Color Continuum

Walking into the finished space is a feast for the eyes. A grounded, neutral base of creamy hues is punctuated with pops of kelly green, vivid oranges and burnt yellows. Graphic prints mix with florals; flea-market finds mingle with family heirlooms and edgy, modern pieces. It’s the product of a two-phase design—the first centered on…

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Spread the Love

It comes spicy and mild, chunky and smooth. Some insist on adding cream cheese, while others say only homemade mayo will do. When it comes to Southern eats, few spreads are as heartily adored—or as heatedly debated—as pimento cheese. There’s simply nothing like whipping cheese, peppers and mayonnaise into a thick spread for dunking a…

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South by Northeast

The first time I walk into The Fold at 7 o’clock on a weeknight, it’s busy with a mix of what looks like the Heights crowd, Hillcrest hipsters and a good sampling of everyone in between. Since a spot at a table is at least 20 minutes away, my dining companion and I opt for…

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Finding Far-flung Arkansas

Remote spots in The Natural State are easy to come by, but there’s only one wilderness location that can truly claim the distinction as the most remote spot in Arkansas: a site on the Ouachita River in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge of south-central Arkansas. That’s the finding of Ryan and Rebecca Means, two Florida…

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Rebooting a Riverfront Revival

For decades after the old vestal nursery operation west of downtown North Little Rock was torn down—leaving only the nursery’s signature chimney—some 60 acres of open space along the Arkansas River had lay fallow. Little Rock attorneys Jim Jackson and Lisa Ferrell acquired the property in 2006, and by fall 2007, they had unveiled a…

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Mornings with Mallory

Growing up in Russellville, Mallory Brooks kept one eye turned to the skies and the other on the local news channel. “I used to do weather reports from my back porch,” she says, laughing. “And I’m pretty sure I was the only kid on the block who would want to run home in time for…

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Rock Solid

The shop is worn but sturdy—filled with weathered wood that’s proved its strength. At the open door, there’s a large pile of oak shavings, and behind it, the long bands of a lathe. This is where Dallas Bump has worked most of his life, in this 94-year-old shop that is just a year younger than…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

One evening in May at the M2 Gallery, there was Southern chic in relief. Sweet tea lapped over ice in mason jars, plump strawberries and blueberries were plucked from trays, and a station arranged for the messy assemblage of Frito pie was set to one side below a sphere of barbed wire suspended from the…

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Beach Reads

One Summer in Arkansas By Marcia Kemp Sterling “Growing up in Texarkana and now living in Palo Alto, Calif., Ms. Sterling has roots in both the South and on the West Coast. Her story revolves around a young Stanford graduate who comes home to small-town Arkansas to work for one summer. There are many subtle…

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Opportunity Knocks

There might just be too many to choose from—too many nice neighborhoods, too many planned subdivisions with new homes and amenities like swimming pools and golf courses and clubhouses, all of which are designed to attract the many young families who move to the area to work for Walmart or one of the area’s other…

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Global Marketing 101

“This right here is actually from Costa Rica,” says Brainard, co-owner of Local Lime. “This is my favorite condiment in my fridge, and I did not even know they had it in this country until right now. Oh my God, I’m so excited!” The bottle’s label says “Lizano Salsa,” and the brown stuff within is…

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