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When I was in kindergarten I became friends with a girl whose birthday fell just days before Christmas. Over the years, I remember the kids in our class discussing the merits and faults of such a fate: Did she get more or fewer presents than the rest of us? Did she also tell Santa what she wanted for her birthday? The two weeks off from school seemed nice, plus there were class parties and lots of chocolate in the weeks preceding. We decided it couldn’t be too bad sharing your birthday with a holiday; after all, it is the most wonderful time of the year. While I’m a summer baby myself, I experienced a bit of this phenomenon— the overlapping excitement for two celebrations—while working on this issue, which happens to mark our 25th anniversary. That’s right, At Home in Arkansas has been inspiring people’s homes and lifestyles for a quarter of a century now! We’ve marked the special occasion with a retrospective in this issue’s Spotlight section (page 31). I love any excuse to go thumbing through our archives, and this assignment was no different. It was fun (and inspiring) to see the changes over the years in everything from our logo and personnel to broader trends in home design, magazine layout, and photography. But for everything that is different, a lot has stayed the same throughout these 25 years. For one, the name of our owner and publisher, Kelly Fraiser, is on the masthead of all but a handful of editions, as she’s been with the magazine since its very beginning. Some of the state’s most well-known creatives appear in features and ads from way back when. And, most of all, the warm, welcoming spirit of Arkansas pervades each feature in every issue. We can’t thank you enough for being a part of our story. Here’s to the next 25 years—and to a very merry Christmas.
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The owners of The Painted Pig, a paint-your-own pottery and DIY studio in Little Rock, have announced the opening of a sister studio offering pottery wheel instruction. Located in west Little Rock’s Pleasant Ridge shopping center, The Muddy Pig will offer group classes and private lessons for a variety of skill levels. “We’ve always been asked if we would offer pottery wheel classes at The Painted Pig, and when we moved to a larger location in 2019, the plan was to start it there,” says co-owner Allie Nottingham. “We decided in summer 2021 that we wanted to finally expand and this should be its own studio.” All classes and “try-it nights” will be available on a reservation basis, and openstudio memberships for access to clay and wheels any time during store hours will eventually be offered to those with more advanced skills. “We’re really hoping to build a pottery community, and also continue what we started when we opened The Painted Pig almost 15 years ago,” Allie says. The Muddy Pig aims to open by the end of the year at 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 912. For more information, sign up to receive email updates at muddypigstudio.com and follow along on Instagram (@muddypigstudio).
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Four years after Chris Bronson closed the doors on her beloved antiques and interiors store, her daughter-in-law picked up the torch for the family business. Jennifer Bronson’s The French Cottage opened this fall featuring antiques imported from France as well as gifts such as soaps, candles, gourmet food items, and home décor. Jennifer worked with her mother-inlaw at French Quarters & Feather Your Nest in downtown Fayetteville for almost 20 years, learning the ropes of the antiques market while accompanying Chris on buying trips to Europe and developing relationships with vendors there. During the pandemic, she was moved to open a store that would honor Chris’s memory while serving customers who had been loyal to her for decades. “I didn’t realize what a void this store had left until I re-opened,” Jennifer says. “It’s amazing to see our customers back again, people whose children were small last time I saw them, now all grown up.” The French Cottage is located at 2909 Main Drive in Fayetteville near historic Johnson. Find hours and more information at facebook.com/ thefrenchcottagefayetteville.
WEATHERED GOODS LOWELL
After temporarily closing to relocate, Betsy and Michael Pugh are re-opening their furnishings store Weathered Goods at a new, larger location. Michael originally opened the shop in Fayetteville in 2017 with a focus on his handmade wooden furniture. “I’ve always had a passion for making and building things, and my wife has a passion for home décor,” he says. The new location increases their store size from 2,500 square feet to 4,000, allowing the business to expand their offerings. Shoppers will find a larger selection of furniture, including sectionals, sofas, and chairs, in addition to Weathered Goods’ popular pieces hand-crafted on site from reclaimed wood. Housed in a remodeled church, they will also carry similar lines of gifts and home décor found at their previous location. Weathered Goods plans to re-open its doors by the end of the year at 103 Zion Church St. in Lowell. Visit facebook.com/weatheredgoods for more information and updates.
