The Fall Trends You Should Know About

1. Deep Toned Walls

If our clients jump at the idea, a design go-to for House of Nomad is a deep-toned wall. Painting a wall something fun and with a deep hue not only adds warmth and is on-trend — but it brings instant character to the space. The above shot comes from this week’s install in a historic house in Dilworth and the Naval paint by Sherwin Williams chosen by our client brought deep moodiness to their bar area. The throw pillow draws in another fall trend: gold.

We’ve also used Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball and had great success with this gorgeous paint in a Myers Park dining space. This project combined family heirloom pieces, passed down for generations, with some new light fixtures and the deep-toned walls. And for our upcoming projects, Farrow & Ball released nine new fall colors that we’re dying to use!

2. Jet Black, even in the kitchen

This is a trend we’re thrilled about because we’re lovers of all things jet black. Currently, we’re in the middle of a design process for a modern home in Quail Hollow. According to trends (and our happy client) their dining space is so in — a really modern black dining table and black dining chairs. Their kitchen is a beautiful contrast with all-white lacquer and hardware-less cabinetry. It’s so chic.

3. Graphic Prints

At High Point Market, our team saw space after piece that pulled at this fun vibe — from black and white large-scale graphic prints to this bold wallpaper. For a Myers Park project, we recently selected this gorgeous black and white tile for a custom bar.

4. Large-scale Florals

Romantic and curious, florals of all kinds are in — including large-scale — and what some are calling “Grandma chic.” A favorite floral we’ve used lately is an Anthropologie mural we used to create a custom wall art by adding a border of deep-green paint.

5. Modern Neutrals

We’re all about this — a call back to natural spaces by combining wood grains, rattan, camel, gold and even grays. We love to layer variety of wood tones and textures to bring warmth to our spaces — like this set of rattan light fixtures in a client’s kitchen (in process!) in Dilworth.

6. Curves and Arches

Another stand-out from High Point Market is curves — and arches — in furniture and upholstery. The rounded edges of these pieces provide immediate interest and perhaps even a little bit of sexy danger to the designs. The curves range from sofas and chairs to tables and consoles. We’re loving the curvy pieces by Consort!

The Best of Morocco

It’s been a week since our plane landed in Charlotte, delivering us and our four massive suitcases of custom textiles and decor back to the Queen City. Here are our top five moments from Morocco, the moments and sights and people that will always be seared in our mind as our first taste of Morocco!

1. The Red Door

About a week into our trip, we arrived in Marrakech and went in search of a rug vendor we’d be dying to see. On foot and following Google maps on our phones, we kept circling the block, unable to find the entrance because it wasn’t marked with a sign. Kelley remembered seeing a red door on Google images and so went back the block in search of the red door — and there it was. We knocked, the door opened, and with a big smile this guy (who we learned was named Abdul) answers and says “rugs?.”

It was truly like magic.

We were welcomed into an atrium surrounded floor to ceiling with the most beautiful, antique hand-woven rugs of every color and style we’d imagined. He asked us what color palette and would pull options and there was all this suspense as we waited and he unrolled them. Some of our favorite and most special purchases came from here — they couldn’t have been more beautiful.

2. The Pile of Rugs

Beyond the red door was our second most memorable moment. In search of the perfect colors, we are literally crawling up a mountain of rugs. Laughing out loud, we both won’t ever forget that moment. Click here for a video of it!

3. The Turtle Named Fenn

We’ve traveled a lot and El Fenn is the most inspirational hotel we have ever been to. Every room is different and unique. The owners have a strong sense for design and the whole experience is inspiring. It’s not just the rooms or the rooftop bar with views of Marrakech and whole medina, but it's the color it's the tile, it's the attention to detail.

One thing we adored were the six resident turtles who live on site. They have turtle houses in the courtyards that the turtles to live in and we came across them in the spa room — see the arrow in the photo below for his hiding spot! He was so charming and we decided to dub him Fenn, because of our love for all things El Fenn.

