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.

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.

Wayne PA Real Estate Renovation- Dining Room Design

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My virtual renovation of this Wayne, PA real estate listing’s dining room is underway.

As you can see in the listing photograph, the wainscot (woodwork below the chair rail) is painted a contrasting white.  This draws attention to the fact that the room is asymmetrical and the strong contrast draws your eyes away from other elements in the room.   For this renovation, I am removing the wainscot and want to draw attention to the ceiling instead.  Adding a beautiful ceiling medallion and applied molding design to the ceiling will add some architectural interest and wow-factor to this room.

Dining Room Ceiling Plan

Adams Medallion

 via Decorator’s Supply

It is already looking amazing and we have just gotten started!  I was on the fence about whether to use a buffet or a tall china cabinet as I felt either would work in the space, but once I found this stunner, the decision was made.

via Hickory White

Dining Room Head Chairs

 via Hickory Chair


via F. Schumacher  

I think the room is big enough that doing a great contemporary print on the head chairs would add some personality to the space.  This bargello flamestitch weave from the Mary McDonald Collection for Schumacher is just the thing.  A mix of olive, mint, blush, greige, and brown, this fabric sets the tone for a soft, but dramatic space.   Because the adjacent room is painted green, I want this room to have some green in it but I want the green to be the accent color, and not the primary color.

Tune in next time when I reveal the renovated dining room.

Real Estate Renovate- Wayne, PA Dining Room – BEFORE

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What to choose, what to choose?????

I pored over luxury home real estate listings (partially because it is fun) trying to find the perfect first room for a virtual renovation. There were many good candidates, some I saved for later, and some that needed many more hours than I could give in just three blog posts.  Eventually, I selected this dining room for a virtual renovation.


This 4,500 square foot real estate listing has 6 bedrooms and the kitchen was renovated within the last 6 years.  The dining room has three large windows and a double entrance door into the kitchen.  The wall you can’t see holds a large china cabinet. A tiny piece of the cabinet is visible on the top left.   Based on my analysis of the photograph, the room is 18′ x 14′ and has 8′ ceilings.

The wall color is actually quite similar to the controversial 2015 Pantone color of the year, Marsala.

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My virtual clients, let’s call them, “Pete and Nancy”, are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time in their new home in Wayne, PA.  They have hand-me-down dining room furniture.  They have decided that it is time to get some grown up furniture now that their kids are older and they intend on staying in this house.  They want make this room a very special place in their home but aren’t sure how.  The adjacent kitchen is very light and bright and has green in it and they would like this space to feel more connected to the kitchen.


Some green, but not a green room

Traditional furniture

New furniture, lighting, draperies and rug