Home & Design

Tiny Gem - Downsizing from a large Northern Virginia residence, Fabiola Martens discovered a diminutive one-bedroom condo in Georgetown, tucked behind a stately, 1912 brick manse.

It was one of six in an attached building of the same era that had been recently overhauled; Martens pictured the ground-floor apartment, with a bedroom suite downstairs, as a temporary roost. “It was builder-grade,” she recounts. “I did a few things to it, nothing major. But whenever I had visitors, they just loved it. I was taken with that—I started thinking of it as my lovely little shoe box.”

After a couple of years, the Belgian-born designer purchased the unit next door in order to expand. The goal was to combine the two main-floor living spaces—thereby incorporating four large windows within one room. “Houses in Georgetown are very vertical and can be dark, usually with two front windows and a small backyard,” Martens observes. “I realized that by buying the second unit I could have more windows and light all day long.”

Working with contractor Mike Altuner of Cecchi Homes, Martens devised a program that gutted the main floor spaces, shifted walls, anchored a new kitchen at the far end of the room and captured the portion of the hall that previously led to the adjacent apartment. Located on opposite sides of the enlarged unit, the two staircases down to the bedrooms remain intact; the bedroom in the recently acquired section now serves as a study and TV room. While the lower-level rooms don’t communicate, both open out conveniently onto an expansive patio that provides an easy connection between the two.

Martens homed in on modern architectural elements as a backdrop for classical décor. “I have a lot of old paintings and antiques that I’ve collected over the years,” she notes. “I don’t have the means or willingness to change them, so I went the other way with the finishes—no moldings, no window frames. And because it’s a modern-feeling space, I was able to hang more art; in a room where there’s a lot going on architecturally, I would do less.” She adds that she wanted a sense of spaciousness and felt that architectural flourishes would make it feel closed-in.

Among the modern touches that grace the interior: linear, frameless bookshelves; unadorned tray ceilings; a lighting plan that features strategically placed, recessed LEDs; and above the dining table, a minimalist chandelier designed by Martens and painted to blend with the gray walls and ceiling. Just after moving in, the designer had traded outdated metal stair railings for a glass banister and acrylic handrails down to the bedroom.

The living and dining areas sound a classic note with dark-wood furnishings, light, neutral upholstery and gilt-framed artwork—all offset by pale-gray relaxed Roman shades; sleek, rift-oak floors in a gray-washed herringbone pattern that makes the space feel expansive; and occasional modern pieces such as a glass coffee table and a sculptural iron table of Martens’ design.

The kitchen required some consideration. “I’m actually not a loft-and-open-plan person,” Martens reveals. “I like the kitchen to be separate. But I had my vision of light and that needed an open plan.” To realize this ideal, she designed a wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, punctuated by windows. A La Cornue range—“the jewel of the kitchen,” says Martens—anchors the cabinet wall; the pale-gray custom cabinetry complements charcoal-colored Caesarstone countertops and an integrated sink on the island for a look of seamless, understated elegance. A breakfast bar tucked into one corner conceals appliances while a café table and chairs, against an accent wall clad in textured Phillip Jeffries wall covering, create the feel of a charming dining nook.

Downstairs, the renovation enhanced both the bedroom and study with stylish built-ins. The bathrooms were overhauled and the closet opposite one small bath was repurposed to hold a soaking tub. Martens’ bedroom is bright and airy, with walls and ceiling covered in white grass cloth and a wall of shallow shelves playfully displaying the designer’s beloved purse collection. By contrast, the study’s shelves of books, large-scale oil paintings and luxe, deep-gray fabrics conjure a moodier vibe—as does the velvet-covered sleep sofa, which, incidentally, was so big it had to be brought in through the window.

In fact, the home’s tight doorways presented other similar challenges—the most memorable being when the ceiling by the front door had to be knocked out to get the refrigerator in. “I said, ‘get a hammer and just do it; I’ll repair it later,’” Martens recalls, laughing.

Today, the lovely little shoe box is significantly larger—and beautifully reflects the designer’s vision. Says Martens, “I’ve never come up from the bedroom when I didn’t feel that I was coming up into the light.”

