At Home with WTAE-TV Pittsburgh’s Wendy Bell
In the renovated Point Breeze home of Wendy Bell, there is not a space that hasn’t been carefully considered — all in the name of family
By Andrea Bosco
Photography: Cayla Zahoran
Upon entering the home of WTAE-TV Evening Anchor Wendy Bell, I experience a breeze of happiness. She greets me with open arms and her eminent smile at the entryway of a spotless mudroom painted orange — her favorite color. We pass stacked stone columns and enter into the kitchen, where she mixes me up a fresh lemon water and herself a coffee from an in-cabinet, single-cup maker. She and her husband Joe, an interventional cardiologist, have spent the past 10 years completing house projects, including a 1,200-square-foot addition.
“It’s all for the boys,” she says of her proudest accomplishments, sons Michael, 13; Jack, 12; Ryan, 8; and Bobby and Christopher, 5-year-old twins.
Bell describes her dwellings as “contemporary rustic.” “I get my girlish fix with these Swarovski pendants,” she says of the kitchen fixtures above the granite island. “I like to mix steel, glass, wood, and stone.” The kitchen and dining room seating spaces are situated exactly for five and seven, and are the usual morning and evening go-to spots. “I wake up around 6:30 a.m. and spend 30 minutes getting the house ready before I wake the kids,” says Bell. “The lights are low, candles are lit, the fireplace is on, and breakfast is cooking. It’s a quiet, peaceful, welcoming place to wake up to and get them going before they start a long day away from me.”
In the kitchen, a mosaic backsplash and patterned floor of hardwood and black onyx inlay are complemented by stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, and gray and white countertops. The cohesiveness of composition is emulated throughout the home with the use of pops of color — deep reds, purples, oranges, greens, and yellows — glossy white trim, textured wallpapers, the children’s framed artwork, and round mirrors.
Outside lie a few patio spaces; a large, level yard; perennials; and greenery, as gardening is one of Bell’s choice hobbies. With Frick Park nearly a block away, trees surround the property, and Bell says it’s usual to see deer and peregrine falcons.
Built in 1980, the home is a lucid reflection of the family’s values and a space that’s evolved since they first called it home in 2004. “I wanted it to be comfortable and fun for the boys,” says Bell. “Their friends are always here, and we always have extra people around.”
“I always say, I do what I like, so I can be with the people I love,” says Bell of her long-standing career in TV. It’s evident, through details, Bell’s philosophy holds true from family, to lifestyle and design. “Bright colors and organized spaces make me happy, and I want more than anything for my six men to be happy. Our home is fun and warm, and a loving place for the seven of us to count our blessings.”
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