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11 STYLE Vintage style for the Southern home

34 TRADITION WITH A TWIST In Harrison, a recently built home with classic cachet

63 ALL THAT GLITTERS Diamonds are a Southern girl’s best friend

42 ENTERTAINING Sunday supper, Southern-style

70 FASHION & BEAUTY Cocktail attire for the belle of the ball

17 REDISCOVERIES A mother and daughter collect antique papier mache

44 SOUTHERN HISTORY In Fayetteville, a historic home gets a fresh look

72 WHAT’S IN STORE Shiny silver for her or the home

20 DESIGN: FABRICS Prints and patterns with Southern style

50 ENTERTAINING A fall garden club gathering

14 TO THE TRADE V.S. Mobley’s General Store in Fayetteville

28 GROWING Trees and shrubs for the Southern landscape

52 SOUTHERN CHIC In Little Rock, serene style updates a family home

74 ON THE ROAD Falling for Fayetteville 80 LAST LOOK Stately and Southern

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letter from the editor At various times in my life I’ve been a Northerner, a Midwesterner, a Californian and a Texan, but my favorite moniker by far is when I’m called a Southerner. Truth be told, that only happens when I go home to the North and my conversations are dotted with several y’alls and a few words that have a twang to them, convincing my

Food, Glorious Food The fi rst time I came to Arkansas to meet my future in-laws, they hosted a fish fry to introduce me to family and friends. Coming from California, I had started to think of fish as merely sushi, so the daylong preparation of catfish and cornmeal batter (an old family recipe), setting tables, brewing tea and such took me by surprise. Of course, cold drinks and good conversations made it all move smoothly, and by the end of the night, when we had worked up an enormous appetite, the homage to all-things-fried (fried fish, fried hush puppies, French fries…you know the meal) tasted unbelievably good. When I returned again, there was another party, this time centered around gumbo, another all-day-long creation accompanied by drinking and talking. Needless to say, I was hooked. Those Lovely Manners Though my Northern parents eventually had to tell my Southern husband to stop calling them Ma’am and Sir and opt for their fi rst names, we taught our children to use these courtesies as appropriate. No, they don’t address us that way daily, but who wouldn’t agree that a prompt “Yes, Ma’am” coming out of a teenager’s mouth sounds much better than “yeah” or the dreaded “whatever”? When our kids were toddlers, I also enjoyed the fact that if they couldn’t pronounce someone’s last name, they could use their fi rst as long as they added “Miss” in front of it. We fondly remember the preschool teachers and elderly neighbors as Miss Betty, Miss Patty and so forth. Gracious Ladies Part of the fun of working in home design in the South is that as a guest in someone’s house, you’re treated so darn well. We enjoyed our share of that with this issue, homeowners going out of their way to serve us delicious lunches and refresh us with desserts, coffee or iced tea. When we traveled to Harrison and worked late, homeowner Carolyn Grisham was so concerned about us missing dinner that she packed us sandwiches, fresh pears from their orchard and cold drinks. No one is going through the McDonald’s drive-thru if a Southern host has anything to say about it. We like our fried food cooked at home, thank you. Yes, the South suits me just fi ne. I’m working on my accent, think I have a decent drawl going and someday, with a little more practice, I might even manage to make an edible gumbo. I may never fully acquire Southerner status, but I’m having a good time trying.

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The living room of a Little Rock home designed by Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors. Photographed by Nancy Nolan. See page 52.

PORTRAIT: NANCY NOLAN

family that I’ve thoroughly adopted Southern ways. Here in the South, I know that by virtue of being from another region, I may never qualify for the full title. I think the fact that I had the good sense to marry into a quintessentially Southern family (from Louisiana, no less) and make sure our children were born and raised here should elevate my status a bit. But whether I officially make the ranks or not, I’ve happily claimed certain Southern traditions as my own. A few of my favorites:


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PHOTOGRAPHY: NANCY NOLAN/STYLING: MANDY KEENER

A little sparkle, a touch of tarnish, a hint of glamour, a bit of character‌here in the South, our cherished items are full of personality. We’ve rounded up some old and new favorites available around the state, like this trio of antique crystal decanters discovered by interior designer Chris Bronson in the Normandy region of France, and available through French Quarters, Fayetteville.


