Living Color in Fallon Park

Bold colors in Fallon Park balance clean lines

photography by Catherine Nguyen

Homeowners Adam Vester and Bobby Upchurch are drawn to more than just a pop of color. Their Fallon Park home is bursting at the seams with eclectic art, fabrics, and objects. 

“My personal theory is our homes should be a reflection of ourselves. I love color and I personally feel too many people are afraid to use color. I appreciate all design, so if we love it, I’ll find a way to make it work,” says Vester. The pair moved into the custom-built home in 2011, with the help of designer Susan Tollefsen. “We turned to Susan to get the designer pieces that were only available from interior designers. It has been a great collaboration over the past seven years as our style has continued to evolve,” Vester says. Tollefsen says she’s happy with how the space has unfolded, as well as the friendship she’s formed in the process. “They’re a pair of guys that will be lifelong friends,” she says.

She added balance to the striking colors with gold accents, and brought in the pair’s collected art pieces to make the rooms more personal. “We warmed up the space with textures: the cowhide ottoman, throw pillows, wallpaper,” says Tollefsen. “I wanted to make the space a mix of the two personalities. Adam [Vester] loved mid-century modern, and Bobby [Upchurch] likes clean lines and simplicity. I put both styles together.” The result: a funky space filled with comfortable and intimate accents. Tollefsen used a mix of designers when decorating each room, including Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa fabrics and Jonathan Adler. Tollefsen, Vester, and Upchurch certainly have an affinity for Jonathan Adler. “I LOVE everything he represents,” says Tollefsen, “kitchy glam and sometimes completely inappropriate items. Everyone needs a little humor in their decor.”
“We’ve really stepped up the space,” says Tollefsen. “Little bits that we’ve done have really changed the whole look.” —Catherine Currin