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Monday April 28th, 2014

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A Spirit of Generosity in a Philadelphia Home

Designer Mike Smith and writer Chara Odhner have a spirit of generosity and openness that truly captures the spirit of the Philadelphia apartment they’ve lived in for just about three years now. Mike says they don’t have a specific decorating style, just that he’s not much of a minimalist and wants the space to feel warm…

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Monday November 18th, 2013

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A Light and Textile Filled Philly Apartment

Originally from New York and DC respectively, Nina and Will Pace met in grad school in Baltimore before making their way to Philadelphia, where they’ve been renting this apartment in the city’s Manayunk neighborhood for the past two years. Nina’s background is in painting, which has led her to a lot of freelance work. Her paintings…

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Monday August 12th, 2013

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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…

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Monday April 15th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Aubrey Levinthal

Aubrey Levinthal and Alex Kursman have lived in this home in Philadelphia’s Center City Trinity for nearly four years. When they initially moved in, Alex had just begun his work as a Federal Defender  and Aubrey was in graduate school for painting.  Since then, the two have added a pit bull to the family mix….

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Monday March 25th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Lydia Nichols and Julia Lines Wilson

This is the third apartment Lydia Nichols and Julia Lines Wilson have shared. After two tiny Brooklyn apartments they were nearly overwhelmed by all of the space they had once they moved to the Fairmount Area of Philadelphia two years ago for Lydia’s MFA. They finally had a chance to let all of the artwork and…

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Monday January 7th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius

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…

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Monday October 15th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Greg & Melissa Hoy

Greg Hoy is the president of Happy Cog, an award-winning boutique digital design agency with offices in New York, Philadelphia and Austin, and he loves to unplug by cooking. His wife, Melissa, is a former display coordinator and merchandiser for Anthropologie and Terrain who spends much of her spare time scavenging flea markets and antique shops for her own creations for…

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Monday October 8th, 2012

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sneak peek: caitlin wilson textiles

Caitlin Wilson is lucky enough to work on design projects all over the country, but she works out of her Philadelphia home. After her husband Brigham’s job took them overseas for a couple years, he’s now a student at the Wharton School of Business, and together they run Caitlin’s textile line and interior design business. (Having…

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sneak peek: margaux & walter kent

Margaux and Walter make things. Mostly, they devote their making hours to Peg and Awl, creating objects for the home, body and garden, all from reclaimed materials. The couple lives in Fishtown, Philadelphia, in an historic area close to the river. It’s a pretty full house; in addition to Margaux and Walter, there are their…

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Monday June 18th, 2012

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sneak peek: susan and parker hutchinson

Susan Hutchinson and her husband, Parker, live in a 1948 cottage in the historic town of West Chester, PA. They purchased it a year and a half ago and have been working on home improvements ever since. Their style is mostly vintage and traditional, with modern elements mixed in, and infused with antiques and French…

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Monday February 20th, 2012

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sneak peek: tara mangini & percy bright

I’ve been awaiting this peek for quite a while. Ever since we saw a little of the spectacular transformations that Tara Mangini & Percy Bright accomplished on this 1915 Philadelphia row house (See Before & After: Percy’s Home Transformation Part 1 and Part 2), I was anxious to see the entire home. The couple has exquisite…

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Monday November 28th, 2011

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sneak peek: naomi stein of design manifest

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Naomi Stein describes her aesthetic as modern bohemian glamour. She gravitates toward an eclectic look, mixing colors, patterns and time periods. This was Naomi’s first apartment completely alone, without having to factor in a roommate or a boyfriend’s tastes, so she pushed herself to take risks with color, pattern and art. Together with her father,…

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Monday November 7th, 2011

Monday August 22nd, 2011

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sneak peek: nicholas santore & valerie ferus

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When painter Nicholas Santore and clothing and jewelry designer Valerie Ferus moved into this Philadelphia row house ten years ago, they knew the home needed to be updated, but they wanted to respect its integrity and past. They used a light hand when making changes but allowed their imaginations to run wild when choosing furniture….

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Monday April 11th, 2011

Monday January 31st, 2011

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sneak peek: lizzy janssen

sneak peek: lizzy janssen

Almost immediately after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Lizzy Janssen moved to the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. During the day, she works as a designer for Free People, and she spends her free time working out of this jewel-box apartment — literally, the apartment was originally a jewelry shop — working on…

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Monday July 19th, 2010

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sneak peek: amanda & dan gneiding

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…

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Tuesday December 15th, 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009

Monday September 14th, 2009

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sneak peek: john murphy

sneak peek: john murphy

the design*sponge team have all been fans of john murphy‘s photographs – housed in his trademark ornate frames hand-finished in punchy colors – for some time now! so it’s such a thrill to get a look into his philly home! just three years ago, john and family moved outside of the city proper to a…

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