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W E LC O M E
In the April issue, I shared the news that my parents recently downsized to a smaller home. Although the house they left was not the one I grew up in, it was filled with lots of love. Turns out, it was also filled with a bunch of my old stuff, as we had not properly purged during the first move that happened when I was in college. It took me several weeks to reckon with the boxes of memorabilia that had been tucked away in my former bedroom. As I went through them, I was struck by a wave of nostalgia with each new discovery: a stack of doodles by friends that had been tacked up on my walls; the CDs I played over and over again in high school; a box of diaries where I’d catalogued my feelings about all of it. I’m thinking about my own recent decluttering marathon not only because of our Spotlight story on organization (page 43), but also because my experience seems to pertain so well to this issue’s theme: Family Homes. This old collection of things was a bit of a mess, but it was also evidence of a well-loved little girl. I had needed space to grow and learn and be myself—and, yes, stash my stuff for decades—and my parents had given me that. And that’s really all we can ask for in a family home, isn’t it?
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Todd Smith and Charlie Groppetti, owners of Park Hill Home in Conway—along with their longtime friend and collaborator, Cheryl Hannink—have announced a collection of globally sourced antiques available during quarterly pop-up sales. Known as Todd & Charlie Co., the new venture was launched with a designeronly preview in June, and now the collection is open to the public by appointment in Little Rock’s Riverdale district. The idea for this shopping experience came to them while staying close to home during the pandemic. “Not being able to travel, we sourced items through connections we’ve had in Asia for more than 20 years,” Todd says, noting the current collection includes antique furniture, pottery, screens, baskets, and accessories. The team aims to offer this unique shopping experience four times a year, each time focusing on a different region of the world. “We’re thinking of it like a global pop-up shop,” Todd says. “This time, we’re visiting Asia; next we might do Europe, then India. We’ll use sources and people we know, and the point is to show how all cultures can mix together [in design].” Make an appointment to shop the collection by calling (501) 351-2464, and keep an eye on facebook.com/parkhillhome for information about future sales.
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1 “Clariot” table lamp by Uttermost. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture. com; Brashears Furniture, brashears.com; Cajun Bros. Furniture & Mattress, cajunbrothersfurniture.com; GW Lighting and Home, gwlightingandhome. com; Gamble Home Furnishings, shopgambles.com; H3 Home + Decor, h3homedecor.com; Hank’s Fine Furniture, hanksfurniture.com; Kaufman By Design West, kaufmanlumber.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Pollard’s, (870) 933-9711; The Shade Above, theshadeabove.net; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 2 Hooker Furniture “Leeson” accent chest from the Melange collection. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Brashears Furniture, brashears. com; Butler Furniture, butlerfurniture.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; H3 Home + Decor, h3homedecor.com; Hank’s Fine Furniture, hanksfurniture.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com 3 Savoy House “Corning” pendant in Navy. Light Innovations, lightinnovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com
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4 Swivel chair in Sajak Sapphire from Mayo Furniture. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Cajun Bros. Furniture & Mattress, cajunbrothersfurniture. com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; Phoenix Interiors, facebook.com/phoenixinteriorslr 5 “Contessa” blue velvet bench. Paul Michael Company, paulmichaelcompany.com 6 “Oscar” sofa in Navy Blue from Universal Furniture. Abide Furniture, abidefurniture.net; Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Art of Design, shadavari.com; Blackmon’s Furniture & Appliances, blackmonfurniture. com; Brashears Furniture, brashears.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; David’s Home and Sleep Center, davidshomeandsleep.com; Dean’s Furniture, deansfurnitureco.com; H3 Home + Decor, h3homedecor.com; Hank’s Fine Furniture, hanksfurniture.com; Harris Furniture, harrisfurniture.com; mertinsdykehome, mertinsdykehome.com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com; Warnock Furniture, warnockfurniture.com
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7 Savoy House “Calhoun” chandelier in Warm Brass. Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 8 Universal Furniture’s “Mebane” slipcovered sofa. Abide Furniture, abidefurniture.net; Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Art of Design, shadavari.com; Blackmon’s Furniture & Appliances, blackmonfurniture. com; Brashears Furniture, brashears.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; David’s Home and Sleep Center, davidshomeandsleep.com; Dean’s Furniture, deansfurnitureco.com; H3 Home + Decor, h3homedecor.com; Hank’s Fine Furniture, hanksfurniture.com; Harris Furniture, harrisfurniture.com; mertinsdykehome, mertinsdykehome. com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture. com; Warnock Furniture, warnockfurniture.com 9 “Churst” cabinet by Gabby. Art of Design, shadavari.com; Blu D’or Interiors, facebook.com/bludorinteriors.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; Phoenix Interiors, facebook.com/phoenixinteriorslr; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com
10 “Balkan” square mirror from Uttermost. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Brashears Furniture, brashears.com; Cajun Bros. Furniture & Mattress, cajunbrothersfurniture.com; GW Lighting and Home, gwlightingandhome.com; Gamble Home Furnishings, shopgambles.com; H3 Home + Decor, h3homedecor.com; Hank’s Fine Furniture, hanksfurniture. com; Kaufman By Design West, kaufmanlumber.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Pollard’s, (870) 933-9711; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 11 Julie Neill for Visual Comfort “Rossi” lantern. Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; The Shade Above, theshadeabove.com 12 “Venetian” lamp. HOWSE, thehowse.com 13 Mayo Furniture’s “Faren” corner sectional. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Cajun Bros. Furniture & Mattress, cajunbrothersfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture Warehouse, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; Phoenix Interiors, facebook.com/ phoenixinteriorslr
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14 American Leather “Aston” recliner in Capri Butterscotch. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Lacuna Modern Furniture, lacunamodern.com; mertinsdykehome, mertinsdykehome.com; 15 Gabby "Holford" table lamp. Art of Design, shadavari.com; Blu D’or Interiors, facebook.com/bludorinteriors.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine. com; Phoenix Interiors, facebook.com/phoenixinteriorslr; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com. 16 Hinkley’s “Alder” pendant. GW Lighting and Home, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium. com; Sanders Plumbing and Lighting Gallery, sanderssupply.net; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com 17 “Leroy” armless chair. Paul Michael Company, paulmichaelcompany.com 18 “Cascade Panel” bed from Hooker Furniture. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Brashears Furniture, brashears.com; Butler Furniture, butlerfurniture.com; Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cost Plus Furniture, costplusfurniturewarehouse.com; H3 Home + Decor, h3homedecor.com; Hank’s Fine Furniture, hanksfurniture.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com 24 At Home in Arkansas | August 2021
19 “Samuelle” end table by Uttermost. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture. com; Brashears Furniture, brashears.com; Cajun Bros. Furniture & Mattress, cajunbrothersfurniture.com; GW Lighting and Home, gwlightingandhome. com; Gamble Home Furnishings, shopgambles.com; H3 Home + Decor, h3homedecor.com; Hank’s Fine Furniture, hanksfurniture.com; Kaufman By Design West, kaufmanlumber.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Pollard’s, (870) 933-9711; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 20 CR Laine’s “Gotham” sofa. Art of Design, shadavari.com; Ave. Design Co., ave-design-co.com; DP Designs, (501) 680-8114; Lamb’s Interior Design, lambsinteriordesign.com; Phoenix Interiors, facebook.com/phoenixinteriorslr 21 “Border” dining table. HOWSE, thehowse.com Please note the local retailers listed for the items shown may only have pieces available by special order. Additionally, many lines are available to the trade through your favorite local interior designer.
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Streamlined Design Curtis Contracting brings a couple’s kitchen dreams to life WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPH SMITH
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Reordering the appliances created a new flow, while bumping out the back wall allowed room for an island.
story in the June 2016 issue of At Home in Arkansas sparked inspiration for Becky and John Steward’s kitchen renovation. The space’s flat-front cabinetry, brick backsplash, open shelving, and appliance wall were all attractive features the couple had talked about incorporating into the hub of their Little Rock home. Having purchased the residence in 2015, the Stewards lived with the existing kitchen for a bit while gathering ideas, then contacted Frank Curtis of Curtis Contracting to help them put a plan into action. Two big factors motivated their renovation: the need for more usable space for both cooking as well as dining and the desire for a style refresh. “Before, the finishes in the kitchen were frenetic. We wanted a visually calm design that had a serene, peaceful feeling,” Becky says. Structurally, they borrowed space from the master
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bathroom by moving back a shared wall. This created room for an island and also allowed their refrigerator and pantry to relocate to the back wall. “There was no island before so we were worried about having enough space to get around it, but Frank helped figure that out and it all works well,” John says. “We gave this kitchen a more updated look, and I think it also functions much better for them now,” Frank adds. Along with practical design decisions, the couple also wanted to match some of the finishes to the 1960s home’s midcentury style. Durable quartz countertops in a light neutral color give an uninterrupted visual flow from the perimeter workspace to the island and adhere to the limited palette. This backdrop allows choices like the wooden floating shelves, textured BEFORE backsplash, and lighting to catch the eye without being obtrusive.
