At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

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60 Home


Beauty and livability merge in designer Debi Davis’ personal home

Initial Impressions

52 Past in the Present

60 R ewriting the Rules

Designer Joshua Plumlee puts a new spin on traditional in a Little Rock family’s home

Special Section 35 Embrace the Glamour Fall Fashion Stylebook

11 Finds

14 Latest

8 A Note from the Editor in Chief 71 Marketplace 72 End Notes

17 Design

on the cover

Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches Follow the Pattern


24 Happenings

What to do in the Natural State

27 Discover The Delta

31 Collecting Cute as a Button

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In Every Issue

The home of designer Debi Davis. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 52. Vol. 19, No. 9 © 2014 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. Return Undeliverable to Publisher.

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OCTOBER 23RD, 11-7 “New York City-based designer Gerard Yosca is a legend among the fashion and jewelry elite. For nearly three decades, he has created innovative, trend-setting collections that inspire year after year. Gerard remains dedicated to making quality, handcrafted goods in the United States. He meticulously creates each piece in his New York studio alongside his loyal staff, resulting in a signature look personalized for its wearer. His passion lies in the steadfast belief that the customer should see the ‘hand of the artist’ – a mantra that sets him apart from his peers.”


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For months, I’ve been looking forward to this issue. Perhaps it is because my own home and style fall into the traditional design category. I have long been a believer in the concept of using design pieces that stand the test of time. With that said, I know we all have specific images in mind when we think about what “traditional” design means. As time passes and traditional rules bend we are seeing more contemporary pieces blend with classic staples. The homes showcased in this issue are a testament to this. They contrast in their execution of traditional design, but are both grounded in its principles. When beginning to think about traditional design, one designer stood out in my mind: Debi Davis. Her personal home is heavily influenced by her longstanding passion for traditionalism. However, her fresh approach to placement and accessories along with the home’s airy palette bring such a new feeling to each room. Davis often uses some of the region’s finest-available details to complete her designs and produce her trademark look that has become iconic in the state. In contrast, Joshua Plumlee, a designer with Cobblestone & Vine, is a relative newcomer on the design scene here in the state. His work at the Smith residence, which is featured on page 60, is a tribute to many new ideas in interior design, but the overall approach is still heavily grounded in traditional principles. For example, the simple, classic lines that shape the furniture pieces and contrasting mix of rich and muted colors in the fabric and paint selections give this young family a home that is cutting edge in presentation, yet still rooted in the designs of the past. I think you’ll be impressed with his take on traditionalism. In a similar manner, our much-anticipated fall fashion feature pairs a classic setting with the latest in women’s fashions. The historic Lafayette Square building conjures up images of the Roaring Twenties and an elegant hotel scene, while the contemporary pieces—which range from weekend and office looks to classic formal dresses—convey this same idea of elegance but in a modern-day sense. The pairing only further proves that glamour is timeless. Whether you view yourself as a strict traditionalist or you prefer new interpretations of the term, I hope you’ll be inspired by the pages of this issue.

Chip Jones Editor in Chief

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From The Editor in Chief

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Monogrammed Napoleon-era locking jewelry box with key. Ellen Golden Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 664-7746 11

Style/Finds Book letter cutouts. The Crown Shop, Little Rock, (501) 227-8442,

Personalized Whitney English melamine plate with chinoiserie border. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929

Initial Impressions With treasures that run the gamut from trendy to timeless, it’s plain to see that personalization is one design detail that simply never goes out of style

Vintage sacred heart metal wall dĂŠcor. Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900,

Personalized desk calendar. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367, 12 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

PRODUCERS Ashley Gill and Mandy Keener PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Martin

Herend monogram coasters. Fifth Season, Little Rock, (501) 225-0544,

Embroidered personalized tea towels. The Crown Shop, Little Rock, (501) 227-8442,

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to the new Blu D’or Interiors. With custom pieces from Lee Industries, the possibilities will surprise you.

