At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2022

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Designers Answer Your Top Questions


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C O N T E N T S

January/February 2022 // The Design Issue

STYLE 17 SHOP

Say Cheers!

21 DESIGN

Very Peri Picks

25 REFRESH Off the Market

LIFE

31 SPOTLIGHT

You Asked, They Answered

41 ASID AWARDS

21 51 60 72

2021 ASID South Central Chapter Design Awards

SPECIAL SECTION 81 NOTABLE ARKANSANS

IN EVERY ISSUE

12 WELCOME 14 LATEST 96 END NOTES

ON THE COVER The sunroom of a west Little Rock home. Design by Mona Thompson Phelan, Providence Design. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 51.

HOME 51 FINDING HOME

Designer Mona Thompson Phelan employs a neutral palette and clean architectural features to allow collected pieces to shine.

60 FRESH START

In Little Rock, Krista Lewis creates a traditional yet comfortable family home with color and personality.

72 TIME AND TIME AGAIN

A historic property is tailored to its owner’s aesthetic with the help of Northwest Arkansas’s Goddard Design Group.

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W E LC O M E

Recently I met some friends in Bentonville for a weekend girls trip. We explored downtown, visited The Momentary, and shopped around several pop-up art markets. The city changes between each visit I make from Little Rock, and I always head home energized by the newness of the experience. That feeling of discovery around every corner always reminds me of my time living in London. When I moved back to Arkansas after a little more than a year in England’s capital, I made a point to treat my home—both Little Rock and the South in a broader sense—with the same curiosity I showed in London. Whether it’s attending local exhibits or working through my bucket list of Arkansas hiking trails, I try never to take this place for granted. In doing so, I’m constantly amazed at what I find right outside my door. If you’re feeling stuck in a creative rut, I believe our Design Issue is the perfect antidote—there’s nothing like meaningful collections, splashes of color, and mementos from around the globe to inspire a new outlook. For example, designer Chris Goddard and his colleague Melissa Banks filled her Northwest Arkansas home (page 72) with countless references to their most treasured travel destination, Morocco. One such detail is a painted ceiling that invites guests to play “I Spy” with the images overhead—isn’t that a great reminder to always look up? Here’s to finding fresh outlooks in 2022. Wishing you and yours a happy new year!

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What’s New? LEIGH LUSK INTERIORS Leigh Lusk first got her start in interior design working alongside her father-in-law at Ray Lusk Plumbing and Bath and Kitchen Gallery. After founding her own design firm in 2015, Leigh Lusk Interiors, she has begun to work on larger scale projects, necessitating a dedicated studio space and showroom. “We’re full-service now, so this is going to allow us to bring clients in, show renderings and sample selections, and function at a much higher level,” Leigh says. The showroom will feature a small selection of furnishings, lighting, tile, and plumbing fixtures. “We have some of our favorite displays from places like Acme Brick and ProSource, as well as brands like Visual Comfort, Delta, Kohler, and Gabby. We’ll also have art from local artists,” she says. “People hire us so they don’t have to go out and hunt for product; we’re excited to be able to have it all in a one-stop shop.” Located at 14300 Cantrell Road, Leigh says her team of five is happy to be in west Little Rock, convenient to many of their current job sites. Leigh Lusk Interiors will be open by appointment only. Visit leighluskinteriors.com and follow @leighluskinteriors for an official opening date.

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PREVIOUS PAGE Wine bottle holder and round woven coasters. J.Parkey, Little Rock, jparkey.com Estelle colored champagne coupe stemware in Blush Pink and wrapped brass bottle opener. Cobblestone & Vine, Bentonville and Little Rock, cobblestoneandvine.com Stemless glassware with white dots and monogrammed cocktail napkins. Fresh i.d., Little Rock, 501-478-6006 Round hammered brass tray. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, bearhillinteriors.com

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1 & 2 Cocktail tool set and “Deco” glasses in Smoke. Dandy Roll, Rogers, dandyrollhome.com 3 Decanter with green glass stopper. Bear Hill Interiors, Little Rock, bearhillinteriors.com 4 & 5 MacKenzie-Childs bar tool set in Courtly Check and Vietri “Drop” champagne glass in Blue. The Everyday Chef, Jonesboro, theeverdaychef.net 6 Gold French-style cocktail shaker. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com

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7 & 8 Vietri “Viva” collection wine glass in Yellow and handblown “Fritsy” highball glass in Raspberry. Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock, tiptonhurst.com 9 Estelle colored stemless wine glass in Cobalt Blue. Fresh i.d., Little Rock, 501-478-6006 10 Art deco decanter. Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, Rogers, honeycombkitchenshop.com 11 Poppy cocktail napkins. J.Parkey, Little Rock, jparkey.com

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SEEING PURPLE

Very Peri Picks Touted by Pantone as “encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone,” the company’s 2022 Color of Year, Very Peri, is meant to have a “dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity.” Here, we’ve rounded up decorative accents to introduce a version of the hue into your home PRODUCER TIFFANY ADAMS

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1 Original canvas painting by Maura Segal. Bear Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors.com 2 “Kiba” pendant in Plum Bubble. Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com 3 Big Chill “Slim Fridge” in Blue Lilac. Available to the trade. 4 “Delia” accent lamp from Couture Lamps. Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com 7

5 “Playful 3” trim by Stout in Lilac. Available to the trade. 6 “Garden Gate” sheet set in Violet. Bear Hill Interiors, bearhillinteriors.com; Blu D’or Interiors, facebook.com/bludorinteriors.com; Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com 7 Noursion grape-colored pouf. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, cantrellfurniture.com

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"Purple Heart" by Benjamin Moore

"Dahlia" by Sherwin-Williams

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9 Rosenthal Heritage “Turnadot” large tumbler in Light Purple. Tipton & Hurst, tiptonhurst.com 10 Couture Lamp’s “Adrift” table lamp. Cobblestone & Vine, cobblestoneandvine.com

"Shell White" by Sherwin-Williams

"Midnight Blue" by Benjamin Moore

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“Worldly Gray” by SherwinWilliams

BEFORE & AFTER

Off the Market A Searcy couple’s love for their home is rekindled after a kitchen renovation WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPHANIE MA X WELL NE W TON

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“Pure White” by SherwinWilliams

Harsh angles were streamlined and space was gained from the pantry and breakfast nook to allow for the addition of an island.

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hen Christie and Ashley Brooks put their Searcy home on the market a few years ago, they kept hearing one comment from potential buyers: The kitchen was too isolated. “It was small and cut off from the rest of the house, plus it had an odd cabinetry layout,” designer Amy Williams says. The Brookses contacted Amy with the goal of remodeling the kitchen so future owners could envision their own family in the home. Amy went to work, achieving a more functional kitchen by taking down a wall between the cooking space and living room, eliminating a series of incongruent arches, and combining the existing breakfast nook with the kitchen to maximize space. Walls also came down on the opposite side of the kitchen where an underused bedroom was divvied up

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between a new working pantry and the existing laundry room and garage entrance—all an added bonus that came from the renovation. As for aesthetics, the couple opted for selections that would be comfortable and more transitional, keeping in line with the rest of the home. “They were coming from early 2000s paint colors and styles and wanted this to have a contemporary industrial slant,” Amy says, pointing to bronze finishes and exposed-bulb fixtures. Features such as an antique door that leads to the new pantry and a smattering of glass-front cabinetry were selected to add character and personalization. “They really called me in to get the kitchen to a place where they could sell the house, but now it works perfectly for BEFORE them,” Amy says of the end result.


