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Almost time to paint this industrial beauty.
Michael has been redefining the concept of client-centered design with a client-inspired approach, resulting in some of the most remarkable interior spaces in the greater Philadelphia area. Noted for his uncanny ability to quickly discern the qualities that make each client most unique, Michael translates those insights into spaces that are relevant, captivating and comfortable. Trained at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Michael honed his skills at internationally renowned furniture and design companies before starting his own firm in 1997.
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Title: King Pin
Also known as: Michael
Years on the scene: 35
Design aesthetic: Honest, Clean, Comfortable + Sophisticated
Design icon: Albert Hadley + Billy Baldwin
Design era: Mid-Century Modern
Tool of choice: Paper Mate Flair
Favorite color: Orange
Signature accessory: LV Satchel
Guilty pleasure: The Signing Experience
City or suburbs: CITY!
Friday night: Quiet dinner & drinks with friends
Cats or dogs: Are you kidding me?!
Coffee preference: Black. Is there any other way?
Favorite lunch spot: Snap
Sue has been an integral part of Michael Shannon Designs since the firm’s inception in 1997. An interior design graduate with more than 35 years’ experience in both administrative and creative roles, Sue has an intimate understanding of the design process and uses that comprehensive knowledge to facilitate smooth and enjoyable client communication as the firms’ administrator.
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Also known as: Susieq
Design aesthetic: Comfy + family friendly
Design icon: Carolina Herrera
Desktop background: Us
Tool of choice: iPhone
Favorite team: Philadelphia Eagles … I know the K guy
Guilty pleasure: Peanut M&M’s
City or burbs: Farm…selling Gerber daisies
Friday night: Thursday’s my night!
Cats or dogs: Crazy Claude Giroux Kane
Coffee preference: Tea…hot or iced
Current obsession: Netflix
A graduate of the interior design program at Philadelphia University, Kim brings her graphic and bold design approach to Michael Shannon Designs. A true believer of form follows function; Kim always falls back on the principles of design. With a passion for detail and documentation, Kim strives to keep her designs simple, edited, and in line with each individual client’s personality.
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Also known as: KP
Years on the scene: A decade and then some
Design icon: The Modernists
Design era: Mid-Century Modern
Tool of choice: Ultra Fine Point Sharpie
Website most visited: The gram
Favorite color: Black
Signature accessory: Sketchbook
Guilty pleasure: Sweet + sour
City or burbs: City
Friday night: Burgers, beers + babies
Cats or dogs: Nada
Coffee preference: Latte
Current obsession: Chubby cheeks
With a history in visual and performing arts, Devon has married her interests in both aesthetics and composition to achieve real-life dramatic impact. Devon earned her bachelor’s degree at Philadelphia University while working at MSD. She has a strong understanding for interior architecture which is evident in her work, in which color and texture synergize with the interiors structural elements.
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Title: Interior designer, not decorator! There IS a difference!
Design aesthetic: Clean, contemporary + iconic
Design icon: I can’t pick just one…
Tool of choice: Garlic knife
Favorite color: ‘Colors’ black, white, grey…and blue!
Signature accessory: LV bag
Guilty pleasure: Traveling and Spa Visits
City or burbs: Currently living in the burbs, but definitely a CITY GIRL!
Friday night: TV with the hubby and a cold one after the kids are put to bed
Cats or dogs: Cats
Coffee preference: Black 😉
Favorite lunch spot: Sahara Grill
Couldn’t live without: Roman + Sasha
Current obsession: Detoxing
Julie is a graduate of Moore College of Art + Design with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She has a strong eye and passion for material selection and distribution. An estate antique dealer in the family helped shape her fondness for antiques from a young age, but she appreciates all styles and genres. She utilizes these many inspirations to create clean yet eclectic interiors that exude a collected quality at Michael Shannon Designs.
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Design aesthetic: Eclectic, classic, clean with an edge
Design icon: Kelly Wearstler
Desktop background: Hermes Equateur Imprime fabric
Tool of choice: Prismacolor markers
Website most visited: Google
Favorite color: Midnight blue
Signature accessory: Antique metal + stone ring
Guilty pleasure: French macarons
City or burbs: City
Cats or dogs: Cats!
Coffee preference: Cappuccino
Favorite lunch spot: Salads in the office!
Current obsession: Traveling + adventuring
As if one pup wasn’t enough, Ruthie was brought on board at Michael Shannon Designs to help with Jackson’s workload. She’s definitely risen to the occasion and earned her bones. Ruthie credits her tenacity and in-your-face approach to management for keeping the staff on their toes.
Title: Trusty Side Kick
Years on the scene: A dogs age
Pet peeve: Children!
Favorite lunch spot: The curb
Signature accessory: My bark
Guilty pleasure: Pupperoni
Couldn’t live without: My next meal
This Philadelphia row home may seem typical from the outside—a 12’ wide brick-and-mortar building with one just like it on either side—but open the front door and it’s anything but. Gracefully refined and dignified, this space exudes sophistication yet has an atmosphere as welcoming as the homeowners themselves. The finishes throughout define elegance in our dictionary: rosewood millwork, silk wrapped walls, hand-blocked linen drapery and custom blown glass light fixtures. Inspiration for the palette and overall aesthetic was drawn from many of the clients’ existing pieces of art. Some new additions were added along the way – as Michael will tell you, when it comes to art you can never have too much!