At Home in Arkansas | March 2022

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Wedding Jewelry 101 We sat down with Bill Jones, CEO of Sissy’s Log Cabin and GIA Certified Gemologist, to learn from a pro how to pick out wedding jewelry Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS SHOPPING FOR WEDDING BANDS?

A. We encourage couples to shop together so they can try on various styles and receive feedback from each other. In store, we help them measure their ring sizes, discover what styles suit them best, and try on bands to find ones they love. We can work with almost any budget and have in-house financing available so couples can enjoy shopping and celebrating their love without worrying about breaking the bank. Q. WHAT PIECES DO YOU SUGGEST COUPLES CONSIDER TO COMPLETE THEIR WEDDING DAY LOOKS?

A. Some brides prefer simple, sophisticated jewelry for their big day, while others embrace the opportunity for a glamorous look. I always recommend a

stunning pair of earrings along with a bracelet and necklace for her, and a classic pair of cufflinks with a handsome timepiece for him. With our wide variety of designers available, couples will find pieces perfectly matched to their styles that they can wear for years to come.

Q. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR BRIDE AND GROOM GIFTS FOR THE SPECIAL DAY?

A. Weddings are a sentimental time, so we always recommend selecting a gift with meaning. Many of our pieces can be engraved with initials, your wedding date, or even a short message. Another great gift idea is to purchase a special wedding-day jewelry piece for your soon-to-be spouse, such as a watch or gemstone jewelry. We love helping our customers find the perfect gifts, and we are committed to providing exceptional, trustworthy service for a lifetime.

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C O N T E N T S

March 2022 | The Outdoor Living Issue

Style 15 A Whole New Light SHOP

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DESIGN

Live Outdoors! REFRESH

Clean & Classic

Life 27 Flower Power GROW

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Special Sections 26 35 LOCAL FINDS

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Home 48

Charlie Groppetti and Todd Smith’s welcoming front porch. Photography by Rett Peek. See page 54.

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GROWING DOWNTOWN

RESORT AT HOME

COUNTRY LIVING

Gardener Myranda Grulke uncovers a passion for plants while renovating a formerly derelict historic Little Rock home and its landscape.

A west Little Rock couple enlists the help of Better Lawns & Gardens and Providence Design to create a French country outdoor retreat.

The owners of Porch View Home share the beauty and meaningfulness behind their central Arkansas farmhouse and its grounds.

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March 12, 2022 The 20th Century Club’s Lodge The 20th Century Club raises funds to provide no-cost housing to medically and financially qualified patients receiving cancer treatment in Central Arkansas. Patients from all 75 counties within Arkansas and 26 other states have stayed at the Lodge since it opened in April 2011.

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From the Editor While the month of March has been known to usher in cold snaps across Arkansas, I can’t help but feel the full force of spring while flipping through this issue. How can you take in the overflowing greenhouse, lush landscapes, and resort-worthy pools on these pages and not want to jump into warmweather mode? I’m ready to bid adieu to the nest of blankets I’ve huddled under through the winter and start spending evenings on the back porch, where we can see the top of the sunset and listen to the soft sounds of the neighborhood winding down for the day. I’m not saying I’ve put all my sweaters up for the season just yet, but I am saying I’m ready.

Latest In January, Casey Sarkin Interior Design opened a brick-and-mortar retail space at 3945 North Vantage, Suite 2 in Fayetteville. Here, Northwest Arkansas shoppers can find a mix of modern and vintage décor, all curated with Casey’s fresh take on interiors. See inside the store on Instagram (@shopcshome). Springdale-based designer Chris Goddard takes part in the fifth annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach opening March 5. As the owner of Goddard Design Group, Chris is one of 24 national designers invited to transform the historic Mansion of Northwood in West Palm Beach. Find out more at kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.

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“Anita” table lamp in Tea Stain Crackle with natural paper shade. Cantrell Furniture Design Center, Little Rock CANTRELLFURNITURE.COM

“Blaise” table lamp with cream crackle finish and off-white linen shade. GW Lighting & Home, Benton GWLIGHTINGANDHOME.COM

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“Niki” medium table lamp in Polar Blue Crackle with linen shade. Cobblestone & Vine, Bentonville and Little Rock


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Kingsley Bate “Avalon” rectangular teak dining table and “Lucia” dining chairs in Dove Rope. Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com

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MODERN

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“Audrey” coffee table with slate top by Summer Classics

2 Hinkley “Porter” double extra large wall-mount lantern

5 Black and white footed cachepot

6 “Maddox” orb dining pendant by Hinkley

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Everdure “Fusion” grill featuring an electric element with charcoal cooking and an integrated rotisserie

