This month, we scouted local shops around the state to find the latest products inspired by an array of painting techniques. This painting by artist Mallory Page along with other beautiful products, seen at Bear-Hill Interiors in Little Rock, inspired it all. Its cool color palette from pinks to magentas with also a hit of pale orange is beautifully mixed. This piece would definitely steal the show in any space. And, there are more inspiring products to boot! Click here to see this and other colorful painting-inspired finds in our Style feature or find a copy of the July issue on newsstands.
At Home in Arkansas: What are your 3 must have items for this year? Tracy Rivers: Concrete texture, Crazy bright over-sized art-think Julian Schnabel, and gold gilt!
AHIA: What is your favorite paint color at the moment? TR: SW6480 Lagoon is beautifu! Its a great color for accents, accessories and painting furniture
AHIA: What is the last thing you purchased for a client? TR: Bruno Mars Tickets. But, as it relates to business, a beautiful limoge display table that we covered in gold gilt
AHIA: Is there a design trend or product you are dying to try or purchase for a client? TR: I have this photo I keep in my back pocket of a powder bath thats just perfection
AHIA: What is one design secret you can share with our readers? TR: One of the easiest ways to add character to your house is to add hand applied texture to your walls and ceilings. It can soften and add an element without adding alot of busy movement. Neutrals go great on texture.
Learn more about Tracy and her work on the web at Angelfish Studios
And for more of her work that has been featured in the magazine, check out these articles: European Union and Sparkling Sanctuary. And definitely keep an eye out for her latest work in our August issue, available on newsstands July 29th!
(gallery image above from BrantFoundation.org; coffee table image from 1stdibs.com)
What an absolute and utter treat it is to have Tracy Porter guesting on our blog today! For those of you who don’t know her, Tracy has written nine books on entertaining, home and inspiration for daily living; authors a blog (www.tracyporter.com/blog) with thousands of daily readers; has graced the pages of numerous publications including O, People, Family Circle, Elle, Better Homes & Gardens and Victoria; and has appeared on Oprah, E! and HGTV. Oh, and we mustn’t forget her fashion and home decor lines or her fanciful dinnerware collection, available at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s!
But to top all of it off, Tracy is a kind and wonderful person and our new friend. Read on as she shares with you, At Home’s readers, how to take time and be true to yourself–friendly lessons from Tracy to apply in every aspect of your life.
I am a firm believer that we create much of the world around us in the choices we makeâ¦we find ways to be true to our selves â¦..or not. Itâs a matter of how we inspire ourselves, or choose to decorate our homes, how we dress, Â what we eatâ¦beauty is everywhere, and itâs is a glorious choice to look her in the eye everyday and embrace her, explore herâ¦.and along the pathâ¦find your way to âyouâ and how you want to be true to yourself! I have more than a few thoughts on this topicâ¦.but Iâll put a clamp on my verbose nature and just share a handfulâ¦â¦
I find color to be one of the most inspiring temptations. I found it, and more of me â¦â¦once I truly explored the layer it would add to our home! Be brave and embrace itâ¦.soon it will be a mad love affair. Start smallâ¦a bathroom , a foyer â¦..or as you see in my own homeâ¦a hallway and doors. This little spot leading to our second floors thrills me to no end. It is dripping in gorgeousnessâ¦.. I adore how the intense color of the high gloss red doors along with the peacockian blues make me feel. Once you find your way to colorâ¦.each room in your home will hold a gasp-inducing feeling that you will swoon overâ¦trust me!
p.s. a bonus thought on colorâ¦.itâs a good âhiderââ¦.we have four young boys and let me tell you, between PBJ fingers and skateboards scuff marksâ¦I am a believer!
Explore Your Inner Bohemian
I adore dressing in a way that makes me smile. I need to feel comfortable, get dressed quickly and feel spot on in whatever I throw on!!!
I love the thought that layers in my wardrobe help me do all of this a carefree smashing way! I suppose itâs why I love designing fashionâ¦..so that women of all ages could have the Â freedom to walk into their closets and know that pretty much anything they put on would feel and look gorgeous and soulfully them! I know that my inner bohemian ( please tell me you have one?) loves this tooâ¦.after all ,pattern on pattern, layering and some highs and lows are easy to do if you just let yourself be free to exploreâ¦.!
Explore the World as a Picnic
I love food from everywhere in the world and consider myself a true food adventurer. I also happen to believe that the way in which we present our deliciousness matters as well! Truly, wouldnât you rather have your French fries in funky rolled down paper bags, and dips in a pretty little mix of hand painted bowls? Why not plunk a gorgeous exotic pillow on each chair! Consider the way you eat as much as the food you eatâ¦..your entire experience can and will changeâ¦.So, light those candles, play a game while munching, laughâ¦live and declare your passion and pleasure!
