Tidewater Traditions

BY DESIGN

December 01, 1991|By YOLANDA GARFIELD

Great design takes time to evolve. This Tidewater-style library by Innerspace's Gerry Ebert, Maryland chapter president of the American Society of Interior Designers, and partner Daniel Proctor represents an examination of the use of time in design. xTC The design approach might be called a study in the evolution of a space.

The room was built in 1927 as an addition to the main structure, which is nearly 200 years older. At some point an owner had paneling moved from the old section into the new library. During the recent renovation, the designers prepped the paneling and then Valley Craftsmen recoated the walls with various shades of green touched with cinnabar, finishing with a stencil applied near the ceiling. Pine beams taken from a 200-year-old barn were used for the floor.

English, Irish and China trade influences in the antique and reproduction furniture recall an interior evocative of the Tidewater style. The Chinese needlepoint rug was re-created from an 18th century pattern. Both the leather Chinese wedding chest coffee table and the eight-panel Chinese screen were selected by the designers in Hong Kong.

"We tried to create a comfortable new space that had a sense of agelessness," says Mr. Ebert. "A functioning 20th century room with a wonderful old feeling."

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