Milton homeowners bring ‘tribal traditional’ chic to new construction

Holly Bacon brought a tribal vibe into a new traditional home in Milton.

To make the interior design decisions even more challenging, she needed to merge her furniture and artwork with those belonging to husband Brook, whom she married in 2014.

They selected a lot overlooking a quarry and waterfall in Edward Andrews Homes’ Lake Haven of Crabapple. Almost immediately, the couple had to select colors, finishes and cabinets. They also had to decide where to place electrical outlets throughout the large home and tackle bigger details, such as adding a screened porch with a grill and fireplace.

She combined wood and wrought iron furniture and accessories, and colors such as burnt orange, greens and blues in textiles, curtains and pillows. Holly also brought in pieces from her parents’ former Italian painted furniture company, Patina; their business now is called Porte Italia.

“Growing up, my mom was a designer. I was around good design for long time,” she said. “My home has a certain style. I like things that are very eclectic and colorful.”


Residents: Brook and Holly Bacon; Brook's daughters Chloe, 13 and Carys, 7, and their Welsh corgi, Darcy. Brook is operations manager, The Americas, for Aston Martin Lagonda; Holly has been an actress and singer, and directed musicals and productions at local schools. Holly also has two grown children, son Graham Lapolla and daughter Colby Lapolla, who stay in the home when they visit the family.

Location: Milton, Lake Haven of Crabapple neighborhood

Size: About 6,000 square feet, four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 2014/2015

Builder: Edward Andrews Homes

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: Stonework, high ceilings, coffered ceiling in living room, crown molding

Interior design style: Eclectic

Favorite interior design elements: Artwork, furniture and accessories from countries such as Indonesia, Guatemala and Africa. Furniture by British antiques dealer and reproductionist Timothy Oulton, such as a custom tufted leather serpentine sofa, and the aluminum Aviator wing desk and bookcases, inspired by the exterior design of a fighter plane, from RH. That's Brook's home office furniture. "It just looks cool," she said. "He works from home a lot and just needed to have something awesome."

Favorite outdoor elements: Screened porch, where they frequently entertain, and their fire pit.

Paint colors: Believable Buff by Sherwin-Williams (walls in majority of the home), Creamy by Sherwin-Williams (trim), Peacock Tail by Behr (coffered ceiling in living room)

Resources: Furniture from RH, Anthropologie and Arhaus, fixtures from Colonial Lighting, fabric from Lewis & Sheron Textiles, appliances by Sub-Zero, Whirlpool and KitchenAid, Artisan Custom Closets for built-in systems.

Decor tip: Think about how your fashion tastes could reflect your interior design style. Holly gravitates toward bold colors and natural elements. "In clothes and design, I realized I love natural things," Holly said.

For the Private Quarters gallery of this home, click here.