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Scott Paterek of Massimo Interior Design puts a freshly curated spin on his centuryold townhouse

Warm Your Hearth

46 Acquired Character

56 A Sportsman’s Paradise

Designer Bill Beringer creates a welcoming weekend retreat for hunters and nature lovers at Witt Stephens Jr.’s lodge on the outskirts of Stuttgart

Special Sections 32 Men’s Fashion Southbound Style

64 Local Favorites Homebuilders

11 Finds

14 L atest

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

17 Design

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Design Openings, Arrivals & Launches Blanket Statement


22 H appenings

What to do in the Natural State

25 Discover The Wetlands

29 Collecting Tied & True

37 Entertaining Welcome Friends!

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When I think of November, I imagine spending days outside enjoying the crisp, cool air and warming up in the evenings by a glowing fire. One of my favorite places to do this is Camp Albert Pike, a wonderful getaway tucked inside the Ouachita National Forest in Montgomery County. This is the one place where I can escape from the interruptions of the outside world. Thankfully, there are just enough modern conveniences (running water and electricity) to keep comfortable. However, the cabin does not have cable television, Wi-Fi, or even cell service, and I have to admit that I do not miss the constant connection to the outside world. Don’t get me wrong, I like the fact that the Internet offers any amount of information needed to help me perform my best at work and to stay in touch with family and friends that live far away, but it is nice to escape for a couple days and live, focused only on those in my company and my surroundings. Another part of this place that I have come to enjoy is the community spirit that thrives among the cabin owners. The days are spent experiencing outdoor adventures within the park where the activity choices abound. My favorite, when the temperature is at all tolerable, is wading in the cool, clear Little Missouri River that winds its way through the mountain gorge. In the evenings, everyone comes together to sit around campfires and catch up with one another on the day’s events. Many of the weekend residents have been traveling to and from this place for decades, and, for many, it’s the only setting that has been a constant in their lives. This is one of the things I love most about Arkansas: there are so many different, unique places to live and to escape for a weekend getaway. This month’s features are reflective of that and encourage us all to find a place of retreat for rest, relaxation, and— of course—fun. From a beautiful lodge set in the wetlands on the outskirts of Stuttgart to a cozy, collected townhome to a private, city garden that comes alive with good friends and good food, this issue is full of ideas for how to make the most of fall. Wherever the season takes you, I hope you’ll unplug and soak up the beauty of November in Arkansas.

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Dale Wallace, who has lent his creative vision as design director for About Vase since February 2013, is now the Riverdale floral shop’s new owner. As he takes the reins, Wallace is energized by this new opportunity and committed to providing clients with the same level of excellence in floral design, service, and competitive pricing they have come to expect. 3400 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 603-9200, 14 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

3 1. The Artisanal Home: Interiors and Furniture of Casamidy (Rizzoli) showcases the work of design duo Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy, including examples of their work—in both urban and rural settings—that illustrate their appealing bohemian aesthetic. Details of the design process for each featured project are revealed, including color palettes and textures. They also offer expert guidance on how to incorporate artisanal objects and heirlooms into your interiors to orchestrate vivid and dramatic surroundings. 2. Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style is a guide to stressfree entertaining year-round, written by Camille Styles, founder and creative director of the widely read, eponymous blog. Full of inspiring party ideas, tabletop and event design details, recipes, and floral how-tos, the author encourages us all to “get creative, have fun, and turn everyday moments into cause for celebration.” 3. George Dombek, a newly released volume from the University of Arkansas Press, showcases the work of the Arkansas artist, who is known for his vibrant and meticulous watercolor paintings. A widely celebrated painter, Dombek’s award-winning work has been exhibited in more than 150 solo and group shows throughout the US, and 800 of his pieces have been acquired for exhibition in museums, corporate galleries, and private collections.

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Blankets in an array of textures, one of which is sure to suit your personal snuggle style. From top to bottom: Gray and cream cable knit throw, Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251,; Taupe and cream woven herringbone bamboo throw, mertinsdykehome, Little Rock, (501) 280-3200,; Quilt in graphic floral pattern, Domestic Domestic, Little Rock, (501) 661-1776,; Persimmon velvet comforter with silk detail, Yves Delorme, Little Rock, (501) 663-7344,; Fluffy slate throw, House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949,; Striped faux fur throw, Phoenix Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 225-0400. November 2014 | 17

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1. Inspired by traditional Indian kantha quilts, this “Tile Java” cotton coverlet, from Pine Cone Hill’s “Resist” line, features a block-style print on a bark-colored background and contrasting top stitching. Blu D’or Interiors (formerly That French Shoppe), Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435, Memphis, (901) 207-4392,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949,; The Boutique, Searcy, (501) 268-3434,; Winterberry Home, Rogers, (479) 715-6009, 2. Sferra’s “Larino” collection is woven in Italy of Egyptian cotton and dyed in a selection of crisp and classic colors. The bedding elements are adorned with minimalist details (mini-flanges and double-needle top-stitching) for a simple and modern effect. Bear-Hill Interiors, Little Rock, (501) 907-9272,; Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949, 3. A winding leaf pattern in autumnal shades of pumpkin and gold overlay a faint trellis design on Company C’s “Shaye” duvet and sham set—made with 100% organic cotton percale—in colorway “Bittersweet.” Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676,; Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics. com; House to Home, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4949,; The Boutique, Searcy, (501) 268-3434, 4. The “Lagos” duvet cover and shams from Peacock Alley liven up the look of traditional white bedding with swirling flourishes of green, aqua, and ivory. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, (501) 663-4249, West Little Rock, (501) 219-3676, 18 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

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What to do in the natural state

Fall Fashion Reveal

On Thursday, September 18, At Home in Arkansas partnered with Companions boutique to host a Fall Fashion Reveal at the West Little Rock store. Guests saw the season’s trends revealed in the October issue and enjoyed snacks and cocktails while they shopped.