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PREVIOUS PAGE “Gustav” magnifier and “Aisled” tray. Providence Design, Little Rock, providenceltddesign.com
Picture frames with inlaid patterns. Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock, tiptonhurst.com
1 Mr. Brown London “Paris” lantern in Dirty Gold & Ivory Bone. Casey Sarkin Interior Design, Fayetteville, caseysarkininteriordesign.com 4
2 & 3 “Ellaria” bone and brass arched mirror and “Ossian” white and blue obelisk set. Lighting Emporium, Springdale, lightingemporium.com 4 Bone inlay picture frame. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, cynthiaeastfabrics.com
5 & 6 Pair of cream inlay lidded jars and octagonal wooden table with bone inlay in a traditional Indian motif. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, bearhillinteriors.com
7 Black side chair with bone inlay. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, cantrellfurniture.com 8 “Modernist” inlaid bone and horn tray. GW Lighting and Home, Benton, gwlightingandhome.com
9 “Amira” mosaic inlay table lamp. RH Baby & Child, rhbabyandchild.com
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10 “Russell” credenza. Arkansas Furniture, Hot Springs, arkansasfurniture.com
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Lee Jofa’s “Luzon” print in Jade. Also available in fabric, as seen on shams. Available to the trade.
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6 “Fanciful” in Dark Green from York Wallcoverings’ Grandmillennial collection. 7 “Burled Chevron” in Carob from Phillip Jeffries. 8 & 9 “Eucalyptus” and “Michelia” both by Osborne & Little. All wallpapers are available to the trade or for purchase through many local interior design firms and home furnishings retailers.
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Trending Traditional In Fort Smith, Jo Waite updates a bath with design elements that are as current as they are classic
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hen the owner of this Fort Smith home contacted Jo Waite to renovate the primary bath, Jo knew she wanted to stay true to the home’s traditional roots. “I wanted to make it relevant and fresh but do so in a timeless way that blends with the rest of the home,” she says. “The owner allowed me to be really creative with this project, and I’m grateful for the trust she gave me.” As both an interior designer and licensed contractor, Jo brought the space to life through the execution of details, such as a waterfall edge added to existing cabinetry and polished lighting, hardware, and accents. Starting with the floor plan, she updated
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its flow by eliminating a bulky deck-style tub and replacing it with a cast-iron, stand-alone version that not only frees up space but also will stand up to years of use. Additionally, the shower wall was cut down and the upper portion replaced with glass, allowing light to stream into the space. Lighter material selections also brought style updates in a bright, fresh palette. For example, the large-scale Carrara marble tiles carry across the floor and up the sides of the wall near the tub to create a seamless backsplash. “I designed this to be a splash zone the owner’s grandkids could enjoy as well as a maintenance-free area,” Jo says, noting it is easy to clean and won’t fade over time.
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“My role is to push clients out of their comfort zones and then bring them back to a place where they want to live.” —Jo Waite, contractor and designer
Adhering to the design’s mix of classic and contemporary, Jo selected traditional arabesque accent tiles for the shower but specified them in a more modern blue glass material.
Delta plumbing fixtures in a brushed gold finish were used for the tub as well as the shower and vanity. “I believe hardware can be a bit of the jewelry in a room’s design,” Jo says.
A quartet of sconces illuminate the mirrors over the vanity. The traditional-style keyhole switches allow them to be turned on and off at the source, while a wall control offers the option for dimming.
An iridescent Thibaut wallpaper, which Jo notes can appear both silver and gold, adds to the room’s spa-like feel by mimicking the look of waves. The pattern is repeated on the fabric in the room’s custom ottoman.
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Deck Your Doors 3 ways to make a merry entrance using a winter woodland staple WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK
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WHAT’S IN THE MIX:
• Magnolia clippings • Red ribbon • Pinecones • Jingle bells • Faux garland
TAKE IT FROM CHRISTINA:
Pinecones aren’t just for garlands and swags. Use them as filler in containers to play out the theme at your home’s entrance.
“This is such a charming exterior so I really wanted to play on that with the magnolia,” says CHRISTINA GORE OF CHRISTINA GORE DESIGN STUDIO. Her clients Elizabeth and Scott Poynter have a huge magnolia tree on their property, providing tons of fresh clippings. Christina wired these into a faux base and used pinecones to add a contrasting texturing along the garland, which ends with giant-sized gold jingle bells. “Even as an adult everyone wants to have a little bit of the magic of the season, and these bells do just that,” the designer says.
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WHAT’S IN THE MIX:
• Fresh and faux cedar garland • Pinecones in various sizes • Berry sprigs • Clear lights
TAKE IT FROM DALE:
“We tell our clients not to feel like they have to fit in a box or match a trend when it comes to holiday décor. You should do what evokes holiday memories and a sense of tradition for you.”
For a client who was moving from a gold and glitz holiday scheme to a more understated, natural look, designer DALE ALDRIDGE OF SILKS A BLOOM employed all the elements of a woodlands winter. Starting with a quality faux garland base the client invested in a number of years ago, Dale tucked in fresh cedar sprigs. Rather than ornaments, pinecones were used as the focal points at the peak, in the corners, and in cascades down the garland. “I think the berries really add to the natural feel, and we kept those long pieces so they look more organic,” he adds.
