An Eclectic Philadelphia Loft

Lance DeWalt and Quoc Nguyen have spent eight years layering this Philadelphia loft with flea market finds, family treasures and new purchases as a couple. The loft is home to the pair as well as pack of furry companions – their dog Charlie and two cats, Murray and Clyde. Both Quoc and Lance work for Urban Inc – Quoc is a technical design director for all brands and Lance am the Visual Director for the home areas in Anthropologie. Together, they’ve created a home that is bright, optimistic and comfortable. There is a sentimental attachment behind everything and their style is based on simply finding a way to incorporate the objects they love into the design. One of their favorite objects is the hanging bubble chair, which becomes a swing when their nephews visit. Thanks, Lance and Quoc! And a big thank you to Courtney Apple for the lovely photographs.  –Amy

Image above: The pink sofa and gold vase are both from Jonathan Adler. The marble table from Design Within Reach.

Image above: The bubble chair is from Plushpod and the postal sacks on the cushions are from the Paris flea market.


See more of this Philly loft after the jump!


Image above: Bentwood dining table is from DWR. I painted the chandelier a high gloss white for an event I worked on. The chairs around the table are a mix that I have collected over the years – Ghost chairs, Pantone chairs and vintage flea market finds.

Image above: Quoc collects barware – these are some if his favorite copper glasses from antique store in Carlisle, Pa. The carved wood tray is my grandmother’s that she brought back from a trip to Brazil.

Image above: I found this trolley cart on the street in NYC and rolled 20 blocks home to my loft with friends one late evening (very heavy!) The terrariums are from my artist friend Jojo who is a San Francisco artist called The Slug and the Squirrel.

Image above: The ladder from the Portland Anthropologie – I bought before Ii actually bought this loft, so I wasn’t even positive that I had a room for it.  The collars were collected from various places through the years. I love what they do on the wall with the little thread ties. I also have a collection of cuffs that I haven’t figured out what to do with yet.


Image above: The bar stools are from NYC flea market. I found the the deer in a small shop in Asbury Park. It was covered with so much jewelry you that you could hardly decipher what it was. The light is Alvar Aalto.

Image above: The collection of figurative lamps started with the first find at the Brimfield flea market in 2004. We add to them when we find the right ones.

Image above: Papa bear chair from Modernica. We got this rug when we were up in Woodstock from the most wonderful man at Anatolia Rugs & Weaving.  We got the bedroom door from an architectural salvage place here in Philadelphia.

Image above: The bed from Room and Board. The picture is of my parents when they were in a play together (before they dated). The shadow box is an amazing purse that my Nana made my mother. My grandfather made the box and my Nana filled it with keepsakes that represented my mom.



Image above: The rug is from Anthropologie . I like to plan my outfits out for the week, so Quoc bought me this beautiful brass outfitting bar at a local flea market for me to plan out my outfit every night.

Image above: I adore Quoc…he has an obsession for collecting dice.

Image above: We love collecting the work of local artists. Our favorites are the dog prints by Lauren Walcott and illustrations by Kris Chau. Lauren painted our Charlie for us!


Image above: The white church pews in the hallway were from the church my parents got married in. The paintings are from local artist Kyle Fisher. The stacking dresser is mine on loan from a dear friend who lives in Amsterdam – Leslie Oschmann . It was her grandmothers…but I still never want to give it back.

Image above: This is Charlie.

  1. Thuy says:

    So great to see Philly on here! Beautiful space. I am in love with the kilim!

  2. Very cute! Nice personal touches.

  3. A perfect mix of new and old! I love this sneak peek!

  4. rosie says:

    There’s so much to love about this house! Amazing textures, colors, collections and such love! I think it’s my favorite! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Fabulous place! That fuchsia sofa is perfect.

  6. Lauri says:

    Gorgeous…love the trolley cart! And the dog =P

  7. Peter says:

    What great pews! Did you buy them or were they salvaged?

  8. boskybelle says:

    Sweet place! I love the way colors are used throughout this space in rugs and accents. The mostly neutral background calms those brights right down.

  9. Catherine says:

    Gorgeous! I love Charlie!

  10. Sally says:

    amazing place – love the gold lights in the kitchen, and those rugs are super gorgeous!

  11. Emmy says:

    Wow, I love everything about this home. It’s so well put together. The shirt collar arrangement is so neat, and the variety of chairs around the dining table is also just really great. Well done!