1 Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Congo Fireplace & Patio, congofp.com; Gamble Home, shopgamble.com; H3 Home Decor, h3homedecor. com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com 2 & 6 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, fergusonshowrooms.com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome.com; H3 Home Decor, h3homedecor.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Sanders Supply, shopsanders.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet. com 3 Botanica Gardens, botanicagardens.com 4 Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickoutdoors.com; Edith Snell Interiors, (870) 897-0178; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore.com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com 5 The Good Earth Garden Center, thegoodearthgarden.com 7 Congo Fireplace & Patio, congofp.com

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D E S I G N

Natural VIBES 2 Summer Classics “Cahaba” aluminum table

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Craftmade “Crosspoint” sconce

1 Momeni “Hampton 5” rug

4 Frost-proof pottery planter

5 Green Mountain Grills “Ledge”

6 Pottery-style cachepot

Prime Plus pellet grill featuring Wi-Fi and rotisserie-enabled mount

7 “Ashland” teak sofa by Summer Classics

8 Low, circular planter

9 “Grooves” outdoor pillow from Summer Classics

1 Abide Furniture, abidefurniture.net; Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; Clark’s Building and Decorating Center, clarksbuilding. net; Hadidi Rug Gallery, hadidiruggallery.com; Lacuna Modern, lacunamodern.com; Law’s Flooring and Rugs, jonesboro.abbeycarpet.com 2, 7 & 9 Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickoutdoors.com; Edith Snell Interiors, (870) 897-0178; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore.com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com 3 Clark’s Building and Decorating Center, clarksbuilding.net; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome.com; H3 Home Decor, h3homedecor.com; Kaufman By Design West, kaufmanlumber.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lumber One Home Center, lumberonehomecenter.com; Ridout Lumber, ridoutlumber.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com 4 & 8 The Good Earth Garden Center, thegoodearthgarden. com 5 Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com 6 Botanica Gardens, botanicagardens.com

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S T Y L E

1 Hinkley “Rowley” sconce

2 Oval planter with gold accent stripe

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“Wainscott” counter table and “Spencer” stools from Kingsley Bate

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4 Moss-covered birdhouse

6 O.W. Lee “Kensington” chair

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7 True Residential “Clear Ice Machine” in Sage

8 “Bailey’s Beach” rug in Green by Momeni

1 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, fergusonshowrooms.com; GW Lighting & Home, gwlightingandhome.com; H3 Home Decor, h3homedecor.com; J&B Supply, jandbsupply.com; Light Innovations, light-innovations.com; Lighting Emporium, lightingemporium.com; Sanders Supply, shopsanders.com; TEC Electric, tecelectric.com; The Lamp Outlet, thelampoutlet.com 2 Botanica Gardens, botanicagardens.com 3 Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture. com 4 The Good Earth Garden Center, thegoodearthgarden.com 5 Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickoutdoors.com; Edith Snell Interiors, (870) 897-0178; Metro Appliances & More, metroappliancesandmore.com; Southern Loft, mysouthernloft.com 6 Arkansas Furniture, arkansasfurniture.com; Congo Fireplace & Patio, congofp.com; Gamble Home, shopgamble.com; H3 Home Decor, h3homedecor.com; Ken Rash’s Arkansas, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com 7 Antique Brick Outdoors, antiquebrickoutdoors.com 8 Abide Furniture, abidefurniture.net; Arnold’s Flooring America, arnoldsflooringlittlerock.com; Clark’s Building and Decorating Center, clarksbuilding.net; Hadidi Rug Gallery, hadidiruggallery.com; Lacuna Modern, lacunamodern.com; Law’s Flooring and Rugs, jonesboro.abbeycarpet.com

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R E F R E S H

BEFORE

Clean & Classic

A primary bath receives a timeless makeover at the hands of designer Holly Udouj Trotter

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R E F R E S H

BEFORE

Fort Smith native Holly Udouj Trotter has always had a knack for interiors. “I hoarded design magazines as a child and painted my walls at least 10 times,” she recalls. Working in her grandmother’s floral shop from an early age, she had the opportunity to try on all the hats of a design business, from going to market and bookkeeping to eventually becoming the lead florist. Inspired by this experience, she soon after opened Holly Udouj Home & Garden. It was here that her talent for interior design became apparent as customers—including the owners of this bath, Audra and Trey Jackson—saw the shop and began requesting her help with their own spaces. “They have four children, so life is very busy for them,” Holly says, noting this primary bath, in particular, needed to operate as a retreat.

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Playing off of the home’s traditional style and color palette of gray and white, Holly designed a space with all the amenities the couple wanted. “I like to create a timeless and classic foundation and then add in a few fun pieces,” she says. “I want a project to be as beautiful in 15 years as it is the day I finish it.” Working within the existing floor plan, the cabinetry was updated with paint as well as new countertops and hardware. A deck-style tub was traded for a standalone option and a dark, enclosed shower area was replaced with a glass surround. Heated floors, a warming drawer for towels, and a zero-threshold shower entry also checked boxes on the couple’s wishlist.