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WHAT’S IN THE MIX:
• Antler sheds • Pinecones • Faux and fresh garlands • Tartan and red ribbon • Berry sprigs • Eucalyptus sprigs • Wooden ornaments • Clear lights
TAKE IT FROM AMY AND CANDACE:
“If you have a statement piece around your entrance, keep it simple when it comes to the actual door.” Here, a classic green wreath is accented with berries, eucalyptus, and red ribbon.
“She’s been collecting pinecones for years,” AMY TERRY AND CANDACE COLE OF AC DESIGNS say of their client Mandy Connell. While these had long been a part of the holiday décor scheme, the antler sheds and plaid ribbon were new additions. “One of the things about pinecones is that you can do them with rustic or modern looks—we throw them in everywhere,” Candace says. The pair also adhere to the more, the merrier philosophy. “We add in so many stems to make the garlands look really full that it’s not even funny!” Amy says.
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Saline County Courthouse in downtown Benton
“The Benton Mural,” which depicts almost 500 years of history, was completed in 2014.
For a primer on the history of Saline County, look no further than “THE BENTON MURAL” on the side of the Bell Building in downtown Benton. Completed by artists Dianne Roberts and Mark Davey, the 35-foot-tall piece starts in 1541 with the Caddo tribe’s first encounter with European explorers and ends in the early 20th century with the creation of the city’s Niloak pottery, made famous for its creator’s unique use of local kaolin clay. To delve a little deeper into the time periods in between, visit THE GANN MUSEUM OF SALINE COUNTY (gannmuseum.com), which is in and of itself a historical relic: Built in 1893 as the home of a local doctor, it is the only known building in the world built from bauxite, which is the mineral used to produce aluminum and is of abundance in the region. Inside the small museum are exhibits detailing how aluminum production contributed
to the local economy, the region’s Native American history, a collection of Niloak pottery, and more. Today, the cities continue to thrive, attracting many to its growing communities while offering the ability to work and play in Little Rock, too, with a short commute. Every December, residents gather to watch the lighting of the SALINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE for the holidays, a beloved tradition started by the City of Benton in 2002. This year, city leaders are excited to extend that tradition twofold: In addition to the courthouse, buildings around the entire square will be lit on December 3—and it won’t end after the holidays, either. This charming county seat will be illuminated year-round. Read on for more of our favorite places to shop, design, dine, and visit in Benton and Bryant.
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Head to SOUTHERN ROOTS (instagram.com/southernroots_ar) in Benton to shop all the current trends in women’s clothing and accessories, including brands like Free People and Kendra Scott. Have little ones? THIS LITTLE PIGGY (shopthislittlepiggy.com) is a go-to for the sweetest children’s clothing and toys. Audiophiles love RETRO ROSE (retrorose. online) for its varied selection of vinyl records and band tees. FLOWERS & HOME (flowersandhome.com) in Bryant is a favorite for all things home furnishings, seasonal décor, and gifts.
The Gann Museum is a must-visit to see interesting Saline County artifacts.
BLUE HEAVEN (blueheavenbenton.com)
in Benton serves all the American diner classics, including blue plate specials throughout the week and plenty of made-from-scratch desserts. In Bryant, SPEAKEASY CAFE (spkeasy.coffee) is a popular stop for breakfast and lunch; find French toast, breakfast tacos, and fried bologna on the menu. With a drive-thru location in Bryant and indoor seating in Benton, KOFFEE WITH A KAUSE (facebook.com/koffeewithakause) is a convenient stop for your coffee fix.
The historic ROYAL THEATRE (theroyaltheatre.org) was built in 1920 and operated for decades as a movie theater. In 2000, the venue found new life as a community theater for a group of actors known as the Royal Players. This holiday season, see Elf The Musical December 2-12 at the Royal Theatre. Still have some holiday shopping on your list? Visit MISTLETOE MARKET (bentonar.org) at the Downtown Benton Farmers Market on December 11. The one-day shopping event is free and includes a live nativity, bounce houses, pictures with Santa, and more in addition to a market of local vendors selling their wares.
Benton and Bryant are home to many design resources that can help bring your next project to life. Call on the pros at JONES GLASS (myjonesglass.com) for remodels that require shower enclosures, custom doors and windows, and more. COUNTERTOP WORLD (countertopworldar.com) offers stone fabrication and installation, including granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, and porcelain. To amplify your outdoor space, head to CONGO FIREPLACE & PATIO (congofp.com) for fireplaces, fire pits, and grills, and stop by GW LIGHTING AND HOME (gwlightingandhome.com) for lighting, furniture, accessories, and everything you need to finish the look.
