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48 JULY 2013

43 {green living}


45 A Fresh Philosophy

A downtown Little Rock couple makes ecoresponsible practices the new normal for both home and lifestyle

48 Down to Earth

Northwest Arkansas designer Melissa Haynes uses environmentally friendly selections to create a refreshing family home

60 The Green Life

From the initial plans to efficient fixtures and beautiful backyard plants, consider this your guide to a sustainable home


departments 11 Style

Repurposed & Responsible

14 The Latest

What’s new and notable in The Natural State

18 Get to Know

Owen Rein, The Moffett Hollow Chair Company

40 Fashion & Beauty Conscious Closet

43 Recipe

Farm Fresh


IN EVERY ISSUE 8 From the Editor 71 Marketplace 72 Last Look

25 Out & About


21 Design

Spotlight on the Little Rock Metro

37 Collections Local Flavor

Screened-in porch designed by Melissa Haynes of MH Design, Inc. Photography by Rett Peek. Page 48.

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As we put together our “Green Living” issue we sought out designers, contractors and business-owners who could offer up innovative tips and tricks to make your home a bit more eco-friendly. Yet the general consensus seemed to be that many things once considered “green” are now…well, standard. Improvements in home-building technologies mean most new homes are sustainably built from the planning phases, and more design companies and manufacturers are making a concerted effort to offer products made from organic and recycled content. When designer Melissa Haynes’ clients asked for a healthier and more Earth-conscious home, she delivered without having to stray from her signature style. See the home on page 48, with added tips and products to get the look in your own space. We’re also seeing a resurgence in organic flower and vegetable gardens. Last month, the Greater Little Rock Council of Garden Clubs hosted its annual Spring Garden Tour, “Urban Delights—Practical Gardening in the City,” featuring community gardens and private backyards with organic vegetable gardens. The tour included the home of Samantha and Dan Scheiman, who have chosen to landscape using only Arkansas-native plants, seen on page 62. We were amazed at what we learned and couldn’t wait to get home and plant a bit of beautiful, bright red Trumpet Honeysuckle in our own backyards. Rina and William Wooten, whose home is featured on page 45, also plant a variety of beautiful plants and have a vegetable garden that made us green with envy. Reducing your carbon footprint may not be at the top of your priority list, but reducing your energy bills is always a good thing. Luckily, a sustainable home and an energy-efficient home are one in the same. From the energymonitoring software on page 16 to the home on page 64 whose energy bills are less than half of a standard home its size, this issue includes a handful of new technologies to help you save. We hope that everyone can take away something from the pages of this month’s issue—whether it’s a product to make your life a little healthier, or just the idea that a green home no longer has to look like a spaceship (unless you want it to, of course). These days, a green home can, with just a few adjustments, look a lot like yours.

1. Locally made pillows from Spark Modern. 2. Heirloom Modern: Homes Filled with Objects Bought, Bequeathed, Beloved, and Worth Handing Down by Hollister Hovey. rizzoliusa. com 3. Isometric Chair made from sustainable materials. 4. All-natural soy candles in reusable tins. 5. Soil conditioners packaged in compostable tea bags. 6. Wood chips from the workshop of Owen Rein. See page 18.

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Graphic-print cubes made from recycled polypropylene offer chic seating indoors or outside. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367

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green with style 1. Smooth river stones give this handcrafted doormat a fresh-from-the-mountains feel. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, 2. Surrender your change! A patriotic figure made from recycled materials also serves as a coin bank. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock, (501) 748-0400, 3. Go fish! A charming print and recycled tin base make this lamp a natural choice for a lakeside cottage. Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251, 4. Locally made canine figurines are more than bark-worthy. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock, (501) 748-0400, 5. Plastic sacks find a new life as the threads of a crossbody bag from The Red Sari, a Little Rock-based fashion design organization that works with Nepal artisans. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, 6. Made in America, these au naturel containers are as inviting as the scents inside. The Shade Above, Little Rock, (501) 374-3555, 7. Repurposed scrap metal and a touch of local lake personalization tell the true story of summer. Catering to You, Little Rock, (501) 614-9030, 8. Brighten your bedside with a reimagined nightstand painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s enviornmentally friendly no-VOC paint. Reinvented Vintage, Little Rock, (240) 305-4804, 9. Cheerful paper mâche planters, made from recycled Chinese wallpapers, are a happy addition to any home. The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, 10. Soy candles, poured into forms made from recycled glass, are a born in the U.S.A. creation from Paddywax. The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, 11. Made from salvaged vintage pieces, these industrial soap dishes will add a charming flair to any kitchen or laundry room. White Goat, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460 July 2013 | 13


Kitchen Prep

The Riverdale area has a new favorite eatery for fans of botanas and cocktails. Opened in May by co-owners Bart Barlogie and Wilson Brandt, The Fold Botanas & Bar offers a menu of fresh, seasonal and increasingly local foods with a Mexican flair under the watchful eye of chef Joel Carr. The team hired Burt Taggart of Taggart Design Group to transform a dilapidated service station into a bright, modern canteen that offers seating both inside and on the patio. 3501 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 916-9706

HEADED WEST Pleasant Ridge Town Center in west Little Rock is

now home to Marshall Clements’ second location. The custom 11,000-square-foot storefront will feature home furnishings and accessories including bedding, furniture and art. In addition, they’ll also offer in-store samples for custom upholstery. 11700 Pleasant Ridge Road, Suite 105, Little Rock, (501) 821-3700,

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Just in time for summer beach trips!

Photography: Courtesy OF RALPH LAUREN/The Fold: Rett Peek


Metro Appliances and More’s North Little Rock location recently installed an outdoor kitchen area featuring grills, patio heaters, ice makers, fire pits and more—all at a variety of price points and styles. The display can help you to visualize the setting for your own patio from the larger appliances down to the baking stones and cutting boards. 8800 Maumelle Boulevard, North Little Rock, (501) 771-1840,

West Little Rock’s recently opened Lavender Boutique features luxury swimwear and lingerie in a soft, relaxing environment. Inside you’ll find a lavender-misted setting with soft music, complimentary beverages and an attentive staff ready to assist you. Owner Jennifer Cumming spent months researching the hottest, highquality lines and is excited to offer these collections— many of which are exclusive to Lavender—in central Arkansas. 14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 160, Little Rock, (501) 868-8088,

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Don’t miss seeing these 48 masterpieces on their last U.S. stop before they go back to England. Purchase tickets at The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and English Heritage and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities with additional funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane. presented locally by: Bank of the Ozarks, Harriet & Warren Stephens, Stephens, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation. Sponsored in Arkansas by: Chucki and Curt Bradbury, Sandra and Bob Connor, Remmel T. Dickinson and Lisenne Rockefeller. July 2013 | 15


