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Country Chic Whiskey Room in Chadds Ford, PA

The Background

Every so often, a design project so special comes along that we just have to pinch ourselves to make sure we’re not dreaming. When we received the call from this young couple we were very excited. We had worked with them on two other occasions – once in their 300 year old farmhouse in West Chester, PA (see the foyer and lady’s office of that home on our Portfolio page) and more recently, in their Tribeca penthouse in New York. Their current farmhouse in Chadds Ford, PA is truly a unique home and the couple wanted our help to make it reflect their youthful vibe and personal tastes. We were certainly up for the challenge.

One room that received much attention was one that originally didn’t have much of a purpose. We began calling it the Game Room and soon that name morphed into The Whiskey Room. We can’t be sure why, although we do have our hunches! The design all began with a few simple ideas and finishes, and that morphed into some grand planning. After our meeting, and some phone calls, the client excitedly posted this picture on Instagram… We knew this was going to be a winner!

sample board

The Plan

After our original discussions, we knew we would do the following in the Whiskey Room:

  • Create custom walnut paneling for the walls
  • Add a custom built-in for storage and trophy display
  • Create a world map for the ceiling
  • Improve the lighting in the room
  • Furnish the room with a “clubby” vibe (think Ralph Lauren meets Old World Town & Country

Executing the Plan

We started with the walls, and no two walls in this room were quite the same. The windows on one wall were lower than the windows on the other, spacing between the windows was different, we had to incorporate paneling going up a set of stairs and there was a painted wall that was already paneled which needed to remain. After several drawings and many calls to our wood-working expert, Ryan, from Michael James Furniture, we finalized the drawings and got to work.

walls

One wall “before”.

wood paneling

The start of paneling along one wall.

wood paneling

Progress continues.

wood paneling

Next step: mouldings will be added.

We designed a walnut built-in with storage below and display above and had it installed along the back wall of the room. We incorporated some special details like raised oval panels and beaded mouldings.

oval door panel insert

The oval panels in the doors provide some relief to all the straight lines in the room.

custom cabinetry

The custom cabinetry is installed along the back wall of the room.

custom cabinetry

Once in position, the built-in cabinetry was stained to match the surrounding paneling.

Once the paneling and built-in were complete, the walls were protected with plastic sheeting and it was time to watch the ceiling receive its due. We called upon Billet Collins Studio to create an old world map mural that would be installed on the ceiling of the Whiskey Room. The mural was created at their studio and then transported to Chadds Ford for installation. The map is so large that it had to be completed in two separate sections that were joined on the ceiling onsite.

custom mural

A little insight into the painstaking detail that goes into a map ceiling mural

map ceiling

The mural is installed onsite. Here you get a feel for how large the mural is.

ceiling map

The ceiling lights in the room were carefully placed so as not to distract from the map

The fireplace wall was originally paneled and painted when our clients purchased the home. We kept the panel in place and had the wall painted to look like the paneling elsewhere in the room, but had the panel insets painted to look like burl wood.

custom cabinetry

Halfway there: the panels have been made to look like burl and the remaining areas imitate the paneled walls elsewhere in the room.

And what is behind the double doors on the fireplace wall? Well, what Whiskey Room would be complete without a hidden bar?

Custom walls and ceiling

The room takes shape with its custom walls, built-in and ceiling mural.

But Wait, There’s More


But there is so much more to do and see! Since these pictures were taken, the furniture has arrived and been arranged in the room, a custom metal base ottoman is being made and window treatments in the plaid fabric below are being completed. We plan to update our Blog when the room is complete. We’ll also show some other unique details in the house. Check back on our Blog in the future to see more of this project. Thank you for visiting!

Ralph Lauren plaid

Roman valances in this Ralph Lauren plaid will adorn the windows of the Whiskey Room.

Fireplace Update

Now that the weather is starting to get chilly, it’s time to think about your fireplace. Many people have fireplaces that simply do not reflect their style and surroundings in their home. The good thing is that you don’t have to live with the outdated fireplace that you currently have. Whether your fireplace is gas or wood burning, there are many options to give it a more updated look.

Before we continue, let’s take a quick look at the parts of a fireplace.

