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Contents MARCH 2018

42 Home

Style

39 HIGH-RISE & SHINE

9 FINDS

65 TRENDSETTERS

12 LATEST

In Every Issue

14 DESIGN

6 WELCOME 72 END NOTES

Life

On The Cover

A Little Rock couple enjoys all the amenities of downtown living, including an outdoor terrace with a view.

42 CALIFORNIA LOVE

Home and garden guru Chris H. Olsen transforms a derelict North Little Rock property into his dream house.

52 ESCAPE ARTISTS

Hit the Road Events, Openings & Launches Find Your Style

Designer Kevin Walsh works with The Nature Company to make his outdoor space an extension of his home.

22 GET TO KNOW

58 A NATURAL ADDITION

Spotlight on the Spa City

Brooks Pool Company and Landscape Associates join forces to create a backyard paradise for a young Little Rock family.

Meet Justin Warren

25 DISCOVER 31 FLAVOR

Spring Sippers

34 FASHION Go Bold

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Special Section Landscape & Pool Professionals

An outdoor breakfast scene designed by Kevin Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 52.

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W E L C O M E

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

in bloom

Every March, usually right before what will become one of the biggest storms of the month, the cherry blossom trees behind my parents’ house bloom. It’s breathtaking to catch them in the first few days of life—where before, the branches had been bare for months, they’re suddenly covered in the palest pink little petals. They only hang on to the limbs for about a week or two before falling lightly like tissue-thin confetti, dotting the brick patio. My love of these trees during such a fraction of the year reminds me of the cliché suggestion to stop and smell the roses. After all, our gardens and outdoor spaces are for stealing those moments where we can enjoy the sunshine, the blooms, the little things that make us happy. You better catch them while you can. It was so nice to see how other Arkansans use their outdoor spaces to enjoy the little things, whether that meant taking coffee on the terrace (page 39), catnaps in the backyard (page 52), or a splash in the new family pool (page 58). I especially liked seeing the dramatic transformation of one North Little Rock property from disrepair to garden-party ready (page 42). Outdoor retreats should be an extension of your home, the place you already feel most welcome and comfortable. They don’t have to require extensive upkeep or maintenance— just a spot where you can sit and enjoy the cherry blossoms.

Stephanie Maxwell Newton, Editor stephanie@athomearkansas.com

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Style

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T H E L AT E S T I N

DÉCOR & DESIGN

JET-SETTER STYLE

Hit the Road Get out of town in style with these picks for your next adventure. Turn the page for sources.

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“On to the Next Adventure” journal by Motto. WordsWorth Books & Co., Little Rock, (501) 663-9198

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The Luxury Collection Room With a View and Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, west Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com

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Sunglasses. Fringe Clothing, Little Rock, (501) 376-7000, shopfringeclothing.com 1 Rifle Paper Co. “Bon Voyage” tear-off notepad. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929 2 “Tyler” tote by Jon Hart Design. Darling’s Fine Things, Newport, (870) 523-5887, darlingsfinethings.com 3 Framed blue global print. Blue Goose, Fayetteville, (479) 443-2664, bluegoosenwa.com 4 “Born to Roam” pouch and Sseko leather jewelry roll. Remedy Road, Bentonville, (479) 713-0078, shopremedyroad.com

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5 Initial luggage tag. Maude Boutique, Fayetteville, (479) 9354700, Rogers, (479) 372-4449, shopmaude.com

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6 Map Maker passport holder and luggage tag by Nikki Cade. Anthropologie, Little Rock, (501) 821-5228, anthropologie.com 7 Wildsam city guides. WITH Home Supply, Fayetteville, (479) 3048446, withhomesupply.com 8 Capri Blue “Aloha Orchid” travel candle. Obsessions Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 868-9333, obsessionsinteriors.com 9 Jerome Dreyfuss Pompom. Beige, Little Rock, (501) 904-2994, beigelr.com

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10 “Eyes” Jet Set Travel Kit with mask and earplugs by Jonathan Adler. Christopher Allen Décor, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2055 11 Patricia Nash Signature Map Pienza 22-inch Trolley suitcase. Dillard’s, locations statewide, dillards.com

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ARRIVALS, OPENINGS & LAUNCHES NEWS FROM AROUND THE NATURAL STATE

GET YOUR GARDEN ON

Make plans to attend a gardening workshop with Mark Cain of Dripping Springs Garden at CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART on March 3. Cain will discuss organic gardening, landscaping, and cut-flower gardening in the Bellows and Cassatt rooms in the lower level of the museum from 10-11:30 a.m. The program is part of the museum’s ongoing Discover the Grounds series, which is free—just be sure to register online. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, (479) 657-2335, crystalbridges.org

BIGGER IS BETTER

Little Rock designer Sha Davari recently moved her store, ART OF DESIGN , in Capital Park’s Design District (in front of Cajun’s Wharf) into a larger, air-conditioned showroom within the same complex. “I wanted more space, and now I can carry a lot more of everything,” Davari says of the update. “I’m so excited that I can display my things in vignettes. I finally have room to display merchandise in a way that helps people say, ‘Oh, this and this could all go together.” Davari’s store showcases a range of styles, from traditional to contemporary with transitional pieces that fall in between the two. “We can work with a lot of different styles, needs, and price points,” she adds. Art of Design, 2200 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 425-3776

LET THERE BE LIGHTS

The west Little Rock location of COBBLESTONE & VINE is the first store in Little Rock to offer clients a Visual Comfort & Co. lighting gallery wall, allowing them to see the styles in person before making an order and stocking more fixtures available to buy off the floor. Stuart Thalheimer Davis, a designer with Cobblestone & Vine, says the store has stocked all their favorite styles from Visual Comfort's best-selling collaboration collection, including fixtures by Kelly Wearstler, Aerin Lauder, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas O’Brien, and E.F. Chapman. Cobblestone & Vine, 11525 Cantrell Road, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com

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OUTDOOR SPACES

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The “Wildwood” lounge chair, end table, and highback porch rocker from Lloyd Flanders. Burton Pools & Spas, burtonpools.com; Congo Fireplace & Patio, congofp.com; Family Leisure, familyleisure.com/LittleRock; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com

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BRING VACATION HOME

Calm & Coastal Turn your backyard into a private oasis with beachside-inspired finds.