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“They don’t ever plan to sell now; they are as happy as they can be.” —Amy Williams, designer

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Taj Mahal quartzite, which features variations of brown veining, was the jumping off point for a number of design decisions. Amy proposed a leathered finish, which has less of a shine along with a soft feel.

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Amy notes the pendants over the island have a mixed metal finish that “fit the industrial vibe” while also directing light out into the room.

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Along an exterior wall, an industrial sconce illuminates the artisan-style backsplash and the sink underneath it while adhering to the overall aesthetic.

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A custom stain on the island complements the tongueand-groove treatment on the ceiling as well the wood flooring. Champagne brass hardware contrasts with the brown-gray color.

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Life

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M A K E YO U R S EL F AT H O M E

DESIGN DETAILS

You Asked, They Answered We sat down with designers from around the state to get their advice on your most pressing home and décor questions

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S P OT L I G H T

How do you measure for wallpaper? —Laura R.

Where do you suggest splurging and saving on an outdated kitchen? —Kate M.

I always have my wallpaper installer go to my client’s home to measure the space. Then, I rely on her to tell me how many rolls to order. There are so many factors that go into it since wallpaper comes in several different widths, and I trust her to account for the pattern repeat. If you don't order enough the first time, there is a chance the next roll you order may be the wrong dye lot and the colors will be off. Good luck!

When remodeling your kitchen, a great place to save money is with your cabinets. If they are in good condition, a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware could be just the thing you need. Your backsplash and pendants are great places to splurge. You can make a big statement with some beautiful tiles and fabulous lighting!

— BETH REED, DESIGN ACTUALLY

—SUSAN JOHNSON, KITCHEN TUNE-UP

—PAULA STORY, LUMBER ONE HOME CENTER

If your cabinet boxes are in good shape, update their exterior with new door fronts that are custom sized with concealed hinges. This will save on both time and budget. I suggest splurging on beautiful hardware to further the feel of a completely new kitchen.

How do I find a decorator, and how much should I expect to spend? —Courtney C.

What are the best areas to splurge and save around the house? —Lindsey W.

Word of mouth is typically the best way to find a decorator or designer. Also, a magazine like At Home in Arkansas features the area’s better designers. As for pricing, this varies depending on the scope of work needed. If you just need some advice or light decorating and want to purchase furniture locally, there are several stores around the state with in-house designers who offer complimentary consults with the purchase of their merchandise. However, if you are looking for a full-service designer for a complete design scheme, space planning, and finish selections, schedule an initial consultation with a designer. He or she can give you an estimate based on the scope of work, then you can decide whether that fits your budget.

Splurge on the best sofa your budget can afford and any piece you will love long term—for example, art and antiques. Save on décor that is trendy as well as smaller accent furnishings and rugs in hightraffic areas.

—JILL LAWRENCE, J. LAWRENCE DESIGN

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—AMY WIILLIAMS, AMY WILLIAMS DESIGN

Our favorite splurge is updating light fixtures; a lot of clients have never even considered it until we discuss it. Of course, updating floors and countertops makes a huge difference and is very worthwhile. If you would like an important update without a big price tag, paint is fairly inexpensive and changes everything. —TALENA RAY & MONA THOMPSON PHELAN, PROVIDENCE DESIGN


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S P OT L I G H T

When will the modern farmhouse trend be over? What is next on the horizon? —Lauren W. I think modern farmhouse will morph into new traditional as the next design style. This is a mix of old and new and will hopefully reflect the client’s own style. If you lean toward farmhouse, midcentury, or modern, your design style will still exist—just in a more collected way. My advice is to spend money on what you love, then mix in and out trendy accents while always keeping the treasured pieces. —CHERYL WATSON HANNINK, CW DESIGNS

What are a few outdoor projects that can really make a big difference without spending a fortune? —Allison K. Decorative containers with seasonal plantings are one of our go-to ways to make a quick, easy, and affordable impact. Colorful accent pillows are also an inexpensive and simple way to revamp your outdoor living spaces. —DANIEL KEELEY, DK DESIGN

How do you hang drapes when your ceiling is vaulted? How high should they be? —Lindsey C. There’s no right answer to this question; however, there are a few things we look for to make the decision. If there’s an adjacent hallway or door opening, you can align the drapery hardware with that height. You can also align the hardware height to the start of the ceiling pitch or simply choose a height somewhere around 6-12 inches above the window trim for additional length for your draperies. —SHELBY MEYER, DRAPE & DESIGN CO.

How many pillows do I need for a king size bed, and how do I arrange them? —Kylie H.

Are blue cabinets on their way out? What is the next trend for cabinetry? —Natalie J.

My husband would say two, but I love some fluff! I say if you're trying to show off your bed, then keep it simple. King beds need three Euro shams and a queen can use either two or three. Most importantly, layer these with texture, color, and pattern.

Blue cabinets are still trending as manufacturers are updating their blue options for finishes. Shades of deep green are also increasingly popular. Warmer tones rather than stark whites are emerging as well as an increase in stained wood accents.

—HEATHER FULLER, FULLER DESIGN CO.

—SUSAN JOHNSON, KITCHEN TUNE-UP

How do I pick the right size rug for my space? What are the general guidelines? —Kylie H. Try to buy a rug that has enough space for all the furniture legs to fit on top of it. In a dining room, remember to allow space for when the chairs are pulled out. In a sitting area, if you can’t afford a rug to cover underneath all the seating, measure from the inside edge of your sofa to the inside of your chairs keeping the rug more to the center of the seating area. —CHERYL WATSON HANNINK, CW DESIGNS

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Is it OK to mix different shades of gold? —Lee Ann H. Yes! With careful consideration, mixed metals can have a wonderful effect in a space. Consider the placement: Are they right next to each other? Higher contrast in finish results in a more intentional look; matte and shiny finishes can play well together! —NATALIE BILES & STACEY BREEZEEL, SHINE INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO

What is your favorite kid-friendly coffee table? —Megan R. I love a large ottoman you put a tray on for a flat surface. Waterfall coffee tables are also great because there are no sharp edges where little ones might hit their heads! —CHANDLER BAILEY, B. INTERIORS

Is it a faux pas to hang drapes over a door that is never used in order to hide it? —Heather W.

What interior colors will be trending in 2022? —Sally T.

Absolutely not! You can even hang functional or stationary drapery over a door or sliding door that is in use if you have room to take the draperies wide enough to prevent them from catching when the door is opened and closed.

GREEN! I've been looking at tile and décor colors that are becoming more prominent toward the end of 2021, and it is definitely one of them. Whether it is an accent wall, signature furniture piece, cabinet color, or tile selection, there are so many ways to incorporate green. Emerald and jewel-toned hues are my personal favorites. They are rich and luxurious, pairing perfectly with brass metals, marble-look tiles, and warm hardwoods. Green is the new blue.

—SHELBY MEYER, DRAPE & DESIGN CO.

