A Fashion Blogger’s Philly Loft Is Fierce and Fun

updated Apr 29, 2019

A Fashion Blogger’s Philly Loft Is Fierce and Fun

updated Apr 29, 2019
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Name: E.M. Ricchini, and kitty and a pup
Location: Fishtown — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Size: 1,230 square feet
Years Lived In: 1.5 years, renting

Philadelphia-based fashion blogger E.M. Ricchini knows how to put together an outfit as well as a stylish apartment. By day, she works in marketing and branding, but along with her style skills, she also writes, photographs, models, and travels, too. And all these passions are reflected in the large apartment in Philadelphia’s popular Fishtown neighborhood.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Granny chic with a little bit of boho

Inspiration: “That 70’s Show” and every South Philly home owned by a little old Italian woman

Favorite Element: Textiles, specifically pattern-mixing

Biggest Challenge: The oddly-shaped rooms (long and narrow) make it a challenge to arrange furniture, and the steep staircases have made it impossible to move large pieces of furniture up to the top two floors.

What Friends Say: They love the photo op the blue wall creates, dream of bathing in the claw foot tub, and are often jealous of the natural light.

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen… YIKES! It’s definitely seen better days. The linoleum and the drywall could both use some serious love.

Biggest Indulgence: I wouldn’t say that I’ve spent a TON on anything in the house—the floral sofa and matching chair were definitely a risk. Not cost-wise, but absolutely an aesthetically indulgent decision.

Best Advice: Don’t try to decorate your entire space at once. What’s made my home so special to me is that I’ve slowly gathered items since I was in my early 20s. I’ve been replacing IKEA and Amazon furniture with vintage or otherwise higher-quality pieces for the last year or so. I have a long way to go but have some money set aside so I won’t experience the heartbreak of missing out on an amazing one-of-a-kind piece when it comes along.

Dream Sources: Local vintage all day!


(Image credit: Elaine Musiwa)

Vintage Wicker Peacock Chair — Jinxed
Antique Floral Sofa — GoodStuff Thrift
Summer Modern Chair — Armen Living
Gaia’s Ark Basket — Cult Gaia
Owen Retro Coffee Table — Ameriwood

(Image credit: Elaine Musiwa)

Everything in this room is either vintage, inherited, or handmade. My sister made the bowl on the table and the funny painting is one my brother made when he was a kid. When my parents bought their home, the previous owners left the coffee table.

(Image credit: Elaine Musiwa)

Antique Dresser — Facebook Marketplace (highly recommend checking there for your next vintage score.)
Brittany Linen Sofa — Novogratz
The Lucy Blanket — Indy Brand

(Image credit: Elaine Musiwa)

Owen Retro Desk — Ameriwood
Seagrass Rug — Safavieh
Nordic Style Rug — OJIA

Thanks, E.M.!

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