Habitat: A New Approach on the Main Line
A traditional Bryn Mawr colonial gets a pared-down glam redesign.
Barette Widell and Christina Boschetti had garnered some attention for a few small-scale projects each did on her own, so when they paired up in 2016 to create their own firm, North Philadelphia-based Widell + Boschetti, the duo was ready to tackle something major.
A few months later, that something major came along: A young family they knew through a connection in town was moving to the Main Line and needed help turning a traditional, incohesive interior into something that felt a little more like home. It turned out to be a good match: Widell and Boschetti were eager to get to work, and the clients had a generous budget and little to say about the design process overall, aside from the fact that they wanted the 4,500-square-foot space to emulate their style — edgy, sleek, sexy, posh and minimal, all wrapped into one. “The aesthetic was a bit eclectic, with hints of surprises,” says Boschetti.
The project is ongoing, and Boschetti attributes success thus far to the homeowners’ faith in their designers’ vision. “The client let us just go with the designs,” she says. “This is a win-win scenario — for both the client and the designer.”
Published as “Habitat: A New Approach” in the April 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.