I’m not sure when I started following Interior Designer Carmeon Hamilton (@nubiinteriors) on IG, but I instantly fell in love with her eclectic, bohemian design style. Not only did her home mix boho and mid-century aesthetics beautifully, but the girl herself has great style and unbelievably gorgeous hair. I knew her space was one that I had to share on the blog.
After months of trying, our schedules FINALLY aligned and I was able to stop by one relaxing Sunday morning last month and get some shots of her home. She and her family live in an idyllic neighborhood in Cordova, TN, in a home that still has character and gets a ton of natural light. If you follow “Nubi” on IG, you know that she always shares design and style tips on her IG stories so you get to see how she makes updates for both her clients and her home. Not to mention, she kinda has a thing for shoes and cute clothes (she recently shared a red coat from H+M that I NEED), so you’ll basically have a running list of things to buy and places to shop, lol.
Take a peek inside her home for a little decor inspo, while also getting some tipss on how to hone your design aesthetic and where to shop!
Where do you work:
I work for Stash Home, a locally owned furniture brand, and also own my own design business, Nubi Interiors. When I’m not being my own boss and working with clients, I’m the Senior Visual Designer and the Accessory Buyer for all four Stash Home stores.
How long have you been an interior designer and how did you get started?
I’ve been a part of the interior design industry for 10 years now. It’s a really long story, so I’ll give you the abbreviated version. One of my senior professors invited her friend, who was the VP of an interior design department for a healthcare company, to our senior presentations. I, apparently, made a great impression, because she offered me a job as a junior designer at her company that day! It was an amazing opportunity where I traveled and worked with the project manager renovating senior care facilities and physical therapy clinics all across the country.
How did you find your interior design style and what would you recommend to others trying to figure it out?
Oh wow! My style has definitely evolved over time, but there are certain elements that I love to my core and will forever find essential to my aesthetic. I’m a sucker for vintage mid-century, brass, graphic patterns, black (everything), culturally ethnic handmade accents and plants! I’m sure my style will continue to evolve, but these will always stick with me.
What are 2 quick ways to update any room?
It’s so tough to give 2, so I’ll give you my top 3! Paint your walls (or just your trim) an unexpected color, update your main lighting source with something beautiful and add/replace your rug and go as big as your budget allows on the size!
Where do you find inspiration?
Right now, Instagram and Pinterest are my top sources, but it can be an image of a room, an outfit, a piece of art or even food. These are all great inspiration for new color combos and stories. I also love studying the sets of movies and tv shows. It’s the easiest look into the past, present and sometimes the future of interiors.
Styling tip for making the perfect #shelfie?
Start with books (bonus points if they’re pretty) in horizontal and vertical groups. Keep heights varied by adding elements like vases and art. Layer in found items, like footed bowls and decorative boxes, in varying shapes to keep things interesting.
What is your favorite piece in your living room and why?
Uuuuggghhhh! It’s so hard to choose because I have 2! First is my vintage Broyhill Brazilia Credenza that our TV sits on; not only for its mid-century style, but also because it was my first vintage purchase ever! Second would have to be my coffee table. I designed, built and finished it myself.
Each room has its own style in your home but there is a thread of cohesiveness to them all; what’s your advice for achieving that?
Each room, though different, has an element of my core design aesthetic: mid-century, black, brass, graphic pattern and something cultural and hand-crafted. Repetition is key; regardless of if it’s a color, pattern or style.
Does a room ever feel “done” to you?
At my house, never! LOL. But in all seriousness, I don’t think a room is ever done. Spaces evolve just like the people that dwell in them.
Where are 3 places you like to shop when you want to refresh your home?
If I’m not in a vintage shop or consignment store, you can find me in Homegoods, Target or trolling the Etsy website. All three have great product and great prices.
IKEA is a huge source for many people because it’s budget friendly-do you have any shopping tips or a favorite DIY hack to make an IKEA purchase seem more luxe?
I absolutely looooove IKEA, their story, their mission and their product. But, if you’re not familiar with the brand, IKEA can be overwhelming for a lot of people. My tips would be 1. Browse the website first. 2. Unless you’re going in just to get a lay of the land, have a plan before you walk in the doors. 3. Utilize the employees and ask them all the questions you want. 4. A little IKEA goes a long way, but they’re a great source for those room staples like sofas and dining tables.
SHOP CARMEON’S HOME // PRODUCT SOURCE LIST
Basket with pillows and blankets in the living room – Target
Patterned pillows on couch (leopard, black + white) – Etsy
black and white painting/print behind black + white chair (leaning against the wall) – Bargain Hunt
Coffee table – DIY
wooden beads on coffee table – Target (similar)
Main rug – Loloi via Stash Home
Wooden seats under console table/computer desk – Second Hand Rose vintage shop (similar)
plant holder behind black and white chair – Target (similar)
gold plant holders on desk/console – Urban Outfitters
blue wall color – Glidden Neo-Mediterranean Mist
paintings in hallway – DIY (similar)
Pink tuff chairs – Craiglists (similar)
dining table – Wayfair
light fixture over table – Wayfair
gold candle holders – Goodwill (similar)
muddler on kitchen counter – Stash Home (similar)
knobs on cupboards – CB2
cabinet color above washer/dryer – Chartreuse
round mirror in entryway – Stash Home (similar)
illustrations in bathroom – DIY (similar)
blue chair in guest room – Vintage shop find (similar)
lamp on beside table – Vintage shop find
pillows on bed in master bedroom – Etsy and IKEA
illustration on wall over bed in master bedroom – Frugal Home Finds
gold lamp on dresser – Target
plant holder next to dresser – IKEA
wall color in master bedroom – Sherwin Williams Jasper
When Carmeon is working or handling wife + motherly duties, you can find her blogging over at Cohesive Randomness. She goes into detail into all of her home projects so you can pick up some great tips! Want to hire her? Visit Nubi Interiors.