—BRI KENDRICK, KAUFMAN BY DESIGN WEST

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What are some no-fail plantings for Arkansas summers? —Elizabeth C. There really isn’t such a thing as “no fail,” but the best idea for ease of care would be to look at any plant native to Arkansas—they are native for a reason. Many grasses are very hardy and heat-tolerant. As far as shrubs, azaleas will do great. If you're leaning toward a landscape tree, many of the holly varieties love the Arkansas heat! Overall, look for plants with low water requirements, plant them within the right light requirement, and you will be a few steps ahead. —DAVID MUNSEY, III, BETTER LAWNS & GARDENS

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What are the differences in natural fiber rugs? For example, sisal, jute, and seagrass. Do you have a favorite to recommend? —Linda E. All three are just a different type of natural fiber. Sisal and seagrass are more coarse, while jute is a softer, chunkier fiber. If your furniture and door swings can handle the chunkiness of jute, it is kinder underfoot. If you need a lower profile to clear door swings and for furniture legs to sit properly, then sisal might be a better choice for you. A lot of companies will blend jute with sisal or seagrass for some added softness without all the typical bulk of a 100% jute rug. All natural fibers are workhorses as far as foot traffic goes, but not great with food and pet stains. I do love the look, though! —JILL LAWRENCE, J. LAWRENCE DESIGN

How often should we be redecorating and updating our homes? —Lydia J. Honestly, if your home is done with a mix of classic and trending, you shouldn’t need to update often. Always start with your most expensive pieces being classic in style and well built. Keep the trends to things that can be easily changed like pillows, paint, fabrics, and art. Most of all, find the things you love and they might just last you a lifetime. —HEATHER FULLER, FULLER DESIGN CO.

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Meridith Ranouil, CKBD, Allied ASID, MLH Designs Sims Residence, North Little Rock GOAL These clients hired MLH Designs to

incorporate their loves of nature and travel into a new build on the Arkansas River. Among their priorities were open-concept living spaces, a modern and minimal aesthetic, abundant storage, and a primary bathroom that would call to mind the zen-like spas at one of their favorite destinations abroad. RESULT Designer Meridith Ranouil employed a combination of finishes to bring warmth and down-to-earth style to this contemporary family home. Downstairs, a mix of matte black and walnut cabinetry in the kitchen elevates the concrete flooring, while touch-latch and channeled hardware help retain a sleek look. In the primary bath upstairs, Meridith used a custom application of wood tile to create an art-installation effect in a niche over the tub. Numerous windows let the outside in, allowing the natural beauty of the environment to act as art throughout the home. 42 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2022


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Meridith Ranouil, CKBD, Allied ASID, MLH Designs Arkansas Symphony Designer House XXV Guest House Master Bedroom, Little Rock Photo by Rett Peek

GOAL As a participant in a local show home, designer Meridith Ranouil was tasked with transforming the primary bedroom of a guest house on a strict three-month deadline. She was inspired by the room’s existing walnut paneling and quarter-sawn oak floor to create a fresh, modern space “with a bit of edge.” RESULT A custom blend of bleaching and white washing softens the walnut paneling. This treatment helped modernize the space while blending seamlessly with the existing ceiling color and trim (details all participants were required to keep). A wool-blend rug and neutral drapes further the comfortable atmosphere, while layers of natural elements connect the space to the home’s extensive grounds. Meridith commissioned a polyptych art piece by a local artist to serve as a focal point over the bed.

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Meridith Ranouil, CKBD, Allied ASID, MLH Designs Powder Bath Tile Detail, Paragould The client gave MLH Designs free rein to design a powder bath that would impress and intrigue guests while adhering to the modern, chic style of the rest of the new-construction home. The homeowner’s only directive was to incorporate a sculptural wall-mounted faucet they’d fallen in love with on a buying trip.

RESULT Meridith collaborated with artisans in Italy to create a custom glass mosaic resembling a cascade of gold down the wall. Light blue tiles are also incorporated to marry the mosaic to the cooler metal of the faucet. Because this pairing of faucet and sink had not been used before, Meridith researched specifications for placement to ensure minimal splashing. She also designed architectural columns to house recessed LED lighting in lieu of decorative sconces to keep the mosaic tile and unusual faucet the focal points.

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2021 Commercial Ovation Award

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Project completed in collaboration with Brian Self, ASID, Associate AIA, and Tamara Campbell, Allied ASID.

Lauren Booth, ASID, WDD Architects Arkansas Heart Hospital Encore Medical Center, Bryant GOAL Encore Medical Center is a secondary campus for Arkansas Heart Hospital that specializes in bariatric surgery and obesity-related conditions. The client requested “hospitality design in a healthcare setting” for the facility’s 24 inpatient bedrooms, operating rooms, lobby, various labs, and other specialized units. RESULT Led by designer Lauren Booth, WDD Architects created a hospitable atmosphere full of light and color to inspire a healthy lifestyle in patients and their families. Headwalls in bedrooms were designed to conceal monitors and wires, while large windows allow natural light to stream in throughout the facility. Many fabrics were upgraded to meet the cleaning standards and all furniture has a bariatric rating for more than 450 pounds. At the client’s request for no TVs in the lobby or corridors, WDD Architects filled the common spaces with custom-selected art.

C O M M E R C I A L H O S P I TA L I T Y S E R V I C E G O L D Project completed in collaboration with Tim Maddox, AIA, Julie Chambers, AIA, Oelke Construction, Jim Beatty, Greg Anderson, Glenn Carter, and Alexander Hunt.

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Morganne Weaver, ASID, DEMX Architecture Atlas the Restaurant, Fayetteville DEMX was hired to modernize and restore a 1920s car service building for use as a new local restaurant. Project goals included using fine materials, strategic lighting, and minimalist details to highlight the building’s original architectural elements.

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RESULT The building was retrofitted to accommodate a full-service bar, commercial kitchen, and dining spaces. Led by Morganne Weaver, the design team reimagined the interiors while preserving the former garage’s open plan and large windows. Existing building systems were upgraded to meet current energy codes, maximize energy savings, and improve indoor air quality and fresh air ventilation, all while keeping historic integrity in mind. Aesthetically, warm LED lighting illuminates the interiors, and built-in banquettes, bronze finishes, and silk curtains bring a luxe feel to the space. A large wine cooler serves as a showpiece while filtering the view of the kitchen from the dining area.

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COMMERCIAL INSTITUTIONAL GOLD

Hendrix College Miller Creative Quad, Conway

RESULT The multi-function aspect of this project presented several challenges; for example, the design team at Polk Stanley Wilcox, led by Toni Gocke Wyre, gave major consideration to engineering the plumbing and air conditioning in a way that minimizes visibility and noise, as well as potential damage to the galleries in the event of a water leak from the dorms. All aspects of the creative spaces are visible through windows to the walkways outside, enticing visitors to step inside and explore. Within the living spaces on the second and third floors, soft lighting and flexible furnishings help students feel at home.

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GOAL The Miller Creative Quad on Hendrix College’s campus was designed to be a mixeduse facility that integrates student housing with music, theater, and gallery spaces. The college requested the interiors reflect a “warm, modern aesthetic with urban, industrial notes.”

Project completed in collaboration with Wesley Walls, AIA, Heather Davis, AIA, and Jessica Mills, Associate AIA.

COMMERCIAL INSTITUTIONAL GOLD

Little Rock Southwest High School, Little Rock Founded by the Little Rock School District to combine the populations of two former area high schools, Little Rock Southwest High School’s design presented the challenge of merging past traditions while creating a new sense of identity for students, faculty, and staff.