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French monogrammed guest towels. Available at Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock

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URBAN APPRECIATION The brick walls and concrete floors of the old Ice House building just off Dickson Street in Fayetteville are a fitting backdrop for the new V.S. Mobley’s General Store, where classic furnishings mingle with modern accessories for a decidedly urban chic appearance. “I’ve filled the store with the kinds of things I like to live with, which are a mix of practicality and fun,” says co-owner Jordan G. Bartholomew, who explains that it’s a family aesthetic. “My mother, Rebecca H. Garner, is my business partner, and we named the store after my great-great grandmother, Viva Sharp Mobley, who was a trend setter.” Carrying forth the trend-setting vision, Bartholomew has filled the store with product lines new to the area, including bold lighting fixtures from Arteriors, lively printed bedding from Missoni Home, graphic pillows from textile designer Thomas Paul and eclectic accessories from Roost Home Furnishings. The shop also features a wide selection of gift items and pet products to round out the offerings. “Downtown Fayetteville has become such a shopping-friendly destination, where you can walk from store to store, that we felt it was time to have a home and gift shop as part of the mix,” says Bartholomew. “We’re dog and kid-friendly too; everyone’s welcome.” (339 N. West Ave., Ste. 101, 479-5871444, www.vsmobley.com).

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LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER A French antiques importer and her daughter share a rare collection of antique papier mache pieces with mother-of-pearl inlay

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IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE that Renee Hunt, owner of French Metro Antiques in Fayetteville, likes to collect antiques, but one collection that is especially dear to her is the growing assortment of French papier mache pieces that she shares with her 14-year-old daughter, Camille. “I have other favorites, but always planned for this one to be Camille’s,” Renee explains. “I wanted her to have a memory of her mother going to France to purchase antiques.” Renee received the first piece, a crumber used to clean a linen tablecloth after meals, as a gift from a client, “a very Southern woman from New Orleans,” Renee remembers. “Then I began looking for them on buying trips and eventually I didn’t want to put them in the store to sell.” Camille was a little girl at the time, but already showed an interest, and the mother-and-daughter duo has since amassed 14 beautifully preserved pieces, all found near Paris during visits to France. However, their rarity means that Renee doesn’t find one on every trip. Used in France beginning in 1850, during the reign of Napoleon III, papier mache allowed artisans to shape smaller objects not by carving or cutting but by molding. Translated as “chewed up paper,” it consists of paper paste with a strong glue binder, meaning the material is very fragile. Furthermore, their delicate hinges and motherof-pearl inlay are easily broken with neglect or heavy use. “We like 18 At Home in Arkansas

our boxes to have working hinges,” Camille explains. Making their collection especially rare, every piece also has intact abalone-colored mother-of-pearl and even maintains a shiny lacquer finish. In addition, Renee and Camille are particular about what shapes they add to their collection. Camille will often ask her mother to keep an eye out for a certain style; last year, she requested an oval box when she noticed that they were lacking one. “Camille said, ‘Mom, we need ovals,’ and on that very trip I found two. I couldn’t believe it,” laughs Renee. Some of their other rare shapes include a case for folding glasses, which is Camille’s favorite, as well as a box for playing cards, which Renee says is rare because of how much it must have been used. “In the 19th century, playing cards was very common, so many of these card boxes didn’t survive,” she explains. Rounding out Renee and Camille’s collection are a pencil box with compartments for fountain pen nibs, powder boxes, a napkin ring, wine coaster, snuff boxes and several jewelry boxes. For now, all of them sit safely on the vanity in Renee’s bedroom, holding special pieces of jewelry and other trinkets. Renee hopes that one day, years from now, Camille will look back and associate each box with her mother’s jewelry, and remember the fun they had collecting them together. “I’m just very lucky that I have a daughter who likes to do this,” Renee says.


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Lighting Emporium’s design center is full of excitement, innovation and creativity! Designers Glenda Milam and Amy Goolsby have the educational and personal experiences to complete the job. Glenda’s love of fabric and design was heavily influenced by her mother. “My mother sewed everything for our family,” she says. “My earliest memories are of selecting fabrics and coordinating colors.” As for Amy, creativity ran in the family as well. “I was always allowed to create and experiment as a child,” she says. As an adult she decided to further her skills with a bachelor’s degree in interior design, which helped develop a strong sense of scale, balance and color. “We specialize in residential design, but also have a growing portfolio of commercial design,” Glenda says. “Our clients should expect to have a personalized design experience that will make their home or office a reflection of themselves.” As designers, Amy and Glenda ask questions and listen carefully to work together and define each client’s personal style. “Our communication throughout the process helps develop trust, confidence and a comfortable working relationship,” Amy says. “We also have a wonderful in-store staff that works with many other area interior designers.” The design team at Lighting Emporium is well known for creating outstanding interiors that are both artful and functional. Call them today!

Interior designer Jennifer Huett offers clients everything that makes a house a home in her store, House to Home. Located in the Temperance Hill Shopping Center in Hot Springs, House to Home offers custom-designed draperies, Bella Notte bed linens, lamps of all sizes and style and even embroidery. Huett also offers Christmas holiday decorating in clients’ homes. Jennifer is always excited to help her clients as much or as little as they need with their design projects. “I believe design is an outward expression of unique intrinsic personal values and ideas,” Huett says. “The ability to manifest these values and ideas into a livable, visually pleasing space is always my goal.” Visitors to the store will surely discover all the beautiful accents and furnishings they are looking for, as well as a few they weren’t. That’s what makes House to Home a must-stop in Hot Springs. For design and product inspiration, Jennifer turns to the world around her. “I find inspiration through various mediums such as nature, fashion, pop culture and historical periods,” she says. “I love taking points of interest from various design styles and molding them together into a new, unique design concept for each client.”

