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Pets know the best places to hang out in their homes. We see it time and time again during photo shoots—we set up a shot where a ray of light streams through a window beautifully, and a dog or cat sits down right in the middle of it. Pets know their homes: the spot where the sunlight warms a room, the right chair to have a great view through a window, the most comfortable place to relax. Such was the case at my house, when photographer Nancy Nolan set up this shot in my living room and my dogs happily eased themselves into the picture. Molly curled up where she could keep an eye on me as well as the front door (waiting for the kids to come home) and her sister, Roxy, settled in a comfy chair where she could watch the goings on. This is what gracious living looks like at our house, with places for everyone to relax and feel at home (thanks to a washable slipcover on Roxy’s favorite chair). Tailoring your home to your lifestyle is what gracious living is all about. For world traveling executive Marybeth Cornwell, it means being able to walk in the door of her high-rise condo, easily stow her gear and get comfortable in her colorful living room or throw a casual gathering for friends on her terrace. For busy businessman Paul Guess, it means coming home to a tranquil retreat in soothing neutrals and hosting a party in his shimmering dining room or breaking bread with friends on a farmhouse table. This issue highlights ways to live graciously, no matter your tastes. Garden guru Chris Olsen, a consummate yet casual host, throws a backyard party celebrating autumn, and lets us in on his secrets for easy entertaining. Style setter Melissa Tanner, owner of the Little Rock boutique Vesta’s, opens the doors of her rustically chic home and lets us showcase the latest fashions against her western-inspired décor. From casual to glamorous, we have you covered. Relax and enjoy the read.
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AUTUMN FEST Landscape designer Chris Olsen celebrates the change of seasons with a harvest-inspired garden party at his West Little Rock home
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Chris Olsen’s favorite season is no mystery. At Little Rock’s Botanica Gardens, his home and garden design store, rich autumn colors go on display by mid-summer. In his own West Little Rock home, the landscape designer and entertaining expert concocts warm, hearty fall recipes in his kitchen. And his home décor becomes a harvest of reds, oranges and yellows that usher in crisp afternoons and cool evenings. Olsen believes autumn is meant to be shared, and opening his home to friends marks the change of seasons. Garden parties, hosted in a freestanding dining pavilion he constructed using rustic materials, are one of the designer’s favorite ways to entertain. Olsen shares his tips for an autumn-inspired get-together. www.athomearkansas.com 27
THE SEASON’S BOUNTY With their varied sizes, colors and textures, pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn provide a naturally beautiful way to decorate for fall. Olsen offers guidelines for using these seasonal favorites:
Mix up colors and textures. Use smooth gourds with ones that have a textured appearance, and solid color gourds with ones that are striped.
“I keep the stems and leaves on my pumpkins and gourds, and I’ll even leave the dirt on them,” says Olsen. “I love a natural look.” Grocery stores will have jack-o’-lanterns and some mini pumpkins. For wider variety, go to a locally owned garden center or a grower. Remember that pumpkins and gourds can rot. They don’t always last until Thanksgiving, especially if they’re outside. For decorating inside, put them on a platter or base instead of placing them directly on a table. Buy extras and ﬁll in as needed to replace ones that rot. Look for pumpkins or gourds with the thickest skins, which tend to last longer. Avoid pumpkins and gourds with blemishes and cuts that will rot more quickly.
When buying Indian corn, make sure it has all the kernels and that the kernels are ﬁrm and not falling apart. Inspect for insects as well. Olsen recommends exploring different pumpkin varieties and the decorating possibilities they hold. The Cinderella pumpkin, for example, is ﬂat on the top and bottom, which allows for stacking. They come in a variety of colors and textures, and are concave on top, providing the perfect spot for a ﬂoral touch. “Leave the stem on and, using seasonal colors like pansies, mass a few plants together on top of the pumpkin. Cover the root balls with sheet moss, and it looks like a potted pumpkin.”
