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
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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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Patio Prep for the Queen City

Because Charlotte springs are best enjoyed outdoors, here’s our patio prep tips to get your space ready and you outside — cocktail in hand!

We know that it’s hard to relax in a space that feels unfinished or requires a lot of in-the-moment prep (carrying cushions outside, then back inside, anyone?) — so we’ve compiled our go-to advice whether you are starting with an empty space or just need a refresh.

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1. Pick a color palette

When Kell was creating her outdoor oasis (pictured here) — a rooftop patio on her townhome in NoDa — she wanted the space to be an extension of their home. Something that felt modern and fun fused with a bohemian feel. 

Kell’s tip? Start by thinking about the location of your outdoor space. What’s the color of your siding, your deck railing or the brick of your patio? Take those tones into consideration as you plan and shop. For Kell, her dark gray siding immediately set the tone, calling for a white sofa

2. Play the Seating Game

Configuring seating is the most important game to play in patio design. For Kell, maximizing seating for her rooftop space was vital to the hosting they envisioned — and have done — since their house was built! 

There’s a lot to be said for the inviting feel of a sectional. If you have a big family or love to host, go for it! We’re also in love with this teak and metal sofa set, if that’s more your vibe.

Kell’s tip? Consider if you’re up for the in-and-out with the cushions game. If not, consider going with a sofa set that’s just as stylish, but not as cushion-heavy. Other less-cushioned styles that caught our eye include this gray-washed set and this natural collection.

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3. Keep it Fun and Light

To keep the vibe light, add in extra seating with something unexpected. Add a hanging chair (which look best mounted in corners) or two to mix things up. Or jump for the double if can find the perfect spot! (Check out our hanging-chair tutorial for step-by-step mounting instructions.)

Pops of color are a must for outdoor spaces, and whether it’s aqua or pink or something a little more mid-century that’s your vibe — acapulco chairs are our go-to! We are huge fans of this white loveseat, too. Let’s not forget about the power of rattan, which is on-trend right now, comes in all colors and is comfortable — even cushion-less.

More can be less sometimes, so consider adding a bench for more seating — coupled as a plant-stand, bar cart and catch-all when you don’t have a crowd.

If you’re looking for a dining table, we can’t get enough of cement these days and this one sure is a beauty. (If that’s not on-par with your budget, take a look at this.) Pair it with these white cuties and add in some texture with chair cushions

4. Layer It 

While we are against it feeling like it’s a chore to go in and out of any space, Kell says there are a few soft goods she brings out every time she grabs a glass of wine and heads for the roof. These items include her poufs, and a pillow or two

It’s important that an outdoor space feel warm and inviting and the grounding layer is the rug. Kell brought in pops of color with her indoor/outdoor rug, but you could not go wrong with bold stripes, something a bit playful, a more neutral or graphic route, a little blush or all natural.

Kell’s tip? Commit to bring in and out some soft goods for comfort, but pick other grounding items that stay put. Their stay-put items that have weathered the best have been cement pieces — coffee tables and side tables — their drum end table and their black acapulco chairs.

And! Don’t forget the furry family members! Try neutral or pop of black and white as a fun way to incorporate them into your design.

5. Lighten the Mood

It’s truly incredible the power a strand or two of outdoor lights has over a space. String up some lights, pour some drinks and the party is cued. Add in a battery-powered, rattan lantern or two, which can be hung or placed wherever a little extra light is needed.

6. Plant it Up

Kell’s tip? Make sure add in lots of greenery and pay attention to scale. Most often, plants are bought too small for a space — and there’s nothing better than the right amount/size of plants reminiscing your Queen City patio of tropical vacations

Our friends at Malone’s said good plants that can survive the CLT summer include tropical cacti (the cholla cactus grows tall) — as well as lavender, which loves the heat as well as the drought. Cold-hardy succulents such as hens and chicks are perfect for outdoor patios as well as salvia, which adds purple blooms and a lovely scent. Kell’s had success with rooftop monsteras and ferns, as well.

When picking planters, concrete is a great option for outdoors. We’re loving this bohemian planter and the feel this would bring to an outdoor dining space. Dress up the walls or your table with these modern options for cut greens.

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7. Don’t Forget the Sun

Kell’s must-have? Her patio umbrella, which can be adjusted with the sun’s movements. She snagged this one and it’s held up beautifully. 


