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NEW-CONSTRUCTION HOMES

BUY OR SELL REAL ESTATE AGENTS TO KNOW

Our Guide to Central Arkansas EAT // DRINK // STAY

OUR SPRING FASHION STYLEBOOK


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Contents APRI L 2018

25 Home

Style

41 ROOM WITH A VIEW

9 FINDS

67 TRENDSETTERS

15 DESIGN

In Every Issue

Inspired by their love of Colorado, a young family creates a rustic residence that offers sweeping scenes of the local landscape.

Everyday Retreat Color Theory

44 SIMPLY. STUNNING.

In Mountain Home, designer Jill Lawrence dreams up a practical and pretty home for her brother- and sister-in-law.

52 HIGH-STYLE HARMONY

Life 22 GET TO KNOW Quilt Queen

Comfortable pieces mix with eyecatching details in a Fayetteville house designed by Whiteline Designs.

25 DISCOVER

60 CALM & COLLECTED

Southern Beauty

An Alexander couple builds for the future while incorporating beloved heirlooms into the design.

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Center of It All

29 GARDEN

33 FASHION

Welcome to the Jungle

Special Section Real Estate Professionals

6 WELCOME 72 END NOTES

On The Cover A newly constructed master bath in Mountain Home. Interior design by Jill Lawrence, J. Lawrence Design. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 44. Vol. 23, No. 3 © 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 Jessie Fuchs (ext. 107) jessie@athomearkansas.com CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Beth Hall, Matt Johnson, Rett Peek CONTRIBUTING STYLISTS Angela Alexander, Rosemary Hallmark SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Jennifer Hay (ext. 105) jennifer@athomearkansas.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Megan Beard (ext. 106) megan@athomearkansas.com MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR Debbie Tissue (ext. 100) debbie@athomearkansas.com

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W E L C O M E

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

new ideas

Now that my husband and I are talking about buying our first house, I totally see the appeal of building new. I’ve always been drawn to older homes, but right now the ability to find everything I want in one house—in the right neighborhood and on the perfect street and with the best floor plan—seems next to impossible. At each of the few houses we’ve seen, I can’t help but think: I would have done this or that differently. Knowing that I can’t be alone in this, I’m proud to introduce At Home’s first-ever New Construction Issue, devoted solely to homes that were recently completed. These homes prove that when it comes to finding your dream house, it can be easier to build exactly what you want than to stumble upon it. And the possibilities are virtually limitless. You want covert electrical outlets and charging stations built into your cabinetry? You got it. A cozy reading nook in the living room or an actual fort built into the playroom? Go for it! This issue is meant to celebrate (and share!) all of these ideas for anyone who’s ready to take the plunge and build. The jury is out on whether I’ll be buying or building anytime soon, but for now, I’m taking notes on what I see in this issue. I hope you are, too.

DIGITAL EDITION

Take us with you anywhere. Visit athomearkansas.com.

SYMPHONY DESIGNER HOUSE 2018 OPENS

The 24th annual Symphony Designer House opens on April 12 with the Crescendo Opening Night Preview Party. See the ad on page 12 and visit arsymphonyguild.org for more information.

Stephanie Maxwell Newton, Editor stephanie@athomearkansas.com @ATHOMEARKANSAS

Follow along on social media for more home inspiration, news, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks.

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Style

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T H E L AT E S T I N

DÉCOR & DESIGN

TREAT YO’SELF

Everyday Retreat Ready to turn your master bath into a spa-inspired sanctuary? Turn the page for a few of our favorite bath finds.

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3 Palecek “Selita Coco” chandelier. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com 4 “Lovell” hexagonal mirror. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400, phoenixlittlerock.net

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5 The Art of Shaving classic horn shaving set. Rejuvenation Clinic & Day Spa, Little Rock, (501) 2284545, rejuvenationclinic.com 6 Diptyque Baies candle. Pout, Little Rock, (501) 224-8222, poutoflr.com 7 Beekman 1802 Oak Moss hand care duo caddy set. Wenfield’s, Jonesboro, (870) 933-2019, facebook.com/Wenfields 8 & 9 Footed blue-and-white soap dishes and beechwood bathtub shelf. WITH Home Supply, Fayetteville, (479) 304-8446, withhomesupply.com

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10 Yves Delorme “Dolce” poncho. Yves Delorme inside Jayson Cain Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 9045411, jaysoncaininteriors.com 11 Morphe 12-piece black-andwhite travel brush set. Blushed Beauty Boutique, Hot Springs, (501) 463-1083, blushedbb.com

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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 Herron, Embellish Aric Phippin, Phinality Design Brittany Nixon Brun, Brittany Nixon Creative Chris Goddard & Melissa Banks Cherry, Goddard Design Group Chris H. Olsen, Botanica Gardens Christina Gore, Christina Gore Design Studio David Fraiser, Closet Factory Janie Calhoun, J Calhoun Interiors Jayson Cain, Jayson Cain Interiors John Gibson & Heather Owens, Urban Pad Joshua Plumlee, Ransom Interiors Larry West, L. West Jr Designs Lawrie Rash, Ken Rash’s Outdoor Furniture

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Linda Tedder, Nell Spears & Eric Doud, Phoenix Interiors 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 Shannon Watson, John Watson Landscape Illumination Terry Williams, Terry Williams Interiors Tom Chandler, Chandler & Associates Torrie Cobb, All Natural Stone Valerie Erkman, Core ID


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Lynette & Paul Bowersock silver sPonsors CHI St. Vincent Dr. and Mrs. Charles D. Mabry Dr. and Mrs. Jay Marks Arvest Bank CARTI Cornerstone Clinic for Women Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Diana & Roch Byrne Mrs. Kate and Dr. Carter Dalton

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Environmental Protection Associates FCS Hogan Taylor, LLP I Square Management, LLC

Melva Harmon, Attorney at Law Sandra & Jon Marbaise McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. Cindy & Doug McNeely

IHOP - Golden Cakes Inc KATV Channel 7 Southland Metals, Inc. State Volunteer Medical Insurance Co.

