At Home in Arkansas | November 2021

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A D V E R T I S E M E N T

BUILDING MATERIAL MUST-HAVES

Pella Windows & Doors Shopping for windows and doors just got easier and more personalized thanks to the newly redesigned Pella Windows & Doors showroom in North Little Rock. “Our goal was to completely reimagine shopping for windows and doors. We wanted to simplify the process for customers whether they are building a new home, remodeling, or needing to replace existing windows and doors,” said Mike Farquhar, owner and president of Pella Products of Arkansas and Missouri.

The new Pella Experience Center is currently open to customers at Pella’s long time location at 8740 Maumelle Boulevard in North Little Rock. “Providing central Arkansas with a retail experience that is unlike any in our market was important to us,” said Mike. “We believe in the importance of having our homeowners, designers, architects, builders, and contractors touch and see the difference in performance and designs offered by Pella.”

The new Experience Center is open to customers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pella Design Consultants are ready to demonstrate and compare Pella’s wide breadth of windows, patio doors, and entry doors and show customers what makes Pella the best choice for windows and doors in central Arkansas. Contact Pella Windows & Doors at (501) 758-5050 or pellalittlerock.com

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Debi Davis | Debi Davis Interior Design | 2222 Cantrell Road | 501.221.2032 | debidavisinteriordesign.com

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A D V E R T I S E M E N T

Dreaming of Diamonds If you’re hoping for a little brilliance under the tree this holiday season, Sissy’s Log Cabin is the place to shop. Create a wish list in-store to drop a not-sosubtle hint to your loved ones, or shop online at SissysLogCabin.com.

2 Caviar Lux Three Station Bracelet, $1,250 1 Gabriel & Co. white gold diamond necklace, $2,620 3 White gold diamond fashion ring, $5,395

6 Frederic Sage yellow gold diamond earrings, $3,795

4 Frederic Sage yellow and white gold diamond circle pendant necklace, $2,395

5 LAGOS Smart Caviar diamond link watch band, $8,500

Shop these designs and more at Sissy’s Log Cabin in Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Conway, and Memphis, or online at SissysLogCabin.com | Images courtesy of Sissy’s Log Cabin

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C O N T E N T S

November 2021 // The Relaxed & Refined Issue

STYLE 17 SHOP

Turn the Key

21 DESIGN

Pretty & Practical

25 REFRESH

Natural Renovation

LIFE

29 TASTE

Sweet Somethings

35 SPOTLIGHT Set in Stone

41 DISCOVER

41 51 62 70

Bentonville & Rogers

SPECIAL SECTIONS 45 THE NATURAL STATE GUIDE 81 TRENDSETTERS Homebuilders

IN EVERY ISSUE

14 WELCOME 16 LATEST 112 END NOTES

ON THE COVER Barbara Bond Denniston’s living room. Design by CW Designs. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 70.

HOME 51 GRACEFULLY RESTORED

Outside Fort Smith, homeowner Steve Clark creates a classic country retreat with the help of two design professionals.

62 DOWN TO EARTH

Designer Amy Terry and builder Harold Spradlin bring a new construction home to life in west Little Rock.

70 COMFORTABLY CURATED

In North Little Rock, designer Cheryl Watson Hannink mixes beloved pieces with fresh finds in a new build.

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March 12, 2022 The 20th Century Club’s Lodge The 20th Century Club raises funds to provide no-cost housing to medically and financially qualified patients receiving cancer treatment in Central Arkansas. Patients from all 75 counties within Arkansas and 26 other states have stayed at the Lodge since it opened in April 2011.

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W E LC O M E

Every month I say something my friends and colleagues are probably used to hearing by now: I think this is my new favorite issue! This time was certainly no different, and I believe November’s theme, Relaxed & Refined, is partially responsible. There’s just something about the casual, collected nature of these homes that encapsulates both the ethos of Arkansas and the feeling of fall so beautifully. Curious about where this theme originated, I went searching through our archives. In 2015 and 2016, we had a similar issue called Southern Comforts. Before that, it was Gracious Living: Easy and Elegant. And in the early 2000s, easygoing takes on home design had a more primitive slant, with titles like Living with Nature and Rustic Cabins. While reading a decades-old magazine is a bit like uncovering a time capsule, what stood out to me is how timeless many of these homes really are. Other than differences in photography and graphic design, I might have thought I was picking up a current issue. I’m sure future readers will feel the same way about the homes featured here. Looking back on our November theme wasn’t my only motivation for a trip down At Home memory lane. Next month marks our 25th anniversary, and our team has been brainstorming all the ways we want to celebrate. Most of all, we’d love to hear from you, our readers! Do you have a favorite issue or an inspiration photo you clipped from the magazine years ago? Is At Home in Arkansas your go-to resource for all things décor and home improvement? Email me and you could see your story shared in a special 25th anniversary section in our December issue.

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After 22 years as the owner of Southern Floors and Blinds, Brian Hagewood has acquired Advanced Bath & Kitchen to create a true one-stop shop for home improvements. “We started out offering flooring and blinds, and as we grew we started to get into remodels and expand our services,” Brian says, noting the opportunity came out of his working relationship with the bath and kitchen supplier’s previous owner. “This will allow us to do everything in-house, from shower glass to hardwood floors to granite countertops—basically every solid surface you can imagine. It was a natural fit.” The merged businesses will operate under the name Southern Interiors and be located at Southern Floors and Blinds’ Sherwood storefront, which features a new showroom and 8,000-square-foot warehouse and fabrication center. “What really separates us is there’s nobody else in this area doing what we do; we’re a legit one-stop shop now,” Brian says. “We do cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures, countertops, flooring, blinds, shower systems—and we don’t just sell them. We install 99 percent of what we sell. There was definitely a need for that, and there’s been an overwhelming response of support already.” Find Southern Interiors at 8713 Warden Road or visit southernfloorsandblindsfa.com for more information.

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Southern Interiors has partnered with Cosentino to offer naturally stain-resistant stone surfaces, including Dekton's "Liquid" collection, shown here in Liquid Sky.

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Style

U PDAT E YO U R S PAC E

MAJORING IN THE CLASSICS

Turn the Key Defined angles and simple elegance make Greek key an enduring influence in interiors PRODUCER STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK STYLIST STEPH SMITH

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PREVIOUS PAGE Greek key ceramics and linen hand towels. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, bearhillinteriors.com

1 Four-light pendant in Bleached Natural Jute and Patinaed Brass. TEC Electric, Jonesboro and North Little Rock, tecelectric.com 2 “Connor” wall mirror. Providence Design, Little Rock, providenceltddesign.com

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3 Cobalt blue hurricane with etched Greek key pattern. J.Parkey, Little Rock, jparkey.com 4 Upholstered chair with Greek key nailhead detail. Cobblestone & Vine, Bentonville and Little Rock, cobblestoneandvine.com

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5 Champagne lumbar pillow with Greek key motif. Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, debidavisinteriordesign.com

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6 “Tang” table lamp. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, cantrellfurniture.com 7 & 8 “Deerfield” round cocktail table and “Zoe” walnut cabinet. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, facebook.com/phoenixinteriorslr 8

9 Embroidered sheet set. WilliamsSonoma, williams-sonoma.com 10 Wool broadloom carpet from Prestige’s “Squire” collection in White Blue. C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, candfcarpet.com 11 “Circe” ottoman in Sand. GW Lighting and Home, Benton, gwlightingandhome.com

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S T Y L E

D E S I G N

Top to bottom, left to right: “Platform” pull from Top Knobs. “Pure Elegance” pull from JVJ Hardware. Antique hex-cut glass pull. Vesta “Firesky” knob. Top Knobs’ “Chalet” knob. “Old Town” knob from Emtek. “Kara” pull from Top Knobs. JVJ Hardware’s “Pure Elegance Smoke” pull. All selections shown courtesy of PC Hardware, pchdwe.com.