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Welcome Home, George Washington: Mount Vernon’s Gardens Lecture November 7 • Hot Springs

Garvan Woodland Gardens will host author, lecturer and director of horticulture at Mount Vernon, Dean Norton, to present an American story entitled “Welcome Home, George Washington: Mount Vernon’s Gardens.” Touted as an “informative yet entertaining look at the gardening world of George Washington,” the beauty, use, and preservation of the home’s gardens will be discussed. A reception will follow. Tickets are available for purchase through the Gardens’ website or by calling their office. $20 members; $25 for non-members. (800) 366-4664,

25th Annual Fall Antique Show & Sale

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Spend a weekend in charming Eureka Springs at their annual fall antique show. Browse art, china, glassware, lamps, furniture, and more from 55 vendors. The show is held at the Inn of the Ozarks convention center, which is conveniently located off Highway 62. Admission is $5.00 and good for the run of the show. (337) 298-4886;

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Riverdale Design District Holiday Progressive Open House

November 15 • Little Rock Head to the bustling design district for a day of holiday fun at three popular retailers— Botanica Gardens, Cynthia East Fabrics, and About Vase. 10 a.m. Start the day at Botanica Gardens with holiday decor tips and mimosas. 11:30 a.m. Continue on to Cynthia East Fabrics for refreshments and a demonstration of Amy Howard paints. 1 p.m. Stop by About Vase floral design, where you’ll learn to create a memorable holiday tablescape. All events are free to the public. Contact each store individually to make a reservation. About Vase, (501) 603-9200, aboutvase. com; Botanica Gardens, (501) 614-3000,; Cynthia East Fabrics, (501) 663-0460,

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With acre upon acre of beautiful farmland, a host of antique stores and local shops, and—of course—one of the state’s largest seasonal festivals, it’s easy to see why this area becomes a popular gathering place each November AREA ATTRACTIONS When you think of Arkansas’ wetland area and the towns in the gorgeous stretch of land across Arkansas, Lonoke, and Prairie counties, you probably have visions of rice fields and ducks flying overhead. That comes as no surprise since Stuttgart, one of the largest cities in this area, is known as the Rice and Duck Capital of the World. And, with a title like that, there’s sure to be a celebration that follows. Stuttgart’s takes the form of a yearly festival held during Thanksgiving week. The World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over the Prairie Festival (870-673-1602, stuttgartarkansas. org) draws not only Arkansans, but also visitors from around the globe. Organized by the Stuttgart Chamber

of Commerce and brought to you by numerous sponsors, the weeklong festival has something for everyone—whether


or not you are a hunter. The fun kicks off on Saturday, November 22 with a Duck Widows Tennis Tournament followed later in the day by the Queen Mallard and Junior Queen Mallard pageants. Sunday, November 23, the Wings Over the Prairie Festival Open House features shopping at Stuttgart’s downtown vendors from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. On Wednesday, the carnival and midway open and will continue to run through the end of the festival on Saturday, November 29. Other events including the Sportsman’s Party, Great 5K/10K Duck Race, an arts and crafts fair, the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-Off, and—most notably—the duck calling contests for various age divisions will take place on Friday and Saturday during the festival. November 2014 | 25




LOCAL FINDS If you’re driving from north or central Arkansas to Stuttgart for the festival, there are plenty of great places to stop, stretch, and find a souvenir. If you love antiques or even if you’re just a history buff, we suggest stopping in Keo (just off Highway 165) at Morris Antiques (501-842-3531, The 60,000-square-foot shop is filled with French, English, and American furniture and collectibles that are truly one of a kind. Since 1967, the family owned and operated business has been offering customers the best selection of quality pieces and styles from the 1750s to the mid 1900s. What’s more, their on-site restoration shop can restore your beloved heirlooms to their original finish so you can continue to enjoy them for years to come. While you’re there be sure to check out their museum, which is filled with conversation pieces such as a horse26 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

drawn hearse, vintage appliances, and taxidermy pieces. Make It MAKE Home IT HOME When you decide to plant your roots in a town, one of the first priorities is to find a trustworthy, reputable, and friendly bank. Farmers & Merchants Bank (870-673-6911, has been that local, trusted source for area residents since 1945. Headquartered in Stuttgart, the bank also has branches in Marianna, DeWitt, Hazen, Des Arc, Morrilton, and Perryville. Started by a group of farmers who wanted to ensure lending would be always be available to farmers and merchants during WWII, the bank still holds the same communitybased principles today and prides itself on being attune to the needs of customers and local residents. During this time of year, one of their favorite ways to give

back to the community is by sponsoring a portion of the Great Duck Race, a 5K and 10K held in conjunction with the Wings Over the Prairie Festival and the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest. In fact, the runners meet at the Stuttgart branch to start the race. If you already live in the area and need to make a few updates to your home, you’ll want to rely on the friendly service and unbeatable selection at the Stuttgart location of Lumber 1 Home Center (870-673-3601, lumberonehomecenter. com). Conveniently located on East Michigan Street, Lumber 1 is a one-stop shop for all your building material needs, as well as reputable flooring, lighting, outdoor living, power equipment, and power tool brands. Whether you live two blocks or two hours away, the friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to help you with your next project.


