MOUNT VERNON STREET, PHILADELPHIA - down2earth Interior Design
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About This Project



This row house was converted from a multi-family set-up back to single family use. The space that we turned into an office and reading alcove was previously a kitchenette.   This young family, with three daughters under age 6, enlisted down2earth Interior Design to help them figure out how to reconfigure the space so it would provide a place to work, read together, and hang out.


The alcove is open to the family room, so it needed to relate to the furniture they already had, which had some rust-colored accents. The room’s wall color, which was a continuation of the family room wall, was beige, and the space does not get a lot of natural light.   Our biggest challenge was to figure out how to make it cheery. To make this an inviting corner, we strategically picked up the orange accents through paint on the back of the shelves, upholstered mod office chairs, and textiles


The built-ins were custom designed for the homeowners’ exact needs, which include filing space as well as storage for games, gift wrap, art supplies, and books.


Favorite touches include:

  • the tangerine-colored wall paint at the back of the shelves, which makes books and nick nacks pop.
  • the live wood edge on the work surface that wraps around the corner and runs across the bookshelf wall.   The reclaimed Indonesian teak desktop was a sustainable choice.   And the way we used it provided visual continuity from one wall to the next.
  • The fabric selections.   The fabrics are primarily orange but we tossed in two pillows in a colorful print for a fun splash.
  • The two-tone orange window valance, which gives the window a tailored, finished look, and makes the window appear taller than it really is.


Photos by Kyle Born

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