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AT HOME STYLE 12 Stylish Finds Colorful wares for curing the winter blues 14 Design News What’s new and notable in The Natural State 17 Collections Antique blue and white china 21 Before & After Eco-color: Expert tips for a green bedroom 24 In the Kitchen A Camden couple uses bold color to spice up their kitchen 26 Design Tips for cutting the clutter with color 28 At Home with Color Designer Becky Charton ups the color ante in a Conway residence

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AT HOME OUT & ABOUT 72 On the Town Color Coated: Stylishly bright winter apparel 74 On the Road Insider’s Guide to Jonesboro 79 What’s in Store Colorful jewelry for a festive new year 80 At Home with: Jane Hankins

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Our New Year’s resolution for 2011: Publish more of the stories you’d like to see in At Home in Arkansas. Are you filing away tips from our Before & After section? Enjoying the big, beautiful photos in our features? Discovering a new store in Design News, or a favorite product in our Style stories? If so, we’d love to hear about it. And if not—we want to know that too. In each and every issue, our goal is to inspire and inform you about all things home and design-related in The Natural State. Let us know your interests, and we’ll tailor our stories. For this year, one change we have in mind is offering more insider tips in our On the Road travel feature, taking you behind-the-scenes with local designers to discover their favorite sources and shops. Visit page 74 for a local look at Jonesboro and tell us what you think. I’m planning a few changes to this page as well, sharing with you more of the sources of inspiration we discover in putting together each issue—including my favorite color finds this month. As always, we’d love to hear from you: email dcarroll@athomearkansas.com, comment www.facebook.com/athomeinarkansasmagazine or call (501) 666-5510.

A few of my go-to sources for color inspiration: A colorful read: Designer Jonathan Adler’s philosophy on home design? Keep it fun. Bold, bright and quirky, these books are antidotes to winter gray days.

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www.benjaminmoore.com Paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore tracks home interior styles closely. For 2011, its color team says homeowners are seeking balance during stressful times (sounds wise to me), and the resulting palettes are divided into soulful, spirited and dreamy hues. Are these colors you’d use in your house? I’m all for the dreamy shades—blue combos are a personal favorite.

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Explore thousands of color palettes to find your favorites. Visit home and craft channels for ideas, blogs and forums. And if you’re on Twitter (you can find me at twitter.com/dianecarrollAR), use its Themeleon to create a colorful or patterned background.

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Color Therapy Say goodbye to winter gray days with colorful accessories, guaranteed to brighten your home and your mood. Ana Design Corp. candles, virtually smokeless and drip-free, in colors ranging from daffodil to raspberry. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock

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Little Rock’s Mertinsdykehome enlarges into an adjacent showroom Designer Garry Mertins and business partner J. Dyke’s namesake store in the Riverdale district has expanded to incorporate a neighboring 1,800-square-foot building. A courtyard joins the current and new spaces into an enlarged retail locale for home furnishings in styles ranging from updated traditional to contemporary. “This addition allows us more room to carry the transitional styles that we find work well for our customers—classic, streamlined pieces, many of them covered in natural fibers like linen and cotton and in more neutral tones,” says Mertins. One-of-a-kind antiques and architectural elements, as well as an assortment of vintage art, lighting, rugs, design books and other accessories, round out the new showroom. 1500 Rebsamen Park Rd., (501) 280-3200, www.mertinsdykehome.com

Architecture Talks Lecture series bring international architects to the Natural State

Fay Jones School of Architecture Lecture Series University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Shollmeir Hall, Vol Walker Hall www.architecture.uark.edu All lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. January 24 Enrique Larrañaga Reflections/Matters Larrañaga-Obadia Arquitectos y Asociados, Caracas, Venezuela February 7 Guy Nordenson Patterns and Structure Guy Nordenson and Associates, New York and Princeton, New Jersey Cromwell Architects Engineers: Charles Thompson Memorial Lecture

Art of Architecture lecture series Little Rock www.arkarts.com 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture February 15 at Clinton School of Public Service Dr. Gail Thomas Bridges to the 21st Century: Santiago Calatrava Designs for Dallas Trinity Trust Foundation, Dallas, Texas

OZARK MODERN Exhibition features furniture by Arkansas native Edward Durell Stone

Born in Fayetteville, architect Edward Durell Stone went on to achieve international acclaim, designing such renowned works as Radio City Music Hall and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. During the early 1950s, he returned to his hometown and designed the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center, and was also commissioned by fellow Fayetteville native, Senator J. William Fulbright, to design a line of furniture for Fulbright Industries. University of Arkansas assistant professor of interior design Catherine Wallack has compiled photos and furnishings highlighting this collaboration in an exhibit celebrating the Fine Arts Center’s 60th anniversary. Featuring items gathered from private collections and materials not previously available to the public, the show offers a unique view into regional mid-century design.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: NANCY NOLAN/STYLING: DANNY SEO AND MANDY KEENER

Make stylish strides towards an Earth-friendly bedroom with a few expert tips By Paulette Pearson

Environmentally friendly home décor can also be beautiful—a maxim that green lifestyle expert and celebrated author Danny Seo is illustrating to audiences nationwide. When the Pennsylvania-based expert visited Little Rock as part of a national tour, we asked for his help in transforming the master bedroom in a local historic home into a “green” retreat. A few simple steps like replacing the mattress, switching light bulbs and installing a recycled rug resulted in a room that’s not only stylish but also healthier and easier on the environment. “Living stylishly and going green used to be an oxymoron,” he says. “Part of my job is helping people coordinate the two.” Here’s how the nation’s leading eco expert transformed our basic bedroom into a sustainably shabby chic space.

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THE MATTRESS “I couldn’t find a mattress in the marketplace that I loved,” Seo explains, “so I collaborated with Simmons and designed this one.” Seo’s Natural Care Latex mattress features biodegradable soy and natural rubber tree based latex, is hypoallergenic and naturally dust mite, mold and mildew resistant, and comes with a 20-year warranty.

THE TOOLS “Most people are interested in going green and saving money,” Seo says. The ionic light bulb provides energy savings and also neutralizes odor in the air. Emitting negative ions that combat pollutants like dust, pollen, pet dander, odors, allergens and smoke, “it replaces the need for chemical sprays,” Seo notes. One per room, especially those with strong odors like the kitchen or bathroom, is all that’s needed. Another chemical-free solution is the Germguardian UV-C Sanitizer wand, which kills up to 99 percent of viruses and bacteria, including E. coli bacteria and salmonella. Use the wand on pillows, bedding, toys, cell phones, computer equipment, toilets, showers, sinks, countertops and even shoes. To make your bedding and linens smell fresh, Seo suggests combining distilled water and 10 to 12 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. “Mist the bed once in the morning,” he advises, “so it’s had a chance to dry completely before you go to sleep.”

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THE PILLOWS “Pillows are where many allergens collect,” Seo explains. Use encasements to create a barrier between you and older pillows, and to prevent allergens from forming on new pillows, a move that “will give you the cleanest sleep,” he says. Another trick for cleaner sleep—and saving time—is wrapping pillows with three cases each. Instead of changing every two days, which is recommended, simply remove one layer every two days and wash all at once.

