In This Philadelphia Home, Family Heirlooms Mix with Maximalist Florals

Designers Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley didn't skip a detail in an 1840s farmhouse.

wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley library

In this exuberant four-and-a-half-acre property at the city’s edge, rooms are themed around collections and art — and a trumpet vine bursts from a cupboard.

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David A. Land
Meet the Designers

Designers Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley with their Jack Russell terriers outside.

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Exterior

Roses climb the Philadelphia home’s trellised facade.

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley entry
David A. Land
Entry

A Mister Ed-style Dutch door leads into the Phila­delphia home. The entry previews several of the home’s themes, including the mixing of fine artwork and family antiques with flora and fauna. Here, an umbrella stand filled with paper flowers is set next to a 19th-century English library table topped with a pair of green ceramic rabbits from South Africa. “We always mix in the global,” Wurtzburger says. The pouf is from .

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley kitchen
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Kitchen

The custom kitchen island by is topped with sandstone that originally paved Philadelphia’s Indepen­dence Hall plaza. The floor is Belgian limestone, and the ceiling is clad in limewashed birch typically used as floorboards. Chandelier, . Dishwasher, Bosch. Range, .

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley sitting area
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Sitting Area

In the kitchen sitting area, the chair is by for West Elm. The 18th-century breakfront is a Bentley family heirloom.

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley dining room
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Dining Room

In the dining room, a set of mismatched chairs by Kit Kemp for pulls up to a vintage table. The Natalie Page chandelier is from . From the millwork by the fireplace, which is painted in Bella Blue, a living trumpet vine emerges every spring.

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Tablescape

A pair of majolica parrots holds rhododendrons and butterfly weed.

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley living room
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Living Room

In the living room, a mass of pillows by needle­point artist Nancy Lisagor are displayed atop an sofa in a fabric. Curtain panels, also from , are folded and draped over rods. The table lamp in the corner is from , Wurtzburger’s new home-design venture, and is available through West Elm. Walls in Minced Onion and trim in Apple Blossom, both by .

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley master bedroom
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Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, an antique slipper chair is upholstered in a vintage stripe from . The door panels are in India Yellow, and the walls are in Absinthe.

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley library
David A. Land
Library

In the library, the walls are in French Beret, a dark blue-gray that highlights Bentley’s collection of gilt-framed snowy landscapes. The English sofa by Plinth is covered in patched velvet. The floral painted cocktail table with a midcentury base is by Brian Foster, whose local workshop, , is responsible for several custom pieces in the home.

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley pergola
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Pergola

Beneath a pergola, the couple entertains frequently at a table whose top was cut from a black walnut tree that once grew on their property. Chairs, .

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wendy wurtzburger and chris bentley garden
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Garden

Bentley grew up in nearby Bucks County in a family of gardeners and plantsmen. He designed the gardens to combine structure and colorful floral displays.

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This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of Natipernavigare.

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