FLORAL FAVORITES In addition to pansies, several other fall plants complement seasonal pumpkins and gourds.
For a colorful centerpiece, arrange Gerbera daisies with an assortment of pumpkins on top of a pumpkinorange tablecloth. Kalanchoes are another easy-to-ﬁnd ﬂoral, available at most grocery stores. To display them, Olsen opts for a slightly aged terra cotta pot. “Takes an old pot and brush it with a white glaze, then use a moist paper towel to blot some of the glaze, and it gives the pot a limed look,” he says. “Fill the pot with a few kalanchoes, tuck in a small pumpkin and some moss, and you have a look that’s great Halloween through Thanksgiving.” 28
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“I love using potted Gerbera daisies,” Olsen says. “You can buy them at the grocery store, and they last longer than cut ﬂowers.” Mums also provide classic fall color, and Olsen prefers to group them with something unexpected—ﬁrewood. “I use ﬁrewood stacked as pedestals for pumpkins and gourds,” he says. “Then I add mums in terra cotta pots, and it’s a unique grouping of fall favorites, with mixed textures and colors.” While mums provide color, their beauty can be short-lived. “Mums only last about three weeks,” Olsen says. “For a look that lasts from Halloween to Thanksgiving, you’ll need to replace mums mid-season.” Remember that greenery can provide a lush backdrop for fall color. Boxwoods are inexpensive and add contrast with alternating white and orange mini-pumpkins around the base. And for the truly unexpected, mix in some tropical plants. A limelight dracaena features chartreuse shades of green that can beautifully complement a display of orange pumpkins.
TABLETOP TIPS Incorporating unique elements is at the core of Olsen’s decorating philosophy. “Look at magazines to get ideas, but feel free to express your unique style. Mix in your own antiques or your grandmother’s china. Use elements that mean something to you.” Olsen also advises ﬁghting the urge to coordinate tableware. “Don’t go to the store and buy everything that matches,” he says. “You want to mix and match for a casually pretty look. Sometimes it’s trial and error to come up with a blend you like.” Candles add warmth and color, and Olsen suggests battery-operated versions for easy outdoor use. “The candles are real wax but use battery-powered lights instead of wicks,” he adds. “They even have timers, so you can set them to turn on every evening for a few hours.” The candles are available at Botanica Gardens, as well as other specialty shops. Because no ﬂame is present, you can wrap these candles in leaves with no risk of ﬁre. “I use real leaves and a couple drops of hot glue,” Olsen says. “That way, when you remove the leaves, you can peel off the glue.”
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In Little Rock, designer Debi Davis uses soft neutrals and gold accents to create a serenely stylish retreat Interview and styling: Diane Carroll Photography: Nancy Nolan
In Paul Guess’ chateau-inspired home, designer Debi Davis outﬁtted the dining room with a pair of antique French doors ﬂanking a mirrored wall. Dining chairs from Cobblestone & Vine and billowing draperies feature Schumacher cream silk damask fabric. Distinctive Designs by Tanarah complemented the neutral room with autumn-hued ﬂorals.
Pillows from Debi Davis Interior Design top a quilted chocolate brown sofa. A French ďŹ‚oor lamp features a monogrammed shade from The Shade Above, while a side table sports a lamp from Marshall Clements. A coffee table and armchairs from Cobblestone & Vine mix with a custom mirror from Debi Davisâ€™ Reborn Relics line. In the foyer, a 19th-century Italian sculpture pairs with an antique French bergere chair.
