After following Design*Sponge for 12 years and working for Design*Sponge for the last five, I didn’t expect that one of my favorite tours of all time would end up being published in the final months of the site. Michelle Gage shared her gorgeous living and dining room spaces with us a few weeks ago, and I still can’t get those rooms out of my mind. Her ability to layer old, new, mass market and one-of-a-kind pieces in a home makes each space feel so intentionally designed. Thankfully for her clients, she doesn’t just design this way for herself — Michelle is an interior designer by trade.
When Michelle and her husband Alex were looking for homes, they wanted a place that they could fully renovate, but they also had a design studio on their wishlist for Michelle’s growing design business. The home they found in Villanova, PA had the designated space but like the rest of the house, the studio needed some love to be functional and beautiful — in Michelle’s words, “It was a dump!” Today we get to peek inside her lovely, revamped design studio and a bit of the process that went into the look you see today. —Lauren