Interior Design: Drawing Board

Historic Context

After inheriting a turn-of-the-century home in Baltimore’s Roland Park, owners turned to Kirsten Anthony Kaplan to update its interiors while respecting its Prairie-style architecture. A new color palette introduced a sophisticated edge while Kaplan selected furnishings that “would not feel incongruous” in the home’s historical context.


Then Now
A three-quarter wall blocked off the dining room from the expansive great room. Kaplan reduced the divider to a half-wall that opens the room up, delineating each area and revealing the dramatic fireplace.
The contrast between the dark beams and the walls made the space feel like a lodge or “time capsule.” The walls were painted gray and beams painted a few shades darker to create a clean, monochromatic palette.
Though many pieces had sentimental value, the furnishings did not reflect the new owner’s transitional aesthetic. Kaplan retained the existing dining table but added modern chairs and a new chandelier from Circa Lighting.
The interiors lacked detail and definition. A Farrow & Ball wallcovering and drapes in a luxurious Holly Hunt fabric add texture and personality.


INTERIOR DESIGN: Kirsten Anthony Kaplan, Haus Interior Design, Rockville, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: Winchester Construction, Millersville, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: Helen John.