sneak peek: eleanor grosch

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since we last saw eleanor grosch of push me pull you design, she’s moved into a new home in south philly. and in less than a year, she’s completely gutted the kitchen, the bathroom and redone the dining room. all while living with three guys (boyfriend petey, roommate kevin and brother eoin!) and three cats! what was a labor of love is now becoming a profession! she’s become so good at this interior renovation thing, that eleanor is going pro and offering interior design consultations to anyone needing some help in navigating the potholes of renovations. {thanks eleanor!}amy a.

[I love how big and cheap the house was, but when we got it, it needed a lot of work.  I wanted this particular house because the kitchen NEEDED to be redone completely, and I wanted the chance to wreck and rebuild from scratch.]

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[I love the bedroom being so pale and restful.  My old bedroom was very bright and feminine, but since I’m living with Petey I wanted the decor to be a bit industrial looking and very airy and bright.]

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[This credenza is another eBay find.  The people who sold it to me (and delivered it in their old station wagon) collect Brasilia furniture, which is the name of this style.  It’s in really great condition.]

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[This desk came with the house!  I haven’t done anything to it but bring it upstairs out of the basement, dust it off, and put cute knobs on it.  Unbelievable.  I requested that the people who owned the house leave it instead of moving it out.]

CLICK HERE for the rest of Eleanor’s sneak peek after the jump!

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[I got this wooden house on sale at Pottery Barn and have been adding in little bird ornaments as I find them.  It’s funny living with guys and doing stuff like this – they just don’t get it at all!

There’s this awkward space in the dining room between the two radiators that I couldn’t figure out what to do with for quite a while.  Finally, I stumbled upon the idea of putting two cute different-height pieces in-between and I think it’s really cool!]

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[The dining room is the last room we did.  I got a great carpenter that I know to install pine v-groove paneling throughout.  I totally love how the Roost wooden animals look against the pine.]

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[This kitchen is my baby.  I planned it out from scratch and everything is the way I want it to be.  It was so great to see it come from scrappy crappy dump, through to pile of rubble, and then into its final form – Cinderella!

The tiles are Cuban concrete tiles made in Miami, FL – they make and paint each one by hand, but the prices aren’t what you’d expect.  I paid $8.00 per tile which is expensive, but each one is 12 by 12″ so it’s really not too bad.  We found the cool drawer cabinets at the local salvage yard ($200 each!! ) and were installed as-is.  The rest of the cabinets are from Lowe’s and I have yet to either paint them or stain them.  The sink is from eBay, the fridge is Jenn-Air, and the range is a Bertazzoni in cream (a big splurge!).  Petey picked out the orange color, which is so cute with black and gray!

The whole endeavor cost a lot of money, and the dust made me CRAZY, but it was worth it in the end.]

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[I have a small collection of cute figural flowerpots (the large face one was my Grandma’s) and I try to pick up cute mugs and glasses when I go out to antique markets and thrift shops (especially in FL!)]

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[These camel ottomans were a thrift shop find when I lived in Tampa.  Man, there’s some great stuff there sometimes.  The tolix chair set for the dining room is another eBay find. (Little tip: I often write to the seller to request a lower price and they usually go for it if it’s “Buy Now.”)]

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[Our bathroom is the other room that we re-did totally.  The tile is really cute dimensional subway tile and the marble hex goes really well with it.  The marble hex is from eBay – I got it for $9.00 per sq ft instead of $25.00 by looking around and bargaining!]

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[I do have good luck when it comes to vestibules – both houses that I’ve lived in recently have had great tiles in the entryways.  This vestibule has Majolica tile on the walls and encaustic on the floor.  It’s totally that old-fashioned Victorian style.]

  1. adwoa says:

    eleanor, we have the same credenza :) seeing it here – and yours is in FAR better condition than mine – made me smile.

    where in tampa are the camels from? i grew up there and many of the details in my current apartment are from a handful of gulf coast thrift stores. thanks so much for a lovely peek, and best of luck in your consulting – i am sure you’ll have no trouble finding clients after they see your awesome home as exhibit a!

  2. Chris Marker says:

    The house Charlie Harper built…

  3. oh my goodness. love this house! love the style, the colours, the use of old and new, the graphic prints and giant letters. yum!

  4. Bernie says:

    what I really like is the subtle repetition of the design in the credenza and the flower pillow. Nice!

  5. Eva says:

    love your place, especially the two quircky little dressers between the radiators and your shower curtain (and the kitchenfloor and and…)

  6. SweetRosieBrown says:

    That blue desk paired with that white iron chair is sheer brilliance. I can’t decide which I love more so I am going to put them both in my purse and take them home when I come to visit! Now, if only I could get the vestibule home too … hmmmmmm…. dare to dream! LOVE IT!

  7. Amanda says:

    the kitchen, and especially the tiles, are very inspiring. I hope to create a space half as wonderful as this one someday!

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