A stylish mid-century modern makeover draws nature inside


A mid-century modern home in the suburbs of Philadelphia has been given a major overhaul by Pennsylvania-based design firm Studio Robert Jamieson. The home was originally designed and built by noted architect Robert McElroy. The architect had built many of the homes in the area from the 50s through to the 70s. This is one such gem, that the designer had discovered as a personal residence for himself and his wife and young child. The residence consists of 2,100 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

This home, like many of the other mid-century homes in the area, was surrounded by nature. With an stunning open floor plan and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that maximizes the views and natural light. Nothing had been updated in the home, but the character needed to be retained, while infusing some modern updates. The kitchen and bathrooms were unsightly, with dated cabinets, countertops and flooring.

Above: The freestanding fireplace in the living room was original to the home and is the central focal point to this relaxing space.


On the lower level, the carpet and laminate flooring was removed. The designer selected reclaimed materials in its place. Interestingly enough, the material selected was from a Wisconsin college basketball court. Talk about adding some visual interest!


Above: The kitchen is located on the second story and was given a complete overhaul. Highlights includes brand new cabinetry (the original cabinets were a dark brown) with soapstone countertops, petrified wood drawer pulls and a reclaimed walnut bar top. Additionally, brand new appliances were installed, including a cooktop, oven, refrigerator and dishwasher. The walls tiles are very unique, as they are porcelain that has been hand formed and dip dyed. The flooring is a Carrera marble mosaic tile, adding to the brightness of the space.


What We Love: The original character of this mid-century modern home has been preserved while stylish details have been infused throughout. We love how the homeowners worked together to select unique pieces to decorate their home. Their personality and fantastic sense of style can be witnessed in each space. From the bright and airy kitchen to the comfortable and cozy living room, this home renovation is ultra-chic. We especially love the reclaimed details, such as the basketball court flooring in the family room…. readers, share with us your thoughts on this mid-century renovation!


Above: A close-up detail of the hand formed, dip-dyed porcelain wall tile in the kitchen. These tiles were sourced from Clé Tile.


Above: The dining room features access to an outdoor balcony through sliding glass doors. The eye-catching dining table adds a natural element to this space, sourced from Anthropologie. The table is accented by mid-century style chairs that are super cool. These one-of-kind chairs are clad with original oil paintings from markets in Europe. The recycled paintings have been stretched over the seats (source). The unique pendant light fixtures suspended over the table were found here.


Above: The staircase was retrofitted with a new steel and glass guardrail. The transparency of the glass helps to increase luminosity into the stairwell. The wall adjacent to the guardrail features hand dyed wallcovering sourced from Maya Romanoff.


Above: The entryway to the master bedroom features a custom designed sliding barn door on a track system.


Above: A close-up detail of the sliding door, comprised of ebonized oak with an integral antique bronze pull.



Above: A fully remodeled master bathroom highlights cleft finish slate on the walls and honed Carrera marble tiles cladding both the floor and walls. Imported fixtures creates a sleek aesthetic to this space. A flush-mounted rain shower offers the homeowners a spa-like feel.



Above: A renovated guest bathroom feels bright and airy thanks to the addition of new modern fixtures and a matte white penny tile installed on the floor and walls.



Photos: Sam Oberter Photography

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Tony Bitten
6 years ago

Where can I purchase that wood mid century mailbox? I love it!