When it comes to traditional style, blue and white are, perhaps, America’s favorite color pairing—and the tabletop is no exception. Flow Blue china has been a staple in homes across the country since the mid 1800s. Named for and identified by its blue ink, which appears to bleed (or “flow”) to give a blurred effect, the design can be found on a wide variety of pieces from vases to teapots. The look is achieved with the addition of ammonia or lime during the glazing process; however, it’s uncertain whether the first instance of its creation was intentional or a happy accident. Whatever the case, it caught on and was highly popular through World War I. Landscape scenes, chinoiserie, and florals are among the most prevalent depictions. Because it was widely produced in the United States, pieces are readily found in antique shops and loved ones’ treasured cupboards today.
In Conway, designer Tami Risinger helps a couple build a forever home where they can enjoy time with loved ones
As the wife of a builder, Susan Salter grew accustomed to a certain pattern: Her husband, Gene, would build a beautiful home and move their family into it, only to move out again when the home sold to a client. “When we had our four boys, I knew I couldn’t do that anymore, so we stayed in our last house for 26 years until they were all out on their own,” she says. As grandchildren began to enter their lives, the Salters desired a home well-suited to their next chapter of life. They decided to build in their beloved city of Conway and worked on plans for a home where the entire family—sons, daughters-in-law, and grandkids included—could gather, putting special emphasis on rooms for the kids and places for them to play….
In the Heights, Heather and Arnoud Krijt design a new construction home that feels perfectly them
Not many couples start planning their new build several months into dating. But then, not much about Heather and Arnoud Krijt’s story is typical. She, an interior designer with a background in ballet and bio-chemistry, and he, a Dutch native who moved to the U.S. in college to play golf, met while Heather was living in Dallas. “He said, I’m going to build a house and I think you should help. I was like, I just met you!” Heather recalls, laughing….
Designer Melissa Haynes works with a Fayetteville family to create a new home filled with beloved furnishings, fresh colors, and plenty of charm
When Melissa Haynes first met her clients—Tonia and Brad McMakin and their son, Matthew—she sensed they were ready to build a home they would enjoy for decades to come. The couple found a site in an area particularly dear to them; Brad is the golf coach at the University of Arkansas, and this neighborhood houses the team’s practice course. “They have such a sense of community here, and really wanted to put down roots in this neighborhood,” Melissa says….
Styled for Spring: From blazers to brooches, this season’s fashions are all about transitioning from morning meetings to happy hours with ease | A Special At Home in Arkansas Promotion
Jewelry from Sissy’s Log Cabin…
From Eureka Springs and Harrison to Branson, Missouri, the Ozarks offer some of the best sights, tastes, and experiences of the region | A Special At Home in Arkansas Promotion
The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy this Branson destination that offers the opportunity to see hundreds of butterflies—and other rainforest critters, like lizards and turtles—up close. Be sure to start your visit early in the day, as the insects tend to turn in for bed around 4 p.m. thebutterflypalace.com
Central Ozarks Farmers & Artisans Market
This Harrison farmers market makes its return to the downtown square on April 18, where you’ll find local vendors’ fresh produce, honey, nuts, eggs, and other handmade goodies on Wednesday and Saturday mornings throughout the summer. facebook.com/COFAMHarrisonAR
No trip to Eureka Springs is complete without a visit to its historic haunted hotel. Even those who are not overnight guests are invited to take part in the landmark’s ghost tours, book spa services, or dine in one of its two restaurants: The Crystal Dining Room and SkyBar Gourmet Pizza. crescent-hotel.com…
Local designers share their top paint picks for bedrooms, living spaces, and kitchens
IN THE BEDROOM
Sherwin-Williams’ “Sensible Hue” and “Illusive Green”
“In master suites, I enjoy using Sensible Hue and then creating an accent wall in Illusive Green.” — Sandy Sutton, Sandy Sutton’s Design Center
Farrow & Ball’s “Parma Gray”
“The master suite should be a haven, a respite from the worries and work of the day. I try to encourage my clients to select muted, soft, soothing colors. I have recently used Parma Gray, and I love it.” — Mara Lamb Malcolm, Lamb’s Interior Design
Sherwin-Williams’ “Sea Salt”
“My absolute favorite color for any master, no matter the style of the client, is Sea Salt. This soothing color truly makes you feel like you are on vacation.” — Marie Jeffery, Marie Jeffery Design…
Isles of Style: Key motifs and azure hues offer a fresh take on Aegean-inspired classics
Mykonos Muse by Lizy Manola. Cobblestone & Vine, Little Rock, cobblestoneandvine.com
Beaded necklace and striped tablecloth with Greek key motif. Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, cynthiaeastfabrics.com
White ceramic vase with face, matte black vase with handles, and Reprotique acrylic soap dishes. Tipton & Hurst, Little Rock, tiptonhurst.com…
With dedicated zones for cooking, dining, swimming, and relaxing, this central Arkansas backyard maximizes the homeowners’ downtime
Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains along Lake Maumelle sits a contemporary farmhouse with a backyard retreat built with one thing in mind: the view. “The views here are spectacular, and the owners wanted to capture the dramatic landscape down to the lake and across to the rolling hills,” says interior designer Kim Brockinton of Kim Brockinton Interiors. Working with contractor Bill Parkinson and waterscape designer and landscape architect Jason Brownlee, Kim was able to help her clients, who are also longtime friends, create a space where both they and their two children could entertain friends throughout much of the year….
Better Lawns & Gardens maximizes space in a Little Rock backyard to create an escape for the owners
When David Munsey, III, general manager of central Arkansas’s Better Lawns & Gardens, first saw Martha and Dr. Vent Murphy’s backyard it was nearly a blank slate. “When you walked out their back door, there was a patio and several flower beds, and that was basically it,” he recalls. The Murphys, who enjoy entertaining and spending time outdoors, wanted to open up the space and make it more usable. Working with David as well as Tobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Interior Design (who also designed the interior of their home), they were able to create spaces for grilling, gathering, and downtime. …