Like many artists and designers, Whitney McGregor often finds it more difficult to design for herself than for a client. When she’s working with clients, she is always focused on their individual needs and personal aesthetic, but when it comes to her own space, she often has trouble narrowing her focus. She and her husband bought this home in Greenville, SC about three years ago. The couple rushed into buying and ended feeling like they sort of settled for this house. It wasn’t oozing with charm or curb appeal, but it was clean and practical. In three years, we have groomed and polished it to be a place they love. The fact that it’s the only home their children have known make it extra special for the family. Whitney has addressed the common designer problem of how to choose amongst all the many beautiful things on the market by treating her husband and two small children (2 and 1) and her clients. Bright colors, patterns, interesting shapes and lots of artwork (Whitney makes much of her own) are a must, as well as durable furniture with good bones and washable upholstery. The end product is eclectic and sometimes worldly, sometimes traditional and always interesting. Thanks Whitney and family! Thanks to Heidi Geldhauser for the lovely photos! -Amy
Image above: Our home is a ’50s ranch and has a very characteristic living room/dining room combo. I would say this room is far from a finished space. It’s the first place new pieces go when I find them and then a furniture shuffle ensues. The antique french sofa I found for $90 and had reupholstered, the dining room table was a work table that was in my mom’s garage left from the previous owners and the dining chairs are vintage Bertoia’s. The light fixture is IKEA. The color in here is my go to gray for myself and clients. It’s warm and not too purple, Benjamin Moore’s London Fog.
Image above: In our den, the gallery wall includes hand-me-down paintings from creative family members, Lilly Grace originals alongside art purchased at estate sales and thrift shops.
See more of this Greenville, SC home after the jump!
Image above: The den is where we spend the most time. It is right next to the kitchen and has become our everything space. We splurged on our Lee Industries English roll arm and save the upholstery by covering it with an inexpensive, yet cozy sheepskin scored on One King’s Lane. The breakfast table is from IKEA mixed with some Chiavari chairs I got on eBay. The color (Benjamin Moore’s Spring Mint) in here is such a happy blue and changes dramatically from day to night. The Parsons desk is from West Elm and the French rattan chair is Serena & Lily.
Image above: Lilly Grace’s room came together long before she arrived. It was almost like she was telling me what to do and where to go with it because it happened so naturally and it is very her. I started planning her room shortly after I found out I was pregnant and I loved the idea of an all white, warm, soothing nursery, but, for this child, it wasn’t happening! She is bright, bold, colorful, imaginative, and way bossy, so it makes sense that she was telling me what to do, even in my belly! Much to my husband’s chagrin, we (he) painted the floors white to create a bright neutral backdrop on which I could layer lots of color. The curtains are of Amy Butler fabric, the daybed was actually two twin beds I bought at auction for next to nothing. I attached the headboards to each end of the rails and had it painted and reupholstered in yellow Kravet velvet. The chair I found at a thrift store for less than $20 and also had it painted and reupholstered in outdoor fabric to stand up to spills and spots.
Image above: The original plan for Liam’s room was a lot more baby-esque – a lighter, more aqua green and more orange, but at the last minute, I found the bedskirt/sconce shade fabric and decided to use it as inspiration, opting for a deeper, more grown-up color with Benjamin Moore’s Bunker Hill Green. I tried to choose art that had a playful, child-like quality.
Image above: Our bedroom is the closest to my definition of a finished space and it’s truly a mix of high and low. We have designer lamps on DIY nighstands , a Mucha lithograph and vintage regency lamps on an IKEA dresser and a refinished Goodwill chair below a Dominique Isserman print I purchased in Paris. The paint color is the perfect pale pink, Benjamin Moore’s Sugarcane (1185).
Image above: Our kitchen was one room in our house that I didn’t have to think much about. I love to cook and spend a lot of time in there, so, in general, kitchens are probably my favorite space to work on. It was very beige and boring when we purchased the house. We painted the counter tops black with special paint from the hardware store and spray painted the existing hardware. We removed some upper cabinet doors and painted the backs with chalkboard paint, along with one wall to create interest and a place to write notes and grocery lists. The chandelier was purchased on clearance at Pottery Barn Kids (I always check at kids shops for sale lighting because it’s just as good but almost always cheaper). The cornice I made with foam board and a velcroed it onto the window frame. I then accessorized with existing pieces, putting function above all else.
Image above: Our laundry room is the first room most people see when they enter the house. The entrance from our carport is through the laundry room so I treated it a bit like a foyer and I wanted a bit of drama in this small space. I opted for Benjamin Moore’s Autumn Rose and I covered the press board/veneer cabinets with black and white toile. The ceramic daisy hardware is from Anthropologie and the hyacinth laundry baskets were found at WalMart.