Stay Tuned for Style
Even off camera, TV reporter Amanda Grace's condo is picture perfect.
Greg Pendelton and Amanda Grace proudly show off their South End abode with their bichon-poodle mix, Casey. (All photos by Jonathan Kozowyk)
Was it love at first sight when Channel 7â€™s Amanda Grace and her husband, Greg Pendleton, toured the 1,028-square-foot South End penthouse condo they now call home?
â€śNo way,â€ť Grace says, laughing.
The outdated space featured overgrown houseplants, peach tile in the bathroom, and windows held together with packing tape. But Pendleton had a vision. The newlyweds enlisted a contractor to take down the beams separating the kitchen and living room. They also requested that he erect two interior walls, creating a second bedroom and bathroom.
Grace and Pendleton joke that renovating the condo with limited funds was a test of their marriage, but one walk through their light-filled unit â€” which houses many of Graceâ€™s rehabbed antiques and thrift-store finds â€” and itâ€™s clear that both enjoy decorating on a dime. â€śItâ€™s a way to spend time together â€” we find old, junky things and give them facelifts,â€ť Pendleton says.
Horns from a shop in Birmingham, Alabama, share tablespace with small glass cloches that shelter shells and coral from Hawaii and British Columbiaâ€™s Savary Island (the latter is a special spot for the Vancouver natives).
WOOD IS GOOD
Old parts from a machine shop form the base of this farm table, built by David Ellison of Pawtucket, Rhode Islandâ€™s Lorimer Workshop. Ellison also crafted the benches. â€śToo many chairs would have cluttered the space,â€ť Grace says.
Pendleton used a belt sander to remove at least five layers of paint from this thrift-shop coffee table. Now itâ€™s the resting place of a stone bust plucked from an antiques store in Provincetown.
Forget cereal boxes and coffeeâ€”the cabinet above the kitchen sink instead holds a glass vessel filled with antique doorknobs and rocks. â€śEverything is within walking distance, so we donâ€™t have to stock up on things, and we donâ€™t need a big pantry,â€ť Pendleton says.
A table extension, also built by Ellison, serves as the coupleâ€™s bar (note the funky cups, which are from a store in Columbia County, New York). â€śGod forbid we ever have 12 people over,â€ť Pendleton jokes.
After buying these Chinese Chippendale chairs from a junk shop near Hudson, New York, Grace and Pendleton painted the frames turquoise and had them reupholstered. The brass whales displayed on the table were purchased on eBay.
While Grace loves antlers as dĂ©cor, Pendleton isnâ€™t so sure. â€śThat one came with some of the deer still attached to it,â€ť he says, referring to lingering fur on an animal skull in the bedroom. The loud chevron-print chair was an Etsy find.
This mirrored Horchow nightstand came with plastic pulls, but Grace switched them out to get the look she wanted: â€śWe were on a tight budget, so I made it work.â€ť
BEYOND THE ABSTRACT
A bold painting by local artist Mary Hughes adds character to the master bedroom, while the nearby jewelry tree keeps Graceâ€™s baubles organized.
Shelves in the loft hold magazines, books, and oddities like this ball of peacock feathers, which Grace calls another â€śwackadoo Brimfield find.â€ť
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/06/stay-tuned-style/