sneak peek: susan and parker hutchinson


Susan Hutchinson and her husband, Parker, live in a 1948 cottage in the historic town of West Chester, PA. They purchased it a year and a half ago and have been working on home improvements ever since. Their style is mostly vintage and traditional, with modern elements mixed in, and infused with antiques and French pieces (Susan is an eternal Francophile), some of which were inherited. The couple also loves a good flea market. Susan is an interior designer, stylist and blogger who, in addition to running Nesting, a baby/kids-focused design business and blog; maintaining her personal blog, Fleurishing; and doing editorial and event styling as Fleurishing LLC, is about to embark on her biggest project to date: twins! We’re super excited to reveal the nursery, so don’t miss it after the jump! Hopefully their beloved Billy (holding down the fort on the couch pictured above) handles the new additions to the family later this summer. Best of luck, Susan, and thanks to Courtney Apple Photography for the great photos! — Anne

Image above: The living room won us over with its original floors and beautiful light, which Billy loves to bask in. The sofa belonged to my grandparents, and it is very special to me. The custom drapery features a Brunschwig & Fils fabric, the gold speckled cowhide rug (which we lovingly refer to as “Herman”) is by Horchow, and the decorative brass leaf is from High Street Market. All paint colors throughout the home are Farrow & Ball.

Image above: An original feature of the house, this built-in hutch in the kitchen is the perfect spot to highlight my collection of vintage milk glass, ironstone, and china. We don’t have a formal dining room, so this houses both our everyday and special china, although I’m a big believer in using the fancy stuff all the time.

See more of Susan and Parker’s home — and nursery — after the jump . . .

Image above: Our wood-burning fireplace is one of our favorite features, especially during the cozy, cold winters. The painting is very dear to me and was purchased in Paris after falling in love with it at a hotel there. The vintage Model 95 polaroid camera was my grandfather’s and interestingly enough was introduced in 1948, the year our home was built!

Image above: My office is the most feminine and French space in the house, and it is where I design and blog. It houses many design books, fabrics, and personal mementos of mine. The chair and chandelier are vintage, the desk is by Artesia, and the drapery and paint are the same as that in the living room, as the two spaces are open to one another.

Image above: The kitchen has been our largest undertaking, as many incomplete and bizarre changes had been made over the years by past owners. Our main goal was to return it to its more modest beginnings. We kept the footprint of the space, including the cabinets, but removed all uppers, painted them, and added new hardware. The butcher-block countertop and range hood are from Ikea. The original flooring in this room was in bad shape, so we installed cork tiles. We added old salvaged barn wood to an existing soffit, which now appears to be an original beam. We have plans to add a subway tile backsplash and more open shelving, but that will have to wait until the baby craziness calms down!

Image above: One of our favorite items in the kitchen is the vintage mixer from Parker’s grandfather; it still works! The farmhouse-style faucet is Grohe, and I purchased the mini hanging terrarium at Terrain.

Image above: We spend a good bit of time at the kitchen banquette by Ballard Designs. Most often, I’m sitting there watching my husband cook . . . I’m a lucky lady! I made the terrarium at a Terrain workshop and am so proud it’s still alive! The vintage light and milk can were flea market finds, and the maps are originals done in the 1880s representing the two quadrants of our historic town where we have lived.

Image above: Our closet evolved from a long, narrow room under the eaves, and we feel so lucky to have a walk-in, given the era of our home! We just painted that wall with chalkboard paint and haven’t even christened it yet! The embroidery hoop quotes a Smiths song and is by local Philly artist Chez Sucre Chez. The striped hook is from Anthropologie.

Image above: Just a tiny little nook in our den, which houses more books, DVDs and albums. The fishing basket and stool are vintage family treasures.

Image above: We are lucky to have the largest space upstairs as our master. It is very cozy, and amazingly houses our king bed and a sitting area off to the side. The Pottery Barn swivel lights clear up much-needed table space. We are both self-proclaimed linen snobs (it’s actually how we met), and the sheets and coverlet are Yves Delorme.

Image above: This buffet was one of my very first “grown-up” purchases in my twenties, and has remained a stylish and practical piece wherever I’ve lived. Currently it houses our many books and collectables, such as our corks, which we carefully save and label with the occasion. Layering mirrors and frames is one of my favorite design tricks.

