Name: George Marrone
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Size: 4,300 square feet
Years Lived In: 7 years, owned
George discovered this stunning house — just outside of Philadelphia — while helping a friend look for properties online. He works in healthcare, but has always had an affinity for architecture and design. Today, this artist-built 1959 gem is set along a creek among gardens in a setting that’s utterly captivating. But the house itself was near ruin when George found it. He saw nothing but potential, purchasing it immediately, and getting to work quickly with his pups in tow. “While builders wanted it for the land alone, I saw it as the retreat I was seeking,” recounts George. “A post and beam house that is at once warm and modern, curated spaces that are relaxed and comfortable yet cool and sophisticated.”
Furniture is a mix of old and new, high and low. West Elm and Knoll mingle and iconic pieces pair with flea market finds. Art provides swank to the walls while colorful textiles and playful patterns accent the rooms with whimsy.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Organic and modern, tailored but casual
Inspiration: Growing up in the ’70s I dreamed of that Brady Bunch house.
Favorite Element: The open floor plan and large windows with the ever-changing light.
Biggest Challenge: Finding the balance of old and new I wanted.
What Friends Say: They playfully call it the “shack”
Biggest Embarrassment: Hanging guest room wallpaper upside down and realizing it half way through but just continuing at that point.
Proudest DIY: Removing wallpaper in the laundry room and discovering an original whimsical mural of the artist and her husband who built the house in ’59. It makes me smile every time I see it.
Biggest Indulgence: Sleeping in on weekends among the trees, listening to the creek with my pups.
Best Advice: Follow your instincts, trust your eye and surround yourself with what you love.
Dream Sources: Estate sales in Trousdale or Palm Beach
PAINT & COLORS
Benjamin Moore white Dove in all spaces except in master and upper den it is Navajo White and in kitchen it is Overcast
Bench — Vintage
Sofa — Mitchell Gold Bob Williams
Finn Juhl Japan chair — (gold) vintage
Coffee table vintage — Paul McCobb
Stools vintage — Paul McCobb
Table lamp left — Jonathan Adler
Meri Table lamp — Oly Studio
Vintage Kurt Ostervig chair (blue)
Console — Design Within Reach
Side tables next to chairs — Vintage Harvey Probber
Corner chair — Papa Bear Hans Wegner vintage
Overhead pendant light — Noguchi
Art over sofa — Melody for the Muse Nancy Ortensone
Kwan Yin Buddha head — Vintage Bitossi
Moroccan rug — Auction
Sofa — Mitchell Gold Bob Williams
Coffee table — Vintage
Desmond Screen — Jonathan Adler
Chair — Platner Knoll
Side table — Schultz petal Knoll
Stool — Vintage tulip
Artwork left — Karel Appel
Artwork right — Artist Kevin Penny
Rug — Crate and Barrel
Daybed — Vintage Barclona Knoll
Rocker — Vintage Adrian Pearsall
Side table — Vintage Bitossi
Albini rattan stools — Vintage
Art — Keith Haring
Rug — Flor
Cambria quartz counters
Ann Sacks glass mosaic tile
Table — Oly Studio
Chairs — Crate and Barrel
Light — Vintage PH Poulsen
Womb chair — Knoll
Wall unit — Vintage Cadovius
Desk chair — Vintage T chair
Tate Upholstered Bed — Crate and Barrel
Blanket — Hermes
Dresser — Vintage
Lamps — West Elm
Side tables — Vintage Paul Mccobb
Sunburst mirror — Jonathan Adler
Chair — Vintage Peter Hvidt
Bench — George Nelson
Wallpaper — Cole and Sons