Carina Romano


Philadelphila, Pa

Carina is a freelance editorial and portrait photographer in Philadelphia. She co-owns Love Me Do Photography in Fishtown with fellow Tyler School of Art Alumni, Amanda Jaffe. Carina's work has been published nationally and internationally.
A 405-Square-Foot Studio Feels Bigger Thanks to a Skillful Layout
Cara and her dog, Sterling, share this small studio apartment in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood.
Sep 11, 2023
A Mid-Century Ranch Is Filled with Vintage-Inspired Color and Murals
The built-in planter in the entryway was a huge draw for Lauren and Mark, who got a friend to add a vintage mural, too.
Aug 11, 2023
This Urban Outfitters Design Director's Home Is as Playful as You'd Expect
Heather Davis is the Design Director of Concept, Print & Color at Urban Outfitters, and her home is a mish-mashed, cluttercore mix of textiles, cool chairs, and thrifted finds.

Apr 12, 2023
This Philadelphia Rental Has One of the Most Charming Bathrooms We've Ever Seen
The colorful, retro tiles in Sidney and Brandon's rental apartment's bathroom were taken from a train station in Philadelphia during the '80s... and the vibrant tiles were even used for the baseboards around the main space, too!
Mar 29, 2023
This Photographer’s Apartment Celebrates Black Culture Through Design and Art
"Being a natural light photographer I have this strong appreciation for the conversation the sun has in a space," writes Taylor Baldwin of her 800-square-foot Philadelphia rental apartment.
Feb 27, 2023
It'll Be Tough to Pick a Favorite Mural in This Colorful Philadelphia House
Emma Chasen and fiancée Carolyn Chernous' home is a mix of eclectic, maximalist, Art Deco, retro-inspired styles, and a TON of hand-painted DIY colorful murals.
Jan 5, 2023
This Artist's Incredibly Unique Home Celebrates Spooky Season All Year Round
Photographer turned novelty chandelier maker, Adam Wallacavage, has completely transformed his South Philadelphia brownstone, filling it with Victorian style furniture, DIY plaster elements, funky art, oceanic sculptures, his own incredible octopus chandeliers, and more. This house is Halloween ready no matter the time of year.
Oct 24, 2022
This 350-Square-Foot Mid-Century Cottage Is Absolutely Dreamy, Inside and Out
After her divorce, Erin got rid of most of her belongings for a fresh start. Her Philadelphia cottage gives her the space to huddle with friends during cold months and maximize what's most important to her.
Sep 12, 2022
A 190-Square-Foot Afrohemian Studio Apartment Is Inspired by the Renter's Mom
Crystal Wyatt owned a house in Philadelphia for more than 18 years before needing a change, going tiny in this 190-square-foot rental studio apartment in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood.
Sep 1, 2022
An Industrial Philadelphia Loft Apartment Is Like an Eclectic Disco Greenhouse  
Photographer Kat Malo only had a few plants when she moved in, but when she saw how well they were doing in this light-filled space, she fully embraced being a plant parent and now has over 50.
May 12, 2022
This Small Maryland Cottage Is Incredibly Cute and Utterly Enchanting
Maddie Kulig, owner of Philadelphia-based lingerie brand Madalynne Intimates, purchased this cute cottage less than a year ago in Galena, Maryland with her husband, Ryan Kulig.
Mar 24, 2022
A Pennsylvania Farmhouse Has Cozy Fireplaces, Log Cabin Walls, and Lots of Light
Amanda and Dan moved from California to Pennsylvania in April 2020, eventually buying this farmhouse with lots of architectural character.
Jan 31, 2022
Art and Stories Fill the Walls of This Shared Philadelphia Rental Rowhome
Lots of furniture in Tiffany, Joseph, and Ashley's rental rowhome is salvaged, found, or antiqued.
