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Wildlife Look

Designer Mark Pellegrino uses contemporary elements including elephant art to bring a big bland house into the 21st century.

Mark and Marina Anderson’s home reminds them of a big red barn. Although Mark was raised on a farm, the couple wants to make sure the home reflects their suburban and creative lifestyle. The challenge is to take this large corner home and create something inviting and personal. The boxy nature of the house could easily make it look like a 1970s apartment building with the wrong colors.

Designer Mark Pellegrino uses contemporary elements to bring the "big box" into the 21st century. Elements include plants embedded in polyurethane panels, acrylic blocks, vinyl print-pixilated artwork and cutting-edge sculptures. Other details inspired by Marina’s work with elephant rescue organization include elephant artwork, jungle grasses and artisan burl wood furniture


  • Paint house and trim
  • Install two new garage doors
  • Install contemporary lighting to match the angles of the house
  • Paint unique house numbers on one side of the house
  • Update the landscaping to include elephant sculture and colorful plants
  • Create a handmade mailbox/sculpture (made by Mark Pope)
  • Create grid pattern entryway of wood and acrylic block
  • Install rustic trellis for side of house to create depth and warmth
  • Install pixilated "Jungle Elephants" artwork over the front deck
  • Install polyurethane panels with embedded beach grass for the front deck


    • Botanical glass panels from Lumicor
    • Light fixtures from Five Rivers Lighting
    • Garage door opener from LiftMaster
    • Acrylic blocks from Builders Accessories
    • Artwork from Studio Blue
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