Project Spotlight: West Chester Borough Home

I had a blast working on a friend of mines adorable home in the borough. They had recently opened up their living room and family room making it one large floor plan. They wanted a space where they could entertain while also keeping it a children’s play area. This is a .room where they can hang out and watch TV, while also relax by the fire. I originally wanted to keep the fireplace and TV on the same wall where they could both be focal points, but to maximize the seating area and create an open flow within the room, it was best to keep the two on separate walls. This creates a very cozy corner to position a sectional and also still leaves a separate seating area next to the fireplace. It’s the best of both worlds bringing both spaces together as one.

I chose all performance fabrics keeping in mind their youngsters running around. When thinking of a color palette, I wanted to let the larger pieces stay neutral while adding pops of color in the accessories. I selected items that modernized a very relaxed country feel. Traditional touches such as the wing chairs, vintage drapery hardware, swinging arm wall sconce, and the tufted bench all lend a traditional classic vice that touched on the home’s colonial style. I loved the idea of mixing patterns with the pillows here working with stripes and plaid. These coffee tables are perfect for scooting out of the way during play time and bringing them back in for adult entertaining. I added natural elements such as these seagrass accent tables to help bring texture to their finishing touches. My favorite design element are the contrasting rugs. In larger rooms like this one, instead of spending a fortune on a custom made 24’ rug to fit, I like to combine 2 rugs that compliment each other. I’m looking forward to seeing it all put together!

Project Spotlight: Kenmara Breakfast Room

I recently helped design a beautiful breakfast room for a friend of mine. This space when left alone is beyond gorgeous with tall ceilings and windows on every wall that showcase some breathtaking scenery. They already had a fun navy with red accent banquette and a textural beige rug in the space. To complete it I wanted to make enough seating for their family of 5, include storage for displaying accessories, and finish the room with decorative items that add color, pattern, and texture. The banquette fits so perfectly in the corner with their 54” marble top dining table. A tall hutch looks lovely against the wall next to the banquette and flanking the sliding door is potted greenery and floor vases. These are ideal because they won’t take up too much precious space in the corners and will leave plenty of room for running kiddos.

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The blue dining chairs have a beautiful curve to them, helping to accentuate the shape of the table. I chose a tall hutch with glass doors to show off all of their fun accessories. For things that they want to keep hidden I suggest using woven baskets to store things. I love this lantern light fixture, it’s sophisticated yet understated and fits nicely in this bustling family’s eating area. The art work is sourced from a local artist in PA that I adore. The blue floral compliments the other blue details shown here. The french pleat drapery creates a more traditional vibe that blends nicely with the other classic elements. I am loving how this came together and can’t wait to see the finished look!

My Favorite Baskets

How perfect is a beautiful basket? It not only acts as functional storage, but can also be a fun textural accent in a room. In smaller spaces baskets can be a great solution for organization. Some of my favorite places to use them are open bookshelves or under consoles where you can really show them off. Materials range from felt to seagrass and available sizes and shapes are endless. Baskets can have a neutral tone or add a punch of color to the room. These are my favorite baskets when filling an empty corner or finding a place to store clutter.

My Favorite Bar Carts

Cheers my friends and happy hump day! I want to talk about one of my favorite decorative pieces, the bar cart. Their presence in a room says “I like to entertain” and an attractive furniture choice for a dining room or entertainment area like a living room. From young to old, modern to traditional, this piece works for so many households and demographics. Closed cabinets can also store your drinks and are ideal for homes with little ones wanting to touch everything. An open cart really shows off what you have to offer and gives the owner a chance to accessorize. There are plenty of styles to choose from, but I’ve selected a few of my favorites below to share. Here is to a fabulous rest of your week. Bottoms up!