Tag Archives: interior designer philadelphia

Bella Vista Philadelphia Home Staging

3 Jun

It’s about to get lofty!  I think the team at Sunflower would agree that every home staging we do offers its own charm and character.  They have a personality each to their own.  This property in beautiful Bella Vista located in the Hawthorne Lofts is no exception.  I’ll stop chattering on and let the photos do the talking.

We hope you enjoyed this brief tour of our home staging in Bella Vista.  If you have a property that needs home staging or a designers touch please contact amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com  We do everything from traditional homes in Ambler to lofts in Center City Philadelphia.  As always, thanks for keeping up!


The Staging Chick

Philadelphia Turn-Key Interior Design-Part 3

22 Dec

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!  Finally ready to share the final part in our turn-key interior design series (see part 1 & 2).  I think I’ve said it before but I absolutely love how this pieds–à–terre came together.  My pride and joy in this design is the master suite.  Fully equip with a sitting area and stunning outdoor terrace this master suite is to-die.

Immediately upon entering I was struck by the natural light flooding the room and the original fireplace.  The terrace off of the room is reminiscent of Paris hence the French provincial inspiration.  We used a monochromatic neutral scheme and played with natural textures including linen and burlap to create interest and depth.  The neutral palette keeps it soft and serene.

Oh and the light fixture, yeah it’s made of faux feathers, LOVE!

DSC_0133 DSC_0128


DSC_0125 DSC_0122


DSC_0108 DSC_0110


DSC_0135 DSC_0134


Having trouble pulling your space together, contact Amanda amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com.  We design locally and internationally!

Thanks for keeping up!


The Staging Chick

Turn Key Interior Design Philadelphia- Part 2

9 Dec

Welcome to Part 2 (see part 1 here) of our Philadelphia turn-key design post.  I’m so excited to share more of this interior design project with you!  We’ll guide you through the rest of the lower level which includes two kids’ bedrooms.  I loved working with these spaces because they were a little small and somewhat challenging and I love a challenge 🙂

This is the owner’s daughter’s room.  She’s eight so I really wanted to give her something fun and playful that she could enjoy now but grow into.  I don’t know a girl or a woman that doesn’t love pink so it only seemed fitting to incorporate it into the design.  Because the bed is a bold raspberry color I wanted to neutralize the rest of the furniture.


Off in the corner we used a ghost chair  to add seating without making the space feel crowded.  Playful prints on the pillows, rug and curtain make this a fun kid-like space.  DSC_0085






Now we come to the boys room.  They’re heading into their teen years so it was more a space to crash and hang with friends.  The funky orange chair and custom reclaimed desk gives them a place to study while the lounge chair adds extra seating and folds out into a twin size bed for a friend!  Maximizing the space was our main goal.  We had perfectly spaced cubbies for two matching twin beds.  I chose a mature bold stripe for the bedding and like their sister’s room tried to make it fun without being too child-like.  Funky artwork and rug complete the space.






That’s all for now!  Check back soon for our final post on this beautiful interior design install.  Next we’ll show you the master suite, you don’t want to miss it!


The Staging Chick


Turn Key Interior Design Philadelphia

20 Nov

I am so excited to finally share this with all of you!  We just completed the install of this beautiful rehabbed condo.  Within 6 weeks time we were able to turn this empty post-construction site into a home away from home for our wonderful client.  I have lots of photos to share so this will be a 3-part series.  Let me walk you through the main living area and share some of my favorite design elements.


 One of my absolute favorite pieces in the entire 3 bedroom condo is this re-claimed bookshelf.


Our client wanted a cozy feel for their basement living area.  So we created a chill place for friends and family to hang or curl up and watch a movie.  Warm tones and low lighting add to the comfortable element.


Using a mixture of finishes gives the space a funky vibe.  We combined the soft upholstery with a metal coffee table, reclaimed bookshelf and tv stand.

DSC_0065 DSC_0066

I just love how the reclaimed wood of the tv stand works with the natural stone wall.  The living area is also the entry point to the condo so we needed to create a place for shoes and coats.  This bench adds some seating with storage underneath.  We also added a mirror for final checks as they walk out the door.

DSC_0059DSC_0063 DSC_0061

This fun metal sign points guests in the direction of the bathroom.


Next up I’ll share photos of the first floor bedrooms!  Stay tuned….

Thanks for keeping up!


The Staging Chick

Residential Builders, Rehabbers and Developers: Select Sunflower Creations for Your Finish Selections (And your home staging!)

