A Small, Fabulous Modern Bohemian Apartment in Philadelphia

A Small, Fabulous Modern Bohemian Apartment in Philadelphia

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the first floor of a townhouse divided into several units, this 550-square foot apartment is very affordable, yet so wonderful.

The current resident has been living there for over three years. She takes us around the architectural masterpiece with a red brick wall and huge functional fireplace.

The apartment evokes a modern bohemian feel. It is dotted with travel-inspired decorative pieces, which she collects from her travels around the globe and the works of artists she admires.

Stepping into the house, you are greeted by a striking brick wall and a home office setup comprising an IKEA desk and modern desk chair. Away from the home office, let’s see what we have in the living area.

Home office
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Work desk
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Brick wall and hanging plants in home office
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Living Area

The living room is somewhat small. But the strong textiles and the bold blue West Elm Monroe Mid-Century couch makes it feel grand. Your eye can’t miss the Anthropologie’s Collaged Majida Throw Blanket sitting on the couch.

Living area
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Fireplace
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Blue velvet sofa
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The huge fireplace with heavy wood mantle serves as an interesting focal point in the living room. Sitting on top of a Pottery Barn rug is a vintage bench that serves as a coffee table. And a full bar with shelves made from woodcuts and old industrial spools hovers above an IKEA cabinet.

The oil painting hanging on the wall is just one of the many travel-inspired pieces in this home. It is from Peru.

The living area opens into a small kitchen. Shall we step in and see what the kitchen has to offer?

Kilim rug
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White metal cabinet and wooden shelves above it
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Small oil painting above the sofa
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Kitchen

Despite being small and somewhat dark, the shoebox kitchen is quite charming. You can credit the charm to the pleasantly painted cabinets, additional storage, and custom chopping station.

Other remarkable elements in the kitchen include the payphone sign from Powerhouse Antiques and amber-colored tumbler glasses from Sur La Table.

Small kitchen interior
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Shoe-box kitchen
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Small kitchen with vintage elements
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You pass the dining area from the living area on your way to the kitchen. The dining area features West Elm’s small Reeve Mid-Century Bistro Table and two IKEA PS 2012 chairs. And it has its share of travel-inspired pieces:

  • Vintage Wicker Decanter from Spain
  • Wooden fruits bowl from Chile

Your eye can’t miss the canvas painting. It is a work of Colin Holloway.

Dining area
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Round marble table
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Wooden shelves with plates, bottles, books and other supplies
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Away from the kitchen, a hallway leads to the bathroom and bedroom. The hallway features striking brick. But what do we have in the bathroom and bedroom?

Private Areas

The bedroom features an IKEA bed with BÅTSFJORD legs, an Anthropologie’s Collaged Majida Texture Pillow, and a West Elm’s Torres Wool Kilim rug.

And the vintage Wooden Chair can’t go unmentioned. Travel-inspired items in this sanctuary include a hanging wall tapestry from Chile and leather handbags from Africa. The bedroom opens onto the outdoor space, which is less of a functional space and more of a seemingly endless maze of private alley space in the city.

Other remarkable features of this home include plenty of greenery, some of which hang from the ’70s style macrame hangers bought from Retrospect Vintage.

Boho style bedroom
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Hanging plants in bedroom decor
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Vintage chair
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Small bathroom
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Brick wall
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Hallway with a brick wall and vintage rug
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Boho wall decor
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Resources & Credits:

Caitlyn Cartlidge

Apartment therapy



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