Stacia Smith’s Church of Interior Design

Those of us who are obsessed with interior design might say we worship at its altar. But for one designer in Maryland, that’s literally the case.

Stacia Smith, a designer in Glenelg, MD, recently renovated an 1889-era church to be an office and studio for her business, Homewood Interiors.

Stacia Smith

Stacia Smith

The Providence Methodist Episcopal Church was decommissioned in 1961. It's found new life as Homewood Interiors.

The Providence Methodist Episcopal Church was decommissioned in 1961. It’s found new life as Homewood Interiors.

Smith purchased the property in 2012, after it had been abandoned for several years. An architect and his wife, a well-known potter, converted it into their home in 1974, and it became a destination for arts and crafts in Glenelg for 30 years.

But after the couple left in the early aughts, the church had clearly suffered. Here’s how Smith found it:

before-exterior

 

interior-before

“I first visited the church over 20 years ago when it was a residence and pottery studio. I was instantly attracted to the place,” Smith says. “The architect who converted the church into his family home, preserved the original structure. It was an inspiring space—the charm of an old church with a residential touch. When the property became available for purchase, I knew I had to make this the new home for my interior design firm.”

And here’s what she did:

interior-frontdoor

The stained glass was replaced with custom glass in Homewood’s company colors.

 

 

interior-after

Reclaimed heart-pine floors were installed, and many of the church’s original architectural features were preserved.

 

 

altar

 

And—not everyone can boast of a back-yard view like this:

frenchdoors

Smith divides the 2,500-square-foot “sanctuary” between her work area and a furniture/accessories showroom. “Having samples of the items we source on display in the showroom makes the design process less stressful on the client,” she says.

Let’s not forget, after all, that creating a beautiful interior—a sanctuary, if you will—throughout your home can be rejuvenating for the soul every time you walk through the door.

Words to live by.

Words to live by.

I’m still in shock that I never ventured out to Upperville, VA, so see Wanda Crossley’s interior design shop, Matthews House & Garden, which was similarly laid out in a 19th-century church. The store is no more, but there’s got to be something intriguing about the idea of using a church to spread the gospel of making life beautiful.

exterior-night

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Comments

  1. Charming. Tried to visit her site but it is not updated.

  2. Jennifer — this is absolutely wonderful. And Stacia Smith obviously is too. What an inspiration in every sense of the word. Thank you.