13 Dec

1Building or rehabbing a luxury home sounds like so much fun.  But if you’ve done it, you know it is really, really hard work-

There are many decisions to make, deadlines to meet, and details to keep straight.

These are some of the reasons that many builders choose to work with an Interior Designer for their finish selections.

Sunflower Creations simplifies the process because we have the answers at our fingertips.

Based on floor plan and budget, we put together a plan that includes everything from paint colors to door knobs, and everything in between.  We save builders time and money by preparing a spec report complete with pricing, sourcing, and necessary lead times.

The project pictured in this posting is in South Philadelphia’s Bella Vista/Hawthorne neighborhood and is listed at $550,000.  We visited the property during the early phase of construction, and selected:  paint colors, doors, flooring, stairs, lighting, counters, tile, vanities, cabinets, hardware, back splash and appliances.


We see tons of homes, so we know what is on trend.  We see a huge variety of products, so we know what works.

Designing to sell is a little different from designing a lived-in home, because we do not know who the buyer will be.  We have to do a little inferring about who will be looking at the property, and what he/she will want in a home.

Of course, we know that kitchens and bathrooms are major points of interest.  So, we put a large emphasis, and large chunk of budget into the “bells and whistles” that will make these areas of the home stand out from the competition.   Most buyers looking for a fully rehabbed home desire stainless steel appliances, solid stone counter tops and ensuites with high-end plumbing fixtures.

In terms of color and stylistic choices, we opt for finishes that are tasteful, contemporary and somewhat neutral.  The goal is to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers.  So, we need to make selections that are top-of-the-line for our builder’s budget, but also ensure that none of our selections will be highly taste-specific.

6 7 IMG_9367 IMG_9368

Designer Side-Note:  Save a little money by skipping the dining room chandelier in an open floor plan design.  Nice chandeliers tend to be taste specific, and fixture placement really dictates furniture placement.  Instead, we recommend having your contractor run wiring, and install an electrical cap in the ceiling.  This will make installation simple for the new home owner.


Quartz counter tops have become the most desirable surface option in modern kitchens and baths.  Although they are more expensive than granite or marble, they are safest, most neutral, and easiest to maintain.  This makes for a really good selling point for potential buyers.  At the same time, if the budget does not stretch far enough, we may recommend a slightly more affordable granite option.  Check out this comparison chart to learn more about the various options in counter surfaces.


Another recently emerged trend is using hardwood flooring in the kitchen/bathroom.  This came about with the popularity of the open floor plan design, where one open space includes living area, dining area, and kitchen.  Keeping one type of flooring throughout helps to create one unified space.  This home does have a separate kitchen, but we still chose to go with hardwoods throughout because the continuity feels very contemporary.  Once thought of as “not durable enough for the kitchen”, manufacturers are now producing pre-treated, heavily sealed wood flooring options that are designed to hold up much longer and resist scratching/staining.  Read up on some interesting pro/cons on factory treated hardwood flooring.

On a related note, mixing wood tones has also become a popular design choice.  The dark wood cabinets have a chicness, especially with the simple brushed nickel drawer pull that echoes the stainless steel appliances.  And the lighter flooring brightens the room.  Lighter woods also tend to show less dirt and marking, believe it or not…


Designer Side Note:   A kitchen back splash really takes the look up a notch.  Glass tile, like the one featured here, is very popular right now, and there are endless color and style options.  But, even a simple white subway tile will pull the look together, and can be purchased for as little as 80 cents per square foot.

Here’s a couple related links I found that are worth a look:

More info about granite and marble

Fresh Flooring Options for Kitchens (HGTV)

And, also take a look at Catherine Court.  We chose all the finishes for the model unit (pictured in this link), and later worked with buyers to customize their own new homes.

Thanks for reading!  We would love to hear your opinions on finishes that you have worked with at home!

And, if you are a realtor, developer, builder, rehabber, or home-owner trying to sell your property, contact us for a FREE consultation.

 Our “look”  helps homes sell quickly and our process keeps clients coming back time and again.

Contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator



 or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

sfc logo copy

Interior Design Philadelphia: Drapery Selection

7 Feb

Hidden tab panels

Hey there lovely readers!  In an effort to keep this blog as diverse as our design business we will begin adding some interior design posts in addition to our regular posts about home staging.

As a designer there are certain decor issues that drive me crazy.  Top of the list, short curtains!  A curtain that rises above the baseboard is like pants that rise above socks.  Otherwise known as floods!  Fret not, if you are suffering from flood curtains I’m here to give you some tips on selecting and hanging curtains that will add drama and beauty to your space.