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The homeowner, Paul Guess, is a busy executive who travels often, and he wanted his home to be calm and inviting. The cream stucco exterior with strong French overtones was a starting point, leading us toward textural neutrals that would blend inside and out. AHIA: How did the color palette evolve? DD: I’m ﬁnding that with all that’s going on in the world, my clients are moving away from dark colors and gravitating toward soft shades that are uplifting. I’ve worked with Paul on several previous homes in various cities, and we’ve experimented with different colors. Here, working from the cream color of the exterior, we used a variety of creams and whites inside and mixed in touches of gold or brown depending on whether we wanted a room to be more formal or more casual. Paul liked how light and fresh that looks, and it’s a good ﬁt for this house. AHIA: What elements did you use to keep a neutral color palette visually interesting? DD: Textures, in both fabrics and furnishings, are very important when you’re working with neutrals. We mixed silk, linen and velvet, used tufted or quilted looks and lots of details to keep rooms interesting. We complemented the upholstered furniture with gorgeous accent pieces, from a carved console to antique doors used as wall panels and other architectural elements. Contrasts, like a dark, chunky wood next to a light, shiny fabric, work beautifully in a neutral palette as well. AHIA: This house has a series of rooms that ﬂow from one into the next. Did that present a design challenge? DD: The rooms are also on the smaller side, so we wrapped them in shades of ivory to blend together easily and to feel more spacious. And we used a mix of antiques and custom furniture throughout the house for continuity from room to room. For instance, Paul’s home ofﬁce is directly off the foyer, and we furnished it with an antique French table as well as a sofa and armchairs, making it as attractive as any room in the house. 40
AHIA: How did the homeowner’s lifestyle inﬂuence the design? DD: Paul loves to entertain at home, from small gettogethers to larger events. Because of that, he wanted an elegant home, but one that is still livable. Mixing in old with new, and polished with more rough-hewn textures and pieces, helped achieve that. You can transition from spaces that are dressy to ones that are casual and never miss a beat if you use the right materials. A home can be beautiful and reﬁned yet still easy and livable. AHIA: You mentioned working with the homeowner on his previous residences. Were you able to use some of his existing pieces in this house? DD: The majority of the items are ones Paul has acquired through the years and used in different homes. When you buy good pieces, both old and new, they transition through your life. You can change a fabric, change a color—there’s so much you can do with your investment pieces if you’re creative. Paul has a wonderful set of antique French dining chairs, and in his previous home, they were covered in brown mohair for a clubby look, whereas here, the space called for a more elegant style and we recovered them in cream silk damask. When you make smart investments, pieces last over time. Design Resources Interior design Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock Floral design Distinctive Designs by Tanarah, Maumelle Landscaping The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock Furnishings Cobblestone & Vine, Debi Davis Interior Design, Marshall Clements, Little Rock Lamps The Shade Above, Little Rock Lighting Light Innovations, Little Rock
A rustic table made from an antique door welcomes guests to the kitchen and creates an inviting setting for a casual dinner party. The bench and settee are from Debi Davis Interior Design.
A custom, tufted headboard from Reborn Relics is the focal point of the master bedroom. Pillows feature quilted and damask silk. Beacon Hill tone-on-tone silk tops a pair of Italian chairs. Homeowner Paul Guess works in his study, where French antiques create a space as elegant as any room in the house.
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A framed painting from homeowner Marybeth Cornwellâ€™s travels to India is the focal point in the living area. An accent wall in Benjamin Mooreâ€™s Golden Gate coordinates with the printâ€™s rich tones, while a chaise lounge, loveseat and a pair of medallion armchairs, all from Baker, add complementary color to the space. 45
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Moving from the Charlotte, North Carolina, area to Northwest Arkansas for a position with Sam’s Club must have been a big change. Did purchasing a condo in the heart of the city stem from your metropolitan roots?
