This North Carolina Home Is All About Jewel Tones

Take a peek inside this Charlotte, North Carolina, home full of texture, jewel tones and decorating ideas.

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

Photo By: Andrew Sherman

DIY All-Star

When Seana Freeman bought her home in North Carolina, she was an interior design novice. However, for the last four years this executive leadership expert has turned her four-bedroom Charlotte residence into a space that many A-list designers would love to have in their own portfolios.

A Work of Love

For Seana, design isn't a job, it's a passion. More importantly it's a way to express herself. "My major focus was giving this newly built house some character and soul," she says. "It was a new build with no renovations to do, so I focused on the decor." She began with the home's gorgeous entryway. The white walls come alive with a series of large-scale paintings purchased from a local Charlotte artist. Meanwhile, elements like the side table, rug and brass vase give the space a warm and grounded feeling.

Playful Parlor

The room past the light-filled entryway is the parlor, the first display of how deep Seana's design skills go. The black walls serve as a neutral backdrop, creating a canvas for the room's other colors to pop. The centerpiece of the room is a breathtaking painting that also serves as the foundation of the color palette, featuring every color that's present in the space, from bright fuchsias to the deep yellow in the upholstered side chair.

Balanced Eclecticism

The living room is a study in neutrals, and the subtle layering of objects, textures and color. "I am eclectic," Seana says. "You can actually find a bit of every design style in my house." It’s a personal combination that she refers to as "glamohemian." But pulling influences from everywhere doesn't mean that she wants a crowded space. "I don’t prefer a space to look overly crowded or overdone," she says. "I like to be elegantly eclectic."

Pieces of History

Picking out the pieces to fill her bookshelves wasn't just a search for interesting objects. For Seana, it was a study of personal history. "Because I didn't get to build it or pick out any of the architectural features, it fueled my interest in trying to truly personalize the decor to make it feel like me." From black-and-white family photos to an ode to her hometown in Virginia Beach, every piece in her living room has a story.

Street Style on the Walls

Between Virginia Beach and North Carolina, Seana spent 14 years in Brookyn, New York. As excited as she was to buy her first home, she felt she needed to grow her apartment-based design style to fill a whole house. "I didn't want to lose my urban vibe," she confides, "so I did my best to incorporate glimpses of my old life in this new home." Art became a major way to bring a bit of New York City street style to her Charlotte home, and that's reflected in her gallery wall on the stairs.

Food for Thought

North Carolina homes have room to spare and Seana's is no exception. The dining room boasts a classic use of blacks, whites, browns and green plants. It's elegantly simple, but surprisingly presented one of Seana’s bigger challenges. "I actually find styling and decorating with neutrals to be more challenging," she says.

Cavern of Color

Design helped Seana explore a creative and bolder side — something she did by going big with color in her second-story rooms. "I started slowly," she recalls. "I had to keep reminding myself that I could change it if I didn't like it, or just close the door." Her experimentation led to masterpieces like this Moroccan-inspired room. The blue walls are amazing, but the gold ceiling simply steals the show. Together with poufs, masks and framed fabric, the room is an instant trip to a faraway land.

Color in Focus

Seana's use of color is one of the most intriguing parts of her style. She uses bold colors as if they were neutrals, allowing bright hues to stand out against the monochrome backdrop. Layering is an important part of pulling it all together, which Seana does in this case by hanging a framed fabric directly over the pillows.

The Girl Cave

Seana's first big foray into color was decorating this room, which she affectionately calls her "girl cave." It constantly battles the blue room for the position of being her favorite space in the house. Again, the layering of color and pattern is apparent between the painting and the chair. At the center of it all is a vintage secretary — the perfect "glamohemian" moment. Seana admits that in the process of decorating her home she has, "become fairly bold and confident," in her use of color. "The more colorful areas of my home came together pretty effortlessly," she confides.

The Riad Room

Global culture is as constant a presence in this home as the influences of Brooklyn or Virginia Beach. In this guest room, the play of soft neutrals, natural wood tones and rich blue tones mix with Seana's green thumb to create the perfect oasis. As in her other rooms, creating the aesthetic is a matter of mixing new pieces and vintage finds. Considering the whole of her collection, she says, "I've thrifted a few really cool mirrors and objects. Pretty much all of the pieces I love are vintage."

A Glamohemian Master Bedroom

Seana's bedroom is a seamless mix of the opulent and the effortless. While she finds that natural colors make it difficult for her to create the bold looks that she prefers, her bedroom has been designed to be a tranquil retreat. The mix of gold tones that she weaves provides flair throughout the space, including a pair of leopard print side chairs and the framed Egyptian papyrus art that hang over the bed. The room is the final note in a song that Seana spent four years learning how to sing. Now that it's out, she's pretty happy with the results. "I love everything about my home," she beams. “The windows, the plentiful art, the balance of bold and tasteful elements, and the fact that my decor documents the story of my life."

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