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AT HOME STYLE 12 Stylish Finds A Dog’s Life: Products for the family pet 14 Design News What’s new and notable in The Natural State 17 Collections The ABCs of Collecting: Antique plates for children 20 Design Fresh Green: Energy-efficient windows 24 Before & After In Cave Springs, a garage makeover 26 In the Garden In Bentonville, a series of outdoor spaces for family fun

AT HOME WITH THE FAMILY 32 Family-friendly in the Country Designer Laura Day’s Bridgehampton home 42 Family-friendly in the City Designer Tobi Fairley outfits a new home for a Fayetteville family Special Section: At Home with Kids 56 Modern Beginnings A boy’s nursery in Little Rock by designer Eric Ford 58 Twice as Nice In Little Rock, designer Laurie McFarland creates a bedroom for toddler twins 60 Bright and Boyish Designer Casey Roark updates a boy’s bedroom in Fayetteville 62 Fashionable Kids The latest looks, showcased in a 1930s North Little Rock home

AT HOME OUT & ABOUT 74 On the Road Shopping for antiques in Northwest Arkansas 78 What’s in Store Luxury bath and body products 80 Last Look Family Pet

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Did you know we keep an online journal and share it with our readers several times a week? Great images, an enticing paragraph or two, a few tips, even some of our favorite new finds. It’s our At Home in Arkansas blog, and it’s one of the ways we bring fresh ideas to you more frequently than a monthly magazine allows.

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Inspiring quotes: “We dwell in our homes and our homes dwell in us. It lingers with us when we leave. Beckons when we are weary. It is the place that gives us comfort and ease. Home is the one place where we can simply be.” —Bates Corkern Studio, from our blog series At Home Friday Favorites

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Intrigued? Go to blog.athomearkansas.com, and if you click on subscribe to feed in the top right-hand corner, you’ll be prompted through a few steps that will send new posts to you automatically. One of my favorite things about blogs is that you can comment easily. Tell us what you think, and we’ll tailor our posts to your interests. As always, we’d love to hear from you.

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Royal Hearth and Home in Bryant debuts exclusive outdoor kitchen systems Stylish outdoor kitchens are hot commodities these days, and Royal Hearth and Home now carries a new line of state-of-the-art kitchen systems designed to streamline cooking and entertaining al fresco. Manufactured by Twin Eagles, the collection includes built-in grills, bars, cooking accessories and storage areas, which specialists at Royal Hearth and Home can customize, deliver and install to fit any outdoor area. 113 Broadway Ave., (501) 943-3667, www.royaldoors.com

Arkansas native and part-time Beaver Lake resident John Phifer Marrs opens his homes—both his main residence in Dallas and his lake house in Arkansas—for Designers Here and There by Michele Keith, a new book showcasing designers’ city and country places. Some of the glossy images are by Little Rock-based photographer Nancy Nolan, whose work graces our pages each month. www.randomhouse.com

Fashion Forward Companions in Little Rock expands, highlights new collections The upscale women’s clothing boutique Companions has expanded, growing into an adjacent space at its current location in West Little Rock. The modern look of the additional 1,200-square-foot showroom complements the shop’s designer items, including names such as Trina Turk and Michael Stars, as well as a new collection of shoes, creating a onestop apparel shop. 14810 Cantrell Rd., (501) 868-8484, www.companionsboutique.com