WINDOWS, DOORS & HARDWARE

Pretty & Practical Update your home’s most functional features with these chic options

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1 Pella “Impervia” windows in Black. pellalittlerock.com 2 Mirrored White Maple door with Espresso finish by Tru-Stile. Kaufman By Design, kaufmanlumber. com 3 Custom glass doors by Dallas Millwork. Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; 4 Therma-Tru “Classic Craft Founders Collection” arched door in Acorn finish. Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com

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5 Baldwin’s “Evolved” collection featuring touch-to-open and eKey technology. Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter. com; PC Hardware, pchdwe.com 6 “Erika” pulls in Warm Brass from Atlas Homewares. Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, kitchensofarkansas. com; Duke Custom Cabinets, dukecustomcabinets.com; Encore Building Products, encoregroupusa.com; Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens.com; Kaufman By Design, kaufmanlumber.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; PC Hardware, pchdwe. com; Sanders Plumbing, Lighting and Hardware, sanderssupply.net; Southern Interiors, southernfloorsandblindsfa.com 7 & 8 Ashley Norton “Bauhaus” pull and “Classic Knob,” both shown in a new Natural

Bronze finish. Duke Custom Cabinets, dukecustomcabinets. com 9 Top Knobs’ “Clarence” T-knob in Brushed Satin Nickel. Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, kitchensofarkansas.com; Duke Custom Cabinets, dukecustomcabinets.com; Encore Building Products, encoregroupusa.com; Gilmore’s Custom Kitchens, gilmoreskitchens. com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kaufman By Design, kaufmanlumber.com; Kitchen & Bath Ideas, kitchenandbathideas. biz; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; PC Hardware, pchdwe.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; Sanders Plumbing, Lighting and Hardware, sanderssupply.net; Southern Interiors, southernfloorsandblindsfa.com

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CHANDELIERS & PENDANTS | CEILING FANS | BATH | SCONCES | OUTDOOR

STYLE THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED PROVIDING UNSURPASSED PERSONAL AT TENTION TO EVERY DETAIL

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S T Y L E

R E F R E S H

Homburg Gray by SherwinWilliams

BEFORE & AFTER

Natural Renovation Marie Jeffery updates a Bentonville kitchen with a calm palette and expanded storage WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPH SMITH

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R E F R E S H

BEFORE

fter 15 years in her home, Jami McFeeters was ready for an update. She called designer Marie Jeffery to go all in on a full-home renovation, focusing some of the biggest changes in the hub of the home: the kitchen. Here, the home still featured builder-grade selections and had been fully lived in since its construction. “She wanted it to be a little more functional and to feel clean and calm— especially since she works from home now,” Marie says. Starting with the bones of the room, the designer specified easy-to-clean, wood-look tile flooring to replace dark hardwoods. Without adding square footage, she extended the room visually with a third row of cabinets that sit atop existing wall cabinets. This also gave more storage space for less frequently used items, such as pitchers and platters. Next, an over-range microwave was traded for a built-in drawer version, allowing for the addition of a beautiful wood-slat vent hood, and the cabinets were painted and topped with Caesarstone’s “Misty Carrera” counters. In terms of style, Marie notes the predominant earthy green hue gives the space a slightly masculine and organic feel. “Earth tones were a big deal to Jami, and she liked that I was leaning natural for the cabinetry paint color and bar stain,” the designer says. A textured backsplash and mix of gold and black hardware play into this aesthetic and finish out the space.

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BEFORE

Across the room, a built-in desk was removed to make way for a bar constructed from stained white oak, a finish echoed on the barstools and hood trim. Concealed storage on either side of the bar functions as a pantry.


S T Y L E

R E F R E S H

“She wanted it to be functional and feel clean and calm.” —Marie Jeffery, designer

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The newly constructed bar area not only has a wine rack and serving counter but also loads of storage. A white oak finish and ring-style hardware elevate its look.

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Relocating the microwave allowed for the creation of a range hood. Streamlined slats painted the same color as the cabinetry bring style without drawing overt attention.

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A brass pull-down faucet makes quick work of dirty dishes, and its side single lever offers an easy way to turn it on and off. A matching built-in soap dispenser keeps the area free of clutter.

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BRING ON THE TEXTURE

Marie searched high and low for just the right barstools to complete the dine-in island. Their woven backs play off the texture seen on the backsplash.

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Life

M A K E YO U R S EL F AT H O M E

ONE BOWL, BIG TASTE

Sweet Somethings Baker Kelli Marks’s first cookbook promises to delight your palate, one bowl of ingredients at a time

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L I F E

TA S T E

THE CRAFT OF COOKIES

The recipes for Kelli’s Raspberry-Pistachio Thumbprints (left) and Russian Tea Cakes (below) can be found in Easy OneBowl Baking. You can also learn from the pro in person: Kelli leads a cookie swap baking class on November 18 as part of Pulaski Technical College’s Community Education Program. Visit uaptc.edu for information.

n Little Rock, the name Kelli Marks is synonymous with sweets. That’s why it’s hard to believe a love of baking was something Kelli didn’t discover until her 20s, when she provided the cake for her grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. “I’d never done a ton of baking, but I thought it’d be so fun if their granddaughter made the cake for the party,” Kelli recalls. “This being 2001, I had to buy a book and sit down and teach myself how to do it.” By the time the party rolled around, she presented the couple with a four-tier vanilla cake—and she was hooked. With a background in literature and art, Kelli found this new hobby stretched her creative muscles in a way that was familiar yet fresh. She started taking on clients here and there—mostly creating cookies and cakes for special events—while also working an office job in advertising. Over the years she’s ventured into several professional baking endeavors, including opening her own bakery, partnering with local restaurateurs as a pastry chef, creating wedding cakes, and working in marketing for a sweets-focused start-up company. “Any opportunity that came about, I was open to,” she says. “I look at it as collecting experiences.” Earlier this year, another such opportunity presented itself. While Kelli had dreamed of writing her own cookbook for some time, she was surprised to be approached by a publisher with a specific concept in mind: a collection of recipes all requiring no more than a single bowl for prep. “My husband will tell you, I can destroy a kitchen so fast with dishes while baking,” Kelli laughs. “I definitely welcomed the challenge.”

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Want to try your hand at Kelli’s Coconut Pudding Pie? Find the recipe in Easy One-Bowl Baking and on our blog (athomearkansas.com/blog).

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RECIPE

Hazelnut Sandy Sandwich Cookies Yields 6 dozen sandwich cookies

SHOP In addition to the ingredients below, this recipe calls for a piping bag and a 2D round piping tip. If no piping bag is available, you may substitute a zip-top plastic bag. 1 heaping cup hazelnuts 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 cup powdered sugar 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread

PREPARE

Easy One-Bowl Baking: No-Fuss Recipes for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods was officially released in September and features 60 recipes, including breads, muffins, cookies, pies, cakes, and cobblers, to name a few. Each is meant to be approachable enough for those new to the kitchen; Kelli even starts off with a chapter entirely devoted to baking essentials for beginners. However, the five dozen recipes are anything but basic. “I tried to keep some fairly classic, easy stuff that people might expect, but I wanted to play a bit so it would feel more inventive,” she says.

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Easy One-Bowl Baking is available at Wordsworth Books in Little Rock and online wherever books are sold.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Place hazelnuts on one of the baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Wrap warm hazelnuts in a clean kitchen towel and rub off as much skin as possible. Reduce oven temperature to 300ºF. Let sheet pan cool completely. Transfer hazelnuts to a 10-cup food processor (or use a hand mixer) and pulse until there are no visible lumps. Add butter, powdered sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt, then pulse to combine. Dough will be very wet and slightly chunky. Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with a 2D or comparable round piping tip. Pipe the dough into 1-inch discs on the baking sheets (they can be close together). Each baking sheet should fit around 70 cookies. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cookies are firm and dry. Let cool completely. Once cooled, put hazelnut spread in a piping bag (no tip needed, just a small hole). Squeeze a dollop onto one cookie and top with a second to create cookie sandwiches.


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Artisan Brandon Gore educates us on the art form, aesthetic, and practice of rammed earth construction

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“Everything is real, organic, and will settle into place over time.” —Brandon Gore

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ooking around your neighborhood, it may be hard to imagine homes without brick, siding, or wood-clad facades. After all, these have become the norm in residential building. However, from the dawn of time humans have been making their homes from readily available materials—namely, the earth. A modern iteration of this practice is called rammed earth construction, a concept that caught the attention of Northwest Arkansas native Brandon Gore decades before he would eventually build his own rammed earth home in Eureka Springs.