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Emporium Home, the highly sought-after home furnishings line from Little Rock-based artist and product designer Ashley Childers, will now have a retail storefront. Previously only available to the trade, the new store, which will be located in the former Heights Gallery location, will offer Emporium Home as well as favorite product lines Childers has discovered through her time spent at market meeting other craftsmen and designers. Join Emporium Home Heights on Saturday, October 4th from 10 a.m. to noon for celebratory mimosas with Ashley, and spend the day browsing the completely renovated space that is filled with soon-to-be classic pieces. 5801 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, (501) 313-2418,

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Leigh Montgomery, owner of That French Shoppe in Jonesboro, is bringing a new home furnishings shop to nearby Memphis. The store, known as Blu D’or Interiors, plans to open in late September and will carry a fresh, traditional-meets-glam offering of furnishings and décor. In addition, it will be the city’s exclusive retailer of Lee Industries, including a huge selection of upholstered sofas, armchairs, and more. Blu D’or will also offer original artwork by artists such as Sarah Robertson and Sean Shrum, as well as the latest in lamps, mirrors, and accessories along with a dedicated workroom for designers and their clients to use. That French Shoppe in Jonesboro will change their name to Blu D’or Interiors to bring both stores under the same brand. 420 South Grove Park Road, Memphis; 456 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435

Photography: Courtesy of Emporium Home and BLU d’or interiors

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Update your look with the latest in textile styles PRODUCERS Ashley Gill & Mandy Keener PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Martin & Courtesy of Vendors

A mix of textures, styles, and hues combine gracefully in the fabrics from Colefax and Fowler shown here. Available to the trade.

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Bright Ideas

Give your space a healthy dose of color









1. Orange and beige graphic print. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, 2. Jewel-toned stripe. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, 3. Multicolor, textured upholstery-weight waves. Interior Fabrics & Design, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0222, 4. Bright, jewel-toned flame stitch. Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500, 5. Slub multicolor stripe. Interior Fabrics & Design, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0222, 6. Kelly green cotton trellis. M Grace at Home, Bentonville, (479) 715-6050, 7. Cobalt cotton connecting-geometric motif. M Grace at Home, Bentonville, (479) 715-6050, 8. Lavender and beige, polyester splatter stripe. Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500,

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1. “Penelope” wallpaper. Emporium Home Heights, Little Rock, (501) 313-2418, 2. Floral motif wallpaper. Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500, 3. Zoffany “Veranda Trellis” wallpaper. Available to the trade.

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1. Midnight blue, spoke velvet relief. Interior Fabrics & Design, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0222, 2. Beige-and-white zigzag. Interior Creations, Searcy, (501) 268-2311, 3. Navy with cream grid pattern. Interior Creations, Searcy, (501) 268-2311, 4. Gold, brown, and forest green houndstooth. Interior Creations, Searcy, (501) 268-2311, 5. Hunting scene toile. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, 6. Dark gray linen with geometric embroidery. Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500, 7. Kelly green and blue, cotton teardrop paisley. M Grace at Home, Bentonville, (479) 715-6050, 8. Quilted black background with small, cream-colored brushed dots. Interior Creations, Searcy, (501) 268-2311,

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1. York “Natural Leaves” wallpaper. Available to the trade. 2. Botanical-pattern wallpaper. Window Works, Little Rock, (501) 219-1500, 3. Zoffany “Oreste” wallpaper. Available to the trade. 20 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

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Glenda Gies “Camille� clutch. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 6634367, Freshwater pearl leather wrap bracelet. Handworks, Helena, (870) 338-4340, See more fall fashions starting on page 35. 23


What to do in the natural state September 27 – November 1

Scott Pumpkin Patch



Fall Family Fun!


Named “Arkansas Festival of the Year” five times by the Arkansas Festivals & Events Association, MusicFest is ready to rock South Arkansas once again. Featuring performers from a variety of genres, this year’s lineup includes country’s Jerrod Niemann, hiphop legends Salt-N-Pepa and Coolio, as well as family friendly comedians Bucket N Boards. Tickets are $20 per day; kids 12 and under free with adult admission.

