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Contents D ECEM B ER 2015

42 Home

Style

42 Merry & Light

13 Finds

Designer Katie Henry completes a home renovation—including holiday décor—just in time for a young family to celebrate Christmas.

52 Home for the Holidays

In Little Rock, Providence Design coowner Mona Thompson decorates for the season with fresh greenery and classic finds that accentuate her home’s furnishings.

62 Inherited Charm

Infused with a style acquired from days spent working in her family’s store, Paul Michael Company, Elizabeth Michael’s historic Little Rock home has a fresh, transitional appeal for the holidays and beyond.

Visions of White

Special Sections 67 The Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches

In Every Issue

16 L atest

19 Design Mood Lighting

Life 26 H appenings

Events in The Natural State

on the cover

Designer Mona Thompson’s home decked in holiday finery. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 52.

29 Discover

Holiday Destinations

33 Entertaining A Homemade Holiday

39 Garden

Naturally Beautiful

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10 A Note from the Editor in Chief 72 End Notes

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From The Editor in Chief Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. As I sit here thinking about December, it is hard for me to believe that this month filled with holiday festivities is staring us in the face. It seems like only yesterday we were deep in the dry months of what felt like a never-ending Arkansas summer. But, as we all know, the seasons can change around here in an instant—and they certainly have. I always enjoy preparing for the December issue, because I get to see so many different ideas and family traditions come to life in the homes I visit. One of the most unique features in this issue surrounds a day spent in El Dorado with a dear friend, Susan Hurley Harper. Known to so many as “the goat cheese lady,” Susan is so much more than a superb fromagère. From homemade goodies—all prepared in her kitchen—to the fresh eggs gathered from her backyard chicken coop, her personal love of sharing all things with others makes the Christmas season the perfect time of year to share a day in the life of this fascinating Arkansan. I found her home in El Dorado to be warm and full of Christmas cheer, and I hope her story will get you into the holiday spirit. Speaking of spirit, the three residences featured in the Home section of this issue all have more than a fair dose of festivity. Each has been carefully styled in holiday finery to welcome friends and family members from near and far. For example, Mona Thompson of Providence Design has a love of traditional design, and her home is a true reflection of this endearing love. While Old World in style, it has a variety of modern-day amenities—along with her signature design touches—that make it as fresh and inviting as contemporary counterparts. Similarly, our holiday tour also includes a stop at Little Rock’s Hemingway House. Now occupied by Elizabeth Michael and Dan Roda, the historic structure is filled with a mix of transitional furnishings and holiday décor that make it as beautiful now as it was when it was built in the 1890s. A third stop on the tour reveals a full-scale renovation—complete with seasonal additions—from designer Katie Henry of Katie Grace Designs. Henry transformed this West Little Rock home into a space the young homeowners are sure to love for many Christmases to come. I know you will be inspired by the colors and youthful approach that weave their way throughout this design—in both the everyday and the holiday décor. Finally, this issue would not be complete without our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Carefully curated from some of Arkansas’s best boutiques and shops, here you will find a wide array of holiday items to give—or keep for yourself—this season. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as you prepare for your celebrations. But, most of all, I hope you have a Christmas season filled with the people most dear to you.

Even I couldn’t resist spending time with Susan Harper’s goats in El Dorado!

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Style

PHOTOGRAPHY: MATTHEW MARTIN

T H E L AT E S T I N

DÉCOR & DESIGN

Photographed on location at Debi Davis Interior Design. All items available through Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032

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Style/Finds

visions of WHITE

Accessorize your home with hues reminiscent of a snowy, winter landscape PRODUCER: CHIP JONES PHOTOGRAPHY: MATTHEW MARTIN

Set of three rectangle intaglios, set on cream parchment mat with a cream double mat in a pewter and charcoal gallery frame. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400

Cast-iron deer wall mount from the Marshall Clements line. Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900, marshallclements.com

Turtle shell lamp with acrylic base. Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com

Acanthus relief plaque. Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828

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Large crystal and blown-glass sculpture. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com Multi-stemmed contemporary bud vase. Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout Central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com


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Style/Latest ARRIVALS, OPENINGS & LAUNCHES

News From Around The Natural State Now Open in Hot Springs

Featured pieces from Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery: (top) Big Dam Sunset by Matt McLeod; (bottom) Petit Jean Valley by J.O. Buckley.

MATT MCLEOD GALLERY OPENS

Little Rock welcomed a new art gallery to the downtown area in early November. Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery is now open in the city’s Creative Corridor. The vision of artist Matt McLeod, the idea to open the space followed after he completed a large outdoor mural for the city at 6th and Main Streets. The storefront developed through conversations with city hall officials as well as his own desires to see the area grow and prosper as a destination for central Arkansas creatives and to have a space where he could showcase his work and the works of others. Currently, the gallery shows artwork from 11 artists, including McLeod as well as well-known oil painter J.O. Buckley, glass artist James Hayes, woodworker Lucas Strack, and other talented individuals. The gallery will host a holiday exhibition in early December. Current hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 108 West 6th Street, Suite A, Little Rock, (501) 725-8508, mattmcleod.com

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State & Pride Provisions Company recently opened in downtown Hot Springs in the historic Rix Adamson/Eddy Building. Owned by Jill and Paul Lynch, the gift and home accessories store is filled with both Arkansas- and regionally made items, including everything from fine leather bags to tea towels, jewelry, candles, and soaps. Jill grew up in Hot Springs, and her husband has a fondness for the area and the state; it was this love that led them to trade their jobs in the legal profession in Dallas to move to Arkansas and open the business. “We source many of our products close to home, and it is important to us to carry gifts that ‘give back,’ supporting worthy charities in Arkansas and worldwide,” Jill says of the store’s mission. Their current hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m. 518 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, (501) 627-0759, stateandpride.com


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Style/Design

The “Signata� collection by Kichler defines simplicity and sophistication, with clear glass paneling and a geometric structure. CED-MOR Electric Supply, cedhotsprings. com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

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Style/Design

This two-light wall sconce from the art glass “Spyro” collection by Kichler offers versatility—being equally at home in spaces with contemporary or transitional décor. CEDMOR Electric Supply, cedhotsprings.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