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As a twenty-something living in Arizona and working in the hotel industry, Brandon says he was feeling the stress of day-to-day life and didn’t think he was fully realizing his dreams. “Just to get away, I would go out to mountain bike frequently, and there was this one house along the trail that I particularly loved,” he recalls. As fate would have it, Brandon saw the house on the cover of a local magazine while roaming the aisles of Barnes & Noble one night. That’s where he discovered the structure was made of rammed earth and concrete; after that, he set out to learn more about these intriguing techniques where art meets construction. Before he was able to fully dive into his own rammed earth projects, he used his savings to first launch a career in the concrete industry. He started Gore Design Company in 2004 specializing in concrete countertops. As the concrete industry continued to grow, his clientele grew with it, and he had the opportunity to apprentice with rammed earth builders and learn the trade. This led to his ultimate goal in 2013: founding EarthForm, a proprietary wall structure system made from rammed earth. In this entity, he also consults on rammed earth homes

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while continuing to manufacture concrete countertops, furniture, and sinks under the brand name Hard Goods.

BUILT TO LAST

If you haven’t heard of rammed earth, you’re not alone. As of late, the practice is less common in the United States, especially outside of the West. However, Brandon notes that rammed earth has been one of the most widely used building materials since the start of man, touting The Great Wall of China, which is estimated to be almost 3,000 years old, as one such structure. The technique is two-fold, requiring excavated subsoil that can be mixed with cement to add texture and density, and then compacted with a pneumatic ram, hence the name. “Essentially what we are doing is reforming stone, layer after layer, to give us that strata,” Brandon says. If you’re not sold on the aesthetic alone, you might be wondering what makes rammed earth dwellings attractive places to live. The answer is simple: durability. “These structures are fire, termite, mold, tornado, and bullet proof. They will last for a thousand years,” Brandon says. He also touts their indoor air quality, noting how rammed earth walls absorb and

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release humidity in a consistent manner, as well as their ability to maintain a consistent temperature thanks to thermal mass. Additionally, the structures have a sustainability aspect; they use just one sixth of the amount of cement required in other common construction methods.

PERSONAL DWELLING

With his passion and knowledge about rammed earth, it’s no surprise Brandon wanted to use the material for his own home. After a move back to Arkansas, he began working on a studio on property he owned in Eureka Springs. “I was heavily influenced by my time spent in Arizona,” Brandon says of the design aesthetic. Following the workshop’s completion, he built a 1,500-square-foot rammed earth home known as Bear Ridge for himself, his wife, Erin, and their daughters, Leola and Ursula. “This is by far the most complete rammed earth project I’ve done,” he says of the structure, which he purposefully designed to be in its most simplistic form, and furnished accordingly. “Everything is real, organic, and will settle into place over time,” he says. “I built every bit of this house, and I built it to last forever.”


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New York designer and Arkansas native Ryan Lawson led the design of a remodeled bank to serve as home to retail space BRIKA.

Discover Bentonville & Rogers An ever-expanding cultural scene draws people from near and far to the Northwest corner of the state 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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Terrazzo tabletops and wood-slat accent walls lend an air of modern whimsy to Hail Fellow Well Met.

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau put out a list of the 15 fastest-growing cities—and it’s no surprise that Bentonville ranked high, coming in fifth thanks to a 7.4 percent increase in population a year prior. While the city has been home to Walmart’s headquarters for decades and a popular outdoors destination even longer, Bentonville’s growth became arguably exponential with the establishment of CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART (crystalbridges.org) in 2011. In April, a 100,000-square-foot expansion was announced that will grow the facility by 50 percent and increase space for galleries, educational programs, and events; how’s that for a 10-year anniversary present? Establishing Bentonville as an arts destination has had a domino effect on the region at large. For example, when ONYX COFFEE LAB (onyxcoffeelab.com) opened its first location in 2012, owners Andrea and Jon Allen aimed simply to provide ethically sourced, locally roasted coffee. Fast forward to present day and they’ve garnered national attention and evolved to encompass exciting new projects—two of which include a 2,500-square-foot roastery and headquarters in Rogers along with HAIL

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(hailfellowwellmet.com) in Springdale, a specialty market and cafe with interiors no less stunning than Onyx’s four locations across Northwest Arkansas. Read on for more of our favorite places to shop, dine, visit, and stay in the region.

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BRIKA (instagram.com/brika_bentonville) is the newest must-visit retail space in Bentonville. Having opened this fall, its uber-curated inventory features home décor, apparel, and gifts from a mix of local makers and national brands. Looking for your next favorite read? Visit TWO FRIENDS BOOKS (twofriendsbooks.com) to browse new and preloved tomes. In Rogers, step into URBAN BATH & BODY COMPANY (theurbantub.com) and shop handmade bath bombs, body scrubs, lotions, and soaps.

DINE

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new salad and appetizer offerings. BAR CLEETA (barcleeta. com) in Bentonville offers an elevated atmosphere for enjoying craft cocktails and small plates based on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

VISIT

(themomentary.org), a contemporary art gallery and satellite of Crystal Bridges, plays host to “In Some Form or Fashion,” opening November 20. The free exhibit explores the intersection of art, fashion, and consumerism. Visitors with children will love the SCOTT FAMILY AMAZEUM (amazeum.org), an interactive space for kids to learn about the arts and sciences. In Rogers, TOPGOLF (topgolf.com) is a sports THE MOMENTARY

bar-meets-driving range, perfect for all skill levels— whether you keep a standing tee time or have never picked up a club in your life.

STAY

Boutique hotel 21C MUSEUM HOTEL (21cmuseumhotels. com) epitomizes the quirky yet fine art allure of Bentonville. Book one of its 104 rooms or simply stop by to view the current exhibit and have a drink at The Hive. For more intimate accommodations, book HARPER HOWEY ON CENTRAL (harperhoweyoncentral. com), a three-bedroom rental decorated in the artful style of Northwest Arkansas design firm Harper Howey Interiors.

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The Natural State Guide We sit down to talk all things outdoors with Arkansas Game and Fish commissioner Anne Marie Doramus

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“I have three older brothers, and I wanted to keep up with them,” says the Little Rock native. “I really took to the outdoors right off the bat. I liked the atmosphere and wanted to go every chance I got,” she adds. Today, Anne Marie, who is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, spends her days as vice president of business development at Arkansas Bolt, a fastener and hardware distributor; however, the passion those childhood experiences stirred hasn’t waned. She continues to be an avid duck hunter (who enjoys having a workable dog) as well as a bass fisher and bow hunter, among other endeavors. “I have fun doing it, and the industry I work in is predominantly male, so hunting and fishing are often commonalities I get to share with clients,” she says. While her love for the outdoors remains apparent, she never imagined being appointed an Arkansas Game and Fish commissioner. “When I got the call to go to Governor Hutchinon’s office it was unreal and unbelievable,” she says. “This is a highly soughtafter position, and it’s very humbling to me to be named one of the commissioners.” Anne Marie is now serving a seven-year term, which began in 2019 and marked the first time a woman was appointed to a full term with the AGFC. “I have been blown away by the women I’ve met and their interest in hunting and fishing. It’s pretty amazing to watch,” she says.

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GROWING UP, ANNE MARIE DORAMUS SPENT SUMMERS ON THE ARKANSAS RIVER AND FALL AND WINTER AT HER FAMILY’S DUCK CLUB NEAR STUTTGART.

Commissioners are charged with conserving and enhancing fish and wildlife habitats as well as educating Arkansans on their use, and they play a vital role in continuing Arkansas’s legacy of outstanding outdoor attractions. “This is a constant learning experience for me. I’m not going to know everything, but I do want to do my best,” she says. She also notes that commissioners, herself included, want to be approachable and easy to reach for Arkansans’ questions as well as to share stories. “I love it when people reach out to share a photo of a fishing trip or the story of their niece harvesting her first deer. It makes it so worthwhile,” she says. Turn to page 49 for Anne Marie’s favorite ways to enjoy and explore Arkansas outdoors.

