Boston transplant Tara Rummel moved to her Eastway/Sheffield Park home and lives there as an interior designer and full-time single mom. She runs Curate by Tara, where she designs, decorates, stages real estate and manages construction.
She walked us around her space for this edition of CharlotteFive Home Tours.
How did you end up here?
I drove through the neighborhood as a suggested shortcut and saw the house for sale – I wasn’t even thinking about buying a house at the time. I was under contract two days later.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood?
It’s a typical postwar neighborhood – but my block is filled with old school ’50s style neighbors. We do surprise yard work for each other, have a community garden, plant flowers for each other, go for walks, have early evening drinks and look out for each other. It really is ideal.
Favorite/least favorite parts of your home?
My favorite part of the house is a huge flagstone wall – no fireplace – just a beautiful stone wall that was perfect for placing a custom concrete and steel 10-foot table against, designed and built by my architect friend. I had moved with the thousand-pound piece several times and was searching for its forever home. As soon as I saw the wall I knew my search was over!
Also the kitchen, where I spend most of my time. When I purchased the house it looked like a pine forest threw up and was untouched from the original ’50s design. They don’t make cabinets like this anymore so I had them all refaced and new drawers and doors made. I spent over a year collecting this reproduction tile floor that I saw in a café in Spain, a vintage Turkish rug, and some Carrera marble I scored on Craigslist for next-to-nothing that I had cut down into 3×6-inch tile.
The house is a work in progress, so I don’t have a least favorite part – just plans!
What advice would you give on in-home entertaining?
If the house feels like a reflection and extension of you, then having company feels very comfortable – know yourself and how you spend time. For me, it’s around the kitchen table with a few friends for dinner, the formal sitting room with girlfriends and wine, or outside in the private backyard with a group and an outdoor movie.
What has been the most innovative DIY project you’ve done?
I’d say my tiny bathroom. I gutted it, added bead board wainscoting and ceiling, a Plexiglas border that I change the background of occasionally (currently a collage of maps and vintage penguin book covers), a very random collection of art, an old dresser I scored for $20, turned into a vanity with a rough-sewn wood top and pink sink and paint.
A chartreuse ceiling, green walls, crazy mirror, dragonfly wing sconces, mounted iPad and mother of pearl and marble border around a window in the shower that gives me a view of nothing but tree tops so I feel like I’m far away from the city instead of just five minutes.
Photos: Tara Rummel
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