Cheers to a beautiful spring and summertime where your patio’s ready, full of friends and the design makes you feel right at home. Follow along with our daily design inspo on
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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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Pets in HON Designs

Anyone that's stopped by House of Nomad’s studio knows we're animal lovers! The first person to greet you at the door is Berk's Springer Spaniel, Shelby -- and now, Kell's pup Frankie, a 12-week old tricolored French bulldog! We adore animals and since our very first project, love incorporating cats and dogs alike into almost every space we've designed. With a new pup around the office, it got us reminiscing on our favorite projects where the client's family pets got a little camera time.

Here’s a little bit about each space we designed, and how we considered the pets in the design decisions!

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Myers Park Boxer

This 1940s design project was especially meaningful because it was for neighbors of HON co-owner Berkeley Minkhorst! Not only do we just love the family, but HON is attached to this house because it was the former home of HON’s very first clients! The most beautiful part of this photo is the family’s boxer, with the dearest personality — and we love that she made it into our photoshoot.

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. With their pet in mind, HON selected a gorgeous antique overdyed rug.

Design tip: Overdyed designs easily camouflage stains, are durable and easy to clean!

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Mountain Island Lake Goldendoodle

This is the sweetest dog you will ever meet — this family goldendoodle was very excited to pose for the camera. Last summer, we were hired by a charming mini-client (daughter of former clients who HON adores!) in Mountain Island Lake, who said she loved to read and dreamed of a dedicated crafting space in her room.

HON incorporated a desk and shelf for crafting supplies and went with a bookish Kate Spade wallpaper. The full reveal was just beautiful (she gasped with joy!) and her room is stylish with the accent wall, functional with crafting and reading areas — and all around beautifully cozy.

NoDA Cat

Kelley’s doll-face Persian, Oliver, came to LIFE the day our photographer, Laura Sumrak, photographed Kell’s home! While usually camera shy (Oliver won’t ever put his best face forward for Kell’s shots!) — he kept perching in the perfect frames for the camera. Kell’s modern new build in NoDA is eclectic, and full of global finds from HON and personal travels — check out Domino Mag’s feature for more!

Considering Oliver (and now their new pup, Frankie!), Kell took into account the color of her animals — with shedding in mind. So Kell went with a multicolored rug. Kell also went with a Crypton fabric for her sofa (pictured above left) because of its durability!

Design tip: Crypton is a durable upholstery choice (for kids or pets alike!). Not only does it fight against stains but is resistant to scratching/claws.

Dilworth Cat

This precious ragdoll cat was very excited about her baby sister coming along! One of the very first designs HON did, this Dilworth nursery is playful and neutral — and the perfect spot for a catnap, and her baby sister to grow up in!

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Plaza Midwood Golden Retriever

An early project by HON, this playful space in Plaza Midwood included lovely clients — and their sweet Golden Retreiver, Bailey. These clients approached Berk and Kell asking for design assistance in bridging the two spaces together. Berk and Kell went with a statement wall that pulls out the hues in the living room rug, which Bailey is clearly a fan of! They also went with a slipcovered sofa, which is a breeze to clean — if ever necessary.

Design Tip: Consider a bright, 100% wool rug with pets! It’s great not just for hiding pet hair but is easy to clean.

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Myers Park Springer Spaniel

HON’s original office was in Berk’s house in Myers Park, and the walls were painted a gorgeous, bright blue hue — Vardo by Farrow & Ball. Shelby was a fan of the artistic space and spent every day there with Kell and Berk. Again, the rug selection was important with Shelby in mind, so the duo went with an indoor/outdoor rug, which is both a fun, graphic print — and has longevity to it.

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SouthEnd Springer Spaniel

Last sumer, House of Nomad finally found their way out of Berk’s home office and into our very own studio in South End’s Atherton Lofts. Exposed beams, massive windows, light drenched spaces — it’s a dream! The designs are always evolving as fresh finds are brought back from Berk and Kell’s sourcing trips for our dedicated shopping area (open to the public by appointment and online!).

Berk and Kell loved taking risks in designing the studio, including Shelby’s favorite spot to camoflauge herself— a bold, black and white patterned sofa. Shelby is also obsessively drawn to the Moroccan rugs and Frankie to the poufs!

Cheers to all the CLT pets we’ve grown to love as we’ve designed spaces across the Queen City!

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Photos taken by the talented Laura Sumrak!