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Want to learn more about how you can take part in all things outdoors? Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (known as BOW) is designed for women 18 and older who want to learn more about hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities in an encouraging group setting. “This is a nationwide program, but Arkansas has had great success with it,” Anne Marie says. “We have such a diverse landscape that there are lots of opportunities for education and for women to come together.” From courses on fly fishing and camping to deer processing and trailering skills, there’s no shortage of activities to expand your knowledge. Search “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” at agfc.com to learn more.

Young or old, there’s nothing quite like hooking a big one on your line. Within the central Arkansas area, there are more than 30 easy-to-access fishing holes, making it the perfect way to spend a few hours with your family. Anne Marie notes the trout waters are particularly great during the fall on the White River, the Little Red River, and on the Beaver Lake Tailwater. Remember a fishing license is required for those 16 and older; and if you’re harvesting trout, you’ll also need a trout permit. Learn more at agfc.com/fishing.

2. EXPLORE A NATURE CENTER

Touted as “part classroom, part museum, part playground,” the nine AGFC Nature and Education Centers around Arkansas are designed to help you experience the best of the Natural State. With locations from Springdale to Pine Bluff, there are easily accessible opportunities for you to join in on the fun (and learning!) in a variety of ways, from trails to hands-on activities and exhibits. Search “Nature and Education Centers” at agfc.com to learn more.

4. HIT THE TARGET WITH YOUTHS

“We have one of the best shooting sports programs in the country for high schoolers and middle schoolers,” Anne Marie says, noting the popularity of both archery and trap shooting. The Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program is for students as young as fourth grade up to high school seniors and aims to teach them a hobby they can enjoy for a lifetime. Learn more at agfc.com/anasp.

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Before the remodel, Steve showed Chase some images of one of his favorite travel destinations, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. “He loved the overall feeling of that property, and I used that as a baseline for inspiration,” the designer says. To wit, the stone-covered chimney (which carries to the fireplace indoors) evokes the cottage vibe of accommodations at the luxury resort. Carrington Creek Homes sourced three different types of rock to create the custom mix seen here.

he West Camp is where Steve Clark hangs his hat when he needs a change of pace. Located outside Fort Smith on approximately 2,000 acres, the cabin and its outdoor living spaces have quickly become a restorative retreat. “There’s no television, and that’s intentional. I like to be fully present,” he says. “It’s so quiet out here; you forget how noisy it can be in town. It’s incredibly relaxing.” Considering its modern amenities and inviting living spaces indoors and out, it might be hard to believe this house is a century old. While Steve has been coming to the land for years, he decided it was time for an overhaul that would turn this old farmhouse—which was once home to the ranch’s cattle manager—into an overnight destination, and he called on Daniel Keeley of DK Design as well as Carrington Creek Homes to lead the transformation. Chase Smallwood, who had worked with Steve through his role at Carrington Creek Homes on past projects, served as interior designer for the project.

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“The directive was to modernize it in a way that would still lend itself to the history of the home,” Steve says. The contractor maintained the cabin’s integrity by staying within its original footprint while maximizing space; this involved gutting and rearranging the kitchen, turning a wasted hallway into a Jack-and-Jill bath, and building custom bunk beds to accommodate Steve’s grown children and their spouses. “Overall, he wanted it to feel warm and furnished, but not overcrowded, so we kept everything pretty simple while using richer tones and texture for interest,” Chase says. For the camp’s outdoor living spaces, Steve instructed Daniel to “treat the house as a tent,” he says. “I wanted the indoors to be comfortable, but this place is really meant to be lived outdoors.” Daniel designated an area in front of the house for the firepit and placed a long farm table under the oak tree to create a dining space. “As you drive in, as far as you can see, it’s all rolling hills and trees. It’s already so pretty,” Daniel says. “Our job was just to make it as comfortable, cozy, and inviting as possible.”


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One must-have on Steve’s list for outdoor living was a long dining table where he and his guests could share “good food and great wine.” Daniel positioned a table from EcoVet, a Rogers-based company, under the large oak tree and used pea gravel to define the space. Weather-tolerant directors chairs and stools cut from logs provide seating for 12, while an outdoor light fixture hangs from the tree to further convey the connection between the indoors and out.

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GARDEN BOUNTY

Behind the house, a vegetable garden creates an intimate setting for a bistro table and chairs.Anchored by four apple trees, the spot will continue to grow more lush and shaded over time. Raised beds contain tomatoes, basil, rosemary, and other herbs within steps of the kitchen, as well as marigolds for seasonal color.

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“It’s so quiet out here; you forget how noisy it can be in town. It’s incredibly relaxing.” —Steve Clark, homeowner

FIRE FEATURE

Daniel positioned the firepit in the front of the house to feel like an extension of the porch and to take full advantage of the views beyond. The short stone wall is multipurpose: it disguises the area from the approach and offers additional seating. Antique iron stag statues stand proud on columns flanking the space.

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SOUTHERN STAPLE

Because blue had been designated as an accent color for the interiors, the team carried the hue outdoors by coating the porch in “Dark Night” by Sherwin-Williams. A mix of traditional and modern furnishings keeps the look current while offering cozy seats for morning coffee and a view of the sunrise.

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LIVING EASY

The interiors represent a masculine, modernized take on English cottage style. “We wanted the house to have great texture, feel warm, and complement the vibe of the property,” Chase says, noting natural materials were used throughout. On the mantel, a collection of vintage art and new accessories make for a meaningful display.

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Much time and attention were given to making the most of the small kitchen. The contractor borrowed space from a utility closet to recess the refrigerator and oven, which allowed for the addition of a small island. A pot rack overhead keeps cookware close at hand while also freeing up valuable storage space. Cabinetry made from reclaimed wood and chicken wire, intentionally mismatched hardware, and an old world-inspired backsplash tile add to the home’s historic influence.

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In the sitting room, a reproduction of a European lantern hangs near a bookcase constructed using an antique French colonial topper.

“We wanted the house to have great texture, feel warm, and complement the vibe of the property.” —Chase Smallwood, interior designer

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SPACE TO SNOOZE

The guest quarters provide a comfortable respite at the end of days spent hiking, cycling, and hanging out by the campfire. In the main bedroom, simple yet stylish furnishings continue the home’s masculine farmhouse feel. “I wanted all the elements to be warm, so the only metal in the house is this bed and the coffee table, which provide a nice contrast,” Chase says.

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The second bedroom features two custombuilt full-sized bunks with ladders made from reclaimed wood.

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DOWN to Earth

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Designer Amy Terry and builder Harold Spradlin help a west Little Rock couple build a downsized home in a beloved area

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Along the home’s facade, a large window looks out from the kitchen to the front lawn. The owners gave a bench they owned new life with a coat of black paint to match the window casing and muntins and finished the design with gas lanterns. “I love the flicker of a gas lantern at night, so I had to have those,” the owner says.

ith two kids in college and one in high school, this family of five was ready to downsize but not ready to leave the wooded west Little Rock area they called home. Having lived in their previous house for 18 years, it was the only place their children had known; plus, the secluded setting made it an ideal location to escape the busyness of the city without being too far from its amenities. When a neighbor was willing to sell a vacant lot they owned, the couple jumped at the opportunity and decided to build to suit their next phase of life. Immediately they called on builder Harold Spradlin, who had been the project manager on their last house, and friend Amy Terry of AC Designs to help put their plans into action. Having grown up with one of the homeowners and even been a bridesmaid in the couple’s wedding, Amy was more than familiar with their needs and their style. “She has such a good eye for things that she makes it easy,” the designer says of her friend. “Amy was great at making me stay on track,” the owner notes. “I like so many different

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things that I try to throw it all in, and especially toward the end of the build I was so sick of making decisions that I leaned on her to think through those details.” Their biggest style influence came from the outdoors. “In my husband’s next life he wants to be a rancher, and I grew up on 200 acres so we have a real love of nature and just being outside,” the homeowner says. She also notes she is very practical. “I don’t like buying things just because; If it’s hanging on a wall and doesn’t mean anything, I don’t want it, so walls will often go blank until I find something I love.” With three kids and three dogs, this practicality carries over into all aspects of the home as an abundance of relaxing spaces and meaningful objects are apparent throughout the home. “I like it to feel warm and very casual. I like to walk in someone else’s house that is elegant and beautiful, but I prefer to come home to something that feels lived in,” the homeowner says. “I think this house has a very collected vibe,” Amy says. “It feels like pieces have been searched for and that the things here are ones they really love.”

