Bright accents and patterned textiles brighten up this all-white family home in Charleston.


For weaver Erin Barrett and her drummer (Band of Horses) husband, Creighton, years of wallpaper removal and drywall demolition went into making this 1979 Charleston, SC, home the Zen-meets-creative-yen space of their dreams. It's 3,600 square feet of true life, with room to jam, raise two kids and two dogs, and host in-laws or guests.

Their work-from-home lifestyle means professional proclivities flow into the decor. Erin weaves with texture, color, and wild lines; Creighton feeds on rhythm. All those elements appear in room after room of textured hardwoods, saturated fabrics, and homemade touches. Best of all, it's a doable mix of custom, IKEA, and DIY that shows how to ratchet up personality without racking up debt.

Erin's weekdays are devoted to filling wholesale and custom orders for her business Sunwoven Studio. Six looms, a wall of yarn, and enviable creativity are the tools of her trade. A colorful rug brings in colors and textures in the yarn display. The Barretts extended the life of an old tile floor with gray garage floor paint.

Living Gallery

Weaver Erin Barrett's home studio is part living space, part gallery, showing off her latest works in a rainbow of blush, sapphire, and sage. Pops of cozy yellow unify the the rooms of the house. The mustard yellow couch is a thrift-store find.

Open Living

The deep grain lines of whitewashed pecky cypress planks provide a steady backbeat to a living room full of the family's loves—art, plants, instruments, and quirky textiles. Beyond the Micheil tufted armchairs and Gus* Modern sectional, sliding doors open to the back deck.

Dining Down

This sunken space merges Erin's favorite design sources: Celadon (her local go-to), Overstock for the gold-tone Bali chandelier, and vintage and thrift stores for art and objects collected over time. A gallery wall brings in natural elements.

Wall Color Ultra White, Valspar

Open Studio

In this sunroom-turned-drum studio, a herringbone brick pattern lays the groundwork for Creighton's licks and family jam sessions. Natural light from large windows reflects off of white walls, ceiling, and trim.

Natural Vignette

A streamlined West Elm console sets a mod and calm tone for this ranch, which stands out amid Charleston's antebellum architecture. Pops of yellow stand out among the natural wood console and framed mirror.

Bright Idea

Rescued from their den, whitewashed paneling hung on the diagonal amplifies the sunshine in Erin's office. Against the white walls, colorful frames and furniture (a pale pink cabinet and a yellow chair) give the space a creative and innovative vibe.

Built-Up Backyard

When Creighton isn't touring, he's in his studio or in a garage full of power tools. He tackled their plant stands, a headboard, and the deck where they often entertain. Patterned textiles dress up natural wood deck furniture.

Comments (2)

March 31, 2020
All I see in the first couple of photos are gobs of knitting needle yarn. This isn't retro or Bohemian, it's bad design over-kill.
February 17, 2019
Stop the madness. No home can call itself Bohemian when it is predominantly white-walled. Bohemians live for color, color. color! And plenty of leopard prints.