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From comfort food to specialty cocktails (below), Blue Heaven has it all.
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25 Years In the Making
All images from At Home in Arkansas archives. Photos by Nancy Nolan and Rett Peek
This issue marks the silver anniversary of At Home in Arkansas—and what a ride it’s been so far! Join us in celebrating our milestones over the past quarter of a century
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DID YOU KNOW? At Home in Arkansas evolved from a small publication called Builder’s Showcase founded by Rebekah Lawrence and Paige Beavers Miller in 1995.
1996 First issue of At Home in Arkansas is published in December. Features in the first few years of publication reflect the French country, Mediterranean, faux finish, and shabby chic influences popular in the late '90s and early 2000s.
2000 The magazine marks a new era with a special Millennium issue featuring Y2K prep strategies, winter fashion, and a story about the HemingwayPfeiffer House in Piggott.
2002 Sister publication Weddings in Arkansas is launched.
FROM RUSS MCDONOUGH, OWNER 2002-2005
The first episode of Fixer Upper airs on HGTV, sending homeowners across the country into a modern-farmhouse frenzy.
2014 Little Rock native Kelly Fraiser, who has been with the company since its founding, becomes the new owner, marking the first local ownership of the magazine since 2005.
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The current logo makes its first appearance on the cover of the March issue.
Photo of Kelly Fraiser by Rett Peek
“I have tremendous pride from my years of involvement with At Home. One of the things that always struck me about my time there was the level of talent and energy that we were able to attract and keep across all departments. I couldn’t be more proud of the job Kelly has done in taking At Home to new heights and putting her own unique stamp on it. It’s a more beautiful, meaningful, and relevant magazine today than it’s ever been before. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes in the next 25 years!”
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2007 2003 At Home gets the travel bug with an April issue featuring homes in Cabo San Lucas and a September issue in New York.
After seven years as a print-only publication, the magazine debuts a website on the World Wide Web.
2017 Current editor Stephanie Maxwell Newton joins At Home in August.
The magazine’s first social media profile appears on Facebook. Today, we have more than 40K followers on Facebook, a reach of 5 million on Pinterest, and an evergrowing and engaging Instagram community of almost 30K.
2019 Trends start to move back toward traditional styles, with pattern mixing, tailored maximalism, and an appreciation for antiques at the forefront; House Beautiful coins the term “grandmillennial” to describe these designs.
FROM ADAM JAPKO, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE HOME DESIGN DIVISION AT NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, WHICH OWNED AT HOME FROM 2005-2014
“We acquired At Home with great confidence because we believed in the leadership already in place. Kelly and her team were immediately enthusiastic about the new collaboration and building a world-class media brand. I have closely followed the magazine since she acquired it and smile with every issue I receive.”
2010 Industrial chic is the trend of the day, with Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood all the rage. Midcentury shapes and restrained neutrals continue to inspire design throughout the following decade.
2020 The COVID-19 pandemic sends people into their houses, which leads to a global conversation about what it means to spend time in a home you love— and how a worldwide event such as this can change the timeline, prices, and scope of your project.
2021 In December, At Home in Arkansas will have produced close to 300 issues—all delivering the best in home design to you time and time again.
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Family pup Theo keeps warm and cozy by the fire in the Carltons’ living room.
FESTIVE & FRESH
A preppy, Southern twist on traditional décor brings Christmas cheer to a family home WRITER & STYLIST STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK
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“Gettysburg Gray” by Benjamin Moore
here is always a bit of kismet involved in finding the right house, even for those in the business of homes. Take for example Juliana and Clay Carlton, a broker and a home builder, respectively. “Since we’re both in the industry, we’re always really attune to what’s happening in the market. But just like everyone else, we had trouble finding exactly what we wanted,” Juliana says. They had, however, developed what she calls a “fromthe-street crush” on a few houses in their favorite Fayetteville neighborhood. “We passed by it every day on walks, and we thought it was so cute—we had just never seen the inside,” Juliana says. She and Clay sent letters to five homes not on the market asking if the owner would be interested in selling, and as it happened, this one was. Once they finally stepped inside, the couple fell in love with the home’s layout, which seemed just right for their family of four. Having undergone two rounds of remodels in recent years, the interiors were not in need of major updates; in fact, Juliana felt many of the existing features, such as the use of paint colors from Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection, were in tune
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with her own tastes. However, to bring a fresh, cohesive feel to the house, she called on her friend Melissa Simmons, owner of design firm Studio MH. “Melissa and I initially met through a mutual client. She has such amazing taste, and any time I can work with her, I love to,” Juliana says. Together, they picked out light fixtures, dining room furniture, and fabrics partly inspired by the earthy, green-gray color seen on the trim and exterior. The resulting neutral, transitional tone of the home serves as a perfect backdrop for the family’s holiday décor, designed and installed by Whitney Bonaminio. “It all started with that navy blue plaid ribbon,” Whitney says. As the owner of Christmas by Whitney, she has been a part of the Carltons’ holiday design for going on three years now. “I was like, What do you think about blue? I wanted to do something different than the traditional red and green, and she was OK with me thinking outside the box.” Further inspired by the magnolia trees on the home’s property, Whitney incorporated faux magnolia into the mix along with blueberry stems, fresh greenery, ribbon, and gold and blue baubles for a beautiful yet unexpected approach to Christmas.
