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Built-In Window seats

We have built a few custom windowseats over the years and they are such wonderfully useful built-ins. They provide seating and storage at an inviting, well-lit location, perfect for reading.

The white window seat shown here was installed in a client’s residence in Malvern, Pennsylvania horse country.

It featured five large drawers; one with a with custom lift-out wooden tray for storing smaller items above. The drawer fronts are raised panels and the fluted stiles help complete the traditional look.

The warmer, cream-colored window seat demonstrates a custom shape, other than the more frequently seen rectangle. This more simple and modern-looking piece was well-used in a lake house kitchen. The drawers stored games and toys and whatever needed to be hidden away. The pulls are matching wood. Installed over a transition between the tile and cork floors, the windowseat is a perfect fit!

Do you have a spot that could benefit from a beautiful and functional window seat? They enhance any room and can be tailored to every decor.

Campaign Dresser Feedback


We received a lovely note from a client this morning in our inbox. It is always nice to hear that the work is appreciated in our client’s space and life.

Interior design pro Ilana Cohen commissioned this white campaign dresser for her new daughter’s nursery. Thank you for the feedback!

It looks really sharp with the white/ bright color scheme.

She wrote:

“Just wanted to send some photos of the dresser in Zoe’s room.

I am still thrilled with it!!!”

White Philadelphia Wardrobe

What an elegant piece this white wardrobe has turned out to be! On the far left there is a hanging pullout for short dresses. The center section is comprised of shelves and drawers, and on the right there’s a vanity desk with a rich stained countertop and special storage for a hair dryer to stay plugged in, yet out of sight. The entire piece sits on furniture feet and the toe kick is recessed to reinforce the furniture look. The mirrors make the piece quite dramatic.

Charlotte Revival Display Cabinet

This simple but elegant cabinet was a re-creation of a loved piece of furniture that the client had in her previous home in Charlotte. In the center is the television, surrounded by art glass, books, and storage for special items.

The look of the piece is clean and contemporary and the finish is “Designer White” lacquer in a satin sheen. The cabinet measures 7’ wide and 8’ tall.

Located on a very narrow street and up a tight staircase, this large cabinet broke down into pieces that could be delivered in one truck and then recombined inside the room as a seamless-looking unit.

Drawing for Custom Bloomsburg Kitchen


This redesigned Bloomsburg, PA kitchen features natural cherry cabinets with flat Shaker panel doors, and inset doors and drawers.
All of our cabinetry is constructed with solid local lumber and FSC-certified furniture grade plywood and the finest hardware,
including soft-close self-closing undermount slides.

Changes to the original layout include 3″ more of cabinet wall length in either direction and a furniture-style hutch and island that would be painted a satin distressed black. Shaker wood knobs would be a matching black. There will be seven paneled ends including three sides of the island. The reworked design has a drawer to the right side of the range, for cooking utensils or spices.The island legs would be attached to the cabinetry and the apron around the counter would be eliminated (corbels would be included if need be, to support the countertop). The hutch has furniture legs and a decorative apron as well as an upper section primed for display- with two divided light doors, a beadboard back and corbeled sides that extend to the counter. The base of the hutch houses a blind corner larder unit that utilizes the hidden space, in addition to three drawers. To the left of of the hutch is an open bookcase for cookbooks. The garbage and recycling pullout has been relocated to the right of the ovens, close to the sink and dishwasher.

Cypress Street Install

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These are some shots of an installation in progress (in April), of a large built-in buffet and bookcase in a historic home in Philadelphia. The buffet (in the top two photos) which recessed into an existing alcove, had integral lighting and a Carrara marble top with an ogee profile. The large wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling bookshelf (lower shots) had integral vents for the home’s ductwork, fluted columns, raised panels, and solid, beefy shelves (not shown). The units were painted in place.

Painted Bedroom Furniture

This bed and nightstand were commissioned by the Philadelphia based design & construction firm, Rissay Ltd, for their complete overhaul of an old city “trinity” home. Their designer sent us photos of a bed and nightstand: they liked the design, and needed us to build a customized version to maximize the very small bedroom space. The original pieces of furniture were painted off-white.

The new bedroom furniture was painted a dark grey color (called Anthracite), topped with a subtle warm brown glaze, and protected by a satin sheen varnish. The center panels of the bed as well as the countertop on the three-drawer nightstand were distressed and stained a complementary cherry tone. The bed features turned finials, a scalloped footboard, matching wooden teardrop-shaped bolt covers, and a curved headboard with bead board paneling. The headboard was constructed with mortise and floating tenon joinery so that it could be completely disassembled in order to squeeze up the narrow, winding staircase. The partners were pleased and their client was moved in this weekend.