Nic and Megan's Playful and Pragmatic Home

Nic and Megan's Playful and Pragmatic Home

Christine Lu
Mar 20, 2014
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Name: Nic and Megan Clinch
Location: Church Hill, Richmond, Virginia
Size: 1,900 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years; Owned

When you are conscious of your surroundings, locality and community, your home may end up looking like the home of Nic and Megan Clinch of Limb and Leaf. Their house was built sometime in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and they have retained the original wood floors, which are a gorgeous dark brown. The bones of the house are sturdy and provide the framework for a vibrant home that always has people passing through. Nic and Megan believe that they are living in the neighborhood of Church Hill in order to serve the community and live responsibly in their urban environment.

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This sense of purpose can be seen in each and every item in their home, as well as in their hospitality. Nic and Megan value living within their means, repurposing old into new, and surrounding themselves with art made by friends and those in the community. Maybe due to this kind of intentionality, they have created a space where guests instantly feel comfortable and at home.

When asked how they selected items for their home, Megan says,

After tiring of textiles and home goods that felt boring, expensive, and made by I don't know who, we've opted to curate the house the same way we do our music: never playing a song exactly the same way twice, always searching to unearth the raddest combination. We took the risk with an older home with alcoves that allow us to work, play and rest together while minimizing the urge to stash belongings that no longer serve us well. It's tricky when it comes to books, though. The sound and smell of the pages, handwriting in the margins, worn covers.... it's hard to pass them up or pass them on.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Playful and pragmatic nostalgia.

Inspiration: Nomads, homesteaders, and children's perspectives.

Favorite Element: The early afternoon light reflected on high ceilings.

Biggest Challenge: The natural decay of time, and the sloping floors.

What Friends Say: "It's so open... what an odd collection of books."

Biggest Embarrassment: The clutter of neglect.

Proudest DIY: The kitchen pegboard.

Biggest Indulgence: Low/no VOC paint.

Best Advice: Go slowly, throw out what no longer fits, and rework the space every few months.

Dream Sources: The markets of Marrakech & rural New England, The Odd Couple Shop, Restoration Hardware.

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Resources of Note:


  • Bedrooms, Benjamin Moore: Smoke Gray / 2120-40
  • Kitchen, Benjamin Moore: Waterfall / 2050-50.
  • Living room, Benjamin Moore: custom color
  • Hallway & stairs, Benjamin Moore: custom (matched to a Restoration Hardware taupe swatch)


    • Painting: Unknown VCU student, handed down
    • Piano organ: The Odd Couple Shop, RVA
    • Bike pulleys: Amazon


  • Couch, sofa, rug, bookshelf, coffee table & lamp: Handed down from friends (placeholders until we have built-in floor-to-ceiling shelves & a tufted leather couch a la Restoration Hardware)
  • Side & corner cabinets: Target '06
  • Papa's Armchair: The Dump
  • Items on the mantle: Found seashells, Nic's photography, painted wooden box from Panama, thrifted mirror
  • Mini kitchen: Consignment Pottery Barn Kids Pie Cabinet, repainted & outfitted with Plan Toys' produce (Franklin Goose, RVA), mama-made felt food, vintage tiny bakery & old jars/tins/coconut shells
  • Cordless mahogany blinds:


  • Dining table: Auction
  • Chairs: Found roadside or gifted (placeholders)
  • Bookshelves: Craigslist
  • Abstract painting: By E. Angelina Woehr
  • Chalkboard: Drafting table coated twice with leftover chalk paint
  • Circle rug: Clearance at Anthropology
  • Lawyers' cabinet: Family heirloom
  • Trunk: Yard sale
  • Animal illustrations: By Ashley Lewis
  • Corner table, old keg & lamp: Handed down


  • Food Prints: Compliments of Quitapenas music
  • Cookbook Shelf: old wine box
  • Table: Consignment
  • Blinds: (all windows in first floor)
  • Coffee mill, pepper mill, salt grinder: Red Rooster Trading Company
  • Coffee: Blanchard's, RVA
  • Secretary desk: found in the alley, placeholder for sure


  • Red bed & trundle: Floor sample at Crate & Barrel Wood bed: handed down
  • Wooden bed: Handed down This End Up top bunk with rails
  • Comforters & map rug: Ikea
  • Wool bear rug & changing pad covers: Dwell Studio
  • Rocking chair: Craiglisted & recovered
  • Curtain: DIY roman shade
  • Artwork: Dust jackets from children's books
  • Dresser: family heirloom
  • Playhouse: Plan Toys clearance, peg people etc via Etsy
  • Hat rack: thrifted


  • Bed, dressers, rug & filing cabinet/bedside table: handed down
  • Trunk & axes: estate sales
  • Davenport & pillows: Craigslisted
  • Antique washstand: unexpected gift
  • Wool throw: Pendleton via Land's End
  • Artwork: thrifted
  • Vintage adjusting table: family heirloom
  • Creams & balms: Limb and Leaf, RVA

  • (Image credit: Christine Lu)

    Thanks, Nic and Megan!

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