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.

4 Ways DIY Fireplace Makeovers Go Wrong

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Where DIY Fireplace Makeovers Go Wrong

Your dated brick fireplace has been driving you crazy ever since you moved in. Be careful looking on Pinterest for inspiration. I have recently been pinning some inspirational fireplace surrounds, but noticed a lot of DIY makeovers that get it all wrong. Look for these 4 offending elements:

1) FIRE!! – I have seen many DIY fireplace makeovers with wood slats installed right up to the firebox, which is very dangerous! Check with your local municipal building authority to determine what codes requirements are in your home, but many require you meet ‘International Residential Code’ requirements:

” R1001.11 Fireplace clearance.
Exception 4. Exposed combustible mantels or trim may be placed directly on the masonry fireplace front surrounding the fireplace opening providing such combustible materials are not placed within 6 inches (152 mm) of a fireplace opening. Combustible material within 12 inches (306 mm) of the fireplace opening shall not project more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) for each 1-inch (25 mm) distance from such an opening. “

2) Materials – I have nothing against painting brick. Some DIY makeovers get great results with Chalk Paint or whitewash. Where people get it wrong is by using the latest trendy grey paint or grey stone veneer when everything else in the room is beige. If you want to keep your carpet, your new surround material needs to work with it! Glass tile belongs in a bathroom, not on a fireplace. Avoid trendy tile patterns like chevron or Moroccan patterns or large grout lines.

3) Proportion – Getting proportions correct can be difficult for a DIYer. Designers, who work with proportion everyday, use elevation drawings as a tool to work out proportions on paper first.

4) Depth – When adding a stone veneer or tile, a lot of DIY makeovers do not take into account the depth of the added material in relation to any wood pilasters. I have seen a lot of examples where the new stone projects beyond the wood, or is only set back 1/4″ or so. This makes the entire surround feel very flat and one-dimensional.

Sunroom Decorating

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Sunroom Decorating 101

When decorating a sunroom, the primary goal is often to draw the eye outside.  At night or in winter,  a sunroom should still feel warm and inviting so warm bright colors are recommended.

Because it is not a primary living space, the functionality of a sunroom is very flexible. A sunroom can have unique functionality that works for your lifestyle. How about a:

  •  small dining table
  •  bar cart for entertaining
  •  meditation area
  •  game table
  • chaise with a reading lamp

Be sure to use indoor/outdoor fabrics that will avoid fading.  In sunrooms that are more open to the elements, outdoor furniture and fabrics are a must.

A Sunroom in Need

A recent real estate listing in Newtown Square had a listing photo of a sunroom that looked perfect for my latest “Real Estate Renovation”.  This interior looked out of place in the beautiful luxury home, listed at over $1MM.  Looking past the orange paint and dated pink floors, the beautiful views and unique shape of the room are great bones for creating a beautifully decorated sunroom.

Sunroom Decorating Before
Sunroom Decorating – Candidate for Real Estate Renovation


For our latest real estate renovation, I will be decorating this sunroom as a hip oasis with an asian flair for the new owners.  In order to demonstrate how my Design Action Plan service works, all selections for this virtual renovation will be available online or from national retailers.


Seeking a 36″ Bathroom Vanity

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The first thing I need to select for this powder room is a knockout bathroom vanity. There are hundreds of wallcoverings out there, but not nearly as many choices in bathroom vanities that will come in the required size.    So,in cases like these that is where to start with your selections. In powder rooms, if there is room for a vanity and not just a pedestal sink, I like to use a freestanding furniture vanity as opposed to one made out of cabinetry.  For my virtual makeover, I am looking at bathroom vanity options that are 36″ wide.

In this particular case, I am looking for a bathroom vanity to complement to the existing Kohler Portrait toilet in biscuit. Yes, I can look at a toilet and know who makes it, my mother is so proud.


Before you buy a Bathroom Vanity:

  • Take your measurements from the baseboard.  You don’t want to have to cut the legs or base of your vanity around the baseboard.
  • Take a look at your plumbing drain pipes- if they go through the floor you will want to avoid a floating vanity or one with tall legs.
  • Do the undertones of the paint or cabinet top match other items in the room that you are keeping?


Kingswood by Avanity Bathroom Vanity
Kingswood by Avanity



James Martin Furniture 36" Castilian Bathroom Vanity
James Martin Furniture 36″ Castilian Bathroom Vanity
Home Decorators Collection 36" Keys Vanity
Home Decorators Collection 36″ Keys Vanity
home decorators montaigne 37 inch bathroom vanity
Home Decorators Collection Montaigne 37″ Vanity
Ronbow Le Manns 36" Bathroom Vanity
Ronbow Le Manns 36″ Bathroom Vanity Base
Cole Grayson Bathroom Vanity

Cole & Co. Grayson Vanity


Bathroom Vanity
Ambella Home Voranado Contempo Sink Chest




Wayne, PA Bathroom Remodel

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Wayne PA bathroom remodel

Via Realtor,com

The latest candidate for a “Real Estate Renovation” is this powder room listing photo from a luxury home in the Ravenscliff neighborhood in Wayne, PA.

Why did I pick this one?

  • Considering the price of this home, there is nothing special or unique about this powder room.  I would like to show you the possibilities here.
  • The maple cabinets, granite countertops, and dark red paint indicate the last redo was done in the ’90’s/early 2000’s.
  • There are beautiful wood floors and the toilet is fine so this is a quick, minor cosmetic upgrade.
  • Redoing a powder room is one of the smallest/easiest ways for a homeowner timid about remodeling to get their feet wet.
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