Designer Buzz: Stay-At-Home Mom Turns Her Home Into Her Portfolio

By Patricia Sheridan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Christine McCall was a stay-at-home mom in a new neighborhood. After following her passion for design and creating a gorgeous home interior, people took notice. In no time flat, her design company “Christine McCall Home” was born with her own home serving as her portfolio.

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Instagram didn’t turn homemaker Christine McCall into a designer, but the reactions from friends and family to her redo of her Washington County home did create buzz.

Two years ago, she began documenting her house’s transition from traditional to modern millennial masterpiece.

“It was also a way to keep friends and family updated on how we were settling in,” she said.

She and her husband, Matt, moved from Cleveland to Venetia with their toddler son in 2015. Suddenly a stay-at-home mom in a strange land, she followed her design passion. Then people started asking for design advice and help.

“I loved doing this house, and I thought why not start my own company?”

Christine McCall Home is the name, her own home is her portfolio.

McCall said the house was tastefully decorated when they moved in, but it wasn’t her taste. “We pretty much repainted everything,” she said with a smile.

The entrance hall is Edgecomb Gray, and the living room is Simply White, both by Benjamin Moore.

The walls of the dining room, which were formerly deep red, are now dressed in a navy blue grasscloth; wainscoting and molding are painted a white semi-gloss. Her son’s room is also wallpapered in a neutral print.

“Wallpaper is coming back,” she said. “I was out of my comfort zone doing the blue grasscloth since I don’t experiment with a lot of color. But I love how it turned out.”

In the center of the once very formal dining room is a custom-built dining table by Penn Township-based Penn Rustics (pennrustics.com). A mid-century-inspired chandelier by Visual Comfort hangs above it.

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