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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My Favorite Desks

It’s back to school already and I can’t believe it. While finding the perfect spot for your kid to be productive, why not have a little fun and revamp your own office space? Work and household responsibilities can be daunting, but doing them in a room or on a piece of furniture that makes you happy can make all the difference. These are some of my ultimate favorite desks to choose. A little bit of traditional, a little bit of modern, and a little bit of eclectic, I’ve got it covered. Good luck!

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!

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Velvet

Design by  Barlow & Barlow

Design by Barlow & Barlow

I say bring on all the velvet! I’m a huge fan of this material. It’s veristile and works in any environment whether it’s a traditional farmhouse or an ultra-modern city condo. It’s ideal for families and bachelors and it can be bold and subtle. From dining chairs to head boards, velvet looks fantastic on any furniture piece.

Velvet looks incredibly luxurious and high end, but depending on the manufacturer, it can be affordable and handle heavy wear and tear. It’s important to follow the seller’s maintenance instructions, but most are as easy as using a damp cloth to dab the area, not rub. For pet lovers, purchase a color that matches your pet’s hair color. Velvet attracts hair, but velvet brushes can help with the removal.

A few of my favorite pieces are below. Take in and enjoy the glamour and timeless chic of velvet!

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