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A Home Bursting with Color, Pattern & Love in Greenville, SC

by Erin Austen Abbott

I try so hard to work in more color and pattern around my home any chance I get. It doesn’t always work out for me, because I just don’t have the knack for it the way Amanda Louise Campbell of Greenville, SC does. When Amanda Louise moved into her husband Kevin’s blank slate 1976 condominium seven years ago, she decided to do what she does best rather than sink a lot of money into the space by doing major renovations. For starters, she painted the home with bold colors — from the yellow in the kitchen to the red cabinet in the living room — and she added to her favorite collections by way of local art, dog paintings and dog figurines. “Collecting local art adds so much personality and Kevin buys vintage dog figurines for me as a gift for all of our special occasions,” Amanda Louise shares. “Filling the space with things like this is what makes it feel like home.”

As an interior designer, she’s got a keen eye for making color and textiles work well together. Amanda Louise started her business five years ago, and her home is an extension of her work. “I work hard to create spaces for my clients that are colorful, happy, and a reflection of their loves and passions… and our home is just that as well. My husband, Kevin, and I have worked hard to make our basic condo that he bought as a foreclosure almost 10 years ago representative of us, with our collection of local art, family furniture pieces and just generally things we love that make us happy.” Sure, there are things that she wishes she could change in the space — wall-to-wall carpeting on the second floor, the textured ceilings, and the lack of natural light — but for a place that they don’t see themselves living in forever, it’s the pieces in the home that make it so special to her and Kevin. “I wanted to [inject] our personalities into an overall personality-less blank slate of a space,” Amanda Louise adds.

Based around family heirlooms, thrifted pieces, and collections built together, Amanda Louise and Kevin have certainly created a beautiful home. I hope that you enjoy all the love that makes this condo a home. —Erin

Photography by Luke Cleland/ @lukewtcleland

Image above: “A client was getting rid of that embroidered settee and I had to have it as my own,” Amanda Louise shares. “I love its worn style, and that is officially now Maisy’s sofa. To the left of the settee is a secretary where I display my collection of dog figurines and to the right, a round table that I had covered in an ikat print. I love using floor cushions in spaces for extra seating. The art over the sofa is by my friend Kiah Bellows and the prints surrounding [it] are vintage.” 

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Interior designer, Amanda Louise Campbell in her kitchen. “Basically, if we are in the kitchen, Maisy, our sweet pup, is in the kitchen too because she is a major cookie monster and only really cares about food.”

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Amanda Louise shares, “To open up the space, I decided to take some of the cabinet doors off. I left the upper cabinet doors off in one spot and backed the cabinets with wallpaper to create a display space. Basic white kitchen cabinets given personality with Valspar’s ‘Pineapple Mousse’ and Hygge and West Rifle Paper Company Pineapple Wallpaper.”

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“Under the sink, I had a skirt made to add a fabric element and some pattern,” Amanda Louise says.

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“The kitchen window — I chose bright, bold floral curtains and brought in a vintage stool to hold some of my favorite cookbooks.”

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“Cheeseboards are our favorite way to start an evening of entertaining with friends or family. The kitchen isn’t big, but setting one up on the sideboard allows people to congregate while we finish prepping a meal,” Amanda Louise explains.

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“When Kevin and I got married, my grandmother thought I needed a better place to store all of our wedding gifts, so she painted her china cabinet grey to update it a bit and gave it to us before the wedding. It’s one of the most special things I own. Kevin uses the table as a desk frequently to study and he complained about our former chandelier not giving him enough light to study by, so I went with the most light bulbs possible on a dimmer. The table was bought from a friend selling it and the chairs were my great grandmother’s. On each side of the china cabinet in the dining room, I hung a collection of blue and white plates that I had collected over time. In high school, I started buying plates for myself at antique stores and thrift shops. I always bought two at a time, having the vision that one day I would have an eclectic mix of mainly salad plates. I took the ones that were predominantly blue and white and hung them here.”

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“This side of the room is one of my favorite spots in the house. The orange chairs I picked up at a thrift store, and the lamp shades I bought from one of my favorite stores in Charlotte — Dressing Room Interiors. The green cabinet was the first piece of furniture that I ever bought. The red console was the first piece of furniture Kevin and I ever purchased together. We found it at Goodwill for $10. It’s the heaviest piece of furniture I have ever seen and it apparently came out of a school… My grandmother and I found the lamps at an antique store and I instantly fell in love; she bought them for me and convinced me not to paint them, because I was in a must-paint-everything-I-see phase. So glad that she stopped me.”

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A closer look at one of the orange chairs, which were thrifted.

