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11 Stylish Finds Family Fun 16 Design News What’s new and notable in The Natural State 19 Collections A Little Rock collector’s assortment of snow globes 23 In the Garden A multipurpose rooftop garden for a Fayetteville family

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AT HOME FAMILY LIVING 28 The New Traditional Designer Tobi Fairley transforms an antique-filled house in Monticello into an accommodating family home 40 Blended Spaces Designer Kimberly Harper creates a pair of colorful rooms designed to last into teen years and beyond 44 Outside the Box A Fayetteville homeowner uses do-ityourself ideas and innovative resources to design creative spaces for her young family 48 Will in the Wild A Fort Smith couple creates a vibrant, adventurous escape for their newest addition 50 Blue Belle Soothing blues and whimsical watercolors set a sophisticated tone in a Little Rock nursery Special Section: 56 Arkansas’ Best Real Estate Companies

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AT HOME OUT & ABOUT 56 On the Town Kid City: Urban styles and hip designs give kids’ fashion an edge 60 Out & About Spotlight on Fayetteville and Springdale 71 What’s in Store 72 At Home with Writer Kyran Pittman

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DID YOU NOTICE THE PHRASE “Happiness begins at home” emblazoned on our cover? That concept is exactly what we’ve tried to convey with this issue, showcasing the multitude of ways that families turn their houses into nurturing, supportive, invigorating homes. Take the case of Carita and Bennie Ryburn in Monticello, who moved into a lovely, heirloom furniture-filled home handed down to them from Bennie’s grandmother. With two young daughters, Carita and Bennie’s challenge was to make a previous generation’s family home feel fresh and comfortable for a new one. Enlisting the help of designer Tobi Fairley, furnishings were curated, colors were updated and an occasional space remodeled, resulting in rooms that cherish the past yet embrace this active family’s vitality. For the families highlighted in this issue, creativity was the key to creating their own, unique spaces. We share the stories of two couples, one in Fort Smith and another in Little Rock, who used imaginative colors and creative concepts to design inviting nurseries without knowing the gender of their babies. Then there’s a young Fayetteville family that took a do-it-yourself approach and painted furniture and walls to create unique spaces for their toddlers. And another Fayetteville homeowner who decided that one spare room could serve many purposes and worked with a designer to devise a guest bedroom/office/craft space. Highlighting the influence that creativity and design can have on our lives, individually and as a family, has been my focus since I joined At Home. It seems fitting then that this Family Homes issue marks my last with the magazine, as I move to a new position with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. I’ll be involved in sharing the news of this Arkansas gem and all it has to offer as a world-class museum, continuing to promote how art, architecture, design and the creative process can enrich our days. It’s been my honor and pleasure to bring you unique stories each month from around our state, and to get to know the homeowners, design pros and resources that make it all possible. I’ve also been fortunate to work with a talented team of writers, editors, art directors, photographers and sales staff, who will continue to carry forth in sharing inspiring design stories. My thanks to all of you, as during my tenure here, you’ve helped me feel very much At Home.



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EVAN LIPSCHITZ NEVER INTENDED to amass a collection of close to 200 snow globes. Instead, the pieces of the collection seemed to find him through his interests and ultimately his travels. “I found my first snow globe on a weekend trip to an antiques store,” says the 24-year-old collector, who was only seven or eight at the time. “I remember seeing the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ globe and immediately wanting to have it.” Evan was visiting the antiques store with his sisters, who were in search of unique salt-and-pepper shakers, so it seemed natural that he, too, should begin a hobby. Thus, his collection was born. Snow globes, or water domes as they are sometimes called, are believed to have originated in France in the late 1800s. The concept is said to have derived from clear glass paperweights, which were highly popular at the time. In 1889, the debut of a globe featuring the Eiffel Tower was revealed at the International Exposition or World’s Fair in Paris. This debut helped to not only increase the globes’ exposure, but also its popularity. Soon after, the small curiosities became a staple in American gift shops, and in the 1950s, the introduction of plastic allowed for mass production, making snow globes the souvenir of choice for children and adults alike. After Evan’s initial purchase at the antiques store, a family friend heard about the new hobby and decided to help. She began to add to his collection by surprising him with a new globe each Christmas. Knowing that the family friend also admired snow globes, Evan began to return the favor by purchasing ones for her as well, beginning a gift exchange of holiday globes that would last for years to come. Evan received many of his holiday-themed and some of the travel-themed globes as a part of this gift exchange.