RESULT The three-level facility incorporates more than 65 classrooms, advanced science labs, art rooms, dance studios, a large media center, cafeteria, auditorium, and more. Because this school serves many students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, the new facility also needed to accommodate access to “wraparound services” such as food, medical care, and WiFi—services students might not get from home. Designer Toni Gocke Wyre led the team in achieving a state-of-the-art school campus that speaks to the history and traditions of the former schools while forging a new identity for the future. 46 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2022

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Project completed in collaboration with Mollie Alvarez, Allied ASID, Sarah Bennings, AIA, Cindy Pruitt, AIA, Wesley Walls, AIA, David Porter, AIA, Mandy Breckenridge, AIA, and Kate Edwards, Associate AIA.


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2021 Silver and Bronze Winners Residential Kitchen Silver Beechfield Residence Natalie Biles, ASID Shine Interior Design — Fowler Kitchen Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design — La Granja Kitchen Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design — Coleman Kitchen Remodel Aubrey Mitchell Pate, ASID Smart Interiors Residential Kitchen Bronze Gedwill Kitchen Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design Residential Bathroom Silver Cove View Master Bath Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design — Fowler Master Bath Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID, Restructure Design Residential Bathroom Bronze Gedwill Master Bath, Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID, Restructure Design — Gillespie Master Bath Alissa A. Oates, Allied ASID Restructure Design

Residential Single Space Silver Harris Residence Meridith Ranouil, Allied ASID MLH Designs Residential Single Space Bronze Willis Residence Morganne Weaver, ASID DEMX Architecture Residential Small Space Bronze Willis Residence Morganne Weaver, ASID DEMX Architecture Commercial Budget Conscious Silver Subiaco Academy Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects — Apptegy Laura Hendrix, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Commercial Budget Conscious Bronze Delta Memorial Hospital Clinic Renovation Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects — Maumelle City Hall Renovations Betsy Long, ASID WER Architects Commercial Historic Preservation Bronze Garland School Historic Preservation & Restoration

Lauren Dickey, ASID WER Architects — Cane Hill Presbyterian Church Lauren Dickey, ASID WER Architects Commercial Adaptive Reuse Silver Premier Medical Plaza Lauren Dickey, ASID WER Architects — Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center Sarah Goss, ASID Allison + Partners Commercial Adaptive Reuse Bronze ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS Kate East, ASID AMR Architects Commercial Retail Silver Ozark Natural Foods Co-Op Elisha Taldo Cantrell, ASID Modus Studio Commercial Specialty Bronze North Little Rock Fire Station No. 6 Malia Stauffer, ASID Williams & Dean Commercial Hospitality Service Silver The Grumpy Rabbit American Eatery Natalie Biles, ASID Shine Interior Design Studio January/February 2022| athomearkansas.com 47


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Commercial Hospitality Service Bronze Purple Cow Restaurant Laura Hendrix, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox — Revive Medical Spa Aubrey Mitchell Pate, ASID Smart Interiors Commercial Hospitality Living Silver Center Avenue Residence Natalie Biles, ASID Shine Interior Design Studio — The Haywood Kate East, ASID AMR Architects — Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House Historic Restoration, Renovation & Addition Betsy Long, ASID WER Architects

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Commercial Healthcare Silver The Breast Center at CARTI Toni Gocke Wyre, FASID, Associate AIA Polk Stanley Wilcox Commercial Healthcare Bronze Pain Treatment Centers of America Jonesboro Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects — Devlin Cosmetic Surgery Malia Stauffer, ASID Williams & Dean — Washington Regional J.B. Hunt Transport Services Cancer Support Home Morganne Weaver, ASID DEMX Architecture Commercial Institutional Silver Don Tyson School of Innovation Phase 2 Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects —

Jacksonville North Pulaski School District Bobby G. Lester Elementary Lauren Dickey, ASID WER Architects — Sylvan Hills High School Lauren Dickey, ASID WER Architects — SAU Tech Fire Training Academy Dormitory Emily Hill, ASID Cromwell Architects Engineers — Arkansas Tech University Hull Hall Student Activity Center Betsy Long, ASID WER Architects Commercial Institutional Bronze Fellowship Bible Church Cabot Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects — Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School Brian Self, ASID, Associate AIA WDD Architects Commercial Single Space Silver Bank OZK Headquarters Laura Hendrix, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox — Weyerhaeuser Regional Headquarters Laura Hendrix, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox — Arkansas Children’s Chapel Emily Hill, ASID Cromwell Architects Engineers

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Rogers Fire Department ETC Renovation & Addition Morganne Weaver, ASID DEMX Architecture Commercial Single Space Bronze EngageMED Malia Stauffer, ASID Williams & Dean — Pat Ellison Performing Arts Center at the Don Tyson School of Innovation Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects — Washington Regional J.B. Hunt Transport Services Cancer Support Home Morganne Weaver, ASID DEMX Architecture

Commercial Small Corporate Silver CGI Office Building Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects — Orion Federal Credit Union Lauren Booth, ASID WDD Architects — Winchester Renovation Laura Hendrix, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Commercial Small Corporate Bronze Hospice Home Care Corporate Offices Betsy Long, ASID WER Architects —

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Simmons Building Twelfth Floor Executive Suites Sarah Goss, ASID Allison + Partners Commercial Large Corporate Silver EngageMED Malia Stauffer, ASID Williams & Dean — Bank OZK Headquarters Laura Hendrix, ASID Polk Stanley Wilcox Commercial Large Corporate Bronze Delta Dental of Arkansas Corporate Headquarters Betsy Long, ASID WER Architects

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Home

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COLLECTED LIVING

Finding Home

A lifetime of travel and collecting take root in a couple’s new-construction home WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPH SMITH

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MOVING WAS NOT ON THE RADAR FOR THIS WEST LITTLE ROCK COUPLE. However, when someone knocked on the door of their former home and made an offer, they thought it might not be a bad idea to downsize. “Everything happened very quickly, and we had to have a place to go,” recalls one of the owners. Not finding any existing properties to suit their needs and style, they came across a home that had just been started by contractor Mary Jane Herr, allowing them to tweak the plans to their preferences. As the project moved ahead, a pandemic was looming and Mary Jane knew choice materials might be hard to come by. “She had to know everything right away, or we wouldn’t be able to get what we needed. It was like a thousand decisions all at once,” the owner says. “We had built four homes previously but not under COVID constraints,” her husband adds. “We knew we needed help to get this right.” Having known her and admired her style, the couple turned to Mona Thompson Phelan of Providence Design to help with these choices and pull all the elements of the home together— including their immense collection of antiques, artwork, and collectibles. “They were coming from a French country style with the yellows and reds and all of that, and they wanted something neutral and more sophisticated,

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CLEAN MEETS CLASSIC

In the breakfast nook, Mona had Phinality Designs transform a table that was previously in the couple’s dining room with a light textured finish. It pairs with comfortable upholstered chairs featuring a timeless embroidered pattern. The couple commissioned the piece by local artist J. Hunter for this space. Throughout the house the absence of trim, except for baseboards, adds to the uncluttered architectural appeal.

a little cleaner,” Mona says. The white backdrop allows many of their prized pieces to act as works of art in the home. “With my husband’s job, we have lived all over the U.S. and in England,” the owner says. “It became a hobby for us to pick up pieces that caught our eye. Through the years these pieces have become a part of our family story, reflecting the places we have lived,” she adds.


