From Margaret Everton on July 1, 2010 in Baltimore
While Baltimore can’t really offer us white sandy beaches and an over-abundance of marine life, the owners of this Cross Keys condominium werent willing to give up their dream of having a beachside retreat. So, despite interior designer Richard Taylors fear of tackling such an unusual project, he managed to make it happen. Of course, the exotic fish tank didnt hurt, either… How exactly did the couples requests translate into a full blown beach-inspired design? A mass of white and the subtle incorporation of natural textures into every area of the home bring out the coast. The study, for instance, was anchored with simple furniture pieces, wallpaper with a basket-weave pattern and a custom-built bookshelf made from ash wood. Carefully placed greenery breathes a little life into the design. The living room uses many of the same style principles, although it echoes more of an Asian influence with a Thai sewing table serving as a coffee table. On the opposite wall is a 7-foot glass fish tank, housing a variety of tropical species and adding a splash of color to the space. Over-the-top comfort was the goal in the master bedroom. This was accomplished with a plethora of plush white bed coverings and a multitude of pillows atop a Kress woven rattan sleigh bed. While this home may not offer the exterior environment of their vacation home in Florida, this Baltimore couple can at least kick back in their comforting, beach-inspired design.