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Q&a

2018 Trends

with Shayla CopaS

what do you feel is the absolute hottest trend for 2018? Consumers are going to see a ton of pattern in 2018 and bold color. The bolder, the better! what did you see at market that you feel is a "must have" trend? Definitely, large-scale floral! Floral is on pillows, wallcovering, bedding and so forth. Not just floral, but BOLD and large-scale floral that POPS! homeowners are always curious about the trends that designers are adding to their own spaces. what trend will you be adding to your home in 2018? We are actually working on a 100-foot houseboat for my husband at the moment, and I will be adding a ton of color, texture, pattern and of COURSE floral! do you have a favorite color for 2018? Pantone's color of the year is Ultra Violet and I am LOVING it! I predict we will be seeing a lot of home products and fashion in purple hues.

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Contents JAN UARY/ FEB RUARY 2018

58 Home

Style

55 OFFICE ELEGANCE

25 FINDS

22 WELCOME 80 END NOTES

28 LATEST

On The Cover

Designer Stuart Thalheimer Davis creates an elegant home office in West Little Rock.

58 A FEW OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS

Enter with Ease Events, Openings & Launches

Goddard Design Group blends contemporary with traditional to suit a Fort Smith couple’s style.

31 DESIGN

66 MADE FOR A MODERN FAMILY

Designers’ Secrets

In Fayetteville, an unfinished structure becomes a dream family home.

74 SANCTUARY MADE CHIC

A recently renovated Little Rock home becomes a haven for a homeowner during an illness.

Ultra Violet Ways

A Fayetteville family’s great room. Design by Casey Sarkin Interior Design. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 64.

37 SPOTLIGHT

Life 43 GET TO KNOW

Meet Matt McLeod

47 GARDEN

The Strong, Simple Type

49 FLAVOR

Happy Chinese New Year

53 FASHION

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In Every Issue

Vol. 23, No. 1 © 2018 by Root Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. At Home in Arkansas™ (ISSN 1540-8914, USPS# 020-999) is published 11 times a year (January/February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December) by Root Publishing, Inc., 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202. Periodicals Postage Rates are Paid at Little Rock, AR and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to At Home in Arkansas™; 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR.


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PUBLISHER Kelly Fraiser (ext. 101) kelly@athomearkansas.com EDITOR Stephanie Maxwell Newton (ext. 102) stephanie@athomearkansas.com MANAGING EDITOR Tiffany Adams (ext. 104) tiffany@athomearkansas.com ART DIREcTOR Lauren Cerrato (ext. 103) lauren@athomearkansas.com SENIOR GRAPHIc DESIGNER Laura LaRue llarue@athomearkansas.com cONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Rett Peek cONTRIBUTING STyLIST Angela Alexander

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A NewYear, A New Look Arkansas’ largest selection of interior bar stools!

cozy up by the fire! Large Selection of Gas Logs on Display! Casual Furniture • Wicker • Barstools • Gas Logs • Grills • Accessories Pleasant Valley Plaza • 11220 N Rodney Parham, Suite 14 • 501.663.1818 • kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com • January/February 2018 | athomearkansas.com 21


W E L C O M E

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

refresh! I know some folks are skeptical of New Year’s resolutions (does anyone really stick with that newfound gusto for the gym yearround?) but I can’t help but get into them. There’s something about a fresh, new calendar that makes me feel like I can conquer any aspect of my life in need of a change. I hope you’re as enthusiastic about new-year resolve as I am, because we have a handful of updates to At Home in Arkansas this month that I’m excited to continue throughout the year. You’ll notice the Home section in this issue opens with a one-room feature of a stunning home office (page 55). This addition opens the door for one-room remodels, smaller projects, and new designers to be featured. Our popular back-page column, End Notes, is also getting a completely new look in 2018. While this issue’s story about the president of an Arkansas nonprofit (page 80) is focused on the community, we look forward to rotating that theme with one-page stories on food, design, and locals’ homes. In our March issue, we’ll bring back a new and refreshed Discover section. On top of recommending the best Arkansas shops, eateries, and attractions, we’ll be diving into the traditions and culture of the cities and towns we visit. While some change is exciting and necessary, there are certain constants that you can always count on: namely, that At Home will continue to be the best source for design inspiration and resources in the state. There’s no better issue to illustrate that than the Design Book, which features flawless homes in Fort Smith (page 58), Fayetteville (page 66), and Little Rock (page 74) this year. I hope one of them inspires whatever changes, big or small, you plan to make in 2018.

Stephanie Maxwell Newton, Editor stephanie@athomearkansas.com

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T H E L AT E S T I N

DÉCOR & DESIGN

GO GREEN

Pop a handful of evergreen clippings in a vase for easy winter greenery.

