Interior designer Caren Wenner fuels her passion for historic homes with her own 1797 Downingtown residence. Her favorite space is a family room addition. “I used reclaimed ceiling beams and flooring, aged woodwork, and a true whitewash technique on the walls,” she says. “It looks like it belongs with the rest of the home.”
Personal decorating style: Eclectic traditional with a touch of whimsy. “I like to add unexpected elements that reflect my clients’ personalities.”
Three words that sum up her design: Creative, individualized, inspiring.
Most prized possession in her home: “An 1800s tramp-art whirligig fashioned solely from found everyday objects like chair legs, wire and tin-can lids.”
Design elements she likes to bring into a space: Reclaimed architectural pieces, and aged metal and wood.
Favorite design trend of the moment: Combining gray and camel colors. “It breaks the rule of going with either a cool or warm color palette, and it looks fresh and inviting.”
A room isn’t fully decorated until: “There’s an unexpected fabric, faux finish or mural on an otherwise unexciting ceiling. I see ceilings as a blank canvas waiting to be discovered by the artist.”
Her definition of good taste: When favorite pieces and family heirlooms blend seamlessly with new pieces and styles. “It’s important for me to incorporate elements that have a personal meaning to my clients, while keeping it functional and beautiful.”
Design advice she loves to give: “Don’t be afraid of color. Our productivity, mood and well-being are all affected by our surroundings.”
The best part of her job: “Getting to know what truly reflects my clients and their lives.”
For more, visit carenwennerinteriordesign.com.
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