1920’s Home Update With Personality
Annie comes by her love of design and her interest in homes naturally. Her mother was an art teacher; her dad was a real estate agent. She’s channeled her natural talent into a career as an interior designer with Jenkins Baer Associates. Now Annie has turned the home she and Matt purchased into a stylish yet family-friendly retreat for the two of them and their children, Charlie (4) and Teddy (1).
Interior design: Annie Werden of Jenkins Baer Associates, Baltimore.
So Annie found inexpensive green fabric at IKEA and fashioned it into shades to hide bins of toys, shoes, and more. “I thought the green was unexpected and quirky with the orange,” she says. She left two shelves open to showcase books and a few accessories that can stand up to curious toddlers.
Back of bookcase paint: Topaz (70), by Benjamin Moore.
Wall paint: White Dove (OC-17) by Benjamin Moore.
Leather studded stool: by Global Views.
Runner on stairs: Dragongrass Sisal in Chocolate by Greenspring Carpet Source.
Over the fireplace, the painting The Cotton Candy Machine by Annie’s aunt Martha Dodd provides playful color inspiration. Its coral hues are repeated in fabrics and accessories. Wall-paper remnants (proudly installed by Matt!) are placed inside the built-in glass cabinets to hide DVDs and toys and provide an inexpensive style fix until they can redo them.
The painting by Annie’s aunt inspired the living room’s cheery color palette.
Tufted chairs in front of fireplace: from Antique Exchange.
Orange-and-white vases: Orange Zest collection from Tozai Home.
Built-in wallpaper: Argus (9368E) in Pearl (0011) by Stroheim, available through DCOTA, 954/921-7575
Ottoman fabric: Zig Zag in Shrimp on Tint from Alan Campbell by Quadrille, also available through DCOTA
Wall paint: Titanium (2141-60) by Benjamin Moore.
Annie and Matt decided the one splurge they weren’t willing to give up was white marble countertops, and they adjusted everything else around those. Vinyl flooring with the look of bleached elm has gray undertones that complement other kitchen materials.
Annie says the higher-end countertop material, sink, and faucet make the less expensive cabinets look more important and substantial. “It’s like pairing designer shoes with jeans from Gap and accessorizing with great jewelry.” The kitchen is Annie’s favorite room in the house. “We spend so much time in here,” she says, “and, most importantly, we have a lot of fun too.”
Annie advises young families is to save on pieces you know will take a beating, such as the kitchen table (theirs came from IKEA) and chairs (which she picked up at an antiques store, painted, and covered with durable outdoor fabric).
Refrigerator: Built-In Bottom-Freezer in Floating Glass White by Jenn-Air.
Barstools: Glenn barstool, by IKEA.
Flooring: vinyl Spacia floors in Bleached Elm by Amtico International.
Cushion fabric: Peacock Print in Driftwood by Trina Turk through Schumacher, available through DCOTA
Wall paint: Vapor Trails (1556), by Benjamin Moore.
Table: Docksta dining table, by IKEA.
Rug: Egeby sisal rug, by IKEA.
The painted chairs are paired with a round mahogany dining table. This mix of finishes on the room’s various furnishings, such as the china cabinet and chest, provides a collected, casual appeal. Annie also strives to create a cohesiveness between rooms. For example, the cabinet’s fretwork references the wallpaper pattern in the living room next door.
Rug: Traditional Seagrass, from Greenspring Carpet Source.
Dining table: Round Dining Table (790-14) in custom finish by Hickory White.
Dining chairs: custom by McLain Wiesand.
Settee: Ava II Collection love seat by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Light fixture: Lantern With 3-Light Cluster in Antique Mirror, by Worlds Away.
White plates (above window), mirrors (flanking dining table), and gold vase (on chest): all available through Jenkins Baer Associates.
Drapery fabric: (for a similar look) Titan in Ivory and Flanders in Graphite, both by Calico Corners.
Drapery trim: Fretwork in Saffron/Dove by Kelly Wearstler through Lee Jofa, available through DCOTA