“When I first pulled into the driveway and saw the massive oak trees draped in Spanish moss, I was sold,” Chelsea dished to the Better Happier: A Lifestyle Journal by Jillian Guyette. “I could tell the house had good bones. It just needed a little facelift (so I thought).”
To help her with that facelift — which ended up being a total gut renovation that took six months — Chelsea enlisted her best friend and former castmate Kim Spradlin Wolfe, whom she met seven years ago on Survivor. (Fun detail: Spradlin Wolfe actually won the show!) “It made it much easier because she already knew me and my style so well,” Chelsea said. “Also, anytime we ever felt overwhelmed or stressed we always found a way to make each other laugh. Humor got us through many obstacles … even on Survivor.”
Together, Chelsea and Spradlin Wolfe created a vibrant home that is equal parts bohemian and elegant. “My main goal while envisioning how Chelsea’s house would feel was that it would be a reflection of her,” Spradlin Wolfe told Guyette. “Extremely cool, laid-back, a bit edgy, yet beautiful. And, of course, inviting.”
Ultimately, Chelsea's vision was for her home to have character, but to also be cozy, warm, and open, which, if you’re asking us, she totally achieved! What was her favorite part of the whole process? “My favorite moment was when Kim and her sister, Beth, came to help with final touches for our photo shoot,” she said. “There were so many ‘holy shit, we did this!’ moments. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt more empowered, not only by my new home, but by the women surrounding me."
To see the rooms and all the eclectic details — Wallpaper! Chandeliers! Green kitchen tiles! — check out the photo tour below. And if you want to see some before pics, check out Chelsea's Insta post here and Spradlin Wolfe's here!
A Laid-Back Sitting Room
“I wanted the house to have character but also feel cozy and inviting,” Chelsea said.
The Vivid Master
“The wallpaper in my bedroom was a huge decision … one you can’t really turn back on once it’s been hung,” Chelsea told Guyette. “We went for it and it’s now my favorite room in the entire house.”
That Backsplash, Though
Smeg appliances, including a tangerine-hued refrigerator, accent the space, which is dominated by Clay Imports high gloss, high variation light green thin brick tiles that Chelsea used for her counter-to-ceiling backsplash.
The sunken living room off of the dining room makes for a sprawling floor plan that is perfect for entertaining.
Open cedar shelves are the perfect accent to the sea-green tiles, and the cascading plant adds to the island vibes in this space. “These handmade brick tiles take me to the Caribbean every time I walk into my kitchen,” Chelsea gushed on Instagram.
A massive, light-wood dining table with two benches anchors the dining space, but the matching metal-and-bead tiered chandeliers steal the show!
Chelse and her bestie Kim Spradlin Wolfe made her design vision come to life. And Chelsea's dog Tyson was along for the ride, of course!
A rustic, multi-tiered plant stand greets guests (alongside a lemon-hued leather chair) in the entry.
Was there ever a better reading nook? Patterns, fringe, texture — it’s all here. And we're obsessing over the hand-painted mural on Chelsea's brick walls.
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