dinner party throughout the year. t*mMMhurricane globes with my vintage ornaments yearround—there’s just something so pretty about the soft colors of old ornaments. t5IFNPTUFDPOPNJDBMXBZUPCVZvintage Christmas decorations is to purchase a group and ask for a price break. Otherwise, the prices can become astronomical. t6TJOHBWJOUBHFCSPPDIUPFNCFMMJTIwrapping paper can make a $2 gift look like it cost ten times more, and there’s so much broken jewelry out there you can use that needs a home.  t"vintage hatUVSOFEVQTJEFEPXOBOEmMMFEXJUI ornaments is a great way to add an extra punch of color or texture. I also like to insert hatpins into low floral arrangements for a creative centerpiece.


To Jessica Graham, owner of Mae’s Emporium in Fayetteville, vintage jewelry doesn’t belong stuck away in a box. When not being worn, and especially during the holidays, it should also become a focal point of your decor. Graham, with the help of business partners Lynlee Critz and Emily Digby, even uses it to trim her store, hoping to encourage customers to rethink the role of vintage jewelry within their homes. “Creating visuals is one of the things we like best,â€? she says. “We change our store window depending on fashion trends and seasons, and we always decorate for Christmas.â€? Graham has built her collection over the course of a decade. She gathers pieces based in part on notes she keeps in a “little black book,â€? for clients who may be looking for a locket with their initials, or brides seeking special earrings for bridesmaid gifts. Otherwise, what she brings back to Mae’s depends on her discerning taste, and the invaluable knowledge she has gathered from experts while buying in California, New York, and the 28 ea markets she frequents across Arkansas. Graham prefers jewelry made during the 1930s, when “they used a lot of brass and poured glass, intricate carvings and hand-wiring,â€? she says. Though rhinestones come in every shade of the rainbow, she opts solely for clear because “it’s classy and pretty,â€? she notes. Her collection includes designs from names like Kramer, Weiss—whose brooches “had some ash to them,â€? she says—as well as Eisenberg, which produced some of the most renowned rhinestone jewels of the mid-1900s. When on the hunt for vintage ďŹ nds, Graham chooses rhinestone jewelry that has foil backing adhered to the stone because it seems to most resemble diamonds and has the “best sparkle,â€? she says. Graham also checks that the clasps are in working order and searches for signs of corrosion. And she’s learned when to let things go. Once a rhinestone piece has been exposed to moisture and gets cloudy, she notes that it’s very difďŹ cult to reverse that process. Graham began decorating with vintage items within her own home to ďŹ ll a void. “When I married,â€? she remembers, “I didn’t have the sense to register for things I could use to host a nice dinner party.â€? But rather than purchase new, she became creative. One of her ďŹ rst projects was turning a pair of earrings upside down to use as place card holders. Since then, one idea led to another, and she’s also acquired vintage glass ornaments, ideal on a tree or in vintage hats as centerpieces. “There’s an air of romance to it,â€? she says, “of wondering who in the past wore it, who gave it to them.â€?

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A Fayetteville designer uses bright colors and sparkling accessories to outfit her cottage-style kitchen in the shades of the season

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“Cottage style translates as cozy to me,” says designer Cynthia Smiley, who used painted cabinetry, wood floors and beadboard accents to add time-tested charm to the kitchen in the newly built Fayetteville home she shares with her husband, Dennis, and their two children. Abundant windows keep the room bright, complemented by white walls accented with clear glass tile and dark granite counters that create “a simple palette that bounces light around the room,” says Smiley. An additional benefit of this straightforward color pairing: “I can add any accent color, and it looks great,” she says. “It’s a wonderful backdrop, especially during the holidays.”

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From Everyday to Holiday: Designer Cynthia Smiley’s tips for a party-ready kitchen WORK WITH YOUR COLOR PALETTE Smiley chose a neutral palette of white, cream and pale blue as the basis for the kitchen: Sherwin-Williams’ Blue Hubbard, Calla and Midday. Then, she layered on multi-colored accents. “The green chairs at the breakfast table and the lamps flanking the sink are here year-round,” says Smiley. “From that base, I add red for the holidays, and from year to year I can change the shades or tones.”

EMPHASIZE GATHERING PLACES A large island that accommodates bar stools on two sides and features a walnut countertop, handmade from vintage wood by Smiley’s father, is a favorite spot for informal meals. In an adjacent window alcove, built-in benches and a breakfast table create an additional eating area. Mindful of the adage that guests always congregate in the kitchen, Smiley has plenty of places to seat them.

REPURPOSE AND REUSE Smiley invested in some holiday décor staples, such as silk ribbons, wreaths and a few seasonal pillows, which she stores and uses every year. The remainder of her décor comes from everyday items that she gives a festive twist—patterned red and green pillows are added to the seasonal ones, serving bowls hold clovestudded oranges and other colorful fruit, and glass canisters in various sizes and shapes are filled with candies and treats, becoming a focal point on the island. “Sparkling glass and shiny ornaments are always a part of my holiday decorations,” she adds. Design Resources Builder McMahon Brothers Construction, Fayetteville Interior design Cynthia Smiley, Fayetteville Appliances Metro Appliances & More, locations statewide Backsplash, counters New Century Counter Tops & Tile, Springdale Cabinets Collins Custom Cabinets, Lowell Chairs, cabinet hardware Lighting Emporium, Springdale Floor Wood Floor Gallery, Springdale Island NWA Restaurant & Kitchen Supply, Springdale Ottoman I.O. Metro, locations statewide Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide Plumbing fixtures Ferguson Enterprises, Springdale Shades Rogers Blind Company, Rogers


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project #1 “Nothing speaks to the holiday season quite like the fragrance and beauty of fresh greenery,” says renowned garden and lifestyle designer P. Allen Smith, who fills his Garden Home Retreat near Little Rock with Noble fir wreaths and boughs from his signature holiday collection, available online and at garden stores around the state. Using ribbon, ornaments and other natural elements, Smith personalizes the décor to fit his home, and offers tips to help you do the same.