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“We have the original blueprints on this home, and it’s amazing to see how small the rooms were and the difference this renovation made.” —John Steward, homeowner
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“I love the vintage feel and antique brass finish,” Becky says of the fixture seen over the sink. She also notes it provides excellent task lighting while the midcentury feel is a nod to the home’s original time period.
The Stewards liked the idea of open shelving and that the absence of upper cabinetry would bring in more light from a nearby door. They use the space to display artful pottery and planters.
Drawn to the style of exposed brick, the Stewards wanted to achieve a similar look while adhering to their palette. Subway tiles with raised surfaces give a handmade feel while being easy to clean.
A touch faucet is an easyto-use feature that makes cooking and cleanup simple—even with full hands. Its silver finish mixes with the brass and stainless seen throughout the space.
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From Garden to Grocer One couple’s urban farm offers seasonal flowers and access to fresh, local produce while supporting fellow farmers across the state WRITER STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK
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Kim harvests sunflowers in late summer to sell at The Farmstand.
or many, 2020 will be remembered as a year that moved at a slower pace—but not for Kim Doughty-McCannon and Zack McCannon. About a month before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Conway couple launched a fundraising campaign to open a locally owned and operated grocery on the same site as their garden, Bell Urban Farm. By mid-March, they were fully funded, and they spent the rest of the year getting the property rezoned and renovating a 1950s farmhouse, all while keeping up with the many goings-on of their farm. “Getting to this point was a long journey,” Kim says. “We had so much community support behind us, which helped a lot.” The story of Bell Urban Farm begins in 2017 when Kim and Zack first began selling vegetables and flowers at a downtown farmers market. “After a while, we discovered our niche was more in growing flowers,” Kim says, noting there are quite a few vegetable growers in the area, but not many selling
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flowers for bouquets. A cutting garden of sunflowers, zinnias, gomphrena, marigolds, and purple basil fill the farm’s front bed through the summer and into the fall; then, the two will plant cold-tolerant annuals like tulips, snapdragons, dianthus, coneflowers, and larkspur to bloom in early spring. “Some customers come every week to pick out the perfect bouquet for their house or to give to someone for their birthday. You see how much fresh flowers mean to people,” Kim says. A couple of years into their work on the farm, the pair had an idea for another niche to fill: a place in Conway where local food is accessible all year. “The farmers markets are only open during the summer and, even then, just one day a week. We have so many small-scale farmers who have products to sell year-round. We were like, How can we partner with these small producers to stock our shelves?” Kim says. She and Zack set out to create a local market with the convenience of a grocery store—and, with a vacant
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Cut flower production is still a large part of Bell Urban Farm’s mission and business. The bed in front of The Farmstand goes through a cycle of at least six crop rotations per year. “We keep spreadsheets of what was planted where, and we try not to plant the same thing in the same row year after year, since certain flowers take up certain nutrients,” Kim says.
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“When you see a tiny plant, you don’t realize how many months of care and how much time is invested into it. There’s definitely a sense of pride when you walk into the greenhouse and see all your plant babies.” —Kim Doughty-McCannon
Bell Urban Farm and The Farmstand are located at 2011 Tyler Street in Conway.
farmhouse standing on their property, they had the perfect location. They decided to crowd-source the funding for the building’s extensive renovations. “We ended the Kickstarter campaign a week or two into COVID, so I was concerned it was going to affect our fundraising, but actually I think it helped,” Kim says. “Everyone was stuck at home and starting to question
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the local food system and supply chain. People were able to see what an asset a local grocery would be to the community.” In November 2020, the McCannons celebrated the grand opening of The Farmstand, which is now open seven days a week and offers produce, dairy, snacks, spices, teas, and—of course— bunches and bunches of flowers.
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Learn more about Bell Urban Farm and The Farmstand at bellurbanfarm.com. Follow along on social media (@bellurbanfarm) for information on upcoming events.
Behind The Farmstand is a continuation of the garden and a greenhouse from Arkansas company Yoderbilt. Here, Kim and Zack nurture many of their plants from seed. Their biggest event of the year is a plant sale in April, at which Bell Urban Farm sells hundreds of plants started from seed in the preceding winter months. “There’s a heater going in there, all the plants are on heating mats, and we’re constantly checking temperatures. There’s a lot of time and care that goes into getting them ready,” Kim says.
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ith the motto “Making meatless Mondays more fun,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Shakayla Scott is skilled in creating mouth-watering vegan dishes. So much so that she decided to share what she was cooking with the world through her website, Sweet Greens Vegan. Wanting a healthier lifestyle and a way of eating better she could practice long-term, Shakayla went vegan in 2018 and hasn’t looked back. “I had tried a number of diets but nothing really stuck,” she says. “Then, I noticed doctors would mention eating more fruits and vegetables when people around me got sick. I wanted to listen to this and heed the advice before someone had to tell me to do it,” she says. Being new to veganism, Shakayla immersed herself in YouTube videos and documentaries about the way of eating, while also doing her research on proteins. This fed her desire to learn more about the lifestyle and gave her inspiration for dishes. “I started by
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cooking other people’s recipes and then created my Instagram account because I didn’t see very many African-American women cooking vegan foods. I also thought it would hold me accountable,” she says. From there, @sweetgreensvegan took off, and she has since expanded to her own YouTube channel where you can follow her weekly eats and—if you’re wondering about her favorite plant-based brands— tag along on a trip to the grocery store. Not only does she say she has more energy today than prior to beginning her journey, but she also adds, “I don’t feel sluggish after eating; instead, I feel refreshed and rejuvenated.” Currently, Shakayla and her husband live in Northwest Arkansas where she is pursuing an MBA at the University of Arkansas. With football season just around the corner, we asked her to share a few of her game day favorites to feed a crowd. “I believe anything you can cook, I can cook vegan,” she says.
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Vegan Philly Cheesesteak Sliders SHOP SLIDERS
12 vegan slider rolls 1 red bell pepper, diced ½ medium-sized onion, diced 8-12 ounces vegan ground meat substitute (she uses Impossible Meat) seasoning salt pepper garlic powder onion powder 8 slices vegan provolone cheese DAIRY-FREE GARLIC BUTTER
¼ cup dairy-free butter ¼ teaspoon garlic salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½-¾ teaspoon dried parsley
PREPARE Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the bottom of the slider rolls on the sheet. Set the tops of the rolls aside. In a skillet, cook the diced peppers and onions until tender. Add in the vegan meat substitute and cook fully. Season to taste with seasoning salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add four slices of vegan cheese and cook until the cheese has melted. Melt the dairy-free butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Add in the garlic salt, garlic powder, and parsley; stir to combine. Brush the inside of the slider rolls with the garlic butter mixture and then spread the cooked vegan meat and peppers on top. Add a layer of cheese and then cover with the top half of the slider rolls. Brush the top of the rolls with more garlic butter and bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Cut and serve.
To learn more, visit sweetgreensvegan.com or follow along on Instagram (@sweetgreensvegan).
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Discover Fayetteville & Springdale Live music, bustling arts scenes, and local shops bring to life these Northwest Arkansas towns W R I T E R S T E P H A N I E M A X W E L L N E W T O N P H O T O G R A P H E R M O L LY A N N E S A N D E F U R
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Darcy Muñoz, owner of the namesake boutique Darcy Apparel, opened her Fayetteville store in 2017. She now offers her own bespoke collection in addition to popular brands.
From the college town buzz of the Fayetteville Square to Springdale’s vibrant historic downtown, these are two towns you don’t want to miss on your next trip to Northwest Arkansas. In Fayetteville, actors have returned to the stage at THEATRESQUARED (theatre2.org), where tickets are available for American Mariachi by José Cruz González from August 4-29. The Broadway season at WALTON ARTS CENTER (waltonartscenter. org) begins in October, and at its Rogers outdoor counterpart, the WALMART AMP (waltonartscenter.org/ AMP), you can enjoy live music into the fall. In August alone, the venue will see the likes of Lady A, The Black Crowes, The Avett Brothers, Alanis Morissette,
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Chris Tomlin, and Luke Bryan. In downtown Springdale, support from the city council, Downtown Springdale Alliance, and grants have led to the creation of the HOLCOMB ARTS DISTRICT (downtownspringdale.org). Where Emma Avenue was already humming with local shops and restaurants, several building facades along that road and extending south on Holcomb Street are now alive with colorful paintings by artists from all over the country. Visit the Downtown Springdale website for a map to guide yourself on a walking tour of the seven murals. Read on for more of our favorite places to shop, dine, visit, and stay when visiting Fayetteville and Springdale.
Sunny days call for picnics enjoyed under the pavilions at Walter Turnbow Park in Springdale.
Slow Down Enjoy NWA by bike and foot
A national initiative called Slow Streets that encourages walkable, bike-friendly urban living first made its way to Northwest Arkansas in 2020. Here’s four things to know about the program and its upcoming events when it returns this fall.
