Megan & Todd’s Colorful Pad in Asheville

updated Apr 30, 2019
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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

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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.

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The couple spends their days on the road picking up ’50s- and ’60s-era furniture and refinishing the pieces back to their original beauty for Atomic Furnishings. They say that anything they purchase for their shop is something that they love and would want displayed in their own home. Many of the pieces in the house were acquired on business buying trips and were either too hard to part with or are scratch-and-dent type pieces that would be difficult to sell. “It doesn’t bother us at all,” says Todd about having flawed or slightly damaged pieces. “Only the serious collectors pay attention to that stuff. We still love it.”

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It’s important to the couple to have a house that feels like a home—for it to not feel too serious or precious. Their cat and three dogs, Kaya, Toby, and Lady, appreciate the friendly and casual atmosphere that’s been created, and you can find them lounging together on a rug in the entry hall or in the front porch sun, ready to greet visitors.

Though the bohemian style is a strong aesthetic influence for the home, there is still a sense of careful thought and intentional design throughout, a result of Megan’s past experience as an interior designer. The repetition of similar elements in each room—brass wall decor, colorful vintage rugs, macramé, houseplants, and unique artwork—contributes to a cohesive experience as you tour this couple’s inviting and vibrant space.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century Bohemian

Inspiration: Charles and Ray Eames inspire us the most. They were such an amazing example of a creative couple reaching new heights together through design. We are constantly helping one another push our creative boundaries while trying to have fun along the way.

Favorite Element: Our favorite element would be our 1960s rya rug. The couple we bought it from were the original owners and they had it hanging on their wall for its entire life.

Biggest Challenge: Our kitchen is our biggest challenge since we are renting. We would like to replace the laminate flooring, Formica countertops, and faux maple cabinets in the kitchen if we decide to purchase the home.

What Friends Say: People usually talk about our bold color choices and how they like they way they look against our white walls.

Proudest DIY: Our pair of Danish lounge chairs were missing the back spindles so instead of passing on them we decided to get crafty. We cut plywood and covered it with padding and fabric that we then upholstered our cushions in. I had a few yards of fabric for each chair and I barely made it work!

Biggest Indulgence: Our teak platform bed with floating end tables.

Best Advice: Buy things that you absolutely love and everything will fall into place.

Dream Sources: Knoll, Herman Miller, Adrian Pearsall


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  • All walls: Home Depot Pure White
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  • Industrial cabinet: The Screen Door in Asheville
  • Teak credenza: flea market
  • Herman Miller chair: auction
  • Macramé plant holder: thrift store
  • Artwork: by friend Felipe Santander available from Atomic Furnishing
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  • Rya rug: found on a buying trip for Atomic
  • All furniture: buying trips, thrift stores
  • Glass and macramé hanging shelf: purchased from a friend
  • Sculpture: Goodwill
  • Artwork: by friend Felipe Santander available from Atomic Furnishing
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)


  • Dining set: found on a buying trip for Atomic
  • Wall unit: found on a buying trip for Atomic
  • Light fixture: The Screen Door in Asheville
  • Rug: thrift store
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)


  • White metal cabinet: The Screen Door in Asheville
  • Metal bin: auction
  • Vintage ladder: gift from a friend
  • Spice rack: thrift store
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  • All furniture: purchased on buying trips for Atomic
  • Vintage green mirror: a gift from friend
  • Macramé art: Good Bones Vintage in Decatur, GA
  • Harris Strong art: Modern Redemption in FL
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  • Shelving unit: IKEA Expedit
  • DJ table: handmade
  • Record bin: found, fixed and painted orange
  • Wire and cyrstal tree: inherited from Todd’s grandmother
  • Artwork: Todd Walsh
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)


  • C. Jeré wall art: eBay
  • Morrocan rug: found on a buying trip for Atomic
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Megan and Todd with Toby (Image credit: Tamara Gavin)

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