sneak peek: eleanor of push me pull you


when i first saw eleanor grosch’s – of push me pull you – work in person at art star philly i immediately feel in love with animal pattern prints. and although i’ve never met her in person, when i saw the pictures from her charming home, i couldn’t help but think this house looks like her! from the bright colors to great finds, eleanor does a great job showing how to make a house a home (more, full-sized images here). to feel even more at home, don’t forget to try out her “in the kitchen with” recipe for strawberry tofu pie. [thanks so much, eleanor!] -anne

[above: I live in a South Philly row home near the Cambodian neighborhood in Philadelphia. I love this house so much! I bought it 2 years ago and have made a lot of changes to it, but I hope I’ve retained the original feel. I got the couch from ebay for $200 and reupholstered some ikea cushion inserts. The pillow covers are thrift store finds and the cute tree print cushion is from Urban by Julia Rothman. The bird wall art is a C.Jere piece from ebay. My favorite thing in the house, the coffee table, is another ebay find – it’s just lovely. I got the front window replaced with a very energy efficient one, and I love plants in the house, so I keep a rosemary in a teapot and a mint plant hanging from a basket above. The stained glass pieces are “Eleanor originals” from high-school!]


My bedroom is painted chartreuse and a lot of the accents are either turquoise or dark brown. I have a lovely Charley Harper screenprint of a Trumpeter swan hung above my bed; it’s from the Ford Times era of his work which is my favorite! The little side table is actually a telephone seat that I found at a thrift store. My bedspread is from Urban (the colors are perfect!) and the beautiful elephant head is from Thailand.


The kitchen in my house is little, but I painted it bright turquoise to liven the area up a bit. I was lucky to get all new appliances with the house, but I would have loved to have seen how this kitchen looked before it was made over with the new cabinets and granite counter top. I’m hoping to replace the ugly floor tiles with 1” hex tiles in black and white sometime soon. To offset the turquoise walls, I installed some lincrusta (linoleum wall paper) and painted it off white. It’s water resistant and washable, so it’s perfect for a high-traffic area like this. My brother bought me lovely copper pots and pans for my birthday a few years ago; they fit nicely with the colorscheme in the kitchen! I display two mexican paintings of birds that were my grandfather’s.


I painted the rickety old staircase alternating moss green and white just like I saw in domino magazine (love it!) and beneath the staircase on the outer wall, I have a bright red anthropologie console table that I got on sale a few months ago, a print from hammerpress, a silver deer sculpture I got in Cambodia, and some other little knick knacks.


The double use studio and guest room take up the 3rd bedroom in the house.


Mint and Moss are the colors I chose to start with in the house. The floors are a lovely warm oak with darker wood inlay and really set off the green walls well. I got a great carpenter to restore all the moulding and replace the crappy hollow doors with salvaged 5 panel ones. Then I painted all the trim and most of the doors an “antique white” to recapture the vintage look that I love so much. I adore Charley Harper (obviously!!) and bought a good few of his prints , two of which are displayed in the dining room. Also, I found some great prints and other stuff on Etsy (bird print by ashleyg). The chairs and tulip table are antiques that I found on ebay; I recovered the chairs with anthropologie bird print dishcloths. They look so cute and they’re totally washable. The side table is another great find from ebay; it’s the perfect size for this room and holds some favorite items such as my jonathan adler bird bowl and an old printer’s tray that has some little items in some of its nooks. The armoire is a side of the road find that I haven’t repainted. It just happened to fit in really nicely with my color scheme. I added some anthro knobs to it to spice it up a bit. Tole floral light fixtures are so pretty. I bought two (the chandelier and the tall lamp ) on ebay also. I’m definitely an addict!


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  1. what a cute little home! the coffee table is AMAZING! i was supposed to get that awesome bedspread from Urban but then they ended up refunding my money because they didn’t get their backorder in or something. the turquoise in your kitchen is great, too!

  2. Kelly says:

    I love the combination of colors on the staircase wall! And that great red console just makes the whole thing work.

  3. julia says:

    wow I love your home! All the colors are amazing and perfect combinations.

  4. stephanie says:

    how cute!! i love the colors so much, very unique and fun!!

  5. anne says:

    What great colors! Her work is so fun.

  6. sarah says:

    I NEED to know what exact color of turquoise that is in the kitchen. I too have a very small kitchen, and want to paint it this exact color! I’ve had problems finding a turquoise that is “bright” enough though. Please share the paint color and brand!

  7. Dana says:

    LOVE the colors! they all work well together. and your furniture is just too cute!

  8. lauren says:

    somebody kill me. this is all so incredibly perfect and very doable. i’m inspired to paint my apartment ASAP.

  9. Oorbee says:

    This house is beautiful, I love the colors so much!

  10. emily says:

    i am unable to get to the flickr links…is everyone having this issue?

  11. Lorrie says:

    Her home is so whimsical and happy :)

  12. I LOVE your style. I want your home. Great decorating!

  13. kimmy says:

    i love the teal on the kitchen walls! what kind of paint is that? i have a teal/copper thing goin’ on in my kitchen too, accented with black and white damask prints.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    those colors are great!

