Splendiferous Interiors: Center City Home Designed By Louis Navarette

"You train your eye to do work in any style."

Dining room interior designed by Louis Navarette.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Joseph PR.

Photos by Kelly Marshall

Something a little understated, yet proof that art lovers live there…that’s what the couple who live in this brick Philadelphia townhouse wanted when they approached interior designer Louis Navarette to decorate their home. The study in harmonizing contrasts that resulted from the project can be seen in the gallery below.

Among new highlights in the home is the dining room, which has an 18th-century French table, Regency chairs, and a fun, pink Venini chandelier. Artwork by Ric Best lines one of the walls, while a small Fernando Botero sculpture stands on a 19th-century porphyry column.

For the second-floor master bedroom, Navarette went with Marc Phillips carpeting in muted grays with blue accents (“to ground the room”), an Empire chest with gilt mirror, and mid-century chairs. Curtains, lined in ice blue, are silk linen.

Speaking of the project, Navarette says the 19th-century house did not have many of its original architectural details remaining so he kept the background “streamlined and simple” with antiques scattered throughout (Navarette believes they “give a room a sense of scale, history, and character,” unlike reproductions).


Photos by Kelly Marshall