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Same Old Floorplan, But a Fresh, New Interior Design

Some of my favorite makeovers were the most troublesome ones at the onset. Take one of my latest projects as an example. The floorplan is outdated and uncompromising, the budget is tight and just as uncompromising, and, because misery invites more misery, the entire condo needed to be renovated and outfitted in less than two … Continue reading Same Old Floorplan, But a Fresh, New Interior Design

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3 Pieces of Advice for Your Kitchen Renovation

This is going to sound sacrilegious coming from an interior designer, but I design kitchens to be functional above all else. I cook, so I know the difference it makes having everything I need within reach and set up in a logical layout. You may stand in the doorway, admiring your kitchen, before flicking off … Continue reading 3 Pieces of Advice for Your Kitchen Renovation

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Update: A Philadelphia Interior Design Project Enters the Homestretch

Flipped through the May issue of Philadelphia Style yet? Not to brag, but I’m featured in its Philadelphia Faces of Design portfolio (page 137). I’m humbled to be among such esteemed company in a magazine that I respect greatly. Thank you. In honor of the occasion, I thought I’d update you on a Philadelphia interior … Continue reading Update: A Philadelphia Interior Design Project Enters the Homestretch

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Home is Where the Heart is—Until it isn’t

I stood at a window one morning recently, taking in the yard. The landscaping, specifically. Spring was here, but it was cold and overcast. Nothing was growing yet, not even the random tufts of crabgrass. To the contrary, my eye moved among all the damage that was left behind by a series of bad winter … Continue reading Home is Where the Heart is—Until it isn’t

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About Our Process—A Day in the Life of an Interior Designer in Philadelphia

So much of what an interior designer does is seen in a series of edited glimpses for heightened dramatic effect. The kitchen, or the space formerly known as the kitchen, stripped to its shell. The newly adorned living room, complete with the lighting dimmed and the coffee table books stacked just so. The beginning and … Continue reading About Our Process—A Day in the Life of an Interior Designer in Philadelphia

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Inspiration for the waiting area off of the reception desk. (Photo courtesy 3form.)

Peeking into the Future with an Interior Design for an Office

Inspiration for the waiting area off of the reception desk. Photo courtesy 3form.It’d be easy to look at an office space, particularly one of the generic, contemporary-office-park varieties and think, What’s exciting about this? But developing an interior design for an office can be even more rewarding than reimagining a living space because you’re often … Continue reading Peeking into the Future with an Interior Design for an Office

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Interior Design Ideas for Embracing Winter

It’s always been kind of funny to me; we complain that the stores start stocking their holiday décor in October, yet we embrace leaving our own up well past its expiration date. A lot of that is tied up in emotion, I know. There’s such a crescendo with the holidays—parties, family, shopping, overindulging—and then literally … Continue reading Interior Design Ideas for Embracing Winter

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It’s Time to Start Getting Over Your Fear of Hanging Wallpaper

Little else seems to touch a nerve the way that the mere suggestion of hanging wallpaper does. The expressions I get in response range from, Wallpaper? Really? to Nope. No way. Sorry. And underneath, there’s always a very concerned scowl, like I just stumbled some upon some deep-seated memory that was consciously buried under decades … Continue reading It’s Time to Start Getting Over Your Fear of Hanging Wallpaper

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Christmas Decorating Tips: More Lights! More Balls! More of Everything!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays, for me, are not just an opportunity to spend ample amounts of quality time with family and close friends but to do it, largely, within the comfort of my own home. Entertaining always entails some degree of setting a mood. Christmas and New Year’s gatherings … Continue reading Christmas Decorating Tips: More Lights! More Balls! More of Everything!

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Update: A Philadelphia Interior Design Project Clears its First Fitting

When I launched my blog back in May, I was just beginning to work on my latest Philadelphia interior design project, a total-apartment redesign at the Ritz-Carlton in Center City. If you remember, its owner, a single guy in his twenties, was looking for a modern-minimalist aesthetic with a strong, masculine presence. In other words, … Continue reading Update: A Philadelphia Interior Design Project Clears its First Fitting

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Behind the Scenes with a Commercial Interior Designer in Bucks County

A recent project illustrates just how imaginatively offices are considered these days. As a commercial interior designer in Bucks County, Philadelphia, and the surrounding regions, I’ve come across my fair share of sterile cubicles. But The Feed Mill Station in Flemington, New Jersey, offered something fairly unique: A blank canvas. The building—and it is an … Continue reading Behind the Scenes with a Commercial Interior Designer in Bucks County

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Interior Design Ideas for the Fall

Warmth is a year-round pursuit. In the spring and summer, we seek out swaths of grass, and beach, and water, anywhere that provides an uninterrupted connection to the sun. In the fall and winter, we retreat to our deepest, darkest corners. In both cases, we’re motivated by a desire to feel warmer, physically, though in … Continue reading Interior Design Ideas for the Fall

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My Winding Path to Interior Design

Few people I’ve met in this industry have followed a straight path to interior design. My own was rather unconventional, too. I started out as an architect and was fortunate enough to work for a few of the most accomplished firms in the world. Much as I respected my peers and as challenging as the … Continue reading My Winding Path to Interior Design

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The Rush of Commercial Interior Design

Bowman’s Tavern, a restaurant with a loyal following just outside of downtown New Hope, Pa., was a commercial interior design project with an added degree of difficulty: The entire installation needed to be done in 10 days. But the planning and preparing for that stretch began a year earlier. The renderings were approved, the materials, … Continue reading The Rush of Commercial Interior Design

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From Cuba, With Love: Interior Design Inspiration

We travel a lot, but our trip to Havana back in May was one I was anxious about for weeks beforehand. It was only four days long, but securing our visas felt like gaining passage to some lost world. Little did we know it was about to be lost again. From the very start, Havana … Continue reading From Cuba, With Love: Interior Design Inspiration

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Outdoor Living Spaces as an Extension of the Home

Our home was more of a museum when we first saw it seven years ago, and not in the friendly sense of the term. Everywhere you looked, there was stuff piled on top of stuff. Even the tennis court had become a refuge for kids’ toys of all shapes and sizes. So, seeing the beauty … Continue reading Outdoor Living Spaces as an Extension of the Home

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Inside a Pair of Bold, New Philly Interior Design Projects

Welcome to my new blog. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a bit more about myself and some of my favorite projects, both present and past, to try to better explain how I do what I do and, hopefully, pass along some inspiration and useful advice in the process. So check back every … Continue reading Inside a Pair of Bold, New Philly Interior Design Projects

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The Veteran Landscape Designer Turned Late Bloomer

I got a late start on our vegetable garden. After a few weather delays and a too-short trip to Cuba (more on that later), we finally got it planted a couple weeks ago, about a month behind schedule. Which means that we missed the lettuces, one of my favorites. I’m still fairly new to all … Continue reading The Veteran Landscape Designer Turned Late Bloomer

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