The handsome two-tone finish and bold proportioning of the “Euclid” sconce by Hinkley provides a current—yet familiar— look that is sure to enhance your décor. GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting. com; J & B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelamptoutlet.com 20 At Home in Arkansas | December 2015

Dress up your space with the “Ascher” sconce by Hinkley. Faceted solid crystal embellishments and a Brushed Caramel finish combine for an impact that is both striking and streamlined. GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; J & B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelamptoutlet.com

Troy’s “Calliope” sconce, a two-light sconce made of hand-worked iron in a rustic, gold leaf finish, adds pattern and dimension to any room. Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium. com; Pollard’s, (870) 933-9711; ProBuilder Supply, LLC, probuildersupplyllc.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Light House, (870) 535-8284

The “Smyth” one-light sconce by Golden Lighting offers contemporary style with a brushed, white gold finish and an opal glass cylinder. GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Hambuchen Lighting, hambuchenlighting.com; Kaufman by Design, kaufmanbydesign.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com

The “Malvern” wall sconce by Currey & Company has a gracefully curving stemand-leaf motif that evokes the shapes and movement of the natural world; the wrought iron is finished in pyrite bronze, and the leaves are backed with black glass. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Marshall Clements, marshallclements.com; Obsessions Interiors, (501) 868-9333; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com


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Style/Design

The “Milford” table lamp’s stately silhouette is accentuated by its antique brass finish and center crystal ball. Howse, Little Rock, (501) 725-4719, thehowse.com

Emporium Home’s “Tuxedo” lamp is ringed with black, white, and gray marbles atop a brass stand, and the shade is white silk—a perfect combination of structure and glamour. Emporium Home Heights, emporiumhome.com

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With a dark bronze metal base and gold accents, the “Dounia” table lamp from Uttermost is perfect for your home’s more laid-back spaces. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, ferguson.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Kaufman By Design, kaufmanbydesign.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Paul Michael Company, paulmichaelcompany.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelamptoutlet.com

The “Segura” table lamp, by Currey & Company, features a curvaceous ceramic base in an Antique Gold finish that’s sure to add a glimmer to your space. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Marshall Clements, marshallclements.com; Obsessions Interiors, (501) 868-9333; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

Currey & Company’s “Tria” is a brass table lamp in a dual finish of Antique Brass and Silver. With a slender silhouette and a delicate leaf detail, it adds a touch of finery to your side table. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture. com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome. com; Light Innovations, lightinnovations.com; Marshall Clements, marshallclements. com; Obsessions Interiors, (501) 868-9333; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 2250400; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

The “Klemm” floor lamp by Oly, shown here in an Antiqued Bronze finish, offers a unique, castresin shape that suggests movement and energy. BearHill Interiors, bearhillinteriors.com


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Life

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

C E L E B R AT I N G YO U R L I F E S T Y L E

With the help of her Americana hen Nutsy and her daughter’s golden retriever, Allie, Susan Harper greets guests at the front door of her El Dorado home. Turn to page 33 to read more about her passion for animals and her love of all things Christmas. December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 25


Life/Happenings HEAR IT. SEE IT. EXPERIENCE IT.

Events From Around The Natural State

ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE DECEMBER 3-6 • CONWAY

Modeled after the Christmas Eve service at King’s College in Cambridge, England, the Hendrix College choir will present an evening of lessons and carols to celebrate the season. While the program changes each year, expect to hear works from the 15th century alongside modernday selections. Additionally, the Candlelight Carol Service will travel to Germantown United Methodist Church on December 17 and to Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock on December 18. Visit their site for more info. hendrix.edu/candlelightcarol

15TH ANNUAL BLOCK STREET HOLIDAY ART SALE DECEMBER 4-6 • FAYETTEVILLE

Held at Studio 545 (located at 545 West Center Street), this bazaar offers an amazing selection of watercolors, photographic art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and more. Join the artist collective for an opening reception on Friday from 7-9 p.m., or shop with them on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. theholidayartsale.com

11TH EVER NOG-OFF

DECEMBER 11 • LITTLE ROCK

Wondering who has the best eggnog in Little Rock? Head to the Historic Arkansas Museum from 5–8 p.m. to try a sampling of locally made eggnogs and vote for your personal favorite. historicarkansas.org

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 5 • LITTLE ROCK

Visit The Good Earth Garden Center to find gifts for your favorite gardener or greenery and seasonal décor for your own home. They’ll have snacks, drinks, door prizes, and music throughout the day. (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com

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holiday home tours The 33rd Annual Eureka Springs Preservation Society Christmas Tour of Homes DECEMBER 5, 3–8 P.M. EUREKA SPRINGS ADMISSION: $20 A self-guided tour that features nine locations, all of which give guests a glimpse into the traditions of the Victorian era. (479) 253-9583; eurekaspringspreservationsociety.org

17th Annual Winter Dreams Home Tour

DECEMBER 6, 11 A.M.– 5 P.M. ADMISSION: $25 Eight homes located in Washington and Benton counties will be featured on this self-guided tour, which is presented by the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas. juniorleaguenwa.org


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Art on the Green

The Art Vortex for skilled artists and art lovers.

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“For those lucky enough to have hunted flooded timber, nothing is more exciting than to just take in your surroundings and let your primal instincts come alive!” — C. Ford Riley

We are open: Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM Prefer a private show? Call us and we will open just for you. Art on the Green Sells Art. Located in Littleton Park Conway, Arkansas Visit our website: artonthegreen.net Call us: 501.205.1922

C. Ford Riley’s “Flooded Timbers”, 44” x 32” Oil on Canvas

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Like elves on a mission, we love exploring Little Rock during the holidays! Searching for that special, one-of-a-kind gift in the city’s unique neighborhood shops, grabbing a delicious meal as we carefully check off our lists, and watching the beautiful lights of the bridges before heading for the warmth and comfort of home. Little Rock has a new Southern style that’s uniquely its own, and we get to experience it each day, right here in Little Rock.

