HON House Tour: Inviting Modern in South Charlotte

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House of Nomad is lucky to have the loveliest clients — and this design project was no exception! A stylish South Charlotte couple with two young daughters, this family came to us asking us for a space refresh on their formal living room, kitchen, dining and casual living space. They wanted lighter, airier spaces to hang out in as a family and weren’t sure where to start.

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A favorite part of our design process is helping clients to create a home that’s a true reflection of who they are — spaces they feel at ease, want to make memories in and invite others into. With these clients, we felt like the uniform beige-on-beige feel of their home didn’t reflect the warm family vibe we got from spending time with the clients.

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To create a happier space for them, we started by replacing the overall brown tones by painting the walls a fresh, light gray paint color throughout the downstairs. Previously, the clients had several large pieces of furniture (including a large dining table and a dark sectional) that were also making the space a bit crowded, so we made selections of sofas and chairs with smaller profiles that made the floorplan flow.

The dining space is a House of Nomad favorite! Their large dining table was replaced with this round option to provide better traffic flow — and paired with these chic upholstered chairs, basket light fixture and a space flooded with natural light — it’s so welcoming!

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The kitchen was a huge transformation, from black cabinets and beige backsplash to this bright and modern cooking space — our clients were thrilled! We love the black and white tile paired with the rattan barstools, which mixes up the space and adds personality.

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An important part of the design process is incorporating items that are of meaning to the clients into the final product. In the formal living space, the clients asked for help styling their built-ins. To create the feel they wanted, we talked through what was important to them, minimized their decor down to their favorite items and added in some plants and baskets. To pull the space together, we added a fun wallpaper behind the shelves. Going with a gray, textured wallpaper, the shelves now have dimension and interest — and the colorful items pop!

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We’re in love with these clients, their spaces and love designing houses across CLT where clients feel truly at home! For daily design inspo, follow along on our Instagram or head over to our shop to grab some fun decor from our sourcing trips.

All photos by the talented Laura Sumrak.

The Importance of Vibe: a Q&A with Where to Eat CLT

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The Importance of Vibe

A Q&A with Miranda Mounts from @wheretoeatcharlotte

A year ago, Miranda Mounts posted the first photo to her CLT foodie account @wheretoeatcharlotte. Now with more than 10,000 followers, Miranda specializes in finding the best spots locally to eat — places that provide diners with consistent food, experience — and vibe. With our newfound love of restaurant design launched with our Optimist Hall project, El Thrifty, we met Miranda at its opening. We also picked her brain on the best spots to check out this fall in the Queen City — the best food, patios, pup-friendly spots and most of all — the ones with the best design. 

Q: How did you get into the food scene?

A: “I went to North Carolina Wilmington to play volleyball and I graduated and started working inside sales for Inland Seafood. That’s when I started to develop my love for food. I would call up chefs in Myrtle Beach and Raleigh and ask them: “What seafood do you need for tomorrow?” I learned all about cuts of beef and fish.”

Q: How did your sales job impact your current foodie status?

A: “I am not just someone who likes to eat, but I really respect chefs and what they do. Walking in the back doors of restaurant as a 23 year old to talk to chefs was really intimidating.”

Q: What brought you to CLT?

A: “I moved to Charlotte late last September and since I was always guiding people where to go to eat in Wilmington, I started my Charlotte page Oct. 1 last year. I love photography, which I picked it up from my mom who is a photographer. I noticed the post with me in them were more engaging them the post of food, so I developed this brand.”

Q:  So why do you do what you do?

A: “Whenever I travel somewhere, I do hours of research on where to eat and I thought that if people could have one outlet in Charlotte that they really trust and know I am going to send them to the right spot — how much is that worth? It’s priceless.”

Q: What do you think of the CLT food scene?

A: “The Charlotte foodie scene is on the rise to becoming one of the best in the US — in my opinion. With the amount of young, energetic and HUNGRY people moving to Charlotte every day, the restaurants and chefs are going to be stepping up their game and getting more and more innovative.”

Q: What was your take on Optimist Hall’s El Thrifty?

A:El Thrifty is the definition of trendy. It’s a modern Mexican-inspired cantina where you can get handcrafted cocktails in a social environment plus my favorite part — GAMES! The vibe is extremely aesthetic every aspect is Instagram worthy!”

Q: How important do you think the design of a restaurant is?

