An Early 1900s Philadelphia Townhouse Mixes Eras and Styles

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Dining table under the stairs
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Formal dining room and stairs that lead upstairs to the living room

Name: Kate Levy and partner Levi
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type of home: Apartment in a townhouse
Size: 1600 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

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Home office which sits in bay windows

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home was built in 1915 and still holds all of the character it was built with: arched doorways and windows, stained glass, vaulted ceilings, inlaid hardwood floors, exposed brick, bay windows, a marble mantel, and more! Interestingly enough, the building was once a doctor’s office, and we live in what was their living quarters.

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Sunset over the third-story balcony garden

I work full-time in marketing while I get my Masters in Digital Innovation in Marketing. I create content over at @my.philly.home on Instagram and TikTok. My partner, Levi, also works full-time in web design and management in Higher Ed while he gets his MBA. We’ll be graduating together this winter!

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Living room through the archway

We share a love for mid-century modern and vintage and secondhand furniture, so our styles mesh together so well.

In our free time, we love going for long walks around the city, making vegan food and drinks, thrifting and antiquing, hiking, gardening, and spending time with our families.

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Sunny kitchen in the spring

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic minimal, vintage yet modern

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Living room in January

What is your favorite room and why? My living room is my favorite because it has large windows that face south/west, so bright light streams in at all times of the year. It’s where we spend the most time and where all our favorite collected vintage items, plants, books, and records live.

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Living room looking toward the archway

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? We finally caved and got the vintage Eames chair replica I’ve been eying for months from Clementine and Cash’s booth at Zionsville Antique Mall. It’s one of our favorite places to shop!

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Bedroom during golden hour

Any advice for creating a home you love? Fill it with things you love and have collected over time that tell a story about who you are. Don’t be afraid to mix styles and eras. Personally, I keep a color palette in mind which allows me to make sure everything stays relatively cohesive. Most of all, it takes time.

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