Family Home


This family home in the historic Ardrossan estates in Villanova, Philadelphia, has a great mix of serene white rooms with warm and colorful spaces. This is a home that doesn’t feel boring or plain. It’s a home where anyone can feel comfortable and inspired by its stunning countryside views.

This family home was conceived as homage to the gentleman farmer estates restored in the early 1900’s by famed Chester County architect R. Brognard Okie. This new property drew liberally from the examples of Quaker vernacular architecture that had been restored or created by Okie with his characteristic arts and crafts overlay of whimsy and creativity.

Undoubtedly, this family home is full of personality. Now, the question is, does it match yours?


Family Home

The tile pattern was created with two colors of stain. Front door locker is from Michael M. Coldren.


Living Room

The furniture is a mix of traditional with contemporary (notice the lucite coffee table). The ceiling height is 10′-7″ with an overall coffer depth of 8″.



The fireplace mantle was made from scratch by Lititz Planing Mill in Lititz, PA.


Dining Room

The dining room feels very traditional. The rug brings the dark blue from the butler’s pantry into the room.



I love seeing beautiful china being displayed accordingly.


Butler’s Pantry

Very dramatic!



Spicy!!! The red paint is Benjamin Moore called Million Dollar Red. With a name like that it has to be good!


Red Lips

The perfect place to read a novel on a chilly day.


Hot Red

What a beautiful contrast of the red walls and fireplace.



From flames to ice. 🙂

Beautifully designed. I love the marble countertops.

Island dimension: The island is roughly 9′-9″ x 4′-2″. White subway tiles are timeless.


Family Room

Simple and elegant.



The light fixtures are from Vaughan Design and the floors are wide plank antique white oak in random widths.


One Step at a Time

The entry and stair hall was all painted with a matte finish, then they went back and taped off vertical strips and painted the same color paint but with a satin finish to get this effect.



It’s amazing how window-seats can make any space feel homier.



A quiet and private place to relax.

Architect: Archer & Buchanan Architecture.

All photos by: Tom Crane.

I can’t wait to know what you think of this house. Did the blue butler’s pantry and red library shocked you? Could you live with those rooms?

I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a very unexpected weekend but it was fun. 😉

This week will be fantastic! I have a lovely project to work on and we’re basically ready to “attack” the whole neighborhood asking for candy on Wednesday!

Wishing you all a very blessed week!!!

Lots of health & love to you!


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Sources: Archer & Buchanan Architecture via Houzz.

7 Comments to 'Family Home'

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  1. Ann Chamberlain said,

    I love the house and the furnishings. Would love a little more color in some of the chairs and sofas.

  2. Gloria said,

    I want this house! Love the blue butler’s pantry and the red fireplace!
    gv xxoo

  3. Manderley said,

    Well, This house is a great home, but i don’t like some things.
    I see them ornate, but of course, if they give me a reform would make decorating!


  4. valerie said,

    I will take it!

  5. The blue was a bit much for my taste. I would have gone with green. The red in the library was too bright to settle in and read. A softer red would be better in my opinion.

  6. Monica said,

    The staircase photos I needed. My home does not have crown on it and I see so much potential for what my house can look like!! Yes!!!

  7. Kari said,

    Absolutely beautiful. I am so tired of every white washed home with muted palettes and contemporary furniture being called “unique” and full of character. Give me more color, baby!

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