I love that we are revisiting some previously featured homes here at Design*Sponge, as the blog winds down in our final months of publishing. So often
I love that we are revisiting some previously featured homes here at Design*Sponge, as the blog winds down in our final months of publishing. So often, homes that we’ve featured have gone on to evolve and grow over time, while still holding onto their original spirit. Such is the case with today’s tour as we revisit the home of Carmeon Hamilton. Carmeon lives in Memphis, TN with her husband and her son, where she works as an interior designer, merchandising manager, blogger and content creator. When we first featured her home, she had just moved in four months prior to the feature. With subtle changes, a few DIY projects, and a lot of plants later, I hope this feels like a completely new tour for you.
When Carmeon and her family were looking to buy their home just three short years ago, they knew that they wanted a home that was in an established neighborhood, had mature trees (which is one of the perks of Memphis: beautiful, mature trees throughout the city), and a home that sat on a larger lot. Within five minutes of being inside this house, Carmeon and her husband Marcus knew that it was the home for them — its 18-foot ceilings and natural light that poured in from the two-story windows spoke to each of them. It has proven to be the perfect choice for Carmeon and her family both inside and out in the community. “Our neighbors are some of the most incredible humans and they’ve welcomed us with open arms,” Carmeon shares. “One neighbor does all of our lawn work. Another gives us food out of their backyard garden! There’s an annual neighborhood garage sale that happens at the end of every summer, where people from all over the city walk our neighborhood streets. Food vendors show up and it ultimately becomes a block party! We’ve made purchases over the last two years, but are hoping to set up shop and sell this year.”
Sometimes it’s hard to not bring your work home when you’re an interior designer, but Carmeon has this sage advice to offer, “Decorating this home has taught me to take my time and to enjoy things as they are for as long as I want. There’s no pressure to make major decisions, like total kitchen renovations. Small adjustments, like a can of paint, can make a huge difference before having to tear down any walls or rip out any cabinets. Patience is really key.” As a self-proclaimed modern bohemian, Carmeon believes in elevating the everyday and finding beauty in the now. In both her corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, she seeks to not only discover the beauty in all things, but to also help others find that beauty in the things that surround them every day. She’s living that motto well in her own home. Follow below for a tour of this serene retreat. —Erin
Photography by Kim Thomas / @kpfusion
Image above: The wet bar shelves were a late-night DIY project that Carmeon tackled herself.
Carmeon pictured in her living room.
“The blue paint color was a selection by the previous homeowners [that] I have worked around until [I get] the nerve to paint up to the 18-foot ceilings,” Carmeon shares.
“This is a view of the main hallway from the living area that takes you to all the bedrooms. The photographer, Kim, was sitting on top of our pool table [to get this angle],” Carmeon reveals.
One of Carmeon’s favorite areas in the home. A vintage brutalist dresser and vintage chairs shine amongst some oversized art and lots of plants. But the art is the sentimental favorite since it’s one of Carmeon & Marcus’ edited wedding photos.
Carmeon, the plant whisperer, loves caring for propagating plants. The monstera is one of her favorites.
Here’s a view of the living area looking back towards the entryway. Pops of black and neutral tones are the common thread of the entire home.
A look from the living area to the entry. The entry’s wall design was hand-painted by Carmeon and, “is always the guests’ favorite part of the house.”
Here, a peek at the modular sectional and the wet bar shelving.
Just a small sampling of the many house plants that Carmeon has. She has the greenest of thumbs.
The gallery wall includes a few pieces of original work by Carmeon, lots of thrifted finds and a handwritten note from Carmeon’s mother, which is hung in her memory.
A Frances Berry canvas sits behind more of Carmeon’s plant babies.
Vintage chairs contrast nicely against the pale blue wall, next to a 5-foot x 7-foot abstract canvas painted by Frances Berry.
“This area is for everyday meals and some fabulously extravagant dinner parties,” Carmeon notes.
“Just like the main living area, black is an integral part of tying all the spaces together,” Carmeon says.
The kitchen was updated with paint, new hardware and a mirror over the sink.
Right off the dining area of the kitchen, Carmeon painted the cabinets a chartreuse yellow and the mud cloth inspired design on the walls of the laundry area. “It’s one of the happiest places in the house.”
Artist, Frances Berry, painted the abstract mural on the walls and Carmeon gave the vanity the same black paint treatment of the kitchen and wet bar cabinets.
Frances Berry artwork hanging above the toilet in the hall bath.
Walls are painted in “Jasper” by Sherwin-Williams for mood, and all of the furniture was selected in light finishes for contrast and interest.
So many shoes that they get their own closet!
A vintage burl wood nightstand and modern lamp from IKEA in the main bedroom.
Original floor plan of the home that Carmeon had framed.