Middleton Heat & Air Orion Capital Partners Dr. & Mrs. Wendell Pahls PEPJ LLC

Pulaski County Title Debbie Teague/ The Janet Jones Company The Shot Clinic

UPS Villas of Chenal Worsham Family Foundation UA-Little Rock College of Business Dr. Charles Andy Vondran, Vondran Orthodontics Emily & Wake Young


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Color Theory PICK YOUR PAINT

What’s the most thought-about—and often-excruciating—décor decision homeowners face? You guessed it: picking a paint color. Here, color experts from three well-known brands tell us what’s trending and share a bit of advice for your next paint project.

Benjamin Moore's "Pleasant Pink"

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Benjamin Moore THE EXPERT Andrea Magno, Color & Design Expert HOW TO MAKE AN IMPACT WITH PAINT “Introducing strong hues is a great way to make an impact,” Magno says. “Start with a focal point, such as a fireplace mantle or the back walls of built-in bookshelves where you want to draw attention to artwork or accessories. As you get more confident, you can graduate to painting the doors to a room or a hallway, window trim, or wainscoting.” Benjamin Moore's Most-Popular Paint Color "White Dove"

Benjamin Moore's 2018 Color of the Year "Caliente"

Benjamin Moore's "Cranberry Cocktail"

WHAT’S TRENDING “We are seeing a shift toward warmer colors and even bolder colors after a long stretch of cool and pale hues,” Magno says. “People are interested in brightening things up with color by incorporating more saturated yet easy-to-live-with hues for 2018. For example, the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2018 is Caliente, a vibrant, charismatic shade of red. The Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2018 palette features 23 colors that range from hues in the red family, with a nod to the very popular pinks we’ve noted with Pleasant Pink, to deep reds such as Cranberry Cocktail.” April 2018 | athomearkansas.com 15


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“A complex, deep color, Oceanside offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, bridging between old and new, light and dark.”

Sherwin-Williams's Most-Popular Paint Color "Gray Screen"

Sherwin-Williams's 2018 Color of the Year "Oceanside"

Sherwin-Williams's "Honey Bees" to pair with "Oceanside"

Sherwin-Williams's "Exuberant Pink" to pair with "Oceanside"

Sherwin-Williams THE EXPERT Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing

HER ADVICE

“Don't be afraid to experiment with color. Of all the decisions you are making when building or renovating your home, painting the walls is the least permanent decision you will make.” 16 At Home in Arkansas | April 2018

WHAT’S TRENDING

“People today have a growing sense of adventure, and it is making its way into even the coziest corners of our homes,” Wadden says. “We are craving things that remind us of bright folklore, like mermaids and expeditions across continents. Oceanside, our 2018 Color of the Year, is the color of wanderlust right in our own homes.”


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PPG Paint's "Paradise Found"

PPG Paints THE EXPERT Dee Schlotter, Senior Color Marketing Manager

HER ADVICE

Once you’ve narrowed down the color selection, paint a 2-by-2-foot swatch on the walls so you can see the color against different lighting throughout the day.

“Choose your paint last. Prior to selecting a paint color, it is important to first select new or consider existing flooring, fabrics, and window treatments. Once these elements are considered, a complementary tone can be selected from the other colors in the room or home’s palette.”

PPG Paint's "Bermuda"

PPG Paint's Most-Popular Paint Color "Moth Gray"

PPG Paint's "Soleil"

PPG Paint's "Delicate White"

PPG Paint's "Atrium White"

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HER GO-TO COLORS “If you want gray, my go-to would be our highly popular Moth Gray. It’s a pale gray with a brown undertone that looks great with natural light in new and older homes,” Schlotter says. “But, I like color! So, I am a fan of Paradise Found for a great green/blue hue. Colonial White pairs nicely with this for the trim. I also like Bermuda for a super-dark turquoise that is especially nice in baths. I use Delicate White (a very pure white) for the trim when this color is on the walls. Finally, my go-to yellow is Soleil with Atrium White for the trim.”


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D E S I G N P O R T R A I T.

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Like our float trip through the Fourche Creek urban wetlands, our trip to Little Rock was a delight. Touring its downtown by Segway, and its neighborhoods, barbecue joints and breweries by bike. Riding the METRO Streetcar from our hotel to explore the shops, restaurants and clubs in the River Market. Being mesmerized by the city’s beautiful illuminated bridges at night. We had a wonderful time, and can’t wait to return to Little Rock.

Fourche Creek > To see more visit LittleRock.com

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Life

HAATI CHAI EARRINGS. BEYOND COTTON II, LITTLE ROCK | 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

SPRING FASHION

In the Groove Lace details and vibrant hues blur the lines between vacation and everyday styles. Turn to page 33 for the full story.

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UILT UEEN MEET OLIVIA TRIMBLE

AS THE MAVEN BEHIND SLEET CITY SIGNS AND MURALS, THIS NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-BASED ARTIST IS LEAVING HER MARK ON THE NATURAL STATE

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WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BUSINESS NAME? IS THIS A REFERENCE TO YOUR HOMETOWN OR A PLACE YOU VISITED IN THE PAST? No, I’m actually a Northwest Arkansas native, and I currently live and breathe everything south Fayetteville. I’m rooted here with my two smart and fierce little girls and fantastic husband. The name “Sleet City Woman” comes from a line in a Pavement song that goes “sleet city woman, waiting to spar.” It was my original Instagram handle. HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN LARGE-SCALE PAINTING? I’m a second-generation sign painter. I grew up watching my stepdad paint beautiful signs all over the region, but it didn’t occur to me that I might want to paint signs until after the birth of my second child in 2011. I started out with crafty, Pinterest-type signs and quickly moved on to commercial and artistic signs. YOU’VE BECOME KNOWN FOR YOUR MURALS, PERHAPS MOST NOTABLY THE QUILT-THEMED WORKS. WERE MURALS YOUR FIRST WORKS OR DID YOU START ON SMALLER CANVASES? I painted my first quilt square years ago as a gift for my mother. It was a 2-by-2-foot piece—not big at all! I don’t have an impressive artistic background. I just decided to paint signs and quilts, and then did it. WE HEAR YOU HAVE A NEW ENDEAVOR FEATURING THESE TREASURED HEIRLOOMS. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE QUILT SQUARE PROJECT. The Quilt Square Project is an effort to bring quilt murals like the ones I have done at The Farmer’s Table Cafe, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, and Uptown Fayetteville Apartments + Shops to all corners of the state. I want to feature the work of local women by painting the designs of their quilts on buildings in their towns. It’s a collaboration I’m working on with photographer Kat Wilson and Autumn Tolbert, who will document the process and collect the stories of the women who created the quilts originally. We are hoping to start in either central or northeast Arkansas.