A garland of fresh and faux greenery, blueberry sprigs, and the scheme’s signature plaid ribbon accents the chest in the entry. “She has so many green accents in her home, so I thought the navy would add another layer and stand out,” Whitney says. A custom piece by Northwest Arkansas painter Jason Lahay complements the palette.
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TRIMMED IN TRADITIONS
The holiday design carries throughout the living spaces and into an alcove off the entry that serves as home for the Christmas tree. Alongside Whitney’s décor scheme is a sentimental collection of ornaments representing every trip the couple has taken together. The ornaments are a tradition that started as a surprise from Clay to Juliana. On the wall separating this space from the dining room is a painting by local artist Allison Hobbs and a contemporary credenza perfect for storing tableware and serving pieces.
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In the dining room, a set of framed intaglios paired with a modern, textured chandelier speaks to the home’s mix of styles. A clever treatment of the fabric on the dining chairs (centering different parts of the repeat on the chair fronts and backs) creates visual interest. “It almost feels like two different fabrics because of the different shapes it makes,” Juliana says. Whitney adorned the table with ribbon and boughs of evergreens around the base of three whimsical trees.
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“I wanted to keep it young and preppy. She’s so put together but also really fun, and I thought this transitional design reflected that.” —Whitney Bonaminio, Christmas designer
The home’s spacious floor plan was part of what sealed the deal when the Carltons finally toured its interior. When the family entertains, traffic flows from room to room, and slipper chairs on casters move easily from the hearth to the sectional to create conversation areas. A piece by another local artist, Robert Lemming, hangs over the mantel, and the cool blue lamps and raffiawrapped coffee table bring an almost-coastal air to the comfortable living area.
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A breakfast nook in the kitchen is one of Juliana’s favorite places. “It’s probably the most-used spot in our house. The kids do homework there, we serve big breakfasts, and when the kids were a little younger, Clay and I could sit there drinking coffee and watch them in the backyard,” she says. A custom cushion and mix of patterned throw pillows make it a cozy place to lounge, and fresh evergreen swags carry holiday cheer through the space.
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Built-in shelving and a large étagère keep Juliana’s stylish home office functional and organized.
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COOL & COMFORTABLE
The home’s green palette shifts to blue in the primary bed and bath, thanks in part to a portrait of their pup, Dickson, painted by Sarah Creasman. “We worked off the blues we already had and painted the bathroom a similar color, and it’s very light and peaceful,” Juliana says. Whitney brought hints of the holidays to the spaces with glass Christmas trees on the bedside tables and a magnolia branch accenting the soaking tub.
“White Dove” by Benjamin Moore
Design Resources CHRISTMAS DESIGN Christmas by Whitney, Whitney Bonaminio APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More ART Sarah Creasman, Allison Hobbs, Kaufman By Design West, Jason Lahay, and Robert Lemming FURNITURE Harper Howey Interiors and Studio MH LIGHTING Studio MH PAINT Benjamin Moore PAINTING America’s Painting & Remodeling RUGS Studio MH and Tom January Floors UPHOLSTERY Callista’s Creations and Mountjoy’s Draperies WINDOW COVERINGS Mountjoy’s Draperies
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FULL of Joy A doctor-turned-designer infuses her family’s home with her signature cheerful, livable style rowing up I wasn’t even aware interior design was a thing,” says Kricia Palmer. As a former pediatric allergist/ immunologist, she first became intrigued with design while she and her husband, Jon, were both in medical school. “During my residency, we watched shows like Trading Spaces, and I realized this was something I was drawn to,” she says. “We were poor med students at the time, and I loved playing around with our house.” When they became parents to two boys, Grant and Jude, Kricia left medicine to stay home with her sons. During this time, her curiosity about design was piqued again, leading her to earn a degree in the field a couple of classes at a time at the University of Central Arkansas. Upon graduating, she worked for local designer Tobi Fairley before developing her niche business: House Calls for Physicians. Here, she designs specifically for other women physicians around the United States—all remotely. Kricia does the creative work, from selecting fabrics and space planning to specifying materials and furnishings, but allows the client to handle procurement and installation on her own timeline. “I think my business came at a time when it was really needed—right at the start of the pandemic,” she says. “Women
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ROOM TO RELAX
In the great room, Kricia opted for a fresh take on pink and blue. The neutral backdrop is grounded with an accent wall in “Peppercorn” by Sherwin-Williams. Local artist Bryan Frazier was commissioned to paint the abstract piece seen over the mantel. Large-scale sofas create a comfortable conversation area, which was a priority for the Palmers. “We opted not to put a TV in this room, so there’s not the temptation to go to that,” Kricia says, noting the family comes here to listen to music and catch up on their days.
