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20YEARS!

Celebrating

Step into Spring! FIND YOUR

Outdoor Style HOST A

Colorful Brunch


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Contents MARCH 2017

46 Home

Style

38 A World Away

11 Finds

Special Sections 63 Local Favorites

14 Latest

65 Your Guide to…

Inspired by their time abroad, a Fayetteville couple works with Daniel Keeley of DK Design to create a spacious outdoor living area.

46 Family Matters

Providence Design and The Good Earth Garden Center come together to design an outdoor retreat for all ages.

54 All in Good Fun

Julie Smith of Little Rock’s Ransom Interiors works with Jordan Parker of The Good Earth Garden Center to transform her blank-slate backyard into a space for entertaining, swimming, and relaxing.

Indoor Garden Events, Openings & Launches

Outdoor Living

Live Outside!

In Every Issue

17 Design

Life 24 Get to Know Meet…Kim Doughty

27 Discover Searcy

30 Entertaining Brunch in Bloom

35 Fashion & Beauty Stepping Out

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Landscape and Pool Professionals

8 A Note from the Editor 72 A Look Back

on the cover

A terraced walkway lined with an allée of lilacs leads the way to a garden pavilion at the Fayetteville home of Shizuko and Scott Price. Design by DK Design. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 38. Vol. 22, No. 2 © 2017 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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what’s new with

At Home in Arkansas

PUBLISHER Kelly Fraiser (ext. 101) kelly@athomearkansas.com EDITOR Katie Cox (ext. 102) katie@athomearkansas.com MANAGING EDITOR Tiffany Adams (ext. 104) tiffany@athomearkansas.com ART DIRECTOR Norma Edwards (ext. 103) norma@athomearkansas.com SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Laura LaRue llarue@athomearkansas.com

Check out our new blog series, “Design Book Club.” ATHOMEARKANSAS.COM/BLOG

Each month Callie Bullock of Little Rock’s Designer Effects will share her favorite design book along with her thoughts on what inspires her most in the exciting world of fabric and wallcoverings!

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Matt Johnson, Rett Peek CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Susan Darcey CONTRIBUTING STYLISTS Angela Alexander, Chip Jones 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) dtissue@athomearkansas.com

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As we say goodbye to the cold winter months, we look forward to sunshine, sweet tea on the patio, and the changes that come with spring. Change—a trademark of the season—surrounds us as we see new life blooming through beautiful shades of green and vibrant colors of nature. It’s also an important theme to note for this issue as we introduce new homes and new ideas. Today, I am excited and humbled to add “new editor” to that list. As a native Arkansan, I know what this magazine means to this state, its readers, and the design community as a whole. I look forward to getting to know you, the At Home in Arkansas family, as we take time each month to come together and reflect on the beauty and treasures this state gives us. In the spirit of getting to know each other, here’s a little bit about me: I’m a lifelong resident of North Little Rock. I studied Public Relations and Art at the University of Central Arkansas. As a former creative director, I have a professional background in graphic design, marketing, writing, and advertising. I love to decorate. I love to paint. I couldn’t survive without coffee. And, last but not least, I’m getting married in April. It’s easy to say life is good. (And busy!) As I take on this new adventure and think about the hustle and bustle with the changes to come, I find myself daydreaming about the homes featured in this month’s issue. The outdoor spaces highlighted are all peaceful oases to soak up a little fresh air and some much needed R&R. I hope you, too, can find a little slice of mental paradise as you picture yourself in these spaces and gain some inspiration for your own backyard bliss. I love the saying, “Bloom where you are planted.” It encourages us to make the most of wherever our path takes us and live life to the fullest. This phrase has certainly brought me peace during times of change or when things didn’t quite go the way I wanted them to. As I write this today, I’m amazed that all of my past experiences have led me to this point. I never thought I’d be faced with the opportunity to do my dream job. I’ve been graciously “planted” here with a chance to do something I love. I want to thank you all for welcoming me with open arms. I am committed to making you, the readers, and this state proud with fresh ideas and beautiful content, all while maintaining the standard of excellence At Home in Arkansas has established in the magazine industry.

Katie Cox Editor katie@athomearkansas.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

From The Editor


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Now it’s simple to bring the beauty of Acme Brick inside. New thinBRIK™ from Acme opens up a world of interior design possibilities. You can create beautiful brick interior walls, backsplashes and more in a rich color palette. ThinBRIK are adhered to the wall and finished with real mortar. And, because of thinBRIK’s light weight, no additional footing or other support is usually required. So how will you choose to add the beauty, durability and warmth of real brick to your interiors? Decisions, decisions. Visit www.brick.com/thinbrik to get started.

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Style

T H E L AT E S T I N

DÉCOR & DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF OSBORNE & LITTLE

Osborne & Little’s Verdanta “Butterfly Garden” wallcovering. Wallcovering and fabrics available through Designer Effects, Little Rock, (501) 661-4070, designereffects.net.

