An Art Collector’s Charming North Carolina Home — House Tour
Name: Katie, Anthony, Isabelle and Freya Miller, with dogs Oliver and Tulip
Location: Belmont, North Carolina
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned
Katie’s friends are right, walking into her lovely duplex in Belmont, North Carolina is an immensely welcoming experience. Maybe it is the two insistent yet extremely friendly dachshunds that greet you upon arrival, or maybe it’s the comforting furnishings and thoughtful art that permeate her abode. Then again, maybe it is a little bit of everything.
Katie is the Director of Development at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in lovely downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. So it’s no surprise to see such a vast and beautiful collection of contemporary art throughout her home. Her own and her children’s art serve as a wonderful complement to this collection, as well as a reminder of the warmth and familial vibe throughout their space.
Katie is a North Carolina girl (and claims to have simple taste), but she has an uncanny ability to strike a balance between simplicity and texture. And because she works for an organization that primarily focuses on contemporary art throughout the community, she is dedicated to filling her space with work from artists she knows (or at least she knows the history behind the piece). Needless to say, her home is a wonderful reflection of her love and support for her community.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Some odd mix of bohemian and traditional
Inspiration: Nature, texture, comfort, family, and contemporary art
Favorite Element: Little sections of the house — the piano and space above, the hutch and the way it smells when we open it (like beeswax, lavender and chamomile), Stephen’s table in the kitchen, and our daughter’s evolving work on the fridge.
Biggest Challenge: Seasonal whims and the management of a growing toy collection
What Friends Say: Welcoming, good vibes, witchy, warm and cozy
Biggest Embarrassment: Rugs — between two creative kids and two old dachshunds — we can’t seem to keep a rug in good form. One day we’ll invest in a nice rug…or maybe we’ll just invest in another puppy and keep buying cheap rugs.
Proudest DIY: Some of the monoprints were made by me and our oldest daughter together — those pieces are my most beloved.
Biggest Indulgence: Art. We always blow our budget on art.
Best Advice: Our home reflects my favorite people, their passions, their old sneakers and sharpie wall art. Your space should be loved and lived in. Who cares if all your curtains match if you’re surrounded by those you care about? Our style is a direct reflection of the people we love and the artists we support.
Dream Sources: I’m a NC girl, and fairly simple in taste — but if money were no object…I could easily fill our home with earth and eco-friendly items made with a true craftsman’s intention and care. We like to know the history or maker of a piece before we buy it — so places like Penland School of Craft and McColl Center for Art + Innovation are the best spots to purchase unique pieces. Fresh flowers make a space, so it’s dreamy to consider affording weekly arrangements from Elizabeth House Flowers. Nadeau, West Elm, and World Market are some other favorites.
Broom – Marlow and Diana Gates of Leicester, NC purchased from Laughingbrook Spellcrafting & Ancestral Arts
Art – Charles Williams
Sofa – Ikea
Rug – Target
Record Player – inherited from dad’s parents
Side Tables – mid-century hand-me-downs from grandparents
Piano – inherited from Grandma Ethel, our oldest daughter is learning to play
Art – Janet Lasher, Brad Thomas, Isabelle Miller, Jeanette Causey
Sofa 1 – STOCKSUND, Ikea
Sofa 2 – LANDSKRONA, Ikea
Rug – LAPPLJUNG RUTA, Ikea
Sideboards – HEMNES, Ikea
Side tables – they were my great-grandfather’s; he made them by hand
Hutch – inherited from my grandma
Coffee Table – has moved from place to place with my husband since he was a teen – now glitter paint stained and scratched up nicely
Art – Robert Lazzarini, Fat Beagle Pottery, Dignicraft, Kathryn Causey Miller
Lamps – Target
Curtains – Ikea
Pillows – mostly from Target’s Threshold collection
Sideboard – crafted by local artist Stephen Leo Hayes, Jr.
Decor – herbs from my garden and local market, my grandma’s Christmas cactus, bar stools and other items were thrift store finds
Bar Cart, Poufs, and basket – Target
Linens – World Market
Art – large print by Erik Waterkotte, pottery from Elisha Sigmon Rubin, Dignicraft, Bolick Pottery
Bed Frame, Side Tables – HEMNES, Ikea
Bedding – Nate Berkus, Threshold, Target
Curtains – Ikea
Dresser – hand-me-down from my grandparents
Chair – Ikea
Bedding/rug/pillows – PillowFort collection at Target
Crib – Babyletto convertible crib
Bed – Ikea Hemnes
Winnie the Pooh prints – Pottery Barn Kids
Furniture – hand-me-down’s from my grandma – her sewing table and vanity (used as a changing table for now)