Amazing Spaces: Philadelphia’s Most Spectacular Interiors

The new Philadelphia aesthetic has come of age. Get inspired by 28 of our favorite room designs.

Rafael Novoa and Robert Lieberman of Rafael Novoa Interior Design converted their Upper Makefield barn into a soaring space that’s part rustic, part glam.

The Converted Barn
Rafael Novoa and Robert Lieberman of Rafael Novoa Interior Design converted their Upper Makefield barn into a soaring space that’s part rustic, part glam. (Photo by Jeffrey Totaro; Styling by Lauren Payne)

THE BEST DESIGN—whether seen in the curve of a bike rack or the arch of a barrel-vaulted ceiling—is immediately recognizable. It makes you feel something. These days, everyone cares about aesthetics (see: Apple’s world domination; elegant spatulas), and the trend is especially striking in populist Philadelphia, now an internationally known design hub. To see our city’s design evolution, you only have to look around: Sophisticated design is now omnipresent, from corner coffee shops and corporate offices to seriously covetable homes. In the pages that follow, we feature some of the area’s best interiors, spanning spaces that surprise (slides in an office building?), bewilder (is that really a porthole in a living room?), stun (that bathroom ceiling!) and, above all, inspire.



Please also see “How to Find the Perfect House in Philadelphia.”

First appeared in the March, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.


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  • Alexzandria

    Just recently got my new Philly Mag and I am in love with the giant “A” leaning on the wall, shown in the photo in the table of contents page. Where can I get one?????