If Eddie Brumbaugh’s father had just given in and purchased the Barbie Dream House she wanted, she might have never become a designer. Instead, Eddie foraged for boxes, carefully cut out windows and created her version complete with face towels for duvet covers. Before she moved on to invent gorgeous, livable spaces for people not made of plastic, the Fresno (she calls it “country Cali”) native majored in fashion merchandising at the University of Houston on a double scholarship for volleyball and track. She went on to become a well-known heptathlete, training alongside star athletes such as Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell and even competed against Jackie Joyner Kersee.
After getting a bird’s eye view of different design cultures as a flight attendant, Brumbaugh settled in the South, attending the Art Institute of Atlanta and growing her clientele by word of mouth. She believes that comfort and style aren’t mutually exclusive and has a knack for finding that one statement piece that nails the personality of each client.
During her career as a designer, Brumbaugh has added life and love to the homes of clients with a range of backgrounds and budgets, including singer-songwriter Kandi Burress, Atlanta Falcon Osi Umenyiora, San Diego Charger Marcus Gilchrist, Cleveland Brown Greg Little and actress Keshia Knight Pulliam.
Brumbaugh expanded her brand in 2013 to include Jackson Charles Home, a destination retail space in the Westside Design District focused on “it” accessories full of color, texture and energy. She’s married with two sons and says she doesn’t have any pets, but her husband has a German Shepherd.