Note: Cocktails were hard to come by with Morocco being a predominantly Muslim country but El Fenn offered some delicious fare and hand-crafted cocktails on their rooftop. That was a huge plus! Plus we were able to get our favorite — a spicy margarita!

4. The New Friend

Still in Marrakech, we were on the hunt for pink poufs and they were really hard to come by. On our way home from another shop, we stopped in our tracks, seeing the perfect pouf on a corner outside a shop. Inside we met Habib, a designer and the shop owner with the gorgeous pouf. We instantly had a friendship with him — it’s like we spoke the same language and with the same energy. We were talking rugs and poufs one second and jewelry and custom bags the next. Habib made us the custom, circular mudcloth pillows to be for sale at our Studio Party — and we look forward to collaborating again with him and seeing him on our yearly trip to Marrekesh. 

5. The Garden of Cacti

We took one day off from sourcing to get inspiration in the Moroccan culture and art, spending the day visiting the Jardin Majorelle, a garden of cacti — and it was stunning! It was originally owned by a painter who would bring plants back with him on his travels and replant them. Now, it’s home to more than 300 varieties. It was the perfect place to relax and be inspired.

The Berber Museum is in the garden and is painted this gorgeous, deep blue paint hue called “Marjorelle Blue,” which surprised us by quite the pretty penny for a tiny can. We’re hoping Sherwin-Williams might come out with a perfect color match becuase we were in love with it, but this hue is the closest we can find so far!

Kell and I are both into fashion and it definitely plays into our designs — so we also found a ton of inspiration in the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Yves Saint Laurent has just two museums, with the other located in Paris, and we thought it really fun to learn about him and his life and how influencial Marrakech was for him. He was so taken by Marrakech and they really influenced his designs. We totally understand! :)

And — if you didn’t already know — we are obsessed with coffee table books and always pick one up as a memory from our travels (always something fun to do!), so it was the perfect place to find this beauty.

We’re already talking about our next adventure in Morocco — but for now, come to our Studio Party Nov 16 and 17 and shop our custom finds — rugs, tassel blankets, poufs, pillows and more! Follow along in our stories at @houseofnomaddesign for daily design inspo and sneak peeks of party prep!

The Best of High Point Market 2018

High Point Market never dissapoints!

It’s the annual event that we can always count on being entirely inspiring, beautiful and overwhelming in the amount of talent and beauty packed into a few days. Designers are elbow to elbow into showrooms sharing ideas and oooing over modern light fixtures, textured fabrics, velvet endchairs and new rug releases, meeting the artists crafting behind the scenes — and it all ended yesterday. What’s incredible is that these full-time designers work all year to create these luxe spaces seen for a few days.

Since Berkely & Kelley were in Morocco sourcing items for our upcoming STUDIO PARTY (slated for Nov. 16-17!!!) our team was on the ground at High Point — and here’s an overview of the trends they saw and loved!

(Oh, and we must note — this year was memorable because it’s the first time — thanks, Hurricane Michael! — that the power has gone out in the High Point Market Showrooms in 40 years!)


A stand-out from Market is upholstery with gorgeous curves. These rounded pieces provide immediate interest — and a little bit of sexy danger to the designs. We saw this in headboards, sofas and the lines of chairs mainly — from end chairs to dining chairs.


There was a strong emphasis on fresh materials and finishes in the showrooms. What drew us the most were designs that majored on the modern and the acrylic. Our favorite acrylics were dining chairs, end tables that mixed acrylics and metal — and a giant acrylic chandelier. The chandelier, we were told, was a point of contraversy, especially among male clients — they hated that something so luxe was made of acrylic. There were also acrylic notes in decor accents, including a tic-tac-toe board that caught our eye.

Art Deco Vibes

There was a touch of glam, a bit of modernism with retro vibies, warm metalics and lots of dramatic curves to a majority of furniture pieces. We’re in love with the timeless, exaggerated drama of these pieces — abstract and gilded.

Natural Elements

Natural wood seems to have a bit of a resurgence in this year’s designs, providing quirky and leggy details to tables and end tables alike. The raw feel of these pieces added an organic tone to the showrooms. Rattan was in almost every showroom, a popular natural texture that’s here to stay.

