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: 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

Design Home 2016: Lighting

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Design Home, Lighting
Design Home 2016: Lighting

When we work with sponsors at Design Home, often times it’s with a sponsor whom we already do business with like Closet City, Ferguson’s Showroom, Colonial Marble & Granite, Sherwin-Williams or Merritt Gallery. But during this year’s Design Home we met a new company, one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Lamps.com supplied…Read More

Design Home 2016: Furniture Sponsors

Design Home 2016: Furniture Sponsors

As the Interior Designers for Design Home 2016, we work with the developer, US Construction, and the Architects, JKRP Architects, for over a year to design the interiors of the home. We also work with over 30 sponsors to select the appropriate products to showcase in the home. Six of these sponsors are furniture sponsors…Read More

Design Home 2016: Countertops

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Design Home, Interior Design, WPL Design
Design Home 2016: Countertops

One of the fun things we do as part of our Philadelphia magazine’s Design Home 2016 duties as the Interior Designers is pick out all the countertop materials. Our countertop sponsor is and has been Colonial Marble & Granite in King of Prussia for many Design Homes. We have had a long standing relationship with…Read More

Design Home 2016: Art

Design Home 2016: Art

We had been working with Merritt Gallery in Haverford Square for quite some time when we signed on to do the 2012 Philadelphia magazine Design Home. We suggested them as an art sponsor and they agreed and have done every Design Home since. Fast forward to Design Home 2016 and we knew right away that…Read More