AV Beach House Progress

I know it’s September but I still have beach houses on my mind and I just had to share our latest project.

Our clients came to us with architectural drawings and a local builder hired. They were struggling with the amount of design decisions to be made and didn’t want to make a mistake considering the investment they were making in their dream home. With our experience and the client’s list of needs we made a few changes to the drawings like moving the powder room door, changing out door styles and improving and specifying beautiful millwork on the first and second floor. With the plans set we then set out to make all finish selections, lighting, interior furnishings, etc. It’s truly a group effort with the architect, builder, trades and designers to achieve a successful and beautiful project.

Here is the entry nook in our latest beach project. It features a custom teak table from Indonesia we found on one of our buying trips. We had the piece cut down so it could fit into this nook perfectly. Very simple styling, shiplap walls and a black and white color scheme keeps the space feeling beachy yet very sophisticated. We also love the woven black and white pouf we had shipped in from Spain!


Detail on this one-of-a-kind table.


The kitchen continues with the same sophisticated black, white and warm wood theme.


My client made the white oak open shelves by hand. Yep, you heard that right! My client is an oncologist who loves to make furniture and shelving. At some point we’ll share the table and wood countertop he made. Amazingly talented!


The black hardware and countertop contrast beautifully with the white kitchen and light gray island.


We typically don’t mix countertop materials in beach house kitchens but in here … it really works!


Next up is the master bathroom.

The vanity is made of walnut and warms up the charcoal tile.

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I love the sleekness of this tub and the cool leather stool.


Just the beginnings of the master bedroom styling with a white slipcovered headboard.We are adding grasscloth, nightstands and art!


And just a peek of the daughters bedding — a perfect mix of pattern and textures!


That’s all for now! Thanks for following along! We will update you as we continue to work at the beach this winter and work on more projects close to home. Hopefully …. I am a little hit or miss on blog post writing!

Project Reveal Part 5 - Berwyn Farmhouse Dining Room and Exterior

Welcome back to the final leg of our house tour!

We saved the best for last because this space is all about indoor/outdoor living. And yes you can make that happen here in the Mid-Atlantic! We adore this dining space with it’s large expanse of black interior windows and simple white shiplap walls. It really allows the greenery in the outdoor landscape to shine! The large light draws your eye upward to the pitched ceiling and the decor remains simple and fresh with lots of texture and organic materials. Simple, calming and beautiful.


In case you were wondering the above carpet is beautiful and yes it’s indoor/outdoor! Custom cut to fit the space perfectly.


One of the best features of this kitchen/dining space is the indoor/outdoor living. Our clients installed folding sliding glass doors. You can see them open below.

With a Bi-fold system, each panel of the door folds on top of the adjacent panel as it opens. (Think of it like an accordion fold.) This creates a huge patio door opening that really lets the outside in. When fully opened, the panels are stacked and folded against each other. This door works very well for replacement door projects because the weight of the door is bottom loaded. This means that you do not have to add a structural support beam into to the top of your wall to support the weight of the door.

So run don’t walk to your nearest building supply company and replace those old glass sliders!

The folding door allows the dining space to feel expansive. And we can’t forget that it just looks super cool and gives the whole lower level that WOW factor! In addition to folding doors you can also install stacked doors which have been specified in the beach front house we are designing now.

One of our favorite elements of this outdoor space in addition to the cool lighting is the dining table with it’s timber legs. We were obsessed with this when we found it on one of our buying trips. This was the perfect project because this home is so nature-inspired.


The outdoor lounge room features a sectional sofa with ottomans and an outdoor TV all set up for watching fall football (GO EAGLES!). The stone fireplace and flagstone patio are gorgeous and ties in the outdoor fireplace with the indoor one.

You can see the bi-fold doors closed here which brings us to the end of the tour. We sure hope you enjoyed it and thanks for following along!! I wanted to thank our clients for their amazing taste/aesthetic and sweet personalities … it’s what made this project so successful. In addition they were so generous with our firm allowing us to literally take over their home for weeks to install, accessorize and photograph their beautiful home!

Photography: Raquel Langworthy

Builder: Fox Builders

Architect: RA Hoffman

Project Reveal Part 4 - Berwyn Farmhouse Master Suite

Master Bedroom / Master Bathroom / Balcony

We’re going to interrupt our regularly scheduled tour to chat about a few exciting SKDesigns summer highlights.

We’ve had some amazing things happen to our design firm over the past few months that we wanted to share with our readers and our clients.

First up we appeared in the July/August Issue of Architectural Digest. Wow …. Dream come true:)


And our Avalon project was selected to be on the cover of the June issue of Style at Home (kind of a big deal too).


And last but certainly not least our West Chester Project with Rudloff Custom Builders was featured on One Kings Lane. You can read the artice here. We are so grateful for the local coverage we have received in the past but reaching national publications and online venues has been super exciting! Yep, it’s been a pretty extraordinary summer!



One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane

None of these incredible events would have happened without our amazing clients, talented tradesman and my hard-working team. You can see more of our design work in this issue of Clientele Luxury and this issue of HGTV magazine

Okay so back to our house tour and this truly remarkable master suite. If you missed our previous tours you can read them here Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Our client’s master bedroom is a gorgeous retreat positioned among tall leafy trees, beautiful views and total privacy. We love the sconces that allow our clients to read in bed at night and easily turn off the lights when ready to call it a day. They wanted a simple decorating scheme but keeping it neutral can get boring. We knew just how to pop a few colors and balance the texture around the room so it feels stylish, comfortable and finished.

The punchy black and white artwork is perfect for this nature inspired room. The graphic prints are oversized and create a huge visual impact on this simple shiplap wall.

The fireplace is concrete and the mantle is a reclaimed beam to add texture and movement. You can also see the overscaled entry light fixture from this angle. So cool.

This view is a show stopper…. how about it? This large balcony is a perfect place to have coffee in the morning or cocktails at night.

Did you catch the cool light fixture?

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The master bathroom has a relaxing free standing tub and wood vanities with concrete-like quartz tops. Love this combination! We chose matte black hardware to compliment the black interior windows.


The tile wall has a subtle pattern that I love but keeps it simple and fresh!

