Trading spaces

Home + Garden

July 30, 2021

Designer Wendy Fennell creates an urban retreat for a new-to-NoDa homeowner.

by Cathy Martin

When these Ballantyne homeowners were ready to trade suburban life for a home in the city, they wanted “a modern design that was fun with lots of color, texture, patterns and comfort,” says interior designer Wendy Fennell of Bohemian Bungalow Design.

Seeking a diverse neighborhood closer to Charlotte’s center city, the couple settled on a new construction home in NoDa, the bustling arts district north of uptown, providing a blank slate for the designer. 

“They chose NoDa for the eclectic vibe it offers and for the close proximity to restaurants and shops,” Fennell says. The couple, who split their time between the Queen City and Lake James, also wanted their new home to have a decidedly urban feel.  

The eye-catching Sprig & Heron wallpaper by York Wallcoverings became the foundation for the primary bedroom design. The bold botanical print with metallic accents complements the view of the trees outside the large windows, Fennell says. “As I was working on this design and found this paper, I knew it would look fabulous in their bedroom and set the tone and the design direction for the space.”

Linen window panels from IKEA were enhanced with a decorative trim that matches the custom pillows — a great cost-saving trick, the designer says. The fluffy bench at the end of the bed adds a whimsical flourish, and the oversized gold lamps by Jonathan Adler pull the look together.  SP

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