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Contents J U LY 2018
43 BE HAPPY
Bright colors and budget-friendly décor ideas abound in a Hot Springs condo.
50 SUMMER CAMP
Deck the Dock
Events, Openings & Launches
Designer Daniel Keeley helps create a family retreat on a natural North Arkansas property.
60 NEW LIFE ON THE LAKE
The CEO of HOWSE and his family find both relaxation and room for exploration at their Beaver Lake house.
8 WELCOME 72 END NOTES
On The Cover The screened porch of a Jasper retreat. Design by Daniel Keeley. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 50.
22 GET TO KNOW
24 DISCOVER New West
Welcome to Paradise!
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PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK
summer! I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been looking forward to our Summer Living Issue all year. For me, “summer living” evokes memories of days at Lake Hamilton (and, before that, Lake St. John, a small oxbow lake in Louisiana where my dad grew up). As kids, my sister and I could spend hours tubing behind the boat or bobbing on rafts in the sun, our free time endless as far as the eye could see—well, at least until August. These days, you’ll more likely find me on the dock or screened-in porch, taking in the view and the rhythm of the day at a slower pace. I’m happy enough to have a book and beverage in hand, more of an observer to the hubbub of the lake (and my niece and nephew splashing around) than an active participant. As we put together this issue, I loved seeing the many ways “summer living” translates differently to Arkansans: For some, it’s an active season—time to plan a pool party (page 32) or try a fresh new recipe (page 29). For others, it’s all about stealing vacation moments when you can, even if it’s just a quiet weekend in a cabin by the Little Buffalo River (page 50). Each scenario is appealing in its own way, and each seems an appropriately Arkansas way to celebrate summer. No matter how you spend the season, I hope this one offers plenty of moments that you can grab hold of and cherish for years to come.
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Deck the Dock While Arkansas is an inland state, we’re home to thousands of miles of lake and river shoreline. Make the most of your time outdoors with these water-worthy finds. Turn the page for sources.
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PREVIOUS PAGE Summer Classics “Charleston” aluminum lounge chairs and table with Summer Classics umbrella. Antique Brick Outdoors, Little Rock, antiquebrickinc.com
1 & 2 The “Santa Barbara” umbrella with a Cabana Red Stripe canopy and Barclay Butera cushioned swivel rocker. Ken Rash’s Arkansas, Little Rock, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com
3 Large white lantern. Paul Michael Company, Lake Village, paulmichaelcompany.com 4 American flag flask. Southern Life, Little Rock, shopsouthernlife.com 5 Komono “Lulu” sunglasses in Milky White. Beige, Little Rock, beigelr.com 6 Peter Millar “Journeyman” swim trunks. Bell & Sward, Conway, bellandsward.com 7 Kork-Ease “Pine” leather sandals in Turquoise. Haus Werk, Little Rock, shophauswerk.com
8 The “St. Anne Tote” by Barrington in Tan Palm Leaf. fresh i.d., Little Rock, instagram.com/freshidlr 9 “Marlo Stripe” organic towels. Pottery Barn, Little Rock and Rogers, potterybarn.com
10 Vietri “Marina Minnows” round platter. The Everyday Chef, Jonesboro and Little Rock, theeverydaychef.net 11 Stemless wine glass with palm pattern. In Season, Bentonville, inseasonbentonville.com
12 Kamado Joe “Big Joe” grill. Congo Fireplace & Patio, Benton, congofp.com
13 “Oriental Garland” outdoor rug in Blue & White. The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, thegoodearthgarden.com
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ARRIVALS, OPENINGS & LAUNCHES NEWS FROM AROUND THE NATURAL STATE
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ARKANSAS FARMS FEATURED IN FLORAL DESIGN BOOK
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Wilson Gardens, Wilson, Arkansas
Greg Campbell and Erick New, owners of Garden District in Memphis, have been working together for 25 years. They source flowers from all over the world, including two farms in Arkansas: DELTA SOL FARM in Proctor and WILSON GARDENS in Wilson. The Memphis natives have now released an inspirational coffee table book, FLORISTS TO THE FIELD, which features a behind-the-scenes look at the designers as they conjure breathtaking tablescapes inspired by and created in the settings of each of their source farms. Other farms featured in the book include locations in Louisiana, Wisconsin, Oregon, California, and Holland. For a list of upcoming signings and to purchase the book, visit southerlymedia.com.
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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT CRYSTAL BRIDGES
Chef and author TONI TIPTON-MARTIN will speak at CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART on July 27 as part of the museum's Distinguished Speaker Series. Toni is the winner of a 2016 James Beard Book Award, and she will discuss and sign copies of her book The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbook. A signing will take place following the lecture. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at crystalbridges.org.
