Festive for Fall

When fall arrives in Faulkner County, Rick and Leah Green’s home is transformed into a virtual cornucopia of vignettes that perfectly reflect the sights, sounds, and scents of the season.
Each year, the Greens decorate both inside and outside at their home, using tones of orange, brown, gold and “all of the warm colors.” All types and sizes of pumpkins, squash, winter corn, and fall grasses show up in the vignettes placed throughout their home.
“I’ve enjoyed decorating for over 50 years. I can remember when I was a young boy looking forward to decorating our family home for the fall. It always made our home feel warm, special and festive,” Rick says. “Fall to me is the gateway to the holiday season. In October you have Halloween, November you have Thanksgiving, and in December you have Christmas. I love the cooler weather and watching the leaves grow old. I love the crunch of the leaves when you walk on them.”
“I not only like decorating for the fall and Thanksgiving, but I love to decorate for Christmas, too. I have a collection of Santa Clauses and Christopher Radko ornaments that I always use and enjoy for the holidays. Christmas is a special time at our home,” he added.
Rick says he tries to do a little more each year when it comes to his fall decor. “This year it took me about four to five days to get everything done that I wanted to get done. When I start decorating I just start and it comes to me as I go. Sometimes I’m amazed at how it all ends up. I have to step back and say ‘how did that happen?’,” he said. “As far as a theme, I just want lots and lots of color -- that’s what’s fall is all about for me. I always try to decorate both inside and out. Outside is for everyone to enjoy and the inside is for us to enjoy.”
The Greens’ décor also includes decorator pieces that are both old and new. “These colors make everything look warm and homey, especially when it looks old and worn. I like working in old worn things. I always try to work in an old plow that my wife’s grandfather used to make a garden. I love that ole plow! I look at it and it has a story,” Rick said.
The decorating bug worked its way into Rick’s blood at an early age, thanks to a high school job and a helpful boss. “When I was in high school, I got a job with a florist in town called Idlehour Florist on Bruce Street. I was hired to make deliveries after school and clean up around the shop. Mrs. Parker, the owner, kind of took me under her wing and started showing me a lot about decorating, and that was all it took and I was hooked. It just kind of came natural for me.”
Rick later decided to take a shot at having his own business, which worked until family needs took precedence. “At 19 years old, I opened up a florist in town called The Plant Gallery Florist. It was located in the same building that Bob’s Grill is now (on Oak Street). I had owned the florist for about six years when my father, Bob Green, lost his lease on the building that Bob’s Grill was located in then on Chestnut Street, and he needed a place to move. I decided to close my shop and let my father take the building to relocate Bob’s Grill.”
Family continues to be important in Rick’s life. He has been married to Leah McKenzie Green for over 37 years. They have two sons: Todd Green and his wife Erin Clarkson Green of Hot Springs have a daughter, Georgia; and Tyler Green of Grand Junction, Colo.
Rick is now executive broker for Coldwell Banker RPM Group of Conway, which allows him to find homes for others to decorate to their own personal likes and wants. “I still continue to do some decorating for family and friends. My wife likes to say that she is the ‘supervisor’ of all of my decorating endeavors. And believe you me, she can supervise! I wouldn’t have it any other way. We make a good team!”