Client Feature: Furnishing a Fell's Point Apartment
It can be really hard to start with a empty wall, let alone an empty apartment. That's the situation my client was facing when he was moving into his new apartment. He had always lived with roommates, and with this being his first apartment on his own, he really had nothing to take with him. I think that was when he realized he needed to contact me.
He was moving into a one bedroom apartment in Baltimore's Fell's Point neighborhood, which is known for its cobblestone streets, historic charm and view of the Harbor (a view he is lucky enough to have in his place). His apartment is on the top floor so he doesn't have to deal with the pesky "loud neighbor above him" situation, and he has amazing natural light.
When we started the process, I talked to him about likes, dislikes, etc., and one of the themes that came out immediately was WOOD! Basically if he could live in a swanky bourbon lounge with Edison lighting, wood paneling and wood and leather chairs, he would.
First things first though, we needed to start with a layout. After presenting him with three options, we ended up going with the one you see here. The space is long and narrow, so to avoid it feeling choppy, we wanted to have a clear division for the living space but also bridge the living and dining spaces with an accent wall. We also didn't want to block the natural light coming in, and with this arrangement we have clear sight lines throughout both spaces and balance across the room.
With the layout decided upon and the client's interests known, it was time to move to the main event, which was furnishing the space. The best part about the space is that we were able to get great pieces at reasonable prices that he will be able to take with him to his next home, and probably the home after that. The neutral colors and tones allow for new pieces to come in and be changed out in the future, while also lending a timeless quality to whatever room they are in.
Click through the gallery below (and mouse over the image to see the comments) for more specifics on the pieces, design ideas and also some funny stories (watch out for antique decanters...).
All photos courtesy of Mike MacDonald.