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Contents D ECEM B ER 2016

48 Home

Style

40 Forever Home

15 Finds

A lifelong fondness for a Heights home leads one family to purchase the property, renovate it, and dress it for the season.

Gracious Gathering

18 Latest

Celebrate the Season

Special Section 62 The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

48 Full House

21 Design

In Every Issue

56 Naturally Christmas

Life

on the cover

An empty-nest couple upsizes to accommodate their kids and grandchildren during the holidays.

Floral designer Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral takes a fresh-cut approach to holiday décor in a West Little Rock family home.

Brighten Up

28 Local Talent

Meet…Nancy & David Smith

31 Discover

12 A Note from the Editor in Chief 72 A Look Back

The Little Rock home of Leslie and Jim Pender is adorned with fresh greenery for the season. Holiday décor design by Tipton & Hurst. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 40.

Benton

33 Garden

Christmas with a Twist

34 Entertaining Hometown Holiday

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On the blog this month… Designer Mara Malcolm offers step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful holiday swag.

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From The Editor in Chief December tends to arrive with a sense of urgency and most everyone is anticipating some sort of deadline. Whether it be selecting the perfect gifts for loved ones from At Home or finding time to spend with family in Arkansas members near and far, this month is one that seems to pass by more quickly than most others. The At Home in Arkansas staff has been anticipating this particular month for some time. For us, December marks the beginning of a celebratory year—our 20th anniversary. For two decades now, At Home in Arkansas has been a staple in many of your homes, bringing monthly inspiration and sharing the talents of our fellow Arkansans as no other publication has. Trends and styles have certainly changed during this time, but the one constant has remained—our devotion to bringing you inspiring stories and ideas that can be put to use in your own home. On a personal note, I have followed the magazine for years. I first learned about its existence while studying design in college. Prior to moving here, one of my first visits to Arkansas was to see a Susan G. Komen® Build for the Cure show house that was sponsored in part by At Home in Arkansas. I was left in awe of the talents I recognized in those who had worked to make this new home a true showplace of the best in design. Of course, at that point, I had no idea that I would one day have a role at this great publication. Speaking of roles, there is no one who has played a bigger part in our history than you. It is from listening to our readers that we have learned the most. You have been and always will be at the forefront of our focus. Each month I enjoy hearing from you, and I’m always amazed at how much attention you have paid to even the smallest of details. This makes our hard work very gratifying, and as we embark on another year, we will continue to keep you at the pinnacle of all that we do. From our team to you, we wish you the most joyous of holidays, and we thank you for your continued support into our upcoming 20th year.

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Style/Finds

Gracious Gathering Set your table with holiday china and finery to celebrate the season

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Arte Italica “Natale” dinnerware and “Isabella” flatware. Winterberry Home, Rogers, (479) 715-6009, winterberryhome.com

Vietri “Old Saint Nick” dinner plate and Vietri “Aladdin” flatware in Brilliant Red. Sara Kathryn’s, Fayetteville, (479) 444-9991

Juliska “Country Estate” dinner plate in the Winter Frolic Ruby pattern and a Waterford “Lismore” goblet. The Everyday Chef, Jonesboro, (870) 933-2665, Little Rock, (501) 225-0544, theeverydaychef.net

Hester and Cook “Cardinal Party” paper placemat. Catering to You, Little Rock, (501) 614-9030, cateringtoyoulr.com

Latte tea towel and cast Rambler Rose napkin ring. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com

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CELEBRATE THE SEASON

AROUND ARKANSAS ARKANSAS GOVERNOR’S MANSION HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

On SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, all Arkansans are invited to experience the Christmas holiday at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. The public rooms will be decorated for the season and the Janet Huckabee Grand Hall will be adorned in a fashion meant to remind guests of a Renaissance-style cathedral. The event will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. and is free to the public. Visit friendsofthemansion.org for more information.

SEE SANTA AT THE SALINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Enjoy free cookies and cocoa, plus get your picture made with jolly old St. Nick himself. The event will take place several days (5th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd) throughout the month of December. It will begin at 6 p.m. each evening. On the night of the 5th, the courthouse lighting ceremony and parade will also take place. Go to bentonchamber.com for additional information.

3 DAYS OF HILLCREST HOLIDAY FUN!

DECEMBER 1 // HOLIDAYS IN HILLCREST FIRST THURSDAY This evening event features music and special offers at neighborhood shops and restaurants. DECEMBER 2 // CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Head to the promenade at 5:30 for music, homemade cookies, hot drinks, and photo opportunities with Santa. DECEMBER 3 // SATURDAY IN HILLCREST Enjoy holiday shopping in the community as well as music, a carriage ride, and the chance of a Santa sighting. Visit hillcrestmerchants.net for more information.

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FORT SMITH HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

The Junior League of Fort Smith invites you to tour four unique area homes that are adorned for the holidays. The tour will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4. Visit JLFS.org to purchase your tickets for $25 each.