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I wanted to be in the center of things and was excited when this condo in the Legacy Building became available. I’m a very efﬁcient person. When I travel, I never check a bag—even if I’m gone for two weeks. I like to think that I also live in a very efﬁcient manner, and condo living reﬂects this lifestyle. I have the things I need and love around me. AHIA: Your work in merchandising management has allowed you to see top trends in home and apparel from around the globe. Do any of the design decisions in your own home reﬂect this? MC: I had many inﬂuences. Working with my designer, Bill Crowder, we tried to incorporate elements that I love throughout my home. I like using different textures, and brought this into my living area with grasscloth wallpaper. I also wanted lighting that was both functional and fun. The previous owners installed a chandelier over the dining table. We exchanged it for a larger three-shade ﬁxture that enhances the room’s classic look, and then repurposed the chandelier by moving it to the master bath. AHIA: Even the small touches in your home’s design seem to have a cosmopolitan appeal. MC: I wanted to use pieces that I’ve gathered over the course of my travels, especially my art collection. One of my favorite pieces is from India. I wanted it to be a focal point in the living area and hung it over my sofa. From there, I worked with my designer to bring out its various colors—the green in the sofa and the coral of the walls. Also, everyone always asks about the handrail along my staircase because it seems to have a Far East ﬂair. Believe it or not, it was here when I moved in and seems to ﬁt in perfectly. AHIA: What about your bedroom and bath? What are some of your favorite aspects of these rooms? MC: My bed and bath are really a retreat for me. Red is one of my favorite colors, so naturally I wanted to use that on the walls. I added a pair of built-in nightstands to save 46
space, and I especially love the swing-arm lamps for reading in bed. Another great thing about the two rooms is the view—it’s worth waking up early just to enjoy it. AHIA: With one main living/dining/kitchen area, storage could easily become an issue. How did you remedy that? MC: The most signiﬁcant change I made throughout the condo was adding built-in storage. There was no pantry and limited cabinet space in the kitchen, so my contractor built a large cupboard to store everything from crackers to my Cuisinart. AHIA: You also love to entertain. How do you make the most of your square footage when you invite people into your home? MC: I’ve learned to make items dual-purpose. The entry piece at my front door stores all my platters and dishes for entertaining. There’s a small chest in the living room that I use as an accent piece and also to hold linens. When guests arrive, I use one end of my long dining table to serve appetizers and the other end as a bar or for dinner seating if it’s a small group. I also treat my patio as a part of the living room. The comfy furniture and tables truly make it an extension of my home. When you live in a small space, you have to make everything beautiful as well as useful. Design Resources Contractor Mike Pennington, Fayetteville Interior design Crowder Designs, High Point, North Carolina Cabinetry Spavinaw Millworks, Gentry Duvet cover Sara Kathryn’s, Ltd., Fayetteville Outdoor furniture Pottery Barn, locations statewide Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide Patio landscape design DK Design, Fayetteville Window tinting Bentonville Glass Inc., Bentonville
Facing page: A leopard print ottoman from Baker offers extra seating for parties, while a Nautica chest does double duty as a side table with drawers for stowing table linens. Coffee tables from Lotus Arts feature a decorative pattern; the geometric rug is from Nourison. A console not only greets guests at the entry, but also offers an elegant space for extra storage thanks to the billowing fabric from Kravet. A wooden screen from Jonathan Adler provides deďŹ nition between the entry and the living area.
A custom dining table paired with Baker chairs offers space for reading as well as entertaining. Grasscloth wallpaper from Kneedler-Fauchere and a light ﬁxture from Visual Comfort complete the look. Classic wooden furniture from Pottery Barn and a large dining table from Restoration Hardware make the patio an extension of the living area. Exterior designer Daniel Keeley outﬁtted the space with containers holding sunloving herbs, plum trees and grasses. The open ﬂoorplan kitchen features warm, deep green cabinetry and dark granite countertops.
