Joseph Matthews is the founder and owner of Matthews Interior Design, a Philadelphia & Los Angeles, CA based design firm offering a wide range of superb bi-coastal interior-design and decorating services.
Launched in 2006, Matthews Interior Design is a client-focused, detail-oriented firm specializing in projects large and small. Joe has worked with clients from coast to coast, providing a spectrum of design services that includes contemporary high-rise condos; traditionally inspired brownstones; commercial and restaurant development/décor; kitchens and bathrooms; business environments; and the staging of home properties for resale, model homes and redesign.
Additionally, Joe's vast experience encompasses lighting concepts, custom furniture and custom closet design, window treatments, and color consultations, as well as the custom design of high-end luxury cars. Joe designs to fit his clients' needs, helping them to create an aesthetically pleasing environment while keeping scale, function and budget in mind. He was named Interior Decorator of the Year by PGN in Philadelphia and has been featured in Philadelphia Style & Center City magazine.
Since 1999, he's brought a creative brilliance to Philadelphia and currently resides in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles, CA. He commutes to and from both cities monthly and works with his clients bringing an East Coast flavor to Los Angeles and a little bit of Hollywood Glamour to the Philadelphia/ Tri-State area.
Joe is available by appointment only.
servicesFive Steps to Fabulous Design:
- Project Assessment: interviewing, photographs, measurements, review of floor plans
- Design Development: sketches, (color, fabric, furniture, accessory selection), design boards, purchasing schedules, budgeting
- Project Administration: coordination of trades, procurement, materials tracking
- Installation: sequencing of trades, on-site supervision, installation
- Project Wrap-up and Evaluation: we’re still around when the dust settles!
- Staging for Resale, Model Homes & Redesign
- Kitchen, Bathroom & Lighting Design
- Space Planning/Layout, Floor Plans, Elevations & Schematics
- Custom Upholstered Furnishings, Built-ins, Built Outs, Home Theater, Outdoor Entertainment Areas and Window Treatments
- Color Consultation
- Furniture, Fabric & Accessories Selection
- De-cluttering and Organizational Systems
- Online “Do it yourself” store coming this Spring of 2010! This will provide designers inside trade secrets to the hottest items available on the market with the tools for you to “Do it yourself!”
Are you relocating to the East Coast and looking for a service to do your unpacking, design your entire home and help you create organizational systems that will aid in a more efficient way of living? Look no further! You simply turn the key, walk in and experience the feeling that you see on every design television show! Even down to the blow dryer & coffee maker. This service allows you the time to focus on you and your career, while we take care of all of the details. All furniture packages start at $4,000.00 with upgrades available upon request.
Turn Key Living Room will include:
Custom upholstered sofa, coffee table, side chair, side table, console table, 5X8 100% wool rug, wall art, accessories, shipping, delivery, installation and space planning.
Turn Key Office will include:
Desk, desk chair, bookshelf, armchair, 3x5 100% wool rug, color consultation, wall art, accessories, shipping, delivery, installation and space planning
Turn Key Bedroom will include:
Queen bed frame, two night stands, bureau, 3x5 100% wool rug, color consultation, wall art, accessories, shipping, delivery, installation and space planning
Turn Key Dining Room will include:
Dining table, four dining chairs, bar, color consultation, wall art, accessories, shipping, delivery, installation and space planning
TOY 2009 Review
Philadelphia Gay News, February 11, 2010
Catacombs Radio Interview
November 11, 2009
Holiday spirit abounds at DVLF
Philadelphia Gay News, November 2009
Professional Portrait: Joseph M. Matthews
Philadelphia Gay News, July 2009
Catacombs Radio Interview
June 23, 2009
testimonials“Joe masterfully furnished my home, despite the limitations imposed by a large collection of modern art prints, Persian carpets, and a couple of favorite furniture pieces. The finished work shows off and harmonizes with those pieces. The furniture shapes and colors he chose have transformed the space while respecting what I had. He has wonderful taste in color, is patient with client preferences, and is attentive to cost. What could have been a nightmare turned out to be a lot of fun.”
