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Our mission at Brandywine Design is simple: to use our professional experience and talents to help clients achieve their dream. From the moment of contact, we listen to what our clients want and need, then strive to provide the highest quality services and products to meet those needs. Whether it's a second opinion on colors and fabrics or it's a complete renovation, Brandywine Design is the solution to all of your interior design needs.
Brandywine Design is a full service interior design firm that has been designing commercial and residential interiors since 1997. The owner has been in the field for over 25 years and has lived in the Delaware valley region since 1983. All of the firm’s designers strive to provide interiors that are well thought out and user friendly, in addition to providing the aesthetics for which our expertise is known.
Open communication with clients is what makes Brandywine Design successful. The explanation of the “pros and cons” of different selections and design options are discussed in detail. Our
Designers are very approachable and clients are put at ease when giving their own opinions during the design process. Our clients also appreciate our added attention and prompt responses.
The owner is an ASID allied member, is Green Advantage Certified for Commercial Interiors, and volunteers as a Co-Chair on the Delaware Valley Green Building Council Delaware Branch. The Wilmington office is pursuing LEED Green Associate Accreditation.
Brandywine Design has been featured on HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge, in Delaware Today magazine, Delaware Valley Home and Design magazine, Trend magazine, and The NewsJournal.
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Background: Brandywine Design was contacted by client to assist with transforming the existing building to suit their desired look.
Objective: Update the existing space using what was there to get the restaurant through the first year of business.
Client interview: Clients wanted a South Beach/Miami atmosphere with bold colors and contemporary/art deco décor.
Details: Tangerine paint on the walls and ceiling of the dining area adds some much needed style to the space, as well as serves to detract from the dropped ceiling, while deep walnut stain on the bead board and woodwork adds sophistication. Cobalt pendant lights add a punch of color and draw attention the two bars to help define the space. New furniture with an art deco influence to create the look the clients were after, without going over the top for the location. White tablecloths hint at the fine menu served and simple candles on the table create an intimate dining atmosphere. Outside, sheer white fabric panels tied back add a breezy, resort like quality to the waterfront view while create a cozier feeling outdoors. Wrought iron details and exotic plants dress up the otherwise bland exterior and again, bring in the Miami feel the clients were after.
Result: A fresh new look for the marina, with influences of South Beach, but not too specific as to not fit the actual location. Patrons now have a destination for fine dining with a getaway feeling.
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Background: Brandywine Design was contacted by client to assist with finish selections.
Objective: Create an inviting atmosphere for clients as well as select finishes that will meet medical requirements and building code regulations.
Client interview: Clients wanted to create a “look” that was warm and inviting, yet stream lined and professional. The counter surfaces needed to be sanitary. The laser treatment room had to have window treatments that would block the laser beams from escaping.
Design Recommendations: Designers selected a warm color palette in the red/terra cotta/plum family. These colors are very flattering to skin tones. The fabrics selected were contemporary yet also warm. We recommended a medium stained maple wood as maple does not have a busy grain and would lend itself to the clean lines and design. Designers also recommended replacing the unflattering fluorescent lighting with much warmer and more flattering recessed lights.
Details: Clients embraced the warm palette on the walls and the more neutral wood cabinets and counters. The neutral color light blocking roll shades work perfectly in the laser treatment room- adding a clean and warm color when lowered; and when raised, they are completely concealed behind the decorative window treatments. Designers also selected a display unit to showcase the product line available for purchase, as well as some botanical artwork to complete the look.
Result: A unique look that makes the spa memorable. Function and design combine together perfectly.
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Background: Brandywine Design was contacted to assist with finish selections.
Objective: Update outdated and worn wallcovering, paint, laminate and carpet.
Client interview: Clients wanted color that would make patients feel peaceful and relaxed. Needed materials that were durable yet still cost effective.
Details: Brandywine Design selected blues and greens as these colors create a more soothing and relaxed atmosphere. Blues remind people of water and greens remind people of trees, grass and the outdoors. Green is also the color of health in Feng Shui. The chair fabric had to be durable and cleanable, and the carpet had to allow for wheelchair/walker mobility.
Result: The new color palette was well received and gave the office a much more updated look. Simply by replacing the fabric on the chairs allowed the client to reuse them. The tight loop and low pile of the carpet will enable all of the patients to freely move through the space and greatly minimize the appearance of wear.