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Tipton & Hurst is making plans to open a seasonal décor store at the Promenade at Chenal. The new store will be located in the space formerly occupied by Coldwater Creek and will feature Halloween, fall and Christmas items along with a selection of live plants. (501) 666-3333,

October 15

Paintings, Pancakes & cocktails Fayetteville

Head to Whiteline Designs to join their staff, chef Jen Lewis, and the At Home in Arkansas team for a night of fabulous art, cooking demonstrations in their state-ofthe-art onsite kitchen, and more. Artists Duane Gardner, Trey McCarley, Willis Miller, Mark Stavely, Sharon Killian, and Lee Anne Henry will be on hand to showcase their works. The free event starts at 5:00 p.m. (479) 287-4222,

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Get ready for good old-fashioned family fun. The Scott Pumpkin Patch is not only the perfect place to find your own prize pumpkin, but it’s also a great way to spend a fall afternoon. Enjoy the popular pig races, barnyard zoo, hayrides, toddler playground, and more. Visit this area favorite at their new location on Highway 165. Like them on Facebook for more information. (501) 920-2901

October 23

Providence Design’s 1st Anniversary Open House Little Rock

Join Providence Design owners Mona Thompson and Talena Ray as they celebrate one year of business at their Riverdale store. Enjoy live music, appetizers, and wine as well as 20 percent off, storewide. The event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. (501) 372-1886,

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Decorative arts, handmade wares, and old-fashioned hospitality abound in this eastern portion of Arkansas. Join us as we explore the rich heritage and celebrated craftsmanship found in the region. PRODUCER Chip Jones

EATS & SWEETS From Little Rock, we headed to Lake Village for an early lunch at Rhoda’s Famous Tamales. The endearing diner serves up beef and chicken tamales, along with yams and a variety of pies. Our mouths are still watering for another piece of the pecan pie! Dine here and you’ll enjoy the food as much as you’ll enjoy visiting with Mrs. Rhoda herself. After making the rest of your stops in the region, we suggest an afternoon snack from Ray’s Dairy Maid. Located just outside of Helena, on Highway 49, Ray’s is known for their fried pies. We recommend trying the chocolate- or apple-filled Southern delicacies.

LOCAL FINDS Our first stop of the day was at an Arkansas-made icon, Miller’s Mud Mill (870-382-5277, in Dumas. Opened in the late 1980s by potter Gail Miller, the store is a mustvisit on the list of anyone who lives in or travels through the area. Miller’s earth-toned pottery pieces—which take the form of everything from mugs and platters to vases and decorative wares— fill the store, beckoning to shoppers to display them in their own homes. From Dumas, we drove on to Lake Village where you’ll find more locally made home furnishings and wares, along with plenty of decorative items, at Paul Michael Company (800-732-3722, We love the Arkansas-made cutting boards as well as the practical pieces of furniture and reclaimed-wood wall letters, all designed and made by Paul Michael. On the day we visited, the team was beginning to display the store’s huge Christmas and holiday décor offering. Continuing our delightful trek through the Delta, our next stop was Helena, where we found two charming stores in one historic building. The first shop, Handworks (870-338-4340, carries many items that—as implied by their name—are handmade. From Helena-produced WAX candles to Arkansas’ own Soaps October 2014 | 27

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of the Delta, the shop overflows with gift items that have both beauty and heritage. What’s more, they also offer bridal registry, featuring sought-after, quality lines such as Fortunata, Juliska, and Montes Doggett. Bella (870-3384340) is the second shop housed in the space. As a women’s clothier, the shop offers a variety of colorful options for any occasion, from date night to tailgating. You’ll find lines such as Free People, Nally & Millie, and Kendra Scott jewelry, along with a great selection of basics that can be monogrammed. Next, we headed to Something Special (870-338-7277), where we were greeted with a huge selection of all things home. From the collegiate-themed items (which include Arkansas as well as nearby Mississippi schools) to the bridal registry offerings, such as Annie Glass and Vietri, this is the place to find kitchen and entertaining wares. Plus, it’s the perfect place to pick up a card, a set of cocktail napkins, or a gourmet food item before heading to a get-together. 28 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