Thank you so much for continuing to read about this project which we really adored working on… one more post left so stay tuned!!

Builder: Fox Builders

Architect: RA Hoffman

Photographer: Raquel Langworthy

Project Reveal Part 3 - Berwyn Farmhouse Kids Rooms and Reading Nook

Kids Bedrooms / Nook

Welcome to part 3 of our reveal! I’m taking a trip up to the second floor to talk about the kids rooms and reading nook. The most colorful and lively part of the tour!

The design and styling of each bedroom was tailored to the personality of each of our clients children. Like the rest of the home we discussed in detail how each room was to look, feel, and function. I’m a big believer in kids spaces being colorful and fun knowing that the decorative part will change over the years as the children grow and change. In addition to special pieces owned by our little clients, every item you see down to the books in the reading nook were curated and selected by our team so we could get each space exactly right. Detailed, custom design is so important to our clients and my firm.

First up is their daughter’s room. She loves pink, pattern, color and this cool, eclectic vibe was her choice. Not to mention she is ADORABLE! She fell in love with her bed, nightstands and all of the fun stuff we styled her space with.

There is NO WAY you can be anything but happy and upbeat when you wake up in this space. Am I right? There is so much pattern, color and texture in here!


Of course we needed built-ins and a window seat for storage and super cool pillows!

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And this cute little bathroom! I love everything about it for our favorite 8 year old gal:)


Moving onto our shared space nook. We designed this area knowing this space will change as the needs of the kids change. Right now it functions as a reading nook for our client's son and daughter. A small space but with lots of personality.We love layering area rugs and these vintage rugs add a pop of color and pattern! Also, I rarely specify armless chairs but these were extremely comfy and cool so they were a go!


Next up is their son’s room. We loved the shiplap ceiling detail and the contrast of the black bed and swing arm sconces. We wanted to keep it simple and clean yet boyish. He loves sports and spending summers at the beach surfing and you can see little touches of that throughout the room.


And yes, the plants are faux… but so real looking in person. Found and curated on one of our buying trips!


I certainly hope all of this color brightened your day! Thanks again for following along!



Project Reveal Part 2 - Berwyn Farmhouse Entry, Family Room, and Powder Room

Entry / Family Room / Powder Room

Welcome to Part 2 of our reveal! This striking image is what you see when you open the front door! What a welcome …am I right? The Pennsylvania stone fireplace, coffered ceiling and black interior windows frame out this family room perfectly. Our clients wanted every room of this house to be functional and usable so they gave up the typical living room/dining combination in favor of a large entertaining space that will be used and enjoyed by family and friends.


Our clients eclectic style was super fun to work with so we included vintage pieces, warm woods and lots of texture throughout. All of their lighting choices were unique and on point.

This is the view from the family room into the kitchen… no matter where you are in this house you are included in the party!


One our favorite pieces and jumping off points for the furnishings and accessories was our clients custom made chair she had designed a few years back while on a family vacation.


One last interior room on the first floor we wanted to share is the powder/bath. In addition to the large open spaces above this home has two large adjoining rooms that are used for a homework/craft space and a movie watching lounge room. Sometime in the far off future our clients can turn one of those rooms into a first floor master bedroom with adjoining bath… perfect future planning. Considering how spaces will function and change over time is so important when designing your dream home!


Project Reveal Part 1 - Berwyn Farmhouse

We are in full summer mode over here at SKD! In our book, that means I’m enjoying (a little) free time with my family down the shore in Avalon, NJ, while my Junior Designer Amanda holds down the fort back at the home office. This summer we’re working on a completely custom beach front house with a 2020 delivery, and wrapping up another beach house right here in Avalon …but it’s easy to slip in and out of relaxation mode when you’re at the beach, am I right?!

So, today I am sharing Part 1 of our Berwyn Project reveal!

This is a very special project for our lucky client, who grew up on the same piece of land where this new home was built. Unfortunately, the original home was lost to a house fire when our client was a child. Last year, they were finally able to build their dream home there, and now they get to raise their kids in this beautiful home, in the same spot where she grew up! How special is that?!

Photography by Raquel Langworthy

Photography by Raquel Langworthy

We installed this project earlier this summer, and have been working on it since Summer 2018. The client brought us in when framing was complete but before any drywall was up. This was the time when all the final decisions were being made, and she was (understandably) feeling overwhelmed!

Today we’ll show you the mudroom, laundry room, and kitchen, a few of our favorite rooms in this house!! This is the view into the mudroom from the kitchen…

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We LOVE the color of the Laundry Room Cabinets - they are the prettiest shade of light blue. This a custom color exclusive to Goebel Cabinetry, who made all the cabinets and vanities in this home.

The black sliding barn door lets our client hide the laundry room from view when real life is happening, and the brick herringbone floors are awesome for wet, muddy feet. The mudroom hallway has horizontal shiplap to give the room depth and character.

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I mean, seriously, who would mind doing laundry in here?! It is the happiest little space. We love how the black hardware pops off the cabinets, and balances the black window!

Directly across from the laundry are the mudroom cubbies…

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These cabinets are a custom whitewash wood finish from Goebel Cabinetry, which matches the wood countertops in the Laundry Room. Black hardware pops off the light cabinets and keeps the space feeling fresh, while the horizontal shiplap and herringbone brick floors are farmhouse classics.

Through the doorway you can see a sneak peek of this gorgeous kitchen…

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The client chose a natural wood island and white cabinetry everywhere else. Again, the cabinet finishes are custom by Goebel Cabinetry. The coffered ceiling is KILLER!

The backsplash is a custom marble 3 x 8 tile from Anne Sacks. We sourced simple white upholstered bar stools, and embellished them with a custom tape trim, then added a graphic, striped runner. The walls in the entire home are painted Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. The floors are a wide plank white oak with a clear coat finish.

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We love the wood detail on the range hood, which matches the island cabinetry. All appliances (except the range) are hidden and integrated.

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We backed the coffee/ wine area with another gorgeous Anne Sacks tile that can be seen through the glass cabinetry. It has just enough pattern and movement to create a lot of interest and really pops against the white cabinetry.

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Stay tuned as we continue to reveal more of his beautiful project to those who follow along with us!