A: “Honestly, for a restaurant to succeed and to get people to come back consistency is everything. That means that with so many people moving to Charlotte, restaurant owners really need to hone in on the vibe. The vibe is really important. Food is important but if you are not in an atmosphere that’s engaging you won’t come back. The energy makes a difference. At Barcelona, you go in an feel like you are in another city — and they remember my drink order form last time and remember that I love the croquettes, those things bring me back.”

Q: What restaurant would you say has the best design in CLT?

A:Barcelona Wine Bar! The vibe is my favorite vibe in Charlotte, I just love it! You feel like you are somewhere else, like you are in a big city. It’s the best spot to get drinks with girlfriends and is not only really aesthetic but has an old-world feel to it.  I’m obsessed with their Truffle Bikini! It is so simple and delicious. They make mini decadent grilled cheese cut into triangles like a bikini top and stuff them with Jamón Serrano, Mahon cheese and the perfect amount of truffle!”

Q: What’s your go-to fast food eatery in Charlotte with spot-on design?

A: “I consistently recommend YAFO Kitchen for fast casual Mediterranean.  I interviewed the chef recently and he told me the spices in their house-made spice blend come straight from Israel! My favorite item to order is the build-your-own grain bowl with hummus, cucumber tomato salad, beets, feta, purple cabbage slaw and topped with Shawarma Chicken!”

Q: What’s your best date-night suggestion?

A: “Date night must be spent at one of the signature Bruce Moffett Restaurants. Hands down, they’re some of the best restaurants the Queen City has to offer. Good Food on Montford is one of my favorites! Small plates for sharing, exceptional service and an intimate romantic vibe!”

Q: What’s the best good vibe, pup-friendly spot?

A:Flower Child! They are California based and know exactly what they are doing! Located in the heart of the city, they have an amazing patio — and it’s pup-friendly! I always order the strawberry fields salad, add salmon. But, their macaroni and cheese is ridiculous. Make sure to try it.”

Q: What’s your go-to for an extravagant design experience?

A: “I don’t think you can beat the vibe at La Belle Helene. It is an experience and I really enjoyed dining there. They just changed up their menu — putting out some fresh fall options! My go-to is their Hanger Steak and Frites.”

Q: Favorite sushi spot?

A:O-Ku Sushi is probably the best sushi in CLT. They have an option for the chef to create custom dishes for you that are not on the menu. For my birthday last weekend, they created this grilled Hamachi belly (yellowtail belly) topped with toasted pine nuts drizzled with daikon yuzu floating in a truffle ponzu sauce. It was insane. Nowhere else in Charlotte can compare to their seafood, it is top quality! And, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, they serve half-priced sushi rolls!”

Q: What’s your favorite weekend patio design?

A:Kid Cashew is such a fun restaurant — that patio is a really great design! I love brunch there and they have $3 mimosas! The food is all simple and fresh. My go-to is their lamb burger! It’s one of my favorite burgers in Charlotte. I pick Kid Cashew for their freshness of food and price point — and, they welcome pups on their patio, too!”

Find out more on CLT’s food scene on Instagram at @wheretoeatcharlotte.

White Paint & How to Pick It

White paint is tricky. But it’s a House of Nomad favorite to bring a clean, airy feel to a space. Here’s a guide to our favorite whites and how to pick the perfect shade for your home!

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1. BEFORE you start

Consider if you want a warm tone — or a cooler hue. Depending on the light in your space, white paints tend to play either off-white or gray. But keep in mind that you want depth to your paint color, so that you don’t feel like you are living in a house splashed with whiteout. A lot of it comes down to personal preference, so grab some samples and chip brushes (or try this no-mess option!) and try them on at least two walls before before you commit.

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2. Cool Tone: Pure White

We’ve found Pure White to be a favorite and picked it for this bathroom and guest-room suite we designed in Lake Norman. While it is a cooler tone, it provides a modern feel and we’ve found it to read extremely neutral in spaces with and without sunlight. We’ve also selected this color for kitchen cabinets and it’s gorgeous there, as well!

3. Whole House: Eider White

If you’re on the hunt for a color to take through your entire home, Eider White is our go-to. It plays well with other whites, has a depth to it so you don’t feel like you are walking into a sterile space and brings a really fresh tone.

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4. Warm: Snowbound

Snowbound has a warmer tone to it and reads beautifully in kitchens, like this kitchen renovation we completed in Quail Hollow. It reads creamy — but never enough to look yellow. It’s a perfect cabinet paint!

5. Exterior: Simply White

Berk’s house got a paint job earlier this year, and Simply White won out in her sampling test. We’ve also pegged it as a great cabinet color in kitchens and in bright rooms, reading warm and crisp.