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ABC plates don’t just hold food—they also serve up an education. “They were made to teach children about values and life,” says collector Neil Palmer of North Little Rock’s Crystal Hill Antique Mall. Rimmed with the alphabet and decorated with maxims and inspirational sayings, ABC plates transformed every meal into a learning experience. First produced in the 19th century in Staffordshire, England, they were later fashioned in the United States, mostly in the Ohio region, and contemporary-looking versions are still in production today. Palmer’s white earthenware collection holds true to the plates’ Staffordshire roots, originating in the late 1800s when prominent potters like A. Shaw & Son and J. & G. Meakin exported their goods around the world. Palmer is most drawn to the valuable lessons his collection teaches. One plate depicts the wise old owl as a schoolteacher. Another, which shows a man plowing a field while his comrade rests, states, “Plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and keep.” Illustrations of animals, as well as childhood games, events, nursery rhymes and pictures from books like “Robinson Crusoe,” are also popular. Religious motifs, although rare, can be found as well. In addition to simple transfer images, these decorations were sometimes applied through a technique known as polychrome, which means multi-colored. As Palmer explains, “The design was transfer-printed, often not centered since it was done by hand, and then brushed with color before the plate was fired.” Variations of the plates were also made from porcelain, metal, glass and tin. Staffordshire plates sell for about $175 apiece, and sometimes much more. “It depends on the uniqueness of the decoration,” Palmer says, “and how much wear and tear the plate has.” The fact that they were made for young children means that they are often found with significant damage, which decreases their value. But while condition is a key factor in assessing price, Palmer purchases any that “make him smile,” he says, “especially if it has a really appealing look or message.” Many of the sayings were derived from “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” a compilation of sayings written by Benjamin Franklin and known for its extensive use of wordplay. Twenty years into his collecting and Palmer has learned a valuable lesson himself. Rarely finding more than one ABC plate at a time while scouring Arkansas’ antique stores has taught this avid collector to be patient. “You really have to dig deep,” Palmer says. But, as Benjamin Franklin once stated, “He that can have patience can have what he will.”

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Marvin’s Ultimate Push Out French Casement and Ultimate Venting Picture Window combine classic styling, unobstructed views and easy cleaning.

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Shortly after moving into their newly built dream house in Northwest Arkansas, the Jones family realized that one of the spaces they used most frequently wasn’t as dreamy as they hoped it would be. While the new home has a welcoming front door, they soon noticed that the way they most often entered the house was through the garage. Since being greeted by a messy assortment of gear wasn’t the homecoming they envisioned, they opted to organize the garage as neatly as any other room in their new place. The family contacted Gene Webb, owner of NWA Garage Solutions, who designed a series of storage cabinets, workbench areas and a modular wall system to accommodate their needs. “Like most garages, there was a lot of wall space that could be put to better use,” says Webb. Organizing bikes, toys and sports equipment for the family of five was the first step, and Webb devised a slatted system to wrap around two walls of the three-car garage, allowing hooks, baskets and shelves to easily slide in and out and stow gear at kidaccessible heights. For home, lawn and garden items, he created storage closets with a cherrywood finish. For tools, he added a pair of workbenches wrapped around a corner with the same slatted wall system backing the benches, making it possible to keep frequently used items within reach. To complement the well-organized walls, Webb applied an epoxy coating with a granite-like appearance to the floors, creating a surface he says is “seamless, easy to clean, durable, and even oil and gas resistant.” The final assessment, according to the Joneses, is that arriving home is much more pleasurable than it used to be. “It’s the last room you see when you leave, and the first room you see when you get home,” says Webb. “It’s worth making that a good experience.”

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Touchdown for Family Time A series of spaces for entertaining and playing outdoors helps a Bentonville family of four stay connected Text and styling: Diane Carroll Photography: Rett Peek


Clockwise from top left: Matthew and Avery play in the pool, rinse off in the outdoor shower and join their mom, Sue, around the fire pit from Frontgate on the upper patio. Stitt Energy Systems’ addition to the Redfield’s house included a covered porch built with environmentally friendly materials, such as a Versatex weather-resistant ceiling. All of the outdoor furnishings are from The Patio.