Contractor Bill Parkinson and homeowner Dee Brown

With more than 20 years as an electrical consulting engineer, Dee Brown has been developing control systems that allow commercial engineers to monitor their energy usage through his company Brown Engineers. When Brown began building his west Little Rock home he asked contractor Bill Parkinson to include a handful of energy-saving products and technologies, such as low-emissivity windows, an insulation seal package, radiant barrier roof decking and an attic insulation board. According to Parkinson, many of these items are widely used in new construction these days, but Brown also requested greener upgrades such as geo-thermal HVAC, LED lighting and more. “Having an energy efficient home was important to me,” Brown says. “But after I moved in, I couldn’t see whether or not the technology was working as it should. So I asked myself, ‘Why don’t I practice what I preach?’” Brown began developing a version of his energy monitoring software for residential use. The software requires just a few hours of installation time, after which homeowners may view a series of user-friendly graphs and spreadsheets showing usage in kilowatt hours from their computer or tablet and make necessary adjustments as needed. Says Brown, “The feedback provided is the only real way to view the actual usage and see the benefits of efficiency improvements.” For more information, contact Dee Brown, PE, at Brown Engineers, LLC, Little Rock, (501) 448-0100,

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Formerly the residential division of energy consulting firm Viridian, Home Energy Rx offers energy assessments to help homeowners address their usage and improve efficiency. “A home energy assessment is an unbiased determination of how energy efficient your home is,” explains co-owner Matt Bell. He and business partner Chris Ladner frequently hear builders use one type of green technology as a selling tool, while achieving true energy efficiency is a combination of many variables, including the efficiency of equipment, insulation and total leakage of the home. “One of those things may not have much impact by itself, but the combination of all of them determines the overall efficiency of the home.” Trained home energy experts spend three to four hours evaluating windows, doors and ductwork, and then present the homeowner with a “Home Energy Prescription,” which includes a written and pictorial summary of their findings. A prioritized list offers suggestions for improving issues such as high energy bills, health and safety concerns, temperature discomfort and air quality. Little Rock, (501) 414-8094, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2517, Director Clay Mosley and co-owner Matt Bell

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Owen Rein, The Moffett Hollow Chair Company By Rosemary Hallmark

Outside of Mountain View signs direct cars down Owen Road, the unofficial name of a passage so narrow it feels as though the forest is closing in on you. Just when you are certain the road couldn’t go any further, the trees open up to a small clearing. This is where craftsman Owen Rein has made his home and work, creating handmade dining and rocking chairs, bowls and baskets from timber he harvests from the property. Having loved woodworking from an early age, Rein built houses and made furniture for other people for most of his life, but frequently saw small business owners struggle to keep up in tough economies. He realized that if he applied the same ideas he had about living simply off the land in the woods to making his own chairs, he could remain in control of his own economics. Plus, since he lives on land he owns with plenty of trees, the resources were already there. Rein breaks down his craft into three important steps. “These tools I’m using are really old hand tools, so the first step is to find a tree that’s just the right size, shape, and in the right place, too. That’s how I can work without machines.” Once Rein finds the perfect tree for a project, he takes the main section of the trunk and, rather than sawing it into boards, he splits it into wedges. “That’s fundamentally where you part company from conventional woodworking, because with conventional woodworking, the saw determines the line. But when you split wood, you’re following the grain so the line is actually in the tree. From then on, it’s a completely different thing.” In the third step, the piece is shaped by hand with a drawknife, held on a shaving horse. Flexible, green trees are 18 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

best, and Rein can make as many as twenty chairs from one tree. “This traditional technique gives me access to the very best wood – all I can carry.” Rein’s craft is second nature to him now, but he admits it wasn’t always so easy. For twenty years, he struggled to perfect his art, tweaking designs and fending off bouts of frustration. “You can sit in a chair and if it’s not comfortable, it’s not comfortable. And if it’s not well made, it’ll break. As far as making furniture goes, chair design is pretty demanding,” Rein says. “I found that I couldn’t design on paper—it was all trial and error. It’s a relationship. It’s a ratio between two pieces. First you know what too thick is, then you know what too thin is, and once you know that? Just right is in the middle.” Thirty years after his start, Rein has chairs in the permanent collection of the Arkansas Arts Center, baskets as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum and has been commissioned to make chairs for U.S. Senator David Pryor and former President Bill Clinton just before he took office in 1993. “I had great expectations of fame and fortune, you know, making the president a rocking chair,” he laughs, admitting there was a bump in sales when word got out that he had a chair in the White House. “But mostly my business has just been a slow and steady building of reputation. People own the chairs awhile, really like them then tell their friends about them. After ten or twenty years, people go, ‘Wow, that’s a really good chair.’ That’s what really makes a difference.” The Moffett Hollow Chair Company, Mountain View, (870)269-5381,

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Energy-saving and earth-friendly design products are more readily available than ever, allowing YOU to go green without straying from the lines YOU love

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StonePeak Ceramics produces sustainable, green and environmentally friendly products from 100% natural minerals, such as the Classic Statuarietto shown here. ACME Brick, Tile & Stone, Fort Smith, (479) 782-7974, Little Rock, (501) 812-5574, Russellville, (479) 968-6900,

A slim design is perfect for small spaces.

“Persuade,” the newest high-efficiency toilet from Kohler, saves space and water, offering high-performance dual-flush technology and a contemporary design. Bath and Kitchen Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 666-1868,; Falk Plumbing Supply, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911,; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Springdale, (479) 927-2793,; The Plumbing Warehouse, Little Rock, (501) 664-4183,; Southern Bath & Kitchen, Little Rock, (501) 663-9700,

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do the wave Delta’s water-efficient H20kinetic

Technology®, available with the “Addison” shower head seen here, creates the feeling of more water through a unique wave pattern. Falk Supply Company, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 6643911,

LED the way

“Cheers” low-voltage, LED pendant from Tech Lighting. Light Innovations, Little Rock, (501) 223-9026,; TEC Electric, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483,

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Reduce odors from pets, cooking and smoke with Sherwin-William’s Harmony interior acrylic latex paint, a zero-VOC formula that promotes better indoor air quality. Sherwin-williams, locations statewide, Benjamin Moore’s Natura Paint emits lower total VOCs than other national zero-VOC products on the market. Benjamin Moore, locations statewide,

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Shaw Floor’s EnviroCore line features high-density core board made in the U.S.A from recycled post-industrial wood fiber. Arnold’s Flooring America, Little Rock, (501) 400-7558,; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 218-8166, candfcarpet. com; Lumber One Home Center, Mayflower, (501) 4701122, Stuttgart, (870) 673-3601, lumberonehomecenter. com; ProBuilder Supply/Gold Medal Flooring, North Little Rock, (501) 945-0113,

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Products from the Pella 350 Series, including this vinyl double-hung window, meet or exceed Energy Star guidelines and are the most energy-efficient products offered by Pella. Pella Windows and Doors, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5050,

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The Learning Thermostat from Nest learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your mobile phone, helping to reduce heating and cooling bills up to 20%. Elite Building Solutions, Springdale, (479) 770-5566; Home Energy Rx, Little Rock, (800) 5858888,

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Lee Industries upholstered furniture uses soy-based foam cushions, organic fabrics and throws made from 100% recycled material. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; That French Shoppe, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435