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NEW OPTIONS FOR RUGS, CARPET, AND HARDWOODS WILL HAVE YOU READY TO RE-THINK WHATâ€™S UNDERFOOT
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2-by-3-foot accent rugs in varying shades and patterns. 1 & 2 Martinous Oriental Rugs, martinous.com 3 â€“ 6 Hadidi Rug & Design Gallery, hadidiruggallery.com
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TILE & HARDWOODS 1 Shaw’s “Reflections” hardwood line, shown here in Luminous, is a wide plank hickory. Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Carpet Smart, flooringamericacenterton. com; Gold Medal Flooring, goldmedalflooring.com; Holmes Tile & Marble, holmestile.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kaufman By Design, kaufmanbydesign.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Peter’s Paint & Flooring, petersflooringandpaint.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com 2 Emser’s porcelain tile “Porch” series, shown here in Midnight, has the look of hardwoods and the ease-of-care of tile. C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Carpet Barn, carpetbarn.net; Emser Tile Little Rock, emser. com; Encore Building Products, encoregroupusa.com; Law’s Flooring & Rugs, lawsflooring.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; River
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City Flooring, Inc., rivercityflooringinc.com; Triton Stone Group, tritonstone.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com 3 Anderson Tuftex’s “Old World” hardwood flooring is a wide plank engineered white oak. Abbey Carpet & Floor, abbeycarpet.com; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Encore Building Products, encoregroupusa. com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; ProSource of Little Rock, prosourcewholesale.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com 4 Mohawk’s “Café Society” in Froth is an open-grain hardwood featuring a range of light colors. Akel’s Carpet One, akelscarpetone.com; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Carpet Barn, carpetbarn.net; Encore Building Products, encoregroupusa.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Ridout Lumber Company, ridoutlumber. com; The Floor Store, thefloorstore.company; White River Flooring, whiteriverflooring.com
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Can’t choose just one rug? Layer rugs for a look that’s as easy on the eyes as it is underfoot.
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RUGS 1 Nourison “Aldora” hand-knotted, wool-blend rug in Opal; available in multiple and custom sizes. Martinous Oriental Rugs, martinous.com
2 Surya “Nova” (NVA-3033) low pile rug; available in multiple sizes.
Ashley HomeStore, ashleyfurniturehomestore.com; Bassett Furniture, bassettfurniture.com
3 Oriental Weavers “Elisa” rug; available in multiple sizes. Abide
Furniture, abidefurniture.net; Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture. com; Art of Design, (501) 425-3776; Arnold’s Flooring America, arnold’sflooringlittlerock.com; H3 Home + Décor, h3homedecor.com; Martinous, martinous.com; Sowell’s Furniture, sowellsfurniture.com; White Furniture, whitefurniturecompany.com
4 Uttermost “Clairmont” 9-by-12-foot hand-tufted wool rug in Natural. GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome.com
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CARPET 1 Shaw’s “New Wave” carpet is made in the USA. Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Carpet Smart, flooringamericacenterton.com; Gold Medal Flooring, goldmedalflooring.com; Holmes Tile & Marble, holmestile.com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kaufman By Design, kaufmanbydesign.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter. com; Peter’s Paint & Flooring, petersflooringandpaint.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com
2 Mohawk’s Air.O line is hypoallergenic, easy to clean, and VOC-free; plus, it’s
available in numerous of styles and colors. Akel’s Carpet One, akelscarpetone. com; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Carpet Barn, carpetbarn. net; Encore Building Products, encoregroupusa.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Ridout Lumber Company, ridoutlumber.com; The Floor Store, thefloorstore.company; White River Flooring, whiteriverflooring.com
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3 Shaw’s Bellera line, shown here in the “Diamonds Forever” pattern that is
available in 16 colors, features stain-resistant technology as well as spill-proof backing. Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, candfcarpet.com; Carpet Smart, flooringamericacenterton.com; Gold Medal Flooring, goldmedalflooring.com; Holmes Tile & Marble, holmestile. com; Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kaufman By Design, kaufmanbydesign.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Peter’s Paint & Flooring, petersflooringandpaint.com; Tom January Floors, Inc., tomjanuaryfloors.com
4 “Tanzania” by Anderson Tuftex is a Stainmaster carpet featuring a worldly pattern. Carpet Smart, flooringamericacenterton.com
C E L E B R AT I N G YO U R L I F E S T Y L E
PHOTOGRAPHY: NANCY NOLAN
Designer Tobi Fairley invites us to her backyard for a gathering with tropical flair. See the full story on page 32.
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Connect with Kerry at flagandbanner.com, where you’ll find links to her in-house magazine, BRAVE, and radio show, “Up in Your Business.”
American Dreamer MEET KERRY MCCOY
AN UNLIKELY INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN FLAGS LED THIS LITTLE ROCK ENTREPRENEUR ON A LIFETIME ADVENTURE MANUFACTURING AND SELLING FLAGS OF EVERY KIND IMAGINABLE I N T E R V I E W : T I F FA N Y A D A M S PH OTO G R A PH Y: R E T T PEEK
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DID YOU KNOW?
The average flag lasts just six months when in daily use.
Q. How did you become interested in flags? A. Honestly, I like to say it was a series of bad luck.
After a semester of college, I came back home to Little Rock and got a job as a telephone operator. I was 18, and they offered great benefits; everyone told me I had it made. But my mother could tell I was miserable. She suggested I go to fashion merchandising school in Dallas. I loved it and wanted to be a buyer when I graduated a year later. However, it was 1974 and there was a recession—meaning no jobs for buyers. I wanted to stay in Dallas, so I went to an employment office. They sent me to Betsy Ross Flag Girl, and that was my start in the flag business.
Q. But you didn’t stay in Dallas. How did you bring your flag knowledge back to The Natural State? A. I came home to see my brother get married, and once again my mother could tell I was bummed. She
suggested I come home and sell flags on my own. My father had owned his own business, so I thought, “Why not? I can do this.” With $400 and a desk in my dad’s office, I started the business. For years, I put my earnings back into it, and turned Arkansas Flag & Banner into what it is today.
