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sneak peek: emily & andrew de stefano

by Amy Azzarito

Just two years ago, Emily and Andrew de Stefano, owners of Tribe Beauty, 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.

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  • This space looks so fresh and comfortable. I really love the end thought “What we love most about our space… it’s ours.”

  • I love the San Francisco painting over your fireplace! is i a vintage find or can it be purchased? Beautiful space..

  • What a lovely eclecticism! I love the mix of cheap and chic. I prefer lots of color, so I love the carpets and the beautiful blue walls. Nicely done!

  • Love this house-tour. All the different textures and patterns are so great!

    Who is the pink dog print over the credenza by? It’s gorgeous!

  • So happy to see that hot pink dog print! I hesitated on buying that at the Portland Anthro for one day and it was gone, and I’ve always regretted it!

  • Love how guests enter the house with a lovely map print in the foyer. Maps make magnificent decoration.

  • is it weird to say that my favorite room is the bathroom? i love it! and i love that mustard pic: so genius!!!

  • I’d love one of those pink dog prints – it’s gorgeous! Any ideas where it’s from?

  • so beautiful. one of my favorite sneak peeks. elements I can see and use in my real home, not just my dream home. I will never be an “all white” gal.

  • Aah, I know her!! Her sister does my hair, and we met in Anthropologie when I had my yorkie with me. She is so talented, and her home certainly reflects that!! :)

  • I have to admit I am partial since I am Andrew’s mother but there is alot of hard work and love in this house which makes it a very special “HOME”.
    Great job!!!!

  • What font did they use to write what the love most about there home??? I love it

  • WOW. Love this place! Especially that foyer. Definitely sets the stage for the rest of the place. It would be so fun to come home to this place after a crazy day. Nice work!!

  • Love it! It looks so relaxing and welcoming. You can tell alot of love and hard work went into your home.

  • This sneak peek is from my hometown!! what a small world! Kennett Square is such a cute place, and their home reflects every bit of it!! Great work!

  • Gosh I wish I could find beautiful vintage maps at flea markets, apparently the hot stuff near me is VHS players and children’s xylophones. Not nearly as alternative. Maybe if I painted it chalkboard…..

  • Smashing house….your flair for art, design and making a house a home is top shelf. Attention to detail is amazing. I can not wait to visit!

  • Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!

    The San Francisco painting is by Lee Reynolds. It was handed down to us by my grandparents. What makes it great is that my Grandmom, who was an artist, went back in to add more color to the piece.

    The Type: “It’s Ours” was illustrated by Andrew. Prints are available if interested. Feel free to email us!

  • i love how so much personality is injected into each room. the play of pattern + texture + colour is so great!

  • Wow, never thought I’d see a home from Kennett Square on here! I live about 30 min away! Beautiful home!!

  • Beautiful. Love all they were able to adapt and all they changed to make this home their own. Impressive eye for decor and impressive that it came together so quickly.

  • love the zebra – i have one too – we call him ‘Georges’ and he watches over the dinning room!

  • The floor lamp in the foyer with suzani shade is a stunner! As is the rest of your home. Is this an available product?

  • Love your house. You did a great job. Can you tell me where to get a grass squares rug like the one in your sunroom. Or even what they are called. I’ve been trying to find one like it with no luck.

  • Wonderful home you have created! I had looked at those great indoor outdoor chairs at Terrain. No longer available, any info. on chairs to find them would be great. Thanks!

  • sounds like a stupid question… but I love the shelves in the kitchen. Been try to find someone to make shelves like these for my kitchen with no luck. Any suggestions?

  • This is the most exquisite home….I do especially LOVE the San Fran Print…Grandmom would be so proud. May I vacation here?????xoxo Aunt Dolores

  • I echo the sentiments of the folks above and would love to get the source for the entryway lamp and shade. Is that a salvaged architectural remnant? It’s lovely, as is the rest of your home! :)

  • I have the pleasure of knowing Emily, personally, and her home reflects her classic vintage style with modern twist and attention to detail- is there such a thing? Of course!! And we see it here in this fabulous display of show stopping details…well done! xx

  • This home is so beautiful. What a talented couple. Traditional yet updated …not suprising.. Andrew’s grandmother, My Aunt Kathleen, was extremely talented decorator. Seems to run in the family!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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’?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.