Thanks again to our wonderful clients who trusted us with their dream home!

Thanks for reading!


SKD Report: High Point Market Spring Trends

We are finally back from High Point Market and ready to round up all our favorites from the trip, and of course, report all the trends we saw!

If you followed our stories on Instagram, thank you!! We absolutely love knowing that you’re along for the ride!

The biggest theme we observed at High Point Market this spring continued to be a shift towards natural, textural items, with clean, modern lines. This trend has been building for a while now, especially in home remodeling, where an indoor-outdoor feel and natural materials are more popular than ever. It’s so cool to watch the big design trends trickle down to the furniture market! We saw so many things made of (or inspired by) handmade and natural materials, like rattan, clay / plaster, jute, woven cane, etc.

I’m breaking down this big trend into five smaller trends we noticed, which I’ll walk you through below. I hope you enjoy our finds, and don’t forget to leave us a note below to tell us your favorite!

High Point Market Spring Trend: Green Everything

It’s no secret that green has been playing a big role in home décor trends recently.  Hunter Green is becoming a new neutral, and we are so digging it! We saw TONS of green palm leaves, branches, and foliage this market (again, no surprise, especially for Spring) but we were pleasantly surprised to see so many green finishes on casegoods! We love how the showrooms pair the rich green with lots of natural textures, which keep things from feeling too glam.


Gorgeous, vibrant green velvets on upholstery… We saw a lot of stock upholstery being introduced in green! We even saw dark green leather…


Fun leafy green pattern play, mixed with lots of matte textures…


Some new dark green finishes on casegoods…


We loved this simple art – so striking!!


High Point Market Spring Trend: White Plaster

White plaster is another trend that has been building for quite some time, but really blew up this spring.  We especially saw this trend on light fixtures!! The plaster’s texture with the matte white finish creates a super clean look that doesn’t feel too modern.

The original plaster…


And the new version! We love it on casegoods and table lamps…


In modern lines on lighting…


We also saw a lot of branch-inspired light fixtures in this finish!


How gorgeous would this guy be in an entry, or over a dining table??


High Point Market Spring Trend: Faux Raffia

You know I love a good grasscloth wallpaper, but raffia on upholstery?? You betcha! We’ve seen plenty of raffia on casegoods, but this market we saw so much raffia or faux raffia fabric on soft upholstery. Chairs, beds, pillows, you name it. It adds amazing texture, but is still soft to the touch and comfortable! We are so excited to see this trend grow!

Here it is on the back of upholstered chairs…


A fun raffia headboard with matching pillows AND duvet…


Some faux raffia fabric on another duvet cover and throw pillow… these were both super soft to the touch, if you can believe it!


Faux raffia fabric on the back of a sectional…


And finally, raffia seat cushions!


High Point Market Spring Trend: Feathers and Fringe

Another nature-inspired element that had a serious moment this market. We saw so many fringed mirrors and feathered light fixtures!


Can you even stand how cute these light fixtures are?! We could see these hanging in a girl’s bedroom…


… or having a seriously glamorous moment on a funky entry table!


We loved this cool fringed pendant and side table…


And don’t get me started on all the fringe mirrors we saw!! We don’t see this trend going away anytime soon…


High Point Market Spring Trend: Wood with Woven Cane

Cane and rattan have been everywhere the last few years at market, and they are only getting MORE prominent, if that’s even possible.  It feels like every company was offering cane now, and we aren’t complaining! Here are some of our favorite examples, we especially love the natural cane…

So many awesome chairs with caning detail!!


 Lots of handsome cabinets with cane fronts…


We loved these little cane benches too!


As for ongoing trends that are still going strong, vintage textiles and rugs aren’t going away anytime soon…


Same goes for stripes… We especially love ones with varying widths!


So tell us, which trend is your favorite?! Will you be incorporating any into your own home for the summer season?

— Stephanie

B&A - A Breezy Butler’s Pantry & Dramatic Dining Room

My team and I are dashing off to High Point this week, but before we head there I wanted to share a dining room and butler’s pantry Before and After.

We’ve been working on this large Main Line home for a few years now, designing it room by room! You can read more about the bold library we designed in this blog post here: Before and After - Teal Blue Library.

For the second phase of this project, we redesigned the dining room and a dual-function butler’s pantry/office. I can’t wait to show you inside...

Dining Room



A little yellow, a little lackluster, but the room has great bones. Look at the original chandelier and the height of the ceilings and windows! And of course, we’ll be zhushing up those classic chippendale chairs.


From sunshine yellow to…


...dark grey drama!

Bright fuschia accents are stunning against a backdrop of dramatically dark walls, trim, and mantle. The Scalamandre roman shades and brass bar cart (far corner) complement the traditional chandelier, wingback chairs, and this elegant gilded mirror.

Professional tip: The most economical way to refresh a space is by adding a dramatic paint color.


We gave these chairs a lot of love by reupholstering the seats in a rich fuschia velvet.


The sophisticated Scalamandre shades, drapery, and chair introduce a touch of modern-day chic that still speaks to the traditional architecture of the house.


Every dining room needs a bar cart! We chose this simple cart in brushed brass to complement the gilded mirror and other touches of brass throughout the space. It was the perfect setup to place in this little nook.

Meanwhile, the abstract floral painting brings the whole design together with bold color and a modern feel.  Pour us a drink, and we’ll stay here forever! Just kidding, AW!

Butler’s Pantry / Office

We redesigned this dual-function butler’s pantry and office next. The dimensions of this space posed the greatest challenge. Narrow spaces can end up looking dark  and dreary if you’re not careful.

You’ll see what I mean in the Before photo...


A great space, beautiful original cabinets, but in need of a serious refresh. We also wanted a stylish new space for this adorable cutie to stash his candy!


The traditional Le Touches wallpaper creates movement in the space without feeling too busy, and the ebony roman shade makes the white of the wallcovering pop even more. Fresh, bright and fun -- mission accomplished.

That pendant is one of our favorites, too. Selecting frosted glass hides dirt... which is important when you have 9½ foot ceilings!


