Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 4 The Dining Room

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Welcome to the fourth installment of the Morrison Residence Then and Now series. You can find week one (living room) here, week two (master bedroom) here, and week three (kitchen) here. I am showing you our home through our eyes along with photos from the original architect, Robert Morrison.

This week we will take a look at the dining room. If you’d like to see what it looked like 2 years ago, I have an old blog post from when we remodeled it here.

This room really can be used for a variety of purposes, much like all of the spaces in this home. When we bought it, this room was being used as a family room/TV room. The photos from the architect Robert Morrison, show it being used as a dining room, below.

Then: Morrison house
Now: Morrison House Dining Room

We now use this room as a dining room and have a huge table to fill up the very long space. We love to have dinner parties and can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so that we can entertain again.

Several years ago I had this wallpaper installed and I still love it. It’s from York Wallcoverings (my hometown!) and you can find it here. A couple of years ago we replaced the flooring and built-in cabinets.

From the kitchen, you have to walk down this hallway to get to the dining room. The house was built in two stages, and this back part was built in the second stage. This hallway is currently very messy, so the before/after of it will have to be at a later date 🙂

Then: hallway office

This area below used to be a reading nook with a fabulous womb chair. This chair is on my wish list. They are really pricy, so if someone finds one at a good deal, let me know!

Then: Reading nook

The chairs that we have in this space were Dave’s grandmothers. I would like to recover them in a salmon colored velvet one day.

Now: Reading nook in the living room
Now: Artwork and a fiddle leaf fig

I quickly ‘redecorated’ this room today to snap some new photos. You can see that half way through I decided this wall below needed some art, so I placed this watercolor piece below. The wood carving art above and the watercolor below I found at an auction in North Jersey. Oh how I miss going to estate sales, auctions, flea markets and yard sales.

During the renovation in 2018 we replaced the track lighting for these vintage pendant lights. The ceiling globe light came with the house and I think it’s perfect so there is no need to replace it. Chairs from Article, table from Crate and Barrel, Built in cabinets IKEA with The Tile Shop marble tile as the top.

When we replaced the flooring we left this original tile in front of the sliding door. We have a hot tub out this door, and I liked the original tile, so we kept it. The rest of the flooring was carpet, which we replaced with this hardwood floor from Lumber Liquidators. By the way, I am just listing resources in case you are interested. This is not sponsored (aka we paid for all of this ourselves.)

Now: Dining Room
Then: Dining Room
Now: Dining Room
Now: Dining Room

I bought these tulips from a local farm called Blooming Glen Farm. The shop where I have a space, Makers vintage + handmade, is sadly closed at this time due to the Coronovirus. The owner Jess has been having Instagram sales on her @thecrafterypa instagram account. I picked up these amazing flowers, as well as some earrings for myself, and a Mother’s Day gift.

Now: Living Room with Brand*Eye Home Pillows and quilt

The pillows and quilt (peeking out from the bedroom) above are for sale in my shop! They are 20% off, PLUS 20% of the sale will be donated to a local charity, Laurel House, a domestic violence shelter.

You can find my online shop here:

I have been keeping busy by making lots and lots of fabric face masks that I’ve been giving away for free. Email me if you are in need of one. I may eventually list some in my shop, but for now they are free.

Let me know what you think of these posts, the world in general, the pandemic, the meaning of life… I’m all ears (and eyes).


Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 2 Bedroom and Craft Room

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Welcome to the second installment of the Morrison Residence Then and Now series. It has been so fun to finally put these thoughts in my head onto virtual paper. And I am so happy for all of the great feedback that I have been receiving from everyone. In case you missed it, read Part 1 to get the backstory on this series.

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019

The Morrison Residence book created by the architect Robert Morrison says it best.

Then: Morrison Residence Master Suite

When we first moved here in 2012, we used this room as our master bedroom. A few years later we decided to move our master bedroom to one of the back bedrooms and make this room a multipurpose room. It is now a guest bedroom, TV room, and office/craft/sewing room, essentially exactly for all the purposes that it was designed. Here is the bedroom from the Original owners.

Then: Morrison Residence Master Suite

And here is the room as of yesterday, March 2020.

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2020

The flooring was a beige carpet when we moved in. Last spring we replaced it with a black carpet tile (it was done on a tight budget and SUPER affordable from ReStore in Horsham), which is really funny, because now I see that it is almost exactly how it used to be. I didn’t even realize it at the time!