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FROM MAGNOLIAS TO MYRTLES A primer of trees and shrubs for the classic Southern landscape By Diane Carroll

THE SOUTH IS KNOWN FOR its lush and lovely gardens, with flowering trees and shrubs setting the framework with their glossy foliage, beautiful blooms or season-long staying power. Here in Arkansas, a wide variety of traditional favorites are locally grown and designed to flourish throughout our planting zones. We asked growers and nursery owners for some tips on working these garden icons into the home landscape.

Magnolias The staple of the Southern garden is the magnolia tree, which Donna Pittman King, owner of Pittman Nursery Corporation and Garden Center in Magnolia, and her family have been growing for four generations. She notes that Magnolia “Grandiflora,” or Southern Magnolia, is the classic, wide tree with glossy, evergreen leaves, fragrant blossoms and branches that extend all the way to the ground. Varieties like “Little Gem” can be planted in more compact areas, and newer hybrids have been developed that bloom earlier and last longer. King recommends loose, moist, acid soil for planting, noting that the trees prefer full sunlight but can grow in shade. “Typically, they’ll grow more slowly in shade, and magnolias are not fast growers to begin with,” she adds, “and they do best in well-drained soil.” No matter the size or variety, King suggests that their elegant leaves and sculptural shapes make them a must for a true Southern garden. “The foliage is attractive in any landscape, and an added benefit is the beautiful flowers,” she says. 28 At Home in Arkansas


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Crape Myrtles “Think of a formal allée of these graceful, beautiful trees with a large, umbrella-like canopy of blooms,” says Donna Bemis, owner of Bemis Tree Farm on the outskirts of Little Rock. “That’s the classic Southern garden use, and they make a great accent tree when placed near a seating area or a window with a view.” Of the 10 varieties grown on their farm, Bemis recommends the “Natchez White” crape myrtle as a regional icon. “All of the varieties do well in our state,” she adds. “They’re a tough tree, fairly fast growing and can survive most conditions.” Bemis notes that the most critical element in establishing a new tree is adequate watering for the first few years. “Make sure you water them deeply, twice a week, for the first three summers,” she says. “After that, they should do fine with just moderate water, and they don’t like to be too wet.”

Hydrangeas Known for their large, round flower heads, the “Nikko Blue” hydrangea is a perennial Southern favorite, notes Jeb Leggett, owner of Custom Landscape & Nursery in Mt. Vernon. “It’s one of the oldest varieties and can grow to be five or six feet tall, making it a mass of color in the spring.” Soil acidity determines bloom color, varying from deep blue in acid soil to pale blue or even pink in alkaline areas. A shady setting with an eastern or northern exposure is ideal, and the plants will tolerate morning sun, says Leggett, as long as they receive adequate watering and are in a well-drained area. While traditional varieties set buds on last season’s growth, meaning that a late freeze in the spring can limit blooms for the year, the newer varieties such as “Endless Summer” have been cultivated to bloom on new growth as well. “That increases their reliability,” says Leggett, “and allows them to bloom throughout the growing season.” 30 At Home in Arkansas


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Azaleas “They’re a classic woodland garden plant,” says Leggett. “And as such, they prefer high shade, planted near pine trees or a similar setting.” Leggett notes that newer varieties have been cultivated to be more sun tolerant, but that they all grow best in well-drained soil. “They thrive when planted in a raised setting,” he adds. “Most azaleas I’ve seen that aren’t doing well have been planted below grade and face drainage issues.” Old-fashioned favorites include the Indica varieties like “George L. Taber” and “Mrs. G.G. Gerbing,” which sport large pink or white flowers, grow fast and can reach six to eight feet in height. Dwarf Indicas like the “Gumpo” group are common as well, chosen for their compact forms and ruffled flowers as a garden accent. A new Southern favorite is the patented brand of repeat-blooming Encore azaleas, which Leggett says will prosper in all parts of the state and typically bloom three times a year. “For most gardeners, they want more blooms, more often, and this plant delivers that,” he adds.

