Winter Warmth in Wyndmoor

A turn-of-the-century stone colonial on the edge of Chestnut Hill mixes traditional bones and modern decor, pristine family heirlooms and abstract children’s art, to achieve cozy, colorful, lived-in elegance

The Shoemaker family’s Wyndmoor home has thick stone walls and symmetric black-shuttered windows. It has sweeping stairs, original fireplaces, dark cherry floors and crown molding for days. To most decor observers, such traditional 110-year-old bones would cry out for a pale palette of Williamsburg colors and stoic period furnishings. But to owner Alison Shoemaker, an artist, a mom and a design-it-herself-er, the house seemed deserving of a fresher outlook. “Antiques by themselves can be a bit boring, stuffy,” she says. “I like modernity and color. I like to bring in textures, to mix new with old.”

 

Photography by Trevor Dixon // Styling by Barbara Botting

  • Kathleen

    What a fresh take on a old Philadelphia stunner. More of these please. Great story.