Ciara & JT's Artsy Athens Home

Ciara & JT's Artsy Athens Home

Selena Kirchhoff
Mar 7, 2015
(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

Name: Ciara and JT Bringardner, Founders of Total Bummer Fest and Spirit Cat Tapes + Cat, Treasures
Location: Athens, Georgia
Size: 860 square feet
Years lived in: 2 1/2 years, rented

On my first visit to the lovely Athens, Georgia, Ciara and JT were kind enough to show me around all the cool spots in town including their happy and colorful home. Even with a baby on the way, they've managed to create an organized, creative space while keeping the house warm and personal.

(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

I tend to have an affinity for smaller homes, especially those full of personal charm. They're just so cozy to me! That was the first thing that struck me with Ciara and JT's fun and colorful home. Everything had its place, giving the home an open and spacious feel. Combined with their passion for art, especially that of their friends', made for great conversation and brought a sense of community to the home. I felt like I was a part of something just by spending time with Ciara and JT and being welcomed into their space. Their home simply felt alive, and I can tell that the love and intention behind the design of their home will make many future guests (and baby!) feel right at home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Our style is a mix of modern minimalism with a touch of Old Florida.

Inspiration: Ciara is inspired by simplistic living, soft hues, and the fine lines. The small details, tiny nuisances that go unnoticed upon first taking a piece of art in. JT is inspired by synthesis, songwriting, good stories, and his job making pottery at R. Wood Studio

Favorite Element: Ciara’s favorite element is all the natural wood in the house, JT’s favorite element is having the art of our amazing friends up on our walls to be with us everyday.

Biggest Challenge: Ciara says hands down, closet space. JT’s anticipating the biggest challenge is going to be not soundproofing the nursery.

What Friends Say: Some of our closest friends come visit and stay with us while on tour. We enjoy playing host, and bands always enjoy a hot shower in a clean house and the place gets great natural light. Friends love the warm atmosphere which we think has a lot to do with the open layout of the house.

Biggest Embarrassment: The yard. We both work and Ciara is well into a pregnancy, so unfortunately the yard gets a little out of hand.

Proudest DIY: Ciara’s wall hanging and nature mobile. And the way JT stacked and configured his synth and recording setup.

Biggest Indulgence: Art!

Best Advice: To create a space you love to come home to.

Dream Sources: Hable Construction, Sons of Sawdust, MAKR

(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

Resources of Note:


  • Chalkboard paint, decorated by touring friends


  • Large Painting and Family Portrait by Benji Haselhurst
  • Screen Prints by Milagros
  • Sun Print by Rinne Allen
  • Gel Print By Ciara Bringardner
  • Drawings by Kelly Hart
  • Drawings and Prints by Leslie Snipes
  • Green Sofa has been in our group for friends for 8 years and has moved from house to house. We can’t part with it.
  • Wood geometric stand - Target
  • Ceramic Bowls and pieces by JT Bringardner
  • Folding Chair (set) was a $10 craigslist find!
  • Boars jaw bone was found by JT on the Hawthrone Trail in Gainesville, Fl where we met and given to Ciara. True love!
  • Embroidered art by Ciara Bringardner
  • Records were passed down from Ciara’s dad, Michael.
  • Cow Hide rug was a wedding gift from Ciara’s mom.
  • Chairs and Table - ikea


  • All Dinnerware was made by JT
  • Amish Paintings was given to us by Ciara’s mom, Connie Jo.
  • Georgia Print by Hope Hilton
  • A tiny ceramic planter by Samantha Carter


  • Hangings were made by Ciara
  • Photographs by Christy Bush
  • Print by Susan Hable
  • Eucalyptus from the tree at r.wood studio (seen throughout the house)
  • Deer Skulls given to us by Malee, JT’s sister.
  • Bedding - ikea
  • Rug - Target
  • Shelving - already built in
  • Nightstand - ikea
  • Lamp - Target
  • Drapes for closet - Target


  • Sun Prints on Fabric with embroidered detail by Ciara
  • Botanical tiny Paintings by Hope Hilton


  • Abstract Art by Leslie Snipes
  • Crib - ikea
  • White deer above window - Target
  • Shades - Target
  • Rug - ikea
  • Chair - Amazon
  • Dresser - secondhand
  • Lamp - Target
  • Record Player - Crosley
  • Large Black and White Drawing by Milagros
  • Vintage Tiny Animal ceramics were all given over the years from friends and family.
  • Alpaca Printed Pillow by Double Dutch Press here in Athens, GA


  • Rug - ikea
  • Sofa - secondhand
  • Painting above sofa - was above Ciara's grandpa's chair since before she was born


  • Art above washer and dryer - from an art show in college
(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

Thanks, JT and Ciara!

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