BLUE PERIOD

While visiting Mona’s home, the couple fell in love with her custom cabinetry color and replicated it here to introduce a new hue in the otherwise neutral open floor plan. A range hood finished to have a wood-grain look, reproduction Italian-style pendants, and a bridge faucet add to the old world accents, while Taj Mahal quartzite lends a warm feel to the surfaces. January/February 2022| athomearkansas.com 53


“They have so many beautiful things because they have traveled the world over.” —Mona Thompson Phelan, designer

TIMELESS APPEAL

In the living room, which adjoins the kitchen, custom bookshelves hold collectibles such as Staffordshire dogs the couple purchased while living in England. The designer found the plaster piece seen over the fireplace and designed a custom cabinet to complement it and conceal a television.

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DEFINED DETAILS

“With my husband’s job, everywhere we moved, we knew there would be another move coming,” the owner says. “So we were always thinking of how to buy or build a house knowing it wasn’t permanent.” Planning this as their forever home, they added architectural interest through a series of arched doorways and went for a bold color (“Sea Pine” by Benjamin Moore) in the dining room. The doors were custom made based on an original set Mona found at Round Top Antiques Fair and used in one of the home’s bedrooms. Antique furniture and collectibles, pieces that have always personalized the couple’s homes, fill the space to bring warmth and character.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

In the spacious sunroom, the designer commissioned iron doors locally from Iron Paws by Anthony Billingsley to make a classic yet current statement. “Coming from royal blues, this is a very calm palette for them. We wanted it to be comfortable and inviting,” Mona says. A cast stone fireplace and pair of sofas invite lounging while taking in a view of the outdoor area.

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ELEGANT ESCAPE

“Everything in here is very subtle,” Mona says. “Even the walls don’t scream wallpaper,” she adds. A soaking tub with a stand-alone fixture is the focal point upon entering the space. The couple brought the chandelier, an anniversary gift from years past, from their former home to use here. Honed marble countertops and floors complete the room’s timeless look.

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In the primary bedroom, box beams with a wood-grain finish echo the ones seen in the sunroom. “They are not old, but they look as though they are,” Mona says of the effect. The soothing, tone-on-tone palette is accentuated by a variety of patterns and textures on the fabrics and bedding.

Design Resources INTERIOR DESIGN Mona Thompson Phelan, Providence Design CONTRACTOR Mary Jane Herr, M.J. Herr ARCHITECT Nathan Alderson LANDSCAPE DESIGN Stacey Stafford, Stafford Fine Gardening ACCESSORIES, BEDDING, FIXTURES, FURNITURE, AND LIGHTING Providence Design APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More CABINETRY AND HARDWARE Duke Custom Cabinets COUNTERTOPS Triton Stone Group FABRICS AND WALLPAPER Designer Effects FIREPLACE Royal Overhead Door FLOORING, RUGS, AND TILE ProSource of Little Rock IRONWORK Iron Paws by Anthony Billingsley PAINTING (DECORATIVE) Phinality Design WINDOW COVERINGS Mountjoy’s Custom Draperies

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“Alabaster” by SherwinWilliams

A trio of arched doorways, starting at the front door and echoed on the entrances to each side room, are paired with traditional paneling to give the foyer character.

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Fresh

START In Little Rock, designer Krista Lewis helps a family maximize their lot’s view and create a comfortable, inviting home WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGR APHER RE T T PEEK ST YLIST STEPHANIE MA X WELL NE W TON

aving lived in their previous home for 10 years, this young family loved their neighborhood and never thought of moving—until a property around the corner piqued their interest. “I was out for a run one morning and saw a ‘for sale by owner’ sign that had just gone up,” one of the owners recalls. “At first I didn’t think that much of it, but then I passed by it a few more times and started thinking, that might be the best lot on the entire golf course,” he says. He began talking with the owner, viewed the interior, and soon got his family on board for a move. After touring the house with builder Richard Harp, the couple realized it made more sense, in terms of budget, to start fresh. “We also didn’t want the maintenance of an old house versus one that is all new,” the owner says of their decision to build. Working with an architect and trusted designer Krista Lewis, who had helped with their previous home’s renovations, they

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began to piece together a customized plan. Coming from a decades-old residence, they were eager to create a continuous flow of gathering spaces rather than separate, contained areas. “Houses in the 1970s didn’t live the way we live today,” the owner says in reference to their previous home and desire for openness and continuity. An outdoor area that employs the same concept for cooking, dining, and relaxing was also at the top of their list. Early on, Krista advised the couple to hire a landscape architect to think through the slope of the lot and how they could maximize this space and their view of the course beyond, leading to a plan with terraced, defined zones. As for the finishes and furnishings, Krista orchestrated her current take on traditional in every room. “Their style is very much a mix. They didn’t want everything to be super traditional or super contemporary, so we incorporated pops of both throughout the house.”

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“The house was designed so that when you open the front door, you can look through the entry into this space and see the golf course out the back.” —Krista Lewis, designer

FAMILY CENTRAL

“This is the big gathering room they wanted but didn’t have in their last house,” Krista says of the space connecting to the front entry, backyard, and kitchen. Here, performance fabrics in a variety of hues and scales meld comfort and style, while a television hidden behind a mobile construct of framed intaglios is a practical addition. Overhead, a coffered ceiling treatment delineates the space from the kitchen with both color and texture.

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FINE DINING

“This space is the most traditional in the house, but it’s also really fun,” Krista says of the dining room. Printed grasscloth with a botanical scene covers the walls and silk draperies soften the windows. Blue accents, from the chandelier's shades to the rug, hint at the color that carries throughout the home.

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THE PLACE TO BE

The owners wanted the kitchen, breakfast area, and a hearth room beyond that to be cozy and inviting. “There’s kind of a trend toward not being so open to everything, but these rooms live so well,” Krista says. Inspired by the backsplash tile, the color and tone of the space unfolded with wood on the island and beams and a leathered quartzite topping the counters. “I really love the tile color because it’s traditional but subtle; it’s not a color you’re going to get tired of,” Krista says. Having done a kitchen remodel before, the couple meticulously planned where all their belongings would go to maximize space and stay organized.

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YEAR-ROUND RETREAT

During the early days of the pandemic, the family realized how nice it was being able to escape to the outdoors and prioritized this at the new home. The covered space includes a small outdoor kitchen, swing bed, and plenty of room for relaxing. A turf area defines the firepit while also keeping the pool free of mud and debris.

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At the back entrance, a mudroom features lockers for each family member to corral daily necessities. The preppy vestibule, which has a dog motif wallpaper, leads to a multipurpose room with a gift-wrap station, pet area, and access to the outdoor kitchen.

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NEUTRAL HAVEN

Countless inspiration photos culminated in the design of the primary suite. “I am so happy with how this turned out,” says one of the owners. “It’s peaceful and calming—exactly what I pictured in my head and on my Pinterest board,” she adds. Luxurious monogrammed linens make the bed while convenient automated draperies close at the touch of a button for instant darkness and additional privacy.

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“I feel silly about this closet sometimes,” says the owner, “but it is so nice to have everything in one place and not have to change out clothes seasonally. And I really love that it’s a little glam,” she adds, pointing to the light fixtures and animal-print carpet.