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We frequently get requests to change the look of existing fireplaces. We’d like to share one of these projects with you. This client lived in her home for a number of years and wanted a fireplace that reflected her more contemporary tastes. We had designed her living room several years back with a transitional style rug and furniture. The fireplace and living room are some of the first things you see when you enter the house. The original fireplace mantel was painted white and was a Federal style with an urn and acanthus leaf detail, fluted pilasters and traditional moulding. The surround and hearth were white marble with gray veining. Since fireplaces are often the focal point of a room, this formal and traditional focal point was not conveying what the rest of the room was. So she sought our help to change the look. This shows the existing fireplace…

traditional fireplace

The updated mantel couldn’t be more different in style and fits in so much better with the feel of the room. First we drew the mantel and had it custom built by Michael James Furniture out of cherry wood that was stained in a rich walnut finish. The look hints at modern design with its simple angled configuration and clean lines. The existing marble surround and was replaced with large scale light textural tone on tone porcelain tiles to further the updated look. The hearth is made from the same color tiles but without texture.

The first step was demolition of the existing fireplace surround…

demolition

These pictures show the new mantel being installed…

New Fireplace

New Fireplace

The simple and yet dramatic result gives the room a warmth even when the fireplace isn’t on. We completed the overall look with a custom metal fireplace screen in an Olympic Grey finish – also by Michael James Furniture. It’s diagonal lines play off the horizonal and vertical lines of the fireplace.

Fireplace Screen

And the final product…

transitional fireplace

What should you do if you are thinking of updating your fireplace?

  1. Look through magazines, internet sources, etc. to get an idea of what you like
  2. Hire professionals – this is not your typical do-it-yourself kind of project – an Interior Designer can assist with the final look, budget, purchase of materials, selection of vendors, management of the project, etc.
  3. Schedule the work to be done
  4. Sit back and enjoy your new surroundings!

Custom Furniture Design

Custom Furniture – Uniquely You

When you are looking for furniture that is uniquely you and made especially for your home, consider custom furniture. We recently worked with a client to provide storage and a custom look around her fireplace and TV. We began with a concept and tweaked it until we got to the final drawing that looked like this…

custom furniture

When considering custom furniture, the client wanted to increase her storage space and have a place to display pictures and trinkets. As is usually the case, the space had its challenges. The main challenge of this project was that left side of the fireplace was wider than the right side because we had to allow for a door to swing into the room from the balcony.

We then decided to finish the piece in a glazed gesso finish in cream with olive accents. The cabinet tops would be olive green. We had the pieces custom painted by Billet Collins Studio. To further customize the pieces we procured large birch twigs that were used to create the brackets for the display shelves. In keeping with the “woodsy theme” we selected pinecone knobs in an antique brass finish.

Our furniture vision was brought to life by Michael James Furniture.

pinecone knob

We specified a square tulip leg like the one below…

leg

We always get excited about installation day! It’s when all of the idea generating, sketching, and planning comes to 3D reality. Here, the pieces are being installed…

Custom Cabinets

Custom Cabinets installed

When working with an Interior Designer to create custom furniture here are some things to consider:

  1. The Space – where the custom furniture will go
  2. The Look – options here are almost endless – we will work with you to determine your style
  3. Your Needs – storage? display? drawers? doors?
  4. Your Budget – give us an idea of your budget and we can design something that incorporates your needs and wants

Lastly, a look at the finished product…

custom cabinet base

Custom shelves

Interior Design – Before and After

Who doesn’t love Before & After pictures of an Interior Design transformation?

In our previous blog post, Full Service Design (posted 3/16/17), we shared one of our full service design projects in Potomac, MD.

The Interior Design Project Included:

  1. A move from one home to another
  2. A kitchen renovation from floor to ceiling (and everything in between)
  3. Space planning for the clients’ existing furniture as well as newly acquired pieces
  4. Project management of the entire job

Project management included, but was not limited to:

  • Complete coordination with kitchen designer
  • Overall selection of furniture, fabrics, window treatments, tile, countertops, lighting, wall finishes, etc.
  • Color and finish selections
  • Complete lighting plan and coordination of implementation
  • Timing of all project and design elements
  • Design and coordination of all custom cabinetry

As a followup to our previous post, we would like to share some of the Before and After Interior Design pictures from this project. First, we’ll begin in the kitchen.