Dec 14, 2021
A Philly Time Capsule Has a Gold Kitchen, Pink Bathroom & Other 1970s Colors
This art teacher and museum educator draws inspiration from "estate sales in untouched time capsule houses, old magazines, and period movie and TV show sets" for decorating her own 1970s Philadelphia house.
Jul 26, 2021
A 1800s Philadelphia House Has Some of the Best Exposed Beams
Zach and Hugh are “interior design enthusiasts, home renovation-attempters, and backyard chicken dads” and run the popular blog and Instagram account This Yunky House.
Jun 3, 2021
This 450-Square-Foot Apartment Proves You Can Be a Maximalist in a Small Space
Decorating her home is an outlet for her creative energy and most of the brightly colored paintings scattered throughout the space are her own.
Mar 5, 2021
A Philadelphia Home Has Dreamy Exposed Bricks & a Vintage Mix of Furnishings
Sue Eggen is an artist and creative director at Urban Jungle, shares this Philadelphia home with and writer and librarian Nathaniel Eddy.
Dec 14, 2020
This Is One of the Most Beautiful, Livable Tiny Houses We’ve Ever Seen
And we bet you'll think so, too.
Nov 21, 2020
This South Philly Home Has 100 Plants, a DIY Fireplace, & a Heart-Shaped Window
Valerie Green's house was renovated just before she bought it, but it wasn’t her style, so she's spent the past few years updating without undergoing too many major renovations.
Sep 21, 2020
A Philadelphia Row Home Is Packed With Cheery Color Inspiration, Inside and Out
There are smart storage ideas... as well as one of the cutest jewelry storage ideas maybe ever.
May 7, 2020
Plants and DIY Projects Make This Philly Rental Apartment Cool
Chelsea and Warren's home—a two-story apartment in the Olde Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia—is perfectly reflective of the merging of their two lives.
May 3, 2020
This Apartment Has an Overflowing Plant Room, a Bold Bedroom Nook, and Much More
This designer has created an utterly gorgeous minimal retreat in Philadelphia.
Jan 13, 2020
This Entrepreneur’s Philadelphia Loft Is a Productive, Inspirational, and Gorgeous Home
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Digital and experiential brand designer Melissa Alam lives in an 1800-square-foot loft, where she also hosts events like the annual conference for women called FearlessCon.
Jun 4, 2019
Yes, This Vintage and Antique Buyer’s Home IS Filled With Incredible Finds
Name: Sarah Camp and Zach Location: Fishtown — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 1,035 square feet Years Lived In: 6 months, owned Sarah and Zach live in a beautifully-styled row home in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Sarah is a vintage and antique buyer at Jinxed Philadelphia, a variety store that offers goods from all eras and styles. She’s also a co-founder of Tavatine, which carries a closely curated collection of refined vintage objects, art, and sculpture.
Mar 22, 2019
A Retro 1970s Van Was DIYed into a Rad Home on Wheels
Name: Savannah and Zach Kolodziejski Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania Size: 56.7 square feet / 259.68 cubic feet Years Lived In: Owned This rad retro 1976 Chevrolet van is more than just a home-away-from-home for Savannah and Zach. The couple was married this past summer in Palm Springs, California, and the van was both the groom’s method of getting to the wedding and their honeymoon suite on wheels after getting hitched!
Dec 4, 2018
This Colorful Home Nails Looking Cool Without Feeling Trendy
Name: Tes Hash Davison and Daniel Davison (And Lamb!) Location: Pilsen — Chicago, Illinois Size: 950 square feet Years Lived In: 4 years, owned On a recent work trip to Chicago, I stayed at my good friend’s house and was blown away by the style and design of the apartment. I got to sleep in the adorable attic guest room and am obsessed with the hot pink bathroom!
Nov 8, 2018
A Rustic, Renovated MCM House in the Poconos Is Also an Animal Sanctuary
Name: Kate Best Location: Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania Size: a whopping 4,500 square feet Years lived in: Own Kate, a celebrity makeup artist for stars such as Vanessa Williams and Jennifer Lopez, spent 25 years living in Manhattan before deciding that it was time to move full-time to the Poconos. Passionate about interior design, her home works as a showroom for all of her artifacts she’s collected around the world.
Nov 2, 2018
This Philadelphia Home Has Incredible Hand-Built Details
The creative practices and collective styles of artist Benn Colker and garden designer Aimee Kirby make for a whimsical and eclectic row home in Philadelphia.
Aug 22, 2018
A 370-Square-Foot Carriage House Is an Incredibly One-of-a-Kind Home for a Creative Couple
This couple's style is: "Cozy log cabin falls in love with a vintage schoolhouse and has a baby that sells books and ephemera and cameras and taxidermy."
Jun 12, 2018
Two Full-Time Artists Share This Inspiring, Unique Maryland Home
Name: McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter and Matt Muirhead Location: Just outside Baltimore, Maryland Size: 1150 square feet Years Lived In: 1.5 years, renting It’s clear what the focus is in this Maryland rental home: creativity. Here, two spaces downstairs that might typically be used as a living room and dining room have instead been transformed into two art studios. McKenzie is a painter and wedding photographer, and Matt is a painter and builds his own musical instruments.
Apr 4, 2018
A Lingerie Designer’s 500-Square-Foot Philly Home Is Small But Serene
Name: Maddie Flanigan Location: Old City, Philadelphia Size: 500 square feet (approximately – slightly less) Years Lived In: 4 years, owned What’s old is new—that’s a theme that plays throughout every facet of Maddie Flanigan’s life. She is the founder of Madalynne Intimates, a Philadelphia-based lingerie brand (featuring bras, bralettes, undies and bodysuits that are made in the USA!
Feb 19, 2018
A Sunny, Stunning Loft Apartment in an Old Textile Factory
Name: Liz Sparacio Location: Northern Liberties — Philadelphia, Pennslyvania Size: 2,400 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, renting Liz resides in a natural-light filled loft space that was origionally part of an old textile factory in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Jan 26, 2018
3 Friends Buy a Cozy Mountain Cabin Together in the Catskills
Name: Amanda Jaffe, Kate McCann, Carina Romano Location: Fleischmanns, New York Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: Less than a year, owned Sometimes friends get together and profess their love of the same tall mountains and winding roads. For Amanda, Kate and Carina (me!), these confessions and conversations resulted in buying a dream getaway together in the ever-inspiring Catskill Mountains.
Dec 8, 2017
A Mid-Century Modern Home in Delaware
Name: George Marrone Location: Wilmington, Delaware Size: 4,300 square feet Years Lived In: 7 years, owned George discovered this stunning house — just outside of Philadelphia — while helping a friend look for properties online. He works in healthcare, but has always had an affinity for architecture and design. Today, this artist-built 1959 gem is set along a creek among gardens in a setting that’s utterly captivating. But the house itself was near ruin when George found it.
Dec 7, 2017
A Globally Eclectic 19th-Century Haddonfield House
Name: Sarah, Will, baby Romilly and Ramsey the bulldog Location: Haddonfield, New Jersey Size: 3,795 square feet Years Lived In: 3 years, owned Sarah and Will live in a beautiful 19th Century Haddonfield Manor House, designed and built by notable architect, Clement Remington. Remington was also involved in the construction of Philadelphia’s City Hall, the Curtis Building, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Nov 9, 2017
A Newly Remodeled, Maximalist Philadelphia Home
Name: Rachael, Rob and Frankie Wetherington + Liza Minnelli the Cat Location: East Kensington — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 1,600 square feet Years Lived In: 5 years, owned Rachael and Rob’s first house wasn’t their “dream home” when they bought it five years ago, right before their wedding. But with a giant yard in the city and an open floor plan on a corner in a neighborhood they loved, it had enough potential to be pretty darn close.
Nov 2, 2017