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R E F R E S H

“A lot of people leave the primary suite for last because no one sees it, but I think it’s so important to do that first because it’s where you spend your time.” —Holly Udouj Trotter, designer

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VANITY FLAIR

His-and-hers vanities in a custom paint color sit opposite the tub and shower. Geometric chrome hardware coordinates with the shower floor, while a leather-topped swivel stool provides a comfortable perch for applying makeup.

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SOPHISTICATED SCONCES

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Classic large-scale sconces provide additional task lighting at the mirrors and also adhere to the room’s overall timeless appearance. Their chrome finish is repeated throughout the space.

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POLISHED PATTERN

In the shower, what Holly refers to as a “variation of a braided pattern” brings interest underfoot while coordinating with the shower walls and the rest of the bath’s marble-look porcelain tile.

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SLEEK SHOWER

The previous shower was enlarged and enclosed with glass for a more open feel. A floating infinity-style bench and dual showerheads are practical additions that also add elegance.

Design Resources CONTRACTOR Denton Branson, 1-2-3 Shower & Bath INTERIOR DESIGN Holly Udouj Trotter, Holly Udouj Interiors ACCESSORIES, LIGHTING, AND MIRRORS Holly Udouj Interiors COUNTERTOPS Joshua Granite FIXTURES Fort Smith Winsupply FLOORING AND TILE Allison Sales Co. Flooring & Glass

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Make a statement with stylish jewelry, all either crafted or curated by Arkansas brands

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“Signature” woven bracelets, $34. The Kenzie Collective, Hamburg THEKENZIECOLLECTIVE.COM

Handmade “Cosmic Love” necklaces and earrings featuring natural gemstones, $75-85. Bella Vita Jewelry, Little Rock

Pearl charm curb chain necklace, $48. HJane Jewels, Little Rock

Lagos “Caviar” mother of pearl circle ring, $300. Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Memphis, and Conway

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Handcrafted reversible brass charm with gold-fill chain, $139. Box Turtle, Little Rock

18K yellow gold earrings and necklaces from Marco Bicego’s “Marrakech Onde” collection, $5,150-6,670. Romance Diamond, Fayetteville

Julie Vos “Avalon Demi Link” 24K gold-plate necklace with lightly hammered finish, $325. Bella Boutique, Little Rock

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M A K E YOURSEL F AT HOME

Flower Power

Life

Alchemy Atelier has the process of preserving florals down to a fine art

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L I F E

G R O W

With a background spanning dance, photography, textiles, and floral design, Alecia WallsBarton is the quintessential renaissance woman. Her recent passion is visual art made from dehydrated flowers, a creative outlet she explores under the name Alchemy Atelier. “Alchemy is a term that refers to early chemistry. I like that word because it has a scientific feel but also a magical, mystical quality,” she says, likening this work to her experience in the photography darkroom. “I’ve always been drawn to historical techniques, and I find myself happiest when working through that slow, methodical process.” Alecia’s interest in botanicals began in her mother’s flower shop. After graduating from Memphis College of Art, she joined her in the business of floral design. “I’d grown up around flowers, and I fell in love with

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Alecia Walls-Barton of Alchemy Atelier

them all over again,” she says. It was here that she started to experiment with pressings, first with deconstructed bridal bouquets and wedding arrangements. “I hated the fact that flowers had their one day and then were tossed in the trash—it felt like such a waste,” she says. With Alchemy Atelier, she uses dehydrated foliage to create framed pressings and three-dimensional works. “Like a lot of artistic pursuits, it’s not the technique that takes time to perfect—it’s the expression,” she says. “It’s all about the process for me. I get to take something that was already beautiful and extend the life of it.”


WORLD OF WONDER

Dehydrated peonies, roses, zinnias, celosia, lavender, bleached ruscus, and palm are captured under glass cloches to create intriguing art for tabletop displays. “There’s something really beautiful about being able to see it from 360 degrees,” Alecia says. “The flowers become their own little worlds in there.”

Pressed into Memory Additional resources for preservation professionals

Rachel Fox of Materielle Home creates dried bouquets available by custom order.

SK Designs takes a more modern approach to floral preservation with resin keepsakes.

Myrtle & Ivy makes meaningful arrangements into framed pressings, shadow boxes, and more.

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L I F E

G R O W

“I get to take something that was already beautiful and extend the life of it.” —Alecia Walls-Barton, Alchemy Atelier

HISTORY OF THE ART

Though the use of dried flora in medicinal, cosmetic, and spiritual applications can be traced back through ancient history, we have the Japanese to thank for elevating the practice to an art form. Their intricately arranged pressed petals, called oshibana, became prominent in the 16th century. Preserved florals have cycled in and out of fashion ever since.

