Before & After: Quail Hollow Kitchen

We’re here with a HON PROJECT REVEAL — a before/after of a Quail Hollow kitchen and dining area that we couldn’t be more thrilled with! Starting as a classic 1990s beige-on-beige space, Berk and Kell transformed it into a clean, airy and gorgeous room!

On first seeing this space, it was layered with dark elements — dark granite countertops, a tiered bar with painted cabinets, and a stone backsplash — all gave the space a dated feel. It was tan upon tan upon tan with beige cabinets and beige walls, and the charming client asked HON to help renovate and refresh the space. The main design challenge to tackle was the large, gaping hole between the tiered island and the adjacent living room — and it was Berk and Kell’s job to figure out how to utilize the space both practically and aesthetically.

With cohesian in mind, the duo designed a large, square island that removed the tiers and added space on all sides. This meant barstools could be tucked around the end as well as the sides of the island, making it a centerpoint for the busy lifestyle of the family of four. To bring a warm pop of color to the space, the duo painted the island Sherwin William’s Dark Knight. The dark granite was ripped out, replaced by quartz countertops for a bright and clean look.

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When creating the design plan for the dining space, Berk and Kell considered the client’s and their family. With two young boys and an open-door policy with a neighborhood of friends, HON chose a gray jute rug to bring warmth and definition to the dining area that was also easy to clean. The clients also went with a indestructible seating option for their dining area -- a bench that's inviting and can fit a crowd. To add some personality to the space, custom roman shades replaced plastic blinds in the dining area.

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The goal was to update the space with a fresh and light feel and HON achieved that through freshly painted cabinets (Sherwin William’s Snowbound) and giving the walls a timeless hue painted in a HON favorite -- Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. This fresh paint meant goodbye to the two-toned desk area, bringing refreshing cohesion to this half of the room.

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Simply and clean subway tile replaced the ombre of brown stones, previously behind the sink and cabinets. Pops of brass were added in the hardware and cabinetry pulls. 

Walking into this sunny, light space is a breath of fresh air and we feel lighter everytime we get to spend some time here. Cheers to a project reveal that we are in love with — and here’s to hoping every space we design makes our clients feel right at home!!

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Easter Blush

Easter is just days away and it has us dreaming in pastel tones — and mostly in BLUSH PINK. Remember Berkeley’s house and its exterior before/after? Well, her powder bath is about to get a paint job, too — and blush pink it is! Here’s some highlights from our blush-loving brains this week.

1. Go-To Blush Paints

For her bath, Berk’s jumping for Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground. This hue is a dusty-toned blush pink but all the best ways. For the above office space designed for Garance Doré’s new LA home by designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, the duo settled on Quaint Peche by Sherwin Williams. Try Head Over Heels by Benjamin Moore for a softer, more subtle blush tone. Or, give Peaches N’ Cream by Benjamin Moore a try for a bolder hue.

2. Where the Blush Belongs

There really are no limits to where blush can bring beauty and that soft color pop. Blush in the bathroom, blush in the kitchen — blush in the bedroom or the patio.

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We really love the idea of blush in kids rooms, too. Like this space by designer Lauren Krieger — light blush walls layered with pops of white and bright pink.

3. Blush & Green

We’re loving the natural green tones Davidson’s Blake Pope brought into his bedroom design. His collection of aristic plants pop beautifully layered against his warm accent wall, painted in Peaches N’ Cream.

4. Blush Up the Accents

If you’re not ready to jump for blush walls, try incorporating some spring tones into your accents. Take this outdoor scene with pops of pink layered in. Another spot to bring in some blush is in your tablescapes — grab some fun napkins or accents for your upcoming Easter gatherings! Try these placemats or napkins to start.

Hop on over to Instagram to stay tuned to Berk’s bathroom blush refresh, featured on our design daily stories. Happy Easter!!

Finding Your Style

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More often than not, when couples sit down in our studio for a design consultation — we quickly discover they have different styles. And most often, their design styles aren’t just distinct but they are opposite, like a West-Coast Cali-vibe lover married to someone set on Southern charm. 

But we love this. It’s always a fun design challenge to not just create a cohesive design but one that reflects dual personalities. We start by finding the common denominator — what’s something they both love and agree on? And then, we find what they are each drawn to and how we can incorporate must-have aspects from both clients.

