Susan Taylor
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Bucks County family home renovation: bedrooms and bathrooms

Several years ago, we started updating this rural Bucks County family home. We redesigned most of the rooms with custom updates, keeping the feeling of a cozy family home, yet bringing current touches and a cohesive design vision into each space. Colors can really bring dated rooms into the here and now. Upholstery styles, lighting and draperies go far to transform a home with new style, while staying true to family traditions and history. Art, mirrors and lamps are fabulous ways to bring a room into the current design era as well.

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This bedroom was designed with a new upholstered bed (a personal favorite, the Cleo from Vanguard Furniture), new side chests, lamps and chandelier, drapery panels and  beautiful accents in orange. New art and mirrors added the finishes touch. Keeping a neutral palette with strong punches of color was the perfect formula for this welcoming bedroom.


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This year, during a major renovation of the master bathroom, we added a new rug with graphic, modern vibes in just the right colors! This room will remain timeless and current for the next decade.


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The owner’s bathroom was perhaps my favorite transformation! We took a very dark, closed in bathroom and turned it into a modern, chic room with a luxury feeling — and just a hint of Zen-like accent with this bamboo-looking black tile. The round back-lighted sculpture was custommade to continue the spa-like attitude over the soaking tub.

A large walk-in luxury shower boasts a “magic window” which turns from frosted to absolutely clear with the flick of a switch! When the architect/contractor suggested this, it was hard to imagine!

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Just inside the frosted door panel of the linen closet, a switch was installed to make the magic happen. It’s pretty amazing. Leaf-shaped marble mosaic tile hosts a heated floor, and the floating vanity has ample room for two primpers! Phillip Jeffries wallpaper adds a bit of texture to the scene and a whole lot of #purestyle.

In order to gain more storage as well as multiple electrical outlets, we selected these Robern medicine cabinets with LED lighting. I use these for any new renovation I can, LOVE! They are the perfect way to combine beauty with function, and are installed flush to the wall, which in this case are large marble tiles. Don’t overlook that high gloss ceiling!


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Another favorite Phillip Jeffries wallpaper was used in the water closet, not to be outdone by the rest of this fine luxury bath! Oh. Yes.


Several young adult bedrooms were updated during the test of sanity that was Covid 2020! With limited contractors and masked tradesmen, we occasionally made visits during their absence to check on progress. The color palette of this room makes my heart sing! The homeowner selected this #ohsosusan modern hotel-looking bed and we dressed it just right! A watery dyed linen was selected for the drapery panels, and a bit of delightful teal animal print brought the zing into the room … not to be outdone by this almost one-of-a-kind handblown glass chandelier! No longer available, we got the last one! (I’m a bit sad about that!) White glass side chests and a dresser trimmed in polished nickel added the finishing touches to a perfect “welcome home” for adult professionals.

What do you think about the semi-gloss ceiling?! Yes, I’m not afraid … go for it!


The adjoining bathroom presented challenges due to the unique room shape under the gables of the house. We removed a dated tub enclosure and designed a walk-in shower with unique and beautiful marble patterned tile. In the window here, you can see the pattern on the window that was also used in the bedroom. I’m in love. Another white glass/nickel chest fit (just perfectly!) under the eaves to provide additional storage and make sense of this niche. We took a performance rug with a soft hand and the perfect colors and had it cut and bound to fit perfectly the space and visually expand the footprint. Just beautiful!


Another young professional bedroom upstairs, this one designed around a “wow” punch of color! Deep magenta pink and chartreuse … Oh. My!

Again, the gabled roof line dictated furniture placement. We used a very low, striking upholstered bed in the perfect color! I absolutely love working with color and when a room design (and my client!) is agreeable, I’ll never say no! This mid-century styled bed floats in the room between the gables and is framed in fabulous color! We pulled bedside tables from another nearby bedroom, found lamps the perfect size and added a favorite glamorous chandelier! When used over the bed, you have some creative license in size and height.

A soft-handed rug in the perfect hue finished the look and a custom designed settee combined hot pink and chartreuse to perfection. If I were a guest here, I might need a night in each room!


The hall bathroom outside the above bedroom received a stylish new redesign along with the rest of the second floor! We replaced the cabinetry with a similar look to the new kitchen, but salvaged the unique countertop. Adding a new round mirror with an organic nod acted as a piece of art at the same time. Wallpaper (adding unique color and texture!) was selected to make the most of the existing granite countertop, marble floor and shower.

The perfect fabric married the colors of the room with a ginkgo pattern and exact colors! You’ll see my very favorite hanging towel bar used here … it’s a total practicality when space is a premium, and still delivers nothing but #ohsosusanpurestyle! Add up to five full sized bath towels with ease.

A stack of floating shelves dress the wall above deep drawers on the front left, making plenty of space for personal accents and personal storage. Bathrooms! *sigh* Soooooo fun to design!


The last room redesign on the second floor was a third guest room. The addition of an exceptionally tall headboard on this upholstered bed is a bit unexpected for an average-sized bedroom. The rich, warm color palette is unique to this room and repeated in the embroidered drapery fabric, velvet chair and perfectly selected rug! With a bit more tradition, this room sings with a new look and uses several elements from the former design, while keeping cherished family heirlooms in the picture for years to come. Unique and custom-sized bed shams fit the sculptural form of the headboard to perfection.

I guess it goes without saying that working with this stylish and visionary client was nothing short of absolute delight and satisfaction. I’m the lucky one! There is still a bit more to rave about, so stay around for more of this favorite project for a darling and talented friend.

xoxo, Susan