Renovation & Interior Design: Fabiola Martens, Fabiola Martens Interior Design, Washington, DC. Contracting: Mike Altuner, Cecchi Homes, Arlington, Virginia.

 

Tiny Gem - RESOURCES

GENERAL
Carpentry: Kevin Smith; 717-808-3738. Window Treatment: souliesinteriors.com. Upholstery Fabrication: Flowers Upholstery; 703-560-0308.

LIVING ROOM
Sofa: ferrellmittman.com. Sofa Fabric: Great Plains through hollyhunt.com. Armchairs: R Jones & Associates; 214-951-0091. Armchair, Ottoman & Shade Fabrics: Great Plains through hollyhunt.com. Coffee Table: andrewpearsonglass.com. Stool: Antique through newel.com. Ottoman: Custom. Floor Lamp: William Lipton Ltd; 212-751-8131. Artwork & Urn: Owners’ collection.  Chair Upholstery: belgianlinen.com. Art: Owners’ collection.

DINING AREA
Table: Owners’ collection. Chairs & Fabric: marstonluce.com. Light Fixture Design: fabiolamartens.com. Light Fixture Fabrication: Mike Weeks.

KITCHEN
Range: lacornueusa.com. Marble Sculpture, Tiered Table & Art over Café Table : Owners’ collection. Café Table: georgedavisantiques.com. Chairs: Jean Pierre Antiques; 202-337-1731.

SITTING AREA
Sofa: dessinfournir.com. Sofa Fabric: Great Plains through hollyhunt.com. Metal Coffee Table Design: fabiolamartens.com. Coffee Table fabrication: Mike Weeks. Art: Owners’ collection.

STUDY
Desk: madegoods.com. Sconces: vaughandesigns.com. Armchair: brightchair.com. Armchair Fabric: Great Plains through hollyhunt.com. Armchair by Window: leeindustries.com. Armchair Fabric: georgespencer.com. Blanket: gucci.com. Corner Table Fabric: jimthompsonfabrics.com. Coffee Table: hickorywhite.com. Rug: starkcarpet.com. Small Round Pedestal Table: Owners’ collection. Table Lamp: mcguirefurniture.com.

PATIO
Sculpture: Jean Pierre Antiques; 202-337-1731. Chair: janusetcie.com.

An entrepreneurial spirit runs in Mikell Rice’s family—along with creativity.

Raised in the DC area by parents who owned a graphic design company, Rice embraced her affinity for interior design after the loss of a close friend 10 years ago. “She was a person who was always chasing her dreams,” Rice recalls. “I always loved design, but until then, hadn’t thought I could do it as a profession.”

Leaving a job at Lululemon, Rice enrolled in the master’s program at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. She subsequently worked for the Alexandria firm Ivy Lane Living, then took time off to have her son before going out on her own in 2016. “With my parents as mentors, I’ve always wanted the freedom of working for myself,” she observes.

Growing up in the DC area has made forging connections and getting referrals “an organic process,” notes Rice, who hopes to take on an assistant this year. In fact, the home pictured on these pages belongs to the daughter of Rice’s fourth-grade Spanish teacher. “I really value relationships,” the designer says. “The joy for me is in creating spaces for people—they care so much about them and I love that.”

Interior Design: Mikell Rice, Mikell Rice Interiors, Bethesda, Maryland. Architecture: Manion + Associates Architects, Cabin John, Maryland. Builder: Omenitsch Brothers, Inc., Frederick, Maryland.

Morgan Taylor caught the interior design bug at Liberty University while pursuing a degree in studio art.

“I took electives in 
design and worked on volunteer projects,” 
she relates. “Interior design has always felt like a natural way to express myself.”

Returning to the DC area after college, Taylor took a job with Red House Staging & Interiors, where she had previously interned. “I worked there five years and learned every part of the business,” she notes. “Eventually, 
I wanted to do more permanent installations.”

In 2016, she launched Brass Bones, which currently handles about six projects a year, selecting furniture, art, lighting and finishes, and consulting on bathroom and kitchen makeovers. In the future, she envisions hiring a small staff but maintaining a boutique-style business.