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TOP TIPS 1. Leave your bed unmade. “You have permission to not make your bed,” Seo laughs. “You sweat in your sleep and the moisture can get locked in.” Wiping the bottoms of your feet before you go to sleep will also keep the bed cleaner. 2. Cross ventilate by opening up windows on opposite ends of the bedroom, which helps to flush out toxins. 3. Opt for a bedside floor rug, like this one from JC Penney, made from 100-percent recycled bottles. 4. Designate your bedroom as a retreat. “It’s mentally better for you to rid the room of electromagnetic fields,” Seo says, “including cell phones, alarm clocks and televisions.”

Smooth Driftwood & Summer Dragonfly, The Freshaire Choice Design Resources Bedding, lighting, rug JC Penney, locations statewide Light bulbs www.newionicbulb.com Mattress Ashley Furniture Homestore, Bryant Paint Home Depot, locations statewide Sanitizer wand www.germguardian.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK/PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY: NANCY NOLAN/STYLING: MANDY KEENER

A Camden couple spices up a lackluster kitchen with a dash of bold color and a pinch of personality

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“I guess we’re just colorful people,” Anita Sipe says with a laugh. “We like our house to look bright and happy, and we’ve never been afraid of using color, since paint is one of the easiest things to change.” As owners of Blann Hardware in Camden, Anita and her husband, Brent, know a thing or two about renovations and paint. So when they purchased a home with a dark, outdated kitchen—from the small island to the almond-colored appliances and the boxed florescent light fixtures overhead—the couple immediately began making plans for remodeling. They gutted the kitchen and an adjacent breakfast room, rebuilding the area into one open space with cooking functions on one end, expansive banquette seating on the other, and a tiered island for food prep and counter seating in between. For inspiration for the room’s color palette and style, Anita needed to look no further than her dinnerware. A longtime collector of Fiesta ware, the colorful china known for its bold hues, Anita has amassed nearly 40 place settings. To showcase the china’s lively mix of greens, oranges, blues and yellows, she opted for light-colored maple cabinetry, Cambria quartz countertops and porcelain tile floors. From that neutral base, she then layered on color in Fiesta ware-inspired shades.


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Ashley Carson, interior designer and personal organizer Anything and Everything Design, Conway

Cut the Clutter with COLOR Resolved to add order to your home this year? Our experts share their tricks-of-the-trade for using color to make staying organized a cinch “Try decorative boxes as a stylish addition to open shelves and as a useful way to organize smaller stuff. Can’t find time to complete a project? Stow the Key caps from The Container Store, loose parts in these boxes so you Little Rock have everything you need when “Color coding can be a big time saver. you tackle completion.” Lattice boxes by Working Class Studio, If you get frustrated searching for the Julie Wait Fryauf, ASID www.workingclassstudio.com for locations Julie Wait Designs, Rogers right keys, make them easy to identify statewide with different colored caps. And when “Rather than cluttering your refrigerator door with school making out your grocery list each notes and lists, create a multi-colored memo board and week, use four different colored pens: assign each member of the family a particular color so green for produce, red for fresh meat they know right where to look for their information.” and deli, blue for dairy, and black for Meridith Hamilton, CKD, allied ASID canned goods and other items found MLH Designs, Little Rock in the center of the store. Save time by going to each area only once and getting every item you need.” Jenna Ruhe, professional organizer Simple Spaces, Fayetteville Mini Magnetic Strips from The Container Store, Little Rock

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“I encourage my clients to organize the clothes in their closet by color, which may seem simple but will actually save time and money. Not only will it help to simplify dressing each day, it has the added benefit of making you aware of the colors of your clothes. Next time you go shopping, you might think twice before purchasing that seventh blue sweater!”


“You use your closet at least twice a day, and you’re more likely to keep it orderly if it’s a space you enjoy. Why not paint it your favorite color? You’re the only one who sees it and it doesn’t have to match the rest of your home—make it personal.” Nila Ciesiel, senior design consultant Closet Factory, Little Rock

Closet design by the Closet Factory, Little Rock

“My tendency is to keep rooms neutral and use color most effectively with art, artifacts and accessories. However, in a child or teenager’s room, a playroom, or a laundry room, I say the sky is the limit. When you use color for shelving and storage, you can create a huge feeling of fun, with order as its purpose.” Rugby bins from The Container Store, Little Rock

“Turn kids’ clutter into a room cleaning game. Buy multi-color storage bins, add matching color labels on toys, and have your child match and stow their items. As the kids grow, the bins can be used to organize for school: finished homework, projects to be worked on, test prep and more.” Andrea Cornwell, ASID iSpace, Fayetteville

Ken Kimberling, interior designer Kimberling Interiors, Little Rock Room design by the Closet Factory, Little Rock

“Your garage is often the first space you see when entering your home. Color can help make it feel harmonious with the rest of your house. Use a decorative floor coating for an attractive garage floor that is easy to clean and maintain, enhances lighting, and leaves you free from worry about stains and spills.” Gene Webb, owner NWA Garage Solutions, Rogers

Terra chip decorative floor coating from NWA Garage Solutions, Rogers

“Use color to organize a tired set of office or playroom bookshelves by arranging books in groups according to the colors of the rainbow. Your eye naturally organizes shapes and objects using the rainbow spectrum, so this simple, fun way to make your shelves pop is also incredibly pleasing to the senses.” Katie Buchanan, professional organizer littlerockpaperscissors.com, Little Rock www.athomearkansas.com 27


CONFIDENT Color is the main accessory in a Conway home where an open floor plan and abundant windows keep the emphasis on nature Interview: Paulette Pearson Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener

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Designer Becky Charton brightened the living room in this Conway family home with a Venetian plaster wall colored Sherwin Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Knockout Orange, customdesigned Della Robbia rug, and art by Tonya McNair over the ďŹ replace. The chairs are from Design Within Reach.


Clockwise from top: An American Leather sofa, with pillows from Soho Modern, frames a coffee table with a travertine top by 18 Karat; the lamp and sofa are from Mertinsdyke Home. The kitchen features rift-cut oak cabinets, a glass tile backsplash and a ceiling painted Sherwin Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pond. Art by Maryam P. Moeeni greets guests in the entry; travertine ďŹ&#x201A;oors throughout are heated. A trio of hand-blown Italian glass lights accessorizes the living room. Opposite: A Jonathan Adler vase and Design Within Reach pendant light add whimsy to the breakfast room, showcasing chairs from Soho Modern. Kitchen vases are from I.O. Metro.

