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: Woodcrest Home

I’m having a blast decorating for a friend of mine. We’re working on updating their family room and it’s going to look SO beautiful when we are done. Already complete is the refacing of the fireplace, new hard wood floors, and they added 2 additional windows to let in more light. Up next this week is painting, then the new electrical, and soon the furniture will arrive.

They have 2 little ones so I wanted to keep this room as open as possible for play time and running around. I pushed the sectional against 2 windows to leave the largest wall for a centered TV. We decided on a beautifully custom made media cabinet and benches flanking the fireplace. There will be tons of extra storage for toys and media components. Both the ottoman and coffee table are easy to maneuver so that things can be pushed to the side for more play space.

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When selecting the furniture pieces we wanted a neutral color palette for the larger items. We will have pops of yellow and blue when we accessorize. I specified kid friendly materials like performance fabrics and leather for the sectional and lounge chair. The drapery is a linen blend that won’t wrinkle and will be easy to maintain. I love the wood surfaces for their durability, but also made sure to specify round corners for the children. I’ve been really getting into sconces for kid friendly spaces because of the hassle of no cords and also less accidents will occur than having a table lamp or standing floor lamp. This family room is long, so when searching for a perfect sized rug we had to go custom. This 9’ x 14’ seagrass rug will fit the space perfectly, add texture, and will be durable for extra wear and tear. I wanted to add a splash of color and pattern with the layered rug on top. I love the thick pile this blue rug from West Elm has, it’s great for lots of play time on the floor. The top down bottom up feature on their window treatments is ideal for people who want privacy in their home while still letting in that natural light. I love the mix of materials we chose with the leather, wood, fabrics, and seagrass. I can’t wait to see it all come together! Check back soon for completed photos.

Project Spotlight: Pocopson House (Part 1)

Master bedroom + Breakfast room

I loved working on this project for a sweet family in West Chester that had just moved into a new home. They wanted a place that was kid friendly, comfortable, and somewhere they could entertain. My clients were drawn to neutral shades and adding pops of color to liven things up. They wanted traditional touches, but with an updated look. Working with a clean slate left a lot of room to do whatever the client wanted!

In their master bedroom my clients wanted a sophisticated space that could be a cheerful place to retreat to at the end of the day. I softened the room by adding an upholstered headboard. I chose a neutral fabric for the headboard to anchor the space and then added playful patterns of blues and pinks to help tie in the art work. I loved the idea of putting a mirror above a mirrored dresser to glam it up. The sconces are a perfect example of form meeting function - they are gorgeous and a useful spotlight for reading.  Lastly, to add more ambient light we replaced the existing fan in the room with a polished nickel chandelier. 

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Chandelier from  Visual Comfort & Co.  Sconces from  Innovations Lighting . Headboard from  Bassett . Night Stands from  Ethan Allen . Bedding from  West Elm  and  Home Goods . Art Work from  Minted  and  Leftbank Art . Mirror from  Bungalow 5 . Dresser from  Restoration Hardware .

Chandelier from Visual Comfort & Co. Sconces from Innovations Lighting. Headboard from Bassett. Night Stands from Ethan Allen. Bedding from West Elm and Home Goods. Art Work from Minted and Leftbank Art. Mirror from Bungalow 5. Dresser from Restoration Hardware.

In the breakfast room I wanted to keep things light and airy. I chose Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 7015, a subtle greige paint color for the walls and ivory linen roman shades to help the light filter through. The farmhouse table is surrounded by contrasting black side chairs.  I love the idea of having different host chairs in a room, it's a really easy way to add character to a space.  It's also a great opportunity to add other textures, and in this case a nice blue fabric. In the kitchen I customized Chinese Chippendale counter stools in the most perfect mustard yellow leather.  We have blue and yellow accents in the joining family room so these colors helped tie everything together. The biggest change in this space was the kitchen cabinets. The very dated original cabinets were an off white with yellow tones.  Colorful Remedies breathed new air into them by painting them a bright white to match the trim. I replaced the traditional knobs with these new black ones. The black accents in this space contrast nicely against the light walls.

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Dining Table and side chairs from  Four Hands . Head Chair from  Restoration Hardware . Chandelier from  Crate and Barrel . Counter Stools from  Ballard Designs . Roman Shades from  The Shade Store .

Dining Table and side chairs from Four Hands. Head Chair from Restoration Hardware. Chandelier from Crate and Barrel. Counter Stools from Ballard Designs. Roman Shades from The Shade Store.

Get ready for next week when I reveal the photos for the family room and outdoor patio.