This design process means we get to know the clients really well, which we love, and we do so by taking them through a number of exercises. Pinterest is where we start, showing them galleries of images based on what spaces we’re designing. We watch for what they are each drawn to — and what they are not drawn to. This helps establish patterns for each person and we can find where they intersect. Almost always a color emerges that they both love. We also show them examples of our previous work and ask them what they like — and what they don’t. Is this kitchen way to modern? Dining space too traditional? 

Once we start to find their style — we start the compromise game. We may have discovered they both love blue, for example, so the designs reflect that vibe as the foundation. If he’s set on a leather couch with modern wood accents, maybe we jump for that piece but then soften the design with textiles and pillows that reflect her personality. 

Another trick we’ve found so unifying for most couples is to include an unexpected element in the design. If it’s a one-of-a-kind light fixture — for example — often both clients are thrilled and drawn to it, and bond over that being in their space.

Check out this dining space, as an example (shown above)! During the design presentation, immediately they both intrigued by this light fixture. The layered glass was unique and they both loved that they’d never seen it before. As for the rest of the space, we touched on his style with the modern, streamline table and chairs. We also incorporated a wallpaper that she loved, making the space welcoming and a room that reflects them both.

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Across CLT, we designed another dining space (shown above and below) where he was drawn to a textured light fixture and she — a bold wall color. He compromised on the bright paint for her, and she went for the light fixture and a rug he liked. The space sings to both of their styles.

For the design of Kell’s house in NoDA, Kell and her husband Brad (who designs furniture!) worked together to create cohesive spaces. While Kell is drawn to modern and eclectic, if it was up to Brad — everything would have a mid-century modern vibe.

They worked together in this dining space with chairs that have a nod to mid-century with the caps — but then incorporate Kell’s personality with the hide and curved bucket seats. They both loved the light fixture and across the space, incorporated a mid-century piece from Atomic Furnishings in Asheville.

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Their bedroom also reflects a unified design with them both loving the moody feel of the deep-toned walls. Off this vibe, the duo picked a mid-century piece that Brad had his eyes on with Kell’s pick: a velvet headboard and textiles that reflect her eclectic eye. It’s a pure mix of them both.

Happy Valentine’s Eve! And cheers to all the couples who have pushed our designs to the next level with your distinct personalities and love for your homes!

Before & After: Berk's Home Gets a Paint Job

About two years ago, Berkeley completed a renovation to her brick bungalow in Myers Park and as is often the case, was not able to match the new brick to the existing brick tone. Her and her husband, Diek, knew down the road they would be painting the house to get back a congruent look — but in the whirlwind of life and launching House of Nomad — two years slipped by! 

This fall, the timing was right. To give her 1940s home an updated look, she researched the perfect shade of white paint. Note: brick homes are a House of Nomad favorite and matching brick is really tricky, so in the case you cannot create a perfect match — painting is a great solution. It not only gives the house a facelift but you still have that brick home which is such a timeless look.

In search of white color that wasn’t yellow-based or didn’t look stark white (think: avoid the house looking like white-out had been dumped all over it) Berk came across Simple White by Benjamin Moore. This color had depth and richness to it but wasn’t yellow — it was exactly the updated, timeless look she hoped for.

Keep in mind that not sampling your color before painting your home is not a corner you want to cut. Select three shades and have your painter sample them on the side of the house. Live with them for a few days and look at them in different light — you’ll know which one you love and will want to live with!

A trick for an updated look is to paint the window trim and the house the same color. Berk was having her trim replaced, so she jumped for Simply White for her window trim and brick. If you are not painting your trim, take precaution to make sure your preexisting color flows well with your new home color. House of Nomad loves to keep it simple, so going with the same shade is a current go-to.

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To add a modern vibe and some depth to her home, Berkeley decided to have her shutters, trim around her three front windows and front door painted black. She picked Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty. Another go-to for exteriors is Sherwin Williams Pure White paired with Tricorn Black Sherwin Williams.

It was also time to update her outdoor lanterns and she wanted to go black with the lanterns to match the black door, trim and shutters. She researched something streamlined and simple and jumped for two modern lanterns by Troy Lighting. She Another option she considered were these timeless lanterns.

We’re in love with the fresh, modern after of this project! What was shocking is that the visual size of Berkeley’s home doubled with the fresh paint color! The house now looks twice as big, really popping where the dark brick faded it into the background.