BEFORE…

Kitchen

The original kitchen design included both an island and a peninsula. The cabinets were a medium maple finish and the counter was a basic granite. In order to accommodate the exhaust fan, a soffit had been built above the cabinetry, and a shelf was constructed above that. This was an awkward design that shortened the tall ceilings.

AFTER…

kichen after

The new design moved the stainless steel refrigerator to the left of the range which created the perfect area for a tall pantry. The peninsula was removed from the design which opened up the kitchen and made room for a large island. The awkward shelf above the cabinets was removed which allowed for taller wall cabinets. Lighting in the crown moulding of the cabinetry was installed which creates visual interest that draws your eye up to the tall ceiling. The new cabinets feature a custom painted finish while the center island is contrasted in a rich walnut stain. Complimentary granite countertops and backsplash tile complete the updated look.

Next, we’ll move on to the breakfast area of the kitchen.

BEFORE…

Breakfast Room Before

The original breakfast area lacked continuity. The shelf near the ceiling seems to chop up the room, while oversized lighting, heavy draperies on the windows leave the room feeling heavy. The furniture is all in the same basic wood tone which leaves much room for improvement.

AFTER…

Breakfast Area After

The old tile floors were removed and replaced with medium tone hardwood floors throughout the kitchen and breakfast area. The cabinets and countertop continue into the breakfast area to create a beverage center with storage for glasses, drinks, and a hidden refrigerator for cold beverages. The cabinets are made to feel lighter with glass doors and interior lighting. We used a glass table top with a metal base and all-weather woven chairs with vinyl seat cushions to add interest to the eating area. The heavy draperies were removed and the windows were covered with custom shutters that match the window trim. Shutters are perfect for providing a clean look while allowing maximum light control. The heavy light above the table was replaced with a scale-appropriate contemporary light fixture more suited for the space. This is another view of the space…

Breakfast area after 2

Next we move to the dining room.

BEFORE…

Potomac dining room before

The original dining room felt heavy with a wood table, wood trimmed chairs, a wood buffet, wood framed mirror and wood floors. The lighting was too large and ornate for the space and the two-toned walls gave the room a chopped up appearance.

AFTER…

Dining Room After

A view of the dining room from the living room shows a lighter and more dramatic space. The floors were darkened a bit which adds to the warmth of the space. Although we used a round wood table, the all upholstered chairs and open console table give the room a more open look.  The chandelier is more scale-appropriate for the room. The chair rail was removed and the walls received a warm and inviting decorative paint finish. The finishing touch is the artwork framed in finish similar to the light fixture that graces the wall above the console table.

Lastly, we move on to the master bedroom.

BEFORE…

Master Bedroom Before

The master bedroom was very neutral and once again, heavy draperies weighed down the room.

AFTER…

Master Bedroom After

Although the new master bedroom is also neutral in color overall, the pillows, bed scarf, side tables and lamps help to provide contrast. The mid-century modern chairs provide a little seating area for the couple. The small overhead light was replaced with a contemporary ceiling fan. The draperies have been simplified to allow natural light into the room and to provide a cleaner lined look. The paint scheme shows off the tray ceiling.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our Before & After transformation!

 

 

 

 

 

Full Service Design

Full Service Design – Interior Design from A to Z

Projects that provide opportunities for interior design and renovation are among the most challenging and rewarding for us. We recently had a full service design project of this nature photographed.

They say that the heart of the home is the kitchen, and let’s just say this transitional kitchen makes our hearts skip a beat!  The redesign and renovation of this kitchen began with us bringing in Jack Rosen Kitchens to come up with an overall plan for the room. Some of the things we were looking to achieve:

  1. Better overall layout of the space
  2. Keep the existing breakfast area, but make it more a part of the kitchen
  3. Provide maximum storage
  4. Provide maximum surface area
  5. Create a beverage area near the table space

Kitchen Bar Cabinetry

Since the kitchen opened up into the family room, we also had to make sure that the two rooms worked together and coordinated with one another.  Some other features that were worked into the space:

  1. Large center island
  2. 2 diswashers
  3. 2 sinks
  4. Cabinet to hide small appliances
  5. A lighting plan that incorporates overhead lighting, under cabinet lighting, ambient lighting in the crown moulding, and decorative lighting in the breakfast area.

