photo of foyer showing white woodwork around stained door to left and blue venetian plaster to the right
The Old Village Design Studio™ created custom finishes for the interior and exterior of the front doors and a spectacular blue venetian plaster inside the foyer for this historic c1850s townhome. We also did the painting on the woodwork
photo of foyer showing white woodwork around stained door to left and blue venetian plaster to the right

The Old Village Design Studio™

The Old Village Design Studio™, led by Emilie Stulb, is a unique offering from Old Village Master Painters.

Emilie and her team create custom specialty finishes and decorative effects to transform your space into your dream home. Show us a magazine page, photo, something from Pinterest or Houzz, or just describe your idea and let us create it for you!


If You can Dream it ~ We can Create It

"...You offered a working relationship that truly served to make us happy with the final finishes. Our refinished mahogany handrail is just beautiful and was not an easy color to achieve! The new coffered ceiling beams in our family room were so artfully painted to look like aged wood that no one can tell the difference. The beams are spectacular. Hutter, Emilie, Ed and team - you are amazing! ..." read more ... -- Tour this project

Old Village works directly with you - your designer - architect - or custom builder to help create the perfect look for your space.

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Venetian Plaster

photo of bar with blue venetian plaster wall behind it
Venetian Plaster is a beautiful, durable veneer. Resistant to both mold and moisture, it can be used indoors and outdoors. A great feature for kitchens, baths, restaurants and bars like this at the Carmel Kitchen and Wine Bar.

Reactive Stains

The Old Village Design Studio™ has developed methods that use low VOC and environmentally friendly materials to create beautiful reactive stains, like we did on this reclaimed oak flooring in a barn-to-residence conversion in Chester County.

Pickling/Bleaching

Pickling - or bleaching wood - brings out aspects that give it a lighter, aged or even glowing look. Old Village uses modern techniques and materials to achieve beautiful pickled finishes such as the ceiling in this Flourtown Carriage House

Doors can Make a Statement

photo collage showing The Athenaeum stone building, front entrance doors, and detail of doors after restoration
The Old Village Design Studio™ can restore your old weather-beaten door - or - create a special look for a new one. Mary and Emilie are shown here are restoring the doors at The Athenaeum, a National Historic Landmark around the corner from Independence Hall

Stains and Polishes

photo of volute at end of stair rail with mahogany stain and french polish
Dark stains can make stair rails, exposed beams and other wood work stand out. French polish on top of a custom mahogany stain gives a dramatic depth to this stair rail and volute in Skippack)

Specialty Finishes

photo of cabinets with rust colored milk paint finish
The Design Studio offers numerous techniques for adding special touches to your home. We finished these cabinets in Fort Washington with a milk paint effect to produce a beautiful aged rust look. If you can dream it ~ we can create it!

Wood Wash

photo of family room with wood washed panels above fire place
Wood Wash is a beautiful, understated type of finish that brings a softer, and - sometimes - weathered look to natural wood. The created effect can range from a blonde - as shown here in the library this c1850 townhome - to driftwood greys.

Decorative Effects

photo of ornate frame gilded with antique gold leaf
There are a myriad of different effects that can be used to make your space unique. This antiqued gold leaf finish was created by The Old Village Design Studio™ for a client looking for a truly unique piece.

Custom Detailing

photo of Emilie Stulb Magowan hand-painting design on wall to reproduce damaged wallpaper
Our customer had water damage that ruined a favorite wallpaper. Emilie Stulb Magowan was able to reproduce the pin tuck look of the wallpaper while updating the color and texture. She created a linen texture with plaster and had a custom stencil made to reproduce the design.



More than just a Painting Company ~ We Cater to Fine Homes

Old Village Master Painters, Ltd
348 Railroad Ave
Ambler, PA 19002 USA
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Catering to Fine Homes in Gwynedd Valley. Fort Washington, Chestnut Hill, the Main Line, Philadelphia and throughout the
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More than just a Painting Company ~ We Cater to Fine Homes
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