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AT HOME STYLE 13 Stylish Finds Nautical looks for lakeside living 14 Design News What’s new and notable in The Natural State 19 Collections A Searcy collector’s vintage green jadite 22 Design Summery new chandeliers and lighting options 24 Before & After One item, three looks with bookshelves 30 In the Bath A Pine Bluff designer gives a Hot Springs bathroom a virtual makeover 32 In the Garden A floating water garden with how-to instructions

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Does your closet match your house? Think about your favorite clothing hanging in your closet, and then think about the colors you’ve integrated in your house through paint, fabrics or accessories. For most of us, there’s a strong connection, as we surround ourselves with the colors to which we gravitate. I admit that mine are very similar—a strong base of neutral whites, creams and darks, accented with summery shades of blue, subtle greens and occasional pops of pink. Spring and summer are without a doubt my favorite seasons, and the colors they connote always make me happy. We noticed the same connection when interior designer Tami Risinger greeted us at her Hot Springs condo for a photo shoot. Always charming and chic, she was dressed in gray leggings and a white shirt, the very same color combo on her living room walls. As we joked about it, she explained that versatile neutrals fill her closet—grays, white, browns, the very colors we were seeing in her rooms—with blue as her accent of choice, occasionally edging toward lavender. She painted just one wall in her master bedroom that shade, an accessory-style accent that’s soothingly restful at night and refreshing in the morning. That’s the reason I opted for a soft blue in my master bathroom: mimicking the summer sky, it begins and ends my day in a peaceful way. We dedicate this issue to the shades of summer and the beauty, relaxation and good times they bring. Colorful ideas, bright gardens, waterfront homes with two very different color palettes (including Tami’s), and seasonal attire in summery hues await you. Enjoy.

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A Searcy collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood experiences lead to a growing collection of vintage jadite By Tiffany Burgess


FALLING FOR THIS GREEN BEAUTY’S CHARM? Consider these helpful hints to start your own collection:

Look for Authentic Pieces Due to the increasing popularity of jadite, a number of reproduction pieces are now available. To assure your piece is an original, check the bottom for a marking that states Fire King, McK (for McKee Glass Company), or a J enclosed in a triangle (for Jeannette Glass Company). Still, not all original pieces have markings, so also look for wear-and-tear that may be an indication of the piece’s age. Search High and Low Just because its popularity is on the rise doesn’t mean you can’t still score a deal. Shop antique malls and flea markets for coveted pieces, but don’t discount yard sales, auctions and estate sales. If you are looking for a specific piece, consider contacting sellers on Etsy or eBay who may be able to help you search and reach out to additional dealers. Make it Work for You Jadite is known for its ability to stand up to practical, everyday use. Don’t be afraid to use your collection on a regular basis. Mix it with milk glass and other colored pieces to create a look that’s all your own.

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Marinell Donald fondly remembers helping her mother with household chores and finding a light green teacup or saucer in a laundry detergent box or even in a carton of oats. As a child, she had no idea these milky green pieces, known as jadite, were part of a growing trend in kitchenware. Years later, Marinell began her own collection of the alluring glassware with a few pieces of Fire King’s Restaurant Ware pattern, including an egg stand, which she was able to secure at a local auction. “Restaurant Ware pieces are known for their durability and functionality, and they don’t have any embellishments,” says Marinell. Pieces in this collection typically include mixing bowls, mugs, juicers and place settings, which were used in diners and cafes during the 1950s, hence the name. To date, this is still the most popular and perhaps widely known pattern; however, it was not the first. McKee Glass Company began producing the opaque green pieces in 1930 and continued until the company sold in 1951. The versatile ware, which advertisements touted as stain-proof, heat-proof and inexpensive, proved to be a popular concept and began to be produced by other manufacturers soon thereafter. In 1932, Jeannette Glass Company produced a line of kitchenware in the same signature hue, and Anchor Hocking followed with its well-known Fire King line in 1945.