ENTER WITH EASE

Your entryway or mud room doesn’t have to be an afterthought. Organize your mail and necessities in baskets, small dishes, and easy-to-reach cubby holes; a pet bed tucked out of the way makes the perfect spot for your pooch. Turn the page for sources. January/February 2018 | athomearkansas.com 25


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McCarty Pottery “Tripod” candy dish (seen at left on top shelf) in Jade. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367, thefullmoonlittlerock.com

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Vegetable Perfection by Mat Follas, Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss, and Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living by Lisa Newsom. Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com

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Quiet Time Deluxe Ombré Swirl pet bed in taupe. Doggy Daddy, Little Rock, (501) 664-3649, doggydaddystore.com Hunter original tall gloss rain boots in Bright Pink. Warren’s, locations statewide

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Pillows. mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200 1 The Dots wooden hooks by Muuto. Core iD, Little Rock, (501) 944-2535, coreidhome.com

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2 Umbra Sticks wall-mounted coat rack. The Container Store, Little Rock, (501) 660-7828, containerstore.com 3 Decorative resin honeycomb bowls. Antique Brick & Block, Little Rock, (501) 375-0060, antiquebrickinc.com 4 Izola letter opener. Domestic Domestic, Little Rock, (501) 6611776, domesticdomestic.com

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5 Metal perpetual calendar on easel. Blue Goose Antiques, Furniture & Gifts, Fayetteville, (479) 443-2664, bluegoosenwa.com 6 Rectangular woven seagrass baskets. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com 7 Arteriors “Flynn” table lamp with marbled finish. Inside Effects, North Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, insideeffects.com 8 John-Richard “Imperial” gold metal ottoman. Obsessions Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 8689333, obsessionsinteriors.com

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9 Jonathan Adler “Canaan” bud vase. Christopher Allen Décor, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2055, christopherallendecor.net 10 Mifuko Kiondo baskets, various styles. WITH Home Supply, Fayetteville, (479) 304-8446, withhomesupply.com 11 Buffalo check boot-scrape coir mat. Weathered Goods, Fayetteville, (479) 445-6083, weatheredgoods.com

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ARRIVALS, arrivals, OPENINGS openings & LAUNCHES launches NEWS news FROM From AROUND around THE The NATURAL naTural STATE sTaTe

SHADES OF CHANGE

See the ad on page 39 for more information on the 2018 HBAGLR Home Show.

DISTINCTIVE KITCHENS & BATHS

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Jefferson County Master Gardeners 30th Annual Home & Garden Show February 9 & 10 The 2018 Jefferson County Master Gardeners’ annual show is a free, three-day event offering participants the opportunity to attend how-to sessions, visit exhibitor booths, and win prizes. Pine Bluff Convention Center, Pine Bluff, pinebluffcvb.org

PHOTO COURTESY OF HBAGLR

NEW YEAR, NEW LOCATION

starts the new year with a new showroom. Owner Bill Wrape says that although the move will be complete by 2018, he and his team will finish up displays throughout January. “These displays feature innovative ways to include lighting and accessories inside the cabinets to make them more storage efficient,” Wrape says. The new showroom is located in Capital Park’s Design District in front of Cajun’s Wharf. Distinctive Kitchens & Baths, 2218 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756

SAVE THE DATE: HOME & GARDEN SHOWS

GET INSPIRED

As the new owner of lamp and shade showroom THE SHADE ABOVE LIGHTING COLLECTION , Jeremy Carter is looking to bring fresh designs and products to the store. “We’ve expanded the shade inventory by about four times what it was,” he says. “A lot of the shades we design or alter ourselves so they are unique.” Carter is an Arkansas native who spent years in Missouri as the director of design and construction at a development company, but has been back in Little Rock for four years now. While he has always maintained design clients in Arkansas, even while out of state, Carter says he’s excited to have a “home base” in The Natural State again. The Shade Above, 2208 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 374-3555

GO EAST

Home décor store 30 EAST DESIGNS is now open in Hot Springs. Specializing in an “urban farmhouse” style, many of the shop’s offerings are made in-store. “We make our light fixtures, serving trays, butcher blocks, and more,” says owner Terri Tate. “And starting in January, we plan on expanding with more home décor, outdoor furniture, and gifts.” 30 East Designs, 1850 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs, (501) 762-8130

Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock Home Show February 17 & 18 The Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock Home Show is the largest home show in the state. At this event, visitors have the opportunity to see more than 300 vendors and interact with professionals at the show’s Ask the Builder, Ask the Designer, and, new this year, Ask the Real Estate Agent booths. Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, hbaglr.com Arkansas Flower and Garden Show March 2-4 The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is a must-visit for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. On Sunday, a children’s hands-on gardening workshop introduces youngsters to the hobby through 30-minute tutorials. Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Little Rock, argardenshow.org


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AS THE PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE'S COLOR OF THE YEAR FOR 2018, THIS SHADE OF PURPLE IS MAKING A SPLASH IN HOME DECOR P H O T O G R A P H Y: C O U R T E S Y O F V E N D O R S

Accessories Add instant style to a bookshelf with Bungalow 5’s mouth-blown glass “Bohemian” bookends in Amethyst. Bear Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors.com The “Charlotte” collection from Lulu DK for Matouk features alliums in a range of lavender hues. Also available in duvets, quilts, sheet sets, and accessory pillows. Bear Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors. com and Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com

Tile “20/20 Vision” from Crossville Tile’s Color By Numbers collection is a bright take on traditional subway tile. Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Holmes Tile and Marble, holmestile.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Law’s Abbey Flooring Center, lawsflooring.com; Peter’s Flooring and Paint, petersflooringandpaint.com; White River Flooring, whiteriverflooring.com Crossville’s Glass Blox tile in Grape Sparkle is a vivid purple that is available in a variety of sizes for bath and kitchen backsplashes. Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock. com; C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Holmes Tile and Marble, holmestile. com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Law’s Abbey Flooring Center, lawsflooring.com; Peter’s Flooring and Paint, petersflooringandpaint.com; White River Flooring, whiteriverflooring.com

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Sherwin-Williams “Exclusive Plum”

Sherwin-Williams “Kimono Violet”

Benjamin Moore “Mystical Grape”

Valspar “Sassy Lilac”

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1 Assorted collection of Osborne & Little decorative trimmings. Available to the trade. 2 “Stackhouse” fabric in Purple from the Aria collection by Anna French. Available to the trade. 3 “Loana” fabric by Lorca for Osborne & Little. Available to the trade.

