House Calls: A beauty by the bay


After Kathy Guida moved to Arnold 10 years ago, she renovated her Colonial home to create an open floor plan. But she’s stuck on how to fully realize that open vision in the 27-by-29-foot space. She wants to replace her dining set with a more comfortable seating area, while highlighting the Chesapeake Bay view. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
September 18, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

After Kathy Guida moved to Arnold 10 years ago, she renovated her Colonial home to create an open floor plan. But she’s stuck on how to fully realize that open vision in the 27-by-29-foot space. She wants to replace her dining set with a more comfortable seating area, while highlighting the Chesapeake Bay view.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Sharon O’Brien draws inspiration from the bay, using nautical elements to create a casual, relaxing space.

In lieu of a second dining set, new chairs and the existing love seat create a seating area in which to relax and entertain guests.

Add pillows and mirrors with a nautical feel for a beach-house look that isn’t over the top.

A new trestle table can seat six comfortably, with a removable leaf that can make room for 10.

Kathy Guida of Arnold wants help with her living room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Remove the window treatments to brighten the space and give guests an unencumbered view.

Freshly painted crown molding (Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray) draws the eye upward. The walls are Wickham Gray.

For an easy update, replace brass fixtures with brushed nickel. A flush-mount light also opens sightlines to the windows.

3O’Brien, of Designing Solutions (301-445-6336, www.mydesigning
solutions.com
), is based in Silver Spring.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Chianni trestle table in Rubbed Cream ($849), Coventry 48-inch bench in Cisco Blue ($817) and Couture chair in Cisco Blue fabric and Dove Gray finish ($353), all from www.ballarddesigns.com; Patinoire round end table ($261, www.wayfair.com); Beck chair in Main Terracotta ($311, www.
homedecorators.com
); Chloe console table in Mahogany ($349, www.potterybarn.com).

Accessories: Adagio pillow ($42.50) and Navy rope-trimmed pillow ($42.50), both from www.countrycurtains.com; Cracked Crab pillow ($39) and Blue Crab pillow ($79), both from www.chandler4corners.
com
; Evan Blue rug ($101 for 2-by-3-foot rug) and Navy Star rug ($1,669 for 10-by-14-foot rug), both from www.dashand
albert.com
; metal porthole mirror ($90, www.target.com); Allure flushmount light in brushed nickel ($96, www.wayfair.com).

SPLURGE . . .

French modernist armchair ($1,019, www.wisteria.com).

Ceramic Genie bottle lamp in pale gray ($389, www.shadesoflight.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Bruges chair ($439, www.vivaterra.com).

Regatta double gourd lamp with blue bold stripe shade ($150, www.lampsplus.com).

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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