Happiest Historic Home

Have you ever met a family that belongs on a Hallmark card or could be a dollhouse family that came to life? I know that family. Over the holidays, I had the honor of helping this sweet family settle into an adorable historic home. And fittingly, it looks like a dollhouse.

Moving from the house the couple has lived in since early marriage, their new home symbolizes a shift: a new season and a new decor outlook. The homeowners’ previous house was a beautiful custom build with furnishings that would make any showroom proud. But this new home needed to reflect their happy and hospitable family identity. Choosing the Converse Heights neighborhood in Spartanburg, the family feels the heritage of the community is something they wanted to celebrate and join wholeheartedly. Our challenge was to keep the historic charm of this home built in 1928, but also incorporate current design . When designing the space, we aimed for an established feel, yet with a good portion of the family’s lighthearted personality.

Because a Simpliful Design proposal starts with a theme and a color scheme, here were the main ideas:

  • Theme: Fun and Fancy-Free Family: the happy mix of classic charm and whimsy
  • Colors: Brights and whites combined simply to create a cheery and welcoming home

Starting in the living room, a spectrum of colors creates an upbeat feel to the space. This room was a soothing blue to begin with, but painting the room two tints lighter bounces the available natural light and raise the ceiling visually.  Bringing in the full color wheel in the art and textiles, the homeowner was able to incorporate old favorite pieces along with new found treasures. Polished, glamorous decor blended with rustic, unique finds create an optimistic feel rooted in southern charm.


Before and after of the living room. I love the vintage ginger jar lamps! We found them in a local antique store.  And the antique ladder is another fun addition.


The two chairs in pictured here in the before picture were pulled closer to the sofa create a warmer seating arrangement. The space by the window allowed for a second seating area with an upholstered settee for reading.

The vibrant color scheme was carried throughout the main floor and much of the 2nd level.  Let me show you the dining room.


Refinishing the dark buffet and shelf with a mustard chalk paint brightened the space. Also, the beautiful floral rug pulls all of the accents together.


We loved combining not only a wide array of colors, but also an eclectic combination of style. Highlights:  previous owners left beautiful asian inspired draperies;  an antique wagon wheel was a great local find; and if you look closely, you can see the original house blueprints custom framed in the back corner.

This is the kitchen breakfast area before and after. Custom ikat curtains and oversized art keep the “fun” in function.


Here’s the upstairs hallway before and after. The family gallery wall was a must.  Bookcases and a rare vintage Hitchcock bench transform a common hallway into a reading nook.


The new master suite is a breath of fresh air.  Transforming this space included painting the clients’ current master bedroom furniture; choosing simple airy window treatments and crisp linens; and custom sewing slipcovers for the family’s beloved cuddle chair and ottoman.

And just in case you’d like to see a few extra pics of some other cheery rooms:


I loved helping this sweet family. May this well-rooted, happy family flourish in the sunshine of their new (albeit, historic) home!

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