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However, his collection really took off when Evan began to travel. “I have almost been around the world, and I try to get a snow globe from every place I visit,” he says. His collection features globes from nearly everywhere—including nearby Texas and Louisiana, as well as more far-flung locales such as London, China and Ireland. On a trip to Paris, Evan bought a globe featuring the famous Eiffel Tower landmark that originally began the buzz about these small wonders. While many of the globes from his travels are among his favorites, including one from a recent trip to Jordan and another from the Egyptian pyramids, Evan also has a fondness for movie scenes that are set in the globes—much like the original globe that began his collection. “I have one that shows a snowy scene from the movie ‘Fargo’ and another that shows Jamie Lee Curtis in a scene from ‘Halloween.’ As a child I even collected all of the ‘101 Dalmatians’ globes,” says Evan. The often bright, cheerful colors of the globes and their characteristic happy scenes, coupled with the tranquil drifting snow or occasional filling of glitter, offers a brilliance that attracts more than just bright-eyed children. The beauty and colorful qualities of the globes are something to be enjoyed by all generations. What’s next for Evan and his global collection? “I haven’t been to Hawaii, so I would definitely like one from there—maybe a beach scene with sand,” he says. “I would also like to go to China and get a globe from The Great Wall.” With any luck, the collection will soon feature these scenes and more.

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TWO FLOORS ABOVE THE DOWNTOWN Fayetteville square, Ted and Leslie Belden are settling in for a family movie night. Leslie’s curled up on the sofa with the couple’s five-year-old grandson, Hayden; Ted is relaxing in an upholstered armchair nearby. As the opening credits roll, a quick flick of a switch lights a terra-cotta fire pit nestled into the seating area, and the family catches a glimpse of the sunset through the terrace hedges. It may be on a roof, and it may be a deck, but to call the Beldens’ recently renovated outdoor living space simply a roof deck would be an understatement. When the couple moved into Fayetteville’s historic Campbell-Bell building 10 years ago, the empty nesters were delighted to trade yard work for the ease of city living. But as their daughters’ young families started to grow, the Beldens knew they needed a more family-oriented retreat. “What we wanted most dearly was an outdoor space to enjoy with our family,” says Leslie, “a place where our grandkids could go out and spill their juice and ride a tricycle.” Luckily, their original space had great bones, including a custom pergola, a grilling area and panoramic views of Fayetteville’s rolling hills. But years of intense sunlight had taken a toll on the pine decking, and the terrace’s openness—though great for catching sunsets—provided little escape from the elements. “The necessities were more shade and a softer, safer flooring for the grandkids,” says exterior designer Daniel Keeley, who 24

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installed a tented pavilion and swapped out the faded pine for low-maintenance recycled composite decking. From there, the wish list expanded quickly, says Leslie: “We thought, ‘If we’re going to have a tent, why not an outdoor TV? And maybe a hot tub. And what about adding a fountain?’” Since the Beldens often host community fundraisers and events, Keeley’s plan incorporated functional zones—a dining space, an outdoor kitchen, a TV area, a space for the hot tub, a tented seating area—all divided by what the designer deems a traffic lane. To marry the space with the home’s interior, Keeley mirrored architectural elements and color palettes already in place in the condo, and brought in luxe interior-quality, yet outdoor-friendly, accents and trimmings. “The bench cushion is exterior-grade faux ostrich,” says Keeley, who also used Caesarstone for the countertops and imported exterior-ready floor lamps from Europe. “My goal is always to make the space as much an extension of the indoors as possible. By piecing together indoors-style elements from different places, we’re able to create a sophisticated, eclectic look.” Though the 1,000-square-foot terrace definitely comes in handy during football season, it’s evenings spent on the deck with the family that have truly made this house a home. “It’s the last little bit of icing on the cake that is living on the square,” says Leslie. “It’s more than a balcony, it’s urban living at its best.”

Designer Daniel Keeley outfitted Leslie and Ted Belden’s downtown Fayetteville terrace with a series of entertaining areas. Doors from their condo lead to a pergola-covered dining area with a built-in grill nearby; next to the dining structure, a sofa and pair of armchairs surround a fire pit and provide a viewing area for the TV, tucked behind artwork that slides open. Steps lead down to bench seating and a tented pavilion with pivoting armchairs, offering city and country views.

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Designer Tobi Fairley transforms an antique-ďŹ lled Monticello house into a contemporary family home Interview: Rosemary Hallmark Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Diane Carroll


In the dining room of Carita and Bennie Ryburn’s home, designer Tobi Fairley juxtaposed traditional pieces with a modern color palette. Chartreuse Kelly Wearstler for Schumacher trellis wallpaper and Robert Allen drapery fabric create a vibrant backdrop for the Ryburns’ antique dining table and chairs. A neutral Tamarian rug anchors the space as the eye is drawn upward to the lavender ceiling, covered in Sherwin-Williams’ Enchant. Previous page: In the formal living room, Fairley added lamps by Visual Comfort and a Hickory Chair oversized mirror to complement the room’s traditional style.


The large formal living room showcases the Ryburns’ heirloom furnishings. Fairley recovered many of the pieces in colorful fabrics that blend with the adjacent rooms. A modern, neutral sofa by ecofriendly Lee Industries adds comfortable, updated seating. Lamps by Visual Comfort and a light-colored area rug from C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery brighten the space.


