Philadelphia Row House Renovation

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By Heather Corcoran / Published by Dwell
In historic Philadelphia, Jibe Design gives a row home a bright modern update—and a dose of Persian pattern.

Row houses are a familiar sight in Philadelphia. Though charming, these historic structures can sometimes host awkward and crowded layouts. So when Jibe Design was tasked with renovating one of the city's spaces, designer Juliet Whelan began by exploring the residents' functional needs—a key element of the firm's philosophy.

It was clear that the most important change would be the reorganization of the cramped kitchen. The new layout provides more storage, with crisp white cabinetry that contrasts the building's dark wood ceiling beams. Behind the oven, a decorative backdrop is inspired by Persian motifs. 

In addition to the reorganization of the kitchen, the renovation revamped a child's bedroom, while adding a powder room and new family room addition that looks out over the surrounding trees—creating a leafy oasis in the heart of the city. 

Cover photo by Sam Oberter