Outside of Restaurant Ware, other well-known patterns include Fire King’s Alice, which has a thin row of flowers along the edge; Jane Ray, which is marked by ribbing around the piece’s edge or exterior and was also produced by Fire King; and McKee’s Laurel pattern, which was the first jadite collection and is marked by a mid-size leaf pattern on the edge of each piece. Today, Marinell may not have any of the original pieces she helped her mother to unearth, but she does have an ever-growing collection that rivals Martha Stewart’s. She recaptured her love for the charming dishes and now not only hunts for the treasured pieces, but also sells them at her booths in two Conway-area antique malls—Arkansas Peddlers Antique Mall and Flea’s & Tiques. “I started to come across these pieces in auctions and yard sales. I had always liked them and bought them with the intention of adding them to the booth and reselling them, but I’ve had many of them for years,” she says. While she is especially fond of her jadite collection, Marinell has amassed more than 1,500 pieces of glassware, including Depression-era pieces and vintage cookie jars, since she began her quest in 1999. “Whatever I do, I have to do it big,” she says with a laugh. www.athomearkansas.com 21


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2. Fizz chandelier from Troy Lighting made from polished chrome with colored glass. www.troy-lighting.com

3. Pelham satin nickel pendant light from Hudson Valley. www.hudsonvalleylighting.com 4. Atlantis antiqued gold and shell sconce from Oly. www.olystudio.com 5. Driftwood Orb chandelier from Currey & Company made from wrought iron and driftwood. www.curreyco.com 6. Rhea hand-blown art glass and nickel pendants from WAC Lighting. www.waclighting.com

7. Seaward chandelier from Currey & Company features wrought iron, spun metal, gesso and sand. www.curreyco.com 8. Harbor lantern from Hinkley Lighting in titanium finish with translucent etched seedy glass. www.hinkleylighting.com 9. Neptune Place chandelier with bronze finish and satin etched glass from Kichler Lighting. www.kichler.com 10. Tides sconce from Hinkley Lighting in chrome finish with clear swirled glass. www.hinkleylighting.com

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ONE CLEVER ITEM, THREE FRESH LOOKS Summer living calls for easy, versatile pieces, offering the chance to break from tradition and loosen up your decor. To inspire your vacation-time style, At Home asked three top designers to create fresh combos for a summery setting, all based on one piece of furniture. The item? The new, modern classic Ghost Buster commode, designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell. While the simple lines evoke a French chest, the transparent or opaque plastic construction keeps the look light. The results? Colorful, eye-catching and sheer summer fun. Text: Diane Carroll Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener 24

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A TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST LIVING ROOM

CHRIS GODDARD, GODDARD DESIGN GROUP, FAYETTEVILLE Antique French chair, covered in a blue Nancy Corzine silk velvet fabric. Jeweled pillow from Allan Knight. Silk chiffon and mink throw from Adrienne Landau. Oil painting by artist Ashley Collins. Antique Chinese rug, Fortuny floor lamp and one-of-a-kind Venetian chair from a gondola. Vases, figurine and tortoise shell boxes on shelves. All through Goddard Design Group, Fayetteville. Vintage Murano glass accessories from V. S. Mobley’s General Store, Fayetteville. Transparent Ghost Buster commode from SR Hughes, Tulsa.


A KID’S ROOM THAT UPS THE COLOR QUOTIENT

LAURIE MCFARLAND, TUCK & COVER, LITTLE ROCK Fusion armchair covered in Joker fabric in Ebony. Designers Guild pillow and custom floral embellished pillow. The Rug Market rug, Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey floor lamp. Shelly Kennedy Collection art. All from Tuck & Cover, Little Rock. Transparent yellow Ghost Buster commode from SR Hughes, Tulsa.

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Aubrey patterned and beaded wallpaper from York Wallcoverings; rug from New River Artisans, both through MLH Designs, Inc., Little Rock. Headboard from Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock. Pillow, accessories from BearHill Interiors, Little Rock. Lamp from Mertinsdyke Home, Little Rock. Matte white Ghost Buster commode from SR Hughes, Tulsa.