At Home in Arkansas: Carita and Bennie Ryburn and their two daughters, Halley and Madison, are a young, active family. How did they amass such an impressive collection of antique furniture? Designer Tobi Fairley: This house belonged to Bennie’s grandparents, and he was very close to his grandmother. When she passed away, she left the house to him and his family. It was full of her antiques—wonderful old furniture, with many pieces from Hickory Chair and Baker. The Ryburns left things intact for a little while, and when they were ready, I came in and helped them with the process of determining which items to keep. Many items were sentimental to them, but they wanted the house to feel modern and updated for their children—someplace they could live in for a long time. Once you began the remodeling process, your initial plans were derailed a bit. After we finally decided which items to keep, I picked up all the antiques, moved them to my warehouse in Little Rock, and began refinishing and reupholstering them. Once we began the remodeling process with the contractor, the house caught on fire due to some old electrical wiring in the sunroom. A few things in the 31

house had to be restored. We didn’t lose much, but we had to completely start over on the renovation. That was about four years ago, so this has been a five or six year process. A young family can grow and change a lot in six years. How did you integrate his grandmother’s antiques with pieces the family could grow into? So many of the pieces we began with were very traditional, and the Ryburns are comfortable in a very traditional environment. Plus, the lines of the furniture as well as the molding and millwork details in the house dictated a somewhat traditional approach. But the Ryburns are young—not just young, but active—and the design needed to reflect that. We showed them how to take the pieces they had in their own home, blend them with his grandmother’s pieces, and then add new pieces to make sure it felt updated and functioned well, because many antiques are very pretty, but not functional. How did the execution of the design differ in rooms that received a more traditional touch and those that are more family-friendly? In some of the main areas, like the girls’ den and the sunroom, we used mainly new furnishings because those spaces receive the most wear and tear. We used durable fabrics in bright colors that don’t show stains, and


Though the kitchen received a complete renovation, Fairley carried over some of the traditional elements of the home in the new design. Cabinets by Merritt’s Custom Cabinets were given a faux finish by Berryman Painting. Plumbing fixtures are by Kohler. An island offers extra seating with Lee Industries barstools covered in Fabricut fabric. Visual Comfort pendant lights hang above. Duralee fabric and Place Vendome trim were used to create Roman shades over the sink and in the breakfast area. Lorts chairs, covered with fabric from Raoul Textiles, offer a space for casual family meals.


Since the sunroom is the hub of activity in the Ryburn home, Fairley used a durable sectional from Rowe Furniture and a Barclay Butera ottoman recovered in Fairley’s Marrakech fabric. Robert Abbey lamps flank the sofa. The family’s existing wingchair and ottoman were recovered in Designer’s Guild fabric. On either side of the room, Arteriors lamps sit atop bureaus from World’s Away. Duralee fabric was used to create Roman shades that block harsh afternoon light and two Dash & Albert rugs were sewn together to cover a larger floor space. From left, Madison, Carita, Halley and Bennie Ryburn relax in the newly updated sunroom. In the girls’ den, a Lee Industries sofa, ottoman and chairs covered in Pine Cone Hill fabrics add comfortable seating for the girls and their friends. A Robert Abbey lamp, Duralee curtains, Tobi Fairley Collection silhouettes and Rug Market rug complete the space.


“The entire process was an intentional JUXTAPOSITION of old and new, CONTEMPORARY and TRADITIONAL. What you end up with is the BLENDED look of something that feels CLASSIC in its form, but looks MODERN in its execution.” —TOBI FAIRLEY rugs were inexpensive so that spills are less of a concern. We tried to use things that look great but are hassle-free, so they wouldn’t have to worry when they hang out in those spaces. Yet the home seems very cohesive. Was it difficult to transition from room to room when blending old and new? I transition with color. One of my favorite rooms is the dining room, which is one of the more traditional rooms in the house. It has an antique dining table, buffet, two china chests, a silver chest and a very formal chandelier. I mixed those pieces with chartreuse trellis wallpaper and a purple ceiling. And then I carried that fun color palette over to some of the really traditional pieces in the living room. I like to have a subtle repetition of color throughout all my spaces, so if you begin in the kitchen, you see the dark green and chartreuse, which moves to the chartreuse dining room, and then to the chartreuse and terra cotta formal living room, which goes into the terra cotta and aqua sunroom. In your mind’s eye, when you encounter the next room, at least part of the palette was used in the previous room so it doesn’t feel like a complete departure. 35

The star of daughter Madison’s bedroom is the Robert Allen houndstooth fabric used in curtains and on the statement wall behind the antique twin beds, which were updated by Angelfish Studios. Bedding includes Matouk sheets and shams, custom-made Fabricut bed skirts and a reversible duvet made from Lee Jofa damask and Fabricut fabrics. Modern Lampa pendant lights hang above the beds while a Company C rug grounds the room. The Ryburns’ existing benches, recovered in Duralee fabric, flank a Seabrook Classics bookcase.