HOLIDAY EVENTS Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade Sat., Dec. 5 • 3 PM Wildwood Park for the Arts Holiday Tour of Homes Sat., Dec. 5 The Rep – Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Dec. 4 - Jan. 3 Arkansas Children’s Theatre – “The Gingerbread Man” Dec. 4 -20

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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra/ Ballet Arkansas – “The Nutcracker” Dec. 11 - 13 Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert – “The Peace of Christmas” Dec. 12 & 13 Arkansas Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops with the ASO” Dec. 18 & 19


Life/Discover

holiday DESTINATIONS

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE LITTLE ROCK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

WHETHER YOU’RE VISITING FAMILY, HEADED TO A WINTER ATTRACTION, OR SIMPLY WANT TO ENJOY THE RESPITE OF A FEW DAYS AWAY DURING THE SEASON, THERE’S PLENTY TO DO IN THE NATURAL STATE. CHECK OUT THESE PLACES, EVENTS, AND ACCOMMODATIONS

THE STATE CAPITOL IS AGLOW WITH LIGHTS FOR THE SEASON.

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LIGHTS OF THE OZARKS AT THE FAYETTEVILLE TOWN SQUARE PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE FAYETTEVILLE VISITORS BUREAU

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS Throughout the month of December, there are numerous activities in which to take part in this region of the state. Start in Fayetteville’s town square to see the annual Lights of the Ozarks (thelightsoftheozarks.com) display, any night from November 20 through December 31. In addition to the display, you can enjoy pony and carriage rides, hot chocolate, and, occasionally, even carolers. From there, head north to Bentonville, where you’ll find yet another festive display of holiday lights around the town’s charming downtown square. And just north of the square is The Rink at Lawrence Plaza (bentonvillear.com), a place for children of all ages to learn to ice skate, play hockey, or even watch holiday movies known as “Frosty’s Flicks.” Check the website for a full schedule of operating times and events. If you’re looking for a place to stay in town, don’t miss 21c Museum Hotel (479-286-6500; 21cmuseumhotels.com/ bentonville), which is located just steps from the square and in close proximity to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—an attraction that draws local and national visitors year-round. The 104room boutique hotel is a retreat in itself, with a fresh and inviting atmosphere, thought-provoking art exhibits, and The Hive—its renowned restaurant. Travel further north to join in the 30 At Home in Arkansas | December 2015

festivities in the popular destination town of Eureka Springs. How dreamy would a stay at the historic Crescent Hotel (800342-9766, crescent-hotel.com) be during this enchanted time of year? Imagine the rugged landscape covered with a blanket of snow, while you’re able to enjoy its beauty from the warmth and comfort of a wellappointed room. If you go, be sure to check out their New Moon Spa and visit the nearby shops—many of which carry local and handmade goods.

gov). Each year, the interior and exterior are majestically illuminated and decorated with the season’s best to welcome Arkansans. If you’re looking for a day activity the entire family can enjoy, we suggest heading to Motley’s Tree Farm (501-8881129, motleystreefarm.com). Experience the thrill of selecting and cutting your own Christmas tree, meet Santa Claus, and don’t miss a trip to their Fudge Kitchen for a tasty treat. Visit the website for operating times and event dates.

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS If this corner of the state is your destination, don’t miss the Jonesboro Christmas Parade (parade.jonesborojaycees. org), set to take place on December 3. This year’s theme, “A North Pole Christmas,” is sure to elicit reindeer, toy-making elves, and, of course, jolly old St. Nick, on numerous floats that will make their way down Main and Union Streets. If it’s music that gets you into the spirit, head to Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center (870-972-ASU1; yourfowlercenter.com) on December 6 for an afternoon with the Boston Brass, who will perform their “Christmas Bells are Swingin’” program.

SOUTH ARKANSAS If South Arkansas is calling your name, there are two not-to-be missed events to add to your schedule of festivities. First, El Dorado’s South Arkansas Arts Center (870-862-5474, saac-arts.com) will present the beloved Christmas play Miracle on 34th Street, the story of one little girl who longs to believe in Santa and a man whose goodwill officially earns him the title. The production will held November 27-29 and December 4-6. Secondly, if it’s the glow of twinkling lights that puts you in the holiday spirit, head to Smackover and the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources’ (870-725-2877, amnr.org) Holiday Light Extravaganza. You’ll have the opportunity to view a variety of light arrangements in the oilfield park every Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., November 20 – December 26.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS Celebrate the season in the capital city by visiting—what else?—the Arkansas State Capitol (591-682-5080; sos.arkansas.


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THE RINK AT LAWRENCE PLAZA

New Year’s Eve

CELEBRATIONS THREE WAYS TO RING IN 2016 IN STYLE WITH DINNER, DANCING, AND A WHOLE LOT OF FUN

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LAST NIGHT FAYETTEVILLE FAYETTEVILLE Billed as Arkansas’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration, this five-year-old, non-profit performance festival, which is held on the Fayetteville Square, will feature 11 stages for both kids and adults with entertainers of all kinds including musicians, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and more. Don’t miss the “hog drop” and fireworks finale at midnight. For info and tickets, visit lastnightfayetteville.com. THE ARLINGTON HOT SPRINGS Choose from the Gala Dinner Dance in the Crystal Ballroom or the New Year’s Eve Festival Party in the Conference Center to bid goodbye to the old year and welcome the new. Room packages and amenities available. For reservations, call (800) 6431502 or visit arlingtonhotel.com. “DOWNTON ABBEY” WINE DINNER LITTLE ROCK The Empress of Little Rock plays host for this annual event, which encourages period costumes. Guests enjoy dinner with various wine pairings along with a midnight champagne toast, with the option to purchase lodging. For reservations, call (501) 3747966 or visit theempress.com. December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 31


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Life/Entertaining

A HOMEMADE

HOLIDAY

A LOVE FOR ANIMALS, AN UNDENIABLE TALENT IN THE KITCHEN, AND THE JOY OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON ARE THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS AT SUSAN HARPER’S EL DORADO HOME

