Project Spotlight: Willowdale Family Room

This lovely family of 4 opened up the wall of their dining to their family room making it one large space. They wanted this room to be a casual hang out area with plenty of room to watch TV and entertain. They also wanted storage for toys and games for their girls. I placed the long sofa facing the TV for optimal viewing. Behind the sofa are storage cabinets perfect for children’s toys and also a handy surface to set things on. I then flanked the sofa with 2 lounge chairs for symmetry. The oversized coffee table is perfect for games and the 2 accent tables are just the right amount of space for a drink. I love how this custom sized rug really anchors the seating area and brings it all together.

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The client’s wanted this to be a kid friendly and tranquil hangout with surfaces that were safe for kiddos and would blend beautifully with their all white kitchen. The pop of blue in the rug set the tone for the space with pops of blue in the pillow and accessories. I used a textural beige Crypton fabric for the lounge chairs and a soft leather for the sofa. The coffee table is distressed and ready for any wear and tear. There is already excellent overhead lighting, but this funky arc lamp is the perfect accessory in the corner. This room is a fabulous mix of modern with a traditional flair.

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Project Spotlight: Paoli Manor Home

Working on this cozy family room retreat is so much fun! Built in the late 1800’s, this historic colonial holds a lot of character and endless possibilities to enhance its unique details. The client’s have a beautiful original built-in bookcase that was converted to hide away their TV as well. I wanted to make the bookcase the center of attention in the room and chose a rich blue paint color that will keep the space bright. They like to entertain so I maximized the seating with a comfortable sectional and a pair of separate lounge chairs. The ottoman can also be used as additional seating when needed. The lighting in this room has been updated with sufficient can lights, but the semi-flush mount light, sconce, and floor lamp helps to personalize the space a bit more. This custom rug from Restoration Hardware is simply gorgeous! I love the massive size and how it really helps to bring everything together.

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The color palette in this particular room is very neutral. The client’s like the color blue and green, but were really loving the idea of keeping this room as light as possible because the lack of natural light. The wall color Simply White by Sherwin Williams helps to open the space up and really showcased their existing art work. The rug is also a solid choice, making it a shiny grey that popped against their oak hardwood floors. All of the furniture and accessories I chose lean towards modern, but make subtle vintage nods. The tufts on the bench ottoman, the stain glass print on the pillow, the antique gold finishes, and the swing arm sconce are all details that keep the history of the house intact while giving the space an updated look. Amazing how everything is coming together and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

1.  Four Hands  2.  Cisco Brothers  3.  Anthropologie  4.  Bernhardt  5.  Visual Comfort  6.  Calligaris  7.  Bo Concept  8.  Restoration Hardware  9.  Circa Lighting  10.  Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams  11.  Restoration Hardware  12.  John Robshaw  13.  Anthropologie  14.  Pottery Barn  15. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams- Simply White; Built-In: Benjamin Moore-Eclipse

1. Four Hands 2. Cisco Brothers 3. Anthropologie 4. Bernhardt 5. Visual Comfort 6. Calligaris 7. Bo Concept 8. Restoration Hardware 9. Circa Lighting 10. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 11. Restoration Hardware 12. John Robshaw 13. Anthropologie 14. Pottery Barn 15. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams- Simply White; Built-In: Benjamin Moore-Eclipse

My Favorite Sconces

Sconces are one of my favorites lighting accessories. They can be functional or purely decorative, swing arm or stationary, they come in different textures, colors, styles, and work with any environment. Wall sconces come either hardwired or with a cord. The hardwired sconce has a permanent look and also looks better in a more formal environment. Sconces with cords are very trendy in a casual space and are also easier to change out and less labor for installation. Some of my favorite places to put them are near a bed for a perfect reading light or flanking a piece of art work for extra ambiance. Take a look at these beauties below for some inspiration.