PAINT IT PEACEFUL

Behr “Soft Focus”

Behr “Peaceful Blue”

Behr “In The Moment”

FURNITURE

Lloyd Flanders “Tobago” high-back swivel rocker lounge chair, cocktail ottoman and sofa. Burton Pools & Spas, burtonpools.com; Congo Fireplace & Patio, congofp. com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com PLANTERS

Vietri “Rustic Garden” planters in Cobalt and Aqua. Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine. com; The Full Moon, thefullmoonlittlerock.com; Harper Howey Interiors, harperhoweyinteriors.com RUG

Dash & Albert Bunny Williams Collection “Samson” Navy indoor/outdoor rug. Avenue Design Company, (479) 366-8776; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine. com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome. com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com

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“Majesty” palms are an easy way to bring a touch of tropical to your space. To make them thrive, provide a humid, shady environment and plenty of water.


MAKE IT MINIMAL

Clean & Contemporary Use simple materials, linear design, and muted hues to create a streamlined look.

Commonly known as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” this traditional houseplant thrives on heat and can be set out on terraces and sun porches until temperatures dip into the 50s.

FURNITURE

“Vale” lounge chair and end table by Woodard. Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickinc.com; Congo Fireplace & Patio, congofp. com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashoutdoorfurniture.com; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore.com PLANTERS

Hanging galvanized metal planters and large copperdipped vase. Paul Michael, paulmichaelcompany.com RUG

“Crystal” Black and Ivory indoor/outdoor rug from Dash & Albert. Avenue Design Company, (479) 366-8776; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine. com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome. com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com

MAKE IT MODERN

Sherwin-Williams “Roycroft Bottle Green”

Sherwin-Williams “Aurora Brown”

Sherwin-Williams “Oak Creek”

Sherwin-Williams “Comfort Gray”

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D E S I G N

INFUSE BRIGHT HUES

Benjamin Moore “East Lake Rose”

KEEP THE TRADITION

Cool & Classic Create a look that will stand the test of time with sophisticated pieces and cheerful colors.

Benjamin Moore “Coral Reef”

Benjamin Moore “Stunning”

FURNITURE

“Calcutta” arm chair by Brown Jordan. Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashoutdoorfurniture.com Gloster “Pepper Marsh” curved sofa and ottoman. Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickinc. com; Lacuna Modern Interiors, lacunamodern.com PLANTER

Square “Lattice” planter by Jackson Pottery. Botanica Gardens, botanicagardens.com; The Good Earth Garden Center, thegoodearthgarden.com RUG

Surya Alfresco area rug in taupe. Ashley HomeStore, ashleyfurniturehomestore.com; Bassett Furniture, bassettfurniture. com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com

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HOT SPRINGS SCENE

PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON

Common Scents Sliced soaps in to-die-for fragrances fill the tables at Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium on Central Avenue. Turn to page 25 for the full story.

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THIS ARKANSAS NATIVE RECENTLY COMPLETED HIS FIRST FEATURELENGTH FILM, THEN THERE WAS JOE, WHICH WAS SHOT AT HIS PARENTS’ LITTLE ROCK HOME 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’VE BEEN MAKING FILMS SINCE YOU WERE 8 YEARS OLD, AND YOU MAJORED IN THEATER AT HENDRIX COLLEGE BEFORE ATTENDING THE USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS FOR FILM SCHOOL. WHERE DID YOU GET THIS PASSION? My oldest brother, Jonathan, is a huge movie buff and gave me a videotape documenting the making of the original Star Wars trilogy. I popped it in, and my mind was immediately blown; I discovered the ships were actually scale models and the lightsabers were just sticks with the glow added later. That was the first time I realized that movies were made by people. My dad noticed I kept watching that tape over and over, so he went out and bought me a video camera and encouraged me to play with it. The first movie I made was with my toy R2-D2, moving it across the kitchen table using stop-motion animation. THIS FILM CHRONICLES THE LIFE OF YOUR OTHER BROTHER AND HOW HIS PATH AFFECTED YOUR FAMILY—AND YOU IN PARTICULAR. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO TELL THIS STORY? Just after film school, I was determined to make a feature film. I’m at my best when I’m telling extremely personal stories, so I did a lot of self-examination and realized that the most conflict in my life up to this point, both internal and external, has been my turbulent relationship with my middle brother, Jamie [Joe in the movie]. He’s much older than I am and we took very, very different paths in life. As a result, I feel we sort of missed out on being brothers. THE STORY SEEMS AS THOUGH IT COULD HAVE BEEN PORTRAYED AS A DRAMA. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TELL IT AS A COMEDY? My favorite thing to do in life is to laugh. For me, it’s God’s best medicine. My work always leans comedic, and one of the golden rules of comedy is that the best laughs come from pain. I knew a movie based on my brother would have a lot of potential. I was also

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very afraid, because it felt too real—too uncomfortable. My family has an unofficial rule: If you’re afraid of something that will make you a stronger, better person, then that’s probably the thing you need to do. So I faced my fears and hopped in. To my surprise, the story flowed out of me—laughter, tears and all. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BROTHER NOW. While the movie was being shot, my brother Jamie was on the run from the police. The day before we shot the film he was one of Pulaski County’s most wanted. I lost touch with him over the next couple years, prayed for him, and just went on with my life, which included trying to bring this movie to life. At some point while we were editing, he was caught and sent to prison. Miraculously, while the movie was being sound-edited and mixed, Jamie got out on a workrelease program and began teaching in a barber school. He has turned his life around and was released from prison. We’ve since reconnected and we talk almost every day. It’s something I never, ever thought would happen in a million years. This story is a great example of how life imitates art and art imitates life.

Top: Warren and his father, James “Butch” Warren, relive memories caught on tape from filming Then There Was Joe. Butch plays the role of the brothers’ father in the film. Bottom: The movie poster for Then There Was Joe.

A FILM BY JUSTIN WARREN

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? I’m currently living in Pasadena, California, and I just finished writing a draft of my next film, another Arkansas-centric comedy, which I will direct in 2019. Up next, I’m producing a psychological thriller, which I co-wrote, called Driver 113. The next few years will be very busy, but I’ve never been more excited about filmmaking and its future. Then There Was Joe premiered in February as the first film in Arkansas Cinema Society’s Homegrown Film Series. Learn more about Warren at justinwarren.me, and visit thentherewasjoe.com for information on the movie.