DRY IT YOURSELF

Interested in pressing flowers at home? It’s as easy as having a heavy book, absorbent paper, and a few blooms on hand. “This is a very accessible hobby, and there are so many ways to do it,” Alecia says. She recommends finding how-to resources online and starting small. For example, practice with single petals before attempting a full bloom. Alchemy Atelier creations can be found at alchemyatelier.com and Bella Vita Jewelry in Little Rock. Follow along on Instagram (@alchemyatelier_lr).

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Bundles are one way Alecia arranges dried flowers for purchase. “These are something I started making for people to have a little color, texture, and interest in the home that you don’t have to take care of,” she says.


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D I S C O V E R

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An urban art initiative seven years in the making brings global renown and local interest to an ‘unexpected’ Arkansas city

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Above: Mural by New Zealand artist Elliot O’Donnell, also known as Askew One. Left: "Imagine" mural by London artist Ben Eine.

Much has been said about Fort Smith’s The Unexpected since its inception in 2015. The public arts project has received international praise, local criticism, and everything in between—and that’s the point, according to director Claire Kolberg. “From our perspective, if you’re talking about art in a way you weren’t before, that’s a good thing,” she says. The Unexpected is an annual event that invites muralists from all over the world to adorn the exterior walls of Fort Smith buildings with their signature large-scale paintings. It is an ongoing project of 64.6 Downtown, a nonprofit with the larger mission of increasing the viability of Fort Smith’s historic business district. Since the initial event, the city has hosted close to 40 creators from Portugal, South Africa, New Zealand, the UK, and beyond. The nature of the project means interest in the murals doesn’t

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dissipate after the weeklong festival wraps and artists return home; out-of-town visitors flock to see these permanent pieces in person, while Fort Smith residents are also invited to consider their environment in a different light. “This is really a way to encourage people to get out and be curious about their city,” Claire says. “We also want to give people a reason to look somewhere they might not have looked before,” she adds, referring to the way the murals both enrich the urban landscape and open people’s eyes to all there is to love about Fort Smith. “The growth here might be slower than you see in other parts of the state, but it’s all very grassroots,” Claire says. “It’s multi-generational; you see a second and third generation of people, who care about the city, picking up where their parents left off.” Read on for a few of our favorite reasons to discover Fort Smith.


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Founded in 1914 and still family-owned, NEWTON’S (newtons-jewelers.com) has more than a century of experience in fine jewelry. Their in-store selection includes beloved luxury brands such as Vahan and Roberto Coin, plus custom design services and gifts for the home. SIMPLY COUTURE BOUTIQUE (simplycouturefs.com) carries versatile basics and on-trend statement pieces at affordable prices. For an array of antiques, vintage wares, and gifts, visit NOW & THEN SHOPPE (nowandthenshoppe.com) and let the treasure hunt begin. JEWELERS

701 Garrison Ave • Downtown Fort Smith 479-782-9123 • newtons-jewelers.com

DINE

BRICKTOWN BREWERY (bricktownbrewery.com)

offers downtown convenience and a menu with something for everyone, from burgers and seafood to wood-fired pizzas. Choose from a selection of their own craft beers and other regional brews on tap. TALIANO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT (talianos.net) is a favorite for authentic Italian, from pasta dishes to tiramisu. Feeling more in the mood for German fare? Taliano’s plays host to EMMY’S GERMAN CUISINE (emmystoo.com) every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, serving dishes such as schnitzel and German beef steak.

VISIT

To fully appreciate the city’s role in state and national history, plan a visit to the FORT SMITH MUSEUM OF HISTORY (fortsmithmuseum.org) and explore the center’s permanent exhibits tracing the city’s earliest days. In May, the Levitt AMP Fort Smith Music Series returns to the Riverfront Amphitheater, offering 10 weeks of free live music presented by 64.6 DOWNTOWN (646downtown.com). Find dates, musical acts, and more information online. FORTSMITHMUSEUM.ORG | 479.783.7841 320 ROGERS AVENUE | FORT SMITH, AR 72901 March 2022 | athomearkansas.com 33


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your 1 Choose adventure

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Do you look forward to summer days boating on the lake, fishing on the river, or relaxing in the mountains? In Arkansas, options abound for all of the above. Boating, swimming, and water sports are popular on LAKE OUACHITA , the state’s largest man-made lake. The CADDO RIVER, a tributary of the Ouachita River, offers a mix of gentle waters and rapids, making it an excellent run for novice and experienced paddlers alike. And in north central Arkansas, the WHITE RIVER is considered a world-class destination for trout fishing. Opportunities for hiking, cycling, and—of course—relaxing are aplenty.

