Susan Taylor
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New Hope living room spaces to dream about

Reviving a charming Bucks County family cape was a dream project with the collaboration of a dream client!

Entering into the front foyer gives a peek of the dining room update, accomplished in the first phase of the renovation a few years ago.

The foyer calls guests in with the stylish wool runner (oh, yes, an animal print) and the dining room calls you into glorious color!

In the most recent update, the foyer mirror was added, round, sculptural and beautiful.

A closer look in the dining room boasts plenty of seating and all with #purestyle. The oversized host and hostess chairs were banded in a rich orange velvet. These ample arm chairs make you look forward to after-dinner conversation! Large family gatherings required a large table with plenty of seating. A modern mix of art and fabulous wallcovering unified with neotraditional casegoods to help the room keep with family traditions. The wood floors throughout were refinished a few years ago with this rich cocoa color, and the wood finishes in the dining room repeat the same richness into the table and chairs, as well as custom console.

I suggested this divine hand-knotted rug, a traditional design but updated with here and now color! If you peek at the right side of the room, you can get a slight image of the linen-banded draperies with the same pop of orange on the lead edge.

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners in this room?!

The great room had two stages in the renovation process as well. Wall color and furniture were the first phase. These sofas are one of my personal favorites from Vanguard Furniture. Note the interest in the paneled outside arms, detailed with nailhead, as well as the outside back. This palette of grays and chartreuse was later carried into the kitchen renovation. Two (unstuffy!) patterned recliners sit side by side for binge watching when time allows!

If you zoom in, you’ll likely lose your breath from the beauty of the custom draperies, an absolutely fabulous James Hare custom material fabricated into fully functioning draperies on all three of the back walls of the room. Two oversized mirrors act as art along the far wall and reflect more family living from the kitchen.

Lastly, a generously sized coffee table lends purpose with a glass top and a bottom shelf for books and additional styling for interest.

I like to call this the keeping room. Four chairs provide a conversation area for family and friends, and when the fire is lit, this room is really magical!  A mix of animal prints in subtle tones of taupe (tiny velvet print on the chairs and larger scale on the area rug). Not long ago, the chartreuse was added in the interior of the bookcases and on close inspection, you will find artfully placed personal collections, book volumes and family mementos. With the kitchen on one side and the great room on the other, this room calls visitors in for a welcoming and cozy chat.

Another view of this charming room shows two four level open consoles booked together to create one long dramatic showcase that fills almost the entire wall! Three collected pieces of art recalls the color from the dining room, and the images of beautiful koi are both lively and relaxing. This view shows the flanking built-in bookcases on the opposite wall. The keeping room is the perfect documentation of using four matching chairs and the powerful statement that makes. Tailored, yet comfortable and personal.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this lovely home as much as I did being involved in the design and collaboration with my friends, the homeowners. This home is filled with beauty, and love is spoken here. The end result: #purestyle and #purejoy.