Our Most Recent Project

A year ago the renovation began. I joined efforts with John J. Nolis, an accomplished architect and a classmate/ graduate of mine from Anne Arundel Community College’s Interior Design Program and our builder, David Krebs.

Our goal was to open up walls, refresh a dated look, add new architectural details and use built-ins for storage.


We opened up a wall( but not entirely) and dressed up the railing with a painted white Chippendale pattern. The opened areas allowed abundant natural light which better showcased the art collection.

We created 5 foot openings and detailed railings around the staircase, which transformed the rectangular and linear area into a triangular and dimensional one. Now where the 3 rooms join, one’s eyes dance around the triangle of natural light, architectural details, cherry banisters and art! 

After opening walls, we needed to come up with a pantry design to store dishes and kitchen equipment. John sketched several designs based on our joint ideas, and we finally agreed on a handsome cabinet drawing with 4 small lighted cabinets at the top.  John sent the sketch to Crowne Point in New Hampshire for construction.


Next, we decided that the hallway was too long and dark.  He sketched a door that would divide the hallway and open into a Master Bedroom suite.  We chose an etched glass door to allow light in the hallway and offer texture and interest.


The bedroom suite includes a laundry area, a 10” x 12” Master closet with built-ins  and a large Master Bathroom. At one time the Master Closet was another bedroom.  Now, it captures a separate space for dressing, with both closed and open shelving. I did not want the closet to just be a closet. I wanted shelves to have doors to hide the shoes and apparel.  John sketched built-ins for clothing and shoes, glass shelves for books, open shelves for a printer and a desk for computer use.  It is now a multi-purpose room.  However, we still call it “The Dressing Room.”


For the Master Bathroom, we used a porcelain white 8” x 13” floor tile from Atlas Marble and Tile,  For the walls and shower walls we used a subway gray - white patterned 3” x 8” tile on the lower half of the wall - 42” up from the floor and 9’ high throughout the shower. And for the shower floor, we used a 1”x1” basket weave patterned tile.  Finally, we used a quartz counter top for the 2 sink, 64” long, open-shelf vanity.  John and I also designed a soaking tub on one end, and a 6’ x 8’ glass shower on the other end from Ferguson’s ... the tub looks through a large window on the river and bird life, and the shower wall has a water and bird mosaic ( 30” x 40”) to reflect the real life scene. 

We chose 1 chandelier and 3 polished nickel sconces for the Master Bathroom and a chandelier for the Master Closet from Annapolis Lighting, as well as several 4” LED recessed lights for both rooms.

The first floor has refinished natural wood floors, and David Krebs, a master craftsman, carried out our plans with meticulous execution.

For the next project, I chose window treatments and bed linens with the help of Beth McFeely Window Fashions.  Stay tuned.

New Thoughts, New Looks


Mid-Century ... is it here for good ?

If you go to any furniture store you will see Mid- Century Design.  You will see Mid-Century's bold graphics and quirky designs in fabrics for your windows, linens or pillows. In a kitchen store, you will see Melamine dinnerware sets. And in wallpaper, you can decorate walls with fun!

 I believe I first saw the look eight years ago.  At first, I thought the millennials were the only audience interested. I was wrong.  Most of us like it for its lean lines, the materials used and the architectural uniqueness.  It feels fun and fresh!  Most would like to consider using a chair or something new in their living spaces.  I say, "you can do it."  I believe that to change to Mid-Century gives a space something new with something old.  It stirs up memories and conversation too about past designers like Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames. By adding a Mid- Century piece, you introduce a "wow" factor. Try it!