Philadelphia Home: The New Modern Family Home in Chestnut Hill

With the help of Philadelphia designer Mona Ross Berman, a young family takes a 1907 house from empty shell to utterly sophisticated (but kid-friendly!).

Photograph by Jeffrey Totaro for Philadelphia magazine. A Mona Ross Berman designed home in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Kitchen.

Model Kitchen

In the kitchen, modern amenities and furnishings (custom cabinetry, Shin and Tomoko Azumi’s LEM Piston stools, Alvar Aalto pendant lights) are a sleek counterpart to warm ­Brazilian-soapstone countertops and traditional elements like the arched double doors, original to the home. The back of the kitchen functions as a butler’s pantry, with a second dishwasher, a wine refrigerator and additional storage.