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WHERE TO STAY Want to spend a few days exploring the Delta? We suggest heading to The Alluvian (866-600-5201, thealluvian. com) in Greenwood, Mississippi, for an unparalleled taste of Southern culture with a heavy side of hospitality. While you’re staying at the hotel’s luxurious accommodations, be sure to visit the spa to pamper yourself, and dine in Giardina’s Restaurant, which offers steaks, seafood, and pasta. If you feel like trying your own hand at the culinary arts, take a lesson at the much-esteemed Viking Cooking School, which offers classes for all skill levels. MAKE IT HOME If you decide to call the Delta home, you’ll need a list of improvement and maintenance professionals to keep your house at its peak. Stop by Carrington Electric (870-534-6993, carringtonelectric. com) to learn more about how they offer area residents the best service and value for all their lighting and electrical needs, whether commercial or residential. Based

in Pine Bluff, the team offers Nitetime™ Décor installation to illuminate your house when the sun sets. They also travel to surrounding areas to install turnkey holiday lighting to take the hassle out of beautiful Christmas décor. GET THE BLUES!

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Cute as a Button

A pastime handed down from her grandmother has become not only a hobby but also a source of professional inspiration for this creative young collector and entrepreneur STORY tiffany Burgess Adams PHOTOGRAPHY Nancy Nolan Styling Mandy Keener

Collector Brandy McNair Hometown Harrison; currently lives in Little Rock Her Obsession Buttons How It Began McNair developed a love of buttons at an early age. Her grandmother, Florine Thomason, is a button collector and introduced her to the hobby. From there, McNair says, “I just started collecting. My grandmother lived just up the road, so I would spend many nights there digging through old buttons.� October 2014 | 31 October 2014 | 31

Buttons have been a passion for you since you were a child. Did this play into your decision to start making your own pieces and launch Bella Vita Jewelry?

Well, many of the materials cross over. The beads that are used in jewelry making have a similar history to many of the buttons I find. This is just a little more fun because it’s something that’s not business, but my hobby!

Do any of the buttons you find APPEAR in your jewelry designs?

When I started my business, I began making rings out of the buttons. I don’t do as many of these anymore because I don’t want to sell my buttons! I still wanted to use them though. So, I created a line of jewelry that I make from molds of the buttons. That way I get to use them in the designs and keep my collection.

It seems like there are numerous kinds of buttons. What are some of the different types? There are a lot! I belong to the National Button Society and they have a system for listing and identifying each one. Some of my favorites are picture buttons [like the one shown on the top at right], which are mostly made of brass. A lot of these have scenes of fairytales and are from the early 1900s. Then there are uniform buttons, diminutives (which are just small buttons), and glass ones, which I use a lot in my jewelry.

You mentioned your grandmother introduced you to collecting buttons. Do you two still share the same passion?

Yes, we actually just went to the National Button Society Convention in Springfield, Missouri. My grandmother has a button room in her house where she keeps her collection, and many of the ones I have in my own collection came from her. It’s really special that we have this together. To learn more about Bella Vita Jewelry, visit 32 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

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Pink Avenue Verty embellished dress, Urbanista hat, Bamboo “Royce� wedge, and gold spike necklaces. Pink Avenue, Hot Springs, (501) 520-0624

Feinstein’s Rene Ruiz gown, Sondra Roberts evening clutch, and Marlyn Schiff earrings. Feinstein’s, Little Rock, (501) 664-7330 36 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

Southern Accented Greylin “Micah� tweed jacket and shorts, Greylin shell, Danielle Nicole purse, amethyst geode necklace, blue geode necklace, and Noah Noble tassel bracelet. Southern Accented, Little Rock, (501) 747-1150, October 2014 | 37

Vivid Designs Mumu peasant blouse, a’reve fur and lace vest, Imagenation faux leather leggings, Koolaburra fringe wedges, black and gold bangles, and pavÊ link bracelet. Vivid Designs, Little Rock, (501) 225-3828 38 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

Bella Wells Grace jeweled peplum top, Free People jean legging and Kendra Scott bracelets. Bella, Helena, (870) 338-4340

Companions Michael Stars leather vest, Citizens of Humanity black coated skinny jean, Nu Construction tie-dye top, Dolce Vita “Noralee� wedge, hammered gold cuff bracelet, ring, statement earrings, and necklace. Companions, Little Rock, (501) 868-8484, 40 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014

