After 15 years of featuring incredible homes on Design*Sponge, it can feel like every cool home we see has been featured here or elsewhere. But when this incredible Philadelphia, PA penthouse came across my desk, I gasped — it had all of the things I’m always scouting for: Color, pattern and a unique setting. The space designed by Michelle Gage Interiors goes against what I typically think of for an industrial loft and to me, that’s really wonderful. No matter how many homes I’ve seen, there’s always a new point-of-view I never would have thought of.
I’ve gotten to work with Michelle on Before & Afters of her own home and have appreciated her eye in seeing the potential for beauty in an empty space. That skill made her the perfect designer to work on this 2,000-square-foot loft. The exposed brick and concrete floors are cool, but they didn’t feel like the homeowner’s vintage style. Michelle and her team needed to create connection between the warehouse shell and the collected, luxe aesthetic the client was after. “The loft is amazing, but industrial. We didn’t really want to play that up, so instead we provided contrasting elements to create a cohesive vibe. The brick walls are balanced by amazing bird wallpaper. The concrete floors are met with soft, plush rugs. The exposed ceilings dangle crystal chandeliers down,” Michelle shares.
Making the homeowner and her son feel at home in the space was a priority. They needed a haven to retreat to as well as a space where they could entertain. Knowing her client’s love for vintage and eclectic style, Michelle created a space full of seating, vibrant colors and stunning accents. “As designers, we’re always thankful when clients not only have great style, but are also trusting of our vision. Our designs pulled out elements from the homeowner’s inspiration images, but we put our own twist on things,” Michelle explains. “All in all, our client was pretty trusting to move forward with what we envisioned for her space which always makes for the best end result.”
Jewel tones, pastels and bold brights all combine together in a refreshing palette. Patterned wallpaper and soft upholstery add whimsy and refinement. A mix of vintage and modern furniture styles, large-scale artwork and thrifted accents create a style that can’t be easily replicated. While the owner of the loft knew that she didn’t want to lean into the warehouse vibe, she wasn’t sure how to create the design she was after. Enlisting the help of Michelle and her team allowed her to achieve her signature style without stressing on how to do it. It’s a lovely home that suits this mother and son perfectly. —Lauren
Photography by Rebecca McAlpin
Image above: The large, open space had great light and high ceilings to start with. Instead of covering up the brick and other industrial elements, Michelle chose to complement and contrast them with patterned wallpaper, vintage finds and modern pieces.