WHY DO YOU FEEL THE QUILTS ARE A GOOD SUBJECT MATTER TO TAKE ACROSS ARKANSAS? We want to use public spaces to honor the women who marked family milestones with their handiwork. Often, quilting was also a community event with women providing support to one another to complete the work. These women used their skills as artists, laborers, and historians to create quilts that tell the stories of their family through fabric. Too often, the quilts have been locked away in closets or are too delicate to display publicly. We want to bring this art out into the communities where it originated. ASIDE FROM THE MURAL LOCATIONS, DO YOU HAVE A SET PLACE WHERE YOU WORK? Yes, my studio is off Center Street in Fayetteville. I cherish it; it’s my personal oasis away from all the things that stress me out. I paint and think and paint some more. I also have a steady stream of friends who visit and occasionally work on their own projects there. WHAT ELSE IS ON THE HORIZON FOR YOU IN 2018? My projects often pop up out of the blue, so I like to just see what comes about. My goal is to paint a large mural or brick sign each month. Fingers crossed! For more information about Sleet City Signs and Murals, give Olivia a call at (479) 387-7507 or follow her on Instagram (@sleetcitywoman). April 2018 | athomearkansas.com 23


Indoor/outdoor pillows for spring in several festive & fun designs.

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AS THE STATE’S CENTRAL HUB, Little Rock—and its surrounding metropolitan area, including North Little Rock and Conway—is the most frequent tourist destination for out-of-towners. The area is full of answers for those with questions about Arkansas and its history, such as, Where did the capital city get that funny name? (Answer: See the actual “little rock” near Junction Bridge in Riverfront Park.) While museums and historical markers offer one dimension of the metro area, you can learn oh-so-much more about central Arkansas by attending some of the many cultural events its residents work so hard to present. As a Little Rock resident, I’m particularly fond of after-hours gallery walks, like Second Friday Art night in downtown Little Rock, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s monthlong festival celebrating The Bard in June. If you haven’t visited this trio of cities recently, it’s time to circle a date on the calendar and make a trip soon. And if you live here, well, get out and enjoy playing tourist.

Top: South on Main co-owner Amy Kelley Bell pours a cocktail. Bottom: Loblolly's double-scoop ice cream cone.

MORE METRO MUST-DOS JAZZ IN THE PARK AT RIVERFRONT PARK Little Rock | Every Wednesday starting April 5

SPRINGFEST PRESENTED BY MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY Little Rock | April 7

OPENING DAY FOR THE ARKANSAS TRAVELERS North Little Rock | April 5

BRAD PAISLEY AT VERIZON ARENA North Little Rock | April 12

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FOOD & FOAM FEST North Little Rock | April 13 TOAD SUCK DAZE PAGEANT Conway | April 14 Save the date for the weekendlong festival, May 4-6!

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AT ARGENTA COMMUNITY THEATER North Little Rock | April 20-28


WHAT TO DO

Lions and tagliatelle and books, oh my—see it all in the Little Rock metro this month. >>>

The Lion King

Robinson Center // April 19–May 6

One of Broadway’s longest-running musical successes, The Lion King, finally makes its first stop in Little Rock, much to the delight of Arkansas audiences. You already know this story and its characters well—it’s based on the Disney movie of the same name—but what makes the Tony Award-winner such a show stopper are the extravagant costumes, puppets, and set pieces that bring the African tale to life. Visit celebrityattractions.com for show times and ticket information.

Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival

Clockwise: A mural for Toad Suck Daze and the sign for the original location of Blue Sail Coffee in Conway. A cheeseburger and fries at North Bar in North Little Rock.

North Shore Riverwalk Park // April 20 and 21

Did you know that Arkansas has a rich history of Italian heritage? Neither did we! A group of locals have banded together to present the first-ever Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival to promote and celebrate Italy’s place in Arkansas culture. In addition to vendors offering dishes like lasagna, pizza, osso bucco, and cannolis, you can enjoy two days of activities— including a bocce ball competition, Italian car show, and celebrity grape stomping. Visit aritalianfestival.com for a complete schedule and ticket information.

Arkansas Literary Festival Downtown Little Rock // April 26–29

MURAL AND SIGN PHOTOS BY AT HOME STAFF

WILD WINES AT LITTLE ROCK ZOO Little Rock | April 27 and 28

BALLET ARKANSAS’S DANCEWORKS Little Rock | April 28

KEVIN HART AT VERIZON ARENA North Little Rock | April 28

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER AT REYNOLDS PERFORMANCE HALL Conway | April 29

Every year the Central Arkansas Library System invites writers of all stripes to Little Rock for a weekend of panel discussions, lectures, and book signings. Three of the 2018 lineup’s biggest names include Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger, Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King, and “The Queen of Rockabilly” Wanda Jackson. On Friday, April 27, make plans to attend Author! Author!, the official festival kick-off party that gives you the opportunity to chat with featured guests. Visit arkansasliteraryfestival.org for a complete schedule and ticket information.

