Philadelphia Row House Renovation

By Heather Corcoran
In historic Philadelphia, Jibe Design gives a row home a bright modern update—and a dose of Persian pattern.
A sunny home office is one of the highlights of the updated Philadelphia row house.

A sunny home office is one of the highlights of the updated Philadelphia row house.

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.

A ladder leads to built-in book shelves. 

A ladder leads to built-in book shelves. 

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. 

A bright new kitchen is the highlight of the renovation. The pattern behind the stove call to mind traditional Persian motifs. A row of windows provides a light-filled alternative to a backsplash behind the sink. 

A bright new kitchen is the highlight of the renovation. The pattern behind the stove call to mind traditional Persian motifs. A row of windows provides a light-filled alternative to a backsplash behind the sink. 


The original kitchen was cramped and cluttered.

The original kitchen was cramped and cluttered.