It must have been the right blend of naïveté and chutzpah,” says Shelley Smith Pelliccione, smiling as she recalls what does sound like one crazy scenario.
After she acquires an old, beat-up cottage on the outskirts of Savannah, she meets this great guy—a rock guitarist, no less. Early in the courtship, he drops by and finds her embarked on a DIY reno, specifically, on her hands and knees, stripping linoleum off the original Georgia heart-pine floor. His day job is project manager for a general contractor; he marries her anyway. Finding they are both meticulous with the details, though different ones, they decide to take their time renovating.
Shown: When Joe and Shelley Pelliccione met, she had already opened up the kitchen in her tiny house; after they married they collaborated on an addition. Around the corner from the cook space is a closet-turned-bar.
Architectural designer: Shelley Smith Pelliccione
General contractor: Joe Pelliccione
Paint: Pratt & Lambert Seed Pearl (walls); Farrow & Ball Studio Green (cabinets)
Countertops: Silestone Arctic
Backsplash tile: Walker Zanger Rue Pierre
Faucet: Kingston Brass
Pot rack: Crate & Barrel
Ceiling light: Schoolhouse Electric
Pendant lights: Restoration Hardware
Barstools and open shelves: Pottery Barn