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Style/Finds

Indoor

Garden

Cultivate your interior style with these nature-inspired finds PRODUCER: NORMA EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK AND COURTESY OF VENDORS

16- x 20-inch Green “Corporalis” by Christopher Marley. Ransom Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 838-7267, ransominteriors.com

LAFCO “Fresh Cut Gardenia/Living Room” candle. Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400

Lucite butterfly obelisk. Christopher Allen Decor, Fayetteville, (479) 301-2055, christopherallendecor.net

46-inch square hand-applied gold leaf “Gold Bug” framed artwork. Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com

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Lee Industries swivel chair in “Bamboo Pixie.” Blu D’or Interiors, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435, bludorinteriors.com


1420 Rebsamen Park Road Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

BLOG www.bearhillinteriors.com 501-907-9272

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Style/Latest

ARKANSAS FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW

At Home in Arkansas is proud to once again sponsor this popular show that will be held FEBRUARY 2426 AT THE STATEHOUSE CONVENTION CENTER IN LITTLE ROCK. Gather inspiration for your garden and get advice from local vendors during the event. Purchase a three-day pass for $15 or a single-day ticket for $10. Tickets are available via the website or at the door. For more information, visit argardenshow.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY: NIKKI TOTH

NWA FASHION WEEK RETURNS

NOW OPEN IN FAYETTEVILLE

Fans of the online marketplace known as FRECKLED HEN FARMHOUSE can now flock to their brick-and-mortar location. The modern-day general store is filled with a variety of home provisions and gardening supplies. “From heirloom seeds to artisanal bread baking supplies, we offer goods to enrich and make memories within your home,” says owner Natalie Freeman who started the business with her husband, Luke. In addition to the products that fill its shelves, Freckled Hen Farmhouse also offers an array of workshops including gardening, backyard chicken keeping, baking, jewelry making, watercolor painting, book binding, and more. The store is open Wednesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 572 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Fayetteville, freckledhenfarmhouse.com

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Move over New York, Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week is back! The revived and reinvented event will take place MARCH 1-4 IN BENTONVILLE. A panel discussion with makeup artists, designers, and creatives from the NWAFW team will kick off the festivities on Wednesday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. On Thursday night, a gala will take place at 21c Museum Hotel. The event will conclude with the much-anticipated fashion shows on Friday and Saturday at Record off the Bentonville Square. “Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week exists to highlight designers, artists, boutiques, and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant, inspired, creative community in Northwest Arkansas,” notes the website. Mark your calendars to be inspired by these trendsetting individuals. For more information, visit nwafw.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY: TANJA HEFFNER | CLOTHING PROVIDED BY LOLA AND THE INDEPENDENT

News From Around The Natural State

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY ARKANSAS FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW

EVENTS, OPENINGS & LAUNCHES


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Style/Design

LIVE

Outside! CREATE YOUR DREAM OUTDOOR SPACE WITH INSPIRATION FROM THESE THREE STYLES

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY LLOYD FLANDERS

P R O D U C E R : N O R M A E D WA R D S P H OTO G R A P H Y: CO U R T E S Y O F V E N D O R S

For information about the Lloyd Flanders “Havana” chairs shown here, see the following page. March 2017 | athomearkansas.com 17


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See these and other outdoor fabrics that let your imagination run wild. Like 1523 Rebsamen Park Rd | Riverdale Design District | Little Rock Us Phone 501-663-0460 | 10:00 - 5:30 Mon - Sat | cynthiaeastfabrics.com


Classic

Style/Design

+ COLORFUL

The rich, multi-toned “Havana” collection by Lloyd Flanders (also shown on previous page) features an airy open weave and draping side skirt. Congo Fireplace & Patio, congofp.com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com

Two-tone ombre knit “Orino” throw by Sferra. Bear Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome. com; House to Home, shophousetohome.com

Dash & Albert durable, ecofriendly indoor/outdoor rug in a classic diamond pattern (available in eight colors). Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine. com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome. com; House to Home, shophousetohome. com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com

Cyan Design “Marine Green” vase. Christopher Allen Decor, christopherallendecor.net; Kaufman by Design, kaufmanbydesignwest.com; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400 Bungalow 5 “Pierre” tray table with laquered finish and mirrored tray. Bear Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors.com; Christopher Allen Decor, christopherallendecor.net

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Style/Design

Relaxed

+ REFINED

Aidan Gray “Italian Villa” planter. Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickinc.com; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400

The “Haley” collection by Summer Classics features premium teak with a classic lattice back. Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickinc.com

Surya “Crissy” pillow. Ashley Furniture HomeStore, ashleyfurniturehomestore.com; Bassett Furniture, bassettfurniture.com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore.com

Uttermost “Asmund” finials (set of three). Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickinc.com; Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome.com; H3 Home Decor, h3homedecor. com; Kaufman by Design, kaufmanbydesignwest.com 20 At Home in Arkansas | March 2017

Hinkley “Bromley” oil-rubbed bronze lantern. GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium. com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com


Contemporary

Style/Design

+ CASUAL

Fresh American “Trimaran” stripe pillow (available in multiple sizes). Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine. com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome. com; House to Home; shophousetohome. com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com

The “Crossings” sectional collection by Brown Jordan features woven Sunbrella® strapping and Suncloth® fabrics. Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com

Jackson Pottery top cut planter in aqua. The Good Earth Garden Center, thegoodearthgarden.com

Juliska “Waveney” wicker grey wash tray. Bear Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors. com; The Everyday Chef, theeverydaychef.net Tommy Bahama® by Lunada Bay offset mosaic 1-inch square tile in “Maldives.” Outside Effects, outsideeffects.com

“Seaside Hesper” hanging lantern. Paul Michael Company, paulmichaelcompany.com

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Other locations: Searcy, Hot Springs, Fayetteville, Springdale, Russellville, Harrison, Ft. Smith, Mablevale, Bossier City, Conway 22 At Home in Arkansas | March 2017


Life

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

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

Floral designer Chris Norwood of Tipton & Hurst used spring staples, including roses, tulips, lilacs, hydrangeas, and hyacinths, to create a colorful centerpiece for a seasonal brunch. Turn to page 30 to read the full story.

