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Architect Cathy Purple Cherry and designer Annie Kersey of Purple Cherry Architects conceived a classically styled pool-house kitchen/bar for an Annapolis custom-home project. The luxe space features ample hidden and visible storage for barware and a bar for two with views of the South River. A beverage fridge, wine cooler, icemaker and more make entertaining poolside easy. Photo: Durston Saylor; styling: Helen Crowther

Form + Function

Designers share tips on marrying beauty and practicality in organized spaces

“We are meticulous about functional requirements and consider ergonomics, lighting and intuitive interfaces. Some caution: In an age of abundant new technology, we are wary of integrating systems that haven’t been vetted.”

—Josh Hildreth, Josh Hildreth Interiors

“In a wine cellar, you should balance functionality and aesthetics as you would in any other room. We recently designed a glassed-walled wine room visible on three sides. This is a contemporary adaptation for homeowners who do a lot of entertaining.”

—Arlene Critzos, Interior Concepts, Inc.

“A home office requires hidden storage for items you don’t want to see every day. We measure existing files and leave room for expansion. And we use books as artwork; when displayed, they add color, warmth and personality.”

—Sarita Simpson, Interior Matter

“Avoiding clutter is the obvious goal for an organized space. We design storage based on the clients’ organizational needs. How will they use the area? What will they put in it? Will they be sitting or standing when they’re in it? We incorporate display space for treasured items; it is more pleasant to work while surrounded by beautiful things.”

—Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors

PHOTO: Stylish Productions

“Think carefully about the balance of form and function. You’ll want some concealed space for items that are not aesthetically pleasing, so install a mix of open and closed storage. Adjustable shelving will allow for change and variation, while leaving some open space will create breathing room. Staggered shelves lend a curated look.”

—Annie Kersey, Purple Cherry Architects

Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors

Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors


PHOTO: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography

Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio

Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH, LLC​


PHOTO:  Angela Newton Roy Photography

Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC


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