The uniquely charming and eclectic house of Interior Designer Mayme Baker is a 1920’s Colonial located in the Historic Overbrook area of Greenville, SC. It’s one of the city’s first real neighborhoods situated just a mile from the heart of downtown. Here she enjoys family life with her children and rescued pets, while running her interior design business and shop Mayme Baker Studio, located just a short run down the road. Mayme’s approach to the design and decor of the house has been to stay true to its history, the historical neighborhood and, most importantly, to fill it with only things she loves. While there is a constant shifting around of objects with new finds brought in, not a lot has changed since she first renovated and decorated upon moving in twelve years ago. ..“Of course I have acquired more treasures to layer and have changed paint colors here and there but, for the most part, I’ve never tired of my initial choices and still love all the wallpapers and fabrics I chose back then. Obviously I love color and pattern! I really appreciate how you can stand at any vantage point in the house, look through to the adjoining rooms and see that it all works. The scales work from every angle, the colors and shapes blend and flow - but do not match! There is a consistency of ‘busyness,’ if you will, that I actually find calming.” Mayme hung the rusty and colorful sap buckets in the living room above a painting by Charleston artist and restaurateur Sermet Aslan, a piece she just had to have when she spied it hanging on a wall in his cafe. The buckets were collected and placed here as she wanted something atypical and even anti-art for this spot, but they ended up being artful with their sculptural quality. “And certainly a bucket is a metaphor for life. I love the rust coming thought the colors and they remind me of my favorite song ‘Buckets of
Rain’ by Bob Dylan.” The living room is the main space in the home where pretty much everything happens. All the furniture is very comfortable, welcoming and well-used with a TV housed behind the brightly painted cabinetry built from a sketch Mayme provided Master Cabinetmaker Jack Proctor.
“The house has that 1920’s cozy feel, meaning a teeny-tiny kitchen, small closets and quirky little spaces!”
House of Fifty magazine Fall 2012 issue