EL DORADO CHRISTMAS PARADE

Don’t miss the town holiday parade on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8. Festivities will take place from 7 – 10 p.m. Visit goeldorado.com for more information.


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ORGANIC OPTIONS

The Kichler “Organique” six-light chandelier features meticulously placed wire forms to create the feeling of nature brought indoors. Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

Hinkley’s “Eve” collection features graceful, hand-forged tubing that creates a natural, vine-like pattern in a hammered Champagne Gold finish, while faceted clear crystal “buds” emanate from the tips. Ferguson, ferguson.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

Golden Lighting’s “Autumn Twlight,” an organic branch design sculpted from steel and combined with cascading crystals, creates the illusion of a dewy forest canopy. Inside Effects, insideeffects.com; Kaufman by Design, kaufmanbydesignwest.com; Whit Davis Lumber Plus, whitdavis.com

The driftwood chandelier is a three-tiered style that is 19 inches in diameter. It combines driftwood and steel for an approachable look. Howse, thehowse.com 22 At Home in Arkansas | December 2016


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Style/Design

INDUSTRIAL SELECTIONS

The vintage industrial design of the Kichler “Braelyn” chandelier and sconce are punctuated with clear, seedy shades, reminiscent of glass jars that were a staple of 19th century American life. Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

Hinkley’s “Rigby” collection is inspired by the Americana barn light reborn as a chic interior retro classic. Features such as cast socket covers, mesh shades, and canopy detail combine the best in both vintage and industrial design elements. GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

Architectural inspiration and the innovative use of wrought iron gives Currey & Co.’s “Salvage Lantern” a cool industrial chic vibe. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com; GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Obsessions Interiors, (501) 868-9333; Phoenix Interiors, (501) 225-0400; Providence Design, providenceltddesign.com

The Uttermost “Albiano” collection has a stunning, oxidized bronze finish, which complements most home decor styles. Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Paul Michael Co., paulmichaelcompany.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com

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Troy’s “Buxton” collection combines metal and linen and features a halfcylinder drum frame fashioned from hand-worked wrought-iron chain link and finished in vintage bronze. GW Lighting, gwlightingandhome.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Light House, (870) 535-8284


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Life

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

PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

Designers Mara Lamb Malcolm and Retha Lamb create a traditional red-and-green Christmas for a north central Arkansas family. Turn to page 34 to read the full story.

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Life/Local Talent

Meet...

NANCY & DAVID SMITH

YOU STARTED LAMBRECHT GOURMET WITH A SINGLE—RATHER DELICIOUS— RECIPE. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THAT. David: The Southern Pecan toffee was our first. We were given the recipe years ago by friends and tweaked it. I would make it and give it as a gift at the holidays. Today, we use mostly Belgian and some Venezuelan chocolate and other fine ingredients, which makes it unique. HOW DID YOU PARLAY THIS TREAT INTO A BUSINESS? David: At the time, I was the general manager at The Red Apple Inn and the owners— who also own Aromatique—tried it and said we needed to start selling it locally. We started selling it at their store, Panache, in Heber Springs. A year or two later, she said we’ve got to take it to market. It was called The Red Apple Inn Toffee at that point. We kept growing and eventually went out on our own with the line and changed the name. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE MONIKER LAMBRECHT GOURMET? Nancy: Well, our last name, Smith, wasn’t too attractive! My maiden name is Lambright and the Belgian pronunciation is Lambrecht, which makes sense because we use Belgian chocolate.

THIS HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM SHIPPED OUT MORE THAN SIX TONS OF MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH TOFFEE FROM THEIR HEBER SPRINGS CULINARY SHOP LAST YEAR—MANY OF WHICH MADE THEIR WAY INTO STOCKINGS AROUND THE COUNTRY I N T E R V I E W : T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K Lambrecht Gourmet, Heber Springs, (501) 362-7514, lambrechtgourmet.com 28 At Home in Arkansas | December 2016

YOU HAVE EVOLVED FROM THAT FIRST SOUTHERN PECAN RECIPE. WHAT OTHER OFFERINGS DO YOU HAVE? Nancy: We have four other flavors now; Hoity Toity, which is a white chocolate and macadamia nut version; Karma, a rich butter toffee with roasted almond slivers and mocha and caramel chocolate; Fleur de Sel, which features dark chocolate and sea salt; and Molé, a pecan toffee with four types of chilies, sea salt, and dark chocolate. We also do Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans. We hand toss those, so some bites are a little bit sweeter and some a little bit hotter. WHERE MIGHT FOLKS FIND THE TOFFEE? David: Here in Arkansas, we’re sold in numerous gift shops and The Capital Hotel uses our toffee for their turn-down service. We also ship to 45 states and Canada. The Queen of England and her family have even tried our toffee. We got word that they loved it and even requested more!


