Think Like a Designer: an exclusive luxury home tour with award-winning interior designer Doris Pearlman

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Through extraordinary talent, careful attention to detail and expert design techniques, Doris Pearlman is in the business of bringing people’s dream home visions to life. As an award-winning interior designer, respected industry thought leader and founder of Possibilities for Design, Inc., Doris partners with national homebuilders across the country to develop creative and inspiring interior spaces

“Everything that’s done in a model home is done with a purpose,” said Doris. “Each decorating and style decision is intentional, helping the buyer to appreciate the uniqueness and special features of the space – from volume to architectural detailing to color scheme.”

Doris recently finished styling an impressive home with the luxury homebuilder and Progress Lighting partner Toll Brothers. The Dutchess Farm Estates model, located in Newtown, Pa., is hallmarked by grace and elegance. While her amazingly skilled design appears to be both beautiful and effortless – we went behind-the-scenes to learn all of the careful thought that went into the design process, from the inspiration to the placing of product.

Join us as we glean insight from Doris and learn how to think like a designer. We invite you on an exciting home tour of the Dutchess model home from the perspective of the design expert herself.

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For the luxury homeowner, the dining room has real appeal. “Entertaining and dinner parties are important in this sized room – so the dining room is a must. We wen with a table that very comfortably seats 10 guests,” said Doris.

Using the Dazzle Collection by Progress Lighting, a double-chandelier display is this room’s crowning delight.

Dazzle Collection
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“When a potential buyer walks into a home, they decide if they have a love affair with the property within the first minute. The entry is the first meeting between the buyer and the home, so the design is critically important,” explained Doris.

Boasting a two-story foyer with stunning double turned staircases, the visitor’s first impression of the Dutchess model is one of luxury and extravagance from floor to ceiling.

“This home was styled specifically for an affluent buyer deciding to upgrade to a larger residence, and settle on a home that is their ultimate purchase. The design must tap into their mind’s eye and bring their dream home vision to life”

“The lighting is like the arrow that draws your eye up in the space. You wouldn’t recognize the high volume of the space without the multiple lanterns because they are so cool and unusual.”

“The marble and wood floor runs from the entryway until it breaks into the family room. The combination of materials is unusual and intriguing. Treating the entire floor – and not just a part of it with a small inlay – creates a larger, more impactful look.”

Entryway featuring Piedmont foyer cluster in Burnished Silver.

“The pendants are the jewelry for the space. They bring in a contemporary element that creates excitement because the combination is so unexpected.”

The Heart of the Home
A stunning gourmet kitchen with generous counter space, a large island and expansive breakfast area serves as the heart of the home. The design takes on a less if more approach, using fewer materials over a larger space to build contrast and intrigue.

Mixed finished contribute to the impactful nature of the kitchen. A dark island is juxtaposed with light, perimeter cabinets that create a bright atmosphere. The stone wall treatment and backsplash provide added texture, while the farmhouse sink contributes to a casual style.

“The pendants are the jewelry for the space. They bring in a contemporary element that creates excitement because the combination is so unexpected,” said Doris.

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An extravagant coffered ceiling adds dimension, volume and architectural interest – all while contributing to a greater perceived value – in the master bedroom. The dark taupe walls and columns further the room’s rich and elegant appeal. Progress Lighting’s chandelier is a key focal point.

“The most central part of this room is the Nisse chandelier hanging over the foot of the bed,” said Doris. “If you look at the room without the fixture, it’s not nearly as exciting.”

According to Doris, if outfitting your bedroom with a chandelier, dimension is hugely important. “The Nisse chandelier is perfect because it’s pretty wide, covering the vertical space, but it’s not very deep. You can use it with a nine or ten foot ceiling comfortably.”

Master bedroom featuring the Nisse six-light chandelier in Polished Nickel.
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Every dream home needs areas that are perfect for entertaining – which is why Doris converted the conservatory space along the side of the house, typically used as a sunroom, into a special area for sharing drinks and memories with friends and family.

“The room is very long, so we divided it into two areas using Equinox fixtures to give the room a “center” and put a modern twist on a traditional room,” explained Doris. “The first area is finished with big, cushy chairs and a leather ottoman to drink coffee, watch television or read. The second area features a table, eight bar stools and wine storage cabinets ideal for an intimate cocktail party.”

Doris selected a neutral color palette, incorporating beiges, taupes and grays. She explained a neutral color scheme is very important for this target buyer, as it is very acceptable in the most luxurious home designs. Doris complements the neutrals with a lot of texture on surfaces and contrasting pops of accent colors, through furniture and accessories.

According to Doris, the light fixtures are key to creating a comfortable, intimate setting. “The pendants take a very large room and create groupings that are cozy,” she said.

Equinox Collection shown.

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