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How to Adapt an Historic Home for a Modern Family
Architect and designer Mindy O’Connor (the principal and creative wellspring of Philadelphia’s Melinda Kelson O’Connor Architecture & Interiors) is a home whisperer. She specializes in nudging her clients’ spaces into their loveliest, most functional forms — and that talent transformed this handsome-but-outdated 1910 Colonial in Chestnut Hill. “This home always felt very loved, busy and comfortable because of the family that owns it,” Mindy says. “But it had a completely disconnected kitchen and dining space, as well as inadequate storage and a confusing entry. It lacked cohesion and flow between rooms and had no real front door.”
Mindy’s well-considered edits and thoughtful design gave the home new life. “I am pleased that it still feels busy and comfortable, but now we can add elegant and beautiful to the descriptors,” she says. “And even more, it works as a functional set of connected spaces that are perfect for living and entertaining.” Follow along as she explains just how she made that happen. And see how her ideas can transform your headquarters.