This charming 1960s split-level home in Northeast Philadelphia needed some 21st century updates — and a future-focused whole house design — to pull it all together. With whole house design, we listen to how the homeowner wants to use each space, we observe how the spaces flow together, and we make important adjustments to improve them both functionally and aesthetically. For example, in the laundry room, the client wanted a cheerful space to fold laundry and store supplies for her four large dogs, so Tamara designed a high folding table with storage below for the pet items, let extra light in, and helped the space feel much roomier. Our friend and associate, designer Hannah Dee, selected bright colors, patterned fabric, and a painted floor inspired by the works of Matisse. In the colorful kitchen, we opened the wall to the dining room, corrected some structural issues, and created a light and airy feel. We also updated bathrooms, closets, doors, and heating and A/C systems and added multiple site-built shelves and cabinets throughout to display the client’s special items and collectibles.