Before & After

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

BEFORE

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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.

AFTER

From sunshine yellow to…

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...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.

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

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

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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...

BEFORE

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!

AFTER

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!

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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.

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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,
Stephanie


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

BEFORE

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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!

AFTER

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Ahhhhh… a place to relax,  breathe and entertain.

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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.

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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.

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

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Pattern on pattern and more texture … art coming soon!

Kitchen

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?

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Another two-toned kitchen success story!

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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?

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Loving the warmth of this quietly stylish brass faucet.

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Breakfast Space

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

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

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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.

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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,
Stephanie

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.

BEFORE

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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!

Goals:

  • 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…

AFTER

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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.

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

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

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

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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...

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

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Fun and Fabulous Family Room Room ... Before and After

I think this is the first time I'm sharing these pictures with you. This room was completed awhile back. 

I don't have any "before" pictures of this space but I do have  progress shots I'll share below. This family room is in an old, stately stone Tudor house located in a gorgeous main line neighborhood.

Our mission for the room was to make it fun, colorful and comfortable for a family of six. They're huge sports fans (hockey is their fave) and there is a ginormous TV to host family and friends and watch all kinds of sporting events.

The original trim throughout the home was stained oak. You can see the original trim below to the left. 

I suggested we paint all the trim, fireplace, windows and interior doors of this room a high gloss black to keep it sophisticated and the walls white for a beautiful neutral back drop. 

Here are the french doors painted high gloss. This was back in 2014 now its most definitely on trend as I told my client we were way ahead of our time:) 

There are two gorgeous large windows in this room that were also painted a rich black.

It was a STUNNING transformation.

 Loved it. 

It also helped make the TV disappear in between the two large freshly painted windows. 

The color scheme we chose was black, blue and white and pops of orange and pink. My client wanted FUN, not stuffy for her kids so that was what we went for!

There is a TON of seating in this space which I love. You can have a large group in here and there are so many places to sit you would never have to run to another room to grab a chair (those with large family parties know exactly what I'm talking about).

We chose a sectional and two chairs by CR Laine , a pair of x- benches, two ottomans and two chippendale chairs flanking a console table. All pieces had to have durable fabrics. The sectional is covered in a gray sunbrella and the other pieces in very durable fabrics as well. 

Here's a good look at the room

sectional and chairs by CR Laine

coffee table by oomph

side table Noir

sconces Visual Comfort

console table society social

cache pot Dana Gibson

There you have it!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Before and After-- A Teenage Boy's Bedroom

Here I go again with another before and after ... no matter how hard I try to blog about all these awesome decorating ideas I have in my head I just never get around to writing about them... someday. 

So I hope you enjoy these little before and after updates! Here's a quick refresh of a teenage boy's room.

I have a client who I adore working with and when she asked me to refresh her son's room I was pretty excited. I'm rarely asked to do a guy's room...I think boys are typically too sloppy or just don't care even the slightest about their surroundings. 

I can relate I have a few of those living in my house:)

Anyway -- here is the before of this teen's

 room. Classic boy.

Here is the after

So... what did we do? We repainted the whole room london fog by Benjamin Moore and added a wall of Thibaut wallpaper to add a little texture/industrial feel to the space. I actually wanted to purchase the faux wood stick on pieces from West Elm but they don't sell them any longer. I know where to source them but frankly I was going to get the same look with this wallpaper -- and it was much easier to apply:) ha!

We took down the loft bed and created a custom navy headboard with a gray linen welt (that fit perfectly) to coordinate with this fabulous West Elm bedding and custom pillows. 

We also placed the bed close to the wall so we could leave some open space in the middle of the room for his friends to hang out on the floor and play xbox.

We removed the posters and sporadic artwork and added a few new fresh art pieces to give it a bit of a coastal feel. We added under the bed storage for his collections, a new desk with hutch and black floating shelves ----which for some reason I did not take pictures of:(

We combined both gray walls and wallpaper with the current beige carpet (which will be changed out at a later date) and beige/white washed modern furniture. The overall feel of the room is kind of beachy/"west-elmy" I purchased a lot of items excluding the furniture from them... we have to get our inspiration from somewhere, right?

We didn't spend a whole lot of money yet created a fresh new look for this young teen!

Before

After

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Blue and White Kitchen - Before and After

Last time we met I shared a living room transformation with you if you missed it you can go

here

We also renovated this client's kitchen. 

I wanted to share the official before 

and afters with you.

It was so fun to work on and I love how it all turned out.

Here is how the kitchen looks today 

Here is where we started

It was a pretty simple layout change. We removed the peninsula and added a free standing island in the center of the room. 

We knocked down the wall across from the sink and relocated the refrigerator to the cabinet wall across from the oven.