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INSPIRED BY HER ENVIRONMENT, THIS SELF-PROCLAIMED “FARMER-ARTIST” CREATES STUNNING WATERCOLOR CALENDARS AND GARDEN JOURNALS I N T E R V I E W : T I F FA N Y A D A M S | P H OTO G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K

MEET

KIM DOUGHTY

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Life/Get to Know

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PLACE TO SIT AND SKETCH? When the weather is nice, I like to sketch outside in the garden. During the winter, I do most of my work at home in my cozy office in Conway. I have a window over my desk so I can look out and see the backyard, which is full of trees, and I can also see my chickens running around.

COCKTAIL BOOK COMING SOON!

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START DOING ILLUSTRATIONS? I have been drawing and doing illustrations since I was little, but it wasn’t until a few years ago when I had the idea to create a seasonal veggie calendar that I started to sell more of my work. ARE ALL OF YOUR CALENDARS AND GARDEN JOURNALS DRAWN BY HAND? Yes! The originals are all drawn out by hand and then painted with watercolor and traced. When the illustrations are complete, I scan them into my computer to create the layouts for the products. Most of the lettering I use in my work is either my own handwriting or a font that I created from my handwriting. WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION? I find most of my inspiration in nature. I love to garden and all the beautiful plants, animals, and colors always catch my eye. I have been lucky to work in a couple of great gardens like Little Rock Urban Farming and the Faulkner County Urban Farm Project. I thrive on working outside in the dirt, it’s essential to my art and keeps me constantly inspired. WHAT TYPE OF MATERIALS DO YOU USE? Right now, I am using mainly watercolor. I started using watercolors about three years ago after many years of painting only with acrylics. I like the bright, loose, and translucent feel of the watercolors but I am still experimenting with them! I also use ink for tracing because I like a lot of my illustrations to have outlines. In the future, I want to try more mixing of watercolor and gouache in my work.

TELL US MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CALENDARS YOU OFFER. This year I have a fruit and veggie calendar that shows what is in season each month. This is a handy guide if you are trying to buy seasonal, local produce. I also have two versions of my “Backyard Hens” calendar. Each month is an illustration of a different chicken breed along with the color of eggs they lay and how many eggs they lay per week. I also did an Arkansas wildflowers calendar. This one includes info about where you can find different varieties growing in our state. I grew up in the country and most of the flowers I included in the calendar were ones that I found as a kid exploring in the woods and creek by our house. I also design garden journals to help gardeners keep track of their notes and sketches, and in 2017 I created my first planner. I’m already excited to get started on next year’s version. THAT’S A BIG VARIETY! DO YOU HAVE PLANS FOR ANY PIECES OUTSIDE OF THE JOURNALS AND CALENDARS? Right now I’m actually working on a garden planner and a “cocktail cookbook,” which will be a collection of watercolor illustrations of classic cocktail recipes. During the spring and summer I normally take a little time off from my art to focus on gardening. This spring will be especially busy since my husband and I are starting our own small urban farm, known as Bell Urban Farm, in Conway! You can follow our adventures on Facebook or Instagram (@bellurbanfarm). Azul Home, Conway, azulhome.format. com, @azulhome (Instagram) Items are for sale locally at Bella Vita Jewelry and The Green Corner Store, both in Little Rock, or can be purchased at etsy.com/shop/azulhome. March 2017 | athomearkansas.com 25


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THIS CHARMING TOWN IS USING ITS HISTORY TO PROPEL IT INTO THE FUTURE—AND ATTRACTING NEWCOMERS ALONG THE WAY

THE NEXT ACT

In terms of a local pop culture landmark, there’s nothing more iconic than the RIALTO THEATER. Thanks to efforts from the Downtown Beautification Committee and numerous generous donors, including Entergy Arkansas, Inc., the structure’s famous neon lights regained their glow in 2016. The community had the opportunity to see its newly relit neon

marquee, which was recently renovated, during the town’s annual Holiday of Lights lighting ceremony. The Rialto was originally constructed in the 1920s but received its iconic Art Deco-style façade during a 1940s renovation. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and still remains in operation today. Call the theater at (501) 268-6699 for showtimes. March 2017 | athomearkansas.com 27


Life/Discover FOR HISTORY-WORTHY EVENTS

Known as “the spot” for weddings, galas, holiday parties, and pretty much any other event, Robbins Sanford is a structure with a historical past. The venue boasts a grand hall that accommodates 250 people as well as a carriage house, which can hold almost 70. The combination of its attractive downtown location and early 20th century charm make it a character-rich choice for hosting an event. The space garners its name from the famed Robbins-Sanford Mercantile Company, which was located here beginning in 1908 when the building was constructed until they went out of business in the 1950s. In 2009, it received a restoration that reinstated much of its original charm, making it the celebrated venue it is today.

AN ESTABLISHED INSTITUTION

For many, Searcy and HARDING UNIVERSITY are synonymous. While the campus buildings may play a role in Searcy’s history (especially in the minds of those who walked their halls), today’s attendees are bringing current trends to the area. More than 6,000 students—from 49 states and 44 foreign countries— currently attend the private, fouryear liberal arts university, making it an institution that continues to shape Searcy’s history.

DID YOU KNOW? GOOD EATS

You’ve heard the saying “Do one thing, and do it well.” SLADER’S ALASKAN DUMPLING CO. epitomizes this with a menu that consists of three main course options: chicken pel’mini, beef pel’mini, and potato and cheese pierogi. Whichever you are in the mood for, the heaping plates of this comfort food won’t disappoint. Stop in for the dumplings and stay to linger over an Alaskan Tea or a classic pour over. In addition to their staples, they also offer ice cream and macarons from Little Rock’s Loblolly Creamery as well as Diamond Bear root beer.