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Draped in fresh magnolia

garlands and accented with vivid red berry wreaths, Susan Hurley Harper’s El Dorado home— which sits squarely in the center of town—isn’t exactly where you would expect to find the two goats behind the town’s most renowned and delicious cheese. The four-legged friends—aptly named Julia Child and Alice Waters—provide milk each day, which Harper then turns into fresh chèvre and feta for use in her kitchen and to share with fortunate friends. “I love it, and I love my goats; it’s like my therapy,” she exclaims. When asked just exactly how she came into the craft of making goat cheese, Harper replies: “I love cheese, and my husband and I have always been adventurous in the kitchen.” After helping a local friend with the milking of her goats, reading about and researching the art of making cheese, and finally experimenting in her own kitchen, Harper purchased two goats (Julia Child, who—as noted—still resides with the Harpers, and Martha Stewart, who has since left the residence) in 2009 and began her great goat cheese adventure. Today she cares for her two current charges by feeding them alfalfa hay and milking them twice per day. “What you put in your goat determines the taste of the cheese,” Harper notes. Though her cheeses are not available for sale, you may find them at local events in El Dorado or on your own doorstep this season, if you are lucky enough to be the recipient of a holiday package from her. If not, consider other sources of locally produced cheese and use them to make the two recipes featured here—both of which are holiday favorites in Harper’s home. 34 At Home in Arkansas | December 2015


Make to serve!

SEASONAL GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI Makes 2 Dozen INGREDIENTS 1 (12-inch) baguette, sliced in 1/2-inchthick pieces 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 1 ½ cups butternut squash, peeled and diced ¼ cup of onion, minced 1 tablespoon garlic, minced ½ cup cranberries, roughly chopped 2 ½ tablespoons thyme, minced salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon honey 4 ounces of goat cheese, softened

Make to give!

MARINATED CHÈVRE INGREDIENTS 1 jelly (or small canning) jar 1 round of chèvre (more or less, depending on jar size) extra virgin olive oil (enough to cover the cheese) 3-4 thyme sprigs ½ bay leaf 1 garlic clove, smashed 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns 1 teaspoon black peppercorns PREPARATION Place the chèvre inside the jelly jar. Cover with olive oil, and add in the remaining ingredients. Secure the lid to the jar, and shake to mix the ingredients. Refrigerate until you’re ready to give to a friend or neighbor. Add a gift tag and ribbon, if desired, and pair it with a bottle of wine and crackers for a larger present.

PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush the baguette slices with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and bake them for 8 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking process. Remove from oven and set aside. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté the squash and onions for approximately 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cranberries, thyme, and salt and pepper; continue to cook for an additional 8-10 minutes or until squash is tender. Stir in the honey and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside. Spread goat cheese on one side of each bread piece and top with a spoonful of the squash mixture. NOTE: During warmer months, swap the butternut squash and cranberries in this recipe for tomatoes and cucumbers, peaches and blueberries, or your favorite combination of warm-weather produce.

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AROUND THE HOUSE “Christmas at our house is all about family—everyone coming home and having fun,” Harper says. She keeps the décor traditional, to bring to mind memories of Christmases past and to give the home a timeless appeal. “I don’t really follow trends,” Harper says; “I have a lot of handmade ornaments, and I love putting all those family mementos on the tree.” Fresh greenery—including a bevy of magnolia leaves—blanket the rest of the home from the front door through the dining room and into the kitchen. “I love magnolia leaves; you could say they are one of my signatures,” she adds. Harper is especially fond of decorating her kitchen, which makes sense, since she spends a good deal of time in the space while producing her cheeses. Her knack for holiday decorating has become so widely known that she often decorates others’ front doors for the season and creates tablescapes for parties.

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It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until the décor goes up. Whether you start decking the halls on Thanksgiving night or moments before holiday guests arrive, a wreath can be a simple statement that speaks volumes in the way of welcomes and glad tidings. This year, we asked floral designer and owner of Flowers & Home, Monroe Cranford, to share his take on a fresh holiday wreath. Designed with blue cedar, seeded eucalyptus, silver brunia, safari sunset, blue thistle, and red dogwood branches, his creation is accented with some of the season’s most-loved edibles, including clementines, red pears, and walnuts. How’s that for a natural way to usher in the season? Monroe Cranford, AIFD, AMF, CFD, Flowers & Home, Bryant, (501) 847-5511, Hot Springs, (501) 525-0444, flowersandhome.com December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 39


PARKINSON BUILDING GROUP Attention to detail and front-end planning set this team apart owner :

Bill Parkinson trademarks : Parkinson Building Group is known for being a service-oriented company specializing in custom home building in central Arkansas. Each home is distinctively different and customized to the client’s personalized lifestyle-just as it was on the Thompson’s home, featured on Page 40. history : Building houses in Little Rock for 16 years, Parkinson Building Group is constantly growing and refining their process to give the client the best experience they can. exciting announcement : Recently accepted to be a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, an honor awarded to a select few among Arkansas top custom builders. Contact them to learn more about their commitment to providing you with everything you need to fall in love with the craftsmanship and design of your new home—from start to finish.

+ See One of Parkinson and Providence Design’s Projects on Page 52 P.O. Box 241448 // Little Rock // 72223 // (501) 954-8570 // www.parkinsonbuildinggroup.com //

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A design team with a passion for authentic, livable, and timeless details owners:

Mona Thompson and Talena Ray trademarks: Providence Design has been recognized both locally and nationally for their timeless approach to interior design. They are known for incorporating both old and new pieces in an effort to create spaces that compliment their client’s personalities and are comfortable for every day life. history: Providence Design has been designing and decorating in Little Rock for the past 13 years and have developed a highly regarded reputation working with builders and clients designing details for projects from the ground up. In August 2013 they opened a trend-setting European-style antiques and home furnishings store that caters to a variety of styles. The shop is located in Little Rock’s Riverdale Design District and is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. exciting announcement: On January 1, 2016, Providence Design is expanding and will be moving to a new space just a few doors down from their current location. The new store will be more than twice the size and will allow them to increase their product offerings and add additional client services. advice: It doesn’t matter if you are re-modeling, building a new home, or just redecorating one room, you can always benefit by hiring an interior designer. Allow them to stretch you a bit-never out of your comfort zone, but just to the point that the project becomes the best it can be. Enjoy the process!

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Home PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

T H E H O L I D AY I S S U E

In keeping with the lush, natural style of holiday embellishment throughout her home, large pine cones and generous cuttings of magnolia and eucalyptus are the foundation of the Christmas dÊcor in Mona Thompson’s living room. Read the full story on page 52.

