Cheerful Family Home in Philadelphia

What do you get when you mix an 100+ year old farmhouse with a young family with three sons under ten? A bright and bubbly home that stays true to its historic roots while providing a cheerful backdrop for busy family life. Mona Ross Berman Interiors does a wonderful job updating this classic house to be a cheerful and beautiful space for years to come.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

The formal living room is small in scale, and painting the far door and frame the same pale aqua as the walls keeps your eye moving. The one window is swathed in a custom pelmet and drapes.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

Petite furniture gives the room several seating options without overwhelming the space. And a vintage Sputnik type light gives a burst of modern energy, especially when contrasting against the traditional coffered ceiling.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

The classic, simple lines of a Victorian farmhouse dining room are the perfect foil to a swirling garden of custom Gracie wallpaper. The under-used cream background really focuses on the naturalistic flowers and vines, creating a bright, conservatory feeling. The Murano glass chandelier adds a bit of polish and glamour without blocking the view.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

This Hollywood Regency style sideboard provides a punchy pop of black, and the rectangular bamboo mirror and slim double sconces continue the theme of pared-down classic lines.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

How could this Gracie papered dining room get any better? By putting in a cerulean blue butler's pantry and bar obviously. I love the delicate painting of the wallpaper juxtaposed with the graphic solidity of the bar area.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

A fresh and bright spearmint green lines the foyer and the stairhall cutting through the house. Those walls and the blue and white stair-runner establish the blue and green palette seen throughout the rest of the home.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

A Classic kitchen is softened with taupe cabinetry, as opposed to bright white. A contrasting island housing a second sink adds a deep woody tone to the space.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

A built-in banquette provides a comfortable seating option for family meals.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

A mud room entrance off the kitchen gets a ton of use with a trio of young sons. The functional space is lined with graceful "L'Arbre de Matisse" wallpaper by Quadrille in a sky blue colorway.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

The green of the foyer carries up the stairs and into the second floor hall, as does the blue and white runner. A custom monogram woven into the runner adds a fun, preppy, personal touch.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

A son's bedroom is youthful yet tailored with navy walls and ivory bedskirts with navy greek key tape trim. Striped upholstered headboards in a contrasting red add pattern and interest as does a beggar upholstered in an oversized houndstooth. Although the space is definitely kid-friendly, it will easily transition into the teenage years.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

The boys' bathroom is another chic yet young space, that will still be more than appropriate when the kids are older. The walls are an explosion of pattern, clad in Quadrille's "Kazak" wallpaper in a navy, sky blue, and white colorway. A collection of animal drawings and watercolors are framed and clustered on the far wall.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

The master bedroom is serene yet personality-filled with it's pale blue wallpaper with a zig zag print. I really like the mismatched nightstands - a tray top table, and an old school round skirted table. The velvet upholstered headboard adds some grown up sumptuousness.

Photo: Courtney Apple

Photo: Courtney Apple

The stepped detail on the pelmet echoes the geometric wallpaper (and contrasting white welting is always welcome). Classic white millwork adds crisp punctuation to the dreamy space.

What an invigorating treatment for an historic home. Blues and greens of every kind bring the outside in and balance formality and fun wonderfully. The energy and vivacity of the colors and patterns in this scheme are a perfect fit for both the home's classic architecture and its modern family.