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Collector Chuck Magill Hometown Bettendorf, Iowa Currently Resides Little Rock His Obsession Bow ties How It Began After graduating from Tulane University, Magill says, “The South had really captured my heart.” He was “immersed in” New Orleans and decided to stay in the city to begin his career in the hotel industry. He found himself working long nights and entertaining clients well into the wee hours, and the ties he wore tended to get in the way and become cumbersome at the end of the day. As a remedy, he made the switch to bow ties for a look that was equally dapper and elegant, yet more comfortable and less likely to pick up a stain from a dinner table or an errant glass of wine. Below, he answers a few more of our questions about the collection.

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Hwy 65S • Dumas, AR • 870-382-5277 You grew up in Iowa and studied in New Orleans. How did you make your way to Arkansas? My wife and I fled New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. A friend put me in touch with the Capital Hotel and I landed a position as their director of sales and marketing. The hotel had always been on my top 10 list, so it was truly providential for me to be able to come to Little Rock. It couldn’t have been a better scenario. Working in this line of business, you probably have plenty of opportunities to use your collection of bow ties. Are they a part of your daily attire or reserved for special occasions? Normally, I will wear a bow tie three or four days a week. I have a collection of about 40 different ties—some are more suited to a summer wardrobe and some of the heavier wool ones are made for winter. I try to change it up and wear all of them at one point or another during the year—you know, pull out the ones that haven’t had a chance to be out in a while. Is it just bow ties you’re fond of or ties in general? I generally prefer bow ties, but I like ties as well. I’ve actually had several of my favorite ties made into bow ties. I think there’s something decidedly Southern about a bow tie. And it fits perfectly with the Capital Hotel, because we call our service “Southern Comfortable.” Bow ties just seem to add a little whimsy to our style as gentlemen.

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Di Maestro dark denim-colored cotton shirt, herringbone-patterned soft jacket by Boglioli, Peter Millar brushed cotton, five-pocket trouser, American steer chukka boots by Trask, W. Kleinberg American bison belt, and Brunello Cucinelli duffle bag (seen on top of trunk). Bauman’s, Little Rock, (501) 227-8797, November 2014 | 33

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Welcome Friends! Exterior designer Daniel Keeley and chef Jen Lewis come together to create a memorable Thanksgiving feast at Keeley’s Fayetteville home

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Imagine for a second that you are friends with one of the most talented garden and exterior designers in the state and he’s invited you to his home for Thanksgiving. What’s more, he happens to be friends with one of the area’s top chefs and you’ll be dining on fare she has created especially for this evening. Sound too good to be true? Not if you’re friends with exterior designer Daniel Keeley of DK Design and chef Jen Lewis of Jen’s Art of Cooking. The pair chose a cool night last autumn to gather with new and old friends for an updated take on Thanksgiving traditions. Dubbing the evening a “friendsgiving,” guests took in the beauty of the garden spaces at Keeley’s personal home while enjoying an innovative and freshly made spread prepared by Lewis.

The Setting

Keeley, who shared the renovation of his 1,000-square-foot home with readers on the At Home blog and the finished interior project reveal in our October 2013 issue, planned his outdoor spaces with the same meticulous approach he uses with clients. “I actually designed the garden in my mind first—before I ever thought about the interior of the home,” he shared in the 2013 interview. The home’s entire exterior space is divided into zones, which flow gracefully from one to another. For this party, Keeley welcomed guests at both the front door and through a side yard entrance into the home’s backyard. With appetizers and drinks in hand, guests were invited to sit for a spell in what is known as the garden room. Along with wooden benches and a round table—perfect for serving or seasonal displays—an abundance of mums, gourds, and fall foliage enliven the space and signal that autumn is in the air. From there, the group moved to the outdoor dining room when dinner was served, and ended the evening by relaxing in the outdoor living area. Designed on an axis, the bench, buffet, and dining table all align to create a seamless, structured flow from one space to another. Prior to the guests’ arrival, Keeley and Lewis spent time in two other zones: the grill area, which features a massive stainless steel TEC Infrared grill, and the newly planted vegetable garden. “I’ve never had a vegetable garden, so it’s been fun to experiment,” Keeley says of the ornamental and edible garden that features lettuces, cabbages, broccoli, and cauliflower in the fall. 38 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

Keeley & Lewis spent the afternoon preparing for the feast.

Clockwise from top left: Keeley works on the table setting before guests arrive. Miniature pumpkins are a creative and colorful way to fill glass lanterns. Keeley and Lewis harvest rosemary and assorted greens to use for garnish and dĂŠcor at the gathering. Vanilla Old Fashioneds (see our blog for the recipe) are a new twist on a classic cocktail. The host and chef prepare the Berkshire Pork on the grill. An iron table doubles as a buffet where guests can fill their plates.

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On the Menu Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail Blue Cheese, Fig & Walnut Tartlets Pumpkin & Sage Soup Roasted Brussels Sprouts

with Pancetta & Balsalmic Vinegar

Grilled Berkshire Pork Chops

with an Orange Cranberry & Rosemary Reduction Sauce

Apple Cranberry Ginger Potted Streusels

“I wanted the food to be both rustic and comforting—a twist on Thanksgiving traditions.”

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The Cuisine

While Keeley was excited to host the evening at his home—it was actually the first outdoor party he held after moving into the renovated space—he turned to Fayetteville-based chef, event planner, and recipe developer Jen Lewis when it came time to decide on a menu for the evening. “I wanted the food to be both rustic and comforting—a twist on Thanksgiving traditions,” Lewis says. “I love using elements of the outdoors and food in a more natural or rustic way when served.” This was especially true of the Pumpkin and Sage Soup, which was dipped from the shell of a hollow pumpkin. “It adds color and really makes for a beautiful presentation,” she says. Lewis was also mindful of Keeley’s own personal taste, opting for a masculine, simple cocktail to greet guests and garden-fresh vegetables as a side. Rather than a traditional turkey, Lewis and Keeley prepared a Berkshire Pork on the outdoor grill. The pork came off the grill while guests were mingling, allowing them to experience the aroma and giving the chef an opportunity to cook outdoors. A more traditional cranberry sauce related the meat back to the holiday’s culinary roots. In the presentation of the dessert course, Lewis honored Keeley with a nod to the setting as well as his line of work. Small clay pots filled with streusel delighted guests before they ended the evening in good company around the fire pit. Resources Exterior design Daniel Keeley, DK Design, Fayetteville, (888) 670-4899, Menu selection and food preparation Jen Lewis, Jen’s Art of Cooking, Fayetteville, (479) 871-4139 42 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

Apple Cranberry Ginger Potted Streusels

Serves 8. Pots are intended to be shared between two people.


For the streusel: 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup lightly toasted walnuts, chopped 1/4 tsp. table salt 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted For the filling: 4 tart baking apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady 1 ž cup fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed) 3/4 cup plus 6 Tbs. granulated sugar 3 ½ Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour 1 Tbs. crystallized ginger, finely chopped 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon Note: Aside from regular kitchen tools and utensils you will also need four small clay pots from a garden store or nursery. DIRECTIONS 1. Season clay pots with vegetable oil and place on cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and place the cookie sheet and pots in oven while it heats. Remove the sheet and pots from oven when it is preheated. Set aside. 2. Make the streusel. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, walnuts, and salt. Using your fingers, blend the butter into the flour mixture. Set aside. 3. Make the filling. Peel, quarter, and core each apple. Cut each quarter lengthwise into 1/4-inchthick slices and then cut each slice crosswise at 1/4-inch intervals to make tiny rectangles. In a food processor, pulse the cranberries with 3/4 cup of the sugar until coarsely chopped. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 6 Tbs. sugar with the flour, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon, breaking up ginger clumps with your fingers. Toss in the cranberry mixture and apples. 4. Divide the filling equally into pots and top with streusel. Cook approximately one hour or until bubbling. Carefully remove from oven.

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A Holiday Collection

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Now Open in the

Promenade at Chenal


home open

The front door of Scott Paterek and Jon Norcross’s Hillcrest home opens to a foyer that greets guests in a grand, well-curated fashion. Turn the page for the full story. 45

A wooden, paneled wall that was part of an older period home was relocated to the living room in designer Scott Paterek and Jon Norcross’s townhome. The traditional wall complements the room’s other focal piece—an antique pier mirror—while a contemporary painting by Arkansas artist and architect Jeff Horton is juxtaposed with both pieces to create visual interest.

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Acquired Character

Architecture, art, and a mix of evocative accessories create a comfortable, personal retreat in a Little Rock designer’s home

Story: Tiffany Burgess Adams Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Chip Jones and Mandy Keener

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“I’m always influenced by the architecture of a space,” says Little Rock-based interior designer and owner of the design shop Massimo, Scott Paterek. This home—his third personal residence to be featured on the pages of At Home in Arkansas—is no exception. The two-story Little Rock townhouse he shares with his partner Jon Norcross is alive with Paterek’s vision, which encompasses his take on personal and well-collected design, a healthy dose of accessories and artwork, and—of course—a deep appreciation of the home’s architecture and history. History in the Remaking It was the building itself that originally lured Paterek and Norcross to explore the idea of moving from their 4,500-square-foot home in a somewhat suburban neighborhood to the 2,500-square-foot apartment-like dwelling in the middle of Hillcrest. Built in the early 1900s, the ground floor of the building was originally a store, and the upper level housed a small walk-up apartment for the shopkeeper. Later, during the 1970s, the property was purchased by an individual and converted into a private residence with the same floor plan it has today. The lower portion of the building (where the store was located) became the home’s living quarters with a large living room, dining room, and a compact but welcoming foyer, kitchen, and powder room. Upstairs, what was once a small kitchen was converted to a master bath, the space’s living room became the master bedroom, and a small dining room became a dressing room. An additional guest bedroom and bath on the upper level were left as they were when the structure was built. Much like Paterek, the owner during the 1970s renovation had a penchant for detail and looked to the building’s architecture when it came to décor—specifically, a stained wall from a home, likely built during the same period, was brought in to serve as the focal point of the living area. “It really sets the tone for the room,” Paterek says. “The moulding, door height, trim, and probably even the ceiling height were determined by this one wall.” 48 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

In the living room, Paterek used upholostered pieces from his previous residence, which also had a traditional flair, but organized them in a fashion better suited for this home’s floor plan. Eclectic accessories, from tribal masks to sea-life artifacts, are conversation starters that add to the home’s acquired look. Facing page: Paterek outside the Hillcrest residence.

