House Tour (Part I)

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(Photo by Turner Photography)

Happiest of Mondays to you!  I am scurrying to finish up my yearly video in the next few weeks before the end of the year.  I do the yearly video each year to include highlights of the year in photos and videos–sort of a visual time capsule.  This is my 5th year doing the yearly video, so I have evolved the process to include a physical checklist of photos/moments that I want to include each year.  For example, we go to NYC every year for Christmas, so I always have a photo of us at our favorite Christmas Eve dining spot and a group photo of the Christmas day brunch.  I get more and more excited as the year comes to a close to FINISH the video–it takes a lot of time and mental space to get the details right.  But it is so worth the energy and I really do enjoy having to watch it 5,000 times before it finally is complete.

This year I’m also attempting to piece together all the video clips that I don’t use in the yearly compilation into one long family video.  I actually started to do this last year, but didn’t finish before January 1 and subsequently realized that if I don’t get these sorts of projects done before December 31st, they don’t happen.  More on that process coming soon.

Last month, Frederick magazine contacted me about photographing our home for a feature on unique downtown Frederick residences.  The issue is on stands now (it’s also the holiday issue), and I’m sharing some of the photographs today.  We bought our condo as raw space and finished buildng it out 1 year ago.  The decorating process is almost complete.

First up, the entry way.  My favorite.  I came up with this design and the whole thing took quite a bit of work to figure out how to do it structurally with the curtains, molding, and lights that illuminate the dome from underneath the molding.  The curtains went up the same day as the photoshoot (thanks Niekirk!)–I just recently got the fabric on a trip up to NYC and we are still waiting for some of the other curtains in the unit to be made.

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I wanted something to separate the space between the living room and a dining room, but that still allowed for an open feel.  I came up with this wall based on the layout of one of our favorite restaurants.  The divider we covered in half quarzite and half Stikwood–which I featured here.  The ceilings in the different rooms all have different architectural designs.

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I wanted something a little different in the middle picture box frame behind our couch in the living room–I bought these ceramic flowers at Arhaus to use as 3D wall art.  The birdcage chandelier was also a DIY project.  We bought the cage and chandelier separately and then put them together for the final effect.

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The hood in the kitchen we designed and then had a company in China manufacture it.

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The gold mirrors (and all our rugs and antiques) are vintage from Manny’s Home and Design in downtown Hagerstown._DSC0784

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My thanksgiving tablescape.


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I dreamed about this wallpaper for so long before finally using it in the hallway bathroom.  It is 100% handprinted by Twigs Pheasant (Gold).  The countertop lights up from underneath and I keep rocks in the sink and use washcloths as handtowels for a spa-like feel for guests.  When I told the painters I wanted the ceiling black, I overheard them calling me “loco” to one another.  I took it as a compliment!




In the hallway, I framed black and white photos of our family in black and white frames.  The floor is marble._DSC0798We built-in displays for art and sculptures with lights above in various spots throughout the apartment.  Most of the chandeliers in the condo are French vintage from my husband’s aunt, who lives in Paris, (married us in Paris), and is in the chandelier business.


_DSC0842We included a separate bar space with wine cooler and a water filtration system (so much easier than hauling bottled water).


Thanks for joining me for my House Tour (Part I)!  Check back for Part II featuring the bedrooms, master bath, and where ALL the magic happens–in my craft room!



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December 8, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me - Very pretty thank you for opening your home and sharing it with us.

December 8, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Erin S. - As a mommy of 9 living in a just over 1000 sq ft house I am drooling here!

December 8, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Stephanie Keeping - What a beautiful place! I love the bathroom.

December 8, 2014 - 8:14 pm

Harriet - Ow wow. Everything in your home sure looks fantastic!

December 8, 2014 - 8:48 pm

sarah - WOW, just stunning! What a beautiful home you’ve designed for you and your family! I wish I could live there! Seriously, bravo on all your hard work! I’ve participated in One Room Challenge, but not there in our budget yet to do our dream place! You should think about participating with all your DIY work, like the chandelier bird cage and the mirror gallery wall!

December 8, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Bethany M. - Beautiful! Just love the house, and the decorating is so elegant! Love it all. :-)

December 9, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Missi - Amazing!! Such a dreamy house

December 10, 2014 - 2:54 am

Joanna Sormunen - What a geourgeous, geourgeous house! All the details are just amazing! You can tell it has been planned with care and thought!

December 10, 2014 - 3:19 am

Scott - Great photos, and the house is not too shabby either. Love the island top – is it marble?

December 10, 2014 - 6:05 am

Joanne - WOW! These pictures are AMAZING!
Such a beautiful home!!! Decorated with such style and elegance!

December 14, 2014 - 6:23 am

Ines Roe - What a lovely home. The kitchen is fantastic and the bathroom totally lovely.

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