Areas of Interest SOWELL’S FURNITURE 207 West Arch Avenue (501) 268-8100 sowellsfurniture.com

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Searcy was named after Richard Searcy, a prominent legislator and early settler of the Arkansas Territory.

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE STOPS IN SEARCY

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THE BOUTIQUE 112 North Spring Street (501) 268-3434 searcyboutique.com

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FLORAL DESIGNER CHRIS NORWOOD OF TIPTON & HURST USES THE SEASON’S FRESHEST BLOOMS TO SET THE SCENE FOR A GATHERING OF CLOSE FRIENDS S TO R Y: T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H OTO G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K ST YLING: ANGEL A ALEX ANDER


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‘TIS THE SEASON—FOR WEDDING PARTIES, BABY SHOWERS, AND SPRING SOCIALS. With warmer weather and a host of reasons to invite friends and family into your home, we asked Chris Norwood of Tipton & Hurst to set the scene— and the table—for an easy yet elegant brunch at the home of his client, Mrs. Barbara Hoover. Naturally, Norwood started with the floral design. “We always try to match the look and the feel to our customer. As you can see, Mrs. Hoover loves tradition and Southern elegance, so we tried to use spring flowers that would accent her home,” Norwood says. “She also loves different shades of pink, so we used a range of them from soft pastels to bright pinks.” Norwood, who is known for party and event work and is one of 29 members of the American Institute of Floral Designers’ Hall of Fame, often works with Mrs. Hoover and has come to know her tastes well. Outside of the flowers themselves, he thought of several overarching

themes to make this gathering a reflection of her style, including greeting guests at the front door with a festive sign of what’s to come, using Mrs. Hoover’s formal china, and keeping a light menu that matches the season. “In the South, people still enjoy entertaining,” Norwood notes. With that thought in mind, he and his team are honored to carry on this tradition by creating events—from the intimate to the extravagant—that are a true reflection of their clients and a true pleasure for guests.

GARLAND CENTERPIECE

At first glance, the table appears to have one large floral centerpiece. However, Norwood cleverly used four large arrangements composed of roses, tulips, lilacs, hydrangeas, and hyacinths. “They are all the same arrangement but give the effect of a garland down the table when grouped together,” he explains. Smaller votive cups filled with the same flowers help to connect the larger vases. “I chose these because they are spring flowers that are plentiful in March. It’s also more affordable to use seasonal flowers,” Norwood notes.

Garden Greeting “When her daughter married, we had baby’s breath wreaths on the doors,” Norwood recalls of a previous event with Hoover. “Since then wreaths on the doors have become her signature as far as entertaining; she always does these.” For this occasion, Norwood chose to use the same blooms as the ones seen in the dining room, thus creating a continuous flow from the front door to the table. March 2017 | athomearkansas.com 31


WE ALWAYS TRY TO MATCH THE LOOK AND THE FEEL TO OUR CUSTOMER.

Chris Norwood

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PLACES FOR EVERYONE

Setting the table lends a formal air to any gathering. Mrs. Hoover’s whiteand-gold china was a natural choice for this ladies brunch. The plates were accented with gold-rimmed Annie Glass chargers and coordinating stemware. The ruffled edge on the charger is echoed in the soft green Deborah Rhodes placements, both of which add a fanciful feminine flair to the setting.

SWEETLY SCENTED FAVORS

Lux candles in soft pink boxes sit atop the napkin at each place setting. Norwood notes that the candles are made in Des Arc, Arkansas—which can be a nice way for out-of-state as well as local guests to remember the occasion. “I like for guests to have a ‘happy’ to take away,” he adds.

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A Greek quiche, a favorite from the popular Little Rock establishment, Trio’s, takes center stage on the menu. Other brunch staples, including fresh berries and croissants, round out the offerings. Grapefruit mimosas are a spin on a classic that add to the pink color scheme. Norwood embellished ivy topiaries with fresh flower heads to add a hint of the garden to the buffet.

Resources Tableware—chargers and linens The Everyday Chef, Jonesboro, (870) 933-2665, Little Rock, (501) 225-0544, theeverydaychef.net Favors and floral design Tipton & Hurst, Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Catering—quiche Trio’s Restaurant, Little Rock, (501) 221-3330, triosrestaurant.com Special thanks to Mrs. Barbara Hoover for the use of her home for this photo shoot.


Trio’s Greek Quiche INGREDIENTS 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach (or 1 lb. fresh) 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup Swiss cheese, grated 4 eggs 2 cups heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried Mediterranean or Greek oregano 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1/4 cup cream cheese, broken into small pieces, room temperature 3/4 cup feta cheese 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced

PREPARATION Thaw spinach and squeeze dry. If using fresh, roughly chop. Heat oil or butter in skillet. Sauté onion over medium heat for several minutes until it is soft and translucent. Add spinach and sauté until it is wilted (allow a little longer for fresh spinach). Stir in Swiss cheese and set aside. Whisk eggs, cream, seasonings, and cream cheese together. Spread onion-spinach-cheese mixture into prepared pie shell. Top with feta cheese and sliced tomatoes. Pour custard mixture on top. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes. Recipe yields the filling for one deep-dish pie shell. Use your favorite neutral (not sweet) crust recipe or a purchased crust.

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Original Join us for a special showing of Tim Jacob’s latest collection of original paintings using Tim’s unique technique, ‘puddle painting’.

Tim Jacob: Driving the Delta Go to www.artonthegreen.net/events/ for information about this upcoming show.