Taylor describes her aesthetic as contemporary eclectic. “I like a juxtaposition of materials and colors that I hope translates to all styles,” she says. “I look for new and unique pieces and try to push my clients’ boundaries. I want to create something for them that they couldn’t have done without me.”

Interior Design: Morgan Taylor, Brass Bones, Gainesville, Virginia. Renovation Architecture: Urban Design Group, Baltimore, Maryland. Developers: Brick Lane, Washington, DC; Brook Rose Development, Washington, DC. Contractor: Eichberg Construction, Washington, DC.

While a stay-at-home mom, Shoshanna Shapiro was content to design her own home and those of her friends—but when her kids were grown, she shifted into career mode. “I’ve always had a DIY mentality,” she says. “I enjoyed the creative process of remodeling my own homes, so I decided to explore other aspects of the industry.”

Shapiro took a job at Sandy Spring Builders, then moved on to Evergreene Homes, where she guided clients on millwork, fixtures and finishes and more. “Working with a production builder can be limiting,” she observes. “I wanted to offer an extra level of creativity, so I went out on my own in 2019.”

Frederick-based Sho & Co. designs projects in a style Shapiro describes as “California casual, with earthy tones and simplicity.” She stresses the importance of a healthy home. “I believe in the therapeutic nature of a calm environment,” she reveals. “I’m thinking of my clients’ health—even when they’re not.”

With a part-time designer on staff, Shapiro has big plans. “My goal is to open a storefront where people can come for pillows and accessories but also design a kitchen or do a full interior design project,” she explains. “I’d like that community presence.”

Interior Design: Shoshanna Shapiro, Sho & Co., Frederick, Maryland. Styling (Fairfax project): Stylish Productions.

Feathered Nest - When the time came to downsize from their house in Arlington, an attorney and his wife, a writer, settled on a light-filled, fifth-floor condo overlooking Northwest DC’s Glover-Archbold Park.

The two-bedroom unit in a 1966 high-rise was a blank slate in terms of style—plain white walls, dated parquet floors and nondescript bathrooms pretty much summed it up. The empty-nesters tapped designer Paul Corrie to bring some much-needed personality to the space.

“We gutted and remodeled the entire condo except the kitchen,” Corrie says. “We replaced all the floors, redid the two bathrooms and added tons of built-ins—both to maximize storage and to give the rooms dimension and character.” Drawing from a lively and eclectic design vocabulary, Corrie combined new and existing furnishings with unexpected finishes and bold lighting, creating fresh flair in a city retreat that is just what his clients ordered.

What was your vision for the home?
I tried to update the overall look with a modern aesthetic. The clients had a few existing pieces they wanted to keep—specifically their Craftsman-style dining room set and a pair of mid-century chairs that I reupholstered. I used these as springboards for an eclectic mix that felt appropriate to their personalities and ages—but a little bit fresher, younger and more modern.

How did you optimize efficiency in the compact, 1,400-square-foot condo?
We converted the second bedroom into a study for the husband with a pull-out sofa for guests. The dining room table doubles as a desk for the wife, so we added a wall of built-ins to accommodate her storage needs.

How did you furnish the unit with its size in mind?
I’m all about scale, particularly in city living. So instead of using large surfaces that may impact traffic flow, I create little vignettes that can accommodate the needs of each person. In my designs, I often use a variety of occasional tables for this purpose. They’re also a great way to lend eclecticism to a space.

How did you bring character to the living room, which was a large, blank expanse?
I sold the clients on the idea of getting creative with the ceiling. We selected Phillip Jeffries grass cloth that I framed in black. I then layered the color story with a Matt Camron flat-weave rug in similar blue tones. Accents in the same colors throughout the space create a cohesive nest.

What’s your philosophy on hanging art?
I think people tend to hang art too high. It makes it difficult to relate it to the things around it. I like there to be a relationship between works of art and what’s around them, and for them to create a personal connection with the viewer.

How did you freshen up the dining room?
I interjected a fun, modern chandelier found at Circa Lighting that takes the room in a whole other direction—as does the graphite piece on the wall by DC artist Stephen Benedicto. And I layered a small vintage kilim on top of a large flat-weave so the larger rug frames the smaller one; seen from the foyer, it provides a visual moment as if there’s a piece of art on the floor.

