Small Is the New Big

Small Is the New Big

The square footage of the American home has grown from just under 1,000 square feet in the 1950’s to nearly 3,000 in the recent years. After World War II, fueled by the decade of prosperity in the 50’s, and the new trend of American consumerism, the sizes of the average U.S. house began to grow…Read More

Bringing the Outdoors In and the Indoors Out

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Design Trends, Outdoor Spaces, Room Design
Bringing the Outdoors In and the Indoors Out

Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. That is an astonishing amount of time. It is no wonder we are designing interiors that incorporate some exterior elements more and more these days. We are blending the outdoor environment inside, to make the indoor environment feel more like the outdoors. And visa-versa, we are bringing indoor elements…Read More

Kitchen Design Trends 2017

Kitchen Design Trends 2017

We are seeing some new and continuing trends in Kitchen Design and here are our insights. Trends are increasing in speed from previous years, meaning the time between when they first appear and become popular has shortened. Trends pop-up, ignite and spread much faster. The Kitchen is the New Living Room Kitchens are no longer…Read More

Bathroom Design Trends 2017

Bathroom Design Trends 2017

We are seeing some new and continuing trends in Bathroom Design. Here are our insights: It used to be that residential bathroom design influenced hotel bathroom design, but now hotel bathroom design has surpassed residential bathroom design, so hotel bathroom design is influencing residential bathroom design. Larger, open plan bathrooms are the trend. These open…Read More

WPL’s Ten Tips to Winning Interior Design

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Interior Design, Tips & Tricks
WPL’s Ten Tips to Winning Interior Design

In a recent discussion surrounding the year-end review of what had and had not worked, the principals of WPL Interior Design, observed that designers who had practiced in the field longer and had engaged in all aspects of the design process were more likely to successfully take command of a design project to completion. That…Read More

Our Favorite Whites & Off-Whites

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Colors, Interior Design, WPL Design
Our Favorite Whites & Off-Whites

One of the secrets to the picking the best paint colors is using the right paint companies’ samples. While there are many good companies we like, if you have ever selected paint colors with us, you know that we like Benjamin Moore a lot for interior paint. For the purposes of simplification, we will talk…Read More

Collecting Art

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Artwork, Interior Design
Collecting Art

If you are ready to begin collecting art but don’t know where to begin or what to buy, consider these tips. Buy what you like. Art is a very subjective thing, what makes one person smile can make another person cringe. Buy something you like and that you will enjoy looking at for many years….Read More

Color of the Year 2017

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Colors, Interior Design
Color of the Year 2017

Pantone has been the leader in selecting and promoting the “Color of the Year” since the year 2000 but now other companies, especially paint companies are getting involved as well. The interesting observation is, they are not all on the same page for 2017, or maybe they are, you be the judge. The Color of…Read More

December Issue

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Design Home, Interior Design, WPL Design
December Issue

Fourteen months and a thousand hours later we see the culmination of our efforts in this month’s Philadelphia magazine. Design Home 2016 has closed and gone to print and the results are now available for all to see for the month of December on your local newsstand. We are quite proud of the feature and…Read More

The Thirty-Year-Old Loveseat

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Furniture, Interior Design
The Thirty-Year-Old Loveseat

Clients ask us all the time whether they should reupholster their old furniture or just buy new. The answer to that question depends on several considerations. Is the piece sentimental to you? Does it have a story? Perhaps your husband proposed to you on it. Or it belonged to your grandmother and she used to…Read More

Design Home 2016: Tiles

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Design Home
Design Home 2016: Tiles

With five full baths, two powder rooms, two bars and two kitchens we knew there would be many places to showcase unique and interesting tile throughout Design Home 2016. The problem, we thought, was could we find enough unique and varied selections to fill all these spaces so that not every tile looked like every…Read More

Design Home 2016: Wine Room

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Design Home
Design Home 2016: Wine Room

What do you do with a double door closet near the kitchen when you don’t need a pantry due to the massive amount of cabinetry in the kitchen and your coats are left on the entry level? You create a Wine Room. A glass box enclosure, chilled and holding wine racks became a focal point…Read More

Design Home 2016: Outdoor Spaces

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Design Home, Outdoor Spaces, WPL Design
Design Home 2016: Outdoor Spaces

One of the most popular spaces at Design Home 2016 has been the roof deck on top of the home and on the 6th floor. With 360 degree views including the Delaware River, the Benjamin Franklin bridge, the city skyline, and sunset views, it is a very dramatic space. The egress to the deck is…Read More

Design Home 2016: Closets

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Closet, Design Home
Design Home 2016: Closets

We have worked with one closet company almost exclusively for the past 20-something years due to our incredible trust in Janet Stevenson of Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City Ltd. in Montgomeryville. Janet is a superb closet designer and she always finds the most efficient use of space to maximize storage, convenience and aesthetics. So…Read More

Design Home 2016: Paint & Paint Colors

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Colors, Design Home
Design Home 2016: Paint & Paint Colors

We have been working with Sherwin-Williams paints for our entire 35 years in business and one thing we have observed is that Sherwin-Williams is a leader in paint technology. There have been vast changes in paint technology over those three and a half decades. Not only do color forecasts and trends change but today’s paint…Read More