Haines Hotel Project | Unit 4C

In my last post, I introduced the Haines Hotel Project and the first Airbnb apartment I designed, Unit 3C. For my client, Royal Square Development & Construction, I created a base design that could be repeated in future units, with the art, accessories and color schemes customized to add a distinct personality and vibe to each space. Whereas Unit 3C was a bit more warm, layered and bohemian, I styled Unit 4C to pack more of a graphic punch with retro artwork, pattern mixing and bold shots of vibrant green, orange, mustard and teal. 

I absolutely love the way this unit turned out! Step inside and I'll give you the tour...

Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!


"The Key to My Heart/Wifi" Print, hand-lettered by me and available in my shop!

Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
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Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!

Sources for all items purchased online are available in the Pinterest Board below:

To finish off the apartment, I used a mix of vintage, new and handmade items from local shops here in York, plus pieces from my own collection Thrifted by SSDC. Here's a quick rundown!

Redeux Marketplace - 113 S. Duke Street | wooden tray, colorful crochet afghan

Revolt Style Studio - 24 N. Beaver Street | hand stitched PA state banner with grey tassel

Finders Keepers - 2811 E. Prospect Road | rose quartz candle holder

Ross - 2855 Concord Road | Woven basket, grey fleece throw blanket, starburst object

Thrifted by SSDC | vintage National Geographic illustrated map/poster, vintage gardening book

The handpainted ceramic planter was made by my sister-in-law and was on loan from my home for the shoot, along with some of my favorite interior design coffee table books. 

My new "The Key to My Heart/Wifi Password" Art Print is currently available at Revolt Style Studio at 24 N. Beaver Street or as a printable download, here

And lastly, if you are traveling to York Pennsylvania this year for business (or pleasure!), or if you're a local looking for accommodations to recommend to out of town guests, you can book this unit on Airbnb, right here

The Design Suite in the Market District

York, PA, United States
This one-of-a-kind studio is the essence of downtown living. Surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques, it's a perfect location to explore the City of York by foot. An air mattress an...

Haines Hotel Project | Unit 3C

2016 was a big year for Stevie Storck Design Co.! I took my design business full-time in April and had the chance to work with so many amazing clients. Back in September, I started working with Royal Square Development & Construction on their Haines Hotel project. This historic hotel is located in the heart of downtown York, on the corner of George and W. Philadelphia Street. RSDC is in the process of renovating the 5 story brick building into a modern, apartment building with a few units set aside for short-term rentals via Airbnb. That's where I came in! I was tasked with designing two 1 bedroom apartments in a vibrant, modern and fresh style on a budget. I'm so excited with how this project turned out, and we have designs for a few other spaces in the Haines Hotel in the works! I'm sharing the first unit today, and the second tomorrow so stay tuned!

Our goal with this project was to create a base design that could be repeated, but customized with different colors, artwork and accessories to give each unit a distinct personality. For Unit 3C, I envisioned a rich, layered color scheme that felt modern, bohemian and bright. The colorful area rug was my jumping off point, because I loved the tribal-inspired pattern in shades of orange, magenta, robin's egg blue and navy. My long-time blog readers will know that I'm a big fan of neutrals for my own home, but it was so fun to stretch my design muscles and work in a more vibrant, fun style! What makes it all work is the thoughtful distribution of color (cool blue chairs temper the fiery rug) and a dose of neutral black, white and silver to balance it all out. 

Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!

"The Key to My Heart/Wifi" print was hand-lettered by me! Available as an instant download printable. Get yours, here!

Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!
Colorful, modern apartment decor inspiration from a historic 1 bedroom turned Airbnb!

As I'm getting busier with my business, I'm trying something a little different with sharing sources on the blog. As a part of their final deliverables, my clients receive a custom Pinterest Board to make it super easy to do their online shopping. I'm linking to the board for Unit 3C below:

To finish off the apartment, I used a mix of vintage, new and handmade items from local shops here in York, plus pieces from my own collection Thrifted by SSDC. Here's a quick rundown!

Redeux Marketplace - 113 S. Duke Street | orange tray,  vintage road sign

Finders Keepers - 2811 E. Prospect Road | small blue Pfaltzgraff pitcher (made in York, PA!)

Ross - 2855 Concord Road | Woven basket, white faux fur throw blanket

Thrifted by SSDC | wooden pineapple tray, milkglass planter, small ceramic bowl, fabric bound books, vintage alarm clock, vintage National Geographic illustrated map/poster, blue afghan

My new "The Key to My Heart/Wifi Password" Art Print is currently available at Revolt Style Studio at 24 N. Beaver Street or as a printable download, here

And lastly, if you are traveling to York Pennsylvania this year for business (or pleasure!), or if you're a local looking for accommodations to recommend to out of town guests, you can book this unit on Airbnb, right here!

