This House Got a Beautiful ‘Modern Bohemian-ish’ Update

updated Jan 31, 2020

This House Got a Beautiful ‘Modern Bohemian-ish’ Update

updated Jan 31, 2020
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Name: TaLaya and Kerrick Faulkner (and their rescue dog, Honey)
Location: Historic West End — Charlotte, North Carolina
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

This house has been home for Kerrick much longer than two years; in fact, he practically grew up here. This house used to belong to his grandparents, and his grandfather would pick him up from school and take him back to their house every day. When TaLaya and Kerrick had the opportunity to inherit the house, it was a no-brainer for Kerrick, but did TaLaya want to take on the royal blue carpet and way outdated kitchen? It turns out, she did (if she could put her own stamp on it)!

TaLaya, a creative nail artist, incorporates color and patterns from African and Moroccan inspiration into her work and home life. Her use of color isn’t overwhelming, though. With neutral base elements in white, gray, and black, she’s been able to add on bold colors like fuchsia and orange to pull together an on-trend boho style. You’ll also notice a couple of unique pieces in the dining room from local store Tuft, owned by another House Tour participant, Danielle McKim.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I’d say our style is modern bohemian-ish. I have some mid-century style mixed up in there too with some very intentional global accents! I love the beautiful artistry of African textiles and the colorful details of Moroccan decor. And lots of natural elements such as wood and plants!

Inspiration: Everything from our travels, to Instagram, to visiting our friends’ homes. I draw inspiration from all around me! I love design and am always looking for ways to make our home better.

Favorite Element: My favorite elements of our home are the original hardwood floors that we had refinished before moving in and also the fact that we have two living spaces (both a family room and “formal” living room).

Biggest Challenge: Our hardest challenge has been functionality when it comes to storage. This home was our introduction to cohabitation and 1,500 square feet for two grown people (not to mention adding kids to the mix later) has definitely forced us to rethink the amount of things we have. We’ve purged a lot! And we also are much more particular about the things we decided to bring into our home moving forward.

What Friends Say: Our friends love our home! They’ve seen it before and during renovations up until now and we’re all amazed at how far we’ve come. We love entertaining our family and friends and plan to do it much more often!

Biggest Embarrassment: We still have popcorn ceilings that I’m hoping to get removed in the VERY near future. My biggest renovation regret was not doing it prior to us moving in!

Credit: Hayley Lawrence

Proudest DIY: Our kitchen for sure! It was a long process but we were able to make it exactly how we envisioned it. Also we renovated our master bathroom on a very tight budget. We DIYed the entire thing aside from professionally getting our then blue cast iron tub refinished. It turned out great!

Biggest Indulgence: I haven’t actually acted on this indulgence yet, but there’s a credenza from Anthropologie that I want so bad! And I also want to splurge on an authentic Moroccan Beni rug!

Best Advice: You don’t have to have everything done all at once. Things take time, especially when budget is a factor. Your home isn’t going anywhere. Take it project by project! And always celebrate your wins! No matter how small. It will keep you motivated!

Dream Sources: St. Frank Textiles, Anthropologie


Filtered Shade by Valspar
Dark Kettle Black by Valspar

Shoe Cabinet — IKEA
Mudcloth Tapestry (Curtain) — Etsy
Art — Local Vendor

Timber Sofa — Article
Stockholm Rattan Chair (Discontinued) — IKEA
Kallax Cube Storage — IKEA
Acacia Wood Mirror — HomeGoods
Floor Lamp — Target
Kahelo Rug — Jungalow
Mudcloth Pillows — Various Etsy Shops
Vases — Target
Brass Planter — Target
Wall Basket — At Home
Art — Society 6
Record Player Cabinet — HomeGoods
Colorful Plant Vase — Holistic Habitat
Brass Discs —World Market
African Print Art — DIY Project
Macrame Plant Holder — World Market

Nockeby Sofa — IKEA
Black JuJu Hat —Accent Touch
Velvet Pillows — World Market
Mudcloth Pillow – Etsy
Kuba Cloth Pillow — Paulski Art
Vintage Kilim Rug — Loom and Field
Marte Cabinet — Urban Outfitters
Brass Floor Lamp — Target
Copper Side Table — Target
Ritva Curtains — IKEA
Infinity Mirror (48 inch) — CB2
Hamsa Wall Art — Earthbound Trading Co
Brass Wall Hanging (Layla) — Vida and Luz

Docksta Table — IKEA
Rattan Chairs (Loren) — World Market
Tribal Rug — RugsUSA
Triangle Shelf — TUFT
Acacia Wood Mirror — HomeGoods
Hanging Brass Planters — Marshall’s
Ritva Curtains — IKEA
Mudcloth Bench – DIY Project
Pendant Light — Target
Pillows — World Market

Island Metal Base — Wayfair
Island Butcher Block Top — IKEA
Pendant Light — Target
Stove Hood — Wayfair
Barstools — Target
Floating Shelf Brackets — Dakoda Love
EAT Sign — HomeGoods
Bamboo Shade — Home Depot

Headboard — Wayfair
Juju Hat — Accent Touch
Mudcloth Tapestry — Etsy
Side Tables (Discontinued) — World Market
Chevron Shag Rug — RugsUSA
Copper Lamps — Target
Black Jute Pendant Light — World Market
Ritva Curtains — IKEA

Shower Curtains — Anthropologie
Rug — At Home
Round Mirror — Target
Art — Brooklyn Dolly
Marble Top Vanity — Lowes

Thanks, TaLaya and Kerrick!