William & Stephen's Artistic Abode

William & Stephen's Artistic Abode

Kristen Lubbe
Dec 10, 2009

Name: Bill Baccini & Stephen
Location: Graduate Hospital Area — Philadelphia
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in:

Walking into William and Stephen's home I was immediately able to identify the terrific merriment of colors in their home. Their artistic abode is full of one of a kind textiles, paintings, objects and pieces of furniture throughout — due to many years of traveling all over the world to find the most unique and desired treasures.

William traveled throughout Europe while working for Milliken & Co. for 18 years and was able to meet many artists and acquire pieces that truly tell a story. Since then, William has been working as an Interior Designer in the Philadelphia through Washington, DC areas &mdash specializing in color. He's also a professor at Philadelphia University as well as the color expert for Modernism Magazine. Looking at his home, you can appreciate the livelong journey he has taken to fully appreciate color and how to bring it into his home.

Walking through his home in a somewhat guided tour, I was able to learn about each and every custom piece in his home. From the Mira Nakashima coffee table &mdash the wood hand picked by her father, George Nakashima, the two cabinet pieces in the dining room by Michael Iannone (made from sustainable materials), the copper pieces that adorn the shelves in the office by artist Rebejes, to the custom designed tapestries by Jonathan Adler.

The first floor of the Artist Abode has a calming and comfortable effect with the subdued colors and comfortable furniture. The home was remodeled in 1988, long before the couple first moved in. Upon moving in, William custom designed the built in shelving unit in the living room. Since then, the Artistic Abode has been a project in the making with the kitchen and bathroom next on the list (which is why they are not pictured). The second floor is more eclectic and displays whimsy and history all the while working well together.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: Comfortable elegance – I like to mix various unusual elements (classic, ethnic, mid-century modern, and present day) and textures in one space. I link them by color and the mood they project, always paying special attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Inspiration: Honestly, my inspiration is the quiet joy that my spaces can bring to people who inhabit them &mdash a respite, a shelter that has connectivity so others can connect, share and grow. I suppose my inspiration is to create inspiration – other then that, I would say unpretentious, beautiful and generous design.

Favorite Element: The way my home welcomes me every time I walk in the door, with its color, art and soothing textiles.

Biggest Challenge: The next projects (bathroom and kitchen) …and occasional water in the basement!

What Friends Say: Restful, cozy, elegant, organized and they love our art collection throughout the house.

Biggest Embarrassment: I have none ….now about me &mdash that's a different story!

Biggest Indulgence: Having a Nakashima coffee table made specifically for us by Mira, it took almost a year! Also the two dining room pieces by Michael Iannone.

Best advice: Don't do everything at once &mdash let pieces lead to other pieces. Do not fill the space with over sized furniture &mdash People and furnishings need room to breathe.

Dream source: My 30+ trips to Europe, I traveled for work when I was in the textile business in New York.

Resources of Note:

Furniture: Varied &mdash Mostly custom. Coffee Table: Mira Nakashima, Two Cabinets in Dining Room: Michael Iannone . In Philadelphia –Twist Home, Usona, Reform Vintage Modern

Appliances: AIRS Appliances

Lighting: OLC, Ligne Roset, Arch Street Lighting

Rugs and Carpets: Material Culture, Dada Rug and antique sources

Window Treatments: Avalon and custom

Artwork: In Philadephia; Pentimenti, Artists House, Nexus, Proximity Gallery, PAFA and University of the Arts student shows

Paint: Benjamin Moore

Thanks, William & Stephen!

Images: Kristen Lubbe

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