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PERFECT BALANCE

Krista aligned the floor plan of the bathroom to make sure all the elements—from the soaking tub and steam shower to the vanities—were symmetrical with one another. As for the style, traditional wainscoting is balanced with contemporary accents. The designer notes the paneling doesn’t extend the full expanse of wall, making the space feel more accessible. “Sometimes I think big bathrooms can feel cold and too big,” Krista says, noting other features like the accent tile around the tub and warm wall color (“Pussywillow” by Sherwin-Williams) also help to keep the space grounded.

Design Resources BUILDER Richard Harp, Richard Harp Homes INTERIOR DESIGN Krista Lewis, K. Lewis Interior Design LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Frank Riggins LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND INSTALLATION Better Lawns & Gardens ACCESSORIES Cynthia East Fabrics, K. Lewis Interior Design, Providence Design, and Tipton & Hurst APPLIANCES Metro Appliances & More ART (ENTRY) Heike Talbert BEDDING, FABRICS, FURNITURE, LIGHTING, MIRRORS, RUGS, AND WALLPAPER K. Lewis Interior Design CABINETRY Capitol Cabinets CARPET, FLOORING, AND TILE (BATHROOM) ProSource of Little Rock COUNTERTOPS Stone World Designs and Triton Stone Group FIXTURES Falk Plumbing Supply OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS (BED SWING) Pinnacle Home Improvements POOL Brooks Pool Co. TILE (KITCHEN) Triton Stone Group WINDOW COVERINGS Drape & Design Co.

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TIME AND TIME AGAIN

For a designer and his dear friend, this Fayetteville home has been decades in the making WRITER STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK STYLIST STEPH SMITH

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

The starting point for the great room was a custom double sofa designed by Chris, which set the tone for the scale of the space. Meaningful motifs are hidden in the hand-painted ceiling beams, including a pug, a Golden Goblin (the mascot for Harrison High School, David’s alma mater), and Arkansas symbols such as a mockingbird, apple blossom, and loblolly pine. “We took something we were inspired by in Morocco and made it Arkansas,” Chris says.

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Glass-front cabinets and open shelving in the butler’s pantry allow Melissa to display a collection of china that has been in the family for generations.

WALKING INTO MELISSA BANKS’S HOME is like taking a trip both through time and around the world. As office manager for Goddard Design Group, the Springdale firm helmed by Chris Goddard, she is often immersed in the realm of global interiors, so it’s no surprise her personal home is a reflection of that aesthetic. Less apparent to the eye, however, is the home’s connection to its past. Situated on 91 acres on the White River, the 19th century home was originally purchased by Melissa’s uncle. Thirty years later, it changed hands to her father, David Banks, who hired Goddard Design Group to modernize the interiors and add an updated

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KITCHEN CHARACTER

Without upper cabinetry, a handmade tile inlaid with bronze becomes the focal point of the kitchen. The barstools are covered in antique rugs as a “throwback to the early ’80s when everyone had kilim pillows,” Chris says. “Melissa and I are both children of the ’70s, so there are lots of nods to that time.” A monkey statue—lovingly nicknamed Buddy—is from David’s collection.

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ECLECTIC LOUNGE

A casual “smoking room” pays homage to Melissa’s father, who loved to smoke cigars. Chris gave this room—the original home’s kitchen—a wet bar and comfortable seating to function as overflow when entertaining. During renovations, exposed brick was left untouched where possible to tell the story of the home’s history. A pair of hand-beaded chairs from Africa speak to Melissa’s love of both travel and artisan-made crafts.

The home’s original living room has been turned into a comfortable, collected reading room. “That was the very first room we did when Melissa moved in. It’s been interesting to see that as the house has evolved, the color story has stayed the same,” Chris says.

primary suite. After he passed, Melissa moved in and has spent the past decade making it her own. In that time, she also began working alongside Chris, which allowed the designer-client relationship to transition into a full-blown friendship. “We are both big travelers, and we travel well together and work well together,” he says, noting they’ve been everywhere from Palm Springs to Morocco as a team. For her house, they initially started with simple paint and lighting updates. “David only liked neutral and orange, and she is the queen of color,” Chris says. Several years later they embarked on a second phase, adding a great

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room with soaring ceilings and a spacious kitchen onto the old farmhouse. Melissa’s furnishings are a mix of family pieces and antique store finds personalized with new paint, fun fabrics, and one-of-a-kind details, such as marbled lamp shades. “I’ve gotten to rework and reinterpret the house three different times and three different ways, and we’ve always tried to keep the materials and transitions between the rooms natural,” Chris says. “We wanted it to feel like the house evolved over time; to honor the past but bring it forward, in Melissa’s style.”


DINING BY DESIGN

The dining room received a fresh coat of lavender paint on the walls and the addition of a green Murano glass chandelier when Melissa first moved in almost a decade ago. Like the great room, this space is anchored by an antique Chinese art deco rug—one of Chris’s signatures, he says. A piece by painter Kim Dingle ties together the room’s green and purple hues. “She did a whole series of girls who are supposed to look pretty in their party dresses, but showing that we can be tough and strong, too,” Melissa says.

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SWEET DREAMS

In a home filled with color, pattern, and collections, the primary bedroom is no different; however, a coverlet and shams in muted tones drawn from the hand-painted wallcovering give the eye respite from brighter hues in the rooms beyond. Chris designed a custom bed—complete with built-in sconces—around a pair of antique Italian chests Melissa uses as nightstands.

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“The whole point is for the furnishings to be old and tell a story, kind of like the house.” —Chris Goddard, designer

A chinoiserie desk in an unexpected color provides a workspace in the bedroom. Chris turned David’s old samovar into a lamp and added a hand-painted shade to create a unique and sentimental piece.

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Arkansans Serving in both their industries and in their communities, these leaders are making the Natural State a better place to live

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Bill and Sharri Jones CEO and Executive Secretary, Sissy’s Log Cabin “Our goal at Sissy’s Log Cabin is to make each person who walks through our doors feel like family,” says CEO Bill Jones. This is a virtue he and his mother, founder Sissy Jones, have held tightly since their days of renting a log cabin in Pine Bluff to sell her treasured antique furniture and jewelry pieces. While the business has evolved over the past 51 years to now

become Arkansas’s largest independently owned jeweler, Bill and his wife, Sharri, continue the legacy of both customer and community service. One way Bill and Sharri keep the spirit of Sissy’s Log Cabin growing is to encourage staff at each of the five locations to find ways to connect with their communities. For example, in

addition to helping multiple local causes, the company partnered with the Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command to sponsor the 2021 Angel Tree program, a cause close to the Jones family’s heart. By adopting the first angel, promoting the program in stores, and donating to ensure every child in Arkansas has a wonderful Christmas, the

Jones family helped the Angel Tree program serve thousands of children in need. “For us, owning and operating Sissy’s Log Cabin is not just a job, but also a way of life. The clients we serve, the service we give, and the milestones we celebrate make each day special. We are honored to be a part of so many lives,” Bill says.

