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.

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

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

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.

Birds of a feather play together

At one time, this room was a great space for girls to play dress up, do arts and crafts, build legos and play games. Now that they are transitioning out of traditional playtime, this large room can serve another purpose.

Beautiful Matouk bedding with a custom headboard in Schumacher fabric.

My client was interested in upgrading to a guest room for family. It already has a bathroom and closet. We halved it to allow a place for sleeping and lounging. The seating area still allows the girls to have a recreation area when guests aren’t visiting.

The Schumacher fabric is a great complement to the purple polka dot valences that are to remain in the room. A custom headboard, embroidered bedding, and bedskirt give this room a little sophistication and make it feel more like a guestroom.

While this updated space, it is still decorated with their adorable artwork, now it is a more “grown up” room.

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.

Sitting Pretty

This sitting room was so much fun to decorate because it already had elements like custom wainscoting, eleven foot ceilings, and an open floor plan that helped to add interest and light to the space.

The starters for this design concept were the window panels, oriental carpet, and antique hutch. Incorporating existing pieces into a new design not only offers a direction but also allows me to be more creative and work with what I have.

After

Before

The first thing I did was to update the existing panels by adding a 5” decorative tape on the leading edge of each. The tigers worked perfectly with the Kravet panel fabric and gave the windows that WOW factor. The cornice layout was tricky but we were able to fit four full tigers in by using the return to the wall. This window treatment set the tone for this room and later for the entire first floor.

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.”

Wayne Basement Renovation

This young family needed more space in their traditional Cape style home and going up was not in the budget so they decided to go down into their dark, completely unfinished basement. This new space, although not without challenges; electrical boxes, an old oil tank, sump pumps, HVAC, sewer pipes, and low ceilings, gave them a great new area to entertain friends and family.

Beautifully blue

We framed out the beams and added baseboard heat.
Installing a French Door in place of a solid one makes the basement feel more like part of the rest of the house.
A well lit staircase is a great way to highlight the entrance to your new space.
Pocket doors with glass are another way to add separation without impeding light.
Arts and crafts area.
The new floor plan gives an overall open feeling to the space while still allowing for designated areas like laundry, storage, utilities, child play areas, as well as adult play areas.

You’ll never be blue in this Living Room.

This spacious Living Room in a beautiful old stone colonial needed a little freshening up.  My client wanted to get rid of the salmon and pink that adorned the room and bring in more blue and green.  I felt the best way was to start with the walls and Farrow and Ball’s Cooks Blue, was the perfect color to do it. A gorgeous Stark carpet already lived in the room however, it wasn’t big enough for the main seating area. I pulled the blue from the Stark and selected a wool Karastan to go underneath the matching sofas.  Together the two carpets worked seamlessly to bring the seating area into one cohesive unit.

The slipper chairs were reupholstered in a durable Robert Allen fabric and dressed with a beautiful Scalamandre tape along the bottom of their skirts. Throw pillows were added to both sofas and the chairs to bring in a little color.

 

Lastly, Sconces on dimmers were added along the perimeter of the room to allow for accent lighting when needed. The antique brass against the crisp blue walls was the perfect detail to finish off the room.

A Modern Family Room

This modern family room is a great representation of the way we live today. A multi purpose room that is used for watching tv, a children’s playroom, lounging, and entertaining. When clients ask me to assist them in kitchen renovations more often than not they want a design that opens up the kitchen to an adjacent family room and this project was no different. A wall separating the two rooms was removed and replaced with a Carrera marble peninsula creating an easy transition from one room to the next. Since the first phase of this project was the kitchen, the family room fabrics had to coincide. Another consideration was that space is used for entertaining both adults and children so the fabrics had to be sophisticated yet durable.  The white sectional sofa allows for optimal seating and is upholstered in a high performance Perennials fabric. For the drapery, a simple lightweight fabric was selected to allow for optimal light. A five inch Schumacher tape was chosen to line the interior edge of each panel along with a beautiful brass rod with lucite finials and rings. The rod added sophistication and glamor to this window decor.