Q. Do you only offer state and American flags at Arkansas Flag & Banner? A. No, we offer any kind of flag you can imagine,
from religious to historical to social to custom designs for businesses and associations. We sew the really large Arkansas flags that you often see around town here inhouse, and we produce the custom designs others send us as well. We also offer flag repair, banners, pennants, bunting, poles, and tons of home and garden flaginspired pieces.
Q. In the spirit of a true entrepreneur, you haven’t stopped with the success of the business. You recently expanded your reach with a radio show and a biannual publication where you share the stories
of people around the globe and their flags. A. I always say, “Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur.” People don’t realize how creative
actual business can be: You have a dream, you build it and create it, and it’s realized. I believe the most successful entrepreneurs are the ones who can dream. These projects grew out of my desire to tell the stories of others and share what I have learned as an entrepreneur.
Q. For many, the summer season means decorating with American flags and bunting. Are you one to participate in this at your own residence? A. It’s a huge thing for me! Flag season starts on
Memorial Day, continues on to Flag Day on June 14 and through to July 4. If you’re really hardcore like me, you’ll leave it up until Labor Day. I do red, white, and blue yardage draped from the eaves of my house and staple full fans along the edge of my porch.
Q. Finally, it would be remiss not mention the structure that houses your business. Many know it as Dreamland Ballroom. What can you tell us about this historic place? A. Yes, we moved in to the old Taborian Hall in 1991—only into the first floor because I couldn’t afford to
renovate the second and third at that time. I couldn’t even afford heat, so we would answer the phone and then run back to the space heater, take an order and then run back to the space heater; we weren’t that productive. Eventually, we did get heat, but during those first few months I noticed a number of African-American gentlemen in the their 70s and 80s who would drop by to see the space and reminisce about its third floor, known as Dreamland Ballroom. This was their gathering place and they remembered its heyday. I realized I was entrusted with something that had a lot of history. We recently received a $500,000 grant to install an elevator, and I hope that within the next year we’ll be able to more fully tell the ballroom's story to visitors.
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NEW WEST DISCOVER FORT SMITH
AN EXPANDING ARTS SCENE ALONG WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE TOWNâ€™S HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE GIVE FORT SMITH ITS DEPTH OF CHARM S TO RY: S T EPH A N I E M A X W EL L N E W TO N P H O T O G R A P H Y : M AT T J O H N S O N
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Facing page: “Otter” by ROA. From top: “Rapto divino en Fort Smith” by Jaz & Pastel; “Catira” by Bicicleta Sem Freio.
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WHAT TO DO Places to gather with the creative community in the Fort Smith area. >>>
Rivervalley Artisan Market Pendergraft Park // Ongoing
From May to October, you’ll find artisans selling everything from paintings and handmade jewelry to pottery and crafts at this pop-up market in downtown Fort Smith. Stalls are open 5–9 p.m. on the first Tuesday, third Tuesday, and last Saturday of each month, so you can swing by before or after dinner— or during, as there are often participating food trucks. Visit facebook.com/rivervalleyartisanmarket for more information about the market.
Ales for Trails Craft Beer Festival Harry E. Kelley River Park // July 7
n 2018, its bicentennial year, there has never been a better time to visit Fort Smith. It’s a place that holds immeasurable history, both of the European settlers who established it as a military post 200 years ago and the American natives who lived there for generations prior. The city’s position as a western frontier town was immortalized in Charles Portis’s True Grit, and now, it’s experiencing a surge of attention for art of a different form. Since 2015, murals have been cropping up on walls across Fort Smith’s historic downtown as part of The Unexpected, a public-art initiative started by local creative and event organization 64.6 Downtown. While the artists responsible for the larger-than-life works come from all over the world, their subjects tend to reflect the many facets of Fort Smith’s storied history.
The event calls itself a celebration of “craft beer, live music, and an active outdoor lifestyle,” all of which you can participate in at the festival. In addition to samples of more than 400 craft brews, there will be live music (including headliner Eve 6), a Baggo tournament, food trucks, and a 5K “beer run.” Ales for Trails is a fundraiser for Park Partners, a nonprofit that supports the growth of the trail system for biking and walking in Fort Smith. Visit ales4trails.com for ticket information and an official schedule.
Peacemaker Festival Harry E. Kelley River Park // July 27-28
The Peacemaker Festival was founded in 2015 with the intent to bring a wider variety of live musical acts to Fort Smith. Now in its fourth year, festival organizers are making good on their promise by presenting musicians from all over the country and from blues, country, folk, and rock backgrounds. This year’s headliners include Grace Potter, Anderson East, Paul Thorn, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Visit peacemakerfest.com for ticket information and an official schedule. July 2018 | athomearkansas.com 25
WHERE TO GO Recommended eats, drinks, and places to see along the ArkansasOklahoma border. >>>
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Eat TALIANO’S ITALIAN The historic James Sparks House, an 1887 Victorian mansion in downtown Fort Smith, has been home to this authentic Italian restaurant since its owners led the restoration in the 1970s. talianos.net
21 WEST END This contemporary bar and restaurant celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with a swanky interior update and an expanded wine list. If you intend to stay for dinner, reservations are recommended. 21westend.com
RALPH’S PINK FLAMINGO BBQ The folks behind this eatery earned their chops through years of barbecue competition, including time spent at such esteemed events as the Kansas City Barbeque Society championship. pinkflamingobbq.com
Shop & See
PHO VIETNAM A local favorite for pho, banh mi, dumplings, and other staples of Vietnamese cuisine served in a casual atmosphere. (479) 782-3227 BRICKTOWN BREWERY As the only Arkansas outpost of this Oklahoma franchise, Bricktown’s menu of “twisted comfort foods,” like the Green Chile and Chicken Mac and Cheese, has become a go-to for locals. bricktownbrewery.com/fortsmith
Drink FORT SMITH COFFEE CO. A happy turquoise counter and local art grace the interior of Fort Smith Coffee Co., a year-old addition to Arkansas’s growing selection of locally owned coffee shops. fortsmithcoffeeco.com SAVOY TEA CO. With locations in Fayetteville and Rogers (as well as Oklahoma City) in addition to Fort Smith, Savoy Tea has become a staple of the state’s caffeine scene. Their menu offers hot teas by the cup or the pot, iced teas, matcha shots, an espresso menu, hot chocolate, and even a small selection of lunch items. savoytea.com THE SOUND ROOM Visit Sound Room for its wallet-friendly happy hour ($2 long necks and $3 well drinks) or, if you’re up for something a little rowdier, stick around for the venue’s live music, which usually starts around 8 p.m. on Friday nights. thesoundroomfs.com
Clockwise from top left: "War Paint" by artist D*Face graces the wall of 21 West End overlooking the Park at West End. Casual cactus plates are among the homewares at Card + Cloth. Patriotic antiques abound in a booth at Belle Star Antiques. A latte served at Fort Smith Coffee Co.