WELCOMING WREATHS 1. Begin with three 18-inch wreaths, a thumbtack, floral wire and desired embellishments: here, brown velvet ribbon with a wire edge, silver ball ornaments, brown bells and white decorative snowflakes were used (all available at craft stores). 2. Insert the thumbtack in the center of the top of your front door, and secure floral wire around the thumbtack and down to where you want to position the first wreath, looping the wire over the top portion of the wreath and securing in back (ribbon will eventually cover the wire). 3. Loop the wire around the bottom half of the wreath and run it from the back of the wreath down to the back of the next wreath, looping it around the top of the second wreath and securing it in back. Repeat the process to hang to the third wreath. 4. Once wires are secured, repeat the process with ribbon to hide all the wires. 5. Add ribbon in the four quadrants of each wreath: take an eight-inch length of ribbon, crimp it in the center and add wire, connect it to the wreath, and then cut the ends to create a ribbon tail. 6. Top with your desired embellishments, either wired or simply placed securely into the wreaths. 24

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KITCHEN CRAFTS COUTERTOP TOPIARIES 1. Begin with euonymus or rosemary topiaries in plastic containers, glass cube vases, sheet moss and multiple sizes of limes. 2. Place the topiaries in the glass cubes and surround the plastic container with enough sheet moss to hide it. 3. Top with limes in a variety of sizes. Key limes are useful for filling in gaps between larger limes.

WINDOW WREATHS 1. Begin with a trio of snowflake-shaped wreaths, a hot glue gun and embellishments; here, cardboard gingerbread men, trees and stars, white and silver decorative snowflakes, and silver ball ornaments were used. 2. Place the wreaths on a work surface and hot glue the embellishments directly to the greenery. 3. Hang the wreaths and insert snowflakes or other items to achieve the desired look. Holiday cookieinspired décor was used here; cookie cutters tied on with ribbon or raffia, or holiday candies adhered with hot glue, are other kitchen-appropriate favorites. 26

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GARDEN HOME-STYLE GIFT 1. Begin with a potted orchid from a garden center (this one is from the “Just Add Ice” P. Allen Smith Collection sold at Sam’s Club stores statewide), floral wire, a gift tag, a medium point-marker and desired embellishments; here, chartreuse ribbon, silver ball ornaments with wires attached, a silver snowflake and a cinnamon stick were used (all available at craft stores). 2. Take an 18-inch length of ribbon, create two loops and attach a wire in the center to hold the loops in place. Cut ribbon tails and insert the wired ribbon into the pot. 3. Place the snowflake securely between the ribbon and the orchid. 4. Write the recipient’s name on the gift tag with the marker. Insert the wires of the silver ball ornaments through the hole on the gift tag and place the two elements into the pot. 5. Top with a cinnamon stick.

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DINING DÉCOR 1. Begin with a centerpiece of fir boughs, floral wire and embellishments; here, chartreuse ribbon, white and silver decorative snowflakes, silver ball ornaments and cinnamon sticks were used (all available at craft stores). 2. Create single-loop ribbons by taking a 14-inch length of ribbon, forming a loop, securing the loop with floral wire and cutting the two tails. Insert the wired ribbon into the centerpiece, following the direction of the greenery. 3. Insert embellishments into the centerpiece as desired; here, cinnamon sticks were used as a mild fragrance to complement the dinner table setting.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST Home entertainment experts statewide choose the top products to give and receive this season

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“We developed the Remote Home Management iPad app to offer complete control of every connected electronic system in your home; it features dragand-drop functionality on a floor plan-based interface.” Shaun Carver, Digital Entertainment Systems, Rogers

“The Sonos Wireless Multi-Room Music System allows you to stream music, whether media-based or stored on your computer, wirelessly from room to room, making it ideal for outdoor entertaining.” Chip DeBoard, DeBoard Electronics, Conway

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From decking the halls to trimming the tree and setting the table, three classic homes show what traditional Southern style means for the holidays.


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Forest-inspired dĂŠcor greets guests to the Georgian-style residence of outdoorsman Witt Stephens Jr., his wife, Carol, and their family. Designers Gail Connor and Johanna Oswald of The Accessory in Little Rock created the garland and wreaths using pine, cedar, magnolia and holly branches, with sugar pine cones, rustic antlers and pheasant feathers woven in for a country manor appearance.

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“We always work with the colors of the house—cream, gold and dark red—and then bring in natural elements.”

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Connor and Oswald decked the living room mantle and the foyer staircase with garlands of greenery, magnolia and holly branches, plus long-needle pine and cedar clippings. For a more formal look in the living room, they added burgundy ornaments and wove a sheer metallic ribbon through the garland. In the foyer, they spiraled the garland around the staircase banister and used holly berries for additional color. Facing page: The living room features an original Alexandra Nechita painting anked by Sienna marble and bronze urns and gilt wood columns; a pair of slipper chairs and a sofa are upholstered in Beacon Hill fabrics; walls in both the foyer and the living room are covered in Pittsburgh Paints’ Poplar.

