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
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).
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.
This week, we installed new drapes in this Chester Springs master bedroom. The existing silk drapes, while very pretty, did not add any oomph to the room, and they also didn’t block out the light for better sleeping. Additionally, because of the strong southern exposure, the sun had deteriorated the fabric in some spots.
The new drapes are blackout lined, they are decorative when opened or closed, and they also block drafts in the winter (or strong light in the summer) which is a nice bonus. We chose a current, large-scale pattern to add more visual interest to the room. The solid banding is a nice accent, and will stand up to wear from the client’s dogs rubbing up against them.
We offer many options for window coverings, but I highly recommend a blackout-lined drape for a bedroom. Other clients just rave about the darkness they can achieve. Great for people that want to sleep in, or those that work nights and sleep during the day.
This West Chester dining room had a traditional/formal feel from the previous homeowner, which didn’t suit the style of my clients. They wanted a more relaxed, yet elegant feel that would work well with their beautiful table and chairs. We changed out the chandelier to one with wrought iron and wavy glass, painted the walls in a base of dark brown and glazed it with a subtle copper metallic finish. The windows were framed with simple panels made out of a beautiful linen blend with taupe embroidery. Artwork and accessories were redone, but kept to a minimum to allow the focus to remain on the few beautiful elements, and the people that will use the room.