Before & After: Kitchen Remodel Delaware County

Some of the warmest and most lasting memories of home are made in kitchens and dining rooms. The whole family comes together in these rooms daily to cook, enjoy meals, and share stories. The team at Lisa Quale Interiors completed a beautiful kitchen remodel for a Delaware County couple, transforming their kitchen and dining room into a warm and appealing space for their family.


The first step in our kitchen design plan was to take down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room, which made the rooms feel more open and airy. The client’s 1950s kitchen had dark wood, a soffit, and dated wall coverings, so we looked for ways to brighten up the kitchen and take advantage of its soft natural light.



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We visited the granite yard with our client and she was excited to find beautiful white and gray quartzite that she loved for her countertops. Quartzite is a natural stone that is quickly becoming more popular for kitchen remodels–it looks like marble but is less delicate and porous, which makes it easier to care for. The new quartzite kitchen island creates a place for the kids to do their homework and enjoy family time.

Lighting under the cabinets and tumbled subway tile on the white backsplash give the room a softer look. We installed polished chrome hardware throughout. To add warmth to the white and chrome color scheme, we found rustic wooden stools and stained the floors to match the existing wood floors in the dining room.


In the dining room, we installed an acrylic and chrome chandelier for a glamorous and contemporary feel, and added drapery rods with matching acrylic finials. The table and chairs from Restoration Hardware are suitable for both casual and more formal entertaining, and pinch pleat draperies highlight the large window and match the relaxed roman shade in the kitchen. The indoor-outdoor rug is perfect for dining areas with kids and pets, with a pattern that is trendy but affordable to replace as styles change.

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The completed dining room and kitchen design is comfortable and inviting, while also being an elegant space to entertain guests. Our clients love how the rooms flow together to create a place for their family to relax and bond.

At Lisa Quale Interiors, we work closely with our clients to transform and create beautiful spaces. Email us to set up a consultation, or read more about Lisa Quale, interior designer for Delaware County.

Inspiring Before/After Photos: Interior Design Delaware County Pa

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The family room is the heart of the home, a place to spend time with loved ones, relax and casually entertain. So when our clients in Wallingford, PA decided it was time to transform their family room into a space they could truly enjoy, the team at Lisa Quale Interiors, a Delaware County PA interior design firm, couldn’t wait to get started.



You can see in the before picture that the room has a fair amount of natural light and great hardwood floors. Not pictured here, (but visible in the later photos) is a beautiful stone fireplace on the right hand side, which we knew would be a perfect focal point. There were a couple of unique challenges in redesigning this room. First, it’s a long and narrow space, which doesn’t allow for much flexibility in furniture placement. And, this older home, like many in Delaware County PA, does not have a separate formal living room, so the interior design plan has to meet both their entertaining and family life needs.


Our interior design plan started with a low contrast color scheme of beige and spa blue. To create visual interest, we selected fabrics and draperies with differing, but complementary textures and patterns. To make this family room feel larger, we hung silk curtains in a shade only slightly darker than the walls and had a rug in a custom size installed.

To highlight this older home’s traditional style, we added crown molding and custom millwork above the fireplace to surround the mounted television. In selecting furnishings, we opted for classic pieces like these wooden end tables with turned legs, which beautifully suit one of our client’s favorite pieces, the secretary desk. The finished room delivers exactly what our clients wanted, a relaxing and luxurious space that was still comfortable enough for everyday use.


Client Testimonial

“Thank you for creating my perfect space! It’s the serene spot where I go to curl up with a good book, the inviting room where we welcome friends to spend time enjoying each other’s company, and the family retreat for Friday movie nights. Our family room has absolutely become the heart of our home. It’s beautiful, comfortable, peaceful, and inviting… all I wanted and more. I love it!” – Liz, Wallingford, Delaware County PA

If you’d like to dramatically transform your space, email us today, or learn more about Lisa Quale, interior designer for Delaware County PA here.



Dining Room Design

Dining Room Design


Today I am revealing the final Dining Room Design for my first virtual renovation.  I have taken an actual real estate listing photo and used it as the basis of a virtual Design Project.  I am designing for an imaginary couple living in Wayne, PA.   Above is a “mood board” or photo collage like the ones I create for Design Action Plan clients. Instead of hammers and nails,  I am using 3D rendering technology, to ‘construct’ this virtual renovation.


Besides those items I called out in my previous post, I have selected some beautiful silver leaf mirrors from Global Views to reflect the light from the windows and create a strong symmetry in the room.


I have also selected a greige wall color and a muted peach/greige/beige F. Schumacher fabric for the draperies.  The room will be a soft and elegant space.  The bargello weave on the head chairs, is a bold choice, but it becomes less so in the context of the entire Dining Room Design.    More than just a decorating project, the removal of the wainscot and the addition of the ceiling design that I described in my previous post add a bit of construction work to this project.  But, I think you will agree these changes really elevate the room from it’s previous state:



I hope this virtual renovation has inspired you to look for the potential in the rooms in your home.