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Life/Discover LOCAL FINDS If you’re ready to shop, start in the heart of Benton near the town square. Here, you’ll find Lavish Boutique (501-7762700), a trend-setting yet down-to-earth shop filled with clothing lines such as Z Supply, Buddy Love, Judith March, and more. Shoes, accessories, handbags, and jewelry, including several lines that have a focus on charitable giving and/or sustainability, can also be found in store. In addition, they offer a small selection of men’s and children’s clothing. Follow them on Instagram (@lavishonmain) to see their latest arrivals. Just blocks away you’ll find another women’s boutique, Southern Roots (501778-3339). Owner M’Leah Donaldson stocks the shop with fashionable brands such as Free People clothing and Kendra Scott jewelry. They also offer in-house monogramming on t-shirts, sweatshirts, handbags, and more—all of which are available in the shop. Aside from the latest looks in fashion and accessories, there are also great gift items including

Corksicle tumblers. Ask the staff to wrap your finds for the holidays, and Santa will have one less thing on the list! MAKE IT HOME If you live in central Arkansas, Benton has amazing resources for home renovations or small updates. For interiors, contact GW Lighting (501-3152400, gwlightingandhome.com) on Military Road. In addition to their huge selection of light fixtures, they also offer cabinetry and door hardware. They carry decorative pieces that can help to make your house a home as well, including artwork, accessories, and case goods. If they don’t have what you are looking for in-store, browse their special order catalogs and consult with their eager, helpful staff to find what you need at a fair price. For outdoor and fireplace needs, visit Benton staple Congo Fireplace & Patio (501-316-4328, congofp.com). Whether you are looking for a wood stove, a fireplace surround or outdoor furniture, their 20,000-square-foot showroom is stocked

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with the latest offerings. In addition, they also carry fire pits, grills, smokers, and outdoor accessories. Drop in to visit them at their convenient location just off Interstate 30, which is open Monday through Saturday.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: RETT PEEK

CHRIS H. OLSEN MIXES A TRADITIONAL COLOR SCHEME WITH UNEXPECTED ELEMENTS TO CREATE DELIGHTFUL HOLIDAY DÉCOR “When it comes to Christmas décor, my philosophy is dare to be different,” Chris H. Olsen says. As a well-known home and garden guru, he puts this principle to practice in his Little Rock shop, Botanica Gardens. For this particular setup, Olsen mixed a few of his holiday favorites with down-to-earth, organic pieces, including volcanic rock topiaries (seen on the mantel), suspended decorative rope balls, and fluffy white cotton, which Olsen says reminds him of snow. “The sleigh is kind of the star of the show,” he notes. “I love that this is a piece that can be used indoors or outdoors.” He suggests adding decorative pillows (as shown here) or using it to display poinsettias. Olsen brings in live plants through the addition of two potted ‘Red Beauty’ holly bushes that help to continue the red-and-green scheme. The bases of these plants are covered with plastic ornaments for added holiday flair. Additionally, a pair of ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae, potted in square containers, gives the effect of natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees. Botanica Gardens, Little Rock, (501) 614-3000, botanicagardens.com December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 33


HOMETOWN

HOLIDAY

DESIGNERS MARA LAMB MALCOLM AND RETHA LAMB CREATE A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SETTING FOR BELOVED FAMILY FRIENDS IN NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS

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EA CREAT Y SWAG A HOLID

On the blog, Malcolm shows us how to create a festive door decoration in just a few simple steps. www.athomearkansas.com/blog

Above: Designer Mara Lamb Malcolm creates a fresh swag for the home’s front entry. Right: A garland, created from a faux greenery base that is heavily adorned with fruit, berries, and magnolia, appears to radiate traditional holiday spirit. Facing page: A large magnolia garland creates a stunning Southern welcome for guests at the entrance.

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Mara Lamb Malcolm and her mother Retha Lamb decorated homes for the holidays. And, while the mother-daughter design duo continues to grow their interior design business, they have dramatically pared down their number of Christmas décor clients. In fact, there is just one client in Malcolm’s hometown of Melbourne that they continue to help decorate for the season. “We have done this family’s home for years and it’s so special to continue to help them and to do this in my hometown,” Malcolm says. Malcolm, who is now based in Little Rock, and Lamb, who still resides in north central Arkansas, take great pride in this particular project, striving to create a simple, yet stunning Southern Christmas setting for the family. “Red and green are my go-to colors,” Malcolm says of her holiday palette philosophy. The hues flow throughout the home this time of year—from yard upon yard of red velvet ribbon to tartan linens in the dining space. As for the rest of the design, Malcolm notes, “My mom so heavily influenced my design style. She would bring in whatever greenery was in the woods around our house and turn it into something beautiful. We still try to use what’s available.” For example, they used greenery Malcolm collected from her brother’s farm in Pleasant Grove, hedge apples from her best friend’s family, and loads of magnolia branches from another close friend’s home. “It takes a village,” she laughs. “That’s just one of the cool things about being from a small town,” she adds of everyone’s willingness to contribute. December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 35


GET THE BLUES

Even though red and green are Malcolm’s choice colors for the season, she never misses an opportunity to incorporate a bit of blue. “I use a ton of blue in my everyday design work, and I especially love cobalt with red and green,” she says. She found a collection of blue-and-white Santa figurines at Mid-towne Antique Mall in Little Rock and mixes those with the Wedgwood “Crown Sapphire” plates at each setting. Of course, the centerpiece—designed to fit inside a blue-and-white bowl—garners the most attention at the table. Malcolm carried the same fruit, berries, and greenery that are seen throughout the home into this arrangement.