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In the kitchen a range of wood tones bring warmth to the white cabinetry and quartzite countertops. Similarly, Amy chose to mix finishes, opting for chrome on the more utilitarian features such as the faucet and pot filler and coordinating golds on the lighting and hardware. “I think having different finishes looks more collected; however, I do like to match lighting and cabinetry hardware together because those are more like the room’s jewelry or the finishing touches.”

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“I had been thinking about doing a wood accent wall and searching magazines and Pinterest for inspiration,” the homeowner says. After finding an inspiration picture, she showed Amy and Harold, who tweaked the design to this interpretation. “We didn’t want plain wood, but we also didn’t want it to be too crazy,” Amy says. “It turned out to be almost like a piece of art.”

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COLLECTED STYLE

Amy shopped the couple’s existing furniture to create an entirely new look in the living room. Starting with the velvet sofa and rug, she brought in low-back blue and gold chairs that were formerly in their home office. These allow for a clear view of the adjoining kitchen and dining area in the open-concept plan. The focal point is a gallery wall the designer created from family pictures, artwork, and mounts. “Amy started working on the collage, and we got excited; it really makes this room,” the homeowner says.

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A trio of oversized chaise lounges make the media room a favorite hangout for the family. Accents such as the antler shed-inspired chandelier and rattan window coverings adhere to the home’s outdoor influence.

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BRING ON THE BLUES

In the owners’ en suite bed and bath, simplicity reigns. Amy brought in soft blues to add to the room’s restful feel. “Blue is so timeless that it can really act as a neutral,” the designer notes. Over the bed hangs a traditional work by artist Patricia Palmer that is juxtaposed with a series of abstract pieces by Emily Cobb.

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“This house has a timeless feel that won’t be outdated any time soon. It’s not fussy but real and relaxed.” —Amy Terry, designer

NEUTRAL GEAR

In the bath, practical features—such as the shelving seen at one end of the soaker tub and the neutral palette—keep the look clean yet in line with the rest of the home. “We wanted to add some character with the tile but didn’t want to hate it in five years, so we went with a classic, large-scale arabesque,” Amy notes.

Design Resources CONTRACTOR Harold Spradlin, Spradlin Homes INTERIOR DESIGN Amy Terry and Candace Davis, AC Designs ACCESSORIES AND FURNITURE AC Designs APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More CABINETRY Capitol Custom Cabinets COUNTERTOPS Stone World Designs FIREPLACE AND ROCK Antique Brick & Block HARDWARE AND LIGHTING AC Designs and Light Innovations PAINT Sherwin-Williams PAINTING (DECORATIVE) Angelfish Studios TILE Triton Stone Group WINDOW COVERINGS Drape & Design Co.

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CURATED Original art, antiques, and cozy furnishings imbue a new North Little Rock home with timeless charm WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPH SMITH

f you think designing a home and having fun don’t go hand-in-hand, you haven’t met Cheryl Hannink and Barbara Bond Denniston. What started out as a designer-client relationship 30 years ago has evolved into a lifelong friendship with plenty of good times along the way. “This is our third from-the-ground-up project, and over the years we’ve become best friends—or really more like sisters,” says Cheryl, who has an interior design degree and works full time as a product developer for Arkansas-based home furnishings line Porch View Home. “We’ve experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly together,” she adds with a laugh. With the previous builds, Barbara’s children were at the forefront of the design. “In those houses, we were trying to do a room for this personality and that personality, but this house is all my personality,” she says. Knowing her days as an empty nester would come, Barbara had pulled a house plan from a magazine some 14 years ago and held onto it until the timing was right. “I took it to an architect, who

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tweaked it for my lifestyle now and for years to come,” she says, noting the space has zero-threshold showers, is wheelchair accessible, and is fully livable on the ground floor. What’s more, the new build allowed her to create a smart home—technology that wasn’t even available at the start of their last house. “I’ll say, ‘Barbara, can we dim these lights?’ And she’ll say, ‘Hey Google, dim those lights,’” Cheryl says. Besides the cherished plan she saved for more than a decade, Barbara also kept a picture from a magazine that featured a wood island, wood doors, and big baseboards. “I thought OK, I love that look. I never got tired of the house plan and I never got tired of that picture,” she says. Cheryl was equally enchanted with the timeless design elements and knew Porch View Home’s casual, collected aesthetic would suit her friend’s taste perfectly. “I want the spaces I design to be a true reflection of the client who lives there,” Cheryl says. “The one thing about Barbara is she truly lives in her house. She has grandchildren; she has dogs and a cat; and they have free rein through the house. She really is relaxed and refined. That’s her lifestyle.”

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“Barbara loves pink, and that set the tone for the dining room,” Cheryl says. The two note they were always shopping for the house—especially during the building process. It was then that they spotted the artwork by Lori DeYmaz in a Symphony Designer House bedroom designed by Sha Davari. The console below it was in the bedroom of the former residence, while the dining table and chairs were a gift from Barbara’s parents more than 30 years prior. “We were able to change them up with a coat of blue paint and some slipcovers,” Cheryl says. “I always try to look at pieces to see how you can use them again and make them fresh.”

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Blue, another favorite color of Barbara’s, is most apparent in the living room. Comfortable seating and an open floor plan allow her children and grandchildren to carry on conversations with the cook in the nearby kitchen or watch television. “You want your space to look collected and traveled—even if you don’t travel. I like to pull in things you aren’t going to see everywhere,” Cheryl says. Here, the designer used a Cambodian cloth, which was sent to Barbara by her brother during a trip around the globe, to reupholster an antique chair. “This is an important piece because he sent it to her; and when she looks at it, she thinks of that.”

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WARMING UP

In the kitchen, Cheryl wanted to keep the materials and walls neutral to allow pieces from Barbara’s original art collection to shine. Two islands—one for prep work and the other for dining and socializing—are topped with a quartz with warm, goldish brown veining. “This is an especially great flow for entertaining whether you enter from the living room or dining area,” the designer adds.

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ONE FOR THE BOOKS

“I always mix in antiques no matter what the project is, because I don’t want it all to look like it came from one place,” Cheryl says. For example, in the library off the front entry, a new bookcase was topped with an antique architectural fragment. This and the pair of chairs, which are covered in an antique textile, bring character to the space. “If you buy antiques, they will move with you and make new life wherever they are,” Cheryl says.

“This house is livable and comfortable, but it’s also pretty.” —Barbara Bond Denniston, homeowner

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INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING

With views of both the front lawn and backyard, the sunroom is a year-round favorite. At her previous home, Barbara loved the back porch but grew weary of removing pollen and leaves constantly. When building, she remedied this with a centerally located sunroom that connects to the pool area via a glass folding-door system. “We love to open the doors to hear the pool bubble or sit and watch football games here,” Barbara says. “It’s just so relaxing.”

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“This is such a calming place for me,” Barbara says of the primary bed and bath. Cheryl refreshed the bed with a new paint treatment and accented it with antique doors with mirrored panels. Both women are longtime fans of wallpaper and have used it in some capacity for every project they’ve worked on together. Barbara found the whimsical chandelier seen over the tub while visiting her brother in D.C. The fabric on the bath’s ottoman is also seen on the bedding, tying the two rooms together.

