They knew they wanted to settle in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, so when they toured a trinity on a side street with quaint character and tidy window boxes, they jumped on it.
by David Compa
Emily Kubick and Mitch Marino were pretty sure they wanted to purchase a home in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, where they’d been happily settled for two years. They had come to love being near some of the city’s best urban action and a quick walk to public transportation. So, in 2014, when they toured a trinity for sale on a side street with quaint character and tidy window boxes, the couple jumped on it. “We would take walks in the evening and pick out houses we imagined living in,” says Kubick, a buyer for Destination Maternity. “Then a real estate friend suggested we go take a look at this one.” Besides its coveted location and good bones, the mauve-brick rowhouse, built in 1920, got extra bonus points for having had a makeover a few years earlier. DAVID SWANSON The trinity Emily Kubick and Mitch Marino found in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The couple weren’t starting from scratch; they had an assemblage of contents from prior apartments. But since acquiring their home, they’ve added new and salvaged finds to complete their look, which they say is a combination of urban/animal/eclectic styling. “Emily, especially, is good at sneaking little things in here and there,” says Marino, who is a territory sales manager for IRadimed, a supplier of MRI equipment. After they moved in, one of the first orders of business was to change the previous owner’s Eurostyle wall choices. “There was a lot of lime green and electric blue,” Kubick says. They chose a calming eggshell blue for most of the interior, which makes the oak flooring stand out. Unlike many rowhouses, the main floor has a more open profile, though it’s intimate in scale. To create a sense of a living room, they placed two stone-gray chairs from West Elm and their cream-and-taupe sofa into a semicircle just off the entry. “We probably like this area the most. It’s where we relax and can hang out,” Kubick says. The curtains, sewn by a coworker of Kubick’s, are a colorful counterpoint to the neutral furniture. The West Elm wood-and-metal coffee table and matching credenza lend some rustic detailing. Hanging nearby is a fun aerial shot by photographer Gray Malin called