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&LIGHT

MERRY

A R E N OVAT I O N — CO M P L E T E W I T H CO O R D I N AT I N G C H R I S T M A S D ÉCO R — C R E AT E S A CO N T E M P O R A RY, F U N - F I L L E D H O M E FO R A YO U N G FA M I LY I N L I T T L E R O C K

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In the spring of 2014, one of Katie Henry’s home designs graced the pages of At Home in Arkansas. The story’s punchy palette, fresh finishes, and reinventions of flea-market finds caught the attention of readers—one in particular. "The owners of this house contacted me after seeing the story on Pamela Rees’s home,” explains Henry. The young family had recently moved into a home they genuinely liked but felt it needed a few updates when it came to paint, tile, finishes,

and furnishings, and they knew Henry could give it the personalization they craved. “I wanted a more modern look; and one thing I loved about Katie is how she mixes natural elements with modern design,” the homeowner says; “That’s really what we were looking to do.” FIRST THINGS FIRST Though the family was eager to begin fully using every inch of their new home—and wanted their Christmas décor in place for the little ones to enjoy—the new design plans required full-scale renovations in a couple of areas, most notably the kitchen. “Originally, we weren’t going to do the kitchen because it had very nice, red oak cabinetry with lots of detail, including roping and corbels,” Henry notes. However, the more the design progressed, the more the homeowners and Henry came to realize these elements wouldn’t work with the new overall look of the home. They kept the configuration the same but traded the formerly dark finishes and red oak cabinetry for a more contemporary and airy palette. Other rooms also received cosmetic updates in order to reflect the family’s taste. For example, a dark, scrollwork iron railing along the staircase was traded for a more tailored, fretwork installation. “Even though this was an expensive update, it was an important and impactful one because you can see the staircase from so many different vantage points in the home—changing it out really made the spaces feel more cohesive,” Henry notes. Additionally, the homeowners wanted to create a retreat in the master bedroom and decided to go with a calm, neutral palette. “Most all the other rooms in the house have a pop of color somewhere, so we tried to make this space elegant and romantic,” Henry says. And, while neutral, the designer kept with the same light tones and metallic finishes that flow gracefully throughout the home.

A set of Barlago Studio feather prints climb the wall in the foyer. Henry had the prints framed with no glass to allow the texture and raw paper to be a natural element in the room’s design. Facing page: Silver grasscloth wallpaper sets a formal tone for the dining room’s design. Chairs by Made Goods surround an earthy, woodgrain table from Noir, while a hutch and pair of mirrors by Emporium Home add polish. A simple grouping of Christmas trees conveys holiday spirit. December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 43


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“I WANTED A MORE MODERN LOOK; AND ONE THING I LOVED ABOUT KATIE IS HOW SHE MIXES NATURAL ELEMENTS WITH MODERN DESIGN.” —HOMEOWNER

One of the biggest changes in the living room was the removal of the iron railing along the staircase; it was replaced with a classic yet streamlined wood fretwork design that incorporates seamlessly with the wall color. In her design, Henry specified that all the fabrics would be fiber-sealed to make them more durable for the young family. White holiday décor reflects the homeowner’s love of a white Christmas. Henry used silver spray paint on some of the greenery to bring in the metallic finishes that are seen throughout the house.

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Above: While the kitchen’s configuration stayed the same, the materials and palette were updated to reflect the homeowner’s more contemporary taste. Below, right: Vintage Milo Baughman chairs surround a white tulip table in the family’s casual dining area. Facing Page: The bright blue chairs in the keeping room inspired the color scheme of the home’s Christmas décor.

FINDERS KEEPERS Henry is also known for her ability to scour flea markets, yard sales, the internet, and numerous local and chain stores—always to return with the perfect piece for the design puzzle. This project was no different, starting with the very first find. “The chairs in the dining area off the kitchen were our first purchase. I go to eBay a lot for authentic pieces, and when I found a set of six Milo Baughman chairs, I immediately texted [the homeowner] a picture. She was like “I have to have these!” We didn’t know what we were doing in the rest of the house, but we both loved these chairs,” Henry recalls. This searchand-purchase method continued throughout every room, whether it be kitchen barstools from CB2, a collection of family photographs that Henry found and translated into a black-and-white gallery wall, chairs she eagerly awaited from One Kings Lane, or the latest furniture and accessories from her trips to market. It’s this combination that Henry suggests keeps the design interesting: “I tried to mix in earthy pieces and soft upholstery; it’s still modern but I think it’s warm and comfortable because of the material mix.” 46 At Home in Arkansas | December 2015


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A bonus room was transformed into a playroom that the children can grow into as their interests and needs change. The chalkboard wall was illustrated for the season by local artist Amanda Kella.

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MAKING IT MERRY “I love white decorations and I love mixing in fresh greenery,” the homeowner says of her preference in Christmas décor. In the living room, Henry emphasized this love of white with a flocked tree and decorative twig trees that line the console. “The tree was the first thing to go up,” Henry recalls. Even though the house was not entirely finished, they set up the tree so the children could enjoy the tradition of “their elf” (from the popular The Elf on the Shelf novelty) arriving to its home in the tree to watch over them before the holiday. While the entire holiday scheme has a slightly whimsical, lighthearted feel, the children’s playroom is especially kid-friendly. Chalkboard walls—filled with seasonal messages that were drawn by local artist Amanda Kella—are a fun backdrop for the room where the kids, who are five and two years old, enjoy reading Christmas books, making holiday crafts, and anticipating the arrival of jolly old St. Nick. Always one to bring the fun, Henry asked the family to spend the night away from the house during the furnishings and Christmas décor installation. When they returned, she greeted them with a bottle of champagne and an entire home that was set with updated furnishings and decorated for Christmas. “You just don’t get to do that at every project,” she says of the big reveal. 50 At Home in Arkansas | December 2015

A large landing at the top of the stairs is a comfortable hangout for the children. Henry made the basic space more playful with the addition of graphic-print wallpaper, a series of whimsical animal prints, and a sea-foam blue sofa for lounging. Facing page: The master bedroom is cloaked in neutrals. Angelfish Studios transformed two black chests—which the homeowners had at their previous residence—with a metallic faux finish that has a silver and gold sheen. “I like it because no one will have those!,” Henry says of the end result.

