Neda Couzens Interiors Featured in December 2011 Issue of Main Line Today

Interior Designer Neda Couzens Makes a Conshy Home Luxurious and Livable

The Bryn Mawr decorator works her magic on a manse that’s perfect for entertaining.

By Tara Behan

It had to be something special. Neda Couzens knew she wanted to make a memorable first impression in her clients’ custom-built Conshohocken home. So the Bryn Mawr-based interior designer sought out the services of artist Nadia Zychal to work her magic on the walls of the foyer and a nearby hallway leading to the home office.

Couzens installed a wooden chair rail and baseboard. The space in between was Zychal’s canvas. The artist spent four months on a beautiful faux-woodwork look. “Visitors can’t believe that it’s not real inlaid wood,” says Couzens. “They have to touch it to believe it.”

And the foyer is just the beginning in this Old World European-style home. “The owners wanted it to be casual and warm—nothing overly stuffy or too fancy,” she says. “They like to throw parties, so it had to be great for entertaining.”

Casual elegance, with an emphasis on fun, makes staying at home a blast. (Photo by John Lewis)

The main living areas are fancy and functional. In the kitchen, cherrywood cabinets, topped with black granite countertops, line the perimeter of the room. A massive center island, with its vast neutral granite countertop, is perfect for party buffets and as a routine gathering place for family. The island’s base is stained black and has refrigerator/freezer drawers, a wine fridge and plenty of storage. Glass cabinets on either side of the armoire-style refrigerator display cherished family items.

Couzens brought in classic touches like a stainless-steel farmhouse sink with a carved motif on its front apron. A decorative wrought-iron pot rack over the island makes an interesting alternative to the expected light fixture.

From the kitchen, one can look out into the great room, with its warm woods, comfortable leather furniture and adjoining bar. When the weather cooperates, party guests gravitate to the patio area, where there’s a working fireplace, a grill area, and stairs leading to the resort-caliber pool and spa.

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