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The homeowners love the outdoors—every room has access to the outside and there are walls of windows. Because one of the stabilizers for this family of six is orderliness, I didn’t use a lot of accessories and little things. It was more about textures, and I kept the scale large because the sky and the trees are part of the background through windows in every space. AHIA: How did color factor in? BC: The house was custom built, and when I came on the scene two years later, all of the colors were monochromatic. The first space I designed was the wife’s closet. We went all out with red and pink, and made it completely girly. She and her husband loved the color, so we slowly started adding it in other places, including an orange Venetian plaster finish on a wall in the living room. AHIA: Orange and blue were bold choices in that living space. BC: There was already blue tile in the kitchen. I thought orange would be a great complement to it and the browns throughout the home. I didn’t use a lot of black so brown was my way of adding weight in each space. Those three colors—blue, orange and brown—were our base. AHIA: Was an ideal mix of warm and cool tones difficult to achieve? BC: I think it’s modern to mix. Traditional styles use one or the other, while modern styles allow you to break some of those rules. To me it goes to Frank Lloyd Wright—he was very modern but loved nature. All the cabinetry and doors are rift-cut oak, which has cool gray and warm gold tones. In nature, that mixture is very common. AHIA: Tell us how you added drama to the dining room. BC: The first thought was to wrap the room with a color that went up the walls and across the ceiling. We considered a wood treatment but decided on a metallic gray stripe and art to fill the space. We commissioned Eric Maurus to create art specifically for this room. The homeowners love water and liked the idea of a storm at sea, which is very dramatic. We also loved the shape of the light fixture, which added a touch of glamour and drama because it’s unexpected. 32

AHIA: The beauty of the master bedroom is in its simplicity. BC: The bed is built-in, so there weren’t a lot of options as far as rearranging. The master has a beautiful fireplace wall, which the bed faces, and both sides are completely open to the outdoors. The architecture of the room is what makes the space really unique. AHIA: It’s clear that the master closets weren’t an afterthought. BC: Both closets were by Closet Factory. In his, we had gray glass installed for texture on the walls and door fronts, which created a reflective, monochromatic look. In her closet, we added round mirrors for dimension and painted a large mirror red, to keep it modern but rococo. We had a lot of fun with that room. AHIA: Any tips for having fun with color? BC: Don’t be afraid of it. I like to order lots of paint samples to tape on the walls, because every room has different light. In this case, nature is the foundation of the house, and color is an accessory. Design Resources Architecture Taggart Architecture, Little Rock Interior design Table Setters Inc., North Little Rock Accessories I.O. Metro, locations statewide; Mertinsdyke Home, Soho Modern, Little Rock Appliances Metro Appliances & More, National Home Centers, locations statewide Bedding Dillard’s, locations statewide Closets Closet Factory, Little Rock Furnishings Mertinsdyke Home, Soho Modern, Little Rock Glass-closets Allied Glass, Little Rock; West Little Rock Glass, West Little Rock Lighting TEC Electric, North Little Rock Paint Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, locations statewide Sinks-bathroom Falk Plumbing Supply, Maumelle Tile-slate Acme Brick, locations statewide


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The guest bedroom contrasts a white headboard with an accent wall in Sherwin Williams’ Grasshopper. Opposite, clockwise from top left: In her closet, painted Sherwin Williams’ Loveable, a mirrored wall by Allied Glass includes round mirrors from Ikea. The master bedroom features a built-in bed and custom bedding from Ralph Lauren and Candice Olson. The master bathroom, painted Sherwin Williams’ Platinum and Van Dyke Brown, features Kohler sinks. His closet, painted Sherwin Williams’ Platinum, features gray glass by West Little Rock Glass. Both closets are by Closet Factory.

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Color experts say that soulful, spirited and dreamy hues have gained popularity as homeowners strive for peace and balance. Their prediction for the 2011 color of the year? Vintage Wine, with warm tones that blend well with wood finishes, leather and linen. Vintage Wine and Wasabi Hush paint colors

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Designers are continuing to use global goods to create eclectic interiors in which rich textures, earthy colors and lush accents add character. Now, new fabrics inspired by global prints further the look. Designer Allegra Hicks’ collection for Lee Jofa.

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3. Continuing to innovate Design professionals are finding new uses for traditional materials, and the results range from flooring to fabric to even tabletop innovations. Basketweave woven-vinyl table runners by designer Sandy Chilewich and architect Joe Sultan. www.chilewich.com

4. Playing up pattern Modern geometrics and patterns enliven cleanlined furnishings for a crisp look that plays up architectural angles. New collections from designers and architects for venerable furniture and fabric manufacturers lead the trend. Designer Thom Filicia’s collection for Kravet. www.kravet.com

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DEBI DAVIS INTERIOR DESIGN An interior designer with a wide-ranging repertoire personalizes each project to suit her clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lifestyles NAME: Debi Davis Interior Design OWNER: Debi Davis TRADEMARKS: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re known for taking an individualized approach to each project. Rather than a signature style, we work in a broad range depending on our clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; preferencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from transitional modern to Tuscan to Old World. One element that unifies most of our design work is our preference for a soft, timeless color palette. HISTORY: My business has been based in Little Rock for 20 years, and we now work on design projects throughout the United States. DESIGN ADVICE: Decide how you want your house to function for you and your family and use that as the basis for your design decisions. As a result, your choices will be well suited to your lifestyle. DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2011: Less is more, and fewer but more beautiful accessories are being used. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also seeing softer color palettes like cream and gold, with a pop of color added through art and accessories that can be easily changed. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re known for timeless dĂŠcor and give clients a color palette theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy for years. Sophisticated colors are timeless and add value.

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Designing homes and businesses in central Arkansas for 15 years. Davis’ full-service design extends to lighting, remix, and help with new construction and remodels. The retail side of Beth Davis Interiors features a well-edited mix of home furnishings, antiques, original art, accessories and gifts.

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Architects & Designers Bear-Hill Interiors

Kimberling Interiors

1420 Rebsamen Park Road Little Rock, AR 72202 Contact: Kevin Walsh and Susan Walsh 501-907-9272 www.bearhillinteriors.com Offering simple, understated elegance in home design and furnishings, Bear-Hill Interiors is home to recognized design leaders, Kevin Walsh and Susan Walsh. With furnishings, accessories, gifts and small indulgencies, Bear-Hill Interiors transcends living spaces into areas of beautiful style and sophistication.

Ken Kimberling 2020 West 3rd Street, Suite 500 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-920-4344 www.kimberlinginteriors.com ken@kimberlinginteriors.com Kimberling provides a full range of design services: large to small, new builds and remodels, to simply updating. His work takes him to Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio, Chicago, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Memphis and Dallas. He was voted one of the top three designers in AY Magazine’s Best in Arkansas 2010, and has been decorations chair for the Heart Ball, Opus Ball and Saints & Sinners.

Beth Davis Interiors 3532 East Race Avenue Searcy, AR 72143 501-305-3139 blog.bethdavisinteriors.com beth@bethdavisinteriors.com As a certified interior designer, Beth Davis has been designing residential and commercial projects for more than 15 years, and her lifestyle store in Searcy features home furnishings, antiques, original art, gourmet food, handmade jewelry, accessories and gifts. Contact her today whether you need a few new items, or you’re looking for full-service design on new construction and remodels.

