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Blush and Moody Tones in a Pittsburgh Home for Photographers

by Quelcy Kogel

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I’ve come to think of the Design*Sponge community as a collective person — the friend I want to text when I see even the slightest hint of wallpaper, or the out-of-towner I want to tour around my city showing all the shops I’m sure she or he will like. Most recently, I’ve been working behind the scenes and thinking about how much my D*S friends are going to swoon over this bathroom! After all, it’s the D*S community who has really inspired me (read: converted me) to like pastels, blush, rose and #DSPink if you will.

This blush bathroom, which I have so anxiously been wanting to share with you, belongs to Emily and Andy Cosnotti (and Penelope the adorable photobombing corgi!), two photographers/creatives living in Pittsburgh, PA. The pair met when they were teenagers and have been inseparable ever since. While Andy toured the country in a band, Emily put down roots in Pittsburgh, landing a job as one of ModCloth’s first five employees. Andy later joined the ModCloth team, fine-tuning his skills as a product photographer. Today they both work as photographers for My Subscription Addiction, but the couple hopes to open their own creative studio one day to fully combine their shared passion for photography, design, art and music.

Earlier this year, Emily and Andy picked up the keys to their first home, and though it had its charms — most notably its arched windows — their 1929 Tudor-style home was not their dream home. That home didn’t pan out, but they allowed themselves to be swayed by the bed & breakfast vibes of this home, and Emily says it’s paying off. “As we work hard to make this house feel like our home, we are falling in love with it every day.” With Emily and Andy’s work to strip away the decades of decor and focus on the bones of the home, it’s easy to fall in love with it now, and this is still just the beginning. Emily and Andy have much more in store! —Quelcy 

Photography by Emily Cosnotti

Image Above: Emily and Andy Cosnotti’s Pittsburgh bathroom with its original tile and a coat of fresh and cheery Behr Marquee Cockleshell paint.

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Penelope the Corgi, Emily and Andy enjoying their Pittsburgh sunroom. It was the unique, rounded windows that inspired the couple to purchase this home, but the wallpaper is a current challenge. Emily says, “Although I appreciate the aesthetic of the wallpaper (it’s a reproduction of a historic print) I hope to replace it with a more modern print soon and have been staring at beautiful Hygge & West samples for months.”

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The previous owners used this room as a second living room, but Emily and Andy’s love for cooking and entertaining inspired them to convert it back into a dining room, where they host plenty of gatherings and game nights.

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Emily’s vintage credenza hides her collection of vessels and games. “[The credenza] is great for laying out snacks (usually just 10 kinds of hummus) when we entertain. Inside are tons of board games, as we are more into game nights in than big nights out.”

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Emily chronicles her home makeovers on her blog, The Sweet Beast. In many ways, they feel more like make-unders as Emily strips away the layers and layers of decor the previous owners added in order to celebrate the beauty and simplicity of the many built-in features. “The corner built-ins were so obstructed by furniture that we almost missed them when we first toured the house! The insides were previously painted pink but I repainted them in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Raccoon Fur’ to showcase my collection of black and white ceramics.”

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The view from the dining room looking through the home’s foyer and into the living room. Emily explains her personal tastes lean very modern and minimal, but “I also love old homes and want to stay true to old details.”

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When it came time to update the living room, Emily says, “We stripped some very stubborn yellow striped wallpaper from the living room walls and painted them a deep and moody blue/grey. The dark, cool color lets the warm unpainted woodwork steal the show.”

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“The overgrown yard (SO much ivy and shrubs that have grown into trees!) has been a true challenge that we are tackling this summer, along with putting in a proper AC system.” In the meantime, at least the yard provides an array of fresh flowers like these adorning the mantel. Andy shot the framed photograph on one of his trips to the Lost Coast.

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Andy’s vinyl collection has lots of room to breathe in this dedicated music section of the living room. The simple pine record storage is from IKEA, the swing arm sconce is from CB2, and the floor lamp is from Target.

