From Margaret Everton on June 28, 2010 in Baltimore
When a Washington, DC couple inherited a home on the Delaware seashore, it appeared to be more trash than a treasure. But after doing away with the dingy 1970s wall paneling and letting a some light in, they had the perfect family place to keep for generations to come. With two other vacation homes that had already gone under the remodeling knife, the couple knew just the team they wanted to do the job: architect Wayne Good and interior designer Mona Hajj. The pair worked together to draw up a plan for a contemporary beachside cottage with an old-fashioned feel. The previous design had left the home feeling boxed in and dark. Builder Burt Winchester of Crownsville created a better sense of flow by moving the kitchen to the outside wall of the house, opening up a nook for a dining table and getting rid of a partial wall that enclosed the stairs. Although the house was already significantly brighter than before, Hajj decided to help things along by adding four coats of Benjamin Moore Arcadia White paint to the walls, stairs, ceilings, and railings. While white can sometimes come off as stark and cold, this choice was able to bring a sense of cohesion and warmth to the design. Replacment windows in the kitchen and a lack of the usual cabinetry helped make the space feel breezy and comfortable. Glass door cabinetry and open shelving provided the necessary storage space without being too overbearing in the somewhat small room. Hajj added personality to each of the rooms by using the couples love for travel and collectibles as her inspiration for the decor. She used textiles from Turkey, Persian tables, antique French beds, and English armchairs. With the remodel complete, the grandchildren stand to inherit a home much more attractive than the one that the couple began construction on some six years ago. Theres something to be said for grandparents with good taste.