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.

Sexy and Sweet Sweet Dining Chairs

These Dining chairs were so much fun to redesign. From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to change the overall look and not just reupholster them. The first step was finding the right material to really make them special.  The original armchairs had fabric on their backs and leather on their fronts while the armless chairs were all leather.  My client and I looked at mohair, wool/silk blends, velvets, leathers, and finally landed on this amazing paisley fabric.   In my opinion, a paisley print can look too sweet if not executed properly, so I had to give it an edge.  Thats where the red vinyl tape and nailheads came into the design.  The tape also created a seamless transition from back to front on each chair.  When upholstery is wrapped around the frame like this there has to be a way to finish it.  Cording along the back edge was an option, however, I didn’t think it would hold up as well over time.  Ultimately, my client and I both liked the sleek profile that the tape with nail heads added to these beautiful new custom chairs and it gave them the ‘look’ we were trying to accomplish.