stephmodo: Real Life Home No. 8: Sweet + Southern

Real Life Home No. 8: Sweet + Southern

• 03 August 2011

It's not everyday you get to peek into the home of a genuine Southern miss, which is why I'm so happy to share with the home of boutique owner Kayce Hughes. Kayce is a mother of 7 children, daughter of an antique-loving mother, and the niece of Lilly Pulitzer--how's that for inspirational? Somehow, amidst the day-to-day craziness that comes with being a parent, Kayce somehow manages to find time to create classic clothing for children and women, and shop for vintage furnishings for new boutiques opening up throughout Tennessee.

It's such a delight to peek into her home--an ongoing project (so she says) that combines traditional styling and modern, clean lines. And now, "Real Life Home No. 8"...

For those of you just tuning in, this series showcases living spaces decorated by people who are not formally-trained interior designers; people who mix new finds with antiques and secondhand pieces from Craigslist (or the like). People who have figured out, on their own, what looks and feels good in their living space.

I want to begin this little tour with my favorite room in Kayce's home...that yellow is so bold and fun! Like the peeps over at Trading Spaces tell us, paint makes for huge impact, yet costs the least. I am so inspired by this element! Also, it's sheer brilliance to not only take a plain, IKEA console table and not only paint it bright yellow, but to use it over the bed in this way.

A short lesson in creating your own affordable art: Kayce created the art above the bed by painting the large navy swirl over a swath of book pages. In addition, the photograph series on the wall is also part of her studio arts repertoire (her fine arts degree really came to use here--who says liberal arts degrees are useless?!) and features her children holding different seashells. It's always nice when sentiment and practicality blend so nicely.

Design magazines always encourage adding a little pink here and there, and I admire those courageous enough to do so. My favorite piece in this room is that sleek Parsons coffee table. Its presence modernizes the space instantly and creates a beautiful focal point. Also notable is the original art collection over the sofa. Kayce found the large pastel at a thrift store for just $158, including the frame. Wow. It turns out this was the 4th painting by local artist Gay Petach in their collection--apparently she is the overwhelming favorite in the Hughes household!

Her little ladies are very lucky to call this beautiful, feminine space their room...their respite. It's sweet, cozy and again a lovely mix of traditional and modern furnishings. The children created the artwork above the love seat on their own, which adds yet another great idea to our ongoing discussion of how to preserve our children's art.

I encourage you to view the other 7 homes featured in the "Real Life Home" series and figure out what speaks to you! They are all very different from each other so there is something for everyone.

More beautiful spaces designed by non-designers:

Real Life Home No. 7
- Sara (colorful + eclectic)
Real Life Home No. 6 - Amy (calming neutrals)
Real Life Home No. 5 - Lynne (whimsy + details)
Real Life Home No. 4 - Emily (whites + woods)
Real Life Home No. 3 - Kirsten (clean + textural)
Real Life Home No. 2 - Maria (white kitchen love)
Real Life Home No. 1 - Cherilee (mid-century modern)

all images by Kayce Hughes


  1. I need some bright-yellow in my life.

  2. This is very cool - really loving this series. I adore the yellow and the children's art. Awesome.

  3. Don't mean to be a jerk, but the words you want in that first sentence are bona fide. I'm pretty sure bonifying something is a little dirty. : )

  4. I think we all agree that the yellow accents and the children's art are our favorites!

    Anon, you're not being a jerk...don't worry! I appreciate the heads up. I'm not sure how I missed that...instead of replacing the proper spelling (bona fide), I changed the adjective to "genuine". It's more accurate anyway :)

    More real life homes coming soon! Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!

  5. yellow makes me happy! What a beautiful home. Excellent series!

  6. The bedroom is my fave...the yellow over bed table is perfect.

  7. Love Kayce Hughes and how her design aesthetic for her fashion line and boutique easily transfers over to her home. Great profile, and great blog you have here!

  8. Love it especially the pink couch. Amazing!


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