Purple Hues

Lilac, lavendar and deep plum were constants in the showrooms, and most often in gorgeous velvet fabrics. While we still saw some deep emerald tones (which we are still crazy for), most greens seem to have given way to a popular purple craze. Are you a fan or no?

Shop Sale!

Our suitcases are FULL of new and beautfiul Moroccan things — textiles and ceramics and poufs — and a pile of gorgeous rugs to ship back! To make room for all these beautiful arrivals to our shop, we hope the Mexican finds currently in stock can find the right home at a great price — and everything is on sale right now!

Here’s a little glimpse into our Moroccan shopping — yesterday we hiked up to Berber Village! When we made it to Berber Village, the female artisans greeted us with bright faces and smiles and were thrilled to show us their art. The women demonstrated their weaving and showed us how they craft yarn from sheeps wool. The rugs were INCREDIBLY beautiful and it was breathtaking to see the process from start to finish. There is so much talent in Berber Village!

They had walls and walls and walls of handmade rugs hung up for purchase. And, there was lots of black and white options — so we were in heaven!!

We have just under a week left in Morocco! Look for details on our STUDIO party coming soon where you can purchase our Moroccan finds in person — and more coming to the shop in the next few weeks. We can’t wait to share it all!!


Shop Our Suitcase

Shop Our Suitcase

It’s finally go time! After years of dreaming and months of planning, Berk and Kell are putting the final items in their suitcases and headed to Morocco! They’re jet setting for Casablanca first, then headed to the markets in Fez, Marrakesh and Essaouira — they can’t wait!!

Here’s a glimpse into favorite travel items!

  • Black sandals. Having a pair of comfortable sandals is key, and Kell’s go-to pair is this strappy, black sandal that she swears by.

  • Braided Flats. Always pack a pair of flats to dress up or down with an outfit — and Berk loves these braided mules from Zara. 

  • Black and White Wrap. One of the duo’s all-time favorite finds was the black and white wraps they scored in Mexico. It not only is the perfect neutral wrap but it doubles as a blanket in the plane or to cover shoulders when going into a mosque.

  • A kimono. Kimonos are always a must, because it’s an easy way to add personality to any outfit — jeans, skirt or dress. The Billabong kimono they’ve tucked in their bag is a favorite from several seasons ago, but their favorite jeans are from Madewell.

  • Travel Pillow. There’s nothing more important than starting a sourcing trip with some good zzz’s, and that’s where travel pillows come in handy. This is the HON go-to pillow for plans, trains and every form of transportation.

  • Tiger Balm. Berk swears Tiger Balm is good for everything — motion sickness, pain relief and even bug bites. Multiple canisters make it into every bag for this trip!

  • Empty suitcases and compression bags. Berk and Kell are packing all their personal items on two carry ons so that the four empty suitcases can home filled with decor items they’ll score in markets in Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh and Essaouira! Compression bags are the secret here.

  • Travel toothbrushes. Just a little way to keep fresh — Berk and Kell keep these disposable travel toothbrushes tucked in their bags.

  • Wrinkle spray. This tiny travel-size spray does wonders for getting wrinkles out of clothing!

While this whole trip a dream come true, Berk laughs and says there are some nerves about missing their flights — they have a one hour connection in two airports. She adds that she threw in bottles of medicine because there’s the anxiety of staying well in these foreign cities, per stories they’ve heard along the way. Berk recalls a trip where she spent the entire 7 hour trip in the bathroom — and since then, refuses every snitch of airplane food. So, she brings food on the plane. She plans to eat her granola bars and catch up on her Kindle reading, “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Kell adds another little known fact with a laugh — they both get cankles easily so grab the largest container of water they can in the airport and sip it constantly while on the plane. Kell’s packed a Domino magazine and a few Architecture Digests — catching up on inspiration she hasn’t had time to dig into at home.

Follow Berk & Kell’s adventure on instagram at @houseofnomaddesign! Watch for posts with photos as well as photos on the instagram stories. Bon voyage!