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A Home Designed for Fun in Memphis, TN

by Tawnee Madlen Walker

Getting unpacked within only four months of moving in is hard enough, but having it ready to photograph in that time is mind-blowing! It comes as no surprise that Carmeon Hamilton is a woman who can get things done. Not only does she work as an environmental designer, merchandiser, and buyer of Stash Home, but she also works with residential and commercial clients with her own interior design business, Nubi Interiors.

As a designer and DIYer, Carmeon had plans formed and ready before the ink was dry on her mortgage. “Once we moved in, I was off to the races,” Carmeon shares. Although she busted out the common room areas quickly, she’s taking her time finishing the bedrooms. Having a finished place to relax gives her breathing room for all of her future projects. Plus, it’s easy to relax when your home is stocked with a full-on wet bar.

Fortunately for us, we get a rare preview of the beginning process of her family’s remodel and can follow along as her home evolves. From wallpaper to changing up her 18-foot ceilings, Carmeon has big plans and we can’t wait to see what playful design choices she makes. –Tawnee

Photography by Josh Edmiston


Paint: walls are Behr Ultra Pure White; trim is Behr Deep Onyx
Kazak Rug: eCarpetGallery

Paint: walls are Behr Ultra Pure White; trim & doors are Behr Deep Onyx
Runner: eCarpetGallery

Paint: walls are Behr Ultra Pure White; vanity and ceiling are Behr Deep Onyx
Kazak Rug: eCarpetGallery
Shower Curtain: flat sheet from Target
Hardware: Target & Hobby Lobby

Living Room
Existing Paint: walls are Behr Clear Pond
Rug: Loloi Rugs via Stash Home
Sectional: IKEA
Leopard pillows: ThePillowCoverStory, etsy
Mud cloth pillows: SewAndCloth, etsy
Coffee Table: DIY
Mirror over wetbar: Stash Home
Black and white circle chairs: the chairs were thrifted, I painted the fabric and reupholstered the chairs myself
Fur lumbar pillows: IO Metro
TV console: Broyhill Brasilia vintage find
Art: a mix of DIY, vintage finds and Homegoods,
Original Art: Jordan E. Marble, www.jemarble.com
“H” Marquee: Hobby Lobby
Black and white planter: Target
Fur Stool: DIY
Lamps: thrifted

Pool table area
Chandelier: West Elm
Bookshelf: DIY
Accessories: Stash Home, thrifted
Bench: DIY
High-back chairs: Craigslist
Bamboo tray table: thrifted
Fiddle Leaf planter: Lowes
Jungle Queen Planter: Lowes
Oversized art: enlarged print at FedEx office and frame was thrifted

Breakfast area
Paint: walls are Behr Ultra Pure White, trim is Behr Deep Onyx
Table: Otago Dining Table, wayfair.com
Chairs: Sofi Chairs from Go Home, Stash Home
Chandelier: Atom 5 Light Pendant, wayfair.com
Plant hanger: thrifted

Carmeon painted her trim and doors black throughout the house. She used uniformity to make her home look complete even though she is still renovating it room by room.
Carmeon opted for a round dinner table that's conversation friendly and doubles as a cozy breakfast nook. "This walnut beauty is what dining table dreams are made of! It fits perfectly in our space and its simple lines speak to my mid-century loving heart."
"After many heated discussions, I lost the battle of the pool table. It came with the house, but we originally decided to just sell it to friends. But, of course, there was a change of heart (not on my part) so the table had to stay. My one condition for it staying was that the dated green felt had to go! I just had the table re-felted in black and instantly fell in love."
"The pair of mauve chairs are probably my favorite finds to date! I found them on Craigslist from a seller that only wanted $20 for the pair! I can't wait to have them recovered in an emerald green velvet!"
Both her favorite part of the house and her biggest challenge is her 18-foot vaulted ceilings. Although the idea of painting and cleaning frightens Carmeon, the height is worth the natural light and airy feeling it gives the space.
"The gallery wall has been an element of our living room, even from our renting days. It changes constantly with all of the pieces that I have a tendency to fall in love with while thrifting or perusing Etsy!"
The large graphic elements and dark frames help to seamlessly incorporate the TV into the gallery wall. Adding more to the focal point, Carmeon painted a graphic pattern onto a piece of fabric and reupholstered her chairs with it.
"The one thing that initially disappointed me about this house was that the stone on the fireplace didn't go all the way to the ceiling. But as I thought about it bit more, I realized that it would've given the room more of a lodge-y feel. Not really where I'm wanting this room to go, so it's growing on me every day."
"I wanted to simultaneously create a space that 100% reflected [my] personal style as a designer, while also being a place that would always feel like home to my family," Carmeon shares.
The sofa is positioned directly in front of the family's 10-foot long wet bar, making this the perfect room for entertaining.
If you look closely, you can see our first book, Design*Sponge At Home, stored in the bottom of the coffee table. It looks beautiful among Carmeon's playful design aesthetic.
After Carmeon gets a feel for her house and settles in, she plans on adding graphic wallpaper that'll be perfectly framed by her black trim.
Just with a bit of paint and hardware, the bathroom got a dramatic makeover.
"What I love most about my home is all the love and light it brings. We pinch ourselves daily, growing more and more grateful [for] the house that is so perfect for our little family."
The sellers left these floor plans behind and Carmeon displays them proudly in her entryway.

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