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The Palmers’ oldest son, Grant, had a hand in creating the artwork seen behind the piano. He and fellow students at ACCESS Schools worked alongside artist Hamid Ebrahimifar as part of a class project.
Inspired by Chanel, the open entry features a stenciled and painted motif that carries up an accent wall to the second story.
physicians were under an extreme amount of stress, and it’s important to be able to come home to a house that is restorative and rejuvenating.” As for her own family’s home, Kricia notes she and Jon purchased the house in 2017 after being drawn to its wooded location on the outskirts of Little Rock. Since that time, they have embarked on a journey to personalize the spaces, tackling major updates in the kitchen and smaller, more cosmetic projects in the main bedroom, living room, and entry. “My style has evolved since the early days,” Kricia says. “I like traditional lines but bolder colors, and I prefer to use patterns sparingly. I think every space I design has a cheerful touch to it.”
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FRESH & FUN
“Guests see the dining room immediately when they walk in the front door, so I wanted it to be a focal point,” Kricia says. To achieve this and coordinate with the framed wallpaper panels, she reupholstered the chairs in a lively red and pink fabric. Simple wreaths hung with red ribbon and an arrangement of eucalyptus and berries lend an air of traditional Christmas style. “When I walk in this room, it is so light and cheerful that it just makes me happy,” the designer says.
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The most extensive of the Palmers’ updates took place in the kitchen. “We really tried to be smart in terms of sustainable design here,” Kricia says. For example, they used the existing base cabinetry but updated it with new doors; they were able to remove and sell the upper cabinets to a family who planned to use them in their own makeover. Kricia lightened an existing black island with a coat of white paint and used light, quartz countertops throughout the room. “This space felt heavy before, but now it’s like a breath of fresh air,” she says.
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In the breakfast nook, neutral chairs trimmed with red tape play off the drapery panels in the adjoining family room. A modern Visual Comfort chandelier, inspired by the shape of an artichoke, adds whimsy to space.
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The family room off the breakfast nook is where the Palmers spend Christmas morning. “This tree is very special to us because it is filled entirely with ornaments Jon’s aunt has given him since he was born,” Kricia says. To bring a coziness to the comfortable gathering space, she painted the ceiling in a grounding blue.
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WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPH SMITH
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ALL IS CALM
“I wanted this space to be a little moody but still feminine,” Kricia says of the primary bedroom. To achieve this blend, the designer mixed rich, charcoal gray foundational pieces with blush accents. Underfoot, the carpet brings pattern to the space that is balanced by a number of solid-hued selections in cozy textures such as velvet.
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“I think every space I design has a cheerful touch to it.” —Kricia Palmer
Design Resources CONTRACTOR Jimmy Carlisle, Carlisle Construction INTERIOR DESIGN Kricia Palmer, MD, Allied ASID, House Calls for Physicians APPLIANCES M etro Appliances & More ART H amid Ebrahimifar via ACCESS Academy, Bryan Frazier, and Ashley Saer CABINETRY (KITCHEN) Carlisle Construction CARPET ProSource COUNTERTOPS Southern Interiors HOLIDAY GREENERY Plantopia PAINTING (DECORATIVE) Paradise Painting UPHOLSTERY 12th Street Upholstery
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& ENCHANTING In Little Rock, Chris H. Olsen uses nature’s bounty to adorn a house for the season WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPHANIE MA X WELL NE W TON
aving worked with these Little Rock clients on their Christmas décor for a number of years, Chris H. Olsen is well acquainted with the timeless look the family wants during the season. “They like everything to be very clean, elegant, and simple,” he says of the approach that perfectly complements the home’s traditional interiors. “They are all about family and making it feel like home—especially during the holidays.” To achieve the look, Chris and a team of designers from his nursery and shop, Botanica Gardens, work tirelessly for three days to install the décor. “We always schedule this house for the second week of December because everything is fresh, and we want it to be perfectly in bloom for Christmas,” he says. This client is unique in that all of the magnolia greenery is ordered from New
York and transported to Little Rock, a tradition both the homeowner and Chris have grown to love. “When it arrives, we get to go wild and create with it,” he says. While the greenery is the star of the design, Chris also fills planters and brings in accent pieces. He notes the owners like to change up the ribbon color each year, using everything from pink to this rendition’s lime green and caramel-hued selections seen on the garlands and wreaths. “Holiday décor is a little bit different for me because when I’m working outdoors and doing containers, I always want the pots to be stuffed to the brim and overflowing with color,” Chris says. “But my philosophy on Christmas décor is simplicity is everything. I want to let the natural beauty of the tree, the garlands, and the wreaths shine.”
