Tamara Gavin

Tamara is an interior designer specializing in architectural drawings and kitchen and bath design. She also loves to draw up her dream homes and blog about it. She's mama to Jack and Lulu.
Before & After: A Gleaming 1950s General Electric “Wonder Kitchen”
In the 50s, General Electric made the fabulous Wonder Kitchen—an entire wall unit with all the appliances built right in. The units came in amazing colors: Canary Yellow, Turquoise Green, Petal Pink, Cadet Blue and Woodbine Brown, all under one stainless steel counter surface. Letitia acquired one of these units, along with other matching cabinets, which were salvaged from another kitchen, and she renovated her dark and gloomy kitchen around this gleaming, wondrous wall unit.
May 3, 2019
How To Create Pretty Curtain Rods in Under an Hour for Less Than $100
Brandon and Morgan, a couple who live in a sweet house in Asheville, North Carolina, decided to make their own curtain rods after discovering how limited the options were at their local hardware stores. They wanted an attractive, simple (and of course, cheap) curtain rod for each of the windows in their home so when Morgan came across copper plumber’s piping, she knew she had found a solution. The project can be done in an under an hour and for under $80 (that’s for 4-5 curtain rods!
Apr 30, 2019
Natalie’s Peaceful & Free-Spirited Tiny Home on Wheels
Name: Natalie Pollard, owner of Villagers, and cat Melon Location: Candler, North Carolina Size: 265 square feet Years lived in: 6 months Natalie’s home may only be eight feet wide, but it is packed with inspiring design details and unexpected features for a tiny home including a large side entrance, a central bedroom loft, and the creative use of heirloom furniture pieces to contribute to that familiar feeling of home.
Apr 14, 2019
A Collision of Cool & Chic in North Carolina
Name: Erin D. Brittain Location: North Asheville, North Carolina Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: Renting 5 years Erin’s home is a playful blend of her talents as an antique dealer, a seamstress, and an interior designer. This is evident in the fearless mix of velvet, ikat, plaids, florals, and geometrics of which she uses to sew her bedding, draperies, and pillows.
Dec 20, 2016
A Sustainable Cozy Modern Home Nestled in the Trees
Name: Maria Rusafova and Jakub Markulis Location: Asheville, North Carolina Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 11 years, own Though Maria and Jakub’s house is situated in a dense neighborhood, it often goes undetected — a mark of success for the architects who designed the house with the goal of integrating the structure as peacefully as possible into the urban forest. In fact, not a single tree on the property was disturbed.
Dec 15, 2016
Before and After: A Bright & Friendly Kitchen Emerges From Two Small Rooms
When Kate and Emilio purchased their Spanish Revival house, the kitchen was small and broken up into two separate rooms — an awkwardly long mudroom/pantry and an inefficiently small and dated kitchen. The cabinets and countertops were installed right in front of the windows, and there was little workspace between the range and sink.
Dec 8, 2016
Collectors’ Retro Home with a Vintage “GE Wonder Kitchen”
Name: Letitia Walker and Whitney Shroyer, two dogs, and about 250 sock monkeys! Location: West Asheville, North Carolina Size: 1,386 square feet Years lived in: Owned 16 This idiosyncratic, hip, little home in West Asheville is owned by Letitia and Whitney — a couple of collectors who love found objects, abstract expressionism art, and music.
Nov 12, 2016
A Sunny 1923 Spanish Revival in North Carolina
Name: Kathryn and Emilio Ancaya and their daughter, Claire Location: Kenilworth — Asheville, NC Size: 2,000 square feet (with 700 square foot attached studio apartment) Years lived in: Owned 7 years Kate has always appreciated the beauty of old homes, and when she saw that the architectural gem she had long admired had gone on the market, she knew there was a dream to chase.
Nov 1, 2016
“Comfortably Spare” Style in a Spanish Colonial Fixer-Upper
Name: Sam and Heidi, and their two young sons Location: Athens, Georgia Size: 1,750 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; owned When it comes to fixer-uppers, it takes the right person with a vision to bring it back to life. For this darling 1936 Spanish Colonial in Athens, Georgia, it was destiny that brought her the befitting champion—someone who could see her potential beyond the old peeling paint, the water damage, and years of neglect.
