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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DM Project: Client W Living Room Before and After

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.

Here is the room before… 

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!

I hope you liked the tour.   Get caught up on the dining room, foyer, powder room and family room.

Thank you to Courtney Apple for taking al of the lovely images