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CHRIS GODDARD Goddard Design Group, Fayetteville “I love working with a piece of furniture like this commode, because it creates an ARCHITECTURAL FRAMEWORK for your collections without being distracting. We mixed modern with antique, and the combination of interesting shapes KEEPS IT BALANCED. Another benefit of working with a transparent item is that it doesn’t take up much visual space, but you can still fill it with your favorite things.”

LAURIE MCFARLAND Tuck & Cover, Little Rock “This COLOR AND STYLE is so whimsical that I played it up with fun, bright, kid-friendly elements. A piece like this is perfect for a second home or vacation setting because the rules loosen up and people feel more comfortable with BEING CREATIVE. This size works well as an accent piece between two beds or alongside a chair, and the light weight makes it extra versatile.”

MERIDITH HAMILTON MLH Designs, Inc., Little Rock “With the light feeling of the commode, I wanted to keep the LOOK AIRY, especially with the accessories. Then I anchored the piece with stronger items around it, including a headboard with shades of brown, wallpaper with shades of gray, and a rug that ties the colors together. The style is CLEAN AND UNCLUTTERED, with a mix of patterns to keep things interesting.”

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Update the flooring and tub surround with marble, and create a mosaic feature in the center of the floor that mimics a rug. Carrera White Turkish marble tile, Basketweave Thassos marble tile with Ming Green dots as the centerpiece, and mini brick tile in Ming Green China as a border, all from AKDO. Elder Distributing, North Little Rock

Reflect light with a mirror alongside the bathtub. Moon antiqued mirror from Oly. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock

We posted a request on our Facebook page: Seeking a bathroom in need of a summery virtual makeover. Homeowners Gaines and Bonnie Williamson obliged with photos of the master bath in their waterfront Hot Springs condo, and interior designer Dixie Pittillo, allied ASID, of Shepherd Interior Design in Pine Bluff, rose to the design challenge. Shades of white and celadon became the basis for her design, as she envisioned a water-evoking, luminous room where the emphasis is on spa-like soothing.

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HERE’S HOW TO CREATE YOUR VERY OWN FLOATING GARDEN: Use black closed-cell Rockin’ Foam for your base, being extremely careful not to let the foam touch your skin. Spray two layers to construct a round or natural looking shape about 12 to 14 inches wide; narrow shapes are unstable in water. Leave holes so plant roots can grow through for selfwatering. Allow the foam to set for at least 20 minutes. After it sets, spray additional foam around the rim of the base, creating a barrier to hold in soil and plants. Allow the foam base to dry overnight. Once it has dried, attach a rope long enough to anchor the floating island to the bottom of the water. Now it’s time to add soil and plants. Find potting soil without additives such as fungicides and fertilizers that may harm fish, and select allseason plants that will fare well given the amount of sun and shade you have. Begin by spreading a layer of potting soil around the base. Murphy suggests situating taller pants near the center for stability and likes to include creeping plants, such as parrot’s feather, which will grow out over the base and make the island appear fuller. All-season plants include begonias, impatiens, petunias, marigolds and coleus. Finish with more soil as needed or a layer of moss to camouflage the foam base. For an anchor, attach the other end of the rope to a rock or brick and drop in the water. The plants should be lush and full within two weeks.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE: Floating islands are lower maintenance than most gardens. They are selfwatering and self-feeding in water with high amounts of ammonia. If plants begin to fade, simply use a fish-friendly pond fertilizer. Gibson and Murphy suggest adding an air pump and airstone to the water, which will keep the water circulating and prevent freezing during the winter months, ensuring a beautiful garden space throughout the year.