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Collected Living The accessories found throughout the home have a comfortable, yet layered and story-rich effect. For example, you might see an aptly placed lamp and then notice that its modern Lucite base includes architectural fragments and it sits atop a vintage ledger. “The pieces we have weren’t selected because they were decorative, but rather because we like them. We’ve had all of it [the furnishings] a long time, but none of it was organized in this manner before,” Paterek adds. Among the mix are family heirlooms along with art from trips abroad. “Very little has changed from the first thirty days when we moved in. We really eyed the space and thought about what pieces we had and where they would go in here,” Paterek says.

Going Vertical Playing off the space’s architectural intrigue, Paterek reimagined each of the rooms using many of the furnishings from his previous two homes—one of which was traditional and one that had a more contemporary flair. Since he and Norcross were downsizing, they wanted to use every inch of this house to their benefit, allowing them to display and incorporate as many pieces as possible. To do so, Paterek filled the home’s vertical space with art, found objects, and collectibles. “It [the house] seems to have this European flat or New York townhouse feel, and we wanted to play up that sort of old English, packed-in flat feel by hanging everything to the ceiling.”

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The marriage of modern and traditional continues in the dining room where a contemporary Arteriors light fixture is paired with the room’s classic molding, dining chairs, and accessories. Facing page, left: A colorful mid-century piece of artwork hangs over an antique buffet. Facing page, right: Two Asian scrolls were unfurled and framed to serve as artwork that adds to the room’s cosmopolitan feel.

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Collections are displayed in every nook of the home. Norcross’s cane collection is arranged in a fan formation alongside the staircase. Porcelain replicas of paintbrushes, created by Chicago artist Laura Novy, are a favorite collectible of the couple. Facing page, clockwise from top left: Paterek found the large glazed pot on a trip to Italy while working with one of his first design clients. Even the home’s small kitchen takes on a collected, gathered-over-time feel thanks to open shelving storage. Upstairs, the space formerly used as a dining room has been transformed into a dressing room. Always one to see the beauty in found objects, Paterek had this lamp made after finding the wood spindles. The rustic wood pieces pair with a Lucite base for an unexpected twist. 52 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

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The master bedroom, which served as the the living area prior to the 1970s renovation, overlooks a main thoroughfare of the neighborhood. Art by Eleanor Dickinson hangs over the bed and adds a touch of color to the otherwise neutral palette. Facing page: Louis Ghost chairs flank a traditional chest of drawers, while a collection of straw hats add whimsy to the walls.

ArtistS of Preference Perhaps the couple’s taste is best exemplified by their art collection. “All of the art is personal: It has to speak to us personally or we have to have a connection with the artist,” Paterek says. On the walls you’ll find pieces painted by family members, including Jon’s mother who is a watercolorist, alongside works by Arkansas artists such as Jeff Horton and Eleanor Dickinson—who are personal friends of Paterek and Norcross—mixed with pieces the two have picked up on travels and at local antique shops. “Even though there’s a distinct mix of contemporary juxtaposed with traditional, there are elements that tie the pieces together,” Paterek says.

His Own Spin Paterek notes that it’s this mix of contemporary and traditional, unchanging and ever-evolving that keeps the home from becoming stuffy. “It’s got to have a little twist or otherwise you’re living in your parents’ house,” he laughs. “I work with a lot of clients who inherit beautiful, traditional pieces from their parents and grandparents, and I say ‘This is wonderful, but this house isn’t as much fun as you are. Let’s keep these things, but spice it up a little bit, make it more reflective of you.’” From the looks of this home, it’s easy to see Paterek follows his own advice. Design Resources Interior design Scott Paterek, Massimo Interior Design, Little Rock, (501) 664-0355, Accessories Massimo, Little Rock, (501) 664-0355,; Roy Dudley Estate Sales, Little Rock, (501) 666-5856, Framing Hillcrest Gallery Custom Framing, Little Rock, (501) 664-7900, Fabric Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, 54 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

Furniture Massimo, Little Rock, (501) 664-0355,; Roy Dudley Estate Sales, Little Rock, (501) 666-5856,; Sweet Home Furnishings, Little Rock, (501) 296-9198, Lighting Lamp Shades Etc., Little Rock, (501) 664-5363,; Massimo, Little Rock, (501) 664-0355, Mirrors Marshall Clements, Little Rock, (501) 663-1828, West Little Rock, (501) 954-7900,

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Beringer configured multiple seating areas and brought in a fully customized room-sized rug to encourage guests and visitors to maximize their use of the ample space of the great room. By showcasing native wildlife specimens and original artwork, the design sparks curiosity and invites the eye to wander throughout the space.

A SportSman’s


Screaming Wings Lodge—the duckseason outpost of Witt Stephens Jr.— maximizes comfort and experience for guests and provides access to world-class waterfowl hunting Story: Ashley Gill Photography: Nancy Nolan Styling: Chip Jones & Mandy Keener

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Right: In the gaming area, a curvaceous wooden bench with elegant lines is adorned with needlepoint pillows that were given to Stephens by his mother as a lodgewarming gift. A hornet’s nest—no longer inhabited, of course—was salvaged from the property and sprayed with a sealant to become a compelling decorative item. Below: A fully furnished patio extends the great room and draws guests outside to enjoy the crisp fall weather during the early weeks of duck season. Facing page: A fully stocked and furnished bar allows Stephens’s guests to be served in convenience and style during cocktail hour, as they enjoy conversation and peruse the lodge’s many interesting details.