Teragren’s Strand bamboo flooring, shown here in Paris Black, is made from sustainably grown and managed forests. Tom January Floors, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422,, The Wood Floor Gallery Inc., Springdale, (479) 872-0102,

silent saver Range hoods from Zephyr’s new DCBL Suppression

System feature LED lights and use 77% less energy. Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 7502200,

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Conscious Kitchen Levers add to the ease of use

go with the (low) flow Products from Brizo’s Tresa collection improve

water efficiency through use of an aerator and are WaterSense® labeled to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Falk Plumbing Supply, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 6643911,; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Springdale, (479) 927-2793,; The Plumbing Warehouse, Little Rock, (501) 664-4183,

Wellborn Cabinets uses sustainable, recycled raw and low-emission materials in the creation of its products, including the “Milan” maple cabinets in Crème and “Milan” oak island in Oatmeal Slate, both seen here. Kitchen and Bath Concepts, Little Rock, (501) 225-5221,

sustainable surfaces

ECO by Cosentino, seen here in Forest Snow and Red Pine, is manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash. AHI Stoneworks, Hot Springs, (501) 262-1622,; Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756,; Inside Effects, Little Rock, (501) 954-8866,; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, North Little Rock, (501) 812-0200, July 2013 | 23

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Home to an abundance of design and gift shops, fashionable boutiques and unrivaled attractions, the greater metro area is buzzing with activity

Perhaps due in part to its convenient central-Arkansas location as well as its status as the state’s capital city, Little Rock is a bustling hub of activity. Whether you’re visiting from a corner of the state or simply want to be in the know of the latest and greatest in your city, we invite you to shop, dine and enjoy yourself at a few of our favorite metro area locales.

{Antique Brick Outdoors}

1609 East 9th Street, Little Rock, (501) 375-0060, Creating beautiful outdoor living settings is easy at Antique Brick Outdoors. This family owned and operated business, located in downtown Little Rock, has everything for enjoying the outdoors from pizza ovens and barbecue equipment to relaxing furniture and durable dining sets. Whether you’re building an outdoor kitchen, renovating a patio or need assistance with outdoor fabric selections, consult with their on-staff interior designers to turn your patio dreams into a reality. Visit them to shop their latest outdoor furniture arrivals including the sleek, contemporary Gloster line, the fully upholstered options from Ebel and the more traditional appeal of Woodard. For your convenience, they’ll be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through the end of September. Antique Brick Outdoors

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Ken Rash’s Outdoor Furniture

{The Full Moon}

3625 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367 A longtime favorite source for gifts, bridal registries and tableware, this unique shop offers items for all ages in a variety of styles and price points. Visit the store in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood to browse the latest selections of Juliska tableware, famed McCarty Pottery, colorful French Bull melamine dinnerware and their newest addition, art glass by Arkansas artist James Hayes. Owners Linda Balch and Becky Campbell continually stock the store with the latest finds for home, as well as accessories, jewelry, candles and more. They also offer bridal registries and complimentary gift wrap featuring their signature bright bows.

{Ken Rash’s Outdoor Furniture}

7214 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818, A staple of outdoor design in Little Rock for more than 20 years, Ken Rash’s has everything you could need or want when it comes to outdoor living. Working with their large selection of furnishings, lamps, rugs, pillows and market umbrellas, they can take your outdoor room from bland to grand in no time. From synthetic wicker to wrought iron and extruded or cast aluminum to teak and ipe wood – there’s a furniture style and material for everyone at Ken Rash’s. You’ll also find everything you need to entertain including gas and charcoal grills, fire pits, acrylic serving items, candles and other accessories. What’s more they also stock Arkansas’ largest selection of indoor barstools.

The Full Moon

{Lewis Lighting & Home}

201 Edison Avenue, Benton, (501) 315-2400, If you’re looking for fun accessories, colorful home décor and one of the state’s largest selections of lighting, head to Lewis Lighting & Home in Benton. Known for abundant personality and a huge selection, the store also prides itself on excellent customer service. On top of their amazing selection of lighting, you’ll find furniture, rugs, custom and ready-made draperies, bedding and a wide range of home accessories. Let their onstaff designer help take the guesswork out of selecting the right pieces and suggest items that are well suited to your taste, budget and lifestyle.

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{Milk & Honey—A Gift Boutique}

Milk & Honey—A Gift Boutique

5916 R Street, Little Rock, (501) 664-3200 If you’re in the market for a birthday, housewarming or “just because” gift, Milk & Honey is the place to be. Featuring a wide range of jewelry, home décor and personalized items as well as baby and wedding gifts, the colorful store has something for everyone. Shop lines such as Julio Designs jewelry, Peaches ‘n Cream kids apparel, Jessie Steele aprons and Kanlencom diaper bags. What’s more, owners Regina and Lyn Fruchey take an interest in the community by donating a portion of each month’s sales to a different, local nonprofit organization. 26 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

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Urban Pad

{Urban Pad}

{Glo Limited} ProBuilder Supply

11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 224-8222, Since 2006 Glo Limited has been central Arkansas’ destination for skin and beauty needs. Offering in-store makeovers, special occasion makeup application, facials, airbrush tanning and lash extensions as well as waxing and tinting, Glo has you covered when it comes to skincare and beauty. Owner Lindsey Carpenter Gray stocks the store with high-quality brands that fit any lifestyle and budget including Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals, Clarisonic, Chantecaille, Sara Happ, Philosophy, Essie, St. Tropez and more. Visit them in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center to let the talented staff enhance the natural beauty you’ve already been given.

{ProBuilder Supply} Glo Limited

9205 Maumelle Boulevard, North Little Rock, (501) 945-0113, Whether the project is large or small, builders and homeowners come from around the state to shop with ProBuilder Supply in North Little Rock. Featuring an abundant selection of lighting for every room in the house, they also offer fans and outdoor gas lanterns. As a true home supply store, ProBuilder has hardware for cabinetry as well as interior and exterior doors – all in a variety of styles and at different price points. Impeccable service and competitive prices keep customers returning to ProBuilder Supply for all their lighting and hardware needs.

{Obsessions Interiors}

14300 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 868-9333, Featuring a range of styles from traditional to transitional, this welcoming, design-oriented store truly has something for everyone. With more than 10 years of experience in the design field, owner Barbara Fryxell stocks the store with unique pieces from around the country. You’ll find everything from accessories, art glass and pillows to upholstered seating pieces, original art and floral arrangements. In-house design services are available, plus Obsessions allows customers to try items on approval. Obsessions Interiors 28 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy of glo limited, obsessions interiors & urban pad

3513 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 664-4202, Business partners and design connoisseurs John Gibson and Sharon Blevins are the curators of this mod, affordable collection of furniture, art, lighting, accessories and rugs for the contemporary home. Visit them in the Riverdale Design District to shop the store or inquire about their in-house design services. If you want to stay up-todate on their latest arrivals in your hunt for the perfect piece, be sure to like Urban Pad on Facebook.