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“For years, we have put the children’s names in the tree,” Malcolm says. “This year, we decided to spell them out on red velvet at the front entry.” A wooden vessel containing pomegranates, apples, and oranges adds to the festive décor. 36 At Home in Arkansas | December 2016

Just as Malcolm scavenged greenery, pinecones, and berries for the garlands and arrangement, she also hunted for pieces to create a wreath to hang on a glass-front bookcase. Starting with a faux fresh base, she added magnolia, nandina from the homeowner’s yard, and dried hydrangea, which came from her father’s garden.


Left: A decadent chocolate cake sits atop a stand embellished with magnolia leaves proving greenery can be used anywhere in your holiday scheme. Below: Malcolm (right) and Lamb pay attention to the smallest of details—right down to the bows for the holiday packages.

Design Resources Christmas décor Retha Lamb and Mara Lamb Malcolm, Lamb’s Interior Design, Inc., central and north Arkansas, (501) 813-0202, lambsinteriordesign.com Accessories and art Lamb’s Interior Design, Inc., central and north Arkansas, (501) 813-0202, lambsinteriordesign.com Fresh greenery—garlands The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com

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to medium. Stir continuously and continue boiling over medium heat until peanuts are brown. Remove the mixture from the stove and add soda, stirring until it dissolves completely in mixture. Pour the mixture onto a buttered cookie sheet and spread evenly. Allow to cool completely, and then break into pieces. December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 37


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Successive arches line the hallway of this Little Rock home and lead to a small chest adorned with fresh Christmas greenery. Turn to page 56 to read the full story.

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Forever Home A LIFELONG PASSION FOR A LITTLE ROCK HOME LEADS A COUPLE TO PURCHASE AND RESTORE ITS AESTHETIC AS WELL AS BEAUTIFULLY DRESS IT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON S T O R Y: T I F FA N Y A D A M S P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K ST YLING: CHIP JONES

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Leslie Pender has had a longstanding love affair with the Little Rock home she shares with her husband, Jim. As a young girl living in Fort Smith, she and her twin sister would travel to the Heights area to visit their grandmother. “My grandmother would let us walk around the neighborhood when we got bored,” she says. “I loved pretty homes, and I was into red brick; I’ve always been. I would come up here and stare at this house. I never thought I would move here but I thought maybe one day, I will have a house like this one,” she says of the Federal colonial-style home. CLAIMING HISTORY Pender’s admiration for the home didn’t wane as she grew older. After marrying, she moved into the neighborhood and shared her fondness for the home with her husband. “Our first home was nearby, and I would walk up here with my poor husband and show him the house,” she recalls. One day, her husband was out walking alone and strolled by the property to see a ‘For Sale By Owner’ sign going up in the yard. “My husband said, ‘Oh my gosh; this is not good because my wife is obsessed with this house,’” she recalls with a laugh. The couple did make an offer on the house; however, it was taken off the market for a period. “During this time, my mother passed away,” Pender says. When the house was once again listed Pender felt as though she didn’t have it in her to take on the project. However, her husband knew it could be just what she needed at that point. He went ahead and made an offer, and they soon learned the house she had fallen for years before was now theirs.

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Upon entering the home, guests are greeted with holiday greenery that spans the full length of the curved stairwell. Other natural elements, including a simple wooden bowl of pinecones and red apples add to the colonial Christmas feel. Facing page: A garland, constructed with fresh magnolia leaves taken from a tree on the front lawn, is the showpiece of the façade’s holiday décor. The lantern that hangs over the entry door was purchased in Paris by the home’s previous owner. Even the window boxes in the home’s small courtyard are dressed for the season.

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MAKING IT THEIR OWN After purchasing the property, the Penders called on Yeary Lindsey Architects to help them assess the residence. “In the first meetings with the architects, they said, ‘Man, this house is in bad shape. It’d probably be cheaper in the long run to tear it down.’ I felt like someone had kicked me,” she recalls. But Pender was adamant about preserving the home. “I told them we are NOT tearing it down, and my husband said that was the first bit of spark in me he had noticed since my mother passed away.” The home, which was built in the 1920s has only been lived in by two other families. The last of which moved in during the 1960s and retained ownership until the Penders bought the property in 2009. It was important to the couple to keep the integrity of the home and honor its original aesthetic. Pender’s friend and local interior designer Charlotte Whitt walked with her through this process, helping the couple make the home work for them while still preserving its beauty. Features such as the foyer’s stunning curved stairwell had to be brought up to modern living standards. “It was too short for current code and had to be completely torn out,” Pender says. Through hour upon hour of tedious work, it was revived in a manner that meets current building codes and that still feels and looks historically accurate. “We took pictures of everything and put the pieces back where we could,” she says of the entire home’s renovation. Other updates included pushing out the kitchen’s back wall to create a den as well as a complete down-to-the-studs 44 At Home in Arkansas | December 2016