BELLE STAR ANTIQUES Spend some time wandering the aisles of this antiques store named for one of the American West’s most notorious outlaws. Head to the back of the store to sort through an impressive collection of vintage vinyl and music memorabilia. bellestarrantiques.com CARD + CLOTH This women’s boutique specializes in trending apparel, accessories, home goods, gifts, and paper products, including custom stationery and cards. instagram.com/cardandclothshop FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM Fort Smith’s own art museum showcases rotating exhibits from talent both regional and international. Through July 29, see The Essence of Place, a collection of landscape photography of the Southwest by David Halpern. fsram.com TEMPLE LIVE The Fort Smith Masonic Temple, a 1929 art-deco structure designed by Arkansas architect George R. Mann, has found new life as an events venue featuring national music and comedy acts. templelive.com THE PARK AT WEST END In a gated courtyard adjacent to the aforementioned 21 West End is the Park at West End, a play area for kids and grown-ups alike complete with a Ferris wheel, Italian carousel, and 1960s double-decker bus-turned-concession-stand. fortsmith.org/thepark-at-west-end
Stay MICHAEL’S MANSION About a mile down Rogers Avenue from downtown Fort Smith is this bed and breakfast housed in a stunning neo-classical Southern mansion. michaelsmansion.biz BELAND MANOR BED & BREAKFAST This B&B offers seven suites, an ever-rotating breakfast menu, and proximity to the campus of St. Scholastica Monastery, whose park-like grounds are open to the public. fort-smith.net
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Perfect for Summer Living Skeem Designs beautifully scented citronella candles, body spray and incense
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Carbonara A NORTHWEST ARKANSAS CREATIVE SHARES HIS RECIPE FOR GARLIC AND HERB-ROASTED CHERRY TOMATO CARBONARA WITH CRISPY PROSCIUTTO AND BURRATA PH OTO G R APHY AN D ST YLI N G: J O N AT H A N S T I E R S
Nothing says “summer” quite like an Arkansas recipe using fresh tomatoes.
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Seasonal Carbonara SHOP >>> 2 pints heirloom cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving 1/2 cup fresh herbs, chopped (basil, oregano, and dill are recommended) 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated, divided salt and pepper to taste 1 pound of your favorite long cut pasta (such as tagliatelle, pictured here) 4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced (may substitute bacon) pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 3 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated 1/4 cup fresh basil or parsley, chopped 16 ounces Buratta cheese
Recipe yields four generous servings. PREPARE >>>
1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Combine cherry
FAYETTEVILLE NATIVE JONATHAN STIERS
is one of those creatives who doesn’t stop. During his work day, he's busy in his role as the creative director of Sam’s Club. When he comes home he’s on to the next thing—which includes trying his hand at new dishes and cocktail recipes, learning the ropes of food photography, and sharing design inspiration on his enviable Instagram feed (@jonathan.stiers), passions that all led him to eventually start blogging at jonathanstiers.com. For this issue, Jonathan shares a summery pasta dish that’s perfect for either a lakeside lunch or poolside soirée.
tomatoes, olive oil, chopped herbs, 2 cloves minced garlic, and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper in a baking dish. Toss well, ensuring tomatoes are evenly coated. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tomatoes collapse.
2. While tomatoes are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving ½ cup of pasta water for later use. 3. While pasta is boiling, place a large skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and, once hot, add the prosciutto. Cook until crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side. Toss in 2 cloves of minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute to soften. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pinch of red pepper flakes. 4. Beat eggs, cream, and Parmesan in a large glass measuring cup. Remove pasta from the heat and pour egg/cheese mixture onto it, tossing quickly until the eggs thicken and create a sauce. Thin the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water until it reaches your desired consistency.
Jonathan shares more mouth-watering recipes year-round at jonathanstiers.com.
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Add cooked tomato mixture to the pasta and gently toss to combine. Season with freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste. Divide pasta among plates and top with freshly torn burrata and fresh basil or parsley.
Tip: If your pasta finishes cooking before the prosciutto, simply drain, place in a bowl, and toss with a pat of butter. This will keep it from sticking together.