For starters it’s important to measure your wall from floor to ceiling.  Next you want to select your drapes making sure the length is the same as the height of the wall.  There are several types and styles of drapes to choose from.  Here’s a little cheat sheet to help with your selection:

  • Grommet top: a more casual, contemporary look.  Easy to slide open and closed.
  • Hidden tab: a elegant, classic look.  The back tabs create soft pleats in the front of the panels.
  • Pole pocket: traditional look.  The pole runs through the curtain scrunching the fabric at the top of the pole.
  • Ring top: can got traditional or modern depending on the hardware.  Rings clip to the top of the fabric also easy to slide open.

Rod pocket

Hanging your curtain hardware will depend on how high you can hang it without the curtains raising above the floor.  I highly recommend hanging the rod as high as possible.  Floor to ceiling drapes make a room look bigger and more dramatic.  Your drapes should just brush the floor and  a little puddling is okay.  If too much fabric gathers at the floor you will need to hem the drapes.  Don’t sew, don’t worry!  Hem tape works wonders and all you need is an iron!

Grommet top

I hope this helps!  If you need help with your interior design project email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com and for a list of our services visit our services link on the blog home page.

Thanks for keeping up!


The Staging Chick

Philadelphia Interior Design: 1/2 Bath

26 Nov

One of the things that keeps me up at night is the state of our environment.  I find myself in a constant internal battle over what products to use, am I recycling enough, could I do more?  I’ve learned that I may not be able to change it on my own but the little steps I take to improve myself can help in a big way, especially if those around me take notice and (quite frankly) give a damn.

So it is with great pride that I present one of my recent interior design projects which incorporates up-cycled items and low voc paint.  The great thing about this project is we turned an unused mudroom into a 1/2 bath, no old bathroom demo.  And my heart is glad 🙂

If you live in Philadelphia you must get over to Philadelphia Salvage located in Mt Airy. Need an extra push to get over there?  Thursday nights are ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ whiskey and beer while you shop.  What more could you ask for?!

We cut the wood for the shelving from a 4ft piece of wood reclaimed from a 150 yr old barn (purchased at Philadelphia Salvage).  We did the math, the tree probably started growing in the 1600’s.  Like whoa.  We created the brackets using some plumbing pipe, floor flange and cap.  Vintage bottles and milk glass vase purchased at Phantastic Phinds (great home consignment store in Flourtown).

I also found these metal baskets at Philly Salvage and they fit perfectly in the reused sink cabinet’s side shelves.  There’s not much space in this bath so instead of a hand towel bar we used one of the metal baskets to hold fabric napkins for drying hands.  Bonus, wash them and use them over and over!

We left the exposed brick on one wall to add to the industrial/reclaimed feel.  The bathroom door was salvaged from previous renovations in the house.  A few coats of paint and some genius DIY barn door hardware and it works great.

We finished it off with a coat of low voc paint in a soft gray and some homemade curtains.  I thought the black and white vertical pattern would help draw the eye up, hence making the small room feel larger.

All hardware is oil rubbed bronze.  Flooring is a Dal Tile porcelain tile in a concrete gray.

I’m so excited this project is completed and that it came together so well!


The Staging Chick

“Be the change you want to see in the world” -Gandhi

Need an interior designer in Philadelphia?  Email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com

Graduate Hospital home staging: Philadelphia

15 Mar

Blog-fest day 5: Graduate Hospital.  First thing is first, I did not take these photos and I would like to thank the person that did.  Thanks to Drew Callaghan for sharing these amazing photos (http://www.drewcallaghanphotography.com/).

This property shows impeccable craftsmanship and they paid close attention to the details.  From the NY Slider closet doors to the ample natural light in the living room.  This is a city dwellers dream.  Side porch, incredible neighborhood and a roof deck.  Yeah, I’d live here.

We staged the first floor, master bedroom and third floor spare bedroom.

Want to move here visit the listing here care of Prudential Fox Roach Walnut Street.


The Staging Chick

Home staging Roxborough, PA

6 Nov

Welcome to my neighborhood!  I loved doing this staging right in my backyard.  I walk Kona (staging chick doggie) on this street pretty often so it’s cool to see one of my staged properties on the block!

I had fun staging the living room, kitchen, dining area, patio, bedroom and bath in this 3 bedroom rehab.

I would say my favorite part of this property is the nice bay window in the front of the house.  I could totally curl up with a book in front of that window every day.

Want to take a look for yourself, visit the listing on realtor.com.

Interested in staging a property in the Philadelphia area?  Email amanda@sunflowercreationsonline.com to schedule a complimentary walk through.

Thanks for keeping up!


The Staging Chick