Building a Relationship
We want to tell you about a special project of ours at the Ritz Residences in Baltimore. This condo sits on the south side of the Inner Harbor and overlooks the famous Visionary Art Museum. The setting is iconic. The owner, Jack, was introduced to us by a local realtor. By the way, we just love this kind of referral!
Jack really didn’t have a goal in mind aside from replacing some of his worn furniture. In fact, after purchasing some pieces from the prior owner, he quickly realized it was a big mistake and needed a professional. Drum roll please! Monica, our chief designer, swooped in and quickly defined goals and created a vision board. She wanted to incorporate lots of color, layer in textures and update Jack’s beloved heirlooms all the while keeping it masculine. Jack is a bachelor after all so it as important to appeal to his lifestyle. When we start any design project, we like to get to know the client, how they live in the space everyday as well as how they entertain. This condo needed to look fabulous, but it also had to be functional.
Incorporating Key Pieces
Family heirlooms are special and have a place in every home. Our job is to educate clients on how to incorporate old with new. Jack’s grandmothers dining set was decidedly the centerpiece for the condo. The bones were great but needed new life. We enlisted Dove Tail Restoration to refinish the wood. Their work is meticulous! Ibello Upholstery took on the job of reupholstering and repointing the bench and chairs. The result is over the top fantastic. The Thibault and Fabricut fabrics and trim that we selected add the perfect punch but keep with the character of the pieces.
Adding in modern elements helped to elevate the look of the condo. New pieces include a crisp white sofa, colorful and comfy swivels, and a showstopper coffee table all from Highland House. Petrified wood cocktail tables sourced from Capa pair well with the coffee table and reinforce the masculine vibe. All wood elements within the room add in a layer of texture and warmth.
The pow piece in the living room is the recliner from Taylor King. The bold fabric from Thibault ties the dining and lounging space together. What is not to love?
We would be remiss if we did not touch on the dining room light fixture from Hudson Valley. It radiates warmth and elegance. Accent lighting creates dimension and, in this case, draws attention to the dining table.
Let’s talk function. The 2nd bedroom needed to act as an office and guest room for Jack’s daughter when she came to town. The solution…. a murphy bed within a handsome cabinet (@ Wayfair) and a desk with casters so it could be moved out of the room when the bed was in use. The desk did not come with its own transportation, so we took it to Two Bolts Studio to fabricate a moveable office. The Loiloi rug pulled the look together along with custom window treatments. Wow! Form and function is a win win.
Our sophisticated, shy client quickly became a friend and realized it was ok to let his guard down and enjoy the process. He exclaimed “I had no idea this could be so much fun”. Jack also discovered that he has a deep love and appreciation for quality furnishings. His thoughts about the restoration of his grandmother’s pieces. Speechless!
Living Room – Sherwin Williams 6242 Bracing Blue
Foyer accent wall – Sherwin Williams 6326 Henna Shade
Two Bolts Studios