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In the living room of Conway residents Jack and Tami Risinger’s condo, walls covered in Sherwin-Williams’ Sensible Hue create a light, airy feel, and contrast with the bright-hued bird painting by artist Robin Harker of Palm Springs, California. The painting was the inspiration for the entire condo’s design. Risinger painted the brick fireplace for a clean look and updated the mantle. Previous page: A pair of painted Adirondack chairs on the Risingers’ lawn. 40 At Home in Arkansas


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A neutral linen-covered sectional with contrasting welt trim and a pair of graphic cube ottomans upholstered in Osborne & Little fabric are from Robin Bruce. Silver discs by Arteriors hang on the wall. A white cocktail table adds a modern touch, while the bamboo ďŹ&#x201A;oor from Blakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flooring & Interior continues throughout the condo, tying each room together.

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At Home in Arkansas: How did the waterfront locale influence your design? It’s equal parts serene, modern and chic.

Tami Risinger: I love nature and being on the water. Water makes everything so serene. The location inspired me to use watery paint colors and bird-themed art and accessories. The modern twist is definitely my own personal taste, and the chic part? Well, chic is just really fun. AHIA: Is your condo all about family or do you entertain often as well? TR: The condo is definitely a gathering place for our family and friends. It has an open floor plan, so everything flows well and it accommodates a lot of people. We have two teenage sons who always bring friends along. In the summer, we have family picnics and enjoy being on our boat and hanging out on the dock. Many of our friends also have condos on the water, so we go from place to place. I always consider someone’s lifestyle when selecting materials, finishes and fabrics. In our case, I selected bamboo flooring, which tolerates water well, and I used slipcovers on my upholstered pieces. AHIA: You mentioned updating the flooring. Did you undertake other renovations? TR: The condo was built in the early 70s, so we completely renovated it. I took down walls and opened everything up. AHIA: Your style is elegantly minimal, yet the condo seems very comfortable. TR: I’ve always leaned toward clean lines and classic pieces. They never feel outdated and are always livable. Minimal is relaxing to me, especially where nature is a part of the environment. When you use fewer items your eye can enjoy the beauty of each individual piece. AHIA: The color palette contrasts light hues with dark and even mixes in pops of bright color. TR: I like soft-colored hues on my walls. I chose paint colors that remind me of the water, and to me, that’s serene and relaxing. It also makes a nice backdrop for art, furniture and fabrics. It really can make color pop in the right setting. I used a slightly darker paint in the family room because that’s where we watch movies and it feels cozy and warm. AHIA: How did texture and fabrics play a role in your design? TR: I used very simple fabrics with a lot of cool throw pillows. The throw pillows repeat the shells and water theme. You don’t tire of simple fabrics and you can always 44

change out throw pillows for a fresh look. I brought in texture with the rugs to add interest. AHIA: The lighting is intriguing as well. TR: When we bought our condo, there was no ceiling lighting anywhere. We added recessed lighting throughout, and then I added some fun light fixtures for dimension and also to make it light and bright. AHIA: In the kitchen, the glitzy backsplash is in stark contrast to all of the white cabinetry. TR: I like white on the cabinets. It gives a very classic and crisp look to a kitchen. Then I added the iridescent glass tile in the backsplash for a modern twist that I love. AHIA: Accessories are so important in creating a stylish space. What are a few favorite ways that you used accessories here? TR: I’ve collected much of my art from our travels. I think collecting art makes a home feel very personal. I’ve also collected lots of seashells and coral from various places as well as water-oriented photography throughout the years. AHIA: It seems there is a place for everyone. Where is your favorite spot at the end of a long day? TR: Sometimes if we are tired from being on the boat all day, the family room is great for watching a favorite movie. But typically, the living room/kitchen and seating area are where you’ll find me because we have an amazing water view of the lake from anywhere in that space. Design Resources Interior design Tami Risinger Design, Conway Contractor Blake’s Flooring & Interior, Little Rock Accessories Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock Appliances Metro Appliances & More, locations statewide Art Buddy Whitlock, Maumelle; Justus Fine Art Gallery, Hot Springs Blinds Dianna’s Custom Interiors, Russellville Cabinetry Lee’s Cabinet & Millwork, Conway Furnishings Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock Lighting Light Innovations, Little Rock; TEC Electric, North Little Rock Paint Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide Pillow shams Possibilities Unlimited, Conway