What purpose does lighting serve in your designs?
It creates an entire energy. I think ambient lighting is incredibly important and is sometimes overlooked. It can dramatically change the overall vibe and aesthetic of a space—at different times of the day, it can completely change the mood.

How did the study come about?
The husband’s study is right off the very neutral living room, so I felt it was an opportunity for a “wow” moment just looking into the space. The clients wanted to use their existing Oriental rug, so I needed to create something interesting to pair with it. The bookcases are a pale salmon with pumpkin on the walls. The ceiling is a caramel color.

What makes the bedroom feel current?
Again, I started with an existing traditional rug, so I juxtaposed it with pale neutrals that tell a younger, fresher story. The headboard, bedding and subtle Schumacher wallpaper add interest and depth. The primitive night table by Lulu and Georgia is different from everything else they have.


Feathered Nest - Ask Paul

Do you balance vintage architecture with modern elements in your own home?
Yes. For example, our house is 100 years old and in our traditional kitchen I chose flowery, gold Christian LaCroix wallpaper with a modern, almost dreamy feel. It adds a twist to the space.

How do you select accessories?
I look for pieces that will marry well with the environment through color, texture and style. If those qualities are inherent in the overall design, I make sure they’re reflected in my accessories.

If you could buy an antique from any period, what would it be?
I love the classic lines of Federal style. It’s very American and pairs with so many things, from sculptural forms to interesting table lamps.

Do you have a favorite local shopping spot?
I’m a big fan of David Bell Antiques. He has an amazing eye and his shop always has interesting pieces.

Interior Design: Paul Corrie, Paul Corrie Interiors, Washington, DC. Contractor: Madden/CCI, LLC, Rockville, Maryland.

Product Watch - FINISH LINE

Farrow & Ball’s catalog of 156 water-based hues now comes in Modern Emulsion, a low-VOC, matte finish for interiors that is washable and wipeable, scuff-proof and mold- and mildew-resistant. Suitable for everything from busy hallways to moisture-prone baths. Find at Farrow & Ball’s Friendship Heights location. farrow-ball.com

GOING GREEN
The latest addition to the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams brand has just debuted. Ovation Plus, an eco-friendly acrylic interior paint and primer, boasts a mold- and mildew-resistant finish and zero VOCs at an affordable price point. Available exclusively at Lowe’s. hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com

TONAL STYLE
The look of Venetian plaster can now be achieved with an easy-to-apply lime wash product from JH Wall Paints. Both antibacterial and environmentally friendly, JH Lime Wall Paint creates a matte, velvety finish with mottling and tonal variations. Launched in 2020, the California brand offers the paint in 74 color choices. jhwallpaints.com

SCREEN TIME
The Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio app uses virtual fan decks and photo and video visualizers to simplify color selection. It also integrates the ColorReader device, which matches flat surfaces to more than 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors. The app is free; the ColorReader is available at Benjamin Moore retailers. benjaminmoore.com

Product Watch - CURATED COLOR

Clare, a direct-to-consumer paint brand, offers 60 shades curated by founder, designer and TV personality Nicole Gibbons. Convenient peel-and-stick color swatches are available and Clare Color Genius, an online quiz, helps customers hone in on the right hue for a specific space. clare.com

CLEAN + NO SHEEN
Unlike typical flat paints that immediately show wear and tear, Behr’s new Ultra Scuff Defense Flat Paint & Primer delivers durability with a no-sheen look. The product was developed to reduce the upkeep associated with flat finishes, even in high-traffic areas. behr.com

Wooded Refuge - The owners of a wooded Cockeysville, Maryland, property tasked Sunnyfields Cabinetry with overhauling their primary bath to reflect its bucolic locale.

“I was asked to create a spa-like bathroom with natural elements, like you’d find in a luxurious ski lodge,” relates lead designer Hannah Triebel. The clients envisioned a relaxing oasis with a sauna, a large tub and a curb-less, walk-in shower that would accommodate their two dogs when they need to be bathed at home.

