The shop was named so because a milk carton is a “seemingly insubstantial object, yet it evokes a feeling of nostalgia,” says April Rae Mallord, who owns the store along with Lauri Matisse and Wally Phillips. “Everyone remembers sitting at lunchtime with their friends through elementary, middle school, and high school with at least one milk carton present on the table. … The Milk Carton is meant to evoke that childlike curiosity, contentedness, and wonder that we all had as children—when we could find joy in the small, seemingly insignificant things,” April explains. “The building itself seems small and insubstantial, but once you open the door, just like a milk carton, you enter a world of enchantment, never knowing what magical finds will delight you.”…
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.
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.
Clarksville florist Vase & Vine has expanded its floral studio to Little Rock with the opening of a new storefront at 2901 West Markham St. in Stifft Station. Manager Gabrielle Schryver says full-service wedding design in central Arkansas has been “taking off” in the past year, which led to the decision to put down roots in the capital city. “We wanted to bring something completely different to the Little Rock area,” Gabrielle says. “We are very versatile with our design, but we thrive in natural and organic style.” Gabrielle’s mother, Gina Schryver, has owned and operated the Clarksville location for 14 years. In addition to wedding design, Vase & Vine also offers fresh arrangements and delivery. Find more information at facebook.com/vaseandvine.…
Art Exhibition in El Dorado
Asheville artist, Kathryn B. Phillips, who grew up in the Delta of Arkansas, will show her watercolor exhibit “Contraptions” in El Dorado. The exhibit will include 20 to 25 large-scale watercolor paintings of machinery parts reconfigured to create a contraption full of personality.
“I find real freedom in redesigning a perfectly fine tuned machine with specific function into an expression of humor that hopefully delights the viewer as much as it does me to create it. I choose for the most part agricultural equipment to launch my ideas, simply because that subject speaks of my home and my familiarity. My contraption series embodies this concept.”
The exhibit will be displayed at the South Arkansas Arts Center (SAAC) in El Dorado, September 3 – September 30, 2016 with a reception on September 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visit saac-arts.com for more information; kathrynbphillips.com
Vesta’s to Open Soon in Rogers
Northwest Arkansas will soon have a new resource for women’s fashion. Vesta’s, the well known and loved Little Rock fashion boutique will be the latest addition in Rogers opening in mid to late September. Vesta’s will offer Northwest Arkansas women a beautiful place to shop for any and all occasions. The women of Vesta’s, led by owner Melissa Tanner, bring a unique array of clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories to their clients that invite effortless, feminine, and intriguing looks. Look for grand opening events and specials coming soon. Vesta’s, 5100 Pauline Whitaker Parkway, Suite 105, Rogers, vestasboutique.com
Now Open in Sherwood
The Painted Tree Vintage Market recently opened an additional location in a newly constructed building on Hwy 67/167 and Kiehl in Sherwood. An upscale vintage market housed under one roof, The Painted Tree offers shopping for unique furniture décor, antiques, boutique clothing, and gifts all in one place. Many of their same vendors, which consist of interior designers, decorators, artisans, and craftsman, are represented at this new location as well as many new ones. They are open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. -6 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. -6 p.m. The Painted Tree, 8550 Landers Road, Sherwood, (501) 205-4540, thepaintedtreevintage.com