Project Spotlight: Paoli Manor Home

Working on this cozy family room retreat is so much fun! Built in the late 1800’s, this historic colonial holds a lot of character and endless possibilities to enhance its unique details. The client’s have a beautiful original built-in bookcase that was converted to hide away their TV as well. I wanted to make the bookcase the center of attention in the room and chose a rich blue paint color that will keep the space bright. They like to entertain so I maximized the seating with a comfortable sectional and a pair of separate lounge chairs. The ottoman can also be used as additional seating when needed. The lighting in this room has been updated with sufficient can lights, but the semi-flush mount light, sconce, and floor lamp helps to personalize the space a bit more. This custom rug from Restoration Hardware is simply gorgeous! I love the massive size and how it really helps to bring everything together.

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The color palette in this particular room is very neutral. The client’s like the color blue and green, but were really loving the idea of keeping this room as light as possible because the lack of natural light. The wall color Simply White by Sherwin Williams helps to open the space up and really showcased their existing art work. The rug is also a solid choice, making it a shiny grey that popped against their oak hardwood floors. All of the furniture and accessories I chose lean towards modern, but make subtle vintage nods. The tufts on the bench ottoman, the stain glass print on the pillow, the antique gold finishes, and the swing arm sconce are all details that keep the history of the house intact while giving the space an updated look. Amazing how everything is coming together and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

1.  Four Hands  2.  Cisco Brothers  3.  Anthropologie  4.  Bernhardt  5.  Visual Comfort  6.  Calligaris  7.  Bo Concept  8.  Restoration Hardware  9.  Circa Lighting  10.  Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams  11.  Restoration Hardware  12.  John Robshaw  13.  Anthropologie  14.  Pottery Barn  15. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams- Simply White; Built-In: Benjamin Moore-Eclipse

1. Four Hands 2. Cisco Brothers 3. Anthropologie 4. Bernhardt 5. Visual Comfort 6. Calligaris 7. Bo Concept 8. Restoration Hardware 9. Circa Lighting 10. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 11. Restoration Hardware 12. John Robshaw 13. Anthropologie 14. Pottery Barn 15. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams- Simply White; Built-In: Benjamin Moore-Eclipse

Project Spotlight: Wyola Home

This is a small master bedroom design for a lovely couple in Wyola. Located in a colonial townhome, this is the absolute perfect size for a bedroom. It’s so nice and cozy and leaves the right amount of space for the king bed and a small accent chair. There is a small window that is 6’ from the floor, which the bed fits perfectly under. The other 2 windows are situated at 3’ from the floor leaving lots of natural light to shine through. The door leads to the hallway and the open entry leads to the master walk in closet and bathroom. I wanted to leave this space open for a nice flow.

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The couple wanted the room to have a classic feel with traditional touches that were updated. I started by finding the bed, being that it is the focal point in the space. I chose this handsome tufted one from Restoration Hardware in a rich and warm brown tone. The nightstands are a neutral seagrass that add so much texture to the space. I love these sconces being that they are classy and functional. The black and gold finish tie in the other hardware finishes in the room. This comfy channeled chair from Cisco Brothers is simply adorable, I love how understated it is while lending the room so much character. The bench and the dresser are both pieces that help keep the colonial style alive! They loved soft blues which I brought out in the accent pillows and bedding. The deep blue rug helps to anchor the space and will help transform the bedroom into a cozy retreat after a long day.

Project Spotlight: North Portal Home

Teaming up with old client’s is the best. Especially when they are a joy to work with and have good taste (just like this family). They live in DC, and although I no longer live there I wanted to help design a new office space for them. The office is part of a master bedroom so I wanted to decorate it with the accompanying furniture in mind. They have an existing walnut low platform bed and a black leather chair. I wanted it to be a contemporary and neutral room with pops of color brought in through the art work. There is an empty corner where I wanted to create an alternate table top workspace with 2 accent chairs where you could sit and relax and soak in all of the morning light. I chose to keep the main office units a similar walnut finish to the bed. I also added floating cabinets above the desk and filing system for additional storage. The bench cushion and pillow was a nice touch to soften all of these hard surfaces. I liked the idea of replacing their existing honeycomb shades with these roman shades to add another light and airy texture to the office nook.

Art work from  Minted  and  Juniper and Briggs

Art work from Minted and Juniper and Briggs

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Lighting from  CB2  art work from  Minted

Lighting from CB2 art work from Minted


The walls is where I wanted to have a little fun and add a punch of color and pattern. For the desk wall I chose to break up the floating walnut cabinets with art work leaning against the cabinet and hanging on the wall. I love mixing mediums so this photography and abstract painting go well together and add a bit of interest.

For the wall near the table I imagined a very long extending sconce that would drape over the bistro table. These sconces are so neat and I’ve been dying to use them in a space. They make such a statement while be functional too. The large art work will fit nicely on the wall. The black and white works well with the modern vibe in the space, but the floral itself lends to a traditional look that fits the colonial architecture of the home.

For the window wall I thought this would be the perfect place for family photos. It’s a very personal space being that it is a home office and a bedroom. Either doing black and whites or color here would work. There are 2 different design scenarios I gave them; a more structured look and a gallery wall, both would look fantastic. I think matching the frames is important here and a black or silver frame would really pull the other elements in the space together.


Project Spotlight: Morton Home

I had the pleasure of helping to redecorate a small living room and entertainment area. The client’s were an older couple with 2 dogs and wanted a quiet room to read and also entertain a small group of friends. They wanted a space to seat 4-6 people while leaving a nice flow to the room and not overcrowding it with furniture. The floor plan was very straight forward considering they already had these gorgeous slipper chairs and tufted sofa. We opened up the arrangement and made things symmetrical by flanking the lounge chairs and also pairing them with 2 matching credenzas.

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Their favorite colors are blue and red and they had existing chinoiserie artwork that they wanted to include in the design. Their walls I wanted to make a very light greige color that would accentuate their new bold red accents. I also wanted everything to be stay very neutral so that their art work would be the focal point in the room. The gold accents helped to tie everything together. I wanted to incorporate their chinoiserie with subtle asian accents such as the bamboo mirror and curved leg on the credenzas. I absolutely LOVE how this room is going to turn out!