You’ve already seen our favorite local finds for Father’s Day in the June issue (find them here: grooming/grilling/fashion), and if you’re still scrambling to find the perfect gift for your father this week, check out these ideas from around the web.
On Mother’s Day weekend (May 10-11), the Quapaw Quarter Association of Little Rock is hosting its 50th Spring Tour of Homes in the Governor’s Mansion district, downtown. First Lady, Ginger Bebe will chair the event along with P. Allen Smith. The tour will include five homes, all of which date from the early 1880s to the 1930s and represent a variety of architectural and interior design styles. And, today, we are excited to bring you a sneak peek of three of the homes on the tour! We’re hoping you’ll want to attend some or all of the tour events (listed below) so that you can see more of these lovely homes. Here’s just a taste of what we saw:
First, we visited the Old Methodist Parsonage. It is a two-story brick house, built in 1927 to serve as the parsonage for the First United Methodist Church. It was designed by a prominent Little Rock architect, John Parks Almond, and built by George Burden, the contractor who also built the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. The home was construced in the Neoclassical Georgian style, with a symmetrical facade and a low-hipped roof and Palladian columns flanking the front door.
We met the current resident, Mrs. Harstein, whose collection of cake plates we found on display in her elegant dining room.
Charming dollhouses are located throughout the home, each painstakingly furnished and decorated with lifelike detail.
The garden area will be a gathering place for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the tour, weather permitting.
Next, we toured the Turner-Back House, constructed in 1884-5 for realtor W. J. Turner. It was originally designed as a rambling, red-brick Queen Anne residence by Thomas Harding Jr and was one of the first architect-designed homes in the neighborhood. The home was extensively remodeled by the Back family in the then-popular Craftsman style around 1920. The house remained in the Back family until the 1940s, when it was converted into apartments. During the mid-1990s the home underwent a major rehabilitation project, which returned it to single-family use. The Wittenburgs were kind enough to show us around.
Finally, we visited The Pierce House, which was built in 1881 as the home of the Right Reverend Henry Niles Pierce, founder of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Little Rock. It’s one of the oldest homes still standing the Governor’s Mansion Historic District. Its structure is a simple version of the Italianate style with characteristic bracketed eaves. A Colonial Revival-style wraparound porch was added near the turn of the century. Homeowner Katie Kirkpatrick Choate showed us around the home.
We were very impressed by the vitality and variety we saw on the tour. And there was so much more we wanted to show you of these fabulous historical homes, but you’ll have to see it all for yourself!
To learn more about the Spring Tour of Homes events CLICK HERE.
Here’s an outline of the weekend schedule of events:
Saturday, May 10
5:30 – 7:30, Candlelight and Champagne Tour of Homes surrounding the Governor’s Mansion
Enjoy a leisurely stroll in this historic neighborhood with champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres while touring our featured homes.
7:30– 9:30, Dinner & Party at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
Join us at the Governor’s Mansion for dinner and drinks with honorary co-chairs P. Allen Smith and First Lady Ginger Beebe.
9:30 onwards, The After Party at South on Main Restaurant, 1304 South Main Street
Help the QQA celebrate five decades of preservation work at a late-night party at South on Main with Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers.
Saturday night tickets are also valid for Sunday afternoon tour.
Sunday, May 11
11:00-1:00, Brunch and Garden Tour at Curran Hall, 615 East Capitol Avenue
Start your Mother’s Day festivities at Historic Curran Hall with a casual brunch buffet and mimosa bar and tour the Marjem Ward Jackson Historic Garden.
1:00-5:00, Spring Tour of Homes, Governor’s Mansion Historic District
50th Spring Tour of Homes with lawn games, kid friendly activities, live music, food vendors, trolley rides, and more!
Ticket proceeds benefit the historic preservation programs of the QQA.
The June issue is on newsstands now! Pick up your copy to read about our favorite waterfront homes or view the digital edition now available on the At Home in Arkansas website.
Memorial Day Weekend is almost here! How do you plan to spend this favorite holiday? We’ve got seven tips for making the most of this long weekend. Just remember to have fun and be safe!
