Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Modern Farmhouse Family Room

One of my favorite home styles is an old farmhouse feel mixed with updated contemporary styled furnishings.  I am a fan of wood beams, rustic stone and, of course wood floors with tons of character.   We were so fortunate to work with a sweet family on their authentic Pennsylvania dutch home in Mt. Bethel recently.  I thought it would be fun to share what I love about this farmhouse cottage feeling project.  It is a good Tuesday morning inspiration lol!

The original mantel was a simple small wood ledge (see photo below).  We 'chunked it up' by designing a larger box made of oak to fit around it.  We had the wood stained, beat up and installed by scribing it in against the stone.  

The bookcases were painted a crisp white.  We used Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace ( OC 65 ).    This really brightened up the stone fireplace.  The backs of the bookcases were painted a lovely green apple color.  We used Benjamin Moore's Dill Pickle ( 2147-40 ).

I am a lighting nut!  We changed out the original white fan with this more artful wood product that is just lovely to look at.  It has three long turned blades.  So nice on the eyes!  

This is the original mantel

The two teal blue chairs are swivel gliders that are not only so fun to sit in, but the color is a great soft tone that partners well with the green.

The wall art between the windows was a last minute addition that has a fun story to it.  We needed something to fill the space but nothing worked.  We spotted the homeowners basket full of light bulbs and created instant art!  We then added the pear for color.  Ta da!  

Capiz please!

We fell for this watercolor floral print and knew it had to have center stage.  It is so pretty!

Since the kitchen is open to the family room we addressed it also.  We flipped for this chandelier.

The entire family room and kitchen were painted in Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter ( HC 172 ). 

The table runner was a Home Goods find.  It looks and feels like a flat weave rug.  It is very cool!

With ten foot ceilings, then linen blend floral patterned drapes add coziness without overwhelming the room. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spring To Summer 2017 Home Design Trends

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - As meteorologist Matt Broderick has been telling us, the temperature is heating up, so we showcased spring to summer home design trends recently 69 News at Sunrise.
Interior decorator Shoshana Gosselin, from Love Your Room, joined WFMZ's Eve Russo in the studio to show us some styles taking decorators by storm!


Home design has been coming into its own in 2017 with distinct looks and styles.  Late spring time is my favorite season to spy real change because we are transitioning into summer!  I am inspired by what I am seeing!  Of course, they are right off the runway and into our home decor!  

FOUR trends that are making headlines include:


From the recent fashion runways to inside our homes, Florals are everywhere!  Popular in wallpaper, pillows, tile patterns, bedding, and curtains.  Prints are large yet delicate, ornate and refined.

Lucy Interior Design

Kristen Bell recently wore a 2 piece floral dress, any many A list stars are going 'floral' as well!


Suzanne Kasler

JVW Home

Robert Allen Leda Peony in Midnight

Classic and reminiscent of lazy days enjoying a picnic, the Gingham pattern is not only the hot trend for spring to summer, but it has been around for a very long time, including the Victorian era.  It is only natural that it comes into its own this spring!  And the room style you use it doesn't have to be country inspired.  I have been reading recently that celebrities like Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Amal Clooney have been spotted in Gingham.   Check out how these designers are using it!

How fun is this wall treatment?  CLICK HERE to see how this creative blogger did it!

Retail stores like Pottery Barn have indoor/outdoor pillows just in time for summer!

Inspiration by Carolina Herrera Spring 2017 dress shows you that Gingham is used as a chic and dramatic fabric.

Pottery Barn has these indoor/outdoor pillows just in time for Summer!

Whats the difference between Plaid an Gingham?  
TWO main differences:
1.  Gingham is always two colors.  Plaid is multiple colors. 
2.  Gingham is made up of lines that are equal sized.  Plaid has a lot of different sized lines.


Per Pinterest there has been a 50% rise in acrylic coffee tables, trays, and more! Pairing this material with more traditional, rustic, industrial or any other style, will add a modern twist and fun eclectic feel to any space.  See these ideas below!