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Design Resources ARCHITECT James Scroggins, James Scroggins Custom Homes CONTRACTOR Brad Medlock, Medlock Construction INTERIOR DESIGN Cheryl Watson Hannink, CW Designs ACCESSORIES Cobblestone & Vine, Fabulous Finds Antique and Decorative Mall, Palladio Home & Garden (Memphis), and Porch View Home ART Lori DeYmaz, Doris Gates, and Patrick Phillips BEDDING Jayson Cain Interiors CABINETRY Larry Bell Cabinets FABRICS, WALLPAPER, AND WINDOW COVERINGS CW Designs FLORAL DESIGN Charlie Groppetti and Todd Smith, Porch View Home FRAMING Louie’s Unique Framing FURNITURE Cobblestone & Vine, Palladio Home & Garden (Memphis), Porch View Home, and Pottery Barn PAINT Sherwin-Williams

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Bret Franks Construction

Bret Franks, a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, founded his company in 2000. A former CPA, Bret decided it was time to turn his passion for building and architecture into a career. Today, he handles both newhome construction and remodels. “While I’m drawn to projects with traditional, Southern architecture that stand the test of time,” he says, “I enjoy incorporating other elements that my clients envision. I understand that building is a personal experience, and that is exactly what we deliver.”

Bret credits his success to his work ethic and his transparency with clients. Planning and budgeting elements come natural for a CPA. “I have a time-tested process that starts with meeting the client to determine goals and culminates with an itemized budget and list of project details.” He personally oversees the construction process rather than relying on a foreman. “I keep my number of ongoing projects at a point that allows me to ensure the quality of every build.”

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Wall Color 101 Paint swatches driving you up the wall? Don’t worry— we’ve rounded up a list of designers’ go-to colors for any and every room in your home “Dover White” by SherwinWilliams

“Snowbound” by Sherwin-Williams

“Swiss Coffee” by Benjamin Moore

“City Loft” by Sherwin-Williams

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“Edgecomb Gray” by Benjamin Moore

“Gray Mist” by Benjamin Moore

“Decorator’s White” by Benjamin Moore “Greek Villa” by Sherwin-Williams

Interior design by B. Interiors “Alabaster” by SherwinWilliams

“Sea Salt” by Sherwin-Williams

“Repose Gray” by Sherwin-Williams

“Topsail” by Sherwin-Williams

“Delicate White” by PPG

“Accessible Beige” by Sherwin-Williams

“Iron Ore” by Shewin-Williams

“White Heron” by Sherwin-Williams

“Pure White” by Sherwin-Williams

Interior design by Providence Design

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Bragg + Kennedy Homes Bragg + Kennedy Homes has been a family business from the start. Founded in 1975 as Dewayne Bragg Construction, current principal Gary Kennedy joined the company helmed by his father-inlaw 13 years ago. Prior to moving to central Arkansas, Gary gained experience in the industry while also earning his master’s degree in real estate development and construction from the University of Memphis. In addition to drafting house plans and building, Gary’s wife, Lindsey, provides interior design services, allowing the company to create a completely custom look for each client. “I’ve wanted to be a builder and developer since I was a kid,” he says. “I love that the job includes very detailed work but also mixes in the larger visions involved in design and neighborhood development.” Bragg + Kennedy Homes takes pride in creating a seamless experience as well as a beautiful end result. “We do everything we can to make sure the plan is as perfect as possible on the front end,” Gary says. “Having a quality custom builder walk you through the process is pivotal to being happy with your new home.”

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Carriage Custom Homes With a career beginning in 1971, this marks Doug Rodgers’ 50th year in the home building industry. After attending the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith, he followed in the footsteps family when he started working in construction. In 2000, he and his wife, Lain, founded Carriage Custom Homes. With her experience in home décor as well as real estate, Lain

is also able to lend her expertise to the company’s projects. “We’re a dynamic duo who have built approximately 6,000 houses,” Doug says, noting many of these homes were in Dallas before returning home to Arkansas. Now, the majority of their projects are in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village. Carriage Custom Homes offers

competitive pricing, exceptional customer service, quick communication, and connections to craftsmen and subcontractors whose work is high-quality and long-lasting. We’ve watched many changes in style and colors over the years,” Lain says. “If there’s one thing that has stayed the same, it’s that people always appreciate the quality of a Carriage home.”

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If you’re looking to find your dream home, lots are currently available in Phase 2 of The Preserve at The Woodlands.

The Preserve at The Woodlands In business for more than 40 years, Bosley Construction, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned company. “Home building is what we know. Chip and I were raised in the industry, visiting job sites and builders conventions since we were little,” says vice president Brennan Bosley of he and his brother, president Chip Bosley. Last year, the Bosleys took their passion for homebuilding to the next level with the opening of a residential development in Benton called The Preserve at The

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Woodlands. With 3.5 miles of excited to grow what they’ve walking trails, a private fishing begun by opening lots for sale pond, and community pool, in Phase 2 of the development. the development is more than “Phase 2 is a continuation of just a neighborhood. It’s the what we have now, including type of place that encourages some smaller lots to be able people to go outside, engage to cater to a wide range of with their surroundings, budgets,” Brennan says. “The and make friends with their reception to Phase 1 was neighbors. “In planning this absolutely phenomenal. We TYPICAL DRAINAGE AND/OR UTILITY EASEMENT DETAIL development, we have gone sold lots twice as fast as we to great lengths to preserve expected to, and we’re excited to continue building on what some of the acreage to be used we’ve begun. People in the for people to get outside and neighborhood are excited to connect with each other and see it grow.” nature,” Brennan says. As in Phase 1, all homes In 2021, the Bosleys are

in The Preserve at The Woodlands can be customized to suit its future owner’s style and needs. “Every home built is customized and drawn to fit its specific lot, so no two homes look alike,” Brennan says. Additionally, the plan design, interior and exterior finishes are overseen by Keri Bosley. “We all pay close attention to every detail in the homes we build,” Keri says. “Knowing a new home is most likely our clients’ biggest investments, we treat every job site like it’s our very own home.”

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Carrington Creek Homes Founded in 2003, Carrington Creek Homes is a fullservice design and build firm with custom home projects throughout Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Their philosophy is centered around experiencing excellence and they believe building a home is one of the most important decisions their clients will ever make. Therefore, they strive to tailor each project to their clients’ visions. Every home starts with an extensive onboarding process to provide accurate pricing for a smooth build from start to finish. Carrington Creek Homes lists quality craftsmanship and intentional decisions as hallmarks of their work. With social media, design ideas are the most accessible they’ve ever been, and the team enjoys taking this inspiration and adding a custom twist to match the client’s vision and lifestyle. The building company was also recently honored to be named Best Home Builder in the River Valley by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Clearwater Construction After working as a construction superintendent for a local massproduction company, Jon Dennie founded Clearwater Construction in 2008. Since then, he has welcomed both new construction and remodeling projects that present a challenge and are unique in nature. To keep clients connected, Jon and his team members utilize an app with access to daily logs, change orders, and design selections.

“We couple all of that with a family atmosphere that we feel is most beneficial for a successful project,” he says. The builder encourages clients not to rush the house plan process, but rather to envision how you will live in the home to create the best outcome. “If you want to be happy for years to come, you need to think down the road,” he says. Currently, Jon says he is seeing a

number of minimalistic modern plans with less square footage take the place of the larger building footprints of the past. “Building a home is supposed to be a memorable and enjoyable experience, and the contractor/client relationship should be viewed as a partnership,” Jon says. “If you go into the process with the right mindset and expectations, there is no reason you can’t walk away from it with everything you want.”

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Build Smarter

Gone are the days of a crammed coat closet by the front door; homes built today feature mudrooms with customized cubbies to keep the whole family organized.

Those who cook, bake, or entertain often sing the praises of the touch-technology faucet for ease of use when it comes time to do the dishes.

For ultimate ease at lights out, install motorized window coverings in the bedroom that can be operated with a touch of a button—even after you’re all tucked in.

Say goodbye to cluttered countertops with custom cabinetry in the kitchen, including an appliance garage and space-maximizing drawers.

INSTALL HEATED FLOORING IN THE BATHROOM FOR THE ULTIMATE COMFORT UNDERFOOT, ESPECIALLY ON THOSE COLD WINTER MORNINGS.

HAVE KIDS OR PETS? ASK YOUR BUILDER TO CREATE CUSTOM BABY GATES TO BLOCK ACCESS TO NO-GO ZONES WHILE ADHERING TO THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME.

There are ample opportunities to improve a laundry room’s function at the building stage; consider incorporating ironing boards and drying racks into the design.

Artificial turf in the backyard means lowermaintenance lawn care—as well as year-round color and fewer mosquitos.

