Home Design Q&A: Interior Architect Glenna Stone

With degrees in architecture, engineering and design, it’s safe to say Stone is a solid bet for executing and interior aesthetics request.

Chestnut Hill’s Glenna Stone took a non-traditional route to her current career when, after more than a decade as an engineer, she opted to pursue a master’s degree in interior architecture and design from Drexel University. “My favorite projects are the challenging ones,” says Stone. “There’s a part of me that’s always trying to figure out a way to make a space better or more efficient.”

Her design style: “Elegant design that mixes clean lines, traditional elements and a pop of the unexpected. I prefer looks that aren’t overly trendy, because I want to invest in things that I will love for many years.” 

Her definition of good taste: “Good taste has a lot to do with knowing how to curate and then edit.”

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Favorite room in her house: “My family room. Calming, cozy and comfortable, it’s the heart of our home, whether we’re all together as a family or my husband and I are snuggling in for a movie.”

Most prized possessions: A painting from Vietnam depicting the floating homes in Halong Bay. “It hangs above our fireplace and reminds me of the month-long adventure my husband and I embarked on through Vietnam and Thailand before we started our family. ”

Designer who inspires her: Barbara Barry. “From her interior designs to her extensive product lines, she instills beauty in everything she touches.” 

Favorite design advice: “The best design is well-considered. It isn’t about throwing a bunch of pieces together; it’s about studying, measuring and searching for the right piece that makes everything work together to create something beautiful.” 

Design elements she loves to incorporate into a space: Proper lighting. “Without a thoughtful plan for natural and artificial light, a space can feel dull.”

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Three words that sum up her design: “Cohesive, artful, well-considered.”

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