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”!
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 →
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.
When McGrath Interiors began working with the following clients in Devon, PA, they were leaning towards installing fabric drapery panels in their family room. After establishing that white was the best color for the area, the thought of doing them in fabric was impractical because they would easily become dirty. Especially considering that the clients have pets and children who enter through the slider on a daily basis, the drapes would have been a nuisance. After we helped them consider the need for a more practical and long lasting option, they decided on using a vinyl vertical blind. Vinyl is easily cleanable so it became a more sensible choice because of the heavy use this door receives. We were still able to provide an aesthetically pleasing element in the fabric patterned cornice board above the doorway while maximizing its functionality.
The next photo is of a functioning Roman shade in the guest bedroom of a different client’s home in West Chester. This one shade is decorative as well as practical because it goes up and down without difficulty. It is a custom designed option with a very good price and a ten day turnaround.
It’s hard to explain the feeling you get as you turn off the main road, and start winding down the narrow, tree-lined, Chester County back road until you reach the clearing that is part of this amazing historic property. … Continue reading →
Coming in on the tail end of a project to finish off a room with details can sometimes be a challenging task, but in this case my job was made easy. Working with Eric from Clerestory Construction, the clients had already … Continue reading →
Look at this beautiful tile! It’s so inspiring to see all the various combinations of color, shape and texture used in new ways. This would make an interesting kitchen backsplash, a great accent wall in a bathroom, or could be used on the front of a bar or as a fireplace surround. Such wonderful possibilities!
This master bath had plenty of space, but it was outdated, and the large tub was never used. One of the items on the clients’ wish list was a walk-in shower, without high walls that would close it in, and without … Continue reading →
This small satellite office in West Chester, PA needed more desks for its growing staff, as well as better storage and privacy for phone conversations. Our solution was to put low cubicles in the open area where they could work with more autonomy, adding two desks. The “dead space” in the kitchen was utilized for the fifth desk by moving the wall and creating a work area on the other side. This added a much-needed desk/phone area for when extra people are there working.
The existing computer equipment was moved out of the phone closet to the copy center so that they could use the phone closet as it was intended to be used. The large desks in the office were scaled down, but gained better storage. We also added a much-needed conference table in that area. Wall cabinets in the kitchen provided storage lost from removing the cabinet along the wall that was moved to accommodate the fifth desk.
We basically took advantage of every possible space in order to maximize the productivity potential of this office. We have proposed simple window treatments and artwork, and will post updated pictures if they decide to have that work done.