In 2008, longtime-client Witt Stephens Jr. charged interior designer Bill Beringer with the task of making of his imposing new hunting lodge a well-appointed, private retreat versatile enough to accommodate groups of all sizes and to foster a sense of intimacy and relaxation among visitors. From the outset, the owner had specific ideas about how the lodge would function and how it would look; “Ultimately,” Beringer says, “we wanted it to reflect him. He’s an avid hunter, but he’s also a businessman who needs an inviting place to entertain.” Design Integrity “The neatest part is the structure itself,” Beringer says of the house, which is Stephens’s own vision realized by architect Tom Fennell. “All of the built elements that you see are structural—none of them are ornamental.” The impressive white pine beams and arches of the great room’s timber-frame construction bear the full weight of the building, leaving the interior space entirely free of obstruction or partition. This allows Stephens to bring all of his guests together in one space throughout the hunting season. The open-plan area is especially useful during the annual opening weekend festivities when Stephens typically entertains a crowd of 18 friends, family, and business associates. November 2014 | 59

Furnished To Scale A room of such vast proportions posed a special challenge when it came to furnishing the space. “It’s a big room and we wanted lots of windows and lots of seating, but we still wanted it to feel cozy and intimate—not like a hotel lobby,” Beringer says. A custom, room-sized rug unifies five generous seating areas and encourages traffic flow throughout the activity zones, which include a wetbar and a gaming area in addition to traditional conversation spaces. The natural wood tones present in the room also help to visually warm and enrich the space. The ceiling is pine, and the walls are walnut hardwoods—the type typically used as flooring. “We didn’t want to do traditional paneling,” Beringer says, “because we didn’t want it to look quite so dressy.” Overall, the design works to make the room comfortable and pleasant by bringing it down to human scale, yet allowing visitors to delight in the impressive structure.

Various Textures The décor of the lodge needed to be “rich and interesting,” according to Beringer, in order to keep a visitor’s eye excited and engaged; so, throughout the great room, “there’s a lot of interest everywhere you look,” he says. The fabrics Beringer selected vary in both pattern and content. Woven textiles, leathers, and wools all play a role, as do wildlife prints and two needlepoint pillows depicting deer, given to Stephens as a lodge-warming gift by his mother. Plaids of two different scales play-off one another to give the space a more acquired, less contrived, look. In addition to the numerous wildlife specimens that adorn the walls—including a vacated hornet’s nest found on the property—diverse textures and surfaces add depth to the design. A few examples: the bar countertop is made of ceramic, coppercolored penny tiles; the sofas in the fireside seating area are upholstered in alpaca wool velvet; the ceiling in the dining area is glazed to create a leathery effect; and the custom-made dining table is walnut with a pecan inlay in a herringbone pattern. While you might expect to find rich woods and leathers like these in any stately hunting lodge, unique choices and surprising combinations create the sense that there’s no end of fascinating details to appreciate. 60 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

An iron chandelier hanging above the dining room table adds yet another variation of texture and contrasts with the rich, warm wood tones. Facing page, top: A dried flower arrangement in the gaming area is an ideal solution for a retreat that is infrequently visited except during duck season. Facing page, bottom: The great room’s white pine beams not only bear the weight of the lodge’s structure; they also create a visual framework for the space, in contrast with the deeper brown of the walnut walls.

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The lodge is built on the slough, with boat parking under the house and direct entry into a hunt room, where boots and firearms can be stowed and cleaned in preparation for the next hunt.

On the Mark An enthusiastic outdoorsman, former commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, and now steward of the property at Screaming Wings, Beringer says that Stephens feels strongly that the representations of wildlife and natural settings present in the lodge be authentic to the region and to this piece of land in particular. The numerous taxidermic specimens of waterfowl and deer are all local to the immediate area, and even the bronze sculpture of ducks taking flight—commissioned for the stone chimney wall and affixed above the fireplace— needed to depict Screaming Wings’ flora and fauna with fastidious accuracy. Stephens’s remarkable collection of wildlife artwork is also showcased throughout the space, an ever-present reminder that the land—and the lodge— is a true sportsman’s paradise. Design Resources Architect, bath, and kitchen design Tom Fennell, AIA, Fennell Purifoy Architects, Little Rock, (501) 372-6734, Contractor Ernie Cline, Cline Construction Group, Little Rock, (501) 663-0265, Interior design Bill Beringer, Little Rock Landscape design Zak Grothe, The Good Earth Garden Center, Little Rock, (501) 868-4666, Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479) 750-2200, Bedding and window coverings Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies, Mabelvale, (501) 455-2216 Cabinets Distinctive Kitchens and Baths, Little Rock, (501) 666-7756, Carpet, flooring, and tile C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery, Little Rock, (501) 399-9909, Countertops Arkansas Granite and More, Benton, (501) 315-4500, Fabrics, furniture, hardware, lighting, and rugs Bill Beringer, Little Rock Fireplace Joe Murdaugh Masonry, Inc., Sherwood, (501) 833-0891 Fixtures—kitchen Falk Plumbing, Hot Springs, (501) 321-1231, North Little Rock, (501) 664-3911, Florals—dried Lamp Shades Etc. & The Accessory, Inc., Little Rock, (501) 664-5363, Florals—fresh Tipton Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709, Millwork Brown Millwork, Sheridan, (870) 942-5224,; Calion Lumber Company, Calion, (870) 748-2411 Outdoor furnishings Ken Rash’s, Little Rock, (501) 663-1818, Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, Painting Roe Painting Company, Benton, (501) 847-4783 Windows Pella Windows & Doors, North Little Rock, (501) 758-5050, 62 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

