This world-traveling executive’s Manayunk townhouse is a global shrine


Gray space interior design used bright colors and art to make it a heartwarming place to land for a Campbell’s VP.

The colors of the concert posters were the starting point to furnish the basement of this new townhouse in Manayunk. / Photograph by Brian Wetzel

When a Campbell’s Soup VP moved to Philadelphia for work in 2019, she turned to Gray Space Interior Design to create a modern retreat incorporating her love of travel and music. “It’s mostly contemporary with a global influence,” designer Rasheeda Gray says of her client’s style. “She had traveled a lot, especially in Singapore, and wanted to tell the story of her life in this new home.”

The result is a newly built Manayunk townhouse that is spa-like in some places, lively and colorful in others, yet functional and clutter-free. In the master bedroom, Phillip Jeffries’ Cape Town wallpaper, hand-colored and hand-hung by artisans, suggests distant lands. Emphasis on craftsmanship in executing the owner’s vision meant touches like bright yellow drapery in Mud Cloth fabric, intricately carved floral-patterned cabinetry, and Singaporean elephant figurines.

The basement has been transformed into a colorful hangout where posters of favorite concerts line the walls to “tell the story of some of the memorable entertaining moments of his life,” says Gray. Stain-resistant sofas (don’t worry about spilling wine!), surround sound, and swivel chairs (so guests can turn and talk to each other) make one thing clear: the adventures of this globetrotter’s life. are just beginning.

The living room

The living room. / Photograph by Brian Wetzel

Gray incorporated many of his client’s existing pieces (such as colorful paintings from a flea market) into the open plan living room and kitchen.


Bedroom. / Photograph by Brian Wetzel

“My client has a busy schedule, so I wanted the bedroom to be a retreat,” says Gray. She brought light fixtures from Kichler Lighting, Pottery Barn accent lamps, wood artwork from Uttermost, bedside tables and side chair from Four Hands, and a budget mirror from Etsy. “Nine out of 10 color authorities said a shade of green would be the color of the year for 2022. Now that we’re all coming out of the pandemic, green makes us feel like we’re starting over and growing into a new season. “

The basement

The basement. / Photograph by Brian Wetzel

The colors of the concert posters served as a starting point for choosing the lower level furniture. “We wanted to see the reds and blues throughout the space,” says Gray.

Posted under the title “Habitat: Global Sanctuary” in the February 2022 issue of philadelphia cream magazine.

Corina C. Butler