Before and After: Celebrating Philadelphia Magazine’s 2017 Design Home

It takes a watchful eye to forecast the latest design and decorating trends. But it takes vision, creativity and hard work to pinpoint the exact mix of trends that set extraordinary homes apart from the ordinary. For past decade and a half, Philadelphia magazine has been a steward of this visionary process, bringing together the best architects, builders, designers, and manufacturers to create yearly Design Homes. Each home has been a unique and stunning showcase of the year’s most timely trends and timeless designs.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Philadelphia magazine’s Design Home, and the second year in a row we’ve joined the fun as a furniture sponsor. Builder Mark K. Weiss, McIntyre Capron Architects and designers Polly Carlton of Winslow Interiors and Kathy Moore of KAM Interiors created a beautiful home in Wynnewood, PA that blended English Norman architecture with the newest trends in finishes and a spacious floor plan.

Studio 882 furnished and decorated 4 rooms: the dining room, the piano room, the boys bedroom and the guest bedroom. Each were vastly different rooms, requiring vastly different styles and decor approaches. This is where Studio 882 excels – in finding unique design solutions for unique spaces. Below, enjoy the before and after photos of our 2017 Design Home Rooms, highlighting just how important the right furniture is.

Piano Room (Before)

Piano Room (After). Photo by Jay Greene Photography

Dining Room (Before)

Dining Room (After). Photo by Jay Greene Photography

Boys Room (Before)

Boys Room (After)

Guest Room (Before)

Guest Room (After)



From Fashion Runways to the Home: Our Spring 2017 Trend Report

At Studio 882, we’re all about timeless design with an outstanding twist. Sometimes these twists are drawn from the unique personal style of our clients, sometimes they are connected to a homeowner’s heritage, and sometimes they are born from the latest fashion trends.

We’re always keeping an eye on what’s going on in the fashion world and how it influences furniture and interior design. As we watched the Spring/Summer 2017 runways, we were particularly struck by certain similarities in fashion and interior design trends. Below, check out 5 of the biggest trends we’ve spotted. And, you can download our entire Trend Forecast 2017.

1. Stripes Galore

Stripes in all sizes and colors were everywhere on the 2017 spring fashion runways, and this year be prepared for stripes to bring a jolt of energy to furniture and home decor as well. Some of our favorite new case goods and occasional pieces manipulate materials and finishes in innovative ways to create bold stripe patterns.

2. Cool Khaki

“Beige” is no longer synonymous with boring, and this spring, khaki will be especially widespread in fashion and home decor. But, the 2017 khaki trend is more about standing out than blending in. In furniture design, manufacturers are using a wider array of materials like resin, woven natural fibers and plaster, and new techniques used to create exquisite texture where we haven’t seen it before.

3. Fashionably Faceted

Designers sent voluminous sleeves and architectural shoulder pads reminiscent of the 80s down the S/S 17 runways. In furniture, interior designers are similarly using strong angles to create volume. Faceted forms are popping up everywhere and in the most unexpected places, from cabinet door fronts to mirrored surfaces.

4. 80’s Glam

The 80s brought back its more-is-more maximalism mantra to the runways with high shine fabrics, draped volume, mini lengths and strong shoulders. The return to the 82s in interior design is a stark contrast to recent trend towards edited minimalism. The essence of the 80s redux lies in a combination of bold patterns, tons of sparkle and shine, and dramatic colors.

5. Wow Factor

Decadent, over the top statement earrings continue to be a fashion favorite. These bold accessories are perfect for attracting attention in the age of Instagram, just as ultra-glam lighting is in home decor. Oversized chandeliers and sconces with glass and lucite, brass, gilded or silver leaf finishes are the hottest home accessory in 2017.

The Season’s Hottest Design Trends From High Point Market

Today we are heading home from a whirlwind but informative trip to High Point Market. Despite our jam-packed schedule (more than 27 meetings a day!), we spotted some alluring trends. We’re so excited to share these with you, that we couldn’t wait until we got back to PA to share the news! Here are 4 of the most inspiring design trends we saw at this October’s High Point Market.

New Dimensions

Case goods come alive at Market as manufacturers bring dimension to the front faces of cabinets, dressers and chests. Moldings, carvings, complex geometric details and show-stopping hardware bring touches of ah-mazing to what used to be plain faces of cabinets, dressers and chests.


Crystalline Forms

Everywhere we look at High Point Market, showrooms sparkled with crystal, geodes, quartz, etc. These luxe, multifaceted forms are taking over, making a sophisticated statement on everything from lighting, to furniture and mirrors.


Return of Rattan

“California casual” has been gaining traction for some time with its effortlessly chic, down to earth vibe. Some of the most memorable pieces we spotted at Market incorporated rattan in refined and interesting ways. Be prepared to look at rattan in a whole new light in 2017.


Colorful Surfaces

Bold, vibrant fabrics and wallpapers used to be the primary way to build a color scheme in the home. Manufacturers have taken color and design to new levels this Market with countless options for colorful case goods! From painted finishes to colored glass, our favorite brands add colorful interest and personality to more than just upholstery.


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We Celebrate Inspiration & Design with Mary McDonald

Last week we kicked off fall with a fabulous celebration at our new showroom! In true Studio 882 fashion, the evening was all about inspiration. And, there certainly isn’t a deeper source of design inspiration than our guest of honor, Mary McDonald. When it comes to creativity, vision and flawless attention to detail, Mary is unrivaled.338_s882_160915

We were honored to have Mary join us and more than 200 guests for the event. We showcased her incredible furniture collection for Chaddock; and she entertained, informed and delighted everyone as she answered questions from the audience and Tara Behan, Contributing Editor for Main Line Today. If anyone is wondering what Mary is like in person, I can honestly say she’s so lovely and generous with her time. And funny!298_s882_160915

If you missed the party, don’t worry. We took pictures and even some video! Check them out below.

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…and mingled before our Q&A with Mary.135_s882_160915136_s882_160915199_s882_160915146_s882_160915160_s882_160915089_s882_160915

Mary graciously signed copies of her book, Interiors: The Allure of Style, and spoke at length with Tara Behan and the audience about all things design.222_s882_160915264_s882_160915290_s882_160915

Curious about what Mary had to say?

An Orphanage For Stray Chairs

Where Mary Goes To Find Inspiration

Mary Discusses Her Furniture Collection For Chaddock (Part 1)

Mary Discusses Her Furniture Collection For Chaddock (Part 2)

Want more? Stay tuned to the blog for more about our event!

Talk of the Town

The past week has been a whirlwind here at Studio 882! Mary McDonald visited our showroom to talk about her design process and furniture collection for Chaddock, we wrapped up a number of big design jobs in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and we put the finishing touches on our room designs for Philly Magazine’s 2016 Design Home in Society Hill. But, more on all of this later…

For now, we are catching up on our September reading and are excited to see SO MUCH buzz about our new showroom!


First, Philadelphia Style Magazine featured us in their September issue, declaring that “Home furniture haven Studio 882 amps up its super-sized new showroom with even more luxe labels.”


Main Line Today also interviewed me for their September issue. In the interview we cover everything from my definition of good taste to the color I couldn’t design without (hint: it’s not blue or red).


I also did an interview with our favorite fashion maven and recent collaborator, Dallas Shaw. We chat about all things design, style and inspiration, including who my spirit animal is and what’s in my purse.

And finally, not only did Philly Mag include us in their list of 2016 Best of Philly shops (for Best Fancy Furniture, thank you very much), but our participation in their upcoming Design Home is also featured in the September issue.


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