Design Resources Holiday décor—installation/design Katie Henry, Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com; Whitney Lammers, Little Rock, (501) 690-3663 Interior and kitchen design Katie Henry, Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com Accessories Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300, harperhoweyinteriors.com; Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com; Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout Central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Art Amanda Kella, Little Rock; Cantrell Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 224-1335, cantrellgallery.com; Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com Bedding—custom Fabric Gallery, Springdale, (479) 751-7711, thefabricgallery.com; Sheryl's Sewing Room, Springdale, (479) 756-6982 Cabinetry—kitchen and millwork Joshua Squires, J & J Custom Cabinets, Little Rock, (501) 766-1870, jjcustomcabinets.net


Countertops—kitchen Casa Blanca Granite, Little Rock, (501) 455-2520, casablancagranite.com Decorative painting—fireplace Angelfish Studios, Little Rock, (501) 960-4826, angelfishstudios.net Embroidery Monogram-It, Springdale, (479) 751-1374, monogram-it.com Edibles—gingerbread house and cookies Ann Potter Baking, Little Rock, (601) 218-4093, annpotterbaking.blogspot.com Fabric and wallpaper Fabric Gallery, Springdale, (479) 751-7711, thefabricgallery.com; Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com Flooring Sal’s Wood Floors, Little Rock, (501) 515-4775 Furniture Abide Furniture, Springdale, (479) 750-5225, abidefurniture.net; Cantrell Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002, cantrellfurniture.com; Emporium Home Heights, Little Rock, (501) 313-2418, emporiumhome.com; Harper Howey Interiors, Springdale, (479) 750-7300, harperhoweyinteriors.com; Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com; Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184, lightingemporium.com Hardware Lighting Emporium, Springdale, (479) 751-8184,

lightingemporium.com Holiday décor Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com; Shindig Paperie, Bentonville, (479) 553-7475, Fayetteville, (479) 521-1778, shindigpaperie.com; Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout Central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Lighting Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com Mirrors Emporium Home Heights, Little Rock, (501) 313-2418, emporiumhome.com Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, sherwin-williams.com Painting G&G Painting LLC, Little Rock, (501) 612-7933 Rugs Encore Flooring and Building Products, Springdale, (479) 361-8900, encoregroupusa.com; Katie Grace Designs, Fayetteville, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com Tile—backsplash C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, candfcarpet.com Upholstery Roger Fletcher’s Upholstery, Farmington, (479) 466-4796 Window coverings Fabric Gallery, Springdale, (479) 751-7711, thefabricgallery.com December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 51


Home FOR THE

HOLIDAYS

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DESIGNER MONA THOMPSON NEVER FEELS MORE AT HOME IN HER WEST LITTLE ROCK RESIDENCE THAN SHE DOES DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON—SHE TELLS US WHY S T O R Y: A S H L E Y G I L L P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K ST YLING: CHIP JONES

ver the past few years, Mona Thompson’s approach to decorating her own home has changed, and it’s a change that is also reflected in her holiday décor. As an art and antiques expert, a celebrated Arkansas designer, and coowner of Providence Design (along with her sister, Talena Ray), Thompson sees all of the latest and greatest in the world of home design, from the luxurious to the rustic; and now, more than ever, she’s inspired by using color and texture in ways that make her home more comfortable and inviting. “Lighter colors and layered textures—iron, wood, stone, fabrics—create a special warmth;” she says, “it’s a feeling you get from the moment you walk in.” “My style is certainly traditional,” Thompson says, “but that means something slightly different than it did ten years ago. Styles have changed, and my tastes have changed; now there’s more freedom to bring together the old and new. I have collected art and antiques since I got married, and I’ll have those things around me forever, but now I’m lightening everything up, especially upholstered pieces and drapes.” In gravitating toward lighter hues, Thompson has also found more freedom in her use of color: “I think about using color differently than in the past—no more rules about what color can or can’t be used; any color can be incorporated in ways that are beautiful and fresh and light.” Thompson’s fresh attitude toward her surroundings also December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 53


Evergreens, pinecones, poinsettias, gold ornaments, and decorative glazed trees line the center of Thompson’s dining table—all part of a scheme for a holiday dinner party. Facing page: Garlands ornamented with red berries hang vertically from sconces in the study.

translates into her choice of seasonal décor: “I’m not drawn to glitzy Christmas decorations. I love using fresh evergreens, magnolia leaves, extra-large pinecones, eucalyptus, cryptomeria that I cut from my own yard, lots of red berries, poinsettias, feathers, and other natural elements. To me, the more natural it is—in any setting—the prettier it is. Of course, I’ll add ornaments that I think are very beautiful—like the vintage mercury glass ones—and textures like velvet and burlap.” The designer also likes for her holiday additions to happily coexist with the accessories that are there in all seasons, which not only makes the transition feel more natural but also makes the holiday scheme more unique. “In each room,” she says, “I’ll go in and decide where the focal points will be [for the holiday decorations], choosing the best surfaces, but I don’t go in and clear everything off—I like to work with what’s there.” Because the holidays are a time for gathering and celebration, Thompson notes, seasonal décor choices are also about hospitality and how you plan to use your home to entertain. “When you’ve worked hard to make your house feel special, you want to share it with loved ones,” she says. Because the hosting schedule is likely to include gatherings of various sizes, Thompson keeps her decorations adaptable, especially in her dining room. “I start with the sideboard, and then repeat the same elements on the dining room table. I keep the table 54 At Home in Arkansas | December 2015

decorations low and simple for dinner parties, and then I add fullness and height for large gatherings, where food will be served buffet-style. It has to be easy to transition, to go back and forth without starting all over,” she explains. Holiday décor—like year-round home décor, according to Thompson, is all about how you experience it—how it makes you feel. “You’ll be happier with the result, almost always, if you use restraint and edit, edit, edit. Just because you have had something in your attic for years doesn’t mean you have to use it. But definitely showcase those things that do evoke special memories of years past,” Thompson says. The same approach applies, she says, to how to make the exterior decorations cohesive with the interior ones and to help one room flow into the next: “The transition shouldn’t be jarring—you should be delighted by the subtle differences, but not startled.” Even beyond the elements of interior design, Thompson suggests that the spirit of the holiday season itself is a feeling that’s nurtured by her surroundings: “Every night I light special Christmas-scented candles and turn on Christmas music. I make a point to buy a new Christmas album each year, so I have a large collection of old favorites.” From the delicious food, to the presence of loved ones, to the beautiful packages under the tree, Thompson says, “everything about Christmas makes me feel like I’m home.”


