Name: TaLaya and Kerrick Faulkner (and their rescue dog, Honey)
Location: Historic West End — Charlotte, North Carolina
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned
This house has been home for Kerrick much longer than two years; in fact, he practically grew up here. This house used to belong to his grandparents, and his grandfather would pick him up from school and take him back to their house every day. When TaLaya and Kerrick had the opportunity to inherit the house, it was a no-brainer for Kerrick, but did TaLaya want to take on the royal blue carpet and way outdated kitchen? It turns out, she did (if she could put her own stamp on it)!
TaLaya, a creative nail artist, incorporates color and patterns from African and Moroccan inspiration into her work and home life. Her use of color isn’t overwhelming, though. With neutral base elements in white, gray, and black, she’s been able to add on bold colors like fuchsia and orange to pull together an on-trend boho style. You’ll also notice a couple of unique pieces in the dining room from local store Tuft, owned by another House Tour participant, Danielle McKim.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I’d say our style is modern bohemian-ish. I have some mid-century style mixed up in there too with some very intentional global accents! I love the beautiful artistry of African textiles and the colorful details of Moroccan decor. And lots of natural elements such as wood and plants!
Inspiration: Everything from our travels, to Instagram, to visiting our friends’ homes. I draw inspiration from all around me! I love design and am always looking for ways to make our home better.
Favorite Element: My favorite elements of our home are the original hardwood floors that we had refinished before moving in and also the fact that we have two living spaces (both a family room and “formal” living room).
Biggest Challenge: Our hardest challenge has been functionality when it comes to storage. This home was our introduction to cohabitation and 1,500 square feet for two grown people (not to mention adding kids to the mix later) has definitely forced us to rethink the amount of things we have. We’ve purged a lot! And we also are much more particular about the things we decided to bring into our home moving forward.
What Friends Say: Our friends love our home! They’ve seen it before and during renovations up until now and we’re all amazed at how far we’ve come. We love entertaining our family and friends and plan to do it much more often!
Biggest Embarrassment: We still have popcorn ceilings that I’m hoping to get removed in the VERY near future. My biggest renovation regret was not doing it prior to us moving in!
Proudest DIY: Our kitchen for sure! It was a long process but we were able to make it exactly how we envisioned it. Also we renovated our master bathroom on a very tight budget. We DIYed the entire thing aside from professionally getting our then blue cast iron tub refinished. It turned out great!
Biggest Indulgence: I haven’t actually acted on this indulgence yet, but there’s a credenza from Anthropologie that I want so bad! And I also want to splurge on an authentic Moroccan Beni rug!
Best Advice: You don’t have to have everything done all at once. Things take time, especially when budget is a factor. Your home isn’t going anywhere. Take it project by project! And always celebrate your wins! No matter how small. It will keep you motivated!
Dream Sources: St. Frank Textiles, Anthropologie
PAINT & COLORS
Filtered Shade by Valspar
Dark Kettle Black by Valspar
Shoe Cabinet — IKEA
Mudcloth Tapestry (Curtain) — Etsy
Art — Local Vendor
Thanks, TaLaya and Kerrick!
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