Little Rock-based designer Shayla Copas has announced the release of two brand collaborations that she hopes will carry her love of colorful Southern style into even more spaces. The first is a line of accent furniture, lighting, mirrors, and accessories with manufacturer Chelsea House. “The collection is full of color and pattern, and it has a really fresh spring vibe. The pieces are very classic with a touch of glam,” Shayla says.…
In our April issue, local designers shared their top paint picks for the bedroom, kitchen, and living room. But what about all those other spaces? Here, we’ve asked them to share go-to colors for the rest of your home.
“I recently used this as the exterior trim on a new build. It’s the perfect complement to brick and siding.” — Joshua Plumlee, Ransom Interiors
Sherwin-Williams’ “Fawn Brindle”
“This is a quiet and sophisticated wrap for the home, and using Sherwin-Williams’ ‘Thunder Gray’ is the perfect accent for shutters or doors.” — Sandy Sutton, Sandy Sutton’s Design Center
Benjamin Moore’s “Gray Owl”
“If you want to get away from an all-white exterior, but don’t want to commit to a lot of color, ‘Gray Owl’ is a soft light gray that is great for exteriors.” — Susan Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors
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With temperatures rising and more sunny days on the horizon, many of us are turning our attention to outdoor growing spaces, whether for flowers or for food. To help us tackle our to-do lists, we turned to David Munsey, III, of Better Lawns & Gardens for guidance on how to get started. Here, he shares tips for three different types of gardens.
“If you had planted containers over the winter, things are probably starting to look a little frumpy, so pull all of your seasonal, winter things out of your pots, fluff the soil, then you can go ahead and start planting the container,” David says. You’ll also want to make sure you have potting soil and a slow-release fertilizer on hand before you dig in.…
Visitors to CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock have a little more color and cheer thanks to the Hans Peter Braunfisch Blooming Garden installed by six Pulaski County Master Gardeners last summer. The garden consists of more than 500 plants, and the committee has continued to give their time to maintaining the garden.…
In light of COVID-19, many small business owners across the state are finding ways to adapt during social distancing. Casey Sarkin of Casey Sarkin Interior Design is one such creative. She launched a new aspect of her business, e-design, last week. Here, we spoke to her about what inspired this addition to her business and how it works.
At Home in Arkansas: What made you decide to launch this new service to potential clients?
Casey Sarkin: You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do, you just don’t have the time? I realized this was the perfect time to start offering e-design. It’s actually something I already do for clients based in Little Rock, because we’re not going to drive back and forth for every meeting. So we’re using some of those practices we already use, like talking about their vision over the phone and emailing design boards for approval.
We love our little corner of the world, which is why we want to protect it during this time. For us, that means not only spending extra hours at home, frequent hand washing, and a bit of social distancing, but also checking on neighbors—including our neighborhood businesses. As a small business, we know it’s important to band together and support one another.
Chances are in the coming weeks you’re going to need a baby shower gift (yes, babies are still being born!), a craft or two to occupy your downtime, or takeout from your favorite local restaurant. Or, perhaps, staring at your walls has you dreaming up something bigger, like a home makeover or a few décor updates. When that time comes, we encourage you to shop local!…
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The Art Group was founded nearly two decades ago when several Little Rock artists came together to share an art studio. In 2013, the artists officially opened a gallery, The Art Group Gallery, in Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center. Follow along as At Home in Arkansas interviews each of the group’s 18 artists to find out more about their inspirations and processes for creating.
At Home in Arkansas: Tell us a little about your background. Are you native to Arkansas?
Bob Snider: I am a native Arkansan, born in Smackover. I have degrees in art and business from Ouachita Baptist University and an MBA from the U of A. Following two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, I was press assistant to Senator John L. McClellan in Washington, D.C., which was followed by a 30-year career as an investment banker for T.J. Raney & Sons and a managing director for Morgan Keegan. But my passion was always art. I got serious in watercolor thanks to a “Beginning Water Media” class at the Arkansas Arts Center. After some success with watercolor, I was challenged to try painting in oil, which has allowed me to paint in a bigger way.…
James Smith has come a long way since he built his first piece of furniture, a wood coffee table, in his garage in 2011. Now, as co-founder and co-owner of furniture brand and retail business James+James, he is looking forward to expanding the company’s storefront into a space that allows customers to experience the carpentry process up close. “There’s going to be 24 feet of windows in the store where shoppers can look into an actual woodshop, where we’ll have a couple of our 18 carpenters at work,” he explains, noting that being able to smell the sawdust from the shop next door is a major draw.
In addition, the store’s showroom space will more than double. “We’ll be able to show off more designs and more finishes,” James says. The historic Watson building, which houses the new store and woodshop, was originally a local furniture company started in 1946. “We’re really excited to take a store that’s been around since the ’40s and bring furniture retail back to it,” James says.
The new store and woodshop has a soft opening planned for March 26. After that, you can visit anytime during store hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is located at 111 S. Main St. Keep an eye on James+James’s social media (@jamesandjames) for more updates. carpenterjames.com
A version of this story appeared in the March 2020 edition. The post has been updated to reflect new information.
The 2020 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show opens February 28 at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock and showcases the latest in gardening, horticulture, and landscaping through the weekend. The three-day schedule includes seminars, learning opportunities, children’s activities, and a juried flower show.
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults (free for children 12 and under), and proceeds help fund scholarships for full-time students attending college in Arkansas and majoring in horticulture or a related field.
See the full schedule at argardenshow.org.
A version of this story ran in the March 2020 issue of At Home in Arkansas.