Taking your home from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Specializing in Residential & Commercial Design 12315 Chenal Parkway • Little Rock • 501.225.0400 July 2013 | 29

OUT & ABOUT Bear-Hilll Interiors

{Bear-Hill Interiors}

{Catering to You}

8121 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 614-9030, Whether you need fare for a small intimate dinner party or a large banquet event, Catering to You can feed any size group. Weeknight or casual dinners are also made easy thanks to their gourmet-to-go area where you can purchase freshly prepared foods including casseroles, fruit and vegetables, salads, grilled meats and dessert. While they may be known for their fresh, delicious dishes, Catering to You offers gifts and entertaining wares as well. Visit their gift shop to find everything from children’s clothing, toys and books to candles and lotions. If you’re in need of a gift for a bride or your favorite cook be sure to check out their selection of Miller’s Mud pottery, Beatriz Ball serving pieces, aprons, tea towels and seasonal décor.

{About Vase}

3400 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 603-9200, Recently renovated and reopened under new owner Richard Estelita, About Vase is a full-service floral destination. Whether you want to create an event to remember with distinct arrangements or set the scene for a wedding with flair with a bright bridal bouquet, Estelita and his team have the know-how to design a variety of floral creations. In addition to the services they offer, the updated showroom now features retail products as well as a plant and orchid department. Visit them in Little Rock’s Riverdale Design District today.

About Vase

{Baptist Health}

1-888-BAPTIST (227-8478), Whether to welcome a new baby or visit a loved one—chances are if you’ve been in Arkansas for any amount of time you’ve been to a Baptist Health Center. For more than 80 years, they’ve been caring for Arkansans. Today, as the state’s most comprehensive care provider, they offer seven state hospitals in addition to numerous conveniently located therapy and wellness centers, rehabilitation facilities and family clinics. Whatever your health need may be, Baptist is committed to serving the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of their patients and providing total care from preventative measures to long-term aid. Baptist Health 30 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: bear-hill interiors: nancy Nolan/courtesy of baptist health

Catering to You

1420 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, For more than a decade Bear-Hill Interiors has been a must-know name for discerning home design shoppers. Known for their fresh aesthetic and glamorous accents, the Riverdale Design District shop carries some of the nation’s finest lines. Shop furniture collections from Hickory Chair, Julian Chichester, Oly Studio, BeeLine Home and Lee Industries or browse accessories and wares from sought-after names such as Juliska, R & Y Augousti, Waylande Gregory and Olivia Riegel. In addition you’ll also find a large selection of lighting, gifts and vintage pieces.


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Embellish Interiors

{Embellish Interiors}

{Beyond Cotton and Beyond Cotton II}

Beyond Cotton II

10700 N Rodney Parham, Little Rock, (501) 221-9195; 11525 Cantrell Road, West Little Rock, (501) 221-1539 For the past 16 years Nancy Schuster has been bringing Little Rock the best in cotton and casual clothing. Her shops feature carefree linen pieces as well as special occasion wear from Belgium, Germany and Poland. If you’re looking for the perfect dress for a beach or lawn wedding, Beyond Cotton is the place to shop. In store, you’ll also find hand-crafted necklaces from designer Janet Woldrop, who mixes antique and vintage pieces with Parisian market finds. For contemporary casual pieces, Beyond Cotton II, located in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, is the place to shop. You’ll find classic cotton pieces in a contemporary range of hues and patterns.

{Salon DeVal}

Salon DeVal Reinvented Vintage

8201 Ranch Boulevard, Suite B-6, Little Rock, (501) 868-3076, This family owned and operated salon has a “Steel Magnolias” meets Manhattan feel. You’ll feel comfortable, yet you’re certain to leave with a look that is current. Salon DeVal keeps its staff trained in trends with ongoing in-house education. Its talented team is celebrated nationally as they travel to places such as New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Chicago. A full range of services is offered, and corrective color is a specialty. You’ll find top-notch hair care products including Wella, Aquage and Keratin Complex. While you’re there, shop the salon’s boutique that is filled with fashion finds, jewelry, candles, specialty gifts and accessories.

{Reinvented Vintage}

10301 N Rodney Parham, Little Rock, (240) 305-4804, Both environmentally aware and stunningly chic, Reinvented Vintage in Little Rock’s Breckenridge Village boasts a decidedly happy collection of on-trend furniture, accessories, jewelry and art. Browse the extensive selection of furniture pieces painted by owner Sharon Cowell or bring in a piece of your own and have her paint it for you. If you’re interested in learning her techniques join them for monthly workshops focused on either milk or chalk-based paint training as well as special events such as July’s “Revamp Your Lamp” class. Visit their site to view workshop dates and sign up for the fun. 32 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: reinvented vintage: amanda brooks

11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 608, Little Rock, (501) 223-6965 Located in west Little Rock’s popular Pleasant Ridge Town Center, Embellish Interiors offers everything you need to put a personal touch on your home. Owner Alisa Johnson has more than 20 years in the design field, working coast to coast. Specializing in home accessories and furniture, you’ll find traditional, transitional and contemporary pieces. If you’re looking to make a quick update to your look, check out their selection of throw pillows, canvas art, window treatments and rugs, or ask about their custom drapery service.

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OUT & ABOUT {Lavender Boutique}

14810 Cantrell Road, Suite 160, Little Rock (501) 868-8088, If you’re looking for luxury swimwear and lingerie look no further than west Little Rock’s recently opened Lavender Boutique. Stocked with trendsetting swim lines including Sea Folly, PilyQ, Beach Bunny, Jets and many more, Lavender has the perfect suit for the pool or sea this summer. You’ll also find a variety of upscale nightwear from quality-made lines such as Mary Green, Mimi Holliday and Maaji. For a final finishing touch be sure to check out their exclusive line of Red Flower organic candle and bath products.

Lavender Boutique

{Phoenix Interiors}

12315 Chenal Parkway, Suite D, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400, If you’re ready to redefine your style, Phoenix Interiors can help to take your space from ordinary to extraordinary. Specializing in both residential and commercial design, the store has experienced on-staff designers, including store manager Eric Doud and owner Linda Tedder to assist you with everything from palettes to furniture placement and accessories. Conveniently located in west Little Rock’s Chenal Place Shopping Center, the store offers a huge variety of accessories, original art and furniture including 12 unique American-made upholstery lines. Whether you are in need of a few finishing touches or a full-scale makeover you’ll find everything you need at Phoenix Interiors.


19650 Interstate 30, Benton, (501) 316-4328, The premier hearth and patio store in Central Arkansas, Congo’s expansive showroom displays a vast selection of wood and pellet stoves, wood/gas fireplaces, gas logs, grills, fire pits and outdoor furniture. Congo Fireplace & Patio is familyowned and has been in business since 1920, carrying many of the top brands including Big Green Egg. They keep a large inventory on hand to supply customers in a timely manner. The Congo team prides itself on stocking the highest quality merchandise and servicing the products they represent.

