Music to the Eyes

Every few years, the Harrisburg design, construction, and landscaping communities join together to use their talents to accomplish something that’s both spectacular and emotionally fulfilling. We create the Harrisburg Symphony Society Decorator Showhouse – a philanthropic labor of love to help support culture in our community. My calling…the kitchen of this 19th Century Front Street mansion. My clear goal: create a beautiful update that maintains the home’s architectural integrity and old world charm. The existing cherry cabinetry was a “must stay.” The rich wood formed the backdrop for my design plan that utilized the same types of decorating features one would find in an early 19th Century fine home. Embroidered linen drapery fabric imported from England. Textured, naturally dyed wallcovering from the Far East. “Tortoise finished” mahogany chairs adorned with silk cushions. Forged iron window treatment and cabinet hardware. To gracefully coax the kitchen into the 21st Century, I introduced granite counters, an enameled cast iron sink, glass tile, and modern appliances to pull together a beautifully respectful retrospective with all the conveniences of today’s living. The result…a tasteful blend of old and new that thrilled the homeowner and left me with a deep sense of fulfillment knowing I was a note and a measure in a composition much grander than just myself.