"Initially the first thing that sparked our interest in this particular house was the '70s style 'sunken' living room," admits Erin Barrett. "This is something that my husband has always wanted and was super excited about. It sort of sealed the deal for us."
Creighton is the drummer for the band Band of Horses and Erin is the fiber artist, textile designer and interior designer behind Sunwoven. And with two creatives needing space to work and two rambunctious kids, this family was on the lookout for more room when they found this home. "We were pregnant with our second child and were looking for more space for our family, and more space for our work," writes Erin.
At 3,600 square feet, this house certainly provides room to spread out — as well as plenty of rooms for the couple's style to shine — but it wasn't always the colorful and cool home it is today. "When we purchased this house it was in need of a lot of renovations. Mostly cosmetic, but a few bigger than that. However, the most important things on our checklist such as space, layout, land, location, natural light, and character were already there."
"The large open spaces and high ceilings make for a perfect place to host a dinner party or small get together. We love the way that the sliding glass doors open out onto the large deck that overlooks the small lake. It's so beautiful in the early summer and fall. From the moment we first saw this house, we knew that it would be our forever home. We have had so much fun putting our own personal touches into it and bringing the house back to life."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: 1 part mid century modern, 1 part bohemian, 1 part minimalist. So basically a mixed bag of decor style.
Inspiration: A little bit of Palm Springs in South Carolina
Favorite Element: There are so many! But the top two have to be all of the natural light, and the layout of the home. It is the biggest blessing to live in a home that is both family-friendly and completely inspirational at the same time.
Biggest Challenge: Home renovation was, and still is, new for us. With a home that is not only older, but also larger, there is always work that needs to be done. It can get overwhelming if you let it get to you. We try our best to save up money and work one project at a time.
Proudest DIY: We recently added cypress siding to a small section on the exterior of our home. We did this to help break up the symmetry of the ranch style, and to add a little more character to the exterior. We planned ahead to work on this while my parents were in town visiting, and my dad could help my husband with the install. The stain color is called "Terra-cotta" by Behr.
Biggest Indulgence: Replacing all of the flooring inside of the house. I say this because it wasn't really necessary. The flooring was in fine condition, we just didn't like the look. Everything was dark and it really took away from the beauty of the space. Lightening up the floors really changed the entire look of the house. It instantly went from dated to modern and bright.
Best Advice: Create a space filled with things that you love! I believe that if you go with your gut — not just what you see as trendy — you will end up with a space that reflects who you are, and a home that you will always love spending time in. For me, lots of textiles, a little color, and TONS of plants really does the trick.
PAINT & COLORS
Interior white paint — Ultra white Base A by Valspar
Exterior — Ebony Field by Valspar
Master bedroom accent wall — Ebony Field by Valspar
Sunny Pink room — Coral Reef by Valspar
Rug — HomeGoods
Gold Hand Print — Celadon
Work Hard and Be Nice To People Print — Schoolhouse Electric
Swiss Cross Canvas Basket — Jennifer Helene Home on Etsy
Mud Cloth Pillows — Maewoven
Gold Side Table — Target
Hull Coffee Table — Gus Modern
Adelaide Sofa — Gus Modern
Jane Loft Bi-Sectional — Gus Modern
Mustard Throw — HomeGoods
Hanging Chair — Thrifted
Yes Banner — Secret Holiday Co.
Fireplace screen — Kirkland's
Flooring — Natural birch engineered hardwood.
Surf rack— Built by my husband
Large Modern Boho Wall Hanging — Etsy
Hamilton Leather Sofa — West Elm
Midnight Blue Velvet Kendall Sofa — World Market
Colca Wool Rug — West Elm
Reeve Mid-Century Side Table — West Elm
Gold Table Lamp — Target
Stockholm Coffee Table — Ikea
Metal Framed Oversized Round Mirror — West Elm
Mid Century Modern Micheil Tufted Armchair — France&Son
Studio Floor Lamp — Schoolhouse Electric
TV Stand — Thrifted
Rug — Rugs USA
Nightstands — West Elm
Amélie Sconces — Cedar & Moss
Headboard — My husband made this!
Brass Hanging — Electric Sun Creatives
Essential Quilt Bedding — Parachute
Pillows — H&M
Lumbar Pillow — HomeGoods
Tuvalie Throw — Ikea
Mid Century Bench — West Elm
Sheepskin — Ikea
Mid Century Chair — France&Son
Mustard pillow — H&M
Feel Tasseled Chandelier — Justina Blakeney for Anthropologie
Mid Century Wooden Double Curtain Rod— West Elm
Striped Ikat Curtain — West Elm
Cotton Luster Velvet Curtain — West Elm
Dressers — West Elm
Pillows — Sunwoven by Suite 33
Unicorn — Target
Floral Banner — Marigold and Mars
Laundry Set — Amazon
Charleston Print — Rifle Paper Co. & 42 Pressed
Rose Gold Swan — Oh Joy for Target
Neon OK — Oh Joy for Target
Donut Banner — Hannah Doodle on Etsy
Blue Cart — Ikea
Dresser — Ikea
Rug — Rugs USA
Wall Stickers — Wall Dressed Up
Curtains — Custom made by Suite 33
Tiger blanket — Roxy Marj
Rug — rugsusa
Dresser — ikea - painted and hardware changed
Cacti wall decals — Wall Dressed Up
Blue cart — Ikea
Teepee — Amazon
Yellow cactus banner — Marigold and Mars
Tassel mobile — pineapple phi
Light — world market
Paper mache antlers — West Elm
Rug — Rugs USA
Lola Sofa — West Elm
Tray table — Ikea
Floor lamp — Ikea
Pillows and Throw — Sunwoven for Anthropologie
Desk — Ikea
Cube shelf — Ikea
Pink filing cabinet — Thrifted and painted