Description: This penthouse suite combines modern urban living with the warmth of a Tuscan palette. The designers selected a honey tone paint color to create a neutral background and still lend enough color to enhance the persimmon and curry tones. Streamlined, transitional style furniture blends with the more traditionally styled area rugs and artwork through the color and texture, and the warmth of the wood accents. Silk window panels soften the industrial style windows. Careful consideration was given to the height and arrangement of the furniture and accessories so as not to detract from the view. The open plan is perfect for entertaining and for panoramic cityscape.
Background: Clients were moving from their single family home in the suburbs to a new penthouse suite on the Riverfront.
Objective: Clients wanted Brandywine Design to assist with all details of the project.
Client interview: Clients were downsizing to a much smaller space and needed help with how to best arrange the architects predetermined room layouts. Clients also wanted designer to ensure all finishes would function and coordinate. They didn’t want to make any mistakes, as they put it.
Details: Designer conducted in-depth interviews with the clients to determine their lifestyle and tastes. Furniture layouts and Kitchen and Bath designs were recommended for the very difficult layouts common to a high rise building and small spaces. Brandywine Design assisted with all the furniture, fabric, cabinetry, flooring, paint, lighting, window treatment and accessory selections. Due to downsizing, storage was incorporated wherever possible.
Result: Clients love living in their new space, from the tremendous views, to the sophisticated yet inviting interior. Contemporary, transitional, traditional and sophisticated French Country were blended together successfully.
Background: Brandywine Design was contacted to assist client in transforming a newly purchased residence into their dream home.
Objective: Create a clean, contemporary look to fit with the architecture of the home.
Client interview: Clients wanted a spacious master bath with a walk-in shower, a lighter feeling study/den and better arrangement of furniture in the living room. A better design for the kitchen/dining area that would work with the clients’ love of cooking and entertaining.
Details: Part of very large laundry combined with existing master bath to create a Master Bath suite. Many unique features, including: laundry pass through, walk-in shower, unique curved wall which conceals toilet. Took out dark paneling and built-ins in study to really lighten and open up space. Redesigned kitchen layout for better cooking/entertaining function. Beautiful new maple cabinets with Blue Pearl granite countertops. New Tiete Chestnut hardwood floors tied the open areas together and will stand up to heavy traffic. Green products used throughout.
Result: Open plan is more unified and coordinated. Kitchen/Dining/Living areas suit clients’ love of entertaining perfectly. Lighting is much improved – both functionally and aesthetically.
Background: The clients contacted Brandywine Design while they were working with a builder to help with the design aspects of the home itself, as well as all of the interior selections.
Objective: To create a home that can easily accommodate larger groups for entertaining, and also that the homeowners would be comfortable in regardless of their age.
Client interview: Client was overwhelmed with the many selections and decisions required in building their dream home. They also needed assistance in designing the layouts of the Kitchen, bathrooms, and furniture placement throughout.
Details: We streamlined selections so client didn’t feel as overwhelmed by all of the choices. Since the layout was very open, all of the finishes were coordinated so the rooms transitioned easily into each other. The kitchen design will make preparing large meals very easy- starting with the efficient work triangle*, to the modern appliances (which included a 6-burner stove, double oven with convection/microwave feature and warming drawer). Once the construction was completed and the furniture was put in place, the designers selected and installed all of the finishing touches. This included the beautiful decorative window treatments, artwork, and accessories.
Result: The clients now live in their dream home that not only looks great and flows with builders design, but offers all the function and durability for entertaining family and friends.
Background: After Brandywine Design had successfully designed the main living areas for this growing family, we were contacted to design their unfinished basement.
Objective: A comfortable place where their two young girls could play, store their toys, and have parties, as well as a place for the family to gather and watch movies.
Client interview: The clients wanted a place that the girls could play and store their toys so the homeowners could “reclaim” their Living Room. In addition, they wanted to be able to comfortably watch a movie with the children, but also entertain adults. The clients also requested a bathroom and kitchenette incorporated in the layout.
