My Favorite Room

My Favorite Room


Annapolis Home invited a builder, an interior designer, and a designer specializing in fabrics and window treatments to share a recent room they are especially fond of. One is an elegant kitchen on Capitol Hill, another is a colorful living room, and the third is a comfortable great room and outdoor space in Deep Creek, MD. Each room is distinctive and reveals very different living environments of the twenty-first century.




Pyramid Builders


In the charming Dupont Circle neighborhood, where historic row houses dot the landscape, a hidden gem that perfectly blends a careful mix of historic beauty and modern luxury has emerged. Nestled within this meticulously transformed 107-year-old townhouse, a remarkable, highly functional kitchen stands as a testament to the entire home renovation and collaboration among Pyramid Builders, Zoe Feldman Design, and Thompson & Cooke Architects. From top-to-bottom, all finishes and systems were removed and reconstructed.

The kitchen is a central component of the modernization of the residence and was a feat that not only met the expectations of its owners but exceeded them. The sun-drenched space serves as the hub of the home a connecting point to the outdoor deck through a custom Loewen door, a sophisticated greeting from the lower level recreation zone, and a passageway to the formal dining room, living room, and the upper levels. Despite the construction limitations of a DC row home, the design delivers a harmonious recipe of seating, storage, and style. The eclectic lighting gives a dose of whimsy and urban energy.

Custom-crafted walnut cabinetry lines the available perimeter, offering ample pantry shelving and a stunning camouflage for a Sub-Zero refrigerator and all the appliances the family requires. The warmth of the walnut, in contrast with the coolness of white, emphasizes the modern aesthetic, and a unique tamboured kitchen island stands as a centerpiece that fuses form and function. The curved, fluted panels open to reveal gliding drawers and depths of clever storage.

Marble and quartz countertops grace the workspaces, providing a utility surface for cooking and family gatherings. Completing the space and encouraging precious conversation, the casual dining table and upholstered bench-style seating carry the day from coffee to cocktails.

The journey from a historic, divided structure to a unified, modernized home with a luxurious kitchen at the core has been one of vision and dedication.



Pyramid Builders,
Thompson & Cooke Architects,
Zoe Feldman Design,
Max Burkhalter Photography




Sheryl T. McLean

McLean and Tircuit


I love to play with color that creates a moodiness and sense of mystery. The harmonious mixture of texture, color, and design styles creates a global flair that gives this space an international appeal. The original painting from Ronald Jackson Artworks is a central design element. The velvet sofa from Century Furniture, custom rug from Stark, vintage brass coffee table, chandelier from Arteriors, and handcrafted Peruvian accent pieces all make this space special.



McLean and Tircuit,
Stacy Zarin Goldberg Photography





Margaret Blunt

Sew Beautiful


This recently updated 50-year-old cabin at Deep Creek Lake is an exquisite blend of modern luxury and rustic charm. As you step inside, you are greeted by a seamless combination of natural wood elements and contemporary design. The open layout allows for abundant natural light to filter in, highlighting the stunning views of the lake and surrounding trees.

The great room, anchored by a cozy stone fireplace, features plush furnishings in earthy tones, complemented by pops of color inspired by the vibrant flora of the area. Modern amenities, including a gourmet kitchen with sleek appliances, seamlessly integrate into the cabin’s rustic aesthetic. A spacious deck extends from the room, providing the perfect spot to savor morning coffee or enjoy a starlit night. This cabin retreat is my family’s favorite getaway, where we gather to enjoy the tranquility of nature and quality time with family and friends.



Designers: Sarah Krauss, Sew Beautiful,; Trish Albano, Trish Albano Interiors,
Contractor: Brosnihan Builders,
Dave Bruffy, Smoke N Mirrors Photography



Custom Live-edge Console – CL Woodworking
Sofa & Chairs – Century Furniture
Custom Ottoman – Jonathan Wesley
Area Rug – Jaunty
Drink Tables – Uttermost
Dining Table – Gat Creek
Banquette Fabrics – Kravet and Greenhouse Fabrics Lighting – Light and Day
Jay Fleming Art over Mantel – Annapolis Art Gallery
Accessories, locally sourced – School House Earth and Deep Creek Pottery





© Annapolis Home Magazine
Vol. 14, No. 5 2023