Bringing the Whole House Together – Chapter One

Like so many of us, this busy professional was working from home.

He had a full plate – managing biological research teams and his household.

On the initial  in-home consultation,  he expressed that when it comes to designing his home, he “wants it done right” and doesn’t have the time or the talent to pull it all together.

He had purchased his house two years earlier and the pandemic offered just the break in the action that he needed to reach out for help to put his mark on his place.

He chose the house because it was not far from his workplace, in a desirable neighborhood and had a good flow for entertaining. 

However, he had yet to open his doors to guests because he didn’t feel like it was presentable.

✨The Challenge…

The interior was dull and lacked character.

There was too much beige.

He longed for color – and actually,  likes wallpaper.

He had tried his hand at furnishing the dining room, by adding navy grasscloth wallpaper and purchased the contemporary green and ivory dining chairs and lighting. 

✨The Details…

He envisioned  warm and inviting decor to share with friends, family – and most of all his constant canine companion, Nico. 

The furnishings needed to be casual and dog-friendly.

He wanted furniture that was not only functional, but also well crafted and better quality. 

He needed rugs to unify the color scheme.

Looking at his collection of prints, it was clear that he is drawn to graphic, nature-inspired images, particularly animals and birds and has a touch of wit.

The bare windows called for window treatments to soften the edges and make the space more inviting.

And what about lighting and accessories?

First of all , he fell in love with the extraordinary handcrafted cherry trestle table and sideboard, reminiscent of Yakashima’s amazing designs.

These pieces reflect the quality, warmth and style that would set the tone throughout his home.

The lines of casual hand woven rug and embroidered linen drapery are consistent with those of the furniture and the patterns enliven the dining area.

The “piece de resistance” is the wonderful abstract landscape by local artist, Georganna Lenssen. Not only does it unify the color scheme, but it also opens up the room to the beautiful world beyond.

Next comes the kitchen…

How would he coordinate the dining room and kitchen?

The white kitchen offered a blank slate, but lacked personality.

The shaky bistro table in the kitchen was just a placeholder, until he found something more substantial.

The lighting in the kitchen was functional, but dull..

We selected an emerald green wall color that relates to the chairs of the dining room,  as well as the gardens of his backyard. 

The custom pedestal table was created by craftsmen in Lancaster County to coordinate with the decor.

The unique iron and glass pendants add some sparkle.

The soft valances with a graphic pattern coordinate with the navy wallcovering in the adjoining dining room. 

Well chosen accessories make the rooms complete.

What a delightful transformation!


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