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Life Begins Outdoors “Something for everyone” is how Sue Redfield describes the back yard of the home she and her husband, Charles, share with their sons, Avery and Matthew. Now sporting a spacious pool and patio area where the boys congregate with friends, an adjoining covered porch where Sue and Charles can relax in the shade or entertain guests, and even a firepit surrounded by seating where kids and adults gather to roast marshmallows, the newly completed outdoor area has every member of the family singing its praises. This laid-back, family-friendly lifestyle is what the Redfields had in mind when they moved into their new home on a wooded hillside in Bentonville. “We fell in love with the home’s setting and the idea that there was room for the boys to run around without worrying about traffic,” says Sue. The steep lot, however, meant that the backyard had been left untouched, which Sue and Charles saw as a design opportunity. “We were looking to create an outdoor setting that each member of the family would enjoy,” says Sue. “A place to kick back and relax outside, a pool and patio area that fit all the needs of our family—those who love sun as well as those who love being outside but in the shade.” The Redfields were considering a garage addition to their home as well, and they began working with Stitt Energy Systems on an environmentally-conscious plan that would encompass both needs. The steep slope of the Redfield’s back yard meant that the garage addition would terrace down the hillside, creating a space below it that could serve as a covered porch. Patios and walkways that connect the lower-level covered porch to the main level of the house were the next step, and the resulting design involves an upper patio with seating and a firepit and a lower patio with a pool. Next to the covered porch and pool, the team added an outdoor shower and bathroom for convenience. Garden beds filled with drought-resistant plants rim the new patios, softening the transition between levels. As a finishing touch, Sue outfitted the outdoor spaces with enough all-weather seating options to accommodate a crowd. Most weekends, the chairs and chaises are now occupied, as the Redfields welcome family and friends to join them in their al fresco retreat. “These spaces were meant to be shared,” says Sue, “and having a pool full of kids while the adults kick back in the outdoor living area has become a favorite pastime of ours.”

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Laura Day, her husband Frank Baker, and their twoyear-old daughter, Olivia, relax in the family room, where Day added a pair of green polka-dotted chairs from Pottery Barn Kids. “I think it’s important to integrate places for kids to be comfortable as well,” she says. IKEA bookshelves store toys below a Damien Hirst screenprint. At the other end of the room, a James Nares painting hangs above Design Within Reach bookcases, which hold an architectural model of the family’s house.

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You’ve described yourself as a country girl at heart, growing up on a farm in southeast Arkansas before you became an interior designer for TLC’s television series, “Trading Spaces,” and started your own practice in New York, as well as an online magazine, lauradayliving.com. Now, you’ve come full circle by transforming a historic farmhouse in Bridgehampton, Long Island, into your own family-friendly retreat. What drew you to this particular house?

Designer Laura Day: My family [husband, Frank, and two-year-old daughter, Olivia] has lived in five houses and apartments in five years. When we decided to look for a country get-away, I knew immediately that I wanted an older home, a place that would feel like it has roots. Houses mean different things to different people, but when we looked at this 1810 farmhouse, Frank and I both fell in love. AHIA: It certainly is picturesque. Did you learn much about the home’s history? LD: It was originally located a mile away on one of the oldest farms in the area. They decided it was cheaper to tear down rather than add on or renovate, but someone saved it and moved it down the road. AHIA: It appears that you restored the exterior; did you make any significant changes? LD: We lived in the house for a year before renovating in order to absorb its energy and understand what it was about. The facade remains exactly the same, but we replaced the roof and added new gutters. Since we didn’t touch the front, we added a few windows to the back of the house to open up the views. We also installed privet as a green screen of shrubbery, which is a very “Hamptons” thing that my mom finds funny because she can’t get rid of her own privet in Arkansas. AHIA: And what about the interior? The spaces are very family-friendly but remain uncluttered. LD: Family-friendly was huge—it was everything. Motherhood causes you to rearrange your whole life, one step at a time: you reevaluate, you reorganize, you move all of your trinkets. In the living room, the coffee table is Lucite and I used chairs and poufs with wipeable coverings like leather and pleather. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessary to have a room full of leather just because you have a child. My sofa is slipcovered, and I’m a big believer in that. I think we all conjure up the image of the slipcover that doesn’t fit perfectly and has a big bow on the arm, but now there are gorgeous slipcovered sofas in a wide range of colors and patterns. You don’t have to have a dark chocolate sofa just because you have kids.