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For more help with paint selections — and for daily design inspiration, follow us on Instagram as we design and travel to source on-of-a-kind items for our clients and shop!

The Perfectly Styled Bathroom

Here’s the scoop for how to perfectly style any bath! Maybe you have a space that needs a refresh — but a reno isn’t in the budget. You’re in luck! It truly comes down to the styling. It’s amazing what some simple decor, lighting and a rug can do for a space! And, don’t forget the perfect paint color! Here’s a glimpse into three bathrooms we designed and tips for each.

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1. It’s all in the paint.

A fresh coat of paint truly makes a space come alive. And, a gallon of paint is a small investment for a huge impact! For a powder bath, we love to take a risk — go really dark on the walls and ceiling or try a funky wallpaper! But for a master or guest bath, we keep it neutral and timeless.

Our tip? Go with a white or light gray, something that gives a clean and airy feel. In this bathroom (pictured above and at tip no. 5) we selected Pure White by Sherwin Williams. In the Plaza Midwood bathroom (shown below at tip no. 4) we used Icy Avalanche, also by Sherwin Williams.

Also, keep in mind the room that the bathroom is adjacent to when doing your paint selection. For all three of these bathrooms we designed, the paint selected for the bathroom was the same used in both the master for a congruent feel.

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2. Mix the Metals.

After paint, swapping out the hardware is the best way to modernize a bathroom!

Our tip? Start selecting new hardware by considering the finishes through your home. If you are doing brass in the kitchen, you might pull brass into the master — but if you dont want to commit to brass, that's where the black comes in to bridge the two. A go-to black option for pulls is this hex knob and this modern faucet. For polished nickel, try these pulls and this faucet.

Another way to mix the metals? Pick fun lighting! We love this double-ball sconce as well as this brass option. Don’t be afraid to mix the metals a bit!

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3. Don’t forget the toilet.

An often forgotten design area (but often visited nook) is behind the toilet!

Our tip? Don’t neglect this space — try a fan or a few baskets to create a mini-basketwall — or a cute piece of art to snaz up this space. Also, go for a modern toilet paper holder to make a subtle statement.

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4. Style the space.

Our tip? Remove everything from your counters to quiet the space. Add back in only what you use on a daily basis — and only add in things you love. Consider getting some fun, decorative containers, like this bowl or a basket (sourced on our trips for our House of Nomad shop!), to hold everyday items. Add a vintage runner for some color and texture!

5. Plant it Up.

Add in a plant, or two! Our go-to is a snake plant, which is the easiest plant to maintain without sunlight and with very little water. Check out our Q&A with Malone’s Greenhouse for plant selection tips — or click here to download our free, printable guide for plant care.


Cheers beautiful bathroom spaces! We love spaces to be functional, personal and well designed. Follow along with our daily design inspo on
Instagram — and contact us if you hit any design snags and we can help along the way!


HON House Tour: Americana Funk in Myers Park

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HON’s clients, Matt and Scottie Akins, are Charlotte natives who returned to the Queen City after having their first child in Jackson Hole, Wyoming — and purchased a home next door to HON’s Berkeley Minkhorst! Their 40s Myers Park home has integral history and charm but after numerous additions, they were left with a funky flow downstairs and came to HON to rework the design of the space.

HON’s goal was to take some of the Americana style the duo both loves, funk it up a bit and bridge the vibe to the rest of the rooms in their downstairs. HON created an entry point with industrial shelving to work as a catch-all for their family of four.

With now two young children in tow, HON’s living room design is family friendly with slipcovered swivels (a breeze to clean), a coffee table with a removable top for storage — and personalized baskets (one for each family member) that brings a little style and organization to their lives. A design favorite from this space is the vintage overdyed rug — a gorgeous, soft color palette.

The overall highlight of this design for HON is the graphic Cle tile in the bar area. A blank wall turned modern bar area pulls the modern design from the front door to the kitchen nook.

Matt and Scottie love to travel and requested incorporating HON travel finds from their space, which included black-and-white pottery from Fes, Morocco, and custom mudcloth pillows made in Marrakech in their kitchen banquette nook.

Matt and Scottie love to travel and requested incorporating HON travel finds from their space, which included black-and-white pottery from Fes, Morocco, and custom mudcloth pillows made in Marrakech in their kitchen banquette nook.

Not only were these clients fun to work with and neighbors of Berkeley — but HON is attached to this house because it was the former home of HON’s very first clients!

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For daily design inspo, follow along on our Instagram!