Images: Audrey Sprinkle //
Where: Concord, North Carolina.
Residence: Audrey & Dustin, their four boys, and two doggies.
We love seeing awesome people DIYing their homes like pros. It’s so inspiring and worth sharing. And Audrey is exactly one of these really talented individuals. So, we thought, why not ask her some questions about her design technique and some DIY secrets.
While living in Concord, North Carolina, Aubrey is currently working on opening a vintage home goods concept store and recently began taking some design work. We asked her what is her philosophy of interior design.
”I really believe that your home should be a reflection of who you are. Surround yourself with the things you love, whether or not it is “on trend.” I would say most of the things in my home are somewhat outside of the box, but they bring a smile to my face when I walk into the room!”
These are definitely words to live by, but let’s talk business, Audrey. Your home is absolutely gorgeous (just scroll down a bit if you’re that impenitent). You painted your own wallpaper! this is insane! What made you do that and what are your tips for people who want to follow this practice?
”After taking down two layers of wallpaper in the space (one being 10 years old), my husband was resistant to putting wallpaper back up, so I decided to replicate the pattern with paint! I would recommend doing your research and make sure you practice several times before you start. I used large pieces of poster board and practiced with different patterns and styles of brushes before I put anything on the walls”.
I really believe that your home should be a reflection of who you are. Surround yourself with the things you love, whether or not it is “on trend.”
Another thing we wanted to ask Audrey was on using dark colors on walls. Most of us have this inner preoccupying need to paint our walls really dark, which in reality turns into us convincing ourselves: ”White pearl is colorful enough” (stop denying who you are- color compromisers you know who you are).
What’s interesting in Audrey’s house, is that most of its walls are white, but then there are several rooms that are painted in this dark and gorgeous colors. That’s why we thought that from the average person’s point of view, it seems quite doable, it’s not like we’re expecting you to match the color palette of Evie Kemp’s home, but rather to choose one room to go ”paint-crazy” on it. But how can we choose that room exactly and not be afraid to go for it?
”Well, my current home has 12’ ceilings and tons of huge windows, so I have to say it wasn’t much of a risk for me. I have used dark colors in previous spaces that didn’t have these attributes, and I feel like as long as you have a balance between light and dark tones you can make it work anywhere! For example, the powder room we just finished has a very tiny footprint, no windows, and lower ceiling heights, but I balanced the dark green wall color and dark floors with bright white moldings and tile so it doesn’t feel overbearing.”
And this is the bathroom before the renovation BTW (Audrey, you’re a design fairy!):
”I love looking at the inspiring spaces featured in this book, but when it comes down to it, I don’t really follow the rules or trends, I just use what I’m drawn to and do what I want.”
And… lastly, we wanted to hear a funny story from the renovation process so we asked Audrey to share one, and we really hope you’re sitting down while reading this:
”I have so many! One of the most disturbing ones–in hindsight it is funny–would be our kitchen renovation in our current home. We didn’t intend to start the renovation as soon as we moved in, because I had this idea that I wanted to live in the space for a while and take my time choosing layout, finishes, etc. Within a week of moving in, our sink started backing up and the disposal and dishwasher both stopped working, so we didn’t really have a choice but to start pulling things apart to figure out what was going on. As soon as we pulled out the dishwasher, mice just started coming out of the woodwork. Literally. It ended up being a dead mouse trapped in the dishwasher line that was the culprit for the broken appliances. I have never seen as many mice as I saw over the two-month period it took us to demo the kitchen and get the walls back up. We had to block off the kitchen with plastic tarps to keep them contained and out of the rest of the house!”
JESUS what a story! Definitely the creepiest we’ve heard thus far. Below is the kitchen after the mice attack. No remains of the horrifying incident.
And here’s some more pics from Audrey’s gorgeous home: