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Bohemian Rhapsody

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Mid-century meets Boho at the Barrett family’s cheerful home; photographs by Julia Lynn

July 12, 2017

Bohemian Rhapsody
Band of Horses drummer Creighton Barrett and his wife, Sunwoven founder Erin Barrett, take us into their cool and creative West Ashley abode


Written by Bridget Venatta

In 2015, when Erin Barrett, the fiber artist and force behind home-goods company Sunwoven, and husband Creighton Barrett, drummer for indie-rock outfit Band of Horses, moved with their two kiddos into a circa-1979 fixer-upper, Erin followed her creative instincts to infuse it with mid-century-meets-Bohemian style. “Just like with my work, I knew how I wanted the house to feel more than how I wanted it to look,” she says. “I liked the idea of a space that’s bright and fresh; open and airy; and clean and modern, but still a comfortable family home.”

When a realtor friend pointed her to the 3,600-square-foot ranch near Charles Towne Landing, Erin saw loads of potential for creating the open, modern home she craved. “The layout was really appealing to us,” she says. Unseparated by walls, the main living areas all flowed together seamlessly. But there were nooks for privacy, too. Erin and Creighton both work from home, and the abode offered a finished studio above the garage where he could turn out drum patterns and a spacious sunroom where she could weave.

Still, the home hid some of its charms, and Erin and Creighton knew it would take coaxing to excavate them. Damaged ceilings were replaced, pink walls were whitewashed, and the laminate floors were swapped out for natural birch. For décor, Erin mixed mid-century-inspired pieces—such as a tapered-leg console from West Elm for the foyer and a sleek take on the Chesterfield sofa for the living room—with California-cool accessories, like a woven hanging swing from Eclectic Charleston.

With the renovations complete, the creative couple is so happy in their reinvented digs, they almost never want to leave. “Creighton jokes that it’s kind of like a compound, or our own art factory. We love it; it’s so great that the kids can see both of us working and get involved in what we do,” Erin says.

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