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A Vibrant, Sophisticated Home in Fayetteville, NC

by Lauren Chorpening

The home tours on Design*Sponge over the last 11 years have taught me that there’s no one way to use color. Dreamy, neutral homes are published alongside rich, colorful spaces. It might be true that no color is bad, but there are good ways and bad ways to use each hue. Stacey Blake has used bold pops of color to design her entire home in the best way.

Stacey, design blogger and stylist correspondent for the Fayetteville Observer, and her husband Andre, Army Special Forces specialist, grew up and met in Jamaica. Andre moved to the States to join the Armed Forces and Stacey followed him when they became engaged. After getting married, they lived a nomadic lifestyle through the military so they were excited to build their large, two-story home in Fayetteville, NC in 2011. Stacey was pregnant when they first moved in and was able take her time and really get a sense of the home and what it needed before moving forward. And she found that a stunning dose of color was exactly what it required.

The Blake Family’s home has turned Stacey into a designer, blogger and stylist. Each room has challenged and inspired Stacey to push the boundaries of color and style. “I love color. I grew up with lots of color living in Jamaica and that has translated into our home. We wanted a home that is sophisticated, but still very much child-friendly and reflects our love for art. Our home is undoubtedly our happy place.” –Lauren

Photography by Lea Hartman 

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One of the most beloved rooms of the house is the sunroom. Stacey's mix of color, material, texture and plant life has created a gorgeous space that the Blake Family can relax in.
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"I love plants and I enjoy gardening, and that is reflected inside and outside our home," Stacey says.
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"Though we gravitate quite a bit to a modern style, we also have pieces that we love that are not modern, so the overall vibe of our home is more on the eclectic side," Stacey says.
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Stacey and Andre's home has African art scattered throughout. Their art collection mixes elegantly with their other pieces and room designs.
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"I painted almost all of our rooms, which is actually great because I tend to change colors a bit," Stacey says. "Imagine if I had to pay someone to paint each time I wanted to change a wall color!"
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Stacey doesn't decorate with clutter or too many accessories. Her furniture pieces are the focal points in her designs. Stacey reupholstered this chair in an ikat print.
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Bright pink takes on a whole new personality in their refined, modern dining room.
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Stacey says that they are thankful for their home because they are able to host their large family with ease.
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Stacey's closet-turned-office carries the pink palette from the rest of the house in a scaled-down way.
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The foyer uses color in a subtle way. The feature of this space is the eclectic gallery wall over the entryway table.
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This chair's unique print looks right at home in the living room against the deep grey walls.
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"I like to take my time when decorating because it's important to find the right pieces. We used our dining room chairs as seating in our living room for a while because we took our time searching for the right sofa," Stacey says.
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Stacey's play with color doesn't stop at solids. Her layering of colorful patterns and textures in their master bedroom is the perfect amount to keep the space lively enough and completely restful.
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This colorful mask pops against one of the few white walls in the Blake Family's home.
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The master bathroom was given personality and an elevated feel with wallpaper in the water closet.
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Stacey's style is sophisticated and fun. Her sense of color theory makes for unexpected, beautiful spaces.
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"We are not formal people. In fact, our formal dining room is our boys' playroom and for us that is a much better use of the space," Stacey says. "When the hubby is home, he draws fun murals on the chalkboard for the boys. He is very artistic."
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Ian's bedroom shows off Stacey's knack for refurbishing secondhand pieces. "I love mixing high and low pieces together. A couple of my pieces are thrifted and one would not readily know that unless I told them," Stacey says. "I love repurposing items, so there [are] a few painted pieces that got a new lease on life with a little elbow grease and some paint."
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Zion's bedroom is a colorful place to imagine and play.
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Andre is deployed overseas so Stacey makes sure the boys are able to stay connected to their father. "I felt the need to make sure that he didn’t become an abstract concept," Stacey says. "I decided to have the map mural installed in Zion's room to enable Dada to 'be there' for bedtime routines, for morning-time routines, or just whenever we wanted to go and randomly 'visit' Dada."
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What we love most about our home is...
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Zion, Ian and Stacey Blake reading in the sunroom.
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The Blake Family's home is just as cheery on the outside as it is inside.

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