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A North Carolina Family Home With a Gorgeous Rainbow Palette

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Stacey Blake is the long-time home blogger behind Design Addict Mom. She lives in North Carolina with her three children and husband, who serves in the army. Their home is a bright, welcoming space full of changing colors. “Repainting is a form of self-expression for me,” says Stacey. “Sometimes I think my friends come over just to see what has changed!” Take a peek inside…

LIVING ROOM
Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Bookcase: Tomasella, similar. Paint on walls: Benjamin Moore. Paint on bookcase: Benjamin Moore. Sofa: Tomasella, similar. Throw pillows: Society6. Coffee table: Calligaris, similar. Rug: vintage, similar. Blanket: Kate Spade, similar.

On going bright: My husband and I are both Jamaican; I was born and bred there. Color is everywhere in Jamaica — Jamaicans live colorfully, we eat and dress colorfully, the facades of houses are colorful. So, it’s second nature to me. I think about the flow from room to room, but really, I just go with the colors I love. The orange cabinet behind the sofa is where we hide the TV.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Mug: similar.

On getting comfy with color: If someone wants to add color to their home but feels tentative, I always suggest starting with accessories. Pillows, rugs, even books — just bring in splashes and see how you like them. Another way is an accent wall, which adds a jolt of color. Finally, if you have a space in your home that doesn’t get a lot of traffic — like, say, a powder room — go to town with color! If you’re afraid of putting it all over the house, just start small.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

On an ever-changing palette: I repaint a lot, and I do all the painting myself! I’ve gotten pretty good — I don’t even put down tape before I paint. It’s great because I can change things up on a whim and don’t have to hire someone, which would get really expensive.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Paint: Benjamin Moore. Wallpaper: Justina Blakeney. Dining table: Pier 1, similar. Chairs: West Elm. High chair: Stokke.

KITCHEN
Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

On hanging in the kitchen: Our kitchen is tiny, especially compared to the rest of the house. Still, everyone congregates here, no matter what. All the other rooms are so inviting, so welcoming, just waiting to be used! But, nope, everyone is IN the kitchen. I guess it really is the heart of the home.

PLAYROOM

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

On a not-so-formal dining room: This was originally the formal dining room, but since we have three kids, we turned it into a playroom. We’re pretty informal when it comes to meals (we mostly eat on our barstools), so it made more sense. My husband does the chalkboard murals. He’s in the army and doesn’t have time to do much artwork, but he’s very good!

SUNROOM
Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House TourCoffee table and sofa: vintage.

On everyone’s favorite hangout: The sun room gets the most beautiful light. The boys are always reading in here. They’re big fans of the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And the baby likes to watch the birds outside. There are a lot, especially early in the morning. It’s just lovely to be in here — you feel like you’re in the trees.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Rug: vintage, similar. Chair: Thrifted, reupholstered in Robert Allen Ikat fabric.

On the star of the show: This is Glory, my fiddle-leaf fig tree. Glory is a real diva. Your eye goes straight to her. People often ask how I get her to grow so big, and I think it’s because she gets steady light throughout the day. I’m also mindful to not overwater. Stick your finger in the soil two to three inches deep, and if it’s dry, your plant needs water. If the soil clings to your fingers and feels moist, don’t water.

MASTER BEDROOM
Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Paint: Benjamin Moore. Bed: Charles P. Rogers. Duvet cover: Stein Mart, similar. Blanket: Stein Mart, similar. Sheets: Peacock Alley. Painting: Justina Blakeney. Rug: Nourison.

On creating space for yourself: In the beginning of the year, I embarked on a self-care mission. Redoing our master bedroom was part of that. I wanted a zen-like space — and a place where I could hide from my kids! But, of course, they’ve also taken a liking to this space. The color is so inviting. It’s hard to get them out of the room!

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Bench: Design Within Reach.

On a soothing shade: This coral color is so welcoming, and it changes all day. When the sun is rising in the early morning, it hits the walls and makes the room so bright. By late evening, it feels cocoon-like.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Pennant: Rayo & Honey. Wall paint: Benjamin Moore. Door paint: Benjamin Moore.

GUEST ROOM

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Mural: Minted. Quilt: Justina Blakeney. Sheets: Stein Mart. Sheepskin rug: Rugs USA.

On a moody vibe: With this room, I decided to go darker. I initially painted the whole wall black, which you can still sort of see behind the mural. Then I added this mural, which matches the bedding perfectly. It’s from Minted!

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House TourLamp: Thrifted. Table: Thrifted.