Mark Zweig, Inc. 508-380-0469 www.markzweig.com 479-582-3200 www.carltonrealtyinc.com Dale@CarltonRealtyInc.com Renovation expert Mark Zweig has a passion for purchasing dilapidated homes and thoughtfully restoring them with a nod to the past mixed with present-day innovations. Contact the exclusive rep, Carlton Realty, for information about purchasing a Zweig property.

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Tobi Fairley Interior Design

900 West 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72201 Contact: David Fraiser 501-907-7105 Closet Factory specializes in custom storage for the entire home. Our staff of professional designers will work with you to create the perfect storage solution. Our craftsmen have more than 135 years combined woodworking experience. Every Closet Factory system is manufactured from a wide range of the finest woods and finishes and installed by trusted professionals. Visit our showroom today. Now under new ownership!

5507 Ranch Drive, Suite 103 Little Rock, AR 72223 501-868-9882 www.tobifairley.com Selected by Traditional Home magazine as one of the Top 20 Young Designers in America for 2009, Tobi Fairley has a signature look that is fresh and simple, combining colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for a beautiful and functional result. Check out Tobi’s art gallery at tobifairleygallery.com and learn more about her InBox Interiors and her design camps at www.tobifairley.com.

Debi Davis Interior Design Debi Davis 5018 Club Road, Suite 203 Little Rock, AR 72207 501-221-2032 www.danddinteriordesign.com Interior designer Debi Davis has a wide-ranging repertoire and personalizes each project to suit clients’ lifestyles. Rather than a signature style, Davis interprets an array of looks—from transitional modern to Tuscan to Old World. Based in Little Rock for 20 years, Davis now works on projects throughout the region.

Goddard Design Group Interior – Event – Floral 479-521-2592 www.goddarddesigngroup.com With more than 20 years experience, Goddard Design Group focuses on clients’ needs and their environment, placing an emphasis on details in pursuit of a uniquely personal home, and no two projects are alike. Design styles range from the classically traditional to the ultra contemporary.

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Blend mid-century modern furnishings with artisan fabrics. Try a Louis Philippe armoire in a modern loft. Hang abstract art on the walls of an antique-filled home. The look is purely personal rather than style specific. Tree Tops linen fabric in blue by textile/ wallpaper designer Jocelyn Warner. www.jocelynwarner.com

2. Hand-crafted for character Rough-hewn woods, sculpted bowls and tableware, mouthblown glass and more are some of the ways homeowners are using handcrafts to add one-of-a-kind style. Whether antique or new, a textural appearance adds to the handmade appeal. Hammered bronze bowl lined with gold leaf and pebbled vase set from The Loaded Trunk. www.loadedtrunk.com

French Quarters 11 North Block Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 Contact: Chris Bronson 479-443-3355 www.french-quarters.com info@french-quarters.com We offer everything from antiques and accessories to architectural elements and lighting, as well as complete interior design services.

TRIANON & BLACKMON ANTIQUES 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock 501.663.5502

Miller’s Mud Mill Highway 65 South Dumas, AR 71639 Contact: Gail Miller 870-382-5277 www.millersmudmill.com gail@millersmudmill.com Located in downtown Dumas, Miller’s Mud Mill produces some of the most sought-after pottery in the South, hand-thrown with innovative glazes, distinctive shapes and diverse colors. Gail Miller’s namesake items now include free-form platters and bowls, custom dinnerware, complete place settings, and even unique vases and other accessories.

Trianon & Blackmon Antiques 5501 Kavanaugh Boulevard Little Rock, AR 72207 501-663-5502 Stop in Trianon for gorgeous French antiques of all sorts— furniture, lamps, chandeliers, mirrors, accessories and more. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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MILLERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MUD MILL POTTERY A passion for ďŹ ne wheel-turned pottery yields some of the most popular handcrafted pottery in our region NAME:

Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mud Mill Pottery OWNERS: Gail Miller TRADEMARKS: Many people know us for our Thankful bowl, which has a thumb handle and is imprinted with a cross. I struggled with cancer, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reminder of my father who always told me to count my blessings. HISTORY: I started when I was young, helping my father lay bricks and helping my mother with ceramics, and just seemed to be pushed in this direction all my life. We have been in business for more than 30 years now. DESIGN ADVICE: Everyone should have a special, unique piece that no one else will have. DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2011: People prefer more contemporary styles and less clutter. All of our pieces can be used as art but also have a function. Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mud Mill Pottery An â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arkansas DeltaMadeâ&#x20AC;? Product (IGHWAY3OUTHs$UMASs   sWWWMILLERSMUDMILLCOM


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3. Abundant green goods Sustainability and style are no longer mutually exclusive, as more and more green options come on the market. From durable metal to recycled paper, plastic and glass, sustainable goods now exist in every segment of the market. Inca eco-friendly metal tile from Ann Sacks. www.annsacks.com

Attention to detail carries over from interiors to wellappointed exteriors, including new lighting options that can be used indoors or out. Antiqued and satin finishes in brass and nickel are perennial and durable favorites. Belvedere pendant by Barbara Barry for Boyd

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White River Flooring TRADEMARKS: Ninety percent of failed ďŹ&#x201A;ooring jobs are installation-related. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re known for quality installations and stand behind our work. We carry and install custom showers; stained, polished and decorative concrete; custom stone countertops; preďŹ nished hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;ooring; laminate; ceramic, porcelain and natural stone; carpeting and vinyl; and much more. Our projects include everything from one-room residential remodels to 11-story commercial buildings. HISTORY: Waylon Reeves founded the business in 2000 in Bald Knob, before moving it to Searcy in 2009. Today, co-owner Joseph Morton and Reeves adhere to their motto, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Installation is our specialty; we sell products on the side.â&#x20AC;? DESIGN ADVICE: We consider your wants, budget and practicalities such as the existing substrate, and work with clients to narrow down the possibilities. DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2011: For residential projects, hardwoods and both ceramic and porcelain tile remain steady, and stained concrete has taken off. Commercial projects, such as schools, are using â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenerâ&#x20AC;? stained and polished concrete. White River Flooring 3OUTH-AIN3TREETs3EARCYs   sWWWWHITERIVERmOORINGCOM

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Flooring America By CarpetSmart offers sales and installation of all types of floor coverings. We have a large selection of in-stock and special order materials and our sales professionals can assist you in finding the floor that is right for your home, lifestyle, and budget. Every Flooring America store is locally owned and operated but we have nationwide buying power to ensure we can pass along the best pricing to our customers.

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6902 Brodie Lane Little Rock, AR 72204 501-455-2027 www.abcblock.com For over 20 years, ABC Block has provided the highest quality block products to businesses, residences and public spaces in and around Arkansas. They take pride in the strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal of their blocks and bricks. Barbecue pits, bathrooms and showers, exterior brickwork, exterior stone, gardens and flower beds, paths and walkways, patio systems, retaining walls, and window glass are just a few of the options available to you when you build with their blocks. Other products include Belgard, Laticrete, Pavestone and many more. Locations statewide.