This section is made possible by support from Box Turtle, Catering to You, Cobblestone & Vine, the Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau, Core iD, J. Lawrence Design, Joel’s Salon, K. Lewis Interior Design, Kaufman By Design, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lumber One, Pout, Providence Design, Ransom Interiors, The Shade Above, and Tulips. April 2018 | athomearkansas.com 27


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Take a Taste

WHERE TO GO Need a dining, drinking, or hotel rec in and around River City? We have a few. >>>

WUNDERHAUS Get your brat-and-kraut fix at Wunderhaus, the brick-and-mortar incarnation of the successful German and Eastern European food truck Wunderbus. wunderhausconway.com KEMURI Baby back ribs at a sushi joint? Yep, they’re on the menu of robata, or fire-grilled, dishes at Kemuri among pages of sushi and traditional Japanese cold plates—and they’re to die for. kemurirestaurant.com TACOS 4 LIFE This philanthropy-focused Mexican restaurant has exploded in popularity across the South in recent years (including nine locations in Arkansas!), but you can still visit the flagship shop on Oak Street in Conway. tacos4life.com NORTH BAR North Bar has quickly become Park Hill’s go-to for a burger and a beer, though the menu extends far past that pairing, offering everything from a loaded tofu club (you can make it vegan) to a chicken-and-waffles appetizer. facebook.com/501northbar LOBLOLLY CREAMERY Visit the Scoop Shop on South Main Street for two scoops, an ice cream sandwich, or—if you have trouble choosing—an ice cream flight of eight flavors. loblollycreamery.com

Grab a Drink BLUE SAIL COFFEE ROASTERS Locations in both Conway and Little Rock offer an afternoon jolt of caffeine, the perfect pick-me-up during a day spent exploring central Arkansas. bluesail.coffee FLYWAY BREWING If you plan to do a Little Rock-North Little Rock pub crawl, definitely put Flyway on the agenda—we recommend the ever-popular Bluewing Berry Wheat with a Migrate pretzel. flywaybrewing.com CRUSH WINE BAR This intimate wine bar offers either moody, cozy seating inside or an atmospheric patio experience just out their back door. facebook.com/crushwinelr ROCK TOWN DISTILLERY Rock Town offers tours of its warehouse and distillery seven days a week. Each tour is capped off with tastes of its bourbon, vodka, and gin—for those over 21, of course. rocktowndistillery.com SOUTH ON MAIN In addition to a refined Southern menu and lineup of music and cultural programming, South on Main serves up some of the tastiest cocktail concoctions in the metro. southonmain.com

Stay the Night THE CAPITAL HOTEL The historic Capital Hotel first opened in 1876. Known as “the front porch of Little Rock,” this luxury hotel sits in a convenient location close to downtown shopping and dining. capitalhotel.com THE BURGUNDY HOTEL The Burgundy, a member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, is a sleek, contemporary hotel option in west Little Rock. theburgundyhotel.com

Tacos served at Tacos 4 Life in Conway.

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THE EMPRESS OF LITTLE ROCK A bed-and-breakfast housed in a Victorian architectural gem offers daily breakfast, plus an elegant high tea by reservation. theempress.com


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Southern Beauty IN FULL BLOOM

Leslie Pender has a penchant for historical homes and gardens—most notably her own. The Heights home she shares with her husband, Jim, has previously graced the pages of At Home in Arkansas, prompting us to wonder what was behind the iron gates of her garden. Pender took us on a tour to share how both the past and the present play a role in her beloved outdoor space.

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FRENCH FLAIR

The garden at the Penders’ home was designed by Neil Hamill Park, a renowned local landscape architect who won the prestigious Prix de Rome in the 1930s and spent years studying his art abroad before returning to the South. “He did the former library downtown and several houses in this neighborhood,” Pender says. “He designed the brick walkways and the whole layout, including the plan for this fabulous iron railing, that is, to me, very French.” The owners at the time built on this cosmopolitan influence with lanterns imported from Paris, which Pender had reconverted to their original gas-burning state.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Pender’s respect for the original design doesn’t mean she hasn’t brought in new layers to complement the existing garden. “I am very much involved, and that’s why I love working with Robert,” Pender says of landscape designer Robert Mauney, who updates the seasonality of the garden with plantings that fit its footprint. “He is so talented in design but allows me to work with him. We want the same direction for this yard; I really want to keep it in the Old South style. Every year I think she gets better and better. I already have lots of plans for her this spring,” Pender says of the garden.

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HEIRLOOM BLOOMS

Aside from the lasting design of the garden’s overall plan, the former owner’s original roses still bloom by the side gate each spring, bringing a bit of her spirit to the space. “She was a rose person. I am not a rose person, but these have been here forever, and they are so lovely in the spring,” Pender says. She has been told people would visit the garden to have their wedding portraits made while the garden was at its seasonal peak. Many of the original flowers in the plan have waned through the years but rather than scraping them for of-the-moment offerings, Pender chooses to replace them in order to keep the garden’s authenticity alive. “I can’t tell you how many azaleas I’ve had to replant. After 40 or 50 years, plants start to die, but it’s important to me to keep the garden going,” she says. Design Resources Garden design consultant Lori Davis Seasonal design and plantings Robert Mauney Lawn maintenance Stewart Clark Inc. Plants Cantrell Gardens, The Good Earth Garden Center, and Hocott’s Garden Center

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Tulips

Lost + Wonder citrus-print dress and Yochi disc earrings. Tulips, Little Rock, (501) 614-7343, instagram.com/tulipsinlittlerock

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Box Turtle

Anna Cate asymmetrical blouse, Dear John raw hem denim jeans, ELK “Boda” clog, wooden geometric bangle and cylinder necklace, and a Shiraleah “India” pom pom clutch. Box Turtle, Little Rock, (501) 661-1167, shopboxturtle.com

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Romance Diamond

Marco Bicego “Paradise� mixed stone and gold teardrop necklace, double strand bracelet, and short drop earrings. Romance Diamond, Fayetteville, (479) 443-9289, romancediamond.com Clothing provided by Box Turtle.

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Beyond Cotton II

Bronx and Banco tiered lace dress, Schutz “Geisy� heel, Neely Phelan antique shoe-buckle bracelet, and Haati Chai earrings. Beyond Cotton II, Little Rock, (501) 221-1539, instagram.com/beyondcotton2

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Bell & Sward

Suit by Strong Suit with a David Donahue shirt, Robert Talbott knit tie, and Martin Dingman paisley pocket square, shown with Johnston & Murphy “Stratton� shoes and leather belt. Bell & Sward, Conway, (501) 504-6880, bellandsward.com

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The Full Moon

Blush feather earrings and crystal-and-gold ring and bracelet. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367, thefullmoonlittlerock.com Clothing provided by Tulips.

