Classic and practical, we have mattresses to thank for the origin of ticking stripe fabric. The thick canvas twill was heavy enough to cover and corral loose pieces of straw and feathers, which comprised the earliest mattresses. These coverings not only contained the mattress’s inner contents but also kept them from irritating the bed’s inhabitant. Thus, it’s not surprising the simple yet striking fabric takes its name from the Greek word theka, meaning case or covering. Both then and now, the pattern’s stripes consist of a white or linen-hued background with black, blue, or red stripes—making it a natural, understated choice for summer décor….
Summer Essentials: From the beach to the backyard, we’ve got your summer must-haves covered | A Special At Home in Arkansas Promotion
2 // “Greetings from the Gulf Coast” beach towel, $46. Freckled Hen Farmhouse, Fayetteville, freckledhenfarmhouse.com
3 // Stainless steel “Hydrate” wine bottle, $25. Ruth Britt Interiors, Fayetteville, ruthbinteriors.com
4 // Supergoop! “Cloud 9” 100% mineral sun balm SPF 40, $26. Belle & Blush, Little Rock, belleandblush.com
5 // Janus et Cie “Quinta” teak and woven rocking chair in Limestone/Natural, $2,421. Antique Brick Outdoor, Little Rock, antiquebrickoutdoors.com
6 // 2XL Big Green Egg grill with intEGGrated Nest+Handler, $2,348. Ken Rash Arkansas, Little Rock, kenrashsoutdoorfurniture.com
Experience the walkable neighborhoods of the Capital City and its neighbor to the north | A Special At Home in Arkansas Promotion
Bernice Garden in Little Rock’s SoMa district.
The past decade has brought renewed interest in walkable urban spaces across the country, and Little Rock and North Little Rock are no exception. With shops and restaurants returning to Main Street on both sides of the river, it’s easier than ever to fit more of the city into a day trip—just find a place to park and hit the pavement….
Pam and John Morton create a timeless retreat on the shores of Greers Ferry Lake
Greers Ferry Lake has always been a special place for Pam and John Morton. “John grew up in nearby Higden, and we have played on this lake together for 37 years,” Pam says. It was during their early years of marriage when they happened upon a peninsula with uncleared lots. Situated on the edge of town as well as the edge of the water, they were taken with the location. “John’s uncle was able to tell us a man from California owned the property. We tracked him down, and he said he wasn’t interested in selling; but two weeks later he called back, and the rest is history.” In 1998, the couple built what was then their primary residence on the pristine lots.
Following family tradition, Rachel and Buddy Harding create a Lake Ouachita getaway perfectly suited for generations of gatherings
For Rachel Harding, a trip to the lake is about more than getting away. Having spent time growing up on Lake Ouachita at her father’s cabin—affectionately dubbed Parker Pointe, after his surname—she dreamed of having a place of her own one day. “Some of my most cherished childhood memories were coming out here,” she says. “There was no city water, so you were literally washing your hair off the back of the boat. There were no phones, no televisions here; we would just play games and be with family. It is a place I’ve always felt so connected to and happy about.”
Inspired by the view, shades of blue and white fill this recently completed waterfront home
Waterfront homes have always been popular for their ability to offer an escape, and that was never more prized than last year when travel was limited. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that as 2020 played out, the owners of this newly built Hot Springs home on Lake Hamilton were looking for a getaway close to home—and fast. To make it happen, they turned to local design professionals Debi Davis of Debi Davis Interior Design and builder Doug Rodgers of Carriage Custom Homes.
“This house has a great plan for outdoor living—which is what everyone who builds on the lake wants. Even when you’re inside you can see the water and enjoy its beauty,” says Doug. He and his wife, Lain, have specialized in the Hot Springs area for more than a decade, he as a builder and she as a Realtor, selling both their spec homes and other lakeside properties. Their knowledge of the area helped them make this custom build a success on a tight schedule. The home was constructed and fully furnished in just five months, a feat even during a normal building climate. “I went every other weekend to see the progress in person,” Debi says. “And the Carriage team was amazing, calling and Facetiming me to keep the process going.” …
Al Fresco Update: A team of central Arkansas professionals reimagine a couple’s backyard while adhering to the style of the existing home
When Dora Jane and Greg Flesher purchased this Little Rock home in 2019, they knew the backyard could become a dream space for both relaxation and entertaining. It just needed a bit of vision and work to get there. “It was kind of unlivable because it was one sheet of concrete, and it got so hot. We love to entertain but there was no shade,” Dora Jane explains. With seemingly endless options available in terms of both structures and landscaping, the couple turned to architect Ellen Yeary, builder Nathan Cooper, and landscape designer Sarah Burr to formulate a plan that would not only meet their needs but also complement the home’s existing exterior features….
Outdoor Soirée: Jonathan Parkey shares his recipe for a chic, laid-back weekend on the water
During the months of June, July, and August, you don’t need to look far to find Jonathan Parkey and Chris Marsh. The couple head to Chris’s parents’ waterfront home on Lake Hamilton every chance they get. “Chris grew up coming here, and it’s a special place for us,” Jonathan says. “His mother, Janice, is a wonderful hostess, and his dad, Randy, loves to fry up catfish for a crowd. It’s fun.”…
Before & After: Katie Grace Designs updates a master bath with pattern, polish, and practicality
Making a room feel larger doesn’t necessarily have to be about added square footage. When designer Katie Rees came to this project, the owners wanted their bathroom to feel more spacious and open but knew it still had some functionality that worked well for them. “We were able to keep the footprint of the bath, but open
it up to make it feel like a completely new space,” Katie says….
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