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PARADISE! As we continue our “Entertaining with Tobi Fairley” series, the designer invites us into her resort-worthy backyard for a colorful, tropics-inspired pool party. With flamingos and fruit in abundance, she and her daughter, Ellison, prepare to host a group of school friends for a summer bash featuring snacks and games galore—and, of course, plenty of pool time.
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Ellison is seen here with â€œFrannie the flamingo,â€? as she is affectionately called, a summer fixture in the Fairley pool.
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Bring containers from your pantry or kitchen counter outdoors for an easy way to serve and cover snacks.
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“I wanted this party to be all about having fun. School’s out, and you can stop being so buttoned-up.” POOL WITH PUNCH
With inspiration from old Hollywood, Dorothy Draper, and iconic sites such as The Beverly Hills Hotel, Tobi created a backyard oasis that reflects her style and complements both the architecture and interiors of her home. A palette of black, white, and pink with accents of green—in both the accessories and the landscape— brings the space to life. During the area's renovation, she updated the pool with a hexagonal tile and installed pavers on the terrace, two features that coordinate with the palette and add a geometric element to the design.
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MADE IN THE SHADE
Tobi carried the theme—and the snacks—to side tables near the chaise lounges. Pink lemonade (yes, it matches her outdoor color scheme!) is accented with lemon slices for a refreshing poolside beverage, while a trio of salty snacks offers a counterpart to the drink’s sweetness.
Hostess and Designer Tobi Fairley
The outdoor furniture is from Tobi’s “Carlyle” collection for Woodbridge.
“Because I have a teenager, I know you need an activity or two to keep them engaged, or you’ll look up and they are all on their phones,” Tobi laughs. While a poolside, giant chess set (seen at left) offers thoughtful entertainment, this game of “flamingo fling”—a take on traditional ring toss—is pure fun.
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Decorating with uncut or unpeeled fresh fruit gives you the option to slice it and serve during the party or enjoy later.
“I wanted this party to be all about having fun. School’s out, and you can stop being so buttoned-up—and even give yourself a cheat day in terms of the food,” Tobi says. For the menu, she served “the ultimate snack bar with a lot of irresistible foods.” Confections included white cupcakes with pink icing and flamingo toppers along with a variety of icing-decorated cookies. Tobi transformed cake doughnuts into “pineapples” with the help of glittering party picks, while watermelon cut into wedge-shaped slices and placed on skewers offers a fresh, easy-to-eat option.
Design Resources DESIGN Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Interior Design LANDSCAPE DESIGN Better Lawns & Gardens ACCESSORIES AND FURNITURE Tobi Fairley Interior Design COOKIES Ann Potter Baking POOL (RESURFACING) Brooks Pools Company
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THE PLACE FOR PLAY LIVING OUTDOORS
A BLANK-SLATE BACKYARD UNDERGOES A MASSIVE TRANSFORMATION, COMPLETE WITH SPACES FOR BOTH KIDS AND KIDS AT HEART TO ENJOY AND AN ABUNDANCE OF COLORFUL PLANTINGS
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“We wanted the pool to be aesthetically pleasing but also a place everyone would really use,” the homeowner says. Diamond Pools built a fun-filled design featuring geysers, a built-in hot tub, a waterfall with a grotto (which is the perfect hiding cave for the homeowners’ grandsons), a wraparound slide, and even a pair of fire features that appear to frame a view of Pinnacle Mountain at dusk.
ood friends are hard to find and even harder to leave. That’s one of the reasons
the owners of this west Little Rock home have stayed in a community filled with dear friends for almost 25 years “We built in this neighborhood in the mid-1990s. We had a group of six friends, and, at the time, we were all looking for a place to land. We decided to develop a new area of this neighborhood along the ridge,” the homeowner says. Now that they are empty nesters and often host their grandchildren, the couple was ready to make updates that would better meet their needs and usher them into a new phase of life. This was true for the backyard in particular.
“As of July this year, we will have six grandsons, all under the age of 6,” the homeowner shares. “We really wanted to develop and design a place for them.” Inspired by the look of the Worman House, a former residence-turned-dining-and-event hall at Missouri’s Big Cedar Lodge, the homeowners called on landscape designer Chris H. Olsen of Botanica Gardens to update and upgrade the home’s backyard. “We first used Chris 20 years ago, and we really love his creativity and the way he sees things and listens to us,” the homeowner says. Chris, along with contractor Mary Jane Herr, Diamond Pools, and Providence Design, turned this backyard into an oasis the entire family can enjoy together for years to come.
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The pavilion features an outdoor fireplace and comfortable lounge area, where the homeowners take in Razorback games long after pool season has passed. “This area has one of the best views of Pinnacle Mountain in the backyard,” Chris notes. Thanks to a thoughtful design, the pavilion is connected to a door that leads to the home’s kitchen, making it easy to bring food and dishware indoors and out.
The style is a mixture of cottage elements WITH A TROPICAL FEEL thrown into it.IIII —Chris H. Olsen
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‘Silver Vase’ bromeliads add tropical flair to the poolside.
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Pink Supertunias open up to the sun.
Summer snapdragons, which can reach up to 24 inches in height, fill the beds.
A majestic palm stands tall in this poolside planting. To fill in with color, Chris repotted pre-assembled hanging baskets from his Jhemajang line. “These baskets make it easy for our customers to grow multiple plants together because all of the guesswork about what works together has been eliminated,” he says. The baskets used here feature ‘Diamond Frost’ euphorbia, yellow lantana, red ‘Big Series’ begonias, and blue scaevola. “I prefer to use charcoal-colored pots and direct attention to the plantings,” Olsen says. “You might tire of a bright blue planter after a few years but these are timeless.”