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Accessory Gallery

Joseph Ribkoff lace sleeve blouse, Kut from the Kloth ankle-zip jeans, and Simon Sebbag Designs necklace. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168, facebook.com/shopag

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Home THE NEW CONSTRUCTION ISSUE

BUILT TO LAST

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Great Outdoors Natural elements bring to life this family’s west Little Rock dining room. Turn the page to read the full story.

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BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREES

Real aspen trees lining the entryway remind the homeowners of Colorado.

ROOM WITH A VIEW

A WEST LITTLE ROCK FAMILY FINDS INSPIRATION FOR THEIR HOME IN THEIR LOVE OF THE COLORADO OUTDOORS

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LOOKING OUT OVER THE VIEW

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from the dining room at Sarah and Joe Morgan’s house, it’s hard to believe that this sight almost went unnoticed. The Morgans chose to build their new-construction home on this lot, sure, but there was no guarantee for what their view would be when they started planning the 4,000-square-foot home with builder Austin White of Cap Rock Contracting of Arkansas. “We looked all over Saline and this part of Pulaski County. The Morgans wanted something with a mountainous terrain so we kept coming back to this area,” Austin says. “We had no idea the view would be like this before we cleared it. We knew there’d be some view, but we didn’t know we’d see all of God’s creation from here.” Austin and Joe, both Conway natives, reconnected when Joe, Sarah, and their son, Kai, moved to Little Rock after four years in Colorado. When it became clear that Austin could make Sarah and Joe’s vision—a home in the country with nods to mountain living—come to life, they started working together on its location and design. “We took inspiration for the colors and beams from Telluride,” Sarah says. “They have all these modern-rustic homes. I just showed Austin pictures, and he made it happen.” It was top priority to make the most of the expansive view in regard to the home’s layout, which meant an open floor plan between the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. The dining room became a natural focal point on the ground floor because of its raised ceiling, stone walls (a complement to the fireplace in the adjoining living room), and several 6-foot windows that let light spill into the room. “They definitely wanted a blend of stone and rock, and the pictures they were showing me also had siding and a bit of metal,” Austin says. “[Sarah] wanted to use some kind of wood in the ceiling, and we ended up toying with some pallet wood ideas I’d done with some other projects.” The result is a design that feels as seamless in the Arkansas hills as it would in the Rocky Mountains.

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A TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME

As with many entry spaces, the foyer sets the tone for this house: comfortable and classic yet interesting. Designer Jill Lawrence notes that a veined travertine tile is a “nice little showstopper” underfoot, while iron lanterns hang from the beadboard ceiling and echo the black seen on the interior mullions of the windows.

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A MOUNTAIN HOME COUPLE TRADES GRAND FOR COZY IN A NEW-CONSTRUCTION HOME DESIGNED BY THEIR SISTER-IN-LAW 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 S T Y L I N G : L A U R E N C E R R AT O

This fabric seen on the seat of the accent chairs was the starting point for the home’s palette and overall design.

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WHEN YOU HEAR DESIGNER JILL LAWRENCE

EVERYDAY ELEGANCE

To make the dining room sensible for everyday use, Jill employed chairs with slipcovers, which can be thrown in the wash and cleaned again and again. “They are workhorses,” she says. The designer also gave the couple the airy look they wanted by giving their dining room table a lighter, specialty in-house finish. “This house is much less serious [than their previous home] so we felt like it needed to be lightened up.”

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describe her sister- and brother-in-law—Judy and Dr. George Lawrence—and their children, you get an immediate impression of happiness and togetherness. “They move as a unit; they cheer each other on; and they really participate fully in each other’s lives, so there’s not a lot of time by themselves,” she says of the family of five. With that mind, the quintet wanted to be tucked into a house that, while still gracious in size, has a floor plan that makes each space feel like a casual, comfortable retreat; a place that invites shared dinners, conversations, and downtime. To gain this sense of coziness and togetherness, a downsize was in order. “Their previous home was a much bigger house, and they realized it was just too much house,” Lawrence says. The designer explains it this way: “I think this is something that a lot of people go through. It’s kind of like having the big wedding, in that if you haven’t had the big wedding, you will always wonder about it. But once you’ve had the big wedding, you realize it’s not that big of a deal. The big house is the same way. When people start to become empty nesters—or even before then, as with this family—they are like, ‘Wow, this is a lot to keep up with, and we’re not here that much.’” Knowing the family well, Jill drew a house plan she felt would accommodate them and their wishes. “They’ve really enjoyed this floor plan,” she says. “It’s basically all one level; however, there is a downstairs with two boys’ bedrooms and a kids’ lounge and kitchenette, so they can be messy and nobody needs to know,” she says with a laugh. The common spaces, master suite, and the Lawrences’ daughter’s bedroom are all on the main level. “This is their version of the simplified life and they love it,” Jill says. “They are warm, casual, friendly people, and I think this house is all of those things.”


“This is their version of the simplified life, and they love it!” —Designer Jill Lawrence

A TWIST ON TRADITIONAL

Efficiency and storage were two must-haves in the kitchen design. “It has a good work triangle and doesn’t bottleneck when multiple people are in there,” Jill says of the flow. A large walk-in pantry (located behind the refrigerator) solved for storage, while pocket doors keep its contents, everything from dry goods to small appliances, neatly concealed. Aside from these considerations, Jill made sure the kitchen had a welcoming look, noting the craftsmanship and detail seen in the cabinetry. “The cabinets are truly phenomenal, and we painted them a slightly off shade of gray; it’s just slight so it’s a play on a traditional white kitchen.” April 2018 | athomearkansas.com 47


RUSTIC RETREAT

Deeper hues of the blue, green, and neutral-toned palette abound in Jill’s brother-in-law George’s study, which is also a favorite napping place for one of the couple’s sons. Enveloped in a deep blue gray, the room is arguably one of the coziest in the house. An equal mix of new finds and pieces the couple already owned comprise the room’s makeup. The ottoman was a piece that struggled to find a home following the move; however, Jill gave it new life with a spirited Ralph Lauren animal-print fabric and positioned it here where it provides extra seating and echoes the taxidermy pieces.

