Heather Smith, owner of Eggshells Kitchen Company in Little Rock, certainly knows her way around the kitchen and how to make whipping up dinner simple. Today we asked her to share a few of her favorites for cooking, sipping, or simply hanging out around town. See what she chose as her must have items…
As the owner of Savoir-Faire, located on the Fayetteville Square, Tess Labeth can tell you the hottest trends for fashion, jewelry and accessories. But, as someone who knows the latest-and-greatest, what does she prefer? For this week’s Monday Must Haves, we asked her to share a few things she can’t live without.
1.Â Olive AnorakÂ Call me crazy, but I loathe putting on a coat. Iâve always dressed in layers to stay cozy, but there are still times when I need a little something heavier, enter olive anorak. Olive is so easy to pair with almost any color, and the lightweight fabric is great as an extra layer without the overwhelming, stuffy, coat-like feel. Also, it’s super simple to transition from season to season.
2.Â Kate Spade Tech AccessoriesÂ I almost always have my phone in hand, MacBook in lap, or iPad floating around somewhere to and from the shop. Kate Spade has the best tech accessories to jazz up my multitasking tech-driven life.
3.Â ClarisonicÂ Taking care of my skin is very important and my Clarisonic makes it that much easier. It provides a different level of cleanliness and makes my skin soft and smooth while adding the perfect glow.
4.Â Blank DenimÂ These jeans are the epitome of comfort. While I love long flowy dresses and fun fancy pants, there is nothing better than the perfect pair of jeans. Greatest Hits Skinny by BlankNYC is by far my favorite pair to wear dressed up or dressed down.
5.Â Red Lipsâ¦ Iâm a lover of red lips. Russian Red by MAC is the best for all-day wear without drying out my lips. Itâs the perfect hue to take from morning until night, and does wonders for any smile.
Happy Monday! Just 14 shopping days left until Christmas. Are you ready for the festivities to begin? Whether you’ve marked every name off your list or you need a zen moment to prepare yourself for the hustle and bustle that lies ahead, we’ve got someone who can help as our special guest on the blog today. Terry Dilday, co-owner of Cynthia East Fabrics, is here to share her Monday Must Haves, which also happen to make great gift ideas.
1. Thymes Frasier Fir Holiday Candle – I start burning this scent long before Christmas. It makes my home feel cozy.
2. Manduka Yoga Mat – Having loaned it to my daughter, I’m missing mine terribly. Somebody needs one for Christmas!!
3. Peepers – A true must have. At $24 each I can afford to have many styles to choose from!
4. Meditations from the Mat – I love a spiritual daily book to start my day with intention. I go through one each year and this is my 2013 choice.
5. Adam and Viktoria Pillows – I saw these at a friends house and researched the source. Sold only in a few places in this country, the beautiful appliquÃ©d silk velvet pillows warm my heart every time i see them in my living room.
Ever wonder which items your favorite designers, tastemakers and folks about town just can’t live without? We definitely do! To sate our curiosity, we’re kicking off a new blog column in which we ask a different person to share a few of their favorite things each week. Editor in Chief Diane Carroll has graciously agreed to jump in first, and we’re loving her picks!
This is an accent chair in our family room (it’s actually in a red and white print, but the shape is the same), and that high back and curved arms make it a perfect place to work on my laptop–you’ll find me here in the evenings, pinning on Pinterest, with my doggies sitting at my feet. AND the biggest bonus is that Lee Industries is a U.S. company with environmentally-friendly construction and business practices, and each chair is basically handmade.
2. West Third Brand Gardenia di Vita candles and room spray.
A thoughtful friend sent me a gift set a few years ago, and I’ve been addicted ever since. It’s a floral but not too sweet scent.
3.Â Fresh flowers, especially from this place.
No need to go crazy on big arrangements, just add a few flowers in bud vases or cups, something in season that’s fresh and affordable. Flora in downtown Fayetteville is my favorite source–walking in the door and seeing what finds they have always makes me happy.
I love a stripe. My husband pointed out to me awhile back that I have now successfully added at least one striped item to every room in the house. Part of the credit goes to Dash & Albert, with wonderful striped rugs that I use as a dash (pun intended) of color in a room.
5.Â Lots of vases, including my favorite Eva Zeisel Upright vase trio.
After years of styling houses for photo shoots, I’ve ended up with a pretty large vase collection. All the better to display my own flowers! This trio of vases by the acclaimed mid-century modern sculptor Eva Zeisel is my favorite, as they look great with just a few flowers or even empty, thanks to the curvy shapes.
Ever wonder which items your favorite designers, tastemakers and folks about town just canât live without? We definitely do! To sate our curiosity, weâre asking a different person to share a few of their favorite things each week. This week, associate/online editor Rosemary Hallmark tells us what she can’t live without.
I read books constantly, and when I’m not wearing out my library card, I’m judging them by their covers. Because I have books piled precariously on every surface in my house, I prefer to purchase prettier copies, including the Domino Book of Decorating, anything from the Penguin Clothbound Classics series, and a current favorite, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.
2. J.R. Watkins Natural Products hand soaps and cleansers
The same rule applies for hand soaps and cleansers – if it sits on the counter, it should be nice to look at. J.R. Watkins products not only come in lovely packaging, they smell amazing and use only natural, environmentally friendly ingredients. The grapefruit scent is my favorite.