Jul 22, 2016
Sweet, Functional Style in a Small 1950s Asheville Home
Name: Morgan Fender, Owner of Bomisch, Brandon and Ed (the dog) Location: Montford — Asheville, North Carolina Size: 842 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1 year, 2 months While the couple was living in a downtown Asheville loft, they signed the lease immediately when they noticed a house on a corner lot in a desirable neighborhood pop up on Craigslist.
Jul 12, 2016
Thomas & Amy’s Antiques Plus IKEA Rustic Modern Mix
Name: Thomas and Amy Fitzpatrick, Aislinn, Sean and cairn terrier Jack Location: Highlands; North Carolina Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: less than a year; owned The Fitzpatricks live at 4,000 feet in the quaint mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina, a vacation respite for some 15,000 visitors each summer. But for Thomas and Amy, they enjoy the surrounding natural beauty year-round in their 1950s home which they’ve been transforming since they moved in last year.
May 18, 2016
Megan & Todd’s Colorful Pad in Asheville
Name: Megan and Todd Walsh, one cat, and three dogs Location: West Asheville, North Carolina Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 7 months; Rented Applying a fresh coat of white paint on the walls in each room was the first thing Todd and Megan, owners of Atomic Furnishing, did to their new rental—a simple and inexpensive change that created the perfect backdrop to highlight the couple’s colorful collection of mid-century furnishings, rugs and art.
Mar 30, 2016
Tarleton & Ethan’s Eclectic, Personal Asheville Bungalow
Name: Ethan Morris and Tarleton Walmsley-Morris and their cats, Tozer and Etta Location: Asheville, North Carolina Size: 980 square feet Years lived in: 6 years: Rented Antique dealers Tarleton and Ethan have filled their home with many of their favorite finds, and the result is an eclectic mix of art, textiles, and Mid-century furnishings.
Feb 8, 2016
Sara Kate’s Mid-Mod Mix of Bold Lines & Flirty Florals
Name: Sara Kate Eubanks Location: Asheville, North Carolina Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented On a Saturday morning, Sara Kate can be found rocking heels, a favorite shade of lipstick, thrifted denim, and a baseball cap. She’s a confident woman who isn’t afraid to mix things up—just so long as there is a little sophistication and class in every combination.
Jan 18, 2016
Katie and Loren’s Handcrafted Home and Apothecary Nestled in the Trees
Name: Katie Vie & Loren Wooten and their dog, Mathy Location: Asheville, NC Size: 1,400 square feet, including an unheated garage Years lived in: 6 months; Owned Though Katie designed this house and Loren crafted many of its details, they maintain a fluid relationship with it, saying, “This home is not our ‘baby’ — it’s not precious to us in that way. Instead, it’s our creative project where it’s okay if things aren’t perfect.
Oct 18, 2015
Laura and Blaine’s Restful 1920s Asheville Home
Name: Laura Evans and Blaine Perry and their cat, Honey Location: Asheville, North Carolina Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Historic divided-light windows, crystal door knobs, a brick fireplace, and picture rail molding are just some of the architectural details in Laura and Blaine’s all-white, all-natural 1920s-era home. Their edited decorating style leaves few layers to hide behind, imparting a meaningful weight to each element.
Oct 13, 2015
Colorful Coastal California Style in Asheville
Name: Rob Maddox and Karie Reinertson, owners of Shelter Collective Location: Asheville, North Carolina Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Rob and Karie have created a home that beautifully recounts their lives through displays of unique treasures and layers of textiles, many of which have been collected from family and friends.
Mar 24, 2015
Jove’s Bright Home with Inventive Features
Name: Jove Meyer, Owner of Jove Meyer Events and creator of “Totes Getting Married!” tote bags Location: Crown Heights; Brooklyn, New York Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; owned Jove is a creator without boundaries. He lives for carrying out a vision—both in his life and in his work as an event planner—and his resourcefulness helps him achieve the result he’s after regardless of limitations.