1. Make use of that outdoor kitchen while the kids play in the pool. Click here for many more pool and patio inspiration images.
2. Find the perfect wine! Click here for summer wine recommendations from Clark Trim of Colonial Wine & Spirits.
3. Enjoy the outdoors from a serene patio – don’t forget the smores!
4. Spend a day at the lake. Get the info on these products by clicking here.
5. Set the table in summer style with a red, white and blue tabletop. Click here for tips on getting the look.
6. Whether you’re on the lake or grilling out back, click here for summer wardrobe inspiration.
7. Use the long weekend to freshen up your home with these quick updates.
8. Or simply hit the road.
-Interested in home design, entertaining and decor trends?
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-Enrolled in a local college?
If you said “yes” to all three of these then you might just be our next At Home in Arkansas intern.
We are currently reviewing applications. To apply, send your resume and a brief cover letter to our managing editor, Tiffany Adams, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 23.
*Note: You must be able to receive college credit through your school in order to apply for this internship.
We hope to see you this fall!
Halloween is near, so we’ve rounded up a few haunting ideas to make your decorations the talk of the block. We hope you have something really spooky planned. Let us know how you decorate for Halloween by sharing your photos with us (#ahiahalloween).
We can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. We’ve rounded up a few printables to help you get a jump start to your holiday decorating. Add one (or more) of these pretty printables around your home this Thanksgiving and share your photos with us (#ahiathanksgiving).
In honor of Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, we wanted to share a few images of our own to inspire you on this winter day. Pantone describes their Color of the Year as “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
Lavender walls in this guest room are Sherwin-Williams Enchant. See more here.
These orchid-hued silk shades add a pop of color against this bathroom’s neutral backdrop. See more here.
A wide purple stripe on the walls and a custom upholstered bed make this teenage room bright and happy. See more here.
Orchid-hued flowers will also add a beautiful touch to any space. See more of this glamorous space here.
Have you decorated with purple? What wall colors are your favorite? Or do you prefer to add in purple accessories instead? Let us know!
The snow just keeps pounding us this winter, rendering us indoors (and without Starbucks) for what feels like ages. But we’ve decided to look on the bright side and list all the things we love about snow days. As it turns out, there’s lots to love indeed! What’s your favorite thing about snow days?
1. Sleeping in. Because getting out of bed on a frosty morning is so hard to do.
2. Breakfast in bed. Because you can!
3. A quiet, cozy corner for reading and staring out the window at snowflakes.
4. Our pajamas, laptop and a tall stack of our favorite home design books and magazines (including At Home in Arkansas, of course!)
5. The sound of a crackling fireplace.
6. Playing in the snow.
7. Paula Deen’s snow ice cream (recipe here)
8. Dinner by candlelight.
9. If we can’t have Starbucks, we’ll settle for our own endless cup of coffee.
10. Staying at home with our pets.
Come on, it’s your turn! What will you be doing this snow day? Reading, catching up on your fave tv shows, sledding? We want to hear what you love most about Ol’ Man Winter!
The design blogging community is buzzing about last week’s (sold out) Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles. And At Home was there!
Who wouldn’t be impressed with these A-listers? Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge, Ronda Carman of All the Best, Cassandra LaValle of Coco+Kelley, Anne Sage of The City Sage and Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita gave tips for growing your blog. Ann Maine of Traditional Home and Michelle Adams of Lonny discussed the relationship between print and online media. Jan Showers, Suzanne Rheinstein, Barclay Butera and Tobi Fairley talked about the impact social media has had on the design business.
We’re already looking forward to next year! Here are a few of our snapshots.
Keynote speaker Jan Showers
Cassandra LaValle, Kyle Knight and Paloma Contreras
Cassandra LaValle and Grace Bonney
Grace Bonney, Tracy Porter and Paloma Contreras
Stacy Kunstel, Ann Maine, Clinton Smith and Anne Sage
Ann Maine and Michelle Adams
Rue’s Anne Sage and Crystal Gentilello
Scot Meacham Wood and Tobi Fairley
Kyle Hoepner, Suzanne Rheinstein, Barclay Butera