From Margaret Everton on October 14, 2010 in Baltimore
When Leslie Lewart moved out on her own after divorcing her husband of 21 years, she knew she wanted something that could really showcase her unique personality. What she settled on was an 1850 stone-and-clapboard millhouse and barn in Oella, Marylanda home she couldnt wait to decorate herself. Looking to remodel in the Baltimore area? Tell us more for free estimates from licensed contractors. Luckily, as owner of the home design emporium Rugs to Riches for some 15 years, Lewart had more than enough experience bringing a home to life through its furniture and accessories, and didnt hesitate to uses the resources at hand. However, in order fulfill the needs of both Lewart and her two daughters, she began by creating a new layout. After a few renovations, the family had one large living space/kitchen area, one bedroom, and one bath. Then, after a new paint job, French doors, and new windows, the barn was turned into a living space for Lewarts older daughter. The design was kept elegant yet fun, with an apple-green paint for the walls and different patterns for the furniture and window coverings. Comfortable, oversized furniture was used to keep the room feeling cozy and welcoming, despite the small amount of square footage. In the bedroom, natural lighting and a few antique lamps create a soft, serene glow. Floral print, while a bit much in other design schemes, brings together the color palette here into one cohesive look. With a little help from her mother and sister (both antique dealers), and several friends that filled the role of painter, plumber, carpenter, and mover, Leslie Lewart was able to call her new investment homea place she can be proud of.