  12. I love homes that look lived in! All the wood, specs of gold and VINTAGE is SWOONIFUL!

  13. This is SUCH a cool home. I am most excited by the collar collection, figurine lamps and the Kyle Fisher artwork. So much creativity in this space, I love it! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Ashley Johnson says:

    I just really want to live there… And I love the fact that they have managed to blend their styles. Their home really portrays how in love they are.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Tracey says:

    Love the mix of new with old and treasured objects. So well put together.

  16. love how varied but cohesive it looks!

  17. Stefanie says:

    I love everything and Charlie!

  18. Kathleen says:

    Very, very nice! Love the pic of your mom and dad – they are absolutely adorable. Your home is so warm looking, especially for a loft. So beautifully furnished! And the collars and string ties are a riot!

  19. Kimberly says:

    This loft is totally awesome, I want to be invited over for drinks to truly appreciate all the awesome collections! Congrats on a gorgeous home!

  20. Alison says:

    Those copper high ball glasses – sigh..

  21. rachel says:

    I love everything about this, ESPECIALLY the hutch, or china cabinet, or whatever you call it. I’ve never seen anything like it!

  22. Aubrey says:

    Such a fun place to come home to. I especially love the lamp base collection! Great photos Courtney!!

  23. Stephanie says:

    What a wonderful mix of furniture, art, and collections!

  24. Tracy says:

    Oh how fabulous this space is – as are the guys who call it home.

  25. Celine says:

    One of my favorites ever. So well layered and curated.

  26. Gail Walker says:

    A superbly personal and beautiful home! Charlie is a dear!

  27. christine says:

    Gorgeous and inspiring!!

  28. Kayte says:

    Yay Lance and Quoc!!!! It’s a beautiful home and I am happy to say that I’ve been there a few times!

  29. Sue says:

    What a beautifully layered home! I am in love with the china cabinet/hutch. Can you tell us where you got that piece?

  30. Terry says:

    I am so impressed and cannot believe I have not seen your place in person. I feel both of your presence. It’s a wonderful home filled with love and consideration for each other. Be happy always.

  31. Shay says:

    Very nice! I love the fusion of styles y’all have used to represent yourselves in a loving way! What a wonderful atmosphere to call home.

  32. Rick in STL.MO says:

    it is unique to see a loft home that doesn’t look like a set. This home is layered, it looks like the guys use their things to add to their life together, not just tightly display them. The design is not contrived as so often happens in lofts shown in design articles, it looks evolving, much like their relationship. “Quoc has brought color into my world”–who doesn’t hope that someone thinks the same about each of us?

  33. jared says:

    amazing! i love your jonathan adler pieces! the sofa colour is perfect. the gold accents are so special. this space is spot on.

  34. smariel says:

    um. awesome!

  35. How cute is Charlie! Love the rug in the lounge.

  36. celeste says:

    I’d love to know the source for the barn door hardware. Thanks!

  37. Kamala says:

    Eclectic and charming place! Love how you put your personality into your home.
    Charlie is adorable too..

  38. Jennifer says:

    LOVE this! Probably one of my favorites! Such a beautiful home!

  39. Lance says:

    Peter, the pews were salvaged from the church my parents were married at in PA. The hutch is a flea market in St. Louis.

    Thanks for all of the great comments!!

  40. susan says:

    Gorgeous light, beautifully curated space…and a Philly residence too! Wondering what white paint that is…looks so perfect. Mind sharing?

  41. Haute Box says:

    Every aspect of this space is amazing, a modern space made so personal. Your collections are something to be jealous of. Well done!

  42. Sullivan says:

    Aw it’s so nice to see Quoc and Lance’s lovely home here! Quoc was one of my very first customers : )

  43. Katie says:

    omg!, I loved everything in this house. Totally my style ! I have been so interested in kilim area rugs and kilim pillows recently. That orange/brown kilim you have looks amazing ! Great pick!
    If any of you interested in handmade kilims , I purchased couple from
    I love their product and the customer service.

  44. Carolyn says:

    I love the kitchen. What brand is the stove?

  45. Cath says:

    Charlie is a doppelganger for my Rachel. She was a rescue dog from Ohio, I think. If you have any info about where Charlie came from please let me know.


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