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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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!!

House of Nomad's Top Dining Rooms

1. Dilworth: Transitional Modern

This summer, Kell and Berk designed this historic home in Dilworth, which included this gorgeous dining space. The front living and dining rooms flow with an open floor plan and had been left empty for some time, as the couple wasn’t sure what style to go with. The trick was not to just craft beautiful adjoining rooms — but for the duo to articulate their unique design styles, and then discover how their designs could be combined. She found that she was drawn to cool tones and transitional style, while he loved mid-century modern with a California vibe. This dining space is a beautiful combo of them both, the dining wallpaper pulling in her style and the wishbone dining chairs speaking to him.

2. Davidson: Effortlessly Modern

A stylish, young family hired House of Nomad this spring, asking for fresh designs for their new home in Davidson — to create distinct living and dining spaces downstairs in their completely open floor plan. The duo hoped to create a home that reflected their vibe, designs that incorporated some trends but with a timeless look. This cement dining table with a metal base did just that, and we incorporated the West Elm chairs they already had into our design. Originally, the duo hoped for a larger table for family gatherings but due to the floorplan, jumped for a medium-sized round table with nearby bar stools creating additional seating — and keeping it cozy for nights it’s just their family of three.

3. NoDA: Global Inspired

Kelley’s very own dining space is one of Kell & Berk’s favorites they’ve designed for this reason: it’s so personal. Her entire home has an inspired, global feel and with an open floor plan, the vibe of the dining and living areas play off each other. All of her art is collected, including the handmade textiles framed from Sayulita hung in the dining space, bar cart items from Thailand and nearby cookbooks from China. Her modern table and mixed-metal light fixture create just the right, neutral vibe for the eclectic feel of her home. For more, head to Domino Mag’s feature on Kell’s home.

4. Myers Park: Moody Glam

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This dramatic Myers Park dining space carried themes of blue from the overall design of the home. Berk and Kell wanted the room to have a sophisticated but cozy vibe and painting the ceiling gave it a cohesive feel. The most fun aspect of this room is the incorporation of the velvet settee, a creative way to seat more people.














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.

Sherwin-Williams Color Pick 2018: Oceanside

We cannot say we were surprised when we saw the color pick for 2018 from Sherwin Williams. I am noticing more and more that people are not afraid of using color. I still love a beautiful neutral palette and even have a few white walls of my own but nothing adds more vibrancy and energy to a room than a coat of bold paint! They say that this color is the color of "wanderlust;" "Inspired by travel, the blue-green hue will add an air of mystery and elegance to any space."

All I have to say is sign me up!

Berkeley and I took the plunge with a bold color in our office and it totally paid off! The vibrant teal walls keep us energized and happy! By keeping everything else super clean and neutral (white desks, wood chairs, white cabinet) it doesn't feel too busy or distracting. God knows we are easily distracted so that would have never worked. haha

But back to the Oceanside color from SW... you may be thinking how do I incorporate such a bold color when currently I have nothing teal or this bold in my house? Don't think you have to paint your entire living room teal (actually I may advise against it all together). Think smaller spaces (a study, music room or office), your guest or powder bathroom, behind your builtins to add a pop, or a door! Once you have chosen where the paint is going be sure to pull the color in again somewhere else in the house... either through art or textiles. This will really help make your decision feel intentional and not random. 

Find some pictures below for inspiration! Gray is great and all but I think it is time to take a little risk and embrace your inner wanderlust... I promise it will pay off :)