Sneak Peek: Greg & Melissa Hoy

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Greg Hoy is the president of Happy Cog, an award-winning boutique digital design agency with offices in New York, Philadelphia and Austin, and he loves to unplug by cooking. His wife, Melissa, is a former display coordinator and merchandiser for Anthropologie and Terrain who spends much of her spare time scavenging flea markets and antique shops for her own creations for her website, Papersatchel. Greg is on the road for work a lot these days, so when he’s not traveling or at the office, he cherishes his time spent at home with Melissa and their two-year-old, Nash (with another little one on the way!). When it comes to style, Greg is a modernist in favor of clean lines, shades of gray and dark wood (a typical male, he jokes). Meanwhile, Melissa prefers a classic, comfortable, vintage feel. When they were starting their family, they knew they needed more space and came across this 1920s Pennsylvania schist stone home in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, that had undergone a renovation in the mid-2000s. The house’s dichotomy of new and old was the perfect fit for them. A big thanks to Greg and Melissa and to Laura Kicey for the photos! — Anne

Image above: We call this formal living room the “white” room because it’s spare, and we are considering white furniture. It features intricate Mercer tile from the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. The mantle houses some of Melissa’s light sculptures, our vintage wedding cake toppers, and a truck from our wedding table centerpiece. The wreath was a housewarming gift made by a friend.


Image above: Nash’s room’s red wall (we have yet to repaint since we’ve moved in) overlooks the steel bridge that spans the kitchen added during the renovation. We collected paint-by-numbers for Nash’s nursery throughout the entire pregnancy with a firm $20 price cap. We now have lots of paint-by-numbers.

See more inside Greg and Melissa’s home after the jump . . .


Image above: The acoustics are amazing in the formal living room, due to the lack of furniture (we moved to the suburbs from a city home that was one-third the size). It was a no-brainer when Melissa’s brother-in-law asked us to care for his grand piano while he moved his family to Rome. We’re happy to piano-sit, and occasionally pretend we can play it.


Image above: This is the “informal” side of the house, and it was added on in the ’30s. It was a totally separate living quarters for many years. We had a super-cozy rug bound by The Home Depot, with lots of extra padding beneath for roughhousing with Nash. The fireplace is one of the two working fireplaces of the four in our home, so we spend much of the fall and winter in here. The sofas are from Restoration Hardware. Upon moving in, we agonized over the right shade of gray from Benjamin Moore for three days and finally landed on “Timber Wolf.” The adjacent informal dining room is just a few shades lighter in “Silvery Moon.”


Image above: There are so many doors and windows in our home, and the light is amazing, even on rainy days. We love how each room opens to the next. It definitely rambles, which is part of its charm.


Image above: When the previous owners renovated, Wesley Wei’s design called for reclaiming space from what was once a covered patio room. That space is now the kitchen, and the steel bridge above traverses it, connecting the original portion of the home to the 1930s addition upstairs. It makes a statement, and we love watching people’s reactions when they see it. We spend 95% of our time at home in this kitchen, much of it on the floor playing with trains and trucks with Nash.


Image above: What made a significant impression on us was the custom Bulthaup kitchen. I feel like a professional chef in it. I do all the cooking, and Melissa does all the cleanup. It’s our deal.


Image above: Wesley Wei, the architect who designed the renovation, added details throughout, such as these cut-through windows that allow you to see from one end of the home to the other, opening it up.


Image above: This is a view from the kitchen into our formal dining room, with the formal living room beyond it. We keep a play mat for Nash in the kitchen, where he likes to play with his trains and trucks. Melissa didn’t shoot that deer in the dining room; she found him somewhere. She calls him Paco. This is a great example of Melissa “softening up” what was a very modern space when we moved in.


Image above: We love the amount of space we have here, after bursting at the seams in our city townhouse. While I once may have considered my wife a “hoarder,” she has assured me she is only a “collector.” Space makes all the difference, since editing was not always her strength. From here, you can see a peek of the Orla Kiely-clad walls in Melissa’s art studio. She’s Kiely crazy.