BOYS’ ROOM
Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Beds: Ikea. Sheets: Stein Mart, similar. Pillow cases: Stein Mart. Rug: Marshalls, similar. Map mural: York Wallcoverings.

On a staying close while far apart: I put up this map mural to try to help the boys feel closer to their dad while he’s deployed overseas. We’ve encountered a number of deployments, and I never want him to be an abstract figure in their minds. Over the years, we’ve looked at the map and seen where Dada is in the world. We incorporate him into the bedtime routine; we point to the map and say, ‘Good night, Dada.’ It’s a way to cope. It helps.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Sofa: The Nugget.

On the best kid furniture: This couch-like thing is called The Nugget. You can rearrange into different shapes, you can lie on it, you can turn it into a fort — the kids LOVE playing with it. And so do the grown-ups, actually! I’ve definitely taken naps on it before.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Light blue paint: Benjamin Moore. Dark blue paint: similar. Credenza: Thrifted. Chair: Panton (spray painted by Stacey).

On kid art: My husband and I are both big art lovers. Since he’s very artistic, our kids have gotten inspired to paint and draw, especially our seven-year-old. This wall is a mixture of professional work and their own pieces. I change things up every so often, and they love seeing their work on the wall.

BABY’S ROOM
Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Crib: Babyletto. Curtains: Custom. Wallpaper: Pierre Frey. Cow hide rug: vintage, similar. Sheepskin rug: Rugs USA.

On a room full of life: For Cheyenne’s room, we wanted something vibrant and fun. I had lost a baby a year before she was born, so we call Cheyenne our rainbow baby. I craved a space for her that was brimming with life and happiness.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

On big brothers: The boys absolutely love being Cheyenne’s big brothers. Two years before she was born, my oldest, Zion, kept asking me for a sister. He must have thought I could just get her at the store or something, because every time I picked him up from school he would be like, ‘Where is my sister??’ It was almost like he was speaking her into existence! You know when you put something out into the universe and it comes to fruition? They’re so happy to have her, and she just adores them. It’s a beautiful thing.

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Design Addict Mom's Colorful North Carolina House Tour

Thank you so much, Stacey! You are a light.

P.S. More home tours, including a book-filled house in Copenhagen and a Hudson Valley cottage.

(Photos by Lea Hartman.)

  1. JoLynn says...

    Your husband’s chalkboard mural – wow! The boys room is awesome but the most beautiful things in your apartment is your family! Mom is stunning and your children and beyond beautiful! Thank you for your service.

  2. Kirsten says...

    The first photo with the bright pink on the entryway wall and the framed art is so Royal Tenenbaums, I am running out to the paint store now. This home is such an inspiration!

  3. sadie says...

    oh, oh, wow. stacey. my heart is *bursting*! thank you for sharing the beautiful space you’ve created – i am just agog. every photo was more wonderful than the last! congratulations on your gorgeous family, i hope your husband will have more time to create his art someday soon, someone so talented really should. i’m inspired, i can’t wait to read more on your blog, and am so excited to get a nugget couch for our home!

  4. most beautiful house i have ever seen

  5. Alanna says...

    In case anyone had their eye on it, I believe that exact pink Kate Spade blanket is on sale for under $40 at Costco right now! (In Canada at least!)

  6. Allyson says...

    I love this bright, happy home! And her standing in that green dress with a big, beautiful smile is perfection. Way to go! I love everything that you’ve done with that space!

  7. CL says...

    The map on the boys’ bedroom wall is A M A Z I N G L Y cool.

  8. Erika says...

    This made me so happy! What a happy home ❤️

  9. Sooj says...

    Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow.

  10. Mary says...

    This is one of my favorites-I love everything about this family and this design. Great work!

  11. Asia says...

    What a gorgeous home and family:) I’m inspired to incorporate more paint colors into our home…

  12. Deborah says...

    SO beautiful and vibrant! 💙❤️💚💜

  13. rachel says...

    This is my absolutely favorite-and by far the most inspiring-house that you have featured. Well done!

  14. Leli says...

    Thanks for this Joannna. It’s sad that I still marvel of images of black people just living. And happy cos you get it!

  15. Courtney Alston says...

    Oh gorgeous! Where are the prints from? In particular the one of the kiddo blowing a bubble? So lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Magan says...

    YES! Army wives for the win! I keep meaning to post/email Cup of Jo re: the lack of military presence on the blog. I love Cup of Jo but I keep hoping to see more military spouse perspective make its way on here. This makes me so happy! Stacey’s talent and hard work shine in this house! Being a military spouse is not easy, but women like Stacey show how it’s still possible to live how you want even when everything is working against you.

