Kevin's Creative Commorancy

House Tour

Name: Kevin Derrick of Kelly Drive, DesignPhiladelphia & bahdeebahdu
Location: On the fringe of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 2

This creative commorancy is unique to say the least. It's full of artwork from top to bottom and the color palette is not one you'd find in the average home. These are the things that make this home so fascinating — you just don't see this stuff everyday!

When you walk into Kevin's home you certainly don't expect to see pink walls in the living room. While we were certainly surprised, we were also impressed. The use of accent colors in the furniture, lighting and accessories merry perfectly with the pink walls.

After spending quite some time in the living room, we were again, pleasantly surprised when we walked in the bright white kitchen. We at Apartment Therapy have mentioned numerous times just how much we love bright white kitchens! There's just something so inspiring and beautiful about white spaces that immediately puts a smile on our face. We also really love the open shelving where Kevin keeps his wine and champagne glasses! And did you notice the subtle white and cream stripes on the walls?

We didn't anticipate just how much we were going to love the bedroom. We've been wanting to paint our bedroom gray for quite some time and this was the little extra nudge we needed. The white molding, doors and curtains help tone down the gray and leaves the room feeling refreshing, comfortable and chic. The accent colors of yellow from the IKEA carpet and the green from the nautical artwork work perfectly with the gray. The original black wood plank flooring helps draw everything together.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: I don't really know, "bohemian splendor" maybe? Suggestions welcome.

Inspiration: Nest Magazine and World Of Interiors top the list. Such great resources in so many ways.

Favorite Element: The pink walls in the front room "salon." Finding a color that set off the space but didn't overpower the different elements was tricky. (I definitely didn't want Pepto Bismol pink or 80s magenta, yikes!) To get it just right, I tested it at different times of day and with a variety of lighting in the evening.

Biggest Challenge: I have a hoarding instinct and can't easily pass up a bargain. With a small space however, I really can only have a few favorite pieces around at any one time. This means my place is in flux with change-outs happening often. It's both hard to say no to, and to let go of great pieces I love.

What Friends Say: I get all kinds of reactions…some love it, others not so much. Most often I hear something along the lines of "This isn't necessarily MY style, but I can appreciate the fact that it is A style." I think that's fair.

Biggest Embarrassment: Cheap vinyl floors and a drop ceiling in the bath. But hey, it's a rental.

Proudest DIY: That would have to be my postal box bar. Actually getting the brass and steel piece was probably the hardest part as I had to haggle with someone over the course of several days in rural PA. In the end, I purchased two of them at a bargain and easily added some wheels, paint and a finished top to make it just right.

Biggest Indulgence: I would much rather brag about how cheap something was over what ridiculously high price I paid. I just don't understand that kind of spending and actually think it can sometimes be a little tacky…that said, you can never go wrong with great pillows and bedding. A good nights sleep is a luxury that sets you right all day long.

Best advice: Rules are made to be broken. Stand out and have fun.

Other Inspiration: Generally: art, furniture, fashion and graphic design. Architecture too.

Resources of Note:

Furniture: Salon: Steel desk from KNF, Leather love seat and bookshelf from IKEA, Pink concrete table from Sandback, Armchair from Stewart, Walnut side chairs by Robert Aiosa, Brass bar by Kevin Derrick, Oak desk chair from a thrift store. Bedroom: All flea market finds with the exception of the Andreu World armchair.

Accessories: TeaTime tables from Kevin Derrick, Drum One Up table and Piss Elegant vase from RJ Thornburg of Bahdeebahdu. (All available at Kelly Drive)

Lighting: "Hey Sailor" light sculpture from Warren Muller of Bahdeebahdu, Brass lamps from various thrift shops.

Rugs and Carpets: IKEA

Paint: I'll have to come back to this one, there were so many iterations!

Window Treatments: Drapery panels from IKEA, Burlap "sheers" from a discount fabric outlet.

Artwork: Vintage frame by Schuyler Blanchard, Framed digital print by Ric Best, Scaffold sculptures by Alex Beroz, Other assorted work by Kevin Derrick.

Thanks, Kevin!

Images: Kristen Lubbe

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