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In North Carolina, a Family Sets the Stage for Memory-Making

by Garrett Fleming

In North Carolina, a Family Sets the Stage for Memory Making, Design*Droits-Humains

At some point during the last three and a half years, my fanboy admiration for decor morphed into a desire to know the ins and outs of home improvement, mi styles, layout design and even construction. The shift was subtle, but once I discovered it had happened I was a bit stumped. Why the new laser focus? I soon realized my newfound goal of owning a home was to blame. As it turns out, I’d been subconsciously collecting information so I’d be ready when it came time to design my own place.

Like me, founder learned a lot about design by observing others. During her time as an editor at O at Home and Country Living, she interviewed countless homeowners, all the while picking up on their tricks, noting where they shopped and starring what made their spaces unique. One lesson in particular, though, stood out. Jourdan found that the most memorable houses were those decorated with sentimental accessories as opposed to ones filled with stuff that was just expensive and pretty.

When Jourdan and her husband Andrew moved into this 70s-era ranch-style home in Durham, NC, this lesson became their north star. In their daughter’s nursery, for example, they’ve seasoned the shelves with toys from their own childhood. And in the living room, the two have compiled an entire gallery wall based solely on a portrait of Jourdan’s aunt that her grandmother painted.

By surrounding themselves and their daughter with such meaningful mementos, Jourdan and Andrew have infused their nest with all the love and happiness each one embodies. Now that is one lesson I’ll absolutely be keeping in mind when bringing Casa del Garrett to life. Scroll down to check it out, and enjoy! —

Photography by 

Image above: The ceiling in the combination guest room/office stands about 14 feet tall – perfect for a hanging chair. On weekends, you can find Jourdan or Andrew reading and unwinding in this nook. Come bedtime, they use the chair to rock their daughter Sloane to sleep.

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Many of Jourdan’s friends are photographers, and she loves showcasing their work around her home. These four prints were taken in Mexico by . “They’re bright, colorful and make me instantly happy,” Jourdan says.

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Moving away from the city and their friends was a tough decision for the Fairchilds. To entice their favorite people to come visit, they worked hard to make the guest room bright and inviting.

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The kitchen’s open-concept layout means it’s perfect for entertaining. “I love that I can be cooking in the kitchen and chatting with everyone at the table or even down in the living room below,” Jourdan tells us.

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Jourdan and Andrew love the look of their dining room’s rug, but now that they have a child, it isn’t as functional as it could be. Soon they’ll swap it for a darker option that’ll hide stains.

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The Fairchilds didn’t initially care for these Brazilian Cherry floors because they were dark and shiny when they moved in. Once stripped of their red stain, however, they won the couple over.

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The hues in the portrait of Jourdan’s aunt that hangs to the right of the TV inspired the look of the family’s entire collection of artwork. “My aunt was known for being a tough, stubborn woman – despite her physical disabilities – and this painting highlights her strength,” Jourdan gushes.

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Surprisingly, when Jourdan and Andrew moved in there wasn’t any railing between the dining area and sunken living room. They swiftly installed this white one that blends into both rooms while keeping them safely separated.

The more spaces we live in, the more we realize that the best, most authentic spaces evolve over time.

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The couple loves their bed frame because its streamlined shape can be refashioned to fit many styles.

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This painting of Jourdan’s dad as a child was done by his mother, and its colors heavily influenced the look of this bedroom.

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When decorating, the couple focused most of their attention on the spaces guests would interact with the most. Their bedroom was the lowest priority and they admit they rushed through its design. They tell us that in a perfect world, the space would’ve been given sconces, new art and a colorful rug. Portrait by .

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The nights spent prepping the nursery for baby Sloane’s arrival are some of the pair’s most cherished memories: “There was always a project – painting the lower half of her walls with chalkboard paint, adding a custom chair rail, hanging floating shelves – and we’d brainstorm [baby] names for hours while we worked,” the couple shares.

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Wallpaper adds instant personality to a space, but it’s pricey. To save money, Jourdan and Andrew installed the chair rail in the nursery so they’d only have to splurge on half the amount of wallpaper.

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The lower part of the nursery’s walls are covered in chalkboard paint so when baby Sloane is a bit older she can draw to her heart’s content.

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The nursery’s shelves are filled with bits and bobs from the couple’s childhood.

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“What I love most about our home… is that it’s as great for our babies as it is for our friends. ” – Jourdan Fairchild

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The Durham, NC home’s floor plan.

SOURCE LIST

Guest Room/Office
Sofa –
Floor lamp –
Desk, chair, lamp, rug – vintage
Leaning shelves –
Swinging chair –
Photos –

Kitchen
Cabinets –
Floating shelves –

Dining Room
Bar stools –
Dining table, gold mirror, buffet – vintage
Dining chairs –
Rug –
Marble shelves –

Living Room
Blinds –
Sofa –
Rug – Rugs USA
Shelving unit – Milo Baughman
Chairs – West Elm
Bench – vintage church pew
Lamps – vintage,
Gallery Wall – vintage, except and photography by

Jourdan & Andrew’s Room
Paint – Behr “Underwater”
Bed –
Bedside table, dresser – vintage
Blanket –
Mirror – CB2
Pillows – Target, Jonathan Adler
Painting of Jourdan’s father as a child – Jourdan’s grandmother

Nursery
Wallpaper –
Crib –
Changing table –
Glider, pouf, rug – CB2
Curtains –
Stacked wooden cubes –

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