Blann Hardware 980 Cash Road Camden, AR 71701 870-836-3942 blannhardware@yahoo.com This retail hardware store, through second-generation owners Brent and Anita Sipe, provides a comprehensive line of plumbing, electrical, hardware, lawn and garden, and paint and stain products, emphasizing customer service and product knowledge. It also carries lines like The Holland Grill, Case knives, Wilsonart, Formica, Jacuzzi, plus special order books for decorative plumbing and more.

Blue Water Pools 1309 North Hills Boulevard North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-812-0011 www.bluewater-pools.com Blue Water Pools is now bringing its commercial pool experience and expertise into the residential market. From the design phase to the finished product, we strive to go above and beyond our customers’ expectations. We look forward to putting our over 120 years of combined experience in building, managing, maintaining swimming pools to work for you.

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professional measuring and installation, and a rich selection of quality window treatments such as shutters, blinds, draperies, shades, pillows, area rugs, outdoor products, faux iron art and window film.

C. Cougill Roofing Co., Inc. 10301 Riverview Corporate Drive Maumelle, AR 72113 501-812-9400 Fax: 501-812-9401 www.cougillroofing.com craig@cougillroofing.com For 15 years, C. Cougill Roofing has provided clients with the best products to enhance their homes, including the most professional installation, service and thoroughness available. They pride themselves in delivering the most superior roofing products available as a worthwhile investment in your home. They can work on restoration and renovation projects, and they specialize in slate, tile, shake and copper. Call them today for all of your high-end roofing needs!

Curtner Lumber Company P.O. Box 1330 Newport, AR 72112 870-523-6701 www.ozarknaturalpaneling.com Sales Manager, Herb King herb@curtnerlumber.com A buyer and distributor of hardwood lumber and manufacturer of solid hardwood plank paneling, through their new Ozark Natural Paneling division, Curtner has been in business since 1967. The company’s strengths are experience and longevity; its staff offers a combined 200 years in the industry, and its product is the ultimate green material, derived from America’s perpetually renewing forestlands.

1508 Scott Street Little Rock, AR 72202 501-375-8229 www.braysheetmetal.com Bray Sheet Metal offers all types and styles of stainless steel and copper countertops, gutter, chimney caps and roofing systems. Bray Sheet Metal has recently undergone a significant expansion of our fabrication facilities and has added new state-of-theart equipment in order to provide almost any product in a timely and innovative way for almost any application or industry.

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Natural Building Solutions 3244 North College Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-527-0500 www.GetNaturalUSA.com Natural Building Solutions, Arkansas’ exclusive stocking distributor of Plyboo FSC certified bamboo flooring & plywoods, Caroma dual-flush HET’s, Fluid low-flow kitchen & bath fixtures, Mythic non-toxic zero VOC paints, Richlite recycled paper counter tops, American Clay interior plasters, recycled glass counter tops, cork, reclaimed timbers and much much more!

Royal Family of Companies Showrooms: 113 Broadway Avenue, Bryant, AR 72103 501-943-3667 Pine Bluff, AR 870-247-2502 www.royaldoors.com rls@royaldoors.com Royal Family of Companies has one of the state’s largest selections of garage doors, commercial/industrial doors, hangar doors, operable walls, electric operators, fireplaces/wood stoves, central vac systems, outdoor kitchens, gates and gates operators. A licensed contractor and Arkansas’ only IDA accredited door dealer, Royal can install and service all of its products, with qualified team members eager to serve your every need.

Flooring America by Carpet Smart West Little Rock Glass 1017 Athens Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764 479-750-0117 254 Greenhouse Road, Centerton, AR 72719 866-795-8520 www.carpetsmart.net Flooring America by Carpet Smart is the place for anyone considering purchasing and having new floor coverings installed in their home. You’ll find not only a large selection of in-stock and special order materials at very competitive pricing, but also experts trained in flooring and design to help pinpoint the perfect floor for the way you live.

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2600-2608 East Highland Drive Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-932-8329-plumbing 870-932-4591-electric www.midsouthplumbingandelectric.com A family owned and operated business since 1949, Mid-South offers a large inventory of plumbing and electric supplies so your order can be filled immediately. Stop by to visit the newly remodeled showroom; a knowledgeable staff is anxious to serve you.

2114 Military Road Benton, AR 72015 501-315-6600 Fax 501-778-6601 jonesglass@sbcglobal.net Jones Glass specializes in custom shower door design, custom mirror installation, heavy glass tabletops with polished edgework, sunrooms, high-performance insulated glass and much more.

1903 Hinson Loop Road Little Rock, AR 72212 501-223-3034 Fax 501-221-3112 westlrglass@sbcglobal.net West Little Rock Glass specializes in frameless heavy glass showers and mirrors, and provides a variety of tabletops, wood frames and storefront models. We offer traditional and custom-built shower and decorative mirror frames, and also specialize in irregularly shaped glasswork. All architectural drawings are welcome.

White River Flooring 800 South Main Street Searcy, AR 72143 501-268-5370 www.whiteriverflooring.com Residential and commercial clients seek White River Flooring for top-notch installation services and a wide range of products, including custom showers; stained, polished and decorative concrete; custom stone countertops; prefinished hardwood flooring; laminate; ceramic, porcelain and natural stone; carpeting and vinyl; and much more.


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Natural materials and neutral colors (think of soothing shades of cream, cloud gray and celadon green) combine with textural patterns for a style that reflects pure comfort. Washable fabrics, such as all-cotton matelassé Glamorously sleek and shiny interiors are here to stay, shams and coverlets, keep the emphasis on ease. Layers from vintage French furnishings to more contemporary counterparts. Try a focal point mirror, a crystal chandelier of bedding help create a modern cocoon. Matteo bedding from V.S. Mobley’s General Store, Fayetteville. 479-587-1444, or sconce, and shimmery satin or velvet upholstery to www.vsmobley.com give a room an elegant, glam update. Rococo porcelain

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International Interior Design OWNER: Mehreen Atiq We travel the world to ďŹ nd unique, one-of-kind home decor that not only brings function and beauty, but tells a story of history and craftsmanship. Our Heirloom hand-knotted Persian and Oriental rugs have been woven at our family facility for more than three generations, and we offer hand-blown Morano glass lighting, porcelain, ďŹ gurines - all specially selected from family businesses around the world. We also believe in giving back. A portion of every purchase goes to charitable causes. HISTORY: More than 10 years in the business of home decor, we are suited to help in transitional design, blending antiques and contemporary environments comfortably to reďŹ&#x201A;ect your personal taste. Our new location in Little Rock showcases many of our pieces and room environments - offering variety of selection and affordability. DESIGN ADVICE: Design your room with functionality in mind, and maintain a good ďŹ&#x201A;ow by choosing a focal point and adding accessories around it that complement rather than ďŹ ght each other. DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2011: Keeping an eye on the ďŹ&#x201A;ow from the inside to the outside. Environmental and global are certainly on-going trends, as well as transitional design that blends old and new settings with freshness and interest. International Interior Design .'RANT3TREETs,ITTLE2OCKs   sWWWIIDARCOM TRADEMARKS:

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Vestaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OWNER: Melissa Tanner TRADEMARKS: Desired objects for a domestic goddess. home dĂŠcor, luxurious linens, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing & accessories. HISTORY: Opened the doors in 1998. DESIGN ADVICE: Always go for comfort when choosing linens. You spend precious hours in your bed and having cozy surroundings is important. DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2011: Mixing textures and patterns. Shopping for luxurious linens can be fun but also confusing. Keep these tips in mind when considering thread count, fabric and what works for your lifestyle. Thread count, the number of threads woven together in a square inch, is best if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200 or more. The best fabric typeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;regular cotton, Egyptian cotton, sateen and percaleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;depends on personal preference. Percale is a closely woven cotton fabric with a 180 thread count or more; sateen is a smooth mercerized cotton fabric; and Egyptian Cotton is grown along the Nile River Valley, where humid conditions and rich soil are ideal for growing long ďŹ bers. Lush linens in ďŹ ne silk are great but impractical when you have kids and pets. Vestaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carries Bella Notte, a favorite choice for â&#x20AC;&#x153;livingâ&#x20AC;? in your bed that offers beautiful satins, velvets, linenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all machine washable. Ooh, la la! Vestaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0LEASANT2IDGE4OWN#ENTERs#ANTRELL2OAD ,ITTLE2OCKs   sWWWVESTASBOUTIQUECOM www.athomearkansas.com 61


Home Design Acme Brick, Tile & More 10921 Maumelle Boulevard North Little Rock, AR 72113 501-812-5574 Fax 501-753-4217 At Acme Brick, Tile & More, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd creative designs using natural stones, mosaics and porcelains that will enrich the appearance and feel of any new home or remodel.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore 3020 Market Place at Interstate 30 Bryant, AR 72022 501-687-0409 The top name in dining, living and bedroom furniture.

C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery 2206 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 72202 Contact: Carol and Fred Auger 501-399-9909 www.candfcarpet.com advtrvl@sbcglobal.net C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery offers clients a custom selection and installation of carpet, wood, natural stone, ceramic tile, laminate and a wide selection of custom and ready-made rugs. This ultra-diverse ďŹ&#x201A;ooring company has worked with designers, commercial contractors and residential clients for 13 years, always offering a reasonable price for highquality wares.

Cantrell Furniture Design Center & Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flooring America 7619 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 501-225-0002 or 501-225-3840 www.cantrellfurniture.com www.ďŹ&#x201A;ooringamerica.com Visit central Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; truly unique design center that stocks quality name-brand furniture, area rugs and accents for immediate delivery. Featuring Drexel Heritage, Hooker, Schnadig, Massoud, Hancock & Moore, Taylor King and King Hickory Furniture. Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only John Richard Furniture Gallery. Rugs by Kalaty, Karastan, OW Sphinx and Shaw. 20,000 sq. ft of the best. Custom order experts.

Cobblestone & Vine The Heights | Pleasant Ridge Town Center Little Rock, AR www.cobblestoneandvine.com Endless options are available at each of Cobblestone & Vineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two beautiful locations, where customers can seek professional design advice, ďŹ nd classic and European-inďŹ&#x201A;uenced furniture, original art as well as unique gifts and accessories.

Hambuchen Home Furnishings Harkrider and 2nd Streets Conway, AR 72032 501-327-6523 www.hambuchens.com One of Conwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest businesses, Hambuchen Home Furnishings boasts a 40,000-square-foot showroom ďŹ lled with lines like Thomasville, Broyhill and Lexington, along with plenty of decorative accessories, lighting and appliances.

Hanks & More Fine Furniture www.hanksfurniture.com -PDBUJPOT/PSUI-JUUMF3PDLt8FTU-JUUMF3PDLt+POFTCPSP $POXBZt)PU4QSJOHTt4FBSDZt'PSU4NJUIt)BSSJTPO Texarkana & our newest and largest store in Rogers Our customers love the new super store format of Hankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & More Fine Furniture. In addition to the lines we have always carried, we are now offering Thomasville, Bernhardt, Hooker, Lexington, Schnadig, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Drexel Heritage, Alan White and in some locations Henredon & Kincaid, all in fabulous galleries in West Little Rock, Rogers and Jonesboro. We also have a complete design area for outside designers that features thousands of special order fabrics or COM and much more. Our Hanks & More showrooms now offer imported hand-carved, oneof-a-kind reclaimed accent furniture and lighting.

International Interior Design 1823 North Grant Street Little Rock, AR 72207 501-663-3607 www.iidar.com At International Interior Design, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll discover original pieces from family businesses around the world, and a wonderful transitional blend of styles ranging from antique to contemporary, including handmade Persian rugs, Murano glass lighting, Oriental hand-painted porcelain, furnishings and decorative accessories. Design services are also available. Two percent of sales are donated to charity.

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Home Design items for your outdoor entertaining needs. Plus, the state’s largest selection of bar stools is perfect for outfitting your kitchen or game room.

Lewis Lighting & Home 201 Edison Avenue Benton, AR 72015 501-315-2400 Lewis Lighting & Home is a full-service residential / commercial lighting showroom, home accessory store, and a division of Lewis Lumber & Supply. Open six days a week. Let one of their friendly in-house designers help you today with your new home or remodeling project.

Lumber One Home Center 682 Highway 365 South Mayflower, AR 72106 501-470-1122 301 East Michigan Street Stuttgart, AR 72160 870-673-4695 Lumber One has all the supplies you need to build or remodel your home, offering a variety of building materials, including windows, doors and floor coverings. Plus, on-staff designers can assist with everything from large projects such as kitchen remodel to smaller-scale items, including hardware. This spring will mark the opening of the Garden Center at Lumber 1 in Mayflower.

Marshall Clements 1509 Rebsamen Park Road Little Rock, AR 72202 501-663-1828 At Marshall Clements, peruse room after room of hand-selected 17th, 18th and 19th century antiques and exotic wares from around the world, including France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Hungary and beyond. Outdoor wares are also available.

mertinsdykehome 1500 Rebsamen Park Road Little Rock, AR 72202 501-280-3200 With the newly opened 1,800-squarefoot addition, mertinsdykehome offers an even more expansive selection of home furnishings, with styles ranging from traditional to transitional to contemporary. One-of-a-kind antiques and accessories, art, lighting, rugs, design books and more make this design shop a versatile destination.

Paul Michael Company 3696 Highway 65 & 82 South Lake Village, AR 71653 800-732-3722 www.paulmichaelhome.com Amazing merchandise at even better prices have made Paul Michael Company a staple on many Arkansans’ shopping

lists for years. Whether you are looking for rugs, accessories, indoor/outdoor furnishings, cast iron pieces or holiday décor, you owe it to yourself to check out this vast and enticing store. You’ll definitely find genuine treasures at unguessable prices.