Light, linen-hued shams from Calvin Fabrics and a coverlet from Sara Kathryn’s, Ltd. complement the ﬂoral Bergamo fabric used on the custom bed and a pair of side chairs. Benjamin Moore’s Burnt Peanut Red covers the walls. Window treatments, designed by Crowder Designs and made from Carleton House fabric, offer privacy in the bath while still allowing the homeowner to enjoy the view. 50
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Two design pros share their favorite sources for where to shop, dine and relax in the mountain towns they call home Vintage Cargo manager Chalea Jacobs
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As manager of Vintage Cargo, a regional home decor resource, Chalea Jacobs has spent more than a decade involved in the Eureka Springs design scene. She offers her top tips for enjoying the eclectic style of this charming town. WHERE TO SHOP: REGALIA HANDMADE CLOTHING STUDIO 99 Spring St., (479) 253-2202 www.regaliahandmade.com Former costume designer and Arkansas native Mark Hughes’ downtown boutique features comfortably elegant clothing made from natural ﬁbers. “The fabrics are amazing,” says Jacobs, “and the fact that everything is handmade guarantees the highest quality.” SOMETHING SIMPLE 107 E. Van Buren St., (479) 253-2068 www.somethingsimpleonline.com Jacobs enjoys a visit to Something Simple for serene shopping in a boutique layered in shades of white. Housed in a historic cottage, the shop features vintage and new furnishings, unique accessories and other housewares, most in a signature shade of cream or white. VINTAGE CARGO 41 Kingshighway, (479) 253-5943 www.vintagecargo.net Jacobs’ home turf is a European style marketplace full of a wide range of furnishings and accessories, including antiques and reproductions, Vietri dinnerware and a variety of tabletop goods, Jan Barboglio metalwork, plus rugs, lamps and more. Jacobs says
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the ever-changing mix of wares and the friendly staff (including a few pets that visit often) make the shop a fun source for design inspiration. WHAT TO DO: GRYPHON’S ROOST 137 Spring St., (479) 253-5667 www.gryphonsroost.com To wind down after a busy week, Jacobs suggests scheduling a spa treatment at this organic day spa and gallery with eco-friendly wares available as well. KEELS CREEK WINERY & ART GALLERY 3185 E. Van Buren St., (479) 253-9463 www.keelscreek.com Spend an afternoon sipping locally produced wine and viewing regional art at this tasting room and gallery. The award-winning wines featuring grapes grown in Ozark vineyards have
become a hot commodity, with the Keels Creek team doubling the size of their winemaking operation this fall. THE QUEEN ANNE MANSION HOUSE MUSEUM 115 W. Van Buren St., (479) 363-6291 www.thequeenannemansion.com Step back in time at the meticulously restored 1891 mansion featuring Queen Anne style architecture and including an impressive collection of 19th-century decorative arts. THE STONE HOUSE WINE BAR 89 S. Main St., (479) 363-6411 www.eurekastonehouse.com This is Jacobs’ favorite local hangout where wine and appetizers can be enjoyed in the handsomely appointed century-old stone building or the shady courtyard. Her top menu picks? A glass of red wine paired with The Brie Lovely cheese, fruit and nut platter. www.athomearkansas.com 75
HARRISON Designer Carolyn Grisham, owner of Winterberry Home in the Village on the Creeks in Rogers, is a long-time Harrison resident. She lets us in on her local favorites for shopping and dining in this historic town known as the gateway to the Buffalo River. WHERE TO SHOP:
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BUNGALOW DESIGNS 121 W. Industrial Park Rd. (870) 743-9314 Good things come in small packages, and this little shop offers a mix of clothing, accessories and shoes as well as furniture ﬁnds and décor ideas. FRENZY 105 W. Rush St. (870) 741-0926 www.frenzy-fashions.com A local favorite for fashionable and fun clothing and accessories, Frenzy is conveniently located on the historic downtown square with additional boutiques and gift shops within walking distance. SHELBY’S 215 N. Main St. (870) 741-5309 “Shelby’s is a Harrison treasure,” says Grisham, who visits the downtown home décor shop to peruse its selection of decorative accessories, tabletop and cookware, entertaining and gourmet foods section, as well as gifts. WHERE TO EAT: PRAIRIE MARKET 115 W. Industrial Park Rd. (870) 743-3267 www.myprairiemarket.com Grisham recommends this recently opened, family owned market for its deli, café and coffee/juice bar, featuring natural and organic fare. The market emphasizes local goods, from regional foods and produce to handmade soaps to artisan-produced Adirondack style furnishings. 76
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NEIGHBOR’S MILL BAKERY & CAFÉ 1012 Hwy. 65 N. (870) 741-6455 www.neighborsmill.com Housed in an antique brick building reminiscent of a 19th-century gristmill, this family-owned bakery/ café specializes in handcrafted, allnatural breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, desserts and espresso coffees. “Every single item I’ve tried here is delicious,” says Grisham, “and the atmosphere is so cozy and friendly, it’s a personal favorite.” HOTEL SEVILLE AND JOHN PAUL’S RESTAURANT 302 N. Main St. (870) 741-2321 www.hotelseville.com “This is my number one recommendation for where to stay in town,” says Grisham, noting that this 1929 Mediterranean-style structure recently underwent a complete renovation that married modern conveniences with its historic charm. On the main level, John Paul’s restaurant offers tasty bar and grill fare and sports a wall covered in a trio of renowned murals depicting the region.
