Queen Village Bathroom

A classic 1,000 square foot South Philadelphia row home gets a spacious contemporary bathroom renovation. The new scheme of custom walnut millwork, white solid surface and black accents was inspired by the existing black and white checkerboard floor, which was about the only thing we preserved! The space was expertly reconfigured to span the width of the home and allow for a large shower and maximum functionality. Also among the additions: two separate vanities flanking a large window with a sill perfect for displaying some cherished collected art. Reflective mirror-mounted sconces over each sink add some sparkle to complete this bright, handsome and unexpected space.

Rittenhouse Home

After living in their completely renovated brownstone for years, a couple had a desire for a bit more living space. MSD, along with In House Studio Architecture and Hanson General Contracting achieved this by breaking through the exterior of the home and stealing space from the existing backyard garden. Once this was completed, then came the real fun! Custom millwork was designed to fulfill all of our clients’ requirements: a place for the tv, fireplace and dry bar. Storage concealed behind back painted glass hides stemware, hidden refrigeration lives below the bar and the surface the TV is mounted on rotates outward to allow access to TV equipment behind. Walls and an adjacent staircase were clad in the same rift-cut oak as the millwork to tie the room together. The clients’ existing furnishings have just the soft yet sophisticated look needed to juxtapose the crisp, clean lines of the new millwork perfectly. Truly a place for everything.

Bella Vista Kitchen

When returning clients wanted to update the kitchen in their recently renovated row home, they knew just who to call. MSD worked with the clients to transform the space into the jewel box of their home. Being avid cooks, it was imperative that form follow function. Custom millwork allowed for every square inch of cabinetry to store even the silliest of gadgets – pun intended: a deep set window sill was transformed into a pull out spice rack, as just one example. The warm, sophisticated space is anchored by a combination of metals and woods, as well as laminate, porcelain, and solid surface. An industrial, sculptural ceiling pendant and bronze dipped wall sconces are the finishing touches, plus they illuminate the path to the back garden, home to a koi pond. Form and function indeed!

Pocono Manor Home

These clients had an eye for potential when they bought this 1913 Arts and Crafts style home back in 2000. The interior was dated and it lacked the charm and detail it deserved, but in came MSD to help realize its splendor. The kitchen was first to receive a facelift – a complete transformation which included quartz countertops, top of the line appliances, and shaker style cabinets. The breakfast area features a custom banquette that can easily accommodate this family of five, while the low back cushions provide unobstructed views of the property beyond. Coffered ceilings were added to enhance period charm and provided the opportunity for a splash of color, an accent carried throughout the home. Custom millwork in the family room was designed to respect the existing architecture yet add functionality to the space.

Hudson River Home

Although we can’t take credit for the breathtaking Hudson River views, the marriage of architectural and organic elements throughout this home is one we are very proud of. The goal of the project was to create a dramatic living environment that exuded comfort and sophistication, while complementing the home’s surroundings. Everywhere you look there are custom elements – from the bench-made, rift cut oak millwork to one of a kind area rugs and unique lighting design, these clients were not afraid to experiment with new ideas and transform their space into one that functions for their lifestyle.


Washington Square Residence

It’s hard to believe that this warm, inviting, and comfortable living space in Philadelphia’s Lippincott Publishing Building was once a raw shell of concrete and metal. After downsizing from a large suburban home, these empty nesters made the switch to city living and called on MSD to convert their ‘empty box’ into a home that’s equal parts practical and elegant. In an effort to preserve the architectural integrity of this Society Hill landmark, the existing timber beams and brick construction became focal points of the design. Custom furnishings, such as a locally made dining table that expands to seat from four to eight, were the perfect solution to the clients’ desire for functionality.

Gladwyne Residence

At MSD, a favorite challenge is to seamlessly blend the old with the new, whether be it through architecture, furniture, finishes – or all the above! Our work at this 8,500 square foot home in Gladwyne, PA did just that.

With the addition of architectural details, purposeful furniture and lighting and a brighter palette throughout we updated this more traditional home to better suit our clients’ taste. By resurfacing the living room fireplace and adding wood beams to accent the vaulted ceilings in the breakfast area, the entire look, feel and function of this space were transformed. In the kitchen, the existing cherry cabinets were dark and dated but with a fresh coat of paint (and new soapstone countertops), the space is now bright, open and inviting.

The addition of sisal rugs, botanically-patterned wall coverings and natural grass window shades lend an organic feel to the home. Furniture with more traditional lines is unexpectedly updated in contemporary fabrics and finished with toss pillows in pops of color. The result? A relaxed, eclectic yet sophisticated space that bridges old and new.

Wallingford Showhouse

This is not your typical farmhouse kitchen – or is it? Subway tile backsplash, butcher block countertops, white painted cabinets…it certainly sounds like the archetypal kitchen of a 1928 homestead. However, this stone home on 4+ acres in Media, PA has a bit of a twist. The Wallingford Community Arts Center hosted a designer showhouse and gave us the opportunity to ‘go bold or go home’ in this previously sad, dated kitchen, and that’s just what we did. The home had great bones, it just needed some freshening up. The existing cabinets were given a coat of paint, the island counter was replaced with quartz and the appliances got a modern update. Local artisans hand-loomed the accent rugs and the printed wallpaper inspired the bold color palette carried throughout. Classic mid-century furnishings and collections of art finish off the space.

Swarthmore Sunroom

At first glance, you might not realize this bright, airy, and comfortable room in a large traditional Tudor home belongs to the man of the house – but look closer and you’ll discover it’s perfectly ‘his.’ The custom wet bar is constructed of plain cut mahogany and is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail at the end of a long day, while the rift-cut cerused white oak cabinet has a hydraulic lift to perfectly conceal a TV. Natural materials like grass cloth on the walls and natural grass coverings on the windows soften the space and help truly bring the outside in. A bronze accent here and there keeps things from getting too light.

Center City High-Rise

The Philadelphia Building has been home to Michael Shannon Designs for over 15 years, so when the public spaces needing updating, Goldman Properties knew just who to call. The goal was to modernize every floor of the 17 story building while highlighting the original 1920’s architecture that gives it its character. Two complimentary color palettes were selected to alternate on every other floor. Dynamic wallcovering and signage finish and brighten the spaces. Custom chandeliers made of found objects by a local artist hang in each of the three entryways and stir up conversation amongst visitors as they ride the newly designed elevators to their destinations.