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Curated Maximalism in a Designer’s Southwestern Home

by Sofia Tuovinen

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With the days getting shorter and winter slowly approaching, I find myself longing for creative energy boosts to get me through this dull and rainy period. Luckily, the autumn blues can be cured — a great remedy for me comes in the form of personal homes that are filled with happy details and bursts of color. Bari and Kevin Ackerman’s pattern-filled house in Scottsdale, AZ is a perfect example. A stimulating treat for the senses, this home is bound to vanquish any creative blocks that these rainy days can cause!

Six years ago, Bari, , and Kevin, who works in high-tech sales, decided to relocate from Northern California to be closer to family. They were wowed by the ranch-style house they now call home from the moment they first saw it. The house had a clear glass front door that allowed for a view straight through the house to the backyard. Originally built as a custom home for the developer who never ended up living there, the house turned out to have everything that Bari, Kevin and their two daughters, Anna and Emily, could wish for. Despite being above their price range, Bari and Kevin had nothing to lose, and put in a low offer. Miraculously, it was accepted and the house was theirs!

When Bari and her family first moved in, there was deferred maintenance that needed addressing right away. Once these practical updates were completed, the family began gradually working on visual improvements. Over the last few years, the bedroom carpets have been replaced with wide plank floors, walls have been painted and the living area has been transformed to reflect the family’s style. Instead of a giant entertainment unit that used to overpower the living area, the space now boasts an extended hearth and retiled fireplace, which together create a beloved focal point.

When decorating her family’s home, Bari wanted to start off with a neutral base that would allow her to add lots of color with textiles and decorative accents. It is these pops of color and pattern that truly define this family’s home. Bari, whose pattern designs are available in over 15 lines of fabrics, as well as rugs, wallpapers, paper goods and more, loves creating a layered look at home. “I call my style ‘Curated Maximalism,’ which means that while I believe that ‘more is more,’ I want that more to be intentional rather than just clutter,” she explains.

Although the family has injected tons of personality into their home, there are still several things that they want to change to make the most of their space. There are plans to eventually update the kitchen and bathrooms, bring back the water-efficient desert landscaping in the backyard, and create a unique entertaining space on the roof deck. “We want this house to feel warm, inviting, casual and artful,” Bari and Kevin conclude. If you ask me, it’s a mission completed. —

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Image above: The architectural details, including the wood ceiling and tall windows, were what sold Bari and Kevin on their house. A neutral base allows Bari to be creative with colorful rugs and pillows, many of which are her own designs. The sets the tone in this playfully decorated space.

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Bari and Kevin extended the hearth of the fireplace to run along the entire living room wall. They replaced the old entertainment unit with a minimal floating teak console from .

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When remodeling the living area, Bari and Kevin took out the slate tile that covered the hearth and fireplace, and replaced it with soapstone and hand painted tiles from .

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Bari and Kevin love having one great big living space rather than separate family and living rooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows are not only a stunning architectural feature, they also offer amazing views over the valley.

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Izzy, the family’s 12-year-old yellow lab, in her favorite spot. “She gets to lay wherever she wants but this is where she chooses.”

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The dining room accent wall was painted in “” by Benjamin Moore. “We can get the whole extended family around this table when we open it up. We love that the door opens to the pool here,” Bari says.

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One of Bari’s paintings becomes the focal point in the dining area. “Let’s face it, I love hot pink,” she adds.

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Bari and Kevin in the dining room. Bari lives by the quote from William Morris; “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

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The dining room featured wall-to-wall mirrors when the family moved in. Bari and Kevin removed them, and installed a set of open barn wood shelves that Kevin made.

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“Home — We loved this house from the moment we drove up to it. It is stunning from the outside, and then casual and easy to live inside. Its minimal design has allowed me to add all the color and pattern I love.” — Bari

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The master bedroom is one of the darker rooms in the house and stays cozy throughout the day. “I usually have a base of white bedding here because I think if you start with white, you can layer patterns and colors to your heart’s content,” Bari shares.

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Bari recently painted this IKEA dresser grey using a mix of Annie Sloan chalk paints. She added the finishing touch by painting flowers in acrylic paint on top.

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As Emily studies in Los Angeles, her room is currently used as a guest room. Bari recently updated the space for guests by drawing a magnolia design on the wall above the bed.

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The thrifted bed was painted in pewter metallic paint by Martha Stewart for the perfect amount of shimmer.

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Thrifted bedding and fabric from the  make this bedroom a colorful sanctuary for guests.

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The view from the front door through the house to the backyard made an impression on Bari and Kevin when they first visited the house. The couple have since put in less clear glass for privacy, but still love the view when pulling up front.

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Front and back elevations of the family’s 3,500-square-foot home, which Bari and Kevin plan to have copied and framed.

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The studio is where Bari works on all her art and design work, such as fabrics for and rugs for .

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“There’s a space for pretty much everything I do here, and it’s the one room I went full-on maximalist on the wall,” she explains. The mural is from one of Bari’s paintings.

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The corner of the studio is Bari’s designated office space. Open shelves add practical storage and pop out against the mural wall.

SOURCE LIST

Family Room
Rug – Tiles on fireplace – Barnwood mantel – custom designed by
Pouf, coffee table and dot pillows –
Lamp – West Elm
Leather couch – Restoration Hardware
White couch – Pottery Barn
Floating console – Crate and Barrel

Kitchen / dining area
Rug – Buffet – Ballard Designs
Table – Crate and Barrel
Painting by
Barn wood shelves –
Wall color – “Van Deusen Blue” by Benjamin Moore

Master Bedroom
Bed – vintage
Quilt – made with
Bench – World Market
Side table – World Market
Yellow lamp on the left – Target
Yellow lamp on the right – West Elm
Dresser – IKEA hack
Chair – vintage recovered in fabric

Emily’s room/guest room
Bed – vintage repainted in a pewter metallic Martha Stewart paint
Bedding – thrifted
Fabric on mannequin by

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Comments

  • What a beautiful home. I love how bright and light it is with the large windows and light walls. It has almost a playful feeling with the pops of bright colors!

  • Bari is amazing!! Thank you for featuring their home! Not only is her house full of color, beautiful art and textiles that she’s created , but she herself embodies the beauty and cheeriness that are found in her artwork! Loved this feature!! Once again, Design Droits-Humains… Great job!!

  • What a vibrant and creative space! I seem to bristle at the term “maximalism”. Not sure why. Maybe because it makes me feel like it is a polite way to say ‘cluttered’. I think your home is comfortable, inviting, and realistically styled. If that means ‘maximalism’ then so be it :-)

  • I love Bari’s home! Gorgeous color and textures throughout. It makes my heart happy. Fantastic article Sofia!

  • In theory, in my opinion there elements and colors would never blend well, but when seeing them put into place like this, I can definitely say Bravo to the talented Bari and her cozy welcoming home!

  • You can get the guest bedding from Amazon.com. I have the bedspread in blue and love it! Very bright. King fits nice on a full size bed.

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