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A small dining table and coordinating chairs are a favorite perch for the grandchildren to have post-swim meals and play games. This is one of three zones within the pavilion, which also includes a seating area and outdoor kitchen/ grill space.
BEDS OF COLOR
Variety is the name of the game on the beds that skirt the outer edge of the pool. Drift roses, rosemary, ‘Big Series’ begonias, and hardy hibiscus sing in shades of red and purple, while euonymus provides ground cover. “I also added some blue scaevola in this area; it’s a great planting around pools because its cool color plays well with the water,” Chris says.
Design Resources CONTRACTOR AND OUTDOOR SPACE DESIGN M.J. Herr, Inc. DESIGN (PAVILION FURNISHINGS) Providence Design LANDSCAPE AND OUTDOOR SPACE DESIGN AND SEASONAL COLOR Chris H. Olsen, Botanica Gardens APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS Antique Brick Outdoor POOL Diamond Pools
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Home THE SUMMER LIVING ISSUE
MIXING THINGS UP
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A mix of preppy pastels and boho flair make for a happy Hot Springs getaway. Turn the page to read the full story.
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A seagrass runner and baskets lend a lakeside vibe to the stairwell, while a quartet of hats is an inexpensive art installation.
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BRIGHT, ECLECTIC, AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY (YES!), THIS HOT SPRINGS CONDO BRINGS A SMILE TO EVERYONE WHO WALKS THROUGH ITS FRONT DOOR S T O R Y : T I F FA N Y A D A M S PH OTO G R A PH Y: R E T T PEEK
“She initially told me she wanted the condo to be shabby chic,” designer Susan Walsh says of the owner’s inspiration. “She found the pink rug, and then I added the floral fabrics to coordinate and go for the look she wanted.” The upholstered pieces in the living room are covered with slipcovers, a feature Susan says “gives her longevity on the big-ticket items as well as the ability to easily clean them.”
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The owners have a collection of Southern folk art by Woodie Long, who was a Florida-based painter. The painting seen here, as well as the floral work shown in the living room, are both by Long.
Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove”
The footprint of the kitchen did not change; however, new cabinetry that extends to the ceiling was installed and the island was deepened to allow for a dining ledge. “She wanted open shelving, which is something I, personally, love,” Susan says. “We went for it, because I knew she is the type of person who gets that things need to have a place and a look when everything is exposed.” Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove” covers all of the surfaces, while an aqua subway-tile backsplash and mint-green barstools bring in color.
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BRIGHT & BOLD Color Palette
In the eat-in kitchen, a small breakfast table is surrounded by wicker chairs from Serena & Lily. Susan found the vintage lantern at Little Rock’s Fabulous Finds and had it painted to match the color scheme.
DESIGNER SUSAN WALSH OF LITTLE ROCK’S BEAR HILL INTERIORS
feels like she’s come full circle with this couple’s Hot Springs lakeside retreat. “I worked with them more than 13 years ago on the main living areas of the condo, and recently I got the chance to completely redo the entire place,” she says. The couple had thought of selling the getaway, but when plans fell through they decided to hang on to it and hire Susan to give it a style upgrade. “She had a budget and we had to figure out where to spend and where to save,” Susan says of her
client. Quality upholstered pieces for the living room and window treatments fell into the spend category, while savings were racked up on accessories, rugs, and bedding. “Working on a budget can be done when you’re organized and willing to do your homework,” Susan says. “And we had fun figuring out the best ways to make it happen.” They also had fun mixing styles to create a personalized look that Susan notes can’t be pegged with any one term. “There’s a little bit of bohemian, a little bit of preppy, a little bit of Southern folk art, and a little bit of shabby chic,” she says of the mix—all of which are loved by the homeowner and her husband. “When we design a vacation home, we really want our clients to feel like they’ve departed normal life,” Susan says. “Even if it’s only an hour away, we want it to be a true escape for them—and a place they enjoy being.”
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“Even if it’s only an hour away, a vacation home should be a true escape.” —Designer Susan Walsh
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A palette of pastels brings a light and vibrant feel to the master suite. The homeowners’ iron bed was updated with new bedding, while a pink rug and lamp add an extra punch of color. The hue carries over to the bath where bubblegumcolored paint—a budgetfriendly statement maker— covers the vanity.
FOR SLEEP & PLAY
The owners’ children and grandchildren are frequent weekend guests, so a space that is kid-friendly and can accommodate everyone was a must. Simple white bunks with sunny yellow linens adhere to the home’s cheerful palette. Susan and the owners opted to spend a portion of the budget on a custom Roman shade, a functional and tailored addition. They balanced this by refreshing an existing chest with a coat of paint and new hardware.
Design Resources CONTRACTOR John Hanks Construction INTERIOR DESIGN Susan Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors ACCESSORIES Bear Hill Interiors CARPET (STAIR RUNNER) C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery COUNTERTOPS Casa Blanca Granite, Marble & Tile FURNITURE Bear Hill Interiors and Fabulous Finds LIGHTING Fabulous Finds PAINT Benjamin Moore RUGS (KITCHEN AND BUNK ROOM) Cynthia East Fabrics WINDOW COVERINGS Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies
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DESIGNER DANIEL KEELEY HELPS A FAMILY CREATE A CAMP-STYLE RETREAT AMIDST A NATURAL SETTING IN NORTH ARKANSAS 50 At Home in Arkansas | July 2018
THE GATHERING PLACE
“I think of the fire pit as the lobby area for the cabins. If you’re staying in one of the cabins, this is where you gather,” Daniel says. Symmetrically in line with the pool, the cabins are positioned on either side of the circular pad, which is outfitted with straight-lined, Adirondack-style chairs and neutral throw pillows for extra comfort.
