Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Elegant, Warm, Traditional

As winter approaches, we turn our thoughts to cozy spaces that make us feel warm—inside and out. In the Delaware Valley, this time can mean snow and cold weather. What better way to treat ourselves than to enjoy this time from a place that is warm and comforting. As you probably know by now, our clients are very special people. We delight in their unique personalities and their special dreams. When we first approached this project, our client had already planned a beautiful, multi functional addition. Her concern however was “pulling it all together”. In this spacious area, there was an opportunity for two seating areas—one by the fireplace and one for TV watching. The large screen TV was visible from both areas, making this entire room a perfect space for a cozy couples night or for major entertaining. By adding a sectional in front of the TV and a sofa by the fireplace we defined these two areas. Two swivel chairs provided the opportunity to enjoy the fire or swing around and watch TV.

While working with this wonderful couple, we took in to account all of their wishes with comfort being the main concern. The upholstered seating was chosen with attention to style and durability. We considered everything from how the couple liked to sit on things to the big difference in their heights. The finishing touches were fun and very specific. We searched for just the right accessories and artwork. We found a way to include all of their collected pieces and photos to help personalize the space. When talking to this lovely woman today, she mentioned that “since you never know what to expect when you work with someone new, I started out being a little cautious in telling you what I liked and disliked. This was quickly dispelled by how easy you and Lindsay made it for me to tell you what I wanted. You always found the perfect things”. As I talked to her, she mentioned that they were sitting in the swivel chairs enjoying a cup of coffee. I am so delighted that we could be a part of this wonderful new room.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Vincent's Room

Starting High School is an important step in any young person’s life. New challenges, more work and preparing for the future can seem overwhelming. We have worked with this family on just about every room in their house and Vincent always had some great input. Now it was his turn to let us know what he really wanted for his space. It was time to say goodbye to some of the furniture that Vincent had grown up with. The bed had to stay and we thought that it was a perfect starting point. Vincent needed more room to study and read. He needed room to display his special memories of his grandfather. And he needed to have a look that suited the spectacular young man that he had become.
By reorganizing his closet and adding storage to his night stand, we helped to make this room more spacious and just plain cool. We incorporated the TV in to the wall arrangement so that it would not look so out of place. The windows were softened by adding a simple cornice. I can’t think of a better way to start the high school journey than to have a place that is totally yours! We just know that you will succeed Vincent and we wish you all of the best! Thanks for being such fun to work with. Vincent's Testimonial - "Before my room was just a place to sleep, but now it's so useful and comfortable. Diane and Lindsay were able to capture my sense of style and transfer it perfectly into my room. Everything looks great!"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Feels Like Home

Home is a very special place for us. We spend a lot of time there and it should reflect our personality as well as our comfort. When we entered this beautiful older home, we were greeted by a warm and charming woman. The home itself had a lot of interesting detail—just not the warmth or the character of the people living there. This special client was having a very important party soon to honor her daughter’s book being published and her doctorate degree. We just knew that this important occasion had to be hosted by a room that reflected this family.

The challenge was to provide a space that felt good. We knew that this room was used on a daily basis—and that it was a room for TV watching. Everyone’s needs were taken into consideration and we set to work to make it impressive for guests while comfortable for everyday use. Working with this family was always a pleasure. We coordinated our efforts with craftsmen who helped us accomplish some of the repairs. We reframed some of the beautiful artwork. We added new furniture and accessories.

When we added the finishing touches, the daughter said: “We have lived here a long time, and thanks to you, it finally feels like home.” Now that is what makes our job worthwhile!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2010 Philadelphia Magazine Design Home

I couldn’t wait to share this good news with you! I have been selected to be the designer for the 2010 Philadelphia Magazine Design Home. Not only is this a great honor—the proceeds from tours to this home will benefit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful cause. The 2010 Design Home is being built by Philomeno and Salamone—one of the area’s most prestigious builders. It is located on Gypsy Hill Road in Lower Gwynedd on a beautiful wooded site called Gray Fox Farm. It is an incredible house with just under 12,000 square feet of indoor living space and a gorgeous pool and outdoor living space planned as well.

Last week Marian Conicella, the publisher for Philadelphia Magazine welcomed me and my fantastic team of designers, executives from Philomeno and Salamone other Corporate Sponsors at a Kick Off meeting for the 2010 Design Home at the Magazine’s headquarters. I have the pleasure of working with Sherry Litwer, Philadelphia Magazine’s Design Home Project Manager. With my designers Jacqueline Bazar and Lindsay Quinn we have already formulated some great ideas to make this feel like home. Joselyn Philomeno, the designer from Philomeno and Salamone will also be working along with us to make this project extra special. I will keep you posted on the progress of this lovely home and I look forward to seeing you there next September!

