Home Tour: See inside Charlotte blogger’s colorful modern Matthews home – including her dream closet

Home Tour: See inside Charlotte blogger’s colorful modern Matthews home – including her dream closet
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Charlotte blogger and personal stylist Josephine Hauser, who runs The Style Hostess with 27,500 followers, took us on a tour of her dreamy custom-built home in Matthews. *Swoon*

Style Hostess Home Tour Josephine

Photo by Erica Mark Photography

Who: Josephine, Allen, Jackson, Nat, Hollins

Their story: Josephine and her husband were looking for a house more suited to their family needs.  They chose a new neighborhood in Matthews that had a handful of builders to choose from — they went with Westwood.


Josephine’s wishlist included en suites for every room, no formal living room, office, big closet, a playroom/man room, a white open kitchen and a good outdoor space for hosting. The build out took 18 months, and they were able to move in March.

Style Hostess Home Tour entry

The home

Square feet: 4,400 square feet

Rooms: 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

Style in 3 words: Glam, modern, comfortable

Design and inspiration

Outfits are easier: Josephine told me she’s used to putting outfits together, but decorating her home was a whole other ball game. She entrusted Ashely DeLapp of Ashley DeLapp Interior Design to bring her vision to life.

“Outfits you can change,” Josephine said. “If it doesn’t come out the way I thought, I can throw something different on. (With interiors) I can tell you what looks good, but I don’t know how to get to that point. Luckily I have talented people in my life.”

Ashley described Josephine’s house as glam and dressed up but comfortable and child-proof.

“It’s a modern take on tradition,” Ashley said. “Josephine told me she didn’t want anything she’d seen on Instagram before — it had to be unique.”

Pops of color and punchy paper: Josephine loves color — specifically pink and black – and her husband Allen loves the color plum. From a green bar to bright pink chairs in the living room, each room has pops of personality.

Some of my favorite details include accent wallpaper in the office and powder room, the high-gloss light pink dining room ceiling and the deep plum pop of color on the built-ins.

XL sofas: Even though the house looks dressed up, it still lives comfortably.

“Everyone has their spot on the couch, and my kids don’t act any different in (the living room) than their playroom,” Josephine said.

Ashley expertly chose fabrics and finishes that make sense for a family with young kids. The sofas in the living room are custom made with a childproof velvet, and they’re longer than your average couch. And each child has a locker in the drop zone so they can stash their belongings after school or practice.

Here’s a look around.

Style Hostess Home Tour exterior

Style Hostess Home Tour living room 2

Style Hostess Home Tour dining room

This room is stunning. The sideboard and table are heirloom pieces from Josephine’s grandma who lived in Myers Park. Ashley swapped the traditional chairs for plush green velvet ones to balance the old-meets-new look.

Style Hostess Home Tour bar

Style Hostess Home Tour built ins

Style Hostess Home Tour living room

Style Hostess Home Tour view into kitchen

A white kitchen that opens to the family room was at the top of Josephine’s wishlist. I love the mix of color, gold finishes and clean white cabinets.

Style Hostess Home Tour breakfast room

Style Hostess Home Tour daugher's room

Hollins’s room looks like it could be an Anthropologie catalog.

Style Hostess Home Tour master bedroom

Fun fact: Josephine pushed for a smaller bedroom to accommodate a bigger master closet. And the end result was perfect.

Style Hostess Home Tour closet

This is what a fashion blogger’s closet looks like. *Jaw drops*

Style Hostess Home Tour master bathroom

Style Hostess Home Tour vanity

Style Hostess Home Tour outdoor living room

Style Hostess Home Tour patio

And last but not least is this dreamy patio. Josephine loves to host, so she wanted a spot to eat dinner and lounge outside.

Interested in inviting us into your home? Email hi@charlotteagenda.com for a chance to be featured. Want to see inside more interesting properties? Check out our Home Tour archive.

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