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019

I designed and made the quilt on the bed. The pattern I borrowed from the wall hanging above it. It is an antique hooked rug that I bought a few years ago in Maine. I also made the pillows, bolster, and lamp shades

Now: Guest Bedroom with Handmade Quilt by Brand*Eye Home, 2020
Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019

The portrait art above was found in a yard sale in Abington years ago. If anyone knows who this is, I would love to know!

Now: Winnie in the Guest Bedroom

This is our dog Winnie Cooper. She is a rescue dog who we started fostering in 2015 and ended up keeping 🙂 They call it a foster fail.

Now: Guest Bedroom and Craft Room in 2019 with beige carpet

I redecorated this space the fall of 2018. You can actually read a bunch of posts about this process and find ALL the details on how I decorated this space here. I was just re-reading the last blog post on this room and it has an excellent quote for these trying pandemic times. Is it weird to quote myself? Yes, yes it is, but this is even more true now.

You can’t predict what madness you will face, but you can decide how you handle it and thrive in a new environment.

I hope you are all thriving during our new normal of being home bound.

This room also has its own bathroom. Here is the bathroom circa 2018 before we had it renovated.

Bathroom prior to renovation in 2018

I designed this bathroom with all of my favorite things: green hex tile, the Cole & Sons Woods Wallpaper. 2019 was the 50th year anniversary of the Woods wallpaper design and they had a special article celebrating it in their magazine. They picked one of my photos of this bathroom to include in the magazine!

Now: Bathroom in 2020
Now: Bathroom in 2020

You can read a blog post on the bathroom renovation here. The green hex tile is a favorite on Instagram. If you are on there, follow me at @brandeyehome.

Let me know your thoughts on these rooms. I hope everyone is staying safe and sane during this time!

Maine Quilt Collection


The Maine Quilt Collection is finally complete! I actually started it in January 2017 and the only reason I know that date is due to photos having date stamps, yay! Lol. Sometimes it takes over two years to make 7 quilts. After I made the first two, I went on a long hiatus of quilt making. I was burnt out and decided to put Brand-Eye on hold, for like the 3rd time. However, in June of this year we had a photo shoot at our home with Better Homes and Gardens!!! I wanted to finish a quilt for the guest bedroom in time for the shoot and it rekindled my quilt making soul. I can’t tell you when or what they may be publishing in their magazine (I don’t even know), but quilts were involved in a few photos and it made me feel really proud of them. I decided to give this whole Brand*Eye thing another go.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

This collection started with hand sewn quilt blocks that I bought during our first trip to Maine in 2016. A few were found at an antique shop during that trip and I found a few more at a local flea market. Now I have made each of them into a quilt! It was a really fun experiment with color, because it made me break out of my usual color palette and take some risks. For example, hot pink and lime!

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. Fabric decisions.

As I mentioned, the first two were made in 2017. Below is the first one that I made and I am keeping it 🙂 I am a big fan of large expanses of solid fabric so you can really see and appreciate the texture that you get from quilting. The front of it is just one quilt block with an expanse of blue.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. The first one. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

The back has more colors with additional fabrics and patterns.

Maine Quilt Collection by Brand*Eye Home. The back of the first one. Photo by Melissa Hassey.

Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair


Last week I received an Eames Shell Chair for free! Ok, so let me back up a bit. This year I have been trying to do a lot of things outside of my comfort zone. A couple of months ago I saw that Herman Miller in Philly was having a contest of how you would design, or redesign this chair (using all or parts of the chair). This was one of those out of my comfort zone things that I just entered before I could overthink it. Below was the design that I entered, and lo and behold they picked it!

Design entry. My quilting skills are a bit better than my photoshop skills.

The fun part is that I don’t get to keep this chair (although it is SO comfy and now I want to buy one :-). All 15 of them will be auctioned off on October 10th during DesignPhiladelphia. I can’t wait to see all of the designs! All proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Charter High School for Architecture and Design. The event is open to everyone, and I’d love to see you there! You just have to register at the event page, linked in the photo below.

Herman Miller’s Annual Modern Classic Event, October 10

I was allowed to pick the color and either with or without arms. I choose peacock blue and with arms. Below is from the day they dropped it off.

Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair