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.


Happenins’ 4/19/13

Another busy week here at DM!  We have so many great projects going on that I am constantly feeling inspired, excited, stressed, challenged and rewarded.  I don’t know about you, but time is just flying by and I’m just trying to eek out a moment here and there to stop and admire the flowering trees.  Work is great, but there is more to life than renovations, right?  After working through last weekend, I’m really excited to totally unplug this weekend.  I’m hosting another guest (my third in three weeks) and I also have plans to BBQ, dine downtown, get a manicure and work in my garden with mom.  I can’t wait!

Here are some bits from our week.  (Some from instagram and some seen here first!)

breakfast bar and kitchen

We started a new kitchen project that I am EXTREMELY excited about.  It has so many special details… I just can’t wait to see it come to life.

On Monday, the room looked like the space above, and by yesterday it was the blank slate below.  More on this one soon…

kitchen empty

naomi with steamer

I had a bedroom install yesterday and spent much of the day steaming and stuffing pillows.  I kept saying I was a “lean, mean, steaming machine” and giggling about it.  Mind you, I was alone.  Nerd Alert.  Anywho, we aren’t done the room yet, but I’m very pleased with what we have so far!

bed with nightstand

{That’s a custom blue velvet bed}

sitting area design manifest

{Cute reading area in what used to be an awkward nook}

stairs before

This foyer got updated this week.  Tile, pickled oak and purple carpet are all gone!  I will be overseeing the installation of a new runner today.

stairs after

My baby niece is in town, so there have been lots of stolen moments to kiss her cheeks and nibble on her legs.  I haven’t gotten a photo of her and I yet on this trip, but here she is with Grammy.

mom and eliana

And one last one for you.  Technically this was last week, but on Friday I installed the major furniture pieces for this dining room.  This whole home is amazing and I am bursting at the seams to get in there and photograph it proper.  We just need a few more final pieces and then I’ll share for realz.

dining room wallpaper wainscot design manifest

And there ‘ya have it: 7 Days of DM.

Have a great weekend!

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.

The Construction Schedule

The new year has a way of making us want to do everything a little better, am I right?  With a VERY busy project schedule so far this year, we are more focused than ever on having each renovation run smoothly and our clients having a great experience.  Part of this process involves clear communication and expectations.  We present a calendar to each client on the first day of construction detailing how the next several weeks will progress.  This calendar below is for a master bathroom we are starting today.

I have learned from my own cottage renovation that the more I knew about the process timeline the less stress I felt.  It is certainly my goal for my clients to feel as little stress as possible.  I’m not a therapist or life coach, so I can’t promise to alleviate all stress from your life, but I can do my part to have no delays, materials ordered and delivered on time, plus a stellar looking room at the end.

FYI – while each job is different, this is a good idea of a timetable for a full bathroom renovation.  Feel free to use it with your own contractor.  Custom shower doors must be measured on site, so they are the last piece of the puzzle to arrive, but the rest of the bathroom should be up and running in about 4 weeks.

I’m late for our 1st Day Pow-wow, so I gotta run.  More to come throughout the week.  Like…. I’m getting some wood floors installed at the cottage.  That is always a fun few days of the schedule J

Happenins’ 11/2/12

Well it’s been another busy week here at DM!  We were extremely lucky to emerge from Hurricane Sandy unscathed.  Obviously, many others have suffered greatly.  My heart goes out to all of those who have lost their homes or been displaced to due flooding or power outages.  Wanting to do something, I contributed RedCross Disaster Relief.  You can too, if you feel inclined.

But, as they say, the show must go on.  Once the storm quieted down we were back on a jobsites pushing projects along.  My Chestnut Hill job got some wallpaper in the dining room.  This is going to be such a pretty space when its done!

My house has been a complete mess this week- with more drywall being torn down to do complete re-wiring.  Turns out the old wiring was done all wrong and was a complete fire hazard.  LOVE it when people cut corners in construction.  Sike.

I did get a tub and that was exciting!  

It’s modern and deep and I’m quite pleased with it.  (It’s the Mirabelle Edenton that I talked about here.)


I shared a Living Room project yesterday and you guys were so awesome with feedback.  Thank you to everyone who blogged and pinned and tweeted my work.  Sharing is caring!  Each and every comment means so much to me.  I love hearing about which details were your favorite! 

Also, I was absolutely frickin thrilled to be featured on House Beautiful’s blog this week.  Check out “Bloggers Tips for a Happier Home.”  First step website, next step in print, right?

And let’s not forget the lovely Thanksgiving Brunch feature I attended over on HGTV.


Sabra threw the wedding shower of the year.  You must check out her posts here.  I’m admittedly anti-shower, but this is one party I would have loved to attend.