Triebel collaborated with Delbert Adams Construction Group on the plan, which transformed the formerly drab and dated space with a material palette that conjures the outdoors: pine posts and beams with gray, stone-look ceramic floor tile. A sleek tub is clad in the same tile as the floor for a seamless look. It is flanked on one side by the frosted-glass shower enclosure and on the other by the Western red cedar sauna, which is walled in glass to maintain an open feel. A dark-stained custom vanity, topped with white quartz, provides a sleek contrast to the rustic pine accents. Vintage-look, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures complete the look.

Wooded Refuge - Bath Design: Hannah Triebel, Sunnyfields Cabinetry, Baltimore, Maryland. Contractor: Delbert Adams Construction Group LLC, Baltimore, Maryland.

Chic + Serene - After remodeling the rest of her clients’ Chevy Chase DC home, Laurie McParland was asked to tackle the outmoded owners’ bath.

“The entire bathroom was in desperate need of updating,” she recounts. “The owners wanted a calm space where they could relax and unwind.”

Working with Mike Thiede of Bethesda Contracting, McParland devised a plan that expanded the opening of the tub area, making the room feel larger. The bulky built-in tub was replaced by a freestanding Jacuzzi soaking tub, and a cramped shower stall made way for a spacious enclosure clad in white tile. A dark-stained wood double vanity is topped with a quartz counter and illuminated by sconces from Circa Lighting.

McParland combined large-format porcelain tiles with a waterjet marble mosaic-tile “rug” found at Architessa. An Uttermost canvas discovered by the clients provides a harmonious focal point above the tub, marrying the gray of the floor, the cream of Benjamin Moore’s Sail Cloth on the walls and the gold of the light fixtures.

Says McParland, “The art pulls everything together with a classic, timeless feel.”

Chic + Serene - Bath Design: Laurie McParland, Laurie McParland Design, Olney, Maryland. Contracting: Mike Thiede, Bethesda Contracting, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Text: Julie Sanders. Styling: Stylish Productions.

Lap of Luxury - VELVET TOUCH

Italy-based Lapitec has a new addition to its Essenza collection of sintered-stone surfaces. Nero Assoluto Velluto sports a charcoal hue with a soft, velvety texture. The non-porous, eco-friendly slabs—made with 100-percent mineral materials and no resins—come in a range of sizes. lapitec.com/en

MOODY HUES
Boost Smoke, a line of AtlasPlan porcelain slabs made by Ceramiche Atlas Concorde, conjures the smoky look of concrete, with warm gray tones in hammered or matte finishes. Available in large-format sizes for a sleek, seamless look. Find at Gramaco Stone Source in Savage, Maryland. gramaco.com

ON A CURVE
A curvaceous, C-shaped spout distinguishes Dornbracht’s CYO series of bathroom fixtures conceived by the German studio Sieger Design. The sculptural faucets come in matte or polished chrome, platinum or brass finishes. Low-profile round handles in textured metal and natural stone (not pictured) complete the collection. dornbracht.com

SAFETY FIRST
Grab bars—practical safety features for any bath—can also be stylish. California Faucets’ Deluxe Grab Bars boast 10 looks, seven lengths and 28 finishes. Made of brass, ergonomically designed and adorned with decorative detailing, they coordinate with the company’s plumbing fixtures. calfaucets.com

CHEERFUL STATEMENT
With its array of sizes, patterns and colorways, the Europa Arte collection of Portuguese ceramic tiles makes a cheerful statement. Six-by-six-inch, encaustic-look Aquerello tiles showcase three patterns; Palermo is pictured above in the Cielo colorway. Available at area Architessa locations. architessa.com

UNDER GLASS
Made in Italy, Glacier Lake porcelain tiles employ glazing to replicate the look of glass. The series comes in matte and gloss finishes and a range of colors and sizes, as well as in a horizontally ridged version. Pictured: Nero in a glossy finish and four-by-12-inch format. Find at area Best Tile locations. besttile.com

BATHING BEAUTY
Waterworks’ elegant Emile tub is a cast-iron oval sheathed in a brass finish for a luxe, classic look. Measuring a roomy 67 inches long and 27-and-a-half inches deep, the freestanding vessel can be made to order through Waterworks in Georgetown. waterworks.com

