When designer Celia Welch first set eyes to the Old Town condo, its own walls were painted vivid yellow and trimmed broadly with elaborate crown moldings. The consequence has been stodgy and outdated. Welch’s mandate–given by her client, Denise Joseph, who had simply bought the three-bedroom town house–was to “make it more comfortable, elegant, urban and chic.” Says Joseph, that owns a national management consulting company, “I knew I wanted it to be more tidy and modern, with a rustic mix. I just didn’t understand how exactly to get “.
Welch knew exactly what to do. Carefully honing spaces to attain a level of ease and simplicity is something she takes very seriously. Here, it meant bringing in natural light and streamlining the insides. To accomplish these aims, her first step was removing the walls which separated the kitchen out of the open plan living/dining room, as Joseph’s main priority was to possess one flowing, light-filled space. “When I saw the house, I knew I’d need to have the ability to take down that wall or that I wouldn’t wish to buy it,” she remembers.
In addition to removing the walls, Welch overhauled the side of this living/dining room where the staircase, using its traditional, turned-wood bannister, round in to the room for an angle angle. Beside it, a significant fireplace stuck outside, flanked by built-ins. “We gutted that whole zone,” Welch says. “The stairs are right now, together with custom iron railings. The wall jobs outside just enough to adapt a more sleek, contemporary gas fireplace. So we were able to reduce bulk and mass.” Storage is hidden using one side of the fireplace wall, whereas a open, vertical display niche fills the other.
Welch also eliminates the moldings and trim –along with the built-ins. “Moldings could be beautiful but in this space we were trying to ensure it is fresh and clean,” she explains. “By taking things away, we could create in that feeling of simplicity we wanted.”
A wall of Palladian windows faces the oldtown river-front, but thick drapes which hauled with your home obscured the opinion and left the tall ceilings feel more lower. Welch added play by painting the window frames–which brings the eye on them –and substituting the curtains with white sheers that hang from ceiling elevation. “What is really astounding is the opinion feels more like a feature inside the space,” she marvels. “And the lighting is preferable to lifting the drapes and opening the perspective.”
Welch and kitchen designer Sarah Kahn Turner collaborated to re design the outdated kitchen. “When we took the wall down, Denise could feel connected to the full space,” Welch recounts. “It was truly transformative.”
The new spacious plan made room for a lengthy, quartz-topped island, over which a distinct wenge dining table hovers, with whirlpool room and sides for 3 stools. “We did not want the original appearance of a two-level countertop,” Welch says. “This adds a small amount of additional dimension” Black-finished pendants from Circa Lighting pick up additional black design elements across the main floor. The cabinetry is gray-washed, rift-cut walnut; a drink bar–from Joseph’s petition–occupies the far side of your kitchen, so guests may help themselves without having to be under foot.
To bring a distinctive note into the glossy kitchen, Welch selected gray-and-white cement SUBWAYTILE in a matte finish like the backsplash. “We looked for something special and then came up with an enjoyable way to lay it out,” she states.
Together with Joseph’s wish for “a rustic mix” in mind, the designer blended natural, textured materials throughout. The marketplace at the fireplace wall houses a decorative display of stacked logs, even as the customized dining table is made of planks salvaged from the Ocean City boardwalk and edged in alloy. The black-painted window frames and iron stair railings convey a industrial sensibility.
In the re designed master bedroom, artisan Stacey Tranter customized a design from her own background collection, creating a wood-look covering that hangs behind the bedstead and matches the wall coloration.
With its clean lines and rustic/industrial edge, the re designed town house claws the urban-chic style and feel of comfort the homeowner was afterwards–with all the calmness and simplicity which Welch strives to instill in all of her job. “My favorite thing about the house is how it gets me feel” Joseph says. “Its simplicity is calming. I couldn’t have envisioned it better.”
Home Planning: Celia Welch, Celia Welch Interiors, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Kitchen Design: Sarah Kahn Turner, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Contractor: Bradley Construction Company, Inc., Damascus, Maryland
Couch: rh.com. Swivel Chair &Floorlamp: westelm.com. Rug: stark.com. Coffee Table: cb2.com. Photograph over Settee: Allan Gerson through kallerfinearts.com. Drapery Fabric: cowtan.com. Fabricator: celiawelchinteriors.com. Fireplace: fireplaceex.com. Iron Stair Railings: Custom.
Table: Custom design by celiawelchinteriors.com. Seats: Custom. Chair Fabric: cowtan.com. Chandelier: westelm.com.
Cabinetry: artcraftkitchens.com through gilmerkitchens.com. Counter-tops: Arctic White Quartz through stoneandtileworld.com. Stools: roomandboard.com. Wenge Table: glumber.com. Pendants: circalighting.com. Back splash: architecturalceramics.com.
Bedstead: mgbw.com. Bedside Table: randomharvesthome.com. Chandelier: rh.com. Wallpaper: staceytranter.com. Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Light French Grey.
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