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At Home in Arkansas: You’ve worked with Witt Stephens Jr. and his wife, Carol, since they moved into this house in mid-town Little Rock a decade ago. How would you describe the home’s style?

Designer Bill Beringer: It’s a Southern house, with elements typical of Georgian style, including a brick exterior and symmetries in the design as well as in the floor plan, like a central foyer with the living room on the right and the dining room on the left. Our goal has been to keep it elegant yet comfortable for a family. AHIA: In what ways have you blended those concepts? BB: We remodeled a few rooms to fit their family and the way they live better, making the house more functional. The dining room, for one, was very small and ended up being used as a hallway to the family room and kitchen. We enlarged it to accommodate entertaining, and in doing so we allowed room for a walkway, so you pass through the dining room and can enjoy that space daily. We kept the living and dining rooms elegant and geared toward entertaining, but not so formal that their family doesn’t feel comfortable sitting on the sofa. They have two children and none of the spaces are so precious as to be off limits. Warm colors on the walls, thick rugs and printed fabric draperies bring the formality down a notch. AHIA: The dining room seems to be an ideal spot for a dinner party. BB: They can seat up to 16 guests at the main table, and they often host parties that size for a group of close-knit friends. To make the room more intimate, we upholstered the walls, which is great for absorbing sound. We paired an antique French dining table with custom-made chairs— antique chairs are often too small to truly be comfortable, so we based these on a Louis XVI-style dining chair and then we adjusted their size. Family pieces, including the mirror and rug, are mixed in as well. Even though it’s a big dining room, it’s still intimate. Between the colors, the upholstered walls, the richness of all the wood and the deep, warm color of the mahogany, plus the lighting, the space just glows at night. AHIA: How do you typically set the table for holiday dinners? BB: Carol loves to set it differently each time, mixing new and vintage china, incorporating a variety of styles. And I like to bring out all the crystal and silver; the more sparkle 38

the better for a special holiday. In general, our goal is for the table to look great and have impact when you walk in the room, yet not be overwhelming or distracting when you’re seated and trying to converse. AHIA: Does the holiday décor vary from year to year or do they have tried-and-true traditions? BB: Carol has collected the basis of the decorations for years, ornaments and garlands and such, and then we work with the designers from The Accessory to mix things up and make it a bit different every year, which is fun for entertaining. We always work with the colors of the house— cream, gold and dark red—and then bring in natural elements. The Stephenses are avid outdoorspeople, and their home and décor portray that lifestyle. AHIA: The décor has great driveup appeal, with the reindeer and garlands on the front porch, and the looks seems to flow right inside. BB: For the decorations to feel like part of your house, they need to not only complement your rooms but also carry through from the front door to the foyer, the staircase, the tree, the mantle and so forth. We consider the front of the house the initial statement, and the look flows from there. Not that each element has to be exactly the same, but your colors and style should carry over. Typically, the outdoor décor has more natural items worked in, and the look evolves based on the room. The overall feel here is warm, traditional, natural yet elegant, and that’s a good fit for this house and their family.

Design Resources Interior design Bill Beringer, Keith James, Little Rock Holiday décor The Accessory, Little Rock Floral design Tipton Hurst, Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock Furnishings Bonnie Blackmon Antiques, Dauphine, Trianon Antiques, Little Rock Paint Pittsburgh Paints, locations statewide


The living room Christmas tree features burgundy-colored ornaments to complement the neutral tones of the room and the Scalamandre fabric draperies. Facing page: Arden Stephens and her brother, Witt, check out the gifts underneath.

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A 19th-century Baccarat chandelier with bronze dorĂŠ creates a focal point in the living room, along with a Louis XVI dining table and sideboard. The draperies and upholstered walls feature Scalamandre fabrics. A Venetian mirror and Tabriz rug are family heirlooms; custom lamps are made from bronze and dorĂŠ candelabras. The china is Westchester by Lenox, mixed with vintage bowls and saucers. Flowers by Tipton Hurst.

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In Little Rock, two designers join forces to create an elegant holiday home with an icy color palette and lush greenery Interview: Paulette Pearson Styling: Mandy Keener Photography: Rett Peek

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Designers Christopher Todd and Daniel Keeley transformed Jan Bolton’s Little Rock home into a winter wonderland, interspersing faux with live garland and large sugar pine cones on the banister, and adding Department 56 Village Fresh Fallen Snow to the dining room side table.

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You’ve worked together on projects during the holidays for many years, combining your interior and exterior design expertise. How did you decide on the style of holiday décor for homeowner Jan Bolton?

Interior Designer Christopher Todd:

When designing, I like to consider how the client lives. This isn’t a warm, fuzzy, cinnamon-sticks-simmering-on-the-stove kind of house; it’s more sophisticated. But we didn’t have a rigid plan about how it was going to look. If you’re not able to adapt along the way, it won’t turn out well for you or for the client.

