While canning seems like a thoroughly Southern tradition, the practice of preserving perishables is essentially as old as civilization itself; in fact, historians believe certain methods originated around 2000 B.C. But more recently, at the turn of the 20th century, Southerners became particularly prolific canners, picklers, and makers of jellies and jams. If you can get your hands on some extra produce—be it tomatoes from your own garden or a bounty of cucumbers from the farmers market—now is the perfect time of year to try your hand at this age-old process.
In Hot Springs, a new construction lake house honors its environment with organic materials and a cohesive indoor-outdoor design
The best things in life don’t often come around twice. However, for this Arkansas couple, a breathtaking waterfront neighborhood on Hot Springs’s Lake Hamilton has been their getaway at two different points in life. “When our children were small, we had a house nearby and would often walk down to the very point where we now built to watch rework shows and hang out with neighbors,” the homeowner says.
Designer Shayla Copas brings the serenity of Greers Ferry Lake indoors in this classic and comfortable remodel
When Shayla Copas of Shayla Copas Interiors first started talking with the owner of this home about plans for a renovation, she soon discovered his children were the motivation for the project. “The husband spent a lot of time as a child in Heber Springs, and this was an area where he had great memories,” Shayla says. “He and his wife wanted to and a home on the lake where they could bring their kids and pass down those memories through the generations.”
Water and fire features play off high-style architecture and pool design to create a world-class retreat in Fayetteville
The backyard of this new construction home in Fayetteville is a fusion of opposites. For example, sleek, clean lines in the hardscaping meet curves in the arched roof line over the grand foyer. White brick, concrete, and pavers are warmed up by a mix of woods throughout the backyard. And while the escape is undeniably stylish and current, it’s a place that offers comfort and community for the family of six and their friends who spend time here after school and during the summer months.
Coastal inspiration and Southern air come together in a patriotic lobster boil designed by Jessie Gillham of Festive Haus
“In Arkansas and in the South in general, when we think of the fourth of July, we think of barbecues and cookouts—and we all love that—but for this party I wanted to elevate it a little bit,” says event designer Jessie Gillham of Little Rock’s Festive Haus. Her inspiration? A coastal lobster boil with Southern influence and a patriotic palette.
Big Box Karaoke
Shake up your Saturday night with a trip to Big Box Karaoke, which has seven private rooms for rent and thousands of song choices. In addition, the kitchen offers a menu of Asian-inspired flavors like bánh mì, soba noodles, and kimchi tater tots. bigboxkaraoke.com…
In Hot Springs Village, designer Sandy Sutton helps a couple revamp the hub of their lakefront home
Jane and Tom Weiss’s kitchen makeover started with what they thought would be a simple stovetop switch. “From one little conversation, we ended up totally gutting the room and changing its style,” says designer Sandy Sutton of Sandy Sutton’s Design Center. Originally from Jonesboro but having lived all over the world, the Weisses settled in Hot Springs Village to enjoy the community, golf, and, of course, the lake.
A west Little Rock couple transforms the façade of their home with help from landscape designer Chris H. Olsen
After building their home in the 1990s, the owners of this west little rock house were ready to update its exterior. Not only did they want to make it feel more current, they desired a place where they could sit on the front porch to visit with neighbors and enjoy the beauty of a flower garden. Designer Chris H. Olsen of Botanica Gardens had worked with them on the home’s landscape decades before, so it was a natural choice to call on him when it was time to make these updates.
From navy and cobalt to turquoise and teal, you’ll find waves of inspiration in these ocean-like hues
Turquoise and brass tassel necklace by G. Spinelli and blue-and-white ceramic boxes. Providence Design, Little Rock, providenceltddesign.com
Aqua Sobremesa tumblers and Johnny Was “Coi” silk scarf. Haus Werk, Little Rock, shophauswerk.com
Stonewashed vintage Turkish rug. Art of Design, Little Rock, shadavari.com…
The end of this month marks the midpoint of 2019, which is a good time to slow down, evaluate your frame of mind, and approach the rest of the year with a fresh outlook. We often busy ourselves so much that the passage of time takes us by surprise—you look up and realize, where did the week go? The month? The year? Don’t forget to take a break and re-focus your energy this month. A yoga class or guided meditation can help you center your mind, body, and spirit, and get you ready to face what’s next with clarity.