design et al are delighted to announce that Bria Hammel Interiors have been shortlisted for Residential £1-£2.5M Project by Value Award within The International Design and Architecture Awards 2018.
This Baltimore rowhouse is a wonderful mixture of industrial, modern, and traditional style, perfect for entertaining. Bria Hammel’s clients in Baltimore are a young professional couple who love their city and were not ready to move away from city life. This rowhouse has 4 stories, with a carriage house behind it and lower level garage. The floor plan is long and narrow, so the designers had to be creative with space planning from the beginning. The Bria Hammel design team worked closely with the architect and builder to make each floor as functional as possible, to make this home not only beautiful but very liveable. The clients have a rich family history in antiques and one of a kind collectibles. They wanted their home to house these items but still feel fresh and young while staying true to a classic style row house. The clients are young, entertain often and wanted their family and friends to feel comfortable while staying in their home. When it came to their styles, she was traditional, he was modern. The structure of the row home was set to be industrial by the builder. The designers worked hard on merging these 3 styles together for an eclectic style that would perfectly fit together.
When you walk in the front you are greeted with a small but beautiful entry way. It is always important to give a glimpse of the homes style as you walk in the front door. The interior designers mixed a simple styled bench with the client’s antique artwork. The pineapple sconces were a traditional nod towards the symbolism of warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. The home is in more of an industrial neighbourhood, so it was important to not lose touch with that surrounding style. The design highlighted the client’s love for travel, which also created a backdrop for some of their antique family heirlooms. On the 2nd floor lies the great room, dining room, and kitchen. The starting points were the industrial iron staircase and the client’s beautiful collection of antiques. To begin, the design played with the scale of the pieces that were selected. An oversized chandelier was installed in the centre of the room to accentuate the tall 10′ ceiling and make a big impact when you walk up the stairs. Two large floral pieces of artwork were paired over the sofa to help balance the light, and then create a focal point for the antique artwork and garden stools that the clients had in their collection.
The kitchen is said to be the designers favourite room in the entire home. By using grey and brass tones, it brought a modern flair to the classic kitchen. You see the kitchen immediately as you walk upstairs to the main living area. For this reason, the island was given a dramatic waterfall edge in Nuvolato marble. In the dining room, a touch of glam was added. Bria Hammel Interiors doubled up the chandeliers to accentuate the long lines of the space. The artwork over the buffet needed to take centre stage, it is a family heirloom of the client’s and it is a showstopper in person. A custom dining table was custom made to perfectly fit the space. The dining chairs were designed to keep a low profile and not overpower the room. When creating the design scheme for the master bedroom and bath, the clients wanted a warm, light feeling space. They wanted the room to be romantic, but not fussy. They started with the poster bed to set the tone for this space. One of the beautiful details of this bed is the juxtaposition of soft and hard lines. The iron posts with the upholstered headboard were the perfect marriage of these two elements.
Although situated in the centre of Baltimore, this home is still a cosy, tranquil space. The mix of industrial, modern, vintage and traditional was enhanced by the client’s array of collectibles. The clients wanted their new home to have an open concept that still felt intimate to fit their lifestyle of entertaining. Baltimore is a city filled with historic architecture that is experiencing a modern movement that includes neighbourhood restructuring and large companies making small intimate changes to their communities. Bria Hammel and the design team feel as though this house, is a good example of what is going on in the city, valuing historic architecture but adding details that make it feel fresh and new.