Image above: Having been in the baby/kids design field for years now, I’ve dreamed of designing my own nursery for quite some time. I never imagined it would be for twins! Keeping with the monochromatic theme of our home, I kept the nursery neutral, which also works well for boy/girl twins. The room is painted Light Gray by Farrow & Ball, the cribs are RH Baby & Child, and the drapery and linens were custom designed by moi. The birdcage mobile is by Brooklyn artist Tamar Mogendorff, and the cross-stitched and embroidered hoops over the cribs were designed for us by the lovely Kimberly of Chez Sucre Chez.

Image above: The entire nursery scheme was inspired by the Jacadi teddy bear, which my husband and I purchased in Paris a while ago, intending to expand our family. The bunny bookends hold vintage Bobbsey Twins books, and the gilded alphabet blocks are by Tiny Giraffe. The custom Fichman radiator cover provides much-needed display space.

Image above: My husband lovingly designed and installed the closet system, which is divided in two for each child. The drapery is custom, and the Moroccan pouf by Serena & Lily also acts as a footstool for the chair we have in our master bedroom (which is where I’ll be spending a lot of my time, very soon)!

Image above: The babies already have quite the book collection . . . these are just our favorites. Book ledges by Land of Nod.

Image above: I was determined to interject gold into the nursery, and the starting point was this quatrefoil flush mount light by Circa Lighting. The dresser was my grandmother’s (coordinates with the highboy in our master closet), and we painted it, leaving the original hardware intact. The two square art pieces are by Sarah & BendrixCoral & Tusk, and the sweater was mine as a baby. I just hung it without glass from a flea market frame. The hobnail milk glass lamp is by Maura Daniel.

Image above: The main bathroom is downstairs and we haven’t done much to this space besides painting, adding the chrome sconces and custom curtain, and replacing the door. We were lucky to find the original doors and hardware in our garage, and we have since returned three to their original glory.

Image above: Our little 1948 cottage, complete with white picket fence. So cliché, we know, but we love it.

  1. nyue says:

    lovely home…cozy and warm

  2. lesley says:

    so so lovely – west chester is my hometown and this sweet home makes me think i could move back there…..

  3. Hannah says:

    Would like to consult with you guys if possible about a home in state college, I’m renting to own. Crammed and not up to date. 1930’s built. How do I contact you for ideas?

  4. Susan says:

    Merci tout le monde!!


  5. I just love the simplicity of the drapes. Just enough to accent, not overpowering!

  6. Mmmm, the paint colors! Beautiful depth and richness.

  7. Mary K says:

    Love this! Can I ask, where did you get your change pad cover? I love it!!!!

  8. Cori Magee says:

    Beautiful and lovely details throughout! Love the cliche white picket fence! :)

  9. Mary says:

    Your house is beautiful. Could you please tell me the colors of the fireplace and walls surrounding it? It’s beautiful

  10. Katie says:

    Linked through via Fleurishing…what an inviting & effortlessly chic home!

  11. Laura says:

    Gorgeous! What color paint did you use on the dresser in the nursery? I am painting a dresser for my nursery and I’m looking at using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. Thanks!!!!

  12. Myra says:

    You’re home is what you want to come home to and just smile. Thanks for sharing. Is your shower curtain an extra long and if so, where did you get?

  13. Andrew says:

    Beautiful and cozy, especially loving the colour palette you chooses. And those nice radiator covers do an excellent job! Oh.. and that dresser.. perfect!

  14. Haley Cupp says:

    You have a beautiful home! Will you please tell me what color you painted the dresser in the nursery? My email is Thank you!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful home! I was also wondering about the fireplace color. Is it the same Light Gray as the walls or a shade lighter?

  16. Jinjin says:

    Could you please tell me what color you used on the fireplace, it looks great!

  17. Sarah says:

    What a beautiful home! As a big fan of Farrow & Ball, I would love to know the colours for each room. Thanks Sarah

  18. Ruth Ann Abbate says:

    Beautiful home! Could you please share the gray wall color, and the fireplace color? Thank you


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