A Media Farmhouse Gets a Family-Friendly Upgrade

Peek inside the redesigned Media farmhouse. Photos by Rebecca McAlpin

With help from Kaminski + Pew, this Media farmhouse embraces an open floor plan, functional design and lots of light.

Dr. Fazle Noor and his wife, Meh, were intent on establishing a suitable home for their two lively sons and the family cat—but with a grownup look and feel. “We wanted to have a modern home but still have functionality and warmth for our family to live comfortably in,” says Meh. “We also wanted to be in Media because it’s a walkable community with easy proximity to Philadelphia.”

Media farmhouse

To come up with a design that was hip yet welcoming, they turned to Kevin Kaminski and Alexis Pew of Kaminski + Pew, a Philadelphia-based architecture and interior design firm. The owners have long been drawn to Scandinavian design for its simplicity, brightness and clean lines. Kaminski and Pew turned that vision into a modern 5,000-square-foot farmhouse with a light-filled open floor plan and warm woods. The architect was RHC Design of Paoli. “We took care to select materials that were resilient for the main living spaces, like engineered quartz kitchen countertops, furniture in iron, leather and wool textures, and treated performance upholstery fabrics,” Pew says. “With an energetic young family, resilience is key.”

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walnut kitchen island

“The walnut island was a recommendation that brought a lot of warmth into the kitchen but still gave us the modern look we were seeking.”

The gathering room features a vaulted, beamed ceiling with a large, circular chandelier. Tailored seating is positioned around a contemporary floor-to-ceiling fireplace. “To achieve a cleaner, more contemporary look, we opted for less ornamental details, Kaminski says. “We chose rectilinear profiles—flat baseboard and trim moldings, square box-beams, and single-panel Shaker doors.”

living room with lots of light

In the kitchen, white cabinetry is teamed with a custom walnut island crafted by Malvern’s DeRita Woodworking. It makes the space look fresh and clean, but not antiseptic. “Our designers were excellent at translating our tastes and preferences into a cohesive plan with fixtures, selections, and customizations that tied everything together while also maintaining our unique style,” Meh says. “The walnut island was a recommendation that brought a lot of warmth into the kitchen but still gave us the modern look we were seeking.”

“The gathering room features a vaulted, beamed ceiling with a large, circular chandelier. Tailored seating is positioned around a contemporary floor-to-ceiling fireplace.”

Media farmhouse

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Kaminski + Pew, 912 N. 2ND ST., Philadelphia, (267) 239-5559
RHC Design, 55 Plank Ave., Paoli, (610) 647-8789, hoffman-architects.com
Derita Woodworking, 183 Pennsylvania Ave., Malvern, (610) 644-7600, deritawoodworkingllc.com

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