Sneak Peek: Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius

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Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius live in an old house that was originally a tenement for immigrants working in the nearby 9th Street stall market in South Philly (also known as Bella Vista or Italian Market). They wanted to honor its age while creating a clean and modern living space. The couple is a pair of illustrators who work together and have made images for everything from books to advertisements for an impressive range of clients including Chronicle Books, The New York Times and Whole Foods. Their home is also a short walk from The University of the Arts, where Matt is a professor. Friends have said that the narrow street they live on feels a little like a commune: Everyone is connected, and each evening the residents live on their front stoops, with the kids (daughter Juniper included) going from house to house as everyone takes turns keeping an eye on them. Thanks, Matt and Gina, and thanks to Andrea Cipriani Mecchi for the photos! — Anne

Image above: The great thing about being an illustrator is getting to work hard at doing what you love. This desk is where Gina does most of that hard work, and generally, she loves it.


Image above: Some of our collaborative paintings, both finished and unfinished. On the floor is the rug Gina designed for Nuloom, and the bench cushion is upholstered with fabric from the line she designed for LoomSource.

See more inside Gina and Matt’s home after the jump . . .


Image above: This room was once Matt’s studio, but our daughter’s toys were slowly taking over the house. The need for a playroom became apparent, so now Matt walks a few blocks to the studio he shares with Martha Rich and Andrea Cipriani.


Image above: The poster in the playroom was illustrated by our friend Yuko Shimizu. The letterpress alphabet is by another friend, Kelly Blair. Juniper’s reluctant playmate is Wes the Dog.


Image above: We moved down from Brooklyn nearly 10 years ago, and this is the second Philly house we’ve renovated. Both of them were in sorry states when we got them, and Matt’s learned a ton from his dad as they’ve done all the work on them. There’s been plenty of grunt work, but occasionally they get to finesse something like these built-in cabinets and shelves. The painting is ours.


Image above: The pillow is Gina’s design for Urban Outfitters. The chair is from a set we trash picked and spray painted.


Image above: The photo in the ornate frame is by another friend, John Murphy. The painting is ours, and the little chair was the one a wee Matt sat on back in Sunday school.


Image above: This is Juniper’s bedroom with a pouf knitted by Gina’s mom and an armoire from a flea market in Park Slope. She’ll need to get a little older before dad has time to build replacements for her Ikea bed and dresser.


Image above: A little snippet of our master bedroom, with a quilt by Matt’s mom and a painting by Rachel Salomon.


Image above: A Charley Harper print in the room that best shows off the geometry of our house’s Federal bones. On the couch is Juniper’s Kitty, made for her by Katie Shields. The pillows are made with fabric from Galbraith and Paul, a Philadelphia textile company where Matt’s cousin, Lauren McEwen, works.


Image above: Art by Amy Kauffman, Katherine Streeter and Brian Rea.

  1. lacy says:

    gosh, i LOVE this house! all the color is wonderful. it really looks like people live here–it’s nice when the practical IS artistic.

  2. Maria Ragusa says:

    As always, beautiful and elegant!

  3. Art and Design inspiration! Love it!

  4. Rebecca says:

    This house is lovely, charming, stylish and welcoming. :)

  5. Jodi says:

    So cheerful and lovely! Wonderfully inspiring

  6. Julian Hazlett says:

    I love this home. So inspiring.

  7. Erika says:

    i love this house and I especially adore the work spaces :)

  8. Wow wow wow! I love this home so much! The work space is my favorite – so much to look at. That fireplace is to die for! Also, where is the platform bed in the master bedroom from? The daughter’s room is perfection – I love the colors. Oh, to have artists for parents:)

    I could look at these photos all day – definitely one of my favorite sneak peeks to date!

  9. Preeti says:

    Awesome and beautiful Space to live !

  10. Stefani says:

    Your daughter’s room is wonderful—bright, cheerful and I love the little crib where one of her stuffed animals is reclining next to her bed!

  11. Alethea Morrison says:

    It’s great to see your space and family, Gina!

  12. Martha says:

    Looks so nice and comfortable; a place where anyone could make themselves at home easily. The pictures are so so pretty and rich! This is inspiring me to make my apartment more cozy and livable.

  13. Matt says:

    Hey thanks everyone for the nice comments, and thanks to Design Sponge for having us by.
    Stephanie, the bed’s from West Elm and has wonderful drawers for storage underneath.

  14. I love it all. What wonderful talent (and taste!) you both have. Thank you for the beautiful and inspiring sneak peek. :)

  15. Megan says:

    The colors are happy but not too much, love it! And I have a daughter named Juniper too!

  16. Brittany Kay says:

    I love this house, but I love the description of their friends and neighbors in the beginning. Living in a community like that is my dream! What fun!

  17. katija says:

    I love your home. So colorful and creative
    wish it was mine

  18. What a colorful and welcoming home!

  19. That floating bedside table with the green interior is so fun. I love the little touch of color. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Charlotte says:

    I always love seeing the families who live in these homes! They all look like they absolutely belong there. Charming.

  21. Jeanelle says:

    This house is beyond lovely :) Love Ms. Juniper’s room, where are the curtains from?

  22. Theresa says:

    There is so much I love about this home. I love the consistency of the white walls. It really allows your art work and decor be show cased. Thanks for sharing a photo of your family. Juniper is lucky to have such cool parents.

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