Removing walls from an original apartment-style kitchen/dining area helped create an enlarged kitchen with peninsula seating that includes a set of eye-catching barstools with patterned slipcovers from Lee Industries beneath a chic pendant light from TEC Electric. Facing page: In a corner of the living room, a set of white chairs are from Belle Meade Signature and pair with a table from Bear-Hill Interiors.


Woven blinds from Dianna’s Custom Interiors in Russellville flank a small sitting area with a pair of sculptural chairs from Bear-Hill Interiors and demilune table from the Tritter Feefer Home Collection. Sheer white draperies are from Maharam. Facing page: Crisp, white cabinets were custommade by Lee’s Cabinet & Millwork in Conway and contrast with a glass iridescent tile backsplash and Giallo Ornamental granite countertops. 47


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The master bedroom features walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Piano Concerto, while custom-made shams by Possibilities Unlimited in Conway add a touch of color to the bed from Lee Industries. The side table and lamp are by Arteriors and the original artwork is by artist Steve Griffith. Facing page: In the family room, walls covered in Sherwin-Williams’ Cocoon and Schumacher fabric draperies create a cozy setting for herringbone-clad chairs and an ottoman by Robin Bruce along with a geometric rug from Blake’s Flooring & Interior. The lamp is by Arteriors.

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At Home in Arkansas: Tell us the backstory on how this family of four from Little Rock created this retreat on Greers Ferry Lake.

Scott Paterek: They were originally drawn to the land, which has a dock and a beautiful view of the lake. They built a custom home on it, and then two years later the tornadoes that went through this part of the state destroyed it and they subsequently re-built. AHIA: How damaging was the tornado? SP: Just devastating. The tornado took dozens of trees, which really changed the landscape. A large portion of the house was destroyed; the dining table was found in the driveway. The recovery involved another year of building, which we recently completed. AHIA: What was top of mind in terms of the redesign? SP: We kept it the same—rustic contemporary but with the warmth of wood and the feel of a lake house. It was totally designed around their family, including their two teenagers. They spend holidays here, waterskiing and hanging out at the lake. The polished concrete floors are durable for when dirt gets tracked in. The living room furnishings are ideal for lounging and stretching out in front of the fireplace, but can be easily cleaned if you sit on them with wet bathing suits. AHIA: Did you draw design ideas from the natural surroundings? SP: Blending with the environment was a primary goal, and to accomplish that we used stone, metal and glass as building materials. A lot of Arkansas stone homes have gold tones, but this family wanted to go more in the direction of gray tones. The exterior galvanized metal, which may seem like a strong contemporary influence, just sort of fades away in between the stone. We chose commercial windows in aluminum rather than darker bronze, which would have distracted from the views. The floor-to-ceiling windows create the feeling of an outdoor pavilion. AHIA: How important was stone in the overall design? SP: The homeowners chose the stone and loved it, and that drove almost every decision about the house, including the color palette of steely blue mixed with browns. AHIA: Was keeping things minimal a goal? SP: Yes, and the purpose was really twofold. It complements the design. It’s also a part-time house, so we didn’t 52