These cabinets are original to the house, and options for desk chairs that would fit were abysmal. So we chose a structured jute pouf. It doesn't take up much space and can easily be stored underneath when our client isn't working. Plus, it ties in the freshly oiled butcher block countertops and adds much needed texture to the room.


Greenery, greenery, greenery. It’s so important when styling your space. This is the perfect spot for my client to create flower arrangements prior to dinner parties and holiday entertaining.

That’s it for now, but make sure to follow along with our Instagram stories over the next week — I’ll be posting all my fabulous finds from High Point there.

And don't forget to subscribe to our blog/newsletter, or you’ll miss our High Point Trend Report coming later this month!

In the meantime, thank you so much for being a part of our design journey. We love having you in our tribe — it means the world to us!

See you soon,

All photography by Raquel Langworthy Photography

Before and After - A Fresh, Fun & Lively Space

Happy New Year, everyone!

If you’ve been following along on Instagram recently, you might have already seen some sneak peeks of this project in our stories, but this final reveal will give you some insight into our design process.

Here’s the background on the project…

Our client has four kids (let me repeat that, four kids) and called us in to design her family room, breakfast area, and help with her completely gutted kitchen. We were so lucky to work with her because her aesthetic is closely in line with ours and she is super sweet.

This client hired us because she knew how she wanted her home to look and feel but was unclear on how to achieve it on her own. And that’s where we come in. We understand how overwhelming it can be to make design decisions while living through a renovation, and our specialty is helping guide our clients to making decisions that are in line with their end vision.

Her main pain points were: How could she tie the kitchen, breakfast area and family room together? What should the size and scale of the new furniture be? She wanted the space to feel “finished” and ready to entertain family and friends — how do you go about achieving that “finished look” without it feeling too stuffy, too glam/ formal or overdone?

Not to worry… we got this. :) We created the perfect floor plan and sourced beautiful and comfortable pieces to fill the room, all tied in with the finishes chosen for the kitchen.

Here’s how it turned out...

Family Room



What a beautiful space to work with! Our clients wanted their home to feel fresh, casual, and fun — but also  withstand the everyday reality of all the kiddos running around.

Our  first thought was warm woods, lots of texture paired with a fresh white palette and sophisticated touches of black and navy. The room also had to be comfortable and durable. So all  of the fabrics in this space are performance and kid-friendly. Bonus!



Ahhhhh… a place to relax,  breathe and entertain.


The fresh stripes on the pillows, coffee table, and  the open split rattan weave of the chairs work well together to create a classic yet updated space that will stand the test of time.


This styled bookshelf helps bring in more texture, warm woods and touches of green into the space. And the shiplap walls speak to our clean and fresh aesthetic.


As you know, we’re big fans of fiddle leaf trees with oversized leaves. They add the perfect amount of freshness and natural color.


Pattern on pattern and more texture … art coming soon!


We wanted to keep the kitchen feeling cohesive with the rest of the space, while also giving it some personality of its own. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?


Another two-toned kitchen success story!


Okay, confession. I just can’t get enough of these chairs. And would you check out how perfect this linear lantern looks above the island?


Loving the warmth of this quietly stylish brass faucet.


Breakfast Space

Normally, I’d want to call this a nook, but with a gang of 4 kids… a nook, this is not.


Simple but cohesive light fixtures. Gorgeous wood table and chairs.  A pop of green. This space has got it all going on.


Check out the coffered ceiling. Our client worked with a local custom builder to renovate the entire first floor and they added the ceiling and shiplap detail. And the result is stunning.

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These chairs are our jam.


Since it’s an open floor plan, why don’t we take another look at the beautiful family room?

Our client loves their new space, and we’re pretty sure this family is already putting those performance fabrics to the test. ;)

Thanks so much for following along with us. We had a blast pulling it together, and it means so much to us to be able to share it with you. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter/blog if you haven’t yet! We have some more project reveals coming your way soon.

Until then,

Before and After - A Comfy Vintage Guest Bedroom

Whew, it’s been a busy couple of months here at SKD. (In your life, too, I’m willing to bet with pre-holiday craziness!) Today, I’m keeping it short but sweet with this project we completed last year for our client who owns a very successful local business but was at a total loss on how to redesign her home. Although we redesigned her whole home let’s take a look at her guest room first!

Backstory. Though our client is based in PA now, she’s still deeply connected with her Midwest roots. This means hosting frequent visitors and taking her hospitality very seriously. One of her priorities was to refresh her guest bedrooms.



This fabulous custom-made bed was our jumping off point. When we first met with her, she was hesitant to incorporate the pieces she already had — this bed and a vintage dresser. She asked if she should buy new, but I took one look and said no way!

Both are super pretty and have GREAT lines (you’ll see the dresser in the after shot).

So instead, we decided the bed’s look and pattern would be the focal point for the entire room!


  • Keep the space neutral so the bed and dresser would stand out

  • Blend vintage and new

  • Amp up the coziness factor for guests

Here’s how we did it…



We layered this subtle cream and grey wallpaper, clean-lined but sumptuous bedding, and several different textures. The result? A space that’s warm and cozy, but refreshing and relaxing. We also added these modern night stands to make the room feel more eclectic.


A mix of shapes, neutral tones, and organic materials creates this fresh and soothing bedside scene.


This distressed wooden chair helps unify the vintage-meets-today theme of the room.


Here’s the existing dresser that I mentioned before. Gorgeous details, beautiful, warm wood. And would you take a look at those legs?


And what guest room is complete without a quaint reading nook? The cozy pillow details and elegant Roman shades make this space extra inviting.

In the end, our client was thrilled that we gave her existing furniture an exciting new life, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

Let’s admire the whole scene one more time...


Ahhh… wouldn’t you just love to stay here? Stay tuned for more on this Haverford project!!

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Top 25 Favorite Design Finds from High Point Market

Whew! Talk about an insane week in High Point! We returned from the market hardly a week ago, and we’re still recovering from three long days of nonstop browsing, talking, Instagramming (is that a verb?), workshopping, and browsing some more.

It was exhausting but AMAZING.

If you followed along with our Instagram Stories, I’d like to thank you for accompanying us on our  trip! ;)

If you didn’t see the stories, don’t worry. I’m including some of my favorite finds, although truth be told, it’s been nearly impossible to narrow them down. To keep my design love in check, I’m limiting my sharing to these categories...

