Bethany Seawright

Find Your Style: 20 Classic to Contemporary Kitchens to Add to Your Inspiration Board
It’s probably a good thing that I’m a renter. Because if I wasn’t, I’d actually have to decide on a kitchen design. And with all of the options out there, how would I ever choose?? If you are planning a renovation (or just day dreaming!), here are just a few of the spaces that I find inspiring – find your favorites and pin away! First Row: 1. The result of a stunning gut renovation by Smitten Studio, this bright, efficient cabin kitchen belies its humble beginnings.
May 17, 2013
Kids’ Rooms: Curtains, Canopies & Tents
What child (or adult, for that matter!) doesn’t love cocooning in small, intimate spaces?  As kids, we’re compelled to build houses out of boxes, forts out of furniture and tents out of tables — all in an attempt to seclude ourselves from the world and to create a space where our imaginations can roam free… These rooms and images respond to children’s natural instinct to play and hide by incorporating soft, comforting nooks in which to nestle.
Apr 15, 2013
Inspiration Gallery: Jaw-Dropping Bedroom Details
This post is all about gasp-inducing details – elements that stop you in your tracks, take your breath away and, in one fell swoop, transform an ordinary space into an extraordinary one.Some of the details are architectural, and some are the result of dramatic furnishing choices, but each provides an undeniable “wow” in the experience of the room.TOP ROW:1.
Mar 29, 2013
Print Out Your Own Free Vintage Style Posters (Yes, Free!)
image:5e5f8d9836c528e68d1a5a136b49480024280cc7 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Like many of you, I often struggle with finding artwork I like versus artwork I can afford. For example, I love vintage posters. But good, interesting (not to mention affordable,) prints can be hard to find.
Mar 8, 2013
Before & After: Corner Fireplace Update
I recently came across this design project that Michelle Morelan, designer and renderer extraordinaire, did for a couple in Toronto.The clients had some general ideas of what they wanted to accomplish with the project, and Michelle created a plan to help them achieve their goals. The major objectives were to expand the space, replace all of the finishes, and to update the corner fireplace.
Mar 1, 2013
Inspiration Gallery: Beautifully Tiled Spaces
Although it’s often thought of as cold and hard, when used well, tile has the ability to warm up a space like few other materials can.Here are just a few inspiring ways tile can be used to create dramatic, engaging and delightful spaces:First Row:1. This hexagonal tile floor by designer Paola Navone acts as a dining area rug, fading to worn wooden planks at the edges. From vogesparis.2.
Feb 25, 2013
For the Love of Smeg Refrigerators
I don’t know about you, but the sight of a Smeg refrigerator in a kitchen just makes me happy. I love how much personality they add to a room. They’re so streamlined, so retro, so cheerful!And there are so many colors to choose from! Whether you go neutral with white, silver or black, bold with orange or chartreuse, or graphic with stripes or a red cross, you simply can’t go wrong. Me?
Jan 25, 2013
15 Alternative Christmas Trees
Whether you’re short on space, away from home for the holidays or just looking to decorate in a more innovative fashion this year, there are times when the standard tree just won’t do…Enter the alternative Christmas tree — 15 creative ideas for adding cool to your yule this year. Some of these trees are 3-dimensional, and some are flat. Some are quick and easy, while others may require a few tools to assemble.
Dec 17, 2012
Curb Appeal: Modern Front Doors
Most of the time, the front door is our first impression of a home. (That is unless it’s preceded by an elaborate front gate, a long winding driveway, and a perfectly manicured English Garden. But seriously, how often does that happen??) In most cases, therefore, the front door sets the tone for what’s to come…Is it inviting? Does it show care? Does it make you want to know more about what’s on the other side?
Apr 27, 2012
Literary Style: 15 Writers’ Bedrooms
It’s true; we find the secret lives of others fascinating. Especially if those others are writers. We get to know them through their work, and we yearn to learn more about them as people… We feel a kinship, with their experiences or with their characters, and we begin to imagine what their lives must be like. We read biographies about them, tour their homes and visit their graves, all in an effort to gain insight into their own particular genius.
Mar 23, 2012
Before & After: An Art Gallery’s Picture-Perfect Basement Renovation
Just off of Washington Square Park in Philadelphia, there’s a small art gallery called the Bridgette Mayer Gallery. A champion of innovative contemporary art, owner Bridgette Mayer exhibits international artists from around the world. She also just finished an amazing year-long renovation of her gallery. With it, the exhibit space has more than doubled in size. However, it’s the basement (or Level A, as Bridgette calls it) remodel that really struck me.