COLOR ON CUE
The Colour shower system by Italian manufacturer Gessi complements its square or circular rain showerhead with adjustable water jets for hydromassage as well as a nebulizer that atomizes water into mist. LEDs inside the showerhead create color sequences that can be programmed via digital keypad. gessi.com

GOOD HYGIENE
Health and safety take a front seat with Lifeker Plus+, an antibacterial coating devised by Spain’s Keraben Grupo to protect its ceramic tile surfaces. The coating is available on all of the company’s collections, including SuperWhite (pictured above), featuring an array of contemporary-looking 3D patterns. en.keraben.com

Lap of Luxury - DESIGN INSPIRATION

An artfully designed radiator makes a bold statement. Conceived by Andrea Crosetta for Italian manufacturer Antrax IT, Pioli evokes a ladder with its rungs grouped in threes; the unit also serves as a towel warmer. It’s made from carbon steel in two sizes and available in more than 200 colorways. antrax.it/en

STARRY NIGHT
The moody night sky inspired Island Stone’s Celestial glass subway tiles, which are characterized by a subtle, metallic shimmer in a glossy finish. Available in four complementary or contrasting colorways: Moon Beam, Dusk, Dark Star and Galaxy Blue (pictured). Intended for wall applications. islandstone.com

SURFACE STYLE
Radianz joins a growing assortment of practical, engineered alternatives to natural stone. Durable, hygienic and scratch- and stain-resistant, the quartz product comes in more than 70 high-gloss hues. Pictured: Marble-look Aries, part of the Cirrus collection, is one of the brand’s new offerings. radianz-quartz.com

Green Scene - When plans were finalized to expand Powell Elementary School in DC’s Petworth neighborhood, the Twin Oaks Community Garden located on-site needed a new home.

Tapped to solve the dilemma, IStudio Architects found an unlikely solution: a steep, overgrown hillside wedged above a soccer field in Upshur Park, just across the street.

Owned by DC’s Department of Parks + Recreation, the new site presented a host of challenges, from accessibility and erosion due to the sloped terrain to the presence of pests and invasive species. “We started the process by listening to the site as well as what the programmatic needs were,” says IStudio principal Rick Harlan Schneider.

After running solar models to determine an optimal layout, IStudio met the site conditions and program requirements with a series of angled terraces supported by retaining walls and reached via stairs as well as zigzagging, ADA-compliant concrete pathways. The terraces contain neatly delineated beds, raised 18 to 20 inches to accommodate all sizes and abilities.

At the garden’s eastern edge, a triangular green-roof pavilion echoes the tilted planes of the beds. It provides shelter, mitigates runoff and captures rainwater for reuse. Located at 4300 Arkansas Avenue, Twin Oaks Community Garden received a 2019 AIA DC Citation for Universal Design.

Green Scene - Architecture: Rick Harlan Schneider, FAIA, LEED AP, IStudio Architects, Washington, DC. Contractor: MCN Build, Washington, DC. Photography: Dan Snook (pavilion); IStudio (garden).

Coastal Flair - With enough space and the right location, a weekend retreat can be the perfect vehicle for bringing a family together.

Embracing this notion, an Arlington couple with twin boys decided to purchase a waterfront abode on the Chesapeake with other family members. “We wanted to buy a house with my mother and stepfather for extensive family gatherings,” recounts the wife, a stay-at-home mom whose husband is in furniture manufacturing. “And we wanted space for my sister and her family and my husband’s parents to visit.” They also planned to list the property as a vacation rental.

A circa-1992 house near St. Michaels fit the bill. At 5,100 square feet and with five bedrooms and five baths, there was room for a crowd. And nestled on six-and-a-half acres overlooking Grace Creek, the picturesque property was already beautifully landscaped with a pool, pool house and pavilion.

However, the interiors needed work. More bedrooms, bathrooms and gathering spaces would be necessary to meet the family’s requirements (the final count is six en-suite bedrooms and three powder rooms). The kitchen and existing baths were dated and the home’s orientation didn’t take advantage of the water views. The owners tapped architect Christine Dayton and designer Zoë Feldman to overhaul the abode in style.

“The clients didn’t want to enlarge the house, but they wanted two owners’ suites,” notes Dayton. “A garage addition had a large office over it which we converted into a suite for the younger couple. We kept the first-floor owners’ suite for the parents.”