Details: We were able to accommodate all of the clients’ wishes, and even more. We created a room for the girls to do craft projects, a kitchenette with room for a bistro table and chairs for birthday parties, a comfortable room for movie watching, a full bathroom, and a storage room with shelving for the girls’ toys, games and books, with plenty of floor space for playing and lounging in their bean bag chairs. A rich looking laminate floor was the backdrop for some colorful area rugs which can be easily changed out as the girls grow or as “accidents happen”. The fabrics and furniture styles chosen are on the contemporary side, which flows with the design of the rest of the home. The colors are sophisticated, yet still fun and lighthearted, which appeals to both children and adults.
Result: A comfortable, functional space that the girls can grow with- as well as the parents! And best of all, the clients got their Living Room back.
Background: Previous clients of Brandywine Design
Objective: The couple wanted to update their 1950’s kitchen.
Client interview: The couple wanted to bring the kitchen up to date as was done in the rest of the house. The wife had taken on a new found love of cooking, and counter space was quite limited. They wanted to be able to accommodate a small dining set, since the kitchen is where most of the meals were enjoyed. A deck was being added off the back and the existing windows and door would not allow for much of a view.
Details: After drafting several layouts for the couple’s new chef friendly kitchen, a decision was made to add cabinets along what was once an awkward niche in the already small kitchen. This greatly increased storage, as well as provided for a place for serving guests. Dramatic red cork floors were installed; a surface which is very forgiving underfoot. Maple cabinetry was chosen- the upper cabinets were 42” tall to allow for maximum storage above. The base cabinets had specialty features such a swing out corners, pull out shelves and a cookie sheet cabinet for greater organization. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a glass tile backsplash gave the kitchen the sleek, contemporary look they were after. French doors in leiu of windows and a separate door gives more light and allows for more room for the breakfast table.
Result: A highly functional, modern day kitchen that the clients can cook together and be comfortable in.
Background: Client and contractor had already established Master Bedroom/Master Bathroom addition.
Objective: Client contacted Brandywine Design to assist with the vanity, counter, plumbing, tile and color selections, as well as the new bedding and fireplace surround.
Client interview: Client was inspired by a recent visit to the Bellagio and the luxurious and indulgent feel of the guest accommodations.
Details: Client sought an elegant and warm feel. We started with the tile, vanity and counter selections, followed by the window treatment and wall color. Brandywine Design helped determine the tile layout for the floors, shower walls and whirlpool tub surround, as well as the placement for the shower spa system. The Master Bedroom bedding and wall color were selected to coordinate with the new Master Bath.
Result: The new tile and finishes captured the luxury and elegance of the Bellagio Guest Bath that so inspired our client. She commented that the walls were colors she would never have even thought of- but they were perfect and really highlighted the beautiful new tile and bedding.
Background: Kitchen area layout had been determined and appliances had been selected.
Objective: Client contacted Brandywine Design to assist with the layout for eating/sitting area and to select new furniture, countertop material, backsplash tile, lighting, paint colors and window treatments.
Client interview: Client showed designer his existing artwork and furnishings that he had collected from his worldwide travels. He wished to incorporate these elements into the redesigned spaces.
Details: Client was unsure how to fill and layout the Eating/Sitting area. He wanted a clean, transitional look that would blend with his existing furniture and artwork. He wanted finishes that would be durable and coordinated, as well as lighting that would be functional and aesthetic. Once everything was in place, client and designer reviewed artwork and determined its best placement.
Result: A working/eating/sitting area that easily flowed from one space to the next. Unique lighting that highlighted the space and artwork. Transitional furnishings that blend with his existing pieces. The warm earth tones soften the clean lines and create a very inviting space.
Background: Client purchased new townhouse on Wilmington Riverfront.
Objective: To assist with paint/wallcovering and window treatments, as well as design built-in unit in Study.
Client interview: Client’s wanted elegant finishes to coordinate with existing furnishings. In the Study- the client wanted to reflect a “country club” look.
Details: Designers reviewed swatches of existing furniture to select window treatments and wallcovering. We met with a faux finish artist to determine paint technique and colors in Master Bathroom and Kitchen. For the unusually shaped and hard to reach windows in the Master Bedroom, motorized privacy window treatments were added. For the rest of the home, window treatments were added that give the ultimate in light, view and privacy control.
Result: An elegant background on the walls to compliment the clients tastes and existing pieces, and window treatments that do not obstruct the view that they fell in love with, but will still afford privacy and light filtering when needed.