On Lake Ouachita, there’s no better place to do it all than MOUNTAIN HARBOR RESORT & SPA. Luxury cabins feature kitchens, hot tubs, and large decks with breathtaking views of the lake, and guests have access to the marina, Lodge restaurant, and a range of services at Turtle Cove Spa. The three rentals that make up THE HANGOUT PROPERTIES are perfect for reunions and multi-family gatherings on the Caddo. Each home features a two-story deck overlooking the river, sleeping for at least a dozen, and plenty of space to ‘hang out.’ On the White River, GASTON’S WHITE RIVER RESORT offers the ultimate in both comfort and convenience—from cozy one-bedroom cabins to the 10-room River Villa cottage. The resort also features a restaurant, tennis court, and playground.

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the 3Pack car—and go! Several items are a must for any Arkansas summer, such as swimsuits, sunglasses, and plenty of SPF. However, some destinations have larger seasonal staples on-hand, meaning you can pack a little lighter. For example, the marina at MOUNTAIN HARBOR RESORT & SPA has kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards for rent, and you can book a guided fishing trip or reserve a boat of your own along with a rod and reel at GASTON’S WHITE RIVER RESORT. While THE HANGOUT PROPERTIES suggests nearby outfitters for canoe and kayak rentals, the homes come equipped with gas grills and firepits for the full range of outdoor living activities, plus a game room outfitted with foosball, ping-pong, or board games, depending on which property you book. Last but not least, pack your hiking boots and bicycles to take advantage of all the trails in close proximity to these Natural State locales.

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Whether your idea of the perfect vacation includes a kayak on the Caddo River, a hike on the nearby trails, taking in the magnificent views, or simply relaxing on the deck with a cold beverage in hand, you’ll find those opportunities and more at The Hangout Properties. Choose from three distinct rental properties located near Glenwood, Arkansas, for the perfect retreat meant to entertain a crowd.

THE FARMHOUSE This cozy four-bedroom (featuring a bunk room that sleeps 8) has plenty of space for everyone to gather. Visitors love The Farmhouse’s garage-style service window from the kitchen to the back deck, where an enclosed slide offers a fun journey to the ground below. A screened porch is perfect for any time of year. THE MODERN The Modern Cabin is a fivebedroom, contemporary retreat featuring an upper and lower deck— the ultimate hangout zones. A game room outfitted with a ping pong table will be a favorite for kids and the young-at-heart. Don’t miss the fire pit right on the bank of the river! THE WHITEWATER Get the feel of a trip to the beach without hours on the road with a stay at The Whitewater! You’ll instantly relax into the coastal charm of this five-bedroom retreat, which features four king-size beds and one massive bunkroom. Two kitchen islands offer plenty of room for entertaining and family-style meals. Email info@thehangoutonthecaddo.com for more information and to book your summer getaway now!

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THE OUTDOOR LIVING ISSUE

Growing Downtown

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Myranda Grulke uncovers a passion for gardening while renovating a historic property

WRITER STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK

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But judging from the lush beds of seasonal color and a greenhouse brimming with potted plants, you would never guess she still considers herself a beginner. This Little Rock local’s love of plants began several years ago when she and her husband, Lamonte, bought their first house: a property in foreclosure that needed a little TLC. “Like any young couple, we wanted to find a home we were comfortable in but also be smart with our money,” Myranda says. “We looked at neighborhoods all over Little Rock and ended up really wanting to put love into downtown.” They happened upon this 1920s

cottage in the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District and knew it was the one. “When we started looking at it, we thought, this could be possible!” she says. While working on the house, the Grulkes were mindful of restoration guidelines that would not only allow them to qualify for helpful tax credits, but also ensure the home remained a “contributing property” to the neighborhood’s status on the National Register of Historic Places. In doing so, they replaced brickwork, matched the existing mortar, and returned

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ROOM TO GROW

Myranda also has a passion for houseplants, which was the driving force behind the addition of a greenhouse to the garden. “I had 10 houseplants before we moved; in the new house, that number multiplied to about a thousand,” she laughs. The structure is pre-built from Arkansas company Yoderbilt, and the couple customized it with a porch, interior lighting, and plumbing to create a true backyard destination.

the woodwork’s palette to the muted tones of sage green and creamy beige found beneath layers of paint. It was through boosting the home’s curb appeal with beds of elephant ears, rosemary, maiden grass, and gladiolas that Myranda was bitten by the gardening bug. The next summer, the couple moved their attention to the backyard, which had been in a state of disarray before they purchased the home. Filled with old cars and scrap metal, they spent a lot of time cleaning, clearing, and prepping before Myranda could even undertake plantings; once she got started, the garden took off. “At the time, I was keeping it small because I didn’t know what I was doing,” she says. “It kept growing and growing, then we started looking into