  17. Mali says...

    I don’t think I have ever seen a more beautiful house in my life! I love the map idea in the boy’s room, it must be a very tough life being a military family but this home is filled with celebration and so many special touches. Thank you all for your sacrifice.

  18. Katherine says...

    ahhhh THIS IS MY FAVORITE HOUSE TOUR!! so.much.color.and.life. seriously, thank you for featuring this wonderful home! it screams life, fun and love!

  19. Sarah says...

    What a beautiful home full of color and creativity. And such a gorgeous family! Thank you for sharing your home and inspiring me today!!

  20. Susan Rudolph says...

    This house is AMAZING.

  21. Johanna Fernandez says...

    THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING HOUSE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! I love love love absolutely everything about it. The colors, those murals, that incredible fig tree! If I could live here forever I would. Amazing job, Stacey!!

  22. Kathleen says...

    Consider me inspired!

  23. Hanna says...

    WOW! I love the chalk board mural! I’ve gotten a bit grumpy/bored with everyone having fiddle leaf fig trees, but here is the beautiful extravagant exception! Then, BAM, her dress at the end! Wonderful.

  24. Caiti says...

    Love the Nugget kid furniture tip! Totally going to buy one.

  25. carolyn m says...

    my favorite house ever!!! thank you!

  26. K says...

    Every room is a burst! I can barely handle it. It makes me so happy!!!!

  27. Allie says...

    I would love to be their neighbor and hang out in that space!

    Would you ever consider doing a house tour showcasing a home whose architecture/bones aren’t so gorgeous? We see historic/vintage/personality-filled architecture so frequently on internet house tours, but it’s hard to imagine so many of those designs elements in, say, a really cookie-cutter townhouse. [Raises hand]

    We’re moving into our first house (YAY!) in two weeks, and it’s very much a basic, mid-2000s townhouse feel with all-light-grey walls. How do us common folk make our cookie cutter spaces feel as delicious as this one?

    Love you forever, naturally.

    • Alex says...

      Yes I can see what you mean. Although I find these house tours inspirational and fill me with ideas. I do worry about how we’ll give our brand new ‘sims’ build house a bit of personality! I do suppose it’s what you have in the house to make it your own!

    • JoLynn says...

      The key to a home is making it your own. I love a collected look over time. Just fill it with useful things and beautiful things you love. You can’t miss !
      PS.
      Adding trim and moldings are inexpensive but add so much depth. Throw in some paint colors you love and add some texture. Congratulations on your new home!

  28. Katherine says...

    Absolutely love this home, and she seems like a bright, vibrant soul.

  29. Anna says...

    Wow!!! What a beautiful home and family! Love all the character, warmth and bright colours. I especially love the coral bedroom with its contrasting pink doors, the wall map, the artworks … so creative! …. and that fickle fig tree is amazing!

  30. Kate says...

    Perfect!

  31. Maggie says...

    I love everything about this and these people! What JOY!

  32. Emily Honeycutt says...

    Wow what a joyful home, so beautiful. 😍 Thank you for sharing!

  33. Caitlin says...

    The coral. All the coral. And that baby room. Holy goodness, I love this house.

  34. Ashley Prillaman says...

    Holy. This house is just stunning. That pink is so relaxing!!! I had no idea.

  35. Katie says...

    WOW! How absolutely beautiful!!! I could look at these pictures all day.

    This makes me really happy…I always get overwhelmed when I read about “design rules” – where you should and shouldn’t put colours, etc. It makes me worried to commit to anything with a strong colour or pattern, but seeing this home makes me realize that more can be more :) It just looks so warm, happy and inviting.

  36. Col says...

    Such a cool house… and then you get to the end and there’s a photo of Stacey in a long green dress looking like a GODDESS! Great post.

  37. Beth says...

    Wow, I LOVE this home!!! And my home looks nothing like it! I had no idea that bright, beautiful colors could be so soothing! Or that soothing & joyful could coexist like this. What a gorgeous family!

  38. Amy KS says...

    Gorgeous and fun, all of it.

  39. Tari says...

    What a gorgeous home and family!

  40. CES says...

    GD this is gorgeous! What a bold vision impeccably executed.

  41. Katie says...

    Stacey is incredible with color – that bedroom!! How gorgeous. I can see why everyone wants to hang out there!

    • Michelle says...

      Your house and YOU are gorgeous.
      And please where did you get that dress?
      Mich

  42. jrg says...

    i think this was my favorite house tour to date! love the first shot of the baby in the push car and the gallery wall and teared up at the “good night Dada” map story, thank you for sharing your home and thank your husband for his service!