PC Hardware & Light Innovations 9101 West Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-1724 or 501 223-9026 blog.light-innovations.com Owned by the Prousnitzer family for decades, PC Hardware and Light Innovations are essential sources for all your home’s finishing touches. No matter what style you favor, they offer the hardware, accessories and top-quality lighting (like Schonbek, Quorum, Murray Feiss and Nova) you need to realize your design dreams.

SR Hughes 3410 South Peoria Avenue, Suite 100 Tulsa, OK 74105 918-742-5515 www.srhughes.com A third-generation-owned family design studio and showroom, SR Hughes is renowned for layering elements of contemporary, classic and traditional styles. Good design is inherent in their offerings, and they are the region’s top source for furnishings from Cassina and Knoll Studio, lighting from Flos, rugs from Odegard and much more.

Swank & Bassett Design Center 3410 East Johnson Avenue, Suite A Jonesboro, AR 72407 Contact: Wade Quinn 870-336-1620 wade@swankbassett.com SWANK IT UP! Forward-looking furniture and swanky accessories that will make any room pop await you here. Also, the Bassett Design Center offers unmatched customization with custom upholstery and custom dining furniture in 30 days.

That French Shoppe 456 Southwest Drive Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-336-1435 www.thatfrenchshoppe.net That French Shoppe is a charming addition to Arkansas’ home design scene, bringing a new look to Jonesboro with classically elegant furniture, lighting, art, gifts and home accessories sure to satisfy the savviest clientele. Lines include Lee Industries, Miles Talbott and Bella Notte bedding and linens, and design consulting is available.

The Lamp Outlet 10186 Highway 63 North Bono, AR 72416 870-910-5267 www.thelightingandfanoutlet.com The region’s largest lighting showroom stocks 26,000 square feet of products, including indoor and outdoor lighting and ceiling fans, chandeliers, table and floor lamps, track lighting, recessed lighting, designer fixtures and much more. A helpful staff is on-hand to assist customers with projects big and small.

The Shade Above 2208 Cantrell Road Little Rock AR 72202 501-374-3555 www.theshadeabove.com The Searcy-based business’ 1,750-square-foot retail location in Little Rock offers lamps and shades in stock as well as the custom-made styles for which it’s known. It’s a one-stop destination for your lighting needs, carrying light bulbs, lighting accessories, and even antique tables to accommodate lamps. Repairs and in-home appointments are available.

Vesta’s Pleasant Ridge Town Center 11525 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 72212 Contact: Melissa Tanner 501-375-7820 Vestas2003@sbcglobal.net Desired objects for a domestic goddess: home décor, luxurious linens, women’s clothing and accessories.

Western Trails Rustic Furnishings 5730 Blackland Road Pleasant Plains, AR 72568 Contact: Ryan Moody 501-345-8888 www.wtrails.com Western Trails carries rustic and western home furnishings for every room in your home, including home décor, bedspreads and mattresses, and featuring reclaimed barn wood furniture, top-grain leather upholstery, Aspen log and salvaged teak furniture. A high level of customization allows Western Trails to work with homeowners and designers on a personal level.

White Furniture 206 South Market Street Benton, AR 72015 Contact: Debbie White 501-315-7482 www.whitefurniturecompany.com White furniture is the best designer resource for the latest styles in fine furniture, accessories,exceptional art, and rugs at competitive prices. White’s carries national brands such as Henredon, Century, Hickory White, Sherrill, DrexelHeritage and Lillian August. www.athomearkansas.com 63


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Spa amenities are a popular upgrade in bathroom remodels, and soaking tubs are a favored addition. Styles range from Asian-influence to Old World, with handcrafted details adding to the allure. Old World

The simplicity of rough-hewn rustic style continues to make it a homeowner favorite for not just lake houses and cabins, but main residences as well. The look extends to kitchens and baths, with elements such as apron-front sinks, farmhouse-style fixtures and stained wood cabinetry. Kohler Verity apron-front stainless steel sink.

Bathtub carved in Carrara marble by Stone Forest. www.stoneforest.com

3. Sleek plus texture More homeowners are opting for modern style in kitchens and baths, even if the rest of the home is traditional. They’re blending the look with warm updates, such as textural tile and visible wood grains on cabinetry. Hasting IVI tufted tile. www.hastingstilebath.com

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4. Traditional style, modern convenience Faucets and fixtures come in a wider array than ever, with professional conveniences including pullout spray nozzles, swivel spouts and lever handles as standard options. Jaclo pull-off spray faucet with swivel spout. www.jaclo.com

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1010 Jessie Road Little Rock, AR 72202 501-978-7225 abk@advancedbk.com In continuous operation for 38 years, Advanced Bath & Kitchen specializes in the design, fabrication and installation of natural stone, solid surface, quartz surface, cultured marble, glass bath enclosures/mirrors and cabinets. Offering a full line of countertops, flooring, cabinets, tubs, fixtures and more, a full staff of professionals will assist with your remodeling needs, hassle-free, from start to finish. From design to installation, from complete kitchen and bath remodels to new construction services, ABK does it all: one company, one price. Salita Shower Systems available.

9805 West Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72205 Contact: Fran and Michael Lanari 501-225-5221 www.kbc1.com flanari@sbcglobal.net Adhering to the motto “Designed for Life,” Kitchen & Bath Concepts offers an array of remodeling and new construction services. From turnkey projects to products to sharing advice with do-it-yourself customers, its design and decorating services ensure a timeless kitchen or bath. Owner Michael Lanari shares his knowledge and experience with Arkansas regularly on his KARN home improvement radio program and as a resident chef on Channel 7’s Good Morning Arkansas.

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1105 Fairview Road, Suite 211 Cardinal Shopping Center Camden, AR 71701 Contact: Carla Franks 870-231-6901 or 870-807-3393 cfranks71701@sbcglobal.net Cabinets, countertops, floors and more…Custom Floors & Design Center offers their customers beautiful, well-built, KraftMaid cabinets and Cambria maintenance-free quartz countertops, made in U.S.A, as well as ceramic and porcelain tiles, hardwood flooring, laminate floors and the latest in carpet colors and designs by Mohawk. Let us design your kitchen, bath or any other room in your home using these beautiful products. Please call or email Carla Franks.

Distinctive Kitchens and Baths 1414 Rebsamen Park Road Little Rock, AR 72202 Contact: Bill Wrape 501-666-7756, Fax 501-666-7757 www.kitchensofarkansas.com bill@distinctivekitchensandbaths.com Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, with projects recognized nationally by Better Homes and Gardens publications, is a dealer for Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry exclusively. As a licensed contractor, we have the staff to take care of everything from the initial design phase to the completed project. Come in our showroom and see the newest options for your kitchen or bath.

