Who: Tiffany Weitzmann
Where: South Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Style: Curated chaos
It's hard to know where to rest your gaze in the South Kensington loft apartment Tiffany Weitzmann shares with her partner, Joe Meyrick, their cat, Muggle, and beloved basset hound mix, Wally (who goes by Sir Wallace Lord of Kensington on Instagram). There's petite cacti growing out of various cans of beer — both craft and domestic. There's a wide ranging assortment of framed prints, from artistic renderings of a can of Tecate to variations on the theme of pizza. There are Union Jacks, lots of them. From the industrial ceilings to the polished concrete floors, nearly every square inch has been tightly curated, and yet it retains a casual thrown-together air that makes it completely accessible.
"There's several themes you notice," says Weitzmann, who works in marketing but is passionate about interior design. "One being that we're huge beer geeks, so that plays a major role in our style." Meyrick is a home brewer — that's his name on the wall in the second bedroom, which they call "The Brewery Room" — and Weitzmann likes to partake. The other themes, she says, are the U.K. — "Joe is a major London-lover" — and plants. "So many plants."
Taken as a whole, she likens the style to "your grandma's house, with a hipster's touch." Think: heavy on the vintage, with a generous dose of Americana.
"It's uniquely my own," says Weitzmann. "It's bright, bold, in your face but subtly collected."
Beer is a dominant theme. Weitzmann and Meyrock serve up a seasonal loft beer and local brews.
A mini-keg is repurposed for fresh flowers.
"The Brewery Room," a second bedroom, is fully dedicated to the love of beer.
Even empties are collected, displayed, and repurposed. On her blog, Tiffany's World of Made Up Things, she writes, "I'm personally a design nerd so I geek out over beer label designs and strive to collect my favorites for decor."
"We have high ceilings so there's a lot of layers to our design," says Weitzmann. "There's high shelves adorned with bottles, growlers and cans, way too many plants."
The Union Jack appears throughout the loft space. Here, it hangs on a pallet Weitzmann picked up off the street. "I rounded up my close friends, bought string, and at nighttime we went back and tied the pallet to the top of the car like a Christmas tree," she says. It was much heavier and larger than she imagined, but after re-staining and decorating it, it was there to stay. "Now, it's my favorite part of my home."
Weitzmann changes out the letterboard on the pallet regularly. The latest is a line from New Girl.
The U.K. theme continues.
The gallery wall features vintage pizza-themed prints, as well as prints from Philly-based artists, like the local street artist Nero.
Elsewhere in the loft, Americana shines.
Light pours in through the bedroom windows.
Opposite the bed, clothes hang on a custom rack that Weitzmann and Meyrick built from cast iron pipes and attached to the wall.
"It's curated chaos," says Weitzmann. "It's a collection of the things I love and who I am."