Looking for a sweet way to warm up on a chilly February day? You’re in luck. Don Dugan, owner of Dugan’s Pub in downtown Little Rock, shares his secret for a toast-worthy coffee concoction. Try the tasty sipper and let us know what you think. Dugan’s Irish Coffee Recipe yields 1 drink. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 ounces Irish whiskey 1 teaspoon brown sugar Hot black coffee Fresh whipped cream Green or dark creme de menthe DIRECTIONS: Place brown sugar in the bottom of a mug. Add Irish whiskey. Fill mug to the top with coffee. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with creme de menthe. Enjoy!
In our April issue we featured this empty-nester’s colorfully updated cottage (read the full story here) designed by Arkansas’ own Laura Bartell. Today, we’re honored to have her here to share a few of her favorite collections to add instant charm and cosmopolitan style to your home.
The world is full of so much beauty. I enjoy traveling and seeing the world and I always want to bring a piece of the culture home with me. The bright colors and bold patterns of these collections liven up any room. It is amazing how such old and traditional items look so fresh and modern!
VINTAGE TEXTILE COLLECTION
My textile collection includes Turkish Suzanis, Uzbekistan Ikats, Mexican Otomi fabric, and India’s elaborate embroidery, brocade, and silks.
Textiles can be used throughout your home in so many ways. The patterned fabric on this bench is used as an upholstery detail to add a little color and pattern in a small dose. It’s also smart to limit pricey fabrics to the most visible areas, like the front of sofa cushions and pillows, or the outside backs of chairs. Adding collections such as Ikat pillows and a basket display can change the feeling of an otherwise neutral room.
This Ikat pattern is used as tablecloths, pillows, china patterns, and a wall hanging. Chose how much color and pattern is for you!
Otomi fabric is handmade by the Otomi Indians of Hidalgo, Mexico. The Otomi pattern is said to come from ancient cliff drawings in the region. I use it for upholstery, bedspreads, pillows, and even lampshades!
A MOROCCAN TILE COLLECTION is a great way to add color! And pattern too! Tile is practical since it is durable and is perfect for wet areas such as kitchens, baths, and beach or lake houses. Similar to the textiles, although these designs are old, they look so fresh! I recently put colorful tile in a Southern lake house and the client said their home now makes them feel like they are always on vacation.
Tile adds a pop of color on the floor at an entryway or on the stairway risers. It’s always fun to see materials and finishes where you least expect them such as exteriors or the entire interior. Ceiling too!
BOX COLLECTION Boxes are used to hold my treasures. And a treasure box has to be gorgeous. I always look for boxes with different colors, materials, and exquisite decoration. This blue box is made of Shagreen (dyed skin from sharks and rays).
Red leather boxes with gold-tooled leather inlay details. Found these after custom designing my Interior Design portfolio. How lucky!
Glossy lacquer boxes with contrasting colored edges are crisp and always look smart.
BOOK COLLECTION I love books and have always embraced knowledge. I am so inspired by literature, art, music, fashion, architecture, and design. Books really personalize a room. You can use books in stacks to style tables, bookshelves, or neat stacks on the floor.
STYLING TIPS for your book collection. Create vertical and horizontal groups and mix it up a bit. You can group by size and color. Use decorative objects sculptural pieces, plates, bowls, or vases. You can use a stack of books as bookends too. Add something organic like coral or bunch of flowers. Make it pop by adding a paint color or wallpaper to the back of a bookcase. Art looks great sitting on an easel in a bookcase or even hung on the front of shelves.
Don’t forget to display something personal in your bookshelves like COLLECTIONS! And this applies to your entire home-display, your collections and things that make you happy. Maybe you collect something like corks or matchboxes. You might have a framed photo of you and your family or even a souvenir purchased in a far away place! Essentially, display something that is going to make you smile inside when you see it and tell others a bit about who you are!
Need some last minute Mother’s Day inspiration? In our recent issues, designers such as Tanarah Haynie, Andrea Brooks and the ladies at Providence Design have created some fabulous tabletops. Using those as our inspiration, we’ve found gift and recipe ideas to help you create the perfect day for your mom!
set it: botanical bash
set it: masterful mix
set it: the collected table
make it: french almond macarons
No matter what sort of dad you have, we’ve got gifts, recipes and favorite locales from past issues of At Home in Arkansas to inspire a fabulous Father’s Day weekend. What type of dad do you have?
set it: rustic re-do
make it: beef stew with ale
set it: renovated and refreshed
make it: steak salad with herbs
set it: bringing the indoors out
Football season is in full swing, so here are a few essentials for your tailgate or watch party to ensure you’re named tailgate MVP. As seen in our September issue, Catering To You’s Stuffed JalapeÃ±o Peppers are sure to score extra points. They’ll be a hit at any party this fall. May the best team win!
Catering to You’s Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
Recipe yields 40 stuffed peppers
1 pound mild ground sausage
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
20 whole jalapeÃ±os
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, cook the sausage until done, and then drain excess oil. Mix cooked sausage, cream cheese and Parmesan in a large bowl until combined. Slice each jalapeÃ±o lengthwise and remove seeds and ribs. Pack the sausage and cheese mixture into the jalapeÃ±os, then bake, uncovered, for 8 minutes.
Catering to You, Little Rock, (501) 614-9030, cateringtoyouinlittlerock.com
Vietri silver serving tray. The Full Moon, Little Rock, (501) 663-4367.
Today we are thrilled to welcome our new Editor in Chief, Chip Jones.
Chip comes to us with an extensive background in both interior design and styling. A Northwest Georgia native and a graduate of the University of Memphis, Chip honed his skills at Joe Tice Interiors and William R Eubanks Interior Design (both located in Memphis), before moving to Arkansas in 2006. Upon his arrival in Arkansas, he became a designer at Tipton Hurst florist. This later lead to his role as creative stylist at Hortus Ltd./P. Allen Smith Co. Here, he worked on numerous projects including styling on photography for all P. Allen Smith media and P. Allen Smith-branded products, as well as working closely with the production team to produce three ongoing television shows.
“I’m excited to join the At Home team and looking forward to bringing our readers amazing content in 2014 and beyond,” says Jones.
We hope you’ll take a moment to welcome Chip to the team by leaving a comment here.
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Drop him a line at: email@example.com
cover photography: photography by nancy nolan | styling by mandy keener
Today, we’ve rounded up a few items to help you get the look of this month’s cover shot. We knew Bill Tarkington’s historic downtown Little Rock home would be a perfect fit for this issue from the moment we got a preview earlier this year. The plaid accents, antique furniture, wooden shutters and built-in bookshelves all make for a cozy space to entertain. Of course, the beautifully set table has us ready for Thanksgiving. See more of this entire home on the At Home in Arkansas website or find it in the November Best of Southern Style issue, on newsstands.
Our deliciously colorful post yesterday got us thinking about cozy kitchens. We’ve rounded up a handful of inspiration for everyone’s favorite gathering place. Which of these kitchens shows off your style? Are you working on a kitchen remodel? Pour a cup of coffee and let us know which space inspires you.
All of these spaces can be found here under the “Ideas & Inspirations” tab on the At Home website. There, you can search by rooms, followed by kitchens. Hope you enjoy these spaces as much as we do.