When Michael Cramer and Kaela Parkhouse first looked into the front door of Powelton Village’s house in the summer of 2011, they knew they had found their own. Queen Anne’s Victorian era in the late 1800s wasn’t just about having more space than her home at the time. Located in Brewery Town, they loved the layout. They were also drawn into the beautiful moldings and arched windows.
“The view from the front door shows that there is something special about this house,” recalls the artist Parkhouse. “Ten years after a typical front-to-back row house, the more horizontal layout of this house was immediately appealing.”
They immediately put their stamps in a five-bedroom, about 2,500-square-foot home, repainted most of the rooms, and wallpapered the dining room. They turned the pink-walled study into a master bedroom and used bold grayish-brown paint and blackout blinds to give it a “goth feel,” Kramer said.The poster on their bed is from a vampire movie Only my lover survived..
Pairs consider their style eclectic and often use nature for inspiration. They think about color choices and consider how the room will be used before choosing a color. For example, the dark, subdued colors of the bedroom provide a cozy atmosphere, and the aqua in the living room reminds us of a relaxing vacation on Lake Erie. Parkhouse compared the paint chips to the vacation photos and matched the colors.
“The sky and water of Lake Erie really spoke to Kaela,” said Cramer, director of product security and privacy at Comcast. “We chose a color that reminds us of the trip.”
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An avid cook, the pair lived in the cramped galley kitchen of their home for several years and was finally completely refurbished in 2016.
“There was this empty room, which we used to call a non-room because it has five doors but no function,” Parkhouse said. “We have moved the kitchen to a non-room. It is now a large open kitchen connected to the dining room.”
Designed by Call maid In Brewery Town, a warm and comfortable kitchen is the hub of the house, enjoying cooking for guests and their 18-year-old daughter Antje Cramer and his friends. The rustic wooden counters and walls contrast with the Victorian look of the rest of the ground floor. Parkhouse and Cramer limited the number of cabinets to make the space more open and studded with colorful granite countertops.
“Cheaper stones could have saved a lot of money, but it has great colors (green and brown), and it’s functional and at the same time very beautiful,” Parkhouse said. rice field.
The refurbishment led to exciting discoveries. After removing one of the doorways, they found the signature and 1892 scribbled it on the wall. They believe that part of the house was added to the original house built in the 1870s.
The couple’s love of art is evident throughout the house. Parkhouse worked as an mRNA vaccine technician for five years at Penn’s Hensley Institute before being approved for use with COVID. She left in 2019 to pursue her artistic career.
One of the parkhouse pencil drawings depicting a man crouching in a stream hangs in the dining room. Other favorite artworks include Rocksborough-based Richard Esther’s watercolors and Steve Powers’ prints from Philadelphia, where he studied art in the city.
“I took a class with Richard Esther at PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts) a few years ago. He was a great watercolor teacher,” Parkhouse said. “He paints around Manayunk, not only in images of nature, but also in the city.”
The couple’s recent refurbishment took place during the pandemic when they noticed that there was unused outdoor space. Repairs on the patio were on the to-do list, but they hadn’t reached it yet.
“COVID suddenly made us less able to go out,” Parkhouse said. “We remade the paving stones, bought the furniture, got a lot of plants, and now we are always there. It’s great to have a private outdoor space.”
They love the vibrancy around Powellton Village, which is full of Drexel University families and college students.
“There is a constant stream of young people and people walking and chatting with dogs,” Kramer said. “One of the most upset things about COVID was that it was quiet because the university was closed. I realized how much I like to hear people walking all the time.”
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