Before & After: A Bland, Blank Space Gets Texture & Character — Professional Project


Hope Veloclette was tasked with creating a custom space for a discerning client while keeping to a budget. She wanted to create a space full of curated items full of history, and set about sourcing those items locally. The result is a space that feels both contemporary and authentic simultaneously.

From Chrysalis Studio: Hope Velocette, owner of Chrysalis Studio, focuses on strong relationships and partnerships with local vendors and artisans to create artful interiors full of custom furniture and finish.

Our client, Tom Holland, owns his own law firm and has a love of knowledge and an appreciation for the story behind objects. With this in mind, Hope focused on mixing and matching furniture and materials that projected a narrative of their own.

Materials like reclaimed molding, iron and doors that held strong residual energy, live edge wood slabs adorned with gnarled bark and years of life swirled within large grain patterns, and vintage rugs that had traveled long distances were all customized to fit into their new home and the next chapter of their lives. Older objects were juxtaposed with clean walls painted in bright white and pale pink; their grit was softened when placed adjacent to oversized furniture covered in luxurious soft linen, velvet and fine leather.

The main challenge was that Tom wanted the feeling of luxury without breaking the bank. Mixing more affordable store bought goods with one-of-a-kind custom work allowed Chrysalis Studio to create an on budget, one-of-a-kind, rich environment.

Reclaimed and live edge materials were sourced locally from shops like Architectural Antiques and Provenance in North Philadelphia. Hope allowed the objects to guide her furniture and finish design, then she partnered with some amazingly talented craftsmen like Andrew Hamm, a carpenter from NYC, and John Price, a local upholsterer, to build each piece.

Antique rugs were purchased from Woven Treasures in South Philadelphia.

Resources for new decor include:

  • Parachute Home: Light Pink Linen bedding
  • Restoration Hardware: Leather sofa, reclaimed oak dining table/coffee tables, and custom curtains
  • One Kings Lane: Hallway chair, clover floor lamps, and hallway jute rug runner

Thank you, Hope and Chrysalis Studio!

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