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AHIA: Surely you have guests all summer long. How did that affect your design strategy? LD: Yes, we added a bathroom per bedroom to accommodate our guests. I also designed the rooms around mobile, expandable conversation areas. There were no overhead light fixtures and I didn’t want to drop the ceilings—especially since they are board and batten—so I used a lot of lamps to make it feel cozy. Being out in the country and at the beach, I didn’t want a fussy interior. I want guests and my family to come in with sandy feet and knock their flipflops off and not worry about it. To me, that’s the definition of a beach house; the focus is on the outside and you don’t spend all of your time cleaning. AHIA: The subtle colors you chose definitely give it a beachy vibe. LD: We like breezy, easy. I kept the background neutral and added pops of color to wake it up, like cushions or a bright piece of furniture here and there, and even books. Almost all of the furniture is vintage, and I didn’t reupholster it. I also incorporated subtle patterns in fabrics and rugs, and I showcased my favorite pieces of art. AHIA: The art becomes the focal point of many of the spaces. What drew you to those particular pieces? LD: I love art. Though I’m not well studied, I know what I like and, if I can afford it, I buy it. Take the spin-art inspired screen print by Damien Hirst in the playroom, for example. It’s so fun to me. It’s like a giant kid’s piece of art, but done really well. It brings in all the colors and spin-art was one of my favorite things to do as a child. But art doesn’t have to match the design; sometimes it does and it’s great, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, sometimes it’s that moment where it doesn’t match that catches you and wakes you up. Design Resources Interior design Laura Day, lauradayliving.com


Day greets Olivia at the door in the kitchen, where cabinets and wood countertops from IKEA mix with tumbled white marble ďŹ&#x201A;oor tiles laid in a herringbone pattern and Ann Sacks tile used on the backsplash.

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In Olivia’s room, a crib and changing table from Stokke top a striped rug from Hildreth’s. The bathroom’s window shade features Jane Shelton fabric. In the master bedroom, antique lamps flank the Colette bed from Crate & Barrel. A modern bookcase from West Elm displays books as works of art.

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Though the pool was installed before Day purchased the home, it was concealed by a tangle of plants. She de-cluttered the landscaping to create a serene environment. Adding windows to the back of their classic, shingled house enhanced the views.

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Designer Tobi Fairley uses bold colors, bright patterns and a liberal dose of ingenuity to turn a traditional house in Fayetteville into a lively home for a family of ďŹ ve Interview and styling: Diane Carroll Photography: Nancy Nolan

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Facing page: In the foyer of Jennifer and Michael Green’s Fayetteville home, designer Tobi Fairley mirrored the walls to add drama. A pair of Bracelet chairs by Barbara Barry for Henredon flank a Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair secretary holding a Jonathan Adler lamp. The lantern is from Vaughan; the paint color is Sherwin-Williams’ Red Tomato. In the dining room, Fairley highlighted the coffered ceiling with a Moth Design chandelier and Oly Studio mirror.

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This house looks so chic, especially for a family of five with two young children. How did you manage to combine good looks with daily family living?

Designer Tobi Fairley: Choosing the right pieces makes all the difference. You find out how a family lives and give some thought to making it work. Take the living room in this house—it’s one of the first rooms you enter, and it was unrealistic to think that the kids wouldn’t play here. We added an oversized ottoman covered in vinyl, so the kids can run into the room and plop onto it and there are no sharp edges. We used a sectional sofa to seat lots of people, kids included. And behind that sofa we added a console table with open shelves for stowing toys. Clever ways to store toys are critical, so you can pick up rooms quickly. AHIA: You managed to make a room with a sectional sofa, ottoman and storage look elegant though. What’s your secret? TF: Textiles, colors and the style of the furnishings we chose defined these rooms. We used tried-and-true pieces but gave them a little punch of color and pattern. Our clients, Jennifer and Michael Green, had just moved into this house when we began working with them. They were melding two households— Michael and his son Paden’s things, plus Jennifer’s, and they were planning to add to their family. We had the traditional style of the house as a starting point, and some of their current furniture, which was fairly traditional as well. But our conversations with Jennifer, and the magazine photos she showed us of rooms she liked, conveyed a more current, fashion-forward kind of vibe. Our goal became to bring the traditional background to life with bold interiors. AHIA: How did you select the colors you used to achieve that? TF: Items that they already had in the house and the magazine images led us to these shades. I use a lot of color in my projects, and I’ve learned that the way to keep a home from looking too busy is to pick two or three colors that continue to show up from place to place. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but you notice that they relate. Here, the palette became aqua blue, chocolate brown and coral red. The blue is soft, the brown is a rich neutral, and the coral is an accent color. In the kids’ rooms upstairs, the colors repeat, while still allowing for differences for each child. All three bedrooms have brown elements, Paden’s room is blue, Millie’s room mixes in pink and purple, and Sterling’s room adds yellow and some green. The den alongside them pulls in a mix of those accent colors.

