sneak peek: emily & andrew de stefano

Just two years ago, Emily and Andrew de Stefano moved into this home in Kennett Square, PA (aka “The Mushroom Capital of the World”), with their two dogs Maple and Charlie and two cats Malik and Jackson. The home hadn’t been updated in 25 years, so the very day they moved in, they got right to work ripping out carpets and demoing the kitchen. With Andrew working in graphic design and advertising and Emily at Anthropologie as the merchandising and visual display manager, the couple share a pretty strong aesthetic sensibility and an eclectic style that ranges from Hollywood glam to modern with a mid-century vibe. They make it all work by keeping the wall colors neutral and layering objects, textiles and accessories to create texture and visual interest. A pretty impressive job for two short years! Thanks, Emily & Andrew! — Amy A.

Image above: The foyer was once a dark, awkward space with the same carpet that filled the entire house. We ripped out the cork tile and salvaged what we could before laying new marble tiles. The walls were a dark stained wood, which we brightened up with a semi-gloss white. The map was a great find at a flea market.

Image above: We found this credenza in really bad shape at a yard sale. After reviving it with a coat of bright high-gloss white, we found the perfect gold hardware to add a touch of glam.

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Image above: The great room is what sold us on the house. Originally, the walls and ceilings were wood paneling while all the woodwork including the bookshelves and cabinets were a dark brown. We painted the walls a pale blue and all the woodwork bright white. The yellow couch is vintage that we found at a house sale and the lighter couch is Pottery Barn. The room’s huge brick wall with fireplace and hearth face the bookshelves. We love having the two couches, as neither one blocks off any particular area and keeps the room open. They also let us each stretch out for movie-time.

Image above: The great room came with a huge built-in bookshelf. We painted the whole unit bright white and love it for both storage and display. We often will switch up collections, books and finds to keep it fresh.

Image above: Two of the four walls in the dining room are windows. One side opens to our sunroom and the other to the front of our home. The room is flooded with light, so we aimed to keep the room as open and airy as possible. When we ripped out the carpets, we expected to find concrete but were shocked to find original cork flooring. The chairs are indoor/outdoor from Terrain.

Image above: We always said it seemed as if the kitchen was an afterthought when our house was built in the ’50s; it just didn’t work. We immediately began gutting the entire room, and after washing our dishes in the bathtub for a month and a whole lot of hard work, we couldn’t be happier. It is one of our favorite and most-used rooms. We both love cooking and wanted to take a clean and modern approach. We used Soapstone counters, open shelving and stark white subway tiles, which all work together in the restaurant-inspired kitchen. The center light is an outdoor fixture found at a Restoration Hardware outlet. The addition of the fabulous Persian rug that we found at a small antique store called Springhouse Collection gave the kitchen a casual warmth and a great pop of color.

Image above: Maple’s thoughts: “So this is what life is like up here.”

Image above: The powder room was once completely covered in 70s wallpaper with the decor to match. We wanted the small space to feel rich and masculine. The Anthropologie mirror is made of driftwood.

Image above: Attached to our great room and kitchen is our three-season sunroom. We created a space that was both serene and whimsical with a touch of the beach. The majority of the pieces in this room were Craigslist finds. Working on a budget, Emily reupholstered the sofa using a duvet from Pottery Barn.

  1. Holly says:

    Yeah PA!! I love the great room – it’s wonderful!!!

  2. Dianna DeStefano says:

    LOVE IT! you guys have a gorgeous home and i’m so happy it’s at the point where it shows who you are. Thank you for sharing!

  3. charlene says:

    just enough trend to be fun with style and personality to make it home and a beautiful one, at that! love it, especially the dark bathroom and your gorgeous rugs!

  4. meagan says:

    very cute gang!
    meagan, row house nest

  5. Aunt George says:

    Love It!!!! You guys are so talented.

  6. Stephanie says:

    The paint color in the bathroom is fabulous.

  7. amy says:

    where did you get that coffee table?
    love the 2 square cubes as bases with the marble top. Also, what typeface did you use in ‘the things we love most’?

  8. Em & An says:

    The coffee table was a craigslist find. The Things type was hand-drawn by Andrew.

  9. Thiara says:

    Those outdoor chairs are ridiculous, want want want. Love this post. Very charming.

  10. Lindsay Poca says:

    OMG this is amazing. Love the mixing of prints and textiles. You guys did such a great job

  11. Em & An says:

    Haha! Thanks Poca!!!

  12. kalle says:

    Pic one great Idea for our office. nice house.

  13. lola says:

    where did you get that dog painting???? its a dream

  14. Allison says:

    Fabulous house! I’d also like to know where you found the dog print.

  15. Emily says:

    Thanks we love the print as well! When I first saw it at Anthropologie I knew I had to have it! I mean I couldn’t resist the the Hot pink pop of color, which was a added bonus.

  16. Sharon says:

    May I ask where you found the hot pink runner in the dining room? It’s so gorgeous!

  17. Emily says:

    Hi Sharon,
    We purchased the runner at a small rug store in Kennett Sq. The color is what sold us!
    It was the pop our dining room need.

  18. Debra says:

    I love this house it’s so charming it really does show that the home is there’s our personal style is eclectic I love a home that reflects the owner’s life.

  19. Shannon says:

    I NEED that pink dog picture! Where can I get one!?

  20. Lindsey says:

    What color is the gray/blue in your bathroom? Love it!

  21. Christopher Sloane says:

    How do I book an appointment for a tour?!

  22. Wyatt says:

    Can you tell me the color/brand you used for the powder room? I’m nervous to try a dark color, but that picture looks fantastic.

  23. Diane Roberts says:

    I love the powder room blue too – would you share the color? I’ve had a dark blue room once, but it was a teen’s bedroom.

  24. Andrew says:

    Wyatt and Diane,

    Sorry we don’t get alerts for these messages! The powder room blue was a paint Lowes close to 5 years ago. Looking at the Valspar swatches (which they change their names often) it looks like Fairmont Penthouse Mosaic is the closest to the color we chose. Ideally a slate / gray blue without it feeling too navy is a good idea. Good luck.


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