Mar 2, 2012
Jen & Mark’s Artfully Eclectic Rowhome
Name: Jen & Mark AdamsLocation: East Passyunk/ South Philly — Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSize: 1500 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned Sometimes it can be difficult for a husband and wife to combine styles when decorating a new place. Imagine if, on top of that, your home’s previous owner had left traces of his own larger-than-life style. What would you do? Would you tear it all out and start over?Enter House TourNot if you’re Jen and Mark Adams, you wouldn’t.
Feb 21, 2012
Toby & Samy’s Mid-Century Makeover
Name: Toby Shawe and Samy Badawy Location: Roxborough – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 2300 square feet Years lived in: 18; Renovated 2008 – 2010 “Space becomes more an exciting entity that is allowed to exist purely for the pleasure of experiencing it.
Dec 5, 2011
Pillow Talk: Pillows for Long Distance Lovers
If you’ve ever been separated from your loved one, or been in a long distance relationship, you know how hard it can be. For me, the worst part is always at night. When the busy-ness of the day recedes and it’s time to settle down and go to sleep – that’s when I miss my sweetheart the worst.
Nov 4, 2011
A Collector’s Collection: All About the Vitra Mini Chairs
Inspired by the actual collection of iconic chairs housed at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Vitra mini chairs were created as a way of making the collection available to the public – not just through two-dimensional means, but through the tactile pleasure of meticulously handcrafted, three-dimensional models…If you’re like me, you adore designer chairs but would never be able to afford an collection of the full-sized originals for yourself.
Sep 9, 2011
Classic Philly: The Rowhouse Revisited
According to the Philadelphia Rowhouse Manual, “the Philadelphia rowhouse, most simply, is a one to four-story house occupying a narrow street frontage and attached to adjacent houses on both sides.
Aug 26, 2011
Cinema Style: 20 Unforgettable American Movie Interiors
I love movies, all kinds of movies: historical, thought-provoking, independent, and even simply entertaining, films. But I especially love movies with great design! Some of these are fantastic, Oscar-nominated movies; some are quirky all-time favorites; and some are most significant for their style contribution.
Aug 3, 2011
James Mont: Bad Boy of American Design
It’s not often that you hear the words, “murderous,” “scandalous” and “nefarious” thrown around in the refined world of interior design, but when it comes to charismatic mid-century designer James Mont, those are exactly the words that apply…The Man –James Mont was a man shroud in mystery, one whose life details were often sketchy, at best. Presumably, he was born Demetrios Pecintoglu in Istanbul in 1904.
Jul 15, 2011
American Style Through the Decades: The Forties
The 1940s were a tumultuous time. It is impossible to understand those years outside of the context of WWII. The war not only defined the decade but from a design perspective, split it virtually in half. During the first half of the decade, new design was halted, as supply shortages and rationing demanded that all available resources — material and otherwise — be directed towards the war effort…Socially, the decade featured a similar split.
Jul 14, 2011
High Style Kitchen Mats and Rugs
Most kitchens are large expanses of flooring and cabinetry that — be they gorgeous or hideous — are silently crying out for character, identity or (in the hideous case) distraction. A kitchen mat or rug can be the perfect place to start. Not only will a rug bring personality to your space, it will also add comfort and warmth to an area full of hard surfaces.
Jan 27, 2011
Felicia & Douglas’ Warm, Mid-Century Modern Condo
Name: Douglas and Felicia GreenfieldOccupation: Douglas, professor; Felicia, social workerLocation: Queen Village — Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 1 Felicia and Douglas weren’t looking to buy a place when this light-filled condo became available in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. However, long before Felicia met Douglas, she had attended parties in this very space.
Dec 16, 2010
Small Space Solutions: Making Guests Comfortable WITHOUT a Guestroom
Just because you don’t have a guest room, doesn’t mean that your guests should be treated as afterthoughts. Yes, there are all kinds of Martha Stewart type things you can do for your guests, but the bottom line is this – your guests should be made to feel welcome. This is true whether you have a bona-fide guest room, a pullout sofa, an air mattress or just a designated spot for sleeping on the living room floor.
Nov 23, 2010