Tag: interior design

Seeing Design in Black and White: Ideas for Your Home

Design ideas in black and white

Design in Black and White Sometimes the simplest elements make the biggest impact when it comes to decor. Take, for example, interior design in black and white.  These two basic colors when used in decorating a room make a big visual statement. The palette is appealing for a number of different reasons, starting with the [...]

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WSJ: Philly Is Perfect Case Study for the Latest Twist in Home Design

The Wall Street Journal also featured the Curran House, a conversion of three historic carriage houses by Metcalfe Design & Architecture.

The Wall Street Journal also featured the Curran House, a conversion of three historic carriage houses by Metcalfe Design & Architecture.

Hank McNeil, who just sold Rittenhouse Square’s legendary McIlhenney Mansion to Bart Blatstein, is suddenly having a serious 15 minutes of fame. After a flurry of press about the mansion, McNeil gets highlighted in the Wall Street Journal for a piece about the mansion he actually lives in. The 13,000-square-foot residence at 19th and Delancey represents a new design trend: preserving a historic facade but transforming the interior into a contemporary design showcase. “Faced with strict codes and steep construction costs,” says the Journal, “more homeowners are installing modern interiors in old homes.”

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Property’s Morning Obsession: The Walk-In Closet in a 2BR Condo Rental

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Main entrance to the Lenox Building

This two-bedroom unit in the Lenox Building on South 13th Street has hardwood floors, double shower head, dishwasher, a living room wired for audio and its own private entrance, as well as the standard 24/7 doorperson. But as nice as the 1,700-square-foot example of classic Washington Square West rentals seems to be, it’s the master closet that prompts an audible, lusty gasp from shoe hoarders and fashion junkies.

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Property’s Morning Obsession: Kids’ Rooms You’ll Want for Your Own

Bunk beds and shelving for books in a children's bedroom (Source: Lonny)

Bunk beds and shelving for books in a children's bedroom (Source: Lonny)

Lonny’s “How to Design a Kids Room Your Children Won’t Outgrow” is so enchanting, it’s enough to make you decide to have kids even if you haven’t planned on it. The idea is to create interiors that won’t have to be changed every time the child goes through a new developmental stage–and that will be just as stylish as the rest of the house.

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Property’s Morning Obsession: k YODER Design’s Locust Street Baths

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Design: k YODER. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro

For its most recent project, Philadelphia architecture and interiors firm k YODER Design took on one of the most bedeviling renovation design challenges: the bathroom. How to make a place that’s filled with so many givens, and dedicated primarily to utility, sing aesthetically? And, harder yet, how to do so sustainably? Kevin Yoder’s modern eye has the aesthetic challenge nailed, but in this case he went further by employing Lithoverde, a recycled natural stone product for a sustainable bathroom renovation.

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Make a Counter Offer: How to choose the right countertop material

Anyone who watches HGTV knows that the list of demands for any House Hunter will most definitely include granite countertops. Granite counters give a home’s value a bit of a boost in the eyes of most buyers—they stand up to heat and cutting well, and don’t typically chip or crack. But granite isn’t the only [...]

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Seattle Man Creates Website Devoted to Philly’s Basement Bars

The fanciest basement bar in the Philadelphia area.

The fanciest basement bar in the Philadelphia area.

Ryan Nickum became aware the Philly area’s basement bar culture when blogging for Estately. There were so many of the DIY speakeasies, he had to create a dedicated Tumblr—even though he lives in Seattle.

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