The January/February 2019 issue features the home of Andrea Brooks, an interior designer herself who teamed up with Ashley Cardiel Interiors to makeover her Fayetteville home. “We challenged each other to always push ourselves creatively and at least share ideas aloud,” Ashley said of the collaboration. Throughout the process, the two coined the turn “aristo-boho” to describe the project: “It’s the marriage of preppy, aristocratic colors and textures with the art and accessories of a more bohemian traveler,” she said. Scroll below to see the before-and-after photos, and click here to read the full story.
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.”…
The concept behind Fayetteville’s recently opened City Supply Homestead Provisions & Goods is one that husband-and-wife team Kirsten and Chase Morman have had for “well over a year,” Kirsten says—it was just a matter of waiting to find the perfect spot for it. “We didn’t want to venture too far away from the downtown square,” she explains. When the location next door to Kirsten’s first brick-and-mortar store, Riffraff, became available, the Mormans pounced on it. Kirsten describes City Supply as a “modern-day mercantile” that carries gifts and home goods inspired by a sense of nostalgia, from T-shirts to candles to frameable prints. Exposed brick and a “media wall” featuring classic ’80s and ’90s movies adds to the store’s throwback vibe. “The Sandlot, Princess Bride, and 8 Seconds have been three of our top crowd favorites so far,” Kirsten says. For more information, visit citysupplyfayetteville.com.…
In the article “That’s a Wrap,” in our December issue, three leading designers offered gift wrapping inspiration and ideas. Now, we’re giving you the how-tos! PLUS, we’re asking these designers a few quick questions about their personal holiday style. Next up is Andrea Hadfield, of Fayetteville. Her chalkboard-themed wrapping and gift ideas are so whimsical and fun! Now she’s giving you a step-by-step guide to recreating this look:
STEP ONE: “Wrap your present securely in matte black paper.”
STEP TWO: “Decorate with chalk or chalk marker.”
STEP THREE: “Once you have finished your holiday masterpiece, use a setting spray or even hairspray to ensure your piece is lasting. Spray it evenly on the package.”
STEP FOUR: “Add bow and tinsel.”
Other Ideas from Andrea: “You can even wrap your present, leave it plain, add a bow with an attached piece of chalk, and let the recipient decorate! Everyone will love this giftwrap! It’s a really cute way for kiddos to participate!”
Here’s what Andrea had to say about some all-important holiday preferences:
Bags or wrapping paper? It depends on the present and the amount of time you have! Ha!!!
To peek at Your Presents or Not? I’ve peeked and wished I wouldn’t have!
Favorite Christmas Carol: I have two! Silent Night and, of course, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer!
Cocoa or egg nog? Of course, egg nog!!!
Thanks, Andrea! See more images of Andrea’s gift wrapping in the article online.
[photography: Rett Peek]
Harper Howey Interiors brings a casual, shore-inspried style throughout this Fayetteville home. We’re showcasing the family’s formal dining room this week. The home is designed with inspiration from the homeowner’s favorite beach spot, Rosemary Beach, which is along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A. Homes in the area often feature a cool palette of ocean-inspired blues and greens, slipcovered furniture, and weathered wood. Used for holidays and special gatherings, the dining room’s more formal design still ties in with the overall look of the home. The upholstered bench is the perfect perch for children and brings a sunny yellow into the room’s palette. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the June issue on newsstands.
Despite the economic downturn, we still hear about innovative businesses netting good results.
Here’s one from the Renovation front:Â A Fayetteville re-developer, Mark Zweig (just so happens he’s a lauded business consultant and professor as well), has been buying small, historic homes, giving them neighborhood-friendly updates and selling them for a profit. Here’s one example:
From Uninhabitable Wreck to Jewel of a Home!
This once well-crafted 1930âs, 1,300 square foot bungalow had fallen into great disrepair and languished on the market for more than four years. The exterior had suffered a fair amount of damage from being more than half-covered with ivy (the ivy literally penetrated the houseÂ and was growing into the kitchen!), the yard was completely overgrown, the kitchen cabinets were caving in on each other and most of the appliances were broken, and the kitchen lights were strobing on and off quickly in a way that would have been sure to give any visitor to the house a seizure of some sort. I even literally fell through the floor while trying toÂ investigate one of the side bedrooms the first time I looked at it.
What the house did have was a great location, less than one block from Fayettevilleâs famed Dickson Street, and a wonderful three-bedroom, two-bath split floor plan. A lot of work and a little more than $75,000 later, a house that was once dark and uninviting, both inside and out, is now a bright, clean and comfortable home for a young professional couple who relocated here from New Jersey.
