There are many reasons to love cast iron. Chief among them is durability, which explains why the same pieces are used for decades and even handed down to the next generation. Aside from that, its popularity endures because it stands up to extremely high temperatures, meaning it works as well around a campfire as it does in the oven. But, perhaps, most of the lore surrounding the cookware has to do with one word: seasoning. Any cook will tell you cast iron—whether a skillet, a cornbread pan, or a Dutch oven—is only as good as its seasoning, which must be acquired. The more you cook in your pieces, the more layers of oil patina they will have. Much like a favorite recipe, the seasoning on cast iron gets better every time it’s used.
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Bell & Sward
This menswear store founded by Zanette Bell and Erik Sward helps Southern gentlemen dress the part. From sophisticated suits and casual basics to timeless Smathers & Branson gifts, Bell & Sward has you covered whether shopping for yourself or a loved one. bellandsward.com…
Storybook Renovations and WaterHouse Market team up to create a New Orleans-inspired abode in Conway
Walking through this home in Conway is like being transported to a historic residence in the French Quarter. From the exposed brick and lantern pendants to the antique art and stocked bar, you would never guess this was once a dilapidated house in central Arkansas. Breathing new life into such a structure is a challenge Niki Thompson of Storybook Renovations invites. Her business is built around flipping homes, all with a precise theme laid out in her head before she ever gets started. “I think of a story first, then make sure every decision lines up with that story. It just results in a really cohesive design,” she says.
A young family renovates two of a home’s hardest-working rooms to maximize functionality and match their personal style
When Drs. Kimberly and Kirk Reynolds called designer Krista Lewis of K. Lewis Interior Design, they wanted to make their 1970s ranch-style house work for them and their three young children. After listening to their wants and needs for the spaces, Krista knew she could help them achieve a more contemporary look and functional layout with the help of contractor Jon Callahan. “This house had more of a traditional flavor; there was a lot of beige and red, and it just didn’t fit their style,” Jon says. “They loved the location and wanted to make it more livable, and we were excited to help them do that.”
Inspired by time spent in California and Colorado, a family calls on designer Jill White to create a kitchen reflective of their lifestyle and passions
A family-friendly feel and the allure of a home with a backyard were enticing attributes when Noel and Dr. Brian Reemtsen relocated to Little Rock from Los Angeles with their three daughters. They fell in love with and purchased a traditional-style home near the city’s center that lacked one thing: a spacious kitchen. “This house was different for us, and we were looking to start something new,” Noel says in regard to the style. “We loved everything but the kitchen; we have always lived in homes with fairly large kitchens and open plans that flowed into a family room.”
Knowing the problem was not without remedy, they turned to contractor Chuck Hamilton, who introduced the Reemtsens to designer Jill White. “We wanted to lighten the space, open it up, and make it user-friendly for our family,” Noel says. “Our vision completely meshed with Jill’s and Chuck’s, and we shared a lot of interaction and ideas.”…
Parisian influence and vintage style mix in designer Sarah Parsley’s Conway kitchen and bath
Sarah Parsley seems to have a natural knack for design and homebuilding. “My dad was a builder for most of my life, so I think it’s innately in my blood,” she laughs. After studying apparel design at the University of Arkansas, Sarah worked for local lighting manufacturer Mastercraft Lamps for a number of years. Here, while designing vignettes for marketing purposes, her passion for interiors grew, as did her confidence in her abilities. This prompted her to launch Sarah M. Parsley Design five years ago.
Designer Casey Sarkin creates a show-stopping kitchen and bath for a Fayetteville family
This contemporary home in Fayetteville was built for togetherness. “They’re a big, busy family, so they wanted their house to be a place they could all gather and be together,” says designer Casey Sarkin, who worked with the homeowners on the plans. “We also designed it to be clean with lots of built-in organization, because she doesn’t like a lot of clutter.”
Because of the open floor plan, the designer also aimed to create a kitchen that would draw people in as soon as they walk in the front door. “We intentionally left this all really open, and since you can see it from the foyer, the living room, and the dining room, it needed to be a display space as well as function as a kitchen,” Casey says. “We wanted it to feel modern yet warm.”
In Little Rock, designer Kathryn LeMaster helps a homeowner reimagine her cottage kitchen to meet her needs
Just over five years ago, Lynn Baker contacted designer Kathryn LeMaster to help renovate a recently inherited childhood home. However, as life goes, Lynn’s wants and needs changed soon after the project (which was featured in At Home in Arkansas in May 2015) was completed. “The house felt a little too big for me,” Lynn says. “I also got a dog and needed a fenced yard, and I took up pottery as a hobby and really needed a space dedicated to that.” All of these reasons added up to a move less than a mile down the road into a charming 1950s home….
Backyard Oasis: Better Lawns & Gardens transforms a blank-slate backyard into an inviting escape
The owners of this west Little Rock home fell in love with its peaceful setting the first time they laid eyes on it. Wooded areas, space to roam, and a backyard with lots of potential drew them in; however, they were eager to put their own touch on the space. “The property was absolutely beautiful, and I could envision making the backyard a resort just for us,” one of the homeowners says….
Before & After: The owners of a 1905 Fayetteville home call on Jessica DeBari to reimagine their traditional dining room in a fresh new light
A passion for the past brought designer Jessica DeBari and her clients together for this dining room makeover. “We live a few blocks away, and our sons are about the same age,” Jessica says. “We’ve bonded over the trials of renovating older houses as well as antiques. We all love going on these little treasure hunts.”…