want constant maintenance. You’ll notice most of the design elements are natural or architecturally interesting pieces. AHIA: In an open space with so much stone, how did you keep it from becoming cold? SP: Bringing in warm wood tones helped, and also lowering the support beam in the kitchen to create a lower ceiling there. Overall, it’s definitely a house with many hard surfaces, so we did quite a bit in terms of adding texture, bringing in a rug and pillows in the living room. And of course, while it’s monochromatic, which keeps things fluid, we tried to use warm tones to blend it. AHIA: An adjoining kitchen could distract from the living room. How did you prevent that? SP: We kept it simple. The icemaker is tucked out of the way at a bar area. And then the back entry is full of cabinets to use as an overflow pantry. It’s sort of an extension of the kitchen, which the homeowners wanted to be clean and minimal as part of the living area. AHIA: What’s the biggest difference between designing a home on the water and one that doesn’t have a view? SP: For us, the first element is always to consider who’s living in the house and how they will live there. But for any house with a great view, the same principles kick in. Here, we said let’s not interrupt the eye. Let’s simplify. Let’s open everything up. We didn’t do anything tricky in the house that would draw the eye away from the views outside. Design Resources Architects Pruitt Architecture, Little Rock Builder Dwyer Construction Co., Drasco Interior design, furnishings Massimo, Little Rock Kitchen, bath design Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, Little Rock Landscaping Shaw’s Landscaping & Nursery, Greers Ferry Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Maumelle Bedding Vesta’s, Little Rock Custom buffet, closet doors Colin Wetherelt, Greers Ferry Glass Binswanger, locations statewide Lighting TEC Electric, locations statewide


Floor-to-ceiling commercial windows emphasize the lake view and create the feeling of an outdoor pavilion. Overhead lighting is from TEC Electric. Facing page: Stone used on the fireplace, where vintage metal tiles hang as unique art, inspired the home’s brown and gray color scheme. The floor lamp is by Robert Abbey. 53


French doors slide to reveal screened doors for an open ďŹ&#x201A;ow between indoors and out. Galvanized metal brings a contemporary look to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior, and outdoor furnishings by Frontgate set the scene for grilling and family gatherings. Facing page: Art by Glen Johnston adds a pop of color in the dining room, featuring a waxed wood dining table and chairs available through Massimo, and a custom buffet by Colin Wetherelt.

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SOUTH ARKANSAS Magnolia blossoms and visions of yesteryear await you in the southern part of the state. A noted hunting and ďŹ shing paradise, the region also offers plenty of opportunities for family adventures, historic explorations and shopping excursions. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re whiling away the hours on El Doradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Main Street and Downtown Square, visiting Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park, meandering through the Delta town of Lake Village or traveling the Great River Road National Scenic Byway to McGehee, South Arkansas will not disappoint.

THINGS TO DO: The Daffodil Festival in Camden (870-836-0023, www.camdenfestival.com) delights the senses with garden and home tours, a steak cook-off, quilt show and much more. The Lakeport Plantation house (601 Hwy. 42, Lake Village, 870-2656031, lakeport.astate.edu), a modiďŹ ed 1850s Greek Revival home, is the only remaining Arkansas plantation home on the Mississippi River without extensive alterations. Reasons to visit the Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off (529 E. Main St., Magnolia, 870-234-4352, www.blossomfestival.org) include a sidewalk art show, Blossom Festival parade, ďŹ shing tournament and live entertainment. The Documentary Film Festival (819 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-321-4747, www.hsdďŹ .org) is the oldest in the nation with screenings of more than 90 domestic and international ďŹ lms, Academy Awardwinning and nominated as well. In addition to dozens of world famous musical artists, MusicFest in El Dorado (870-862-4747, www.musicfesteldorado. com) features attractions and events for the entire family. The South Arkansas Arboretum (www.arkansasstateparks.com/ southarkansasarboretum, 870-862-8131) encompasses 13 acres of both native plants and exotic species that you can tour. Formerly the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in Helena (www. bluesandheritagefest.com) is one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top blues festivals, with legendary performances on the banks of the Mississippi River. Events surrounding the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Championship Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart (stuttgartarkansas.org) include a duck gumbo cook-off, carnival, and arts and crafts fair. 74

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NORTHEAST ARKANSAS The northeastern part of the state is celebrated for its charming towns and natural beauty, from Searcy to the scenic lake towns of Mountain Home and Heber Springs. Farther east, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hit Jonesboro, rich in natural and cultural heritage. During your trip, you will discover friendly people and nearly a dozen state parks, including a natural oasis ideal for bird watching, hunting and ďŹ shing.

