Project Reveal: Artful Dwelling Off Delancey

Artful Dwelling Off Delancey blends the high regency architectural elements of this 1850s Philadelphia house with the clients’ eclectic eye, all through the imaginative lens of Michelle Gage Interiors. Brought in to elevate the living room, dining room, den and primary suite – along with a full-gut of the primary bathroom, our team transformed this historic rowhome into an artistically curated respite in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.

Enter the living room – uniting this long narrow room into a cohesive space with lots of functionality presented an interesting design challenge. Mirroring a sleek sofa and daybed in jewel-tone velvets around the fireplace creates a central, symmetrical gathering point. Layered artisan materials – bone inlay coffee table, olive burl credenza and colorful textiles add visual depth. Sculptural lighting illuminates the room, which is accented by curated vintage pieces and the clients’ eclectic art collection.

In the dining room, a vintage rug and locally-made custom walnut dining table complement the botanical mural wallpaper with the British candy pink glass double pendant popping against the lush greens.

The den’s artisan floral wallpapered ceiling contrasts against the striking green walls. An inky velvet sleeper sofa and tufted leather lounge chair lend softness to the room, with vintage rug, hand painted nesting tables and brass credenza adding a layer of eclectic curation. A vintage campaign desk, custom upholstered desk chair and sculptural brass lamp create a working zone in the side nook.

The primary suite bathroom underwent a full-gut renovation, removing a wall to allow the natural light to permeate the room and create a larger, more functional space. Black and white marble floors in a large scale basket weave were selected as a nod to the home’s longevity, while the black field tile in the shower pattern pulls from the Delancey neighborhood’s brickwork. Touches of aubergine in the quartz and doors pop against the black and white elements. Unlacquered brass fixtures, custom sculptural medicine cabinets and jewel-box lighting finish the space.

Ethereal cloud wallpaper envelopes the primary suite bedroom. Mis-matched nightstands with petite lotus bulb lights create balanced asymmetry around the bed. A brass and glass curvy chandelier creates ambiance in the evening hours. The vintage deep indigo and violet rug unites the long room with a sculptural linen-wrapped dresser and curated artwork.

Transforming this historic house into an artful home befitting the clients’ aesthetic was a joyful journey. We’d love to bring high function and a personalized design approach to your home – let’s get in touch!

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