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AHIA: You mentioned pattern as another design tool you utilized. I notice geometrics from room to room rather than florals or prints. TF: We intentionally juxtaposed modern patterns and colors with the more traditional pieces of furniture. Jennifer wanted each space to have a wow factor, an element that made each room feel special. The trick to that is choosing one or two unique or eye-catching elements. You have to show design restraint; everything can’t be a wow factor or you don’t know what to focus on in a room. Geometric patterns became part of our way to mix traditional with quirky, fun and unexpected. AHIA: You’re a mom with a young daughter; has that influenced your ideas about what family-friendly means? TF: I had recently finished designing my own nursery and one for my brother and sister-inlaw when I started working with the Greens, and I was gaining personal perspective on what functions well in kids’ spaces. It reinforced the need to find out how a client really lives and to tailor the rooms to streamline their lives, things like adding a day bed in an upstairs nursery so a mom can sleep there if she doesn’t want to trek up and down the stairs during the night. That’s money spent wisely, since the daybed can become a child’s bed when the crib is outgrown. Also, the importance of storage solutions for baby and kid gear, choosing the types of pieces that they won’t quickly outgrow so that the room can transition with them through the years. Well-designed rooms should be able to grow and evolve with your family. Design Resources Interior design Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Little Rock Carpet Carpet One, Fayetteville Decorative furniture finishes Faux Nteriors by Nicole, Fayetteville Draperies Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide


Fairley paired a Hickory Chair dining table with Jennifer’s chairs, which she slipcovered and dressed up with geometric detailing, designed to mix with the patterns of the Barbara Barry drapery fabric and the New River Artisans rug. SherwinWilliams’ French Roast walls contrast with Westhighland White ceiling and trim. Facing page: In the breakfast room, unfinished chairs were painted coral red to complement art from Natural Curiosities and walls painted Sherwin-Williams’ Rainwashed.

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Two shades of Robert Allen silk were banded together to create eye-catching draperies in the living room, their hues referencing the neutral sectional sofa from Lee Industries and the colorful patterned fabric from Kelly Wearstler used on pillows and the ottoman. Walls are covered in SherwinWilliamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Favorite Tan. The art includes a Rod Moorhead sculpture from Tobi Fairley Gallery and a painting by Jennifer.

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Masland rugs and Lee Industries seating and ottomans make bold statements in the den, below, and in 14-year-old Paden’s room. The daybed is custom-made; the hanging rattan chair is from Two’s Company. The den’s sofa is upholstered in vinyl for durability; the children’s silhouettes hanging above it are through Jonathan Adler, as are the blue side tables and lamps. Wall colors are Sherwin-Williams’ Wheat Grass in the den and Rain in Paden’s room.

I’ve learned that the way to keep a home from looking too busy is to pick two or three colors that continue to show up from place to place. –Tobi Fairley

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Three-year-old Millieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room has Cole & Son wallpaper, an American Leather bed, Nurseryworks tables and dresser, and a pair of ottomans from Soho Modern. Fabric on the window shades, chair and bench is Designers Guild; the wall color is Sherwin-Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chaise Mauve. Pendant lights are from Nuevo Living.

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Sterling, age 18 months, enjoys her Lee Industries daybed and ottoman, which is covered in a laminated Raoul Textiles print. Paisley fabric is from Duralee, the rug is from Masland, and the crib and rocker are from Nurseryworks. Wall decals are from Blik; pendant lights are from Worlds Away. In the adjacent hallway, a chest that the Greens owned was freshened with a decorative paint treatment by Faux Nteriors by Nicole.