It sounds like most of the renovation involved decorative surface changes. Was there much restructuring involved? Even though they had to go back to the solid wood walls of the house, we didn’t change much of the structure. We did a few things to modernize, like add a second laundry room. It doesn’t make any sense to walk all the way to the kitchen to do laundry, because most of your laundry comes from the bedrooms. The original kitchen was small, with a wall separating it from a big, open service kitchen. Neither room was very functional; all the other rooms in the house are so big and open that it just didn’t make sense to have a small, closed-off kitchen. So the entire process was an intentional juxtaposition of old and new, contemporary and traditional. What you end up with is the blended look of something that feels classic in its form, but looks modern in its execution.


In Halley’s room, a pink damask fabric from Lee Industries is used in curtains and bedding, which also includes Matouk sheets and a Pine Cone Hill stripe fabric on the custom headboard, reversible duvet and antique bench. Angelfish Studios painted the Ryburns’ antique desk and nightstands. Robert Abbey gourd lamps flank the bed and a Stray Dog Designs lamp sits on the desk. The bright colors of the room are pulled together in the Company C rug.



In the master bedroom, a paisley duvet and shams by Pindler & Pindler are paired with SDH sheets, coverlet and monogrammed shams. At the foot of the bed, a Hickory Chair bench was recovered in Schumacher fabric. Fairley created a seating area by reupholstering the Ryburns’ existing sofa and chairs in Fabricut fabric. The tartan draperies feature Duralee fabric, and a Global Views box sits on the Ryburns’ antique coffee table. In the renovated master bathroom, Schumacher wallpaper creates a backdrop for the cabinetry by R & B Cabinets and fixtures by Kohler. Pottery Barn mirrors and Visual Comfort sconces hang above.

Design Resources Interior design Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 868-9882, Contractor Tom Priest Construction, Monticello, (870) 367-7389 Cabinets Merritt’s Custom Cabinets, Star City, (870) 460-0001 Cabinets—bathroom R&B Cabinets, Sheridan, (870) 942-0983 Cabinets—faux finish Berryman Painting, Monticello, (870) 367-3690 Draperies, bedding Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 Flooring C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, Furniture finishes Angelfish Studios, Little Rock, (501) 960-4826, Rug, sunroom Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Upholstery Robby Chism, Little Rock, (501) 257-7932






Anna Trumbo draws at the island in the new home office/craft space/guest room in her family’s Fayetteville residence. A Schumacher wallpaper covers an accent wall, to which a custom paint color was matched. Designer Kimberly Harper created the daybed, and accessories and pillows are from her shop, Harper Howey Interiors. The table, stools, light fixture and storage system are from IKEA.


At Home in Arkansas: What did these spaces look like before the transformation? Designer Kimberly Harper: When Michelle Trumbo and Joe Whiteside married, Michelle moved into Joe’s home with her daughters, Holley, age 12, and Anna, age 9. The craft space was a guest room/home office, but it was full of the belongings that didn’t fit elsewhere when Michelle and the girls moved in. The TV/game room upstairs was just an empty stairway landing area. What design elements were important to the family to include in the craft space? Multipurpose was important with office and craft areas. Michelle had a picture from a magazine showing a room with geometric wallpaper and a wall unit with modern, white shelving. So we went from there. She needed a place for her printer and files, and those are underneath the counter. We added baskets for storage and a customizable rod system that holds cups for craft supplies.


The TV/game room features walls painted Sherwin-Williams’ Wheat Grass. A sectional sofa does double duty as seating or sleepover space. The sofa, art and side tables are from Harper Howey Interiors; the bookcase is from I.O. Metro. Facing page: An IKEA storage system maximizes space with pull-up cabinet doors and customized craft supply cups.

The craft/office space is also a guest bedroom. How did you plan such a versatile area? It was a challenge because it’s not a very big space. They wanted a daybed with a trundle, so we created one using a twin bed turned sideways and adjoining a king-size headboard mounted to the wall. What did Michelle envision for the TV/game room, and how did you plan colors? She wanted a place where the girls could have sleepovers, watch TV and play games. We used a combination of plum and chartreuse, and added a few other bright colors. The sofa is a dark color to hide spills. The room is fun but not too young, so it will grow with the girls. Both areas should be multipurpose for years to come. Design Resources Interior design Kimberly Harper, Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300 Bookcase I.O. Metro, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1297; Jonesboro, (870) 268-0913; Little Rock, (501) 217-0300; Rogers, (479) 899-6288; Fabrics Fabric Gallery, Springdale, (479) 751-7711, Window shades Budget Blinds, Springdale, (479) 659-0700, 43


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Designer Laurie McFarland worked with the Ladners to create well-appointed rooms throughout the house. The family room fireplace was updated with glass tile from ProSource. The art above it is from The Showroom and metallic light fixtures are from lampsplus. com. Vintage finds include an antique buffet from Rock, Paper, Scissors, swivel chairs from Fabulous Finds and a bench recovered in fabric from Cynthia East Fabrics. The sofa is from Phoenix Interiors. Throughout the house, Sherwin-Williams’ low-VOC paint in Alabaster covers the walls while Toque covers the trim.