 

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Emily and Andy’s living room didn’t have a proper spot to hang a TV and enable a comfy binge-watch session, so they came up with this industrial cart solution from CB2 that lets them tuck the TV into the sunroom when they entertain.

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Removing the TV cart really opens up the room. The marble coffee table was custom made to replicate a sold-out West Elm design. The shag rug is from West Elm, and there’s more to come. “We are still putting the finishing touches on this room and can’t wait to hang some art on those big, bare walls!” Meanwhile, the chaise portion of the sectional is Penelope’s favorite spot. “She loves snuggling up in her blush faux fur blanket.”

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The piece de resistance… Emily and Andy’s blush bathroom is another example of adding the right touches to make the original features shine. They removed busy wallpaper but kept the original floors, wall tile and pedestal sink. A simple IKEA cart holds guest towels, bathroom essentials, and Emily’s favorite skincare staples.

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Another simple touch they added was the brass sconces from West Elm, but they kept the original medicine cabinet with its glass shelving. The print is by Camilla Engman, one of Emily’s favorite artists. “The print is called ‘Passion,’ but Andy calls it ‘The Judgey Lady.'”

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The view from the hallway of the bathroom and master bedroom.

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Emily and Andy kept the large, sunny master bedroom decorated in a simple, soothing palette. They paired a vintage nightstand and lamp with the more modern bed from CB2.

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The floor plan of Emily and Andy's Tudor-style home.
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Penelope says, “that’s a wrap!”

But be sure to check out Emily’s blog, The Sweet Beast to see how the rest of the home takes shape.

SOURCE LIST

Dining Room
Walls – Behr Marquee Cameo White
Inside cabinets – Benjamin Moore Racoon Fur
Table and chairs – vintage
Bench – West Elm
Rug – eBay
Light – Ikea
Credenza – vintage
Table lamp – vintage
Print – 20×200

Living Room
Benjamin Moore Racoon Fur
Sectional – Ikea
Coffee table – custom
Lounge chairs – vintage
Rugs – West Elm, ecarpet gallery
Floor lamps – Target
Swing arm sconce – cb2

 

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Comments

  • What a beautiful home. I love everything about it! Could I have the details on the record storage shelf from IKEA in the living room please? I’ve been searching for this exact type of piece! Thank you!

    • Thank you!

      The IKEA record storage is from their NORNAS collection but it looks like it’s been discontinued (in the US at least). Target has something very similar in appearance, though it’s wood laminate instead of pine – if you search Target’s site for “Darley 34″ 8 Cube Bookcase” you should be able to find it!

  • Lulu found the words I have been looking for: Clean Love…. wonderful – I too would have fallen instantly for those wonderful windows. I also feel it has an enormous potential, much much light (always a super bonus) and obviously good bones. Well worth investing your love and money!!!! The Corgy (gorgeous) is the dot on the i…. obviously!
    And lastly, personally I’d never paint anything as dark as you did – because I really need light, light and light, but it looks so stunning here that I feel it looks just right for this home. I would never want to leave – and the bathroom with the inbuilt soap dish, the medicine/mirror chest and beautiful floor is to swoon over endlessly. Great print too and do I see well: Is that an old grate under the wash basin?

    • Thanks so much, Kiki! I never thought I’d paint anything so dark either but you’re right – it just fits this house. There is an old grate beside the base of the sink – I think it used to function as a heater for the bathroom.

  • What a gorgeous home! I can see how the vintage wallpaper doesn’t totally vibe with everything else, but I have to say I love it!! Hygge and West has some great papers, though, so I’m sure whatever you pick will be great. Those windows are incredible!

  • What a beautiful home. Your living room is both a stand out and an inviting cozy place with your choice of color. But maybe it stands out because you choice a white in the surrounding rooms. I love all your choices! Also it is a rarity these days to see homes that keep that gorgeous woodwork, you made it all so lovely. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you so much, Susan! You’re right, the living room is definitely bold when seen from other rooms but feels so cozy and perfect for lounging. We love the woodwork too, the wood and the windows really make our home special.

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