Southern Home Tour: Coastal Charm in Charlotte

This charming Charlotte, NC home feels like an escape to the coast.

As a single mom who’s survived many of life's stressful moments by decorating and do-it-yourself projects, Tracey of PorchDaydreamer.com is passionate about helping others create a beautiful life.

Come, sit on the porch with us as we tour Tracey’s beautiful, coastal-inspired Charlotte, North Carolina home and daydream about fall and all things interior design.

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How can homeowners create a more beautiful life through interior design?
In every home build and design project I’ve undertaken, I think about how the room is going to be used. What are the needs of the people using the room? Thinking about the purpose of the room and the mood you want to create is really important. Is it formal or casual – dark and moody or bright and light? Is it for small kids, are pets jumping and laying on the furniture, is it a room for entertaining? Find furniture that can be USED without worry. Then, think about adding personal touches to each room, so people feel welcome.

Every room in my home has pieces that are personal. Art collected on vacations, home accessories that are meaningful, and fun finds from day to day journeys. It’s likely I could tell you a story about everything I have around my home.

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What is your favorite room in your house and why?
My little navy and white office – it has so much meaning to me. My son was leaving for college and I was going to be an empty nester. Then, at the same time I started my blog porchdaydreamer.com, so I needed a work space that was mine.

During the makeover, which was also my first One Room Challenge™, I was unemployed. Every aspect of the space was DIY’d by me to save money: changing out a can light to a fixture, painting the walls and cabinets, installing the cabinet hardware, hanging the wallpaper and shades, plus overlaying the counters with marble contact paper.

It as a true labor of love that got me through some emotionally tough times and I couldn’t be prouder of the outcome! There are two spaces to work, so now I use this office daily for my work from home sales job and for the blog. The now sunny space inspires my creativity and I love being in my office.

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What fall home accessories can you not live without?
Pumpkins! Call me basic, but they are such a plump, healthy-looking accessory that says, “fall harvest.” Pumpkins bring back fun memories carving them with my mom (who did some amazing designs) and then carving them with my son.

You can mix and match the shapes and sizes in different ways each fall. Plus, you can paint the faux versions to work with your décor! Recently, I added decoupage fall leaves to white pumpkins and just love the look.

Fabric pumpkins mixed with white pumpkins is my easy go to fall décor.

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What design trend are you currently obsessed with?
I’m definitely obsessed with color – always! Behr just announced their 2019 color of the year “Blueprint.” It was love at first sight! The blue reflects many of the blue hues in my home, but is deeper and richer. I already have a project planned to incorporate Blueprint into my home before the end of the year!

Tone on tone is another trend that is beautiful! When I tackled my dining room makeover, I decided to incorporate this look by matching the drapes to the walls and then using a deeper value on the velvet chair covers. It’s SO soothing.

Then shapes are my next obsession! The shape I keep being drawn to is an elongated hexagon. I see it in tile, mirrors, and lighting. That shape will be showing up in my house very soon.

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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.