The Surya “Antique” hand-knotted rug is an elegant way to introduce the hue underfoot. Available in a variety of sizes. Ashley HomeStore, ashleyfurniturehomestore.com; Bassett Furniture, bassettfurniture.com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com 32 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2018


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April 13 - May 13, 2018 SYMPHONY DESIGNER HOUSE 2018 A Masterpiece in the Making: Designing for Music Education Hosted by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild, the 24th Symphony Designer House is located in beautiful Valley Falls Estates. It will showcase one of Little Rock's finest homes and the work of many of Arkansas’ most talented interior designers. Proceeds benefit the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and music education programs throughout Arkansas.

MARk YOUR CALENDAR Bare Bones Party February 15 Crescendo Opening Night Preview Party April 12 Girls' Night Out April 19 Tres De Mayo Party May 3 Closed Mondays. Go to www.arsymphonyguild.org for more information.

FEAtURING tHE wORk OF Alisa Johnson, Embellish

John Gibson & Heather Owens, Urban Pad

Aric Phippin, Phinality Design

Joshua Plumlee, Ransom Interiors

Bao Nguyen, Stoneworld Designs

Larry West, L. West Jr Designs

Brittany Nixon Brun, Brittany Nixon Creative

Lawrie Rash, Ken Rash’s Outdoor Furniture

Chris Goddard & Melissa Banks Cherry, Goddard Design Group

Linda Tedder, Nell Spears & Eric Doud, Phoenix Interiors

Christina Gore, Christina Gore Design Studio

Lindsey Binz, Lindsey Binz Home

David Fraiser, Closet Factory

Ray Imbro, Party Time Rentals & Events

James Spangler, Jones Brothers Pool Tables

Sandy Sutton & Kim Edmonds, Sandy Sutton Interiors

Janie Calhoun, J Calhoun Interiors

Sean Shrum, Sean Shrum Design

Jayson Cain, Jayson Cain Interiors

Sha Davari, Art of Design

Jeremy McKinley, Audio Dimensions

Terry Williams, Terry Williams Interiors Tom Chandler, Chandler & Associates Valerie Erkman, Core ID

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GO BIG

“When it comes to rugs, I say the bigger, the better! Nothing shrinks a room faster than a tiny ‘postage stamp’ at the seating area. The best rule of thumb is to keep 12 inches of wood showing around the perimeter.” —Julie Nichols, Statements Interior Design

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At the beginning of a design project the world is your oyster … you can do anything you want. But with that first big decision you have narrowed the field for all future options. Each new decision continues to limit those options even more and the course is set. Don’t get distracted by what your friends are doing or what you’ve just seen online. Stay the course.“ —Talena Ray & Mona Thompson, Providence Design

START NEUTRAL “In most of my designs, I like to start with a neutral base and from there incorporate layers of color and texture. Neutral palettes do not mean boring! Invest in neutral larger pieces like a sofa and rugs, then add color and unexpected surprises through textiles, accessories, artwork, and accent chairs.” —Katie Henry, Katie Grace Designs January/February 2018 | athomearkansas.com 37


S P O T L I G H T

Test Your Color “When selecting a paint color, don’t rely on the small swatch or a color card. You might be unpleasantly surprised! Purchase a sample can and paint a three-foot section of your wall. This provides an opportunity to see a larger amount of the color in a variety of lighting situations—daylight, dusk, nighttime with artificial light, etc. Choose the paint color that looks the best at the time of day you are home the most. We prefer to paint the trim the same color as the wall, creating a background that does not compete with your art and furnishings.” —Linda Tedder, Phoenix Interiors

The material used in a home should always welcome you into the space. For example, in flooring, running the hardwood grain with you as you walk in the door, instead of against you, will always create a more open and inviting vibe.” —Alexis Dietrich, Kaufman by Design West

CREATE ORDER “If you have the luxury of a designated mud room or laundry room space in your home, this room is the key to keeping your entire house organized. I call it the ‘work room,’ because it is the hub and the command center of your family’s life. If you are building or remodeling, dedicate time to thinking through every square inch of this space and consider its functions or features. These might include daily gear storage, a mail drop, a coat closet, file storage, a craft station, a wrapping station, a place for cleaning supplies, a pet area, and plenty of counter space.” —Jill Lawrence, J. Lawrence Design

OPEN UP

“I have five go-to tricks I use to make rooms feel larger. For starters, cover the walls with a light paint color and use a monochromatic color scheme throughout the room. Hang mirrors that are substantial in size. And finally, opt for unskirted chairs and sofas and use open tables with glass tops.” —Sha Davari, Art of Design

Accessorize with Color “I like to make a new color statement and refresh a living space by switching pillows and maybe popping in coordinating colored accessories. A great neutral space acts like jeans—and jeans go with anything. So pop that emerald green or navy into your space and sit back and feel the fresh new change!” —Lee Anne Henry, Whiteline Designs

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ADD TEXTURE “When it comes to fabric selection, I use a mixture of large and small pattern and add textiles with texture to the design for depth. Mixing pattern and texture is currently on trend! Bold colors are also trending and homeowners are becoming more adventurous than ever, especially with the help of a designer with a trained eye.” —Shayla Copas, Shayla Copas Interiors

Make It Last

“One trick that I find helpful, particularly with young families, is using crypton fabrics in high-traffic areas of the home. They resist stains, spills, and odors and are available in numerous options ranging from crisp linens to velvets. After incidents with smashed strawberries and magic markers, I decided performance fabrics are life (and money) savers!” —Leigh Montgomery, Blu D’or Interiors

AMP UP YOUR LAMPS “I think one important tip with lighting is being able to use your lamps for ambient lighting. The best tip for this is to put dimmer sockets on the lamps in your home. It’s a quick, inexpensive process that I love to use, and we do it for customers all the time in our store.” — Jeremy Carter, The Shade Above Lighting Collection

Don’t Depend on Trends “I believe that every room in your home tells a story. A lot of pattern isn’t for everyone, so we feel layering textures and hues within the same color family allows our design to connect one space to another. Never fall into a current ‘trend’ too heavily. Beware of over-indulgence in certain trends that can lead to a very dated look in only a few short years.” —Debi Davis, Debi Davis Interior Design

Elevate Your Space with Art “Want to elevate your interiors? Art makes a room come to life. Think outside the box; original art doesn’t have to be expensive. Student art shows are a great place to pick up amazing art at an affordable price. Can't afford an oil painting? No problem. Consider a collection of beautiful drawings. Don’t forget to shop tag and estate sales for unusual pottery, metal art, and textiles. Decorating should be fun and an adventure. Keep your eyes open and buy what you love.” —Kevin Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors

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Life

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

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

COLOR THEORY

Little Rock-based artist Matt McLeod uses his colorful palette as a springboard for creativity, making pieces for individuals’ homes as well as murals for the entire city to enjoy. Turn the page to read the full story.

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A SERIES OF LIFE EXPERIENCES COUPLED WITH A PASSION FOR PAINTING LED TO THIS LITTLE ROCK ARTIST’S SECOND—AND HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL—CAREER I N T E R V I E W : T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K

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YOU HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN A FULL-TIME ARTIST. HOW DID YOU START YOUR CAREER? I spent 15 years in advertising, and I think it was that experience that really prepared me to be an artist-entrepreneur. I graduated from Central High in 1983 and at that time I didn’t know anyone who was making a living as an artist. I didn’t see it as a practical occupation. I got a degree from the communications college at Southern Methodist University, and I immediately went to work for a big advertising firm in Dallas doing media planning. Later, I landed a position with a firm that led me back to Little Rock.

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for Art Movement, McLeod’s exhibition with Ballet Arkansas, to be held March 23. Learn more and read the rest of our conversation with the artist online at athomearkansas.com.

DID YOU HAVE A MOMENT WHEN YOU KNEW YOU SHOULD MAKE A CHANGE? When I moved back to Little Rock, I decided to pick up a hobby. I had always loved art from the time I was a little boy—I was the one you could find drawing and doing watercolors inside on rainy days—so I decided to take some classes at the Arkansas Arts Center. Over time, I began to realize I was really in love with my hobby but not my career. Shortly after 9/11, I had a client who asked me, “You know, are you really doing what you love to do?” I told him I really loved painting, and he said, “You oughta take a shot at it.” I was kind of floored, and honestly embarrassed, because I was there to gain his trust as an account executive. But, before that meeting I had been going through a lot of self-examination, and, it sounds trite, but I thought it was a sign from God. Several months later, I was part of a downsizing at my company, and I decided to just go for it. I don’t want the world to go by without me participating so I’m willing to push myself out of my comfort zone.

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MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE STATE HAVE BECOME FAMILIAR WITH YOUR WORK THANKS TO TWO LARGE MURALS ALONG LITTLE ROCK’S MAIN STREET—ONE OF WHICH DEPICTS A KOI POND (SEEN PARTIALLY ON THE FACING PAGE). HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON KOI AS A SUBJECT MATTER FOR THAT FIRST MURAL? In short, we got a grant to do the project. I had originally started with some patriotic themes, and the city knew the area was going to be the Creative Corridor, so I put together some proposals around that, but nothing really grabbed the people on the board. I ended up taking images of some of my paintings and digitally imposing sections of them on the side of the building. I presented about seven options, and one of the committee members said, “I really like the koi.” Several others agreed. The mayor asked, “Why koi?” and I said, “Because it’s art.” What I meant by that is that it’s so different and unexpected and had no commercial agenda or historic subtitle; it’s simply art to enjoy. The second mural, “Arkansas Harvest,” was commissioned by the Arkansas Rice Federation to introduce those in the urban Main Street setting to one of the state’s largest industries. SPEAKING OF MAIN STREET, YOUR GALLERY HAS BECOME A DOWNTOWN DESTINATION SINCE OPENING TWO YEARS AGO. ASIDE FROM YOUR OWN PIECES, DO YOU SHOW THE WORK OF OTHER ARTISTS HERE? Yes, I currently represent a total of 32 artists, and that number is growing all the time. I very much handpicked all of the artists; I’m very thoughtful and intentional about who I’m showing. I started with Arkansas artists who I knew and respected, and then broadened into a regional and later national scope. I’m also not afraid to look at up-andcoming artists who are serious about their work.