{Dwell} Congo Fireplace & Patio


5915 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, (501) 603-9934, dwelllittlerock,com Conveniently located in the Little Rock Heights neighborhood, Dwell offers a mix of reproduction vintage-style furniture, genuine antiques and a variety of charmingly contemporary accessories and gift items. Owner Allison Thompson stocks the store with carefully selected items including furniture pieces from Classic Home, tableware, letterpress prints and Dwell’s own signature candle line. Thompson is also a fan of locally made wares including Wellsmade, a line of custom pieces constructed from reclaimed wood (including the table shown at left) in Austin, Arkansas. In-house design services are also available.

{ABC Block & Brick}

ABC Block & Brick

6902 Brodie Lane, Little Rock, (501) 455-2027, Since 1986, ABC Block and Brick has been focused on delivering quality products and customer service to Arkansans. While they pride themselves in working on regional projects including Alltel Arena and the Hot Springs Civic Center, your project is equally important to their skilled craftsmen. They’ve got you covered for all outdoor projects including barbecue pits, retaining walls, raised beds for vegetable gardens or ground-based flower beds, paths and walkways, retaining walls and more. What’s more you can now find even more inspiration for your next project at the ABC Outdoor Living showroom just off Interstate 30. 34 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: congo fireplace & Patio: courtesy of vendor

Phoenix Interiors

5916 R Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207


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local flavor

A tasty soda known as Grapette steals the heart of a collector in the town where it was first made By TIFFANY BURGESS ADAMS

Grapette was originally produced in small six-ounce bottles, which were lightweight and easy to chill. Six drinks came in a metal carrier like the one shown here; however, after the start of World War II the company began to use cardboard packaging.

Promotional signs, often featuring attractive women and pets, were a popular form of advertising in the 1940s. “Thirsty or Not” was the brand’s official slogan from 1944-1972.

Ballparks and community centers were popular distribution points for small cups, which provided advertisement to the youngest Grapette fans.

Heavy, all-brass crosswalk markers reminded children and adults alike to stop and enjoy a Grapette.

You might refer to Karl Schanzlin’s collection of Grapette memorabilia as a homegrown effort. As a lifelong resident of Camden, where the popular soft drink was first produced and bottled, Schanzlin has long admired not only the refreshing taste of the drink, which became a household name in the 1940s, but also the colorful advertisements and promotional items that played a big part in the success of the brand. “I was working at the First National Bank in Camden when I first saw a display of Grapette items from years past in our lobby. I was completely taken with the colors and fascinated by all the different pieces,” recalls Schanzlin. As it turns out he was already in possession

of a valuable Grapette collector’s piece – a small wooden drink box, which held bottles for purchase at a momand-pop-type store. With this piece as his starting point, Schanzlin began to scour the town in search of banners, notepads, syrup bottles and any other Grapette-labeled merchandise he could find. Today, his collection boasts hundreds of pieces. “I tell my wife it’s an investment,” he laughs. While the soft drink is no longer produced in Camden, the collection is a reminder of its popularity and the vitality it brought to this small, south Arkansas town. As for the beverage, Schanzlin admits to still enjoying the version produced today as much as he enjoyed locally made Grapette when he was a kid. July 2013 | 37

“Collecting Grapette items is an addiction, but it’s a good addiction!” One of Schanzlin’s first collectibles, this trolley car poster features an all-American, kid-friendly theme.

—K ARL schanzlin

Another Camden business, NorSo pottery, trimmed traditional white, milk-glass ashtrays in gold and added the Grapette logo to create a brand-specific giveaway item.

A popular Grapette piece, Schanzlin notes these tongue-incheek bumper stickers are often seen at collectors’ shows.

First produced in 1950, twist-shaped bottles (at left) were meant to help consumers easily discern a Grapette bottle from other varieties in store coolers. Bottled syrup, which was mixed with water to create Grapette, was a popular option for fans who wanted to recreate the taste at home. When the bottle was empty it could be turned into a coin bank like the elephant version shown at right. 38 At Home in Arkansas | July July 2013 2013

Even cars were seen as an opportunity to advertise during the 1950s and 1960s. Every brand, including Grapette, passed out license plate toppers to their devoted fans.

B.T. Fooks, creator of Grapette and Camden resident, often held meetings at the local country club. Perhaps this explains the Grapette-branded golf-tee sets the company handed out.

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Conscious closet By Rosemary Hallmark

When you spend your days working for a company that puts sustainability at the forefront of everything it does, it’s easy to find yourself incorporating similar practices into your everyday life. Susie Shinn, the director of development at Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County, says she loves working for a company that keeps her mindful of the ways she can reduce her carbon footprint. “Habitat for Humanity, at both the international and local level here in Pulaski County, employs green practices in all our building standards,” Shinn says. “For example, all of our homes must be Level 3 Energy Star certified homes.” Because Habitat for Humanity serves low-income families, the organization also employs energy efficient technologies to keep utility bills affordable after the home building process is complete. Habitat’s annual fundraiser, ReStore and After, invites others to take part in these green practices. The event features furniture and home décor items from Habitat’s ReStore resale shops that have been transformed into works of art by local artists and supporters. At the end of the evening the pieces are available for purchase. “To date, we have seen more than 40 artists come together to give new life to our ReStore donations,” Shinn says.

Beads made from recycled newspaper offer high style with low impact, and are surprisingly lightweight.

photography: nancy nolan/styling: mandy keener

Habitat for Humanity employee Susie Shinn finds it’s easy being green

What Susie’s Wearing

There are plenty of ways to incorporate green practices into your wardrobe. Susie’s skirt is made from salvaged material scraps, while the soles of her sandals are recycled tires. Groceries 100% organic cotton tank, Lema French Market skirt, Bed Stü “Riley” sandals and In Gratitude newspaper bead necklaces. Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251, Makeup by Miranda Crabtree. Glo Limited, Little Rock, (501) 224-8222,

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A Little Rock butcher shop offers organic meats and sandwiches with a focus on local ingredients By Rosemary Hallmark

photography: nancy nolan/styling: mandy keener

Tara Protiva-Brown and Brandon Brown

Having spent the last 20 years living in Oregon, Tara Protiva-Brown and Brandon Brown were accustomed to the bounty of fresh food available in the Pacific Northwest and the many restaurants that supported local foods and farmers. “After moving here, we saw a void waiting to be filled in that respect,” Tara says. With a combined 46 years of experience in the food industry, the Browns were ready to open a place of their own. It wasn’t long before the couple had found the perfect location in Little Rock’s historic Hillcrest neighborhood, and in November of 2010 Hillcrest Artisan Meats (H.A.M.) opened its doors. The small but popular shop features a wide variety of fresh meats and Arkansas-produced foods. “Our meats are always raised naturally without the use of hormones or antibiotics,” Tara says. “For many, food is an intimate affair and shopping in stores with plastic-wrapped and stickered meat is abnormal. We want people to know where their food comes from.” H.A.M.’s Duck Ham sandwich is well known for its simplicity, flavor and locally sourced ingredients. Naturally raised duck breast from Falling Sky Farm in Marshall, arugula from Arkansas Natural Produce in Malvern and fresh bread from Boulevard Bread Company come together in this mouthwatering creation, which also happens to be a shop favorite.