DATES SHOP In Fayetteville, FRENCH METRO ANTIQUES (frenchmetro. com) is regarded for its collection of one-of-a-kind imported antiques, from 19th century casegoods and seating to gilt mirrors, crystal chandeliers, and objets d’art. DARCY APPAREL (darcyapparel.com) offers a curated selection of women’s clothing and accessories embracing minimal, sustainable styles. At UNDERWOODS FINE JEWELERS (underwoods.com), a multi-generation family business, you can shop their in-house selection of rings, bracelets, necklaces, and more, or work with their Certified Gemologists to design a custom piece. In Springdale, visit R MCCLINTOCK FINE WOODWORKING SHOPPE (rmcclintock.com) to select expertly crafted handmade furniture and gifts.
DINE Located inside West End on Dickson, WAKE & BAKE (instagram.com/wakeandbakefay) is your new go-to for brunch—especially if you love mimosas, dining on the patio, and any excuse for waffles. At ECLECTIC KITCHEN (eclectickitchenfayetteville.com), a menu of steak, seafood, and pasta created by chef Brian Evans offers elevated cuisine in a pared-down atmosphere. In Springdale, there’s no shortage of taquerias; TAQUERIA GUANAJUATO (taqueriaguanajuatonwa. com) has not one, but two locations on North Thompson. Southeast of town, SASSAFRAS SPRINGS VINEYARD (sassafrasspringsvineyard.com) offers charcuterie boards, freshbaked pizzas, and wines produced on the vineyard’s 60 acres.
Slow Streets events take place in the spring and fall when the weather is mild. This autumn, routes will be marked every weekend in September and October, from Friday through Sunday evening.
ROUTES Roads marked as “slow streets” will appear in Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Rogers. Chosen routes typically lack sidewalks or bike lanes, so signage encourages cars to drive slowly and walkers and cyclists to use the streets as they please. Each route in Northwest Arkansas is strategically connected to the Greenway trail system.
PARTNERS The national program has partnered with BikeNWA, a nonprofit organization working to create a more transportation-friendly community and better, safer infrastructure for both cyclists and pedestrians.
PARTICIPANTS Slow Streets NWA routes have been designed to be accessible to anyone, not just athletes or cyclists. The initiative aims for people to use Slow Streets for exercise, family walks, transportation to and from work, and to just take in and enjoy the community—albeit at a slower pace.
Find out more at bikenwa.org/slowstreetsnwa.
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Cox Concert Series 2021 Luke Bryan
AUGUST 27 with Dylan Scott & Runaway June AUGUST 28
Jim Gaffigan JMBLYA
SEPTEMBER 3 with Future, Gunna, The Kid LAROI + More
SEPTEMBER 9 with HARDY & Lainey Wilson OCTOBER 13
with Dirty Honey
OCTOBER 21 with Kelsea Ballerini
Slipknot: Knotfest Roadshow
with Killswitch Engage, Fever 33 & Code Orange
French Metro Antiques owners Renée and Terry Hunt have been importing antiques since 1999.
Operating since 1973, the popular FAYETTEVILLE (fayettevillefarmersmarket.org) is open in the downtown square year-round. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, shop produce from local farmers as well as honeys, jams, soap, yarn, and other crafts made by artisans. At BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE OZARKS (bgozarks.org), explore 12 themed gardens—including the Ozark Native Garden, Japanese Garden, and Butterfly Garden. Head to Arvest Ballpark to see the NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS (milb.com/northwest-arkansas), Springdale’s minor league baseball team, in action. FARMERS MARKET
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Built in 1905, Carnall Hall on the University of Arkansas campus was first a girls dormitory, then a fraternity house, and finally housed offices and classrooms before undergoing an extensive renovation almost a century later. It reopened in 2003 as the INN AT CARNALL HALL (innatcarnallhall. com) and offers a boutique hotel experience. Closer to Fayetteville’s square, THE GRADUATE (graduatehotels.com) delivers college nostalgia along with a dose of kitsch, featuring references to the Razorbacks and Old Main worked into the carpet, wallpaper, and furnishings.
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Design by Katie Grace Designs
Photo by Rett Peek
Concealed storage, a countertop for folding, and a hanging bar help this laundry room operate at peak functionality. Another consideration for small rooms: Wall-mounted storage solutions for drying clothes or coralling cleaning tools can also free up valuable space.
Everything in Its Place
Storage zones such as closets, pantries, and laundry rooms can be hard to keep organized—especially in a household with children. Don’t let these spaces turn into sources of stress! Read on for ideas to keep it tidy and keep your cool PRODUCER STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON
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Tips for Tidying Up Photos by Rett Peek
Advice on starting an organization project from Katie Buchanan of Little Rock Paper Scissors
Design by Harper Howey Interiors
“In busy family homes, it’s important to look at the big picture,” Katie says. “Beginning with bookshelves or an entire closet can feel overwhelming; start small and work your way up.” Katie recommends cleaning out a junk drawer as a starting point. “Celebrate how great that feels, then tackle a larger space.”
When tackling organization projects, Katie encourages people to think matter of factly about the task at hand. “While highly staged organization images on social media are good for inspiration, they are not always totally realistic, affordable, or easy to achieve,” she says. Shop your home for storage solutions first and consider function before aesthetics.
GO PRO (IF NECESSARY)
Overall, Katie’s main advice is to be kind to yourself throughout the process. “If you find yourself stuck, there is no shame in hiring a pro organizer,” she says. “A neutral third party can often visualize a fresh space solution and help pare down belongings. They act as the ‘clutter coach’ your family needs.”
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While decanting dry goods into clear containers has become a popular pantry photo op, there’s another reason you should consider this storage method: Air-tight containers help keep ingredients like sugar and flour fresh and safe from pests.
DON’T FORGET LABELS
When swapping out store-bought packaging for reusable containers, you’re likely to label the contents—but don’t forget to also copy the “best by” date from the original box or can before you trash it. Use clear or washi tape to note this important information.
It’s natural to store like items together, but also consider how frequently you use certain categories of ingredients and designate a home for them accordingly. Before reorganizing, take a few weeks to note which spices, oils, and grains you reach for most and keep them front and center.
DON’T PUT EVERYTHING AWAY
Tempting as it can be to stow all your food in the pantry, the warm, dark environment can cause produce to spoil more quickly—or be forgotten all together. Designate a fruit basket or two on your kitchen counter to ensure fresh foods get eaten in their prime.
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PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES DIRECTORY Need guidance on your organization project? Reach out to one of these pros for local assistance.
ABOUT SPACE ORGANIZING
Little Rock aboutspaceorganizing.com BEGIN TODAY ORGANIZING
Northwest Arkansas instagram.com/ naturalhomeorg
Hot Springs Village begintodayorganizing.com
ORGANIZE & PRIORITIZE
Little Rock blessingsorganized.com Design by Closet Factory
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Closet Clean-out Advice for orderly clothing storage from David Fraiser of Closet Factory
“Definitely take advantage of vertical space and go as far up as possible,” David says. Install two rods for hanging clothes and designate the highest shelves for seasonal storage. Looking for a spot to add one more shelf? “Check above the door. In most cases this is unused and, although not large, it is valuable,” David says.
MADE TO GROW
Adjustable shelving is a must for family homes. “As children grow, so do their clothes, so being able to adjust the rods and shelves is paramount to a good kids closet,” David says. “Pullout baskets are also great because the items being stored can’t be seen, but they can be easily loaded and accessed by younger users.”
SHOES TO FILL
Shoe storage is one of the biggest variables in closet design and organization. While clear boxes make a nice display, they take up a lot of room; consider storing flip-flops and other slim, casual styles in a drawer or basket. David recommends storing shoes one in front of the other—rather than side by side—to make the most of deeper shelving.