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE

The casual yet sophisticated feel of the home extends beyond its walls onto a covered patio, located just off the living room. “When you have a lot of windows facing your outdoor spaces, the interior and exterior need to blend and have like components because they all mesh together as one big space,” Jill says. “I always try to make sure that my outdoor accents go with the interior. They don’t have to completely match but you need to be able to look out there and recognize there’s a flow.”

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST

When the family moved into the residence in 2015, Jill and her sister-in-law, Judy, came to a realization. “We had paid very close attention to every room, but for some reason, we did not do a whole lot about the master bedroom,” Jill says with a laugh. “We thought we could just bring it all over from the old house and have it work, and, of course, it just rarely works out like that.” Never one to leave a space unfinished, Jill remedied the situation with eye-catching botanical-print drapery panels set against a “fabulous grasscloth Thibaut wallpaper,” which she notes has a pewter sheen. They were able to use the bed from their previous home but added new nightstands, artwork, and accessories for an update. The artwork seen over the bed is a piece Judy had commissioned from Nashville artist Charlotte Terrell.

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PRACTICAL PAIRINGS

“This is probably one of my favorite layouts of all time,” Jill says of the master bath. “It’s not overly large, but it packs a lot of style and has a ton of natural light.” His-andhers vanities are centrally located opposite the tub, while built-in chests, one near the entry and a second against the far wall, provide linen storage. To create visual interest, Jill paired contemporary elements—such as the wall-mount faucet and geometric hardware—with timeless elegant selections, including the freestanding soaker tub, a soft neutral-based palette, and the addition of a classic rug.

Design Resources Interior design Jill Lawrence, J. Lawrence Design Contractor Buddy Walker, Dream House Design & Construction Accessories Cobblestone & Vine, J. Lawrence Design, and Roy Dudley Estate Sales Appliances Shay’s Appliance Art J. Lawrence Design and Matt Coburn Fine Art Bedding, lighting, and wallpaper J. Lawrence Design Cabinetry Scott Osmon, Osmon Cabinets Carpet Village Carpet Shop Countertops (kitchen) Inside Effects Fabrics Designer Effects and J. Lawrence Design Furniture Cobblestone & Vine and mertinsdykehome Paint Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams Rugs Hadidi Rug and Design Gallery and ProSource of Little Rock Upholstery Howard’s Upholstery Window coverings Angelthreads and Nancy Osborn April 2018 | athomearkansas.com 51


High-Style Harmony COMFORTABLE LIVING MEETS TRANSITIONAL STYLE IN THIS FRESH FAYETTEVILLE HOME

SETTING THE TONE

A vignette in the entryway across from the dining room “starts to tell the story of the home from the moment you walk in,” Henry says. In the dining room, the natural vibe of the live-edge table paired with upholstered chairs and mixed metals (including a silver-andgold cork ceiling) hint at the unexpected design pairings found throughout the rest of the home.

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DESIGNER LEE ANNE HENRY OF WHITELINE DESIGNS had one goal in approaching the design of this house: Every detail had to be perfect. While that might seem lofty, that’s the inherent draw of building a new house. “They wanted a clean, open feel to the home,” Henry says, “and they wanted to be able to do it exactly the way they wanted it. They wanted to make it their forever home.” In doing so, Henry had the challenge of melding the couple’s opposing masculine and feminine styles. The two are recent empty nesters with an interest in art and a penchant for entertaining, so it was imperative that the home lend itself to flow and function in addition to beautiful design. Henry was involved in this project from the ground up, developing the floor plan, designing custom cabinetry and millwork, and selecting furniture that struck a balance between comfort and style. In the end, she achieved the homeowners’ dream “forever home” by setting a soft, neutral palette and lush textures against cozy, cabinlike architectural elements.

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The homeowners’ pup enjoys a sitting area off the kitchen. The space features a piece of art by Arkansas artist Duane Gardner, which was purchased early in the building process. “It acted as a guide for furnishing and paint,” Henry says.

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LIGHT & BRIGHT

The open-concept living room and kitchen is a perfect layout for the homeowners, who entertain frequently. Henry chose acrylic stools with a gold base to allow the kitchen island, which is topped with Patagonia granite, to shine. “I did not want to distract from it with seating,” Henry says. The wide-plank hardwood seen throughout the house pairs nicely with the simple styling of the kitchen.

Two framed Salvador Dali pieces from the homeowners’ collection hang next to doors that lead to the back patio.

“I always tell my clients to keep their eyes peeled for possible accessories and inspirations while traveling.” —Designer Lee Anne Henry

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AN ARTFUL JUXTAPOSITION

In the living room, light blue paint on the built-ins coupled with creamhued sofas soften the ceiling’s exposed-wood beams, stone fireplace surround, and angular side tables. Seeded glass in the bookcase windows echoes the texture found in the rug and wooden beams. Anchoring the lush seating area is a quartz onyx coffee table by Verona Prive Maison.

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SHEEPISH DISCOVERY

Henry says she always tells clients to keep their eyes peeled for possible accessories and inspirations while traveling, and she was thrilled when the homeowner came back from London with a picture of the sheep-shaped footstool seen here. She had spotted this funky accessory in her room at the famous Goring Hotel, and the two agreed that it would be the perfect addition to the sitting room off the side of the master bedroom. The matching chairs swivel to provide a view of the backyard.

CHIC RETREAT

Floor-to-ceiling marble near the shower gives the spacious master bathroom the feel of a spa. “I wanted this to be a beautiful space for her and a great shower space for him,� Henry says. An inkblot-inspired wallpaper by Candace Olson for York, a modern sink, and suspended globe lights make the room contemporary yet timeless.

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COZY CLASSIC

The luxe-cabin feel established in the communal rooms extends to the master suite, where Henry aimed for beautiful yet not too feminine, cozy yet elevated. The tall, paneled ceiling is coated in a light wash of the wall color, which exaggerates its height and adds to the airiness of the room.