  • Chairs

  • Lighting

  • Wall & table decor

  • Sofas

Alright, let’s take a look at some of these beauties!


This is what heaven must look like.

The Best Chair Designs of High Point Market…

...in my humble opinion!


I fell in love with not one, but TWO chairs with caning. Look how sophisticated and tasteful caning is. There’s no other word for it… it’s a timeless classic.


Indoor or out, this chair is simply divine. Doesn’t it call out to you with promises of rest and relaxation? That’s a call I’ll happily answer.


I came. I saw. I purchased!

Keep your eyes peeled for this beautiful bar stool in one of our upcoming design reveals.


The backs of these chairs… creative, classy, coastal. Need I say more?


Whoa! This stunning chair stole the show in its little corner of High Point Market. I can’t vouch for comfort, but it is undoubtedly fab!


I love effortless details, like the grain in this burl wood. When natural materials have a character of their own, it can elevate the whole design. Yes, please.


There is something about the back of this chair that leaves me speechless. Some beauty can’t be described in words. Just take a moment to admire this one for me, please.

When you’re done, let’s take a look at some upholstered chairs...


This chair completely took me by surprise. When the seat fabric doesn’t match the chair fabric, I usually cringe… but this one I’m actually on board with! Elegantly done.


This chair reminds me a bit of a French macaroon: delicate, layered, and oh so pretty.


This stunner had my mind going crazy with design ideas. Picture this chair in a suave gentleman’s den, a home library, or let it star in a bright white living room. See? There’s no bad situation!

The Best Pendants, Lamp & Chandelier from High Point Market


The subtly curving wood beads are beautiful on this lamp, but the whole scene is a work of art too. Textured neutrals are my jam.


Here’s another piece that had my inner designer in a frenzy. You know I love lighting (blog post on this topic coming in the near future!) and you know I love lighting with tasteful wooden beads...

Enter, beautiful black beaded chandelier, and I think I’m in love.

Can you picture this in an all-white room?? Two words: Show. Stopper.


In my IG Stories, I asked whether you liked this gold-framed pendant in white or black. Black won! I have to agree that it has a bit more character and charisma than the white. Nice choice. ;)


You may have noticed a wood-inspired theme with most of these picks so far. This dome pendant is the last one, so enjoy it! I love how the design mixes a glamorous polished nickel with the wood’s casual feel. Fun but classy.

Creative Wall & Table Decor from High Point Market


These beautiful galleries caught my eyes as soon as I passed them. Black and white + moody blues + touches of gold = right up my alley! You know me.


Mirror, mirror, on the wall… in which client’s home will you appear this fall? (You’ll find out!)


This feathery plant is called pampas grass and was EVERYWHERE at High Point Market this fall. I love the whimsical touch it adds to a space.


Another scene that words won’t do justice. Just observe. Everything about this is Yes.

A Few Fave Sofas from High Point Market


I love it when the process of making the design becomes part of the design. The stitching on this chair is beautiful — as a design element on its own and as an ode to its craftsman!


More trim details that I just love. There’s something about a dark trim on a light piece of furniture that looks so clean and classic. I saw quite a bit of this style at the market. Top notch.

Alright, that’s it for my finds from this year — thanks for journeying through these with me!

I know it’s difficult, but if you had to pick one, which is your favorite??

How to Use Two Tones in a Beautiful Kitchen

Hello again, design lovers! First, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU for enduring my long absence here on the SKD blog.

In case you’re wondering where in the world I’ve been, after our spring features in HGTV Magazine and Clientele Luxury Magazine — surprise, surprise — our schedule kicked into high gear! It has been a true rollercoaster ride (the good kind), and we couldn’t be more humbled and grateful for every moment, opportunity, and delightful client that has come our way.

Now, let’s get down to business!

This month, I want to share a design topic I’m pretty passionate about and love incorporating into our clients’ projects. It’s not a new style, but it has such a powerful visual impact that it’s absolutely worth discussing with you...

Two-toned kitchens.


Are you drawn to two-toned kitchens? If you are, you might have noticed many beautiful photos but very little insight into how the two-toned look affects your space. And it definitely does!

I’m going to show you 3 kitchens where the two tones impact the spaces differently. These should give you a good launch point for deciding which look might be best for your own home. So let’s dissect this together, shall we?

How to Use Two Tones to Create Visual Height in the Kitchen

In this kitchen, we painted the lower cabinetry a warm taupey-gray, while the upper cabinets boast a clean, eggshell white. We used the subtle tone difference to create a pleasing visual separation, but here’s the trick…

The gray grounds the design and the lighter white blends into the ceiling space. This placement visually raises the height of the room, making it feel more spacious! And who doesn’t want more space? Even if it’s in our minds. ;)

Also, I just LOVE how the brass hardware plays up the warm undertone of the gray. It feels fresh, organic, and sophisticated all at the same time.

We chose this gorgeous marble countertop to help keep the whole design cohesive. Its warm gray and white veins are the bridge between our two tones, helping them feel unified and pulled together.

How to Use Two Tones to Create Bold & Beautiful Contrast in the Kitchen

The previous kitchen example incorporated a subtle two-tone pairing. This next kitchen gets a little bolder...

Can you guess the two tones? ;)

This deep navy (Mt. Etna from Sherwin Williams) and white pairing are a 180º turn from our gray-white combo, but the stark contrast is what makes it so stunning!

You can see that the same ceiling-raising technique is working here. However, because there’s such a drastic contrast between the navy and white, we needed to present some touches of navy higher in our line of sight — otherwise, the kitchen would feel like two halves instead of a whole. (This is a common mistake people make when two-toning their spaces for the first time.)

We opted for these intriguing statement sconces.

Aren’t they fabulous? Not to mention functional with focused downlight. The overdyed blue rug also helps harmonize the navy and white tones. See how it feels very balanced now? A treat for the eyes.

Okay, one more feature I want to point out… like the last kitchen, we opted for touches of warm browns and brushed brass in this space, too. Without them, the cool tones would have been a little overpowering. Now, the golds and woodsy browns add the perfect dose of warmth and life!

