Coastal Style

Treasure Hunting Pays Off in Maryland

Homeowner Kathleen Wall calls her style vintage with a spin. But what does she spin? Try Corinthian columns, faux snakeskin and layer upon layer of accessories and patterns. Her layout experiments — as the retired educator, inside design dabbler and blogger supporting All About Vignettes calls them occur inside her household’s 1970s Maryland house.

Wall has used her style over the previous two decades to transform an exterior once marked with minimal landscaping along with a outdated inside into a house that’s full of unique design. “My purpose is to inspire you to think from the box and split some design principles on the way,” she states.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Edward and Kathleen Wall, son James and Labrador Bella
Location: Darnestown, Maryland
Size: 2,000 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 3 half baths

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Wall’s color inspiration to get a newly updated screened-in porch started with the blue Thomas Paul sea-life pillows arranged on the iron daybed she picked up in an estate sale. As a Pisces, she states she finds herself drawn to water topics in many of her designs. Coral and octopuses decorate the iron and glass table.

“I knew I needed something which wasn’t a couch,” Wall says. “When I saw that the daybed, I knew it’d work in my screened porch. I adored the lines and that the artificial leather cushions would defy the inevitable moisture in the atmosphere. It was my decoration jumping-off point and directed the layout in the rest of the room”

She dry brushed the cosmetic Corinthian columns to match the mirror between them. The factory-cart-turned-coffee-table has been a $100 DIY job.

Drapery fabric: organic softened linen, Fabrics-store. Com; mirror: Home Goods; java table: Old Lucketts Store

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Wohlfarth Construction built the screened-in porch but it was Wall’s hand which guided the components of the design. She had been responsible for the selection of the beadboard ceiling and the Chippendale balustrades. The decoration was her. Framed antique tin ceiling tiles act as a background for a group of bottles and other accessories.

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Wall considers this sunroom addition, which she worked on with architect Michael Cavanaugh of Design/Build Maryland and Kingston Design Remodeling, the home’s showpiece. The pull-down classroom reference map of shells is her favourite vintage find. It acted as the main layout inspiration for the space, including sea grass furniture found on Craigslist and also a Stark sea grass rug remnant.

“You must be informed and understand new names and luxury manufacturers, so once you find a product on Craigslist, eBay, a consignment shop or estate purchase you recognize that it is a quality piece and understand to purchase it,” she states.

Sofas: Seagrass, Pottery Barn; framed coral prints: Reflections, 2’s Company

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Reupholstered Chinese Chippendale-style chairs pair with a desk topped with a mirror rather than glass.

Drapery fabric: Imperial Trellis, inspired by a Kelly Wearstler pattern (no more accessible); paint: Davenport Tan HC 76, Benjamin Moore; armchairs: Seagrass Wingback, Pottery Barn

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A midcentury modern mirror, vintage books and chinoiserie foo dogs decorate the sun fireplace fireplace.

Ottoman: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

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The family room has a midcentury modern vibe. The chinoiserie chandelier in the corner is just one of Wall’s favorite bits. It hangs close to a framed swatch of orange Trina Turk fabric. Repainted iron window grates add an architectural component on the mantel. The wainscoting is recycled barn wood.

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In the living room, an antique Duncan Phyfe sofa sits facing a vintage Victorian pier mirror. Wall repurposed two midcentury modern coffee tables as footrests.

Paint: Shelburne Buff HC 28, Benjamin Moore

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In another corner, a ledger book on a funding from a Corinthian-style column acts as a side table to get a pair of antique Hitchcock seats with scrolled arms.

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The foyer has what Wall refers to as a Frenchy European vibe, with sequined pillows on leopard print chairs, an antique neoclassical desk and a brass wall sconce. “I love a real mix,” she states.

Paint: Davenport Tan HC 76 (dark stripes); Shelburne Buff HC 28 (light stripes), both by Benjamin Moore

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In son James’ room, a seat from the Old Lucketts Store inspired by Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair sits alongside Wall’s husband’s childhood maple bed. Wall updated the frame with a slipcover and large pillowcases over the mind and baseboards.

Drapery fabric: Premier Prints ZigZag in chartreuse and white, Fabric.com

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In the main bedroom, urns and decorations support globes under a map of Paris that’s been framed in quadrants. A Corinthian column stands in the corner.

Bombay chest: Old Lucketts Store

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Chevron pattern curtains in the kitchen mix with a Duralee faux snakeskin fabric backsplash finished with nailheads painted black.

Curtain fabric: High Voltage, Schumacher

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Wall had an antique corner cupboard cut. The top is used for china, and the lower half is an under-the-sink cupboard.

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Vibrant colours and patterns spruce up a group of vintage furniture on the terrace.

Pillows: Home Goods

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Vintage clocks like this one on the terrace are favorite elements.

Pillow, cushion: Home Goods

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Wall loves to accumulate old concrete planters and architectural construction fragments to decorate her backyard with. “I not only use them on bookcases or mantels, but that I also set them among the blossoms in my garden to add interest and an element of surprise,” she states.

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Kathleen, Edward and James Wall and dog Bella relax in their screened-in porch, where they frequently eat lunch and dinner.

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