3. Robert Allen’s Khanjali Peacock fabric
Besides using this fabric to make curtains and pillows, I’m also using it as the color palette inspiration for my entire house. I love the soft teals mixed with accents of brown, green and yellow. I purchase it in large quantities from Cynthia East Fabrics.
4. Vintage collectibles and curiosities from Clement.
Clement is my go-to for one-of-a-kind vintage items. I could spend hours looking at all the carefully curated items in this Hillcrest shop. Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection of art, vases, mirrors and knick knacks that are always great conversation pieces. Even when I’m not there to purchase, I love stopping in to look around and marvel at the perfectly styled vignettes.
5. My Canon camera
As a blogger, my camera is never out of arm’s reach. I’m constantly snapping photos of my DIY and home improvement projects, my dog, and just about anything else that will sit still long enough. I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR, which is great for beginners and photography newbies like myself.
Ever wonder which items your favorite designers, tastemakers and folks about town just canât live without? We definitely do! To sate our curiosity, weâre asking a different person to share a few of their favorite things each week. This week, art director Mandy Keener tells us what she canât live without.1. Iconic Eames
I would totally have a house full of chairs, but that’s probably not ideal… I started my collection with this Eames.
Every time I see this I just chuckle. It adds a bit of humor to my walls, plus who doesn’t love Bill Murray?
I have an obsession with estate sales and animals. The Golden Hippo caught my eye at one of Roy Dudley’s sales, and of course he had to come home with me. Little art is also one of my favorite things as well. I scooped these little pieces in Boston on Newbury Street. Street art is hot. Just wait! These could be worth millions some day…
Well, anything from Jonathan Adler, really. He’s my favorite. We could all use a little place for our Glitter or Dolls…you know.
It goes a long way! Keeping white and gray on most of the walls in my house, I added these two accent colors. It made a big statement and I love it! Jamacia Bay for the front door and Knock Orange on one wall in the kitchen, which you can see thru the front window. It’s the easiest way to change up a room, and I am known to change my mind about color frequently!
Ever wonder which items your favorite designers, tastemakers and folks about town just canât live without? We definitely do! To sate our curiosity, weâre asking a different person to share a few of their favorite things each week. This week, At Home in Arkansas guest blogger, DIY maven and Live the Home Life blogger, Cara Wilkerson, is sharing her must-have items:
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Hand tools
DIYers at every skill level count on the tool belt trifecta: a tapemeasurer, hammer & screwdriver. Whether hanging a framed photo on the wall or building a coffee table from scratch, these three amigos are always in on the act.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Thank You Notes
Taking a few minutes to jot down why I appreciate the people in my life not only sends a little extra love into the universe but also helps remind my all-too-often digital fingers how to cross my tâs and dot my iâs. I donât have one set stop for thank you cards, but these little birdie notes from Paper Source sure are precious.
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Spray paint
Iâve revamped more tables, lamps, mailboxes and accessories than I can count with a quick spritz, including this handsome little thrift store owl. A coat of white spray paint brought him back to prime perching condition in no time.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â White dinnerware
Early in my 20s, I began stockpiling white ceramic dinnerware. Starting out with the basics from Pottery Barn and mixing in a variety of different bowls, platters and vases from a number of different stores over the years has helped me pull together a clean white palette to accent with fun pops of color and seasonal pieces.
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Weekly planner
I rely on my handwritten planner from sunup to well after sundown. Everything from work appointments to DIY projects to dinner with friends is nestled into my daily agenda.
Absolutely cannot live withoutÂ candlesâ¦Love so many, but a favorite is Olivina.Â We light candles every night, just for the two of usâ¦it’s those little things you do every day that make life special!
2.Â Â Design books
My bookshelves are filled with them and they are stacked everywhere. Current favorites areÂ Segreto Finishes by Leslie SinclairÂ andÂ Patina Style by Brooke and Steve Giannetti. (I actually read this one from cover to cover)
3.Â Â White dishes
I’ve always loved dishes and have acquired several sets.Â When we moved a couple of years ago I went to Pottery Barn and bought stacks of plate, mugs and bowls to fill the open shelves in our kitchen.Â We use them every day.
4. Â Fresh herbs
My herb garden right outside the kitchen door is a favorite spot. Clipping and cooking with herbs makes me feel like a “great cook,” even if I’m not.
5.Â Â Vintage finds
You have to surround yourself with the things you love. I never tire of crusty old architectural pieces and unique found objects. These will be with me forever. One of the best resources is of course Providence Ltd.Â online as well as Fabulous Finds on Cantrell Road in Little Rock.
Ever wonder which items your favorite designers, tastemakers and folks about town just canât live without? We definitely do! To sate our curiosity, weâre asking a different person to share a few of their favorite things each week. This week,Â At Home in ArkansasÂ guest blogger and interior designer Tobi Fairley is sharing her must-have items:
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Le Creuset tea kettleÂ
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Louis Vuitton Monogrammed Neverfull
4. Â Â Â Â Kate Spade iPad holderÂ
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SDH Legna Sheets in âClassicâ pattern, color Cloudâ¦THE WORLDâs MOST COMFORTABLE SHEETS EVER!!!!!!!!!