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A Southern Home Filled with Color and Vintage Finds

by Amy Azzarito

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I had the chance to pop into Furbish, a design store in Raleigh, North Carolina when Grace and I were in town for the Design*Sponge Book tour and spent a fun hour or so poking around the vibrant shop. So I’m thrilled today to get a little peek into the home of Furbish employee Keila Marino. Furbish is known for taking a bold stance when mixing color and pattern (as you can see in the Thanksgiving table that owner Jamie Meares designed for us.). And Keila applies that same fearless approach to her own artwork and when decorating her own home. Keila grew up in England, California and the South so there are a lot of influences at play when it comes to her design work. She and her husband, Todd Hilton, moved into this space about three years ago. Todd just asks that the design plan include plenty of bookshelf space and a storage spot for his instruments, leaving Keila to take the aesthetic lead (which she loves). The majority of the furnishings are thrifted and the couple tries to pick up one piece of artwork or other  tchotchke every trip they take. Keila says that it’s an effective way to build up collections. She has a “get it now and figure out where to put it later” approach, at least with anything affordable. Thanks, Todd and Keila! And a big thank you to Meredith Perdue for the lovely photographs –Amy

Image above: The kitchen table. I splatter-painted the walls myself (super messy) and made a gallery wall with a mash-up of vintage and new artwork. The table is just the Docksta from ikea and the chairs are from Overstock. The table cloth was from Furbish Studio. Design*Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: Headboard closeup- There are so many mixed textiles in this room, it’s layering to the max. The duvet is Roberta Roller Rabbit. Shibori pillows by Rebecca Atwood. Throw pillows from Furbish Studio. I made the headboard myself.

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See more of this North Carolina home after the jump!

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Image above: Our living room. I love the way this green on the walls turned out which is Benjamin Moore Seaweed. The chair and rug are from Furbish Studio.

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Image above: Living room- The sunburst mirror provides a good focal point for the room. Putting a gallery wall around the TV helped  it to not stand out quite so much. The sofa and tables are all vintage.

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Image above: The bar- A piece of my artwork hangs over a vintage dresser which is serving as our bar. The lamp and peacock chair are vintage as well. Design*Sponge Sneak Peek

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Image above: I made this mirror myself by gluing painted white urchins around the edge. I like to stick old pictures and notes on the mirror – they make me smile every time I pass by. Wallpaper is Thibaut. Design*Sponge Sneak Peek

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Image above: The guest room- The framed map is a vintage find. The sconces and the dressers are both Ikea hacks. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Blue Seafoam.
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Image above: The dresser is something I used to paint on and it just got re-purposed for the hallway. I think nearly everyone I know has a copy of that French Expressionism coffee table book.

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Image above: Another gallery wall! Again, I am mixing some of my stuff with new and thrifted finds. The table and stools were a Craigslist find.

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Image above: The bathroom is really small, which is typical in these houses, so I painted horizontal fat stripes to make an impact. I made the shade myself. The shower curtain is Furbish Studio.

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Image above: This is Izzie, our chubby chihuahua who consumes 90% of our attention.

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Image above: Marley is a 9 year old rescue who loves secretly sleeping on the couch.

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  • Colored walls! There is hope for me to be on here one day. ;) I always get discouraged when I see all the white wall places- my walls are turquoise, orange, or gray. Oh and a pistachio green in the kitchen!

    Lovely home! Love the use of color! Love all the rich, meaningul elements and textiles.

  • More is more and I want more of this home! I love the mixing of patterns/colors on the sofa and the bed. And the art. Yay!

  • The color and pattern mixing is expertly executed. This is what I hope to achieve in my own home. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Beautiful, beautiful. Usually I don’t like spaces crowded with stuff/things, but somehow it really works here. Everything is so unique and appears meaningful rather than prop-like. I especially love the fabric shade in the bathroom!

  • I love your space! Wonderful use of colour. And I love your art! Let’s be friends. ;-)

  • i love everything about your home. it’s SO COZY! i love it that everyone who has never been to my home, they come and the first comment they say, ‘you’re place is so cozy.’ i love all of the color and textures.
    great job!

  • Ah – I coveted that rhino from Furbish and never pulled the trigger–is that where it’s from? It’s a beauty (as is your home)!

  • It looks great, Keila! So clear you were meant to land at Furbish … your home reflects your love of color and texture, so FURB in every way. Love seeing all the details … all our love to you and Todd!

  • I may be the only one, but I feel like this home needs room to breathe. It’s not that everything isn’t well-curated; stacks of books and objets d’art are great in small spaces. But I’d like a spot for my eyes to rest. Just my personal aesthetic, I guess. With that said, the patterns are mixed expertly and the green wall is divine.

  • The leopard wallpaper in the photo of the mirror is so cute! Lovely use of green on the walls, too. The color palette in this home so lively and fun!

  • I love how more is truly more here. As much as I love the rustic trend (hardly a trend anymore, I suppose!) and minimalist Scandinavian design, this home feels so bright and alive. Love it!

  • What is that color of green on the walls? Looking for something just like that for my dining room!