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irrigation and ways to make it more efficient.” While the painstaking renovation of the home’s interiors might be complete, Myranda’s garden continues to evolve, serving as a source of joy for both the Grulkes and their neighbors. “Gardening is such a giving community. When you grow something, you want to share it,” she says. “I make bouquets for my neighbors and share eggs with them. Kids on the block come by to see the chickens and look in the pond. I love that I can share it with them, especially in a day and age when younger people maybe don’t get into gardening. I feel like if they want to try it one day, that means something. It’s such a healthy pastime and a very giving hobby.” AH


PETAL PUSHERS

“Even though I love it, I’m still kind of new at gardening. I’m growing flowers that are beginner-proof yet still rewarding,” Myranda says. The backyard features (clockwise, from top left): ‘Minipuna’ clematis, ‘Commander in Chief’ lilies, ‘Uproar Rose’ zinnias, ‘Break Out’ dahlias, ‘Mister Lincoln’ hybrid tea roses, and ‘Fleurel’ dahlias. These all make great cut flowers for vases and bouquets.

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CREATIVE CARPENTRY

While Lamonte had no carpentry experience prior to this house, he wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty while figuring it out. Among his projects is the backyard’s above-ground pond, which is home to koi and goldfish as well as floating plants like water lettuce and water hyacinth. A box along the top has ornamental plantings and a water feature. He also built the home’s cedar window boxes.

“Gardening is such a giving community. When you grow something, you want to share it.” —Myranda Grulke

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HOME SWEET HEN HOUSE

Inspired by a popular Williams-Sonoma style, Lamonte also built a coop in the backyard for Myranda’s chickens. Plantings from Plantopia and Lumber One Home Center bring color and texture to its surroundings.

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FRENCH FOUNDATION

From the sconces to the brick on the island and limestone fireplace, the backyard pavilion was influenced by the home’s French country aesthetic. The archway mimics those seen on the covered porch while also providing ventilation and leading to a powder bath located behind the wall.

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Resort

AT HOME A west Little Rock couple transforms their backyard into a getaway with the help of local professionals

WRITER TIFFANY ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHER RETT PEEK STYLIST STEPHANIE MAXWELL NEWTON

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CHEF’S CENTRAL STATION

“Since they like to entertain, the Heathmans wanted to have all the amenities of a full kitchen outdoors to keep from running back into the house,” David says. The space is equipped with a sink, refrigerated drawers, and a smoker with a side burner. A mounted television allows them to watch the game from the bar, pool, or lounge area. “Since everyone gathers in the kitchen—even outside—we built it to accommodate a crowd,” he adds.

IN THE SWING

A porch swing was a must-have for Kelli, who says she loves relaxing in either a swing or rocker. “It’s funny because you can say these are in style right now, but growing up in North Carolina, they’ve always been a part of my home,” she says.

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veryone who knows me knows this is my dream house,” says Kelli Heathman of the home she and her husband, Dr. Monty Heathman, share. The bones of the house—its French country influence, in particular—spoke to her tastes, and since moving here in 2015, she and designer Mona Thompson Phelan have worked to refresh furnishings and accents throughout the interiors. Recently, they turned their attention to the outdoors, bringing in David Munsey, III, of Better Lawns & Gardens to create a retreat. “I travel a lot for work so I wanted a place where I could relax on the weekends,” Kelli says. “Plus, we love to entertain and both wanted an area where there was plenty of room for guests and a flow of different spaces to welcome them.” Beyond the home’s existing covered porch and fireplace was a spacious, wooded lot ripe with opportunity for all their desires—from a pool and lounge area to an outdoor kitchen. “Our goals were to make sure it didn’t feel too detached from the home and that from inside they had a panoramic

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“We used to go out for date nights but now we just head to the backyard.” —Kelli Heathman, homeowner

Walnut-hued travertine offers a natural base for the surround, while a PebbleTec finish gives the look of brilliant blue ocean water on the pool’s interior. The shallow end offers stool perches with a counter ledge as well as a swim-up bar and water features.

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The covered porch’s arched doorways and limestone mantel inspired the form and materials of the backyard pavilion.

view of the outdoor area,” David says. He notes the space’s terraced landscape draws one to look out from the back porch, walk down to the pool area, and then continue on to the outdoor kitchen. “There’s a natural progression, and when you look out from the home you get this as well,” he says. Attention to detail was also given to the structure’s form, the materials, and the palette so the space would appear as though it was constructed when the home was built. “We really worked hard on the front end of this design before we began construction,” David says.