NATURAL HOME ORGANIZATION
CLEANING & ORGANIZING BY DESIGN
Fort Smith cleaningandorganizing bydesign.com CLOSET FACTORY OF LITTLE ROCK
Little Rock closetfactory.com THE CONTAINER STORE
Little Rock containerstore.com FRESH START CONWAY
Central Arkansas freshstartconway.com KNOTTED SPACES
Bentonville knottedspaces.com LITTLE ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
Little Rock instagram.com/ littlerockpaperscissors THE MARSHALL CONCEPT
Little Rock themarshallconcept.com MARVELOUS SPACES
Mountain Home facebook.com/ VMmarvelousmaids
Little Rock organizeprioritize.net ORGANIZED BY ERIN
Texarkana facebook.com/ organizedbyerin1 THE ORGANIZER CHICKS
Northwest Arkansas theorganizerchicks.com ORGANIZING WITH LYNN
Northwest Arkansas organizingwithlynn.com RESTORE THE HOME NWA
Fayetteville restorethehome.com SYDNEY WADDLE ORGANIZING
Northwest Arkansas sydneywaddle organizing.com TAILORED LIVING
Rogers tailoredliving.com TIDY NEST
Little Rock tidynest.net TIDYING BY KIMBERLY MAY
Fayetteville facebook.com/ tidyingbykimberlymayllc
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New in Blue
In Little Rock, designer Jonathan Parkey creates a nursery that checks all the boxes WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK
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“This is an older home, and Meredith is quite traditional so I wanted to keep it in line with that.” —Jonathan Parkey, designer
Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Jonathan Parkey, J. Parkey ACCESSORIES, BEDDING, AND FABRICS J. Parkey EMBROIDERY (MONOGRAM) Mrs. Polka Dot FURNITURE Cantrell Furniture Design Center WALL AND WINDOW COVERINGS Laura’s Draperies & Blinds
hen longtime friend and client Meredith Causey told Jonathan Parkey, owner of J. Parkey, she wanted to convert her master closet into a sitting room, he knew something was up. A couple of weeks later, she confessed the room actually needed to become a nursery, as she and her husband, Chad, were expecting their third child. “We wanted to stay upstairs with our kids in this stage but there were no other bedrooms,” Meredith explains. The spacious closet, which is connected to the master bedroom, offered a solution. Jonathan knew he needed to get rolling on the project to meet baby boy Miller’s arrival date. After removing the closet components, he traded the room’s standard door for a pocket version, saving valuable floor space. What the space lacked in square footage, the pair wanted to more than make up for in style. “This is an older home, and Meredith is quite traditional so I wanted to keep it in line with that,” Jonathan says. “I sent him one inspiration picture and told him no themes,” Meredith recalls. “I’ve never seen anything he’s done that I don’t love,” she adds. Jonathan’s first instinct was to cover the walls in a buffalo check. Rather than wallpaper, he chose a cotton Stroheim fabric. The print encases the room; it’s even echoed on the drapery panels, which were designed to align perfectly with the pattern. “These are my colors. I have to work not to own only blue and white—in both my home and my wardrobe,” laughs Meredith. The padded walls also turned out to be functional. “The wallcovering has been the biggest unexpected surprise. It created the quietest, coziest room,” she says. “With two older siblings right down the hall, it’s like a soundproof booth for Miller.” From there, Jonathan wanted to do something a bit unexpected. “Instead of just shades of blue, I popped in this red,” he says. The designer found a pair of vintage prints with red lacquer and gold frames and used them to set the tone for the rest of the room, including bedding for the crib the Causeys already owned and accessories for the dresser-turned-changing table. “I like the idea that the mirror is sort of like a porthole and references back to the ship artwork,” he says, noting both it and the artwork will transition easily to a big boy room down the road.
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Designer Heather Krijt creates a sweet and sophisticated nursery for her daughter hen Heather and Arnoud Krijt built their five-bedroom home in Little Rock (featured in our April 2020 issue), there was one room they intentionally didn’t finish before move-in day. “We always knew this would be the nursery, and were hopeful to start a family soon after we got married and moved here,” Heather says. As the owner of HK Designs, she had several ideas in mind for the space when the couple found out they would welcome a baby girl, Charlotte, at the end of 2020. “I knew I wanted a little pink but didn’t want to go fully in that direction. I’ve really been into green and felt like this was such a pretty shade for a nursery,” she says of the color that wraps the room. A pair of framed Gracie panels provided an opportunity to incorporate pink and add a fanciful feel to the space. The custom panels include Charlotte’s name written on a leaf as well as a bird perched on a teacup. “I think these bring a bit of whimsy to the room,” Heather says. “I also
wanted the nursery to have a slightly sophisticated feel and to use pieces we could take into her next room as she grows.” Heather applied this same philosophy to the nursery’s functional pieces. For example, the changing table was crafted from an antique buffet she spotted in Arnoud’s garage while the pair were dating. She applied a few coats of paint and added the changing pad to complete its transformation. Nearby, a pair of gliders covered in a linen velvet offer a luxurious spot to sit and rock before naptime. “We don’t have any immediate family in town, so I knew my mom and other relatives would be coming to stay. I wanted us to be able to sit together in the nursery to rock her,” she explains. “And, Arnoud and I love that we both have a place to sit in there at night.” Other pieces, including a quartet of watercolors by Riley Sheehy, add to the playful feel. “Charlotte is a very alert baby, and any time I’m changing her she loves to stare up at these,” Heather says.
“Palisades Park” by Benjamin Moore
Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Heather Krijt, HK Designs ACCESSORIES, ART, FABRICS, FURNITURE, AND RUGS HK Designs BEDDING AND WINDOW COVERINGS Interior Creations FRAMING Louie’s Unique Framing & Gallery PAINTING Color Me Bad
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POWER In Northwest Arkansas, a family home infused with current style comes to life with the help of designer Casey Sarkin WRITER STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK STYLIST STEPH SMITH
arm, comfortable, and polished: That is how Casey Sarkin describes this family of five’s Fayetteville home. After her first meeting with the clients, the designer saw right away they had several priorities. First, they knew their new home needed to be as functional for their three kids as it would be for them. Second, they wanted every detail to reflect personality and style. To achieve these goals, Casey was on board from the very beginning. This involved walk-throughs with builder Tim McMahon throughout the process. “We tried to think of every little bitty detail along with how they’re going to live in the home,” Casey says. For example, off the kitchen, a mudroom connects to the garage, laundry room, and a workout room. “It’s kind of like their grand central station. There’s also a side
entry for friends so they don’t have to come all the way to the front door. Everything was meant to be really welcoming.” While addressing every facet of the home’s functionality, Casey also customized each space with the family’s cool and classic sense of style. “They brought me some inspiration pictures from a house in Utah that was very neutral with lots of cabinet details,” she recalls. “That’s what led us to create these pretty niches on each side of the fireplace and custom trim throughout the house.” As for furnishings, the homeowners desired pieces that were stylish yet comfortable, elevated yet not too formal. “This is probably their forever house, and it’s stunning, but they also can really live in it,” Casey says.
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Arched doorways leading to the master suite designate a separation from the large gathering place.
FROM ALL SIDES
When it came time to furnish the home, the living room presented a challenge. “That room is open to everything,” Casey says. “We had to decorate it from all angles so that no matter what direction you’re coming from, it was welcoming.” Chairs with cane backing were chosen with this task in mind, as were the Kelly Wearstler lamps seen on a sofa table that divides the living area from the kitchen.
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The kitchen is the showpiece of the home’s main living areas thanks to its scale, symmetry, and sophisticated palette. All of the cabinetry features custom shaker fronts with a beaded detail, and a white Clé tile backsplash offers texture and interest within the neutral palette. “It has that toned-down elegance that’s kind of rough around the edges, but has a little shine, too,” Casey says of the selection. An arched doorway leads to the coffee bar and pantry while echoing an architectural detail found throughout the house.
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A custom pool table made of white oak reflects the cool, modern style of the home. Oversized photographs of docks give the illusion of additional windows along the wall.
PLACE FOR PLAY
Because the homeowners desired to give the main living room an elevated feel, they designated a spacious wing of the downstairs as a more casual hangout zone. Here, the family can settle in for a movie night, shoot pool with friends, and share food and drinks with those on the screened-in porch via a pass-through window. Blown-glass lights over the bar, a mosaic backsplash, and a gallery wall bring personality to the comfortable space.
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Cole & Son’s “Acquario Fish” wallpaper and an enameled cast iron sink bring whimsy to the powder bath off the family room. This space is also easily accessible from the pool—hence its aquatic theme.
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The master bedroom’s style started with a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering made of cut wood. “I wanted something dramatic in there to make it special,” Casey says. “We started with that wallpaper and the bleached, coffered wood ceiling, then let that dictate where we were going with the bed and furniture.” A high-pile Tibetan rug and layers of textiles soften the look.
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“We tried to think of every little bitty detail along with how they’re going to live in the home.” —Casey Sarkin, designer
TWEEN STYLE TEAMWORK
Casey worked closely with the homeowners’ daughter on her bedroom, which the designer describes as “boho meets glam.” Dalmatian print wallpaper on an accent wall brings an edge to the pink-and-white color scheme. Sophisticated lighting, a window seat, and easy-to-rearrange built-ins will allow this space to grow with the girl over time.
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High on the homeowners’ wish list was a designated homework area; this built-in workspace upstairs near the kids’ rooms hits the mark, and a bright geometric tile underfoot keeps it cheerful.
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For their youngest son’s room, the homeowners gave Casey free reign, as long as it was “outdoorsy without being nautical,” she says. The designer found this Anewall mountainscape mural and let it set the tone for the room. Custom pillows and a framed Yellowstone poster complete the look.