Consider hiring a closet consultant to help plan out the configuration of shelving, rods, and drawers that will work best for your storage needs.

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Smart technology is available to improve almost every function of your house, from phonecontrolled locks, lighting, and surveillance cameras to programmable thermostats.

An energy-efficient house saves money. Go for foam installation and, if possible, install solar panels for increased savings over the long run.

With so many people spending time outside these days, you and your guests can enjoy an outdoor kitchen complete with a builtin grill, prep sink, and beverage fridge.

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SHERWOOD

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Wiggins/ Childers Custom Homes Early this year, builders Randy Wiggins and Garrett Childers (pictured) teamed up to work together as Wiggins/Childers Custom Homes. “Randy has been building custom homes in central Arkansas for 35 years, and I have an extensive background in operations and the home furnishings industry,” Garrett says. “Together we approach each project with a combined expertise in construction design and project management.” Wiggins/Childers has developed a specialized process that makes building as easy and efficient as possible, while also keeping the big picture in mind; namely, how the owners will use the home. “We take the time to think about every detail: how a space will flow, what activities a family will use each room for, and how even the smallest detail will elevate the everyday lives of our clients,” Garrett says. “We ensure each client’s new home is thoughtfully designed, impeccably crafted, and finished on time and within budget.”

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Elite Home Design Hard work, strong faith, and big dreams: These were values Scotty Howard’s parents instilled in him from an early age. After graduating high school, he started a flooring business, which later allowed him to attend college and expand into remodeling and building. “Now, after 22 years of construction endeavors, Elite Home Design is building

all over central Arkansas,” Scotty says. The custom builder credits his team of project managers, designers, and superintendents for the communication and coordination that makes every project a success. Elite Home Design is involved with every step of the process, from lot selection to design, engineering, and financing. They incorporate energy-

efficiency and smart features whenever possible and welcome client questions about every decision made. “We allow change orders because we want people to intentionally participate in their ‘forever home,’” Scotty says. “We are a company that will listen to our customers’ needs and ideas. Our clients are not just names on a white board; they are family.”

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Carl Gray Henson Builders

Homeowners have trusted Carl Gray Henson to build their custom homes for more than three decades. In fact, it’s the business of returning clients that Carl’s wife, Kathy, says is a testament to their reputation. Since 1990 the business has developed into a company devoted to helping clients create dream homes while remaining small enough to give each customer the personal attention he or she deserves. Carl and his team work tirelessly with their clients on lot selection, design, construction, and service after completion. According to

Kathy, “Homeowners today are very smart. They’re knowledgeable about what they want in their home. One of Carl’s strengths is keeping clients informed about what is going to work or not in their plan,” she says. “He also works hard at keeping them within budget so there are few surprises at the end of the project.” While Carl prides himself on creating homes with timeless appeal, the current customization requests he is seeing are “smart home” technology,” safe rooms, custom office designs, and mother-inlaw suites.

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Fletcher Valley GOOD TO KNOW

Location West Little Rock

Home Style Traditional, Craftsman, and modern farmhouse

Price Range $375k+

POA Amenities Pool, park, walking trails, and green space

Fletcher Valley is the newest residential development by PotlatchDeltic offered by Chenal Properties. Located off Kanis Road in west Little Rock, this 460acre community is convenient to the area’s best retail and dining, including The Promenade at Chenal, while also embracing the rolling hills and forests of the surrounding environment. When complete, this community will boast a pool, park, walking and jogging trails, and ample green space with 500 to 700 highquality, single-family homes. In its first neighborhood, Fletcher Ridge, new homes are complete, more are under construction, and additional lots will be available in 2022. Learn more at fletchervalley.com and follow Chenal Properties on Facebook.

Where you live is everything – sanctuary, office, hangout space and more. So choose a neighborhood that makes the most of scenery, outdoor amenities and community connection, with beautiful options to build or buy. Come discover the expertly planned communities of Chenal Properties. After all, you’re not just planning a home. You’re building a life. chenalproperties.com: 7 Chenal Club Blvd. | Little Rock, AR 72223 | 501-821-9108

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All In the Details Building from the ground up gives you the opportunity to incorporate character-rich features into the bones of your home while enjoying all the amenities of a newly construction dwelling 1

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2 With an attractive wine rack and convenient ice maker, a bar area created by Katie Grace Designs and WillMark Homes makes entertaining a breeze.

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1 A coffered ceiling brings elegance and interest to a living space designed by Harper Howey Interiors.

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3 In a laundry room designed by O’Dea Studios, chores are more fun with a colorful tile pattern underfoot.

4 A customized, Chippendale-inspired stair railing and grasscloth wall covering make an impression in an entry designed by J. Parkey.

5 Tami Risinger Interiors blended silver travertine, Quartz countertops, and polished chrome fixtures in a chic bathroom.

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Noah Treat Construction Noah Treat got his start building homes as a subcontractor. After buying and operating a stone masonry company for a year, he decided to take the leap into general contracting in 2008. Since then, he’s built homes ranging from 1,800 to 8,000 square feet. “I love the tactile nature of homebuilding,” he says. “I thrive on the process and the gratification of handing a family the keys to their new home.” Noah says what sets his

business apart is his desire to try new things. “In the era of Pinterest and HGTV, I’m constantly challenged with new ideas on design and floor plans. I embrace it because it equips me to think outside the box and be more creative,” he says. “I’m strong on the planning and hands-on skills of the construction process, and my wife, Monica, has the gift of design! She can visualize a beautiful, finished product before we even get started.”

trendsetters T H E T E A M B E H I N D N O A H T R E AT C O N S T R U C T I O N O F F E R S C R E AT I V E S O L U T I O N S F O R E V E R Y S I Z E A N D B U D G E T 501.681.2485 | facebook.com/NoahTreatConstruction | @noahtreatconstruction

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Location Roland

Home Style Custom

Price Range $400k - 2M+

POA Amenities Tennis court, football/ soccer field, basketball court, and walking trails

Waterview Just north of west Little Rock in Roland lies Waterview, a collection of communities with stunning views of Lake Maumelle and the surrounding mountains and river valley. While there are homes available for purchase, many residents choose to build to suit with Parkinson Building Group to fully realize their dream home. Led by Bill Parkinson, Parkinson Building Group has been a part of more than 20 new builds in Waterview, with varying styles from traditional to modern. The development’s neighborhoods— Waterview Estates, The Meadows, The River Valley, and The Stables— all feature wide, winding streets and estate-sized lots.

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Learn more at waterviewlittlerock. com or reach out to Parkinson Building Group via parkinsonbuildinggroup.com.

parkinsonbuildinggroup.com Little Rock | 501-954-8570

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Location West Little Rock

Home Style Custom

Price Range Around $340k depending on lot, plan, and materials

POA Copper Run: Entrance and common area maintenance included with neighborhood association dues. Parkside at Wildwood: Lawn care provided. Entrance and common area maintenance included with neighborhood association dues.

Copper Run and Parkside at Wildwood Randy James Construction is now building homes in these two west Little Rock developments. With 30plus years of experience, Randy and his team can build to fit a variety of styles, from traditional and modern farmhouse to contemporary homes. In addition, they will work with you to customize your floor plan and select interior finishes. These two neighborhoods offer convenient access to shopping, dining, local schools, and exciting additions, such as the recently opened Costco, as the city grows. Current phases in both Copper Run and Parkside at Wildwood offer spec as well as customized homes for sale. Call 501.771.2566 to inquire.

