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The El Dorado-based designer builds the tabletop apple trees shown on page 53
The City Sage blogging extraordinaire hand selects a series of warm and cozy interiors
The blogging force behind Design Love Fest pays tribute to the holidays with a colorful collage
Arkansas’ Live the Home Life blogger shows us a holiday before-and-after
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This posh Plush Palate blogger shares her favorite interiors with a festive touch
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Partners in Fayetteville’s Mae’s Emporium use vintage ﬁnds for festive looks
The Arkansas mom behind Kelly’s Korner shows us cute kids’ clothes for winter
She helms Knight Moves blog, and stops by with holiday accessorizing tips
The interior designer and Pure Style blogger helps update your home with the latest styles
The Forget Me Knot Weddings blogger creates a holiday inspiration board around a tablescape
The blogger, designer and owner of Little Rock’s Providence Ltd. dishes on her Sunday Suppers
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The creative force at La Dolce Vita blog lists her tip-top holiday-related ﬁnds
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The celebrated author, designer and lifestyle expert preps for holiday entertaining
The UK-based blogger writes a family-friendly holiday gift guide
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Paper Party 1. Monogrammed note cards from Paper Belle. Something Blue Paperie, Conway 2. Invitations from Twist Paper. Something Blue Paperie, Conway 3. Martha Stewart for Crane & Co. personalized cards. The Crown Shop, Little Rock 4. ‘Tis the Season cupcake kit with cups and toppers from Meri Meri. Molly’s Paperie, Little Rock 5. Set of 10 place cards from Meri Meri. Molly’s Paperie, Little Rock 6. Letterpress holiday cards by Smock. By Invitation Only, Little Rock 7. Party invites from Inviting Company. By Invitation Only, Little Rock 8. Gift tags from Crane & Co. The Crown Shop, Little Rock 9. Gift card holders from Bella Ink. Something Blue Paperie, Little Rock
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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 email@example.com
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
SEARCY Associated Women for Harding Tour of Homes Tour ﬁve Searcy homes Sunday, December 5 1 to 4 p.m. www.harding.edu/awh
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A Vintage Christmas
A Fayetteville collector uses fashionable ﬁnds to create one-of-a-kind holiday décor By Paulette Pearson
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 Maeâ€™s Emporium in Fayetteville, vintage jewelry doesnâ€™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. â€œCreating visuals is one of the things we like best,â€? she says. â€œWe 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 â€œlittle 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 Maeâ€™s depends on her discerning taste, and the invaluable knowledge she has gathered from experts while buying in California, New York, and the 28 ďŹ‚ea markets she frequents across Arkansas. Graham prefers jewelry made during the 1930s, when â€œthey 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 â€œitâ€™s classy and pretty,â€? she notes. Her collection includes designs from names like Kramer, Weissâ€”whose brooches â€œhad some ďŹ‚ash to them,â€? she saysâ€”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 â€œbest sparkle,â€? she says. Graham also checks that the clasps are in working order and searches for signs of corrosion. And sheâ€™s learned when to let things go. Once a rhinestone piece has been exposed to moisture and gets cloudy, she notes that itâ€™s very difďŹ cult to reverse that process. Graham began decorating with vintage items within her own home to ďŹ ll a void. â€œWhen I married,â€? she remembers, â€œI didnâ€™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 sheâ€™s also acquired vintage glass ornaments, ideal on a tree or in vintage hats as centerpieces. â€œThereâ€™s an air of romance to it,â€? she says, â€œof wondering who in the past wore it, who gave it to them.â€?
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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.
4. Top each place setting with a wrapped gift and nametag serving as a place card. Embellishing the gifts with the same elements as the centerpiece helps create a uniﬁed, festive look.
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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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