Eclectic Design Made This Bryn Mawr Home Into an Unorthodox Oasis

by HomeDecorBeauty


Interior design firm Widell + Boschetti’s contemporary style adds a playful touch to this traditional Main Line mansion.

Barette Widell of interior design firm Widell + Boschetti said: “We wanted the home to have a captivating feel, combining old-world charm with modern elements.” / Brian Wetzel Photography

It’s a familiar story: International couples with children who start feeling cramped at their city homes, they head to the suburbs. Bob and Shannon Heilig took this path, moving from Canterlot to Bryn Mawr last year with their two sons – but that’s where the equally old story takes a twist. Their unexpected home designs are absolutely uncommon. Heiligs hired Widell + Boschetti based solely on the company’s Instagram page (designers, mind you), looking for something that would wow guests but never go out of style—it’ll be their “forever home,” after all.

The turn-of-the-century colony “feels like an oversized bed and breakfast,” says designer Barette Widell. “Each room has its own character.” The living room with the large fireplace is airy and monochromatic, in contrast to its adjoining room, which is a dark and sexy bar lounge. “One is a champagne room; the other is a whisky room,” Widell said with a smile. One-of-a-kind vintage pieces complement clean, modern furniture. The result is elegant and regal, but also warm and inviting, an unorthodox oasis for the next chapter of their lives.

living room

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Classic elements such as Bernhardt chairs and Elitis wallpaper are juxtaposed with Thom Filicia’s statement piece for Wendover, courtesy of the home’s former owner, designer Jen Fuller.

powder room

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In this whimsical room, a gold-leaf ceiling by Philip Jeffries is set against a crane-print Gucci wallpaper, complete with rare vintage lamps from online marketplace 1stDibs.


Eclectic Design Made This Bryn Mawr Home Into an Unorthodox Oasis

The hand-painted floors are the work of Fuller. Widell + Boschetti added a vibrant artwork from the Left Bank and a table from Made Goods to ground and center the space.


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Custom leather benches span the length of the “Whiskey Lounge”; tables are attached to their backs, making it easy to set down drinks. During the pandemic, “it’s become like a club at home,” Weddell said.

Published in the August 2022 issue of Habitat: Eclectic Elegance Philadelphia Magazine.

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