Fun Accessories!  

Organize your office, make up area, and more with acrylic containers, staplers, tape, and so much more!  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tomorrow I Share Spring into Summer Home Design Trends That Are Coming Into Their Own

I am getting ready right now for a fun time tomorrow on WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise with Eve Russo.  At 8:50 am I will be sharing home design trends that anyone can incorporate.  I have had my eye on the fashion runway, checking out many amazing interior designers and bloggers, and have seen a spike in these four trends.  Hope you can tune in!  I will of course have the skinny on it all later that day if you miss the show.  Have a lovely day!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Spring Bedroom Of Blue And Green

"I envision this bedroom to be cozy and serene."  Those were the words our very sweet client used when she hired us to design a guest bedroom for her in-laws that were coming from overseas in eight weeks.  The last guest bedroom we did for her (see pic at end of this post) was much more specific to a whimsical style, but this one would be completely different.

Walls were painted Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.  

Generously sized night stands like this one allow for a lamp, and more space for alarm clock and/or cell phone.  Drawer space or an extra open area give space for him/her to store a book, TV remote, or any other item your guest brought with them that they want to have near the bed.

......p.s. Terrariums (you can find these everywhere these days!) with some stones and faux succulents are great table top decor because they bring in the look of nature and never need to be watered!

For us, 'cozy and serene' included light airy bedding, natural textures and woods, and accent colors that were spa like.  We chose an upholstered headboard with oil bronze nail heads in a nubby linen fabric.  

The duvet cover and bed skirt are fresh and neutral so if the homeowner decides to change out the accent colors, there will not be a need to lose these previously bought pieces.  

The window roman shade is of woven material.  It has black out and is cordless.  

Blocking the morning sun and giving privacy to guests is key.  This is your chance to make a stylish statement!  

We added custom pleated drapes for drama.  The medallion pattern on this curtain is so pretty!  We hung them from brass rods and rings.  

A few pillows give the bed a comfy soft colorful look and can be used as an extra cushion behind the standard or king bed pillow, or for behind the back to sit up in bed.

Mix the fabric you use for a layered textural look!  We included velvet, knitted and embroidered pillows.

Every guest bedroom should have a large wall mirror for viewing clothing, hair and make up.  I also love a bench as well, so someone can take on/pull off shoes or place a suitcase or clothing on it.  


Here is the guest bedroom we created for this client previously.  We had fun with this one, bringing in sunny yellow and happy green tones. We used stage coach valances, sheers, and cottage rustic looking furniture pieces. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Taupe : The New Neutral Paint

Grey and Greige paints have been my go-to colors for the last few years.  Clients specifically ask for them.  But lately I have had an interest in more taupe tones.  Some have a soft brown undertone and some have a lovely grey finish.  These colors can create a very beutiful and comforting vibe.

I am loving these Benjamin Moore colors:
Silver Fox 2108-50
Portland 2109-60
Through the Looking Glass CSP-495
Mauve Desert 2213-50

Below I give an idea of how to use these taupes together throughout your first floor.  I included Chantilly Lace (OC-65) as complimenting trim color to the paints:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Easy Fireplace Makeover Ideas

I think fireplaces are not just for function.  It can be a wonderful design element for a room.  Whether you use it or not!  And its the perfect time to give a fireplace an update!  Easy changes include cleaning it up and adding new decor.  You can paint brick, change tile, and of course, re-do the mantel..... or add one that wasn't there before!  



This home was built very recently.  It is a gorgeous house.  They hired us to furnish and paint the master bedroom.  Adding a mantel to the existing fireplace was on the top of my list.  We used a piece of maple, stained it, and installed it.  Very simple but big difference!  



During the planning stages for this clients first floor renovation, we were going to simply white wash this fireplace and get a new beefier mantel, but then the homeowners decided to change to a gas insert and reface the front with stone.... And we re-used the original mantel but re-stained it and beat it up a bit to look aged.   :)

For more ideas, check out this recent article from THE MORNING CALL.    :)

Monday, March 20, 2017