Interior Designer Uses Art Deco as Inspiration for Her Bala Cynwyd Apartment

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When Arlene Bobb and Steve Lipschutz moved into their Bala Cynwyd condominium 15 years ago, Bobb, an interior designer, knew immediately that she would not go for any of the usual decorating styles, writes Sally A. Downey for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Instead, she used Art Deco as inspiration, creating an atmosphere that to this day transports their guests to an era when fine design featured rich materials, curved forms, and polished surfaces, all accentuated by bright colors.

This style created an exuberant environment for the pair providing them with a pleasant place to shelter during the last year that robbed them of their favorite pastimes, such as going to the theater.

When originally working on the apartment, Bobb chose walnut hardwood flooring for the dining and living rooms, carpet for the bedroom, den, and studio, and marble for the foyer, kitchen, baths, and powder room.

She also had some of the furniture custom-made, such as the curved mohair couch, while other pieces she bought in local shops. The silver ottoman in the bedroom came from a Manhattan store.

To add warmth, the apartment is filled with paintings and framed family photos.

Read more about the Art Deco apartment in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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