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A low planting of succulents can make a simple yet eye-catching centerpiece for your winter table.

LOW ON MAINTENANCE YET HIGH ON STYLE, SUCCULENT PLANTINGS ARE AN EASY WAY TO BRING A BIT OF NATURE INDOORS P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K

During the often-dreary days of winter, the smallest pops of green can remind us of the seasons of growth that lay ahead. Succulents, a group of plants characterized by their thick water-storing leaves and minimal requirements for care, prove to be a perfect planting for this time of year. Floral designer Alex Hudson of Tanarah Luxe Floral created this combination by mixing varied styles, shapes, and sizes. “If you have smallheaded plants that are very textural then you will want to add in some smooth-textured plants to provide balance and give the eye a rest,” he says of the process. When it comes to care, allow succulents to dry out between waterings, and place them in an area where they will receive an abundance of sunlight. If you are concerned your planting won’t get enough sun, Hudson also notes that a number of beautifully crafted faux succulents are now available to help you achieve the look with no care required. The planting shown here features three types of succulents, including: Sedum, which typically has five water-storing petals; Jade (sometimes called friendship tree or money tree), a common houseplant that requires little water; and Echeveria, which looks the most like a floral blossom or rosette. Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400, tanarahluxefloral.com

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LITTLE ROCK CHEF LISA ZHANG WALKS US THROUGH THE FLAVORS AND TRADITIONS OF THE HOLIDAY

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ISA ZHANG KNOWS A THING OR TWO

about traditional Chinese cuisine. As the chef and owner of Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co. she’s been serving Chinese food to downtown Little Rock patrons since 2014, but she got her start making the restaurant’s signature dumplings when she was just a little girl.

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When we approached her about walking us through a traditional Chinese New Year celebration— observed this year on February 16—she was more than happy to talk cooking methods and Chinese culture, starting with the symbolism of the menu. “In Chinese cooking, we pretty much use every part of an ingredient,” Zhang says. “Animals are cooked whole to symbolize that you’ll have good fortune from the beginning to the end of the year.” The symbols in a Chinese New Year feast continue: Zhang explains that

in Chinese eating philosophy, aroma, taste, and color are equally important. “When people judge a dish in China, they judge the appearance first. It must look good,” she says. Colorful ingredients, especially vibrant greens and spicy reds, help an already flavorful dish stand out when plated. While tradition is important, Zhang assures us it’s OK to bend the rules if necessary. For example, we set this meal at a square table instead of the customary round setting. And while a normal Chinese feast has eight to 12 courses—eight represents luck and 12


GET THE RECIPE

CHICKEN SOUP WITH DRIED DATES & GOJI BERRIES Once you try Zhang’s chicken broth, you might never go back to Campbell’s. Dried dates and goji berries give a “light flavor and warmth to the soup,” she says, adding that, like other chicken soups, this one is particularly nurturing for those under the weather.

| SHOP | 1 free-range chicken (head and feet on) 1 bundle of whole green onions 1 one-inch block of ginger 8 dried dates 1 tablespoon of goji berries 1 tablespoon of salt BLUE PLATE SPECIAL

Braised pork belly and steamed fish are served on blue and white china in a traditional Chinese pattern. These were made in the Chinese province of Jiangxi, Zhang explains, and were a close friend’s family heirloom.

| PREPARE | Submerge whole chicken in cold water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, skimming off the impurities. Turn heat down to a simmer. Add the block of ginger and the bundle of whole green onions to the pot. (Pro tip: Wrap the onion into a sphere shape so as to prevent it from breaking into pieces while cooking). Simmer for one hour, then add dried dates and goji berries to the pot. Simmer for another hour. (Simmer for at least two hours total, but longer if possible for more abundant flavor.) Season broth with 1 tablespoon of salt, adding more if desired. Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co., Little Rock, (501) 372-1739, eat3fold.com

symbolizes completion, as in the full circle of the Chinese zodiac—fewer are certainly acceptable. Food is served family style starting with a cold dish and followed by soup and protein dishes, and finally ending with some lighter fare. For this meal, Zhang serves a cold cucumber salad, chicken broth, steamed whole fish, braised pork belly, and bok choy with straw mushrooms. True to her word, Zhang cooks both the chicken and fish whole, noting that not only is this method symbolic, but the results also pack more flavor. “Of course, it’s not convenient to pick off the meat, but the slow and meticulous process is a part of the enjoyment of eating,” she reminds us.

For more about Lisa Zhang’s Chinese New Year cuisine, including details about each of the dishes mentioned here, visit athomearkansas.com.

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Home PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

THE DESIGN ISSUE

OFFICE SPACE

An elegant home office decked in creamy whites with hints of gold and blue serves as a serene workplace for homeowner Amanda Patterson. Turn the page to read the full story.

