At Home with Pittsburgh's Style Setters
Take a peek inside the stylish homes of some of the city's most well-known home-decor boutique owners.
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OLD Meets NEW
Just as she’s done for many of her clients, Kym Pelcher carries a theme of balance and harmony throughout the Fox Chapel home where she lives with husband Chris, 18-year-old son Sam, and daughters Olivia, 13, and Jillian, 10.
The designer and owner of Splurge in Fox Chapel likes to merge modern and vintage items to create spaces where all elements work together to set a mood of casual elegance and calm.
“Friends who know my home and my store will say, ‘This feels like Splurge in here,’” she says.
Pelcher has one hard and fast rule when choosing pieces for her home: “You should love every single thing in your house.” Much of what she’s drawn to professionally becomes what she loves personally, though she says when selecting store inventory, she tries to appeal to everyone while still maintaining a strong point of view.
“Once you find your niche of what your style is, you just gravitate toward the look,” she says. “But when I put on my other hat as a buyer and a merchandiser, I can’t have tunnel vision. Not every customer is me.”
Splurge selections accentuate most of the rooms of Pelcher’s home, from the reclaimed wood Lazy Susan in the dining room to the pharmacy reading lamp in the formal living room. Florals and sculptures abound, just as they do in Splurge, and sometimes, even elements of the store’s staging come home. Silvery grey draperies that formerly hung behind the cash register in Splurge’s first location, also in Fox Chapel, now serve as window treatments and wall accents in the living room.
Pelcher also has the luxury of having a husband whose hobby is custom cabinetry. Chris’ creations include a custom walnut cutting board in the kitchen, a reclaimed barnwood mantel in the family room and a sliding barn door for the hallway closet.
The modern/vintage motif manifests in inventive ways. In the kitchen, a classic white marble countertop is juxtaposed with industrial, metal stools. The Hollywood glam of the sparkly, tiled backsplash is offset by a galvanized steel tray and raw wood accents. In the family room, a contemporary leather sectional and raw edge wood table with a steel base sit atop a vintage Tibetan wool carpet.
Classic quatrefoil tile served as inspiration for design of the master bathroom upstairs, where marble countertops and vintage faucets mix with a modern vanity with contemporary hardware. The sweeping porcelain of the tub and soft white drapes allow the monochromatic palette to still feel soft and inviting.
Pelcher also relies on mixing materials and textures to add interest to neutral palettes. The greys and whites of the living room come to life through the mix of leather and wood furniture and shell and fur accent pillows.
Her favorite room in the house is also the most recent update — the first floor powder room where whimsy reigns. A wall of reflective antique tile serves as a mirror above a polished nickel vanity console with marble top and vintage faucet. A chandelier festooned with crystals, jewelry and a magnifying glass acts as a piece of functional artwork, and a Caribou skull, finished in Venetian plaster and mounted on reclaimed wood, rests on the wall.
This room is a testament to Pelcher’s key source of inspiration, both in her home life and at work — the process of creating itself.
“A new project is my best muse,” she says.