These hot summer days sure have us dreaming of afternoons spent by one of these beautiful backyard pools. We’ve rounded up some inspiration to help you turn your backyard into a little vacation spot of your own–no travel required!…
Now that summer is here, we hope you can all relax a little more (hooray, no more homeschool!) and enjoy the longer days with your family. Whether you have a deck or outdoor patio, we’ve rounded up some inspiration to help you love your own outdoor space.…
Designer Jill Lawrence, whose home is featured in our December issue, shares one of her family’s beloved holiday cookie recipes with us—along with a few fond memories of the treat’s namesake.
Like many Southern ladies, my grandmother was a HUGE influence on my life. I learned to read, bake, swim, over-dress for every occasion (she would often pick up my mother and, later on, me from school in her fur coat and heels), manners, the proper use of every kind of obscure silver flatware (grapefruit spoon, anyone?), and to live life to the absolute fullest. She was my everything, and catching the scent of these cookies around the holidays brings me right back to her. My entire family will tell you that there are two scents associated with our beloved Mimi: Chanel and Molasses Sugar Cookies. It describes her perfectly. Here’s the recipe for her famous sugar cookies.
It’s August, and you know what that means…school is back in session! I thought this would be a perfect time to review the elements and principles of design regarding current trends. This month we will learn about the elements of design and shift into the principles of design in September. Just as an artist uses brushes, paints, and pencils, an interior designer utilizes the more abstract “tools” of line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space….
As I was walking around Cobblestone and Vine looking for the next book to feature, I found an oldie-but-goodie! In 2011, two years after being published, Suzanne Kasler did a book signing at Cobblestone’s Heights location for her debut book Inspired Interiors. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, but I did receive an autographed copy as a gift! Entranced by the furniture sketches on the inside front cover, I flip the page to see this sweet, simple note….
After sharing the construction and design progress of the Howse House renovation on the blog this year, it’s now complete and featured in our November issue (read the full story here). It was so fun to share a behind-the-scenes look throughout this entire renovation process. The Howse team did an amazing job bringing this house back to life with lots of style! Here’s a fun look back at where it all started compared to the beautifully finished spaces that you’ll find featured in our current issue.
Living Room, Before:
Living Room, After:
Dining Room, Before:
Dining Room, After (wall was removed that separated living & dining rooms):
Kitchen and Breakfast Room, Before:
Kitchen and Breakfast Room, After (they switched these spaces):
Master Bathroom, Before:
Master Bathroom, After:
Master Bedroom, Before:
Master Bedroom, After:
Upstairs Bonus Room, Before:
Upstairs Bonus Room, After:
Became an Office, After:
Back Exterior, Before:
Back Exterior, After:
You’ll find more of the finished interior in the full story online here or in our November issue. Can you believe that is the same house? The Howse Team did an amazing job with this renovation and it was a blast following along.
Want to recreate this look? Howse offers free in-house design services to all customers. Their services currently include furniture, art, and accessory placement but they are willing to help with referrals for other needs and plan to increase their offerings in the near future.
Hooray, the Howse House is nearing completion! The Howse team has been hard at work getting the project wrapped up, so we can photograph and feature it in our November issue (so exciting!). Here’s the latest (and last) behind-the-scenes look at how they’ve transformed this house into a beautiful new Howse House.
And, if you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, click here to see all the Howse House posts we’ve shared over the past several months and if you want to skip right to the before images, click here.
Lighting has been installed and the flooring is now finished (it’s beautiful). They’ve installed some amazing bathroom fixtures and tile…there’s just so much to see!
Scroll thru to see the latest!
The breakfast area that is opposite the kitchen features beautiful new painted built-in cabinets, lighting and a sliding door.
They added this reclaimed wood as an accent in the bar area that is under the stairs…
The bathrooms, which were completely gutted, have new tile and shiny new plumbing fixtures that are beautiful and carryout the new color scheme quite nicely.
And, even the laundry room got a pretty new sink and cabinetry…
New basin sinks were installed…
This tub is just dreamy…
And, here are some updates on the exterior of the Howse House…the crew is getting ready for the front sidewalk.
Here’s a look at the back patio areas.
This amazing tongue and groove ceiling is such a nice touch to this outdoor patio…
One of our favorite details are these exterior shutters!
Well, there’s your last look at the Howse House! Don’t forget, we are featuring the completed Howse House in our upcoming November issue, so be on the lookout for the issue in the next month. It’s been such a treat to share all these behind-the-scenes images and progress shots of this house. Thank you, Howse team, for allowing us to take our readers along for the ride!
The Howse team did such an amazing job transforming and updating this project. Thanks for following along!
‘Tis the season! Spring brunches, graduation parties, or wedding and baby showers are likely to be on your agenda this month, and let’s not forget about hosting family and friends on Memorial Day weekend. If you’re hosting, try this simple—and delish—recipe from entertaining maven JoBeth McElhanon.
Honey Lavender Fruit Salad
Yield: Approximately 6 servings
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender (culinary grade, available at specialty markets)
- About 6 cups fresh fruit (JoBeth used a precut fruit bowl of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, and grapes; available in your grocer’s refrigerated produce section)
- juice of 1 lemon
- mint leaves
Combine honey and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Add lavender and simmer until reduced and thick, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool and steep for approximately 30 minutes. Strain the lavender from the honey mixture.
Wash and cut fruit, if not using a precut selection. Combine with lemon juice. Drizzle with lavender syrup to taste. Garnish with fresh mint to serve.
*JoBeth notes that any of your favorite fruits will work in this salad. She suggests a combination of nectarines, peaches, and blueberries to make a pretty mid-summer fruit salad.
In our May “Before & After” issue, we featured the Little Rock home designer Miguel Newberg shares with her two young daughters and her husband, Andy. As someone who works in the field and who was undertaking a full-home renovation of her own, Miguel knew how important it was to give each family member a dedicated space of his or her own. Inspired by his love of the Razorbacks, Miguel created a sports-themed man cave as a retreat for Andy to enjoy.
To create the space, they enclosed the home’s carport. Built-in cabinetry surrounds the room’s main attraction—a television for watching Hog games—while plush furnishings create a comfortable environment.
The surface of the brick bar is covered with souvenir ticket stubs from some of the most memorable events Andy has attended. “We kind of came up with the idea together, but he still couldn’t believe I went for it,” she recalls. Easily accessible to the kitchen and the main living room, the space is a now masculine getaway for the man of the house without being too far away from day-to-day activities.
See a full tour of the Newberg’s remodeled home >> online here.