Jan 18, 2015
Mia’s “Sweet Dreams” Log Cabin & Vintage Camper
Name: Mia Cefkin Location: Franklin, North Carolina Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned A drive down (and up) windy mountain roads past farms, fields, and old country homesteads will bring you to an unexpectedly adorable log cabin; one that fortuitously persuaded Mia and her husband David to leave their urban Florida home of many years for the simple life in North Carolina.
Jan 15, 2015
Tamara’s Before & After Photos: The Sunroom Reveal
I am beyond thrilled with the result of my Style Cure and today I share my “after” photos! We went from a gloomy, unused, unfinished sunroom to a bright, open, and warm lounge area and office. There are so many elements in this new space that make me extremely happy, but just the fact that I can edit the photos for this post while sitting at a real desk in front of cheerful windows is enough to send me over the moon.
Nov 24, 2014
Tamara’s Style Cure Progress: Lifted Out of the Blues
We are right on schedule. Though there’s still quite a bit more to do, I feel much more at ease now that the floors are finished and there’s paint on the walls. It’s really coming together! Behind the scenes, my husband has been putting in a lot of late nights and I am so thankful. He definitely deserves a nice break when this is all done. All day Sunday we traded off baby and paintbrush, and today I’m sharing the progress we’ve made.
Nov 11, 2014
Susan’s Colorful Cabinet of Curiosities
Name: Susan Harlan, English professor at Wake Forest University, + dog Millie Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, 4 months; owned While sitting on a beach in Santa Barbara, Susan recalled the rooms of the house she had just decided to buy in North Carolina. She had with her some paint decks, and it was there under the California sun that she selected the paint colors for her new home, site unseen.
Nov 10, 2014
Tamara’s Paint & Project: Light Walls & a Hint of Morocco
Assignment 8 of the Style Cure was to choose a paint color and decide on a project to “fill the gap” on a missing design element in the space. Since we’re renovating our house and every room will need to get designed at some point, I had put together a color palette a few months ago for use as a reference when making color decisions throughout the house. Having this already done was helpful for the first task of choosing a paint color in the space I’m curing this fall.
Nov 5, 2014
Dan & Sommer’s Work-and-Play Family Home
Name: Dan and Sommer Collier, food blogger at A Spicy Perspective, with Ava, 11, Carson, 10, and dog Kona Location: Asheville, North Carolina Size: 2,800 square feet Years lived in: 9 years; Owned As soon as Dan and Sommer walked through the door of this timeless beauty, they were immediately charmed.
Nov 3, 2014
Tamara’s Floor Plan: Two Spaces In One
Here is my floor plan for my sun room/family room/lots of other functions. It primarily will be a family room and an office area though, so here are the main pieces I’m thinking: A. Sectional sofa. B. A couple of tables that can easily be moved around. C. An area rug with some pattern and color. D. A media cabinet/console. E. Side chair. F. End table. G. Ladder shelf that my husband built.
Oct 31, 2014
Tamara’s Before Photos: The Room with Many Lives
You are looking at my favorite room in the house, the sunroom. Can’t you tell how loved it is? Unfortunately, it has looked like this—or variations of this—ever since we moved in two summers ago. But it hasn’t always been the case… See, we actually bought the house 7 years ago and redid this room back then. This is the “true” before. This is what the space looked like at closing.
Oct 28, 2014
Elise’s Eclectic Cottage in the Mountains
Name: Elise Becker Location: Franklin, North Carolina Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 6 months; owned An old house with lots of original charm is now a groovy and colorful dreamboat filled with vintage objects and funky heirlooms. If you thought the days of orange, green, and yellow were long gone, a tour of this sweet sixties throwback will show you that they still live on, and are as fantastic as ever. Elise is a sunny and funny gal, and her spirit shines through in her whimsical home.
Sep 23, 2014
Nikki’s Vintage Boho Styled Bungalow
Name: Nikki Witherspoon-Whited, owner of East West Vintage Rentals (with husband Steve and children Atlas and Rosie) Location: West Asheville; Asheville, North Carolina Size: 1350 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; rented Artfully styled scenes of found objects can be discovered at every turn in Nikki’s delightful 1920s bungalow. The vintage treasures, once covered in dust, shine again as they join a new family of modern furnishings and accessories.
Aug 7, 2014