At Home in Arkansas: Your son Sawyer’s room is so colorful and fun. What was your inspiration? Homeowner Katie Henry: I have always been drawn to colorful, modern design, but didn’t necessarily want that look in my entire house. This room was a great place to implement that style. When we moved into this house, we were expecting our daughter, so it was a good time to move Sawyer into a toddler room, and I wanted to create a room that would be fun, bright and transitional as he grows older. Tell us about the stencil on the wall and how you created it. I wanted to create an accent wall in his room and could not find any wallpaper that fit my concept. After looking online for a few days, I found the stencil from a shop on Etsy. When I received it in the mail, I realized that it was not something I was patient or talented enough to

Andrew and Katie Henry outfitted the room of their three-year-old son, Sawyer, with a bed from Kid’s Furniture paired with a mix of Serena & Lily and Whistle and Wink bedding from Tuck & Cover. Katie purchased the wall stencil from Royal Design Stencils on Etsy and had Fayetteville artisan Jamie Brandes complete it in McCormick Paints’ Match Point. Katie found Sawyer’s dresser at a flea market and repainted it, then topped it with an heirloom mirror she refinished as well.

paint without mistakes. I hired someone to paint it and it turned out to be quite the mathematical task to line up everything correctly. She did an amazing job and I love how it turned out. When it came time to create your daughter Brooklyn’s nursery, what was your inspiration? I had always dreamed of designing a little girl’s nursery. I actually had so many ideas that when it came time to focus, it was difficult to narrow down. I decided to begin with the bedding and I kept returning to beautiful, neutral linens. I quickly figured out that my taste was too expensive for our budget, so I found a seamstress on Etsy that had linen crib bedding, and I emailed her to see if she would be interested in trying to pull off my idea. She sent me samples of her gorgeous washed linens and I immediately fell in love. I found a crocheted tablecloth from a flea market, sent 45

In 9-month-old Brooklyn’s room, the crib and glider are from Kid’s Furniture; custom bedding is from the Etsy shop Cottage and Cabin, and the glider is slipcovered in matching fabric. Sandpiper Studios wallpaper pairs with Sherwin-Williams’ Barbados Sand paint. Flea market finds complete the room, including lamps, a mirror and dresser that Katie repainted. In the playroom, Katie covered her childhood bed in Pottery Barn bedding and custom pillows from Etsy. She framed vintage flash cards and paired them with mirrors covered in chalkboard paint.

it to her and it became the basis for the dust ruffle and bumper pads. After I found the linens and figured out the crib bedding, I envisioned a neutral space with touches of pink. I knew that I wanted it to feel a tad shabby chic, and overall, I wanted it to be girly, girly, girly. Did you learn any lessons from working on Sawyer’s room that helped when creating Brooklyn’s space? The main thing I learned from designing Sawyer’s room was how to think outside of the box and find deals online, discover the best flea markets in our 46

area and learn how to refurbish furniture. Both rooms have several heirloom pieces that I’ve repainted. Did those concepts figure into the design of the playroom too? Yes, I based the room around the vintage flashcards that I found at a flea market. I knew I had to buy them even though I had no idea what I was doing with that room. After I purchased them, I decided I wanted to use all the colors that were in the cards and create a fun, colorful, eclectic theme for the room. Putting together the patterns and colors was so much fun, and created a unique space.

Design Resources Bed, crib, glider Kid’s Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 978-5439, Boy’s bedding Tuck & Cover, Little Rock, (501) 225-8825, Boy’s bedside tables, lamp shades, playroom floor lamps Target, locations statewide, Monogrammed basket inserts Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, Stencil artist Jamie Brandes, Concepts N Color, Fayetteville, concepts.color Table, chairs Bed Bath & Beyond, locations statewide, Toy baskets, playroom bedding Pottery Barn, locations statewide,



