“They weren’t thrilled about it at first,” she said, adding that she was going for a minimalist, Donald Judd-inspired look. “I actually had to sell it to them, as if I was pitching a potential new client. I was like, ‘I’m an interior designer and here’s my vision.’ And I had to share a mood board.”
The landlords agreed, and Ms. Piscione hired a millworker to do the job, which included building an additional bank of open plywood shelves for another wall of the kitchen.
She repainted most of the interior walls, including feature walls in the living room and bedroom that got a faux-concrete finish. “I wanted that somewhat-rustic-cabin, somewhat-Japanese vibe,” she said, which turned out to be an ideal background for Zoom calls.
Beyond those changes, the house is a study in how much an interior can be transformed through furnishings, textiles, plants, art and accessories.
The living room is anchored by a Tuareg mat and filled with conversation-starting pieces like a fat-legged Bell Chair from Otherside Objects upholstered with vintage textiles Ms. Piscione ordered from Japan; tripod stools with threaded legs from Lumber Club Marfa, a woodworking club where the pieces are made by young girls; a custom coffee table by Minjae Kim; and a wall-mounted work of denim-colored ceramic chain by the artist Taylor Kibby.
“All the pieces in my house point to either a different time in my life or a special person I got to work with on a client project,” Ms. Piscione said. “I try really hard to incorporate a lot of emerging local artists in the projects I do.” And when she has the budget, she likes to buy an occasional piece for herself, too.
On the patio, she created a dining area under the trees by installing 1970s red metal Sof-Tech chairs by David Rowland for Thonet around a table. On the deck, she added retro folding lawn chairs she found on Amazon between vintage concrete planters by Willy Guhl, filled with succulents.