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Antiquing Adventures in Little Rock

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

VintageMarket1A couple Saturdays ago, I got up early and decided to hit up a few of my favorite local spots for antiques, since I’m on the hunt for the perfect credenza. It wasn’t my day for the credenza, but that didn’t make the hunt any less fun! I was in luck, because the South Main Vintage Market was taking place over at Bernice Gardens, so I stopped there first. This monthly market has vendors from all over peddling vintage (20 years old) and antique (50 years old) items as well as recycled and upcycled items.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

Next up, I couldn’t leave SoMa without heading across the street to my favorite Little Rock shop – Clement/Sweet Home, where the curiosities and stacked-to-the-ceiling vignettes make browsing as much fun as shopping. I love love love the gold  ship pictured below.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

From there, I headed north to Roy Dudley Estate Sales, which is always a good spot to find high end antiques, silver serving pieces and imported items.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintageBecause I’m particularly hoping to find a mid-century credenza, the day wouldn’t be complete without a stop by Galaxy Office Furniture. This place is piled high with tons of mid-century furniture, housewares and general oddities. There’s more to look at in this place than you’ll ever have time to sort through. They had a few mid-century dressers and even some credenzas, but none were the perfect piece for me.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

So even though I came home empty handed, it didn’t even remotely feel like a wasted Saturday. Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques around Little Rock? I need as many recommendations as possible!

 

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Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmLast week, I got the opportunity to revisit P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm to participate in Farm2Home 2014, a full day event sponsored by Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made, programs created by the Arkansas Agriculture Department, in partnership with P. Allen Smith to promote eating and buying local. I’m a big fan of eating ingredients purchased from local farmers’ markets, as well as shopping at locally owned boutiques and eating at locally owned restaurants, so this event was right in my wheelhouse!

Besides, who wouldn’t want to spend a day at Moss Mountain Farm?

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farm

We arrived to a delicious breakfast spread and a quick introduction from Allen before touring his gorgeous home and gardens. For more photos of the home, check out this post from my visit a couple weeks ago when I was invited to attend an event for #AR549.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmThe gardens were in full, summery bloom and as Allen led us down the garden paths, he pointed out the different plants and was happy to answer any of our gardening queries! I’ve always been so impressed with these gardens and the way the home has a 6,000 gallon cistern under the yard that collects rainwater to water the plants with.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmAfter the tour, Allen and Butch Calhoun, Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas, gave a brief talk about the importance of supporting local growers, and then we were given the opportunity to chat with a panel of farmers from around Arkansas including Beth Eggers from Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries, Mark Morgan of Peach Pickin’ Paradise, Chuck McCool of McCool Farms and Bob Barnhill of Barnhill Orchards. Hearing directly from these farmers was enlightening, and they really do rely so heavily on our support both at farmers markets and, as in Morgan’s case, visiting the orchards in person.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmAfter a quick tour of the vegetable gardens (where we ate blackberries right off the branch), we were treated to lunch by Chef Jerrmy Gawthrop from Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville. Award-winning black bean burger with a Greek yogurt bun (yum)…triple berry baby kale salad (yummmm) and for dessert, Greek yogurt cheese cake with a raspberry peach sauce (YUMMMMMM). Before we could fall into a delicious food coma, it was time for the good stuff: a mini-farmers market, just for us!

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmFarmers and producers from all over the state (and participants in the Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made programs) were set up under a huge tent, offering samples and telling us about their farms. Above, Bob Barnhill and Butch Calhoun talk seriously about heirloom tomatoes.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmWe sampled berries, cheese, muscadine wine (!), breads, cakes. And yes, I’m aware that we had just finished a huge meal. But we couldn’t….stop…sampling. There was plenty of time to talk to each farmer and learn about what they do and where and how.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmAnd Loblolly’s ice cream truck was there, too. More sampling, duh.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmMy friend Hannah and I chatted for a long time with Ethan and Ellyse, the brother-sister team from Heirloom Kitchens and Ethan’s Heirloom Gardens who create baked goods from passed-down recipes and grow heirloom plants as well.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmWe also met Josh Hardin of Laughing Stock Farms, Joseph Post of Post Familie Winery, Joey of EG’s Funky Yard Bird BBQ sauce, the sassy gals from Wicked Mix, plus many more – all of which you can read about here on the Arkansas Grown website.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farm

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmOur final tour of the day was to see Allen’s “Poultry Palace”, a large barn built to house the number of heritage chicken breeds raised at Moss Mountain Farm, including Silver Lace Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, White-Faced Black Spanish, and Silver Spangled Hamburgs.