Design Resources ARCHITECT Key Architecture BUILDER Tim McMahon Building Company INTERIOR DESIGN Casey Sarkin, Casey Sarkin Interior Design ACCESSORIES, ART, BEDDING, FABRICS, FURNITURE, HARDWARE, LIGHTING, RUGS, TILE (KITCHEN, BAR, AND BATH), AND WALLPAPER Casey Sarkin Interior Design APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More CABINETRY Collins Custom Cabinets CARPET AND FLOORING Tom January Floors COUNTERTOPS (KITCHEN) Abstract Granite and Verona Marble Company COUNTERTOPS (BATHROOM) Pacific Shore Stones FIREPLACE Northwest Cast Stone FIXTURES Ferguson METALWORK (VENT HOOD) C&C Metal Works MILLWORK AND PAINTING Tim McMahon Building Company MIRRORS Casey Sarkin Interior Design and Fayetteville Glass PAINT Sherwin-Williams TILE (floor) Encore Building Products WINDOWS Meek’s Lumber and Hardware WINDOW COVERINGS Interior Fabrics and Design
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A Thibaut wallcovering was the starting point for the dining room, and this decision influenced a number of selections in the adjoining living room and nearby den. The existing wainscoting, swinging door, and chandelier stayed in place to retain the room’s traditional charm. “We wanted to hold true to the character of the house, but also inject personality,” Laure says. While blue dominates the palette here, pink welting can be seen on the dining chairs, a hint of what’s to come in other spaces.
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FAMILY Inspired by the homeowner’s love of pink and blue, designer Laure Antonetti Schutze creates a home brimming with pattern and personality WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPH SMITH
fter spending years commuting from west Little Rock to downtown for both work and school, Elizabeth and Scott Poynter knew a move closer to the city center made sense. They began looking at homes in the Heights neighborhood and, upon walking into this house, they knew it was the one. “This house is totally different from our last one,” Elizabeth says of the 1930s abode. “I loved how the floors creaked and that the outside had this charming, inviting cottage look, but inside it had plenty of space for our family.” As the co-owner of Fayetteville’s recently opened women’s boutique, Blythe, Elizabeth loves fashion. Her eye for style carries into other areas of her life, which allowed her to envision the home’s formerly monochromatic rooms coming to life. Eager to settle in, the Poynters called on designer Laure Antonetti Schutze to bring their vision to
fruition. The family had gotten to know Laure through the years, first as their daughter Emory’s figure skating coach. “When I met them, I immediately loved the energy of this whole family,” Laure says. Later, when Laure transitioned to her current role as an interior designer, she helped the Poynters with their former residence. “Elizabeth has impeccable style, is always put together, and not afraid of color or pattern,” Laure adds. While their previous home had a more contemporary, open floor plan, Elizabeth says her interior style has always leaned traditional. “I especially love blues and pinks,” she says. “When she said pink I thought ooh, this is going to be fun,” Laure notes. Working off of the spaces’ neutral bones, the designer infused the rooms with color, pattern, and personality through fabrics, furnishings, and art, creating a look that perfectly suits the family.
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“I am not afraid of color—in fact, I love it. With two dogs and a teen I knew there was no way I could keep an all-white or neutral house clean.” —Elizabeth Poynter, homeowner
In the living room, the existing neutral wall color was kept, allowing the furnishings to stand out. The Poynters reupholstered a number of pieces from their previous home to give them new life here. For example, wooden arm chairs are covered in a blue and white stripe made from two fabrics, while a miniature pink Greek key print can be seen on a pair of club chairs. A Caitlin Wilson rug and pillows tie the range of blues and pinks together while monogrammed pillows and a gold-finish coffee table add poise and polish.
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The cozy den is a favorite family hangout. Prior to the pandemic, the walls were neutral; however, after spending months at home, Elizabeth was ready to make the leap to a bold navy. “Paint is such an easy update, and I love that it gives you instant gratification,” Laure says. The Greek key pattern seen in the living room shows up on the drapery trim in this space.
“Naval” by SherwinWilliams
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For casual meals, the family opts to sit in the breakfast nook where they can take in a view of the backyard and pool. “This room gets amazing natural light, so we wanted to keep it simple and airy,” Laure says. Because the space is narrow, the designer opted for a bench on one side of the table. The adjoining kitchen was in good condition when the family moved in and has been accessorized with small pieces to make it their own.
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One of the home’s dominant hues manifests in a French blue in daughter Emory’s bedroom. An accent wall covered with a Caitlin Wilson paper speaks to the home’s use of pattern while throw pillows on the bed echo its print. “I am very matchy, matchy,” Elizabeth says. “I like to have a throw pillow that matches the drapes or the wallpaper.” To bring in pink, Laure had a pair of nightstands painted in a soft shade of the color. Large-scale lamps, which were painted the same color as the walls, frame the bed and provide plenty of light for nighttime reading.
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Watercolors by artist Maya Griffin are a nod to contemporary design while their bamboo frames adhere to the home’s overall traditional feel.
“Icelandic” by SherwinWilliams
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J. Parkey A decade spent in the fashion industry led designer Jonathan Parkey to his passion for home interiors. Previously focusing on highend womenswear in New York City, he moved back to Arkansas and started his own design business in 2018 with his retail store, J. Parkey, following in October
2020. “I decided to open my own design practice in Little Rock to better engrain myself in the community. Having worked with tastemakers and cutting edge fashion start-ups for the bulk of my career, it felt only natural to bring some of my own flair and style here,” he says. He thinks of rooms in the
same way he used to think of dressing his clients— mixing pattern, texture, and color. “This approach is somewhat less scientific and more emotional,” he says. “I feel rules were made to be broken and bent; patterns are meant to be mixed; and colors should create an emotional response.” Above
all, Jonathan wants to listen, guide, and collaborate with his clients. “I say, lead with what sparks joy and don’t worry too much about resale value. If you like to cook, start in the kitchen; if you like to be outside, start with your back porch. Your house should look and feel like you. It should make you happy.”
trendsetters W I T H A B A C K G R O U N D I N T H E FA S H I O N I N D U S T R Y A N D A K E E N E Y E F O R I N T E R I O R S , J . PA R K E Y B R I N G S J O Y A N D L I F E T O C L I E N T S ’ H O M E S Jonathan Parkey | J. Parkey | 5624 R St. | 870.219.2428 | jparkey.com | @j.parkey
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Shayla Copas Interiors Since opening her design business more than two decades ago, Shayla Copas has become a name to know in design. “Our team has worked all over the United States designing awardwinning, affordable luxury interiors,” she says. “From new builds to renovations, we do it all.” Shayla stands out in the industry for her experience as a product designer for national manufacturers. “If a client is looking for a special piece, I can design it for them and have it produced,” she says. She also has a keen eye for color, selecting paint colors, and incorporating new fabrics and furnishings into an existing space. Shayla attributes her firm’s success to its client-focused onboarding process. “We get to know our clients and understand their wants and needs in depth before tackling each project,” she says. “This enables us to design a space that shows their personality.” Her first book, Four Seasons of Entertaining, was released in 2019, and she is currently working on her follow-up title. Shayla also serves on the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Commission and has served as interior designer for the governor’s residence.
trendsetters W I T H A C L I E N T- C E N T E R E D A P P R O A C H A N D E X P E R I E N C E I N P R O D U C T D E S I G N , S H AY L A C O PA S I N T E R I O R S P R O V I D E S C L A S S I C S T Y L E W I T H A N E D G E Shayla Copas | Shayla Copas Interiors | 501.258.7396 | shaylacopas.com | @shaylacopas
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Providence Design Sisters Mona Thompson and Talena Ray parlayed their love for all things beautiful into an antiques and interior design business in 2002. Their growing love of interior design prompted them to shift the focus of the business to residential design in 2013, when they opened their first studio and retail store in Little Rock. Providence Design has continued to grow in square footage and their product offerings.
Mona and Talena’s experience working with clients in a varied range of styles is why clients seek them out, and scouring varied markets and venues throughout the country for unique furnishings is what sets them apart. It’s the reason Providence Design has become a destination shopping experience for customers both in and out of the state. While they consult daily on projects of all size, Mona
says she and Talena have a “real passion for working with clients from the ground up” on remodel and new construction projects. “We love what we do and really enjoy working on all different kinds of projects,” Talena says. “It’s just so much fun helping clients make their homes the very best they can be.” As far as current trends, Mona and Talena are currently loving cleaner designs and neutrals mixed
with color. “The use of multiple textures adds great interest and we hope that gold metals and accents don’t fall out of grace any time soon.”, Mona says. “During this crazy time of COVID-19, we find the extra time spent at home has our clients dreaming bigger. Providence has many new construction projects, remodels, and complete room refreshes in the works as a result.”
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Debi Davis Interior Design
KNOWN FOR THEIR LIGHT AND LIVABLE STYLE, DEBI DAVIS INTERIOR DESIGN USES M O D E R N A M E N I T I E S A N D T H E C L I E N T ’ S P E R S O N A L T A S T E W H E N C R E A T I N G S PA C E S Debi Davis | Debi Davis Interior Design | 2222 Cantrell Road | 501.221.2032 | debidavisinteriordesign.com
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Kindred Home Interiors Shelby Reynolds started Kindred Home Interiors in February 2020 with transparency, collaboration, and quality at the core of everything she does. “In each client partnership, we use these values to elevate the overall design and the client experience,” she says.
