Jess & Chris' Beach-Inspired Traditional Home

Jess & Chris' Beach-Inspired Traditional Home

Hayley Lawrence
Nov 18, 2014
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Occupation: Hip Mama / Blogger at Cass Street Local / Rental Home Owner
Location: Dilworth; Charlotte, North Carolina
Size: 2,600 square feet
Years lived in: one year; owned

The Ebert family’s 1940s traditional home is nestled in the historic neighborhood of Myers Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. The home has an interesting history, having been built as a single-family home, converted into a duplex in the 1990s and then restored to a single-family not long ago. Although beautiful when the Eberts purchased it a year ago, Jess has worked hard to put her creative touches on it, carefully sourcing every element to make it unique to their family.

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With two dogs and two kids, the Ebert home had to be functional and of course, stylish. Many pieces actually came from IKEA, but when mixed with more expensive items, you’d never know! This home is decorated such that it’s perfect for everyday living and can be dressy enough for a dinner party — kind of like the ideal little black dress.

Because they love the charming neighborhood, the Eberts plan on expanding the home to include a mudroom and possibly a larger family room. Next year, they will renovate the guest suite over the garage.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Simple, comfortable, traditional with a twist

Our Inspiration: Coastal Living; West Village, NY

Our Favorite Element: Our favorite element is the family room because it was the biggest challenge, but we love how it’s right off the kitchen and we can keep a closer eye on our little ones.

Our Biggest Challenge: Creating enough seating and making the family room a comfortable and functional space was our biggest challenge. Since it was previously used as a dining room, we didn’t have a visual template of how to lay out the furniture. We had to use smaller pieces and get really creative with the layout.

What Friends Say: Our friends are always curious to see what new projects we are working on. They come over for inspiration for their own homes and especially love the chalkboard wall in the kitchen.

Our Biggest Embarrassment: When we first moved in, our seemingly perfect home quickly mimicked the Money Pit! Every major appliance broke shortly after closing, we had ant and bug issues, and the plumber even left us a surprise in the upstairs toilet!

Our Proudest DIY: The downstairs bathroom took about three coats of paint to cover and the stencils on the ceiling and walls were challenging, so we are very proud it turned out!

Our Biggest Indulgence: The turquoise chandelier in the dining room. It was on sale and still the most we've ever spent on lighting!

Our Best Advice: Don't buy something just to fill a space. Wait and find something you love. Blank walls are okay!

Our Dream Sources: Traditions, Circa Lighting, Serena & Lily, Restoration Hardware

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Resources of Note:


  • Cabinet & wall paint - Benjamin Moore “White Dove”
  • Island paint – Sherwin Williams “Unusual Grey”
  • Quartz countertop – Venato Extra style from Cosmos Stoneyard
  • Stools – Target
  • Butcher block – Ikea, professionally cut
  • Sink pendant light – Ballard Designs
  • Faucet – Ikea
  • Turkish Runner – Ebay
  • White table – Ikea
  • Chairs – Ikea with custom covers & DIY “chair socks”
  • Eating nook light fixure – West Elm


  • Wall paint – Benjamin Moore “Revere Pewter”
  • Coffee table – West Elm
  • Navy pillow – Furbish studio
  • Purple pillow – Wisteria
  • Media cabinet – Brass Exchange
  • Side tables – Urban Outfitters
  • Table lamps – Target
  • Sofas – Macy’s
  • Knit throw – West Elm
  • Ghost chair -
  • Desk – Target with Anthropologie drawer pulls
  • Leather chair – World Market
  • Mirror – Ballard Designs
  • Desk lamp – Ikea
  • “Joy” jar – Jonathan Adler

Dining Room

  • Dining table – World Market
  • Chairs - Ikea with custom monogram
  • Head chairs – Brass Exchange
  • Chandelier – Traditions
  • Mirror – Brass Exchange
  • Side Table – Sleepy Poet
  • Blue vases – West Elm
  • Candlesticks – Tiffany & Co. and family heirlooms
  • Brass tray – World Market
  • Bar – World Market
  • Mirrored Tray – Target
  • Silver tray – West Elm
  • Shelves – Ikea
  • Juju hat – DIY!
  • Gold tray on shelf – Slate Interiors


  • Wall paint – Benjamin Moore “La Paloma”
  • Teepee – Magic Cabin
  • Chain link peace signs - Brass Exchange (local shop)
  • Lamp on dresser - Slate Interiors
  • Elephant bank - Jonathan Adler
  • Dresser – Ikea
  • Hanging canvas toy holder - Land of Nod
  • Rug - Crate and Barrel
  • Bed –
  • Linens - West Elm
  • Sunshine artwork - One Kings Lane
  • Curtains - PB kids
  • Throw pillows on the bed – custom
  • Burlap pouf - Sleepy Poet Antique Mall (local shop)


  • Wall paint – Benjamin Moore “Soft Pink”
  • Wallpaper – Anthropologie
  • Crib – Jenny Lind
  • Day bed – Ikea
  • Get it girl pillow - Society Social
  • Bed linens - Pottery Barn
  • Rocking horse - Sleepy Poet Antique Mall (local shop)
  • Dresser - estate sale purchase
  • Knobs - top flower knobs are from Anthropologie, bottoms are original knobs sprayed gold
  • Mirror - Garden Ridge, spray painted gold
  • Lamp - Threshold for Target
  • Rug - West Elm
  • Faux sheepskin - Ikea

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Thanks, Jess & Chris!

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