Susan Taylor
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A Dream on the Chesapeake!

This year long project has been one of pure joy! A generational home tells the story of family, relaxation and happy reunions. Childhood memories from the prior family retreat that used to be on this property are plentiful, while this beautiful new construction encompasses all the visions of two brothers and their families for many more memories to be made. Two identical architectural wings are joined with common gathering spaces on all three floors, each room with its owner’s personality and thumbprint.

Designing this home was a great collaboration between the homeowner and my team. After a full year of work, it was thrilling to be on site for the installation and see everything come together & fit perfectly into our combined visions!

Let’s start with the spacious front entry foyer. You’ll notice a great mix of family heirloom art,  the modern hand knotted rug, matching booked navy chests, and dramatic lighting. The staircase is a dramatic architectural feature that you will see more of soon. The spiral treads continue up three floors and each landing brings with it a new vista, with each floor a new favorite! Custom iron balusters keep it modern with strong contrast.



This custom bench from John Derian was a requested find from the homeowner. There are smaller accents from his curated collection throughout the home in accessories and accents, but the length of this bench is stunning and so perfect for the usable space beneath the large round window. Tucked behind the natural spiral of the stair case, it is an unexpected retreat for reading or conversation with a friend or pet! The large satin gold lantern and perfectly coordinated sconces dress the foyer with drama.



When we first began the initial concept with a paint palette for the entire home, it included a good amount of this dramatically strong contrast, Iron Ore from Sherwin Williams. Not quite black, stronger than gray…I love it! Brushed gold hardware completes the design and a quartzite countertop along with the natural stone wall adds a bit of organic warmth. The tall narrow cabinet houses favorite wines.



This broad shot of the great room speaks volumes for the style and warmth of a gathering place for family and friends. An open concept with the kitchen to the left and a game room to the right. The custom Vanguard sectional is a personal favorite. Exposed wood trim, performance fabric and contrasting accent pillows make this oversized sectional perfectly paired for family living, lounging and an occasional nap! These activities are the focus of life when the family is here. Water views and bird watching is fabulous from multiple walls of windows on each floor. Two coffee tables booked together to achieve one large surface is one of my signature looks and these did not disappoint. These black framed glass tables provide ample space for displayed collections, yet take little visual space from the room. Of course, I love seeing the fabulous black and cream woven rug with a little Boho influence through the tables as well! And who wouldn’t love a Chinese foot table with a dotted motif as a little side table? Perfection. Black accents in pillows rug, tables, and lamps add the strong contrast to an otherwise natural room. Soothing, but far from bland!



The linear fireplace can be appreciated from this view (great room side) and equally from the game room (peek in the 60″ mirror). Dramatic large sliders along the entire exterior wall are dressed with fine custom linen draperies. The same fabric was used throughout the main living space as well as the kitchen to connect the design between the rooms. Effortless tracks glide these panels with ease…note the black satin hardware! Love. This is a great view of the rug too! Originally, this dramatically sized mirror was slated for the foyer, but an installation delay caused us to miss the window of opportunity to use it where we originally planned. We felt it a happy surprise when we decided to then use it here, between the two large sliding doors…the reflection into both adjoining rooms is perfect. Note the interesting sconces on the fireplace wall with large magnifiers. It’s all about pure style.


See more:

Church Creek kitchen

Church Creek game room & study

(coming soon) Church Creek staircase & game room

Church Creek bedrooms & bathrooms

Church Creek master bedroom