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“WHEN DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS, I ALWAYS START WITH THE TREE—IT’S THE FIRST THING I DO. IT’S WHAT I REMEMBER MOST ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD; EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TREE IS MAGICAL.”

—Mona Thompson

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Red poinsettias and oranges provide natural bursts of bold color front-and-center in Thompson's kitchen, where seasonal accessories also intermingle with tableware and serving pieces on the open shelving.

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Holiday Decorating Myths Debunked by Mona!

MYTH 1: YOU HAVE TO UNDECORATE YOUR HOME. In fact, it can add interest and depth to your holiday décor when you leave your year-round artwork and accessories in place and simply integrate your seasonal additions with what’s already there. MYTH 2: YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FRESH AND ARTIFICIAL WHEN IT COMES TO GREENERY AND TREES. Starting with a base of faux plant life helps your holiday decorations last longer, but nothing compares to the scent of fresh greenery. So tuck lush cuttings into the base layer of faux garlands, wreaths, and trees throughout your home. MYTH 3: WREATHS ARE FOR EXTERIOR DOORS AND WINDOWS ONLY. In addition to more traditional wreath placement, also consider hanging a wreath on or above your fireplace mantel, on large mirrors, or above chests in your foyer or living room. The more the merrier!

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Thompson puts her own spin on mantel decoration with a lit wreath that hangs level with the family’s stockings; the result is added depth and a centralized focal point.

Design Resources Contractor Parkinson Building Group, Little Rock, (501) 954-8570, parkinsonbuildinggroup.com Holiday design Mona Thompson and Zac Woodiel, Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com Interior design Mona Thompson and Talena Ray, Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com Landscape design Landscape Architecture Inc., Little Rock, (501) 374-5610, lai-ar.com Landscape—installation The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com Appliances AIMCO Equipment Company, Little Rock, (501) 228-0808, aimcoequipment.com Fabrics Cynthia East, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics.com; Designer Effects, Little Rock, (501) 661-4070, designereffects.net Flooring Aloha Hardwood Flooring, Bryant, (501) 944-1089, arkansashardwoodflooring.com Furniture Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900, marshallclements.com; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com Garage doors, fireplaces, and central vacuum Royal Overhead Door, Mabelvale, (501) 455-3667, royaldoors.com Holiday decorations Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400, designsbytanarah.com; Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Lighting Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com; The Shade Above, Little Rock, (501) 9024200, theshadeabove.com Painting—decorative Angelfish Studios, Little Rock, (501) 960-4826, angelfishstudios.net Tile and stonework Acme Brick, Tile & Stone, locations throughout the state, acmebricktileandstone.com; ProSource of Little Rock, North Little Rock, (501) 758-0801, prosourcewholesale.com/littlerock Upholstery Howard’s Upholstery Shop, Little Rock, (501) 225-0476 Window treatments Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 60 At Home in Arkansas | December 2015


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A HOME AND HOLIDAY Q & A WITH ELIZABETH MICHAEL, A DELTARAISED STYLE GURU WHO GREW UP BEHIND THE SCENES AT ONE OF ARKANSAS'S MOST WELL-KNOWN HOME STORES— PAUL MICHAEL COMPANY

AT HOME IN ARKANSAS: How did you develop your personal style of home décor? ELIZABETH MICHAELS: I grew up around beautiful furniture, art, and objects for the home, and I spent seven years working in the home décor and furnishings industry. The constant aesthetic changes in the industry tempted me, and I was constantly redecorating. When we moved into the Hemingway House [built in 1893, by Architect Charles Louis Thompson] from a 900-square-foot apartment in downtown Little Rock, we had to make substantial investments to furnish and decorate our home. I was overwhelmed and sought advice from a great family friend—and talented interior designer—Lucia Deen. She told me that I should only buy things I love, and that it will make sense when it all comes together. A truckload of furniture later, it did make sense, but I still needed to bring in professional help to fill in some blanks; Amber Manning helped me do that.

AHIA: What is your personal approach to holiday decorating? EM: After working at Paul Michael Company for seven years, you can imagine that I had a love/hate relationship with holiday décor. Working there, I was covered in glitter from August to December, and starting in January we went to market to purchase the next season’s styles. Now I love decorating for the season, and I change our holiday style every year, which drives my husband, Dan, crazy. Our storage is 90% taken up with holiday. [Dan] grew up Jewish, so I also integrate that culture into our holiday decorations. He said he has never seen anyone decorate for Hanukkah like we do. AHIA: Do you entertain during the holidays? EM: I love to entertain. Since I graduated from college, I have hosted the Sophisticated Party every year for my friends. One Christmas break, home from college, all my friends and I noticed that our parents were December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 63


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having these fabulous parties, so we decided to have a “sophisticated” party, because typically our college parties were anythingbut. The first year, we all wore formals and did everything sophisticated we could think of. It was really hilarious, so we decided to keep doing it, and now the Sophisticated Party is a holiday tradition we all look forward to every year.

Having a piano front-and-center in your house is very interesting. Sometimes people sit down and play, and it surprises me because I had no idea they even played the piano. One such person was my mother—I had never seen her play or talk about playing, but she sat down at the piano during last year’s Sophisticated Party and played a wonderful song! I had no idea she played at all.

AHIA: The piano incorporates beautifully with your décor; are you and your husband musically inclined? EM: My husband is a fabulous musician. We actually converted one of the bedrooms into a recording studio for him. He can play any instrument. He always plays the piano, especially during the holidays.

AHIA: What do you look forward to most about the holiday season? EM: The holiday season for me is about being around friends and family in Lake Village. Going to the deer camp, eating fantastic homemade meals, singing along to my husband playing the guitar: It’s my most favorite time of the year!

