sneak peek: amanda & dan gneiding


amanda and dan gneiding make quite the creative couple, with amanda working as an apparel designer for anthropologie and dan at urban outfitters as a graphic designer. their home, which is located in one of my favorite philly neighborhoods – liberty heights – is full of great color and fun touches. click here and here for more from this talented pair, and enjoy the full post below! {thanks, amanda and dan!}anne

[above: My husband Dan and I moved into this century old brick town house in the heart of Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties area a few years ago and have been slowly collecting things along the way to make it ours.  Dan planted this planter for me as a gift for my first mother’s day this year, it makes me smile every time I come and go out of our front door. We picked up this antique doorknocker on a trip to Amsterdam, it’s actually from Marrakech and is referred to as the hand of Fatima. It’s believed to bring luck and protection to the home, we think it’s working…. ]

Our home is an eclectic mix of old and new, but most importantly, we want our little nest to be functional and cozy for ourselves and our one-year-old daughter, Charley Mae.

One our favorite things is the small framed home-sweet home “cross stitched” screen-printed vintage hanky was a gift from friend Erin Mulcahy of Bird and Banner.

We love to find things at the Golden Nugget flea market in Lambertville, NJ.  These steer horns were a steal, and came with the original matador hat! We gather around the fireplace mantel everyday even though its non functional, and Charley likes to plunk her little school chair in front of her toy trunk and scatter her things all over the floor…

This mantel is an architectural salvage from an old house here in Philadelphia; we like to think it’s what may have been here originally.  It was left outside in our yard for a year before we got around to fixing it up, which we think added to its amazing texture and character.

These four pillars are among our favorite things.  We got these at the golden nugget as well, and they are salvaged from the front of an old southern mansion. It was at the end of the day, and the seller told me if I could get them home they could be mine.  Somehow we got these home, and now we will always have to live in a home with ceilings tall enough to accommodate these dramatic ten foot pillars.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Amanda and Dan’s sneak peek after the jump!

The perfect match of form and function, we use this old orchard ladder we found in our side yard to reach our tallest kitchen cabinets and then hang it back up on the wall until next time.

We renovated the top floor of the house to be a shared home office; it’s so great to have a place in our home for creative escape. I have my sewing and sketching area and Dan has a light table for drawing and painting.

This Thiebaud print makes me feel decadent, like we can have cake every morning and every evening.

The rock wall in our bathroom was inspired by a trip to Tokyo, the Japanese have such a nice way of incorporating nature is into their living space.

Charley’s room was so much fun to create, at the time we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl, but figured every kid loves pencil-yellow and chalkboard grey.

Dan painted this mural for Charley, she loves it and has to kiss the giraffe goodnight every night before bed.

We made this high chair tray for Charley using epoxy resin, inspired by one my parents made for me when I was a baby. Charley tries endlessly to pick up these little bits between bites.

Charley loves that these little bowling pins are meant for knocking down!

We love to re-imagine a new function for an already functional object.  This vintage French shopping cart doubles as a lamp and candle holder (depending on the mood) inspired by local artist Warren Miller of Philadelphia studio gallery Bahdeebahdu.

  1. This is such an inspiring home! I can’t stop looking at all of the well thought out details.

    I love that they have used pillers in more than just one room…

  2. Kim says:

    I LOVE this house! It might be my favorite one yet. I am completely jealous of the pillars (and love the story of how Dan & Amanda came to get them) and I have serious lust for that settee (am I using the right term) on the orange wall, under the mirror. Any source for that–or at least for the amazing fabric?

  3. Natalie says:

    I love that divider in the living room! That would be an excellent home office solution =)

  4. sydney says:

    Love the mural in the baby’s room and the highchair. Also, that work work table with the stripped design just gave me inspiration for what to do about my work space. I like this house even though some of the items were not my taste. IMO, it’s not too kitschy, mcm, or “flea market-y”. Just the right eclectic mix. Plus, those pillars are worth the trouble of finding a house to accommodate them. :) Two questions: Where is the matador’s hat and is that a glowing dog underneath the crib?

  5. Celine says:

    Talk about dream job – Anthropologie apparel designer…wow! What a beautiful home – love the grey and chartreuse colour scheme in the bedroom. All around stunning

  6. Love. Totally up my alley.

  7. I’m wondering what that gorgeous burnt orange color is on the walls? Willing to share?

  8. Tonja says:

    Love your mix of old and new to create an modern eclectic home.

  9. Stella says:

    I had a shopping cart in my dining room for awhile that I used to hold recycling… not as classy.

    Loved this sneak peek! The high chair epoxy tray is just brilliant. I would pay $100 for that and then when she is grown up, mount it on the wall!

  10. Maria says:

    I LOVE the wall mural!

  11. This home is pure perfection, it has everything I love: bold wall colors, Saarinen’s chairs, a little drama and an overall warm feeling. It’s beautiful!

  12. oh my! those floor boards are to die for.

  13. taylor says:

    High chair & mural are amazing! You will raise a very creative little mind :)

  14. Mark says:

    Wonderfully creative and inventive home. I like the mural – the giraffe kissing story and the epoxy tray. The bandy legged table which looks like it’s wearing a pair of long, stripey knickers, makes me laugh.