“Crafting your individual style is something we do with confidence and care by recognizing the appropriate design choices for your space and lifestyle.” Shelby describes her personal style as “worldly,” picking up finds here and there on her travels to incorporate
into her home’s design. However, when it comes to her clients, she wants to create spaces reflective of their style. “When working on a project, I like to incorporate pieces that have a story. I find this brings warmth and texture to any space,” she says. Overall, she feels Kindred
Home Interiors’ use of color is an attractive draw for her clients. She uses this to bring rooms to life and especially loves working in gathering areas. “The spaces where people gather most is usually the most rewarding spiritual and financial investment,” she says.
trendsetters W I T H A N E Y E F O R C O LO R , K I N D R E D H O M E I N T E R I O R S T E L L S THE STORY OF THEIR CLIENTS THROUGH ARTFUL DESIGN Shelby Reynolds | Kindred Home Interiors | 501.786.4948 | kindredhomeinteriors.com | @kindredhomeinteriors
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Jayson Cain Interiors Jayson Cain’s appreciation for antiques and design started in his childhood. After attending design school and working for a prestigious Little Rock firm, he launched Jayson Cain Interiors in 2007. He expanded on this in 2016 by opening a boutique offering Yves Delorme as well as home furnishings, antiques, and more—in addition to housing his design business. “We’re a handson design firm that’s dedicated to making our clients’ dreams come true,” Jayson says.
Consistent throughout Jayson’s projects is what he calls a “classical and refined design style.” “We always start our projects with unique found objects and build the space around those pieces to create a room rich with texture and comfort.” With people spending more time at home than ever, Jayson notes many clients are investing in luxurious bedding from both his ready-made and bespoke offerings. “These pieces are a comfortable, easy upgrade for the home,” he says.
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Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design Kathryn LeMaster has built her design business one step at time with “little leaps of faith.” “With my junior designer, Emily Parks, and project manager, Forrest Addison, I truly have my dream team, which is a big milestone for the company,” she says. For Kathryn, designing from a place of empathy is vital in highlighting each homeowner’s style. Her goal is to serve as an advocate for her clients throughout
the design process no matter the scope of the project—from consulting to DIY design plans and full-service packages. “We tailor our service to our clients to reflect who they are as individuals, not who I am as a designer,” she says. Kathryn finds joy in her firm’s sometimesunconventional approach. “We rethink and strategize and innovate, always with the client’s best interest at heart.”
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K AT H R Y N J . L E M A S T E R A R T & D E S I G N A P P R O A C H E S E A C H P R O J E C T A S A S ACR ED, PER SO N A L PR O CES S S H A R ED W I T H CL IEN T S Kathryn J. LeMaster Art & Design | 501.626.0267 | kathrynjlemaster.com | @kjlemaster
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We Asked, They Shared Designers tell us a bit about their style, their must-haves, and their dream projects
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What style do you most identify with?
including Rustic, Boho, Organic Modern, and Eclectic
“Good lighting; it’s so important. Your eye will automatically go to the light, so the more grand, funky and fun, the better!”
“I try to add a piece of history in every project, whether it be an antique or something of sentimental value… Our lives tell a story and I’m a sentimentalist.”
MARIANNA O’DEA, O’DEA STUDIOS
JO WAITE, JO WAITE INTERIORS & CONSTRUCTION
“In every project, I try to mix old and new. I love antiques and love to bring them back to life by pairing them with more modern or current pieces.” CHANDLER BAILEY, B. INTERIORS
When working on a project, what one thing do you always incorporate?
“Incorporating a fun pattern—whether it be with a tile layout, a window treatment, or an elaborate veining in a countertop— adds a drastic element and is a great starting point for a kitchen or bath design.”
“Black. Sometimes just small amounts, but always through the art, rugs, decorative accessories, or hardware. I love the use of contrasting bold colors for a dramatic effect.”
ALISSA OATES HASTINGS, RESTRUCTURE DESIGN & REMODEL
LORI CARPENTER, LORI CARPENTER DESIGNS
“Schumacher’s ‘Safari Epingle.’ Every room needs a little bit of animal print, and this one happens to be my favorite.”
“Mirrors, because they open up a room, reflect art or the exterior, and allow other beautiful things to be seen in the room.”
JONATHAN PARKEY, J. PARKEY
DEBI DAVIS, DEBI DAVIS INTERIOR DESIGN
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“In addition to the client’s meaningful personal pieces, I always incorporate plants. A room isn’t complete to me until there is green life!” KATHRYN LEMASTER, KATHRYN J. LEMASTER ART & DESIGN
“We love to step up the color or pattern in a design, and our clients are always so pleased when they decide to go a little bolder.” NATALIE BILES AND STACEY BREEZEEL, SHINE INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO
“Local art! I love using timeless furniture in neutral colors to create the base of the room. Then, I will layer in color and texture with pillows, rugs, and accessories and add the final touch of larger, colorful pieces of art from local artists.” MERIDITH RANOUIL, MLH DESIGNS
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After earning her degree in interior design from Auburn and gaining experience in high-end commercial and residential design, Marianna O’Dea started her own firm in 2017. Earlier this year, she opened a design studio in Hillcrest. “Having a space for our clients to come and meet with us, explore possibilities, and have access to our many samples is an exciting step for us,” she says. Shoppers in the area can also pop in to see an array of small accessories, handmade candles, and a limited selection of furniture.
To help her clients truly love their homes, Marianna and her junior designer, Cara Calaway, focus on creating a cohesive mood and telling a story with every detail. “The feeling a person gets from their space is of great value,” Marianna says of her work. “I am drawn to lots of different styles, and bringing those together with scale and proportion, texture, patterns, and color is fulfilling for me. Plus, focusing on what makes a client happy and delivering that in the design is what makes a home enjoyable.”
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L West Jr Designs LLC
Larry West, Jr.’s interior design career officially began 26 years ago under the tutelage of Little Rock designer Tom Chandler. Initially in the bookkeeping department, Larry convinced his employer to take him out on a project, and from there, the rest is history. “I have been pushing furniture around my mom’s house since I was 3 years old and never stopped,” Larry jokes. “October 1995 is when I started charging people a fee to do so.” One aspect of his business that Larry prides himself on is his ability to work hand in hand with clients to arrive at design decisions. “When I
work with a client, I’m most inspired to develop a specific design after sitting down and listening to what makes them tick,” he says. He also works to complete a project within the agreed upon schedule. “Our work ethic makes us stand out,” he says. “We don’t work Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. We work anytime the project is working.” Larry’s designs are personalized and classic, and he tends to rely more on timeless pieces than trends. “Our goal is to create a classic design that in 15 to 20 years our clients will feel just as proud of as they do today.”
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TIMELESS DESIGNS, PERSON A LIZED ST Y LE, A ND A NONSTOP WORK E THIC A RE HALLMARKS OF LIT TLE ROCK’S L WEST JR DESIGNS LLC Larry West, Jr. | L West Jr Designs LLC | 501.779.1540 | lwestjr.com | @larrywestjr
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Art of Design
After working at various furniture showrooms and running a booth at a furniture market in town, Sha Davari opened her own store, Art of Design, in 2016. The showroom offers fullservice complimentary interior design and stocks furniture, lighting, rugs, art, and accessories ranging from traditional to contemporary, though overall, the store has Sha’s signature transitional feel. Over 20 years of experience and industry knowledge makes Sha an expert in projects as small as a paint consultation and as large as a
remodel or new build. “I tell clients one of the most important things I do is keep people from making mistakes,” the designer says. From hundreds of custom options to items available to purchase right off the showroom floor, Art of Design makes the decision process seamless, especially in current circumstances. “People want to have an uplifting change in these stressful times,” Sha says. To help clients easily do this, the showroom has 10,000 square feet of furniture ready to be delivered to your door.
trendsetters F R O M C O N S U LTAT I O N S T O C O M P L E T E R E M O D E L S , S H A D A V A R I ’ S A R T O F D E S I G N O F F E R S F U L L- S E R V I C E I N T E R I O R D E S I G N A N D A S T O R E S TO C K ED W I T H O P T I O N S TO FI T A VA R I E T Y O F S T Y L ES Sha Davari | Art of Design | 2200 Cantrell Road | 501-615-8565 | shadavari.com | @shadavari
In 2007 Melissa Hall Simmons designed her own home from the ground up. “My very first client toured the home and hired me!” she says. From there, her Northwest Arkansasbased full-scale luxury firm has continued to grow and expand its capabilities. Studio MH specializes in renovations and new construction with a team that has the capability to draw house plans, create interior elevations and lighting plans, and select interior and exterior finishes as well as furnishings and accessories. They work on commercial and
residential projects of all kinds, from urban condos to rural farmhouses, historical renovations to contemporary builds—and everything in between. “We want to change the way our clients ‘live’ in their homes—the way they feel, see, and experience life practically, functionally, and aesthetically,” Melissa says. To do this, she guides homeowners toward finding and developing their style all the while creating a clean and classic overall feel. “Ultimately, we want our clients to feel a connection to their home and to have it be a reflection of them.”