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Saturday, March 24 • 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. A day of Flowers, Food and Fun!

Grand Re-Opening of the Garden of the Pine Wind

9 a.m.

Join a walking tour with designer John Powell (Included with admission; call to reserve ahead – very limited spots).

9:30 a.m. Children’s Activity Booths to 1 p.m. Face painting, rock decorating, wand making, origami, and paper flowers/wishes. Activities are included with admission.

11 a.m.

Beer Garden Opens

Party at the Pavilion! Bubba Brews Brewing Company and Buffalo Brewing Company will be selling a custom spring draft along with their own varieties. Some fun Food Trucks will be in this area, too. Valid IDs are required to purchase alcohol.

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DISCOVER HOT SPRINGS

SPOTLIGHT on the

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All you need to know about visiting “America’s First Resort”

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alking down Central Avenue on a chilly day before winter started to turn to spring, I was struck by the way Hot Springs has managed to honor its historic charm while evolving over the years. I watched a pair of backpackers in front of me taking in the city and I saw it again through fresh eyes: They admired the architecture, popped into each and every storefront, and warmed their hands over the steam of the hot water bubbling through a fountain in front of Fordyce Bathhouse, now the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center. I’m guessing that their impression of the city was a lot like mine on my very first visit to downtown Hot Springs— that I’d somehow stepped back in time, and though I didn’t quite understand everything around me, I was fascinated by it. Over the years, that awe has turned to reverence for a place that has grown and changed while many of its landmarks have stayed the same. This sentiment has been echoed again and again by Hot Springs visitors and locals alike. “It’s so inspiring to see historic buildings revitalized by new, independent businesses,” says Sonny Kay, executive director of nonprofit organization and music venue Low Key Arts. Kay moved to Hot Springs for 26 At Home in Arkansas | March 2018

the position in 2017, but he first visited the city in 2006 while touring with his band. “It seems like there’s just this wave of innovation and energy cresting here at the moment,” he says. Anthony Valinoti, owner of Deluca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, has the same pride in the current state of his city: “People willing to invest in the city’s future have brought about a dramatic shift,” he says. “There’s a sense here now of hope and optimism.” The festivals, restaurants, and shops described in the following pages are more than enough reason to be optimistic about what’s happening in Hot Springs. Make your next trip this month—and read on for our can’t-miss recommendations while you’re there.

WHAT TO DO St. Patrick’s Day is always a rowdy affair in the Spa City. Here’s a rundown of events. >>>


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Clockwise from left: Competition underway at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming; cold brew coffee at Kollective Coffee + Tea; a musician performs at Low Key Arts; pizza at SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint.

Discover New Music

Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival // March 16-20 Various locations throughout Hot Springs

Party Like You’re Irish

First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade // March 17 Bridge Street

The world’s biggest little parade happens right here in Arkansas. To be exact, it happens within the 98 feet of Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs. “When we began the parade 15 years ago, it was a crazy idea that was born in the midst of a gathering of friends, some adult beverages, and a desire to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” says Leysa Lowery. “I believe we all thought it would simply be a fun event, giving people a chance to be Irish on the most Irish of American holidays.” Lowery says that she and the other founders never predicted that the parade would one day draw tens of thousands of revelers and book the likes of Grand Funk Railroad, Morris Day & The Time, Joey Fatone (2018 grand marshal), and Jon Heder (2018 parade starter). But while outof-towners roll in for celebrity sightings, the locals are steeped in city-honored traditions, some sillier than others. Anthony Valinoti, owner of Deluca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, can now claim two coveted titles: He’s this year’s official king of the parade (“one of the greatest honors of my life,” he says) and also a member of the city’s “International Order of the Irish Elvi.” “Initially, I thought the whole idea

was a little crazy—grown men in Elvis costumes, marching down a street,” Valinoti says. “Well it actually turns out to be the thing I look forward to the most when the parade rolls around. We have more fun than humans should be allowed to have. It’s one of my favorite days of the year.” shorteststpats.com

Get Lucky

First open infield of the season at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming // March 17 2705 Central Avenue

Oaklawn’s racing season might have kicked off in January, but some of us prefer to place our bets from the infield. Every year in mid-March, Oaklawn opens the interior of the ponies’ 1-mile dirt track, offering additional open-air viewing for more casual spectators to wander. There’s a craft beer garden, live music, and, if you have a family with you, several children’s areas, but if you’re intent on winning some money, there are plenty of clerks willing to take your wagers, too. Can’t make it on March 17? Don’t worry—this is not your only chance. The infield is open each of the last five Saturdays of racing season: March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, and April 14, which is the Arkansas Derby. oaklawn.com

Valley of the Vapors—or VOV, as it’s called—is back for its 14th year. The five days of independent music are planned around the time of South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, a festival that has a reputation for drawing up-and-coming acts from all over the world. By offering opportunities for those same bands to play in close proximity on their way to or from Texas, audiences in Arkansas get the chance to hear new tunes a little closer to home. Organized by Low Key Arts, VOV is proud to showcase everything from hip hop to metal to alt-country. “VOV is a great place to see a wide variety of international acts on a small stage before they graduate to the big time,” says Sonny Kay, executive director of the festival. “It’s also a firsthand experience of our incredibly supportive community who come together every year to make the festival something that bands are eager to return to.” If its 14 years aren’t testament enough, VOV recently garnered another metric to measure its growing success: In January, the event took home the Best Festival award at the inaugural Central Arkansas Music Awards. That’s something to sing about. valleyofthevapors.com March 2018 | athomearkansas.com 27


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Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium From sliced soaps to mineral salts, scrubs, and bath bombs, this soap boutique is a bubble bath-lover’s dream. Be sure to ask for the story behind the “Were Not Sweethearts” fragrance, inspired by the building’s historic drama. bathhousesoap.com

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Stay the Night

The Arlington Hotel Resort & Spa Originally opened in 1875, the Arlington is one of the city’s most imposing and well-known landmarks. Drop by the Lobby Bar to admire the iconic mural behind the taps. arlingtonhotel.com

30 East Designs This home décor store carries farmhouse-style furniture, lights, and accessories with an urban industrial twist. Items made in-store are truly one of a kind. facebook.com/30eastdesigns Accessory Gallery Get a start on your spring wardrobe by shopping transitional pieces like light cardigans, statement prints, and stylish slides. facebook.com/shopag

