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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Introducing Our Guide to Sayulita!

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If you’re looking for an epic way to clear the winter blues, consider jet setting straight for Sayulita. It’s surprisingly affordable (check out this poolside VRBO villa!), a short flight away not to mention incredibly beautiful and full of creativity that forever changed our perspective on handmade goods.

We’ve created a downloadable Guide to Sayulita to make the trip enjoyable at every turn — best places to stay, eat, shop and enjoy a drink. Here’s our inside scoop to Sayulita with stories from favorite moments, items we brought back — and a recipe to our go-to best Mexican cocktail (no matter the weather!).

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Quickly, we learned the Sayulita artisans are not only talented — but endlessly patient. These gorgeous macrame masks had a high price point because they can take more than a WEEK to craft. Each stitch is handmade and the entire mask is covered in intricate, gorgeous designs.

We snapped these photos outside the local shop, Evoke the Spirit, and wished we had time to sign up for a class — next time, we’ll work that into our agenda. Also — invest in a mask! Every time we think of this day, we regret not bringing back more and they’re stunning art pieces!

A highlight of our trip was the Saturday market in the center of downtown Sayulita! Be sure to plan the trip around shopping this expansive market, it’s where we found all of our best handcrafted items. Artisans come from all over Mexico to sell their work at this market — from pom pom strands to otomi (traditional Mexican embroidery) to straw masks.

No joke, we immediately bought up 60 strands of pompoms from white to bright, multicolored strands to turquoise and brown — we fell in love with them. Just to give you a glimpse: we were dying laughing trying to make a path in our hotel room — we had so many bags of pompoms we could barely walk through our space.

We’ve loved working these pieces into clients home such as this little girl’s bedroom in Davidson, where our last multicolor strand was just the think to make her window more playful. The straw mask added some personality to the open shelving in a client’s Uptown apartment — it was so him and the perfect finishing touch.

We don’t just love the items in client’s designs — but we designed our personal spaces with these items in mind! In Kell’s living room, you can see that this corner includes a hammock handmade in Sayulita, a bright cactus planter we picked up at the Saturday market — and a mask handmade in Sayulita. Not only do these pieces add personality, but they give Kell a reminder of our adventures, and to keep a global, creative perspective. Our spaces are curated with things we love and items that evoke inspiration.

A BEST memory of Sayulita was the hammock. Kell landed in Sayulita with the goal of finding a black hammock for this corner and NO LIE — every local artisan we talked to told us that there was not a single strand of black string left in the town! We didn’t give up. By the end of our days in Sayulita, EVERYONE at the market knew who House of Nomad was because we were the blonde duo who kept asking for the black hammock. On the last day, one of the vendors met us with a black hammock they had just woven. So — she is extra special piece!

A trip to Mexico would never be complete without some mezcal! We stumbled upon Cava, where we did a trio mezcal tasting — and that’s when our love affair with mezcal got deep. There are days we will just dream of these modern bar stools, the warm Sayulita wind pouring into the restaurant and the kick in our favorite mezcal cocktail.

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It’s absolutely delicious and they even passed along our favorite pineapple mezcal recipe from the trip! It is not only refreshing but has a good kick to it! If you can’t fit in a trip to Sayulita, at least make this drink for a wintry Charlotte day and help you dream of warmer days. Cheers!!

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  • Mashed pineapple

  • Chilli Serrano (2 slices)

  • Coriander

  • Lime

  • Salt

  • 1 shot mezcal

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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!

3 Don't-Miss Trends from the Atlanta Market

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Here we are reporting live from the AmericasMart Market in Atlanta after three days of inspiration galore, meeting the best of the best designers and reps — and stocking up on the most beautiful decor for our House of Nomad SHOP! Stay tuned for when all the market decor hits the shop!

The inspiration at AmericasMart Market is endless, room after room of things we saw and wanted to bring back — but here are the three trends we settled on as our favorite.

1. Cane Is Back

No longer just a style of the past, cane-style chairs, accesories and even tables are showstoppers in many of the design showrooms.

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2. Less Glam: More Natural

From rattan and glass beads to hand-woven textiles and baskets to leather chandeliers, all things NATURAL was everywhere in Atlanta. We’re huge fans of this organic look!

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3. Black and White is Here to Stay!

And we aren’t one bit upset about that!

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The Best Rooms of 2018!

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Happy New Year!!! Here's a glimpse into some of the rooms House of Nomad designed and are really proud of: Our Best of 2019! It was the year of blue, teal, layered and textured spaces -- and we're on to amazing new palettes and moods for 2019, including laquered cabinets and modern house renovations. We can't wait!

1. Davidson: Girl’s Bedroom

2: Davidson: Living Room

For more, check out the My Domaine tour of this home!

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3. Dilworth: Dining Room

Check out the Rue Mag feature on this space!

4: NoDA: Master Bedroom (Kelley’s Home!)

To see more, check out the Domino Mag feature on Kells’ home!

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