Designer Tour: At Home With Downingtown's Caren Wenner

The interior designer gets whimsical in her historic 1797 Chester County home.

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Caren Wenner in her family room.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.

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