Farm2Home 2014 at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #eatlocal #farmAnd after all that, we were treated to one last party, with music by the always lovely Bonnie Montgomery, cocktails and treats before heading home. It was an awesome (albeit sweaty and a bit dusty) day and one that sent me home thinking about all that Arkansas has to offer. We’re lucky to have the type of weather and seasons that allow us to produce food most months of the year.

If you’re interested in learning more, be sure and check out the Arkansas Grown website, as well as P. Allen Smith’s website, for ways that you can support a local farmer. If you’re not sure where to start, I suggest checking out a farmers market and getting to know the farmers you’re buying from.

The Bernice Garden Farmers Market, Sundays from 10am-2pm, is my personal favorite and you’ll see me there almost every weekend. It’s also right down the street from some local favorites like Boulevard Bread, the Green Corner Store and Loblolly Creamery, The Root Cafe and Clement/Sweet Home.

Where do you shop for local goods?

Happy Weekend + Foxglove Love

The bad news: it’s raining cats and dogs right now. Dogs especially, since I’ve got not one but TWO fur babies who are afraid of thunder piled at my feet right now. My mom’s dog, Henry, appears to be as scared of thunder as Lula is. Whatevs, y’all! More cuddles for me!

Happy Weekend + Foxglove Love | Rosemary on the TV

But the good news is that all this crazy rain we’ve had lately is doing wonders for my flower bed! Our Jane magnolia is in full bloom AGAIN, even though Jane magnolias typically bloom in April. And I’m especially pleased with my foxglove! Up until a couple of weeks ago, all I had was a mound of greenery. Everything I read on foxglove said that they typically don’t bloom in their first year of planting. You get a lot of greenery and maybe a stalk, but don’t expect blooms.

UM, SO WRONG. Three of my four foxglove plants have stalks coming up but one of them is completely bloomed AND it has a second blooming stalk as well. It’s currently about three feet tall and getting taller every day! Gorgeous, huh? So glad I planted these this year!

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Hope you have a great weekend ahead! If you’re in the Little Rock area, my super cool friends Christie & Caleb of the super cool Roll & Tumble Press are having an EPIC moving sale in the morning! I’m sad they’re leaving us but not above fighting for their stuff (that bar cart…I can’t). It’ll also be their annual Misprints sale, so if you’ve had your eye on some Roll & Tumble prints, now’s the time to snatch some up at discounted prices! If you’d like to come shop, email me for details: rosemaryhallmarkcreative (at) gmail (dot) com.

P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Tour with #AR529

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Last week, my friend Hannah of Sundry Mumsy and I were invited to attend a bloggers luncheon at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm. The event was hosted by Allen and the folks at AR529, Arkansas’ direct-sold 529 college savings program. We began the day with a few words from Allen on the importance of education before touring the home and gardens, then enjoying an amazing lunch and hearing a panel discuss the importance of college savings for families.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

I’ve been to the Garden Home before, but I’m always so impressed with its beauty and charm. A few years ago, I wrote a cover story on Allen and learned the myriad ways that the Greek Revival style home is actually completely eco-friendly, as anyone who watched the process of building the house on his television show can attest.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

A 6,000-gallon tank under the front lawn collects rainwater from all over the gardens, which is then used to irrigate the sprawling lawn and beds. The metal roof uses a radiant heat system to heat the home’s hot water, floors and air. And the walls are filled with insulation made from Arkansas soybeans.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