  15. briggs says:

    beautiful house! i’m really inspired. eleanor must be a gift sent from heaven.

  16. mary says:

    I also can’t see the flickr page — it says it’s private

  17. Kirsten says:

    WEIRD. I freaked when I saw the first picture, I found the EXACT same vintage orange pillow cases at a St. Vincent’s a couple years ago. I cut mine up, used an off-white yarn and embroidered some of the flowers, then made matching throw pillows for my couch!! How odd that we should happen along the same pillow cases!

  18. ThePeachTree says:

    color color color!! I’m in love!!

  19. lisa says:

    we must be practically neighbors! i too live in a south philly row home that i think is in the same part of town. since most of the windows in my neighborhood are full-blown shrines to the flyers, the phillies & just about any holiday you can think of, i felt a bit of a minority keeping plants in my front window. ^_^ so exciting to see a kindred spirit in the area. i just moved into my house, so seeing your home is really inspirational to me — just goes to show you don’t need a lot of space to make an amazing home. love all of the pop colors & vintage touches too!

  20. shannon says:

    i also can’t see the flickr pics. i’m a big eleanor fan. would have loved pics of her studio/printing area.

  21. Mo says:

    I love the hanging round wooden shelves! Was that a DIY project, or can you share where you go those?

  22. michelle says:

    ahh philly love! i frequent the little art star venue in the clay studio to check if there is anything new. the red table by the stairs is priceless!

  23. Tara says:

    i love those pillows!!! The raccoon, the fox….are they Charley Harper too???

  24. Anile says:

    Truly one of my favourite sneak peeks – the colours, the vignettes, the artwork… so inspiring!! I am in love with the raccoon and fox pillows, where are they from?

  25. Kristan says:

    I LOVE the color combos! Gah, this site always makes me crave a house that I can do all this cool stuff too. (And probably change at least once a year…) Someday!

  26. Brett says:

    I love those mad retro pastel colours, rock and roll!

  27. Hanna says:

    Your home is beautiful!
    I think I speak for everyone when I request an exact paint list of everything! It could not be more perfect

  28. I’m really happy to read all these lovely comments; it’s great to know you guys like my house too! The color of paint is from Lowe’s American Tradition section. I have a tin in the basement and will post the name of it tomorrow.

  29. Yeye says:

    The red console is making me look at nasty craigslist finds differently, oh my! The glass is exactly were the horrible carvings would normally be…. and it’s the type of wood that ought to be painted over with punchy colors. Plus side-of-the-road couch/chair season is coming up here…. oooh! can’t wait!

  30. what a lovely, colorful home. i love your bits of pattern everywhere.

  31. Sarah says:

    Could you publish the company and name of the colors you used in your living room? The top light robin’s egg is the color I’ve been looking for for years!

  32. The flickr set should be working now :)


  33. lisa says:

    I wish I knew how to fix up some of these things like you do and how to decorate. Its great… I also love those wood shelves!

  34. Colors:

    All American Tradition available at Lowe’s

    Moss color: “Homestead Resort Moss” (114-3Y36 101-34 107-20 113-6Y24)

    Pale Green: “Pale Tidepool” (114-4 107-12 103-12)

    Turquoise: “Simply Aqua” (107-1 103-37)

    Hope that helps!!

  35. ann says:

    so great i can’t even handle it. such great colors & textures throughout the entire house.

  36. squiggle says:

    the pillow’s are Eleanor’s! they used to have them at Urban Outfitters.

  37. I absolutely love this house it is soooo pretty. I love all the quirky colour combinations all all the beautiful furniture. Very Inspiring.

  38. claire says:

    very pretty home, like the chose of colors and fabrics. simple clean and warm.

  39. love the many different wall colors. I wouldn’t expect to so many colors to work so well together and not make me crazy!

  40. Carla says:

    Also live in Philly but in NoLibs, closer to ArtStar. Love what you’ve done with your home. It is one of the best nests I’ve ever EVER seen. Your creativity and love is so evident in the colors, furniture and decorative touches. To me, that is what a home is all about.

  41. Serrin says:

    Thank you so much for posting the names of the colors! They are really lovely.

  42. nosheen says:

    her place is just wonderful!!! Her interior totally reminds me of her installations. i absolutely adore the wood shelves..what a great idea!

  43. Jamie says:

    i love the paint colors!! the combination of green & blue in the kitchen is fantastic!!

    i don’t know if anyone else but me had a hard time finding them at lowe’s. if so – here are the paint chip numbers:
    simply aqua 5008-10A, homestead resort moss 6006-6A
    pale tidepool 5008-5A

  44. katrina says:

    Could you share what color you painted the walls in the room with the Ikea curtains. Thank you!

  45. Maria R says:

    Great place and decoration. Very eclectic without going overboard. The finishing touches compliment the entire decor. Great job!!

  46. Molly says:

    I absolutely love this sneak peek!
    I love the fox and racoon and have those myself, found them in Urban Outfitters in Burbank, CA and brought them all the way back to London.
    What a beautiful home with fantastic colours!

  47. Rindy says:

    What color did you paint your bedroom? Thanks for sharing.

  48. Kristen D says:

    is the turquoise kitchen right next to the moss and mint? do they work together?


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