The plan shifted walls on the main floor to create a more open layout, with the kitchen, dining and living areas occupying one big waterfront-facing room, spilling into a sunroom previously separated by an obtrusive kitchen peninsula. The former dining room, with no water view, became a study. Between the kitchen and garage, Dayton carved out space for a mudroom, pantry, powder room and laundry; a short hall leads out to a screened porch and a guest suite is tucked behind the garage. Upstairs, a game room with a wet bar opens out to a glass-railed balcony while four en-suite bedrooms offer plenty of additional sleeping space.

Once the new floor plans were complete, Dayton and Feldman teamed up with the owners to develop the home’s aesthetic. “It’s a post-and-beam structure, but not rustic,” explains Dayton, who wrapped the exposed woodwork in crisp white oak to match new wide-plank, white oak floors throughout.

Coastal Flair - Feldman conceived a clean-lined, organic palette of black-and-white tones accented by wood and brass.

Shiplap and board-and-batten paneling add coastal flair.  “The setting is beautiful and it was the star,” the designer observes. “So we created neutral interiors that would complement the outdoors and allow the views to shine.”

Feldman collaborated with Lobkovich Kitchen Designs on the kitchen, selecting finishes while principal J. Paul Lobkovich configured the layout. Though the owners initially wanted everything white, recalls the wife, “Zoë pushed me out of my comfort zone on that, and I’m so glad she did.” Cabinets are painted a deep blue-black, offset by extensive white subway tile on the walls; copious pantry space made it possible to eschew upper cabinets in favor of open, white oak shelving. The wet bar upstairs is painted the same blue-black hue for continuity.

When it came time to decorate the home’s six en-suite bathrooms and three powder rooms, the wife suggested one look for all. “I was overwhelmed,” she recalls, “but Zoë felt that the baths are their own separate spaces and should all be different. Now, I love that each room has its own feel.” For instance, the main-level owners’ bath boasts a white porcelain-tile floor, a weathered-oak double vanity and a shower enclosure clad in blue-black subway tile, while the upstairs one features honed-slate floor tile and twin marble washstands atop iron bases.

Though Feldman selected decorative lighting, rugs and accessories, much of the furniture was acquired through the husband’s business, with the designer weighing in on choices that lean toward neutral, relaxed and a bit eclectic. The results are just what the owners wanted. “This was a labor of love,” enthuses the wife. “We couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.”

Renovation Architecture: Christine M. Dayton, Christine M. Dayton Architect, P.A., Easton, Maryland. Interior Design: Zoë Feldman, Zoë Feldman Design, Washington, DC. Contracting: Jay Chance, Chance And Associates, Easton, Maryland. Kitchen Design: J. Paul Lobkovich, Lobkovich Kitchen Designs, Tysons, Virginia. Home Automation: Steve Adams, Strategic Home Media, Stevensville, Maryland.

Inspired by the historic, 18th-century Shiplap House in Annapolis with its steeply pitched roof and gabled end, architect Devin Kimmel embraced what he terms “Tidewater Modern” style in the contemporary design of an Annapolis home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. “The massing of the structure is reminiscent of early American Tidewater homes, but the forms have been abstracted,” he explains.

Chill Out - With its pitched roof, the adjoining pool house echoes the home’s aesthetic.

Open on three sides via Western Windows bi-fold doors, the structure is crowned by a vaulted mahogany-plank ceiling. Silver travertine clads both the pool-house floor and pool deck, and a stucco fireplace occupies one wall.

The pool house is tucked to one side of the home so as not to impede water views, and acts as a buffer from the neighboring property. Native plantings frame the view. Visible past the pool and gardens, an existing structure was repurposed for the homeowners as a crab shack—in keeping with its Chesapeake Bay locale.

Chill Out - Architecture & Landscape Architecture: Devin Kimmel, AIA, ASLA, Kimmel Studio Architects, Annapolis, Maryland. Interior Design: Catherine M. Lowe, ASID, Interior Planning & Design, Annapolis, Maryland. Builder: Raymond Gauthier, Lynbrook of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland.

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