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!"