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At Home in Arkansas: The nursery you created for Will is so imaginative. What was your inspiration for this space? Homeowner Laura Keener: My husband, Michael, and I decided to not find out the baby’s gender before he was born, so the main requirement for the nursery was that it be gender neutral. I enlisted the help of my sister-in-law, [At Home in Arkansas art director] Mandy Keener, and we used Pinterest to find all sorts of ideas and communicate those with each other. You captured a nice balance of soothing blues with pops of bright colors throughout. Mandy Keener: I’m obsessed with color, so I wanted to pump in as much of it as I could without it being overwhelming. LK: Now that Will is spending time in his room, I notice him locking his gaze on those bright moments. When we change his diaper, he stares at the big red frame on the wall. When I rock him, I 48

see him gazing up at the bright, multicolored animal mobile his dad, aunt and I made for him. There’s a lot going on when you look up in the room. What inspired you to include the ceiling in your design plans? MK: My first concern was that Will would be lying on his back, looking up at a plain white ceiling, so we talked Michael into painting stripes on it. But I also wanted to create something as my gift to the family. What started as a mobile turned into more of an art installation. LK: At first I didn’t understand the concept, but I trusted Mandy. She purchased over one hundred plastic animals at a party supply store, and she and I spray-painted them a variety of bright colors. Michael cut out and built the support structure with embroidery hoops and fishing line. We spent a Saturday putting it all together and laying on the floor underneath it, looking up at the colorful animals floating and swaying in the breeze from the fan. This seems like a perfect room for a little boy to grow into. LK: We know babies can’t see very far or very clearly when they are newborns, but they can see bright colors. Even though he’s not very old, Will already focuses on the colors, and I know he will continue to enjoy looking at them and learning as he grows. Design Resources Carpet Abbey Carpet & Floor, Fort Smith, (479) 452-4808, Crib, lamp Target, locations statewide, Curtain fabric Sewing Machine Center, Fort Smith, (479) 484-5351,

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Soothing blues and whimsical watercolors set a sophisticated tone in a Little Rock nursery Interview: Rosemary Hallmark Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener

At Home in Arkansas: Blue is an unexpected color in a baby girl’s room. What inspired the color palette in 9-month-old Catherine Riley’s nursery? Homeowner Sarah Brantley: I’ve always loved blue bedrooms and knew that was the direction I wanted to go here. It’s my favorite color and it’s soothing. I found all of the fabric at Cynthia East, and the print for the crib skirt helped determine the palette and pull it all together. Not knowing the gender can be challenging when designing a nursery. Which aspects were ready ahead of time and which were added once Catherine Riley was born? The crib, bedding, glider, changing table and curtains were put into place before she was born. I had planned to bring out the pink in the crib skirt with accessories if we had a girl and the blue and green if we had a boy. Our goal was to keep the room soft and sweet either way. 50

Where did you find the great art covering the walls? The watercolors are by our dear friend and local artist, Ashley Saer. My husband has called Catherine Riley “Sweet Pea” since her second day home, when she was wearing a gown with pea pods on it, so I gave Ashley the gown and asked her to paint something involving the nickname. Ashley also painted a birth announcement watercolor for us with Catherine Riley’s name and birth stats. I love how it turned out. The two nursery rhyme watercolors above her bed were purchased before she was born. Peter Cottontail is a childhood favorite of mine, and it was the theme of my own nursery. Of course, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room. The rocking elephant was a surprise from my husband. I came home from work one day to find a package on the porch addressed to Baby Brantley and me. I was so surprised and excited to find the elephant inside. Catherine

Riley loves it. She isn’t old enough to ride unassisted, but she loves to pat it and pull on the trunk. What advice would you give to parents who are designing a nursery before finding out their baby’s gender? Gender neutral doesn’t mean it has to be yellow or green. Pick what you love and you can always add to it to make it more gender appropriate later. I wouldn’t change anything. We love it! Design Resources Chair Kid’s Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 978-5439, Fabrics, ottoman Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, Lamp base Fabulous Finds, Little Rock, (501) 614-8181 Mirror, mirrored lamp Tuck & Cover, Little Rock, (501) 225-8825, 51


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CREAM OF THE CROP Violet is the sweetest thing in a JOAH Love white ruffle top and Down East Girl purple cardigan, paired with Pop! leather leggings, all from Bella Jack’s. She sparkles in glittery TOMS from The Toggery. August looks extra dapper in a RuggedButts sweater vest and D.M.O. Baby t-shirt with E.Land chinos, an Urban Sunday bow tie and a Sand Cassel Kids fedora from Bella Jack’s. His Willits Footwear Worldwide shoes are from The Toggery. Bella Jack’s, Fayetteville, (479) 444-8767; The Toggery, Little Rock, (501) 227-8492,

COOL FOR SCHOOL August leaps ahead of the rest with a Skip Hop Zoo Pack frog backpack from The Toggery. He sports a D.M.O. Baby plaid shirt over a JOAH Love t-shirt, both from Bella Jack’s in Fayetteville, with City College jeans and Merrell M sneakers from the Toggery. Violet’s one-shoulder Sam and Sydney dress is from Pickles & Ice Cream in Little Rock, and her Joy Folie booties, available at Bella Jack’s, are sure to set a trend. Bella Jack’s, Fayetteville, (479) 444-8767; Pickles & Ice Cream, Little Rock, (501) 225-7199,; The Toggery, Little Rock, (501) 227-8492, 58