  43. Tovah says...

    Gorgeous home and even more gorgeous family! Is there anything more classically summer than reading on your bed in your swimsuit?!

  44. Christy says...

    Love this home tour- so inspiring. Also, a perfect post to follow your post about wanting to eat cute babies..hah! Cheyenne is ADORABLE.

  45. TJ says...

    As someone of Jamaican background, my heart is buzzing reading this!
    Where I live bright, vibrant colors on walls are often seen as “tacky” as people tend to prefer the neutral white walls/wicker/boho/modern look.
    I love that she unreservedly captured the island vibe . Beautiful!

  46. Ellie says...

    How did you get your fiddle leaf to branch? I have two and they are doing beautifully, but just growing in a straight line :( I would love some branches!!!!

    • Meredith says...

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0B-TvmOjCMo

      I followed these instructions and got 4-5 new branches!
      My fig tree is a different variety, but I think it should still work.

      Good luck!

  47. Tracey Colla says...

    So good.

  48. Blythe says...

    OH MY GOODNESS!! You can FEEL and SEE the life in this house spilling out! wowowowowow! I know the hip thing is to paint everything white, but the color in this home is incredible. And the photos of her babes – SWOON!

    Stacy – your light is palpable in the way you’ve intentionally cultivated your home!

  49. cs says...

    Lovely home, gorgeous family!

  50. christina says...

    OH MY GOODNESS. at his home could not be more beautiful, and so thoughtful as well. i am speechless!!

    • Christina says...

      *this

      this home has me so astounded i can’t even type straight!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad you love! they seem like the nicest family xoxo

  51. Ane A says...

    What a beautiful home. Thanks for this post. Would also love to see a tutorial from Stacey on wall painting for beginners (not using tape is pretty impressive)

  52. Jill says...

    My favorite home tour so far. Her home looks so uplifting. I want a nugget now! Adding Her blog to my daily reading.

  53. U says...

    Long long long term reader, first time commenter! Loved this! Stacey’s love and joy for her family and home vibrate off the page!

  54. Leanne says...

    Just seeing this house this morning has made my day. Lovely and awe inspiring….and that baby. There are no words.

  55. Julie says...

    Wow.. so much colour is REALLY hard to pull together…. Stacey has pulled this together beautifully… it speaks of fun and vitality. Such joy! Thank you for sharing this wonderful space with us.

  56. Janey says...

    So beautiful, homely, welcoming and cheerful! A welcome antidote to all the various shades of beige + plants in wicker baskets style which is so popular at the moment!
    I’d love a week of outfits

  57. Kate says...

    What a delightful home and family!

  58. AJ says...

    So much character and warmth, feels like somewhere you’d feel good being there! Feels all at once sophisticated, fun and a family space. Love that so much of the furniture is thrifted too.

  59. Rashmi says...

    By far my favourite house tour of a time! Not just on cup of jo, but anywhere! What a gorgeous cheerful home.

  60. zooey says...

    W O W W

    this home jumped out at me in a hug of rainbows and said HELLO! the sun is in your eyes and your heart and the laughter is so much it’s coruscating out of your ears!

  61. J. says...

    This filled me with joy, and I seriously without even thinking about it broke into a full-blown, wide, eyes crinkled smile at the beautiful picture of Stacey resplendent in and full of and surrounded by so much bright color. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home and family and soul!

  62. Nadege says...

    My favorite featured home, such a beautiful and cozy space. Bravo!

  63. Annie says...

    One of my favorite home tours! Thank y’all for sharing — all the glorious colors and art — just lovely!!

  64. Gemma says...

    These children are SO ADORABLE. What an amazing childhood they must be having in that gorgeous house!!

  65. I love the feeling of living life out loud! I also love the chalkboard mural, the nightly map ritual, and the rainbow baby wallpaper. Thank you for sharing your life with us, Stacey!

  66. T says...

    I would love to see more interviews with military families and how they cope with the challenges of frequent moves, deployments, etc. I’m always so impressed by their resilience and grateful for their sacrifice and service.

    • KaraMichelle says...

      Second this! I grew up in the military but feel so removed from it now. I know there is more of an effort to keep partners in the workforce than there used to be (mine was a stay-at-home mom for most of my childhood), and there are also fewer stations where you bring your family with you. I’d love to hear more about how different families’ experiences has been.

    • Rachel says...

      Agreed….Even from a design perspective! It’s always fun to see how our furniture fits and is repurposed into different spaces!