REVEAL: Our Chestnut Hill Project featured . . . on {Style Me Pretty Living}

I’m thrilled to announce that our Chestnut Hill Project is being featured today on Style Me Pretty Living!!  My client “A” was one of the very first people to hire me as a decorator and we have worked slowly and steadily on her home over the past few years.  It has been a labor of love that has pushed my design boundaries (neutrals!) and really helped me grow as a designer.   I absolutely love the home and I know the family of 6 does too.

Here is a peek of the living room featuring a custom designed ottoman.  I hope you will hop over to SMP Living to get the full tour and all of the details!

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project Living Room

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A few Peeks at my favorite Bathroom Yet

Last Friday Dad and I were out at our Malvern Project reviewing final details for a master suite renovation we plan to begin soon.  We’ve been designing it for months and its full of stunning details and finishes.  I’m really quite excited to see it come to life.  This will be our second project with these clients as we designed and renovated their hall bath last year.  The hall bathroom went from standard builder-grade hum drum to a classic, collected beauty.  Our goal was traditional with a twist: natural woods, marbles and subway tile combined with mixed metals, stand-out lighting, interesting shapes and delicious textiles.  Every time I visit this bath I can’t help but smile.

Here is the BEFORE…

Malvern Reno Hall bath before

A closet crowded the entry, The shower was tucked to the left (not seen) and the whole space felt long and narrow.

This is how it looked when I visited last Friday…

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We flip flopped the toilet and the shower making the shower to focal point at the end of the room.  

(And yes with a window in the shower!)

The toilet is now tucked into the old shower alcove, quite inconspicuously.  (Not seen.)

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Library Sconces provide unexpected lighting for the round iron-rope mirror.

All fixtures are matte black- Jason Wu for Brizo.

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My client was down for open shelving instead of your typical linen closet, so we chose a faux bamboo etagere.

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I just love the way she has styled it!

I helped her select the navy Serena and Lily towels.

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We designed the sink cabinet to look like a classic chest.

The bottom two middle drawers are actually one deep drawer.  Gotta have a place to store bigger items!

The rug is vintage and I love how it pops off the Carrara hexagon floor.

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Once we finish the master suite I plan to have both bathrooms shot professionally, but until then I thought you guys might enjoy this little peek.

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Insta-Projects: #ChestnutHillJob

I share a lot more of my “In-Progress” projects on instagram than I do here on the blog.  It’s so easy to snap a photo or two when I’m on a job-site and give a little sneak peek.  I’d like to have all of my big jobs professionally shot, but most have lingering items that delay a fancy shoot.  One such project is #ChestnutHillJob.  If you can’t guess by the hashtag, this is a home in Philadelphia’s gorgeous Chestnut Hill neighborhood.  When I came into the picture there was a lovely, newly built house with virtually no furniture in the dining room, living room, family room or master bedroom.  Over the past 3(!!) years we have steadily and meticulously filled the rooms one by one.  Budget restraints and busy schedules have made this been a long project, but really I think its a blessing.  The home has evolved naturally and my client has taken her time collecting treasures that are sprinkled stylishly throughout the home.  We are mulling over one final decision- the dining room chandelier- and then I think I’m ready to reveal this home for real.

Until then, here are a few of my favorite instagrams from this project.  Note- I never style my pics, she really just keeps her home this lovely!  (With 4 kids too…)

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Definitely a different look than the Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad, right?

I like to mix it up.  Neutrals can be fun too.

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Project Modern Organic Update

Guess what?  In 24 hours I will be down in Mexico with my family and I am SO excited.  It’s perfect timing because we are wrapping up our most recent bathroom renovation, #ProjectModernOrganic.  It still needs its finishing details but I thought I’d share what has been a really fun design project for me.



The sink cabinet is a modern gray stain wood with an awesome concrete trough sinktop.  

It’s seamless and beautiful.  I love the concept of two faucets and one sink- really clean yet elegant.

The simple slab drawers will look more tailored and finished once we install the hardware.  
Wall sconces set into the mirror will also finish this look.

Instead of a traditional linen cabinet, we built this tall narrow depth piece.  
The top doors are antique mirrors.  The unit also houses a hamper.  

The floors may look like wood, but they are porcelain tile!  So gorgeous in person. 

The dedicated vanity/make up area is coming together nicely.  
It’s hard to see, but that’s a wood counter wrapping down the sides of the desk.


Our area of Philadelphia is pretty traditional, so I always have a blast when my client’s are down for a modern look.  I love how the clean lines blend nicely with more organic elements, like the “wood” floors and pebble shower.  Once the accessories and textiles are in, it will really shine.


I’m off for now, but have planned a few posts for next week while I’m relaxing in the sun.  You will DEFINITELY want to check back here on Monday.  I have an exciting announcement.

Designing around a Red Sofa

I’m working on a family room design right now that is to revolve around my client’s existing red sofa.  This is a (fun) challenge for me as I don’t often use red in large doses.  Red can often be overdone- the wrong shade on the walls, or just too much of it everywhere- but with the right design it can be powerful, warm, happy and chic.  Since the sectional is such a big piece visually  I’d prefer not to over-saturate the room with more red.  Instead, I want to find a way to tie it to other colors that will complement it.  

This is the sofa…






I plan to introduce new colors with a rug and pillows.  Here are my favorite color schemes that work well with red.  Which is your favorite?

I love red mixed with powder blue for a preppy, happy feel.  Tie in a powder blue rug with a pillow that features both red and the same shade of blue.


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I love red mixed with pink for a romantic yet vibrant room.  Mix in black to add a tailored edge to the space.


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Red and cerulean blue is a perfect combo to design a traditional room with a twist.  Mix in pillows that bring in a third color element so that the room doesn’t just read red-white-and-blue.


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