In the formal living room, a French mantel takes center stage. This piece was purchased and installed by the home’s previous owner. Pender loved its ornate carvings and simple wood finish, and even though it had to be removed from the wall during the renovation, she did not change its appearance or position. A collection of Rose Medallion plates is accented with pinecones and greenery for the season. A painting of the Penders’ daughter hangs over the mantel. Facing page, from top: Antique furnishings and fixtures fill the home’s dining room. The wall color is Pratt & Lambert’s “Chamois” and can be seen throughout the home. The kitchen underwent the biggest renovation with a new, more workable floor plan that includes a large island for gathering.

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“ THIS HAS BEEN A labor of love,

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reworking of the kitchen to make it meet the needs of the family, which includes the Penders’ two grown children. “This has been a labor of love, and I wanted to do it right,” she says. CELEBRATING THE SEASON Much like the care that went into the renovation of the home, the holiday décor is dear to Pender. “I’m classic and traditional, and I always jokingly say it’s a Martha Stewart type look,” she says of the home’s holiday design. “That old colonial look is what this house is about, so when I started Christmas, that’s what I wanted,” she adds, noting the fruit and oxblood red hue that is incorporated into so many rooms. Working with Tipton & Hurst for the first time last year, she achieved her vision with loads of fresh greenery and a design directive that has a trim, understated elegance. “One thing we have that is so wonderful is this huge magnolia tree out front, and they [the Tipton & Hurst team] pulled from that. I’ve always liked bringing in tons of magnolia leaves and red berries,” Pender says. From the magical fresh greenery garland that trails the length of the foyer’s staircase to the red holly berries and fresh magnolia that stand out against the antique furnishings in the dining room, the same classic presence that greets guests at the front entry carries throughout the home. “That’s what I think this house is all about—it’s pretty but not too formal,” Pender says of her beloved residence.


The landing nook at the top of the stairs, which was previously part of a dressing area prior to the renovation, now houses a simple writing desk along with pieces from Pender’s collection of blueand-white plates and ginger jars. Facing page: An antique French bed, a find from Roy Dudley Estate Sales, has a graceful yet commanding presence in the guest bedroom. “I almost died when I saw this bed,” Pender says. “I knew I had to have a pretty bed for this room but not one that was too big for the space. It took me several years to find this one.”

Design Resources Architect Yeary Lindsey Architects, Little Rock, (501) 372-5940, yearylindsey.com Christmas décor Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Interior design Edwina Crockett, Chandler & Associates, Little Rock, (501) 372-4278; Talena Ray, Providence Design, Little Rock, (501) 372-1886, providenceltddesign.com; Charlotte Whitt, Charlotte Whitt Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 626-1189; Kelli Wilson, Kelli Wilson Consulting, Little Rock, (501) 773-8523 Kitchen and bath design Charlotte Whitt, Charlotte Whitt Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 626-1189 Landscape design Stewart Clark, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 350-2450; Lorri Davis Landscape Design; Robert Mauney, Rosson Landscape, Little Rock, (501) 551-0333 Contractor Bill Hannah Homes, Little Rock, (501) 821-5788 Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, metroappliancesandmore.com Cabinetry Duke Custom Cabinets, Roland, (501) 868-8111, dukecustomcabinets.com Countertops and tile—bath Arkansas Granite & More, Benton, (501) 315-4500, agm-design.com

Fixtures Falk Plumbing Supply, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911, falksupply.com Flooring Holmes Floors & Overall, Sherwood, (501) 231-4168 Furniture Fabulous Finds, Little Rock, (501) 614-8181, fabulousfindsantiquesanddecorativemall.com; mertinsdyke home, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200; Roy Dudley Estate Sales, Little Rock, (501) 666-5856, roydudleyestatesales.com Lighting TEC Electric, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5483, tecelectric.com Millwork Greenfield Millworks, North Little Rock, (501) 758-0386 Mirrors Fabulous Finds, Little Rock, (501) 614-8181, fabulousfindsantiquesanddecorativemall.com; Roy Dudley Estate Sales, Little Rock, (501) 666-5856, roydudleyestatesales.com; The Showroom, Little Rock, (501) 372-7373, theshowroom.us.com Paint Pratt & Lambert, sold at stores throughout Arkansas, prattandlambert.com Rugs Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock, (501) 225-0002, cantrellfurniture.com; Fabulous Finds, Little Rock, (501) 614-8181, fabulousfindsantiquesanddecorativemall.com; Martinous Oriental Rug Co., Little Rock, (501) 224-0313, martinous.com Tile—kitchen Emser Tile, North Little Rock, (501) 771-9111, emser.com

