A Taste For Tulips


November 05, 1995|By Beth Smith

Tulips were the inspiration for the interior design of a bedroom addition at Lorna and David Taylor's Baltimore County home. When interior designer Pamela Kostmayer found the Clarence House unglazed chintz in a tulip motif, she knew she had found the perfect fabric.

"Mrs. Taylor is an avid gardener who loves tulips," she says, "and I was especially drawn to the fabric because tulips are also my favorite flowers. We used it for both the love seat at the end of the bed and for the draperies."

Pretty, but not fussy, the flowered material fits comfortably with the traditional look favored by the Taylors.

Its oversized blue and white delftware pots filled with colorful flowers are also proportioned nicely to work in the generous 22-by-24-foot octagonal designed by architect David Gleason as part of an extensive bedroom/great room/sun room/gallery addition to the Taylors' Colonial-style home. The bedroom wing alone includes an 18-by-24-foot closet/dressing room and a large master bathroom.

"In this project, we were dealing with spaces that were much larger than you would normally find and so we had to find distinct solutions for dealing with that space," says Mr. Gleason. One solution was including in the bedroom design three exceptionally large windows -- 5 feet wide by 8 feet high, topped with formal transoms. These windows -- now draped in tulip fabric -- give the Taylors a bedroom view of their swimming pool and 17 surrounding acres.

Furniture was also scaled to the size of the room, starting with the Taylors' king-size, four-poster mahogany bed. Ms. Kostmayer used a tailored Cowtan and Tout cotton in a red, green, blue and yellow country check for the dust ruffle and the canopy. Handsome, but not too formal, the bed is equally appealing to Mrs. Taylor as to Mr. Taylor, a former Colt football star turned businessman.

"I think one of my favorite things about this bedroom is the color," says Ms. Kostmayer. Blending with the tulip and check fabrics are a periwinkle blue needlepoint carpet and a green, red and gold moire striped chair and ottoman. The walls, faux-finished in a basket-weave pattern by Valley Craftsmen, are sea green. "All the colors work perfectly together, making this a very cohesive room," she adds.

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