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A Little Rock couple opts for a punchy palette in a nursery for their soon-to-arrive son Interview: Paulette Pearson Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener

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This isn’t a traditional baby-blue nursery. What motivated the look?

Designer Eric Ford: I synthesized what both of the homeowners [Jamie and David Shipley] wanted. She preferred black, white and gray; he wanted it to be more colorful. So we fit in a little fun through punchy art and fabric while still keeping the overall look monochromatic. If we had enshrined it in pink or blue, or made it ultra-baby, they would have wanted to change it after a couple of years. This is more functional. AHIA: What was the resulting color palette? EF: The ceiling is gray with a tint of blue, like an overcast sky, as an extension of the natural birch tree print wallpaper. The palette is very clean, with punches of lime green, fuchsia and orange. AHIA: How did the theme carry over to the textiles? EF: For the fabric, we kept going back to the concept of men’s suiting—a variety of patterns and textures. I could see that striped bed skirt as a man’s tie; it’s actually by the fashion designer, Paul Smith. AHIA: What elements were most important? EF: Definitely furniture. A crib, changing table, and a place for Jamie to sit, put her feet up, and hold the baby. We added a storage piece to hold necessities. Lighting was also important. We did blinds as well as draperies—a nursery needs plenty of light, but you should have the ability to make it completely dark when the baby naps during the day.

AHIA: How is designing a nursery different than other rooms? EF: You want to be more budget conscious because the baby will grow, whereas adults may be designing for the longterm. You can also be a little edgier and more whimsical. I love that. I would have to be more judicious using this wallpaper in an adult space. But for their nursery, the homeowners and I simply said, “I like it, you like it, done.” Design Resources Interior design Eric Ford Design, Little Rock Art-above chair Lex Modern, Conway Chair Mertinsdyke Home, Little Rock Furnishings Soho Modern, Little Rock Fabrics-bedding Larry’s Inc., Little Rock Fabrics-draperies, pillow, wallpaper Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide Storage bins Target, locations statewide

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In Little Rock, a nursery for twins becomes a room ďŹ t for two toddlers thanks to a few key changes Interview: Paulette Pearson Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Mandy Keener

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You worked with homeowners Jennifer and Patrick Schueck to design their twin daughters’ nursery. Now that the girls are 3-year-old toddlers, what did you have in mind for their bedroom makeover?

Laurie McFarland of Tuck & Cover: Our plan for the room was to create a space that’s sophisticated. We wanted it to be fun and colorful, yet something that could grow with them for a long time. AHIA: What changes did you make without completely reversing the look and feel of the nursery? LM: We replaced the cribs with twin beds, repeating some of the patterns from the baby bedding. We added panels to the window treatments for privacy and to control the light, whereas before it was just a valance. The striped walls also remained; we painted them with the intent that the color palette would work well no matter their age. AHIA: Tell us more about those darling beds. Is that a monogram on the headboards? LM: Yes, Ava and Hayden’s initials are monogrammed on round panels that can be easily switched out to create another look. The headboard fabric is micro-suede, so it’s easily cleaned. We wanted the beds to be our real focal point. Because we thought about transitioning on the front end, we were able to keep a few elements like the paint and the chair, and really put the focus on beautiful bedding. AHIA: There’s a great mix of patterns—stripes, polka dots, plaids and florals. LM: When you’re not working with a theme, the mix of fabrics is where design comes in. Since the bedding is solid, we brought in patterns for some excitement. AHIA: What’s the biggest difference between a nursery and a toddler’s room? LM: You think of a nursery as a baby’s room, but really it’s for adults. You can do fancier things without consideration of whether it’s going to wear well, except for the bedding. You have to think more about washing and safety with bigger kids’ rooms. We chose white linen for the bedding, because it can go right in the wash and be bleached. We still made the accent pillows out of more delicate fabrics like silk and matelasse; they can be removed for sleeping and playing. And you shouldn’t always have to sacrifice the look for durability. Design Resources Interior design, furnishings Tuck & Cover, Little Rock

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In Fayetteville, bold walls and cleverly used fabrics create a bedroom thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tailor-made for its young owner Interview and styling: Diane Carroll Photography: Rett Peek

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Where do you begin when designing a room for an 8-year-old boy?