The decor is, of course, jaw dropping. A lover of history, Allen has filled his home with antiques and any of the soft surfaces are reupholstered with organic fabric.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

The back porches are my favorite part though. The porch on the ground level, right off the kitchen/dining area, features comfortable furniture and a relaxed dining area for al fresco dinners, while the upstairs porch features twin beds and a copper bath tub.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

And of course, there are books everywhere, which is both the way to my heart and reinforcement that Allen is serious about education.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Next up was a tour of the gardens, which are completely jaw dropping. As a champion of the farm-to-table movement and supporting small, local farmers, much of his gardens grow edible plants and are used in educational tours for everyone from gardeners who come to tour the property to groups of school children.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Our garden tour was cut short by rain, so we all headed to the barn to have lunch and learn about #AR529. Though I don’t have children of my own, I was really interested in hearing about this program – especially as someone who took out a lot (A LOT) of student loans and will work to pay them off for another 20-25 years. We also learned about #AR529’s Gift Plan, which is something I already knew about. My mom opened a gift plan account for my cousin’s baby when he was born, and with something as simple as a barcode that family members can print off the internet, we can all make contributions to Ethan’s college savings plan in lieu of gifts at Christmas and birthday parties (because seriously – how many two year olds need another toy, am I right???).

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

To learn more about AR529 and The Gift Plan, visit the websites below. Seriously – it’s never too early to start saving for college!

http://www.arkansas529.org

https://www.thegiftplan.com P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

And for more info and photos, check out Hannah’s post over at Sundry Mumsy!

 

Guest Blogging at Bourbon and Boots

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

"Basket" Flower Pot DIY | Rosemary on the TV

In Friday’s post about my new home office makeover, you might have noticed the lovely basket displaying my fern plant (or not, whatever). Well, I’m showing you how to make your own “basket” flower pot over at Bourbon and Boots! It’s a super simple and inexpensive project, and an easy way to decorate one of the bazillion terra cotta pots that most people having lying around the house.

 

Guest blogging at Bourbon and Boots

Valentine's Day Strawberry Heart Crust Pie | Rosemary on the TV

WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?! Head on over to Bourbon and Boots to get the recipe for my strawberry pie with a layered heart crust. The perfect pie for Valentine’s Day. Or, you know, eating alone. Whatever floats your boat.

Guest Blogging at Inviting Arkansas

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Be sure and check out my guest blog on the Inviting Arkansas blog today about Winterizing Your Home. (And no, I don’t mean duct taping your windows. I mean the fun stuff!)

Stephanie Parsley // Tanarah Luxe Floral shoot

Whoa, friends! My apologies for the radio silence ’round these parts as of late. Can we just pretend the last six weeks didn’t happen and move right along? Okay? Yes. Great!

This gorgeous bridal shoot has been popping up in my news feed (I am friends with the gorgeous model, Katy) and I had to share. What a team! Floral design by the illustrious Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral and breathtaking photography by Stephanie Parsley. More credits with links below. With wedding planning on the brain, I love seeing such inspirational wedding design from local Arkansas vendors.

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photography: stephanie parsley photography // models: katy tipton, john block // florals: tanarah luxe floral // mu+stylist: danielle green // hair: levi steven // suit: the independent // dresses: vintage violet and cheap thrills

Great War Memorial Balloon Race

Last weekend, we decided to check out the Great War Memorial Balloon Race. It was a weekend centered around hot air ballooning just down the street from us. Since At Home was a sponsor and I’d done some blog and Facebook posts about it, I knew all the details (and happened to have a VIP pass), so we spent a Saturday night meandering around the balloons. I thought I’d share the pictures I took!

GPOYDT + My Must Haves

{Gratuitous Picture of Your Dog Tuesday is exactly that: I post a photo of my dog Lula every Tuesday. Have a blog? Get in on this action. Everyone loves cute dog photos.}

And in case you missed it, I was the featured Monday Must Haves on the At Home in Arkansas blog yesterday. Hop on over to read about the five things I can’t live without. And check back every Monday to read about other designers, bloggers and folks about town.


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