Julia’s Room

Our lives are enriched by our clients. Julia’s story is one that touched us deeply. I would like to share it with you. After many years of preparation and planning, John and Bernadette welcomed Julia into their home. She spent the first eight years of her life in China. When the proud parents heard the news that Julia would be a part of their lives, there were so many preparations that it was overwhelming. We have enjoyed working with this delightful couple for over 11 years—in two homes in this area and a shore home. This was an exciting addition and we were committed to making it a fun and cozy space for everyone.

As these things happen, we had only just begun Julia’s room and playroom when John and Bernadette got the word that they were to travel to China to bring Julia home. We were determined to do whatever we could to make this a great homecoming. While they were gone, we were able to finish her bedroom. It was such a delight to hear how good it felt for everyone to have Julia’s room settled and ready. This room is just lovely and one that Julia can grow in to. Our sincere congratulations to all of them! What a beautiful family!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Family “Living” Room

We have many rooms in our homes that have special meaning to us. However, the one that seems to be used the most by everyone is the family room. It is usually conveniently located right next to the kitchen and has the biggest TV for family movies and shows. Yet sometimes this room is simply functional.

When we first saw this room, it did not match the warmth of this wonderful family. It had a challenging ceiling line and an inefficient use of the space. By adding a spectacular wall of bookshelves, and a cozy stone fireplace, we were able to take this room from ordinary to fabulous. The new seating arrangement was conducive to enjoying the fireplace and the TV at the same time. The bookshelves provided the perfect opportunity to display the children’s artwork and other special family treasures. Adding some silk greens gave it the life that it needed.

Adding panels to this window not only elongated the window--they also gave warmth and pattern to the long wall. Fabric cuts down on the echo in a large room with high ceilings as well. We enjoyed watching the excitement of this family as they settled in a true “family room.”

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ava Living

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Family Photos

Do you have tons of family photos and don't know what to do with them? We can help create collections of pictures and even help you select how to frame them!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Painted Ceilings

Once you start you won't be able to stop! Painted ceilings are a way of brightening a room and accenting moldings. Check out our website at for information about our upcoming event called Enlightening Your Color Senses.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Showroom Update

Check out our newly updated showroom! Please stop in and see some of our new artwork, accessories and furniture. Please visit for our hours and directions to the showroom.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

What is important to you?

Everyone has items that they collect from vacations, things handmade for them by family members or things that are simply sentimental that they have collected through the years. We are always helping our clients arrange things that are important to them. It is always nice to see the things that you love displayed in your home. We have done arrangements in basements, family rooms, even powder rooms! Jackie did this wall in her own home. It includes a painting that her brother made for her when he was a child, a mask that her grandmother brought her from France, a painting she bought in the Dominican Republic and a photo that a friend gave her. Everything has a story and a memory attached so she loves seeing the arrangement each day.

A Work in Progress



We recently completed this fireplace design. Our client wanted to redesign their plain brick fireplace into something contemporary and warm. After researching many materials and techniques, we designed the fireplace using stacked stone tile, a granite hearth and a multi level mantel arrangement to add interest to the tall space.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Some of Our Favorite Artwork

Lindsay's Pick: "I love this painting because of the warm colors and subject matter. I love oil painting myself. It just gives me a good feeling every time I see it!"
Jackie's Pick: "I picked this out myself at the John Richard showroom in North Carolina. I am always looking for bold and different artwork. I would have bought it for my own home, but, we happily sold it to a client as soon as we put it in our showroom."
Diane's Pick: "Everyone knows I love the color red. Just visit my home! I think that is why I was drawn to this oil painting as soon as I saw it. It is absolutely huge and really makes a statement."


Yes, this is the same room! Diane and Lindsay recently completed this project. We are pleased to say that our client is thrilled with the results. She finally has the bedroom she has always wanted.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Welcome to our new Diane Bishop Interiors blog!

Diane Bishop Interiors is an award winning residential interior design company. For over twenty years, Diane Bishop has been creating beautiful spaces in the Philadelphia area and beyond. We would like to share a bit about our services and our accomplishments in design. Most of all, we would like to help you make your home a place that you love!

We are going to be blogging about some of the following topics in 2009:

-Staging Your Home for Resale

-Custom Window Treatments

-Color Consultation

-Placing Artwork and Accessories

And many more! Please contact us if you have any design questions that you would like one of our designers to address.

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We are looking forward to 2009 and sharing our blog with you.


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