#DesignHomePHL 2014 Home Tour

What would I do if I were to win the lottery? Maybe buy a home like the Design Home presented by Philadelphia Magazine. For a mere $2.9 million, this baby could be mine (or yours). 11/16 is the last day for public tours, so hightail it over to Chestnut Hill if you haven’t already seen this beautiful designer home in Philadelphia.

DesignHome PHL 2014

I’d love to show you my favorite parts of this year’s home, which I toured as part of a special Comcast Xfinity blogger tour offered by Real Mom Media. I did receive special consideration for touring the home, but after you see these pictures, you won’t doubt that it is worth the price of admission (all of which goes to this year’s chosen charity of MANNA).

#DesignHomePHL 2014 Home Tour

Let’s be honest. Everyone wants to see the master suite, so let’s just start there on this blog tour.

Design Home master bedroom

This gorgeous suite includes twin his and hers walk in closets, a coffee bar alcove, a sauna, and a shower bigger than my first apartment.

master suite shower


master suite bathroom

master suite sitting area

This is also one of the places that you can see this home is wired! Comcast Xfinity was kind enough to demonstrate the X1 platform and Xfinity Home automation features, that allow you to use alarms, video, texts, and energy saving features to make your home comfortable, safe, and efficient, all from your remote control or smartphone app.

Xfinity Home automation

My friends and I clustered in the master suite and tried to figure out how we could get the rights to live here. Just in this suite. We don’t really need the whole house, after all. This is heaven, haven, and basically perfect. Let me know if you can figure it out for us.

But on to some other lovely features of the home. The kitchen?

butler's pantry in the DesignHomePHLNope, that’s just the prep kitchen. Or butler’s kitchen. The actual kitchen is gorgeous, with two refrigerators, an over-sized island with Quartzite counters, and really beautiful classic design that can be seen from almost every other room on the main floor. You know how everyone always congregates in the kitchen? That was true on the day of my tour, too, so I don’t have a great shot for you.

DesignHome kitchenThe adjacent dining room has two modern wine cellars juxtaposed with classic coffered ceiling details.


design home dining room wine cellarsding room coffered ceilingThe main living room was classic modern with soaring ceilings.

living room fireplace

The sense of space in this room is assisted by the fact that I am taking this picture from OUTSIDE! The entire wall of windows opens up to the patio.

design home living room

Yes, this home is built for entertaining, with a complete outdoor kitchen just steps from the living room.

design home outdoor kitchen

The landscaping was mature, classic, and compact enough to not be overwhelming for a busy family.  So sorry I didn’t get a shot of the patio and outdoor fireplace.

design home pool

Back inside, you get a view of that beautiful pool from the home office outfitted as a family space. I won’t judge you if you claim this space all for your own once you move in.

design home office

The sitting room in this house had lovely details and furnishings, including a fresh teal palette and bookcases that were designed with  another contemporary twist, hung on the walls instead of standing on the floor as most bookcases do.

design home sitting room

The first floor was complete with garage with 2 bays plus a car lift, you know, for your classic car.

design home car liftThe breezeway is one of my favorite parts of this house…

design home breezewaywhich leads into another favorite spot, the mudroom, which contained all of this storage for pets and kids as well as the entrance to the elevator. Yes, the elevator.

design home mudroomThe second floor contained another three bedrooms and two baths, along with the master suite and a hallway laundry room.

design home laundry

The laundry room may not seem like anything too special, until you realize that it is only one of two laundry rooms in this house. As it should be.

The third floor was a huge playroom outfitted stylishly with IKEA. This picture only shows about a quarter of the space.

design home playroom

Somehow I lost steam on the basement level, and missed taking pictures of the large gym, au pair suite, pool changing room, and family room with bar. Comcast was kind enough to demonstrate the X1 platform here, and one of my favorite features was the fact that you can now customize the TV guide menu to include things like your favorite channels or create profiles for each family members. I mean, #XfinityMoms (and moms of all stripes) don’t want to scroll through thousands of channels when we only watch a few.

design home Xfinity features

Whew! What a wirlwind tour! If you make it out to the DesignHomePHL, be sure to wear your walking shoes! Or take the virtual tour after 11/16 on their site. And let me know what you love best about this year’s design home.

design home exterior


Can’t get enough of design home tours? Check out this one from 2013. 

DesignHomePHL2013 show home



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