An historic Philadelphia house elegantly refreshed by Chauncey Boothby

After trading in Brooklyn's busy sidewalks for tree-lined pathways in suburban Philadelphia, a young family sought to put down roots in their ‘forever’ home during a difficult time – and called upon the interior designer Chauncey Boothby for an elegant, fast-paced refresh

The nursery is a perfect combination of sweet and neutral, serving as the perfect canvas for its newborn inhabitant to grow into himself. The wooden crib, whose material works will with the colour palette, is from Stokke. As the baby grows, the small desk nook – and desk chair from Ceraudo – will certainly become important for late-night study sessions.

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As with the bedrooms' designs, those for the house's communal spaces came quickly to Chauncey. For the living room, whose large picture windows overlook the house's lovely gardens, Chauncey sought to “bring the outside in,” with pretty floral fabric serving as the “perfect highlight to the room” and balanced by the pops of “pretty, fresh colour”: pale pinks, saffron yellows and soft blues. She also used a mix of unique finds and custom-upholstered pieces as furnishings; artwork and other decorative elements were direct references to her client's love of travel. In the wood-panelled study, Chauncey sought to honour her client's husband's roots in Sub-Saharan Africa whilst still keeping the room “current and fresh,” pairing tweeds with African-inspired batik textiles and incorporating the family photographs, prints and objects he has collected over time. As the brief was to decoratively refresh the house, Chauncey needed to only further elevate the other public spaces: she added new pendant lighting in the kitchen and transformed the spare room into a playroom for the children which, thanks to its pull-out sofa, could easily transform into a guest bedroom.

With any project, Chauncey's ultimate desire is to create spaces she knows will bring joy to her clients, “rooms that reflect them and what they are clearly drawn to, but still maintaining a sense of style.” Set on green gardens in its idyllic Philadelphian suburb, the house is a comfortable, modern space rooted in tradition that truly celebrates the family living in it, full of joy, whimsy (and lots and lots of flowers).