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S T O R Y: 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 Y: R E T T P E E K

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A CHIC YET EFFICIENT WORKSPACE GIVES EQUAL WEIGHT TO THE HOMEOWNER’S STYLE AND PASSION

Designer Stuart Thalheimer Davis

hen Stuart Thalheimer Davis started working on this home office for client Amanda Patterson, she says that the space was, for the most part, a blank slate. “She had a temporary desk, a chair that needed recovering, a ton of empty bookshelves, and a timeline,” Davis says, noting that they completed the room in less than a month. “Luckily, Amanda had a clear idea of what she wanted in the space. She wanted a color palette of creams and neutrals with gold accents, and wanted to keep the look ‘dressy French country.’” Davis started with a collection of antique books and Patterson’s unifying color palette, finding several other opportunities to repeat motifs throughout the room. For example, the waffle-weave textured fabric on the re-covered chair plays off the design of the ceiling, while its pillow complements the light fixture above it. Patterson is the owner of the Miss High School America Pageant, and she wanted elements of her work reflected in the office design as well. To achieve that, Davis framed photographs of past winners for the walls and shelves, displayed Patterson’s recent awards, and incorporated a piece of art depicting the pageant’s logo painted by a family friend. “I wanted [the design] to fit with the house and be pretty, but also something that incorporated the girls’ photos and what the pageants are about,” Patterson says.

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A FEW OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS DESIGNER CHRIS GODDARD UPDATES A FORT SMITH HOME FOR A COUPLE WHO LOVE BOTH ANTIQUES AND CONTEMPORARY ART S T O R Y: T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K

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AS THE SAYING GOES, “OPPOSITES ATTRACT.” When interior designer Chris Goddard teamed up with this Fort Smith couple, he was tasked with the challenge of marrying modern with traditional. “The husband is an avid supporter of public arts and a collector of contemporary art, whereas the wife is a lover of horses, gardening, and antiques,” Goddard says. Having worked with the pair on three prior residences, Goddard was eager to remodel this home to make it suit both him and her. To do so, he employed a number of design tactics—including a unifying palette, eye-catching wallcoverings, and statementmaking accessories. “Overall, my goal—with an eight-month deadline—was to create a space that looks curated and collected over time,” Goddard says.

JEWEL OF A SPACE

“The library was previously a bedroom but I thought it had wonderful windows and great light so it was converted into a getaway,” Goddard says. Cerused oak paneling with a custom lime wash covers the walls and ceiling, while jewel-tone upholstered pieces give the space what Goddard refers to as a “cozy English gentleman’s lounge vibe.” The artwork seen over the sofa is an original piece that was painted on aluminum by London-based artist Chloe Early.

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OPENING STATEMENT

In the entry, a round table accessorized with a modern bronze horse sculpture hints at the mix of classic and contemporary seen throughout the house. Goddard and his clients took several buying trips together to find antiques, custom furnishings, and original artwork for the home. One of their first purchases was the large pair of antique Black Forest carvings, which hang over a set of custom-designed benches. Goddard notes that a “subtle, equestrian, hunt-country theme” flows throughout the home. This is perhaps most evident in the dining room, which features a custom Gracie wallpaper depicting the owner and her horse as part of the outdoor scene. The designer also incorporated a large tree, seen to the left of the fireplace, into the paper’s design to provide balance with the window on the opposite side. Hoof-footed chairs, layered plaids, and antique silver further the look.

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CHARACTER DE CUISINE

In the kitchen and breakfast room, Goddard used timeless materials to evoke a classic look. For example, antique European marble in a black-and-white checkered pattern covers the floors while soapstone was selected for the countertops. Elements of nature appear in the wallcovering, which features what Goddard refers to as a “subtle oak leaf pattern,� as well as on the draperies and upholstered host chairs. As in the dining room, an iron light fixture drops the formality of the space a notch, giving it a regal yet approachable feel.

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THE SPLIT-LEVEL FAMILY ROOM IS THE MOST ECLECTIC OF ALL THE ROOMS.” —Chris Goddard

BLURRED LINES

The juxtaposition of a French chest with a contemporary piece of art is meant to represent the design tastes of both the husband and the wife. The painting is an original work from the Miaz Brothers, who, Goddard notes, “are Italian siblings who spray paint their canvases to evoke the spirit of the Old Masters in a modern way.”

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RAISING THE BAR

“The split-level family room is the most eclectic of all the rooms,” Goddard says. The upper level features a built-in bar that is covered in antique glaze to highlight its definition and add character. A colorful tweed wallcovering lines the back of the shelves for added texture. The lower level of the room is home to a sitting area that can accommodate a small crowd. Again, antiques—including the coffee table, which was repurposed from a mid-19th century artist’s paint station—are mixed with contemporary furnishings for a refined yet comfortable appeal. Goddard also designed seasonal slipcovers for the furniture, allowing the homeowners to change out the look as the air chills or the grass greens.

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SERENE SUITE

“I wanted the master suite, which also includes a separate sitting area, to be the lightest and most airy of the all the spaces,” Goddard says. A faint blue string-cloth wallcovering introduces a hint of texture, while a silk Stark rug grounds the space. The designer also notes that a custom tufted bed in a herringbone fabric and a pair of onyx slab lamps give the room “an organic feel.” In the master bath, a Jacuzzi bathtub was swapped for a mercury-washed standalone version, while the chandelier was a find that previously hung in the foyer and was updated with chalk paint prior to being installed here. The wallpaper features a nature-inspired scene, a theme that is evident in many of the wallcoverings throughout the home. Its acorn print complements the trim on the Roman shades.