“It was her vision coming to life.” A key element of this was adhering to the existing aesthetic. “This is a very French country, traditional style with a lighter palette of cream and soft blues. Even the structure has a chateau look,” says Mona, who sourced furnishings and accessories that were an extension of what is seen in the interior of the house. “We tried to think of anything and everything because this is our forever home,” Kelli says. “It’s so tranquil and relaxing that we spend all of our free time here. We used to go out for date nights but now we just head to the backyard.” AH

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Country LIVING

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The owners of Porch View Home create a homestead where their passions for gardening, design, and time well spent can grow

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odd Smith and Charlie Groppetti may have generations past to thank for their love of rural life. “We both grew up with grandmothers who loved having a garden and growing flowers,” Charlie says. While he spent time with his grandmother in his native California’s Central Valley, Todd’s roots are here in central Arkansas, just outside Vilonia—a place the two of them could envision themselves once their son, Leland, joined the family. “We loved our house in North Little Rock’s Park Hill, but Todd had always wanted chickens and I wanted more space for plants,” Charlie says. However, while these were draws, the driving catalyst was the neighbors, or, more specifically, the family. “It was important for us to be near Todd’s parents so they could spend time with Leland and we could have help after school or when we needed to travel for work,” Charlie says, noting Todd’s parents live just up the hill from them. As the founders of Porch View Home, a home and lifestyle brand, they wanted the aesthetic of their property to reflect the products they create. “We are all about relaxed living, and our line is based on this; we love antiques, and we love time-worn pieces and a patina,” Charlie says. “When we set up our showrooms,

we bring the country to the city. We come with branches of blooming peaches and apples. It really makes us stand out and helps us convey the farm-to-table look we love.” To this end, the property’s plantings feature an abundance of Southern classics, including hydrangeas and magnolia. “Repeating them creates interest and brings so much texture to the garden, which is an aspect we love,” Charlie says. “My favorite time of year is when everything is green and white in the garden and the textures shine.” He also notes the vistas seen throughout the grounds, which allow for peeks of the mountains. “There’s a lot of depth in the landscape so you can’t tell where our property ends and the natural landscape begins. This was very purposeful,” he says. “We joke about being off the grid, but we do want to be self-sustainable,” Charlie says. There are the expected vegetables and herbs they grow and the eggs they gather from their chickens, but this sustainability includes cut flowers as well. “Whether we need to create an arrangement for a funeral, a bouquet for a bridal portrait, or just something to enjoy in our home, we want to be able to walk out and cut from the garden,” he says. AH

NEW HOUSE, OLD LOOK

The home, which was built seven years ago, was designed to look as though it has been in place for decades. “We wanted it to look like an old farmhouse,” Charlie says. Its muted color transitions well to the surrounding environment, while a salt-finish driveway and large landscape rocks add to the better-over-time character. Beds filled with timeless plantings of magnolia, hydrangea, and boxwoods meander around the front exterior for a welcoming feel.

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MEANINGFUL MEMENTOS

The family room off the breakfast nook is where the Palmers spend Christmas morning. “This tree is very special to us because it is filled entirely with ornaments Jon’s aunt has given him since he was born,” Kricia says. To bring a coziness to the comfortable gathering space, she painted the ceiling in a grounding blue.

SECRET GARDEN

As you leave the front porch, the grass is dotted with slabs of stone that measure as large as 6 to 8 feet. “We didn’t want a tornado to blow them away,” Charlie says with a laugh. These lead to a circular planting he says feels almost like a “natural playhouse” in the middle of the property. “It’s a completely private, screened landscape border—you can’t even see the house when you are there.” He and Todd have set up a firepit here and often cook beans or roast s’mores with Leland in the secluded setting.

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Antique stags purchased years ago from Little Rock’s now-closed Marshall Clements are a meaningful addition to the garden that Charlie notes also “make the new house look more established.”

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Peegee hydrangeas line both sides of the walk to offer soft, elegant blooms for a full month in the summer. “It looks like a wedding aisle in a church,” Charlie says of their captivating beauty.

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“My favorite time of year is when everything is green and white in the garden.” —Charlie Groppetti

ON THE RIGHT PATH

Fence panels were repurposed as gates that lead from the front drive to the pool area. “We left them just as they were with the peeling paint and rust because we love that old, established feel they have,” Charlie says. Rather than traditional 3- or 4-foot-wide sidewalks, the designers opted for a 6-foot path that allows seasonal blooms to spill down the walkway without overtaking it.

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THE GATHERING PLACE

One of the last additions to the home was a pool and outdoor lounge area. A natural stone surround connects it to the landscape, while a short wall separates the space from a vegetable garden. “We keep the pool uncovered yearround because the water and organic feel is so pretty to look out and see,” Charlie says.

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Palms and sweet potato vines fill massive containers that mark the pool’s entrances. “I love magnolias and boxwoods—more formal plantings— but Todd loves palms so we put these by the pool, and I’ve come to like them here; they give an oasis feel,” Charlie says.

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Inspired by his California roots, Charlie enjoys growing citrus fruits in containers that can move indoors when temperatures drop.