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When you’re looking to break ground on a new home, you want the best in the business. Here are the top homebuilders in the state as voted by our readers: • Bret Franks Construction, Inc., Little Rock • Bosley Construction Inc., Little Rock • Bowden Boshears Homes, LLC, Little Rock • C. COUGILL ROOFING CO. INC., MAUMELLE • Chuck Hamilton Construction, Little Rock • Clearwater Construction, Springdale • Coker Homes, Inc., Little Rock • Conway Custom Builders, Inc., Conway • Creative Heights Partners, LLC, Little Rock • Curtis Contracting, Inc., Little Rock • Dwell, LLC, Little Rock • Fred Lord Builder, Little Rock • GBS Development, Fayetteville • Graham Smith Construction, Little Rock • Homes By Ward, Lowell • Homes of Distinction, Inc., Bentonville • Jack Hartsell Construction, Little Rock • Jackson Contracting & Design, Siloam Springs • Jett Ricks Construction, LLC, Little Rock

• Jon Callahan Construction, Jacksonville • Keathley Homes, Little Rock • Keith Hardin Construction, Little Rock • Kevin Driver, LLC, Little Rock • L&F Construction, LLC, Fayetteville • Mark Zweig, INC., Fayetteville • Marrs Construction, Bentonville • Marty Wolfe Construction, Camden • Ozark Construction Company, Dennard • Parkinson Building Group, Little Rock • Randy James Construction, North Little Rock • Randy Wiggins Company, Inc., Sherwood • Renaissance Homes, Inc., North Little Rock • Richard Harp Homes, Inc., Little Rock • River Valley Builders, Inc., Little Rock • Roeder Construction Company, Inc., Marion • Ronald Ragon Builders, Fort Smith • S&L Construction, Jonesboro • Schrader Homes, Alexander • Shepard Home Builders, Benton • Summerwood Inc., Little Rock • Wayne Moore Construction, Little Rock

Coming in our March issue… Local Favorites: Landscape & Pool Professionals

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richard harp homes

Little Rock homebuilder celebrates 20 years in business

name: Richard Harp Homes, Inc. owner: Richard Harp trademarks: Richard’s basic business philosophy uses a balanced

approach based on construction quality, schedule management, and budget control. Richard takes great pride in the high quality craftsmanship, cost-conscious construction, and high performance homes he produces by working with his team of trade partners. His unique “Design-Build” approach streamlines the process of designing, estimating, building, or renovating your home while eliminating wasted time and money without ever sacrificing quality. Blending energy efficient architectural design, advanced project management, and his signature quality construction, Richard ensures the creation of your special home. history: 2014 marks Richard Harp Homes 20th year in business. Richard built his first home in 1994 shortly after graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a business administration degree. Since then, Richard has continued to invest in his education, which he feels is a key to his success in the business. Richard earned an M.B.A. along with several other designations within his field including Master Certified Green Professional, Graduate Master Builder, Certified Graduate Remodeler, and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. advice: Homeowner education is the key to designing, building, and maintaining a quality custom home. Better education often equals better decisions, and better decisions often equal happier homeowners. Richard Harp Homes (501) 690-4277 •

PARKINSON BUILDING GROUP, INC. Attention to detail and front-end planning set this team apart company name: Parkinson Building Group, Inc owner: Bill Parkinson trademarks: Parkinson Building Group has been recognized by the Little Rock community for their beautifully designed homes and top-notch craftsmanship. Each home they build for a client is distinctively different and customized to the client’s personalized lifestyle. Their client’s experience is enhanced through their unique “True Cost Proposal,” as well as their construction management software, which keeps the client informed and ahead of their decisions throughout the building process and allows them to see a real time snapshot of their budget and how each selection affects the bottom line. This concludes with their proactive warranty process, which makes sure your home is finished and followed up on in a timely manner. Parkinson Building Group is committed to building the home their customers’ envision. They know that what you require from a home isn’t just a list of features; it’s a reflection of your distinctly different lifestyle and desires. Parkinson Building Group still has space for you in their 2015 calendar; give them a call and they can help you create that special home you have been dreaming of. history: Parkinson Building Group has the expertise that only comes with more than 15 years of building experience and more than one hundred completed homes. advice: Plan and plan early. Time spent in the early stages of the design process as well as the early stages of the build are imperative in today’s market. Every one of our clients in this day and age has a Pinterest and/or Houzz account that they pull images from for us as we plan and build their home. If you are going to incorporate a decorator or designer during the build, start with them early to make sure that all the ideas are on the table. The time for consideration of these special features and spaces is the planning and early development phase. The further down the line we move those inspirational pictures become impossible or very expensive to incorporate. 

Parkinson Building Group, Inc. P.O. Box 241448 • Little Rock • 72223 • (501) 954-8570 •

Summerwood, INC.

