sneak peek: leslie kraemer + phillip atchison

Six years ago, Leslie Kraemer and Phillip Atchison moved into this 1930s brick bungalow in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina. After living there for three years, the couple renovated the house, adding an open, light-filled space onto the back of the house. Leslie has a fondness for midcentury modern and loves to mix it with other periods that work well with their older home. The real struggle comes with choosing wall colors. Even though she works with color professionally as a print designer, choosing wall colors results in a lot of trial and error — and plenty of paint cans. Thanks, Leslie, Philip & little Henry! And a big thank you to Mike Carroll for the lovely photos. — Amy Azzarito

Image above: I found the vintage desk and stool at Restore. I added the white paint accents. The blue chair is from Sleepy Poet Antique Mall and was a gift from Phillip. That was his first furniture gift to me, and it’s when I realized that he got my aesthetic.

Image above: I love chartreuse and bright green accents but use them sparingly because it’s such a strong statement color.

See more of Leslie & Phillip’s North Carolina home after the jump . . .

Image above: The chandelier is a new addition from Slate. It’s vintage 1950s, made in the Philippines from seashells rimed in brass. The bookshelves hold old family photos and mementos from travels.

Image above: I found the op art print at Sleepy Poet. I like stacking different canvases and prints together in an artist’s studio kind of way. The gold chairs are from a friend’s consignment furniture store, SouthEnd Exchange.

The second floor is finished attic space, and with its low ceilings and lovely views of the trees and surrounding neighborhood, it makes for a cozy tree-house guest room and nursery.

Image above: This is the master bath. Part of our added space. I wanted a soaker tub, and this one fit perfectly.

Image above: We wanted to have a cozy, peaceful guest room for friends and family to stay. Of course, now that Henry is here, we are receiving a lot of visitors.

Image above: This is Henry’s room, our cute-as-a-button 4-month-old son. We thought this would be the perfect space for a little one, as it gets great afternoon light. The rocker was my grandfather’s, which we recovered in a plush fabric perfect for a nursery. Mobile from Etsy.

Image above: We wanted a space to hold our eclectic mix of prints and artwork, and this long, narrow wall in the kitchen worked well. The plan is to eventually cover the wall from top to bottom with our favorites.

Image above: This built-in bar is in the front section of the house, original to the 1930s bungalow. I added a remnant piece of marble to the countertop to showcase Phillip’s mixologist tools: artisanal bitters, strainers, muddlers, etc.

Image above: This is part of the new construction. The German-made Max Blank wood-burning stove does a great job of heating this part of the house. And the two framed silhouettes are brass rubbings from 13-century tombs in English churches that Phillip’s mom made when she lived in England in the early 1970s.

  1. Leslie Kraemer says:

    Thanks for all the kind words. A lot of the rugs are from Shahrzad Rugs – an importer who keeps a booth at the Metrolina Expo, a monthly Charlotte Antiques/Flea Market. Great selection and prices. Sorry couldn’t find a website for them. Den rug is family heirloom. Nursery and Bath Room rugs are from NOA Rugs in Raleigh, who sometimes has a booth at Metrolina Expo too.

    Paint colors:
    Bathroom and Guest BR: Porter Paints, Gallery Taupe
    Living/Dining: Benjamin Moore, Chelsea Grey
    Den/Kitchen: Porter Paints, Oriental Silk

    Ceiling Fans: Zonix from Fanimation
    Den Couch: GUS modern Rochelle sofa. Craigslist buy.

  2. Dayna Christie says:

    What a beautiful home! So much character. :-)

  3. Omar Schwaz says:

    Wow. You have some nice stuff, but those vintage Klipsch Heresy 1’s in the living room are probably my favorite things in your home. Simply breathtaking. Are they still using the original factory capacitors or have you upgraded to newer caps?

  4. Rachel says:

    I love the color by the built-in bar.. what is that? Lovely home!!

  5. Wow! I love everything about your home. Looks like a wonderful place to live. I too love all the rugs you have chosen. Thanks for sharing and great job!

  6. Charlene says:

    Yaay for Charlotte on d*s! Great place to live and shop and design! Love the art and the rugs and the nursery! :)

  7. Ruth says:

    Can you tell me what color is on the walls of the guest bedroom? Such a soothing shade. Thanks!

  8. Susie says:

    I know these people! I’ve walked on these rugs, sat in these chairs and accepted a drink from the resident mixologist. I wonder when I can convince Leslie to come over to my place and get to work? Maybe free babysitting…

  9. Ede Graves says:

    Leslie, your style is great. Love that you shop at second-hand shops and “re-purpose” things. Hope you’ll pop in to Classic Attic sometime. You’ll LOVE what we have on consignment.

  10. emily says:

    so many beautiful rugs in one home! i’ve been scrolling through the images periodically all day just looking at all the beautiful colors and light and i adore the little spot for baby henry. darling.


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