With the days getting shorter and winter slowly approaching, I find myself longing for creative energy boosts to get me through this dull and rainy period. Luckily, the autumn blues can be cured — a great remedy for me comes in the form of personal homes that are filled with happy details and bursts of color. Bari and Kevin Ackerman’s pattern-filled house in Scottsdale, AZ is a perfect example. A stimulating treat for the senses, this home is bound to vanquish any creative blocks that these rainy days can cause!
Six years ago, Bari, an artist and designer, and Kevin, who works in high-tech sales, decided to relocate from Northern California to be closer to family. They were wowed by the ranch-style house they now call home from the moment they first saw it. The house had a clear glass front door that allowed for a view straight through the house to the backyard. Originally built as a custom home for the developer who never ended up living there, the house turned out to have everything that Bari, Kevin and their two daughters, Anna and Emily, could wish for. Despite being above their price range, Bari and Kevin had nothing to lose, and put in a low offer. Miraculously, it was accepted and the house was theirs!
When Bari and her family first moved in, there was deferred maintenance that needed addressing right away. Once these practical updates were completed, the family began gradually working on visual improvements. Over the last few years, the bedroom carpets have been replaced with wide plank floors, walls have been painted and the living area has been transformed to reflect the family’s style. Instead of a giant entertainment unit that used to overpower the living area, the space now boasts an extended hearth and retiled fireplace, which together create a beloved focal point.
When decorating her family’s home, Bari wanted to start off with a neutral base that would allow her to add lots of color with textiles and decorative accents. It is these pops of color and pattern that truly define this family’s home. Bari, whose pattern designs are available in over 15 lines of fabrics, as well as rugs, wallpapers, paper goods and more, loves creating a layered look at home. “I call my style ‘Curated Maximalism,’ which means that while I believe that ‘more is more,’ I want that more to be intentional rather than just clutter,” she explains.
Although the family has injected tons of personality into their home, there are still several things that they want to change to make the most of their space. There are plans to eventually update the kitchen and bathrooms, bring back the water-efficient desert landscaping in the backyard, and create a unique entertaining space on the roof deck. “We want this house to feel warm, inviting, casual and artful,” Bari and Kevin conclude. If you ask me, it’s a mission completed. —Sofia
Photography by Stephanie of LifeCreated
Image above: The architectural details, including the wood ceiling and tall windows, were what sold Bari and Kevin on their house. A neutral base allows Bari to be creative with colorful rugs and pillows, many of which are her own designs. The Bari J. for Loloi rug sets the tone in this playfully decorated space.
Rug – Bari J. for Loloi
Tiles on fireplace – Tabarka Studio
Barnwood mantel – custom designed by Porter
Pouf, coffee table and dot pillows – Tierra Del Lagarto
Lamp – West Elm
Leather couch – Restoration Hardware
White couch – Pottery Barn
Floating console – Crate and Barrel
Bed – vintage
Quilt – made with Bari J. Sage Fabric Collection
Bench – World Market
Side table – World Market
Yellow lamp on the left – Target
Yellow lamp on the right – West Elm
Dresser – IKEA hack
Chair – vintage recovered in Bari J. Millie Fleur Canvas fabric
Emily’s room/guest room
Bed – vintage repainted in a pewter metallic Martha Stewart paint
Bedding – thrifted
Fabric on mannequin by Bari J. From Sage fabric collection