The Waters The historic Thompson Building, built in 1913, finds new life as a boutique hotel after extensive renovation and preservation efforts. The hotel’s restaurant and bar, The Avenue, is another must-visit. thewatershs.com

Riley Art Glass Studio Decorative blown glass lines the walls and shelves of this studio and gallery owned by a pair of brothers. If you stop by during studio hours (Tuesday through Saturday), you might be lucky enough to catch the two at their craft. rileyartglass.com

The Hotel Hot Springs Conveniently connected to the Hot Springs Convention Center and still walkable from downtown happenings, this hotel is ideal for either work or play. hotelhotsprings.org

Garvan Woodland Gardens Make plans to get outside and take in the natural beauty of this botanical garden. Schedule a group tour or opt to explore the 210 acres of landscape on your own. garvangardens.org


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Clockwise from left: The historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa; a flight of beer at Superior Bathhouse Brewery; Superior founder Rose Schweikhart; bottles on display at The Mountain Valley Spring Water visitor center; a fresh cinnamon roll at Will’s Cinnamon Shop.

Arkansas Furniture This can’t-miss furniture store has three showrooms in one location, including an entire section devoted to outdoor furniture. arkansasfurniture.com

Take a Taste

The Pancake Shop When Southern Living, The Food Network, and Garden & Gun say this is the place to get breakfast, you kind of have to listen. Try an order of the buckwheat pancakes with blueberries— they can’t be beat. pancakeshop.com Bone’s Chophouse In addition to mouth-watering steaks, the menu at Bone’s boasts a bevy of seafood favorites, including Oysters Rockefeller, market-fresh lobster tail, and shrimp and grits. boneschophouse.com Will’s Cinnamon Shop This bakery specializes in all things cinnamon, from Snickerdoodles to gluten-free cinnamon streusel muffins and pretty much everything in between—including, of course, Will’s signature cinnamon rolls. facebook.com/ willscinnamonshop Rolando’s The Hot Springs location of Rolando’s offers a dreamy back patio bedecked with strings of colored lights. Order a margarita (or two) and enjoy the ambience and frequent live music. rolandosrestaurante.com

SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint The accordion—or “squeezebox,” as it’s sometimes called—is the inspiration for this new pizza-and-beer stop on Ouachita Avenue. sqzbx.com Rectors Restaurant Go for the new-Southern menu, stay well past dessert for the chance to talk to chef and owner Mychal Hall, who, if you’re lucky, might enlighten you on the restaurant’s namesake, Henry Massey Rector, the sixth governor of Arkansas and Hall’s ancestor. rectorshotsprings.com

Grab a Drink

Kollective Coffee + Tea With rotating exhibits from local artists on the walls, this coffee joint also plays the part of a gallery. Hungry? They’ve got a well-rounded menu of breakfast items, salads, and sandwiches, too. facebook.com/kollectivecoffeetea The Mountain Valley Spring Water The iconic Arkansas bottled water brand dates back to 1871. You can read all about its storied history on the

second floor of the company’s visitor center while sipping free samples of flavored waters. mountainvalleyspring.com Superior Bathhouse Brewery This brewery’s founder, Rose Schweikhart, was thinking outside the box when she decided to house her brewery in a former bathhouse. Bow down: Schweikhart has been named queen of the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day parade. superiorbathhouse.com Craft Beer Cellar Visitors can purchase and carry from this store’s large beer inventory (liquorstore style) or order at the bar and opt to enjoy in a taproom outfitted with games. craftbeercellar.com Maxine’s Live Walking into Maxine’s, you’ll most likely be greeted by the dim glow of neon signs, hum of busy bar patrons, and commotion coming from the band around the corner. Order a drink and grab a cozy seat by the stage to soak it all in. maxineslive.com This section is made possible by support from Accessory Gallery, Arkansas Furniture, and Garvan Woodland Gardens.

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• 1 ¼ ounces Crown Royal Regal Apple whisky • 1 ½ ounces grapefruit juice • ¾ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur • Splash of grenadine • Prosecco (about a cup) • Sliced green apple

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• 1 ½ ounces Greenhouse Gin • ¾ ounce lavender honey syrup • ¾ ounce lemon juice • ½ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur • ½ ounce egg whites • 1 dash grapefruit bitters • 1 dash butterfly pea flower extract • 1 dash ground nutmeg

Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for a full minute to develop a hearty froth. Add ice, shaking again for a minute. Strain into a snifter glass, and garnish with nutmeg and a flower.


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• 2 ounces Tito’s vodka • ½ ounce Pink House Alchemy Herbalicious syrup • Half squeezed lemon • 1 kumquat or small orange • 1 bunch mint • Splash of Cava

Stir vodka, syrup, and lemon juice with ice. Slice a kumquat or orange into thin rings. Tear away the tiniest mint leaves from a bunch. Lay herbs and fruit in a wine glass over fresh ice. Strain cocktail onto fruit and ice. Top with a splash of Cava.

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Home PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

THE OUTDOOR LIVING ISSUE

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Always Greener Artificial turf gives the look of green grass on the terrace of a downtown Little Rock condo. Turn the page to read the full story.

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AN EMPTY-NEST COUPLE ENJOYS ALL THE AMENITIES OF DOWNTOWN LIVING WITH THE BONUS OF A FULLY FUNCTIONAL OUTDOOR AREA

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Durable, heavyweight furniture can withstand the wind that occassionally sweeps across the terrace, while pillows can be brought in and out as needed.

DR. DEBBIE AND CHRIS CERRATO HAVE FALLEN HARD FOR DOWNTOWN LIVING.

