sneak peek: kate s. jordan & david chanpong

This fall, Grace and I have been lucky enough to hold several events for Design*Sponge at Home in Anthropologie stores around the country. We never cease to be amazed by the local talent at each and every store. So today, it’s an extra treat to peek inside the home of Anthropologie senior stylist, Kate S. Jordan, and Anthropologie’s digital creative director, David Chanpong. The couple lives in Philadelphia, just a block from Wissahickon Park, which at 1,800 acres is one of the largest parks in the world. Their home was designed in 1951 by Frank Weise (who trained under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer). Kate, David, their two dogs, Georgia & Sadie and cat, Micah, are only the fourth family to live in the home, and they’ve kept everything original, adding only decorative touches — things that they love and that inspire them. Thanks to Kate & David, and a big thank you to Nick Steever for the photographs! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: This is a little nook under our stairs. The built-in coat closet parchment doors are original. The entire wall is covered in cork, and it smells amazing. I know it sounds bizarre, but I always take a whiff of it while going up or down the stairs; it smells a little like red wine and cigar smoke and brings to mind wonderful parties. The vintage pie safe was a gift from one of my very greatest friends, mentor and food stylist extraordinaire, Laurie Wolf. In the months leading up to her relocation to Portland, I dropped hints constantly about how in love I was with the piece. Lucky for me, she doesn’t miss a beat. The glass vase contains a collection of matchbooks that my grandfather kept throughout the years. Man, there are some really amazing fonts and graphics on those little matchbooks! The little orange lamp is from one of my favorite stores, Three Potato Four. The majority of the walls are painted with Clean White by Benjamin Moore.

Image above: Our fireplace is such a treat when it’s chilly. Since it’s gas-fed, all I need to do is push a button to have a fire! The recycled glass vase is from Anthropologie, and the steer horns were a find from Three Potato Four.

The rest of Kate and David’s Sneak Peek continues after the jump . . .

Image above: Our bedroom gets lots of great light, but we also have a window shade that blocks every ounce of sunlight; I could sleep for days with it down! One day while thrifting, I found this old photo album from 1970s of a young woman’s European vacation — looks like she and her friends traveled all over, stayed in hostels, visited family in England and had the best time! It’s one of my most treasured finds, as the Polaroids are just so full of youth, exuberance and exploration. I framed them all chronologically; this is one of four frames. The lamp is from Anthropologie; the wooden birds, designed by Kristian Vedel, were a gift from David (but you can get them here). The Swiss Army blanket was an Etsy splurge. I’ve always wanted one, but those in great condition are a little pricey. Suffice it to say, I had a glass of wine before I placed the order.

Image above: Our downstairs area is pretty unusual — it’s more or less double-height, there are floor-to-ceiling windows to the right of the image’s frame and glass doors and windows leading out to our patio to the left of the image’s frame. The cork wall, again, is so lovely and smells so great. The couch is from Restoration Hardware; the rug is from Crate and Barrel; the credenza and coffee table are from Anthropologie. David haaaaates that tiger painting (he once told me right before his mother came to visit our home for the first time that she hated folk art, so I had to get rid of it. Please!), but I refuse to let it go. Have you ever seen such an emotional tiger? Ugh, he breaks my heart sometimes.

Image above: Our bathroom is original to the house. Never got around to putting a curtain up over the window. I’m of the opinion that if our neighbor sees anything, it’s probably old news to him at this point. The towel is from Anthro; the tiny jar of matchsticks is from Terrain.

Image above: Our bookshelves are getting more and more stuffed as time passes. Probably out of everything, books are my most favorite things to collect. They’re a constant source of inspiration and information and are great for propping on shoots! A word of note, though: Organizing your books by spine color is not, in fact, “organizing.” At this point, I have a general idea of where certain books are but have dim luck trying to find that recently bought copy of She Came to Stay in a timely fashion. I bought the small oil painting on Etsy from Linda Donohue’s lovely shop. I find her work to be so ethereal and temporal. The vulture photograph is by Sharon Montrose.

Image above: Another view of our living room. The animals go bonkers for all the windows — there is so much to stare and bark at. Also, the Noguchi lamps are original to the house. Last year, we had our Christmas tree where the Barcelona chair sits. After I Googled info on the lamps, you can bet that the tree topper immediately came down. No pointy objects near those things!

Image above: Our dining table. Downstairs, the dining area and living space are all one open room. Having a space with so many windows allows us to really feel the effect of the weather. That said, because of all the architectural textures and the layout, our home always feels cozy, no matter what’s storming outside!

  1. Bridgette says:

    I love the dining table setting , where did you get the dishes? Plates. mugs and saucers… you have a beautiful home

  2. Kelly says:

    Gorgeous home, very livable and stylish! I really love the credenza in the living room. I don’t see it on the Anthropologie website anymore… although I remember seeing it there sometime in the past. Do you know if it’s still available somewhere?

  3. Hey, @Bridgette! The plates were actually a hand-me-down from my mom. She had them in her first apartment; when I moved into mine so many years ago, she gave them to me! The pattern is Finlandia, manufactured by Myott of Staffordshire, England. A quick search turned up loads of results on eBay and Replacements, Inc. The juice glasses are from Anthropologie (I don’t think they’re available anymore); the cups and saucers are by Russel Wright. Found them at a local vintage store. I’m sure you can find them on etsy or eBay.
    @Kelly, thank you! The credenza is by Iannone Design, a firm based in Philadelphia. Here’s their site:

  4. Brigid says:

    Was ecstatic to find this post of a lovely home for a lovely gal! What a wonderful space… the photos convey the great energy it has, and even allude to many happy memories yet to be made. All the best to you and David! — Brigid Darragh

  5. audrey yee says:

    where did you get the cork tiles? it looks beautiful!

  6. Hey @Audrey Yee–the cork is original! That’s why it smells so great! :)

  7. Lizzie says:

    Love the Swiss Army blanket and fireplace. The bookcase organized by color is lovely, too! Beautiful home.


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