Textile designer Janelle Pietrzak moved to the West Coast from Philly last year for what she thought was a temporary stay. But she fell in love with the area and decided to move there for good. There was just one problem: She was still in love with her four-bedroom South Philly home, which she’d spent a lot of time obsessively bringing up to contemporary standards with a new boiler system, new hot water heater, six new windows, a completely renovated and repositioned kitchen with black soapstone counters, new appliances, and new first-floor powder room.
A former Anthropologie employee who worked at the home office in design, trend and fabric sourcing for more than six years, Pietrzak tried to give the home that same “Anthro” feel. She bought a chandelier from Terrain for the vestibule, and papered the space in bright, floral wallpaper. She refinished and installed an antique solid oak foyer door with vintage textured glass. She used salvaged wood for a paneled wall in the living room (with bike racks) and installed an enormous gas pipe bookshelf.
She exposed a brick wall in the dining room and tore down the existing ceiling to replace it with salvaged corrugated metal, and added more salvaged and antique touches, like an old medicine cabinet embedded into the wall, vintage wallpaper and a light fixture made from an industrial whisk.
Aside from her interventions, the home itself already had good woodwork, pine tongue and groove paneling and hardwood floors.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 1,600
Extra space: Basement with workshop area; back yard
Listing: 1718 Wolf Street