I try so hard to work in more color and pattern around my home any chance I get. It doesn’t always work out for me, because I just don’t have the knack for it the way Amanda Louise Campbell of Greenville, SC does. When Amanda Louise moved into her husband Kevin’s blank slate 1976 condominium seven years ago, she decided to do what she does best rather than sink a lot of money into the space by doing major renovations. For starters, she painted the home with bold colors — from the yellow in the kitchen to the red cabinet in the living room — and she added to her favorite collections by way of local art, dog paintings and dog figurines. “Collecting local art adds so much personality and Kevin buys vintage dog figurines for me as a gift for all of our special occasions,” Amanda Louise shares. “Filling the space with things like this is what makes it feel like home.”
As an interior designer, she’s got a keen eye for making color and textiles work well together. Amanda Louise started her business five years ago, and her home is an extension of her work. “I work hard to create spaces for my clients that are colorful, happy, and a reflection of their loves and passions… and our home is just that as well. My husband, Kevin, and I have worked hard to make our basic condo that he bought as a foreclosure almost 10 years ago representative of us, with our collection of local art, family furniture pieces and just generally things we love that make us happy.” Sure, there are things that she wishes she could change in the space — wall-to-wall carpeting on the second floor, the textured ceilings, and the lack of natural light — but for a place that they don’t see themselves living in forever, it’s the pieces in the home that make it so special to her and Kevin. “I wanted to [inject] our personalities into an overall personality-less blank slate of a space,” Amanda Louise adds.
Based around family heirlooms, thrifted pieces, and collections built together, Amanda Louise and Kevin have certainly created a beautiful home. I hope that you enjoy all the love that makes this condo a home. —Erin
Image above: “A client was getting rid of that embroidered settee and I had to have it as my own,” Amanda Louise shares. “I love its worn style, and that is officially now Maisy’s sofa. To the left of the settee is a secretary where I display my collection of dog figurines and to the right, a round table that I had covered in an ikat print. I love using floor cushions in spaces for extra seating. The art over the sofa is by my friend Kiah Bellows and the prints surrounding [it] are vintage.”
Interior designer, Amanda Louise Campbell in her kitchen. “Basically, if we are in the kitchen, Maisy, our sweet pup, is in the kitchen too because she is a major cookie monster and only really cares about food.”
Amanda Louise shares, “To open up the space, I decided to take some of the cabinet doors off. I left the upper cabinet doors off in one spot and backed the cabinets with wallpaper to create a display space. Basic white kitchen cabinets given personality with Valspar’s ‘Pineapple Mousse’ and Hygge and West Rifle Paper Company Pineapple Wallpaper.”
“Under the sink, I had a skirt made to add a fabric element and some pattern,” Amanda Louise says.
“The kitchen window — I chose bright, bold floral curtains and brought in a vintage stool to hold some of my favorite cookbooks.”
“Cheeseboards are our favorite way to start an evening of entertaining with friends or family. The kitchen isn’t big, but setting one up on the sideboard allows people to congregate while we finish prepping a meal,” Amanda Louise explains.
“When Kevin and I got married, my grandmother thought I needed a better place to store all of our wedding gifts, so she painted her china cabinet grey to update it a bit and gave it to us before the wedding. It’s one of the most special things I own. Kevin uses the table as a desk frequently to study and he complained about our former chandelier not giving him enough light to study by, so I went with the most light bulbs possible on a dimmer. The table was bought from a friend selling it and the chairs were my great grandmother’s. On each side of the china cabinet in the dining room, I hung a collection of blue and white plates that I had collected over time. In high school, I started buying plates for myself at antique stores and thrift shops. I always bought two at a time, having the vision that one day I would have an eclectic mix of mainly salad plates. I took the ones that were predominantly blue and white and hung them here.”
“This side of the room is one of my favorite spots in the house. The orange chairs I picked up at a thrift store, and the lamp shades I bought from one of my favorite stores in Charlotte — Dressing Room Interiors. The green cabinet was the first piece of furniture that I ever bought. The red console was the first piece of furniture Kevin and I ever purchased together. We found it at Goodwill for $10. It’s the heaviest piece of furniture I have ever seen and it apparently came out of a school… My grandmother and I found the lamps at an antique store and I instantly fell in love; she bought them for me and convinced me not to paint them, because I was in a must-paint-everything-I-see phase. So glad that she stopped me.”
A closer look at one of the orange chairs, which were thrifted.
“This is the sofa that we got before we were married. It was brown and when we got Maisy I held fabric swatches up to her to see what fabric matched her best — since brown sofas and yellow dog hair don’t mix,” Amanda Louise laughs.
“This is the one wall color that survived from the condo’s bachelor days. Kevin felt very strongly about this color and wanted to keep it, so although it reminded me of the red clay (aka mud) you can find in our region, I did my best to make it feel happy and cohesive. Mixing it with cool tones such as blue helped to give it balance, and mixing in pieces of our art collection helped to give it personality.”