How to Use Two Tones to Create More Space in Your Kitchen

The two-tone kitchen in this 1970s beach bungalow in Avalon has an entirely different vibe going on.

The second tone we chose for this kitchen isn’t a paint color at all… it’s this beautiful, warm wood table that practically steals the show.

When you look at this kitchen, the table immediately grabs your attention. Because it’s the focal point of the room, the area around it visually recedes and the kitchen feels more spacious. (Noticing a trend here?)

To keep the design feeling cohesive, we selected this oversized, wood bead chandelier, a khaki and beige area rug, and dark wood flooring. The collection of wooden spoons on the countertop helps, too.

Just for fun, here are two more two-tone kitchens and islands for you to admire. :)


And there you have it! Three entirely different two-tone strategies, three (or five) uniquely beautiful kitchens. I hope you enjoyed seeing the design strategy behind each of these — and feel extra inspired now!

Thanks again for following along with us, and I’ll be back soon with another post. Promise!

All photographs by Kyle Born Photography

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The Power of the Press!

Hi loyal readers and design fans!  We've had an amazing spring over here at Stephanie Kraus Designs! Despite this gloomy spring weather we are pinching ourselves!

We have been lucky enough to appear in two national magazines this spring HGTV Magazine and Clientele Luxury Magazine.

You can read the full HGTV Magazine article here  "The Most Summery House" (Photography by Annie Schlechter) and the Clientele Luxury magazine article here "Spring Design and Creative Spaces" (Photography by Kyle Born). Or you can just check out the pretty pictures below.

Also I need to thank my wonderful clients and amazing team without them this would not be possible! I'm truly grateful:)


Here are a few pictures from each editorial spread.

HGTV Magazine... thank you to the amazing photogapher Annie Schlechter and stylist Jamie Clayton and amazing editors!


From Clientele Luxury Magazine...


And thank you to all my followers and readers! Thankyou for taking the time to read this! xo

Happy Spring!


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Finally! We made it to the reveal! 

Thanks to all of you who followed along over the past six weeks, and thank you so much to Linda from the One Room Challenge for the invitation to participate! I was truly honored.  And finally a big thank you to the media sponsor of The One Room Challenge, House Beautiful.

Just to recap my name is Stephanie Kraus and I own a boutique residential interior design firm outside of Philadelphia. Custom design is our passion and we specialize in creating unique, bespoke interiors for our clients. In this case, it is for my 8-year old son Christopher :)

I'll be honest it was quite a challenge to design a room for an 8-year old boy while everyone was watching :)  Boys this age are past the cute and adorable toddler stage, and too young for a cool hip teen room! Not to mention Christopher has the smallest room in the house, with awkwardly placed window and door openings that made it hard to place furniture and still leave him room to breathe. In addition he had no interest in redesigning his room. Ha! His only request was that it should be blue. I took a little poetic license and included all of his favorite things in his room ... dogs, sports and gaming!

My goal was to make Chris's room functional, colorful and fun. I also wanted to make sure his room felt authentic to him and not overly decorated, so we used most of his things to style and decorate the space with, which meant rummaging through our basement and garage! Much easier (and less expensive) than most photo shoots :)

If you want to see the before pictures you can check them out here.

Let's look at Chris's room now and then we can discuss the details!


What do you think? We love it! Now let's discuss the process, the details, and the decisions we made.

The jumping off point for the room was this fabulous wallpaper from Milton and King. It was blue, bold and boyish. We applied the wallpaper to only one wall to keep the space from feeling too dark.  Chris only has one small window in his room that faces east so it only gets sun in the morning, and I didn't want him to come home after school to a room that feels gloomy and cave-like. I wanted it to be bright and fresh - just like him!

After I made the wall covering selection, I decided on this fabric from Stroheim for the headboard and bed skirt. It comes off the bolt as a vertical pattern, but I had my workroom run it horizontally to provide contrast to the vertical stripes on the wallpaper.


The bed fabric not only looks great in the space but it's a crypton fabric so it's pretty much indestructible. And if you know Chris you'll know this is vital. I also loved the various blues found in the fabric and thought they paired perfectly with the wallpaper. 

Chris' room is super small so storage is at a premium, which is why I chose to do a custom bed skirt vs. a full custom bed with side rails and a foot board. With a bed skirt we have additional hidden storage under the bed where we put out of season clothing, pinnies (so we don't loose them) and his growing collection of sweatshirts!

A custom bed skirt is a fantastic solution for a finished looking bed. A tailored bed skirt like this one doesn't shift, move or drag along the ground like most bed skirts found in retail stores. Once you go custom you can never go back. It's like a perfectly fitted little black dress!

The lamp I selected from Lamps Plus had the variation in the blues that I love. We also purchased a new nightstand and dresser in a grey-washed finish with bronze pulls. The nightstand has a charging station built right in ...SOLD! I mean really ...what 8-year old boy would not be impressed with that?

The washed linen bedding is from Pom-Pom at Home and it's gorgeous. It neutralizes all of the blue and white happening in this part of the room and it infuses the area with a different texture. I added a little dog pillow that I found at High Point because Chris is a huge fan of dogs.

The new mattress, box spring and bed frame came from Overstock and are super comfortable!

The backgammon game on the shelf of the night stand is my husband's from when he was a little boy and my kids still play with it. The books on the night stand were found in our basement hoping it may encourage Chris to read a little more at night and play a little less Fortnite. I'll let you know how that works out.


Okay I'm being brutally honest here when I say this Haiku fan is my favorite part of the room because it's Chris' fave :) It's super sleek and is operated by remote control so he can control the speed of the fan at night. When specifying interior fans I rarely specify ones that contrast the ceiling color, but in this case I deliberately chose black because I wanted it to be a part of the design. The black also ties into his dresser hardware.  This fan has sharp design features and brings some interest to an otherwise boring ceiling!

And how about that monkey print called disco nap from Gray Malin. Chris LOVES it! I was going to put the print above his bed (in a smaller size) but I wanted to spread the cool design elements around the space. I knew the large area next to the bed would be blank and thought it was a perfect spot for my monkey. Chris can lay in bed staring at him every night. What a great way to end your day, right?