Designer Casey Roark: For this project, I began with the color. When the Brooks family moved to Fayetteville several years ago, and Sam was a toddler, I helped Mary Beth Brooks with the design of his bedroom and the playroom next to it. Now that he’s older, she felt it was time to change some of the furnishings and freshen up the rooms. Because we wanted to keep a few elements, like the playroom’s Dr. Seuss-inspired mural based on the book “Sam I Am,” we needed a color that worked well with what was already there. I chose a bright blue for the bedroom walls to connect the two rooms together. AHIA: The extra-tall headboard sets the tone for the entire room. How did you come up with that design idea? CR: To me, a bed is the big statement in any bedroom. Usually, you can enhance the bed with fabric treatments and pillows to create a look for the room. But a young boy needs a simpler, sleeker style. I worked with Interior Fabrics and Design to devise this headboard with upholstered panels that are adhered to the wall. The panels alternate between faux leather and textural woven cotton, so they’re durable as well. The panels became the room’s focal point, eliminating the need for art above the bed, which can be difficult in a kid’s room. To complement the headboard, we added monogrammed pillows that spell out Sam’s name. Kids love something personalized, and these pillows are fun yet tailored enough to not be fussy. AHIA: Your color choices—blue and brown as the base, with orange as an accent—seem ageless. CR: That was the goal, to find colors that were boyish enough to work now but classic enough to transition through the years. When you work with colors instead of themes, longevity is one of the benefits. Design Resources Interior design Casey Roark Design, Fayetteville Builder McMahon Brothers Construction, Fayetteville Accessories Lighting Emporium, Springdale Bed I.O. Metro, locations statewide Cabinetry, computer desk Kitchen Distributors, Fayetteville Chair Target, locations statewide Decorative painting Studio Xi, Fayetteville Fabric, bedding, headboard, pillows Interior Fabrics and Design, Fayetteville

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Vincent, in a Fore Axel & Hudson green tee and sweater from Bella Jack’s, balances a decanter of orange juice. Jett dons a Catimini dress from Cupcakes & Caterpillars in Little Rock, Flowers by Zoe leggings from Bella Jack’s, and Kenneth Cole Reaction sparkle shoes from The Toggery in Little Rock. Tucked behind her ear, a red poppy barrette from Everett in Searcy is the star of her outfit. The table is from West Elm and the chair is from Pottery Barn. Helping August climb the stairs, Vincent wears True Religion Brand Jeans from 3 Monkeys.

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August can’t hide from Jett and his sister, Brooklyn (facing page), who wears a bright pink Juicy Couture jacket from 3 Monkeys. Vincent reveals bold stripes on his Fore Axel & Hudson sweater from Bella Jack’s as he climbs on a sofa from Soho Modern with pillows from IKEA. Facing page: August, in a Knuckleheads shirt and Fox Paws shoes from Bella Jack’s, and Vineyard Vines khakis from The Toggery, makes a tiny new acquaintance. His pet fish’s home resides on a console table from Soho Modern.

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Brooklyn’s Saurette polka dot top and True Religion Brand Jeans complement her purple bedroom walls, and a bright orange cushion seat and Shaggy Raggy green rug from Kid’s Furniture in Little Rock provide inspiration for her colorful works of art. The artist, wearing a beret, admires her hot pink Diesel sandals from 3 Monkeys. All other clothes available at Bella Jack’s. August is a little gentleman in his Burberry blazer, True Religion Brand Jeans (both from 3 Monkeys), Fox Paws shoes from Bella Jack’s and Ralph Lauren button-up shirt from Cupcakes & Caterpillars, as he reclines in his nursery in a vintage chair. Design Resources Cushion seat, green rug Kid’s Furniture, Little Rock Furnishings Soho Modern, Little Rock

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Antiquing in Northwest Arkansas A trio of historic downtowns offers unique shopping venues for fine antiques and fun collectibles HEADED NORTH FOR A RAZORBACK WEEKEND? Planning a girls’ get-away to top off the summer? Or are you simply looking for a relaxing retreat? No matter your travel intent, we have the itinerary set for a change-of-pace tour, visiting charming antiques and collectibles shops in a handful of historic downtowns in Northwest Arkansas.