Art Gallery and Advisory Service Learn. Teach. Read. See. Understand. All in One Place. Monday- Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm or by appointment Littleton Park | 1100 Bob Courtway, Suite One | Conway, AR 72032

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‘October Cotton’, acrylic on canvas, 40”x40” To buy Tim’s work, go to https://artcld.com/artist/tim-jacob

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February 24-26, 2017

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100s of gardening ideas ■ Indoor display gardens ■ More than 140 vendor booths ■ Learn from dozens of experts ■ Family activities ■ Live floral design contest ■ Buy tickets online or at the door.

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Presented in partnership with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation and the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, the Master Gardener program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Florists Association.

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Vintage glasses with flamingothemed stir sticks hint at the fun that awaits in the backyard of Julie Smith of Ransom Interiors. Turn to page 54 to read the full story.

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A World AWAY INSPIRED BY THE HOMEOWNERS’ LOVE OF ENGLISH GARDENS AS WELL AS THEIR EXPERIENCES ABROAD, DESIGNER DANIEL KEELEY CREATES AN OUTDOOR SPACE WITH PLENTY OF ROOM FOR BOTH THE FEET AND THE EYES TO ROAM

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Globally inspired is not just a design term, but rather a way of life for Fayetteville homeowners Shizuko and Scott Price. “We lived as expatriates moving nine times in 23 years, and we never had a garden of scale,” Scott says of the couple’s lifestyle prior to moving to northwest Arkansas. “Creating an outdoor living space [where] we could spend time relaxing and entertaining was a new experience.” Shortly after moving to the area and settling into their home, the couple called on local designer Daniel Keeley to help them create a refined and personalized garden that would, in many

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ways, echo ones they had seen while living and traveling abroad. Read on to see how it took shape. INSPIRED BY THE ENGLISH “We have traveled the world and particularly enjoy the colorful and mixed foliage of English gardens,” Scott says. Because of this fondness, the often-acclaimed, iconic English garden became a model for the Price’s outdoor area. “The thing with an English garden is you have a few rigid features but the overall feel is fluffy,” Keeley notes. To convey this, classic structures and evergreen plantings were accented with inviting furnishings and lush colorful blooms.


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While the back patio was already in place, the wood-burning fireplace is a new addition. Keeley matched the home’s existing stone for a seamless look. The designer used a mix of Brown Jordan furniture and French antiques to give the space an inviting, refined look. Details such as the copper chimney cap and skirted ottoman are elegant finishing touches.

“They are on two lots at the end of a culde-sac, so it seems like you’re not even in a neighborhood,” Keeley says of the Price’s property. This expanse allowed for outstanding views from the home’s existing back terrace while also giving them room to build a pavilion that would offer additional space for entertaining. This approach keeps with the English style, which often includes multiple structures or tucked away places for observation and enjoyment. STRUCTURALLY SPEAKING Keeley worked with builder John Olson to update the back terrace and build the new pavilion. “They brought me a magazine clipping for the pavilion, and I tweaked it to make it work for them,” Keeley says of the sophisticated freestanding structure, which is located at the base of the terrace’s steps. The adjustments included design details as well as several amenities that make the space usable almost year-round. For example, the least visible corner of the pavilion houses a wall-mounted fan, while hard-wired heaters are tucked into the rafters. Additionally, a chandelier hangs overhead, not only providing a sense of interior style but also adding to the ambience. In much the same manner, a large mirror over the fireplace opens up the space and lends flair to the room. As mentioned, the terrace area, which includes an entrance to the home’s living room, was also reworked. “The existing space was shallow,” Keeley notes. To give the Prices more room and to create a sense of grandeur, he added a stone fireplace, built a set of stairs that lead down to the pavilion area, and resurfaced the floors. Outdoor furniture that

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has as much character and comfort as the pieces you would expect to find indoors, softens the look and makes the terrace a place where the couple wants to spend time. “Although the fireplaces and pavilion were built nine years after the house, Keeley and his team ensured the design and materials used created a sense of continuity. They look as if they were built at the same time,” Scott notes. In addition to these living spaces, the Prices also relayed to Keeley their desire for a dramatic gated entry to the garden. Matching the stone on the home’s exterior, he designed two large columns that anchor a double gate. “We needed to create a double gate for functionality; it allows a lawnmower to easily go from one side of the home to the other,” Keeley says of the equally practical and attractive addition. The arched gate also allows for a lantern, which matches the ones seen at the home’s front entry. The structure will eventually be home to blooming vines as well. WELL PLANTED Aside from the custom structures, the garden features a number of personalized plantings. For example, Shizuko, who is of Japanese descent, loves flowering cherry trees, which are popular in Asian as well as American gardens. As a nod to her heritage, Daniel incorporated ‘Akebono’ cherry trees along the outside perimeter of the garden’s fence. At the base of the garden, pink begonias steal the show with their splash of cheerful color that will endure as the seasons change. Additionally, lilac is one of Shizuko’s favorite shrubs. To incorporate this fragrant plant, Daniel created a miniature allée using six ‘Miss Kim’ lilacs. As the Prices descend from the back terrace to the pavilion they can take in their sweet scent. While inspiration may have come afar, the Prices feel right at home in the updated outdoor living area. “The two of us relax by sitting and reading by the open fireplace and have used the dining area in the pavilion regularly. It’s a favorite for early spring and late fall,” Scott concludes.


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ADD ORNAMENTATION Create an eye-catching focal point by placing a garden ornament, such as a statue, fountain, or bench at the end of a prominent vista within your garden.

