Art and Stories Fill the Walls of This Shared Philadelphia Rental Rowhome

published Dec 14, 2021

Art and Stories Fill the Walls of This Shared Philadelphia Rental Rowhome

published Dec 14, 2021
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Name: Tiffany Weitzmann-Meyrick, Joseph Meyrick; their roommate / sister, Ashley Meyrick. With pets, Wally (dog) and Mugs (cat)
Location: Fishtown — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Size: 1140 square feet
Type of Home: Rowhouse
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Before moving into this Fishtown rowhouse, Tiffany and her husband Joseph lived in a compact 700-square-foot loft. On the hunt for more space, this rental had more room and a lot of what they were looking for. “When we toured our now home, we fell in love. It was perfect; it had everything we were looking for,” explains Tiffany. But it wasn’t without any challenges. “It was still inhabited by the previous tenants and their style and layout really sold it for us,” she writes. “Admittedly, when we got the keys and saw it again completely empty, I was filled with dread, not sure how our stuff was going to fit or how our life was going to look here. It was so different from our loft living style. Little by little, we made it home, art and stories started to fill the walls, and it felt more representative of us.”

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“I like to think of our home as an extension of our personalities and stories. Our walls are filled with things we love and have found as individuals and a family. We’re always adding more as we grow, developing our style as our interests evolve and expand. I draw a lot of inspiration from collages, finding beauty in the layers. I’ve loved every stage of our home and story; it’s ever flowing. We’re always finding pieces to rearrange the whole living room for, or curating and accumulating eventual heirlooms; adding and swapping as we become fuller, older versions of ourselves,” Tiffany describes.

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“We love old stuff — all of it — but we collect in niches. I work in advertising and absolute geek out at old print ads; I can spend hours combing through old magazines and admiring the mad men era print pieces. I’ll take anything with beautiful letterwork or typography and frame it, but lean more towards themes of our interests. Anything beer and beverage category, travel or tourism, UK and London specifically, and a big one is old tech related. Joe works in IT and we love to merge old world tech aesthetically, but also functionally; we have vintage lamps with Phillips hue bulbs, use an old TV as a stand for our current one, and have an old radio from Joe’s grandfather that has an adapter for streaming music. Our sister, Ashley, is a traveling scholar, and there’s lots of that influence throughout our home, like accent treasures.”

Credit: Carina Romano

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Inspiration: Old homes, collectors and curators, collage artists, and typography forward art. 

Favorite Element: Our mantel is definitely up there; we visited Versailles a couple years ago and were blown away, so once we had a mantel we knew we’d need a large mirror to give us those French royalty vibes. Styling the mantel for each season is such a highlight for us. 

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Also, our wall plants are big faves. We bought these years ago when we lived in a loft and they were tiny and hung from the ceiling, now they sprawl our walls and we love it. Hanging them to drape over our walls is such a fun touch to our design layout.

Credit: Carina Romano

Biggest Challenge: Layout and spacing. Coming from a loft, a two-story rowhome was not conducive to the way we were used to living. Overcoming that was a challenge; I felt like we had to work extra hard to make it feel like home. It took a while, but slowly we made a home here that we feel shows and tells this chapter of our story. 

Credit: Carina Romano

Proudest DIY: Silly, and less of a DIY and more of creative thinking, but using and styling objects unexpectedly. Like flipping mirrors or frames, and using reflections as small unexpected moments. 

Biggest Indulgence: Our couch for sure; lots of our furniture is salvaged/found/antiqued, so to invest in a large comfortable couch was something we definitely indulged in. 

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Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? We love antiquing and salvaging, so we’re always finding furniture that we don’t necessarily have a home for. We really get creative in our spacing and arrangements so all pieces have a home.  

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? An ice maker has been a game changer for us with our tiny fridge! Also, smart lights. We have everything connected via Alexa and it’s really nice to adjust via brightness and especially tone.

Credit: Carina Romano

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Creative storage and what I lovingly call hidey-holes, basically utilizing otherwise dead space for storage. This can be stuffing throw blankets under the couch, or frames in the nooks behind or between furniture.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? I read a quote recently: “Collect things that you love and your home will become your story.” And I really think that’s what it’s all about. I think of my home as a visual expression of who we are as people, and use my art pieces and curation to speak to that. 

Resources

Credit: Carina Romano

LIVING ROOM

  • Lewis Sectional — Joybird
  • Coffee table/trunk — Jinx Philadelphia
  • Wallpaper — Anthropologie
  • London Underground Print — Etsy 
  • Medieval tapestry Print — Etsy 
  • Different People Print — Nero 
  • Misc. art from travels
  • Defend Beer Pennant — Brooklyn Brewery x Oxford Pennant
  • Came out Swinging Pennant — Wonder Years Band x Oxford Pennant 
  • Custom Bottle Ceramic — Sarah Duyer
  • Vintage TV, used as a stand — Buy Nothing Group on Facebook
  • Throw Blankets — Jinx Philadelphia
  • Red Lantern — Japan Travel Souvenir
  • Schimits Lamp — Thunderbird Salvage
  • Desk — Facebook Marketplace
  • Desk Lamp — Amazon
  • Louise Desk Chair — Wayfair
  • Radio — Family Heirloom
Credit: Carina Romano

KITCHEN

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BEDROOM

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BATHROOM

Thanks Tiffany and Joseph !

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.