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A twelve-foot-tall tree from Tipton & Hurst highlights the living room’s lofty ceilings and is decorated in Carolyn’s signature palette of gold and cream. The armchairs are from Cobblestone & Vine and the glass-top coffee table is vintage. Facing page: An antique chest and shapely wing chair set a relaxed, but refined, tone in the entry hall. The stair banister is wrapped in a mixed-green garland accented with magnolia leaves, gold ribbon, berries, and baubles.

three is a crowd, then 19 is, well, a full house. Just ask the Stowers family, who were quickly outgrowing their traditional home in the Pleasant Valley area of Little Rock. With three adult daughters who lived out of town, and grandchildren being added almost yearly, Bill and Carolyn decided to buck the trend of their fellow empty nesters and upsize instead. However, rather than an extensive real estate search, their new home came by way of an unexpected swap. “We were at a Super Bowl party in the home of some friends in the neighborhood, and my husband told the homeowner that if they were ever interested in selling their house, they

should give us a call,” Carolyn Stowers remembers. “Five years later, we got the call.” It was Christmas Eve, and they were at church with their daughters and their families. “My husband looked at our family—which now occupied an entire pew—and whispered to me, ‘I’m going to tell him yes.’” On December 26, the two couples walked through both homes, shook hands and “that was that,” Carolyn says. “Dad had always loved this house,” recalls the Stowers’ youngest daughter, Katie Henry. “My sisters and I had all settled in different places, and they wanted a place where we could all feel comfortable coming home for the holidays.” December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 49


“ MY MOM ATTENDS TO EVERY DETAIL INSIDE

TO MAKE SURE WE ALL HAVE THAT FEELING OF BEING ‘HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.’ ” —Katie Henry

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New cabinet fronts, additional molding, countertops, a tile backsplash, lighting, and several gallons of creamy paint (“Powell Buff” by Benjamin Moore) brought new life to the kitchen. Facing page: A mix of painted and natural wood furniture lends a collected feel to the dining room, where the entire family gathers for Christmas Eve dinner. Carolyn’s collection of pressed botanical specimens is by artist Lauren Lachance (available through Bear Hill Interiors).

LIGHTEN UP Carolyn’s first order of business was lightening up the English Tudor-inspired home, which was full of dark paint and finishes. Most of the main floor is now painted a creamy white, creating a serene backdrop for the Stowers’ restrained palette of ivory, gold, and burnt orange. In the kitchen, she had the once-dark cabinets painted and replaced black counters with a lighter stone. In the living room, the large stone fireplace was weighing down the new, lighter palette, so Carolyn had Tracy Rivers of Angelfish Studios soften it with a custom wash. However, aside from adding a bunkroom upstairs, they did not make significant structural changes.

FAMILY AFFAIR Though not formally trained in interior design, Carolyn has always shown a particular skill in the art, according to her daughter, who owns Katie Grace Designs. “We share a common love for details and design,” Katie says. “She has a very refined eye, especially when it comes to editing spaces.” “Katie is my sounding board. I can try five different things and not be satisfied, and she will come in and have it beautiful in five minutes,” Carolyn adds. Still, most of the home’s style is a testament to Carolyn’s own design sense. She supplemented pieces from her previous home with family heirlooms and new furnishings—many sourced locally at Little Rock’s Cobblestone & Vine. December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 51


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The living room’s built-in bookcases are filled with antique books from a shop in Ipswich, England. A large wreath and boxwood spheres recall the fresh garland used in the rest of the house. Carolyn created paper banners printed with the many names of Jesus for the tree.

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Just off the kitchen, the hearth room is a cozy spot for informal gatherings. The Stowers’ daughter, designer Katie Henry, updated the antique trestle table with new chairs. The sofa, armchairs, and ottoman belonged to Carolyn’s mother, and have been updated with new upholstery. Angel figures from her collection are scattered around the room. Even the wrapping materials coordinate with the scheme. Solid, light papers are dressed up with gold ribbons and natural accents.

DECK THE HALLS This spacious home is never more appreciated than during the holiday season, when the Stowers come together to celebrate family, honor traditions, and make memories. With the help of local Christmas decorator Whitney Lammers, Carolyn dresses the home to the nines with fresh greenery—350 feet!—a twelve-foot-tall tree, and a collection of angels started by and inherited from her grandmother. “As soon as they hear that we are all coming, they start getting ready for us,” Katie says. “My dad is in charge of getting the outside all lit up, and my mom attends to every detail inside to make sure we all have that feeling of being ‘home for Christmas.’” The family’s holiday celebration begins at a Christmas

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Eve church service, then they all—nineteen of them—fit strategically into the dining room for their traditional meal of beef tenderloin. Next, they open their first gifts—matching pajamas for everyone—and gather to hear a reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. On Christmas morning, the children are greeted with piles of presents. “With so many children, the living room looks like Santa’s workshop,” Katie says. “It is loud and chaotic, but we are all happy just to be together.” As a special treat each year, the grandchildren collaborate on a reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ. The oldest, at sixteen, narrates from the second-story catwalk. “It’s as wonderful as you can imagine it would be—five-year-old shepherds and all,” Carolyn says.