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WITH A MISSION TO TRANSFORM THEIR BACKYARD INTO A LIVING AND ENTERTAINING AREA, A LITTLE ROCK COUPLE CREATED A MULTI-PURPOSE OUTDOOR SPACE FOR THEIR LARGE FAMILY

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A planter filled with white mandevilla, surrounded by red dipladenia, purple angelonia, ‘Marguerite’ sweet potato vine, and ‘Purple Heart’ setcreasea pallida accents the pool area, which was designed and installed by Brooks Pool Company. Facing page: White caladiums under a Japanese maple create a peaceful backdrop for the outdoor dining area.

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“Family is priority,” homeowner Debbie Rees says. With four grown children and eight grandchildren, space is important to Debbie and her husband John. “We wanted a place we can all be together and let the grandkids enjoy being at Nana and Papa’s!” They also wanted to be able to entertain outdoors. “We are outside people. I like to say my favorite room is outside. I like to be out there as much as possible,” she adds.

When the couple began construction on their home 14 years ago, the full vision of the backyard was not what it is today. “It has evolved,” Rees explains. “We started with the pool, fireplace, a little bit of furniture, and it went from there.” As the couple lived in the home, they were better able to identify their needs. “We love to entertain. Between weddings, showers, birthdays, and family dinners, we are always having parties and people at our home,” she explains. With a large set of doors opening from the living room to the backyard, the family found themselves naturally flowing outdoors when together. This is when they realized there was an opportunity to enhance the flow. With a good foundation already in place, the Rees family called on trusted partners from The Good Earth Garden Center and Providence Design to bring the new vision to life. “We’ve worked with Good Earth for a long time, and knew they could transform our backyard into exactly what we wanted. And we love working with our dear friends Mona and Talena [of Providence Design]. They have worked in the interior of our home, so we wanted to bring the inside out,” Rees says. The expansive yard allows not only for the pool and fireplace, but also a covered porch, dining space, multiple sitting areas, a playground, and a stately arbor equipped with swinging benches and a rustic chandelier. The details of these specific outdoor areas simulate rooms you would find inside the home. Perhaps that is because Mona Thompson and Talena Ray of Providence Design approached these areas with the same objective they have for interior rooms: to create cozy, comfortable spots for adults and kids alike. “When the space allows, as in this project, separate living areas or ‘garden rooms’ can create an intimate atmosphere. Smaller spaces seem cozier. The separate areas in a larger landscape allow us to create that feeling and give the homeowner the opportunity to entertain larger groups of people,” Ray says. March 2017 | athomearkansas.com 49


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Furniture plays a big role in defining the different spaces throughout the yard. A dining set is nestled near the pool for family dinners, while a sitting area near the fireplace allows for some much needed warmth after a chilly swim. “We really enjoy our fireplace, and since the pool is heated, I have so many pictures of my grandkids congregated around the fireplace wrapped in towels after begging to swim on a cooler day,” Rees adds. On the covered porch, rocking chairs add charm and provide comfortable seating. “At different stages, we added accent pieces, fabrics, upholstery, and pillows,” Ray adds. The team brought in blues and grays to help tie the outdoor fabrics with the interior color scheme. Even with so many spaces to choose from, it’s clear which area is the favorite. “I love my porch!” Rees exclaims. A place for the couple to unwind has always been important. “At our old house, we had an outdoor swing. It was our spot. At this home, it’s become our porch. That’s our time together. We sit and talk, and admire the green space behind us. It’s a relaxing spot where we can take a deep breath.” With the addition of heaters and a television, it’s become a daily routine for the two. “And John and I love our rocking chairs,” she adds. “We really do treat it like it’s another room.” The family’s love of togetherness and the usability of the spaces were also key factors when it came to the landscape design of this backyard retreat. Jennifer Gibson and Julie Curtis of The Good Earth Garden Center considered the purpose of the defined areas to dictate the landscaping. “There are both sun and shade areas within the space, which means we get to use a variety of annuals and tropical plants. By combining sun-loving succulents with shade-loving caladiums under mature Japanese maples, it is the best of both worlds,” Gibson says. Metal, concrete, and colorfully glazed planters overflowing with greenery and blooms anchor the backyard living spaces and pool area, while meandering stone pathways lead guests from “room to room.” “The inspiration was to create an inviting space for family gatherings around the pool and to create outdoor rooms ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation to enjoy on a daily basis. As with every family, there is a mix of styles, and it’s our opportunity to bring those styles together to create a cohesive expression of the family. In this case, a simple, classic style has been accented with fun, colorful, often tropical, drama which keeps the eye moving throughout the different areas. Debbie and John call their back landscape their ‘happy place.’ They have told us that it feels like a vacation to be surrounded by all the lush foliage and colorful flowers while enjoying the pool and sitting areas,” Gibson says. With a pool being a hightraffic area, the pair chose plants that bloom consistently with little shedding. Along with the landscaping, the design elements were also carefully crafted to withstand the weather and, more importantly, grandkids. “Everything has to be kid-friendly and comfortable,” Ray says. “It also needs to transition for entertaining. Whether we work inside or out for this family, comfort is their number one priority. Of course, it has to look good, too,” she says with a smile. 52 At Home in Arkansas | March 2017


An arbor nestled in a corner creates a space for entertaining, relaxing, or even dancing. Boston ferns hang from the structure along with a metal chandelier. Groupings of ivy, pink pentas, white caladiums, and ‘Kimberly Queen’ ferns add to the space. Facing page: Stone pathways are accented with ‘Autumn Royalty’ Encore® azaleas and variegated liriope for color and visual appeal.

