The new “classic” kitchen

Choosing to renovate a perfectly serviceable kitchen is a huge decision, and that renovation requires many other decisions throughout the entire process.  I was brought into this Malvern, PA kitchen project by Hunter Kitchen and Bath to help the homeowners … Continue reading

The right room layout makes a difference

My clients had tried several different scenarios for this living room’s layout before coming to us for help.  Since the room is fairly large (23′ x 20′), putting all the furniture against the walls created a “frat house” look, as the client said.  Our solution was to move the TV to the other side of the fireplace, and have a sectional sofa in the middle of the space where they could lay down and watch tv, entertain a fairly large group, and even pull up the bench and other dining chairs if the group grows even larger.  There is still room to circulate through the space (the many doors were a bit of a challenge), and there was also room to put a cozy chair and ottoman by the window for reading and gazing at the beautiful view.

I’m excited about the color direction–keeping the area rug and sectional neutral which works with the existing greige on the walls, and creates a calm, cohesive look, but then we added some darker blues, and one red bench for color pop and visual interest.  I look forward to getting everything in and seeing it all put together.  Like Tom Petty said, “the waiting is the hardest part”!


Living Room-Before

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Floor Plan

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Proposed Room-3D View

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Proposed Room-View 2, 3D View

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Furniture and Finishes


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Area Rug

Second chance for a classic chintz

When my client told me that she had purchased some curtains off of e-bay and didn’t know how to make them work in her bedroom, my first thought was “uh-oh”.  The uncertainty of repurposing something is always a little scary … Continue reading

Transformation of a fireplace wall

This is just a small portion of a main-floor renovation that we’re working on, but it was an important aspect, as the wall is a focal point, and can be easily seen from many parts of the house.  In order … Continue reading

Sheer fabric window treatments

With so many options to choose from when it comes to dressing windows, it’s fun to be able to get the privacy and light control needed while doing something a little different and unexpected. In this dressing/closet area, the sheer … Continue reading

“Game of Thrones” in your Kingdom?

Step into a world of of mystic intrigue…descending a flight of stairs, you are led into an old-world room where you find a crowd gathered by a fireplace and a full bar.  As you move forward, you are enveloped by … Continue reading

Big changes, dramatic results

We’ve just completed the first phase of this renovation in West Chester, and I’m excited to share the changes so far.  In the foyer, we went big and bold with a new, 60″ diameter light fixture in crystal and nickel.  To add to the drama, we painted the walls a medium green/gray, added a beefy crown molding and decorative boxes with a silvery damask paper inside.  We will finish off the space with a silver-leafed chest and a new rug.  (Will post when the chest comes in).

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In the family room, we added a window to balance the architecture.  We modernized the fireplace by removing the raised hearth and installing stone from floor to ceiling.  We added a beam to the ceiling, and replaced the fan with a simple chandelier.  The large wall was outfitted with large boxes and a gray linen paper.  Simple, sheer blue/gray drapes were hung to soften the look and make the room more cozy.  Our plan is to fill the room with new furniture pieces that better fit the size of the space.

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Family Room-Before

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Family Room-After

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Family Room-Before

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Family Room-After

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Family Room Concept-3D View