When Shana Teitelbaum and James Manchester relocated their loved ones from New You are able to City to Chestnut Hill, also known as Philadelphia’s Garden District, it was not only the location that marked an alteration.
The household upgraded from the city apartment for this much bigger Colonial Revival style house, and known as upon Melinda Kelson O’Connor Design to make it seem like home.
‘The clients wanted to produce a modern yet warm and welcoming aesthetic while respecting the type of the 1911 stone home,’ stated Founder Mindy O’Connor.
‘They possess a large family, host most holidays, and entertain buddies, so must-haves were ample seating with beautiful but long lasting and sturdy materials that may handle kids and real existence,’ stated O’Connor. ‘While the decor is crisp and thoughtful throughout, there is nothing too precious or unapproachable.’
O’Connor’s design amalgamates the client’s requirement for comfort and performance with style worth hosting a significant party – requirements for all those world’s best homes – in addition to getting yesteryear current with contemporary touches.
‘The finish result strove to combine an easy, modern yet timeless feel with pieces that also suit the historic nature of the house,’ she stated. O’Connor required us on the tour of the deftly refreshed property, and shared her strategies for creating a historic house a really modern home.
1. CHOOSE BOLD COLORS, BUT ENSURE It Normally Won’t OVERWHELM
In the foyer towards the family room, the floor floor from the largely neutral house is peppered with enlivening accents of blocked color, mainly in invigorating blues.
‘The clients preferred strong colors to help make the spaces feel vibrant, although not overwhelm the look,’ described O’Connor. ‘I love the family room because of its juxtaposition of tranquility and boldness, with symmetrical custom tufted curving blue couches.’
Texture is paramount to reigning during these strong colors. Within the foyer, this corner armchair inside a tone of cyan results in a relatively dramatic accent among O’Connor’s hallway ideas, nevertheless its impact is softened through the textured weave from the linen upholstery.
2. HIGHLIGHT PERIOD FEATURES WITH CRISP White-colored
At greater than a century old, this house is stuffed with absorbing period features. To be able to both celebrate and modernize them, O’Connor chose to choose characterful areas of the woodwork with paint.
‘The curving banister and historic facts are highlighted by crisp white-colored trim, presenting this classic home,’ she described, which saw her contrast the white-colored with dark, polished wood accents.
This clean method of spotlighting period features continues into O’Connor’s dining area ideas, in which the hearth and paneling will also be selected in white-colored. ‘The historic millwork and paneling within the dining area creates a vintage and neutral base for that lively wallpaper above,’ stated O’Connor.
3. USE TEXTILES To Create FORMAL LAYOUTS WELCOMING
Through the first floor, fabrics are utilized to soften not just the colour plan, but the feeling of formality the Colonial Revival layout conveys. ‘The patterned made of woll rug in blues and lightweight grays – having a hint of pink – is subtle and welcoming on entry,’ stated O’Connor.
Textiles will also be essential in allowing O’Connor’s family room suggestions to fulfil multiple functions. ‘This room is really a lovely mixture of cozy and stylish. It’s comfortable to relax through the fire but outfitted up for entertaining,’ she stated. ‘The soft hands knotted rug grounds the area using its deep color and offsets the formality from the symmetrical couches, benches and marble cocktail table.’
4. PAIR BLUES WITH EARTHY TONES AND TEXTURES
From entering the foyer, it’s obvious that blue reigns supreme is that this plan. ‘The navy console, wood accents and linen chair setup the colour story which will reappear in other spaces,’ described O’Connor.
This pairing of highly hued blues with brown wood is type in maintaining your plan attractive and warm. ‘The bronze earth tones from the chandelier give a warm contrast to all the effective blues,’ stated O’Connor from the family room. Elsewhere, hints of pale pink and gleaming brass accents within the side tables and additional light fittings add layers for this warmth.
5. ARTWORK ADDS ELEGANCE TO RELAXED ROOMS
When ever the clients wish to fully relax, O’Connor produced the living room – but this most informal room continues to be stylishly considered. ‘The large workhorse of the sectional is brightened and accented by pinks and black in the pillows and rug. We labored to attain a livable, fun but still sophisticated room,’ stated O’Connor.
A vital tool for adding sophistication for this relaxed space was the option of artwork. ‘A painting by local artist Edward McHugh, adds drama and interest towards the space, as the lamp – by local Philadelphia company Lostine – adds whimsy.’
6. INTRODUCE MODERNITY WITH LIGHTING
Past the apparent introduction of recent furniture, one other way O’Connor subtly wove modernity in to the fabric from the century-old home was through lighting.
‘The prismatic glass globe pendant introduces the classic but modern tone which will follow at home,’ described O’Connor of her option for the foyer lighting. ‘The lights are each distinctive but relate, and make up a connected aesthetic in one room to another.’
This theory culminates within the dining room’s statement chandelier, in which a contemporary-style structure in glowing brass stands up hand crafted glass coupes.