Explore Doing Less and Getting More!
I am a passionate girl, top to bottom..I dive in fingers to toes! Sometimes I dive and realize that I have taken on more than I care forâ¦..such is the humbling nature of life. My gardens became just that. I planted, and plantedâ¦then had children and realized I couldnât do it all. So, I plunked in some raised bedsâ¦â¦ created ( with the help of my dear husband and kids) a potager, a wee escapeâ¦a place to wander and grab a lovely fresh homegrown dinner and then some! Now in the evenings I can watch the boys ride bikes and skateboardâ¦.and I can take my gathering basket and glass of wine and with very low maintenance enjoy my gardens and my darlings! Consider all that you do in being true to yourselfâ¦sometimes you really can do less and get moreâ¦..of the good life that is!
Cheers and Delicious Explorations!
As writers, a huge part of our job is interviewing design professionals. And while we’re able to include most of what they say during the interview, there’s always some information we have to remove for space purposes.
Well, for today’s Room of the Week–a modern nursery (available online)–we decided to share a few quotes and bits of information from interior designer Eric Ford that we weren’t able to include in the magazine, including the name of the fabulous gray paint he used on those walls!
At Home in Arkansas:
Tell us about the lime green storage bins.
Designer Eric Ford: The homeowner (Jamie Shipley) found these fun bins at Target. We bought the tags from The Container Store and tied them on to create a label. Itâs really just a detail sheâll see, since they’re stored away, but itâs fun. They weren’t expensive but added functionality and an element of design. Those little details that make people happy at every turn make the difference between a good room and a great room. You could have a really beautiful room, but it’s nice if it’s functional and has an element of surprise too.
We love that paint color. What is it?
EF: Greystone by Benjamin Moore. I took the wallpaper to Benjamin Moore and told them what color I liked, and we matched it. Benjamin Moore has a large spectrum, about 2,000 colors, which enables us to get really close to the color we want. This gray has more of a reflective quality as well, so it feels light and fresh.
What’s your favorite part about the room?
EF: That wallpaper is awesome. I love that wallpaper. We used it on one wall to create a naturalistic element.
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “I’ve enjoyed following my new friend Crystal Gentilello on her quest for the perfect shade of gray paint for her new home in San Francisco. Considering her many samples, it’s clear this editor of Rue mag has a true love of the interior design process!” (“Project SF Home: Week 1” via Plush Palate)
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “I love a good before and after, and this one takes the cake!” (“Before and after: Dining room cabinet” via Southern Exposure)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “After just finishing our April issue and sending it off to the printer, this inviting daybed with ocean view is exactly where I want to spend my entire weekend!” (“Eclectic, peaceful, original and 100% comfortable” via Zesty Nest)
From art director Mandy Keener: “What a colorful happy surprise! Succulents are the only plants I can keep alive…so, i think i need a couple of these little guys!” (“Love these” via Oh Joy!)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “What I love most about this kitchen is the warm color palette.” (“Earth tone Provencal kitchen just in time for spring” via French Quarters Blog)
From marketing coordinator Lauren Strother: “It is definitely wedding season! All these fabulous outfits are just thing to get me inspired to reinvent my closet. LOVE!” (“What to wear now: Wedding season” via Luella & June)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “This room has all my favorites–books, lots and lots of books, a dose of pink, sculptural Saarinen chairs, and even peonies. I’m ready to be invited to dinner.” (“Style idol: Minnie Mortimer” from Elements of Style)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “If this doesn’t brighten your Friday, I don’t know what will! My gray door, which I love, is a bit jealous. 🙂 Might have to bring a little sunshine to my porch too!” (“Old yeller” from Young House Love)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Pretty sure this space would alleviate my dread of getting ready (drying hair, makeup, etc.) in the morning. Been dreaming of creating a bathroom and dressing room I can enjoy. This one is beautiful.” (“Gray and glamorous” from Shelter)
From account executive Stevi Jackson: “I love a good bold wallpaper â great examples of how to incorporate a graphic element into any room!” (“Add depth and interest with a feature wall” from Shayla Copas Interiors)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “I was browsing Pinterest for some fun weekend DIY projects and stumbled upon this one. Vintage monogrammed frames. Super simple, and a great way to jazz up a wall in your bedroom or office! Get creative this weekend! Happy Friday, everyone!” (“Custom made vintage frames with letters” from Etsy)
This master bedroom in our current issue cover story is just as it should be: soft and serene, with a nook carved out for the Mrs. to lounge, read and relax. Designer Jim Howard of James Michael Howard, Inc. chose Benjamin Moore’s Cargo Pants for the walls and a chaise lounge from Patina. From Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, an understated color palette of ivory silk evokes the same sort of casual meets couture feel.