 Instead of removing the window on the left side of the kitchen we decided to keep it so we could have the natural light and added a  window seat with storage below. I just love window seats in a kitchen.

The counter tops were replaced with carrara marble and white shaker style cabinets and subway tile were selected for a timeless look. 

Here it is again.

What do you think??

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Blue and White Living Room -- A before and waaaaay after!

So I worked on this house many, many moons ago but just went back to photograph the home and work on a few more updates. I've posted about this space before but it was so long ago I'm not sure where to even find it on this blog:)

To make a long story short we re-configured a living room, dining room and kitchen... knocking walls down and making the first floor feel more open and spacious for a family of four kids.

Here is the before of the living room

I know its not a good shot. 

It has some over-sized furniture and yellow walls but fabulous windows letting in lots of natural light...so my thought was to really draw the eye to the beautiful floor to ceiling windows (they are actually sliders but they have so many doors in the back of the house they don't ever use these). 

Good thing for us. 

We were going for a casual, relaxed California vibe but with a bit of color and east coast symmetry:)

Here is the here and now.

 To be honest I'm SHOCKED everything looks this fabulous ... it's been over three years. 

If this were my house??? Forget about it. My dog and my five year old --- Total wrecking machines. 

For the photographs we moved some things around and her oomph coffee table is actually on order. I used mine for the pictures.

The beautiful Serena and Lily chairs were placed in front of the windows to allow as much natural light in as possible and because of the high contrast of the navy stripe on the white chairs your eye just goes to it.

Next time I'll share the kitchen pictures...

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Beach House Master Bedroom/Bath and Guest Room Before and Afters

Happy holidays! 

If you missed my previous beach house posts you can go

here

,

here

, and 

here

.

To jog your memory this house was decorated on a VERY TIGHT budget so my goal with the bedrooms was to include one item with impact in each space that would make it special and specific to each family member.

First up is the master bedroom. My clients wanted something un-cluttered, simple, modern and fresh.

Here is the Master Bedroom before

Here is the after

Throw by lemlem

The art was the main element in this space. I loved my clients piece that we hung next to the modern canopy bed. We kept everything else simple and clean.

Here's the master bath before

After

We glazed over the red marble-meat colored tile by glazing it all white and replaced the cabinetry, painted the walls a light gray and accented with navy. Done. Simple and clean.

Guest Bedroom Before

The After

Bold banana leaf fabric by Bassett McNabb

Robert Abbey table lamp

pillows and headboard designed custom by SKDesigns

As you could probably guess the main design element in this space was this fabulous headboard and pillows designed in this bold, large scale pattern.

To recap

Rooms that are simple, clean yet fun and kind to the wallet:)

One last thought...

Thanks so much for reading my blog this year! and

Before and After Villanova Residence

Villanova Residence

Before and After

Here is a project that was finished awhile ago but we just got around to photographing. 

I absolutely adore working with this family and I'm so appreciative that they allowed me this opportunity and they trusted my vision!

The first room I helped transform was their cozy family room den

Here is the BEFORE

AFTER

Family Den

A study in neutrals...

Beautiful new built-ins were added to give height and dimension and architectural interest to the room. We also added brass library sconces from Visual Comfort and roman shades with simple greek key trim.

I love the warmth of the worn leather sofa from Restoration Hardware and the coolness of the dark gray walls. It's truly one of my favorite combinations.

We chose chelsea gray walls paired with lots of white for high contrast and to add depth and light to the space.

We also mixed metals and textures in styling the bookshelves... brass, mercury glass, lacquer, driftwood and creamy white objects.

It's all in the details...

We added a pair of mirrors flanking the bar area to make the space feel larger and reflect light from the large picture window.

The bar cabinetry was painted high-gloss white and the hardware was upgraded to a brass faucet and marble counter tops and back splash were added.

did u spy camera? need to photoshop these pics ha!

Loved keeping this space neutral. I think most people like my colorful designs but I do love designing neutral spaces too!

Moving right along ...scenes from  the "before" Dining Room 

Dining Room NOW! WOW!

We kept the window treatments and most of my client's beautiful furniture so we jazzed up the space with green grass cloth from Phillip Jeffries, new host chairs with pillow fabric from Aerin Lauder's line for Lee Jofa  and colorful modern art. The grasscloth has now become the star of the show!!

We also upgraded the lighting with classic yet modern fixtures from Visual Comfort and leopard lamps from Dana Gibson.

Table by oopmh sits next to window seat

And let's not forget this lovely little powder with Scalamandre and a striped roman...

SORRY no before

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE MOST FABULOUS

JOANNE POSSE

!!! 

XOXOX

Gardner/Fox was contractor used for family den.

That's all for now!! Thanks for Reading!! xoxo