  15. Gorgeous house — and that mural in their daughter’s room is absolutely amazing! I am bookmarking that for my future child’s room, for sure :)

  16. Love the contrast in the distressed/dark flooring and the white desk & tulip chair!
    Very cute mural w/ giraffe too!! Such a great idea to mix the 2-d line art with the real thing!

  17. Jane says:

    I have seen those door knockers in the town of Antibes, France. Each door/house had a different hand some larger some smaller. I was told that the size of the hand and jewelry on the hand was an indication of the “wealth” in that particular home.
    This is a lovely post, I especially enjoy the wood floor in the office.

  18. Ann says:

    Sort of Stately Home at a small scale. I like.

  19. AMH Design says:

    Is the striped work table a DIY amazing project? If not, who made it? it’s amazing!

  20. Susan says:

    Love how “lived in” it is, and how they’ve incorporated all the things they love into the decor in such creative ways.

  21. Laura says:

    The mural, high chair, pillars, and grocery cart- love! Please tell me that Charley Mae isn’t eating paint chips from the mantle and I’ll feel so much better about that piece!

  22. Renee says:

    Love the floor on the top level!! What type of wood is that?

  23. third biggest city in US! says:

    It’s called Northern Liberties NOT “Liberty Heights” but otherwise nice job

  24. Janet says:

    Natalie – the divider in the living room is sectioning off the front door. Lots of Philly rowhomes – the door opens right into the living room and since the houses are so narrow – it can be a pain to arrange furniture

    I love the mural

  25. Anabel says:

    Such a convenient way of displaying guitars! :)

  26. Lisa says:

    the burnt orange wall is FANTASTIC.

  27. Brittany says:

    Beautiful home!!!! Was wondering if you could share the grey paint color in the living room?? Love it!!!

  28. Ashley says:

    does anyone know where the black and white patterned fabric on the chair in the 2nd picture is from? love it. looks so great against the burnt orange wall.

  29. I just keep thinking what a vivid aesthetic and creative childhood Charley is having! Thanks for the inspiration in home design and parenting!

  30. koolaroo says:

    unbelievably perfect

  31. Kelly-Ann says:


  32. max says:

    Really nice flat combining contemporary elements with those more “rustic”, but these skins on the floor are freaking me out.

  33. Amber says:

    I always love seeing other people’s homes, what wonderful inspiration. I am now eager to go to our local sunday morning flee market and see what I can find to add a few touches to our living room.

  34. Are those real dead carcasses on the floor and then a fake one in the baby’s room? Maybe they’re all fake? That’s an odd to have some many dead things laying around don’t you think?

  35. Amanda says:

    Hello design lovers and thank you for the support! I feel as though we’ve had you all over for a cup of tea and a chat!
    To answer some of your questions specifically, please see below,

    * The dining room Grey wall color is call “Java” and is by Eddie Bauer Home collection available at Loews. The burnt Orange wall color is from Benjamin Moore, (color name unknown).

    * The orange toille fabric as well as the black and white graphic print is from Mood NYC, the best fabric store on earth..

    * The table in our office is from Antrhopologie, and reminds me of Paul Smith designs… could be a great DIY project for anyone with bright paint colors and tape!

    * Our distressed antique fireplace mantel has been tested for lead paint and coated with many layers of poly-eurathane for good measure, (Lead paint home testing kit available at hardware stores)

    * Cow rugs? yes dead and beautiful.

    Thanks for peaking into our home, we loved having you!!
    Amanda & Dan

  36. Hilary says:

    I LOVE that mural. Such a great idea and a charming touch to the room. Amazing!

  37. Christa says:

    I really love how the textures and details dance together here. In all, it looks so comfortable and well done.

  38. Paula says:

    I could happily move right in!

  39. NubiaNYC says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous home!

    One question, what is the name of the artist that did the illustration of the cakes behind the bed?

    Thank you!

  40. NubiaNYC says:

    Ooops, I just saw you have mentioned the name below the picture….


  41. Eva says:

    Cute home, very personal. great bedroom you guys have!

  42. Alison says:

    I must ask — where is your duvet cover from? And the yellow pillows on your bed? Love them both!

  43. cb says:

    this is too creative!

  44. wow says:

    The animal skin rug and horns are not attractive. It all looks cramped and crowded. Too much stuff is crammed into a small space, making it look even smaller.

  45. Jennifer S. says:

    Have you done anything in particular to make your fireplace mantel stand flush against the wall? I can’t tell you how much I’d like to purchase a mantel and do the same. In an apartment, though, with no permission to do anything too drastic, I’m not sure how to make it stand straight and be stable. What did you do to yours?

  46. Julia says:

    were did you get that wonderful glowing dog under the charlie’s bed? i would love one for our child’s bedroom!

  47. mona novak says:

    loved the resin high chair and the candles in the carts and the painted fun baby mural all of it was terrific!!

  48. Allison says:

    Amanda- what is the color of the office grey? I’m in love.


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