Design Resources Christmas décor Whitney Lammers, Little Rock, (501) 690-3663 Interior design Katie Henry, Katie Grace Designs, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com Kitchen and bath design Leslie Tetrev, Inside Effects, North Little Rock, (501) 954-8866, insideeffects.com Accessories Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; Katie Grace Designs, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 9547900, marshallclements.com; Tipton & Hurst, locations throughout central Arkansas, (501) 666-3333, tiptonhurst.com Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, metroappliancesandmore.com Art Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272, bearhillinteriors.com; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com

Fabrics Cynthia East, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics.com; Interior Fabrics and Design, Fayetteville, (479) 444-0222 Furniture Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com; Katie Grace Designs, Little Rock, (479) 466-1069, katiegracedesigns.com Lighting Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 664-4249, West Little Rock, 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com Outdoor furnishings—containers and plants The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, thegoodearthgarden.com Paint Benjamin Moore, locations statewide, benjaminmoore.com; SherwinWilliams, locations statewide, sherwin-williams.com Painting Franklin Paint Company, Little Rock, (501) 590-0892 Painting—decorative Angelfish Studios, Little Rock, (501) 960-4826, theangelfishstudios.com Window coverings Cynthia East, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics.com December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 55


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FLORAL DESIGNER TANARAH HAYNIE OF TANARAH LUXE FLORAL INFUSES A FAMILY HOME WITH NATURAL, DOWN-TO-EARTH DÉCOR FOR THE SEASON P H O T O G R A P H Y: R E T T P E E K ST YLING: CHIP JONES

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Evergreen sprigs, pinecones, and red berry accents are carried into the kitchen, preparing the entire home for Christmas celebrations. A chandelier covered in natural vines and twigs hangs above the kitchen table—a popular place for last-minute gift wrapping.

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I n the cold winter months, a walk through the front door of this West Little Rock home feels like putting on your favorite sweater. The rich green and taupe palette along with the rustic charm of this spacious equestrianinspired house provides the perfect backdrop for Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral to create a lush and natural traditional holiday setting. When Haynie first began working with the homeowners, it was obvious that family memories and tradition meant everything to them. With five grown children, many Christmases have been celebrated here, and it’s always a joyful season of togetherness. “I really like to create a special environment for the kids at the holidays,” the homeowner says. Upon entering, the home already has a sense of warmth and elegance, even without the addition of Christmas decorations. Haynie was able to play off of this by focusing on existing elements such as family heirlooms and the space’s rustic architectural features. Holiday décor flows seamlessly from the entry to the kitchen, where greenery sprigs and pinecone garland are carried onto the kitchen island, table, and console. This large gathering space is a favorite spot for nibbling on Christmas cookies or lastminute gift wrapping, so it was important that it be just as festive as the home’s den. In the living room, the tree takes center stage in both stature and beauty. Vaulted ceilings allow for a whimsical twig tree topper—an unexpected detail that adds a more approachable, not-so-serious touch to the home’s sophisticated décor. With plaid ribbons, wood accents, red details, and a touch of glam from the homeowners’ ornament collection, the tree brings together

many of the elements found throughout the home to create a stunning display of meaningful pieces. “America is getting back to an old-fashioned Christmas, incorporating handmade items and things from travels,” Haynie says. “Holiday in someone’s home is not about what it feels like to walk in a store.” A dramatic mantle adorned with deer antlers and greenery, which amplify the home’s elegant yet rustic ranch look, anchors the living room. “This home has very deep mantels, some between 20 and 24 inches. It was important for the garlands to match the scale,” Haynie says. In a house built for entertaining, the dining room is an especially revered space. With seating for 12, this room is ready for large family celebrations and gatherings. Tanarah introduces red roses with birch branches as a centerpiece for the ornate farm table, a fresh alternative to the expected red flower of this season. A staple for Tanarah, her “faux real” style incorporates elements out of nature with permanent botanicals. “We foraged from the woods around the residence to bring in natural elements. I love to cut clippings to add to a faux tree or garland. It makes environmental sense and creates a high-end, real look,” she adds. With the magic of Christmas in the air, and an added touch of whimsy from Tanarah, this family always looks forward to the holidays. “We think the world of Tanarah. She always helps to pull all of our Christmas together and give it a very natural look,” the homeowner says. “We decorate early so we can enjoy it longer throughout the season.” What does Tanarah think about that? “You should keep Christmas up all year long if it makes you happy!” she laughs. December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 59


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Rather than opting for traditional poinsettias and garland, Haynie introduces unexpected elements—in the form of red roses and birch logs—to the dining room’s floral design. Facing page: Fresh greenery, berries, pinecones, and decorative ornaments touch almost every surface of the dining room. A porcelain nativity set, seen along the back wall, is the crown jewel of the festive setting.

