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Open House: Bonnie and Paul in Pennsport

For the first edition of our Open House series, we visit Bonnie and Paul at their home in Pennsport.

Open House: Bonnie and Paul in Pennsport

Paul and Bonnie at home in South Philadelphia.
Paul and Bonnie at home in South Philadelphia.

Name: Bonnie Bonsall and Paul Puma

Neighborhood: Pennsport

Occupation: I'm a fashion merchandising student at FIT and hostess at Pub & Kitchen. Paul is a server at Ants Pants Cafe. 

How long have you lived in Philly? I've lived in Philly for eight years. Paul has lived here his whole life.

How long have you owned your home? One year

Favorite part of your home: The kitchen. We've put the most work into it: between painting the walls and cabinets, installing the granite countertops and pressed tin backsplash, and designing the decorative plate wall. Neither of us know how to cook, but having this beautiful space has inspired us to try!

Favorite part of your neighborhood: Pennsport is much more residential than any other neighborhood in Philly we've lived in. It's nice to actually know your neighbors by name. We also have a coffee shop and park just around the corner, and are within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants on Passyunk Ave.

Describe the inspiration for your home: Our design inspiration comes from the union of old and new, so we found ourselves right at home when we purchased this rehabbed 1920s townhouse. While we're drawn to modern furniture, we like to contrast those pieces with rustic and vintage elements to bring warmth to the space. Some of our vintage accents are family heirlooms, and others are one of a kind treasures found in antique shops. We tie it all together with a bright color palette featuring pops of coral and blue. 

The wallpaper is from Colonial Wallcoverings on Passyunk Ave. We used to live right above the store, and our former landlord Paul Sperling has an incredible selection.

My great grandmother painted the portrait of my great Aunt Kitten as a little girl and the abstract watercolor was painted by Paul's sister Jess Puma. The vintage gold vanity tray, strawberry, and piggy bank were all found at antiques stores along Route 9 in South Jersey.

The terrarium is actually on loan from The Diving Horse, the restaurant I work at in the summer. It's part of the floral display that I arrange there weekly. I'm just keeping it safe until they re-open in May!

Paul and I always wanted to have a plate wall, which is somewhat of a tradition in his Italian family. All of our plates are from the Anthropologie on 19th and Walnut, and we plan to keep adding more.

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