With her art background and her love of color and texture, Kate found her path to the materials, finishes and furniture aspects in the field of Interior Design. She has over 40 years of experience examining and evaluating new product releases, and building resource libraries in many design firms. In addition to building and maintaining libraries, Kate has had her own manufacturers representation business for 21 years creating solid relationships bringing new product to designers. All of these experiences make her an invaluable addition to MSD and our design process. Kate has a BFA in Printmaking from Moore College of Art and Design.
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Title: Resource Coordinator.
Design Aesthetic: Clean + Modern.
Design Icon: Hans Wegner.
Desktop Background: Beach.
Tool of Choice: 8″ Chef’s Knife.
Favorite Color: White.
Guilty Pleasure: Dark Chocolate.
City or Suburbs: Beach.
Friday Night: Foreign Film.
Cats or Dogs: All of the above.
Coffee Preference: French Press, Dark.
Current Obsession: Scandinavian Drama.
Couldn’t Live Without: WILL.
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: Papermate – Flair – Medium – Black.
Favorite Color: Colors … Black, White, Grey … and Blue.
Signature Accessory: LV Bag.
Guilty Pleasure: Traveling + Spa Visits.
City or Suburbs: Currently living in the burbs … But definitely a CITY girl.
Friday Night: Lounging on my porch with Hubby + a glass of wine.
Cats or Dogs: Don’t have either currently, but love both.
Coffee Preference: Black.
Favorite Lunch Spot: Sahara Grill.
Couldn’t Live Without: Roman + Sasha.
Current Obsession: Binge watching TV.
Julie has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Moore College of Art and Design and a strong passion for material selection and distribution. An estate antique dealer in the family shaped her fondness for antiques from a young age, but she truly appreciates all styles and genres. She utilizes many inspirations to create interiors ranging from clean and minimal to eclectic and collected here at Michael Shannon Designs.
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Design Aesthetic: Eclectic, classic clean with an edge.
Design Icon: Steven Gambrel.
Desktop Background: Petro Koublis photography.
Tool of Choice: Prismacolor markers.
Website Most Visited: Google.
Favorite Color: Midnight blue.
Guilty Pleasure: French macarons.
City or Suburbs: City.
Cats or Dogs: Cats!
Coffee Preference: Cappuccino.
Current Obsession: Traveling + adventuring.
Favorite Lunch Spot: Salads in the office!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.