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.