Traveler's Oasis in the Market District

York, PA, United States
This one-of-a-kind studio is the essence of downtown living. Surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques, it's a perfect location to explore the City of York by foot.

Sterling Project | Home Office & Foyer

In Friday's post, I showed how just a few tweaks can totally transform the design of a room. Today, I'm wrapping up the Sterling Project by sharing both the Home Office and the Foyer. In these spaces, some simple styling made all the difference!

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In this sunny home office, the clients already had just about everything they needed. I started by addressing the built-ins flanking the window. When I came for their in-home consultation, the shelves were looking a little bit unbalanced and cluttered. My first suggestion was to remove two shelves on each side for a cleaner look. The new taller shelf openings accommodate a larger variety of decorations and arrangements. Along with their Project Guide & Proposal, I sent this sketch of their built-ins along with some instructions on the best ways to style them using the items they already have. 

My client did a phenomenal job! Her and I share a love for antique books and decor, which she styled beautifully along with old black and white family photos. With the wider shelf spacing, the decor has "breathing room" and by using vertical, horizontal, stacked and layered arrangements, the bookshelf styling has so much more depth and interest.  

My client previously had this antique wooden chest under the window. I suggested pulling it out into the middle of the room to serve as a coffee table and layering a textural rug underneath to define the seating area. I pulled inspiration for the pillows from the painting above. I'm a huge fan of pattern mixing, and you can never go wrong mixing a floral with a geometric. This green and gray floral pattern has the same, vintage illustration look as the artwork in the Dining Room and Breakfast Nook. It's a small detail, but it helps to make the entire home design feel intentional and cohesive. My client already had this beautifully carved wooden floor lamp, I just recommended modernizing it by switching the gold, bell-shape lampshade to a simple, white drum shade. It completely changed the look of the lamp!


The foyer was also a place where a few simple changes really impacted the feel of the space. We started by removing the oak grandfather clock that's just barely visible on the right hand side of this photo. It was a beautiful piece, but it just didn't fit the feel my clients wanted for their home anymore. I loved the scale and finish of their console table, so we kept that and decided to focus our efforts on restyling this space with new art, lighting and a large area rug. 

Sources: Artwork | Lamp | Area Rug (similar)

I had so much fun designing the Sterling Project! Even thought we focused on just 5 key vignettes (read more about the design process, here), their whole home feels fresh and new. 

See More from the Sterling Project : Living Room Dining Room | Breakfast Nook

Sterling Project | Breakfast Nook

Sometimes it just takes a few tweaks to totally transform the feel of the space. If you are just now tuning in, let me introduce the Sterling Project. The homeowners hired me to help them transform the look of their 12 year old ranch-style home from primitive/antique to something more classic, cozy and timeless. See the Sterling Project Living Room, here & Dining Room here. Today, I'm sharing how we made over their dining room with just a few simple changes.

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The existing furniture was great quality, but the space didn't feel as cohesive as it could. Especially since we were updating the other spaces in their open concept home. My first suggestion was to remove the dry sink (barely visible in the before, but it was on the left hand wall) and move the green credenza to take it's place. A floor mirror on the opposite wall adds style and interest without taking up any floor space. My next suggestion was to modernize the round table by painting a rich, matte black. I had originally suggested a banquette placed in front of the window, upholstered in a pretty stripe fabric but my client fell in love with the details of these pewter parsons chairs. I can't say I blame her! They add such a cozy feel to this small space. 

The breakfast nook is situated on the back end of the house and the dining room is in the front with the kitchen in the middle. So even though these spaces don't directly open onto each other, I wanted to select cohesive art between the two spaces. This set of four canvases mimic the style of the vintage bookplates in the dining room, but are unique enough to set this space apart. I love the way they look with the green credenza, which I accented with hints of black, white and gold. 

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Sources: Botanical Canvas Art set | Floor Mirror | Pottery | Antique Brass & Glass curio box

We didn't do a lot to this space, but the result exceeded our expectations. Don't you think it looks like the dining room should have always been this way? This is the perfect example of my design philosophy in action: Essentialism (leaving just enough furniture for the space to feel full, not cluttered or sparse), Eclecticism (mixing and matching finishes and styles for a collected look) and Elegance (staying away from anything too trendy, and being true to the geographic location and architectural bones of the home). 

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