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!

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 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.