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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Winterizing Your Bar Cart

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It’s time for our bar carts to lose the summery drink umbrellas and get prepped for New Year’s Eve festivities! Here’s a few tips for creating a beautiful cart ready to host family and friends — and to craft delicious drinks all winter long.

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1. Freshen up Your Herbs

Swap out your mint for thyme and rosemary! Not only are these the perfect flavors for wintry drinks but both herbs are easy to find and add texture and a pop of green to your cart.

2. Add in Metallics

For a look that lasts all winter, add in some metallic tones to your cart. You could go with a gilded cart in the first place, mix up your favorite drink in this pitcher, serve them in a set of copper mugs (Moscow Mules anyone?!), a cheese knife set, or the perfect wintry shaker.

3. Winterize Your Ingredients

Bring in champagne and wintry liquors — such as a HON favorite, chambord. Just in time for your New Year’s Eve party — we tried out a sparkling cocktail recipe at our team Christmas party that was a hit! It’s not only beautiful but light and delicious. Making simple syrup is key to this drink — as well as fresh thyme. Here’s some shots from our team party!


  • 2 Plums

  • 6 Thyme Sprigs

  • Juice from one Lemon

  • 4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool.  Chill until ready to use.)

  • 1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly 


  • Peel and chop 2 plums.  

  • Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released.  (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)

  • Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.

  • Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.

  • Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs. 

  • Serve immediately.

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Cheers to a festive New Year, and to a well-designed space to mix up drinks until spring!

A Very House of Nomad Christmas!

Berkeley kept her front porch simple and festive with fresh garland, a touch of ribbon and a strand of white lights!

Berkeley kept her front porch simple and festive with fresh garland, a touch of ribbon and a strand of white lights!

FIVE days to Christmas! For those of you who (like us) are still getting your holiday decor up, here’s our best tips for creating a design that is festive, timeless and will last into January. Think minimal, which keeps the festive feeling without creating a sense of total craziness!! Go for a wintry look (not Christmasy) and most of all, have fun! It’s not about perfection but crafting a look that you love and one your family can gather around.

1. Go Green

Start with a green, neutral base! This means stopping by a tree stand and asking for their (free) clippings — or colleting natural greenery from your own yard. Big plus here: your home will smell delicious and festive before you’ve barely started!

2. Go Monochromatic

This year, we’ve been drawn over and over to white — and monochromatic color palettes. It’s clean and fresh and gives you the perfect base to add in your own personality.

3. Pick a Focal Point

When in doubt, always pick a focal point — and don't over think it. KEEP IT SIMPLE! This could be a set of candlesticks, lanterns on the mantle or a lit wreath on the door.

4. Add in pops of color

We are all about the fun in design, but pick your color carefully. If you’re going to have a green and white base, pick one color to pull in. It could be gold or silver for a classy, timeless look — or a bright pink for a more playful take on Christmas. Whatever your preference, try to stick to a color (or two max) for a clean look.

5. Keep Your Lights White

We are all about the lights. Lights instantly add festivity to any space and bring warmth, whether it’s a tree, front porch, tablescape or even bathroom. But please, white lights only.

Here’s a (clickable) collection of our favorite decor items we’ve seen this year! Happy decorating!!

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.

Florals: When To & When Not To

We’re fans of floral, it’s the truth. Give us a dark and moody floral wallpaper for a small space or to create an accent wall in all day long!

But to clarify -- we’re not in love with all floral. We have strong opinions and believe us, there’s a fine line between small prints that go towards prairie with a strong elderly vibe and those that speak modern beauty for a space. We are big fans of incorporating a natural element. In some cases, this can come in the form of wallpaper — think moody florals or botanical patterns! Here’s our best tips for when to use and when not to use florals.

1. Go Big or Not at All

The size of the print is the easiest way to balance it’s beauty. Small, tight floral patterns tend towards grandma -- run away!

Take this Myers Park bathroom we designed and just love, it’s timeless and just a tiny bit funky. But if the print had been smaller, the vibe would be completely different -- dated and not our jam. We would design this space again anyday.

2. Go Moody

While you might not think a small space is a good fit for a bit print, this bathroom proves the point. Surprisingly, windowless and tiny spaces are perfect for giant prints. The print creates cohesion and adds personality and interest.

If it’s not a small space you’re tackling, you can try wallpaper prints as accent walls (headboards in a bedroom, anyone?) in a bedroom, office, nursery even a kitchen or entryway!

3. Go botanical, not Floral

The truth is, we are all about the botanicals and less about the florals. We love the organic feel of florals and fauna mixed together in prints. Palms, tropical flowers, even some classic animals -- the whimsical, unexpected vibe is our favorite. These prints are less stuffy and timeless. More botanicals less flowers is really where are designs are headed. These prints feel more like art, more like a painting and less like wallpaper.

4. Go Abstract

Another way to stay modern is to jump for an abstract pattern -- like these Merimekko prints. We’re in love! While not perfect for every space, they are perfect for the right space and won’t go out of style.

5. Go Panel it Up

A good trick if budget is a consideration is to use judges paneling. Instead of papering an entire room or wall, paper just a section of the room by using paneling! This makes a custom art look without the cost of the entire space.

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Note: make sure before you fall in love with a print, you have a professional come and estimate how much you will need! Several rolls may be in the plans!  

Good luck and happy papering!