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Small, secluded, and serene—Jasper, Arkansas, is the type of getaway that invites relaxation and togetherness. That’s precisely why this family chose to make it their home away from home. “They found this property on the Little Buffalo River and bought it with the idea of creating a family retreat,” says exterior designer Daniel Keeley, who worked closely with the owners on the grounds, outdoor living areas, and two guest cabins. The property, which also includes a main house not featured here, has been constructed in stages and continues to evolve. “The compound grows as their family grows,” Daniel says. With these phases in mind, Daniel allowed the architecture to guide his design direction, thus creating an uninterrupted flow from one area to another. For example, the stone seen on the cabins is echoed on the pool surround, and reclaimed wood is used in abundance on all the structures, including the outdoor dining
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area’s pergola. Similarly, the setting dictated many of the plantings. “I wanted it to look natural but not totally un-designed,” Daniel says. “There are lots of pretty perennials that will continue to fill in over time.” While Daniel notes the summer is prime time for making use of the pool and nearby river access, the design allows for a true, yearround retreat. Lounge areas abound, including the front screened porches of the cabins, which are perfect for enjoying the breeze of a spring evening or guarding against the chill of fall with a blanket. A fire pit, situated in front of the cabins, serves as a gathering place, and younger guests enjoy roasting marshmallows when the fire is roaring. “The setting is amazing, and these homeowners really put in the effort to source a builder who would create structures that live up to it. For our part, we tried not to steal the spotlight, but to complement the buildings with an outdoor design that reflects their beauty and the beauty of nature,” Daniel concludes.
The grounds feature two small cabins. “When we were working on the design plans, we kept calling them “cabin one” and “cabin two;” and then later we called them the “red cabin” and the “blue cabin” because of the color scheme; but we thought they needed actual names,” Daniel recalls. The owners decided on “Round Mountain Cabin” and “Bear Pond Cabin,” respectively named for the natural features they are closest to in terms of the property’s layout. Boulder slab steps, which appear to be naturally occurring, lead from the pool to the fire pit and cabin entrances.
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“The cabins have a very Americana feel, but nothing is cliché about them.” —Designer Daniel Keeley
BEAR POND CABIN
“The homeowners love red, so I wanted to incorporate the hue without going overboard or taking away from the natural setting,” Daniel says. “As with the other cabin’s porch, the look here is comfy and casual.” A ladder holds an abundance of Sunbrella throws, perfect for naps on the sofa any time of the year. The wall-mounted sconce was custom-made by the builder and matches versions seen throughout the property.
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ROUND MOUNTAIN CABIN
Shades of blue grace this cabin, starting with the screened porch where Daniel used outdoor furnishings that have the look, feel, and quality of their interior counterparts. “Everyone loves the swing bed,” Daniel says. He used outdoor fabrics in what he calls a “simple camp style” for the cushions and pillows in this space.
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A skirted chaise lounge covered in thick-textured outdoor fabric is another favorite spot for reading and unwinding. The space is accented with a driftwood lamp and a branch-inspired metal table, both of which carry the propertyâ€™s overall rustic theme into this space.
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A pergola built from the same reclaimed wood seen on the cabinsâ€™ exteriors covers the outdoor teak dining table and side chairs. Cast aluminum Windsor chairs flank the ends of the table, lending an equally rustic and Americana feel. Behind the dining area, a small outdoor kitchen offers service for this area of the property.
The poolâ€™s built-in spa is centered on the placement of the pergola, allowing conversations to flow from one space to the other.
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Plantings of yarrow, bee balm, and Brandywine viburnum dance around the pool perimeter, while a birch tree lends what Daniel calls a â€œColorado feelâ€? to the landscape design.
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“I wanted it to look natural but not totally un-designed.” —Designer Daniel Keeley
The pool is situated in between the main house and the cabins, thus providing a large communal gathering place for guests staying in either location. “I wanted the pool to be simple,” Daniel says of the rectangular design, which is lined with unobtrusive black plaster. Eight lounges fill the surround, offering guests a place to unwind, and large, resort-style umbrellas provide shade.
Design Resources HOME DESIGN AND BUILDER Tony Martin Inc., Fredericksburg, Texas LANDSCAPE DESIGN Daniel Keeley, DK Design OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS DK Design POOL AND SPA Seaside Pools
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NEW LIFE ON THE LAKE A ROGERS FAMILY DISCOVERS LOCAL HISTORY AND NEARBY NATURAL WONDERS AFTER REMODELING THEIR DREAM HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME
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The Hanging Pod Chair is a HOWSE favorite, and it makes for the perfect perch overlooking Beaver Lake.
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The Gaylord Swivel, a favorite of Jay and Christine’s from HOWSE, is decked out in a striking black-and-white pattern called “Buccini.”