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Designer Carolyn Grisham, owner of Winterberry Home, converted a sunroom into a light-filled office. A tribute to her love of British and French Colonial style, the room features a patterned floor that Carolyn designed and painted. 34


Blending new with old gives this designer’s Harrison home classic cachet with a touch of whimsy Text: Sharon Mosley Photography: Rett Peek Styling: Diane Carroll

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“FOR AS LONG AS I can remember,” says Blytheville native Carolyn Grisham, “I’ve wanted a white house with white columns and black shutters.” With a degree in art and graphic design from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and 25 years as senior interior designer with Club Corp in Dallas, Carolyn was ready to tackle plans for her family’s dream home in Harrison when she and her husband Bud, a land developer and native of the area, retired there 16 years ago. The result was a 4,500-square-foot Greek Revival brick home situated in the middle of 25 acres. Surrounded by groves of natural oak, walnut and pear trees, the stately exterior of the Grisham’s home reflects the tradition of a much older past with white-washed red brick that has gently aged through the years. Inside, the home also reveals a rich mix of textures and treasures all juxtaposed against the cool serenity of a neutral background. The twostory, three-bedroom home features a welcoming center hallway with living areas on both sides. “I like everything very symmetrical,” Carolyn explains. She has always taken a casual, yet elegant approach to decorating, collecting only well-chosen antiques for her home that she treasures more

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The kitchen contains a trio of spaces for cooking, dining and relaxing, all unified by Carolyn’s blue and white china collection. Matching custommade chandeliers by Ball & Ball Antique Hardware—one over the breakfast table and another one complete with a pot rack—provide a focal point. French antique finds, including artists’ paint palettes, fill the seating area.

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and more each year. “Once I fall in love with something, I love it forever,” says the talented designer, who regularly scoured the antique stores of Europe when she lived and worked in Dallas. She found most of her favorite collectibles in France: antique straw hats, blue and white pottery, oil paintings and china plates. While Carolyn’s home is a showplace for her prized antiques, many of her eclectic accessories are from her store Winterberry Home, formerly located in Little Rock and now in Rogers at Interiors Galleria. She puts her own design spin on a charming Southern style that blends several different periods, including the British and French Colonial era, a style that she likens to “Out of Africa,” her favorite movie. “I tend to mix in a little exotica with more traditional pieces,” says Carolyn. This is particularly evident in the sunroom where a patterned floor she designed and painted anchors a Zebra rug and an antique French Colonial settee paired with a carved Anglo-Indian table bought on a shopping trip to England. The extensive collections of wicker throughout the house also offer a more casual counterpoint to her European antiques. 38

A formal center hallway leads past the living room, where pale pink walls contrast with Carolyn’s grandmother’s antique sofa and chair covered in Lee Jofa’s floral chintz print. FACING PAGE: The Greek Revival-style house includes a screened porch along the back, which Carolyn has outfitted with white wicker and elements from her vintage basket and hat collections.


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The color palette in the Grisham’s Greek Revival home also provides a distinctive backdrop for the interplay between informal and formal furnishings. “I prefer light-colored walls,” Carolyn admits. “I like a fresh, crisp look that has a high contrast with the other decorative elements in a room.” Even crown moldings, fireplace mantels, kitchen cabinetry and window dressings are treated with a cool touch and provide a blank canvas for highlighting collectibles. The off-white walls in most of the house and the pale pink in the living room enhance the dark woods of both the Grishams’ fourinch-wide red oak plank flooring and their traditional antiques. Upholstered sofas and chairs as well as rattan and wicker are updated with light-colored fabrics that are durable as well as functional. In the living room, her grandmother’s antique sofa and chair that she lovingly remembers sitting in as a child is lightened up with cheerful Lee Jofa floral chintz cushions and pillows. Chippendale 40

dining room chairs are slipcovered with white linen. The designer finds that fabrics often change the mood of an antique piece dramatically. A vintage reproduction bed in the master bedroom provides another high-contrast piece in Carolyn’s preferred style. “I love the architectural shape of the bonnet on this bed,” she says, “and I love the high contrast against the light walls, so I never drape anything over it.” To truly enjoy the Southern charm of their house and property, the couple often head outside to relax on one of their porches. “We have tea on the front porch every morning,” Carolyn says. The screened porch on the back of the house with oversized wicker chairs is a favored afternoon retreat. “We can watch the deer romping around the backyard pond,” she continues, “which seems a very Southern way to end the day.”


The master bedroom includes a reproduction canopy bed layered with matelasse and linen bedding. Across from it, Carolyn’s mother’s plates are hung over the wood-burning fireplace and flank a portrait bought on a trip to the south of England.

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Sunday Supper, Southern-style “Casual occasions are my favorite, when I can mix and match pieces to create my own look,� says Carolyn. For a gathering of family and friends, she tops her Sheraton-style dining table with nature-inspired candelabras holding colorfully striped candles. Pyracantha branches gathered from her garden lend a seasonal touch to urns on the sideboard and as a centerpiece. For place settings, she brings in her characteristic blend of traditional with a twist: French matelasse placemats, napkins and antique silver mixed with square, all-white plates.

Get this look Matelasse placemats and linen napkins, Williams-Sonoma, Little Rock and Rogers

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In the sunroom of Julie and Mike Roetzel’s 1930s-era home, walls are covered in Benjamin Moore Mineral Ice, a pale blue that adds to the room’s airy feel. The couple’s dog, Hazel, curls up in an armchair alongside antique and reproduction tables from Lighting Emporium.

