Interiors have to function well to be well designed.
Yellow Pine Terrace Kitchen
A kitchen remodel was desired to reflect a timeless, clean-lined and open space that respected the traditional architecture of the home. While the foot print remained unchanged, upper cabinets were removed to make way for expanded windows, bringing the gorgeous outdoors in. Storage was added through the efficient use of drawers, floor to ceiling cabinetry, and a pantry whose door mimics the refrigerator door enhancing the furniture look. The mix of materials, play of light and dark, incorporation of classical proportions and the embrace of varied styles rendered this highly functional space as one whose warm and comfortable style will outlast trends.
One of the homeowners of this home, an avid gardener, wanted to open the walls and windows to bring the joys of her garden indoors. The other homeowner, an accomplished artist, was seeking to create a gallery to display his artwork and those of others he has collected. The house, as it existed, did not meet either of their needs and so a total remodel was in order.
In addition to widening doorways and expanding the windows, both homeowners sought to replace their earth-toned interiors with a more serene palette that would allow the garden to take center stage from their family room and kitchen while creating a soothing back drop for art. The red brick fireplace was removed and replaced with gorgeous stone that mimicked the garden stonework. The new stone also informed the palette of soft blues and teals grounded by the warmth of the new wood floors and sophisticated furnishings.
Motorized shades were installed in the family room to control the intense afternoon summer sun, but virtually disappear when not in use to give full exposure to the garden. The homeowners, who travel extensively, found themselves wanting to spend more time in their “new” home after the remodel.
In addition to a major upgrade, this master bath was expanded to incorporate space found hidden behind a wall which became a second large master closet. The entire suite was gutted to make way for an enlarged zero-threshhold shower with multiple spray heads, a floating architectural tub, heated marble mosaic flooring, updated furniture-look cabinetry, and beautiful LED lighting. The false-palladium windows were replaced with well-proportioned, clean-lined, and energy-efficient casements. The functionality of this suite was further enhanced with the use of motorized roman shades. The homeowners love the spa-like feel, the warmth of the floors, and the great windows which provide beautiful views of the surrounding greenery.
This hallway is the entrance into the Master Suite of Holly Manor, the 27th Annual Decorator Show House for Historic Ellicott City, Inc. The home had been expanded and renovated several times since the late 1700s. In this latest iteration, the current homeowners had completely renovated the entire house installing modern, ecological conveniences like geo-thermal temperature control, while maintaining the Colonial Williamsburg aesthetic they so adored.
The design of this hallway takes its cues from that traditional period but gets a fresh update. By mixing spare forms and modern finishes with rich textures, patterns, and images from the past, it marries colonial motifs with today's design sensibilities to create a rich and inviting passage into their private sanctuary.
As you walk into the space, you are lured by the soft palette and find a perch where you can shed your shoes, briefcase, or jacket. A book or magazine may await you there as you lounge before heading out for the evening.
This award-winning Orren Pickell masterpiece was in desperate need of an update prior to being placed on the market for sale. With a limited budget, functional upgrades were made (laundry room carpeting replaced with tile, etc.) existing furniture was re-arranged, and accessories were added to better highlight the gorgeous architecture of the space. Great attention was paid to bringing in larger scale pieces to better harmonize with the grand public rooms and re-positioning the furnishings to create intimate conversation groupings.
Contemporary seating and artwork coupled with traditional rugs and case goods gave this home the collected look that was desired. Double height ceilings in the family room called for large-scale furnishings and the warm palette infused the rooms with intimacy.
Downsizing from a single-family residence to a two bedroom condo was a breeze when this homeowner got to reimagine her home as a loft-like abode with an artful space for entertaining family and friends.