Woodworking is a skillset not learned in a single front-porch sitting, but rather experienced over time through years of practice. Chisels, files, and planes bring to life forms that only the mind can see when the element is still in its rawest, most organic form. Be it a functional piece of furniture or a beautiful vessel, from an unwieldy piece of wood comes a work of art. Slowly, over time, the craftsman chips away at his medium until his vision takes shape.
A vintage palette and effortless charm inspire the season’s hottest looks | Shot on location at Graduate Fayetteville
Anna Cate “Meredith” dress and two-tone hammered cuff bracelet. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com, (501) 661-1167…
Arkansas State University Museum
The ASU Museum in Jonesboro is home to a wide range of educational exhibits. Of special interest is the Crowley’s Ridge Mastodon, a display of bones of the massive animal that roamed the region more than 10,000 years ago. astate.edu/museum
Blu D’or Interiors
Put this interiors boutique on your list for chic home furnishings, art, lighting, and accessories in Jonesboro. If you’re thinking about starting a design project, just turn to owner and designer Leigh Montgomery for help. facebook.com/BluDorInteriors…
Multiple spots for reflection and year-round color are highlights of this Little Rock landscape
After 34 years in her previous home in Little Rock, Libby Bunch had been itching to move back to her childhood neighborhood. “My husband, Lewis, and I come to the Hillcrest Farmers Market down the street every Saturday, and I grew up in this area,” she says. So when they got their chance to build on a lot across from dear friends, they jumped at it. …
Marie Jeffery helps a Rogers homeowner renovate her kitchen from floor to ceiling
When Vivian Dunnaway’s children called their friend Marie Jeffery, they were looking for the perfect gift. “They said their mom was renovating her home, and I was going to be her Christmas present,” the designer recalls. Marie, who started her design business five years ago after spending 17 years teaching elementary school, was eager to help. “The same nurture aspect that I loved about teaching has carried over into my passion for design,” she says. The two women talked extensively about plans in preparation for the room’s complete overhaul….
Whether your style tends toward cool colors or warm hues, the latest offerings in bedding are downright dreamy
Lili Alessandra “Silk and Sensibility” Ivory coverlet and shams with “Guy” Euro and rectangle pillow in Ivory Basketweave with Blush. Debi Davis Interior Design, debidavisinteriordesign.com
Chic finds in black or white (or a combination of the two!) lend modern sophistication to any look
Oversized acrylic dominoes and linen coasters. Fresh i.d., Little Rock, (501) 478-6006
Michael Stars pom-pom blanket. Box Turtle, Little Rock, shopboxturtle.com
Mother of pearl magnifying glass, vintage cocktail glasses, and Elements of Style by Erin Gates. Providence Design, Little Rock, providenceltddesign.com
A couple in Roland builds a sophisticated country home fit for their family of five
For their third home built together, these homeowners were inspired by their location. They own a private equestrian facility in Roland, and after several years of driving back and forth between the facility and their home as needed, they decided to simplify by building on the property close to the barn and arena….
In El Dorado, designer Courtney Stone transforms her home’s dated galley kitchen into a spacious, chic hub
When Courtney Smart Stone, the owner of Smart Designs, first laid eyes on the house she shares with her husband, Phillip, and their two small children, Cline, 5, and Taylor Grace, 4, she fell in love with the layout. “This house has great bones. I could see my family playing in the big great room, and I really liked how all of the bedrooms were close to one another,” she says. …
Paige and Ryan Ray’s new construction home is a modern take on the lakeside cabin
High above the waterline in an inlet of Beaver Lake is Paige Ray’s home, a place she has christened “Escalapia.” She credits her husband, Ryan, with introducing her to the word. “Escalapia was the name of one of the hill communities that existed outside of Rogers long before the lake existed,” Paige explains. Finding that the mystical-sounding word perfectly captured the eclectic feel she wanted her home to convey, she adopted it as the name of the house, an organic, open space filled with art and vintage finds that the two share with their 4-year-old son, Sam. …