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A Fayetteville couple refreshes a historic home with classic colors and layers of cherished furnishings Text and styling: Diane Carroll Photography: Rett Peek

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IT WAS ON A SUNDAY DRIVE through downtown Fayetteville that Julie and Mike Roetzel realized, after 27 years of marriage, that they shared a secret interest in the same house. As they drove through the historic Washington-Willow neighborhood, Mike pointed to a particular yellow brick home and commented that it had always been his favorite house in town, a remark that resonated with a surprised Julie, who replied it was her favorite as well. Serendipitously, friends who were driving with them had recently heard that the house was about to go on the market. It had been the childhood home of University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart, and his family was considering selling—prompting the Roetzels to immediately decide they wanted to be the first prospective buyers to see it. With their three daughters grown, the couple toyed with the thought of moving from their neighborhood of newer homes into a historic area. “We had some reservations about an older house,” says Julie, “but the moment I walked in the front door and saw the sunroom, with all its character and charm, I knew it could be my home.” Soon, the house was theirs, and Julie, who has a background in interior design, began updating the circa-1930s residence. “It was in 46

excellent condition, and we decided early on that we would respect the home’s history and simply bring some of the elements up to date,” she says. For most of the house, that meant removing carpets, refinishing wood floors and painting the walls. The kitchen required a more extensive renovation, and the Roetzels maintained the room’s arched doorways and architectural details while updating all the surfaces, cabinetry and appliances. To blend the refreshed room with the style of the rest of the house, Mike converted an antique hutch into a traditional island. “It looks like a piece of furniture instead of a new element,” adds Julie. Within the updated spaces, Julie, a Little Rock native, began adding layers of traditional Southern style. Silk draperies with tasseled fringe top vintage windows, and are accompanied by curtains underneath in rooms where privacy is an issue. Aubusson rugs define seating areas and dress up the floors. And the antique furnishings that Julie has collected through the years are worked seamlessly into the home’s every room. “That speaks to collecting things you love, and that you’ll always find a way to make them work,” says Julie. “We used nearly all the furnishings from our previous house, and to me they look better here than they ever have—the house complements them.”


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Walls throughout the house are covered in Benjamin Moore Philadelphia Cream with Shaker Beige on the trim. An antique writing desk in the living room overlooks the garden. FACING PAGE: Washable silk and velvet Bella Notte bedding from Sara Kathryn’s adds comfort in the master suite, which includes a dressing room with a vanity. The guest bedroom features a pair of twin beds. Black and white toile dresses up a vintage bathroom. 48


To tie these elements together, she painted the rooms a warm cream color and used shades of gold, green and blue in the draperies, rugs and accessories as soft accents. In the sunroom, a favorite space that features three walls of windows, she reversed the concept, painting the walls a light blue, which she says “evokes the sky,” and outfitting the rest of the room in shades of cream. “It’s one of our favorite rooms, because it’s always so cheerful,” says Julie, “but in truth we enjoy and use every room because the house was designed to flow so easily from one space to the next.” From the large dining room to the cozy living area and sunroom and on to the kitchen, Julie notes that it’s also an accommodating arrangement for entertaining. “That’s definitely a Southern thing,” she adds. “It’s a gracious home.”

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A Fall Garden Club Gathering A long-standing member of a local garden club, Julie often hosts an autumn meeting at her home. She plays up the garden theme by integrating natural elements and typically opts for a buffet setting. “I arrange plates and foods on all sides of the table, so that guests can circle it,” says Julie. “Including several sizes of plates allows guests to choose as much or as little they want.” She also incorporates stands and servers that will place food at different heights; “it adds eye appeal and a little variety,” she says. To celebrate the season, she plays up fall colors with copper accessories, colorful linens and abundant flowers and foliage.

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An invitingly tranquil color palette mixed with clean-lined furnishings updates a family home in Little Rock Text: Paulette Pearson Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Diane Carroll 52


Designer Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors outfitted the dining room of this family home in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood with double-panel silk curtains by Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies and a semi-antique Tabriz rug. The sideboard, mirror and framed botanical prints are family heirlooms. 53


“I WANTED THE SPACE to be light and bright like the people who live here,” says interior designer Kevin Walsh, describing a home in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood that he refurbished for a young family. While the 1990s home they purchased had the classic lines and gracious rooms they were looking for, the dark colors throughout it were a sharp contrast to the serene style they sought. “They’re both outgoing and lively, but they’re also peaceful, so we simplified the design and lightened the color palette to reflect that,” says Walsh. Doing so, he adds, showcased the home’s structural beauty, including the window casings and crown molding. “The house has such strong architecture that I didn’t think it needed a lot of decoration,” he says. Walsh brightened the main living spaces with a color palette consisting of various shades of beige, and started by covering the walls of the

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A central staircase in the foyer leads guests past the living and dining rooms and into the family room. The light-filled living room features raw-silk covered French chairs with silk damask seat cushions, a modified camelback velvet sofa with antique textile pillows and an Oushak rug. Baker lamps and a cocktail table with crystal details are chic additions to the space.


