Henck Design brings modern sophistication to Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod’s Old City home.
Large-scale light fixtures loom over the home’s airy communal spaces.
As so often happens in Philadelphia, interior designer Christina Henck (henckdesign.com) and Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod and his wife, Erika, met at a social function in 2018. They remained friends over the next few years, so when the couple bought their new-construction, brick-front home in Old City, they knew whom to call on to create their dream home.
A living room composed of warm, neutral tones
“From the beginning, our vision was very specific and it never changed,” says Henck, who established her award-winning, concierge-level design firm in 2012 and maintains a showroom along Fabric Row. “We knew that both Erika and Rodney loved light and neutral finishes with a glamorous feel. In order to achieve this overall luxurious and hotel-like interior, we outfitted the space with gorgeous furniture, rug and lighting selections. The exceptionally large-scale light fixtures in the living room, dining room and kitchen really tie the spaces together.” Spanning 5,200 square feet over six floors, the home’s highlights include a lower-level “mancave” with textured wallcoverings and masculine finishes, a fourth-floor home office and library and a fifth-floor master suite.
A bedroom with wooden furnishings and metallic accents
Henck says the expansive third-floor living room was where the entire project came together. “We designed this custom floor-to-ceiling limestone-covered modern fireplace centered on the focal wall of the living room and played off that location to layout custom trim work to break up the expansive walls. The kitchen also had really good bones, but we felt it was the right choice to have the cabinets refinished in white and update the hardware to gold to achieve the glamorous look the McLeods were going for.”
Photography by: Courtesy of Sean Kane Photography