There’s nothing plain once you get past this brick home’s unassuming exterior. There are no generic photos of smiling families, no fresh carpeting in an unassuming white, no beige walls bedecked with bland hotel art.
Instead, it’s a display of pure, unabashed personality. The foyer alone should be preserved in a museum: There are black walls, colorful murals, and bold mosaics. Marbles are arranged as a life-size pink panther on the back of the door. And it all—somehow—matches perfectly with the floor’s siena tile work.
“People love creativity,” says listing agent Amy Lynch Kolflat about the eclectic three-bedroom, 1,894-square-foot home, which is listed for $179,900. “There’s been a positive outpouring. The seller is incredibly brave for doing this and giving it to the world.”
The seller is exchanging her masterpiece for 9 new acres to transform into artwork. When she began hunting for an agent, a number of them suggested covering the painted walls with white and replacing the elaborate mosaic tiling, which is featured in a number of the rooms.
In the majority of cases, their advice is exactly the right thing to do—but Kolflat saw an irresistible challenge.
“My car is zebra-striped and has been for 20 years,” she says. “I’m also a folk artist. She reached out to me, and I went over and said, ‘Oh my god, don’t change a thing—this is perfect. We’ll find the right buyer.'”
And together they did: Not long after listing, the home went under contract.
The buyers will enjoy art in every room—especially the kitchen, which Kolflat says was the home’s most popular space during showings.
“It’s a hodgepodge of different art forms she was testing and trying,” Kolflat says. The mosaic (of course) counter and backsplash are held up by a wall of black-and-white tiling, with Parisian-inspired artwork in its center. Cabinetry comes in every color: teal shelving, vivid red doors, and mustard-yellow frames. The busy, eclectic result is a dream for art lovers.
The home’s basic, but beautifully landscaped exterior will never give away the wonders inside.
“There is a very strong HOA,” says Kolflat. “All of the houses are cookie-cutter and look the same—until you go inside.”
But there’s plenty of quirky outdoor space to enjoy as well. The enclosed backyard features ginormous palm trees, beautiful mosaics inset in the walkway, and murals and artwork all over the red walls.
The master suite is also an escapist’s haven. Peach walls—offset with just a little pink—create a dreamy, romantic feel. But the master bath is the real surprise: The entire tub and surround (yes, even the faucet) is covered with an intricate mosaic
If that’s not enough artwork to entertain you while you’re using the loo, take a peek in the guest bath. Rock walls, glued-on seashells, and glimmering bathtub tiling make the room feel seaworthy—except for the enormous, pink tiger pelt hung on the wall. The space is just another example of how the right artist makes the disparate feel cohesive. And how not every home must be … beige.