Little Rock boutique Beige recently moved from downtown to the Heights neighborhood. While owner Ashley Peeples says shoppers will find the same minimal aesthetic and well-curated stock they’ve come to expect from the store, they might notice a few changes in the atmosphere from the shop’s original location. “Some of my favorite stores are modern, but they also have traditional aspects in the design, which I feel makes them more inviting,” Ashley says. “The new location is definitely going to feel very homey. I want our customers to feel invited and comfortable when they visit.” To achieve this feel, Ashley worked with local designer Jill White to incorporate arched doorways, raw linen fabrics, and soft colors to warm up the space. “Jill has been a customer of ours since we opened, and I have always admired her work. I was on the phone with her as soon as we signed the lease. I knew that she would get my vision for the new space,” Ashley says. For more information, visit beigelr.com.…
The concept behind Fayetteville’s recently opened City Supply Homestead Provisions & Goods is one that husband-and-wife team Kirsten and Chase Morman have had for “well over a year,” Kirsten says—it was just a matter of waiting to find the perfect spot for it. “We didn’t want to venture too far away from the downtown square,” she explains. When the location next door to Kirsten’s first brick-and-mortar store, Riffraff, became available, the Mormans pounced on it. Kirsten describes City Supply as a “modern-day mercantile” that carries gifts and home goods inspired by a sense of nostalgia, from T-shirts to candles to frameable prints. Exposed brick and a “media wall” featuring classic ’80s and ’90s movies adds to the store’s throwback vibe. “The Sandlot, Princess Bride, and 8 Seconds have been three of our top crowd favorites so far,” Kirsten says. For more information, visit citysupplyfayetteville.com.…
Living the Good Life with Chris Olsen
Europeans have long known something that Americans are only just now finding out: you can create a “room” for entertaining within your landscape. And it won’t take a carpenter to do it. If you have a courtyard, patio, or level area in your yard that is wide and long enough to turn into a rectilinear space for table, chairs, and plants, you can treat your guests to a real indoors-goes-outdoors experience. Define the space and mark the “walls” with large specimen plants (read: dwarf or semi-dwarf trees), then plunk a table down between them. Add seating, accessories, personal touches, and then you have it. A delightful area for dining and conversation.
The growth spurt in downtown Little Rock’s South Main district doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon. Reinvented Vintage, which specializes in updated and repurposed furniture, announced a move from Breckenridge Village in west Little Rock to 1222 S. Main St. The new location has an opening planned for early summer, and the move will enable the shop to offer more classes and events, according to their website. Current SoMa staple The Root Café has announced the opening of a second restaurant, a Latin venture called Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos, down the street at 1220 S. Main Street, also slated for a summer opening. Rock Town Distillery and Core Brewing also have SoMa locations in the works. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for a new mixed-use development at 15th and Main, where AMR Architecture has plans for a structure that will offer pedestrian-friendly apartments and retail. Keep up with SoMa happenings at somalittlerock.com.
This post was originally published in the May 2018 issue of At Home in Arkansas
You may not think a lot about walls, but they work on many levels at a property. They can keep something in or out, provide demarcation and boundary, and serve as punctuation for a landscape. They’re the very definition of utilitarian. But I have a question for you: do they have to be strictly about purpose, with nothing left for aesthetics or pleasure? I think a wall can become part of your plantings, which will mean seasonal interest, color, and a bit of something unexpected in your landscape.
Glitz and glam are definitely my signature traits as a designer, so it’s no surprise to my clients that my design aesthetic is often referred to as “Southern Glam,” which I like to describe as a Southern spin on Hollywood Glam. Follow along as I show you a few of my favorite Southern Glam finds at Las Vegas Market!
I can’t even begin to describe how gorgeous Xela Aroma’s Ombre collection is! So many colors and so GLAM! They have a ton of amazing scents but my favorite was Grapefruit….
LET THERE BE LIGHTS: The west Little Rock location of Cobblestone & Vine is the first store in Little Rock to offer clients a Visual Comfort & Co. lighting gallery wall, allowing them to see the styles in person before making an order and stocking more fixtures available to buy off the floor. Stuart Thalheimer Davis, a designer with Cobblestone & Vine, says the store has stocked all their favorite styles from Visual Comfort’s best-selling collaboration collection, including fixtures by Kelly Wearstler, Aerin Lauder, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas O’Brien, and E.F. Chapman. Cobblestone & Vine, 11525 Cantrell Road, (501) 219-3676, cobblestoneandvine.com
This post originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of At Home in Arkansas. Image courtesy of visualcomfort.com.
BIGGER IS BETTER: Little Rock designer Sha Davari recently moved her store, Art of Design, in Capital Park’s Design District (in front of Cajun’s Wharf) into a larger, air-conditioned showroom within the same complex. “I wanted more space, and now I can carry a lot more of everything,” Davari says of the update. “I’m so excited that I can display my things in vignettes. I finally have room to display merchandise in a way that helps people say, ‘Oh, this and this could all go together.” Davari’s store showcases a range of styles, from traditional to contemporary with transitional pieces that fall in between the two. “We can work with a lot of different styles, needs, and price points,” she adds. Art of Design, 2200 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 425-3776
This post originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of At Home in Arkansas.
Living the Good Life with Chris Olsen
Suburban houses usually come with a pre-poured concrete sidewalk. That idea is so pervasive we don’t even think about it. You arrive at your friend’s house, get out of the car, and stroll up the walk. A walk invariably flanked by green grass, carefully manicured and fed. What if you want to be just a little different? You can tear up the sod and replace with hardy perennials that will provide interest, no matter the season. And you can bisect your new planting area with a clearly defined pathway, which is both decorative and functional. People are beginning to discover the pleasures of plants, as opposed to sod, and adding rock strewn paths to provide for a pleasing note of individuality.
Once the sod was removed and the plants installed we provided the path. The idea came out of the need to access the backyard by maintenance crews. You can’t drive a mower through the plants, so what do you do? We levelled the designated—curved–area and created a bed for both large flat pavers, and plenty of rock. The pavers are for stepping, the surrounding rock for interest and drainage. And take a look at the perennials we chose; all are rugged, dependable and fit the proportions of the space. Nothing could be worse than having to dig and remove specimens on a regular basis that have outgrown their allotted segment. We chose a complementary mix of rudbeckia, verbena, salvia, rosemary, and other specimens chosen for their growth habits (more rounded than tall, more cascading than upright)….
Make plans to attend a gardening workshop with Mark Cain of Dripping Springs Garden at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on March 3. Cain will discuss organic gardening, landscaping, and cut-flower gardening in the Bellows and Cassatt rooms in the lower level of the museum from 10-11:30 a.m. The program is part of the museum’s ongoing Discover the Grounds series, which is free—just be sure to register online. 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, (479) 657-2335, crystalbridges.org