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!

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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!


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.


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. 


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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Sterling Project | Dining Room

In my last post, I introduced the Sterling Project and revealed their living room makeover. Today, I'm back with photos of their dining room! Here's a side-by-side of the before & after. 


During our consultation, we talked through the layout and ways to update the decor while keeping their existing dining set. The client had recently purchased this new, antique white buffet cabinet but wasn't sure how to pull everything together. Over the years, my client had collected a lot of great furniture and art pieces. However, she was feeling the urge to update and simplify. To keep this space feeling as airy as possible, I recommended removing extra furniture and accents, like the cabinet in the right hand corner of the before photo. This simple change makes the room feel much more spacious.

The styling in this room is actually fairly minimal. My main goal was to balance the scale of the large buffet and front window with some hefty art work that would be the main statement of the room. I am so in love with this pair of vintage bookplate prints from Ballard Designs. The colors are even more striking in person. A few pieces of pottery in complementary colors and a fiddle leaf fig (which we placed in an antique crock) were all we needed to round out the room design. The finished look is fresh, and just full enough to look put together while still leaving plenty of breathing space for entertaining. 

Sources: Vintage Botanical Prints | White pottery | Blue Vase | Fiddleleaf Fig | Demilune Buffet 

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Sterling Project | Living Room

Last week, I wrapped up the final details of a client project and I'm excited to share the full before and after with you today! 

The homeowners wanted to refresh their 12 year old, ranch style home, moving away from the primitive antique look they had previously to something more classic, cozy and timeless. They were off to a great start with installing new hardwood floors and purchasing new living room furniture, but they were having a little trouble pulling it all together. They hired me to help complete the transformation, and I provided a cohesive design plan for their main living spaces, focusing on the key elevations, or "vignettes" that would become the focal points of the new design. Over the next few days, I'll be sharing the before & afters from the Sterling Project, starting today with their living room. 


As you can see, the clients were already moving in a great direction with their selection of the new oak flooring and neutral sectional. They were struggling with the finishing touches for this room, and were unsure about the pillows they had purchased with the sectional. The room had great bones, and architectural details like the marble framed fireplace but the walls felt a little bare and the styling felt a little too much like the primitive, antique look they were trying to leave behind. The clients both love the show "Fixer Upper" and wanted to bring in some of Joanna Gaines' fresh, farmhouse style but in a way that fit with the traditional, colonial details of their home. 

Below, you can view excerpts from my design presentation. These clients are skilled, do-it-yourself decorators, so instead of providing a complete design plan for each room, we focused on just 1-2 focal "vignettes" per room so that they could get the maximum impact for their design budget. My plans set the overall vision and tone for each space, and provide sources for the key elements needed to implement the makeover. 

After the final design plan was approved, I then provided my clients with a detailed Shopping List including suggested product information, pricing and links for them to purchase at their own pace. I was there to help guide them through the purchasing & ordering process, answering questions and troubleshooting any issues that arose. 

Once all of their purchased items had been delivered, I returned to their home for "Install Day"! We arranged the new furnishings, I hung artwork, styled accessories, and placed finishing touches to complete the transformation. Here's a look at what we accomplished: 

Sources: Watercolor Landscape | Vintage Books (Thrifted by Me) | Agate Bookend | Wood Candlesticks | Horse Triptych Art | Lattice Pillows | Ikat Pillows | Windowpane Plaid Pillow (No longer available) | Chenille Pillow | Fringed Throw Blanket | Round Hammered Metal Tray | Wood Bowl | Faux Succulents

More room reveals from the Sterling Project will be posted this week! Next up is the dining room. I can't wait to show you!