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Shelby Meyer

Owner, Drape & Design Co. When Shelby Meyer graduated with a degree in interior design, she had no idea she’d be running her own business five short years later. However, that’s what happened earlier this year when she purchased Laura’s Draperies & Blinds, a well-known custom soft goods studio, and rebranded it as Drape & Design Co. Shelby began her career at one of the largest fabric showrooms in Little Rock before moving to Dallas and gaining valuable experience with luxury studio Culp Associates. In 2017, she returned to Little Rock to work for Laura’s Draperies. “Laura Bass has built a successful brand and honed in on such a specific niche in our industry. When she wanted to take a step back, I was honored she passed the torch to me,” Shelby says, noting Drape & Design Co. continues to offer the same level of expertise and experience in custom draperies, bedding, upholstery, and pillows as well as blinds and shades. “I’m lucky to follow in Laura’s footsteps while bringing fresh, new ideas to our clients and community.”

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Dominic Maggio, MD Neurosurgeon, Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists

The foundation of Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists was laid in 1992 when Scott Schlesinger, MD, joined Ronald N. Williams, MD, and W. Ray Jouett upon completion of his Neurosurgery training at UT Southwestern, Dallas. This team evolved into the current Legacy Neuro practice and Legacy Surgery Center that provides minimally invasive spine surgery and care. In 2020, Dr. Dominic Maggio joined the practice after training at the University of Virginia and completing a fellowship in spinal surgery at Ohio State University. Dr. Maggio is proud to join a team of medical professionals who are active in their community as well, offering support to local schools and ALS research efforts. Members of the Legacy team are also advocates for their patients in the realm of policy. “We actively engage with our legislative leaders to ensure access to healthcare in general and for patient advocacy for the people of our state,” Dr. Maggio says. “Legacy is committed to helping Arkansans live a healthy and pain-free life. We work diligently every day to continue learning and implementing the most progressive, sophisticated, and successful techniques in order to do so.” 8201 Cantrell Road, Suite 265 | 501.661.0077 | legacyneuro.com | @legacyneuro 84 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2022


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Amanda Patterson National Director, Miss High School America Pageant Organization For more than a decade, Amanda Patterson has been bettering the lives of young Arkansas women—and now, those around the nation. In 2007, she founded the Miss Arkansas High School pageant. Two years later, she took the program to the next level by launching the Miss High School America Organization as a national scholarship pageant

system focused on academic achievement and community service with an adherence to high moral values. “Unlike other scholarship pageants, the Miss High School America Pageant does not have a swimsuit or talent competition. Our pageant focuses on academic achievement and community service involvement,” Amanda says. While national

contestants are required to volunteer in their local communities, Miss High School America as a whole also partners with a different organization every year. In 2021, the pageant organized a toy drive for Operation Christmas Child. Now, the organization has grown to include the Miss Collegiate America and Miss Junior High School America pageants.

While the pageants have expanded to a national stage, Amanda has kept true to her roots, working to name Little Rock as the pageant’s host city since 2017. “The first year the event exceeded projected revenue for the state and had #lovelittlerock trending. Our attendees have always been impressed with Arkansas’s Southern hospitality and beauty,” she says.

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Catherine & Dr. Brian Barron, DVM Owners, Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic

Husband and wife team Catherine and Dr. Brian Barron have a passion for animal care. Catherine, who runs the business side of the clinic, and Dr. Barron have invested in numerous technological and space upgrades (including a new 4,500-square-foot hospital) to provide first-rate care for pets. “We want to be the leader in not just central Arkansas, but in the state,” Catherine says. “The best way to lead is by example, and that is what we have done from day one when it comes to investing in the business and continuing education.” With this level of dedication, it comes as no surprise they give their time to a number of animal-care causes. Dr. Barron is on the board for Central Arkansas Rescue Efforts (CARE), and the two also volunteer with the Pulaski County Humane Society and Friends of the Little Rock Animal Village, where they help to microchip pets. In addition, they sponsor numerous adopt-a-pet events. Dr. Barron also serves on the Catholic High Alumni Board, an organization dear to his heart. 11601 Kanis Road | 501.224.6998 | shacklefordvetclinic.com | @srvclr 86 At Home in Arkansas | January/February 2022


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Lee Ann Bradbury, Lydia Penick, and Grace Hoffman Gift and Tabletop Consultants, Tipton & Hurst

Founded in 1886, Tipton & Hurst has a long history of providing Arkansans with exquisite floral design for every occasion and helping create beautiful homes. Their Heights location is a full-service, high-end retail experience for shoppers, offering gifts, tabletop items, décor, and more. This aspect of the business is helmed by Grace Hoffman, Lydia Penick,

and Lee Ann Bradbury. The consultants not only serve Arkansas brides and grooms during one of the happiest times of their lives, but also help turn their houses into homes over the years with thoughtful entertaining pieces and decorative accents. “Recently, we’ve seen a strong resurgence in fine tabletop wares, with many shoppers selecting dinner and

salad plates to coordinate with inherited patterns,” Grace says. She specifically worked with Tipton & Hurst to create the finest gift registry, offering beautiful tablewares. Lee Ann and Lydia joined the team after many years of combined retail experience. “We have a plethora of items for the entire home, including picture frames, candles, vases, and

home accessories,” Lydia adds. This knowledgeable and helpful team of women are a resource for anyone who wants to add to a tabletop collection, update their home accents, or excel when it comes to gift giving. “We pride ourselves on our experience, and we strongly believe we have the most knowledgeable team in Arkansas,” Lee Ann says.

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Pam Griffin

President & CEO, Murphy Arts District As leader of Murphy Arts District, Pam Griffin is playing an integral role in the renewed interest in South Arkansas as a travel destination. “We are located in the heart of downtown El Dorado, surrounded by a beautiful historic district which includes restaurants, shopping, and boutique hotels— all within walking distance,” the Hope native says. While the Murphy Arts District opened in 2017, Pam has been involved with groups fostering community enrichment and economic development since before the organization’s official formation;

she served as chairman and treasurer of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, and has also been involved with the South Arkansas Arts Center and Main Street El Dorado. Now, the Murphy Arts District collaborates with these fellow nonprofits and others to present a calendar of quality entertainment events yearround, including concerts, outdoor movies, food and wine festivals, and even a holiday outdoor skating rink—all enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. “Come enjoy a concert and a wonderful weekend get-away in El Dorado,” Pam says.

101 E. Locust St. | 870.444.3007 | eldomad.com | @eldomad

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Sandi Macklom

Baker, Sandi Sue’s Gluten Free Bakery Having transitioned to a glutenfree diet nearly a decade ago, Sandi Macklom knew first-hand the lack of options in Northwest Arkansas for tasty treats without gluten. In 2020, she had more time than ever at home to experiment with different confections. “After lots of trial and error, I had some delicious recipes on my hands,” she says. With 25 years of experience in retail, she launched Sandi Sue’s Gluten Free Bakery—first from her home kitchen, then at a

storefront in Bentonville’s 8th Street Market in September 2021. “The response to the bakery has been overwhelming. Time and time again I hear from people who haven’t had apple pie, brownies, or muffins in so long because they had been diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance,” she says. “Too many gluten-free people eat different food than their families because of the taste. I want to change that. Just because it’s gluten free doesn’t mean it has to taste like it!”

801 SE 8th St. | sandisuegfb.com | @sandisuegfb

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Larry West Owner and Lead Designer, L West Jr. Designs

Ask Larry West’s mother, and she would tell you his eye for design began at the age of 3 when he started rearranging the furniture in his bedroom and later moved on to a complete renovation of his sister’s Barbie Dream House. This passion led him to launch his own business in 1995, where he helps both residential and commercial clients achieve their design goals. While Larry loves his day job, he says he gets the most joy from giving back to his community. “My business has been successful in large part because this community has embraced me and, in turn, my team,” he says. “We all care deeply for this city and we want to help it grow. It feels good to be a part of making that happen.” For the past 24 years, Larry has donated his time and energy to the Arkansas Symphony Designer House, which benefits the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild’s efforts to raise money for youth music education programs.

