Allens Lane

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    Amy and Michael Cohen, the owners of the house on Allen’s Lane said, “If you can live with the fact that we will have a Coca-Cola red couch and an electric blue fireplace, then we can work together.” Design Nehez and Metcalfe Architecture spent the next year designing their new home in the West Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The house is a 1920s traditional, stately American home. The most outstanding architectural detail in the house is a sweepingly graceful stairwell. The design challenge was how to accommodate the owner’s contemporary style and have it meld with the traditional architecture of the existing house. Amy’s aesthetic was more in line with the Italian 1980’s Memphis Style. Right around this time I saw the John Baldesssari Show “Pure Beauty”. which gave me a renewed appreciation of the 1980s aesthetic. The resulting design for the Allen’s Lane home was a fresh interpretation of a newly reinvented style.

  • Vintage modern interpretation of classic dining room

  • Found art installation

  • Color infused entry

  • Custom hand blown glass pendant light

  • Found objects

  • Built-in book shelves

  • Bold color palette in Living room

  • Custom mosaic Living room mantle

  • Custom vinyl headboard

  • Master bathroom

  • Enchanting girls bedroom

Contractor. McCoubrey Overholser Inc.

Selected photos by Sam Oberter Photography