This Jewelry Designer’s House Features Color and Shapes in Fresh and Fun Ways
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Name: Bobbi, Tyree, Marley, Tori, Kingston, Lennox
Location: Outside of Raleigh, North Carolina
Size: 2800 square feet
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: 2 years, owned
Confession: I’m a HUGE FAN of Bobbi’s work. Known for the bold and colorful polymer clay earrings she produces under the name, Bobbi Made This, my first purchase of her handicraft was a pair of crimson red clay earrings that make me feel like a million bucks (but cost considerably less) and they are unquestionably my favorite pair of earrings. All of her earrings feature energetic, modern, and minimal shapes in an array of vibrant colors… and it’s an aesthetic that has carried into the spacious home she shares with her family, partner Tyree, and kids Marley, Tori, Kingston, and Lennox.
Bobbi and her family bought this 2800-square-foot house near Raleigh, North Carolina, in December 2018. “We found it while shopping for homes in a small rural town outside of Raleigh,” Bobbi says. “We knew no one here and had never even visited the town before, but we loved the neighborhood and the option of five bedrooms for our large family. Since moving in, I have started a business out of our spare bedroom so it was a great idea for us to get the extra room, even though we didn’t realize we were going to need it.”
“Since being at home during the pandemic, our house has also grown from being a refuge and resting place, to also a work/school space, and a place for entertainment. It has also become a muse for other creative endeavors… so we are really getting our money’s worth!” she explains.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style is colorful, comfortable, bohemian with a mid-century modern influence. Basically, anything with color, organic shapes, and clean lines, I love.
Inspiration: My inspiration comes from wanting to create a happy and creative environment for my family. There are lots of artists and interior designers that inspire me and the one thing they all have in common is their use of color in unconventional ways.
Favorite Element: My favorite element is the green arch painted in the living room. It was such an inexpensive project but it instantly increased the sophistication in the room. Also, because the color is somewhat unexpected, the contrast brings me instant joy when walking into the room.
Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge is having a young family and realizing that not every design idea will work at this time. One small example is our white bedding in the master bedroom. This room is a hangout for my youngest three and they make a mess wherever they go. So instead of being sad every time I see my white comforter with crumbs, I use an older comforter for daily use and put on the white whenever I’m feeling fancy. I know that one day I will miss little feet jumping on the bed so having to delay my design dreams of crisp white linens is worth it.
Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY is our hand-painted bar. I saw the wallpaper by Pottok and just knew I had to have it… until I saw the price. I knew that my family was too rambunctious to invest in their beautiful paper so I decided to try my hand at painting something similar. I used a Sharpie paint pen and traced every family member’s hand to go on the wall. My plan was to buy the “real” paper once the kids were older but now it’s a sentimental part of our house that I don’t see us ever covering up.
Biggest Indulgence: Our biggest indulgence is probably our mattress in our master bedroom. When buying a house and getting all new furniture, you are prepared to invest in appliances and living room furniture. Mattresses, however, are a forgotten expense that you don’t want to skimp on. The purchase was totally worth it even though it was an expense that we forgot about.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? The most unique thing about our home would have to be our use of the spare bedroom as an office/studio. During this time, I am sure we are all looking for ways to get the most use out of our homes. The kitchen table is now a school desk, the living room is now a gym, and my spare bedroom holds an oven and clay materials on one side and an inventory closet on the other.
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? One of our favorite purchases would be our leather couch. It’s super comfortable and still looks good after two years of twin boy abuse. It was the very first piece of furniture bought for our new home and I think it set the mood for everything around it.
Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Our house is not small but there are ways that I choose to maximize the space. I love plants and so do my kids, so I had to think of a way to have plants while keeping them out of harm’s way. Hanging them right in front of a window allows for them to get sunlight, be on display, and stay out of reach from little fingers. I simply used an inexpensive curtain rod to hang them from. It was an inexpensive trick and I feel like it maximizes the space in our eating area.
Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? One tip is to walk through your home and take a pic of the space you are dissatisfied with. Keep an eye out while scrolling online so that as you see a room you like, you can use a photo editing app to paste (or draw directly) on the pic to see how it would look in your space. I did this for an entire year until I weeded out what would and wouldn’t work. My other tip is to just do it! It’s very intimidating, especially when you see so many beautiful Pinterest- and Instagram-worthy homes, to take chances in your home. But once you complete that first project you will be so proud of yourself and you will be addicted to changing your space. You can do it!
PAINT & COLORS
- Entry — Behr “Saffron Strands”
- Living Room — Valspar “Cool Avocado”
- Kitchen — Behr “Mirror Lake”
- Main bedroom — Behr ”Watermelon Punch”
- Main bedroom — Behr ”Wave of Grain”
- Paint — Valspar “Cool Avocado”
- Sven Sofa — Article
- Timber Sofa — Article
- TV Stand — All Modern
- Woven Chair — Target
- Coffee Table —Target
- Artwork — In Full Bloom
- Artwork — How Far is a Light Year
- Artwork — Balling Martin
- Artwork — Solitud
- Artwork — Kara Pattern
- Artwork — Blue Nude
- Artwork — Skins & Shirts
- Behr — “Mirror Lake”
- Behr — ”Watermelon Punch”
- Behr — ”Wave of Grain”
Thanks Bobbi and family!