Some like it cool

We love working on smaller spaces because of the challenges they present, and the fun and interesting solutions that can come from brainstorming with our clients to see what would work best for them.  Our client felt that her Logan … Continue reading

Versatile and Practical Window Solutions

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.

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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.

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Historic house discovers new world

  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

Product Review: COREtec Luxury Vinyl

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Before-Laminate flooring being removed

The switch to luxury vinyl flooring in the living room, dining room, powder room, and kitchen became one of the primary changes to this home in New Jersey. The existing floor in the living/dining area was a plastic laminate product. Although appearing acceptable from a distance, this type of flooring carries with it two major drawbacks. First, it tends to buckle when getting wet so putting it in a bathroom or kitchen is not recommended.  Second, it tends to sound hollow when being walked on.  It was for these reasons that we chose to upgrade to a COREtec vinyl product.  

COREtec is completely waterproof and, in contrast with real wood, quite resistant to scratching. The owner of this home has a dog, so this product made more sense for this application.  COREtec products are also easy to install because, having a cork backing, they need no vapor barrier and are resistant to odor, mold, and mildew.  The cork also makes it quieter and warmer.  For these reasons, we were able to install it in all of the rooms on the first floor, including the kitchen and powder room, keeping the desired wood look consistent throughout.

We chose the Montrose Oak product from the Plus XL line, which gives the impression of being aged because of its texture and color variation. Imitating the look of reclaimed wood, it has saw blade marks, nail holes, and the surface is textured as if hand-scraped. It’s the largest LVT plank on the market–9”x72”.   Another great feature is that it’s certified for low chemical emissions.  Although we think this is a fantastic product, if there is one drawback, it’s the fact that it doesn’t have the “depth” of graining that real wood has, but we still feel it’s one of the best-looking wood-look luxury vinyls available right now.

Overall, this COREtec floor has succeeded brilliantly with its simple installation, durability, and rustic appearance.

Kitchen floor

After: COREtec Kitchen Floor

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After: COREtec flooring in powder room

Striking a Balance

When McGrath Interiors began this project on a two-year old home in West Chester, the first impression I got was that there was a dichotomy between the formalness of the house, and the relaxed, updated feel that the clients wanted … Continue reading

Completed “hardwood” project

This project has been completed for a while now, but having the discipline to post pictures and job details is something I need to work on.  The before pictures of this family room in a West Chester home show brick arches … Continue reading

Shopping for hardwood

Today my client and I went on a “field trip” to Hearne Hardwoods, and met the cabinet maker, Jeremy, to select a piece of wood for the cabinet top portion of her custom shelving unit.  The wood will be pieced together and have a live edge.  I will certainly post pictures once the unit, and room are complete.  It was just so interesting and inspiring to see the many species of hardwoods that they import from all over the world.  I found myself saying, “I’d like a table out of that, some shelves out of that…”

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Master Bedroom with style

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

Simple Window Treatment Options

Faux Roman Shade

Faux Roman Shade

This breakfast nook area faces South, and the client wanted to finish off the space with a decorative treatment, have a way to block the sun when it was too hot, as well as have the option of privacy at night.  I love the idea of cordless Roman shades (below), but the window was too wide to be able to have that function with just one shade, so we had the top treatment made, and put simple spring-roller shades underneath for a clean look.  The roller shades come in many different fabrics and various degrees of translucency and are very well priced.  They are a great option, and seem to be making a comeback!

Cordless Roman-up

Cordless Roman-up

Cordless Roman-Down

Cordless Roman-Down

Faux Roman with roller shades underneath

Faux Roman with roller shades underneath

Bold, fresh colors update an orthodontist’s office

Reception Desk-Before

Reception Desk-Before

Reception Desk-After

Reception Desk-After

This orthodontist’s office in West Chester is really in a great space. There are huge windows in the waiting area, and lots of natural light throughout most of the office. The curved reception desk  makes a statement when you first enter, and much of the furnishings were able to be reused in updating the look of the spaces. What the clients requested was to update the whole color scheme with bold, bright colors and to make it fun and interesting for the majority of their patients–kids and teens.

The wood floor was relatively new and would remain intact. We decided to cover all of the wood trim and doors with a dark gray paint, resurface the reception desk with a splash of fuchsia, and paint the window trim teal. The new carpet reflected some of these colors in a more subdued scheme, and the majority of the walls received a new, cream strie wallpaper while feature walls received an apple-green chevron patterned paper. The clients wanted to change out their bulletin boards where they displayed pictures of their patients, with an entire wall of magnetic chalkboard paint to give the wall more flexibility with placement and design.  For artwork, the clients wanted to use prints from local artists in teal frames to add interest and color.  The clients are very happy with the way their project turned out, but the most important opinions come from the patients, and word is that they really like the new look!

Kids nook-before

Kids nook-after

Kids nook-after

Waiting Area

Waiting Area

Treatment Room

Treatment Room

Brushing station-before

Brushing station-before

Brushing station-after

Brushing station-after

Bulletin Board-before

Bulletin Board-before

Magnetic paint wall-after

Magnetic paint wall-after

Artwork

Artwork

Reception area showing new carpet

Reception area showing new carpet