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…)
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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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.
Hey guys. Today is a fun today because it’s the last Before & After Project for Client W. This room- the living room- also happens to be my favorite room in the house. We started with great bones; windows on three sides, great light and a fireplace.
The real issue was the furniture arrangement. With the sofa cross-wise in the space, it cut the room in the half and the beautiful back windows weren’t being enjoyed. We decided to move things around, add seating, remove the television armoire and update the fireplace mantel.
We moved the sofa to the long wall and made a slipcover for it to soften the modern lines. The Barcelona chairs moved to the back windows. This is now a lovely reading area. I never liked the back of the Barcelonas at the front of the room, but the new settee has a lovely back and I think it fits well here.
My clients really didn’t care for the old fireplace. The mantel wasn’t their style and the gas function didn’t appeal to them.
Since they have a working wood fireplace in their Family Room, we disconnected this gas fireplace and filled it will logs. We also designed a new wood mantel. Christiana Cabinetry made the mantel for us. The mirror above was a vintage find.
One of my goals with the space was to mix traditional and global pieces in with my clients’ existing modern furnishings. We replaced the low modern sideboard to the right of the fireplace with a vintage ebonized commode. It took me months to find a piece that wasn’t crazy expensive but I’m so happy with the one we ended up scoring.
Here we see the French Settee with commode and foyer in the background. The oil paintings were part of my clients collection. When paired in threes they look three times more chic. The middle pillow was one of the first fabrics I chose for the room. I love it! (Some of you may recognize that I used a scrap of this fabric in my own loft.)
As I mentioned above, it’s the same sofa as before, just covered with a slipcover and lots of fun pillows! We continued the theme of yellow, pink and blue that we have going on in the contiguous foyer, powder room and dining room. The rug is an over-dyed Persian. It totally makes the room.
One of my favorite details is the vintage Blanc de Chine table lamps. The iron end tables are pretty fun too, though.
The coffee table is a great weathered wood in a cross pattern. No need for coasters here! Actually the whole room was designed with my clients young sons in mind. Even the white cotton slipcover can be pulled off and washed.
We added a tulip table between my clients Barcelona chairs. Behind them is a vintage Asian console I stumbled upon while shopping one day in Philadelphia. The fiddle leaf fig and driftwood floor lamp balance out each side.
One last look at the coffee table styling. My clients gave me carte blanche and I had a fun time mixing in vintage and new items.
And that, my friends, is the last of Project Client W. That is until we tackle the master suite. Hopefully next year? I feel so fortunate for having such amazing clients who totally get my vision!