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T R E N D S E T T E R S

FORT SMITH AND SPRINGDALE

Burton Pools & Spas Brothers David and Dan Burton opened Burton Pools & Spa in 1978. Since that time, what started as a humble business has grown into one of Pool and Spa News’s “Top 50” building and service companies in the US. Today, they say seeing families use their pools and spas continues to excite them as they strive to bring clients the best in both pool design and service. As a one-stop

shop, they build every type of pool imaginable and work to find features to best suit every design goal. Their aim is to see their customers enjoy their products to the fullest with little inconvenience. With two full-service retail locations, Burton Pools & Spas can help streamline installation and make maintenance easy—helping customers enjoy their products to the fullest.

S. Zero St., Fort Smith | 479.648.3483 725 S. 48th St., Springdale | 479.756.5511 burtonpools.com | @burtonpools

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Seaside Pools & Spas Founded in 1967 and now in its third generation as a family business, Seaside Pools & Spas is a trusted destination for all things pool- and spa-related. Their team has constructed over 5,000 pools and can help you design and install a new pool or renovate an existing one. They meet with each client to hear their wants and needs, whether that includes swim-

up bars, benches, tanning shelves, or lighting—Seaside Pools & Spas wants to create a place where your family can make lasting memories and enjoy time together. Following installation, they can assist with all necessary maintenance and equipment repairs. In addition, their two retail stores make it convenient to pick up supplies and accessories.

4686 N. Thompson St., Springdale | 479.756.6543 1301 S.E. Walton Blvd., Bentonville | 479.271.9933 seasidepools.com

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T R E N D S E T T E R S

LITTLE ROCK

Better Lawns & Gardens Whether you want to update your landscaping or plan for an outdoor living area, fireplace, kitchen, or pool, the team at Better Lawns & Gardens is ready to help. Founded in 2002, owner David Munsey, Jr., and his son David, III (shown above), work alongside a team of professionals equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help achieve your dreams. “We work with our clients all the way from establishing a vision to design and execution of the project, and then we have the ability to follow up with a comprehensive property maintenance package if they want continued care,” David, III, says. “We understand you are trusting us with your money to create a dream space that is a reflection of your style—and we don’t take that lightly,” he adds. He also notes the team works hard to ensure there is good communication throughout a project and to provide you with a beautiful, built-to-last project you’ll enjoy for years to come. KNOWN FOR: Better Lawns & Gardens brings a genuine passion for enjoying the great outdoors to clients all over the state 8600 Cunningham Lake Road 501.454.9803 bet terlawnsar.com @bet terlawnsar

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The Little Book of Crops in Small Spots

Ideal for those who are new to gardening and have a small space such as a patio, raised beds, or balcony of containers, this book offers advice to successfully grow fruits and vegetables year-round. From staples like lettuce and tomatoes to more exotic plantings such as cucamelons and asparagus peas, there’s something for everyone to plant and enjoy. Available for pre-order; releases March 29.

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3 The Flower School Author and award-winning floral designer Joseph Massie empowers readers to create beautiful arrangements by teaching them principles of design. From wreaths to celebration bouquets, the book features 25 floral projects to boost your confidence and make living with beautiful arrangements a way of life. Available for pre-order; releases May 24.

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T R E N D S E T T E R S LITTLE ROCK

Chris H. Olsen Chris H. Olsen’s name is synonymous with two of central Arkansas’s most beloved nurseries, Botanica Gardens and Plantopia Home & Garden Center, and a historic home venue, The Edgemont House. But he is probably best known as the lead 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 state’s natural colors and landscapes, and his experience and eclectic personality show through every project. 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 ‘cookiecutter,’” 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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MEET THE ARTIST

Zac Woodiel Arkansas Inspiration

His Art Mixed media pieces. “I am constantly trying out different combinations of materials. You never know how one will react with the next.”

The constant change in the weather. “Arkansas can be 70 degrees one day and, two days later, we have a weeklong blizzard. My creative process is the same, jumping from one idea to another.”

Most-Loved Hue Green. “Currently I’m working on tone-on-tone pieces, while also playing with high contrast. It’s all about balance.”

Creative Must-Have “Music! I always have a running ‘To listen to’ playlist made of new albums. I end up creating new art while discovering new music.”

Favorite Subject The relationship between humans and nature. “All my artwork relates back to this combination in some capacity. It’s like yin and yang, really.”

Statement Maker “My art over time has become more abstract, which is a reference to how nonchalant we have become about destroying our planet. Maybe art can create change.”

GIVEAWAY Watch our Instagram (@athomearkansas) for a chance to win one of Zac’s pieces in the month of March.

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Find His Work Zac’s art is available at Little Rock’s Bear Hill Interiors as well as chairish.com under Zac Woodiel – The Woodiel Project. You can also follow along on Instagram (@zacwoodiel).