Design Resources Architect—historical Charles Thompson Architect—restoration Tommy Jameson, Jameson Architects P.A., Little Rock, (501) 666-6600, jamesonarchitects.com Holiday design Ron Pepper, Paul Michael Company, Lake

Village, (870) 265-3872, paulmichaelcompany.com Interior design Amber Manning, Little Rock, (501) 258-8023 Accessories and furniture Paul Michael Company, Lake Village, (870) 265-3872, paulmichaelcompany.com


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The Gift Guide

The latest electronics are sure to be a hit with the technology buff on your list. Choose from a Parrot® Jumping Race MiniDrone – Max ($189.99) that can jump up to 2.4 feet high and travel at 8 mph, a Bose SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker (Regularly $129.99; $119.99 in December) that is available in five colors and will connect wirelessly to up to two devices at a time, or a Fitbit Charge™ Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband ($129.99) that will monitor sleep cycles, distance traveled, steps taken, calories burned, and all active minutes. Prices subject to change without notice. Verizon Wireless, locations throughout the state, verizon.com

Whether it’s a present for a fashionable friend, a hostess, or a chef—or anyone else for that matter—Paul Michael Company has you covered. A red, color-block knit scarf ($19.99), a wood-and-brass, deer-themed wine cooler ($159.99), and a 17-inch, live-edge walnut cutting board ($49.99)—a Paul Michael Company Exclusive—are just a few of the options from which you can choose. Paul Michael Company, Lake Village, (870) 265-3872, paulmichaelcompany.com

Give her everything she needs for a night—or day—on the town. Luchesse distressed “Brown Floral” boots, G. Spinelli pearl, prayer bead, and antique cross necklace, and bareMinerals® Deluxe Original foundation. Grand on Oak, Conway, (501) 499-6436, grandonoak.com

Surprise him with a Barbour® “Classic Beaufort” waxedcotton field jacket, or—for the adventurers in your life—give an ultimate lightweight down vest by Canada Goose and a coordinating merino wool, fleece-lined beanie, which make comfortable statement pieces. Both styles also available for women. Bauman’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797, baumans.com

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Keep her looking her best with accessories that pop. Choose from a Hudson+Bleecker travel cosmetic case ($88), a handbeaded “Homies” coin purse ($50), or Melanie Auld Labradorite cushion-cut fringe earrings ($188). Belle & Blush, Little Rock, (501) 448-2290, belleandblush.com

We all know the best holiday gatherings happen around the table. Add cheer to a loved one’s dining room with Vietri’s “Old Saint Nick” pattern: salad plate ($48), glass ($25), and limited edition platter ($189). The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367, thefullmoonlittlerock.com

Surprise an Arkansan you love with a state-inspired gift. Handcrafted Arkansas cutout made from reclaimed wood— can be personalized with any city ($59.00); bronze razorback sculpture ($69.00); and “Hog Wash” burlap beer bag ($14.95). Embellish, Little Rock, (501) 223-6965

Gifts from one of the ICM’s three stores give back to the community by providing job and skills training to individuals with disabilities. Selections include a three-piece Christmasthemed tray set (Bamboo), fresh all-natural dog biscuits in a variety of flavors (Biscuits), and a piece entitled “Group Art,” which was created by the program’s participants using acrylic paints and colorful card stock (Brushes). Independent Case Management (ICM), Inc. stores: Bamboo, Biscuits, and Brushes, Little Rock, (501) 228-0063, icm-inc.org December 2015 | athomearkansas.com 69


The Gift Guide

Perfect for the traditionalist or a trendsetter, this Coffee-colored fur vest by Tribal ($147) is a sure way to greet 2016 in style. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168

Warm up the season underfoot with a hand-hooked area rug made of natural wool from the Tommy Bahama “Jamison” collection. Available in sizes from 2.6- x 8-feet to 10- x 13-feet. Martinous Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, martinous.com

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What local art lover wouldn’t be taken with a painting by C. Ford Riley? “Pushing Corn” (23.5 x 28 inches, unframed) is one of several paintings from the artist’s firstever Arkansas show. It depicts what Riley recalls as “a fine gentleman wearing an Old Filson jacket he was most proud of” that he “knew would make a most interesting painting, something [he] had to put down.” Art on the Green, Conway, (501) 205-1922, artonthegreen.net

The ladies on your list are sure to love a colorful and whimsical anodized aluminum asymmetrical watch from Éclat by Sylvi Harwin. Available exclusively at Beyond Cotton. Beyond Cotton, Little Rock, (501) 221-9195, beyondcotton.com

Give the gift of coziness with a soft and luxurious gray Ponca throw ($125). More pillow and throw styles available. Howse, Little Rock, (501) 725-4719, thehowse.com

Looking for the perfect gift for a trendsetter? The Python Bar necklace features a reversible silver bar with a mix of gunmetal and silver on the chain for an edgy and chic appeal. GINA CARMEN JEWELRY, Lexa, (870) 338-0437, ginacarmenturner@ gmail.com; See more designs on Facebook, Instagram (@ginacarmenjewelry), or look for her pieces in local stores.


The Gift Guide

Original art is always a welcome—and stylish—gift. “Large Santa in Snow” painting by local artist Becky Owen. White Goat, Conway, (501) 504-6643, Little Rock, (501) 603-9460, whitegoatstyle.com

For your favorite hog fan: Vineyard Vines officially licensed Arkansas Razorback ties; available in the four colors shown here. J. Duke & Company, Little Rock, (501) 219-2040, jdukeandco.com

An annual collector’s item, the 2015 state ornament ($19.50) features a raised Arkansas flag set against a cutout backdrop of the state. Arkansas State Capitol Gift Shop, Little Rock, (501) 682-3593, sos.arkansas.gov

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End Notes

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The At Home in Arkansas Team Seated (L to R): Tiffany Adams, Managing Editor; Ashley Gill, Online Editor; Chip Jones, Editor in Chief; Standing (L to R): Jennifer Hay, Senior Account Executive; Debbie Tissue, Marketing Coordinator; Kelly Fraiser, Publisher; Emilie Reno, Account Executive; Norma Edwards, Art Director; Laura LaRue, Senior Graphic Designer

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