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THINK BIG

Acacia wood floors run throughout the majority of the home, providing a continuous base from room to room. Their dark hues complement the lighter pinewood table that sits between the kitchen island and the living room. Since this piece can be seen from a number of vantage points in the home, it was important that it be a favorite and also that it work well with furniture in the adjoining rooms. Designer Krista Lewis found this table at market and was immediately drawn to its beauty and scale. “The scale of furniture was important because of the higher ceilings in this space; we had to think of everything in a little bit bigger terms,� Krista says. This was also true when it came to art selections, as seen in the stacked pieces on the wall behind the table. April 2018 | athomearkansas.com 61


NATURALLY NEUTRAL

The art seen over the fireplace is a work by Arkansas artist Trey McCarley, who is a family friend of the Mosers. This piece helped to dictate the colors throughout the house: “It’s easy on the eye when a palette flows throughout a home, and this house in particular is so open that I feel like it needs to have a continuous palette,” Krista says. “There’s a little bit of accent color—in the kitchen there’s more green and in the dining room there’s more blue—but overall it’s pretty neutral everywhere.” At right, a pair of barn-style doors close off a second den, a place where the couple enjoys spending mornings watching deer feed outside the windows.

ROOM FOR TRADITION

As with many special pieces, the Mosers wanted to continue the tradition they started at their formal dining table by using it in their new home. Krista incorporated the couple’s existing table, chairs, and china cabinet, which holds numerous treasures collected through the years, into the design by pairing it with a light blue console table and draperies. A quartet of framed intaglios hangs above the console table—a part of the repetition of artwork in a series seen throughout the home.

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WHEN ROBERT AND KANDEE MOSER SET OUT TO BUILD THEIR NEW HOME, they thought not only about the present but also the future. “Even though our kids are leaving home,” Kandee says, “I wanted a big open space for them to come home to on weekends and holidays.” The couple envisioned a one-level home and had plenty of space to build outward on their wooded lot outside of Little Rock. The Mosers also wanted to plan for future additions to the family, including grandchildren, by using durable pieces that could stand up to the wear-and-tear of family use. “One of the things I wanted was a table where we all could sit together, and have it be so durable that if the children beat on it, it wouldn’t matter,” Kandee adds. With these initial ideas in mind and Robert’s experience in the commercial construction industry, the two didn’t walk into the build blind. The Mosers started their building process by visiting with Phillip Rye of Rye Custom Homes and touring his personal residence. “We went through their home and started our plan based on the plan they had; but it evolved from there, and at the end of the day our home ended up not resembling his,” Robert says. After perfecting their floor plan, the couple brought in Krista Lewis of K. Lewis Interior Design to work on finishes throughout the home. Aside from the plan, one of the biggest changes they wanted to see from their previous space to this new house was in color palette. “Their previous home had a lot of deep hues, including burgundy, and they wanted to lighten it up a bit when it came to overall palette while still retaining a cozy, welcoming feel,” Krista says. “They didn’t want it to be too rustic or too contemporary. They just wanted it to be comfortable and timeless,” she says.

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SERENITY FOUND

A soaker tub is the first thing seen upon opening a set of double pocket doors that lead from the master bedroom to the adjoining bath. Krista carefully selected the artwork to create a striking focal point. Her choice, a handmade cut-paper work, is displayed in a contemporary acrylic frame, thus blending modern and traditional in the space. “We had already placed traditional oils, engravings, and dried botanicals throughout the home, and I like variety in an art collection, so I thought it would be nice to look for something in a different media and that was slightly more contemporary,” the designer says. The piece hangs on large-scaled porcelain tile, which covers the shower’s outside wall behind the tub. “This tile has a quality that almost makes it look like concrete,” Krista notes.

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REFINED AND RUSTIC

A walk-through shower leads from the vanity through to a window seat on the opposite side. Because of the home’s secluded, wooded location, privacy was not a concern. Uncovered windows allow natural light to spill into the shower, though a shade can be lowered when desired. Krista notes the pebble rock on the shower floor brings in texture and “adds a rustic touch that speaks to the rural location.”

A SPACE OF THEIR OWN

His-and-hers vanities, complete with an abundance of cabinetry for storage, offer space for the couple to get ready for the day. Krista chose vessel sinks with wall-mounted faucets to continue the transitional air that flows throughout the home. A wood-grain porcelain tile covers the floor in a hue that coordinates peacefully with the overall palette.

BLUES AND NEUTRAL HUES

Krista did not initially work on the master bedroom. However, after moving into the residence, the Mosers called her and asked if she could lend her magic in this space as well. The beadboard ceiling treatment, an element that was part of the initial build, brings a coziness to the room, which Krista balanced with the continuation of the airy palette. “It was a lot of fun to come back and do this space because we had developed such a close relationship and level of trust after working on the rest of the home,” the designer says.

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They are very family oriented, so I wanted to bring in pieces that are special to them and use them where they wanted to use them.” — Designer Krista Lewis

CONTEMPORARY MEETS CLASSIC

An heirloom bed, which belonged to a member of Robert’s family, is the centerpiece of the Mosers’ college-age daughter’s bedroom. “They are very family oriented, so I wanted to bring in pieces that are special to them and use them where they wanted to use them,” Krista says. She accented the antique’s timeless beauty with crisp, monogrammed linens, a contemporary lamp, and a layered window treatment; a trio of current accessories that bring what she says is a “youthful feel” to the space.

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Brandy Harp Founded in 1994, Jon Underhill Real Estate is a full-service boutique firm focused on selling homes in central Arkansas’s most sought-after neighborhoods. As the firm’s principal broker, Brandy Harp puts her clients first. This is apparent in both her results and accolades, including being recognized as one of the top Realtors in Little Rock with sales exceeding $15 million. She earned the highest level of the Realtor Award of Distinction for each of the past three years. Harp says the firm is continually adapting to the changing real estate market, staying one step ahead in technology as well as marketing and advertising strategies to deliver positive results for their clients. She is confident that excellent customer service is what sets the firm apart. “We’re not pushing clients to buy or sell a home; instead, we’re providing them with information and professional guidance to help them make the best choice for their family and their future,” she says. “It is truly a privilege to help people make one of the most important decisions in their lives.”