H.A.M.’s Duck Ham Sandwich INGREDIENTS: BALSAMIC ONIONS 1 yellow onion, sliced thin 1 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil AIOLI 2 organic egg yolks 1 teaspoon freshly chopped garlic 1 cup extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon black pepper duck ham* arugula hoagie DIRECTIONS: To make the balsamic onions, combine onion slices, balsamic vinegar and two tablespoons olive oil in a covered container and marinate a minimum of one hour, preferably overnight. To make the aioli, combine egg yolks and garlic in a food processor. Very slowly, add olive oil until it is fully incorporated, then add red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Thin with a small amount of water if the aioli is too thick. Spread desired amount of aioli onto a fresh hoagie, then layer duck ham, arugula and balsamic onions as desired. *Duck ham is available for purchase at Hillcrest Artisan Meats. Hillcrest Artisan Meats, Little Rock, (501) 671-6328 July 2013 | 43


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A FRESH Philosophy

Sustainable practices—in both architecture and lifestyle— are the new normal for a downtown Little Rock couple

photography: nancy nolan/styling: rosemary hallmark

By Elaine Slayton Akin

As a native Arkansan returning home by way of famously au naturel Portland, Oregon, William Wooten is no stranger to environmentally conscious living. “It’s everywhere in Portland,” he says with a confirming laugh, “and it’s exactly what we wanted for our life here in Little Rock.” Serial urban home renovators and builders, Wooten and his wife Rina scoped out downtown Little Rock early in the search for unclaimed land and settled in the Governor’s Mansion District with the help of Herron Horton Architects. “It’s about working to find a peaceful place to live, retreat and celebrate. The most meaningful client-architect conversations center on how the family will shape a life for themselves over time,” explains Jennifer Herron, whose husband Jeff Horton makes the other half of Herron Horton Architects. For the Wootens, that life is marked by a laundry list of checkpoints: a decidedly small, low-maintenance house amenable to rescuing animals, vegetable gardening, the use of modern, energy-efficient materials and a deep-rooted relationship to the surrounding neighborhood. July 2013 | 45

The list was no challenge for Herron and Horton, who enjoy creating responsible, ecofriendly homes and define their design philosophy as “building once well,” which includes using vastly sustainable materials. The Wooten home, for example, dons a ribbed metal roof, which is not only a high-performance insulator but also a throwback to William’s first job as a sheet-metal worker. Less conventionally, coated ribbed metal constitutes the exterior siding in a Patrician Bronze hue, which is an aesthetic complement to the rich cedar panels near the front entrance of the home and reminiscent of the traditional board-and-batten exteriors, which are common in historic districts. Additionally, the home’s dogtrot layout, an old-fashioned architectural solution for efficient cooling, is on a north-south axis and allows for a comfortable, screened-in breezeway with a spot-on view of the downtown cityscape. This breezeway coupled with a covered, south-facing patio provides an abundance of solar shading and is the ultimate casual gathering place for friends and family. During quieter times, the space also provides an outlet for creativity and outdoor recreation in the backyard’s Japanese-style vegetable garden. Plants from the garden including herbs, tomatoes and snap peas, give the Wootens an abundance of organic produce throughout the year. “I read recently that preservation is not about freezing time and ensuring all buildings never change or that places never evolve. In fact, it is just the opposite,” Herron says of green architecture, whose sustainable materials are the true measure of a neighborhood’s longevity. The Wootens couldn’t agree more: “We appreciate quality materials that last and take care of themselves, allowing us more flexibility when it comes to the things we love—gardening, fostering animals and bonding with friends.” 46 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

Design Resources Architect Herron Horton Architects, Little Rock, (501) 975-0052, Contractor Charles Marratt, CM Constrcution, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 374-1173,; Page Wilson, Paul Page Dwellings, Little Rock, (501) 580-2770, Plants The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666,; Green Tree Nursery and Landscape, Little Rock, (501) 2256313,; Horticare, Little Rock, (501) 407-2727, Stone Bennett Brothers Stone, Little Rock, (501) 455-5040, July 2013 | 47

In Northwest Arkansas, designer Melissa Haynes uses safe and sustainable options to give a family the home of their dreams

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Furniture needed to be durable and sustainable for this young family. Washable slipcovers made from soy-based fabrics and organic cottons make the living room suitable for all ages and activities. Facing page: Haynes designed the fireplace surround and had it cast by local artist James Michael Kelley.

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When a young family in Northwest Arkansas desired greener pastures to fit their eco-friendly lifestyle, they immediately engaged Melissa Haynes of MH Designs, Inc. to assist with the renovation of their home. “They wanted the home to be energy efficient, safe for their family, non-toxic and free of harsh chemicals,” says Haynes. The desire for a greener space began with the choices they were making outside the home to live a cleaner, simpler lifestyle—things such as cultivating their own vegetable garden, composting and supporting local farmers. This way of life made the homeowners’ segue into a healthier home a natural choice. Haynes began the project by rounding up a team of experts to perform HVAC assessments, install a water filtration system and add insulation for a thermally efficient home. Moving next to the home’s interiors, she began the design process by selecting no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products for the floor and wall coverings. VOCs, a class of carbon compounds that evaporate at room temperature, are known to be hazardous to human health and also to the environment. “We used noVOC paints throughout the house, as well as no-VOC stains and finishes on the wood floor,” Haynes says. Despite wanting a complete renovation of the home, the homeowners were hands-on in making decisions to keep the integrity of the existing space. “My clients wanted a fresh, bright interior, with playful patterns and textures—a space that exuded an overall feeling of calm,” Haynes says. The furnishings throughout the home flow seamlessly in a palette of tranquil, soothing hues and rich textures while keeping with the homeowners’ wish of using sustainable materials wherever possible. “We wanted textiles and furnishings that were environmentally conscious, durable and washable,” says Haynes. “We chose to work with companies that strive to be ecoconscious in all aspects of their manufacturing.” Throughout the entire home, Haynes chose soy-based upholstery fabrics with sustainable wood frames and water-based finishes.

A Phillip Jeffries grasscloth wallpaper and Oly Studio bubble chandelier offer contrasting textures in the formal dining room. Artwork by Michelle Armas and an easy-to-clean pastel green vinyl on the dining room chairs keep the palette light and bright.

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Before the renovation, the kitchen was dark and cramped. Haynes opened up the space with new cabinetry painted in Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin to match the walls. A green backsplash tile from Walker Zanger extends from the Caesarstone countertops up to the ceiling. Additional windows were added to provide natural light.

A timeless dining table sets the stage for the light and airy formal dining room. Here, Haynes opted for a natural grasscloth wallcovering and linen window treatments. In the adjoining living room, she faced the challenge of finding furnishings for the family without compromising the desired look. Thanks to expanded offerings in both color and pattern she found coordinating options in organic cotton and linen for the upholstery and drapery, and selected soy-based slipcover cushions. Inspiration for the homeowners’ kitchen came from the geometric apple green backsplash tile with an eye-catching crackled glass finish. “Debate was had over something more subtle in a color such as blue-gray,” says Haynes. “But in the end the green was selected and I can’t imagine it any other way.” Haynes chose Caesarstone countertops, an abundant natural mineral from a company that puts an emphasis on sustainability, as well as Energy Star appliances for the family’s hub area. Windows were also added to provide natural light for preparing and enjoying meals. A breakfast table in the kitchen offers a casual seating and entertaining area, while a floor-to-ceiling bank of windows provides breathtaking views of the garden and porch just outside. “We opted for a vinyl coating on the chair upholstery instead of leather,” says Haynes of the dining chairs at the breakfast table and in the formal dining room. “By doing so, the homeowners can wipe the chairs clean with water and alcohol and avoid using harsh chemicals.” Off the kitchen, the screened porch incorporates elements of the outdoors such as wood and rock, creating a retreat for the family to enjoy. The dreamy, swinging daybed was made from reclaimed wood and is the perfect accompaniment to the pair of organic cotton slipcovered chairs in the space. A rock fireplace and mantel were existing fixtures in the room and provided inspiration for Haynes’ design.

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Linen drapery panels made from Osborne and Little fabric soften the clean lines of the breakfast area’s table and chairs. Facing page: Scalloped window treatments and glass-front cabinetry doors give the kitchen an enduring charm.

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Clean Thassos marble above the chair rail and a Carrara miniature brick mosaic marble below add visual interest to the master bathroom, while a custom herringbone floor tile makes the space feel fresh. The cool appeal carries over to the master bedroom’s gray palette. Here, Barabara Barry by Kravet Couture drapes, a modern chaise lounge and neutral accents create a refined, serene look.

The same consciousness was used in the design of the home’s more intimate areas. Organic and soy-based fabrics in a tranquil palette give the master suite a spa-like serenity. The bedroom’s lush textures along with calming grays and whites were carefully chosen by Haynes to give the family a place to relax. The palette continues into the bath where Haynes used tile variation to create subtle texture. From the initial design stages to the finishing touches, the project took nearly a year to complete, with all parties involved taking careful consideration to keep the home both sustainable and beautiful, something Haynes believes is becoming easier as eco-friendly resources become more readily available. “Commonly we think of green design as being ultra contemporary, state-of-the-art, and frankly, hard to initiate or conceptualize. My clients and I wanted a fresh, traditional space that is livable and comfortable. We just made eco-thoughtful choices while still achieving the look.” 56 At Home in Arkansas | July 2013

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“Commonly we think of green design as being ultra contemporary, state-of-theart, and frankly, hard to initiate or conceptualize. My clients and I wanted a fresh, traditional space that is livable and comfortable.�—Melissa Haynes

The earthy vibe of the screened porch was inspired by the natural stone fireplace and mantel that are original to the home. A daybed made from reclaimed wood hangs from the ceiling across from chairs slipcovered in organic cotton.

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Melissa Haynes’

Sustainable Style Guide “We chose to work with companies that strive to be eco-conscious in all aspects of their manufacturing.”

Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin

Benjamin Moore Gull Wing Gray

Work with what you have! This exisiting natural stone mantel is a beautiful backdrop for greenery.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Frame pieces of nature, such as the colorful minerals shown here, for conversationworthy art.

Choose low- or no-VOC paint to keep your walls free of potentially harmful chemicals.

Look for furniture with soy-based cushions, organic fabric options and water-based finishes.

Chelsea Khaki and Glyn Linen Hemp fabrics by Lee Industries. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Design Resources Interior design Melissa Haynes, MH Design, Inc, Rogers, (479) 286-2244, Contractor Preston Bacon, Preston & Company, Rogers, (479) 273-2266, Landscape design Travis Brooks, Brooks Landscape Architecture, Fayetteville, (479) 387-1769 Accessories, bedding, furniture, lighting MH Design, Inc., Rogers, (479) 286-2244, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 771-1840, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Cabinets Oak Grove Wood Products, Springdale, (479) 466-8325 Carpet, rugs, tile Tom January Floors, Fayetteville, (479) 521-2422, Countertops Elite Marble & Granite, Bentonville, (479) 273-5225 Fresh floral Tipton Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709, Flooring Wood Floor Gallery, Springdale, (866) 872-4219, Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide, Window coverings Greenvalley Window Solutions, Fayetteville, (479) 695-1770, July 2013 | 59




Downtown Bentonville

Skylights for natural ventilation

Low-maintenance fiber cement siding

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The Framework

Responsible Building from the Ground Up Why They Built Green

“When we moved from upstate New York to Bentonville, we knew we wanted to build a home in the heart of the downtown area. We figured as long as we were building, let’s build it right and do the right thing by creating a sustainable, environmentally friendly home.” —Tom Hoehn, Homeowner

How They Did It

This home is about more than energy savings—it was built to be durable and to allow for resource conservation as well. From the insulated concrete forms in the foundation to its solar water-heating system and close proximity to downtown Bentonville, the entire space, which was built by Stitt Energy systems, was designed with sustainability in mind. Even the front lawn, which features a mix of locally quarried limestone and drought-tolerant plants designed by Landscape Creations by S. Jasan, was created to withstand hot Arkansas summers with minimal watering.

Tips from the Pros

South-facing windows to provide year-round natural light

“Reducing your turf area means your lawn and landscaping will require less water. For plants that do require frequent watering, make sure to group them according to the amount of water they need—you’ll conserve water and the plants will thrive.” —Susan Jasan, Landscape Creations by S. Jasan “The biggest thing with any home—and it’s pretty simple—is to work with qualified people from the start to get the plan right. The homes being built today are better quality and have a lasting long-term sustainability because the thought and time was put into the plan from the start.” —David Stitt, Stitt Energy Systems, Inc.

What Makes It Green

Drought-tolerant landscaping

Solar water-heating system Insulated concrete structure forms Spray foam insulation Skylights for natural ventilation South-facing windows to provide year-round natural light Programmable thermostat Low-maintenance fiber cement siding FEMA-approved safe room Drought-tolerant landscaping Photography: Rett Peek PRODUCED BY: TIFFANY BURGESS ADAMS AND ROSEMARY HALLMARK

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Pale Purple Coneflower

Lance-leaved Coreopsis

Prickly Pear


Indian Blanket

Ouachita Beebalm

Common Milkweed

Aquatic Milkweed

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Regional Varieties Make for Smart Growing Why TheY PLANTED Green

“Because native plants are adapted to the local conditions, they’re better able to withstand drought, heat, freezing and pests. They don’t require fertilizer and many don’t need to be watered even during droughts. Most importantly, native insects are tied to native plants. When native plant species disappear, the insects disappear, thus impoverishing the food supply for birds and other animals. We love providing food for birds and butterflies.” —Dan Scheiman, Homeowner Trumpet Honeysuckle

How TheY Did It

Samantha and Dan Scheiman consider themselves lucky to have purchased their home from expert botanist Theo Witsell of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. The yard was well-established with eight years of native plant growth, and the Scheimans picked up where Witsell left off by maintaining and adding to the gardens. In addition to the lush backyard, the couple added a rain garden and dry creek bed at the front of the house to slow the flow of rainwater from a downspout. The bed reduces erosion and percolates water into the ground, rather than into a storm drain. The Scheimans purchase native plants at suppliers such as Pine Ridge Gardens in Russellville and New South Nursery in Little Rock, and encourage Arkansans to request native plants at their favorite nurseries around the state.