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Floral linen draperies and a frost-white resin light ďŹ xture by Oly dress up the breakfast area, while a travertine ďŹ replace creates a welcoming gathering place for the homeowners and their children. FACING PAGE: Walsh layered more neutral tones into the kitchen with a light-colored tile backsplash and slip covers for the barstools.

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kitchen, dining room, living room and master bedroom with a custom-blended beige paint from Sherwin-Williams. He added more layers of beige to the home by selecting light-colored fabrics for the draperies and furniture in each room. In the kitchen, this meant cream-andwhite patterned fabric for the draperies, textural tan upholstery for chairs next to the kitchen fireplace and slipcovers for the barstools, while the wood-paneled family room was brightened with a cream sofa and plenty of pillows. Walsh adopted the same color palette for the more formal living and dining rooms, but installed custom double-panel silk curtains and elegant rugs for a more classic look in those spaces. Within this neutral palette, Walsh integrated accents of soft blue and green, which are favorite colors of the homeowners, through the careful placement of accessories and artwork. “They like to collect art, which is another reason we went with a neutral color palette,” explains Walsh. “The art is the color.” In the living room, a serene painting by local artist Sammy Peters stands out above the living room fireplace, while satin antique textile pillows pop against the cream-colored camelback sofa. Elsewhere, the soft blue color plays prominently in the textiles and fabric Walsh used in the family room. Instead of color, Walsh incorporated interesting objects and subtle details. “Every piece plays a role in the whole design,” he notes. “You don’t always need color if you bring in interesting objects.” An embroidered suzani bed throw inspired the soothing décor in the master bedroom, which includes a cream tufted headboard and translucent resin light fixture with pale pink flowers. And in the master bathroom, Walsh added raffia to the walls and wallpapered the ceiling in order “to break up the length of the room,” he says. He also installed a frosted glass hurricane light fixture with a Greek key etching and plantation shutters over the bathroom doors, which look out to the home’s wcourtyard.

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Cream and French blue fabrics contrast with the dark wood panels in the family room, which Walsh further lightened up with a gray marble mantle and custom rug by Patterson, Flynn & Martin. FACING PAGE: An embroidered suzani bed throw inspired the master bedroom, complete with a resin light fixture with pink flowers by Oly. The light color palette continues into the master bathroom.

In addition, Walsh made sure that the family’s heirlooms played an important role in the décor. “They’re very in tune with where they came from, so we tried to blend old and new,” he says. “It’s all about the mix to me, because that’s what makes it interesting.” The mirror, sideboard and botanical prints in the dining room have survived through many generations, as has much of the owners’ collection of silver, china and crystal. “It’s very Southern to have lots of silver and family keepsakes,” Walsh says. “The homeowners were thrilled that I was able to work those pieces into the design, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 58

DESIGN SOURCES Interior Design Kevin Walsh, Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock Architect Williams & Dean Associated Architects, Little Rock Builder Jack Hartsell Construction, Tom Colford Custom Improvements, both in Little Rock Accessories Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock; Justus Fine Art Gallery, Hot Springs


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Walsh dressed up the formal dinner table by layering accents of gold, starting with chargers and china plates with gold rims. “I wanted it to be elegant and timeless,” he says. He added Southern flair by mixing several different china patterns and arranging a floral centerpiece complete with hydrangeas and multi-colored roses. “The mix of flowers was beautiful and opulent, just like the table setting,” adds Walsh. Cloth napkins and vintage napkin rings complete the formal setting.

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1. John Mays Jewelers, Fort Smith Hearts on Fire diamond pendant, with .50 to .60 total carat weight and available in 18-karat white or yellow gold

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PROFILE: JEWELERS In 1970, Wilkerson Jewelers opened in downtown Stuttgart offering a large inventory of diamond jewelry that ranges from solitares and bridal jewelry to all types of diamond fashion jewelry, color stone jewelry and watches. High-end jewelry lines include Hearts on Fire, Charles Krypell, Caerleon Jewelry, Odelia, Pandora, Seiko and Citizen, and custom design services are part of Wilkerson’s day-to-day business. Wilkerson Jewelers takes pride in providing the highest level of customer service to its clients, but first and foremost wants every trip to Wilkerson’s to be an enjoyable experience. Owner Bobby Wilkerson leads a highly qualified and trained team that includes store manager Jeremy Castleman; graduate gemologist and sales associate Chris Brasko; and GIA diamond graduate and sales associate Robin Bracewell. They set themselves apart from other retailers with the services they provide to jewelers all across the United States. “We have the largest inventory in the state, right here in Stuttgart,” says store manager Jeremy Castleman. Wilkerson Jewelers is currently remodeling its entire showroom from the ground up, doubling its size. And if you are in the market for a diamond or diamond jewelry, a trip to Stuttgart will be well worth your time.