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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING 1. WHITE GOAT Be the dinner guest who gets invited back. Antoinette’s fabric bags for wine will ensure followup invitations to the most coveted get-togethers. $16. Available at White Goat, Little Rock. (501) 603-9460
2. VAGABOND HOUSE Add sparkle, shine and a touch of the sea to your holiday table with the hammered steel and pewter Octopus Wine Bucket. www.vagabondhouse.com 3. MILLER’S MUD MILL See what attracts collectors in Arkansas and beyond to Miller’s Mud Mill pottery, beginning with these brilliant orange-glazed platters, bowl, and dip and chip tray. Available at Miller’s Mud Mill, Dumas. (870) 382-5277 4. INTERIOR TAILOR Don’t give your guests the runaround! A monogrammed table runner is an elegant focal point for any feast. Available at Interior Tailor, Little Rock. (501) 224-2300
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5. BY INVITATION ONLY Seal your hard-earned reputation as hostess with the mostest using a monogrammed ice bucket, $45, and Caspari napkin, dinner and dessert plates in Jaipur Spice. Available at By Invitation Only, Little Rock. (501) 975-8902 6. CLINTON MUSEUM STORE Made with recycled materials, these colorful “confetti” bowls bring ecominded punch to to your preparation and serving. Available in assorted colors and sizes ($5, $7, $10.50, $14) at the Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market. (501) 748-0400
7. THE BOUTIQUE When nothing but the best for your guests will do, choose Beatriz Ball bowls and serving pieces. Products are no-polish and handmade. Foods can even be chilled and warmed directly in the pieces. Available at The Boutique, Searcy. (501) 268-3434
8. HANDWORKS The Etta B Christmas platter is a beautifully handcrafted and painted reminder of the true meaning of the season. $84. Available at Handworks, Helena. (870) 338-4340
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OCCUPATION: Creative director for Dillard’s Accessories, which incorporates a wide range of merchandise—jewelry, handbags, scarves, sunglasses and more. BEST KNOWN FOR: My love of the fashion world, the opportunity for creativity and my interest in the cutting edge. LIVES IN: A new home in West Little Rock that my brother, Bill Parkinson, built. It has European inﬂuences and an Old World feel to it, with cedar beams, a hand-cut stone ﬁreplace, antiques and eclectic art. MY FAVORITE PART OF MY HOUSE IS: The kitchen, since I love to cook and experiment. It’s another outlet for creativity. My kitchen is open to the den and dining area so I can cook but still be with my friends or family. I especially love it when my nieces and nephews come over and sit on the barstools and talk to me while I’m cooking. I’M MOST AT HOME: When I’m with my family and my friends, wherever that happens to be. I could be at my brother’s house with the entire family or sitting on my back porch with a good friend, watching my dog run around. My family and friends put me at ease and make me feel comfortable and happy. Photography: Nancy Nolan