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A F O C U S O N C U S T O M E R S E R V I C E A LO N G W I T H A P R OV E N T R A C K R E C O R D M A K E B R A N DY H A R P A T R U S T E D N A M E I N T H E A R KA N S A S R E A L E S TAT E I N D U S T R Y Brandy Harp | Jon Underhill Real Estate | 501.580.4277 | jonunderhill.com | @jonunderhillrealestate | facebook.com/JonUnderhillRealEstate

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Stacy Hamilton Team The Stacy Hamilton Team, comprised of Stacy Hamilton, Cristie Hughes, and Rebecca Ross, offers 24/7 availability to best suit their clients’ needs. They pride themselves on making the process of selling and/or buying a home as easy as possible from start to close. Not only are they local market experts, they go the extra mile for their clients, working to prepare their properties by staging, decluttering, and offering a relationship with a licensed contractor for timely repairs. Once the home is ready for the market, they promote their listings with virtual tours, professional photography, and social media campaigns. In 2017, the team was in the top 3% in MLS sales, with 62 properties sold throughout the year. They were also recognized by the Little Rock Realtors Association as a Diamond Producer with sales over $10 million last year. Aside from their proven record, the group, which is a part of Pulaski Heights Realty, knows that life doesn’t slow down when you are in the market for a new home. That’s why they strive to build relationships with their clients. “We learn so much from getting to know our clients, which helps us streamline the process,” Hamilton says. “Our goal is to seamlessly get you into your dream home, whether you’ve moved 10 times or this is your first time.”

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O F F E R I N G S T A G I N G , A S S I S T A N C E W I T H R E PA I R S , P H O T O G R A P H Y A N D V I R T U A L T O U R S , T H E S T A C Y H A M I LT O N T E A M S T R I V E S T O M A K E Y O U R M O V E S E A M L E S S Stacy Hamilton, Cristie Hughes & Rebecca Ross | Stacy Hamilton Team | Pulaski Heights Realty | 501.786.0024| stacyhamilton.realtor.com Instagram: @stacyleephr | facebook.com/stacyhamiltonrealestate

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Pixel Properties Realty Founders Ray Ellen and Sarah Bailey take a unique approach to selling real estate; combining 26 years of experience with real estate and innovative marketing practices, they have formed a brokerage that behaves more like a media company than a traditional real estate office. Both award-winning agents recognized changes in the real estate industry a few years ago and began altering their services to provide more value to their clients. Now, as some of the top agents in the area, they formed Pixel Properties Realty to help other agents offer the same benefit to their customers. Ellen says, “In the future, we won’t be real estate agents. We will be media companies that specialize in real estate and in the community.” There is no doubt that video has become the trend in real estate in recent years and Pixel Properties takes it to another level by creating content around the community and their listings and distributing the content using algorithms and data to make sure the stories are seen by the right people. With over ten talented agents already joining them in the first month of operation, they will set the tone for the future of real estate.

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A N I N N OVAT I V E A P P R O A C H T O M A R K E T I N G A N D T E X T B O O K I N D U S T R Y S K I L L S M A K E P I X E L P R O P E R T I E S A T R A I L B L A Z E R I N C E N T R A L A R KA N S A S ’ S R E A L E S TAT E M A R K E T Ray Ellen & Sarah Bailey | Pixel Properties Realty | 501.255.5855 | pixelproperties.com | @pixelproperties | facebook.com/PixelPropertiesRealty

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John Selva As the founder of central Arkansas’s Pulaski Heights Realty (PHR), John Selva provides listing clients with a strong online marketing presence including 3D 24-hour open house tours, professional photography, floor plans, and custom websites to peak interest in their property. The firm provides a seller’s checklist and can assist with staging or repairs. “We make sure your house looks its best so you get the best price,” Selva says. Selva has more than $30.5 million in sales in the Hillcrest neighborhood, which is more than three times that of any other Realtor for the past

seven years and received the Little Rock Realtors Association Realtor of Distinction award and the 2017 Diamond award for over $7 million in sales. He is also a member of the National Association of Realtors Council of Residential Specialists, a designation received after advanced training and experience. “Protecting my clients’ interests with the sale or purchase of their home is my number one goal. I love my job and feel honored when clients choose me to help them navigate such an important transaction in their lives,” Selva says.

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John Selva | Pulaski Heights Realty | 501.663.6000 | pulaskiheightsrealty.com | @pulaskiheightsrealty | facebook.com/pulaskiheights

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JoJo Carter JoJo Carter has been in the real estate industry for more than 12 years. Along with this experience, she brings a construction background and an interior design degree—both of which prove to be helpful to buyers and sellers when considering a property. “I understand space planning and identify when the right home (or one with the potential to be the right home) becomes available,” Carter says. “I also help my sellers get their houses properly staged as well as have professional photography taken so that when it hits the market, it looks great and will stand out to potential

buyers,” she says. Carter has received numerous accolades including the Little Rock Realtors Association Realtor of Distinction Award at the platinum and gold levels. In 2017, her listings sold for an average of 99.41% of their list price compared to an MLS average of 95.72%. They also sold in a quarter of the time of other MLS listings (24 days versus 101 days). “I love the challenge of finding my buyers the perfect home and helping my clients sell their home faster and for more money than if they tried to do it on their own,” Carter says.

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OVER A DECADE OF EXPERIENCE AND A BACKGROUND IN BUILDING AND INTERIOR D E S I G N M A K E J O J O C A R T E R A N A M E T O K N O W I N T H E R E A L E S TAT E I N D U S T R Y JoJo Carter | Pulaski Heights Realty | 501.773.9949 | pulaskiheightsrealty.com | @pulaskiheightsrealty | facebook.com/pulaskiheights

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how to get your chocolate fix Stop by the store or shop online to have chocolate bars, cocoa tea, and sipping chocolate shipped to your door.

In an approach they describe as “bean-to-bar and beyond,” Bentonville’s Markham & Fitz Chocolate Makers uses fair-trade sourced cacao beans from their partner farmers in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Nicaragua to create their confections, which—as you can see—are not limited to chocolate bars. Their commitment to these relationships and the ones they create with customers in the shop are two of the ways they “celebrate people” every day. P R O D U C E R : T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H O T O G R A P H Y: B E T H H A L L

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Find more information about Markham & Fitz, including location and hours, at markhamandfitz.com.


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At Home in Arkansas | April 2018  
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