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sneak peek: leslie kraemer + phillip atchison

by Amy Azzarito

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.

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  • I love the dining room! There is something about the combination of grey, white, and wood that is so comforting. And those red chairs with the caning…looks so great.

  • So beautiful! I absolutely love those gold chairs! I love how at first glance, this house seems very traditional but all the details have SO much personality. Love the unexpected touches like the octopus pillow and lime green bust, etc. It’s all very pulled together yet still playful – a combination that can be difficult to achieve!

  • I’m so happy to see a Charlotte Plaza-Midwood home using local resources. Thanks!

  • Ok Henry’s room and the guest room are my favourites! The coverlet of the guest rom is in my wish list for now on!

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  • The art wall in the kitchen is a great way to show off your personality! The kitchen is such a central part of the home, why not make it fun and visual and interesting? It’s an ever evolving mural about your family!

  • I think the stars of this tour are their gorgeous rug collection. They add so much character and warmth to all the spaces. I would love to have a collection like that one day.

  • I love the grey with the wood in the dining room. Can you list the paint color for the dining room, great room and kitchen? Its all so beautiful. Great job!

  • I, too, love the rugs in this sneak peek! After spending the better part of this past weekend searching for a beautiful rug it’s reassuring to see a collection of so many beautiful ones in one place. Any recommendations on where to shop/look would be appreciated by me too!

  • Hiya,
    wowzy wee! I love all your rooms, I am so jealous.. When I am older I would love a house like yours :)
    Any tips for a person who is starting an interior course?
    Your list is so cute too, where is it from? weird question.. sorry :)

  • Wow, thats amazing in regards to the tomb rubbings! What a great story, especially if you knew the history of those buried!

  • Have to add my voice to the chorus of rug love; the one in the nursery is stunning! If I could have anything from this gorgeous space though, the rubbings win, no contest. That they’re family pieces only makes them better. ENVIOUS!

  • this house is stunning. i collect mid-century modern furniture and i once renovated a vintage desk (also) by painting part of it white. this one looks a million times better. very jealous of their home. ours is 1948 ranch house, but a bungalow would be the perfect second home. i love the craftsman details and big porches.

  • Is she selling her home? And when in the world did she have a baby boy?!?!? I never even knew she was prego!!! Wow, I’m a bad bad bad friend!
    Miss you Q.E. and Les!

  • holy smokes, where have I been?!?! Leslie has a baby?! Never even knew she was pregnant! I’m a very bad bad friend.
    But your home looks fabulous! I remember coming for a visit many years ago and Cade sat at your counter in that fabulous newly remodeled kitchen… It must have been 8 years ago! Because Kayla wasn’t even born… wait – i think she was conceived on that trip. Cade was just 2 years old at the time.. wow! You’ve done a lot. Your bathroom is super amazing. miss you

  • When I first took a look at this post, I was in love with the white desk, the MCM chair with its rich blue hue and the whole composition. But now I have to say: do they secretly own a rug company?! Because I’ve saved each and every room for my “beautiful rugs” inspiration folder.

  • Obviously the struggle to choose the right wall colours was worth it, as each and every room is absolutely stunning. I adore grey walls (so much so that five rooms in my house are now painted in various shades of grey!), and I especially love how it works so beautifully with the wooden flooring in the dining room. Gorgeous.

  • I never comment because I love almost every sneak peek. However, I adore every square inch of this house….can my home be just like this when I grow up?!?!

  • It’s been awhile since a place this exquisite was featured. The thought behind each object is more than evident. Beautiful! I would also appreciate info on paint colors, rug and furniture sources.

  • It is beautiful Leslie! I especially love the nursery, what a great retreat for your little one. <3<3

  • OMG! I had forgotten about “brass rubbing”. My mom was into that too when we lived there – it was all the rage. BTW: I am in LOVE with your home. Right up my alley. I am going to steal a few ideas.

  • Lively combinations of old and new with lots of art and ancient rugs. Perfect place to hang your hat in Plaza Midwood, one of Charlotte’s treasured old ‘hoods.

  • Hi guys! I’ll check in with Leslie and see if I can get some rug sourcing info.
    Thanks! Amy

  • I absolutely love your space! You did such a great job remodeling and furnishing the home. Great tips on places to buy things and congratulations on a job well done!

  • Leslie, found this link on fb and love looking at homes so i was hooked. I love how you mixed the Mid-Century Modern tone with other complimentary pieces! Your home is beautiful and so unique; it feels very warm and full of character.

  • 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. http://www.noaimports.com/

    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.

  • 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?

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

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

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.