Major crush time as I introduce you to Home Designers Tara Mangini and Percy Bright from The Jersey Ice Cream Company. I came across this awesome duo whilst looking for paint colour inspo on Pinterest.
Pinterest can be an amazing source of inspiration and I for one can loose hours drooling over inspiring interiors, saving ideas and making new boards… Occasionally one picture becomes viral on there and you see it shared over and over again. It certainly has been the case for that absolutely show stopping pink wall but as is too often the case though, the source of the picture had got lost along the way but after a little bit of digging up and perseverance I finally found the Designers behind it! And boy I wasn’t disappointed!
Tara and Percy, the hippest couple behind Jersey Ice Cream Co and the awesome crew responsible for making that blush pink and copper combo so insanely cool, are much more than that! Their rather unconventional way of working sets them apart from the average designer. Born out of necessity as they were homeless, these Home Designers actually move in or very close by for weeks or even months, and really it makes complete sense to me and obviously to all their very satisfied clients. This may seem a little over the top as they literally spend every minute of the project on location and not tucked away in an office going on site a couple of times a week! That approach enables them to get a feel for the place they are working on, a kind of connection that makes it possible for them to design a home with a huge amount of personality and a distinct feel that the place naturally evolved over years of carefully hunting down perfect pieces of art, antiques, colours, textures rather than the produce of a carefully executed brief…Take a look at the rest of the some of their other projects…
The distressed walls are just perfection…
“This 19th-century Hudson Valley cottage will always hold a special place in our hearts as our first major job as homeless home designers. We’d been subletting for a few months in Fort Green while hunting for a permanent apartment; then all in a handful of days we found a place, signed a lease, started moving in, had a car towed, got this job offer, found someone to take over the freshly-signed lease, and moved operations north, to this tiny and (then) empty cottage about thirty minutes west of Hudson.
In classic Catskills fashion, the original house had seen one bad renovation after another over the years. It was our job to update everything and tie this disjointed place back together. So we did everything we could think of. We tore up ugly brown carpeting, refinished some floors and painted others, cobbled together a new banister from old pieces, made curtains and bed frames, redid the kitchen and the bathroom, and plastered everything in sight. Oh, and then Tara decorated beautifully in an up-to-the-minute scramble before the clients arrived for Christmas. Easier said than done. In all, we lived and breathed this house for about four months. Then we went to Hawaii for a month. Not a bad life!”
That wood panelling…
“A late-18th-century farmhouse tucked away in 167 acres of fields and forest, complete with a barn, pool, pond, and tennis court. Over its many years the house has seen plenty of renovations and, we can only imagine, has lived just as many lives. Its most recent iteration featured a rainbow’s array of wall colors and strange furniture choices. It was immediately clear that all that needed to go, and that we’d basically need to start from scratch, while keeping just a few old details like the wide-plank floors and rich chestnut paneling.”
Dark and elegant…
“A true labor of love. Percy bought this house way back in the pre-Tara days of 2009 and slowly started about renovating it all by himself. The previous owner had neglected a nasty roof leak in the back left corner for so long that the kitchen cabinets two floors below were rotted out. He had roofers scheduled to come the day after closing, so right after he signed all the paperwork, he and his dad headed over and tore up the dilapidated old roof deck. Then he set about gutting the kitchen, tearing up a ton of wall-to-wall carpeting (turns out the floors underneath had been painted over several times), refinishing the floors, and redoing the kitchen. He added a bathroom and plugged away at the other rooms one by one. Paneling the living room (with reclaimed base cap molding from an abandoned school in North Philly) was the most difficult by far, but it also paid off the most. Then it was finally time to start furnishing and decorating. And Tara came along at just the right time! They hit a ton of flea markets together and she worked her magic, whipping everything into shape and photographing it all.”
If you would like to see more of Tara and Percy’s work check out their website here or you can follow their journey on Instagram. They will travel worldwide so why not give them a call for your next project!