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
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!
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!
I always recommend that people live in their new house for awhile before making any design decisions. This gives them time to see how they actually use the different spaces, what rooms get sunlight when, and where they gather when they entertain.
When the owners of this home moved in about a year ago, the “formal” living room was not given much attention. They decided that this room would be a sitting room, but definitely not too formal. The furniture we chose is comfortable, and the light colored fabric lends itself well to the casual feel of the space and keeps it airy. We chose a light, gauzy fabric for the windows, which comes “pre-wrinkled” to continue with the theme.
This client in Bryn Mawr, PA already had the sheers when we started the project, but wanted to finish the windows off with something very formal and elegant. We chose a Beacon Hill fabric in a light teal and gold … 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 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.
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
When the owners of Fellini Cafe selected me to design their new West Chester, PA location, I was excited to have the opportunity, and we got started immediately. Demo work had already begun, and the owners had plans to add columns and arches clad in stone veneer, but needed design direction for everything else. The floor would remain, but the colors of the walls, trim, and ceiling needed to change from the blue and yellow greek theme, to something much more subdued. Even though this is a casual dining Italian restaurant, they did not want the decor to be too busy, but rather wanted visual clarity with a warm, welcoming atmosphere conducive to experiencing an enjoyable meal out.
A key design decision was to paint the ceiling a dark color to make it recede as much as possible, and also make the grid less obvious. The ceiling, trim, and furniture are all a dark brown, although of varying shades. Another important design component is the accent wall, done in a rich rusty red, in order to play off of the warm hues in the stone and also add warmth and color to the large space. The remaining walls were painted a warm neutral, providing the perfect background for some interesting decorative pieces.
With plenty of space to dine comfortably, patrons will hopefully find the atmosphere as appetizing as their food!
In a previous blog, I showed some pictures of large foyer wall designs. This house had the same issue, but this client wanted something very simple and understated, so we only did one large “box” on each wall and painted the inside the same color as the rest of the wall. It was just enough to fill that space without making it busy or heavy looking.