Location: Grays Ferry — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When I bought this place 10 years ago, it was a collection of small, poorly lit rooms. Gradually, I’ve opened it up — first by tearing down many of the existing walls, and eventually by purchasing the building next door and reconfiguring the space altogether.
Wherever possible, I’ve reused and repurposed architectural elements from mine as well as neighboring buildings. What was once floor tile is now a bathroom countertop; a urinal is repurposed as a sink, and a drinking faucet balances a vintage tap at each end. Decorative inlay slate (native to many homes in the area) acts as wainscoting in the dining room. I’ve used reclaimed marble countertops and restaurant quality water fixtures in the kitchen, and have incorporated additional elements, such as vintage doors and claw foot tubs, throughout. The result (I hope) is one of easy, love-worn, eclectic style.
Images: Bethany Seawright
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