An exclusive luxury home tour with award-winning interior designer Doris Pearlman

  • 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.

 

  • The best of traditional and contemporary design

 

Photo courtesy of Toll Brothers and Possibilities for Design featuring Roxbury chandelier
Photo courtesy of Toll Brothers and Possibilities for Design featuring Roxbury chandelier

 

  • “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,” said Doris.

 

  • Doris focused on a transitional style in order to create an upbeat look that still had roots in traditional design. From room to room, Doris incorporates the best elements of traditional and contemporary styles, and marries them for a bright and inspiring result.

 

  • Making a grand entrance

 

  • “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.

 

Image courtesy of Possibilities for Design and Toll Brothers featuring Piedmont lanterns
Image courtesy of Possibilities for Design and Toll Brothers featuring Piedmont lanterns

 

  • 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 the floor to the ceiling.

 

  • – Flooring: “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.”
  • – Lighting: “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.”
  • – Wall panels: “The wall trim details give the foyer that energetic, transitional feel. Without this feature, it would be a much more formal, traditional space.”

 

  • 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 is more approach, using fewer materials over a larger space to build contrast and intrigue.

 

Photo courtesy of Toll Brothers featuring Status pendants
Photo courtesy of Toll Brothers featuring Status pendants

 

  • Mixed finishes 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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Toll Brothers kitchen featuring Status

 

  • Key spaces for wining and dining

 

Toll Brothers sitting area featuring Equinox pendant
Toll Brothers sitting area featuring Equinox pendant

 

  • Wine Tasting Room + Sitting Area
  • 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 the 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 accepted 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.

 

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

 

Toll Brothers dining room featuring Dazzle chandeliers
Toll Brothers dining room featuring Dazzle chandeliers

 

  • A double-chandelier display with Progress Lighting’s Dazzle collection is this room’s crowning delight.

 

  • A master bedroom retreat

 

  • 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.

 

Toll Brothers master bedroom featuring Nissé chandelier
Toll Brothers master bedroom featuring Nissé chandelier

 

  • “The most central part of this room is the Nissé 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 Nissé 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.”

 

  • Uniquely sweet style

 

Teen bedroom featuring Bingo by Toll Brothers
Teen bedroom featuring Bingo by Toll Brothers

 

  • In a children’s bedroom, the feature of the room is the lighting. The bubble-like Bingo fixture by Progress Lighting inspired Doris to create a candy-themed room, complete with hanging DIY candy pieces and candy-painted stripes on the ceiling for a fun, vibrant twist. The overall white spaces of the room allow for simplicity, while the accents of orange and pink punctuate the room creating a highly memorable space.

 

 

  • The key differentiator

 

Guest bedroom by Toll Brothers featuring Invite chandelier
Guest bedroom by Toll Brothers featuring Invite chandelier

 

  • When asked how she uses lighting to enhance her designs, Doris shared, “lighting has become another tool in our toolbox. It can be used in unexpected and clever ways to create an impressive focal point or define the theme of a room.”

 

Toll Brothers study featuring Ashbury
Toll Brothers study featuring Ashbury

 

Master bathroom courtesy of Toll Brothers
Master bathroom courtesy of Toll Brothers