A Mid-Century Retreat in Wayne Gets a Stylish Second Life

Robert and Tami Jamieson update a classic home originally designed by architect Robert McElroy in the late 1960s.

The home was originally designed by Robert McElroy in the 1960's | Photoes by Sam Oberter

The home was originally designed by Robert McElroy in the 1960’s | Photoes by Sam Oberter

Robert Jamieson admits it: He’s still surprised that he and his wife, Tami, own a home in the suburbs. When they moved to Philadelphia from New York City eight years ago, the idea was to eventually buy a place within city limits. “We’re really kind of city people,” says Robert, principal of STUDIOrobert jamieson, an architecture and design studio in Wayne. “But we just weren’t finding the right fit for us.”

Instead, the couple cast the net wider and wider until they found a well-loved mid-century modern gem on the Main Line designed by architect Robert McElroy in 1968: “We really wanted someplace that was an escape, someplace really special.” Over the past six years, the Jamiesons have carefully transformed the home into a chic retreat that showcases their tastes—a perfect blend of vintage and modern materials and decor.

Tami, a visual director at Anthropologie, plotted the finishing touches of the reclaimed aesthetic, like the petrified-wood cabinet pulls for the kitchen that the couple found as they were “poking through the little shops” on London’s Portobello Road. The overall result is an authentic look that honors the history of the home but also offers unique and comfortable living spaces for a young family of three.



This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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