When Leslie and Charley Parnell moved into their current home, they knew right away they wanted to lose some walls and give the home a more open floor plan. Working with designers Scott Paterek and Tammie Weaver of Massimo Interior Design, they ended up with a spacious kitchen (which happened to make the cover of our September issue!) perfectly suited to their urban-inspired style. Their bath also received an overhaul that resulted in a walk-in closet for both him and her. Read the full story here, and scroll below to see before images from this west Little Rock makeover.
The end of summer is a bittersweet time, but it’s also when certain crops are ready for market. And many of your summer annuals, so vibrant and luscious during the hot months, are now showing their age and wear (though some seem to thrive even now, at the end of the season—I’m looking at you, dragon-wing begonia). The last of the hay has been baled, apples and pears are beginning to tumble into the stores and farmers markets, and muscadines are ripe, a fact not lost on true Southerners. So here comes the fun stuff: pumpkins.
Above: A typical display we have at both Botanica and Plantopia. With such variety, how could you go home with just one? Mix the colors, combine shapes, stack them all cheek-to-cheek. There is no formal pattern for your fall display.…
Interior Design Society (IDS) is a national association of residential interior design professionals that offers continuing education, business resources, and networking opportunities for interior designers and vendors within the design community. While members all over the country can join independent of a local chapter, Little Rock designer and IDS member Shayla Copas hopes to recruit more members in The Natural State with the establishment of an Arkansas chapter.
“I’ve been attending the convention for four years now,” Shayla says. “I went to a leadership seminar that first year and remember thinking this might be something I wanted to bring back to Arkansas. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in the organization, knowing that if I was going to encourage others to join, I wanted to make sure it was something I believed in.”
In partnership with At Home in Arkansas, Shayla will help facilitate a kick-off event October 25 for designers interested in joining IDS. The organization’s national executive director, Jenny Cano, plans to be in attendance. “I’ve heard people say before, ‘I’m scared to join an organization because I’m self taught,’ but IDS is very inclusive,” Shayla says of the organization. “There are different levels of membership based on your experience and education, but they don’t exclude anyone. That’s one thing I really love about it,” she adds.
Join us at 5:30 p.m. October 25 at the At Home in Arkansas offices to learn more about Interior Design Society. The event is open to all interior designers and those in related fields. Our offices are located at 2207 Cottondale Lane, Suite 3 in Little Rock. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
A new community market is set to open September 15 at 50 Antique Way in Keo, the spot that dedicated antiques shoppers will remember as the former location of Morris Antiques. The Orchards at Keo is compromised of 25,000 square feet of warehouse space, some of which has been turned into booths for art vendors and local makers. “We’re giving businesses the opportunity to have a second storefront,” says Stacy Jeans, who co-owns the business with Karon Weatherford. “For some people who do crafts, this will be their first storefront. They have a place to sell their pieces, and we take care of all the social media and help them sell their product.” Vendors include artists (such as blown glass sculptor James Hayes and Miller’s Mud pottery), furniture makers, and purveyors of local honey and homemade soap scrubs.
Call (501) 519-2957 or email email@example.com for more information or if you are interested in becoming a tenant. Watch their Facebook page for continued updates.
Photo via facebook.com/theorchardsatkeo
Hernando, Mississippi-based flooring distributor Forest to Floor has opened the doors to a designer showroom at 8900 Maumelle Blvd. The retailer carries a variety of engineered hardwood flooring in addition to unfinished solid planks, stains, and other flooring materials. Melvin Jordan, the store’s general manager, says that WPC (wood-plastic composite) and SPC (stone-plastic composite) flooring have been recent favorites because of their resilience and long life span.
Showroom hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit foresttofloor.com.
Acme Brick Company, the largest brick maker in the country, recently opened a new, larger showroom in Springdale. The company had outgrown its former location at 1607 N. Thompson St. and celebrated the opening of a new 6,256-square-foot showroom at 4877 N. 54th St. with demonstrations for architects, builders, and landscapers. Founded in 1891, Acme opened its first Springdale location in 1978. According to a press release, drastic population growth in Northwest Arkansas led to increased brick production and demand for a larger showroom and warehouse. In addition to brick, natural stone, and other masonry materials, this location offers fireplace systems, iron doors, grills, and more outdoor living products. Showroom hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit brick.com.
In our August issue, we visited bustling Northwest Arkansas and shared a roundup of places to go and experiences to have—including the Fayetteville Roots Festival, which begins August 22. In addition to the events celebrating music and food that the festival offers every year, Olivia Trimble and Samantha Sigmon have organized a visual arts exhibit called Grassroots: Artists and Arkansas to coincide with the event….
Often when we buy a house, we inherit rooms or areas that we don’t get enough use out of, or that we simply don’t care about. Just because a room is part of the structure, with a defined use, doesn’t mean you have to use it as it was originally planned. The room you’re going to see in this post was never actually a room; it was a garage. Actually, a carport—something with even less dignity. I had one already, so I decided to make this a functional room, with a door directly into the outside. I wanted more areas for seating, good light, and elements that echo the Spanish colonial design of my house. What does that last part mean? I needed terrazzo floors, architectural arches, a fireplace with a hearth, and stucco walls. By extending the theme of my house with this new room, I was able to keep it from looking like it had been added on. I wanted seamless design throughout.
Looks like a nice room, right? No traces of cars or exhaust. In keeping with the Spanish design of my house, I brought in elements that underscored it. A worn farm table, wrought iron anything—including chairs and candelabras—a simple rug that zings with color, and plants associated with the desert southwest. Attention to detail can pay off. Nothing was pricey, but all fit within my design guidelines.
Fayetteville showroom Christopher Allen reopens in August under the name Donna Hanna Interiors/Christopher Allen Décor. Designer Donna Hanna had previously been the in-house designer for Christopher Allen before buying the store earlier this year. The store’s new location at 1814 N. Crossover Road will provide a similar collection of transitional furnishings as well as a designated space for other designers to use while meeting with their clients. Find more information at donnahannainteriors.com.
We headed to the Spa City to talk with Diana Bratton, owner of Taco Mama, about her favorite dishes and what she loves about the Arkansas food scene.
At Home in Arkansas: Tell us about your earliest memory of cooking. Chef Diana Bratton: My earliest memory of cooking would be making salsas with my dad’s special mortar when I was about four. The mortar has a bull’s head and I still have it. I’ve never seen another one like it.
AHIA: Where did you receive your training? DB: I graduated culinary school from El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, but I really received my training at City Café where I worked with a wonderful chef & owners who were very talented.
AHIA: What is your favorite dish at your restaurant? DB: It’s a toss-up between the pork and veggie sopes and the shrimp diabla quesadilla. On the pork sopes, I love the texture of the sope itself. It has a crunchy outer crust with tenderness on the inside. I think in general our carnitas are some of the best I’ve ever had. For the diabla quesadilla, I love shellfish and our diabla sauce has a smoky heat, which pairs nicely with the shrimp….