Since moving from a home in North Little Rock to a condo across the river, they’ve enjoyed walking to restaurants and events and taking in the scenes of the city. However, their previous condo was missing one key element: an outdoor space. Four months ago, they remedied this with a move to a different building that offered an expansive view of Little Rock’s cityscape along with a blankslate terrace that could be outfitted any way they saw fit. “We loved the idea of being able to flow from inside to outside,”

Debbie says. However, Chris, who owns Evo Business Environments, admits laughingly that at first, “We were so excited just to have an outdoor space that other than chairs and a grill, we really had no vision.” The feel of a favorite downtown hangout, Rebel Kettle Brewing, which features turf and Adirondack chairs, proved to be inspiring. The couple did some online research and found two- by twofoot, wood-look panels and largesection turf, both of which they could order and install on their own in any desired configuration. “We sat down with the iPad and drew out several versions,” Debbie says. In the end, it took placing the panels by hand to get the look they wanted, but the result is a space where the couple’s grandchildren can play and they can entertain guests or relax after work. A fire pit, which the Cerratos found at Ken Rash’s Arkansas, helps make the space usable in almost all four seasons. They also added a bit of character with a pair of benches shaped like airplane wings, a nod to one of Chris’s favorite pastimes. Of course, the focal point that really shines is the view. “We have a northeastern view, so we have a beautiful sunrise and we get shade for afternoon guests,” Debbie explains. “It’s really the best of both worlds.” Design Resources Accessories Antique Brick Outdoor, Arkansas Arts Center, and Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Gift Shop Fire pit Ken Rash’s Arkansas March 2018 | athomearkansas.com 41


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INSPIRED BY HIS HOME STATE, LANDSCAPE DESIGNER CHRIS H. OLSEN GIVES AN ICONIC NORTH LITTLE ROCK HOME A MUCH-NEEDED EXTERIOR UPDATE Everyone has that list of qualities that would make their house a dream home. Chris H. Olsen, owner of Botanica in Little Rock and Plantopia in North Little Rock, stumbled into his dream home by accident, and it didn’t take long to realize it had everything he’d ever wanted in a house. “I loved my house in west Little Rock, but I was outgrowing it,” Olsen recalls. “One Sunday I was driving through Park Hill, and I pulled over when I passed this house. It was falling apart. Some of the windows were rotted with no glass, but it was still beautiful.” After talking to several neighbors—one of whom had a key and urged him to have a look inside—he pieced

together the home’s storied history: The Justin Matthews, Jr. House, as it’s called, was designed by architect Max Mayer and built in 1927 by Justin Matthews, a local builder and real estate developer, for his son. It was meant to be the first of many homes of this grandeur in an area of Park Hill called Edgemont, however once the Depression hit, growth stalled. Olsen immediately saw through the home’s rotted windows, flooded basement, and general disrepair to envision lots of greenery, lively garden parties, and the Spanish Colonial house of his dreams. “I’m from San Diego, and I always wanted a Spanish house that was U-shaped with an inner courtyard,” Olsen says. “It was built for me.”

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GARDEN HIDEAWAY

To the right of the home’s entrance is a fountain and reflection garden featuring red banana plants, blue switch grass, wintergreen boxwoods, Iresines, Chinese fan palms, purple oxalis, and a variety of roses along a crushedgranite pathway. Tall lanterns are replicas of the lights adorning the house, while plants of varying heights provide privacy, making the garden a true retreat from the world. “You get kind of hidden in there,” Olsen says.

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First things first, Olsen had to repair decades of damage to the exterior of the house (see below). He had all of the windows rebuilt and the walls re-stuccoed while following guidelines to keep the house on the National Register of Historic Places—after all, the home’s architectural arches, stucco walls, terracotta tiles, and wrought iron grillwork are what make it so classically Spanish Colonial. Olsen also traded the property’s unkempt lawn for a newly sodded rendition, which took 32 pallets of sod to cover.

“BEFORE” PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS H. OLSEN

LIGHT THE WAY

All the lanterns around the exterior of the home are replicas of an original that was found buried under layers of concrete outside the home. “I salvaged the original and had it repaired, and now it’s a lamp in my entryway,” Olsen says. To bring the exterior walls of the home to life, Olsen created built-in planter boxes along the top. Supertunias surrounding the entrance create the impression of a living wall.

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THE ART OF MIXING IT UP

As far as containers go, Olsen swears that bigger is better and more is more. “I have a word called ‘jhemajang’—it’s also a line of plants and furniture I have,” he explains. “It’s just a word I started using; it’s the art of mixing it up. When I do my containers, I use all different kinds of plants with different textures and colors—things you wouldn’t normally see together.”

COOL & COLLECTED

In addition to filling his planters to the brim, Olsen makes a visual impact by grouping multiples together. Some of his accessories, like the ones seen here, have been collected over time: The angel was another found object when Olsen acquired the home (“She’s a guardian angel for the house,” he says), and the cluster of Indonesian figures were sent to him from a friend in Bali.

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As these globe willows grow, they will eventually meet in the middle to “create sort of an avenue, an umbrella effect,” Olsen says.

SINGING THE BLUES

Bright blue doors, chair cushions, and planters give the inner courtyard a coastal vibe inspired by Olsen’s California roots. “One of my favorite places is near Palm Springs called La Quinta Resort and Club, and they have blue doors,” he explains. “I just love blue—and blue just goes with the house.” Iron doors on the ground floor lead to a solarium that opens up into a second courtyard on the east side of the house.

The iron chairs that surround the farmhouse table are original to the house, another treasure that Olsen acquired when he purchased the property.

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PERFECT FOR A PARTY

While he’s constantly working on the home’s interior, the exterior and grounds took Olsen approximately nine months to complete from start to finish. After the major renovations were finished, he re-christened the home “The Edgemont House,” a nod to the neighborhood’s intended name, and made his house and grounds available for event rentals. This was an important factor in designing the space, especially the courtyard to the east of the house known as Oak Alley: “This courtyard is cleaner and simpler because we use the house for functions and weddings,” Olsen says. “It’s all movable—everything except the planted trees had to be movable.”

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THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW

Eight Columnar English Oak trees form two rows on either side of a farmhouse table from Olsen’s furniture line Jhemajang. These narrow trees keep their defined shape as they grow; Olsen expects them to grow no more than four to five feet wide while reaching at least 80 feet tall, adding height and shade that will further define this space as the trees mature.

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FUNCTION MEETS BEAUTY

Olsen designed these brick columns to define the end of Oak Alley and provide a contrast to the white stucco seen on much of the exterior. Built-in lights and water features make them multi-functional structures, and surrounding plantings showcase his affinity for a mix-and-match style.

