Small Cool 2010: Christopher's Retro Rowhouse

Small Division #27


Who Lives Here: Christopher + wife + cat, Stuart Location: Museum District — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 900 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Our retro kitchen. My wife bought our rowhouse before I even knew her. She fell in love with the 1940s oven and farm sink. Ten years later, we still have both and have designed the kitchen around them.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Our narrow foyer doorway. When we attempted to buy our first couch, we were sure we had taken the correct measurements. When we got home after placing the order, we remeasured and realized it would never fit. We even had a friend create a computer model of the doorway and couch, and determined that once and for all the couch wouldn't make it…even through the window. Disappointed, we canceled the order. Then I turned to eBay, where we found the perfect daybed that fit both our doorway and mid-century modern aesthetic perfectly. While our house was built in 1860, our furniture style is more like 1960. We find the scale of furniture from that era to fit a small rowhouse perfectly.
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