JAY HOWARD, THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF HOWSE—
a furniture line and store with locations in Arkansas and beyond—had been looking for a house on the lake close to his home in Rogers for five years when he stumbled upon this one. He and his wife, Christine, snapped it up before it even hit the market. “We knew it was a hidden gem,” Jay says. “We fell in love with the mid-century modern style, which is very rare in Arkansas, and particularly on Beaver Lake.” With the help of Steve and Lisa Harper, also members of the HOWSE team, the Howards embarked on an extensive to-the-studs remodel, which included adding two more bedrooms to the previously one-bedroom home without adding much square footage. 62 At Home in Arkansas | July 2018
A foursome of blackand-white chairs served as the starting point for the home’s tailored yet approachable design. “It is important to us for the design to be comfortable,” Jay stresses. “We have a 2-year-old, and lake life is supposed to be fun. There is nothing in our home she cannot touch.”
Having been in the house less than a year, the Howards are discovering there’s even more to love about life on Beaver Lake than they expected, including the proximity to Hobbs State Park, Hobbs Nature Center, and War Eagle Caverns. “We have lived in Northwest Arkansas for 14 years and had no idea all that Hobbs State Park has to offer. It has literally been our most pleasant surprise of this lake house,” Jay says. The surrounding natural wonders only add to the joy this lake abode brings the Howards. With floor-to-ceiling windows in every room facing the lake, a spacious deck, and furnishings from their own company to perfectly suit their style, the family has found a place to call home away from home for years to come. July 2018 | athomearkansas.com 63
“The Internet service options are pretty poor out here, which is perfect.” —Jay Howard
This house is just steps from a private dock on the water, and the Howards spend as much time on the boat as possible. However, when they need a break from the lake, the next best thing is sitting on this back porch, relaxing and taking in the sunset through the trees.
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Works by Arkansas artist Buddy Whitlock are a constant throughout the home.
SIMPLE & SLEEK
Concrete countertops by Bentonville-based Forever Design offer a sleek workspace for the updated, open kitchen that, like much of the rest of the house, offers a stunning view of Beaver Lake. A delicate display of octagonal white marble tile finished with gold grout is an unexpected take on a traditional tile backsplash.
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A spiral staircase in the center of the house serves as a reminder of the home’s history: According to neighbors privy to its past, the staircase was carried into place by a helicopter before the roof was installed. “So we, of course, had to keep that and really made it the focus of the home,” Jay says. A coat of gold paint gives the railing new life and ties this centerpiece to metal accents throughout the rest of the home.
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A landing just off the central staircase opens up to an adjacent family room and nearby guest suite downstairs. Jay and his team kept the home’s history in mind when choosing furnishings to reflect its mid-century origins; for example, the tapered legs and simple silhouettes of this table and chairs hint at the house’s 1969 construction.
Jay’s advice for working gold into an everyday, casual atmosphere: “Always use metallic and bold colors as the pop for the room and keep the backdrop very neutral. It is much easier to change out art or a few pillows rather than paint an entire space.”
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The home’s extensive remodel included a complete transformation of the master bathroom, which before was carpeted and walled in floor-to-ceiling wood paneling. Floating vanities and brushed brass fixtures from RH, Restoration Hardware along with white walls, white tile, and light hardwood flooring give the space an easy, sophisticated feel.
The home’s neutral palette continues into the master suite, where more of Jay and Christine’s favorite HOWSE pieces make an appearance. “While we didn’t want this to feel like a stereotypical lake house with a nautical theme, we did want to make sure the design connected with the outdoors,” Jay says. Shades of brown and gray, wood finishes, and pops of green help tie the interiors to the environment clearly seen through the home’s many windows.
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“It is important to us for the design to be comfortable.” —Jay Howard
During the home’s remodel, the Howards turned the original 3,500-square-foot one-bedroom house into a three-bedroom 3,900-square-foot house. To create more sleeping areas, they installed a glass wall in the massive downstairs living area, thus separating it and creating this defined guest room.
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ROOM FOR COMFORT
A U-shaped sectional and pair of ottomans offer ample seating around a television in the family room. “We kept the upstairs as a media-free space so that our focus up there is having fun with our family, entertaining friends, and simply taking in the downtime,” Jay says. “For rainy days or movie time, the downstairs is our go-to with the down-filled leather sectional and large TV.”
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Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Christine Howard CONTRACTOR Lisa and Steve Harper APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More ART, BEDDING, FURNITURE, AND RUGS HOWSE CARPET AND FLOORING Abbey Carpet & Floor COUNTERTOPS (KITCHEN) Forever Design FABRICS AND WINDOW COVERINGS (MASTER BEDROOM) M Grace at Home MIRRORS Ace Glass
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her ’hood “Within the last year we moved back to Little Rock from Orlando and currently live in Pleasant Valley.”
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neely phelan The owner and designer behind the eponymous jewelry line
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Being a multitasking working mom, I often find myself working at my dining room table, kitchen bar, or in the family room. I always have a candle burning and a vase of fresh flowers. I currently have the Voluspa “Laguna” scent going. In addition, you can often find a random Netflix drama series playing in the background.”
what she’s wearing her “roommates” Neely lives with her husband, Patrick, their three sons Emerson (7), Pierce (10), and Noah (12), and their Double Doodle, Winston.
A gold cuff and black acrylic hoop earrings with delicate flower accents. Both are from her Summer/Pre-Fall 2018 collection. “They are definitely statement pieces.”
“I started designing jewelry as a hobby while working for an advertising firm in 2002. Shortly after, I became a designer for Dillard’s for a few years before having my first child. Soon after that, I left and started designing my own line of jewelry.”
You can purchase Neely’s line of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets locally at Tulips and Beyond Cotton II, both in Little Rock.
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