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sneak peek: amanda wright of wit & whistle

by Amy Azzarito

Amanda Wright and her husband, Daniel, have lived in this home in Cary, North Carolina, for nearly four years. Though the house is flanked by two cities and several highways, the huge windows in the great room provide panoramic views of the forest behind, giving the home a secluded mountain hideaway feel. In decorating the space, Amanda worked to highlight its bright and airy quality. She found herself drawn to neutrals and a bit of mid-century modern with a hint of rustic thrown in for good measure. The home is also Amanda’s workspace; she runs Wit & Whistle, a company that offers quirky paper products, art prints and greeting cards, from a studio space in the basement. Thanks, Amanda & Daniel! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: We have a two-story exposed-brick fireplace in our great room. We moved into our home in the middle of the paint-your-brick-fireplace-white craze, but I’m glad we left it alone, since the natural brick suits our house well. The zombies print is from YeeHaw.

Image above: A while back I decided to hand paint our coffee table with a herringbone pattern. It took me hours and hours to complete, but I think it turned out pretty well.

See more of Amanda’s North Carolina home after the jump . . .

Image above: This is my favorite room of the house. We spend most of our down time in this room playing Xbox, napping, reading and relaxing. While house hunting, we visited more than 30 houses, but when I stepped through the front door into this room, I felt at home. We’ve been able to enjoy all sorts of wildlife thanks to our window wall and wooded backyard. Foxes, flying squirrels, owls, deer, gray squirrels, woodpeckers, and once I even hand fed a raccoon on the back deck. (Granted, that wasn’t my brightest idea . . . he came back every night for weeks with his little raccoon nose pressed against the window begging for more.)

Image above: We have a little piano nook in the loft above our great room. I’m still working on learning “Claire de Lune.” It gets really hard after the first page!

Image above: The old letterpress drawers over the sofa in our office contain my dirt collection. Whenever we go on a trip, I collect a little vial of soil or sand from each place we visit. My dad built the pedestal the globe is sitting on. He made a pair of them for our wedding decor out of wood from my childhood changing table, and now I find all sorts of uses for them around the house.

Image above: My ridiculously tiny (but cute) desk. This one is just for paying bills, not for doing any real work. Daniel’s desk is also in this room, but you do not want to see that — trust me!

Image above: I found this credenza at an antique shop, and it’s definitely my favorite piece of furniture. It sits at the opposite end of the basement from my studio so I can look at it all day. The Ws are for Wit and Whistle, of course.

Image above: This is the fireplace in my basement studio space. I’ve never used it because two fireplaces sharing one chimney in a 40-year-old house seems like a recipe for disaster, but at least it looks nice! My husband got me this adorable chair for Christmas. He hates it, but he bought it for me anyway because he loves me. Isn’t he the sweetest?

Image above: We have a shingled roof over our kitchen that people either love or hate. It has grown on me over the past few years, and the patio string lights help a lot. This doorway originally had saloon-style swinging doors, but removing those was one of the first things I did the day we moved in!

Image above: This is our little dining area. Many card games have been played at this table. Dutch Blitz is our favorite, but I’m pretty sure no one else has ever heard of that one. I do all my product photography on this table, as well. There’s something remarkable about the lighting in this spot that works wonders for my photos.

Image above: We like to read before bed, and I have a never-ending stack of books to get through. The paper cube string lights were a little DIY project I did, and here’s the tutorial.

Image above: Oliver and Mabel are usually not allowed on the bed, but don’t they make awfully cute throw pillows?

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