By CATHI AYCOCK

Taking a tour of our most recent Behind Closed Doors home is like an instant primer on the personality of Karen Fuqua, owner of Maxi B. Home in Brentwood.

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Colorful art and collectibles fill the home of Karen Fuqua, owner of Maxi B. Home in Brentwood. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

 

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Original art, pattern on the drapes and pillows and traditional vases created with a fresh pattern are all elements that give Karen Fuqua’s home personality and style. Image, Visual Eye Photo Art.

Exuberant, joy-filled and colorful, the house is an extension of Fuqua’s charming style. And, very much like her home goods store, embraces modern style with a Southern love of art, family and entertaining.

“I love color and pattern. Life is too short for boring and safe. I think color makes a room happy,” laughs Fuqua as she ushers us into her Brentwood home.

If color equals happy, Fuqua’s home is positively exuberant.

“I love a sharp, apple green. I use it throughout my house. It works with navy, cream, white, gray, brown. I think it is a sort of colorful neutral,” says Fuqua.

Adding a fresh apple green color to her home decor is a signature of Fuqua's who says color makes her home "feel happy". Image from Visual Eye Photo Art

Adding a fresh apple green color to her home decor is a signature of Fuqua’s who says color makes her home “feel happy”. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

What is the trick to mixing pattern and color? According to Fuqua, scale and balance.

“I have a neutral rug and sofa in the family room. I let the drapes make a statement and then add pops of color with pillows, accessories and art,” Fuqua says. “The print on the drapes is bold, but it works with the neutral sofa. So adding a print chair in navy alongside a solid navy chair is interesting, not overdone.”

The key to mixing pattern, balance with solid pieces, keep pattern in the same color family and pay attention to scale according to Fuqua. Image from Style Eye Photo Art

The key to mixing pattern, balance with solid pieces, keep pattern in the same color family and pay attention to scale according to Fuqua. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

Fuqua, who opened Maxi B. Home last fall, says her customers are embracing color and texture in home decor like never before.

“Maxi B. Home takes classics and gives them a spin with fresh color. We offer neutral pieces, sofas and such, but add glamour with touches of metallics and layers of texture,” Fuqua says.

Adding glamour with mixed metals and accessories, Fuqua makes her master suite an elegant oasis. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

Adding glamour with mixed metals and accessories, Fuqua makes her master suite an elegant oasis. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

In the master suite, Fuqua adds a soothing blue and white colorway to the design to create a space that is luxurious and relaxing. Using bedding and accessories from Maxi B. Home, she gives the room a spa-like feel.

A luxurious elegance makes this reading nook in the master suite a tranquil spot for relaxing. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

A luxurious elegance makes this reading nook in the master suite a tranquil spot for relaxing. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

While Fuqua loves mixing things up in her design scheme, she is first and foremost about family and comfort.

“I love having my whole family over. And my grandchildren are just my heart. So I have rooms designed with them in mind,” says Fuqua, who says her UT play room is for her rabid-fan-grandchildren.

She also has a deep passion for art. Something she has collected for years and loves to incorporate into her home decor.

Collecting original art is a passion for Maxi B. Home owner Karen Fuqua. She offers local artists offerings at her Brentwood store as well. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

Collecting original art is a passion for Maxi B. Home owner Karen Fuqua. She offers local artists work at her Brentwood store as well. Image from Visual Eye Photo Art.

“My mother told me to start buying art that I loved when I was young. I’m so glad I did because I think it makes a home personal, happy and interesting,” laughs Fuqua.

It only takes a few minutes in Karen Fuqua’s home to know that her style is as  happy, interesting (and color-filled) as her joy-filled, family loving personality.

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