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 — really dark granite countertops, a tiered bar with dark 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 clients feel as at-home and themselves as this space does for this Quail Hollow family!!

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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!

E-Design Launch!

We’re here with exciting news! Today, we launch a new branch of our design firm: E-Design! Our goal is House of Nomad E-Design makes interior design all the more approachable and brings personalized, custom designs to homes even beyond the Queen City!

Here, we break down the process for you — but to start, here’s a quick list that helps you find out if E-Design is for you! You’re a perfect candidate for E-Design IF:

  • If you are looking to dip your toe into interior design.

  • If you love our style — but can’t jump for the full-service design budget.

    • E-Design is priced at a flat rate per room — no extra design hours, delivery fees, etc.

  • If you are looking to complete one to two spaces.

    • This isn’t for you if you hope to reno your kitchen or refresh your entire home. Our E-design is set up perfectly to cater to the client wanting to rework 1-2 spaces!

  • If you can use a tape measure, pencil and paper — and feel confident online shopping carts.

    • As part of the E-design process, we’ll ask you to gather details about your space: measurements of your rooms and simple drawings, if necessary. All our designs will be sent via email, clickable and ready for you to order your new pieces!

  • If you are a DIY-er at heart because you are your own install team!

    • Once you place orders, you handle the tracking, deliveries and assembly — if needed.

  • If you are in the Queen City — or not!

    • While HON will travel, this is a great option for those outside the 704 area code!

So here’s the breakdown of our custom, E-Design process!

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Since we launched HON, we have loved meeting exclusively with our clients in person. Doing this all via email is a bit leap for us but we hope this means that our love for design and your love of our style are now more accessible through E-design.

Start by filling out our E-Design Questionnaire — we can’t wait to hear from you!!!

HON's Full Service Design Process

At House of Nomad we believe in making the design process approachable with results that are authentic to our client’s personalities and lifestyle — and most of all, we keep design fun. Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes into House of Nomad’s full service design process. As an example, we’re pulling from a Dilworth cottage that we designed last summer. The clients asked for a refresh for their entryway, front living space and adjoining dining room. We hope this start to finish guide is a fun glimpse into this process and what it looks like for us and our clients!

STEP 1: Initial consultation

Once a client makes the initial contact, we set aside 1.5 to 2 hours to meet in person, talk about goals and get to understand their style. We see the space, take full measurements and photos and discuss their budget. Here’s shots of the Dilworth space the first time we walked through our client’s doors.

STEP 2: Design Time

Back in the studio after the consultation, we pull everything into a proposal to kickoff our design time. Our design time includes pulling together a design tray with swatches of paint, samples of fabric and finishes that we bring to the clients. Here you see leather and wood finishes for our Dilworth cottage project — sofa/chair choices, a wallpaper swatch, a rug sample and a textile option. Depending on number of rooms and project size, our team also creates a paint plan, 3-D renderings and space plans. This process typically takes 2 to 3 weeks.

STEP 3: Presentation

All of our full-service design presentations are done in person, where we review space plans and 3D renderings of our mutual vision of the space. Here’s the space plan and mood board from the Dilworth cottage project, which we reviewed with the clients along with their full presentation of paint, furniture, rug and decor options.

While this Dilworth project didn’t require 3D renderings, here’s an example of what that looks like for a recent Plaza Midwood client!

STEP 4: Project Managment

After the client approves the items on the presentation, HON sends over an invoice. Once paid, all orders are placed by our project manager who tracks them on a weekly basis giving clients updates on the status of each item. Once we nail down anticipated delivery dates, we gear up for our favorite day: INSTALL day!

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STEP 5: Delivery & Install Day

Install day is the climax of every detail and vision and conversation, where the client’s vision and all our details come to life! House of Nomad installs are typically done in one day, but at times (due to project size and item availability) are completed in two separate installs. We show up with our delivery team first thing in the morning and our installer gets to work doing everything from hanging drapery and light fixtures to assembling furniture and hanging chairs. Our delivery team places each rug and piece of furniture — and we come with our clipboard and install bag ready to go, prepped for all the details!

Here’s some favorites from the install day at the Dilworth cottage!

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6. Styling

Per request from our clients, we love to finish a project with styling. For styling, we pull from our inventory of items sourced all over the world and hand-select finishing touches for your space. We set aside an hour to two of design time to come in person and complete the space with potted plants and decor.

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7. Photoshoot

For an average project, from the time we begin a consultation to a completed space the time frame is 8-12 weeks — depending on the goals (painting/etc.). The last step for some projects is a photo shoot of the final spaces. And we were so excited that this Dilworth project was picked up by Rue Magazine! Follow the link for more images from this beautiful home. All final photos by Laura Sumrak.

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Let's Winterize Your Home

With the sparkling lights down and holiday decor stored away — your home might feel like a refreshing and minimal slate, but also a bit stark. As the temps drop and the days are wintry and gray (and while we’re dreaming of sunshine and warmth!), you can craft an indoor and wintry oasis. Here’s our guide to doing so!

1. Layer Up!

Whether it’s your bedroom, living room or a favorite reading nook, winter is the perfect time to grab a new throw pillow or two — and think TEXTURE. Sheepskins add a pop of white (or pink), add some texture and are big on the warmth. Whether you go for a faux sheepskin — or real, you can throw them over the edge of a chair, piano bench, arm of the sofa and they add big style impact. We love the playful texture this pink pillow adds to this nook in a girl’s room we designed this year (check out our website for more from her space!).

Grab a basket and pull out your favorite blankets. Keep them stored next to the couch, fold them on the end of your bed or a guest bed.

2. Buy Some Plants

Live plants not only purify your air, promoting wellness in your wintry home but greenery has this incredible power in design we weave into every project. It’s hard to emphasize enough the massive impact of live plants!

If you’re nervous about trying to care for your plants and keep them alive, start with a snake plant or some cacti. They’re easy to care for (rarely even need water!) and hard to kill! If in the Charlotte area, check out our friends at Malones Greenhouse of Suculent Plants — you can’t beat their prices, they are willing to pot the plants for you and provide all the information you need to keep your plants thriving.

3. Create an Indoor Garden

Every week or two, grab some fresh flowers (Trader Joe’s is our go-to spot!) and a couple bunches of greenery. It’s amazing what some fresh blooms can do for a space. We’ve been drawn to tulips lately and never leave without some eucalyptus! Check out this Domino Mag article on the go-to flowers to grab in the winter!

4. String Up Some Lights

Plan ahead for spring and grab two or three strings of patio lights — and set them up inside! Set them on a timer so they come on before the winter blues set in for the day. They provide a sense of wintry festivity, cozy ambience for nights-in and are just plain fun. We’re always up for fun in our designs!

5. Buy a new piece of art — and a candle.

Pick one small house project to accomplish thiw winter. Whether it’s picking a paint color and tackling that space — or buying a new piece of art, it’s refreshing to see some traction inside your home these first few weeks of the new year. We love this organic collection of art — and we’re also loving work by Angie the Rose these days, a Greensboro artist who plays beutifully with color. Check her out!

Candles are another way to add ambiance and cozy-up a room. One of our current favorites are Sunday Morning (available at the charming Elisabeth Rose shop in Davidson) and Anthropologie’s Baltic Amber.

Here’s to enjoying every wintry day until spring! Cheers!