By Madoline Markham
Photos by Lindsey Drennan
Look closely, and there’s no doubt Kristin and Cannon Prickett’s home is filled with children, though it’s thoughtfully designed with Kristin’s taste for mixing antiques with modern touches on every surface too. Even when their four kids aren’t home, you’ll see family portraits that line the staircase, well placed cubbies that hide toys and bedrooms upstairs that are decorated with a youthful flair.
Although you won’t meet their daughter Olivia Charles when you walk in, she’s honored throughout the Mt Laurel home in projects from the past decade and has been since she passed away at 9 months of age from SIDS. “All the projects I dedicate to her as a way to remember her and have her name still spoken,” Kristin says of her design business, Olivia Charles Interiors.
In fact, though she’d worked for Southern Living before having kids, Kristin didn’t get into interior decorating until after losing her daughter. At the time their oldest son Parrish was in preschool. “I was distraught, but I needed to get out of the house,” she notes. So she and her mother-in-law rented a booth at Hanna Antiques and called it Olivia Charles Antiques. “It started as a way to keep my mind busy filling this booth, and we started selling custom furniture. And that would always turn into (customers) asking me to help with the rest of the room.”
Today Kristin’s business has technically morphed into interiors from antiques, but antiques are very much still part of her style, which she describes as transitional leaning toward a little more traditional. “I like a mix of old and new, clean lines with old ornate pieces,” she says. “I feel like every room needs a touch of old to add character.” And that’s just what you’ll find in each detail of her home—all in honor of Olivia Charles.
Kristin and Cannon found these antique globes on an anniversary trip to Mobile, and Cannon made them into pendant lights to hang above their cabinetry. The couple had the kitchen cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Navajo White (above) and Benjamin Moore Moonshinegreen (below) and recently added a Frosty Carrina quartz countertop to freshen up its look.
A focal point of this light and bright room is an abstract painting ripe with greens and blues by Kristin’s sister (Caroline Olivia Artworks). To its right sits an old hospital chair the couple bought at a Salvation Army thrift store; Cannon stained the arms and Kristin had it recovered with cow’s hide. The other signature piece in the room is the antique doors from a church in Virginia that conceal their TV in the middle of built-in shelves by David Cherry of Cherry & Co.
This room might be compact but it lets in light and views of their wooded front yard from its three grasscloth walls. Kristin paired an antique table from Interiors in Pepper Place with more modern lucite chairs and pops of green in her glasses and the velvet Anthropologie chairs at either end.
With the help of Zona Merchant, Cannon and Kristin built the upholstered headboard for this bed and then had custom shelving built around it by David Cherry of Cherry and Co. Nine open shelves display abstract botanicals by Corrie Hays Art.
After three boys, Kristin was excited to decorate a girl’s room for her daughter Vivian and to use the rattan headboard she’d found at Chelsea Antiques years ago. She started with a periwinkle and pink fabric from Rosegate Design that coordinates with the antique bead board that was already on the wall, and then she built the rest of the room’s design off the fabric—including the canopy over the bed.
This aviary wallpaper by Cavern Home has grown up from a nursery to a more mature look for the Pricketts’ oldest son Parrish. It now is the background for framed sharpshooting patches Kristin ordered from eBay.
Although the Pricketts’ oldest son and youngest child, a daughter, have their own rooms, often they like to sleep in the same room as their two middle brothers, Knox and Vance, on these four custom beds built by Josh Goff. Each bed has an old Army blanket, a pillow with a varsity letter with their first initial and a framed antique luggage tag reproduction they picked out from Antique Curiosities. Kristin found the lanterns by each bed at World Market and added “addition in taupe” wallpaper by Mrs. Parajope to the ceiling.
Kristin and Cannon built this playhouse into open space under their house and added a slide you access from the back deck.
Behind the Scenes
- Select Furnishings: Olivia Charles Interiors, Urban Home Market, At Home, Alabama Furniture Market, Zona Merchant
- Select Lighting: Visual Comfort, Shades of Light
- Select Custom Drapes: Rosegate Designs
- Kitchen Countertops: Surface One
- Select Rugs: Dash & Albert via Olivia Charles Interiors
- Master Bathroom Hardware: Brandino Brass
- Girl’s Room Bedding: Suite Dreams