Category Archives: Details

Fascinating Solution To Painting A House With Bullnose Drywall Corners

My brother lives in San Diego, and bought a home with a completely open first floor that is divided by arched openings.  The openings are finished with bullnose  drywall corners leaving nowhere to transition colors between rooms because there is … Continue reading

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Contemporary Bath Remodel In A Traditional Home, Wayne, PA

Straight lines and a contemporary color palette set this bath apart. Needless to say, Ginny was thrilled to lose the blue tile.   This sink combines the look of a raised vessel and cost savings of a drop-in sink that … Continue reading

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Partial Kitchen Remodel, Wayne (Part II, The Door)

The clients had always wanted to eliminate the door at the top of the stairs that connect the game-room & garage to the kitchen.  The doorway was narrow and the door was rarely closed.  The knob stuck out and would … Continue reading

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Lighting – Nordstrom’s vs. Wal-Mart

Ever wonder why Nordstrom’s and Wal-Mart feel so different?  Besides the obvious radical differences in the merchandise, they are “lit” very differently.  Nordstrom’s lights their merchandise using focused spot lights, so the store is dimly lit giving a calm feeling … Continue reading

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A Front Porch Is Inviting

Devon, PA A front porch is inviting, it provides shelter to our guests, give us a place to greet people as they enter the home.  After more than 20 years building and designing I am still amazed at the improvement … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day ~ Pink is the color of 2011

I received my March Issue of House Beautiful last week.  Their “Color Issue” follows Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year, which is a pink named Honeysuckle. Why do I care? Mostly I don’t. My design work tends toward classic.  I … Continue reading

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Kitchen Upgrade: What’s old is new and what’s new is old.

We built this home in 1988.  Recently the owners came to me wanting to upgrade the kitchen “without spending a fortune.” She did not love the cabinets, but they looked okay and were in good working order, “could we save … Continue reading

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Dark ceilings are dramatic!

Lancaster, Pa Dark ceilings are dramatic!  We painted the dining room ceiling of this recently completed custom home a deep eggplant purple, Benjamin Moore AF-650 caponata.  Common wisdom (which often isn’t very wise) says that dark colors shrink a room.  … Continue reading

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Classic Finish: Chrome

Different finishes come in and out of fashion, chrome never goes out of style. Chrome is the one fixture finish that is timeless, works in both contemporary and traditional interiors, is easy to maintain, and there is never a difference … Continue reading

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Old home character

The charm of an old home emanates from unexpected details.  One of the ways we duplicate that charm is by using small windows. This window, on the front porch of a new home in western Chester County, allows light into … Continue reading

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