Grand on Oak 4 Love and Liberty kimono, White + Warren black tee, Agave Denim black skinny jean, G. Spinelli freshwater pearl necklace, and antique Ethiopian cross necklace. Grand on Oak, Conway, (501) 499-6436,

By Request Milly winter white rabbit fur sweater, Paige Denim boyfriend jean, Cynthia Vincent “Dax” bootie, GiGi New York python clutch, and Gerard Yosca necklace. By Request, Fayetteville, (479) 442-7525

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Vesta’s SW3 Bespoke jacket, Bella Luxx cobalt blouse, Heather leather skirt, French Kande long tassel necklace, beaded bracelet and chain necklace, Johnny Loves June gold coin earrings, Dolce Vita “Halima” heel, and Urban Originals fringe clutch. Vesta’s, Little Rock, (501) 375-7820,

Haus Werk XCVI cowl-neck sweater, Big Star 1974 skinny jean, Bed Stü “Manchester II” boots, hammered rose gold ring, leather cuff, blue and pink geode necklaces, and chain earrings. Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251,

Accessory Gallery Joseph Ribkoff purple shell blouse, Joseph Ribkoff black cardigan with leather detail, Joseph Ribkoff pants with velvet detail, Charleston Shoe Co. bootie, and G. Spinelli spike necklace, earrings, and bracelet. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168

Beyond Cotton Lee Andersen “Courtly� dress and bolero, pearl necklaces, and pearl drop earrings. Beyond Cotton, Little Rock, (501) 221-9195

By Request Lafayette 148 New York “Karlene” shirt and snakeskin black jean, Cordani “Pharrow” boot, GiGi New York black leather clutch, and Gerard Yosca necklace and cuff bracelet. By Request, Fayetteville, (479) 442-7525

Photography: Rett Peek Art direction: Mandy Keener Styling: Rosemary Hallmark Model: Lara Beebe of Sculp Agency Hair and makeup: Angela Alexander Special thanks to Lafayette Square for use of their space. Lafayette Square, Little Rock, October 2014 | 47

Go with the flowy. Drape yourself in Planet – a contemporary line featuring natural fibers and easy, elegant silhouettes.

Melissa Tanner is wearing a gray silk dress from Go Silk; shoes by Dolce Vita and jewelry by Rebel Designs.

Shot on location at Cache Restaurant Photography by Jason Masters

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Story: Jennifer Bonds Photography: Rett Peek Styling: Chip Jones

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A fluted column topped with a mirrored surface serves as an intimate dining spot beneath an antique gilt wood-and-iron chandelier. The dining chairs and Madonna figure are Italian. Facing page: Neatly clipped hedges and the home’s white exterior hint at the refinement found indoors.


f you know Debi Davis and her design work, you are well aware of her passion for storied pieces—and her own home is no exception. After purchasing the neoclassical house from fellow local designer Garry Mertins, Davis set out to put her own traditional spin on its already well-appointed bones. What’s more, she’s used the same thought process that drives Reborn Relics—her European-antique-inspired furnishings line—to adorn the rooms with history and character. Review the Hues When Davis first bought the home, “the front door was bright green, the dining room was orange Venetian plaster, and the kitchen was all black and white,” she recalls. In her four years in residence, she has personalized the home by bringing in her signature delicate color palette of creams, whites, and a coordinating barely blush pink. These hues are accented with gilt wood furnishings throughout the home. “I never want one piece—either a rug or piece of furniture or art—to be too heavy,” says Davis. “This way the eye keeps moving around the room.” While a light palette may seem unlivable to some, Davis and her team at Debi Davis Interiors treat nearly every upholstery fabric they specify with a water- and stain-resistant product to ensure that it will withstand wear in a family home. “The tone-on-tone palette is a classic,” explains Davis. “I never overindulge in a trend, but instead I like to touch on it with art, pillows, or flowers—things that can be easily changed when the trend has passed.”

