Step Inside Barrie Benson’s Colorful Charlotte Home

It's an art-filled charmer.

December 3, 2021

Step inside the colorful and art-filled world of Barrie Benson! The Charlotte, North Carolina–based interior designer is known for her tasteful and timeless knack for mixing and matching—and her own home is no exception. Nestled back on the property, the 1950s home pays homage to the likes of Richard Neutra and Joseph Eichler.

Through the double doors to the foyer, the home’s moody exterior color palette continues inside. Upon your first steps in, you’re greeted by Benson’s vast art collection and the wallcovering she created in collaboration with creative partner Chandra Johnson (the two make up Peg Norris) with artist Anne Lemanski for Schumacher. “If I had to describe this house in three words I’d say colorful, livable and unexpected,” Benson explains.

When Benson and her architect husband bought the house, they decided to open the foyer by knocking out a  large coat closet and creating a small niche to bring a bit of airiness to the Japanese-modern space. The ’70s wall-to-wall carpeting was torn up, and replaced with hardwood floors. Benson infused color throughout the formerly all-white rooms, weaving in every shade of red, from faded rose to bright coral to deep crimson, in the bold swaths and small details alike.

Watch the video below to see more of Benson’s bright, cheerful home!

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Cinematography by Emmrich Creative