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Jan’s home is so beautiful and classically elegant, and we certainly didn’t want to overpower it. We like Santa Clauses and reindeer, but we wanted décor that was a subtle accentuation of the way the interiors are already. AHIA: Does that explain the color palette and greenery? DK: Yes, we chose to use beautiful seaside blues, silver and gold, and lots of glass. We just kept everything light and airy, unfussy and elegant. When you get down to it, evergreen branches are about as classic Christmas as you can get. AHIA: These points seem to ring especially true in the dining room. DK: The dining room was everyone’s favorite. We kept it simple and really enjoyed the clean, natural elements. CT: To make the chandelier arrangement transparent, we used wispy greenery, etched glass balls in all different shapes and sizes, and beading, which I measured and cut in same-length sections for draping. On the side table, the faux snow also mirrored the icy quality of the room’s color palette. AHIA: Tell us a little more about the décor over the kitchen island. DK: We played up a more informal, garden look and used a collection of terracotta antique pots, flowers and garland. CT: I filled a tall pot with pine branches then added wispy garland with lights, making it weave through the rack and holding it in place with assorted pots. For an organic look, I used wooden and copper containers filled with a mix of natural elements, colors and textures, including potted herbs, assorted mosses, boxwood and potted paper whites, which were also growing in various pots throughout the kitchen area. AHIA: How often do you incorporate natural elements into your work? DK: As an exterior designer, I always try to bring in outdoor elements. The greenery inside is largely faux for practical purposes—we decorated early and Jan frequently entertains—but we did begin with artificial and added live greenery in strategic places, including beefing up the banister garland. We interspersed huge sugar pine cones and manzanita branches, sandblasted white, throughout. Christopher also added live boxwoods and birch branches to the mantle. 44

AHIA: Is there a trick to using faux greenery? CT: Most often guests and family won’t be touching the decor, so one of the most important factors is finding faux pieces that have a realistic color, which can sometimes be difficult to do. Another thing to keep in mind is arranging them in a way that live plants would naturally hang and grow. DK: You can never get any better quality than the real thing, although I will say that the artificial stuff can be a lot easier to manipulate. The scale and mass is important. We often use double or triple garlands to achieve the look we have in mind. AHIA: That Christmas tree seems to glow from within. DK: I always err on the side of simple, but Christmas is the time to lay it on thick, if you’re ever going to. The tree literally has hundreds of ornaments. Christopher has a method he’s perfected for tree decorating. CT: I start from the inside, hanging ornaments near the trunk and then moving outward to give it more depth, and I really fill it up. Also, I cut off the plastic strings that come with the ornaments and instead attach a wire fastener, so that they hang freely and don’t touch another ornament or branch. To respect the natural shape of the tree, I don’t add tree-toppers or ribbons. When I finished the tree, it was one of those times when we all stood back and said, “wow.” Design Resources Design Christopher Todd Design, Little Rock; DK Design, Fayetteville Accessories Dauphine, Little Rock Bedding, draperies Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale Fabrics Joyce Holt’s Window Works, Little Rock Furnishings Bear-Hill Interiors, Dillard’s, Ellen Golden Antiques, Little Rock Holiday décor Tipton Hurst, Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock Lamps Keith James, Little Rock Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide


The living room mantle’s lush greenery complements the more muted Baker sofa and antique rug; walls are painted SherwinWilliams’ Softer Tan. Facing page: Christopher Todd (left) and Daniel Keeley finesse the décor on the Niermann Weeks chandelier in the dining room, featuring a table and chairs from Bear-Hill Interiors and walls painted Sherwin-Williams’ Conservative Gray.

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In the master bedroom, custom bedding by Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies features fabric from Joyce Holt’s Window Works, the chair is from Dillard’s and walls are painted Sherwin-Williams’ Filmy Green. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: The mantle showcases beeswax candles, live boxwoods, birch branches and pheasant feathers. A vase is filled with Casablanca lilies and seasonal berries in the master bedroom. The kitchen’s custom pot rack holds garden-inspired elements.

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El Dorado designer Andrea Brooks draws from a family’s Southern style to create a traditional setting for the holidays Interview: Tiffany Burgess Styling: Mandy Keener Photography: Nancy Nolan

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In Chad and Nancy Archer’s home, designer Andrea Brooks added glittering neutral-tone trees and a mantle garland to create a holiday look complementing the room’s existing color scheme and walls covered in Sherwin-Williams’ Mocha.

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At Home in Arkansas: You worked with homeowners Nancy and Chad Archer and their two children, Zach and Katie, to decorate their family’s home for the holidays. What was your inspiration for the design scheme?

Designer Andrea Brooks: When we started the holiday project, the home had just been completed. Since we had recently finished designing the interiors, I wanted everything to be very natural and didn’t want the décor to overwhelm the rooms. The home was scheduled to be on the El Dorado Service League’s holiday tour, so this was also the first time Nancy would welcome the community into their new home. We wanted to create a comfortable and inviting setting that truly displayed the family’s traditional tastes. AHIA: For many, the holidays are a time of returning home and celebrating our native roots. Are there any local or regional elements present in the design? AB: Magnolias are a longstanding favorite because they reflect Nancy’s roots in Louisiana, where she grew up, and South Arkansas. We used fresh magnolia leaves in many of the table arrangements and fresh branches at the front door. We also included silk blossoms in several of the displays. To mimic the look of pine tree boughs in our region, pine garlands were incorporated throughout the home. AHIA: Each family has its own special customs during the season. How did you go about incorporating the Archer family’s traditions? AB: When I started the project, I was told that the Christmas tree was the one place where I was not allowed to have free rein. Each year the Archers set aside a night when they turn off cell phones and televisions, turn on the Christmas carols, and simply spend time together decorating their family tree. Since birth, each child has received a new ornament for his or her collection on this special night. They unwrap these, along with all their other treasured decorations, and fill their tree with special ornaments. They have many years of memories on this one tree. AHIA: You mixed live greenery with holiday pieces that can be used year after year. How did you decide what to use in each display? AB: As in any design project, I knew it was very important to begin with a good base. We selected premium artificial pine garlands that have the look of real boughs and will stand up to years of use. We used this as the common thread through 50