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What is your preferred palette?
Neutral with pops of color
Neutral with lots of texture
“I am currently working on my dream project, which is my own home! I am using this project as a bit of a design laboratory, trying out new ideas and finish techniques.
KRISTA LEWIS, K. LEWIS INTERIOR DESIGN
Earthy with organic colors
Bright with lots of pattern and print
Moody with deep, dark hues
“I would love to own my own Airbnb and design it exactly how I would want my own personal getaway to feel.” RUTH BRITT, RUTH BRITT INTERIORS
JILL LAWRENCE, J. LAWRENCE DESIGN
“I feel lucky to be able to work on inspiring projects every day with amazing clients, but I would love to work on vacation homes across the country and possibly get back to my roots to work on some hospitality projects. A boutique hotel project would be an amazing opportunity!”
With nothing off limits, what is your dream project? “I’d love to design in South Africa. We are shooting a chapter of my next book there, and I am so excited! I love the patterns they use in their beadwork and fabrics.
“I would love to work on a new build that has great views and incorporates organic modern design. I love the tranquility and texture natural elements bring into the home.” SHELBY REYNOLDS, KINDRED HOME INTERIORS
“I’ve done beachside and Aspen-style projects and everything in between, but I’m really ready for some island design time and tropical settings.” SANDY SUTTON, SANDY SUTTON’S DESIGN CENTER
SHAYLA COPAS, SHAYLA COPAS INTERIORS
“Having grown up in a small town, I would love to go into rural communities and be a part of bringing life back to these areas through design. Whether it’s revitalizing the shops on the town square or restoring the older homes, being surrounded by beauty changes us for the better.”
“My one dream project would be to work with and design a room for the famous and ever intriguing Anthony Hopkins. That would be exciting!”
LISA STAGG, LJ INTERIORS
NELL SPEARS, AB ANTIQUO
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M.N’Teriors Miguel Newberg, owner of M.N’Teriors, has been designing for over 22 years and is still in awe of the privilege she has to create personal spaces for her clients. She goes on to explain, “We strongly believe that choosing an interior designer to guide you through the process ensures not only a timeless space that reflects your style, but makes the process seamless too.” For Miguel, 2020 was an opportunity to remember why she
loves what she does. “We found that people are taking a closer look at their homes and tackling smaller projects like finding the perfect art piece, updating light fixtures, or picking out new paint.” Whether it’s a new construction home, a remodel, or smaller upgrades, M.N’Teriors is equipped for the project. The goal is simple: to help clients make their home a place of elegance and comfort that they will enjoy for years to come.
trendsetters F R O M S I N G L E R O O M S T O F U L L- H O M E R E M O D E L S , M . N ’ T E R I O R S H A S T HE E X PERIENCE TO B RING YOU R DESIG N DR E A MS TO L IFE Miguel Newberg | M.N’Teriors | 501.993.2766 | mnteriors.com | @mnteriors
Katie Grace Designs For Katie Rees, her career inspiration began with her Aunt Faith, a talented designer in Kansas. Katie calls her “the spark that lit what was always inside me.” That spark eventually led to opening her own business in 2011. Katie Grace Designs is often noted for its adaptability to each project and client. With her work varying from partnering with architects in the initial design stages to one-room remodels, Katie highlights how every project is unique. “Every contractor and every client is different, and
each new project requires that I adapt my style accordingly,” Katie says. “One of my primary roles, and differentiators, is collaborating with each in a way that ensures the client is comfortable and stress free.” Katie emphasizes the significance of the relationship between her as a designer and her clients—one that goes beyond a simple contract. “After a year of collaborating and working to help them script some of their most intimate spaces, the relationship oftentimes morphs into a true friendship,” the designer says.
trendsetters A D A P TA B I L I T Y I N E A C H P R O J E C T A N D A G E N U I N E R E L AT I O N S H I P B E T W E E N D E S I G N E R A N D C L I E N T S E T S K AT I E G R A C E D E S I G N S A P A R T Katie Rees | Katie Grace Designs | 479.466.1069 | katiegracedesigns.com | @katiegracedesign
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MLH Designs, Inc. Interior design is the “perfect blend of architecture and art” for designer Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID. Though she considered becoming an architect, Meridith “fell in love and never looked back” after an interior design class in college. She opened MLH Designs in 2003, and since then, has won multiple awards and achieved the level of Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer. Meridith is often hired in the early planning stages of a space. “I love collaborating with architects and contractors to perfect the space planning and kitchen and bathroom
design of a home,” Meridith says. From there, she helps select fixtures and finishes as well as the finishing touches, like fabrics and art, to create exactly the home the client is envisioning. “I take my clients’ style and tastes and put it through my filter,” Meridith says. “The end result is typically clean and simple.” “I have the ability to give the client guidance beyond aesthetics,” says Meridith. “I can listen to and successfully interpret the wants and desires of my clients and help navigate the day to day details of the entire construction process.”
trendsetters M U LT I A W A R D - W I N N I N G I N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R M E R I D I T H R A N O U I L O F MLH DESIGNS GIVES GUIDANCE FOR A THOUGHTFUL D E S I G N P R O C E S S F R O M S TA R T T O F I N I S H Meridith Ranouil | MLH Designs, Inc. | 501.766.0594 | mlh-designs.com | @mlh_designs
K. Lewis Interior Design “Beautifully livable interiors”—that’s the motto Krista Lewis works toward with every new interior design project. The designer opened K. Lewis Interior Design in 2001 to help clients achieve functional, comfortable interiors. Whether a homeowner is drawn to traditional, midcentury, or contemporary design, Krista’s goal is to “create environments that reflect our clients’ personal tastes and enhance their lives,” she says. “We also want to be advocates in the design and building process.
While sheltering in place, Krista has heard from many homeowners who are considering their surroundings with fresh eyes. “We all lead such busy lives that I can understand why people sometimes don’t think much about their interiors,” she says. “This extended time at home has allowed us to see our homes as more than a place where we pause in between the activities of our lives; rather, it’s a place that can nourish and improve our lives. I’m hopeful there will be a shift in perspective after this.”
trendsetters W I T H A L M O S T T W O D E C A D E S O F I N D U S T R Y E X P E R I E N C E , K R I S TA L E W I S O F K . L E W I S I N T E R I O R D E S I G N O FFER S A T H O U G H T F U L , L I VA B L E A PPR OAC H Krista Lewis | K. Lewis Interior Design | 2305 Cantrell Road | 501.952.6952 | klewisinteriordesign.com | @klewisdesign
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Shine Interior Design Studio Founded in 2019, Shine Interior Design Studio has been a dream in the making for Natalie Biles and Stacey Breezeel. “We enjoy interiors that are clean and crisp with layers of pattern, lighting, and color. Where Stacey may add a mix of metals to create depth, Natalie turns to pattern and bold color to round out visual interest,” the pair say. The firm designs to the individual needs and preferences of each client—from traditional to contemporary—utilizing design principles and their extensive knowledge along the way.
With over 40 years of combined experience, they have worked on everything from large new construction homes and remodels to restaurants and offices. As trained professionals, the team solves problems and comes up with designs that marry function and beauty. “At Shine, we absolutely love what we do and we love our clients. With each new project, we also learn something about a material or about our process; we are constantly refining. It is our joy to help our clients love where they live and work,” the two say.
trendsetters Natalie and Stacey
KNOWLEDGE OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL INTERIORS GIVES SHINE INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO A R ANGE OF EXPERTISE
Natalie Biles, ASID, IIDA, and Stacey Breezeel, ASID, LEED-AP | Shine Interior Design Studio | 115 N. Center St. | 501.777.5373 | shineIDstudio.com | @shineIDstudio
JONESBORO AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Edith Snell began ESI Design in 1987 after earning her degree in interior design. After more than 34 years in business, and while raising four children, Edith’s passion for design struck a chord with her oldest daughter, Riley Lindley, who now brings her own skill set to the ESI Design team. Together, the two are able to service a large portion of the state, from Jonesboro to Northwest Arkansas. “We tailor our design to each client’s individual needs, and no job is too big or too small,” Edith says. The team is there through every step
of the process, from space planning to furnishing selections. “We believe your home or office is so much more than furnishings and paint colors—it should be a reflection of you,” she says. While ESI Design is equipped to work within any design style—from French country to boho to farmhouse—Riley says her personal style is a fresh take on traditional. “I find that in my own home, I lean toward transitional, neutral pieces and modern touches in lighting, fabrics, and rugs,” she says, noting this look is a great way to bring current shine to a timeless home.