An established team dedicated to each project offers high performance and outstanding results

name: Summerwood, Inc. owners: Vikki and Ron Harris trademarks: Ron and Vikki realize a home is the biggest investment

most people will ever make in their lifetime. Therefore, they have assembled a team of proven subcontractors with project management skills that truly represent their branding of “Where Quality and Style Come Together.” Because Summerwood is comprised of this skilled group, they are equipped to handle all aspects of a build. Integrity and fair pricing related to the scope of each project is another trademark of the business. Once the vision and goals of a project are established, the Harrises and their team work with you to make building your dream home an enjoyable experience. history: Both hold degress from Arkansas Universities and Ron has served on the board of the Greater Little Rock Homebuilder Association for more than 10 years and is a past president. Vikki is also a Certified Green Professional designated by the National Association of Home Builders. advice: Whenever, whatever, and wherever you decide to build, make sure you are doing business with a member of the Arkansas Home Builders Association. All of these members carry the necessary liability, workman’s comp, and insurance, so you can rest assured you are working with a business that will finish the project and carry it out in the best manner possible. Summerwood, Inc. 6309 Southwind Drive • North Little Rock • 72118 (501) 758-1212 •

Schrader Homes

Specialized materials and a focus on energy efficiency are key components of this builder’s quality homes

company name: Schrader Homes owner: Alan Schrader trademarks: Schrader Homes specializes in design builds with

an emphasis on quality, energy efficiency, and implementing a variety of specialized materials to set their homes apart. Alan enjoys working with his various suppliers to obtain products that make his homes unique. Schrader Homes always strives to maintain a team of skilled subcontractors that will ensure each home is completed to both Alan’s and his client’s satisfaction. Alan is proud of the team that he has working alongside him. history: Alan was born and raised in Arkansas and earned a degree in Construction Management from UALR. While Schrader Homes officially started in 2004, Alan has been building since 1997. advice: Take the time to research your builder, talk to his clients and see their completed projects. A home is often the single largest investment an individual will make, so you need to be confident in the individual responsible for your investment.

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Randy wiggins co., Inc.

Providing superior quality and value by creating developments and building within them

company name: Randy Wiggins Co. Inc. owner: Randy Wiggins trademarks: Randy Wiggins Co. Inc. specializes in creating

developments, and then building within those developments. Using this two-prong approach helps maintain quality control and a higher appraisal value overall. They are currently working in Miller Point subdivision, a gated community located on Highway 107 in Sherwood. In addition to that project, they also develop garden home subdivisions, which is a hot new trend in housing. The gated community known as Austin Gardens Patio Homes and their latest venture, Gap Creek Gardens, are both garden home subdivisions in Sherwood. With these types of homes, the team also specializes in handicap accessibility. history: Randy Wiggins has a longstanding tradition in homebuilding. His dad was a well-known builder in the area for more than 30 years, and he built his first home when he was just 18. Randy is a past president of the Greater Little Rock Homebuilders Association, and he has developed 13 subdivisions in central Arkansas. advice: Pick your lot first and then draw a plan. Also, be sure to get a detailed estimate on your new home. You want to know how much it should cost before you start to build! Randy Wiggins Co., Inc. 9516 Millers Gardens Court • Sherwood • 72120 (501) 351-5969 • (501) 834--0700 (Model Home)

KHC, Inc.

A one-stop shop for designing and building your dream home

company name: KHC, Inc. owner: Keith Hardin trademarks: KHC, Inc. is a one-stop shop for designing

and building custom, new construction homes as well as for custom renovations. history: Hardin has been in the homebuilding business for 20 years and has the experience and expertise to make your dream home vision a reality. Hardin was involved with the creation of Arkansas’ Build for the Cure program, and was the builder for two of the homes during the program’s run. advice: The most important aspect of building a home is making sure that your design matches your budget. Before you begin, get an idea of your design from start to finish so you can plan accordingly.

KHC, Inc. 11524 N. Rodney Parham, Suite 4 • Little Rock • 72212 (501) 580-8778 • 68 At Home in Arkansas | November 2014

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Prep your home and your wardrobe for the season’s celebrations with these essentials from local retailers

Clinton Museum Store

Stash your cell, keys, and lipstick in a hand-stitched Kantha wristlet ($31.95) and you’ll be free to hold an appetizer plate and socialize with friends at the same time. The purchase of this item benefits Global Dental Relief, which helps provide dental care to children worldwide. Clinton Museum Store, Little Rock’s River Market, (501) 748-0400

Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation1. Publication Title: At Home in Arkansas 2. Publication No.: 020-999 3.  Filing Date: 8/20/144.  Issue Frequency: Jan/ Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 5. No. of Issues Published Annually: 11 6.  Annual Subscription Price: $15.00. 7.  Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication (Not Printer): 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202.  Contact Person: Kurt Coey, 720-351-1018. 8.  Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher (not printer): 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202.9.  Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor, and Managing Editor: Publisher: Kelly Fraiser 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202. Editor: Chip Jones 2207 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202. Managing Editor. Tiffany Burgess Adams.10. 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Cynthia East Fabrics

Heading to a Thanksgiving celebration? Gobble up compliments with a seasonal tea towel that’s sure to delight any holiday host or hostess. Set of two, $22. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460,


Wondering what to wear to the party or need a gift for a fashionable hostess? This multistone necklace ($79) by Treska Collections, is a standout favorite. Accessory Gallery, Hot Springs, (501) 321-9168


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As the days shorten and the air begins to chill, the groves of South Arkansas start to fill with this beloved nut. Whether it’s a pie, a candied version, or simply enjoying them straight from the shell, November is the perfect time to savor the wholesome, uncompromised flavor of pecans.

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