Name: Amy Pigliacampo + Corey Szopinski (and Gunnar the chocolate lab, Rocco the Pomeranian and Gina the grey tabby cat)
Location: Echo Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 2100 square feet
Years lived in: Barely 2 months (moved in Dec. 5, 2012); own
Amy Pigliacampo and I met a couple of years ago when she was styling a shoot for a mutual friend of ours. As a fashion stylist, Amy is clearly very tuned into originality, design and how to make everything look good! This is true for her fashion sense, and also for the rad home she shares with her husband Corey Szopinski.
As a fan of Amy's work, I began following her on Instagram and soon was interested in her new home, as she began showing little snapshots from time to time. Last summer I was completely in awe of the Dwell Home Tours, especially the Sunia Home that was photographed by Laure Joliet and styled by Morgan Satterfield. You can imagine how elated I was to find out that Amy and Corey's new house was the Sunia spec house.
Amy confessed that when she and Corey were house hunting last winter it seemed nearly impossible to stay in their price range and find a home that didn't require renovations. They had been looking over on the west side near the beach until their realtor brought them to Echo Park, where they found the newly built Sunia Home. Everything brand new, practically raw structures, and gorgeous industrial yet eco friendly design. Two months later they have a fully blooming vegetable garden out back, happy succulents up front, and a fully stocked kitchen, and Amy has her dream studio office that doubles as her closet.
The most striking feature of their home, in my opinion, is their beloved art collection and wonderful photographs. "It starts with the space. High ceilings, lots of light, and exposed architectural details. Our house is bright and inviting, with pops of color that tell a story about our life together. Each element represents a different chapter or event in our life, and it's a great way to remember all the adventures we've taken together." Not only have they warmed up the starkness of the modern features with lots of colorful rugs and pillows, they have told a story of their lives together through their furnishings and collected home goods. Amy's love of vintage textiles somehow meshes perfectly with Corey's preferred sleek modern details.
After living in a loft in Brooklyn, a small home in Colorado, and a little bungalow in Topanga Cayon, Amy and Corey feel like they're living in their dream house now. "It's interesting how our major pieces of furniture have been with us from Brooklyn to Boulder to Topanga Canyon to the East side and worked well in every home. I started collecting vintage textiles after Corey and I moved in together. I dragged my new husband up to Brimfield to find an old Lineberry cart that became our coffee table. After moving to Boulder and a road trip to New Mexico, I started looking for more southwestern elements to incorporate, and I built up a collection of succulents that I hoped would make it to LA one day. Now they are living happily in our front yard! We have taken lots of road trips and moved quite a bit, so our home is a nice reminder of our experiences together, and it continues to evolve."
What a wonderful home they've created, a place they can easily grow into with their budding family.
Thank you to Erika Hokanson for introducing us!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: I always say that if my husband decorated the place, everything would be grey, metal and glass! I gravitate towards a vintage 70s, rock'n'roll vibe and layers of pattern and texture. Our home has come together in a way that makes us both very happy. There are lots of modern, clean elements, warmed with vintage textiles and accents.
Inspiration: Wes Anderson movies, the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, Joshua Tree (where we got married!), typography (for my birthday 2 years ago we went to Las Vegas just to see the Neon Sign Graveyard) and anything vintage school/science/camp related
Favorite Element: A few pieces of art...a carnival print from Hatch Show Print in Nashville TN that reminded us of Coney Island in Brooklyn...Corey proposed to me there...a portrait of Corey by our friend Elbow Toe, an incredibly talented artist in Brooklyn; he applied the print to an old door that we found on the street outside our loft in Red Hook...and the Kilim rug in our guest room that I bought on the side of Olympic Blvd after almost causing my husband to have a car accident when I saw it spread out over some shrubs. It's Corey's least favorite element and I'm so in love with it and what I paid for it ($100)
Biggest Challenge: The house has no closets so everything is on display...
What Friends Say: They can't believe we only moved in 2 months ago! They're also impressed by all the forward-thinking eco design choices that our architect, Sunia Homes included. For example, the walls are prefabricated slabs of styrofoam clad in plywood, which makes the house super insulated. The main source of heat is a wood pellet store which burns a clean and inexpensive waste product left over from woodworking. And the windows are triple-glazed tilt and turn windows that let in lots of light, but no cold air.
Biggest Embarrassment: Our laundry room...it's the only room in the house that's a bit of a mess.
Proudest DIY: Our front yard and garden! We are currently working on both. Corey built me a flower bed a couple weeks ago and I finally got the plant the succulent garden I've wanted for years! We are also working on getting the garden in shape; I made kale chips 5 days in a row last week, so amazing. Corey is currently working on making the house smarter with a home automation system, which will automatically irrigate the yard based on the moisture in the soil.
Biggest Indulgence: The house itself!
Best Advice: You should be at peace in your home. We have worked hard to create a comfortable space where we can hang out with our pets and friends and hopefully very soon, our children. It takes a while to find all of the right elements, I'm always hunting!
Dream Sources: A trip to Morocco! Table Tonic Australia. Neon Sign Graveyard, Las Vegas. Design Public. The Eames Office in Santa Monica.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- • Behr: Ultra pure white. Low VOC.
- • Floating sideboard, with sliding steel doors, Mash Studios
• Ritz Craft print, Hatch Show Print
- • Couch, Ikea
• Lineberry Cart, Brimfield MA
• Vintage CA Flag, Ventura Flea Market
• Vintage Rug, Hidden Treasures, Topanga Canyon
• "Native" pillows, purchased in New Mexico
• Built-in entertainment shelves, old growth beams salvaged from previous house
• Shephard Fairey Oil Freedom Print
- • Round marble table by Eero Saarinen, gifted to my husband from friends in Brooklyn
• Hudson chairs (3 matte, 1 polished) Philippe Starck for Emeco , DWR
- • Plumen 001 bulbs from A+R
• Global knives
• Shelves are reclaimed old growth wood beams from previous house on the site.
UNDER THE STAIRS/ SHELVES
- • assortment of vintage crates & objects purchased all of the country
• collection of vintage blankets, pillows and textiles
DOWNSTAIRS (COREY'S) OFFICE
- • Desk, CB2
• eBoy New York print
• Work table, Ikea
• Lockers, Ikea
• TED energy monitor system
- • Vintage foot locker, antique store in Loveland, CO
• Lucite side table, CB2
• Nightstand, yard sale in Dillsburg, PA
• Lockers, Rose Bowl
• Cowboy, Hatch Show Print
• @ fixture, Clover, Silverlake
- • Kilim Rug, scored on Olympic Blvd, mid-city, yard sale
• Futon, lucite side table, cinematic light, CB2
• Bookshelves, Ikea
• Vintage school chair, Hemingway & Pickett, Silverlake
• Teepee from Individual Medley in Atwater Village
AMY'S STUDIO/ (UPSTAIRS) OFFICE / CLOSET
- • Shelving, Ikea. For shoes, accessories, folded clothing
• Storage bins
• Rolling racks
• Steamer, office chair and wonderful built in ledge which serves nicely as a desk!
FRONT AND BACK GARDEN
- • Succulent garden
• Banana tree
• Meyer Lemon Tree
• Eureka Lemon Tree
• Apricot tree
• Bacon avocado tree
• Tangerine tree
• assortment of kale, lettuce, beets, artichoke, brussel spouts, and celery
• reclaimed concrete stepping stones, from previous house on site
• compost bin
Thanks, Amy and Corey!
(Images: Bethany Nauert)
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