Fine Furnishings + Art: Drawing Board

The Art of Color

Fine Furnishings + Art: Drawing Board The original dining room of the 2015 Baltimore Symphony Decorator Show House was somber and dark. When she signed on to redesign it, Paula Henry envisioned the opposite: a bright, colorful space that, she says, “would honor the older home but feel contemporary.”

Then Now
The walls and wainscoting were painted dingy green, with lots of ornate decorative moldings. White millwork contrasts with abstract watercolor art that has been digitally printed on wallpaper. The original moldings on the walls frame each section.
Dark-stained, traditional furniture looked dated and boring. A lacquered sideboard from Century complements the colors while white Bernhardt furniture “lets the walls be the star.”
A built-in china cabinet added nothing to the space. A wine rack, installed by Summerhill Cabinets, holds bottles and glasses.
Sconces were the only source of light. A chandelier by Visual Comfort and lamps from Arteriors illuminate the space.


Interior Design: Paula A. Henry, Simply Put Interiors, Inc., Reisterstown, Maryland. Decorative Art: Dee Cunningham, Cunningham Studios, Ellicott City, Maryland. Photography: Alain Jaramillo.