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Michelle Wenitsky started her interior design career on the Main Line more than 22 years ago, and she’s never left. “It’s a wonderful place to work,” says Wenitsky, who lives and works in Villanova. “Main Liners have an appreciation for fine things, and they understand sophisticated design concepts and what it takes to finish off a space.”

Whether it’s a sleek master bedroom suite, a dramatic living room or a casual beach house, Wenitsky’s interiors are known for their warm, inviting livability.

Personal decorating style:
I like to call it classic European—clean, classic elements mixed with ornate, detailed pieces.

Favorite room in her house:
My dining room. I re-created an 18th-century Venetian coffered ceiling. It’s a dramatic, borderline-over-the-top focal point that completely captures your attention.

Most prized possessions:
The objects I’ve found traveling, including a 19th-century gilded, carved wood bust from Beijing and two colorful, heavily textured abstract paintings by an artist in Paris.

Designer who inspires her:
Barry Dixon, a Washington, D.C., designer who creates wildly original interiors and furniture that are functionally and visually exciting. He mixes classical tradition with contemporary style and multicultural influences.

Colors she couldn’t design without: Neutrals. They can make an interior feel calm, ethereal, rustic, dramatic and cozy.

Favorite design trend of the moment:
Modernized, over-scaled traditional damask fabrics.

Her definition of good taste:
The ability to combine all of the elements of a room that don’t necessarily match individually but complement one another when put together in a way that’s not obvious.

Three words that best sum up her design style:
Elegant, dramatic and livable.

Best part of her job: The final installation. I love to see the reaction of clients entering their finished home.
 

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