Before & After: Redo with Color!
A young couple traded bland for beautiful with layers of lacquered paint and patterned fabrics all over the house. | Story by Terri Sapienza
Whimsical Interior RedoWhat happens when a self-proclaimed "non-beiger" buys a traditional home that's completely covered in neutrals? In the case of Bailey and Pete McCarthy, some major redecorating! Bailey, a decorator, writer of the lifestyle blog Peppermint Bliss (peppermintbliss.com), and owner of the Houston-based bedding company Biscuit Home, is best known for vibrant spaces packed with personality. Her longtime blog followers have watched her chronicle two previous home renovations online, and they've applauded her liberal and daring use of pattern and color. However, Bailey calls the work she's done on her current 1930s Houston house "a bit more subdued." The finished product, which is drenched in rich jewel tones and furnished with sophisticated fabrics such as velvet and leather, is really a reflection of Bailey's signature style. "It's moodier and darker than our previous homes, but it's still whimsical," she says. "Colorful doesn't necessarily have to mean bright."
A reproduction French industrial table by Old Plank Road (oldplank.com) stores copper cookware.