all the rooms, and then mixed in berry branches, magnolia leaves and flowers to give each room its own twist. In the kitchen and breakfast room, we added fresh fruit. AHIA: Do you have any tips for using live greenery or fresh decorations? AB: Stick to what you have on hand or nearby. Choosing plants that are native to your region (or yard for that matter) will save you money and give your décor a natural appeal. One of the easiest ways to add color and vitality is to clip berry branches, and then arrange them in a vase or add them to garland strands. If they start to wither, simply replace them with fresh ones. AHIA: Do you have any triedand-true tips for holiday decorations? AB: I prefer a look that enhances the existing décor and that has a common thread from room to room. Traditional red and green is not for everyone, but you can still achieve a festive look by working with the colors you already have in your home and adding a few accents. Design Resources Builder Owens Construction, El Dorado Interior and holiday design, bedding Andrea Brooks Interiors, El Dorado Holiday décor Paul Michael Company, Lake Village Accessories The Armoire, Murphy Long Design, El Dorado Art Backwoods Art & Frame Gallery, El Dorado Draperies Classic Windows, El Dorado Furnishings Warnock Furniture, Inc., Magnolia; Herring Furniture, Strong Lamps Murphy Long Design, El Dorado; Warnock Furniture, Magnolia Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide Rug Storey’s Floor & Carpet, El Dorado


Homeowner Nancy Archer is a long-time fan of both magnolias and El Dorado artist Tela Webb. She commissioned Webb to paint the colorful blossom hanging in the family’s dining room, along with several black-and-white magnolia photographs displayed throughout the home. Fresh magnolia leaves were added to the holiday décor to carry the Southern theme into the season. The dining room walls are covered in Sherwin-Williams’ Raisin.

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Clockwise from top left: Pine garlands, decorative ornaments and bright ribbons create a festive kitchen where Nancy and her daughter, Katie, bake holiday meals. The Christmas tree, which includes the children’s treasured ornament collections, is the focal point of the family room during the season. The master bedroom’s custom bedding complements the wall color: Sherwin-Williams’ Restrained Gold. A cheerful mix of red and green linens and dinnerware greets guests in the breakfast room. The kitchen, family room and breakfast area are all painted in Sherwin-Williams’ Nomadic Desert. Facing page: Fresh apples and live greenery come together to create tabletop décor inspired by nature.

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THE LIGHTING

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LEWIS LIGHTING & HOME, part of family owned Lewis Lumber & Supply, had their Annual Open House Thursday, October 21. The fall party has become an anticipated event with large turn outs each year. The food was catered by local restaurants Just Leave It To Liz, Breitweiser’s Meat Market, and Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro. Lewis Lighting & Home is open 6 days a week located in downtown Benton. No matter the size of your budget, their design team can handle any job. Let one of their friendly in-house designers help you today with your new home by calling 501-315-2400.

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HELMED BY NEW OWNERS David and Kelly Fraiser, Closet Factory continues to be the indisputable custom storage solution throughout Arkansas. Closet Factory can completely transform any space within your home—garage, playroom, office, entertainment center, craft room, pantry, closet and more—into a highly functional, well organized area fully customized to your specific needs. “We double the opportunity for storage options in any space,” explains David Fraiser. Each installation involves a team of professionals with 80 years combined experience constructing your storage options to the highest quality standards. Every product is also designed to be easily adjusted and reconfigured based on growing needs or for new homeowners. “It’s an investment, benefiting you now and adding resale value to your home,” Fraiser adds. Commercial services, for offices, restaurants, schools and more, are also available. Closet Factory offers a turnkey experience, working one-on-one with clients from beginning to end, including design consultation, manufacturing and installation, eliminating the hassle of subcontractors. Nila Ciesel, senior design consultant and a Closet Factory employee for seven years, meets first with clients to determine their individual needs. “My job is to take the burden of staying orderly off our clients’ shoulders,” she explains. “I love it when a client says to me, ‘My closet is now my favorite room in my home.’” After the initial consultation, the space is measured and an inventory of storage needs is taken, assuring every item has a place. The storage components are then specially designed and built, with attention paid to aesthetics, whether modern or traditional. Paint color and wood tones can also be matched, assuring a result that is both beautiful and functional. While closets remain the primary focus, Closet Factory also emphasizes the importance of meeting clients’ needs in other areas of the home, including installing cabinets, countertops and grid storage systems in garages. Priding itself on customer service, Closet Factory has worked on more than 2,000 installations across the state since 2001, and new ownership and renewed energy will ensure continued growth and client satisfaction. For more information about Closet Factory or to schedule your free design consultation, call 501-907-7105 or visit www. closetfactory.com. A special thanks to Wayne & Bill Ratcliff, owners of Baumans, whose closet is shown here.

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THE JEWELER

JONES & SON DIAMOND & BRIDAL FINE JEWELRY

WITH TWENTY-FIVE YEARS of serving the wonderful people of Central Arkansas, Jones & Son is still going strong. The store is spacious, filled with light and designed for easy, convenient shopping. Darrow is and always has been dedicated to exceptional customer service and supreme quality in beautiful merchandise with unbelievable values. According to Darrow, “These are core business practices that will never change at Jones & Son Fine Jewelry. With Jacob’s lead, they have embraced the ever changing new technologies that enable the staff to do more with fewer operating costs. They have a state-of-the-art computer network throughout the store that is innovative and cutting edge in the fine jewelry industry. Darrow and Jacob are grateful for their many customers and friends who have made their growth possible. Last year’s store expansion made room for new designer collections and larger existing lines. For example, Jones & Son recently became a Tacori “Platinum Partner.” Only 14 other fine jewelers in North America have received this special recognition. As a Tacori Platinum Partner, Jones & Son has a beautiful full-service Tacori Boutique. Additionally, the staff is thrilled to have the new Tacori 18k 925 collection, featuring brilliant gemstones accented with diamonds designed to please the most discriminating lover of fine jewelry. Jones & Son is Little Rock’s Engagement Ring Store with Ritani, Verragio, Scott Kay and many other leading bridal jewelry designers, including a huge selection of men’s wedding bands in virtually every available style. When you walk in, to the right you see a Pandora Shop-N-Shop with more than 90 square feet devoted to Pandora Jewelry. Customers have been excited with the ease in shopping with front door parking, along with the terrific selection from which to choose their Pandora favorites! Other gift selections include Alwand Vahan, as featured in Town & Country, InStyle and other popular national magazines.

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Philanthropy is very important to Darrow and Jacob, who are involved with as many organizations as possible. This year Jones & Son is the official jeweler for Miracle Ball, which benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital and takes place on December 11th. Also in 2010, they have donated to The Rep, 20th Century Club’s Hope Ball, and the Opus Ball, to name a few. Darrow is personally involved in Taste of the Mediterranean, which takes place each May at the Greek Orthodox Church, and Jacob serves on the Board of Directors for the Wolfe Street Foundation. This February, Jacob will chair the Oscar Night America Gala held at the Peabody Hotel. Jones & Son is so much more than a jewelry store and you are invited to visit, enjoy refreshments and shop at your leisure in a comfortable, down-home atmosphere. The store is beautifully decorated for the holidays and filled to the brim with gift ideas. No matter your budget, you will find the perfect gift selections. Happy holidays from the staff at Jones & Son Fine Jewelry.

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THE DENTIST

DR. MICHAEL COOPER, D.D.S.

DR. MICHAEL COOPER BELIEVES IN GIVING! Giving the best possible dental care available, giving to local organizations for children and giving scholarships to young adults. As a member of the distinguished Crown Council*, Dr. Cooper has seen first hand the difference dedicated dentists can make in people’s lives. He recently participated in the Smiles For Life Campaign raising over $10,000 to benefit children facing serious health conditions and educational deficiencies. Because of his involvement he was able to recently give over $5,000 to the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club in Russellville. As a sustaining member of the AACD he volunteers for Give Back a Smile which restores smiles for victims of domestic violence. His involvement with the Miss Arkansas Pageant has enabled him to be a part of the single largest scholarship provider for women. He has personally witnessed the difference organizations such as LEAP (Leadership. Excellence. Accelerating Potential) has made in young people’s lives. Not only does Dr. Cooper sponsor scholarships to the seminar in California but he also participates as a mentor for young adults attending LEAP. To say he believes in generating opportunities for others is an understatement. His passion is ever present when it comes to his patients. From the moment you enter his office you will immediately notice that his entire staff is committed to “giving you their best.” They are making a difference and it shows. * The Crown Council is a prestigious alliance of leading-edge dentists throughout the world. Only one out of every 175 dentists in the United States achieves this membership.

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BAG Big Buddha. Lefler’s, Conway

SWEATER Acrobat. Thread, Little Rock

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COAT Luii. Lefler’s, Conway

TANK Active Basic. Thread, Little Rock

NECKLACE, BRACELET, EARRINGS Thread, Little Rock

RING Lefler’s, Conway

CLUTCH Hobo International. Warren’s, locations statewide

JEANS Citizens of Humanity. Lefler’s, Conway BOOTS Nicole. Warren’s, locations statewide MINI MAKEUP KIT Trish McEvoy. B. Barnett, Little Rock

JEANS Citizens of Humanity. Lefler’s, Conway

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Dapper Dresser SHIRT Thomas Dean. J. Duke & Company, Little Rock

Cardigan Cool COAT Empire. J. Duke & Company, Little Rock

SWEATER Penguin by Munsingwear. Evolve, Little Rock

SCARF Altea. Mr. Wicks, Little Rock

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JEANS Rock & Republic. Evolve, Little Rock TOILETRY KIT Brics. Baumans, Little Rock

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Home for the Holidays Spend the season in the heart of Arkansas, with a weekend’s-worth of memory making in downtown Little Rock and Argenta

The Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade takes place downtown on December 4 at 3 p.m., showcasing floats, marching bands and horses, and culminating with a lighting ceremony and fireworks show at the State Capitol Building. 501-835-3399 www.littlerock.com Arkansas State Capitol

UNITED BY THE JUNCTION BRIDGE and the River Rail Electric Street Car Trolley line, downtown Little Rock and Argenta come alive during the holidays, offering a double-dose of options for shopping, dining and festive events. DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK WHAT TO DO Arkansas State Capitol Gift Shop (501) 682-3593 www.sos.arkansas.gov Located on the first floor of the Capitol building, the gift shop offers Arkansas-related products, as well as the annual Capitol Christmas tree ornament, which highlights a different state Capitol subject each year. Bath Junkie 322 E. President Clinton Ave. (501) 372-0500 www.bathjunkie.com Stop in for a free spa treatment for your hands, and custom-blend bath and body products from your choice of 200 scents and 18 pretty colors.

