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A Couple in Westchester, NY Hits Their Design Stride

by Garrett Fleming

A Couple in Westchester, NY Hits Their Design Stride, Design*Sponge

Over the years I’ve written many stories about families who’ve invested a lot of time and money into their spaces in hopes of creating their “forever home.” While that’s absolutely admirable and works for some, that’s also a lot of pressure! Trying to figure out not only what your future self will want but also predicting what your family will need in five, 10 or even 15 years can be daunting. You basically have to have all the confidence of a psychic without any of the ability to back it up.

Instead of trying to tell the future, some families free themselves of all the planning and just decorate for the here and now. Meet Gianna, a nanny, and her firefighting husband, Mark. The pair knew when they settled into this 1950s-era bungalow in Westchester, NY that they’d eventually move on to find more square footage, so each design decision didn’t come with any “forever home” baggage. Because of this they’ve flipped and flopped rooms around and changed up their space’s style multiple times. I’m not talking small tweaks either. Their kitchen, for example, is streamlined now but was once covered in blue-and-grey chevron cabinetry, and what used to be a run-of-the-mill hallway has been equipped with a built-in bed and large storage area for their dog.

When reminiscing about all of the changes their home has gone through, it’s easy for Gianna and Mark to track the ways in which their taste has evolved over time. When they look closer, though, an unexpected shift is evident as well: They’ve clearly gotten into their design groove. Now, more than ever, the style of one room seamlessly flows into another, creating cohesion and harmony throughout their 1,500-square-foot home. I think you’ll agree after taking a look that without one area crying for attention, this entire house is able to sing. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Gianna LoGiudice

Image above: Even after giving it new doors and sconces, Gianna felt this wall in the living room was missing something. To make it more show-stopping, she designed – and had Mark build – this geometric wood paneling.

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Mark’s great uncle lived in this home before selling it to Mark, and Mark’s grandfather used to live next door.

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“This photo was taken at our engagement photo shoot, and it’s my whole life in one photo.” – Gianna LoGiudice

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The space off of the living area used to be Gianna and Mark’s bedroom, but after a recent renovation allowed them to move into a different spot in the home, they turned it into a second living area. “It’s not used very much, but it’s my favorite room in the house,” Gianna tells us.

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The couple’s sofa was a risky choice not because of its color or shape, but because they bought it online without ever having sat on it.

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Mixing patterns and colors is Gianna’s favorite decorating pastime.

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What do you love most about your home? Gianna LoGiudice: “This is the place where everything’s better and everything’s safe.”

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The couple’s dining table is the only item in this room that they bought brand new. The rest of the room’s decorations were thrifted from various shops and Craigslist.

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The couple’s fondest memory of their home was when they hosted both of their families for Christmas in 2014. They rearranged the living and dining rooms to seat around 30 people.

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With just a basic cover and $25 worth of iron-on letters, Gianna created this eccentric throw pillow – by far one of her home’s most-commented-on accessories.

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When the couple got married, instead of registering for gifts they asked their guests to donate to their kitchen renovation budget. “We wouldn’t have been able to afford it otherwise, and we are so grateful!” they say.

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With the wedding fund, they replaced the kitchen’s 1950s-era, faux-wood countertops, faux tile, popcorn ceiling and metal cabinetry. The family now cooks dinner almost every night in this refreshed room.

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The hallway leading to Gianna and Mark’s backyard was just collecting junk before they flipped it into a room for their dogs to comfortably hang out in.

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Gianna and Mark’s bedroom took four years to renovate. During that time, Gianna stockpiled decorations so she would know exactly how to outfit it the second it was complete.

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The first floor’s layout.

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The second floor’s layout.

SOURCE LIST

Living Room
Paint – Behr “Elephant Skin”
Coffee table – Anthropologie
Sofa, rug – Wayfair
Pillows – Sew and Cloth, Etsy, Flea Market Fab, Shop Eclectic Collective, Homegoods
Basket, side table – Homegoods
Fireplace tile – Mosaic Morocco
Pouf – Flea Market Fab
Faux flowers – Afloral
Sheepskin – East Perry
Curtains – Christmas Tree Shops
Fur throw, bench – Target
Sconce – eBay
MCM chair – World Market

Dining Room
Table, lighting – World Market
Velvet chairs – Anthropologie
Shag chairs – Target
Rug – Rugs USA
Vase, stool 1, pillows – Homegoods
Table runner – My Mercantile Shop
Armoire, buffet, stool 2 – thrifted
Tassel – DK Renewal
Artwork – Samba to the Sea, Keeka Collection, thrifted
Hex shelves – homemade
Neon sign– eBay

Guest Bedroom
Throw pillows – homemade
Ceiling paint – Valspar “Night Scape”
Wall paint – Behr “Squirrel”
Duvet –Society6
Throw – Homegoods
Sconce – World Market
Headboard – Craigslist

Kitchen
Paint – Behr “Malted”
Cabinetry – IKEA
Hardware, tile – The Home Depot
Appliances – Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool
Lighting – Wayfair
Stools – Homegoods

Gianna & Mark’s Room
Paint – Behr “Ice Rink”
Duvet, nightstands – IKEA
Headboard – Craigslist
Bench – Homemade
Fillable lamps – Target
Hanging terrariums – World Market
Rug – Walmart
Large pillow – The Blooming Loom

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