Best use of color: Funky home of thrifted finds

Best use of color: Funky home of thrifted finds

Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

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We toured Natalie Papier’s SouthPark home earlier this year, and it’s our pick for best use of color.

Style in 3 words: Colorful, eclectic, art-filled.

Who: Papier and her family moved from Chicago to Charlotte in January 2020, and spent the better part of the year renovating their once-all-beige house. She’s a self-taught interior designer with an art degree and has had her own company, Home Ec, for five-plus years.

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The house: The SouthPark home is 4,383 square feet with 5 beds and 4 baths. It tells the story of her passions with vintage furniture, local art and other thrifted finds.

Design: The entry sets the tone for the house with a piano painted with rainbow stripes to your left, an oversized saturated vintage rug beneath your feet, and an eclectic display of treasures in front.

  • The blush pink kitchen is the most neutral room in the house, and one of the best. The colorful custom cabinetry is grounded by wood tones and metals.

Inspiration: They went full custom and brand new in the kitchen, but most of the furniture and decor throughout is thrifted, vintage or from small businesses and emerging artists.

2021 Finalist- Best use of color door

This house is soaked in color, but it never feels too in-your-face. The entry is bold, but it’s balanced with branches and plant, a large mirror to bring in light, and some natural wood tones. Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color entry

Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color front 2

Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color front room

With mostly blues and oranges and a blend of rounded and straight edges, this light-filled living space feels balanced and cozy. Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color kitchen 2

A light pink kitchen? Sign me up. The gold under cabinet lining and opinionated, veiny marble are also nice touches. Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color kitchen 3

Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color dining 2

The galley-style kitchen flows right into this oversized dining space. Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color kitchen area

Photo: Megan Easterday, courtesy of Natalie Papier

2021 Finalist- Best use of color piano

2021 Finalist- Best use of color sprite 2

2021 Finalist- Best use of color poweder

2021 Finalist- Best use of color bedroom

2021 Finalist- Best use of color mural

This seating area is part of the owner’s suite. The commissioned mural by @swych19 is insanely cool. The local artist also painted the interior of Bardo [full story here]. It represents Papier’s move from Chicago to Charlotte.    

2021 Finalist- Best use of color playroom

One of the most-used rooms in the house, the upstairs family room/media room is where the family chills, watches movies, plays games, etc. 

2021 Finalist- Best use of color piano

Design team: Ashland Custom Homes; Natalie Papier of Home Ec; Mint Hill Cabinets; Edge Co. Inc.

See all 2021 finalists.

Photos by Megan Easterday (courtesy of Natalie Papier) and Axios Charlotte.

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