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H E L M E D B Y A TA L E N T E D M O T H E R - D A U G H T E R D U O , E S I D E S I G N STRIVES FOR CL ASSIC DESIGNS WITH A MODERN SENSIBILIT Y
ESI Design | 2703 Ridgepoint Drive, Jonesboro | 870.897.0178 (Edith) and 870.919.7669 (Riley) | esi-design.com | @edithsnellesidesign and @rileyesidesign
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Ruth Britt Interiors With a degree in interior design from the University of Arkansas, Ruth Britt worked as an artist for more than a decade before starting Ruth Britt Interiors in January 2021. “I’m into innovative use of color and pattern mixed with modern and chic designs,” Ruth says. “Each of my projects ends up a reflection of my personal style while heavily incorporating the client’s personality and vision.” In addition to her bright, cheerful designs, Ruth also offers custom oil paintings, which range from colorful
interpretations of the classics to whimsical portraits and abstracts. “As an artist, I like to incorporate custom art into my projects—each is unique to the client,” she says. Currently, her favorite projects are high-end dorm rooms, though she says kitchen remodels remain one of her most popular requests. “The kitchen truly is the heart of the home where everyone gathers and creates lifelong memories, and I feel like it is the best place to reflect your personal style in the home,” she says.
trendsetters A L O V E O F C O L O R , P AT T E R N , A N D C U S T O M A R T H E L P S RUTH BRIT T INTERIORS BRING PERSON A L ST Y LE TO E V ERY PROJECT Ruth Britt | Ruth Britt Interiors | 479.466.5678 | ruthbinteriors.com | @ruthbrittinteriors
“Your home is your refuge, and it should contain the things you love,” designer Casey Sarkin says. This is a mantra she carries throughout her business, whether she’s working with clients on a renovation or building from the ground up. “Currently, I see more people are entertaining at home, or are not vacationing and want their home to be their oasis,” Casey says.
She believes neutral palettes and natural finishes, like wood and stone, are a great backdrop for eyecatching patterns, light fixtures and art. “Design is my passion; I work with small and large budgets, and I enjoy the challenge and creativity that a small budget can create,” she says. “Overall, I love the process, from the build to the final install. The journey along the way creates lasting friendships.”
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N AT U R A L M AT E R I A L S A N D E Y E - C AT C H I N G P I E C E S A R E P A R T O F C A S E Y S A R K I N INTERIOR DESIGN’S A PPROACH TO M A KING HER CLIENTS’ HOMES A REFUGE Casey Sarkin | Casey Sarkin Interior Design | 479.530.0686 | caseysarkininteriordesign.com | @caseysarkindesign
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Lori Carpenter Designs Twenty-five years ago, Lori Carpenter opened The Grapevine Home as a gift and accessory store in Ash Flat. As her customers admired her work in the store, she took on clients who asked for help decorating their homes. “Eventually, I invested in myself and my business by enrolling in online courses and completed my interior design certification while running the store full-time and raising my three children,” she recalls. In recent years, Lori has transitioned the gift store
into a design showroom complete with fabric and window treatment samples, rugs, and hardware; this led to renaming her business Lori Carpenter Designs. Now, she’s the current president of the Interior Design Society of Arkansas. “I serve many clients who are busy homeowners who want to have a beautifully styled home, but don’t necessarily have the time to create the space of their dreams. I take that off their plates so they can focus on the things they love most,” she says.
trendsetters A VISIONARY WHO THRIVES ON NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, L O R I C A R P E N T E R D E S I G N S C R E AT E S I N V I T I N G , C L A S S I C I N T E R I O R S Lori Carpenter | Lori Carpenter Designs | 870.847.0286 | loricarpenterdesigns.com | @loricarpenterdesigns
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Restructure Design & Remodel Almost five years ago, Alissa Oates Hastings—owner and lead designer/ contractor of Restructure Design & Remodel opened her showroom and design-build business. “I have always been interested in the arts, graphic design, and architecture. Interior design brings these aspects together and allows me to use my creativity to serve clients,” she says. Restructure offers a design team as well as the construction specialists necessary to complete your project.
“From cabinets to hardware to window treatments, we can guide you through the entire design process, then on to the remodel itself,” Alissa says. Noting that renovations can involve difficult decisions and unexpected setbacks, she desires to simplify the experience and be proactive. “We like to give clients realistic expectations, considering timeline and value and what the Restructure team can offer to make projects run smoother.”
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Alissa Oates Hastings, Allied ASID, AKBD | Restructure Design & Remodel | 127 McNeely Circle, Suite B 501.984.2702 | restructurear.com | @restructure_ar
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“Your home should be a place of refuge at the end of the day,” Lisa Stagg of LJ Interiors says. “I’ve found when my clients love their homes, they invite others in, and that’s when memories are made.” She credits her mother with instilling this philosophy in her at an early age. “I grew up with a very talented/creative mother…she designed and sewed beautiful clothes. We would spend hours choosing the perfect fabrics for her customers and for my latest outfit,” she recalls. This early encounter led her to a career in visual merchandising before opening her own business in 2006.
When it comes to her personal style, Lisa likes clean lines and the juxtaposition of traditional pieces paired with modern and contemporary additions. To this point, she often uses a client’s existing furnishings in a design, thus creating an updated look by mixing new and old. The designer also strives to create organized, highly functional spaces. “My goal is to create beautiful, edited spaces that function well over time,” Lisa says. “My affordable design rates allow everyone to have a beautiful home,” she adds.
trendsetters A PA S S I O N F O R B L E N D I N G N E W W I T H O L D I S K E Y A S L J I N T E R I O R S C R E AT E S H O M E S W H E R E M E M O R I E S A R E M A D E Lisa Stagg | LJ Interiors | 5016 Calico Creek Cove | 501.529.4382 | @ljstagg
J. Lawrence Design Jill Lawrence founded J. Lawrence Design in 1995 after receiving a degree in interior design and interning for a renowned designer. She describes her own style as clean and classic. “I gravitate toward clean lines and furnishings that really stand the test of time. The ultimate goal is to design a room that will look as current in 20 years as it does today.” To accomplish this, Jill steers away from trends and focuses her attention on each individual client. “I concentrate on functional needs first. Then we make it durable
and beautiful,” she says. Excellent working relationships with vendors and sub-contractors allow Jill’s team to carry out a project. She also notes that choosing a designer is much like choosing a mate. “Once you choose, you must trust them and communicate your expectations thoroughly,” she says. As for current trends, Jill says she loves the idea of fully living in every square inch of your home. “No more ‘rooms for show,’” she says. “I also like the return to living comfortably in less square footage.”
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J IL L L AW R EN CE O F J . L AW R E N C E D ES I G N R EL IES O N CL A S S I C ST Y L ES T O C R E AT E S P A C E S H E R C L I E N T S W I L L L O V E F O R Y E A R S T O C O M E Jill Lawrence | J. Lawrence Design | 8201 Cantrell Road, Suite 360 | 501.804.2391 | jlawrencedesign.com | @jlawrencedesign
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Designer Chandler Bailey had always dreamed of starting her own business but wasn’t sure when or how it would come to be. “I worked for Bear Hill Interiors for five years and after I got married I liked the idea of a flexible schedule. My husband encouraged me to go for it, so I did!” she says. At B Interiors, Chandler brings her transitional style to clients’ homes by mixing antiques with new pieces. “Using my clients’ family heirlooms is one of my favorite things. I am also a girly girl, so I love a floral print as well as making a statement with a
fun piece of art, a bright pillow, or a large piece such as chairs or a sofa,” the designer says. These small décor updates have been among Chandler’s largest requests recently as clients spend more time at home and strive to personalize their homes. As a mother of two, Chandler particularly enjoys working on family homes. “I know what is kid-friendly, so working with families is always super fun for me. I love getting to know people through their homes. It’s so personal and such an honor when they choose me to be a part of it!”
A P E N C H A N T F O R T R A N S I T I O N A L S T Y L E A N D FA M I LY H O M E S M A K E S B I N T E R I O R S A N AT U R A L C H O I C E F O R D E S I G N I N G F U N C T I O N A L , B E A U T I F U L S PA C E S Chandler Bailey | B Interiors | 1809 N Monroe Street | b-interiorslr.com | @binteriorslr
Jo Waite Interiors & Construction Jo Waite started her interior design business in 2003. Since then, she has become a licensed contractor and opened Waite & Co., her gift shop and showroom in Fort Smith. “It’s been a privilege to work for 18 years creating spaces that have meaning for people,” she says. “That’s what is important to me and what I consider success. Business may get tough but design never does—I simply love it.” Jo describes her personal style as eclectic yet timeless. As a designer
and contractor in one, she offers her clients a full spectrum of services suited to their scope of work— from helping select draperies and wallpaper to large-scale remodels and new construction projects, both commercial and residential. Jo especially loves helping clients with kitchens and outdoors spaces. “Your environment matters,” she says, “and I feel having these two spaces designed brings people the biggest joy.”
trendsetters D ES IG N ER A N D CO N T R ACTO R J O WA IT E IN T E R I O R S & CO N S T RU C TI O N O F F E R S C L I E N T S A S E A M L E S S D E S I G N P R O C E S S F R O M S TA R T T O F I N I S H Jo Waite | Jo Waite Interiors & Construction | 1719 S. Greenwood Ave. | 479.262.6232 | @jowaiteinteriors
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