French Quarters Antiques 11 N. Block Ave. (479) 443-3355 www.french-quarters.com Think chateaux when you visit French Quarters, direct importers of fine European antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries. This shop near the downtown square offers items for every room in the house, complemented with new and vintage accessories and gifts.

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Sara Kathryn’s Ltd. 600 N. Mission Blvd. The Tasseled Armoire (479) 444-9991 Located in an early 1900s-era cottage in the historic district downtown, Sara Kathryn’s features an eclectic mix of mid-size American furniture, elegant glassware and European-inspired garden statuary. The Gift House Antiques 525 N. Mission Blvd. (479) 521-4334 Blooming plants and garden wares surround this century-old brick building across the street from Sara Kathryn’s. Inside, a mix of casual antique furniture plus vintage and new accessories and gifts await, creating a relaxed and intriguing place to browse.

The Tasseled Armoire 2227 S. School Ave. (479) 667-7298 A new entry this year on the local antiques scene, this charming shop offers European and American furnishings mixed with colorful accessories—blue and white china, Long Ago Antiques needlepoint pillows, custom lamps, 1934 E. Huntsville Rd. vintage books and more. Owner (479) 443-3435 This family-run shop features 16 rooms Donna Armstrong also opens the of furnishings, ranging from vintage to store by appointment for afterVictorian. Collectibles and accessories hours visits or small-group shopping parties. include glassware, stoneware and silver, and the store also carries a wide range of light fixtures.

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: Bliss Cupcake Café 112 W. Center St. (479) 575-0575 www.blisscupcakecafe.com Around the corner from French Quarters Antiques, Bliss’ made-from-scratch cupcakes are a tasty shopping-day treat.

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FAYETTEVILLE: French Metro Antiques 200 W. Dickson St. (479) 587-0804 www.frenchmetro.com The Hunt family travels to France three times a year to personally select each accessory and piece of fine furniture you’ll find in their charming shop, known for 17th to early 20th century antiques. From the French parterre garden outside to the gallerylike setting inside, a visit to French Metro is the closest thing to a walk down the Champs-Elysées this side of Paris.


     

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PRAIRIE GROVE: Antique Emporium 107 E. Buchanan St. (479) 846-4770 Antiques and collectibles are showcased in this expansive downtown building dating back to the late 1800s and formerly the home of a Southern Mercantile business. Daisies & Olives 129-135 E. Buchanan St. (479) 846-1800 www.prairiegrovear.com/ daisiesandolives Located in the 110-year-old Beverly Theater building, this antique mall offers items in a wide range of styles— from primitives to shabby chic to glassware, pottery and more.

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Southern Chic Antiques 116 N. Mock St. (479) 846-4041 This 1904 building was once a mercantile and saddle shop, and now houses a range of antique furnishings, architectural elements and eclectic finds, including vintage uniforms. Check out the patio and deck for outdoor ironware and garden accessories. ROGERS: The Other Place 322 S. 1st St. (479) 986-8991 This downtown shop offers a revolving mix of antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry, textiles, furniture, glassware and more.

History Buffs: Visit one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields and two historic homes. Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park (479) 846-2990 www.arkansasstateparks.com This bucolic setting was the site for the 1862 Battle of Prairie Grove. Walking and driving tours are options, as is visiting historic structures in the Ozark village. Or pack a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area.

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If you have a chance to visit over Labor Day weekend (September 4-6), check out the 59th Annual Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair, a famed crafts show co-sponsored by the Arts Center of the Ozarks and featuring the creative wares of hundreds of regional artisans.

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