House Tour: An Artistic Home in the Heart of Charleston

Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017
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    A Relaxed Retreat

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    Weaving is a theme of Erin Barrett’s life. As the owner of Sunwoven, she dazzles her Instagram followers and clients alike with her ability to turn fibers into works of art. Gravitating toward a soft color palette and 70’s design, Erin weaves her vintage-inspired style into her home as well, a happy place she shares with husband Creighton and children Sunny and Bowie.

    Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the couple discovered their 3,600 square-foot 1979 abode in a suburban neighborhood and moved...MORE in two years ago. They got right to work to put their distinctive mark on it, completing renovations that included replacing the floors, installing a new roof, painting the entire house inside and out and refreshing the master bedroom, bathroom and closet, all with the help of contractor Mark Crary of Beach Break Design.

    Erin’s favorite aspect of the home? “The large windows that bring in the natural light,” she says. She describes her décor style as “mostly Midcentury with the occasional Bohemian accent thrown in.” The home’s inclusive, casual vibe sets the scene for sweet family moments and plenty of creativity.

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    All in the Details

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    The fireplace takes a turn that any flower child would approve of—potted plants, clever wall art and a ukulele. The hand artwork from Charleston’s Celadon just might inspire impromptu palm-reading sessions. The “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” Schoolhouse Electric print serves as an inspiring reminder for both guests and family members. The chevron-detailed fireplace cover is an unique find. 

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    Natural Surroundings

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    Erin loves to bring lush plants into her décor, favoring fig trees and birds of paradise. The hanging chair in the corner, begging for afternoons spent with a book, was purchased locally. Modern yet plush, the Gus* Modern couch anchors the room in gray. The décor in the great room is juxtaposed by unique Pecky Cyprus walls. “It was here when we bought the house. We painted it white,” Erin says.

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    Laid-Back Vibes

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    The dining area is anything but fussy, with an open plan leading to comfortable living spaces. The seemingly-sunwashed table and chairs are punctuated by a Midcentury-esque chandelier. Thrifted artwork adds personality to the walls along with a “Yes” banner. A metallic pop is brought into the nearby sitting area through a gilded side table.

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    Perfect Harmony

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    Erin’s husband Creighton is the drummer in Band of Horses, so it makes perfect sense that the couple would dedicate a corner of their home to all-things-music. Records make for a retro accent, worked into the décor and played often. Erin says, “My husband and I are big music listeners. We are always collecting records, mostly indie rock.”

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    Space to Create

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    As the center for Erin’s Sunwoven creations, her studio is equal parts feminine and eclectic, tied together with a pink set of storage drawers found at a thrift shop, then spray-painted. The woven baskets on top act as additional storage. Wall art is nearly required in a space as artistic as this, and includes work by Laura BergerHoney Lake StudioRaven Roxanne and Eloeil.

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    Vibrant Artwork

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    More artwork can be found in another corner of the studio, set above a work station. Made up mostly of what Erin calls “a collection of our kids’ artwork, my husband’s artwork and random finds,” the gallery wall is also comprised of photos shot by Christopher Wilson and a print made by Stevie Gee. A patterned rug brings in even more boldness.

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    TeePee Spot

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    There’s whimsy to spare in this nursery, with a weaving made by Erin herself, a Hobby Lobby teepee that’s perfect for playtime, faux fur to add warmth, a geometric area rug and a delightful hot air balloon for a finishing touch.

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    Sweet Dreams

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    The master bedroom is Bohemian yet current, featuring bedding by Parachute Home, a Mid-centry modern bench, and a geometric wall hanging from Electric Sun Creatives. The couple’s work comes together here, with a weaving made by Erin and headboard crafted by Creighton. The décor is brought into focus against a deep-gray wall, “Ebony Fields” by Valspar.

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    A Warm Welcome

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    The entryway is expertly styled, thanks to a flower-like mirror, wooden table, simple baskets and some houseplants—a snake and pothos plant. The unique pendant light was a gift from Erin’s mother-in-law. The “Escape” bag, an apropos detail next to the front door speaks for itself. 

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    Outdoor Oasis

    Julia Lynn Photography / As appeared in Charleston magazine July 2017

    In the outdoor sitting area, jasmine grows wildly and freely in the ceiling above, providing softly-scented evenings. The table, chairs and striped, graphic rug were bought at World Market, and the white metal stool was found on non-other-than Amazon.