Christen Byrd, owner of central Arkansas balloon-installation company Just Peachy, announced the opening of a new studio space in downtown Little Rock. Christen created her first balloon installation in July 2017 for the grand opening of Loblolly Creamery, where she was creative director. “I started getting occasional requests after people saw that first piece, but then decided to really start pushing it this year,” Christen says.…
Mona Thompson and Talena Ray, owners of Providence Design, will host an anniversary party celebrating six years in business on October 24. The event is 5-8 p.m. and will feature live music and refreshments. “We’ve really enjoyed growing the business over the past six years and our relationships with our customers and clients,” Talena says. Join the party at Providence’s showroom, 2314 Cantrell Road. providenceltddesign.com
Custom Roman shade made by Draped & Tailored. Bathroom design by Jill White Designs. Photo by Rett Peek.
Callie Bullock, owner of soft furnishings studio Draped & Tailored, has opened her first workroom since starting her business a year and a half ago. The 1,300-square-foot studio in midtown Little Rock has a small showroom where clients and designers can see examples in person, feel textile samples, and “discuss all of the custom possibilities,” Callie says….
Four years into owning Fayetteville-based retail store WITH Home Supply, sisters Rebekah and Sarah Fess have announced they are now offering design services. The WITH brand features organic materials, a mix of modern and vintage pieces, and “products paired down to the essentials.” After years of working on side projects as the store was starting off, Rebekah and Sarah are excited for this next step. The duo will be working together on various design projects under the WITH brand. “We work well together and feed off one another creatively,” Sarah says. “We’ve had many inquiries from customers since the shop opened, so it just feels like an organic addition.” Design services include three-hour refresh sessions, small projects, and larger projects upon request. For more information and to view pricing, visit withhomesupply.com.
WITH Home Supply is located at 7 E. Mountain St. in Fayetteville.
The “Golden” gown by Scout Bridal, available at Joon Bridal. Photo by Freckled Fox Photography.
Fayetteville bridal boutique Joon Bridal was born out of owner Beth Talebi’s desire to bring Arkansas brides more options for chic, unconventional wedding gowns. After opening and operating for a year on College Avenue, the shop announced its move to the Fayetteville Square into the space formerly occupied by Savoir Faire. “Although we didn’t intend to move into a new space so quickly, an opportunity arose that we couldn’t pass up,” Beth says. “It’s thrilling to know that Joon will be surrounded by the buzz of the Square, yet will continue to provide an intimate and exclusive experience for our brides.”
Joon is open by appointment only at 1 E. Center St., Suite 170. JoonBridal.com
While Triton Stone Group, one of the largest importers of natural stone in the country, has had a distribution location in Little Rock for the past 12 years, the company opens its first Arkansas showroom at 10 Clearwater Drive on June 13. In addition to natural stone, the company supplies tile, faucets, tubs, and more, and will be expanding its product lineup this month. “With this showroom opening, we’ll be carrying a lot of new vendors, like Delta and California Faucets,” says general manager Jake McAllister. “We’re excited about this grand opening, which is open to the public. There will be food, a bounce house for kids, face painting, and representatives from all of our vendors,” Jake says, adding that he hopes people will take this opportunity to meet with vendor reps and become more familiar with the products. Find out more about Triton Stone Group at tritonstone.com.
Jeffrey Court is one of the many tile suppliers you can explore at Triton Stone Group’s new showroom. The Classic Statuario collection is pictured here. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Court
Thanks to Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and Alex Foundation, children around the state with an interest in design and architecture have opportunities for creative outlets in those areas over the summer. In June and July, Fay Jones School offers seven sessions of five-day camps in Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Wilson, Little Rock, El Dorado, and Bentonville (sessions in Fayetteville and Bentonville are already full, but you can apply for the wait list). Students in the Delta can find similar opportunities through Alex Foundation’s STE+AM Initiative, which offers students hands-on learning opportunities in architecture and design through sessions in McGehee and Lake Village, both in July. Alex Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to expose students to career possibilities in architecture and design with a special focus on children in the Delta. Alex Foundation is the winner of the American Institute of Architects’ 2019 Diversity Recognition Program. Learn more at fayjones.uark.edu and alex-foundation.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application for camps in the Delta.
The Northwest Arkansas Homebuilders Association presents its 28th annual Parade of Homes June 7-9. The event is a self-guided tour of more than 35 homes from Bella Vista to Farmington featuring a mix of custom builders, production builders, and remodeling contractors. Participating homes will be judged based on Best Curb Appeal, Best Kitchen, Best Master Suite, Best Floor Plan, Best Remodel, and Best Overall in seven price range categories, and awards will be announced on June 6. Find a map of the homes and plot out your visit at nwaparadeofhomes.com.
This home featured in the 2018 Parade of Homes was built by Celtic Custom Homes and took home the award for Best Floor Plan in its price range category. Interior design by Katie Grace Designs.
This spring, Angela Sullins transitioned careers from an elementary school teacher to owner of Ruby: A Southern Tradition, a new boutique in Springdale near Tontitown. While the store is most directly named after Angela’s great-grandmother Ruby, her inspiration for the shop includes all of the special people in her life, such as her mother, stepmother, aunts, grandfathers, husband, and children. “What excites me most about opening this shop is that people feel at home here,” she says. “Women come shopping together and, before you know it, the room is filled with laughter and ‘small world’ meetings.” Ruby is located at 246 S. Maestri Road, Building 5, Suite 1 in Springdale.
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Murphy Arts District is getting ready to host the fifth annual Southern Food & Wine Festival May 9-11. Not familiar with this celebration of all things food and wine? Well, you should be! We talked with MAD’s executive chef, Austin Johnson, and sommelier, Eric Railsback, about the event. Read on for what to expect at the Southern Food & Wine Dinner (a sold-out event for 175 ticket holders on Friday, May 10), Grand Tasting (Saturday, May 11—get tickets here), and throughout the rest of the weekend in Murphy Arts District.
At Home in Arkansas: Austin, tell us about some of the dishes that will be served Friday at the Southern Food & Wine Dinner.
Austin: Friday will be about a collaboration between old colleagues and great friends. We have four world-class chefs—Mike Reilly, Aaron Abramson, Adam Purcell, and Michael Rellergert—each preparing a dish for this dinner, and each will bring an idea and inspiration behind their dish. We have worked it out so each course will complement the one coming before it. A lot of the chefs will be shipping in ingredients from the city they are coming from, whether that’s London or New York, so each course will have its own unique feel of time and place….