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A vignette in the living room is a grouping of Davis’ favorite things: French and Italian antiques, luxurious fabrics in soft shades, and religious figures. Lamps made from altar candlesticks are topped with custom shades from The Shade Above. Facing page, from top: Debi Davis, her husband, Mark Wilson, and their dog, Dalton. An oversized pair of Italian iron urns flanks the front door. The window behind the breakfast table is dressed with a set of shutters Davis discovered at Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas.

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The oil-on-canvas work over the fireplace is by Hazel Sweeney. Facing page, from top: The sunroom’s soft shades of pink were inspired by an antique terra cotta urn and a set of Romanian etchings. The pedestal coffee table is from the Reborn Relics line. In the study, an Italian blackamoor-figureturned-lamp tops a painted desk.

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Reinterpret a Classic It’s no surprise that many of the pieces in the home are from Davis’ own Reborn Relics line, which has evolved over time. A designer for more than 25 years, she says she “got tired of looking for just another mirror or piece of art and thought, ‘there has to be something else.’” Her passion for antiques drew her to heavily carved, artfully crafted fragments. Soon Davis began rescuing these castoff pieces at antique shows to use as wall groupings and art in clients’ homes. The idea stuck, and eventually she brought on carpenters to give the fragments new life as one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, such as end tables and headboards. While the pieces are decidedly old-world in feel (most are inspired by 17th- and 18th-century antiques), Davis deftly weaves them into the design of her home in a fresh and inspiring manner that makes them practical for modern-day use. For example, the sleek concrete hearth in the den—installed by the previous owner—is a study in modern design that contrasts nicely with the mantle in the master bedroom, which was fashioned from a pair of architectural fragments from Portugal. The same ingenuity she employed to launch her line is evident in other one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the home that she has reinvented. Take, for instance, the found-marble top she married to an iron base— which she spotted under a tent at an antique fair in Texas—to create a breakfast table. Additionally, there are statues and iron fragments that have been fashioned into lamps, and an industrial can, once used to hold coal next to a fireplace, now serves as a vessel for flowers. October 2014 | 57

Update Tradition “Having antiques in your home no longer means living in a showplace from another era. I like to give a room a conversation piece, something to anchor it, but still keep it very livable,” says Davis, who shares the home with her husband, Mark Wilson, and their two dogs, Alley and Dalton. To keep the design fresh, Davis added streamlined upholstery and a few unexpected statement pieces, such as an acrylic coffee table. Floor and table lamps fashioned from 17th-century altar candlesticks and topped with custom, pleated silk shades are works of art, but other accessories are minimal or blend with the room’s scheme, such as the vellum books and creamware vases on the built-in shelving in the den. “A home can be really beautiful and livable at the same time,” says Davis, who enlists similar strategies when designing spaces for her clients. “The most important thing is to decorate with lifestyle in mind, and the result will be perfectly suited to actually enjoying your home.”

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Davis paired the “Versailles Headboard”—one of the most popular pieces in her Reborn Relics line—with chests from Hickory Chair and a French cabinet from Marshall Clements. Facing page, from top left: In her stepdaughter’s room, an embroidered linen floral fabric dresses the windows. The bed and side table are reproductions. Davis’ collection of Baccarat crystal is displayed on the marble-wrapped tub beneath the home’s original leaded glass windows. The master bedroom’s fireplace was made from architectural fragments salvaged in Portugal. The mirror is a 17thcentury French piece.

Design Resources Contractor Keith Hardin, Keith Hardin Construction, Little Rock, (501) 580-8778, Interior design Debi Davis, Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032, Kitchen and bath design Garry Mertins, Garry Mertins Design, Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Accessories Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,; Bonnie Blackmon Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 352-4704; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032,; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900,; Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886,; Reborn Relics Home, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032,; The Antique Co., Little Rock, (501) 666-0339 Art Bonnie Blackmon Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 352-4704 Bedding—custom Barbara Kitchens, Little Rock, (501) 804-4071; Topsy Pelkey, North Little Rock, (501) 851-2909 Carpet C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909,; Debi Davis Interior Davis, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032, Fabrics, flooring, and wallpaper Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032, Fixtures—bath, hardware, and lighting Garry Mertins Design, Little Rock, (501) 376-6600, Floral design Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 327-1400, Furniture Bonnie Blackmon Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 352-4704; Debi Davis Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032,; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900,; Reborn Relics Home, Little Rock, (501) 2212032, Lighting—custom lampshades The Shade Above, Little Rock, (501) 374-3555, Mirrors Bonnie Blackmon Antiques, Little Rock, (501) 352-4704; Reborn Relics Home, Little Rock, (501) 221-2032, Rugs Martinous Oriental Rug Company, Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, Window coverings Barbara Kitchens, Little Rock, (501) 804-4071; Creative Installation, Little Rock, (501) 664-6954 October 2014 | 59