This mirror is from Overstock and is super boyish and adds lots of texture in the space. It has a metal frame and hangs from a thick rope. Chris desperately needs a mirror in his room to tame  his blonde curly hair so the mirror is not only decorative it serves a very important purpose. The globe has been in my basement for eons. I found the cloud book ends at West Elm and the letter sign at Pottery Barn Teen.


The fabric for the roman shade is from Fabricut. You can find it here.  I needed a little pattern on the window and wanted to pop the window trim with a bold blue. The open shelves are wrapped in metal and are super cool. The sailboat, lacrosse sticks, football and basketball are all ours found while shopping in our garage. The only thing that's a bit more special is the signed Villanova men's basketball which I felt needed a special stand - they are Chris' favorite basketball team, and the blue and white color matches perfectly. Bonus!


That funky art piece is also from Overstock. It provides a cool focal point on that side of the room. Chris's dress shirt is hung on this navy velvet hanger from Overstock which I used to organize his whole closet! The best hangers ever -they keep his clothes straight, organized and looking stylish! This room was a lot of fun to design and it was a labor of love for my curly haired little blonde. I hope he enjoys it for years to come!

Thanks again for following along with me. I hope you enjoyed this little journey.

All photographs by Kyle Born Photography 

Now I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and see what these other extremely talented designers accomplished who chose much more challenging projects than I did. I'm so impressed with their talent and dedication!  You can check them out here...

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

One Room Challenge: Week Five


One more week to go! This will be a quick update because I am having everything installed tomorrow. Everything! Yikes.

Including this fan from Haiku. How sleek is this? Almost too good for my son's room:)


The Headboard and bed skirt were delivered today from my work room and I LOVE them! Here's a sneak peek.


How can you go wrong with blue and white and stripes? You just can't. The fabric is from Stroheim and you can find it here.

I met up with Wendy Concannon this week and she delivered this fabulous and cool art piece for our project.Thanks Wendy!!


This mattress and box spring are coming tomorrow from Overstock and I'll be organizing his closet with these navy blue velvet hangers. 

OMG --I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed.

And I also have a bit of a confession to make I'm not exactly sure how this is all going to turn out or where everything is going to be placed in the room. I'm going to wait until it's assembled and in the space and then move things around a bit. So you'll have to stay tuned and see how this story ends!

Now let's see how the rest of the crew is making out...

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC



One Room Challenge: Week Four


Week four is here!

 I'll admit not much progress this week except for this fabulous art piece came from from Overstock. And it looks so good in Christopher's room.


And we finished painting his room.... here's a sneak peek of the window trim painted this vibrant blue!


This new bedding arrived from Pom Pom at Home and it's divine!  I can't wait to make the bed (omg did I really just say that?)


One of the most exciting things I forgot to mention last week was a custom art piece in the works for Christopher's room. When I was at High Point a few weeks ago I stopped in Wendy Concannon's booth.to admire her beautiful photography. If you're not familiar with her work you need to head over to her website and check out her photography.

She had a wall of mini proofs hanging and it stopped me in my tracks.


So cool right? I just thought the size and vibrant colors would be so perfect for Chris's room. Wendy was kind enough to create a  mini piece just for Chris.  So he now has a custom, one of a kind art piece created just for him that he could keep forever... so special.


Here's Wendy creating a mock up of the art piece at HP!

That's it for now.... next week I hope to get his new Haiku fan installed, art hung and custom headboard set up and then do some accessory/storage shopping!

I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and see what these talented folks are up to in week four.  Why don't you join me?

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC


One Room Challenge: Week Three


Here we are at week three! 

If you are just joining me and new here my name is Stephanie Kraus and I own a boutique residential interior design firm outside of Philadelphia. Custom design is our passion and we specialize in creating unique, bespoke interiors for our clients. In this case it is for my 8 year old son Christopher:) Not a very discerning client but completely adorable.


He's the little one hugging our dog Casey. I decided to tackle Christopher's room because the layout was awful, decor outdated and storage non-existent.  If you'd like to see what I'm referring to you can check out week one and week two

We have a new layout for his room in place and everything selected so we're just waiting on all of the pieces of the puzzle to arrive. 

So what was accomplished this week? A lot considering I was gone most of the week at High Point market. 

Here's what we did (and by "we" I mean my team:)

Painted the room and trim - the room was sage green before and we wanted to give it a fresh coat of white paint so the wallpaper we chose will pop and the room will feel fresh and clean.

We hung this wallpaper from Milton and King - this wallpaper was chosen because of its deep blue indigo color and it's cool/hip vibe.

This cobalt blue lamp came and it's even better in person! Now we not only have overhead recessed lights but we added a table lamp to spread light around the room and help my son see while reading in bed. 

This fun mirror from Overstock arrived and I absolutely love the texture. It will pair perfectly with the furniture and wallpaper.

And I just signed for this really awesome new art piece from Gray Malin called disco nap! Perfect for my son's bedroom.

Not bad for not being here. 

Here 's a few pictures....

Gorgeous new lamp with night stand that has USB ports built right into the furntiure! Brilliant!


Fabulous and fun piece from Gray Malin called disco nap:)


What's next?

We are are waiting on custom bed, custom bedskirt and custom roman shade. The keyword is custom and it will be the most dramatic part of the room. We are using this fabric from stroheim for the bed and this fabric from Fabricut for the custom roman shade. Once they arrive we will accessorize and be done! Sounds easier that it is I'm sure.

This is the rest of the talented crew participating in the one room challenge and taking on much more challenging projects that I am!  Don't forget to check out their links below!

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One Room Challenge: Week Two

And we're back for week 2! Let's recap... I'm in the process of designing my son's bedroom. It is a horrific "before" you can check out the before images here from week one of the ORC.

This is Christopher's new floor plan. It's a small space and because of the double door closet, entry door and window it's tough to fit a lot of furniture in here. I decided to put his bed against the wall instead of in the middle of the room to create some open space for him to sit on the floor and spread out his homework, books, etc.(I am very hopeful that is what he will use the space for).

