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A Toast to the Perfect Home Bar | WPL Interior Design

A Toast to the Perfect Home Bar

Now that some PA liquor stores are re-opening up for curbside pickup, we thought it’d be fun to talk about home bar design ideas. Just like how a wine room doesn’t always take up a whole room, you don’t need that much space when creating a home bar. WPL Interior Design has helped with many home bar designs that are perfect for our clients to entertain as well as relax. Here are a few different ways to incorporate a home
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Travel as Design Inspiration | WPL Interior Design

Travel as Design Inspiration

Few experiences expand the mind as much as traveling to foreign countries. Observing different cultures, architectural styles and designs are always a great inspiration to us as design professionals. Influence in the USA The United States has a 400-year history, beginning with the pilgrims landing in 1620. However, many European countries are much older. Consider Versailles, the country home of French Kings; it was built around the time the pilgrims landed on the North American continent. While the Renaissance began
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Keeping Calm: Colors of the Year for 2020 | WPL Interior Design

Keeping Calm: Colors of the Year for 2020

It’s that time of year again: Pantone has finally released its 2020 color of the year. Every year, major paint and color companies announce their Color of the Year; these colors set the stage for a variety of trends in all facets of design. This past year, we saw Pantone’s Living Coral, Sherwin-Williams’ Cavern Clay, Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan, and Behr’s Blueprint. Let’s take a look at next year’s picks! Pantone: Classic Blue 19-4052 For 2020, Pantone has gone from the
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Dressing Up Your Fireplace Mantel | WPL Interior Design

Dressing Up Your Fireplace Mantel

The cold weather has us prepping to get cozy, from drinking hot toddies to preparing the holiday decor above your fireplace mantel! The mantel presents itself as a great opportunity for decorating all year round. In the winter, however, it’s essential to follow fireplace safety, especially if you have a working fireplace! Do not hang or place any decorations too close to a burning fire and never leave a fire unattended. Also, keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of
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Finding Inspiration for Your Closet | WPL Interior Design

Design Inspiration for Your Closet

There is design inspiration all around us, from nature to traveling to your favorite store brand. Whenever we go over projects with our clients, it helps to see what their vision is. Here are some great closet design ideas that can help influence your next remodeling project. Store Fronts Designer brands put a lot of time and thought into their storefronts so that customers feel welcome. In the same way, your closet should feel welcoming and highlight your favorite clothing
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Up and Coming Design Trends in 2020 | WPL Interior Design

Up and Coming Design Trends in 2020

WPL Interior Design is always excited to see how design trends evolve, even just after one year. Bold colors and patterns are still very present from last year, and we reported last week where we see color trends heading in the next year. Here’s what is looking hot when it comes to design trends.  Bold Print Wallpapers  In the past few years, vibrant, eye-popping colors have been massively trending. 2019 was no different, especially when Pantone chose Living Coral as
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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

It’s hot and humid here in Philadelphia but summer time is still the season when everyone loves to spend time outdoors. Maybe it’s because being outside helps us de-stress, get some fresh air, and clear up mental fatigue. That’s why one great way to add value to your home is by adding or updating your outdoor living space design.   When it comes to outdoor living spaces, the possibilities are endless. You could extend your living room to the outdoors, creating
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The Best Kitchen Countertops for Your Home

When it comes to designing kitchens, many clients have an idea of the type of look and feel they want their kitchen to have. And a huge part of your new kitchen look is the kitchen countertop. Choosing the best material for your kitchen countertops can be a daunting task. Kitchen countertops are an investment, and they are also not something you can necessarily replace on a whim. That’s why it’s important to know what you want in a countertop
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Making the Most of Your Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands allow more counter space in an open kitchen, but that’s not all it does. When it comes to both function and aesthetics, there are numerous possibilities. Whether you’re thinking of a full kitchen remodel or just an update, here are some kitchen island ideas that will really make your kitchen one of a kind.  Ample Seating  The kitchen is often the liveliest room where families get together to cook, eat, and socialize. For many, the kitchen is the
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Is the McMansion Dead?

The ancient Roman architect Vitruvius stated buildings should always be beautiful, durable, and functional. And before the housing market crash of 2008, McMansions were considered to be just that. From the 1980s until the early 2000s, these huge supersized homes were designed to exude wealth; the goal was to provide as much space for the homeowner at the lowest price possible.   In fact, McMansions boast over 3,000 square feet, which is 500 square feet more than the average home. Furthermore, they are
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Why New Construction is Expanding into Universal Design Homes

Homeowners don’t often think of universal design homes, or even know about it, until they are aging in place or someone in the family is facing an injury or an illness. However, keeping universal design in mind even before construction can help save money on major remodeling in the future. It can also provide a more convenient and functional space for your family, as well as increase your home value from the beginning.  Independent Living for Everyone  People often associate universal design homes
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Universal Kitchen Design Ideas

Ready to remodel your kitchen? Accessibility is key. Start by considering your household: how many people live in the home and what kind of abilities are you planning for? Remember that universal design allows every user, regardless of age or ability, easy-navigation through the space.  For example, if your household has both wheelchair users and standing persons, you’ll want to designate certain spaces for both. Cabinets and wall storage may be lowered so that wheelchair users can access the lower
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Universal Bathroom Design and Remodeling

Bathrooms are one of the first rooms considered when remodeling for aging in place, handicap accessibility, and general universal design. Today’s bathrooms are considered a place of relaxation and offer a continued expression of the home’s style.  Universal design is both human-centered and inclusive. That means you should learn about who you are designing for; it could be for yourself or a loved one. While commercial design is aimed to find solutions of a variety of abilities and conditions at the same
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Universal Design: Designing for All

Last week, we talked about aging in place. That is, the trend of older homeowners who desire or plan to live in their homes independently. To do so, many homeowners and families decide to remodel their homes to create a safer and more convenient environment. But what does that actually entail?  And that brings us to universal design. Universal design encompasses design principles that make buildings and environments accessible for everyone. Seniors are not the only ones who benefit from this type of
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There’s No Place Like Home: Designing to Age in Place

Dorothy had it right in the classic Wizard of Oz: There truly is no place like home. This is the mindset many seniors are adopting as they decide where they want to live as they age. A 2018 AARP study reported that more than 75% of Americans who are 50 years of age and older desire to remain in their current home or community. Aging in place involves taking practical steps to create a safe and functional home. However, aging in
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Travel as Design Inspiration | WPL Interior Design

Travel as Design Inspiration

Few experiences expand the mind as much as traveling to foreign countries. Observing different cultures, architectural styles and designs are always a great inspiration to

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Is the McMansion Dead?

The ancient Roman architect Vitruvius stated buildings should always be beautiful, durable, and functional. And before the housing market crash of 2008, McMansions were considered to

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