Design Resources Landscape design Chris H. Olsen Contractor Botanica Gardens Fountain and plants Botanica Gardens

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DESIGNER KEVIN WALSH PARTNERS WITH ADRIENNE AND BRAD TAYLOR OF THE NATURE COMPANY TO CREATE A BACKYARD SETTING THAT REFLECTS HIS HOME’S INTERIORS AND PERSONAL STYLE

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UR OUTDOOR AREA IS REALLY AN EXTENSION OF OUR HOME,” says designer Kevin Walsh of Little Rock’s Bear Hill Interiors. Located just off the kitchen and family room, the backyard space plays host to family dinners, Sunday afternoon naps, and impromptu gatherings of friends for he and his partner, Brett Pitts. “Whenever it’s nice weather we throw the doors open, and we are in and out,” Kevin says. “I’m out a lot because I like to work in the yard and putter about,” he adds. For more than 25 years—and on three houses of his own—Kevin has worked with Adrienne Taylor and her husband, Brad, owners of The Nature Company, when it comes to planning and plotting gardens. “[Kevin] is so wonderful to work with because he really trusts us, and we like a lot of the same things,” Adrienne says of the relationship. Case in point: the abundance of English boxwoods that fill the garden because they are a favorite of the two. “I really enjoy the ‘controlled messiness’ that they bring to the design,” Adrienne says. Beyond the green plantings, the outdoor room features an abundance of blue and white, two of Kevin’s favorite colors. “The color palette is also an extension of our home. Not everything is blue and white indoors, but they are two of the hues we’ve layered into the overall design to make it feel cohesive from interior to exterior,” he says. “Adrienne knows I want pretty but low-maintenance,” Kevin says of the design scheme. “I had an English garden with lots of perennials at my old house, and it was so pretty but it was so much work.” In this residence, large trees in the backyard provide abundant shade; however, they limit the growth of lush grass. To eliminate the worry over growing and maintaining a lawn, the couple laid flagstone to create a terrace. Boston ivy, English boxwoods, and ferns provide the green that one might expect to see underfoot. The flagstone, which matches the home’s exterior, also furthers the feeling that the space is an extension of the home. “Don’t be fooled though; there’s still plenty to be done with all of our containers and shrubs,” Kevin says.

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SET FOR SUNRISE

Kevin and Brett are both known for their ability to whip together a casual brunch or dinner party at a moment’s notice. “We are both cooks, so it’s not unusual for us to have friends over and entertain in this space,” Kevin says. Here, a colorful breakfast is set on Royal Doulton’s “Real Old Willow.” This pattern belonged to Brett’s mother and was handed down to him. “His mom absolutely adored this china and would be thrilled that we use it so much,” Kevin adds.

WE ARE BOTH COOKS, SO IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR US TO HAVE FRIENDS OVER AND ENTERTAIN IN THIS SPACE.” —Kevin Walsh

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FABULOUS FINDS

Just as Kevin and Brett enjoy the vintage china that was passed down to them, they also like to pick up finds at antique stores and flea markets. The pair of chairs seen here are a French modern set that Kevin purchased in Dallas, while the turtle-shaped planters at the edge of the steps are a find from a Charlottesville, Virginia, antique shop. White geraniums in both galvanized planters and blue-and-white containers are an addition that help the space transition easily into summer when the tulips begin to fade. March 2018 | athomearkansas.com 55


THE RELAXATION SPOT

An outdoor furniture set, which Kevin and Brett have had for a number of years, provides a spot to prepare for the day with a fresh cup of coffee or to unwind with friends after a long week. “I’ve taken many a nap on that sofa, and our dogs always love to be out there with us to rest,” Kevin says. The garden stools are an artistic addition that Kevin calls “traditional and modern at the same time” due to their form and coloration. The row of azaleas seen at the fence line has filled in over the 20 years that the couple have lived in the home. Adrienne notes that the shrub helps to enclose the space and provide color.

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Design Resources Design Kevin Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors Landscape design and installation Adrienne and Brad Taylor, The Nature Company Accessories Bear Hill Interiors Plantings (tulips) Hocott’s Garden Center

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A LITTLE ROCK FAMILY TURNS A BLANK-SLATE BACKYARD INTO AN OASIS THAT APPEARS TO HAVE FORMED NATURALLY OVER TIME

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WHEN TRACY RHODES AND HER FAMILY MOVED INTO THEIR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED WEST LITTLE ROCK HOME IN 2011, she knew there was one area that wasn’t quite complete. “We had plenty of space in the backyard, and we thought that when our girls were older and were strong swimmers we would want to put in a pool,” Tracy says. In 2016, the time seemed right and she and her husband, Dr. David Rhodes, reached out to Clay Brooks of Brooks Pool Company to begin the process of completing their dream backyard. “Tracy contacted us and began to talk about using boulders and doing a very natural approach to the design,” Clay says. “I immediately thought to bring in the guys at Landscape Associates because we’ve done a number of projects with them and they can help to achieve this look.” “Both Clay and Scott Connerly at Landscape Associates really saw the vision we had and knew what to use to make it come to life,” Tracy says. For starters, flagstone now covers much of the previously grassy area. Its neutral hues give the appearance of natural rock and complement the boulders in the landscape and pool design, which is an organic shape that mimics a naturally occurring pond. Additionally, vivid plantings—including black-eyed Susans, hibiscus, purple coneflowers, and begonias—dot the landscape in much the same manner that Mother Nature would sprinkle them. When the project was complete, Tracy called Scott to let him know a Canadian goose nested in the yard and hatched her goslings there. “She said they took a swim in the pool and left,” he recalls. “And, I can’t think of a better compliment than for a goose and her goslings to consider this a natural environment.” 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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SERENE SPLASH

While the pool is home to plenty of action (“I’ve been surprised at how often we use it,” Tracy says), its organic shape also gives it a peaceful allure. A sun ledge located on the deep end allows the family to pull chaise lounges into the water and then dive directly into the pool when it’s time to cool off. For durability, the homeowners selected a Pebble Tec finish that also adheres to the overall style of the space.

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PATH LESS TRAVELED

Flagstone pathways lead from the back of the house to defined areas, including the fire pit, the spa, and, of course, the pool. Once Tracy and David shared their vision for a naturalistic space and the desire to use boulders in the design, Scott knew the flagstone would be a functional and attractive choice for the pool surround and walkways. Plus, it gives the look of an undisturbed nature setting.