Design Resources Contractor—arbor and water feature Homeyer Lawn Sprinkler, Little Rock, (501) 224-9507 Design Mona Thompson and Talena Ray, Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com Landscape design and installation The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com Accessories, decor, and fabrics Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com

Lawn maintenance Better Lawns & Gardens, Little Rock, (501) 454-9803, betterlawnsar.com Lighting The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com Outdoor furniture Ken Rash’s of Arkansas, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com Pool Brooks Pool Company, Little Rock, (501) 771-1501, brookspools.com

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When Julie and Jason Smith were looking to purchase a new home a little over four years ago, they had one key requirement: “It had to have a swimming pool or a yard that could accommodate one,” Julie says. “This yard was very flat—which is hard to find in Little Rock; it was the perfect size for it; and, it was pretty much a blank slate.” Of course, the Smiths also fell for the home’s interior architecture (featured in our October 2014 issue), which has clean lines and a refreshing take on traditional design. It was these contemporary elements that influenced the design of their pool—and ultimately the overall look of their newly updated outdoor living area.

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As one of three partners in Little Rock’s Ransom Interiors, Julie had a vision for the blank slate and called on Jordan Parker of The Good Earth Garden Center to help make it a reality. Parker approached the project with a goal of “activating the outdoors,” meaning he wanted the family to “look out from their home and think about going outside to do their favorite things,” which include swimming, dining, lounging, and being with friends. The pair created zones for each of these activities. Specifically, the areas include a feature-loaded pool, a tanning deck, kitchenette, fire pit, and an outdoor shower—all neatly contained and connected in the backyard. Parker notes that while the square footage of the space was limited, there was plenty of room to place the elements that would make a strong visual statement from the living room windows and thus create the desire to be outdoors.

SUMMER HANGOUT The Smiths are parents to a fifth grader and a seventh grader—both of whom love the newly installed pool. “We have these small Sea Doo scooters for the pool—little floats that pull you along—the kids love them, and when their friends are over they run outside to get them immediately,” Julie says. With tons of toys and lots of excitement, Julie noted that storage was also a priority. To keep everything organized, she designed a wall unit that includes concealed cabinets to house pool accessories and towels as well as a charging station for the Sea Doos and an alcove for a television. Other amenities, including a kitchenette and comfortable chaise lounges, make the space equally attractive for adults. March 2017 | athomearkansas.com 55


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POOL COOL Looking to create an area that was an extension of the family’s living space, Parker knew it was important for the saltwater pool—the backyard’s largest attraction—to be captivating. To make it enticing for everyone, he designed the pool as a sensory experience by including different textures as well as sound and sight elements. For example, two sheer descent waterfalls produce a light, clean-sounding effect and also give movement to the body of water, while linear fire pits (located above the waterfalls) can be turned on at night for ambience; and the spa area transforms from a waterfall to a leveled-off, heated tub in just eight minutes. The entire pool can be heated, and its lighting scheme is a part of the overall outdoor lighting design, thus adding to the backyard’s inviting atmosphere. Additionally, three containers sit atop the pillars to create a lush focal point when looking from the home’s back entrance toward the pool. These are continuously refreshed with lush seasonal blooms to add color admist the stone, wood, and evergreen backdrop.

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LOUNGE AREA The family and their guests can take in the backyard’s full sensory experience from a shaded tanning deck located at the far end of the pool. The same chaise lounge chairs seen on the patio are alternated with large resort-style umbrellas to block rays when desired.

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PATHS TO PARADISE The backyard’s various areas are connected with square stepping stones that lead from one zone to another. “Most rockwork is organic in shape but I wanted to keep with the straight lines of our interior,” Julie says of the clean style on both the stepping stones and pool surround. Parker added Mexican pebble as a contemporary way to separate the stones. “It offers excellent drainage, is safe for the family’s dogs, and brings a different texture to the areas,” he says.

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HOT SPOT “Jason and I love spending time around the fire pit—especially when we have guests,” Julie says. Oversized wicker chairs from West Elm surround the fire pit, which was made by American artist John T. Unger. Dwarf mondo grass provides separation between the stepping stones, while potted, heat-tolerant succulents lend a modern feel.

Design Resources Landscape and pool design Jordan Parker, The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com Design Julie Smith, Ransom Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 838-7267, ransominteriors.com Accessories, fire pit, and outdoor furniture Ransom Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 838-7267, ransominteriors.com Cabinetry Jeff Bailey, Little Rock, (501) 952-9780 60 At Home in Arkansas | March 2017

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SHOWER POWER The Smiths are also parents to two dogs: a Maltese and a miniature Goldendoodle. Julie notes that the shower has proven to be convenient, not only for the family, but also for bathing these beloved pets. Again, the clean lines and minimalist design of the shower area offer the perfect blend of contemporary and classic.

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YOU ASKED, THEY ANSWERED Q: “What should the top priorities be when considering adding an outdoor kitchen to an existing pool/pool house area?” —Kim V. Outdoor living expert David Munsey III of Better Lawns & Gardens shares his thoughts. “First, you need to know how you intend to use the space. Will it be for personal enjoyment— accommodating just two or three people—or will you be entertaining and hosting large groups? You’ll want to design and build accordingly. “In conjunction with that, think about the flow of the space. Just as people tend to hangout and linger in the kitchen inside the house, they will do the same outdoors. Consider what items you want to incorporate—grill, sink, prep space, etc.—and place those so that you can work in the space and hang out. “When you are ready to build, make sure you use non-combustible materials. You wouldn’t want all your hard work to go up in flames because of an oversight like this. Along those same lines, think

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quality when it comes to appliances. You really need to make a long-term decision here and look for other places to save in the budget. The appliances used must be weather-resistant and have a good track record of longevity. The entire structure is being built around these pieces, and you wouldn’t want to have to replace a grill, fridge, or any other piece a few years down the road. We have clients call to tell us their grill went out and they would like us to replace it only to find out that model is no longer available and we’ll have to completely rework the space to make the change. Trust me, it will save you money in the long run. “Speaking of money, budget is always a priority in any project. Make sure to lay this out with your designer and contractor. We can help you to prioritize and eliminate or add, based on the numbers.”