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The front entry is a showpiece in the home’s holiday scheme with stunning garlands and dramatic, full wreaths. “This garland is almost like a drapery that puddles at the floor,” Chris says.
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In the formal dining room, Chris complemented the stately wood paneling and gracious accents with a timeless tablescape of silver, gold, and copper ornaments set atop magnolia leaves. “My rule is to keep it low so you can see the guests across from you, and I like to add in ornaments to help camouflage any drying that occurs over time,” he says. The buffet features the combination of amaryllis and holly seen throughout the home alongside ornaments in this neutral metallic palette.
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To complement the living room’s palette and convey a traditional holiday feel, Chris mixed magnolia leaves, pinecones, and grapevine with ornaments and ribbon in subdued, wintry landscape hues. Wreaths were hung on both the interior and exterior of the windows to avoid shadows and give the look inside as well as outdoors. Additionally, pinecone wreaths were slipped around the bases of lamps for instant style. “Any ornaments I have left over I use to fill bowls,” he says. “It brings a little bit of bling here and there.”
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Fresh magnolia wreaths accented with lime green ribbon bring a festive touch to the breakfast nook’s expansive windows, while pinecones, pears, green apples, and cut stems adorn the table.
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“My philosophy on Christmas décor is simplicity is everything.” —Chris H. Olsen, designer
CLEAN & CLASSIC
Chris personally designs all the home’s planters. “I like to take all the planters and the materials out to the driveway, line them up, and go to work creating different combinations for each one,” he says. In the kitchen, massive white bowl-shaped containers are filled with sheet moss, cut magnolia leaves, amaryllis, and holly branches, which are placed to help stake the amaryllises.
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The family selects a fresh tree each year, and Chris and his team fill its branches with their collection of ornaments. “It’s an elegant look that’s very family-oriented but it still has a casual air to it,” Chris says, pointing to the bevy of colorful, cascading ribbons.
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Gold ornaments and lime ribbon adhere to the scheme seen on the family room’s tree and wreaths.
In the back hallway, Chris used a wooden planter filled with amaryllises, holly berries, magnolia leaves, classic red ornaments, and caramel-colored silk ribbon to bring Christmas cheer.
Design Resources BUILDER Jack Hartsell, Jack Hartsell Construction INTERIOR DESIGN James Michael Howard (Florida) CHRISTMAS DESIGN Chris H. Olsen, Botanica Gardens
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THE Holiday GIFT GUIDE
Gifts for a Cozy Christmas
1 1 Pajama-clad Santa, Christmas tree, and Mrs. Claus figurines, $35-38 each. Park Hill Home, Conway, facebook.com/ parkhillhome 2 “Alchemist’s Cabinet” 1,000-piece puzzle, $22. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, cynthiaeastfabrics.com 3 Faux fur gloves in Berry, $38. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, cynthiaeastfabrics.com 4 Todd & Charlie Co. “European Red Currant” candle, $24. Park Hill Home, Conway, facebook.com/ parkhillhome
5 Stylish tic-tac-toe set, $120. Kaufman By Design West, Little Rock, kaufmanlumber.com
6 Tabletop marshmallow-roasting set, $32.50. Rhea Drug, Little Rock, rheadrugstore.com 7 Waffle-weave blanket, $99. Pottery Barn, Little Rock and Rogers, potterybarn.com 8 Solo Stove “Yukon” smokeless, wood-burning fire pit, $450. Ken Rash’s Arkansas, Little Rock, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com 9 Polywood “Modern” Adirondack chair in Green, $389. Ken Rash’s Arkansas, Little Rock, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com
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Letters on the Table by Pattie Howse-Duncan, $16.50. Park Hill Home, Conway, facebook.com/parkhillhome Invitation to Intimacy: What the Marriage of Two Couples Therapists Reveals About Risk, Transformation, and the Astonishing Healing Power of Intimacy by Dr. Judy Tiesel-Jensen, $18.95. Et Alia Press, Little Rock, etaliapress.com Truths We Tell: Stories From The Yarn Stage curated by Hilary Trudell, $25.95. Et Alia Press, Little Rock, etaliapress.com December 2021 | athomearkansas.com 67
