Main Line Professional Athlete Home

Haverford, Pennsylvania

This exceptional residence is located in Haverford, PA. This relaxed and refined interior is home to the Philadelphia Eagles’ most-tenured NFL star and Super Bowl LII champion. That champion being renowned Defensive End Brandon Graham.

When he and his family were looking to settle down in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, this 10,000 sq. ft. home was an ideal fit. With Henck Design's help, this Main Line home became the one-of-a-kind space that Brandon and his family envisioned. It was even featured as a cover story in Main Line Today for their November issue.

Henck’s primary goal for the home's design style was to ensure everything felt both timeless and elegant. Essential to the home’s interior was organic design elements. HD used natural textures and materials like marble, lightwood, and antique mirrored finishes to maintain a layered, natural feel. The Henck Design team truly transformed this newly built home into an elegant retreat.

Sophisticated furnishings such as contrasting fabrics, neutral throw pillows, floor-to-ceiling velvet draperies and a mixture of curvilinear fixtures assisted in bringing this space to life.

The grand foyer at the home’s front is soaked in natural light. This sets the tone for the entire experience as one moves through the home. Large stones and distinctive vessels line the family’s white entry table. They serve as a welcomed contrast to the deep rich hardwood floors.

Christina Henck and her team took the luxury approach by using the best material selections and traditional ornamentation in the family dining room. The wet-look Venetian plaster has a remarkable aesthetic. This includes a half dozen hand-selected colors, curated and directed by Henck to create this unique traditional Italian plaster ceiling.

It’s no wonder Henck Design was awarded Best of Style for this Year - By using new and traditional aesthetics, Henck and her team of eight were able to achieve a balanced aesthetic. HD wanted to create a space that suited the young family’s needs to entertain friends, family, and cohorts alike.
Custom burnt orange draperies flank each window with artisan-made hardware, while cream and ivory tones fill the room. Smooth and shiny textures contrast hand-finished stonework, while gold accents finish the formal dining room.

The double-island kitchen features two counter materials, detailed tile patterns, and luxury appliances. The first counter finish, a Calacatta Marble, has a mitered edge for an enhanced depth. The second contrasting butcher block repeats the traditional floor color throughout. A series of decorative lights add a transitional style classical feel alongside applied stonework for this stunning chef’s kitchen.

At the center-right of the stately Haverford home is the living room. While completely neutral in color palette, it remains incredibly rich and soft. Henck and her team skillfully repeated elements from the grand foyer by using exclusively neutral tones like whites and creamy textures.

By incorporating a bespoke ottoman in the center of the room, she tied together tones from the textured faux ostrich chair. With the woven performance linen-look chaise lounge and two-toned oversized cream sectional. Balance and softness are both seen and felt throughout this space. By using elements such as Serpentine edges around the Italian-style fireplace, a curved chaise, and soft edges of ripple-fold drapery this residence truly is a prime example of relaxed luxury.

Henck says, “Layering light neutrals is something I’ve become quite passionate about in recent years. For the past 10 years, I’ve been known for my work with color and contrasting black and white palettes – It’s like a new wave of inspiration I have now. This project along with a few other recent ones in 2020 was all about creating layer after layer for my rooms with soft white tones next to texture on top of texture, but done in an extremely neutral palette.”

Luxury interior design moves to what was the cellar. Graham's Man Cave is located in the lower level of his home. It has a projector, screen, bar, and kitchen. All of his favorite NFL game jerseys (almost all of which are #55 for obvious reasons) are hung and framed around the four-part room.
The man cave is able to host upwards of 30 guests at a time. Wall-to-wall custom built-ins with drawers, cabinets, and speaker boxes are there for more functional design as well. They hold the pro-athlete’s favorite playbooks, game balls, trophies, and more. Talk about an incredible place to gather and watch the Super Bowl!

This particular interior design introduces darker hues with rustic materials and warm textures for pops of color. Such design differs from the rest of the house to create a masculine retreat. HD integrated locally sourced mushroom wood from Kennett Square, PA. Along with this, Henck employed a local billiards company to build a custom pool table with hand-picked colors by the designer.

The man cave’s design includes a round game table outfitted with six large leather chairs. This is absolutely perfect for playing card and dice games! The notable defensive end is sure to enjoy hosting gatherings and lounging between away games.

Sure to be the envy of all the neighborhood kids, the playroom for the residence is truly one of a kind. This play space has custom dry-erase and chalkboard areas that truly enable creativity. Additionally, floor-to-ceiling custom millwork adds much-needed storage and organization reducing messes and spills.

Henck incorporated a subtle yet distinctive accent wallpaper on the ceiling to add interest and whimsy to the space. In keeping with the majority of the home, the interior design for this Main Line kid’s playroom offers an effortless, light, and natural aesthetic.

“It’s the room I was able to be most creative with”, says Henck. “I never get tired of making playrooms, and of course, they’re particularly fun to work with when the proportions are a bit larger. It’s more fun to deal with large-scale spaces – it creates more freedom and less rules that I have to follow.”

Henck’s mission for the young couple and two kids was to create practical spaces with lots of performance fabrics, and a justified number of creative solutions to provide storage, and enhance existing architectural details, all while providing a unique aesthetic juxtaposing clean and traditional elements.

These interior design clients are sure to enjoy the stately home with friends and their growing family for years to come.

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