“Living in the Hollywood Hills is great and when it comes to finding the perfect interior designer its tough- everyone has a suggestion. Having Joe design our home was such a delight. His easy going personality; mixed with artistic flavor was not only effective, I bet he will some day make for a great television show!”
“The mission: meet the ‘immediate’ needs to showcase our home to several out-of-town guests invited to stay for the duration of our daughter’s wedding festivities within three weeks! Joe masterfully incorporated my sensitivity to the past and determination to resurrect various items from the attic along with my desire to give the house a fresh updated look. Joe created a photo gallery within our library, thoughtfully placed memorabilia in each room for the perfect nostalgic touch. He selected and ordered area rugs, furniture pieces and drapes for the perfect look. Joe accomplished all this in record time, without compromising his talent for utilizing space and tasteful design. I refer to Joe Matthews as the Compassionate Interior Designer!”
“Joe Matthews designed our law offices and several rooms of my home in our 1926 Center City building. We have received many compliments from clients on the look of our offices. He tries to find pieces to match the client, and has purchased unusual items for us as close as the internet and as far as Istanbul, where he went on a special trip to buy rugs for the office. We got an elegant look at reasonable cost.”
“Working with Joe during the renovation process of my entire first floor was a wonderful experience. He helped with timely project management issues, was able to design/ select cutting edge materials and coordinated with the contractors. In return, created a stunning kitchen, bathroom and fireplace that receives continued compliments. I would highly recommend Joe for any interior needs.”
“As a "neophyte" decorator owning my own home for the first time (even though I am north of 50) I turned to Joe Matthews to help me create an easy living yet sophisticated interior for my home. With Joe's help I was able to select the right pieces that reflect both my modern leanings and accentuate some of the unique character of my 1820's home. I would recommend Joe for anyone facing the dilemma of creating a space that reflects your personality and lifestyle while adding the touches that can really make your home stand out.”
“Our introduction to Matthews Interior Design was perfect timing. We were just beginning to decorate our new home and wanted to add personality throughout but were having difficulty finding items on our own. From the moment Joe walked through our door, that was no longer a concern for us. He has helped us transform our home into a beautiful masterpiece, one room at a time, working diligently together on our budget at our pace - another wonderful element to doing business with Joe. He’s very honest with style and keeps our goals in mind while combining both my taste along with my husbands. Showing our individuality with the very distinctive pieces he has instituted into our home. We continue to work with Joe today and have been blessed with his friendship through our professional endeavors with him and look forward to transforming more rooms with his expertise.”
“Joseph Matthews was a delight to work with. He helped us transform our home for a big event, reworking the space and layout of our public areas to provide a welcoming environment and easy flow. We put Joe in charge of everything, from color schemes and wall coverings to floor coverings, accent pieces and accessories. He was flexible and worked hard to creat eye-catching results while staying within a budget. Not only were we thrilled with the results, but many of our guests were so impressed that they asked for Joe's contact information. We look forward to working with Joe again in the future and highly recommend his work.”
“I hired Matthews Interior Design to decorate my office space in Philadelphia. Joe Matthews provided exceptional service combined with outstanding talent and created the exact enviroment that fit our professional style and expectations. Joe asked the right questions and listened. I was very impressed with how Joe managed our budget, allowing us to get the highest level of quality products and make the most effective decisions for our long-term needs. I have and would recommend Matthews Interior Design to associates that are interested in creating any enviroment into a well thoughtout, designed space that delivers a memorable impression to all who enter.”
“Working with Joe was a great overall experience. His enthusiastic personality, imaginative nature and excellent communications skills made for a great experience. He helped me organize my home, select furnishings that fit perfectly for my space, had excellent follow through skills, but most importantly he listens to what the client needs and wants.”
“We really enjoyed working with Joe Matthews. He had many excellent ideas, and was exceptional working with colors and fabrics. We had one powder room with a glass sink that looked horrible for years - Joe showed us the right colors to complement the sink and fixtures and turned that room into one of the best in the house. Joe's hard work and dedication were evident throughout. Whenever we ran into bumps with vendors, Joe went above and beyond and straightened everything out so that we did not have to worry about anything. We had significant time constraints to finish decorating our living room before our holiday party and again Joe was so helpful - he even showed up on the morning of the party with final items to finish the look he created.”