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CASEY SARKIN TRANSFORMS AN UNFINISHED FAYETTEVILLE HOUSE INTO A STUNNING, SENSIBLE FAMILY HOME S T O R Y: 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 Y: R E T T P E E K

You could call this house a fixer-upper, but not in the traditional sense. Initially started by another individual, the home cycled through three builders before the property owner decided to abandon the project. The aftermath, a 13,000-square-foot partially constructed home, was then available for anyone who was up to the challenge. When interior designer Casey Sarkin came across it, she knew it was perfect for her new clients—a family of nine, who have an abundance of friends and enjoy hosting gettogethers. However, as you might imagine, a lot of work was needed to make it livable. “It had some stud walls, some sheetrock walls, and some cabinets, but no flooring,” Sarkin recalls. “Some of the electrical was here but it wasn’t finished. It was very much a hodgepodge of styles and in stages of completion.” The challenge of this home, in addition to its unfinished state, was how to create an elevated interior that matched its scale yet was comfortable enough for the family’s everyday routine. In the end, Sarkin was able to strike that balance: “It’s one of those houses where everything is in its place, where every room is in use,” she says.

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NOD TO NEUTRALS

The downstairs living spaces have an open floor plan. To keep the large areas from becoming chaotic, Sarkin employed a neutral backdrop of cream and tan hues, which also adds an inviting warmth. “This was a super dressy house when we got it,” Sarkin says. “I gave them my vision of what I thought about the house, about adding white oak to bring it down a bit.” The oak treatment seen here on the fireplace surround and floors, reappears throughout the house on walls, trim, and staircases, providing a subtle commonality from room to room.

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GRAND ENTRANCE

Another motif Sarkin carried throughout the design was a contrast of light and dark, which begins in the entryway where dark tile flooring and custom iron doors are set against a creamy shiplap wall. Shiplap continues from the foyer into the dining room, where the designer had a wall removed to open up the space between the kitchen, dining room, great room, and family room.

IN THE SWING OF THINGS

Back-to-back sofas break the great room into two sitting areas, one of which is complete with a swing suspended from the 20-foot ceiling. “We had several college boys on this just the other day—don’t worry, it’s not going to fall,” Sarkin says. This unexpected element reinforces the quirky, casual style Sarkin and the homeowners desired in the design.

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KITCHEN COMFORT

“This kitchen was the starting point for the whole house,” Sarkin says. The homeowners are constantly cooking—after all, they have seven kids and plenty of family and friends coming and going all the time. “We wanted it to be very functional, but at the same time, to have this English country sensibility mixed with almost an industrial feel,” she says. The handpainted tile, custom hood, and patina on the hardware are high-style details that stand out, while white oak-paneled walls keep the design warm and consistent with the neighboring rooms.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Behind the kitchen is a multi-purpose utility room that functions for the entire household, including the family pup. In addition to laundry facilities and a place to sort and fold, this room houses kids’ lockers, tools for cutting and arranging flowers, and a waistlevel dog bath for the homeowners’ beloved Goldendoodle.

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SLEEP ON IT

The sculptural frame and stark black of the “Ferret” bed by Noir make a statement amidst the master bedroom’s lighter shades, while lush bedding keeps the room cozy. “I wanted everything in here to have a tactile feel to it, a little bit of texture,” Sarkin says. For example, open-weave silk drapes add another layer to windows shaded with grasscloth blinds.

MEANT TO BE

In the home’s initial iteration, the space that is now the master bathroom had been planned as the dining room—despite being on the opposite end of the house from the kitchen. In order to keep the master suite downstairs and the dining and living spaces closer to the kitchen, Sarkin reclaimed it as the master bath and created a floating vanity with a double-sided suspended mirror for the center of the spacious retreat.

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FAMILY FAVORITE

The centerpiece of this room, a blue-toned painting of a horse, is a treasured piece of art the family had in their previous home. The painting is all the more sentimental now that the homeowner and her daughter have started riding together. Sarkin built this room around the blue of the painting, starting with a bold Loloi rug and then adding a pair of blue armchairs, a leather Chesterfield sofa, and an oversized ottoman that doubles as a coffee table. The feel is sophisticated yet comfortable. “This is where they watch TV every day and hang out,” Sarkin explains. Collected pieces from the family’s trips and homes around the world personalize the room.

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SANCTUARY MADE CHIC DESIGNER MOLLY YOUNG CREATES A RETREAT FOR A BUSY COUPLE—ONE OF WHOM RECENTLY RECOVERED FROM AN EXTENDED ILLNESS— AND THEIR TWO YOUNG CHILDREN

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DESIGN CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN QUALITY OF LIFE,” says Molly Young of Molly Ray Young Interior Design. When she first met this couple, while working for central Arkansas’s Cobblestone & Vine, they were looking to improve their quality of life in a recently purchased Little Rock home. While historically charming, the house was in need of a renovation and the designer and owners set out to update it. Prior to the completion of the project, one of the homeowners became ill and spent months recovering in the house. During this time she and the rest of the family leaned into the comforts of home, finding peace within its walls. “After my recent illness, I am even more grateful to Molly for creating a spa-like serene space that is nurturing,” the homeowner notes. After this recovery period, Young began to work on additional spaces in the home, and the owners were eager to use every inch of the 1920s abode for enjoyment. “We have found ourselves throwing more parties and hosting more events; sharing this beautiful home with our friends and family and watching our kids grow up here are priceless experiences,” the homeowner says. “When a client asks me to help them with their house, they are inviting me to be a part of their lives,” Young says. “The process is about far more than selecting pretty things; it is about creating a home that allows them to live better and more fully enjoy their lives. It’s a reflection of not only how they live but also who they are.” S T O R Y: T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K January/February 2018 | athomearkansas.com 75


