Project Spotlight: North Portal Home

Teaming up with old client’s is the best. Especially when they are a joy to work with and have good taste (just like this family). They live in DC, and although I no longer live there I wanted to help design a new office space for them. The office is part of a master bedroom so I wanted to decorate it with the accompanying furniture in mind. They have an existing walnut low platform bed and a black leather chair. I wanted it to be a contemporary and neutral room with pops of color brought in through the art work. There is an empty corner where I wanted to create an alternate table top workspace with 2 accent chairs where you could sit and relax and soak in all of the morning light. I chose to keep the main office units a similar walnut finish to the bed. I also added floating cabinets above the desk and filing system for additional storage. The bench cushion and pillow was a nice touch to soften all of these hard surfaces. I liked the idea of replacing their existing honeycomb shades with these roman shades to add another light and airy texture to the office nook.

Art work from  Minted  and  Juniper and Briggs

Art work from Minted and Juniper and Briggs

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Lighting from  CB2  art work from  Minted

Lighting from CB2 art work from Minted


The walls is where I wanted to have a little fun and add a punch of color and pattern. For the desk wall I chose to break up the floating walnut cabinets with art work leaning against the cabinet and hanging on the wall. I love mixing mediums so this photography and abstract painting go well together and add a bit of interest.

For the wall near the table I imagined a very long extending sconce that would drape over the bistro table. These sconces are so neat and I’ve been dying to use them in a space. They make such a statement while be functional too. The large art work will fit nicely on the wall. The black and white works well with the modern vibe in the space, but the floral itself lends to a traditional look that fits the colonial architecture of the home.

For the window wall I thought this would be the perfect place for family photos. It’s a very personal space being that it is a home office and a bedroom. Either doing black and whites or color here would work. There are 2 different design scenarios I gave them; a more structured look and a gallery wall, both would look fantastic. I think matching the frames is important here and a black or silver frame would really pull the other elements in the space together.


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.