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Carole Marcotte and her husband, Rick, moved to Raleigh from Toronto 32 years ago. They have three children, a son living in Australia, a daughter in Raleigh and their youngest son who attends Northeastern University in Boston. Marcotte started Form & Function 10 years ago, designing part-time while her kids were at home and her husband commuted weekly to Washington, D.C. She ramped things up in 2013 when she opened the storefront and began working full-time. Marcotte’s journey ultimately led to her purchasing the iconic, mid-century building in Five Points that Form & Function now calls home. Marcotte invited us into her own home and shared her favorite room with us.
How would you describe your home’s style?
We moved to Hayes Barton 17 years ago, after several stints in various North Raleigh neighborhoods. The kids were attending school downtown, I worked with nonprofits boards in the city and also performed in local theater. The move down here made sense for our family and we haven’t looked back … even though it has involved a few rounds of renovation to our 1925 Spanish Colonial!
What makes this your favorite room?
The living room is my favorite since it was the first reason I wanted to buy this house. When I walked in the door for the first time, I spied the original plaster moldings and I was smitten. I could overlook the flaws and the obvious work the house needed because the bones were beautiful. This is my colorful, happy place and the room I spend most evenings with my husband, reading or watching a movie.
Please tell us about the art wall behind you.
The art wall began many years ago on another wall with various art that we had collected. When it landed on this wall, I pulled other things from around the house and noticed a theme. The art was largely figurative, and women were the common thread, and so it began. We have since added other “women” from travels and art festivals we like to attend. Many were under $100 and it really illustrates that building a collection happens over time and it need not be expensive.
What else would you like people to know about creating a space they love?
Having a game plan for the larger, foundation pieces is generally a good idea for space planning, then have fun with the smaller decorative items that define the space with your personality. Your home shouldn’t look like a magazine; it should look like you. Buy what you love and you will usually find a place for it.
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