LIVING LARGE & SMALL

“The living room needed to be able to host a large group, feel intimate for entertaining on a smaller scale, and still be cozy when it is just their family of four,” Young says. To accomplish this she created three main seating areas that are interconnected. “With a space this generous, the temptation could have been to fill it up with furniture, but the goal was to keep things feeling pretty light and airy so breathing room was key,” Young says. Easy-to-move pieces, including three ottomans, two marbletop cocktail tables, and a slipper chair, allow for easy reconfiguration based on the group gathered. Comfortable, inviting fabrics also play a role in the room’s warm, welcoming feel. The homeowner fell in love with a sofa covered in silk velvet that she had seen, so this became the starting point for the fabrics. “Everything feels good and has texture.” Young says. “You want to reach out and touch it.” The abstract work that hangs above the sofa is by Pocahontas artist Cathy Burge.

A PLACE TO RELAX

The sunroom is the home’s central hangout: a place to read, relax, or catch up on notes from the office. An oversize Oushak ottoman is a multipurpose piece that offers space to put up your feet or a surface for playing games, and it can also provide an extra seating space when friends and family visit. The lively orange and blue hues echo the palette of the other gathering rooms, creating a cohesive thread.

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PRACTICALLY STYLISH

High style meets everyday life in the dining room. The couple wasn’t afraid to invest in quality pieces; however, they didn’t want to fret over the possibility of stains on fabrics. A table from Suzanne Kasler’s Hickory Chair collection pairs with coordinating chairs (also from the collaboration) covered in a cream-colored vinyl by Kravet. “When I described [the fabric] to them over the phone, the husband jokingly said it sounds like it belongs in a booth at a fast food chain. Upon seeing it, they loved it. What they really loved is you can wipe it with a sponge,” Young says. “Not everything needs to be new in a room, or it can start to look like a showroom or store,” Young notes. Speaking to this, she wanted an antique sideboard to complement the new dining suite. “We found one; unfortunately it was at an astronomical price. So, we took an antique piece with a not-so-lovely finish and had Southern Cottage paint it. The result was better than if we had invested in the first one—and at a fraction of the cost.”

HARDWORKING HUB

“The hardest working room in the whole house is the kitchen,” Young says. The family uses every square inch, which has been refreshed with a new coat of paint and barstools (upholstered in the same cream-colored vinyl as the dining and breakfast chairs). “The husband, in particular, is a gourmet,” Young says. Making the majority of the family’s meals from scratch, he’s even been known to strain an entire watermelon for punch on the Fourth of July, and visits a local supplier to purchase fresh fish, rather than opting for grocery selections.

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SUNNY DISPOSITION

While the homeowners were primarily drawn to neutrals, the wife reiterated her love of orange several times throughout the design process. Mary McDonald’s “Chinois Palais” wallpaper for Schumacher seemed to Young a natural way to incorporate this, while also making a nod to the family’s Chinese heritage. “It’s like a fresh burst of sunshine; it literally glows when the sun hits it, and you cannot feel anything but happy when you sit in the room,” Young says. A piece of abstract art by Little Rock artist David Bell ties the design to the elements seen in the home’s other living spaces.

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PRIVATE NOOK

One of the homeowners works in the medical field, and a work that features a heartbeat line by The Showroom’s owner Sandy Hubler speaks to this passion. A pair of comfortable chairs is a favorite place for the couple to unwind and reflect once the children are in bed.

SUITE RETREAT

In the master bedroom, a bulky bed was exchanged for a light gray cane option. Young notes that this, coupled with the open nightstands, “give the space some breathing room.”

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N O T E S BIG IDEAS

SAY TO SERVICE

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LIFE IS BUSY FOR SABRINA LEWELLEN. As the 2017-2018 president of the Junior League of Little Rock (JLLR) she presides over one of the largest women’s organizations in the state. On top of that, she is the deputy director and assistant secretary of the Arkansas State Senate and is a member of several legislative societies and a local community advisory committee. It’s in her position in the JLLR, which celebrates its centennial in 2022, that she is encouraging more women to become leaders in their communities. While the nonprofit’s mission is constant from year to year—to decrease childhood obesity, improve student literacy, and provide leadership training for Little Rock women—its president gets to set a theme for her tenure. Lewellen’s theme is “Women Saying Yes.” That means taking on roles within and outside of the organization that will facilitate change, particularly in the realms of children’s health and school preparedness. “In my experience, when a woman decides to devote herself to something important to her, she has decided to give her best, her passion, and her heartbeat,” Lewellen says. “This year, I wanted our membership to focus on and remember the powerful things that can happen when a woman commits to give her best ‘yes’—especially since we are beginning to plan for our centennial.” Find out more about the Junior League of Little Rock at jllr.org.


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