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RIFFRAFF 19 S. Block Ave., Fayetteville, (479) 571-4000,

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FRENCH QUARTERS ANTIQUES 11 N. Block Ave., Fayetteville, (479) 443-3355, Named one of the top 200 places to shop in the South by Southern Living magazine and voted best antique store in the area, French Quarters offers a large selection of 18th and 19thcentury antiques and accessories. Each piece is hand-selected by the owners, Chris and Storm, on their journeys throughout France. Chris uses her 30 plus years as an interior designer and European antique buyer to find extraordinary pieces and bring them back to Northwest Arkansas. This Fayetteville favorite also offers luxury gifts and home décor at incredible prices featuring complimentary gift wrap. Come in and celebrate the shop’s birthday in August and receive a special treat.

THE DICKSON 609 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, (479) 236-7116 or (479) 409-8454, The Dickson is Northwest Arkansas’ most exciting multiuse development, combining high-rise condominium living (starting at $189,000), retail and commercial spaces. Condo interior options include Metropolitan, Urban and Traditional. To take advantage of the spectacular views from the nine-story building, most of the 51 luxury condos feature outdoor balconies or patios. The Dickson is located directly on West Dickson Street, one block east of the University of Arkansas campus and one block west of the Walton Arts Center, within easy walking distance of Razorback sporting events, theater performances, and numerous dining and entertainment options. 62

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The Chancellor is a full service hotel with a grand opening set for September, revealing the extensive multimillion-dollar renovation of this 207 room building on the historic downtown square. The hotel offers all the amenities a discerning traveler requires, including complimentary wireless internet access and a business center, as well as a restaurant and lobby bar, Union Kitchen+Drinks, operated by Scott Bowman. The guest rooms offer stunning views of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas, and the convenient hotel is located two blocks from the Dickson Street entertainment district. The Chancellor Hotel also offers 14,000 square feet of event space for meetings or the wedding reception of a lifetime.

DK DESIGN Fayetteville, (479) 443-9002, Owner Daniel Keeley has created a design company specializing in fine gardens and outdoor living spaces. Residential, commercial and hospitality projects are all welcomed by this versatile firm, which instills the three guiding forces of beauty, quality and creativity into each and every project. In business in Northwest Arkansas for nearly 10 years, DK Design is repeatedly voted best in its field by readers of multiple publications and its design services are sought out statewide and nationally. Keeley often contributes to publications as a garden/design expert and writer, and has had work featured in magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens.

BELLA JACK’S CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE 3660 Front St., Ste. 1, Fayetteville, (479) 444-8767 I.O. METRO 100 E. Joyce Blvd., #108, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1297, I.O. Metro is a specialty lifestyle home furnishing retailer selling modern, one-of-a-kind and eclectic furniture, art and accessories. Through its innovative in-house product development team and network of sourcing options, I.O. Metro develops its unique style. It only takes one visit to this intriguing store to see that it offers a different kind of home furnishings shopping experience. I.O. Metro has the style you want at a price you can definitely afford. Free design service, unique style, great selection and low prices enable I.O. Metro to satisfy customers’ desires, whether residential or commercial—which is the reason that I.O. Metro is also TV personality and designer Vern Yip’s go-to furniture store!

Bella Jack’s has been serving Northwest Arkansas’ trendiest kids for the past six years, offering the latest designer clothes that kids and parents alike will adore. This fun and friendly boutique offers girls’ clothing from newborn to size 16 and boys’ clothing from newborn to size 10. Bella Jack’s also carries a wide range of gifts, accessories and shoes. Customers have come to know Bella Jack’s as the muststop shop for finding everything needed for their little ones.

TESORI BOUTIQUE 577 E. Millsap Rd., Ste. 3, Fayetteville, (479) 966-4622, CHIC 3660 N. Front St., Ste. 3, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2740, Women’s clothing and jewelry expert Christina Geurin opened CHIC a year ago, combining her experience with her love of fashionable and functional clothing. She outfits this stylish boutique with a mixture of classic, elegant and eclectic pieces for any occasion. The spacious setting makes for easy shopping, as well as an inviting backdrop for the many special events Christina hosts. Personal shopping and styling is offered as well as private shopping parties. Providing women with extraordinary clothing that transitions into any lifestyle is CHIC’s goal. 64

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Tesori Boutique specializes in contemporary women’s clothing with classic flare and strives to find unique lines for any lifestyle at a variety of price points. Retail experts Erin Bridges and Lindsey Stavely opened the shop in uptown Fayetteville nearly two years ago, naming it after the Italian word for treasure. Tesori offers both long and short formal and party dresses perfect for black tie events, homecoming, prom and any social function, and also carries the best in Razorback apparel. Voted one of Northwest Arkansas’ best women’s clothing boutiques, Tesori has a welcoming environment and friendly, knowledgeable staff ready to help find the perfect outfit or special occasion dress.