THINGS TO DO: The Arkansas Folk Festival (www. ozarkgetaways.com/folk_festival. html) features music on the Mountain View Square, as well as booths of handcrafted goods from Stone County and the surrounding region, craft shows and a parade. The Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro (870-9722074, www.astate.edu/museum) holds historic, archaeological and natural history collections originating in Arkansas. Craighead Forest Park (4910 S. Culberhouse Rd., Jonesboro, 870932-6905) is located in Crowleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge, offering camping, ďŹ shing, hiking, basketball and volleyball courts, mountain bike trails, disc golf, Craighead Forest Lake and even a dogjumping pier. First Thaw Festival (501-279-4106, ďŹ rstthawfestival.com) is a two-day music, ďŹ lm and art festival held at

WHERE TO SHOP BETH DAVIS INTERIORS &3BDF"WFt4FBSDZ 501-305-3139 blog.bethdavisinteriors.com beth@bethdavisinteriors.com www.Facebook.com/BethDavisInteriors CertiďŹ ed interior designer Beth Davis has designed residential and commercial projects for 15 years, and is available whether you need a few new items or full-service design on new construction and remodels. Her store offers home furnishings, antiques, original art, accessories and more.

Harding University in Searcy, with 15 percent of proceeds beneďŹ tting Heifer International. The Ozark Foothills FilmFest (195 Peel Rd., Locust Grove, 870251-1189, www.ozarkfoothillsďŹ lmfest. org) presents independently produced ďŹ lm art from Arkansas and beyond, including ďŹ lmmaker Q&As, a day-long screenwriting workshop and guest artist gatherings. The Top Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Ozarks Tower in Bull Shoals (Tower Road, 870445-4302, www.topotheozarks. com), standing 180 feet high, affords breathtaking views of more than a million acres. During the popular World Championship Cardboard Boat Races (www.heber-springs.com/ content/festivals), watch contestants race handmade cardboard boats in the waters of Greers Ferry Lake at Spring Park.

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CHILDREN’S ACCESSORIES 1. CLINTON MUSEUM STORE One of the largest selections of TOMS Shoes for women, men and kids in Arkansas. TOMS, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, gives a pair of new shoes to children in need for every pair you purchase, One for One. Youth Sparkle shown in purple, $38; for tots, $29. Available at the Clinton Museum Store, RiverMarket, Little Rock. (501) 748-0400. 2. HANDWORKS The perfect children’s gift! Darling monogrammed Jon Hart Design purses are handmade for durability and available in 14 colors. $96. Available at Handworks, Helena. (870) 338-4340. 3. HAUS WERK Hand-painted metal trunks from Rangoli Designs, passed down through generations, will bring good luck and good fortune. Small, $152; large, $195; pillow, $64. Available at Haus Werk, Little Rock. (501) 663-5251.

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At Home with Steve “Wildman” Wilson OCCUPATION: Public Affairs Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. I’ve been with the commission for 33 years, and in this capacity since 1996. BEST KNOWN FOR: My love of introducing people to the outdoors. I love telling stories about nature and how the natural world works. I try to live up to my “Wildman” name—which actually came about when I worked on the Project WILD Program and there were several other Steve Wilsons at the commission, so it was a way to identify me. LIVES IN: A 2,400-square-foot, triple-wide manufactured home on nine acres of land west of Little Rock. It has a Jacuzzi bath, a back porch, and plenty of space for my wife and me and our black lab dog. What else does a guy need? MY FAVORITE PART OF MY HOUSE IS: The yard. We have eight bird feeders, deer stands and archery targets. I love mowing the grass, and I have a camo-patterned lawn mower; when I saw it, I knew I had to have it. I’M MOST AT HOME: In front of a group of people. Give me a group that knows nothing about the outdoors, and I can amaze them with true stories.

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