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And here is my current fabric/color scheme. Shocker. It's blue and white... although I promise he did request blue. And nothing else. And I mean nothing else. I asked him if he wanted sporty things, basketball stuff becasue he's a HUGE fan of Villanova college basketball. All I heard were crickets. Nothing. So I selected what I liked and made sure it was blue. He has plenty of sporty things in our basement anyway:)


So how did I start the process of scheming for this project?  Every design I create I start off with a jumping off fabric (most of the time) but in this case it was this wallpaper called City Scape by Milton and King. I LOVE it and it's perfect for my son's new space! It's modern, hip and a beautiful shade of blue.

The next important decision was the fabric for the custom bed which will be the focal point of the whole space. It had to contrast the dark wallpaper and feel fresh but most importantly it had to be durable. This Stroheim fabric is from the Dana Gibson collection and is a crypton fabric called Anitbes-DG. And to confuse my work room we are turning the stripes to read horizontal. Horizontal stripes will make it look crisp, clean and very boyish.

And to neutralize the bold blue I chose this soft linen bedding called Louwie flax linen from Pom-Pom Home. It's washable, casual and soft. My son will love it.

In addition, I had to have this lamp from Lamps Plus. It's large in scale and simply stunning. One of my pet peeves ...dinky lamps. Don't do it. Always bigger never smaller.



We also need a few staples for the space. A new full-size mattress from Overstock which you can find here and a new VERY cool fan from Haiku. You have to check out their super cool fans here. Two things that are crucial for a good night's sleep are a comfortable mattress and a great-looking fan to keep the room just the right temperature.

Well, I think that's all the progress I made this week. And I'm excited and nervous how this is all going to turn out!

Now if you want to see how some extremely talented people are transforming their space please check them out below!

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

One Room Challenge: Week One

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Good morning! For those of you who are new welcome to my blog!  I'm so glad that you're here! My name is Stephanie Kraus and I own a boutique design firm located outside of Philadelphia, PA. We have an incredible team here that designs beautiful residential interiors and on occasion small commercial projects. I'm super excited to be participating in the one room challenge this spring!

This is my fourth one room challenge and second time as a featured designer. Here are some of my past one room challenge spaces.


Such fun projects!

This time around I'm thrilled to be in the company of so many talented designers and design bloggers. I'm so thankful for Linda from the One Room Challenge for the invitation and the media sponsor House Beautiful to make all of this possible for us!

The Room

So what room will I be re-designing? I really thought about this long and hard. We're working on so many gorgeous projects right now but none that I could even fathom accomplishing in the next six weeks. Six weeks is an extremely tight timeline for me so any project that would require renovations would be completely out of the question. I just can't work that fast!

So I decided to tackle my youngest son's room who just turned eight. Which is perfect because its small and it's in desperate need of a makeover. Here is my client---


Happy little guy!

Honestly, I don't think his room has been touched since we moved in many years ago. It started out as a nursery for my daughter with walls painted in that "I'm not finding out what I'm having so I'll paint the walls sage green" color . And we haven't paid any attention to it since then. So sad.

But before you you judge me he's my third and last and a complete nomad. Meaning I don't think he spends more than five minutes a day in his room. He's always with his older brother and sister in their rooms  (he even sleeps in their rooms -- yikes --I know so wrong-- but that's a whole other blog post) or he's in our basement or family room. He is NEVER in his own room. Which makes the function of the space easy for me to design. He races in a few times a day to change his clothes so when he zips in and out we want to make the room look fun, happy and free-spirited just like him!

The Plan

We're going to rid ourselves of the horrible green paint color. Trade in the two twin beds (hand me downs from my older son) for a full size bed knowing he will grow into this new bed and it will last him until he goes off to college someday. OMG did I just write that? I hope he never leaves me:)

We'll need to to replace the night stand (another hand me down) and add new bedding, new window treatments, new dresser and new lighting. We'll also fit his closet with cabinetry so it will be more efficient for storing clothes, shoes and other essential hand me downs!


Check back with me next week when I share my design plan and all of the fabulous and fun items I have sourced for this room! I can't wait to share:)

Please join me in following along with these amazing designers and bloggers as they tackle the one room challenge... I can't wait to see what rooms they picked!

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

Kitchen Makeover

Thanks for stopping by to learn all about this beautiful, fun and casual kitchen renovation we worked on last winter. 


Our client is a hip young physician who lives in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. She came to us with a cramped, dreary kitchen that was lacking storage, function, style and OMG a dishwasher!! 

Check out the before below.... please take note of the fridge location, electrial work, cabinet hardware and oven placement ??!!?!??!!


You see I would definitely classify this as dated and frankly not user friendly at all. So we sat down with our client to see how we could help solve all of her kitchen woes.

She said she wanted a fresh, bright new kitchen that was functional, comfortable and casual. Nothing too glam or modern.  We agreed to stay true to the age and architecture of the home. It was actually built in the 1940's and when you enter her home the vestibule has the original mosaic tile floor and the staircase has all of the original detailed mill work. Truly amazing (sorry no pics).  

So here's what the kitchen looks like now! An epic improvement.


We selected cabinets painted in Mt. Etna from Sherwin Williams. We added brushed brass hardware and a new porcelain apron sink. The counter tops are quartz and the floor is a pretty gray stone tile.

We added new recessed lighting and sconces above the open shelves. There had only been fluorescent lighting before --eeeek!

My client's contractor and friend fabricated the live edge shelves for her. So cool and right up her alley. Oh and most importantly we switched the layout around and added an 18 inch dishwasher next to the sink.  We moved the fridge to the other side of the room and widened the door casing as well.

There was unused space opposite the oven too narrow to add full size cabinetry so we added 15 inch wide cabinets and our client is using it as a server/buffet/coffee station.  Her contractor had to remove the old radiator that was there and add a smaller one --no small feat. Those things weigh a ton. 

I think something suddenly came up that day and I wasn't there for that.

My client actually had to go to a local salvage yard to find a radiator that would work.

We also added woven blinds for warmth and texture and a fun over-dyed blue rug.


There you have it small but packed with function, style and lots of personality!

Thanks so much NR and KB! Such a fun project!

Flowers are from my client's favorite flower shop in Philadelphia you can find more info on instagram @ashnearth

Photography:Kyle Born Photography

Thanks for reading! xoxo