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River Rock Builders

Since founding River Rock Builders in 1999, Patty and Keith Wingfield’s custom design-build company has developed a reputation as one of the leading green builders in the state. In fact, they were the recipients of an energy-efficiency award by the US Green Building Council in 2019. “This home is the first single family residence to meet LEED Platinum v4 in the U.S., and it was the first ‘net zero’ home in central Arkansas,” Keith says. River Rock Builders is also known for taking on rugged terrain

and other challenging pieces of property. “We always advise prospective clients to fit their house plan to the topography, not try and force it the other way around,” Keith says. No matter your building needs, his advice is always to ask prospective builders, Have you done this before? As part of their design-build process, River Rock Builders uses 3D software to help clients visualize the end result. “It’s then very fulfilling to build what we’ve helped create for each client.”

trendsetters F R O M S E L E C T I N G T H E P E R F E C T P R O P E R T Y T O C R E AT I N G E N E R G Y- E F F I C I E N T HOMES, CALL ON RIVER ROCK BUILDERS FOR WIDE-R ANGING E XPERTISE 2024 Arkansas Valley Drive, Suite 503 | 501.416.8986 | riverrockbuilders.net | @river_rock_builders

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T R E N D S E T T E R S BENTON

Schrader Homes Born and raised in Arkansas, Alan Schrader earned a degree in construction management from UALR and began building in 1997 before officially launching Schrader Homes in 2004. His passion for building has led the company to specialize in design builds with an emphasis on quality, energy efficiency, and implementing a variety of custom materials to set their homes apart. Alan enjoys working with various suppliers to obtain products that make his

homes unique. He also takes great pride in maintaining a team of skilled subcontractors who ensure each home is completed to both Alan’s and his client’s satisfaction. He advises anyone considering a new home to research a builder, talk to their past clients, and see their completed projects. “A home is often the single largest investment an individual will make, so you need to be confident in the person responsible for your investment,” he adds.

trendsetters C U S T O M M AT E R I A L S , A F O C U S O N E N E R G Y E F F I C I E N C Y, A N D A C O M M I T M E N T T O C L I E N T S AT I S F A C T I O N S E T S C H R A D E R H O M E S A P A R T 123 N. East St | 501.847.1940 | facebook.com/schraderhomesllc | @schraderhomes

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Location Conway

Home Style Craftsman and bungalows

Price Range $159k-180k. Down payment assistance may be available for qualified buyers

POA Amenities Homes are located around a central green space, and all landscaping and lawns are tended

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Spruce Street Cottages Spruce Street Cottages is a 12-home pocket neighborhood—a small neighborhood planned around a common area and meant to encourage community among neighbors— located less than a mile from downtown Conway’s historic district. Built by Summerwood Homes, it is made up of four home styles each featuring a front porch. Four lots are remaining: two each of the 3-bed, 2-bath Gatewood and the 2-bed, 1- or 1.5-bath Hampton styles. Cottages are built with energy efficient standards, brick surrounds, and opportunities for customization include exterior paint colors, cabinetry, flooring, bathrooms tiles, and appliances. Learn more at summerwoodinc.com.

WHERE QUALITY AND STYLE COME TOGETHER

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the next level of countertops The exquisite quality of the countertops and other stone products we produce is what takes Countertop World to a level of our own. We have the most advanced, state-of-the-art machinery available. Our cuts, edges, and finishes are more precise. Our completion times are faster. The precision and speed of our tools and the expertise of our team allows us to produce premiere, next-level products. the Since we have the largest selection and variety of stone slabs in-stock, there’s a great chance you will find more options here you didn’t see elsewhere. We also carry multiple lines of bathtubs, faucets, sinks, hardware, and other premium, luxury home products. You can find all the pieces you are looking in one place, Countertop World. Don’t just take our word for it. Come see why so many of the area’s top developers and builders trust Countertop World to deliver the best tops available. WWW.COUNTERTOPWORLDAR.COM 26096 INTERSTATE 30, BRYANT, AR 72022 CONTACT@COUNTERTOPWORLDAR.COM 501-481-8117

When Qualit y Counts C.COUGILL ROOFING CO., INC. w w w.cougillroofing.com

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Location Benton

Home Style Traditional, farmhouse, and Craftsman

Price Range $450k-550k

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Salt Creek Estates Frank Curtis of Curtis Contracting brings more than 30 years of homebuilding experience to Salt Creek Estates in Benton. Homes within this private neighborhood average 3,000 square feet on ½-acre lots and are built to suit. The development offers a beautiful pond view and POA as well as the convenience of shopping and dining minutes away in downtown Benton. Several homes currently under construction are for sale in this sought-after development, and 6 lots are still available. Call 501.868.8900 to inquire.

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T R E N D S E T T E R S LITTLE ROCK

WillMark Homes Ever since Mark Caruthers could remember, he’s always had a love for architecture and design. “I grew up knowing I wanted to be a home builder,” he says. “I love watching a home turn from an idea on paper into something that permanently changes the landscape.” Mark founded WillMark Homes in 2011 and has been helping everyone from young families to retirees build their dream homes ever since. Recently, Mark says he’s come to the realization that he’d

like to keep his business small to preserve client relationships.”I really love being hands on in every aspect of the build and having a personal relationship with my clients,” he says. Indoor-outdoor living spaces, modern designs, and attention to detail have all become the “new standard” in Mark’s projects. “I try to learn something new from others in the industry and from every build that I do focusing on design, integrity, budget, and client relationship.” he says.

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WITH A LOV E FOR A RCHITECTURE A ND DESIGN, WILLMARK HOMES BELIE V ES IN A H A N D S - O N A P P R O A C H T O B U I L D U N I Q U E H O M E S F O R E V E R Y S TA G E O F L I F E Mark Caruthers | WillMark Homes | 14 Paddock Ct. | 501.350.0700 | @willmarkhomes

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WillMark Homes Ever since Mark Caruthers could remember, he’s always had a love for architecture and design. “I grew up knowing I wanted to be a home builder,” he says. “I love watching a home turn from an idea on paper into something that permanently changes the landscape.” Mark founded WillMark Homes in 2011 and has been helping everyone CUSTOM from young families to HOME BUILDING LITTLE ROCK, AR retirees buildINtheir dream homes ever since. Recently, Mark says he’s come to the realization that he’d

like to keep his business small to preserve client relationships.”I really love being hands on in every aspect of the build and having a personal relationship with my clients,” he says. Indoor-outdoor living spaces, modern designs, and attention to detail have all become the “new standard” in Mark’s projects. “I try to learn something new from others in the industry and from every build that I do focusing on design, integrity, budget, and client relationship.” he says.

trendsetters willmarkar.com 501 - 350 - 0700 mark@willmarkar.com

WITH A LOV E FOR A RCHITECTURE A ND DESIGN, WILLMARK HOMES BELIE V ES IN A H A N D S - O N A P P R O A C H T O B U I L D U N I Q U E H O M E S F O R E V E R Y S TA G E O F L I F E Mark Caruthers | WillMark Homes | 14 Paddock Ct. | 501.350.0700 | @willmarkhomes

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Taggart Design Group Taggart Design Group is an architecture and construction firm founded by father-son duo Burt Taggart, Jr., and Burt Taggart, III. Together with co-owner and project manager Chris Dimon, the firm lead clients through every step of the building process, from design to construction and even in selecting interior finishes and furnishings. “We go to great lengths to understand our clients, then work even harder to deliver

those results in as efficient a manner as possible,” Burt Taggart, III, says. Though founded in 2008, Taggart Design Group draws on 50 years of experience designing residential properties in Arkansas. Their thoughtful approach means each project begins with regard to its surroundings, often incorporating the natural beauty of the property through material selections and sight lines.

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Medlock Construction

Brad Medlock followed in his father’s footsteps when he founded Medlock Construction 25 years ago. “Watching my dad, who was also a custom builder, over the years inspired me,” he says. “Plus, I enjoy working closely with clients to be a visionary and bring their dream home to life.” More than two decades of hands-on building experience means Brad and his team, which includes trusted subs, have encountered and overcome the many challenges that can arise

when building a home. “We are proud that over half of our subcontractors have been with us since day one,” Brad says. “This ensures continuity as well as a consistent level of high quality work.” He also prioritizes the use of high-efficiency HVAC units, modern insulation packages, and fiberglass windows for decreased energy consumption and yearround comfort. “We strive for excellence in every home we build. By the end of the process, we hope that our clients feel like family.”

trendsetters W I T H 2 5 Y E A R S O F E X P E R I E N C E , M E D L O C K C O N S T R U C T I O N O P E R AT E S W I T H V A L U E S O F I N T E G R I T Y, E X P E R I E N C E , A N D T I M E L E S S N E S S 7710 Woodberry Lane | 501.607.0808 | medlockconstruction.com

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