Design Resources Architect Gene Levy, Cromwell Architects Engineers, Jonesboro, (870) 3360536, Little Rock, (501) 372-2900, cromwell.com Contractor Jack Hartsell, Jack Hartsell Construction, Little Rock, (501) 3762871, jackhartsellconstruction.com

Christmas décor Tanarah Luxe Floral, Little Rock, (501) 372-1400, tanarahluxefloral.com Interior design Christy Snowden Davis and Elaine Green, Wonderful Things, Little Rock, (501) 765-0244; Marshall Clements, Little Rock, 501) 954-7900, marshallclements.com December 2016 | athomearkansas.com 61


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The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status for federal income tax purposes: Has Not Changed During Preceding 12 Months.13. Publication Title: At Home in Arkansas14. Issue date for circulation data below: Sep 2016.15. Extent and nature of circulation: A. Total no. copies (Net Press Run): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 15,000. No. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 15,000.B. Paid Circulation (By Mail and Outside the Mail): 1. Mailed outside-county Paid subscriptions stated on PS Form 3541. (Include paid distribution above nominal rate, advertiser’s proof copies and exchange copies): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 6,854. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 6,407. 2. Mailed In-county Paid subscriptions stated on PS Form 3541. 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Total free or nominal rate distribution (Sum of 15d (1), (2), (3) and (4)): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 4,830 Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 4,996. F. Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and e): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 14,055. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 14,140. G. Copies not distributed (See Instructions to Publishers #4, (page #3): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 945. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 860. H. Total (Sum of 15f and g): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 15,000. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 15,000. I. Percent paid (15C divided by f times 100): Average no. copies each issue during preceding 12 months, 65%. Actual no. copies of single issue published nearest to filing date, 64%. 16. Electronic Copy Circulation. 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A Look Back

Holiday Memories As a part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, we’re sharing our favorite memories from past issues. This month, we’re looking back at a few of our best-loved holiday issues.

Desiring a traDitional house with plenty of land for gardens and landscaping, Chip Jones and scott lile sold their zero-lot home in Memphis, purchased a five-acre property in a quiet Roland neighborhood and built a Federal-style home filled with comfortable furnishings. Because Scott is a native of nearby Little Rock, Chip says the move was a long time coming. “The problem was that we were on the go all the time,” he remembers. “But we finally moved to the country to slow down and enjoy life.” In addition to gardening, Chip has since discovered other ways to relax and enjoy life as a landowner. A floral and interior designer by trade, he believes that the key to a beautiful holiday home is using fresh elements, so during the winter months he takes long walks in search of foliage to incorporate into his décor. To complement the traditional style of his home, he looks for classic greenery such as pine and cedar and seeks fresh berries that

December 2015

“It was so fun to have a family friend featured in last December’s issue! Susan Harper, of El Dorado, always has an arch of beautiful magnolia leaves around her front door, which she accessorizes with red berries and classic white lights. Everyone is always anxious to see how she’ll decorate her beautiful Southern home for Christmas each year. And to top it off, her well-known goat, Julia, who Susan milks to make her famous and most delicious goat cheese, made the article!” —LAURA LARUE, SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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DECEMBER 2009 “I chose this cover because it was actually my home and my design work. It’s nice to know that it will always be a part of At Home history.” —CHIP JONES, EDITOR IN CHIEF DESIGN.

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HOLIDAY CHEER!

CELEBRATE THE SEASON IN STYLE

THE GOOD LIFE 2007 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

DECEMBER 2015 “This was my first Christmas issue with At Home, so I think it will always be special to me. I can especially relate to Mona Thompson when she said ‘...I always start with the tree.... It’s what I remember most about the holidays of my childhood. Everything about the tree is magical.’ My main tree has transformed from nontraditional blues, purples, and silvers to a nine-foot hodgepodge of memories. There are ornaments my mom passed down to me from when I was a child, and now there are sweet hand-made ornaments from my own kids. So yes, there’s definitely nothing more magical than the tree at Christmastime!” —NORMA EDWARDS, ART DIRECTOR

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Jones layered garlands on the living room mantle, highlighting a treasured heirloom portrait. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE: The Federal-style home lends itself to traditional décor, such as wreaths hanging from ribbon on each of its windows. Jones creates his holiday floral designs in the kitchen; a wreath and stacked drum decorations are focal points outside.

“We observe a lot of family traditions during the holidays, and the sweet simplicity of this cover really takes me back home.” —KELLY FRAISER, PUBLISHER

DECEMBER 2014 “I loved the WHOLE Home section of this issue, but what really got me was the ‘Blue Christmas’ house. It reminds me of Christmas with my grandparents. My grandmother always decorated everything in blue, and we referred to it as a ‘blue Christmas.’” —DEBBIE TISSUE, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION COORDINATOR

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