COLORS OF THE SEASON

Containers spill over with plantings in shades of purple and yellow, including a hibiscus, and mimic what is seen throughout the rest of the garden. These planters provide an opportunity to change out color throughout the year, thus giving the space a quick refresh for the season.

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A PLACE TO UNWIND

A fire pit and spa make the outdoor area attractive for year-round use. “Many of the pools you see today have spas that are connected, but we moved this one to an area of its own so it would have more privacy. Also, this allows them to cover it,� Clay notes. A Hollywood juniper takes center stage in the raised bed located behind the fire pit, seasonal plantings provide color throughout the landscape, while ivy covers the exterior wall of the home.

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PORCH PERFECTED

The screened porch, which features a built-in grill, was completed with the home and previously looked out onto a grassy knoll that sloped away from the house. Scott notes that the Landscape Associates team had to install a retaining wall to be able to create the pool’s waterfall and paved areas.

PATHWAY PLANTINGS

Two large existing crepe myrtles were transplanted to new locations in the yard; one can be seen at the corner of the porch. Along the path, black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, sedum, and begonias lend both color and vitality.

Design Resources Landscape and outdoor design Landscape Associates, LLC Pool and spa Brooks Pool Company Stone Bennett Brothers

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Seaside Pools & Spas With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, Seaside Pools & Spas is a trusted destination for design, service, and all things pool- and spa-related. Their team has constructed more than 4,700 pools and can help you to design and install a new pool or renovate an existing one, in either a residential or commercial setting. To get the project started, their professionals will come to your site for a complimentary custom design evaluation and estimate. Following installation, they can assist with opening and closing your pool, all necessary maintenance, equipment repairs, and more. In addition, their two retail stores, located in Springdale and Bentonville, make it convenient to pick up supplies and accessories. Seaside Pools & Spas is also on the forefront of trends. They note that today many customers want a complete outdoor living space, rather than a backyard with a swimming pool. Their team is incorporating covered patios, fire pits, and more into their designs to create social gathering areas for enjoyment. Additionally, they are designing or renovating pools to include tanning shelves, swim-up bars, benches, and lighting.

Photo courtesy of Seaside Pools & Spas

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K N O W L E D G E O F T O D AY ’ S T R E N D S A N D M O R E T H A N 5 0 Y E A R S O F I N D U S T R Y E X P E R I E N C E M A K E S E A S I D E P O O L S & S PA S A T R U S T E D S O U R C E .

Seaside Pools & Spas, Inc. | 4686 N. Thompson, Springdale and 1301 S.E. Walton Blvd., Bentonville | 479.756.6543 | seasidepools.com

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

Botanica Gardens Botanica Gardens pairs full-service outdoor design with the charm and convenience of a storefront that allows customers to shop for both interior and exterior accents and gifts. Celebrating 15 years of business this March, Botanica Gardens is helmed by landscape designer Chris H. Olsen. Olsen is also the owner of North Little Rock’s Plantopia, a nursery and garden center that offers a balance between quality and low-price. He and his team can “design, build, and maintain anything outside the edges of your home,” including pools, spas, terraces,

outdoor kitchens, and outdoor living rooms. These projects include all your irrigation, drainage, and lighting needs as well as plantings. Their designs are known for being unique and include everything from modern to traditional styles. “Botanica Gardens is always redefining indoor and outdoor living,” Olsen says. Currently, the designer is seeing a trend toward simplicity. “Our clients are interested in incorporating color, texture, and movement into their gardens, but want to keep the look low-maintenance,” he says.

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Photo courtesy of Botanica Gardens

A W A R D -W I N N I N G L A N D S C A P E S A N D A N I N S P I R I N G R E T A I L S T O R E M A K E B O T A N I C A G A R D E N S A M U S T- K N O W S O U R C E F O R O U T D O O R L I V I N G .

Botanica Gardens | 1601 Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock | 501-614-3000 botanicagardens.com | chrisholsen.com | plantopianlr.com | theedgemonthouse.com | Instagram: chrisbotanicagardens

LITTLE ROCK

Hocott’s Garden Center Hocott’s Garden Center is a destination for the entire family. Since 1939, they have been a friendly, full-service nursery conveniently located in the Heights/Hillcrest area. Kids can visit the onsite chicken coop to meet Henrietta, Princess Lay-a, Winnie, and Canary (also known as Behencé), their four chickens. Hocott’s also hosts a number of fun and educational events, including First Thursday Shop and Sip (held on the first Thursday of each month), seasonal classes, and school field trips. In addition to plants, gardening tools, fountains, and accessories,

they can help with any of your lawn and garden maintenance needs. From creating an indoor oasis with houseplants to outdoor fertilization, landscaping, lawn care, sod, and sprinkler systems, Hocott’s is your partner in creating a lawn and garden that’s the envy of the neighborhood. Be sure to visit them at the 2018 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show where they will be participating in the Landscape Challenge on Friday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The challenge participants will design and construct a landscape for a home’s façade live at the show.

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Photo by Karen E. Segrave

FROM PLANTS AND TOOLS TO LAWN AND LANDSCAPE SERVICES, HOCOT T’S GARDEN CENTER, CONTINUES TO BE A TRUSTED SOURCE FOR ALL OF YOUR GARDEN NEEDS. Hocott’s Garden Center | 3612 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock | 501.663.8376 | hocottsgardencenter.com | Instagram: hocotts

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

OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONWAY

3D Outdoor Lighting Founded in 2003, 3D Outdoor Lighting offers rendered designs and installation of high-quality outdoor lighting. They can install landscape, hardscape, aquatic, and architectural LED lighting to illuminate your outdoor space along with an industry leading 15 year warranty. The business is locally owned by Daniel Derden, who is committed to offering his customers a wide range of services and cutting-edge products accompanying his other business, Derden Landscape & Irrigation. The company can install any LED system but they specialize in Kichler® products and have received many certifications from Kichler® in design and installation. Derden notes that many of his clients are investing in their home’s outdoor spaces and opting to enjoy time at home with family and friends rather than travel. 3D Outdoor Lighting makes these spaces both stylish and secure. Derden reveals, “Elegance and beauty are always desired, but to gain safety and security at the same time requires attention to detail and a proper design plan, which is our specialty.” Photo courtesy of 3D Outdoor Lighting

trendsetters S P E C I A L I Z I N G I N L E D I N S TA L L AT I O N S , 3 D O U T D O O R L I G H T I N G , P R O V I D E S A R K A N S A N S W I T H B O T H E L E G A N C E A N D S E C U R I T Y.