Image above: The chandelier in the informal dining room is from Pottery Barn, and we often find our cats, Dottie and Pearl, either napping here or employing our chairs as scratching posts. The Doily Rug was from Anthropologie two years ago.


Image above: The steel bridge traverses the kitchen below and overlooks the back patio and lawn and leads right to my home office, which can be closed off by a pocket door.


Image above: This will become the nursery for our second child, but we love the idea of the boys sharing these twin beds someday. The faux bois bolster pillows are from the Land of Nod, and here is just a few more of our paint-by-numbers collection.


Image above: Nash’s room is a hodgepodge of art and collected vintage items. We acquired the orange letters at a Three Potato Four barn sale (I criticized Melissa’s letter kerning, and she gave me the evil eye), and the USA wall piece was crafted by a friend. The mobile is from Boukhou, and the other wall decor is from Something’s Hiding in Here, Made by Hank, doe-c-doe, and Art Star.


Image above: Our mudroom is something we never knew we needed but now we can’t live without, [providing] ample stroller parking. Melissa is slowly filling the hanging glass orbs with soft sculpture plants, and Nash will learn to tie his shoes here.


Image above: My home office doubles as my music room, where I keep my guitars and basses, amps, and turntable. This room probably best articulates my aesthetic. Everything has to line up all neat like. I love the sofa, which is from Crate & Barrel.


Image above: Melissa’s art room doubles as Nash’s toy storage room. It’s amazing how she always fits 20 gallons into a 10-gallon bucket.


Image above: We are dreading changing the paint color in Nash’s room because the 10′ radiator also boasts the reddest of all the reds. But that will be our next project. The stuffed lion head was scored at a Three Potato Four barn sale at a discount. As Stu was ringing us up, he said, “I hope this isn’t a Steiff.” Melissa found a “Made in China” tag on it later that day. No worries.


Image above: We hung painted type trays on the wall in the upstairs hallway to house the overflow of little toy trucks and cars. Nash picks one or two to take to bed each night. I am a big commercial aviation geek, so we pulled the colors right from the TWA print.


Image above: The light in our bedroom is amazing, as we have a wall of windows overlooking all the large trees in the neighborhood. Each day, we feel like we awake in a treehouse. Swarthmore has tons of old-growth specimen trees. The gingham wall was painted using Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter,” and the bench is Benjamin Moore’s “Yolk.”


Image above: Melissa had a box of antlers (as people do) acquired from Renninger’s under her art room desk for a year. Finally, they have a home. On our wall. In our bedroom.


Image above: Our cats, Dottie and Pearl, nap while Nash naps. The house is silent from 1–3pm each day. We love the herringbone pattern of the fireplace brick on the newer side of the house. Melissa rewired the mantle sconces and used two of the mounted antlers as light fixtures. The sculpture by the fireplace is a light fixture Melissa made me for our first Christmas together.


Image above: Our home is made of Pennsylvania Schist mined from local quarries at the turn of the century. We recently landscaped, so all the plants are brand new and very small. We found the zinc planters at Terrain, and we love the way the grasses sprout in the fall. I have been working diligently on the lawn for a year, and I love it. Our garage is a tractor attachment and power tool museum.


Image above: This year we built our first raised garden beds. We had an amazing crop of Swiss chard until a deer decimated it in the blink of an eye. Luckily, he didn’t like arugula or mustard greens. We also replaced the old stone walkways with bluestone to match the bluestone wall in our backyard.

  1. Christine says:

    I love the fact that this house looks just like a house in a catalog! The captions are so perfect for a catalog too! You should really submit this to some sort of catalog contest. I love how you include the stores where you bought everything so that I can copy your look so easily. Thanks!

  2. Margaux Kent says:

    Beautiful home – LOVE the last image!

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