When Desha Peacock, author of Your Creative Work Space, and her husband Matt first peeked at this home, they were overwhelmed by its abundance of retro wallpaper: mauve fruit baskets here, flocks of duckies there. Add in a tiny kitchen and icky carpet galore, and all Matt could think was “NEVER!” Desha, on the other hand, only saw possibilities.
What about this Craftsman in Brattleboro, VT caught Desha’s eye, you ask? That’s simple. She was sparked by the opportunity to build a charming family home exactly to her and Matt’s liking. There had to be wood floors under that gross carpet, right? And the wallpaper? Sure it was tacky, but it was outlined in original wood trim. Wouldn’t that look great next to a fresh coat of paint?, she thought.
After some back and forth, Desha and Matt took the plunge and since then, they have slowly revealed all of their house’s potential. Gone is the dated wallpaper and dingy carpet and in their places stand crisp walls, vintage finds and a clever mix of unfussy accessories. All in all, it’s a space conducive to both getting creative and getting a little messy, two things this family has mastered. Scroll down to take a look, and enjoy! —Garrett
Image above: Desha loves the look and crispness of all-white interiors, but prefers actually living in colorful spaces where she can create — free from the fear of messing anything up too badly. The family pup Molly loves this approach. It means she’s free to lounge where she sees fit.