Caren B. Wenner founded Caren Wenner Interior Design in 2005, capitalizing on over 20 years of professional design experience and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from Spring Garden College in Philadelphia, PA. Blazing a trail throughout Southeast Pennsylvania, homes, businesses, and organizations throughout Chester County, the Main Line, and the Philadelphia area all bear witness to Caren’s creativity and attention to detail. Her trained eye allows her to tastefully combine colors and patterns with custom details, including unique ceiling, floor, and window treatments. This flexibility is just one of many reasons for her recognition within the field of interior design.
Even with her unique style, Caren’s personal approach encourages her clients to express themselves through her design. She uses her expertise to channel her clients’ desires, rather than overpowering them with a “signature” style that quickly becomes cookie-cutter. The studio works with many trades who share her commitment to excellence, customer service, and providing the best possible results for each and every client.
Designer Tour: At Home With Downingtown’s Caren Wenner
The interior designer gets whimsical in her historic 1797 Chester County home.
BY TARA BEHAN
Interior designer Caren Wenner fuels her passion for historic homes with her own 1797 Downingtown residence. Her favorite space is a family room addition. “I used reclaimed ceiling beams and flooring, aged woodwork, and a true whitewash technique on the walls,” she says. “It looks like it belongs with the rest of the home.”
Personal decorating style: Eclectic traditional with a touch of whimsy. “I like to add unexpected elements that reflect my clients´ personalities.”
Three words that sum up her design: Creative, individualized, inspiring.
Most prized possession in her home: “An 1800s tramp-art whirligig fashioned solely from found everyday objects like chair legs, wire and tin-can lids.”
Design elements she likes to bring into a space: Reclaimed architectural pieces, and aged metal and wood.
Favorite design trend of the moment: Combining gray and camel colors. “It breaks the rule of going with either a cool or warm color palette, and it looks fresh and inviting.”
A room isn´t fully decorated until: “There´s an unexpected fabric, faux finish or mural on an otherwise unexciting ceiling. I see ceilings as a blank canvas waiting to be discovered by the artist. ”
Her definition of good taste: When favorite pieces and family heirlooms blend seamlessly with new pieces and styles. “It´s important for me to incorporate elements that have a personal meaning to my clients, while keeping it functional and beautiful. ”
Design advice she loves to give: “Don´t be afraid of color. Our productivity, mood and well-being are all affected by our surroundings.”
The best part of her job: “Getting to know what truly reflects my clients and their lives.”