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PROFILE: JEWELERS Darrow Jones, businessman and fine jewelry pioneer in Arkansas is preparing to celebrate twenty-five years of service to the wonderful people of Central Arkansas. The store continues to pride itself on exceptional value and customer service. As a teenager, his son Jacob began working in his father’s store after school and weekends. He developed a love for the business that motivated him to attend the esteemed Gemological Institute of America on the West Coast, becoming the youngest Arkansan in history to become a G.I.A. graduate. Darrow & Jacob are pleased to announce a major expansion (doubling the showroom size), and redecoration of their store. They are grateful for their many customer friends who have made this growth possible. The store’s expansion has made room for new designer collections and larger existing lines. Jones & Son is excited to be named by Tacori as a Platinum Partner. This recognition confirms they are among the top few platinum partners in the country, and will participate in the launch this year of the new Tacori 18k 925 fashion collection. Tacori will be featured in the Jones & Son booth at the Junior League of Little Rock 2009 Holiday House. Another gift choice by discriminating women is Alwand Vahan. Vahan is regularly featured in Town & Country, InStyle and other popular national magazines. Baby Feet Jewelry, exclusively available at Jones & Son, is the perfect gift for mothers and grandmothers alike. Whatever your gift preference, you will find it at Jones & Son. The staff at Jones & Son knows that customers are very special people. They treat each customer as a golden resource, knowing that nobody has JONES & SON to do business with them, they choose to. 11121 Rodney Parham Darrow, Jacob and the entire staff at Jones & Son invite each of you to Little Rock, AR 72212 visit them for the holidays, and do not miss all the fun at this year’s Holiday 501-224-3433 House.

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6. Fletcher Smith’s Jewelers, Conway 18-karat white gold and 1.09-carat diamond pendant, from Sal Praschnik’s OLAS collection

7. Jones and Son Diamond and Bridal Fine Jewelry, Little Rock Tacori 18-karat white gold and diamond necklace with .43 total carat weight

8. Cecil’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock Cherie Dori 18-karat white gold black-and-white diamond pendant with 2.09 total carat weight and 18karat white gold chain

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Handmade by CiLae’ Designs, this one-of-a-kind necklace is made out of repurposed sterling silver flatware. $74.95. Available at VINTAGE CARGO in Eureka Springs, 479-2535943 or www.vintagecargo.net.

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FALLING FOR FAYETTEVILLE Whether it’s a game-day trip or a weekend retreat, fall is an entertaining time to visit this Northwest Arkansas town Inn at Carnall Hall

THE SPECTACULAR SEASONAL FOLIAGE of the Ozark Mountains combined with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks games makes Fayetteville a popular autumn destination. This year, new options in lodging, shopping, dining and entertainment are available. Clustered around campus and downtown, the recent additions blend with perennial favorites to make this area an enticingly urban getaway.

WHERE TO SHOP: Starting from campus, traverse down Dickson Street and around the downtown square for the city’s best boutique shopping. Destinations are listed by location for a walking-friendly visit. Private Gallery 623 W. Dickson St. (479) 587-1140 www.shopprivategallery.com Accessories galore, including handbags, shoes and jewelry. Luxe Beauty 608 W. Dickson St. (479) 582-3800 www.luxearkansas.com Beauty treatments and products in a sleek setting. V.S. Mobley’s General Store 339 N. West Ave., Ste. 101 (479) 587-1444 www.vsmobley.com Home accessories, gifts and more (see page 14). 74 At Home in Arkansas

Lola Boutique 339 N. West Ave., Ste. 103 (479) 443-5535 www.lolaboutique.com Designer apparel in an urban setting. Mae’s Emporium 352 N. West Ave. (479) 575-9626 www.maesemporium.com A gem of a store, with vintage and antique jewelry. Open Wednesday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment. Dickson Street Bookshop 325 W. Dickson St. (479) 442-8182 A Fayetteville icon boasting thousands of used and out-of-print books. Romance Diamond Co. 248 W. Dickson St. (479) 443-9289 www.romancediamond.com The name says it all—if a trip down Dickson Street puts you in the mood, check out their fine jewelry and watches.

Nightbird Books 205 W. Dickson St. (479) 443-2080 www.nightbirdbooks.com Recently relocated to Dickson Street, this bookstore invites browsing, relaxing and listening to their namesake birds. French Metro Antiques 200 W. Dickson St. (479) 587-0804 www.frenchmetro.com Direct importers of fine French furnishings and accessories. I.M. Spa 25 N. Block Ave. (479) 251-7422 www.imspa.net Relax with a facial, massage or a cup of tea while you shop. French Quarters 11 N. Block Ave. (479) 443-3355 www.french-quarters.com A one-stop shop for all things French, from furnishings to home accessories and gifts.