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The difference lies in the treatment of the water. Rather than adding chlorine to your pool, saltwater pools have a built-in salt chlorine generator system that converts salt to the needed amount of chlorine, thus essentially doing much of the maintenance work for you.

Many consider a saltwater pool because they have heard about the low-maintenance factor. Know that testing is still required to ensure all levels are balanced, but the need to add buckets of chemicals is removed, therefore saving you time.

THEY ARE STILL CHLORINATED POOLS.

YOU WILL HAVE TO CHECK CHEMICAL LEVELS.

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Even though there is still chlorine in the pool, some users report a noticeable difference in eye—and even skin—irritation compared to a traditional chlorine system.

Because salt particles are always in the water and salt is corrosive, decking, furniture or other items that receive frequent splashes from the pool may corrode more easily.

EXPECT THE WATER TO BE A BIT EASIER ON THE EYES.

YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE REPAIRS OVER TIME.

YOU ASKED, THEY ANSWERED Q: “What type of treatment do you use on the concrete around the pool to keep it cool so your feet do not burn?” —Pamela F. Pool expert Nicky Ellis of Tallulah Pools, Inc. shares his thoughts. “You have a couple of options for this. The first would be topical overlay, such as Kool Deck or Sider Deck. It’s important to note that if you research reviews online, it may not be a very accurate picture of how it will work in Arkansas. For instance, it is true these products can greatly reduce the heat transfer from the concrete to your feet. However, these products are an “overlay” or a “spray-on” product that is applied to the top of the existing concrete. So, in certain parts of the country, especially in California and Florida, people are very satisfied with the results and longevity of these products. However, we deal with freeze and thaw conditions, and some of these

products do not hold up and “stick” to the concrete through these cycles. “With that being said there are now several spray deck systems that use highly modified polymers that create a very strong bond, and many have had very good success with these products in Arkansas weather. It is best to research which product brand has good results in freeze and thaw conditions. “A second option would be to use travertine. It is a beautiful, dense stone that is known to be up to 30 percent cooler than standard gray concrete. It is very versatile and relatively easy to cut. It can be set in a sand base or laid over existing concrete. It is more costly but the final results far surpass most any other product commonly used in Arkansas today.”

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A Look Back

Outdoor Living Favorites As a part of our 20th anniversary, each month our staff is taking a look back at past issues. This month, we’re sharing a few of our most-beloved gardens, porches, and patios.

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“I loved the charm of this Eureka Springs cottage and its garden. It’s not fussy or over-the-top but rather comfortable and inviting—the kind of place you would want to spend a spring afternoon. And, of course, its jaw-dropping view doesn’t hurt either.” —TIFFANY ADAMS, MANAGING EDITOR

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homeowners as sophisticated and chic. “Their style—and mine— unites very clean furniture lines and tailoring with dynamic and bold uses of texture, pattern and color,” she adds. Nestled around the edge of the pool, the L-shaped cabana features a well-equipped kitchen and bar space, banquette seating and a fireplace, which allows the structure to be used during all four seasons of the year. In the kitchen, powder-coated metal cabinets are topped with Caesarstone quartz countertops. A bridge-style faucet by Kohler and a glass tile backsplash by Mirage add luxurious touches around a built-in stainless steel grill. White enamel pendants hang above the bar, which is upholstered in tufted white marine-grade vinyl. “Design is such a major investment that I always want to select outdoor furnishings and materials that can withstand exposure to the elements,” says Fairley. “I love to use vinyls and textiles that can be cleaned with soap and water.” Thinking back to the space’s initial inspiration, a black-and-white striped ceiling gives the cabana the feel of an extra-chic poolside hut. Overhead, geometric pendants from Restoration Hardware stand out thanks to a custom aqua paint job. Banquette seating, also upholstered in white vinyl, stretches along two walls to provide ample room for the homeowner’s extended family and guests. Custom aqua tables and Parsons chairs on casters keep the seating flexible, making the space feel less formal and easily changeable. A pair of more formal armchairs upholstered in durable Sunbrella fabric provides cozy seating beside the cast stone hearth. Around the pool, aqua chaise lounges by Caluco, black-and-white striped umbrellas and bold orange throw pillows continue the color scheme. “I was aiming for a luxurious and streamlined look that

Beneath the cabana, Trex Transcend decking provides an easy-to-maintain alternative to traditional wood decking. Modern barstools from Design Within Reach contrast with traditional Doric columns. The curtains can be closed to provide shade in the summer or protection from the elements in colder months. Facing page: A chrome faucet, enamel pendants and Caesarstone counters contribute to the kitchen’s sleek aesthetic.

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“My favorite outdoor story is the guest house and garden in the March 2016 issue. I hope one day I’ll have the space (and the time) to grow my own lush garden!” —NORMA EDWARDS, ART DIRECTOR

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“I’m always excited to get outdoors each spring— especially when I’m going to a comfortable and inviting space. This patio seems so welcoming, and I have to say I was particularly fond of the blue-and-white plates that hang on the wall. I had never thought of hanging pieces from my own blue-and-white collection outdoors and was inspired by the creativity of this homeowner.” —KELLY FRAISER, PUBLISHER

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