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2. Sustainable style Going green extends beyond native plantings and now incorporates outdoor furniture options, with sustainably manufactured yet stylish seating and tables as well as long-lasting fabrics. Sutherland’s Great Lakes Collection by Terry Hunziker featuring EcoPlex. www.sutherlandfurniture.com

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Gardens are geared toward the senses, from fragrant flowers and colorful blooms to textural foliage. Pools, New innovations in materials make their way from the inside to the outdoors. Try textural tile on a pool surround, patios and accessories are designed to add to the appeal, with water elements and fire features becoming with a grain pattern designed to simulate wood. Hasting popular choices. Wabi carved stone oil lamps from Stone PLI distressed-wood style porcelain tile. www.hastingstilebath.com

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Paint the Town Red Start your new year in style and mark your agenda for a shopping day, updating your winter wardrobe and your cosmetic case with a few of this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful favorites. Jot down plans for a weekend getaway to Jonesboro as well, where a host of home design shops awaits. Agenda and pen by Jonathan Adler, available at Box Turtle in Little Rock; Essie nail polish in Silken Cord, available at Glo Limited in Fayetteville and Little Rock

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NECKLACE Companions, Little Rock

EARRINGS Companions, Little Rock

EARRINGS Catherine Page. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

BLOUSE Alisha Levine. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

WOVEN SCARF Subtle Luxury. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

CARGO PANTS Da-Nang. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

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DRESS Trina Turk. Companions, Little Rock

CELL PHONE COVER Companions, Little Rock

CLUTCH Urban Expressions. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

BOOTS Butter. Companions, Little Rock

RING MGM Designs. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

COLOR WHEEL EYESHADOW PALETTE Stila. Sephora, locations statewide

NAIL POLISH Vermillionaire by Essie. Glo Limited, Fayetteville, Little Rock

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WEDGES Kelsi Dagger. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock

NAIL POLISH Status Symbol by Essie. Glo Limited, Fayetteville, Little Rock


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JACKET Cartise. Companions, Little Rock

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KNIT BERET San Diego Hat Company. Scarlet, Little Rock

EARRINGS Emporium. Scarlet, Little Rock

BELT Raina. Companions, Little Rock DOUBLEFINGER RING Scarlet, Little Rock

SKIRT Trina Turk. Companions, Little Rock

CLUTCH Lodis. Companions, Little Rock

CROSSBODY BAG High Fashion. Scarlet, Little Rock

PURPLE TIGHTS Michael Stars. Companions, Little Rock

EYE LINER Stila. Sephora, locations statewide

JACKET TOV. Scarlet, Little Rock

SKINNY CORDUROYS Elizabeth and James. Scarlet, Little Rock

THERMAL MUG Jonathan Adler. Box Turtle, Little Rock

BOOTS Frye. Companions, Little Rock

NAIL POLISH Smokin Hot by Essie. Glo Limited, Fayetteville, Little Rock

CLOGS Zigi Girl. Scarlet, Little Rock

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Insider’s Guide to JONESBORO By Paulette Pearson

A local design duo shows us their stomping grounds for shopping and dining around town One of the best ways to get to know the heart of a town is to ask the locals. Designers Joan Blocker and Kerri Felts of Interior Design Plus in Jonesboro share what they love about their city, revealing some treasures and insider tidbits sure to tempt long-time residents and visitors alike.

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SHOPPING At INTERIOR DESIGN PLUS, Blocker and Felts welcome anyone seeking interior design services, furnishings and accessories, or simply a fun shopping experience. “We have so much fun together we’re often mistaken as sisters,” Felts says. A destination for ladies’ nights out and trunk shows, the talented duo’s shop offers a variety of lines, custom orders, and design consulting on every scale, residential or commercial. 3425 E. Highland Dr., 870-972-0515, www.designplusofnea.com

It’s no wonder Blocker and Felts frequent HUGHEY’S NURSERY & LANDSCAPING. The landscape service destination is also filled with garden accessories and gifts in a series of indoor and outdoor rooms that are ideal for meandering. “You never know what you’re going to find,” our designers say. Keep an eye out for vivid art and other creations by Peggy Hughey, co-owner along with husband Frank and son David. 2201 Browns Ln., 870-935-4401 At the SARA HOWELL STUDIO AND GALLERY, you’ll find contemporary art by Howell as well as other regionally and nationally known artists. “Sara also gives back to the community,” Blocker adds, “including recently donating works to Hospice House.” 405 S. Main St., 870-935-6336, www. sarahowellgallery.net

GEARHEAD OUTFITTERS is highly regarded, notes Blocker, by the area’s many outdoor enthusiasts. Gearhead features lines like The North Face, Patagonia, Life is Good and Toms; an expanded selection of kid’s clothing; a full bike showroom; plus equipment for canoeing and

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kayaking. “I shop their location in The Mall at Turtle Creek as well,” notes Felts. 230 S. Main St., 870-910-5569, www.gearheadoutfitters.com

“There’s really no place like J. CHRISTOPHER TOYS,” says Blocker, who’s smitten with proprietor Mary Horne’s new in-house venture: custom stationery and personalized wall art. A long-time favorite of Jonesboro residents, J. Christopher hosts book signings, offers wish lists and features a sea of toys for boys and girls. 627

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FORTY NINE SOUTH FLEA MARKET is a hole-inthe-wall find with oodles of interesting antique and vintage wares. 3202 Southwest Dr., 870-932-4538 If you’re looking for women’s clothing or designer jeans, IMA’S FASHIONS has them. Paper Denim & Cloth, Paige, True Religion and Lucky Brand are just a few of the lines. 2125 Fair Park Blvd., 870-932-4019, www.imasfashions.com

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Two Sisters Coffee, Deli & Desserts J. Christopher Toys

SKINNY J’S recently expanded with a downtown Jonesboro location to the merriment of fans who frequent the original locale in nearby Cash. Open for lunch and dinner, the hot spot boasts items like steaks and pastas, and the desserts will rotate regularly. (After in-house pastry chef Amanda Tidwell treated our designers to carrot cake, they placed a pick-up order for two more.) 205 S. Main St., 870-275-6264

Our designers concur that TWO SISTERS COFFEE, DELI & DESSERTS is ideal for lunch. One look at the cupcakes and you’ll see why. 241 S. Main St., Ste. A., 870-268-6777, www.twosistersjonesboro.com

Blocker indulges in the Texas Burger at GODSEY’S GRILL, which features a heaping pile of bacon, cheddar cheese and, believe it or not, a fried egg. 226 S. Main St., 870-336-1988, www.godseysgrill.com

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At Home with Jane Hankins

OCCUPATION: I’ve been an artist since the age of four. I’ve always worked for myself, and I mainly paint and create sculpture.

BEST KNOWN FOR: My representational and figurative sculptures, which incorporate humor, fantasy and my imagination.

MARRIED TO: Craig O’Neill, news anchor on KTHV. LIVES IN: A 1927 bungalow in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood. We bought it in 1976, remodeled in the 80s, raised our two kids here and never left. It’s the first and only house we’ve ever bought. MY FAVORITE PART OF MY HOUSE IS: My studio. It’s one of the reasons that we bought the house. It was a combination garage and servants’ quarters, and the garage was built to hold a Ford Model T, so I knew it wouldn’t actually fit our cars. The servants’ quarters are where I paint and the garage part is where I sculpt and house my kiln. My commute involves walking out the kitchen door and across the backyard.

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January/February 2011

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