Includes: A “ladies lounge” highlighted with pink neon signs and a powder room designed like a jewel box.
As a co-founder of an interior design company Widell + Boschetti, Barette Widell is used to create a dreamlike space for people. But when it comes to refurbishing her gut, she finally came up with a designer’s dream when she bought a 8,000-square-foot property in Moorestown a few weeks before the pandemic. “I wanted to show them what they could do and really push the boundaries for themselves,” she says.
After opening the floor plan to best suit her family — she and her husband have two young boys — Widell started the layer with a thoughtful blend of textures, patterns, and shapes. (“I love curved elements,” she says.) The whispering soft color palette of the house contains a lot of pink inspired by Widele’s background as a professional ballerina. After all, her home is playful eclectic (the “ladies’ lounge” presided over by the neon sign), subtle sophistication (completely patina brass elements), and gorgeous craftsmanship (hand-painted Venetian plaster walls). A perfectly choreographed mix of. “This is forever,” says Widell. “I will never leave this house.”
“We call this house a Casa alpaca because it had a barn and three alpaca. There are goats, donkeys and geese. It’s like farm life, but it’s a very sophisticated way.” — Barrett Wide NS
Inspired by the lounge she saw in London, Weidle created a similarly sexy space next to the media room in the house. Called the “Ladies Lounge,” it features custom-made sofas and walls hand-painted by New York artists. Heather Josack.. “Children are not allowed here,” says Widell.
Custom lamp by Anna Carlin It was Widell’s first and favorite home purchase. The Venetian plaster walls, hand-painted by local artist Katie Dubury, set the stage for the pink arc chair of Cuff Studio, the room’s prominent star.
“I wanted this to feel like a jewelry box,” says Widell. Throat pony hair wallpapers, jewel-like mirrors, and custom wall-mounted vanities make a big impact in small spaces.
Widell chose the Scandinavian atmosphere here. Flat panel white oak cabinet with integrated hardware, antique stone countertop and backsplash, and custom brass hood.
Published as “Passion Project” in the August 2021 issue Philadelphia magazine.