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INTERIOR FABRICS AND DESIGN 4155 N. Steele Blvd., Ste. 20, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0222, Interior Fabrics and Design specializes in fabrics/trim, draperies, upholstery and custom interiors for residential and commercial spaces. It’s Arkansas’ largest fabric showroom, featuring fabrics from more than 100 vendors around the world. Interior Fabrics and Design began in 1996 and is founded on the idea that custom design should be exceptional in comfort, style and quality. Custom upholstery, bedding (including items for children’s rooms), and draperies are popular offerings. With more than 20 years of combined experience, Interior Fabrics and Design promises to provide customers an outstanding level of service, knowledge and assistance, all at reasonable prices.

KITCHEN DISTRIBUTORS, INC. 505 W. Ash St., Fayetteville, (479) 521-1313, Since 1970, Kitchen Distributors Inc. has been inspiring homebuilders and remodelers with custom design and expert craftsmanship of kitchens and baths. The business offers a vast array of quality products and services to help make your vision a reality. This family owned and operated team of designers and craftsmen proudly provide all of Northwest Arkansas with superior quality cabinetry, countertops, hardware and more. Kitchen Distributors carries several brands of cabinetry, including Wood-Mode, Brookhaven, Armstrong and Mid-America, and also runs a state of the art production line making cabinetry for commercial projects. Let the Kitchen Distributors team help you maximize both functional efficiency and aesthetic appeal.

HARPER HOWEY INTERIORS 4306 S. Thompson St., Springdale, (479) 750-7300, Shoppers familiar with the old schoolhouse building near the Fayetteville-Springdale border will be happy to discover it’s been given a fresh start as Harper Howey Interiors, a home furnishings and design boutique. The newly repainted exterior hints at the stylish setting inside, where owners Cynthia Howey Tune and Kimberly Harper showcase a mix of upholstered furnishings paired with lamps, rugs, tables, chests, decorative accessories and more to create inviting room concepts. Pillows, bedding and other accents round out the offerings. The shop’s unique blend of product lines includes both traditional and contemporary styles, and design services are available as well. 66

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WHAT’S IN STORE {GREAT FINDS FROM AROUND THE STATE} {KITCHEN & BATH CONCEPTS} Offering the latest styles in cabinetry, counter tops, sinks, plumbing fixtures, bathtubs and more, Kitchen & Bath Concepts offers superior service in a one-stop shop for products created with both function and beauty in mind. Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Little Rock, (501) 225-5221,



Some of today’s loveliest raku and contemporary pottery is being created by Arkansas artists. We always have a beautiful selection. Come see. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400


{BOX TURTLE} For every pair of sunglasses sold, TOMS will give prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery or medical eye treatment to someone in need. Give back stylishly with the Classic 302, $139, and 201 styles, $119. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167,

Pair Big Buddha’s Naples bag, $95, with the leopard Hilton sandals from Charleston Shoe Co., $94, and you’ll project high style from head to toe. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168

{OBSESSIONS INTERIORS} Up the “wow” factor of any room with gorgeous glass vases in a trio of sizes and shapes. Obsessions Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 868-9333

{CATERING TO YOU} Know exactly where you stand with monogrammed rugs from Catering to You, available in an array of sizes and colors. Catering to You, Little Rock, (501) 614-9030, a special at home in arkansas promotion 71

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OCCUPATION: Writer, observer, professional over-sharer. My memoir of my semidomestic life, Planting Dandelions, was published by Riverhead Books last year. I’m a contributor to Good Housekeeping magazine, and I blog at BEST KNOWN FOR: Nationally, my breakout moment was a feature article I wrote for Good Housekeeping magazine called “Mommy Wears Prada,” which received a lot of attention and led to an agent and book deal. Locally, it’s probably something like wearing my shirt inside out all day in public or dragging toilet paper on my heel. General haplessness. LIVES IN: A one-story, mid-century brick home in the minimal traditional style, nestled in Kingwood, a lush, gorgeous 1950s subdivision that is the best-kept residential secret in Little Rock. Well, until now. MY FAVORITE PART OF MY HOUSE IS: Having color everywhere. We decorated and furnished our home practically from scratch, and I really wanted to have fun with the 50s theme. I’m normally a person who plays it very safe color-wise, but I said to my husband, “Let’s really go for it.” So what if it’s dated in 10 years? At least we’ll have made a statement. Every room is a visual reminder that it’s okay to risk expressing yourself. I’M MOST AT HOME: Piled up on the sectional sofa with my husband and our three boys, watching something geeky on TV. Anywhere I can sit within reach of my four favorite people is my happy place. Photography: Nancy Nolan 72

At Home in Arkansas

At Home in Arkansas  

August 2012