December 2, 2023
Home tour: See inside this south Charlotte house with a speakeasy

Earhart’s newly built speakeasy. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

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This 1960’s ranch home has a modern style and a newly built speakeasy.

State of play: If you’re a frequent TikTok user, you’re probably one of the thousands of people who’ve watched Heather and Sean Earhart’s DIY design videos on their renovated home. Design has ultimately become one of the couple’s love languages.

  • Aside from content creation, they also utilizes their eye for design with the two Airbnbs (Cozy Eclectic home and Terracotta Tiny House), which they style and manage.
  • “We compliment each other well because his eye sees things that I don’t see so we work well together,” Heather said.

Sean and Heather Earhart with their dogs Max and Junior. Photo courtesy of Heather Earhart

Context: The Earharts’s initially planned to flip and sell this 1964 home, which they currently live in, but after so many renovations they ultimately decided to move in. 

  • The 1,863 square foot home has three beds, and three and a half baths that were mostly renovated by Sean and Heather’s father. 
  • The couple tells us every ruined project took a lot of trial and error but moving in just felt right.
  • “We renovated it for ourselves accidentally.” Sean explained. 

Cozy vibes: The couple’s personality is mirrored throughout the home and can be seen in the free-flowing living area and warm tones in the master bedroom.

  • The open layout includes a mixture of modern touches like sherpa chairs, a few retro styling pieces like bar stools, and a sleek record player.
  • To optimize storage space, their kitchen features floating shelves to circulate a collection of the couple’s display of seasonal decor.
  • The master bedroom is covered in green walls and styled with neutral-toned decor to keep spaces relaxing.

Modern light fixtures were installed by Sean Earhart to compliment the calm tones. The leather couch warms up the open living room. Photo: Alexis Clinton

Photo: Alexis Clinton

Office: Located on the lower level is a newly designed work-from-home space fit for a full time content creator.

  • The exposed ductwork in the ceiling was kept to add texture to the clean-lined space that reminds Heather of a former apartment she lived in. 
  • Other built-in additions include a frosted sliding barn door, mud bench and portraits among the paneled two-toned walls. 

Photo:Alexis Clinton

Heather’s primary work-from-home space when she’s not creating content around their home. Photo: Alexis Clinton

Speakeasy: Also located in the basement is one of the latest projects designed to create an edgy yet fun space to wind down.

  • Budget-friendly items like peel-and-stick checkered flooring, faux brick backsplash, dim lighting and gallery wall were incorporated to bring their vision to life that quickly became their most commonly used space.
  • “It’s a cool place for us to go like at the end of the day just like hang out and talk and like it just feels like a little cozy spot,” Heather said.
  • It is an ongoing project, and they plan to incorporate a full bar with a hidden door leading into the room. 

The faux brick wall in the speakeasy features dim lighting and a gallery wall with a mix of thrifted art and wedding portraits. Photo: Alexis Clinton

Decor: The couple achieved their modern style with a mix of items from high-end furniture stores, but they don’t shy away from a deal.

  • Most of their items are sourced from places like Article, CB2, and Crate & Barrel.
  • To cut the cost in some areas they scooped up some antiques from Sleepy Poet, Target Overstock Warehouse and Facebook Marketplace.
  • They created a full list of most items they purchased for anyone looking for inspiration.

What’s next: Even with a majority of renovations complete, they plan to expand on projects throughout the home.

  • They plan to turn the remainder of the basement into a fourth bedroom, which will lead out to the backyard.
  • The Earhart’s don’t consider themselves home makeover experts, but they’ve mastered their style and ways for others to hone their skills by sharing their stories.
  • “Home styling takes time. You have to know your style, create a budget and be patient,” Heather added.

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