Targeted changes with big impact in Chester County home

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

When I started working on this project in West Chester, the clients had requested that we work on a few areas of their home at a time, and use their budget as judiciously as possible to change and update the selected spaces.  As I got to know them, I learned that the tastes of this couple were somewhat disparate–he likes a traditional style, while she is drawn to things that are more modern looking.  That challenged me to figure out how to make them both happy, and achieve spaces that are great looking and functional.

Sink Before

Master Bath Vanity Before

Shower Before

Shower Before

We started with the Master Bath, which had a very large tub, a double vanity and a lot of tile, all of which were to remain.  The clients definitely wanted to change out the wallpaper and window treatment, and address the shower area.  Plans for that area were drawn up, and the concept is shown below.

Shower Concept

Shower Concept

Once we decided on a color direction, we selected a beautiful paper with a metallic floral design for the walls.  The soft blue-gray gives the room a touch of color, the larger pattern suits the size of the space, and the metallic taupe gives the room a slightly more glamorous feel.  New crown molding helps to give a more finished look.  The new light fixtures also have a more modern and sophisticated feel.  The husband, an accomplished craftsman, created the paneling above the mirror.  The shower was in need of repair, and the clients had asked that we make it larger if possible by removing the corner build-out, which may or may not have had mechanical “stuff” behind it.  Turns out that it did, but we were still able to make the shower larger, and add the bench, which was a high priority for the wife. The tile was chosen to blend with the existing tile, while not highlighting its rose tones.  The border is a nice way to break up the field of tile and add another contemporary design element.  Clear glass doors also help to make the whole area feel more open.

Vanity After

Vanity After

New vanity light fixture

New vanity light fixture

Shower AfterShower After

Shower bench/tile detail

Shower bench/tile detail

For the Master Bedroom, I suggested new carpeting, window treatments and bedding to update the space.  We worked with the existing neutral wallpaper and furniture, using the blue color from the bathroom as a starting point for the color palate.  The carpet pattern is subtle, but definitely modern.  It adds just a bit more design interest than a plain cut pile does, and provides a good background for everything else we wanted to do in the room.  The comforter was custom made out of a Robert Allen fabric.  By changing out the valances for panels, we achieved a warmer, more lush look for the room.  Chocolate brown provides visual contrast and breaks up the blue on the panels and on the bed with the throw pillows.  A new bench with a sharp striped fabric is both beautiful and practical.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Pillow and window treatment detail

Pillow and window treatment detail

Stripe on bench with comforter fabric

Stripe on bench with comforter fabric

In the family room, there were new window treatments, soft crimson walls and an area rug, but the clients wanted help pulling the rest of the room together.

Family Room before

Family Room before

We re-covered the existing sofa in a beautiful, gold chenille fabric.  We also replaced the blue leather chairs with rich brown ones, and brought in an over-sized, inlaid cocktail table that would be serviceable to all of those pieces.  Its style is traditional, but the finish is so distressed that it doesn’t look formal.  Two other reading chairs were added to give the couple a comfortable place to read in the sun.  New lamps and accessories rounded out the transformation, and now this lovely couple is enjoying and appreciating all of the changes–my absolute favorite part of the project!

Family Room After

Family Room After

Leather chairs

Leather chairs

Cocktail table detail

Cocktail table detail

Reading chairs

Reading chairs

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Whimsical chair and ottoman

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 3.55.43 PMThis is a new indoor/outdoor chair and ottoman design from David Francis furniture. I love how the leaf shape creates an enclosed feeling, without making the chair “heavy” looking. The green cushion also enhances the natural look. Overall, the shape is whimsical and refreshing, and would look great in a sun room, on a deck or patio, or even in a themed bedroom.

Great new tiles

I have to admit that I have a few “favorites”–certain materials that really get my creative juices flowing. I’ve always loved leather, and have even made some wonderful picture frames and bags from sample pieces. Another material that always piques my interest is tile. There are so many options to finishing off kitchen backsplashes and bathroom surfaces now. The creativity doesn’t have to end there, however. Tile is being used on large walls to make a statement, around fireplaces, and even on furniture and accessory pieces. It’s a wonderfully durable material that can be installed in infinite ways. Mosaics have long been a way for artists to express themselves in a fairly permanent medium.
I just saw these tiles from Island Stone, and love the patterns and textures. Imagine the possibilities!
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Large Foyer Walls

If you have a home with a two-story foyer, you may have contemplated whether or not to somehow “decorate” those large, bare walls. If you are ready to take the plunge, but are not sure exactly what to do, consider these options:
-You can use ogee molding to break up the space in various sized and shaped “boxes”, and either paint or paper inside the boxes, or leave them plain.
-A more expensive option would be to have wood paneling applied. A design would need to be drawn up, and a professional craftsman would then make the pieces and install them.
-If you would rather keep it simple and put some art work on the walls, there are many options that are inexpensive yet interesting. Let it express your taste and who you are. When shopping, consider the size of the wall, and have the artwork fill a good portion of it, otherwise it will look lost on the wall. The three pieces shown here were taken out of the client’s master bedroom since the colors no longer worked in there. How wonderful that they found a great new home!

Three generous-sized pieces fill the large wall.

Three generous-sized pieces fill the large wall.

Traditional "boxes" can add a little bit of interest to plain walls.

Traditional “boxes” can add a little bit of interest to plain walls.