Rewriting Rules Knowing the rules and always playing by them are two different things. Designer Joshua Plumlee uses color, art, and custom furnishings to shake up traditional design and to make this home a reflection of its funloving owners.

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Hanging above the fireplace, a framed textile artwork with a tribal motif is an unexpected variation of texture and theme in an otherwise polished and glamorous space. Facing page: The interior of the front door and its surround are painted black to draw attention to its shapeliness and to add drama, while a Chinese Chippendale chair and an X-bench with traditional silhouettes are updated with fresh design details and fabrics.

When Julie and Jason Smith and their two children moved into a home in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock, they turned to designer Joshua Plumlee with Cobblestone & Vine to help bridge the gap between the classic look of the house and their distinctive personal style. “They are just a very interesting family;” Plumlee says, “they’re quirky and fun, with great taste in art. The house is very traditional, and it’s in a very traditional neighborhood, and the design needed to make sense in that context. But we also wanted to have some fun with colors and art—stepping outside of what is expected.” The result is a moody and glamorous—yet inviting—home that delights in its own eccentricities and offers a unique take on traditional home decor. October 2014 | 61

Into the Deep Shadowy blues and grays dominate the color scheme in a painting of a cathedral that greets guests at the home’s entry. This painting, by Hans Feyerabend, was the first piece of art Julie purchased after moving into the new home, and, Plumlee says, “it dictated much of the [home’s] palette, especially the navy; we just loved it so much.” The rich, smoky marine carries throughout the home— on the dining room walls and the fireplace accent wall in the formal living room. Overall, the deeper hues Plumlee selected, including the dusky aubergine in the guest room, create drama and really set the tone of the design. The living room, however, is lighter and more neutral. “We have so much color in the other parts of the house, we wanted this room to feel classy, with this pinky, platinum gray—a little blush,” Plumlee says. The dark hardwood floors present a striking contrast in this airier section, which Plumlee explains, defines the space and—along with strategic use of black door and window trim in certain areas—“enhances the interesting room progression. It’s a big house with an open concept, but design can add definition.”

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Design can add definition.

—Joshua Plumlee

Plumlee extended the moody marine hue of the dining room onto the walls that enclose the projected fireplace. As an accent color here, it transitions the two rooms seamlessly and grounds the platinum gray airiness of the formal living room. Facing page: The family’s collection of Herend figurines is on display throughout the home.

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Left: When he was unable to find a piece of art that would accentuate the warmer undertones of the neutrals in the living room, Plumlee turned to his own talents as an artist and painted the abstract work that now hangs over the sofa. Below, left to right: The door facings of the entry hall are painted black to add definition and invite the eye to travel further into the home. A bar cart in the game room sits below a brilliantly hued equestrian painting. Two leather club chairs—the first items purchased for the home—and vibrantly colored artwork and accessories make the family room comfortable and lively.

An Artful Approach Perhaps most compelling is the diverse collection of art showcased throughout the home. Plumlee describes his design approach as “art-centric,” explaining that, to his mind, “everything should play second fiddle to the art.” Longtime collectors, the Smiths brought many of the pieces from a previous home, but some of them are new to the family, including a number of paintings done by Plumlee. From black-andwhite photographs of grain silos to abstract paintings and tribal textiles, the art enhances the experience of every room in the house, either by harmonizing with the design or by presenting a visitor with the pleasing friction of encountering the unanticipated.

