Dewson Construction on home improvement: adding fireplaces, wood floors, and making your home cozy in Delaware
Cozy Corner: If it’s comfort you want, then comfort you shall have.
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Sentiment and history loom large in creating a personal space. For a manor house on the Eastern Shore, Dewson commissioned a woodcarver to craft a meticulously detailed mantel centered around the bearded face of an old man, a figure in Irish folklore.
“The homeowner is Irish and it was extremely meaningful to him, in addition to being quite beautiful,” he says.
The Age of Enlightenment
Lighting—from lamps to chandeliers to candles—is an essential element in setting the mood for a space.
Recessed lighting allows homeowners to illuminate targeted areas with the flick of a switch. But a successful lighting strategy goes far beyond punching holes in the ceiling and putting in can lights at regular intervals.
The goal might be to highlight important pieces of art, infuse a dark corner with cheer, enable a hostess to artfully apply lipstick or allow a home chef to chop celery with a clear view of the cutting board.
“Before we install recessed lighting, we talk with homeowners about how they will use the room,” Dewson says. “Where will they place their furniture? Do they like to read? Will they be entertaining in the room?”
Subtle layers build warmth in a room. Fine wood paneling, wallpaper or fabric applied directly to a wall form an elegant cocoon. Carpets add another layer for the senses.
The elements of hospitality extend a subliminal invitation to relax and enjoy a space. A cashmere throw on a wing chair and a pile of leather-bound books are a beacon for readers. Sparkling crystal decanters announce the cocktail hour.
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