3D Outdoor Lighting | 501.514.3864 | 3doutdoorlighting.com | Facebook: Derden Landscape & Irrigation

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

BRYANT

Jeff Self Pools & Spas Since 1988, Jeff Self Pools & Spas has been the source for all of Central Arkansas’s pool needs. The company, which is family owned and operated by Deborah and Jeff Self, offers a variety of services and products in addition to pool design. Their retail store, which is conveniently located off Interstate 30 in Bryant, offers pool chemicals, parts, covers, and accessories. When it comes to design, they offer in-ground and above-ground pool concepts in addition to spas and hardscaping features such as fire pits. They also replace liners and can re-plaster pools as well as provide equipment repair and replacement. Finally, they are known for their outstanding customer service, and pride themselves on always having one of the owners in the store and one on the jobsite to ensure the highest level of quality.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Self

trendsetters W H E T H E R I T ’ S D E S I G N , PA R T S , C H E M I C A L S , O R O U T D O O R A C C E S S O R I E S , JEFF SELF POOLS & SPAS IS THE SOURCE FOR ALL OF YOUR POOL AND SPA NEEDS.

Jeff Self Pools & Spas | 21941 Interstate 30, Suite 3, Bryant | 501.847.6990 | jeffselfpoolsandspas.com

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

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

DK Design For almost 25 years, Daniel Keeley of DK Design has been creating exquisite outdoor spaces for both residential and commercial clients around The Natural State. In an effort to blur the lines between indoors and out, he merges functionality and beauty by designing exterior spaces that match their interior counterparts in terms of quality, comfort, and style. As their motto, “Live Outside the Box,” suggests, the team not only encourages clients to enjoy living in

the spaces outside their homes and offices but also to make those spaces personal, unique, and extraordinary. Overall, they seek to offer their clients an improved lifestyle. “A DK Design outdoor living space is not just a collection of furniture; it is an intimate location for reading the paper, dining with family, or enjoying an evening cocktail,” Keeley says. “Likewise a DK Design fine garden is not simply a landscaped yard, but rather a unique destination, the reason for a relaxing stroll, or the venue for an al fresco party.”

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Photo by Rett Peek

THE LINES BETWEEN INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR ARE BLURRED I N D K D E S I G N ’ S S O P H I S T I C A T E D O U T D O O R S PA C E S . DK Design | 479.443.9002 | dkdesignoutdoor.com | Instagram: dkdesignoutdoor

LITTLE ROCK

Better Lawns & Gardens Fifteen years ago David Munsey Jr. founded Better Lawns & Gardens to provide Arkansans with superior property maintenance. Seven years later his son David Munsey III, joined the team and the business expanded to include landscape and hardscape design. Working throughout the state, the Better Lawns & Gardens team offers full-service design and installation of pools, outdoor kitchens and living rooms, fireplaces, terraces, patios, landscaping, lighting, and more. They were later joined by another son Mark Munsey and continue to provide year round

maintenance, weed control, shrub trimming, fertilization, and additional services as needed. When it comes to design capabilities, the team is not boxed into one look. They beautifully execute a range of styles from classic to contemporary. “We like to sit down with our clients, build a relationship, and really listen to them to understand their style. Then we use our knowledge about materials and design to achieve that vision,” Munsey III says. “Whether it’s a large or small project, everything is custom and individualized to the client.”

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Photo by Rett Peek

F R O M D E S I G N A N D I N S TA L L AT I O N T O M A I N T E N A N C E , B E T T E R L A W N S & G A R D E N S A R E T H E LANDSCAPE AND HARDSCAPE SPECIALISTS FOR ALL OF YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING PROJECTS. Better Lawns & Gardens | 501.454.9803 | betterlawnsar.com | Instagram: betterlawnsar

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April 13 - May 13 SYMPHONY DESIGNER HOUSE 2018 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 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

Joshua Plumlee, Ransom Interiors

Aric Phippin, Phinality Design

Larry West, L. West Jr Designs

Bao Nguyen, Stoneworld Designs

Lawrie Rash, Ken Rash’s Outdoor Furniture

Brittany Nixon Brun, Brittany Nixon Creative

Linda Tedder, Nell Spears & Eric Doud, Phoenix Interiors

Chris Goddard & Melissa Banks Cherry, Goddard Design Group Chris H. Olsen, Botanica Gardens Christina Gore, Christina Gore Design Studio David Fraiser, Closet Factory James Spangler, Jones Brothers Pool Tables Janie Calhoun, J Calhoun Interiors Jayson Cain, Jayson Cain Interiors Jeremy McKinley, Audio Dimensions John Gibson & Heather Owens, Urban Pad

Lindsey Binz, Lindsey Binz Home Mailyn Schneider & Janet Godfrey, Pottery Barn Midtown Sandy Sutton & Kim Edmonds, Sandy Sutton Interiors Sean Shrum, Sean Shrum Design Sha Davari, Art of Design Terry Williams, Terry Williams Interiors Tom Chandler, Chandler & Associates Valerie Erkman, Core ID

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N O T E S

AT HOME WITH THE

ALEXANDERS isaac

Principal/Art Director at Eric Rob & Isaac

their ’hood

“The kitchen because that’s where the coffee is made!”

Fifth-grader

—isaac

angela Photo Stylist and Hair/Makeup Artist

posey Second-grader

otis

Family Dog

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

We have lived in Hillcrest for 17 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else,” Angela says. “We love our street in particular because it’s within walking distance to the girls’ school, and there are a plethora of families with children who live here, which means instant playmates!”

violet

their home’s style 1930s American Foursquare

“I like the kitchen because I like to help cook dinner and sometimes make unexpected treats for my family, like lemonade.”

“My current favorite is the dining room [shown here]. It’s where we gather nightly for family dinner, surrounded by two paintings that my dear friend Grace Ramsey did of our family, and it is lit by a gorgeous antique Italian chandelier that we found at local antique shop Clement.” —angela

—violet

“I like the art room because I love art. I draw my feelings sometimes, and I like to paint.” —posey

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their favorite rooms in the house


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At Home in Arkansas | March 2018  
At Home in Arkansas | March 2018