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The Great Mix-Up To achieve a collected, deeply personalized look in the home, Plumlee embraces the interplay of opposites: the polished with the rough-hewn, the dramatic alongside the delicate. The result? A predominately serious home with a whimsical wink. In the dining room, the high-gloss of the lacquered lampshades juxtaposes with the rustic, unpolished table. Plumlee says “In one way, the choice is a play to kid-friendliness, but the design also needs to feel tried and true.” In the same vein, when it comes to the home’s various metal finishes, Plumlee’s attitude is: “Mix it up!” His own impulse—and the Smiths’ personal style—is very resistant to the look of what he calls a “homogenized home,” where everything matches everything else and exactly meets a visitor’s expectations.

Black shades atop the dining room chandelier diffuse the light, adding to the rich ambience, while the lacquered navy lampshades, along with the room’s mixed wood and metal finishes, support the collected look of the overall design.

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—Joshua Plumlee

Colors from the book jacket of a vintage volume about the Civil War, which Plumlee found in the homeowners’ library, inspired the gray and red palette used in the bookcases’ styling. Facing page: Deep aubergine walls in the guest room foreground the white and gold of the room’s art, furnishings, and accessories.

Improv Act As for the process, the design work began soon after the Smiths purchased the home, and it has been an ongoing “labor of love” for two years, Plumlee says. The initial work was centered on the family room—the vibrant and casual space where the family still spends most of their time— and has expanded from there. Though the adjustment in the scope of the work “made it more challenging,” the designer recalls, “it also made it more fun.” To find design solutions, he—along with the homeowners—often had to think creatively and, in certain cases, they had furnishings and accessories fabricated to specification. Case in point, a Lucite console table that was unavailable in the correct dimensions for the space in the entry inspired the glass one that stands there now. Just as in the creation of a work of art, it’s often the innovations that occur along the way that give the home its unique texture and character. Or, as Plumlee puts it, “We made some weird decisions that have really ended up being lots of fun.”

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Sisal rugs were selected for their durability as floor coverings in the kitchen as well as in the family, dining, and game rooms. To up the ante even further on their kid-and-pet friendliness, Plumlee had them painted, which coats the surface of the rugs and makes them more spill- and wear-resistant.

Design Resources Contractor E.J. Simpson, Ezra Simpson Enterprises, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 920-3998 Interior design Joshua Plumlee, Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Landscape design The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, Accessories and furniture Joshua Plumlee, Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Art Boswell Mourot Fine Art, Little Rock, (501) 664-0030,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Joshua Plumlee, Little Rock, (501) 658-3403 Bedding and lighting Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Fabrics Joshua Plumlee, Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, Framing M2Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 225-6257, Fresh floral About Vase, Little Rock, (501) 603-9200, Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide,; Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Painting—decorative Angelfish Studios, Little Rock, (501) 960-4826, Rugs Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Martinous Oriental Rugs, Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, Upholstery Burl Elkins Upholstery, North Little Rock, (501) 753-4026; Howard’s Upholstery Shop, Little Rock, (501) 225-0476 Window coverings Nip & Tuck, Cabot, (501) 843-6756 68 At Home in Arkansas | October 2014


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End Notes

H alloween Costumes photography: courtesy of vendors/Jacob jones: rett peek

From spooky to sweet, Arkansas jewelers share their all-time favorite dress-up characters

“My favorite costume was a sparkly gown and wand. When I was about 10, I was Glinda the Good Witch. I think maybe that’s where I got hooked on all things bright and shiny!” —Laura Stanley, Vice President, Stanley Jewelers | Gemologist, North Little Rock

“I love any costume that is exotic and involves a mask. I still love to dress up for

Halloween to this day.”

—Sheryl Roncketto, Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock

“Sometime in the 80s I was Joe Montana for Halloween. It was the complete player outfit. I guess at the time that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up—Joe Montana.” —Jacob Jones (right; shown with his father Darrow), President, Jones and Son, Little Rock

“I love being a witch because when I was a little girl I was mesmerized by the bad witch in the Wizard of Oz. I was scared of her, but also intrigued by her at the same time.” —Trish Roberson, Owner, Roberson’s Fine Jewelry, Little Rock

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