A Bright Idea

BY DESIGN

July 14, 1991|By Yolanda Garfield

When a couple of art collectors searched for a new house, they envisioned easy-to-live-in spaces flooded with natural light. A place where paintings, people and houseplants would feel equally at home. Not so easy, they soon discovered. The ranch house they bought was in the right neighborhood but lacked the light-filled spaces they craved.

The logical solution was the addition of a skylit family room just off the dining room. The project was fairly simple, involving the removal of a single exterior wall, which provided a dramatic visual sweep that improved both the appearance and livability of the house. This spacious appearance was enhanced by the selection of such finishing materials as the room-brightening white ceramic tiles for the floor.

The interior design was a collaborative effort between the owners and designer Richard Taylor of Taylor/Siegmeister Associates. The furnishings' summer colors coexist easily with the imposing oil painting by Baltimore artist Tammra Sigler and the watercolor over the fireplace by New York artist Nancy Hagin. Custom built-ins were created by Gregory Schummers of Baltimore Woodworks.

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