PHOTOGRAPHY: LAURA LARUE/COURTESY INN AT CARNALL HALL/PRATT PLACE INN/CORAZON

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Corazon 15 S. Block Ave., Ste. 105 (479) 587-9294 Unique and handcrafted home furnishings, including colorful glassware and one-of-akind metalwork.

WHERE TO EAT: 1936 Club 300 W. Dickson St. (479) 442-9682 www.36clubfayetteville.com Open for lunch or dinner, locals frequent ‘36 Club often for the seasonal fare. Bordinos 310 W. Dickson St. (479) 527-6795 www.bordinos.com Fresh ingredients from regional farms inspire the lunch and dinner menus, all enjoyed in an artistic setting. The Common Grounds 412 W. Dickson St. (479) 442-3515 www.commongroundsar.com A breakfast and late-night dessert favorite. Emelia’s Kitchen 309 W. Dickson St., Ste. 2 (479) 527-9800 www.emelias-kitchen.com Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of town, plus a popular Sunday brunch. Hammontree’s Gourmet 205 W. Dickson St. (479) 521-1669 www.hammontreesgourmet.com Recently opened and adjacent to Nightbird Books, this lunch spot has built its menu around a dozen diverse variations of grilled cheese sandwiches. Smiling Jack’s Fresh Foods 262 N. School Ave. (479) 935-4899 www.smilingjacksfreshfoods.com A recent addition just off Dickson Street, Smiling Jack’s is an all-natural option for lunch or weekend dinners. 76 At Home in Arkansas

Pratt Place Inn Hand-blown glass bowl, Corazon Theo’s 318 N. Campbell Ave. (479) 527-0086 www.theosfayetteville.com A chic nightspot for drinks and dinner, plus outdoor patio seating. Trail Side Café and Tea Room 546 W. Center St. (479) 966-4945 www.trailsidetea.com On the newly opened Fayetteville bike trail, the café offers soups, salads and classic lunch options in a unique setting near downtown.

Handbag and ballet flats, Private Gallery

WHAT TO DO: Clinton House Museum 930 S. California Blvd. (479) 444-0066 www.clintonhousemuseum.org Close to campus, take a walk down Arkansas’ memory lane. Clubhaus Fitness 612 W. Dickson St. (479) 287-Haus www.clubhausfitness.com This newly opened, environmentally friendly health club is just steps away from campus and offers day passes as well as hourly bike rentals for enjoying the city trail system. DDP Gallery 7 E. Mountain St. (479) 442-0001 www.ddpgallery.com Just off the downtown square, the gallery spotlights contemporary art and participates in First Thursday Gallery Walks around the area.

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Fayetteville Farmers Market www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.com A long-standing Fayetteville tradition held on the downtown square, the farmers market runs Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 21. On Sundays, it moves to the grounds of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, another destination well worth a visit (479-750-2620 or www.bgozarks.org).

Original artwork, DDP Gallery

Home design books, Nightbird Books

Fayetteville Underground 1 E. Center St. (479) 387-1534 www.fayettevilleunderground.com A new addition to the local art scene, this group of four urban galleries is located in the former bank vault areas of the Bank of America building on the square.

Smiling Jack’s Fresh Foods

WHERE TO STAY: Southern hospitality abounds at a trio of historic hotels, all near the center of town. Dickson Street Inn 301 W. Dickson St. (479) 695-2100 www.dicksonstreetinn.com The newest option in downtown lodging, the inn offers 10 guest rooms in a recently renovated 1890s-era home. It includes the Veranda Wine Bar, overlooking the Dickson Street scene. Inn at Carnall Hall 465 N. Arkansas Ave. (479) 582-0400 www.innatcarnallhall.com Located on the University of Arkansas campus, this 1905 Colonial Revival building, formerly a dormitory, underwent extensive renovations and reopened a few years ago as a 50-room hotel with modern amenities. The inn’s restaurant, Ella’s, is a local favorite for Sunday brunch.

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Pratt Place Inn 2231 W. Markham Rd. (479) 966-4441 www.prattplaceinn.com Just west of campus in a 140-acre park-like setting is the newly opened Pratt Place Inn, offering luxuriously appointed lodgings in a fully restored 1895 home.

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STATELY AND SOUTHERN South of Little Rock, groves of pecan trees juxtaposed against acres of rice, cotton and soybeans mark the beginning of the Arkansas Delta. Native to our region, pecans have been a Southern favorite for centuries—Thomas Jefferson even had a supply sent to him in Paris when he was missing the tastes of home. Ours won’t have to travel quite so far. With Thanksgiving coming up, they can go right in a pie. —D.C. 80 At Home in Arkansas


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