Photography by Nancy Nolan / Style.com
Tobi Fairley is back with the first 2012 installment of Color Confidential! Today, she takes a cue from a Bentonville reader, and fills you in on decorating with the girliest of colors: pink! Read on to see how to incorporate it into your home, without going over the top.
With Valentineâs Day just around the corner, it seems that everywhere I look I see pink â and I love it! Do you have any suggestions for using pink in my home without going too over the top? Thanks!
Thanks for writing in to Color Confidential! I, too, love pink and try to incorporate it in my projects whenever possible. A girlâs room, whether sheâs a newborn or a teen, is one of my favorite places to bring in this color. By using it sparingly in patterns and on solid accessories, you can create a fun feel thatâs anything but over the top.
Hereâs a project that was recently featured in At Home in Arkansas, where we grounded the different shades of pink with a range of neutrals including white, cream, and chocolate. Solid traditional wood floors, as well as neutrals for both the furniture and bedding, gave us plenty of room to add touches of pink in other places, including the wallpaper, drapery panels, rug and lamps.
If you want to use a bold color on a larger piece, such as this built-in seating area, consider a neutral framework or wall color. The wood base and cream-colored storage bins used here help to keep the bright pink cushions from becoming overpowering.
Girlsâ rooms arenât the only place you can use pops of pink.
The white walls and sofa are the perfect backdrop to bring in this bold shade.
If you already have a lot of patterns and textures in a space, consider adding one single piece, like this low sofa, to create a bright focal point.
If softer pinks are more your style, gray can be a great pairing. The drapery panels here really lighten this space and give it an elegant feel.
Finally, if youâve experimented and youâre ready to go all in, paint your walls in your favorite shade of pink and accessorize with black and white and maybe a pop of something sassy like chartreuse!
Here are a few of my favorite pinks and some great neutral pairings for any space.
Mix it up with a navy and creamy white.
Go for a lighter, more airy feel with a softer shade of pink and gray.
Go all out and mix two shades of pink with a light neutral.
Follow my âIn the Pinkâ board on Pinterest to see more of my favorite ways to incorporate pink in to your home.
I hope you find the perfect pink for you!
Joanna McCusker, a freelance home designer, as well as a consultant for Springdale’s New Century Counter Tops, designed Jamie Clark’s cottage as seen in our April issue. The ranch-style property sits above the Arkansas River Valley, and McCusker brought this countryside look into the home. Inside, she balances colorful accents against a neutral backdrop. Today, McCusker shares her favorite nature-inspired paint colors to bring a touch of the outdoors into your home, too.
Gray tones have just been huge this year. I like Gray Matters because it doesn’t go too blue or green. It is a restful color that I find myself and my clients drawn to. Looks great in a kitchen with white cabinets.
I am so fond of this color that I painted my living room with it. It is bold, but what could be more earth tone than blue!? This color is a great backdrop, it doesn’t overtake the room and really helps my furniture, art and accessories pop!
Rich in warmth and color, this would be beautiful with dark woods. I could see Portabello in a home library or in a wine cellar/tasting room. The color is comfortable yet refined.
This is a playful and dreamy color for those who like green hues. This color is light, breezy and fresh. It almost has a retro feel. Could see this color in a 50’s or 60’s inspired kitchen or a coastal living room.
This is similar to what was used on the walls in the Clark project. It is sophisticated, yet welcoming and cheerful. Goes with absolutely anything and provides an elegant backdrop for all areas of the home.
Snowbound is fresh and crisp, perfect for a bathroom. White is classic and will grow with you as your style changes. If you get sick of your space just change out your accessories for a new look.
The easiest way to give dated furniture a major boost is with a can of paint, and while I love a soothing pale paint with a distressed finish, it’s summertime and I’m feeling a little more spicy than rustic pastels. Today, my inspiration pics today are all about making bright, bold statements with painted furniture.
This precious grouping of painted beauties can be purchased from Maine Cottage, but I see no reason why a paintbrush and a free Saturday can’t turn a few thrift store finds into the perfect dining set. Bright, cheery and oh so simple.
Who’s up for a pop of pink? My hand is raised sky high. Check out this fun and flirty hot pink dresser paired with bright yellow duvet.
And who says you have to cover every inch of wood? The volume was turned way up for this dresser when a few stripes came onto the scene.
More of a neutral lover? Take the lead from this serene resting spot with a pair of poster beds decked out in a yellow finish. I’ll take them both.
And, finally, nothing screams summer quite like pineapple. Need I say more?