Tips from the Pros Hairy Skullcap Dan SUGGESTS

“Some of our native wildflowers are striking and spectacular but a lot of these plants are disappearing in the wild because of changes in land use and urban sprawl. By planting them in our yards, people can conserve them. These are our heritage—if we lose them, they are gone forever.” —Tom Frothingham, New South Nursery

What Makes It Green

Rain barrels All plants are native to Arkansas No pesticides used Weeds are hand-pulled Mulch retains soil moisture and reduces weeds Compost pile for food scraps, yard waste and more Rain garden and dry creek bed Organic vegetable garden Bird feeders and bath to attract feathered friends Parachute cords hung on the windows prevent bird collisions Photography: NANCY NOLAN PRODUCED BY: TIFFANY BURGESS ADAMS AND ROSEMARY HALLMARK

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EFFICIENT KITCHEN The Room That Pays for Itself

Why he Built Green


“I like the challenge of applying building science to real world applications. Success in energy efficiency is getting the most bang for your buck in regard to the amount of time that a particular upgrade takes to pay for itself. Paying attention here can move a typical new home into what I call a ‘high performance home,’ making better use of our water, electrical and natural gas resources.” —Brandon Tedder, homeowner

How he Did It

Tedder, a Certified Green Professional and owner of Renaissance Homes, strives to build energy efficient homes without overspending or sacrificing luxury. During his home’s construction phase, the walls were covered with 1-inch-thick polystyrene foam board and low emissivity windows were installed to reduce energy costs. A large tankless water heater that feeds into a small 12-gallon electric unit with a recirculation pump gives the Tedders instant hot water that never runs out. The result is a luxurious home with a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index score of less than half of an average newly constructed house, which means Tedder saves more than he spends on utility costs.

Tips from the Pros

“A home built with zero energy costs would receive a HERS Index Score of zero, while standard new construction homes have a rating of 100. HERS Index Scores are now recognized by the appraisal community as an evaluation tool when appraising a home’s resale value. So, paying attention to energy saving components from the start can not only lower your energy costs, but also may help you when you choose to sell the property. ” —Matt Bell, Home Energy Rx

What Makes It Green


Hybrid water management system with tankless unit, electric storage tank and recirculation pump Polystrene foam board insulation Programmable thermostat Natural stone flooring Low-emissivity glass windows Energy Star appliances Photography: NANCY NOLAN PRODUCED BY: TIFFANY BURGESS ADAMS AND ROSEMARY HALLMARK

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Quality Counts

Materials and Ideas to Last a Lifetime Why She Built Green


“I made building green a priority for two main reasons: it will save energy costs in the long run and it’s the right thing to do. Most of the features that make the bath green are in the house as a whole. For instance, I oriented the house for passive solar gain in the winter, used energy-efficient windows and also positioned them for tons of natural light during the day (which was especially important to me in the bath) as well as maximum ventilation so I can get by with less air conditioning. I also used locally sourced materials whenever possible and kept the size of the house small to reduce my footprint. —Kristin Musgnug, Homeowner

How She Did It

While the house is relatively small—about 1,400 square feet—it was important to both the homeowner and the architect, Rich Brya of 3GD Inc. in Rogers, to make the space feel as large and luxurious as possible, especially when it came to the bath. As with most green builds the home was sited for optimal natural light and cross ventilation. Quality materials also played a large role in making the bath sustainable. Locally fabricated concrete countertops and solid oak cabinetry will last for years to come, while responsible selections including water-efficient faucets and a low-consumption flush toilet make good use of water resources.

Tips from the Pros


“When people think of green design and green products, they usually think it has to be boring. I always have to laugh a little when I hear that because some of the most cutting-edge, modern and unique materials are made of recycled glass, shells, quartz, paper and soda cans. One company that stands out in the green movement is Crossville Tile. They have 21 products that have recycled content and they are NOT boring. We also carry several attractive options for recycled countertops including Caesarstone®, IceStone® and Silestone®.” —Leslie Tetrev, Inside-Effects

What Makes It Green

Water-efficient faucets Low-consumption flush toilet Durable canvas shower curtain Energy-efficient windows Locally fabricated cabinetry and countertops Photography: RETT PEEk STYLING: MANDY KEENER PRODUCED BY: TIFFANY BURGESS ADAMS AND ROSEMARY HALLMARK

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Ready to build your dream home, but not sure where to start? Arkansas is home to a host of professional builders—all well-suited to walk you through the process and construct a home you’ll enjoy for years to come. While you’re making plans be sure to put giving these builders a call at the top of your punch list.


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PARKINSON BUILDING GROUP, INC. Skilled professionals focus on client satisfaction throughout the building process, incorporating eco-friendly practices along the way


Parkinson Building Group, Inc. owner: Bill Parkinson trademarks: At Parkinson Building Group, our goals are to create the best possible building experience for our clients and to make the journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible. No two homes are the same, and no two clients will follow the same path to reach their final objective. history: Founded in 1999, Parkinson Building Group is comprised of six employees. A small staff allows for a continuation of the philosophy to always be client-centric, working closely with clients from the identification of the lot, to development and pricing of the plan, to the building and creation of the vision. design advice: When choosing your builder, do your homework and make informed decisions. Your home is a big investment, and there is a difference. green tips: While we have always used eco-friendly materials in our projects, we are seeing more of our clients than ever incorporating large green initiatives. A few of the green building aspects we use include ICF walls, geothermal products, solar products, green insulation packages, low-volatility products and whole home energy monitoring, as well as assessing the total carbon footprint of homes through the responsible sourcing of our materials. Parkinson Building Group, Inc. P.O. Box 241448 • Little Rock • 72223 501-352-2033


RIVER VALLEY BUILDERS, INC. Owned and operated by Nathan Cooper, River Valley Builders, Inc., prides itself on customer satisfaction while focusing on the small details that will allow you to enjoy your new home or remodel for years to come name: River Valley Builders, Inc. owner: Nathan Cooper mission: Our mission is to create a partnership with each

customer and exceed his or her expectations. We accomplish this by developing a plan with our customers and executing that plan on time and in budget. specialty: River Valley Builders is a design/build residential construction company that specializes in new construction, additions and remodels. With every project, we offer plan design, using the latest in design software and in-depth cost analysis before construction begins. history: Cooper graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in construction management in 2003. After serving as Vice President of Woodhaven Homes in Sherwood from 2004 - 2010, he founded River Valley Builders, Inc. Cooper is a member of the Greater Little Rock Home Builders Association and has served on the board of directors for four years. River Valley Builders was named as one of the “Top 10 Builders” in the state for 2011 and 2012 by the readers of At Home in Arkansas. River Valley Builders, Inc. 3801 Woodland Heights Rd • Suite 125C • Little Rock • 72212 501-658-9114 •

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