Author archives: Maura Montez

Cool, Calm and Comfortable Blue

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Master Bedroom Laure Antonetti Schutze with L. Antoinett Design has worked with this central Arkansas homeowner for several years. The homeowners renovated their living room and kitchen five years ago. “And when they became empty nesters, they decided to redesign their guest bedrooms, to give them their own personalities,” she said. Customize. “Put a b[...]

Strawberry Brownie Yums for Summer Parties

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Today, we’re featuring fun, easy-to-prepare, easy-to-eat, easy-to-clean up recipes for delicious summer meals that don’t require a grill. I love the flavor and texture contrast of fruit in salad. For me, until recently, mixing fruits and greens was rare. It was only later in life that I discovered the concept of combining the sweetness of fruit with[...]

Delightful Pops of Color

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This modern dining area is full of shapes and color. “I’m obsessed with round shapes and circles. I chose the round table, to fit the square room, which is a good design lesson to remember,” John Gibson, interior designer and owner of Urban Pad, said. Gibson echoed the spherical sentiment with art and lighting fixtures. Replicas of 50-gallon drum lids hang[...]

Summer Cocktails

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"Something cold, something frozen … with alcohol” is what my esteemed editor said when I inquired about June’s Create theme. So I interviewed ex-bartender Spencer Jansen and wine guy Matt Zorn to find out what the pros advise for cooling down in the summer. The key piece of information that I gleaned is to remember that alcohol does not freeze and that addin[...]

Kid Friendly Frozen Treats

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Frozen Smoothie Popsicles Here is a kid version that is tasty whether frozen or mushy; it works with frozen or fresh mango or banana. 1 15-ounce can apricots, packed in juice or light syrup 1 ½ cups low-fat plain yogurt ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional 1 teaspoon honey, optional 2 lemons, limes or small oranges (like a “Cutie”), sliced into eigh[...]

Advancement in Hip and Knee Replacement

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Susan Smith dealt with knee pain for years, but when it began to affect her daily activities, she knew it was time to do something. Smith, who is the wife of G. Richard Smith, M.D., former dean of the UAMS College of Medicine, has always been an active person. Whether it’s riding a bike, hiking or ballroom dancing, she’s always been on the go. However, sh[...]

A Q&A with Scott Copas

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Scott Copas, President and CEO of Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. First job: I had a paper route for Arkansas Democrat and cooked at Minute Man on University Avenue — I can still recite the Minute Man menu. First big break: Going to work for The Baldwin Company in 1977. This is the predecessor to Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. One word th[...]

Oceans Offers the Finest Seafood

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While Arkansas scores points for an abundance of fresh water fish, the Natural State isn't known for seafood. If local diners truly want a taste of what's under the sea, veteran restaurateur Jerry Barakat, better known as Jerry B., delivers the goods with Oceans. For decades, the Barakat name has been synonymous with phenomenal cuisine in Little Rock. His[...]

This Home Sings of Summertime

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We were so enamored with Penny Beebe’s front porch that we asked for a tour of her home, which was being renovated. Impressed, we asked to feature it. “Oh, my. I’m honored. You should come back in May. My home sings in the summer,” Beebe said. We agree. Beebe, an interior designer by trade, has lived in the home eight years. She loves to entertain. “I love t[...]