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“This is the sofa that we got before we were married. It was brown and when we got Maisy I held fabric swatches up to her to see what fabric matched her best — since brown sofas and yellow dog hair don’t mix,” Amanda Louise laughs.

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“This is one of my favorite spots in the house to change up. I bought this server at a thrift shop and updated it with a high gloss paint in SW ‘Sea Salt.’ I has leaves that fold out that can be used for serving and I usually use this as one spot in the house to change up seasonally or if I have flowers I want to put out. My friend Glory Day Loflin painted the big yellow dog painting for me and it couldn’t wrap up all of my favorite things more. The lamp I found at a vintage shop and love its bold pop of color.”

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“A friend of mine hand painted a lemon pattern on the walls in our entry hall based on a menagerie of half a dozen wallpapers that I couldn’t decide between. I love the cheery color and the fact that a friend painted it. Up the stairwell, I hung a collection of dog art that I’ve collected for the past few years. Some pics of our pup, Maisy, and basically any random dog art, that I come across, ” Amanda Louise shares.

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“This is the one wall color that survived from the condo’s bachelor days. Kevin felt very strongly about this color and wanted to keep it, so although it reminded me of the red clay (aka mud) you can find in our region, I did my best to make it feel happy and cohesive. Mixing it with cool tones such as blue helped to give it balance, and mixing in pieces of our art collection helped to give it personality.”

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Vintage stools serve as foot-of-the-bed seating.

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“This bedside table was a dresser with mirror that belonged to my great grandmother. It had some water damage and needed painting. I took the mirror off to treat it as a nightstand instead of a dresser. The large painting hung over my grandparents’ bed for as long as I can remember. One day I asked my grandmother if I could have it and she took it off the wall and put it in my car,” Amanda Louise shares.

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The floor plan of Amanda Louise, Kevin, and Maisy’s home.

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What Amanda Louise loves most about her home is, “That I have a place to spend my time with Kevin and Maisy and I am surrounded by my favorite things that make me happy. Even though, this is not my dream house or where I see us forever, it’s where I am the most secure and happiest.”

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Comments

  • I love this home! It is nice to so see much color, pattern, personality, quirkiness, and fun. I especially love the painted pattern in the foyer, the orange chairs, and the green cabinet. Thank you for the inspiration – so much decorating is white or neutral and rather boring in my book. I want my house to represent my husband and me, not some future unknown owner.

  • I love how Amanda made this home her own. Those lamps in the living room are wild! Good find. It’s also nice to see someone who isn’t afraid of pattern and, again, who stays true to her own values. Thanks.

  • This is such a lively home. Thank you for featuring PERSONAL and inspiring homes. I love seeing how other people do pattern/color and lots of art. The lemon wallpaper is especially dreamy (I am a collector of lemony things …)

  • This is so refreshing, fun and lovely to view. I wouldn’t go with ALL the deco Amanda has chosen but there are SO many wonderful, funky, love-filled and good-mood-inspiring details that I’m smiling from ear to ear. You rock, dear girl and the fact that you adore dogs (and own a lovely, beautiful pup) makes you immediately a ‘gold star’ friend in my heart. Thank you so much for sharing your treasures.
    I particularly like that you changed the look of your kitchen with just painting some furniture in bright colours and unhinging some door to give it more light. Also, the long and cheerful curtains do wonders for the room.
    Moreover I think the idea of having a truly good friend ‘doing your walls’ in various wallpaper patterns AND you hanging an empty picture frame is a golden shot of genius, as is your collection of dog pics in the stairway. (I would say that because I have a similar deco on my stair walls, all of which tell stories for many hours – and I have a wild collection of hares/bunnies in one of my three toilets….).
    All in all it’s a home that immediately touches one’s heart, makes you happy and smiley and I would feel very welcomed by your surroundings.

  • I follow Amanda on Instagram and love getting this full picture of her abode. I love all of the color and personality that her thrifted style gives.

  • The photo of Maisy sitting under the “dog art” is wonderful!And I also love the “big yellow dog painting”! Lovely home,and thank you for sharing.

  • Love the house, but kinda mad at design sponge for sharing the same old eclectic colorful patterned homes over and over and over. Not enough actual, hard to create styles out here, to much of the same old stuff like. Please include more of modern, rustic, and other actual styles.

  • Now this woman truly has STYLE! Love this house and her bold, creative approach to decor. So refreshing when it seems like nearly every house these days is gray with neutral furnishings. It also is a wonderful example of the magic of color and pattern and what you can do on a relatively small budget. I just read on another blog a quote from a designer who said it’s impossible to get a good sofa for under 15K…LOL. So not true- especially when you have talent and some guts!

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