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Baumans 111 W. Markham St. (501) 374-7474 www.baumans.com The intimate boutique’s downtown location, offering suit fittings, men and women’s accessories, bath and grooming products and more, is located conveniently within the Capital Hotel. The Clinton Presidential Center 1200 President Clinton Ave. (501) 374-4242 www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org The center houses the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and restaurant Forty Two. The Clinton Museum Store (610 President Clinton Ave., www.clintonmuseumstore.com), offering contemporary American art and crafts and more, is a free oneminute shuttle away.

The Green Corner Store 1423 Main St., Ste. D (501) 374-1111 www.thegreencornerstore.com Our state’s first eco-lifestyle store stocks apparel and accessories; home and garden décor; seasonal gifts and foods; and handcrafted creations by local artisans. Historic Arkansas Museum 200 E. 3rd St. (501) 324-9351 Tour the museum’s galleries and historic grounds, visit a pre-civil war neighborhood, and stop by the museum store for quilts and other contemporary crafts.

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Holiday Hint:

Ten Thousand Villages 305 President Clinton Ave. (501) 374-2776 www.littlerock.tenthousandvillages.com Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade company selling handmade jewelry, decor, art and sculpture, textiles and tableware from around the world.


Holiday Hint: Don’t miss the holiday spectacular, River Market on Ice, for a fun-filled day of ice skating and entertainment for the entire family. 501-375-2552 www.holidaysinlittlerock.com

The Rep 601 Main St. (501) 378-0405 www.therep.org Spend an evening with the state’s largest non-profit professional theatre company for a performance of classic favorite, “A Christmas Story,” about bespectacled Ralphie Parker and his Red Ryder air rifle, showing December 1 through 26.

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WHERE TO EAT

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Community Bakery 1200 Main St. (501) 375-6418 www.communitybakery.com The full-line bakery has become an institution, baking hundreds of items—cakes, cookies, desserts, breads and European pastries—from scratch for more than 60 years. It’s a must for breakfast or lunch.

Capital Hotel 111 W. Markham St. (501) 374-7474 www.capitalhotel.com The historic downtown hotel is bustling during the holidays with a festive décor and atmosphere. Onsite restaurants include elegant Ashley’s, offering a fivestar dining experience, and the Capital Bar & Grill, a local favorite for late-night dining, wine and spirits to warm the soul.

Copper Grill & Grocery 300 E. 3rd St., Ste. 101 (501) 375-3333 www.coppergrillandgrocery.com Copper Grill boasts excellent service, an exceptional wine list and menu options that include a pimento cheeseburger and Southern bread pudding with whisky sauce. Pick up items to-go at the gourmet grocery store next door. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room 500 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 100 (501) 324-2999 www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com Here you’ll enjoy the finest steaks, fresh seafood and game, complemented by a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

The Peabody Three Statehouse Plaza (501) 906-4000 www.peabodylittlerock.com Overhauled by renowned interior design and architecture firm Wilson & Associates of Dallas, Texas, The Peabody is known for ducks that march through the lobby daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Their namesake, Mallard’s Bar, is an inviting onsite lounge. ARGENTA, DOWNTOWN NORTH LITTLE ROCK WHAT TO DO Galaxy Furniture 304 Main St. (501) 375-3375 www.galaxyfurniture.net Galaxy has a large selection of retro and mid-century furniture from the 1940s through 1970s, plus art, jewelry and vintage clothing.

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MAY 6, 2011 - 7 P.M. MacArthur Park 5K Fundraiser for Connections: MacArthur Park Master Plan

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Holiday Hint: The Argenta Holiday Art Sale, which takes place at the Thea Center for the Arts on December 8, was created by the Argenta Downtown Council to showcase local Arkansas artists and art galleries, including Greg Thompson Fine Art. Enjoy refreshments, a full-service bar and entertainment. Admission is free

Greg Thompson Fine Art 429 Main St. (501) 664-2787 www.gregthompsonfineart.com The gallery has 3,000 square feet of public and private viewing space with a focus on Southern regionalism, and represents 20th-century modern artists from around the world.

Ristorante Capeo 425 Main St. (501) 376-3463 www.capeo.us The intimate Italian restaurant’s wine cellar holds more than 1,000 bottles of wine, and its fine dining menu changes seasonally.

WHERE TO EAT

Starving Artist Café 411 Main St. (501) 372-7976 www.starvingartistcafe.net Ideal for lunch, Starving Artist allows you to watch artists at work while enjoying fresh, hand-made creations.

Argenta Market 521 Main St. (501) 379-9980 www.argentamarket.com The inviting corner store is a charming place for breakfast or lunch, with deli items and locally baked treats, all with an emphasis on organic, locally-made foods. Cregeen’s Irish Pub 301 Main St. (501) 376-7468 www.cregeens.com This Irish pub serves lunch, brunch and dinner, including authentic fish and chips. You’ll also enjoy exclusive on-tap beers and traditional live Irish music.

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WHERE TO STAY Baker House Bed & Breakfast 109 W. 5th St. (501) 372-9930 www.bakerhousenlr.com Built in the Queen Anne Victorian style, and listed on the National Historic Register, Baker House is located on the trolley line with easy access to Argenta’s shopping and restaurants. Look into special packages that include a riverboat cruise and horse-drawn carriage ride.