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Gifts For Her
1 “Gal” belted cape, $42. Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, Little Rock, rejuvenationclinic.com 2 18-inch nugget pearl necklace featuring cubic zirconia links and magnetic clasp. Created by Nancy McGraw of Just for Pearls, $120. Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, historicarkansas.org 3 One-of-a-kind custom rings, such as canary diamond in platinum, round diamond in platinum, and aquamarine in rose gold shown here. Contact store for pricing. Underwoods Fine Jewelers, Fayetteville, underwoods.com 3
4 Lisa Nik 18k yellow gold watermelon tourmaline cabochon earrings with diamonds, $2,940. Romance Diamond, Fayetteville, romancediamond.com 5 Lisa Nik 18k white gold London blue topaz drop necklace with diamonds, $2,625. Romance Diamond, Fayetteville, romancediamond.com 6 Capri Blue “Tinsel & Spice” candle, $38. Indigo, Little Rock, shopindigo.com
7 Armand de Brignac Champagne Brut, $329.99. The Ridge Wine & Spirits, Little Rock, (501) 225-8060 8 1.44-carat “Facets of Fire” diamond hoop earrings, $3,995. Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, and Conway, sissyslogcabin.com 9 Lagos Black Caviar diamond bracelet, $1,650. Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, and Conway, sissyslogcabin.com 10 Gift card to Fizz Facial Bar for a range of facial services or skin care products, available in any amount. Fizz Facial Bar, Conway and Jonesboro, fizzfacialbar.com
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Gifts For Him
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1 Bad Birdie “Parachute” golf shirt, $72. Heights Golf, Little Rock, heightsgolf.com 2 291 Barrel Proof Single Barrel Colorado Bourbon Whiskey, $109.99. The Ridge Wine & Spirits, Little Rock, (501) 225-8060 3 Tag Heuer Pacific Diver men’s watch, $695. Sissy’s Log Cabin, Conway, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Memphis, and Pine Bluff, sissyslogcabin.com 4 Bajio “Calda” sunglasses in Permit Green Glass, $249. Southern Reel Outfitters, Little Rock, southernreeloutfitters.com
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1 Tiny keepsake art hand-crafted from upcycled 19th century frames, $65 each. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com 2 & 3 “Ettore” beveled glass tray, $149, and “Croco” picture frame, $79. Kaufman By Design West, Little Rock, kaufmanlumber.com 4 12-ounce candle from 1889 Wax Lighting’s Clarisse collection, $50. mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, mertinsdykehome.com
Gifts for Kids
1 Mini Chef “Birdie” afternoon tea stand play set, $40.99. Kindness & Joy Toys, Fayetteville, kindnessandjoytoys.com 2 Knitted organic cotton dog plushie, $34.50. Presley Paige, Fayetteville, presleypaige.com 3 Sam and Uno: Sheep Guardians of Heifer Ranch by Pat Becker, $19.95. Available at Heifer Village and Urban Farm and online. Pat Becker Books, patbeckerbooks.com 3
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Gifts for the Kitchen & Bar
4 1 Wheel-thrown stoneware casserole dish with denim blue and soft gray lead-free glaze. Handmade by James Tinker of Pocahontas. Microwave and dishwasher safe, $80. Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, historicarkansas.org
2 Granite and river rock drink dispenser, available in various colors, $132. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com 3 Annie Glass “Holiday Tree” tray, $97. Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock, tiptonhurst.com 4 Wine Time: 70+ Recipes for Simple Bites That Pair Perfectly with Wine by Barbara-Scott Goodman. The Savory Pantry, Hot Springs, savorypantry.com 5 Terracotta bread warmer and basket, $58. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com
6 The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 18-year 2020 release, $361.99. The Ridge Wine & Spirits, Little Rock, (501) 225-8060
7 “Hestia” blue stackable glasses, $48. Bang-Up Betty, North Little Rock, bangupbetty.com
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Left to Right: MARY KATHRYN BRENGARD Account Manager BECCA MOORE Brand Manager STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON Editor STEPH SMITH Art Director ISABELLA JAMES Account Manager TAYLOR O’DELL Graphic Designer KELLY FRAISER Publisher LAURA LARUE Social Media Manager TIFFANY ADAMS Managing Editor
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