I love that we are revisiting some previously featured homes here at Design*Sponge, as the blog winds down in our final months of publishing. So often, homes that we’ve featured have gone on to evolve and grow over time, while still holding onto their original spirit. Such is the case with today’s tour as we revisit the home of Carmeon Hamilton. Carmeon lives in Memphis, TN with her husband and her son, where she works as an interior designer, merchandising manager, blogger and content creator. When we first featured her home, she had just moved in four months prior to the feature. With subtle changes, a few DIY projects, and a lot of plants later, I hope this feels like a completely new tour for you.
When Carmeon and her family were looking to buy their home just three short years ago, they knew that they wanted a home that was in an established neighborhood, had mature trees (which is one of the perks of Memphis: beautiful, mature trees throughout the city), and a home that sat on a larger lot. Within five minutes of being inside this house, Carmeon and her husband Marcus knew that it was the home for them — its 18-foot ceilings and natural light that poured in from the two-story windows spoke to each of them. It has proven to be the perfect choice for Carmeon and her family both inside and out in the community. “Our neighbors are some of the most incredible humans and they’ve welcomed us with open arms,” Carmeon shares. “One neighbor does all of our lawn work. Another gives us food out of their backyard garden! There’s an annual neighborhood garage sale that happens at the end of every summer, where people from all over the city walk our neighborhood streets. Food vendors show up and it ultimately becomes a block party! We’ve made purchases over the last two years, but are hoping to set up shop and sell this year.”
Sometimes it’s hard to not bring your work home when you’re an interior designer, but Carmeon has this sage advice to offer, “Decorating this home has taught me to take my time and to enjoy things as they are for as long as I want. There’s no pressure to make major decisions, like total kitchen renovations. Small adjustments, like a can of paint, can make a huge difference before having to tear down any walls or rip out any cabinets. Patience is really key.” As a self-proclaimed modern bohemian, Carmeon believes in elevating the everyday and finding beauty in the now. In both her corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, she seeks to not only discover the beauty in all things, but to also help others find that beauty in the things that surround them every day. She’s living that motto well in her own home. Follow below for a tour of this serene retreat. —Erin
Image above: The wet bar shelves were a late-night DIY project that Carmeon tackled herself.