Wait a minute — where did the winter go? If I squint, the cherry blossoms outside our window at night can be mistaken for snow, which was sadly lacking this “winter.”
On one hand, the blossoms make my heart sing, but the spring fever just doesn’t hit as hard as when we’ve had a prolonged freeze. Now I find myself longing for the white stuff. So in honor of our fleeting winter, here’s a little tribute, care of the talented ladies at Bethesda’s Waterlily Interiors.
Tracy Schlegel and Kelcey Huff recently completed a condo renovation in Deer Valley, in this idyllic snowy neighborhood:
Can’t you imagine yourself in a snuggly shearling overcoat as you approach the entrance to this lovely pied-à-terre?
The owners are also from Bethesda, and purchased the 1980s-era vacation property out of foreclosure, which the designers say left it “in complete disrepair.” Here’s the demo’d “before” picture:
Fast forward to the transformed space:
Wow. According to the Waterlilys team, their clients wanted a more modern interpretation of the ski getaway aethestic. Using Kravet fabrics and furnishings from AmericanEye at the Washington Design Center, Crate & Barrel, and West Elm, they transformed the space into a warm contemporary chalet in a palette of plum and gray.
The designers also attacked the kitchen with zeal (scroll up to the “before” picture to see just how far they brought this space into the 21st century).
The entire condo is only 1,600 square feet, so Tracy and Kelcey has to be efficient in their space planning. They borrowed what was previously storage space to add this third bedroom with built-in bunk beds so the owners can accommodate more (young) visitors:
Older guests can enjoy this lovely room:
The owners themselves, meanwhile, get to enjoy this transformed master suite:
Tracy says the owners purchased and renovated this condo not only for themselves, but also for potential renters — hint, hint! For a dose of winter AND great design, one need not go further than Bethesda.
6302 Ridge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20816