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In North Carolina, Making a Mid-Century Home From Scratch

by Garrett Fleming

To get their Asheville, NC showroom  up and running, Megan and Todd Walsh made some major sacrifices. They put not only their heart and soul into the business, but had to use nearly their entire personal collection of mid-century furniture as inventory. Everything went up for sale at the shop. And by everything, I mean everything. “We were so focused on our shop succeeding that we literally had a bed and a few formica-top dressers that were in rough shape,” the couple tells us. For a while they lived this way, but as the showroom’s name and reputation grew, the pair grew frustrated with their living situation. They wanted to settle in somewhere new, and make a space theirs. Then one day a fabulous new home dropped right into their laps.

While at a pal’s garage sale, Megan realized the friend was thinking of moving. Intrigued, she asked for a tour of the home and immediately fell in love. Its abundance of natural light and mid-century design were perfect for her and Todd. “If only we could live in this house,” Megan thought. What a dream it’d be to finally bring home their personal pieces from the shop and craft a space for themselves. Sure enough, a bit later, the homeowners did in fact move. They remembered Megan’s giddiness for their home, too, and she and Todd got the first crack at renting the beauty.

Upon moving in, Megan and Todd stripped the space to give themselves a blank slate to work with, and they’ve since filled each room with all-things 1950s. Colorful furniture and examples of their shop’s reupholstery work hang out here and there, and an enviable collection of Persian rugs warms many of the home’s square feet. While most of the pieces were picked up at flea markets and thrift shops, the occasional item came out of the garbage! You’d never know, though, thanks to these homeowners’ keen eyes. Their knack for mi hues, ability to up-cycle, and boldness have made this brilliant space a memorable one. Click through to take a look. Enjoy! —

Photography by Megan Walsh

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Clearly, Megan and Todd are fans of mid-century decor, but that's not the only style they favor. Their living room is "... a good mixture of industrial, bohemian and mid-century (designs)." The mounted mirror was one of Megan's first vintage "finds." It hangs above two examples of Megan and Todd's work: a pair of retro chairs. They were missing the back and were upholstered in mediocre fabric before Megan and Todd revitalized them.
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Megan and Todd met through Craigslist. He was selling an ottoman that Megan needed for a design project, and it was love at first sight. Shortly after, they started their own business, Atomic Furnishing and Design. They specialize in "finding, refinishing and reupholstering mid-century furniture." They share their home with furry friends Moby the cat and dogs Kaya, Lady and Toby.
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The living room is the most used spot in the home, and its open layout makes it perfect for entertaining a crowd. At the center of the space is a major conversation piece: a colorful, vintage rye rug. The original owners had it for over 50 years before it landed in Megan and Todd's home. The artwork is by family friend .
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A flea-market friend gave Todd this silly Jimmy Carter portrait. The friend and Todd used to have booths next to one another at a Georgia market.
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A peek into the entryway from the living room.
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Another Felipe Santander piece -- a gift from a customer -- greets guests in the entryway. The lengthy Persian rug below it wasn't placed there simply because it fit so well, its job is to help hide dirt tracked in by the family's pups.
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After hours and hours of scouting pieces for their showroom, the couple's bedroom offers a sweet retreat from the madness. "It's a great room to just let your eyes rest and relax," Megan tells us. The side chair is an original , and the bed was a splurge. The couple had their eyes on the vintage piece for years before taking the plunge.
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Todd's time working for a Persian rug store gave him a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship and colors of the pieces. Since being with him, Megan has grown to love them just as much as her husband. "They are so beautiful, yet can take such a beating, which is perfect for our house full of animals," she says.
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"I love how big our kitchen is and how high the ceilings are, but the laminate flooring, formica countertops and maple cabinets aren't really our style," Megan tells us. Since they're renting, the pair can't make any major changes, so they've done what they can to distract from the less-than-ideal furnishings. Adding in plants and a Persian rug has helped amp up the space's style.
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The kitchen gets fabulous light, so most of the couple's plants call it "home."
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Having a home office is something Megan doesn't take for granted. She's filled it with some of her favorite finds.
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The mounted Moroccan rug was a gift from Todd. He found it on a buying trip and drove three hours out of his way to snag it for his wife. He was that sure she'd love it, and boy was he right.
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Todd's a huge fan of color. Thankfully, the previous owners of the home were, too, so he didn't touch his music studio's walls. Here he houses his DJ equipment and collection of over 6,000 records. The records live in a stand found on the side of he road. "It was pretty beat up, but with a little modifying and some orange paint it cleaned up pretty nicely," Megan explains.
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Megan and Todd's 1,500-square-foot home was built in the late 1940s.

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