Beginning with the main focal point of the house, the front steps, we systematically replaced or rebuilt all the original details. Restoring the front steps, rail system, door and porch; building a new dry-stacked stone retaining wall, removing the large amount of tree and vegetation overgrowth, putting in fresh sod and landscaping, repairing all the cracked stucco and implementing a totally new paint scheme, and reclaiming an enclosed sleeping porch with screens in place of bad plate glass windows gave the front of the house a completely different feel. Detailing was added to the front door, all broken window panes replaced and windows made operable, muntins were added to the windows that didnât have them, new basement windows built, new beam extensions made to replace rotting ones on the gables, french doors installed in place of bad sliding doors and other broken doors, and new carriage doors built to replace the missing garage door. After rebuilding the front porch with new joists and floor,Â adding a new roof, new gas fireplace, replacing all interior ceilings, going through countless gallons of paint, re-tiling the bath floors and tub walls, refinishing all hard wood floors, and updating the appliances, electrical, lighting, and HVAC, the house sold immediately–and it took only 59 days from start to finish, including the entire renovation and sale process! With an initial price of $118,500, the houseÂ sold for $238,500.
After a complete interiorÂ and exterior quality renovation, this downtown bungalow is now a landmark that everyone talks about in downtown Fayetteville. And to think that theÂ people we bought it from were surprised we didnât tear it down!
Principal Owner and Designer
Mark Zweig, Inc.
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This Fayetteville homeowner opted to layer browns in his guest bedroom, using toile fabric in the bedding, furnishings and draperies, and then matching it with a custom wall color. Photographed by Rett Peek and featured in our Color Issue, the room exudes the same understated elegance as this look from Carolina Herrera’s Resort 2010 Collection.
Here in the At Home offices, we’re gearing up for one of our favorite fashionable events – Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week. We’re proud to sponsor this week long event that spotlights the area’s talented and creative fashion designers and boutique owners. To prepare for the fun, we’ve asked a few of NWAFW’s fashionable participants to let us know which items they can’t live without this spring.
Mandy Rogers, owner of MACA in Fayetteville, says she can’t wait for Saturday, March 15th when models will hit the runway decked out in MACA’s newest spring ensembles. The boutique and online shop carries a range of affordable, trendy items for fashionistas of all styles.
Oh, my goodness! Is it spring outside? I can hardly believe my eyes. Only a week or so ago, it was snowing in Northwest Arkansas where I live! I can’t tell you how happy I am that, hopefully, we have put the long, rainy, cold winter behind us. I am more than ready for the rejuvenation and transformation of the spring season…both in the landscape around us and in my home remodel!
So, on that note…some good news and good timing: we have finally started painting the new brick exterior. As you know, the color is Sherwin Williams ‘Black Fox’, and I just love it. It is a muddy, dark gray/brown, and it really gives the house the character I was looking for.
We are also making good progress on the back entry porch. The new columns and trim work are mostly finished, and thanks to my indefatigable painter, Mike James, soon it too will be coated in the same color.
Eventually, all the windows and trim will also receive the ‘Black Fox’ paint treatment, which will really settle the house visually into the landscape and give it a slight contemporary edge.
And speaking of landscape, we have finally been able to start on the garden. The rains have really been holding us back, but at least we have begun trenching for irrigation and lighting.
In the process of thinking about the garden, I decided to perform a simple and affordable face-lift on the front entry walk. The walk is just old concrete, so to update it and to make it a bit more interesting I decided to cut out 6″ strips in regular intervals. When we lay the sod for the front lawn, the grass will pass right through these new joints, giving the look of individual concrete pads. This will give a fresh look to the front of the house and a more engaging experience to visitors.
I am saving the concrete pieces that were cut out and am hoping to think of something cool to do with them. Please send me a message on Facebook if you have any creative ideas!
Also outside, my copper gas lanterns (something I was dead-set on from the beginning!) are up and on.
Around back, the carport/cabana is coming along nicely, as well. New, glass french doors and a small casement window have been installed, and additional trim is helping the structure relate a bit more to the architecture of the main house.
The inside of the old workshop/new ‘Garden Room’ has also been gutted to receive new electrical work and casual pine board walls. Be sure to check back next month for updates on the interior!
Well, I guess my hopes for nice, mild spring weather were a bit premature! The cold, rainy weather I lamented last month simply changed into violent storms with even more rain and, unfortunately, destruction. My house and I have been fortunate enough to avoid harm, but my heart goes out to all the victims of the recent tornadoes.
Because of all the bad weather, we have not made much progress on the exterior of the house. Inside, however, things are getting to a point where you can almost imagine someone living here! Electrical, plumbing and painting work are basically finished.
And the wood floors have been refinished and sealed.
Looking from the main living room into the den, you can see how dramatic the barn wood accent wall is.
Same goes for the tile wall in the bathroom shower. I love how the light bounces off the dimensional tile to create shadows and highlights. Here, we are just waiting for the floor-to-ceiling glass shower wall and the mirror that covers the wall above the vanity.
In the kitchen, we still haven’t gotten as many appliances installed as I would have liked.
But the rest of the granite counters and backsplash are in.
And details like the built-in wine rack above the doorway and the bar area are taking shape.
Elsewhere, other details are going in nicely, too, such as the built-in shelves inside the laundry closet. Switching from the old hot water tank to a new, tankless unit freed up a lot of useful space!
So, there you have it. Plenty of transformations just in time for spring. Check back next month to see if we can beat the heat and get the new A/C unit installed (among other things!).