Breakfast Area

Kitchen Island and Backsplash Tile

On a regular basis, the family room seats two people, but the clients entertain often and were looking to seat at least six people comfortably.  We worked on blending the clients’ existing furniture while adding new pieces that coordinated. The fireplace in the family room received a total makeover that gave it a more transitional look. One of the best additions to the family room was this custom entertainment center designed by us and built by Michael James Furniture. The piece provides a place for the TV along with display, storage and housing for two custom metal benches.

Custom Cabinetry
The clients’ dining room provides comfortable and elegant seating for eight. The walls and moldings were given a custom paint finish by Billet Collins Studio. The windows were treated with working drapery panels made from a striped silk fabric. An arched “window” in the dining room was outfitted with glass shelves that proudly display a collection of crystal heirlooms. The clients’ artwork adorns one of the walls of the space. A beautiful chandelier bathes the room in a warm glow.

Transitional Dining Room

The master bedroom was another space in this overall project that received our interior design work. We worked with the clients’ style to procure an upholstered bed, two oval night tables with storage, a dresser for storage, workable draperies and bedding and carpet. The client provided two existing mid-century modern chairs and a wood slatted bench for the end of the bed.  Overall the spacious bedroom provides a restful backdrop for pleasant dreams and a goodnight’s sleep. Just off the bedroom is a lady’s study with a double-sided fireplace.

Transitional Master Bedroom

Lady's Study

Contemporary Design Transformation

We’d like to share one of our contemporary projects with you. But first, what makes a room or project “contemporary”?

Key Elements to Contemporary Design

1. Open floor plan
2. Natural light
3. Similar wood tones
4. Airiness to furniture
5. Overall neutral colors with color accents
6. Metal accents
7. Use of natural materials

When it was time for a contemporary design change after 25 years, the couple living in this traditional Chevy Chase home called upon Danziger Design to help them through the many hurdles of their renovation project. The game plan involved turning the entire first floor from traditional closed off kitchen, dining room and family room to a contemporary design with an open floor plan.

Contemporary Design

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Since the homeowners were previous clients of Danziger Design, we were initially called in to review the architect’s plans for the space. These plans were tweaked based upon our knowledge of the client and from there, the project took off. Many decisions had to be made throughout the project. Selections such as floors, cabinets, counter materials and other finishes were made at the beginning and once construction began, the fun part began. We worked with the client to decide upon rugs, furniture and accessories.

Family Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Family Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Some of the features that make this an engaging space are the tall cherry cabinets and bookshelves throughout that provide more than ample areas for storage and display. The dining room and family room placement were switched to allow for less formal entertaining.

Dining Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Dining Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Angles throughout make the first floor more appealing – from the angled island in the kitchen to the angled wall that serves as a room divider between the dining room and kitchen.

Breakfast Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Breakfast Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

 

*Photography by John Cole Photography

 

 

Danziger Design Wins Best Of Bethesda 2017

 

We Won The Best Of Bethesda Reader's Pick: Best Builder for 2017

What an exciting way to begin 2017!

 

We have officially won Bethesda Magazine’s

2017 Best of Bethesda Readers’ Pick for Best Interior Designer.

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us.

 

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Click here to read all of our testimonials!

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Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator

Often times, the professional terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorator are used synonymously, however, they are very different. Let’s begin with Decorator.

What Does An Interior Decorator Do?

An Interior Decorator works at adorning and embellishing a space. They may deal with paints and wall-coverings, and window-treatments. They also may deal with, rugs, furniture, and other textiles and accessories. Formal education is not required for an Interior Decorator.

What Does An Interior Designer Do?

An Interior Designer has a combination of education and experience that prepares them for creating functional spaces. They do everything an Interior Decorator does , but they also need to have an understanding of people’s behaviors within a space. Often times, licensing is required for an Interior Designer to work in particular states.

What Type Of Licensing And Education Are Required?

There are several professional organizations associated with Interior Design. Some examples are ASID or the American Society of Interior Designers, NKBA or the National Kitchen and Bath Associations, and IIDA or the International Interior Design Association. These associations are work to promote Interior Design and educate the profession and those looking to hire professionals.

Interior Designers work to solve problems while adhering to codes to create safe and healthy livable spaces. Interior Designers are required to stay current in their field through Continuing Education Courses (CEUs).

Designers are experts with space planning and may use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to create floor plans, elevations, and other drawings to communicate to their clients. They work with architects, contractors and other professionals to create spaces that are functional and beautiful.

In Conclusion

According to NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification), Interior Designers may decorate, but Interior Decorators do not design.

As you can see, there is a difference between the two terms and professions. It is important to be aware of these differences when you have a project in mind as you want to make sure that you are hiring someone who can handle all aspects of your project.

Interior Designer

An Interior Designer is adept at space planning and can provide floor plans and elevations for your project.

Shelves – How to Accessorize

What is the best way to accessorize shelves? You probably have a bookcase or some other type of furniture piece with shelves in your home. Often times these pieces are crammed with all sorts of books lined up one after the other in anything but a creative or attractive fashion. But did you know that you can easily turn these shelves works of art that you would love to look at?

You probably already have what you need to make this happen. First, give your titles a serious look and donate the books you will not read, reference or re-read. Of the titles that remain, get creative with their placement.

Place a grouping of books vertically and add a heavy object (a box, a figurine, a vase) at the end of the grouping. Stack some books horizontally (with the spines showing) on another shelf. You can leave these as is or place another object on top of the stack. Use other objects as “fillers” on the shelves, but remember, in this instance, less can definitely be more.

Shelves - How to Accessorize

Here are some objects other than books that make shelves more interesting:

1. Letters – a word, a single letter, or a combo of letterscreating your monogram
2. Vases – a single vase or a unified grouping of varying heights
3. Boxes – these come in all different sizes and serve a dual purpose being both decorative and a place to hide small items
4. Candlesticks and candles – decorative on your shelf and at-the-ready when you need them
5. Photographs in frames
6. Seasonal items (a decorative heart for Valentine’s Day, a pumpkin in the Fall, etc.)
7. Objects from your travels
8. An interesting sculpture
9. A clock
10. Figurine

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Create interesting vignettes on your shelves and use items that you love or that have special meaning to you so that looking at these shelves makes you happy.

At Danziger Design, we can design built-ins and bookcases for you as well as help you with display of your books and favorite pieces.

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Wood Countertops; Solutions for MD, DC, and VA Interior Design

Wood CountertopsWhen a wonderful company or product comes along, we have to give them a mention.

We recently received this book (left) of projects from a company named Grothouse located in Germansville, PA. Danziger Design had the pleasure of working with this company on two separate kitchen projects. Grothouse specializes in wood solutions; specifically, solid wood and butcher block countertops for kitchens, bathrooms, bars… you name it! Not only does Grothouse provide a quality product, the owner and employees are very professional, knowledgeable and courteous.

As the industry continues with the movement of paint-finish kitchen cabinets and counters made of quartz, granite, or marble, wood countertops provides a warmth that these other materials simply can’t. The finishing process used at Grothouse makes these wood surfaces usable, not something to be feared.

We worked with Grothouse for two kitchen projects. The first was a large Potomac kitchen with grey toned cabinets, wood floors, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. For this kitchen, we used a round, 2″ thick, edge grain Peruvian walnut counter for the eating area.

The second project where a Grothouse wood surface was used was in Wendy’s own kitchen. Her small Bethesda kitchen has grey-green cabinets, wood floors, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances as well. Wendy decided upon a walnut table top that would be nestled between two pantry style cabinets.

DANZIGER DESIGN PROJECTS USING WOOD COUNTERTOPS

Both projects with Grothouse solid wood surfaces are shown below:

Kitchen - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

Wood counter top

Grothouse was kind enough to feature the project above in their Wood Innovation book…

Wood counters

Our thanks to Grothouse! We hope to see you in the near future!