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Featuring four gallery spaces and more than a dozen working artist studios

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I.O. Metro is Arkansas’ definitive source for unique and stylish holiday gifts that your friends and family are sure to love. Sutton end table, $199.95; “Colorback” painting on canvas by NWA local artist, $299.95; Fatboy Bronzo bag chair, $399.95; available at I.O. Metro, locations statewide, www.io-metro.com

Celebrate the season fully, from beautiful art on the wall to a relaxing bubble bath to festive tableware for fun entertaining! Church painting from Art by Susan, $50; Lollia Calm Hyacinth and Honey Bubbling Bath, $40; Santa Claus nine-inch plate by Etta B Pottery, $58; available at The Merry Magnolia in Marion, 870-739-5527

All the very best in gifts statewide to give and receive this holiday season

Cute jeans are a key component in kids’ holiday attire. Girl’s Stella Ponte black jeggings, $100; Boy’s Billy Super T jeans, $152; Baby Billy jeans (12-18 months), $88; available at Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique in Fayetteville, 479-444-8767

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Making a list, checking q it twice A trio of angels creates an elegantly festive focal point in any room. Small, $29.99; medium, $38.99; large, $71.99; available at The Kitchen Store in Conway, 501-327-2182 Encircle your wrist with these stunning SOHO Foliage 18-karat gold and enamel bracelets, with .41-total-carat-weight and one diamond station or 1.32 totalcarat-weight and two diamond stations; available at Romance Diamond Co. Jewelers in Fayetteville, 479-443-9289

The Penny McAllister Collection Santa Clauses will add joy to your home and bring smiles to the faces of your family and guests. Jolly Old Elf Santa, $35; Baker Santa, $42; available at Catering to You in Little Rock, 501-614-9030

You’re not dressed for the holidays without a statement Batu Klasik link bracelet from John Hardy, featuring signature chain detailing and opulent white topaz; available at Roberson’s Fine Jewelry in Little Rock, 501-664-9000

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You’ll stand out from the most dazzling of holiday party crowds in one of Virgins Saints & Angels handcrafted, vintage inspired necklaces, cuffs or rings; Exclusively at Box Turtle in Little Rock, 501-661-1167


Create a beautiful made-to-order Brighton necklace with your selection of spacers and charms. Necklace, $42; three spacers, $11.50 each; three charms, $12-21 each; available at Accessory Gallery in Hot Springs, 501-321-9168 Frame your family memories in a colorfully handmade 8-by-10 inch frame by RMJ Fine Arts, $105.75; available at The Full Moon in Little Rock, 501-663-4367

For the friend who has everything, a sleek picture frame with personalized embellishments. Stainless steel metal frame, $95; crown, $20; small flower, $5; large flower and bird, each $7.50. Available at House to Home in Hot Springs, 501-520-4949

Seasoning's greetings! The French Farm's Butcher Salt, $24.95; The Meadow's Himalayan Salt Block for serving, curing or sautéing your favorite foods, $79.95; Fleur de Sel, $24.95; available at Eggshells Kitchen Co. in Little Rock, 501-664-6900

Stay warm and super stylish in a pair of artisan handcrafted boots from Old Gringo. Monarch in aqua and brass, $510; 1883 by Lucchese, $359; available at Darling’s Fine Things in Newport, 870-523-5888

The State Capitol has a long history of Christmas traditions. This year, make a Christmas ornament of the Arkansas State Capitol part of your own gift-giving tradition. $19.50; available at the State Capitol Gift Shop in Little Rock, 501-682-3593 or www.sos.arkansas.gov

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3660 Front St., Ste. 1, Fayetteville 479-444-8767

5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock 501-664-6900

3625 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock 501-663-4367

House To Home 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock 501-661-1167

8121 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock 501-614-9030

Temperance Hill Shopping Center 4328 Central Ave., Hot Springs 501-520-4949

Locations Statewide www.io-metro.com

KITCHEN STORE 1303 McClain St., Newport 870-523-5888

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Pleasant Ridge Town Center 11525 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock 501-664-9000

248 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville 479-443-9289

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At Home with stationery designer Sandra Marbaise

Photography by Nancy Nolan

As the “San” part of the duo behind the paper goods company SanLori (along with business partner Lorraine Maxwell), Sandra Marbaise is a firm believer in the tradition of sending written holiday greetings. The mother of eight-year-old twins says the styles she chooses “absolutely have to include a photo,” as she spreads the cards out on the table in the breakfast room of her Little Rock home and spends an afternoon writing them.

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After living in New Jersey, near New York City, for over 30 years, I wondered if I could find the lifestyle I enjoyed so much in Arkansas. To be near family (two sisters, a brother and their families) made Central Arkansas the location to search. Each year I spent vacations with family here. In trips to Hot Springs, Searcy and Little Rock, residential retirement facilities were explored. For four years, Woodland Heights stayed in my mind, but the waiting list was long. The new addition made it possible, FINALLY! Since moving here two years ago, my lifestyle has included the symphony season, the theater, museums, etc. - enough for me. Importantly, I have enjoyed the location: nearness to family and church above all, and nearness to all points in the city and state. Woodland Heights has become “home” - many friendships with Residents that I treasure, the helpfulness of all the staff, the excellent chef, and the activities director all add to the pleasant atmosphere one finds here. I feel truly blessed!

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On The modest retirement of a teacher and a minister, we have been able to live at Woodland Heights for 27 years and SAVE! Here we do no pay property taxes or utility bills. We receive weekly housekeeping and linen service, routine maintenance, covered parking, two wonderful meals a day and security without additional cost beyond our monthly rent. For those who no longer drive, there is scheduled transportation to the grocery stores, banks, doctor’s offices, malls, and sporting and cultural events. We enjoy a sense of freedom from restrictive regulations and the company of interesting people.

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