“Paint it Black” or Blue…..

This newly designed lower level went from being a typical basement used for storage, exercising, and watching tv, into a fun and funky bar lounge with a full bath and home office.

After careful color selection the New Ravenna backsplash became the generator for the whole space.

Iconic Walter Durham home gets a new look…..

Having a hand in designing and updating this architecturally iconic home in Gladwyne was not only special but a lot of fun. First and foremost, I got to work with a friend from grad school, Janine Massaro, and together we were able to create a beautiful and functional space for a young family of five.

We selected Calcutta Gold Marble for the custom designed white oak island to keep a classic look in this new space.

Second, because of the historical importance of this home, it was import to keep, or in some cases recreate, the characteristics of this architectural style; like random width pegged oak floors, detailed millwork, and big bright windows. The existing kitchen floor was tile therefore, we had to try to match the new wood floors to the old in the dining room. This kept a consistent flow throughout the first floor.

Grand Finale- A gorgeous colonnade with newly integrated wood floors.
Before demo began
Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3
Random width pegged white oak flooring

Chinoiserie Chic Master Bath

This Master Bathroom underwent a full gut renovation including opening up the shower walls, transforming the transition between bedroom into bath, and removing a large jacuzzi tub and replacing it with an elegant soaking tub.

Prior to demo this sizable bathroom had lots of natural light, yet now it feels bright, airy, and fresh. The beautiful blue walls and ceiling add to the serene and soft feel of the space while the custom wallpaper, designed specifically for the area behind the vanity, brings in a bit of color and whimsy.

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Custom made performance grasscloth

Another great aspect of having such a large room is that there is plenty of opportunity to create vignettes like this custom Thassos marble mosaic framed by 12”x12” Dolomite tile.

Custom New Ravenna Thassos Mosaic

This beautiful new Master Bathroom now has a classic look that better suits my clients style and will be enjoyed for years to come.

Blue Bliss

Clients often tell me they don’t know what they want but this mother of three knew exactly what she wanted in her new kitchen. A double oven, a large refrigerator, lots of storage, and a big island with seating.

Once the floor plan and cabinet design with Glenbrook Cabinetry were ironed out, we set out to look for the necessities like appliances, hardware, and backsplash. The GE cafe in white with sleek hardware options was a great way to modernize this new kitchen. White quartz countertops and white wall cabinets were offset by a beautiful blue island as well as brass accents throughout.

Blue bliss herringbone tiles are framed by a brass pencil liner.
Lots of additional storage in these twin pantries.

Now, this kitchen checks all the boxes for this young family. It has tons of storage, lots of cooking and prep space, a plethora of seating and most of all a classic look that will keep it relevant for years to come.

Not your average white….

Construction began on this kitchen in January 2020 and after being placed under strict stay at home orders in PA, this fabulous renovation is finally complete.

One of the biggest changes to the space was utilizing the extra square footage from the large walk-in pantry. By removing the wall separating the two rooms we not only gained a larger footprint but also another window. The added square footage allowed for a nine foot island with seating and tons of storage.

Another big update was replacing the terra-cotta tile with hardwood to match the rest of the first floor. Continuous flooring creates an open feel and makes for an easy transition from room to room.

Decorative details like wainscoting on a blank wall, crown molding to match the cabinetry, and beautiful Roman shades in both the prep and dining area really brought this space together.

The light is the most transformative part of this new kitchen. Removing the old pantry wall gave us another double window, allowing a great deal of natural light. Plus, the addition of inner and under cabinet lighting along with decorative lanterns above the island, gave this space the modern update that it needed.

Even though this renovation took a little longer than originally expected, my clients are very happy and have already started entertaining family.

A Master Bathroom Renovation from Soup to Nuts.

I was originally brought into this project to help with material selection only and wound up assisting these clients with their entire Master Bathroom renovation. The biggest issue was that the bathroom was long and narrow and expanding into an adjacent room was not an option.

Prior to my involvement in this project the idea was to keep the existing foot print except for removing a wall that dissected the bathroom unnecessarily. This would have given them a very long and narrow shower creating a galley effect.

Existing foot print with long narrow shower.

Once I proposed moving the sewer line and we learned it was a viable option, the new floor plan opened the room exponentially. Now these clients can enjoy their large 7’ x 5’ shower as well as a picture window overlooking their beautiful back yard. Their Master Bathroom now has good circulation, great natural light, and a vanity with storage complete with a custom hairdryer caddy which will serve them well for years to come.

Final Floor Plan once the toilet was moved.
Wall Elevation with two new windows.
Continue reading “A Master Bathroom Renovation from Soup to Nuts.”

The Master Suite snowball effect……

Sometimes all it takes is one little change in your house, like moving a piece of furniture or purchasing a new coffee table to make you want to change everything.  That one decision can have a snowball effect.  This project began as a Master Bathroom renovation and turned into so much more.  In order to transform the existing Closet and existing Master Bathroom into a more desirable space we extended the bathroom wall by one foot.   Those twelve inches taken from the bedroom lead to new paint, wallpaper, bedding, custom pillows and window treatments, better lighting, new bedside tables for added storage, a beautiful new carpet, and a brand new 55″ OLED television with a picture and sound system that would put movie theaters to shame.

The Master Bathroom was a complete renovation from the beginning.  Once the floor plans were finished that extra foot of space from the bedroom allowed for a double vanity with a custom Glassos countertop,  a small 1/2 wall for privacy next to the toilet, a heated towel rack, and a more sizable shower with custom niches to accommodate shampoo & conditioner bottles, etc.  The shower was designed with handmade ceramic shower tiles in three different textures, sizes, and colors to give it a sense of depth and interest.  All of this was done with a white grout to accentuate the beautiful detail of the tile.

The bathroom floor was also Glassos,  in the form of 12″ x 12″ tiles.  For the shower floor we used Glassos  2″x 2″ hexagon shaped tiles.  The final hard surface material feature in the bathroom is the custom Cyan Green stone wall above the vanity.  There is a lot of variation in the stone which makes the mirrored medicine cabinets really pop.   The sconce has a Brushed Nickel finish as does the hardware from Kallista.

With all of the hard surfaces in a bathroom a fabric window treatment is one way to soften the space.  The cornice and roman shades in both the bathroom and bedroom were a custom designed and a collaboration with Urban Loft Window Treatments.  The cranberry color throughout the bathroom and bedroom is a great accent to the various gray tones.  The end product is better than I had imagined when creating the floor plan.  What was once an ordinary bedroom with a full bathroom is now transformed into a stylish retreat worthy of “Master Suite” status.

Construction done by Duddy construction; http://www.duddyconstruction.com