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Julie R. Rodriguez, CLIPP Founder and lead designer, éLAN Creative

Julie Rodriguez’s intention had always been to work in the medical field; however, life had other plans for her. After she began a career in interior design, she found she was right where she needed to be to make a difference. “I began to embrace how good design changes lives—in ways both big and small— and started noticing what an impact my expertise had on my clients,” she says. To expand on this, she launched éLAN Creative, an interior design-build firm specializing in high-end design and turnkey construction. “We design functional solutions to improve our clients’ quality of life, work, and play,” Julie says. “It’s extremely important to me to design through the lens of how it will be to live in a space and what is needed for people to flourish mentally, emotionally, and physically.” In addition, Julie supports Habitat for Humanity and serves as president of the Ozarks chapter of Savvy Giving by Design, where she designs for area children who have been diagnosed with lifethreatening conditions. “I also enjoy sharing my experience with new designers,” she says.”I believe fostering community makes us all better!”

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Dustin McDaniel

Partner, McDaniel Wolff & Benca, PLLC From his early days as a member of The Arkansas House of Representatives to his two terms as Arkansas Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel has lived a life dedicated to public service. Based in Little Rock and licensed in Washington D.C., he now uses his expertise to manage matters involving Attorney General investigations, administrative law issues, and multistate litigation with his firm McDaniel Wolff & Benca. His firm specializes in advocating for business clients of all sizes, and they have been consistently recognized as one of the most successful State Attorney General practices in the U.S. On a more personal level, Dustin recently co-chaired the 45th Annual Barrister Gala for the William H. Bowen School of Law where he also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board. In January 2022, he begins his role as an adjunct professor of law teaching a course on State Attorneys General. His wife, Bobbi McDaniel, works for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

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Andrew Podoll

Head of School, The Delta School

The Delta School was founded in 2014 with a mission of “nourishing every child’s strengths so they are able to form healthy relationships, discover meaningful work, and make unique contributions to the world.” At the helm of this unconventional elementary, intermediate, and high school program is Andrew Podoll. “My passion for rural education runs deep, and my philosophy on reimagining education is one that guides my approach in leading our school,” he says. “We move the ‘schooling’ beyond the classroom. Our students are encouraged to question everything, be brave in their thinking, and dream boldly in how they solve problems they encounter.” The Delta School draws from its location on acres of farmland to create student experiences based around agriculture as well as art, design, and entertainment through partnerships around the state. Andrew hopes the school will inspire a greater trend in creative schooling throughout the country. “It is time for bigger educational change, and we are proud to say this innovative shift is happening here in northeast Arkansas.”

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Kayla Norris

Owner, Marketing Main Street With more than a decade of experience in media, Kayla Norris knows the industry inside and out. That’s why, when she moved back to Northwest Arkansas in 2019, she recognized a void she had the capability to fill: helping small, local businesses market themselves. “Arkansas is full of business owners with incredible ideas and fantastic products or services. However, the challenge for them is spreading the word,” she says. With this in mind, Kayla founded Marketing Main Street to guide small businesses through

branding, public relations, digital strategies, and traditional media buying. “I’m here to uncomplicate the challenges that advertising your business can present,” she says. Kayla and her team help clients—who include home professionals, doctors, gift shops, and bakeries, among others— stand out in their industries. “Our services give business owners the time to do what they love,” she says. “Local businesses are the life of our state, and empowering them to do what they’re great at every day is how we’re making our mark.”

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Derek Brown, PhD, LPC Executive Director, Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries By creating safe, healthy environments, Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries is invested in the future of our state’s most vulnerable children. At the helm is Derek Brown, PhD, LPC, who started out as a professional counselor for the organization. “I saw the brokenness and healing that occurs within families, and this fueled a passion to help make a greater impact for future generations,” he says. Founded in 1894, the nonprofit has expanded to encompass five

ministries serving children and families through foster care and adoption, counseling, and advocacy. All Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries caseworkers are trained in traumainformed care, place a high priority on keeping sibling groups together, and work toward a goal of reunification with biological families when possible. “Our vision is for a better Arkansas,” Derek says. “We are on a mission to cultivate healthy families for the next generation to experience healthy futures.”

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Chris H. Olsen

Owner, Botanica Gardens Landscape Chris H. Olsen’s name is synonymous with two of central Arkansas’s most beloved retail nurseries, Botanica Gardens and Plantopia Home & Garden Center, and a historic home venue, The Edgemont House. But he is probably best known as the leading designer behind Botanica Gardens Landscape. Born in Connecticut and raised in San Diego, Chris has called Arkansas home for 30 years. He is inspired by the natural colors and landscapes found in the state. His eclectic experience and personality show through his projects both residential and commercial. Botanica Gardens Landscape

strives to lead the market with inspired outdoor living spaces and gardens. “It’s all about cool, different designs. Rest assured that when working with me, your design won’t be ‘cookie-cutter,’” Chris says. “My ultimate goal is to make your neighbors jealous—in a good way, of course!” Botanica Gardens Landscape is also known for its complex hardscape designs and installations, from pools, water features, and spas to patios, walkways, outdoor kitchens, and entertainment areas. For the final layer, Chris will oversee installation of the perfect plantings, lighting, irrigation, and drainage for your project, too.

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Ray Ellen Founder, Pixel Properties Realty Having worked as a Realtor since 2007, Ray Ellen became tired of what he refers to as the “old model” of real estate where agents work for brokerage companies & received very little in return. He envisioned a better way to help agents provide exceptional service for clients buying or selling one of their largest assets. “What good is knowing what to say to convince someone to work with you if you cannot provide the quality of service they deserve?” Ray says. “I wanted to create a brokerage that helped agents perfect their craft while also operating like a media company; telling the story of our sellers, buyers, agents, and our communities.” From this idea, Pixel Properties was created in 2018. “We are trusted professionals who are backed by an innovative, active real estate brokerage that is resetting the standard across the nation and the world,” Ray says. Both the idea and brand have grown rapidly, giving Ray the opportunity to represent the state by sharing his model at conferences with other top agents around the world. In addition to providing their clients with first-rate service, Pixel Properties loves giving back to the community & supporting causes their agents are involved with such as the Arkansas Foodbank, the Summit Church, and Project Zero. 501.255.5855 | pixelproperties.com | @RayZorback and @PixelProperties January/February 2022| athomearkansas.com 95


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Lori Weeks Her art

Favorite subject I’m most known for my variations of colorful bursts of poppies and florals, but I also love painting Arkansasinspired landscapes.

Most inspiring Arkansas setting I grew up on Greers Ferry Lake, but Arkansas is full of precious scenery and I can’t get enough of it!

Where to find her work I currently have pieces at Art Group Gallery in Little Rock, Art on the Square in Bentonville, and Ellen Hobgood Gallery in Heber Springs. In February, I will be featured in an Art Group Gallery show.

Find out more at loriweeksart.com or on Instagram (@loriweeksart)

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Impressionist, impasto-style oil paintings on canvas